Brethren, here are some photos taken during our October 1W.M1 Lodge Meeting.

 W.M. W.Bro. Mark Barclay; Bro. Kirk Gessner; Bro. Andrew Sneddon, just initiated, and District 7 DDGM, R.W. Bro. Bill Swiderski.

V.W. Bro. Richard Gibbons receiving, IONIC Lodge Mason of the Year Award.

DDGM presented Ionic with a serving tray handcrafted by the Swiderski family (built by his son with artwork by his daughter).

Group photos of those in the East (Unity Kilwinning and Lloydminster were well represented!) Photographer for the evening, Bro. Alvin Laudinez.  


Bro. Peterson who Proved up in the 1st Deg., M.W. Bro. Don Finan along with Bro. Gifford who Proved up in the 2nd Deg.
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In early September, W. Bro. Mark Barclay had an opportunity to enjoy a fraternal visit to Malta Lodge #131 in Grand Forks, ND. On that evening, Malta officers conducted a Rusty Nail degree, which is an opportunity for Brethren to ‘brush up’ on ritual- such as passwords, grips, and opening and closing in each degree. What a perfect opportunity to learn! Much was familiar, but certainly subtle differences were apparent; as WM, for example, I do not wear a top hat! A light dinner was served prior to the meeting, and I was very fortunate that W. Bro. Greg Bryson not only picked me up and drove me back to the hotel, but gave me a tour of their lodge as well. As you can see, I exchanged pins and hats with the 3 Principal officers. An excellent evening overall! Pictured in the group Photo from left to right are: Frank Whitmer JW, W. Bro. Mark Barclay, Geoff Benson WM Malta Lodge #131, Randy Shear SW, W. Bro. Greg Bryson, Chad Kainz DDGM District #4 ND. 

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Brethren, just to let you know that our Worshipful Master was active during our Summer Recess. Here are a couple of photos proving the same:  July 10 a number of Ionic Members attended Unity Lodge Steak BBQ, excellent.  W. Bro. Mark Barclay presented the “Traveling Mall” from Ionic to Unity. Accepting it on behalf of Unity Lodge, was R.W. Bro. Norm Potter. I’m sure it will be returned later this year or next.

W. Bro.  Barclay is seen chauffeuring District 7 DDGM, R.W. Bro. Bill Swiderski and Bro. Trevor Horton to the North Battleford Parade on Tuesday, August 13.  Well done WM.

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Brethren, we held our Regular Meeting on Friday, April 13, with the Raising of Bro’s Marcel Gullion & Adam Naciri.  Congratulations on receiving your Master Masons Degree.  There was a good turnout with visitors from Saskatoon.  Our Grand Jr. Warden, R.W. Bro. Dean Elliott was in attendance and took part in the Degree.  Bro. Naciri brought a beautifully decorated cake for the Festive Board.  Almost to nice to eat!

Some photos from the York Rite Information event held at Ionic Lodge.


Brethren, it was a cold evening for our second Regular Lodge Meeting of 2019, but in spite of the weather, the meeting was well attended.  Members & Guests were treated to an excellent  First Degree for our newly minted Bro. Jordon Gifford.  Congratulations Jordon and we all look forward the continuation of your Masonic Journey.  We are here to assist you whenever we can.

The Bro’s Gifford, are flanking  W.M.  Mark Barclay. Bro. Jordon is, of course wearing his E.A. Apron.  His Twin Brother is one of his Sponsors.


Ionic Lodge #31 held our Regular Meeting on May 10, with a 2nd Degree for Bro. Jordan Gifford.  Congratulations Bro. Gifford on being passed to the 2nd Deg.  Only one more to go.  Congratulations  also go to the Deg. Team for a job well done.   R.W. Bro. Kevin Monsebroten was the Acting Master on this occasion.  Our D.D.G.M., R.W. Bro. Bob St. Germain made his official visit. R.W. Bill Bryce, a Member of Ionic Lodge, who resides in Lloydminster and is a Member of Britannia #23, attended and sat as our Past Master, for only the second time in his long and Illustrious Career as a Mason.  You did well Bill!  Bro. Sean Swiderski was visiting from Britannia #23, Lloydminster.  Bro. Swiderski presented Ionic Lodge with the Traveling Mall, emblematic of Lodge visitation in District 7. Thanks you for this.

 Bro. Jordan Gifford, flanked by R.W. Bro. Kevin Monsebroten and DDGM, R.W. Bro. Bob St. Germain.

 R.W. Bro. Levin Monsebroten haply receives the Traveling Mall from Bro. Swiderski  

Why not associate with others who compel you to level up?


Brethren, we held our Installation of Officers on Friday evening, with a good turnout.  Prior to the Installation Ceremony, the Alter was Draped in Bro. Pat Hutchison.  He will be missed.

W. Bro. Mark Barclay was installed Master of the Lodge for 2019, along with his new slate of Officers.

Ionic #31 Lodge Officers 2019
WM- Mark Barclay, (Kevin Monsebroten)
IPM- Kevin Monsebroten
SW- Art Galman, (Bernie Meisner)
JW- Kevin Garner, (Rod Munn)
SD- Bryan Anderson, (Rod Munn)
JD- Gordon Whitton, (Richard Gibbons)
Inner Guard- Mariano Ong, (Marlon Francisco) (Al White)
Chaplain- Trevor Horton, (Gordon Yarde) (Curtis Babiy)
SS- Robert Florence, (Mark Miller)
JS- Mark Miller, (Alvin Laudinez)
Asst S’s- Marlon Francisco, Randy Gumtang
Organist- Peter Hogger, Darrel Yates
Piper- Jim Ramsay
Secretary- Don Finan
Treasurer- Tony Francescone
Director of Ceremonies- Tom Dutton, (Glenn Hunter)
Tyler- Jim Ramsay, (Al White)
– Names in bold print are the installed officers; names afterwards in (parentheses) are the Alternates. If the Installed Officer is unable to attend a meeting, he is to contact an Alternate WELL in advance and ensure that the WM is informed.

Three of the wives presented us with a superb lunch at the Festive Board.  Excellent job Girls!

M.W. Bro. Finan & V.W. Bro. Meisner presented our Master,  with  a framed college picture, depicting, Members of our Red Coat Degree Team taken during a number of Degrees which were performed at numerous Lodges in this Province and in the USA.


We held our election of Officers for the upcoming year, 2019.  Installation will be held at our December Meeting.  Following that meeting, the Festive Board will consist of hors d’oeuvres, supplied by our W.M., W. Bro. Mark Barclay. Should be great.

We also held a short Memorable Service, recognizing Canada’s past and present Veterans.

A number of Shriner’s and Masons attended the November 11th. Remembrance Day Service at the JPII High School. This Special Service was Remembering those who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice during the 1st World War, 100 years ago, as well as all other conflicts throughout the World.

Cole Knutson  performed during a musical interlude, with a Clarinet version of “What a Wonderful World” and “The White Cliffs of Dover”.  I can only describe his performance as  absolutely Beautiful.

For those of you who do not recall, our Lodge sponsored Cole by giving him financial assistance to further his music career.  After witnessing this performance, it was money well spent.  We should all be proud of having assisted this young man. He is very talented.

Our Veterans attending the Alter
Cole Knutson who performed at the North Battleford Remembrance Day Celebration, November 11, 2018.