On the week of Oct 31, I had the pleasure of visiting three (3) Lodges.
Nov 1st, Tuesday: Vermillion Lodge No 68, Dauphin
The first Lodge I visited this week was Vermillion Lodge No 68 in Dauphin, MB (320 to 335 kms from Winnipeg, depending on the route) on November 1st, Tuesday. A little before 2 PM, the Grand Secretary, MWB Ted Jones, and I started almost 4-hr drive to Dauphin via The Narrows. This route is about 1/2 hr shorter than going on H/W 16. With the excellent driving conditions, however, we arrived in Dauphin at 5:15 PM. As the dinner was at 6:30 PM, we decided to look at what the Dauphin Mall had to offer. So we window shopped at The Source and marveled at the numerous electronic products on display. Prices of laptops, desktops, GPS's and others have surely dropped significantly. But MWB Ted and I successfully resisted the urge to buy anything.
We had an wonderful dinner with the Brethren (there was a very good turnout).
The Lodge excellently conferred the EA Degree on Bro Mike Roach. It was a very impressive conferral. The Lodge WM is RWB Keith Fendick, who is also this year's DDGM for the Parkland District. He and his Lodge Officers did a wonderful job in conferring the EA Degree.
After that, I presented a 65-year service bar to RWB Lloyd Maxwell. A very big thank you to RWB Lloyd for his 65 years of dedicated and unfailing service to our Fraternity.
We made a new Freemason and honored a senior one during that excellent Meeting.
There was a brief refreshment hour after the Meeting. MWB Ted and I then drove back to Winnipeg. We had a bit of scare when we found out that the gas stations in Neepawa were already closed. Fortunately, there was enough gas to reach Portage La Prairie. However, we got anxious as all the gas stations we saw in Portage La Prairie were also closed. And there was one gas station open. What a relief it was to find that open station. We did not want to stay overnight in Portage La Prairie, which is just an hour from Winnipeg.
I got home at around 2:15 AM but MWB Ted had to drive for another 45 minutes before he got home.
It was a very wonderful evening of visiting a Lodge and warm fellowship with the Brethren.
Nov 2nd, Wednesday: Beaver Ionic Lodge No 25, Winnipeg
The second Lodge I visited this week was Beaver Ionic Lodge No 25, on Nov 2nd, Wednesday. I joined some of the Lodge Brethren for dinner prior to the Lodge Opening. Here are some pictures taken of the Brethren prior to the Lodge.
Some of the Appointed Officers who joined the Official Visit are, L to R: VWB Rudy Maraña, Junior Grand Deacon; VWB Denis Lorteau, Grand Sword Bearer; VWB Bert Manalang, Grand Standard Bearer; and VWB Ron Hall, Grand Pursuivant.
Presenting a 50-year service medal to VWB Barry McCallum.
RWB Sid Bloomfield, WM of Beaver Ionic Lodge No 25, presenting VWB Barry McCallum his 50-year service pin.
The East during the Refreshment Hour.
L to R: Bro Harold Stacey, WM-Elect; MWB Chibu Uson, GM; RWB Peter Clarke, JW & Toastmaster of the evening; RWB Sid Bloomfield, WM; and WB Wayne Hadfield, Grand Organist.
The Brethren during the Refreshment Hour.
Another wonderful evening of visiting a Lodge and warm fellowship.
Nov 4th, Friday: Winnipeg River Lodge No 154, Lac du Bonnet
The third Lodge I visited this week was Winnipeg River Lodge No 25. On Nov 4th, Friday, I rode with VWB Jun Pagunuran, VWB Bert Manalang, VWB Rudy Maraña and WB John Baptista. We saw a number of deer by the side of the highway on the way to and from Lac du Bonnet.
The drive back to Winnipeg was uneventful.
Another very wonderful evening visiting a Lodge and enjoying the warm fellowship with Brethren.