Eastern District is located in the extreme South-eastern sector of the Province of Ontario, Canada. Our District is one of 44 Districts within the Grand Registry of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario (G.R.C). Eastern District is comprised of 12 Lodges totaling approximately 800 members. We hope that whether you are a Mason, non Mason or a prospective Mason, you will find these pages interesting and informative.
What is Freemasonry and how do I Join?
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest world wide fraternity. Freemasonry is not a religion. It urges its members, however, to be faithful and devoted to their own religious beliefs. The organization of Freemasonry is based on a system of Grand Lodges, each sovereign within its own territory. There is no central authority governing all Grand Lodges. However, to be acknowledged by others, acceptable traditions, standards and practices must be maintained.
In our Province the governing body is called the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. It is under the leadership of a Grand Master. He presides over 53,500 Masons who belong to one or more of the 588 lodges in our jurisdiction. Each of these lodges is under the direction of a Master.
WHAT IT DOES
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Its teachings dramatize a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self improvement. The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of brotherly love, charity, and truth which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives. Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in life fairly warrant it.
HISTORICAL EASTERN DISTRICT
Our traditions can be traced directly to the associations of operative masons. They were men of outstanding character, looked at our high ideals, who built the cathedrals, abbeys, and castles of the Middle Ages. With the decline of cathedral building in the 17th Century, many guilds of stonemasons, called “Operative” masons, started to accept into their membership those who were not members of the masons’ craft and called them “Speculative” or “Accepted” masons. It was in these groups, called lodges, comprised mainly of “Accepted” masons that Freemasonry, as we know it today, had its beginning.
In 1717, four such lodges, which had been meeting regularly in London, united to form the first Grand Lodge of England under the direction of a Grand Master. From that first Grand Lodge came and from there the Freemasonry has spread throughout the world. Today, some 150 Grand Lodges have a total membership of approximately four million Masons.
One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members. However, any man should feel free to approach any Mason to seek further information about the Craft. Membership is for men, 21 years of age or older, who meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation, who are of good moral character, and who believe in the existence of a supreme being.
A man who wants to join a lodge must be recommended for by two members of that lodge. He must understand that his character will be investigated. After approval by the members of that lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant for membership in Freemasonry.
The doors of Freemasonry are open to men who seek harmony with their fellow man, feel the need for self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a better place to live. Any man who becomes a Mason is taught a pattern for living – reverence, morality, kindness, honesty, dependability and compassion. He must be prepared to honour his country, uphold its laws and respect those in authority. He must be prepared to maintain honourable relations with others and be willing to share in Masonic activities.
District Deputy Grand Master – Eastern District 2015-2016
Brethren of Eastern District. It’s with great pleasure and pride that I say thank you very much for electing me to serve as your District Deputy Grand Master for 2015 -2016. In Eastern district it was a long journey to get here.
I would like to thank the members of Finch Lodge No. 557 for originally nominating me for the position as 2nd Vice President to our MAED Amazon copywriter association. But since that time Finch lodge has gone into darkness and although I dearly miss the fellowship with those brethren that we formed with each other over thirty years, having joined Lost Villages NO. 256 another door of opportunity has opened. I must thank them for the support that they have given me, and the commitment to make the ensuing year a success in allowing me to be a representative of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, M.W John C. Green.
Pride in Masonry will be my motto this year and I hope it will continue into the future. To encourage new membership we must show pride in what we do and who we are. Without pride there is no reason to ask members to do degree work to the best of their ability . Always try to wear a symbol to show the world who you are. With that thought, this year I will give each new Mason, Fellowcraft and Master Mason a gift of a ring so that they can proudly show the world that they are a member of one of the best fraternal societies known to mankind.
R. W. Bro. Daniel J Wert
District Deputy Grand Master