155th Annual Sessions of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario WEst
155th Annual Sessions
155th Annual Sessions of the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario West was held in the city of Burlington, Ontario on April 24th, 25th and 26th of 2014.
The formal meetings began on the Thursday evening where the Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Keith Wright opened his sessions to appoint the standing committees for the business of the following day. The rand Master of Ontario West had the great pleasure to have in attendance the Grand Master and Sovereign of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada, Most Worshipful Brother Roy Dawe in attendance for this years sessions. The meetings ended and the membership attending were welcomed by the Grand Master to enjoy an evening of fraternal friendship as his guests.
The Friday meetings opened at 9 am where the regular business of the Grand Lodge was conducted, until 10:30am when the Grand Master declared a recess to attend an Act of Remembrance at the City of Burlington Cenotaph were over 30 members boarded a bus to the cenotaph. The Grand Marshal assembled the members into formation where they paraded to the cenotaph for a wonderful and thoughtful service conducted by the Grand Chaplain, Right Worshipful Brother Angus MacLennan. The procession was led by a piper John McCaffrey who performed in a very professional manner and added a sense of solemnity to our service.
During the balance of the meetings, (please refer to the report of proceedings presented by the Grand Secretary for complete details), the Grand Master opened the floor to allow the Action Committee to present it’s report on it’s progress and the next step in their plan. Both session and reports were well received and the committee was appointed by the Grand Master for another year and instructed to carry out it’s planned events.
The Annual Banquet was held on the Friday evening after a time of fellowship. Those attending were treated to a wonderful Roast Beef dinner and all the trimmings. The Guest speaker for the evening was the Honourable Dan McTeague, the co-chair for the National Program of Wounded Warriors. He presented a heartfelt report on the workings of the Wounded Warrior program and the other programs that it supports. The foundation known as Compassionate Companions, who train dogs to accompany current and former members of Canada’s Armed Forces suffering from Post-Traumatic Syndrome. These animals are trained to sense any change in their owners’ emotional condition and assists in calming them down and enable them to better react in public. The Grand Masters’ of the Grand Orange Lodge and Grand Black Chapter presented cheques in the amount of $5,500.00 towards this meaningful cause. The cheques were gratefully received.
During the session a Bible that had been rescued from being lost for ever by Mrs. Marjory Craig-Webster and her daughter, who came into possession of the Bible. The Bible originally presented to a lodge in Hamilton in the year 1885 was then returned to the local lodge Hamilton Loyal Orange Lodge 2123 being accepted by the current Worshipful Master, Brother George MacDonald Jr. and other members of the Hamilton lodge in attendance for the sessions. It is good to know that this bible and part of the history of Hamilton will now be used and in its rightful place, on the altar of the Hamilton lodge.