Call to Order
Sign in and $2
Welcome to the Wardens from Connaught Lodge for attending. Round-table
introductions took place.
adoption of Previous Meeting Minutes
Moved: John Breen Seconded: Rick Maloney
Money still coming in from Lodges. Final totals and reconciliations
will be presented at May 3rd meeting. Approx: $1600.00 in
Moved: Ralph Delarue Seconded: Jerry Tsubouchi
Associations new letterhead was presented and passed around. This
format of branding/identification can begin to be used immediately.
and location: The meeting time and place for The Association was
suggested to be moved to the Masonic Hall on Dease Street on the 3rd
Sunday at 11:00am as an alternative to the Shoreline Hotel at 9:00am.
Privacy concerns rose, but re-iterated Freemasonry is not a secret
society, but a society with secrets. Discussion ensued and appears
meetings will stay status quo.
to increase attendance took place. One suggestion was having a Skype
account and accommodating the brethren participate via a technology
Bills – ‘What
is Freemasonry’ cards were printed and Cribbage boards purchased. These
bills have not been paid, one of them for five months. Due to repeated
lack of meeting quorums, an Executive Order was made to pay the
outstanding bills to preserve the reputation of Masonry and pay vendors.
Prizes from The
Associations inventory were given to Shawn Wright to bring to Cuban
Lodges along with ten dollars ($10).
address Voting Rights for Life Member and Lodge Affiliation
Association’s BBQ takes place Saturday June 28th, 2014
Chairman will be Rick Maloney who will be starting to ask for volunteers
to help out. Food, Family, Prizes and fraternal greetings.
These funds are to provide assistance to the District Lodges in various
functions, education, assistance to the brethren’s ladies and family,
promote co-operation and social intercourse in excess of its duties to
the District Deputy Grand Master. Currently The Masonic Association
collects from each Lodge, two dollars ($2) a year per member. This
cannot completely sustain future activities.
is a suggestion for the Association to offer the members of Algoma District
a way to obtain Masonic-related items/gifts/souvenirs/etc. at a discounted
rate. This can offer anything from ties, lapel pins, hats, gifts, swag for
Lodge social events, etc. It wouldn’t be a store, but an avenue to raise
funds to support activities of The Association. Concerns over stepping on
people’s toes brought up and the actual name and function of this venture.
An ad hoc committee made of John Stewart, Rick Maloney, Tim King will design
the logistics of the supply resource centre and present to the membership.
each meeting, there is a $2 draw for some prize – this is also a fundraising
effort to increase the budge of the Association. A draw was made and Ralph
Delarue won. The quality of products was showcased and a tie was selected.
current quorum of the by-laws state it needs to have ten (10) members
present to conduct business. With a number of meetings not reaching
quorum, it is difficult to conduct business and pay expenses with few
By-law proposal to have attendees reduces to five (5). Other by-law
suggestions and amendments have been states – but conducting business is
important. John Stewart will send current by-laws to the membership for
review. Since Lodges pay annual per diem for each Master Mason,
notification will be sent to the Lodge Secretaries as correspondence to
announce this notice.
Notice of Motion to be for made May 3rd meeting, and May 10th
for the vote. June would not be feasible with upcoming holidays, Lodge
events, camping, etc.
hoc committee under Long-term Planning have been appointed to review By-law
amendments. Members include, Jerry Tsubouchi, John Stewart, Tim King, Rick
Maloney, Michael Abbott and John Breen.
Moved: John Breen Seconded: Bob Mounstephen