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|5f TKirty-nintK§Animal Session of the!
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W. A. JOHNSTONE
Grand Master 1912-1913 Independent Ord
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Oddfellows
PROCEEDINGS
Of the Thirty-Ninth Annual
Session ox the Grand Lodge ox
British Columbia, held at
Nanaimo, B. C, June Eleven
and Twelve   Nineteen-thirteen
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THE ACME PRESS,.LIMITED
VICTORIA, B. C.  PROCEEDINGS
or the Thirty-ninth Annual Session
or the Grand Lodge of B. C.
Odd. Fallows Hall,
Nanaimo,  B. C,
11 June, 1913.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to
notice.
Present:—
W. A. Johnstone ..: Grand Master
R. Dudley Deputy Grand Master
H. White  Grand Warden
Fred. Davey Grand Secretary
P. W. Dempster Grand Treasurer
E. G. Cavalsky Grand Representative
A. M. Russell Grand Representative
A. J. Laidlaw Grand Marshal
W. Grieve Grand Conductor
The Grand Master appointed T. H. White, No. 61, Grand
Chaplain; H. Fooks, No. 28, Grand Guardian, and J. F.
McDougall, No. 46, Grand Herald, pro tem.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Secretary presented the Credentials of the
Representatives elect and Certificates of Past Grands entitled
to the Grand Lodge Degree which were on motion ordered
to be received and referred to a Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Credentials:—
Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, F. F. Neelands, P.G.M.,
No. 8, A. Cleland, No. 10. 3411
The Grand Secretary submitted the name of D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, as Reading Clerk, for this Session,
which was on motion approved.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: .        -|J     —.i&£\ ,
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
Victoria, No. 1 W. W. Gardiner
A.  Anderson
Columbia,   Xo.   2 J. Wilby
D. Dewar
Royal City, Xo. 3 E. J. Boughen
I. R.. Lawrence
Dominion, No. 4 A. J. Cleary
F. C. Dillabough
Black Diamond, No. 5.. . .H. McKenzie
W. Grieve
Harmony,   No.  6   W.Ross
E. H. Jones
Excelsior,   No.  7 S.  S.  Carleton
J. N. Short
Vancouver,  No.  8 W. H. Brown
J. R. Ritchie
Tatnai,  No. 9 C. I. Chapman
G. MacBeth
Western Star, No. 10 W. Wallace
A. Cleland
Union, No. 11 J. W. Horbury
J.  C.  Brown
Selkirk, No. 12 H.   Siegfried
J. Lyon.
Pittitko, No. 13 W. K. Hyslop
Aaron, No. 14 A. S. Killam
Cloverdale,  No.  15 R.Everett
Kootenay,  No.  16 E.E.Robinson
W. Swannell
Duncan,  No.  17 -. ...H. Truesdale
Vernon Valley, No. 18....W. H. Rice
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 J. C. Davis
J. Shimmen
Abbotsford, No. 20 C. F. Yates
Delta,  No.  21 B. Blackely
Island, No. 24 C. F. H. Craig
Pacific,  No. 26 T. B. Godfrey
J. Boyd
Amity, Xo. 27 H. W. Harrison
C. B. Bryson
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34..J. T. Wood
Rossland, No. 36 W. D. Cross'
R. Clemas
. Alternates
R.   Livingstone
W. J.  Gilliland
F. F. Forneri
H.   Grant
C. S. Keith
S.  H.  Thompson
R. A. Anderson
A. W. Bayliss
T. Woodcock
D. Todd'
W. W. Walkem
T. Kerr
J. Peers
J. Munro
R. E. Thompson
A. Ventries
C. Campbell
R. A. Chute
J.  Carver
E. N. Batson
W. McLellen
J. Smith
J. Jamieson
G. Knight
S. Jones
A. E. Herod
D. Barton
D. C. McMorris
D. H. Proudfoot
H. D. Evans
A. E. Foster
M. McRae
R. Cousins
B. B. Smith
G. T. Baker
E. O. Cooney
J. O. Fleming
A. McKelvie
J. A. Johnson
J. W. MacDonald
A. Horwell
C. A. Warren
A. G. Harvey
F. D. Lemieux 3412
Lodge Representatives.
Boundary Valley, No. 38..W. G. Pond
W. B. Fleming
Silver City, No. 39 N. Tattrie
Slocan, No. 40 W. H. Pinchbeck
Key City, No. 42 W. M. Harris
H. E. Stephens
Enterprise, No. 43 L. Cameron
W. Hesketh
Wildey, No. 44 A. McFarlane
Gateway, No. 45 W. J. Shannon
H. B. Chapman
Snowshoe, No. 46 S. McLeod
D. Patterson
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 J. W. Quinney
J. McNicola's
Coronation, No. 48 C. E. Gerrard
Eureka, No. 50 J. C. Metcalfe
Penticton, No.  51 M. Nicholson
Princeton, No. 52 E.L.Webber,P.G.M
Maple Leaf, No. 53 J. G. Grant
Michel, No. 54 R. L. Spruston
G. B. Stedman
North Vancouver, No. 55.. A. E. Harron
Mt. Ida, No. 56 W. H. Bonus
Sunshine, No. 57 S. A. Hunter
Okanagan, No: 58 E. St. Clair Graham
Orchard City, No. 59 W. R. Trench
Little Mountain, No. 60..R. H. Neelands
E. E. Elliott
Fairview, No. 61 T. H. White
C. E. Mahon
Grandview, No. 62 H. W. Merkeley
Prince Rupert, No. 63....A. H. Allison
Corbin, No. 64 T. H. Williams
Park, No. 66 Thos. Jones
Alternates
R W. Halnow
R. Cunning
R. E. McMillan
E. H. Patmore
H. J. Randell
J. W. Milross
F. E. Dockerill
F. J. Smyth
W. E. Hadden
J. N. Currie
W. J. Rutherford
J. P. McKenzie
T. Beck
J. W. Robertson
W. Hunter
W. E. Duncan
J. H. Glass
J. D. Lumsden
J. Ayre
J. A. Murray
W. T. Moody
D. A. McLean
R. Hendricks
F. W. Andrews
W. F. Schell
S. A. Down
J. N. Mouat
A. G. Miles
C. V. Bennett
W. T. Sproule
J. Westover
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Granji
Lodge Degree:—
Victoria
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...A. E. Bradshaw, J. R. Crellin.
...E. H. Jones,, W. Ross.
...J. N. Short, O. A. Weeks.
...R. Jones, W. C. McBeth.
... G. Macbeth.
... E. J. Carver, A. M. Rist.
. ..J. W. Horbury, J. C. Brown.
...H. Siegfried,   J. Lyon.
... W. K. Hyslop.
... A. E. Herod.
...B. R. Whitley, R. Everett.
...T. A. Traves,   D. C. McMorris.
... H. W. Halpenny, H. Truesdale,
A, Vernon Valley
Mt.  Pleasant
Delta
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Slocan
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Fernie
Coronation
Eureka
Penticton
Maple Leaf
Michel
North Vancouver
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard City
Little Mountain
Fairview
Grandview
Prince Rupert
Corbin
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.A. E. Foster, W. H. Gilmore, W,
H. Rice.
.J. Shimmen, J. C. Davis.
.B.  Blakely.
.J. Inglis, W. Meldram.
. H. W. Harrison, C. B. Bryson.
. G. R. Joynt.
. W. D. Cross.
.R. J. Muir, R. W. Halnow.
.W. H. Pinchbeck.
. L. Cameron, W. Hesketh.
.A. McFarlane.
. W. J. Shannon, H. B. Chapman.
D. Patterson, J. P.  McKenzie,  S.
McLeod.
.J. W. Quinney, J. McNicolas.
. C. E. Gerrard, W. Hunter.
.J. C. Metcalfe, W. E. Duncan.
.M. Nicholson, G. F. Dempsey.
J. G. Grant.
. G. B. Stedman, R. L. Spruston.
.A. E. Harron.
. S. A. Hunter.
.F. W. Aifdrews, E. Graham.
.W. R. Trench, W. F. Schell.
.H. L. Gillard, E. E. Elliott.
G. A. Keith, A. E. Cameron.
J. W.  O'Connor.
.A. Douglas, A. H. Allison.
. G. Pelham, J. T. Jackson.
.Thos. Jones.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved, That the Badges' supplied the Representatives be
recognized as proper regalia during the Session.
The following communication was read from the Grand
Secretary of Alberta, which was on motion ordered to be
received and noted on the minutes.
Calgary, Alberta,
Fred. Davey, Esq., 27 May, 1913.
Grand Secretary,
Victoria, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother:
I have very much pleasure, in advising that Brother R. Hill
Fairley, Grand Master, has been appointed Fraternal Delegate
from this jurisdiction, to attend the coming Session of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia.
Any courtesies extended to our brother during his short stay
in your midst will be appreciated by the membership of our Order
in Alberta.
Wishing you a very pleasant and profitable Session and with
all good wishes.
I remain, Yours fraternally,
O.   E.   TISDALE,   Grand   Secretary, 3414
The Grand Secretary appointed Bro. H. T. Fulton, P.G.M.,
No. 6, as Custodian of the Secret Work during the present
Session.
On motion Bro. ,E. G. Cavalsky, G.R., was appointed
Transportation Clerk.
Bro. R. Hill Fairley, Grand Master of Alberta, was
reported in waiting in the ante-room. The Grand Master
appointed T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, A, Henderson,
P.G.M., No. 2, and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, to retire
and introduce the distinguished visitor.
Bro. Fairley was admitted, introduced, received with Grand
Honors and cordially welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
J. A. Tully, P.G., Alberta Lbdge, No. 1, Calgary, Alberta,
and T. Springboard, P.G., Sandstone City Lodge, No. 17,
Calgary, Alberta, were also introduced and were cordially
welcomed.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past Grands
in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the
following:—
R. Marwick, No. 2; A.* J. Cleary, No. 4; J. H. Good, T.
Woodcock, and T. McGuick, No. 5; W. Ross, No. 6; J. N.
Short, No. 7; R. Jones, J. R. Ritchie, J. A. Dillabough and W.
C Macbeth, No. 8; G. Macbeth, No. 9; A. W. Rist and W.
Wallace, No. 10; J. W. Horbury and J. C. Brown, No. 11; H.
Siegfried and J. Lyon, No. 12; W. K. Hyslop, No. 13; D. C
McMorris, No. 16; W. H. Rice, No. 18; J. C Davies, No. 19;
B. Blakely, No. 21; C F. H. Craig and E. O. Cooney, No. 24;
C E. Neilson, No. 26; W. H. Harrison and C B. Bryson,
No. 27; W. D. Cross, No. 36; H. E. Stephens, No. 42; W.
Hesketh and L. Cameron, No. 43; H. B. Chapman and W. J.
Shannon, No. 45; D. Patterson, S. McLeod and J. P.
McKenzie, No. 46; J. W. Quinney and J. McNicholas, No. 47;
C E. Gerrard, No. 48; J. C Metcalfe, No. 50; M. Nicholson,
No. 51; J. G. Grant, No. 53; R. G. Spruston, No. 54; A. E.
Harron, No. 55; S. A. Hunter, No. 57; E. St. C Graham, No.
58; W. R. French, No. 59; E. E. Elliott, and R. H. Neelands,
No. 60; J. W. O'Connor and A. G. Miles, No. 62; A. H.
Allison, No. 63; T. H. Williams, No. 64; Thos. Jones, No. 66.
A recess was declared for the purpose of receiving a
deputation from the Rebekah Assembly in annual session in the
city. The Sisters were introduced by A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., and were warmly received. Sister
Mrs. Keith, Past President, extended fraternal greetings from 3415
the Assembly and their best wishes for a successful Session;
which were acknowledged and reciprocated by the Grand
Master.
His Worship Mayor John Shaw, of ihe City of Nanaimo,
was introduced by Bro. J. Crossan, P.G.M., and he was
cordially welcomed and invited to a seat on the dais.
His Worship addressed the Grand Lodge in very eloquent
language appreciative of the work of the Order. He extended
a cordial welcome to Nanaimo and expressed his wishes for a
successful and harmonious meeting.
The Grand Master replied on behalf of the Grand Lodge.
His Worship and the Sisters of Rebekah having retired
the Grand Lodge resumed business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments to fill
the Standing Committees and announced his intention to
appoint the following Special Committees for the present
Session, viz.:—Resolutions, Rebekah Degree, Correspondence,
Statistics re Dues and Benefits, and Insurance.
Finance—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; W. H. Brown, No. 8;
W. W. Gardiner, No. 1; W. K. Hyslop, No. 13; W. R. Trench, No.
59;   G. B. Stedman,. No. 54.
Appeals—A. M. Russell, G.R, No. 8; C. I. Chapman, Xo. 9;
A. J. Cleary, No. 4; H. Siegfried, No. 12; C. B. Bryson, No. 27;
A. H. Allison, No. 63.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; W. G. Pond, No. 38;
J. N. Short, No. 7; R. Everett, No. 15; J. O. Fleming, No. 26;
T. H. Williams, No. 64.
Petitions—W. Wallace, No. 10; D. C. McMorris, No. 16; H.
Truesdale, No. 17; C. H. Craig, No. 24; N. Tittrie, No. 39; S,
McLeod, No. 46.
State of the Order—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 52; W. M.
Harris, No. 42; C. E. Mahon, No. 61; D. Dewar, No. 2; H.
McKenzie, No. 5;   W. Hesketh, No. 43.
Legislation—J. T. Wood, No. 34; A. E. Harron, No. 55; F. C.
Dillabough, No. 4; W. H. Harrison, No. 27; J. W. Quimby, No. 47;
E. St. C. Graham, No. 58.
Judiciary—A. Cleland, No. 10; H. Fooks, No. 28; C. E.
Gerard, No. 48; D. Patterson, No. 46; E; J. Boughen, No. 3; T. B.
Godfrey, No. 26.
Mileage and Per Diem—A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26; R. H. Neelands,
No. 60; S. Carleton, No. 7; W. Swannell, No. 16; H. E. Stephens,
No. 42;  W. J. Shannon, No. 45. 3416
Printing—Grand Secretary; J. Wilby, No. 2; J. R. Ritchie,
No. 8; J. C. Brown, No. 11; W. D. Cross, No. 36; Thos. Jones,
No. 66.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; W. W.
Walkem, N6. 6; J. W. Horbury, No. 11; A. McFarlane, No. 44;
J. McNicholas, No. 47;   I. R. Lawrence, No. 3.
Correspondence—W. B. Fleming, No. 38; A. S. Killam, No. 14;
W. H. Rice, No. 18; jj. B. Chapman, No. 45; A. G. Miles, No. 62;
L. Cameron, No. 43.
Odd Fellows' Home—H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10; D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A. Cleland,
No. 10.
Rebekah Degree—W. Grieve, No. 5; A. Anderson, No. 1; W.
Ross, No. 6; J. Lyon, No. 12; R. Clemas, No. 36; J. C. Davis,
No. 19.
Resolutions—E. E. Elliott, No. 60; G. Macbeth, No. 9; W. H.
Pinchbeck, No. 40; J. C. Metcalfe, No. 50; J. Shimmen, No. 19;
J. G. Grant, No. 53.
Credentials—Grand Secretary; P. W. Dempster, G.T., No. 2;
T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8;   A. Cleland, No. 10.
Distribution—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; H. T. Fulton,
P.G.M., No. 26;  A. M. Russell, G.R., No. 8.
Insurance—C. F. Yates, No. 20; M. Nicholson, No. 51; R. L.
Spruston, No. 54; S. A. Hunter, No. 57; B. Blakely, No. 21; W. H.
Bonus, No. 56.
The Grand Secretary presented the Reports of the Grand
Officers in printed form, which were on motion, ordered to be
received and referred to the Committee on Distribution. 3417
GRAND MASTERS
I     REPORT
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To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of B. C.,
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Brethren:—
One year ago, when you installed me into the Chair of Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, the most hig*h
and honorable position at the disposition of our noble Order in
this Province, yon did not concedve with what trepidation I received the honor, and with what fear and trembling I entered upon
the work. The experience I had gained in s:hardng to an unusual
extent the privilege of performing some of the work of the Grand
Master whilst I was Grand Warden, had revealed to me the great
responsibilities of the office of Grand Master, and, but for the
certainty I felt of having the united assistance and counsel of my
fellow officers and the brethren throughout the Province, blessed
by the hand ; of the Grand Master of the Universe, who
strengthens the hearts and hands of the weak engaged in the performance of a good work, I would have refused the honor, realizing as I did the responsibility entailed.
Having accepted the responsibility I have endeavored to do
my best for the promotion of our Order's best interests throughput
the jurisdiction—how well I have succeeded statistics will not
alone show. My aim has been, not so much to increase the membership as to -encourage our lodges and the members in the performance of every good work and in the practice of the principles
of Oddfellowship, and in the living up to their obligations, believing as I do that in the performance of these we will attract the
attention of the best men in every community, the illustrated truthfulness of our profession will appeal to them and our Order will
be strengthened in the most substantial way.
GREETING
To the representatives assembled at this session of our Grand
Lodge, I wish to impress upon you the seriousness of your responsibility as representatives of your Lodge. If this is your first
experience, or your second, or more, ever remember that you are
'here to perform a duty to your Lodge and the Order; there is
much information which will be of interest and use to your Lodge.
Absorb all you can, keep a memorandum of what transpires, post
yourself thoroughly on the secret work; you need have no hesitancy in applying to the Grand Lodge officers or other members
for any information you may require, you should know
what  will benefit  and  interest  your   Lodge,   go   back  to   it  with 3418
something that will inspire and encourage them for another year's
work greater than ever before. Do not go back to your Lodge,
as many have done before you, with only a remembrance of the
delightful entertainment and pleasures enjoyed outside of the
Grand Lodge room. The experience gained in my visitations
prompts me to give this admonition.
To all on this, the occasion of our Thirty-ninth Annual Session, I extend most Fraternal Greetings, earnestly praying that all
our deliberations may be conducted in harmony and wisdom, and
that all may result in the advancement of our beloved Order in this
Jurisdiction.
STATE  OF  THE  ORDER
The net gain in membership shows an increase of nearly 15
per cent, during the year 1912 in this Jurisdiction. It is very
gratifying to note that the advancement of past years has not only
been maintained, but exceeded; this should be expected, as our
Order must keep pace with the rapid development of our Province.
I feel justified in saying that there should be at least 10 new
Lodges added within the next two years. There are several small
towns showing a degree of permanency which even now would
justify a Lodge being granted a Charter if a suitable meeting place
could be secured. I refer to "Mission City," "Coquitlam," "Haney,"
"Langley," "Port Moody," "Lynn Valley," and many other places
on whidh it becomes us to keep an eye with the object in view of
extending our Order in this Province,
We regret that the conditions reported as existing during the
year 1911 in the Moyie, Slocan, Sandon, Trout Lake and Camborne districts are not materially improved, and only for the hopeful determination of a few members who still remain in the neighborhood of those places, their Lodges would cease to exist. As it is,
we trust the Grand Lodge will deal as leniently as possible with
any shortcomings of which any of these Lodges may have been
reported, as only those who have been among them can realize
how difficult it is for them to get a quorum together at the present
time to hold a meeting. I would recommend, however, that as it
is the duty of this Grand Lodge to protect the membership absent
from the Jurisdiction, an effort should be made to 'have these weak
Lodges amalgamate their membership and resources before it is
too late, as may be the case with Camborne Lodge No. 49, located
at Beaton.
I   VISITATIONS
My itinerary of visitations to the membership in the interior
of the Province, included 29 Lodges, 19 of these I visited on their
regular night of meeting, and 9 at special meetings previously
arranged for by my District Deputies. Only one Lodge—that of
Camborne No. 49, at Beaton—failed to get a quorum. The
Lodges on the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island I visited at
intervals, the dates of which I submit herewith. I regret that
time and means of travel did not permit of my visiting Cariboo
Lodge, No. 65, South Fort George, Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63,
Prince Rupert, and Dawson Lodge, No. iA, at Dawson, Y. T.
All my travels and visitations throughout the Interior and
elsewhere over the Province have been featured by my meeting
with the warmest reception, the most gracious hospitality and
charming entertainment tendered me by Officers and Members at
every Lodge I visited. I feel that to enter into a description of
each eventful visit would make this report much too cumbersome,
and I shall only express here my deep appreciation of all the kind- I
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ness I received at the hands of every Lodge, and from the brothers
everywhere, not only in the Lodge room, but from many of them
as a guest at their houses. I had the pleasure of witnessing an
exemplification of work in the Initiatory Degree in twenty-six
different Lodges, the First Degree in two, the Second Degree in
two, and the Third in three. In nearly all the Lodges the work
was done very creditably, and I trust that my criticisms, which
may in some cases have seemed over severe, were accepted in the
spirit in which they were made, as it seemd to me to be my duty
to point out errors and irregularities, rather than to lead the
brothers to consider these things of small importance and
unworthy of the notice of the Grand Master.
I cannot refrain from mentioning an unanticipated pleasure
which greeted me at Oroville, Washington, a small town at which
I was obliged to remain overnight on my way to Princeton. The
Lodge at Oroville had been advised of my passing through by
the brothers at Princeton, and as it was their night of meeting,
they met me at the station, conducted me to the best hotel, and
then informed me that I was expected to pay a fraternal visit to
their Lodge. I accepted the invitation, and we had a splendid
evening, as the brothers were both entertaining and hospitable.
After Lodge we were treated to a "Fruit Banquet," which we enjoyed very much, as I met some brothers there who belonged to
our Jurisdiction. This visit also enabled me to settle a little matter between one of our Lodges and their Lodge; altogether the
evening was a pleasant and profitable one to me, although not on
my itinerary.
I visited the following Lodges on the dates named
Location   of   Lodge
Princeton   	
Phoenix    	
Greenwood   	
Grand  Forks   	
Rossland   	
Trail    	
Cranbrook   	
Moyie   	
Fernie    j
Corbin   	
Michel   	
Hosmer   	
Nelson   	
Slocan   	
Sandon   	
Kaslo   	
Trout Lake  	
Beaton   	
Golden  	
Revelstoke  	
Summerland   	
Penticton   	
Kelowna 	
Vernon	
Armstrong   	
Enderby   	
Kamloops   	
Salmon Arm  	
Ashcroft  	
Name No.   of Lodge
Princeton    52	
Snowshoe    46	
Boundary Valley   38	
Gateway    45 	
Rossland    36	
Enterprise    43  	
Key. City    42	
Wildey     44  ......
Mt.   Fernie    47	
Corbin     64	
Michel *54	
Maple Leaf    53  	
Kootenay    16	
Slocan    40	
Silver   City    39  	
Sunshine    57  	
Trout Lake    41   	
Camborne    49  	
Rocky Mountain    34	
Selkirk    12	
Okanagan    58 	
Penticton    51   	
Orchard   City    59  	
Vernon Valley   18 	
Coronation    48	
Eureka    50	
Tatnai      9 	
Mount Ida   56	
Ashcroft    23  	
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(By special Deputy, J. H. Glass, P. G.)
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Vancouver    Mount Pleasant  	
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Vancouver    Vancouver    	
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New Westminster ..Royal   City   	
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Victoria    Victoria	
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HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE,
For the prosperity which our Order has enjoyed throughout
this Jurisdiction, the honor belongs to those loyal brothers who
are continually making sacrifices for our. Fraternity. I personally
thank them one and all.
* •
I cannot let the opportunity pass of expressing my appreciation by a word of thanks to the Relief Boards who work so arduously (often without proper appreciation by their respective
Lodges) for the benefit of sojourning brethren, their duties are
often more strenuous and exacting than that of the Lodge officers
—may God's special blessing rest on the brothers engaged in this
special branch of our work.
I wish to thank my fellow officers of this Grand Lodge. The
pleasure of their association I shall ever hold most dear, and trust
I may long enjoy. I owe much to the assistance and the advice,
ever cheerfully given, by our Grand Secretary, Bro. Davey. To
Brother Webber, P.G.M., I owe a debt of gratitude for advice and
assistance, particularly in arranging my itinerary and travelling
schedule through the Interior. To Bro. J. H. Glass, D.D.G.M.,
District No. 27, for his special service in accompanying me
throughout all my visitations in the Okanagan Valley, also for a
special visit he made on my behalf to Pittitko Lodge, No. 13,
Merritt, on 15th October, and for conveying the greetings in
person to the Grand Lodge of Alberta from the Grand Master and
the Grand Lodge of B. C. I also enjoyed the hospitality of Bro.
Glass during my Sunday and Monday sojourn^ at Penticton. I
wish to express my gratitude and thanks to this ardent Brother
for all his kindness.
For the support and encouragement I have received on all
occasions from the Past Grand Masters and the Grand Lodge Officers of the Jurisdiction, I tender my most heartfelt thanks. 3421
NEW LODGES.
During my term of office I have authorized by dispensation
the institution and operation of three new Lodges in the Jurisdiction.
The Instituting Officers were authorized to act as my special
Deputies in the performance of this service.
August 20, 1912, Pittitko Lodge No. 13, at Merritt, B. C, instituted by Special Deputy E. T. W. Pearse, P. G., of Tatnai Lodge
No. 9, Instituting Officer, assisted by F. Simpson, P.G.M., and a
staff of officers of Tatnai Lodge.
September 11, 1912, Abbotsford Lodge No. 20, at Abbotsford,
B. C, instituted by Special Deputy Wallace Law, P.G.M., instituting officers, assisted fcy A. J. Laidlaw, Grand Marshal, Bro. J.
Johnson, P.G., of Amity Lodge, No. 27, Bro. W. Meldrum, P. G.
and Bro. A. Moore, of Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
August 28, 1912, Aaron Lodge, No. 14, at Vancouver, B. C,
instituted by Grand Master W. A. Johnstone, assisted by A. J.
Laidlaw, Grand Marshal, Wallace Law, P.G.M., A. M. Russell, G.
R., T. White, P.G., and J. F. Faulkner, P.G., of Fairview Lodge
No. 61. When instituted this Lodge had thirteen Charter members.
As all these Lodges are progressing favorably and show the
necessary signs of strength and permanency, I would recommend that this Grand Lodge authorize the issuing of Charters to
them.
OFFICIAL ACTS.
In the month of November, 1912, I had the honor of presenting on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, a Past Grand
Master's Jewel to Bro. J. A. Baker, P.G.M., of that Jurisdiction.
The presentation was made at the regular meeting of Pacific
Lodge No. 26, Vancouver, in which City Bro. Baker has taken up
his residence.
On the occasion of my official visit to the Victoria City
Lodges, March 28, 1913, I had the pleasure of presenting on behalf of this Grand Lodge, a Past Grand Master's Jewel to our esteemed Brother W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., and I am requested to convey to this Grand Lodge Bro. Cullin's most grateful acknowledgment and thanks for this token of kindness which he will ever
retain in memory of the many pleasant associations it represents.
On March 29, 1913, I had the honor of laying the cornerstone
of a new I. O. O. F. Hall at Duncan. At this ceremony I was
ably assisted by the Grand Lodge Officers, Bro. Davey, Grand
Secietary; Bro. P. Dempster, Grand Treasurer; Bro. Rev. E. G.
Miller, Grand Chaplain; Bro. Laidlaw, Grand Marshal; Bro. Grieve,
Grand Conductor; Bro. Cullin, P.G.M.; Bro. F. Simpson, P.G.M.;
Col. Jensen and Capt. Dillabough, in command of Canton No. 2,
P.M. of Victoria. This event was the occasion of hearty congratulations to the Members of Duncan Lodge for the pluck and enterprise manifested in so speedily recovering from the recent loss of
their Lodge Room by fire. Their new Hall is now well advanced
towards completion, and prospects are bright for the future success of their venture as a paying investment.
I also had the honor of making presentation of Jewels in
several Lodges throughout the Jurisdiction to Brothers whose
years of faithful service were being fittingly recognized by their
Brethren. 3422
I also wired the Greetings of this Grand Lodge to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge at the opening of its Session in the City
of Winnipeg, a copy of same appears in the Journal of Proceedings of the Session 1912.
I have' also made a Report to the Grand Sire of the condition of our Order in this Jurisdiction and of the progress we have
made during the past year.
FRATERNAL DELEGATE TO GRAND LODGE OF
ALBERTA.
In order that this Jurisdiction might be represented at the
Session of the Grand Lodge of Alberta and so reciprocate the
fraternal action of that Grand Body in sending Bro. O. E. Tisdale, P.G.M., Grand Secretary, to convey fraternal greetings at
our last Session, I took advantage of the presence of Bro. J. H.
Glass in Calgary last February to appoint him as a fratfrnal delegate from this Grand Lodge.
I am glad I took that course because the Grand Lodges of
Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were represented on this
occasion and the absence of a Representative from British Columbia would have been unpleasantly conspicuous.
From published Reports of the Proceedings it would appear
that Bro. Glass most worthily represented us and his able and
eloquent addresses were very highly appreciated by a crowded
audience at the Dedication of a new Hall built by Alberta Lodge
No. 1, as well as at the meetings of the Grand Lodge.
DECISIONS.
From Corbin Lodge No. 64. Question.—Can we ballot upon
an applicant before receiving a medical examination. This after
the Investigating Committee has reported favorably upon the
applicant?
Answer.—Such a course is in contravention of the law as laid
down in the Constitution, Sec. 6, Article II.
From Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 19. Statement.—The father of
an applicant for membership in our Order was born in the Malay
Peninsula, the applicant and his mother were born in England.
Question.—Is the applicant eligible to membership in our
Order?
Answer.—If applicant's parents were both of the Caucasian or
White race, the place of birth would not affect the nationality,
but if either father or mother were of Indian or mixed blood, the
applicant is not eligible.    (1903 Digest 875, 876 and 879).
From D.D.G.M. District No. 10. Statement.—A motion is to
come before the Lodge as to whether the Lodge will spend a
certain amount of money for the purpose of building a new Lodge
room and another motion that the Brothers cast a secret ballot in
writing on same.
Question.—Is it legal to take the ballot in writing or not?
Answer.—It is not legal.
From Michel Lodge No. 54. Question.—Would it be unconstitutional to hold Special Meetings on Sunday for the purpose of
conferring Degrees and Initiations?
Answer^—It would be unconstitutional. 3423
From Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 19. Question.—We ask for
ruling as to whether smoking can be carried on in the Ante Room
while the Lodge is in Session or not?
Answer.—It cannot without violating the law of the Order
(1911 Journal, 422-430-434).
From Princeton Lodge No. 52. Question No. 1.—Would a
Member of the Order become ineligible to continue membership
after having fallen heir to a property in which a hotel business is
carried on, said Member having only interest in the building and
not in the business?
Answer.—He does not become ineligible to continue membership.
Question No. 2.—A Member of the Order in another Jurisdiction after being two years in arrears was notfied of his suspension for non-payment of dues. Can said Member demand a
DismissalfrCertificate by paying the sum of one dollar?
Answer.—Yes. He can demand a Dismissal Certificate upon
making proper application and paying the fee of one dollar. (See
1903 Digest, Sec. 302-303-304).
APPOINTMENTS.
Bro. Talbot, D.D.G.M. for District No. 31, having removed
from his District, I appointed Bro. A. Goldsmith, P. G. of Sunshine Lodge No. 57, in his stead.
Bro. Johnson, D.D.G.M. of District No. 35, having removed
from Fort George, I appointed Bro. Walter Adams in his stead.
After the institution of Abbotsford Lodge I made the appointment of Bro. C. F. Yates, P.G., as D.D.G.M. for that Lodge.
to     the
DISPENSATIONS ISSUED.
The  following  Dispensations   were   granted   subject
lawful provisions and restrictions of the Order.
To Conduct Social Functions in the Name of the Order
Prince Rupert Lodge No. 63, Columbia Lodge No. 2, Little
Mountain Lodge No. 60, Dawson Lodge No. la, Eureka Lodge No. 50,
Corbin Lodge No. 64, Boundary Valley Lodge No. 38, Cheam
Lodge No. 28, Michel Lodge No. 54, Princeton Lodge No. 52,
Island Lodge No. 24, Orchard City Lodge No. 59, Gateway Lodge
No. 45, Coronation Lodge No. 48, Grandview Lodge No. 62, Slocan
Penticton Lodge No. 51, Mt. Ida Lodge  No.    56,
Enterprise Lodge No. 43, and Duncan Lodge No. 17.
To Receive Application, Ballot for and Initiate    Same    Evening.
Pittitko Lodge No.  13, Penticton Lodge No. 51,  North Van-
Lodge No. 55, Rossland Lodge No. 36, Abbotsford Lodge
Orchard City Lodge No. 59.
To Elect Scarlet Degree Members to Any Office in Lodge.
Rossland Lodge No. 36, Aaron Lodge No.  14, Pittiko Lodge
13.
To Remove Charter and Hold Meetings in New Hall.
Duncan Lodge No. 17, Fairview Lodge No. 61, Michel Lodge
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To Hold Public or Joint Installations.
North Vancouver Lodge No. 55, Tatnai Lodge No. 9, Prince-
No. 52. 3424
To Appear in Public in the Regalia of the Order.
Tatnai Lodge No. 9, Michel Lodge No. 54, Duncan Lodge No.
17, Mt. Fernie Lodge No. 47.
Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters
I beg to submit an epitome of the Reports of the D.D.G.M.'s
that have so far been received:
having in-
District No.  1.—F.  F.  Fornefi,  D.D.G.M., reports
stalled the Lodges in his  District at the commencement of each
term.   The condition of the Order in his District was never better
than at the present time.
District No. 3.—J. H. Good, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers
at the usual time. Granted Dispensations to change night of
meeting and to wear Regalia (in public, it is assumed). (I would
call attention to the fact that D.D.G.M.'s are not empowered to
grant Dispensations for this purpose). The 01 ler in this District
is said to be in excellent condition and the prospects bright.
Bro. Good recommends that smoking be permitted during recess.
District No. 4.—J. Heyes, D.D.G.M., installed the Lodge
Officers in July, 1912, and January, 1913. No increase of membership, but financial condition of the Lodge is good.
District No. 5.—E. A. Nelems, D.D.G.M., reports installation
of the Officers at the regular times. The condition of the Order
is good.
District No. 6.—E. W. Garnett, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the Lodges in his large District at the usual times. The
Order is in a flourishing condition. The year's work was very
successful in all respects. A splendid feeling of fraternity is
manifest between the various Lodges which is being cultivated by
numerous fraternal visits, producing a very beneficial effect.
District No. 7.—C. F. Campbell, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the Officers of the five Lodges in his District on two
occasions each and paid two official visits. The condition of the
Order is first-class. All Lodges are in good financial position and
doing first-class Degree work. With the exception of one, all the
Lodges have made rapid increase in membership.
The visits of the Grand Master have had excellent effect in
stimulating good work and recommends a continuation of such
visits by future Grand Lodge Officers, especially to young Lodges.
District No. 8.—E. T. W. Pearse, D.D.G.M., reports that he
instituted "Pittitko" Lodge No. 13, at Merritt, B. C, on 20th
Augusts 1912. Installed the Officers of Tatnai Lodge No. 9, in
July, 1912, and January, 1913. Tatnai Lodge is increasing its
membership and Pittitko Lodge is getting along famously.
District No. 9.—W. C. Colling, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers
of Union Lodge No. 11, at the customary times, visited the Lodge
officially with the Grand Master on 2nd May, 1913, but was a
constant attendant. Rendered the following Decisions: A Member in arrears for dues is not entitled to receive the P.W. nor
vote, but may attend his Lodge.
A Brother entering the liquor business must have charges
preferred against him.
A vote of 12 for and 6 against, although two-thirds of the
votes cast does not become effective from the fact that there were
19 brothers present entitled to vote, two-thirds of all present
being required in order to carry.
The Order in this District is in fair condition. 3425
District No. n.—D. S. Barton, D.D.G.M., reports the officers
of Cloverdale Lodge No. 15, duly installed at the proper time.
Granted Dispensation for Annual ball (this power is not conferred on D.D.G.M.'s).
Paid one Official visit to the Lodge. The condition of the
Order in the District is very satisfactory.
District No. 12.—J. H. Lemmon, D.D.G.M., reports that the
Officers were duly installed in J'uly, 1912, and January, 1913. The
Order is in very good condition.
District No. 13.—J. Boak, D.D.G.M., installed the officers of
Duncan Lodge No. 17. The prospects of this Lodge are especially
good. The Members are taking a lively interest in the work and
are looking forward to the dedication of their new Hall now
under construction.
District No.  14.—R.  E.  Wheeler,  D.D.G.M.,  reports  that the
Officers of the Lodges in his District have been installed at the
proper times.    The Lodges are in a flourishing condition, but the
attendance at Lodge meetings is not large.
District No. 15.—H. B. Thompson, D.D.G.M., reports installing the officers of Delta Lodge No. 21, each term. The condition
of the Order in the District is good.
District No. 16—J. C. Smith, D.D.G.M., reports the Officers
of Ashcroft Lodge No. 23, installed at the usual times. The condition of the Order in this District is reported to be not very encouraging.
District No. 19.—-Robert Clemas, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the Officers of the Lodges in his District at the
customary times. That on January 6th., 1913, being a joint one,
the Rebekah Lodge participating. The Order is about holding its
own in this District, but anticipates an improvement in the coming summer. Attributes the failure of the Lodges to secure more
Members to the existence of competitive organizations which
offer cheaper rates of Inititation Fees.
District No. 20.—D. Paterson, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers
of the three Lodges in his District at the proper times.
Gateway Lodge No. 45, and Snowshoe Lodge No. 46, are
making excellent progress, but Boundary Valley Lodge No. 38
has had no increase in membership, but is otherwise in good
condition.
District No. 21.—Neil Tattrie, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers
of Silver City Lodge No. 39, at the proper time. As Secretary
of this Lodge he has been a constant attendant but has not visited
it officially. Lodge in good condition financially, but not gaining
in membership.
District No. 22.—William Clough, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers of Slocan Lodge No. 40, at the usual times. The Order is
in a good healthy condition. The prospects for the future have
not been as bright for years past.
District No. 25.—James Roberts, D.D.G.M., installed the
Officers of Wildey Lodge No. 44, in July, 1912, and January, 1913,
Issued a Dispensation to hold an "At Home." (This is in excess
of the powers vested in D.D.G.M.'s).
Owing to industrial depression there has been no gain in
membership but the Lodge is sound financially and 'the prospects
for the future are brighter. 3426
District No. 26.—John Lundie, D.D.G.M., installed the Officers
of the two Lodges in his District, assisted by Bro. R. Dudley,
D.G.M., at the regular times. Officially visited Maple Leaf Lodge
No. 53, accompanied by the Degree Team of Mt. Fernie Lodge
on 24th February, 1913. The Order in this District is in a prosperous condition and Lodges are well attended. Mount Fernie
Lodge No. 47 has initiated sixteen new members up to the 29th
April, 1913.
District No. 27.—Bro. J. H. Glass, D.D.G.M., forwards a long
and interesting report. Installed the officers of Penticton Lodge
No. 51, at the stipulated times; on the last occasion was assisted
by Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M. This occasion, with the banquet
which followed, evoked considerable enthusiasm, and a full report
appeared in the local and fraternal newspapers. Granted Dispensation to ballot for a candidate the same evenirfg as his application
was received. (This power is only vested in a Grand Master).
Visited his Lodge officially on three occasions. Little advancement to be reported in this District owing to adverse local conditions. Recommends that D.D.G.M.'s be selected from adjoining
Districts, on the grounds that he would feel more independent in
the exercise of his powers, and that being a stranger he* would
have more influence and command greater respect than is accorded
to a member of the same Lodge.
District No. 29.—W. T. Sproule, D.D.G.M., reports that the
officers of the two Lodges in his District were duly installed at
the respective periods. Dispensation issued to Corbin Lodge No.
64, to hold a special meeting to confer Degrees. (This was unnecessary, the By-Laws of the Lodge making provision for such
a meeting). Officially visited Michel Lodge No. 54, on 1st November, 1912, and Corbin Lodge No. 64, on 6th January, 19x3.
Answered a question as to whether a Lodge can appear in public
in Regalia without a Dispensation, in the negative. Conditions of
the Order in the District fairly good.
District No. 3o<—R. J. Glasgow, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the officers of Mount Ida Lodge No. 56, at the regular times. One dispensation granted but the purpose not stated.
One official visit paid. Condition of the Order financially good.
A slow but steady growth observable.
District   No.  31.—A.   Goldsmith,   D.D.G.M.,
installed the officers of Sunshine Lodge No. 57,
1913.    The condition of the Order in the District
District  No. 33.—William  Harvey,  D.D.G.M.
reports having
on 8th January,
is promising.
reports  the
installation of the officers of Orchard City Lodge No. 59, on the
2nd July, 1912, and 7th January, 1913- Pa^ two official visits to
the Lodge. The Lodge has been steadily increasing in membership; has now a membership of 60, with prospects of a large increase before the end of the year. Lodge financially in healthy
condition. Officers have worked faithfully and a great improvement generally taken place in the Lodge work.
District No. 34.—J. P. Cade, D.D.G.M., reports the regular
installation of Officers performed and two additional to fill vacancies. Four official visits paid to Lodge. Condition of the Order
is first-class. Recommends that the D.D.G.M. be changed each
year.
District No. 37.—C. F. Yates, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of officers in Abbotsford Lodge No. 20 on 15th January, 1913
The Lodge progressing favorably, membership
great interest taken
increasing:
o>
and 3427
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE GRAND SIRE.
In the month of January, 1913, I received the following Greeting to which I made suitable reply.
San Antonio, Texas, January 2, 1913.
Mr. W. A. Johnstone,  Grand Master, Vancouver, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother:
As we enter upon the duties of another year each of us should
resolve to do our best to make it one of great progress for Odd
Fellowship. We are recognized as the greatest secret Order of
the age, and we should not be satisfied until all mankind acknowledges the fact that Odd Fellowship, next to the church of the
Living God, is the greatest agency in all the world in promoting
"Peace on earth and goodwill to men."
I trust that great harmony and prosperity will prevail in the
ranks of Odd Fellowship at home and abroad and that the close
of the year 1913 will find all the branches and jurisdictions of our
Order drawn closer together in the bonds of universal brotherhood.
Some time between now and May 1, I wish you would write
me fully concerning the progress of the Order in your jurisdiction, with such suggestions as you choose to make on any matter
that you deem for the best interests of the Order, so that I may
have the facts and suggestions before me in preparing my report
for next Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year and assuring you of my high respect and esteem, I beg to remain,
Yours fraternally,
(Signed)   C. A
KELLER,
Grand   Sire
On same date I received the following Circular letter from
Grand Sire Keller, a copy of which was mailed to every lodge in
the jurisdiction:
San Antonio, Texas, January 2, 1913.
Mr. W. A. Johnstone,
Grand Master,
Vancouver, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother:
It has been reported to me from various sources that the laws
of our Order against smoking when the Lodge is in session, as
well as that concerning the use of liquors are being violated in
some of the jurisdictions. Some Lodges, I am informed, declare a
"recess" for a few minutes in order to give some of its members
a chance to indulge in a "smoke," but this is a violation of the law,
because when a Lodge is once opened it is in session until it is
formally closed, and declaring a "recess" or that the Lodge may
"stand at ease" ddes not change the fact that it is still in session.
I am also informed that in some places beer and wine are
brought to the ante room or adjoining rooms and indulged in
after Lodge has closed; and that at suppers and banquets attended
solely by Odd Fellows liquors are freely used by some of the
members.
I wish you would enquire through your Deputies if such
practices are permitted as to smoking or drinking in any of the 3428
Bodies of your jurisdiction. If any of your Lodges or Encampments permit such violations steps should be taken to stop such
practices.
Trusting I may have your report on this matter by May ist,
giving name, number and location of such Lodges as are violating
these laws, so I may make some recommendation to the Sovereign Grand Lodge in the matter at the next Session, if necessary,
I beg to remain
Yours fraternally,
(Signed)    C.   A.   KELLER,
Grand   Sire.
In response to this I received replies from nearly every Lodge
in the jurisdiction. In all cases they disclaim the use of liquors
in the Lodge room, or in connection therewith. In reference to
smoking many Lodges acknowledged the practice of this in the
Ante room during recess. In most cases the assurance was given
that this would be discontinued, but several Lodges expressed the
opinion that the edict of the Grand Sire was considered a hardship on many of the members, and would have a tendency to decrease the attendance at Lodge Meetings.
I also received from the Grand Sire the usual proclamations
for the observance of the 94th. Anniversary of our Order on April
26th., 1913, and also for Memorial Day Service to be observed on
the 10th of June, 1913. In compliance with these instructions I
issued the usual Proclamations to our Subordinate Lodges.
FLOODS IN OHIO.
On March 29th. I received by wire an appeal from F. C.
Goodrich, Grand Master of the State of Ohio, asking for aid on
behalf of the suffering Odd Fellows and their families from the
recent devastating floods in that State. This appeal was approved
and the necessity of a speedy response urged by a telegram from
the Grand Sire. I am pleased to report that this appeal met with
a most generous response from the Lodges of our jurisdiction, the
sum of $1,734.80 having been forwarded through our Grand Secretary to the Grand Master of Ohio.
CYCLONE AT REGINA.
In the month of August, 1912, I received a communication
from Bro. J. W. Cunningham, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of Saskatchewan, asking for assistance for those who suffered loss
by the cyclone which struck Regina.
I replied to Bro. Cunningham, extending the sympathy of the
membership of this Jurisdiction to the sufferers, and granting him
permission to appeal to the Subordinate Lodges of B. C. for aid,
assuring him that if an appeal was made setting forth the conditions and the number of Odd Fellows who had sustained loss, and
to what extent, approximately, he would find the membership of
this Jurisdiction ready to respond most generously. As Bro.
Cunningham did not avail himself of the permission granted I
presume the loss was not found to be as great as at first thought.
MONUMENT OF PEACE.
I have received from Bro. J. M. Patton, Grand Master of
South Dakota, a copy of a letter he has addressed to the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of his jurisdiction inviting contributions from them towards the  erection  of a  Monument of  Peace 3429
in the grounds of the Temple of Peace to be erected at The Hague,
together with a copy of a letter from the Grand Sire addressed to
Bro. Patton approving of the proposal. I have informed \ Bro.
Patton that I would submit this correspondence to this Session of
the Grand Lodge for its consideration and such action as it may
deem advisable.
The following are the letters referred to above:
Office of Grand Master.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, March 22, 1913.
To all Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of South Dakota.
Officers and Members:
As you are no doubt aware, there is being erected at The
Hague a magnificent Temple for the use of the International
Court of Arbitration, at a cost of one and one-half million dollars.
This structure is to be dedicated some time the coming Fall.
It has been proposed by the European Brethren of our Order
that a "Monument to Peace" be erected by the Odd Fellows of the
World on -the grounds adjacent to this great building. The idea
originated with the Grand Sires for the German Empire, the
Netherlands and other European countries. Such a monument
would be notice to the whole world, that Odd Fellowship stands
for peace, not only among our own members but for all the
peoples and nations and a lasting object lesson that the teachings
of our Order are to that purpose and end, and would add much to
our prestige as leaders in all good works.
A splendid site has been set aside for the purpose, and it is
hoped to have the Monument ready for unveiling at the time of
the dedication of the Palace of Peace next September. The estimated cost of the monument is about $20,000, and while our
European Brothers number only about one per cent, of the membership, they agree to raise 20 per cent, of the cost, and asked the
American Order to contribute the remainder, which will require
about two cents per member—a mere trifle to any Lodge. Several
jurisdictions are already making a call for the purpose.
Brothers and Sisters, let us contribute our mite to this wonderful enterprise, and help to show to the world for all time that
Odd Fellowship as an Order, stands for universal peace.
To that end I hereby request each Lodge to forward to Grand
Secretary Harvey J. Rice at once a sum amounting to two cents
per member, to be credited to the "Peace Monument Fund." Let
South Dakota be among the very first to give our aid to this great
project.
Attest:
Harvey J. Rice,
(Seal)     Grand Secretary
Yours fraternally,
(Signed) JAMES M. PATTOX,
Grand Master.
1913.
San Antonio, Texas, March 1
Mr. J. M. Patton,
Grand Master, I. O. O. F.,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Dear Sir and Brother:
Your letter was duly received requesting permission to call on
the membership of your jurisdiction for contributions to the
"Peace Monument Fund." 3430
The purpose of this movement meets with my hearty approval,
and while I doubt my authority to call on the Order at large for
contributions for this splendid undertaking, or perhaps to give you
the permission desired, I do not believe your right to do so in
South Dakota will be questioned. I shall certainly make no objections to such a movement on the part of the Grand Masters of
the various jurisdictions, and hope that every Odd Fellow and
Rebekah will take pleasure and personal pride in contributing to
this fund, to the end that this noble enterprise of our European
brethren may be fully accomplished and the monument erected as
an object lesson to the world, showing that Odd Fellowship
stands for Peace, not only among its own members, but also
among all nations. > I am sure the great body of our membership
will favor such action and believe the Sovereign Grand Lodge
will approve it.
I would suggest that such contributions in your jurisdiction
be forwarded to your Grand Secretary, and by him to Bro. John
B. Goodwin, Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, who has
kindly consented to handle such funds.
Yours fraternally,
(Signed)
C.   A.   KELLER,
Grand   Sire
TUBERCULOSIS SANITORIUM.
The duty assigned your executive by this Grand Lodge at its
last Session in connection with the Tranquille Sleeping Pavilion,
was intrusted to Bro. Webber, P.G.M., who in February last formally made the presentation of the furnishings to the Board of
Management of that Institution on behalf of the Odd Fellows of
B. C.
As there is still a balance of $219.10 of the amount subscribed,
I would recommend that Bro. Webber be reimbursed for the
amount of his expenses in connection with this matter; particularly travelling expenses, and that the balance remaining be placed
in the hands of the Board of Management to be expended on
comforts for the patients.
DISTRICT DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTERS.
I wish to thank each and all of you who have so faithfully
performed the duties of your office. I assure you that the office
of D.D.G.M. is one of great importance to the respective Lodges
and where I have found the most active District Deputy, there I
found the most progressive Lodge. Some few have been tardy in
forwarding their Reports and I take this occasion to request those
who are appointed to the office of D.D.G.M. for the incoming year,
to bear this in mind, as it causes serious inconvenience and delay
when the reports are not all in the Grand Master's hands on the
1st day of May.
FUNERAL AID   SOCIETY.
I cannot close my report without saying a word j for this
worthy branch of our Order. I would recommend it to every
brother, not only for the benefit it may be in your own behalf,
but particularly for the assistance it will be to many of your
Brothers and Sisters in the hour of need. 3431
FRATERNAL PAPERS.
I wish to suggest to every member of the Order the duty of
subscribing to some Odd Fellow's paper. Many of them are very
cheap when taken at club rates, and all are excellent value as
reading matter. I am sure as an investment for a Lodge to retain
its membership the returns would be manifold if an Odd Fellow's
Journal could be placed regularly in the hands of all members.
I would submit the following recommendations for your
serious consideration:
ODD FELLOWS' HOME.
On my visitations to the several Lodges throughout the
Province I have been impressed with the necessity of the Grand
Lodge pursuing the Odd Fellows' Home subject with unremitting
zeal until we shall have provided a real Home for the aged and
infirm of our Lodges. We must keep in view the fact that some
of our Lodges have been in existence for 49 years and naturally,
many of the members are growing aged; some of these have met
with reverses and misfortune, and are alone in the world in respect
to relatives—these it is our duty to care for as becomes our Order,
and I would recommend that renewed effort be made for the accomplishment of this end.
DIVISION OF JURISDICTION.
I would urgently recommend that this Grand Lodge take into
consideration the matter of subdividing the duties of the Grand
Master in respect to the visitation of Lodges. The time has come
when the time required to cover the ground in this Province is
more than can be appropriated for the purpose by any man engaged in business either for himself or for others. A subdivision
of the jurisdiction into Districts and the appointment of competent "special deputies" to assume the duty of visiting the Lodges
in a certain District, would obviate this difficulty, it being understood that the regular D.D.G. Masters would still retain their
present standing and perform all duties appertaining to their office as at present. This arrangement should, as a matter of
economy, commend itself to this Grand Lodge, also as under the
present system we cannot hope to get the best and strongest men
of our Order to accept the responsibilities of Grand Master, for
any man worthy of the position would not accept without being
prepared to fulfil all the duties of the office. I therefore trust that
this matter will receive the attention of the Brothers assembled at
this Session.
SUSPENSIONS FOR N. P. D.
I regret to note that the increase in suspensions for N. P. D.
in 1912 over that of 1911 was over fifty per cent. This is of too
serious an import nuot to be mentioned in this report, and I
must urge upon the several Lodges that have suffered loss of
membership in this way, to adopt some method of curtailing loss
in this manner, and I would ask the Representatives to carry this
message to their Lodges that they will institute an enquiry into
its cause, and if it lies in the conduct of their Lodge, that they
will use every effort to correct it.
I would earnestly suggest that the D. D. Grand Masters of the
jurisdiction be instructed to impress upon the presiding Officers of
the Lodges at Installation their grave responsibility of preserving 3432
harmony in the Lodge, particularly to guard against permitting
the introduction and discussion of matters foreign to Odd Fellowship and its principles, enforcing our laws in this respect by
penalizing the offender if necessary.
Observation leads me to believe that want of harmony is to
a great extent the cause of many good members allowing their
membership to lapse.
\   CONCLUSION.
And now as we meet once in the good City of Nanaimo, always noted for its whole-hearted hospitality, with a meeting
place second to none in the Province, with ample accommodation
for all branches of our Order under one roof. In this City,
which has given to our Grand Lodge some of the stalwart pioneers
in the building-up of our Order in B. C, it is becoming that we
should return thanks to our Creator, who has permitted our assembly once more within its fair walls, and may our meeting with
the brethren of Black Diamond Lodge, here in their home, be one
of blessing to us all.
Fraternally submitted.
W. A. JOHNSTONE,
Grand Master. 3433
GRAND SECRETARY'S
I 1    REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
It again becomes my duty to submit for your consideration a
report of the work of the Grand Secretary's Office for the past 12
months, together with a statement of the condition of the Order
in this Jurisdiction on the 31st December, 1912.
During the year five Subordinate Lodges were added to our
roll, viz., "Park" Lodge No. 66, at Central Park, instituted by Bro.
W. A. Johnstone, D.D.G.M., on March 20, 1912; "Pittiko" Lodge
No. 13, instituted by Bro. E. T. W. Pearse, D.D.G.M., at Merritt
on August 20, 1912; "Aaron" Lodge No. 14, instituted by Bro. W.
A. Johnstone, G.M., at Vancouver on August 28, 1912, and
"Abbotsford" Lodge No. 20, instituted at Abbotsford by Bro. W.
Law, P.G.M., Special D.G.M., on September 11, 1912. In addition
to these, "Dawson" Lodge No. iA, Dawson, Y. T., was placed
under our jurisdiction from January 1, 1912, and has reported to
this office since that date. We have therefore now 58 Lodges in
this Jurisdiction.
Enquiries have been received from Courtney and Edgewood
as to the steps necessary to be taken to form Subordinate Lodges
at these places.
There is no doubt but that there are many places in the
Province at which Lodges might be successfully started, but we
have always followed a conservative policy on this subject in this
Jurisdiction and waited for a spontaneous application from brothers desirous to form themselves into a new Lodge.
An application was received from Fort George to send the
form of petition for a Charter, but on enquiry it was decided that
it was not advisable to comply with this request, as the location
is contiguous to South Fort George, where we have already a
Lodge which has only recently been instituted.
Enquiries have also been received respecting starting of
Rebekah Lodges at Kelowna, Agassiz, Atlin, Central " Park,
Summerland and Merritt, but to date of writing the requisite
petition has not come to hand in either case.
The gain in membership during the year was 864, being nearly
equal to 15 per cent.
I beg to submit the following tabulated comparative statement
of the work of the subordinate Lodges for the year: 3434
STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
with the Year 1911
Increase
Decrease
No. of Lodges Dec. 31, 1912	
Members Dec. 31, 1912	
Initiated    «
Admitted by Card.
Admitted as A. O..
Reinstated 	
Withdrawn	
Deceased	
Expelled 	
Resigned 	
Suspended for Cause,
for N.P.D.
Rejected 	
Degrees Conferred 	
Past Grands	
Receipts from—
Dues    :	
Admissions and Degrees
Rents and Interest 	
All Other Sources 	
Total Receipts   	
No. of Brothers relieved	
Widowed families relieved..
Brothers buried   	
Weeks' Sick Benefits paid..
Amount paid for—
Relief of Brothers 	
Widowed families   	
Burying the Dead  	
Special Relief  	
Total amount paid for Relief...
"           "        Current Expenses
Total   Value   Assets   of   Subordinate Lodges  r......
Average amount of Benefits paid
to each sick member	
Average   amount   expended   for
relief, per member	
Average  cost,  per  member,  for
current expenses 	
Average  cost,  per member,  for
all lodge expenditures	
Average   duration   of   sickness,
per sick member	
Average   duration   of   sickness,
per member  	
Total    amount    of    assets    per
member  	
Total amount of relief paid since
institution of G. Lodge, 1874.
58
6,684
836
410
256
15
2718
1203
$     71,629.90
$     21,225.00
$     56,494.55
$       2,534.77
$   151,884.22
490
43
46
4403
$ 29,266.35
$ 2,582,30
$ 3,860.05
$ 2,653.55
$ 38,362.25
$ 37,776.02
$1,045,197.92
$ 59.73
$ 5.74
$ 5.65
$ 11.39
8w   6d   22h
4d 15h
$ 156.37
$   583,969.65
86
$ 10,440.05
I 4,867.05
$ 20,870.49
$ 35,032.45
29
14
15
177
$ 388.30
I 1,430.90
1 1,317.65
$ 2,839.86
$ 1,988.11
$211,027.64
$    1,145.14
$
13.04
296.99
llh 3435
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Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer
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$ 118  50
$ 128 50
$    17
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$    264 80
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123 00
135  50
2
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260 50
Royal City
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112 00
115 00
18
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245 25
Dominion
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111  00
115  50
16
30
242 80
Black Diamond
tt
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162 00
167 00
2
10
331 10
Harmony
tt
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106 00
105 50
10
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222 20
Excelsior
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54 50
56 00
4
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114 95
Vancouver
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136 00
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137  55
20
20
293 75
Tatnai
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101  00
106 50
11
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. 219  26
Western Star
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199 50
195 00
4
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399 30
Union
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11..
55  50
52 00
2
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110 00
Selkirk
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82  50
81  50
14
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178 35
Pittitko
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30 50
79
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109 50
Aaron
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27 50
66
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94 00
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19 20
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95  35
0
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192 75
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34 00
34 50
4
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77 00
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82 50
65 40
43
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59
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71 70
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23 00
21  30
60
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12
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41  50
2
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27..
154 00
135 50
157  50
138  50
311 50
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288 80
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24 00
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29 00
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51  50
12 00
76 50
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1
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14 00
69  50
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8
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148 50
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56 50
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6
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121 40
Wildey
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31  00
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143  30
Coronation
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2
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19  00
27 00
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Princeton
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9
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Maple Leaf
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53..
26 50
28 50
2
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57 30
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$2675  50
$2790  15
$ 480,
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$ 5946 51
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Sundry Persons 	
Bank of Commerce, Interest
Funeral Aid Association...
W. E. Vanstone	
A. Perry	
S. Lawrence	
J. Healey 	
F. Trimble	
Imperial Bank of Canada..
Sovereign Grand Lodge....
G. Macey  	
Bro. P. C. Fernie  	
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29 00
14 00
24 50
22 50
24 00
29 50
64 50
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16 50
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57 00
36 00
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25 00
24 00
26 50
49 00
76 00
32 75
39 50
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20 50
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110
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64
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902 61 $7349 93 $14712 44 3437
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER
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13
13
16
28
28
28
5
7
14
17
29
4
5
12
15
20
20
11
11
11
11
27
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
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16
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21
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25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
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41
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43
44
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Sovereign Grand Lodge.
H. Crew 	
Imperial Bank of Can...
H. White, Grand Treas.
Grand Treasurer  	
W. H. Huxtable   	
Independent Odd Fellow
J. E. Phinney, G. Cond..
H. Fooks, G. Marshal...
Rev. E. G. Millet, G. C.
F. D. Lemieux, G. HTd.
Cross & Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
F. C. Dillabough, A.A.G.
Cross & Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank of Canada
W. A. Johnstone, G. M..
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Sweeney & McConnell...
Fred Davey, Gfand Sec'y
T. R. Cusack	
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Dominion Express Co...
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
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Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
W. A. Johnstone, G.M.
Sweeney & McConnell
F. J. Hart & Co	
Sweeney & McConnell
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y.
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Supplies  	
Wreath   Funeral   E.   Quennell, P.G.M	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Exchange on Draft	
Mileage and Per Diem, 1912
Janitor, Grand Sec'y Office.
Grand Lodge Card, 3 years
Expenses attending Session
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Supplies  	
Deposit,  Home  Fund	
On Acct. of Expenses	
Printing   	
Printing and Stationery....
Expenses,    Meeting    Grand
Secretaries'  Association..
Ptng. Proceedings, 1912, etc.
Printing Circulars  	
Expressage on Proceedings
Salary, 3 months  	
Postage and Sundries  	
Supplies   	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Supplies   	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Supplies   	
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Supplies   	
On Acct. of Expenses  	
Printing and Stationery....
For Investm'nt, Home Fund
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22 00
12 70
2981 90
30 00
30 00
24 20
10 75
4 00
20 95
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3 00
41 60
6 00
15 00
5 00
52 00
239 40
300 00
17 00
24 85
150
388
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65
50
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225 00
59 00
3 00
66 50
11 00
38 00
3 00
100 00
72 38
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3 90
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15 75
2500 00
11 75
225 00
30 50
56 12
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$ 7951 80 3438
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER—Continued
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In Whose Favor
Description
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21
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|    22
Mar.   5
" 18
I    20
Mar. 20
1 20
I    27
Apr. 15
| 15
| 16
I    28
May 1
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H. Birks & Sons   	
Dept. Council P. M	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y...
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Winnipeg Book Bindery
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
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50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
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64 Imperial Bank of Canada
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Sweeney & McConnell
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y.
W. A. Johnstone, G.M.
Sweeney & McConnell..
T. F. Neelands  	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y* ••
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y..
Odd   Fellows   Union
T. F. Neelands  |
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Brought Forward....
Jewel, P. G. M	
Grant for Prizes	
Customs   Duty  on   Veteran
Jewels   	
Supplies	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Blank Books 	
Supplies   	
Printing 	
For Investment Home Fund
Deposit,  Home  Fund	
Supplies  	
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and Sundries	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office..
Investment, Home Fund...
Representative Tax   	
Supplies   	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Typewriting   Machine	
Printing Circulars 	
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and Sundries	
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100
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22
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239
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19
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76
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34
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150
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225
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18
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25 3439
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report.. ;..$ 5,009.87
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer per foregoing
statement       14,712.44
$19,722.31
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per foregoing
statement       13,759.25
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  .$ 5,963.06
STOCK ACCOUNT
Dr. Cr.
Balance per last report $ 286.90
Goods bought during the year    419.00
Freight, etc., on Supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge.      30.42
Profit on Goods sold during the year    100.44
Goods sold during the year  $ 474.96
Value of Stock on hand  361.80
$836.76    $836.76
ODD FELLOWS HOME FUND
Receipts
Total value of this fund per last report $12,978.02
Interest on Mortgages, etc., as per statement         827.93
Imperial Bank of Canada  40.15
Dominion  Government  Savings  Bank  .36
Donation Bro. P. C. Fernie  22.00
$13,868.46
How Invested
On Mortgage $13,050.00
Deposit, Imperial Bank of Canada        804.74
Dominion Government Savings Bank  12.89
In Grand Treasurer's hands    .83
$13,868.46
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND
Amount on hand per last report $ 566.31
Interest,  Dominion  Government Savings  Bank       16.95
$583.26
Deposited in Dominion Government Savings Bank. .$ 582.77
In Grand Treasurer's hands    .49
i  $ 583.26   3440
TRIAL BALANCE 1ST MAY, 1913
ACCOUNT
Dr.
|Royal City Lodge, No. 3	
Western Star Lodge, No. 10	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund 	
Dom. Govt. Sav. Bank (Aged O. F. Fund)
Coronation Lodge, No. 48	
Mt. Pleasant Lodge,. No. 19.. .•	
Camborne Lodge, No. 49	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Vancouver Lodge No. 8	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
Penticton Lodge, No. 51 	
Furniture and Regalia 	
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 	
Stock 	
Princeton Lodge, No. 52	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Michel Lodge, No. 54	
Dominion Govt. Sav. Bank (Home Acct.).
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43 	
Odd Fellows' Home Fund	
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57	
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58	
A. J. Morgan	
J. H. Healey	
G. A. Macey	
R. A. Randall 	
Grand Treasurer	
Grandview Lodge, No. 62	
Silver City Lodge, No. 39	
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41	
A. Perry 	
Imperial Bank of Canada (Home Acct.)..
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16	
Profit and' Loss  	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Park Lodge, No. 66	
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
Aaron Lodge, No. 14	
A. & E. K. Baker ,	
$
2 40
582 77
2 00
6 20
50
623 30
2 00
361 80
$
12 89
15
3 00
2000 00
1550 00
1000 00
2000 00
5963 06
7 00
1 40
4 00
4000 00
804 74
15
93 15
2500 00
60
583 26
40 00
2 35
. . . • •
13868 46
2 80
$21520 51
3 50
7014 39
70
1 40
$21520 51 R99K
3441
A review of the foregoing statement discloses many features
of improvement and grounds for congratulation. The increase of
membership is very gratifying, showing that the Order is popular
and attractive. No doubt the new members are young, healthy and
vigorous, who will not only add to its financial strength but also
impart fresh enthusiasm and activity to our work.
The large increase to the value of the Assets of the Subordinate Lodges, which are now above the million mark, is also
very pleasing and satisfactory, indicating that we are financially in
a position to meet our obligations to assist our membership in
time of need.
The reduced averages in the amount of benefits paid to sick
members and to the membership at large, and in the matter of
current expenses is also a step in the way of additional stability,
and is attributable, no doubt, to the influx of new members.
The only feature of regret in the statement is the large number
of members suspended for non-payment of dues, which is nearly
4 per cent, of the membership. This doubtless is owing to business
depression in the mining industry of the interior of the Province,
and it is to be hoped that when this depression is removed a great
number of these brothers will be reinstated to membership.
% INACTIVE LODGES
There are two Lodges which have given your officers considerable thought and concern, viz., Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, and
Camborne Lodge, No. 49. In consequence of the failure of mining
in the district in which these Lodges are located, and on which
the community mainly depends, the members have had to leave
the neighborhood, and meetings have become infrequent and at
last dispensed with entiiely. Suggestions have been offered,
recommending amalgamation with some other Lodge, but owing
to the remoteness of the other Lodges this has not been practicable. Up to the date of writing the Reports and Tax of Camborne
Lodge, No. 49, for the term ended 31 December last, have not
been received, and requests for their transmission have met with
no reply. The effects of the Lodge are reported to be in the
hands of Bro. R. W. Lindsay at Beaton, and it is recommended that
steps be taken to obtain possession of them whilst they are available, and to reclaim the Charter.
With respect to Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, an effort is being
put forth to bring about an improvement as to effect a mergement
with another Lodge, and until the results are known, it is perhaps
best that no drastic steps be taken.
These circumstances show the necessity of exercising reserve
and caution in granting Charters in purely mining districts where
conditions are so precarious and temporary.
FINANCIAL
The financial condition of the Grand Lodge is excellent, the
Per Capita Tax realized $459.90 more than was anticipated and the
balance in the Treasurer's hands is $709.69 more than was estimated. $200 was unexpended of the amount allowed for rent of
Grand Secretary's Office.
OHIO FLOOD SUFFERERS
Once again the generosity of our members has been invoked
and the reply has been prompt and liberal.
In response to appeals from the Grand Sire and the Grand
Master of Ohio, on behalf of the  sufferers from the floods  that 3442
recently devastated the State of Ohio, a circular letter was
addressed to the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction asking
for donations for their relief, and the following sums have been
received, which have been duly forwarded and receipts for same
are on file in this office:— i%%
Victoria Lodge, No. 1 ,	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2	
Royal City Lodge, No. 3	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Black Diamond Lodge No. 5	
Harmony Lodge, No. 6	
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Western Star Lodge, No. 10	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12 ,	
Pittiko Lodge, No. 13 	
Aaron Lodge, No. 14	
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15	
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16	
Duncan Lodge, No. 17	
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18	
Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20	
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26 	
Amity Lodge, No. 27 	
Cheam Lodge, No. 28	
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38	
Silver City Lodge, No. 39	
Slocan Lodge, No. 40 	
Key City Lodge, No. 42	
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43  	
Wildey Lodge, No. 44	
Gateway  Lodge,  No. 45   	
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46   	
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 	
Eureka Lodge, No. 50  	
Princeton Lodge, No. 52  	
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53	
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55	
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58  	
Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60 	
Fairview Lodge, No. 61 	
Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63	
Corbin Lodge, No. 64 	
Park Lodge, No. 66  	
Bro. Rev. J. W. Dickenson, Tatnai Lodge No
9
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25 00
50 00
25 00
50 00
50 00
50 00
50 00
29 00
100 00
126 30
15 00
20 00
50 00
25 00
25 00
25 00
25 00
50 00
50 00
10 00
100 00
25 00
25 00
25 00
10 00
20 00
25 00
50 00
100 00
15 00
10 00
40 00
12 50
5 00
25 00
25 00
50 00
5 00
12 00
5 00
Total $1734 80
The Grand Master of Ohio states that there were Four
Thousand families of Odd Fellows in that State requiring assistance. It is. on such occasions as this that the true fraternal
character of our great Order is best displayed and demonstrated.
There is no doubt but that the result will show that it has been
true to its professions and at this time has been equal to the
occasion. 3443
GRAND LODGE OF ONTARIO
A communication was received from the Grand Secretary of
Ontario pointing out that by legislation of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge at its last Session in September, 1912, permission was given
for each Canadian Jurisdiction to make the necessary changes in
the numerals on Veteran Jewels, or that they might empower one
Grand Lodge to make arrangements to have these changes made
on behalf of the others. After consultation with the Grand Master,
and seeing that we have never had an application for a change in
these Jewels, we have asked Ontario to make arrangements on
our behalf for any changes that we may require.
Another communication was received from Bro. Brooks, Grand
Secretary of Ontario, notifying of the following Resolution
adopted by that Grand body at its last annual session, viz., 'That
''the incoming Grand Master appoint a Special Committee of three
"members to confer with Committees from other Grand Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, in order to devise some plans
for the extension of the Order and the furtherance of Inter-
Provincial relations from the Atlantic to the Pacific."
This Committee had been appointed, consisting of W. H.
Hoyle, P.G.M.; J. B. Turner, P.G.M., and D. M. Mclntyre, G.W.,
and they were desirous of arranging a meeting with the other
Committees that might be appointed, and suggested that it might
be convenient to meet in Kingston, Ontario, immediately preceding
the Annual Meeting, of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association there
in July next; the Committee therefore wished to know whether the.
proposal met with the approval* of the Executive Officers of this
Grand Lodge and whether the suggestion for the attendance of a
representative at the proposed meeting could be carried out.
As this Jurisdiction has never been represented at the meeting
of the O. F. R. Association, and would not in all probability be so
represented at its next meeting, and as the matter could be
considered in sufficient time at this Session so that action could be
taken if so desired, the Committee were so informed, and at the
same time were asked to furnish some information as to the
specific objects sought after in this movement, for the guidance of
this Grand Lodge.
The letters in question will be submitted for your consideration.
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
In accordance with the By-laws of this Grand Lodge, I beg to
submit the following information respecting the useful work
performed by the two Committees in operation in this Jurisdiction
during the year 1912:—
Victoria   Vancouver
Number of Brothers relieved             25 76
Amount paid for relief $1,154.83 $4,381.70
Amount paid for Management expenses $     45.70 $     53.05
Total amount of receipts   $1,412.08 $4,507.91
The work done by these Committees is of the most fraternal
and unselfish character, because it is performed for entire strangers,
it is often overlooked and perhaps not sufficiently appreciated. I
think we do it bare justice in giving it prominence in our
Journals. 3444
TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM
Since my Supplementary Report to the last Session showing
the total receipts to this fund to be $2,688.32, no further monies
have been received.
The following payments have been made after the bills had
been certified correct by Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M.:
Hudson's Bay Co., for Bedding, etc $ 969.65
N. S. Dalgleish, Furniture  955.55
Office Specialty Co., Toronto, Lockers  212.12
J. L. Gordon, Furniture    133.25
G. Crowther, Engraving Brass Plate, etc  57.80
King Edward Sanatorium, Blinds  27.85
Electric Light Fittings. 56.15
Fire Screens    36.80
R. Dansnieres, Photographs  1  16.25
Exchange on Remittances   3.80
$2,469.22
There is still a balance of $219.10 remaining in my hands.
Bro. Webber, at the request of the other members of the
Committee, attended to the Sanitorium in February last and on
behalf of the Oddfellows of this jurisdiction officially handed over
the complete furnishing of the Sleeping Pavilion to the members
of the Home Committee of the Sanitorium.
I am in receipt of a communication from the Directors of the
B. C. Anti Tuberculosis Society forwarding the following copy of
a resolution passed at the Annual Meetinng of the Society held
on the 13th March, 1913:—*
'That the sincere thanks of the Board of Directors of
"the Anti-Tuberculosis Society of British Columbia be
"tendered to the members of Independent Order of Odd
"Fellows in this Province for their munificent gift of the
"complete furniture and equipment for the New Sleeping
"Pavilion at Tranquille  Sanatorium.
"The substantial and useful provision which members
"of the Odd Fellows have made in furtherance of the
"objects of the Anti-Tuberculosis Society will live long
"in the annals of the fight against the "White Plague'' and
1 "the ready and liberal response to the needs of the Sanatorium will be remembered with gratitude by those who
"in future are to benefit thereby."
In connection with this matter I wish to call the attention of
the Grand Lodge to the kindness shown and the great assistance
rendered by Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., in carrying this work to a
successful issue by arranging for and selecting the various articles
required, in seeing them properly installed and in checking the
bills for the same. Without his personal services we could not
have successfully carried out this work. In order to do this it has
been necessary for Bro. Webber to make several journeys to
Tranquille, entailing loss of time and financial expense. Under
these circumstances it appears justifiable and # right that Bro.
Webber should be reimbursed for this expenditure out of the
monies on hand. I may say that when it was tendered him he
respectfully but firmly declined to accept it. I think, however,
that the Grand Lodge should insist that he suffers no monetary
loss through his devotion to this work. ss
3445
GRAND SECRETARY'S ASSOCIATION
Through the liberality of this Grand Lodge at its last Session,
I was able to attend the meeting of the Grand Secretaries Association which was held in Winnipeg in September last during the
week in which the Sovereign Grand Lodge held its annual session
in that city.
A number of meetings were held which were attended by a
large number of Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes and at which
several able and instructive papers were read dealing with the
work, of these officers, and the welfare of the Order as a whole.
These papers were discussed by the members and much information was elicited and views and suggestions advanced which were
beneficial to all present. It was a time of enjoyment and inspiration to become acquainted with and to be brought into close
personal contact with some of the brightest intellects and most
assiduous and successful workers connected with our Order. I
have reason to believe that steps are to be taken to make these
meetings more useful and beneficial to the Order in the future
than they have been in the past.
II JUBILEE OF THE ORDER IN B. C. ^
Next year will see the Semi-Centennnial anniversary of the
Order in this Province. It will be fifty years on the 10th March
next since "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, was instituted at Victoria with
eight Charter members by Bro. A. H. Guild, P.G., under a dispensation granted by the Grand Lodge of California.
It has occurred to the Lodges in Victoria that this is an event
that calls for suitable recognition and they have appointed a large
and active committee to take steps to carry this view into effect.
Victoria being the birthplace of Odd Fellowship in British
Columbia, and being denoted as the Home of this Grand Lodge in
its Charter, it naturally suggests itself to the members in that
city that it is the proper and appropriate place in which the Jubilee
celebration should be held.
There are very few of us that will be privileged to witness
and take part in the Centenary Anniversary, I therefore think that
we should make the Jubilee an occasion for special rejoicing and
thanksgiving for the good work the Order has been permitted to
accomplish here, and for the proud position and unequalled condition it has attained in many respects amongst the benevolent
organizations ofthe present day.
A petition will be submitted to you to hold your next Session
in Victoria and participate in the celebration of this unique and
auspicious event.
CONCLUSION
I will now bring this my Twenty-ninth Report to an end by
expressing my thanks to the officers and members of the Order
with whom I have been brought into contact during my long
incumbency of this office for their unfailing kindness and consideration displayed at all times to me.
I wish also to express my gratitude for the success we have
met with and the prosperity we now enjoy in this Jurisdiction.
For many years progress was slow and our success not very
encouraging, but we have always been inspired by a firm belief in
the principles and mission of our Order and faith in the destiny of
\ 3446
our Province. These views have cheered and encouraged us to
hold fast and persevere in the work we were engaged in, and now
that we realize that our efforts have been crowned with success
and our hopes have been more than confirmed we are both proud
and thankful, and take hold of the work with renewed vigor and
confidence.
With the very best wishes for a successful and harmonious
session and for a still greater measure of prosperity for our Order
here and everywhere, I remain,
Yours fraternally,
Grand   Secretary.
GRAND TREASURERS
| REPORT
D
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.y I. O. 0. F.:
I  beg to   submit  the  following report  of  my  Receipts  and
Disbursements for the past year:—
Receipts
1912
June 13—To Cash received from late Grand Treasurer.. .$ 5,075.37
Sept.   3— |      " " 1      Grand Secretary      3,138.40
Dec. 27— II " I " |      3,189.90
1913
April  2— "      " " I I I       5,585.25
May 14— I      "      .     " " 1 I      2,733.39
$19,722.31
Disbursements
May 9, 1912, to May 1, 1913—
By Paid Orders Nos. 1 to 69 inclusive $13,759.25
$ 5,963.06
"   Merchants Bank Interest.  31.90
Balance on hand  .$ 5,994.96
Fraternally submitted,
P. W. DEMPSTER,
Grand   Treasurer. 3447
GRAND
REPRESENTATIVES'
If I   REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
of the Province of British Columbia:
The eighty-eighth session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge was
held in the City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, during the
week commencing Monday the 16th. September, 1912, this being the
third session of the body, held in Canada. The greeting to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge by the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of
Winnipeg and Manitoba, was magnificent and enthusiastic and
demonstrated that the Order is a strong, active, and useful force
in this jurisdiction. Not only members of the order but the Officers of the Provincial and City Governments and Citizens generally, joined in paying honor to the occasion and contributed to the
great success accomplished. The features of the entertainment
were many and it would be difficult to particularize as to all of
them, but some of the leading events are here given.
His Honor Judge R. Hill Myers was the able and distinguished
Chairman of the Executive Committee on Reception, and Bro. R.
D. Deering, Grand Secretary, was Secretary of the Committee, and
both being Past Grand Representatives had the benefit of experience of former Sessions, and also had the co-operation of all the
other members of the Committee.
A complimentary banquet to Grand Secretaries and Grand
Scribes Association was tendered by the Executive Committee on
entertainments at the Royal Alexandra Hotel, Saturday evening,
September 14, and was attended by a number of Grand Secretaries
and Grand Scribes from various jurisdictions in United States and
Canada, and also by other guests, and was in every respect a successful occasion. Bro. R. D. Deering presided and introduced the
speakers of the evening.    A number of interesting addresses were
given
The members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and many of the
visiting members of the Order attended the Sunday services on
September 15, and all were well repaid by the able and eloquent
address delivered by the Rev. James L. Gordon, D.D.
A public reception was held in the Central Congregational
Church, which was profusely decorated with flags and flowers.
The Church was crowded to its utmost capacity and speeches of
warm welcome were made by Sir Rodmond Roblin, Premier,
Mayor Waugli, E. H. Dewart, Grand Master; L. Rankin, Grand
Patriarch; Major E. Wiswell, Department Commander, and Mrs.
C. W. McKinnon, President of the Rebekah Assembly. A reply
was made to the welcome by the Hon. John D. Cockrum, Grand
Sire, who in a humorous and impressive speech, thanked the
speakers for the splendid reception accorded to the visitors. 3448
A reception was held by Grand Sire Cockrum on Monday
evening, when about 600 Odd Fellows filed two by two in a rank
that took an hour to enter through the doorway of the Gold
Drawing Room of the Royal Alexandra Hotel.
A grand parade was held on Wednesday when 15,000 Odd
Fellows marched triumphantly through the streets of Winnipeg.
One of the most delightful social features of the week was
the reception at Government House on Tuesday afternoon, given
by Lieutenant-Governor Cameron. The weather was ideal for a
garden party, and the scene was one long to be remembered.
The Arena Rink^ was- the scene of a brilliant reception and
ball Wednesday evening, when the Patriarchs Militant entertained
the visiting Delegates and their ladies.
A reception was held at the Temple Building in Kennedy
Street, on Thursday, afternoon by the Winnipeg Rebekahs.
An event unique in the history of Winnipeg and one long to
be remembered by those who were present transpired Thursday
night when 450 members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge and
Order were the guests of the City at a Banquet at the Royal
Alexandra Hotel.    Bro. Mayor Waugh presided.
The feature of the evening was the splendid speech of Hon.
W. H. Montague, M. D., who proposed the toast of "The Sovereign Grand Lodge."
Monday, September 16, the Sovereign Grand Lodge assembled
upon the call of the roll, the following members were present:
Officers.
John B. Cockrum  Grand Sire
C. A. Keller Deputy-Grand Sire
John B. Goodwin   Grand Secretary and P. G. Sire
M.   Richards" Muckle    Grand Treasurer
J. E. D. W. Kroh Assis. Grand Secretary
R. K. Stevenson   Grand Chaplain
Winn Powers Grand Marshal
W. Carbis    Grand Guardian
W. R. Humphrey 4 Grand Messenger
Past Grand Sires.
John C. Underwood Kentucky
Cl T. Campbell  .Ontario
Alf. S.  Pinkerton Massachusetts
W. L. Kuykendall Wyoming
together with the representatives from 39 Grand Lodges and    34
Grand Encampments.
British Columbia was represented by Bro. E. G. Cavalsky^
P.G.P., and Bro. A. M. Russell, P.G., from the Grand Lodge, and
Bro. W. H. Walsh, P.G.P., from the Grand Encampment.
We were members of the following committees:
Bro. E. G. Cavalsky on the Committee of Patriarchs Militant; Bro. A. M. Russell, on the Committee on drawing for seats,
also Distribution of Grand Officers' Reports; Bro. W. H. Walsh,
Chairman of Committee of Unfinished Business.
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE GRAND SIRE
AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.
We are again met in annual convention in this beautiful City
of Winnipeg, the new city of marvelous development in the center
of the splendid country—the new great west.    We have    crossed 3449
thousands of acres of the finest farming land in the world to reach
this meeting place. We have noted with great interest the rapidly
developing country on every side of this metropolis. We congratulate our brethren of Manitoba on their splendid country and
city and on the splendid work they have done and are doing in the
interest of our great Order.
To you all I bring the best of news relating to our great organization throughout the world. We may well rejoice at its fine
condition. These suggestions will be borne out in the unusual
showing made herein.
CONDITION OF THE ORDER.
For the year ending December 31, 1911, the condition of the
Order as it relates to membership is as follows:
Subordinate.
Membership, Dec. 31, 19-10    1,583,169
Membership, Dec. 31,  1911       1,624,606
Net gain in the year 1911 ^  4*A37
Encampment.
Membership, Dec. 31, 1910        221,497
Membership, Dec. 31, 1911    :      227,306
Net gain in the year 1911            5,809
Rebekah.
Membership,  Dec.  31,   1910    ,     666,537
Membership, Dec. 31, 1911      687,039
Net gain in the year 1911          20,502
Brothers.
Membership, Dec. 31,  1910   #      225,975
Membership, Dec. 31, 1911         230,751
Net gain in the year  1911     4,776
Sisters.
Membership, Dec. 31, 1910        440,562
Membership, Dec. 31, 1911         456,288
Net gain in the year 1911           15,726
Total individual membership, including subordinate members and sister Rebekah members only     2,080,894
Patriarchs Militant
Membership, Dec. 31, 1910          25,268
Membership, Dec. 31, 1911         26,474
Net gain in the year 1911   1,206
Relief
The total relief by subordinates in 1911 was $5,854,271.64, as
against $5,711,049.41 in 1910, a net increase in 1911 of $143,222.23. 3450
By subordinates   $ 5,402,561.01
By encampments          344,029.95
By Rebekah lodges         107^680.68
To**1 $ 5,854,271.64
Receipts.
Tttie receipts of subordinates in 1911 were $18,303,210.86 as
against $17,804,771.58 in 1910, an increase of $498,439.28.
By subordinates   " $16,316,191.48
By encampments          964,844.70
By Rebekah lodges        1,022,174.68
Total   $18,303,210.86
Invested Funds.
The invested funds of Grand and Subordinate Bodies, Dec. 31,
1911, were $63,331,213.87 as against $57,743,272.60, Dec. 31, 1910, an
increase of $5,587,941.27.
Of subordinate and Grand Lodges    $60,041,179.75
Of encampments        2,301,816.34
Of Rebekah lodges          988,217.78
Total $63,331,213-87
Finances of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Cash on hand Aug. 1, 1911      $ 66,008.70
Received from Aug. 1, 1911, to July 31, 1912         100,264.08
Total receipts        $166,272.78
Warrants drawn from Aug. 1, 1911, to July 31, 1912.. 92,206.17
Balance on hand July 31, 1912  74,066.61
Odd Fellows' Homes
In connection with the foregoing financial and membership
statement, I desire to call your attention to the condition of the
Odd Fellows Homes throughout the world, as follows:
Cost of property  $2,748,882.42
Present value     4,478,142.99
Cost of maintenance    651,548.45
Number of inmates     3,^37
Number admitted from date of opening   9,265
The following are some of the approved decisions of the
Grand Sire:
Decision 5. Question—Who is entitled to the Annual Traveling
Pass Word?
Answer.—Members 'paying dues in advance and holding Official
Certificates or Visiting Cards, as the case might be, are entitled to
the A. T. P. W. The word may be communicated by any Noble
Grand or Chief Patriarch when member is entitled to same.
Decision 6. Statement.—The Sovereign Grand Lodge provides
that "The officers of a Grand Encampment are: Grand Patriarch,
Grand High Priest, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Junior Warden,
Grand Scribe, Grand Treasurer, who are elected, and Grand Sentinel who is appointed by the Grand Patriarch." (Busbee's Digest, Sec. 1207.) 3451
The Constitution of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts
provides that "The elective officers of the Grand Encampment
shall be a Grand Patriarch, Grand High Priest, Grand Senior
Warden, Grand Scribe, Grand Treasurer, Grand Junior Warden,
and such Grand Representatives as it may be entitled to in The
Sovereign Grand Lodge."
At a recent session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, Report 18,
from the Committee on Appeals was considered and adopted. This
report is to the effect that a provision of a Grand Encampment
Constitution that no Past Chief Patriarch can accept the nomination or be a candidate for more than one office at the same time is
invalid, in so far as it affected a patriarch who was a candidate for
the office of Grand Treasurer and Grand Representative for two
years.
The election of Grand Encampment officers in the Jurisdiction of
Massachusetts is held annually in the subordinate encampments,
and it is provided in the Constitution of said Grand Encampment
that no patriarch shall be a candidate for more than one office at
the same time. The nominations for the next annual election have
just been made and a Past Grand Patriarch has been nominated
for Grand Representative for one year and for Grand Representative for two years.    He has accepted both nominations.
Question i.—Are the Grand Representatives officers of the
Grand Encampment of Massachusetts by virtue of such election?
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—Can a patriarch who is otherwise qualified be a
candidate for Grand Representative from the Grand Encampment
of Massachusetts for the term of one year and for the term of
two years, when the two Grand Representatives are to be elected
at the same time?
Answer.—No. Grand Encampment of Massachusetts is entitled to two Representatives and one person cannot fill both positions.
Decision 7. Statement.—July 4, 1911, was the regular meeting
night of Rochester Lodge No. 13, of the Jurisdiction of Minnesota. The meeting was held on that date, although the Constitution provides that July 4 is a legal holiday. A member was struck
by lightning and instantly killed on July 5, and his dues were
paid to July 1. Section 6, Article VII, of Constitution for the
government of subordinate lodges, I. O. O. F., Minnesota, provides in part as follows: "Provided further, when a brother's
dues are paid up to a certain date, as shown by his receipt and
the books of the lodge, he shall not be in arrears until after the
close of the next regular meeting thereafter."
Question.—Would the deceased brother's family be entitled to
funeral benefits?
Answer.—No.
Decision 10.—Statement.—A brother who is otherwise qualified
and pays his dues in advance is entitled to the A. T. P. W.
Question.—Does "in advance" mean to the end of the year for
which the A. T. P. W. is good?
Answer.—No.
Decision 11.—Statement.—In the State of Missouri, since the
adoption of the local option laws, clubs are licensed to do a liquor
business in some form. Only a -member after he has paid his
initiation fee and become a partner in the business is allowed to 3452
buy anything and then he is sold a book of tickets which he turns
in from time to time for drinks.
Question.—Is a person who belongs to such a club eligible to
membership in our Order?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 13. Statement.—A member of a subordinate lodge
changes his residence from this to- another State and makes application for membership in a lodge at his new place of residence
under the provisions of the Transfer Law, and is elected. The
lodge regularly notifies his former lodge, which lodge forwards to
the lodge so electing him a Transfer Certificate accordingly; but,
before the Transfer Certificate is received by the lodge so electing
him, the brother moves back to his former place of residece, in
this State, and consequently cannot sign the constitution in the
lodge receiving the Transfer Certificate. The brother is again
permanently residing in the Jurisdiction of his former local lodge
and desires his membership in that lodge.
Question 1.—What course must be pursued in order for the
brother to have his membership remain in his former lodge, or
what course must he pursue to regain membership in said former
lodge, as the case may be?
Answer.—The law provides that the issuing of a Transfer
Certificate severs membership in the lodge or encampment issuing
it, and provides that if a member be taken sick, becomes disabled,
or dies within four (4) weeks subsequent to issuance of card and
before completing his membership by signing the constitution of
the new lodge, then the Transfer Certificate should be cancelled
and he should retain his beneficial membership in his own lodge,
provided he shall have paid his dues four weeks in advance (Journal, 1907). This is the provision of the Transfer Law as amended,
and so far as I have been able to find is the only provision relating
to the subject you submit for my decision.
Question 2.—What is his status as an Odd Fellow in the
meantime?
Answer.—His status as an Odd Fellow is that for four (4)
weeks following issuing of Transfer Certificate he is entitled to
the beneficial rights and privileges of the lodge from which he is
taking transfer, provided his dues are paid in advance for that
time. If more than four weeks have elapsed and he has not perfected his transfer of membership he belongs to no lodge until he
shall have signed the constitution of the lodge to which he has
applied for membership on Transfer Certificate.
Question 3.—Does the same rule apply to Rebekah lodges?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 14. Question.—Do the provisions for non-beneficial
veteran membership, as contained in Section 905, page 254, Busbee's Digest, apply to the Patriarchal branch of the Order?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 17. Question.—Does the resolution adopted at the session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge relating to smoking in the
lodge-room apply with equal force to the encampment?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 19. Statement.—A subordinate lodge leases its hall to
a canton.. A dispute arises between the two bodies as to the
rights and privileges to be enjoyed by each under the lease, and
the canton removes from the premises.    Later    the    subordinate 3453
lodge brings an action for the purpose of recovering rents for the
remainder of the term of the lease, which action is brought in the
civil courts.
Question.—Should the subordinate lodge first be required to
bring its action in the tribunals of the Order, to wit: Department
Council of Indiana?
Answer.—No.
Decision 21. Statement.—Recently a lodge in this State at a
regular meeting, asked a visiting Past Grand of another Jurisdiction to take the Vice Grand's Ohair, notwithstanding there were
eligible members of the lodge present, and in the course of the
meeting an application for membership was balloted on and the
question was raised as to the right of the visiting Past Grand,
actjng as Vice Grand especially during the taking of the ballot.
Question.—Was it right for this visiting brother to fill the
Chair of Vice Grand, and would his filling such office affect the
legality of the proceedings?
Answer.—The lodge having called a visiting brother, competent to fill the same, to the Vice Grand's Chair, all action taken
in the regular course of'business by the lodge while the brother is
filling the position is legal and valid and the lodge is estopped to
question same.
Decision 22. Statement—A brother of the Order was suspended
for two years, for cause, and failed to pay dues to his lodge for
one year during the time of his suspension for cause.
Question 1.—Can the lodge suspend him for non-payment of
dues?
Answer.—Yes.
Question 2.—If the brother is suspended for non-payment of
dues, and is not reinstated again before the expiration of the time
to which he was suspended for cause has expired, what is his
standing in the lodge?
Answer.—:He has no standing in the Order except as a member suspended for non-payment of dues after the time of his suspension for cause has expired'. He may be reinstated by the
lodge by such terms as it may determine.
Question 3.—Does the same apply to the encampment and
Rebekah lodge, the same as to the subordinate lodge?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 23. Statement.—When the constitution of Rebekah
lodges provides that the term of fifty-two weeks shall commence
on the first regular session in January, and shall end on the day
the succeeding one commences, does a Noble Grand who has
served during the year become a Past Noble Grand at the close of
the first regular session in January if the officers have not been
installed on that session and are not to be installed until the
second regular session in January?
Question.—Does a Noble Grand become a Past Noble Grand
prior to the installation of her successor, provided the installation
of her successor does not take place on the first regular session
in January, at which time, according to the constitution, the new
term commences and the term for which she served as Noble
Grand ends?
Answer.—She becomes a Past Noble Grand at the end of the
term provided she has served a majority of the meetings thereof. 3454
Decision 24. Question 1.—A brother being entitled to own and
wear the Veteran Button, is it legal to furnish him with two or
more of said buttons?
Answer.—One button to each member is  all that i
s permis
sible.
Question 2.—A brother now in possession of a Veteran Jewel,
is it legal to furnish him with a Veteran Button?
\ Answer.—Yes.    The  button  to  be  used  under  the  same  restrictions as the Jewel.
Decision 25. Question—Does decision 4, Sovereign Grand Lodge
page 15, Journal 1911, include Rebekah lodges?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 28. Question 1.—Has a Grand Lodge power to levy
upon its subordinates any special tax for the purpose of publishing
a periodical, newspaper or magazine to be furnished to the members of the Order in the Jurisdiction free of charge?
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—Can a Grand Lodge, having the power to raise
its revenue by a per capita tax upon the membership, use any portion of the tax thus raised for the purpose of publishing and
furnishing to the members of the Order in its Jurisdiction a
periodical,  newspaper or magazine?
Answer.—No.
Question 3.—With special reference to a report (Report 9)
made to the Grand Lodge of Colorado, at its session in the year
1911, and found in the printed Journal of that Grand Lodge, beginning on page 5597, which report has not yet been adopted by
the said Grand Lodge, would it be lawful for the Grand Lodge
of Colorado to undertake the publication of a periodical of the
character therein set forth and to provide for the expense thereof
either by special per capita tax for that purpose, or out of funds of
the Grand Lodge raised by means of its regular per capita tax?
Answer.—No.
Decision 29. Statement.—Brother A. residing in Detroit, and a
Royal Purple degree member of an encampment in Detroit,
without changing his residence, made application and was elected
to membership in Trenton Encampment, Jurisdiction of Michigan,
in. October, 1911; Trenton Encampment being outside the Jurisdiction of Detroit Encampment. In November, 1911, Brother A.
was elected Chief Patriarch from the floor, all eligible members
declining nomination, permission to so elect having been obtained
from the Grand Patriarch. In December, 1911, Trenton Encampment requested Brother A's former encampment, together with all
the other encampments in Detroit (Detroit being a concurrent
Jurisdiction), to send waiver of jurisdiction. All encampments in
Detroit complied except two; one refused, and the other (his
own) issued a Transfer Certificate and sent same to Trenton Encampment on January 17, 1912. January, 1912, Brother A. was
again elected Chief Patriarch before Transfer Certificate was received by Trenton Encampment.
Question 1.—Does Brother A. hold legal membership in
Trenton Encampment?
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—If not, must his membership be ordered cancelled?
Answer.—Yes. 3455
Question 3.—If ordered cancelled must his former encampment restore him to membership?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 30. Question.—Can a lodge pay from its general funds
for the medical examination of an applicant by initiation?
Answer.—This is a matter for the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction to first pass upon. It is not a violation of the law to require
a physician's certificate, but that a lodge may pay from its general
funds for such examination must first be passed upon by its Grand
Lodge.
Decision 31. Question.—Can a lodge by by-law require dues to be
paid in advance, the State Grand Lodge Constitution being silent
on the point?
Answer.—No. The subject of dues is wholly within the
Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction in which the subordinate lodge is
located, and such Grand Lodge has the right to fix the minimum
amounts to be paid, etc.
Decision 32. Question 1.—Is it legal for an encampment to vote
each of its members Withdrawal Cards and then vote to surrender
its charter?
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—Is it legal
render its charter and then
drawal Card?
Answer.—No.
Question 3.—Would it be legal for a Grand Patriarch to take
up the charter under either of the above circumstances?
Answer.—The taking up of charters by a Grand Patriarch
for mal-administration of the affairs of an encampment, is not for
the direction of the Grand Sire, but should be acted on by the
Grand Patriarch within his discretion, subject to approval of his
Grand Encampment. x
for  an  encampment  to  vote  to  sur
vote  each   of  its  members  a  With
Decision 34. Statement.—Three subordinate lodges of Battle
Creek, Michigan, desire to incorporate under the laws of the State
of Michigan, as an I. O. O. F. Temple Association, for the purpose of erecting an Odd Fellows' Temple, to be used jointly by
them for meeting purposes, and also the lower floor to contain
stores to be rented for commercial purposes, the upper floor to
contain lodge-rooms, which will be used by these three lodges,
and also rented to other fraternal organizations in Battle Creek
for meeting purposes. The corporation is to be composed of
members of the Order only, and they propose to issue stock to
members of the Order only for the purpose of raising sufficient
funds to build the temple. The entire building, when completed,
will be owned by the corporation.
Question.—Is such a corporation organized for the purposes
stated, a legal corporation under the laws of Odd Fellowship?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 40.    Question 1.—Can a Grand Lodge pass    a    law
prohibiting subordinate lodges from initiating an applicant who is
over fifty years of age?
Answer.—Yes.   3456
Question 2.—Can a Grand Lodge prohibit a subordinate lodge
from admitting to membership by Transfer Card a brother who is
over fifty years of age?
Answer.—Yes.
Question 3.—Can a subordinate lodge legally initiate an applicant who is over fifty years of age?
Answer.—Yes, if not prohibited by action of its Grand Lodge.
Decision 42. Statement.—Under the law, as it now stands a
Veteran Jewel or Honorable Veteran Jewe.l is the proper substitute for regalia in a subordinate lodge.
Question.—Will such jewels be recognized as the proper regalia in The Sovereign Grand Lodge?
Answer.—Xo.
EXCERPTS FROM REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.
Again the Order has had a prosperous year, the total net increase in membership in Subordinate Lodges being 41,437, as compared with 49,562 in 1910 and 41,608 in 1909, and practically the
same as in 1909. The net gain in Rebekah membership is: Sisters,
15,726, compared with 22,227 for the previous year, and of Brothers
of this branch, 4076, compared with 10,695 in 1910. The total membership of the Order on December 31, 1911, was 2,080,894, of which
the Subordinate Lodge membership is 1,624,606, and Sisters only
of Rebekah Lodges, 456,288.
The net increase in Encampment membership for the year is
5,809, which is the largest in many years, and this, notwithstanding
the fact that 20 Grand Encampments out of the 54 on this continent show net losses, but for which the splendid total net gain in
this branch would have been much greater. While the Encampment branch shows better results than heretofore, it happens that
the net increase in Rebekah membership is less than for several
years past.
The total net gain in membership in 1911 is, therefore, 67,047,
to which should be added that of the Patriarchs Militant of 1,206,
shown in the report as Adjutant-General, which brings this total
net gain in all branches for the past year to 68,253.
The total expenditure for relief in 1911 was $5,854,271.64, compared with $5,711,049.41 for 1910. The receipts of Subordinates in
1911 amounted to $18,303,210.86, compared with $17,804,771.58 for
1910. The total invested funds of Grand and Subordinate bodies,
reported at the close of 1911, amounted to $63,331,213.87, compared with $57,743,272.60 for 1910.
The total relief expenditure of the Order since 1830 has been
$142,552,661.72.
The total receipts of the Sovereign Grand Lodge for the fiscal
year ended July 31, 1912, were $100,264.08, compared with $108,-
791.49 for the preceding year.
From the Representatives' certificates received it appears that
the number of Representatives to this session will be 205, while
at the r9ii session there were 209, the difference and reduction
being accounted for by the consolidation of the Grand Bodies of
Oklahoma and Indian Territory.
During the fiscal year which closed July 31, 1912, the sale
of Official Certificates reached 38,147 books of 100 certificates each.
Since the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge death
has come to Past Grand Sire Robert E. Wright, of Pennsylvania, 3457
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and to Grand Representatives James A. Leete, of New Hampshire,
and A. Villeret, of Louisiana. Brother Wright, Past Grand Sire,
had been in ill health for over seven years, but Grand Representatives Villeret and Leete were present at the 1911 session in good
health. Each of these distinguished Brothers served the Order
well, and they will live in the memory of all who knew and loved
them for the virtues which they possessed and illustrated in their
lives.
STATISTICS OF THE ORDER THROUGHOUT THE
f WORLD FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31, 1911.
Including  Australasia,  Denmark,  Germany,  Netherlands,  Sweden
and Switzerland.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  3,852,894
Members relieved     4,001,959
Widowed Families relieved   325>575
Members deceased  400,261
Total Relief  $142,552,661.72
Total  Revenue     293,616,903.80
CONDITION OF THE ORDER TROUGHOUT THE WORLD
I DECEMBER 31, 1911.     :|:
Sovereign Grand Lodge  1
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark,     Germany,     Netherlands,     Sweden,    and
Switzerland)  6
Grand Lodges   68
Grand Encampments   ....  56
Subordinate Lodges    17,985
Subordinate Encampments  3,697
Rebekah  Lodges     9,543
Lodge Members   1,624,606
Encampment Members     227,306
Rebekah Lodge Members    687,039
Total number of persons belonging to the Order.... 2,080,894
Total Relief paid in 1911 $ 5,854,271.64
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1911  18,303,210.86
Total Expenses of Grand    and    Subordinate Bodies
for 1911   9,462,522.98
Invested   Funds   of   Grand   Subordinate   Bodies   December 31,  1911     63,331,213.87
Legislation Adopted.
A resolution was adopted appointing a special committee to
consider the feasibility of erecting a Temple for the accommodation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge which is to report at the next
annual session.
Resolved, That Grand Lodges of various Grand jurisdictions
be invested with power to permit Subordinate Lodges under their
respective Jurisdictions to set aside any per cent., not to exceed
ten per cent, of their income from all sources, as a contingent fund,
to be expended in the payment of necessary and proper obligations
which every Lodge must meet and for which purpose a Subordinate Lodge, under existing laws, cannot expend its funds.
Resolved, That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments may,
by appropriate legislation, require the organization and maintenance in cities or towns having more than one Subordinate
Lodge or Encampment of a General Relief Committee, composed
of one or more members from each Lodge or Encampment; such 3458
committee to have charge of all sick and distressed sojourning
members of the Order who may be within the Jurisdiction of such
Lodges or Encampments, with the same authority as to paying
benefits, providing watchers and nurses and otherwise caring for
such sojourning members as is given by law to the Relief Committee of Lodges or Encampments where no such General Relief
Committee exists; and to provide for the apportionment of expenses of such committee among the Lodges or Encampments interested and for the payment of same, and to fix the amount of
funds to be held by such committee, and to fix such rules and
regulations for the coduct of the business of such committee as
shall be necessary.
A new form of Funeral Ceremony was adopted, what changes
were made were left optional with the Lodge using same.
Resolved, That hereafter in an application for membership the
applicant shall state date and place of birth.
Resolved, That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments be
and are hereby authorized to permit Subordinate and Rebekah
Lodges and Encampments under their respective Jurisdictions to
expend the contingent fund of such Lodges and Encampments for
the purchase of suitably prescribed Past Officers' regalia or Jewel,
to be presented by such Subordinate Body to its retiring presiding
officer and may limit the amount to be expended.
Resolved, That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments be
and are hereby authorized to permit Subordinate and Rebekah
Lodges and Encampments under their respective Jurisdictions to
expend the contingent fund of such Lodges and Encampments for
any purpose tending to promote the interest and objects of Odd
Fellowship, including rallies or meetings, the purpose of which
is to increase the membership of the Order and at which,
persons eligible to such membership, may be present; provided, that
no portion of such fund shall be used for donations, subscriptions
for public uses on expenditures, benefiting Fraternities or Orders
other than Odd Fellowship except for exclusive use of the Order
in public parade in which this Order participates, nor for the purchase of intoxicating liquors.
Resolved, That in Jurisdictions where a State Grand Lodge
legislates for State Assemblies and Subordinate^ Rebekah Lodges
therein, said Grand Lodge may require its legislative members
and its executive officers to be members in good standing in a
Rebekah Lodge as an additional qualification for membership in
such Grand Lodge.
The following items are of direct application to the work of
the Rebekah Lodges:
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge be and hereby is authorized to receive from the Secretaries
of Rebekah Assemblies direct, so as to relieve the Grand Secretaries of the several Grand Lodges from receiving and handling the
reports from Rebekah Lodges in their respective Jurisdictions,
and in turn report to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be and he is hereby directed to include in the mailing lists of annual reports and daily
journals the names of the several Secretaries of the Rebekah
Assemblies.
A new funeral service for Rebekahs was adopted. It is short,
impressive, and clothed in most beautiful language. 3459
Legislation Not Adopted.
An effort was made to add a form of introduction for members
visiting outside of their own Jurisdiction, same to be added to the
Ritual, but it failed of adoption.
An effort was made to have a committee appointed to take up
the matter of interchange of visitations with the Manchester Unity,
but such action was deemed inexpedient.
An effort was made to permit Grand Lodges to purchase and
present twenty-five-year Veteran Jewels to members of their own
Jurisdiction who were entitled thereto, but it failed of adoption.
An effort was made to change the Dedicatory Ceremony so
that the Grand Patriarch would have a part therein, but it failed
of adoption. •
The proposed amendment making the age of admission 18
years, and the amendment making the age 20 years, both failed
of adoption; it was not deemed necessary to call the roll on these
fWo amendments.
An effort to make the Veteran Button answer in lieu of regalia,
when not occupying official station, failed of adoption.
A resolution was presented permitting in future the laying of
cornerstone and dedication of halls or temples on Sunday, but the
Committee on Legislation reported that they did not deem it advisable or expedient to change the existing law, and the committee
report was adopted.
The Special Committee appointed in 1911 to consider and
report on the advisability of changing our regalia to a badge instead of collar made two reports, majority in favor and minority
report opposing any change. The minority report was adopted
almost unanimously, and there is no change in regalia.
Proposed Amendments.
Two amendments were introduced making the age of admission 18 years instead of 21, and they will come up for action at the
next session.
New Digest.
The Committee of Codification of Laws reported progress and
asked for another year in Which to make their final report.
Prizes Offered By Grand Sire.
The prize offered to the Jurisdiction making the greatest gain
in 1911 was won by Illinois, they showing a gain of 5,064.
The prize offered to the Lodge showing the greatest gain was
won by Lafayette Lodge, No. 15, of Indiana, their gain being 197.
In this connection we deem it worthy of mention that Fair-
view Lodge No. 61, of this Jurisdiction, is well up in the list of
individual Lodges showing gains, they ranking 21st in the list,
with a gain of 56.
Conclusion.
We have aimed in this report to present briefly as possible the
important features and the actual legislation of direct interest
to this Jurisdiction. It is impossible for us to convey to you in
cold type the splendid enthusiasm aroused by the wonderful
progress of Odd Fellowship; the Order is growing and developing
numerically and  in  character and will  continue  so to  grow  and 3460
develop so long as earnest men and women apply themselves in
its interests. We beg to quote from the report of the Committee
on Courtesies:
"May the rising tide of development in this land of amazing
progress and opportunity ever have blended with it the pulsing
currents of Odd Fellowship, and the fraternity, morality and
liberty for which Odd Fellowship stands, and when the scroll of
history unrolls and the ultimate destiny of the Anglo-Saxon race
approaches us down the vista of coming years, may it appear that
a long step toward the realization of the poet's dream, 'the parliament of man, the federation of the world,' has been taken in
the fraternal mingling of the two great wings of our common
army of progress and civilization, our common race and our
common blood, at the eighty-eighth session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, held at
Winnipeg in Manitoba."
In conclusion we wish to thank your Grand Body for the
honor conferred in electing us as Grand Representatives.
The next session will be held in the City of Minneapolis.
Fraternally submitted,
E. G. CAVALSKY,
A. M. RUSSELL,
Grand Representatives. 3461
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the following assignment of the subject matter of the Grand Officers'
reports to the respective Committees as follows:—
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Part of Page 6 re appointment of Fraternal Delegate to Alberta
Grand Lodge; the reports of the D.D.G.M's. on Pages 8, 9 and 10;
the communications from the Grand Sire, Pages 11 and 12; Floods
in Ohio; Cyclone at Regina; Monument of Peace; Tuberculosis
Sanatorium; District Deputy Grand Masters; Funeral Aid Society;
Fraternal Papers; Division of Jurisdiction; Suspensions for N.P.D.
and Conclusion, on Pages 14, 15 and 16.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Decisions; Appointments;
Dispensations issued, on Pages 6, 7 and 8; Decision of D.D.G.M's.,
Districts Nos. 3, 9, 11, 25, 27 and 29, on Pages 8, 9 and 10;
Proclamations issued, Page 12.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—The portion
referring to Odd Fellows' Home on Page 15.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 17, 18, 25, 26,
27, 28, 29 and 30.
Pages 19
20,  21,  22,  23,  24;
To the Committee on Finance-
portion of Page 25, headed "Financial."
To Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Odd Fellows' Home
Fund on Page 23.
Grand Treasurer's Report—To the Committee on Finance.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Grand Master presented a Supplementary Report,
which was referred to the Committee on Distribution:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Since the printing of the advance report certain matters have
required my official attention, and others which circumstances
necessitated their being held in abeyance, all of which I beg
herewith to submit for the consideration of this Grand Lodge:
Reports of District Deputies
having:
-J. A. Johnson, D.D.G.'M., reports
installed officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and also those of
Amity Lodge, No. 27, in July, 1912, and in January, 1913. Granted
no dispensations, paid no official visits, rendered no decisions.
Order is flourishing in his district.
District No. 10—R. S. Squarebriggs, D.D.G.M., reports installing officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, July 1912, and January, 1913.
Granted no dispensations, answered one question of law (not
specified). Condition of Order in district good; a number of
initiations, and few deaths during his term. 3462
District No. n_Bro. Greyel, D.D.G.M., reports installing
officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28, July 1912, and January, 1913.
Granted dispensation to confer two degrees in one evening, December 14th, 1912. Rendered no decisions. Lodge in good condition,
added several new members to the roll, and have good prospects
for more in the near future. Cheam Lodge recommends Brother
L. Ogilvie as D.D.G.M. for the coming year.
District No. 23—Oscar Jacobson, D.D.G.M., reports| Industrial conditions have not improved; as a consequence our Lodge
(Trout Lake, No. 41), has not improved in any way, but we still
do business, that is so far as our obligations go toward the brothers
belonging to our Lodge, be they far away or at home. In regard
to Camborne Lodge, No. 49, I cannot speak of any improvement,
as it is impossible for them to do anything. Hoping for a good
and prosperous year for our Order at large.
District No. 24—W. M. Harris, D.D.G.M., reports^ Installed
officers of Key City Lodge, No. 42, July 8th, 1912, and January
6th, 1913. Lodge in good financial condition and membership
increasing steadily, but some loss through suspension for N.P.D.
District No. 28—Bro. J. L. Huston, D.D.G.M., reports: Installed
officers of Princeton Lodge for terms July, 1912, and January, 1913.
Condition of Order in district good. Remarks that owing to the
visit of the Grand Master, it being the first official visit of a Grand
Lodge Officer, things are looking brighter and the brothers feel
more encouraged. While they are out of the way and hard to
reach he would recommend that each Grand Master make a special
effort to visit Princeton Lodge.
District No. 32.—C. H. Borton, D.D.G.M., reports: Visited
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, in July, 1912, and January, 1913; installing
officers on these dates. Granted dispensations to confer more than
one degree at same meeting, on April llth and April 25th, 1913.
Membership made substantial gain. Attendance is good considering distance many members have to travel. Finances are in good
shape, although last year a considerable sum was paid out in sick
benefits. There was a good turn out at anniversary services.
Prospects are bright for the future.
The following question was submitted to me:—"Can a Lodge
legally pay its representatives on the General Relief Board money
to compensate them for time spent in the performance of their
duty as members of the Board, from the funds of the Lodge?"
Answer—"No, not legally."
Dispensation for New Rebekah Lodge
On June 4th I granted a dispensation to "Illahie Rebekah
Lodge, No. 30, to be located at Central Park, B.C., to institute and
operate sa'id Lodge, until this Grand Lodge in regular session
authorized the issuing of a charter for the same,
would recommend that a Charter be so granted.
or otherwise.    I
Commissions
On June 4 I issued a commission to Sister Margaret Langham,
President of the Rebekah Assembly, to act as my special deputy
in instituting Illahie Rebekah Lodge, at Central Park, B.C., also
with authority to install the officers of said Lodge, such commission
to remain in force until June 9th, 1913, and no longer. 3463
Recommendations
I regret that the latest report from the D.D.G.M. of District
No. 23 shows no improvement in the condition of Camborne Lodge,
No. 49, and I would recommend that immediate steps be taken to
recall the Charter of that Lodge.
Owing to an affection of our Grand Secretary's right hand,
which lys medical adviser pronounced to be writer's cramp, and
recommended complete rest as the only cure for it, 1 sanctioned the
purchase of a new typewriting machine for the use of that officer,
the clerical work at that time being very heavy preparatory to this
Session, and would ask this Grand Lodge to approve my action in
this matter. The Representatives will be pleased to learn that our
Grand Secretary reports a decided improvement in his hand.
Fraternally submitted,
-     - W.  A.  JOHNSTONE,
Grand   Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted a Supplementary Report
which was referred to the Committee on Distribution:
Supplementary Report of Grand Secretary
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Since my report was printed I have received a petition for a
Charter for a Rebekah Lodge to be located at Central Park, B. C,
to be named "Illahie" Rebekah Lodge, No. 30, accompanied by the
Charter fee and the requisite number of cards.
I also regret to report having received information of the
partial destruction of the Hall of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, incurring
damage to the extent of $1,766, which is happily covered by
insurance.
During the past year the following Veteran Jewels have been
issued to members of this Jurisdiction:
Name
o £>
bo
o o
F. Landsberg .
R. Gordon  ...
H. Douglas  ..
I. A. Dinsmore
H. McVean  ..
1
12
39
45
8
6£
Name
o v
bo
o o
85 J. Taylor .. .
86 J. Fowler ..
87 G. Shelton  .
88 W. Grimmer
89 E. Sutcliffe .
4
4
8
3
16
Honorable Veteran Jewel
No. 1—B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., Lodge, No. 3.
Fraternally submitted,
FRED.  DAVEY,
Grand   Secretary. 3464
The Grand Warden, by direction of the Grand Lodge,
retired to the ante-room and conferred the Grand Lodge
Degree on Brothers R. Booth and W. Fielding, No. 5.
Bro. R. Hill Fairley, Grand Master of Alberta, addressed
the Grand Lodge and conveyed the fraternal greetings of that
Jurisdiction to this Grand Body.
The Grand Master replied appropriately on behalf of this
Grand Lodge.
It was on motion Resolved, ''That the Grand Secretary be
instructed to send a telegram conveying the fraternal greetings
and best wishes of this Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge of
Minnesota in annual session at Duluth, Minn., today.
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to 1.30
p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
'        AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1.30 p.m. pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
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 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 beg to recommend the
following allotment of the Supplementary Reports of the Grand
Master and Grand Secretary, to the several standing committees.
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on Judiciary—Reports of D.D.G.M.'s on
pages 2, 3, 4, part of page 5, pages 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
and 17.
To the Committee on Finance—Last clause of page 5.
To the Committee on Petitions, page 10.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on Petitions—First clause of report.
To the Committee on State of the Order—Balance of report.
Signed  by  the   Committee. 3465
The Committee on Finance presented the following report,
which was adopted:
§ Victoria, B.C., May 27, 1913.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Finance Committee beg leave to report that we have
examined the books, vouchers and reports of your Grand Secretary
and Grand Treasurer, and find the same correct and in perfect
condition.
Signed by the Committee.
The following communication was read from a Special
Committee appointed by the Grand Lodge of Ontario, which
was referred to the Committee on State of the Order:
Toronto, February 10, 1913.
Mr. Frederick Davey, Grand Secretary,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, Victoria, B.C.
Dear Sir and Brother:—
At last session of Grand Lodge of Ontario the following resolution was1 unanimously carried: "That the incoming Grand
Master appoint a special committee of three members to confer
with committees from other Grand Jurisdictions in the Dominion
of Canada, in order to devise some plans for the extension of the
Order and the furtherance of inter-provincial relations from the
Atlantic to the Pacific."
The undersigned committee, appointed in accordance with the
above resolution, feel that there are many features of the work of
the Order which are peculiar to the several Canadian jurisdictions,
and yet so co-related that their consideration by a joint committee
would be of incalculable value to all concerned. With this in view,
and at the same time realizing the difficulties of having a largely
representative meeting when distances are considered, it has
occurred to us that with the co-operation of the different Grand
Bodies, or their executive committees, we might have a meeting
in Kingston immediately preceding the meeting of the O.F.R.A. in
July. We therefore write to ascertain whether your jurisdiction
would agree to have its representative to the O.F.R.A. meeting
take part in the proposed joint conference.
Should the above meet with the approval of the majority we
shall be pleased to proceed with all the necessary arrangements and
in the meantime would ask that you be kind enough to supply us
with the names and addresses of the brothers who may be expected
to join us as your representatives. We would further request that
they be prepared to discuss plans for carrying into effect the intent
of the above resolution.
Will you be good enough to discuss this matter with your
Grand Master and Executive and advise us of your decision as
early  as   possible.    Thanking  you  in   advance  and   trusting   that
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something in the consolidation and extension of our work may be
accomplished, we are,
Fraternally yours,
W.  H. HOYLE, P.G.M., P.G.R.,
f:    J.  B.  TURNER,  P.G.M.,  P.G.R.,
. 1 D. M. McINTYRE, Grand Warden.
Committee.
(Kindly address all communications to Wm. Brooks, Grand
Secretary, 63 Canada Life Building, Toronto. He has kindly
consented to act as secretary of the Committee.)
Bro. F. C. Dillabough, No. 4, submitted the following
questions, which were referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
Is it lawful for any subordinate lodge to pay sick benefits of
$10 per week to any member and also supply a doctor and medicine
on a basis of $12 per year dues?
Can a Scarlet Degree member occupy the chair of the Right
Supporter of the Noble Grand and if so can such Scarlet Degree
member occupy the chair of the Noble Grand during a temporary
absence?
The following communication was read from "Harmony"
Lodge, No. 6, which was referred to the Committee on
Judiciary:
Ladysmith, B. C, May 26th, 1913.
»
To the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of B. C:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
Re Aged Oddfellows' Fund
I have been instructed, by resolution of Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
to communicate with you in reference to affording financial
assistance towards the upkeep of a brother of this lodge who is at
present in the Oddfellows' Home at Helena, Montana. The
following are particulars:—
Brother William Daly, a member of Harmony Lodge, while
residing at Livingston, Montana, fell ill and was reported by Park
Lodge, No. 17, as suffering from chronic eczema, whereupon we
instructed them to pay the brother benefits as allowed by our
by-laws, the same dating from February 12th, 1911.
Park Lodge, at a later date, was instrumental in securing
Brother Daly's admission to the Oddfellows' Home, situate at
Helena, Montana, and communicated with us requesting that we
assume the obligation of paying the weekly cost of the brother's
keep amounting to $4.00 per week, in lieu of our paying benefits.
This Lodge held that it was not constitutional to use the funds for
the purpose of keeping a brother in a home and particularly
objected on the grounds that it was forming an objectionable
precedent.
Pursuant to this conclusion, I was instructed, on behalf of the
Lodge to advise Park Lodge that we would continue paying the 3467
brother benefits, which at this time amounted to $10.00 per week
and declining to $7.50 per week, this allowance being so much in
excess of the weekly charge made by the Home, would provide
funds for quite an advanced period.
Application for the amount due for benefits was made only at
very long intervals and at March 31st of this year a claim for 69
weeks was made, and at this time the scale of benefits had dropped
to the permanent allowance of $3.00 weekly the result being that
the brother's continued stay in the home causes a weekly deficit
of $1.00.
The last remittance as above stated paid the brother up to
February 26th, 1913, and after deducting $18.00 for dues, left us still
due the Home the sum of $41.80.
Obviously the amount of indebtedness will increase as not only
is the allowance for benefits less by one dollar than the charge
made by the Home, but $12.00 yearly has to be retained for dues
on behalf of the brother and in addition there are some minor
sundries and medical expenses which would probably amount to
$20.00 a year or so.
You will readily note, therefor, that the total weekly deficit of
about $1.61 will have to be provided for from some source as we
as Oddfellows feel morally responsible in this case.
The report of the Grand Lodge, 1912, page 3276, shows the
sum of $566.31 as being deposited in Dominion Government Savings
Bank and designated as the "Aged Oddfellows' Fund."
From this source we would ask that the necessary assistance
be given, if such is the purpose of the fund and if not might we
suggest that your honorable body make provision for such cases
until a Home is erected in this Province for caring for brothers
so unfortunately placed as the member of whom we write.
Fraternally submitted,
.    W.   W.   WALKEM,
Recording   Secretary.
The following report was read from the Funeral Aid
Association of B. C, which was ordered to be received and
printed in the proceedings of this Session:
New Westminster, May 31, 1913.
To the Officers and Members of The I.O.O.F. Funeral Association,
Nanaimo, B. C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
Permit me to present a short report of the business of this
Association for the past year, or from June 6th, 1912, to May 31st,
1913.
Our Board has held 14 meetings during the year, three in
Vancouver and eleven in this city. We have had an average
attendance of 4^ members present at each meeting out of seven
members.    The   President   and   the   Secretary   have   attended   all
meetings. 3468
The members of the Board for the past year were Bros. C. S.
Keith, President; J. A. McKay, Vice-President; N. R. Brown,
Treasurer; M. J. Phillips, Alex. Cleland and R. Bumstead, Directors;   and W. C. Coatham, Secretary.
In May of this year Bro. N. R. Brown, our Treasurer, resigned
his office, owing to his intended departure for Revelstoke, and this
Association has lost the services of a very useful member of the
Board. On May 21st your Secretary was elected Treasurer pro
tem which accounts for the two reports being combined.
One year ago our membership was just 250 and we have added
164 during the year, or 414 in all, from which we must deduct four
who have died and three who have been suspended from membership as they were in arrears for assessments for one full year,
which is the period of grace fixed upon by your Board. A few
others are well in arrears or have signified their intention to
withdraw.
During the year we have paid three death claims on the
following certificates:—
Certificate No. 147—Nalme of deceased, John McPherson; date
of death, December 19, 1912; beneficiary, Margaret McPherson;
date of assessment, January 1, 1913.
Certificate No. 11—Name of deceased, John L. Johnson; date
of death, February 19, 1913; beneficiary, Susan Johnson; date of
assessment, March 1, 1913.
Certificate No. 299—Name of deceased, Lawrence C. Barlass;
date of death, April 18, 1913; beneficiary, Helen M. Barlass; date
of assessment, May 1, 1913.
The widow of Bro. Johnson is left with five small children
under ten years of age and with no other insurance and it was for
such cases that this Association was organized.
A brother who has been a member since 1910 has paid into the
Association since joining, in addition to the admission fee, four
dollars in assessments and 75 cents in expense calls, or $4.75 in all.
That is, he has carried $250 insurance at the small annual cost of
less than $1.60, which is certainly cheap enough.
At present the following members are in arrears:—For No. 2
Assessment and Expense Call, 7 members. For No. 3 Assessment,
19 members. So far 161 members have paid No. 4 Assessment and
236 are outstanding.
The General Fund was overdrawn last year $262.40 and this
year it is overdrawn only $56.97 or a total of $319.37. For some
time it will be impossible to keep our expenditure within the funds
intended for that purpose. In obedience to your instructions at
last meeting we had cards, advertising this branch, printed and sent
to the different Lodges, which have been framed and hung up in a
conspicuous place, in some of the Lodges,
In the 57 Lodges, there are 44 writh Local Directors and 13
Lodges have not appointed any. Of the 44, 32 have, sent in
members.
It is a source of regret to me that I am unable to attend your
annual meeting and to take part in your discussions. I trust that
you will pardon me if I raise a few points for discussion. 3469
1. I would suggest that hereafter a charge be made for issuing
a new certificate for one that is lost or for a new one when the
beneficiary is to be changed.
2. That May 31st be fixed upon as the closing date of the
financial year of this Association, in order to allow the Auditor,
Treasurer and Secretary time to prepare their annual reports.
3. That hereafter a Medical Certificate be required from
applicants that are over 55 years of age, or say over 57. While the
ages of death so far have been 45, 30, 51 and 25, or an average of
38, we should study the age question from time to time.
4. That a circular letter be sent to all Lodges and Directors
calling attention to the low average cost of membership—$1.60
per year.
Treasurer's Report
Balance on hand from last year $    89.10
Cash  Receipts      1,005.08
Total  .$1094.18
Disbursements      884.40
Balance on hand  .$   209.78
Respectfully submitted,
W. C. COATHAM,     N        \t;
Secretary-Treasurer  pro  tem.
Financial Statement—June 6, 1912, to May 31, 1913
General Fund
To Printing and Suppjies   $ 57 65
"    Postage    21 10
"    Commissions (Local Directors)     46 07
"    Salaries (Secretary)   49 50
"    Premiums on Bonds    5 00
|    Sundry Expenses   1 15
By Application Fees, 164 at 25 cents  $ 41 00
"    Expense Calls     82 50
"    Balance (Overdrawn)  56 97
$180 47    $180 47
Benefit Fund
By Application Fees  $ 246 50
"    Assessments     770 25
To Death Claims Paid   $ 750 00
"    Balance        266 75
$1016 75    $1016 75
Balances
By Benefit Fund  $ 266 75
To General Fund $    56 97
"    Cash on Hand     209 78
$ 266 75    $ 266 75
ROBT. MAY, Auditor. 3470
The Grand Master presented a complaint received by him
from Bro. Strachan of "Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, against the
action of that Lodge in the matter of Sick Benefits alleged to
be due to him, together with correspondence with that Lodge
and the report of a Committee appointed to investigate the
matter^ by the Lodge, which was on motion referred to the
Committee on Appeals and Grievances.
The Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge submitted the
following report:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:  j
Your Committee on the furnishing of the Sleeping Pavilion at
the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille, btg to submit the
following report:
The report of this Committee presented to the Grand Lodge
last year, together with photographs of both the exterior and
interior of the Sleeping Pavilion building, which were inserted in
the last annual Proceedings of this Grand Body, enabled the
brethren to pretty fully and clearly understand the work which
your Committee has had in hand. Our last report stated the
building at that time was just then being completed by the
contractors, and furniture about to be installed.
We are now able to report the furniture was installed and the
building open for use in August last, since which time it has been
occupied continuously, starting with five, and during the winter
twenty-two patients receiving treatment therein.
The Sanatorium has been visited by one or more of your
Committee on several occasions during the past year, and in
conversation with those patients occupying the building, and with
the Medical Superintendent and Nurses, they all, without an
exception, express themselves as greatly pleased with the suitability of, and the comfort received from the furnishings provided
by the Odd Fellows of British Columbia.
The last of the furniture was installed in January, and on
February 22nd Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., at the request of the
Grand Master, visited the Sanatorium and there met the House
Committee of the Society and the Medical Superintendent, Dr.
Vrooman. This Committee made a thorough inspection of the
equipment furnished by our brethren, and found everything to their
entire satisfaction. Bro. Webber representing the Grand Master
and on behalf of the Odd Fellows of British Columbia, then
formally handed over to the House Committee as representing the
Anti-Tuberculosis Society, the equipment of the Sleeping Pavilion.
A suitable acknowledgment from the Society, of the gift, will be
found in the Grand Secretary's report.
The Grand Secretary has placed before you a statement of the
receipts and disbursements in connection with this fund, showing
total receipts of $2,688.32, and disbursements amounting to $2,469.22,
leaving a balance unexpended of $219.10. As the building is now
equipped  with   everything  that   apparently  is   required,   and  any 3471
further expenditures will only be to replace any breakages, etc..
your Committee would recommend that the balance of the fund
then remaining, be handed over to the British Columbia Anti-
Tuberculosis Society.
W. A. JOHNSTONE, Grand Master.
R. DUDLEY, Deputy Grand Master.
H. WHITE, Grand Warden.
FRED. DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Treasurer.
E. L. WEBBER, Past Grand Master.
It was moved, seconded and carried:—That the report be
received and adopted, that $100 of the balance on hand be paid
to Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., to partially reimburse him for
expense incurred in visiting the Sanatorium on several
occasions in connection with the furnishing of the Sleeping
Pavilion; and that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
him for his efficient services in this matter.
The Grand Master expressed to Bro. Webber the thanks
of the Grand Lodge for his devotion and the great interest and
trouble he had taken in carrying out the wishes of the brethren
in providing for the comfort of the patients at the Sanatorium.
Bro. Webber replied and in a very interesting speech gave
valuable information as to the methods and treatment adopted
at the Sanatorium and the valuable work it was performing in
endeavouring to check the ravages of the white plague in this
Province.
The following communication was read from the Department Council, Patriarchs Militant, which was ordered to be
received and spread on the minutes.
Nanaimo,  9  June,  1913.
To the Officers and Members of the
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., of B. C:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
We the Officers and Chevaliers of the Department Council
Patriarchs Militant, I.O.O.F., of B. C, in Council assembled in the
beautiful city of Nanaimo, take pleasure in extending to your
Grand Body the courtesies of this Department Council. We trust
that your sessions will be both pleasant and profitable and that we
may unitedly work for the upbuilding of our noble Order.
Chivalrously and fraternally yours,
JAS. A. McKAY, Col. R.
G.  S.   KEITH,  Col.  R.,
F. C. DILLABOUGH, Lieut.-Col.
A communication was read from the Odd Fellows Relief
Association of Canada asking for the favourable recognition
of its work amongst the members of the Order in the
Dominion by this Grand Lodge, which was referred to the
Committee on Insurance.
\   3472
The Grand Warden retired to the ante room and conferred
the Grand Lodge Degree on Bros. F. Dresser, No. 4, and J.
Inglis, No. 26.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted the
following notice of motion, which was ordered to lay on the
table until tomorrow:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to submit
the following "notice of motion:
That Section 1, line 2 of the By-laws of this Grand Lodge, be
altered to read as follows:
That the words "the sum of $2.00" be struck out and that "the
sum of $4.00" be inserted in lieu.
Signed by the Committee.
The following communication was read:
Victoria,  B.C., June 1st,  1913.
Fred Davey, Esq., Grand Secretary,
Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. of B. C. ||
Dear Sir and Brother:
I have been instructed to write you by the Committee thai: has
been formed to make preliminary arrangements for the celebration
of the 50th anniversary of the institution of this Order into British
Columbia which will occur in 1914, and ask if you will be good
enough to intimate to the Grand Lodge that it is the desire of this
Committee to send a deputation to lay before it, at its next Session
—at Nanaimo—a petition in connection with this proposed celebration, and to ask them if they will kindly consent to receive such
deputation.
Thanking you in anticipation and awaiting a favorable reply,
I am, yours fraternally,
H. E. MORRIS,
Secretary to  the  Committee.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the communication
be received and the request granted.
The deputation, consisting of A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
Chairman of the Committee, and the representatives of the
Lodges in Victoria, assembled on the centre of the floor, and
Bros. Henderson, P.G.M., and J. Wilby, No. 2, addressed the
Grand Lodge on the subject of the celebration of the Jubilee
of Odd Fellowship in British Columbia, next year, and read
the following memorial: 3473
Nanaimo, B.C., 9th June, 1913.
To the Officers and Members of the
Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Dear Sirs and Bros.:
The undersigned on behalf of the members of the lodges in
the City of Victoria, beg to call your attention to the fact that
next year will occur the Fiftieth Anniversary of the establishment
of Odd Fellowship in this Province, Victoria Lodge No. 1, having
been instituted at Victoria on the 10th of March, 1864.
The members of the three Lodges in Victoria, viz., Victoria,
No. 1, Columbia, No. 2, and Dominion, No. 4, are of the opinion
that it is an event that should appeal to every Odd Fellow in the
Province and they are desirous that it should be fittingly and
appropriately celebrated. They do not, however, think that this
object would be attained if it were made simply a local celebration,
confined to the membership in Victoria. They believe that it is an
occasion in which the whole Province should participate. With
that end in view we are therefore authorized to request:
ist. That the Grand Lodge do hold its next Annual Session in
the City of Victoria, the birthplace of Odd Fellowship in British
Columbia; and
2nd. That it will be pleased to make a generous monetary
contribution so that the event may be worthily celebrated and in a
manner becoming the oldest, largest and richest fraternal organization in the Province.
The Lodges of Victoria are prepared to undertake the work
connected with this celebration aixd to contribute liberally to make
it a success in every way. It is proposed to hold it during the
week in which the Grand Lodge and other Grand Bodies meet in
Annual Session. If you accede to our request we wall do our
utmost to make the event not only worthy of the unique occasion
and to reflect credit on the Order, but we can assure the Brethren,
and even strangers who will attend, a hearty and hospitable
welcome and a feast of good .things which the Queen City of the
Pacific is famous for providing.
A. HENDERSON, Chairman Committee
H.  E. MORRIS, Secretary
FRED DAVEY, Treasurer
A.  ANDERSON,
W. W. GARDINER,
Representatives, No. 1.
JAMES WILBY,
D.  DEWAR,
Representatives No. 2.
F.  C.  DILLABOUGH,
A. J.  CLEARY,
Representatives No. 4.
It was Resolved, That the first clause respecting the meeting
place of the Grand Lodge next year be laid on the table until
tomorrow iporning at 10 o'clock, the time fixed by the By-laws,
to consider this question;  and that the second clause relating 3474
to a contribution from the funds of the Grand Lodge to the
proposed celebration be referred to the Finance Committee for
favorable consideration.
The following communication was read and ordered to be
laid on the table until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
Nanaimo,  B.'C, 10 June, 1913.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.: ^:
Dear  Sirs  and  Bros.:
Under instructions from the Grand Encampment of B. C,
LO. O. F., at its Annual Session held today, I am directed to
inform you that it has by resolution decided that it is in favor
of holding its next Annual Session at Victoria and to request
that you will favorably consider the Memorial of the Lodges in
Victoria to hold the Session of the Grand Lodge in that city in
June, 1914, so as to take part in the proposed celebration of the
Jubilee Anniversary.
Yours fraternally,
FRED. DAVEY, Grand Scribe.
A petition was read from the Representatives of the Lodges
composing Districts Nos. 6 and 7, asking-that they be
re-arranged, which was ordered to be referred to the incoming
Grand Master for compliance.
The following report was read and ordered to be referred
to the Finance Committee for consideration as to grant for
similar purpose next year:
O
Nanaimo, June llth,  1913.
O. F., of B. C:
To the Grand Lodge, I
Greetings:
I am instructed to inform you on behalf of the Department
Council, that the competition held June 10 instant at 2 p.m. in
this city, for the grant so kindly donated by the Grand Lodge at
last session, resulted as follows:
Sqjiad Drill—First prize won by Canton Victoria, No. 2;
second prize, won by Canton Vancouver, No. 1.
Individual Drill—First prize won by Ensign F. B. Shaver,
Canton Victoria, No. 2; second prize won by Capt. J. A. Dillabough, Canton Vancouver No. 1; third prize won by Lieut.-Col.
F. C. Dillabough, Canton Victoria, No. 2.
In conclusion we wish to thank your Grand Body for the
generous grant which has enabled us to promote increased
interest in this branch of our Order, and we sincerely hope your
present session in this city may be a source of pleasure to all
members and benefit to our Order.
Yours chivalrously,
|p|      A. E. McLEAN,
Asst. Adjutant-General. 3475
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following report
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Judiciary Committee, to whom was referred the communication from Harmony Lodge, No. 6, asking that this Grand
Lodge contribute from its Aged Odd Fellows' Fund or from
some other source towards the maintenance of Bro. William
Daley, a member of that Lodge, now an inmate of an Odd
Fellows' Home at Helena, Montana, on the ground that the
charges for the keep of said brother, with his dues and some
contingent expenses, amount to about $80 per annum in excess of
the benefits of $3 per week to which the brother is now entitled,
beg to report as follows:
The Aged Odd Fellows' Fund of this Jurisdiction was
formed in conformity with the General Laws of the Order as
found in Clauses 545 and 546 of Busbee's Digest, 1903, for the
benefit of aged Odd Fellows of defunct lodges who are unable
to obtain beneficial membership in another subordinate lodge
and who shall register with the Grand Secretary for that purpose.
Rules governing this fund were adopted by this Grand Lodge at
its annual session of 1898.
No portion of this fund can be used for any other purpose
than those mentioned in the sections of the Digest and the Rules
before mentioned.
With respect to the request that the Grand Lodge contribute
from some other fund, we would point out that by Section 691,
Busbee's Digest, 1903, Grand Lodges are prohibited from paying
benefits due by one of its subordinate lodges. To comply with
this request would create a precedent and entail a liability which
is foreign to the purposes for which Grand Lodges are organized.
From the reports of Harmony Lodge we are pleased to find
that it has considerable financial resources and is well able to
care for its  sick members.
We think the Lodge made a mistake in declining the opportunity offered of paying the Home charges of $4 per week when
the brother was first admitted instead of insisting on paying the
benefits at the rate of $10 per week. Such a course, instead of
being unconstitutional as alleged, is quite in conformity with
law.    See Section 834,  Busbee's Digest.
Signed by the Committee.
The   Committee   on   Insurance   submitted   the   following
report which was adopted:
I
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee to whom was referred the communication
from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, asking for
the recognition of its work amongst the Odd Fellows of the
Dominion by this Grand Lodge, beg to report that having perused
the report of the Association to its Annual Meeting in July, 1912, 3476
and seeing that such recognition will involve no financial responsibility to this Grand Lodge, we would recommend that the request
be granted.
This Association was founded about 38 years ago at Kingston,
Ont., and from very small beginnings has now attained a membership of about 28,000, with assets amounting to $1,161,401.06. It has
since its organization paid out over three million dollars to the
widows and orphans of Odd Fellows in mortuary benefits.
In this Province it had on 30th June, 1912, 1,062 members
holding insurance amounting to $1,312,500. During the year 1911 it
paid 7 claims in respect of members in British Columbia,
aggregating $7,250.00.
This Association has a splendid record for prompt payment of
claims, and for efficient and economical management. It is under
the supervision and has to report to the Insurance Department of
the Province of Ontario, which is a guarantee of its stability.
Some years ago this Association came to the relief of this
jurisdiction by taking over the membership of an Insurance Association which had been organized by this Grand Lodge, but which
failed to prove a success, thereby relieving this Grand Lodge of an
embarrassing position and at the same time affording the members
of the local Association some measure of protection that would
otherwise have been completely lost to them.
The Odd Fellows' Relief Association does business in and has
the recognition .of all the Grand Bodies in the Dominion, and as we
approved the formation of a Funeral Aid Association for this jurisdiction three years ago, which engages in work of a similar character although on a more modest scale, we can see no reason why
we should decline to recognize and appreciate the work of this
Association. We therefore recommend that the request be granted
and we wish the Association God speed in its beneficent work.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following report
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary beg leave to report that they
have examined the various portions of the Grand Master's Report
referred to them and recommend as follows:—
That all the Decisions given, Appointments made, Dispensations granted and Proclamations issued by the Grand Master be
approved.
That the decisions rendered by Bro. W, C. Colling, D.D.G.M.,
District No, 9, be approved.
We find that the D.D.G.M.'s of Districts Nos. 3, 11, 25, 27 and
29-issued Dispensations to the Lodges in their Districts for various
purposes, we would point out that the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge empowers these officers to grant Dispensations only for
conferring the Degrees in less time than is otherwise permitted by
law. Dispensations for all other purposes should be granted by the
Grand Master.
Signed by the   Committee. 3477
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: ||
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have dealt with the following By-laws of the Subordinate
Lodges of this jurisdiction during the past year: :-;i|
Complete sets of By-laws approved:
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, (revised) with certain amendments.
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, with certain amendments.
Aaron Lodge, No. 14, with certain amendments.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17 (revised), with certain amendments.
Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20, with certain amendments.
Penticton Lodge, No. 51 (revised), with certain amendments.
Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, with certain amendments..
Also the following amendments:—
Victoria Lodge, No. 1—Altering night of meeting and increasing fees for Initiation.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2—Increasing Initiation fees.
Royal City Lodge, No. 3—Altering salary of Recording and
Financial Secretaries.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4—Increasing Sick Benefits to $10 per
week for first thirteen weeks; $7.50 for next thirteen weeks, and
$5 per week thereafter. Increasing Initiation fees. Declined to
approve an amendment altering contribution to Contingent Fund
to 25% of all receipts except Dues, being contrary to Section 1,
Article IV, of Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
Tatnai Lodge No. .9—Amendment to scale of Sick Benefits.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47—Increasing Funeral Benefit to $100.
Michel Lodge, No. 54— Declined to approve an amendment
providing that Benefits shall not be paid to sick members when in
receipt of salary or its equivalent during, sickness. See Decision
of Grand Sire, No. 30, Pages 436, 675 and 709, Proceedings
Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1906.
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59—Providing for a Contingent Fund.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61—-A number of amendments re Duties
of Noble Grand; Duties of Recording Secretary; Duties of
Financial Secretary; Duties of Treasurer; Duties of Trustees;
General Relief Committee; Admission by Card and Transfer Certificate; Dues and Assessments; Nomination and Election; Funeral
Benefit; Member in Arrears not entitled to Benefits; Widow and
Orphans' Benefits; When By-laws come into force; Striking out
provision that brothers must be in membership six months to be
entitled to benefits.
Signed  by  the   Committee. 3478
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The Committee on Petitions presented the following report
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: ;|
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that they have
examined the Petitions for the undermentioned Subordinate
and Rebekah Lodges and find that the law has been complied with
in each case and recommend that'Charters be issued accordingly:—
"Pittitko" Lodge, No. 13, located at Merritt, B.C., with the
following Charter members:—William George Clapperton; Robert
Lamond, Ritchie McBeath, W. H. Cowen, William Kennedy
Hyslop, and George Devonshire.
"Aaron" Lodge, No. 14, located at Vancouver, with the Following Charter members:—Malcolm Bruce MacLennan, Waldon
Matatall, William Prescott Ogilvie, Roy A. Perry, C. O. P. Olts,
P.G., Edwin D. Carder, R. Alex. Brown, Geo. D. Ireland, P.G.,
Eugene Rhian, Alfred Edward Herod, Philip F. Piper, Roderick
Munro and A. D. Frost.
"Abbotsford" Lodge, No. 20, located at Abbotsford, with the
following Charter members:—Bion B. Smith, P.G., C. F. Yates,
P.G., Geo. C. Clark, David Campbell, George W. Gillett, W. J.
McClanahan, and Alexander McCallum.
To "Illahie" Rebekah Lodge, No. 30, to be located at Central
Park with the following Charter members:—Sisters E. L. George,
P.N.G., F. W. Smith, P.N.G., A. E. Westover and Brothers Thos.
Jones, G. W. M. Taylor and J. H. Herron.
Signed  by the   Committee.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits, beg to
submit Abstracts of the Reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction for the past ten years, bearing on this very important
subject.
It will be observed that there has been a steady decline in the
averages when grouped in periods of ten years, in the sickness
experienced by members, the cost per member for relief; the cost
per member for current expenses, and naturally the cost per
member for all Lodge expenditures. In the latter case there is. a
reduction of $1.40 per member when compared with the reports for
the year 1903.
It is very gratifying to note the increase in the receipts of the
Subordinate Lodges over the preceding year. Although the gain
in membership was only about fifteen per cent, the total receipts
show an increase over the year 1911 of thirty per cent, whereas
the gain in receipts from Rents and Interest on Invested Funds
is about fifty-one per cent. This indicates that the funds of the
Lodges are being well looked after.
Taken all together the reports show a very healthy condition
of affairs which is most encouraging, and leads us to the conclusion
that the Order in this jurisdiction is on a sound financial basis.
Signed  by   the   Committee.   3481
The Committee on Odd Fellows Home presented the following report, which was adopted and referred to the
Committee on Finance to make provision for the contribution
to the Home Fund recommended in the report:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home, beg to report
that in accordance with the resolution passed at the last session of
this Grand Lodge, your Committee have had two meetings and
have considered the various matters in connection with this fund,
particularly with regard to the idea of procuring acreage as a site
for the future home, with the result that, in their opinion, they feel
the amount at present on hand is not sufficient with which to invest
in land at the present time, as in so doing they will not only
eliminate the present income which is composed only of the
interest on the present funds which are invested, but it would also
be the means of incurring additional liability in the way of taxes
and interest on deferred payments without any present prospects
of future revenue to meet these liabilities.
Your Committee would recommend therefore that a special
per capita of not less than ioc per member (or more if this Grand
Lodge would feel disposed), be levied in order to increase the
present funds on hand, as your Committee feel that until a
considerably larger sum is at the disposal of this Grand Lodge it
would not be wise to make any expenditures with this fund, which
would be the means of lessening the revenue from the monies on
hand or creating any liabilities by said expenditure.
Your Committee have also discussed the idea of opening up
correspondence with the sister jurisdictions of AlSerta and
Saskatchewan with a view of obtaining their feeling as to combining forces for the purpose of instituting and operating a joint
Home, but have decided that this was a matter which should be left
to the discretion of this Grand Body.
Signed   by   the   Committee.
The Committee on Odd Fellows Home submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your   Committee  on  Odd  Fellows'   Home  beg  to   report  as
follows:
Those portions on Odd Fellows' Home referred to your
Committee contained on Page 15 of the report of the Grand Master,
and on Page 23 of the report of the Grand Secretary, have been
covered in the report of your Committee already presented to this
Grand Body at the present session.
Signed by the  Committee.
The Grand. Master appointed A. M. Russell, G.R., No. 8 ;
F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, and J. Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5,
to convey the greetings and congratulations of this Grand
Body to the Rebekah Assembly now holding its Annual Session
in the same building. 3482
J. Wilby, No. 2, gave notice that tomorrow he would
move to amend Section 1 of Article III of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges by inserting the words "by Initiation,
Transfer Certificate or Deposit of Card" after the word
"membership" in the second line.
On motion this notice was referred to the Committee on
Legislation.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:   'I; -      ■ ■ §
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates, to whom was
referred the amendment submitted by Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, to
Section 1, Article XIV., of its By-laws, making the Scale of Fees
for admission by Card the same as by Initiation, beg to recommend
that the same be approved.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Committee on Printing presented the following report,
which was - adopted and the question of awarding fresh contract for printing By-laws of Subordinate Lodges left in the
hands of the Committee for next year:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: • " If       .-       M
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
invited from several printing firms of the City of Victoria for
printing the proceedings of this Session with the result that
identical prices were received for this work in each case. The
work has been awarded to the Acme Press, Ltd., at the following
figures: Printing 800 copies of the Proceedings at $2 per page.
Supplying and inserting in Proceedings 3 semi-tone cuts of photographs, $4.75 each. Printing copies of the Grand Officers' Reports,
$40.00. These prices are in excess of those paid last year when the
figures were $1.65, $5.00 and $15.00 respectively.
In accordance with a Resolution adopted at last Session of
this Grand Lodge a contract was entered into with the Victoria
Printing and Publishing Company for one year for printing the
By-laws, etc., of the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction.
Arrangements were also made with this firm for printing the
By-laws of the Subordinate Encampments and Rebekah Lodges of
the Province, in every case without any financial liability being
incurred by this Grand Lodge.
Advantage was taken of these arrangements by a number of
all branches of the Order.
Fresh tenders have been obtained for this work for the ensuing
year and are attached hereto. The prices quoted are the same in
each case and are in advance of those obtained last year. Instructions are requested on this matter.
Signed by the Committee. 3483
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates, to whom was
referred the Amendments submitted by Pacific Lodge, No. 26, to
various By-laws, beg to recommend that the same be approved
with the exception of clause at line five (5), page 13, of their copy
of Amendments, which we consider is contrary to Constitution.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
Bro. J. A. Tully, P.G., Agent of the Odd Fellows' Relief
Association of Canada, at the request of the Grand Master,
addressed the Grand Lodge, and thanked it for its kind recognition of the work of the Association he represented.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Judiciary Committee, to whom was referred questions
submitted by F. C. Dillabough, P. G., Dominion Lodge, No. 4, beg
leave to report as follows:
Question 1—Answer No. See Section 2, Article 4, Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges. Section 7 of the same Article allows under
local law the supplying of a physician but not medicine.
Question 2—Yes.    See Section 1445, Busbee's Digest, 1903.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded, That the report t>e adopted.
Moved and seconded, That the report be amended by
altering the answer to Question 1 to read:—Yes, in accordance
with Section 7, Article IV, of the Constitution of Subordinate^
Lodges.
The amendment was declared lost on being submitted to
a vote.
The question of the adoption of the report being submitted,
it was moved in amendment, That that portion of the report
containing Answer to Question 1 lay on the table for one year
and that in the meantime the question be submitted to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge for decision. The amendment on
being submitted to the vote was declared lost
The motion to adopt the report was then put and declared
to be carried. 3484
The Grand Secretary asked permission to appeal to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge on this decision.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom has been referred the
matter of Sick Benefits to Bro. John Strachan, of Sunshine Lodge,
No. 57, beg to report, we find the law complied with and uphold
tht Lodge in its decision.
Signed   by   the   Committee.
The Rebekah Assembly submitted a proposed change to
the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges permitting them to set
aside ten per cent, of their receipts from Dues to form a
Contingent Fund, which was referred to the Committee on
Legislation.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7.30 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION 1
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7.30 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.
It was on motion Resolved,-That the Grand Secretary be
instructed to record the names of all Past Grand Masters in
attendance at this Session and that the same be printed in the
Proceedings.
The Grand Warden, by direction of the Grand  Lodge,
retired  to  the  ante-room and  conferred  the Grand  Lodge
Degree  on J.  R.  Crellin  and P.  Cain,  No. 5,  and  T.  A.
Spruston, No. 54.
E. G. Cavalsky, G.R., No. 5, gave the following notice,
which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
I move to amend the Constitution of the Subordinate Lodge,
Section 1, Article IV, by striking out the cipher "5" and insert the
words "any per cent, up to 10 per cent." 3485
The section will read when amended as follows:
Lodges may make provision in their By-laws to set aside any
per cent, up to 10 per cent, of the receipts from dues, to form a
Contingent Fund, to be used for the payments of necessary and
proper obligations which every Lodge must meet and for which
purpose a Subordinate Lodge under existing laws cannot expend
its funds.
E.   G.   CAVALSKY.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the case of the
widow and family of the late Bro. Johnson, of Mt. Ida Lodge,
No. 56, mentioned in the report of the Funeral Aid Association,
be referred to the Committee on Finance for favorable consideration in the matter of granting a Donation from the funds
of this Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: |; |f .^
Your Committee on Legislation beg to recommend the adoption of the accompanying request from the Rebekah Assembly to
amend the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges to permit a maximum
of 10 per cent, of dues to be set aside to form a Contingent Fund.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: '     "_      --   ;§
Your Committee on Legislation, to which was referred the
proposed amendment to Section 1, Article III, of Subordinate
Lodge Constitution, recommend the adoption of the amendment.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
A communication was read from the Representatives of
Penticton Lodge, No. 51, Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, and
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, recommending that these three
Lodges be grouped as a District under one District Deputy
Grand Master. On motion this communication was referred
to the incoming Grand Master for compliance.
The hour fixed by law for the election of Officers for the
ensuing year having arrived, the following nominations were
offered:—
For Grand Master—R. Dudley, No. 47; nominated by H.
T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6.
For Deputy Grand Master—H. White, No. 42, nominated
by E. G. Cavalsky, G.R., No. 5. 3486
For Grand Warden—P. W. Dempster, No. 2, nominated by
A. Anderson, No. 1.
For Grand Treasurer—T. H. White, No. 61, nominated by
C E. Mahon, No. 61; C S. Keith, No. 3, nominated by B. W.
Shiles, P.G.M., No. 3; W. Grieve, No.. 5, nominated by F. C.
Dillabough, No. 4; H. McKenzie, No. 5, nominated by J.
Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5; W. H. Brown, No. 8, nominated by
T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8. fH
For Grand Secretary—Fred Davey, No. 1, nominated by
J. Crossan, P.G.M., No. 5.
For Grand Representative—F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No.
42, nominated by E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27.
The Grand Master appointed F. Hill Fairley, Grand
Master, Alberta, and J. A. TuHy, P.G., of the Jurisdiction of
Alberta, as Scrutineers.
There being but one nominee for each of the offices of
Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden, Grand
Treasurer, Grand Secretary and Grand Representative, the
Grand Secretary, by direction of the Grand Lodge, cast the
ballot for the election of R. Dudley, No. 47, as Grand Master;
H. White, No. 42, as Deputy Grand Master; P. W. Dempster,
No. 2, as Grand Warden, and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42,
as Grand Representative for two years. Bro. D. E. Mackenzie,
P.G.M., No. 3, by order' of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot
for the election of Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary,
and these brothers were declared duly elected to their respective
offices.
For Grand Treasurer, a ballot was spread and the following
result announced:—Number of votes cast, 162; necessary to
elect, 82.      §    %
T. H. White, No. 61, received 28 votes; C. S. Keith, No. 3.
received 14 votes; W. Grieve, No. 5, received 26 votes; H.
McKenzie, No. 5, received 40 votes; W. H. Brown, No. 8,
received 53 votes.    Spoiled ballot, 1.
There being no choice a fresh ballot was spread, the names
of Bros. Keith and Grieve being dropped and the following
result announced:—Number of votes cast, 161; necessary to
elect, 81.
T. H. White, No. 61, received 29 votes; H. McKenzie,
No. 5, received 57 votes; W. H. Brown, No. 8, received 75
votes.
Neither candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast, a
fresh ballot was spread, the name of Bro. T. H. White being 3487
dropped and the following result announced:—Number of
votes cast, 150; necessary to elect, 76. H. McKenzie, No. 5,
received 65 votes; W. H. Brown, No. 8, received 84 votes;
spoiled ballot, 1.
W. H. Brown, No. 8, having received a majority of the
votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Treasurer for
the ensuing year.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
to Bro. F. Hill Fairley, Grand .Master, Alberta, and Bro. J. A.
Tully, P.G., for their efficient services as Tellers in the election.
Moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 9 o'clock tomorrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant
to adjournment; the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, found 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 were
adopted with amendments.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Legislation Committee beg to recommend that the
motion of E. G. Cavalsky, G.R., to amend Section 1 of Article IV
of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges be not adopted, as we
are of the opinion that if 10 per cent, be taken from the monthly
dues to form a Contingent Fund, some of the smaller lodges may
not be able to meet the financial obligations in the matter of paying
the necessary benefits.
Signed by the Committee.
The notice given yesterday by the Committee on Mileage
and Per Diem to amend the By-laws of the Grand Lodge
respecting the amounts payable as Mileage and Per Diem was
taken from the table. It was moved and seconded, That the
motion be adopted. 3488
; Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the consideration of this motion be postponed for one year.
Moved and seconded as an amendment to the amendment,
That the notice be referred back to the Committee on Mileage
and Per Diem.
The amendment to the amendment, on being submitted to
the vote, was declared to be carried.
The Memorial from the Committee on Jubilee Celebration
at Victoria, asking that the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge be held in the City of Victoria, was taken from the table.
It was on motion, Resolved, That the next Annual Session
of this Grand Lodge be held in Victoria.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit a recommendation
that a donation of $200 be made to the widow of the late Brother
J. L. Johnston, of Mount Ida Lodge, No. 56, the said appropriation
to be placed in the hands-of Representative W. H. Bonus, P.G., of
above Lodge, to be administered by him to the best of his
judgment.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom has been referred parts
of the Supplementary Report "of the Grand Master, beg to report:
1. Bro. R. S. Squarebriggs, D.D.G.M., District No. 10, does
not say what question of law he answered, hence we are unable
to deal with it.
2. Bro. C. H. Borton, D.D.G.M., District 32, need not have
granted a Dispensation for conferring more than one degree at the
same meeting, the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges providing
that this can be done by a vote of two-thirds of the members
present.
The same applies to Bro. A.  M.  Greyell, D.D.G.M., District
No. 17.
3. We approve of the recommendation to recall the Charter
of Camborne Lodge,- No". 49, if reports are not sent in and the per
capita tax is not paid at the end of the current term. 3489
Decisions of Grand Master
Answer—No, not legally,
In this we concur.
Question—Can a Lodge legally pay its representatives on the
General Relief Board money to compensate them for time spent in
the performance of their duty as members of the Board from the
funds of the Lodge?
Signed by the  Committee.
The Grand Secretary drew attention to the attendance at
this Session of Bro. B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., next to the Senior
Past Grand Master alive, and to the fact that he was wearing
the Honorable Veteran Jewel presented to him by Royal City
Lodge, No- 3, and which was the first issued in this Jurisdiction; also to the presence of Bro. Rev. C. F. Yates, No. 20,
who was instrumental in raising the nucleus of our Odd
Fellows' Home Fund in 1894.
Bro. Shiles, P. G. M., addressed the Grand Lodge,
acknowledging the kind remarks that had been made respecting
him.
The Special Committee on Surety Bonds, appointed last
Session, presented the following report:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Special Committee, to whom was referred the correspondence from the American Surety Co. of New York re bonding
the officers of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction, have given the matter careful consideration and beg to report
as follows:
The American Surety Co. seek to have this Grand Body place
with them all business iii connection with the bonding of the
Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge and
the Financial Secretaries, Treasurers and Trustees of all Subordinate Lodges by placing a blanket bond covering the office and
not the individual holding such office.
Your Committee in seeking information, were informed that
the Grand Lodge of Manitoba had adopted the above plan. We
communicated with Bro. Deering, Grand Secretary of that jurisdiction, asking him to furnish us with any information he thought
would be of benefit to us. Bro. Deering very kindly acceded to
our request.
The plan in force in Manitoba is as follows:
The Grand Lodge entered into a five years' contract with the
United States Fidelity and Guarantee Co., Baltimore, to place a
blanket bond upon all the financial officers of their Grand and
Subordinate Lodges, they paying the Surety Company at the rate
of twenty-eight cents per hundrded dollars and charging their
subordinates fifty cents per hundred. Their law covering the
matter reads as follows: 3490
65.    All   officers   handling-
Lodge
Funds   must   be
bonded in such sum as the Lodge shall determine, the
minimum beings—Financial Secretary and Trustees,
$100; Treasurer, $200; and shall receive their bonds
through the Grand Lodge of Manitoba; and before any
such officer can be installed the receipt for the
premium must be handed to the installing officer for
inspection.
We attach to this report form of official receipt for guarantee
bond, also other papers in connection therewith.
By adopting the above plan it would be necessary to amend
the Constitution of our Subordinate Lodges to make it compulsory
on the Lodges to bond their officers.
Your Committee are of the opinion that it is desirable that
all officers handling the funds of our Lodges should be bonded, as
it is in accord "with good business ethics.
We would therefore recommend that this Grand Lodge enter
into negotiations with some reliable bonding company with a view
to placing all Grand and Subordinate Lodge officers handling the
funds of their respective Lodges under bond, as outlined in this
report at a cost to the Subordinate Lodges of the actual rate
charged by the bonding company plus ten per cent, to the Grand
Lodge to cover cost of stationery, postage, etc
therewith.
stationery,    postage,
Signed   by   the
connected
Committee.
It was moved and seconded.   That the report be adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the report
lay on the table for one year and the matter brought to the
attention of the Subordinate Lodges.
The amendment on being submitted to the vote was
declared to be lost. The original motion to adopt the report
was then carried.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted an
amended motion to amend By-law No. 1 of this Grand Lodge
by striking out $2.00 ;(two dollars), in second line governing
amount payable per diem to Officers and Representatives
attending the Sessions of the Grand Lodge, and substituting
therefor "$4.00 (four dollars)-." W~W'
The motion was submitted to the vote and declared to be
carried.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report:
To the  Grand  Lodge of B.  C,  I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to which was referred
certain portions of the reports of the Grand Master and Grand
Secretary, have carefully perused these documents and beg to
report as follows: 3491
(1) We wish to compliment the Grand Master on his full and
exhaustive report and to thank him on behalf of the membership of
this Jurisdiction for the faithful and conscientious manner in which
he has discharged the duties of his important office during the year.
We recognize the fact that the performance of these duties in this
large and expanding province today is no sinecure, that it calls
for considerable sacrifice of time, labor and money, that it involves
no small amount of inconvenience and discomfort on the part of
the incumbent, and *that these drawbacks are likely to increase
rather than otherwise in the future. We therefore submit that the
brothers who are willing to incur these responsibilities and
liabilities for the love they bear to the Order are worthy of our
highest appreciation and our deepest gratitude. Yet with all these
disadvantages we are pleased to be able to say that there has never
yet in the history of this Jurisdiction been a lack of good men
who are willing to undertake the work and whilst this happy state
of affairs exist we are not inclined to favor the recommendation
of the Grand Master to divide the Jurisdiction for the purpose of
visitation.
If it is necessary in the interest of the individual Lodges or of
the Order at large, that this visitation should be made, then it will
prove most effective and beneficial if it is performed by the head
of the Order, the officer clothed with the highest authority and
invested with all the dignity and prestige of a Grand Master. If
encouragement is needed his words will have most weight, and if
censure is deserved, his warnings will be most heeded, especially
as he is empowered to follow it up with deserved penalties.
(2) We fully agree with the Grand Master as to the importance
of the office of District Deputy Grand Master and think that everything possible should be done to elevate and add dignity to it. As
the country gets more thickly populated it will be possible to
enlarge the districts and group lodges together for this purpose
without unduly taxing the holders of the office, and perhaps to
adopt the practice of Ontario and other jurisdictions by empowering the holding of district meetings, where subjects affecting the
district could be discussed. This would add to the importance of
the D.D.G.M. and relieve the Grand Master perhaps of some
portion of the visiting.
(3) We cannot recommend the adoption of the suggestion of
Bro. Glass, D.D.G.M., District No. 27, that D.D.G.M.'s be selected
from adjoining districts; we are afraid this would lead to resentment and friction and be taken as a reflection on the merits of the
local Past Grands. The D.D.G.M. is mainly the Agent of the
Grand Master, and if he finds that his authority is not regarded he
should refer the matter to the Grand Master.
(4) From the reports of the officers the condition of the Order
both numerically and financially appears to be. very satisfactory.
Four Subordinate Lodges have been instituted during the year and
the membership has increased about fifteen per  cent.
The loss of membership through non-payment of dues is
regrettable, showing as it does about four per cent, of our entire
membership. The cause of this leakage is hard to find and it is a
subject which has perplexed the wisest heads of the Order. We
think the two principal reasons are financial inability and loss of
interest. If the first is removed the member will probably seek
restoration to membership if their interest remains unimpaired.
With the latter reason it may be possible by increasing the attrac- 3492
tiveness of the Lodge meetings, and by personal appeals to awaken
a renewed interest in the Order and thus win them back to our
ranks. This happy result may be attained by proficiency in the
work of the Order and its proper rendition on the floor of the
Lodge, by abolishing strife and discord, and the cultivation of true
fraternal conduct and feeling in our Lodges. Very much thus
depends on the Officers of the Lodge conducting the meetings in a
businesslike and harmonious manner.
(5) With reference to the position of some Lodges in the
interior of the Province which have not been working in accordance
with the recognized customs and laws of the Order in consequence
of depressed business conditions, we endorse the appeal made by
the Grand Master for lenient treatment on the part of this Grand
Lodge in the hope that conditions will improve and that they will
again prosper.
(6) In the case of Camborne Lodge, No. 49, we would recommend that if amalgamation with some other Lodge is not effected
and it neglects to forward its reports and per capita tax at the end
of the present term, that as it will then be twelve months in arrears,
that the Charter and effects be reclaimed. This course is recommended by its best friends.
(7) The present financial position of our Lodges as disclosed
by their reports is a matter for hearty congratulation and pride,
the average of $156.37 per member placing us at the head of all
the jurisdictions of the Order in this respect; the average for the
whole Order being $33.90. This solvent condition should prove
attractive to all good men who seek protection in times of sickness,
and should be very gratifying to our own members to be thus
assured of the ability of our Lodges to meet their financial
obligations in this regard.
(8) We would recommend that the official acts of the Grand
Master, as reported by him, be approved, particularly in the matter
of the appointment of Bro. Glass, P.G., as a fraternal delegate from
this Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge of Alberta at its last session.
We are pleased to note that Bro. Fairley, Grand Master of Alberta,
has been similarly appointed by the Grand Lodge of that jurisdiction to attend this Session. | This action of our sister jurisdiction
in continuing the representation commenced last year by the visit
of Bro. Tisdale, P.G.M., Grand Secretary, indicates a welcome
fraternal and neighborly feeling which we think this Grand Lodge
will fully appreciate and should in our opinion be prepared to
reciprocate.
(9) The reports of the D.D.G.M.'s indicate the condition of the
Order throughout the Jurisdiction, generally speaking, to be
excellent. We are struck with the fact that there are no appeals
or grievances to come before this Grand Lodge, and that very few
decisions on questions of law have been sought for. This shows
that strife and discord are very nearly banished from our Councils,
and that friendship and harmony prevails, a happy augury for our
future growth and prosperity.
(10) The correspondence of the Grand Sire with the Grand
Master on the subject of the use of liquors in our Lodge Rooms
and smoking while Lodges are in session calls for some notice.
The prohibition of the use of liquors in Lodge Rooms has long
been the law of the Order and has been well understood; whereas
the law respecting smoking has only recently been enacted and is 3493
not therefore so well known and obeyed. We think the latter is
along the same lines as the former and designed to elevate our
meetings and place them on a higher plane and to add to the
dignity and prestige of our Order generally. Whilst obedience
to this late enactment will perhaps impose a little self-sacrifice and
restraint on our members who have been accustomed to indulge in
the use of the pipe in our meetings, yet we trust that as true Odd
Fellows that they will loyally conform to the law whilst it exists,
and thus show their respect for duly constituted authority and
their deference to the feelings of others who are non-smokers.
(11) The membership of this Jurisdiction are to be complimented on their generosity whenever they are appealed to on behalf
of worthy and deserving objects. This has been amply demonstrated of late in their cheerful and liberal givings to the Fund for
furnishing the Sleeping Pavilion at the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at
Tranquille which has been thankfully acknowledged by the authorities of that institution and will remain as a permanent monument
of the benevolence of Odd Fellows in British Columbia; and again
recently in their Contributions in aid of our distressed brethren in
Ohio who have lately*met such great losses through the widespread
and devastating floods in that State. May this liberality ever
remain as a characteristic trait of the members of this favored
Province.
(12) With reference to the correspondence between the Grand
Master of South Dakota and the Grand Sire respecting the proposal
to erect a Monument of Peace at the Hague, we find that this
matter was submitted by the Grand Sire to the Sovereign Grand
Lodge at its last Session at Winnipeg with the remark that he had
informed the Grand Secretary of the Netherlands that it was
doubtful if Grand Masters would have authority to grant permission to solicit aid for any purpose other than petitions for relief.
The Committee on International Relations, to whom the
matter was referred, reported against using the funds for such an
object, and referred to the laws governing same. See Report No.
131, Pp. 840-841, Proceedings 1912.
Whilst agreeing with the sentiment underlying this proposal,
we do not think that Odd Fellowship needs such a monument to
emphasize its desire for universal peace—its teachings and its work
amply proves its ardent wish to promote peace and concord
between all mankind, and as the Sovereign Grand Lodge did not
see its way clear to encourage this proposal we are of the opinion
that this Grand Lodge should not undertake it.
(13) We heartily endorse the Grand Master's remarks respecting the value of fraternal papers and the good work and objects
of the Funeral Aid Society of this Province; also the kindly
reference of the Grand Secretary to the unostentatious work of
the General Relief Committees of Victoria and Vancouver.
(14) With respect to that portion of the Grand Secretary's
report re Grand Lodge of Ontario, we recommend that the action
of the Grand Lodge officers in requesting the Grand Lodge of
Ontario to make arrangements so that the numerals on any
Veteran Jewels held by members of this Jurisdiction may be
changed if required, be approved.
(15) With reference to the request of the Grand Lodge of
Ontario  that this  Grand  Lodge  appoint  a  Committee  to  confer
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with Committees appointed by other Canadian Jurisdictions on
matters pertaining to the Order in the Dominion, we would recommend that in view of the great distances to be travelled by the
members of any such joint Committee and the expense involved,
that the Representatives of the several Canadian Jurisdictions to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge could take advantage of the Session
of that Grand Body at Minneapolis in September next to hold a
meeting and confer on any matters that might be presented to
them and report to their respective Grand Bodies. We are not
aware of any matter of pressing urgency which would require
immediate action.
(16) We notice the fact that during the past year, ten (10)
Veteran's Jewels have been issued. It is pleasing to us as an Order
to know that many of those who worked hard and faithfully for
Odd Fellowship in years gone by, are still spared to us, to enjoy
the privileges of our beloved Order, and give us the benefit of
their experience and advice.
More particularly would we mention the fact that during the
past year one (1), Honourable Veteran's Jewel has been issued
(the first in this Jurisdiction), Bro. B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., P.G.R.,
of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, New Westminster, having the distinction of meriting such a decoration. We heartily congratulate Bro.
Shiles on the honourable distinction he has attained, and express
the hope that he may yet be spared many years to enjoy the
honours which have been conferred upon him from time to time.
(17) We are pleased to note that the Grand Secretary's visit
to the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge was enjoyable
and we have no doubt that the inspiration received at the meeting
of the Grand Secretary's Association will be beneficial to him and
the Order in this Jurisdiction.
(18) We note with pleasure that the Lodges of Victoria are
very much alive to the interests of our Order and have availed
themselves of the opportunity to have the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the Order in this Province fittingly celebrated in 1914,
and have already appointed an active Committee to take steps to
carry this into effect.
•Their action in this matter is highly commendable, and we are
of the opinion that this Grand Lodge should do everything in
their power to assist them in making this celebration a glorious
success.
(19) We note with regret the loss by fire to Selkirk Lodge,
No. 12, and while the loss was fully covered by insurance that
Lodge has no doubt lost valuable records that money cannot buy
or replace.
Signed by the  Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried,   That the report be
received and considered seriatem.
Clause  1,  re division of Jurisdiction  for visitation,  was
considered and adopted.
Clause 2, re D.D.G.M.'s and Districts, was considered and
adopted. 3495
Clause 3, re appointing D.D.G.M/s from adjoining Districts,
was considered and adopted.
Clause 4, re Condition of Order and loss of membership
by non-payment of Dues, was considered and adopted.
The further consideration of the report was suspended to
permit the introduction of a Report from the Committee on
Mileage and Per Diem.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem, submitted the
following report, which was adapted:
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: 3496
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H. Truesdale	
W. H. Rice  	
J. C. Davis	
J. Shimmen  	
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The consideration of the Report of the Committee on State
of the Order was resumed:—
Clause 5, re inactive Lodges, was adopted.
Clause 6. re Camborne Lodge, No. 49, was adopted.
Clause 7, re Financial condition of Lodges, was adopted.
Clause 8, re Appointment by Grand Master, was adopted.
Clause 9, re harmony throughout Jurisdiction, was adopted.
Clause 10, re use of liquors and smoking in Lodge Rooms,
was adopted.
Clause 11, re generous response to appeals, was adopted.
Clause 12, re Peace Monument, was adopted.
Clause 13, fe Fraternal Papers and General Relief Committees, was adopted.
Clause 14, re Alterations of Numerals on Veteran Tewels,
was adopted.
Clause 15, re proposal of Grand Lodge of Ontario as to
appointment of Committees and joint meeting of same, was
adopted.
Clause 16, re Veteran and Honorable Veteran Jewels, was
adopted.
Clause 17, re Grand Secretary's Association, was adopted.
Clause 18, re Celebration of Jubilee Anniversary, was
adopted.
Clause 19, re Loss of Hall by Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, was
adopted.
It was on motion, Resolved, That the report as a whole be
adopted.
The Committee on Resolutions, presented the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to report the following
for adoption:—
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
His Worship Mayor Shaw of the City of Nanaimo for his address
and generous words of welcome at the opening of the Session,
his kind remarks respecting the esteem in which the order is held,
and the assurance of the freedom of the city while sojourning in
Nanaimo.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be
extended to the officers and members of Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5, for the use of their hall and for the splendid manner in which
they have entertained the Grand Lodge officers, representatives
and visitors to their city. 3499
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this body be
extended to the Patriarchs Militant for their attendance and assistance in connection with the session of this Grand Lodge.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be
tendered the Press of the City of Nanaimo for the manner in which
it has reported the proceedings of the session.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Master and Officers for the able manner
in which the business of the Order has been conducted during this
session and the past year.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered the Grand Master for the special efforts he made to
visit the Lodges of this Jurisdiction during his term of office.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Lodge of the Province of Alberta for
their fraternal greetings conveyed by their representative, Grand
Master Fairley, in his eloquent address.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to the Ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit
and kind greetings conveyed by their committee during the Session.
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.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand
Secretary be instructed to procure badges to supply all the
Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session who
were unable to procure one.
The Representatives of "Key City" Lodge, No. 42, presented the following Resolution, which was referred to the
Committee on State of the Order:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Whereas, it has been brought to our notice that patients
entering the St. Eugene Hospital here, are not properly registered
as to what fraternal society they belong;
And Whereas, it makes it difficult for Odd Fellows to locate
and visit their sick brothers while in the hospital, and to see that
they are properly cared for, and administer to their needs;
And Whereas said St. Eugene Hospital receives aid from the
Government of British Columbia:
Therefore, be it resolved, That the Government of British
Columbia be petitioned or requested by the Grand Lodge of the
I. O. O. F. of British Columbia to make it compulsory by law, that
all hospitals receiving Government aid in any way be made to keep
a register open to the public, in which each patient be registered,
upon his or her admission to the hospital, the name of any fraternal
society to which he or she may belong, also name and address of
nearest relative or friend.
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i It was moved, seconded and carried, That a Special Committee be appointed to consider the advisability of granting a
rebate to such members as pay their dues in advance with the
object of reducing if possible the number now suspended for
non-payment of dues, and to report to the next Session of this
Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Finance submitted a report of estimated
Revenue and Expenditure for the coming year, which was on
motion referred back to the Committee to amend by increasing
the salary of Grand Secretary to $1,200, to provide for a
contribution of twenty cents per member to the Home Fund,
and to include compensation to Custodian of Secret Work
and Reading Clerk at this Session.
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to 7
o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 o'clock p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing.
On motion the calling of the Roll was dispensed with.
Resolved, That the installation of Officers this evening take
place in the Third Degree.
The Finance Committee presented the following amended
Report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:   &.-
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to submit the following
estimate of revenue and expenditure for the ensuing year:
Receipts
Balance in Grand Treasurer's Hands ..$   6,038 54
Per Capita Tax on 6,684 Members at $1.00, payable 50c on
the 30th June and 50c on 31st of December, 1913      6,684 00
Total Estimated Revenue % I $ 12,722 54 3501
Expenditures
Grand Secretary's Salary   $ 1,200 00
Grand Master's Expenses  600 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax  150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's Office  '.  100 00
Printing     400 00
Premium on Bonds  10 00
Postage and Sundries—Grand Secretary  ... 150 00
Grand Master     20 00
Caretaker, Grand Secretary's Office  20 00
Janitor, this Season    10 00
Mileage and Per Diem  2,921 30
Past  Grand Master's Jewel     30 00
Independent Order Odd Fellows' -Card  10 00
Badges for Representatives  50 00
Grant to Patriarchs Militant  100 00
20c per Member for Home Fund    1,336 80
For Relief of Widow of late J. L. Johnston  200 00
Grant to Jubilee Celebration |  2,000 00
A. J. Laidlaw, Grand Marshal, Per Diem and Mileage.... 5 50
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., Reading Clerk, per diem  4 00
Hugh Fulton, P.G.M., Custodian Secret Work, per diem. 4 00
Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain, Allowance  5 00
A. H. Allison, No. 63, Additional Mileage  4 00
$ 9,330 60
Total Revenue   $ 12,722 54
Total Expenditure  9,330 60
Balance $ 3,391 94
The   Committee   on   State   of   the   Order   submitted  the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
the Resolution from Key City Lodge, No. 42, beg leave to report
as follows:
We recommend that a memorial be sent to the Provincial
Secretary petitioning the Provincial Government to bring down
and enact legislation compelling all Hospitals or Sanatoriums
within the Province of British Columbia receiving Government aid
to procure and keep open at all times, for inspection by the public,
a Register in which shall be recorded the name and address of all
patients, with date of entrance to such institution, together with
name, number and location of any Lodge or Society to which such
patient may belong, and if possible the name of the executive
officer of such Lodge or Society, and the name and address of
nearest relative, guardian or friend, so as to enable members of
such Lodges or Societies to locate and visit their members giving
necessary assistance which in so many cases have proved most
beneficial, thus enabling them to carry out the objects of their
institution, and which are lost to society where the necessary
information cannot be obtained. 3502
We are of the opinion that in many cases attention and assistance could be given patients by the societies to which they belong
that would otherwise have to be supplied by the Hospital
Authorities owing to the Societies not having the information that
the patient was in a condition requiring such assistance.
Signed by  the  Committee.
The following telegram was read and ordered to be spread
on the Minutes:
Duluth, Minn., 12 June, 1913.
To Fred Davey,
Grand Secretary I.O.O.F., Nanaimo.
Grand Lodge of Minnesota cordially reciprocates your fraternal
greetings with sincere wishes for continued prosperity of your
Jurisdiction.
K    |L A. L. BOLTON, Grand Secretary.
A Bill was read from Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, for
100 Badges supplied, Duty on same and Hire of Tables for
this Session, amounting to $42.00, which was on motion
ordered paid.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:   •   .
Your Committee on Mileage and.Per Diem beg to submit the
following supplementary report:
That the Representative from Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, be
granted $4.00 additional to cover mileage, owing to having to go to
Vancouver and then to Nanaimo, as the boat does not stop at
Nanaimo coming from Prince Rupert.
Signed by the Committee.
Bro. J. H. Glass, P.G., No. 51, addressed the Grand Lodge
and reported as to his visit as fraternal delegate to the Session
of the Grand Lodge of Alberta in February last.
It was on motion Resolved, That a hearty vote of thanks
are due and are hereby tendered to Bro. Glass for his kindness
in so efficiently representing this Grand Lodge as its fraternal
delegate to the Grand Lodge of Alberta and for his full and
interesting report.
Bro. Rev. C. F. Yates, No. 20, also addressed the Grand
Lodge, with reminiscences of his early connection with the
Order in this Province and his work in publishing the
"Warden" and in starting the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. 3503
It was moved, seconded and carried, That permission be
granted to the Committee having charge of the Jubilee
Celebration in Victoria next year, to solicit for subscriptions
towards this celebration from the Subordinate Lodges and
from individual members of this Jurisdiction.
Permission was asked by the Representatives of
"Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, to incorporate that Lodge under
the Laws of the Province. On motion this permission was
granted.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and re-opened in the Third' Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been
admitted, the Grand Master appointed A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2, to present the officers-elect for installation.
The names of the Elective and Appointed officers having
been called by the Grand Secretary, they took their positions in
front of the Chair and were installed- into their respective
offices as follaws:
R. Dudley, No. 47, as Grand Master.
H. White, No. 42, as Deputy Grand Master.
P. W. Dempster, No. 2, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
W. H. Brown, No. 8, as Grand Treasurer.
J. F. McDougall, No. 46, as Grand Chaplain.
T. H. White, No. 61, as Grand Marshal.
G. B. Stedman, No. 54, as Grand Conductor.
A. K. Harron, No. 55, as Grand Guardian.
J. C. Brown, No. 11, as Grand Herald. 3504
The   Grand   Master  appointed  the  following  as   his   District
Deputies for the 'ensuing year:
R. Livingstone .
I. R. Lawrence .
James Aitken ...
L. H. Jones ....
R. C. Johnston .
R. E. Thompson
A. S. Killam  .. .
C. E. Mahon ...
A. H. Davies ...
R. A. Chute	
J. Horbury ....
K. G. McRae ...
D. S. Barton ...
D. H. Proudfoot
H. Truesdale ...
Chas. Hardy ...
B. Blakely  .....
J. C. Smith	
L.  Ogilvie   	
S. Neil	
W. Hesketh ...
J.  Kavanagh   ...
N. Tattrie	
F. Buckholz ....
F.   Mummery   ..
E. H. Patmore .
A. McFarlane ..
J. G. Grant	
J. H. Glass	
J. F. Waddell ..
R. L. Spruston .
W. H. Bonus ...
A. Goldsmith ..
A. Douglas   ....
W. K.' Hysiop''.'.
C. F. Yates 	
C. L. Dearing ..
Lodges in District
1, 2 and 4
3 and 27
5
6
7
8,10 and 26
14, 19 and 55
24, 60 and 61
62 and 66
9
11
12
15
16
17
18, 48 and 50
21
23
28
34
36 and 43
38, 45 and 46
39
40
41 and 49
42
44
47 and 53
51, 58 and 59
52
54 and 64
56
57
63
65
13
20
la "IV
3505
Also the following to form the Standing Committees for
the ensuing year:
I Finance—D. Dewar, No. 2;   F. C. Dillabough, No. 4;   W. W.
Gardiner, No. 1;   C. E. Mahon, No. 61;   W. Swannell, No. 16;   J.
N. Short, No. 7.
Appeals—E. J. Boughen, No. 3; W. H. Bonus, No. 56; C. F.
H. Craig, No. 24; W. R. Trench, No. 59; G. B. Stedman, No. 54;
W. Ross, No. 6.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; A. Anderson, No. 1;
J. Wilby, No. 2; J. Peers, No. 7; W. Grieve, No. 5; G. McBeth,
No. 9.
Petitions—J. W. Quimby, No. 47; R. H. Neelands, No. 60; J.
T. Wood, No. 34; A. E. Harron, No. 55; J. Lyon, No. 12; A. S.
Killam, No. 14.
State of the Order—C F. Yates, No. 20; M. Nicholson, No. 51;
W. K. Hyslop, No. 13; H. Siegfried, No. 12; W. J. Shannon, No. 45;
H. Truesdale, No. 17.
Legislation—H. Fooks, No. 28; C. I. Chapman, No. 9; H. E.
Stephens, No. 42; W. W. Walkem, No. 6; T. H. Williams, No. 64;
J. O. Fleming, No. 26.
Judiciary—T. B. Godfrey, No. 26; R. Clemas, No. 36; E. E.
Elliott, No. 60; W. H. Rice, No. 18; S. McLeod, No. 46; W. H.
Harrison, No. 27.
Mileage and Per Diem—C. B. Bryson, No. 27; E. St. C.
Graham, No. 58; L. Cameron, No. 43; A. H. Allison, No. 63; W.
M. Harris, No. 42;  W. Hesketh, No. 43.
Printing—Grand Secretary; A. J. Cleary, No. 4; J. R. Ritchie,
No. 8; W. Wallace, No. 10; J. C. Brown, No. 11; J. Shimmen,
No. 19.
Odd Fellows' Home—H. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10; D. E.
McKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; A. Cleland, No. 10; W. Law, P.G.M.,
No. 10; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; E. L. Webber, P.G.M.,
No. 27.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; H.
McKenzie, No. 5; W. D. Cross, No. 36; J. G. Grant, No. 53; A.
McFarlane, No. 44;   A. G. Miles, No. 62.
Special Committee on Advance Dues—D. C. McMorris, No. 16;
W. G. Pond, No. 38; S. A. Hunter, No. 57; J. C. Davis, No. 19;
W. B. Fleming, No. 38;  R. Blakely, No. 21.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
It was on motion Resolved, That the appointments of the
Grand Master be approved. 3506
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the sum of
Five Dollars be paid Bro. Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain,
for expenses in attending this Session.
It was Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
sine die.
By direction of the Grand Master the Deputy Grand Master
declared the Grand Lodge closed in due form. 1
Grand Secretary
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The following Past Grand Masters were in attendance at
the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge held at Nanaimo on
llth and! 12th June, 1913: | |
B| W. Shiles New Westminster
James Crossan  Nanaimo
H. B. Gilmour Vancouver
W. H. Morton    Nanaimo
A; Henderson ;.. Victoria
W. Hogg  Vancouver
T| F. Neelands Vancouver
D; E..-Mackenzie ;. ,.,,.New Westminster
"5 F, E. Simpson Victoria
Hi T. Fulton  Ladysrrnth
Wallace Law Vancouver
E. L. Webber New Westminster
W. H. Cullin Victoria 3507
In Memoriam

R. W. FAWCETT, P. G.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
J. McPHERSON, P. G.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
J. H. BINNS, P. G.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9
JOHN RUMBLE, P. G.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10
'Death is the test of life, the known assay
Which show the certain standard of our deeds
He who knows well to die, has not lived ill,
Nor has he vainly squandered all his time,
Who to his honor its last portion spends."        INDEX
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"Aaron" Lodge, Institution of  342;, 3433
"Abbotsford" Lodge, Institution of 3421, 3433
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund   3439, 3466, 3475
Alberta,  Grand Master's Visit 3413, 3414, 3464, 3492
Fraternal Delegate to Grand Lodge of...3422, 3492, 3502
Assets of Subordinate Lodges 3441, 3492
Badges in lieu of Collars   3459
Purchase of  3499, 3502
Recognized as Regalia    3412
Balance Sheet, Grand Lodge  3440
Balloting before Medical Examination   3422
.l|" on Motion to Erect Hall j  3422
Benefits, Rates of Payment of  3466, 3483
| to Members in Homes 3466, 3475
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Bill of  3502
Building Associations, I. O. O. F  3455
By-laws, Grand Lodge, Amendment of .: 3472, 3487, 3490
"Camborne" Lodge, No. 49  .3441, 3463, 3488, 3492
Ceremony for Dedication of Halls  ...'  3459
Civil Courts, Action in by Branches of Order   3453
Committees, Appointment of   ...3410, 3415, 3500, 3505
Condition  of  Order.. .3418, 3433, 3434, 3441, 3449, 3450, 3491, 3492
Constitution Rebekah Lodges, Amendment of 3484, 3485
Subordinate Lodges, Amendment of..3482, 3484, 3487
Contingent   Fund .3457, 3458, 3484, 3487
Custodian Secret Work    .•   3414
"Dawson" Lodge, No. la, Attachment of   3433
Digest, New     3459
Dismissal Certificates, Issue of  3423
D.D.G.M.'s, Appointment of   .;. 3423, 3504
Appreciation of Services of -.-.3430,-3491
Decisions  of  .3424-3426
" Dispensations issued by. .3424, 3425, 3426, 3462, 3476, 3488
Districts, Alteration of 3474, 3485
Division of Jurisdiction for Visitation 3431, 3491
Donation to Widow of Late Bro. Johnson 3485, 3488
Dues, Payment of in Advance  3455
"   ;$|§ "   |:::|   to receive A.T.P.W 3451
in advance, rebate for..... ; 3500.
"Duncan" Lodge, No. 17, Laying Corner Stone of New Hall..  3421
Financial Statement,  Grand Lodge 3435, 3441, 3492
Fort George, Petition for Lodge at   3433 INDEX—CONTINUED
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Fraternal Papers \ 3431,
Funeral Aid Association of B. C 3430,
Funeral Ceremony, New   ;....
General Relief Committees, may be ordered by Grand Lodge.
Payment of Members of....3462,
"    f;'   Work of 3420, 3443,
Glass,   Bro.  J.   H.,   Fraternal   Delegate  to   Grand   Lodge   of
Alberta     3422, 3492,
Grand Chaplain, Payment of Expenses .of	
Encampment, re meeting of Grand Lodge, 1914	
Lodge  Degree    3412, 3414, 3464, 3472,
Elective Officers of	
may    require    Members    to    be    members    of
Rebekah Lodge   	
Meeting of 1914	
no power to tax for publication of Newspaper..
Officers, Appointment of  	
Election of  	
" Installation of    3500,
Master, correspondence with Grand Sire ...3427,
Decisions   of     3422,
Dispensations issued by	
Proclamations issued by   	
Recommendations by   	
Report of    3417,
Visits  by	
Secretaries'  Association    3445,
Secretary,    Purchase    of    Typewriting    Machine    for
Office of   	
Secretary, Report of 3420,
Salary of   	
Representatives, Report of	
Sire, Decisions of 	
Treasurer, Report of	
"Harmony" Lodge, No. 6, re Aged Odd Fellows' Fund..3466,
Honorable Veteran Jewel, issue of  3463,
Hotel, Member owning, eligible to membership	
"Illahie" Rebekah Lodge, Petition for 3462,
Jewels, P.G.M/s, presentation of, by Grand Master	
Jubilee Celebration of Order in British Columbia	
 3445, 3472, 3473, 3474, 3488, 3494,
"Key City" Lodge, No. 42, re members in Hospitals 3499,
"Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, Incorporation of	
Manchester Unity, O. F., intervisitation with  	
Mayor of Nanaimo, Welcome from  	
Medical Attendance on Members 3466,
Medical Examination of Applicants, payment of fee- by Lodge
Members in Hospitals, Registration of  3499,
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3493
3467
3458
3457
3489
3493
3502
3506
3474
3484
3450
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Members of Clubs eligible to membership in Order.... i	
Suspended for Cause, Paynteftt of Dues by ; *
Membership, Age of Candidates	
Applicants for, to state date and place of birth..
Non-beneficial    . *	
Over Fifty years of age may be prohibited by
Grand Lodge	
Memorial  Page	
Minnesota Grand Lodge, Greetings to and by......... ~.3464,
Monument of Peace at Hague   5.......  3428,
Noble Grand, Right Supporter of, occupying Chair. 3466,
Odd Fellows' Home| 3431, 3439, 3450, -3481,
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada,
recognition of   .^ .. .3471, 3475,
Ohio, Relief of Sufferers by Floods in...g- ,;. ;3428, 3441,
Ontario,  Grand  Lodge of, re Appointment of Special Com-
||t  mittee   .|, m || :... J||.; 3443, 3465,
Ontario Grand Lodge of, re Numerals on Veteran Jewels 3443,
"Park" Lodge, No. 66, Institution of || 3421,
Past Grands, honors of	
Grand Masters, Names of, in attendance.... 3484,
Patriarchs Militant, Department Council,  Greetings from....
Reporting award of Prizes..
Per Diem, increase of j 3472, 3487,
Physicians, Lodge, payment of 3466,
"Pittiko" Lodge, No. 13, Institution of  .J§ 3421,
Prizes Given by Grand Sire, award of :... ^ .......
Reading Clerk, appointment of  	
Rebekah Assembly, Deputation from  	
Assemblies to report direct to Sov. Grand Lodge. . .
Reports of Sovereign Grand Lodge to be
sent to  Secretaries   ....... '((^$M..
Funeral Service, New, adopted ?£^- • -^t • jssll^ •
Lodges, applications respecting .......... .g.	
Constitution of Amendments to 3484,
Regalia, substitution of Badges for 'Collars j&. .£-...
Regina, Cyclone at  «>s	
Reports—'Committees, Credentials	
Distribution 3461,
Finance 3465, 3488,
Insurance   	
Judiciary    . .3475, 3476, 3483, 3484,
Laws of Subordinates 3477, 3482,
Legislation 3485,
Mileage and Per Diem...a 3495,
Odd Fellows' Horned -  vdsk
Petitions    ; .	
Printing
3451
3453
3459
3458
3452
3455
3507
3502
3493
3483
3500
3483
3493
3493
3493
3433
3453
3506
3471
3474
3490
3483
3433
3459
3411
3414
3458
3458
3458
3433
3485
3459
3428
.3411
3464
3500
3475
3488
3483
3487
3502
'3481
3478
3482 INDEX—CONTINUED
Reports—Committees,  Resolutions   	
State of the Order 	
Statistics re Dues and Benefits	
Surety  Bonds	
District Deputy Grand Masters j 3424,
Executive Officers re Sanatorium	
Selkirk Lodge, Destruction of Hall by Fire 3463,
Shiles, B. W., P.G.M., Attendance of, and Honorable Veteran
Jewel to   3489,
Smoking in Ante Room 	
"   Encampments   	
" "   Lodge Rooms 3427,
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Appeal to  	
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Greetings to	
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Temple for	
Special Meetings, Initiations and Conferring Degrees at	
Strachan, Brother, Complaint of 3470,
Sunday, Laying Corner Stones and Dedication of Halls on. ..
"Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, Complaint against 3470,
Surety Bonds of Officers	
Suspensions for N. P. D 3431, 3441,
Statistical Report of Grand Secretary	
Stock Account	
Transfer Certificate, Admission of members by, Three black
balls rej ect	
Transfer of Membership law 3452,
Transportation Clerk, Appointment of	
"Trout Lake" Lodge, No. 41	
Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Furnishing of 3430, 3444, 3470,
Veteran Buttons, Issue and use of ^ 3454,
Jewels issued , 3463,
in Sovereign Grand Lodge	
" 1        Presentation of by Grand Lodges	
Vice Grand's Chair occupied by Visiting Member	
Visitors    ||	
Votes of Thanks   ...3498,
Webber, E. L., P.G.M., Thanks to 	
Withdrawal Cards, Granting of and Surrender of Charter	
Yates, Bro. Rev. C. F., Attendance of 1 3489,
 3498
3490, 3501
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3489
3461
3470
3494
3494
3423
3452
3492
3484
3422
3457
3422
3484
3459
3484
3489
3491
3434
3439
3482
3454
3414
3441
3493
3459
3494
3456
3459
3453
3414
3502
3471
3455
3502  PAST GRAND  MASTERS GRANDD LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 
Tl^Sessio|&o£ the Grand Lodge o@|^pish Columbia ^ft]
Supplies,
 charged for Suppliedallsrdersjfori

p|i|pj|l accompanied by th^. necessary ^amount to pay^lor p^same.
Remit l>3&Mdney Order oipadd exchange j^^&eqn^^^
[Suboi^n^^&bdge' -^11^*^^
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates
Bod^^f Form#^|^^
Book tijf Odes with hi$«$£^^^ '/?5J
Srjsbee's Digestif
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges
fA&niversary Odellfe^ |f]
Funeral Hymns, with responses
Funeral Ceremony
Anniversary Ceremony
Memorial and Decoration Ceremo£jj^^ 30

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