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Array THIRTY-SEVENTH
ANNUAL   SESSION
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PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
OF THE
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF
Odd Tel lows
HELD AT
Cranbrook,  British Columbia, June 14th and  15th
1911  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Thirty-Seventh Annual Session
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
I. O. O. F.
Oddfellows'Hall,
Cranbrook, B. C,
14th June, 1911.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m. on the
above date, pursuant to notice:
Present:—
W. H. CULLIN   Deputy Grand Master
W.   A.   JOHNSTONE       Grand  Warden
FRED DAVEY   Grand Secretary
C. I. CHAPMAN  Grand Treasurer
T. EMBLETON, P. G. M  Grand Representative
H. T. FULTON, P. G. M Grand Representative
W.  H.  LAIRD    Grand Chaplain
A. McKELVlE   Grand Marshal
W. A. JACKSON   Grand Conductor
J. F. McDOUGALL   Grand Herald
The Grand Master being prevented by sickness from
attending, W. H. Cullin, Deputy Grand Master, took the
chair, and appointed the following officers pro tem: H. T.
Fulton, P. G. M., to act as Deputy Grand Master, and H.
McKenzie, No. 5, as Grand Guardian.
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All present were examined in the Grand Lodge Degree
and reported duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Secretary submitted the name of Bro. D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, to act as Reading Clerk for the
Session, which was, on motion, approved.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elect, and of the Past Grands entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred to a Committee
on Credentials.
The Acting Grand Master appointed the following
Committee on Credentials: H. T. Fulton, P.G.M. No. 6, M.
Phillips, No. 3, J. F. McDougall, No. 46.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
Report, which was adopted:
No. 1.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have
examined the credentials of the Representatives elected for the ensuing year, and find the following duly accredited:
Lodge Representatives Alternates
Victoria, No. 1 P. A. McLean ]. York
T. C. Hubbard D. Bain
Columbia, No. 2 P. W. Dempster J. G. Hay
J. Wilby N.  Bennock
Royal City,  No. 3 M. J. Phillips I. R. Lawrence
W. S. Smith D. F. Walker
Dominion, No. 4 R.  A. Anderson J. Bell
J. Asklund T. Booz
Black Diamond. No. 5  Wm. Grieve J. R. McKenzie
H. McKenzie J. R. McKinnell
Harmony, No. 6 W. W. Walkem 1. E. Lowe
W. Gilchrist D. J. Matheson
Excelsior. No. 7 R. C. Johnston J.  Peers
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Lodge Representatives
Vancouver,  No.  8   A.  M.  Russell
W.  H.  Brown
Tatnai. No. 9  W. J. Kerr
E. T. W. Pearse
Western Star, No. 10  Peter Wright
A. Cleland
Union, No. 11  W. Colling
Selkirk, No.  12  L. Probyn
R. Squarebriggs
Cloverdale. No. 15  B. B. Smith
Kootenay. No. 16  J. H. Lemmon
W.  H. Watkins
Duncan. No. 17  W. J. Castley
Vernon Valley, No. 18  W. F. Cook"
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19  G. Middlemiss
G. A. Miller
Delta,  No.  21   R. A. Coalman
Island. No. 24  G.  Hayes
Pacific, No. 26  T.  B.  Godfrey
W.  H.  Walsh
Amity. No. 27  J. A. Johnson
W. H. West
Cheam,  No. 28  H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 -C. A. Warren
Rossland. No. 36  F. D. Lemieux
L. Will
Boundary Valley, No. 38 ... W. B. Fleming
G. B. Taylor
Silver City, No. 39  II. Anderson
Slocan, No. 40  T. W. Jameson
Trout .Lake. No. 41 F. Mummery
Key City, No. 42   C. R. Ward
W. S.Hall
Enterprise, No. 43  A. Driscoll
j. H. Woodburn
Wildey, No. 44  H. J. Loewes
Gateway, No. 45  W. E. Hadden
Snowshoe, No. 46  J. F. McDougall
J. Rutherford
Mt. Fernie, No. 47  J. Lundie
J. W. Robertson
Coronation, No. 48  O. McPherson
Penticton, No. 51  T. W. Jackson
Maple Leaf, No. 53  R   S. McTaggart
Michel. No. 54  W. J. Mast
J. A. Murray
North Vancouver, No. 55 J. G. Kelly
Mt. Ida, No. 56  M. M. Carroll
Sunshine.  No. 57  ^- B- Fleener
Okanagan, No. 58  J. E. Phinney
Orchard City. No. 59 A W. Hamilton
Little Mountain, No. 60 ... | N. Mouatt
Fairview. No. 61  T. H. White
Grandview, No. 62 F. J. Squire
Prince Rupert, No. 63 C. V.  Bennett
Alternates
R. E. Thompson
J. Brown
H.  McLean
H. Tunstill
A. S. Venn
E. P. Dennis
R. McDonald
W. Foote
A. D. Masterman
G. Horstead
D. H.  Proudfoot
J.  Boak
F. Cuming
F. Trimble
M. McRae
N. A. McDiarmid
T. W. Fairhall
T. S. Brown
A. J. Laidlaw
J. W. McDonald
A. Adams
A. Horwell
J. T. Wood
E. Johnson
J. Twaddle
F. B.  Holmes
F. E. Brown
D. Tattrie
R.  Gillette
A. M. Craig
T. Manning-
J. W. Hallett
J. F. Robilliard
G. F. Weir
N. W. Burdett
W. Dewdney
W.  A.  Pickard
F. A. Love
R.  Dudley
I. E. Covert
A. E. Morgan
R. Wilton
J. D. Thompson
G. B. Stedman
G. W. McLeod
C.  H.  Nye
S. M. McGuire
R.  Hendricks
T. W. S. Logie
W. F. Schell
C. F. Campbell
W. W. Thomson
1. E. Smith 3ii6
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:
Victoria
Columbia
Royal City
Dominion
Black   Diamond
Harmony
Vancouver
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt.   Pleasant
Delta
Pacific
Amity
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Trout Lake
Key   City
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Penticton
Maple Leaf
Michel
North Vancouver
Mt   Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard  City
Little  Mountain
Fairview
Prince Rupert
Corbin *
Lodge No. i
N. Bennock
R.
A. Gonnason
R. McKinnell
.X.  Bell
2 J.  G.  Hay,
3 H. J.  Lee
4 J. Asklund,
5 J. R. McKenzie, J.
D. J. Jenkins
6 W.  W. Walkem, J.  H.  Morgan,
R.  McMillan
8 J. A. Dillabough, E. Morrison
io Wm. Brown, J. McLean
ii W.  Colling
12 L. Probyn, R. Squarebriggs
15 A. T. Richardson, T. S.
man
16 T. F. Jeffers, C. E. P. Watts
17 F. Van Norman, J. Evans
18 W. F. Cook
Wright
19 J. Dou
o*
A. Campbell
21 R. A. Coalman, A. Oliver
26 C. E. Neilson, W. Sharp
27 J. R. McLeod, W. H. West
34 J- T. Wood
36 F. D.  Lemieux
38 F. B. Holmes, F. E. Brown
39 H. Anderson, D.   Tattrie
40 R. Gillette, T.
41 A. D. McKay,
42 W. S. Hall, C. I
43 A. Driscoll, J. E
44 H. J. Loewes, ft
45 W. E. Hadden
46 J.  Rutherford
47 J. Lundie, J. W.
51 J.  W.  Jackson
53 R- S. McTaggart, J. D. Thompson
54 W. J. Mast, J. A. Murray
55 J. G. Kelly, J. Piers
56 M. M. Carroll, S. M. McGuire
57 A. B. Fleener, J. Carney
58 F. W. Andrew
59 A. W. Hamilton, W. F. Schell
60 C. F. Campbell, R. H. Neelands
61 T. H. White. W. W. Thomson
63 C. V. Bennett
64 F. E. Haines
W. Jamieson
A. G. Fraser
R. Ward
H. Woodburn
N. W. Burdett
Robertson
Signed by the  Committee.
The Grand Secretary appointed T. Embleton, P.G.M.,
No. 36, as Custodian of the Secret Work during the Session. 3"7
It was Resolved: That the badges supplied by the
Local Entertainment Committee be recognized as proper
regalia during this Session.
The Grand Marshal retired to the Ante Room and introduced the Past Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge
degree was conferred on the following:
Jas. G. Hay, No. 2; Julius Asklund, No. 4; Robt. C. Johnston,
No. 7; Wm. Colling, No. 11; L Probyn, R. Squarebriggs, No. 12;
R. A. Coleman, No. 21; W. H. West, No. 27; Jas. T. Wood, No. 34
F. D. Lemieux, No. 36; Howard Anderson, No. 39; T. W. Jameson,
No. 40; W. S. Hall, No. 42; A. Driscoll. J. H. Woodburn, No. 43;
H. J. Loewes, No. 44; W. E. Hadden, No. 45; W. Jas. Rutherford,
No. 46; J. W. Robertson, No. 47; Robt. S. McTaggart, J. D.
Thompson, No. 53; J. A. Murray, No. 54; J- G. Kelly, No. 55; M. M.
Carroll, No. 56; A. B. Fleener, No. 57; A. W. Hamilton, No. 595
H E. Haines, No. 64; W. H. Watkins, No. 16; W. M. Harris, No.
42; W. W. Walkem, No. 6; E. Y. Brake, No. 47; J- W. Hallett,
No. 42.
A communication was read from 'Corbin" Lodge, No.
64, asking to be allowed to have a representative at this
Session. The Acting Grand Master ruled that, as the
Lodge was instituted on 29th November, 1910, and had not
paid per capita tax for one term, it was not entitled to representation according to the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge.
The following telegram was read:
Vancouver, B. C, 13th June, 1911.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, Cranbrook, B. C:
Fraternal greetings and best wishes to the officers and members
for a pleasant and profitable session. *U-
E. L WEBBER, Grand Master;    .   . _'
'  WALLACE LAW, Past Grand Master.
Moved by H. Fooks, No. 28, and seconded by R Mummery, No. 49, That the fraternal greetings of this Grand 3-i i8
Lodge be sent to Bros. E. L. Webber, G.M., and W. Law,
P.G.M., by wire, and that they be assured that though absent from the Grand Lodge in person they are both present
with us in mind.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The following telegram was read from Prince Rupert
Lodge, No. 63, Prince Rupert:
Prince Rupert, B. C, 13th June, 1911.
Grand Secretary I. O. O. F.,
Cranbrook, B. C.:
Delegate unable to attend.    Regrets.    Hearty invitation Grand
Lodge meet in Prince Rupert next year.
• H. H. MORTON,
Recording Secretary.
It was on motion resolved that the telegram be received
and the invitation considered tomorrow morning, when the
Grand Lodge decides on the place of meeting next year.
A delegation from the Rebekah Assembly, now in session, was introduced, and conveyed the sincere greetings of
the Assembly, also requested information as to the mileage
between places in Province in which Rebekah Lodges are
instituted, for guidance of the Assembly in deciding the
question of payment to its Representatives when attending
its Annual Sessions.
The Acting Grand Master cordially welcomed the
delegation and assured it of the best wishes of the Grand
Lodge for a pleasant meeting of the Assembly, and stated
that the Grand Secretary would furnish it with any information it might require on the question of mileage.
The delegation then retired.
The Acting Grand Master appointed members to fill 3H9
vacancies on the Standing Committees, and also announced
that he would appoint the following Special Committees for
this Session, viz.: Statistics re Dues and Benefits, Correspondence, Oddfellows' Home, Rebekah Degree and Resolutions.
The Committees when complete consisted as follows:
Finance—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; H. McLean, No. 9; W. W.
Walkem, No. 6; T. H. White, No. 61; W. F. Cook, No. 18.
Appeals—P. Wright, No. 10; L Probyn, No. 12; B. B. Smith. No.
15; R. Wilton, No. 51; W. J. Mast, No. 54
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, R. Squarebriggs. No. 12;
G. Hayes. No. 24; F. D. Lemieux. No. 36; A. B. Fleener, No.
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Petitions—W. B. Fleming, No. 38; P. A. McLean, No. 1; J. Rutherford, No. 46; R. A. Coalman, No. 21; H. J. Loewes, No. 44.
State of the Order—R. A. Anderson, No. 4; H. McKenzie, No. 5;
W. H. Walsh, No. 26; H. Fooks, No. 28; J. N. Mouatt,' No. 60.
Legislation—A. M. Russell, No. 8; J. Lundie, No. 47; A. W. Hamilton, No. 59; J. T. Wood, No. 34; W. H. Watkins, No. 16.
Judiciary—T. B. Godfrey, No. 26; W J. Castley, No. 17; J. H.
Lemmon, No. 16; W. H. Walsh, No. 26; M. McRae, No. 19.
Mileage and Per Diem—M. J. Phillips, No. 3; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1;
W. H. Brown, No. 8; F. Mummery, No. 41; G. Middlemiss.
No.  19.
Printing—Grand Secretary; W. Grieve. No. 5; M. M. Carroll, No.
56; W. S. Hall, No. 42; W. E. Haddon, No. 45.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; R .C. Johnston
No. 7; J. W. Robertson, No. 47; J. H. Woodburn, No. 43.
Correspondence—H. Anderson, No. 39; W. H. West, No. 27; A.
Driscoll, No. 43; J- A. Murray, No. 54; J- G. Kelly, No. 55.
Odd Fellows' Home—A. Cleland. No. 10; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.
No. 3; T. W. Jamieson, No. 40; R. S. McTaggart, No. 53; J. W.
Hallett, No. 42.
Rebekah Degree—J. Wilby, No. 2; W. S. Smith, No. 3; W. E. Colling, No. 11; W. Gilchrist, No. 6; F. J. Squire, No. 02.
Resolutions—J. F. McDougall, No. 46; L Will, No. 36; J. A
Johnson, No. 27; J. Asklund, No. 4; A. E. Morgan, No. 48.
Distribution—T. Embleton, P.G.M. No. 36; A. Cleland, No. 10;
J. H. Lemmon, No.  16. 3120
Credentials—H. T. Fulton, P.G.M. No. 6; M- Phillips, No. 3; J- F.
McDougall, No. 46.
Bro. A. H. Blackeby, P.G.P. and P.G.R., of the Jurisdiction of Ontario, was announced to be in waiting in the
Ante Room and desired to visit the Grand Lodge. The Acting Grand Master appointed H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., and T.
Embleton, P.G.M., to retire and introduce the visitor, which
was done, and Bro. Blackeby was cordially welcomed to the
Grand Lodge.
The Grand Secretary presented the Reports of the
Grand Lodge officers for the past year in printed form, and
they were ordered to be received and referred to the Committee on Distribution.
i-tffeii-tfHrf*** Grand Master's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Brethren,—
We meet to-day in this fair city of Cranbrook in this our Thirty-
seventh Annual Session, and to one and all I extend a most hearty
and fraternal greeting.
Our most sincere thanks are due to a Merciful Providence for
the health and strength granted to us as individuals, and for the
success and prosperity which we as an Order have enjoyed during
the past year.
The increase in membership during the year is very satisfactory
compared with previous years, being a net increase of ten per cent.,
but in the financial reports as submited by our Grand Secretary, I
am sure you will find still greater cause for satisfaction, the total
receipts showing an increase of fifteen per cent, and total assets
of thirty-two per cent., while the current expenses show a decrease
compared with that of last year.
DECISIONS
The fact that very few questions have been submitted to me for
decision is an indication that our subordinate lodge officers are
making themselves familiar with the law, and that peace and harmony prevails among the members.
Decision i. Question—Has there been any law passed by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge since 1896 that would debar a brother who
is a hotelkeeper or bartender from being a member of the I.O.O.F.,
or that would expel a member who was in the business prior to
1896, if he continued in the business up to the present time?
Answer—No. (I would refer you to Busbee's Digest, Sec. 1623,
and also to Subordinate Lodge Constitution, Article 2, Section 1.
This law, which is the present law on the matter, was passed by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1895, and refers to persons seeking
membership into the Order since that date, but does not affect the
membership of those who were connected with the Order at that
time. I am not sure that I fully understand your question, but conclude you refer to persons who were members of the Order previous to the passing of the above referred to law).
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Decision 2. Statement: Charges were preferred against a
brother in a communication as follows:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—Referring to communication sent to
the Lodge. In looking over By-laws an omission seems to have
been made which may account for no acknowledgment of the
letter sent, received by me.    I therefore specify charges as follows:
First—That the said  is guilty of breach of contract
and also the non-fulfillment  of agreement made by him  in April
of last year.
Second—That unsuccessful efforts have been made to put
"lien" on property, he still being under the agreement as above at
the time.
Third—That he has entered an action to further "coerce and
enforce" me for the settlement of account for which no opportunity
was given to me to settle as done under ordinary circumstances,
neither have I received an acknowledgment of statement showing
money paid by me and the amount of balance due, if any, and am
compelled to take steps to guard my interests against an imposition, which, to repeat the finding of the Inspector's report, is "the
most flagrant violation of contract it has been his duty to report
upon."
I am, fraternally yours,
(Signed)	
Question—Is that a proper charge to render to a subordinate
Lodge?
Answer—I take it you wish to know if it is the proper form
in which a charge should be made, and would answer, No. Charge
must be specific. See Busbee's Digest, Section 1950, and must conform to Form 1, Section 5, Code of Procedure of Subordinate Lodge
Constitution.
Question—Have we power as a subordinate lodge to take that
matter up after either of the parties have taken it into Court?
Answer—Yes, after charges have been properly preferred.
Question—Bro.
is now nine months in arrears.
Would you consider him a brother in good standing and entitled
to lodge such a charge?
Answer—The brother is entitled to lodge such a charge.
Decision 3. Question—Is it legal in a Rebekah Lodge to ballot
on candidates for initiation on one night only in the month, that
being the night there is no initiation, as it often keeps the lodge
very late when balloting and initiation occurs the same night?
Answer—No, "whenever the Committee of Investigation reports
to the lodge the ballot must then be taken.
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Statement:—In
N. G. took the chair and conducted the lodge meeting,
the absence of the N. G. and V. G. a qualified
fused to appoint an acting V. G., contending it was "not necessary.
There was a qualified P. N. G. present who could have filled the
chair.
Question—Was it necessary to appoint an acting V. G. when
there was present an officer qualified to fill the chair? If there
were no P. G.'s or V. G.'s present, should a member have been
appointed from the floor providing she had served a term in some
office other than trustee?
Answer—To the first part I would say, Yes. The Vice Grand's
chair must be filled. To the second part I would say, if there be
no Past Noble Grand or Vice Grand present, any member from the
floor of the lodge, even though she had not served in any office
previously, is qualified to occupy the chair of the Vice Grand for
the meeting.
Decision 4. Question—Are members of this Order other than
Noble Grand and Vice Grand entitled to have copies of the secret
work?
Answer—Yes; but Third Degree members only.
Decision 5.—Statement:—A candidate made application for admission by initiation, the application being accompanied by the
intitiation fee of $10.00. The application went through the usual
course and the candidate declared duly elected. He left the district immediately after and never presented himself for initiation.
Being now in straitened circumstances he asks for the refund of
the fee paid with his application.
Question—Can the lodge refund the fee deposited with his
application?
Answer—The by-laws of your lodge respecting applications and
propositions for membership read as follows: "Applications for
membership in this lodge must be made in conformity with Art. 2,
section 1 to 6 inclusive, of the Constitution, and propositions for
membership in this lodge must be made in conformity with Art. 3,
sections 1 to 7 inclusive, of the Constitution." As the Constitution
is silent on the question of when the fee shall be paid, the matter is
left for local legislation, and your lodge has legislated as contained
in Art. 19, section 1, of your bylaws, reading as follows: "Every
person admitted into this lodge shall pay an entrance fee previous to
his initiation, according to the rates," etc., etc. I interpret "previous
to his initiation" to mean, not necessarily that the fee shall accompany his application, but may be paid any time previous to, or when
the candidate presents himself for his initiatory degree.
I am therefore of the opinion that the person in question need
not have deposited his fee with his application, and therefore it is
in order for the lodge to refund the amount to him, and I so decide. 31^4
Decision 6. Question—Is a brother of this Order present at a
meeting, compelled to cast a ballot on the balloting on an application for membership or degrees?
Answer—If qualified to vote. Yes, unless excused from so
doing.    See Busbee's Digest, page 511, sec. 1896.
DISPENSATIONS
June,   1910—To  institute   Prince   Rupert   Lodge,    No.   63,   at
Prince Rupert, B. C.
October, 1910—To institute Corbin Lodge, No. 64, at Corbin,
B. C.
I   recommend  that  the   Grand   Lodge  grant   Charters   to  the
above lodges.
INSTITUTION OF LODGES
On July 20th, 1910, Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, was instituted by Bro. Geo. R. Naden, P. G., whom I appointed Special
Deputy for that purpose. Although starting with a small membership, Bro. Naden has every reason to believe they will soon become a good, strong lodge, their charter members being good, live
men.
On November 29th, 1910, Bro. W. J. Wriglesworth, D.D.G.M.
for District No. 26, assisted by Bro. Beck, P.D.D.G.M., and others,
instituted Corbin Lodge No. 64. Bro. Wriglesworth was accompanied by twenty-seven members of Michel Lodge No. 54, who
assisted in the degree work.
PERMISSIONS   GRANTED
June 23rd, 1910—To Mt. Ida Lodge No. 56, to hold excursion
and appear in public in regalia on July 1st, 1910.
July 2nd, 1910—To Island Lodge, No. 24, to change word
"Richmond" on their Lodge Seal to " Eburne."
July 4, 1910—To Rossland Lodge No. 36, and Enterprise Lodge
No. 43, to hold joint installation along with Deborah Rebekah
Lodge No. 13 at Trail on July 6th, 1910.
July 27, 1910—To Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, to wear regalia at
the funeral of a brother.
August 8, 1910—To Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, to hold concert
in August.
August 10, 1910—To Wildey Lodge, No. 44, to hold concert on
August 12th, 191 o.
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August ii, 1910—To Grandview Lodge, No. 62, to erect and
maintain a rest tent at the Vancouver Industrial Exhibition, August,
1910.
Sept 1, 1910—To Camborne Lodge, No. 49, to change place of
meeting from Camborne to Beaton.
Sept. 5, 1910—To Fairview Lodge, No. 61, to change place of
meeting from No. 3307 to No. 2233, Granville Street, South Vancouver.
Sept. 28, 1910—To Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 58, to hold dance on
October 28th.
October 3, 1910—To Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, to hold
annual ball on October 31st.
October 11, 1910—To North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to hold
dance on October 31st.
October 17th, 1910—To Slocan Lodge No. 40, to hold annual
ball on October 25th.
October 24th, 1910—To Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, to hold
annual ball on October 31st.
November 5, 1910—To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold basket
social and dance on November 18th.
November 30, 1910—To Cheam Lodge, No. 28, to hold annual
ball on December 16th.
December 5, 1910—To Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to hold joint installation with Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, on the night of
January 9th.
December 16, 1910—To Eureka Lodge, No. 50, to hold annual
ball January 2nd.
December 16, 1910—To Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, to elect
a Scarlet Degree member to the office of Noble Grand, all qualified
brothers declining to serve.
December 16, 1910—To Wildey Lodge, No. 44, to hold annua]
ball on January nth.
December 23, 1910—To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, and Enterprise
Lodge No. 43, to hold joint installation with Deborah Rebekab
Lodge, No. 13, at Rossland, on the evening of January 5th.
December 26, igio-r-To Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, to hold annual
ball and appear in public in regalia on December 30th.
December 31, 1910—To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, to nominate
and elect a Scarlet Degree member to the chair of Noble Grand, all
qualified brothers declining to serve. 3126
January 6, xgii.—To members of the Order at Elko, B. C, to
bold a dance in January.
January ii, 1911—To Amity Lodge, No. 27, to receive application, ballot for and initiate at same meeting.
January 30, 1911—To Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, to hold
ball on February 14th.
PERMISSIONS NOT GRANTED
July 30, 1910—To Michel Lodge, No. 54, to hold picnic on
Sunday.
February 19, 1911—To Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, to use
the word "Odd Fellows" in the registered name of a company incorporated by the brethren of that lodge, for the purpose of financing
the building of an Odd Fellows' Hall by them.
ACTING GRAND  MASTER
On February 13th, I was taken with a very severe illness,
which I saw would compel me to cease from performing any
work whatever, for a considerable length of time. I therefore, under letter of February 22nd, to the Grand Secretary, Bro. Davey,
and confirmed in my letter to Deputy Grand Master, Bro.
Cullin, dated March 6th, requested the latter to assume the duties
of my office as Acting Grand Master, until such time as my health
would permit me to again undertake the work. I would ask your
approval of my action in this matter.
As you are aware, Bro. Cullin has continued to act as Grand
Master up to the present time, and in such a manner as I am sure
will meet with your hearty approval.
I cannot give proper expression of my thanks to Bro. Cullin
for the time and effort he was so ready to give at all times, in
assisting me in performing the duties of Grand Master.
OFFICIAL VISITS
I assumed the office of Grand Master with the intention of
visiting, during my term of office, every Lodge in the jurisdiction,
Bro. Law, P. G. M., assuring me that he would accompany me to
Prince Rupert to visit the lodge there, and last October, I had all
arrangements made to visit the lodges in the interior, when I was
taken ill just a few days previous to the date I intended starting on
my visitations.
One of the greatest anticipated pleasures of my life as an
Odd Fellow had been that of visiting the subordinate lodges as
Grand Master, and there meeting our brethren in their home lodges.
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so many of whom it has been my pleasure to know for so many
years, and who have endeared themselves to me; and words fail
me to express the great disappointment I feel that I was not able
to carry out my intentions.
We have fifty-two subordinate lodges in this jurisdiction,
twenty-three of which were visited officially by officers of this
Grand Lodge, as follows: By Bro. W. H. Cullin, D.G.M., 7; by
Bro. W. A. Johnstone. G. W., 15; by Bro. C. I. Chapman, G. T., 1.
The reports of visitations made by the above officers are given below, with the exception of Nos. I 2 and 4, located in Victoria,
which is included in Bro. Cullin's report as Acting'Grand Master.
Victoria, B.  C, December  17th,  1910.
E. L. Webber, Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F. of B. C:
Dear Sir and Bro.,
In compliance with your request of recent date to visit the
lodges on Vancouver Island I beg to report that I have made
official visits to the following lodges on the dates mentioned. 1
found all the lodges in a prosperous condition and the membership
leasing steadily. Our Grand Secretary, Bro. F. Davey accompanied me, and was of great assistance 111 urging the brethren to
greater effort in the work of the Order.
December 7th—Black Diamond Lodge No. 5, of Nanaimo. Was
met at the depot by Past Grand Master Crossan, Past Grand E. G.
Calvasky and Noble Grand Bro. Jenkins and several other members     Ouite a large gathering of members were present, and Bro
Davev and myself were cordially received.    At this meeting had
?haeVhonorofmpyresenting on behalf of the ^^^%^
Masters Ed. Quennell, James Crossan and W. H. Morton with the
handsomf jewels provided by the Grand Lodge.    Found the Lodge
meeting we7e well attended and great   nterest manifested m the
SSrrefs rf the Order.    This lodge has in the course of construction a fine building, in which they will have a commodious lodge
room and aU the necessary accessories.    The building is  a two-
storev one and will consist of a large public hall in the basement
t   „L?<Zstores on the ground floor, and two lodge rooms—one
Se  and  oS    small r  ole,  with  banqueting  hall  and  the  usual
ante rooms   hi   connection-on  the   second  storey      Refreshments
were served after the meeting and a most enjoyable time was had.
Trot   Quennell   Crossan and Morton made suitable replies, thanking the Grand Lodge for the beautiful jewels.
December oth.-Visited Union Lodge No 11, of Cumberland
ThreWeVothers of^ lodge njet Bra Davey and ntyseff at
Union   Bay wharf and  escortea u    1 Fellows.
Gr£t'cr"<£ VT tie ^Xrtlf^sp^Z the interest the,
take in the work of the Order under adverse creumstances.    This 3*28
remark applies to all the lodges located in mining centres. Bro.
Davey and myself addressed the members, as did also several visitors. This lodge is numerically strong and has every indication of
greater progress. A banquet was tendered the visitors after the
lodge closed.
December ioth—Visited Duncan Lodge No. 17, of Duncan.
This lodge has not lost any of its enthusiasm or hospitality for
which it is so well known. Four candidates were presented for
initiation, and the work performed by the officers was very creditable. Several members of the Rebekah lodge assisted the lodge
committee in preparing a splendid supper to which all present did
justice. The usual speeches followed by the Grand Secretary and
myself and several members of the lodge. This lodge is prosperous and owns the building in which it meets.
December 12th.—Visited Harmony Lodge No. 6, of Ladysmith. Although situated in a coal mining centre this lodge is
one of the largest in the jurisdiction, and is holding its own in the
march of progress, meeting in its own commodious hall situate on
one of the principal streets immediately adjoining the post office.
An enthusiastic gathering was present to greet Bro. Davey and
myself, and we were royally entertained and witnessed one of the
best exemplifications of the initiatory it has been our privilege to
see. This lodge is doing splendid work, and under the guidance of
P. G. Master H. Fulton and P. G. W. W. Walkem, assisted by
the officers, among whom are several old and tried Past Grands.
Yours fraternally,
£ W. H. CULLIN,    .
Deputy Grand Master.
1039 Burnaby Street, Vancouver, B. C.
7th April, 1911.
E. L. Webber, Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F.,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia:
Dear Sir and Brother:
I herewith submit to you a report of my performance of the
duties with which I had the honor of being entrusted by you.
In every lodge which I had the pleasure of visiting on behalf
of the Grand Master, the unanimous expression of sympathetic regret left no room for doubt as to the loyal esteem in which the
head of the Order in this jurisdiction is held by the membership of
our Order, and I wish to convey to you on behalf of every one of 3129
these lodges, at^ their request, their expression of deepest sympathy with you in your illness, and their sincere prayers for your
speedy recovery.
It is also a pleasure to report that all the lodges on the
Lower Mainland are doing nobly, and a substantial increase in
membership has been made. Harmony prevails, and the added
members are such as to add strength to the Order. Altogether, I
have found conditions exceedingly gratifying. In my feeble way, I
have endeavored to urge upon the lodges visited the wisdom of
adopting the recommendation of the Grand Lodge re delinquent
members, and found that many of the lodges have adopted the
system to their benefit.
I also found that the voluntary subscriptions to the Tranquille
Sanatorium fund, had been taken up with zest, and that the success of this scheme will no doubt prove a credit to the Odd Fellows
of British Columbia.
The Odd Fellows' Home question also was taken up in every
lodge visited. The reports asked for by the Grand Lodge will no
doubt be in the hands of the Grand Secretary by the time required.
In the matter of the Funeral Aid Association of B. C. I wa^
pleased to explain its workings and object in so far as my limited
knowledge permitted. Up to the present time, its directors haye
not met with the support this institution merits, yet as it has hardly
passed its organization stage, we trust the officers and Board of
Directors will not get discouraged.
The able support and assistance given your Grand Warden by
Past Grand Masters, Brothers H. B. Gilmour, W. Hogg and Wallace Law, and the D. D. G. Masters of the several districts, added
very materially to the interest of my visitations, and their words
of advice and encouragement were well appreciated by the lodges
they visited. Grand Marshal Bro. A. McKelvie proved a most
faithful support, and his earnest words always carried the weight
of sincerity which gives incentive to every good work.
Thanking you most sincerely for the honor which you have
conferred upon me by requesting me to make these visitations on
your behalf, and assuring you that my only regret is that you
should yourself be denied the great pleasure we feel you would
have had in doing this work. I also trust that my humble efforts,
seconded by the able assistance I had on many of my visitations,
may have been of some benefit and encouragement to these lodges.
Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 1911—Visited Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.
19, Vancouver, B. C, accompanied by the Grand Marshal, Bro. A.
McKelvie, D.D.G.M. Bro. Trimble, P.G.M. Bro. Wallace Law, and
Bro. J. Carver, D.D.G.M. of District No. 6. Had a good meeting;
witnessed the  first degree  conferred  on  a  new  member.    Found
this   lodge   progressing   nicely   in   regard   to   its   membership   and
finances.    The Grand Lodge visitors all gave short addresses. 3130
Thursday, Feb. 16th, 1911—Visited North Vancouver Lodge,
No. 55, North Vancouver. Found this lodge in a fine, healthy condition, and its affairs being conducted admirably. Had the company of the Grand Marshal and D. D. G. M. Bro. Carver, also Past
Grand Masters, Brothers Hogg and Law. After addresses by the
visitors a light banquet was served. This lodge is progressing with
the city, and will soon be in a better lodge room, just completed
by the Masonic Order in North Vancouver.
Friday, Feb. 17th, 1911—Visited Grandview Lodge No. 62, Vancouver. Bro. A. McKelvie, Grand Marshal, Bro. Carver, D.D.G.M.,
P. G. Masters Hogg and Law accompanied me, and we had a
good meeting at this new lodge. Found their membership increasing slowly but surely, and the officers capable and hopeful. Addresses were given by the visiting Grand Lodge officers.
Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 1911—Visited Island Lodge No. 24, Eburne.
Had the company of the Grand Marshal and P. G. Masters Bro. H.
B. Gilmour and Brother Wallace Law, and Bro. J. Carver, D.D.
G.M. of District No. 6. Had an excellent meeting here and found
the lodge prospering, the officers alive to their duties and with
their well appointed and commodious hall which they own. We
bespeak for this lodge a splendid future.
Thursday, February 23rd, 1911—Visited Fairview Lodge No.
61, Vancouver, accompanied by the Grand Marshal and Past Grand
Masters Hogg and Law, and Bro. Carver. We found this lodge
one which aims at setting the pace for the other lodges of this
jurisdiction. Officers and members all seem alive to the dignity
due to the Order which they represent. We had the pleasure of
witnessing a very creditable exemplification of the Initiatory degree.    Short addresses were given by the Grand Lodge officers.
Thursday, March 2nd, 1911—Visited Little Mountain Lodge,
No. 60, South Vancouver. Grand Marshal Bro. McKelvie and Bro.
J. Carver, D.D.G.M., District No. 6, gave their able assistance on
this occasion; and we were treated to some degree work which
would do credit to older lodges. This lodge is making good progress, and is deserving of every assistance possible in its efforts to
acquire means to build a new hall for which they have the lot
secured, and their investment is considered a good one.
Wednesday,  March  22nd,  1911—Visited  Delta  Lodge   No.  21,
Ladner. My visit to this Lodge was very satisfactory, and although the number present was not great, yet in proportion to the
membership of the lodge, the attendance was more creditable than
the attendance at the city lodges, as many had to come from their
homes, miles, to the lodge room.^ We hope to have reports of
great progress of this lodge during this year. D. D. G. Master
Davie gave me his able assistance. A banquet at the close of the
lodge was thoroughly enjoyed.
Thursday, March 23rd, 1911—Visited Vancouver Lodge, No. 8,
Western Star, No.  10, and Pacific, No. 26 Vancouver.    The three
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lodges opened each severally in their new lodge room on this evening, and the splendid attendance was encouraging to the Grand
Lodge officers present. We found these three lodges enjoying a
most encouraging state of prosperity. All are doing good work,
making new members, and from present appearances, the material
is of the best. All these lodges are well-officered. I had the honor
on this occasion of presenting on behalf of the Grand Lodge of
B. C. the jewels of their rank as Past Grand Masters, to Bro. T. C.
Gray, H. B. Gilmour, Wm. Hogg, T. F. Neelands and Wallace Law.
Grand Marshal Bro. McKelvie assisted in this ceremony, after
which each of the recipients expressed his appreciation, and requested the Grand Warden to convey their thanks to the Grand
Lodge. A banquet closed a pleasant and profitable evening. Able
addresses were made by the Past Grand Masters and others.
Friday, March 24th, 1911—Visited Royal City Lodge No. 3, and
Amity Lodge No. .27, New Westminster. The officers of both
lodges opened their respective lodges in regular form. A large
number of members was present. The Grand Marshal and Past
Grand Master Bro. Law were in attendance from Vancouver and
assisted the Grand Warden on behalf of the Grand Lodge. We
were pleased to find both lodges making good progress and reporting everything satisfactory. A good increase in membership is
looked for this year. Their beautiful new hall is a model of comfort
and convenience. It was my pleasant duty on this occasion to present Past Grand Master's jewels on behalf of the Grand Lodge to
Bros. B. W. Shiles, D. Welsh and D. E. McKenzie. Bro. McKelvie
assisted in the ceremony. The Past Grand Masters wished the
Grand Warden to convey their thanks to the Grand Lodge for the
jewels, which they appreciate very sincerely as a token of recognition of their past services in the Order. The Grand Lodge officers
spoke many words of encouragement, and the evening closed with
a banquet worthy of the Royal City Odd Fellows.
Saturday, March 25th, 1911—Visited Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
Cloverdale. Bro. H. Gilley, P. G., of New Westminster, did us the
honor of conveying the Grand Marshal and myself across country in
his auto to this lodge, where we were received in fraternal style.
We found a goodly number of members present and the lodge
flourishing in their own unique hall, which is a model for a country
town. We trust their membership may increase as their efforts deserve. D.D.G.M. Bro. Smith had provided a banquet, and was ably
assisted by the officers and members of the lodge in making the
evening enjoyable.
Tuesday, March 28th, 1911—Visited Excelsior No. 7, Chilliwack.
Found this lodge enjoying prosperity. The town is flourishing and
so is Odd Fellowship. The Initiatory degree was exemplified, and
I never saw it so well done or so impressively. D.D.G.M. Bro.
Carleton, the team captain, is a worker, and is ably supported by
the officers and members. We enjoyed the meeting. A banquet
worthy of Excelsior Lodge was held after closing. 3132
Saturday, April ist, 1911—Visited Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz. Was met at the train by that admirable personification of Odd-
fellowship, P. G. Bro. Fooks, who, seconded by the D.D.G.M., Bro.
Joynt, and other Brothers, made the visit most pleasant. Our meeting was as well attended as could be expected. The lodge is in a
healthy condition, and prospering financially, though having had
occasion during the past year, of distributing a large amount of
relief, which, like true Odd Fellows, they consider a privilege. A
banquet closed the evening's most pleasant visit.
Yours fraternally,
W. A. JOHNSTONE,
Grand Warden.
Kamloops, B. C, April 25th, 1911.
E. L. Webber, Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F.,
Tranquille, B. C.:
Dear Bro. Webber,—
As instructed by you, I visited Tatnai Lodge No. 9 on their
regular meeting night last evening, accompanied by P. G. M. Bro.
F. E. Simpson, of Key City Lodge, No. 42, some thirty brothers
being present. As the Noble Grand, Bro. C. Campbell, had invited
the Rebekahs to be present at the presentation to P. G. M. Bro.
Simpson, I referred for a short time to the several matters you
mentioned in your letter of the 7th inst., after which the N. G.
closed the Lodge in order to admit the Sisters. Refreshments were
served, after which I expressed to the Sisters and Brothers your
great disappointment in not being able to be present, but was
pleased indeed to be able to report that you were improving.
While presenting Bro. Simpson with his P. G. Master's Jewel I
took the opportunity of informing him of your great disappointment in not being able to perform the duty. Bro. Simpson, in his
reply, also expressed his regret at your not being able to be
present.
The lodge is progressing very nicely. We have initiated seven
new members so far this term, and have some five more waiting.
Hoping that you are still improving and also expecting to see you
in a short time, I remain,
Yours fraternally,
C. I. CHAPMAN,
Grand Treasurer.
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PAST GRAND MASTERS*' JEWELS
At the last session of this Grand Lodge it was decided to purchase enough P. G. M. Jewels to supply all that are entitled to
them in our jurisdiction, and that I make the presentations upon my
visitations. These jewels, sixteen in number, were purchased, and
with the jewel purchased last year for Bro. Shiles, P.G.M., were
presented by the officers of the Grand Lodge upon their official
visits as follows:
December 7, 1910—To P. G. Masters Bros. E. Quennell, James
Crossan and W. H. Morton, presented by Bro. W. H. Cullin, Deputy
Grand Master.
February, 1911—To P. G. Masters Bros. Henry Waller, W.
E. Holmes and A. Henderson, presented by Bro. W. H. Cullin,
Deputy Grand Master.
March 23, 1911— To P. G. Masters Bros. Thos. C. Gray, Hugh B.
Gilmour, Wm. Hogg, T. F. Neelands and Wallace Law, presented
by Bro. W. A. Johnstone, Grand Warden.
March 24, 1911—To P. G. Masters Bros. B. W. Shiles, D.
Welsh, and D. E. Mackenzie, presented by Bro. W. A. Johnstone,
Grand Warden.
April 24, ign—To Bro. F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., presented by
Bro. C. I. Chapman, Grand Treasurer.
May 1, 1911—To Bro. E. C. Arthur, P.G.M., presented by Bro.
J. H. R. Christie, D.D.G.M.
Bro. W. D. McKillican, P.G.M. of Victoria, not being able to
attend his lodge on account of ill health, the Deputy Grand Master,
Bro. W. H. Cullin, accompanied by Grand Secretary Bro. Fred
Davey and others, called on Bro. McKillican at his home in the
evening of 28th January, 1911, when the brother's jewel was presented to him by the Deputy Grand Master.
Bro. D. E. Mackenzie, P.G.M., writes me in acknowledgment of
his jewel as follows:
"I was more than delighted that evening with the honor conferred on me by the Grand Lodge, through our Grand Warden, in
decorating me with a Past Master's Jewel, and I can assure the
Grand Lodge that, so long as I am spared to wear it, I hope it will
always be with as much honor and credit to the Fraternity as it
will be in no small degree a pleasure to myself."
i   have   also   received  the   following   letter,   which   is   self   explanatory: 3134
Vancouver, B. C, March 23rd,  1911.
E. L. Webber, Esq.,
Grand Master I. O. O. F. of British Columbia:
Dear Brother Webber:
At a joint meeting of the Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Western
Star Lodge, No. 10, and Pacific Lodge, No. 26, held this evening,
the Grand Warden, Bro. W. A. Johnstone, acting as your representative, presented us with Past Grand Master's Jewels.
We appreciate very much these jewels, not because of their
beauty or intrinsic value, but on account of what they represent,
and we desire, through you, to thank the Grand Lodge for the gift.
We regret very much that you were unable to be present on
this occasion, but hope that you will soon be restored to your
usual good health, and that you will long be spared to work for the
advancement of our beloved Order in this jurisdiction.
Yours  fraternally,
THOS. C.  GRAY,  P.G.M.,
HUGH  B.  GILMOUR,  P.G.M.,
WM. HOGG, P.G.M.,
T.  F.  NEELANDS,  P.G.M.,
WALLACE LAW, P.G.M.
GREETINGS
I received an invitation from the Provincial Grand Secretary of
the I. O. O. F., M. U., to attend their Centenary Celebration Banquet at the Blackburn Hotel, Vancouver, on the evening of October
8th, and being unable to attend, which t very much regretted, sent
the following word of greeting by telegraph:
New Westminster, B. C,
October 8th, 1910.
Robert W. Partridge,
Grand Secretary I. O. O. F., M. U.,
Blackburn Hotel, Vancouver, B. C.:
Regret unable to attend banquet. Extend fraternal greetings to
Grand Master Miller and brethren behalf five thousand one hundred
British Columbia Odd Fellows.
E. L. WEBBER,
Grand Master.
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On Christmas Eve I sent the following message to our honored
and beloved Grand Sire, Bro. John B. Cockrum:
New Westminster, B. C,
December 24,  1910.
Hon. John B. Cockrum,
Grand Sire I. O. O. F.,
Indianapolis,  Indiana:
Extend season's greetings behalf British Columbia's fifty-four
hundred loyal Odd Fellows.
E. L. WEBBER,
Grand Master.
And received an acknowledgment of same in the following
letter:
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.,
December 27, 1910.
E. L. Webber, Grand Master,
New Westminster, B. C:
Dear Brother Webber:
I am in receipt of your telegram of the 24th extending greetings in behalf of the fifty-four hundred loyal Odd Fellows of your
jurisdiction. I cannot express to you the appreciation I feel in
your thus remembering me, and I wish you would express to the
brothers of your jurisdiction, so far as it will be within your power,
my approval of their efforts to advance our grand old Order in that
part of the world.
With the compliments of the season to you and all, I am,
Most fraternally yours,
JOHN B. COCKRUM,
Grand Sire.
APPOINTMENTS
During the year I have made the following appointments of
D. D. G. M.'s to which I would ask your approval:
July 25, 1910—Appointed Bro. J. C. Smith, P.G., of Ashcroft
Lodge No. 23, D.D.G.M. of District No. 16, vice Bro. M. Dumond,
P. G., resigned, having left the district.
July 29, 1910—Appointed Bro. Geo. R. Naden, P. G. of Prince
Rupert Lodge No. 63, D.D.G.M. of District No. 33.   This is a new 3136
district made necessary by the institution of the above lodge on
July 20th.
October 5, 1910—Appointed Bro. John Bennie, P. G. of Union
Lodge No. 11, D.D.G.M. of District No. 9, vice Bro. F. D. Pickard,
P. G., resigned, having left the district.
October 5, 1910—Appointed Bro. Geo. Rutherford, P. G. of
Gateway Lodge No. 45, D.D.G.M. of District No. 20, vice Bro. D.
Whiteside, P. €*,, resigned, having left the district.
TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM AT TRANQUILLE
Pursuant to a resolution of this Grand Lodge at its last session,
an appeal was issued to the members of the Subordinate and
Rebekah Lodges of this Jurisdiction for voluntary contributions on
behalf of the above Institution, the result of which appeal will be
fully given you in the report of our Grand Secretary.
As I have been under treatment at this Sanatorium for the past
seven months, I am able to say with authority that this Institution
deserves all the assistance our brethren can give it. To see the
possibilities for good to be done by such an Institution in restoring
health to our fellowmen, and to realize that there are many such
all over this country who are going down to a premature grave, not
being able to secure the treatment needed on account of the Institution's lack of funds to provide the accommodation, should appeal
to everyone having the interests of his fellowmen at heart, to support it to the best of his ability.
FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION
At our last session the above association was formed, and, with
the approval of my brother officers, I appointed the following
brethren to constitute the first Board of Directors, viz.: Bro. C. S.
Keith, P.G.R., Bro. J. A. McKay, P.G.R., Bro. T. Embleton.
P.G.M., P.G.R.; Bro. W. C. Coatham," P.G.; Bro. M. J. Phillips,
P.G.; Bro. Peter Wright, P.G., and Bro. W. H. Walsh, P.G.
I would ask your approval of the above appointments.
I fear the Association is not getting the support from our members which it deserves, and sincerely trust the brethren attending
this Grand Lodge will make it their duty on returning home, to
point out to the brethren of their respective lodges the advantages
the Association offers, and urge them to give it their support.
The report of the Board of Directors showing what has been
accomplished, and the condition of the Association at the present
time, will be presented to you.
ELECTION OF GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
P. G. M. Bro. Law, in his report as Grand Master to this
Grand Lodge at its last session, recommended that a special committee be appointed by the incoming Grand Master, to correspond
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with other jurisdictions, as to their method of electing their Grand
Lodge Officers, as amongst other things he did not consider it in
the best interests of the Order to elect a new Grand Treasurer each
year. The Grand Lodge adopted this recommendation. I therefore
appointed the following brethren to constitute this committee, viz.:
Bro. Wallace Law, P.G.M., Bro. A. McKelvie, Grand Marshal, and
Bro. Harry Davis. P. G., and ask your approval of same.
A report from the Committee will be presented to you during
this session.
NECROLOGY #
Since the last session of this Grand Lodge an All Wise Providence has seen fit to summons to the Grand Lodge above, two
members who by their ability and work for the advancement of
our Order were honored by the highest gift being conferred upon
them in the power of Oddfellowship. We have been called upon
to mourn the loss of Past Grand Sires Fred Carleton of Texas, and
Milton J, Durham, of Kentucky,
Out of respect to the memory of our deceased brothers, the
Charter of this Grand Lodge was draped in mourning for the
proper period of time.
Another of the grand old men of Odd Fellowship, in the person
of Bro. J. B. King, of Toronto, Grand Secretary of the Grand
Lodge of Ontario for nearly forty-five years, has been taken from
us by death. No other one man in Canada was more widely known
and respected, and none other has given more of his time and
faithful effort for the welfare of our beloved Order than our late
Bro. King, whose memory we shall all cherish with fondest recollections.
CONCLUSION
During my term as Grand Master, two lodges have been instituted, one each at Prince Rupert and Corbin, and had my health
not failed me, lodges would also most certainly have been instituted
at Creston and Merritt, as well. These two places are unquestionably excellent openings for the organization of good, live
lodges. Also South Fort George and North Bonaparte are asking
for lodges.
I would strongly suggest to the incoming Grand Master that he
take steps as early as possible to have Odd Fellowship established
in the above localities.
It is needless for me to attempt to express my very great disappointment in not being able to carry out my programme as
Grand Master, as intended when taking office, because words fail
me entirely to express my feelings in the matter. I feel the disappointment is mine, but the loss is yours, for I feel that good, practical help can be given by a Grand Master to those lodges not over
strong and somewhat isolated, by giving to them good words of
advice and encouragement, and imparting to them the benefit of
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one's experience, in the practical management of lodge affairs. I
was prepared to give an unlimited amount of my time and effort
for the good of our fraternity during the past year, but an All Wise
Providence has ruled otherwise. We believe this, like all things,
has been ordained for the best, though perhaps to us it may not
appear so.
Before closing I must extend my most sincere thanks to those
officers of this Grand Lodge, Bro. Cullin, D.G.M., Bro. Johnstone,
G. W., Bro. Davey, G.S., Bro. Chapman, G.T., Bro. McKelvie,
Grand Marshal, and to Bro. Law, P.G.M., and others, for the time
and labor given to relieve me of my duties during my long illness.
No Grand Master could have better brother officers, and no Grand
Lodge could have officers who have the interests of Odd Fellowship more at heart. The success of the Order in this jurisdiction
is assured, with such men directing its affairs.
Especially do I extend thanks to our Grand Secretary, Bro.
Davey, for the very many words of advice and assistance given me.
not when I have asked for it, but when he thought such advice
would be of the least assistance to me. May our beloved brother
be spared for many years to direct the affairs of Odd Fellowship
in this jurisdiction, as he has done for so long.
During my illness I have received so many expressions of sympathy and good wishes for recovery, by letter, telegram, etc., that it
was not possible for me to reply to them separately. I therefore
now extend my most sincere thanks to the brethren of this jurisdiction for their many kind messages of brotherly love. These
messages of sympathy have touched my heart, and have made my
long confinement less hard to bear, being an evidence to me that
our brethren possess that true spirit of fraternity, without which
we could not hope for success in our fraternal labors.
I also extend my thanks to my Deputies for the faithful and
efficient manner in which they have performed the duties of their
office. In my requests to them, I have always found them most
anxious to render the best service possible.
And now that I am relinquishing my authority as Grand Master
to my successor, I cannot look back over the past year with anything but regret that I have been unable to contribute more than a
small effort towards the year's success. To the incoming Grand
Master I give assurance of my most hearty and earnest support.
Sincerely and fraternally submitted,
Grand Master.
^ ■- • - Deputy Grand Master's Report
(ACTING GRAND MASTER)
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
Brethren:—
On the receipt of a communication from our Grand Master,
Bro. E. L. Webber, dated at Kamloops, March 6th, 1911, requesting me to assume the duties of the office of Grand Master, I at once
issued the following circular letter:—
Grand Lodge  of  British  Columbia,  I.O.O.F.
Office of Acting Grand Master,
Victoria, B. C, March 3rd,  1911.
To the Officers and Members of the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.  O.  O.  F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
It is with deep regret that I have to announce the serious illness of our Grand Master, Bro. E. L. Webber, in consequence of
which he has requested me to assume the duties of the office of
Grand Master in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge. I. therefore, request that all communications relating to that office may be forwarded to me, until further
notice.
In assuming the duties of Grand Master I trust that the officers
and members will cheerfully assist me, to the end that the Order
may continue to grow in numbers and in its influence for good in
the community, and that the success which has hitherto attended
our efforts will be maintained.
A great many of the lodges in the Interior will no doubt be
disappointed on account of the Grand Master's inability to visit
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them, but I can assure the members of these Lodges, that their
disappointment will not equal that of Bro. Webber's. I regret to
say that the time at my dispisal is too short to allow me to undertake this task prior to the meeting of the Grand Lodge in June
next.
Fraternally yours,
W. H. CULLIN,
Attest
Acting: Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
The very regrettable circumstances under which I was compelled to assume a constitutional duty are known to you all. None
regretted it more than our Grand Master, and I am sure the members of our Order extend to Bro. Webber their deep sympathy in
his unfortunate and continued illness.
In accordance with the usual custom, I caused to be issued the
following proclamations:
Grand  Lodge  of  British  Columbia,   I.O.O.F.
Office of Acting Grand Master,
Victoria, B. C, March 2nd,  1911.
1819—Anniversary Proclamation—1911
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F,
Dear Sirs and Brothers
In accordance with usage, and the Proclamation of the Grand
Sire, I, William H. Cullin, Acting Grand Master, by virtue of the
authority vested in me do hereby enjoin upon all Subordinate
Lodges of the Order In the Jurisdiction of British Columbia, to
take appropriate action for the due commemmoration of the
Ninety-second Anniversary of our Order, on the Twenty-sixth day
of April, Nineteen Hundred and Eleven, by suitable exercises in
observance of the day, and by public thanksgiving to Almighty
God for his manifold mercies to us as individuals and as an Order, 3141
And inasmuch as some Lodges may desire to appear in Public
in Regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted them
to do so.
Yours fraternally,
W. H. CULLIN,
Attest
Acting Grand Master
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
Grand Lodge of  British  Columbia,  I.O.O.F.
Office of Acting Grand Master,
Victoria, B. C, March 2nd, 1911.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
The following proclamation of the Grand Sire is forwarded for
your information and guidance.
Yours fraternally,
Attest:
W. H. CULLIN,
Acting Grand Master
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
The  Sovereign  Grand Lodge  of  the  Independent  Order  of  Odd
Fellows.
Office of the Grand Secretary,
Baltimore, Md., February 16, 1911.
Proclamation
To All Grand Lodges, I.O.O.F:
Death has again visited our Order and removed from^ our
midst one of the most lovable characters in the whole domain of
Oddfellowship. 3142
An All Wise Providence has seen fit to take from us, Brother
Milton J. Durham, Past Grand Sire, of Lexington, Kentucky. He
was one of the most loveable of men, a most loyal Odd Fellow, a
most sincere friend, an example in his entire lifetime of the principles of our great Order.
It is with deep sorrow that we notify the Brotherhood of his
passing away.
It is ordered that the Charters of all lodges be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days, and a copy of this Proclamation be
sent to his widow and to each Grand Jurisdiction.
(Signed)
Attest:
JOHN B. COCKRUM,
Grand Sire.
JOHN B. GOODWIN, Grand Secretary.
Official Visits
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March ist, 2nd and 3rd, 1911,
respectively—Visited Columbia Lodge, No. 2, Dominion Lodge,
No. 4, and Victoria Lodge, No. 1. I visited these lodges separately on the above dates, and found them all in splendid form and
actively engaged in the work of initiating and conferring degrees.
All three lodges have increased their membership considerably,
and the personnel is of a high order. A keen spirit of rivalry
exists among the lodges, yet it is of such a character as only
creates enthusiasm and good fellowship. A first-class set of officers were installed in the three lodges, and all were looking forward to a competition for a handsome silver cup, presented by
Bro. Landsberg, of No. 1. The active members are much interested in the question of the erection of a new Odd Fellows' Temple.
Several plans are in the course of preparation, and, when presented, will give the members an additional interest and bring about
some valuable information respecting the scientific and modern
methods of skyscrapers. I trust the result of these deliberations
will be the erection of a beautiful building in every way suitable
to the ever increasing demands of our Order. Victoria lodges are
in a splendid financial condition and by a careful administration
of the property and funds at their disposal need have no fear for
the future material welfare of their members. The attendance at
these lodges has been good.
During the month of December, 1910, I visited the Lodges at
Nanaimo, Cumberland,  Ladysmith and Duncan.
On all these visits I was accompanied by the Grand Secretary,
Bro. Davey, whose presence was much appreciated both by myself
and those who had the privilege of hearing him.
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DISPENSATIONS
February 22, 1911—To Penticton Lodge, No. 51, to hold an
"At Home" and wear regalia.
February 22, 1911—To institute Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 26,
at Vancouver.
February 22, 1911—Commission to Sister S. E. Hanna, President of the Rebekah Assembly, to institute Bethel Rebekah Lodge,
No. 26, and at Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver.
March 6, 1911—Dispensation and Commission to Sister S. E.
Hanna, President of the Rebekah Assembly, to institute Golden
Link Rebekah Lodge, No. 27, at South Vancouver.
March n, 1911—To Michel Lodge, No. 54, to hold annual ball
and an "At Home" on March 17th, 1911, and to wear regalia.
March 22, 1911—To Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, to hold an "At
Home" and wear regalia on March 29th, 1911.
March 29, 1911—To Gateway Lodge, No. 45, to hold annual ball
on April  17,  1911.
April 22, 1911—To Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, to hold special meeting and to initiate in their new hall on Wednesday morning, previous to dedication ceremony on the 26th April, 1911.
I also received several applications for dispensations to hold
special meetings.    These I considered not necessary, the authority
being vested in the by-laws and constitution.    I replied in each case
setting forth the law bearing on the question.
I concur in all the dispensations granted by the D. D. G. M.'s
in their reports up to date. In this connection I would respectfully
call attention to the unnecessary granting of dispensations to confer more than one degree on the same night. All that is necessary
is a two-third vote of those present, as provided by the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
DECISIONS
Decision 1. Statement: Is it permissible to purchase jewels for
presentation to members out of General Fund of Lodge? and if not
(2) Are we justified in borrowing the amount needed from General
Fund on condition that the amount be refunded later?
I Answered by telegram-"If not contrary to your by-laws I
consider it permissible to use funds for purchase of jewels. bee
Busbee's Digest, p. I53> sec- Wf
Decision 2. After reading carefully the letter containing the
statement  I  infer  that  the  question  arises  from the  fact  that  a 3144
brother was suspended for non-payment of dues, and being notified,
tendered the amount. A discussion arose over the brother's occupation, and it became a question as to whether his dues should be
accepted or not, and the brother reinstated.
Answer—Yes; provided no charge is pending against the
brother.
A subsequent letter was reecived defining more clearly the
question at issue. I could see no reason to change my former
decision.
Decision 3. I received a communication from a lodge asking
whether money could be taken from the general fund and used for
social purposes, such as providing coffee, tea, cake, and cigars for
the entertainment of members? The lodge having exhausted its
contingent fund.
Answer—No,
FUNCTIONS
On Wednesday, April 26th, 1911, the 92nd anniversary of our
Order, I had the extreme pleasure of officially dedicating the new
Odd Fellows' Hall in the City of Nanaimo, the property of Black
Diamond Lodge No. 5. I was ably assisted by a staff of officers
from Black Diamond Lodge, consisting of the following:
Grand Warden, Bro. McKenzie; Grand Marshal, Bro. H.
McKenzie; Grand Chaplain, Bro. D. G. Dailey; Grand Herald, Bro.
Ralph Bell; Grand Herald of the North, Bro. Jos. Carroll; Grand
Herald of the South, Bro. Wm. Grieve; Grand Herald of the East,
Bro. A. E. Bradshaw; Grand Herald of the West, Bro. J. R. McKinnell; Grand Inner Guard, Bro. J. Aitken; Master of Ceremonies,
Bro. Jas. Crossan, P.G.M.
The committee in charge deserve great credit for the arrange
ments and accommodation for the large audience present. Their
efforts were also crowned with success in having secured such able
and interesting speakers as Past Grand Master Young, of Ontario; Grand Secretary F. Davey and Grand Warden W. A. Johnstone. Past Grand Master Ed. Quennell, a charter member of
Black Diamond Lodge, occupied the chair at the entertainment in
the evening, and gave a short history of the lodge and its progress
since its inception in 1874.
The building is a handsome two-storey structure with large
ball-room in the basement, giving a floor space of about 75 feet
square. Two stores on the ground floor with main entrance to hall
between stores. The main hall is ample for lodge purposes, being
spacious and lofty, and having the necessary accessories, such as
ante-rooms, paraphernalia room, and banquet room. Smaller lodge
rooms are also available, and altogether the building is a credit to
Black Diamond Lodge and a monument to Odd Fellowship.    I was
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presented with a beautiful silver tray as a souvenir of the dedica
tion, for which I thank the lodge very much.
I regret very much that I was unable to attend the 25th anni
versary of Excelsior Lodge, of Chilliwack, on May 30th.
REPORTS OF D. D. G. M.'S
Herewith I submit reports received from D. D. G. M.'s throughout the jurisdiction, showing the work performed and the interest
taken by each District.
District No. 1—W. H. Huxtable, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, and Dominion Lodge No. 4, in July, 1910, and January, 1911.
Am pleased to inform you that all the Lodges in District No. 1
have had a prosperous year and are all working in peace and
harmon\.
District No. 2—J. W. McDonald, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity Lodge,
No, 27, in July, 1910, and January, 1911. Made one official visit.
The membership in both lodges is increasing and of a good quality,
the finances are in a healthy condition. Prospects good for the
future.
District No. 3—D. Todd. Jr., D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, on July 13th, 1910, and
having met with an accident—a broken thigh—which required him
to go to the hospital he requested Bro. W. Grimes to instal the officers of the same lodge on January 18th: 1911. The Order is making steady progress. Up to the present date the above lodge has
initiated 21 members.
District No. 4—Samuel Jones, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Harmony Lodge twice during the year. This
lodge has had considerable demands upon its funds during the
year, in consequence of which has not made much progress financially. Ten members have been added to the roll and good prospects are in store for the future.
District No. 5—S. S. Carleton, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge No. 7, of Chilliwack. The
Order is progressing and everything running smooth.
District No. 7—Frank Trimble, D.D.G.M., reports that he has
installed the officers of Nos. 19.. 24, 60, and 61 in due form during
the year. Also reports that all the lodges are 111 a flourishing condition.
District No. 8—Horace Tunstill, D.D.G.M., reports having installed officers twice during the year Condition of the Order
good. Dispensation granted by Grand Master Webber for joint
installation of Tatnai, No. 9, and Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No. 23,
on January 16th, 1911. 3146
District No. 9—John Bennie, D.D.G.M., reports that the Order
is in good condition.    Officiated at two installations.
District No. 10—R. D. Macdonald, D.D.G.M., reports haying
installed the officers of No. 12 in due form, also that this lodge is in
splendid condition both numerically and financially, having taken in
20 new members during the year, and a number of applications in
waiting. This has been the most successful year that Selkirk lodge
has experienced.
District No. 11—Bion B. Smith, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, on July 17th, 1910,
and January 7th, 1911.
District No. 12—J. H. R. Christie, D.D.G.M., reports having
officiated at two installations during the year, in July, 1910, and
January, 1911.    The condition of the Order is good.
District No. 13—D. W. Bell, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, in July, 1910, and Janaury,
1911. Dispensation granted to change night of meeting in order
that the lodge could pay a fraternal visit to Victoria on the evening
of March 25th, 1911. Officially visited the lodge on night of installation. Duncan Lodge is prosperous, and the attendance is
fairly good, considering the membership is so scattered in the
locality. Fraternal feeling is greatly improved by a series of fraternal visits.
District No. 17—G. R. Joynt, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28, on July 9th, 1910, and
February 10th, 1911. The* installation was delayed in the later
date owing to absence from the district. Granted a dispensation to
confer two degrees on a brother the same night. The Order is
doing fairly well under the circumstances. Attendance small,
owing to members living so far away from hall.
District No. 19—James Twaddle, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Rossland Lodge,
No. 36, and Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, in July, 1910, and in
January, 1911.    The condition of the Order is reported good.
District No. 20—Geo. H. Rutherford, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Gateway Lodge, No. 45, on January 5,
1911; Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, on January 9, 1911; and Boundary
Valley, No. 38, January 10, 1911. Granted dispensation to Snow-
shoe Lodge to confer two degrees same night. The Order in this
district is in a healthy condition. The membership is steadily increasing. Had the pleasure of witnessing the initiatory degree in
Snowshoe Lodge and was pleased to note that a Ritual was not to
be seen. The Noble Grand and officers acquitted themselves nobly.
Boundary Valley lodge has had difficulties to contend with owing to
local trouble in the mining industry, but things are looking brighter.
Gateway Lodge is doing well and increasing the roll of members,
mostly young men who are taking quite an interest in the work.
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This lodge had a successful church parade, assisted by the Re-
bekahs. Bro. McKee preached an able sermon. Bro. Rutherford
succeeded Bro. D. Whiteside as D.D.G.M. in this district.
District No. 22—Wm. Clough, D.D.G.M., reports two installations during the year. Slocan Lodge, No. 40, is holding its own in
membership and is in fairly good condition financially, owning its
own hall, besides other property.
District No. 23—Fred Mummery, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, in July, 1910, and
January, 1911, also Camborne Lodge, No. 49, in August, 1910.
Owing to unsettled industrial conditions in this locality, little progress has been made in the Order generally, but the outlook is
more promising for the future. Camborne Lodge experiences great
difficulty in holding regular meetings on account of so many of
its members being absent from the district, otherwise the lodge is
in fairly good circumstances, financially.
District No. 24—H. White, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Key City Lodge, No. 42, in July, 1910, and January,
1911.    The condition of the Order is reported good.
District No. 27—R. Wilton, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Penticton Lodge in July, 1910, and January, 1911.
Granted dispensations to confer second and third degrees on August 22nd, 1910; also on February 13, 1911.
Decision. Question—Should badges bearing emblems of the
Order, with name and number of Lodge, be classed as regalia when worn in public.    Answer—Yes.
Considerable gain is reported during past eight months and
prospects look bright for the future.
District No. 28—N. Huston, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Princton Lodge, No. 52, twice during the year.
Granted dispensation to confer more than one degree the same
meeting. This lodge is in excellent shape and doing good work,
and looking forward to a more prosperous year; also looking forward to a visit from a Grand Lodge officer in the near future.
District No. 31.—J. E. Phinney, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, in July, 1910, and
January, 1911. Granted dispensation to confer more than one degree at same meeting. This lodge is in a good healthy condition,
and is looking forward to an increase in membership during the
coming year. ! Three new members were added to the roll since
Janaury, and the attendance has been good, considering the scattered condition of the district, while the meetings have been made
very interesting by the members.
District No. 33—George R. Naden, D.D.G.M., reports that the
outlook for the Prince Rupert Lodge is very promising. Officiated
at two installations. 3148
It is very gratifying to read the foregoing reports of the
D.D.G.M.'s   of  this  jurisdiction,   and  to  notice   the  great   interest
manifested by all the lodges in the work of our Order. In the majority of the lodges the membership has increased and the prospects for the future of a still greater increase is assured.
The plan adopted at the last Grand Lodge meeting of having
the D.D.G.M.'s report annually on a blank form is proving to be a
valuable one, in so far as it deals only with important questions
zffecting the status of the Order, and is of great assistance to those
whose duty it is to report the result of their efforts during the
term of office.
W. H. CULLIN,
Acting Grand Master.
•*•-,'. •* * j*"* 'S.JSkw *-£■( £ ♦■ Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
It affords me sincere pleasure to present for your consideration
my Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the work of the Order in
this jurisdiction, and its position numerically and financially on the
31st December, 1910.
The results of the year's work have been very gratifying and
encouraging in every branch of the Order in British Columbia. As
far as my observations go I have never known so much interest
displayed in promoting the welfare of the Order, nor so much material progress made as in the past year.
During the year 1910, four subordinate lodges were instituted.
viz.: Fairview, No. 61, and Grandview Lodge, No. 62, as reported
last year. Prince Rupert Lodge No. 63 was instituted at Prince
Rupert by Bro. G. R. Naden, Special D.D.G.M., on 20th July, 1910,
and Corbin Lodge, No. 64, was instituted at Corbin by Bro. W. J.
Wriglesworth, D.D.G.M., on 29th November, 1910.
Seven Rebekah lodges were also added to the Roll in 1910,
Excelsior No. 23, Kamloops. Vermilion No. 24, at Princeton, and
Banner No. 25, at Grand Forks, also Ruth, No. 4, resuscitated at
Chilliwack as reported last year.
Since our last meeting Sister Hanna, the President of the Assembly, has instituted Bethel Lodge. No. 26, at Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver, on 23rd February, 1911.. Golden Link Lodge No. 27, at
South Vancouver, on 15th March, ion, and Truth Lodge, No. 28,
at North Vancouver on 13th March, 1911.
Enquiries as to the steps to be taken to institute new subordinate lodges have been received from Merritt, South Fort George
and North Bonaparte.
I beg to submit a tabluated statement of the work of the year,
showing a comparison with the preceding year:
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STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
with the Year igog
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Decrease.
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No. of Lodges 31st December, 1910-
members   31st   Dec,   1910	
1 initiated  	
admitted by card ....
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I reinstated   	
I withdrawn     	
'* deceased    I
* expelled  |
I suspended for cause
ceased membership by N.P.D.
rejected  	
degrees   conferred  	
Past   Grands    |
Receipts   from   Dues    |$ 57,376.12
admissions & degrees|$ 16,000.5o|$
rents & invested funds|$ 28,882.35!$
all other sources  |$   3,133.44!$
Total receipts  |$io5,392.411$
No. of Brothers relieved  j 414J
widowed  families  relieved  ....| 19)
Brothers  buried   j 47J
weeks' sick benefits paid  | 3,672]
Amount  paid  for  relief  of  Brothers j$ 24,090.95]$
widowed   families j$       770.40!$
orphans     $ 25.00!$
burying  the   dead $    3,669.89)$
special relief    |$    1,735.41
Total amount paid for relief |$ 30,291.65
"      current   expenses|$ 28,482.40
"        "    of assets of sub. lodges|$558,66i.7i
Average amount of benefits paid  toj
each   sick   member    $
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expenses    $ 5.36
Average   cost,   per   member,   for   all
lodge  expenditures    |$ 11.07
Aver, amount of assets per member $       105.23
Total amount of relief paid since in-j
stitution  of  Grand Lodge in  i874|$509,545.oi
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4,335-30
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3,742 • 25
1,169.76
15,104.31
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3,366.73
$137,380.30
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$
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* Average duration of sickness, per sick member, 8 weeks 6 days, 2
hours; increase, 2 days 3 hours.
* Average duration of sickness per member, 4 days 20 hours;  in
crease, 1754 hours. 3i5i
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
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Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Delta
Ashcroft
Island
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver  City
Slocan
Trout Lake
Key City
Enterprise
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Snowshoe
Mt.   Fernie
Coronation
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46.35
54.60
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42.70
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28.35
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44.10
170.95!
155-35
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109.85
66.30
17-55
7.80
21.45
79-95
87.10
49.40
52.00
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79-70
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250.90
55.90
92.95
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118.95
42.25
42.90
78.65
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172.90
156.00
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Charter    Fees      Rebekah
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Deposit Home Fund | 38 00
Representative Tax j 150 00
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Expenses    j 100 00
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Salary,  3   months    | 225 00
Postage and sundries   j 14 50
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SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report     $2,227 48
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer as per above
statement        12,171 49
$14,398 97
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer per above statement         10,094 33
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer   $4,304 64 3155
STOCK ACCOUNT
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Balance per last Report   $251 75
Goods  bought  during  the   year       360 60
Freight, etc., on supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge..      18 05
Profit on goods sold during the year        80 41
Goods sold during the year 	
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$478 03
232 78
$710 81 $710 81
ODD FELLOWS5 HOME FUND
Receipts
Total value of this Fund per last report   $11,272 30
Withdrawals from Bank and interest on mortgages, etc.,
as  per  statement        4,803 73
Interest, Imperial Bank of Canada  i  12 95
Interest Dominion Gov't. Savings Bank   o 33
Donation Island Lodge No. 24  14 85
$16,104 16
Less withdrawals from Bank for investment and mortgage repaid       4,000 00
Total value of this fund   $12,104 16
How Invested
On mortgage    $11,800 00
Deposit Imperial Bank of Canada         291 16
Deposit Dominion  Gov't.  Savings  Bank   12 17
In Grand Treasurer's hands   o 83
$12,104 16
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND
Amount on hand per last report        $533 85
Interest Dominion Gov't. Savings Bank   15 99
$549 84
Deposited  in   Dominion   Gov't.   Savings   Bank....$549 35
In  Grand Treasurer's hands        o 49
       $549 84 3156
TRIAL BALANCE, GRAND LODGE OF B. C, I. O. O. F.,
1 st May, 1911
Folio. Dr. Cr.
149 Sovereign   Grand  Lodge    $ 5 50
163 Profit  and  Loss     5,260 90
235 Aged  Odd  Fellows'  Fund    549 84
247 Dominion   Gov't:   Savings   Bank   (Aged
Odd   Fellows' ■ Fund)           549 35
261 Union   Lodge   No.   11  3 90
272 Mt. Fernie Lodge No. 47   o 95
284 Selkirk  Lodge,  No.   12   3 90
287 Coronation  Lodge,  No. 48    o 25
291 Pacific Lodge, No. 26   1  50
295 Camborne  Lodge,  No.  49   8 50
297 Vernon Valley Lodge, No.  18   o 10
299 Imperial Bank of Canada (Home Fund)       291  16
301 Dominion Lodge,  No.  4    8 20
303 Delta Lodge, No. 21   1 20
323 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5   o 60
325 Cloverdale   Lodge,  No.   15     o 80
330 Penticton Lodge, No.  51    3 90
332 Furniture  and  Regalia          546 65
336 Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34  2 00
340 Stock   Account           232 78
354 Princeton   Lodge,   No.   52    o 80
358 Harmony Lodge, Nc* 6   2 70
364 W.  E. Vanstone       2,500 00
369 Funeral Aid Association of B. C        200 00
374 Michel  Lodge,  No.  54    9 65
378 Dominion   Gov't.   Savings   Bank   (Home
Fund)     12 17
382 Key City Lodge, No. 42   3 50
387 Odd Fellows' Home Fund   12,104 16
396 Sunshine   Lodge,   No.   57  o 50
400 Okanagan  Lodge,  No.  58   o 40
404 S.   R.   Lawrence           750 00
406 J.   H.   Healey        1,550 00
408 G.  A.  Macey       1,000 00
412 F. Trimble   2J000 00
415 Grand   Treasurer        4,304 64
424 Grandview Lodge, No. 62  \ s  o 75
428 Gateway  Lodge,   No.   45     o 80
430 Prince Rupert Lodge,  No.  63  7 75
432 Wildey Lodge, No. 44   0 20
438 Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46   o 05
442 A.   Perry        4,000 00
446 Kootenay Lodge, No. 16   15 75
$17,967 90    $17,967 90
This statement contains many gratifying features. The increase in membership is, I think, the largest we have ever had in
this jurisdiction. The increase in the receipts of the Subordinate
Lodges have been $15,104.31, whereas the increase in expenditure
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has only been $3,187.96. The appreciation of the assets of the
Subordinate Lodges have been $137,380.30, and the average amount
of assets per member has increased $18.36 during the year. This
is a very healthy and significant showing, and yet I think the valuation placed by the Coast City lodges on their property is a very
conservative one.
FINANCIAL
The balance in the hands of the Grand Treasurer is $1,330.46
more than was anticipated by the Finance Committee last Session.
This is owing to the per capita tax received being $385.35 more
than was estimated, and the following items of expenditure being
unpaid, Grand Master's expenses $390.00, Grand Secretary's office
$360.00, Department Council P. M. $50.00. The sum of $200 was
advanced as a loan to the Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association,
which was not provided for in the estimate.
ILLNESS OF GRAND MASTER
As you are fully aware, the Grand Master was stricken down
with sickness in October last, just as he was on the point of starting on his round of official visits, for which he had made every preparation, and his indisposition has continued to the present time.
An unfortunate relapse occurred last February, completely prostrating him, and necessitating his request that Bro. Cullin, D.G.M.,
should assume the duties of the Grand Master's office. At this
writing I am pleased to know that he is recovering satisfactorily,
and he anticipates being able to be with us and presiding at this
meeting, and I trust nothing will occur to present him from doing
so. Being laid aside in this way and prevented from carrying out
his long cherished hopes of visiting all the lodges of the jurisdiction has been a keen and bitter disappointment to Bro. Webber,
and I am sure it has also been a great disappointment and loss to
our lodges, for I know that his presence and words of counsel
and encouragement would have cheered and invigorated our whole
membership.
I have been in receipt of numerous expressions from all over
the jurisdiction, of sympathy with our brother and his family in
their hour of trial, and of hope for his speedy and complete recovery.
ODD   FELLOWS'   HOME  FUND
As will be seen by the appended statement, this Fund has in
creased  $831,86  during the year,  arising from interest  on  its  investments and a donation from Island Lodge, No. 24.    The funds
have been fully and judiciously invested as they have accrued.
In accordance with a Resolution of last session enquiries were
addressed to both the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges asking for
information as to the number of members who would be likely to
avail themselves of a Home if one were built in this jurisdiction.
All the Lodges have not as yet answered the questions asked, but
from the replies received there does not appear to be any demand 3158
for a Home at present. None of the lodges report any members or
Odd Fellows' widows or orphans in need of such an institution or
that would be willing to enter one if it were provided.
An abstract of the replies received will be submitted to the
Committee on Home.
TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM
As directed by a Resolution of the last Session, an appeal was
issued to the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of the Province on
behalf of the funds of the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille.
So far the following amounts have been received:
Victoria Lodge, No. i  $109 00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  ... 312 00
Western Star Lodge, No. 10  93 00
Island Lodge, No. 24   35 00
Amity Lodge, No. 27   27 00
Slocan Lodge, No. 40  25 00
Wildey Lodge, No. 44   42 25
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46   15 50
Penticton Lodge, No. 51   15 50
Grandview Lodge, No. 62  n 50
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2   93 25
Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No.  14   38 50
Naomi Rebekah  Lodge, No. 21    84 00
Vermilion Rebekah Lodge, No. 24   15 00
: I   $916 50
I am asking those Lodges who have not yet sent in their collections to do so at once, and am hoping to be able to report when
the Grand Lodge assembles a much larger contribution that will be
of material assistance to this deserving institution and at the same
time redound to the credit of the Odd Fellows of British Columbia.
FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION
The Directors of this Association were appointed soon after
the last session adjourned, and an advance of $200 as a loan to
meet the initial expenses of the Association as directed by last Session was advanced from Grand Lodge funds.
I have enquired if the Association is in a position- to repay this
advance, but at this writing have had no reply, and I doubt if it is
yet able to meet this obligation.
GRAND   SECRETARY'S   OFFICE
Advantage has not yet been taken of the generous provision
made last Session for the Grand Secretary's office. I have not been
able as yet to find an office that suits me in all respects, but there
are a unmber of office buildings going up at present in Victoria,
and I hope before long to find one that is suitable. 3159
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
The General Relief Committees at Victoria and Vancouver
have submitted the following reports of the good work performed
by them during the past year:
Victoria. Vancouver.
Receipts $1,172.60 $3,025.84
No.  of  Brothers  relieved               12 52
No. of Brothers buried               6 —
No. of widows relieved                1 —
Total   expended  for   relief    $1,198.40 $2,768.22
Total expended for management       $4050 $184.80
CONCLUSION
The Grand Lodge is meeting this year in the beautiful City of
Cranbrook, in the District of East Kootenay. This is the first time
that a Session of the Grand Lodge has been held in this District,
and at a point so remote from its Home and Headquarters, and it
is to be hoped that the additional expense incurred by so doing will
be more than compensated for by the inspiration and incentive it
will bring to the lodges of the District to prosecute their labors
with even more energy and enthusiasm than they have displayed
in the past. There is no doubt but that the visit and journey will
prove an object lesson to the visitors, especially from the Coast,
it will demonstrate to them not only the immense size and extent
of our Province, but exhibit to them the varied and rich resources
of the country that they are the highly favored citizens of.
I have no doubt but that this Session will prove a benefit to
Oddfellowship generally throughout the Jurisdiction, and that
we will all return to our homes more fully resolved to do the best
that in us lies to build up and further the best interests of the
noble Order with which we are so closely identified.
Yours fraternally,
Grand Secretary. Grand Treasurer's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to present the following report for the past year:
RECEIPTS
1910.
June   9—To   cash   received   from   Bro.   Johnstone,   late
Grand  Treasurer  $2,307 78
July  14—To cash from Tatnai Lodge, No. 9   98 40
Nov. 30—To  Savings   Bank,  interest   ~  2 39
1911.
Jan.   11—To cash from Tatnai Lodge, No. 9  101 40
Mar. 16—To difference in  deposit   02
Mar. 16—To cash from Grand Secretary  10,487 48
May 13—To cash from Grand Secretary   1,398 21
$14,395 68
DISBURSEMENTS
By Paid Orders Nos. 1 to 56, inclusive (excepting Order
No. 4, paid by Bro. Johnstone)    $10,088 63
Balance in hand  ,.    $4,307 05
Fraternally submitted,
C.   I.   CHAPMAN,
Grand Treasurer.
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—»•••ai£i4'**4tf*!»* Grand Representatives' Report
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
We herewith respectfully submit our report of the Eighty-
sixth Annual Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge I. O. O. F.,
which was held in the City of Atlanta, State of Georgia, September
19th to 23rd, 1910.
The Session opened at 9 a.m., Monday. 19th September, in the
Assembly Hall of the State Capitol.
The Representatives' chamber, balconies and corridors were
filled with Members of the Order and Ladies of the Rebekah
branch.
Orrin Roberts, Grand Master of Georgia, as presiding officer,
introduced the following, who in eloquent addresses welcomed the
Sovereign Grand Lodge: Joseph M. Brown, Governor of Georgia;
Robt. F. Maddox, Mayor of Atlanta, and Robt. T. Daniel, Grand
Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge from the State of
Georgia.
In response Grand Sire W. L. Kuykendall delivered an earnest address.
The visitors having retired, the business session opened, and
upon roll call the following officers were present:
Grand Sire—W. L. Kuykendall. J
Deputy Grand Sire—John B. Cockrum.
Grand Secretary, Past Grand Sire—John B. Goodwin.
Grand Treasurer—M. Richards Muckle.
Assistant Grand Secretary—J. Edw. Kroh.
Grand Chaplain—W. I. Canter.
Grand Guardian—W. O. Carbis. |
Grand Messenger—Will A. Steidley.
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And Grand Representatives from forty-four Grand Lodges and
thirty-nine  Grand  Encampments.
Past Grand Sires—Milton J. Durham, Kentucky; John C. Underwood, Kentucky; Alfred S. Pinkerton, Massachusetts; E. S.
Conway, Illinois;  Cl. T.  Campbell, Ontario.
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORTS OF THE GRAND
OFFICERS:
Grand Sire and Commander-in-Chief:
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
Officers and Representatives—
In this beautiful and historical city of the Southland we here
assemble in 86th annual session for the purpose of reviewing the
work accomplished in all branches of the Order during the past
year, legislating for its welfare and advancement, and to promote
through close personal and official association a better understanding of all pending questions requiring the best thought and consideration of every Representative. In approaching and conducting our labors we should ever remember that the Great Supreme
Ruler of the Universe has again permitted us to safely journey
hither from every section of our country and from the great Dominion of Canada and to gather here in peace and harmony to consult together over the best plans for the betterment of humanity,
the improvement of human character, and of ways and means for
carrying on the great work of relieving the distressed to which our
Order is committed and to which we are individually and collectively bound by our obligations.
Let us, therefore, enter upon the work before us with zeal and
renewed faith in the accomplishment of results which will be oi
material benefit to our Order everywhere brought about through
close  attention  to   all  business   presented  and  harmonious   action
thereon.
Your attention is directed to the fact that the increase in subordinate lodge and Rebekah membership during last year, closing
December 31, was 71.292. Estimating the increase since that date
to the present moment on the same basis it is safe to claim that
more than two million good men and women are at this time enrolled as members in good standing and engaged in the practice of
the duties enjoined upon all members of our great fraternity.
Condition of the Order
At the close of last year the condition of the Order as reported
from all parts of the world was as follows: 3163
Subordinate membership, December 31,  1909      1,534,086
Encampment   membership   December   31,   1909           217,533
Rebekah Lodge membership December 31, 1909         633,615
Brothers        215,280
Sisters     418,335
Patriarchs Militant membership December 31, 1909  24,351
Total membership, including subordinate lodge members
and sisters only of Rebekah lodges      1,952,421
Brothers who are members of Rebekah lodges are not included
in last item.
Net Increase for Each Branch of the Order for 1909
Net increase in Subordinate lodge membership  41,608
Net increase in  Encampment membership  1,308
Net increase in Rebekah lodge membership   29,684
Net increase in Patriarchs Militant membership   2,215
Revenue,  or Receipts, in  1909
Subordinate   lodges    $14,990,671.80
Encampments           917,833.14
Rebekah lodges        902,149.81
Total revenue   $16,827,728.66
Expended for Relief in 1909
Relief by Lodges    $4,941,638.23
Relief by Encampments         324,452.84
Relief by Rebekah lodges   90,834.82
Total relief   $5,356,925.89
Total relief from 1830 to December 31, 1909, as shown
by the  records   $130,987,340.67
Funds Invested
Invested funds of Subordinate lodges  $46,659,452.66
Invested funds of Subordinate Encampments       2,064,211.12
Invested funds of Rebekah lodges         787,754-60
Total  invested  funds   $49,511,418.38 3164
Finances of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
Cash on hand August 1, 1909   $82,020.86
Received from August 1, 1909, to July 30, 1910   107,962.93
Total receipts  $189,983.79
Warrants drawn from August 1, 1909, to July 30, 1910  136,649.13
Balance  on hand July 30,  1910   $53,334-66
Considering the fact that financial depression still exists to
some extent, the foregoing numerical and financial statement is
very flattering, and is an evidence of the high standing our Order
has reached amo*ng the people of every land in which it has been
successfully introduced.
Proclamations
During the year I have issued the following Proclamations:
To  all  Grand  Masters,   Grand  Patriarchs,  and   Presidents   of  Rebekah Assemblies, Greeting:
It having come to my knowledge that Grand Lodge Jurisdictions are again being flooded with circulars relating to our written
and unwritten work, and that the mails are being used for nefarious
purposes connected therewith:
Now, therefore, by authority in me vested, and as directed by
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, through the adoption of Report 67, at
the last session thereof, I, W. L. Kuykendall, Grand Sire of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, hereby notify and warn all
officers and members that it is unlawful to own or possess and use
any book, booklet, or written or printed work purporting to be the
written or unwritten work of the Order, or both combined, and
that every member possessing or using any such work is subject to
the penalty of expulsion as provided in Section 1962 of Busbee's Digest. Grand Masters, Grand Patriarchs, and Presidents of Rebekah
Assemblies are hereby requested and required to promulgate the
above within their Jurisdictions and notify the subordinate bodies
under their Jurisdictions respectively to enforce the law by requiring
all members in possession of such work to deliver the same to the
subordinate body of which they are members, to be destroyed
thereby; the fact of such destruction to be certified to the proper
Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe, and to direct said subordinate
bodies to strictly enforce the law against every member who shall
hereafter purchase or possess any kind or character of such prohibited work. 3r6s
Decisions
Many questions have been propounded by members of the Order
and decisions thereon requested, all of which were courteously refused, with directions to apply through proper legal channels to
local officers having jurisdiction over the subject involved as provided by local legislation.    Where statements and questions have
been submitted through the proper legal channel, as provided in
Section i of Article IV. of the Constitution. I have rendered and
submit the following decisions for approval.    That the number is
not greater is in my opinion accounted for by holding inflexibly to
the rule laid down in said section and refusing to decide any question unless  based upon a clear statement of facts upon which a
definite, affirmative, or negative conclusion could be reached; also
upon the fact that our laws have been so perfected through the wisdom  of conservative members  and former  decisions,  as  to leave
very little ground upon which to base a statement or question that
has not already been well settled; and mainly from the fact that
no new legislation or great change of existing laws were adopted
at our last session as heretofore,  calling for numerous decisions
thereon.
Subordinate Lodge Decisions
Decision i. Statement: Bro. T. W. Granberry. a member of
Long Pine Lodge, No. 114, of Nebraska, with dues paid to April 1,
1907, made application on January 10, 1907, to become a member of
Ross Lodge. No. 96, of Midvale. Idaho. On January 17 he was
elected to become a member of Ross Lodge, No. 96. upon deposit
of a card. Application was made at once for a card, which was
granted and issued on February 18 by Long Pine Lodge. On
February 8, the brother was taken sick and died on March 29, without having signed the constitution and by-laws of Ross Lodge.
Question—Is Long Pine Lodge, No. 114, of Nebraska, liable for
sick benefits and expenses of last sickness of the deceased brother?
Answer—If the card mentioned in the statement was a legally
issued withdrawal card. Long Pine Lodge, No. 114, was liable for
benefits from the day the brother became sick until the date of the
issuance of the card and no longer. If the card mentioned in the
statement was a legally issued transfer certificate Long Pine Lodge
was liable for benefits from February 8, 1907, until the date of the
transfer certificate and one month thereafter, it appearing from
the statement that the brother never became a member of Ross
Lodge by signing the constitution thereof.
Decision 2. Statement: At the 1909 session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, Resolution or Paper 53, pages 329-332, Journal of
1909. was presented by Gen. M. A. Raney of the General Military
Council and referred to the Committee on Patriarchs Militant. The
various matters contained in said resolution were reported on by 3166
said committee in Report in, on page 389. The report recommended the adoption of paragraphs or sections numbered 1, 3, 4, 5,
6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, of said resolution, and that sections 2, 10,
13 and 16 be adopted as amended. This report was adopted, except
as to Section 2, to which there was a Minority Report, and as to
Section 2, the Minority Report, number 112, page 389, was adopted.
Section 7 of said Resolution or Paper refers by numbers only and to
striking out "Adjutant-General" where it occurs therein and by
inserting in place thereof "Assistant Adjutant-General" or "Military Secretary," one or both, in sections of Patriarchs Militant
Code, Nos. 35, 42, 46, 65, 73, 85, 86, 100 and 107, but without showing or mentioning the substance or subject matter of said Patriarchs Militant Code sections, and also without showing how said
sections would read as amended; whereas, it has been the uniform
practice ever since said Patriarchs Militant Code was first adopted
in 1893, when amending the same to set out and show how any
and all sections to be amended would read when amended. This
practice has uniformly been regarded as requisite for legislation
making changes in sections of said Patriarchs Militant Code. See
Journal volumes, years and pages as follows:
1894, Volume   16,  page   14,023,   Resolution   by   Representative
Norton, of Minnesota.
1895, Volume 17, page 14,486, Report 38.
1896, Volume 17, page 15,003, 15,004, Report 127.
1896, Volume 17, page 15,004.    Report 128.
1896, Volume 17, page 15,054, Report 176.
1899, Volume 19, pages 288, 289, Resolution by Representative
Deans, of Pennsylvania.
1899, Volume 19, pages 329, 330, Resolution 78.
1899, Volume   19,   pages   376,   Resolution   by   Representative
Deans, of Pennsylvania.
1900, Volume 19, page 912, Resolution 96.
1902, Volume 20, pages 981, 982, 983, Report 101.
1903- Volume 21, pages 398, 399. Report 127.
The same practice has been followed in amending sections of
the Rebekah Code.    See Journal of years and pages as follows:
1899, Volume 19, pages 329, 330, Report 78.
1899, Volume 19, page 332, Reports 84, 85, 86.
1897, Volume 18, pages 15,640, 15,641, Report 232.
1902, Volume 20. page 984, Report 102.
I9°3? Volume 21, page 397, Report 125; 427, 428, Report 125. 3167
Besides being the legal course as construed by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge in practice, it is submitted that it is absolutely necessary to proper and wise legislation that sections of either code
being amended should show in what respect by showing how the
section would read when or as amended, or certainly by at least
stating in what respect to be amended or the subject matter of the
proposed amendment. As the Patriarchs Militant Code has 132
sections, no officer or Grand Representative could be expected to
know by reference to the number of the section only and to one or
two words therein what change or amendment would be made.
Under Section 7 of said Resolution 53, it is attempted to transfer
from The Sovereign Grand Lodge to the Military Council, all fees
for commissions to cantons resuscitated where no Department
Council exists, and this by referring only to Patriarchs Militant
Code, Section 46, by number and by striking out "Adjutant-
General" and inserting "Assistant" preceding and "Military Secretary" after.
Also under said Section 7 it is attempted to transfer from The
Sovereign Grand Lodge by amending in the same manner Patriarchs Militant Code, Section 85, all fees for commissions to officers
not in Departments having Department Councils. Such attempted
amendment of said Sections 46 and 85 of the Patriarchs Militant
Code w^uld have the effect of transferring from The Sovereign
Grand Lodge to the Military Council about $235.00 annually, and
this without mentioning the fact and without the same having been
referred to or considered by the Committee on Finance, as required
by Rule or Order 38, Busbee's Digest, page 811. Such change of
the revenue, if made, would be in effect an appropriation to the
Military Council.
Question 1—Is the above recited manner of attempting to
amend said Sections 46 and 85 of the Patriarchs Militant Code
sufficient, and has said sections been amended under the Resolution
148 and the adoption of Report 111?
Answer—In the adoption of amendments and laws proposed
in Resolution 53, pages 329-332, Journal of 1909, there is in my
opinion a radical if not illegal departure from precedent, if not
direct law as well presented in the several citations contained in
preceding statement regarding practice in such cases made and
provided, yet I am contsrained to believe that I have no power to
set aside or annul other laws formulated under the head of said
Resolution 53, except where the same conflicts with or sets aside
a direct or fair interpretation of the Constitution or By-laws of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and I so rule.
Question 2—Can said Sections 46 and 85 .of the Patriarchs
Militant Code be amended by such reference only as was made to
them and without showing how said sections would read as
amended?
Answer—The answer to this question is the same as the
answer to Question r. 3i68
Question 3—Can the revenues of The Sovereign Grand Lodge
be changed and transferred and an appropriation in effect be made
by such reference only to said sections, and without reference to
and consideration by the Committee on Financee, as contemplated
by said Rule of Order 38?
Answer—In my opinion, and I decide that such revenues cannot be so changed and transferred, especially without reference to
the Committee on Finance, the same being contrary to By-laws.
See Articles XIX and XXX, Rule of Order 38, Section 1150, Busbee's Digest, Report 163, Journal of 1909, page 417, and close of
same and others. Also Articles XIX and XX of Constitution.
Section 3; Article XIII Constitution, Section 2; Article VII Constitution; and  1661,  Busbee's  Digest, page 452.
Statement 2: Paragraph 5 of said Resolution 53, undertakes to
transfer from The Sovereign Grand Lodge to the Military Council the fees for retired commissions to officers of the General Staff
and to Department Commanders, and this without mentioning that
it is a change or transfer, said Paragraph 5 appearing as if it were
original legislation.
Question 1—Under all the facts herein above set forth, is
Paragraph 5 sufficient to change the revenue and m effect to appropriate funds of The Sovereign Grand Lodge without reference to or
consideration by the Committee on Finance, as per Rule of Order
38? flKj - gp    I   I    I   I h
Answer—In my opinion it is not. See part or all of same references mentioned in answer to Question 3 of Statement 1.
Statement 3: Under Section 3 of said Resolution 53 it is attempted to give to the General Military Council the discounts on
all supplies sold to cantons where Department Councils are not
organized, and this would in effect appropriate from $500.00 to
$800.00 annually in such discounts from The Sovereign Grand
Lodge treasury without being referred to or considered by the
Committee on Finance; also without providing when the Grand
Secretary or Grand Treasurer shall pay over such discounts to the
Military Council, and indeed without authorizing the Grand Secretary or Grand Treasurer to pay the same at all.
Question 1—Can such discounts, being in effect an appropriation, be made without reference to or consideration by the Committee on Finance under Rule of Order 38?
Answer—In my opinion such discounts cannot be changed as
provided in Section 3 of said Resolution 53. See part or all of
same references mentioned in answer to Question 3 of Statement 1
Question 2—Can such discounts be paid over to the Military
Council by the Grand Secretary or Grand Treasurer without express authority therefor, and can they be so paid over under the
legislation above referred to? 3i6q
Answer—In my opinion such discounts cannot be so paid. See
same references as hereinbefore cited.
Question 3—Is it not a misnomer to call such a discount to
cantons and not allow it to them, but require the amount of it
paid to the General Military Council, and should not any legislation authorizing discounts on supplies sold to cantons not in Department Councils provide that such cantons get the benefit
thereof?
Answer—It is certainly a misnomer. If cantons are allowed a
discount they and they only are entitled thereto and should receive
same.
Question 4—If the legislation attempted should be held good,
would it not in effect merely authorize the payment of the amount
which such discounts would realize if allowed to a third party, and
is it in fact a discount unless allowed to the cantons purchasing
the supplies?
Answer—A third party would most assuredly be the beneficiary
of such discount unless allowed to cantons purchasing supplies, the
latter alone being, in my opinion, entitled thereto, as they are
clearly not discounts to such third party and cannot fairly be so
considered.
Question 5—Discounts have not heretofore been allowed to
cantons not under Department Councils. Is not allowing the same
under the legislation above cited and paying the same to the
General Military Council a mere fiction as to said cantons, and in
effect only an appropriation of money from The Sovereign Grand
Lodge treasury to the General Military Council?
Answer—An attempted transfer of a non-existent document
would seem to be a fiction in reality as well as in name, which is in
effect an attempt to appropriate money without open and direct
notice and contrary to Rule 38 and other laws, and would seem to
be null and void.
Decision 3. Statement: A brother suspended for non-payment
of dues at the end of the five years asked for a Dismissal Certificate
which was granted. Later he wanted to get back into the Order,
the lodge granting his certificate being his nearest lodge.
Question—Can he apply thereto and be elected to membership
therein on paying the fee fixed by our Grand Lodge?
Answer—He can be elected. See Decision 30, Journal 1909,
pages 304-305, as amended and adopted.
Decision 4. Statement: The constitution for subordinate lodges
in this Jurisdiction. Section 73? provides that there shall be two
regular   funds   of   the   lodge,   to   be   known   respectively   as   the 3170
widows' and orphans' fund and the general fund. Section 76 provides that at least one-fifth of the dues of the members be placed
to the credit of the widows' and orphans' fund.
Question 1—Can the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan, which
does not maintain a home for widows and orphans or aged or indigent Odd Fellows, repeal these provisions of the Constitution
and thus abolish the necessity for creating a special fund for the
support of widows and orphans?
Answer—Yes. In my opinion it can repeal so much of Sections 73, 76, 77, and others of subordinate lodge constitution as
relate to continuing the widows' and orphans' fund and the collection of dues, fines, and other moneys therefor, provided such repeal
is adopted in accordance with Section 144 of said Constitution.
Question 2—If the widows' and orphans' fund can be dispensed
with by law, what becomes of such fund already accumulated by
subordinate lodges?
Answer—All accumulated widows' and orphans' funds in possession of lodges at time of repeal of present law are and will be
trust funds and must be held separate from any other fund and
used solely for the objects for which same was accumulated. See
Sections 535 to 540, both inclusive, Busbee's Digest.
Decision 5. Question—The Noble Grand elect, being sick on
the night of installation and unable to appear, does the retiring
Noble Grand hold over or the newly installed Vice Grand take
charge of the lodge after installation?
Answer—It is my opinion that where a Noble Grand elect is
sick and fails to appear for installation at the time fixed for that
ceremony and is excused by the lodge, or no election is then held
to fill the office, the Vice Grand then installed takes charge of the
lodge and will be the acting Noble Grand thereof until the Noble
Grand elect appears and is installed, or a vacancy in said office is
legally declared and the member elected to fill the same is installed. See Sections 1417, 1434, 1442, 1443, 1446, 1449, 1478, Busbee's Digest, and Journals therein referred to.
Decision 6. Statement—October 9, 1909, a brother belonging
to a lodge in Iowa petitioned a lodge in this (Oklohama) Jurisdiction for membership under Transfer of Membership Law, and was
elected. Application was regularly made to his lodge in Iowa for
Transfer Certificate, which was granted and issued November 2,
1909, and forwarded to the Secretary of the Oklahoma lodge, who
notified the brother it had been received, and for him to appear at
the next meeting and sign the constitution as required by law. He
did not appear at said meeting, but sent word he would be present
and sign the constitution at the next meeting, which was on November 20, 1909. At this meeting he was sick, and next day had
the doctor with him, who on November 25 secured the keys to the
lodge-room and without any authority from the lodge carried the
roll book and  constitution  to  the  sick brother's  room,  where  he 3171
signed the same. Signing was dated back to the 20th to correspond with the date of meeting. The brother's Official Certificate
was dated October 19, 1909, and shows his dues paid up to January
1, 1910. Our Grand Lodge constitution provides that membership
in the lodge dates from the signing of the constitution.
Question—Is the brother a member of the lodge in this Jurisdiction or is he a member of the lodge in Iowa?
Answer—He is a member of the lodge in Iowa, for the reason
that he was taken sick within four weeks from date of Transfer
Certificate and before consummating his transfer of membership,
and said Certificate should have been cancelled under the law. See
Decision 9, pages 428, 429, Journal of 1908, and laws cited therein
which are germane thereto.
Decision 7. Statement: A brother of a subordinate lodge is a
State charge hopelessly insane in the insane asylum. The members
of his lodge know of nothing that can be done for his relief; the
brother has a wife and child, who need the benefits that are accruing in the brother's favor to help support them. The brother has
a guardian, but the lodge, not having full confidence in him, does
not want to pay the money into his hands. I find in Busbee's Digest, Section 61, the following: "An insane brother in a State lunatic asylum and in the charge of that institution is entitled to benefits and the lodge is compelled to pay them co his duly appointed
guardian or to the General Relief Committee having him in charge."
Decision 30, by Grand Sire Carleton. Journal of 1897, pages 15,
168, is to the effect that dependent relatives are entitled to benefits
due a brother.
Question—Would it be lawful for the lodge to appoint a committee to expend the brother's benefits as they accrue for the support or relief of his wife and child?
Answer—Yes, for in my opinion said benefits are due and payable by the lodge to him or his immediate family, which in this
case is the wife and child. See approved Decision 30, Journal, 1897,
page 15, 168. Also see opinion and finding of committee in report
on Daniels' case, Journal of 1886, page 10,394; and the opinion and
finding of the committee in Report 6, Journal of 1902, page 873.
Decision 8. Question 1—Must we ballot by ball ballot upon
application for the First, Second, and Third Degrees?
Answer—Yes, by ball ballot separately for each degree unless
you have a local law providing for one ballot for all the degrees.
Question 2—Is Section 1, Article VI, of our Constitution, sufficient local legislation upon which we may ballot for all three of
those degrees at one time?
Answer—In my opinion it is not, and I so decide.
Question 3—Can a brother under our laws be balloted for the
Second Degree before he has received the First Degree? 31/
-2
Answer—He can not, where the ballot is for each degree.
Question 4—Is that part of Section 1, Article VI, which says
that if more than one-third of the ballots are black the applicant
shall not be granted the privilege of receiving the degree, or in
other words, can we make a law requiring more black balls to reject an applicant for the degrees than we can for an applicant to
become a member?
Answer—In my opinion your law requiring a greater number
of ball ballots to reject an applicant for either degree than it provides for in the case of an applicant for initiation, as said law
appears in Section 1 of Article VI of your constitution for subordinate lodges, is invalid, because it attempts to provide for confer
ring the First, Second, and Third Degrees without any ballot, and
for the further reason that it attempts to force members to disclose
their ballots through open objection, thereby depriving them of
the legal right to cast a secret ball ballot. See Busbee's Digest,
Sections 366, 371, 966, 967.
Decision 9. Statement: The question as to the rights of a
half-sister of a member of the Order to petition a Rebekah lodge
for membership has been submitted to me. I find nothing in our
law covering the issue. I am submitting this question to you for
decision.
Question—Is she eligible for membership in a Rebekah lodge?
Answer—A half-sister of a member of the Order in goo4
standing is eligible for membership in a Rebekah lodge if otherwise and in all respects legally qualified.
Decision 10. Statement: A native-born Hindu, who is now a
naturalized citizen of the United States, living in the Jurisdiction
of Illinois, desires to become an Odd Fellow.
Question—Would it be right to admit him?
Answer—La my opinion he is not eligible for membership under the provisions of Section 2, Article XVI, of the Constitution of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, unless he can clearly establish the fact
that he is of the pure, white, Caucasian race, and a believer in One
Ever-Living Supreme Ruler of the Universe, as provided in said
section. His being a naturalized citizen has no bearing if he is not
otherwise legally qualified.
Decision 11. Statement: On page 376, Journal of 1909, Document 72^ the law relating to blind applying for membership in the
Order was amended to read as follows: "Neither the totally deaf,
dumb, or blind, can be initiated into the Order, providing that the
same shall not apply to the blind daughter, wife, or mother of an
Odd Fellow."
Question—Can a blind sister, admitted under the present construction of the law, serve as Vice Grand or Noble Grand of a Rebekah lodge? 3173
Answer—She cannot, as  she cannot comply with  certain pro
visions of the Rebekah Ritual in either position.
to
other
1908?
Question—Is it lawful for a Rebekah Assembly
give the retiring President any jewel  (as  official)
than  the   one   adopted  by  The   Sovereign   Grand   Lodge   in
Decision 12
procure and
Answer—In my opinion it is not lawful to present a retiring
President of a Rebekah Assembly with any jewel as official, except the one adopted in 1908 for Past President, and I so decide.
See Busbee's Digest, Section 2677, Clause 53, pages 750 and 756,
also Report 136, page 348, Journal of 1905. Resolution ^6, page 244,
Journal of 1907. Report 123, page 319, Journal of 1907; and Report
137, page 741, Journal of  1908.
Decision 13.    Statement: A brother of a 1
who   was   in   possession   of   the   annual   trav
denied admission to a Degree Lodge in the
the ground that no officer of such Degree Lo
receive the annual traveling pass-word and
who could be admitted to such Degree lodge
ordinate lodges located in the Jurisdiction of
in possession of a semi-annual pass-word of
odge in Massachusetts
elling pass-word was
city of New York on
dge was authorized to
that the only persons
were members of sub-
New York, who were
that Jurisdiction.
Question 1—Can a brother who is in possession of the annual
travelling pass-word visit a Degree Lodge in another Jurisdiction?
Answer—Yes.    If qualified to visit a subordinate lodge.
Question 2—Is admission to a Degree Lodge confined exclusively to brothers residing within the State Jurisdiction m which
such Degree Lodge is located?
Answer—No.
Decision 14. Statement: Under the Constitution for Subordinates, for this Jurisdiction, Section 92 says m part as follows:
"A member suspended for non-payment of dues, who makes application for reinstatement may be reinstated in the lodge by a majority vote by ballot, within one year of date of suspension, on payment of one year's dues. After one year from date of suspension,
upon pavment of the fee charged for an initiate of same age, or
such less sum as the by-laws may prescribe, at any time within live
years from the date of suspension, he may be reinstated and
-ranted a withdrawal card upon payment of one year s dues and
the usual price of a card." Under the by-laws of a particular lodge
under salaries, it says as follows: "The Financial Secretary shall
receive five per cent, of the gross receipts for dues collected during
his term of office."
Question—Is   the   contention   correct,   that   as   a   brother   has
•been suspended for non-payment of dues the payment of one year s
dues tr?einstate is a compromise of. the account, and that being
paid, can the Financial Secretary claim five per cent, commission
on said amount so paid? 3174
Answer—He can claim and under the by-laws of said lodge is
entitled to said commission of five per cent. See Section 92 of
your Constitution, said By-laws, and Busbee's Digest, Sections 452,
454 and 457.
Decision 15. Question—Can the paraphernalia purchased prior
to the issuing of the new Rebekah Ritual be used in the competitive Rebekah work at Atlanta?
Answer—In my opinion, as a legal proposition, paraphernalia
purchased prior to the taking effect of present Ritual, if lawful un
der the old Ritual, can be legally used in the competitive Rebekah
work at Atlanta and elsewhere where lawfully permitted.
Decision 16. Statement: A brother, in order to help his lodge,
raised funds for the purpose of building a hall, contracts and buys
with his own funds three-link pins. He places them on the market
in his own Jurisdiction and gives the profits therefrom as a donation to his lodge. He fails to sell all the pins and in order to dispose of them in a larger field he sends out circular letters to lodges
of other Jurisdictions offering them for sale at a given price, said
price being low for the quality of pin offered, and therefore gives
full value and does not ask for donation. In his circular letter he
states the facts truthfully, and also states that whatever profits he
will make on the sale of these pins and also some cards which he
has he will donate to a worthy brother who is a member of his
lodge* and sick beyond recovery and who has a wife and family.
Presumably the object of this truthful statement is to advise those
who purchase this pin and card that they will not only get value
for their money, but the profits would be donated to a worthy
and charitable cause, the owner of the goods only wanting his
money back as a matter of business. It is a business proposition
with the brother offering the pins and cards, to recoup what he is
out, does not want any profits for himself, but if any are made,
will give them to charity. In order to show that he is not a .fraud,
but is acting in good faith, he prints his circular letter under the
style and title of his own lodge, but does not use the seal of hjs
lodge.
Question—Has this brother not the right to offer his pins and
cards for sale the same as any jewelry or regalia house in any one
of the Grand Jurisdictions, and would the mere statement of whatever profits he might derive from the sale he will give of his own
free will to a worthy brother in distress as an act of charity and
with no effort whatever to intend it as an appeal be such a violation of the laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge as to bring it
within the meaning of Sections 1908 and iqoq of Busbee's Digest?
Answer—He has not.
Question—If you hold that it is a violation of the sections
named, then could not this brother by eliminating from his circular letter the name and style of his lodge and the statement that he
will give the profits to a worthy charitable cause proceed to offer
his goods for sale anyhow without violating the law?
Answer—Yes. 3175
Decision  17.    Statement:  Please refer to Decision 9, Journal
of Proceedings, 1909, page 22, Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Question—Is it intended to apply this decision to Jurisdictions
that have local laws to the contrary and can it apply to other cases
than those actually cited in the statement preceding this decision;
in other words, can a brother who is a member in Lodge A be
elected to membership in Lodge B on application by Official Certificate, then ask for withdrawal card, Lodge B being ten miles or
more away from Lodge A, and the brother does not actually
change his residence, but remains a resident in the Jurisdiction of
Lodge A, the local laws being to the effect that a waiver of jurisdiction must be had unless it be in a town or city where there is
more than one lodge and applicants have choice?
Answer—In this case if each of said lodges has a defined jurisdiction of its own. a member of Lodge A continuing to reside
within its jurisdiction cannot transfer his membership to Lodge B
under any law, without a waiver of jurisdiction is secured .from
Lodge A. See Decision 9, page 428, Journal of 1908, Sec. 906 and
others of Busbee's Digest. In my opinion this case is not analogous
to the one referred to in the statement preceding the question to
which this is the answer.
Decision 18. Statement: A circular letter from Tofield, Canada,
has been circulated in many lodges requesting contributions from
individual members and lodges to aid in paying off a church debt
in that place, and other schemes of similar character in aid ot
other churches have been placed in circulation by letters to lodges
appealing for financial aid to assist in the payment of indebtedness
created in the erection of church buildings.
Question—Is it not contrary to the laws of our Order to lend
endorsement to a money-raising enterprise of this nature, even
though it be for so good a purpose as building a church?
Answer—It is contrary to our laws and, having no relation
to our Order, in my opinion it should not be permitted See Sections 528, 1908 to 1912, both inclusive, Busbee s Digest.
Question—Is it good policy to read unofficial communications
before a lodge and take collections for purposes outside the Order?
Answer—No, and in my opinion should not be permitted. See
above references and other laws.
Decision 19. I have considered and decided an appeal arising
I r;;*™ Columbia   No   3. of the Department of Idaho, action
onThe same having been taken by the ^Department Commander
DeoartmeS Council, and M. A. Raney, General Commanding   and
£y»
s^d^etoflJ^g4^MtMy submit herewith the
following document for your decision:
Statement: A chevalier, having been regularly dropped for nonpayment of dues, makes application for reinstatement. 3176
Question—Shall a majority vote determine the result, or shall
a three-fourths vote of the members present be necessary to reinstate?
Attention is respectfully invited to Sections 19 and 47, Revised
Code of Laws Patriarchs Militant of 1905. Our By-laws require a
three-fourths vote to reinstate. Said statement and question being
submitted to Gen. Raney, by August J. Moritz, Clerk Canton Columbia, No. 3, Patriarchs Militant, and forwarded to Gen. Raney
through Patriarchs Militant channels.
On the above statement and question, and being in effect an
appeal from the decision of the General Commanding hotding that
Major Robert Mobley had been reinstated by a requisite vote in
said canton, and my decision herewith holding that he had not
been legally reinstated, General Raney endorsed thereon: "Respectfully returned to Department Council with direction that like vote
or action -of suspension shall govern reinstatement." In this case
my decision is as follows: Respectfully returned to Canton Columbia, No. 3, of Idaho, to the General Commanding and other regular
military channels, with my disapproval of the action of said canton,
as well as disapproval of the decisions of Gen. M. A. Raney, also of
the Department Council, and of the Department Commander of
Idaho in the case of the reinstatement of Major Robert Mobley by
said canton as presented in the appeal papers submitted. The appeal of Major A. J. Moritz from said action of said canton and said
decision is hereby sustained under and in accordance with the action of The Sovereign Grand Lodge in adopting Report 7 of the
Committee on the Judiciary, as the same appears in Journal of
1909, pages 212, 312, which applies there regularly to the case
under review.
The papers in said case being somewhat elaborate are not set
out here in full, but will be forwarded to the Chairman of the
Committee on the Judiciary for consideration in connection with
the decision.
Decision 20. Statement: Our jurisdiction requires a capitation
tax to the Grand Encampment from subordinates of fifty cents per
capita, payable in January. Therefore, if an encampment be instituted the latter half of the last term of 1909 or the first half of the
first term of 1910, what amount of capitation tax, if any, is due the
Grand Encampment at the completion of the first full term, which
would be July 1, 1910?
Answer—Twenty-five cents or half the per capita tax would
be due in either case for the term ending July 1, 1910, unless local
law provides for reduction of tax for time between January 1st and
instituting of subordinate encampment, or, that no part of said
tax shall be due until January 1, 1911.
Statement: We have two or three encampments instituted in
October and November of last year, prior to our Grand Encampment meeting in November, and these encampments will, of course,
expect to be represented in the Grand Encampment next November and have their representatives receive mileage and per diem. 3177
Question—If no capitation tax is due from these encampments
until January I, 1911, would such representatives be entitled to their
mileage and per diem?
Answer—In deciding this question I am left to infer that
local law provides that all taxes and dues must be ^aid by an encampment prior to the annual session of the Grand Encampment
to entitle its representatives to mileage and per diem. If such be
the case then said representatives would not be entitled thereto, it
being in my opinion a question settled or to be settled by local
legislation.
Decision 21. Statement: At a regular meeting of Mount Sinai
Lodge, No. 22, held on Thursday evening, April 28, 1910, Brother
Harry H. Farnum, a First Degree member of Beacon Lodge, No.
15, I. O. O. F., of Washington, D. C, made application to Mount
Sinai Lodge, No. 22, for membership under the transfer law. Committee was appointed at our regular meeting held on Thursday
evening, May 5, 1910. The committee of investigation reported
favorably. Brother Harry H. Farnum was balloted for and declared
elected to become a member of Mount Sinai Lodge, No. 22. Beacon Lodge, No. 15, of Washington, D. C, was notified of Brother
Farnum's election in Mount Sinai Lodge and requested to forward
transfer certificate, which it refused to do on the plea that Brother
Farnum was not a Scarlet member.
Question—Who is in error, Mount Sinai Lodge, No. 22, in
electing Brother Farnum to membership, or Beacon Lodge, No. 15,
in refusing to grant Transfer Certificate?
Answer—Beacon Lodge, No. 15, is in error, and in my opinion
should have granted the Transfer Certificate under ritualistic and
other laws and especially under the latest transfer law, which
appears in approved decision No. 9, page 428, R. J. 1908.
Rebekah Branch of the Order
Under the head of condition of the Order herein, it will be
noticed that the net increase in the number of sisters during the
past year to December 31 last, has increased our Sisterhood to
418,335, which is certainly a very creditable showing and clearly
demonstrates what can be accomplished where enthusiasm and
pride in the work and teachings of our Order are the rule and not
the exception.
I was enabled to meet with a number of Rebekah lodges and
nine Rebekah Assemblies, in all of which I found the business of
the meetings conducted in a splendid manner where the law, work
and business was strictly adhered to, which deservedly entitles
them to the commendation of all members of the Order; and
when we consider the fact that they have provided ways and means
for aiding materially in a pecuniary way as well as^ socially in the
erection #nd maintenance of our homes, in my opinion they should
receive some fitting recognition on our part for their devotion to
the great cause of humanitarian work for which they have so
nobly and worthily exemplified their great  ability as  co-laborers 3178
with us in the wide field which Oddfellowship has assumed to
cover. For their kind treatment and many courtesies so lavishly
extended to me on all occasions I here place on record an expression of my thanks and great appreciation, which I hope will be
received and remembered as a slight token of my esteem, admiration and tribute to the unselfish labor of the devoted sisters whom
I have met in the many Grand Jurisdictions visited.
Encampment Branch
As will be seen by reference to tabulated statistics heretofore
presented in this report, the net increase in this Branch of the
Order for 1909 is only 1308. To my mind this indicates great apathy
among encampment members, especially in Jurisdictions where
that branch is weak or where an encampment has to depend upon
one or two weak lodges for increasing its membership. A number
of causes exist, some of which in my opinion have always existed,
which have a bearing upon the failure of this branch of the Order
to keep pace with the subordinate lodge and Rebekah branches in
increase of membership. I am inclined to the belief that every
Grand Representative, unless it may be those from very strong
Encampment Jurisdictions, is well aware of the fact that many
subordinate encampments are simply on paper and not in condition
to aid in any way in the work of that branch and its increase. It
therefore seems to me some provision should be made or action
taken as preliminary at least to a thorough investigation of the
various causes responsible for existing conditions. There certainly
must be a remedy in all cases of weak encampments, and those
where apathy has taken possession of the members, and it seems
to me it should be found and applied in strong doses, or if no
direct remedy exists it seems other plans should be evolved to
create a change in present conditions connected with this branch
of the Order. This is submitted to draw special attention to this
question, believing that it requires close consideration and will
eventually have to be dealt with in some manner insuring much
better results than appear at the present time.
Patriarchs Militant
From the report of the General Commanding the net increase
in this branch of the Order during past Militant year is 2,215, being
greater than in any former year, or at least during recent years,
all of which more fully appears in said report, to which your attention is directed. As the increase and success of this branch of
the Order depends in great measure, if not altogether, upon the
net increase of the Encampment branch, and as it seems impossible to increase encampment membership rapidly, with all seeming advantages in its favor as at present organized, the question
arises as to what action, if any, can be taken to change conditions
for the better. Every Representative no doubt has at some period
in his career as an Odd Fellow realized that some change in encampment organization is necessary if it and the Patriarchs Militant branch are to become strong in numbers like the Subordinate
and Rebekah branches, and it seems to me have about reached a
critical stage in the relationship which the Patriarchs Militant
branch  bears  to  the  subordinate   organization.     It   is   self-evident
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that the Militant branch is not increasing as it should, and if we
are ever to have an army really worthy the name, radical changes
will have to be made to secure that desirable object, ever keeping
in view the fact that the subordinate lodge branch shall at all
times be protected from any encroachment whatever and be recognized at all times now and in the future as the great factor and
ruling power in our Order, for in my opinion when the time comes,
if it ever does, that either of the other branches or officials thereof
attempt to encroach upon the powers inherent in the subordinate
lodge branch or to handicap it or this Grand Body or its machinery
in any way, decisive and no uncertain action should be taken at
once.
The report of the General Commanding is attached herewith,
as Exhibit A.
Homes  of  the  Order
Having visited several of our homes, as reported elsewhere in
this report, I am more than ever confirmed in the belief that for
results nothing has ever been accomplished by our Grand Jurisdictions beginning to compare with the erection and maintenance of
our homes, which stand forth as landmarks of the great, magnificent work already accomplished for the helpless and distressed, and
as reminders that every Jurisdiction will in due time be prepared to
respond in like manner. I do not believe any member of the
Order, whose heart is in the work, who visits one of our homes,
as all should do where opportunity occurs, can come away without
feeling better for the visit and that his contributions, great or
small, have been extended in aid of a grand and noble cause.
GRAND SECRETARY
Prevailing financial conditions of the country have been much
the same during the period covered by the present report as for
the preceding one for 1908. The recovery from the financial depression has been slow, and, as correspondence shows, has been
distinctly felt in some Jurisdictions up to and including the past
year. Notwithstanding this fact, the progress made has been
gratifying, especially in the subordinate and Rebekah lodges, and a
splendid net gain in membership in both branches has been made,
though not quite so large as for 1908. There is strong assurance of
greater prosperity to the Order in 1910. The net increase in subordinate lodge membership in 1909 is 41,608, making the total present membership in this branch of the Order 1,534086. Ihe net
increase in Rebekah membership is 7,247 Brothers, 22A37 Asters,
making the total present Rebekah membership 633,615. The
progress in the encampment membership has not been in
proportion to that in the other branches, the net increase
for the year in this being only 1,308. The correspondence
already referred to gives some of the difficulties and
conditions encountered in encampment work, which have
prevented greater success and will also show that conditions are
now improving. The total net gains for all branches 1111909 aggregate 72,600, to which should be added that for the Patriarchs 3i8o
Militant of 2,215, making this total. 74.815. The subordinate lodge
membership of i,534,o86, together with the membership of 4i8.33's
sisters only, of the Rebekah branch, make the total membership of
the Order at the end of 1909 1,952.421. and only 47,579 less than
2,000,000 members. In this total, brothers of the Rebekah branch
and of the Encampment and Patriarchs Militant branches are not
included, as they are represented in the subordinate lodge membership.
The expenditure for relief in 1909 was $5,356,925.89. being a decrease compared with the preceding year of $143,899.71. The total
receipts of subordinates in 1909 aggregated $16,827,728.66, being an
increase of $456,791.23 over the preceding year. The invested funds
of Grand and Subordinate bodies of the Order at the end of 1909
amounted to $53,156,910.14, showing an increase in one year only of
$3,565,561.90. The total relief expenditure of the Order since 1830
has been $130,987,340.67.
Statistics of the Order Throughout the World from 1830 to
December 31,  1909
Including   Australia,   Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden
and   Switzerland
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges   3,590.656
Members   relieved    ~~~~'.~~_-\ 713 812
Widowed   Families   relieved    '"...^"'"'..'.3io.700
Members   deceased     367167
Total   Relief    WS^^Mm^Mm
Total  Revenue   $257,508,921.36
Condition of the Order Throughout the World, December 31, 1909
Sovereign   Grand   Lodge     j
Quasi-Independent   Grand  Lodges   (Australasia.   Denmark    Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland)    6
Grand   Lodges     "^
Grand   Encampments     "jX
Subordinate   Lodges    ..."..."......""... 17 360
Subordinate   Encampments     ~ a'Jfl
Rebekah   Lodges     | *,!
Lodge Members           1T34 086
Encampment  Members   217 <m
Rebekah  Lodge  Members   "["".'"". 63361?
Total number of persons belonging to the Order .[""""'.'"". 1.952 421
Total Relief paid in 1909   $5 35692^80
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1909 .... $16827728 66
Total Expenses of Grand and Sub. Bodies for 1909  $8\q&\k6\*
Invested Funds of Grand and Subordinate Bodies. December 31
1909    - - $53,i56,9io.'i4
Gain in  1909
Subordinate     A   * R
Encampment       t ?°o
Rebekah      ma?A
Patriarch Militant      \  *TA
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Report of Special Committee on Tuberculosis Sanatorium
Your Special Committee on Tuberculosis Sanatorium, in pursuance of the resolution adopted at the 1909 Session, begs to submit the following further report:
Your committee has given the Sanatorium matter diligent and
careful consideration. We have visited institutions similar to the
one proposed and have conferred with various eminent authorities,
seeking light on the question and collecting data and information
to enable us to act confidently and intelligently. The result of our
investigations has been embodied in a series of articles which we
have issued to the Odd Fellow Press, for dissemination among our
membership. The fraternal journals have given us assistance in
the work by editorial comment and publishing our articles. Many
of the journals have advocated the establishing of a Sanatorium,
and have given us suggestions of much value. On the whole, we
have met with much encouragement from the Order at large, and
believe that there is a strong sentiment in our fraternity favorable
to the Sanatorium, and that the further progress is anxiously awaited. A number of Grand Jurisdictions have adopted resolutions endorsing the Sanatorium and pledging it their support.
Necessity for Sanatorium
Authorities estimate that tuberculosis causes about thirty per
cent, of all deaths occurring between twenty-one and fifty years of
age. Taking this estimate as a basis, the deaths from this disease
in our Order amount to approximately 4,000 annually. It is further
estimated that for every death from tuberculosis, there are three
persons afflicted with the disease, so that there are approximately
12,000 Odd Fellows who are afflicted. These figures are approximately correct, but if we discount them one-third, the fact is patent
that there is the greatest need for an institution designed for the
treatment of our afflicted brothers.
Sanatorium treatment is highly desirable for tuberculosis. Patients are treated with scientific care, which greatly increases the
chances for cure, and are surrounded with safeguards which prevent the infection of their families and friends. It is estimated
that fully seventy per cent, of all consumptives may be cured by
sanatorium treatment if taken in the early stages of the disease.
Home treatment is lacking in the discipline and facilities which
produce the best results. The chances are against the cure of tuberculosis at home. The treatment is long and monotonous, and
few will follow it closely unless under the constant care of an experienced attendant and at an institution where the best methods
are most studiously followed. Of all diseases, it may be said that
tuberculosis is the one most imperatively demanding hospital treatment.
While law-makers are awaking on the subject of tuberculosis,
no adequate provisions have yet been made for its treatment. In
thirty-six American States and eight Canadian Province^ no provisions have been made by the State or Provincial authorities. Tuberculosis hospitals are maintained by State or Provincial authorities in only one Canadian Province and in thirteen States, and in 3182
every case the capacity is wholly inadequate to the number of afflicted. It is said that in no instance is there governmental provision for beds for exceeding one per cent, of the cases of tuberculosis among its citizens. In a number of communities local authorities have provided sanatoria for tuberculosis victims. These
are usually designed for the treatment of members of the community only, and other persons, even from the same State, are not
admitted. There are also a respectable number of hospitals maintained by charitable societies. However, in fourteen States and
five Canadian Provinces there is no sanatorium, either public or
private, charitable or otherwise, where a tuberculosis patient may
receive treatment. It follows, therefore, that we can not rely upon
public institutions for the treatment of our afflicted brothers.
It is not possible for the separate Grand Jurisdictions to provide for their own members, for many of them are small and weak
and not financially able to maintain such an institution. The plan
is objectionable for the further reason that it would result in a
great number of small and poorly equipped sanatoria, with the result that the treatment would not be of the best and the expense
would be disproportionately large. The suggestion that a sanatorium be maintained by groups of jurisdictions under a voluntary
system of maintenance has some merit, but the plan is objectionable for the reasons that harmony and efficiency in management
would be difficult to maintain; and for the further important reason
that there are large numbers of afflicted brothers sojourning in
the more favorable climates and it would be unjust to tax with
the burden of their care a Jurisdiction other than that in which
they have membership. The point that we should be careful to
safeguard is to see that brethren everywhere have equal facilities
for treatment, that the work proceed harmoniously and be done in
the most economical way, and be thoroughly systematized. We
are thus brought to conclude that the only feasible plan by which
afflicted brethren may be relieved and the ravages of this dread
disease stayed in our ranks, is by establishing sanatoria under the
control and patronage of The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Cost
The cost of establishing a sanatorium depends largely upon
what system is employed. A few of the institutions have large and
handsome buildings in which the patients are housed. The more
recent and approved system is the tent or cottage system, tents
being used in dry climates and small wooden cottages in the humid
climates; these tents and cottages are used in connection with central permanent administration buildings. The latter system is
much less expensive to establish and more satisfactory for a number of reasons. Where tents are used they are, of course, on a
permanent basis, well floored, heated, fitted with lights, water and
bells and every necessity for the patients' comfort. Under the
tent or cottage system, accommodations for ioo patients may be
provided and fully equipped for from $60,000 to $75,000. The cost
of a larger hospital is slightly less per patient.
The course of having a single large institution has been
cento^1
erally followed, but we call attention to the feasibility of having 3183
two or more sanatoria situated in convenient parts of the country.
The latter plan has the advantage of treating the patients near
their homes; it saves the expense and fatigue of long journeys and
the homesickness attendant on being remote from their homes.
Also, too great a change in climate and altitude is not, in all cases,
beneficial.
The expense of maintenance depends largely upon the accommodations furnished and whether convalescent patients are required to do light work, as is the case in many institutions. While in
proper cases work is beneficial to the patient, as it gives him exercise and occupies his attention, we believe that this feature will
hardly be desirable with us. Also, we will perhaps desire to give
slightly better accommodations than institutions conducted on the
most economical basis. For this reason, we believe that our cost of
maintenance may run perhaps as high as $1.50 per day per patient,
although some hospitals reduce the cost as low as 80 to 90 cents per
day.
The Question of Finances
The problem of financing sanatoria such as is contemplated is
not so serious as many believe. While a great many of our brethren are suffering from this disease, it will not be necessary to make
provision for more than a very small percentage of them at the
beginning. This course is desirable, as it will afford experience in
management as the work progresses, and such further development
may be made as later circumstances require. Perhaps at the beginning accommodations for 200 patients should be provided. We
have in our Treasury at present $155,000 in the form of interest-
bearing securities, for which we have no immediate need. These
funds could be devoted to the construction of a Sanatorium. It is
feasible to raise the funds for maintenance by assessing the actual
cost of treatment against the brothers admitted, payment to be
made either by the Subordinate Lodge of which he is a member or
by the brother himself from his own funds. The Subordinates
could well afford to pay the cost of treatment of each of their
afflicted members, as it would be a means of economy to them.
The average sick benefit is $4 per week, which lacks only about
$6.50 per week of being sufficient to pay for maintenance on the
basis of $1.50 per day. When we consider, .however, that in favorable cases a cure may be made in twenty weeks, with a total cost to
the Lodge of $200, and that without sanatorium treatment the sick
brother will probably linger on the sick-list for an average of 52
weeks, drawing benefits to the total of $208, and will then die so
that he is lost as a contributing member^ by his Lodge and his
premature funeral benefit must be paid, it will be seen what^ a
boon to Subordinates the sanatoria will be, even from a financial
standpoint.
It has been suggested by some that the Sanatorium should be
maintained by means of a per capita tax, and your committee favors
this course. However, no such tax can be levied under existing
laws, since Article XIV of our Constitution does not allow such a
tax as a means of revenue. The constitutional amendment proposed at the 1909 Session provides that The Sovereign Grand Lodge
may create a fund for Sanatorium purposes.   The adoption of this, 3i84
we believe, will not give the power to levy a per capita tax for that
purpose. It undoubtedly gives the power to create the Sanatorium
fund from any funds in the Treasury raised as provided bv Article
XIV, and if there is any doubt on that point, it will be removed by
the adoption of the amendment. However, we believe the amendment can not be construed as increasing the sources of revenue.
If it should be deemed advisable to support the sanatoria by a
direct tax, an amendment to Article XIV authorizing such a tax
should be adopted. There can be no doubt of the right of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge to increase its sources of revenue by proper constitutional amendment.
Organization
The matter of organization and government of sanatoria is
worthy of careful consideration, economy and efficiency being, of
course, of the first importance. We believe that no numerous or
expensive boards should be created. The matter is largely a business one, and should be so regarded, and since it is one of the most
important works of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, our Head should
be thoroughly conversant and in touch with its activities. We believe that a board of five will be found sufficiently large. Of these,
three should be brothers selected for their ability and diligence,
and the Grand Sire and Deputy Grand Sire should be members.
This board should have full control of all questions affecting the
Sanatorium, subject to such rules as may be adopted from time to
time and to specific instructions given by The Sovereign Grand
Lodge. Matters of mere detail should be left largely to the discretion of the board. The creation of this board will in our judgment require a constitutional amendment, and for that reason a
recommendation on the subject is not within the scope of this
report.
Recommendation
In pursuance of the views we have outlined, the members of
your Committee in their capacity as Representatives will submit
amendments to our Constitution designed to obviate some of the
legal difficulties pointed out. In order that the work may be kept
up during the interval between sessions, we recommend that a
special committee of three be appointed to further consider the
subject and to report at our next annual session; The Sovereign
Grand Lodge to be at no expense in this connection.
The report of the Special Committee on Tuberculosis Sanatoria received more attention than any other matter that was before
the Sovereign Body.
The report was made a special order of business, and after a
somewhat thorough discussion and a roll-call the report was not
adopted. The matter will more than likely be presented again
at the next session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and we deem
it of such importance that some action should be taken by this
Grand Lodge as to the desire and wishes of the Odd Fellows of this
jurisdiction.
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Representative Embleton, of British Columbia, moved the following, which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
Resolved, that the legislation respecting Transfer of Membership contained in Resolution No. 28, Page 240 of the Journal of
Proceedings of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, Session 1907, adopted
on Report No. 109, Page 314, of the same Proceedings, be amended
by adding at the end of the said Resolution the following:
"Resolved, that Transfer Certificates shall also be issued to
members in good standing on their own application, in writing, and
dn the payment in full of all charges against them on the books of
the Lodge to the date of the issuing of the Certificate, for the
purpose of enabling them to join in petitions for charters for new
lodges.
"Also be it Resolved, that holders of Transfer Certificates
which have not been issued more than twelve months shall be eligible to sign petitions for charters for new lodges and shall be entitled to the same privileges and have the same status, for the purpose, as holders of unexpired Withdrawal Cards, and all decisions
and legislation inconsistent herewith be and the same is hereby
repealed."
Report No. 29. By Representative Cushman, of Florida, from
the Committee on Legislation:
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred resolution No 18, page 32. submitted by Representative Embleton, of
British Columbia, respectfully report that we have carefully considered same and recommend it be not adopted.
Adopted.
Signed by the Committee.
Codification of General Laws
The incoming Grand Sire was authorized to appoint a committee of three to revise and codify the General Laws of the
Order and report at the next Session of The Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Veteran Jewel
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
i    Your Committee on Printing Supplies to whom was referred
Resolution No. 21, page 34- 3i86
That the action of The Sovereign Grand Lodge at the Session
of 1909, as found in Resolution No. 16, page 234, and Report No.
102, page 386, be amended by striking out the figures 50 and
inserting the figures 75 thereby providing for the change of the
numerals on veteran jewels in periods of five years from 25 to 75,
beg leave to report that they have given the same careful consideration and recommend the adoption of the amendment.
Adopted,
Signed by the Committee.
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred Resolution No. 23, of Monday's Journal, page 34, have given the same
careful consideration, have given hearings upon the same, have
listened to the arguments which have been presented and, as the
result thereof, believes that such legislation as we herewith recommend would, if adopted, satisfy a real desire for such legislation,
would cause a much higher value to be placed upon the Jewel itself by those who possess it and have the honorable privilege of
wearing it, and would in no manner whatsoever change the regalia
of the Order as it exists at the present time, as our recommendation does not contemplate making the Jewel a part of the regalia
of the Order. Simply conferring the right to wear it in lieu of,
or place of regalia.
Your Committee therefore recommend that the By-laws of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., be amended by adding to
Article XXII a new Section to be numbered 12, which shall read
as follows:
Section 12.—Veteran members not occupying official station,
entitled to wear, and in possession of, Veteran's Jewels, issued by
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, may wear said jewels in lieu of
regalia in any Subordinate Lodge, Encampment, Rebekah Lodge,
Grand Lodge, Grand Encampment, or Rebekah Assembly.
Amend Article XXII, Section 2, by adding at the end of said
section the following wprds: "Except that Past Grands, not occupying official station, entitled to wear and in possession of, Veteran
Jewels, issued by The Sovereign Grand Lodge, may wear said
jewels in lieu of regalia above described," so that said section as
amended shall read:
"Section 2—Past Grands shall wear scarlet collars or sashes
trimmed with white. The collars or sashes may be trimmed with
silver lace or fringe, and those having attained the Royal Purple
Degree may have trimmings of yellow metal, except that Past
Grands,^ not occupying official station, entitled to wear, and in
possession of, Veteran Jewels, issued by The Sovereign Grand
Lodge, may wear said jewels in lieu of regalia."
Adopted.
Signed by the Committee, 3i87
Indianapolis was selected as the place of meeting in 1911.
The following officers were duly installed, A. S. Pinkerton,
Past Grand Sire, officiating:
Grand Sire—John B. Cockrum, of Indiana.
Deputy Grand Sire—C. A.  Keller,  of Texas.
Grand Secretary—John  B.  Goodwin,  of  Maryland.
Grand Treasurer—M. Richard Muckle, of Pennsylvania.
Assistant Grand Secretary—J.  Edward Kroh, of Maryland.
Grand Sire announced the following appointments, which were
confirmed by The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and the officers were
regularly installed:
Grand Marshal—Winn Powers, of Minnesota.
Grand Chaplain—R.  K. Stephenson, of Delaware.
Grand Messenger—W. R. Humphrey, of Illinois.
Grand Guardian—W. O. Carbis, of Utah.
The Representatives from British Columbia received the following Committee appointments:
Representative Embelton—Legislation.
Representative Fulton—Correspondence.
Representative Bell—Unfinished business.
In closing this report, your Representatives feel that mention
should be made of the kindness and lavish hospitality extended by
the brethren of Georgia and the citizens of Atlanta. The excursion
to Marietta on the 17th was a success in every particular, the
officials and citizens of the place working assiduously for the comfort and pleasure of the visitors. The visit to the cotton fields and
the negro melodies were something new to many of the three-
linkers.
The reception by the Piedmont Driving Club on the 19th was
enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to be there, the music
and refreshments were very fine.
The barbecue on the 20th was something out of the ordinary,
and will long be remembered as a unique feature of the 1910
session.
The parade on the 21st was reported in the Atlanta newspapers
as being the largest and most elaborate ever seen in that city.    It 3i88
was well managed.    The regiment of regular troops in the line of
march added very much to its success.
Not only the Odd Fellows, but the Elks and Red Men contributed much towards making our visit to the State City of the
South one long round of pleasure. Every citizen of Atlanta and
surrounding country seemed determined to show the members of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge what true, genuine Southern hospitality means.
Your Representatives use this opportunity of expressing our
appreciation of the confidence you have reposed in us, and we
have carefully and conscientiously endeavored to perform every duty
required of us in representing this Grand Lodge in the parent body
of our Order.
Respectfully  submitted,
THOS.   EMBLETON,
HUGH T. FULTON,
Grand Representatives.
The Acting Grand Master submitted and read the following Supplementary Report, which was referred to the
Committee on Distribution:
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OF ACTING GRAND MASTER
Dear Brethren:—I hereby submit a supplementary report on
matters which have come before me since the advanced report
was printed:
District No. 6—John Carver, D.D.G.M.. reports having installed the officers of the following Lodges in July, 1910, and January, 1911: North Vancouver, No. 55; Vancouver, No. 8; Pacific,
Nc. 26; Western Star, No. 10; Grandview, No. 62, and on each
occasion was ably assisted by the Grand Warden, Bro. W. A.
Johnstone, and the Grand Marshal, Bro. Alex. McKelvie. All the
Lodges were in a prosperous condition, and well officered. Officially visited each Lodge once during each term. All the Lodges
are initiating new members regularly. The financial condition of
all the above Lodges is first class.    Peace and harmony prevails.
District No. 21.—Howard Anderson, D.D.G.M., reports havine
installed the officers of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, in July, 1910,
and January, 1911.    This Lodge is holding its own in membership, 3189
and its finances are better than at any time in its history. The
prospects of this Lodge for the future are very encouraging, and
they are looking forward to increased membership in the near
future. This Lodge has to record the death of a valuable member
in the person of Bro. Fred Hopkins, P.G., which occurred at Leth-
bridge, Alta., on the 18th March, 1911. Bro. Hopkins was an Odd
Fellow of 28 years' standing, withdrawing from Eureka Lodge, in
Spring Hill, N.S., to assist in instituting Silver City Lodge, No. 39,
in 1897. I would recommend that his name be inscribed on the
Memoriam page of the Grand Lodge report. This Lodge regrets
to learn of the continued illness of our Grand Master, and we
trust he will soon recover.
District No. 25—H. J. Loewes, D.D.G.M., reports having installed  the  officers  of Wildey  Lodge,  No.  44,  on July,   1910,  and
January, 1911, in regular form.    This Lodge is making very good
progress, considering the condition of trade in this locality.    We
are all looking forward to the meeting of the Grand Lodge in this
section   of  the   country  in  June   next.     I   wish   to   extend  to  the
Grand  Master   on   behalf  of  the   Lodge  its   sincere   regret  at  his
continued illness.
District No. 26.—W. J. Wriglesworth, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, Maple Leaf
Lodge, No. 53, and Michel Lodge, No. 54, in July, 1910, Mt. Fernie,
No. 47, and Maple Leaf, No. 53, in January, 1911. Owing to a
cevere storm could not visit Michel or Corbin Lodges in January
to install the officers. I granted a dispensation to Maple Leaf
Lodge. No. 53, to confer two degrees the same evening. On November 29th, 1910, I instituted Corbin Lodge, No. 64, and was
accompanied by Bro. Beck, P.G., of Fernie, and the officers and
Degree team of. Michel Lodge, No. 53. All decisions and questions
of law I referred to the Grand Master at his request. The condition of the Order is good, and new members are being added almost
every month. I would recommend that a D.D.G.M. be appointed
for Michel Lodge, No. 54, and Corbin Lodge, No. 64, and one for
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, and Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, instead
of one for the four  Lodges as at present.
District No. 29.—M. M. Carroll, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, in July, 1910, and
January, 1911.    The condition of the Order in this section is good.
District No. 30.—J. W. Power, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, in July, 1910, and
January, 1911. This Lodge is in splendid condition and has added
seven new members since June, 1910. Great interest is taken by
the members in their work, and the Lodge is prospering. i"? Hi "**•*» ^8 <
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I wish to call the attention of the Grand Lodge to the recommendation of D.D.G.M. Wriglesworth, of District No. 26. I concur in his suggestion that this district should be divided and two
deputies be appointed instead of one.
From the reports of the D.D.G.M.'s of this Jurisdiction the
prosperity of the Order is apparent on every side. I trust that
during the coming year the members will continue the good work
and that by the next Grand Lodge meeting our expectations of
success will be fully realized.
The Grand Secretary is in receipt of a communication from
South Fort George, asking for information' respecting the steps
necessary to be taken to start a Lodge of Odd Fellows in that
locality.
Respectfully  submitted,
W.  H.  CULLIN,
Acting  Grand  Master.
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1 he Grand Secretary presented a Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee on Distribution.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
I beg to report that since my report was printed I have received the following additional amounts in aid of the Tuberculosis
Sanatorium Fund:
Victoria Lodge, No. 1  $ 5 00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  20 00
Cheam Lodge,  No.  28   50 00
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46   21 00
Fairview Lodge, No. 61   22 25
Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5  25 00
Dominion  Lodge,  No.  4  29 00
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47  44 e0
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5  100 00
Royal City Lodge,  No.  3    24 50
Key City Lodge, No. 42   ^g OG
Amount as per printed report  916 e0
$i,3i5 75
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, reports $163  subscribed, but asks until
the end of the term. m
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Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, guarantees $25, but asks an
extension of two months' time to collect same.
I would recommend that the Charter Fees for the new Rebekah Lodges instituted last year be donated to the Rebekah
Assembly.
Yours fraternally,
I       FRED DAVEY
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution of the Grand Officers' Reports beg to recommend the allotment of the subject matter of
these reports to the following Committees:
Grand  Master's  Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—
Paragraph re Increase Membership and Funds, Page 1;
Official Visits, Pages 6 to 12; P.G.M. Jewels, Pages 12 to 14;
Greetings, Pages 14, 15; Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Pages 15 and
16; Funeral Aid Association, Page 16; Election of Grand Lodge
Officers, Page 16; Necrology, Page 17; Conclusion, Pages 17, 18.
To the  Committee on Judiciary—
Decisions, Pages 1 to 4; Dispensations, Page 4; Institution of
Lodges, Page 4; Permissions Granted and Refused, Pages 4 to 6;
Appointments, Page 15.
Deputy Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—
Official Visits, Pages 21 and 22; Functions, Page 23; Reports
of D.D.G.M.'s, Pages 24 to 27. ]|
To the Committee  on Judiciary—
Proclamations, Pages 22 and 23; Dispensations, Pages 22 and
?3; Decisions, Page 23; Decision of D.D.G.M., Dist. No. 27, Page
26; Dispensations granted by D.D.G.M.'s—No. 13, Page 25; No.
17, Page 25; No. 20, Page 26; No. 31, Page 27. 3192
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—
5e Pages 28 and 29, part of Page 36; Illness of Grand Master,
Page 36; Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Page 37; General Relief Commutes, Page 38.
To the Committee on Finance-
Pages 30 to 35; Financial, Page 36; Funeral Aid Association,
Page 38; Grand Secretary's Office, Page 38.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—
Home Fund, Pages 34 and 37.
That the Grand Treasurer's report be referred to Committee
on Finance.
Grand Representative's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—
Report of the Committee on Tuberculosis Sanatorium on
Pages 61 to 64, also the portion referring to use of Transfer Certificates on Page 65.
Supplementary Report of Acting Grand Master
To the Committee on State of the Order—
The reports of the D.D.G.M.'s included therein respecting the
condition of the Order in their respective districts and the recommendation of the D.D.G.M. of District No. 26 for the division of
that District.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report, which was adopted:
Victoria, B. C, June 7th,  1911.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Finance, appointed at the last Session of the Grand Lodge, beg to report that we have examined the
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books, vouchers and reports of your Grand Secretary and Grand
Treasurer, and find the same correct and kept in a thorough and
efficient manner.
Signed by the Committee.
The following from the Department Council, P. M. of
B. C, was read, ordered to be received and filed, and a
suitable acknowledgement sent.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We have been detailed as a Committee from the Department
Council, Patriarchs Militant of B. C, to convey the greetings of
that body to the Grand Lodge.
We take this pleasure of thanking you for the courtesies you
have extended to us in the past and the good feeling that has
at all times existed, and trust they may always continue, and we
assure you that any assistance we can render you will be cheerfully
done.
Chivalrously submitted.
COL. JAS.  A.  McKAY,
MAJOR GEO. ADAMS,
Committee.
The following communication was read and ordered to
be received and filed:
1141 Robson Street, Vancouver. June 9th, 1911.
F. Davey, Esq., Grand Sec. I.O.O.F., B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother:—Just a few words to wish you and the
members of Grand Lodge a very pleasant time, and to express my
regret that I cannot be with you on this occasion. However, I
trust the meeting will be one of pleasure to the members in attendance and profit to the fraternity throughout the Jurisdiction, and
l hereby wish you to convey to the officers and members of the
Grand Lodge my sincere thanks for the magnificent P.G.M.'s
jewel that was presented to me recently. I can assure you I
cannot   find  words  to  fully  express   my  appreciation   of   such   a 3194
beautiful gift, which I regard as one more great honor conferred'
on me by the members of Grand Lodge.
Fraternally  yours,
§ WM.  HOGG,
Past Grand Master.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
No. ii.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
since the last session of this Grand Lodge we have approved of
the following By-laws of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction: Complete sets for Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60; Grandview
Lodge, No. 62; Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63; and Corbin Lodge,
No. 64.
In the case of Grandview Lodge, No. 62, the By-laws were
printed before submission, contrary to Sec. 2, Art. XIII., which
directs that they shall be transmitted in manuscript for approval
before being printed. Had they been so submitted a number of
inaccuracies and inconsistencies which appear in them could have
been rectified.
We declined to approve a provision in the By-laws of Prince
Rupert Lodge, No. 63, for the assessment of members for the
support of the Contingent Fund.
We approved the following amendments:
To Victoria Lodge, No. 1, increasing the benefits to sick mem
bers after twelve months' sickness to S3 per week.
To Columbia Lodge, No. 2, increasing the Sick Benefits tn
members after Twelve months' sickness to Four Dollars per week
with doctor and medicine.
A number of amendments were approved to the By-laws of
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, dealing with the duties of Trustees,
Finance  Committee, Admission  Fees, etc.
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Duncan Lodge No. 17—Amendment instituting form of claim
for Benefits  and Medical  Certificate.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43—Amendment re Salaries of Recording and Financial Secretaries.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58—Approved amendment dealing with
Salary of Recording Secretary, but declined to approve provision for
compulsory  payment  of  dues  in   advance.
We also approved the Rules of the General Relief Board,
I.O.O.F., Vancouver, B. C, which were submitted to us for that
purpose.
Signed by the Committee.
The following communication from the Medical Superintendent of the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille,
B. C, was read and referred to the Committee on State of
the Order:
Kamloops,   B.   C.,  June
Mr. E. L. Webber, Tranquille, B. C:
Dear Mr. Webber,—Following our conversation of the other evening I enclose plans of the proposed new sleeping pavilion, which
is to be built this summer as an addition to the Sanatorium.
This pavilion will provide accommodation for about twenty-
four patients, and is intended for early cases of tuberculosis. It is,
as you know, of somewhat cheaper construction than the main
building, and is designed to accommodate six patients on each verandah. This will be used for patients who cannot afford to pay
full rates, or who are being supported by the municipality from
which they come.
No provision as yet has been made for the furnishing of this
building, and I have no doubt that if the Odd Fellows wish to
undertake this building that the Board of the Sanatorium would
be glad to give them permission to do so. It could then have a
brass plate on it showing that the whole building had been furnished by the Odd Fellows. As to the cost of furnishing I should
judge that from $60.00 to $70.00 per bed would furnish it nicely.
It might be of interest to the Grand Lodge to know the work
that has been done here during the last year. From the first of
January to the first of June we have admitted 55 patients, the total
number of days' treatment given being 7,019, making an average
of 46.5 patients per day. On the thirty-first of May we had 54
patients in residence. ?: **-5 ■?«•?* *; <i
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We, as you know, take in a limited number of advanced cases,
who are housed at the Old Buildings. We have accommodation
for about forty-five advanced cases. The New Building will accommodate forty-nine patients and the proposed sleeping pavilion
about twenty-four, so that when it is finished we will have accommodation for one hundred and eighteen patients. We refuse no
bona fide resident of British Columbia because of inability to pay,
and as long as we have accommodation we will take in cases regardless of their financial standing.
This, of course, makes a heavy drain on the maintenance fund,
asit costs us about $2.00 per day per patient. About fifty cents of
this is provided by the Government. Patients unable to pay one
dollar a day can be charged to their municipality at that rate, and
the balance of maintenance has to be made up by private donations.
It is the intention, as far as their funds will allow, for the
British Columbia Anti-Tuberculosis Society to make accommodation for all patients suffering from tuberculosis in this Province,
giving those who are curable a chance to recover their health, and
providing for as many advanced cases as we can, a place where
they may live under the most favorable circumstances for prolonging their life and preventing them spreading the disease to others
in their own home or town. Our accommodation for these of
course is entirely inadequate to meet the need, but with the new
extension proposed it is hoped that more curable cases from
British Columbia will be provided for.
It is a source of great satisfaction to us that a large fraternal
Order like the Odd Fellows should take an interest in this subject, as the handling of tuberculosis is one of the great health and
economic problems of the present time. The cause, prevention
and curability of the disease is well known, but to carry this knowledge into effect means the expenditure of large sums of money,
both in providing for Sanatoria for accommodation of patients, and
in educating the people in its prevention.
Thanking you on behalf of the Tuberculosis Society for the
kindly interest already displayed, I remain,
Yours sincerely,
C. H. VROOMAN,
Medical Superintendent.
Petitions were read from applicants for Charters for
the following Lodges, viz.: "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63,
Prince Rupert; "Corbin" Lodge, No. 64, Corbin; "Bethel"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 26, Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver; "Golden
Link" Rebekah Lodge, No. 2J, South Vancouver, and
'Truth" Rebekah Lodge, No. 28, North Vancouver, which
were referred to the Committee on Petitions. 3197
Communications were read from Bro. J. S. Cowan,
P.G.M., Jurisdiction of Quebec, at present residing at Vancouver, B. C, enclosing Petition for a Charter for another
Subordinate Lodge to be located at Dawson, Yukon Territory, signed by nine residents of that city, which were referred to the Committee on Petitions.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 13. I
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your committee on Distribution beg to recommend as follows:
That the Supplementary Report of the Acting Grand Master
be referred to the Committee on State of the Order, with the
exception of the paragraph on Page 4, which we recommend be
referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
That the Supplementary Report of the Grand Secretary be re-
lerred to the Committee on Finance.
Signed by the Committee.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 2 o'clock p.m
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock p.m. pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Special Committee on methods of electing Grand
Lodge officers appointed last session submitted the following report, which was adopted: 3198
No. 14
Vancouver,  B.   C, June 7th,  1911
To the Grand Master, Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge
||       of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:        ;:
Dear Sirs and Brothers,—Your Committee appointed by the
Grand Master, according to resolution of the last Session of the
Grand Lodge, to investigate and report upon the advisability or
otherwise, of altering the present system of nomination and election of Grand Officers, would respectfully report as follows:
Your Committee communicated with thirty-six (36) Grand
Jurisdictions and thirty-four (34) replies were received. Of these
jurisdictions approximately thirty (30) per cent, adopt the method
of election by vote of the Past Grands in the Subordinate Lodge,
the remaining seventy (70) per cent, using the method as practised
m this Jurisdiction.
Of the first mentioned method, we find that in almost every
instance the contest hinges upon the office of Grand Warden; and
notwithstanding a few of the. Jurisdictions require only a majority
vote to elect, the greater proportion require a majority of all votes
cast to elect. The experience in either case would seem the same,
inasmuch as in the great majority of cases "no election" is the
result, and the election reverts to the Grand Lodge, and much
valuable time and labor at the hands of the Grand Secretary and
the secretaries of the subordinate lodges has been wasted.
After giving the matter much careful study, your committee
are of the opinion that the method as adopted by this Grand Body
c-nd now in use cannot under existing law be improved upon, and
we so recommend.
Further, and without seeming to presume upon the scope of
this Committee, we would place ourselves on record as recommending to your Honorable Body the desirability of impressing
upon and keeping constantly before your Representatives to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, the importance of having such Legislation
passed by that body as shall alter the existing law, whereby all
Past Grands have a vote in the election of officers, and confining
the election to the vote of duly elected Representatives and Past
Grand Masters only; and thus place the responsibility of such
elections where it legitimately belongs.
We recommend as an acknowledgment of their courtesies, that
a copy of the Proceedings be furnished to each of the Grand
Secretaries from whom replies were received.
All  of which is fraternally submitted.
WALLACE  LAW,  P.G.M.,
H. H. DAVIS, P.G.,
A. McKELVIE. P.G.
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Under instructions the Grand Warden retired and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. W. J. Mast, No. 64,
in the Ante Room.
The following communication of the President, accompanied by Copy of the Annual Report of the Odd Fellows'
Funeral Aid Association of B. C, was read, and ordered to
he received and filed.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
On behalf of the Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association of
British Columbia I submit herewith the reports of the Association
up to the 17th May, together with'the list of members and balance
sheet. We wish to thank you for consideration in the past, and
would ask the co-operation of all the membership in our work
for the coming year.
Fraternally submitted,
C. S. KEITH,
President.
A communication was read from Bro. J. B. Goodwin,
Grand Secretary Sovereign Grand Lodge, forwarding copy
of a Report submitted to the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its
Session at Atlanta, Georgia, on 19-23 September last, on
the petition of officers and members of Rebekah Assemblies,
asking for a Charter for a General Rebekah Assembly, and
directed to be forwarded to all Grand Lodges and Rebekah
Assemblies for consideration, was on motion referred to the
Committee on Rebekah Degree.
The following communication from the Secretary of
the General Relief Board, Vancouver, was read, and referred
to the Committee on State of the Order:
Fred Davey, Esq., Grand Secretary I.O.O.F., Victoria, B. C:
Dear Sir and Brother.—At the last regular meeting of the
General Relief Board the following Resolution was passed, and 1
was instructed to forward a copy of same to you.
The resolution is as follows: "That the delegates to the Grand
Lodge represented on this Relief Board be requested to bring to
he attention of the Grand Lodge the irregularities in paying bene- 3200
fits by Subordinate Lodges and Encampments, and that they
respectfully request that the attention of Subordinate Lodges and
Encampments be directed to the Section of By-laws covering the
payment of benefits to Brothers at a point remote from their home
lodge by the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment of this jurisdiction in a circular letter/'
I  am,  sir, yours  fraternally
W. H. BROWN. Secretary
The following communication from the Odd Fellows'
Funeral Aid Association of B. C. was read and referred to
the Committee on Finance:
New Westminster,  B.  C,  May  17,  1911.
Fred Davey, Esq., Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F., Victoria:
Dear Sir and Brother,—The Board of Directors of the Odd
Fellows' Funeral Aid Association beg to acknowledge receipt of
your communication of recent date, asking if this Board was in a
position to refund to the Grand Lodge the loan of $200, and, if not,
at what time in the future would it be able to do so. You stated
that you wanted the information for the  Grand Lodge meeting.
The Board has instructed me to reply that during the nine
months since the organization of the Association on August 25th,
the Board has made satisfactory progress. We have now a membership of 55. Our total receipts have been $110.95 from all sources,
and we have a net balance of $67.92 on hand.
I am also instructed to state that this Board requests the
Grand Lodge to renew the loan of $200 for another year.
Yours  fraternally,
I        , W. C. COATHAM, Secretary.
The Committee on Petitions submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 18a.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have  examined  the   Petitions  for   Subordinate  and Rebekah   Lodges   submitted to us, and find that the law in each case has been complied
with.     We   therefore   recommend   that   Charters   be   granted   as
follows: 3201
For a Subordinate Lodge to "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63,
located at Prince Rupert, B. C. with the following charter members, viz.: G. W. Arnott, Anselm Keller. Chas. G. Thorne. G. R. T.
Sawle and C. V. Bennett.
Also to "Corbin" Lodge, No. 64, located at Corbin, B. C, with
the following charter members, viz.: Fred E. Haines, Thomas H.
Williams, Thomas  Brown,  W.  T.  Sproule,  and  Charles  Dawson.
Also to the following Rebekah lodges:
"Bethel" Rebekah Lodge, No. 26, located at Mt. Pleasant,
Vancouver, with the following charter members, viz.: Bros. W. C.
Whittiker, L. H. Dilda, J. A. McKay, Daniel Norris, J. W.
O'Connor, Fred J. Squire; Sisters Mary A. Foote, Alice E. Dilda,
Carrie Nelson.
"Golden Link" Rebekah Lodge, No. 27, located at South Vancouver, with the following charter members, viz.: Sisters Elizabeth
Shirley, Eva M. Shirley, Frances Richardson, Mildred Crowder,
E. Grace Elliott, Maggie Wickwire; Brothers R. H. Richardson,
E. E. Elliott, H. G. Wickwire.
"Truth" Rebekah Lodge, No. 28, located at North Vancouver,
with the following charter members, viz.: Sisters L. Margaret Morrison, Hattie Fletcher. Mary Garnett, Lizzie Brereton. Mary
Farrow, Ruth M. Clements, Mary Markle, Jennie J. Pilgrim;
Brothers J. C. Morrison, E. W. Garnett, Frank Farrow.
Signed by the  Committee.
A communication was read from several Representatives asking that the Representatives of this Grand Lodge
be instructed to endeavor to have a change made in the
Ritual of the Second Degree, and was referred to the
Committee on Legislation.
A communication was read from the Grand Secretary
of Idaho, forwarding copy of a Resolution adopted by the
Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction, seeking changes in the
present titles of officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodge, and the abolition of
Right and Left Scene Supporters, except in staff work, was
referred to the Committee on Legislation.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report, which was adopted: 3202
No. 21.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
portions of the Reports of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand
Master, Grand Secretary, and Grand Representatives, beg to report
as follows:
We deeply regret the illness of the Grand Master, which has
prevented him from devoting himself to promoting the welfare of
this Jurisdiction during his year of office, of carrying out his
cherished plans of visiting all of our lodges, which also keeps him
from attending here today and presiding over this Session.
Our regret at this unfortunate circumstance is, we believe,
fully shared by the membership of this Jurisdiction, and we are
voicing their sentiments when we express the hope that he may
again be fully restored to health, and permitted to take his part in
the work of upbuilding the Order in this Province, and that he
may be spared to his wife and family for many long years.
We fully concur in the remarks of our Officers in their reports
lespecting the growth of our membership in the past year, and in
the increase to the funds of the Subordinate lodges, facts that are
both cheering and satisfactory.
It is pleasing to note that although deprived of the services of
the Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Warden
stepped into the breach, and to the best of their ability filled the
vacancy thus created by visiting the lodges in their immediate
vicinity and doing their best to encourage them in their efforts to
further the best interests  of the  Order.
We are pleased to find that all the Past Grand Masters of the
Jurisdiction have now been presented with Jewels in recognition of
their services for the advancement of the Order, and to observe
that they appreciate this recognition by their brethren.
We recommend that the action of the Grand Master in the
appointments made during recess of Officers of the Funeral Aid
Association, and the Special Committee on methods of other
Jurisdictions in the election of Grand Lodge Officers, also his
consideration in sending fraternal greetings to the Grand Sire at
Christmas and to the Centenary Celebration of the Manchester
Unity of Odd Fellows at their banquet at Vancouver on the 8th
October last, be approved.
With reference to the contributions received in aid of the
Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille, we should like to have
seen a more general response to the appeal from our Subordinate
lodges. Some lodges have, however, very generously responded,
and the Rebekah lodges that have contributed are to be complimented on their liberality. The amount received will, we have no
doubt, be gratefully received by the authorities in charge of the
institution, and will be of some assistance to them in their work.
We would recommend that the subject of the disposal and application of the money received, be left in the hands of the incoming
Executive Officers, with the co-operation of Bro. Webber, and that 3203
they endeavor to devote it in such a way as will connect it with
the Odd Fellows of this Jurisdiction. Further, that the subscription
list be kept open for such a period of time as the executive officers
may deem necessary.
It is satisfactory to find that the adoption of a form of report
for the District Deputy Grand Masters has been appreciated by
these officers. The use of a form is, however, liable to this drawback, that it gives the reports a stereotyped character. It is to be
hoped that these officers will make more use of the "Remarks"
section and give the Grand Lodge the benefit of their recommendations and suggestions for the good of the Order.
It is very gratifying to note the optimistic strain that pervades
these reports.
We note with pleasure the report of the work of the General
Relief Committees contained in the Grand Secretary's report. The
good work of these Committees is liable to be overlooked, as,
generally speaking, it is not recorded nor receives official recognition, and yet they perform a very important mission in connection
with Odd Fellowship.
With respect to the able report of the Special Committee on
Tuberculosis Sanatorium to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, contained
in the Report of our Grand Representatives, whilst we fully
realize the dreadful character of the disease, and the necessity to
effectively combat it, yet we hesitate to take the radical step suggested by the Committee and commit our Order to enter the lists
in fighting the dread disease. We think that the sphere of the
Order's objects and mission, as at present defined and understood,
is wide enough without adding this duty on to it. There are other
diseases and evils that appeal to us for cure and remedy as well as
Tuberculosis, and if we make this departure there is no knowing
where it will end. Besides, to carry out the recommendation of
the Committee, and establish a Sanatorium or Sanatoria involves
the levying of a per capita tax on our membership, which is
objectionable in principle and would become irksome in practice.
We therefore recommend that our Grand Representative be
instructed to vote against the proposal.
We regret that the Sovereign Grand Lodge did not tee fit to
adopt the amendment submitted by Grand Representative Embleton
to allow Transfer Certificates to be used by petitioners for charters
for new lodges. The present use. of the two forms of Withdrawal
Cards and Transfer Certificates is not sufficiently understood by
our members, and leads to considerable confusion and inconvenience
?n connection with the petitions for new lodges. We can see no
v^Hd reason why Transfer Certificates could not be adapted for
use on such occasions, and we therefore recommend that our
Grand Representatives be directed to renew their efforts to this
end by again introducing the amendment proposed by Bro. Embleton. or by such other means as may suggest themselves to them.
We would recommend that the suggestion of Bro. W. J.
Wriglesworth, D.D.G.M., District No. 26, approved by the Acting
Grand Master, for the division of that district, be approved.
Signed by the Committee. 3204
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
No. 22.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on the State of the Order, to which
has been referred the communication of Dr. C. H. Vrooman,
Medical Superintendent of the Tranquille Sanatorium, beg to report that we recommend the adoption of the suggestion mentioned in the letter, that is, that the Odd Fellows of British
Columbia furnish the new addition complete, 24 beds, at a cost of
from $60 to $70 per bed, as the Grand Lodge has already twelve
hunderd dollars collected for the Sanatorium the additional amount
required to complete the work would only mean about $350 to
$400, provided that a brass plate or some other means be adopted
to record the fact that the building was furnished throughout by
the  Odd Fellows  of  British  Columbia.
Signed by the  Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 23.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.
Your Committee on Judiciary beg to report that we have considered the matters referred to us and beg to recommend as
follows:
That the Decisions of the Grand Master Nos. 1 to 6 be
approved.
That the Dispensations issued by the Grand Master for the
institution of Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, and Corbin Lodge,
No. 64, be approved.
That the Dispensations granted by the Grand Master for sundry purposes, and the refusal to grant certain permissions as reported, be approved. We would remark, however, that we do not
think it necessary to grant a dispensation to a lodge to change its
place of meeting in the same town or city mentioned in its charter,
but only when, as in the case of Camborne Lodge, No. 49, it removes from the town in which it is authorized to meet in its
charter, to some other town.
That the appointment of D.D.G.M.'s by the Grand Master as
reported on  Page  15 be approved.
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That the Proclamations issued by the Deputy Grand Master
(Acting  Grand Master)  be approved.
That the Dispensations issued and decisions rendered by the
Deputy Grand Master (Acting Grand Master) be approved.
With regard to the Dispensations granted by D. D. G.M.'s, we
would emphasize the remark of the Deputy Grand Master with
respect to most of these dispensations to confer more than one
Degree at same meeting, that these are quite unnecessary. Section I, Article V. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges provides that in case of emergency this can be done by a two-third
vote of the members present.
The dispensation granted by the D. D. G. M. of District No.
13, said to be for the purpose of changing night of meeting, seems
to have been rather to hold a special meeting. In either case it
was not necessary and beyond the power of the D.D.G.M. to
grant. If to change the night of meeting, it can only be done by
an amendment to the By-laws, and if for a special meeting, the
By-laws of the Lodge generally provide that it can be called by
the N. G. at his discretion.
We have strong doubts as to whether the decision of the
D.D.G.M. of District No. 27 is in accordance with law, in which
1 e decides that Badges bearing emblems of the Order with name
and number of Lodge may be classed as Regalia when worn in
public.
We are unable to find that badges are recognized as Regalia by
the laws of the Order. The Regalia to be worn in the Lodge room,
on the streets and at funerals is clearly prescribed in the Digest,
and it is enjoined (vide Sec. 1576, Busbee's Digest, 1903) that State
Grand Bodies must enforce upon their subordinates a strict adherence to the regalia laid down by the Sovereign Grand Lodge
and shall not suffer any changes to be made in its use. Under these
circumstances we do not see how we can assent to this decision.
We  therefore   recommend   that  the  decision   in   question   be  not
approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
submission of several representatives to this Grand Lodge, asking
that our Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be
instructed to endeavor to have a change effected to the Second
Degree in the Subordinate Lodge Ritual, whereby the Warden
should give assistance to the Conductor, instead of the Candidate,
as at present, recommend that the request be granted, and our
Grand Representatives be instructed accordingly.
Signed by the Committee. maism
3206
The representatives of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, submitted
the following, which was referred to the Committee on
Legislation:
Resolved, that the Grand Representatives of this Grand
Lodge be instructed to endeavor to secure the adoption of a Form
cf Funeral Service to be used at the funeral of the wife of a
brother, who was not a member of a Rebekah Lodge.
P. A. McLEAN,      *   I
T.  C.  HUBBARD.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
communication from the Grand Secretary of Idaho, and the Resolution adopted by the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction, advocating
certain changes in the titles of officers of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodge, together with doing
away with the offices of Right and Left Scene Supporters, except
in degree work, beg to state that we have given the question our
careful consideration, and believing that the proposed changes
would be an improvement, recommend the adoption of the same,
and that our Representatives be directed to support it in the
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded that this report be adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment that the report
be laid on the table until tomorrow.
The amendment was carried.
The Grand Secretary presented three gavels given by
Sister Mrs. W. A. Gilley, of New Westminster, through
Bro. Wallace Law, P.G.M., made from wood taken from
the steamer "Beaver," the pioneer steamer on the Pacific,
and reported an offer of Bro. Law, P.G.M., to place suitable
inscriptions on them.
It was" on motion resolved, That the gavels be gratefully accepted, and that Sister Gilley be tendered the thanks
of this Grand Lodge for her kindness, also that Bro. W.
&£**! & 3207
Law, P.G.M., be thanked for his kind offer to furnish inscriptions.
The Committee on Printing submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 27.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
invited for printing the Proceedings of this Session of the Grand
Lodge from five firms, but only one tender was received, that of
the Victoria Printing and Publishing Co. at the following prices:
Printing and binding 800 copies, $i.6o per page; three semi-tone
cuts of Past Grand Masters, $17.50; 125 advance copies of Grand
Officers5 reports, $14.50. These prices are higher than those paid
iast year, but are about the same as paid in 1908.
The amount expended for printing and stationery last year
was $289.83. The amount provided in the estimate was $300. We
would recommend that the same amount be appropriated for the
coming year.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante Room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. J. E. Phinney, of
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58.
The following Resolution was submitted by a number
of Representatives, and on motion referred to the Committee on Legislation.
Resolved, that the Grand Representatives of this Grand Lodge
be instructed to use their best efforts to obtain an amendment to
the law making all the officers of a Subordinate Lodge elective,
instead of partly  elective  and partly appointed as at present.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 8.30 p.m.
today.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8.30 p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business. 3208
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits sub
mitted the following report, which was adopted :
No. 29.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg to
submit a report on this subject based on the reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction for the year ended 31st December, 1910, and in continuation of similar reports presented for
many years past along the same lines.
As might naturally be expected from the incerased membership
of the Jurisdiction, the number of members sick, the number of
weeks for which sick benefits were paid, and the amount paid as
sick benefits is larger than in preceding years, but to meet these
demands there is the increase in the revenue of the lodges, which
[s also proportionately greater.
Owing, it is presumed, to the influx of young members, the
averages of sickness per member, cost per member for relief and
for all lodge expenditures show a gratifying decline when grouped
in periods of ten years.
The average cost per member for current or working expenses
last year, amounting to $5.30, is considerably lower than for the
preceding ten years, although this cost is probably higher than
strict actuarial advice would approve it is perhaps not quite
reliable, as it is more than probable that some Lodges include
amounts in this category that are not legitimate expenses of
management.
The return of the value of the assets of the Subordinate lodges
ehows a very substantial increase over last year, $137,380.30, or
about 32 per cent. This pleasing increment is no doubt owing to
the rapid increase in the value of the real estate owned by the
lodges on the Coast.
It is to be hoped that this appreciation will not be made the
occasion for lavish expenditure on matters which are not within
the recognized legitimate objects of the Order, but that the
wealth thus acquired will be conserved and used for the great
beneficial and philanthropic work for which our Order was established. Instead of wasting it on indulgence and luxury it would,
in the opinion of your Committee, be more in accordance with
our avowed principles to increase the benefits to sick members to
the maximum allowed by our laws, to look after and assist deserving widows of deceased members, and in other ways live up to
cur obligations as Members of the Order.
Signed by the Committee. 3209
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The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 30.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
Resolution offered by Brothers McLean and Hubbard, of Victoria
Lodge No. 1, referring to form of Funeral Service to be used at
the funeral of the wife of a brother, who was not a member of a
Rebekah Lodge, your committee are of the opinion that it would
not be wise for this Grand Body to take any action on the matter.
We therefore ask to be discharged from any further consideration
of the subject.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Home presented the
following report, which was adopted:
No. 31.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home beg to report that we
have given consideration to the matters referred to us in connection with this subject, and report as follows:
During the past year a loan of $3,000 on mortgage has matured
and has been repaid. The Committee has re-invested this, with
an additional $1,000 withdrawn from the Bank, on Vancouver property on First Mortgage at Eight per cent. As will be seen from
the Grand Secretary's report all the available funds are now well
invested, there being but $304.16 in the Bank and Grand Treasurer's
hands at present.
The total receipts to the fund for the past year in the form
of Donations and Interest amounted to $831.86, and the total value
of the fund is now $12,104.16.
The Grand Secretary has submitted to us the replies received
from,the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of the Jurisdiction to
the questions proposed to ascertain the necessity of erecting a
Home, and judging from the result of this inquiry it is apparent
that there is no need of such an institution at this time.
Replies were received from 35 Subordinate Lodges and 11
Rebekah Lodges. Seventeen Subordinate j and Eight Rebekah
Lodges omitted to send replies. We may infer that the absence
of replies indicates that there is no demand for a Home in their
cases. 3212
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, reports four orphans of members
entitled to admission, and would enter one if it was provided.
Amity Lodge, No. 27, reports supporting four orphans for a
time, but that probably they will be relieved of this in the near
future.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, reports two members eligible for admission to Home, but that they resent the proposal.
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, reports having one or two aged
members who, if health fails, have no means of support nor home.
There is a general expression of approval of the idea of having
a Home.
In view of the fact that there is no urgent need shown for
the establishment of a Home, we would recommend that the matter
be left in abeyance until such time as the necessity becomes more
evident.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted a report on the matter presented by the General Relief Board at
Vancouver, which was on motion referred back to the Committee for further consideration.
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the election of
Officers of the Grand Lodge for the ensuing year having
arrived, the following nominations were offered:
For  Grand Master—W.  H.  Cullin,  No. 4,  nominated by
F. J. Squire, No. 62.
For Deputy Grand Master—W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, nominated by T. Embleton, P.G.M. No. 36.
For Grand Warden—C. I. Chapman, No. 9, nominated by
H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6.     |
R. Dudley, No. 47, nominated by E. Brake, No. 47.
P.  W.  Dempster,  No.  2,  nominated  by J.  A.  McKay,
P.G.R., No. 8.
C. S. Keith, No. 3, nominated by A. McKelvie, No. 26.
G. F. Weir, No. 43, nominated by A. Driscoll, No. 43. 3213
J. H. Lemmon, No. 16, nominated by H. Anderson, No. 39.
H. Fooks, No. 28, nominated by F. Mummery, No. 41.
Bro. C I. Chapman, No. 9, withdrew his name from
nomination.
For Grand Secretary—F. Davey, No.  1, was nominated
J|    by T. C. Hubbard, No. 1.
For Grand Treasurer—H. White, No. 42, was nominated by
A. Cleland, No. 10.
H. McKenzie, No. 5, was nominated by W. W. Walkem,
No. 6.
For Grand Representative—G. E. Cavalsky, No. 5, was nominated by H. Fooks, No. 28.
W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10, was nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3.        I
A. Cleland, No. 10, was nominated by P. Wright, No. 10.
The Acting Grand Master appointed Bro. A. H.
Blackeby, P.G.P. and P.G.R., Ontario, and T. Embleton,
P.G.M. No. 36, to act as Tellers.
Bro. W. H. Cullin, No. 4, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Master, it was moved, seconded and carried
that the Grand Secretary cast the ballot for his election,
which was done, and Bro. Cullin was declared duly elected
as Grand Master for the ensuing year. §
Bro. W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, being the only nominee
for Deputy Grand Master, he was declared duly elected,
the Grand Secretary by order casting the ballot for his
election.
For the office of Grand Warden a ballot was spread,
and the following result announced: Number of votes cast. eonn
3214
98; necessary to elect, 50. Bro. Dudley received 23 votes,
Bro. Dempster 21 votes, Bro. Keith 19 votes, Bro. Weir 16
votes, Bro. Lemmon 10 votes, Bro. Fooks, 9 votes.
Neither candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast,
a fresh ballot was spread, the names of Bros. Weir, Lemmon
and Fooks being dropped in accordance with the provisions
of the Constitution, and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 98. Necessary to elect, 50. Bro.
Dudley received 44 votes, Bro. Dempster 28 votes, Bro.
Keith 24 votes.    Spoiled, 2.
No choice yet appearing, a fresh ballot was spread, the
name of Bro. Keith being dropped, with the following
result:
No. of votes cast, 98. Necessary to elect, 50. Bro.
Dudley received 62 votes; Bro. Dempster 36 votes. Bro.
Dudley, No. 47, having received a majority of the votes
cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Warden for the
ensuing year.
F. Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the office of
Grand Secretary, he was declared duly elected, the Acting
Deputy Grand Master, by order of the Grand Lodge, casting
the vote for his election.
For the office of Grand Treasurer a ballot was spread,
with the following result: No. of votes cast, 98. Necessary
to choice, 50. Bro. McKenzie received 30 votes and Bro.
H. White 68 votes. . %L
Bro. H. White, No. 42, having received a majority of
the votes cast, was declared duly elected Grand Treasurer
for the ensuing year.
For the office of Grand Representative a ballot was
spread and the following result announced: Number of
votes cast, 98; necessary to elect, 50.    G. Cavalsky, No. 5, 3215
received 45 votes; W. Law, P.G.M., No.  10, received 21
votes and A. Cleland, No. 10, received 31 votes.   Spoiled, 1.
No choice appearing, the name of W. Law, P.G.M., was
dropped, and a fresh ballot spread, with the following
result:
Number of votes cast, 97; necessary to choice, 49. G.
Cavalsky, No. 5, received 62 votes; A. Cleland, No. 10, received 35 votes. G. Cavalsky, No. 5, having received a majority of the votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand
Representative for two years.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 9 o'clock a.m.
tomorrow.
SECOND DAY
15th June, 1911.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
The Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's session were read and
adopted.
The hour for the selection of the place of meeting next
year having arrived, invitations were read from Prince Rupert, Victoria and Nanaimo.
It was moved and seconded that the Grand Lodge hold
its next Annual Session in the City of Victoria. 3216
Moved and seconded as an amendment that the word
"Victoria" be struck out and the word "Nanaimo" inserted
instead.
The amendment on being put to the vote was declared
to be lost.    The original motion was then put and carried.
The Acting Grand Master appointed J. Wilby, No. 2,
W. W. Walkem, No. 6, and L. Will, No. 36, as a deputation
to convey the fraternal greetings and best wishes of this
Grand Lodge to the Rebekah Assembly now in session.
The report of the Committee on Legislation (No. 26)
laid over from yesterday's Session, approving the proposal
of the Grand Lodge of Idaho to change the titles of the
officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Grand Lodge and
Subordinate Lodge, was taken from the table.
It was moved and seconded that the report of the
Committee be adopted. The motion on being submitted to
the vote was declared to be lost.
The Committee on Finance presented the following
report, which was adopted :
No. 33.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to report that we
recommend that the request of the Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid
Association for an extension of time on their loan of two hundred
dollars  ($200.00) be granted.
We have examined the Supplementary Report of the Grand
Secretary re the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and find same correct,
and recommend an extension of time be given the several lodges
asking it for turning in of their collections.
We would also recommend that the Charter Fees from the
Rebekah Lodges instituted during last year be donated to the
Rebekah Assembly as recommended by the Grand Secretary.
Signed by the Committee. 3217
,| Moved by J. W. Robertson, No. 47, seconded by James
Wilby, No. 2, W I
That the Printing Committee look into the advisability of the
Grand Lodge supplying Subordinate Lodges with Constitutions.
By-Laws and Rules of Order.
Referred to the Committee on Printing:.
The Committee on Legislation submitted a report on
the question of making all Officers of Subordinate Lodges
elective. It was moved and seconded that the report be
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an Amendment that the report
be referred back to the Committee for consideration as to
the advisability of recommending that all officers of Subordinate Lodges, with the exception of the Supporters of the
N. G. and V. G., be made elective.
The amendment was carried.
The Committee on Rebekah Degree submitted the following report, which was adopted:
No. 36.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your committee to whom was referred the proposition of
forming a General Rebekah Assembly, beg to report that in the
opinion  of the  Committee,  we  consider  that:
Whereas it is not proposed to allow the General Assembly to
enact laws for the government of their Subordinates, we feel that
the expenditure would not be justified, and would recommend that
our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge should recommend that a General Rebekah Assembly be formed, with power
to enact laws for the government of Subordinate Rebekah Lodges,
such legislation to be subject to the approval of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
All of which is fraternally submitted.
Signed by the Committee. SVZBJ
32l8
The Committee on Petitions submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 37.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the Petition of several members residing at Dawson City, Yukon Territory,
praying for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge in that City, beg
to report that as the power of this Grand Lodge to issue warrants
and institute Subordinate Lodges is restricted to the territorial
limits of the Province of British Columbia we are unable to recommend that the prayer of the petitioners be granted, being beyond
the competence of this  Grand Lodge.
We therefore recommend that the petitioners be informed that
this Grand Lodge regrets that it is not in a position to accede to
their request.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on the State of the Order submitted
the following report, which was adopted:
No. 38.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order to whom was referred
the communication from the General Relief Board at Vancouver,
B. C, beg to report that we have given due consideration to the
question, and in order to assist this Board in the prosecution of
their work and for the information of the Lodges of this Jurisdiction we would recommend that the Grand Secretary be instructed
to send a circular letter to our Lodges pointing out that their members when taken sick away from their Lodge must report to the
nearest Lodge to their place of residence or General Relief Committee, in order that they may be visited and receive their benefits
by and through them. Further that when benefits have been au- .
thorized and paid by a Lodge or General Relief Committee that the
amount should be repaid to them and not remitted again to the
sick brother, as we are informed has in some instances been done
by some Lodges, thus causing, considerable trouble and delay.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
It was  on  motion  resolved  that  the  Representatives
present be requested to bring the contents of the circular 3219
to be issued by the Grand Secretary in compliance with the
foregoing report, forcibly to the attention of the members
of their respective Lodges.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted a
report, which was referred back to the Committee for correction.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
amended report, which was adopted:
No. 40.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on .Legislation, to whom was referred the
proposal to have the Grand Representatives of this Grand Lodge
use their best efforts to obtain an amendment to the laws, making
all officers of a Subordinate Lodge elective, would recommend that
this matter be referred to the District Deputies, through the
Grand Secretary, to give the Subordinate Lodges an opportunity to
express their opinion on the subject, and then to report to the next
session of the Grand Lodge.
Signed by  the   Committee.
Bro. T. H. White, No. 61, applied for and was granted
leave of absence for the remainder of the Session.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 2 o'clock p.m.
today.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 2 o'clock p m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported properly qualified,
and the Grand Lod^e was declared open for business. 3220
On motion the calling of the Roll was dispensed with.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted
the following report, which was adopted:
No. 39.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that
we have examined the Certificates of the Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session, have checked the same and find
them entitled to the amounts stated against their respective names:
NAMES
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Officers:
W.  H.  Cullin, D.
G.  M	
W. A. Johnstone,
G. W	
Fred Dave>. G.S.
C.    I.    Chapman,
G. T	
T.   Kmbleton,   G.
Rep	
H.  T.  Fulton,  G.
Rep	
Representatives :
P.  A.  McLean	
T. C. Hubbard ...
P. W. Dempster
1    Wilby   	
AI. J.  PhiUips 	
W. S.  Smith 	
R. A. Anderson ..
J.   Asklund   	
W.   Grieve  —.—
H.  McKenzie 	
W. W. Walkem ..
4|Victoria
6 Vancouver
ifVictoria  ...
9lKamloops
36|Rossland  .
6|Ladysmith
Victoria   -
Victoria   	
Victoria	
Victoria  	
New Westminster
New Westminster.
Victoria  	
Victoria  	
Nanaimo  	
Nanaimo   	
Ladysmith   	
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777
777
690
690
777
777
734
734
748
77 70 $ 81 70
698
69 80
73  80
777
77 70
81 70
449
44 90
48 90
192
19 20
23 20
748
74 80
78 80
77 7o
77 70
77 70
77 70
69 00
69 00
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77
73
70
70
40
73 40
74 80
81
81
81
81
73
73
81
81
77
77
70
70
70
70
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00
70
70
40
40
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NAMES
Location
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Representatives.
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M.   Russell   ..
H. Brown ....
McLean 	
Wright   	
Cleland   	
W.  C.   Colling ..
L.  Probyn  	
R.   Squarebriggs
B. B. Smith 	
J. H. Lemmon ..
W.  H. Watkins
J. Castley ....
F.  Cook 	
Middlemiss   ..
McRae	
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Hayes   	
T. B. Godfrey ..,
W. H. Walsh ....
J. A. Johnson ....
W.  H. West 	
EL Fooks  j
T. Wood 	
D. Lemieux ..
Will    .	
B.   Fleming
Anderson   ....
W. Jameson
Mummery 	
W.  Hallett ....
W. S. Hall	
A.   Driscoll   	
H.  Woodburn
J. Loewes ...J
E.  Hadden ..
F. McDougall
Rutherford ....
Lundie    !
W. Robertson
E. Morgan ...
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7| Chilliwack   	
8| Vancouver   	
8 Vancouver   	
9 Kamloops   	
ioVancouver   	
io| Vancouver   	
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121 Revelstoke	
12 Revelstoke    !
15 Cloverdale 	
16 Nelson	
Xelson    -.	
Duncan   	
Vernon   	
Vancouver  !
Vancouver	
Ladner  	
Eburne 	
Vancouver   	
Vancouver   	
New Westminster
New Westminster
7
28
34
36
36
38
39
40
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42
43
43
44
45
46
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Golden  	
Rossland  	
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Sandon	
Slocan   	
Trout Lake ..
Cranbrook ....
Cranbrook	
Trail  	
Trail  	
Moyie 	
Grand  Forks
Phoenix  	
46IPhoenix  	
4/|Fernie   	
47lFernie   	
48|Armstrong —.
5i|Penticton    ....
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698
698
690
690
628
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74 80
78 80
64 20
68 20
69 80
73 80
69 80
73 80
44 90
48 90
69 80
73  80
69 80
73  80
81 90
85 90
31 90
35 90
31 90
35 90
70 60
74 60
13 70
17 70
13 70
17 70
76 70
80 70
41 00
45 00
69 80
73  80
69 80
73  80
70 80
74 80
70 40
74 40
69 80
73  80
69 80
73 80
69 00
73  00
69 00
73  00
62 80
66 80
4i 50
45 50
19 20
19 20
25 40
21 80
18 00
19 70,
18 30
22
18 30
22
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R.   S.  McTaggart
W. J. Mast 	
j. A. Murray 	
J.  G.  Kelly 	
M.  M.  Carroll ...
A. B. Fleener 	
J.   E.   Phinney 	
A. W.  Hamilton
J. N. Mouatt	
T. H. White  ,
F.   J.   Squire  	
Hosmer  	
Michel   	
Michel   	
North Vancouver
Salmon Arm 	
Kaslo   	
Summerland    	
Kelowna   	
Vancouver   	
Vancouver	
Vancouver	
Totals	
71
86
86
698
382
138
493
449
698
698
698
7 10
8 60
8 60
69 80
38 20
13 80
49 30
44 90
69 80
69 80
69 80
$3466 40     $375o 40
Signed by the  Committee.
Note:—All the above Officers and Representatives were in attendance Two Days and were paid the sum of Four Dollars each
for same, which is included in the respective Totals.
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
A communication was read from the Rebekah Assembly, forwarding By-law dealing with the payment of Officers
and Representatives to the Sessions of the Assembly. On
motion the By-law submitted was adopted.
A communication was read from the Rebekah Assembly forwarding copy of the report of a Committee dealing
with the subject of canvassing for offices in Rebekah Lodges
and the Assembly.
v ~yt •••-• ~s i S>. £< 3223
It was moved, seconded, and carried : That the communication and report be returned to the Assembly, as this
Grand Lodge deems any action on its part unnecessary.
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 41.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Resolutions, beg to report the following for adoption:
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
His Worship Mayor Hunt, of the City of Cranbrook, for his
hearty welcome and address at the opening of this session, for his
present  of  the  key  of  the  city.
kind  remarks  respecting  the
work of the  Order and the manner in which he pointed out the
different advantages of this city and surrounding district.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to Key City Lodge No. 42, of Cranbrook. for the use
of its Lodge Room during the session and the splendid manner in
which they have entertained the Grand Lodge officers, Representatives and visitors to their city.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be
extended to Wildey Lodge, No. 44, of Moyie, for the handsome
and useful souvenirs presented to each of the officers and representatives of this Grand Lodge on the occasion of its first visit to East
Kootenay.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be
extended to the Ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit and
address of welcome.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be
tendered to the Patriarchs Militant for their kind words of greeting
and their attendance at this distant part of the province in order to
assist the cause of Oddfellowship.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be
tendered to the Press of the City of Cranbrook for the manner in
which it has reported the proceedings of this session, and also that
the thanks of this Grand Body be extended through the Press to the
citizens of the City of Cranbrook for their lavish hospitality, and 3224
especially to those citizens who so generously extended the hand
of good fellowship by opening their homes to the delegates who
could not obtain accommodation at the hotel, and did everything in
their power to make our visit agreeable and pleasant.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be
extended to the Acting Grand Master and elective officers for the
able manner in which the business of the Order has been conducted
during the Session and during the past year.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be
extended to Past Grand Master Brother Wallace Law for his very
generous offer to place a suitable inscription on the gavels presented
by Sister W. A.  Gilley.
Be it further resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be
extended to the different transportation companies for their generous offer of reduced rates to this Session.
Resolved that all I. O. O. F. Lodge rooms should be built on
the second floor of the building, so that no knowledge of the proceedings could be gained from the outside.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
Bro. A. H. Blackeby, P.G.P. and P.G.R. of the Jurisdiction of Ontario, at the invitation of the Chair, eloquently
addressed the Grand Lodge.
Bro. Glass, of North Star Lodge, Winnipeg, Man., and
H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., having been called on, addressed
the Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following
:eport, which was adopted:
No. 42. .   t;hii^
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure for the ensuing year:
; I REVENUE
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands   $4,307 05
Per capita tax on 5,309 members at $1.10      5,839 90
(60c. payable 30th June and 50c. 31st Dec, 1911).
Total  revenue   $10,146 95
.^ghr4s., 3^25
EXPENDITURE §
Grand  Secretary's  salary    $ 900 00
Grand Master's expenses   600 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative tax   150 00
Rent Grand Secretary's office and furniture  450 00
Printing     300 00
Premium on Bonds   10 00
Postage and Sundries Grand Secretary   100 00
Postage and Sundries Grand Master   15 00
Caretaker Grand Secretary's office   20 00
Janitor this  Session    10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session   3,750 40
Past Grand Master's Jewel   50 00
Total  expenditure    $6,355 40
Balance   ,  $3,791 55
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The  Committee  on  Finance  submitted  the  following
report, which was adopted:
No. 43.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to report that we have
examined the Books, Vouchers and Receipts of the Grand Treasurer
and find the same correct and well kept, with a balance in the bank
of $4,307.05.
Signed  by   the   Committee.
Resolved, that the Grand Secretary be instructed to
convey to Bro. H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., the sincere sympathy of the members of this Grand Lodge in the bereavement he has recently sustained in the death of his mother.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 7 o'clock p.m.
this evening.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 o'clock p.m., the
Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present. 3226
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
Resolved, that the Installation of Grand Lodge officers
this evening take place in the Third Degree.
A letter was read from Bro. F. E. Simpson, P.G.M ,
dated Liverpool, England, 31 May, 1911, expressing his regret at not being able to be present and his wishes for a
happy and successful Session.
Moved, seconded and carried that the communication
be received and filed, and that it be suitably acknowledged.
The Finance Committee presented the following report,
which was adopted:
No. 44.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to make the following
recommendation:
That whereas $450.00 was set aside in the estimates last session
for the provision of office accommodation and contingent expenses
tor the Grand Secretary, and whereas the Grand Secretary has
utilized his own home, light and fuel for that purpose, thus saving
that allowance to this Grand Body, we therefore recommend that
one hundred and fifty dollars be granted him in consideration of
same.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante Room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past
Grands of Wildey Lodge, No. 44: N. W. Burdett, H. O. L.
Sait, and O. J. McFarland.
The Acting Grand Master requested H. T. Fulton,
P.G.M., to install the Officers Elect for the ensuing year.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree and opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having: been ad- 3227
mitted, Bro. C S. Keith, P.G.R., addressed the members
present on the objects and advantages of the Funeral Aid
Association of B. C, and invited their assistance and support of this organization.
The Acting Grand Master appointed T. Embleton,
P.G.M,. No. 36, to present the Officers Elect for installation.
The names of the Elective and Appointed Officers for
the ensuing year were called by the Grand Secretary, and
having taken their positions in front of the principal Chair
they were duly installed into their respective offices as
follows:
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, as Grand Master.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, as Deputy Grand Master.
R. Dudley, No. 47, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
H. White, No. 42, as Grand Treasurer.
Rev. E. G. Miller, No. 4, as Grand Chaplain.
H. Fooks, No. 28, as Grand Marshal.
J. E. Phinney, No. 58, as Grand Conductor.
J. F. McDougall, No. 46, as Grand Guardian.
F. D. Lemieux, No. 36, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters and to form the Standing and Special
Committees for the coming year:
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS
F. C.  Dillabough,  No. 4, for District  No.   1,  comprising Lodges
Nos. 1, 2, and 4.
G. Emerson Gilley, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising .Lodges
Nos. 3 and 27.
J. R. McKinnell, No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 5.
J. H. Morgan, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 6.
R. C. Johnston, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26. for District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos.
8, 10, 26, 55 and 62. 3228
Geo. Hayes, No. 24, for District No. 7, comprising Lodges Nos. 19,
24, 60 and 61.
E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 9.
John Bennie, No. 11, for District No. 9, comprising Lodge No. 11.
R. D. McDonald, No. 12, for Dist. No. 10, comprising Lodge No. 12.
B. B. Smith, No. 15, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 15.
W.  Fotheringham,  No.  16, for District No.  12, comprising  Lodge
No. 16.
John Evans, No. 17, for District No. 13. comprising Lodge No. 17.
C. J. Becker, No. 48, for District No. 14, comprising Lodges Nos.
18,  48  and   50.
R. A. Coalman, No. 21, for Dist. No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 21.
M. Dumond, No. 23. for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
G. R. Joynt, No. 28, for District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 28.
D. McBeath, No. 34, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 34.
A. Driscoll, No. 43, for District No.  19, comprising Lodges  Nos.
36 and 43.
D. A.  McDonald,  No. 38, for District No. 20, comprising Lodges
Nos. 38, 45 and 46.
Neil Tattrie, No. 39, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 39.
T. W. Jameson, No. 40, for Dist. No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 40.
Oscar Jacobson, No. 41, for  District  No.  23, comprising Lodges
41 and 49.
C. R. Ward, No. 42, for Districct No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 42.
N. W. Burdett, No. 44, for Dist. No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 44.
R. S. McTaggart, No. 53, for District No. 26, comprising Lodges
Nos. 47 and 53.
J. W. Jackson, No. 51, for District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 51.
N. Huston, No. 52, for District No. 28, comprising Lodge No. 52.
J. A. Murray, No. 54, for District No. 29, comprising Lodges Nos.
54 and 64.
W. H. Bonus, No. 56, for District No. 30, comprising Lodge No. 56.
A. B. Eleener, No. 57, for District No. 31, comprising Lodge No. 57. 3229
F. W. Andrew, No. 58, for Dist. No. 32, comprising Lodge No. 58.
A. W. Hamilton, No. 59, for Dist. No. 33, comprising Lodge No. 59.
C. A. V. Bennett, No. 63, for Dist. No. 34, comprising Lodge No. 63.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Finance—T. H. White. No. 61; P. W. Dempster, No. 2; W. W.
Walkem, No. 6; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1; J. Asklund, No. 4.
Appeals—P. Wright, No. 10; L. Probyn. No. 12; J. G. Kelly, No. 55;
W. S. Smith, No. 3; W. H. Brown, No. 8.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; R. A. Anderson. No. 4;
J. Wilby, No. 2; J. Lundie, No. 47; R. Squarebriggs, No. 12.
Petitions—W. B. Flemming, No. 38; P. A. McLean, No. 1; J. Rutherford, 46; F. J. Squire, No. 62; H. J. Loewes, No. 44.
State of the Order—H. McKenzie, No. 5; R. A. Anderson, No. 4;
W. E. Hadden, No. 45; W. H. Walsh, No. 26; J. N. Mouatt,
No. 60.
Legislation—J. Lundie, 47; W. Colling, No. 11; W. H. Watkins,
No. 16; J. T. Wood, No. 34; A. M. Russell, No. 8.
Judiciary—T. B. Godfrey. No. 26; M. M. Carroll No. 56; J. H.
Lemmon, No. 16; W. J. Castley, No. 17; R. Wilton, No. 51.
Mileage and Per Diem—M. J. Phillips, No. 3; Wm. Grieve, No. 5;
A. M. Russell. No. 8; F. Mummery, No. 41; A. E. Morgan,
No. 48.
Printing—Grand Secretary, No. 1; J. Wilby, No. 2; J. Asklund, No.
4; H. Anderson, No. 39; H. McLean, No. 9.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Statistics Re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, No. 1; W. Gilchrist, No. 6; J. H. Woodburn, No. 43; J. W. Robertson,
No. 47; G. Middlemiss, No. 19.
Oddfellows' Home—D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3j A. McKelvie.
No. 26; A. Cleland, No. 10; C. Keith, P.G.%., No. 3; T.
Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and reopened in the Grand
Lodge Degree. 3230
It was on motion resolved, That the appointments of
the Grand Master be confirmed.
It was moved, seconded and carried that the minutes
of today's session be taken as read.
No further business offering, the Deputy Grand Master,
by order of the Grand Master, declared the Grand Lodge
closed sine die.
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Page
Aged  Oddfellows'   Fund    3155
Badges as Regalia  3117* 3*47, 3205
Balance  Sheet    3156
Ballotting for Candidates   3122
Charter Fees to Rebekah Assembly  | . 3216
Committees, appointment of  3114? 3119? 3220
Corbin Lodge, representation of   3216
Dawson, Y. T., Petition for Charter  3197? 3218
D.D.G.M.'s,  appointment  of   * 3135, 3227
Durham, M. J., Past Grand Sire, death of  3137, 3141
Election of Grand Lodge Officers, Committee on   gf0o
Funeral Aid Association  ..3136, 3J58, 3I99? 3200, 3216
Funeral Service for Wife of Brother  3206, 321 i
Gavels, presentation of  3206
General Relief Board, Vancouver  3199, 3218
Gilmour, H. B., P.G.M., Resolution of sympathy with  3225
Grand Lodge Degree  3116, 3*^7, 3*99* 3207, 3226
I        Officers, election of   3212
V        Officers, installation of   3226
"        Place of meeting of  3215
Master   (Acting)    3126, 3139
Decisions   of   3121, 3143
"        Dedications by   3*44
Dispensations   granted   3*24>  3I25- 3J43
Dispensations   refused     3126
Official visits by   3126, 3127, 3142
f        Proclamations by  -  P||
Grand Secretary's Office   3158, 3226
Sire,  Decisions  of    3I^5
"    Greetings to   3*35
Warden, visits by   3I28
Jewels, P.G.M.'s, presentation of   3*33> El
I      Purchase of from Lodge funds  ,  3143
3239 INDEX—CONTINUED
Lodges, institution of 	
Manchester Unity, O. F., greetings to 	
Oddfellows' Home  3I55> 3I57>
Officers, changes in titles   3201, 3206,
Subordinate Lodges, all to be elective   3207, 3217,
Patriarchs Militant. Department Council, greetings from 	
Petitions for Charters  ~~ 3196,
Printing  Constitutions,  By-laws,  etc	
Rebekah Assembly, By-law of approved 	
re Canvassing for office 	
Charter fees donated to :	
" Delegations from and to  3118,
m     General establishment of   3X99>
Refreshments, etc., supply of from Lodge funds 	
Reports—Acting Grand Master   3*39>
Committees—-Credentials   	
I Distribution     3191,
Election of Grand Lodge officers 	
Finance    3192, 3216, 3224, 3225,
General Relief 	
Judiciary '..
Laws of Subordinates 	
Legislation 3205, 3206, 3211, 3216, 3217,
Mileage and Per Diem   3219,
" 1 Oddfellows' Home 	
Petitions    3200,
.    u i Printing   	
'"''■'•       §     " Rebekah Degree   '. 	
Resolutions  	
State of the Order ~~ 3201, 3204, 3212,
Statistics re Dues and Benefits 	
"       D.D.G.M's   3145,
Grand Master 	
Representatives  :?.	
Secretary   3149,
ii it frS
lreasurer   	
"     Warden 	
3240
3128 INDEX—CONTINUED
Page
Rituals, proposed change in 3201, 3205
Stock Account  ,  3155
Telegrams      3117, 3118
Transfer Certificates  3185, 3203
Tuberculosis   Sanatorium,   3136,   3158,   3181,   3190,   3195,   3202,  3203
[3204, 3216
Veteran Jewels as Regalia  ..  3186
Visitors   3120, 3224
3241  FAST GRAND MASTERS.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
I. O. O. F.
i—J. S. Drummond 1874
4—John Weiler  1875
8—J. P. Davies  1876
3—R. Roberts  1877
2_W. J. Jeffree   1878
9—Charles Gowen  1879
J. Wriglesworth  .1880
B. W. Shiles 1 1881
Henry Waller   1882
11—Alexander Phillips  1883
W. D. McKillican   1884
7__Wm. McColl   1885
5—-Fred'k Carne   .J 1886
10—Joshua Davies 1887
Joshua Davies, re-elected.. 1888
12—J. H. Meldram   1889
E. Quennell   1890
14—J. E. Phillips 1891
13—J. E. Phillips  1892
James Crossan   1893
T. C. Grayf j 1894
W. E. Holmes 1895
H. B. Gilmour 1896
W. H. Morton 1897
A. Henderson   1898
D. Welsh    1899
6—W. E. Johnstone 1900
W. Hogg  ....1901
15—A. Graham 1902
E. C. Arthur, M.D 1903
• T. F. Neelands 1904
D. E. MacKenzie 1905
m   F. E. Simpson 1906
T. Embleton 1907
H. T. Fulton 1908
Wallace Law I 1909
E. L. Webber   1910
1—Died 6th February, 1884.
2—Died 18th March, 1885.
3—Died 24th December, 1897.
4—Died 6th September, 1899.
5—Died 7th April, 1905.
6—Died 25th August, 1904.
7—Died 12th June, 1907.
8—Died 20th September, 1879.
..Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Columbia Lodge. No. 2.
..Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
.. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
..Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
.. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
..Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.. Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
..Dominion Lodge, No..4.
.. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.. Black Diamond Lodge No. 5.
..Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
..Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
.. Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
.. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.. Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
. ..Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
. .Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.. Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
.. Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
... Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
.. Key City Lodge, No. 42.
..Rossland Lodge, No. 36.
.. Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
..Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
.. Amity Lodge, No. 27.
9—Died 8th December, 1892.
10—Ceased Membership.
11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907.
14—Died 30th January, 1908.
15—Died 13th August, 1909. moMi
ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
I. O. O. F.
W. H. Cullin, Grand Master  Box 1234, Victoria
W. A. Johnstone, Deputy Grand Master  :-.•  . .Vancouver
R. Dudley,  Grand Warden   .. ..;. ||| '. .. §..   Fernie
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary  .. .Victoria
H. White, Grand Treasurer    Cranbrook
H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., Grand Representative   . .-. ...T.. ./.Ladysmith
G. Cavalsky, Grand Representative :.   Nanaimo
Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain .-.....  Victoria
H. Fooks, Grand Marshal j '......   Agassiz
J. E. Phinney, Grand Conductor       Summerland
J. F. McDougall, Grand Guardian    & Phoenix
F. D. Lemieux, Grand Herald  f... § Rossland
The next annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Victoria, commencing Wednesday, the
12th day of June, 1912.
H It SUPPLIES
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to T>ay for the same.
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate Lodge Rituals   $ 3 00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates .-.        25
Book of Forms       1 00
Book of Odes with music         75
Busbee's   Digest,   1903     4 00
Lodge Odes,  5
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges         10
Anniversary Odes  5
Funera] Hymns, with responses  5
Funeral Ceremony         30
Anniversary Ceremony ........;....         30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony         30
Officers' Roll Book .J|.      1 50
Question   Book I. :.      1 25
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders J||  1 50
Initiation Petitions (per 100) ...... J|..     1 50
Subordinate  Lodge  Degree  Chart  (each) ||| .    2 50
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C., 1874 to 1885       J 5*>
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work         50
Black Book j |a 2 00
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100..        60
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100
with name and number of Lodge printed thereon (not less
than   500) ■. Ip|         70
Secret Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges          40
Attaidance Registerf| .]|     2 00
Transfer Certificates    ^..  3
Certificate of Membership on plate paper         75
Constitution Book and Roll of Members ,.     1 25
Veteran Jewels, each      8 00
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each..        40

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