September was a busy month getting back into the swing of things. We had 4
Installations which were well attended. I congratulate the new Worshipful
Masters of our District. I have been asking these fine gentlemen what their
plans are for their year and they have all responded by stating they want to
grow their Lodges and increase the level of The Work. What a great way to
start a year, as this is my focus. I have recommitted to them the resources
and support of our District and through us the resources of our Grand Lodge.
I will continue on this path throughout the year and I trust all of you will
support these initiatives.
We also had 2 receptions for our Grand Lodge officers. The 1st was for V. W. Bro. Gordon McHallam. Once again Gord congratulations on your appointment.
It was a pleasure to attend your reception and I look forward to travelling
with you this year.
The other reception was for me. What a night. I had the pleasure and honour
of being brought into my Mother Lodge and welcomed by everyone. Standing in
the East and seeing so many Brethren it was a truly humbling experience. To
the Markham Union brethren who organized this event my many thanks. After
Lodge was closed our non-masonic visitors were brought in. Being able to see
my family and friends there to celebrate with me was fantastic. The onl
downside to the evening was that one of my mentors, V. W. Bro. Jim Crawford
could not be there in person due to his health. However they arranged to
contact him by phone and to hear his voice as he (through a proxy) presented
me with my undress Regalia. Thank You for everything Jim!
We also had our fall District business meeting which was well attended.
There I outlined my plans for this year which was received wholeheartedly by
the Brethren present. Thank you for your support. One item which I must
bring to everyone's attention is that I wish to create a Friend to Friend
video for the District this year. We are looking for volunteers. Anyone with
camera and editing experience would be great as well as anyone who has
desire to be included. Please contact the District Secretary if you wish to
help out with this.
On Monday September 25th we had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of
M. W. Bro. Donald A. Campbell's portrait. It was a wonderful night for
everyone and I would like to express Toronto East District's pride in having
M. W. Bro. Campbell as a member.
October is shaping up to be another busy month. We have 6 Installations, 4
receptions and 1 Official Visit (Doric). The Official Visit at Doric will be
my first so let's start the year off by showing up in numbers.
I would be remiss not to mention the upcoming 300th Anniversary Celebrations
being hosted by the Toronto and York Districts. This is shaping up to be
wonderful event and details can be found on our District website as well a
our District Facebook page. I have some tickets to sell so if you want to
attend either the Saturday November 25th Gala ($100 each) and/or the Sunday
November 26th presentation ($70 each) please contact me via email. Tickets
are going fast.
As I close off this message to you I would like to remind each of you that
we are a Fraternity which is defined as:
1) a group of people sharing a common profession or interest
2) the state or feeling of friendship and mutual support within a group
Doesn't that just sum up what we are all about? The next time you are out
take a really hard look around the Lodge room and banquet hall and feel
proud of what we accomplish each time we meet. But also take note of a
Brother by himself or one who you really don't know and go and talk to him.
It's is nice to have your circle of Brothers who you chat with each time you
meet but why not expand that circle?
Debi and I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and may the
Great Architect of the Universe continue to watch over you and yours.
R. W. Bro. Ross E. McOuat
District Deputy Grand Master - Toronto East District