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IONIC LODGE #31 REGULAR MEETING SEPT. 10, 2021

Brethren, Our Lodge held it’s regular meeting on Friday, Sept 10, at which time four of our Members were passed to the Second Degree.  They were, Bro’s Rillo; Davocol; Sneddon & Macalino.  Congratulations all and also the Degree Team for a job well done.

IONIC LODGE WORKER BEE

Brethren, our Lodge & surrounding area need a sprucing up prior to our September opening Meeting.  Many of our Brethren answered the call on August 7.  The work was hard and the hamburgers were good.  Thanks to those who took time from their busy Summer schedule.  Great job Guys.  Art Galman has shared  some photos, attached:

IONIC LODGE, FAMILY DAY AT THE PARK

 Brethren, Saturday, June 26 was Family Day at Robinson Bay, Jackfish Lake, hosted ty our Filipino Brethren and their Families.  It was a beautiful day with lots of people, including Brethren from other Lodges.  Fun and games for Children & Adults alike.  The food, was amazing, with various Filipino dishes and a roast pig. Quite simply delicious.

A great deal of planning and execution of this event was obvious and a enormous thank you to all those involved.  It was good to see all the Children having a great time,  as well as the adults.  It is obvious that our Filipino Brethren know how to put on an event.  Hopefully this was the first, annual event in the Park. Thanks to all who attended.

Here are some photos taken at the event”

IONIC LODGE #31 REGULAR MEETING, JUNE 11, 2021

 Brethren, our Lodge held it’s regular meeting on Friday, June 11.  There was regular business & a 1st Degree conducted on Bro. Michael James Rillo.  His sponsors were, Bro’s Jude Mislang & Randy Gumtang.  Congratulations to Bro. Rillo & the Degree team for excellent work.  Bro. Jose Macalino proved up in the First and what an excellent job he did.  Congratulations Bro. Rillo. 

Brethren, this was our last regular meeting, as we now take our Summer Break.  Back to work on September 10.  Enjoy the Summer.

V.W. Bro. Bernie Meisner

W. Bro. Kevin Garner (W. Master) with newly initiated Bro. Michael Rillo.

GRAND LODGE OF SASK. SYMPOSIUM- APRIL 17, 2021

Brethren, here are some pictures taken at the Lower Hall of Ionic Lodge #31 during the Zoom symposium, Grand Lodge of Sask., April 17, 2021. 

W.Bro. Mark Barclay dishing our the food on his Birthday.  Happy Birthday Bro.

The gathered Brethren attentively watching and listening to the Symposium.

IONIC LODGE #31 REG. MEETING – MARCH 12, 2021

 Brethren, our Lodge held it’s regular monthly meeting on Friday, March 12.  Our Membership has increased by one, after Bro. Jose Macalino was initiated.  Congratulations Bro. Jose & to W Bro. Kevin Garner and is Degree Team. Brethren, now that Covid-19 Vaccines are finally finding their way into arms, we can see light at the end of the tunnel. This is good news and we can look forward getting back to normal in the not to distant future, in the meantime keep safe.

Pictured on the right  is our most recent candidate, Bro. Jose Macalino, with his sponsor Bro. Alvin Laudinez on the left.

IONIC LODGE #31 REG. MEETING FEBRUARY 12, 2021

 Brethren, our Lodge held it’s Regular Meeting, under the guidance of W. Bro. Kevin Garner, Worshipful Master. We are very pleased to announce the holding of the 1st. Degree on Mr. Aru Davocol, who now and henceforth, will be referred to as Bro. Davocol.  Congratulations Bro. Davocol. You are just beginning your Masonic Journey. While I was absent the Ceremony of initiation, I’m sure it was conducted in the usual Professional manner. Well done W. Bro. Garner & your Officers.

It is unfortunate that we are still under Health Restrictions during this Covid-19 Pandemic, but hopefully, some day, in the not to distant future, we will all be able to meet, on the Square and get back to our normal routine.  In the meantime Brethren, do keep safe.

Bro. Aru Davocol on his Initiation standing beside W. Bro. Kevin Garner. They are flanked by Aru’s sponsors, Bro. Alvin Laudinez (left) and to their right stands Bro. Jude Mislang.

IONIC LODGE #31 – REGULAR JANUARY, 2021 MEETING

 Brethren, Happy New Year. Our first regular lodge meeting was held on January 8th., 2021.  Other than the regular business of the Lodge, the exchange of Principal Officer Lapel Pins and Installation  of the Sr. Warden and Sr. Deacon, were the other order of business. Good Luck Guys. We are still under the constraints of this Covid-19 epidemic.  Unfortunately there is no clear let up in sight,  Hang in there.

Exchange of Lapel Pins between Bro. Gordon Whitton, Sr. Warden; W. Bro. Kevin Garner, W. Master & W. Bro. Art Galman, Sr. Warden.

W. Bro. Art Galman – Sr. Warden (1021)

Bro. Ron Crush – Sr. Deacon (2021)

IONIC #31 DEC. 11 OFFICER INSTALLATION

 Brethren, it has been a long difficult year, especially for our Lodge, but we were able to hold our Installation Meeting last evening, Dec. 11, with limited attendance.  W. Bro. Kevin Garner was installed in the Chair of King Solomon, our W. Master for the coming year.  Bro. Gordon Whitton was Installed in the South as J.W.  Congratulations to both.  I know they will do an excellent job.  

A vote of thanks needs to go to those Brethren who attended last evenings meeting, as Installing Officers.  Their support during this difficult time is very much appreciated. I know we are all looking forward to a time in the, hopefully, near future when we can all meet, safely on the Level again.

W. Bro. Kevin Garner

W.M

Bro. Gordon Whitton

Jr. Warden

Ionic Lodge #31, The Battlefords, Regular September Meeting

 Brethren, Ionic Lodge held our first Meeting since Covid – 19 shut us down several months ago.  Face Masks were required along with maintaining the safe distancing and hand sanitizing.  17 Members were in attendance. Business was conducted in the 1st. Deg. and the meeting was short. 1 hour.  

W. Bro. Mark Barclay was in the Masters Chair for the evening and was presented with his Past Masters Certificate by M.W. Bro. Don Finan.

It was good to have V.W. Bro. Fred Walker in attendance.  He was presented with his 60 Year Certificate and Pin, by R.W. Bro. Bill Swiderski, DDGM for District 7.  W. Bro. Barclay acknowledged V.W. Bro. Walker as follows:

“Born in North Battleford October 1936, Fred grew up on the family farm about six miles north on Highway #4. He joined Masonry in 1958 and was Raised on November 14, 1958 in the I.O.O.F. Hall where Cherry Insurance is now located on 100th Street. V. W. Bro. Fred Walker served as Master of Ionic Lodge in 1991. He was Exalted in Royal Arch on November 19, 1959 in Battleford, SK. Fred has been active within his mother lodge, and has served many York Rite concordant bodies- such as Preceptory- as a staunch member, by sitting in the East and as Secretary and Registrar. He has also been active as District #7 Secretary for many years. Above all, it must be said that Fred’s interest is in history: Masonic, local, and above all, railroading, to name a few! Congratulations, Fred, on receiving your much deserved 60-Year certificate and pin from the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan!”

Congratulations Fred, well deserved.