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Array PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Forty-Second Annual
Session
OF THE
GRAND LODGE
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
of British Columbia
Held at Vancouver, B. C, June 14th and 15th
-    I   ¥     1916    •   < ■ ,     - NOTICE
Special attention of Subordinate Lodges is called to the following resolutions adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at the
session held in Atlanta, Georgia, in September, 1874:
HOW TO SECURE MONEYS WHEN IN TROUBLE AND
IMPOSTERS TO BE EXPELLED
e\
Resolved, That a member of the Order in good standing,
./idenced by holding an unexpired visiting card, issued in conformity with the laws of the Order by his Lodge or Encampment,
and having the A. T. P. W., being in distress, or pretending so to
be, and needing money, and who having asked for and received
from a Lodge or Encampment, or a member thereof, a sum of
money under the assurance and oromise that he will return or
repay the same within a given time, or so soon as he returns home,
but who shall neglect so to do for a reasonable time thereafter
without a satisfactory excuse being rendered, shall be deemed guilty
of conduct unbecomingv^an Odd Fellow; and due notice of such
facts having been officially communicated to his Lodge by the
Lodge or Encampment so loaning him the money, it shall be
the duty of his Lodge to notify him of such indebtedness or loan,
.and to demand payment thereof, and if he then refuses or neglects
to pay the same, his Lodge shall prefer charges against him, try
him, and if found guilty, and without sufficient mitigating circumstances, expel him from the Order. If there be such mitigating
circumstances then to impose such penalty as the Lodge may
deem best.
Resolved, That the respective State Grand Lodges cause the
foregoing resolution to be embodied in their proceedings, and the
attention of the Subordinate Lodges especially called to it.
(Proceedings S.G.L., U.S., 1874, pages 6310, 6326.)   PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Forty-'Second Annual
Session
OF THE
GRAND LODGE
Independendent Order of Odd Fellows
of British Columbia
Held at Vancouver, B. C., June 14th and 15th
1916  PROCEEDINGS
OF  THE
FORTY^SECOND ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
GRAND LODGE, I. O. O. F.,
OF B. C.
Oddfellow's Hall,
Vancouver, B. C,
14th June,  1916.
The Grand Lodge convened on the above date at 9 o'clock a.m,
pursuant to notice.
Present:—
P.   W.   Dempster Grand   Master
W. H. Brown Deputy Grand Master
J.  H.   Glass— Grand Warden
Fred  Davey   Grand  Secretary
R. A. Merrithew Grand Treasurer
Wallace Law, P.G.M Grand Representative
W. H.  Cullin,  P.G.M Grand Representative
L.  V.  Rogers   !.. Grand  Chaplain
D. C. McMorris Grand Marshal
J. T. Wood—./. Grand Guardian
R.  Livingstone Grand Herald
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and the
Grand Chaplain having invoked the Divine Blessing, the Grand
Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Master appointed Bro. J. R. Rattry, No. 24, as
Grand Conductor, pro-tem.
It was on motion Resolved. That the badges supplied be
recognized as  proper  regalia  during  the  present  session.
The Grand Secretary submitted the name of Bro. D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, as Reading Clerk, which was approved.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the Representatives elect and of the Past Grands entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree, which were referred to the Committee on Credentials. 3738
The Grand Master appointed the Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, and D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, to form
the Committee on Credentials.
The Committee on Credentials submitted the following report
which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: \. x _
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have
examined the Credentials of the Representatives elect for the
ensuing year and find the following duly accredited:—
Lodge. Representatives Alternates
Victoria, No. 1 P. L. Manser W. J. Gower
T. C. Hubbard R. Livingstone
Columbia, No. 2 J. Wilby F. T. Pengelly
R. M. Sanburn F. F. Forneri
Royal City, No. 3 M. J. Phillips R. Wilson
E. C. Turner I. R.  Lawrence
Dominion, No. 4 A. W. Baylis A. A. Milligan
J. Bell F. B. Shaver
Black Diamond, No. 5 H. McKenzie E. G. Cavalskv
A. K. Bradshaw W. Carmichael
Harmony,  No.  6 „ E. D. Comley D. Nicholson
W. W. Walkem T. Doherty
Excelsior, No. 7 J. C. Henderson, Jr.   G. Ashwell
J. Peers W. Dusterhoeft
Vancouver,  No. 8 C.  C.  Cooke A. M. Russell
C. C. Mulligan A. Ventriess
Tatnai, No. 9 T. Howell A. R. Bentley
G. Macbeth C. I. Chapman
Western Star, No. 10 A Parker W. J. Holland
T. Tellefsen J. Mclver
Union. No. 11 W. Hudson A. Gray
Selkirk, No. 12 C. North J. Mathie
D. Bel) J. Jamieson
Pittitko, No. 13 R. Strachan G. Maxwell
Aaron,  No.   14 R. A. Perry A. A. Pruner
R. Munro ' G. M. Williamson
Cloverdale,  No.  15 W. Y. C. Varvis
Kootenay,  No.  16 D. C. McMorris
D. H. Proudfoot
Drmcan.  No.  17 J. P. Smithy J. Murchie
Vernon Valley. No. 18 W. C. English J.  Crawshaw
Mt. Pleasant. No. 19 A. H. Albin J. C. Davis
J. Haddon J. Hutson
Abbotsford. No .20...^ G. H. Kerr F. J. Boulter
Delta.  No.  21 N. A. McDiarmid R. H. Wilson
Ridgely. No. 22 F. D. Davies C. G. Phinney
Ashcroft. No. 23.'. T. C. Smith T. W. Burr
Island,   No.   24 T. R. Rattray "W. G. Esterbrook
Fidelitv. No. 25 R. C. Boyes J. T. Conn
Pacific, No. ^6 A. McKelvie A. J. Laidlaw
D. Nunn J. Boyd
Amity   No.   27 A. R. Slater S. Lewis
W. H. Bracher A. Adams 3739
Lodge. Representatives
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34....J. T. Wood
Rossland, No. 36 F. Sweeney
Boundary Valley, No. 38..W. G. Pond
Silver City, No. 39 J. Weatherbie
Slocan,  No.  40 P. McGuire
Key City, No. 42 E. H. McPhee
R. W. Russell
Enterprise, No. 43 H. S. Andrews
 J. B. McDonald
D. McCallum
46	
Gateway,  No.  45
Snowshoe, No
Mt. Fernie, No. 47
 D. G. Stafford
A. Broomfield
 N. ^IcCallum
J. Pearson
Coronation, No. 48 H. Logan
Eureka, No. 50  R. E. Wheeler
Penticton,  No.   51 J. W. Jackson
Princeton,  No.  52 J. H. Drummond
Michel, No.  54 J. Dixon
North Vancouver, No. 55..A. E. Harron
R. D. McAllister
Mt. Ida, No. 56 W. H. Bonus
Sunshine, No. 57 A. Goldsmith
Okanagan/No. 58 F. W. Andrew, M
Orchard City, No. 59 A. Hamilton
Little Mountain, No. 60....L. Harper
A. Bowers
Fairview, No. 61 D. J. Macdonald
T. H. White
Grandview,  No.  62 J. W. O'Connor
Prince  Rupert,   No.   63 W  G.  Barrie
Corbin,  No.  64 W. Montalbetti
Cariboo, No. 65 F. J. Johnston
Park, No. 66 W. C. Robertson
Alternates
A. Horwell
A. Wixon
K. Martin
W. B. Fleming
R. Reynolds
W. •Cotterell
H. White, P.G.M.
F. J. B rough ton
W. Douglas
F. Downey
J. Currie
W. Cook
E. E. Barnes
R. Dudley  P.G.M
J. Lundie
R. N. McNair
J. J. Martin
G. F. Dempsey
P. Russell
G. Fisher
D. A. McLean
F. Farrow
J. A. Riddell     j
D.J. E. Phinney
L. V. Rogers
E. E. Elliott
P. D. Edward
J. A. Fraser
C. G. Bockus
S. V. Cox
T. H. Williams
J. Westover
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:
Victoria
Columbia
Royal  City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western   Star
Selkirk
Pittitko,
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Lodge No.
P. L. Manser, W. Paget
J.  Logie,  G. Arlow
J. M. Hyslop
H. E. Morris
A.  E. Bradshaw, W.  Carmichael
A. Thomson, E. D. Comley
J.  C. Henderson, Jr., R. A. Coulter
3-
4...
5—
6...
7...
8 A. E. Roberts. E. Insley
9 T. Howell
10 H. S. Lyon, J. Mclver
Bell, R. Miller
S. Howes, R. Strachan
Munro.   G.  M.  Williamson
G. D. Ireland
Y. C. Tarvis
P.  Benson, D.  P.  Graham
12
13
14
D.
A.
R.
W
T.
15....
16—
17 A. G. Morley. A. Hutchinson 3740
Vernon Valley " " 18 J.  Crawshaw, W.  C.  English
Mt.  Pleasant % % 19 A. H. Albin, G. S. Johnston
Abbotsford " " 20 F. J. Boulter, J. E. Vanetta
Delta " " 21 R. H. Wilson. J. S. Letheren
Ridgely | 1 22 F. D. Davies
Ashcroft " 1 23 J. A. Davies, F. W. Engeman
Island 1 I 24 M. T. Clugston. W. G. Esterbrook
Fidelity | * 25 J. T. Conn, R. C. Boyes
Pacific I 1 26 J.  Lee,  E.  Fitzgerald
Amity § " 27 W. H. Bracher, A. R. Slater
Rocky Mountain " gj 34 J.  B.  Cross, S. E.  Shaw
Rossland 1 | 36 K.   Martin,  F.   Sweeney
Silver City . I 1 39 J.  Weatherbie.  R. Reynolds
Slocan p I 40 P. McGuire, E. Graham
Enterprise " I 43 H. S. Andrews, P. Watson
Gateway f " 45 D. McCallum, C. D. Pearson
Snowshoe " " 46 0. Gustafson, A. Broomfield
Mt.  Fernie '% | 47 J. Pearson, N. McCallum
Coronation " 1 48 H. Logan, R. McNair
Eureka | 1 50 R. E. Wheeler, J. J. Martin
Penticton " | 51 J. W. Jackson
Princeton | I 52 J. H. Drummond. W. McLean
Michel | " 54 J. Dixon
N.  Vancouver " " 55 .A.  Sutherland ,R. D. McAllister
Mt. Ida " | 56 H.  E.   Harbell
Sunshine I % 57 A.  Goldsmith
Orchard City " | 59 H. L. Willits, J. C. Richards
Little Mountain " " ,60 A. Bowers, L. Harper
Fairview | 61 A. Acheson, W. G. Humphrey
Grandview I " 62. W. H. Caslor, C. G. Bockus
Prince Rupert | | 63 S. V. Cox, N. M. McNeill
Corbin | " 64 W.  Montalbetti
Cariboo | " 65 F. J. Johnston
Park " " 66 A. Shunn, W. C. Robertson
Dawson " " la J. A. Murphy, A. S. Gibson
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The following telegram was read and ordered to be received
and spread on the minutes:
Kamloops, B. C, June 14, 1916.
F. Davey,
Grand Secretary I.O.O.F., Grand Lodge of B.C.
"Officers and members of Tatnai Lodge No. 9, extend hearty
greetings and best wishes for the success of* the forty-second
annual session of Grand Lodge of British Columbia."
MONCRIEFF, Noble Grand.
Bro. J. Burpee, P.G.. of Carleton Lddge, No. 41, Woodstock,
N.B., was introduced and cordially welcomed.
The Grand Marshal retired, introduced the Past Grands in
waiting and the Grand Lodge and Past Grands' Degrees were conferred on the following: 3741
P. L. Manser, No. 1; R. M. Sanburn, No. 2; J. M. Hyslop, No.
3; A. E. Bradshaw, No. 5; E. D. Comley. No. 6; O. A. Weeks, J. C.
Henderson, Jr., No. 7; A. C. Roberts, No. 8; T. Howell, No. 9; J.
Mclver, W. J. Holland, No. 10; W. Hudson. No. 11; D. Bell, C.
North, No. 12; R. Strachan. No. 13; B. H. Champion, R. Munro,
G. M. Williamson, No. 14; W. Y. C. Tarvis. No. 15; D. P. Graham,
No. 16; J. P. Smith, No. 17; W. C. English, No 18; G. H. Kerr,
No. 20; F. D. Davies, No. 22; R. C. Boyes, No. 25; S. A. Currie,
J. Ramsay, J. Lee, No. 26; W. H. Bracher, G. Adams, No. 27;
F. Sweeney, K. Martin, No. 36; J. Weatherbie. No. 39; P. McGuire,
No. 40; H. S. Andrews, No. 43; J. B. McDonald, No. 45;
A. Broomtield, D. G. Stafford, No. 46; J. Pearson, N. McCallum,
No. 47; H. Logan, No. 48; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50; J. W. Jackson,
No. 51; J. H. Drummond, No. 52; J. Dixon, No. 54; R. D. McAllister, No. 55; A. Goldsmith, No^ 57; L. Harper, A. Bowers, H. L.
Gillard, No 60; A. Acheson, No. 61; W. H. Caslor, G. A. Jewett,
No. 62; W. Montalbetti, No. 64; F. J. Johnston, No. 65.
The Grand Secretary submitted the names of Bro. R. M.
Sanburn, No. 2, to act as Transportation Clerk, and A.
Goldsmith, No. 57, as Custodian of the Secret Work during
present session, and these appointments were confirmed.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master appointed T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.,
No. 8, and H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10, to retire and
introduce the Grand Master of Alberta, who was reported
in waiting. Bro. J. W. Miller, G.M., was introduced,
received with Grand Honors and cordially welcomed to the
Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint
the following Special Committees to act during the Session,
viz., Correspondence, Resolutions, Statistics re Dues and
Benefits, Rebekah Degree, Necrology, and Enlisted Members; also that he would increase the number of members
on each committee to six.
The Grand Master made the following appointments to
fill the Standing Committees, also the Special Committees
which, when completed, were as follows:
Finance—J. Bell, No. 4; T. Tellefsen, No. 10; W. W. Walkem,
No. 6; J. P. Smith, No. 17; R. Strachan, No. 13; A. Bowers, No. 60.
Appeals—A. Parker, No. 10; P. L. Manser, No. 1; A. Hamilton.
No. 59; J. Weatherbie, No. 39; J. C. Davis, No. 19; E. D. Comley,
No. 6.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary. E. C. Turner, No. 3;
D. Nunn, No. 26; F. Sweeney, No. 36; W. Montalbetti, No. 64; F. J.
Johnston, No. 65. 3742
Petitions—A. E. Harron, No. 55; A. W. Baylis, No. 4; W. G.
Barrie, No. 63; J: Pearson, No. 47; H. S. Andrews, No. 43; J. R.
Rattray, No. 24.
State of the Order—H. Fooks. No. 28; E. H. McPhee, No. 42;
T. C. Hubbard. No. 1: T.H. White, No. 61; J. C. Smith, No. 23;
R. D. McAllister, No. 55.
Legislation—J. Wilby. No. 2; M. J. Phillips, No. 3; J. E.
Phinney, No. 58; F. Downie, No. 45; L. Harper, No. 60; G. Macbeth, No. 9.
Judiciary—A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26; J. Peers, No. 7; H, McKenzie,
No. 5; A. Broomfield, No. 46; W. Y. C. Tarvis, No. 15; D. J. Macdonald, No. 61; J. Haddon, No. 19.
Mileage and Per Diem—W. H. Bonus, No. 56; R. A. Perry, No.
14; T. Howell, No. 9; G. H. Kerr, No. 20; N. McCallum, No. 47;
A. M. Russell, No. 8.
Printing—Grand Secretary, C. C. Mulligan, No. 8; R. M. Sanburn, No. 2; J. C. Henderson, Jr., No. 7; H. Logan, No. 48; W. Hudson, No. 11.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, W. G. Pond,
No. 38; D. Bell, No. 12; J. B. McDonald, No. 45* J. Dixon, No. 54;
W. H. Bracher, No. 27.
Correspondence—R. E. Wheeler, No. 50; C. North, No. 12;
A. E. Bradshaw, No. 5; J. W. Jackson, No. 51; J. W. O'Connor,
No. 62; R. C. Boyes. No. 25.
Odd Fellows' Home—H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.. No. 10; D. E.
MacKenzie, 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; W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10.\
Rebekah Degree—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; R. Munro, No. 14;
D. G. Stafford, No. 46; P. McGuire, No. 40; W. C. Robertson, No.
66.
Resolutions—N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21; R. W. Russell, No. 42;
F. D. Davies, No. 22; J. H. Drummond, No. 52; A. Adams. No. 27;
W. C. English, No. 18.
Credentials—Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2;
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; J. Bell, No. 4.
Distribution—T. F. Neelands. P.G.M.. No. 8; W. H. Cullin,
P.G.M., No. 4; R. A. Perry, No. 14.
Necrology—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; W. A. Johnstone,
P.G.M.. No. 26; W. Law, P.G.M., No 10; A. Henderson, P.G.M..
No. 2;'W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4.
Enlisted Members—W. Law. P.G.M., No. 10; W. H. Cullin,
P.G.M., No. 4; A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; T. F. Neelands,
P.G.M., No. 8; L. V. Rogers, Grand Chaplain, No. 59; E. L.
Webber, P.G.M., No. 27.
The Grand Secretary submitted the Reports of the
Grand Officers in printed form, which were referred to the
Committee on Distribution. 3743
Grand Master's Report
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of the Province
of British Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Brethren:—
We are,gathered together today in this, the Forty-Second
Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, and to
all I wish to extend" a most hearty and fraternal greeting. Let us
give thanks to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for his goodness
in permitting us to again assemble to promote the great principles
of Oddfellowship.
I desire to express my sincere thanks to all those brothers
that so willingly assisted me throughout my term of office, and
especially to Brother Davey, Grand Secretary, and the other Grand
Lodge Officers.
p STATE   OF   THE   ORDER
I am sorry to state in the last year there has been a falling off
in membership, owing no doubt to the depression in business, and
on account of the great war, but according to the reports of the
District Deputies and the gradual betterment of conditions through
the Province, I think the Lodges may expect better times in the
future.
PROCLAMATIONS
Acting in compliance with the proclamations of the Grand
Sire, I issued the following proclamations:
ANNIVERSARY   PROCLAMATION
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Victoria, B.C., 24th Jan., 1916.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia. I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
In accordance with the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, and
in accordance with usage, I, P. W. Dempster, Grand Master, by
virtue of the authority vested in me, sdo hereby enjoin the Subordinate  Lodges of this Jurisdiction to take appropriate  action for 3744
the due Commemoration of the Ninety-Seventh Anniversary of our
Order on the Twenty-Sixth day of April, 1916, by suitable exercises in observance of the day and by public thanksgiving to
Almighty God for His manifold mercies to us as individuals and
as an Order.
Inasmuch as some Lodges may desire to appear in public in
Regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted them to
do so.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
MEMORIAL DAY PROCLAMATION
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Victoria, B.C., 22nd April, 1916.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
In accordance with the requirements of the standing resolution
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and in compliance with the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, P .W. Dempster, Grand Master, by
virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby request all Subordinate
Lodges of this Jurisdiction that have suffered loss of membership
by death, to assemble on the second Tuesdav of June next, being
the 13th day of June, 1916, and engage in appropriate services
respecting their dead members, provided, that if a different day
be more convenient, Lodges may select such day to hold such
Memorial Service.
In the event of any Lodge desiring to apoear in public in regalia in connection with such Memeorial Service, a Dispensation
is hereby granted them to do so.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: -        P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary. ' :
DEATH   OF   GRAND  SIRE
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C..1
Victoria, B.C., June 17, 1915.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
It becomes my painful duty to announce to you, the death of
our worthy and well beloved Grand Sire, Robert T. Daniel, which 3745
occurred at Fitzgerald, Georgia, on Friday, May 27th, 1915, while in
attendance on the Session of the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction;
his funeral was held at his home, in Griffin, Georgia, on Sunday,
May 30th, at 3:30 p.m.
In the death of Bro. Daniel the Sovereign Grand Lodge has
lost a presiding officer and member of rare ability; the Order at
large an enthusiastic and faithful brother, and we mourn because
of his untimely decease.
As a tribute of respect, and in honor of his memory, the Acting
Grand Sire has ordered, that the Charters of all Grand and Subordinate Bodies, owing allegiance to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, be
draped in mourning for sixty days from the first day of June, 1915.
All Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
are requested to conform to this order.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
x     FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary. ^
OFFICIAL VISITS
It gives me very much pleasure to state that I have been able
to visit all the Lodges in the Jurisdiction of British Columbia. : I
am pleased to say that in my visit to Dawson Lodge No. la, I
found a splendid Lodge and a fine lot of Odd Fellows, and would
also say that it was a pleasure to meet the brothers of Prince
Rupert and Prince George, it being the first time these Lodges
have been visited by the Grand Master.
It gave me much pleasure to witness the Degree Work as put
on by a number of the Lodges in a splendid manner.
I also visited some sick brothers in different parts of this
Jurisdiction, and it was very gratifying to know that these brothers
were all well taken care of by their Lodges.
It would make this report too lengthy to acknowledge each
case of attention and kindness shown me by individuals and Lodges
in this lengthy tour of the Jurisdiction. I would, therefore say
that I was everywhere received with the greatest consideration and
rnoet fraternal treatment, and I wish to return to all the brothers
that I met, my warmest and most sincere thanks for their unstinted
kindness.
I visited the following Lodges on the dates named:
1915      Sept.    14—Dawson Lodge, No.  la j Dawson, Y.T.
|        25—Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63 Prince Rupert
|        29—Cariboo Lodge, No. 65 Prince George
Oct.      5—Corbin  Lodge, No.  64 Corbin
" 6—Mt.  Fernie Lodge,  No. 47 1 Fernie
7—Michel Lodge,  No.  54 Michel
Nov.     13—Wildey Lodge.,  No.  44 Moyie
a        15—Key City Lodge,  No. 42 Cranbrook
S       16—Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 Nelson
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Dec.       1—
Jan.
April
May
25—
26-
Feb.      1—
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43 Trail
Rossland Lodge, No. 36-- .'..Rossland
Slocan   Lodge,  No.   40 Slocan
Silver City Lodge, No. 39 Sandon
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57 ...Kaslo
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 Phoenix
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38 Greenwood
Gateway Lodge, No. 45. Grand Forks
Penticton   Lodge,   No.   51 Penticton
Okanagan   Lodge,  No.   58 Summerland
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59 Kelowna
Eureka Lodge, No.  50 Enderby
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18....: Vernon
Coronation Lodge, No. 48 Armstrong
Rocky Mountain Lodge, N-o.  34 Golden
Selkirk Lodge, No.  12 1 Revelstoke
Mt.  Ida Lodge, No.  56 Salmon Arm
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9 Kamloops
Ashcroft  Lodge,  No.  23 Ashcroft
Princeton Lodge, No. 52 Princeton
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13 Merritt
Cheam  Lodge   No.  28 Agassiz
Ridgley  Lodge   No.   22,   Little   Mountain  Lodge
No. " 60,    and    Park    Lodge    No.    66,    (joint
meeting)    South   Vancouver
Island Lodge,  No. 24, Fairview Lodge,  No. 61,
(joint meeting)   Vancouver
Delta Lodge. No.  21 Ladner
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, N. Vancouver
Grandview Lodge, No. 62 Vancouver
Cloverdale  Lodge,   No.   15 Cloverdale
Vancouver  Lodge  No.  8, Western  Star  No.  10,
and Pacific Lodge No. 26 (jointly)....Vancouver
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.  19 Vancouver
Abbotsford  Lodge,  No.   20 Abbotsford
Excelsior Lodge,  No. 7 Chilliwack
Royal City Lodge, No. 3 and Amity Lodge, No.
27,  (joint meeting)   N. Westminster
Fidelity   Lodge,   No.   25 Mission   City
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5. Nanaimo
■Union   Lodge,   No.   11 Cumberland
Harmony   Lodge,   No.   6 Ladysmith
Duncan  Lodge,   No.  17 Duncan
Aaron  Lodge,  No.   14 Vancouver
Victoria   Lodge,   No.   1 Victoria
-Columbia Lodp-e, No. 2 Victoria
■Dominion Lodge   No. 4 Victoria
FRATERNAL  VISITS
On the invitation of its Grand Officers I had the pleasure of
visiting the Grand Lodge of the Province of Ontario last August,
and of extending the greetings of the Grand Lodge of B. C. to
that Grand Body, and would state that I was received in a very
cordial and fraternal manner. Every jurisdiction in Canada was
represented at this meeting for the first time in the history of Odd
Fellowship in the Dominion. 3747
ODD FELLOWS' RELIEF ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
I attended the annual meeting of that body which took place
at Kingston, Ont., on the 28th of July, 1915, and received a very
hearty welcome. After seeing the business way and meeting with
the brothers who are conducting the affairs of the Association, I
would recommend that the Grand Lodge of B.C. give this Asso-
cation every assistance and encouragement, as I can assure
is doing a-great work in helping the Order to carry out its noble
objects and in providing for the widows and orphans of deceased
brothers.
(1)
DECISIONS
From Pittitko Lodge. No. 13—Question: Is a brother who
voluntarily submitted to be operated on for rupture, in order that
he might enlist for active service, entitled to benefits?
Answer:     Yes.    The   rupture  was   a  physical   defect   that   he
was justified in having repaired, in order to enjoy proper health.
The fact that he submitted to an operation in order to make himself fit to undertake service for his country, seems to give
additional claim to benefits, rather than to disqualify him.
(2) • . f     .J§t
From  Excelsior  Lodp*e,  No.  7.—Question:    Is it legal to use
Lodge funds for the purpose of erecting a monument to deceased
brothers in a cemetery owned by the Lodge?
Answer: I cannot see that there can be an objection to your
doing so, providing the expenditure on same is not an extravagant
one. The general laws of the Order (see Busbee's Dige$t, Section
511), permits subordinates to purchase Real Estate with their
funds, and it is my decision that this permission covers expenditure
for the mprovement of the property.
From Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47—Question: If a member of this
Lodge, in good standing, is wounded while on active service, will
he be entitled to sick benefits?
Answer:    Yes.    (See Section 2, Article XXI, of your  By-Laws).
(3a) j M j§|
Question: In case a brother is killed at the front, does the
Lodge have to pay Funeral Benefits?
Answer: Yes; provided funeral expenses are incurred. Both
the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, Section 5, Article IV,
and your own By-Laws, Section IV., Article XXI, indicate
that this benefit is for the purpose of paying the expenses of the
funeral of the brother: it is therefore to be inferred that if no
expense is incurred in burying the member, no amount should be
paid.
(4) - i
From Grandview Lodge, No. 62.—Statement.—A member who
has   been   suspended   for   non-payment   of   dues,   and   after  being 3748
refused re-instatement, applies for a Dismissal Certificate. It is
alleged by the Lodge that prior to suspension the brother had been
guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, but that to shield
him from punishment under the Civil Law, it had taken up a collection amongst its members and had supplemented this by a donation
from its funds. The Lodge now declines to issue a Dismissal Certificate on the ground that it could not assist an unworthy brother
to join another Lodge.
Decision: The question is a very difficult one for me to decide,
and I can only quote you the law on the subject. Sections 1994
and 1996, Busbee's Digest, provide that members suspended for
non-payment of dues are liable to have charges preferred against
them in the Lodge from which they were suspended, and to be
expelled for criminal or unworthy conduct.
As to his right to be granted a Dismissal Certificate, I would
refer you to Section 306, Busbee's Digest, and to Paragraph (b),
Clause 3, Section 1, Article VII., of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges (which are identical), which provides that the Lodge may,
at its discretion, by a majority vote, grant a Dismissal Certificate
to a member who' has been suspended for non-payment of dues
before five years from the date of suspension has expired in order
to enable him to join a Lodge of this Jurisdiction.
Then again. Section 204, Busbee's Digest, and Clause 6, Section I, - Article VII. of the Constitution, provides that where a
member has applied for re-instatement and been refused, it is obligatory on the Lodge to grant the Dismissal Certificate on receipt
of proper application and the paymeiit of One Dollar.
Having thus quoted the law: on the subject, I must leave you
to take what action in the matter you may deem proper.
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From Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.—Question:    Would it be
legal for a Lodge to pay Sick Benefits to a brother on a Certificate
given by a Chiropractica?"
Answer: This will depend entirely on the provisions of your
By-Laws. If they reauire that before benefits are paid the Lodge
must be furnished with a satisfactory medical certificate, then it is
for the Lodge to decide whether the cerificate furnished, is a satisfactory one or not.
In the absence of such a By-Law, the Lodge must be satisfied
that the brother has been, or is sick, so as to entitle him to benefits
under the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Lodge,
that is, that he is sick so as to prevent him from following his usual
occupation or otherwise earning a livelihood.
If the Lodge entertains doubts as to whether the sickness is
of that character, then it may reauire a certificate from a medical
man, who should be a recognized practitioner.
(6) I
From Dominion Lodge, No. 4.—Question: Is it legal for a
Subordinate Lodge to procure a Veteran Jewel and present same
to the widow of a deceased brother? 3749
Answer: No. "No one may purchase or wear the Veteran
Jewel except he be entitled thereto under the law. (Busbee's Digest, Section 1617).
(7)
From Brother Chas. Whyte, D.D.G.M., District No. 11.—
Question: Must the Trial Committee on charges preferred against
a Past Grand be composed entirely of Past Grands, or may Scarlet
Degree members sit on it?
Answer: A Past Grand under charges is not entitled to have
a committee composed entirely of Past Grands. The Scarlet Degree is the highest Degree in a Subordinate Lodge, and one of
that Degree is the peer of any other member of the Lodge and
entitled to sit on any Trial Committee selected by the Lodge. (Vide
Section 965, New Code).
(8)
Question.—Must a Lodge expel a brother who has been convicted of an offence in a Court of Law and had a fine imposed on
him as a penalty, without charges being preferred and a trial held
Answer: No. A member must be convicted of a felony in a
Court of Justice, under the laws of the land, and be serving sentence under such conviction, before he can be expelled. (See
Section 939, New Code).
No member can be punished except upon conviction, upon
charges duly preferred and a trial regularly had. (See Section
No. 949, New Code).
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From Fairview Lodge No. 61.—Statement: This Lodge was
notified by Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook, by wire, on 19th
September, 1915, of the death of Brother Annisley and asked for
information. The Lodge replied by wire requesting Key City
Lodge to notify the widow residing in Calgary, stating that the
Lodge paid $75 Funeral Benefits, and asking the Lodge to render
any assistance in its power. The next day a telegram was received
from the Relief Board at Calgary, Alta., notifying them of the
brother's death and that the remains were to be brought there for
burial, and asking for full instructions as to benefits.
To this the Lodge replied that the funeral benefits were $75
and it appreciated the efforts of the Relief Board. A few d^ys
afterwards Fairview Lodge remitted $75 to the Calgary Relief
Board, and was subsequently informed that the board had paid $62
for funeral expenses and handed the balance $12, to the widow.
Since then Key City Lodge has forwarded a bill for $162.50,
funeral expenses incurred by it, which Fairview Lodge handed to
the father of the widow, who promised to assume this liability and
pay it as soon as possible, and has since paid $25 on account of
same. Fairview Lodge now asks, "Having paid Calgary Relief
Board $75, how much, if any, of the Key City account are we
responsible for?"
To this question I replied that the By-Laws of the Lodge
limits the amount to be raid towards defraying* a brother's funeral 3750
expenses, to $75; but in view of the fact that both Key City Lodge
and the Relief Board of Calgary had been authorized to expend
to •that'amount, I could not see how the Lodge could escape liability for this sum in either case, provided they can show that they
have incurred expenses to that amount. I advised that the Lodge
recognize the claim of Key City Lodge to the extent of $75, and
as the father-in-law of the deceased brother had promised to pay
the Bill of that Lodge, that an explanation be offered to that
Lodge, and that the amount be remitted as soon as it is received
from the party who assumed the liability.
(10)
From Brother F. Berchtold, D.D.G.M., District No. 37.—Statement: On March 8th last, the Treasurer of Dawson Lodge No. la,
applied to the Lodge for two months leave of absence and offered
to resign his office, but the ,Lodge declined to accept his resignation. He then asked that the Secretary be appointed to c^rry out
his duties during his absence, which the Lodge assented to. At
the next meeting, objection was taken to this arrangement on the
ground that it was illegal for one person to hold the two offices.
The N.G., however, declined to take any action in the matter until
a decision was received from me; and the D.D.G.M. therefore
submitted the case for my ruling.
Answer: The objection is well grounded, the principle of permitting a member to hold a dual office is objectionable and clearly
illegal (seeBusbee's Digest, Section 1356). However, as by the
time my decision was received it was likely the Treasurer had
returned and resumed his duties. I hoped that no serious inconvenience had been experienced in carrying on the business of the
Lodge.
From Fairview Lodge, No. 61.—Statement: Brother A. W.
Whitehead, of this Lodge was placed on the sick list on 22nd
August, 1912, suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. He entered the
Tranquille Sanitarium, and after remaining there for several
months was discharged in an improved condition. He resumed
work, but was advised by his medical attendant to remove to
Southern California. He was again placed on the sick list and
was under the care of Santa Anna Lodge, and later San Bernardino
Lodge, No. 290, San Bernardino, California.
On May 16th, 1915, he was declared' off the sick list, although,
according to statement of San Bernardino Lodge, he was then
far from being a well man. He was employed as a bookkeeper by
the Highway Commission of the County. The work must have
been light, and it appears the brother was given every consideration and kept employed longer than probably he would have been
by any other employer, according to the statement of San Bernardino Lodge, which is sunported by the admission of the brother
himself, in a letter to the Secretary of Fairview Lodge, in which
he states that he suffered a good deal in his back before he was
compelled to give up work, the disease having attacked his spine.
He was again placed on the sick list on 15th December, 1915,
and claims to be paid the full scale of benefits on the ground that
he was off the sick list and not in receipt of benefits for a period 3751
of more than six months, in accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges.
Fairview Lodge contests this claim and submits the case for
my decision, alleging that at the time the brother was declared off
I he sick list on 16th May, 1915, he had not recovered his health,
and that prior to the 15th December, 1915, he was sick, as shown
above and under ordinary circumstances would have been compelled to quit work; therefore his sickness was contiguous, and he
is not entitled to the full benefits of $8 per week, but the reduced
rate of $3, which he was receiving when declared off on 16th"May
1915.
I am in receipt of a letter from Brother Whitehead, in which
he admits that he has had tuberculosis for four years.
Decision: Section 2, Article IV. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges provides: "In all cases where a sick member has
received benefits, and by reason of the recovery of his health
ceased to be entitled to benefits, if he fall sick again within six
months from the date of his ceasing to receive benefits, such
sickness shall be considered as a continuation of his previous sickness, and he shall be placed in the same position as when he ceased
to receive benefits, but if six months shall have elapsed from the
date of his restoration, and he fall sick, he shall be entitled to
receive full benefits. In view of the fact that San Bernardino Lodge
No. 290, in its letter to your Lodge, dated 27th May, 1915, informing you that Brother Whitehead had been taken off the sick list,
owing to his resuming work, stated that the brother "was far from
being a well man," and also the admission of the brother himself,
in his letter to me of the 3rd April, 1916, that he had suffered from
tuberculosis for the past four years, I have arrived at the conclusion that he had not "recovered his health" on the 26th of May,
1915, when taken off the sick list; that on the 15th December, 1915,
when he again claimed benefits, the six months from the "restoration" of his health had not expired, and that in accordance with the
Constitution before quoted, it "was a continuation of his previous
sickness, and he should therefore be placed in the same position
he occupied on the 26th May, 1915, when he ceased to be entitled
to benefits.
It T APPOINTMENTS
The following appointments of District Deputy Grand Masters
have been made during the year:
August 28, 1915—Brother W. Cowen, P.G., for District No. 13,
vice Brother C. S. Williams, removed from district.
October 8, 1515:    Brother Geo. H. Kerr, P.G., for District No. 18,
vice Brother G. C. Clark.
October 12, 1915:    Brother J. H. Morgan, P.G., for District No.
4, vice Brother H. A. McLennan, P.G., removed from District.
November 9, 1915: Brother A. R. Phillips, P.G., for District
No. 35, in place of Brother H. L. Daggett, P.G., resigned.
December  11,  1915:    Brother I.  E.  Covert,  P.G., for District No. 29, vice Brother H. E. Barnes, P.G., resigned.
December 22, 1915: Brother Chas. Whyte, P.G., for District
No. 11? yice Brother J. Smith, P.G., removed, from District. 3752
Ascertaining that Bro. J. H. Glass, Grand Warden, would be
in Calgary, Alberta, about the time of the Annual Session of the
Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction in Lethbridge, on 16th February,
1916, I thought it a good opportunity to enlist that brother's services
to represent this Jurisdiction as a Fraternal Delegate on that occasion. I accordingly commissioned him to act in that capacity,
which the brother very kindly accepted and has furnished me with
a very interesting report of his visit, which I attach to this report.
I wish to express my thanks to Brother Glass for acceding to my
request at very short notice.
_     DISPENSATIONS  GRANTED
July 17th, 1915— ||
To the Lodges in District Nos. 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to hold a Joint
Picnic at North Vancouver on 31st July, 1915.
August 21st, 1915—
To Corbin Lodge, No. 64, to elect a Scarlet Degree member to
the office of V.G., all qualified brothers declining to serve.
October llth, 1915—
To Union Lodge, No. 11, to remove its Charter to the Knights of
Pythias Hall, having to vacate their present hall.
November 6th, 1915—
ToTatnai Lodge, No. 9, to wear the Regalia of the Order at the
funeral of the late Brother E. T. W. Pearse, P.G., former
Secretary of the Lodge.
November 9th, 1915—
To Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, to hold a dance and whist drive
in the name of the Order.
November 29th, 1915—
To Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, to wear the Regalia of the Order
at the dedication of their new hall in public.
December 9th, 1915—
To Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, to initiate a candidate at a special meeting of the Lodge.
February 19, 1916—
To Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to open the Lodge at 7:30 p.m. on
25th February, 1916.
March 17th, 1916—
To Key City Lodge, No. 42, to elect a Third Degree member to
the office of V.G., all qualified brothers refusing to serve.
May 4th, 1916—
I granted a Dispensation to Duncan Lodge, No. 17, to appeal
to the Lodges of this Jurisdiction for aid to enable it to save its hall,
and also to apply to the Grand Master of Sister Jurisdictions for
permission to appeal to the Lodges of these Jurisdictions for the
same purpose, under the following circumstances: 3753
About four years ago this Lodge had the misfortune to lose
its hall and contents by fire. At that time conditions were much
more favorable than at present, and the Lodge decided to rebuild,
but had to borrow $19,800 on mortgage, the building costing
$31,000.
They have now a Home that is a credit to them, but times have
changed and they have been compelled to reduce the rents of the
stores, and one of them has been vacant for about a year. Their
income from these sources have been reduced to such an extent
that they are now going behind at the rate of $700 per annum, and
are at present in arrears- for interest about $1,200, and the mortgagees threaten foreclosure.
In order to prevent this catastrophe I trust that the Lodges
of this Jurisdiction will come to the rescue of this deserving Lodge
as far as they are able and assist it in retaining the home it has
worked so hard to secure.
DISPENSATION  REFUSED
June 29th, 1915—Declined to grant a dispensation to North
Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to change its night of meeting to Friday,
2nd July, instead of Thursday, 1st July, the night of meeting being
fixed by By-Law which I have no authority to override. Recommended that they hold a special meeting on the night named,
Thursday being a public holiday, or dispense with meeting on the
regular evening.
MERGEMENT   OF  LODGES
Having received a petition from Wildey Lodge, No. 44, to
merge into Key City Lodge, No. 42, and the requisite consent of
the latter Lodge to receive the members, etc., of Wildey Lodge
in accordance with the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge, I grantee
the prayer of the petition and authorized Brother E. H. McPhee,
D.D.G.M., District No. 27, to superintend the mergement, and am
informed by that officer that it was successfully carried out on
March 1, 1916.
I very much regret that this step has been found necessary,
but I recognize that it was in the best interest of the Lodge, whose
members are entitled to the warmest praise for the courageous
way in which they have endeavored for a long time to retain the
charter and work the L(Odge.
*    REPORTS  OF  DISTRICT  DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTERS
I beg to submit a synopsis of the reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters received, and I take this opportunity of thanking
these officers not only for the personal kindness and attention
shown to me on the occasion of my official visit to their districts,
but for the zeal and interest they have taken in assisting me in
administering the business of this Jurisdiction.
District No. 1—J. Murkar, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of the three Lodges in his District at the usual times,
that in January last being a joint one. Granted a Dispensation to
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, to elect a Scarlet Degree member to the 3754
office of N.G., both the N.G. and V.G. having enlisted for active
service. All three Lodges show a loss of membership during the
year, and all have contributed a large quota of their young members to their country's cause in the war.
District No. 2—R. Wilson, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of the three Lodges in his District in July, 1915, and also
the two Lodges in the City of New Westminster in January last. The
officers of Fidelity Lodge, No. 25, were installed by Brother Merrithew, Grand Treasurer, in January, 1916. The Lodges are in good
condition both financially and fraternally.
District No. 3—A. E. Bradshaw, D.D.G.M., reports having conducted the installation of the officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No.
5, at the regular times. No dispensations or decisions given. Taking everything in consideration the Lodge is in a healthy condition.
District No. 4—J. H. Morgan, D.D.G.M., reports that the officers of Lodge No. 6, were installed at the proper times by his
predecessor and himself. Brother H. McLennan, whom he succeeded, had enlisted for active service. The Lodge is in fairly
good condition, considering the unfavorable conditions prevailing
but has not been able to enroll any new members.
District No. 5—A. H. btreet, D.D.G.M., reports the installation
of officer's in his District at the prescribed times. Issued no dispensations nor gave anv decisions. Paid two official visits. Condition of the Order good, but owing to stringent times had no
increase in membership.
District No. G—R. W. Godfrey, D.D.G.M., repprts that he
installed officers of Lodges Nos. 8, 10 and 26, at their first meetings
in July, 1915, and January, 1916. Issued a dispensation to Pacific
Lodge, No. 26, to hold a dance in the name of the Order on 24th
April last, and again on 5th May, 1916. Rendered no decisions.
The condition of the Order in his District very fair, improved
considerable since beginning of year.
District No. 7—A. E. Harron, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed the officers of Lodges Nos. 19, 14 and 55, in July, 1915,
also installed the officers of Lodges Nos. 19, 14 and 55, with Bethel
"Rebekah" Lodge, No. 26, at a public joint installation on 5th
January, 1916. Granted dispensations for joint public installation
as stated above, and to Aaron Lodge, No. 14, to hold a social
meeting with their families and sisters of Rebekah. No decisions
rendered. Condition of Lodges good, considering present condi^
tions. At. commencement of his term suggested to the Lodges in
his District the advisability of being "At Home" to the other
Lodges at le.ast once during the year. This suggestion has been
acted on with very satisfactory results, and he would recommend
the adoption of this plan in other Districts, as^the holding of these
social entertainments affords an opportunity to the members of
different Lodges to get acquainted with one another.
District No. 8—W. W. Thomson, D.D.G.M., reoorts having
officiated at the installation of officers of Lodges No. 24, 61 and
62, at the regular times. Issued three dispensations to Lodges to
hold social  dances in name of the Order, and on two occasions 3755
to Lodges to open Lodge earlier than the prescribed hour. Paid
two otncial and many unofficial visits to the Lodges in his District
during the year. Rendered no decisions. Condition of Order
generally encouraging. Island Lodge, No. 24, suffering from
unemployment of members, necessitating removal of several from
neighborhood, still the members are not downcast, but looking
hopefully for better times in near future.
District No. 9—R. H. Neelands, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed officers of Ledges Nos. 22, 60 and 66, at first meetings in
July, 1915, and January, 1916. Also al other times when elections
have occurred to fill vacancies. A live interest taken in work of
the Order and fair progress made under the existing unfavorable
conditions, although attendance at Lodge meetings not up to usual
standard, owing to removals from District in search of employ
ment and enlistment for military service.
District No. 10—T. Howell, D.D.G.M., reports installing the
officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, on two occasions. Granted one
dispensation, purpose not stated. Paid no official visits nor rendered any decision^. Regrets the indifference of many members
of the Lodge.    Finances of the Lodge in good condition.
District No. 11—Chas. Whyte, D.D.G.M., reports that the
officers of Union Lodge, No. 11, were installed in regular form.
Granted dispensation to elect a Third Degree member to office of
N.G. Rendered no decision of importance. The condition of the
Order in the district is fair, labor conditions militating against it.
Regret to report that two members, one the Treasurer of the
Lodge, and the other the Scribe of the Encampment, have been
guilty of misappropriating funds of the Order.
District No. 12—H. Siegfried, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, at the proper time.
Issued dispensation authorizing the balloting for and initiation of
a candidate the same evening, also to confer more than one degree
the same night. Visited the Lodge officially with the Grand Master
on 13th December, 1915. Condition of the Order in the district
very satisfactory in spite of continued dull times. Meetings fairl}
well attended.    Financial condition of Lodge excellent.
District No. 13—W. H. Cowen, D.D.G.M., reports having conducted two installations, granted one dispensation, object of which
not stated; paid three official visits to Lodge, and rendered no
decisions. Condition of Lodge No. 13 is very good, the attendance
at Lodge meetings is fair considering that 25 per cent of its members have joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
District No. 14—J. L. Crosby, D.D.G.M., reports installing the
officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, on July 1915, and 29th January, 1916. Granted no dispensations nor rendered any decisions.
Condition of the Order in district good, considering conditions
created by the war.
District No. 15—D. C. McMorris, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the officers of Kootenay-Lodge, No. 16, on 12th July, 1915,
and 3rd January, 1916, jointly with those of Queen City Rebekah
Lodge, No. 16, at which no ritual was used by any officer.   Granted 3756
dispensations for the above joint installations. The Lodge is no
more than holding its own, and there is a lack of interest and
attendance. Various means have been used to remedy this, but
without permanent results. Thinks the Grand Lodge should make
an effort to solve the problem. Suggests as a means to this end,
that the Grand Master or Deputy Grand Master should issue
monthly or quarterly a pastoral letter giving information relative
to condition of the Order and expressing thoughts and sentiments
for its improvement. Believes such a plan would bring the Lodges
in touch with the Grand Lodge and supplement the benefits conferred by the annual visits of the Grand Master, which visits are
looked forward to with great interest. Believes by this means the
Grand Officers would be kept advised of the many different and
difficult problems which Lodges are called upon to solve and
enable them to proffer kindly advice and encouragement that might
often save a serious situation.
District No. 16—James Duncan, D.D.G.M., reports having
attended the installation of officers of Duncan Lodge, No, 17, on
10th July, and 12th January, 1916. Issued no dispensations, nor
rendered any decisions. Condition of Order fair, considering prevailing conditions.
District No. 17—M. C. Dunwoodie, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Lodges Nos. 18, 48 and 50, in July, 1915,
also those of No. 48 and 50, in January, 1916, being unable to
attend that of Vernon Valley Lodge on latter date, had deputized
Brother Foster, P.G., to perform the ceremony. "Was present at
a church parade and service of Coronation Lodge, No. 48, on
16th April, 1916, at which there was a good attendance. The Order
in this District is in a good financial condition. The membership
is fairly good, considerng present conditions. The attendance at
Lodge meetings is small, owing to the number of brothers that
have enlisted.
District No. 18—Geo. H. Kerr, D.D.G.M., reports that the
officers of Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20, were installed at the usual
times. No dispensations granted nor decisions rendered. Regrets
the membership of the Lodge is decreasing. One-sixth of the
members already on active service.
District No. 20—1. Lehman, D.D.G.M., reports that the officers
of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, were installed twice during the year.
Issued no dispensations nor gave any decisions. Condition of the
Order good.
District No. 21—E. Limbert, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28, twice during his term. Neither
granted any dispensations nor rendered any decisions .Condition
of the Order good,.as to membership and finances.
ill District No. 23—W. S. McPherson, D.D.G.M., reports installing the officers of Lodges Nos. 36 and 43, at the usual times.
Granted a dispensation to hold a special meeting on the occasion
of the visit of the Grand Master. Visited Enterprise Lodge on
several occasions and Rossland Lodge at its anniversary service,
when a Veteran Jewel was presented to a visiting brother. 3757
District No. 24—E. E. Barnes, D.D.G.M., reports the installation of the officers of the Lodges in his district in July, 1915, and
January, 1916. Granted dispensations to Lodges Nos. 38, 45 and
46, to hold entertainments in the name of the Order on October
29th, 1915, October 14th, 1915, and September 17th, 1915, respectively. Paid official visits to all the Lodges at time of installations
and accompanied the Grand Master on his visits to Lodges Nos.
38 and 46. Rendered no decisions. Owing to good industrial
conditions the past year has been a decided improvement in all
the Lodges, but particularly in No. 46, where Degree work has
occurred almost every meeting. The new hall of Snowshoe Lodge,
No. 46, was publicly dedicated by the Grand Master on the occasion of the official visit, assisted by a team of Past Grands of Nos.
38, 45 and 46. Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, was also visited officially by
Brother Glass, Grand Warden, in March, 1916.
District No. 25—J. Weatherbie, D.D.G.M., reports
installed the officers of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, twice during the
year. Granted a dispensation to confer the degrees on two members in less time than permitted by law, in consequence of the
severity of the weather, the dangers of snowslides, and the fact
that these brothers had to walk seven miles in order to get their
degrees. Rendered no decisions. Condition of the Order good,
and prospects of increased membership brighter than they have
been for several years. Lodge procured a hall of its own which is
proving a financial success. Financial standing of the Lodge is
good.
District No. 26—W. Hicks, D.D.G.M., reports installing the
officers of Slocan Lodge, No. 40, at the proper times. Granted a
dispensation to the Lodge to hold an "At Home" on 5th November, 1915. Rendered no decisions. Membership of Lodge decreasing a little, but Lodge in good financial circumstances.
District No. 27—E. H. McPhee, D.D.G.M., reports holding
three installations of the officers of Key City Lodge, No. 42, during
his year of office. Granted a dispensation to this Lodge to hold
a whist drive in order to raise funds to pay dues of brothers at the
front. Rendered no decisions. On 1st March, 1916, superintended
the mergement of Wildey Lodge, No. 44, into Key City Lodge,
No. 42, under authority received from Grand Master. Owing to
so many of its members leaving the vicinity, No. 44 was forced to
adopt this course. Brother Glass, Grand Warden, assisted in the
installation of the Noble Grand of No. .42, on 27th March, 1916,
in nlace of a brother who left the Jurisdiction.
District No. 31—Jas. G. Gellatley, D.D.G.M., reports conducting
two installations in Princeton Lodge, No. 52, during his term.
Issued no dispensations or gave any decisions. Paid three official
visits to the Lodge.    The condition of the Order in his district is
good
District No. 32—G. Fisher, D.D.G.M., reports the installation
of the two Lodges in his district at the usual times. Rendered no
decisions nor issued any dispensations. Condition of the Order
in district good under existing circumstances.
District No. 33—A. F. H. Martin, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed the officers of Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, on 29th July, 1915. 3758
Owing to existing conditions the officers of preceding term were
by vote of the Lodge, continued in office for the term commencing
1st January, 1916. Issued no dispensations, nor rendered any decisions. Owing to the members of the Lodge being widely scattered,
and to existing financial conditions, the greatest difficulty is experienced in getting sufficient brothers to attend to hold Lodge meetings.
District No. 34—A Goldsmith, D.D.G.M., reports the officers
of Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, were duly installed in July, 1915, and
January, 1916. On the latter* occasion the ceremony was a public
one and proved to be one of the most successful and impressive
ever held in the Lodge. Granted a dispensation to hold the public
installation referred to above. Rendered no decisions. The Lodge
is in a good position financially, and is making satisfactory progress, considering the large number of men who have left the district for active service, and are employed elsewhere in the mining
camps.
District No. 35—A. R. Phillips, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed the officers of Prince Rupert Lodge No. 63, on January 4,
1916. Granted dispensations to Lodge No. 63, to hold whist drives
and dances on 25th January and 29th February, 1916, the first in
aid of the Contingent Fund of the Lodge, and the latter in aid of
the Patriotic Fund. Rendered no decisions. The Lodge is having
quite a struggle to hold its own, owing to so many members having
gone to the front, and the remainder finding it difficult to pay their
dues on account of the quiet times existing in the district at the
present time.
District No. 36—Nels Anderson, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed the officers of Cariboo Lodge No. 65, in January, 1916.
Granted a dispensation to the Lodge to hold a social dance on 27th
December, 1915. Rendered no decisions. Condition of the Order
fair and improving.
PAYMENT  OF  DUES  OF BROTHERS  WHO   ARE  ON
ACTIVE   SERVICE
Having received numerous enquiries from Lodges respecting
the payment of the dues of their brothers who had enlisted for
active service during the war, in some cases from Lodges who
could not take advantage of the permission given last Grand Lodge
Session, to pay same from the Contingent Fund, from the fact that
they had no such fund, I issued a circular letter to the Lodges,
a copy of which I aopend, to ascertain whether they were in
favor of the Grand Lodge paying these dues from Grand Lodge
Funds, and whether they approved of the amount available from
the appropriation towards the Home Fund, being used for that
purpose, until this Grand Lodge Session, when the question could
be considered and dealth with.
I was induced to make this suggestion in consequence of the
action of the Grand Lodge of Ontario on this subject. Immediately after the war broke out. and after the Session of that Grand
Body in 1914, the Executive of the Grand Lodge met and decided
to pay out of Grand Lodge Funds, sufficient to keep every member 3759
of the Order who had enrolled himself for service, and further, to
raise a Voluntary Patriotic Fund, by an appeal for subscriptions
to the individual members of the jurisdiction, for the relief and
assistance of the dependents of brothers who had gone to the
front
This action of the Executive Officers was endorsed by a
unanimous vote of the Grand Lodge at its last Session, when it was
reported that over $4,000 had been paid to that date for the dues
of these patriotic brothers, and that a sum of $9,600 had been
received towards the Voluntary Patriotic Fund. In addition to
this $1,000 was voted as a donation for fitting up an Odd Fellows
Ward in the Base Hospital established in England by the Ontario
Government.
Although the Grand Lodge of Ontario is in a more fortunate
position than this Grand Lodge, in the fact, that it has a large
accummulated Fund, still I thought that the members of this Jurisdiction were as patriotic and liberal towards these devoted brothers
who were risking their all for our sakes, and that of our Empire,
and that they would endorse the moderate contribution that I
ventured to recommend in the following circular:
Office of Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F,
Victoria, B.C, 8th November, 1915.
To the "Subordinate Lodges,
I.O.O.F. of B.C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
There appears to be a general desire on the part of the Lodges
of this Jurisdiction to recognize the splendid devotion of many of
their members in volunteering for the service of our country in the
present disastrous war, by paying their dues and keeping them in
good standing whilst they are on active service.
My predecessor decided, and his decision was upheld by the
Grand Lodge last Session, that Lodges may use their Contingent
Fund for this purpose; but unfortunately some of our Lodges have
not formed such a fund, and in other cases this fund is not-adequate
to cover the demand.
To meet this emergency it has been suggested that we might
follow the example of the Grand Lodge of Ontario, which is now
paying these dues from the funds of the Grand Lodge.||p|
If it is considered desirable that these brothers should be kept
in good standing whilst fighting for our Empire and for the cause
of right and justice, then I am of the opinion that the liability
should spread over as large an area as possible, and should not be
confined to the Lodges to which these patriotic brothers belong
The only money available for this purpose belonging to the
Grand Lodge would be a moiety of the appropriation of twenty
cents per member to the Odd Fellows' Home Fund made at the last
Session of the Grand Lodge, one half having been already appropriated for that purpose. This will realize about $700, and would
perhaps be sufficient to meet the call until the Grand Lodge meets
again next June. 3760
The Grand Lodge Officers have been requested by several
Lodges to take action along the lines above indicated, but before
doing so, I would like an expression of opinion from the whole
of the Lodges of the Jurisdiction.
Will you therefore be good enough to inform me, through the
Grand Secretary, whether you are in favor of the Grand Lodge
paying the dues of these members from Grand Lodge Funds;
and whether you approve of the amount now available from the
appropriation made towards the Odd Fellows Home Fund at the
last Grand Lodge Session being used for this object?
Yours fraternallv
Attest: P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY.  Grand Secretary. ' ~-
I find that the Grand Lodge of Alberta, at its last Session,
adopted the report of a special committee, which recommended
the formation of an Emergency Fund Board, for the purpose of
collecting voluntary subscriptions from the members of that Jurisdiction, with the object of assisting such Subordinate Lodges as
may require aid through calls upon them for Sick Benefits by
members who have been injured and incapacitated by the war.
I note from newspaper reports that Friendly Societies in England are dealing with the claims of their members by Special
Assessments.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows there are said to have
100,000 members on active service, and the "Hearts of Oak Society"
has 60,000 so engaged. Both these Societies and the Ancient Order
of Foresters are paying the  contributions  of  these  members.
In response to the Circular, I received replies from Lodges
which I communicated in the following circular. The replies
received by the Grand Secretary to the request for the names of
the members who have enlisted and the amounts paid as dues by
the Lodges on their account, will be reported on by that officer.
I would recommend, that a special committee be appointed at
this session to report as to the action deemed advisable to be
taken by this Grand Lodge, covering all phases of this question.
Office of Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Victoria, B.C, Feb. 18th, 1916.
To the Officers and Members of the Subordinate Lodges,
I.O.O.F. of B.C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
With reference to my circular letter of the 8th November last
on the subiect of the payment by the Grand Lodge of the dues of
those brothers who have volunteered for service in the present
war, I beg to inform you that the following replies have been
received on the subject: 3761
In Favor of the Proposal
From Lodges Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20,
23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40,42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54,
56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, la.    Total 41.
Against the Proposal
From Lodges Nos. 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 19, 22, 26, 43, 55 and 56,
Total 11.
No replies were received from Lodges Nos. 9, 11, 21, 63 and 65.
Total 5.
In view of the objections offered by the above Lodges, some
of which are the largest in the Province, it has been thought best
to await the decision of the Grand Lodge at its next Annual Session on the question.
I shall be glad, however, if you will be good enough to furnish
the Grand Secretary with the names of the members of your Lodge
who are on active service, and with the amount of dues in each
case that you have paid for them out of Lodge funds. This information will be of value to the Grand Lodge in dealing with, the
question.
Omission of the Grand Lodge Session
I have been in receipt of a petition from the three Lodges in
the City of Victoria, asking me to circularize the Lodges of the
Jurisdiction and obtain their views as to the advisability of omitting*
the next Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, on the grounds of
economy, and pointing out that a saving of about $4,000 would
thereby be affected, which could be used for the payment of the
dues of those brothers who are serving their country in the war.
This was such a grave proposal that I decided to take the
advice of the Standing Committee of the Urand Lodge on the subject, and a meeting of the committee was held at Vancouver on
the 29th January last, when it was decided that, in view of the clear
provisions of the Constitution, such a proposal could not be entertained, and I was advised to decline to issue such" a circular.
I may say that, in recent visits to the Lodges of this Jurisdiction, this matter has been pretty freely discussed, and the opinions
expressed were generally in favor of omitting the meeting
could be constitutionally done.
In this connection I would remark that economy can be effected
and considerable expense saved in connection with the next Annual
Session of the Grand Lodge, if such is desired, if those Lodges
who are entitled to send two Representatives will only elect and
send one on that occasion. There are twenty-five Lodges entitled
to two Representatives, and if this suggestion was adopted the
provisions of the Constitution would be served, all the Lodges
would be represented and a saving of over $1,000 effected.
* Bonds of Financial Officers
The Grand Lodge having now assumed the position of intermedium between the Subordinate Lodges and the Surety Company 3762
in the matter of bonding their financial officers, I would impress
on the Lodges the necessity of adopting every precaution to guard
against the loss of Lodge funds.
With that end in view, I would strongly recommend that every
Lodge should make provision in its By-Laws that the Treasurer
shall deposit all Lodge monies in a Chartered Bank in the name
of the Lodge, if incorporated, or in the name of the Treasurer in
his official capacity as Treasurer of the Lodge, immediately after
his receipt of the same, and that all withdrawals from this account
be by cheque signed by the Treasurer, and countersigned by the
Noble Grand or secretary. Further, that the Treasurer be required
to produce the bank book each Lodge night for the inspection of the
officers to see that all monies are deposited as required, and that
where   By-Laws   do   not   contain   such   provisions   that   they   be
amended forthwith.
«
The Surety Company, recommends that this course be adopted
and wish to know if it will be carried out. Recent occurrences
which have been brought to my notice show the necessity of such
action. I would wish to point out that the conditions of
the bond require that in the event of default by any of the bonded
officers being discovered, notice must be given to the Surety Company within ten days after its discovery and no Lodge monies must
be entrusted to such officer after the discovery. Lodges should be
careful to observe these requirements, otherwise recovery under
the bond would be doubtful.
Attest: V' p W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.   _ - .  /
With respect to the proposed omission of this Session of the
Grand Lodge, the reasons for not concurring in the proposal are
pretty fully set forth in the Circular Letter.
I demed it would be inconsistent on my part to comply with
the request of the three Victoria Lodges to circularize the Lodges
of the Jurisdiction to ascertain their views on the question, in
view of the opinion I held that it would be a violation of the Constitution to omit the session.
With  reference  to  the  suggestions  contained  in  this
circu
letter, respecting the bonding of financial officers and the duties of
Treasurer, I am pleased to be able to report, that a number of
the Lodges have adopted the suggestion and have amended their
By-Laws accordingly.
:m . CHANGE OF PLACE OF MEETING OF THE
:^»;\. GRAND   LODGE
Having received an intimation from Orchard City Lodge No.
59, that, although it was prepared to receive the Grand Lodge this
year and entertain it to the best of its ability, it considered that it
would be best, in the interests of all concerned, if the Grand Lodge
postponed its meeting at Kelowna to some future date and met at
some other point this year. I issued the following "circular to
the Subordinate Lodges after having consulted the other Executive
Officers on the subject. 3763
This proceeding is quite unprecedented in the history of the
Grand Lodge, and it was with some temerity and hestitation that I
decided on this step, but I think the Grand Lodge will agree that
under the circumstances, it was the best course to adopt for all
concerned. I therefore hope that the Grand Lodge will approve
of the action of the Standing Committee in this matter.
Office of the Grand Master,
;■      :""'."" Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F, B.C,     \ .1 V\
Victoria, B. C, March 13, 1916
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of B.C, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
As you are doubtless aware, the Gran^ Lodge at its last Session, held in New Westminster, June 9th and 10th, 1915, decided
to hold its next session at Kelowna, on the invitation of Orchard
City Lodge, No. 59, I.O.O.F.
I am now in receipt of a communication from that Lodge
asking that that decision be reconsidered on account of the exceptional depression which is stated to exist at present in the whole
Okanagan Valley. It is also represented that certain expectations
which the Lodge entertained in June last, are not likely to be
realized,'among which was the erection of a new Hotel, and the
completion of the Kettle Valley Railway to connect with the Canadian Pacific Railway at Hope. The Lodge fears that the present
Hotel accommodation will not prove adequate to meet the requirements of so many Representatives and visitors, and the non-completion of the railway connection will make the journey from the
Coast tedious and expensive.
The Lodge expresses its willingness to entertain the Grand
Lodge to the best of its ability, but to do so in the manner it
would like, would it fears, involve financial embarrassment.
This Lodge has only seventy-seven members, and I am of the
opinion that under the circumstances the Grand Lodge would not
be in favor of disregarding this intimation, and forcing itself on
this small Lodge.
I have consulted the Standing Committee of the Grand Lodge,
and it is unanimously of the opinion that it would be preferable on
all grounds to hold the next Session at Vancouver instead of at
Kelowna.
For obvious reasons it is deemed advisable to notifythe Lodges
as early as possible of the proposed change, and you will therefore
govern yourselves accordingly.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: "P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary. 3764
OBITUARY
I cannot close this report without a reference to the loss the
Jurisdiction has sustained in the death of Brother Henry Waller,
P.G.M. and P.G.R., which occurred at his residence, Oak Bay,
Victoria, on 7th May, 1916.
Brother Waller may not have been known to the younger
members of this Grand Lodge, but he will be remembered by many
as one of the most energetic and enthusiastic Odd Fellows this
Jurisdiction has ever had.
He was an indefatigable worker in his Subordinate Lodge and
Encampment, and in this Grand Lodge he was recognized,
deservedly, as one of its most influential members.
I caused a notice to be inserted in the local papers, calling the
members of the Grand Lodge to attend his funeral, and also had a
wreath placed on his bier, on behalf of this Grand Lodge. His
funeral was largely attended by members of the Order.
CONCLUSION
The past year has been a most strenuous one. I have endeavored to perform the duties of Grand Master to the very best of my
ability, and have devoted to it a large portion of my time. In
visiting all the Lodges of the Jurisdiction, including Dawson Lodge
No. la, at Dawson, I have travelled a great many miles and have
traversed all the settled parts of the Province.
Questions, such as the payment of the dues of our Soldier
Boys, the abandonment of the Grand Lodge Session this year, and
the change in the place of meeting of the Grand Lodge, have
primarily been brought about by the great war that is affecting
us in so many ways. These questions are novel and unprecedented
in this Jurisdiction, and has caused me much anxious thought, but
I have made use of the advice and assistance of the standing committee of the Grand Lodge (which in itself is an unprecedented
occurrence, I believe with us), and have been much relieved and
assisted by its counsel and advice
I fear my actions have not met with unanimous approval, but I
would ask those brothers who disagree with them, to be so charitable as to give me credit for doing what I thought was right in
the circumstances, and for the best interests of the Order in this
Jurisdiction.
I sincerely trust that our meeting will be marked with harmony and good fellowship, that all discussion will be conducted
with good temper and in a fraternal manner, and that your deliberations and actions will result in promoting the welfare and the
advancement of our beloved Order in this Jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted,
;j§ R W. DEMPSTER,
Grand Master. 3765
Report of Grand Warden
Fraternal Delegate to Grand Lodge of Alberta
Penticton, B.C, March 6th, 1916.
P. W. Dempster, Esq,
Grand Master, I.O.O.F, Grand Lodge of B.C.
Dear Brother Dempster:
I beg herewith to submit my report as the Fraternal Delegate
from the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of British Columbia,
having received my commission from you through the office of our
Grand Secretary early in February, to attend, officially the eleventh
annual session of the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of Alberta,
to be held in Knights of Pythias Hall, in the City of Lethbridge
on Wednesday, February 16th, which I gladly and promptly
accepted.
It has been a great pleasure to me, again to have the opportunity of visiting the Grand Lodge of Alberta, for it was my pleasure to be present at the institution of the same just eleven years
ago in the City of Calgary, and was honored with the appointment
of Acting Grand Marshal on that memorable occasion. At the
institution of their Grand Lodge on the 16th of November, 1905,
only 14 Lodges were represented, with a total membership of 1079,
and if I remember correctly, only 11 representatives constituted the
Grand Body, the year following, whereas, at this 1916 session over
two hundred representatives responded to the roll call, representing
111 working lodges, with a total membership in good standing of
7,505, and no less than 125 Past Grands received the Grand Lodge
and Past Grands degrees, thus showing the growth and development of Odd Fellowship in our sister jurisdiction, has been phen^
omenal.
Another pleasing feature which afforded me great personal
pleasure was the fact that February 16, was my birthday in Odd
Fellowship. Just 46 .years ago, I was initiated in the Order, and
on this 46th birthday it was my pleasure to convey to the Grand
Lodge of Alberta there assembled, your personal greetings as Grand
Master, and the greetings of the Grand Body over which you have
the honor to preside. I happened, incidentally, in this connection,
to have assumed the libertv of conveying the personal greetings
of my predecessor in this capacity, whose services were greatly
appreciated at the Grand Lodge of Alberta held in the City of
Medicine Hat in 1914, that when I mentioned the name of Past
Grand Master Brother E. L. Webber, great applause was immediately manifested, which gratified me very much. I beg to assure
you. Grand Master, that these fraternal visits are greatly appreciated by our Alberta Brothers, and a general wish, in fact what,
was tantamount to a direct spontaneous, hearty invitation, was
voiced to me by many of the prominent officers and members of
that Grand Body, that our Grand Secretary Brother Fred Davey,
should be deputed as our next Fraternal Delegate to the Grand 3766
Lodge of Alberta, to oe held in the Odd Fellows' Temple in the
City of Calgary on February 16th, 1917, and I trust the Grand
Master for 1916-17, will be pleased to acquiesce in this general
wish of our Alberta Brethren.. Brother Geo. M. Baird, the Grand
Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of Saskatchewan,
was the Fraternal Delegate from that Grand Body, who, together
with your representative, received the generous courtesies of the
Grand Lodge, given I without stint, and in a most gracious and
fraternal manner. Brother Baird rendered them splendid service,
and was most kindly received, his address was eloquent and
forcible, his eulogy on Grand Master Cummings' work during the
year, and also that of his Special Deputy, Brother J. A. Tully, P.G,
whose duty is to go up and down the Province visiting the weaker
Lodges and instituting new ones, under the direction of the Grand
Master; all this from Brother Baird was received with marked
applause. The reports of officers, copy of which I sent you by
mail, showed a fairly satisfactory condition of affairs, as follows^.
Membership as at Dec. 31st, 1915  7,505
Number  of Working Lodges  Dec.  31,  1915      Ill
Members Initiated for the same year _  577
Affiliated  294
Reinstated       24
895
The financial condition was also declared to be quite satisfactory. '
Total deposits as at December 31st, was as follows:
General  Fund  - $10,136 51
Defunct Lodges, Trust Accounts        529 61
Home Fund Trustees „     6,513 14
$17,179 26
The most important legislation of the entire session was the
appointment of a special committee to consider, and to report to
the Grand Lodge some scheme to raise funds for the purpose of
assisting weak lodges in paying sick* benefits to their members
who had enlisted for active service to serve their King and Country in this present gigantic war. That report was subsequently
submitted and adopted unanimously, and as soon as this legislation
became law I procured a copy of it in detail, and forwarded it by
mail to our Grand Secretary, for his and your perusal. Your delegate, together with Brother Geo. M. Baird, the Grand Secretary
of the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan and Fraternal Delegate from
that Jurisdiction, were requested to act as scrutineers at the election of officers, and by request your delegate was appointed as
Grand Marshal for the insallation of Grand Officers, and also was
honored by request to perform a very pleasing function, that of
presenting to Brother E. A. Cummings, the retiring Grand Master,
with a Past Grand Master's Jewel. Brother Cummings will be
remembered as being the Fraternal Delegate from the Grand
Lodge of Alberta to our Grand Lodge of last year in the City of
New Westminster. 3767
in conclusion, Grand Master, I beg to thank you for the honor
conferred upon me by being appointed your Fraternal Delegate to
the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
Yours fraternally and sincerely,
J. H. GLASS,
Grand Warden.
Report of Deputy Grand fMaster
Vancouver, May 23, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
During the absence of our Grand Master fro{m the Jurisdiction
as Acting Grand Master, I issued a dispensation to Silver City
Lodge, No. 39, to remove Charter and hold meetings in a new
hall.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. BROWN,
Deputy Grand Master 3768
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to submit for your consideration my report as Grand
Secretary for the past year.
No petitions have been received during the year for new
Subordinate or Rebekah Lodges.
Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Moyie, found it impossible to continue
operations owing to the closing down of the St. Eugene Mine and
the removal of the bulk of its members from Moyie. It therefore
petitioned the Grand Master for permission to merge into Key
City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook, and that Lodge having expressed
its willingness to accept the whole of the members, the amalgamation was carried out on 1st March, 1916, under the supervision of
Brother E. H. McPhee, D.D.G.M, District No. 27.
The members of this Lodge made a great struggle for a number of years, against adverse conditions, to retain its charter and
work the Lodge, but were at last compelled to succumb.
I regret to report that there was a loss- of membership during
the year ended 31st December, 1915, of 335; owing no" doubt to the
conditions brought about by the war.
There has also been a loss of membership in the Rebekah
Lodges, attributable to the same cause.
I beg to submit in tabulated form the result of the work of
the Subordinate Lodges during the year 1915. 3769
STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
With the Year 1914
[Increasel Decrease
No.  Lodges 31st Dec, 1915...
$                  57
1
6757
265
50
16
73
72
4
2
521
1
10
828
1368
$     69.011.74
6,990.00
42,396.28
2,893.32
121,291.34
561
44
54
5025
$     33.420.41
2,796.13
110.00
3,791.60
2,659,75
42,777.89
44,159.11
1,064,169.14
8w 6d   17h
59.57
6.33
6.53
12.86
merged       into       other
Lodges  since  that   date	
1
No. Members 31st Dec, 1915..
335
"             §          Initiated  	
209
Admitted  by  Card
"            "          Reinstated    :...
104
2
Withdrawn    1	
12
Deceased    1	
33
2
2
85
1
Expelled   	
Resigned     	
Suspended for N.P.D.
H                        Suspended for Cause..
"    Rejected   .."	
7
Degrees Conferred 	
34
717
"    Past   Grands   	
Rceeipts from:—
Dues                      	
$ 3,499.15
Admissions and  Degrees-.-.
4.801.00
Rents   and   Interest
8,973.63
All    Other    Sources                      	
4,924.63
Total Receiots                       	
22,198.41
No    of   Brothers   Relieved	
9
7
18
u    Widowed   Families   Relieved	
"    Brothers   Buried	
"    Weeks Sick Benefits Paid	
Amount Paid For:—
Relief of Brothers                  	
207
1,770.28
1        "    Widowed   Families....|
P        "    Orohans
$1,369.58
110.00
325.15
31.98
66.43
Burying  the   Dead	
Snerial    Relief                     	
|
Total  Relief                            	
Current    Fxnenses	
6.854.62
Total Value of the Assets of Sub-
ordinate   Lodges                 	
14.127.24
Average  Duration   of   Sickness oer
Sick   Member          -	
1
|3d 15h
Average Amount   of   Benefits   Paid
fn  earh   Sirt  TVTember
4.18-
Average Amount Expended for Relief   ner   Member	
$0.31
Average Cost per Member for Cur-
rpnf    Hirnenses                   -	
1
0.66
Average  Cost per  Member for  All
T?Ynennitiires                	
0.35 3770
STATISTICAL—(Continued)
IncreasefDecrease
Average    Duration   of   Sickness  per
Member                  	
5d    5h
157.49
712,092.91
lh
5.4d
Average    Amount  i of    Assets    per
Member
Total Amount Paid for Relief Since
Institution   of   Grand   Lodge   in
1874   	
REBEKAH  L
,ODGES
i
J
(Increase!
Decrease
No   of  Lodges 31st December   1915
1
32
No. of Members, 31 December, 1915
Brothers 	
1024
1438
2462|
57
89
6
15
139
Sisters    &	
115
Total    |
 f
254
No. of Members Initiated—
Brothers 	
165
Sisters 	
282
No. of Members admitted by card—
Brothers	
.
38
Sisters 	
	
24
No. of Members Reinstated—
Brothers   	
7
Sisters 	
10
1
No. of Members Withdrawn—
Brothers 	
9
31
Sisters 	
27
17
No. of Members Suspended—
Brothers 	
178
229
13
4
$       3,736.15
57
§91
9
Sisters  .^^.^	
No. of Members^JDeceased—
Brothers 	
Sisters 	
Receipts From—
Dues   	
6
$     779.90
572.50
Admissions   	
441.00
650.66
1.080.34
5 958 15
Rents and Invested Funds	
257.31
Other  Sources 	
1,283.63
Total Receipts 	
2,833 34
Amounts Paid For—
Relief of Members 	
4fi 5ft
187 50
§j   Widowed  Families	
40.00
141.50
228.00
10.00
|    Special Relief 	
20 85
Total Relief  	
218.35
Current Expenses 	
6,390.51
6,302.29
$1,105.01
304.36
Invented Fund* of Rebekah Lodges
\£
IMtm Ml   ■■ Victoria
Columbia
Royal City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Pittitko
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Abbotsford
Delta
Ridgely
Ashcroft
Island
Fidelity
Paciic
Amity
Cheam
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver   Cit>
Slocan
Key   City
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Coronation
Eureka 3772
FINANCIAL STATEMENT—(Continued)
From "Whom Received
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Forward    |$2
Penticton    Lodge, No/ 51 j
Princeton „      52 |
Michel „      54 1
North Vancouver     „      55	
Mt. Ida „      56	
Sunshine „      57	
Okanagan ,,      58	
Orchard City^ „      59	
Little Mountain |      60	
Fairview ,,      61	
Grandview ,,      62	
Prince Rupert „      63	
Corbin ,,      64	
Cariboo „      65	
Park „      66	
Dawson „      la	
Sundry Persons 	
A. J. Morgan	
F. Shackleton	
G. Macey 	
A. Perry	
A. and E. K. Baker	
I. Clode	
W. T. Grantham	
Merchants Bank, Interest	
B. C. Telephone Co., Refund	
19
38
95
92
190
83
957
83
43
18
64
18
108
68
108
52
29
72
73
58
43
92
85
68
130
58
194
88
84
29
86
93
66
43
61
87
69
58
236
00
2
60
109
25
158
40
38
00
304
00
190
00
83
60
53
20
49
90
10
00
$3453 43$3375 25|$ 679 67 $ 936 45|$8444 3773
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154
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Local   Committee,    New
Westminster 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
155 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y
156 B. C. Telephone Co.
157 Odd Fellows' Union
W. Mackie
159
160|D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.
161 W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.
163 Grand Treasurer  --
164 A. Douglas	
165 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
166 Imperial Bank 	
167 Dominion Odd Fellow....
168 J. H.  Glass,  G.W	
169 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
170 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
171 B. C. Telephone Co	
172 E. L. Webber, P.G.M	
173 Imperial Bank 	
174 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
175 Odd Fellows' Union 	
176 T. R. Cusack 	
177 Sweeney & McConnell—
178 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
179 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y.	
180 Odd Fellows' Union  I
181 B. C. Telephone Co	
182 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
183 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
184 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
185 Odd Fellows' Union	
186 B. C. Telephone Co	
187 P. W. Dempster, G.M	
188 Imperial Bank	
189 Imperial B^nk 	
190 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
191 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
192 Odd Fellows' Union 	
193 B. C. Telephone Co	
194 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
195 Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Description
Supplies,"
o
s
Badges for Representatives....
Supplies   	
salary 	
Rent of Telephone	
Rent, G. Secy's Office	
Janitor, Session 1915	
Reading Clerk 	
Transportation Clerk 	
Mileage and Per Diem	
Additional Mileage 	
Supnlies   	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Grand Lodge Card	
Mileage, etc., Short Paid	
Supplies    I	
Salary  	
Rent of Telephone	
Wreath, Grand Sire's Funeral
Deposit,   Home   Fund 3	
Supplies    ,	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office	
Printing Proceedings 	
Printing, etc	
Supplies   	
Salary   	
Rent, G. Secy's Office	
Rent   of   Telephone	
Supplies    .-.	
Supplies   	
Salary  	
Rent,  G.  Secy's  Office	
Rent of Telephone	
On Acct. of Expenses	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Deposit,   Home   Fund	
Supplies ;.
Salary   	
jRent, G. Secy's Office	
Rent of Telephone	
Supplies   	
Supplies   	
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$   37 05
61 56
8 00
100 00
4 50
35 00
10 00
10 00
10 00
3017 80
7 60
1 15
95 00
10 00
80
10 00
100 00
4 50
16 25
239 40
9 00
35 00
231 24
12 50
2 10
100 00
35 00
4 50
3 00
49 00
100 00
35 00
4 50
600 00
690 70
69 35
20 00
100 00
35 00
4 50
9 00
7 00
$5935 00 3774
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it, Home Fund
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2031
204
2051
206
207
208
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sweeney & McDonnell.—
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Supplies   	
Salary	
Rent, G. Secy's Office
Rent of Telephone	
Printing, etc	
Supplies    !
Salarv   	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y...
Odd Fellows' Union IRent, G. Secy's Office.
B. C. Telephone Co Rent,  Telephone	
Imperial Bank  (Deposit, Home Fund-
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. Supplies	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. Supplies    .,	
4
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235|
236
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Sweeney & McConnell....
F. E. Simpson, P.G.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
U. S. Fidelity Co	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
P. W. Dempster, G.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Imperial Bank	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Imoerial Bank 	
Imperial Bank 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
F. K. Simpson 	
Imperial Bank 	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Salary  	
Rent, G. Secy's Office	
Rent,  Telephone  	
Postage and Sundries	
Printing   	
Printing    	
Supplies   	
Supplies   	
Salary   	
Rent, G. Secy's Office	
Rent, Telephone  	
Premium on Surety Bonds....
Expenses   attending   meeting
of Executive 	
Balance of Allowance	
Supplies   	
Deposit,   Home   Fund	
Salary   	
Rent, G. Sec-'s Office	
Rent,  Telephone  	
Supplies   	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Supplies   	
Printing   	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Salary   	
Rent,  G.   Secy's  Office	
Rent, Telephone  	
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$5935
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101
65
3
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100N
00
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4
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. 35"
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128 75
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10
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35
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100
65
95
00
16
72
7
25
152
00
100
00
35
00
4
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$8608
36 ORDERS   DRAWN  ON GRAND TREASURER—(Continued)
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237|J. H. Glass, G.W | Fraternal     Delegate.     Grand
I I    Lodge, Alberta, Expenses..
238 Sovereign Grand Lodge..] Supplies
239|Sovereign Grand Lodge.. Supplies
240|Fred Davey, G. Sec'y.
24l|Odd Fellows' Union...
242IB. C. Telephone Co....
243lCol. F. C. Dillabough.
244
245
246
247
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
P. W. Dempster, G.M	
Sweeney & McConnell....
Salary
Rent, G. Secy's Office
Rent,   Telephone
Grant, P.M.
Representative 1 ax
Postage, etc.
Postage, etc.
Printing, etc.
STOCK ACCOUNT
- ' _ ' .. ■     -.   -l        %. '    . .!. '• Dr.
Balance per last Report  $ 316 45
Goods bought during the year     222 00
Proq.t on Goods sold during the year     115 82
Goods sold during the year	
Value of Stock on hand 	
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, per last Report....$   3,829 08
Cash  received and paid to  Grand Treasurer, per foregoing   Statement    \ .: % \       8,444 80
% 12,273  88
Less Orders drawn on  Grand Treasurer, as per  Statement    I $   9,154 49
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $    3,119 39
$ 354 50
299 77
$ 654 27 $ 654 27 3776
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND      - \ ,   -    |§!
Receipts
Total value of this Fund per last Report $18,956 63
Interest on Mortgages, etc., as per Statement         936 45
Imperial Bank of Canada          123 55
Dominion Government Savings Bank  39
Grant  from   Grand   Lodge  Funds      1,365 80
Interest  due         417 30
$21,800 12
Less Interest due 1 May, 1915, and paid this year         122 55
$21,677 57
How Invested
On Mortgage  $ 16,617 30
Deposit, Imperial Bank of Canada  5,014 56
Dominion Government Savings Bank   14 03
In Grand Treasurer's Hands  31 68
» ■
$21,677 57
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND J|C '■'
Amount on hand per last Report $      835 54
Interest,  Dominion  Government  Savings   Bank  25 05
$      860 59
How Invested
Deposit,  Dominion  Government  Savings   Bank $ ?    860 10
In Grand Treasurer's Hands  .......... 1 49
%      860 59 0>
boo
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211
236
247
273
285
303
317
321
327
332
335
337
343
347
357
361
363
372
375
378
383
390
393
397
401
403
405
407
408
413
421
425
426
429
431
437
439
441
442
445
447
448
450
452
TRIAL BALANCE
ACCOUNT
Sundry Persons 	
|Aged Odd Fellows' Fund
Dofninion   Government    Savings
(Aged Odd Fellows' Fund)
Mt. Fernie Lodge. No. 47
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12
Delta Lodge, No. 21
Rossland Lodge, No. 36
Duncan Lodge, No. 17
Amity Lodge, No. 27
Furniture	
Ashcroft Lodge,  No. 23
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34
Stock	
Cheam Lodge, No. 28
Island Lodge, No. 24
Columbia  Lodge,  No
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9
Michel Lodge,  No. 54
Dominion    Government    Savings    Bank,
(Home Fund) 	
Key City Lodge, No. 42
Odd Fellows' Home Fund
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58
Orchard City Lodge. No. 59
A. J. Morgan	
F. Shackleton	
G. Macey	
R. A. Randall	
Fairview Lodge, No. 61
Grandview Lodge, No. 62
Silver City Lodge, No. 39
Gateway Lodge, No. 45
Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 53
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46
Corbin Lodge, No. 64	
A.  Perry 	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
Pacific Lodge, No. 26....
Profit and Loss 	
Western Star Lodge, No. 10
Forward   $ 18844 89 3778
TRIAL  BALANCE—(Continued)
Cr.
Forward    1$ 18844 89j$
Cariboo Lodge, No. 65	
Union Lodge, No. 11	
Park Lodge,  No.  66 -...
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13 :	
Dawson Lodge, No. la	
Aaron Lodge, No. 14	
Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20	
A. and E. K. Baker 	
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19	
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18	
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Ridgely Lodge, No.  22	
Fidelity Lodge, No. 25	
I. Clode  .-..'. .
W. T. Grantham	
Grand Treasurer	
Royal City Lodge, No. 3	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
Sovereign Grand Lodge 	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
27082 27
500 00
103
75
1100 00
1453 20
3119 39
12 15
2
28
2
00
2
00
20
2
00
1
89
2 00
$ 27121 97 $ 27121 97
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEE
In compliance with the By-laws of the Grand Lodge, I have
received the following reports of the General Relief Committees
operating in this Jurisdiction for the year 1915:
Victoria   Vancouver
Number of Brothers relieved   8 54
Amount paid for Relief I     $741 00        $4,520 84
Amount ^aid for Management Expenses     $ 63 45        $   244 50
Total amount of Receipts      $867 00        $4,661 02
PAYMENT OF DUES OF SOLDIERS  §§    Jt
In response to the request of the Grand Master, the following
information has been received from Lodges, respecting the number
of brothers who have enlisted for service during the war, and the
amount of dues that has been paid on their behalf by these Lodges:
Victcria Ledge, No. 1—A. Anderson, P.G.; R. Anderson. R. W.
Askey, C. Campbell, C. Cremer, G. Gale. S. Schultz. D. C. M.; W.
W. Thrall. F. T. Williams. E. F. Wiltshire. A. McLeod, F. J.
Ccton, J. Taylor, J. Maynard; A. C Jones, H. Mackenzie, R. Kingston, G. B. Thompson. P.G.; B. Paget, A. Wilson, W. Duncan. N.
Moncrieff, L. A. Whitlaw, E. Fry. Total 24. Amount paid for
dues $180.90.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2—A. Tait, J. Stone, F. C. Gillen. H.
Thompsett, R. A. Todd, A. Milne, J. R. Knight, S. C. Thompson, 3779
B. Gadsen, A. Logie, A. Swainson, R. L. Miller, H. H. Hayes, S. W.
Lorrimer, F. J. Fawcett, J. A. McCahill, R. M. Lorrimer, J. Slater,
N. Folbegg, J. Walker, B. Deacon, J. M. Chatterton, R. Crawford.
Total 23.    Amount paid for dues $115.
Royal City Lodge, No. 3—A. D. Mackenzie, C. J. Bell, E. F.
Dunford, N. F. Ruddick, J. A. Ward, W. J. Sloan, C. J. Kellar,
R. Shan.    Total 8.    Amount paid for dues $115.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4—J. Bradshaw, D. Cobb, T. J. W. Hick,
T. Johnston, C. J. Deakin, J. W. Reed, M. W. Mann, C.Nfewman,
J.   Davis,   C.   J.   Morris,   H.   P.   Canning,   R.    P.    Whaley,    F.    C
Matthews, T. Graham, A. W. Trevitt, H.  G.  Painter, W. Jenkins.
Total 17.    Amount paid for dues $53.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5—J. Russell, G. Barbour, W.
Mitchell, T. Moore, R. McCourt, J. Simpson, W. Parkin, G. Hind-
marsh, A. Young, E. Snowden.    Total 10.    No dues paid by Lodge
Harmony Lodge, No. 6—E. Wray, R. Wallace, Jr.; A. Thomson, P.G.; G. Gillespie, E. Rowland, P.G.; T. Ward, R. Carmichael,
P.G.; H. A. McLennan, P.G.; A. C. Frost, M.D.; W. .L: Ogilby,
J. Scobie.    Total 11.    No dues paid from Lodge funds.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7—G. E. Caskey, P.G.; D. E. Munn.
Total 2.    No dues paid from Lodge funds.
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8—W. Lewis, W. M. Taylor, W. N.
Martin, H. A. Arnold, A. Logan, C. McDonald, E. A. Burgess, R.
H. C. Robertson, B. Sutherland, A. Lees, J. McDonald. Total 11.
No dues paid from Lodge funds.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10—F. Smith, A. G. McNeil, A. S.
Rae, J. E. Elliott, A. J. Emery, H. H. Maywood, H. W. Patt-inson,
A. W. Rist, J. Allison. L. D. Swinerton, A. M. McLean, T. Parker,
W. G. Ness, A. M. Crontchite, D. Lowe, D. M. O'Dwyer, P.G.;
F. T. Nicholson, A. Laird. W. J. McAlnine, H. W. Long, H. A.
Bishop, F. Howlett, G. E. O'Brien, J. A. McDonald, J. Lyons, J. A.
Parsons, R. Armstrong-. Total 27. .Dues paid by Lodge,$49. Payment by Lodge now discontinued.
Union Lodge, No. 11—J. C. Brown, H. Whyte, J. M. Gillespie,
J.  Conners, .A.  Haywood.    Total 5.    Dues paid by Lodge $5.
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12—Thirteen members enlisted, names not
given.    No dues paid from Lodge funds.
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13—R. L. R. McBeath, W. K. Hyslop, J. D.
Leechman, Louis Pearse, C. A. Howse, L. Cook, H. Hogg, W.
Kempt, R. Hogg, D. Shearer, J. Fairclough, W. Murray, A. S.
Howse, H. J. Linford, J. Service, H. Cook, S. Poole, J. Smith, B.
Barnes, G. Thorn, J. Sharp, G. Tacques, R. Moodie, R. C. Singleton,
H. Walters, J. Willock. Home Guards, J. Geator, W. Lakey. Total
28.    Amount of dues paid not stated.
Aar^n Lcds:e, No. 14—A. Dugas, A. Corson, D. Cameron, N
McKenzie, G. W. Murray, A. J. Chapman, E. McDonald, W. Morrison,  G.  E.  Derby,  R.  McLean,  F.  A.  Barburis, D.  Fraser,  C.  F. 3780
Soules, W. J. Barker, R. A. Smith, R. Warwick, A. W. Trail, I
Smith, E. Scarlet, C. P. Walker, W. Hesson. Total 21. Dues paid
by Lodge $20.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16—A. G. Brown, F. E. Bell, A. G. Bush,
H. Bourne, C. Dinnchy, A. C. Deelfj. -Grant, H. T. Hume, R.
Horrie, E. E. Robinson,' F. Nicholls, G. R. Moore, G. M. Miller,
F. Silverton, R; E. Smith, K. E. Wilkinson. Total 16. Dues paid
by Lodge $194.25.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17—W. T. Castley, H. A. Porter, E. Van
Norman, J. G. Morley, E. Morley, C. Fielden, W. Macaulay, W. E.
McKay, J. B. Bell, G. Parker, M. J. Green, A. Hutchinson, L. Warr,
W. Burgess, J. W. Evans.   Total 15.   Dues paid by Lodge $67.
Vernon Valley Lodge,  No.  18—F.   Cuming,    Lane,    Edmunds,
Cooper, Willis, Grant.    Total 6.    No dues paid by Lodge.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23—J. P. Dodge, A. Radwell. Total 2.
Dues paid by Lodge $15.
Island Lodge, No. 24—J. S. Ashton, A. Baylis, R. C. Douglas,
•A. J. Ettiriger, J. E. Hyatt, Dr. W. K. Hall, P. McKechnie, G. G.
Steers,   D.   Slatcher.   E.   Sumner,   A.  Troupe,   Rev.   J.   H.   White.
Total 12.    Dues paid by Lodge $1.50.
Fidelity Lodge, No. 25—W. Kierns, D. B. Morton, R. A. Tarl-
ten.   Total 3.   Dues paid by Lodge $31.
Amity Lodge, No. 27—G. W. Featherstone, J. A. Drumm, H;
W. Sangster, P.G.;'C. Sevin, H. C. Johnson. W. A. Robertson. J.
F. Watson, G. L. Saunders. J. S. Guthrie, M. Gillis. G. Oddy,' L.
Davies, S. B. Shaw, W. T. Cook. M. Knox. Total 15. Dues paid
by Lodge $111.
Cheam Lodge, No. 28—C. J. Inkman, J. Burgess, P.G.; J. M.
Welch, A. L. Brao-g. J. R. Pake.   Total 4.   Dues paid by Lodge $24.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36—Dr. A. B, Chandler. Total 1. Dues
paid by Lodge $10.
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38—Two members, names not
given.   No dues paid by Lodge.
Key City Lodge, No. 42—C. A. Bell, S. L. Coopfj. R Childs,
F. Hazen, A. Heffer, H. B. Headdon, E. A. Ketterin^ham, J.
Marshall, T. Milne, J. Ogden, W. W. Ross, W. Short, J. H. Turnley,
R. E. H. Trew, W. M. Harris, J. Stewart. H. J. Cooper, H. Richardson.   Total 18.   Dues paid by Lodge $202.
Enterprise Lodge, No, 43—Five members, names not given.
Dues paid by Lodge since commencement of war. Amount not
stated.
Gateway Lodge, No. 45—F. J. Hicks, J. G. Fitz, H. F. Broad,
W. Fleming, H. Walters, E. Harrison. W. J. Pearson, J. W. Green,
A. R. Manni W. E. Hadden.   Total 10.   Dues paid by Lodge $52.'
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46—D. Pattison, J. Martindale. J. Porter,
E. Blundell, R. G. Jones, H. Elsmore, C. Wooten. Total 7. Dues
paid by Lodge $104. 3781
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47—W. Price, F. Clarkestone. R. Snow-
den, J. McLoughlin, W. Worthington, A. Anthony, H. E. Barnes,
P.G.; J. B. Mickhjohn, J. McNicholas,' P.G.; C. B. Anderson, G. C.
Cole, W. T. Haines, G. G. Thompson, T. J. Martin, J. Steele, J.
Carr. Total 16. Dues being paid by Lodge. Amount paid not
stated.
Eureka Lodge, No. 50—K. Glum, G. McEwan.   Total 2.   Dues
paid by Lodge $24.
;       Penticton Lodge, No. 51—Huntley, Tily, S. J. Feltham, A. Watson.   Total 4.   Dues paid by Lodge $72.
Princeton Lodge, No. 52—W. R. Hope, S. H. McCurdy, D. J.
McCurdy.    Total 3.    Dues paid by Lodge $24.
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55—S. H. Lawrence, R. Runshaw,
W. J. Bartlett, E. Rennie, H. C. Upton, J. Williams, G. D. Sherry,
J. Hay, J. L. Stark.    Total 9.    No dues paid by Lodge.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58—C. D. Hampshire, C. Barkwill, J. L.
Hatfield, C. N. Borton, D. Williams. T. Whitfield, H. Everett, S.
Michael.   Total 8.    No dues paid by Lodge.
Little Mountain Lodsre, No. 60—W. Berry, E. E. Barker, T. P.
Brann, N. Murray, W. W. Barthramnr, M. A. Coleman, A. Johnson, E. H. Moorey, H. McColm, T. C. Kingrose, P.G.; R. Richardson, F. C. Roberts, J. S. Rogers. Total 13. Dues paid by Lodge
$110.    Payment now discontinued.
Grandview Lodge, No. 62—H. H. Higson, R. Slesson, J. H.
Woods, T. Waugh, Dr. A. H. Davis, Dr. Bagnall. Total 6. No
dues paid by Lodge.
Corbin Lodge, No. 64—Redhead, Mackie, Twigg.    Total 3.    No
dues paid by Lodge.
Park Lodge, No. 66—G. W. M. Taylor, H. L. Halpin. T. P.
Pettterue, W. S. Baird, R. Fyfe, H. Witcombe, A. J. Prothero, J. F.
Rumble, S. H. Shrigley, T. W. Andinson. Total 10. Amount of
dues paid not stated.
Dawson Lodee, No. la—W. K. Currie, R. G. Ellis, R. Babb.
Total 3.    Dues paid by Lodge $79.
Abstract—393 brothers reported to be serving.
$1,658.65 paid by Lodges as dues.
It will be noticed that a number of Lodges have not furnished
a report. This is to be regretted as it is important that the Grand
Lodge should have full data, in order to properly deal with the
question. 3782
VETERAN   JEWELS
Since my last Report the following Veteran Jewels have been
issued to members of this Jurisdiction:
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NAME
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££
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138
139
D. E. Kerr, P.G  %
J. A. Grant, P.G  2
A.  Vigelius   2
Jno.   Simons  12
H.   N.   Coursier  12
J. H. Pilling, P.G  55
J. H. Ashwell, P.G  7
Jas. Mack, P.G  12
A.   E.  Iliff  12
Wm.  Tomlinson \  12
J.   McGinnis,   P.G 1 12
James  Mathie,  P.G... 12
R. J. Geddes  12
R.   Urquhart,   P.G  12
v:      B.  B.  Carter  40
W.   A.   McMullen  8
W. L. Lyman  8
L. P Chadsey   7
J.   McMahon,   P.G  8
A.  McLean    12
J. A. Johnson   27
SURETY  BONDS
A fresh Bond has been executed by the United States Fidelity
and Guaranty Co., covering the Grand Secretary, $1,000; Grand
Treasurer, $1,000, and the Financial Officers of the Subordinate
Ledges of this Jurisdiction for the year 1916, in the following
amounts: Treasurers, $21,700; Financial Secretaries, $8,200; Trustees, $19,600. Total $51,500. Total Premium, at 25 cents per $100,
$128.75.
The Officers of all the Lodges of the Jurisdiction are bonded
for not less than the minimum amounts provided b^r the Constitution.
The Bonding Company has also consented not to exact the
individual applications for sums over $1,000, and have also cancelled
the Rider regarding Trustees' Bonds, by which its liability on
account of each of these officers, was limited to one-third of the
amount of their bonds.
DAWSON LODGE NO 1A '
I am in receipt of a communication from Dawson Lodge, No.,
la., Dawson, Y.T., asking for reconsideration of the decision of
this Grand Lodge at its last Session, in the matter of the appeal of
Brother W. T. Guttschick against the action of that Lodge, in
expelling him from membership, accompanied by affidavits of
several members of the Lodge respecting the case, who were
members of the Trial Committee, and were therefore precluded
from giving evidence at the trial. These documents will be submitted for your consideration and such action as you may deem
advisable.
The notice which I sent to Brother Guttschick, informing him
of the result of his appeal, has been returned to me by the Postal
Authorities,  he  having  removed   from  Dawson. 3783
PROCEEDINGS SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
Chiefly through the efforts of Brother E. L. Webber, P.G.M.,
P.G.R., the Sovereign Grand Lodge has generously donated Fourteen Bound Volumes of its Proceedings from 1821 to 1890 to this
Grand Lodge, thus completing these Volumes in our possession
to date.
I regret to say that I have no suitable place to keep these
valuable books, and would ask that a small appropriation may be
granted this Session to procure a bookcase for them, and the Proceedings of other Sister Jurisdictions, which are con: tantly accumulating in the Grand Secretary's Office. •
^    NEW  CODES
In December last, I was informed by Brother Goodwin, Grand
Secretary, that the new Code of Laws adopted by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge at its 1915 Session would be ready for distribution
on 1st April last, and asking how many copies would be required
for this Jurisdiction.
I issued a circular letter to the Subordinate Lodges requesting
to be informed the number of copies they would need, and as a
result  60  copies  were ordered  from the  Sovereign  Grand Lodge.
I am now notified by Brother Goodwin, that these Codes will
not be ready for issue until the 1st June, 1916.
FRATERNAL VISITATIONS
A very cordial invitation was received from the Grand Lodge
of Ontario, to the Grand Master and Grand Secretary of this
Jurisdiction, to attend its Annual Session to be held at Stratford,
on llth August, 1915. Also from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, to send a Representative to its Annual meeting
at Kingston, Ont., on 27th July, 1915.
As there was no provision for meeting the expenses of either
of the officers invited to the Grand Lodge of Ontario, and as the
Odd Fellows Relief Association pays the expenses of the Representatives attending its meeting, it was thought that one person
might combine the two roles, and with the concurrence of the other
Executive Officers, Brother Dempster Grand Master, attended both
these meetings.
Following the precedents of the past three years, and taking
advantage of the visit of Brother Glass, Grand Warden in Alberta
at that time, he was appointed to represent this Grand Body as a
Fraternal Delegate to the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction at
Lethbridge in February last.
In connection with these Fraternal visits I think it would be
preferable if this Grand Lodge would at each Annual Session,
decide on what Grand Lodges should be visited, and make the
necessary appointments, as well as a suitable provision for the
expenses incurred. 3784
OBITUARY
I regret very much to have to report the death of Brother
Henry Waller, P.G.M., P.G.R., which occurred in Victoria on the
7th May, 1916, at the age of 80.
Brother Waller was one of our most active and influential
members, and maintained his interest in the work of the Order to
the last.
The Committee on Necrology will no doubt pay a fitting tribute
to his memory.
On behalf of the Officers and Members of this Grand Lodge, I
conveyed to Brother Waller's family their deepest sympathy in
their bereavement, and a wreath was placed on his coffin as a.
tribute of respect fo his memory.
Death .made sad havoc in our ranks last year; from the reports
of the Subordinate Lodges, no less than fourteen Past Grands
died during the year.
In compliance with the resolution of last Session, I extended
the condolence of this Grand Lodge to the widow of our late Grand
Sire, Robert T. Daniel, and received a grateful acknowledgment.
.   KILLED IN ACTION \
From the reports of the Subordinate Lodges I find that the
following brothers paid the supreme sacrifice of their lives for
their King and Country, having been killed in action at the front:
C. McLeod, No. 7; C. W. Cheddy, No. 9; J. E. Birch, No. 13; W.
Meldrum, No. 26; S. B. McBeth, No. 34; F. C. Edge, No. 42; W. H.
O. Hill, No. 43; F. J. Hicks, No. 45.
Having been informed by Brother Glass, Grand Warden, that
Brother Robt. Scott, Grand Warden of Alberta, had died quite
suddenly, I wrote Brother Tisdale, Grand Secretary of that Jurisdiction, assuring him of our deep sympathy in the loss they had
sustained in the.death of such a prominent and active officer.
I •  ■ 0?
Fraternally submitted.
Grand Secretary 3785
Grand Treasurer's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to submit the following report of my receipts and disbursements as Grand Treasurer for the past year:
Receipts
1915
June    10—To balance from late Grand Treasurer $ 3,829 08
I       io—To   Interest  Merchants   Bank  ,  9 25
July      10—To Amity Lodge, No. 27  131 24
July      10—To Amity Lodge. No.  27  131 75
I       10—To Royal City Lodge, No. 3  114 90
"       10—To Fidelity Lodge, No. 25  14 15
Sept.     4—To   Grand  Secretar-  3,107 99
Oct.     31—To  Merchants  Bank,  Interest  11 55
Nov.      9—To   Grand  Secretary  431 .90
1916
Jan.     27—To Amity Lodge, No. 27  133 00
27—To Royal City Lodge, No. 3  113. 50
"       27—To Fidelity Lodge, No. 25  13 50
March   3—To  Grand  Secretary    2,855 84
April   30—To Merchants  Bank,  Interest  29 10
May     1—To Grand Secretary   1,214 66
$12,273 88
Disbursements
1915
June 10 to
1916
May      1—By Paid Orders Nos. 152 to 247 $ 9,154 49
Balance on hand $ 3,119 39
Fraternally submitted,
R. A. MERRITHEW,
Grand Treasurer. 3786
Grand Representatives
Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
_Your Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
beg leave to make the following report of the proceedings of the
ninety-first annual communication held at the City of San Francisco,
California, September 20th to 24th, inclusive.
% SAN  FRANCISCO r.
We have drawn on the report of the committee on courtesies
for this reference. They reported in glowing language thereon,
saying among other things: "When this Sovereign body first met
in San Francisco forty-six years ago, just after the great Civil
War, our membership was 268,608, while now we number 1,686,176.
showing an average annual increase of 30,187. Then, but
one railroad just constructed, brought us here, while now
half a score of railways and steamship lines are available. We then
had the presence of the great James L. Ridgley, as our Grand
Secretary. We met here again in 1904, and at that time we had
over half a million members and the deliberations of that session
was presided over by John B. Goodwin as Grand Sire, he now
being with us as our honored Grand Secretary. Now, in 1915, we
meet here from every part of this great continent, and the reception accorded us has been in a class by itself. The journey was
long, but it has been pleasant and the wealth of welcome and
hearty hospitality of your people has been unbounded. We watched
with glowing eyes and swelling breasts the long line of splendid
men and beautiful women, whose presence in the parade testified
in glowing terms the permanent abiding place which our Order
has in the hearts of your people. Your incomparable exposition
has filled our minds with a fund of information and insoiration. To
all brothers and sisters of the Order who are privileged to enjoy
residence under the sunny skies of Golden California, and-whose
kindly words and helpful deeds have made our sojourn so pleasant
and comfortable.    We return our thanks."
Preceding the session the Representatives of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge and friends attended a special divine service, which
was held Sunday, September 19, in Calvary Presbyterian Church,
San Francisco, and they listened to an eloquent sermon by the Rev.
Dr. Joseph Silby.
On Monday, at 9 a.m., the usual opening exercises of addresses
of welcome were made by Mayor Rolph, of San Francisco, and
the Grand Officers of the several grand bodies of California, and
Acting Grand Sire Robertson responded thereto, and the Sovereign
Grand Lodge then convened in regular session. o787
The following officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge were
present: J. B. A. Robertson, Acting Grand Sire; John B. Goodwin,
P.G.S., Grand Secretary; Wm. H. Cox, Grand Treasurer; J. Edward
Kroh, Assistant Grand Secretary; J. A. Lucas, Grand Chaplain;
D. E. Bird, Grand Messenger, and Representatives of thirty-eight
Grand Lodges, and twenty-seven Grand Encampments.
The Acting Grand Sire appointed W. W. Phelps, of California,
as Acting Deputy Grand Sire; Benj. F. Lafayette, of Oklahoma, as
Grand Marshal, and E. E. Sharon, of Oregon, as Grand Guardian
pro-tem.
| Immediately after reports had been received and read the Sovereign Grand Lodge proceeded to the election of officers, the Acting
Grand Sire calling Past Grand Sire A. S. Pinkerton, to the chair
to conduct the election.
For Grand Sire, the Acting Grand Sire, J. B. A. Robertson,
of Oklahoma, was unanimously elected.
For Deputy Grand Sire the following names of brothers were
nominated: Pardee, . of Arkansas; Goudy, of Colorado;
Millan, of District of Columbia; Eastin, of Missouri;
Emerson, of New Hampshire; Borst, of New York, and
Oliver, of Ontario. Representatives Pardee, Emerson and Oliver
withdrew their names, and the ballot resulting in the election of
Brother F. C. Goudy, of Colorado, the vote being, Goudy, 128;
Eastin, 33; Borst, 28; Millan, 8; Emerson, 4, and Leedy, 1.
The Grand Sire and Deputy Grand Sire were then installed,
after which the Sovereign Grand Lodge adjourned in token of
respect to the memory of the late Grand Sire Daniel, Grand Treasurer Muckle and Past Grand Sire Kuykendall.
(Excerpts from Report of Acting Grand Sire Robertson.)
II   CONDITION OF THE ORDER \|||
On the condition of the Order, Brother Robertson says:
"Notwithstanding the general depression in the business world,
and the untoward conditions that confront our brethren overseas,
the Order, taken as a whole, is in a fairly satisfactor - condition.
"In North America, with very few minor exceptions, peace and
harmony prevail, and late reports show a substantial gain in membership, while our finances are in good condition.
"The so-called 'club or class' membership fallacy, has had its
day, and while the reaction which such unnatural efforts to secure
members always brings, has been marked in some Jurisdictions,
and the evil effects of which will be felt for years to come. Yet
the lessons taught thereby will be of value to us. in future years.
One of these lessons patent to all observers is that Odd Fellows
cannot be made simnl- by taking men's money and conferring the
degrees upon them. Quality in Odd Fellowship, as in most other
things, is more valuable than mere numbers. 3788
"Let it be generally understood anew, that Odd Fellowship
seeks to improve and elevate the character of men, and that too
much care cannot be taken to improve and preserve the high
standard of our membership, and this happy condition can best be
brought about and maintained by a zealous watchfulness in our
Subordinate Bodies."
Acting Grand Sire Robertson announced the death of Grand
Sire Daniel, as follows:
"Little did I think, when by reason of your generous partiality,
I was elevated to the office of Deputy Grand Sire last year at
Atlantic City, that I would be called upon in so short a time to
perform the functions and discharge the duties of the chief magistracy of this Great Brotherhood. When on May 27th last, I received a telegram announcing the death of our beloved and honored
Grand Sire, I could scarcely realize that our friend and brother,
who was elected and installed into the highest office of this great
Fraternity such a short time ago, had answered the final summons
and had gone home.
''But such was the case, and I, with you, and in common with
all our membership everywhere, could only bow in submission to
the will of Him who doeth all things well, and sincerely mourn over
the untimely death of a good man who gave his life to the work
of this great Organization. I attended the funeral of Brother
Daniel at his home in Griffin, Georgia, and there on memorial day,
surrounded by a great concourse of friends and neighbors, we laid
to rest, to await a glorious resurrection, all that was mortal of one
who obeyed well the Scriptural injunction and who truly loved his
neighbor as himself.
"As I witnessed the simple funeral ceremony of our fallen
chief, and noted the immense throng of grief-stricken neighbors, all
anxious to show their love and resnect, I felt that, indeed, his life
had not been lived in vain. It was a splendid tribute to a good
man by old-time friends who had known him well; and as we
turned mournfully away to our respective homes, I was reminded
that 'God buries his workmen' but his work goes on."
Also the following deaths:
§ PAST GRAND SIRE KUYKENDALL
"Death has levied a heavy toll on the membership of this body
during the past year. In addition to the untimely going away of
our beloved Grand Sire, as hereinbefore noted, we are called upon
to mourn the loss of Past Grand Sire Kuykendall, which occurred
at Denver, Colorado, March 8th, 1915. He was a man universally known and beloved, and of sterling integrity. A splendid
type of citizenship, and rendered distinguished services to the
Order in all its branches, having served as a member of this body
for more than 28 years."
GRAND TREASURER MUCKLE
"The grand old man of Odd Fellowship, M. Richards Muckle,
passed peacefully away at his home in the City of Philadelphia, on
March 31st, 1915. He was a splendid man and had led a life of
remarkable activity. His record as a fraternalist stands unsurpassed." 3789
OTHER DEATHS
* EI i^^5^2'
'We are also compelled to note the death of Grand Representative Alfred S. Kimball, of Maine, chairman of the committee on
the State of the Order. Grand Representative Cleon Gicquelias, of
Pennsylvania; Grand Representative George L. Jenkins, of Alabama, and many others whose names will be found in the memorial
proclamation of the Grand Sire."
STATISTICS OF THE ORDER THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31, 1914
Including   Australasia,   Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland
Initiations  in   Subordinate   Lodges ~  i 4,201,061
Members   Relieved     4,430,534
Widowed Families Relieved  .  349,537
Members   Deceased     452,461
Total   Relief    tt   $160,833,492.50
Total   Revenue     350,338,476.67
Condition of the Order Throughout the World, December 31, 1914
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge   1
Quasi-Independent     Grand     Lodges     (Australasia,
Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden   and
Switzerland)      6
Grand   Lodges    ^  68
Grand  Encampments    57
Subordinate  Lodges'   18,179
Subordinate   Encampments     3,604
Rebekah   Lodges     9,740
Lodge   Members     1,686,176
Encampment  Members     234,438
Rebekah Lodge Members   744,176
Total number of persons belonging to Order  2,194,773
Total   Relief   paid   in   1914  6,177,492.13
Total receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1914  18,848,205.01
Total  Expenses  of  Grand and Subordinate   Bodies
for   1914     10,116,361.43
Invested  Funds  of  Grand  and  Subordinate   Bodies
December   31,   1914     68,284,512.59
Odd Fellows' Homes
The condition of our Homes throughout the world is as follows:
Cost of property  $ 3,490,215.09
Present  value  5,291,776.35
Cost of  Maintenance    845,652.13
Number   of   Homes  54
Number of Residents  3,678
Residents admitted from date of opening  7,803
In addition to the foregoing the Grand Secretary reports that
10 other Jurisdictions have raised amounts varying from $4,058 to
$40,000, for the purpose of establishing homes when needed. 3790
EXCERPTS FROM REPORT OF THE GRAND
SECRETARY
"Notwithstanding somewhat adverse conditions caused by
business depression, especially during the latter part of the past
year, it is gratifying to find from the reports that progress has been
made in all branches in the general work of the Order, and in net
increase in membership. While this net increase has been made,
it was accomplished over losses shown in over one-third of the
Grand Jurisdictions, the other Jurisdictions more than making up
such losses. To have made substantial progress under the circumstances is a great tribute to the loyalty, interest and activity of the
membership.
"The net increase in the Subordinate membership is 12,307;
in the Encampment Branch, 628; in Sisters of Rebekah Branch,
15,411. It appears, however, there was a net loss of brothers in
the Rebekah Branch of 4,246, thus leaving the total net increase
in  Rebekah  Branch  11,165,  and  in  all  branches  24,275   (includin
Patriarchs'   Militant
General)
of   175,   shown   in   the   report   of   Adjutant
"The total membership of the Order December 31, 1914, was
2,194,773, of which the Subordinate membership is 1,686,176; and
Sisters' Rebekah Branch 508,597. It will thus be seen that the
Sisters of the Rebekah branch have passed the half million mark
on which they and the entire Order are to be congratulated.
"The total relief expenditure in 1914 was $6,177,492.13, compared with $6,186,015.50 in 1913, being a decrease of $8,523.37 only.
The total receipts of Subordinates in 1914 amounted to $18,848,-
205.01, compared with $18,950,609.48, a decrease of $102,404.47. The
total relief expenditure of the Order since 1830 has been $160,843,-
492.50."
The figures above given of membership, relief and receipts,
include not only this continent, but also all countries where the
I.O.O.F. is established.
-C EULOGY
The Past Grand Sires oresent, who were charged with a duty
of presenting suitable memorials commemorative of the life and services of our late Grand Sire, Past Grand Sire Kuykendall, and
Grand Treasurer Muckle, submit the following resolutions:
Grand Sire Daniel
Robert Towns Daniel, 44th Grand Sire, was born at Griffin,
Georgia, October 21st, 1859, a son of Dr. Milton J. Daniel and Mrs.
Sherod Virginia Towns Daniel, who were among the best people
of the State. He was educated at Emory College, and in addition
specially educated for the Law which was destined to be his
life work, and admitted to the Bar in 1879; soon thereafter he was
elected Judge of the city court of Griffin, and served in this
position for three terms and established a judicial record which led
him to higher honors. He became active in public affairs and in
1894 he was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention and
one of the Vice-Presidents. 3791
He was first married to Miss Rosa Beck, also of Griffin, and she
died in 1896 without issue. In 1909 he was married to Mrs. Anna
Wooley Parsons, who survives him.
In 1910 he was elected Superior Court Circuit Judge and presided oyer the highest courts of a number of counties. He served
from his first election until his death and was in the midst of a
great work.
He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and devoted to its various^ interests and especially in Sunday School work,
being a teacher up to his death and lecturer to a large Bible class
of more than a hundred members with an average attendance of
more than seventy-five.
With his other manifold duties he was a trustee of the State
University, under appointment of the Governor, and identified in
business affairs as well. He was vice-president of a cotton mill
and of a savings bank, and interested in agriculture.
While his life embraced many lines of activity and service, he
was probably more distinguished as a fraternalist than anyone. He
was a member of the Masonic Fraternity and of the Improved
Order of Red Men and became Great Incohonee, the chief executive and highest presiding officer, of the Great Council of the
United States in 1896. With his work in this important body the
entire membership were familiar and no one was more deservedly
popular In Odd Fellowship he rendered long and illustrious service. He was initiated in his home Lodge, Warren, No. 20, in
April, 1880, and entered the Grand Lodge of Georgia in August,
1884. He was elected Grand Representative to The Sovereign
Lodge in 1892 and entered that Body at Portland, Oregon, in
September of that year. He was re-elected and served continuously as Grand Representative for twenty years and until he was
elected and installed as Deputy Grand Sire at the Winnipeg session
of 1912. After serving two years as Deputy Grand Sire he was
elected and installed as Grand Sire at the Atlantic City session in
September, 1914. During his service in this great position he was
active and made a distinguished career. Throughout his long
service in The Sovereign Grand Lodge he was one of the most
eloquent and entertaining speakers and delivered many notable
addresses which are fresh in the memory of many, and when he
became Deputy and then Grand Sire his services on great occasions were much in demand for addresses and he made many official visitations and thousands admired and' remember his rare
eloquence.
In this Body he had long tendered service on the most important committees of The Sovereign Grand Lodge and the pages of
the Journal will show much of his record and labor in the cause
of our Order.
His was a beautiful and useful life. He loved his family and
his fellow man and was loved by them. As Odd Fellow, citizen,
jurist and fraternalist, no one could have been more popular.
Deeply loved by the people of his own and other States and in
the Provinces of North America and throughout the world of Odd
Fellowship, his  sudden  and  tragic death was appalling and  pro- 3792
duced universal grief wherever he or his name was known. Death
came to him after only eight months of a two-year term as Grand
Sire. While two other Grand Sires died during their respective
terms, none died under similar circumstances and surroundings.
He had just returned home from a visit to the Grand Lodges and
Order in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and from the office in Baltimore on his homeward trip. Arriving home on Sunday, he started
the next day to attend the Grand Bodies of his native State at
Fitzgerald. After an address to the vast membership of the Grand
Lodge, which was characterized by all as full of power, earnestness and eloquence, and just after its close, he- was stricken with
apoplexy from which he never recovered and died about five hours
later at the hotel to which he had been carried. This death of our
great and beloved Chief cast a p"loom over all present and practically, ended the annual session. He died in a blaze of glory and
in the very midst of his work and under circumstances to impress
more sublimely the great message which he had delivered to the
assembled membership. His life work in the Order was sealed and
consecrated in his dying hour and he left a priceless heritage to
the membership everywhere.
Death came to him May 27th, 1915, in the 56th year of his age.
His funeral, which occurred on the following Sunday, was one of
the most largely attended in the history of his State and every
honor was shown by the people generally—Odd Fellows, Improved
Order of Red Men and other fraternal Orders to which he belonged.
His death is a great and immeasurable loss to his family,
State, Odd Fellowship, other fraterfial orders and the Church.
his
His character and life work shall be a rich heritage and inspiration to the present and future generations. In this loss and heritage none have a greater share than the members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. May they and his family bear bravely
the great trial and sorrow that has come to them.
Past Grand Sire Kuykendall
Past Grq,nd Sire W. L. Kuykendall was born in Missouri, December 13th, 1835. When the Civil War began, like many other
young men from his State, he joined the-Confederate Army, where
he rose to the rank of Captain. He went through the battlefields
of, the South without serious injury; and when peace was restored
he moved west, settling first in Colorado, in 1865. But even
Colorado at this early date seemed too tame for his adventurous
spirit; he soon after joined a caravan going north into the then
almost unexplored Dakota territory—a tract of land now represented by the States of North and South Dakota and Wyoming.
Inhabited largely by savages, only the most hardy adventurers
could dare its dangers. Here Brother Kuykendall made his home,
in the neighborhood of what is now Cheyenne; and in this section
he became i leader among the pioneers. He took up the first
section of land in what is now Wyoming; and registered the first
brand of cattle. He served in the first territorial legislature that
met in Yankton. When Wyoming was set apart from the territory he was chosen one of the first commissioners of Laramie
County. And with the political and municipal life of his adopted
State he was thenceforth closely identified. 3793
He was a pioneer in other than material things. He built the
first school-house; was the first director of education, and for ten
years controlled and regulated the boisterous spirits of a new
country from the bench as a judge. In 1868 Odd Fellowship was
introduced into Wyoming, and Brother Kuykendall at once recognized its possibilities as an educating and civilizing force. He
joined Ceyenne Lodge, No. 1, on its institution; became the first
Grand Master, and the first Grand Patriarch of the jurisdiction,
and its first representative in The Sovereign Grand Lodge, entering
this Body in 1876. He was absent for a few years, and then returned to his seat, occupying it thereafter, until his election as
Deputy Grand Sire in 1908. A few months after, by the untimely
death of Grand Sire Nolen, he succeeded to the vacant position,
and filled the office acceptably for the balance of the term. When
his work in the principal office was done, he continued his attendance, serving cheerfully wherever and whenever required—the session at Atlantic City, in 1914, being his last.
During his long service in The Sovereign Grand Lodge, Brother
Kuykendall was an active and useful member. Not a brilliant
orator, he never spoke unless he had something to say, and then
he said it clearly and logically. To the important committees on
which he was always appointed he brought a keen intelligence and
a thorough knowledge of the work of the Order. Whether as a
private member or as chairman of the committee, he was a directing force and gave material help in shaping the legislation of the
Order.
A modest man, never seeking the limelight, courteous and
kind; moderate jn his views and in their expression, genial in his
intercourse with others; he made hosts of friends, who loved him.
for what he was, and respected him for what he had done. He
was the noblest type of pioneer, one .who felt the burden resting
on him to build up the community in which he lived by all moral
and material means and to direct its growing energies aright.
On March 8th, 1915, at the residence of his son, in Denver,
our Brother passed to his rest. Through all the Central Western
States where he was best known, it was felt that "a father in
Israel" had fallen. Though very many will mourn his death, it
will yet be a satisfaction to feel that he had been spared to reach
almost the limit of active life, and that.in his long career he had
"done those things he ought to do," and had served at least two
generations of his fellow men acceptably and well. Whatever
memorial may be raised above his mortal remains, his enduring
monument will be Wyoming and Wyoming Odd Fellowship.
Mark Richards Muckle
To the list of noble names who wrought well and valiantly for
the success of Odd Fellowship we are compelled to add the name
of Mark Richards Muckle, Past Grand Patriarch and Grand
Treasurer of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F.
The last one of that noble band of brethren who, forty years
ago, sat in The Sovereign Grand Lodge, then the R. W. Grand
Lodge of the United States, has passed away. What an array of
illustrious men they were, whose glorious work and unselfish de- 3794
votion emblazon the pages of the history'of Odd Fellowship, diid
whose names bring to mind the rich legacies of brilliant achievements and literary treasures that have won for them the plaudits
of succeeding generations and caused such names as Ridgely,
Nicholson, Ross, Stokes, Sanders, Durham, Venable, Busbee and
Muckle ever to shine in the firmament of human thought and be
inseparably connected with the success of our Order.
."Some they are
By their good deeds exalted, lofty minds
And meditative authors of delight
||| And happiness, which to the end of time
Will live and spread and flourish."
Brother Muckle was born in the city of Philadelphia, September 10th, 1825, and died in the city of his nativity March 30th, 1915,
in the ninetieth year of his age. He devoted. a lifetime to the
interests of our beloved fraternity. Initiated in Excelsior Lodge,
No. 46, April 25th, 1846, and into Palestine Encampment, No. 51,
in 1847. Admitted to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, I.O.O.F.,
in 1850, and elected Grand Treasurer May 22nd, 1856, which position he held continuously uo to the time of his death. He became
a member of the Grand Encampment in 1852, and was elected
Grand Patriarch in 1856.
In 1875 he was elected as Grand Represntative to The Sovereign
Lodge from the Grand Encampment of Pensylvania, which position he held until 1895, when he resigned to accept the position
of Grand Treasurer of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, in which
capacity he served until summoned by death.
For half a century associated with the great American Journal,
"The Philadelphia Ledger," this paper said of our late Brother:
"Col. Muckle represented the best type of American citizenship,
never forgetting the ties which through inheritance bound him to
the old world, and never missing an ooportunity to aid in those
forms of fraternal and filial patriotism that kept alive all that was
worthy in the traditions of the Faherland, yet never failing in
his primary duty and in his devotion || the land of his birth.
Philadelphia had good reason to be proud of Col. Muckle and its
people will keep his memory green."
Col. Muckle held a Lieutenantship in the United States Marine
Corps, given him bv_ President Polk, durinp- the Mexican War,
and was one of the last survivors of the roll of officers.
In 1860 he assisted in the founding of the German Hospital of
Philadelphia, of which he was president emeritus at the time of his
death. From that time on his sphere of public and charitable activity constantly enlarged. He was a member of more than a
score of organizations, representing the charitable, literary, artistic,
musical, scientific and business interests of the community, and held
high offices in many of them.
During the late 60's he was the chief advocate among the
representative men of the city of the plans for the Centennial
Exposition, and in 1869 he was the bearer of the first official exposition proposals tp President Grant. Later he helped actively in
securing the location for the Exposition grounds. 379;
All his life Col. Muckle enthusiastically aided and supported
numerous institutions in his city, for the preservation of the identity of the German-American population. He joined the German
society in 1853, and of which he was for thirteen years vice-president. He was prominently identified with the Philadelphia Maen-
nerchor, the Harmonie Gesang Verein, the Junger Maennerchor,
the Turngemeinde, the Canstatter Volksverein, the Philadelphia
Schuetzen Verein, and was incorporator of the German-American
Title Insurance and Trust Company. It was Col. Muckle who,
in 1870, undertook the task of collecting a fund of $50,000 for the
relief of the widows and orphans of the German soldiers slain in
the Franco-Prussian war. Later he collected from Americans all
over the Union 30,000 volumes to replace the ones in the library
of the war-ruined University of Strasburg, and for these acts he
was  decorated by the   Emperor  of  Germany.
In 1871, Col. Muckle organized among the German-Americans
a peace celebration commemmorating the close of the war. In
1882 he had taken a prominent part in the arrangement for the Bi-
Centennial of the founding of Pensylvania, and in 1898 he organized
the Peace Festival in celebration of the conclusion of the war
with Spain.
Col. Muckle was one of the founders of the Franklin Reformatory Home and of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals. Other organizations with which he was prominently
connected include the Franklin Institute, the Cremation Society,
the Hayfever Association, the Historical Society, the Geographical
Society of Pennsylvania, the Morris Refuge for Suffering Animals,
the Tammany Shore Fishing Club, the Five O'Clock Club, the
Philadelphia Yacht Club, the Merion Cricket Club, the Art Club of
Philadelphia, the Red Cross Society of Pennsylvania, the Teachers'
Aid and Annuity Association, the Philadelphia Cycle and Field
Club, and the Zoological Society.
Honored by the President of the United States, the Government of Pennsylvania and the Emperor of Germany, but the
greatest honor that came to him was the satisfaction of knowing
that he helped his brother man in the struggles and battles of life's
pilgrimage.
Kind hearted, faithful to his trust, and ever ready to respond
to the call of the needy, he has gone from us. We will miss him
in this session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, where he was an
ever faithful member* for so many vears. We will recall his pleasant smile, the grasp of the hand and the pleasant word of greeting
which he was ever ready to give. We mourn his loss, only as men
can mourn the loss of a kind friend, a devoted brother of our
Order and an honored citizen of the State.
ALFRED   S.   PINKERTON,
E. S. CONWAY,   ".       :    J|g
TOHN B. COCKRUM,
C. A. KELLER.
JOHN B. GOODWIN. ■PHI
3796
FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE SOVEREIGN
GRAND  LODGE
i
The financial condition of the Sovereign Grand Lodge is shown
to be as follows, as reported by the Committee on Finance:
Cash^ on hand August 1, 1914 $ 75,418 03
Received from sale of supplies $76,314 82
Received from representative tax  15,550 00
Dues         658 32
Charter fees   36 00
$92,559 14
Interest on bonds 1  $5,700 00
Interest on deposits      1,238 79
Refund of mileage, per diem, etc
6,938 79
20 77
99,518  70
Total  receipts for which    Grand   Secretary   holds   the
Grand Treasurer's receipt  $174,936 73
Amount of warrants drawn during the year  105,811 38
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer August 1, 1915.... $69,125 35
Which is $6,292.68 less than cash balance, August 1, 1914.
Assets of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, August 1, 1915
Cash in hands of Grand  Treasurer  $ 69,125 35
City of Philadelphia 35^% bonds at cost  102,499 30
Lake    Shore    and    Michigan    Southern   R.  R.  Co. 4%
bonds  at  cost       49,988 75
Cash on deposit for insurance   300 00
Steel and electro plates       15,587 26
Supplies at cost     20,466 42
Sovereign Grand Lodge building and furniture     50,000 00
Adding machine for Grand Treasurer  196 00
Debtor balances 	
1,846 34
$310,009 42
Assets,  August  1,   1914
Assets, August 1, 1915..
.$317,324 12
. 310,009 42
Decrease in assets     $7,314 70
The Committee said:' We wish to draw attention of the Grand
Representatives to the fact that The Sovereign Grand Lodge during the past year has not been self-sustaining.
APPOINTMENT OF GRAND TREASURER
The death of Brother Muckle occasioned a vacancy in the
office of Grand Treasurer of the Sovereign Grand Lodge which was
immediately filled bv the Grand Sire by the appointment of Grand
Representative William H. Cox, of Kentucky, for several years
chairman of the Finance Committee. Brother Cox immediately
qualified and has since been discharging the duties of the office in a
highly satisfactory manner. The appointment gave universal satis
faction. 3797
NJ£W   CONSTITUTION
Last year a revised Constitution was submitted for action at
this session. It was called up and adopted by a vote of ayes 205,
nays 2, absent 1. The most striking feature of the revised constitution is that hereafter all laws must be enacted by roll call. In the
opinion of your Representatives this will have the effect of greatly
reducing the radical changes in our laws. It may have the effect
also by repeated roll calls of tiring the patience of the Sovereign
Body.
THE   NEW   CODE
The Committee on Code presented its report, which was
referred to a committee of Past Grand Sires and 16 Representatives,
who later reported recommending several minor changes, after
which the Code was adopted and all laws inconsistent thereto were
declared repealed. This Code represents three years of work on
the part of the committee, and is conceded to be the most complete ever issued by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Unfortunately unforseen delay has been experienced in the
final preparation of the New Code and the committee in charge has
been compelled to announce that the volumes will not be ready for
circulation before June, 1916.
A  NEW   LAW  FOR  NON-BENEFICIAL  MEMBERSHIP
The adoption of the New Code carried with it the following
section:
Section 509—Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments shall have
the power to provide by law that applicants over fifty years of age
may be received into membership as non-beneficial members by
initiation.
; ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
The following resolution was adopted:
"Resolved, that a special committee of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge be appointed to consider the matter of a commemorative
demonstration as a fitting recognition of the vast importance of the
One Hundreth Anniversary of the founding of Odd Fellowship on
the Continent of North America, and to prepare suggestions for
carrying out a suitable plan of celebration."
In connection with above resolution the Grand Lodge Officers
and Past Grand Sires were appointed a committee to prepare a uniform and appropriate programme of commemoration to be observed
universally as far as possible.
.   _/ --^      HAGUE PEACE MONUMENT FUND
The collections on this account, made in the past year or two,
on the request of leaders of the Order in Europe is on deposit to
the credit" of the Grand Treasurer as a separate account, and
amounts with interest thereon added to $4,348.04, This enterprise
is now in abeyance on account of the changed conditions in many
of the countries of Europe, and when the fund can be devoted to
the purpose for which it was contributed cannot now be forseen. 3798
Representative Trautmann, of New York, offered a resolution that
above fund be made a nucleus of a fund for the erection in Baltimore of a suitable memorial on the 100th Anniversary of American
Odd Fellowship in 1919. Held, that fund could not be diverted
from the purpose for which it was contributed.
•    AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED
The following amendments to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge were submitted and lie on the table for one year
under the rule:
Making the minimum age for admission 18 years.
Requiring a Grand Representative to be in possession of the
Patriarch Militant Degree.
Requiring the qualifications of Grand Representatives to be
certified to by the Grand Secretary, and Grand Scribe and Secretary of Rebekah Assembly of the Jurisdiction of which the Grand
Representative is a member.
Providing for biennial sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
instead of annual sessions.
To allow the Grand Lodges in Canada to enact legislation
allowing them to admit members at eighteen years of age.
NOTES OF THE SESSION
The next meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge will be held
at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
General A. R. Stocker was reappointed General of the Patriarchs.
Militant.
The decoration of Chivalry was, as usual, a very brilliant affair
and attracted a large audience.
The Representatives from British Columbia were recognized
on committees by the following aopointments: Law, Petitions,
Cullin; Credentials, Cleland; Rebekah Degree, Proudfoot. Drawing for seats.
The Parade on Wednesday, September 22nd, was the largest
in the history of the Sovereign Grand Lodge since the one in Boston in 1898. There were 19,000 in line and it required two and one-
half hours to pass a given point.
A short recess was taken to admit the children and officers of
the Odd Fellows Home. As they entered their band played
inspiring music and thev were enthusiastically received.
A resolution was offered restricting the number of Lodges in
cities, but was not favorably acted upon.
A resolution was offered to repeal the minimum benefit law,
but was defeated by a decisive vote.
A resolution to arrange the ceremony for dedication of Odd
Fellows Halls so that members of the Rebekah Degree could have
a part therein was adversely reported upon by the Committee. 3799
A resolution to take up the matter of surety bonds by the
Sovereign Grand Lodges on the Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments in several jurisdictions, was reported upon adversely.
A resolution was offered by the Jurisdiction of the District of
Columbia to allow beneficial membership in one Lodge and non-
beneficial in another, but it was held that membership in two
Lodges was not legal.
A. resolution to create a Junior Order, I.O.O.F., in which boys
of sixteen years of age and over were eligible for membership was
adversely reported upon by the committee and report adopted.
Permission was granted to Graphophone and I honograph
Companies to manufacture records of Odes of the Order and sell
the same; prices not to exceed 65 cents for 10-inch double records,
and $1 for 12-inch double records.
The Finance Committee reported an estimated amount of
receipts and expenditure, indicating a deficit of $32,450 for the year.
Past Noble Grands' Associations may be organized for social
purposes, said associations must be open to all Past Noble Grands.
The use of the ballot, secret password, or initiation ceremony is
prohibited. Initiation ceremony or degree must not be used without first obtaining permission of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The following are the officers of- the Sovereign Grand Lodge
for the present year: J. B. A. Robertson, Grand Sire, Oklahoma;
F. C.« Goudy, Deputy Grand Sire, Colorado; J. B. Goodwin, Grand
Secretary, Maryland; W. H. Cox, Grand Treasurer, Kentucky; J. E.
Kroh, Assistant Grand Secretary, Maryland; Rev. J. A. Lucas,
Grand Chaplain, Illinois; B. F. Lafayette, Grand Marshal, Oklahoma; E. E. Sharon, Grand Guardian, Oregon; D. E. Bird, Grand
Messenger, Missouri.
CLOSING
In closing this report your Representatives would draw attention to the fact that inasmuch as the New Code has just been
adopted, and that each Lodge, as well as a number of Past Grands,
receive the Journal of Proceedings, we decided to omit the Grand
Sire's decisions in the report.
Finally, your Representatives desire to express our appreciation and thanks to the Grand Lodge for the high honor bestowed
on us, we endeavored to represent you worthily and to the best of
our ability.
Fraternally submitted,
-•; - -."   - -WALLACE LAW,
■■ ■   v' - . -$''-■■'-     W. H. CULLIN,
Grand Representatives. 3800
A. McBeath, Esq., Mayor of Vancouver, was announced
in waiting and the Grand Master appointed H. B. Gilmour,
P.G.M., No. 10, and T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, to
retire and introduce the distinguished visitor.
A recess of the Grand Lodsfe was declared and his
Worship having been admitted and welcomed, addressed
the Grand Lodge, extending a very hearty welcome, assuring the freedom of the City and expressing the hope
that the Session would be pleasant and harmonious, and
that the Order would enjoy prosperity in the future.
The Grand Master responded, thanking the Mayor for
his cordial welcome and good wishes.
His Worship having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
The Grand Master submitted the following supplementary report, which was referred to the Committee on Distribution.
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OF GRAND MASTER
Victoria, B.C., 4th June, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:   '^rM        , :,      -,   •
Since my report was in print I have received the report of
Bro. F. W. Andrew, District Deputy Grand Master of District No.
30, who informs me that the officers of the three Lodges in his
District were duly installed at the regular time. The condition of
the Order in the District is fair. Southern Okanagan has an
assured future, so that a return to normal conditions will certainly
mean prosperity for the Order in this District.
On 2nd June I granted a Dispensation to Orchard City Lodge,
No. 59, to remove its Charter from one Hall to another in the
same town.
In reply to questions from Bro. Chas. Whyte, D.D.G.M., District No. 11, I decided that a member who had been expelled, but
for whose reinstatement Bro. H. White, my predecessor, issued
a Dispensation, should make application in the same manner and
the application should be treated precisely in the same way as that
of a candidate for initiation, also that the fee to be charged should
be the same as that provided for a non-affiliate in the By-Laws of
Union Lodge No. 11.
I would submit for the consideration of the Grand Lodge the
advisability of granting an allowance to the Grand Secretary to
enable him to obtain such clerical assistance as he may require
during the year.    A typewriter is recognized now as an essential 3801
in all offices. The Grand Lodge has furnished the Grand Secretary's
Office with-a typewriting machine, but it is of no use to him unless
he has some one to operate it.
' P. W. DEMPSTER,
Grand .Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following supplementary report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to submit the following particulars of brothers who have
responded to their Country's Call, which haye been received since
my report was printed:
Fairview Lodge, No. 61, reports that $90 has been paid as dues
for the members of the Lodge who have enlisted and serving overseas. !
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13—J. Birch. In all $73.50 has been paid
for dues absorbing all the Contingency Fund, and a considerable
amount of private subscriptions from the brothers of the Lodge.
$50 was also donated to the mother of the brother killed in action.
Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20—Bros. Campbell, Gillette, Copeland,
Chamberlain and Hutton.   Total 5.   Amount paid as dues $21.00.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23—John Whyte, W. T. Bond.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9—J. Notley, W. E. Keyt, C. F. Buchanan,
Reverend G. O. Fallis, Lieut. H. D. Allen, G. M. Brown, R. Fowles,
O. Gammond, H. McDiarmid, E. McLeod, J. Mclver, W. S. Kelly
(wounded); C. W. Painting (Prisoner of War in Germany), G.
Hazlehurst (died in England), C. W. Chiddy (killed in action),
T. G. Earl (killed in action). Total 16. The Lodge has paid $49.00
as dues of these brothers.
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59—Bros. H. Brown, J. L. McMillan,
G. N/ Kennedy, C. E. Cowell, C. Kirkby, A. M. Wilson, D. B.
Smith, H. LeQuesne, E. Marven, A. Edwards. H. L. Willits, R. J.
Bowes, J. H. Davies, A. H. Huycke.    Total 14.    Dues paid $42.00.
Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63—Geo. Leek, C. G. Thorne, J. M.
Munnis, Dr. N. McNeill, T. R. Maitland, S. Wright, G. A. Young,
R. McElrea, D. Yelf, A. McDonald, F. Slater, Dr. L. D. Kergin,
H. Killen, A. A. Mendham, J. McKechnie. Total 15. Amount paid
for dues $198.00.
This brings the total number of brothers who have enlisted
to 445 and the total amount paid by the Lodges for dues for these
brothers $2,132.15.
FRED   DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report which was adopted: 3802
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Ybur Committee on Distribution of the Grand Officers* Reports beg to recommend that they be referred to the respective
committees as follows:
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—"State of the Order,"
Page 1. "Official Visits," "Fraternal Visits," "Odd Fellows' Relief
Association," Pages 3, 4 and 5. Reports of District Deputy Grand
Masters with reference to the condition of the Order in their Districts at Pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. "Change of Place of Meeting," Pages 20 and 21. "Conclusion," Page 22. Report of Grand
Warden, Pages 23 and 24.
To the Committee on Judiciary—"Proclamations," Pages 1, 2
and 3.    "Decisions," Pages 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.    "Appointments," Pages
9 and  10.     "Dispensations"  and  "Mergement   of   Lodges,"   Pages
10 and 11.. Dispensations granted by D.D.G.M/s Districts, Nos. 1,
6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27,34, 35 and 36. on Pages 11, 12, 13,
14, 15 and 16. "Omission of Grand Lodge Session" and "Bonds
of Financial Officers," Pages 19 and 20.
To a Special Committee—"Payment of Dues of Brothers on
Active  Service,"  Pages  16,  17,  18  and  19.
To a Committee on Necrology—"Obituary," Page 22.
Report of Deputy Grand Master
25.
To the  Committee on Judiciary—Dispensation granted, Page
Report of Grand Secretary
To Committee on State of the Order—Pages 26, 27 and pari
28. "General Relief Committees," Page 37. "Veteran Jewels" and
"Surety Bonds," Page 41. Proceedings Sovereign Grand Lodge,
"New Codes" and "Fraternal Visitations" on Page 42.
To Committee on Finance—Pages 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and part
34.    Pages 35, 36 and part 37.
To the Committee on Rebekah Branch—Part page 28.
To Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Part page 34.
To a Special Committee—"Payment of Dues of* Soldiers,"
Part page 37, Pages 38, 39 and 40.
To Committee on Appeals—"Dawson Lodge No. la," on
Page 41.
To Committee on Necrology—"Obituarv" and "Killed in Action," Page 43.
Grand Treasurer's Report—To the Committee on Finance.
Supplementary   Report   of   Grand   Master
To the Committee on Judiciary—The Dispensation granted
to Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, and the answer given to Bro.
Chas. Whyte, D.D.G.M., District No.  11. 3803
To   the   Committee   on   State
D.D.G.M., District No. 30.
of   the   Order—The   report   of
To the Committee on Finance—The recommendation of an
allowance for clerical assistance to the Grand Secretary.
Supplementary Report of Grand Secretary
To the Special Committee on Enlisted Soldiers—The additional names furnished by Lodges of brothers who have enlisted.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master appointed H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.,
No. 10, and T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, to retire and
introduce the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master of
the Jurisdiction of Washington, who were announced in
waiting. The deputation returned and introduced Bro. H.
D. Merritt, G.M., and E. R. Anderson, D.G.M., of Washington, who were received with Grand Honors and assured
of a cordial welcome.
The following notice to amend the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge was read and referred to the Committee on
Legislation:
Vancouver, B.C., February 25th, 1916.
To the  Grand  Lodge  of  British  Columbia,  I.O.O.F.:
V
We, the undersigned representatives hereby give notice, that
at the next meeting of the Grand Lodge, we shall move to alter
or amend the Grand Lodge Constitution by adding at the end of
Article V, a new article to be known and designated "Article Va,"
and to read as follows:
- f     ; "ARTICLE Va" ."..,- ^
It '       "Odd Fellows Home Fund" :.     li
Section 1.—"There is hereby created a Board of Trustees to
be known as the Trustees of the Odd Fellows Home Fund. It
shall consist of seven members in good standing in the Grand
Lodge, and shall be composed of the Grand Master, the Grand
Secretary and five members, to be. elected by ballot, in the same
manner and at the same time as the other elective Grand Officers,
"who shall be elected for three years, except in case of a vacancy,
•when the election shall be for the unexpired term.
Section 2.—"Within thirty days of the election of said Board,
the Grand Master shall call a meeting of the Board at a time
and place most convenient to the majority of those who have been
elected as said Trustees, at which meeting a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary shall be elected by said Board.
Section 3.—"In case of a vacancy occurring on said Board of
Trustees during a vacation of the Grand Lodge, the Grand Master
shall fill the place by appointment, and said appointee shall serve
until the next session of the Grand Lodge. 3804
Section 4.—"The said Odd Fellows Home Fund shall be under
the control of the said Board of Trustees, who shall make all
needful regulations for the management of said funds and provide
for their investment They shall keep a record of all proceedings
and shall submit an annual report to the Grand Lodge setting
forth their operations for the year, including the amount, character
and place of investment of said funds. They may make such regulations for their own government as they may deem requisite
from time to time, but such regulations shall not be in conflict
with this Constitution, and shall at all times be subject to revision,
amendment or repeal by the Grand Lodge.
Section 5.—"These funds shall be invested only as first mortgage on improved revenue producing property, or in Government
bonds.
Section 6.—"All funds paid to the Grand Secretary for account
of this Fund shall be paid over by him to the Grand Treasurer,
and the Grand Secretary shall keep a separate and distinct account
of this Fund. The Odd Fellows Home Fund shall be paid by the
Grand Treasurer on warrants drawn by order of the Board of
Trustees, signed by the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary.
Section 7.—"The Chairman shall call a meeting of the Board of
Trustees whenever in his discretion he deems it necessary, or
upon written request of a majority of the members of the Board.
At all meetings four members of said Board shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business."
: "jf' tJ   M. J. PHILLIPS,
Representative Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
T. TELLEFSEX,
Representative Western Star Lodge No. 10.
A. E. HARRON,
Representative North  Vancouver Lodge No. 55.
A Petition was read from Dawson Lodge, No. la,
Dawson, Y.T., accompanied by affidavits asking the Grand
Lodge to reconsider its decision, rendered last session, in
the appeal of Bro. W. T. Guttischick against the. Lodge,
and was referred to the Committee on Appeals.
A Petition was read from Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, asking to be allowed to dispense with regular meetings of the
Lodge and the payment of dues by its members until the
end of the war and return of normal conditions, and was
referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
The Grand Lodg-e was visited by Bro.  T.  L Roberts,
Cj ml J »/ /
P.G.R., of Manitoba Lodge, No. 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
and Bro. A. Shaw, P.G., of Eureka Lodge, No. 13, Dead-
wood, South Dakota, who were cordially welcomed.
A communication was read on behalf of R. L. Blanch-
jard, a returned soldier now employed as a letter carrier, 380
who is about to get married, and suggesting that a collection be taken up for him in every Lodge in the Jurisdiction.
On motion the communication was ordered to be received
and filed.
The following notice to amend the By-Laws of the
Grand Lodge was read and laid on the table for a day under
the rule:
June 14th, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:
We hereby give notice that tomorrow we will move that
By-Law No. 1, of the Grand Lodge, be amended in the fourth
line, to read 2y2 cents per mile instead of 5 cents; that the payment to all appointed officers of the Grand Lodge be eliminated,
and the word "Elective" inserted in the first line before the word
"Officers."
Fraternally   submitted,
A. M. RUSSELL,
C. C. MULLIGAN, P.G.,
Represntatives of Vancouver Lodge No. 8
The Committee on Necrology submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: ' / -%!':        J lS
Your Committee on Necrology beg to report that during the
past year the Order in this Jurisdiction has been called upon to
mourn the loss of 72 brothers, of whom 12 were Past Grands,
and one a Past Grand Master, viz., Bro. Henry Waller, of Columbia Lodge No. 2, Victoria.
The removal of any member is* a loss, and more so when the
brother has been an office-bearer and an active member. Of those
who have died during the past year, we would mention the loss to
the Order in general, but to Tatnai Lodge No. 9, in particular, by
the departure of Bro. E. T. W. Pearse; a prominent and respected
citizen, a man of ability and an active Odd Fellow, who was Secretary of that Lodge for many years.
Our loss of 72 brothers for one year is very heavy, and seems
especially so when compared with the previous year, when we lost
by death 39 members. Our Grand Secretary's report shows that
during the past year eight of our brothers have paid the supreme
sacrifice of their lives on the field of battle. The memory of these
noble brothers' deeds and sacrifices will ever be cherished by
every true Odd Fellow, and our hearts go out in sympathy to the
loved ones who are left to mourn for them.
We attach hereto a list of Past Grands deceased during the
past year, also a suitable reference to our late Bro. Henry Waller,
P.G.M., P.G.R., and would recommend that same be printed in
the memorial pages of these proceedings, the latter to be accompanied by a photograph of our deceased brother.
Signed by  the  Committee. 3806
The following from the Department Council P.M. of
B.C., was read and ordered to be spread on the minutes:
Vancouver, B.C., June 12th, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., of B.C.:
In session at Vancouver, B.C., June 14, 1916, the Department
Council P.M., I.O.O.F. of B.C., send greetings, wishing you a
profitable and harmonious meeting. Thanking you for the favors
of the past, and trusting that the same good feeling may be continued in the future,
We are chivaloursly yours,
COL. JAS. A.  McKAY  (Ret.),
LIEUT.-COL. ROY A. PERRY,
LIEUT.  F. SWEENEY.
The  Committee on Finance of last year submitted the
following report which was adopted:
June 6th, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Finance Committee, beg leave to report that we
have carefully examined the books, vouchers and reports of your
Grand Secretary and Treasurer, and find the same correct and in
perfect condition. We have also examined the following mortgages, insurance policies and titles in which the I.O.O.F. Home
Fund are invested, namely: Morgan, Macey, Shackleton, Randall,
Perry, Baker, Grantham and Clode, and find them all in order,
and we are pleased to report are being properly looked after.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance of last year submitted the
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following report which was referred to the present committee :
Victoria, B.C, June 6th, 1916.
To the Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F, of B.C.:
Wq would suggest to the Finance Committee at this session
of your Grand Body that the Auditing Committee, whose duties
are performed in Victoria previous to the meeting of the Grand
Lodge, should be reimbursed for their services. We would suggest
that a sum not less than Fifteen Dollars ($15.00), should be paid
for performing this important work.
S JAMES BELL,       \ ." '
*D. DEWAR, ...";.
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Finance Auditing Committee.
The Special Committee appointed last year on Uniform
System of Bookkeeping in the Subordinate Lodges, presented the following report, which was adopted: 3807
Vancouver, B.C., May 23, 1916.
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of B.C, I.O.O.F.
Your Committee on uniform system of bookkeeping in our
Subordinate Lodges, appointed at the last session of your Grand
Body, beg to report that we have been in communication with the
jurisdictions that were reported to have such a  system in vogue.
The following are the jurisdictions communicated with and an
epitome of the replies received:
Manitoba has a set of specially prepared books which are
recommended for use by Subordinate Lodges, but their use is
not strictly enforced.
Utah—Bro. ^ Simpson, Grand Secretary, says the only special
book they use is an ordinary Cash Book ruled for entry of dues,
rents and other items. The Ledger is an ordinary double entry
Ledger.
Missouri—Bro. Weidle, Grand Secretary, reports that no
account books are supplied, but the Grand Lodge requests, but does
not insist, on a uniform system of bookkeeping.
From the jurisdictions of the District of Columbia and Saskatchewan, replies were not received.
After careful consideration of the subject your committee considers it inexpedient at this time to recommend a uniform system
as we are of the opinion that it would be inadvisable to enforce
the use of it.
Signed by the Committee.
The Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge submitted
the following report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C, I.O.O.F.: ' :
With reference to the Resolution adopted last Session instructing the Executive Officers to enter into negotiation with the
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, to ascertain if a similar arrangement could be made with this Jurisdiction as exists
with the Grand Lodge of Alberta, whereby the services of an
Agent of that Association could be secured to work in this
Province, whose salary would be borne mutually by the Association and this Grand Lodge, we beg to report that the Odd Fellows'
Relief Association was communicated with on this subject, with
the result that the Association is quite willing to meet the. wishes
of this Grand Body in the matter.
The question was referred by the Executive of the Association to Brother Blackeby, the Superintendent of Agencies, to
arrange, and that Brother writes, that, although he does not think
that under present conditions it is probable that a large increase
either in Lodges or membership can be expected, it might be
found mutually advantageous for the Special Agent at Calgary to
work in this Jurisdiction during the months of May, June and July
of each year, for the purpose  of securing Charter Lists for the 3808
institution of new Lodges, and while directly engaged in this
work, one-half of the salary and expenses of the Agent to be
borne by the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Secretary of Alberta informs us that this arrangement has worked satisfactorily in that Jurisdiction and the cost
to the Grand Lodge has been $548.60 for the past six (6) years,
or an average of $91.43 per annum.
If no Lodge is instituted- no indebtedness is incurred by that
Grand Lodge.
Fraternally submitted,
- P. W. DEMPSTER, Grand Master,
W. H. BROWN, Deputy Grand Master.
J. H. GLASS, Grand Warden,
/     #:   -■ FRED  DAVEY, Grand Secretary, f;
-    R. A. MERRITHEW, Grand Treasurer.
The Committee on  Printing submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C, I.O.O.F.: "-   '§ - -       Jf
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
invited from five firms for printing the Proceedings of this Grand
Lodge.
Four Tenders were received and the contract awarded to the
lowest bidder, The Victoria Printing & Publishing Co, at the
following prices:. 1,000 copies of the Proceedings $1.50 a page,
150 copies of the Grand Officers Reports $20. Cuts of Photographs to be inserted in the Proceedings at $3.00. each.
These prices show a reduction of 8c pef page on the prices
obtained last year for the Proceedings, the other prices being the
same as those paid last year.
$0< Signed by the Committee.
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 Subordinate beg to report that
we have considered and approved amendments to the By-Laws of
the following Lodges dealing with the following subjects during
the past year:
Royal City Lodge, No. 3—Duties of Visiting Committee,
Appointment and Payment of Nurses and formation of a Nurse
Fund. Election and^ duties of learn Captain; Duties of Trustees;
Reduced Scale of Sick Benefits; Appointment and Duties of the
Finance Committee; Appointment and Duties <5f Auditor; Certificate of Health of Candidates to be furnished by Lodge Physician
and payment oi fee for. (A slight amendment was made to this
provision, requiring the Certificate to be in the possession of the 3809
Lodge nrior to the candidate being balloted for   as required by the
Constitution).
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5—Reduced scale of Sick Benefits.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6—Duties of Treasurer.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7—Duties of Treasurer.
Vancouver Lodge,  No. 8—Reduced scale of Sick Benefits.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10—Payment of Funeral Benefits.
Payment of Assessment to General Relief Board. Payment of
Exchange on Remittances for Dues.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16—Duties of Treasurer.
Island Lodge, No. 24—Reduced scale of Sick Benefits.
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59—Payment of Benefits to Widows
and ^Orphans of deceased brothers.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61—Reduced Scale of Sick Benefits, striking out Widows' and Orphans' Benefits.
Cloverdale Ledge, No. 15—Reducing Scale of Sick Benefits.
Fidelity Lodge,  No. 25—Amending Duties of Treasurer.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1—Reducing Scale of Sick Benefits.
Dawson Lodge, No. la—Amending Duties of Trustees.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47—Amendment re Entrance Fees increasing funeral benefits to $100. Amendments re Relief in Special
Cases and use of Liquor in Lodge or Ante Rooms.
Signed by the Committee.
The following report was read from the B. C. Funeral
Aid Association, which was on motion, ordered to be printed
in the Proceedings of this Session.
New Westminster, May 31, 1916.
To the Officers and Members of the I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid
Association.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
I herewith present to you my Sixth Annual Reoort of the
business and affairs of this Association for the year June 1, 1915,
to May 31, 1916.
During the past year your Board of Directors have held 17
meetings, 13 regular and 4 special meetings, with an average attendance of 6 members.
At your last Annual Meeting the following Officers [ were
elected for the ensuing year: President Bro. R. A. Merrithew,
Grand Treasurer; Vice-President, Bro. G. E.  Gilley, P.G.;  Secre- 3810
tary, Bro. W. C. Coatham, P.G.; Treasurer, Bro. H. W. Harrison,
P.G.; Directors, A. E. Harron, P.G, W. H. Orr, P.G, and E. C.
Turner, P.G. No changes have occurred in the Board during the
year.
On May 31st last, the number of names on the roll was 564
and 186 applications have been received, making our membership
750. There were no rejections. The net increase for the year was
186, less 26 read off, and deceased 3, or 157.
Since the Association was instituted on August 25th, 1910,
almost 6 years ago, we have lost from our membership by death
in good standing 10, died out of standing 1, membership forfeited
by non-payment of calls 50, resigned 3, making a total of 64,
leaving a net membership of 686. Of this number 620 are in
good standing, and 66 are in arrears.
In the past six years the Association has paid 10 Death
Claims of $250 each, or $2,500 in all. We have levied 8 assessments of $1 each, in addition to the five Annual Expense Calls, of
25 cents per member per year. The Expense Call for this year
will be levied on January 1, next year.
During the past year we have paid 3 Death Claims of $250
each, or $750.
The deceased brothers were: Bro. J. Carter Smith, member of
Amity, No. 27, who died September 21st, Certificate No. 350; the
claim was paid on the same date, beneficiary, Mrs. A. E. Smith,
wife. Bro. James F. Faulkner, member of Fairview, No. 61, who
died January llth, Certificate No. 86; the claim was paid January
12th, beneficiary, Mrs. L. Y. Faulkner, wife. Bro. Arthur V.
Hodgkinson, member of Little Mountain, No. 60, who died March
24th, Certificate No. 439; the claim was paid on March 28th, beneficiary, Mrs. Nora Hodgkinson, wife.
As the Association had more than $1,000 on hand when the
first and the last of these deaths occurred, no assessments were
levied. Only one death assessment was levied during the year,
and it was issued on February 1st. The assessments outstanding
on May 31st amount to $96, and the Expense Calls to $16.25, a
total of $112.25. While the assessments paid in advance amount
to $17, and the Expense Calls to $10.75, or a total of $27.75.
During the year the members of the Board paid 21 fraternal
visits to various lodges within easy reach and this had much to
do with the increase in the number of applications. The following
lodges now have the largest enrolment in good standing: No. 3, 90;
No. 8, 82; No. 27, 67; No. 55, 49.
Most of our Local Directors make good collectors and send
in their returns promptly. There is room for improvement on the
part of others. When a brother changes his residence, he should
see that his new address is promptly sent in. This has not always
been done and often leads to the loss of the member who does
not get his notices and falls into arrears. A separate mailing list
is kept of our scattered membership. 3811
Only 38 Lodges of the Jurisdiction have members in the
Funeral Aid. Most of the other Lodges have not appointed a
Local Director. We specially request that the delegates to the
Grand Lodge will see that the Funeral Aid is again brought to
the attention of the Lodges and a live Local Director appointed.
Many of the Lodges have placed the Funeral Aid on their Order
of Business.
The Association has 36 of its members enlisted or on Active
service, and 30 of these are in good standing. No death has
occurred among our membership at the front.
The Board extends its thanks to those Lodges and Local
Directors who have so loyally supported it. We also are grateful
to all Odd Fellows who have assisted us in any way and to the
Trustees of the I.O.O.F. Hall, New Westminster, for accommodation free of rent.
While our Board has conducted the business as economically
as possible, we regret to state that the General Fund will be
somewhat further overdrawn as shown by the Auditor's report.
At your last Annual Meeting it was stated that the Reserve
Fund had been deposited with the Dominion Trust Co. The
liquidator has admitted our claim for $261.25, but the standing of
the depositors has not been finally decided.
The Treasurer and the Secretary of this Association are each
bonded with the U. S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co, for the sum of
$250, and these bonds are in order, and they are deposited in the
safe.
Last ^year a discussion took place with respect to the admission of Rebekahs into membership and your Board was requested
to report on the same at this meeting. They were admitted into
membership two years ago in Manitoba, but only 30 have accepted
membership. A medical examination was necessary. As the times
are not favorable our Board recommends that the matter of including the Rebekahs in the Funeral Aid be laid over for another year.
Your Board further recommends the By-Laws be amended so
that a larger portion of the application fees could be devoted to the
General Fund to reduce the overdraft.
Your Board also recommends that the By-Laws be so amended
as to allow $250 more to be transferred from the Benefit Fund to
the Reserve Fund.
W. C. COATHAM,
Secretary.
New Westminster, B.C., June 1st, 1916.
To the Officers and Members of the Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid
of B.C.
Dear Sirs:—
I beg to submit herewith a report of the records on the books
and the -financial standing of the Association for the fiscal year
ending May 31st, 1916. 3812
I hereby certify that the attached statements are in accord
with the records on the books of ^he Association and that the
statements represent a true and correct view of the Association's
affairs.
I wish to state that the Secretary and Treasurer have been
very painstaking in all their work, and have accurately accounted
for all monies which have passed through their hands.
Owing to the overdraft of the General Fund I would recommend that some plan be adopted whereby a greater amount of
the gross revenue may be placed to the credit of this account.
Also I would recommend that the Treasurer keep an open
account in some Chartered Bank and make all payments by cheque
on the open account. In this way the Association would receive
the cheques from the bank at the end of each month, and be able
to verify the balances.
Respectfully submitted,
F. H. BARBAREE,      ■ |p§|
Auditor.
May 31st,  1916.
Financial Statement
General Fund — June, 1915 — June, 1916
To  Bond   j $ 5.00
"    Printing     48.50
"    Supplies  .60
"    Postage     44.00
Commission  to  Local Directors  41.40
"    Salaries  (Sec'y $93.75),  (Auditor $15.00).... 108.75
By Application  Fees  (168 at 25c)....:  $     46.50
"    Expense   Calls  156.25
"    Deficit for Year  45.50
'     <    ' $   248.25        $   248.25
Deficit  $     45.50
Deficit to June 1, 1915      540.06
$585.56
Benefit Fund — June, 1915 — June, 1916
By Application  Fees 	
Assessments    	
Jnterest to Date 	
To Death Claims  (3 at $250.00)      750.00
|    Balance         200.23
HI $950.23
Balance   	
On Hand June 1st, 1915	
285.25
623.50
41.48
$950.23
200.23
1,400.50
$1,600.73 3813
Balances to June, 1916
To Cash in Bank Account  $1,015.17
Cash in Dominion Trust       261.25
General   Fund    1      585.56
By  Benefit  Fund   $1,600.73
"  .Suspense Acct, from Reserve Fund  261.25
$1,861.98        $1,861.98
Cash Account
To Cash on Hand May 31st, 1915 $   877.15
" Receipts     1,070.10
| Interest ($12.11-$l2.66)   1        24.77
By Expenditures     956.85
" Cash on Hand in Royal Bank  '.  1,015.17
$1,972.02        $1,972.02
Treasurer's Cash Statement
To Cash on Hand June 1, 1915 $1,134.71
Receipts from  Secretary    1,070.10
I    Interest on Deposits  ($3.69 and $24.77)..J§     28.46
By Expenditure. Death Claims  :  $   750.00
|    Bond   -.  5.00
" ' Printing     48.50
I    Supplies    |  .60
I    Postage    -  44.00
I    Salaries     108.75
"    Cash on  Hand,  Royal  Bank  1,015.17
"    Cash on Hand, Dominion Trust Co  261.25
$2,233.27        $2,233.27
Royal Bank Book Balance  $1,087.37
Cash on Hand         24.05
$1,111.42
Outstanding Cheques, $2.50 and $93.75        96.25
J     ' ■■•..<■•.•:■ $1,015.17
Bros. H. D. Merritt, Grand Master, and E. R. Anderson, Deputy Grand "Master of Washington, and Bro. J. W.
Miller, Grand Master, of Alberta, addressed the Grand
Lodge, conveying the fraternal greetings of the membership of their several Jurisdictions and expressing the wish
for the success and prosperity of the brotherhood in this
Province.
The Grand Master acknowledged these kind remarks
on behalf of the Grand Lodge, and it was moved, seconded
and carried, "That a most hearty vote of thanks be accorded
to our worthy  and  distinguished  brothers  for their fra- 3814
ternal visits  and for their kind expressions towards this
Jurisdiction."
It .was on motion, Resolved that this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 3 :30 p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON   SESSION   .
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 3 :30 p.m. pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of representatives present.
All present were examined, found qualified, and after
prayer by the Grand Chaplain, the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Bro. G. Elsperman, P.G.M., of the Jurisdiction of
Washington, was admitted and welcomed to the Grand
Lodge.
Reports of the Officers of the Rebekah Asembly, Reports of Committees of the present Assembly Session, and a
number of questions and answers from the 1915 Session of
the Assembly were submitted for approval, and on motion
referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
The following report was presented by the Committee
on Odd Fellows' Home and was ordered to be laid on the
table and taken up for consideration with the proposed
Amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge rela-
tive to the formation of a Board of Trustees in connection
with the Home Fund.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:      •   ■"•'   .     -
We, your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund, beg to report that this Fund has reached the sum of $21,677.57. Of this
amount $16,617.30 is invested in first mortgages with good security,
and the balance is in the Savings Bank.
Your Committee are pleased to be able to call your attention
to the material growth of this fund as well also as the excellent
administration of the Fund at the hands of the Grand Secretary.
Your Committee feels, however, that this Fund has grown to
an extent now, where it is asking too much of your Grand Secretary to carry the responsibility of the administration of it. 3815
With this end in view, your committee is in accord with the
notice to amend the Constitution of the Grand Lodge for the purpose of creating a Board of Trustees for the direct administration
of this Fund which is now of sufficient importance to be worthy of
the closest and wisest attention of a Board of Brothers who will
assume the responsibility of conducting its affairs.
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, beg to report that they find
the proposed amendment re Article 5a, of the Grand Lodge Constitution, referring to Odd Fellows' Home Fund Trustees to be
in order, and recommend it be considered by Grand Lodge.
We further report that the proposed amendment to By-Law
No. .1, of the Grand Lodge, regarding mileage, etc., is also in order
and recommends its consideration by Grand.Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand'Master appointed H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.,
No. 10, and T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, to retire and
introduce a delegation from the Rebekah Assembly in waiting, and declared a recess for the purpose of receiving these
sisters.
The deputation consisting of Sisters Hanna, P.P.;
Keith, P.P., and Dempster, were admitted and the greetings
and best wishes of the Assembly were conveyed, to the
Grand Lodge by Sister Hanna, P.P.
The Grand Master suitably acknowledged and reciprocated these greetings.
The deputation having withdrawn, the Grand Lodge
resumed business.
It was on motion Resolved "That the Grand Lodge do
now proceed to consider the proposed amendment to the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge.
The proposed amendment was read, and with the Report of the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home which was
presented this afternoon, were adopted.
Bro. G. Elsperman, P.G.M., of the Jurisdiction of Washington, addressed the Grand Lodge in an eloquent and inspiring speech. 3816
The Grand Master appointed the Grand Warden, Rev.
W. A. Crux, H. Fooks, No. 28, and J. Wilby, No. 2, as a
deputation to convey the fraternal greetings of this Grand
Lodge to the Rebekah Assembly now in Session.
The following report was read from the Committ.ee on
Statistics re Dues and Benefits and was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg to
submit  the following report for your  consideration.
From the Statistics furnished in the Grand Secretary's Report
we find that during last year there was a loss of 335 members in
this Jurisdiction, equal to 4.72 per cent,, and as a natural consequence there was a falling off of revenue from dues of $3,499.15, or
4.82 per cent., and of Total Receipts of $22,194.41, or 15.47 per cent.
The falling off is particularly noticeable in "Admission and Degrees," "Rents and Interest on Invested Funds," and the receipts
from "all other sources."
The- total paid for relief was slightly in excess of that paid in
the preceding year, being only $66.43 more. The relief paid to
brothers was $1,770.28 less, but the other items of relief were
more than in 1914.
Current expenses show a reduction of 13.43 per cent., while
the Total Assets of Subordinates was less by 1.31 per cent.
The total receipts of Subordinate Lodges was $121,291.34, and
the total expenditure $86,937.00, showing a gain of $34,354.34 on
the year's transactions.
Abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate Lodges showing
their receipts and expenditure for the past ten years are attached,
also abstracts of these reports when grouped in periods of ten
years for the past ten years.
From the latter it will be seen that in the average duration of
sickness per member and in the average cost per member for relief there has recently been a reduction, whereas in the cost for
current expenses there has been an increase.
It will also be noticed that the average cost per member for all
Lodge Expenditures for the past ten years has been $12.09, showing unmistakeably that this cannot be met entirely from the dues
of $1.00 per month, which is the amount generally charged by
Lodges in this Jurisdiction.
It is therefore apparent that Lodges must have other sources
of revenue than dues, or must either increase their dues or reduce
their expenditure in order to meet their present rate of expenditure and to provide a margin so as to create a reserve to meet
future contingencies. 3817
We are pleased to be able to report that a number of Lodges
have recently amended their By-Laws, reducing the scale of benefits to.be paid.
This course, in the opinion of your Committee, is a very wise
and prudent one, and will tend not only to improve their individual
financial condition, but will add to the stability and permanence of
our Order in the aggregate.
&&
Signed by the Committee.   3820
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report which ,was adopted and the committee
thanked for the same.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: :  ,      "-■
Your Committee on State of the Order have duly considered
the various matters referred to it contained in the reports of the
Grand Lodge Officers, and beg to report thereon as follows:
(1) We regret to note that there was a loss of membership
during the year 1915 of 335. This is not surprising when the
abnormal conditions prevailing in the Province during that period
are taken into consideration. The financial depression, the continuation of the war, with all the disturbing conditions consequent upon
it, the prevalence of unemployment, have all been contributing
factors to this loss, and we cannot look forward to an improvement until there is a change in these conditions.
From the reports of the D.D.G.M./s, with few exceptions, we*
gather that on the whole the conditions existing in their Districts
are as satisfactory as can be expected, and that the outlook is
encouraging for the future.
From the Grand Secretary's Report we find that the Total
Receipts of Lodges for 1915 were $22,198.41 less, that the relief
paid was $66.42 more, that the current expenses were $6,854.02
less, and that the Assets showed a reduction of $14,127.24, when
compared with the year preceding.
The membership of the entire Order, as shown by the Grand
Representatives' report to 31st December, 1914, including Sisters
of Rebekah, was 2,194,773. There was an increase in the Subordinate Lodge membership of 12:807, and in the Rebekah ^Lodges of
11,165.
From these statistics we are of the opinion that there is no
ground for discouragement, but on the contrary, there is every
reason for hope and encouragement for the future of our great
and noble Order.
(2) We congratulate the Grand Master on the fact that he has
been able to visit all the Lodges of this far-flung Province, including Dawson Lodge, No. la, at Dawson, Y.T. This has involved
the devotion of a great deal of time and must have incurred some
inconvenience and self-sacrifice on the part of the Grand Master,
which entitles him to our sincere thanks. We trust that his visits
have been the means of infusing more enthusiasm ard increasing
the interest of the members of these Lodges and that beneficial
results will follow.
(3) We are pleased to learn that it was possible for the
Grand Master to visit the Grand Lodge of Ontario at its last
annual session and also the annual meeting of the Odd Fellows'
Relief Association at Kingston, and have no doubt but that he was
impressed with the work of these two organizations. We are glad
also that advantage was taken of Bro. Glass's visit to Alberta to
attend the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction
as our Fraternal Delegate in February last. We thank the Grand
Warden for his full report and rejoice to know of the success of
our Order in that Province and the excellent work being done there
for our Order. 3821
With respect to these Fraternal Visits to other Jurisdictions,
we agree with the remarks of the Grand Secretary, that it would
be preferable for this Grand Lodge to decide what Grand Bodies
should be visited during the coming year, appoint the representatives and provide for the payment of the expenses incident thereto.
(4) We are gratified to note that two D.D.G.M.'s have made
suggestions for the good of the Order in their reports. Bro. A. E.
Harron, District No. 7, recommends the adoption of a plan which
he inaugurated in his District, of each Lodge holding an "at home"
to the other Lodges in the District at least once in the year. This
could only apply to Districts containing more than one Lodge, but
we think that in such cases it would serve a good purpoe in cultivating the fraternal amenities that should exist between the members of the different Lodges and their families.
D. C. McMorris, District No. 15, recommends the issue of a
"Pastoral Letter" by. the Grand Master or D.G.M., to the Lodges
periodically, containing any useful information or suggestions for
the benefit of the Order.
We are inclined to think that this would have a beneficial effect
by creating discussion and awakening interest in the many and
varied phases of the work of our Order, and would, therefore,
recommend the idea to our incoming Grand Master for his consideration to Lodges that in his opinion require it.
(5) We agree with the decision of the Grand Lodge Officers
to meet in Vancouver this year instead of Kelowna, and recommend that their action be endorsed by this Grand Lodge.
In this connection we would submit that more consideration
should be given by the Grand Lodge to the question of its next
place of meeting, which should ,in our opinion, be decided from the
standpoint of what is best in the interest of the whole Jurisdiction
and not to gratify the wishes of any particular Lodge or District.
In such a decision the question of the relative expense to be
incurred in meeting at different points should be given due weight.
(6) The work of the Grand Relief Committees at Victoria
and Vancouver entitles them to our warmest appreciation. The
labor falling on the members of these committees is more arduous-
than that attached to the Officers of any Lodges. May they never
weary in their attention to the strangers within our gates.
(7) The fact that twenty-one Veteran Jewels were issued to
old members last year indicates plainly that they have not lost
interest in the work ?nd that they are proud to wear the distinction earned by their prolonged membership. As these Jewels are
mostly presented to the recipients b^ their Lodges, it shows that
the work of these brothers is appreciated and recognized by the
donors.
(8) The action of this Grand Lodge in bonding the financial
officers of the Subordinate Lodges, seems to be fully appreciated,
and we are glad to find that these bonds are so generally accepted,
and that the Surety Company has removed the restrictions it formerly imposed in connection with these bonds.
We approve of the action of the Grand Master in calling the
attention of the Lodges to the importance of safe-guarding their
funds and making the necessary provisions for same in their By-
Laws, 3822
(9) The Order is to be congratulated on the new Code of
Laws adopted at the last Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
As a complete compendium of the laws of the Order, systematically
arranged, it will be found to be a great convenience to those requiring to consult it, and reflects credit on the ability of the compilers.
(10) The thanks of this Grand Lodge are due to Bro. E. L.
Webber, P.G.M., for his efforts in procuring the earlier volumes of
the proceedings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge for this Jurisdiction,
thus completing the records of that Grand Body to date. We
would recommend that the Committee on Finance include in the
Estimate for the coming year a sum to provide a Bookcase for
keeping these volumes as requested by the Grand Secretary.
(11) We fully agree with the Grand Master that the year
just completed has developed novel situations such as have never
before occurred in the history of this Grand Lodge. We think he
acted properly in consulting the Standing Committee of the Grand
Lodge in respect to these questions. This Committee was formed
for such a purpose; and we are also of the opinion that the conclusions arrived at were correct and proper and in the best
interests of this Jurisdiction.
(12) Your Committee is of the opinion that in view of the
conditions prevailing throughout British Columbia, and the fact
that nearly all the first class material to build up new Lodges in
this Jurisdiction have enlisted, that the matter of having the assistance of the Agent of.the Odd Fellows' Relief Association to work
in this Turisdiction in connection with the institution of new Lodges
be deferred for the present.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7:30 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Bl-  :-   / -    EVENING SESSION    - <     -   il
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 :30 p.m. pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Chaplain having offered prayer, the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Bro. A. C. Smith, P.G., of Sandstone Lodge, No. 17,
Calgary, Alberta, was introduced and cordially welcomed.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report which was adopted: 3823
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: < |p       :   -
Your-Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the peti
tion of Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, beg to report that after considering
the same we cannot recommend that either suggestion contained
therein be adopted.
The payment of Dues by members and the regular meetings
of a Lodge are fundamental requirements of our Order and this
Grand Lodge cannot dispense with either by legislation or dispensation. We are also of the opinion that it would be useless to
appeal to the Sovereign Grand Lodge to change these fundamental
requisites for the sake of prolonging the life of this Lodge.
We regret very much to learn of the discouraging conditions
prevailing, in this Lodge, and would suggest that when the members
find themselves totally unable to carry on the business of the
Lodge that an effort be made to merge into one of the near Lodges,
either Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, at Kamloops, or Selkirk Lodge, No.
12, at Revelstoke. If this were accomplished it would preserve the
membership of the present brothers constituting Mt. Ida Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report which was received and considered seriatem:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:        / ^ . ,
(1) Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred certain portions of the Grand Master's Report, beg to recommend
that the Proclamations issued, the appointments made and the
dispensations granted by the Grand Master be approved.
We also recommend that the decisions of the Grand Master
be approved.
(2) We entertained some doubt as to the legality of the
Grand Master's ruling on the enquiry of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
as to whether it could expend its funds for the erection of a monument in-a cemetery owned by the Lodge. From a perusal of the
correspondence on this "question and from information furnished
us, we find that this Lodge purchased a piece of property for
cemetery purposes about 25 years ago, and have received $3,211.00
for lots sold during that time, and have now 156 lots unsold and
five acres still uncleared. The Lodge now wishes to erect a monument at the gateway, on which it is proposed to inscribe the names
of the members of the Lodge who have lost their lives in the
present war.
Under these circumstances, we would recommend that the
decision of the Grand Master in this case be approved, but we are
of the opinion that no Lodge should be permitted to use its
funds to erect monuments over the graves of its individual members. (See Grand Master's decision on Pages 3256 and 3257 of
the Proceedings of this Grand Lodge, 1912).
(3) We further recommend that the action of the Grand
Master in calling the attention of the Subordinate Lodges to the
importance of taking steps to safeguard their funds in order to
obtain the benefit of the Surety Bonds  of their financial officers $824
and also his advice as to the requirements of their By-Laws relating to the duties of the Treasurer of the Lodge be endorsed.
(4) We submit that the action of the Grand Master, concurred in by the Standing Committee, respecting the proposed
abandonment of the Annual Session of this Grand Lodge was
correct and should be endorsed by this Grand Body.
The evident desire of the Victoria Lodges for Economy was a
very laudable one, but the Grand Master should not be required to
do anything that is contrary to law; if, therefore, these Lodges
wished to ascertain the opinions of the Lodges of the Jurisdiction
on the question of omitting this Session they should have communicated direct with the Lodges without the intervention of the
Grand Master, and when they had received the replies, submitted
the result of same to that officer for his consideration.
But even supposing the replies had been unanimously in favor
of their proposal, we are of the opinion that the Grand Master
would not have the authority to direct that the Session should npt
be held in view of the clear provision of the Constitution, Sect.
1, Art. II., which directs that the Grand Lodge shall hold its regular Annual Communication to begin on the.second Wednesday of
June in each year.
There are other reasons in our opinion why the meeting should
not be omitted, but we will not enumerate them here.
(5) We would recommend that the dispensations granted by
the  Deputy Grand Master and the D.D.G.M.'s be approved.
There have been, we find, cases of Dispensations being
pranted to enable Lodges to open earlier than the usual hour.
This is not a very serious matter, but we would point out that
there is no authority, given to any officer for this purpose, moreover the time for opening is generally orovided for in the By-Law
and where this is the case no officer has the oower to set aside
the By-Law, the only way it can be amended is in the manner
provided therein.
(6) We recommend that the refusal of the Grand Master
to grant a Dispensation to North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to
change its meeting night be approved.    (See Sec. 800, new Code).
Signed by the Committee.
Section 1.—Re Appointments, Dispensations, etc., was
approved.
Section 2.—Re Decisions, etc., was approved.
Section 3.—Re Safeguarding Lodge Funds, was
approved.
Section 4.—Re Omission of Grand Lodge Session was
approved.
Section 5.-—Re Dispensations by D . G. M. and
D.D.G.M.'s was approved.
Section 6.—Re Dispensation refused was adopted. 3S25
The report was then adopted as a whole.
The Committee on Rebekah Degree submitted the following report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Rebekah Degree beg to submit the following report:
We regret to find that the membership of the Rebekah Lodges
has suffered in like manner with the Subordinate Lodges of this
Province, and have to report a loss of 139 brothers and 115 sisters,
making a total of 254 members during the year 1915, owing, no
doubt to the same causes in each case. There was also a considerable falling off in Receipts of these Lodges, amounting to
$2,833.34 for the year. The amount paid for relief was $218.35 less
than the preceding year, but the current expenses increased by
$1,105.01. The invested funds show an increase of $304.36, and
amount to $6,302.29.
From the reports of the Sovereign Grand Lodge we note that
on 31st December, 1914, there were 30,440 brothers and 503,074
sisters, members of the Rebekah Lodges of the Order, the sisters
showing an increase of 15,425 during the year, and they are to be
congratulated on passing the half million mark.
We are gratified to note that the sisters are exerting themselves on practical lines in works of benevolence and fraternity.
We understand that in several places they have Past Noble Grands'
Associations, formed for the purpose of mutual friendly intercourse,
to perfect themselves in the work of the Order and to discuss questions for the promotion of the objects and aims of our fraternity.
In Vancouver we find that they have a Transient Sick and
Visiting Committee, who devote their time to visiting transient
members who are sick in their city and help to cheer and brighten
them in their hours of sorrow and distress.
Then again, our sisters all over the Province have banded
themselves together in sewing circles, where they meet periodically
and work for the comfort and assistance of brothers at the front,
and render great assistance to the Red Cross and other societies
who are endeavoring to mitgate the sufferings of our wounded
soldiers. We think it would be most interesting and inspiring if a
record could be kept of what these self-sacrificing sisters are doing
alonsr these lines.
It was the brightest day in the history of Odd Fellowship
when it opened its portals to the ladies" and gave them the opportunity of meeting together and exercising their talents and sympathy for the improvement and uplifting of the human race.
We sincerely trust that they may be encouraged and strengthened to go on with their noble work, and that they may reap the
just reward of their patient and untiring exertions in every sphere
of their labors.      |||
Signed by the Committee. 3826
The Grand Warden, by direction of the Grand Lodge,
retired to the Ante-Room and conferred the Grand Lodge
Degree on the following Past Grands: J. W. McCabe, No.
1; R. E. O'Connor, No. 8; H. Patterson, A. H. Albin, No.
19; F. W. Engman, No. 23; M. T. Clugston, W. G. Ester-
brook, No. 24; A. Sutherland, No. 55; G. A. Keith, W. H.
Humphrey, J. A. Fraser, No. 61; W. C. Robertson, No. 66.
The Committee on Appeals submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: ~     ]     " ■ ;        -
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the Petition of Dawson Lodge, No. la, in the matter of the decision of this
Grand Lodge at its last session, dealing with the appeal of Bro.
Grttischick against the decision of Dawson Lodge, No. la, in
expelling him from membership in that Lodge, beg to report that
after carefullv considering the affidavits which are now submitted
with the petition, and reviewing the evidence taken at the trial
ard the additional evidence now furnished in the affidavits, we are
of the opinion that in order that justice may be done to all parties
concerned, that a fresh trial of the case should be held. We,
therefore, recommend that the former trial be set aside and that
Dawson Lodge, No. la, be directed to retry charges preferred by
Bro. E. Cftamolin against Bro. W. T. Guttischick of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow.
Signed by the Committee.
Bro. R. Brady, P.G., of Union Lodge, No. 11, Winnipeg, Manitoba, visited the Grand Lodge and was cordially
welcomed.
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the election of
Officers for the ensuing year having arrived, the Grand
Master appointed Bro. J. W. Miller, G.M., of Alberta, and
A. C. Smith, P.G., of Sandstone Lodge, Calgary, Alberta,
to act as tellers.
Nominations were offered as follows:
T. C. Hubbard, No. 1, nominated W. H. Brown, No. 8,
as Grand Master.
T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, nominated J. H. Glass,
No. 51, as Deputy Grand Master.
A. M. Russell, No. 8, nominated R. A. Merrithew, No.
27, as Grand Warden.
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, nominatedlFred
Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary. 3827
For Grand Treasurer, the following were nominated:
D. C. McMorris, No. 16, by A. Goldsmith, No. 57; A. E.
Harron, No. 55, by E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A. Parker, No. 10, by H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10; T. H.
White, No. 61, by D. J. McDonald, No. 61; H. Fooks, No.
28, by A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; J. Wilby, No. 2, by
J. Bell, No. 4; L. V. Rogers, No. 59, by D. MacBeth, No. 9.
For Grand Representative W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.,
No. 26, was nominated by W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10.        : ji
Bro. W. H. Brown, No. 8, being the only nominee for
the office of Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, by order
of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot in his favor, and he was
declared duly elected.
Bro. J. 5L Glass, No. 51, being the only nominee for
Deputy Grand Master, was declared duly elected, the Grand
Secretary casting the ballot in his favor.        |p
Bro. R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, being the only nominee
for Grand Warden, was declared duly elected, the Grand
Secretary casting the ballot in his favor.
Bro. Fred Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for
Grand Secretary, was declared duly elected, Bro. D. E.
JMacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, casting the ballot in his favor.
The Grand Master appointed G. H. Grant, No. 3; M. J.
Phillips, No. 3; D. Dewar, No: 2, and E. C. Turner, No. 3,
to assist the tellers in the distribution and collection of the
ballots.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Treasurer, and the following result announced: Number of votes
cast 191. Necessary to choice 9.6. D. C. McMorris received
15 votes, A. E. Harron received 74 votes, A. Parker received
19 votes, T. H. White received 36 votes, H. Fooks received
22 votes, J. Wilby received 14 votes, L. V. Rogers received
10 votes.f§ Spoiled ballot 1.
No choice appearing a fresh ballot ,was spread confined to the names of the three brothers receiving the
highest number of votes, viz., Bros. A. E. Harron, T. H.
White and H. Fooks, and the following result was announced:. Number of votes cast 189. Necessary to choice
95. A. E. Harron received 103 votes, T. H. White received
45 votes, and H. Fooks received 41 votes.    A. E. Harron 3828
having received a majority of the votes cast was declared
duly elected.
m/
Bro. W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26, being the only
nominee for Grand' Representative, the Grand Secretary,
by order of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot for his election
and he was declared duly elected for two years.
Nominations were invited for the office of Trustees of
the Odd Fellows' Home Fund, and the following were
offered: A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, nominated T. F.
Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; A. M. Russell, No. 8, nominated
E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.,
No. 26, nominated D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; W.
Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10, nominated H. B. Gilmour, PG.M.,
No. 10; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1, nominated A. Parker, No. 10.
There being no further nominees, the Grand Secretary,
by order of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot for their election and the foregoing five brothers were declared duly
elected for three years.
Bro. Wallace Law, P.G.M., Grand Representative, applied for and was granted leave of absence for tomorrow
morning's session.
It was on motion Resolved, That the thanks of this
Grand Body are due and are hereby tendered to the tellers
for their efficient services at the election of officers.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 10 o'clock a.m. tomorrow."
The Grand Chaplain having offered prayer the Grand
Lodge adjourned.
SECOND DAY
15th June, 1916,
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 10 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and- the
Grand Chaplain having invoked the Divine Blessing, the
Grand Lodge was declared duly open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Represntatives was called. 3829
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem be requested to furnish
a comparative estimate 'of the cost of a meeting of this
Grand Body at different places.
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: . jt
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to report as follows:
Resolved, That the thanks of thi* Grand Lodge be tendered
to his Worship Mayor McBeath, of the City of Vancouver, B.C.,
for his address and generous words of welcome at the opening
session of this Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the officers and members of the Vancouver Lodges
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.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be
tendered the Press of the City of Vancouver for the manner it Has
reported the Proceedings of this Session.
Bt it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be
tendered the Grand Master for the very special efforts he made
to visit all the Lodges of this Jurisdiction during his term of office.
Your Committee feels that special mention should be made of the
fact that the Grand Master visited officially all the Lodges of the
Jurisdiction.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge Officers
for the able manner in which the business of the Order has been
conducted during this session, and during the past year.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be
tenedered to the ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit
and kind greetings conveyed by their Committee during the
session.
Signed by the Committee.
The following communication was read from the Secretary of the Rebekah Assembly and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: \ '-■"";.
I am directed by a Resolution of the Rebekah Assembly to
ascertain if the President is entitled to have a Rebekah Lodge
Ritual for her use during her term of office?
Fraternally yours,
-     . F. A. WALKER,
Secretary of Rebekah Assembly. 3830
The Special Committee on Enlisted Members presented
the following report:
To the Grand Lodee of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Special Committee, to whom was referred the question
as to what steps should be taken by this Grand Body in connection
with the enlistment of so many members of our Lodges for service in the Great War in which our Empire is now engaged, beg
to report that we have carefully considered the subject and beg
to submit the following for your consideration:
(l) There appears to be a concensus of opinion on the
part of our Lodges that the emergency calls for some action on
the part of this Grand Lodge, in view of the heavy financial liabilities that may accrue to some of them as a result of casualties sustained by their members who have gone into the fighting line.
(2) Your Committee would recommend that without increasing
the annual per capita tax that 25 cents of said per capita tax be
set aside to create a fund for the purpose of relieving such Lodges
as may request and require assistance to meet sick benefits due to
their members through injuries during the present war.
(3) That the Grand Lodge at this Session appoint a Committee to be known as the ."War Emergency Relief Committee/'
to consist of seven members whose duties shall be to administer
said fund in the manner above described, and in the event of a
vacancy occurring in the committee during the recess that the
committee be empowered to fill same until the next meeting of the
Grand Lodge.
(4) In the event of the committee deciding that they require
further funds to enable them to render assistance to Lodges entitled
to receive the same, the Committee shall have power to solicit
and receive subscriptions from members of the Order through the
-Subordinate Lodges.
(5) The Committee are authorized to retain the monies thus
received and not to pay same into the Grand Lodge funds, and to
disburse same in its discretion.
(6) The Committee may appoint its own officers, including
a Treasurer, to take charge of the funds and  adopt  rules for its
government.
(7) Lodges to furnish the Committee with lists of their
members enlisted for active service with a statement of their
financial standing in the Lodge. These lists to be supplemented
from time to time as further brothers enlist.
(8) The Committee shall not make any grant to a Lodge
except for benefits claimed by members on account of injuries
received or sickness caused by ersvice in the present war which
entitles them to benefits. Applications for such relief must be
made by the Lodge to which the brother belongs and shall be
accompanied by a statement of the date, duration and nature of
such sickness, the brother's financial standing in the Lodge at the 3831
date of his being incapacitated, and also the financial ability of the
Lodge to meet such claims, all such information to be to the
satisfaction of the Committee. If it should appear that the Lodge
is able to meet such claims, the Committee shall decline to afford
it any aid.
I?.; It is distinctly understood, however, that no benefits shall be
paid out of this fund to other than those who enlisted for service
in the present European War, and in accordance with the By-
Laws of the Lodge in which the Brother holds^membership, except
that in no case shall the amount donated from this fund exceed
six dollars per week per sick member, nor the amount allowed by
the By-Laws of the Lodge.
(9) The Committee shall submit a full report of its operations
to the Grand Lodge at its Annual Session for the past year, showing the amount received from, and the amount of relief granted to
each Lodge.
(10) As your Committee deem it essential that the members
of the Committee should reside in one place and that it would be
advantageous to enlist the services of the Grand Secretary in its
work, we would recommend that the personnel of the Committee
for the coming vear be as follows: A. Henderson, P.G.M.; W. H.
Cullin, P.G.M.; P. W. Dempster, P.G.M.; J. Bell, P.G.; G. McCann,
P.G.; P. L. Manser, P.G., and Fred Davey, P.G., Grand Secretary.
(11) Your Committee is further of the opinion that Lodges
should carefully conserve their finances in order to meet their
additional obligations, and with this end in view, discontinue the
illegal practice of paying the dues of its members from the general
funds of the Lodge.
(12) Your Committee venture to express the hope that if this
report meets with favorable consideration, and it should become
necessary to solicit contributions that the appeal be accorded the
hearty support and assistance of every member of this Grand
Lodge and the entire membership of the Jurisdiction.
(13) Although we are called upon to contribute in many ways
in connection with this war, yet we consider that these proposals'
should commend themselves to our membersip on the highest
grounds of patriotism and fraternity. We are of the opinion that
it is our bounden duty to see that these brothers receive the benefits that are due to them, and that our Lodges are enabled to perform the obligations that they have assumed; to permit any failure
in these respects would entail discredit on our Order.
Signed by the 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.
The amendment was negatived on being submitted.
The motion to adopt the report was then submitted
and declared to be carried.
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The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: '   "   %
We, your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the
question from the Rebekah Assembly re permission to President
of the Assembly to have custody of Ritual, beg leave to report
that the answer to this question should be "no," and quote as the
authority, Sec. 924, *Art XIX, Page 451, of the Code adopted by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1915, to the effect that Rituals are
not to be taken from the Lodge Room.
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.: "'       ..       j
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the
Reports of the Officers of the Rebekah Assembly and the resolutions submitted by that body, beg to report that we have considered the same, and are of the opinion that two answers by the
President on Page 14 of the printed report to questions Nos. £
and 3, re members joining on an expired withdrawal card should
be amended to read as follows:
1st. "The holder may be admitted as an Ancient Odd Fellow
by the payment of such fee as the By-Laws of the Lodge may
provide."
2nd. "The member may deposit the card with an application
for membership and be admitted as an Ancient Odd Fellow."
We recommend that the actions contained in the other documents submitted be approved.
Signed by the Committee.
It was Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to Two o'Clock this afternoon.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly,
AFTERNOON   SESSION '   '*        i
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 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 Chaplain having offered prayer, the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business.
Moved by T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, and seconded by
Hugh B. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10, That the Grand Secretary com- 3833
municate with the Grand Secretaries of the Grand Lodges of Australia and New Zealand, asking for full information as to the
method of conducting the business of the Order in those Jurisdictions, more especially as regards the payment of dues and benefits, and that the information thus obtained be submitted to this
Qrand Lodge at the next session.    Carried. .
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, to whom was referred the question of the cost1 of holding sessions of this Grand
Body at various places, beg to submit the following:
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It was moved and seconded, That the Grand Lodge
Session of 1917 be held at Chilliwack.
Moved and seconded as an amendment that the word
"Chilliwack" be struck out and the word "Victoria" inserted
in lieu.
The amendment was defeated on being submitted to
the vote, and the original motion was then carried.
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, submitted an amendment to
its By-Laws respecting the duties of Treasurer, which was
referred to the Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
feiii 3834
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates, to whom was referred the amendment to Section 8, Art. 7, of the By-Laws of
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, dealing with the duties of Treasurer,
recommend that the same be approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Finance Committee beg to report as follows:
(1) • We have examined the Grand Secretary's Financial Statement as presented on Pages 29 to 37 of the Grand Officers Reports,
and find that a difference occurs in the statement of receipts when
compared with the statement of receipts as recorded by the Grand
Treasurer. The total receipts as shown by the Grand Secretary's
report is $40.71 less than the amount shown by the books of the
Grand Treasurer. This difference is composed of bank interest
and refund of bank exchange received by the Grand Treasurer
direct, and has been inadvertently omitted from the statement as
submitted by the Grand Secretary.
We recommend that this omission be rectified so as to correspond with the books of the Grand Treasurer, and that the Grand
Secretary's Report be adopted with the correction as recommended.N
(2) We have considered the supplementary report of the
previous finance committee re the remuneration of the auditing
committee, and recommend, that in view of the general endeavor
to curtail operating expenses, we do not feel it advisable to inaugurate new ones, and therefore, recommend that the said report be
not adopted.
(3) With reference to that part of the supplementary report
of the Grand Master regarding clerical assistance to the Grand
Secretary, we beg to submit that considering the reduction in.
membership and general necessity to keep the expenditure as low
as possible, we cannot recommend the adoption of this part of the
report.
(4) Your Committee beg to submit the following estimate of
the receipts and expenditures of the Grand Lodge for the coming
year:
Receipts
Balance in Grand Treasurer's Hands $3,119 45
Per  Capita Tax on  6,757  Members  at $1.00  payable,  50c
on 30th June and 50c on 31st December, 1916  6,757 00
Total   Estimated   Revenue. $9,876 -45 3835
Expenditure
Grand Secretary's Salary  ] $l)20o 00
Grand  Master's  Expenses    60o 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax Ill     150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's Office   420 00
Printing | """"Z"Z     450 00
Premium  on  Bonds    10 qo
Postage and Sundries, Grand Secretary...l..lZ."."."."l......'     150 00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Master...        20 00
Janitor this Session          20 00
Incidental Expense this Session  !ZZ.""       10 00
Past Grand Master's Jewel \..""'ZZ~      28 00
Independent Odd Fellow, Card '"''''""""'.      10 00
Grant to  Patriarch's  Militant  !!"!"!""""!       50 00
Telephone,  Grand Secretary's Office l|j||       54 00
Book Case for Grand Secretary's Office        20 00
Mileage and Per Diem this  Session  2,702 90
War Emergency Relief Fund   1^605 50
$7,490 40.
Estimated   Revenue     9,876 45
Estimated Expenditure  7,490 40
Leaving a. Balance on Hand at end of year $2,386 05
Signed by the Committee.
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 report that
we have examined the Certificates presented by the Officers and
Representatives in attendance at this session, have checked the
same and find that they are entitled to the amounts stated against
their respective names. 3836
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Signed by the Committee, 3838
The notice given by the representatives of Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8, yesterday to amend By-Law No. 1, of the
Grand Lodge, was taken from the table, when it was moved
to amend same by striking out the words 'Two and half/3
and substitute the word "Four" cents so as to make the
mileage payable four cents per mile. The amendment was
put to the vote and carried. The amended notice was then
submitted and declared to be carried.
The Grand Master appointed W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.,
No. 26, to act as Grand Marshal and to assist in the installation of officers for the coming year.
The Grand Secretary called the names of the Elective
and Appointed Officers, who took their station in front of
the principal chair, and having been duly obligated, were
installed into their respective chairs in ample form, as follows :
W. H .Brown, No. 8, as Grand Master.
m H. Glass, No. 51, as Deputy Grand Master.
R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
E. A. Harron, No. 55, as Grand Treasurer.
Rev. W. A. Crux, No. 27, as Grand Chaplain.
J. C Davis, No. 19, as Grand Marshal.
H. Fooks, No. 28, as Grand Conductor.
J. Peers, No. 7, as Grand Guardian.
W. Y. C. Tarvis, No. 15, as Grand Herald.
Bro. A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, in suitable terms,
on behalf of the Grand Lodge, presented a Past Grand
Master's Jewel to the retiring Past Grand Master, Bro. P.
W. Dempster, No. 2, to which Bro. Dempster feelingly responded.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year: P. A. McLean 	
H.  W.   Harrison  ...
H. Thorneycroft  ...
E.   D.   Comley 	
J. O. Henderson, Jr
C. C. Cooke 	
H. W. Pugsley	
J. A. Jewett 	
C.  G.   Phinney	
A.  R.  Bentley 	
Chas.   Whyte   	
H. Ferguson 	
W. H. Cowan 	
J. *S.  Crosby 	
William   Hinde   	
J.  P.  Smith 	
A. Banham 	
Geo. H.  Kerr	
H. R. Wilson 	
W. D. Fern 	
E. J. Dezall 	
J. B. Cross 	
F. Sweeney 	
J. N. Currie 	
Jas. Weatherbie 	
P. McGuire 	
F. J. Broughton 	
A.  Prentice 	
J. W. Jackson 	
J.   H.   Drummond .
W. Montalbetti 	
W.  H.  Bonus 	
A.  Goldsmith 	
S. V. Cox 	
F. J.  Tohnston .:.....
J. H. "Dillon 	
The  Grand  Master also  appointed  the following Committees
for the ensuing year:
Finance—J. Wilby, No. 2; J. Bell No. 4; P. L. Manser, No. 1;
C. North, No. 12; F. J. Johnston, No. 65; J. R. Rattray, No. 24.
Appeals—A. Parker, No. 10; J. W. O'Connor, No.  62; W.  G.
Barrie, No. 63;  D. J.  McDonald,  No.  61; A. E.  Bradshaw, No. 5
N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; T. C. Hubbard, No,
1; A. W. Baylis, No. 4; R? A. Perry, No. 14; F, D, Davies, No. 22. 3840
Petitions—E. C. Turner,' No. 3; D Bell, No. 12; E. H. McPhee,
No. 42; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50; A. Bowers, No. 60; J. E. Phinney,
No. 58.
State of the Order—G. MacBeth, No. 9; J. C. Smith. No. 23;
A.   R.   Slater,   No.   27-;  W.   G.   Pond,   No.   38;  J.   H.   Drummond,
52
Legislation—C. North, No. 12; D. C. McMorris, No. 16; R. C.
Boyes, No. 25; W. Hudson, No. 11; P. McGuire, No. 40.
Judiciary—J. Peers, No. 7; D. Nunn. No. 26; W. W. Walkem,
No. 6; F. Sweeney, No. 36; W. Montalbetti, No. 64.
Printing—Grand Secretary; R. M. Sanborn, No. 2; J. P. Smith.
No. 17; J. Bell, No. 4; G. Hadden, No. 19; R. D. McAllister, No. 55^
Mileage and Per Diem—D. G. Stafford, No. 46; J. Dixon, No.
54; W. H. Bonus, No. 56; A. Hamilton, No. 59; H. Logan, No. 48.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; J. Pearson
No.  47;   T.   Tellefsen,  No.   10;   A.   E.   Bradshaw,   No.   5;   W.   w'
Walkem, No. 6.
It was on motion Resolved, That the appointments of
the Grand Master be confirmed.
Moved by Wallace Law, P.G.M., No. 10. and seconded by A. M.
Russell, P.G.R., No. 8, That this Grand Lodge here assembled,
learns with regret of the sudden illness of Bro. E. L. Webber,
P.G.M., P.G.R., and extend to him and his family our sincere
sympathy and expresses the hope that he may speedily be restored
to good health.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Minutes
of this Session be taken as read.
The Grand Chaplain having addressed the Throne of
Grace, it was on motion Resolved, That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was then closed in due form.
BRSTI
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Grand Secretary 3841
The following Past Grand Masters were in attendance
at the Session:
H. B. Gilmour, No. 10; A. Henderson, No. 2; W. Hogg,
No. 10; T. F. Neelands, No. 8; D. E. MacKenzie, No. 3;
F. E. Simpson, No. 42; W. Law, No. 10; E. L. Webber,
No. 27; W. H. Cullin, No. 4; W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, and
R. Dudley, No. 47. | 3842
IN    MEMORY   OF
Henry Waller, p.g.m., p.g.r.
Who   Died   May 7,  1916
Brother Waller was born at Dartford, Kent,
England, just 80 years ago. He came to the
United States when he was about 15 years of
age, and soon afterwards removed to Canada.
In 1864 r.e came to Victoria and engaged in business there for about 30 years, when he removed
to Cumberland, where he remained for about 10
or 11 years, but having retired from business he
returned to Victoria, and spent the remainder of
his life there.
Brother Waller was initiated in Columbia
Lodge, No. 2, on February 24, 1870, immediately
after its institution. He occupied the chair of
Noble Grand for the term commencing July 1,
1874, and again for that commencing January 1,
1884. He took the Grand Lodge Degree on February 8, 1875, and was elected Grand Master in
1882, and served as Grand Representative in
1890, 1891, 1892,  1893 and 1894.
Whilst serving as Deputy Grand Master he
was deputed to go to Oregon and obtain from
the Grand Representative of that Jurisdiction,
the secret work of the Order, the Sovereign
Grand Lodge having changed the work in consequence of the reduction of the degrees of the
Subordinate Lodges from five to three, and this
Jurisdiction having no representative to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge at that time. This duty
Bro. Waller performed in a most satisfactory
manner.
At the session of the Grand Lodge in 1884,
Bro. Waller was presented with an address
numerously signed by the members of the Jurisdiction, expressing their appreciation of the
valuable services he had rendered to the Ortfer
in this Jurisdiction. The address was accompanied by a framed portrait of himself, and a
very  handsome jewel.
Brother Waller was a most enthusiastic and
constant worker for Odd Fellowship, both in the
Subordinate and Grand Lodge, and also in the
Patriarchal Branch of the Order, and much of
the success that it has attained in this Jurisdiction is attributable to his untiring energy
and zeal. HENRY WALLER
GRAND  MASTER
1882  3843
IN   MEMORY   OF
Past Grands
Who Have Died  During the Year
J. DOUGHTY
Victoria   Lodge,   No.  1
D. R. YOUNG
Columbia   Lodge,   No.   2
E. BRAGG
Dominion   Lodge  No. 4
E. T. W. PEARSE
R. E. SMITH  §:  V
H. TUNBRIDGE
Tatnai   Lodge,   No. 9
G. THOMAS
Western   Star   Lodge,   No.   10
W.  FRAMPTON
Cloverdale Lodge,  No. 15
a. Mcdonald
Vernon Valley Lodge,  No. 18
D. ROSS
Boundary  Valley   Lodge,   No.  38
A. E. TEETER
Slocan Lodge, No. 40
H. S. MILLS
Gateway Lodge,  No. 45

North  Vancouver   Lodge,   No.  55
"Life's race well run,
Life's work well done,
Life's crown well won;
Now comes rest."         INDEX
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund ... I --	
Alberta, Grand Lodge of. Fraternal Visit to	
Anderson, M || D.D.G.M., Washington; Visit of ;..3803,
Australia, New Zealand, Grand Ldg.s of, re Dues and Benefits
Badges as Regalia 1 |	
Benefits to  Enlisted Members T 3747,
Benefit Payable to Member After Being Off Funds 6 Months
Blainchard, R. L., Appeal for Aid *	
By-Laws of :Grand Lodge, Amendment to 3805,
Cemetery Monuments   ...........3747,
Certificates, Medical, to-Entitle to Benefits :	
Chilliwack Selected as Place of Meeting, 1917...	
Code of Laws 3783,
Committees,   Appointment   of 3738, 3741,
Constitution,  Grand Lodge, Amendment to 3803,
Custodial!  of Secret Work, Appointment.of-..—,  |
Daniel, R. T.,  Grand Sire,  Death  of 3788,
Dawsqn  Lodge, _ No.  la, Appeal of \ 3782, 3804,
Dempster, P.W., P.G.M., Presentation of P.G.M., Jewel to	
D.D.G.M.'s,   Appointment   of \ , 3751,
Departmental Council*  PM.,- Greetings from... ...J. L	
Dismissal Certificates, Issue of ..... 1. i......
Dues and Benefits Payable in-Australia arid New Zealand	
Dines of Enlisted Members, Payment of 3758', 3778,
Elsperman,  G.,- P.G.M!, Washington,  Visit  of 3814,
Enlisted; Members,   Lists .of ; : 3?78,
Expulsion; of Members, Fined by Court of Law	
Finance .Committee, Payment of I _ 3806,
Fraternal Visits to Other Jurisdictions.; Wm
Funeral Aid Association of B.C., Report of I i	
Funeral Expenses, Payment of j | ]	
General Relief Committees, Reports of :>. ] I
Grand Lodge By-Law's, Amendment to..™ ; 3805,
Constitution, Amendment, to 3803,
Cost of;Meeting of  _.. 1  3829,
Degree,   Conferring   of ;..3740,
Officers,* Appointment   of	
Officers,  Election  of	
Qffic,ers,: Installation   of I	
Place [of  Meeting  of *...;.... 3762,
Session,- Omission of  L... ...3761,
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cc
cc
cc
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3776
3765
3813
3832
3737
3830
3750
3804
3838
3823
3748
3833
3797
-3839
3815
3741
3790-
3826
3838
3838
3806
3747
3832;
3801
3815
3801
3749
3834
3783
3809
3749
3778.
3838
3815
3833
3826
3737
3826
3838
3833
3824 a
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INDEX—CONTINUED
Grand  Master, Appointments  by.... 3751, 3838,
Decisions  by   3747,
Dispensations Issued by  ;. 1 375
Dispensations   Refused  by 3753,
Fraternal Visits by	
Official   Visits   by	
Pastoral  Letter  by 3756,
Proclamations by	
Reports  of   3743,
Grand Representatives, Report of	
Secretary, Clerical Assistance to 3800,
Report  of  3768.
Treasurer, Report of  ;	
Warden,   Report   of.....	
Hague   Peace   Monument   Fund	
Kuykendal, W.L., Past Grand Sire, Death of \ 3788,
Lodge Meetings, Hour of ..__'_. ;	
Member Holding  Dual  Office : ;___'	
Members Joining on Expired Withdrawal Card	
I Killed in Action: ....:	
Memorial Page  —	
Merritt, H. D., Grand Master, Washington, Visit of .3803,
Mileage and Per Diem, Payment of  3805,
Miller, J. W., Grand Master, Alberta, Visit of 3741,
Mt.  Ida Lodge,  Petition of 3804,
Muckle, M. R., Grand Treasurer S.G.L., Death of 3788,
Odd Fellows' Home, Committee, -Report of \ 3814,
"   § Fund    ;	
I    Trustees  of  ...3803, 3815,
Relief Association of Canada 3747,
Past Grand Masters in Attendance at Session	
Pearse, E.T.W., Death of : I	
Reading Clerk, Appointment of 	
Rebekah Assembly,  Delegation from	
Rebekah Assembly, Delegation to	
Rebekah Assembly, Report of Officers, etc 3814,
Rebekah   Lodges,   Reports   of	
Reinstatement of Expelled Members	
" I Mileage and Per Diem 3833,
Report B. C. Funeral Aid Association	
Committee on Appeals 	
I Credentials   	
Distribution   	
Enlisted   Members   	
Finance     3806,
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cc
cc
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3832
3784
3843
3813
3838
3813
3823
3793
3822
3776
3828
3807
3841
3805
3737
3815
3816
3832
3770
3800
3835
3809
3826
3738
3801
3830
3834 INDEX—CONTINUED
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Report Committee on Judiciary _ . 3822, 3823, 3832
Laws of Subordinates  3808, 3833
Legislation     3815
Mileage and Per Diem 3833, 3835
Necrology     3805
•     Odd Fellows' Home   3814
Printing     3808
Rebekah Degree   3825
Resolutions     3829
. State of the Order   3820
Statistics re Dues and Benefits  3816
Uniform System of Bookkeeping  3806
Deputy Grand Master   3767
District Deputy Grand Masters 3753, 3800
" Grand Master  3743, 3800
Grand   Representatives     3786
Grand Secretary  3768, 3801
Grand Treasurer    3785
Rituals for Assembly President 3829, 3832
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Bound Volumes of Proceedings  3783
Centenary  of   j  3797
1 " " Constitution,  New  of  3797
§ I | Constitution,  Amendments  to  3798
Stock Account ~  3775
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Greetings from „  3740
Transportation Clerk, Appointment of  3741
Treasurers of Lodges, Duties of 3762, 3823
Trial Balance   3777
I      Committee on Past Grands  3749
Trustees, Odd Fellows' Home Fund  3803
Uniform System of Bookkeeping   3806
Veteran Jewels, Who Are Entitled to  3748
I |        Issued    3782
Visitors  3740, 3741, 3800, 3803, 3804, 3814, 3822, 3826
Waller, Henry, P.G.M., Death of 3764, 3784, 3805, 3842
War Emergency Relief Committee  3830, 3831
Webber.. E. L., P.G.M.,- Illness of _ „_  3840
Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Mergement of „ 3753, 3768 PAST GRAND MASTERS GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH
COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
1—J. S. Drummond 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
4—John Weiler  1875. Victoria Lodged No. 2.
8—J. P. Davies  1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
3—R. Roberts 1877 Victoria Lodge. No; 1.
2—W. J. Jeffree 1878......Columbia Lod<*'e, No. 2.
9—Charles Gowen  1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J.   Wriglesworth 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W.  Shiles  1881......New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
20—Henry  Waller 1882 Columbia  Lodge,  No.  2.
11—Alexander Phillips  1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
W.   D.   McKillican 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
7—Wm.. McColl. 1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
5—Fred'k Carne  1886 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
10—Joshua Davies  1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
| "'   re-elected ..1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
12—J.   H.  Meldram 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
16—E.  Quennell ... 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
14—J.  E.  Phillips 1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
13—J.  E. Phillips 1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
19—James Crossan  1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T.  C.  Gray 1894 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
18—W. E. Holmes... 1895 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H.   £.   Gilmour 1896 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W.   H.   Morton...... 1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A. Henderson 1898 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
17—D. Welsh  1899 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
6—W.   E.  Johnstone 1900 Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
|feW Hogg 1901 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
15—A.  Graham  1902 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
E. C. Arthur. M.D 1903..:...Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
T.  F. Neelands 1904 .Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
D. E.   MacKenzie   1905 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
F. E. Simpson 1906 Key Citv Lodge, No. 42.
T.   Embleton   ..::... 1907 Rossland Lodge, No. 6.
H.  T.  Fulton 1908 Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
Wallace Law 1909 Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
E. L. Webber | 1910 Amity Lodge, No. 27.
W. H.  Cullin •. 1911 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
W. A. Johnstone 1912 ^Pacific Lodge. No. 26.
R. Dudley  1913 Mt. Fernie Lodge. No. 47.
H. White  - 1914 Key City Lodge, No. 42.
P. W. Dempster 1915 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
1-
-Died
6th
2-
-Died
18th
3-
-Died
24th
4-
-Died
6th
5-
-Died
7th
6-
-Died
12th
7-
-Died
12th
8-
-Died
20th
9-
-Died
8th
10—Ceased M
February, 1884.
March, 1885
December,  1897.
September, 1899.
April,   1905.
June, 1904.
June   1907.
September, 1879.
December,  1892.
embership.
11—Died 22nd  November.  1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907.
14—Died 30th January, 1908.
15—Died 13th August, 1909.
16—Died 26th April,  1912.
17—Died 14th February, 1914.
18—Died 13th July, 1914.
19—Died 18th April, 1915.
20—Died 7th May, 1916. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
W. H. BROWN, Grand Master [ Vancouver
J. H.  GLASS, Deputy Grand Master ,-, Penticton
R. A. MERRITHEW, Grand Warden | New Westminster
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary 1323 Douglas St., Victoria
E. A. HARRON, Grand Treasurer t North Vancouver
W.  H.  CULLIN,  Grand Representative Victoria
W. A. JOHNSTONE, Grand Representative.' Vancouver
REV. W. A. CRUX, Grand Chaplain New Westminster
J. C. DAVIS, Grand Marshal Vancouver
H. FOOKS, Grand Conductor Agassiz
J. PEERS,  Grand Guardian i Chilliwack
W. Y. C. TARVIS, Grand Herald Cloverdale
The next Session of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia will
be held at Chilliwack, commencing Wednesday, the 13th day of
June, 1917.
SUPPLIES
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by^ the necessary amount to pay for the same.
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate Lodge Rituals $3 00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards, Transfer and Dismissal Certificates         20
Book  of   Forms     1 00
Book of  Odes  with  music..:       75
Code  of Laws   j| [  2 50
Lodge  Odes           5
Odes with music. Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges       10
Anniversary Odes          5
Funeral Hymns with Responses „        5
Funeral  Ceremony        30
Anniversary Ceremony  ~       30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony       30
Officers' Roll Book -L. *:.... 1 50.
Question  Book    1 25
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders  1 50
Subordinate Lodge Degree  Chart   2 50
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B.C., 1874 to 1885  1 50
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work       50
Black Book   2 00
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100       60
Official  Certificates  and Receipts  for Dues,  in books  of  100
with  name  and number  of Lodge printed  thereon  (not
less than 500)       70
Secret Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges       40
Attendance  Register   2 00
Certificate of Membership on plate paper       75
Constitution Book and Roll of Members  1 25
Veteran Jewels, each  •.  8 00
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each....     40
Petitions for membership with medical certificate are furnished
bv the Odd  Fellows/ Relief Association of Canada, and are  supplied to Lodges free.

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