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Birch Cliff
Lodge No.
No. 612
Official Visit
Meeting Nights

2nd and 4th Friday

East Toronto


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Current Lodge Officers
Worshipful Master
W. Bro. Romy J. Thomas
W. Bro. Ryan D. Johnson
Senior Warden
R.W. Bro. Peter J. Sialtsis
Junior Warden
Bro. Gert Lalaj
Bro. Kevon Cooper
V.W. Bro. Charles E. Frankland
W. Bro. Ryan D. Johnson
Asst. Secretary
Bro. Rodney Rego
Senior Deacon
Bro. Albert G. Pember
Junior Deacon
W. Bro. Stephen Spence
Dir. of Ceremonies
W. Bro. Michael M. Remillard
Inner Guard
Bro. Andrew Espiritu
Senior Steward
Junior Steward
Bro. Anibel Aries
W. Bro. Errol M. Chin
V.W. Bro. Michael K. Morris
Bro. Alejandro Gonzalez
Contact Information
W. Bro. Ronald K. Johnson
Phone Number:
(416) 986-4570

Lodge History:

Birch Cliff Lodge was founded in 1922 as a daughter Lodge of Wilson Lodge No. 86, which was located in Toronto and named for William Mercer Wilson, the first Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in The Province of Ontario. At that time, the City of Toronto was growing rapidly, and Freemasonry matched its pace.

A number of Masons of Wilson Lodge were Toronto Hydro employees, and with the rapid growth of Toronto's Eastern suburbs, in the post war period, a number moved out to what was then a near wilderness, to found the Scarborough Hydro Elect Commission.

As it was a significant distance to travel to the Yonge St. Masonic Temple in those days, these Masons desired a Lodge closer to their new homes. With this plan in mind, some 99 Masons of skill and learning met at the store of W.Bro. John Taylor, a Past Master of Wilson Lodge No. 86, located at Balsam Avenue at Kingston Rd. on March 23rd, 1922, to discuss the creation of a new Lodge. There were 84 Brethren who signed a petition of Charter to Grand Lodge.

One of their number was W.Bro. John A. Carveth who was chosen as the first Master of the new Lodge. The name " Birch Cliff", as the area then was known, was adopted as the name of the new lodge. It soon received Dispensation from Grand Lodge and was denominated No. 612 on the register of Grand Lodge.

Birch Cliff held their first meeting under "Dispensation" on September 8th, 1922 in a renovated house on Birchcliff Ave. at Kingston Rd, Scarborough, which was to be its home until it was destroyed by fire in 1954. The Lodge room had been consecrated by the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. William J. Drope, on November 23rd,1923.

During W.Bro. J.A. Carveth's term as Master, 27 new Masons were Initiated and 13 Affiliated. For his great service to the Lodge, he was granted the first Honourary Life Membership in the history of the lodge. Until 2006, he was the only Master to serve more than one full term in office. It is fitting that his great-grandson, W.Bro. R.G. Carveth, was elected as the Worshipful Master of Birch Cliff to mark the millennium year of 2000.

In 1961 the Lodge, along with a number of other lodges from the Scarborough area, moved to the new Scarborough Masonic Temple, located at what was then a dirt road intersection at Ellesmere and Markham Roads. The first meeting of Birch Cliff Lodge was held on February 10th, 1961 in the new building.

In the years that followed, the Lodge became one of the largest lodge in Ontario with some 385 members at one point and has always been at the forefront of Masonry in Toronto District No. 3.  As of July of 2006, we are a part of "Toronto East District".


2011 Officers and Installing Board

Official Visit

Lewis Jewel Presentation


Reception for V.W.Bro. Peter J. Sialtsis


2012 Installation - Installing Board and Officers


2012 Installation - Officers


2013 Official Visit


2013 Installation


2014 Official Visit


2014 Reception for R.W.Bro. Peter J. Sialtsis


2014 Installation

2018 Installation


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