W.Bro. Gord EchlinW.Bro. Gord Echlin


I hope that you are enjoying your summer, but I also hope that you are thinking of the next Masonic year. No surprise that I am, and I think that it's going to be an exiting and fulfilling one. It will certainly be busy, as we have a fair amount of degree work to do, but there are ways of handling that which will make it more interesting and also give us time for more education.

To maximize enjoyment of the degrees, and make them an effective vehicle for our new members, we need to continue the St. John's tradition of excellent ritual work. As every Freemason knows, well performed work always makes a big difference in the positive outcome of the meeting. To this end, the chair of the Masonic work committee will be making sure everybody knows what is expected of them in each degree early, so we'll be crisp when the time comes. Don't wait until the last minute! St. John's will also be inviting others to perform some of the degrees, namely the active degree teams in the District. Finally, I will be asking some of our veteran members who are not current officers to put together a third degree to show the young guys how it's done. We'll be putting that team together early to make sure they're really sharp.

Many young men are becoming interested in Freemasonry, therefore the Lodge will be creating new opportunities to give them a glimpse of who Freemasons are and what Freemasonry is. The Lodge is going to participate in the Doors Open Carleton Place program and have an open house during the Santa Claus Parade (we will have a float this year). The Lodge will also continue with the Friend to Friend night. It would also be great to see old friends who have not been out in a while. To make sure that everybody feels comfortable, there will be a Rusty Mason night to brush up, as early as possible.

The latter 2 events are suggested by Grand Lodge as best Lodge practices, and to celebrate the fact that St. Johns Lodge is a highly functioning lodge, already performing many such practices, we have indicated to GL that we will be applying for our Cornerstone Lodge certification. It's good recognition that will also enshrine these practices so we continue to have a quality experience in the future.

Finally, To finish the year, St. Johns will be hosting the Six Lodge Visitation in April. I'm confident we will make the evening memorable for our visiting Brethren.

Have a fun summer, but please think about next year, and be prepared to help us all enjoy Freemasonry at St. Johns Lodge to the fullest in the coming year. You get out of it what you put into it, as we all know.

Sincerely and Fraternally
W.Bro. Gord Echlin
Worshipful Master
St. Johns Lodge No. 63