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.


Members of Ionic Lodge #31 conducted the “Masonic Funeral Ceremony” at the Funeral of V.W. Bro. Les Guthrie on Monday, October 29 at the 3rd Ave. United Church.  Les was  a Member of our Lodge for 70 Years. The following Members participated in the ceremony:

W.M.  W. Bro. Al White
S.W.    V.W. Bro. Bernie Meisner
J.W.     V.W. Bro. Rod Munn
CH.      V.W. Bro. Gordon Yarde
J.D.      R.W. Bro. Glenn Hunter
SEC,    M.W. Bro. Don Finan

These Brethren were also the Pallbearers.

W.Bro. Al White did an excellent job of conducting the Ceremony.  Bro. Les would have been proud!


We held our Regular Monthly meeting on Friday evening, October 12th.  A 2nd Degree had been scheduled but did not materialize.   A cheque in the amount of $7500.00 was presented to our Treasurer, Bro. Tony Francescone by M.W. Bro. Don Finan & V.W. Bro. Bernie Meisner on behalf of “The Ionic Red Coat Degree Team” Travel Fund, for the purchase of our new Lodge Room Carpet.


Brethren, our Regular Meeting on Sept. 14, was just that, a Regular Meeting.  No Degrees for this evening.  This was the first time most of our Members had their first look at our new carpet which was installed of the Summer Months.

Our W.M., W. Bro. Mark Barclay made a presentation of a Book to Bro. Adam Niciri.


The Carpet has been removed from the Lodge Room on Saturday, Aug. 4, by a Lodge of “Working Masons”, the Number (5),  who have given a new meaning to “Floor Work”.


Brethren, here is your Blog update for our Regular Meeting on Friday, June 8 & District Golf on Saturday, June 9.  Our Meeting was a relatively short one, opening in the 1st only, conducting business and doing a “Walk-About” the Lodge room with Bro. Sean Peterson, stopping at each station and explaining that particular officer’s duties.  A Great idea!  Sausage BBQ followed the meeting at the Festive Board.

The Annual District Golf Tournament was held at Silver Lake Golf Course, near Maidstone.  16 Members and Guests attended.  As usual a good time was had by all.

R.W. Bro. Kevin Monsebroten receiving his Past Masters Certificate for 2017.

W.B. Jack Smith presents his Tatting to W.M. Mark Barclay. This will be used as a Book Mark in our Lodge. Tatting shown below.

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace from a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, accessories such as earrings and necklaces, and other decorative pieces.

 Thank you Bro. Smith for doing such fine Work.

District Golfers relaxing after a round of golf at the Silver Lake Golf Course on Saturday, June 9.Players were from Meadow Lake, Unity, Lloydminster and The Battlefords.  It was hot & windy, but a great day was had by all.

And the Winners were.