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

Tag: Frank Sigouin

Master’s Message, May 2023

Brothers of Acacia,

Well look at that it is the end of another Masonic year. I am excited for the future of Acacia lodge and for the Officers that have chosen to move forward.

As this is my last message of my year in the chair of King Solomon. I thank all the support and friendship from Acacia for helping make this year go by fast and with ease. We now embark on a very big discussion in the next couple meetings about Acacia venue let us remember that as Freemasons we support each other and help each other in this decision. Let us all remember what is a Freemason. Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Hope to see you all at CGP on May 1st and at our Regular Meeting on May 16th. CGP meeting start at 7:30 pm and the Regular meeting start at 7 pm for our installation.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, April 2023

Brothers of Acacia,

As I missed the March Regular and Emergent meetings, I would like to thank W. Bro. Don Learning for assuming the Master’s Chair and Initiating two new Brothers. Welcome Bro. Iain Reid and Bro. Jan to Acacia. Thanks also to the Brothers from Edinburgh for their support at both meetings.

Next meeting is our annual election of Lodge Officers for the 2023-24 Masonic Year. We will also conduct a memorial for Bro. Rev. Canon Ebert Hobbs who passed away on March 20, 2023.

Hope to see you all at CGP on April 3rd and at our Regular Meeting on April 18th. Both meetings will be held at 7:30 pm.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, March 2023

Brothers of Acacia,

Well it is already March and we only have a few months left in this Masonic Year. We extend a warm welcome our new Brother, Mathew Van Seters. Great job everyone on Mathew’s First Degree.

As we head into this month, we have two more candidates to Initiate. We will have some visitors helping this month as we have a few members out of town, or unavailable.

We are bringing the Traveling Gavel to Russell on Monday March 20th. Let’s have a good turn out as this is the DDGM’s home lodge.

Hope to see you all at CGP March 6th at 7:30 pm and at our Regular Meeting on March 21st at 7:30 pm.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, February 2023

Brothers of Acacia,

With a good turn out at our Official visit last month, I like to say Great Work everyone. Thank you to those who reached out to our seldom seen Brothers and reported back on their situation during our yearly Roll Call. A big thank you also to the Brothers who came early to clean and set up the Lodge.

This month we are receiving the Traveling Gavel and we are initiating a candidate to our family at Acacia. The DDGM may be in attendance.

Hope to see you all at CGP 6th February at 7:30 pm and at our Regular Meeting on February 21st at 7:30 pm.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, January 2023

Brothers of Acacia:

I hope everyone is well rested and healthy. As we finish 2022, I was very pleased with the great turn out we had at our Christmas Potluck Festive Board. Thanks to our Senior Warden, Bro. Derek Brook, for all his hard work in organizing the potluck and for those helping out. Brothers of Acacia, I appreciated your participation at our December meeting and for helping to bring back our traditional potluck after it was cancelled for two years due to the Pandemic.

As we enter the New Year, with half our Masonic year still left, we have our DDGM night, the traveling Gavel and some upcoming First Degrees in the next few months. It’s going to be a busy time for Acacia. Please make every effort to attend our January meeting when the DDGM makes his Official Visit to Acacia.

Hope to see you all at CGP on January 9, 2023 at 7:30pm and at our Regular Meeting on January 17th at 7:00 pm.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, December 2022

Brothers of Acacia:

It is that time of year where we celebrate good festivities with loved ones. As our last meeting of 2022, we are having our traditional potluck dinner. After three years it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with family and friends.

This meeting will be short one. We will have a memorial to W. Bro. Donald Williams, Past Master of Acacia Lodge 1995-1996.

Hope to see you all at CGP on December 5th and at our Regular Meeting on December 20th 2022 at 7:30pm.

Merry Christmas and to all a Happy New Year.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin,
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, November 2022

Brothers of Acacia,

First, I would like to congratulate our newest Master Mason, Bro. David Perkins. Special thanks are extended to the Shriners Degree team who did an exemplary job of Raising Bro. Perkins to the Third Degree. We were also pleased to welcome our District Deputy Grand Master R.W. Bro. Jim Bowman who attended this Regular Meeting on October 18, 2022.

Bro. Chris Zuger, was ably invested as our Inner Guard by W. Bro. Don Learning. October has come and gone. November is the time to remember our past and present veterans. We will be conducting our Empty Chair Ceremony at our Regular Meeting on November 15, 2022. We will also be voting on a Candidate for Initiation, Mr. Mathew Vansetters.

As most of you are aware, W. Bro. Sam Roberts has indicated he will be putting his name forward as a candidate for DDGM for Masonic Year 2024-25. I fully support this announc ement and woul d we l come comments from any of the members of Acacia Lodge with respect to W. Bro. Roberts intentions.

In closing I hope you had a happy Halloween and enjoyed the spooky costumes that visited your door.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, October 2022

Brothers of Acacia,

Before I begin my message, I would like to pass along the Lodge’s condolences and prayers to Bro. Chris Zuger, whose father passed away just before our September meeting.

For those that missed our September meeting it was a shame. We held a Memorial Tribute for R.W. Bro. Michael Jenkyns, and Bro. Harold Morrison who recently Passed to the Grand Lodge Above. Our historian, W. Bro. Neil Lillico presented biographies of these two deceased Brothers which contained many interesting stories of their lives and contributions in life. We also invested V. W. Bro. Bill Gordon as the Tyler. In addition, we were pleased to welcome R.W. Bro. Charles Singh, Past DDGM, who attended Acacia specifically because of the Memorial Tributes that were part of the evening’s events.

This month, we are pleased to welcome the Shrine Degree Team who will be raising Brother David Perkins to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Bro. Perkins has been patiently waiting for this since Covid interrupted our normal schedule of events. Ottawa District One DDGM, R.W. Bro. Jim Bowman will be in attendance to see the Degree Team. We will also be investing Bro. Chris Zuger as our Inner Guard.

As some of you may have heard, W. Bro. Sam Roberts would like to proffer his name as a candidate for DDGM in 2025. If anyone has any feedback they would like to share, in confidence, please let me know.

October is Thanksgiving month and I hope everyone is able to spend time with family and friends so as to fully appreciate our good fortune as Masons and Canadians.

Hope to see you all at next month’s CGP and at our Regular Meeting on October 18th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

Master’s Message, September 2022

Brothers of Acacia,

The summer has come and gone. We didn’t have a chance to meet this summer, but there is aways our breakfast outing coming up in the fall.

This is a full new Masonic year after the Pandemic. Let’s make it a great year. We will have our 100th Anniversary party that was taken from us by the Covid Pandemic. It will be an Acacia party with our own Lodge and families.

We will be having the Shriners Degree Team doing our Third Degree for Bro. David Perkins this year. We will also be doing a First degree in this coming year.

In closing, I hope see you at our September meeting where we will be remembering R.W. Bro. Mike Jenkyns and Bro. Harold Morrison both of whom we lost during the summer recess. We also lost our Honourary Member, M.W. Bro. Don Mumby, Past Grand Master (2003-2005).

I’ll look forward to your attendance at our Committee of General Purposes Meeting on September 13, 2022.

Hope to see you all at CGP and at our Regular Meeting on September 20, 2022 at 7:30pm.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Frank Sigouin
Worshipful Master

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