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Array   Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth
Annual Session of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia
OF THE
INDEPENDENT ORDER
of ODDFELLOWS
&*
HELD AT VICTORIA, B. C
JUNE   12th and 13th
1912
THE THOS. R. CUSACK PRESSES, VICTORIA    PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
Grand Lodge%qf British Columbia
I. O. O. F.
Odd Fellows' Hall,
Victoria, B. C,
12th June, 1912.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9.45 a.m. on this date,
pursuant to notice.    Present:—
W. H. Cullix   Grand Master
AY. A. Johnstone   Deputy Grand Master
R. Dudley  . . Grand V^arden
Feed Davey    Grand Secretary
Haeey White Grand Treasurer
H. T. Fulton^ P. G. M Grand Representative
E. G.  Cavalsey    Grand Representative
Rev. E. G. Milder Grand Chaplain
H. Fooks   Grand Marshal
J. E. Phihney Grand Conductor
F. D. Lemieux Grand Herald
The Grand Master appointed W. B. Fleming, 'No. 38, as
Grand Guardian pro tern. 246
All present were examined, reported duly qualified, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine blessing.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives-elect, and of the Past Grands entitled to
Grand Lodge Degree, which were on motion ordered to be
received and referred to a Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the following as the Committee on Credentials:—Grand Secretary; A. J. Laidlaw,
No. 26; C. S. Keith, No. 3.
W. E. McCorskie, Grand Master; H. A. Thompson,
Grand Patriarch; L. F. Hart, Grand Secretary of the Juris-
diction of Washington, and O. E. Tisdale, P.G.M., Grand
Secretary, and Fraternal Delegate from the Grand Lodge
of Alberta, were announced in waiting. The Grand Master
appointed all the Past Grand Masters present to retire and
introduce these distinguished visitors, which was done, and
they were cordially welcomed to the Grand Lodffe by the
Grand Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted the name of Bro. D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., as Reading Clerk for the Session, which
was on motion approved.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have examined the credentials of the Representatives elected for the ensuing
year, and find the following duly accredited:—
No. 1.
l&*a&^ & « %rt.»«; 3247
Lodge Representatives.
Victoria, No. 1    T. C. Hubbard
W. W. Gardiner
Columbia,  No. 2    P. W. Dempster
.F.  F.  Forneri
Royal City, No. 3   E. J. Boughen
G. E. Gilley
Dominion, No. 4   R. A. Anderson
J.Bell
Black Diamond, No. 5....W. Grieve
W. Newton
Harmony,  No.  6 J. H   Morgan
I. Heyes
Excelsior,  No.  7    James Turvey
E. A. Nelmes
Vancouver, No. 8 A. M. Russell
W. H. Brown
Tatnai,   No.   9    E. T. W. Pearse
T. C. Campbell
Western  Star,  No.  10....A. Cleland
E. P. Dennis
Union, No. 11 Chas. Whyte
James Brown
Selkirk, No. 12  K. G, McRae
J. S. Hooley
Cloverdale,  No.   15 B. B. Smith
Kootenay, No. 16 W. Fotheringhair
C. E. P. Watts
Duncan,  No.  17 J. Boak
Vernon Valley, No. 18 F. Cuming
Mt.  Pleasant, No.  19 F. Trim'ble
W. F. McKenzie
Delta,  No. 21    H. B. Thompson
Ashcroft,  No. 23    M. Dumond
Island,  No.  24    J. H. Fairhall
Pacific, No. 26    A. J. Laidlaw
T. B. Godfrey
Amity. No. 27   A. Adams
J. W. McDonald
Cheam, No. 28   Geo. Vance
Rocky Mountain No. 34 .J. T. Wood
Rossland, No. 36   Jas Twaddle
Robt. Clemas
Boundary Valley, No. 38..W. G. Pond
W. B. Fleming
Silver City, No. 39 H. Anderson
Slocan, No. 40  W. H. Pinchbeck
Trout  Lake, No. 41 0. Jacobs n
Key City, No. 42  C. R. Ward
W.  M. Harris
Enterprise,  No. 43    J. W. Milross
H. Stone
Wildey, No. 44 E. L. Hutt
Gateway,  No. 45    J. Kavanagh
Snowshoe, No. 46  .......J. C. Tait
Alternates.
P. A. McLean
W. J. Gower
J. Pottinger
D. Dewar
M. J. Phillips
B. W. Shiles, P.G.M
F. C. Dillabough
E. Bragg
T. E. Woodcock
H. McKenzie
W. W. Walkem
W. Gilchrist
J. C. Henderson
Fred Nelmes
W. J. Wriglesworth
J. A. Dillabough
R. A. Chute
H. McLean
F. P. Bishop
G. Chapman
James Smith
G. Knight
J. Mathie
A. D. Matheson
E. E. Robinson
J. H. Lemmon
H. W. Halpenny
W. Rice
J. Douglas
M.  McRae
A. D. Paterson
J. C. Smith
E. T. Jones
R.'W, Godfrey
T. S. Brown
D. McPherson
J. A. Johnson
H. Fooks
D. McBeath
S. Patterson
F. D. Lemieux
D. Tattrie
F.  Buckholz
F. Mummery
E. H. Patmore
W. S. MacDonald
A. Driscoll
F. J. Smyth
J. B. Chapman
J. P. McKenzie r*Jr**t-t~i*4' £'
3248
Lodge. Representatives,
T. A.   Love
Mtl  Fernie, Xo. 47    T.Robertson
J. Lundie
Coronation, No. 48   C. H. Hardy
Eureka, No. 50   R. Blackburn
Penticton, No. 51    J. W. Jackson
Maple Leaf, No. 53    C.  L.  Hdltz
Michel No.  54    G. B. Stedman
J. A. Murray
North Vancouver, No. 55..D. A. McLean
Mt. Ida, Xo. 56   S. McGuire
Sunshine, Xo. 57    R. Hendricks
Okanagan, No. 58   C. N. Borton
Orchard City, No. 59   W. Harvey
Little Mountain, Xo. 60 .. C. F. Campbell
Fairview,  No. 61    T. H.-White
J. F. Faulkner
Grandview,  No. 62    R. F. Bristol
Prince Rupert No. 63  ....W. G. Barrie
Corbin,  Xo. 64   W. T. Sproule
■}   Alternates.
D. Patterson
I. E. Covert
Thos. Beck
O. McPherson
M. C. Dunwoodi?
R. Wilton
J. G. Grant
T. A. Sprutson
W. T. Moody
J. G. Kelly
P. A. Ruth
J. Talbot
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C.
E.
Mahon
J.
R.
Clark
J.
A.
Jewet:
J.
P.
Cade
T.
H
. Williams
Also that the  following  Past  Grands  are  entitled to  the  Grand
Lodge Degree 1
Victoria                Lodge
Xo. 1..
Columbia
i i
"   2..
Royal City
a
1   3...
Dominion
a
1   A..
Black Diamond
K
"   5..
Harmony
a
%   6..
Excelsior
a
"   7..
Vancouver
a
"   8..
Tatnai
it
"   9..
Western Star
it
" 10..
Union
tt
" 11..
Selkirk
tt
" 12..
Cloverdale
it
" 15..
Kootenay
tt
" 16..
Duncan
a
" 17..
Vernon Valley
it
" 18..
Mt. Pleasant
a
" 19..
Delta
tt
" 21..
Island
tt
" 24..
Pacific
a
" 26..
Amity
tt
" 27..
Cheam
ft
" 28..
Rocky   Mountain
tt
" 34..
Rossland
tt
" 36..
Boundary Valley
tt
" 38..
Silver   City
ft
" 39..
Slocan
tt
" 40..
Key City
tt
" 42..
W. Gardiner, A.
Anderson.
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Bleasdair
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F. F. Forneri, H.
G. E. Gilley, E. J. Boughen
A. W. Bayliss, J. W. Reid
T.  Woodcock,  J.   H.   Good
J. H. Morgan, I. Heyes
E. A. Nelmes, J. Turvey
W. E. Smith, A. Ventries
F. C. Campbell, R. A. Chute
T. Sills, T. Tellefsen
James Brown, James Smith
K. G. McRae, J. S. Hooley
D. Barton, A. A. Connolley
W. Swannell, E. E. Robinson
H. W. Halpenny, G. V. Altman
Fred  Cuming
W.  F.  MacKenzie
H B. Thompson II
J. W. Fairhall, E. T. Jones.
D. G. Campbell, J. Boyd
Geo  Adams,  C. J.  Purvis
G. Vance
D. McBeath
R. Clemas, W. D. Cross
W. C. Pond.
C. R. S. Stonier, J. Weatherbie
F. Buckholz
E. H.   Patmore,  J.  A.   Ferguson
C.   R.  Ward Enterprise
Lo
dge
No. 43
Wildey
tt
" 44.
Gateway
tt
" 45.
Snowshoe
(t
" 46.
Mt. Fernie
a
1 47.
Coronation
tt
" 48.
Eureka
tt
I 50.
Penticton
tt
1 51.
Maple  Leaf
tt
I 53.
Michel
tt
1 54.
North Vancouver
tt
I 55.
Mt. Ida
tt
1 56.
Sunshine
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1 57.
Okanagan
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% 58.
Orchard  City
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Little   Mountain
a
1 60.
Faifview
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Grandview
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" 62.
Prince  Rupert
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" 63.
Corbin
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" 64.
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J. J.  Kallman,  H.  Stone
James  Roberts
J.   Kavanagh
J. C. Tait, T. A. Love
T.   Robertson
C.  H   Hardy
McDunwoodie
J. W. Jackson, R. Blackburn
C. L. Hiltz
G. B. Stedman, T. A. Sprutson
D. A.  McLean
S. M.  McGuire
J. Talbot
C.   N.   Borton
W. Harvey, W. F. Schell
H L. Gillard
C.  E.   M-ahon, J. A. Fraser
J.  A. Jewett,  N.  McLeod,  R.
Bristol
J P. Cade
W. T. Sproule
The Grand Secretary appointed H. T. Fulton, P. G. ~M.
Xo. 6, to be Custodian of the Secret Work during the Session.
It was on motion resolved:—That the badges supplied
by the Local Entertainment Committee be recognized as
proper regalia during this session.
The Grand Marshal retired, and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting, and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following: "W. W. Gardiner, A. Anderson, AY.
McKay, R. B. Elliott, Eo. 1; N. Benneck, H. Bleasdale, F.
F. Forneri, No. 2; G. E. Gilley, E. J. Boughen, Xo. 3; F.
J. Holland, F. C. Dillabough, No. 4; D. Todd, No. 5; J. EL
Morgan, I. Heyes, No. 6; E. A. Nelmtes, J. Turvey, No. 7;
m E J Smith, No. 8; T. Tellefsen, No. 10; T. C.
Campbell, C. Whyte, J. Brown, No. 11; K. G. McBae,
U S. TTooley, No. 12; W. Fotheringham, W. Swannell, C. E.
P. AVatts, No. 16; H. W. Halpenny, J. Boat, No. 17; F.
Onming, No. 18; W. F. McKenzie, No. 19; H. B. Thompson No. 21 • M. Dumond, No. 23; J. EL Fairhall No. 24;
P. Clemas; No. 36; W. G. Pond, No. 38; F. Buckholz No.
40; 0. Jacobson. No. 41; C. R. "Ward, No. 42; H. Stone, No. 3250
•13; E. L. Hutt, No. 44; J. Kavanagh, No. 45; J. C. Tait,
T. A. Love, No. 46; T. Robertson, No. 47; R. Blackburn,
No. 50; C. L. Hiltz, No. 53; D. A. McLean, No. 55; S. M.
McGuire, No 56; C. N. Borton, No. 58; W. Harvey, No. 59;
C. F. Campbell, No. 60; C. E. Mahon, No. 61; R F. Bristol,
No. 62; W. G. Barrie, No. 63; W. F. Sproule, No. 64; and
on A, S. Levy, of Bay City Lodge No. 71, Jurisdiction of
California, at the request of the Grand Officers of that State.
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint the
following Sj)ecial Committees for the present session, viz.:
Statistics re Dues and Benefits, Correspondence, Odd Fellows' Home, Rebekah Degree and Resolutions.
J3ro. Allison P. G.? of the Jurisdiction of Saskatchewan,
w?s introduced and welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master on behalf of the Grand Lodge presented a Past Grand Master's Jewel to Bro. E. L. Webber,
P.G.M., No. 27. Bro. Webber responded, thanking the
Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments to
fill the standing and special committees, which wlien complete, consisted as follows:—
Finance—T. H. White, No. 61:  P. W. Dempster, No. 2;  W.  H
Harris, No. 42; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1; H. A. McLean, No. 9;
J. Bell, No. 4.
Appeals—W. H. Brown, No. 8; A. Adams, No. 27; B. B. Smith, No.
IS; W. Fotheringham, No. 16; J. C. Tait, No. 46; I. Heyes,
No. 6.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, W. Newton, No. 5; J.
Lundie. No. 47; J. W. Milross, No. 43; J. Brown, No. 11; J. H.
Fairhall, No. 24.
Petitions—W. B. Fleming, No. 38; F. F. Forneri, No. 2; E. L. Hutt,
No. 44; G. Vance, No. 28; W. G. Barrie, No. 63; D. A. McLean,
No. 55. 3251
State of the Order—R. A. Anderson, No. 4; A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26;
G. E. Gilley, No. 3; S. McGuire, No. 56; T. Robertson, No. 47.
Legislation—A. M. Russell, No. 8; J. T. Wood, No. 34; J. F. Faulkner, No. 61; C. E. P. Watts, No. 16; F. Cuming, No. 18; H. B.
Thompson, No. 21.
Judiciary—T. B. Godfrey, No. 26; C. F. Campbell, No. 60; C.
Whyte, No. 11; K. J. McRae, No. 12; W. G Pond, No. 38.
Mileage and Per Diem—F. Trimble, No. 19; W. Grieve, No. 5; F
Buckholz, No. 40; E. A. Nelmes, No. 7; C. H. Hardy, No. 48.
Printing—Grand Secretary, H. Anderson, No. 39; W. W. Gardiner,
No. 1; R. Wilton, No. 51; J. S. Hooley, No. 12; C. N. Borton,
No. 58.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, E. J. Boughen,
No. 3; R. Blackburn, No. 50; W. Harvey, No. 59; J. A. Murray,
No. 54.
Correspondence—G. B. Stedman, No. 54; J. Kavanagh, No. 45; W.
T. Sproule, No. 64; R. F. Bristol, No. 62.
Odd Fellows Home—D. E. MacKenzie, No. 3; A. Cleland, No. 10;
R. Clemas, No. 36: O. Jacobson, No. 41; C. L. Hiltz, No. 53; W.
F. McKenzie, No. 19.
Rebekah Degree—J. W. McDonald, No. 27; J. Twaddle, No. 36; J.
H. Morgan, No. 6; T.C. Campbell, No. 9; J. Boak, No. 17.
Resolutions—T. A. Love, No. 46; C. R. Ward, No. 42; M. Dumond,
No. 23; J. Turvey, No. 7; H. Stone, No. 43; E. P. Dennis,
No. 10.
The Grand Secretary commenced to read the minutes of
preceding session, when it was moved, seconded and carried.
That the .minutes of preceding session as printed be adopted.
The Grand Secretary presented the Reports of the Grand
Officers in printed form, when it was, on motion, Resolved—
That the reports be received, and referred to a Committee on
Distribution.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
on Distribution: W. Law, P.G.M. No. 10; H. T. Fulton,
P.G.M. No. 6; E. G Cavalsky, No. 5. 3252
Grand Master s Report
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of the Province
of British  Columbia:
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
We are gathered together today in the beautiful city of Victoria
—the capital of our glorious province, and the home of Oddfellowship—for the purpose of holding the Thirty-eighth Annual Session.
As representatives of a world-wide Order which has done and is
doing a noble work, let us give heartfelt thanks to the Supreme
Ruler of the Universe for his manifold mercies in permitting us to
again assemble and promote the doctrines and principles of Odd-
fellowship.
11 desire to express my sincere thanks to all those who so ably
assisted me in the performance of my duty, and to extend to all a
hearty and fraternal greeting.
When I started on my career as an officer, and when you
elevated me to this exalted position, I had many bright .hopes and
anticipations, but, alas, I have not been master of the situation to
the extent of having all things my way, and was compelled to fore-
sro the greater part of my visitations, at least for the present.
However, as time goes on, I trust that I shall, in a measure, continue to do my share in assisting those who follow me in office,
and make reparation for any faults or omissions. I have endeavored
to do myi duty to the best of my ability, and I trust that my feeble
efforts will not have been in vain,
During the past year we have increased in numbers to the extent of 511, and on 31st December, 1911, had a total membership
of 5,820. We have positive evidence of a healthy growth, and as
our teachings become better known, the membership is bound to
increase. The Grand Secretary's report, which is most interesting, will give you all the figures relating to our numerical strength
and financial standing.
In compliance with a resolution of the Grand Lodge at its
last session, the following circular was issued, extending the time
for receiving contributions in aid of the Tranquille Sanatorium: 3253
"To the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges,
"I.O.O.F. of British Columbia.
"Dear Brothers and Sisters:
"With reference to former appeals to you on behalf of the
Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille, B.C., we beg to inform you
that as the building of the Sleeping Pavilion, which it is proposed
to furnish, is well advanced, we have assumed the liability of furnishing the same on the lines submitted to you in our circular letter
of 12th September last, relying on the membership of this jurisdiction to support us in this undertaking.
"Of the $2,000.00 estimated to be the cost of furnishing this
Pavilion, $1,795.37 has so far been received, leaving only about
$205.00 more to meet the outlay, and as instructions have been
given to order the furniture, etc., it is imperative that all sums
collected for this purpose should be remitted to the Grand Secretary
as soon as possible.
"'Will you therefore be good enough tp cause any moneys on
hand for this object to be forwarded, so as to relieve us from the
financial liability involved, and enable us to pay the billsvwhen presented.
tt\T
Yours fraternally,
"FRED DAVEY,
"Grand Secretary/'
"W. H. CULLIN,
"Grand Master."
It is pleasing to note that the response has been generous, and
the Grand Lodge is now in a position to fulfill its anticipations and
assist the Sanatorium by furnishing, completely, the building erected
at Tranquille for incipient cases of tuberculosis. The building
contains 24 sleeping rooms, and a large reception room. The executive officers of this Grand Lodge are having prepared a brass tablet,
and inscribed thereon a suitable inscription indicating that the
Odd Fellows of British Columbia voluntarily contributed a sufficient sum to furnish the building in its entirety. It is expected
that the building will be ready and occupied bythe time the Grand
Lodge meets. To Past Grand Master Webber is due the thanks of
this Grand Body for his untiring work in preparing estimates and
supervising the  carrying out of  this  beneficent  proposal.
I have frequently received invitations from subordinate lodges
to attend social functions, present Veteran Jewels, and otherwise
assist. Some I have accepted, but in most cases the distance has
been too great, and, much to my regret, I was compelled to
decline.
Quite a large lot of miscellaneous correspondence has passed
through  this  office,  and  the  same is  in possession  of the   Grand 3254
Lodge, together with copies of all letters issued. Owing to the
variety of subjects, I do not consider it necessary to give a detailed
record in print, but a perusal of the letter book will give any desired
information.
Several recommendations 'have been received from D.D.G.Ms,
on important matters. These will be dealt with by the committees, and an opportunity given to discuss their merits when
reported upon.
The question of how best to deal with delinquent members,
and prevent the large loss thereby, is one that should be freely
discussed, and, if possible, a scheme devised that is practicable and
effective.
In view of the large number of Veteran Jewels presented in
this jurisdiction, I would suggest that the Grand Secretary be
authorized to print the list of same in the proceedings, giving the
name of brother, the lodge name and number, and number of jewel,
and date of presentation.
I would respectfully suggest that this Grand Lodge take into
consideration the advisability of dividing the Province into districts,
by lessening the number of D.D.G.M/s, and increasing the area as
at present exists. This jurisdiction is altogether too large to expect
your Grand Master to officially visit all the lodges, except he be a
man of leisure and independent means. It is true the Grand Lodge
appropriates a generous amount for this purpose, but it is not altogether the expense of such a trip, it is the time occupied in making
the visits that may prevent the Grand Master from accepting office
and undertaking the work. This jurisdiction is one of distances,
and it will take three months time to cover the ground properly.
Very few can spare the time, and I therefore make the above suggestion so that the Grand Master may be relieved of at least a
portion of this duty.
The following circular was issued by the Grand Secretary,
Bro. Fred Davey, in compliance with a standing resolution setting
forth the principal items of .the legislation enacted by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge at its Annual Session of 1911:
"Office of Grand Secretary,
"Victoria, B.C., December 13, 1911.
"To the Subordinate Lodges,
"Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
"Dear Sirs and Brothers:
"In compliance with a Standing Resolution of this Grand
Lodge, I beg to advise you of the following legislation enacted by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last Annual Session held on the 3255
18th to 22nd September, 1911, and which comes into force on the
1st January, 1912:
'Section 5, Article XVI. of the Constitution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge was amended by adding the words "Hotel Keepers
licensed to sell intoxicating liquors," so that the section as amended
reads as follows: "No Hotel Keeper Licensed to sell intoxicating
liquors, Saloon Keeper, Bartender or Professional Gambler shall
be eligible to membership in this Order."
"Past Grands not occupying official station entitled to wear and
in possession of a Past Grand Master's, Past Grand Patriarch's, or
Past Grand Representative's Jewel, may wear said jewel in lieu
of regalia, provided that hereafter such jewels be those issued and
sold by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
"In all cases where a member shall apply for his Withdrawal
Card for the purpose of becoming an applicant for the institution
of a new lodge or encampment, he may pay in advance a quarter's
dues at the time of his application. Upon such card being granted
and issued if such member shall become sick or disabled, or should
die within the period for which such advance dues are paid and
before completing his -membership in the new lodge or encampment, said card shall 'be cancelled and said member shall be entitled
to all sick and death benefits from his old lodge or encampment,
the same  as  if no  card had been  issued.
"Resolved—That smoking shall be strictly prohibited in all
lodge rooms of the Order while the lodge is in session.
"Yours fraternally,
a
FRED DAVEY,
"Grand Secretary
>j
DECISIONS.
The following questions have been submitted for decision, and
are answered to the best of my judgment, assisted by the law on
the points at issue:—
Decision 1. Question—Is it legal to use the cube in balloting
instead of the ball?
Answer—No.    The Ritual says that "white balls elect, black
reject
yj
Decision 2. The following questions were submitted to me for
consideration, and answers requested. The questions arise from
the fact that a committee was appointed to consider ways and
means of providing a more suitable way of honoring the memory 3256
of the dead than the usual way of sending flowers on the death of
a brother. The committee reported that a small footstone costing
about $7.50 would be a more suitable and permanent decoration
than flowers, and the report was adopted. The method adopted
involved certain expenditures,and suggestions were offered showing
how the money was to be collected. Exception was taken to the
scheme, and the following- questions were submitted by a member
of I larmony Lodge No. 6, and my answer attached to each:
Questions and Answers.
No.  1.—Can a lodge appoint a committee on  the death of a
brother to print a ribbon with the three links and in the name of
the I. O. O. F. sell the ribbons and proceeds from same to be used
to erect a headstone on the grave of a departed brother?   Answer-
Yes.
No. 2.--If so ,can they do so without a dispensation from the
Grand Master?   Answer—No.
No. o -Can a lodge erect a footstone or tombstone on the
grave of the departed brother from the funds of the lod~~p
Answer—No.
ger
No. 4—Can a lodge assess its members so as to be able to erect
a tombstone or footstone?    Answer—No.
No. 5—Can a lodo*e assess its members for no stated purpose?
Answer—No.
No. 6—Can a lodge amend its bylaws and put in force without
first submitting same to the Grand Lodge Committee on Laws of
subordinates?    Answer—No.
Decision 3, To John II. Morgan D.D.G.M., District No. 4.
Herewith please find reply to your inquiry and my opinion regard-
ino-   same:—
Statement. (1) Harmony Lodge No. 6 has been in the habit
of sending floral tributes in natural flowers or globes, to the relatives pf deceased brothers, at a cost of from $5.00 to $io.OO on each
occasion.
This procedure has been considered by some an apparent
waste of money, and in consequence, a committee was appointed
by the lodge to devise some other method of showing respect to
tile  memory of departed brothers.'
The committee recommended that a footstone, with the initials
of the brother and the three links on the stone, be erected on the
grave of the brother buried in local cemetery, at a cost of $7.50 or
so, as same would be permanent, and at the same time would be 3257
a means of identifying the graves on "Decoration Day."   The cost
of this footstone to be charged to the contingent fund of the lodge.
Question—Is it legal for
for this purpose?
Answer—Yes.
a lodge to use the  contingent fund
Statement 2.—Section 2"of Article 15 of the by-laws of Harmony Lodge reads as follows:—"Every member shall, when necessary, be assessed the sum of fifty (50) cents, and the total amount
of said assessment shall be carried to the credit of an account
which shall be opened in the ledger under the head of "Funeral
Account." All moneys paid to the relatives of a deceased brother or
wife shall be charged to the said account."
This account for the term ending June 30th, 1911, showed a
deficit of $102.50, and as no regular method of collection along these
lines was adopted by the officers in charge of these matters (as to
number of assessments to make) on account of the indefinite form
of the by-law; the same committee recommended that the following resolution be submitted.
"That the financial secretary be instructed to interpret the words
when necessary in the by-laws referred to, to mean after
the death of each brother (but not after the death of the wife of
a brother."
It was considered that by this method the account would be
keot in good financial order, and the secretary having definite instructions, could better regulate his assessments. It was considered at the same time that such instructions would avoid the expense of altering the by-laws.
Question—Would this resolution, if adopted, be either
flection  or an amendment to  the aforementioned by-law?
in in-
Answer—Yes. If the Lodge desires such an amendment it
would be better to lawfully amend the by-law, removing the apparent discretion of the Financial Secretary, or pass a resolution
each time the lodge found it necessary to assess.
DISPENSATIONS   GRANTED.
June 21, 1911—To Rossland Lodge Xo. 36, to wear regalia on
Coronation Day.
June 30, 1911—To Gateway Lodge No. 45, to hold a picnic on
Dominion Day.
August 3, 1911—To Mount Fernie Lodge No. 47, to wear regalia at a funeral of a brother Odd Fellow. 3258
September 1, 1911—To Victoria Lodge No. 1, Columbia Lodge
No. 2, Dominion Lodge No. 4, Harmony Lodge No. 6, and Duncan
Lodge No. 17, to hold a joint basket picnic at Duncan under the
auspices of the Order.
September 23, 1911—To Kootenay Lodge No. 16, to hold a
series of 'social dances in the Odd Fellows' Hall during the winter
months of 1911-12.
October 10, 1911—To Corbin Lodge No. 64 to elect a third degree member to the chair of Vice Grand. See Busbee's Digest 1903,
paragraph 1354.
October 12, 1911—To Gateway Lodge No. 45, to hold a ball
under the auspices of the Order.
October 23, 1911—To North Vancouver Lodge No. 55, to hold
a public ball under the auspices of the Order.
October 23, 1911—To Corbin Lodge No. 64, to hold an "At
Home" on the 29th November, to celebrate the anniversary of, the
institution of Corbin Lodge.
October 18, 1911—To Boundary Valley Lodge No. 38, to hold
annual ball.
November 11, 1911—To Tatnai Lodge No. 9, toTiold joint installation in January,  1912.
November 23, 1911—To Oheam Lodge No. 28, to hold a ball
under the auspices of the Order.
November 28, 1911—To Ivy Rebekah Lodge No. 14, to continue
to meet pending the issue of a duplicate charter, the original having been destroyed by fire.
December 12, 1911—To Corbin Lodge No. 64, to hold a dance
on New Year's night, 1912.
December 12, 1911—To Mount Ida Lodge No. 56, to hold a
ball in the name of the Order.
December 16, 1911—To Princeton Lodge No. 52, to elect a
Noble Grand in accordance with paragraph 1354, Busbee's Digest,
1903, viz., all members eligible refusing to accept.
December 30, 1911—To Mount Pleasant Lodge No. 19, to hold
joint installation with Bethel Rebekah Lodge No. 26.
January 17, 1912—To North Vancouver Lodge No. 55, to elect
a Scarlet Degree member as Noble Grand, all others eligible refusing to  accept.
March 18, 1912—To Little Mountain Lodge No. 60, to hold a
social and dance under the auspices of the Order. 3259
of the Order.
April j 1912_To Gateway Lodge No. 45, to hold annual ball.
Hi OT  1912-To Mount Fernie Lodge No. 47, to hold annual
"At "Home "'under tle° auspices of the Order, on Apnl 25, 1912.
May 13, 1912-To Mount Fernie Lodge 47 to attend funeral m
regalia.
DISPENSATION NOT GRANTED.
~ t. i 1011 Paused to grant dispensation to Camborne
T /W^'to'suTp^nd holdinggregular meetings on account of
WgdilcuWest0anSdUSnPot being able to get a quorum.
APPOINTMENTS.
December | ^^S^^K
LSno^, auringGBro. Hamilton's temporary absenee from the
Province. .
I have also made the.following^j— »M1
a^t ^tgjunsdfliio-tnd'm the case of new Lodges m-
stituted:—
Bro    H. Cumming, Dist. No. 14, viee C. J. Beeker.
Bro   F   B. Holmes, Dist. No. 20, viee D. A. McDonald.
Bro  I   E. Covert, Dist. No. 26, viee R.   I McTaggart.
Bro   F  Johnston, Dist. No. 35 for Cariboo Lodge No. 65
Bro. L.  G.  Bennet, Dist, No. 36, for Dawson Lodge No. 1,
Dawson, Y. T.
INSTITUTION OF LODGES
f V01 it issued a dispensation to institute
On the 3rd August   1911, 1 issuea p    and commlsSioned
"Cariboo' Lodge No. 65 sg South *ort       j     No< g as Special
B- | ilfllirlinitilP The Lodge was instituted on
Deputy urana iV|^^Ci
6th September, 1911.
,      I   101 ?  T issued a dispensation for the institution
On 12th March, 1912, I issued a a   P     between Vancouver and
K ^GWM.,AD/s?»o%DanGdJseveral P.G.M.,, and other
members of Vancouver Lodges. 3260
On 18th March, 1912, I issued a dispensation to institute "Sunset," Rebekah Lodge No. 29 at Armstrong, and commissioned Sister
Mrs. E. Evans, President of the Rebekah Assembly to institute it,
which she did on 2nd April, 1912.
I am assured by the respective officers that the prospects of each
of these Lodges is very encouraging.
I would recommend that Charters be issued to each of these
Lodges.
REPORTS OF THE D. D. G. M/s.
I respectfully submit a condensed report of thevarious D.D.G.M.s
throughout this jurisdiction. The number received this year is
slightly in advance of previous years, and on the whole are very
encouraging.
District No. 1—F. C. Dillabough, D.D.G.M., reports having
duly installed the officers of Victoria No. 1, Columbia No. 2, and
Dominion No. 4, during July, 1911, and January, 1912. Granted
dispensation to Dominion Lodge to ballot for and initiate same
meeting. The condition of the Order is excellent and degree work
exceptionally good, especially the initiatory.
District No 2—G. E. Gilley D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Royal City Lodge No. 3, and Amity Lodge No. 27,
respectively, in July, 1911, and January, 1912. Condition of the
lodges in this district is unusually prosperous.
District No. 3—Jas. R. McKinnell, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Black Diamond No. 5, in July, 1911, and
January, 1912. Officially visited the lodge on two occasions. Condition of the Order good.
District No. 4—J. H. Morgan, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Harmony No. 6, in July, 1911, and January,
1912, in due form. Two dispensations granted: one to hold basket
picnic, and another to allow Degree Team to confer initiatory at
meeting of Black Diamond Lodge, Nanaimo. The Order is growing steadily.    Admitted four new members during term.
District No. 5—R. C. Johnston, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge No. 7 in regular form in July,
1911, and January, 1912. Excelsior Lodge is in a flourishing condition. During the last year there has been 11 candidates initiated
and one admitted by card.    Present membership, 105.
District No. 6—A. J. Laidlaw, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Vancouver, Western Star, North Vancouver, and
Grandview Lodges, assisted by Deputy Grand Master W. A.
Johnstone in July, 1911.   At the installations in January, 1912, was   3261
again assisted by the Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Johnstone;
P.G.M/s Wallace Law, T. C. Gray, H. B. Gilmour, W. Hogg, T.
F. Xeedlands, of this jurisdiction; and J. S. Cowan, P.G.M., of
Quebec, and J. A. Young, P.G.M. of Ontario. Bro. J. R. Ritchie,
P.G., acted as Grand Marshal on all occasions. On April 20th,
accompanied Deputy Grand. Master W. A. Johnstone to Central
Park, where he instituted Park Lodge No. 66, and at the request
of the Deputy Grand Master installed the officers elected, Bro.
Ritchie acting as Grand Marshal. Recommends that a more detailed form be issued for the annual report, so that lodges having
funds invested would be able to show expenses attached to said
investments separate from the lodge expenses. The Order is growing very fast in this 'district and the personnel is of a high standard.
District No. 7—Geo. Hayes, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Island No. 24, Little Mountain No. 60, Fairview No.
61, respectively in July, 1911, and January, 1912. The officers of
Mount Pleasant No. 19 were installed by the Deputy Grand Master,
W. A. Johnstone. Paid official visits twice to each lodge. All
the lodges are making great progress in degree work, and adding
materially  to  their  membership,  and  perfect  harmony  prevails.
District No. 8.—E. T. W. Pearse, D.D.G.M., reports the Older
growing in his dietrict numerically as well as financially. The
membership is of the best material available, and the outlook for a
successful year is very bright. Past Grand Masters Webber and
Simpson were present on the occasion of an official visit paid
Tatnai Lodge No. 9, on April 15. After the initiatory degree was
conferred upon three candidates, refreshments were served and a
very profitable evening was had by all. The officers of Tatnai No.
9 were duly installed in July, 1911, and January, 1912.
District No. 9—John Bennie, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Union Lodge No. 11, Cumberland, in July,
1911, and January, 1912, in due form. Officially visited the Lodge
the first meeting in May. The Lodge was never in better condition since instituted.
District No. 10—R. D. McDonald, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge No. 12, Revelstoke, in July,
1911, and January, 1912. This Lodge is in a flourishing condition,
both numerically and financially. Officially visited the Lodge on
April 25th, 1912.
District No. 11—<B. B. Smith, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Cloverale Lodge No. 15, in July, 1911, and
January, 1912, in due form. On the occasion of an official visit on
March 30th last found the Lodge in splendid shape and prospects
very bright for the future.
District No. 12—W. Fotheringham, D.D.G.M., reports^ having
installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge No. 16, Nelson, in July,
1911, and January, 1912, and was ably assisted by P. G. Lemmon,
as Grand Marshal.    As Secretary of Kootenay Lodge, has
acting 3262
been present every evening, and did not make an official visit. This
lodge is in good condition, and everything seems to be going along
well. A number of new members have been initiated during the
year.
District No. 14—R. A. Coleman, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers in July, 1911, and January, 1912. State of the
Order is good. While not increasing rapidly, the Lodge is in a
good financial condition and able to meet all its obligations.
District No. 17—G. R. Joynt, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Cheam Lodge No. 28, Agassiz., in July, 191 J.
and on account of sickness, requested P.G. Bro. Fooks to take
charge of the installation in January, 1912. Bro. Fooks kindly
officiated. Visited the Lodge officially, accompanied by the Grand
Marshal, and was accorded a hearty welcome, and witnessed the
degree team under the direction of Captain Morrison, exemplify
the initiatory degree in a very impressive manner. The evening
closed with a banquet that was enjoyed by all present. The Order
is growing in this district. A new paraphernalia has been purchased, and a team of enthusiastic young men are practicing regu
larly and are doing excellent work. New members have been
added to the roll, and prospects look bright for the future.
District No. 18—D. McBeath, D.D.G.M., reports one installation
of the officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge N<5. 34, Golden. Condition of the Order is reported good, and prospects are good for this
town. Made one official visit during the term, and was well received.
District No. 20—Fred B. Holmes, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Boundary Valley Lodge No. 38, Greenwood; Gateway Lodge No. 45, Grand Forks; and Snowshoe Lodge
Xo. 46, Phoenix, in January, 1912. The condition of the Order is
reported to be good. Bro. Holmes remarks as follows:—
In filling P. G. Bro. D. McDonald's position as D.D.G.M., who
resigned the latter part of the year, I was at the time living in
Greenwood, and able to keep in touch wifh all three Lodges, but
circumstances moved me some distance out of town, and I feel I
owe both the G. M. and the three Lodges apologies for not having
fulfilled my duties as I should have done, being unable to visit
Grand Forks, P.G. Bro. G. Rutherford installed the officers for m^
However, I have done the best I could, and trust my explanation
will afford me a merciful judgment The greater part of the term
the three Lodges were labouring under adverse circumstances—
mines and smelters closed on account of coal strikes, but you will
see by report below each Lodge is healthy and hopeful. During
the year Boundary Valley Lodge has initiated 3, reinstated 1, members on 'books 104, average attendance 15, total assets $7,858.76.
Gateway Lodge initiated 16, members on books 104, average attendance 25, total assets $2,500.00. Snowshoe Lodge initiated 4, members on books 116, average attendance 22, total assets $3,912.
District   No.   21—Neil   Tattrie,   D.D.G.M.,   reports   having
in
stalled the officers of Silver City Lodge No. 39, Sandon, in July, 3263
1911, and January, 1912.   Officially visited this Lodge on April, 19,
1912, and although few in numbers had a splendid meeting. Each
year finds this lodge in a better condition financially, but no increase in membership. After the Lodge closed a banquet was held.
and a number of addresses were made by those present, all being
well pleased, and a spirit of determination seemed to prevail to
make a special effort to increase the membership during the corn-
year.
ing
District No. 22—T. W. Jameson, D.D.G.M., reports having
visited Slocan Lodge No. 40 officially on the evening of April 25,
1912, and found the Lodge in a flourishing condition. This Lodge
has added two members during the year, not bad for the size of
the territory. The finances are in a satisfactory condition. Installed the officers in July, 1911, and January, 1912, in due form.
During the term made two official visits.
District No. 23—Oscar Jacobson, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Trout Lake Lodge No. 41, in July, 1911, and
January, 1912. The condition of the Order in this district is not
very encouraging owing to industrial conditions, and there is no
immediate prospect of any great improvement. Both Trout Lake
and Camborne Lodges have difficulty in securing enough members
to constitute a quorum and hold meetings, as some of the members have to attend from a considerable distance. However, I am
happy in being able to say that whenever the members of Lodge No-
41 are notified that a meeting is necessary they always respond,
and no business remains unattended to. Lodge No. 49 is less
fortunate, or its members more apathetic, for although efforts were
made by the preceding D.D.G.M. (Bro. Mummery) and myself to
have enough members of that Lodge in good standing got together
for the purpose of electing new officers and place the lodge in a
position to carry on the necessary work of the Order, no meeting
has been held for a year or more.
District No. 24—C. R. Ward, D.D.G.M., reports having visited
Key City Lodge No. 42, officially on the 8th of April. 1912, there
being a good attendance. Past Grand Master Simpson also favored the Lodge by attending. After the work was concluded refreshments were served and a very pleasant hour spent in social
intercourse. The cause of Oddfellowship in this district is in good
hands. The officers are alive and wide awake to the interests of
the Order, and it is anticipated that there will be as large a growth
this term if not greater than previous terms.
District No. 25—N. W. Burdett, D.D.G.M reports having installed the officers of Wildey Lodge No. 44 in July 1911, and
deputed P.G W. H. Laird to officiate in January, 1912 the
Order in Moyie has suffered in consequence of industrial depression caused by the closing down of the St. Eugene mine and quite
a number of the members have removed to Kimberly. However a
sufficient number remained to carry on, and the work goes merrily
on. 3264
District No. 26—I. E. Covert, D.D.G.M., reports haying installed the officers of Maple Leaf Lodge 53, Hosmer, assisted by
P.G. Bro. Thos. Beck, of Fernie, on January__2nd, 1912, and installed the officers of Mt. Fernie Lodge No. 47, on January 10th,
1912. Officially visited Maple Leaf Lodge on April 23rd, 1912, and
Mt. Fernie Lodge on April 24th, 1912. The Order in this district
is in a flourishing condition in every respect. Notwithstanding industrial troubles during the past year the Order is progressing in
membership and finances. In regard to the question of electing
all officers instead of the present system, Mt. Fernie lodge is
unanimously in favor of electing all officers, while Maple Leaf
Lodge is in favor of the present system. During the year have
been called upon to render a decision on the following question:—
Question and Decision.—Can a D.D.G.M. hold office in a subordinate lodge while holding office as D.D.G.M.   Answer—Yes.
District No. 27—J. W. Jackson, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Penticton Lodge No. 51 in July, 1911, and
January, 1912; visited Lodge three times during term. Decision
rendered on question of law re hotelkeepers, bartenders, etc.
Not as much enthusiasm as he would like to see, but
improving. Since November last the lodge has increased in membership. Would recommend that members be required to memorize
obligation  of each degree before advancement.
District No. 28—N. Huston, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Princeton Lodge No. 52 in July, 1911, and January,
1912. The condition of the Order is good in this district, but regrets
that the Grand Lodge officers have not been able to visit it since
its institution.
District No. 29—J. A. Murray, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Corbin Lodge No. 64, and Michel Lodge Xo.
54, respectively, in July, 1911, and January, 1912. Dispensations
granted to Bro. W. T. Sproule, P.G. of Corbin Lodge, and Bro.
G. B. Stedman, P. G., to install officers who had been appointed
and elected to fill vacancies during the term. Also dispensation to
Michel Lodge to confer two degrees at same meeting. Officially
visited Corbin Lodge in July, 1911, and January and April, 1912,
and Michel Lodge in July, 1911, and January, 1912. Both these
lodges are in splendid condition, numerically and financially, notwithstanding the fact that both had great difficulties to contend
with owing to labor troubles, which continued for seven months in
1911. The present term has been very prosperous, and each lodge
has increased its membership considerably.
District No. 30—W. H. Bonus, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Mount Ida Lodge No. 56, in July, 1911* and
January, 1912. Issued dispensation granted by the Grand Master
to hold ball on December 29th, 1911. The condition of the Order
in this district is fair with good prospects for the future. Attendance at lodge meetings is fairly good, but lack of interest in the
degree work is very apparent.
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Recommendations—I would respectfully recommend for consideration the following:—That future Grand Masters, prior to
their annual official visit to the small lodges in the interior (which
are the ones mostly in need of a stimulus), personally correspond
with the D.D.G.M. of said lodges for the purpose of finding out
the needs of such lodges, and by so doing be in a position when
visiting such lodges, to give the words of praise or censure, that
he may consider best suited to create a greater interest in the work
of the lodge. Also arrange to have a degree conferred on a regular
candidate where possible; have one exemplified for his benefit, or
have the secret work of the initiatory degree exemplified by the
N.G. or J.P.G. or both, and thus place the Grand Master in possession of actual knowledge of how the work of the Order is being
performed in his own jurisdiction. Grand Master to examine officers' roll book, and see if lodge has an attendance register in regular use. The above, in my opinion, would not entail much extra
work on the Grand Master, and would make the annual visit an
educational one, and be of permanent benefit to said lodges and
the jurisdiction in general. And further: In view of the fact that
there has been no visits paid by the Grand Master in the interior
for the last two years, I would recommend for consideration, as a
special treat for this year, the following: That the Grand Secretary be authorized, instructed or requested, as may be necessary,
to accompany the Grand Master on his annual tour of the lodges in
this jurisdiction, as the custodian of the secret work of the Order.
And the Grand Lodge at its coming session be asked to grant an
extra appropriation ito cover the expenses of same. This recommendation, if adopted, will enable thousands of Odd Fellows at
present residing in B. C. to see for themselves how 'the signs, grips
and tokens ought to be made and given. From personal experience
I can earnestly say there is a real need for distributing such exact
knowledge on this important subject, not only to members of this
jurisdiction, but to those of other jurisdictions, who are at present
residing and visiting in our jurisdiction of B.C.
District No. 31—A. B. Fleener, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Sunshine Lodge No. 57, Kaslo, in July, 1911,
and January, 1912, in due form. During the last six months the
lodge has made no progress owing to local conditions, not being
favorable. New settlers are commencing to arrive and take up
land and prospects look bright for the future. The attendance at
lodge meetings is very good, nearly all members living in the town
being present.
District No. 32.—F. W. Andrew, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Okanagan Lodge No. 58 of Summerland, in
due form in July, 1911, and January, 1912. Last month visited the
lodge officially and witnessed the work of the Order performed
in a creditable manner, and without the aid of a Ritual. This is
commendable, and should be noticed. On April 28 about 20
brothers visited Orchard City Lodge No. 59, Kelowna, for the
purpose of attending divine service in commemoration of the 93rd
Anniversary of the Order. During the past year the lodge has
grown slowly. The officers are energetic and the district is at the
dawn of a prosperous era, and the prospects for the coming year 3266
are very bright. The degree team is in constant practice, and when
opportunity offers will give a good account of themselves. This
lodge has a permanent entertainment committee, and when no
work is on furnish a programme and make the'meeting enjoyable.
District No. 33—J. H. Glass, D.D.G.M. pro tern, reports having
installed the officers of Orchard City Lodge No. 9, Kelowna, during Bro. Hamilton's absence. This lodge is in fine shape, and has
a splendid membership of enthusiastic young men. A most successful entertainment was held under the auspices of the Order,
and the speeches made by several members reflect great credit
on the committee who had charge of the affair.
District No. 34—C. V. Bennett, D.D.G.M., of Prince Rupert
Lodge, No. 63, reports having installed the officers in July, 1911,
and January, 1912. Officially visited the lodge twice during term.
This lodge is in splendid condition. The average attendance is
good, keen interest in all questions manifested, and the utmost
harmony and good feeling prevail. The lodge has very bright prospects.
District No. 35—F. J. Johnston, D.D.G.M., reports having officiated at two installations of the officers of Cariboo Lodge
No. 65 during the term. Two dispensations have been
issued, one to institute the lodge and the other to wear
regalia on the anniversary celebration. This lodge is steadily
increasing in membership, and harmony prevails, and great interest
is manifested by the members.
The work of the D.D.G.M/s during the past year has evidently
kept them busy, and the reports submittd show that a substantial increase has been made in almost every Lodge. In one or two
cases the lodges have had a hard time to hold regular meetings,
and in one case at least a regular meeting seems to be an impossibility. Two or three reports contain recommendaitions that, no
doubt,  will   receive   due  consideration.
In conclusion, I wish to thank the D.D.G. Masters for the very
efficient and courteous assistance they have rendered me during
my term of office, and the promptness with which their reports
were   sent  in.
PROCLAMATIONS.
The following proclamations have been issued during the year:
1819—ANNIVERSARY  PROCLAMATION—1912
To the  Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and  Brothers:—
In accordance with usage, and in compliance with the Proclamation   of   the   Grand   Sire,   I,  William    Henry   Callin,    Grand
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Master, by virtue of the authority in me vested, do hereby enjoin
you to take appropriate action for the due commemoration of the
Ninety-third Anniversary of Our Order on the 26th day of April,
1912, by suitable exercises in observance of the day 2nd by public
thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold mercies to us as
individuals and as an Order.
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And inasmuch as some Lodges may wish to appear in public
in Regalia on this occasion, a dispensation is hereby granted them
for so doing.
W. H. CULLIN,
Grand Master.
Attest: jll
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
MEMORIAL PROCLAMATION.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia,
I. O. O. F.
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, William H. Cullin, Grand Master, by virtue of the powers in me vested, do hereby request all
Lodges of this Jurisdiction that have suffered loss of membership
by death, to assemble on the second Tuesday of June next, being
the 11th day of June 1912, and engage in appropriate services in
memory of their deceased members, provided, that if a different
dav be more convenient, a lodge may hold such service on that
day.
And inasmuch as some Lodges may wish to appear in public
in regalia on this occasion, a dispensation is hereby granted
them to do so.
WILLIAM H. CULLIN,
Grand Master.
Attest:
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
VISITATIONS.
As already stated, I have been unable to visit most of the
lodges owing to circumstances over which I had no control and
for which I express my extreme regret. The following visits were
made by me, assisted by Deputy Grand Master W. A. Johnstone
and Grand Secretary Fred Davey. I wish to thank Past Grand
Masters W. Law, H. B. Gilmour, T. C. Gray, T. F. Neelands, D.
E. MacKenzie, B. W. Shiles, and D. Welsh, for their attendance
and  assistance  while visiting lodges  in Vancouver,   New   West- 3268
minster, and vicinity, also the D.D.G.M.'s  in their  respective  dis
tricts.
Monday, April 22, 1912.—Visited Royal City Lodge, No. 3 and
Amity Lodge No. 27. Splendid gathering and witnessed the initiatory ceremony which was fairly well done. Quite an interesting
meeting was held and a number of speeches made.
Tuesday, April 23, 1912.—Visited Mount Pleasant Lodge No.
19. [Members of Island, Little Mountain, Fairview and Grandview
lodges were also present, the hall being packed. A most enthusiastic meeting, and witnessed the exemplification of the Third Degree in a very excellent manner.
Wednesday, April 24, 1912.—Accompanied by D. G. M. Johnstone, G. Sec. F. Davey, P. G.M. W. Law, and D.D.G.M. Laidlaw,
I had the pleasure of visiting the youngest lodge in the jurisdiction. This lodge is only a few months old, and is already showing signs of vigorous life and before long will 'be in a prosperous
condition. It is well officered and business appears to be conducted along proper lines.
Thursday, April 25, 1912.—A joint meeting of District No. 6
was arranged by D.D.G.M. Laidlaw and was a great success. The
large hall on Pender Street was well filled, and I had the pleasure
of addressing the memlbers at length on the progress the Order
was making in this jurisdiction and the work of the Grand Lodge.
The meeting was also addressed at length by Bro. F. Davey,
Grand Secretary, and Past Grand Masters Gilmour, Hogg, Gray,
T. F. Neelands, and Wallace Law, and several officers of the various lodges present. All spent a most enjoyable evening. Had
the honor of presenting a Veteran Jewel on behalf of the lodge to
P.G.M. W. Hogg, of Western Star Lodge. Accompanied by the
above officers and past officers of the Grand Lodge, I also visited
Fairview Lodge No. 61, and was again greeted by a lodge room
full of Odd Fellows. This is a splendid lodge, and is composed of
excellent material. This Lodge was celebrating its second anniversary by holding a special roll call meeting and was quite a success. Two Veteran Jewels were presented, one by the Deputy
Grand Master, and one by myself on behalf of the lodge. After the
lodge closed coffee and cake was dispensed and all went home feel-
well satisfied with the evening's entertainment.
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Wednesday, May 8, 1912.—Visited Columbia Lodge X
accompanied by the Grand Secretary and F. C. Dillabough, D.D.
G.M. This lodge is perhaps the wealthiest in the jurisdiction. A
good attendanc at the meeting, and the officers acquitted themselves well in conferring a degree. The Grand Secretary
also addressed the meeting. Had the pleasure of presenting a Veteran Jewel to Bro. C. Rivercomb, P.G., of Manitoba
Lodge No. 1 of Winnipeg. The jewel was forwarded from Win-
nioeg to our Grand Secretaiy, with a request that Bro. Rivercomb
be made the recipient. The brother gracefully acknowledged the
compliment by a suitable reply. 3269
Thursday, May 9, 1912.—Accompanied by the same Grand Officers and Bro. Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain, visited Dominion
Lodge No. 4. Witnessed the Third Degree conferred on four
brothers. The attendance was good and a cordial reception was
tendered the Grand Lodge Officers, of whom two are members
of this Lodge.
Friday, May 10—Visited Victoria Lodge No. 1, accompanied
by all the Grand Officers residing in the city. This Lodge is the
mother lodge of Oddfellowship in B.C. The attendance was good,
and great interest is taken in the work. Recently I had the pleasure of witnessing a competition in the initiatory degree between
two teams of Past Grands, representing Columbia Lodge No. 2, and
Victoria Lodge No. 1. The work of both was excellent, and on a
close decision Victoria Lodge team was declared the winners of
an oyster supper, which was supplied by the losing team.
NECROLOGY.
We have recently had cause to mourn the death of two old and
tried Odd Fellows, who have rendered efficient service to the Order
in this jurisdiction for many years.
Bro. Edward Quennell, P.G.M., P.G.R., passed away on the
26th April last at his home in Nanaimo. I am reminded that it was
but a short year ago when, on 26th April, 1911, he presided at
a public meeting which I attended and addressed with other
speakers on the occasion of the dedication of the new hall of
Black Diamond Lodge No. 5 at Nanaimo. He then appeared to be
in the best of health and spirits and took a lively interest in the
proceedings.
Another veteran Odd Fellow, Bro. R. W. Fawcett, P.G., died
at Victoria, on the 30th March last.     He was for a great many
years   the   Recording   Secretary   of    Columbia
deeply attached to our Order.
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In conclusion, I wish again to express my thanks and appreciation to the many who have assisted me in the duties of my
office during the past year, and more especially the officers and past
officers of the Grand Lodge, and to the D.D.G.M.'s for the efficient
manner  in   which   they   have  performed   their   duties.
Yours fraternally,
GRAND MASTER, 3270
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.
I have again the honor to lay before you a report of the work
of the Order in this Jurisdiction for the year ended 31st December,
1911.
DurinP* the year two Subordinate and one Rebekah lodge have
been instituted, viz., "Cariboo" Lodge No. 65, at South Fort George,
by Special Deputy Grand Master Bro. J. R. Campbell, P.G., on
6th September, 1911, and "Park" Lodge No. 66 at Central Park, by
Bro. W. A. Johnstone, D.G.M., on 20th March, 1912; also "Sunset"
Rebekah Lodge No. 29 at Armstrong by Sister Mrs. Evans, President of the Rebekah Assembly, on 2nd April, 1912. The instituting
officers in each case speak highly of the material composing these
new lodges, and of the prospects of these additional agencies for
the diffusion of the principles of Oddfellowship.
The gain in membership during 1911 was 511, being a little
under 10 per cent. Thirty-four lodges report an increase, eleven a
decrease, and the membership in seven was stationary. The place
of honor in this respect is due to "Fairview" Lodge No. 61, Fair-
view, Vancouver, which shows a gain of 56 during the year, nearly
doubling its membership. I had much pleasure in submitting the
record of this lodge to the Grand Sire as a candidate for the banner offered by him to the Subordinate Lodge showing the largest
gain during the year 1911.
Enquiries have been received from Creston and Powell River
as to the steps necessary to be taken to institute Lodges at these
places, but as yet petitions have not been received.
I beg" to submit the following: tabulated statement:— STATISTICAL.
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
with the Year 1910
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No. of Lodges Instituted since....
Dawson Lodge No. 1, Dawson, Y.T.,
attached to   this   Jurisdiction by
Sovereign Grand Lodge	
No.   Members, 31st December, 191l| 5820 511
Initiated    I 6351        	
Admitted by card..] 154]        	
Admitted as A. O...] 2j        	
Reinstated   	
Withdrawn  	
Deceased   	
Expelled   	
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for   N.P.D.
Rejected   	
Degrees conferred 	
"    Past Grands    I 1122! 84
Receipts from Dues    1$ 61,189.85 $   3,813.73
admissions and degrees $ 16,357.95 $      357.45
rents and interest   $ 35,624.06$   6,741.71
|    all other sources    |$   3,679.91|$      546.47
Total Receipts   ($116,851,771$ 11,459.361        	
No. of Brothers relieved  | 461| 47|        	
Widowed  families  relieved   . .j 29 10 	
Brothers buried     31   16
Weeks  Sick Benefits paid.. . .j 4226| 554 	
Amount paid for Relief of Brothers|$ 29,563.341$   5,472.391        	
Widowed families   ...$   2,194.00$    1,423.60 	
Burying the Dead.. .. |$   2,429.15]         |$ 1,240.74
Special  Relief    1$    1,335.901         \%    399.51
Total amount paid for Relief $ 35,522.39 $   5,230.74
Current expenses.. $ 35,787.91$ 7,305.51
Total Val. Assets of Sub. Lodges. .|$834,170.28)$275.508.57
Average amount of benefits paid toj
each sick member   |$
Average amount expended for reliefj
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rent  expenses    j$
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Total amount of assets per member|$
Total amount of relief   paid   sincel
institution of Grand Lodge, 1874 ($545,607.40
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Average duration of sickness per sick member, 9 weeks 1 day 4
hours; increase, 2 days 2 hours.
♦Average duration of sickness per member, 5 days 2 hours; increase
6 hours. 3272
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
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Sovereign Grand Lodge..|Supplies
Grand Treasurer |Mileage   & per Diem, Sess.'ll
W. H. Huxtable |Caretaker Grand See's office
V. S. Liddicoat   Janitor,  Session  1911   	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. (Supplies   	
Cross & Co jPremium Grand See's Bond
Cranbrook Agency Co...Prem. Grand Treas. Bond..
A.   McKelvie    Expenses Special Committee
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y]Allowance  for  office  rent..
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. (Supplies    	
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co |Printing Proceedings   	
Rebekah  Assembly   Charter Fees   	
Imperial Bank of Canada Deposit  (Home Fund)   ....
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y Salary, 3 months  	
...Postage  and  Sundries   	
Sweeney & McConnell ..Printing and  Stationery   ...
T. R. Cusack   Printing   	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. Supplies   	
(Imperial Bank of CanadaJDeposit, Home Account  ...
(Sovereign Grand Lodge..jSupplies   	
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(W. H. Cullin, G. M. .... .(Funeral Wreath, Mrs.Davej
Imperial Bank of CanadaiDeposit,   Home   Account   ..!
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y(Salary, 3 months   	
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Sweeney & McConnell... Printing,  etc	
[Sovereign Grand Lodge..(Representative Tax   	
3.00
3.00
3,750.40
20.00
10.00
56.00
5.00
5.00
4.00
150.00
44.20
244.80
30.00
347.50
225.00
76.65
39.65
13.50
60.50
79.60
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2.70
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41.60
225.00
21.00
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$7,030.80
SUMMARY
Balance in hands  of  Grand Treasurer per last report. .$ 4,304.64
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer as per foregoing statement    •     7,736.03
$12,040.67
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per foregoing
Statement         7,030.80
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  \   $5,009.87
STOCK ACCOUNT.
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Balance  per  last   Report   	
Goods bought during the year  	
Freight, etc., on supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge
Profit on goods sold during the year	
Goods sold during the year  	
Value of Stock on hand 	
$ 232.781
357.00
17.051
166.721
486.65
286.90
|$  773.55|$  773.55 3276
ODD FELLOWS HOME FUND.
Receipts.
Total Value of this Fund per last report   $12,104.16
Interest on Mortgages etc., as per statement        854.20
Interest,  Imperial  Bank  of  Canada     19.30
Interest, Dominion Government Savings Bank    .36
$12,978.02
How Invested.
On Mortgage    $11,800.00
Deposit Imperial Bank of Canada        1,164.66
Deposit Dominion Government Savings  Bank  12.53
In Grand Treasurer's hands    .83
$12,978.02
AGED ODDFELLOWS' FUND.
Amount  on  hand per  last  report    $549.84
Interest Dominion Government Savings Bank       16.47
' i- $566.31
Deposited in Dominion Government Savings Bank. .$565.82
In  Grand Treasurer's hands    .49
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.*4*#t44##»>*»4   TRIAL BALANCE, GRAND LODGE OF B.C., I. O.
May, 1912
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235
247
272
284
287
295
297
301
303
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319
325
330
332
334
337
341
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359
361
363
364
369
376
375
378
382
388
394
400
404
406
408
410
412
416
424
426
428
432
438
440
442
444
446
450
454
458
460
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Sovereign Grand Lodge   $
Royal City Lodge, No. 3	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund	
Domin. Gov. Sav. Bank, Aged O.F. Fund
Mt.  Fernie Lodge, No. 47 1
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12     	
Coronation Lodge, No. 48    2.00|
Camborne  Lodge,  No. 49         (
Vernon Valley Lodge No. 18 1   1
Dominion  Lodge  No. 4   	
Delta   Lodge, No. 21   	
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8	
Amity Lodge,  No. 27   	
Cloverdale   Lodge,   No.   15	
Penticton Lodge,  No. 51	
Furniture  and  Regalia   	
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23	
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34	
Stock Account   	
; Princeton   Lodge,   No.   52	
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  	
(Columbia Lodge, No. 2  	
Boundary Valley  Lodge,  No.  38	
W.   E.   Vanstone   	
Funeral  Aid Association   	
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53	
Michel Lodge, No. 54  	
Dominion Gov. Sav.  Bank (Home Acct.)
Key City Lodge, No. 42   	
Odd Fellows Home Fund  	
Mt. Ida Lodge No. 56  	
Okanagan   Lodge   No.   58     3.60J
S. R.  Lawrence            750.00
J.   H.   Healey         1,550.00
G. A.  Macey        1,000.00|
Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60     	
F.   Trimble   :      2,000.00
Grand Treasurer    I    5,009.87
Grandview Lodge,  No. 62      I
Silver City Lodge, No. 39   J 1.401
Gateway Lodge, No. 43    1  	
|Wildey Lodge, No. 44       	
Snowshoe  Lodge,   No.  46        	
Corbin Lodge, No. 64   1 4.00:
A.   Perry    I    4,000.00
Imperial Bank of Can.  (Home Fund)   ..     1,164.661
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16        	
Profit and Loss        	
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Union Lodge No. 11         I
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It will be noted from the foregoing statement, that the admissions to membership last year were 44 less than the preceding year,
but this is more than compensated for by the reduction in the
losses, which show a decrease of 84 when compared with 1910. The
fact that the loss by suspension through non-payment of dues is 63
less than the preceding year is very gratifying. The lodges in
the Kootenay and Boundary districts have suffered through the unfortunate strike in the coal mines, which is now, however, happily
ended.
The increase in the receipts of the lodges is about the same
ratio as the gain in membership, 10 per cent. The total relief paid
shows an increase of seventeen per cent, and the current expenses
nearly thirty per cent. The invested funds of the lodges show a
remarkable increase during the year, amounting to $275,508.57,
equal to nearly fifty per cent.
Bro. W. H. Leedy, Grand Secretary of Indiana, .has prepared
and distributed a very interesting and useful souvenir of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge Session at Indianapolis, containing statistics respecting the Order for the year 1910. Under the head of
"Resources per Member," British Columbia holds the proud position at the top of the list, with an average of $105.22, whereas the
average for the whole Order is shown to be only $31.65 per member. This year we are able to report an average of $143.33 per
member, an increase of $38.10. This is no doubt attributable to the
rapid rise of realty values in the Coast cities, of which our Lodges
have fortunately been a'ble to take advantage.
AFFILIATION OF DAWSON LODGE.
The Grand Sire having granted the petition of Dawson Lodge
No. 1, Dawson, Yukon Territory, to be attached to this jurisdiction, and this Grand Lodge .having conditionally approved of the
same at the Session of 1909, the Lodge has been placed under the
supervision of this Grand Lodge, and will report to us from the 1st
January, 1912. This does not involve the issue of a fresh Charter,
nor does it authorize the Grand Lodge to institute new lodges
in the Yukon Territory. I would, however, recommend that this
lodge De known as "No. 1A," to distinguish it from "Victoria"
Lodge, which is No. 1 of this Jurisdiction. I trust that the benefits
anticipated by the brethren of Dawson in being affiliated with this
Jurisdiction will be fully realized.
t> u\ h^Vr rfceived Otters asking whether the Encampment and
Rebekah Lodge there could obtain affiliation on similar terms to
the Subordinate Lodge. Evidently the Jurisdiction is well thought
of in the far North.
FIRE
I regret to learn that Duncan Lodge No.  17 had the misfortune to lose its hall, Charter and paraphernalia by fire on the 25th 3279
November, 1911. Ivy Rebekah Lodge No. 14 was also a loser at
the same time of its Charter and paraphernalia. Duncan Lodge
was luckily partially insured. Both Lodges are petitioners for
duplicate  Charters.
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES.
The two Committees in this Province have furnished me with
the following particulars of the praiseworthy work they have performed during the past year:—
Victoria. Vancouver.
Total  receipts      $1109.00       $4756.98
Number of Brothers Relieved           20 84
Number of  Brothers  Buried    -... 1 5
Amount Paid for Relief      $987.00       $4503.55
Amount Paid for Management          42.65 182.71
The Secretary of the Vancouver Committee reports that the
brothers relieved belonged to 84 Lodges:—viz., British Columbia
Lodges, 15; other Canadian Lodges, 21; in the United States 27;
in New Zealand, 1. The number of brothers relieved last year
shows an increase of sixty-one per cent over the preceding year.
TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM.
Generous contributions have been received -since my last report
towards furnishing the sleeping pavilion at the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille in accordance with the decision of the Grand
Lodge at its last session. Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., who has
unfortunately been compelled to return to this institution for a
time, but whom I trust will shortly be able to leave it with his
health fully and permanently established, has been indefatigable in
attending to the furnishing of this pavilion, and under date of 30th
Aoril, states that he expects to have the furniture all installed before he left for home in about two weeks from that date. No bills
have as yet been presented on this account, but there should be
ample funds to meet them when rendered. The amount received
to date of writing is $2632.32, the latest revised estimate of the
cost submitted on 17th October, 1911, was $2011.40, but in view of
the excess receipts it is more than probable that this estimate will
be exceeded by the purchase of a reserve quantity of bedding, etc.,
which will always be found useful. A large brass plate is being
engraved to be fixed over the fireplace of the reception room, the
inscription stating that the building has been furnished throughout by voluntary contributions of the members of the Order in
this Jurisdiction. I am hoping to get a photograph of this plate
in place, with a view of the exterior of the building, for insertion
in the Proceedings of this Session.
The following is a statement of the receipts to date to this
fund. I have reason to think that there are still some moneys to
come in towards this object.   If they are received after the account 3280
is closed they will be dealt with as thought best by the Executive
officers of the Grand Lodge, and the authorities of the Sanatorium.
Victoria Lodge No. 1   $ 116.00
Columbia  Lodge  No.  2         100.00
Royal City Lodge No. 3          24.50
Dominion  Lodge  No. 4          29.00
Black Diamond Lodge No. 5 and Miriam Rebekah Lodge
No. 3, jointly         100.00
Harmony Lodge No. 6         30.00
Excelsior Lodge No. 7 and Ruth  Rebekah  Lodge No. 4,
jointly       91.50
Vancouver Lodge No. 8      312.00
19
10  193.00
  30.00
  44.00
  11.00
  24.00
  16.50
  27.17
 *  42.20
26    280.00
\7    27.00
18   60.00
  25.00
 ;  22.00
  5.00
,  25.00
  86.50
  25.00
Western Star Lodge No.
Union   Lodge  No.  4....
Selkirk  Lodge No.  12   .
Cloverdale Lodge No. 1^
Kootenay  Lodge  No.   It
Duncan Lodge No. 17  .
Mt. Pleasant Lodge No.
Island Lodge No. 24  ..
Pacific Lodge No.
Amity Lodge No. 27  	
Cheam Lodge No. 28 	
Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 34
Rossland Lodge No. 36	
Silver City Lodge No. 39  	
Slocan Lodge No. 40	
Key City Lodge No. 42	
Enterprise Lodge No. 43   	
Wildey Lodge No. 44   	
Gateway Lodge No. 45 and Banner Rebekah Lodge No. 25,
jointly   	
Snowshoe Lodge  No. 46   	
Mt. Fernie Lodge No. 47   ."	
Eureka Lodge No. 50   	
Penticton Lodge No. 51   	
Princeton  Lodge  No.  52   	
Maple Leaf Lodge No. 53	
Michel  Lodge  No.  54   	
North Vancouver Lodge No.
Mt. Ida Lodge No. 56 	
Okanagan Lodge No. 58 ....
Orchard City Lodge No. 59 .
Fairview Lodge No. 61 ....
Grandview Lodge  No. 62  .. .
Corbin   Lodge   No.   64   	
Colfax Rebekah Lodge No. 1
Mizoah Rebekah Lodge No. \
Miriam Rebekah Lodge No. c
Beulah Rebekah Lodge No. 5
Laurel Rebekah Lodge No. 9
Deborah Rebekah Lodge No.
Ivy Rebekah Lodge No. 14
Queen City Rebekah Lodge No
Greenwood Rebekah Lodge No
13
75.45
36.50
48.50
5.00
31.50
15.00
27.00
30.00
57.00
17.00
5.00
5.25
22.25
11.50
14.00
75.00
108.25
26.50
25.00
2.25
25.00
38.50
10.00
10.00
Forward  $2,510.07 3281
Forward   $2,510.07
Naomi Rebekah Lodge No. 21        107.25
Vermilion Rebekah Lodge No. 24        15.00
$2632.32
DEATHS.
I regret to record the death of Bro. R. W. Fawcett, P.G. of
Columbia Lodge No. 2, which occurred on the 30th March last.
Bro. Fawcett was a faithful and zealous Odd Fellow, and filled the
office of Recording Secretary of Columbia Lodge No. 2 for over
35 years. Bro. Fawcett received his Grand Lodge Degree at the
institution of the Grand Lodge on 28th April, 1874. Of all the
Past Grands attending the institution of the Grand Lodge there are
only five with us today, viz., Bros. Chas. Hayward, J. York, and
W. H. Huxtable, of Victoria Lodge No. 1; W. J. Armstrong, Royal
City Lodge No. 3, and T. Shotbolt, of Dominion Lodge No. 4.
It is also with deep regret that I have to announce the death of
Bro. Edward Quennell, P.G.M. and P.G.R., of Black Diamond
Lodge No. 5, Nanaimo, on the 26th of April last. Bro. Quennell
was a Charter member of his Lodge, and Grand Master of this
Jurisdiction from February, 1890 to February, 1891. He was ever
active in promoting the interests of his Lodge and the Order, and
was prominent as a citizen in all work of a public character for the
advancement of his 'home city.
Bro. Quennell was the first Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of British Columbia, and served as Grand Representative of the Grand Encampment in the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
A wreath was placed on his coffin as a tribute of respect from
this Grand Lodge.
FRATERNAL DELEGATE.
I have received notification that Bro. O. E. Tisdale, P.G.M.,
Grand Secretary of Alberta, has been appointed to represent that
Jurisdiction as a Fraternal Delegate to this Session. I have acknowledged this notification, and have assured Bro. Tisdale of
a warm and hearty reception on behalf of this Grand Lodge.
CONCLUSION,
Brethren
which is
this
in  the  City of Victoria,
you are meeting tnis year
not only the capital city of the Province, but the birthplace of Oddfellowship in British Columbia. It was here on 10th
March, 1864, that Victoria Lodge No. 1 was instituted. Vancouver
Encampment No. 1 was instituted here on 24th January, 1871, and
the Grand Lodge was also instituted here on 25th April, 1874, the
Grand Encampment on 28th March, 1891, and Colfax Rebekah
Lodge No. 1 was instituted here on 15th December, 1887. Prior to
the institution of the first Lodge, a band of brothers organized an 3282
Odd Fellows Association here on 5th July, 1858, during the great
rush of people to this Province from all parts of the world, consequent on the discovery of gold on the Fraser River. The objects
of this Association were of a practical character. A relief committee was formed to relieve any necessitous brothers, and there
were a great many who returned from the rush to the mines in
broken health as well as in financial straits. A registry was also
opened in which members arriving here might record their names,
place of destination, and other information which might prove of
value should inquiries be made respecting them. So you see,
brethren, you are on historic ground as far as Oddfellowship in
this Jurisdiction is concerned. The Lodges of this city have endeavored to maintain a high standard of excellence in living up to
the principles of Oddfellowship, and their record in the matter of
relief disbursed can scarcely be equalled by any Lodges in the entire Order. They are fortunately still possessed of assets of considerable value, so that they will be in a position to carry on the
work, they are engaged in, and add to their already creditable
record.
The history of our Order in this Jurisdiction, our present position and the bright prospects that open up to us in the future,
should encourage us in the prosecution of our beneficent work, and
inspire us to greater efforts for the extension and upbuilding of
our beloved Order. May the proceedings of this Annual Session
contribute to this end, and prove a pleasure to all taking part in
them, and a bright spot in the history of the work of the Order
in this Province.
Yours fraternally,
Grand Secretary 3283
Report of Grand Treasurer
REPORT  OF  GRAND  TREASURER.
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.     ^
1911.
June 15—To Cash received from the late  Grand Treas ..$ 4,329.32
July    5— " Cash from  Grand  Secretary     5.00
I    10— " Cash received from Key City Lodge, No. 42 81.00
Sept. 29— Cash   received  from  Grand  Secretary  3,322.80
1912.
Jan.  13— Cash received from Grand Secretary  464.30
Mar. 19— Cash received from Grand Secretary  2,687.25
May 13— " Cash received from Grand Secretary    1,151.00
13— " Interest   Accrued   on   Savings   Deposits   to
Nov.  30  16.50
13— Interest   Accrued   on   Savings    Deposit    to
.May 31,  1912    49.00
$12,106.17
DISBURSEMENTS.
1911.
May 13—By paid Orders Nos. 1 to 49 inclusive       7,030.80
to 1912. 	
May 31—Balance in hand    $5,075.37
Yours fraternally,
H. WHITE, I
Grand Treasurer.
Cranbrook, B.C., May 13th, 1912. -s*.-.•:*■
3284
Grand Representative s
Report
To the Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. of British Columbia.
In conformity to established custom, your Representatives to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge present the following report of the
eighty-seventh Annual Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge held
in Indianapolis, Ind., from September 18 to 22nd inclusive.
The Session was one fruitful in pleasant recollections on the
part of those participating, and also fruitful in progressive legislation for the good of our great Order. Not only were the Odd
Fellows warm in the welcome extended, but they were joined by
the citizens generally, who vied with each other to treat us
hospitably.
On Saturday, Sept. 16th, the Sovereign Grand Lodge officers
and representatives, with their ladies, were given a delightful excursion to the Odd Fellows' Home at Greensburgh. The Home
has been in operation twelve years, and consists of two buildings
and a hospital. The seating capacity of the Home is 250 inmates,
and the hospital 28. They have a farm of 135 acres in connection
with the Home, which was donated by Decatur Lodge No. 103,
and citizens of Greensburgh. The property is valued at $300,000,
and is maintained by a direct per capita tax of 32 cents on subordinate, 15 cents on Rebekah and 10 cents on Encampment members. Total receipts in 1910 was $35,000.00; expenses $25,712.49. At
the present time there are 92 adult and 41 children, their ages
ranging from 3 years to 94, and it is their proud boast that they
have never lost a child by death. The Home is managed by a board
of three directors, one each being elected by the Grand Lodge,
Grand Encampment and Rebekah Assembly. On Sunday, September 17th the Rev. Lewis Brown, of St. Paul's Episcopal Church,
addressed the Odd Fellows on the theme of "Ideal Brotherhood."
The service was well attended, the church being filled to its capacity. In his address the reverend gentleman paid fitting tribute to
the work   of  the various  fraternal   societies.
A formal welcome was extended to the visiting Odd Fellows
on behalf of the State, Monday morning, at the splendid Auditorium in Masonic Temple. The officers of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge and  Grand  Representatives  convened  at headquarters  and 3285
escorted by the Grand Marshal and a detachment of Patriarchs
Militant, marched to Masonic Temple, the officers of the S.G.L.,
together with the chief officers of the leading fraternal societies
were seated on the stage. The Masonic quartette led the audience in singing "God Save the King" and "America," and the
brothers from both^sides of the line joined their voices heartily in
both songs, indicating that there is no lack of reciprocity in the
matter   of   fraternity.
Brother U. Z. Wiley, Past Grand Master of Indiana, acted as
president and introduced as the first speaer, his Honor, Judge
A. A. Adams, of the Indiana Court, who in the absence of the
governor, extended a welcome on behalf of the State. Judge
Adams made a scholarly address, which was interrupted at frequent intervals by hearty applause. The presiding officer next introduced Ex-Vice-President Chas. W. Fairbanks, as a newly initiated Odd Fellow, and this distinguished brother made an address
which indicated that he had taken well to heart the ritualistic lessons of the Order.
An eloquent response to the address of welcome was made by
Grand Sire Cockrun, who fittingly praised the hospitality of the
people of Indianapolis and Indiana, and gave an international
character to the welcome by special mention of the Canadian visitors as follows:
"From Quebec to British Columbia, from the shores of the
Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, all Canadian Fellowship is here. The
splendid eastern part of this great country of Canada, with its history and traditions; the great Quebec; the Maritime Provinces, with
their interests and achieved position; Ontario, with its development and great power; Manitoba and its golden fields of waving
plenty, with its invitation to you to come to Winnipeg next year;
Alberta and Saskatchewan, the new and live members from the
heart of the rapidly developing middle portion of the great northwest, and British Columbia, with her splendid scenery, her great
business developments, and recent progress, are all here represented to join hands with the representatives from Maine to California and from Washington to Florida, including every state and
territory in the United States, and to legislate in the interest of
more than two million men and women marching under the banner of F. L. and T."
Bro. Cockrum said the spirit of humanity and fraternity exists
in all parts of the world where there are Odd Fellows. For this
reason, he thought it was fitting that Odd Fellows in the United
States and Canada should work together in harmony in wielding
the beneficial influence of the Order, and the teaching of brotherly
love and good will toward men.
"It is this spirit in our Order," he said, "that has caused the
mingling of the flags of the nations." 3286
The invocation at the beginning of the meeting was made
by Rev. S. C. Wicks of Jndanapolis, and the benediction was pronounced by Rev. R. K. Stephenson, Grand Chaplain of the
S. G. L. At the conclusion of the exercises, the Sovereign Grand
Lodge under the direction of Winn Powers, Grand Marshal, and
led by a detachment of Patriarchs Militant, commanded by Jos. A.
Dehority, proceeded to the Odd Fellows Temple, and at 11 o'clock
sharp Bro. John B. Cockrum, Grand Sire, called the Sovereign
Grand Lodge to order, and the following officers were present:—
John B. Cockrum Grand Sire
C. A.  Keller Deputy Grand  Sire
John B. Goodwin, Past Grand Sire  Grand Secretary
AL Richards Muckle   .. Grand Treasurer
j. Edw. Kroh Assistant Grand Secretary
R.  K.  Stephenson Grand  Chaplain
Winn.   Powers Grand   Marshal
W. O. Carbis Grand Guardian
Wm.  I\.  Humphrey Grand  Messenger
Past Grand Sires:—John C. Underwood, Kentucky; Alfred S.
Pinkerton, Massachusetts; E. S. Conway, Illinois; W. L. Kuyken-
dall, Wyoming, and Grand Representatives from 39 Grand Lodges
and 31 Grand Encampments, making a total of 209 representatives. In drawing for seats, British Columbia, as usual, got as far
back as possible. This time we had seats No. 189, 190, 191. Your
representatives were appointed on the following committees:
Brother Fulton, on Correspondence.
Brother Cavalsky,  on  Patriarch  Militant.
Brother Bell, on  Unfinished Business. 3287
EXTRACTS FROM THE REPORT OF THE GRAND SIRE:
It seems but a short time since we were so delightfully entertained by the members of Georgie, in the beautiful city of Atlanta,
enjoying the hospitality so noted of our southern friends.
The time has come again to meet in annual session. Were it
not for the fact that this meeting is held in the home city of the
present Grand Sire, I would venture a few words of praise for the
splendid Jurisdiction of Indiana, the work and untiring energy in
every branch of the Order in this Jurisdiction that has been
rewarded by such splendid results, and the enrollment of so large
a membership in the divisions of our great army of men and
women doing daily battle for our cause in this grand old State
I will leave it to you to judge of the conditions here as you
find them, and feel confident your opinion when formed and
expressed after your sojourn will be a much stronger testimonial
than I could give.
I congratulate you upon the excellent condition of the Order
throughout the world. We meet under the best of conditions
in this, the 87th annual, meeting of this Sovereign Body. We
have a larger membership than ever before; our financial strength
is greater, and in most branches we find unexampled zeal and
energy being daily applied to the ennobling work of our great
organization for the uplift of mankind and for* the extension of
our benevolent and fraternal purposes.
CONDITION OF THE ORDER.
For the year ending December 31, 1910, the condition of the
Order as it relates to membership as follows:
SUBORDINATE.
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1909  i,534>o86
Membership, Dec. 31, 1910   1,583,169
Net gain in the year 1910  49,083 ►-iHI iffiT'j'^jK*: * *!!%5^
r^-*?"".   "   .
3288
ENCAMPMENT.
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1909        217,533
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1910        221,497
Net gain in the year 1910  3*9^4
REBEKAH.
Membership, Dec. 31, 1909        633,615
Membership,   Dec.  31,   1910        666,537
Net gain in the year 1910.        . 32,922
BROTHERS. §
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1909        215,280
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1910        225,975
Net gain in the year  1910  10,695
SISTERS.
Membership,  Dec. 31, 1909        418,335
Membership,   Dec.   31,   1910        440,562
Net gain in the year 1910 i  22,227
Total    32,922
Total    individual    membership,    including    subordinate
members and sister Rebekah members only     2,023,731
PATRIARCHS MILITANT.
Membership, Dec. 31, 1909  24,351
Membership, Dec. 31,  1910  25,268
Net gain in the year 1910  917
RELIEF.
The  total  relief by subordinates  in  1909 was  $5,711,049.41  as
against $5*356,925 89 in 1909, a net increase in 1910 of $354,123.52.
By subordinates $ 5,271,756.79
By   encampments             345*431-49
By Rebekah lodges    93,861.13
I $5,711,049.41
RECEIPTS.
The   receipts   of   subordinates   in   1910  were   $17,804,771.58   as
against $16,827,728.66 in 1909, an increase of $977,042.92.
By subordinates $15,936,158.03
By encampments           927,135.77 3289
By  Rebekah lodges        941,477.78
Total    $17,804,771.58
INVESTED FUNDS
The invested funds of Grand and Subordinate Bodies, Dec. 31,
1910, were $57,743,272.6o as against $53,156,910.14, Dec. 31, 1909, an
increase of $4,586,362.46.
Of subordinate and Grand Lodges $54,518,782.73
Of encampments        2,282,929.03
Of Rebekah  lodges           941,560.84
$57,743,272.60
FINANCES OF THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE.
Cash on hand Aug. 1, 1910  $      53,334.66
Received from Aug. 1, 1910, to July 31, 1911        108,791.49
Total   receipts         $162,126.15
Warrants drawn from Aug. 1, 1910, to July 31, 1911.. .$      96,117.45
Balance-on hand July 31, 1911  66,008.70
ODD FELLOWS HOMES.
In connection with the foregoing financial and membership
Statement, I desire to call your attention to the condition of the
Odd Fellows Homes throughout the world, as follows:
Cost of property    $ 2,343,609.94
Present value    *    4,200,412.02
Cost of maintenance        660,557 79
Number admitted from date of opening  8,520
Number of inmates     3,499
DECISIONS.
During the year I have rendered the following decisions:
Decision 1. Question.—Is it lawful for officers or past officers
of Grand or Subordinate lodges to use their official titles in endorsing or promoting any insurance or other business?
Answer.—No.
Decision 2. Question.—The Loyal Protective Insurance Company publishes endorsements of its business, signed by certain
officers or past officers of Grand Bodies, using their official titles.
It also stated that it is the only insurance company endorsed by
Grand Lodge Officers (Exhibit.) Is the Loyal Protective Insurance Company conducting a lawful business in conformity with
the tenets of the Order?
Answer.—The Loyal Protective Insurance Company is a
private enterprise and must be conducted as such It is not in
conformity with the law of The Sovereign Grand Lodge to use 3290
the names of members of the Order as members of the Order or
as officers of the lodge to promote a private business.
Decision 3. Question.—Is it lawful for a brother to act as
agent or promote the interests of such an insurance company which
uses in its advertising matter official endorsements as described?
Answer.—No.    (See Sec. 471, Busbee's Digest.)
Decision 4. Statement.—Can any portion of the special 5%
fund provided for in Article 503 of the Digest, be used for the
purpose
lodges ?
of  purchasing  jewels  for  Past   Grands,   by   subordinate
Answer.—No.
Decision 5. Statement.—The question has been raised as to the
true intent and meaning of the law in reference to the regalia of
the different branches of our Order, each being kept separate and
distinct, and neither to be permitted to loan to any other branch of
the Order for display, or any other purpose.
The robes, etc., used in the portrayal of the various degrees it
is thought by some, in view of the fact that they are manufactured,
publicly displayed, and advertised in illustrated catalogues, labelled
with the names of the characters they are intended to portray, and
the employees of said regalia firms need not necessarily be
members of the Order, and therefore the law of our Order should
not debar one branch from loaning to the other, when for the best
interests of the Order it would be desirable to do so.
Question.—Can a subordinate lodge loan any portion of its
robes that could be utilized by the male members of a Rebekah
lodge in portraying the characters they may take in the conferring
of the Rebekah Degree?
Answer.—No.
Decision 6. Statement.—The Committee on Laws of the Grand
Lodge of Manitoba, I. O. O. F., had a by-law submitted to them
for approval, which reads as follows:
"40 If the attending physician advises that the nature of the
illness is such that the attendance of a nurse is necessary, one
shall be procured by the chairman of this committee, and such
attendance shall be continued until terminated by the chairman on
the advice of the attending physician, the cost of the said nursing
to be paid for out of the Sick Nursing Fund, but in no case to
exceed $1.50 per day; if in the hospital 75 cents per day, to be
paid to the  hospital authorities." 3291
Statement. — The Committee on Laws rules that thvi
word day in the 8th and 9th lines be struck out, and the word
night be inserted, The Sovereign Grand Lodge having decided
that a lodge must provide by its by-laws for night nurses or
watchers, and that it may provide for day nurses or watchers, and
that in case the word day does not cover both night and day as
intended by The Sovereign GrGand Lodge.
Question.—Was the Committee on Laws right in striking out
the word day and inserting the word night in the by-law?
Answer.—No.    The committee had no such power.
Decision 8. Statement—The Grand Lodge of Manitoba, I. O.
O. F ] has instructed its Committee on By-laws to approve of a
by-law that reads as follows:
"A nurse shall be procured by the Chairman of the Visiting
Committee on the advice of the attending physician, the cost of
said nursing to be paid out o fthe Sick Nursing Fund, but in no
case to exceed one dollar and fifty cents per Calendar Day."
Question.—Are the words "Calendar Day" proper words to
insert in a by-law in regard to hiring a nurse. The Sovereign
Grand Lodge having decided that only night nurses or watchers
must be furnished, and that a lodge may provide for day nurses or
watchers in its by-laws?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 9. Statement.—A and B, hotel owners and keepers,
are members in good standing in Addison Lodge, No. 345, both
having joined the lodge prior to 1895, when the law was enacted
prohibiting hotel keepers tending bar from becoming members of
the Order. A and B have been continuous members since joining,
have at all times been hotel keepers, and dispensed liquors over
the bar.
At the general election held in the fall of 1907, the local option
question was submitted and the temperance people carried the day,
making Addison a dry town for two years and six months.
At the general election held in the fall of 1909 the local option
question was again submitted and license was restored
On October 1, 1910, said A and B procured license and again
commenced dispensing liquors over the bar.
Question 1.—Are said A and B liable to expulsion from the
lodge under the law prohibiting hotel keepers tending bar from
being members of the Order? 3292
Answer.—Yes.
Question 2.—Does the question of being deprived of the
privilege of selling liquor by vote of the people constitute a going
out of the liquor business under the law prohibiting hotel keepers
tending bar from being members of this Order?
Answer.—Yes.
Question 3.—Does the resumption of this business, dispensing
liquor over the bar, in accordance with the vote of the people and
the laws of the State of New York, constitute a resumption of the
liquor business under the law prohibiting hotel keepers tending
bar from being members of this Order?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 10. Statement.—There is nothing in Report 91, page
151, Daily Journal, 1910 session, to show that Article X of the
By-laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge was to be amended by
the adoption of said report Article XXX of the By-laws provides
that no resolution shall operate to change, alter, or amend any of
the By-laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, unless said resolution
upon its face and by its terms assumes to make such change,
alteration or amendment, and shall state distinctly the particular
By-law to be affected.
Question.—Is not the whole matter set forth in said Report 91
null and void, inasmuch as it was not presented in proper form,.
and was in effect an amendment to the By-laws of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge?
Answer.—It is my opinion that an attempt has been made by
Report 91, page 151, Daily Journal, 1910 session, to amend Article
X of the By-laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge. Article XXX
of the By-laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge provides the manner
in which the same may be amended. The requirements of
Article XXX have not been complied with in the present instance.
It is, therefore, my opinion that the whole matter in Report
91 is void and without effect and should be set aside and I have
directed the Grand Secretary accordingly.
Decision n. Question.—If the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge of Kentucky fixes a minimum fee that shall be charged all
who join a lodge in Kentucky, and a resident of Kentucky joins
a lodge in another or adjacent Jurisdiction that charges a lesser
fee than the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky provides, under the laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge shall the
difference be paid to the Grand Lodge of Kentucky?
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Answer.—"Any person residing in one Jurisdiction and joining
a lodge or encampment in another Jurisdiction, whose fees for
admission to membership, either by initiation or deposit of card,
are less than the minimum fees charged in his own Jurisdiction,
shall pay to the lodge or encampment he so joins, the amount of
the minimum fees charged in his own Jurisdiction, and the lodge
or encampment which he joins shall pay the excess thus collected
over to the Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment of the Jurisdiction
in which he resides." (Busbee's Digest 451, page 131.)
I therefore answer your question—Yes.
Decision 12. Question.—Did the action of the Grand Lodge
of 1898, granting the privilege of adjacent jurisdictions to receive
as members residents of Kentucky, and in which this provision is
a part of said action—"Provided further that the laws of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge are complied with," do away with the law
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge as found in Sections 451 and 926,
Busbee's Digest, 1903, providing that any difference in fees shall
be paid to the Grand Lodge of the jurisdiction in which the candi
date
is a resi
dent
Answer.—No.
Decision 13.. .Question.—Will both forms of the Veteran
Jewel, as now sold, be recognized after January 1, 1911, in lieu of
regalia?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 14. Statement.—A brother having changed his place
of residence, now wishes to avail himself of the advantages of the
transfer law of 1904 The lodge to which he now belongs has a
level rate of dues, for all its members, of $1.50 per quarter. The
lodge to which he wishes to transfer has a graded scale of dues
regulated according to the age of the member at admission to the
lodge, the minimum rate being $1.55 per quarter. The benefits of
the new lodge are also greater than the lodge from which he
proposes transferring.
Question.—Must the brother pay the rate of dues provided by
the new lodge's by-laws or does his connection with his old lodge
in any way influence the amount of dues to be paid into the lodge
to which he transfers?
Answer.—As soon as transfer is effected he will be controlled
by the by-laws  of the new lodge.
Decision 15.    Question.—Is a Syrian,
entitled to membership in our Order?
Arab    or    an    Arabian 3294
Answer,--First* A Syrian ii a Caucasian and it therefor©
entitled to membership,    (l*roc   1900, page 434> decision ^6.)
Second, An Arab or Arabian, is not emit led to membership in
our j h der. The best dictionaries state that the Arab is a member
of a swarthy race inhabiting Arabia, and largely Syria, and
northern Africa. (Sec, 2, Art, m, Constitution, page 783, itusbee's
1 >igest.)
Decision 16. Statement.- -The Rituals of subordinate and
Rebekah lodges (page 34, subordinate; page 13, Rebekah)9 provide
that when balloting upon applications for membership or degrees,
it is not permissibly to exhibit the ballot to any member except to
the Noble Grand and the Vice Grand, The contention is made that
the Ritual governs only in matters purely Ritualistic, and that
Grami Itodies may provide by legislation that the ballot may be
exhibited to, and examined by, the supporters ol the Noble Grand.
Question t.^-Are not the provisions   of
mentioned, applicable upon all lodges?
he   Rituals,   above
Answer.--Yes
Question 2,--Do not all of the instructions appearing in any
part of the Rituals, whether relating to the degrees or otherwise,
apply equally upon all lodges of the Order regardless of the fact
that contrary provisions may appear in the constitutions of Grand
Bodies having jurisdiction over such subordinates, or that contrary
legislation may have been enacted either by such Grand Bodies or
by The Sovereign  Grand Lodge?
Answer,- 3\
c\s
Question 3»--Are not all laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge,
Grand or subordinate bodies which conflict in any manner with the
provisions of the Rituals null ami void?
Answer,- Yes, in so far as they conflict with the Rituals.
Question 4,—Can any of the general instructions appearing in
the Rituals be changed, altered, or amended by The Sovereign
Grand Lodge except by two thirds vote required for a change in
this written work of the Order?
Answer, -No. (See 5* Art. L Cons Sov. Grand Lodge, page
77^, Busbee's Digest; Sees, 2222-2224 and 2561,)
Decision 17- Question i.--Does the adoption of a resolution
to establish concurrent jurisdiction throughout a Grand Jurisdiction
abridge the rights and intention of The Sovereign Grand Lod go
in its provision for the use of 'Transfer Certificates" within Grand
Jurisdiction? 3295
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—If so, has a Grand Body the right to establish
concurrent jurisdiction to the exclusion of this form of change of
membership?
Answer.—Yes
Decision 18. Question.—May a number of members of a
subordinate lodge, from their own means, and without expense to
any branch of the Order, erect a memorial window in a Sectarian
Church, in memory of deceased members of their lodge; said
window bearing appropriate inscriptions and using emblems of the
Order, together with the name and number of the local lodge,
followed by the letters I. O. O   F.?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 19. Question.—Is the use of the Rituals permissible
in public installations, the instructions concerning the' use of the
gavel, the entering, retiring and all other instructions found in the
book itself being strictly followed?
Answer —No.
Decision 20. Question.—Can a Third degree member, not
being a Past Grand, act as District Deputy?
Answer.—No.
Decision 21. Question.—Can a lodge charge a brother, coming
to it by Transfer Card, $1.00 per year for every year over the age
of 45?
Answer.—No.
Decision 22. Question.—Can a line officer of the Patriarchs
Militant purchase and keep in his own possession a Ritual of the
Patriarchs Militant degree?
Answer —No.
Decision 23. Question.—Also, can a line officer or any officer
of the Patriarchs Militant, copy the unwritten work of the
unwritten work of the Patriarchs Militant degree in full and carry
the same in his pocket, and read it in conferring the Patriarchs
Militant degree?
Answer.—No. •?4f**'££♦*'*
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Decision 24.    Statement.—A member of the Order resides in
California, but belongs to a lodge in Kansas. Such member conducts himself in California in a manner unbecoming an Odd Fellow,
and a lodge or member of the Order in California desired to file
charges against such brother.
Question.—What is the procedure?
Answer.—In the absence of any local regulation upon the subject, a member desiring to prefer charge or charges against a
member or members of one subordinate lodge shall present such
charges in th usual form to such lodge, of which the accuser is a
member. Such lodge shall forthwith forward to the lodge to
which the accused may belong a certified copy of the. charge or
charges, over the signature of the Noble Grand and Secretary,
and attested by the seal of the lodge. And the lodge to which
such charge or charges shall be sent, shall proceed to hear and
determine the same in like manner as if preferred by a member
of its own body. (Busbee's Digest, Sec 2019.) (Proc. S. G. LJ
1871, pages 5194-5.)
Decision 25.    Question.—Who may file charges?
Answer.—Any member of a subordinate lodge.
Decision 26.    Question.—In what lodge should they be filed?
Answer.—In the lodge to which the accusing brother belongs.
Decision 27. Question.—What lodge has jurisdiction to try
the case?
Answer.—The lodge to which the accused brother belongs
Decision 28. Question.—Can a Grand Lodge charge a sum
equal to one year's dues in addition to the price of the certificate,
on application for a Dismissal Certificate from a former member
who has been dropped for non-payment of dues by a lodge now
defunct.
»
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 29. Question.—Has the Grand Master the authority
to confer the Rebekah degree on five subordinate members, or
five outsiders (eligible to the degree), for the purpose of instituting
a Rebekah  lodge?
Answer.—Yes.    Provided  the  Grand Master is a member of
the Rebekah lodge himself.
Decision 30.    Question.—What will the Grand Master do who
is not a member of the Rebekah lodge?
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Answer—Appoint some Past Grand, or Past Noble Grand,
who is in good standing in the Rebekah lodge to confer the degree
and institute the lodge.
Decision 31. Question.—Does any member transferring
from one lodge to another have to pay anything extra, he being
over forty years of age, under the Transfer Law where the by-laws
of a lodge say all applicants over forty years of age must pay the
sum of one  dollar for each year  over forty?
Answer.—No.
Decision 32. Question.—Is an Assyrian entitled to membership in our Order?
Answer.—An Assyrian is of the Caucasian race, and, therefore,
is entitled to membership in our Order.
Decision 33. Statement.—"Resolved, That Article VII, Section
1, of the Rebekah Assembly Constitution, be amended by substituting the word 'fifty' for the word 'ten/ and by inserting the words
'on all sisters of Rebekah' after the word 'levied,' making the
amended portion of that Article read as follows: 'And that an
annual per capita tax of not less than fifty cents be levied on all
sisters of Rebekah, one-half of which must be paid to the Assembly
Secretary on or before the first day of July and one-half on or
before the first day of January in each year, and when collected by
her to be paid to the Grand Secretary, said tax to be designated
as the Gill Home Tax, and to be used in the maintenance of the
Home; Provided, That no sister of Rebekah shall hereafter become
eligible who has not paid the Gill Home Tax as herein specified,
and has not been in continuous good standing for five successive
years immediately prior to her application for the benefits of the
Home."
Question—Is a law constitutional to tax sister Rebekahs for
the maintenance of the Home?
Answer.—Yes, the Grand Lodge having legislated authorizing
the assessment. Grand Bodies are permitted to adopt such laws
for the purpose of establishing and maintaining Homes for aged
and indigent Odd Fellows and widows of deceased members of
the Order, and Homes for the care, protection and education of
orphans of deceased Odd Fellows, as they may determine to be
consistent with the welfare of the Order in their respective
Jurisdiction. (Journal 1892; 13016, 13120, 13161.) Grand Bodies
have the legal right and full power to make reasonable and
necessary assessments upon their subordinates to provide and
maintain Homes foe such dependents. (Journal 1894; 14115;
14150.)
Rebekah Assemblies are subordinate to Grand Lodges, and
members of Rebekah Assemblies are subject to a tax imposed by
the action of a State Grand Lodge. 3298
Decision 34. Question.—Can a Rebekah Assembly make a
law (in case the above tax is not paid by the sister and she is
suspended for nonpayment of dues from her lodge) that can hold
the lodge responsible for the tax?
Answer.—No.
Decision  35.    Question —Can  a  Rebekah  Assembly  refuse  a
lodge their credentials for their delegates to the Assembly, after
they have paid their Assembly    per    capita
members have not all paid the Home Tax?
tax ,-provided    their
Answer.—No.
Decision   36.    Question.—Can      the     Assembly
Rebekah lodge or take its charter in such a
case?
suspend    a
Answer.—No.
Decision 37. Question.—A new member admitted April 10,
August 10, or November 10, should they pay this tax? If so,
what part of the year, or would the tax be made up on the report
of the members in good standing on December 31 of the previous
year, the same as a per capita tax?
Answer.—This depends upon local legislation of the Grand
Jurisdiction involved.
Decision 38. Question.—Who is entitled to vote in the Grand
Encampment for Grand Representatives to The Sovereign Grand
Lodge? Some subordinate encampments send as many as six
or  eight  to  the  Grand  Encampment, when  entitled  to  only one
Have thev a right to vote?
Answer.—All persons entitled to vote on any question are
entitled to vote for Grand Representatives, unless otherwise
provided by local law.
Decision 39. Question.—Can a lodge refuse to pay a brother
benefits for permanent injury sustained by him while in the
discharge of his duties as a car inspector for a railroad company,
simply for the reason that he is trying to support himself in
another business which produces much less income than he was
formerly receiving, but not enough to provide himself and five
children  with  food  and   clothing?
Answer.—No.
Decision 40. Question.—While a brother is in good standing
in his lodge, and receives an injury which makes it impossible for
him  to  follow his usual   occupation,  but  is  able  to   carry   on a
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business which does not furnish a sufficient income to support
him and his five children with decent clothing and proper and
healthy food, can the lodge refuse to pay him benefits?
Answer.—No.
Decision 41. Statement of Facts.—1. When Brother Otto
Hartung, P.G., of Reno Lodge, No. 14, made his will and he included the following provision: "10—I give, bequeath and devise all
the residue of my estate, both real and personal, as follows: (a) To
the I. O. O. F. of the State of Nevada, the income of my estate
to be paid over to them by my executors and trustees annually,
if within five years from the date of my death the said I. O. O. F.
of the State of Nevada does establish a Home worthy of its name
for orphans and foundlings, near Reno, Nevada, and to be known
by the name of the 'Royal D. Hartung Home for Orphans and
Foundlings,' but if the I. O. O. F. of the State of Nevada does not
accept the provisions of this bequest within the time herein mentioned, then I give and bequeath all of my estate to the Board
of School Trustees, of Reno, Nevada."
2. He then made further provision that unless the School
Trustees did not accept the money under the conditions set forth
in the will, then the money, the income of the estate, should go to
the University of Nevada.
o. The Rebekah Assembly of Nevada, during the past ten years
has raised approximately six thousand five hundred dollars for the
purpose of building an Odd Fellows Orphans' Home in Nevada.
4. The Grand Lodge of Nevada, at its annual session held on the
20th and 21st of June, 1911, directed its Board of Trustees of the
Grand Lodge to act in conjunction with the Trustees of the Rebekah Assembly, and build an Orphans' Home at or near Reno, in
such a way as to enable the Rebekah Assembly to secure the income
from the Hartung estate to support said Home.
5. Bro. Charles Burke, P.G., of Reno Lodge No. 14, offered to
give to the Rebekah Assembly of Nevada sufficient ground for the
purpose of building said Home, the same to be in the Burke addition, and to be near the street car line. The Rebekah Assembly, by
resolution, on the 21st of June, directed their trustees to act with
the trustees of the Grand Lodge, and proceed at once to build an
Orphans' Home, accepting Brother Burke's offer, and so build as
to avail themselves of the income of the Hartung estate.
6. The income from the Hartung estate will be approximately
two thousand dollars per year.
7. It is the judgment of the leading Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
of Nevada that the two thousand dollars per year income will practically support  the  Orphans'  Home in  Nevada  for the next ten 3300
years to come, and take care of all the orphans of Odd Fellows
who are left without a home.
8. Mr. Hartung died early in the year of 1910, and the executors
of his will have asked the Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. of Nevada to
give up its right to the estate of Brother Hartung, so that they may
give the income from the estate to the University of the State of
Nevada, and are very anxious to secure said income for the University of Nevada.
Question.—Is there any law or principle in Oddfellowship that
would prevent the Rebekah Assembly of Nevada placing over the
1. O. O. F. Orphans' Home the name of "Royal D. Hartung Home
for Orphans and Foundlings"?
Answer.—There is no law of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to
prevent the use of the name of a dead person in connection with
establishment of institutions of the Order, such as lodges, encampments, Rebekah lodges, etc. Following this principle, I cannot see
wherein there can be any legal objection under the law of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge that would prevent the Rebekah Assembly
of Nevada placing over the I. O. O. F. Orphans' Home the name
"Royal D. Hartung Home for Orphans and Foundlings."
Decision 42. Statement.—A number of Scarlet pDegree
brothers in this jurisdiction desire to have an encampment chartered
to work in the Bohemian language, excepting the ritualistic work,
for which The Sovereign Grand Lodge has made no provision. *
Question.—Could they be issued a charter to work in the
Bohemian language, which would mean keeping their records and
transacting all encampment business in that language, but conferring the degrees in the English language?
Answer.—No. An encampment may not be organized to keep
its records and transact its business in the Bohemian language, and
confer the degrees in the English language. This, because there is
no law of The Sovereign Grand Lodge authorizing the same.
Decision 43. Question.—Does the Transfer of Membership
Law, as it now stands, apply to the quasi-independent jurisdictions,
and in particular to the Jurisdiction of Sweden, as governing the
transfer of membership from that jurisdiction to a lodge in our
own jurisdiction of Pennsylvania, and vice versa?
Answer.—Yes. This law applies to all jurisdictions acting under
the authority of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and must be so respected.
Decision 44. Statement.—Our Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment acting under legislation digested in paragraphs 834 and
838 of Busbee's Digest, has enacted legislation providing that mem-
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bers of our Home are not entitled to benefits, and are not subject
to the payment of dues. The R. W. Grand Lodge F. and A. M. of
Washington is opening a home for indigent Masons in this State.
Under the rules and regulations of the trustees of the Masonic
Home, as well as the rules and regulations governing the Odd
Fellows' Home of Washington, a member must be indigent and
without means of support or income to be eligible to membership in
the home. Under the statutory laws of this State, neither of these
homes can accept any compensation for the care or maintenance
of the members. Some of the members of the Odd Fellows' Home
expect to be, and no 'doubt will be at their own request, transferred to the Masonic Home, as soon as it is opened. '
Question 1.—Must the subordinate lodge, I. O. O. F. pay
benefits on account of disability of one of its members, who is a
member or inmate of the Masonic Home of Washington?
Ans
wer
1.—Yes.
Question 2.—If your answer is in the affirmative, to whom shall
the  benefits  be  paid?
Answer 2.—To the brother.
Question 3.—Must the member pay dues to his subordinate
lodge while a member of the Masonic Home?
Answer.—Yes.
Decision 45.—At the annual session of our Grand Lodge the
following resolution was adopted:
Resplved, That the Grand Secretary be and he is hereby
authorized to correct the records of this Grand Lodge in the matter
of the record of standing of Martin Garrett, of East Tacoma Lodge,
No. 89, so as to show continuous good standing of Brother Garrett.
Statement.—The records of the Grand Secretary's office show
that, prior to the admission of Brother Garrett to East Tacoma
Lodge he was a member of Sumner Lodge, and some time in 1900
he was dropped for non-payment of dues from said Sumner Lodge,
through no fault of his, from the fact that he wrote the secretary
of said lodge, who failed to send him a statement of his dues, and
the first notice Brother Garrett had was that he was dropped for
non-payment of dues.
Resolved, That Sumner Lodge be requested to correct the records of said lodge so as to make the chain of membership continuous.
Question   1.—Does  this action  of the Grand Lodge  cure the
break in the continuity of Brother Garrett's membership, and would 3302
Brother Garrett be entitled to purchase and wear a Veteran Jewel?
(If it were not for his suspension for non-payment of dues, as
above noted, he would have twenty-five years' continuous membership.)
Answer 1.—No.
Decision 46. Statement.—At the recent session of our Grand
Lodge the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary is hereby authorized to
correct the records of this Grand Lodge as to the standing of W. H.
Hughes, of Seattle Lodge, No. 7, so as to show continuous good
standing of Brother Hughes.    Further,
Resolved, That Seattle Lodge, No. 7, be requested to correct
the records of said lodge so as to make the chain of membership
continuous. Brother Hughes was dropped while in Alaska through
failure of transmission of mail. The records of Seattle Lodge, No.
7, as well as the records of the Grand Secretary's office, show that
Brother Hughes was dropped for non-payment of dues on October
16, 1894, and that he was reinstated on October 8, 1901. With the
exception of this break the membership of Brother Hughes has
been continuous since May 19, 1870.
Question 1.—Does this action of the Grand Lodge cure the defect in Brother Hughes' membership; and is he a Veteran Odd
Fellow, entitled to procure and wear a Veteran Jewel?
Answer  1.—No.
Question 2.—Has the Grand Secretary any right to change the
records in his office as directed in said resolutions?
Answer 2.—No.
Question 3.—Has the Grand Secretary a right, on this record.
to procure a Veteran Jewel for Bro. W. H. Hughes?
Answer  3.—No.
COMMITTEE CHANGES.
Of the special committees appointed at the last session of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Past Grand Sire A. S. Pinkerton, of Massachusetts, resigned as a member of the Special Committee to Codify
Laws, giving as a reason therefor that his business engagements
were such that he could not give the time to do the work properly.
Accordingly, I made Bro. C. D. Rinehart, of Florida, chairman of
the committee, and added to the committee Bro. F. P. Trautmann,
of New York. 3303
The appointment of Bro. F. P. Trautmann as a member of the
Codification Committee caused him to resign from the Special
Committee on Patriarchal Branch of the Order, and I appointed in
his place Bro. H. N. Kingsbury, of Massachusetts.
On account of Brother Kingsbury's appointment to the vacancy
on the Special Committee on Patriarchal Branch of the Order, he
resigned from the Special Committee on Ceremony for Dedication
of Public Buildings as its chairman, and I therefore tendered the
position of chairmanship to Bro. W. H. Mohr, of Pennsylvania,
and have left one place vacant, as I deemed it unnecessary to add
to the committee as it remains after Brother Kingsbury's resignation.
I   trust  these   changes   will   meet  with   the   approval   of   The
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
VISITS.
During the year I have had great pleasure in visiting the jurisdictions of Kentucky, Masachusetts, Maryland, District of Columbia, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. I have
found the membership in general, in all these jurisdictions, active
and energetic, pushing forward in every way for the advancement
of our interests, and from my observation everything is being done
that can be done by the membership in general to care for and
extend our work.
CODIFICATION  OF LAWS.
The special committee appointed at the last session of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge to codify the laws held a meeting in
Indianapolis, March 18. There were present Bro. C. D. Rhinehart,
of Florida; Bro. L. J. Eastin, of Missouri, and Bro. F. P. Trautmann,
of New York. This committee, together with the Grand Sire, held
a conference on the subject of codification of laws, and agreed
upon a plan to be pursued by the committee so that all of the live
law of the Order may be collected and arranged in such a way as to
be intelligently understood by any member of the Order into
whose possession it might fall. It will require great labor and
research and much time to complete the work, and, therefore, the
special committee will not be able to report in full at the present
session.
I earnestly recommend that this committee be continued with
power to perfect its work as outlined, and I sincerely believe that
the work when completed will be so satisfactory and so beneficial
to the Order that every one of you will be pleased and will feel
fully justified in having authorized it.
OFFICIAL CERTIFICATES.
The question of the forgery of the Official Certificate, and the
fraudulent use of such certificate, has been before this Grand Body 3304
for its consideration heretofore. Some legislation relating to a
change in the form of the Official Certificate^ so as to have the
same uniform, and afford the best protection to members throughout the whole domain of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, is needed.
e(
It is further to be observed that the law is not sufficiently strong
to compel the use of the Official Certificate by all jurisdictions, and
that in some jurisdictions no Official Certificates have been used
in the past year by some branches of the Order, and in many jurisdictions very many fewer certificates than should have been used.
The law relating to the use of the Official Certificate should
be such as to compel their universal use by all branches of the
Order. It is a species of insubordination to The Sovereign Grand
Lodge for jurisdictions to refuse or neglect to use Official Certificates.
I therefore recommend, and strongly urge upon this Grand
Lodge:
1. That the law be so amended as to provide that all branches
of the Order must use the Official Certificate as the only official
receipt, or receipt entitling one to evidence of membership in, the
right to visit lodges, and enjoy the benefits of the Order.
That all lodges, encampments and cantons, be required to issue
Official Certificate as a receipt for dues when dues are paid, and
that no other receipt, or substitute of any kind, for Official Certificates shall be given to a member, and that such Official Certificate
shall be given as such receipt for dues, at the time dues are paid,
whether the same be demanded or not
2. That the form of Official Certificates be changed and simplified as much as possible, and that such means of protection as
necessary to prevent the forgery or fraudulent use thereof, be
adopted.
3. That for the full and complete enforcement of the law
relating to the Official Certificate every Grand Master and Grand
Patriarch on the first day of January and July of each year be required to issue to all their subordinates, respectively, a letter calling
the attention of such subordinates to the law, and requiring them to
use no other receipt or certificate in connection with the payment
of dues.
4. That a penalty, and the manner of its enforcement, be provided to be enforced against any jurisdiction that shall fail to
require the use of the Official Certificate by all of its subordinates.
IMPERIAL ORDER OF MUSKOVITES.
Especial   attention   of   the   Representatives   is   invited   to   the
former action  of this  Grand Lodge toward the members  of the 3305
Imperial Order of Muskovites who are members of our Order.
Toleration and kindness toward all, freedom of thought and action
not inconsistent with our teachings, are lessons taught by our
rituals, and should be taught by our actions.
Much complaint has come to me from members of the Order
who have become members of the Imperial Order of Muskovites,
that they have been unkindly dealt with by this Sovereign Grand
Lodge in its action towards them. I know the spirit of fraternity
that prevails throughout our vast membership is of the highest
order; that every one of you desire to deal fairly and justly with all;
that any action you have taken in the past, if wrong, will be
promptly corrected; that you wish at all times to be careful of the
rights and interests of the Order universal, and at the same time
to do no wrong to any.
I have been furnished with a copy of the constitution, and also
a copy of the ritual of the Imperial Order of Muskovites. There
is not one word in either of them confining membership in that
order to a membership in our Order. I do not believe that this
Grand Lodge desires to be unfair, or to evidence in any way a
spirit of intolerance by deciding that no member of our Order shall
be a member of the Imperial Order of Muskovites. We might just
as well so that no Odd Fellow could be a Mason, a Knights of
Pythias, Red Man, Maccabee, Modern Woodmen or a member of
the Knights of Khorassan or the Mystic Shrine, or any of the
kindred fraternal orders of the world.
It may be that the membership of the Imperial Order of
•Muskovites is largely composed of members of our Order. If so,
what is the harm? Can we afford to deny the right to our membership to join any order, club or society not inconsistent with our
principles or teachings? No part of our Ritual, regalia or laws are
used by this Order. It is no infringement on any of our rights that
our members may become members of the Imperial Order of
Muskovites. Then why should we say by law, or by any action
we may take that so long as the organization does not impose upon
our rights as an Order none of our members shall become its
members?
With relation to such action as has been taken heretofore
relating to side degrees or organizations recruiting from our membership, using in any way the symbols, signs, mottoes, name, regalia, paraphernalia, or other things belonging wholly or partly to
Odd Fellowship, I have nothing to say except to approve, but as
to the Imperial Order of Muskovites, which order is a club, in
fact, of men who spend their own means in their own way to their
own purposes, which are not inconsistent at all with our Order's
interests, I cannot see why we should say our members may not
participate with them and become members of their organization.
I therefore recommend that careful and painstaking consideration be given this subject by a special committee of three or five
to be appointed. 3306
REFERRING   TO THE TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM.
The further consideration of the establishment of a Tuberculosis Sanatorium was left in the hands of a special committee appointed at the last session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, which
committee we expect to report at the present session.
I wish to add to what has already been said upon this subject
that I had occasion to visit the sanatorium of this character established by the Modern Woodmen of America at Colorado Springs,
Colorado, and found this establishment most thorough and complete, and one of great merit and worth to that order, and if any
plan could be devised whereby such an institution could be maintained by our Order, I think it would be beneficial to the Order,
humane, and of great aid to the various subordinate lodges throughout the world.
GRAND SECRETARIES AND GRAND SCRIBES.
It is with great pleasure that I mention the fact that I have
noticed the good work that is being done by the Grand Secretaries
and Grand Scribes of the various jurisdictions to advance the
interests of the Order in general. Their meetings as an association,
during the sessions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, have proven
well worth the effort and expense incident thereto. The Order universal is receiving an impetus and encouragement from their meetings and the action taken by them collectively that results in harmonious and useful methods for the Order's progress.
I indulge the hope that all jurisdictions may encourage this
association by sending their Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes
as representatives thereto    in future years.
THE FRATERNAL PRESS.
There is no independent work connected with our Organization
that is doing greater good than the work that is done by the Fraternal Press. The publishers and editors of the various papers and
magazines constituting what I style as the Fraternal Press of Odd-
fellowship have been untiring in their zeal to advance the interests
of our great Order throughout the world. They are unselfish,
energetic, patient and thorough in all that they do to this end, and
have been of great help in securing the attention to our Order that
has been most benficial in caring for its many interests.
I desire to extend to each and all of them my personal thanks
for their kindly co-operation and assistance, and to urge upon the
membership in general that loyal support be given to these various
publications.
CORONATION OF KING GEORGE V.
At the last session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge we were
called upon to individually extend our sympathy to our Canadian 3307
brethren on account of the death of King Edward VII. The great
loss to the Provinces of the Dominion of Canada on this account
is peculiarly noticeable. Many of the most loyal Odd Fellows of
the world live within the territory of Canada, a part of the world
under the care of this great King.
At this time we felicitate with them on the ascension to the
throne of the new King, and have noticed with great pleasure and
interest the reports of the various ceremonies of the coronation of
King George V. and Queen Mary, and we join with all his loyal
subject in giving expression to the sentiment—"Long Live the
King."
NECROLOGY.
The dread reaper, death, has visited our membership during
the past year with severe results. Many of the leading members of
the Order have been removed from our midst, and from the activity
incident to their membership. Their lives and work will last in
the memories of those associated with them as grand examples of
our great Institution.
So many good men have been taken from us that space will not
permit me to mention all, but I take this opportunity to refer to
the demise of Past Grand Sire Fred Carleton, of Texas, one of the
sturdy, active, energetic, substantial Odd Fellows of his day. His
loss to the Order is great, and I cannot find words to fully express
its scope. I have heretofore referred to the Proclamation issued at
the time of Brother Carleton's death.
Also, I am pained to report the death of Past Grand Sire
Milton J. Durham, of Kentucky. This grand old men was an inspiration to every Odd Fellow during his entire lifetime as a member of
the Order. His pure life, high purpose as a man, and his Christian
character exemplified in his everyday life, are tributes to the worth
and exalted position he had gained as a citizen, an Odd Fellow and
a friend.
Last October I visited the city of Lexington, his home, and
dedicated the new Orphans' Home, of which he was president. His
address on this occasion, as President of the Home, introducing
the Grand Sire, was full of tender love and sentiment connected
with the institution and the Order. He will be missed in the
councils of our great Organization, and his place will be hard to
fill. At the time of his death I issued Proclamation heretofore referred to and submitted with this report. I recommend that a committee composed of all the living Past Grand Sires be appointed
to prepare suitable memorials for Past Grand Sires Carleton and
Durham.
Although I do not feel permitted to report the names of all the
leading members throughout the world that have died during the
year, I cannot refrain at this time from mentioning the great loss 3308
to this Order in the death of Bro. Joseph B. King, Grand Secretary
of the Grand Jurisdiction of Ontario. He was an active, earnest,
zealous Odd Fellow, serving as Grand Secretary of that jurisdiction
for forty-five years. His life was pure and noble, gentle, kindly and
lovable, and was admired by all who knew him. His loss to the
Order is universal, is very great, and especially so to the jurisdiction
of Ontario, which he so faithfully served.
I recommend that a special committee of the Grand Representatives of the jurisdiction of Ontario be appointed to prepare suitable
memorial to be acted upon by this Grand Lodge and printed in our
Proceedings.
ACCIDENT TO BRO. JOHN C. SMITH.
Grand Representative John C. Smith, of the jurisdiction of
Australasia, met with a severe accident while returning from The
Sovereign Grand Lodge session at Atlanta last year. During a
storm at sea he was thrown against some part of the ship in such
a way as to break his hip. I wrote to him, conveying my personal
sympathy and the sympathy of The Sovereign Grand Lodge on account of his sad accident, and I hope for his early recovery and
the extension of his useful life that has proved so helpful to his
fellow-men and of such great benefit to the Order in general.
PATRIARCHS MILITANT BRANCH.
The condition of the Patriarchs Militant branch of the Order,
and the laws relating to its management, have given me no little
concern during the past year. The question of its future conduct is
one to which I desire to especially direct the attention of the Representatives.
Careful, painstaking, and full consideration should be given to
.the needs of this branch of loyal brothers who so unselfishly devote
themselves to our work and the laws for their government should
be fraternal, kindly and fair to their interests.
The Grand Sire, by law, is the Commander-in-Chief, and yet
the law provides for the election of a General Commanding whose
term of office shall be four years, while that of the Grand Sire is
but two years. The General Commanding is elected during the
middle of a term of Grand Sire. It will, therefore, be observed
that the term of office of the General Commanding, to which he is
elected, in part, extends over the administration of three Grand
Sires.
This is the only Branch of the Order having a distinctive head
in any way. There is no more reason why the Patriarchs Militant
should have a separate official as its Commanding General, than
that the Encampment or Rebekah branches should have their separate executive heads. There should be but one head to the Order,
and that should be filled by the Grand Sire.   3309
I do not make these observances from any personal reason, but
I believe the good of the Order, and the future welfare of the
Patriarchs Militant branch, require that your attention be called to
these facts, and I submit that some change with relation to the
office of General Commanding should be made. And I recommend
that the office of General Commanding, as an elective office of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge, be abolished, and established as an
apointive office of the Grand Sire, and that each Grand Sire be
authorized at the beginning of his term to appoint a General Commanding to serve during his term as Grand Sire, and if vacancies
occur in the said office, for any reason, that the Grand Sire be
authorized to fill the same. Also, that the Grand Sire be clothed
with authority to remove the General Commanding for cause at
any time.
NATIONAL REBEKAH ASSEMBLY.
The question of establishment of a National Rebekah Assembly
will necessarily come up before the Grand Lodge as a matter of
unfinished business, and some action with reference thereto will undoubtedly be taken.
I respectfully invite your earnest consideration of this subject
and request of you to give your time and best thought to the same.
ESTABLISHMENT OF SUBORDINATE LODGES WORKING
f|ft        I   IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES.
As you will note by the statement and question submitted in
connection with my Decision 42, the point has been raised as to
whether an encampment could be chartered to work in the Bohemian language, except that the ritualistic work shall be done in
the English language This, for the reason that we have no encampment ritual in the Bohemian, the purpose being to allow the ritualistic work to be done in the English language, and have all encampment records and transaction of all encampment business in the
Bohemian language
I have decided that there is no law authorizing this to be done,
but I can see no reason why this Grand Lodge should not confer
upon Grand Jurisdictions authority to permit the establishment of a
subordinate lodge or encampment, permitting" its records to be kept
in other than the English language, in cases where there has been
no translation of the ritual.
I therefore recommend, that appropriate legislation be enacted
so a lodge or encampment may be instituted, under the jurisdiction
of any Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment, with permission to
keep its records and transact its business in any other language
than the English, and where no translation of the ritual has been
had in the language used by the lodge for its working purposes,
that the ritual in the English be used. And that in the case of the
establishment of a lodge under these conditions, the Grand Lodge mi
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or Grand Encampment instituting the same may require by law
that a translation of the records of such lodge, in English, shall be
furnished the Grand Officers of the jurisdiction where it is located,
upon demand
THE ORDER IN AUSTRALASIA.
As indicated by my report of correspondence had with all jurisdictions, found in this report, I desire to especially cadi the attention
to the good work being done in the jurisdiction of Australasia by
our good brothers, Geo. T. Clarke and John C. Smith. The letter
dated May 29, from Brother Clarke, is full of interest to the Order
in general, and the report made by himself and Brother Smith at
the triennial session of the Grand Lodge of Australasia, held at
Melbourne, on May 16, 17 and 18, 1911, attached to his letter, contains much information that will be of general interest to the
Order.
REMOVAL OF CANAL ZONE LODGE TO EMPIRE.
I have given permission to Canal Zone Lodge, No. 3, located
at Culebra, Canal Zone, to move to Empire, about one and one-half
miles distant. There are only a few members at Culebra, while there
are several at Empire, and besides it is represented that Empire is
a larger place with a larger field to draw from. Under the representations made to me by the lodge and Bro. B. F. Sisson, District
Deputy Grand Sire, I believe this removal will be to the advantage
of the Order, and I ask your approval to my action.
OUR FOREIGN RELATIONS.
I call the attention of the Representatives to that part of this
report relating to correspondence which sets out replies received
to letters addressed to all Grand Sires, Grand Masters, Deputy
Grand Sires and other Grand Officers located in foreign jurisdictions. The wholesome sentiment expressed in these replies has been
a source of great satisfaction to me, and have no doubt will prove
so to all of you. The unselfish, devoted work being done by the
brethren in foreign lands is of the highest order, and beneficial to
the Order in general, and deserves and should receive from this
Grand Body expressions of its approval.
In connection therewith I wish you to refer to the letter
received from Bro. John C. Smith, of Australasia, relating to the
establishment of our Order in England, and I express the hope that
ultimately we may be successful in so doing, and I sincerely wish
that no effort may be neglected to that end, and recommend that
such action be taken by this Body as will at least make it possible
that we may exhaust every means to have our great Organization
established in  our mother  country—England. 3311
INTRODUCTION OF THE ORDER IN BELGIUM.
I received a letter from Bro. Jean H. Odink, dated July 1, asking permission to institute a lodge of our Order at Antwerp, Belgium, same to be under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the
Netherlands, until further order of The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
It is represented to me that members to the number of fifteen
desire to found a lodge at Antwerp, in Belgium, thus introducing
the Order into that kingdom, and affording opportunity for extending our influence into this new territory.
After consideration, I decided that the request of the Grand
Master of the Netherlands should be granted, and I therefore gave
him permission to grant a charter to such a lodge, to be known
as Belgia Lodge, Xo. 1, the same to remain under the jurisdiction
of the Grand Lodge of the Netherlands until the further order of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
UNAUTHORIZED CIRCULARS OFFERING ARTICLES FOR
SALE TO MEMBERS OF THE ORDER.
Grand Secretary Goodwin has called my attention, in a letter
of August 1, to printed circulars issued to aid the sale of a pin, the
proceeds of which, it is claimed," are to be applied to a charitable
purpose. It seems that this circular was sent out in one of the
jurisdictions without the consent of the Grand Master. •
Attention has also been called to the fact that other articles have
been offered to lodges by members of the Order without any charitable purpose accompanying such offer.
We, therefore, have the anomalous condition under our law that
even relief cannot be applied for without the consent of the Grand
Master, and on the other hand it seems that a scheme that is not
in the nature of a raffle or a game of chance is authorized under
our law as it now stands and is interpreted. It is my opinion that
some legislation should be enacted by this Grand Body that will
prohibit the sale of articles to members of the Order, whether for
charitable or other purposes, without proper consent, excepting, of
course, the sale of proper article for use of the Order by regalia
houses, and excepting also, letters in behalf of the circulation and
work of the  recognized  fraternal publications.
It is my opinion that such legislation would practically stamp
out many unworthy and undeserving schemes.
I therefore recommend that the matters referred to be given
careful consideration, and that such legislation be enacted as will
provide the necessary protection to the Order in this behalf.
PROCLAMATIONS.
During the year I have issued the following Proclamations 3312
Proclamation,
To all Grand Lodges, I. O. O. F.
With great sorrow we have learned of the death of Past Grand
Sire  Fred  Carleton,  of Texas.
His connection with our Order and his work for its advancement wil be cherished by the members of the Order everywhere for
all time.
We deplore his untimely death, and extend to his family our
earnest sympathy. Out of respect to his memory it is ordered
that the charters of all Grand Lodges in the several jurisdictions
under The Sovereign Grand Lodge be draped in mourning for a
period of thirty days from  receipt of this  order.
Fraternally yours,
JOHN B. COCKRUM, Grand Sire.
Attest: JOHN B. GOODWIN, Grand Secretary
1819.
1911.
Anniversary Proclamation.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows.    Office of the Grand Sire.
To the Officers and Members of Grand and Subordinate Bodies
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and to all whom it
may concern:
In accordance with usage and the resolution of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge, I, John B. Cockrum, Grand Sire, by virtue of the
authority vested in me, do hereby enjoin upon all Grand and Subordinate Bodies of the Order to take appropriate action for the
due commemoration of the ninety-second anniversary of our Order
on the twenty-sixth day of April, 1911, 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.
Done at Indianapolis, Indiana, this the fifteenth day of February, Anno Domini nineteen hundred and eleven, and of the Order
the ninety-second year.
JOHN B. COCKRUM, Grand Sire.
Attest: JOHN B. GOODWIN, Grand Secretary. 3313
Proclamation.
To all Grand Lodges, I. O. O. F.:
Death has again visited our Order and removed from our
midst one of the most lovable characters in the whole domain of
Oddfellowship.
An All Wise Providence has seen fit to take from us Bro.
Milton J. Durham, Past Grand Sire, of Lexington, Kentucky. He
was one of the most lovable of men, a most loyal Odd Fellow, a
most sincere friend, an example in his entire lifetime of the principles of our Great Order.
It is with deep sorrow that we notify the brotherhood of his
passing away.
It is ordered that the charters of all lodges be draped in
mourning for a period of thirty days, and a copy of this Proclamation be sent to his widow and to each Grand Jurisdiction.
JOHN B. COCKRUM, Grand Sire.
Attest:  John  B.   Goodwin,  Grand  Secretary.
Memorial Day Proclamation.
The  Sovereign  Grand  Lodge  of the  Independent  Order of  Odd
Fellows, Office of the Grand Sire.
To all whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
In accordance with the requirements of the standing resolution
of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, I, John B. Cockrum, Grand Sire,
do hereby request all subordinate lodges under the various jurisdictions of the Order that have suffered loss of membership by death
to assemble on the second Tuesday of June next, being the 13th day
of June, 1911, and engage in appropriate services respecting their
dead members, such services to be conducted in an appropriate
manner; provided, that if a different day be more convenient for
any jurisdiction to hold such memorial services, the Grand Master
thereof may select such day, and the Grand Master may issue his
proclamation    in accordance therewith.
Information of the decease of the following prominent and representative members of the Order has been received since our last
Memorial Dav, viz.:
1. Arkansas.—March 27, 1911, A. C. Jones, Past Grand Representative. *?*•* *»">•
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Connecticut.—April 27, 1910, George N. Moses, Past Grand
Representative;  aged 73 years.
August  9,   1910,   George   H.   Cowell,   Past   Grand   Representative; aged 70 years.
October  21,   1910,   Bradley  S.   Keith,   Past   Grand   Representative; aged 73 years.
Delaware—August 26, 1910, Daniel W. Brereton, Past Grand
Representative; aged 79 years.
June  11,  1910,  George  M.  Stevenson,  Past  Grand  Representative; aged 57 years.
Illinois.—December   31,   1910,   Jno.   C.   Smith,   Past   Grand
Representative; aged 78 years.
February 17, 1911, R. W. S. Wheatley, Past Grand Representative; aged 60 years.
Indiana.-^-August 26,  1910, James  B.  Kenner,   Past   Grand
Representative.
June 6, 1910, Geo. W. Trester, Past Grand Representative.
February  21,   1911,  H.  J.   McSheehy,   Past  Grand   Representative.
Iowa.—September 4, 1910, J. J. Mclntire, Past Grand Representative; aged 65 years.
March 11, 1911, X. S. Johnson, Past Grand Representative;
aged 67 years.
Kentucky.—December   24,   1910,   Thos.   James,   Past   Grand
Representative;   aged  61   years.
February  12,   1911,  Milton  J.  Durham,   Past  Grand  Sire;
aged 87 years.
Maryland.—January 4, 1911, Wm. M. Isaac, Past Grand Representative; aged 76 years.
Maritime   Provinces.—February   4,   1911,   William   Kenney,
Past Grand Representative; aged 55 years.
Massachusetts.—July 28, 1910, Charles C. Fuller, Past Grand
Representative;  aged 58 years.
July 31, 1910, Chanes Q. Tirrell, Past Grand Representative; aged 66 years.
Michigan.—May   15,   1910,   D.   Gibbs   Palmer,   Past   Grand
Representative; aged 81 years.
September 10, 1910, Simeon S. French, Past Grand Representative;  aged  94 years.
Minnesota.—February 5,  1911, J.  C.  Cockburn,  Past  Grand
Representative; aged 68 years. 3315
23. Mississippi.—September 4, 1910, A. B. Wagner, Past Grand
Representative; aged 78 years.
24. March 21, 1911, W. H. Bleything, Past Grand Representa
tive; aged 68 years.
25. New   Hampshire.—April   19,   1910,   George  A.   Bailey,   Past
Grand Representative; aged 63 years.
26. New Jersey.—February  19,   1911,  August  Grassmann,  Past
Grand Representative;  aged 63 years.
27. New York.—August 19, 1910, Jacob Stern, Past Grand Re
presentative; aged 59 years.
28. North  Carolina.—December 31,  1910,  Charles F.  Lumsden,
Past Grand Messenger; aged 55 years.
29. Ohio.—September   6,   1910,   Franklin   Ellis,    Past    Grand
Representative; aged 57 years.
30. February 24, 1911, John C. Whittaker, Past Grand Repre
sentative; aged 55 years.
31. Ontario.—November 20, 1910, Leonard Ferguson, Past Grand
Representative; aged 72 }rears.
32. March 25, 1911, Josiah B. King, Past Grand Representa
tive; aged 74 years.
33. Oregon.—January 30, 1911, Wm. P. Burns, Past Grand Re
presentative; aged 87 years.
34. Rhode   Island.—June  26,   1910,    Peter   J.   Trumpler,    Past
Grand Representative; aged 63 years.
35. South Dakota.—January 5, 1911, H. M. Wallace, Past Grand
Representative; aged 40 years.
36. Texas.—November 11, 1910, Fred Carleton, Past Grand Sire,
aged 69 years.
37. Washington.—December 21, 1910, J. V. Meeker, Past Grand
Representative; aged 86 years.
38. West  Virginia.—June  6,   1910,  Jno.   Beckley,   Past    Grand
Representative.
39. Wisconsin.—June 30, 1910, T. K. Dunn, Past Grand Repre
sentative; aged 72 years.
40. March 3, 1911, F. S. Woodnorth, Past Grand Representa
tive; aged 61 years.
Done  at   Indianapolis,   Indiana,   this   thirteenth   day  of  April,
1911, and of our Order the ninety-second year.
JOHN B. COCKRUM, Grand Sire.
Attest: JOHN B. GOODWIN, Grand Secretary. 3316
1851. 1911.
Rebekah Anniversary Proclamation I.O.O.F., Office of the Grand
Sire.
To whom these Presents may come, Greeting:
Whereas, The Rebekah degree was established on the twentieth
day of September, 1851, and The Sovereign Grand Lodge has provided that it be celebrated annually by proper ceremonies;
Now, therefore, I, John B Cockrum, Grand Sire, by virtue of
said authority, hereby recommend all Rebekah Assemblies and
Rebekah lodges to set apart the twentieth day of September, 1911,
for its due observance as the Sixtieth (60th) Anniversary of said
degree. And to that end to dedicate the occasion to appropriate
exercises and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold blessings to the members of the Rebekah degree, individually and collectively.
Done at Indianapolis, Indiana, this, the twelfth day of July,
A. D. 1911, and of the Rebekah degree, the sixtieth year.
JOHN B.  COCKRUM,
, , Grand Sire.
Attest: JOHN B. GOODWIN, Grand Secretary.
CONCLUSION.
With a grateful heart and with much personal satisfaction I
look back over the year's work just being completed, and am justified in extending my earnest congratulations for the effort and good
work of our membership in caring for the Order's interests everywhere. If we continue in the same way our Order will keep
in front of the great army of men and women engaged in the
work of extending fraternalism, will lead the the march for human
uplifting, and will have done its full share toward the general education of the world upon the lines of universal peace.
I wish to especially thank the Grand Secretaries and editors of
the Fraternal Press everywhere for their kindly assistance, and to
extend my kindest appreciation and thanks to Bros. John B. Goodwin, Grand Secretary; M. Richards Muckle, Grand Treasurer; Hon.
J. B. A. Robertson, G. R., Oklahoma; Hon. Robt. T. Daniel, G.R.,
Georgia; Hon. Frank C. Goudy, G,R., Colorado; Hon. W. H.
Leedy, G.R., Indiana; Hon. C. D. Rinehart, G.R., Florida; Hon. F.
P. Trautmann, G.R., New York, and Hon. L. J. Eastin, G.R., Missouri, for their useful assistance.
I hope to see good work done by this session, and leave to
your consideration the work herein recommended with the full assurance that you will know that my efforts are for the good of the
Order in general and for no other purpose. 3317
I wish you all a pleasant stay in my home city and a safe return
to your respective homes.
Fraternally submitted,
JOHN B. COCKRUM, Grand Sire.
i APPENDIX TO GRAND SIRE'S REPORT.
REPORT  OF  GENERAL  COMMANDING.
Hon.   John   B.   Cockrum,   Grand  Sire  and  Commander-in-Chief:
Sir and Sire: Optimistic as have -been several preceding annual
reports, this can be none the less so, by reason of the gratifying
conditions prevailing throughout the Patriarch Militant, and the
constantly increasing membership, pleasing to each individual
active member, and from whom no pessimistic utterance is heard.
Constant reiteration of the statement that the Militant is not progressing and increasing as anticipated may raise a doubt with
some, but not in the minds of those identified therewith and serving
within its ranks.
In 1885 the Patriarchs Militant* was authorized. Warrants for
cantons and authority to muster being by or on recommendation
of Grand Patriarchs and Grand Encampments. This procedure was
found so impractical that it was dropped in 1888. The Militant continued with but indifferent success, for different reasons, until 1892,
when all legislation was practically repealed, and in 1893 new regulations adopted. Additional favorable legislation was enacted in
1899, and in 1902 an officer was placed directly in command. In
1903 a plan for reorganizing the Militant and placing it entirely
under the Grand Encampments and Grand Patriarchs, was presented, but the same was amended into the present plan, and since
December 31, 1902, there has been admitted 24,324 of the present
total membership of 24,815.
The net results for the year ending December 31, 1910, is 3779
admitted to the ranks, w.*th 43 new cantons and 464 increase in
membership; making the total number of cantons 822, with the
total membership 24,815. The net loss for suspensions, death and
discharge being 13 per cent, as against 16 per cent for the year
previous.
There was invested in equipment during the year $137,633.41, or
$36.42 for each chevalier admitted; making the total amount invested in equipment $654,345.59. The amount of cash on hand was
increased during the year by $2,269.32. Total amount on hand
December 31, 1910, -being $38,528.22. Expense of maintenance and
operation during the year was $79,912.20, or $3.22 for each chevalier. The expense being increased $7,148.61 over the previous year,
when with a total expenditure of $72,763.59, it was $2.98 each. 3318
Of fraternal organizations there is no end or limit. The spirit
of fraternalism is as old as the human race, and while the first
brother of the first race asked the question, "am I my brother's
keeper," that he might evade fraternal responsibility, the same
question has come down the avenue of ages, answered in the affirmative, by assuming fraternal responsibility. The grumbler or
pessimist never advances a city, never builds for the future, is never
a pioneer in the reconstruction of a wilderness and never gains for
himself a happy success. Happiness, contentment and gently
breeding are not in him. He chills the organization of life, fills the
air with pessimism, and can see nothing in the doughnut but the
hole. Invariably does he save to himself a penny while costing
his affiliations many dollars. All questions are approached by the
narrow alley way of economy, rather than on the broad avenue of
generosity. The foundation of life is faith, the reciprocating energy
friendship, the inspiring influence love, the realization that stands is
truth and at the end of life, hope. A chain of conception that
reaches from the cradle to the grave. The faith in an organization
must extend with candor to all its features, all may not view alike
the conception, but with inauguration should come cordial support.
The friendship that will stand the test of criticism, realizing full
well the imperfections of life, is golden, all others but dross. The
love that inspires and ever lives, is alone within the comprehension of brotherly love. The truth that will stand amidst contending
tempests is, after all, but the truth. Hope is ever the inspiration,
the possibility of success and achievement, the background of ambition and the tinted rainbow oi promise in the fatherhood of man.
Because of a firm belief in these tenets and an absolute conviction that by and through the Militant organization, as now constituted, there is presented, as in no other form possible, a degree
of attainments and physical perfection unsurpassable; a personal
responsibility and social standing of equality, not otherwise possible; a pride in and for the Order, with admiration and respect for
the individual, otherwise unattainable, has the work of organization
been continued from year to year. As to the success the record is
now fully established and presented. Much has been built from
nothing, many embarrassments have been encountered. At all
times an undertow of hostility and disregard, as reported by the
Department Commander of Indiana, has been in evidence, which
has ever been met with a spirit of harmony and peace. The General
Military Council has been organized, as authorized, and put on a
self-sustaining basis, with a Military Secretary, assisted by a stenographer in charge, at no expense to The Sovereign Grand Lodge,
but absolutely subordinate thereto in all its efforts. A system of
inspection and memorial observance, with a complete medical and
hospital corps, inaugurated, each being the more and more perfected as length of time permits. The system of sales of supplies
and profits to The Sovereign Grand Lodge has been improved, if
not made perfect. In whatever direction that seemed or appeared
best for the Militant, with a due regard and fealty for The Sovereign Grand Lodge, all its officers and members, at all times
ready and subject in action and movements to the wish or request
of the Grand Sire as Commander-in-Chief, have efforts ever been
extended.   To accomplish and execute under regulations provided, 3319
has been the aim, without other thought, cheerful compliance therewith being a pleasure. Let it not be understood that personal claim
is made for the present Militant achievement and standing, rather
let the credit and honor therefor go to and be bestowed upon the
very many active officers and chevaliers to be found within the
ranks. If without egotism, it was ours to conceive and direct, it
was theirs to dare and do. It is the sum total of their effort, their
enthusiasm, their pride and their money.
While there are many, very many, who might be mentioned as
builders, as laborers in this uniform vineyard, yet there is one who
through all the years has been our counselor and supporter, considerate and kindly in all his work, and a more admirable gentleman never graced the position of Adjutant-General than he to
whom we are so greatly indebted, Hon. John B. Goodwin, Grand
Secretary.
To all our associate officers of the general staff, particularly
Major-General E. W. Bradford, Brig.-Gen. John B. Goodwin,
Brig.-Gen. H. S. Liddle, Brig.-Gen. S. H. Foxwell, Brig.-Gen. E. H.
Kinney, Brig.-Gen. L. C. Smith, Brig.-Gen. Charles Miller, and Col.
Fred. A. Groom, is great appreciation extended for their continued
and most hearty co-operation, the many courtesies received with
favors unlimited. The service and comradeship has ever been one
of love and happiness,  may it have been  to each a pleasure.
Soon our army is to concentrate in its annual cantonment, and
become the guests of that prince of Department Commanders,
Maj.-Gen. De Hority, at the home city of the Grand Sire. Starting
early with the year, every effort has been given that the number
present shall be befitting the occasion and complimentary to the
Militant. Unfavorable rail rates, particularly from Western territory has proven a serious bar, and yet a most sanguine feeling is
felt that the showing made will be satisfactory and gratifying to all.
With compliments and high esteem, is this report respectfully
submitted.
MANLEY A. RANEY,
General Commanding.
Marengo,  Iowa, July 31,  1911.
Extract from the Report of the Grand Secretary,
To   the   Sovereign   Grand
Odd Fellows:
Lodge   of   the   Independent   Order   of
Officers and Representatives: Herewith is submitted to you in
eighty-seventh annual session the report of this office, showing the
work accomplished during the past year, and the condition of all
branches of the Order at the end of 1910 (except for the Patriarchs 3320
Militant, which will be found in the separate report as Adjutant-
General).
The results shown will be gratifying, as much progress has
been made and prosperity prevails in all branches. The year 1910
will be memorable in our history as marking an epoch in the reaching and passing of the two million membership mark, the total
membership at the close of the year, including only subordinate
lodge members and sisters of the Rebekah branch, being 2,023,731,
of which the subordinate lodge membership is 1,583,169, and sisters
of the Rebekah branch 440/562. The net gain in subordinate lodge
membership is 49,083, compared with 41,608 in 1909, while the net
gain in Rebekah 'membership is, sisters 22,227, compared with
22,407 the previous year, and brothers 10,695, compared with 7247
for 1909.
Another important result accomplished is the marked improvement in the work and progress of the Encampment branch, the
total membership in which is now 221,497, and a net gain having
been made in 1910 of 3964, compared with 1308 the year before.
This splendid resuilt in encampment work arises out of the success
achieved in many jurisdictions which more than made up for losses
in others. Notwithstanding the improvement over the preceding
year and the handsome net gain made in this branch, it is a regrettable fact that conditions have been such that 18 out of the 55
Grand Encampments, or about one-third of the jurisdictions, sustained losses during the year.
The total net membership gains in all branches during the
year aggregate 85,969, compared with 72,600 for 1909, and to the
gain reported should be added from the Patriarchs Militant 917,
making the aggregate of gains for the past year 86,886.
The total expenditure for relief in 1910 was $5,711,049.41, compared with $5,356,925.89 for 1909. .The receipts of subordinates for
1910 amounted to $17,804,771.58, compared with $16,827,728.66 in
1909. The invested funds of Grand and subordinate bodies at the
close of 1910 amounted to $57,743,272.60, compared with
$53,156,910.14 at end of 1909. The total reported relief expenditure
of the Order since 1830 has been $136,698,390.08.
Business of the Grand Secretary's Office.
The total receipts of the fiscal year ending July 31, 1911, were
$108,791.49, compared with $107,962.93 for the previous year.
The exchange of the new Rebekah Ritual, which was in progress when the last report was made, has been completed, as
shown by statement of the same appearing elsewhere in this report.
Grand  Representatives.
From the Representatives' certificates received it appears that
the number of Representatives to this session will be 209.
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Information has been received of the death since the last session of Past Grand Sires Milton J. Durham, of Kentucky, and
Fred Carleton, of Texas. These brothers, full of years and honors,
have left the Order a rich legacy in the service rendered and the
example of their lives.
I
Sale of Official Certificates.
During the fiscal year which closed July 31, 1911, the sale of
Official Certificates was 36,836 books of 100 Certificates, as will
appear by table in this report, which also gives the number sold to
the various jurisdictions. The paper on which these Certificates are
printed has been very greatly improved recently in accordance with
the action and authority of the Committee on Printing Supplies.
The Fraternal Press.
During the past year a number of publications have been
added to those devoted to the Order, and those which were previously being issued continue to improve, and all are rendering
good service and deserve and should receive the recognition of the
active members of the jurisdictions respectively in which they are
published. 3322 STATISTICS OF THE ORDER THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31, 1910.
Including  Australasia,   Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges   3,724,135
Members  relieved     3,856,431
Widowed   Families   relieved  318,294
Members  deceased     383,402
Total Relief   $136,698,390.08
Total  Revenue     275,313,692.94
CONDITION  OF THE  ORDER THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD, DECEMBER 31, 1910.
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge     1
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland)      6
Grand Lodges     69
Grand   Encampments  57
Subordinate Lodges     17,729
Subordinate  Encampments     3,687
Rebekah   Lodges        9,386
Lodge  Members     1,583,169
Encampment   Members     221,497
Rebekah Lodge Members    666,537
Total number of persons belonging to the Order.. .. 2,023,731
Total Relief paid in 1910  $ 5,711,049.41
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1910   17,804,771.58
Total Expenses of Grand and Subord. Bodies for 1910 9,046,995.46
Invested Funds  of Grand   and   Subordinate   Bodies
December 31, 1910    57,743,272.60 t I ***«*■*«•»-»■* »—•
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THE PRESENT SESSION  IN INDIANAPOLIS.
The meeting of The Sovereign Grand Lodge in Indianapolis
in 1875 followed the preceding one held in 1874 in Atlanta, and
and now the experience is repeated of meeting here in 1911, and
following the meeting in Atlanta last year. These, however, are
not the only sessions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge held in
Indianapolis, for in 1901 the session was also held here. That this
city is now having the present meeting of this Body is appropriate
for many reasons, among which may be mentioned that it is the
splendid capital city of a great State, central in the matter of
population and railroad system and connections, and in a State in
which our Order has a strong and loyal membership in all branches,
and has won and well deserves the honor and respect of all the
people of the city and State. It is furthermore specially fitting
because it is the home city and State of the present distinguished
Grand Sire, Brother John B. Cockrum, who is presiding so admirably and successfully as the Chief Executive Officer of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and conserving the interests of the vast membership under the jurisdiction of that body. The welcome which
all know will be extended by the Order and citizens here on this
as on former occasions, to officers, representatives and visitors,
will be highly appreciated. It will be the wish and expectation of
all, in which there will be no disappointment, that the legislation
enacted and action taken here by the supreme legislative and
judicial head of the Order will be such as will still further promote
and strengthen its good work along all lines in the interest of fraternity and benevolence and in the cause of humanity.
CONCLUSION.
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and membership everywhere,
though accustomed to reports showing progress and good work,
the results of the past year must bring joy and inspiration, for all
branches of the Order achieved substantial success in all respects,
including increase in membership, relief work, receipts and invested
funds. This gratifying condition exists not only -on the Continent
of North America, but also generally in the over-sea Jurisdictions,
in some of which great strides and upbuilding are being made and
accomplished. The membership throughout the world work in the
same great cause in harmony and sympathy, with nothing to mar
or hinder the general prosperity and success. The record of the
achievements during 1910 are indicated in the introductory part of
this report and fully appear in the various tables of the same, and
will also be set forth in the report of the Grand Sire, to all of
which attention is invited.
In the field of fraternal and benevolent organizations this Order
occupies an honorable and distinguished position, second to none.
Its influence is far-reaching and world-wide, not only in the respects already mention, but also as a factor in behalf of the peace
of the world through the fundamental teachings of the Order. In
my report for 1907 I said of Oddfellowship: "As an institution it
also stands for law, order and justice, and for peace with all the   3325
nations of the world, so long as it can be maintained with honor.
It would as far as possible transform the emblems of war into emblems of peace and industry." At this time when the cause of universal peace is receiving so much proper attention and consideration, it is deemed well to refer again to the lessons taught by our
Order, especially in the Encampment 'branch in behalf of this important subject. For the glorious work of the past and the conditions now enjoyed we are profoundly grateful, but the greater
mission of the Order is yet in the future. The progress made in
less than a century of existence but serves to impress the work
and responsibilities of the years and centuries to come.
Fraternally submitted,
JOHN B. GOODWIN,
Grand Secretary 3326
REPORT OF THE GRAND TREASURER.
To  The   Sovereign   Grand   Lodge   of  the   Independent   Order   of
Odd Fellows.
The undersigned herewith presents his annual report for the
fiscal year, from August 1, 1910, to and including July 31, 1911, as
per receipts given from Nos. 1 to 58 inclusive.
1910. Grand Treasurer. Dr.
Aug.    1.    To cash balance as per last report, 1910..-....$ 53,334.66
1911.
July 31.    To cash received from Grand Secretary, from
Aug.   1,   1910,  to  July  31.   1911,  as   per   receipts  given  to  him       102,092.28
"      I      To 12 months' interest on $100,000 Phila. City
Bonds, $y2 per cent, to July h 1911 I    3,500.00
To 12 months' interest on $55,000 Lake Shore
and  Michigan  Southern  Railway   Bonds,   4
per cent, to May 1, 1911         2,200.00
To  12 months'  interest  on  bank   deposits   to
July 1,  1911     999.21
$162,126.15
1911. lp' j Cr.
July 31.    By payments made on warrants drawn by the
Grand   Secretary   from   August   1,   1910,   to
July 31, 1911, Nos. 1744 to 2122, inclusive..$ 60,744.47
By warrants  for expenses  of and  during the
session at Atlanta, Georgia, Nos. 83 to 123,
inclusive          2,295.68
By mileage and per diem warrants, from Nos. ]
1 to 231, inclusive      33,077.30
Tot. payments, Aug. 1, 1910, to July 31, 1911..$ 96,117.45
By balance to credit of The Sovereign Grand
Lodge, I. O. O. F     66,008.70
$162,126.15 3327
The securities deposited in the vaults of the Land Title &
Trust Company, of Philadelphia, consist of $100,000 Philadelphia
City Z]/2 per cent bonds and $55,000 Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway 4 per cent bonds.   Total amount, $155,000.
Fraternally and courteously submitted,
Philadelphia, July 31, 1911.
M. RICH MUCKLE,
Grand Treasurer.
AMENDMENT TO  THE  CONSTITUTION.
The following amendment, proposed at the session of 1910,
was duly adopted:
Resolved, That Section 5, Art. 16 of the Constitution of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, be amended to read as follows:
.
"Sec.  5.    Saloonkeepers, etc., not admitted.    No hotel keeper,
licensed   to   sell   intoxicating  liquors,   saloonkeeper,   bartender   or
professional gambler shall be eligible to membership in this Order."
—Journal, page 770.
The following amendment to the Constitution was also
adopted:
Resolved, That  Section 4, of Art.  1, be amended to read as
follows:
"Sec. 4. Appeals. With the consent of a Grand Lodge or
Grand Encampment, an appeal may be had by any Subordinate
Lodge or Encampment to The Sovereign Grand Lodge, such consent, however, not being necessary when an expelled lodge or encampment, after having surrendered to its Grand Lodge or Grand
Encampment all its effects, appeals from such decision. Appeals
may also be had t>y a member of the Order, as a matter of right,
from a decision of a Grand Lodge or a Grand Encampment; but in
all cases the decision shall be final and conclusive until reversed by
The Sovereign Grand Lodge on an appeal therefrom. All appeals
to The Sovereign Grand Lodge shall be subject to such general
regulations as it ma^ adopt."—Journal, page 813.
LEGISLATION ADOPTED.
Official Certificate.
A new form of Official Certificate was adopted; it does not require the signature of the Noble Grand, only the signature of the
Financial Secretary and the seal of the lodge. It has the cipher
key on the back and has dates that can be punched so as to pre- 3328
vent the raising of the date of its value.    It is much improved in
other particulars.
Tuberculosis Sanatorium.
Each Grand Lodge is hereby empowered to so legislate as to.
provide for levying a per capita tax to raise a fund for caring for
members afflicted with tuberculosis and for the prevention of the
disease. Grand Lodges shall have the right under this resolution
to establish and maintain a tuberculosis sanatorium within the
jurisdiction, or may unite with any neighboring jurisdiction or
jurisdictions for such purpose, or provide for the care of members
afflicted with the disease at any sanatorium that may have been
established by any authority within that or any other jurisdiction.
Transfer of Membership Law.
It was resolved that the Transfer of Membership Law shall not
apply to the Quasi-Independent Grand Jurisdictions.
Smoking in Lodge Sessions.
It was resolved, by a vote of 135 to 42, that smoking shall be
strictly prohibited in all lodge-rooms of the Order while the lodge
is in session.
Aged Members of Defunct Lodges.
Whereas, It is a breach of fidelity and a reproach to the Order
to so neglect to provide for a worthy Brother and to fail in its part
of the contract made with such brother; therefore, be it
Resolved, That The Sovereign Grand Lodge hereby permits
and authorizes Grand Lodges to enact legislation so as to make
provision for brothers of defunct lodges who have been members of
this Order for not less than twenty-five years, by the transfer of
membership of such brothers to any other lodge of the jurisdiction:
and provided further, that the Grand Lodge may reimburse such
lodges for the amount of sick, funeral or death benefits paid to
such members in excess of the amount of dues collected from them
by such lodge.
Resolved,  That   all   laws   in   conflict   with    this    authority
ranted to Grand Lodges be and the same are hereby repealed.
so
Veteran Jewels,
A Veteran Button was ordered to be added to The Sovereign
Grand Lodge supplies, same to be used in lieu of a Veteran Jewel
by members who prefer it. The button is to be of solid gold and
is to be obtained through The Sovereign  Grand Lodge.
'lfc# / •  *?$?.< e^-re'; V 3329
Past Grand  Officers' Jewels.
It was resolved that the Jewels of Past Grand Masters, Past
Grand, Patriarchs and Past State Presidents shall hereafter be
recognized in lieu of regalia, provided that hereafter such Jewels
must be obtained through The Sovereign Grand Lodere.
Collars as
Regalia.
A Special Committee was appointed to investigate and report
at the next annual session on the advisability of discontinuing the
use of collars in all branches of the Order and to recommend some
sanitary substitute for  same.
Funeral Ceremony.
A Special Committee of three was appointed to re-write and
issue a new funeral ceremony, the committee to report thereon at
the next session.
Granting  Withdrawal  Cards.
It was ordered that in all cases where a member shall apply
for his withdrawal card for the purpose of becoming an applicant
for the institution of a new lodge, he may pay in advance a quarter
year's dues at the time of his application for card. Upon such
card being granted and issued, if such member shall become sick or
disabled, or should die within the period for .which such advance
dues are paid, and before completing his membership in the new
lodge, said card shall be cancelled and said member shall be entitled to all sick and death benefits from his old lodge the same as
if no card had been issued.
Rebekah   Legislation.
The Rebekah Veteran Jewel is to be hereafter so constructed
that the numerical fifteen on the face thereof can be changed every
five years so as to show approximately the period of the wearer's
membership.
It was ordered that a fifty:year Honorable Veteran Jewel be
furnished for Rebekahs, provided there is a call for same.
It was ordered that the Rebekah Veteran Jewel be furnished in
a size one-third smaller than the present one; this means that
there will be two sizes of this jewel on sale.
The  proposition  to   establish  a   National   Rebekah   Assembly
was defeated by a vote of 138 to 69. 3330
OF INTEREST TO US ALL,
The proposed amendment to the Constitution making the age
limit eighteen instead of twenty-one was defeated by an overwhelming vote.
An amendment to the Constitution was laid on the table to be
acted on next year, making the age limit twenty years.
A proposition to have a committee consider a plan for instructing children of members with a view to their becoming members
of lodges when they reach the proper age was defeated.
The Committee on Codification of the Laws of the Order
asked for an extension of time until next session.
The position of General Commanding of the Patriarchs Militant was changed to an appointed one, and for a two-year term,
and General A. R. Stocker, of Ohio, was appointed to the position
in place of General M. A. Raney.
The mileage and per diem amounted to $28,260.70.
A resolution instructing the Deputy Grand Sire to visit the
European Grand Lodges was defeated.
Attention was called to the fact that, as the laws of the Order
do not permit Rituals to be taken from the lodge room, it was
difficult to memorize the work, and therefore a resolution was submitted to provide a Key to the Ritual, the same as is done with
our U. W. at present, but the proposition was defeated by a large
majority.
Special   memorial   services   were   held   during   the   session
memory of Past Grand Sires Carleton and Durham.
m
Lodges of our Order have been instituted in Antwerp, Belgium,
and also in Austria, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of
Netherlands and the  Grand Lodge of Germany, respectively.
The lodge nearest the North Pole is located at Gelivare,
Sweden, in latitude 68 north, and is named the Polar Star Lodge.
Quite an event was the presentation to The Sovereign Grand
Lodge of 'The Traveller." It is a handsome casket containing a
bundle of sticks, presented to the Lodges of California by members
of the Three Link Club who were sailors on board several ships
in the Atlantic battleship squadron, which sailed from the Atlantic
to the Pacific in 1907 and 1908. 3331
The Patriarchs Militant presented a splendid appearance.
Their soldierly bearing and attractive uniforms were strong factors
in the success of the parade.
Special services were held at the Colfax Monument by the
Rebekahs of the State, and Past Grand Sire Pinkerton was the
orator.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge Will meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
next year, 1912. There is a prospect of the session being held in
Europe in the near future, as a Committee appointed a year ago
reported that it could be done at an expense of only about a
thousand dollars more than the cost of the session recently held
at Seattle, Washington.
Grand Incohonee Griggs, of the Improved Order of Red Men,
addressed the Sovereign Grand Lodge by invitation of the Grand
Sire.
The Grand Sire in his report made particular reference to the
value of the presence of the Grand Secretaries of the several Grand
Jurisdictions at the Sovereign Grand Lodge Sessions, and the
Committe on State of the Order strongly endorsed this part of his
report. There is .an established Grand Secretaries' Association,
where matters pertaining to the work of their office are discussed,
together with the many problems that arise in their work for the
Order, and many Jurisdictions are sending their Grand Secretaries
each year; we believe that our Jurisdiction would profit directly
by being represented thereat, and we recommend that the Grand
Secretary of British Columbia be sent to the annual sessions of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, his actual expenses being defrayed by
this Grand Lodge.
DEGREE WORK.
During the week degree staffs from various parts of the United
States and Canada competed with each other in presenting several
degrees of the different branches of the Order, and likewise
Cantons of th Patriarchs Militant competed with each other in
drill contests. Liberal prizes have been provided by the committee,
and the work was highly meritorious. On Friday evening prizes
were awarded to the visitors, as follows:
AWARDING OF PRIZES.
Class A—First, Canton Toronto, No. 7, $1,000; second, Canton
Marion, No. 6, Marion, Ind., $600; third, Canton City of the
Straits, Detroit, $300; 4th, Canton Brunswick, Ga., $150.
Following   are   the   prizes   awarded   for   the   Rebekah   degree
work:
First—Miriam Lodge, No. 5, Winnipeg, Canada, $300; second,
Queen Esther Rebekahs, Baltimore. 3332
THE NIGHT PARADE.
Tuesday and Wednesday Odd Fellows arrived in great numbers from all parts of Indiana and neighboring jurisdictions to
participate in the great parade, which took place Wednesday evening. This was the first time in the history of the S. G. L. that the
parade was conducted at night, and the thousands upon thousands
of Odd Fellows marching under the glare of the torch lights presented a spectacle never to be forgotten. Music for the moving
throngs was furnished by eighty-three band's, and it required
three hours for the procession to pass a given point. The waving
plumes of the Patriarchs, with the brilliancy of their uniforms
and equipment, gave color to the moving columns and impressed
all with the importance of this branch of the Order. A detachment of mounted Hussars acted as escort for the Grand Sire, and
mounted men carrying flags of every country in which Oddfellowship has been planted, was an interesting feature of the parade.
The officers of the S. G. L. and Grand Representatives participated
in the parade, being provided with automobiles. Along the line
of march people were banked on either side of the street in solid
masses, and every available doorway and window space was
crowded by interested spectators who heartily applauded the moving procession. In the parade were numerous floats representing
the  benvolent work  in  Oddfellowship.
Thursday night the officers and members of the S. G. L. and
their ladies  were  entertained  at  a  theatre  party.
CONCLUSION
It is impossible in the limited space we are allowed for this
report to place before you anything bt>t the salient features of
the session. The right hand of fellowship was freely extended by
the brethren of Indiana, and the various committees worked untiringly to prove that Indianapolis was the ideal convention city.
Odd Fellowship continues to stand at the head of the Fraternal Procession; long may she preserve that distinction.
Fraternally submitted,
G. CAVALSKY
T. FULTON,
Grand Representatives
The Grand Master presented and.read 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 a short synopsis of the business which has
been transacted since the printing .of the "advance" reports, together with the correspondence relating to one or two matters.
^SHi 3333
The first is that of charges preferred by Bro. Gillette, of Slocan
City Lodge, against three of the members of that Lodge. The
following is my report and finding thereon:—
I received a letter from Bro. R. Gillette, P. G., of Slocan Lodge,
preferring charges against three members of the above-named
Lodge, on the ground of "conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow."
These charges are set forth in his letter, and the names of the
brothers given. I wrote the D.D.G.M., instructing him to hold an
investigation into the alleged charges, and report to me the result
of such investigation.
I also wrote Bro. Gillette informing him of my action, at the
same time acquainting him of the fact that I could not render a
decision until I heard from the Lodge.
In accordance with my instructions, the D.D.G.M. held an investigation by a Committee composed of four past Grands and
the Noble Grand of the Lodge. The result of the investigation,
together with a copy of the minutes and evidence taken, is herewith attached for your perusal.
From the evidence produced before the Committee of investigation, I am of the opinion that the alleged charges are not well-
founded. That while one of the brothers might be guilty of violating the letter of the law, the extenuating circumstances in connection with his temporary employment, as produced in evidence,
is of such a slight nature that I do not consider the charge to be
of sufficient importance to warrant suspension or expulsion.
I therefor concur in the Report of the Investigating Committee, and submit im^ ruling for your careful consideration.
The second is a complaint from Lionel G. Bennet, D.D.G.M.,
of Dawson, Y.T., against members of the Order in that city for
conducting a "Social Club" under the auspices of the Order. The
complaint is principally against the Rebekah Lodge members, and
as this branch of our Order is still under the jurisdiction of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, I do not feel disposed to interfere, but
refer the matter to you for your careful consideration and recommendation.
On the 30th May I had the pleasure of attending a social
entertainment given under the auspices of Columbia Lodge No. 2.
On this occasion I had the honour, on behalf of this Lodge, to
present eight Veteran Jewels to the following brethren: D.
McLean, Richard Jones, P.G.; B. Boggs, A. Henderson, P.G.M.;
R. Butler, W. C. Brown, F. Norris, P.G.; and H. F. Bishop. The
gathering was a great success, the hall being taxed to its capacity.
The chair was taken by Bro. W. Jackson, who ably presided.
In the absence of Brother Landsberg, I was called upon to
present a beautiful silver cup, which he had kindly donated for
competition in the Initiatory degree.    This cup was won by Col- 3334
umbia Lodge No. 2, in competition with the other two City Lodges.
The banquet was graced by the presence of a number of ladies, including the wives of the- members.
District No. 13—Bro. John Evans, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Duncan Lodge No. 17, in July, 1911, and Jan.,
1912. Officially visited the Lodge on May 18th. The condition of the
Order is good, notwithstanding the fact that the Lodge lost practically everything by fire, and prospects for the future are bright.
•      PROCLAMATION.
In accordance with usual custom, I issued a Proclamation
naming the 11th June as a date to engage in appropriate services
in memory of  deceased brothers.
DECISION.
Question:—Is it lawful for a Brother to be nominated for more
than one office.
Answer:—Yes; unless contrary to local by-laws. A Brother
can only be installed into one office, except where the Lodge
combines the offices of Rcording Secretary and Financial Secretary.
In conclusion I again wish to thank the brethren for courtesies   and  assistance   during  my  term   of  office.
Respectfully -submitted,
Yours in F., L. and T.,
Grand Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted and read the following
Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee
on Distribution:—
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Since my report was printed, I have received the following
amounts to the Tuberculosis Sanatorium Fund:
Victoria   Lodge   No.    1—Donation    by    Brother   W.    H.
Huxtable,   P.G.    $      5.00
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Dominion   Lodge,   No.   A—Donation   by    Brother    P.    C.
Fernie     44.00
Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17   :  7.00
Amount as per previous report  2,632.32
Total amount on hand   $2,688.32
I beg to recommend that the charter fee received for Sunset
Rebekah Lodge No. 29 be donated to the Rebekah Assembly.
Yours  fraternally,
Grand Secretary.
Bro. McCorskie, Grand Master of Washington, and O. E.
Tisdale, P.G.M., Grand Secretary of Alberta, being called on.
addressed the Grand Lodge, which was suitably acknowledged
by the Grand Master.
The Grand Lodge took a recess in order to receive the
Mayor of the City.
J. L. Beckwith, Esq., Mayor, was introduced to the Grand
Lodge by Bro. A. Henderson, P. G. M., and being invited to
the dais, extended a hearty and cordial welcome to the City
of Victoria, and best wishes for a pleasant and successful
Session of the Grand Lodge, and at the same time extended
the freedom of the city to the Representatives.
The Grand blaster suitably acknowledged the courtesies
offered by his Worship.
The Mayor having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
The Grand Master called on Bro. L. P. Hart, Grand Secretary, and Bro. Thompson, Grand Patriarch, of the Juris- 3336
diction of Washington, who addressed the Grand Lodge in
eloquent language.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
No.  6.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the following allotment of the Grand Officers' Reports to the several
standing committees:—
Grand Master's Report.
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 3251, 3252,
3253 and 3254, except the* paragraph on pages 3252 and 3253 referring to his correspondence. Reports of D.D.G.M.'s except the
issuance of dispensations and questions of law. Visitations and
Necrology on pa^es 3266 to 3268.
To the Committee on Correspondence—Paragraph re Correspondence on pages 3252 and 3253.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Decisions, Questions and
Answers, Dispensations Granted and Not Granted, Appointments,
and Institution of Lodges on pages 3254 to 3259..
Decisions of D.D.G.M.'s, Nos. 1, 4, 26, 27, 29 and 35. Proclamations issued, pages 3265 and 3266.
Report of Grand Secretary.
To the Committee on the State of the Order—Pages 3269 and
3270, pages 3277 to 3281 inclusive.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Page 3275 re
Odd Fellows' Home Funds.
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 3271 to 3276 inclusive.
Report of Grand Treasurer—To the Committee on Finance.
Report of Grand Representatives—This report mainly consists
of a record of the proceedings of the last session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, which it is not competent for this Grand Lodge to
alter or amend. The only recommendation contained in the report is
respecting the advisability of sending our Grand Secretary to the
annual sessions of the Grand Secretaries' Association. We recommend this matter contained in part of the Grand Sire's Report, page
3305, and again at page 3330, be referred to the Committee on State
of the Order.
Signed by the Committee.
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It was moved, seconded and carried:—That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 7 o'clock p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge then adjourned.
EVENIXG SESSION.
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 7 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Poll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Warden retired to the ante-room, and conferred the Grand Lodge   Degree   on   the   following   Past
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Grands:—J. Phillips, Xo. 2; A. "W. Baylis, P. C. Gonnason,
T. W. Hick, J. W. Peed, Xo. 4; J. P. McKinnell, Xo. 5:
W. George No. 40. e
It was on motion, Pesolved—That a hearty vote of thanks
be tendered to Bro. Wallace Law, P. G. M., Xo. 10, for his
kindness in placing a silver band with suitable inscription
around the gavels presented to the Grand Lodge by Sister W.
A. Gilley, New Westminster.
A communication was read from the Department Council.
Patriarchs Militant of B.C., suggesting that a jewel of the
Grand Decoration of Chivalry be" furnished Brother Fred
Davey, Grand Secretary, to replace one stolen from him.
Ordered to be received and referred to Committee on
Finance for favorable consideration.
A communication was read from Mount Pleasant Lodge
Xo. 19, urging that steps be taken to secure a site for an Odd 3338
Fellows' Home.   Ordered to be received and referred to the
Committee on Odd Fellows' Home.
A communication was read from the Department Council,
Patriarchs Militant of B.C., asking for an appropriation of
$100 to assist in providing prizes for competitive drills at
the annual meetings of the Grand Lodge.    Ordered to be
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received and referred to the Committee on Finance.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report, which was adopted:—
No. 11.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Finance Committee, appointed last session of the
Grand Lodge, beg to report that we have examined the books of
the Grand Secretary, and find the same correct.
Signed by the Committee.
A letter was read from "Park" Lodge Xo. 66, extending
fraternal greetings, and best wishes from the officers and
members of that Lodge, and reporting the Lodge in a flourishing condition*. Ordered to be received and filed and suitably acknowledged.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice of motion,
which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:
No. 13. §
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to give notice that tomorrow I will move the following
amendment to Section 1, Article II. of t?he Constitution of Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, so as to conform to the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last session. After the
word "not" in fifth line, insert the words "a hotel keeper licensed
to sell intoxicating liquors," so that 'that portion will read, "and
is not a hotel keeper, licensed to sell intoxicating liquors, a saloon
keeper, a bar tender, or a -professional gambler."
FRED. DAVEY,
Grand Secretary 3339
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice of motion,
which was referred to the Committee on Legislation:—
No. 14.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I hereby give notice that tomorrow I will move that By-law
Xo. 1 of this Grand Lodge be amended by inserting after the word
"mileage" in next to  the last line the following:
'The Representatives of any Lodge not located in the Province of British Columbia, but which may be attached to this
Jurisdiction by the Sovereign Grand Lodge or the Grand Sire,
shall not be enttitled to receive for attendance at the sessions of
this Grand Lodge a larger sum as Per Diem and Mileage than the
amount received from such Lodge as per capita tax during the year
immediately preceding the session of the  Grand Lodge.
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
No. 15.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
matter of the charges brought by Bro. Gillette, of Slocan Lodge,
No. 40, against certain mem'bers of that Lodge, and the decision
of the Grand Master on same as contained in his Supplementary
Report; the complaint of Bro. Bennet, of Dawson Lodge, No. 1,
Dawson, Y.T.; the issue of Proclamation re Memorial Day, and
decision contained in this Report, be referred to the Committee
on Judiciary.
That the balance of the Report be referred to the Committee
on State of the Order.
Supplementary Report of Grand Secretary—We recommend
that the statement of additional receipts to Tuberculosis Fund be
referred to the Committee on State of the Order.
That the recommendation re Donation of Charter Fee to the
Rebekah Assembly be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Cominittee on furnishing sleeping pavilion at
the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Tranquille, B.C., presented
the following report, which was adopted, and the thanks of 3340
the Grand Lodge tendered to the Kebekah Lodges of this
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Jurisdiction for their generous contributions, and to Bro. E.
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L. Webber, P. G. M., for his efficient services in connection
with the work of furnishing.
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To the Grand Lodge of B.C. I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee appointed at the last session of the Grand
Lodge to undertake and complete the furnishing of the sleeping
pavilion to be erected at the Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Tranquille, beg to report as follows:
This 'building is two stories in height, and is -divided into four
balconies or sleeping porches (two on each floor), each balcony
to accommodate six patients, making twenty-four patients in alL
Each balcony, of course, is capable of holding the six beds at
the same time, and in addition leave ample room for reclining
chairs for use of the patients during the day, 'without the necessity
of moving the beds. The 'balconies are open in front, and on one
end, but are fitted with sash and glass, which may be closed as
the severity of the weather may warrant. These open sides are
also enclosed with wire netting, to prevent flies, mosquitoes, etc.,
from entering the balconies. These balconies face the south, have
a beautiful view of the lake and beyond, and get the benefit of all
the winter sunshine.
At the rear of the balconies are the dressing rooms. These
rooms are steam-heated, and are in every way made for the comfort of the patients.
Behind the dressing rooms are balconies enclosed with wire
netting, which imay be used for sitting out in, on hot summer days.
Facing the North they will always be shady.
Facing South, and between the balconies are the sitting rooms,
one on each floor. These rooms are nice and large, have an
abundance of light, are steam-heated, and in addition are provided
with a large open fire-place. They are used in the evenings for
reading, letter-writing, card-playing, etc. Behind the sitting rooms
are the bath-rooms, lavatories, etc.
The  entire building is  electric  lighted.
It was expected that the building would have been completed
and furniture installed by March of this year, but the contractors
were later in starting work than expected, and winter weather
coming a month earlier than usual, the building was not far enough
advanced in the fall to continue work during the cold weather,
so that building operations were suspended until April, consequently the building is now just completed, and furniture being
installed.
The selection of the furniture, beddinp*, etc., was left to Bro.
Webber, as  having taken  treatment at the  Sanatorium,  his  prac- 3341
tical knowledge of what was most suitable, qualified him to undertake this duty. Bro. Webber, however, submitted his estimates to
the Committee for its approval  before purchasing.
The foods and furniture provided are the latest in hospital use.
and most suitable for sanatoria -purposes, and are of the same
design the main building is provided with. Special care was exercised in the selection of the bedding, etc., to ensure warmth and
comfort during the cold winter months, part of the bedding being
made to order, as an extra precaution in the way of cleanliness,
and as a preventative for the spread of the disease germs.
The sitting-rooms are provided with writing tables, reading or
card tables,  settees,  and  comfortable  chairs.
The generosity of our brethren in providing the means to
enable us to make this provision for the care, and we trust in
many cases cure, of our afflicted fellow-man, reflects great credit
on our Order in this Jurisdiction, and is an evidence that the command of our laws "to relieve the distressed," is remembered and
practiced by our brethren when the opportunity or need presents
itself. Feeling that this act of our brothers and sisters should be
recognized in a fitting and proper manner, your Committee has
ordered a brass plate to be engraved with the following inscription:—"This building has been furnished throughout by voluntary
contributions of the members of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of British Columbia. * 1912."—and the same will be placed
over the mantel in the sitting (or reception ) room on the first
floor of the building. This brass plate will be 20 x 32 inches in
size, and will always stand as a monument to the generosity and
practical assistance rendered by the brethren of this Jurisdiction
to our more unfortunate fellow-man.
The total moneys received to date amount to $2,632.32, and
total amounts contracted for, a little under $2,300.00. Although the
furnishing of the building now appears to be complete, no doubt
extras in the way of bed linen, towels, etc., will later on be
found useful, and thus the balance be used profitably and properly.
Your Committee would like to have had the building completed and furniture installed before Bro. Webber left the Sanatorium but under the circumstances it is his intention to make a
special visit to the Sanatorium as soon as everything is in place,
and make a personal inspection, so the brethren may rest assured
the Committee is taking every care to carry out its work to proper
completion.
It is the intention of your Committee to have photographs
taken of the interior and exterior of the building so that cuts may
be made and inserted in this year's proceedings of the Grand
Lodge.
We  would   recommend   that   the  present   Committe   be   continued to  complete its  work,  and be given power to  expend the 3342
balance of the moneys as extra need may present itself from time
to time.
Respectfully submitted,
W. H. CULLIN, Grand Master.
W. A. JOHNSTON, Deputy Grand Master.
FRED  DAVEY,  Grand Secretary.
R. DUDLEY, Grand Warden.
H. WHITE, Grand Treasurer.
E. L. WEBBER.
The following communication was read and ordered to be
received and spread on the minutes:—
No. 17
New Westminster, B.C., June 6, 1912.
Fred Davey, Esq., P. G., M. L. A.
Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F., Victoria.
Dear Sir and Brother:—At last night's meeting of the Board
of Directors of the IO.O.F. Funeral Aid Association, held in this
city, an order for two 'hundred dollars was passed in your favor
to refund to the Grand Lodge the amount of the loan. The
cheque will be presented to you by either Bro. C. S. Keith,
P.G.R., or by Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., our auditor, early next
week.
Our Board has instructed me to convey to the Grand Lodge
the sincere thanks of this Board and the other members of the
Association for this loan and for the renewal of it for a second
year. We appreciate very much the kindness of the Grand Lodge,
and this amount has materially assisted us in the organization
and promotion of the affairs of this Association.
We trust that this Association will long serve to fulfil and to
promote the highest principles of our noble Order.
I have the honor to remain,
Yours fraternally,
W.   C.   COATHAM,
Secretary.
A communication was read from the American Surety Co.
of Xew.York, respecting the bonding the financial officers of
this Grand Lodge and of the Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction on a schedule plan, as recently adopted by the
Grand Lodge of South Dakota. Ordered to be received and
referred to a Special Committee.
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A request was made on behalf of Fairview Lodge Xo. 61,
for permission to incorporate under the "Benevolent Societies' Act of the Province, on motion the permission was
granted.
A letter was read from Bro. H. C. Ullmann, of Victoria
Lodge Xo. 1, recommending that steps be taken to record
the history of Oddfellowship in this Province by the appointment of a Historiographer or Committee for that purpose,
and offering any assistance in his power. Ordered to be
received and referred to the Committee on State of the
Order.
The Grand Secretary offered a Resolution respecting the
purchase of Representatives' badges by the Grand Lodge for
use at the annual sessions, so as to relieve the Subordinate
Lodges of the citv where the sessions are held from this ex-
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pense.   Ordered to be received and referred to the Committee
on State of the Order.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates preesnted the
following report, which was adopted:—
No. 21.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
during the past year we have examined the By-laws and amendments submitted by the following Lodges:
Corbin Lodge, No. 64—Complete set.    Approved.
Dawson Lodge, No. 1, Dawson, Y.T.—Complete set. Approved.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1—Amendments relating to the election
and duties of Lodge physician; increase of sick benefits; notice
required to dispose of funds; and duties of secretary.   Approved.
Black Diamond Lodge No. 5—Amendments re hour of meeting; appointment of committees by yice-Grand; secretary to notify
brothers owing ten weeks dues; increasing number of trustees
from three to five; reports of committees to be in. writing, if required by majority of members present; increase in initiation fees
over 40 years of age; Warden to count ballots as deposited; fighting
in   self-defence   not   to   disqualify   to   benefits;    increasing   wife's '
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funeral benefit to $75; striking out payment of funeral benefit to
widow of deceased member; and provision that where no funeral
expenses are incurred no appropriation shall be made.   Approved.
Vancouver Lodge No. 8—Amendment increasing degree fees
to $15.     Approved.
Mt Pleasant Lodge No. 19—Amendments re duties of Noble
Grand; Treasurer; Trustees; Visiting Committee; Relief Committee; Physician; sick benefits; payment of dues; fines of officers
for absence; division of funds; creation of property funds. Approved.
Pacific Lodge No. 26—Amendment increasing degree fees to
$15.    Approved.
Eureka   Lodsre   No.   50—Amendment
increasing
sick   benefits
from $6 to $10 per week for first twelve weeks sickness. Approved.
Princeton Lodge, No. 52—Amendment re division of funds.
Approved, after alteration to confine the contribution to the Widow
and Orphans' Fund to five per cent of dues, instead of an indefinite amount from five to ten per cent.
Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56—Amendment re division of Lodge
Funds.     Approved.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58—Amendment providing for Recording Secretary to have rebate of dues as salary if he attends eighty
per cent of regular meetings of term. Approved. Declined to approve amendment to make dues payable  in advance.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following report, which was adopted:—
No. 22. /:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: 'M
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined the petitions for Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges submitted to us, and find that the law has been complied with in each
case.   We therefore recommend that Charters be issued as follows:
For a Subordinate Lodge to be located at South Fort George,
B.C., to be known as "Cariboo" Lodge, No. 65, with the following
charter members, viz.:—John Mclnnis, S. E. Van Buskirk, W. L.
Rowatt, Frank J. Johnston, P.G.; John D. McLean, J. R. Campbell, P.G.: Percival Pinker, George McGaughey, Thomas Laing,
and Charles Pinker.
For a Subordinate Lodge, to be located at Central Park, Soutli
Vancouver, B.C., to be known as "Park" Lodge No. 66, with the
following charter members:—George W.  M. Taylor, Tom Jones, 3345
Robert C. Smith, V. J. Nicholson, C. B. Hutton, Walter J. Trott,
H. L. Halpin, and E. J. Bellsmith.
For a Rebekah Lodge to be located at Armstrong, B.C., to
be known as "Sunset" Rebekah Lodge, No. 29, with the following
charter members:—Mary M. Gamble, Charles H. Hardy, A. E.
Morgan, Walter H. Rea, Alice Rea, and Annie Banham.
Also that Duplicate Charters he issued to Duncan Lodge No.
17, Duncan, B.C., and Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14, Duncan, B.C.,
to replace originals destroyed by fire.
Signed by the Committee.
Invitations were read from Harmony Lodge ISTo. 6 and
the Mayor of Ladysmith; from Black Diamond Lodge Xo. 5 ;
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and the Mayor of Xanaimo; also from the Citv Council of
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Prince Rupert, to hold the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge in their respective cities. It was moved, seconded, and
carried, That the invitations be received and laid on the
table until tomorrow morning.
The Finance Committee submitted the following report,
which was adopted:—
Xo. 23.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that we have examined the books and vouchers of the Grand Treasurer and find
them correct.
We would recommend the request of the Patriach Militant
for a grant of $100 for the .purpose of competitive drill either by
canton or squad, be granted, seeing that there are now three
cantons in  the Jurisdiction in  a position  to  compete.
We also recommend that this Grand Lodge procure a Grand
Decoration of Chivalry Jewel for Grand Secretary Bro. F. Davey,
to replace the one  stolen from him.
Signed by the Committee.
The hour, for the election of officers for the ensuing year,
as fixed bv the Constitution, having arrived, the following
nominations were made:—
For Grand Master—W. A. Johnstone, Xo. 26, nominated
bv A. M. Russell, Xo. 8. 3346
There being no other nominee, Bro. W. A. Johnstone was
declared duly elected as Grand Master by acclamation.
For Deputy Grand Master—R. Dudley, Xo. 47, was
nominated by H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., Xo. 6; C. S. Keith,
Xo. 3 was nominated by T. C. Hubbard, Xo. 1.
For Grand Warden—Harrv White, Xo. 42, was nomi-
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nated by E. G. Cavalsky, G. R. Xo. 5.
There being no other candidate, Brother H. White was
declared elected as Grand Warden by acclamation.
For Grand Secretary—Fred Davey, Xo. 1, was nominated
by Rev. E. G. Miller, Xo. 4.
There being no other nominee, Bro. F. Davev Xo. 1 was
declared duly elected as Grand Secretary by acclamation.
For Grand Treasurer—P. W. Dempster, Xo. 2, was
nominated by A. Henderson, P.G.M. Xo. 2; H. Fooks Xo.
28 was nominated by G. Vance, Xo. 28; T. H. White, Xo.
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61, was nominated by F. E. Simpson, P.G.M. Xo. 42; W.
Grieve, Xo. 5, was nominated by J. H. Lemmon, Xo. 16.
For Grand Representative, E L. Webber, P.G.M. Xo. 27
was nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., Xo. 3: W. H.
Cullin, Xo. 4, was nominated by T. C. Hubbard, Xo. 1; A.
M. Russell, Xo. 8, was nominated by W. H. Brown, Xo. 8.
The Grand Master appointed Bro. O. E. Tisdale, P.G.M.r
Grand Secretary, Alberta; and Bro. W. E. McCorskie, Grand
Master, Washington, to act as tellers.
The ballot was spread for Deputy Grand Master, and
the following result announced:—
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Xo. of votes cast, 144; necessary to elect, 73
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R. Dudley Xo. 47 received 86 votes; C'S. Keith, Xo. 3,
received 55 votes; spoiled 2; blank, 1.
Bro. R. Dudley having received a majority of the votes
cast, was declared duly elected as Deputy Grand Master.
The ballot was spread for Grand Treasurer, and the following result announced:—Xo. of votes cast, 143 ; neecssary
to elect, 72. f |
Bro. Dempster received 52 votes, Bro. Fooks received 25
votes, Bro. T. H. White received 45 votes, and Bro. Grieve
received 21 votes.
There being no choice a fresh ballot was spread, the name
of Bro. Grieve being dropped, and the following result announced :—
Xo. of votes cast, 141; necessary to choice, 71. Bro.
Dempster received 62 votes, Bro. Fooks received 27 votes,
and Bro. T. H. White received 52 votes. Xeither candidate
having received a maj ority of the votes cast, a fresh ballot was
spread, the name of Bro. Fooks being dropped, and the following result announced:—
Xo. of votes cast, 140; necessary to elect, 71. Bro.
Dempster received 74 votes, Bro. T. H. White received 66
votes. Bro. P. W. Dempster, Xo. 2, having received a majority of the votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand
Treasurer.
For Grand Representative a ballot was spread and the
following result announced:—
Xo. of votes cast, 143; necessary to elect, 72. Bro.
Webber received 50 votes, Bro. Cullin received 41 votes.
Bro. Russell received 42 votes. Xeither candidate receiving
a majority of the votes cast, a fresh ballot was spread, the name of Bro. Cullin being dropped, and the following result
announced:—
Xo of votes cast,  130: necessary to choice,  66.    Bro.
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Webber received 63 votes, Bro. Russell received 67 votes.
Bro. A. M. Russell, Xo. 8, having received a majority of all
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votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Representative
for two years.
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The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Special Committee on Surety Bonds of Financial Officers:—
W. Law, P.G.M., Xo. 10; H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., Xo. 10;
and E. L. Webber, P.G.M., Xo. 27.
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It was on motion, Resolved—That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to nine o'clock a. m. tomorrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
13th June, 1912
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified. The
Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's session were read, and on
motion adopted.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted. 3349
No. 24.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
amendment to Section I, Article II. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, notice of which was given yesterday by the Grand
Secretary, as also the amendment to By-law No. 1 of this Grand
Lodge, beg leave to report that they have considered the same, and
recommend them to the favorable consideration of this Grand
Body.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary moved the amendment to Section I.,
Article II., of the Subordinate Lodge Constitution, of which
notice was given yesterday, which was seconded, and on being
submitted to the vote, was declared to be carried.
The Grand Secretary moved the amendment to By-law
Xo. 1 of this Grand Lodge, notice of which was given yester-
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day, which was seconded and carried.
The Representatives of "Fairview" Lodge ISTo. 61 submitted the following questions, which were referred to the
Committee on Judiciary.
W. H. Cullin, Esq.,
Grand  Master,  Grand  Lodge,  I.O.O.F.,  B.C.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61, has instructed us to ask you for a
ruling on the following questions:—
1st. A by-law of our Lodge reads: "A member of this Lodge
may be nominated for office if not present at the time, but he cannot be elected if absent on the night of election unless he has
signified his willingness to act if elected."
Will you please interpret the word "signified"?
2nd. A by:law reads: "A member of the Visiting Committee,
who fails on three occasions to visit a sick brother, when notified
to do so, shall lose his office in the Lodge."
Is this by-law legal?
Respectfully submitted in F. L. & T.
T. H. WHITE,     %
J. F. FAULKNER,
Representatives of Fairview Lodge, No. 61, I.O.O.F. 3350
The selection of the place of meeting next year being the
next order of business, it was moved, seconded and carried,
That this Grand Lodge hold its next Annual Session in the
city of Xanaimo.
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It was on motion, Resolved—That the kind invitations to
meet next year in the cities of Ladysmith and Prince Rupert
be suitably acknowledged, and that the obstacles at present
existing to meeting in the latter city be explained.
The Grand Warden retired to the ante-room, and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. A. Ventries, Xo. 8.
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The Grand Lodge took a recess for the purpose of receiving a deputation from the Rebekah Assembly now in session
in this city.
The deputation was admitted and extended fraternal
greetings, and the best wishes of the Assembly for a pleasant
and successful meeting of this Grand Bodv.     The Grand
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Master suitably responded, and reciprocated the good wishes
of the Assemblv.
The deputation then retired, and the Grand Lodge resumed business.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following re-
port, which was ordered to be received and considered
seriatem.
No. 26. 1 -
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committe on Judiciary, to whom was referred certain
portions of the Grand Master's report, beg to state that we have
duly considered  the  same,  and  report  as  follows:
(1) Decision 1. Qestion—"Is it legal to use the cube in balloting instead of the ball? Answer—No. The Ritual says that
'white balls elect, black balls reject,
y >>
We  find that  Section   1899,  Busbee's  Digest,   1903,  says:  "In
all cases of balloting by balls, the use of cubes or other devices 3351
similar to balls in form shall be a substantial compliance with the
rule or law requiring the use of iballs." As the Grand Master's
decision does not appear to be in accordance with this law, we
recommend that the decision be amended to read, "Yes. See section 1899, Busbee's Digest, 1903."
(2) Decision 2. Question 1—"Can a Lodge appoint a Committee on the death of a brother to print a ribbon with the three
links, and in the name of the I.O.O.F. sell the ribbons and proceeds from same to be used to erect a headstone on the grave of
a departed brother?    Answer—Yes.
We fear this decision conflicts with the laws of the Order as
laid down in Sections 470, 471 and 472 of Busbee's Digest, 1903,
which prohibits the use of the name or erriblems of the Order for
business purposes, not directly appertaining to the wants of the
Order. As the proposed sale of these ribbons does not appear to
be confined to members of the Order, but on the contrary the
general public would be canvassed, we consider such a scheme
would be undignified and discreditable to the Order, and it would
also partake of the nature, and would be regarded as a 'business or
commercial undertaking. We would therefore recommend that the
answer be altered to "No, see Sections 470, 471 and 472, Busbee's
Digest, 1903.
(3) Question No. 3—"Can a Lodge erect a footstone or tombstone on the grave of the departed brother from the funds of the
Lodge ?   Answer—No."
This answer seems to be in conflict with the answer given to a
question in connection with Decision 3—"Is it legal for a Lodge to
use the Contingent Fund for this purpose? (viz., the erection of a
footstone on the grave of a brother).   Answer—Yes."
The Contingent Fund is a fund of the Lodge, although the
appropriation to it is limited, and the purposes for which it may
be used are somewhat broader than those permitted to the general
funds of the Lodge. It has been decided that the Contingent Fund
may be used for flowers or music, carriages, railroad fares, etc., at
the funeral of a 'member; see Sec. 574, Busbee's Digest, 1903. We
are of the opinion that the proposed expenditure on a footstone to
mark the grave of a deceased member is just as legitimate and
commendable as any of the expenditures quoted. We therefore
recommend that the answer to Question No. 3 be altered to "Yes—
from the Contingent Fund."
(4) We recommend that the answers given to Questions 2, 4, 5
and 6 of Decision 2, also to the two questions included in Decision
3, be aoproved. We would also recommend that the dispensations
granted, the aopintments made as D.D.G.M.'s, the Proclamations
issued, and the refusal to grant a dispensation to Camborne Lodge,
No. 49 to suspend the holding of   regular meetings be approved.
(5) With reference to the decisions on questions of law and
the issuance of dispensations to the different D.D.G.M.'s, we would
point out that the only dispensations permissible to these officers 3352
to grant is to permit the conferring of the degrees in less time than
permited by law, viz., one week after initiation. See Sec. 7, Art.
IV., Grand Lodge Constitution. In view of this fact, the D.D.G.M.'s
of Districts Nos. 1, 4, and 29 have exceeded their authority in
issuing the dispensations reported by them. In the case of the
latter a dispensation was not needed, as the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, Sec. 1, Art. V., provides that more than one
degree can be conferred the same evening if two-thirds of the
members present vote in favor of the same.
(6) Bro. I. E. Covert, D.D.G.M., District No. 26, answered in
the affirmative the question—Can a D.D.G.M. hold office in a Subordinate Lodge while holding office as D.D.G.M.? This answer
should be qualified to read, "he may act as Recording Secretary,
but he cannot act as N.G. or V.G." See Busbee's Digest, 1903,
Section 1309.
(7) Bro. J. W. Jackson, D.D.G.M., District No. 27 reports that
he rendered a decision on a question of law re hotel keepers, bar
tenders, etc., but does not give the particulars of the decision, so
we  are unable to  pass  upon it.
Signed by the Committee.
Paragraph 1, re use of cubes in place of balls, was referred back to the Committee.
Paragraph 2, re appointment of a Committee to sell
ribbons, was referred back to the Committee.
Paragraph 3, re use of Lodge funds to erect headstone
on grave of deceased brother, was referred back to the Committee.
Paragraph 4, re answers given to Questions 2, 4, 5 and 6
of Decision 2, etc., was adopted.
Paragraph 5, re Decisions and Dispensations issued by
D.D.G.M.'s, was adopted.
Paragraph 6, re answer given by D.D.G.M., District Xo.
26, was referred back to the Committee.
Paragraph 7, re decision of D.D.G.M.. District Xo. 27.
was approved. 3353
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the following report, which was ordered to be received and laid on
the table, to be considered seriatem at the afternoon session:
No. 27.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
portions of the Reports of the Grand Master, Grand Secretary, and
Grand Representatives, beg to report as follows:
(1) It is a matter of sincere thankfulness and congratulation
that the Order in this Jurisdiction has made such progress during
the past year. There have been several matters which have militated against this, the principal one being the unfortunate strike in
the Crows' Nest coal mines, which extended over six or seven
months, and necessarily affected all kinds of business, not only in
the immediate vicinity of the mines, but also in the other mining
districts, and the smelters which are so dependent on the production of coal for the prosecution of their work. Happily this strike
is now over, and it is to be hoped that the present amicable conditions will be long preserved between the employers and the
employees.
(2) The Grand Secretary in his report calls attention to several interesting features of the work last year, the reduction of
the number of -members lost by non-payment of dues and the
phenomenal increase in the assets of the Lodges being special
items of gratification^
(3) The fact that Dawson Lodge No, 1, at Dawson, Y.T., has
been attached to this Jurisdiction is quite a compliment, seeing that
it denotes a confidence in us held by the members of that Lodge
and the Grand Sire. We trust that the affiliation will prove a
mutual advantage to all concerned, and in the best interests of
the Order generally. We would recommend that the suggestion of
the Grand Secretary that this Lodge be known as "Dawson"
Lodge No. 1A, to distinguish it from 'Victoria" Lodge No. 1, be
approved.
(4) It is. pleasing to note the generosity of our members in
answer to the appeal on behalf of the Tuberclosis Sanatorium at
Tranquille, and to know that the amount received is sufficfiient to
carry out the proposal sanctioned by this Grand Lodge to completely furnish the new sleeping pavilion erected at that institution.
This should prove a memorial to the benevolence of the members of
the I.O.O.F. in B.C., of which they may all be proud.
We understand that most of the work involved in this undertaking was cheerfully and effectively done by Bro. E. L. Webber,
P.G.M., who, we are sorry to learn, was compelled to resort to
this institution again in search of health. The Grand Lodge is
therefore deeply indebted to Bro. Webber for his assistance, and
we would recommend that a hearty vote of thanks be tendered him 3354
for his efficient services, with the expression of the hope that his
health is fully restored, and that his life may be long preserved.
(5) The Grand Master calls attention to the loss of membership by non-payment of dues, and suggests that the question be
discussed, with a view to a cure being found for it. This is an
old question that has puzzled the wisest heads of our Order without evolving a satisfactory solution. If a member feels no interest
in the Order, if he does not value the benefits, socially and financially, that it confers, it is not to be expected that he will long contribute towards it. Much may be done by making our meetings
interesting, and thus attracting members to our Lodge rooms; efficient and painstaking officers may contribute by persistent efforts
to awaken a sympathetic interest in our work, but in spite of all
this there will naturally be a considerable leakage from such a large
membership. We believe the best way to retain our members is to
give them something to do in connection with the work of the
Lodge. Their attendance will thus be secured, and the chances of
holding them will increase.
(6) We recommend that the suggestion of the Grand Master
that the names of members obtaining Veteran Jewels be printed in
the Proceedings of this Grand Body. That the names of those already in possession of them be printed this year, and the recipients
of additional ones be Printed from year to year.
(7) We are pleased to learn that the reports received from the*
D.D.G.M.'s are more numerous than in former years, and that they
show the Order generally throughout the Jurisdiction to be in a
flourishing condition. We regret that adverse business conditions,
coupled with labor troubles, have had an injurious effect upon the
prosperity of some Lodges, and we trust that these influences may
soon be removed, and that all our Lodges will enjoy the success
which a number of them have been favored with. In several of our
up country Lodges conditions are not very encouraging. The closing down of mines have scattered their members, leading to difficulties in the matter of securing officers, and even of obtaining a
quorum to conduct Lodge business. In spite of these drawbacks
there are in each case a few devoted and faithful brothers who are
struggling to keep their Lodge alive, and are full of hope and optimism as to improved conditions in the near future. These brothers
are deserving of our sympathy and help, and their case should
receive  every  leniency and  encouragement  at  our  hands.
(8) The proposal of the Grand Master to enlarge the Jurisdiction of the present Districts, with a view to relieve the Grand
Master of some portion of his duty in visiting the Lodges, will not,
we fear bring about the result he aims at. The visit of the D.D.
G.M. will not, in our opinion, have the same influence, nor be appreciated to the same extent as that of a Grand Master. We have
in some cases enlarged the size of Districts, but have had subsequently to reduce them. Financial and other reasons must weigh
in imposing additional duties on the D.D.G.M.'s. What an enthusiastic brother would consent to do might be considered by his successor as a burden, and the work would be neglected.
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(9) We regret very much that the Grand Master has been
unable to carry out his intentions when elected, to visit more of
the Lodges of the Jurisdiction. This is emphasized by the fact
that his predecessor was also prevented from carrying out this important duty. We recognize that the office of Grand Master of
this Province is now no sinecure position, and that to carry out the
duties in such a -manner as is* desired involves considerable sacrifice in the way of time and convenience. We also think that
due allowance must be made for circumstances which are liable to
arise in every person's experience that prevent them from carrying
out the expectations of the brethren in this respect. All that we
can expect from an individual is that he shall do his best in the
performance of his duty.
(10) We are pleased to note that Bro. Bonus, D.D.G.M., Dist.
No. 30, has taken advantage of the request on the form of report
for recommendations, by submitting a number relating to the visits
of the Grand Master to the Lodges. We would deprecate the idea
of making the visit of the Grand Master one of an inquisitorial
character, as likely to lead to friction and unpleasantness. If, however, there is anything in the work of the Lodge whicft is not
strictly in order, it is the duty of the D.D.G.M. to bring the same
to the attention of the Grand Master, who should then take steps
to have the same rectified.
(11) Bro. Bonus's proposal to authorize the Grand Secretary
to accompany the Grand Master on his next official visit to the
Lodges, and to take with him the secret work, for the purpose of
exhibiting same in Lodges, however much it might he desired as a
means of instruction, is unfortunately contrary to the present law.
By .a decision of the Grand Sire, S.G.L., Proceedings 1907, pages
36, 219, and 239, the Grand Secretary is not permitted to leave the
secret work go out of his custody or his office except for the meetings of the Grand Lodge. We would, however, recommend that
the Grand Master be urged to have some well skilled brother or
brethren to accompany him on his annual visits so that the rituals
and secret work of the Order may be fully exemplified.
(12) Bro. Laidlaw, D.D.G.M., District No. 6 recommends a
more detailed form of the annual report furnished by Lodges. We
are informed by the Grand Secretary that the present form^ is
arranged to furnish the information required by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, and is governed by Art. IX. of the Constitution of
the Grand Lodge and Art. X. of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges. If any change is desired, we would recommend that it be
submitted in a specific and  definite form.
(13) We regret very much the loss this Grand Lodge has
sustained during the past year in the death of some of our active
and prominent members. The death of Bros. E. Quennell, P.G.M.,
and R. W. Fawcett, P.G., have been distinct losses to their respective Lodges, and to our Order in this Jurisdiction. We would
recommend that the action of the Grand Lodge officers in sending
a wreath to the funeral of Bro. E. Quennell, P.G.M., be approved,
and that a memorial page be inserted in the Proceedings of this
session, including the names of all members of this Grand Lodge
who have died during the past year. 3356
(14) With reference to the recommendation of the Grand
Representatives that our Grand Secretary be sent to the annual
meetings of the Grand Secretaries' Association, which are held at
the same time and place as the meetings of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, also to the remarks of the Grand Sire on the benefits resulting from these annual meetings, we have no doubt but that the
meetings of these officers, who are perhaps, from the nature of
their work, the best informed members as to the requirements and
needs of the Order, are calculated to exert an influence for good
and lead to improvements in the work and business methods of the
Order.
We would therefore heartily recommend that our Grand Secretary be appointed to attend the meeting of the Grand Secretaries' Association at Winnipeg this year, he 'being the Dean of
the Grand Secretaries' Association, and that the Finance Committee be requested to favorably consider the matter of his expenses.
(15) We would recommend that where numbers are blank in
the Grand Lodge register, that these numbers be given to new
Lodges applying' for charters, so that our Grand Register may be
complete.
(16) We would recommend that Subordinate* Lodges be urged
to insert in their by-laws a clause making it compulsory that a
brother shall be proficient in the degree previously taken before
advancement, and the N. G. appoint a competent brother to instruct
the candidate, as we believe, if this 'be adopted, it will be the means
of preventing in a great measure the stoppage of suspension for
non-payment of dues.
(17) With reference to the resolution presented by our Grand
Secretary, That badges for the use of Representatives at our annual
session be purchased by the Grand Lodge, We would recommend
that these badges be purchased annually -by the Grand Lodge and
distributed to the Representatives of the various Lodges, and retained by them as souvenirs.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 1.30 p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
CD V O    «/
AFTERNOON SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1.30 p.m., pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.   3357
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 Representatives was called.
The Report of the Committee on State of the Order laid
over from this morning's session, was taken from the table
and considered seriatem.
Clauses 1, 2, and 3, re Condition of the Order and Daw-
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son Lodge No. 1, Dawson, Y.T., were adopted.
Clause 4, re Tuberculosis Sanatorium Fund was adopted.
Clause 5, re Loss of   Membership   by  Nonpayment   of
Dues, was adopted.
Clause 6, re Printing names of holders of Veteran Jewels,
was adopted.
Clause 7, re Reports of D.D.G.M.'s and condition of some
Lodges in interior of Province, was adopted.
Clause 8, re enlargement of Districts, was adopted.
Clause 9, re Visits of Grand Master, was adopted.
Clause 10, re suggestions   by   D.D.G.M.   Bonus,   was
adopted.
Clause 11, re Grand Master being accompanied by Grand
Secretary with secret work, or by some brother well posted
t/ J rj -*-
on secret work,  was  referred   to   the   incoming   executive
officers to report at next session.
Clause 12, re amplification of form of Annual Report,
was adopted. 3358
Clause 13, re Deaths of members of the Grand Lodge,
was adopted.
Clause 14, re attendance of Grand Secretary at Annual
meeting of Grand Secretaries' Association, was adopted, and
referred to Finance Committee.
Clause 15, re filling blanks in numbers of Lodges, was
adopted.
Clause 16, re proficiency in degrees before advancement,
was adopted.
Clause 17, re Badges for Representatives, was adopted.
It was moved, seconded, and carried, That the report of
the Committee as amended be adopted.
The Grand Master appointed Bros. H. B. Gilmour,
P.G.M, No. 10; W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10, and R. A. Anderson, No. 4, as a deputation to convey fraternal greetings of
this Grand Lodge to the Rebekah Assembly, now in session
in this city
The Rebekah Assembly submitted proposed amendment
to the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges, making the qualification for Vice-Grand's Chair that a member must have served
in an elective office or as chaplain, also making the office of
chaplain elective, instead of appointed, which was referred
to the Committee of Judiciary.
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Home presented the following report, which was adopted:—
No. 30.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home, beg to report
that we have considered the condition of this fund, and find the
same increasing at a favorable and satisfactory rate, the increase
for the year being $873.86, which is made up entirely of interest on
funds  invested. 3359
Your Committee are pleased to report that this fund is invested
in first mortgages, with gilt-edged securities at 7 and 8 per cent,
the interest from which are all paid up.
With reference to the "Aged Odd Fellows Fund" of $566.31
now on hand, and in the Dominion Government Savings Bank at- 3 per cent, your Committee would recommend that
this amount be invested in a first mortgage with good security,
but kept as a separate fund as at present.
With reference to the suggestion of Mount Pleasant Lodge
No. 19, with respect to the advisability of considering the question
of securing a site for the Home. Your Committee is firmly of
the opinion that the time is now ripe when something should be
done in the way of securing information relative to the future location of this Home. Your Committee would therefore recommend
that the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home be authorized to take
the matter into consideration, secure all information possible as to
available and practicable sites, and the cost thereof, at the same time
keeping in view all the conditions connected with its future maintenance and welfare, and the convenience of its future inmates, and
forward the results of their labours to the Grand Secretary in time
for the data thus obtained to be embodied in the advance reports
sent out prior to next session, so that the subject may be intelligently considered at the next  session of this  Grand  Body.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits submitted the following report, which was adopted:—
No. 31.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg to submit herewith in tabulated form, Abstracts of the reports of the
Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction during the past ten years
of their experience in the matter of benefits and other expenses,
and its relation to their revenue.
All the expenditures for last year show an increased average
when compared with the previous j'ear.. Thus, the average amount
of relief paid to each sick member, $64.13, is $5.94 more than in
1910. The average amount of relief paid each member, $6.10, is
$0.39 more; the average cost per member for current expenses,
$6.15, is $0.79 more, and the average cost per member for all Lodge
expenditures, $12.25, is $1.18 more than the preceding year.
In view of this increasing ratio, it is gratifying to learn that
the assets of the Lodges show a phenomenal increase in value during the past year, of about fifty per cent.
When grouped in periods of ten years, we find that the averages this year are precisely the same as they were last year, and 3360
that they show a considerable  reduction under every head when
compared with those of previous years.
The practical lesson to be derived from these tables, which
have been compiled and reported on for a number of years, is that
Lodges may expect that each of their members will be liable to
about a week's sickness each year, and that the current expenses
will equal the call for relief. Under these circumstances, it would
appear that the provisions in our Constitution governing the dues
and benefits of Subordinate Lodges are about correct, and that it
would be unwise to sanction any relaxation in these matters.
Signed by the Committee.
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The following communication was read from the Funeral
Aid Association, which was ordered to he printed in the proceedings of this Session.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
On behalf of the Funeral Aid Association of B.C., I beg to submit herewith our balance sheet showing our receipts and expenditures since organization.
Yours fraternally,
^0'm/m       1 S. KEITH,
President.
Head Office of the Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association,
New Westminster, B.C., June 6, 1912.
| FINANCIAL STATEMENT
§ From August 25th, 1910, to June 6th, 1912.
General Fund.
To Printing and Stationery       $245.65
I   Postage    .         41.85
Commissions  (Local Directors)            26.15
"    Salaries (Secretary)           22.35
Premiums on Bonds, Two Years           10.00
1    Office  Furniture            26.80
"    Sundry Expenses  1.05
I    Grand Lodge of B. C. (Loan Repaid)        200.00
By Application Fees, 250 at 25 cents  $ 62.50
Expense Calls     48.25
I    Grand Lodge of B. C. (Temporary Loan) .. 200.00
"    Refund on Cheque   .70
I    Balance Overdrawn     262.40
. $573.85 $573.85
Benefit Fund.
By Application  Fees     $394.50
I    Assessment No. 1    207.00
To Death Claim paid       $250.00
I    Balance        351.50
$601.50   $601.50
Balances.
By Benefit Fund      $351.50
To General Fund       $262.40
"    Cash on Hand          89.10
$351.50 $351.50 3364
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES,
I jjf       June 6th, 1912. /   ,    ,      .
Assets.
Cash on Hand       $89.10
Office Furniture       26.80
Assessments  Unpaid          18.00
    $133.90
Liabilities.
Assessments paid in advance    9.50
Assets over Liabilities        $124.40
Certified Correct.
E. L. WEBBER,
Auditor.
The following report was presented by the Committee
on State of the Order, which was adopted:—
No. 33.
Your Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was
referred a communication from Bro. H. C. Ullmann relative to the
desirability of retaining the early history of Odd Fellowship in
British Columbia, beg to report that we are heartily in favor of this
proposition, and recommend that it be referred to the incoming
executive officers of this Grand Lodge.
Signed 'by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report, which was adopted, and referred to the Finance Committee to make necessary provision in the estimates
for next year.
No. 34. ; | "
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: ~~ ^
Your Committee on the State of the Order beg to recommend
that in view of the fact that the Constitution and By-laws of this
Grand Body at present in use was printed in the year 1906, and
does not contain the amendments made since that time, as well
as the fact that the supply is almost depleted, that further copies
be printed in up-to-date form, and a copy forwarded to each Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Printing submitted the following report, which was on motion adopted, and the matter of print-
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ing the By-laws of Subordinate Lodges referred to the incoming Committee on Printing, with power to carry out the
recommendation contained in the report, providing no financial liability is incurred by this Grand Lodge.
No. 35.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
invited for printing the Proceedings of this Session, and the contract awarded to Bro. T. R. Cusack, the lowest tenderer, at $1.65
per page for 800 copies. Three semi-tone portraits $15.00, and to
supply 125 copies of the Reports of the Grand Officers for the sum
of $15.00.
Your Committee have had under consideration the directions
contained in a resolution of last session to look into the advisability
of the Grand Lodge supplying Subordinate Lodges with Constitutions, By-laws and Rules of Order. We are of opinion that this
can best be attained by entering into a.contract with a printer to
print these By-laws, etc., as required. It is not likely that this
arrangement would be adopted by Lodges in our larger cities,
where there are facilities for doing this work, and these Lodges may
prefer to superintend their own printing, but it may be taken advantage of by Lodges not so situated.
We have obtained tenders for this work, which are attached to
this report, and would recommend that a contract for one year
be entered into with the lowest tenderer.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee on Surety Bonds of Financial
Officers submitted the following report, which was adopted:
No. 36.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I. O. O. F.:
We  your Special Committee, to whom was referred the communication from the American  Surety  Co.,  of  New York,  would
respectfully request that we be given time to consider the subject
matter contained in    this  communication  during recess, and sub
niit a report at next Grand Lodge session.
Signed
by the Committee.
The  Committee  on Judiciary  submitted the following
amended report, which was ordered to be received and considered seriatem: 3366
No. 36A.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
With reference to our previous report, certain portions of
which were referred back to us, your Committee on Judiciary
beg to state that we have duly considered the same and submit the
following amended report:—
(1) Decision:—1st Question—"Is it legal to use the cube in
balloting instead of the ball?" Answer—"No. The Ritual says that
Jwhite balls elect, black balls reject/ "
We refer to Sections 1898 and 1899 of Busbee's Digest, 1903,
and recommend that the above answer be altered to read "Yes."
(2) Decision 2. Question 1. "Can a Lodge appoint a committee on the death of a brother to print a ribbon with the three
links and in the name of the I.O.O.F. sell the ribbons and proceeds from same to be used to erect a headstone on the grave of
a departed brother?"    Answer—Yes.
We recommend that the above answer be amended to read
""Yes, to members of the Order only."
(3) Question 3. Can a Lodge erect a footstone or tombstone
on the grave of a departed brother from the funds of the Lodge?
Answer—"No." The brother who asked this question has
changed it to read "General Fund of the Lodge" instead of "fund
of the Lodge." We therefore recommend that the answer given
by the Grand Master, namely, "No," be approved.
(4) The D.D.G.M. of District No. 26 answered in the affirmative the question, "Can a D.D.G.M. hold office in a Subordinate
Lodge while holding office as D.D.G.M.? This answer should be
amended by adding the words, "except the office of N.G. or V.G."
(5) There was also referred to us the following questions from
Fairview Lodge No. 61:—
1st. A by-law of our Lodge reads, "A member of this Lodge
may be nominated for office if not present at the time, but he cannot be elected if absent on the night of election, unless he has signified his willingness to act if elected. Will you please interpret
the word "signified"?
We   recommend   that   the   answer,   "Informed   the   N.G."   be
given.
(6) 2nd. A by-law reads, "A member of the Visiting Committee
who fails on three occasions to visit a sick brother when notified
to do so, shall lose his office in the Lodge.   Is this by-law legal?
We recommend that this be answered "Yes."
Signed by the Committee.
Clause 1, re use of cubes in lieu of balls, on being sub-
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mitted to the vote this clause was not adopted.
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11 was moved, seconded and carried, That the decision of
the Grand Master on this question be approved.
Clause 2, re sale of ribbons to erect tombstone on grave
of a brother, was adopted.
Clause 3, re erection of tombstone from funds of Lodge,
was adopted.
Clause 4, re decision of D.D.G.M., District No- 26, was
adopted.
Clause 5, answer to question from Fairview Lodge, No.
61, was adopted.
Clause 6, answer to another question from Fairview
Lodge No. 61, was adopted.
The Report of the Committee as amended was then
adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
Report, which was adopted:—
No. 37.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary have considered those portions
of the Grand Master's Supplementary Report which have been referred to it, and beg to report as follows:—
Charges of Bro. Gillette, P.G., against several members of
Slocan Lodge, No. 40.
We find that charges having been nreferred, and a trial having
been held in accordance with law, it is quite open to any party
aggrieved to appeal to this Grand Lodge according to the Code of
Procedure laid down in the Constitution of Subordinates of this
Jurisdiction. This course does not appear to have been followed,
and as the gist of the whole matter is a question of fact rather
than law, we are of the opinion that the question should be dealt
with by the Committee on Appeals when it is brovught properly
before this Grand Lodge. We therefore ask to be discharged from
further consideration of the matter. 3368
We would recommend that the action of the Grand Master
in issuing the usual Memorial Day Proclamation and his answer as
to the legality of nominating a brother to more than one office,
namely, that the only offices that may be combined are those of
Recording and Financial Secretary, be approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
No,
38.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Judiciary Committee, have considered that portion of
the Grand Master's Supplementary Report dealing with the complaint from the D.D.G.M. at Dawson, and recommend that it be
approved, and the correspondence forwarded to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge for action.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following;
report, which was adopted:—
No. 38a.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: .    '$' '
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the Resolution and Report of the Committee on Legislation of the Rebekah
Assembly, asking that the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges of this
Jurisdiction be amended so as to require that no one shall be installed into the Chair of Vice-Grand unless they have served in
an elective office or as Chaplain; also that the Chaplain be changed
from an appointed to an elective office, beg to recommend that the
Assembly be informed that these changes cannot be made except
by the consent of the Sovereign Grand Lodge (see Sections 1343,
1344, 1360, Busbee's Digest 1903, also Sections 11 and 12, of the
Rebekah Degree Code, page 695, Busbee's 'Digest, 1903).
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted the
following report, which was adopted:—
No. 39. .    '■■■
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: §
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report
that we have examined the certificates of the Officers and Representatives^ attendance at this session, have checked the same, and
find them* entitled to the amounts stated against their respective
names.
1 3369
NAMES
OFFICERS.
W. H. Cullin, G.M	
W. A. Johnstone, D.G.M
R. Dudley, G.W	
Fred Davey, G.S	
H. White, G.T	
H. T.  Fulton,  G.R	
E. G. Cavalsky, G.R..
REPRESENTATIVES.
T. C. Hubbard 	
W. W. Gardiner  	
P. W. Dempster  	
F. F.   Forneri   	
E. J. Boughen  	
G. E.  Gilley   	
R.  Anderson   	
J. Bell  	
W.  Grieve   	
W.   Newton    	
J.  H|Morgan   	
I. Heyes  	
Jas.   Turvey   	
E. A. Nelmes  	
A.  M.  Russell   	
W.  H.  Brown   	
T. C. Campbell	
H.  McLean   	
A. Cleland  	
E. P. Dennis 	
Chas. Whyte  	
Tas.  Brown   	
K. G. McRae	
J. S. Hooley 	
B. B.  Smith   	
W. Fotheringham  	
C. E. P. Watts	
J. Boak 	
F. Cuming 	
F. Trimble 	
W. F. McKenzie  	
H. B. Thompson  	
M.  Dumond   	
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Signed by the Committee 3371
The Rebekah Assembly submitted Resolutions adopted by-
it, abolishing the charge for dispensations granted, and imposing a fee of one dollar on sisters receiving the Assembly-
Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That these resolutions be approved.
It was on motion, Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn until 7 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 o'clock p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand "Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
On motion the call of the roll was dispensed with.
It was moved, seconded and carried—That the Installation of Officers take place in the Third Degree.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
No. 41.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: ,      .
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following estimate of revenue and expenditure for the ensuing year:—
Receipts.
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands   $ 5,75.37
Received from Funeral Aid Association          200.00
Per   Capita  Tax  on  5820  members,   at $1   per  member,
payable 50c on June 30 and 50c on Dec. 31, 1912....    5,820.00
Total Revenue    $11,095.37 3372
Expenditure.
Grand  Secretary's  Salary    $  900.00'
Grand Master's Expenses      600.00'
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax ....     150.00
Rent Grand Secretary's Office       300.00
Printing         400.00
Premium on Bonds          10.00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Secretary        100.00
Grand Master        15.00
Caretaker Grand Secretary's Office           20.00
Janitor  this  Session           10.00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session    2,982.00
Past Grand Master's Jewel          50.00
Independent Odd Fellows' Card, 1910, 1911, 1912..       30.00
Gr. Secretary's Expenses to Sov. Grand Lodge..     150.00
Purchase of Badges          25.00
Grant to Patriarch Militant        100.00
  $5,842.00
Balance at end of year    $5,253.37
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance presented the following report, which was adopted:—
No. 42.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to recommend that the following amounts be paid to the appointed officers to meet their
expenses in attending this session, viz.:
Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain   $ 4.00
H.  Fooks, Grand Marshal    10.00
J. E. Phinney   Grand Conductor  24.20
F. D. Lemieux, Grand Herald   20.95
$59.90
Signed by the Committee.
Moved by W. B. Fleming, No. 38, seconded by C. R.
Ward, No. 42/and carried:—
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge only
accredited representatives should have a vote in Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following1
report, which was adopted:—
i   3373
No. 43.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your^ Committee on Resolutions beg to report the following for adoption:
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
His Worship Mayor Beckwith of the City of Victoria, for his
address and generous words of welcome at the opening of this
session, his kind remarks respecting the esteem in which the Order
is held, and his assurance of the freedom of the city while sojourning in the capital.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Odd Fellows' Board of Union for the use of
the Hall during this session.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Body be extended to the three Victoria Lodges 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 this Body be extended to the Patriarchs Militant for their attendance and assistance in connection with this Session of the Grand Lodge.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Body be
tendered the Press of the City of Victoria for the manner in
which it has reported the proceedings of this Session.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Master and other officers for the able
manner in which the business of the Order has been conducted
during the session and past year.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Lodges of the State of Washington and
the Province of Alberta for their fraternal greetings conveyed,
and to their representatives for their presence and their eloquent
addresses.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit
and address of welcome.
Be it further Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Body be
extended to the different transportation companies for their generous offer of reduced rates to this  session.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
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and re-opened in the Third. Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been ad-
mitted. the Grand Master appointed E. L. Webber, P.G-.M.,
ISTo. 27, to present the Officers-elect for Installation. 3374
The names of the elective and appointed officers for the
ensuing year were called by the Grand Secretary, and having
taken their positions in front of the principal chair, they
were duly obligated and installed into their respective chairs
as follows:—
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, as Grand Master.
R. Dudley, No. 47, as Deputy Grand Master.
H. White, No. 42, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, ISTo. 1, as Grand Secretary.
P. W. Dempster, No. 2, as Grand Treasurer.
Rev. E. G. Miller, No. 4, as Grand Chaplain.
A. J. Laidlaw, No 26, as Grand Marshal.
W. Grieve, No. 5, as Grand Conductor.
T. Love, No. 46, as Grand Guardian.
R. Wilton, No. 51, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Master appointed the following as his District Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year:—
F. F. Forneri, No. 2, for Dist. No. 1, comprising Lodges 1, 2 and 4.
J. A. Johnson, No. 27, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges 3 and
27.
J. H. Good, No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 5.
I. Heyes, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 6.
E. A. Nelmes, No. 7, for District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7.
E. W. Garnett, No. 55, for District No. 6, comprising Lodges 8, 10,
26, 55, 62 and 66.
C. F. Campbell, No. 60, for District No. 7, comprising Lodges 19,
24, 60 and 61.
E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 9.
W. C. Collin?. No. 11, for District No. 9, comprising Lodge No. 11
R.   Squarebriggs,  No.  12,  for  District  No.   10,  comprising  Lodge
No.  12.
D. S. Barton, No. 15, for District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 15.
J.   H.   Lemmon,   No.   16,   for  District   No.   12,   comprising   Lodge
No. 16.
J. Boak, No. 17, for District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 17.
R. E. Wheeler, No. 50, for District No. 14, comprising Lodges Nos
18, 48 and 50.
H.  B. Thompson, No. 21, for District No. 15, comprising Lodge
No. 21.
J. C. Smith, No. 23, for District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
Albert   Greyell,   No.   28,   for  District   No.   17,   comprising   Lodge
No. 28. 3375
D. McBeath, No. 34, for District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 34.
Robert   Clemas,   No.   36,   for   District   No.   19,   comprising   Lodges
Nos 36 and 43.
Daniel Paterson, No. 46, for District No. 20, comprising Lodges
Nos. 38, 45 and 46.
Neil Tatterie, No. 39, for District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 39.
Wm. Clough, No. 40, for District No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 40.
O. Jacobson, No. 41, for District No. 23, comprising Lodges Nos.
41 and 49.
W. M. Harris, No. 42, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 42.
James   Roberts,   No.  44,   for   District   No.  25,   comprising   Lodge
No. 44.
John Lundie, No. 47, for District No. 26, comprising Lodges Nos.
47 and 53.
J. H. Glass, No. 51, for District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 51.
J. L. Huston, No. 52, for District No. 28, comprising Lodge No. 52.
W.  T.  Sproule,  No. 64,  for  District  No.  29,  comprising  Lodges
Nos. 54 and 64.
R. J. Glasgow, No. 56, for District No. 30, comprising Lodge No. 56.
James Talbot, No. 57, for District No. 31, comprising Lodge 57.
C. N. Borton, No. 58, for District No. 32, comprising Lodge No. 58.
William Harvey, No. 59, for District No. 33, comprising Lodge No.
59.
J. P. Cade, No. 63, for District No. 34, comprising Lodge No. 63.
No. 65, for District No. 35, comprising Lodge No. 65.
C. J. Tennant, No. la, for District No. 36, comprising Lodge No. la.
Also the following to form the
STANDING COMMITTEES
Finance—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; E. A. Nelmes, No. 7; W. H.
Brown, No. 8; W. W. Gardiner, No. 1; J. Bell, No. 4.
Appeals—A. M. Russell, No. 8; J. F. Faulkner, No. 61; G. E. Gilley,
No. 3; W. Harvey, No. 59; C. N. Borton, No. 58.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, C. R. Ward, No. 42; F.
F. Forneri, No. 2; W. G. Pond, No. 38; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1.
Petitions—E. P. Dennis, No. 10; J. Twaddle, No. 36; F. Cuming,
No. 18; H. Thompson, No. 21; O. Jacobson, No. 41.
State of the Order—S. McGuire, No. 56; T. Robertson, No. 47; W.
M. Harris, No. 42; F. Trimble, No. 19; J. Boak, No. 17.
Legislation—J. T. Wood, No. 34; W. Fotheringham, No. 16; B. B.
Smith, No. 15; E. T. W. Pearse, No. 9; Chas. Whyte, No. 11.
Judiciary—R.   Hendricks,   No.   57;   T.   Robertson,   No.   47;   J.   A.
Murray, No. 54; W. G. Barrie, No. 63; W. T. Sproule, No. 64.
Mileage and Per Diem—A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26; J. C. Tait, No. 46;
J.  Kavanagh, No. 45;     E.  L.  Hutt,  No. 44;  D.  A.  McLean,
No. 55.
Printing—Grand Secretary, J. Wilby, No. 2; R. A. Anderson, No.
4; J. H. Fairhall, No. 24; K. G. McRae, No. 12; C. H. Hiltz,
No. 53. 3376
SPECIAL COMMITTEES.
Odd Fellows' Home—H. Gilmour, P.G.M., No. 10; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; Wallace Law, P.G.M., No. 10; T. F.
Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A.
Cleland, No. 10; W. F. McKenzie, No. 19.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, G. Vance, No.
28; E. G. Cavalsky,, No. 5- C. E. P. Watts, No. 16; M.
Dumond, No. 23.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
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It was moved, seconded and carried, That the appointments of the Grand Master be confirmed.
It was on motion, Resolved—That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was closed in due form.
Grand Secretary 
S. T. STYLES, P.G.,
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
WALTER S. DEMPSTER, P.G,
R. W. FAWCETT, P.G.,
Columbia Lodge No. 2.
J. S. LAWRENCE, P.G.,
Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
E. QUENNELL, P.G., P.G.M., P.G.R.,
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. KNIGHT, P.G.,
Excelsior Lodge No. 7.
J. DRAYWON, P.G,
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
R. H. POOL, P.G,
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.
G. R. MEAD, P.G,
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46.
"So live that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan which moves
To that mysterious realm where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed
Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams."       I
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61 3385
Constitution of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Incorporated Under the Benevolent Societies' Act   1891,
10th February, 1896.
PREAMBLE.
Whereas, The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of Oddfellows, possessing original and exclusive jurisdiction—the
source of all true and legitimate authority in Odd Fellowship—did, by
its warrant, bearing date the 25th day of April, in the fifty-fifth year
of our Order, grant authority to certain Past Grands of the Order, resident in the Province of British Columbia, to form a Grand Lodge of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to be known and hailed by
the name, style and title of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia, giving and granting to them and their successors, by the name, style and title aforesaid,
full power and authority to grant warrants for opening Lodges subordinate to it, for the propagation of the established principles of the
Order; with power and authority also, to cause all honorary and the
first three degrees of the Order to be conferred on deserving members,
according to the laws, customs and ancient usages of the Independent
Order of Oddfellows; and as the Grand Legislative Head of the Order in the Province of British Columbia, to have and to exercise full
power and authority to enforce upon its subordinates a strict adherence
to the laws of the Order, and to make and establish such rules for their
government as in the opinion of the said Grand Lodge may be for the
advancement of the Order and in conformity to the directions of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge of the I. O. O. F.
Now, therefore, we, the Past Grands, residing within said jurisdiction, do hereby make and declare the following as the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, for the
Province of British Columbia. 3386
ARTICLE I.
OF the grand lodge.
Section 1. This Grand Lodge shall be known by the name, style
and title of "The Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows of the Province of British Columbia," and shall be composed
of all Past Grands who are contributing members of the Lodges subordinate to this Grand Lodge, and in good standing, and who have been
admitted as required by this Constitution.
Sec. 2. The Grand Lodge has jurisdiction in Odd Fellowship over
the territory known as the Province of British Columbia, and over all
Subordinate Lodges situated within the said territory or Province, or
working under the authority of the same, and is the Supreme Tribunal
of the Order in its jurisdiction.
Sec 3. To entitle a Past Grand to be admitted to the Grand Lodge
he must produce satisfactory evidence that he is such, and is a contributing: member in good standing: of a Lodge subordinate to this Grand
Lodge at the time of his admission.
ARTICLE II.
OF  THE   SESSIONS  AND  EUSINESS   OF  THE  GRAND LODGE.
Sec. 1. The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications to begin on the second Wednesday of June in each year at such
hour as the Executive officers shall determine, due notice thereof being
given to all Subordinate Lodges at least two weeks prior to the meeting of the Grand Lodge, and shall continue to meet at such hours as
may be agreed upon from day to day (Sundays excepted) until the
close of the Session.
Sec 2. The business of the Grand Lodge shall be transacted by
the elective and appointed officers of the Grand Lodge, and the representatives elected, in the manner hereinafter provided. All Past Grands
in good standing, who have received the Grand Lodge Degree, may be
present at the session; but none except officers of, and representatives
to, the Grand Lodge, and Past Grand Masters of this Lodge in good
standing, shall have the right to vote, or, without permission, to speak
on any subject at the Session.
Sec 3... Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand
Lodge to one Representative for its members of one hundred or under;
also one additional representative, if its membership shall amount to
one hundred and one or over, in good standing, as shown by its report
on the 31st of December of the previous year; provided always that no
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Subordinate Lodge shall have more than two representatives. Representatives must be past Grands in good standing, and shall be elected
by the Lodge at the first regular meeting in May of each year, to serve
one year from the beginning of said Annual Communication. Provided
that no new Lodge shall be entitled to representaion in this Grand
Lodge until it has paid at least one semi-annual tax. Each Lodge
shall at the same time elect one alternate for each representative
elected, and in case a representative shall be unable to attend the
session of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate receiving the highest
number of votes may attend in his place, and have all the powers and
privileges of a representative. Vacancies may be filled at any time
to serve the remainder of the term.
Sec. 4. Each elective and appointed officer, except the Grand
Master, who is not also a representative, and each representative, shall
be entitled to one vote. The Grand Master shall be entitled to vote
in all cases of a tie. In case of the absence of any representative, the
representatives of his Lodge present may cast the vote of the absentee,
providing they have his written authority to do so. In the election of
Grand Officers, each Past Grand in attendance, at the annual communication, shall be entitled to one vote only.
Sec 5. Special sessions may be called at the option of the Grand
Master. Such sessions shall be for the transaction of extraordinary
business only, which shall be specified in the call, and not less than
fifteen days' notice shall be given by letter to each representative, which
fifteen days shall begin from the date on which said letters are mailed.
Such special session shall be held at the place as specified in the notice
calling the Session.
Sec 6. The Grand Lodge cannot be opened unless representatives
from three Lodges are present, including ten members, in addition to
the Grand Master, or the Deputy Grand Master.
ARTICLE III.
OF OFFICERS.
Section 1..   The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be:
1st.    Grand Master.
2nd.   Deputy Grand Master.
3rd.    Grand Warden.
4th.    Grand Secretary.
5th.    Grand Treasurer.
The Grand   Representative   or   Representatives   to   represent   this
Grand Lodge in the Sovereign Grand Lodge shall be elected in accord- 3388
ance with the Constitution and Laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
and in the form and manner herein prescribed for the nomination and
election of Grand Officers. They shall each be elected for a period of
two years, and one shall retire annually by rotation.
Sec 2.   The appointed officers shall be:
Grand Chaplain.
Grand Marshal.
Grand Conductor.
Grand Guardian.
Grand Herald.
District Deputy Grand Masters for each District, provided, that Past
Grands may be appointed to discharge the duties of District Deputy
Grand Master previous to being admitted to membership. But District Deputy Grand Masters are not thereby made ex-officio Officers or
members of this Grand Lodge.
Sec 3. Any Past Grand a member of the Grand Lodge shall be
eligible for any elective or appointed office in this Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. The election for elective officers of the Grand Lodge shall
be held at nine o'clock p.m., on the first day of the session, by ballot,
in the following manner:
When open in that order of business, each Past Grand present
having the privilege to nominate, there shall be provided a ballot box,
in which to deposit the ballots, with two tellers; and all shall proceed
to vote; and when all have voted, the Grand Master shall proclaim the
ballot closed, and the tellers shall immediatelv canvass the votes, and if
there be no choice for the officer balloted for, a new ballot shall be immediately ordered, which ballot shall be confined to the three having
the greatest number of votes (provided there are three voted for) and
if there then be no choice, the ballot shall be confined to the two receiving the greatest number of votes. Any Past Grand qualified, having
received a majority of votes, shall be declared elected, and shall be
installed into his respective office on the last day of the session. Provided, that in all cases where only one person is in nomination for an
office, he may be declared elected by acclamation.
Sec 5. The appointed officers shall be appointed by the Grand
Master, by and with the consent and approval of this Grand Lodge,
after his installation.
ARTICLE IV.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS.
Section 1. The Grand Master shall preside at all sessions of the
Grand Lodge, and preserve order therein, and enforce a due observance   3389
of the Constitution and By-laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of this Grand Lodge.
All questions of order, and all decisions made by him on any point
growing out of the Constitution or By-laws of this Grand Lodge, shall
be subject to appeal from his decision to the Grand Lodge; and it shall
be his duty to put the question on all such appeals to the Grand Lodge.
He shall appoint Officers pro tem. to fill vacancies in the Grand
Lodge whilst in session, and all committees not otherwise provided for
in this Constitution, or ordered by the Grand Lodge. He shall give the
casting vote in all cases where the votes are equally divided, except in
cases of election of officers. When any demand shall have been
approved by a majority of the Finance Committee, he shall order the
Grand Treasurer to pay the same.    He may grant dispensations:
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To confer degrees on a member without delay.
To allow members of the Order to appear in public in regalia.
To allow Lodges to apply to other Lodges for assistance.
To allow Lodges to admit to membership persons who reside
near some other Lodge.
To authorize the installation of officers in public.
To give entertainments for the benefit of the Order.
To authorize the balloting for, and initiation of, a candidate
at the time his proposition is presented to a Lodge.
To allow Subordinate Lodges to change their places of meeting.
To allow a brother to be reinstated after expulsion.
To institute Lodges, and authorize them to work as such
until the next session of this Grand Lodge.
To empower Subordinate Lodges to elect Scarlet Degree
members to any office in such Lodge provided all qualified
brothers refuse to serve.
He may, in person, confer the Past Official Degrees. He shall decide all appeals on questions of law, which may be made to him from
the decisions of his deputies. He shall receive and act upon all complaints which may be made to him against his deputies or Lodges. He
shall give such instructions from time to time in the work of the Order
to the deputies, or to the Lodges, as may be necessary. When officially
visiting Subordinate Lodges, he shall be received with the honours of
the Order.
Sec 2.   The Deputy Grand Master shall support the Grand Mas
ter in presiding, and in his absence shall fill the chair for him.
During 3390
the absence of the Grand Master from this jurisdiction, or when he
may be under charges duly preferred, or during the incapacity of the
Grand Master arising from illness, or any other cause, the Deputy
Grand Master shall be invested with all his powers. In the event of a
vacancy in the office, of Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master
shall become Grand Master for the balance of the term, and receive the
honors of a full term.
Sec 3. The Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master in conducting the business of the Grand Lodge. He shall, under the Grand
Master, have special charge of the door, and in the absence of the
Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, he shall preside.
Sec 4. The Grand Secretary shall make a just and true record of
the proceedings of the Grand Lodge at every session, and transmit
as soon as practicable after the close of the annual session, to the
Subordinate Lodges, copies thereof; he shall keep the accounts between
the Grand Lodge and its Subordinates, receive all moneys coming therefrom, and pay the same over to the Grand Treasurer; he shall issue
all necessary notices and circulars to Subordinates, representatives
and officers; he shall provide all stationery for the use of the Grand
Lodge, and superintend such printing as the Lodge shall direct; he
shall perform such other duties as are herein provided for, or that may
be ordered by the Grand Lodge; he shall receive such salary as may be
fixed upon at each annual session, which shall be paid quarterly; he
shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Province of British Columbia,
in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful discharge of his duties.
Sec 5. The Grand Treasurer shall receive and take charge of
the moneys of the Grand Lodge, pay all orders drawn on him by the
Grand Master, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, make such investment of the funds as the Grand Lodge may direct; keep his accounts in
such a manner as will exhibit the resources and amount of receipts,
and by whom paid, the purpose and amount of disbursements, and to
whom paid; have his accounts closed up on the Saturday preceding
the second Wednesday in June, annually, and submit them to the
Finance Committee. He shall attend all regular sesssions of the
Grand Lodge; he shall, previous to installation, give bonds to the
Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Province of British Columbia, in such form and penalty as shall be approved of, for the faithful performance of his duties.
meetings
of
Sec 6. The Grand Representatives shall attend the
the Sovereign Grand Lodge and faithfully represent the interests of
this Grand Lodge and the Order generally; they shall attend the meetings of this Grand Lodge and submit a synopsis of the proceedings of
the session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge attended by them. 3391
Sec 7. The District Deputy Grand Master shall, in the absence
of the Grand Master or other elective Grand officer, install the officers
of all Lodges in his District, and enforce a due observance of the
Constitution, By-laws, and Resolutions of the Grand Lodge; be the
organ of the Grand Master with the Subordinates in his Jurisdiction;
have power to grant dispensations to Lodges in his District to confer
the three degrees in less time than may otherwise be permitted, when
circumstances require it; he shall see that the work of the Order is
performed uniformly, confer official degrees on Past Grands, collect
from Lodges in his District all returns and moneys due the Grand
Lodge, and forward them immediately to the Grand Secretary; decide
all questions of law that may be submitted to him by Lodges under his
charge, and report annually to the Grand Master his proceedings. He
shall forthwith report to the Grand Master all cases of violation on
the part of Subordinates of the Constitution and By-laws of the Grand
Lodge, or disobedience to its lawful commands.
Sec 8. The appointed officers of this Grand Lodge shall perform
such duties as are required by their charges and the usages of the
Order.
ARTICLE V.  .
REMOVALS   AND   VACANCIES.
Section 1. Any Grand Officer may be removed from his office by
the Grand Lodge for misconduct or neglect of duty, but he shall be
entitled to a fair trial, and two-thirds of the votes of the members
present shall be necessary for removal.
Sec 2. No officer shall officiate in the Grand Lodge during the
time of his trial. Whenever the Grand Master ,or officer acting as
such, shall be on trial, or whenever a resolution for the removal of
the Grand Master or officer acting as such, shall be submitted, the
Grand Lodge may direct any Past Grand Master (in case the Deputy
Grand Master or Grand Warden are incapacitated) to occupy the
chair.
Sec. 3. Any member may be expelled from the Grand Lodge as
such for misconduct upon the vote of two-thirds of the members present at any meeting, after a copy of the resolution of expulsion shall
have been served upon him.
Sec 4. Vacancies In the office of District Deputy Grand Master
shall be filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the other Grand
Offices, except that of Grand Master, shall be filled by the Grand
Lodge, if in session; if not, then by the Standing Committee, for the
remainder of the term. Provided, That in case of a vacancy in the
office of Grand Representative, the appointee of the Standing Com- 3392
mittee shall only hold office until the succeeding session of this Grand
Lodge.
ARTICLE VI.
committees.
Section 1. The elective Grand Officers shall constitute the Standing Committee to act in the recess of the Annual Session of the Grand
Lodge, and perform such duties as may be assigned to them. Of said
committee the Grand Master shall be chairman and he may call meetings thereof at his discretion. Provided, that when it shall be necessary to convene a meeting of the Standing Committee the Grand Master is empowered to draw on the Grand Treasurer a sufficient amount
to pay the actual expenses of the members which shall not exceed the
rate allowed for attendance at the Session of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 2. There shall be appointed, at each annual session, the following regular committees, from among the members:
1st.    Committee on Credentials.
2nd.    Committee on Finance.
3rd. Committee on Appeals and Grievances.
4th.    Committee on Laws of Subordinates.
5th.    Committee on Petitions.
6th.    Committee on the State of the Order.
7th.    Committee on Legislation.
8th.    Committee on Printing.
9th.    Committee on Judiciary.
10th. Committee on Mileage and per diem.
Sec 3. The Committee on Credentials shall consist of five members, who shall be appointed by the Grand Master who is holding over,
or the incumbent of the chair at the time of opening of the session,
and whose duty it shall be to examine and report to the Grand Lodge
on the credentials and certificates of members.
Sec 4. The Committee on Finance shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to examine and report on all accounts and
claims against the Grand Lodge; to examine the accounts of the Grand
Secretary and Grand Treasurer, annually, and report the result of their
examination, and the condition of the finances immediately thereafter
to the Grand Lodge, to ascertain and report at the commencement of
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each annual session the amount required for the expenses of the Grand
Lodge for the ensuing year, and suggest such measures of finance as
they may deem expedient.
Sec 5. The Committee on Appeals and Grievances shall consist of
five members, whose duty it shall be to examine all appeals and grievances referred to them, and report thereon such action as may be proper in the Grand Lodge.
All appeals taken from the action of the Subordinate Lodges
shall, as fast as the same are received by the Grand Secretary, be
transmitted by him to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. If
the Committee on Appeals find the papers defective in any essential
particulars, they shall certify the fact to the Grand Secretary, who
shall remit the papers to the respective Subordinate Lodge, requiring
it forthwith to correct the defects complained of, and return the amended papers to Grand Secretary, who shall immediately transmit the
same to the chairman of the Committee on Appeals. It shall be the
duty of the Committee on Appeals to report, at the earliest practicable
day of the Annual Session, their action upon the appeals transmitted
o them during the recess of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 6. The Committee on Laws of Subordinates shall consist of
five members, whose duty it shall be to examine and report on the Bylaws and amendments thereto of Subordinate, Rebekah, and Degree
Lodges referred to them, and to direct such alterations therein as will
make them conform to the laws and regulations of the Order, subject
to them during the recess of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 7. The Committee on Petitions shall consist of five members,
whose duty it shall be to examine all applications for charters referred
to them, and report to the Grand Lodge such action thereon as may
be proper.
Sec 8. The Committee on the State of the Order shall consist of
five members, who shall examine the reports of the District Deputy
Grand Masters and reports of Subordinate Lodges and such other matters as may be referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand
Lodge, and they shall annually present to the Grand Lodge an exhibit
of the condition and progress of the Order under this jurisdiction, and
recommend such measures for the Good of the Order as from time to
time they shall judge proper.
Sec 9. The Committee on Legislation shall consist of five members, who shall examine and report on all proposed amendments of
the Constitution, By-laws, Rules of Order and Resolutions governing
this Grand Lodge, and such other matters as may be referred to them
by the Grand Lodge or Grand Master. 3394
Sec 10. The Committee on Printing shall consist of five members,
of which the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge shall be one, and
shall be chairman thereof. They shall decide all matters of printing,
and none of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge shall be given to the
public press without having first received the sanction of a majority of
said Committee.
Sec. 11. The Committee on Judiciary shall consist of five members, whose duty it shall be to consider all questions in relation to the
construction of the Laws of the Order and the decisions of the Grand
Master upon questions of law.
Sec. 12. The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem shall consist
of five members whose duty it shall be to examine and report the
amount each Officer and Representative is entitled to receive for attendance upon the Sessions of the Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE VII.
OF VOTES.
Section 1. Each elective and appointed Officer, except the Grand
Master and each Past Grand Master of this Grand Lodge in good
standing shall be entitled to one vote. All questions and votes before
the Grand Lodge not in this Constitution otherwise provided for shall
be determined by a majority of the votes given; and when five of the
members call for a vote by yeas and nays, or when the same are in
this Constitution required to be taken, they shall be so taken and recorded   on the   Journal.
ARTICLE VIII.
OF REVENUE.
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Section 1. The revenue of this Grand Lodge shall be raised for
the purpose of defraying the necessary expenses thereof, and the
Grand Lodge may also levy on its Subordinate Lodges an assessment
per capita on their membership for the purpose of building, repairing
and maintaining homes for aged and indigent Odd Fellows and widows
of deceased members of the Order, and for the care, protection and
education of Orphans of deceased Odd Fellows.
Sec 2. The fee for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge shall be
Thirty Dollars, to accompany the application for a. charter, Fifteen
Dollars for a Degree Charter, and Ten Dollars for a charter foi
a
Rebekah Lodge.
Sec 3.    At each regular Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, the
Finance Committee shall submit estimates for the appropriations for 3395
the coming year, and shall recommend such assessment per capita upon the membership as may be necessary with other sources of revenue,
to meet the estimated expenditures.
Sec 4. No Lodge under this jurisdiction shall be entitled to have
its officers installed, or to receive the Travelling or Term. P. W. until
the reports to the Grand Lodge shall have been placed in the hands of
the Installing officers and assessments paid.
ARTICLE IX.
OF   SUBORDINATE   LODGES.
Section 1. On the written application of five or more brothers of
the Order, who have attained the Scarlet Degree, praying for a charter
to open a Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same, and such Lodge
shall receive its charter and the necessary charges and instructions
from the Grand Master, or the Deputy Grand Master of the District,
cr by a Past Grand specially deputed. All necessary expenses, if any,
of the installing officer, to be borne by the Lodge so opened; Provided,
always, that the cards of the petitioners, or a certificate of the deposit
thereof with the District Deputy Grand Master of the District, shall
accompany the application.
Sec 2. The Grand Master or his duly commissioned and appointed Deputy may, under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed
by the Grand Lodge, initiate and confer the three Degrees of the Order
for the purpose of instituting a new Lodge in a locality not less than
ten miles from any other Lodge, a sufficient number of applicants to
constitute such new Lodge, provided such persons shall first make
regular application for membership in the Lodge nearest such locality,
and upon due reference of such application, examination and report of
such committee, according to the By-laws of such Lodge, the said
Lodge shall recommend such persons to membership by the constitutional vote required for the election of members, which vote shall be
certified to the Grand Master by the Noble Grand and Secretary of
such Lodge, under seal.
Sec 3. An application as provided in the first section hereof,
shall be presented to the Grand Lodge, if in session, if not, to the
Grand Master through the Grand Secretary, who, shall, on receipt
thereof, if advisable, have power to issue a Dispensation to open such
Lodge, subject to confirmation at the next session of the Grand Lodge,
in which case, if confirmed a regular charter shall be issued.
Sec 4. At the end of each term, every Subordinate Lodge shall
report to the Grand Lodge on the form supplied for the purpose, the
work thereof for such term, which shall include the names of those
initiated, admitted by card, as an Ancient Odd Fellow, rejected, with- 3396
drawn by card, reinstated, and deceased; the names of those suspended
and expelled, with the cause thereof^ together with the number of degrees conferred, the whole number in membership, the amount of receipts, and the result of the election of officers, accompanied by whatever amount may be due the Grand Lodge.
Sec 5. Every Lodge shall report in addition, on the forms supplied for the purpose, up to the first day in January, a full return of
members, with their names ranked according to the degrees they have
taken, and a statement of the number of brothers relieved, widowed
families relieved, and brothers buried, and amount of money applied to
each of these purposes, designating the amount paid for the education
of orphans, and for current expenses, together with the total value of
the assets of the Lodge.
ARTICLE X.
OF DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Upon the written petition of five or more Past Grands,
and five or more Scarlet Degree members of the Order, praying for a
warrant to open a Degree Lodge, the Grand Lodge may grant the same,
and such Degree Lodge shall receive its charter, and the necessary
lectures and instructions in the same manner as is provided for Subordinate Lodges.
Sec 2. The Grand Master shall have the same power in reference
to the approval of applications and issuing of dispensations to open
Degree Lodges as in the case of Subordinate Lodges..
Sec 3. No Degree Lodge shall admit or retain in membership any
person who is not at the time a regular contributing member of a
Subordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction, unless his card is in the
possession of the Grand Lodge or its officers, as an applicant for a
charter.
Sec 4. Any Degree Lodge shall have power to adopt necessary
By-laws, Rules and Regulations for its government, conformable to the
Constitution of this Grand Lodge, and to the laws and usages of the
Order, and shall be subject to all the laws applying to Subordinate
Lodges in the matters of sessions, terms, returns, trials, penalties, and
forfeiture of Charter in so far as the same may be applicable, except
that its terms shall be annual and that it shall not be required to pay
per capita tax to the Grand Lodge.
ARTICLE  XI.
OF OFFENCES OF SUBORDINATE, REBEKAH OF DEGREE LODGES.
Section 1. Whenever any Subordinate, Rebekah or Degree Lodge
shall violate the Constitution, By-laws, Rules  or Regulations  of the 3397
Sovereign Grand Lodge, or of this Grand Lodge, such Lodge shall be
liable to a trial and punishment, as herein provided.
Sec 2. Upon the suspension or expulsion of a Lodge, or surrender
or forfeiture of its charter, it shall be the duty of its last installed
officers and members, having the custody of the charter, books, papers,
property and funds of the Lodge, to assign, transfer and deliver the
same, on demand, to the Grand Master, or the District Deputy Grand
Master, or to such Past Grand as may be specially deputed by the
Grand Master or Grand Lodge to receive the same; and the same shall
be held subject to the order of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 3. All the effects or funds received by the Grand Lodge from
any Subordinate, Rebekah or Degree Lodge, under the last section,
shall be kept separate and apart from the property or funds of the
Grand Lodge, and such funds shall not be estimated as a part of the
funds of the Grand Lodge, but shall be held in trust to be restored,
should such Lodge be reinstated, or upon the expiration of the period
of suspension; Provided, however, that in the event said Lodge should
not be restored to fellowship within one year, the funds of said Lodge
shall be placed in the Aged Odd Fellows Fund of the Grand Lodge.
Sec 4. Any Subordinate Lodge failing to hold its meetings for
six months, or to make its returns as required by Article IX. of this
Constitution for one year, shall be deemed an extinct Lodge, and its
charter shall be forfeited.
Sec 5. Members of a suspended or expelled Lodge, or of a Lodge
whose charter has been surrendered or forfeited, who were in good
standing at the time of suspension or dissolution, or who may have paid
all arrearages then due to the Grand Lodge, shall, upon the recommendation of the District Deputy Grand Master of the district in
which such suspended or extinct Lodge is located, receive from the
Grand Secretary a certificate, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, to
enable them to make application for admission to membership in any
other Lodge; Provided, such members were not implicated in breaking up the Lodge or in any illegal distribution or use of the funds of
the same.
Sec 6. Upon the application to the Grand Lodge of any five or
more members of an extinct Lodge which has not been merged into or
amalgamated with any other Lodge for the restoration of such Lodge
to fellowship, accompanied with satisfactory evidence that a fair opportunity has been given to all who were members in good standing at
the time the same became extinct, to unite in such application, such
applicants, or such portion thereof as the Grand Lodge may approve
of, may be restored to fellowship in said Lodge, together with the
charter and effects belonging to such Lodge at the time of its extinction; unless such effects shall have been placed in the Aged Odd Fellows' Fund of the Grand Lodge, as provided by Section 3 of this Article. 3398
ARTICLE XII.
BY-LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER.
Secion 1. The Grand Lodge may enact, alter or amend such Bylaws as may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Constitution and of regulating the proceedings of its officers, and of committees, and of providing for the safety and security of the funds and
property: Provided, at least one day's notice in writing be given at the
Annual Session, of such By-law or amendment, and that the same do
not in any wise contravene this Constitution.
Sec 2. The Grand Lodge may, in like manner, make such Rules
of Order as may be necessary for the regulation of its sessions, and
for securing good order and the dispatch of business. Such Rules of
Order may be suspended at any meeting by a two-thirds vote; Provided, that such suspension shall not extend beyond the meeting which
voted therefor.
ARTICLE XIII. #
amending constitution.
Section 1. This Constitution shall not be altered or amended except by a proposition therefor, made in writing, signed by three or
more representatives from not less than three Lodges, and delivered to
the Grand Secretary not less than three months prior to the Annual
Communication of the Grand Lodge, and it shall be the duty of the
Grand Secretary to forward a copy of all such proposed amendments
to all the Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction at least two weeks
before the meeting of the Grand Lodge; such notices shall be presented to the Grand Lodge when in session, when if agreed to by a
vote of two-thirds of the legislative members present, it shall be
adopted; Provided, it shall be competent for this Grand Body, by a
majority vote of its legislative members present at any regular Annual
Session, to amend any part of this Constitution, to make the same conform to the Laws and Regulations of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Such
propositions to be submitted in writing and to lay over one day before
being acted upon.
Sec 2.   All propositions, submitted for the amendment of this Constitution, to receive consideration, must specify the Section or Clause
to be amended, with the words to be struck out or inserted, and the
Section must be given in full as it would read when so amended. 3399
By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
1. Each Elective Officer, the Grand Representatives and the
properly accredited Representatives shall receive the sum of $2.00 (two
dollars) per diem for each day's attendance at the sessions of the Grand
Lodge, and also five cents per mile for each mile actually travelled
to and from his place of residence to the place of meeting of the Grand
Lodge by the shortest available route, except where transportation cannot be obtained at that rate, when actual transportation expenses by
the most practical and cheapest route shall be allowed, provided that
this shall have reference to fare only, lodging and board not to be
included. Representatives of Lodges located in the place where the
Grand Lodge meets shall not be entitled to mileage. The Representatives of any Lodge not located in the Province of British Columbia,
but which may be attached to this Jurisdiction by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge or the Grand Sire, shall not be entitled to receive for attendance at the sessions of this Grand Lodge a larger sum as mileage and
per diem than the amount received from such Lodge as per capita tax
during the year immediately preceding the session of the Grand Lodge.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives shall be called at each
meeting.
2. The Grand Master, before granting a Dispensation for the institution of a Subordinate Lodge in a city or town where other Lodges
exist, shall consult such existing Lodges as to the advisability of instituting such Lodge, and if a reasonable objection is offered, he shall
not grant the Dispensation, but shall refer the petition to the next session of the Grand Lodge.
3. All orders for supplies on the Grand Secretary must bear the
Seal of the Lodge ordering the same, and must be prepaid, and the
Grand Secretary is forbidden to forward the supplies until these conditions are complied with. All goods purchased for supplies to Lodges
shall be sold at 25 per cent, above cost. All monies payable or due to
this Grand Lodge shall be forwarded to the Grand Secretary in cash,
by money order or draft, and shall not be liable to deduction for discount or exchange. 3400
4. The Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer shall furnish Bonds
payable to this Grand Lodge in an approved Guarantee Society, in such
sums as the Grand Lodge may direct; the premium of such Bonds
shall be paid from the funds of this Grand Lodge, and the Bonds shall
be deposited with the Grand Master for the time being for safe
custody.
5. The Grand Treasurer shall deposit all monies he may have on
hand belonging to this Grand Lodge in some Chartered Bank to be
approved by the Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge and all cheques
for the withdrawal of such monies shall be countersigned by the
Grand Secretary.
6. Every Lodge of this Jurisdiction shall have a suitable seal, and
all official communications must bear an impression of it.
7. The number of copies of the Proceedings of this Grand Lodge
to be printed shall be decided by the Printing Committee and they
shall be distributed as follows:—Four to each Subordinate Lodge. One
to each Rebekah Lodge. One each to the N. G. and V. G. of each
Subordinate Lodge. Twenty-four to the Representatives of this Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. One to each of the Officers and
Representatives of this Grand Lodge, and to each Subordinate Lodge
a number equal to 50 per cent, of its Past Grands in good standing.
8. A Lodge desiring to surrender its Charter and be merged into
some other Lodge, shall present to the Grand Lodge, or during recess
to the Grand Master, a petition over its seal and the signature of its
Noble Grand and Recording Secretary to that effect ,showing that the
question of mergement had been voted upon and approved, after due
notice sent each member and that there are not five qualified members
able and willing to retain the Charter and work the Lodge; and giving a statement of the amount of its funds and effects, and of its assets
and liabilities. There shall also accompany the petition a certified
statement from the Lodge into which the petitioners desire to merge,
setting forth its willingness to receive the members and assume the
liabilities and responsibilities of the petitioning Lodge, and further
certifying that the names of said members have been submitted to an
Investigating Committee, have been reported upon, and have been sev-
rally approved and accepted by a majority vote by ballot, and that
there are not five members of the Lodge who are opposed to the consolidation.
On receipt of said petition and resolution, the Grand Lodge, or
Grand Master during recess, may grant the prayer of the petition, and
authorize the local District Deputy Grand Master, or a Special Deputy,
to superintend the proposed mergement.
The said petitioning Lodge shall, within one month after the granting of its petition, transfer, convey and deliver up to the Lodge in 3401
which it proposes to merge, all its assets, funds, furniture, regalia,
books, papers and effects, except its Charter and Rituals, which shall
be delivered up,to the District Deputy Grand Master, or a special
Deputy; and the names of all its members who had been previously
balloted for and accepted by the Lodge into which it proposes to
merge, shall be at once entered upon the roll of membership of the last
mentioned Lodge, which shall thereupon assume all liabilities and responsibilities of the said merging Lodge; and the members so received
shall have such rank and standing as the books of said merging Lodge
will show.
From and after the entry of their names upon the roll as aforesaid,
each and every member whose name shall have been so entered, shall
be deemed and taken to be a member of said Lodge, and subject to the
same laws and entitled to the same rights, benefits and privileges to the
like extent as if he had joined said last mentioned Lodge by card, and
as provided in the terms oi: the preceding clauses of this By-law.
Upon the completion of the mergement, the District Deputy Grand
Master or Special Deputy shall immediately make report thereof to
the Grand Master, certifying that he has witnessed the transfer of
assets by the one Lodge, and the entry of the names of members on
the roll of the other Lodge; and he shall return the Charter and Rituals
of the Lodge which has been merged, together with the names and
standing of those members who have not entered into the mergement,
if there be any such; and said members may, upon application to the
Grand Secretry, receive a Card, as provided for in the case of members
of extinct Lodges. The consolidated Lodge shall bear the name and
number of the surviving Lodge.
9. When two or more Lodges desire to be united, each Lodge shall
present a petition to that effect to the Grand Lodge, or during recess,
to the Grand Master; such petition shall set forth that the question of
union had been affirmatively voted upon after due notice sent each
member and that there were not five members able and willing to retain
the Charter and work the Lodge; and shall also give a statement of
the funds and effects, and assets and liabilities of the Lodge, and a list
of members, with their rank and financial standing and P. O. address.
On receipt of said petition the Grand Lodge, or during recess, the
Grand Master, may grant the prayer and authorize the amalgamation of
the petitioning Lodges.
When the union of said petitioning Lodges has been approved, the
Grand Master shall cause notice to be sent to each unsuspended member of the several Lodges at least one week prior to the date fixed
for effecting such union, and shall summon him to be present in person
at the time and place appointed for that purpose; and shall also notify
the officers of the several Lodges to produce and surrender at said
time and place all the funds, effects, books, papers, and Charters of the
said Lodges. 3402
On the production and surrender of all the said funds, effects,
books, papers, and Charters, the Grand Master shall issue a dispensation for a Lodge to the members of the several Lodges present, and
desiring to be united, and shall, in person or by Deputy, institute the
same; and shall transfer to it, as soon as instituted, all the funds, effects, books and papers of the united Lodges; and said Lodge shall
therewith assume and pay all the liabilities and responsibilities of the
several Lodges out of which it has been formed, and its members shall
have such rank and standing as the books of the uniting Lodges shall
show.
Any member of any of the uniting Lodges who shall fail to be present at the institution of the united Lodge may, on application to the
Grand Secretary, receive a Withdrawal Card, as provided for members
of extinct Lodges, and 'should be apply for admission by such card to
the united Lodge within six months from the date of its institution, the
vote necessary for his election to membership shall be a majority vote
by ballot of those present and voting.
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10. A fine of two dollars per month shall be due and payable to
the Grand Lodge by every Lodge of this Jurisdiction for every month
that may elapse after the close of the terms ended 30th June and 31st
December of each year until the returns mentioned in Sec. 4 and 5 of
Art. IX.. of the Grand Lodge Constitution, and the per capita tax due
the Grand Lodge are received by the Grand Secretary; and further,
should any Lodge or its officers fail to forward the returns and per
capita tax due for the term ending 31st December of any year so as to
reach the Grand Secretary on the 31st day of March following, it
shall be debarred from representation at the next ensuing session of
the Grand Lodge.
11. The Grand Secretary shall on the 1st day of January, April,
July and October, prepare an abstract of the names of persons rejected,
suspended and expelled, that have been furnished him by the Subordinate Lodges in the preceding three months, and shall forward a copy
of the same to each Subordinate Lodge in his Jurisdiction.
12. Two or more Lodges located in the same city may organize
a General Relief Committee for the purpose of visiting and relieving
sick sojourning brothers belonging to other Lodges, and paying such
benefits as may be authorized by the sick member's Lodge and may contribute towards the necessary and legitimate expenses of such committee.
The Grand Master may grant a Dispensation permitting such committee to raise funds by such legitimate means as he may approve.
Such committees must furnish the Grand Secretary annually with
a report of their proceedings, viz., number of brothers relieved, amount
paid for relief, amount paid for management expenses, total amount of
receipts.
BMILL1H 3403
Rules of Order
1—ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The Order of Business of the Annual Session shall be:
FIRST DAY.
1st. The Grand Master shall request the members to clothe themselves in proper regalia, and direct the officers to take their respective
stations, and fill vacancies pro tern., and shall then, after all have been
examined, call up the Grand Lodge.
2nd. While standing, the Grand Chaplain shall address the Supreme Ruler of the Universe in prayer.
3rd. Proclamation shall be made by the Deputy Grand Master of
the opening of the Grand Lodge.
4th. The Grand Secretary shall present, and read, if required, the
credentials of members.
5th. The Committee on Credentials shall forthwith examine and
report on the eligibility of members.
6th.    New members of the Grand Lodge shall be admitted.
7th.    Roll of Officers and Representatives shall be called.
8th. The record of all Special Sessions shall be read and passed
upon by the Grand Lodge.
9th. Vacancies in committees and among the appointed officers
shall be filled.
10th.   The reports of the Grand Officers shall be presented.
11th. Petitions, Communications, Appeals, and financial Accounts
shall be presented, and referred in the order above mentioned.
12th.  Miscellaneous business and nomination and election of officers.
SECOND DAY.
The selection of the place of meeting of the next Annual Session of
the Grand Lodge shall take place at 10 o'clock of the second day's
Session. 3404
13th.    Reading and approval of minutes of preceding day.
14th.    Reception and  reference  of   Credentials,    reports    thereon,
admission of new members, and roll call.
15th.    Resolutions of inquiry of Standing or Special Committees.
16th.    Reports of Standing Committees; in the order in which they
are named in the constitution.
17th.    Reports of Special Committees by seniority.
18th.    Consideration of proposed amendments to the Constitution of
the Grand Lodge.
19th.    Consideration  of proposed amendments to  the  Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges.
20th.    Petitions,   Communications, Appeals and Financial Accounts,
presented and referred.
21st.    Unfinished business.
22nd.   New business.
THIRD  DAY
23rd.    Reading and approving Minutes of preceding day.
24th. Reception and reference of Credentials, reports thereon, admission of new members, and roll call.
25th.    Reports of Standing and Special Committees.
26th.    Additional business in the same order as on second day.
27th.    Miscellaneous business.
28th. Should the foregoing order of business not be concluded on
the first or second day, it shall be commenced on each succeeding day
where it left off on the preceding; except that the reading and apprqval
of minutes, and reception, reference, reports on credentials of members,
and roll call, shall be the first business in order on each day, and that
the nomination and election of officers shall be the last business on the
first day of the session.
29th. On the last day of the session, the officers shall be installed,
and committees appointed, before it shall be declared closed; the
minutes of the day shall be read and approved, if correct.
IL—OF DECORUM.
During the continuance of the meeting, the most decorous silence
must be observed; the officers and members retaining their respective
seats, and no one leaving the room without the   permission   of   the   3405
Grand Master nor entering without the consent of the Grand Warden.
No member shall, by conversation or otherwise, interrupt the business of the Grand Lodge, or refuse to obey the chair. Every officer and
member shall be designated in debate, or otherwise, by his proper office
or title, according to his standing in the Order.
.No member shall be permitted to vote or speak unless clothed in
regalia, or wearing a badge or ribbon appropriate to his rank and
station.
III.—OF THE CHAIR
The Grand Master, while presiding, shall state every question coming before the Grand Lodge, and immediately before putting it to vote
shall ask, "Is the Grand Lodge ready for the question?" Should no
member rise to speak, and a majority indicate their readiness, he shali
rise to take the question, and after he has risen, no member shall be
permitted to speak upon it. He shall pronounce the votes and decisions
of the Grand Lodge on all subjects. He shall decide questions of order
without debate, unless entertaining doubts on the point he invite it,
and shall have the privilege of speaking only on such questions from
the chair. When his decision has been appealed from, the question shall
be put thus, "Will the Grand Lodge sustain the Chair in its decision?"
IV.—OF DEBATE.
Every member when he speaks or offers a motion, shall rise and respectfully address the Chair. While speaking he shall confine himself
to the question under debate, avoiding all personality and indecorous
language as well as any reflection upon the Grand Lodge, or its
members.
Should two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the
Chair shall decide which shall be entitled to the floor.
No member shall disturb another in his speech unless to call him
to order for words spoken.
If a member while speaking shall be called to order, at the request
of the Chair, he shall cease speaking, and take his seat until the question of order is determined, when, if permitted, he may again proceed.
No member shall speak more than once upon the same question,
until all the members wishing to speak shall have had an opportunity to
do so, not more than twice, without permission of the Chair. But no
member shall have the privilege of speaking more than once on a question of order, after appeal from the decision of the Chair. 3406
V.—OF QUESTIONS AND VOTES.
When any communication, petition or memorial is presented, before
it is read, or any vote taken on it, a brief statement of its contents
shall be made by the introducer or the Chair, and after it has been read,
a brief notice of the purport shall be entered on the Journal.
No motion shall be subject to action until seconded, and stated by
the Chair, and at the desire of any member, shall be reduced to writing.
When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be taken first upon
the highest sum or number, and the longest or latest time proposed.
Any member may ask for a division of a question, when the sense
will admit of it.
When a question is before the Grand Lodge no motion shall be
received, unless to adjourn, the previous question, to lie on the table,
to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a certain time, to refer or to
amend, and shall have precedence in the order herein arranged; the
three first of which shall be decided without debate.
After any question, except one of indefinite postponement, has been
decided, any two members who voted in the majority may, during the
same communication, move for a reconsideration thereof.
The previous question can be called for by two members, if seconded by a majority, and shall be put in this form: "Shall the main
question be now put?" If carried, all debate shall cease, and the vote
shall be first upon all pending amendments, beginning with the one last
proposed, after which, upon the main question.
When five members rise in favor of taking a question by ayes and
nays they shall be ordered to be so recorded.
Every member present shall vote on any question before the Grand
Lodge unless he is personally interested in the result, or has been excused by the Grand Lodge, or is otherwise incapacitated.
No more than two amendments to a proposition shall be entertained
at the same time—that is, an amendment, and an amendment to an
amendment—and the question shall be first taken on the latter.
When the ayes and nays are ordered, the names of the representatives shall be called by the Lodges.
Past Grands, not representatives have no right to vote upon any
question before the Grand Lodge; that right is confined to those whose
credentials as Representatives are reported correct by the Committee on
Credentials, Elective and Appointed Officers, and Past Grand Masters
of this jurisdiction in good standing.
All unimportant questions and answers reported upon by thr committee on the State of the Order, are to be entered on the secret
Journal. 3407
After a substitute has been accepted by the Grand Lodge, in place
of the report of a committee, further action on the report would be
out of order, without first reconsidering the vote by which the substitute
was adoped.
When a substitute is adopted in place of an amendment, it is not
necessary to take action on the amendment.
All resolutions laid on the table, and not acted upon before the
close of the session of the Grand Lodge at which they were presented,
expire with the session, and would have to be renewed at any subsequent session, before any action could be had thereon. INDEX
Aged Odd Fellows'  Fund    3276, 3359
American Surety Co., re Bonds of Officers 3342, 334&, 3365
Appeals to Sovereign Grand Lodge   3327
Assessment of Members      3257
Badges as Regalia     3249
"      Purchase of by Grand Lodge  3343, 3356
Benefits to Members in Homes    3300
Bonds of Officers    3342, 3348, 3365
By-laws, Grand Lodge amendment to    3339, 3349
Subordinate Lodges, Printing of      3365
Circulars issued 3253, 3254
Collars in lieu of Regalia      3329
Committees, appointment of  .....3246, 3250, 3251, 3348, 3375, 3376
Constitution Grand Lodge, printing of    3364
Rebekah Lodges, amendment of    3358, 3368
Subordinate Lodges,  amendment of    3338, 3349
Cubes, use of in lieu of balls   3255, 3350, 3366
Davey, F., Jewel Grand Decoration of Chivalry for 3337, 3345
•'Dawson" Lodge, affiliation of   3278, 3353
Dawson, Social Club 3333, 3368
D.D.G.M.'s, Appointment  of    3259, 3374
Holding Office in Subordinate Lodges.3264, 3352, 3366
Third Degree Members not eligible as    3295
Defunct Lodges, Aged Members of   3328
Degrees, proficiency in before advancement    3356
Dispensations by Grand Master     3257
"   D.D.G.M.'s  335T
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Districts, re-arrangements of    3254,
"Duncan" Lodge, No. 17, property destroyed by fire 	
"Fairview" Lodge, No. 61, Questions  asked by    3349,
Incorporation  of   	
Fawcett, Bro. R. W., Death of  3269, 3281,
Fulton,   H.  T.,  P.G.M.,   Custodian  of Secret Work	
Funds of Lodge for purchase of Tombstones. .3256, 3257, 3351,
Funeral Aid Association of B. C, Repayment of loan	
.     Report of	
Funeral Ceremony, new	
General Relief Committee, Reports of	
Gillette, Bro. R., Charges preferred by 3333,
Grand Lodge By-laws, amendment to 3339,
Degrees conferred 3249, 3337,
Meeting of 3345,
Officers, Election of	
" Installations of 3371,
Grand Master, Report   of    3252,
Visits of 3265, 3267, 3355,
Grand Representative's Report of  	
Secretary's  Association    33^6. 3331,
Secretary, Report of  	
" To attend meeting Grand Secretaries' Asso-
tion    3331,
Sire, Decisions  of   .... -	
"     As  General Commanding,  Report of   	
"     Report of   	
Hart, L. R, Grand Secretary, Washington, Visit of 3246,
Historian, Appointment of   3343,
Hotelkeepers, ineligible to membership    3255, 3291, 3327,
Imperial Order of Muscovites  	
Initiation Fees of residents joining other Jurisdictions  	
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3284
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Jewels for Past Grands not to be purchased from Lodge funds,
Past Grand Officers use of in lieu of Regalia .. . .3255,
Law, Wallace, P.G.M., thanks to  	
Lodges, Blank number of to be filled 	
Institution   of    3259> 3260,
McCorskie, W. E., Grand Master, Washington, Visit of..3246,
McKenzie, D. E., P.G.M., appointment as Reading Clerk	
Memorial Windows, donation of  	
Mileage and Per Diem, payment of to representatives outside
B. C	
Minutes,  adoption  of   	
Nominees for office, absent  3349,
Non-payment of Dues, loss of membership by   3254,
Odd Fellows' Home   3276, 3337,
Officers  appointed   	
Office, nomination for more than one	
Official Certificate, new form of	
Order, statistics respecting   3287, 3319, 3322,
"Park" Lodge, No. 66, greetings from 	
Patriarchs Militant, Commanding General of    3308;
Grant to    3338,
Printing By-laws, Subordinate Lodges 	
Constitution, etc., Grand Lodge  	
Proclamations   issued    3266,
Quennell, E., P.G.M., Death of  3269, 3281,
Rebekah Assembly, Deputations from and to   3350,
Resolutions of  	
Rebekah Lodge Constitution, Amendment of   -.. . .3358,
Regalia, unauthorized use of prohibited 	
Reports—Annual, alteration of form    3261,
Committee  Credentials   	
Distribution    3336,
3290
3329
3337
3356
3270
3335
3246
3295
3339
3251
3366
3354
3358
3245
3334
3327
3323
3338
3330
3345
3365
3364
3334
3355
3358
3371
3368
3290
3355
3246
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Reports—Committees, Finance    3338, 3345, 3371, 3372
Judiciary   3350, 3365, 3367, 3368
Laws  of  Subordinates      3343
Legislation       3349
Mileage and Per Diem    3368
Odd Fellows'  Home     3358
Petitions      3344
Printing      3365
Resolutions   3372
State of the Order 3353, 3357, 3364
Statistics re Dues and Benefits     3359
Surety Bonds  of Officers      3365
Tuberculosis   Sanatorium      3339
District Deputy Grand Masters   3260
Grand  Master    3252, 3332
Representatives      3284
Secretary   .. 3270, 3334
Treasurer      3283
Representatives, voting confined to      3372
Ribbons, sale of to purchase tombstones   3256, 3351, 3366
Rituals govern when in conflict with laws     3294
"        not to be used at Public Installations     3295
Sale of articles for charitable purposes forbidden unless authorized      33ii
Secret Work taken to Lodges by Grand Secretary   3265, 3355
Smoking in Lodges while in Session prohibited  3255, 3328
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Finances of    3289, 3326
Thompson,   H.   A.,    Grand  Patriarch,  Washington,  Visit  of
    3246, 3335
Tisdale,   O.   E.,  P.G.M.  and  Grand  Secretary,  Alberta,  Fra-   V
ternal Delegate, Visit of   3246, 3281, 3335
Tombstones, purchase of  3256, 3351, 3366
Tuberculosis Sanatorium   3253, 3279, 3328, 3334, 3339
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Veteran Button, adoption of     3328
Jewels, list of holders to be printed   3254, 3354
Qualifications for      3301
Worn in lieu of Regalia     3293
I       Rebekah      3329
Visitors 3246, 3250
Webber, E. L., P.G.M., presentation of Jewel to     3250
"    -       " i thanks  to      3353
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4—John Weiler.^^^ .. ^^p87p^Victoria Lodge^p. i.
8—J. P. Davies||f|. 1876.M• Columbia Lodgij|ffiR 2^ '
3—R. Roberta^^^^!..^.. 1877'.;^.Victoria Lodge, M). 3||S     '
2-«-W. J^JcfFrefe-:^^^^g^^^ 1878^..Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
9—Charles Gower^^^^^a879.&>.Victoria?ltodge, No. iSfE■'..'
J. Wriglesworth- 3p 1880.. .. Dominion-Lodge, No. 4.
B. W. Shiles\^. .^..^^i88t9&^w-!|Vestmii$Jter L'odgejaNo. 3
Henry YVallee|3. . i|. ^. i88^S .. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
11—Alexandetcphillips '.'r|^^^i883^.Victori2t^Lodge, $0. 1.
W. DeMcKillican i^^^^i884^^)ominion Lodge^^g^    ;
-.7—Wm. M<Col^^^^^». .i88s.^^|w Westm^tstejfLodge, No. 3.
5—Fre#k Carne;^ ;^S. .1886^8. .Victoria Lodge, fto. 1.
10—Joshua Davies .. . J*. ^.1887.. j^ictoiia Lodge, |?p. |
Joshua^)avies, re-elected.. i88Sfi. .Victoria »Lodge,3p£ 1
I2-||H. Meldram • • *.^^^^^i88g>|^^Co^feiDia Lodge, No. 2.
16—E^Quentlell  .. ..^^^^^^1890.^.Black Diamond^pdge, 0o. 5.
14—J. E. Phillips .. .. i^^^^^;i89i^^^Dominion Lodgd|§||o. 4.
13—Jjw PhilHps   •^M^Sl8^^^^^^K^estmmster Lodge, No. 3.
^Jf^esjCross^^;. -'If||f||||l*893.0. Black Diamond Lodget^No. 5.
T. C. Gt&y '^^^^^^^^^1894.. ..Western |>tar Lodge^No. 10.
W*?<E. fl6lme£i.. .^. p|j| ..1895-llMyictoria Lodge, No. 1.
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