156th Annual Sessions of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario West Review
Review of 156th Annual Sessions of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario West.
The 156th Annual Sessions of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario West was held in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 23rd, 24th and 25th 2015. The location of the sessions was the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. The accommodations were comfortable and the staff and meals were excellent.
As we had done 4 years ago, the Grand Master, accompanied by his wife joined with other officers of the Grand Lodge and attended the Niagara Region Community Outreach Center to help with the preparation and serving of that days’ lunch for those members of the community who need an extra hand. The day began at 9am on Thursday April 23rd 2015, in the kitchen under the direction of Brenda, the manager of the center and the chef of the day Jill, who with repeated practice put us to work getting every one ready for lunch. This is the only center in the region that offers a full meal Monday to Friday from April to November, and 7 days a week from November till March. Once the center was set up and the meal ready to be served the doors opened at 11:30 am and over the next 45 minutes over 125 people received a wonderful hot meal, and this was number increased as seconds were offered after everyone was served. Those who visited the center that day ranged in age from seniors to young men and women and even small children all of whom are treated with respect and compassion. Even after all this the work was not yet over as then we needed to clean up and put everything away ready for the next days’ work. We were amazed at the dedication of the volunteers who dropped by when they were needed and then when the work was done had left without any praise or thanks. The Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Keith Wright then offered our thanks for allowing us the opportunity to take part and see firsthand the hard work and dedication of the staff at the center and the good work done for the good people in the region who need a hand from time to time. He then committed to a donation to the center of $1,500.00 and our best wishes that their work would continue as long as the need was present. A wonderful day, an amazing lesson in compassion and a great start to the sessions.