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

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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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