W. Bro. Keezie Clarke Gilbart Haida Lodge lost its most elderly member with the death of W. Bro. K. Clarke Gilbart on August 1, 1994, at the age of 91 years. Several brethren from Haida Lodge attended a memorial service for Clarke, which was held on Saturday, August 5 at Oak Bay United Church. Tributes to W. Bro. Gilbart were given by his son David and daughter Marjorie, and by Bro. Terry Smith on behalf of Haida Lodge. Clarke was the son of a medical missionary, and was born on the Rolling River Indian Reserve in Manitoba. Clarke obtained a M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, then moved west to Edmonton and Calgary before finally settling in Victoria in 1947. His interests included family camping trips, skating, curling, lawn bowling, and drama. He met his wife Rosa in Edmonton through figure skating, and in their younger days both were avid and accomplished skaters. Clarke and his wife Rosa shared 65 years together. Clark had four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Clarke was initiated, passed and raised in Camosun Lodge No. 60 in 1950. He was a founding member of Haida Lodge, and his name is number 13 on the roll. Clarke was invested as Haida Lodge's first Inner Guard in January, 1956, at the ceremony of Institution of Haida Lodge. In 1961, Clarke was installed as Worshipful Master of Haida Lodge. Clarke will be remembered for his active interest in putting on Masonic plays. He directed several of the Claudy plays which were performed by the members of Haida Lodge. Many of the brethren will remember Clarke's role in Greater Love Hath No Man, performed while Haida Lodge met at Henderson Hall. Clarke interjected a great deal of humour at the last practice when he forgot his only line in the play, "Fire! Fire! Fire! The Palace Theatre is afire!" In Memorium KEEZIE CLARKE GILBART Born: May 15, 1903 Passed To The Grand Lodge Above: August 1, 1994 May He Rest In Peace Approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams. - William Cullen Bryant In Memorium: EDWIN JAMES LOCKHART Past Grand Master, 1977 Born: Jan. 4, 1906 Passed To The Grand Lodge Above: July 15, 1994 May He Rest In Peace M. W. Bro. Edwin James. Lockhart On July 26, 1994, ten brethren from lodges in Victoria travelled to Qualicum Beach to join close to 400 family members, friends and brethren at the memorial service of one of our Past Grand Masters, Edwin James Lockhart, who died on July 15, 1994, in Nanaimo. The service, held in the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, was conducted by the Worshipful Master of Concord Lodge No. 79, W. Bro. E. J. Booth, who was the family doctor of our departed brother. Six Past Grand Masters were honorary pallbearers: Most Worshipful Bros. Claude A. Green, James S. Hogg, Donald W. Wakelyn, John J. Lobban, J. Waldie Manion, and C. Grant Wardlaw. W. Bro. Ernie Lockhart, Edwin's son, gave the family eulogy and R. W. Bro. Don Machan gave the Masonic eulogy. Our Senior Grand Warden, R. W. Bro. Alex Reid, sang the solo hymn How Great Thou Art. M. W. Bro. Lockhart lead a full and interesting Masonic life. Born in Wauchope, Saskatchewan, he was initiated, passed and raised into Freemasonry in 1947. He affiliated with Concord Lodge immediately upon moving to the Island and was Worshipful Master of Concord Lodge in 1953 and again in 1963. He later was given life membership in Concord Lodge. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 1968, the same year M. W. Bro. Jim Hogg was Grand Master, and was installed as Grand Master in 1977 in Prince Rupert. Bro. Lockhart was a real lover of Freemasonry, and was a member of the Royal Arch, Cryptic Rite, Preceptory, Red Cross of Constantine, York Rite College, Scottish Rite (Honorary 33o) and the Ancient Arabic Order of the Noble and Mystic Shrine. He and his wife were both members of the Eastern Star. * * * ... By and by you will be called, at the order of the Great Architect of the Universe, from the labours and trials of earth to the refreshments of Heaven, where you will be secure in the protection of our Heavenly Father, throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, and enjoy the reflections of a well spent life, in a land where all are equal ... From the Chaplain's Corner After suffering a number of minor strokes, Eileen Kullman was admitted to long term care in Aberdeen Hospital in June. Bro. Tom Outteridge received some sad news from England. Tom's brother Fred died on Saturday, June 11. W. Bro. Charlie Moggridge suffered a minor stroke on June 5th. He is at home after a short stay in the hospital. W. Bro. Charlie Prior has not been well recently, but assures us he will be back in lodge soon. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to W. Bro. Dave Washington and his family. Shirley Washington passed away on Thursday, August 25 after a painful and debilitating battle with cancer. * * * Other News Tom Outteridge is now living in Oak Bay Lodge. His new phone number is 592-5151. Tom and Jane celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary on August 21, 1994. W. Bro. Art Scott's daughter Shauna has received a $500 bursary from Grand Lodge to assist her with her studies at University of Victoria this fall. Bro. Bob Houston is still working long and hard hours. He is on call with B.C. Ferries, and most of the work he gets is for the graveyard shift, which makes it difficult if not impossible to get to lodge. * * * Birthday Greetings We extend birthday greetings on behalf of Haida Lodge to the following members: Scot Warren Sept. 11 Neil Sutherland Sept. 12 Charlie Moggridge Sept. 16 Dave Washington Sept. 25 John Helgason Sept. 27 Neil Tattrie Sept. 29 Ray Maitland Oct. 2 Len Duval Oct. 5 Hugh Wood Oct. 8 Peck Houghton Oct. 18 Bob Lyon Oct. 29 Gary Downer Oct. 29 Art Scott Oct. 30 MASONIC CALENDAR Important Haida Lodge Dates: September 21, 1994: Regular communication: Election of Officers September 28, 1994: An emergent meeting is planned for the conferring of the Master Mason degree on our three Fellowcraft. District 21 Installations (1994/95): Lodge Date Time Mt. Shepherd Sept. 7/94 7:00 p.m. Malahat Sept. 15/94 7:30 p.m. Goldstream Oct. 6/94 7:30 p.m. Haida Oct. 19/94 7:30 p.m. Confederation Nov. 19/94* 2:00 p.m. Henderson Nov. 28/94 7:30 p.m. Britannia Jan. 12/95** 7:30 p.m. Camosun Jan. 16/95 7:30 p.m. * Social evening begins at 6:30 p.m. ** A banquet precedes the installation at 6:00 p.m. District 21 Official Visits (1994/95): Lodge Date Time Mt. Shepherd Nov. 2/94 7:30 p.m. Goldstream Jan. 5/95 7:30 p.m. Haida Jan. 18/95 7:30 p.m. Henderson Jan. 23/95 7:30 p.m. Confederation Feb. 22/95 2:00 p.m. Malahat Mar. 16/95 7:30 p.m. Camosun Mar. 20/95 7:30 p.m. Britannia Apr. 3/95 7:30 p.m. Upcoming Events: Saturday, October 23: Grand Lodge Masonic Day, Freemason's Hall, West 8th, Vancouver. Thursday, November 10: Grand Master's visit to the Lodges of District 21. Hosted by Britannia Lodge No. 73. * * * More Golf The Mt. Shepherd Lodge Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the Phillips Memorial Golf Course in Sooke. Cost: $30 per person for 18 holes and a steak lunch. Lunch only: $10.00; golf only: $21.00. Spouses welcome. To register for the tournament, call Bro. John Bartanus at 652-6847, Bro. Bill Jones at 642-5748, or W. Bro. Bob Clarke at 642-3663. 100th Anniversary of United Service Lodge No. 24 On July 18, 1894, United Services Lodge held its first meeting as the newest lodge of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. The meeting was attended by the Grand Master, M. W. Bro. R. B. McMicking. On Saturday, July 16, 1994, a special anniversary meeting of United Service Lodge was opened by W. Bro. Ray Wilson. Our Grand Master, M. W. Bro. Douglas Hargrove, and a suite of Grand Lodge members and officers was received and welcomed to the special communication. With M. W. Bro. Hargrove were eight past Grand Masters; our Senior Grand Warden, R. W. Bro. Clarke Gilmour; our Junior Grand Warden, R. W. Bro. Alex Reid; four District Deputy Grand Masters, including R. W. Bro. Rick Carter, District No. 1, and R. W. Bro. Bill Headon, District No. 21; four Grand Stewards; the Grand Standard Bearer; Grand Pursuivant; and the Grand Historian. Approximately 80 brethren were in attendance. The program for the day included a parallel roster of officers for the meetings of 100 years apart, as well as the toast lists of both events. Twelve toasts were given in 1894, compared to five given in 1994. Of particular interest was a toast given 100 years ago to "The Press." Included in the printed program was a history of the lodge, which was read in summary by R. W. Bro. Walter Phillips. William T. Phillips, R. W. Bro. Walter Phillips' father, was the first candidate for the degrees in 1898. Between the two of them, these two brethren have collectively served United Service Lodge for most of its 100 years! One might have concluded that there was a typing error in the list of officers for 1894 and for 1994, because the name Bro. A. C. Muir appears on both lists. It seems that Alex Muir, Junior Deacon, is the grandson of Bro. A. C. Muir, who was the first Senior Warden of United Service Lodge. Three brethren were presented with their 50 year pins by our Grand Master: R. W. Bro. Walter Phillips, V. W. Bro. Jack Bottomley, and W. Bro. James Hodson, father of Bro. Rick Hodson, Director of Ceremonies. (Unfortunately, Rick had to go to hospital for observation on the morning of the meeting, so was unable to attend.) W. Bro. James Hodson travelled from Prince George to be present for this special occasion. One hundred and ninety brethren and their ladies attended the banquet that followed later that night. Congratulations to United Service Lodge on the celebration of 100 years of service to Freemasonry in Victoria, and to the organizing committee for an excellent job in planning this special weekend of celebration. * * * A father is someone who can't get on the phone, into the bathroom, or out of debt. Saltspring Island Sojourn Several of the brethren from Haida Lodge and their ladies travelled to Faye and Owen Benwell's property on Saltspring Island on July 23 for a day of socializing and relaxation in the summer sun. Some of our brethren with recreation vehicles came early and spent the weekend getting away from it all. * * * The Ice Cream Team On Friday, August 5, 1994, six brethren from Haida Lodge and seven members of the Job's Daughters converged upon the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and dispensed 200 honey and almond ice cream cones to any of the patients or staff who wished to have a cool treat. The event was organized by V. W. Bro. Steve Godfrey, who took over the duties of coordinator from R. W. Bro. Art Fuller. Bro. Cy Gibson provided piano entertainment for about 30 patients in the main dining lounge as the ice cream was served to them. Two other teams of servers moved about the wards and rooms to serve patients who were unable to attend in the lounge. This was the eighth consecutive year that this pleasant service has taken place. As usual, the weather was glorious and the ice cream was a welcome treat for those who live and work in the hospital. Thanks to Island Farms Dairy Co-Op for donating the ice cream and cones. Appreciation for the help is extended to Bros. Cy Gibson, Glenn Marriott, Tom Outteridge, Scot Warren and Cal Woods. Thanks also to Mrs. Patti Campbell and daughters Sarah and Kate (Bethel No. 2), Mrs. Wendy Fathers and daughter Julia, Lisa Chamberlain, and Treana Godfrey (Bethel No. 36). * * * "So Mote It Be" The word "mote" is the third person singular of the present subjective of the Anglo-Saxon word "motan", which means "to be allowed," hence the phrase "So Mote It Be." It is a quaint and charming form of the familiar "Amen," a dear, deep, far-echoing word wherein God confirms the faith of man and man accepts the will of God.- from the St. George's Banner * * * Remember always the Great Philosopher who being asked what his religion was replied "That of all wise men." "And what is that?" "Wise men never tell." Grand Lodge Grand Lodge Appointments: At the 123 communication of Grand Lodge in Penticton, the following appointments were announced: R. W. Bro. Bill Headon, Britannia Lodge No. 73, District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 21; R. W. Bro. Rick Carter, United Service Lodge No. 24, District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 1; V. W. Bro. Graham Thomson, Aurora Lodge No. 165, Grand Purseuivant; V. W. Bro. Jack Bottomley, United Service Lodge No. 24, Grand Steward. and V. W. Bro. Harry Bowman, Malahat Lodge No.107, Grand Steward. V. W. Bro. Steve Godfrey and W. Bro. Art Scott have been reappointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on Education and Leadership, and Bro. Godfrey has been asked to assume the chairmanship of this committee. W. Bro. Art Scott begins the second year of his two year appointment as District Education Officer for District No. 21, and W. Bro. Michael O'Hagan has been appointed District Education Officer for District No. 1. Next Grand Lodge Communication: Next year, the 124th annual communication of Grand Lodge will be held in Prince Rupert. In accordance with changes to the Constitution, the 1995 communication will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; June 22, 23, and 24, 1995. The 125th Annual Communication of Grand Lodge will take place in Kelowna in June, 1996. * * * M. W. Bro. Douglas Hargrove, Grand Master Douglas William Hargrove was born in North Vancouver on July 14, 1944. His Masonic career began when he was initiated into Fellowship Chapter of DeMolay in 1958. Our Grand Master was initiated, passed and raised in Burrard Lodge No. 50 in 1966, and served as Worshipful Master in 1970. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of District 17 in 1986. M. W. Bro. Hargrove's progression to Grand Master began in 1991 when he was elected Junior Grand Warden in Penticton. M. W. Bro. Hargrove is married to wife Beverley, and has three children, Stephen, age 25, Glenn, age 18, and Andrea, age 17. By profession, he is a business consultant, and he is also active in the Anglican Church and the Boy Scout organization. * * * Tilting at windmills hurts you more than the windmill. Biography of R. W. Bro. Bill Headon Richard William (Bill) Headon, our newly-appointed District Deputy Grand Master for District No. 21, was born on January 12, 1939, in Surrey, England. In 1956, the family moved to Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from U.B.C. with a degree in Urban Land Economics, Bill worked in Vancouver on some large construction projects, such as the B.C. Electric Building, the BCTV studios, and the Royal City shopping centre in New Westminster. Bill met his wife Aileen when she was working for a property valuation firm in Vancouver. In 1960, Bill and Aileen were married in Aileen's home town of Kelowna. After a year in Vancouver, they moved to Nelson. Four years later, in 1965, the Headons moved to Kamloops. Bill and Aileen have two sons, John and Philip. Bill was initiated into Kamloops Lodge No. 10 in 1967. He received his Master Mason degree in Golden Lodge No. 11, a sister lodge of Kamloops Lodge No. 10. It was an established custom for the two lodges to pay fraternal visits, and the lodges often took one of their candidates to the other lodge to put on a degree. Thus, Bill was raised in Golden Lodge No. 11 during a fraternal visit. Bill became Worshipful Master of Kamloops Lodge No. 10 in 1973. A proud accomplishment was his involvement in the planning and building of the new Masonic temple and the adjacent Acacia Manor, a subsidized apartment accommodation for seniors. In 1974, Bill was appointed Deputy Assessment Commissioner of the B.C. Assessment Authority and the family moved to Victoria. Bill affiliated with Britannia Lodge No. 73 in 1980, and served as Worshipful Master in 1985. He is active in the Scottish Rite and also maintains membership in the Royal Arch and the Shrine. He is a director of both the Victoria Masonic Temple Association and the Building Society and is proud to see the completion of Ashlar Manor. As director of fund raising for phase II, he looks forward to the challenge of restoring the heritage Masonic Building at 650 Fisguard Street in Victoria. Bill's leisure activities include spending time with his family, which includes two grandchildren, Cory and Melissa. He and Aileen also like to travel and to play golf. Our new District Deputy would like to see all of the lodges in District 21 work towards the implementation of our Grand Master's theme, "A Year of Action", by developing a plan or vision to achieve the four long term goals set out by Grand Lodge several years ago. To achieve these long term goals, we must think more about who we are and what we want to do. If we are to get the most our of our Freemasonry, we must practice the words we speak. Only then can we give Freemasonry more exposure - through our actions, not through our words. Newsletter Editors Meet The past few months have afforded W. Bro. Art Scott opportunities to commiserate with the editors of two other Masonic newsletters. Art had lunch with R. W. Bro. Bud Tarling of Comox Loge No. 188 while at the Grand Lodge Warden's Retreat in Courtenay in May of this year. Bud is the editor of the Comox Lodge Hodge Podge. More recently, during a trip to the Okanagan last July, Art was able to have tea and cookies with Bro. Kevin van Herd, of St. George's Lodge No. 41 at his home in Kelowna (refreshments graciously provided by Kevin's wife Alice). Kevan is the editor of the St. George's Banner For some time now, the editors of the Hodge Podge, St. George's Banner, and The Lion's Paw have been exchanging newsletters and sharing their experiences one with the other. Not surprisingly, the biggest challenge faced by all editors is finding someone to help provide current information and material for the newsletter. The second concern is that feedback from the readership is very limited, if not non-existent. Producing a newsletter is an expensive proposition, and some editors must use their ingenuity to raise sufficient operating capital. We in Haida Lodge have been very fortunate in having an anonymous benefactor who has for several years provided sufficient money to pay the costs of printing 110 copies of The Lion's Paw every other month. By incorporating the newsletter with the mailing of the monthly communication, the distribution costs of the newsletter have been minimized. However, whenever the inclusion of The Lion's Paw has increased the mailing costs, the lodge has been reimbursed the difference. This year was the first time that a newsletter was produced for July and August, and the cost of mailing this edition came directly from The Lion's Paw operating funds. In comparison, the Comox Lodge Hodge Podge relies solely on advertising for its source of funding. Not only that, but we were surprised to learn that the Hodge Podge is not mailed, but is delivered personally to the brethren of Comox Lodge by the editor and a helper. The St. George's Banner is partially underwritten by the Lodge, but is restricted to no more than four pages to minimize mailing costs. * * * Some Golf Trivia Golf pro Lee Trevino has been hit by lightening twice on the golf course. It is said that he now walks down the green with a number 2 iron raised over his said, and is quoted as saying (allegedly) "not even God can hit that!" * * * Some Hockey News In our last issue, we published a biography of W. Bro. Norm Byers. We mentioned that one of Norm's hockey coaches was "Cyclone" Taylor. Coincidentally, the Gavel Society published a feature about Freemasonry and the Stanley Cup. Inside the pages of the May-June issue is a story about Cyclone Taylor. Frederick "Cyclone" Taylor played professional hockey in 1905, when he joined the Houghton, Michigan team. He got his nickname of "Cyclone" in 1907 while playing with the Ottawa Senators. "Cyclone" was initiated and passed in Civil Service Lodge No. 148, Ottawa. He was signed to play for the Vancouver Millionaires before he could receive his Master Mason degree. He was raised in Plantagenet Lodge No. 65 in Vancouver in August, 1913, and affiliated with that lodge in November of the same year. Bro. "Cyclone" Taylor played with the Millionaires until 1921, helping Vancouver win its only Stanley Cup in 1915. He died in June, 1979, at the age of 94 years. Incidentally, for the benefit of our Masonic hockey fans, Lord Stanley, who donated the beautiful cup-shaped silver bowl which bears his name, was a member of Alpha Lodge No. 16 in London, England. He became a Freemason in 1883 and served as Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England. * * * The Sign, Grip and Word of a Master Mason (not to be read by the uninitiated) The 'sign' is given by seizing the lobe of the right ear with the left hand, extending the right hand in a horizontal position and flexing the fingers until they touch the right elbow. The first part of the sign intimates that you are ever ready to listen to the call of a Brother, the second part indicates your determination to overcome all difficulties. The 'grip' is given by taking the thumb of a Brother's right hand, placing it between the teeth, and gripping it tightly (hence the origin of the term 'grip'); this grip, when mutually given and received, distinguishes a Brother by night or day, and is seldom forgotten. The 'password' is "Latch-Key". This word you will mentally repeat to yourself before leaving home for a Lodge meeting, so that at the close of our labours, and on your return home, you may not have to stay on the wrong side of the door. (from the St. George's Banner) * * * Out West, the cellar is the place to go in time of cyclone; and when a man has a barrel of cider in the cellar, it's surprising how many times a day he thinks there's a cyclone coming. Commonwealth Masonic Fellowship Night 'Catch the Spirit!' was the theme of the XV Commonwealth Games and the international spirit of Freemasonry was certainly evident on the evening of Tuesday, August 16 as more than 360 brethren from Victoria and other parts of British Columbia attended a special meeting hosted by Districts 1 and 21 to welcome visiting brethren from Canada and the Commonwealth. With W. Bro. Don Hilchey in the East, the presiding masters of the two districts opened lodge at 7:30 p.m. Once lodge was opened and the visitors welcomed, the Victoria RCMP Veterans' Degree Team was admitted. The gavel was tendered to R. W. Bro. Gordon Cunningham, who presided in the East and proceeded to conducted the meeting with decorum and dignity, interspersed with quips of light humour in keeping with the spirit of the evening. His first duty was to receive our Grand Master, M. W. Bro. Douglas Hargrove, accompanied by a suite of 14 Grand Lodge officers. He was preceded by Bro. Tom Hammond of Britannia Lodge carrying the Book of Constitutions. R. W. Bros. Rick Carter and Bill Headon, District Deputy Grand Masters of District 1 and 21 respectively, shared the introduction of M. W. Bro. Hargrove to the brethren assembled. The RCMP colour party presented the Canadian and Commonwealth flags at the altar. The words to the ritual of presentation of the Commonwealth flag were specially written for the occasion by R. W. Bro. Fred Packford. The next order of business was the introduction of visiting brethren from outside the jurisdiction. Twenty-three visiting brethren from England, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Somalia were introduced, and each visitor conveyed fraternal greetings from his Grand Master. The agenda for the evening included 'The Canadian Charge', demonstrated by Bro. Ken Baker. The RCMP team have incorporated this unique piece of ritual into their work when conferring the Master Mason degree. This was followed by the 'Address to the Brethren', beautifully presented with musical accompaniment by V. W. Bro. Stephen Godfrey. On behalf of the degree team, R. W. Bro. Cunningham presented a published history of the RCMP to the most recently raised visiting Master Mason, Brother John White from Guernsey and Albany Lodge No. 1809, in the Channel Islands. The Grand Master and his suite retired under escort of the RCMP colour guard. The lodge was closed in short order, following which the brethren assembled for a light buffet in the Masonic conference centre adjacent to the temple. The toast list concluded with a very unique rendition of the Tyler's Toast, given by a team of brethren from Nanaimo Lodge No. 110: V. W. Bro. Trevor Thomas, W. Bro. Bill Logan, and Bro. Ted Thomas. The success of the evening was in no small way attributable to a hard working committee chaired by M. W. Bro. Don Wakelyn, which, in addition to ensuring the evening's success, also produced a special souvenir program and a commemorative lapel pin for this very unique event. Last but not least, it should be noted that the furniture of Haida Lodge looked very impressive at this international meeting of brethren. Considering the significant role of the First Nations people in the opening ceremonies of these games, our Indian motif furniture was very much in keeping with the theme of the XV Commonwealth Games. * * * Some Commonwealth Games Trivia: Each day the athletes consumed 300 pounds of pasta, 100 pounds of chicken breasts, 20 cases of bananas, and 10 cases each of peaches, plums, blueberries and nectarines. They rehydrated with 100 cases of bottled water. * ** A New Masonic Bulletin Board For those who are interested in communicating with other computers via modem, a new Masonic bulletin board has been established in Victoria. The operator is Bro. Ron Merk from Vancouver and Quadra Lodge No. 2. The telephone number of the Victoria Masonic Bulletin Board is 479-2021. Ron's voice number is 479-2799. While on the subject of computerized Masonic Bulletin Boards, W. Bro. Art Scott reports that Hiram's Valley Bulletin Board in San Diego has become so large that it has been split into two bulletin boards. One is for Masonic information of all concordant bodies and the other is dedicated strictly to Masonic education. Also, Bro. Bill Galbraith in Winnipeg has incorporated his Masonic Bulletin Board, Hiram's Tracing Board, with the Data Exchange Network (DEN). Access to the Masonic files is restricted to registered Freemasons, and some areas of the board are available to paid members only. The new phone numbers are (area code 204 ) 256-1343 and 254-1750. If any brethren are interested in calling any of the many Masonic bulletin boards throughout Canada and the USA via modem, contact Art Scott at 658-8757 for further information and telephone numbers. * * * Biography of W. Bro. Rudy Kullman W. Bro. Rudy Kullman was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on December 22, 1919. Rudy's father was the section head for the CNR, and Melville was the main divisional point between Edmonton and Winnipeg. Rudy graduated from high school in Melville. He joined the army when W.W. II broke out in 1940, and was one of six recruits selected to form a new group whose duties were to perform health-related tests on water and soil. Rudy was sent to Ottawa for basic training, but unfortunately he contracted rheumatic fever shortly after his arrival and was forced to drop out of the unit. He was shipped back to B.C. six months later, and assigned to duty at the military hospital at Work Point Barracks. A short while later, the hospital was moved to "the old normal school" which is now part of the Landsdown campus of Camosun College. Before long, Rudy was transferred to Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver, and served as ward master during most of the War. Towards the end of the war he was posted to Ontario Hospital (an insane asylum) in London, Ontario. His final assignment was to the Vancouver Military Hospital, a new building on the Shaughnessy Hospital grounds. In 1946, Rudy was discharged from the Canadian Army with the rank of corporal. Upon his release from the military, Rudy received some training as a linesman before going to work for an electrical contractor in Vancouver. Things didn't work out too well, and Rudy returned to Victoria shortly thereafter. He found that employers were unwilling to hire him because of his height, so in 1948 Rudy began an apprenticeship with the Colonist newspaper. He worked as a pressman for the Colonist until he retired in 1984. Rudy met his wife Eileen in Victoria while he was posted to the Work Point hospital. Eileen, an accomplished ballet dancer, operated a dance studio called Eileen's School of Dancing in Victoria. Rudy and four of his medical corps sidekicks went to Eileen's studio for ballroom dancing lessons. They must have endeared themselves to both Eileen and her mother, because on weekends they were frequently invited to Eileen's mother's house for dinner. In 1944 Rudy and Eileen were married in Victoria. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 6, 1994. Eileen's father, Charlie Chislett, was a Freemason. He worked for the Colonist newspaper and owned the Arcade Bowling Lanes in the basement of the Yarrows building. It was her father's association with Freemasonry that caused Eileen to become very active in the Order of Amaranth. Despite Eileen's involvement in the Amaranth (Eileen was Past Grand Royal Matron in 1945), it was not until 1974 that Rudy joined Freemasonry and was initiated, passed and raised in Haida Lodge. Rudy wishes he had joined sooner. His only regret is that he didn't know enough about Freemasonry until he came into contact with Masons through Eileen's involvement in the Amaranth. Rudy's vocation also had some effect on his interest in membership. He worked the night shift for many years while employed by the Colonist, and this in part was one of the reasons that he did not join the Masonic Order sooner. Today, Rudy claims that, "Outside of marrying my wife, joining Freemasonry is the best thing that ever happened to me." His only regret is that he didn't know more about Freemasonry when he was younger. In his earlier years, Rudy was led to believe that Freemasonry was to be avoided. A number of bad things about Freemasonry being a secret and occult society were related to him during his youth, which, not knowing any better, he believed. These tales caused Rudy to be very apprehensive about the "secret society of Freemasons." Rudy realized that joining Freemasonry was the right thing to do while jogging with a policeman from Portland, Oregon during an Amaranth meeting in Seaside. During the conversation, Rudy was told about the precepts of Freemasonry and the goals it sets for its members. Once he had made the decision to join, Rudy contacted Bro. Red Wells and R. W. Bro. Bill Hibbert, two brethren that Rudy had known through Amaranth for a number of years. Rudy found out later that a number of brethren thought that he already was a member of a lodge, and were surprised to hear his name proposed when the petition for initiation was read out in lodge. Rudy was initiated, passed and raised with W. Bro. Don McMillan in 1973. In 1974, Bro. McMillan was elected Chaplain and Rudy was appointed Historian. With the exception of the Senior Steward's chair, Rudy followed Don through the chairs and was installed as Worshipful Master in 1980. W. Bro. Kullman was in the East when Haida Lodge celebrated its 25th anniversary. Many of the brethren will remember the commemorative totem poles which were given out as a souvenir of this historical event. Rudy and Eileen, with assistance from W. Bro. Owen and Faye Benwell, tied ribbons and glued bases onto 150 miniature totems for the anniversary celebration banquet. After serving as Worshipful Master, Rudy became very active in the Amaranth and was installed as Past Grand Royal Patron in 1984-85. Eileen Kullman was admitted to long term care in the Aberdeen Hospital in June. Rudy walks to and from the Hospital four times a day to visit Eileen every afternoon and evening. He likes to make sure that she gets at lest one good meal a day. In his spare time, Rudy frequently plays cribbage with W. Bro. Charlie Moggridge. Rudy has always been interested in electronics. He has a computer, and keeps himself busy producing lists, records, and other documents for the Amaranth whenever they require his services. 12th Annual Haida Campout The 12th annual Haida summer camp-out took place on the last weekend of August at The Country Maples Campground and R. V. Park just north of Duncan. The weather was bright and sunny for most of the week-end. Six of the sixteen couples who camped out over the weekend were from Haida Lodge. Another seven travelled from Victoria to spend Saturday with the campers. A new innovation this year was a spontaneous orienteering course and nature walk undertaken by some of the brethren and their families just prior to the pot luck dinner. Thirty-six people gathered around the tables for the Saturday night feast, campfire, and sing-along, including our new District Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Bro. Bill Headon and his wife Aileen. The campers were led in song by Muriel Bertrand. As always, W. Bros. Glenn Marriott (chief organizer) and Owen Benwell (assistant wagon master) did a great job obtaining firewood and purloining picnic tables for the banquet. Many thanks are due to these two brethren, who both work hard every year to coordinate this annual event. Thanks also to Faye Benwell for ensuring that the pot-luck dinner was its usual sumptuous success. Charity Every good act is charity. Your smiling in your brother's face is charity. An exhortation of your fellow man to virtuous deeds is equal to alms giving. Your putting a wanderer on the right road is charity. Your assisting the blind is charity. Your removing stones and thorns and other obstructions from the road is charity. Your giving water to the thirsty is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good he does in this world to his fellow man. When he dies, people will say, "What property has he left behind?" But the angels will ask, "What good deeds has he sent before him?"- Mahomet * * * The Lord gives you two ends. One for sitting and one for thinking. Your success depends on which you use. Heads, you win. Tails, you lose. The trouble with horse sense is that it deserts you the minute you start feeling your oats. - LA Times Halloween at the Mausoleum Our readers may recall previous articles about the McMillin mausoleum, the site of the annual outdoor Fellowcraft degree at Roche Harbour each May. The mausoleum, built in 1926, is a circular structure with seven columns, one of which is broken. The Doric columns are nine feet three inches and stand seventeen feet high. The top of the structure is twenty three feet seven inches above the floor. Inside the circular columns is a round concrete table, around which are fixed six chairs. Space for a seventh chair is not used. All members of the McMillin family except one are deceased and the chairs are crypts for their ashes. It seems that May is not the only month that this mausoleum sees some activity. According to reliable sources, the young people on San Juan Island delight in scaring their younger colleagues on Halloween night. Once darkness has arrived, they strike out for the mausoleum. One of the uninitiated is dared to sit at one of the chairs. It is rumored amongst the local teenagers that the ashes of the deceased family member were used in making the concrete for each chair. Another myth amongst the locals is that the broken column was caused by a lightning strike, emphasizing the "supernatural" aura of the structure. Even the missing chair has a story; it is rumored that one member of the family was so wicked that the rest of the family would not permit his chair to be present. No doubt those brethren who have visited the mausoleum and understand its Masonic symbolism (particularly the broken column) will see the humor in this story, which was related to W. Bro. Art Scott by his nephew's young lady friend from Friday Harbour. Note: The telling of scary stories have their origin in the Druid times when spirits were believed to be abroad in the land. The bloody Druid rites live on in the youthful emphasis on ghosts and spirits. * * * Thoughts From Another Culture There is an Indian belief that every one is a house of four rooms: a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete. - House of Four Rooms (Morrow) * * * Use your imagination to create the universe - then realize that God did a better job. My Name Is Masonry I led man out of the cold misty dawns into the light. I instructed him in the ways of proper living. When man looked at man, I taught him charity. When man looked up to the heavens, I taught him faith. When man looked within himself, I taught him hope. My name is Masonry. I live in the hearts of the world's greatest men. I breathe the gales of freedom. I soar in spiritual heights. I enlighten men's minds. Labour is my delight. I am the erector of civilizations. I am the destroyer of superstitions and totalitarianism. The song of humanity is on my lips. I measure civilization's progress and value not by the proliferation of material things, but by the abundance of brotherly love. I am truth. I am light. I am force. I am inspiration. I am the poetry of day-to-day living. I am this and so much more. I am Masonry, and I am for you. * * * He who hesitates is not only lost, but several miles past the last exit If at first you don't succeed -- so much for skydiving. One good thing about being a nudist: You never have to sit around in a wet bathing suit. * * * The Lion's Paw is published bimonthly six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November. * * * EDITORS: V.W. Bro. Stephen Godfrey, Phone 658-5811; and W. Bro. Art Scott Phone 658-8757. Please address all correspondence to: The Lion's Paw c/o 4886 Maxine Lane Victoria, B. C. V8Y 2J2 * * * Articles may be reprinted without permission. Proper acknowledgment is appreciated.
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