From the Grand Master - June 2016


During the past year I have enjoyed many experiences with Brethren of our Grand Jurisdiction but I want to discuss three Masons, in particular, who have my esteem and I am proud to highlight them in this edition.

W. Bro. Arthur Haley is very active in his home Lodge, Cedar Lodge No. 396, in Wiarton. When I first met him he had travelled with other members of his Lodge to visit a Lodge approximately an hour and a half from home. He has demonstrated devotion and dedication to his Lodge and his community commitment deserves our thanks as he continues to contribute on a regular basis. This Brother is 100 years of age.

 R.W. Bro. Norm Lonsdale of Nilestown Lodge No. 345 turned 100 on January 6th, 2016 and I had the distinct pleasure to attend his birthday celebration. The Shrine Club in London was full of many friends to wish him well. Norm will become a seventy year Mason in 2017. Norm is still quite active in his Lodge and through the week he visits a number of institutions to entertain the people residing there. When called upon in Lodge or anywhere else he would be very prepared to rise and speak comfortably on any number of topics.

 W. Bro. J.J. Stewart of Norwood Lodge No. 223 will be 102 on August 23rd this year. He was Master of his Lodge in 1944. I visited with him on May 27th for about a half hour. I did not visit him at home but at his office at the Chrysler dealership that bears his name in Norwood. This gentleman told me about the history of the family business which is now operated by his son and grandsons - the fourth generation. J.J comes to work every day for a few hours and greets visitors and employees. He is an icon in his community both as a business man and a Mason. Two fellow Masons come and take him to lunch or breakfast regularly and this has been going on for over twenty years.

 Brethren, I mention these three Masons as fine examples to us of what Masonry should exemplify. The pride of being a Mason, and the zest and excitement these Brothers still exhibit, is a tribute to them. It also shows that leadership is a daily routine these gentlemen display in their community. I can tell you that their pride of being a Mason sets an example we should all exhibit to our family, friends, neighbours and each other. Having the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of these three Masons has enhanced my pride in this great fraternity.

 In closing, I encourage you to Be Proud of Who You Are, Be Proud of What You Do and Be Proud to Be a Mason.

 John C. Green

Grand Master

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