January 2012 to June 2012
Successful Annual Communication Held
On the weekend of June 1st and 2nd a very successful 147th Annual Communication of the GLNS was held at the Best Western's Glengarry Hotel in Truro. As you can see from the accompanying photos there was a very good turn out for this year's meeting. Alexandra Lodge's MW Bro. Barry Imber is now a Past Grand Master and the reigns have been handed over to the MW Bro. Reo Matthews to guide the brethren for the coming 12 months.
This year we had five members of Alexandra Lodge who were Grand Lodge Officers, they have now become Past Grand Lodge Officers and the positions are now being held by some brothers from Acacia Lodge. Unfortunately the new DDGM, DGD of C and DGC were not able to attend Saturday's sessions. Therefore, the Past DDGM, RW Bro. Jack Boyd will be going to Acacia Lodge on July 5, 2012 to install the new DDGM, RW Bro. Rob Campbell. The new DDGM will then install his new officers. If you can, please try to make it on July 5 at 7:30pm to be part of the ceremony.
To see some of the high lights of Saturday's sessions please click on the button below. This will take you to a slide show with some 20 pictures. If the show moves too quickly, just press on the PAUSE button and advance the pictures manually.
Once the GM and the Deputy GM were sworn in, brothers from Equity Lodge performed two songs for the new Grand Lodge Officers. Here is an exert from the song that the "Equitones" performed for the Grand Master.
Annual District Church Parade
May 27, 2012
On May 27 the Brothers of the Cumberland District met for their annual Masonic Church Parade and Service. This year our DDGM, RW Bro. Jack Boyd hails from Alexandra Lodge #87 in Amherst, so we had the parade in Amherst. We met at the lodge at 10:00am and shortly there after marched over to the First Baptist Church where we were warmly welcomed by the ministers, Rev. Byron Corkum and Rev. Don Miller.
Fifteen brothers from the district's nine lodges turned out for the event.
Readings were done by both our DDGM and our DG Chaplain, RW Bro. Tom Osborne.
At the close of the service our DDGM, RW Bro. Boyd, was asked to say a few words. He thanked the ministers for welcoming us into their service and invited anyone interested in finding out more about Freemasonry to feel free to ask any of the brothers.
After the service the ladies of the church provided a delicious lunch in the church hall.
Below is a picture of a set of chairs that were a donation by the Miramichi Masonic Lodge. At present the Baptist Youth Group is getting ready for an auction on June 6, 2012. Brothers St. Peter and Sutherland are seen trying them out.
50 Year Jewel Presented at Laurie Lodge
April 16, 2012
RW Bro. Jack Boyd attended the regular communication of Laurie Lodge April 16 at which time he presented a 50 year jewel to W Bro Carlyle "Bud" Boran.
Pictured here are (left to right) W Bro Dwight Gallagar, V W Bro Don Boutiller, R W Bro Jack Boyd DDGM, W Bro Boran, R W Bro Archie StPeter, R W Bro Fred Newman, V W Bro Dwight Gallagar. Missing is W Bro Justin Simons, Worshipful Master. He was the photographer.
W Bro Boran was Initiated May 16, 1961, Passed June 19, 1961, Raised October 16, 1961. He was Master of Laurie Lodge in 1966.
50 Year Jewel Presentation
by GM and Cumberland DDGM
April, 3, 2012
MW Bro.Barry Imber and RW Bro. Jack Boyd travelled to Oxford to present a 50 year jewel, 55 year bar, and 60 year bar to W Bro George Mosher of Laurie Lodge. This picture shows M W Bro Imber with W Bro Mosher to the right and his son, Eric, to the left. Eric hosted the presentation in his home.
Some of the brothers of Laurie Lodge at the presentation with W Bro Mosher and Eric.
Presentation at Pugwash
April 4, 2012
Mike Cunningham of Cunningham Construction was accompanied by his son "A J" while receiving a commemorative plaque in honour of having made the largest contribution from Pugwash to "Shriner's Day" at radio station C K D H . Noble George Anderson made the presentation on behalf of the Cumberland Shrine Club and Philae Shrine. Noble Anderson while presenting the award, at the Pugwash Co-Op, also wished to thank the citizens of Pugwash for their overwhelming support in the sale of "Fezeroo" automobile tickets.
Posted by: W Bro. George Anderson
Grand Master's Levee
March 24, 2012
On March 24 the Masons of Nova Scotia and guests met at the McNally Building on the campus of St. Mary's University for the Grand Master's Levee. There was a great turn out for this event Celebrating 274 years of Masonry in Nova Scotia, the Founding of Masonry in Canada, the UN Day of the Elimination of Racism and Celebrating the Equality of Man.
Beginning at 1:00pm the entrance hall was jam packed full of Masons and their ladies and friends. During the wait to enter the auditorium we were served a light luncheon by the women of the St. Mary's Hockey team and entertained by a trio from Cape Breton "The Celticrant".
The afternoon got underway with the Grand Master's Receiving Line as we all entered the auditorium at the McNally Building on the campus of St. Mary's University.
The GD of C, RW Bro. Neil Delaney then announced the arrival of the Grand Master. MW Bro. Barry Imber and the Line Officers were then paraded into the room lead by a piper.
Once the gathering was complete the Colour Party then entered and placed the flags as the anthems of Canada, England, USA and Nova Scotia were sung by the gathering.
Following this ceremony the GM rose to give his welcoming speech and thanked Dr. J. Dodds, President of SMU for his hospitality. After this he introduced the guest speaker, W Bro. Cliff Porter, a homicide detective for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. W Bro. Porter is an excellent speaker and his presentation was well received by all those assembled.
The GM thanked W Bro. Porter for his most timely and interesting presentation and presented him with a special jewel, the Erasmus James Philips Jewel and made him an Honorary Past Grand Lecturer.
One of the high "lights" of the afternoon then took place. The "Lighting of the Lamps" by the Knights Templar of Nova Scotia. This was a very rare presentation and one well worth the effort to be there on Saturday afternoon. The lights were made up of an exclusive collection of terra cotta lamps from the Holy Land (3500 BCE – 1300 ADE) that were lit from an actual stone masons’ lamp (70BCE – 40 ADE) who worked on the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem!
The Levee closed with a special musical guest, John Gracie and his bass guitarist and pianist.
All those who attended had a great afternoon, a real masonic celebration that will long be remembered.
Below are some photos captured during this true Masonic event.
The Grand Master presents W Bro. Cliff Porter with the Erasmus James Philips Jewel.
Rob Wigle on mandolin, Rob Greene on fiddle and Victor Fraser on guitar.
Lighting of the Lamps by the Knights Templars of Nova Scotia
Click the screen on the left to see a short video of the High Lights of the Levee.
Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia Archives.
Part of the high lights of the Levee was a display of the Artifacts now held in the Archives of Grand Lodge. The above Slide Show can be made to fill your whole screen. A description of each is also available by moving your mouse over the pictures.
A Few Shots of the Grand Master's Levee
On the evening of Monday, March 12 the Grand Master made his official visit to Wallace Lodge in Wallace accompanied by his GD of C, RW Bro. Neil Delaney, the DDGM for Cumberland, RW Bro. Jack Boyd and the DGD of C, VW Bro. Mike Gaul.
This first meeting of the year for Wallace Lodge (they are closed in January and February) was a very busy one as they had to conduct their Annual Installation as well as welcome the GM and a delegation from Wimburn Lodge who came to present them with the Traveling Gavel.
Brothers from both Acadia Lodge in Pugwash and Wimburn of Oxford assisted in the Installation. W. Bro. George Anderson of Acadia was the Installation Officer assisted by RW Bro. Carl Adams. The Presenting Officer was VW Bro. Larry Murray assisted by RW Bro. Philip Adams both of Wimburn.
After the Installation RW Bro. Philip Adams presented the Traveling Gavel to Wallace Lodge. It was accepted by VW Bro. Arthur Scott (Acting Secretary). The Masonic Education was then delivered by VW Bro. Graeme Bales, the new Worshipful Master of Wimburn.
Wallace Lodge Officers for 2012
MW Bro. Barry Imber, VW Bro. Norman Smith and DDGM RW Bro. Jack Boyd.
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At this new page each picture is captioned as well.
He was very pleased with the way in which the lodge business was conducted and the professional and competent manner by which the masonic ritual was executed. A definite highlight of the evening for the GM was the masonic education presented by Bros. Smith and Uquhart (see below).
The Grand Master makes his official entrance into Corinthian Lodge #63 escorted by the Grand Director of Ceremonies, RW Bro. Neil Delaney.
MW Bro. Barry Imber, the Grand Master of Masons in Nova Scotia and W Bro. Randy Crowe, Master of Corinthian Lodge #63.
On the evening of March 8, 2012, which is the regular meeting night for Alexandra Lodge #87, the brethren opened their lodge early at 5:10pm. After a shortened meeting they accompanied the GM the MW Bro. Barry Imber on his official visit to Corinthian Lodge #63 in Great Village.
Nine brothers went along with the GM and his Grand Director of Ceremonies, RW Bro. Neil Delaney. Because they had a large enough number of men they were able to make the visit an official lodge visit as well.
The delegation was warmly welcomed by W Bro. Randy Crowe, WM of Corinthian.
After the lodge was opened on the 3rd Degree, Alexandra Lodge #87 was official escorted into the lodge by RW Bro. Delaney. Once the Alexandra members were presented and seated, the Grand Master then made his official entrance. Following Corinthian's monthly business they turned the floor over to two brothers, Bro. Smith and Bro. Urquhart (see below), for the Masonic Education part of the meeting.
The evening was deemed a great success by the nearly 30 brothers that were present and once the lodge was closed they all retired to the outer room for refreshments and fraternal fellowship.
Although this made for a very late night for Alexandra Lodge #87, it was one that all the members were very happy that they had made the effort to be a part of. Where to next brothers?
Alexandra Lodge #87 members make their official entrance into Corinthian Lodge #63.
Many thanks to Bro. Smith and Bro. Urquhart for all their hard work in the preparation of this educational drama.
L to R: Bro. Lorne Urquhart and Bro. Eric Smith
Posted by: V W Bro. Mike Gaul
On the night of Feb. 20, 2012, the RW DDGM Bro. Jack Boyd and his DGD of Cer, VW Bro. Mike Gaul and DG Chaplain, VW Bro. Tom Osborne travelled to Laurie for the last official visit of the present DDGM.
Laurie Lodge #70 had a very good turn out for the DDGM’s visit and they put on a First Degree as part of the evenings proceedings.
Bro. Tom Porter was welcomed to the fraternity. It was a special night in more ways than one as his father, Bro. Carl Porter, is also an active member of the lodge and acted as Senior Steward for the degree work.
Laurie Lodge Brothers get a group shot with the new brother, Tom Porter and the visiting RWDDGM Bro. Jack Boyd.
RW Bro. Jack Boyd, W Bro. George Sproul, Bro. Tom Porter and Bro. Carl Porter.
On Saturday morning, Feb. 18, 2012, the Cumberland District held their meeting in Parrsboro at the Minas Lodge #67 from 10:00 to 12:00.
There was a very good turn out with representatives from all lodges in the district but two.
Reports were received regarding the positive travels of the Traveling Gavel, the funds raisers for our favorite charitable organization, CEIPs - a Music Night and Auction at King Edward Lodge on March 17 - a Blue Jeans Ball on April 7 at the Amherst Legion and an informative report by our Board of General Purposes Rep.
After that the rest of the meeting was taken up by the adopting of the CDMA By-Laws and CDMA Budget.
Following the meeting the brothers enjoyed a light lunch provided by Minas Lodge. A Free Will offering was taken and Minas Lodge donated the entire proceeds, $73.60, to the District Association.
Posted by: V W Bro. Mike Gaul
Annual Installation at Acadia Lodge #13
January 28, 2012
A business meeting was conducted by Wor. Bro. G. Anderson in the Lodge room at 1 pm permitting all three Lodges to conduct any pressing business before The Installation.The installation ceremony started following the business meeting. The Installation was conducted by Wor. Bro. Anderson with Wor. Bro. Larry Murray as Presenting Officer. The presiding Officers for the three Lodges for 2012 are:
Tyler: Robert Johnson
When all the Officers had been Installed the Proclamation was made from the East by Wor. Bro. G Anderson, from the West by V. Wor. Bro. Bill Merriam and from the South by Rt. Wor. Bro. Carl Adams. The Worship Masters were Charged by Rt. Wor. Bro. Jack Boyd, District Deputy Grand Master, and V. Wor. Bro. Dan MacIntosh Charged the Wardens. The Installing Officer, Wor. Bro. G. Anderson, thanked the Officers who helped in the Ceremony and after the singing of the National Anthem turned the Lodge over to the newly Installed Wor. Master, Kevin Houston.Wor. Bro. Houston thanked the visiting brethren for coming and closed the Lodge in due form.
The three newly Installed Worshipful Masters Standing in the East. From the left; Wor Bro. Gary Sterling, Wor. Bro. Graeme Bales and Wor. Bro. Kevin Houston.
Posted by: W. Bro. George Anderson