November is done. What another great month in Toronto East District. I once
again congratulate our newest Worshipful Masters and re-dedicate the support
and resources of the District to you and your Lodges.
Despite the weather the turnout for our Remembrance Day Ceremonies was
pretty good. I was truly honoured and humbled to be able to lay the wreathes
at the Scarborough and Markham ceremonies. A lot of Lodges each have their
own way of honouring our Service men and women. I encourage everyone to read
the various summons and see what is going on for next November.
I was also honoured to be able to present a 50 year a Mason pin to Bro. R.
Sue-A-Quan at Wexford. It was a pleasure honouring this Brother.
I also attended the reception for V. W. Bro. Dave Phelan and learned a thing
or two about his Masonic journey. Congratulations again on your appointment
V. W. Sir.
Ladies nights and dancing seemed to be the order. Debi and I have had a
great time attending these events and would like to thank each Lodge for
For those that do not know, one thing that the District is working on this
year is a Friend to Friend video. Please contact the District Secretary if
you are interested in helping out or participating in this video.
We are now into December and the Christmas and holiday parties are all
starting up. I would like to thank all of the Lodges who have sent
invitations if it is within my cable tow then I will be there. I would like
to remind the brethren to take the necessary cautions and utilize
alternative means of getting to and from these events if you plan on
drinking. Let's make this season a safe and happy one for everyone as well
as setting an example for others to emulate.
This month we will be having 4 more installations. I encourage you all to
come out and support these Lodges.
On that note I have noticed (and I am sure you have also noticed) that some
Lodges visit more often than others. Why is that? What is stopping you? Is
it that "we're not a travelling lodge"? Or "I don't want to go on my own".
Whatever the reason is I encourage every member of Toronto East to visit at
least 1 Lodge this year. We have approximately 1200 members in our District
so why do we only see the same guys out time and time again?
If you visit them they will visit you.
Now here is an interesting thought for all of you. I received the agenda for
the DDGMs Mid-term meeting in early January. MID-TERM!?!?!?! Where did the
first part go?
Brethren I am having a fantastic time and you have all been so welcoming and
supportive of me (and Debi) and the District Secretary (and Sarah). Thank
you to all of you.
On behalf of Debi and myself I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Prosperous New Year. May the Great Architect of the Universe
continue to watch over all of us.
R. W. Bro. Ross E. McOuat
District Deputy Grand Master - Toronto East District