July 2012 - December 2012
Dec. 2, 2012
Cumberland Shriners' Children's Christmas Party
On the first Sunday of December, 2012, the Cumberland Shriners held their Annual Children's Christmas Party for all the children and their families that the Shriners have had the privilege of serving here in the county. There was a great turn out of the children and their families this year, in fact it was one of the best parties yet! The children could not get enough of the Clowns and their balloon creations and were kept busy by three of our local brothers who have become really professional clowns: Smiley, Happy and Boss Hog.
Of course, the high light for them was the arrival of Santa Claus and all the gifts he had for each one of them.
After Santa left we all retired to the hall for a banquet served by a local Scout troupe.
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Aug. 16, 2012
Mason Celebrates 100th Birthday
On the evening of August 16, 2012 four brothers from the District paid a surprise visit to a resident of Gables in Amherst to congratulate him on his 100th birthday. Brother Ray Ladd has been at Gables in Amherst for about two months now. He is originally from the states and has been a member of Hiram Lodge #180 in South Portland, Maine since 1950. That makes him a mason for 62 years!
We were pleased to welcome him to Amherst and presented him with a birthday card from the Amherst lodges. Bro. Ray said that we were the first masons he has seen since his arrival. We were happy to have the honor of visiting with him on his special day. Earlier there had been a party for him with his family from the area and some from the states.
Ray would love to see more of his Masonic Family from this part of Nova Scotia. Although a little hard of hearing, Bro. Ray Ladd is very easy to talk to and seems very keen to have visitors. He thanked us for our visit and would be very appreciative of any brother who has the time to drop by.
(L to R) DDGM RW Bro. Rob Campbell, Bro. Don MacKinnon, DGDC VW Bro. Ned Douglas, PDGDC VW Bro. Michael Gaul and (in front) Bro. Ray Ladd.
Aug. 2, 2012
Masonic RV Tours Visits Acacia Lodge
On the evening of August 2 Acacia Lodge #8 played host to a group of Masons from the USA and their wives. The group is made up of Masons from all over North America. It is an organization created by Masons to provide quality affordable RV tours for Masons and their families. They had hoped to have a larger group this year, but with the state of the economy only three families signed up for this 26 day tour of the Maritimes. The tour was organized by W Bro. John Lehmann, who is also this year's president of the national organization.
We were all very pleased to have this group with us for our August meeting. To help us extend a warm Maritime welcome our ladies were also invited to take part in the evening.
The lodge was also honoured with a visit by the DDGM of District 2 of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick, RW Bro. Leigh Manning as well as our own DDGM RW Bro. Robert Campbell.
The lodge opened on the Fellowcraft Degree so that the two new brothers, Bros. Dwayne Pike and David Hirtle, could be with us for the evening. After a short business meeting the lodge went to Refreshment so that the Ladies could be allowed in for the presentations.
The first presentation was by Bro. Dave Wightman, who gave a talk on the close historical relationship of Freemasonry between the USA and the Maritimes. After his informative presentation we were entertained by one of our visiting masons, W Bro. John Lehmann, with a Masonic Ballad.
Our Caravan Visitors with our Acacia WM - W Bro. James Jarnagin of Reseda Lodge #66 in Van Nuys, California, W Bro. John Lehmann, National President of the Masonic RV Tours, Cherry Hill Lodge #12 Fort White, Florida, our Acacia Master, W Bro. Ron Haylock and RW Bro. Marty Young of Seabring Lodge #249 Florida.
To view pictures of the special evening, just click on the first picture in the top left.
Below is a short video exert from the entertainment that W Bro. John Lehmann provided us with when he got out his guitar and sang this Masonic Ballad.
July 6, 2012
At the Annual Summer Picnic of the Cumberland Early Intervention Program (CEIP) held Friday July 6, 2012, the Freemasons of Cumberland County presented a total of $14,800 to support the programs of the CEIP. Pictured here are several of the Freemasons together with Erin Perry, the Executive Director of the CEIP, and many of the children served by the CEIP. The District Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Cumberland County, R W Bro Rob Campbell, presented a cheque in the amount of $10,800. This represents funds raised by the Cumberland District Masonic Association, with the support of the Masonic Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. Additionally, the Master of Wimburn Lodge in Oxford, W Bro Graham Bales presented $2,000. The Secretary of Widow’s Son Lodge in River Philip, V W Bro Bill Merriam, also presented$2,000. Scholarships and bursaries to the high schools and the Nova Scotia Community College in Cumberland County are also presented by Cumberland Freemasons each year. These are made possible by the fund raising efforts of the Freemasons of Cumberland County supported by the Masonic Foundation.
Article by: RW Bro. Jack Boyd
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July 5, 2012
New Cumberland District Grand Lodge Officers Take Their Office
At the regular meeting of Acacia Lodge #8 our District Grand Lodge Officers for 2012-2013 were sworn in and presented with their regalia. As the new officers were not able to make it down to Grand Lodge in June, the Cumberland DDGM for 2011-2012, RW Bro. Jack Boyd, made his final official visit and installed the new Cumberland DDGM, RW Bro. Robert Campbell. The new DDGM then installed his DGDC, VW Bro. Ned Douglas and his DGC, VW Bro. Warren Chapman.
Although an extremely hot night in the lodge room, the district was well represented and the brethren were honoured to witness a very well rehearsed recital of the Second Degree Lecture for the two new brothers, Bro. Dwayne Pike and Bro. David Hirtle, who had just recently gone through their Fellowcraft Degree. After the meeting all the brethren retired to the hall for a BBQ.
DGDC VW Bro. Ned Douglas, DDGM RW Bro. Robert Campbell and DGC VW Bro. Warren Chapman
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