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

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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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