A.F. & A.M. (G.R.C.) No. 561

Tag: Derek Brook

Master’s Message, May 2024

Brethren of Acacia,

Where has the year gone? We find ourselves in the installation season already. I was at the installation of the new master of Edinburgh Defenders a few days ago and it is refreshing to see the growth that is happening in Ottawa District 1.

The installation season across the district will enter its full swing in the upcoming weeks, ours included. I will attend most of those and if your cable tow’s will allow, I would love to see the representation of Acacia as high as we can make them as always. This will also be the main focal point of the upcoming masonic year for me as I believe it is our greatest honor to be able to visit other lodges on a regular basis.

Please join me in congratulating W. Bro. Sam Roberts on accepting the nomination for DDGM of Ottawa District 1 for the upcoming Masonic year. Our support in joining him during fraternal visits next year will be the greatest support that we can show for him. So please try to join us where you are able.

I believe we will be having a couple of motions this month, as well as the installation of the Master and officers for the upcoming year. I congratulate and thank everyone who has stepped into the line for the first time, is moving forward on their journey to the east, or is just filling a spot where the lodge is in need.

I look forward to seeing a brother or two at the meeting this month that we have not seen in some time, let this message be a reminder to everyone that while you have been away for whatever the reason, you have been missed and we look forward to seeing you all again.

Derek Brook,
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, April 2024

Brethren of Acacia,

As we find ourselves winding down this Masonic Year, let me once again say, it has been a truly memorable year for me, and I hope for you as well. We have proved a worthy brother in the Third, done two Second Degrees and had the Shrine Degree Team conduct a Third. We have also found the time to move to our new home in Richmond, have a couple of breakfast get-togethers and do some visiting.

This coming month we will be conducting elections for officers for the next Masonic Year, so I remind you all to please bring a pen with you to lodge to make the writing of names an easier process.

If, by chance, you all see fit to have me sit in King Solomon’s chair again next year, we will be doing a couple of third degrees on our own, as well as possibly a second for a brother we have just welcomed back to Acacia after several years away if he deems himself ready to move upward and onward.

I would also like to focus more on fraternal visits next year. Visiting is one of the greatest undertakings we have as Masons and is also a very good way of getting to know the brethren around the District.

Derek Brook,
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, March 2024

Brethren of Acacia,

Welcome to what has been a very unusual spring weather wise, and it looks like the worst part, if you can call it that, of the winter is behind us and with luck we will be able to participate in spring activities sooner than normal.

This coming Sunday is also the day we lose 1 hour of sleep when the clocks go ahead.

We find ourselves on the approach to the end of another Masonic Year. It does not get any less busy as we have a bit of work ahead of us before we call it a year.

This month we will be raising a worthy brother to the degree of a Master Mason. We will also have the benefit of the Shrine Degree Team assisting with the work of the evening. We will also be voting on the application for restoration into Acacia by Nicholas Labelle, who took a demit a few years ago.

We will also have the honor of delivering the travelling gavel to St. Andrews Lodge on March 7th.

There is a breakfast upcoming around the middle of the month and ask that you please remember to let the secretary or myself know of your intent to join us and how many will be attending.

In April we will be voting for the worshipful master and officers for the upcoming year.

Derek Brook,
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, February 2024

Brethren of Acacia,

As the turmoil around the world continues, let us continue to remember the values that drive us as Mason’s are to be better and to do better. While many will not understand who we are and what we do, we must continue to be vigilant in the craft. Education is key. Some of the things we hear are funny to be sure, but correction of misgivings will be the only way to grow the craft that to this day, continues to dwindle.

I am very happy to see that travelling is happening again to the levels it was Pre-COVID.

For those in attendance last month, Bro. Joe Burchill did a presentation about his time in Hawaii, and it was very well received by those present. A big thank you from me personally and the lodge in general for the eloquent presentation! We need to reach out to the brethren from other lodges to keep things new and fresh in our own lodges to keep building enthusiasm. There are many brethren out there willing to help if asked, and we are all brothers after all, so go ahead and inquire.

The upcoming month will see us complete the passing of a worthy brother who had to bow out last month for health reasons. Our DD, Kosta Hatzis, will be present for a fraternal visit to observe the degree work. We will also be receiving the travelling gavel from Sidney Albert Luke. We will in turn be delivering the gavel to St. Andrew’s on March 7. A goodly number of Acacia Lodge Members in attendance would be very much appreciated both by the receiving lodge as well as myself.

I look forward to seeing you all online at this month’s CGP virtually, as well as in lodge. Stay safe and enjoy any winter vacations you may be taking, even though this winter has been far from normal.

Fraternally,

Derek Brook
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, December 2023

Brethren,

2023 will soon be a distant memory. It has been a good year for many and for many, it has been a year worth forgetting.

As we have all seen by looking outside lately, winter is indeed upon us. At this time of year be a little more vigilant of your fellow man and brother as it is now when people need help the most.

Reach out to relatives and friends you have not spoken to in too long just to “check-in” to see how they are doing. Be a little more patient with everyone when the stress of the season takes away people’s better judgement and calm demeanor.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Christmas potluck this year and spending time with the ladies that show a great amount of patience towards us all.

Here’s to a great end to 2023 and the welcoming of a bright and hopeful 2024.

Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to you all!

Derek Brook
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, November 2023

Brethren of Acacia,

It has been a fast and furious opening to the current masonic year, and I wish to send out a thank you for making the step into the East enjoyable. Your assistance in the proving a third, as well as passing two worthy brethren was very good, especially when we are not fully proficient with these duties due to our recent time away from masonry in lodge.

This month, we will slow it down a bit and take a breath, while we remember those brothers who have fallen over the years for any long list of reasons.

I hope you are all enjoying the new home of Acacia in Richmond as much as I have been, and I look forward to seeing many more of you in the coming months.

Just a friendly reminder that the dues will be coming soon, and if you need to start planning it into your budget, there will be no time like the present. There is also a new electronic site to send your dues by direct deposit. The details are in the Secretary’s Notes of this summons.

Just a heartfelt wish for a quick resolution to the hostilities in Gaza and know that our hearts are with the many families affected by the on-going tragedies.

Fraternally,

Derek
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, October 2023

Brethren of Acacia,

Just a quick word of thanks for all the positive re-enforcement you provided to me on my first meeting in King Solomon’s chair. It went very well and made the evening a very enjoyable one for me.

When you get to the Richmond Masonic Hall, take a moment to go to the basement and look at the way Goodwood Lodge has welcomed us. Our name is now emblazoned on the wall down there as part of the community of Masonic bodies who call the hall home. I hope to see many of you there at upcoming meetings as well as our CGP.

This month during both the regular and emergent meetings, we will be passing two very worthy brothers who are continuing their Masonic journeys.

I will be travelling a great deal this year and having a goodly number of masons representing Acacia with me would be great to see. You are all welcome to join me whenever I am out. There is a lot going on in the District this year.

Fraternally,

Derek
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, September 2023

Brethren of Acacia,

Welcome to a new dawn in the history of Acacia Lodge No. 561. While we look back with fond memories of our time spent at Westboro Temple, we have a long future ahead of us in our new home in Richmond.

We will hit the ground running this year, with several degrees to look forward to as well as just being back in lodge with one another.

Our work for this upcoming meeting will include a memorial for W. Bro. Glenn Fleck who passed to the Grand Lodge Above during the summer break. We will also be going to the third degree to allow Bro. Perkins to prove himself and carry on with his masonic journey.

We will also be balloting for a new SW and Secretary as we, unfortunately, lost those brethren over the summer. I wish them well as they continue their journeys with whichever lodge they elect to join in the future.

There will also be a notice of motion to amend our bylaws as we have moved, and our bylaws need to reflect this change of address.

The DDGM, Kosta Hatzis, will also be joining us for his fraternal visit in the September meeting. Look forward to lots of gold on opening night.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Derek Brook
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, June 2023

Brethren of Acacia,

It is unfortunate that my first summons to you all is of an emergent nature, however, the future of Acacia needs to be decided by all of us.

As you are aware there have been discussions and research as to the future viability of Acacia 561 remaining in Westboro Temple. A special CGP was conducted this past Monday, June 12th, where options for our future were tabled, voted upon, and passed.

This emergent meeting will finalize the vote and officially vote on our future meeting residence. It was recommended and near-unanimously approved, that Goodwood Lodge, 3494 McBean St., Richmond, Ontario would be our new home. Many factors were considered and discussed before voting and it is with great sadness that the decision to vacate Westboro Temple, our home for nearly 100 years, has had to be made.

Your attendance at this emergent meeting is especially necessary and your attendance would be greatly appreciated if within the length of your cable tow to do so.

Derek Brook
Worshipful Master

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