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Published by glbc-ebee, 2018-04-01 16:42:23

eBee Apr 2018 Edition

EBee 0418

Electronic Bulletin

Volume 3, Edition 1

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Contents

Masonic Business........................................................................................................................................ 4
Grand Lodge Expressions of interest in the office of Junior Grand Warden ........................................... 4
Barry Edward Chilton .......................................................................................................................... 4
Candidate`s Statement: ...................................................................................................................... 4
Kenneth Morgan Overy....................................................................................................................... 5
Candidate`s Statement: ...................................................................................................................... 6
Arthur Smith ....................................................................................................................................... 6
Candidate`s Statement: ...................................................................................................................... 6
~ RESOLUTIONS 2018 ~ ........................................................................................................................... 8
Resolution 1 regarding C1.4 ................................................................................................................ 8
Resolution 2 regarding R6.14, R7.17 and R6.77 .................................................................................. 8
Resolution 3 regarding Definitions and R1.3, 1.8, 1.9 and 1.19 ........................................................ 10
Resolution 4 regarding C1.7 Authorized Rituals................................................................................ 10
Resolution 5 regarding R20.2 Permissible Questions........................................................................ 12
Resolution 6 regarding R9.7 Life and Perpetual Membership Fund .................................................. 13
Resolution 7 regarding the Grand Lodge Buildings Committee, Grand Lodge Building Fund and
Trustees of the Grand Lodge Building Fund. ..................................................................................... 14
Resolution 8 regarding section R22.5 - Acceptable jewels to be worn ............................................. 17
Resolution 9 regarding Voting and Balloting at Communications of Grand Lodge. .......................... 18
Resolution 10 regarding R20.1.1 Residency ...................................................................................... 19
Resolution 11 regarding R1.5 Porch Book ......................................................................................... 19
Resolution 12 regarding C5.9 Past Grand Lodge Officers Aprons...................................................... 20
Resolution 13 regarding R20.14.3 candidate advancement.............................................................. 21
Expressions of interest for the Office of Grand Treasurer .................................................................... 22
WBro Stewart Churlish...................................................................................................................... 22
W Bro B.A. (Bernie) Magnan ............................................................................................................. 23
Congratulations!! .................................................................................................................................. 24

Masonic History ........................................................................................................................................ 25
Timeline, mid-1600’s............................................................................................................................. 25
James VI of Scotland ......................................................................................................................... 26

Masonic Education and Leadership .......................................................................................................... 32
Function of a Masonic Lodge ................................................................................................................ 32
A Letter to a New Brother..................................................................................................................... 34
Who is Who in the Lodge .................................................................................................................. 34
Festive Board as a Heavenly Queen ...................................................................................................... 39
1St Annual Writing Contest.................................................................................................................... 41


Masonic Tidbits......................................................................................................................................... 43
Cherish The Minutes Within Freemasonry............................................................................................ 43

Masonic Health ......................................................................................................................................... 45
HEARTBEAT ........................................................................................................................................... 45

Masonic Lodges ........................................................................................................................................ 46
Westminster Lodge No. 174 ................................................................................................................. 46
Meridian Lodge No. 108....................................................................................................................... 47
Mount Garibaldi Lodge ......................................................................................................................... 48
Nola....................................................................................................................................................... 49
Victoria-Columbia No.1......................................................................................................................... 50
District 4 North in Prince George .......................................................................................................... 51
99th Founding Anniversary March 16-18, 2018 ..................................................................................... 52
Mystery Item......................................................................................................................................... 53
Rainbow Lodge No.180 ......................................................................................................................... 54
Vancouver Firefighters.......................................................................................................................... 55
First tour of the new 508 Agnus St Lodge Hall New Westminster ........................................................ 56

Editorial .................................................................................................................................................... 57
The Element.......................................................................................................................................... 57
“Silent until Stirred” .......................................................................................................................... 57


Masonic Business

Grand Lodge Expressions of interest in the office of Junior Grand Warden

Barry Edward Chilton
RW Bro. Chilton was born on 27 December 1944 at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, raised in
Lemington and educated at Walbottle secondary
school.

He started his apprenticeship in refrigeration and air -
conditioning in 1960, and in 1965 signed on as an
engineer officer with Ellerman and Bucknell, on the
Montréal Perth Australia run. Two years later he joined
P&O Passenger Lines, sailing the seas until 1973 when
he first visited Vancouver. That winter he immigrated
to Canada and returned to the refrigeration and air-
conditioning industry.

In 1974 RW Bro. Chilton qualified as a gas fitter and
electrical engineer, and by 1978 was teaching at PVI
(BCIT) full time during the days, as well as part-time
evenings at Vancouver Community College.

He later owned and operated his own HVAC company
from 1984 to 1990, and in 1997 obtained his real estate
agent and brokers licenses. Retiring in 2010, he continues to work part-time in real estate.

He has volunteered as president of the Refrigeration Workers Union Local 516, was a member
of the Provincial Engineering Safety Council from 1980 to 1984, and has served as a director,
vice president and president of the Lower Mainland Hunters Council. In 1989 he volunteered
as an advocate for seniors and welfare recipients working with the ministry of social services,
and in 2004 was elected as leader of the British Columbia Conservative Party.

RW Bro. Chilton was initiated into Alliance Lodge No. 193 in 2008, serving three terms as
Worshipful Master between 2012 and 2015. In 2017 he was appointed District Deputy Grand
Master for District 14.

He is currently a member or officer in many concordant bodies

Barry has been married to Catherine Toshimi for 37 years and has three sons and a daughter.

Candidate`s Statement:
Being the Junior Grand Warden requires a complete submission to the Constitution and
bylaws, and adherence to our landmarks. The continuity of purpose and effectiveness of
implementation is paramount to success.

The question I have grappled with over the last number of years is why the number of brethren
is diminishing. Obviously the termination of life is a factor, which cannot be changed, but the
initiation and retention of new brothers into the Craft, is somewhat disturbing.

Some of the brethren have talked about new ideas to attract future brothers, but those ideas
are not being passed on for consideration.


I have always listened to any idea which has been proposed by a brother, and will consider it
my duty as Junior Grand Warden to pass on this information to the Grand Master. Words and
action must be our doctrine. I myself wish to work on and expand the mentor program, the
civility program, and an expansion of the education program.

But more to the point I would like to see a greater engagement with the general public. In the
past the fraternity was engaged in organizing sports tournaments and many other events which
were open to the community.

We also had in the past a fifty-member male choir, which traveled around British Columbia
and beyond.

There are so many other opportunities to mix and mingle with others outside of the fraternity,
so for the good of all let us start organizing.

Some of these activities are being carried out at lodge level and are appreciated by the
community in which they reside.

Visibility within the community is advantageous, as long as it is not loud. At our last
convention, the mayor of Kamloops commented on “Brother wWld Bill.” He was commenting
on my long hair.

He had therefore recognized a Freemason.

What he did not know was that I was growing my hair, to be able to donate to the “Wigs for
Kids” for children with cancer, going through chemotherapy treatment. Giving money is not
always the answer.

Kenneth Morgan Overy
RW Bro. Overy was born on 14 June 1953 at Montréal, Québec and educated at Dawson
Technical School. He worked for Molson Brewery in Montréal until he relocated with his family
to British Columbia in 1977 where he was
employed as an electrician until 1981 when he
joined Telus (then BC Tel), taking on various jobs
from computer maintenance to outside
construction. Retiring in 2016, he continues to
work part-time for Telus in a teaching capacity.

RW Bro. Overy was initiated into Chemainus Lodge
No. 114 in 1997, serving as Worshipful Master for
2002-2003 and again for 2017-2018. In 2015 he
was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for
District 27.

RW Bro. Overy has been active, and has presided
over, most of the York Rite bodies. He and his wife
Joan have been active in their community,
providing home care for mentally challenged
adults over the last twenty years.


Candidate`s Statement:
Freemasonry being a living and breathing entity, we need to continue to find ways to keep it
healthy and grow. We already have excellent tools in place to accomplish this such as the Five
Pillar Programme, the Six Step programme and the L*E*AP programme to give us guidelines as
well as ideas and suggestions to keep us moving in the right direction.

This is what I would like to be a part of. To assist in any way that I can to help bring
Freemasonry into a future organization that newer members and those interested in joining
will see as something they would like to be a part of; without overlooking the valued
experience and knowledge our more senior members upon whose shoulders we have built this
great fraternity.

I believe that we should make ourselves more visible to the local community and let them
know who we are and what we stand for. I look forward to sharing what I see as exciting ideas
with the brethren, and to assist in carrying them to becoming a reality.

These are but simply tools offered for our use. We need to reach out to those brethren who
have become disillusioned with our fair Craft, or in the case of our newer members, to help
them find in Freemasonry what is needed to help them realize the reasons they had for joining
the Craft.

Arthur Smith
RW Bro. Arthur Smith was born on 25 May 1950 at Manchester, UK and educated at Moston
College of Further Education.

From 1983 until 1998 he owned and operated his
own fire protection business. He also volunteered
as a youth boxing coach for over twenty years.

RW Bro. Smith was initiated into Ashlar Lodge No.
3 in 1996 and, affiliating into DeWolf Lodge No.
78 in 2007, he served as Worshipful Master for
two terms between 2011 and 2013. Affiliating
with Tuscan Lodge No. 138, he served another
two years as Worshipful Master between 2013
and 2015. Demitting from Tuscan Lodge, in 2014
he affiliated with Vimy Lodge No. 97 and in 2016
he affiliated with Prince David Lodge No. 101. He
served as District Deputy Grand Master for
District 28 for the 2016-2017 masonic year. He
has also been active in the Scottish Rite.

He and his wife Christine have a son and daughter
and five grandchildren.

Candidate`s Statement:
Freemasonry is always evolving--we need to keep our newly initiated as well as our older
brethren active and involved in the business of building the lodge.


The Six Step Program is an example of the excellent tools available to help us in the retention
of new candidates. I know I have seen at work in my district where retention has been
overwhelming.

I believe that Grand Lodge is another tool at our disposal that can also be used in keeping our
lodges moving in the right direction with advice, membership and any other service that may
be needed.

My goals for the Craft include community involvement, retaining members by involving
younger brethren – our future leaders—while listening to the needs of older brethren. We
must guard the West Gate and lead by example.

I believe that good men will always find us and with the tools at our disposal we will keep them.

Those who know me will tell you that I am as excited about Freemasonry today as I was
twenty years ago. I am a good listener and I believe actions speak louder than words.


~ RESOLUTIONS 2018 ~

Resolution 1 regarding C1.4

WH E R EA S in 1996 this jurisdiction recognized the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge
F. & A.M. of Washington and Jurisdiction.

AND WHEREAS True Resolution Lodge No. 16 has operated in the City of Vancouver under a
warrant issued by the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of
Washington and Jurisdiction since 1919.

Therefore be it resolved that section C1.4 be deleted in full and replaced with:-

C1.4 The jurisdiction of Grand Lodge includes all masonic lodges and
Freemasons in British Columbia and Yukon, and beyond while acting under its
authority, which it exercises over its lodges, members and Freemasonry in British
Columbia and Yukon, with the exception for the shared and independent
jurisdiction of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington and Jurisdiction.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Second Langley Lodge No. 184

VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown
Whitehorse Lodge No. 46

The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.
Resolution 2 regarding R6.14, R7.17 and R6.77

WHEREAS modern communication techniques have made the rôle of Grand Representative
increasingly redundant and irrelevant, with fewer grand jurisdictions participating every
year;

AND WHEREAS the Grand Representative programme should be phased out as current
representatives successfully complete their terms, or otherwise leave the programme, and
that no further appointments are to be recommended or recognized as of this date, and
that all participating grand jurisdictions be so advised;

Therefore be it resolved that section R6.14,


R6.14 The Grand Master may recommend a Brother to represent this Grand
Lodge in another jurisdiction. He may also recognize a Brother appointed in
another Grand Lodge as their representative to this Grand Lodge. The
appointment shall be for five years and may be accepted or removed by mutual
agreement.

be deleted in its entirety.

And that section R7.17,
R7.17 The Committee for such periods as Grand Lodge may direct, or whenever
directed by the Grand Master, must:

a. review and investigate the legitimacy and regularity of all Grand Jurisdictions
requesting recognition and make recommendations to Grand Lodge,

b. review and report when necessary to Grand Lodge on the basic principles for
Grand Lodge recognition,

c. maintain and review a list of recognized Grand Jurisdictions,
d. review the appointments of Representatives of other Jurisdictions near this

Grand Lodge and make recommendations on these to the Grand Master,

e. review and makes recommendations to Grand Lodge regarding the Grand
Representative program.

be amended by deleting clauses d. and e.
And that section R6.77,

R6.77 Members of Grand Lodge appointed as Grand Representatives, and their
counterparts from another recognized Grand Lodge, are expected to….

Be amended to read:-
R6.77 Members of Grand Lodge currently serving as Grand Representatives, and
their counterparts from another recognized Grand Lodge, are expected to….

Moved by W Bro. Laurie Allan Laurie
Mount St. Paul Lodge No. 109

Second RW Bro. Jonathan H. Broadberry
Kamloops Lodge No. 10


The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.

Resolution 3 regarding Definitions and R1.3, 1.8, 1.9 and 1.19

WH E R EA S it is a fundamental principle of our Craft that all Freemasons are equal;

AND WHEREAS it is a violation of that principle to deny every Master Mason a vote at Grand
Lodge communications;

AND WHEREAS the system of proxies is a violation of that principle;

Therefore be it resolved that the definitions of a member be deleted in full and replaced with:-

“Member” means a Master Mason in good standing of a lodge in this
jurisdiction.”

And that the Sections R1.3, 1.8, 1.9 and 1.19 be deleted and replaced with the following:-
Section R1.3: All members may vote at a Grand Lodge Communication.

Section R1.19: Each member of Grand Lodge has one vote.

Moved: RW Bro. Kip Wilson

United Peninsula Lodge No. 24

Second: RW Bro. James P. Ferguson
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24

The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.

Resolution 4 regarding C1.7 Authorized Rituals
WH E R EA S the Plain Language Constitution of 2014 was not intended to change the essential
meaning and intent of the previous Constitutions;

AND WHEREAS “Authorized Rituals” had not been a written part of the Constitutions;

AND WHEREAS the Grand Lodge resolution of 1969, requiring all lodges to submit changes to
their ritual for approval to the Rituals Committee, has not been reflected in the Constitution,

Therefore, be it resolved that C1.7 be removed in its entirety and replaced with the following:

Standard Ritual of the Craft

C1.7 Four Standard Rituals are adopted for use in this Jurisdiction:
a. The “Canadian Work” of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and
Yukon (adopted June 1955) with current amendments;


b. The “Ancient” Work (adopted June 1962) of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia and Yukon with current amendments;

c. The “Emulation Ritual” (adopted June 1969) with current amendments
based on the “Emulation Ritual” of the Emulation Lodge of
Improvement, London, England;

d. The “New South Wales” (adopted June 2009) ritual with current
amendments in use by the Grand Lodge of New South Wales, Australia.

C1.7.1 Adoption of one of these rituals is voluntary for Lodges Constituted before
these adopted dates and mandatory for all Lodges receiving a new warrant.

C1.7.2 All Lodges of this Grand Lodge proposing to make changes in their Ritual
must adopt a Resolution duly passed by a three-fourths majority of its
members present prior to applying to the Grand Lodge Rituals Committee for
such a change. The Committee must review the proposed change and make
recommendation to Grand Lodge which has the sole authority to revise or
change Ritual.

Moved: RW Bro. Michael Cockerell
Victoria Columbia Lodge No. 1

Second: RW Bro. David Goddard
Moved: Westminster Lodge No. 174
RW Bro. Kip Wilson

United Peninsula Lodge No. 24

Second: RW Bro. James P. Ferguson
United Peninsula Lodge No. 24

The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.


Resolution 5 regarding R20.2 Permissible Questions
WH E R EA S the intent of the 2014 Constitution and Regulations was not to change the intent or

meaning of the previous Constitution;

AND WHEREAS in R20.2, the term ‘Permissible Questions’ does not reflect their proper use, nor
are they the only questions to be asked of Candidates;

AND WHEREAS the British Columbia Canadian and Ancient Standard Rituals make reference to
the noted questions as ‘contained in our Constitution’.

Therefore, be it resolved that Sec. R20.2 and R20.2.1, together with their heading, be deleted
in their entirety and replaced with:-

Questions to be Propounded to Candidates Before Initiation

R20.2 The following questions must be asked of a prospective candidate:

a. Do you seriously and upon your honour declare that uninfluenced by
mercenary or other unworthy motives, and unbiased by the improper
solicitation of friends, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a candidate for
the mysteries of Freemasonry?

b. Do you seriously and upon your honour declare that you are prompted to
solicit the privileges of Freemasonry by a favourable opinion conceived of the
Institution and a desire for knowledge?

c. Do you seriously and upon your honour declare that you will cheerfully
conform to all ancient usages and established customs of the Craft?

d. Do you believe in the existence of a Supreme Being?
e. Do you believe that the Supreme Being will punish vice and reward virtue?

f. Do you believe that that Supreme Being has revealed His will to man?

R20.2.1 The first four questions of R20.2 require positive answers from the Candidate to
ensure that the initiation process continues. If the Candidate is unsure or does not have a
response to questions (e) and (f), this is acceptable and the initiation process can
continue.

Moved RW Bro. Bryan Boorse
Joppa Lodge No. 112

Second RW Bro. Michael Cockerell
Victoria Columbia Lodge No. 1


The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.

Resolution 6 regarding R9.7 Life and Perpetual Membership Fund

WH E R EA S the Life Membership and Perpetual Membership Fund has not provided the returns
necessary to sustain the current level of dues that lodges require for annual operations;

Therefore, be it resolved that Regulation 9.7 be deleted in its entirety and that the funds held in
trust be liquidated and remitted by 31 August 2018 to each participating lodge according to their
pro rata share.

Moved RW Bro. Mark G. Forster
Perfection Lodge No. 75

Second RW Bro. George Moore
Langley Lodge No. 184

The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.


Resolution 7 regarding the Grand Lodge Buildings Committee, Grand Lodge Building Fund
and Trustees of the Grand Lodge Building Fund.

WH E R EA S at the 2017 Annual Communication a resolution pertaining to the Grand
Lodge Building Fund was tabled and directed back to the Grand Lodge
Buildings Committee for consideration;

AND WHEREAS after review by the Buildings Committee and input from the Deputy and
Grand Master, it is acknowledged that the present minimum 5% interest rate for
loans given to building societies does not necessarily reflect the fraternal spirit of
Grand Lodge supporting the Craft;

AND WHEREAS the Buildings Committee and the Trustees of the Building Fund have
endorsed the following resolution:

AND WHEREAS the original intent of the Masonic Building Fund was to provide support
within our fraternity, given our fraternity’s objectives of relief, truth and charity;

AND WHEREAS Grand Lodge wishes to encourage the Craft to ensure their individual
lodge building is in a condition that reflects well on our fraternity.

Therefore be it resolved that Section R9.5 be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:-

R9.5 The purpose of the Masonic Building Fund (“Fund”) is to provide
financial assistance to Masonic Lodges within the jurisdiction of Grand
Lodge or their building companies or societies that may require assistance
in building and maintaining their lodge building.

Application for Financial Assistance

R9.5.1 A Lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction, its building company or society
may make application for a loan under this program through the Grand
Lodge Buildings Committee (“Committee”). The Committee will evaluate
the application and make recommendation to the Board of Trustees of the
Masonic Building Fund, including terms of any security for a
recommended loan.

Board of Trustees

R9.5.2 The Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) shall be comprised of the Grand
Secretary, the Grand Treasurer and the chairmen of the following Grand
Lodge committees:

a. Constitution,
b. Finance, and
c. Lodge Buildings (who shall be Chairman).

R9.5.3 Trustees duties

a. Promote interest throughout the Grand Jurisdiction in the Fund and to
devise methods of increasing its support by the Brethren


b. Assess the merits of each recommendation received from the
Committee.

c. Determine the amount of any loan to be made to the borrowing entity
and the terms and conditions of any mortgage, or other documentation
that may be required to secure repayment of the loan. For that
purpose, the Trustees are authorized to cause to be incorporated a
company under the laws of the Province of British Columbia to hold
mortgages or other securities.

d. Provide a written report to Grand Lodge at its annual communication.

R9.5.4 Terms of Loans

a. The maximum outstanding amount to a borrowing entity (Lodge
and/or its building ownership entity) must not exceed the Fund
maximum amount most recently approved by Grand Lodge Annual
Communication.

b. The interest rate on any advances shall not be less than the Prime
Lending Rate of the financial institution where the Fund is held, as at
the date of application or the date of the mortgage, whichever is lesser.

d. The loan may be amortized over not more that twenty-five years. The
term for the fixed interest rate must not exceed five years.

e. Any loan (or combined loan) to a borrowing entity must not exceed 40%
of the combined appraised value of the land and building(s) pledged to
secure the loan.

Fund kept separate

R9.5.5 The Fund must be kept separate from the ordinary funds of Grand
Lodge and in the custody of the Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary and the
Finance Committee.

R9.5.6 Such portion of the Fund that is available for investment or
reinvestment must be invested in securities of high quality and low risk, as
the Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary and Finance Committee consider
prudent and appropriate without being limited to those investments
authorized by law for trusts and trustees.

R9.5.7 The Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary and Finance Committee shall
be responsible for the safekeeping of the securities of the Fund and the

purchase, sale, transfer or exchange of such securities or may with
unanimous written consent, contract with a registered, licensed investment


firm to invest the Fund and make purchases, sales, transfers or exchanges
in the discharge of its contractual duties.”

And be it further resolved that Regulation R7.11 be amended by adding the following:-

b. any funding recommendation by the Committee shall be consistent
with the Terms of Loan provisions set out in R9.5.4

Moved RW Bro. Doug G. Easton
Vancouver and Quadra Lodge No. 2

Second W Bro. Stewart Churlish
Victoria Columbia Lodge No.1


The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.
Resolution 8 regarding section R22.5 - Acceptable jewels to be worn

WH E R EA S, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada is a sanctioned masonic body as
constituted by the Supreme Council of England and Wales, is a
fully authorized fraternal body of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
of Canada;

AND WHEREAS there are 1,300 Scottish Rite members in this
jurisdiction, representing 17% of all Freemasons in British
Columbia and Yukon;

AND WHEREAS The Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry
of Canada has adopted a membership jewel on 15 September 2015;

Therefore be it resolved that section R22.5 be deleted in its
entirety and replaced by the following:

R.22.5 Members who belong to the Order of the Holy Royal Arch or the Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada may wear, in Lodge and in
Grand Lodge, the honorary jewels of these orders, but not the clothing, these
jewels to be worn on the right lapel.

Moved RW Bro. Neil R. Westmacott

Nanaimo Lodge No. 110
Second RW Bro. Ken Slawson

Nanaimo Lodge No. 110

Jewel description

The symbol of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada is a double-
headed eagle, its wings displayed, surmounted by a Prussian crown, perched on a sword
fessways argent, hilt and pommel to the dexter, as more particularly described in the Arms as
registered by the Canadian Heraldic Authority. From the sword shall be draped a scroll bearing
the motto: “DEUS MEUMQUE JUS”.

The dimensions of the ribbon are 4 cm x 2.5 cm and those of the eagle are 3.8 cm x 2.4 cm,
resulting in overall size, with the bar, of 9 cm x 3 cm.


The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.

Resolution 9 regarding Voting and Balloting at Communications of Grand Lodge.

WH E R EA S this jurisdiction has adopted an electronic form of balloting; AND
WHEREAS the Constitution should reflect this practice.

Therefore be it resolved that section R1.7 be deleted in its entirety and replaced by:-

R1.7 All matters brought before Grand Lodge are decided by a show of hands or
by electronic means. If the result is not obvious, the GM may direct the Grand
Deacons to count the vote. Where a vote is tied, the Grand Master may cast the
deciding ballot.

And therefore be it resolved that section R1.10 be deleted in its entirety and replaced by:-,

R1.10 Grand Officers are elected by majority written vote or electronic means.

And therefore be it resolved that section R1.20 be deleted in its entirety and replaced by:-,

R1.20 The Grand Secretary may be directed to prepare an adequate number of
ballot papers for the election of Grand Lodge Officers. The ballot papers must be
placed in the custody of the Chairman of the Committee on Credentials for
distribution. Ballot papers are distributed only to Members who are registered and
entitled to vote in Grand Lodge.

And therefore be it resolved that section R3.6 be deleted in its entirety and replaced by:-,

R3.6 Upon being satisfied as to their entitlement, the Committee will hand ballot
papers or electronic voting devices to each member of Grand Lodge when
registered. The ballot papers will be kept by the Member until used in the election
and delivered to the scrutinizers personally. The electronic devices will be
returned to the Committee on Credentials at the close of the communication.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Langley Lodge No. 184

Second VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown

Whitehorse Lodge No. 46

The committee finds this resolution to be acceptable in form and not objectionable as
conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom of the policy it
advocates.

~HOUSEKEEPING RESOLUTIONS~


Proposed amendments to the Constitution are considered ‘housekeeping’ if they correct changes
in intent introduced by the ‘plain language’ Constitution adopted in 2014, or reconcile the
language of sections not addressed when other sections were amended in the past.

The committee finds these housekeeping resolutions to be acceptable in form and not
objectionable as conflicting with masonic usage but expresses no view as to the wisdom
of the policies they advocate.

Resolution 10 regarding R20.1.1 Residency

WH E R EA S the revoking of geographic lodge jurisdiction in 2013 renders the following
section vestigial and unnecessary

R20.1.1 Residency – A petitioner must have resided within the jurisdiction of the
Lodge for six consecutive months immediately prior to the date of his petition.

Therefore be it resolved that section C4.6 be deleted and replaced with:-

R20.1.1 Residency – A petitioner must have resided within the Jurisdiction of
Grand Lodge for six consecutive months immediately prior to the date of his
petition.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Langley Lodge No. 184

Second VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown
Whitehorse Lodge No. 46

Resolution 11 regarding R1.5 Porch Book

WH E R EA S the intent of the 2014 Constitution and Regulations was not to change the intent or
meaning of the previous Constitutions;

AND WHEREAS section 15 of the pre-2014 Constitutions different requirements for members
of Grand Lodge and visitors:

15. Porch Book. Grand Lodge shall keep a Porch Book in which the members
attending at each Communication shall sign their names before entering Grand
Lodge, and a similar book, or a portion of the same book for visitors, who shall, in
like manner, enter their names, Masonic rank, and the name of the Lodge from
which they hail.


AND WHEREAS the current section R1.5 does not provide for members who do not represent
their lodge, i.e. members not serving as principal officers or proxies:

R1.5 At each Communication of Grand Lodge, a Porch Book must be provided
for each Member attending to record and sign his name, Masonic rank and the
name of the Lodge which he represents, before entering the Communication.

Therefore be it resolved that section R1.5 be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:-

R1.5 At each Communication of Grand Lodge, a Porch Book must be provided
for each Member attending to record and sign his name, Masonic rank and the
name of his Lodge, before entering the Communication.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Second Langley Lodge No. 184
VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown
Whitehorse Lodge No. 46

Resolution 12 regarding C5.9 Past Grand Lodge Officers Aprons.
WH E R EA S the current Constitution does not provide a description of the aprons of a Past Grand

Treasurer or Past Grand Secretary.

Therefore be it resolved that section C5.9 be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:-

Past Grand Officers holding the rank of Right Worshipful

C5.9 A Past Grand Treasurer, Past Grand Secretary, or Past Grand Director of
Ceremonies may wear an apron similar to that of a Past District Deputy Grand
Master except that the emblem will be as described in section C5.3, surrounded
by a circle four inches in diameter, all embroidered in blue.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Second Langley Lodge No. 184

VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown
Whitehorse Lodge No. 46


Resolution 13 regarding R20.14.3 candidate advancement.

WH E R EA S the intent of the 2014 Constitution and Regulations was not to change the intent or
meaning of the previous Constitutions and;

WH E R EA S section R20.14.3 is internally inconsistent and unclear.

Therefore be it resolved that section R20.14.3,

R.20.14.3 An EA or FC has up to twelve months after receiving his previous
degree to appear at Lodge for advancement. The Lodge Secretary may inform the
candidate that, if he does not attend, within the twelve months since his last
degree, he will be dropped from the Lodge membership unless the candidate can
show that this should not occur.

be deleted in its entirety and replaced with:-

R.20.14.3 An Entered Apprentice or Fellow Craft who has not advanced to the
next degree within twelve months, may be informed in writing by the Lodge
Secretary that if he does not appear at the communication of the Lodge where the
degree is to be conferred, he will be dropped from the roll, unless he gives a
reason satisfactory to the Lodge.

Moved RW Bro. George Moore
Langley Lodge No. 184

Second VW Bro. Trevor W. McKeown

Whitehorse Lodge No. 46

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Constitution Committee,

VW Bro. Ray T. Bryant, Chairman
RW Bro. William Headen,Vice Chairman
RW Bro. Donald Mackenzie, RW Bro. Charles Woods, RW Bro. Brian Boorse, RW Bro.
Michael Ward, RW Bro. Lawrence Johnson, W Bro. Donald Tulloch, W Bro. Paul Finch.


Expressions of interest for the Office of Grand Treasurer

WBro Stewart Churlish
Worshipful Brother Stewart Churlish was born in England in 1948, raised in Dartmouth, NS and
moved to Victoria, BC in 1964. He was a member of Oak Bay Chapter, Order of DeMolay and
served as Master Councillor in 1965. Raised in Victoria
Columbia Lodge No 1, serving as Worshipful Master in
2013. Served on Grand Lodge committees including
Finance Committee in 2013, becoming Chair from 2014 to
2018, Ad Hoc Committee on the 5 Pillar Plan Audit (2014)
and the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Review 2005 to
2018. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a Scottish Rite
Mason.

Stew is a Chartered Professional Accountant-CGA,
receiving his BA (Economics) from the University of
Victoria, and his MBA (Executive Management) from Royal
Roads University. He spent 24 years in the BC Provincial
Government lastly as the combined Director of Finance for
the Ministry of the Attorney general and for the Ministry
of the Solicitor General. He then accepted a similar
position in the Alberta Provincial Government as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief
Financial Office for both Alberta Sustainable Resource Development and the Alberta
Environment from 2000 to 2006. In the course of those duties, he was responsible for annual
financial operations that peaked at $3 billion. Returning to Victoria, he taught accounting
courses at Royal Road University, University Canada West, Vancouver Island University and
Thompson Rivers University. The latter position required Brother Churlish to travel to China to
teach in various major universities spread out over four years. He continues to teach an Open
Learning course for the Kamloops university.

Active in his community, he spent 15 years as a Leader with Scouts Canada. Coached minor
soccer and baseball, served as Treasurer for local organizations and was a Rotarian.

He is Treasurer for the Victoria Masonic Building Society which operates a social housing facility
for seniors next to the 650 Fisgard Street Masonic Temple.

Stew has two sons, who are also Masonic Brothers, Erik (35) and Andrew (33).

He is single.

Apart from his Masonic activities, he enjoys archery and reading.


W Bro B.A. (Bernie) Magnan
Born in Montreal in 1948, and educated across Canada, W. Bro Magnan was raised in DeWolf Lodge #78,
Port Coquitlam in 2006. He served as Worshipful Master in 2010-2011 and again in 2016-17. He is a
member of Scottish rite and served as TPGM of the Valley of Vancouver LoP.

W Bro Magnan is an Economist, specializing in project
management, turnarounds, strategic and economic planning.

He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Fellow
of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) He
previously served as a director for CMABC and CMCBC,
Vancouver Opera, The Vancouver Board of Trade (also as Chief
Economist for a number of years) and the Bard on the Beach
Theatre Society. W Bro Magnan is presently Chair of the
Justice Institute of BC Foundation (since 2014) and is a
Commissioner with the BC Utilities Commission.

He has served as treasurer and audit committee member for
various organizations especially in the not for profit sector. He
also has served on the Grand Lodge Finance Committee and as
co-treasurer of the CGMNA 2015 Organizing Committee.

W Bro. Magnan is married to Linda Mundell and together they
have three children and six grandchildren.


Congratulations!!

Our Senior Grand Warden, RWB Doug Franklin and his
wife Lisa have just published a book called Dave- Son of
Bigfoot?

It is great that our Brethren are doing this sort of thing. Writing, whether Masonic or otherwise,
has been in a decline among our membership, and it is great that something like this is now on
the market. RWB Franklin says there are three Masonic references in the book- one obvious
and two a little more secretive.

We are not promoting the sale of the book, simply congratulating our SGW on a job well done.
But if you do want to find out more, you can check out the book’s web
site www.davysonofbigfoot.com


Masonic History

An article by VWBro Barry D Thom

St. Clair Lodge No.577, GL of Canada

Timeline, mid-1600’s

Why did men of wealth, education, and power, join an organization of tradespeople, at a
time when class distinction was very prominent? Nobody can say for sure but here are a
few theories. Many of the earliest speculative Masons were founding members of the
Royal Society, located in London England. This society was formed in 1660 and included
such Accepted Masons as Robert Moray, Elias Ashmole, John Desaguliers (later to be
Grand Master of the GL of England), Robert Boyle (remember Boyle’s law from our physics
class?). There were other Masons but their names do not stand out, for me. They met
weekly to witness experiments and discuss scientific topics. The English Civil Wars had
ended in 1651 and now men had time to search out such things as history, architecture,
science, alchemy and the occult.

Concerning Speculative Masonry, Bro Harry Carr said, "I believe it arose from the natural
interest of the landed gentry in architecture, and building in general. Also, this was the
period of clubs. There were clubs for every conceivable, taste – cards, music, gambling,
talk, horse racing, prizefighting, drinking, you name it, there was a club for it. A new club
of any kind was bound to attract members.

Speculative Masonry was also encouraged by the 'Grand Tour of Europe'. So then, what was
the 'Grand Tour of Europe'. The young English elites of the 16 and 1700's often spent two to
four years traveling around Europe in an effort to broaden their horizons and learn about
language, architecture, geography, and culture.

Whatever the reason, there can be no doubt, that those first speculative Masons found
something in the Craft that attracted them to it. The ritual, as we know it, developed
during the first four decades of the 18th century, but there must have been a nucleus of
moral and religious teaching from which this ritual could grow.

The difference in Operative lodges, between England and Scotland, was that recorded minutes
show up first in Scotland, however, they lacked the Manuscripts. In 1598, the Shaw statutes
were put into place. These were strictly trade regulations. Looking at England, the reverse was
true. An example of a manuscript would be the Regis Manuscript dated around 1390. It
contained the legendary history of the Craft, a series of Instructions, Duties, Trade Regulations,
observances for the guidance of the members of the Craft, both in their everyday life and in
their work as masons. In time both England and Scotland kept minutes and had manuscripts.
Obligations/oaths were taken by placing one hand on the manuscript, while the brother
administrating it held it. The Holy Bible would eventually replace the manuscript as well as an


Altar would be introduced into lodges. The exception being that a true UGL of Eng. lodge has no
Altar.

James VI of Scotland

King of Scotland (1567-1625) Today, he is remembered for commissioning the so-called King
James' Bible, or Authorized Version. When the Queen travels and is asked to read the Bible,
it MUST be from this version.

Records show that James was "entered Freemason and Fellowcraft of the Lodge of Scoon" on
15 April 1601. This is the FIRST RECORDED 'accepted' or Speculative Mason.

The SECOND RECORDED speculative Mason was Sir Robert Moray. He engaged in many things
but was predominately a Military man. Several Freemasons who were members of the Lodge of
Edinburgh initiated him into Freemasonry in 1641. Although he was initiated into a Scottish
lodge, the event took place south of the Scottish border. This is the earliest record of a man
being initiated into Speculative Freemasonry on English soil.

In England, the first recorded speculative Mason is Elias Ashmole, initiated in 1646.

Scotland had the first all Speculative lodge, dated 1702 in the town of Haughfoot. They were
using ritual from an Operative lodge, this shows the close connection between the two.

Masonic Postcards submitted by Bro. Sandy MacMillan, Wellington Square Lodge No.725 GL of Canada


Masonic Education and Leadership

Foreword: This is from Wenatchee, Washington, and the words are as true today as they were
when the article was published 13 years ago. The Craft has been trying to find its way for a long
time. If you go back decades, the same message is there- serving our Brethren. Lately, because
of declining numbers, we have been placing an increased effort on new members. This paper
was originally sent to our Grand Lodge by then WB (now RWB) Ron Bushby of Mount St. Paul
Lodge No. 109.

Function of a Masonic Lodge
From Wenatchee Masonic News Published in Masonic Bulletin-BCY-Nov. 1946

Reprinted – CANAMS - 7th May, 2005.

It is not the primary function of Freemasonry to initiate candidates, nor to enlarge its
membership. Were it so, there would be no basis for our laws against proselytizing. The primary
function of a Masonic Lodge is to train its members to an understanding of the truths which its
rituals and ceremonies are designed to inculcate.

The chief concern of the Lodge is with the welfare, the happiness, and the Masonic
development of its members. Its success as a Masonic Lodge cannot be gauged by the length of
its membership roll or by the size of its accumulated funds.

The beauty of our ritual, and the good-fellowship among the members of our Lodges cannot be
conserved when the chief aim is to make Masons and to make money-"for a man's life
consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth"-and a Lodge's life does not
consist in its acquisitions, but in the contribution which it makes to civilization and society
through the influence of those whom it has helped to train, to what we call Masonic character.

Therefore, it should be the duty of every Masonic Lodge to put in action a plan for the
education of its members in Masonic History, Symbolism, and Philosophy, devoting more of its
meetings to this much neglected function.


Fraternal Greetings Brethren,

As we prepare for a New Year I remember another brother who had sent out a paper on the
“Pillars and Columns in Lodge”. He said nobody had ever taken him round the lodge, when he
was new, to explain what they all meant. I thought well nobody took me round either. I asked
others and the answer was always in the negative. Well with the start of a new year and a glass
of what does you good at my side I pondered on what else was I not told over the years and I
just had to pick it up as I went along.

Then I thought maybe there were new members that were even apprehensive when in lodge,
not knowing these basics, as I would call them.

The result of this pondering is, I plan to send out a series of papers for all those new masons
that need a little more light as they sit in the North East corner.

They will be called “Letter to a new Brother” and will be a series of papers that could be used
by the Education Officers to use even if they have to change them to suit their Lodge. Maybe
even produce a small pamphlet to hand out to all new members in the future.

The first paper, that is attached, is called “Who is Who in Lodge”.

It describes the officers of the lodge where they sit and their duties in Lodge

The Second paper will be “Pillars Columns and Candle Sticks.”

It will describe some of the important furniture in the lodge and is planned to be read out in
Mt Zion Lodge in Chilliwack on 2nd January 2018 by their Director of Masonic Education.

The Third Paper will be “Collars, Cuffs and Jewels.”

It will describe the regalia of the lodge officers. It has also been suggested that the duty of
placing of the Collars and Cuffs, before the Lodge meeting starts, could be given to a new
brother to help in his education of who sits where and make him feel he is part of the Lodge.

The Fourth paper will be “The Etiquette of the Lodge”.

The Fifth paper will be “Aprons of the Lodge”

The Sixth paper will be “Where Grand Lodge Fits in”.

If any Brother has any other suggestions they would be appreciated. Also could you please
make sure new members have copies or advised when one of these talks is being made.

Yours Fraternally and keep smiling,


Bro Bill

Member of the Education Committee of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.
A Letter to a New Brother

Who is Who in the Lodge
This talk is intended for the newer members of the craft and although some of the locations
where the officers sit are going to be different, if anyone wants to change it to use this talk in
their Lodge please feel free to change it.

In our Lodge we use the British Columbia Ancient Work and our ritual is the one we started with
in 1912, well almost, I am sure some small changes have crept in but these are now are lost in
time and were not intentional, just small errors that come about over the years. Today our
ritual is stored in an electronic format and a copy is held by our Grand Lodge, with our archives
stored in the Local City Museum and the Director of Masonic Education, who is designated the
custodian of the Ritual.

So what I am going to talk about is who the Officers are and where they sit in our Lodge Room.
Remember the term lodge is not the building but the group of us who meet and enjoy the aims
of the Fraternity we call Freemasonry.

I will start with the Worshipful Master who is situated in the East and sits in the centre behind
his dais. He holds the highest position in the lodge and it is the final destination of those who
take the “Line of Progressive” positions to reach the chair of King Solomon.

Our Master is addressed and referred to as the "Worshipful Master" and acts as the chairman
of all the business of his lodge. He is vested with considerable powers without further
reference to the members and presides over all our rituals and ceremonies.

The office of Worshipful Master is the highest honour to which any lodge can bestow on a
member. The office is filled annually, by election, but we specify that a brother must have
served as an installed Warden to qualify for this office. So we try and nominate and elect the
previous year's Senior Warden in an uncontested election.

The term Worshipful does not mean that the Master is worshiped, but it is used in its original
meaning, of "worthy of respect".


Our line of Progression, that I mentioned, refers to a series of positions in the lodge that starts,
in our lodge, with the Junior Steward then each year he moves up to the next place of Senior
Steward, Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and then to Master.
So first I will move down through this line of progression.

The next person being “The Senior Warden” who sits in the West facing the Worshipful Master.
He is one of the three principal officers of the lodge and is the Master's principal deputy and is
second only to that of the Worshipful Master.

He also has the responsibility of ensuring that visiting Masons are in possession of the
necessary credentials to attend lodge. In the absence of the Worshipful Master although he
could succeed to the Masters position and have all his powers and duties, he would never
assume his chair. So he usually requests that a Past Master occupies the Worshipful Master’s
chair and conduct the business of the meeting. In our Lodge, as I said, it is presumed that the
Senior Warden will become the next Worshipful Master.

The third of the three principal officers is the Junior Warden who sits in the South. He passes
messages from the Senior Warden to the members of the Lodge.

He is charged with the supervision of the Lodge while it is "at refreshment" and in conjunction
with the Worshipful Master and Senior Warden he takes part in the ruling and governing of the
lodge. The two Wardens and the Worshipful Master are known as “regular officers of the
Lodge” and that means that their positions must be filled when the Lodge is tyled or Open.

Next there are two Deacons, the Senior Deacon who sits in the North East corner and Junior
Deacon who sits in the South West corner.

The principal duties of the Senior Deacon is to conduct candidates around the Lodge and speak
for them during ceremonies. He also carries messages as required from the Worshipful Master
to the Senior Warden.

The duties of Junior Deacon are similar in many respects to that of Senior Deacon,
and he carries messages, as required, from the Senior Warden to the Junior Warden.
It is these two officers who perform most of the floor work of the lodge and are recognised by
the wands they carry which are the emblems of their authority.


Next are the Senior and Junior Stewards who are assistants to the Junior Warden and sit in the
south in front of him. They assist in the general supervision and planning of catering and
refreshments.

It is also their duty, under the supervision of the Director of Ceremonies, to see that visitors are
properly accommodated. When you become the Junior Steward you are in the starting position
for your journey to the Chair of King Solomon.

We now we move to other Officers that have special positions.

The Tyler is located outside the lodge room and it is his duty to guard the door, with a
drawn sword, and ensure that only those who are duly qualified and have the permission of the
Worshipful Master can gain entry into the lodge.
He keeps in touch using a series of knocks on the outside of the door that he uses to inform the
Inner Guard that there is an alarm at the door.

The 'Inner Guard' sits inside the lodge behind the Junior Deacon. He has the task of guarding
the inside of the Lodge Room and to permit entry only those who are duly qualified. When the
lodge is in session it is his duty to report any alarms and to obey the commands of the
Worshipful Master.

The Treasurer is located in the North East Corner behind his desk at the right of the Worshipful
Master.

His role is to keep the accounts and pay the Lodge bills as authorized by the Worshipful Master
and the Brethren. He prepares an annual budget and keeps a comprehensive statement of the
financial affairs. This is very important as it provides the measure of the lodge's continuing
viability.

The Secretary is located in the South East Corner behind his desk at the left of the Worshipful
Master.

This is one of the most important positions within the lodge and he is virtually a “strong right
arm” to the Worshipful Master, in the conduct of the business. He advises the Worshipful
Master on matters of procedure concerning the Constitutions of Grand Lodge and the by-laws
of our lodge, and guards against any infringement of them. He issues the notice of impending
meetings and records the minutes of the meetings including a list of members and visitors


present. He collects annual dues from the members and produces the statistical returns of our
Lodge to the Grand Lodge.

Although any member may hold the office of Secretary, it is typically held by an experienced
Past Master and it is not unusual for the office to be held by the same member for many years.

The Immediate Past Master is located at the left hand side of the Worshipful Master and while
he is not formally an officer of the lodge, he acts as an advisor to the Worshipful Master and is
usually expected to replace him in his absence.

The Director of Ceremonies is located on the right hand side of the Worshipful Master and is
responsible for making sure the meeting flows smoothly and makes sure everything is done
correctly and acts as a prompter for brethren who forget their lines.

He is responsible for forming processions, balloting procedures and greeting Grand Lodge
officers and other visitors. He also sees that they are assigned their proper places in the lodge
in accordance with their rank in the Craft.

On the left hand side of the Immediate Past Master are seated the Visiting Masters of other
Lodges.

On the right hand side of the Director of Ceremonies are the Members and Past members of
Grand Lodge and will include our District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM).

The Chaplain sits on the level in the South East Corner. His principal duty is to lead the Lodge in
prayer and to say grace while the lodge is at the Festive Board. It is not required that the
Chaplain be a clergyman, as our prayers are non-denominational.

The Director of Music in the lodge sits at the organ in the North West corner of the Lodge and
provides musical accompaniment to lodge proceedings.

The Director of Masonic Education sits in north side of the lodge opposite the Junior Warden
and to the left of the altar.

His duties concerns the education of the Lodge Members and in our lodge he is expected to
present short talks on appropriate subjects during all regular meetings of the lodge as directed
by the Worshipful Master. In our Lodge he is also the custodian of the Lodge Masonic Ritual.


The Historian sits to the right of the Director of Masonic Education opposite the Junior warden
and to the right of the altar. He usually is a member who has a particular interest in Masonic
history.

He is responsible for the archiving of documents of the Lodge that are kept in the local City
Museum. He keeps the Lodge history up to date and safe guards the artefacts left in his charge.
He is the official photographer of the Lodge and keeps up to date the Lodge Photo collection of
brethren and events of the Lodge including the Photographs of Past Masters on the wall in our
Lodge located in the ante room. In our lodge he is also the Lodge Librarian and lends books out
when requested.

This leaves the new members who sit in the north. This is not because we do not accept you, as
you have taken an Obligation that makes you welcome members of the Lodge and we definitely
call you Brother. The North West is known as position of darkness and when you have the full
light of a Master Mason you will sit in the body of the Lodge. Mind you your Mentor or other
Brother should sit with you to answer any questions you may have. So if you feel isolated, just
hang in there as you are our future.

So there you have it Brethren. If you have any questions I am always available so e-mail me.
billovery398@gmail.com or phone me on 604-504-3723.

Thank you my brothers and whatever I say, may we continue in peace and harmony.

Bro. Bill Overy.
Member of the Education Committee of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon.


Festive Board as a Heavenly Queen
Submitted by VWB Dan Zrymiak
This is intended to help Junior Wardens or Toastmasters remember the sequence and
importance of particular Masonic Toasts to be given at a Festive Board. Instead of a protocol
checklist, I thought that the visual imagery of a Heavenly Queen would act in the same manner
as our tracing boards, by linking images to particular meanings.

HALO: At the top of the Heavenly Queen would be a halo or some image invoking spiritual
significance. This should be a reminder that at the top of the agenda is to invoke a blessing of
Grace.
HEAD: The head of the Heavenly Queen is at the center of the image. The Toastmaster should
introduce the Head Table from the outside to the center, ensuring that the brother of senior
Masonic rank is the last to be introduced.
CROWN: This represents the Royal or Sovereign authority, and should prompt the Toasts to the
Queen and the Craft, and where appropriate, to the President of the United States.
HEART AND BOSOM: The word “bosom” operates as both a noun (a woman’s chest) and an
adjective “close or intimate friend”. This should remind the Toastmaster to extend toasts to
the honored guests of the Festive Board which include Toasts to the Visitors and Ladies or
Companions.


FABRIC: The Heavenly Queen is draped in flowing fabric which represents her beauty and
stature. The Grand Lodge can be considered as a sort of tapestry which weaves together
brethren, lodges, communities, and landmarks to ensure the continuity and sustainability of our
Craft within our jurisdiction. This should be recognized with the Toast to Grand Lodge.

SHOES: The shoes could convey the next steps made by brethren, particularly if they are away
and seek a safe return home. This is the bottom or closing item and should be the Tyler’s
Toast, which concludes the Festive Board by reciting in spirited unison, “Happy To Meet, Sorry
To Part, Happy To Meet Again”.

The image of a Heavenly Queen among Freemasons is not only a reference for a memory
device, but should remind us always to act as respectful gentlemen which gathering together in
furtherance of the Craft. Have you ever observed the changes in comportment when men are
suddenly in the presence of a beautiful woman they wish to impress? Postures are
straightened, interactions are more civilized, and expressions are more deliberate and
confident. We must always be reminded to be at our best with each other, as if in the presence
of our Heavenly Queen.


Ashlar College of Freemasonry
Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon

1St Annual Writing Contest

The Question

“The Future of Freemasonry in British Columbia and Yukon”

In a fast moving, fast changing society how does an organization of like-minded men adapt,
maintain and thrive under these ever changing conditions while preserving all that is good and

great about the craft.

The Rules

1200 - 1500 word essay of original thought (no more)

Double spaced, 12 pt font.

Name, Lodge Name and Number with title on front cover of essay

The Dates

Entries will be received after February 1st until May 1st 2018
Winners will be announced June 1st, 2018

The Prizes

1st Prize

An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences by Albert G. Mackey, complete set.
2nd Prize

Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia by Henry Wilson Coil
3rd Prize

Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol (Art & Imagination) by W. Kirk MacNulty


Chris Foxon
Ashlar College

Email your entries to cfoxon@shaw.ca


Masonic Tidbits

Cherish The Minutes Within Freemasonry

Submitted by VWB Dan Zrymiak

In our meetings, we are often confronted with administrative materials that we would often prefer to
skip. As we prepare for upcoming Board of General Purpose meetings and Grand Lodge
Communications, the beauty of a spring evening or the prospect of NHL playoffs can make time devoted
to document reviews seem even more challenging. Our lodges consume so much time with advance
proceedings, notices of motion, reviews of constitutional changes, meeting minutes, and discussions
about policies and procedures. Would it be so bad if this could all just go away?

Actually, yes it would. I will provide an example from another organization of how these artifacts were
withheld from members to their detriment.

First, here is a summary of what we review and how this helps our Craft to function:

Advance proceedings: Our Grand Secretary and his office provide the reports and materials in advance
so that all brethren can prepare themselves for informed discussions.

Notices of motion: For changes to bylaws and constitutional clauses, advance notification alerts
brethren to attend and prepare themselves for informed discussions.

Reviews of constitutional changes: A comparison of the change and its potential impact to other parts of
the constitution inform brethren of the upcoming proposal and its effects on the Craft.

Meeting minutes: Following the events, the secretary reads or makes available summaries of the events,
motions, financial transactions, and key people involved.

Discussions: Our lodges permit a controlled and facilitated discussion in order to build a consensus and
permit multiple viewpoints of a motion.

I will share an experience with another organization. The central office has determined that permitting
its local and regionally-based volunteers to handle money and make financial decisions represents too
much organizational risk. Consequently, all funds are to be transferred from the different cities to the
head office who will determine how this money is to be spent in the future. The head office includes
multiple people earning six figure salaries, and a CEO with a gross income in excess of $30,000
USD/month.

This “transformation” was decided in November 2017, but was not disclosed until the minutes were
published in February 2018. The affected groups (equivalent in size and assets to a typical lodge) are
expected to comply. In some cases, the groups have been semi-autonomous entities for over 70 years
and have accumulated funds exceeding $250,000 USD; all of which is expected to be transferred to the
head office. Since the funds will be centrally managed, new staff members will be hired to deal with this


workload. The new overhead will require dues increases and additional layers of approval for financial
commitments.

I would be very opposed to a similar dynamic occurring within Freemasonry. Fortunately our Craft
enables transparency and informed discussion through the provision of Notices of Motion, Advance
Proceedings, and other informative artifacts. Brethren would not be taken by surprise, but could
instead research to find examples and benchmarks to support their informed discussions with examples.

The next time you are listening to the Secretary’s report in lodge, cherish the minutes you spend, and
cherish the integrity and transparency of our Craft. That will sustain and preserve our fraternal
organization, and ensure that decisions are made with informed consensus for the best interests of all
brethren.


Masonic Health
HEARTBEAT

Editor’s Note - No submission this edition


Masonic Lodges
Westminster Lodge No. 174

Grand Master on his official visit to District No. 2 in Langley
February 8, 2018


Meridian Lodge No. 108
Visit of DDGM Freddi Li to Meridian Lodge in February 2018


Mount Garibaldi Lodge

VW Bro Len Pickell receives his 50-year jewel March 9th at Mount Garibaldi Lodge. Our Junior
Grand Warden, RWB Don Mackenzie was in attendance for the event.


Nola

This is Nola. She is a comfort dog. She comes from Blaine, Washington.
Our Grand Master's Charity this year is the Canine Citadel Society. There are several Brothers in

our Craft who are veterans or retired police and first responders who use dogs from this
Society. They are dogs which have undergone varying degrees of training, depending on their
use. They are different from guide dogs for the blind. They undergo specialized training up to
two years to be able to assist their masters, many of whom suffer from PTSD and other forms of
debilitating pressure. They are able to determine if their masters are under stress, and let them
know it's time to move some where quieter. They are true healers. This dog is from Bellingham.
A lady dealing with those dogs was so impressed with our work that this dog was donated to
the cause. Our Grand Master is hoping to reach $20,000 this year for his charity. Right now he is

at $36,000. Great!


Victoria-Columbia No.1

Grand Master on his official visit to Victoria-Columbia No.1 and the Installation of officers for
the forthcoming year.


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