Sunday, October 16, 2011

71st Annual Conference of Western Canada Grand Lodges, October 12 to 14, Banff, AB

From October 12, Wednesday to October 14, Friday, we attended the 71st Annual Conference of Western Canada Grand Lodges held in beautiful Banff, AB.
The DGM, RWB Al Hadely & his Lady Carol, the SGW, RWB Doug Webster & his Lady Val were on the same flight as Lady Mae and I had. We then rented a van (we and all our luggage fit!) and drove to Banff.
Along the way, we stopped for brunch at Stoney Nakoda Resort in Kananaskis. Before resuming our drive, we tried the big chairs in the lobby.

Here's a picture taken enroute to Banff on Highway 1.

In front of Banff Park Lodge, where we stayed, we encountered a friendly elk.

SGW RWB Doug Webster and I had our picture taken in front of Cascade Lodge No 5.

Here we are in the East of the beautiful Lodge Room.

Wednesday dinner at the Balkan Restaurant

With MWB Dennis Skuce, GM of Saskatchewan

The Opa dance line

Breaking a plate - Opa!
The lady who cleaned our hotel room left this beautiful towel dog.
The table of the GM's and their Ladies.
Front: Lady Carmen & MWB Peter Dunlop, Alberta; Lady Jan & MWB Bill Cave, BC & Yukon; Me & Lady Mae; Lady Vivian & MWB Dennis Skuce, Saskatchewan
The lovely Ladies, who accompanied the Brethren to the Conference, at the traditional picture taking of the Ladies
The DGM's gave their customary entertainment using the JGW's (they're the ones wearing the Dr Zeuss hats). Here MB DGM RWB Al Hadley gives them his now-famous line "Suck it up, Princess".
Our JGW, RWB Stano Spina, proudly wearing his new hat.
The Conference ended on Friday late morning. After lunch, we left Banff.
It is always great to meet with old friends and make new friends.

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