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Array Independent Order
^lOaa Fellows
PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION
1   OF THE GRAND LODGE OF
1     BRITISH COLUMBIA
Held at Ckilliwack, Britisk Columbia,
Tkirteentk and Fourteenth June, 1917 NOTICE
Special attention of Subordinate Lodges is called to the following resolutions adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, at the
session held in Atlanta, Georgia, in September, 1874:—
HOW TO SECURE MONEYS WHEN IN TROUBLE AND
IMPOSTERS TO BE EXPELLED
Resolved, That a member of the Order in good standing,
evidenced by holding an unexpired visiting card, issued in conformity with the laws of the Order by his Lodge or Encampment*
and having the A. T. P. W., being in distress, or pretending so to
be, and needing money, and who having asked for and received
from a Lodge or Encampment, or a member thereof, a sum of
money under the assurance and promise that he will return or
repay the same within a given time, or so soon as he returns home,
but who shall neglect so to do for a reasonable time thereafter
without a satisfactory excuse being rendered, shall be deemed guilty
of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow; and due notice of such
facts having been officially communicated to his Lodge by the
Lodge or Encampment so loaning him the money, it shall be
the duty of his Lodge to notify him of such indebtedness or loan,
and to demand payment thereof, and if he then refuses or neglects
to pay the same, his Lodge shall prefer charges against him, try
him, and if found guilty, and without sufficient mitigating circumstances, expel him from the Order. If there be such mitigating
circumstances then to impose such penalty as the Lodge may
deem best.
Resolved, That the respective State Grand Lodges cause the
foregoing resolution to be embodied in their proceedings, and the
attention of the Subordinate Lodges especially called to it.
(Proceedings S.G.L., U.S., 1874, pages 6310, 6326.) m  Independent Order of
ODD FELLOWS
PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Forty- Third Annual Session of the
Grand Lodge of British
Columbia
Held at Chilliwack, British Columbia
Thirteenth and Fourteenth June, 1917 ^ie MARK
GOOD
HINTING PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION of THE
GRAND LODGE OF B. C,
I. O. O, F.   I
Opera House,
Chilliwack, B. C,
13th June, 1917.
The Grand Lodge- convened on the above date at nine
o'clock, a.m., pursuant to notice.
Present:—
W. H. Brown Grand Master
J. H. Glass Deputy Grand Master
R. A. Merrithew Grand Warden
Fred Davey Grand Secretary
A. E. Harron Grand Treasurer
W. H. Cullin, P.G.M Grand Representative
W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M...Grand Representative
Rev. W. A. S. Crux Grand Chaplain
H. Fooks Grand Conductor
J. Peers Grand Guardian
W. C. Y. Tarvis Grand Herald
The Grand Master appointed Bro. J. T. Wood, No. 34, to
act as Grand Marshal pro tem.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Chaplain having invoked the Divine Blessing, the
Grand Lodge was declared duly open for business. 3854
It was on motion Resolved: That the Badges supplied be
recognized as proper regalia during this session also the
ordinary Lodge badges.
The Grand Secretary submitted the names of Bro. D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., as Reading Clerk, and Bro. E. G.
Cavalsky, No. 5, as Transportation Clerk, and these nominations  were,  on  motion,  approved.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elect and of the Past Grands entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred to the Committee
on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the Grand Secretary, A.
Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, and P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. m
to form the Committee on Credentials.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was approved:—
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-elect for the ensuing year and find the follo.wing duly accredited:—
Lodge. Representative Alternate
Victoria, No. 1 R.  Livingstone W. J. Gower
P.   A.   MacLean W. Paget
Columbia,   No.  2 J. Wilby A.Henderson, P.G.M
J.  Logie D. Dewar
Royal City, No. 3 E.   C.  Turner G. Halliday
M.  J.  Phillips T. W. Purser
Dominion,   No.   4 A. W. Bayliss P. G. Cudlip
J. Bell A. A. Milligan
Black Diamond, No. 5 T. Sanders A. E. Bradshaw
! W.   Carmichael J. R. McKenzie
Harmony, No. 6 James King E. L. Comley
W.   Ross J. Lowery
Excelsior,   No.   7 T.  L. Stark J. Turvey
R. Marshall J. C. Henderson, Jr.
Vancouver,  No. 8 A. M. Russell J. F. Morris
H. Dunwell T. F. Fournier
Tatnai,  No. 9 T.   Howell J. D. Swanson
T. A. Dowding R. A. Chute
Western Star, No. 10 W. J. Holland E. McD. Williston.
T. Tellefsen C. S. Madden 3855
Lodge Representative
Union, No. 11 J.   Walker
Selkirk, No. 12 D.  Rabbit
J. M. Goble
Pittitko, No. 13 G. Maxwell
Aaron, No. 14 m R. Perry
C. Snider
Cloverdale,  No.   15 A. Johnson
Kootenay,  No.  16 D. H. Proudfoot
D. P.  Graham
Duncan, No. 17 J.   Murchie
Vernon Valley, No. 18 J. Crawshaw
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 M. J.  Creehan
W. F. McKenzie
Abbotsford, No. 20 F. J. Boulter
Delta,   No.  21 M. A. McDiarmid
Ridgely,  No. 22 J. Bateman
Ashcroft, No. 23 1. Lehman
Island,   No.   24 W. G. Esterbrook
Fidelity, No. 25 : R. C. Boyce
Pacific,  No. 26 W. M. Ramsay
W. F. Broderick
Amity,   No.  27 A. Ward
A.  R. Slater
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34....J. T. Wood
Rossland, No. 36 C. A. Campbell
K. M. Martin
Boundary Valley, No. 38.... W. Phillips
Silver City, No. 39 R. L. Reynolds
Slocan,  No.  40 W. L. Cotterell
Key City, No. 42 H. White, P.G.M.
S. Fyles
Enterprise,   No.  43 A. Saunders
A. Kerr
Gateway, No. 45 D. McCallum
Snowshoe, No. 46 ...A. Broomfield
D. Patterson
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 C. O'Brien    J
J. T. Giddings
Coronation, No. 48 Hugh Fraser
Eureka, No. 50 C. B. Parkinson
Penticton,  No.  51 G. F. Dempsey
Princeton,  No.  52 C.  Willarson
Michel, No. 54 G. B. Stedman
North Vancouver, No. 55..A.  Sutherland
P.  Stewart
Mt. Ida, No. 56 W. H. Bonus
Sunshine, No. 57 F. T. Abey
Alternate
J. Palmer
J. Mathie
C. Mcintosh
G. Williamson
G. A. Murray
J. L. Crosby
J. H. Lemmon
G. H. Colwell
D. W. Bell
A. E. Foster
R. Mills
G. Simons
G. H. Kerr
J. A. Williamson
C. G. Phinney
J. C. Smith
E. Cooney
J. F. Watkins
A. McKelvie
J. A. Johnson
W. Hughes
A. Horwell
A. Wixon
F. D. Lemieux
F. Sweeney
K F. Smith
A. McLanders
K. E. Zimmerman
J.  Manning
E. H. McPhee
P. Watson
H. Stone
C. D. Pearson
D. G. Stafford
J. Walker
R. Dudley, P.G.M.
W. Bailey
F. Hunter
R.   Blackburn
M. T. Boss
W.   McLean
D. A.  McLean
R.  D.  McAllister
H. E. W. Harbell
S. A. Hunter 3856
Lodge Representative
Okanagan, No. 58	
Orchard City, No. 59 W. B. M. Calder
Little Mountain, No. 60 G. F. Cochrane
J. S. Harper
Fairview,  No. 61 A. Acheson
E. A. Burnett
Grandview, No. 62 F. H. Godfrey
Prince Rupert, No. 63 ...S. V. Cox
Corbin, No. 64 J. T. Jackson
Cariboo, No. 65 A. B. Moffat
Park, No. 66..... J.   Westover
Dawson, No. la C. L. Dearing-
Alternate
L.
V.  Rogers
E.
E. Elliott
J-
Burr
R.
C. Fraser
T.
H. White
McKeen
W
. G. Barrie
G.
Clough
W
. A. Golden
E.
W. H. Bennett
Also that the
Grands Degree:—
Victoria
Lodge
Columbia
Royal   City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Selkirk
Pittitko
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Vernon Valley
Mt.   Pleasant
Abbotsford
Ridgely
Ashcroft
Fidelity
Pacific
Amity §
Cheam
Rocky Mountain "
Rosslknd
Boundary Valley "
Silver   City
blocan
Key City
Enterprise
Gatewav
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following Past Grands are entitled to the Past
.—J. A. Gardiner, A.  H. Godfrey
....W. Farquhar, P. Thompsett
....T. W. Purvis, A. E. Lewis, L. Netherby
....P.  G.  Cudlip,  J.  A.   Lemm
—.W. Carmichael, T. Sanders
....J.  King
....W. R. Theal, J. L. Stark
_...H. Dunwell, R. G. Morton
....W. R. Moncrieff
..._E. Street, J. R. Arthur
....].  M.  Goble,  D.   Rabbitt
... C.   Mcintosh, J.  Leese,  R.  Strachan
_...C. Snider, M. C. Maclennan
....E. Lemac, J. Mcintosh
...J.  M. Armstrong, L. Marshall
....G. Livingstone
....W. E. Aickin, M. Mclntyre
....W. J. Ward
....W. W.  Smith, J.  Bateman
....R. Wightman, W.  Greenwood
....W. J. Windebank
..._W.  F.  Broderick, A.  Irwin
....A. Ward, W. Hughes
..._H. G. Dixon
...J. B. Cross
...C. A. Campbell, J. W. Mcintosh
....E.  F. Smith, W. Phillips
....R. L.  Reynolds,  H. A.  Langille,
J. McK. Boates
....W. L. Cotterell, K. E. Zimmerman
...S. Fyles
...A. Saunders, A. Kerr, P. Watson
...D. McCallum, C. D. Pearson 3857
Snowshoe    Lodge No. 46.
47.
48.
50.
51.
52.
54.
Mt. Fernie
Coronation
Eureka
Penticton
Princeton
Michel
N. Vancouver
Sunshine
Orchard City
Little Mountain
Fairview
Grandview
Prince Rupert
Corbin
Cariboo
Park
Dawson
.W. Oxley, J. Walker
J. T. Giddings, C. O'Brien
H. Fraser
C. B. Parkinson
G. F. Dempsey, M. T. Boss, J. L. Faull
P.   Darragh
G. B. Stedman
55 W. Cumming, P. Stewart
57	
59	
60	
61	
62	
63	
64	
65	
66	
la	
F. T. Abey
W. B. M. Calder, S. H. Green
G. F. Cochrane, J. S. Harper
E. A.  Burnett,  R.  C. Fraser
J. Matthews, S. G. Denman
S. V. Cox, A. Brooksbank
J. T. Jackson, G. Clough
A. B. Moffat, W. A. Golder
C. Battison, E. W. H. Bennett
H. B. Madland, E. J. Edwards, E. L
Reeves, C. L. Dearing
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary appointed Bro. W. A. Johnstone,
P.G.M., No. 26, as Custodian of the Secret Work during the
session.
The following   telegram   was   read   and ordered to be
spread on the minutes :—
Kamloops,  B.C., June 12th,  1917.
F. Davey,  Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F.,
Chilliwack, B.C.
Officers and members of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, extend hearty
greetings and best wishes for the success of the forty-third annual
session of the Grand Lodge of B.C.
R. OSBORNE, Noble Grand.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred
on the following:—
J. Logie, No. 2; A. E. Lewis, No. 3; T. Sanders, W. Carmichal,
No. 5; J. King, No. 6; J. L. Stark, J. McConnell, R. J. Mcintosh,
T. Pyvis, W. R. TheaL W. Nelmes, F. Joudray, W. Dusterhoef,
W. Banford, A. B. McKenzie, No. 7; H. Dunwell, No. 8; J.
Walker, No. 11; D. Rabbit, J. M. Goble, No. 12; G. Maxwell, No. 13;
C. Snider, No. 14; J. Crawshaw, No. 15; M. Mclntyre, No. 19; W.
F. Broderick, No. 26; A. Ward, A. R. Slater, No. 27; G. R. Joynt, 3858
A. M. Greyell, F. T. Baker, F. West, No. 28; C. A. Campbell,
No. 36; W. Phillips, No. 38; W. Cottrell, No. 40; S. Fyles, No. 42;
P. Watson, A. Kerr,'No. 43; D. McCallum, No. 45; E. O'Brien,
J. T. Giddings, No. 47; H. Frazer, No. 48; C. B. Parkinson, No. 50;
G. F. Dempsey, No. 51; W. McLean, No. 52; P. Stewart, No. 55;
F. Abey, No. 57; W. B. Calder, No. 59; G. F. Cochrane, J. S.
Harper, No. 60; E. A. Burhett, R. C. Fraser, No. 61; S. V. Cox,
No. 63;  C. L. Dearing, No.  la.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That Mr. Hadcock,
Secretary of the Military Service Department of the Young
Men's Christian Association, be permitted to visit and address
the Grand Lodge on the work of his department.
The Grand Master appointed Bros. D. E. MacKenzie,
P.G.M., No. 3, and W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. io, to retire and
introduce Bro. Parker, Grand Master of Alberta; the Mayor
of the City of Chilliwack, and a delegation from the Odd
Fellows of Chilliwack, who were announced in waiting.
The Committee returned and introduced Bro. R. A.
Parker, Grand Master of Alberta, who was received with
Grand Honors and cordially welcomed by the Grand Master.
The Grand Lodge took a recess to receive the other deputations.
Bro. J. H. Ashwell, P.G., Mayor of the City, and Bro. W.
E. Newing, N.G. of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, were admitted
and received a cordial welcome.
Bro. Ashwell, P.G., Mayor, addressed the Grand Lodsre
and extended to its members a very hearty welcome to the
city and expressed the hope that the session would prove both
pleasant and profitable and that all its members would carry
away very happy recollections of their visit to Chilliwack.
Bro. Newing, N.G., on behalf of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7,
welcomed the Grand Lodge and spoke of the good work of the
Order in the city.
The Grand Master replied appropriately on behalf of the
Grand Lodge to both of these addresses.
The Grand Master appointed a Committee consisting of
A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, and T. C Henderson, P.G., No. 7, 3859
to retire and introduce a delegation from the Rebekah Assembly in waiting.
The Committee returned and introduced Sisters Simpson,
Vice-President, Keith, Past President, and Hanna, Past President. 3p:
Sister Simpson conveyed the cordial greetings of the
Rebekah Assembly to the Grand Lodge and invited its members
to attend the Sessions of the Assembly.
The Grand Master responded on behalf of the Grand
Lodge and reciprocated the kind expressions towards the
Assembly.
The delegation from the Rebekah Assembly having retired,
Mr. Hadcock, Secretary of the Military Department of the
Y. M. C A., was introduced and addressed the Grand Lodge
in a very forcible and eloquent manner on the work his department was performing for the soldiers of the Canadian Army
both in Canada and in their other spheres of action.
The Grand Master replied on behalf of the Grand Lodge
and assured the speaker of the appreciation of the members of
the noble work the Association was carrying on.
The visitors having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint the
following Special Committees for this session, viz., Correspondence, Resolutions, Rebekah Branch and Necrology; also that
he would increase the number of members on the Committees
to six.
The Grand Master then made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing Committees and also to constitute the
Special Commitees, which when complete were as follows:
Finance.—J. Wilby, No. 2; W. B. M. Calder, No. 59; W. J.
Gower, No. 1; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; S. V. Cox, No. 63; W. J.
Holland, No. 10. „
Appeals.—N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21; T. H. Godfrey, No. 62;
P. Stewart, No. 55; A. Broomsfield, No. 46; W. L. Cotterell, No.
40; G. F. Cochrane, No. 60. 3860
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; A. W. Bayliss, No. 4;
J. Bateman, No. 22; R. A. Perry, No. 14; C. B. Parkinson, No. 50;
J. T. Jackson, No. 64.
Petitions.—E. C. Turner, No. 3; T. Sanders, No. 5; J. L.
Stark, No. 7; KM. Martin, No. 36; J. T. Giddings, No. 47; J. S.
Harper, No. 60.
State of the Order.—H. White, P.G.M., No. 42; T. Howell.
No. 9; A. R. Slater, No. 27; A. Acheson, No. 61; C. L. Dearing,
No. la; C. Snider, No. 14.
Legislation.—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; P. A. McLean, No. 1;
R. C. Boyes, No. 25; D. Rabbit, No. 12; A. Saunders, No. 43; A. B.
Moffat, No. 65.
Judiciary.—A. M. Russell, No. 8; E. A. Burnett, No. 61; F.
T. Abey, No. 57; J. D. Swanson, No. 9; J. Bell, No. 4.
Mileage and Per Diem.—M. J. Creehan, No. 19; D. McCallum,
No. 45; J. T. Wood, No. 34; W. H. Bonus, No. 56; A. Sutherland, No. 55; A. Kerr, No. 43.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; W. Ross, No. 6; C. O'Brien, No.
47: R. L. Reynolds, No. 39; A. Ward, No. 27; G. F. Dempsey,
No. 51.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary, T. Tellefsen,
No. 10; J. King, No. 6: S. Fyles, No. 42; J. Crawford, No. 18; H.
Dunwell, No. 8.
Correspondence.—J. Westover, No. 66; D. Patterson, No. 46;
F. J. Boulter, No. 20; W. Phillips, No. 38; J. Walker, No. 11; H.
Fraser, No. 48.
Rebekah Degree.—W. F. McKenzie, No. 19; D. P. Graham,
No. 16; W. Carmichael, No. 5; C. A. Campbell, No. 36; J. Murchie,
No. 17.
Resolutions.—G. B. Stedman, No. 54; J. Logie, No. 2; A.
Johnson, No. 15; J. M. Goble, No. 12; W. F. Broderick, No. 26.
Credentials.—Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2;
P. .W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. 2.'
Distribution.—A. M. Russell, No. 8; D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16;
R. A. Perry, No. 14.
Necrology.—M. J. Phillips, No. 3; J. Turvey, No. 7; I. Lehman,
No. 23; G. Maxwell, No. 13; W. G. Esterbrook, No. 24.
The Grand Secretary presented the reports of the Grand
Officers in printed form, which were on motion received and
referred to the Committee on Distribution. Grand Master's Report
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Brethren:—
Once more we are permitted to gather together in this, the
Forty-third Annual Session of our Grand Lodge, and to each and
all I extend a very cordial and fraternal greeting. And may our
gratitude to the Supreme Intelligent Being, the Maker and
Preserver of the Universe be expressed by acts of humanity as well
as by words.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HOME FUND
In compliance with the provisions and instructions passed at
the last Session of our Grand Lodge, I called a meeting of Trustees
of the Home Fund on June 29, 1916. At this meeting, held in the
I. O. O. F. Hall, corner Hamilton and Pender Streets, Vancouver,
B. C, all were present except Bro. Webber, who was absent on
account of sickness. The following officers were appointed:
Chairman, Bro. T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.; Vice-Chairman, Bro. A.
Parker, P.G.; Secretary, Bro. MacKenzie, P.G.M. The work of
the Board will be reviewed in the report of the Secretary.
INVITATION TO BRO. F. C. GOWDY, GRAND SIRE
In answer to an invitation extended to our Grand Sire to visit
us at this Session of our Grand Lodge, the following answer was
received:—
Office of the Grand Sire,
. April 5th, 1917.
Mr. W. H. Brown,
Grand Master, I. O. O. F.,
Vancouver, B. C.
My Dear Grand Master:—
Your very kind invitation, signed by yourself and the Grand
Secretary, to attend the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of
your Jurisdiction, to be held June 13th and 14th, just received.    I 3862
am very desirous of accepting this invitation and have written Bro.
Reynolds, of Regina, to prepare for me an itinerary showing
whether or not it would be possible for me to do so.
I appreciate as fully as any one can, who has not felt the heavy
weight and the tremendous burden of the great war, which has
caused our Brethren in Canada such suffering, privation, and
anxiety, the troubles under which you are laboring.
If I can be with you personally, rest assured that I shall do so.
If it is not possible, I want you all to know that you have my
deepest sympathy and that I fervently hope that this cloud of war
may soon be lifted from the world and that peace may return
permanently to bless all nations.
Fraternally yours,
(Signed)      FRANK  C.  GOUDY,
Grand Sire.
STATE OF THE ORDER
During the past year, our total membership has decreased by a
considerable number and it will also be found that our financial
strength is somewhat lessened. There is. however, no cause for
alarm for the real strength of Oddfellowship does not lie in numbers nor finance primarily, but in the demonstration _of the principles for which it stands.
Speaking more or less broadly, I may say that the spirit of
fraternity is being maintained throughout the Jurisdiction. In
regard to the acquisition of new members, the mining section of
the Jurisdiction and the Lower Mainland are showing the greater
numbers. Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, in the northern part of the
Jurisdiction, has done exceedingly well. The other portions of the
Jurisdiction are not showing progress in this respect. The increase
in the number of applicants for initiation has been particularly
marked since the beginning of the present year.
Many of our most active members have enlisted for service
overseas. Their departure has had a more or less paralyzing
effect upon the Lodges that have suffered most in this respect. ] It
is particularly gratifying to note that many of their places are
being filled by active young men who are being assisted to perfect
themselves in the work by the presence and support of old members, who had for a time ceased to take an active interest in the
work of the Lodge, but have now come forward and are doing
their share to "fill the gap."
I feel sure that I am voicing the sentiments of every member
of this  Grand  Lodge  when   I   say  to  those  who  aie  closely  or 3863
remotely connected with our Order, who during the past year have
suffered bereavement, that our hearts go out to them in deepest
sympathy. And to those who are outside of the immediate bounds
of our Order, we will, as men who have learned something of the
Divine lesson of humanity, also extend the consolation of our
sympathy.
THE REBEKAH BRANCH
This branch of our Order is doing a very great and good work
and is deserving of more of our support than it is getting. I am
sorry to report that some Subordinate Lodges have as yet failed
to appreciate the very great benefit that a Rebekah Lodge may be
to a Subordinate Lodge. A harmonious understanding between
these two branches, and more fraternal visits between the Lodges
will have a purifying and ennobling effect upon both. As a rule,
in a community where these two branches are working conjointly,
there we will find a very superior Subordinate Lodge. And the
converse is also true; where conditions are inharmonious, ther
we will find a "dead" Lodge.
THE FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION
This branch of our Order is making good progress and is
deserving of the sympathy and support of every member in this
Jurisdiction, not alone for the protection it offers its members,
but for the practical assistance it is extending to loved ones in
their hour of distress.
NEW LODGES |
On March 22, 1917, it was my very great pleasure and privilege
to institute "Hastings" Lodge, No. 29, at Vancouver, B. C. In this
work I was ably assisted by Bro. J. H. Glass, P.G., Deputy Grand
Master; Bro. R. A. Merrithew, P.G., Grand Warden; Bro. A. E.
Harron, P.G., Grand Treasurer; Bro. A. M. Russell, P.G., P.G.R.,
Acting Grand Secretary; Bro. C. C. Cooke, P.G., D.D.G.M., Acting
Grand Marshal, and Bro. Geo,. M. Williamson, P.G., Acting Grand
Guardian. There were ten brothers who presented themselves as
charter members.
The election of officers was then held and resulted as follows:
Noble Grand, Bro. D. Nunn, P.G.; Vice-Grand, Bro. F. Spearing,
P.V.G.; Recording Secretary, Bro. F. Holmes, P.G.;* Financial
Secretary, Bro. G. G. Dalmadge; Treasurer, Bro. F. L. Woodside.
With the assistance of the instituting officers and Rev. Bro.
Hooper, Acting Grand Chaplain, the officers of "Hastings" Lodge,
No. 29, were installed. A class of twenty-three candidates was then
initiated. This Lodge has started off well and is still adding to its
membership.    It gives promise of becoming a very strong Lodge. 3864
PROCLAMATIONS
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
I. O. O. F. |
Office of Grand Master.
Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 4th, 1916.
To the  Officers  and  Members of Subordinate  Lodges  under the
Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of B. C.
Brothers:—
In promulgating the enclosed letter of our Grand Sire, Bro.
Frank C. Goudy, I 'would not presume to comment upon a communication of such merit further than to urge that not only the
Secretary, but each individual member, if possible, "read, mark,
learn and inwardly digest" the contents of this letter. Let us
imbibe the spirit, and heeding its admonitions, let us be Odd
Fellows "in spirit and in truth."
Fraternally yours,
W. H. BROWN,
Grand Master
THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
Of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Office of the Grand Sire.
Denver,  Colorado,  November  16,   1916.
Proclamation No.  1
To All Odd Fellows,
Greeting:
In assuming the position of Grand Sire, I am deeply sensible
of the weight of its responsibilities, but I shall confidently expect
each of you to help in bearing its burdens.
I shall not be able to visit all of you, but I wish every member
of the Order to feel at every meeting that the Grand Sire is with
you in spirit.
In order that your meetings may be more interesting and more
helpful, remember that a sense of duty is the strongest impelling
power toward righteousness, helpfulness and self-improvement.
Let your meetings, then, be characterized by dignity and good-
fellowship. Let every one of our more than 32,000 Lodges, Encampments and Cantons be opened promptly at the appointed
hour.   Let the business be conducted regularly, but without loss of 3865
time, for one of the greatest advantages of membership in our
Order is the study and practice of parliamentary procedure and
efficiency.
Study the law so that you can render your own decisions
rather than wait upon your Grand Officers, and when you have
learned the law, follow it closely.
Perfect yourselves in the ritualistic work of the Order, and
confer all degrees with the dignity and solemnity that befits such
high and holy admonitions. No Lodge that neglects this advice
can accomplish the objects for which it was instituted.
Let no unseemly action, no debasing stories, no improper discussion, mar the high character of your meetings. Odd Fellowship
is uplifting in all its branches and in all its activities, and he who
lowers our standard is an enemy of the Order, and, indeed, of
humanity.
Let your conduct within and without the Lodge room ever be
such as to commend yourselves to the good opinion of all men.
Attend to all the business of your Lodge in a purely business
manner. Be scrupulously honest, and insist on the most scrupulous
honesty in all your officers and members. Pay all benefits that
may be properly due, but do not permit yourselves to be imposed
upon by designing men.
Let every branch of the Order work in harmony with every
other branch, and use every proper effort to increase its growth
and prosperity. The power and influence of the Subordinate Lodge
is dependent upon a healthy growth and development of its coordinate organizations, the Encampment, the Canton and the
Rebekah Lodge. Give to each of them your heartiest moral and
financial support, and thus do yourself the highest good, for "if
one member suffer, all the members suffer with it."
But above all, and whatever else you or your Lodge may do,
make it your duty and your pleasure, so far as you can, without
injury to yourself or your family, to relieve suffering, whenever
and wherever you may find it, within or without your Lodge,
whether such suffering be the fault of the sufferer or not. Is he
not, after all, your brother..
To the watchword of our departed Grand Sire Daniel add the
modern watchword of business life, and let Service and Efficiency
crown the temple of Odd Fellowship with glory and honor.
Yours in Friendship, Love and Truth,
FRANK C. GOUDY,
Grand  Sire. 3866
1819-1917 — Anniversary Proclamation
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
V I. O. O. F.       ■§; •
Office of Grand Master.
Vancouver, B.C., 17th March, 1917.
To the Subordinate Lodges, #
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Greeting:—
In accordance with law and in compliance with the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, W. H. Brown, Grand Master, by virtue
of the authority vested in me, do hereby enjoin upon the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction to assemble on Thursday, the
26th day of April, 1917, and by appropriate exercises to commemorate the Ninety-eighth Anniversary of the institution of our
Order, and by public thanksgiving to Almighty God for His
manifold mercies to us as individuals and as an Order.
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.  f^^M I | W.  H. BROWN,
Attest: Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, %
Grand Secretary.
N.B.—The Services prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge
to be used at the Anniversary Celebration can be obtained from the
Grand Secretary—'price, thirty cents per copy.
In Memory of Deceased Brethren
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,    1
|        I. O. O. F. & *       .J
Office of Grand Master.
|   Vancouver, B.C., April 21st, 1917.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
In accordance with the General Laws of the Order and in
compliance with the Proclamation of the Grand# Sire, I, W. H.
Brown, Grand Master, by virtue of the powers vested in me, do
hereby earnestly request all Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction that have suffered loss of membership by death to assemble on
Tuesday, the  12th  day of June,  1917, and  engage in appropriate 3867
exercises in memory of their deceased brothers. If some other
date should prove more convenient, Lodges are permitted to hold
their services on such other date, and in the event of any Lodge
wishing to appear in public in regalia on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted it to do so.
Fraternally yours,
Attest:
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary,
W. H. BROWN,
Grand Master.
The Ceremony prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge to
be used on Memorial Day may be obtained from the Grand Secretary.    Price, thirty cents per copy.
CIRCULAR LETTERS
Quarterly Reports of the State of the Order
THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
Of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Office of the Grand Sire.
Denver,  Colorado,   November  16,  1916.
Circular Letter, No. 1.
To  the  Presiding  Officers
of all Grand Jurisdictions.
Greeting:—
At the session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge held September
18-22, 1916, the following report from the Committee on the State
of the Order was submitted and adopted:
To the Sovereign  Grand Lodge of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows:—
Your Committee on the State of the Order, to whom
was referred that portion of the Grand Sire's report, under
the heading "Informal Reports From Grand Officers,"
suggesting that some method should be provided by this
Body requiring informal bi-monthly or quarterly reports
to be made direct to the Grand Sire by Grand Masters,
Grand Patriarchs, Presidents of Rebekah Assemblies and
Department Commanders, touching tl^e general state of
the Order in their respective Jurisdictions, would respectfully report that they have carefully considered the same
and recommend the adoption of the following: 3868
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of this Body be
instructed to notify all Grand Masters, Grand Patriarchs,
Presidents of Rebekah Assemblies and Department Commanders to submit to the Grand Sire quarterly reports of
the state of the Order in their respective Jurisdictions, so
that the Grand Sire can keep in touch with the various
questions that are being discussed in the several Jurisdic.
tions. Signed by the Committee.
By the adoption of this report The Sovereign Grand Lodge
has made it your duty to submit to the Grand Sire quarterly reports
of the state of the Order in your respective Jurisdictions. This will
greatly increase our duties. Such additional work will, I know,
be cheerfully undertaken by you, but in order that it may be made
of commensurate value to the Order, we must consider carefully
the method of procedure.
For the purpose of making this new venture of the greatest
practical value, I invite suggestions from each of you as they may
occur to you, and I shall also take the liberty of suggesting, from
time to time, the scope of such reports. The subject suggested
by me will not, of course, be exclusive, for I will expect you to add
thereto anything of special interest to your Jurisdiction.
The report of the Grand Secretary shows a decrease of membership in the Subordinate Lodges of 15,579; the Encampments
of 1,229; the Cantons of 132, and of brothers in Rebekah Lodges
of 502, while there is an increase of 9,269 sisters. This is the first
time in many years that we have recorded a decrease in membership. Doubtless the frightful world war is in a measure responsible for this decrease.
Let us, then, study this one question for our first reports,
which will be due next January. Consult with your own membership as to the probable reasons, and in your report state whether
your Jurisdiction has increased or decreased, and, if possible, give
the reason or £ause.
Surely, so great a change in the status of the Order demands
our closest and most painstaking consideration. Our principles
are the same, our ideals are as high, and surely the world needs
them as much as ever before.    Why, then, a decrease?
I shall not be able to write personal letters to each of you, but
I shall try to analyze your reports, and to present in my future
letters the result of such analysis. I trust that some method of
overcoming this condition may be found.
In the fullest confidence that another year will show this loss
changed to a gain, and that with the gain in membership we shall
also show an increased efficiency in the beneficial work of relieving 3869
the distressed, and of bringing comfort and help to those in sor
row and tribulation, I remain,
Yours in  Friendship,  Love and Truth,
Attest:
JOHN  B. GOODWIN,
Grand Secretary.
FRANK C. GOUDY,
Grand Sire,
National Service
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
I. O. O. F. I |
Office of Grand Master.
Vancouver, B.C., April 21st, 1917.
To the Members of the Independent Order of
Odd  Fellows of  British  Columbia.
Brethren:—
Your attention is directed to the accompanying letter in reference to "National Service."
The importance, at this time, of saving must be borne in upon
the consciousness of every one who has given the subject even
slight consideration. The unparalleled devastation and ruthless
waste in addition to the unavoidable drain upon the resources of
the whole world as a result of the great world war, makes it the
especial duty of each one of us to avoid, as far as possible, further
waste by practical methods at home, and to cultivate the habit of
saving so that, in this way, we may serve not only our country but
indirectly our fellow man. Hence our efforts to save must be
devoid of any sense of selfishness, but rather let us save that we
may be in a position to give the help that is needed and at the time
it may be most required, which  means now.
Let our motto be "Save to Give," and may each realize that it
is his individual duty.
Sincerely  and   fraternally  yours,
Attest:—
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
W. H. BROWN,
Grand -Master 3870
FINANCE DEPARTMENT
Ottawa, Canada, March 5th, 1917
Dear Sir:—
I have been instructed by the Minister of Finance to send you,
under separate cover, a copy of his address on "Canada's Need for
Greater National Saving," together with other matter relative to
the new War Savings  Certificates.
m>
In the campaign which has baen inaugurated for greater national saving, the Minister desires to have the earnest co-operation
of all representative organizations, and is convinced that the movement will benefit greatly by the active assistance of the various
Canadian fraternal organizations. It will be considered a great
service, therefore, if your Executive Committee will be willing to
co-operate in the movement by bringing the need of saving and
the War Savings Certificates as prominently as possible to the
attention of your branches and membership.
The great need is to impress upon our people the fact that
they can render an outstanding patriotic service by saving and
placing their money at the disposal of the Government to assist
in financing the war.
The promotion of greater thrift is of such national importance
that I feel sure that any appeal or suggestions you may make will
have the earnest support of your organization.
Yours faithfully,
FRED DAVEY, Esq.,
Grand Secretary,
Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.
Victoria. B. C.
B. J. ROBERTS,
Assistant Secy, to Minister.
APPOINTMENTS
Bro. Morgan, P.G., of "Coronation" Ladge, No. 48, advised that
he was unable to accept the appointment of D.D.G.M. for District
No. 17. I, therefore, appointed Bro. A. Banham, P.G., of the same
Lodge.
Bro. W. D. Fern, of "Ashcroft" Lodge, No. 23, having
"passed away," I apointed Bro. A. Davis, P.G., as his successor
for District No. 10 until the end of the term.
Bro. E. J. Dezall, P.G., the appointee as D.D.G.M. for District No. 21, has been compelled to remove to Alberta on account
of his health. Bro. H. L. Calvert, P.G., has been appointed to
complete  his  term  of office. 3871
Bro. H. White, P.G.M., was appointed Fraternal Delegate to.
attend the Session of the Grand Lodge of Alberta which met in
Calgary in February last.
APPEALS
Bro. J. Wilby, P.G., of "Victoria" Lodge, No. 2, appealed from
a decision given by the D.D.G.M. of District No. 1. The appeal
was not sustained. All papers in connection with same are here for
the proper committee to deal with.
DECISIONS
Oct. 5, 1916.—A member of "Union" Lodge, No. 11, was on the
sick list and drew benefits for six weeks, was declared off and
again became sick within three months.
Question: Do the benefits for the second term of sickness start
at $3.00 for the first week's sickness or $8.00 for the first week?
Answer: He is entitled to $8.00 for the first week of the second
period of sickness.    Art. IV, Sect.  1,  Constitution of  Subordinate"
Lodges.
Nov. 4, 1916.—Bro. Bentley, D.D.G.M. of District No. 10, submitted the following: The Noble Grand of "Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9,
having served nine nights of his term, having joined the King's
forces,  resigned.
Question: Is he entitled to the honor of Past Grand?
Answer: No.
Nov. 10, 1916.—From "Vancouver" Lodge, No. 8:
Statement (briefly): The Financial Secretary did not send out
notices advising brothers of their standing. A brother died and
was in arrears.
Question: Did the Lodge act in accordance with the By-laws
in refusing j:o pay funeral benefits?
Answer: The action of the Lodge was in harmony with the
Constitution and By-laws of the Lodge.
Feb. 28, 1917.—"Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, asked: "Can a
brother who was absent at a certain meeting at which a motion
was passed ask at the next meeting of the Lodge to have the
motion rescinded or struck off the minute* of the Lodge?
Answer: He may not make a motion so to do. 3872
DISPENSATIONS
June 15th, 1916—
Silver City Lodge, No. 39, to hold a dance on June 20, 1916,
under the auspices of the Order and wear Regalia.
July 26th, 1916—
To Park Lodge, No.'66, to hold a picnic at Central Park on July
26th, 1916.
September 22nd, 1916—
To Penticton Lodge, No. 51, to remove the Charter to a new
hall, subject to the provisions of Section 795 of Code.
September  14th, 1916—
To Island Lodge, No. 24, to hold a social and dance on the evening of September 19th, 1916.
October 16th, 1916—        %
To Western Star Lodge, No. 10, to hold a social evening on
October 19th, 1916.
October  16,  1916— *
To Fairview Lodge, No. 61, to hold an "At Home" on October
31st, 1916.
November 4th, 1916—
To Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, to carry on the work of the
Lodge until the next Session of the Grand Lodge. Charter
destroyed by fire.
November 6th, 1916—
To Kelowna Rebekah Lodge, No. 36, to carry on the work of
a Rebekah Lodge until the next Session of the Grand Lodge.
Charter destroyed by fire.
December 8th, 1916—
To Aaron Lodge, No. 14, to elect a Scarlet Degree member to
the office of Noble Grand. All other qualified brothers having declined.
January 9th, 1917—
To Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, to hold a joint installation
with Kalamalka Rebekah Lodge, No. 6.
March 17th, 1917—
To Freemont Lodge, No. llr Lander, Wyo., to appeal to the
Lodges in this Jurisdiction for financial assistance to save their
hall. 3873
March 22nd,   1917—
To Hastings Lodge, No. 29, to receive applications, ballot,
initiate and confer degrees on candidates on night of Institution of the Lodge.
April 21st, 1917— .
To Park Lodge, No. 66, Central Park, B. C, to move the Charter
to a hall at the corner of Kingsway and McKay Road, Burn-
aby, B. C.
Dispensations to Lodges in the Jurisdiction of the
Grand Lodge of Washington
To Molsen Lodge, No. 317, Molsen, Washington, to receive the
application of Bro. Higginbottom, by transfer, holding membership in an Eastern Jurisdiction but resident in British Columbia.
August 24th, 1916—
To Molsen Lodge, No. 317, to accept the applications of John C.
Graham and George Morley Winter, Bridesville P. O., B. C,
to become members by initiation.
November 18th, 1916— W:
To Molsen Lodge, No. 317, to accept the applications of D.
Bogarth and H. C. Letts of Bridesville, B.C., to become mem-
bers by initiation.
January 10th, 1917—
To Molsen Lodge, No. 317, to accept the applications of P. G.
Kingsley, E. F. Gardener and D. A. McQuig, of Bridesville, to
become members by initiation. All the applications from
Molsen Lodge, No. 317, were reecived through the office of the
Grand Master or Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of
Washington. The nearest Lodge in this Jurisdiction is at
Greenwood, some eighteen miles away. The village of
Bridesville is not large enough to support a Lodge, according
to information received, and since there was no loss being sustained by this Jurisditcion and the Order as a whole, and the
Jurisdiction of Washington was being benefited, I granted the
Dispensations as above. The correspondence relative to this
matter is on file and is at the command of the Grand Lodge.
October 24th, 1916—    .    *   -\
To Blaine Lodge, No. 80, Blaine, Washington, to accept the
applications of Geo. Kitzel and D. W. Kitzel, both residents of
British Columbia, to become members by initiation, first having taken the matter up with Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, and
received .their consent. 3874
Rebekah Lodge
Dispensation for a Rebekah Lodge, to be known as Adina,h
Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, to be instituted at Trail, B. C, was
granted in April.
Dispensations Refused
June 24th, 1916—
Fairview Lodge, No. 61, was refused a Dispensation to open
Lodge at 7:30 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. This matter is regulated
by the By-laws of Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS OF SUBORDINATE
§§§§§" LODGES       I r  •
With the object in view of trying to stimulate the interest of
the members, at the beginnitig of the present term the Installation
Ceremony was performed by the Grand Lodge Officers as follows:
January 4th, 1917.—A joint installation at the hall of Little
Mountain Lodge, No. 60, when the officers of Ridgely Lodge, No.
22, Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, and Park Lodge, No. 66, were
installed with the assistance of Bro. R. A. Merrithew, P.G., Grand
Warden; Bro. Fred Davey, P.G., Grand Secretary; Bro. A. E.
Harron, P.G., Grand Treasurer; Bro. H. Fooks, P.G., Acting Grand
Marshal; Bro. W. S. Crux, P.G., Grand Chaplain, and Br^
Phinney,  P.G,  D.D.G.M.
C.  G.
January 5th, 1917.—A joint installation "was held at the Odd
Fellows Hall, Pender and Hamilton Streets, when the officers of
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Western Star Lodge, No. 10, and Pacific
Lodge, No. 26, were installed by the same installing officers with
the exception of Bro. Phinney, P.G, whose position was taken by
Bro. C. C. Cooke, P.G, D.D.G.M.
January 8th, 1917.—A joint installation was held at the I.O.O.F.
Hall, New Westminster, when the officers of Royal City Lodge,
No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No. 27, were installed with the assistance
of Bro. Merrithew, P.G, Grand Warden; Bro. E. L. Webber,
P.G.M, Acting Grand Secretary; Bro. A. E. Harron, P.G, Grand
Treasurer; Bro. W. S. Crux, P.G, Grand Chaplain; Bro. J. R.
Ritchie, P.G., Acting Grand Marshal; Bro. Robert May, P.G, Acting Grand Guardian, and Bro. Reid, P.G, Acting Grand Herald.
I am under a debt of gratitude to these brothers for their
assistance and especially to our Grand Secretary, Bro. Davey, and
Bro. Harry Fooks for their presence on these occasions in view
of the fact that they were under the necessity of travelling some
considerable distance in order to be present. 387
OFFICIAL VISITS
I regret exceedingly my inability to visit all the Lodges in the
Jurisdiction. Lack of sufficient time and other unavoidable circumstances arose to prevent it. I had intended to visit Ashcroft
Lodge, No. 23, Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, and Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, on
July 15th, 17th and 18th, respectively, of last year, but at the last
moment was compelled to remain in Vancouver. I telegraphed Bro.
Glass, Deputy Grand Master, asking him to make these visits, which
he very kindly did, with the exception of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.
My message did not arrive in time for him to do so.
The reception given me was everywhere most cordial and I take
this opportunity to thank the Brothers and the Lodges for the
courtesy and hospitality shown me.
The amount of degree work was not large but, taking into
consideration the conditions under ^hich the Lodges have been
compelled to work, the Degrees were exemplified in a very acceptable manner.
The following Lodges were visited on the dates as given
below:—\
1916 July 19—Eureka Lodge. No. 50.   Informal Meeting....Enderby
I      20—Coronation   Lodge,   No.  48 Armstrong
21—Vernon  Valley  Lodge,  No.  18 Vernon
I      22—Orchard  City  Lodge,   No.  59 Kelowna
24—Penticton"   Lodge,   No.   51,   and  Okanagan   Lodge,
No. 58.
"      25—Boundary Valley Lodge,  No.  38 Greenwood
"      26—Snowshoe   Lodge,  No.  46 Phoenix
I     27—Gateway Lodge,  No. 45 Grand Forks
"     28—Rossland   Lodge,   No.   36 £ Rossland
"      29—Enterprise   Lodge,   No.   43 Trail
|      31—Kootenay   Lodge,   No.   16 Nelson
Aug. 1—Slocan  Lodge,  No.  40 Slocan
2—Silver  City Lodge,  No.  39 Sandon
I        3—Sunshine Lodge, No. 57 Kaslo
1        5—Michel Lodge, No.  54, and  Corbin  Lodge,  No.  64,
Joint Meeting.
1        7—Mt.  Fernie  Lodge,  No. 47 Fernie
8—Key City Lodge,  No.  42 Cranbrook
I      10—Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34 Golden
«      H_Selkirk   Lodge,   No.   12 ....Revelstoke
I      14—Princeton  Lodge,  No.  52 Princeton
§      15—Pittitko Lodge, No. 13 Merritt
Nov. 13—Ridgely Lodge, No. 22 *. S. Vancouver
14—Island Lodge, No. 24 Eburne
"      15—Delta Lodge, No. 21 ; - Ladner
"      16—Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60 S. Vancouver 3876
1916 Nov. 17—Grandview   Lodge,   No.   62 Vancouver
18—Cloverdale  Lodge,'   No.   15 Cloverlade
"      20—Amity Lodge, No. 27 N. Westminster
"     22—Park  Lodge,  No. 66 Central  Park
I     23—North  Vancouver,  No.  55. North  Vancouver
1     24—Abbotsford Lodge,  No. 20 .Abbotsford
I     25—Excelsior   Lodge,   No.   7 '. Chilliwack
|     27—Pacific Lodge,  No. 26 Vancouver
I     29—Aaron Lodge, No. 14 Vancouver
"     30—Fairview   Lodge,   No.   61 Vancouver
Dec.   6—Royal City Lodge, No. 3 New Westminster
"       7—Western  Star Lodge,  No.  10 Vancouver
|       9—Fidelity Lodge, No. 25 Mission City
26—Duncan  Lodge,  No.  17 Duncan
" 27—Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and Columbia Lodge, No. 2,
Joint   Meeting    Victoria
28—Dominion Lodge, No. 4 Victoria
29—Harmony  Lodge,  No.  6 Ladysmith
1917 Jan.    2—Union  Lodge,  No.   11 Cumberland
3—Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 Nanaimo
Mar. 31—Cheam Lodge, No. 28 ..Agassiz
April   2—Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.' Kamloops
27—Vancouver Lodge, No.  8 Vancouver
May   3—Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60 South Vancouver
8—Mount Pleasant Lodge, No.  19 Vancouver
15—Hastings Lodge, No. 29 Vancouver
While in Kamloops the Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Glass, and
I received a very pressing invitation to pay an Official visit to
Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, which we accepted and were
given  a very warm welcome.
A visit was also paid to the hospital at Tranquille.    We were
shown over the entire institution by Dr. Vrooman, medical super-*
intendent, who  received us very kindly.    The  several  apartments
were  scrupuously  clean  and  very  cheery  and  on  the   whole  impressed one as being a well managed institution.
Bro. J. N. Currie, D.D.G.M. for the District, performed the
ceremony of Installation in Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, and permitted the Deputy Grand Master and myself to take part.
On several occasions during my visits, the Rebekahs turned
out and were permitted, whenever possible, to listen to the addresses. Their presence at these meetings seemed to give a
peculiar tone to the meetings that made them different from
others.
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND, MASTERS
I beg to submit an epitome of the reports of the District
Deputy Grand Masters which I have received:— 3877
District No. L—P. A. MacLean, D.D.G.M, reports that he
installed the officers of the Lodges in his District at the appointed
times with the assistance of Past Grand Masters and other Past
Grands. Issued no Dispensations. Accompanied the Grand Master
on the occasion of his Official visit. Is a constant attendant at his
own Lodge and a frequent visitor to the other Lodges in the city.
Received an appeal from Bro. J. Wilby, P.G, against the action
of "Columbia" Lodge, No. 2, in sustaining the decision of the
N.G. in declining to count the votes of members in the affirmative
who abstained from voting on a question before the Lodge. Decided to sustain the action of the Lodge, there being no*law
of the Order or of "Columbia" Lodge, No. 2, to the contrary. An
appeal against this decision taken to the Grand plaster.
Continuation of the war and disturbance of business has a
detrimental effect on the Lodges. Signs of improvement, however,
are in evidence.
District No. 2.—H. W. Harrison, D.D.G.M, installed the
officers of Lodges Nos. 3, 27 and 25 in July last, and those of No.
25 in January last. The Grand Master and other Grand Lodge
officers installed those of Lodges Nos. 3 and 27 in January, 1917.
Granted no Dispensations, paid no offcial visits nor rendered
any decisions on questions of law.
Lodges Nos. 3 and 27 are flourishing, but No. 25 is having a
hard time owing to having a number of members overseas.
District No. 3.—H. Thorneycroft, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of the officers of "Black Diamond" Lodge, No. 5, on 19th
July, 1916, and 17th January, 1917. Granted a Dispensation to permit the Lodge to meet on Friday instead of Wednesday on one
occasion. Paid no official visits nor rendered any decisions. Condition of the Lodge improving.
District No. 4.—E. D. Comley, D.D.G.M, installed the officers
of "Harmony" Lodge, No. 6, on 10th July, 1916, and 15th, January,
1917. Issued no Dispensations. Accompanied the Grand Master
on his official visit to Lodge No. 6, on 29th December, 1916. Rendered no decisions. Condition of the Order much brighter than
for some time past owing to improved labor conditions. Initiating
a good class of young men and th^ Lodge is growing financially.
District No. 5.—J. C. Henderson, Jr., D.D.G.M, installed the
officers of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, at #ie prescribed times. Paid
two official visits but issued no Dispensations, nor rendered any decisions. , The condition of the Order is good and a lively interest
taken in the work of the Order and fair progress made. 3878
District No. 6.—C. C. Cooke, D.D.G.M, installed the officers
of the three Lodges in his District on the first regular meeting
nights of the term commencing 1st July, 1916. Assisted the Grand
Master and a staff of Grand Officers at a joint installation of the
officers of Lodges Nos. 8, 10 and 26, on the 5th January, 1917.
Issued no Dispensations; paid no official visits, nor rendered any
decisions.
All the Lodges have increased their membership in the past
year, and suspensions for N.P.D. have not materially increased.
Attendance at meetings very fair and improving. Taking into consideration existing conditions, the state of the Order in this District
is excellent.
Recommends that the D.D.G.M. of each District be officially
appointed as Convener of Committees appointed to conduct the
Anniversary Service of the Order so as to obviate the confusion
that arises under the present system.
District No. 7.—H. W. Pugsley, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of the officers of the three Lodges in his District at the
usual times. Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visits
to Lodges Nos. 14, 19 and 55. Issued no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions. Condition of the Order very good, all the
three Lodges progressing favorably. Acknowledges indebtedness
to Bro. Harron, Grand Treasurer, for both assistance and advice.
District No. 8.—J. A. Jewett, D.D.G.M, reports the officers of
Lodges Nos. 24, 61 and 62 installed at the proper times. Issued
two dispensations to "Island" Lodge, No. 24, to hold Whist
Drives and Dance. Visited "Island' Lodge, No. 24, once officially
in addition to installations. The condition of the Order in this
District very good considering the depression for the past three
years. Recomemnds the Grand Lodge at its next Session to take
action to place the Dues and Benefits on a sound and uniform
basis, considers the present amount of benefits paid too great for
the dues collected, and fears that small Lodges will not be able to
finance themselves in a short time, owing to paucity of initiations.
District No. 9.—C. G. Phinney, D.D.G.M, reports that installation of the officers of Lodges Nos. 22, 60 and 66 on the first meeting nights in July, 1916. On 4th January, 1917, the officers of the
three Lodges were installed, jointly by the Grand Master assisted
by other Grand Lodge officers. No other official visits but constant
attendance at own Lodge and frequent visitor at the other two.
No Dispensation issued or decisions rendered. All Lodges making
progress and securing good candidates for initiation. The prospects
in the District are better than for the past two years.
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District No. 10.—A. R. Bentley, D.D.G.M., reports that he installed the officers of "Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9. on 3rd July, 1916. and 3879
8th June, 1917. Granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions. Accompanied Bro. Glass, D.G.M, and Bro. -Brown, G.M,
on their official visits to "Tatnai" Lodge on 17th July, 1916, and 9th
April, 1917. Lodge holding its own fairly well and interest taken
by the members improving. Many members have obeyed their
country's call whose presence are missed and whose safe return is
prayed for.
District No. 11.—Charles Whyte, D.D.G.M, installed the
officers of "Union" Lodge, No. 11, at the usual times. No Dispensations issued nor official visits made, but is a regular attendant
at Lodge meetings.
Rendered a decision respecting six months clause in By-laws
referring to benefits, which was sustained by the Grand Master.
Condition of the Order not as good as might have been expected.
Financial condition of the Lodge is good.
District No. 13.—W. H. Cowen, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of the officers of "Pittitko" Lodge, No. 13, at the customary
time. No Dispensations granted, decisions rendered or official
visits made except at installation of officers. Lodge getting on
nicely, prospects much better for the future and a decided increase
irr membership expected in coming year.
District No. 14.—J. L. Crosby, D.D.G.M, reports two installations of officers in "Cloverdale" Lodge, No. 15. No Dispensations
issued, nor questions of law decided. No official visits made except
at installation of officers. Condition of the Order in the District is
fair.
District No. 15.—Wm. Hinde, D.D.G.M, reports the installation
of the officers of "Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, with those of "Queen
City" Rebekah Lodge, jointly, on 10th July, 1916, and 16th January,
1917. Issued two Dispensations authorizing the above joint installations of officers. Paid official visits in July and September,
1916, and January and March, 1917. Rendered no decisions. Condition of Order in District fairly good, but regret to report lack of
interest on the part of members hi the attendance at regular meetings but on special occasions the response is good. Recognizes tne
impracticability of Grand Lodge Officers visiting Lodges oftener,
but thinks that an occasional letter of greeting from each during
his term of office would do much to enliven interest and create an
impression that they are themselves interested in the welfare and
condition of the Subordinate Lodges.
District No. 16.—J. P. Smith, D.D.G.M-, reports the installation
of the officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, at the usual times.
Granted no Dispensations, paid no official visits nor rendered any
decisions.    The condition of the Order is fair. 3880
District No. 17.—A. Banham, D.D.G.M, reports the installation
of the officers of "Vernon Valley" Lodge, No. 18, and "Coronation"
Lodg£, No. 48, twice during the year, but makes no mention of
"Eureka" Lodge, No. 50, also in his District. No Dispensations nor
decisions reported. The condition of the Order is. stated to be very
poor, and it is recommended that the three Lodges in this District
be given every consideration on account of so many of their members having gone to the Front. The certainty is expressed of conditions brightening after the war.
District No. 18.—G. H. Kerr, D.D.G.M, reports one installation
of officers in "Abbotsford" Lodge, No. 20, during his term. No
Dispensations were issued or decisions given. Accompanied the
Grand Master on his official visit to Lodge No. 20 on 24th November, 1916. The condition of the Order is unchanged since last
report.
District No. 21.—H. L. Calvert, D.D.G.M, who succeeded Bro.
E. J. Dezall near the end of the year, owing, to the latter having
to leave the Province on account of sickness, reports that the
officers of "Cheam" Lodge, No. 28, were installed in regular form
on 27th July, 1916, and llth January, 1917.
Bro. Dezall reports that he granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions. Considers the condition of the Order fair.
Owing to so many members joining the colors, no new members
have been added.
District No. 22.—J. B. Cross, D.D.G.M, reports only one installation of officers in "Rocky Mountain" Lodge, No. 34. No Dispensations granted or decisions rendered. The condition of the
Order at present is not very prosperous owing to work in the district being practically closed down and so many members of the
Lodge gone to the Front. Hoping that when the war is over that
many good men will join after hearing what Odd Fellowship has
done for the brothers who have fought for their home and country's freedom.
District No. 23.—F. Sweeney, D.D.G.M, reports the joint-installation of the officers of "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36, "Enterprise"
Lodge, Xo. 43, and "Deborah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, on 20th
July, 1916, and 8th January, 1917, and issued Dispensations for this
purpose. Made no other official visits nor rendered any decisions.
"Rossland" Lodge, No. 36, is in a good financial position but has
not added to its membership since 1st January, 1917. "Enterprise"
Lodge, No. 43, has been taking in members all through the year.
An Encampment and a Rebekah Lodge have been recently instituted at Trail, and have made a good start in each case. Mining
at Rossland has practically been closed down, but hopes are entertained that it will soon be reopened, when Lodge conditions will
improve. 3881
District No. 24.—J. N. Currie, D.D.G.M, reports that he installed the officers of the three Lodges in his District in July, 1916,
and January, 1917. Was assisted by the Grand Master and Deputy
Grand Master at the installation of the officers of "Snowshoe"
Lodge, No. 46, on 26th July, 1916. Granted Dispensations to
"Boundary Valley" Lodge, No. 38, to hold annual ball on 31st Oct,
1916, and to "Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, to hold ice carnival on 30th
January, 1917, also to "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, to hold a special
meeting on 26th December, 1916, its regular meeting falling on
Christmas night. Accompanied the Grand Master and Deputy
Grand Master on their official visits to Lodges Nos. 45 and 46.
Rendered no decisions. Condition of the Order is good in this
District, Lodges Nos. 45 and 46 materially increased their membership in the year. %
"Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, was visited by "Republic" Lodge, No.
162, Jurisdiction of Washington, and a splendid time was spent.
About 30 visiting brothers present. "Gateway" Lodge paid a return
visit on 29th April, 1917, on the occasion of their Anniversary Service, when the Rev. J. D. Hobden, of "Gateway"'Lodge, preached.
District No. 25.—J. Weatherbie, D.D.G.M, reports the officers
of "Silver City" Lodge, No. 39, installed at the usual times. Granted
Dispensations to that Lodge to elect a Scarlet Degree member as'
N.G, all qualified brothers refusing to serve, also to confer the
Degrees on a brother in less time than permitted by law. The condition of the Order in the District is much better than it has been
for a number of years and prospects are promising for a continuance ofr these conditions for the ensuing year. Lodge initiated
sixteen members and admitted another by Card during the year.
Has also built a new hall which is proving a-financial success.
Recommends that a book or form be supplied to record the
address of the nearest relatives of all members admitted into the
Order, so that in case of sickness or death the Lodge may be able
to communicate with them, a case having occurred in Lodge No.
39 which has shown the desirability of this action.
District No. 26.—P. McGuir^e, D.D.G.M, reports that the officers
of Slocan Lodge, No. 40, were installed on 4th January, 1917. Paid
two official visits on 1st August, 1916, and 4th January, 1917.
Slocan Lodge has held its own during past year but prospects are
more encouraging for the future, several applications for membership having been received and others expected in a short time.
District No. 27.—F. J. Broughton, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of officers of "Key City" Lodge, No. 42, twice during the
year. Paid one official visit. Granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions. The condition of the Order in this District
is satisfactory. Recommends a uniform system of bookkeeping and
an official auditor for the Jurisdiction. 3882
District No. 29.—J. W. Jackson, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of officers of Lodges Nos. 51 and 58, in July, 1916, and the
joint installation of these two Lodges at Penticton on 7th January, 1917. The officers of "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, were installed on 9th July, 1917. Granted a Dispensation to confer the
Second and Third Degrees on same date. Paid four official visits
to the Lodges in his District. "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, and
"Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, are in good thriving condition, but
"Okanagan" Lodge, No. 58, is merely existing, but its books are in
fair shape. Recommends that the next Session of the Grand Lodge
be held at Penticton.
District No. 30.—J. H. Drummond, D.D.G.M, reports the installation of the officers of "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52, at the prescribed times. Granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions. Paid three official visits. Conditions of the Order in District
are very gratifying. Suggests that monthly issues of Lectures on
Odd Fellowship be written by some able brother, printed and distributed to the Lodges so as to evoke discussion and create interest
in the Order.
District No. 32.—W. H. Bonus, D.D.G.M, reports that the
officers of "Mt. Ida" Lodge, No. 56, were by motion continued in
office on the first meeting nights of July, 1916, and January, 1917.
No Dispensations were issued or decisions rendered. Was present
at his Lodge at every meeting during the year. The conditions of
the Order in this district are very bad owing to the war, the majority of the members being somewhere in France or England, but
the few brothers remaining are still carrying on the business of the
Lodge as it presents itself.
District No. 33.—A. Goldsmith, D.D.G.M), reports the installation of the officers of "Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, in July, 1916, and
January, 1917, the latter being in public. No Dispensations issued
or decisions given. The condition of the Order in this District is
regular; have gained a number of new members by initiation.
District No. 34.—S. V. Cox, D.D.G.M, reports the installation
of the officers of "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63, at the regular
prescribed times. Dispensations were granted to re-inter the body
of a brother in the Odd Fellows' burial plot; to receive application,
ballot for and initiate a member the same night; to confer the
three Degrees in less time than allowed by law; for a dance on
20th February, 1917, under the auspices of the Lodge. ; Paid one
official visit on 24th April, 1917, escorted by Bro. W. G. Barrie,
P.G, in full P.M. uniform. The condition of the Order in this district is very fair.
District No. 35.—F. J. Johnston, D.D.G.M, reports that the
officers of "Cariboo" Lodge, No. 65, were installed at the proper
times.    Granted two Dispensations.    One for social and dance on 3883
31st October, 1916, and the other for a dance 7th December, 1916.
Paid thirteen visits to the Lodge from 30th June to 31st December,
1916. No decisions were rendered. The condition of the Order
in this District is steadily improving. Twenty new members
initiated in the year 1916.
FRATERNAL DELEGATES
Bro. W. Hogg, P.G.M, was appointed to attend the Annual
Meeting of the Odd Fellows Relief Association held in Kingston,
Ont, in July of last year. I requested him also to extend the
Fraternal Greetings of this Grand Body to the Grand Lodge of
Ontario if he found it possible to attend its annual session. His
report is appended hereto.
Bro. H. White, P.G.M, was appointed to represent this Jurisdiction at the meeting of the Grand Lodge of Alberta held at Calgary in February of this year.    His report is also appended hereto.
PRESENTATIONS
I had the honor to present Veterans' Jewels to Bros. Chapman
of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, of Chilliwack, and Smith of "Brandon
City" Lodge, No. 3, of Brandon, Man.
While in Victoria I was also honored by presenting to Bro.
Ralph a congratulatory address upon his having held membership
in our Order for fifty years and is thus numbered among the
Honorable Veterans.
At Nanaimo, a Roll of Honor, containing the names of the
members of "Black Diamond" Lodge, No. 5, who have enlisted for
foreign service, was unveiled.
RECOMMENDATIONS
My first recommendation is that the likeness of our Grand
Secretary be inserted in the printed Proceedings of this Session. It
is a long time since it has appeared in the Proceedings and as there
have been a number of new Lodges instituted since that time and a
great many new members added to our ranks who will be glad to
have Bro. Davey's likeness, I am prompted to recommend accordingly.
Many of our Lodges have invested funds in non-productive
real estate, which funds will remain there, in some instances, for
some time to come. If this money was available at the present
time many of the financial difficulties of the Lodges would be
solved. I would recommend that the advisability of passing legislation to control the investment of the funds of Subordinate Lodges
be considered at this Session and, if agreeable, acted upon. 3884
A Committee on Dues and Benefits, appointed at our last session, will report to this Session, and it seems to me that this is an
opportune time to take this matter up and deal with it in a manner
that every Lodge in the Jurisdiction may know just how much it
can afford to pay in benefits for the amount of dues it receives.
The present system is subject to too much fluctuation. When the
treasury is well supplied, the benefits are advanced and when it is
not so full the benefits are reduced which, all will agree, is very
unsatisfactory.
The present is a time of retrenchment and we should govern
• ourselves accordingly. One way in which we may do this, which
will benefit the finances of the Grand Lodge as well as the Subordinate Lodges, is to allow only one Representative from each Lodge
to this Grand Lodge. I have attended Grand Lodge for several
Sessions and from close observation there, and study given the
subject, I am persuaded that such a change cannot work to the disadvantage of any Lodge nor to the Grand Lodge. I am aware that
a final adoption of this recommendation cpuld not be made, if
acceptable to the Grand Lodge, at this Session, for it requires an
amendment to the Constitution. It is worthy of our consideration
nevertheless.
According to Section 671 of the "Code of General Laws of the
I. O. O. F, 1915," it is the duty of the Representatives to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge on returning to their Jurisdiction, to instruct their Grand Body in the ritualistic work of the Order. This
has not been the practice in our Grand Lodge for some time past,
but trust that it will be revived at this Session.
During the year since we last met, I have received valuable
assistance from the officers of the Grand Lodge, both elective and
appointed, and it is to their efforts, together with the co-operation
of the Past Grand Masters, that a very large share of any success
we have had is due. To our Deputy Grand Master, Bro. J. H.
Glass, I am indeed grateful for accompanying me to so many of the
Lodges on my official visits at much personal sacrifice to himself
and, also, for the generous hospitality shown in inviting me to be
his guest while in Penticton. My visit to his beautiful home and
the kindly welcome extended to me by Mrs. Glass will long be remembered as a particularly pleasant event of my term as Grand
Master. Our Grand Secretary, Bro. Fred Davey, has given assistance that is deeply appreciated, and that has at all times been freely
given. For the courtesy and attention shown me on the occasion
of myivisit   to   the   Victoria   Lodges   I thus publicly thank him.
Among those who have been especially helpful in addition to
those already mentioned are Bro. R. A. Merrithew, G. Warden;
Bro. Harron, G. .Treasurer; Bro. Crux, G. Chaplain; Bro. Fooks,
G. Conductor; Bro. T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.; Bro.  E.  L. Webber, 3885
P.G.M.; Bro. W. Law, P.G.M.; Bro. W. Hogg, P.G.M.; Bro. H.
White, P.G.M.; Bro. R. Dudley, P.G.M.; Bro. W. A. Johnstone,
P.G.M.; G. R. Bro. F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.; Bro. D. E. MacKenzie,
P.G.M.; Bro. W. H. Cullin, P.G.M.; Bro. A. Henderson, P.G.M.;
Bro. Wriglesworth, P.G.M.; Bro. P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., and Bro.
R. Anderson, P.G.M. To these, individually, my thanks are due and
are herewith presented.
Taking as my guide the* adage that "Activity Is Contagious/' I
have endeavored to stimulate the practice of Friendship, Love and
Truth, which is the grand work of our beloved Order, principles
which will triumph at last for they are omnipotent.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. BROWN,
Grand Master
ODD FELLOWS RELIEF ASSOCIATION REPRE
SENTATIVE'S REPORT
W. H. Brown, Esq,
Grand Master, I.O.O.F. of B.C.
Dear Sir and Brother:—
As you did me the great honor to appoint me as the Representative of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia to attend the annual
meeting of that great adjunct of our Order, The Odd Fellows
Relief Association of Canada, which vjas held at Kingston, Ont,
on July 26th and 27th, 1916, I beg to submit the following report
of my visit.
I may say there were representatives at that meeting from
every Jurisdiction in our broad Dominion from the Atlantic
Ocean on the East to the Pacific on the West, and all were accorded a friendly greeting and a hearty welcome by the officers
of the Association, and also the Mayor of the city, who is a good
Odd Fellow.
In his remarks the Mayor very highly commended the work
done by this Association, and also the great work done by the
Independent Order of Ocjd Fellows in general for the benefit of
the members of such a.g^at and grand institution on this continent.
Bro. Mirixies was re-elected President of the Association, and
he certainly is a fine fellow, and he appears to be the right man for 3886
such an important office.    I was informed that he takes a
interest in the advancement and welfare of the Association.
great
The business of the Association is systematically and thoroughly carried on under the superintendence of Bro. R. Meek,
under whose direction the Association has grown to such wonderful
proportions in the past twenty years. By the courtesy of Bro.
Meek, I had the privilege of going through the offices and seeing
the staff at work, and Mr. Rutherford, the accountant ,explained
to me their system of records and the work of the office, which I
consider is efficiency from beginning to end; everything in complete
order, so that all records can easily be traced up. I may say that,
although I have always been a strong supporter of the O. F. R. A.
since I have had the privilege of attending the annual meeting
and having seen the way the business is conducted and all the
work of the society explained, I can now sincerely recommend it
to the members of this Jurisdiction.
I think I will have the endorsement of the membership of the
O. F. R. A. when I say that the success and prosperity of the
Association is to a great extent due to the efforts and energy of our
esteemed Bro. A. H. Blackeby as the superintendent of all the
agencies in the Dominion, who has many men working under his
direction in the different Jurisdictions and he was highly commended by the Committee on Extension of the Work for his efforts
on behalf of the Association during the year considering the difficulties occasioned by the war.
The past year has not been as successful and prosperous as
the officers and members of the Association would wish for, but
I think, when we consider the conditions caused by this cruel war
and quite a number of the members have made the supreme
sacrifice, we should realize that the Association has made a very
good showing. It has a surplus of about a million and a half dollars, over all liabilities, invested in good securities, mostly bonds
of the cities of our Dominion, and one hundred thousand dollars
in the first Dominion Government War Loan, and they have
applied for as much more Government War Loan Bonds. All this
is a guarantee to the whole membership, and I trust that many
more of the Odd Fellows of this Jurisdiction will take advantage
of the safest and cheapest insurance in our Dominion.
Grand Lodge of Ontario
As I remained in the East for a few weeks, I took advantage
of the opportunity to visit the Annual Meeting of the Grand Lodge
of Ontario, I. O. O. F, which convened on August 10th, at the
town of Chatham. As a visitor from the Jurisdiction of British
Columbia, I received a most cordial and hearty welcome from the
Grand Master, officers and members, which is the largest Jurisdiction of our great Dominion. 3887
I had the honor of being one of the scrutineers during their
election of officers, and I was well cared for as one of their guests
during the whole session.
The business of the meeting was conducted in a very precise
and efficient manner by their courteous and able Grand Master,
Bro. L. B. Cooper, of Brockville, Ont. Everything had been prepared and was well in hand by their efficient and genial Grand
Secretary, Bro. William Brooks of Toronto, as is always done by
our revered veteran, Grand Secretary Bro. F. Davey of Victoria, for
the Grand Lodge meeting of British Columbia; therefore all was
systematically carried on all through the session..
I had the pleasure of meeting some Past Grand Masters of
Ontario whom I had previously met in our own Grand Lodge.
Bro. Young, who had been a resident of Vancouver for some time,
and Bro. Coupland, who was a visitor at the Jubilee Session held
in Victoria in 1914, and a veteran Brother, our only Canadian Past
Grand Sire, Bro. Cl. T. Campbell, of London, Ont. I also met
Grand Lodge officers from the Jurisdictions of New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire, who were paying a Fraternal Visit
to the Grand Lodge, and I must say it was inspiring to be present
at such a meeting, which was also instructive and interesting.
Fraternally yours,
'       WILLIAM HOGG,
Past Grand Master.
REPORT OF FRATERNAL DELEGATE TO GRAND
LODGE OF ALBERTA
Cranbrook, B.C, May 1st, 1917.
W. H. Brown, Esq,
Grand Master, Grand Lodge I. O. O. F. of B. C,
Vancouver, B. C.
Dear Sir and Brother:—
I beg to submit my report as Fraternal Delegate from the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia to attend the Annual Session of
the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of Alberta, held in the city
of Calgary on (including Rebekah Assembly and Grand Encampment)  19th to 22nd  February last.
I arrived on Tuesday morning, the 20th. The weather was
extremely cold. I am pleased to note that the Odd Fellows of
Calgary have built for themselves a magnificent Temple, which
has been dedicated to the cause of Odd Fellowship. It is very
nicely laid out with a view to  the  requirements  of the  different 3888
branches of the Order, and so as to accommodate the meetings and
social functions of the Grand Bodies, all .under one roof. The
building has all modern improvements, splendid heating plant
and electric elevator. The whole interior of the building is well
finished and the main Lodge room is artistically decorated and
elegantly furnished, every arrangement being made for personal
comfort in any degree of weather condition.
On Tuesday evening, accompanied by Brothers David Wilson
of Edmonton and E. E. Chandler of Wetaskiwin, Past Grand
Patriarch and Grand Patriarch, respectively, I visited the local
Encampment and was very cordially received and welcomed. The
Encampment Degrees were conferred on a class of over forty candidates in a very impressive manner.
The meetings of the Grand Lodge were held on Wednesday
and Thursday, February 21st and 22nd, and here I was very cordially received, introduced, welcomed and received with the honors
of the Order. I was then conducted to one of the seats specially
arranged for Past Grand Masters, where I met Bros. A. E. May,
A. Brown, G. W. Henderson, E. A. Cummings and Lieut. J. W.
Mitchell, all Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
The last mentioned had just been invalided home from the battlefield in France.
I was given the opportunity of addressing the Grand Lodge,
which I did, conveying to them the fraternal greetings of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
Upon request of the Grand Master, and together with Bro. J.
Miller, Grand Treasurer of the Jurisdiction of Manitoba and
Fraternal Delegate from that Grand Body, I acted as Teller in the
election of Grand Lodge officers. There was a good attendance
and a keen interest taken in all matters brought forward.
On Wednesday evening we witnessed splendid exemplifications
of Degree Work by the local Lodges. On Thursday evening the
Decoration of Chivalry was conferred on a Sister from Leth-
bridge, by the Patriarchs Militant, the ceremony being conducted
before a large audience, with full military display and in a most
impressive  manner.
Edmonton was decided on as the place of meeting next year,
which will be in February. The proposal to change time of meeting to June being defeated by a very small margin.
In conclusion I must say that I was hospitably received by
the Alberta Brethren, everything possible being done while I was
with them to make my visit both pleasant and profitable. I sincerely trust that these fraternal visits may have the desired effect 3889
of uniting us more closely in the ties of Friendship and Brotherly
Love.
I thank you, Grand Master, for honoring me with the appointment of Fraternal Delegate.    I am,
Yours fraternally,
HARRY WHITE,
Past Grand Master.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit for your consideration a report of the work
of this office for the past year, and tabulated statistics respecting
the work of the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of this Jurisdiction for the year ended on 31st December, 1916, and of their
condition numerically and financially on that date*
One Subordinate Lodge, "Hastings," No. 29, was instituted at
Vancouver by the Grand Master on 22nd March, 1917; and
"Adinah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, was instituted at Trail, on the
18th April, 1917, by Miss Gilchrist, President of the Rebekah
Assembly.
Enquiries have been received from Port Coquitlan respecting
the institution of a Subordinate Lodge, and from Prince George
respecting the institution of a Rebekah Lodge, but so far petitions
have not been received at this office.
I very much regret to report that there was a loss of membership amounting to 372 during the year 1916; caused principally
by non-payment of dues.
There was also a net loss of 113 members in the Rebekah
Lodges. 3890
STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
With the Year 1915
Increase
Decrease
No. Lodges, Dec.   31st,   1916 |
Instituted since   j
I "       Merged    into    other
Lodges  ...
Members, 31st Dec,
Initiated
1916.
Admitted by Card....
Admitted as A. O..J
Reinstated    |
Withdrawn    |
Deceased    |
Expelled    |
Resigned    |
Suspended, N. P. D.|
 I
Conferred 	
■18-
$   2,868.391
 59|
Rejected
Degrees
"    Past   Grands    I 1,396!               28!
Receipts from—
Dues  |$ ^67,656.38 . |
Admissions and Degrees J      5,915.49 |
Rents and Interest on Invest-!
ed Funds  j    38,852.14 i
From All  Other Sources | 5,761.71)
Total Receipts   118,185.72|
No. of Brothers Relieved j 620|
"    Widowed  Families  Relieved....| 33| |
I    Brothers Buried  I 60!                 61
I    Weeks' Sick Benefits Paid | 5,853|             828|
Amount paid for—
Relief of Brothers  |$ 33,715.27|$      294.86|
Widowed Families J        874.57|	
Orphans |
Burying the Dead | 3,924.251'       132.651
Education Orphans...! 90.001          90.00|
Special Relief  |      2,111.01| |
Total Amount Paid for Relief |   40,715.10	
Amount Paid Current Expenses ..|    39,457.75|. |
Total Value of the Assets of Sub-|
ordinate Lodges  | 998,193.18| |
Average Duration of Sickness perl
sick member _ ) 9w 3d 2h j     3d 9h
Average Duration of Sickness per! J
Member  „ I 6d lOh   I     Id 5h    I
cc
29
?
$   1,355.36
1,074.51
1,921.56
110.00
548.74
2,062.79
4,701.36
65,975.96 3891
STATISTICAL—Continued
1
Increase | Decrease
Average Amount of Benefits Paid
to Each Sick Member	
$        54.38
6.38
*
6.18
12.56
.    156.33
752,808.01
i
 1$         5.19
Average   Amount    Expended    for
Relief per Member 	
$         0.05	
Average    Cost   per    Member   for
Current Expenses 	
 1             .35
Average Cost per Member for All
Lodge Expenditures 	
 |             .30
Average   Amount   of    Assets    per
Member	
 |            1.16
Total    Amount    Paid'' for    Relief
Since    Institution    of    Grand
Lodge in 1874 	
1
I                  | 3892
REBEKAH LODGES
Increase
[ Decrease
No. of Lodges, 31st Dec,  1916	
32
897
1,452
2,349
49
147
7
11
.7
12
13
26
160
235
12
14
$   4,573.30
369.50
532.99
1,146.11
6,621.90
146.50
206.30
352.80
5,283.21
6,584.88
-
No. of Members—
Brothers   	
.-
§    127       *
	
113
8
4
Sisters   	
14
Total  M-
No. of Members Initiated—
Brothers   	
Sisters   	
58
1
No. of Members Admitted by Card
Brothers	
Sisters   	
No. of Members Reinstated—
Brothers	
Sisters   	
2
4
No. of Members Withdrawn—
Brothers    -	
Sisters   	
1
No. of Members Suspended—
Brothers   	
18
Sisters    t.	
6
No. of Members Deceased—
Brothers    *	
1
Sisters   	
10
$      787.15
Receipts from—
Dues  a...
Admissions	
71.50
Rents and Interest on Invested Funds 	
117.67
All Other Sources	
65.77
663.75
100.00
64.80
124.80
282.59
1
Total  Receipts  	
Amounts Paid for—
Relief of Members	
Special Relief	
Total Relief 	
Amount Paid for Current Expenses
Invested Funds of Rebekah Lodges
1,107.30 '    3893
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer
From Whom Received
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Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Pittitko
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Abbotsford
Delta
Ridgely
Ashcroft
Island
Fidelity
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Key City
Enterprise
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Coronation
Eureka
Penticton
Princeton
Lodge No.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
34.
36.
38.
39.
40.
42.
43.
45.
46.
47.
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124 50
105 00
83 50
146 50
85
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160 00
90 00
184 00
42 00
79 00
40 00
58 50
24 50
83 00
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26 50
88 00
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22 50
20 50
17 50
40 00
12 50
141 50
127 50
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27 00
67 50
37 00
13 50
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88 00
65 00
51 50
63 50
96 00
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121 50
105 00
82 50
143 50
85 50
52 50
156 00
89 50
182 50
37 00
76 50
38 00
56 00
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81 00
36 50
26 50
83 00
15 00
"22 50
19 50
15 50
39 50
12 30
138 00
119 50
25 00
26 50
69 00
27 50
18 50
15 50
87 50
69 00
48 00
60 50
81 50
22 00
14 00
24 00
30 50
27 52
20 52
4 62
8 23
18 871
22 70
30 84
16 88
2 28
26 98
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13
75
9
04
12
50
3
68
28 02
4
08
3
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47
80
3
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2
18
11
52
1
68
1
68
1
12
12
84
13
72
2 64
81
3
32
14
2
76
5
72
3
11
5
18
4
72
10 73
8 63
4 18
1 12
8 32
1 68
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3894
FINANCIAL STATEMENT—Continued
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Michel
North Vancouver
Mt. Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard City
Little Mountain
Fairview
Grandview
Prince Rupert 63....
Corbin g     64....
Cariboo "     65....
Park |     66....
Dawson la.—
Hastings "      29....
Adinah Rebekah      "       8....
Sundry Persons 	
Grand Lodge Card	
Imperial   Bank    of    Canada
(Home Fund) 	
A. J. Morgan	
F. Shackleton 	
G. Macey	
R. A. Randall	
A. Perry 	
A. & E. K. Baker	
I. Clode	
Robert  May—Donation  	
E. G. Cavalsky—Donation....
Dominion  Gov't  Sav.   Bank
(Aged Odd Fellows' Fd.)
Merchant's Bank, Interest....
5265 36
123 50
200 00
25 00
76 00
152 00
95 00
28 50
3 00
10 00
765 00
40 00
$3281 50 $3186 30$ 583 56 $5978 36|$13834 72 3895
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER

In Whose Favdr
Description

July
a
cc
Aug.
cc
cc
Sept.
cc
cc
cc
Ci
Oct.
Ci

1916
May 30
June l
1
1
1
5
15
15
15
20
24
3
3)
5
7
71
13
13
21
21
25
1
11
1
2|
21
8|
121
22|
II
II
1
1
1
6|
21
21
21
2
4
16
17
25
1
1
248 Imperial Bank 	
249 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
250|Odd Fellows Union	
251 B.  C. Telephone Co	
252 Sweeney   &  McConnell..
253 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
254 Entertainment   Com'tee..
Vancouver, B. C |
255 W. G. Gulland	
257 Grand Treasurer  	
258
259
260
2611
2621
263|
264
2651
266|
267|
268i
269|
270|
271
272
273|
2741
275
276|
277!'
278|
2791
280|
2811
282|
I
2831
284|
2851
2861
2871
2881
289!
2901
2911
2921
2931
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y....
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y....
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y—
B. C. Telephone Co I
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
W. H. Brown, G.M	
Odd Fellows Union  |
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank 	
Victoria P. & Pub. Co....
Imperial Bank 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.l
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd Fellows Union 	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Dominion OddFellow ....|
Sovereign Grand Lodge.j
Sovereign Grand Lodge.!
Imperial Bank  i
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd  Fellows  Union !
B.  C. Telephone Co !
Sweeney & McConnell....;
War   Emergency   Relief!
Committee   	
W. H. Brown, G.M I
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y !
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y j
Odd  Fellows  Union i
B.  C. Telephone Co I
Imperial Bank  I
Sovereign Grand Lodge.j
Imperial   Bank    \
Sovereign Grand Lodge.!
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y I
Odd Fellows Union  i
Deposit (Home Fund)	
Salary 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office	
Rent,  Telephone 	
Printing, etc	
Wreath,    etc.,    Funeral    H.
Waller, P.G.M	
Hire of Tables, etc	
Janitor, Session  1916	
Mileage and Per Diem, Session 1916 	
Freight on Codes	
Sectional Bookcases 	
Salary 	
Rent Telephone 	
Supplies   	
Adv.  Expenses and Postage
Rent, Grand Secy's Office....
Supplies   	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Printing Proceedings, etc	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Supplies 	
Salary. 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office.—
Rent, Telephone	
Supplies 	
Grand Lodge Card, 12 mos..
Supplies  	
Supplies  	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Salary	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office....
Rent, Telephone 	
Printing, etc	
Grant 	
Advance for Expenses 	
Salary	
Postage and Sundries 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office.—
Rent, Telephone 	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
Supplies 	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Supplies  1
Salary 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office....
Forward...	
10
00
10 00
2702
90
23
55
22
00
100
00
4
50
23
77
370
00
35
00
3
00
3
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239
50
10 00
6
00
100
00
35
00
4
50
3
00
10
00
3
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7
27
89
80
100
00
35
00
4
50
11
75
821
35
200 00
100 00
72
86
35
00
4
50
61
75
6
58
95
00
12
50
100
00
35
00
5800 98 3896
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND  TREASURER—Continued
In Whose Favor
Description
1916
Nov.
1917
Jan.
Feb
cc
Mar.
a
Forward	
294IB.  C. Telephone Co .[Rent, Telephone ...%	
295 Sweeney  &  McConnelLjPrinting |	
296[Sovereign Grand Lodge.[Supplies 	
297|Sovereign Grand Lodge. Supplies 	
298 Imperial Bank  (Deposit (Home Fund) 	
299 Sovereign Grand Lodge. Supplies 	
300 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y (Salary 	
301|Odd Fellows Union  Rent, Grand Secy's Office.
302JB. C. Telephone Co Rent, Telephone  :...
303 Sovereign Grand Lodge.(Supplies  	
304 Imperial Bank  (Deposit (Home Fund) 	
305 Sovereign Grand Lodge. Supplies 	
306 Sovereign Grand Lodge.[Supplies 	
307 Sovereign Grand Lodge. Supplies  	
$
326
3271
3281
329|
3301
335
336
337
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd  Fellows  Union	
B.  C. Telephone Co	
W. H. Brown, G.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank  I	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Fred Davey, G. Sev'y	
Odd  Fellows  Union	
B.  C. Telephone Co	
H. White, P.G.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
U. S. Fidelity Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Imperial Bank 	
Imperial Bank 	
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Odd  Fellows  Union	
B.  C. Telephone Co	
Hibben   &   Co	
Sweeney & McConnell...
War   Emergency   Relief
Committee   	
W. H. Brown, G.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Dominion Gov't W. L'n
Dominion Gov't W. L'n
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Salary 	
Postage and Sundries	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office...
Rent, Telephone	
Leather Case for Collar	
Supplies 	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Supplies 	
Salary 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office...
Rent, Telephone	
Expenses,    Fraternal    Dele
gate,  G. L. of Alberta	
Supplies 	
Premium on Bonds	
Supplies	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Salary 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office.—
Rent, Telephone	
Stationerv 	
Printing, etc
Grant	
I Balance of Allowance |
(Supplies 	
!lnvestment (Home Fund) ..|
"    (Aged Odd F. Fund)....!
[Supplies 	
Representative Tax 	
I Supplies  '
Forward
5800
4
37
10
3
73
15
100
35
4
13
76
35
30
3
120
10
52
15
100
35
797
50
8
550
80
65
150
6
98
50
75
00
00
48
00
00
00
50
00
00
00
00
87
100 00
23 90
35 00
4
3
5
152 00
19 00
100 00
35 00
4 50
50
85
17
00
00
50
72
25
00
00
00
4 50
7 00
34 50
35
00
81
00
00
25
00
00
$ 8823 88 3897
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND  TREASURER—Continued


In  Whose   Favor
Description
Amount
$ 8823 88
6 00
100
00
35
00
4
50
4715
36
685
86
50
00
100 00
45
17
35
00
4
50
32
25
10
17
1917
Mar. 30
April   2
2
2
16
16
1
May
338
339'
340
341
342
343
344
345
346
347
348
349
350
Sovereign Grand Lodge.(
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y j
Odd  Fellows  Union i
B.  C. Telephone Co	
Dominion Government ..i
Dominion Government J
Capt.W.H.Brown, A.A.G|
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y—J
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y |
Odd Fellows Union ,
B. C. Telephone Co \
Sweeney & McConnell—
Sovereign Grand Lodge
Forward	
Supplies 	
Salary 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office...
Rent, Telephone	
War Loan Bonds 	
War Loan Bonds 	
Grant, Dept. Council, P.M.
Salary 	
Postage and Sundries 	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office...
Rent, Telephone	
Printing and Stationery	
Supplies  	
$14647 69
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, per last report    $3,119 39
Cash  received  and paid to  Grand Treasurer,  per  foregoing   Statement       13,834 72
1 $16,954 11
LESS Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer, as per Statement   if    14,647 69
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer *    $2,306 42
STOCK ACCOUNT
Dr.
Balance per last Report.    $299 77
Goods bought during the year      420 95
Profit on goods sold  2 68
Goods  sold  during the year	
Value of stock on  hand	
Cr.
$482 80
240 60
$723 40
$723 40 3898
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND
Receipts
Total value of this Fund, per last report $ 21,677 57
Interest on mortgages, as per Statement  700 00
Imperial  Bank of  Canada  148 15
Dominion   Government   Savings   Bank  42
Due     949 70
Donation, Bro. R. May, P.G  3 00
Bro. E. G. Cavalsky, P.G  10 00
$23,488 84
LESS Interest   due   1st   May,   1916,   paid   this
year     $237 10
Balance   of  Interest  due   1st   May,   1916,
unpaid        180 20
        417 30
Total value of this Fund $23,071 54
How Invested
On Mortgage  „ $ 17,149 70
Deposited Imperial  Bank of Canada k        642- 03
Dominion Government Savings Bank  14 45
Dominion Government War Loan, 1917, for $5,500      5,265 36
$23,071 54
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND
Amount on hand, per last report     $ 860 59
Interest, Dominion Government Savings Bank       25 60
Due Grand Treasurer  37
1   $ 886 56
How Invested
Deposit  Dominion   Government  Savings   Bar^k     $ 120 70
Dominion Government War Loan, 1917, value $800         765 86
.$ 886 56   3899
TRIAL BALANCE
236
237
239
247
273
285
303
329
332
337
343
345
349
375
378
383
391
397
403
405
407
408
411
413
429
431
442
449
450
452
455
459
466
469
472
474
476
478
482
484
492
499
502
765
5265
86|
361
120 70L.
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund |$
Dominion  Gov't   War   Loan    (Aged  Odd!
Fellows'   Fund)    |
Dominion Gov't War Loan (Home Fund)
Dominion Gov't Savings Bank (Aged Odd|
Fellows' Fund)  j
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 j	
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12 a	
Delta Lodge, No. 21 |	
Imperial*Bank of Canada (Home Fund) j      642 03
Furniture  and   Regalia   j    1089 73
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34 j 15
Stock Account |     240 60
War Emergency Relief Committee j    1618 70
Cloverdale  Lodge,  No.  15	
$   886 19
1 00
85
50
Bank   (Home
2 00!
14 45
Michel Lodge, No. 54	
j Dominion   Gov't    Savings
Fund 	
|Key City Lodge, No. 42 | j
Odd Fellows' Home Fund j j
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57.... I 2 00|.
(Orchard City Lodge, No. 59  3 20|
A.  J.   Morgan |    2133 00;
F.  Shackleton I    2200 001
|G. A. Macey... I    1127 00|
Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60 | |
IR. A. Randall : |   2228 00|.
Gateway Lodge, No. 45 j 05|.
(Prince Rupert Lodge. No. 63  25j
A.  Perry  I    4152 00|.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26 [ 2 00|.
[Profit and Loss I I
|Wes£ern Star Lodge, No. 10 1 1
[Cariboo Lodge, No. 65 1 |
Union Lodge, No. 11 1 1
Dawson   Lodge,  No.   la I I
Aaron Lodge, No. 14 1 4
A. and E. K. Baker I    2595 00|.
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19 1 !
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 1 j
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 1 601
I. Clode  I    H55 101
W. T. Grantham  -I    1559 60|
Grand Treasurer I    2306 42|
Sovereign Grand Lodge r—I        18 74|
Rossland Lodge, No. 36 1 1
70
25
23071 54
8 00
5222 59
10
10
20
7 40
67
40 00
60
2 05
t-
$29242 541 $29242 54 3900
FINANCIAL
Owing to the decreased membership, the amount realized by
Per Capita Tax is $290 less than estimated by the Finance Committee last year. In the items of Expenditure in last year's
estimate, that for War Emergency Committee has been exceeded
by $13.30, a clerical error having been made in the estimate, which
should have been $1,689.50, instead of $1,605.50. The disbursements
for Printing were $118.50 less than the estimate. The following
payments were not provided for: Wreath and advertising funeral
of the late Bro. Hy Waller, P.G.M., P.G.R., $23.25; Bro. H. White,
P.G.M., expenses attending session of Grand Lodge of Alberta as
Fraternal Delegate, $30.00. The balance in the hands of the Grand
Treasurer is $79.63 less than the estimate.
INVESTMENTS IN WAR LOAN
Under instructions from the Home Trustees, application was
made for $5,500 bonds in the Dominion of Canada War Loan, 1917,
maturing 1st March, 1937, issue price 96, interest at 5 per cent
per annum, out of the funds on hand belonging to the Home Fund.
These bonds were allotted in the name of the Grand Lodge as follows: One fully registered for $5,000, and one registered as to
principal only for $500. Advantage was taken of the offer of a
discount of four per cent to pay the full amount due with the
second instalment on 16th April, 1917. The sum of $5,265.36 has
been paid on this account.
Under authority of the Grand Master, bonds of the face value
of $800 have been purchased in the same war loan on account of
the Aged Odd Fellows' Fund. % These bonds are also in the name
of the Grand Lcidge, and consist of bonds registered as to principal only, one for $500 and three for $100 each. The sum of
$765.86 was paid for these bonds.
WAR EMERGENCY RELIEF
In compliance with the instructions of the Grand Lodge at its
last Session, the following sums have been paid to the Special
Committee on War Emergency Relief, viz.: On 1st September,
1916, $821.35, being 12^4 cents on 6,571 members to 30th June, 1916,
and on 5th March, 1917, $797.35, being 12^ cents on 6,379 members
to 31st December, 1916; total, $1,618.70.
According to the latest reports received in this office, the
number of members of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction
that have enlisted for service during the present war is 593.
I have requested the Lodges to furnish me with the names of
their members who have been killed in action, or died whilst on
service,  which  I   hope  to  include  in  my  Supplementary  Report, 3901
with a view  to publishing it  in  the printed proceedings  of  this
Session, if the Grand Lodge approves of so doing.
' , SURETY BONDS
Under the contract with the United States Fidelity and
Guaranty Company, Surety Bonds for the Grand Secretary and
Grand Treasurer fo'r $1,000 each have been obtained and placed in
the custody of the Grand Master.
In accordance with the Constitution, a Schedule Bond covering the financial officers of the Subordinate Lodges has been procured from the same Surety Company in the following amounts:
Treasurers, $19,400.00; Financial Secretarys, $7,900.00; Trustees,
$18,900.00; total, $46,200.00; on which a premium of $115.50 was
paid. After paying for certain printing in connection with this
service, a profit of $9.36 was realized to the Grand Lodge.
I regret that some Lodges do not appear yet to realize that
this manner of bonding their officers is a provision of the Con-,
stitution, and that there is no discretion allowed to the Grand
Secretary to exempt any of the officers mentioned in the Constitution from being bonded in this way. Considerable correspondence has been necessary with some Lodges on the question of
bonding their Trustees, to which they object.
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
The following reports of the two General Relief Committees
operating in this Jurisdiction have been furnished for the year
1916, in compliance with the By-laws of the Grand Lodge:
Victoria    Vancouver
Number of Brothers relieved       10 51
Amount paid for relief $  651 00       $3,248 66
Amount paid for management expenses       62 00 181 49
Total amount of receipts      728 80 3,499 91
VETERAN JEWELS
The following Veteran Jewels have been issued during the
past year to members of this Jurisdiction:
O   rH
NAME
*-*   ^
<*H
° ft
O   rH
OO
©
P o
7h rn
fc3
NAME
£3
159
160
161
162
163
164
165
166
R. J. Marshall	
E. Schaper, P.G	
C. Stauss 	
C. W.  Ross, P.G...:-
A. R. Miller, P.G....
J. D. McLeod	
G. F. Chapman, P.G.
G. H. Ashwell, P.G.
'7
167
1
168
1
169
1
170
8
171
8
172
7
173
1   7
1
1
G. Marshall, P.G	
R. Baxendale	
J. A. Gilker	
J. F. Kilby	
D. Nicholson, P.G...
W. J. Gordon	
G. W. Brewster	
7
16
16
16
6
22
10 3902
The numerals on the Jewel issued to Bro. J. Peers, P.G.,
"Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, have been changed from "25" to "35"
through the Grand Lodge of Ontario by arrangement with this
Grand Lodge.
DUES AND BENEFITS, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
In accordance with the instructions of the Grand Lodge at its
last Session, I communicated with the Grand Secretaries of the
Grand Lodges of Australasia and New Zealand asking for information respecting the scales of Dues and Benefits in force in their
Jurisdictions and have been favoured with replies on this subject
which will be submitted for such action as you may deem necessary.
AMENDMENT CONSTITUTION
The amendment made to the Grand Lodge Constitution last
Session providing for a Board of Trustees for the Home Fund
was approved by the Grand Sire and ratified by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge at its last Session in September, 1916.
"% CODES
The new Code of General Laws of the Order adopted by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge were received last June and about sixty
copies distributed to the  Lodges whiclT ordered them.
APPEALS
"Dawson" Lodge, No. la, v. W. T. Guttschick
In compliance with the decision of the Grand Lodge at its
last Session, all the documents in connection with the appeal of
Bro. W. T. Gutttschick against the action of "Dawson" Lodge,
No. la, Dawson, Y. T., were returned to that Lodge and the
Lodge was directed to re-try the case. I am now in receipt of
copies of the minutes of the Lodge and the report of the Trial
Committee appointed to re-try the case together with the evidence
taken at the trial.
It appears that the appellant, Bro. Guttschick, left Dawson
prior to the second trial and his address is not known to the Lodge.
No appeal has been received from the defendant in this case,
but I would recommend that the documents received from "Dawson" Lodge be referred to the Committee on Appeals.
"Mt. Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19, v. Bro- J. C. Davis, P.G.     .
An appeal was received in the above case from Bro. Davis,
P.G., against the action of "Mt. Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19, in suspending him for six months, and was forwarded to the Committee 3903
on Appeals.    The report  of the  Committee will be  submitted for
your consideration.
NATIONAL SERVICE AND SAVING
In December last I received a communication from Bro. W.
Brooks, Grand Secretary of Ontario, asking that I would send
Mr. R. B. Bennett, Chairman of the National Service Commission,
a list of the Secretaries of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, in order that he might send them a copy of the Proclamation and other literature respecting National Service, for the
information of the membership of this Jurisdiction, with a view of
enlisting their co-operation in inducing all men in the Dominion
between the ages of 16 and 65 years of age to fill up and return
the Registration Cards that the Commission proposed to issue
through  the  Post  Office.    This  request  I  complied with at once.
"ORCHARD CITY" LODGE, No. 59
I regret to state that through a fire at Kelowna, B. C, on 29th
October, 1916, "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, and "Kelowna"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 36, lost all their property. I understand that
the former was, fortunately, insured. A^ith the concurrence of the
Grand Master, the Regalia and Paraphernalia which formerly belonged to "Camborne" Lodge, No. 49, now defunct, was loaned to
"Orchard City" Lodge for which the members were very grateful.
This paraphernalia has now been returned.
Both these Lodges have forwarded petitions to be granted
Duplicate  Charters, which will be submitted to this  Session.
FRATERNAL VISITATIONS
Cordial invitations were received from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada to send a representative from this
Jurisdiction to attend its Annual Meeting at Kingston, Ont., on
26th and 27th July, 1916, and also from the Grand Lodge of
Ontario to visit its Annual Session at Chatham, on  10th August,
1916.
Bro. W. Hogg, P.G.M., has always taken a very lively interest
in the affairs of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association and he was
appointed by the Grand Master to represent this Jurisdiction at
its Annual Meeting. As Bro. Hogg was remaining in the East for
a time he availed himself of the opportunity of visiting the Grand
Lodge of Ontario as a Fraternal Delegate from this Jurisdiction.
A report from Bro. Hogg on these visits will be laid before you
by the Grand Master. No expense was incurred by this Grand
Lodge  in  connection  with  these  visits.
Bro. Harry White, P.G.M., was also accredited by the Grand
Master   as   a   Fraternal   Delegate   from   this   Jurisdiction   to   the 3904
Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of Alberta which was held
at Calgary on 21st February last. Bro. White's report of this visit
will be submitted to you by the Grand Master.
CONCLUSION -
We are meeting this Session in the City of Chilliwack, situated
in a district famed for its fertility which has earned for it the title
of the "Garden of British Columbia."
Although  "Excelsior"  Lodge,  No.   7,   is   one   of   our  oldest
Lodges, having been instituted on the 24th May, 1886, just thirty-x
one years ago, it  has never before had a  Session  of the  Grand
Lodge held here.
I trust that this meeting will prove of value*to it, and lead
to many of the intelligent and prosperous citizens of the locality
joining it, and in so doing assist in promoting the ennobling
principles of our Order and extending its beneficient jvork.
I wish further to express the hope that the deliberations and
legislation of this Session may be beneficial in its effects on the
whole Jurisdiction, and result in a fresh dedication on the part of
all who may be in attendance to renewed and additional work for
the spread and upbuilding of our beloved Order.
Yours fraternally,
Grand Secretary. 3905
Grand Treasurer's Report
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit the following report of my receipts and disbursements as Grand Treasurer for the past year:
Receipts
1916
June   15—To balance from late Grand Treasurer $ 3,119.39
July     4—To Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19  88.00
6— "    Park Lodge, No. 66  26.00
7— "    Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60  56.50
7— "    Ridgley  Lodge,  No. 22  20.50
7— 9    Pacific  Lodge,  No. 26  141.50
7_ |   Vancouver  Lodge,   No. 8  160.00
7— "    North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55  51.50
"      15_ "    Western  Star  Lodge,  No.  10  184.00
"      18— "    Aaron   Lodge,   No.   14  58.50
I      18— |    Fairview Lodge, No. 61  95.00*
I      18— "    Grandview Lodge, No. 62  37.00
I      18—"    Island Lodge, No. 24  40.00
I     21— "   Amity Lodge, No. 27  127.50
"     21— "    Royal City Lodge, No. 3 )  105.00
I     21— "    Fidelity Lodge, No. 25  12.50
Sept.      — "    Cash,   Grand   Secretary  2,292.39
Oct.    31— I    Interest,  Merchants'   Bank  11.00
1917
jan.      4_ «    Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60  52.00
4_ I    Park  Lodge,  No. 66  24.50
4_ I    Ridgley   Lodge,  No.  22  19.50
S_ I   Western  Star Lodge,  No.  10  182.50
5_ "   Vancouver "Lodge, No. 8  156.00
5— "    Pacific Lodge, No. 26  136.92
|      12— "    Fairview  Lodge,  No. 61  93.00
«      12— "    Grandview  Lodge,  No.  62  3.6.00
«      12— |   Island Lodge, No. 24  39.50
12— "    North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55  56.00
%     12— I    Mt.  Pleasant Lodge,  No.  19  82.50
I     12— "   Aaron   Lodge,   No.   14  56.50
"      12— |    Royal City Lodge, No. 3  105.00
I      12— "   Amity Lodge, No. 27  119.50
Mar.   17— "    Cash, Grand Secretary  2,686.03
April 30— "    Interest,   Merchants'   Bank  29.00
May     1-^- |    Cash. Grand Secretary  6,453.38
Total - $ 16,954.11 3006
Disbursements
June 15th, 1916, to May 1st, 1917:—
By Paid Orders Nos. 248 to 350 inclusive.
14,647.69
Balance on hand     $2,306.42
Fraternally submitted,
A. E. HARRON,
Grand Treasurer.
Grand Representatives' Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Representatives in attendance at the ninety-second annual
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, held in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 18th to 22nd inclusive, 1916, herewith submit their report of the proceedings, including such matter
as may be of immediate interest and importance to this Grand
body and the subordinate membership of this Jurisdiction.
Divine service was held on Sunday morning in the First
Baptist Church. There was a large attendance of visiting Representatives, who listened to an inspiring address on "The Gospel of
Odd Fellowship/' delivered by the Rev.' W. F. Powell.
On Monday morning previous to the opening of the session,
addresses of welcome were delivered by the Mayor of Chattanooga*
the Hon. J. M. Littleton, followed by Robert L. Fine, Gran**
Master, J. B. Armstrong, Grand Patriarch, and Mrs. Leona Roggli-
Moore, President of the Rebekah Assembly of the jurisdiction of
Tennessee.   Grand Sire Robertson responded in a pleasing manner
The Sovereign Grand Lodge session opened at 9 o'clock a.m.
Officers Present
J. B. A. Robertson, Grand Sire; Frank C. Goudy, E>eputy
Grand Sire; John B. Goodwin, Grand Secretary; William H. Cox,
Grand   Treasurer;   J.  Edward  Kroh,   Assistant  Grand  Secretary; 3907
Ben F. Lafayette, Grand Marshal; J. A. Lucas, Grand Chaplain; E.
E. Sharon, Grand Guardian; D. E. Bird, Grand Messenger.
Past Grand Sires Present
Cl. T. Campbell, Ontario; Alfred S. Pinkerton, Massachusetts;
Edwin S. Conway, Illinois; John B. Cockrun, Indiana; C. A. Keller,
Texas.
Committee Appointments
Your Representatives were appointed and served on the standing committees as follows: Representative Cullin, Chairman, "On
Returns"; Representative Johnstone, "On Rebekah Degree"; Representative Proudfoot, "On Mileaere and Per Diem."
EXCERPTS FROM GRAND SIRE ROBERTSON'S REPORT
Condition of the Order
Notwithstanding the disturbed conditions, everywhere apparent,
our Order is in better condition than ever before; we are better
organized; there is more real genuine interest manifested; our
Homes were never supported better, and the amount of relief
disbursed never greater than at the present time.
The Order is being recognized, as never before, as a worldwide positive force for good and the opportunities now presenting
themselves are such as to warrant the belief that we have just
fairly started on our mission to make men happier and better.
Let us renew our supplications, to the Creator and Preserver
of the Universe, that He may continue His approving smile upon
us as an Order and as individuals.
Membership
December 31, 1915, there were
Subordinate Lodges     18,086
Subordinate Encampments       3,552
Rebekah Lodges -       9,654
Cantons   748
Grand Lodges   68
Grand Encampments  58
Rebekah Assemblies   56
On the same date, there were
Subordinate members 1,670,597
Encampment members    233,212
Rebekah  members      752,938
Canton members      26,750
A total membership of 2,683,497 3908
Financial Condition of the Order, December 31, 1915
Total relief paid in 1915 $ 5,975,208.09
total receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1915  17,822,992.79
Total expenses of Grand and Subordinate Bodies for
1915     9,860,670.96
Invested   funds   of   Grand   and   Subordinate   Bodies
December 31,  1915  66,773,961.56
For the first time in many years the records show that in 1915
the Order suffered a loss in membership. The net loss of Subordinate Lodge members was 15,579. This loss can undoubtedly
be accounted for by the unusual circumstances existing in many
jurisdictions.
There was, however, a very substantial increase in the invested
funds of the Order amounting to $635,322.00.
Odd Fellows' Homes
Cost of Property x $3,282,510.18
Present Value   5,869,873.08
Cost of Maintenance      972,232.05
v Number of Homes  55
Number   of   Residents  4,414
Residents admitted from date of opening  10,516
Officers Elected for the Ensuing Two Years
Frank C. Goudy, Colorado Grand Sire
Henry, V. Borst, New York peputy Grand Sire
John B. Goodwin, Maryland Grand Secretary
William H. Cox, Kentucky Great Treasurer
Appointed Officers
Rev. J. A. Lucas, Illinois Grand Chaplain
Winn Powers, Minnesota Grand Marshal
A. E. Gipson, Idaho Grand Guardian
O. C. Black, Oklahoma .". Grand Messenger
J. Edward Kroh, Maryland Assistant Grand Secretary
John K. Ritter, California..General Com. Patriarchs Militant
Next Place of Meeting
Louisville, Kentucky was selected as the meeting place of next
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1917.
Observations
A feature of the session was the time consumed in discussions
arising from the necessity of adopting new rules of proceedure in 3909
the  adoption  of  Bills  and  Reports  in  conformity  with  the  new
Code.|||
The reception and entertainment extended to the Representatives by the Brothers and Sisters on the Reception Committee of
the historical City of Chattanooga, was worthy of the proverbial
reputation of "Southern hospitality."
The parade occurred on Wednesday afternoon and was conceded a grand success.
1 In the evening the Grand Decoration of Chivalry was conferred
on a large number of Patriarchs Militant who had been recommended for that honor. This branch of our Order was well represented at the meeting of the General Military Council, and the city
was enlivened by the many uniforms to be seen on the streets.
New Legislation
Section 364 of the Code was amended to read as follows:—
"Section 364. The constitution of a Grand Body shall not be
amended except by a compliance with the provisions of such constitution respecting the manner in which amendments shall be made
thereto, provided that it shall be lawful for a Grand Body whose
constitution is unalterable for a period of time, to so amend its
constitution As will provide for the levy of a per capita tax upon
the members of the Jurisdiction, for the purpose of establishing
and maintaining homes for aged and indigent Odd Fellows, their
wives and widows of deceased members of the Order, and homes
for the care, protection and education of orphans of deceased Odd
Fellows."
Grand Masters and Presidents of Rebekah Assemblies to submit quarterly reports to the Grand Sire:—
"RESOLVED, That the Grand Secretary of this Body be instructed to notify all Grand Masters, Grand Patriarchs, Presidents
of Rebekah Assemblies and Department Commanders to submit
to the Grand Sire quarterly reports of the state of the Order in
their respective jurisdictions, so that the Grand Sire can keep in
touch with the various questions that are being discussed in the
several jurisdictions
*>
Many new Bills suggesting amendments to the new Code
were introduced but very few were enacted.
Your Representatives append a copy of the proposed amendments which are to come before the Sovereign Grand Lodge at
its next session. In view of the importance of such legislation,
we would be pleased to have this Grand Lodge express its approval 3910
or  disapproval  of  the   same,  so,  that  your   Representatives   may
vote accordingly when the question comes before them.
Conclusion
Your Representatives participated in all the proceedings of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge with both pleasure and interest and
we trust that we expressed the will of this Grand Lodge on the
occasions which called for our voice and vote. We wish to express
our deep appreciation of the honor you conferred upon us in otfr
election as your Representatives.
Fraternally and  respectfully  submitted,
W. H. CULLIN, P.G.M.      f~,
W. A. JOHNSTONE, P.G.M.,
Grand Representatives.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Proposed at September Session, 1916.
Amendment to Section 3, Article I.
Be it enacted by The Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section
3, Article I, of The Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution be
amended as follows: Amend Article I, Section 3, and subdivision
4 of the constitution by adding the words "and in the Grand
Lodge Jurisdictions of Canada" after the word "chartered" in the
seventh line of said subdivision 4, so that when amended it shall
read:
"To determine the qualifications of membership in the Order,
provided that no person shall be admitted to the Order except
free white males of good moral character who have arrived at
the age of twenty-one years, and who believes in a Supreme Being,
the (Creator and Preserver of the Universe; provided, further, that*
in Australia, New Zealand and other countries not on the continent of North America in which one or more Grand Lodges
have been chartered, and in the Grand Lodge Jurisdictions of
Canada the qualifications as to age shall be left to such Grand
Lodges. No hotelkeeper licensed to sell intoxicating liquors,
saloonkeeper, bartender or professional gambler shall be eligible
for membership in this Order."—Journal, page 520.
Amendment to Section 1, Article XIL
Amend Article XII, Section 1, Constitution of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge by inserting after the word determine in the fourth
line of said section the words "until the year 1920, and thereafter 3911
it shall meet biennially on the same date," and by striking out
the word "annual" in the twelfth line of said section and inserting
in lieu thereof the word "biennial," so that said section, when
amended, shall read as follows:
Section 1. Session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge.—This
Sovereign Grand Lodge shall meet annually on the third Monday
of September at 9 A. m., at such place as The Sovereign Grand
Lodge shall from time to time determine until the year 1920, and
thereafter it shall meet biennially on the same date. It may
also meet on its own adjournment. It may also meet specially
on the call of the Grand Sire, of which the Grand Sire shall cause
three months notice to be given to the Representatives of the
several Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments, communicating
to them the purpose for which the special meeting is called, and
in no case shall any business be transacted at a special meeting
unless such notice has been given; provided, that if it shall be
impracticable, from the prevalence of contagious disease or any
other cause, for the biennial session to be held at the place designated therefor, The Sovereign Grand Lodge shall have the power
to determine at what date or place said session shall be held, or
if The Sovereign Grand Lodge be not in session when such emergency occurs, such power may be exercised by the Grand Sire.—
Journal, page 540.
Amendment to Section 1, Article IX,
Amend Article IX, Section 1, of the Constitution of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge by striking out the word "two" in the
third line of said section and inserting the word "four" in lieu
thereof, by striking out the word "annually" in the fourth line of
said section and inserting the word "biennally" in lieu thereof, by
striking out the words "one yea£" in the eighth line of said section
and inserting the words "two years" in lieu thereof, and by striking out the word "annually" in the eighth line in said section and
inserting the word "biennially" in lieu thereof, so that said section
when amended shall read as follows:
Article IX, Section 1, Grand Representatives.—Grand Representatives shall be chosen by the several states, district and territorial Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments for a term of four
years, and shall be divided into two classes, whose seat shall be
vacated annually by rotation; provided,, however, that State, District and Territorial Grand Lodges and Grand Encampment
which are now or may hereafter be entitled to two Grand Representatives may provide by general law for the election of one
such Grand Representative to serve for two years, his successor
to be elected biennially by such Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment. In case of vacancy by death, resignation or otherwise
during  the  recess   of  the   Grand   Lodge   or   Grand   Encampment. 3912
such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term of the Grand
Representative filling such office at the time such vacancy shall
occur, in the manner set out in the constitution of such State,
District or Territorial Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment.—
Journal, page 541.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the following distribution of the matter contained in the Reports of the
Grand Lodg-e Officers:—
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order: Those portions
headed: "Invitation to Grand Sire," pages 3 and 4; "State of the
Order," pages 4 and 5; "Funeral Aid Association," page 5; "New
Lodges," page 5; "Circular Letters" on pages 9 to 12; "Installation
of Officers,fSubordinate Lodges," page 16; "Official Visits," pages
17 and 18; "Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters" respecting the condition of the Order in their respective Districts, pages
19, 20 and 21; Recommendations of District Deputy Grand Masters
for Districts Nos. 6, 8, 15, 25, 27, 29 and 30; "Fraternal Delegates," page 25; "Presentations," page 25; "Recommendations,"
page 25; "Reports of Fraternal Delegates," pages 27 and 29.
To the Committee on Judiciary: ' Those portions headed,
"Proclamations," pages 6 to 9; "Appointments,' pages 12 and 13;
"Appeals," page 13; "Decisions," page 13; "Dispensations," pages
14 to 16; Decisions given and Dispensations granted by District
Deputy Grand Masters of Districts Nos. 1, 3, 11, 24, 25, 29, 34
and 35.
To the Committee on Rebekah Branch: The portion headed
"The Rebekah Branch" on page 5.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order: Pages 31, 32 and 33;
"General Relief Committees," page 43; "Veteran Jewels," page 43;
"Dues and Benefits, Australia and New Zealand," page 44; "National Service," page 45; "Fraternal Visits," page 45.
To the Committee on Rebekah Branch: That portion headed
"Rebekah Lodges" on page 34.
To the Committee on Finance: Pages 35 to 42. 3913
To the Committee on Appeals: That portion headed "Appeals"
on page 44.
To the Committee on Petitions: That portion headed "Orchard
City Lodge, No. 59," on page 45.
Grand Treasurer's Report
We recommend that this report be referred to the Committee
on Finance.
Grand Representative's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order: The proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, on page
52, 53 and 54.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master submitted the following Supplementary Report, which was received and referred to the Committee on Distribution:—
/ Chilliwack, B.C., June 13, 1917.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I herewith beg to submit a supplementary report covering the
period subsequent to that already submitted as also other matters:
Decisions
Grandview Lodge, No. 62, asks if any member of a Lodge demands a "secret ballot on any motion before the Lodge, is the Noble
Grand legally required to grant same:
(1) A motion relative to the general routine of business.
(2) A motion relative to changing the by-laws or other motion
of similar importance.
Answer:  No.  1.—No.
No. 2.—No.- See Section 809 of the Code of Laws, which is
quite clear on the matter. A ballot may be taken for the following
purposes: Admission of members, conferring degrees, selection of
committee of trial, reinstatement of members by suspension or
expulsion, granting withdrawal cards and the election of officers
which latter is provided for in the by-laws of Grandview Lodge,
No. 62. '%
Grandview Lodge, No. 62: A member well up in years applies
for reinstatement, having been suspended for non-payment of dues.
Can tfhe Lodge reinstate him on j this application as a non-
beneficial member? 3914
Answer: The Lodge must accept or reject the application as
an ordinary aplication for reinstatement. On the other hand, if
the application is made for reinstatement as a non-beneficial member then the Lodge may deal with it as such but not otherwise.
Dispensations
May 8, 1917.—Ilahie Rebekah Lodge, No. 30, to move the
charter to new quarters at Kingsway and McKay Road, Burnaby.
May 13, 1917.—Michel Lodge, No. 54, to move the charter to a
new hall at Natal, B.C.
May 29, 1917.—Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, to hold a social
evening and use the regalia. |ig
Dispensation refused: Hastings Lodge, No. 29, to initiate a
candidate in another Lodge.
Appointment
Deputy Grand Master Bro. J. H. Glass was appointed fraternal delegates to the Grand Lodge of Washington.
Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., writing from Dome Creek, B.C.,
wished me to express his regrets that he could not attend this
session of our Grand Lodge.
Reports of D. D. G. M. Jf^
Bro. J. A. Davis, District No. 20: Officers installed in Ashcroft
Lodge, No. 23, at the usual time.   Condition of the Order, good.
Bro. W. Montalbetti, District No. 31, installed the officers of
Michel Lodge, No. 54, and Corbin Lodge, No. 64, at the usual
times. Visited Michel Lodge twice, once with the Grand Master
and the other four weeks later. Condition of the Order good under
existing conditions.
Reports  have  not  been   received  from   Districts   Nos
28 and 36.
12,  19,
My report to the Grand Sire is attached hereto.
Fraternally  submitted,
W. H. BROWN,
Grand  Master.
Grand  Master's   Report  to  Grand  Sire
|§§ Vancouver, B.C., May 24th, 1917.
Frank   C.   Goudy,   Esq.,
Grand Sire, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
Denver, Colo.
Dear Sir and Brother:—
Re Decrease of Membership in the Jurisdiction of B.C.
In attempting to find the cause  for a loss in membership in
this Jurisdiction, there are several factors that must be taken into 3915
consideration. In this Jurisdiction, in common with other Western
Jurisdictions, we have a large number of single men. Some of
these, in a new country like ours is, are compelled to leave the centres of population at times to seek employment in the lumber and
mining camps. They are sometimes away for long periods and
being beyond the environment of their mother lodge and often
beyond the environment of any lodge, they become careless, lose
interest and are conesquently dropped for non-payment of dues.
In this country we are slowly recovering from a real estate boom.
Many of our members have been trying to save something and have
sacrificed their lodge membership along with other things of value.
Some of these are now seeking reinstatement, I am pleased to report. A large number of our most active workers have gone overseas to the battlefields of Europe. Their loss has brought many
of our Lodges face to face with serious difficulties and had a
paralyzing effect for a time, which now, happily, is being gradually
overcome. Not only were the Lodges affected by these losses, but
the number of men from which we hoped to draw our new members, the strong, clean, physically-fit young men, has been greatly
reduced from the same cause. The very men we want, are the men
the army wants, and they are getting them. I may say here, that
some of our Lodges have twenty-five per cent of their members
now enlisted, and more going. The end is not yet in sight, but we
are going forward, firm in the conviction that our principles are
right, and that we will triumph over these great difficulties.
In conclusion, permit me to say, that while this Jurisdiction
shows a loss in membership, as will also the report for 1916; and
while our financial strength is not so good as it has been, yet there
is a great advance in the things that really count, for out of the
trials and difficulties of the past months there has developed a
truer and greater spirit of fraternity, which is continuing to grow
and making itself manifest in a closer drawing together of our
Lodges, of our members, and a disposition to help the other fellow. We are progressing along right lines, and the future will
reveal the results which I am sure will be gratifying to all of us.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. BROWN,
Grand Master.
Reply of Grand Sire
Denver, Colo., June 5th, 1917.
Mr.  W.  H.  Brown,
Grand  Master,  I.O.O.F.,
Vancouver, B.C.
My Dear Grand  Master:—
Yours of the 24th ulto., with report as to the condition of the
Order in your Jurisdiction, received. 3916
I was very much interested in reading your description of the
country and the reasons affecting the growth of the Order in
British Columbia. I am glad to know that, from your standpoint,
the prospects seem so good. I feel confident that your Jurisdiction
will have a very remarkable growth in. the next few years, and
particularly after the war closes. A country with such unlimited
resources as those of British Columbia, and settled by such energetic people, must necessarily grow.
I wish it were possible for me to be with you next week at
your Grand Lodge Session, but as I will not be able to do so I
can only say again that I wish you every success.
Yours fraternally,
F.   C.   GOUDY,
Grand Sire,
The Grand Secretary submitted 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.: 'W.'
Since my report was in print, I have received from "North
Vancouver" Lodge, No. 55, through our Grand Treasurer, Bro.
Harron, the sum of $28.00 as a donation to the Odd Fellows' Home
Fund. This amount is the proceeds of a social evening held by the
Lodge, supplemented by donations  from individual members.
In response to a request to be furnished with the names of
brothers who have been killed in action, or died whilst on active
service in the present war, I have received this information from
a number of our Lodges, and append a list of the names hereto.
This list is a very painful one; it contains fifty-four names, showing the frightful fatality of the war, being nearly ten per cent of
the number of our members who have been reported as having
enlisted. ?
I would recommend that a page be inserted in the proceedings
of this session in memory of these devoted and patriotic heroes,
of whose sacrifice a record should be preserved.
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:— 3917
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:S
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the
Supplementary Reports of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary, beg to recommend the allocation of the subject matter of
these reports to the following Committees:—
Grand Master's Report
The decisions on page 1, dispensations, page 1, and appointment on page 2, to the Committee on Judiciary.
The reports of D. D. G. Ms. Nos. 20 and 31 to the Committee
on State of the Order.
The report to the Grand Sire and his reply to the Committee
on State of the Order.
Report of Grand Secretary
The donation of $28.00 from North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55,
to the Home Fund to the Trustees of that Fund.
The portion referring to the deaths of brothers who have
enlisted during the present war to the Committee on Necrology.
Signed by the Committee.
An invitation was read from the Wendell Stacey Chapter,
L O. D. E., to the members to take their luncheon with them
at the K. of P. Hall, the proceeds to be devoted to patriotic
purposes only.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the invitation be accepted and members urged to give the same their favorable
consideration.
A communication was read from the Chilliwack Board of
Trade extending hearty greetings and a most cordial welcome.
On motion this was ordered to be received and referred to the
Committee on Resolutions.
A communication was read from Mr. Hadcock, Secretary
of the Military Department of the Y. M. C. A., respecting the
work of that Association amongst the soldiers of the Canadian
Army and asking for a grant towards its funds. Resolved:
That the communication be received and referred to the Committee on Finance. 3918
Bro. R. A. Parker, Grand Master of Alberta, addressed
the Grand Lodge and conveyed the fraternal greetings from
the members of that Jurisdiction to this Grand I>ody, to which
a/ «/    '
the Grand Master made an appropriate reply.
A communication was read from 'Union" Lodge, No. II,
Cumberland, complaining of charges made by "Bellvue" Lodge,
Xo. 118, Bellvue, Alberta, for nurse hire for a sick member
of "Union" Lodge and requesting that same be submitted to
the Committee on Appeals and Grievances. On motion this
communication was ordered to be received and referred to the
Committee on Appeals.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
to convey the greetings of the Grand Lodge to the Rebekah
Assembly now in session in the city: Bros. J. H. Glass, D.G.M.,
A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, and J. C. Henderson, P. G.,
No. 7. -Ji
ll was moved, seconded and carried: That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to four o'clock this afternoon.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Afternoon Session
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 4 o'clock p.m.,
pursuant to adjournment; the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified to sit and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Bro. A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, on behalf of the
Committee, reported that they had visited the Rebekah
Assembly, conveyed to it the fraternal greetings of this
Grand Body and had been most cordialy received.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the report be
received and the Committee thanked for their services. 3919
The  Committee  on Appeals  submitted the  following
report:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the
appeal of Bro. J. C. Davis, against the action- of Mount Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19, I.O.O.F., beg leave to report as follows:
The Committee met in I.O.O.F. Hall on the 21st of February,
1917, when there were present: Bros. A. Parker (chairman), X. A.
McDiarmid, J. W. O'Connor and D. J. Macdonald. On motion,
the latter was appointed secretary.
The chairman submitted copies of the charges preferred by
Bro. Mclntyre against Bro. Davis, also copies of evidence taken
at the trial, and other papers relating thereto.
Your Committee, after having gone carefully over all the
specifications and evidence taken, herewith submit our findings
thereon:
Specification No. 1.—This charge is that Bro. J. C. Davis, as
financial secretary of his Lodge, had no right to keep the stubs
of the official receipts, and other papers belonging to the Lodge,
at his home, 1001 Seymour street. The Committee of Trial found
him guilty.
We are of the opinion that while it is somewhat improper to
keep those papers at his home, it was not of sufficient weight to
create grounds for charges of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow,
as it is quite customary amongst officers of Lodges of our Order
to take their books to their homes in order to do the work in their
spare time, and as the Lodge itself never raised any objections
to his doing so, we would, therefore, recommend that the action
of the Trial Committee be reversed.
Specification No. 2 charges Bro. Davis with holding back the
receipts of Bros. A. Betts and W. J. Barss, after the brothers in
question had asked for them. Bro. Davis makes reply, that he
delivered all receipts in his possession to the Noble Grand, having
been ordered by resolution of the Lodge to do so. The Trial Committee found him guilty on this charge, and according to the
evidence submitted we concur in their finding. But we do not look
on this in the light of being a very serious offence as the brothers
in question didn't suffer any great inconvenience.
Specification No. 3 charges Bro. Davis with failing to return
the key, after having resigned his office. This charge was not
sustained, as Bro. Davis claimed to have lost the key, and we concur in the finding of the Committee on this count. 3920
Specification No. 4 charges Bro. Davis with neglecting to send
official receipts to brothers livng out of town. But the charge
does not specify who were the brothers in question, nor give any
particulars as to date.
Specification No. 5 charges that he issued official receipts to
brothers after having been ordered by resolution of the Lodge
not to do so.
Specification No. 6 charges that nearly one-third of the receipts
issued by Bro. Davis were incorrect, and also with failing to notify
brothers when in arrears, but the charge does not give names nor
dates, nor any particulars.
Specification No. 7 charges Bro. Davis with openly insulting
Bro. Barss, when the latter requested an official receipt from him.
This charge was not sustained by the Trial Committee, and we
concur in their finding.
Specification No. 8 charges Bro. Davis with making false statements to the Noble Grand; namely, that he had administered the
primary obligation to Bro. J. Barden, when he had by no means
done so.    This charge was* not sustained.
Bro. Contelon, acting as counsel for Bro. Davis, raised an
objection to Specifications Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on the grounds
that they were not specific enough to enable him to put up an
adequate defense. The objections were overruled by the Trial
Committee.
Specification No. 9 charges Bro. Davis with making false
statements to the Noble Grand in regard to Bro. Dunn's funeral.
but does not state any particulars.
Specification No. 10 charges Bro. Davis with using blasphemous
language against the Noble Grand in the Lodge room. But again
particulars are missing.
The Trial Committee decided that charges Nos. 9 and 10 were
sustained. But your Committee on Appeals, after examining' the
Code, are of opinion that all the charges are too vague and not
sufficiently specific to enable the accused brother to put up a proper
defense.
We also note that the trial was conducted in a somewhat
irregular manner, as members of the Committee of Trial testified
before the Committee and against the accused, which is contrary
to law laid $iown in the 1915 Code.    (See Section 964.)
We also note that the chairman and one other member of
the Committee failed to attach their names to the final report, although the minutes of the verdict state it as unanimous. We are
of opinion that the Committee were wrong in their action in ruling 3921
out Bro. Cantelon's objection to Clauses 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and the
same applies to Specifications 9 and 10, as they are not sufficiently
specific.    (See Subsection a of Section 950 of the Code.)
We would therefore recommend that the appeal of Bro. J. C.
Davis be sustained.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded: That the report be
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment: That the
consideration of the report be deferred until tomorrow at 11
o'clock a.m.
The amendment was carried.
A resolution required by the Merchants' Bank of Canada, appointing the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer,
on behalf of the Grand Lodge, to withdraw the money transferred by the Grand Treasurer from the branch at Vancouver to that at Chilliwack, was read and on motion
adopted.
The Grand Warden retired to the Ante-room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on the following: J. Bate-
man, No. 22; J. Williamson, No. 24; R. L. Reynolds, No.
39, and J. T. Jackson, No. 64.
An amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges was submitted by "Dawson" Lodge, No. la, permitting Lodges to set aside ten per cent of their receipts
from dues to form a Contingent Fund, and was referred
to the Committee on Legislation.
A communication was read from the Victoria Printing
& Publishing Company submitting a price for printing the
Constitution and By-laws of Subordinate Lodges for one
year and was, on motion, referred to the Committee on
Printing.
The following communication was read and referred
to the Committee on Finance. 3922
Chilliwack, June  12th,  1917.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.
In session Assembled at Chilliwack, June 13th, 1917.
The Department Council, P.M., I.O.O.F. of B.C., send greetings
and best wishes for a profitable and pleasant meeting. We trust
that the good feeling which has always been in existence between
these branches of our great order may continue and that the moral
and material assistance given in the past may be extended to us
in the future.
Fraternally yours,
W. H. BROWN,   /
Sec'y and Asst.-Adgt.-General.
The following communication was read and ordered tc!
be spread on the Minutes:—
Dome Creek, B.C., June 4th, 1917.
W. H. Brown, Esq.,
Grand Master, Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.,
Vancouver, B.C.
Dear Bro. Brown:—
You will soon be leaving for Chilliwack to attend the Grand
Lodge meeting. In reviewing the work of the Order in this Jurisdiction during the past year, I trust you can do so with satisfaction,
and see much which you believe will be for the good of Odd
Fellowship. I am sure you have at all times felt the responsibility
resting upon you as the head of the Order, and also realized and
appreciated the honor which belonged to the office. Let me assure
you that I believe you have always striven to fill the office perfectly,
and have discharged its duties conscientiously. I have not yet seen
nor heard anything of the officer's advance reports, but presume a
copy will be forthcoming one of these days.
I trust your meeting in Chilliwack wTill be most harmonious and
successful; that much good may be shown to have been done during
the past year, and that the outlook for the coming year may have
its silver lining, after the very dark cloud which has so completely
overshadowed apparently everything during the past couple of
years.
I am very sorry indeed that it will not be possible for me to
attend the Grand Lodge meeting, my regret being of a selfish
nature, as it is not so much the help I am able to render, as it is 3923
the good that I always receive from the happy associations with
my brother Odd Fellows during those few days.
You can assure your brother officers, and any of the members,
that my heart is with you all, and my most sincere wish is, that
you may have a most successful meeting.
With all good wishes I am.
Yours fraternally,
E, L. WEBBER, P.G.M
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following report, which was adopted :—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have examined the following By-laws and Amendments thereto,
of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, during the past
year with the result noted against each:—
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.—Setting aside five per cent of the receipts from rent and interest on invested funds to the Contingent
Fund providing these receipts exceed those for dues. Approved,
being in accordance with Section I, Art. IV of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.—Reducing Sick Benefits and Funeral
Benefits.   Approved.
Royal City Lodge, No. 3.—Altering night of meeting. Approved.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.—Duties of Trustees.    Approved.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.—Duties of Treasurer.   Approved.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10.—"Election of Trustees." Approved.
Aaron Lodge, No. 14.—Hour of opening Lodge. Reducing number of Trustees. Reducing initiation and degree fees. Reducing
sick benefits.    Approved.
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.—Reducing sick benefits.    Approved.
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.—Reducing sick benefits. Approved.
Ridgely  Lodge,  No.  22.—Reducing  sick  benefits.    Approved.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36.—Complete set of By-laws. Approved with certain amendments. 3924
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46.—Duties of treasurer.   Approved.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61.—Dues of non-beneficial members.
Approved.
Park Lodge, No. 66.—Striking out widow's benefits and providing for payment of donation in lieu.    Approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
Victoria, B.C., May 28th, 1917.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: f|
We, your Finance Committee, beg leave to report that we
have examined the books of the Grand Secretary and find them
correct, and in first-class shape.
Signed by the Committee.
«
The Committee on Finance presented the following report, which was adopted :—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance have considered the communication from the Military Service Department of the Young Men's
Christian Association of Canada, asking for a grant towards its
funds to enable it to prosecute its work in connection with the
Canadian Army, and beg to report as follows:—
We are fully cognizant of the noble work which this Association is doing in civil life all over the world, and especially do
we appreciate its work for the Canadian soldiers in camp and at
the front, which is deserving of all praise and financial assistance.
We regret, however, to state that, although we deeply appreciate its work and would very much like to render it a substantial grant of money, yet we are precluded by our laws from
doing so.
The funds of this Grand Lodge and of the Subordinate
Lodges, are trust funds, and cannot be diverted from the objects
for which they are collected. It is distinctly laid down in the Code
(Section 316) that our funds cannot be donated to Churches or
Young Men's Christian Associations, or for any charitable purpose which is not connected with the I.O.O.F.
We would recommend that the Secretary of the Association
be informed to this effect.
Signed by the  Committee. 3925
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report, which was ordered to be received and
adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order to whom was referred
certain portions of the Grand Master's Report, beg to state that
we have given these matters our earnest consideration and beg to
report thereon as follows:—
(1) We regret that the reports from the Subordinate Lodges
show a loss of membership during the year 1916, but this is not
to be surprised at, when we take into consideration the disturbed
condition of the whole world during the year, which is bound to
influence and retard the progress of such societies as ours. We
regard these fluctuations as inevitable, and with the Grand Master
we seen no cause for alarm, as we agree with him that the truest
criterion of success is not to be found in numbers or wealth, but
rather by consistently conforming to the eternal principles of our
Order by our members in their lives, and by the faithful observance of our promises and obligations. We confidently believe
that when this world wide war is over and normal conditions
prevail, that our Order will be as attractive as ever and the success
and prosperity, that has only received a temporary check, will be
resumed and will continue as heretofore.
(2) We endorse the remarks of the Grand Master respecting
the good work of the Funeral Aid Association, and we are pleased
to learn that it is meeting with encouraging success in its operations.
(3) We approve of the action of the Grand Master in issuing
the circular letter re National Service and Savings, with the
appeal from the Finance Department at Ottawa, and we trust that
it will assist in the promotion of thrift and savings by our members, so as to .help our country in this national emergency.
(4) We approve of the action of the Grand Master in taking
advantage of the location of so many Grand Lodge Officers in
the vicinity of Vancouver to conduct the installation of the
^officers of several of the Subordinate Lodges in that city and
New Westminster, so as to stimulate interest among the members.
We are of opinion that this practice should be followed as often as
practicable, so as to give the Grand Lodge Officers more frequent
opportunities of taking part in the work of the Lodges during the
recess of the Grand Lodge, which cannot fail to accomplish
beneficial results to all concerned.
(5) We commend the Grand Master for the number of Lodges
he visited during the year, and have reason to believe that the
addresses  he   delivered on   these   occasions   have  proved   an   en- 3926
couragement and incentive to renewed activities on the part of the
members. They were of a high character and laying stress on the
underlying principles of our Order had a tendency to lift the
thoughts of his hearers to a higher plane than that from which
they had previously  regarded  the  work  of the  Order.
(6) We approve of the action of the Grand Master in appointing a Fraternal Delegate to the Grand Lodge of Alberta,
as these visits tend to cultivate the fraternal spirit that should
exist between neighboring Jurisdictions and broadens the views of
us all respecting our great Order. We are glad that Bro. Hogg
was able to visit the Annual Session of our sister Grand Lodge of
Ontario and convey to its members the fraternal greetings of this
Jurisdiction.
(7) We are pleased to note that the Grand Master was able
at his official visits to make presentations to worthy brothers of
Veteran Jewels and addresses of congratulation on prolonged
membership, and in one case to unveil a Roll of Honor containing the names of members who have enlisted in defence of
their country. Such functions add to the impressiveness of the
occasion and adds prestige to the office of the head of the Order.
Signed  by  the  Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the
following report, which was ordered to be received and
considered seriatim:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
a number of recommendations made by the Grand Master and
certain of the District Deputy Grand Masters in their reports,
have considered the same and beg to report as follows:—
(1) Grand Master's recommendation re control of the investment of Subordinate Lodge Funds. We are of the opinion that
too much care cannot be exercised in safeguarding these funds
and where fraternal societies are supervised by the State, these
investments are governed by rigid rules. In some Jurisdictions—
Ontario, for instance—the Grand Lodge exercises control over
these investments. We have no doubt but that some of our
Lodges have made unwise and imprudent investments which have
prejudiced their financial standing, but as this is rather a delicate
matter which might be resented by some of our Lodges, if immediate action was taken, we would recommend that a Special
Committee be raised at this sesion to enquire into the question
and submit a report at the next session, with such recommendations and legislation as they may deem necessary. 3927
(2) Committee on Dues and Benefits. The Grand Master refers
to a Committee appointed last year and a report to be presented
by this Committee at this session, and intimates that the system
at present in vogue in this Jurisdiction is not satisfactory. We
would point out that the Committee appointed last year was in
continuation of a practice commenced in 1894.and repeated each
year since for the purpose of collecting statistics from the reports
of the Lodges bearing on the question of dues and benefits. This
was recommended by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its session of
1893, but we believe this Jurisdiction is the only one that has cs
ried out that advice. The reports of this Committee, for the past
23 years contain the experience of the Lodges of this Jurisdiction
for 33 years, and would form a valuable basis in dealing with this
question. The Committee have repeatedly called the attention of
the Grand Lodge to the urgent necessity of Lodges conserving
their funds and especially to the 'practice of economy in the matter of management expenses, but has never suggested any amendment to the basis laid down by the Grand Lodge for Subordinate
Lodges governing dues and benefits.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge hag conferred the power on
Grand Lodges to fix the minimum amount of dues to be paid by
members to Lodges, and also the maximum amount of benefits
that Lodges shall pay. This Grand Lodge has legislated along
those lines in the Constitution it has given to its Subordinates
(see Section IV of the Constitution). Within those limits Lodges
may fix the amount of dues to be received and the rate of benefits
to be paid.
As this is a question which requires careful consideration and
should not be dealt with in a haphazard manner, we would recommend that a Special Committee be appointed at this session to
report next year, to obtain all available information bearing on the
subject and submit such recommendations as it may deem fit.
The documents received from Australia and New Zealand
by the Grand Secretary should be handed to this Committee.
(3) Retrenchment by Grand Lodges. We agree with the
Grand Master as to the necessity of retrenchment by the Grand
Lodge. Last year, when all the Lodges were not fully represented, the cost of the session for mileage and per diern^ was
$2,702.90, which was 46.3% of the total working expenses of the
Grand Lodge for the whole year.
We think the suggestion of the Grand Master to reduce the
representation to one for each Lodge, would effect a considerable
saving without impairing the efficient working of the Grand
Lodge Sessions. This, with the officers, would give an attendance of 69, which would be ample for all purposes.. Such a
reduction last year would have effected a saving of $814.80 in the 3928
amount of mileage and per diem due, had all the Lodges been
fully represented. We think the Grand Lodge will agree with
us that this is a sum well worth saving, especially in these times
of stress. We would recommend that an expression of opinion
be obtained at this session on this point, and if favorable, that the
necessary notice  to  amend the  Constitution  next  year  be  given.
(4) Exemplification of secret work by Grand Representatives.
This was the practice some years ago before the secret work was
printed and confided to the custody of Grand Secretarys to be
available at Grand Lodge sessions, but has fallen into disuse since
then. We have no doubt the Representatives would be glad to
witness such an exemplification by the Grand Representatives and
would  recommend that  an opportunity be  given  them  to  do  so.
(5) Insertion of photograph of Grand Secretary in the proceedings of this session, as recommended by the G. M. on page
25, has the concurrence of this Committee.
(6)f Recommendations  of District Deputy Grand Masters:
Bro. Cooke, D.D.G.M., District No. 6, recommends that the
D.D.G.M. of each district be appointed convenor of committees to
arrange for anniversary services. There has been no general desire expressed for this legislation, and to make it obligatory
appears to be an unwarrantable interference with the work of the
Subordinate Lodges. We do not, therefore, deem it expedient
to enact such a law.
(7) The recommendation of Bro. Jewett, D.D.G.M., District
No. 8, respecting present scale of dues and benefits has been dealt
with in another portion of this report.
(8) The recommendation of Bro. Hinde, D.D.G.M., District
No. 15, that Grand Lodge officers send a letter of greeting to
the Lodges during their term of office, is in line with a similar
suggestion from that District last year, and w;as referred to the
Grand Master for his consideration. By legislation of the last
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Grand Masters are required to forward quarterly reports to the Grand Sire, respecting
the condition of the Order in their several Jurisdictions, and we
think that a sufficient number of these reports could be printed
or reproduced so as to send a copy to each Lodge in the Jurisdiction, with such remarks or advice as the Grand Master might deem
advisable io add to it.
> (9) Bro. J. Weatherbie, D.D.G.M., District No. 25, recommends that a book or form be supplied to record the address of
the nearest relatives of all members, so that in case of sickness, or
death, the Lodge would be able to communicate with them. We
can fully understand that such information may be required at
times, and it appears a case has occurred in Lodge No. 39 where
it was desirable to have it, but this is the first occasion on which 3929
such a recommendation has been submitted and until a more general wish is expressed for it, we cannot recommend that any action
be taken this session.
(10) Bro. F. J. Broughton, D.D.G.M., recommends the adoption of a uniform system of bookkeeping and the appointment of
an official auditor for the Jurisdiction. The question of a uniform system of bookkeeping was reported on by a Special Committee last session, which considered it inexpedient to adopt it at
present. As this report was adopted, we do not deem it advisable
to re-open the question this session.
We assume that the auditor Tecommended would examine the
books of the Subordinate Lodges of the Jurisdiction, to see that
no illegal practices were followed in their financial operations.
This course is followed in some Orders, and power is given to
Grand Lodges to adopt same by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, but
we do not consider the time ripe for its adoption in this Jurisdiction at present.
(11) The recommendation of Bro. J. W. Jackson, D.D.G.M.,
District No. 29, that the next session of the Grand Lodge be held
at Penticton, is referred to the Grand Lodge for consideration
when it decides on its next place of meeting.
(12) The suggestion of Bro. J. H. Drummond, D.D.G.M., District No. 30, that monthly issues of lectures on Odd Fellowship be
written by some able brother, printed arid distributed to the
Lodges, so as to evoke discussion and create interest, is, we fear,
rather too ambitious a., proposal to be entertained at the present
time. We are of opinion that the recommendation in connection
with the report of Bro. Hinde, D.D.G.M., District No. 15, if carried out, would meet the object aimed at.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
1 Clause I was read, when it was moved, seconded and
carried: That the further consideration of the report be
postponed until tomorrow at 11:30 a.m.
The Judiciary Committee presented the following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom were referred certain
portions of the Report of the Grand Master, beg to recommend
that the Proclamations issued, the Appointments made, the Decisions rendered and the Dispensations granted and refused by this
officer be approved. We also recommend that the action of the
Grand Master in sustaining the decision  of the  District Deputy 3930
Grand Master of District No. 1, in the appeal by Bro. J. Wilby,
P.G., against the action of Columbia Lodge, No. 2, be approved.
We further recommend that the Decisions rendered by District
Deputy Grand Masters for Districts Nos. 1 and 11 be approved,
also that the Dispensations granted by District Deputy Grand
Masters for Districts Nos. 25, 29 and 35 be approved, also those
issued by D.D.G.M. for District No. 34 to receive application,
ballot for and initiate a candidate on the same night; to confer
the three degrees in less time than permitted by law; and for a
dance under the auspices of the Lodge, be approved. We do not
see the necessity for nor do we know of any authority for the
granting of a Dispensation by this D.D.G.M. to re-inter the body
of a brother in the Odd Fellows' Burial plot. There is no authority for the granting of the Dispensations by the D.D.G.Ms, of
Districts Nos. 3 and 24 to Lodges to meet on any other night
than that fixed by their By-laws; we, therefore, recommend that
the actions of these officers in this matter be not approved.
Signed by the  Committee.
The following telephone message was read and ordered
to be spread on the Minutes:—
Per 'Phone from G. N. Telegraph.
Mr.  W.   H.   Brown, *• - *
Grand Master,  I.O.O.F.,
Grand Lodge, Chilliwack, B.C.
Fraternal Greetings from your sister Jurisdiction.
(Signed) , E.   R
Mount  Vernon,  Washington,
June 13th, 1917.
ANDERSON.
Grand   Master.
The   Committee   on   Rebekah   Branch   submitted   the
following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Rebekah Branch have considered the portions of the Grand Officer's reports referred to it and beg to submit
the following:	
We fully agree with the Grand Master as to the beneficial
effect the harmonious co-operation of the Subordinate and
Rebekah Lodges has on both branches. We cannot understand
why any other condition should exist between them. Both are
working along the same lines, with the Same object in view and it
would be suicidal in either to adopt a course of conduct that is
antagonistic  to  one  another.     It  is  the   duty of members   of the 3931
Subordinate Lodges to render every assistance in their power to
the Rebekah Lodge, by kindly advice and fraternal aid, and we
feel certain if this course is pursued it will be reciprocated by the
Sisters in the many ways in which they can help the Subordinate
Lodge. By working in this way a kindly feeling is engendered
which acts to the mutual advantage and benefit of both. If, unfortunately, there should be want of harmony or friction between
these two branches in any locality, we trust that the Representatives present will endeavor on their return to remove it and restore
that happy condition that should exist in every case.
We are sorry to note from the Grand Secretary's report, that
there was a slight decrease in the number of brothers in the
Rebekah Lodges during last year, but we regard this as a temporary set-back, attributable to the war and the disturbed conditions generally, and are optimistic as to the future when peace
again prevails.
The last year or two has materially changed the status of
ladies politically, and in many other ways their outlook has been
broadened and their responsibilties and duties have increased. We
trust that these improved conditions will tend to a more lively
interest in the work of our Rebekah Lodges, and in promoting
and extending the objects and aims of our Order.
Our Sisters are still prosecuting their work for aleviating the
sick and wounded and in supplying comforts for our members who
are at the front, and in these efforts they are deserving of the material help and encouragement from all the members of our Lodges.
Signed  by  the  Committee.
The  Committee on Appeals submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the documents in connection with the re-trial of the charges preferred by
Bro. Champlin against Bro. Guttischick, in Dawson Lodge, No. la,
beg to report that as there is no appeal against the decision of the
Lodge in this case, there does not appear to be any action required
by this Comimttee. We, therefore, ask to be discharged from
further consideration of the matter.
Signed  by  the  Committee.
The Committee  on  Printing presented the  following
report, which was adopted:— 3932
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
called for printing the Proceedings of this session, and the contract
has been awarded to Mr. T. R. Cusack, printer, etc., Victoria, at
the following prices: Printing 1,100 copies of the Proceedings,
$1.68 per page. Supplying fine screen copper half-tone cuts of
photographs at $4.50 each. Printing and stitching 175 copies of
the  Grand  Officers'  Reports, $20.00.
Owing to the increase in the number of Lodges and of Past
Grands, it has been found necessary to increase the number of
copies of the Proceedings from 1,000 to  1,100.
The prices obtained are eighteen cents per page for the Proceedings, and $1.50 each for the half-tone cuts, in advance of those
paid last year. The price for the advance copies of the Grand
Officers'  Reports is the same as that paid last year.
Four tenders were received, and two firms who were invited
declined to tender.
Signed by the  Committee.
The Special Committee on War Emergency Relief presented the following report, which was adopted and referred
to the Committee on Finance:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
In compliance with the directions of the Grand Lodge at its
last session, your War Emergency Relief Committee beg to report
that it met on the 4th August, 1916, for the purpose of organization, when the following officers were elected:
Chairman—Bro. A. Henderson, P.G.M.
Secretary—Bro.   Fred  Davey,   Grand  Secretary.
Treasurer—Bro. W. H. Cullin, P.G.M.
It was decided at this meeting to issue a circular to the Subordinate Lodges of the Jurisdiction notifying them of the appointment and organization of this Committee; requesting to be furnished with lists of their members enlisted for active service with
a statement of their financial standing; these lists to be supplemented from time to time as other brothers enlist; pointing out
the procedure to be followed in the event of any Lodge desiring
assistance from the Committee and requesting that any claims be
forwarded as soon as the claim for benefit is received by the
Lodge.
It was also resolved: That the moiety v of the amount voted
by  the   Grand   Lodge   to   30th   June,   1916,   be   requisitioned   and 3933
paid to -the Treasurer and that he deposit same in a Chartered
Bank in the City of Victoria in the name of the Committee and
that all withdrawals from this account be made by cheque signed
by the Treasurer and countersigned by the Secretary.
In conformity with these decisions, a circular was issued to
the Lodges, as per copy attached, and in response to the request
contained therein, lists were received from the following Lodges
containing the names of their members who have enlisted with
statement of their financial standing in the Lodge: Nos. 1, 2, 7, 10,
11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 34, 39, 43, 47, 51, 52, 58, 59,
60, 61, 62, 65, la. It will be observed that there are a number of
Lodges which reported to the Grand Secretary at a prior date but
which failed to respond to this request.
The following sums have been received from the Grand Lodge
and have been deposited in the Merchants' Bank, Victoria, to the
credit of this Committee:—
1916—September 5th      $821.35
1917—March 5th        797.35
1917—May 2nd, Interest   14.35
$1,633.05
We are pleased to be able to report that no claim has been
received by the Committee from any Lodge for assistance.
In view of the probable continuance of the war for some
time and the heavy lists of casualties that are constantly being
published as occurring, in troops from British Columbia, your
Committee fear that they cannot expect exemption from calls in
the near future. We would, therefore, recommend that the Grand
Lodge appropriate a similar amount for the use of the Committee
for the coming year. If we are happily not called upon for assistance the money can be returned to the Grand Lodge funds and
will be available for disposition in any way the Grand Body may
deem proper.
According to reports received by the Grand Secretary to date
of this report, there are 594 members of Lodges of this Jurisdiction
serving with the colors.
Signed on behalf of the  Committee,
A. HENDERSON, Chairman.
FRED DAVEY, Secretary.
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1323 Douglas Street,
Victoria, B. C,
8th August, 1916.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., of B.C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
Having been constituted as a Special "War Emergency Relief"
Committee at the last session of the Grand Lodge held at Vancouver on the 14th and 15th June, last (see pages 3830 and 3831
of the printed Proceedings), we beg to inform you that the Committee organized on the 4th instant with the following officers:
Chairman, A. Henderson, P.G.M.; Secretary, Fred Davey, Grand
Secretary; Treasurer, W. H. Cullin, P.G.M^ and all communications respecting the work of the Committee should be addressed to
the Secretary, at the above address.
By Clause 7 of the Report of the Special Committee on Enlisted Soldiers, which was adopted by the Grand Lodge (see page
3830 of the Proceedings), "Lodges are required to furnish this
Committee with lists of their members enlisted for active service
with a statement of their financial standing in the Lodge. These
lists to be supplemented from time to time as further brothers
enlist."
We would ask that these lists be forwarded to the Committee
as early as possible, and that the names of brothers who may subsequently enlist may also be furnished as cases occur.
In the event of your Lodge requiring assistance from this
Committee to meet claims for benefits from members whose sickness or injuries are attributable to service in the present war, applications must be accompanied by a statement showing the date,
duration and nature of such sickness or injury, the financial standing of the sick brother in the Lodge at the date he was incapacitated, and also a statement showing the Lodge's incapacity to meet
these claims, together with a copy of the By-laws showing the
benefits payable to members when sick.
In case you wish to take advantage of this provision, claims
should be forwarded as soon as received by the Lodge and not
delayed until the brother has recovered from his sickness or disability.
Yours fraternally,
A. HENDERSON, Chairman.
FRED DAVEY, Secretary. 393
The Committee on Printing submitted  the following
report, which was adopted:-
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.OrO.F.:
With reference to the communication of the Victoria Printing
& Publishing Company, submitting an offer to print the By-laws,
etc., of the Subordinate Lodges at a certain price, for one year,
your Committee on Printing would recommend that the same be
referred to the Committee on Printing for next year, with instructions to obtain prices for this work from other firms, and to let
the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
certain portions of the Grand Secretary's report, beg to report as
follows:—
We have dealt with the condition of the Order, from a
numerical standpoint in our report dealing with that of the Grand
Master, and deem no further reference to it here is needed.
In appears from the tabulated statistics in the Grand Secretary's report that last year there was a reduction of the revenue of
the Subordinate Lodges, consequent, we apprehend, on the reduction in the number of members, also a decrease in the amount of
relief and current expenses paid, the decrease in the last item being
an appreciable amount. There was also a loss in the value of the
assets of the Lodges, owing, no doubt, to the depreciation in th
value of real estate. The average amount of assets per member
is still very flattering, being $156.33, the highest of any jurisdiction
in the Order, where the average is only $42.60 per member.
The reports of the two General Relief Committees at Victoria
and Vancouver shows that the brothers who are away from the
Jurisdiction of their own Lodges are receiving the attention and
relief they would have had if they were in the vicinity of their
home Lodge. This is one of the most valuable features of our
Order, and the work of these Committees deserves praise and encouragement.
We are pleased to note the number of members who are receiving Veteran Jewels. Most of these Jewels are presented to the
brothers by their Lodges, which indicates that their lengthy membership and services  are  appreciated,  and it must afford  the  re- 3936
cipients of these Jewels considerable satisfaction to be made aware
of. that fact in this manner.
We would recommend that the information received from
Australia and New Zealand, respecting the scales of dues and
benefits in force in these Jurisdictions, be referred to a Special
Committee, to deal with these questions as it affects the Lodges of
this Jurisdiction.
We would recommend that the action of the Grand Secretary
in furnishing the National Service Commission with the list of the
Secretaries of the Lodges of this Jurisdiction in connection with
the   Registration   Cards   issued  by  that   Commission, be endorsed.
Signed bv the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, submitted by our Grand Representatives, for
instructions as to how they shall vote on the same, have considered
them and beg to report as follows:—
The proposed amendment to Section 3, Article I, of tli*e Constitution gives permission to the Grand Lodges in Canada to determine the age at which candidates shall be admitted to membership in the Order.
This privilege has been accorded to Australia, New Zealand
and other countries not on the Continent of America, where Grand
Lodges have been chartered. This Grand Lodge has repeatedly
decided in favor of reducing the entrance age to 18 years, and has
instructed its Representatives to vote accordingly. The present
amendment does not propose to lower the age for the whole Order,
but merely extends to Canadian Jurisdictions the right to decide
this matter for themselves, which has always been enjoyed by our
fellow colonies in the Southern Hemisphere. We think this proposal should commend itself to the Representatives of Jurisdictions
on the other side of the line, as a measure of self government that
could be granted to us without in any way endangering or prejudicing their rights or the best interests of the Order.
We would, therefore, recommend that our Grand Representatives be instructed to vote for the amendment at the next session
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
With respect to the proposed amendment to Section 1, Art.
XII of the Constitution, substituting Biennial for Annual Sessions 3937
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, we are of the opinion that for
reasons of economy, the change should be made, and if it is found
that it interferes with the proper administration of the affairs of
the Order, it would be an easy matter to revert to the present
arrangement. Besides, if an emergency arises, provision is made,
empowering the Grand Sire to call a Special Meeting. Retrenchment is the order of the day, and there appears to be ample room
for its exercise in the meetings of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. At
the session held in San Francisco, in September, 1915; the Commit
tee on Finance reported that the expenditures of the preceding
year exceeded the revenue by $6,292.35, and that when the bills for
that session were paid, the balance in hand, $69,125.35, would be
almost entirely wiped out; and that a continuation of the policy
then in, vogue would show a deficit of about $40,000 at the end of
the year 1916. The Committee recommended certain small economies, but they only just touched the fringe of the question, and
we are persuaded that nothing short of the change from annual to
biennal sessions can adequately meet the situation. We, therefore,
recommend that our Grand Representatives be instructed to vote
for the proposed amendment.
The amendment to Section I, Art. IX of the Constitution deals
with the manner of the election of Grand Representatives in the
event of the amendment changing the meetings of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge from annually to biennially. We, therefore, beg to
recommend that our Grand Representatives be instructed to vote
for it in case the other amendment is carried.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded: That the report be
adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment: That the report
be received and considered seriatim.
The amendment on being submitted to the vote was
declared to be defeated and the motion to adopt the report
was then put and carried.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to eight o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 3938
Evening Session
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 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.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
report, which was adoyted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: 1
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have
examined the Petitions referred to us and find that all the requirements of the law have been complied with and would recommend that Charters be issued for a Subordinate Lodge to be located
at Vancouver to be called "Hastings" Lodge, No. 29, with the
following charter members, viz., Fred B. Holmes, P.G., Hugh McRae, Delbert Franklin Nunn, P.G., Frank E. Woodside, Harry H.
Woodside, David Beath, Garrett G. Dalmadge, Frank Spearing,
David McAllister, P.G., and J. Thomas Williams: also for a Rebekah Lodge to be located at Trail, to be entitled "Adinah"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, with the following charter members: Sarah
Douglas, P.N.G., Ellen M. Wilby, Emma Mary Hardington, Elizabeth A. Hankin, Clara Nielson, Elizabeth Kerr and Henry W.
Hankin. We would also recommend that Duplicate Charters be
issued to "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, and to "Kelowna"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 36, Kelowna, to replace the originals destroyed
by fire.
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Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Necrology submitted the following*
CD •/ O
report, which was adopted by a standing vote, the brothers
bending their heads in silence for a short time:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Necrology beg to report that we find from
the reports of the Subordinate Lodges furnished to the Grand
Secretary that the following Past Grands, members of this Grand
Lodge, have died during the past year:—
A. Anderson, "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1.
A. Milne, "Columbia" Lodge, No. 2. • '/
E. Bragg and R. Drake, "Dominion" Lodge, No. 4. 3939
R. Kirkwood, R. McCourt and J. Metcalf, "Black Diamond,"
Lodge, No. 5.
R. Grey, "Vancouver" Lodge, No. 8.
J. G. Johnstone, "Mt. Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19.
W. D. Fearn, "Ashcroft" Lodge, No. 23.
J. A. McRae, "Island" Lodge, No. 24.
J. B. McKay, "Pacific" Lodge, No. 26.
T. Talbot, "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36.
J. F. Faulkner and D. A. Hopper, "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61
J. E. Smith, "Grandview" Lodge, No. 62.
Several of these have voluntarily laid down their lives in the
service of their King and Country and for the vindication of right
and justice.
All of them have by personal service contributed to the work
of our Order by presiding at our meetings, administering our business, visiting the sick and carrying out the various duties devolving
on the officers of our Lodges.
It is, therefore, both right and proper that we should recognize
their work with the self sacrifice it involved and record our appreciation of their fraternal devotion. Although God removes the
workers, we are proud to say the work of our Order still goes on.
We would, therefore, recommend that a Memorial Page be inserted in the Proceedings of this session of the Grand Lodge containing their names, the date of their decease and the Lodge to
which they belonged.
With reference to that portion of the Grand Secretary's report
stating that he had requested the Lodges to furnish him with a
list of their members who had fallen at the Front in their Country's
cause, and to the list attached to the Supplementary Report of the
Grand Secretary, we would recommend that this list be published at
the end of the Proceedings of this session, as we deem it right and
proper that a record should be preserved of these devoted brothers
who have paid the supreme sacrifice on behalf of liberty, right and
justice.
Signed by the Committee.
It was on motion resolved: That in future the hours between five and eight o'clock in the evening of the first day
of the annual session of this Grand Lodge be set aside to
allow the Funeral Aid Association of the Province to hold
its annual meeting.
The report of the Funeral Aid Association of B. C.
for the past year was read, but the hour fixed by law for 3940
the election of officers of the Grand Lodge for next year
having arrived, its consideration was deferred:—
(Extracts from the Report.)
Head Office of the I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid Association of B.C.
New Westminster, B.C., June 4th, 1917.
To the Officers and Members of the I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid
Association of B. C.
Dear  Sirs and  Brothers:—
' I herewith present to you my seventh annual report of the
business and affairs of this association for the year June 1, 1916,
to May 31, 1917.
At your last annual meeting the following officers were elected
for the ensuing year: President, Bro. R. A. Merrithew, G.W.; Vice-
President, Bro. F. H. Godfrey, P.G.; Secretary, Bro. W. C. Coatham,
P.G.; Treasurer, Bro. T. H. Barbaree; Directors, Bros. A. E. Harron, G. Treas.; R. A. Perry, D. Com.; and E. C. Turner, P.G.
There has been no change in the membership of the Board during
the year.
On May 31st last, the number of names on the roll was 750
and we have accepted 123 new names, making a total of 873. There
was only one rejection. The net increase for the year, after deducting 16 read off, 9 died in standing, and 2 died out of standing,
was 96.
In the past seven years the Association has paid nineteen
death claims of $250 each, or a total of $4,750 in all. We have
levied 12 assessments of $1 each and six expense calls of 25 cents
each: the expense call for this year will be levied on*January 1st
next.
During the past year we have paid nine death claims of $250
each, or $2,250, and four of these deceased brothers died in active
service at the front. The two who died out of standing also died
in active service.
As the Association had more than $1,000 on hand when five
of these deaths occurred, no assessment was levied. Four death
assessments were levied on September 1, October 1, December 1,
and May 1.
Since the war began, we have had 57 members in active service,
of whom four have died in standing and two out of standing and
40 of the remainder are now in standing. We expect the local
directors to report promptly all those who enlist. 3941
The following Lodges have the largest membership at present:
Royal City, No. 3, 105; Vancouver, Xo. 8, 90; Amity, No. 27, 75;
North Vancouver, No. 55, 51; Fairview, No. 61, 37; and Snowshoe,
No. 46, 28.
At present, 42 Lodges, an increase of 4,-have membership in this
Association, and a few others have appointed local directors. We
would urge upon the other Lodges to appoint an active member
as local director and to induce their members to join the Association.
In conclusion, we make a special appeal to all Odd Fellows
and especially to the delegates to this Grand Lodge, to remember
the aims of this Association to benefit the wives, mothers and
orphans of our deceased brothers, and to give their assistance in
adding to our membership.
W. C. COATHAM, Secretary.
New Westminster, May 31, 1917.
To the Officers and Members of the I.O.O.F. F. A. A. of B.C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
I beg to submit herewith a report of the records on the books
and the financial standing of the Association for the year ending
May 31st, 1917.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
General Fund, June  1, 1916 to May 31,  1917
To Bond   $   5.00
|   Sundry Expenses   6.50
I   Printing  „  78.55
I   Supplies   4.90
I  Postage  ,  43.25
Commission to Local Directors  99.33
I   Salaries (Sec'y, $110.40; Auditor, $16)  126.40
By Application Fees (123 at 25c)  $    30.75
1   Expense   Calls    1  174.50
I   Deficit for Year  158.68
: . . $363.93  $363.93
Deficit      $ 158.68
Deficit to June 1, 1916       585.56
$744.24 3942
Benefit Fund, June 1, 1916 to May 31, 1917
By Application Fees   $   196.50
"   Assessment  Fees    2,035.75
I   Interest to date  26.75
To Death Claims (9 at $250) $2,250.00
I   Balance          9.00
j| $2,259.00 $2,259.00
Balance   $      9.00
On Hand May 31, 1916  1,600,73
$1,609.73
Less Transfer to Reserve Fund      250.00
. f $1,359.73
Balances to May 31, 1917
To Cash in Bank Account $  865.49
A   Cash Dominion Trust (Liquidation)     261.25
"   General Fund      744.24
By Benefit Fund   $1,359.73
ff   Reserve Fund   250.00
"   Suspense Account  261.25
|_   $1,870.98 $1,870.98
Reserve Fund
By Cash  $    250.00
IE • T. H. BARBAREE, Treasurer.
I hereby certify that I have examined the books of the Secretary and Treasurer and that the above is a true and correct statement of the affairs of the Association.
Fraternally submitted,
K. K. REID, Auditor.
It was moved and seconded: That speeches in connection with the nomination of candidates for office be not
permitted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment: That nomination speeches be limited to five minutes.
The amendment was adopted. 3943
Nominations having been invited the following were
offered:—
For Grand Master: J. H. Glass, No. 51; nominated by
J. Wilby, No. 2. Jf 
For Deputy Grand Master: R. A. Merrithew, No. 27;
nominated by M. J. Creehan, No. 19.
For Grand Warden: A. E. Harron, No. 55; nominated
by R. A. Perry, No. 14.
For Grand Secretary: Fred Davey, No. 1 j nominated
by W. J. Gower, No. 1.
For Grand Treasurer: J. Bell, No. 4; nominated by J.
Wilby, No. 2. H. Fooks, No. 28; nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3. J. Peers, No. 7; nominated by J.
Turvey, No 7. E. G. Cavalsky, No. 5; nominated by W.
Carmichael, No. 5; T. Tellefsen, No. 10; nominated by D.
P. Graham, No. 16. M. J. Creehan, No. 19; nominated by
W. F. McKenzie, No. 19. f f
Bro. Creehan declined the nomination.
For Grand Representative: W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10;
nominated by H. White, P.G.M., No. 42.      Jf
The Grand Master appointed R. A. Parker, Grand
Master, Alberta, and A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2, to act
as Tellers, and W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10, W. H. Cullin,
P.G.M, No. 4, D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., and H. White,
P.G.M., No. 42, to assist the Tellers, by distributing and
collecting the ballots.
The Grand Master declared the following officers elected
by acclamation: J. H. Glass, No. 51, as Grand Master; R.
A. Merrithew, No. 27, as Deputy Grand Master; A. E. Harron, No. 55, as Grand Warden; Fred Davey, No. 1,' as
Grand Secretary, and W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10, as Grand
Representative.
A ballot was spread for Grand Treasurer, and the following result announced: Number of votes cast, 139; necessary to choice, 70.1 J. Bell, No. 4, received 19 votes; H. 3944
Fooks, No. 28, received 72 votes; J. Peers, No. 7, received
38 votes; E. G. Cavalsky, No. 5, received 6 votes, and T.
Tellefsen, No. 10, received 4 votes.
H. Fooks, No. 28, having received a majority of the
votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Treasurer.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
14th Tune, 1917.
The Grand Lodge re-asse,mbled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Secretary commenced to read the Minutes
of yesterday's session when it was on motion resolved:
That the Minutes be taken as read.
The Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund submitted the following report which was adopted:—
g|New Westminster, B.C., 13th June, 1917.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.:—
The Board of Trustees of the Odd Fellows Home Fund beer to
report that in accordance with the provision of the Constitution
passed at the last session of this Grand Body, the Grand Master
called a meeting of the Trustees of the above fund.
This meeting was held in the I. O. O. F. Hall, Vancouver, June
29th, 1916, and the following officers were duly elected: Chairman,
T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.; Vice-Chairman, A. Parker, P.G.; Secretary, D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M. Since that time the Board has held
three meetings in the same city. 3945
At the first meeting all were present, except Bro. Webber, who
was absent through sickness. At the second meeting every member of the Board was present and at the third meeting five were
present and two absent, viz., Grand Secretary and Bro. Gilmour
being unable to leave Victoria at the time of the meeting.
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In accordance with section four of the new article Va/ the
Trustees made regulations for their own government and which
they deem requisite at the present time, but which is at all times
subject to revision, amendment and repeal by the Grand Lodge.
These By-laws, etc., are appended to this report.
In accordance with section five of said article, the funds invested are all in first mortgages on'improved revenue producing
property, or in government bonds. A statement of these investments are attached.
At a full meeting of the Board held December 2, 1916, a general
discussion took place on the question of the character of the various
loans. Those present, who were acquainted wtih said loans, expressed the opinion that, even in these times, they were all considered good and reliable risks, with the possible exception _of the
W. T. Grantham loan of $1,400, the mortgagor having sold to a
party by the name of Smith who had since enlisted and consequently nothing could be done until the end of the war, if trouble
did arise, unless Mrs. Smith vacated.
At the meeting on March 3rd, 1917, the following resolution
was passed: That the Grand Secretary be and is hereby authorized
to make application for the investment of $5,500 of the funds of
the Odd Fellows Home Fund in the next Canadian War Bond issue
and if said application is accepted the investment for all or whatever part of said amount be alloted, said bond to be in the form of
the registered series and in the name of the "Grand Lodge of
I. O. O. F. of B. IH f
When the opportunity arrived the said amount was invested
as above on the 16th April, 1917. The financial standing of the
fund at the end of the fiscal year is as follows:—
RECEIPTS '      >
Total value of this fund, per last report $ 21.677.57
Interest on   Mortgages,  as  per  statement  700.00
Imperial Bank of Canada   148.15
Dominion  Government Savings Bank \ .42
Due   949.70
Donation, Bro. R. May,  P.G  3.00
Bro. E. G. Cavalsky, P.G  10.00
$ 23,488.84 3946
LESS Interest due 1st May, 1916, paid this year....$237.10
"      Balance of Interest due May 1, '16, unpaid 180.20
417.30
Total Value of this Fund $ 23,071.54
M       HOW INVESTED
On Mortgage  $ 17,149.70
Deposited Imperial Bank of Canada   642.03
Deposited Dominion Government Savings Bank  14.45
Dominiort Government War Loan, 1917, for $5,500       5,265.36
$ 23,071.54
And since that time the following amounts have been received:
May   4.—From Bro. Gallagher: I. Code's Interest  $   13.30
J. A. Freeburg's Interest   152.00
Randall^ Interest   37.30
Morgan's Interest   19.00
May   9.—W. H. Gallagher, interest on cheque sent to Bro.
Neelands  but not received by me until  a
month later   1.10
May   9.—Mcintosh, for Baker mortgage  23.75
May 23.—N. Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, proceeds of Social 28.00
The records or minutes of the meetings of the Trustees are on
the Grand Secretary's desk and are open to the persual of any of
the Representatives who may feel so disposed.
Fraternally submitted, on behalf of the Trustees,
D. E. MACKENZIE, Secretary.
By-laws and Rules of Order, I.O.O.F. Home Fund Trustees
Article I
Section 1.—This Board shall consist of seven members or more
or less as the Grand Lodge shall decide at its annual session.
Sec. 2.—At all meetings four members shall constitute a quorum
for the transaction of business.
Article  II—Meetings
Sec. 1.—The regular meetings of this Board for the transaction
of general business shall be on the first Saturday in the month of
March, June, September and December of each year at the hour* of
8 o'clock p.m.
Sec. 2.—Special meetings may be called by the chairman, or
on the written request of three members of the Board.    No busi- 3947
ness shall be transacted at special meetings  other than that  for
which the meeting may be called.
ft   *        ;§•- 1§   Article  III
Sec. 1.—The elective officers of the Board shall consist of a
chairman, vice-chairman and secretary, who shall be nominated and
elected at the meeting in September of each year for a term of
one year.
Sec. 2.—The chairman shall preside at all meetings, shall preserve order and decorum. He shall give the casting vote on all
questions before the Board, except on the election of officers, and
shall sign the minutes after being approved by the Board. In the
unavoidable absence of the chairman, the vice-chairman shall preside and have the same power, and in his absence the members
present shall elect a chairman for said meeting.
Sec. 3.—The secretary shall keep correct minutes of all proceedings, write and issue all communications, summons and notices.
Sec. 4.—The secretary shall keep a record of all loans and investments in a proper book to be supplied for that purpose. He
shall submit, after it is approved by the Board, an annual report to
the Grand Lodge setting forth their operations for the year.
Article IV «
Sec. 1.—All applications for loans must be made in writing to
the secretary, and signed by the person making such application,
and shall set forth all particulars respecting security offered for
said loan as the Board may require, same to be submitted to the
Board for approval before a loan can be granted.
Sec. 2.—The funds shall be invested only as first mortgage on
improved revenue producing property or in Government Bonds.
Sec. 3.—The funds shall not at any time be loaned to a member of the Order.
Article V
Sec. 1.—All expenses in connection with securing a loan shall
be paid by the applicant.
Sec. 2.—The Board of Trustees may appoint an agent or agents
to collect accrued interest on outstanding loans.
r Jt   Article VI ~
Sec. 1.—A statement of the receipts from invested funds shall
be made quarterly to the Board at its regular meetings, and such
statment shall include all receipts for the quarter ending on the last
day of the month preceding the  month  of the regular meeting. These by-laws may be altered or amended at any regular meet
ing of the Board by a three-quarter vote of the members present
Order of Business
1. Reading minutes of previous meeting.
2. Reading correspondence and accounts.
3. Unfinished business.
4. Reports of Committees.
5. Applications for loans.
6. Reports on applications for loans.
7. Reports from Grand Secretary.
8. New busines  3950
It was on motion resolved: That it is the opinion of
this Grand Lodge that it is advisable in future that any
monies belonging to the Odd Fellows' Home Fund should
be invested in Government bonds, only.
The following communication was read from the
Secretary of the Rebekah Assembly which was, on motion,
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ordered to be received and the subjects mentioned therein
referred to the proper Committees:—
F. Davey, Grand Secretary.
Dear  Sir and  Bro.:—
I herewith forward to the Grand Lodge of B. C. the following
Legislation submitted by the Committee of Laws of Subordinates:
To amend Section 7, Article 5, to comply with the Ritual,
page 80, paragraph 5.
Also the following questions for decision:
Does the Constitution for Rebekah Lodges, Section 2, Article 6,
(from dues) conflict with Digest, page 147, Section 319 (from all
sources) and, if so, that said Constitution be amended to comply
with  said  section of  Digest.
Also the following:
Decisions of President in_ advance report; also_report by
Judiciary Committee which was adopted and is now sent to Grand
Lodge for approval.
Fraternallv vours
F. A. WALKER, Secretary.
The  Committee  on  Appeals  presented  the  following
report which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:     II ft
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the documents in connection with the appeal of "Union' Lodge^No. 11 of
Cumberland, B.C., complaining of excessive charges paid for nurse
hire by Bellevue Lodge, No. 118, Bellvue, Alberta, during the sickness of Bro. James Conner of the first mentioned Lodge, recommend that no action be taken  by this Grand Lods^e.
Signed by the Committee 3951
The report of the Funeral Aid Association, which was
read last evening, was taken from the table and it was, on
motion, resolved: That the report be received and referred
to the Committee on Printing for next year with instructions to print such portions in the proceedings "of this session as it may deem advisable; further, that this Grand
Lodge recomemnds to the Association the advisability of
being registered under the laws of the Province.
The hour appointed for selecting the next place of
meeting of the Grand Lodge having arrived, invitations
were read from "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, the 'JVLuncipal
Council and Board of Trade of Penticton to meet in that
city in 1918, and from "Orion" Lodge, No. 51, A. F. & A. M.
of that city, offering the use of its Lodge room for the
occasion should it be required. On motion these communications were ordered to- be received and noted on the
minutes.
It was moved and seconded: That this Grand Lodgre
hold its next annual session in the City of Penticton.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment: That
the word 'Penticton" be struck out and the word "Yictoria" inserted in lieu.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment to the
amendment: That the matter be referred to the Committee
on Finance with instructions to submit a report as to the
relative cost of meeting in the two places.
The amendment to the amendment was submitted to
the vote and declared to be lost.
The amendment was also submitted and declared to
be lost.
The orginal motion to meet at Penticton was then put
and declared to be carried.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits prer
sented the following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Special  Committee on Statistics  re  Dues  and  Benefits
beg to submit herewith abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate 3952
Lodges of this Jurisdiction for the past year bearing on this important question. »
These reports show a decrease in membership as compared
with the previous year of 372, an increase in the number of members relieved of 59, and in the number of weeks sick benefits paid
of 828. The total amount of relief paid was $2,062.79 less than
the preceding year. The reduction was in the items of relief to
widowed families and orphans and special relief, the amount paid
to brothers for sick benefits being $294.86 more than the previous
year. The amount paid for current expenses is $4,701.36 less
than the preceding year.
In the matter of revenue there is a reduction of $1,355.36 in
the item of dues, $1,074.51 for admissions and degrees, and $3,544.14
from rents and interest on invested funds as compared with last
year but an increase of $2,868.39 in receipts from other sources.
The net decrease in the total recepits was $3,105.62.
The total value of the Assets of the Subordinate Lodges shows
a decrease of $65,975.96, which is probably due to the shrinkage in
value of real estate. The total value of the assets is equal to
$156.33 per member, and in this respect this Jurisdiction is preeminent in the Order, the average for the whole Order being $42.60
per member. .
A comparison of the averages with last year's report shows
the following results: Sickness per member, increase 1 day 5
hours, the average 6 days 10 hours being the highest in the preceding ten years. Cost per member for relief, increase 5 cents per
member. Cost per member for current expenses decrease of 35
cents per member. Cost per member for all Lodge expenditures,
decrease 30 cents per member.
The total reported revenue last year was $118,185.72, and the
total expenditure $80,172.85. This shows a gain of $38,012.87 during the year or 32.16 per cent, which would appear to be satisfactory.
Your Committee would, however, point out that with a decreasing membership and a falling off in the influx of young members by initiation coupled with an increasing number of sick members, of weeks sick benefits paid and in the amount paid for benefits,
together with a "shrinkage in the value of assets, all point to the
necessity for caution and economy in the financial working of the
Subordinate Lodges.
Many Lodges have very prudently, in our opinion, reduced
the amount payable as sick benefits, a course which we think should
Jbe more generally followed in this Jurisdiction.
Signed by the Committee.   3955
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to report as follows:
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
His Worship Mayor Bro. J. H. Ashwell, P.G,. P.C.P., of the City of
Chilliwack for his address and generous words of welcome at the
opening session of this Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the officers and members of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7,
for the splendid manner in- which they have entertained the Grand
Lodge Officers, Representatives and visitors to their city. Also
for providing the use o fthe Opera House for this session of the
Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered the Press of the City of Chilliwack for the manner in
which it has reported the proceedings of this session.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tend-ered the Grand Master for the very special effort he made
to visit the different Lodges that were within his power, and for
the arrangement of the substitution of Bro. Glass, Deputy Grand
Master, to visit those that he was unable to visit.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Grand Master and the Grand Lodge Officers
for the able manner in which the business of the Order has been
conducted during this session and during the past year.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered to the ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit
and kind greetings conveyed by their.committee during the session.
Be it further resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be tendered the Chilliwack Board of Trade for their hearty greetings and cordial welcome to the members and delegates to this
Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved, That this Grand Lodge extends its sin-
cerest and deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends
of our deceased brethren who have giv^n up their lives on active
service in the defence of our country.
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Signed by the Committee.
The report of the Committee on Appeals laid over from
yesterday afternoon's session was taken from the table. 3956
It was moved and seconded: That the report be referred
back to the Committee. On being submitted to the vote the
motion was declared lost.
It was moved and seconded: That the report of the
Coommittee be adopted.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment: That
the report be considered seriatim.
The amendment was put to the vote and declared to
be carried.
The question being raised that the Grand Lodge proceed to the consideration of the report of the Committee on
State of the Order laid over at yesterday's session to be
taken up at 11:30 a.m. today. It was moved, seconded and
carried: That the Grand Lodge proceed with the consideration of the report of the Committee on Appeals until the
same is disposed of.
The Grand Lodge then resumed the consideration of
the report of the Committee on Apeals seriatim.
Decision on specification 1 was read and concurred in.
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It'was on motion resolved: That the report of the Committee on Appeals be adopted as a whole.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 1:30 o'clock p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 3957
Afternoon Session
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1:30 p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
On motion the calling of the Roll was dispensed with.
Bro. J. C. Davis entered the Grand Lodsre and assumed
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his position as Grand Marshal.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred certain
matters submitted by the Rebekah Assembly, beg to recommend
that the decisions of the President as contained in the advance
reports be approved.
In answer to the question as to whether there is a conflict
between Section 319 of the Code and the Constitution of Rebekah
Lodges respecting the percentage of dues that they may appropriate to the Contingent Fund, we beg to say that there is no conflict. The Code permitting Grand Bodies to permit their Subordinates to devote ten per cent of their receipts from dues to this
fund, and this Grand Body has authorized Rebekah Lodges to set
aside that amount, by approving an amendment to the Constitution
of Rebekah Lodges at the session of 1913.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
communication from the Rebekah Assembly, asking the Grand
Lodge to instruct its Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
to endeavor to enact legislation permitting Rebekah Lodges to
organize Committees similar to General Relief Committees of Subordinate Lodges, beg to report that in our opinion no such legislation is required, as we think that the Grand Lodge has the
authority to permit same. 3958
We would, therefore, recommend that the following amendment be made to the By-laws of the Rebekah Assembly, viz.,
insert new Section 15, as follows:—
"Two or more Rebekah Lodges, located in the same city, may
organize a General Relief Committee, for the purpose of visiting
and relieving sick sojourning brothers or sisters belonging to other
Rebekah Lodges, and may contribute towards the necessary and
legitimate expenses of such committees.
"The President of the Rebekah Assembly may grant Dispenso-
tions permitting such Committees to raise funds by such legitimate
means as she may approve.
Such Committees must furnish the Secretary of the Rebekah
Assembly, annually, with a report of their proceedings, viz., number of members relieved, amount paid for relief, amount paid for
management expenses, and total amount of receipts."
Your Committee are of the opinon that no change is required
to Sec. 7, Art. V of the Constitution of Rebekah Lodges to make it
agree with page 80 of the Ritual for Rebekah Lodges. The instructions in the Ritual is not obligatory as to the installation of the
officers; if the installing officer is not present on the first or second
meeting of the Lodge, at the commencement of the term, but
says the installation may be conducted by any Past Grand or
Past N. G. present; whereas the Constitution says it may be deferred by the Lodge, by vote, until the next regular meeting, or a
special meeting at the request of the D. D. President.
Signed bv the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: / 111
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
request of "Dawson." Lodge, No. la, for an amendment to the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, increasing the contribution
from dues to form a Contingent Fund, from five per cent to ten
per cent, beg to report that the present law permits Lodges whose
revenue from rents and interest on invested funds equals or exceeds
its revenue from dues, to appropriate five per cent of these
receipts to the Contingent Fund, in addition to the like percentage
from dues.
As the proposed amendment involves a question of policy, as
to whether the Grand Lodge thinks it advisable to permit Lodges
to devote such a large portion of dues to purposes other than
relief,  and  the necessary management  expenses,  and which  may 3959
result in their using their funds for purposes which are not strictly
legitimate to the objects of the Order, your Committee would
suggest that the Grand Lodge should express its opinion on this
question, when the laws can be amended in conformity therewith.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the Grand
Lodge stand adjourned to four o'clock this afternoon.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingl}
The Grand Lodge resumed business at 4 o'clock p.m.,
pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for businss.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted
the following report, which was adotped:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.: f    ^f
Your Committee on Mileage and Pef Diem beg to report that
we have examined the Certificates presented by the Officrs and
Rpresentatives in attendance at this session, have checked the
same and find that they are entitled to the amounts stated against
their respective names:— 3960
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A. E. Harron, G.T |55
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W. A. Johnstone, G.R.|26
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H. Fooks, G.Cond	
J. Peers, G.G	
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Signed by the Committee. 3962
The report of the Committee on Legislation, the con-*
sideration of which was pending when the Grand Lodge
adjourned this afternoon, was taken from the table, when
it: was moved, seconded and carried: That the report be
received and that the Committee be instructed, that where
the dues of a Lodge are not less than two dollars per month,
and the sick benefits paid do not exceed ten dollars per
week, such Lodge may be permitted to set aside ten per
cent of the amount received for dues, to the Contingent
Fund; and that the Committee be requested to submit an
amendment to the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges accordingly.
The report of the Committee on State of the Order, laid
over from yesterday afternoon's session, was taken from
the table, when it was moved, seconded and carried: That
the report be adopted.
The Grand Warden reported that he had conferred
the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. J. R. Arthur, Xo. 10, in
the Ante-room.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the Grand
Master be empowered to appoint such Special Committees
as have been authorized at this session, after the close of
the session.
The Committee on Finance -presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
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 of the Grand Lodge for the
ensuing year:—
REVENUE
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer .     $2,319.68
Per Capita Tax on 6,385 members @ $1; 50c payable June
30, and 50c December 31, 1917      6,385.00
.Total Estimated Revenue    $8704.68 3963
EXPENDITURE
Grand Secretary's Salary $1,200.00
Grand Master's Expenses     600.00
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Representative Tax      150.00
Rent, Grand Secretary's Office      420.00
Telephone, Grand Secretary's Office       54.00
Printing       400.00
Premium on Bonds          5.00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Secretary      150.00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Master       20.00       #
Past Grand Master's Jewel       28.00
Card, Independent Odd Fellow        10.00
Mileage and Per Diem, this session  2,203.04
Janitor,  this   session        10.00
Rent of Hall, this session       25.00
Patriarchs Militant, Grant         50.00
War Emergency Relief Committee   1,596.25
  6,921.29
Leaving a balance at the end of the year     $1,783.39
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation beg to recommend the following amendment to Section I, Article IV. of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges: Add the following words to the end of the section:
"Provided further, that Lodges whose dues are not less than $2
per month and whose sick benefits do not exceed $10 per week, may
set aside ten per cent of the amount received for dues to the Contingent Fund."
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master appointed D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.,
No. 3, to act as Grand Marshal and assist at the installation
of officers.
The Deputy Grand Master, by command of the Grand
Master, declared the Grand Lodge closed in the Grand
Lodge Degree and open in the Third Degree for the admission of members of that Degree to witness the installation
of officers. 3964
The Grand Secretary called the names of the elected
and appointed officers who took their station in front of the
principal chair and, having been duly obligated, they were
installed into their respective chairs in ample form, as
follows:—
J. H. Glass, No. 51, as Grand Master.
R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, as Deputy Grand Master.
A. E. Harron, No. 55, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
Harry Fooks, No. 28, as Grand Treasurer.
Rev. W. S. A. Crux, No. 27, as Grand Chaplain.
J. D. Swanson, No. 9, as Grand Marshal.
D. McCallum, No. 45, as Grand Conductor.
Chas. Willarson, No. 52, as Grand Guardian.
I. Lehman, No. 23, as Grand Herald.
Bro. R. A. Parker, Grand Master, Alberta, on behalf
of the Grand Lodge, presented Bro. W. H. Brown, the retiring Grand Master, with a Past Grand Master's Jewel,
accompanying same with suitable and appropriate remarks
and good wishes to which Bro. Brown replied. A. W. Bayliss
Geo. Halliday
Thos. Sanders
J. King
J. L. Stark
A. G. Gulland
W. F. McKenzie
C. F.  H.  Craic
W. A.  Ralph
A. Dowdinsr
Walker
Bell
Geo. Maxwell
J. L. Crosby
D. P. Graham
J.
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J.
J.
F.
J.
R.
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s.
J.
Murchie
E.  Foster
H.   Kerr
S. Letheren
W. Burr
West
B. Cross
Alex Kerr
D. L. McKenzie
L. Reynolds
L. Cotterell
Fyles	
T.   Pucker
Wm.  Harvey
W. McLean
G. B. Stedman
H. E. W. Harbell
Alex. Goldsmith
A. Brooksbank ....
A. B. Moffat	
E. J> Edwards	
The Grand Master also appointed the following Committees for the ensuing year:—
Finance.—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M.,
No. 4; W. J. Gower, No. 1; W. B. Calder, No. 59; W. M. Ramsay,
No. 26. f- 
Appeals.—W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10; T. H. Godfrey, No. 62; P.
Stewart, No. 55; A. Broomfield, No. 46; W. L. Cotterell, No. 40. 3866
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; P. A. MacLean, No. 1;
D. Dewar, No. 2; T. Sanders, No. 5; C. B. Parkinson, No. 50.
Petitions.—J. S. Harper, No. 60; S. V. Cox, No. 63; J. L.
Stark, No. 7; K. K. Martin, No. 36; J. T. Giddings, No. 47.
State of the Order.—H. White, P.G.M., No. 42; W. J. Holland,
No. 10; A. Acheson, No. 61; C. L. Dearing, No. la; C. Snider, No. 14.
Legislation.—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; R. C. Boyes, No. 25; D.
Rabbit, No. 12; A. Saunders, No. 43; J. Westover, No. 66.
Judiciary.—A. M. Russell, No. 8; E. A. Burnett, No. 61; F. T.
Abey, No. 57; J. D. Swanson, No. 9; J. Bell, No. 4.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; F. F. Forneri, No. 2; J. Wilby,
No. 2; W. Ross, sNo. 6; C. O'Brien, No. 47.
Mileage and Per Diem.—M. J. Creehan, No. 19; D. McCallum,
No. 43; J. T. Wood, No. 34; A. Kerr, No. 43; A Sutherland,
No. 55.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; J. King, No.
6; S. Fyles, No. 42; J. Crawshaw, No. 18; H. Dunwell, No. 8.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and re-opened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
It was on motion resolved: That the appointments of
the Grand Master be confirmed.
Bro. R. A. Power, Grand Master of Alberta, addressed
the Grand Lodge, thanking the members for their kindness
and courtsey during his visit and wishing the Jurisdiction
and its members every success.
The Grand Chaplain having offered prayer, the Grand
Lodge was closed in due form.
Grand Secretary  3968

A*. ANDERSON, P.G.
Victoria Lodge, No. I
A. MILNE, P.G.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
R. DRAKE, P.G.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4
R. KIRKWOOD,P.G.    R. McCOURT, P.G,
J. METCALF, P.G.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
R.  GRAY,  P.  G.
Vancouver, Lodge, No. 8
J. G. JOHNSTONE, P.G.
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19
W. D. FEARN, P.G.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23
J. A. McRAE, P.G.
Island Lodge, No. 24
J. B. McKAY, P.G.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26
T. TALBOT, P.G.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36
J. F. FAULKNER, P.G.
D. A. HOPPER, P.G.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61 •
J. E. SMITH, P.G.
Grandview Lodge, No. 62
Death springs to life;
Though brief and sad thy story,
Thy years all spent in care and gloom,
Look up, look up!
Eternity and glory
Dawn through the portals of the tomb. 3969
ROLL OF HONOR
Members Who Have Died on Active Service During the Great War
Higher, higher will we climb
Up the mount of glory,
That our lives may live through time
In our Country's story;
Happy when our welfare calls,
He who conquers, he who falls.
Andrew Anderson, P.G., killed in action, llth Oct., 1916.   Victoria
Lodge, No. 1.
James Maynard, died on active service, 24th June, 1916.    Victoria
Lodge, No. 1.
Alexander Milne, P.G., killed in action, 20th September, 1916.   Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
R. F. Ruddick, killed in action, 18th June, 1916.    Royal City Lodge,
No. 3.
George Tucker, died of wounds, 6th May, 1917, Royal City Lodge,
No. 3.
Colin Telfer, killed in action, 1915.   Dominion Lodge, No. 4.'
George   S.   Powell,  killed   in   action,   10th   Sept.,   1916.    Dominion
Lodge, No. 4.
H.   N.   Canning,   killed   in   action,   16th   March,   1917.     Dominion
Lodge, No. 4.
Guy Thomas, died on active service, May, 1916, Dominion Lodge,
No. 4. * ;| . "    "
R. McCourt, P.G., killed in action, 22nd Oct., 1916.   Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5.
John Scobie, killed in action.    Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
R. A. Henderson, P.G., killed in action.    Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
C. M. McLeod, killed in action.    Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
George Burch, killed in action.    Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
D. E. Munn, killed in action.    Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
S. A. Love, killed in action.    Excelsior Lodge, No. 7.
T.  J.   Hodge, killed in  action, 22nd  September,  1916.    Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8.
H. D. Allan, killed in action, 23rd April, 1917.   Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
C. W. Cheddy, killed in action, 24th May, 1915. Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
F. G. Earl, killed in action, Dec, 1915.   Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
O. Gammond, killed in action, March, 1917.   Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. 3970
ROLL OF HONOR —Continued
G. Hazelhurst, died on active service, March, 1916.    Tatnai Lodge,
No. 9. 1
F. Smith, killed in action, 24th Aug., 1916.    Western Star Lodge,
No. 10.
John Conner, killed in action, 18th Sept., 1916. Union Lodge, No. 11.
R. C. Singleton, P.G., killed in action.    Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.
J. E. Birch, killed in action, 25th May, 1915.  Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.
W. Murray, killed in action.   Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.
C. A. Moodie, killed in action, 25th Apr., 1915. Aaron Lodge. No. 14.
Harry Walker, killed in action, Oct., 1915.   Aaron Lodge, No. 14.
H. J. Chapman, killed in action, June, 1916. Aaron Lodge, No. 14.
Robt.  McLean, killed  in action, 27th June,   1916.    Aaron  Lodge,
No. 14.
J. Wylie, killed in action, 6th Dec, 1916.   Aaron Lodge, No. 14.
H. T. Hume, killed in action, 27th April, 1916.    Kootenay Lodge,
No. 16.      |||t   1 , |     ■
J. Thomson, P.G., killed in action, 14th Sept., 1915.    Mt. Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19.
R. J. C. Halliday, killed in action, 29th Sept., 1916.    Mt. Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19.
R. A. Tarlton, killed in action, 9th Apr., 1917. Fidelity Lodge, No. 25.
W.   Meldrum,   P.G.,   killed  in   action,   24th   April,   1915.     Pacific
Lodge, No. 26.
B. C. E. Markland, killed in action, Sept., 1916. Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
K. McK. Campbell, killed in action.   Amity Lodge, No. 27.
H. W. Sangster, killed in action, 26th Sept., 1916.    Amity Lodge,
No. 27.
Charles Sevin, killed in action, 28th Aug., 1916. Amity Lodge, No. 27.
Matthew Knox, killed in action, 24th Sept., 1916.    Amity Lodge,
No. 27.
H. C. Johnson, killed in action.   Amity Lodge, No. 27.
George Oddy, died on active service.    Amity Lodge, No. 27.
S.  McBeath, killed in  action, 28th  May,  1915.    Rocky  Mountain
Lodge, No. 34.
Those who with fame eternal their own -dear land endowed
Took on them as a mantle the shade of death's dark cloud;
Yet dying thus they died not, on whom is glory shed
By virtue which exalts them above all other dead. 3971
ROLL OF HONOR —Continued
F. C. Edge, killed in action, 28th May, 1915. Key City Lodge, No. 42.
G. Stewart, killed in action, 12th Apr., 1916.  Key City Lodge, No. 42.
J. Ogden, killed in action.    Key City Lodge, No. 42.
W. H. O. Hill, killed in action, 25th Sept., 1915.   Enterprise Lodge,
No. 43.
F. J. Hicks, 'killed in action, April, 1915. Gateway Lodge, No. 45.
W. Price, killed in action, 14th April, 1916. Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.
T. G. Martin, killed in action.    Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.
G. C. Cole, killed in action.    Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.
J. Steele, killed in action.    Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.
A. Smith, P.G., killed in action, 12th Oct., 1916.    Penticton Lodge,
No. 51.
W. Hope, killed in action, 3rd June, 1916.   Princeton Lodge, No. 52.
A.  C.  Henderson, died of wounds, 16th Dec, 1916.    North Vancouver, No. 55.
J. L. McMillan, killed in action, 28th Sept.,  1916.    Orchard City
Lodge, No. 59.
M. A. Coleman, killed in action, 14th, Sept., 1916.    Little Mountain
Lodge, No. 60.
A. V. Hodgkinson, died on active service.   Little Mountain Lodge,
No. 60. I I
L. C. G. Ewing, killed in action, 1st April, 1916.    Fairview Lodge,
No. 61.
F. H. McLaren, killed in action, 27th Oct., 1916.    Fairfield Lodge,
No. 61. I |§ -"       -    .    "
J. Baldwin, killed in action, 29th Oct., 1916. Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
F. H. May, killed in action.    Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
J. H. Eastwood, killed in action.    Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
T. P. Pettigrew, killed in action, March, 1916.   Park Lodge, No. 66.
R. G. Ellis, killed in action, 14th Nov., 1916. Dawson Lodge, No. la.
There is a morning to the tomb's long night,
A dawn of glory, a reward in heaven,
He shall not gain who never merited.
If thou did'st know the worth of one good deed
In life's last hour, thou would'st not bid me lose
The precious privilege while life endures
To do my father's will.        INDEX
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"Adinah" Rebekah Lodge, Institution of 3889, 3938
Age of Applicants for Membership 3910, 3936
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund _  3898
Alberta, Visit of Grand Master of  3858
Report of Fraternal Delegate to
3888
Appeals, Davis v. Mt. Pleasant Lodge 3902, 3919, 3955
Guttschick v. Dawson Lodge 3902, 3955
Wilby v. Columbia Lodge 3871, 3877, 3930
Appointment of Officers 3853, 3854
Ashwell, Bro. J. H., Mayor, Visit of  3858
Badges in lieu of Regalia  3854
Ballot on Motions in Lodges  3913
Brown, W. H., Presentation of P.G.M. Jewel to  3964
By-laws, Contract for Printing 3921, 3935
Rebekah Assembly, Amendment to  3957
Chilliwack Board of Trade, Greetings from  3917
Mayor of,  Visit  of  3858
Code, Amendments to   3902
Codes, Distribution of  3902
Committees, Appointment of ...- 3854, 3858, 3859, 3965
Special  Appointment of 3859, 3926, 3927, 3962
Constitution of Grand Lodge,  Amendment Approved  3902
" of Grand Lodges, How Amended \  3909
Rebekah Lodges, Amendment to 3950, 3957
Sover. G. L., Proposed Amendments to 3910, 3936
Subordinate Lodges, Amendment to ...3921, 3962
Contingent   Fund,   Appropriations   to....3921, 3957, 3958, 3962, 3963
Custodian Secret Work, Appointment of  3857
Department Council P.M., Greetings from  3921
Dispensations Granted by Grand Master „.„3872, 3914, 3929
Refused by Grand Master, 3874, 3914
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District Deputy Grand Masters, Appointment of  3870, 3965
Dispensations   Granted
by..3877, 3880, 3881, 3882, 3930
Recommendations  bjr
3878, 3879, 3881, 3882, 3928
Reports   of 3876, 3914
Dominion Government War Loan, Investment in  3900
Dues and Benefits  3878, 3884, 3902, 3927, 3936
Enlisted Members in Army i  3933
Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure  3962
"Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, Greetings from  3858
Financial Statement, Grand Lodge Funds  3893
Fraternal Delegates, Appointment of 3883, 3903, 3914, 3926
Funds of Subordinate Lodges, Investment of 3883, 3926
Funeral Aid Association of B.C 3863, 3925, 3939, 3951
Funeral Benefits, Payment of ~  3871
General Relief Committees, Reports of  3901, 3935
Rebekah   3957
Grand Lodge Degree   _._.3856,   3857, 3921, 3962
Officers, Appointment of  3853, 3854
||j   Election of  -  3942
Installation of   3963
Opened in Third Degree  3963, 3966
Place of Meeting   3951
I      Representation, Reduction of 3884, 3927
Master, Appeals to   3871
Appointments by   3870
Circular Letters of  3869
Deci&ons  by   ....... 3871, 3913
Dispensations Granted by   3872
Dispensations Refused by  ^  3874
Official Visits by   3875
Presentations by  3883, 3926
Proclamations by 3864, 3866
Recommendations by   3883
Report to  Grand  Sire 3867, 3909, 3914
Supplementary Report of  3913
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Grand Master, Thanks of .'.  3884
Secretary, Portrait of  j 3883, 3928
Report of \  3889
Supplementary Report of ~ 3916
Representatives,   Report  of    3906
Sire, Circular Letters of   3867
- "    Invitation to  3861, 3915
Proclamations  of   3864
Treasurer, Report of   3905
"Hastings" Lodge, No. 29, Institution of 3863, 3889, 3938
Investment of Funds of Subordinate  Lodges 3883, 3926
i   Odd Fellows' Home Fund  1  3950
Lodges Instituted   3863, 3889
Subordinate, Statistics re  3890
Members Killed in Action & Died on Active Service 3916, 3939, 3969
Memorial Pages  3939, 3968
Merchants' Bank, Resolution Required  3921
National Service  3869, 3903, 3925, 3936
Non-beneficial Members, Reinstatement of  3913
"North Vancouver" L^pdge, No. 55, Donation to Home Fund 3916
Odd Fellows' Home Fund, Donation to *  3916
Investment of  1  3950
Trustees of  3861, 3944
Financial Statement of  3898
H omes   3908
Relief Ass'n of Canada, Report of Repre'tive to 3885
Ontario Grand Lodge, Report of Fraternal Delegate to  3886
"Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, Loss by Fire  3903
Parker, R. A., Grand Master of Alberta, Visit of 3858, 3918, 3966
Past Grands, Honors of  3871
Past Grand Masters in Attendance  3967
Penticton, Invitations from ~  3951
Rebekah Assembly Bylaws,  Amendment  to  3957
Delegation from  3859
Delegation to   3918
President's Decisions Approved 3950, 3957
Lodge Constitution, Amendments to 3950, 3957
Lodges, Statistics re .--  3892
Reinstatement of Members  *  3913
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Reports of Committees—Appeals  3919, 3931, 3950, 3955,
Credentials   3854
Distribution 3912, 3916
Finance    3924, 3962
Judiciary    3929, 3957
Laws of Subordinates  3923
Legislation 3957, 3958, 3962, 3963
Mileage and Per Diem  3959
Necrology  3938
Petitions    3938
Printing   3931. 3935
] Rebekah Branch   3930
Resolutions     3955
State of Order.,3925, 3926, 3935, 3936, 3962
Statistics re Dues and Benefits  3951
War  Emergency  Relief _  3932
District Deputy Grand Masters 3876, 3914
Fraternal Delegates  3885, 3887
Grand Master 3861, 3913
Representatives  3906
Secretary  3889, 3916
Treasurer   3905
Trustees Odd Fellows' Home .....  3944
Rescinding Motion in Lodges j.  3871
Roll of Honor  3969
Secret Work, Exemplification of 3884, 3928
Sicks Benefits to Members 3871, 3879
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Proposed Amendments to
Constitution  3910, 3936
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Biennial Sessions of. 3910, 3936
Stock Account   3897
Surety Bonds   3901
"Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9, Greetings from  3857
Trial Balance  3899
Trustees', Home Board  3861
"Union" Lodge, No. 11. Complaint of 3918, 3950
Veteran Jewels  Issued  ~ 3901, 3935
Victoria Printing & Publishing Co., Offer of  3921, 3935
War Emergency Relief Committee 3900, 3932
Washington Grand Lodge, Fraternal Delegate   3914
41 " "     Greetings from.._  3930
Webber, E. L., Letter from    3922
Young Men's Christian Assn., Appeal from..3858, 3859, 3917, 3924
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COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
1—J. S. Dnmimond ._ 1874. Victoria Lodge, No. 1
4—John Weiler 1875 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
8—J. P. Davies 1876. Columbia Lodge, No. 2
3—R. Roberts 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
2—W. J. Jeffree 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
9—Charles Gowen u. 1879 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
J. Wriglesworth 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
B.  W.  Shiles „1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
20—Henry Waller. 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
11—Alexander  Phillips .^.1883 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
W.   D.   McKillican 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
7—Wm. McColl 1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
5—Fred'k   Came. 1886 Victoria Lodge No. 1
10—Joshua Davies .. 1887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
"   re-elected 1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
12—J. H. Meldram 1889 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
16—E.  Quennell 1890 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
14—j.  E.  Phillips. 1891 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
13—J. E. Phillips 1892 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3
19—James Crossan 1893 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
T.  C. Gray. 1894 .Western Star Lodge, No. 10
18—W. E. Holmes 1895 .Victoria Lodge, No. 1
H. B. Gilmour. 1896 Western Star Lodge, No. 10
W. H. Morton 1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
A. Henderson —„.1898. Columbia Lodge, No. 2
17—D. Welsh 1899 Royal City Lodge, No. 3
6—W. E. Johnstone 1900. Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
W. Hogg . 1. 1901 Western Star Lodge, No. 10
16—A. Graham 1902 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
E. C. Arthur, M.D 1903..-..~Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
T.   F.   Neelands- 1904.—.Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
D. E. MacKenzie 1905 Royal City Lodge, No. 3
F. E.  Simpson 1906. Key City Lodge, No. 42
T. Embleton j 1907. Rossland Lodge, No. 36
H.  T.  Fulton 1908. Harmony Lodge, No. 6
Wallace Law. 1 1909. .Western Star Lodge, No. 10
E. L. Webber^ 1910. Amity Lodge, No. 27
W. H. Cullin 1911 Dominion Lodge, No. 4
Wl A. Johnstone ..^.1912 Pacific Lodge, No. 26
R. Dudley-. 1913 .Mt Fernie Lodge, No. 47
H. White 1914. Key City Lodge, No. 42
P. W. Dempster 1915 Columbia Lodge, No. 2
W. H. Brown,
1916. .Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
1—Died 6th February, 1884.
2—Died 18th March, 1885.
3—Died 24th December, 1897.
A—Died 6th September, 1899.
5—Died 7th April, 1905.
6—Died 12th June, 1904.
7—Died 12th June, 1907.
8—Died 20th September, 1879.
9—Died 8th December, 1892.
10—Ceased Membership.
11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907.
14—Died 30th January, 1908.
15—Died 13th August, 1909.
16—Died 26th April, 1912.
17—Died 14th February. 1914.
18—Died 13th July, 1914.
19— Died 18th April, 1915.
20—Died 7th May, 1916. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIAg I.O.O.F.
J. H. GLASS, Grand Master Penticton
R. A. MERRITHEW, Deputy Grand Master Vancouver
A. E. HARRON, Grand Warden.. North Vancouver
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary ......1323 Douglas St., Victoria
H. FOOKS, Grand Treasurer §§§ .Agassi2f
W. A. JOHNSTONE,  Grand Representative i^p...Vancouver
W. HOGG, Grand Representative  ....Vancouver
REV. W. A. CRUX, Grand Chaplain Prince Rupert]
J. D.  SWANSON, Grand Marshal...... Kamloops
D.  McCALLUM,  Grand  Conductor .. Grand Forks
C. WILLARSON, Grand Guardian ^ Princeton
I  LEHMAN,  Grand Herald Ashcroft!
The next Session of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia will
be held at Penticton commencing Wednesday, the 12th day of
June, 1918.
SUPPLIES
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay for the same.
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate Lodge Rituals ..  - l....$3.00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards, Transfer and Dismissal Certificates   20
Book of Forms  1.00
BQok of Odes with music ?m
Code  of  Laws  ..  2.50
Lodge  Odes      .05
Odes with music, Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges |§g| .10
Anniversary Odes  3 .05
Funeral Hymns with Responses 05
Funeral Ceremony .*.. .  ..    .30
Anniversary Ceremony  30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony 30
Officers' Roll Book 4 .   1.50
Question Book    1.25
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders  .......  1.50
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart  2.50
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B.C., 1874 to 1885  1.50
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work 50
Black Book S  2.00
Official Certificates and Receipts for DUes, in books of 100 ..   .60
Official Certificates and receipts for Dues, in books of 100 with
name  and  number  of  Lodge  printed  thereon   (not  less
than 500)  j \ _   .70]
Secret Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges 40
Attendance Register  1  2.00
Certificate of Membership on plate paper  75
Constitution Book and Roll of Members I r..  1.25
Veteran Jewels, each*. ||  8.00
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each 40
Petitions for membership with medical certificate are furnished
by the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, and are supplied
to Lodges free.

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