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SATURDAY, October 05, 2013

Shoreline Motor Hotel, Beacon Restaurant, 61 Cumberland St. N., Thunder Bay


Attendance – 7 members as outlined on attendance sheet


Meeting was called to order at 8:42 a.m. after breakfast


The Secretary called the meeting to order in the absence of the Chair.


Last meeting minutes read and approved.


The DDGM dinner is set for Wed, Oct. 23rd at FW lodge at 6 p.m. with a cost of $12 per person.  Robbie Manz thanked everyone involved for accommodating the opportunity to support the DDGM and not have it land on an evening when Superior Lodge was meeting.


Bill Davis asked that a FORMAL request for yearly dues be sent to all lodge secretaries on an official looking letterhead document.


The next discussion went around the table with many contributing ideas towards the upcoming DDGM dinner. John Stewart requested help for set up about a half hour before the event, as well as kitchen help around 3:30 p.m. He received a response from Rick Maloney who said he would assist with the help of his son. This satisfied John’s request. Bill Davis wondered why tickets were not printed for the event, as in the past. It would allow for a close proximity of numbers for those purchasing food items. John stated that he was getting 30 lbs. of beef and it should be more than enough. Ralph Delarue shared a few ideas on dinner organization. John mentioned that numbers might be high because it is an emergent meeting night for FW Lodge. A question was raised why the hall had to be booked twice and paid twice (once by the Masonic Assoc, and the other by FW Lodge) and a discussion followed that donations at the door was a better way to cover the cost of the hall.


The DDGM mentioned that when a lodge pays its yearly dues then these should be sufficient to cover voting privileges for all members of that lodge when attending Masonic Association meetings.


R. W. Bro. Andersen explained that he has received a letter of Masonic interest from a 14 year old who is a relative of George Bennett who was from KAM Lodge, and that WM Carl Syrja will give this youth and his family a tour of the lodge. Robbie Manz spoke up that he remembered George Bennett. A discussion followed that this youth should be invited to the DDGM dinner on the 23rd. This would be a very good opportunity to leave a good impression of Freemasonry with him.


An open discussion on Demolay for Thunder Bay youth followed with Bill Davis explaining that about 15 years ago he almost had it set up. Only Grand Lodge attendance was the issue at that time.


Next the DDGM explained that he is setting up a discussion group on the Grand Lodge website with Tim King acting as Moderator and he as Host. Emails will go out to all who have subscribed to the group where Masonic education and interest topics will be discussed. To subscribe one has to visit via email to .


The next item was TOWN HALL MEETINGS and how the DDGM could encourage this. Advertising items and materials should be arranged (a collection of materials) like information cards (the folding kind such as Grand Lodge sends out). Bill Davis offered one he was carrying as an example “What Masonry Is / What Masonry Is Not” reversible card.


By-laws “proxy voting privileges” were discussed as a topic to vote on at the next meeting with a 10 member quorum. By-laws were requested by all present and will be sent with minutes.


The DDGM explained he is into his visiting schedule and will be in Barrie, ON at this mother lodge this month, and next month will have a reciprocal visit with Hamilton lodge DDGM, with a new year visit to Ottawa, St. Andrew’s Lodge.


Ralph Delarue offered to prepare 500 Masonic Association business cards with the help of a Shuniah Lodge brother, Bill Deadman, who works at InstaPrint. These will be laminated as well.


The dinner for the DDGM on the 23rd of October at FW Lodge Hall at 6 p.m. is the next get together.


Next meeting set for Saturday, November 2nd   same time & same place. Shoreline hotel Beacon Room, 8 a.m.


The meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m.