Grand Lodge 159th Annual Communication will take place Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17, 1014.
MONDAY, JULY 14th
The Board of General Purposes will meet in the Ballroom, on he Convention floor of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, at 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM R.W. Bro. John Green, Deputy Grand Master and President of the Board, will preside.
TUESDAY, JULY 15th
The Board of General Purposes will meet at 10:00 AM in the ballroom,Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS from 1:30 PM to 4:20 PM in BC, Quebec and Alberta Rooms.
MEET THE NOMINEES - 7:00 pm to 8:30 PM in Salon A on the Convention Floor.
DELEGATE REGISTRATION - The Credentials Committee will register delegates in the Concert Hall, Fairmont
Royal York Hotel, on Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. NOTE: Members will receive their ballot on registration in the Concert Hall, Convention Floor.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16th
Grand Lodge will assemble in the Canadian Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, at 8:45 AM; M.W. Bro. Donald A. Campbell presiding. Brethren are earnestly requested to bring their own aprons and to be in their seats in Grand Lodge before 8:30 AM on Wednesday. Distinguished visitors, representing other Grand Jurisdictions, will be received and welcomed. Dress: Business Suit.
An Address of Welcome will be tendered and Grand Lodge will then proceed with business until 11:30 AM. The brethren are asked to reassemble after lunch in the same place at 1:30 PM.
DELEGATE REGISTRATION - The Credentials Committee will register delegates in the Concert Hall, Fairmont
Royal York Hotel, on Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. NOTE: Members will receive their ballot on registration in the Concert Hall, Convention Floor. REGISTRATION OF VOTING DELEGATES CLOSES WEDNESDAY, JULY 16th, at 3:00 PM SHARP.
TORONTO WEST DISTRICT MEETING AND VOTING FOR THE OFFICE OF DISTRICT
DEPUTY GRAND MASTER WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 5:00 TO 5:50 PM IN THE CONCERT HALL ON
THE CONVENTION FLOOR.
GRAND MASTER'S BANQUET - Wednesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the CANADIAN ROOM, Fairmont ROYAL YORK HOTEL. M.W. Bro. Robert P. Conley, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Michigan will be the Guest Speaker. Doors open at 6 PM. Dress: Business Suit
THURSDAY, JULY 17th
Grand Lodge will reassemble at 8:45 AM in the Canadian Room, Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The Installation and
Investiture of Grand Lodge officers and the newly-elected D.D.G.M.s will take place on Thursday in the Canadian Room, at such time as the Grand Master shall direct.
A Masonic ChIP Clinic is being held at Owenwood Public School in Mississauga on May 15, 2014.
The clinic is for students starting at 9:00 a. m. Approximately 100 students have been provided with permission forms and identification data forms ahead of the clinic to enroll in the program.
About the Masonic ChIP Program
The MasoniCh.I.P. program uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit for the ones you love.
The kit collects photos, video, voice recordings, digital fingerprints, dental impressions, saliva swabs as well as traditional statistical information (height, weight, hair and eye colour, etc.).
This information is matched to work seamlessly with Ontario's law enforcement providers. By being so compatible, the critical indentifying information can be broadcast and shared more quickly than ever before to assist with the safe recovery of missing children.
The MasoniCh.I.P. program is brought exclusively to families by dedicated Masons and their volunteers, free of charge along with our sentiment that "We hope you never need to use it."
For more information click here.
Joseph A. Hearn Lodge had their Official Visit last night. A F.C. Degree was exemplified.
V.W. Bro. Oldham was recognized for being a mason for 25 years by Toronto West District DDGM R.W. Bro. Warner.
In the photo are Joseph A. Hearn's Worship Master W. Bro. Pinto, V.W. Bro. Oldham and DDGM R.W. Bro. Warner.
On Thursday, Jan. 16, a number of the Directors of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario were privileged to participate in a tour of the London Regional Cancer Program’s Prostate Cancer facilities at the London Health Sciences Centre.
The following members of the Masonic Foundation were in attendance: President A. Douglas Nichols, Dr. David Cameron, Mr. Garry Dowling, Mr. Patrick McGrenere, Mr. Ed Standish, Dr. Charles Woods and our Deputy Grand Master, Mr. John Green. We were accompanied on the tour by two private donors, Mrs. Sheila Reynolds and Mr. John Reynolds.
The tour was organized and directed by two members of the London Health Sciences Foundation, Jackie Ellefsen and Pam Taylor.
The tour was organized so that members of the Foundation could see first hand the benefits of the Foundation’s contributions to Prostate Cancer research. This year, your Masonic Foundation was pleased to be able to provide the following grants:
$25,000 to Dr. Joseph Chin of Western University to enable a Masters student to look at modulators of prostate cancer cell invasion, which will have an impact on preventing metastasis.
$25,000 to Dr. Bobby Shayegan of McMaster University to study a novel prostatectomy technique which promises to greatly lessen complications.
$25,000 to Dr. Robert Siemens of Queen’s University for work with a survivorship group which includes cognitive psychologists who are attempting to understand the needs and gaps for men and their spouses in terms of their care after treatment. This includes a better understanding of quality of life issues.
We were privileged to be able to meet with Dr. Glenn Bauman, Chair/Chief of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Joseph Chin, Chief, Surgical Oncology, Dr. Aaron Ward, PhD, and Dr. Leonard Luyt, PhD.
Dr. Bauman guided the tour of the treatment and Radiation Therapy areas, explaining not only the equipment, but the processes used in treatment and the structure and organization of the various units and teams that come together to provide the best possible end result for the patient.
Dr. Chin provided insight into the workings of the clinical side of the Baines Centre for Transitional Cancer Research and also an update on the work of the Masters student, Sean Leith, who received the grant from our Masonic Foundation for his research into a short hairpin ribonucleic acid (shRNA) molecule library made by 3D culturing.
Dr. Aaron Ward provided a very educational presentation on the collaboration between the technology side of treatment and the interaction that their teams have with the clinicians. His presentation focused on how advances in imaging technology are constantly being used to strive for solutions to support questions and ideas that are raised by the clinicians in their use of the technology. He also outlined the process in transitioning a ‘question’ or an ‘idea’ from inception to a final product and he emphasised the importance of initial funding (donations) and ‘seed’ money in this process.
Dr. Leonard Luyt gave us a presentation on how the ‘chemistry’ teams collaborate with the technology (imaging) and clinical teams to provide patient care solutions. He stressed the importance of the on-site lab work in developing new labelling agents for imaging (much like the development process of a drug) that ultimately reaches the stage of clinical trials. He then conducted a very educational tour of the research lab.
This tour certainly allowed the participants from your Masonic Foundation to see first hand the work being done in the field of Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research. It was indeed an eye opener and a great opportunity to visualize the potential impact of our Foundation dollars at work. The entire Cancer Program team stressed the importance of funding, especially as relates to ‘seed’ money, in the ongoing search for better treatment and ultimate cure for Prostate Cancer.
We are indebted to the entire team but especially Jackie and Pam for making the tour possible.
Submitted by: Garry Dowling / David Cameron
The Ontario Mason Magazine Team and the Communications Committee are extremely pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Ontario Mason Magazine (OMM), in its new on-line format.
Ontario Mason Magazine - 2013 Fall
We hope that you enjoy the team’s first effort; it has been a huge undertaking and it certainly has been a learning process for us all. As we move forward with the creation of the Winter Issue, we pledge to you that the team will seek improvement every issue.
This new on-line version of the OMM is very much a magazine of and for every mason in Ontario. Its primary purpose is to inform the Brethren, while at the same time creating a greater sense of a Fraternal Community across the breadth of this great Province.
The long-term success of the re-introduction of the Ontario Mason Magazine can only be achieved through the forging of communication partnerships between the Lodges, the Districts and the Senior Leadership of the Craft.
The members of the OMM Team have a simple philosophy; If the information and news that you have as a Lodge or a District, is important to you – it is important to us.
We encourage you to share stories, special celebrations, events, articles and photographs with the team. This magazine is here, for you to use, as a means of showcasing your special part of our Jurisdiction and we encourage to do so regularly.
Should you, your Lodge or your District have submissions to the magazine, they can be forwarded via this specifically created e-mail address for the Ontario Mason Magazine - OMM@grandlodge.on.ca .
Should you have any questions or wish to make any comments about the magazine, you can do so through this same OMM e-mail address.
Communications is a Partnership and with your assistance we can cooperatively make this magazine a publication to be proud of.
W. Bro. Dan Dignard R.W. Bro. Iain D. Wate
Team Leader Chairman
Ontario Mason Magazine Communnications Committee
GL Communications Pillar Grand Lodge Communications Pillar
Please Note: Throughout the magazine you find that “hyperlinks” have been used extensively. These links are there for your information and reading pleasure, so we encourage you to explore what they have to offer.
The District Theatre Night was wonderful evening with 260 in attendance. It was an amazing performance of the classic "Annie" by local artists who received several standing ovations for their outstanding performance.
A heart felt message by R.W. Bro. George Warner DDGM Toronto West of the District project to support research into M.S. was well received and compared the challenges that were similar between M.S. sufferers and those of the orphans in the musical, and how both issues can have happy endings.