On March 27th, we held a food drive to help out the food bank at St. Andrews Church. It was a great success and thank you to all those who helped and especially those who donated. We managed to donate over 1800lbs of food!! A big thanks to the Caremongers group of Whitby who were holding a town-wide drive on the same day and dropped off some of their donations to help the St Andrew’s food bank. Giving back to our community is one of the greatest things we can do as an organization. Thank you all Brethren!
About Composite Lodge & Masonry in Canada
Composite Lodge No. 30
Founded in 1852, Composite was one of the first Masonic Lodges in southern Ontario. Many of the streets, schools and points of interest in our town were named after prominent members of the community who also were active Composite members and Past Masters. The original location of the lodge building was beside the current CIBC location at the “Four Corners” of Whitby, Dundas St & Brock. In the 1960’s the parcel of land at 203 Cochrane St were purchased and the current temple was built. We currently share the area with St. Andrew’s Church.
As a lodge, we meet the last Monday of every month from September through to May. Our annual Official Visit takes place in March and our Installation of our newly elected master and his officers take place in May.
So What Do We Do?
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members share a common goal of helping each other become better men. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.
Its roots go back centuries and its members are diverse: high profile leaders, physicians, construction workers, farmers…and maybe you
Masonry is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of the fraternity. In the past our lodge has fundraised to support local charities that help those on the Autism spectrum. We’ve donated to guide dog training, supported prostate cancer awareness campaigns and most recently, we’ve worked with The Wounded Warriors organization to help wounded veterans, emergency responders & their families cope with PTSD.
During our monthly meetings we practice our ritual (which has remained relatively unchanged for centuries) for the purpose of using the moral teachings to make us better men and better members of our communities
The Grand Lodge of Canada
The Mother Grand Lodge in England was understandably slow to forward warrants, certificates and complete other tasks for lodges in Canada, given the distance between England and its colony. This led to dissatisfaction and a desire for Masonic independence from England.
Dissatisfaction, ultimately, led to rebellion.
On the 10th of October, 1855, a meeting of lodges was held in Hamilton. Each of the more than 80 lodges in Canada were invited and 41, representing Masons from Montreal to Windsor, attended.
A resolution calling for the formation of a Grand Lodge for Canada, free from the Mother Grand Lodge, was ruled out of order by Deputy Grand Master Ridout. (Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Provincial Grand Master, was opposed to the plan and did not attend). However, after adjournment, another meeting was held and the Grand Lodge of Canada was formed by the members.
The next morning the officers were elected and W. Bro. Wilson was confirmed as Grand Master. The officers were installed by M.W. Bro. Hon. H.T. Backus, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, on November 2nd, 1855.
Since then, the GLC has been the guiding force behind all Masonic organizations in Ontario. The many programs, regulations & support they provide gives each Lodge a framework to build upon to succeed and flourish in our respective communities
Ontario District consists of 15 lodges in the areas of Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Hope, Cobourg & Port Perry. Each year, the membership of the district elects a Past Master to act as their representative to Grand Lodge. His duty is to ensure all the protocols are being followed, to support the lodges as they need and to select a project for the district to raise money and awareness for. Past District Deputy Grand Masters (D.D.G.M.s) have selected Wounded Warriors, Canine Vision, Prostate Awareness, Autism Spectrum Awareness and many others for the lodges to come together and support as a whole.