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PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORT Y^FOURTH §iNNUA^SESSlON
OF THElpRAND LODGE OF
iBRlTISH COLUMBIA
Held at Penticton, British Colombia
Twelfth and Thirteenth Junej|1918 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  MONEY  WHEN   In|tROUBLE  AND
|;IMPOSTERS;frO   BE   EXPELLED
Resolved, That a member of the Ordet&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;lH
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 to do ^o 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 suckj
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 hi
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 Subordinate Lodges especially called to it.
(Proceedings S.G.L.. U.S., 1874, pages 6310, 6326.)
The following legislation was enacted by the Sovereign Grand
jpjodge at its .1917 session:—
An Act to Provide for the Promulgation of Information in Regard
to Fraudulent Claims for Assistance.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That any Subor-
ordinate Body or Relief Committee of this Order which finds on
investigation that any claim for assistance is fraudulent, shall report the name of the claimant, with other information in its pos-J
session, to the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe of the Grand Body
of the jurisdiction in <which such investigation is made, who shall
immediately report the same to the Grand Secretary of the Sov-
ereigr^Grand Lodge,|sfcb be promulgated by him in such manner]
and at such times as in his judgment circumstances demand.—"-]
JournalB^pages  225,  226,  237;   of Odd Fellows
PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY.FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE GRAND LODGE OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Held at Penticton, British Columbia
Twelfth and Thirteenth June, 1918  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION of THE
GRAND LODGE OF B.C.,
I. O. O. F.
Penticton, B.C.,
; ' 12th June, 1918
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 a.m., pursuant to
notice.
Present:—
J. H. Glass Grand Master
R. A. Merrithew Deputy Grand Master
A. E. Harron Grand Warden
Fred Davey Grand Secretary
H.  Fooks Grand Treasurer
W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., Grand Representative
W. Hogg, P.G.M Grand Representative
Rev. W. A. S. Crux Grand Chaplain
J. D. Swanson Grand Marshal
D. McCallum Grand Conductor
C. Willarson Grand Guardian
I. Lehman Grand Herald
All present were examined, reported duly qualified,
and the Grand Chaplain having invoked the Divine Blessing, the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
It was Resolved: That the Badges supplied be recognized as proper regalia during the present session.
The Grand Secretary submitted the names of D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, as Reading Clerk, and W, A. 3973
Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26, as Custodian of the Secret Work,
during the present session, and on motion, these appointments were 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 following to. form the
Committee on Credentials: Grand Secretary, W. H.
Cullin, P.G.M., N9. 4;   D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:—
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have
examined the Credentials of the Representatives-elect for the ensuing year and find the following duly accredited:—
Lodge Representatives Alternates
Victoria, No. 1 R.  Livingstone W. J. Gower
P. A. MacLean W. Paget
Columbia,   No.   2 W. Farquhar J.   G.   Hay
A. P. McConnell D. Dewar
Royal City. Xo. 3 E. C. Turner W.  H.  Orr
M. J. Phillips R. C. McKay
Dominion,  No. 4 J. Bell H. Campbell
W. H. Cullin, P.G.M. J. Gardner
Black Diamond, No. 5 J.  R.  McKenzie E.   G.  Cavalsky
A. • E. Bradshaw
Harmony,  No.   6 D.  Gordon J.  Lowery
W. W. Walkem D.  Nicholson
Excelsior,   Xo.   7 A. M. Rockwell J. C. Henderson, Jr.
O. A. Weeks J.   McConnell
Vancouver,  No.  8 J. A.  Dillabough A.  M. Russell
T. Deacon H. Dunnell
Tatnai,  No.  9 J. D. Swanson G. D. Knapp
T. Howell H. McLean
Western Star. So. 10 ....W. J. Holland W. Thomas
E. McD. Williston T. Tellefsen
Union, No. 11 W.  Beveridge
Selkirk, No. 12 D. Blackwell J. Palmer
R. Hodson K. McRae
Pittitko,  No.  13 J. Leese C. Mcintosh
Aaron, No. 14 G. A. Murray R. A. Perry
,G. I. Harron H.  W.  Pugsley
Cloverdale,  No,  15 G. Morrison W. C. T. Lemax 3974
Lodge Representatives
Kootenay,  No.  16 D. H. Proudfoot
J. H. Lemmon
Duncan, No.  17 H. D. Evans
Vernon Valley, No. 18 J. T. Moffatt
Alt. Pleasant, Xo. 19 W.  F.  McKenzie
H.  Patterson
Abbotsford,   No.   20 A. McCallum
Delta,  No.  21 N. A.  McDiarmid
Ridgely,  No. 22 W. W.  Smith
Ashcroft,   No.  23 J.  W.   Burr
Island,   No.   24 C.  S.  Barton
Fidelity,  No. 25 C. A. Paton
Pacific,  No.  26 W. M. Ramsay
J.  F. Watkins
Amity,  No.   27...- G. Morrow
J. D. Mills
Cheam, No. 28 H. L. Calvert
Hastings, No. 29 { D. Nunn
Rocky Mountain   No. 34...J. T.  Wood
Rossland, No. 36 E.  Langdon
F. Sweeney
Boundary Valley.  No.  36..L.   McKenzie
Silver City, No. 39 J.  McK. Boates
Slocan,  No.  40 W. E. Graham
Key City, No. 42 W. G. Robinson
H. White,  P.G.M.
Enterprise,   No.   43 A.  Kerr
E. G. Fowler
Gateway,  No.  45 C. D. Pearson
Snowshoe, No.  46 M.  Rukin
T.  Lloyd
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 A. E. Ferguson
R.  Brown
Coronation, No. 48 J.  Hassard
J. F.  Sue-den
Eureka,   No.   50. *R.  E. Wheeler
Penticton,  No.  51 0.  E. Fisher
Princeton,  No.   52 C.  Willarson
Michel,  No.  54 S. Hamoton
North Vancouver, No. 55..Frank Farrow
Geo. Jones
Mt. Ida, No. 56 H. E. W. Harbell
Sunshine, No.  57 H.  W.  Power
Okanagan, No. 58 J.  Lawlor
Orchard  City,  No.  59 M. A. Alsgard
Little Mountain, No.  60....A. W. Dumbavand
B.   Shaver
Fairview, No.  61 A.  Acheson
E. A. Burnett
Grandview,  No.   62 A.  T.  McNeill
Prince Rupert,  Xo.  63 H.  M. Daggett
Corbin,  No.  64 T. Virgo
Cariboo.  No. 65 A. Leith
Park, No. 66 E. W. H. Bennett
Dawson, No. la	
Alternates
R.
McLean
L.
Marshall
R.
J. Garmus
J.
Crawshaw
M.
Mclntyre
J.
Foxcroft
G.
H. Kerr
G.
T.  Baker
J.
Beck
R.
Wightman
H.
L. Richards
R.
C.  Boyes
T.
B.  Godfrey
£,.
P'itzgerald
G.
L.  Payne
A.
Adams
A.
M. Greyell
A.
Wixon
F.
D. Lemieux
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A.  Campbell
G.
A. Bryan
R.
Turner
J.
M. Rae
S.
Fyles
E.
H. McPhee
H.
W. Stone
W
. J. Hesketh
D.
Fleming
A.
Broomneld
D.
G.  Stafford
D.
G.  Harvie
R.
Dudley,  P.G.M
F.
Hunter
J.   B.   Gaylord
G.  E.  Small
W. McLean
G. Fisher
A. Sutherland
D. A. McLean
W.  H.  Bonus
R.  Hendricks
T.   E.   Phinney
M.  Byrns
E. E. Elliott
T. S. Harper
T. T. McDonald
W. G. Humphrey
T. A. Jewett
W. G. Barrie
J. W. Redhead
W. A. Ralph 3975
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree:
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Royal  City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
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Selkirk
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Mt. Pleasant
Abbotsford
Ridgely
Ashcroft
Island
Fidelity
Pacific
Amity
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Key City
Enterprise
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Coronation
Eureka
Penticton
Princeton
Michel
North Vancouver
Mt.   Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard City
Little Mountain
Fairview
Grandview
Prince   Rupert
Corbin
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No. 1 F. L. Thomson, H. Paver
2 H. W. Adams, C. D. Munn
3... G. W. Furness, T. H. Barbarie -
4 E.  J.  Hurron,  H.  Campbell
5 M.  P. Scurr
6 D.   Gordon
7 W. E. Newing, A. M. Rockwell
8 T. Deacon, H. H.  Stewart
9 R. Osborne, G. D. Knapp
10 H. J. Witter, W. Thomas
11. W. Beveridge, J. S. Williams,
J. Sharpies
12.........R.   Hodson,   D.   Blackwell
14 G. I.  Harron.
15 J. Scott,  G.  Morrison
16 P. Phillips, E. H. Sadler
17 R. Evans, W. Hattie
19 J. Foxcroft G. S. Wooley
20 A.   McCallum
22 W.   W.   Smith
23 J. L. McAbee
24 J.  W.   Irvine,  J.  Williamson,
R.'J. McDonald, V.  Murray
25 E.  M.  Mcintosh,  C. A. Paton
26 W. R.  Fleming
27 J. D. Mills, G. Morrow
34 A.  Wixon
36 F. Sweeney, E. Langdon
38 G.  Inglis
39 G. C. Kirk, R. Turner
40 J. McRae
42 W.  G.   Robinson, W.  C. Adlard
43 J. A. Ford, E. J. Fowler
45 J. A. Hutton, P. W Clark
46 .T Lloyd, M. Rukin
47 A.  E.  Ferguson,  R. J.  Brown,
48 F. L. Sugden, A. C. Fowler
50 R. E. Wheeler, W. E. Duncan
51 G.  E.  Small,  H.  Hinton
52 M.  Lundgren, J.  Huey
54 S. Hampton
55 G. Jones,  C.  L.  Stonehouse
56 H. E. W. Harbell
57 S.  L.  Scott
58 J. Lawlor
59 E. Biggar, M. A. Alsgard
60 A.  W.   Dumbavand,   B.   Shaver
61 J. H. C. Izod, J. T. McDonald
62 A. J. McNeill, W. F.  Carr
63 S.  M.  Newton
64 J. Virgo
<65 Arthur Leith 3976
Park
Dawson
I     " 66 E. W. H. Bennett, J.  Murray
1     " la H. G. Robinson.
We would recommend that Bro. T. Embleton, P.G.M., be
recognized * as a Representative of "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36, the
Representatives and Alternates elected being unable to attend and
the Lodge having elected Bro. Embleton, P.G.M., as a substitute.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master appointed F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
No. 42, and W. H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, as a Committee to
retire and introduce Bro. A., E. May, P.G.M., P.G.R.,
Fraternal Delegate from the Grand Lodge of Alberta. Bro.
May was admitted, introduced, accorded Grand Honors, and
invited to a seat on the dais.
A telegram was read from the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan conveying fraternal greetings and expressing best
wishes for the success of the Order in this Jurisdiction.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the telegram be received and suitably acknowledged.
A communication was read from Mr. Handford asking
permission to take a group photograph of the Grand Lodge.
Resolved: That the invitation be accepted for 1.30 o'clock
p.m. today, at the "Incola" Hotel.
The Grand Secretary presented the reports of the
Grand Officers in printed form, which were referred to. the
Committee on Distribution. i
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:.; Odd il^pws: ml'y "■■" -.;.|w■■■■ '.-.•'v^
Qi^^^^^Lgo y^piopored tt^^pese^j^pluwil^pt o|§this <^§#lted
ISice witMyour ujG^toous'^^^^is^^^Mfee bec^Bie your Grand
^^■'ster, Pfo Jflfoe cdmd ap^^pate the^^aor t^l^Rxol^Sred^tiore
highly thai^^self. ^pw;^aave disolprged the <^^^^)f my office,
my ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ report, are Mow b|^^»
you, to pjajfjs judgmaj^^^S^^«d whereit^^piave ^iled tO;;fjjfealize
yotJ^^^I'ct^feii^p^^st y<M will^fopiftfe i|||to ^
rathei^^^^plSLy cu|pabI;^RgligeMe of duty
ft; -assumed |§te ^^^p^sibili^^^® the ofiK^wit^^prebodiaigs of
doxi|l lest 1 sM^»l beo||pe :^^^»5r3lMMd" bpfog toiihe jurisdiction
pathyp^K e^ouSg^ii^S^ whi^^^^^|elp^^^K; in my effofts a|pt
has strained j^^ppring^he|^»(re ye|||   lips true I have found the
workSduoij^^ad st»eti^es exeeedfigly SJ^^^^^> ^|at the fact
wi$t ^^pi able ti^^scover iftei^^B^^rmony prevailing at every
mectii^ love wherever I went, has
enabledftee |||| fllget the laborious Mtrt -:and^a^i^^plexmg^i6«
jl&ents   This ccllditioi^whic^^^pEound everywlfire, wasllfery much
theMfiSiili o$||he ef||>rts ojmpjr immediate predecesso^ B A W. IS
«ow^ P.  G. M§|who so effectively expounded the principles of
Odd Fellowship dufeig »s regime as Grand Master.   To this good
brother li owe a gr<^^^ebt ©l^^ptxt^'e.^jr $f|ts paving ;^K^ray for
me^E certainly am gifteffll for' ;tf||ny experiences, and fo^which I
ask you to jouj^ to Almighty God for
ll||s ^^^Kerful beneficence vouchsafed to us as a Grandffi^bdge the
past year j^had cherished a bright hope thafifeefore the time should
«ne^h^W;y successor should be installedfiinto th^-office the
mf0k cloud of Ipuel war would have passed away, and that victory
and peace would be ours to enjoy, but, alas, this aw|||l struggle
still goes oivwith perhaps greater fury than during the past tpree
or nearly four years.    Strife ;;||M discord seem to be still rampant
Our hopes had gone forth with ardent joy that the chpns of hymaii
bondage would be broken and the tea|j| and||voestlf t|j|s world
would be submerged in the healing tide that shall flow from the
fountains of benevolence and, peace, and often during the year now 3978
closing have we felt that the time predicted by our forefathers was
very far in the distance, when one law shall bind all' nations,
tongues and kindreds, and that would be the law of universal brotherhood.
The unparalleled condition of our Empire, and also of her great
Ally, at the south of us, has had a most derogatory influence upon
the expansion and development of our beloved Order, not only in
the United States, but also in our own Dominion, and particularly
in our own jurisdiction, so that many of our Lodges can scarcely
raise a quorum. Yet the few faithful brothers remaining, too old
for active service, meet, talk over matters, and express their earnest
hopes for brighter days to come. Some of their members are in
France, perchance, fighting your battles and mine, and grave questions must arise affecting the status of the membership of our soldier and sailor brothers. Very serious and highly important consideration will claim your attention at this present session, but
knowing your devotion to the principles upon which Odd Fellowship is based^, I have no fear but that you will give these weighty
questions your very best thought and wisest deliberations.
From a casual examination of the reports of my predecessors I
find that they have reduced their remarks on the various sections
of their reports to a minimum. I shall follow the same plan, but in
order that you may be able to judge.of the state of the Order in
our jurisdiction during the year, I have thought it the better plan
to report on my official visits first , and in so doing I wish to inform the Grand Lodge that I have visited every one of the fifty-
seven Lodges, and my itinerary has been accomplished without a
break.
-  - ■. OFFICIAL VISITATIONS
I desire to express my gratitude to Bro. O. E. Fisher, Past Grand,
the Traffic Manager of the K. V. R., and to Bro. F. A. Jewett, Past
Grand, of the Passenger Department of the C. P. R., for their kindness in preparing my itinerary for the far north country, which
worked out to the minute.
Left Vancouver Aug. 25th; arrived at Dawson Sunday, Sept. 1st.
Met at wharf by many Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Before going
to the hotel inquired if any brothers were ill. Was informed three
members of "Dawson" Lodge, No. la, were ill at the hospitals. I
requested to be taken to visit them immediately, which was done,
and the sick brothers seemed to have appreciated our visit. On
arriving at the hotel was informed that I was to be the guest of
"Dawson" Lodge during my stay in that city. OnMonday a committee of brothers came with a car to take me to all points of interest along the Eldorado and Bonanza Creeks, where the tremen- .        _  —^7J
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dous dredging plants were in operation for extracting the precious
gold. Tuesday evening attended the regular meeting of Yukon Rebekah Lodge No. 1. The attendance was large. I addressed the
meeting, taking for my subject the advisability of their lodge seceding from the Sovereign Grand Lodge and transferring to the Assembly of British Columbia. I desire to thank Sister Hickling,
P. N. G., and many others for their cordial and splendid reception.
Wednesday, Sept. 5th, many brothers from a distance arrived to
attend the Lodge meeting, at which about 150 were present. The
Initiatory Degree was exemplified in a most dignified manner,
equal to any ever before witnessed by those present. After the
Lodge closed we were invited to a sumptuous banquet, prepared by
the sisters of the Rebekah Lodge, at which the Grand Master was
the recipient of a most flattering address, accompanied by a gorgeous gift as a token of their united appreciation of his official
visit. The state of the Order in Dawson is very promising. The
constitution is honored by a constant and faithful adherence. The
ritual is mastered and is never in sight during the conferring of
degrees. The equipment of the Lodge is almost complete. Citizens generally visit their reading room, which is open six days a
week. The books are kept in a most practical manner. The attendance, according to the register, is very good, especially the attendance of the Officers. The Grand Master takes advantage of
the present opportunity of conveying his thanks and warmest appreciation to the following brothers for their untiring efforts to entertain him during his stay: E. J. Edwards, D. D. G. M.; C. L.
Deering, P. D. D. G. M.,; Bro. VDr. N. E. Culbertson, P. JS Bro.
and Sister Heckling, Bro. E. L. Reeves, Herman E. Robinson,
and many others whose names have escaped my memory. The
people of the% Yukon Territory are the most hospitable, kind and
generous I have ever met I most sincerly hope we shall have the
pleasure of meeting a Representative at the Grand Lodge from
that, the most distant point in the jurisdiction.
On Wednesday, September 19th, I visited "Cariboo" Lodge, No.
65, at Prince George. To my great surprise and satisfaction I was
met on arrival by Bro. E. L. Webber, P. G. M., P. G. R., he having
come ninety miles to accompany me to the Lodge. The brethren
came out in goodly numbers and I was received by all very loyally.
Bro. Webber, P. G. M., delivered a splendid address, which captivated the brothers. I was glad to see he had much improved in
health. "Cariboo" Lodge is doing splendidly, and they are anxious
to institute a Rebekah Lodge. I am indebted to Bro. A. Leith, the
N. G., Bro. A. Golder, P. G., and Mrs. Golder, who so very graciously entertained Bro. Webber and myself. The Lodge has a
bank credit in the Savings Department of $964.18, and a current ac- 3980
count of $210.17; total cash to their credit, $1,174.35. Attendance
at regular meetings good;^ prospects of future development fair.
The members are devoted to the principles of the Order. The Officers of the Lodge are ardent students of our constitution and
their by-laws and are endeavoring to memorize the ritual.
On Friday, Sept. 21st, I visited "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63,
Prince Rupert. On my return from Prince George I was met by
Bro. W.G. Barrie, P.G., and Bro. Rev. W.S.A. Crux, Grand Chaplain.
There was a good attendance at the Lodge, considering this Friday
was the last day of their industrial fair. The Initiatory Degree was
conferred, but only fairly well put on. One irregularity was noticeable—a third degree member was allowed to deliver the Past
Grand's charge. Books appeared in good order. Members thoroughly devoted to the work of Odd Fellowship. Twenty-seven
members of "Prince Rupert" Lodge at the front. Great interest
was in evidence at the social meeting at the close of the Lodge session. The Grand Chaplain and the Grand Master both addressed
the gathering.
This completed my official visits in the far-off northern country,
and I returned home to take a rest before facing the greater effort
to cover the balance of the jurisdiction.
Visited "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, Phoenix, on Monday, Nov.
5th. On account of a,serious rock slide on the Kettle Valley Rail-
rad I did not arrive at Greenwood until 11:10 p. m., but drove to
Phoenix, arriving there at 11:45. The Lodge had invited the Rebekahs to join the brothers after their regular Lodge session. Was
not afforded an opportunity to inspect the Lodge books, etc., or
to witness their Lodge work, but the splendid attendance at the
joint social meeting indicated that great harmony prevailed in both
branches of the Order. The Lodge room, owned by the Lodge,
was very beautifully equipped. *I had the pleasure of addressing
the gathering. Bro. Donald McCallum, the Grand Conductor, motored over from Grand Forks, and was good enough to step into
the breach caused by my long delay. A splendid meeting was being
held. Speeches were delivered by Bro. Stafford, P. G., and others,
and the meeting closed at 2:30 p. m., when we motored to Grand
Forks.
Visited "Boundary" ValleyLodge, No. 38, Greenwood, Tuesday,
Nov. 6th. The meeting was well attended. Addressed the brethren,
after which the Lodge was closed to admit the lady members of
the Rebekah Lodge. On examination of the Lodge books everything was found to be in perfect condition. Bro. G. B. Taylor, P.G.,
is the ever watchful guardian of the finances of the Lodge. Notwithstanding prevailing conditions, the members are greatly encouraged by  a  glimpse   of better  conditions  in  the  near future. 3981
Many of their members are engaged in this awful war. Those remaining are seldom absent from Lodge meetings and good will and
harmony were in evidence. A revival in the mining industry
would undoubtedly produce a revival in Odd Fellowship.
Visited "Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, on Wednesday,
Nov. 7th. Was compelled to call a special meeting. Was met on
arrival of train by Bro. Percy W. Clark, the Noble Grand, Bro.
Donald McCallum, P. G., Grand Conductor, Bro. John A. Hutton,
P. G., and others, and I am greatly indebted to these brethren for
the kind courtesy accorded me during my stay in their city. A
good attendance greeted my visit, and as there was no business to
be transacted at this special meeting, I addressed the Lodge briefly,
as they had arranged for a joint meeting, at the close of their session, with the lady members of the Rebekah Lodge. Bro. Donald
McCallum, Grand Conductor, occupied the chair and requested the
Grand Master to unveil their roll of honor, which function was followed by a memorial service for the brothers of the Lodge who had
pai4 the supreme sacrifice for their country. I was honored with
the duty of unveiling this historic memorial, which was beautifully
executed, after which I addressed the gathering on various aspects
of the war and its relation to our Order. The Rev. Bro. McKee,
the Vice Grand of the Lodge, delivered an impressive oration upon
the untimely death of their members and the great loss sustained
thereby. "Gateway" Lodge suffered the loss of three members in
the war, and some eighteen members are now in active service.
This Lodge has held its own during the past year. Its members
are truly devoted to the principles of the Order, and are ever looking fprward for the return of better conditions.
Visited "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36, Rossland, Thursday, Nov. 8th.
At a special meeting there was a very good attendance. The books
of the Lodge are well kept. This Lodge shows total assets of
$12,000, having invested their funds in Government bonds. Conditions prevailing in Rossland are not conducive to increasing membership, but a more loyal, devoted brotherhood cannot be found.
At the banquet following 59 Rebekahs and Odd Fellows were
present. I again addressed the meeting on the subject, "Brotherly
Love."
Friday, Nov. 9th, was the date requested by me to have a special
meeting of "Enterprise" Lodge No. 43, Trail, but a change to Saturday night was made, owing to the Lodge room being otherwise
occupied. On arriving in Trail Friday afternoon was informed the
Rebekahs were holding a function in the Opera House, to which I
was invited, which I accepted for a few moments. Visited Bro.
McKay, who was very ill at his home. On Saturday evening a
good attendance was present, when the Initiatory Degree was con- 3982
ferred, illustrated throughout by lantern slides, which added to the
solemnity of the ceremony This Lodge today stands amongst the
best in the jurisdiction Every member seems to assist willingly in
everything appertaining to the Order The attendance is satisfactory The Officers' attendance is especially good I have found it
particularly interesting to inspect the register for attendance In
many Lodges, when asked for the register of attendance, was told
they never, had such a book I was gratified at the result of my
special request to all D. D. G. Masters and Secretaries that the
lady members of the Rebekah Lodges shauld be invited to join the
brothers after the close of their regular sessions, and on this occasion the Rebekahs were well represented.
Visited "Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, on Monday, -Nov.
12th. Was met at the station Saturday night by Bro. D. C. McMorris, P. G., the acting D. D. G. M. Bro. McMorris is a most devoted Odd Fellow, thoroughly consecrated to the work of his
Lodge. On Sunday I enjoyed the company of Bro. McMorris and
Bro. D. H. Proudfoot P. G. R. §
Bro. R. Dudley, P. G. M., was good enough to come all the way
from Fernie to accompany me.through the eastern part of the jurisdiction. The Initiatory Degree was conferred in a most impressive
manner, the Officers having memorized their charges. Bro. Dudley with myself addressed the meeting. One outstanding feature of
this Lodge is the true spirit of fraternity always prevailing, whether
in the Lodge room or elsewhere.
Tuesday, Nov. 13th, visited "Key City" Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook. Was compelled to request a special meeting. Was met at
the station, in company with Bro. Dudley, P. G. M., by Bro. Harry
White, P. G. M., and Bros. McPhee and Lemon. There was a good
attendance at the meeting. I addressed the Lodge on various topics
applicable to the Order I examined the Lodge books and found
them in excellent condition and regularly posted. After the Lodge
closed the lady members of the Rebekah Lodge arrived in goodly
numbers and a good programme was rendered. Bro. R. Dudley,
P. G. M., Bro. H. White, P. G. M., and the Grand Master addressed
the meeting. The register showed the attendance of Officers and
the members to be fairly good. The Lodge has shown a good increase in membership during the first term of the year. Differences
of opinion regarding the nature of Lodge entertainment during
these strenuous times was evident from the remarks of some of
the more prominent members, but everyone enjoyed the repast
provided by the Rebekahs, which was in accordance with the
Grand Sire's request in his circular letter on "Food Conservation."
Wednesday, Nov. 14th, in company with Bro. Dudley, P. G. M.,
I visited "Mt. Fernie" Lodge, No. 47 Fernie.    The Second Degree 3983
was exemplified in a fairly good manner, 44 brothers preseiit. On
examination of the books of the Lodge they were found in excellent condition. The Lodge shows a balance of $2,416.15; have
purchased war bonds to the amount of $1,000.00. I spoke to the
brethern very briefly. After closing the Lodge an open meeting
was held, at which thirty Rebekahs joined with the forty-four
brothers and a thorough evening's enjoyment followed. I spoke
more particularly to the members of the Rebekah Lodge on Rebekah Odd Fellowship. Bro. Dudley, P. G. M., kindly entertained
me at his home, and my thanks are hereby tendered him and also
to his estimable wife. They have three sons in the ranks in France.
We hope and pray they may escape all harm and return safe home
again-.
Thursday, No. 15th, visited "Michel" Lodge, No. 54, Natal. The
members were kind enough to arrange a special meeting to accommodate me. In company with Bro. R. Dudley, P. G. M., we attended the Lodge and we were greeted by fifteen brothers. I addressed
the LQdge at some length and urged them to greater action to increase their membership. After closing the Lodge ten lady members of the Rebekah Lodge adorned the meeting with their presence.    Lodge books in good condition, future prospects good.
Friday, Nov. 16th, visited "Corbin" Lodge, No. 64, Corbin. There
were fifteen brothers present and a pleasant and profitable time
was spent. Books were found to be in excellent condition. Total
resources, $1,350; have purchased $50*0 in Victory Bonds. The hall
occupied by the Lodge is owned and equipped by the Coal Company and every encouragement given by the Company to the objects of our Order. After the close of the regular session a banquet was given, at which I addressed them on appropriate topics
suitable to the occasion. The members are most enthusiastic and
are certainly devoted to the objects of the Order. They have expressed their desire to institute a Rebekah Lodge in Corbin.
Monday, Nov. 19th, visited "Slocan" Lodge, No. 40, Slocan City.
The meeting was a special one, as I found it impossible to meet
them on their own night. My old friend and brother, W. A. Jackson, P. G., who now resides in Slocan City, met me on arrival.
This Lodge is doing as well as can be expected under present conditions. I briefly addressed the brothers, then the Lodge closed,
when the Rebekahs were admitted and a very pleasant time was enjoyed.
Tuesday, Nov. 20th, visited "Silver City" Lodge, No. 39, Sandon.
The meeeting: was also called as a special one, but notwithstanding
there were present a most loyal group of brethren to welcome
me. As they had previously expressed their desire to institute a
Rebekah   Lodge   in   Sandon,   Odd   Fellows'   wives   and   eligible 3984
daughters were invited to be present at a joint meeting to talk over
the subject. The Grand Master briefly addressed the meeting and
gave them some information regarding the Rebekah branch of
our Order. I am convinced that a Rebekah Lodge would prove a
valuable auxiliary to the brothers in the prosecution of the lodge
work. The Lodge owns the hall in which they meet, and considering the adverse conditions prevailing they have done remarkably*
well. I am indebted to Brothers J. McD. Boates, P.G., and Douglas
Anderson, P. G., for their exceeding kindness in accompanying me
to Kaslo under extreme and trying circumstances. We got there
all the same.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, visited Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, Kaslo, on
their own night of meeting. Was met by Bro. Alex. Goldsmith,
the D.D.G.M. The Initiatory Degree was conferred, every Officer
delivering his charge without the aid of the ritual. The members
of this Lodge certainly uphold the character of their title, for a
more sunny and apparently happy band of brothers it is difficult
to find. Found Lodge books in splendid condition, attendance of
officers and members as per register fairly good. We had thirty
members present at this meeting, and amid speeches and songs a
very happy evening came to a close when, at 2 a.m., I boarded the
boat and returned to Nelson to take passage for Revelstoke.
Friday, Nov. 23rd, visited "Selkirk" Lodge No. 12, Revelstoke,
at a special meeting. Was met at the station by Bro. D. Bell, the
D. D. G. M. Was informed that Bro. Goble, the Vice Grand, was
confined in the hospital, very ill, so before going to the hotel visited
the sick brother. He expressed his great disappointment that ne
could not fill his chair at Lodge on the occasion of my vicit. "Selkirk" Lodge, No. 12, is pushing ahead. Great interest was manifested. The Iniliatory Degree was conducted in a most impressive
manner. After the ceremony was concluded I presented Veterans'
Jewels to Bro. John Palmer, P. G., Bro. Robert Urquart, P. G., and
Bro. Horace Manning, all fmembers of "Selkirk" Lodge, No. 12. I
addressed the brothers and my message seemed to have been well
received. After closing the Lodge the brothers gathered,in the
hall below, which is fitted up in a commodious and attractive manner for Lodge and public purposes. The lady members of the Rebekah Lodge joined us here, and after enjoying the good things
prepared, which were in accordance with the Grand Sire's recommendation, I again addressed the joint meeting, followed by other
speakers
Saturday, Nov. 24th, visited the brothers of "Rocky Mountain"
Lodge, No. 34, Golden Several devoted brothers greeted me and
we had a very pleasant meeting The Lodge is the proud possessor
of assets amounting to $9,000    It has invested $2,000 in Govern- 3985
ment Bonds. Conditions, however, are not favorable to increasing
their membership on account of the introduction of Chinese and
Hindu labor, which has caused the removal of the white population
to other places in the Province. I addressed these faithful brothers
and advised them to hold fast tenaciously to their charter and to
wait patiently for the return of better conditions. This Lodge
has done admirably under unfavorable conditions.
Monday, Nov. 26th, visited "Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops.
In company with Grand Marshal Bro. Judge Swanson and Bro. G.
Knapp, the N. G., went to the residence of Bro. N. Scott, a very
sick member of "Selkirk" Lodge,-No. 12, and presented him with
a Veterans' Jewel at the request of his Lodge The poor sick brother was very grateful for the valued jewel. The Grand Master
and Grand Marshal made a few appropriate remarks, .which 'greatly
pleased the recipient. At the regular meeting of the Lodge I was
accompanied by the Grand Marshal and Bro. F.E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
P. G. R. Thirty brothers were present. I was called upon to address the meeting. The ladies of the Rebekah Degree were subsequently admitted, when addresses were delivered by Bro. Dowding,
D. D. G. M., Sister Mrs. Simpson, President of Rebekah Assembly,
Bro. Howell, P. G., Bro. F. E, Simpson, P. G. M., Bro. Judge
Swanson, Grand Marshal, and the Grand Master. The financial
condition of this Lodge has greatly improved, having recently
had a thorough investigation by a special committee. The funds
are now upon a solid basis. The members are very optimistic for
their future, every one of them devoted to the objects for which
they are banded together.
Tuesday, Nov. 27th, visited "Eureka" Lodge, No. 50, Enderby.
The members of this Lodge, but few in number, gave me a right
royal welcome. Was accompanied there by Brother Rev. Mr. Fortune, P.G., a Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
The resident membership of "Eureka" Lodge is sadly depleted.
The majority of them have enlisted for overseas, leaving only a
quorum, but these faithful five always turn up for Lodge meeting.
On this occasion the members of "Mt. Ida" Lodge, No. 56, Salmon
Arm, drove across the country and met with the Enderby brothers. Rev. Bro. Fortune spoke to the brethren, as did also the
Grand Master, and a very interesting meeting was brought to a
close.
Tuesday, Nov. 27th, as intimated above, the brethren of "Mt.
Ida" Lodge, No. 56, Salmon Arm, visited with Eureka Lodge by
special request of the Grand Master, not for his own convenience,
but knowing the conditions under which our Salmon Arm brothers
meet, it was better for them to go to Enderby. The members of
"Mt. Ida" Lodge are encouraged by the hope that some day their 3986
brothers who are now serving their King and country will return,
when the old-time enthusiasm will be in evidence. Bro. Bonus, P.
G,. Bro. Glasgow, P. G., Bro. Harwell, the D. D. G. M., and Bro.
Carroll, P. G., are determined to retain their charter.
Wednesday, Nov. 28th, visited "Vernon Valley" Lodge, No. 18,
Vernon. Was met on arrival by Bro. A. E. Foster, D. D. G. M.
This Lodge did not make any advance in membership, but is holding its own. The Rebekah members met with the brothers at the
close of the regular session. I addressed the Lodge, pointing out
that a laxity of interest in the work of the Order should be discouraged because it inevitably landed in utter failure, resulting in a
surrender of the charter, and exhorted the brothers to greater earnestness and more activity. The joint meeting was a complete success. Addresses were delivered by Rro. Rev. Mr. Fortune, Bro. R.
Howson , of "Selkirk," No. 12, Sister Sander, Noble Grand of
"Kalamalka" Rebekah Lodge, and closing address by the Grand
Master.
Thursday, Nov. 29th, visited "Coronation" Lodge, No.- 48, Armstrong, accompanied by Bro. A. E. Foster, D. D. G. M This Lodge
has seventeen members bearing the King's uniform, so that the
resident membership is greatly reduced. I addressed the Lodge and
advised them to bestir themselves to increase their membership.
The financial status of the Lodge is quite satisfactory. The Lodge
being closed, the lady members of the Rebekah Lodge were admitted, when a very pleasant hour was spent in social intercourse.
Addresses were delivered by Bro. A. E. Foster, D. D. G. M., Rev.
Bro. Fortune, Bro. R. Howson of Revelstoke, Sister Foster, D.D.P.,
and Sister Souder, Noble Grand of "Sunset" Rebekah Lodge, the
closing address being by the Grand Master.
Friday, Nov. 30th, arrived at Summerland, expecting to visit
"Okanagan" Lodge No. 58, but was informed that since each Lodge
had received a copy of my itinerary, "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51,
and the Secretary of "Okanagan" Lodge had arranged a joint meeting of the two lodges to be held on Monday, Dec. 3rd, in Penticton,
so that my evening was spent with our good brother, Dr. Andrew, P. G. From him I gleaned that twenty-seven of their members had joined the ranks, and this same night a cable was received
from the War Office in Londan that Bro. George Balkwell, P. G.,
had been killed in France that very day. The brothers of "Okanagan" Lodge, No. 58, deserve the sympathy of the whole jurisdiction. Their loyalty ana devotion to the Order and Empire is unsurpassed.
Monday, Dec. 3rd, visited "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, and "Okanagan" iLodge, No. 58, conjointly at Penticton. "Penticton" Lodge
is. plodding along, doing its best to build up a good, substantial 3987
Lodge. It has increased its membership a little, and the fact that
the "Grand Lodge for 1918 is to meet in its little town makes the
members exceedingly anxious that this function shall be an unqualified success. The Lodge having procured a complete set of
paraphernalia/ and having moved into more spacious premises,
there is no reason why it should not push ahead. The Initiatory
Degree was conferred, and the Grand Master could not truthfully
say that the work was superfine, but with the assistance of Bro. W.
Littlejohns, P. G., a member of a Hamilton, Ontario, Lodge, as
Degree Captain, great improvement is expected
Tuesday, Dec. 4, visited "Orchard City" Lodge, Kelowna. I was
met on arrival of-boat by Bro. Wm. Harvey, P. G., the D. D. G.. M.
of District No. 29. The meeting was enthusiastic and a large attendance was present.. The Lodge experienced a sad loss in the
death of Bro. H. M. Millie, P. G., who was an ii^defatigable worker, both in the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges. The brethren,
are rapidly overcoming the great financial loss they sustained in
the disastrous fire which destroyed all their belongings. This
Lodge has within its membership many of the most devoted Odd
Fellows in the jurisdiction, and the time is not far distant when
they will become a very strong and valuable factor in this Grand
Body. Bro. L. V, Rogers, P. G., is a brother of exceptional ability
and of devotion to the Order. I am indebted to this brother for
many courtesies.
Thursday, Dec. 6th, visited "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52, Princeton. Was met on arrival by Bro. C. Willarson, the Grand Guardian.
Conditions prevailing in this locality have not been conducive to
development. They own their own hall and ase well equipped.
Our Grand Guardian is the every watchful friend and guardian of
his Lodge, and the welfare of the same is safe in his hands. The
mining activities of Copper Mountain, adjacent to iPrinceton, has
taken away many of their members, consequently the attendance is
not so numerous as in former years. Several members" are on
active service. Books were found in excellent condition. Bro.
Russell is an ideal Financial Secretary. After the Lodge closed a
social time was spent with the Rebekahs, and was greatly enjoyed
by all present.
Friday, Dec. 7th, visited "Pittitko" Lodge, No. 13, Merritt, accompanied by Bro. Geo. Maxwell, the D. D. G. M. Twenty brothers were present to greet me. The Second Degree was exemplified in a fairly good manner. The Lodge was closed, when the members of the Rebekah Lodge were admitted. I addressed the joint
meeting, dwelling upon the history of Odd-Fellowship generally,
and particularly the Rebekah branch. The Rebekah Lodge here
has proved a great help to the Subordinate Lodge.   The attendance 3988
at Lodge has been very fair. The speeches delivered indicated that
perfect harmony existed and they were full of optimism for the
future.
Saturday,- Dec. 8th, visited "Ashcroft" Lodge, No. 23, Ashcroft.
Requested a special meeting for Saturday night, consequently the
attendance was limited. I addressed the brethren on food conservation and more aggressive Lodge work. The wives and daughters
of our brothers had prepared a very nice banquet, to which we
were invited when the Lodge closed. This function was greatly
enjoyed. Speeches were made by Bro. I. Lehman, Grand Herald,
Bro. J. Burr, P. G., D. D. G. M., Bro. J. C. Smith, P. G„ and others.
This Lodge is among the wealthier Lodges of the jurisdiction.
They own their own hall, which is quite a commodious building,
and have always a substantial bank balance to their credit.
Monday, Dec. 10th, visited "Pacific" Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver,
accompanied by Bro. A. G. Gulland, D. D. G. M., the Deputy Grand
Master, Grand Warden Bor. W. A, Johnston, Grand Representative,
and other Past Grand Masters. A large attendance greeted us and
much interest was manifested. The Initiatory Degree was conferred in a most creditable manner. The financial department of
the Lodge has been reconstructed and placed in the hands of a
thoroughly competent brother. According to the register the attendance has not been large, that of the Officers better than the
members. The membership of this Lodge has been depleted by so
many of their active members enlisting for overseas. They report,
however, a fair increase over the preceding year and prospects for
the future seem to- be brighter. The Grand Master was gratified
at this, his first official visit to the Lodges in the city of Vancouver,
by seeing the Grand Officers and so many honored Past Grand
Masters present. It is generally expected that-before the end of
the year the membership of this Lodge will reach the 300 mark.
The Grand Master was called upon for his message. Following
him came the Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Warden, Past
Grand Master W. A. Johnstone, Grand Representative, the Junior
Past Grand Master, Bro. W. H. Brown, and others. I am greatly
indebted to these brethren, also to Bro. A. G. Gulland, D. D. G. M.,
for many courtesies on this occasion.
mf
Tuesday, Dec. 11, visited "Island" Lodge, No. 24, Marpole, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Master,Grand Warden, and Bro.
W. H. Brown, P. G. M. The brethren had gathered in goodly numbers. This Lodge is moving along very comfortably, but not making any great headway. Did not have an opportunity of examining
the financial books, but I was assured that their finances are in
excellent condition.    Our visit was appreciated and the messages 3989
of brotherly love from the various speakers were listened to with
rapt attention."
Wednesday, Dec. 12, visited "Park" Lodge, No. 66, West Burnaby,
accompanied by the Grand Officers. There was a good attendance
and every member seemed to vie with each other to make the
Grand Master's visit a memorable one It would be a great assistance to the suburban Lodges if members of the city Lodges would
more frequently visit them to help them in their degree work and to
drop a word of encouragement occasionally.
Thursday, Dec. 13th, visited "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61, Vancouver. A splendid gathering of enthusiastic Odd Fellows met to
welcome the Grand Master and other Grand Officers. The Second
Degree was conferred in a masterful manner. Bro. D. J. McDonald, P. G., occupied the chair, and although twelve years had
elapsed since he attempted degree work from the principal chair,
his rendition of the lectures was a marvel, the work being given
verbatim. The Lodge received copious enconiums for the manner
in which every Officer had performed his part. Following this impressive ceremony, the Grand Master was called upon. After
dwelling upon their own history and their prospects for the future,
he dwelt on the subject of brotherly love, the central golden link
of our emblem. He also suggested great caution should be exercised in the case of finances of the Lodge and intimated that the
executive of the Grand Lodge would shortly submit to the jurisdiction suggestions for the protection of Lodge Funds. The
Deputy Grand Master, Bro. R. A. Merrithew, and Bro. W. H.
Brown, P. G. M., also addressed the meeting, each speaker receiving
an attentive hearing.
Friday, Dec. 14th, visited "Grandview" Lodge, No. 62, Vancouver. Had a very inspiring and well attended meeting. This Lodge
has held its own amidst all the discouraging conditions which are
prevailing. The Grand Master addressed the brethren and congratulated the Lodge upon its numerical and financial condition.
The Grand Officers who were present at the former meetings, with
the addition of Bro. H. Fooks, Grand Treasurer, addressed the
Lodge. Good fellowship permeated the gathering and a good time
was spent.
Tuesday, Dec. 18th, visited "Mount Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19,
Vancouver. This was a meeting long to be remembered. I was
accompanied by Grand Lodge Officers and Past Grand Masters A
fraternal atmosphere prevailed. The members attended in great
numbers. The First Degree was conferred in the very spirit of
the work. At the conclusion of this degree I was called upon to
address the meeting, and took for my subject Brotherly Love.
This   was   followed   by   other   Grand   Officers and   Past   Grand 3990
Masters upon the same topic. At this juncture a pleasing feature
was introduced, when a committee of the Lodge came to the front
and presented me with a beautiful gold-mounted gavel, the wood
being from the old steamer Beaver, which was the first steamboat
on the Pacific Coast and was wrecked off Stanley Park many
years ago. In receiving this unique gift I was quite taken by surprise. I was very much affected by this unexpected expression of
good will and found it difficult to reply. I purpose using this beautiful gavel at the next session of the Grand Lodge.
Monday, Jan. 7th, visited "Ridgely" Lodge, No. 22, South Vancouver. Again accompanied by the Grand 'Officers and Past Grand
Masters, we found a large gathering-of brothers and many visitors
from the other city Lodges. Several brothers present had attended
all the meetings in the city and suburbs. This was very pleasing
to me. "Ridgely" Lodge will soon rank with the strongest Lodges
in the city. A little more encouragement from the city members by
way of fraternal visitations would be greatly appreciated. Members
of the Rebekah Degree had prepared refreshments and at the close
of the Lodge we were invited to partake of. their kind hospitality.
The Grand Master, the other Grand Officers and Past Grand Masters again spoke and a very pleasant time was spent.
Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 1918, visited "Hastings" Lodge, No. 29, Vancouver. This Lodge is the infant of the jurisdiction, but by the indications witnessed the infant had developed into a vigorous youth,
and will doubtless shortly attain to full manhood. The meeting
was a perfect success. The Grand Master addressed the brethren,
as did all the other visiting Grand Lodge Officers, and all received a splendid hearing.
Wednesday, Jan. 9th, visited "Aaron" Lodge, No. 14, Vancouver.
This was a joint meeting with the Rebekah and "Mount Pleasant"
Lodges for the purpose of a semi-public installation of officers.
Over 300 people were present. Sister Mrs. W. F. McKenzie, the
D. D. President, installed the officers of her Lodge in a most excellent manner, all her officers giving their work without the aid of
rituals. This was a most impressive ceremony. Following this,
Bro. W. F. McKenzie, D. D. G. M., installed the Officers of the
Subordinate Lodges. At the close of these pleasing functions I addressed the meeting, following which the Grand Officers and the
newly installed Officers of both branches spoke, and the interesting
evening was brought to a close. Before leaving this I wish to
acknowledge a debt of gratitude to Sister McKenzie, the D. D.
President, and Bro. W. F. McKenzie, the D. D. Grand Master, for
their many courtesies extended to my colleagues and myself on this
occasion. 3991
In my itinerary I requested the Deputy Grand Master to visit
the brothers of "Delta" Lodge, No. 21, Ladner, which he did, I
believe in company with the Grand Warden. While on my visit to
"Amity" Lodge, No. 27, at New Westminster, I 'phoned, as I supposed, the brothers of "Delta" Lodge at Ladner that I would visit
them on their next regular Lodge night. I received no response to
this intimation, but on their regular night I went there in company
with Bro. W. H. Brown, P. G, M; On our arrival I found my
message had miscarried. At the Lodge room there were only two
brothers in attendance. They requested me to come later, but my
time has been so completely taken up that I have found 'it impossible to make the trip again. Everything was done that could be
done to visit this Lodge.
Thursday, January 10th, visited "North Vancouver" Lodge, No.
55, North Vancouver, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Master
and of course by the Grand Warden, Bro. W. A. Johnstone, Grand
Representative, and Bro. W. H. Brown, P. G. M. The meeting was
full of interest. The Grand Master briefly addressed the Lodge,
when it closed to join the sisters of 'Truth" Rebekah Lodge in
the banquet hall to partake of their hospitality, which was greatly
enjoyed. "North Vancouver" Lodge is adding to its membership
and prospects for the future are bright. The prevailing spirit in
this splendid Lodge is that of fraternity.
Friday, January llth, visited "Vancouver" Lodge, No. 8, Vancouver. There was a very large attendance. I was accompanied by
Grand Officers and Past Grand Masters too numerous to specify.
This Lodge has increased its membership considerably during the
year and great interest is taken in the Lodge work. At the close of
routine business the Grand Master was called upon, after which the
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden and Bro. W. H. Brownr
P. G. M., addressed the Lodge. The meeting was in every way a
great success.
Monday, Jan. 14th, visited "Amity" Lodge, No. 27, New West-"
minster. The Grand Officers residing in Vancouver and several
Past Grand Masters and other prominent members accompanied
me. The Grand Master delivered an address and was followed by
the other Grand Lodge Officers. Bro. R. A. Merrithew, the Deputy
Grand Master, was particularly happy in addressing the members of
his own Lodge. The books of "Amity" Lodge are in good condition.
The register showed the attendance of Officers and members very
fair. j§3g
Tuesday, Jan. 15th, visited "Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack.
Did not arrive until 10 p. m., nevertheless there were fifty-two
members present. The Third Degree was conferred in a very dignified manner.    Bro. Turvey, P. G., dilated upon reminiscences of 3992
the last session of the Grand Lodge. The Grand Master in his address assured them that no doubt some worthy member of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, would adorn the principal chair of this jurisdiction, but it would require the exercise of the virtue of patience.
The meeting was a great success. The financial standing of the
Lodge is Al, and the books well kept. Attendance has been good.
Refreshments were served and a happy social time was spent. I
desire to thank Bro. Stark, the D. D. G. M., Bro. Turvey, P. G.,
and His Worship the Mayor, Bro, Ashwell, P. G., for their many
courtesies.
Wednesday, Jan. 16th, visited Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20, Abbotsford, The attendance was very small. The Grand Master was requested to install the Officers for the current term. Many of their
thirty members are overseas and not enough left to fill the appointive offices. Conditions have been adverse to development in
Lodge work. The brethren, however, are not discouraged. They
are loyal to their Lodge and truly devoted to Odd Fellowship!
Thursday, Jan. 17th, visited "Western Star" Lodge, No. 10, Vancouver. Here again the Grand Lodge Officers and most of the
Past Grand Masters living in the city were present. The Grand
Master, suffering from a severe cold, was but brief in his remarks,
but the addresses of the visiting Grand Officers and Past Grand
Masters were of a very educative and inspiring character. The
books are well kept and the attendance generally is good. The
conferring of degrees by the officers of this Lodge is always impressive, and the Lodge is frequently visited by suburban Lodges,
because here they learn and carry back with them to their own
Lodges the beautiful work they witness, and also they receive an
education as to the proper way of conducting Lodge business. It
is indeed a pleasure for a Grand Master to visit such a well conducted Lodge.
Friday, Jan. 18th, visited "Little Mountain" Lodge, No. 60, South
Vancouver, at a special meeting, accompanied by my esteemed
brother, W. H. Brown, P. G. M. There was a good attendance.
"Little Mountain" Lodge' is holding its own in spite of prevailing
disadvantages. The attendance has been quite satisfactory and
their books are kept neatly and promptly posted.
On Monday, Jan. 21st, visited "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, Victoria.
Twenty-seven members were present, a large proportion being
Past Grands. Bro. Fred Davey, P. G. R., Grand Secretary, and
the Recording Secretary of "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, continuously
for forty-one years, interested the meeting by reading some minutes of the first meeting of this Lodge fifty-four years ago, in
which it was stated that Victoria was not in British Columbia,
but belonged to Vancouver Island.    Bro. Davey exhibited the first 3993 ;
Constitution and By-laws of "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, which also
contained a sketch of the work of Odd Fellows in Victoria prior
to the institution of the Lodge. I was so impressed with its beauty
and its eloquent language that I am anxious to present it to the
entire jurisdiction, thus perpetuating this interesting historical document.   Having procured a copy, I present it to you herewith:
"Historical Sketch of Odd Fellowship in Victoria Island, Dated
Victoria, V. L, July 30th, 1864.
It is probably not generally known that Odd Fellowship, as an
organization, although scarcely six months old on this island, its
principles have nevertheless flourished and shed their benign influence from the first dawn of civilization upon its soil.
During the almost unparalleled excitement of 1858, and the consequent rush for the El Dorado of the North Pacific, it became
evident to a few Odd Fellows then residing in the almost primitive
town of Victoria that among the many thousands rushing for the
famous "Frazer," there must be some who were united to them
in the links of an undeviating friendship. And to provide for such
of their brothers'who might meet with misfortune from the vicissitudes, hardships and privations in a new country, as yet a primitive wilderness, was the ennobling impulse that pervaded the
breasts of those truly great and resplendent ornaments of our beloved Order. And for the more thorough diffusion of their charities the few brothers in Victoria formed themselves into an Odd
Fellows' Association, having in view the single purpose of relieving
the distress of their unfortunate brethren.
The following are the names of those worthy brethren who were
thus devoting their time and slender means to the principles inculcated by our Order, viz.: Bros. J. G. Piper, A. H. Guild, J. S. Drummond, R. S. Lamott and C. Bartlett.
The first meeting these brothers held was on the 5th day of
July, 1858. .  -^^^^
The first officers elected were:
Bro. Piper President, Bro. Lamott Secretary, and Bro. Guild
Treasurer. A Relief Committee was also appointed, whose duty
it was to find out brothers in distress and to render them such assistance as the cases required. A book of registry was opened,
where brothers arriving in the Colony might record their names
and places of destination. On the llth day of August the following brothers added their names to the list of members of the Association: Bros. Austin, Chase, Nathan, Stelly, McManus, Elshumer,
Simpson, Jones, Sporborg, Wenz, Brun, Wilson, Isaacs, Shelly,
Davis, Shaphard and Koshland. 3994
On the 8th of September the names of Bros. H. C. Hays, J. O.
Freeman and Alex. Phillips were added to the list of membership.
On Oct. 13th Bros. E. Harrison and W. Gallick, and on Oct. 27th
Bros. G. B. Wright and A. Wattes were recorded as members of
the Association.
It is not our intention to recite minutely the many cases of distress to which the Association was called, upon to administer relief,
neither is it necessary for us to say how nobly they have performed
the arduous duties which they have voluntarily imposed upon themselves. The giving away of a few paltry dollars is but cold and insignificant charity when compared to the night watch by the bedside of a sick brother; the kind hand that smooths the pillow of
an enfeebled fellow creature; that supports the pale and emaciated
form; that closes the eye never again destined to behold the glories
of nature; to carry the lifeless form to its last repose to that
bourne from whence no traveller returns, and to shed upon his
grave the sad tear of affection and regret, are deeds that shed
lustre upon our Order and undying fame upon those generous hearts
who were prompted to impose upon themselves such hard but glorious tasks. Such was the work of the Odd Fellows' Association.
We do not record these noble deeds of these more than noble men
for the purpose of boasting to the world of the charitable nature
of Odd Fellowship, but that their names and deeds may stand as an
everlasting monument be transmitted to posterity, so that future
generations may learn that the seeds of our cherished Order, whether sown in a barren desert, or amidst Sierras of eternal snow,
whether strewn in the golden valleys of the tropics or in the wilds
of Liberia, will always bring forth the same glorious fruit.
(Signed) A SAMUEL GOLDSTONE,
Chairman of Committee.
The meeting in "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, was intensely interesting and a strong feeling of fraternity was felt by the Grand Master
as he delivered his message of Brotherly Love. Other Past Grand
Masters from the other two Lodges were present and delivered eloquent addresses, as did Bro. Bayliss, the District Deputy Grand
Master. "Victoria" Lodge had thirty-four members on active ser-
vice at this date.
Visited "Duncan" Lodge, No. 17, Duncans, on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd.
This Lodge is plodding along and the members are always living
in hopes that in the near future they may overcome the financial
difficulties of three years ago. The meeting was interesting and
enthusiastic.
Wednesday, Jan. 24th, visited "Columbia" Lodge, No. 2, Victoria.
There were fifty-two brothers present.   I was accompanied by Bro. 3995
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, Past Grand Masters A. Henderson,
P. W. Dempster and W. A. Johnston, Grand Representative of
"Pacific" Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, and A. W. Bayliss, D. D. G. M.
At the request of "Union" Lodge, No. 11, at Cumberland, I presented a Veteran's Jewel to Bro. A. Lindsay, a member of that.
Lodge, after which I addressed the* brethren very briefly, as the
lady members of "Colfax" Rebekah Lodge were in waiting. The
ladies were admitted and an elaborate programme was enjoyed.
Forty-five members of "Colfax" Rebekah Lodge participated in the
proceedings and a very pleasant and profitable evening was spent.
Bro. Anton Henderson presided. Addresses were delivered dS
Bro. W. A. Johnston, P. G. M., G. R. of "Pacific" Lodge, No. 2m
of Vancouver, and Bro. Fred Davey, P. G. R., and Grand Secretary.
Thursday, Jan. 25th, visited "Dominion" Lodge, No. 4, Victoria,
accompanied by the Grand Secretary, Bro. A. Henderson, P. G. M.,.
Bro. W. Cullin, P. G. M/, and Bro. Bayliss, D. D. G. M. The Grand
Master delivered his message, which seemed to be appreciated. The
Grand Secretary, E*ro. A. Henderson, P. G. M., and Bro. Cullin,
P. G. M., spoke briefly, after which Rev. Bro. Miller, Past Grand
Chaplain, delivered a most inspiring address. Bro. J. Bell, as usual,
was in good form. Bro. Ralph also addressed the Lodge and gave
his early experiences in a most interesting way. Harmony and
good will permeated the meeting.
Friday, Jan. 25th, visited "Union" Lodge, No. 11, Cumberland.
I was some hours late in reaching Cumberland on account of the
delay- of the steamer. Bro. J. Walker, our D. D. G. M., and Bro.
Smith, P. G., met me at Union Bay and drove me to Cumberland.
There were about forty brothers present. On account of suffering
from a violent cold my address was very brief. A public meeting
was afterwards held, when the lady members of the Rebekah Lodge
and their friends gathered in large numbers. Bro. Alex. Cleland,
Past Grand. Patriarch, was present and addressed the audience on
Patriarchal Odd Fellowship. A splendid programme of singing,
dancing, etc., was arranged, including the presentation of three
Veterans' Jewels by the Grand Master to Bro. Chas. Whyte, P. G.,
Bro. Fletcher, P.G., and to Bro. John Denton. The latter had come
all the way from Chilliwack to receive his Jewel. Representatives of the various fraternal societies of the city were present to
convey the greetings of each body. At 12 p. m. the audience was
invited back to Fraternity Hall, where refreshments were served.
Fraternity Hall is a spacious building owned conjointly by three of
the fraternal societies of Cumberland. The Lodge books were
found to be in very good condition, and the brethren, encouraged
by the return of better times, are expecting an increase in their
membership. 3996
Monday, Jan. 28th, visited "Harmony" Lodge No. 6, Ladysmith.
On arrival at Ladysmith with several brothers I visited Brother
Ross, who had just returned from the hospital after an operation.
This Lodge is well equipped, having a very comfortaable and spacious hall. By this time I had almost lost my voice, so that an attempt to address the Lodge was a severe task. However, I managed to invite the members to greater effort. The Lodge property
is clear of all encumbrances and is a source of revenue. It is leased
to other fraternal societies. They have invested. $7,000 in - war
bonds and have $3,000 loaned on first mortgage; total assets, $15,-
000. Am glad to report that their books, attendance at meeting and
everything else was entirely satisfactory.
Tuesday, Jan. 29th, visited "Black Diamond" Lod£e, No. 5, Nanaimo, at a special meeting. I spent Sunday in Nanaimo and enjoyed the fellowship of His Worship the Mayor* of the City, Bro.
Harry McKenzie, P. G. From him I received information that
"Black Diamond" Lodge had contributed liberally to the Halifax
general relief fund prior to receiving our appeal. I mention this
for the reason that it might appear that 'Black Diamond" Lodge
was remiss in responding to our appeal. My visit to the Lodge was
in every way satisfactory. A goodly number came out to do honor
to the occasion, and notwithstanding the Grand Master was suffering from a severe cold he managed to address the Lodge, followed
by Past Grands, who spoke very hopefully regarding the future
of Odd Fellowship in Nanaimo.
Wednesday, Jan. 30th, visited "Royal City" Lodge, No. 3, New
Westminster, in company with Bro. R. A. Merrithew, Deputy
Grand Master, Bro. A. E, Harron, Grand Warden, Bro. W. H.
Brown, P. G. M., Bro. Halliday, D. D. G. M., and other visitors
from Vancouver. A large representation of the Odd Fellows of
New Westminster and vicinity was present. The addresses at this
juncture were very brief, as the sisters of the Rebekah Lodge were
admitted, when an attractive programme was presented. The
Grand Master addressed the assembly and eulogised the Officers of
the Rebekah Assembly. Sister Butterfield- also made an eloquent
appeal to the audience to sustain the honor and dignity of Odd Fellowship.   This was a grand meeting, never to be forgotten.
Thursday, Jan. 31st, visited "Cheam" Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz.
Was met on arrival by Bro. H. Fooks, the Grand Treasurer, and
escorted to his home. The meeting was attended by quite a" large
company of brothers and a very pleasant time was spent together.:
The Grand Master addressed the brethren, after which the Lodge
was closed and the brothers' wives, daughters and friends entered
to enjoy a social time and partake of nice refreshments prepared
by the ladies.    The Grand Master, the Grand treasurer and other I
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Past Grands made neat and instructive addresses. This Lodge is
holding its own and is hoping for better success later on, when the
clouds shall have passed away.
Friday, Feb. 1st, visited "Fidelity" Lodge, No. 25, Mission City.
Arrived early in the morning in a blinding snowstorm, too early for
any brothers to come to the station. The Secretary, Bro. Boyes,
however, met the next train, and as the Grand Master was not on
that train they concluded he did not intend coming that day.
There was a full attendance at the meeting and optimism prevailed.
They have total assets of $732.50 and are doing good work. Among
my recommendations it will be seen that I recommend Mission
City as a separate district.
%    CONDITION OF THE ORDER
By a perusal of the foregoing reports of my visitations it will
be observed that "the spirit of true Fraternity abounds, perhaps to
a greater degree than at any previous time in our history. I regret
that no new Lodges have been instituted during my incumbency,
but on the return of better and more favorable conditions there will
be undoubtedly petitions for new Lodges. The Rebekah branch-,
however, is progressing, as will be seen by a perusal of the report.
We have fifty-seven active Lodges in the jurisdiction with a total
membership as at December 31st, 1917, of 6,303. There was a decrease of eighty-two during the year, but I have every reason to
believe that since the last report there has been a decided increase
which will offset the decrease of 1917. Conditions existing at the
present time are certainly adverse to the increase and development
of our Lodges. The cost of living and of every commodity required
for the home is reaching a point which strains to the utmost the
financial ability of the majority of our brothers who have homes
depending upon them, but the exercise of a fraternal consideration
for each other in these struggles will surely more than compensate
for the loss of membership. The greatest problem that confronts
us is the large suspension for non-payment of dues, and the number of deaths which has depleted our ranks, caused, doubtless, by
this awful war. We have hopes, howeevr, that this war will soon be
over and peace and harmony restored to the nations of the world.
Then when our soldier brothers have returned to us to take up
again their share of the work we will welcome them with a genuine fraternal warmth for the privations and sufferings they have
endured for our sakes. In the meantime let us then take fresh
courage; my brethren, to sustain the weak Lodges and to keep our
brothers who are engaged in fighting our battles free from suspension. We must not, we cannot, allow our soldier and sailor brothers to be dropped for non-payment of dues, but must carry out to
the letter the mandates of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. 3998
DECISIONS
From Park Lodge, No. 66, Sept. 14, 1917: ,V   ;
Question No. 1—Is our Lodge liable for benefits to brothers in
good standing who are wounded at the front?
Answer: Yes. See decision No. 1 of Grand Sire Robertson, Journal of Proceedings the Soveeign Grand Lodge, 1916, page 328.
Question No. 2—Are we liable for funeral benefits for brothers
killed at the front?
Answer: No, if the burial is at the expense of a government.   See
Code of General Laws at page 30.
From "Mount Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19:
Statement: A member of this Lodge, now residing at Denver,
Colo., by the name of Flintberg remitted money in payment of dues
and requested to have the receipt made out in the name of Parkyn,
which name he had adopted and desired to be known by in future.
The Secretary of the Lodge, in forwarding the receipt, stated that
the name could not be altered as requested, because it was contrary
to the laws of the Order and of Canada, unless it was authorized
by the courts of law The brother replied, giving the reasons for
the change of name, and stating that if the Lodge refused to comply with his request, he desired the money returned, and, much as
he disliked it, to drop his name from membership.
Question: Is it legal, according to the laws of the Order, to
change the surname of a brother after he has affixed his original
name to the By-laws and Constitution of the Lodge?
Decision: I find that in 1902 the Grand Sire decided on a somewhat similar case, that this was a matter for local legislation, that
if the Lodge wished to retain the brother as a member it could
have him sign the Constitution under his new name, changing his
name on the Lodge records, and continuing his membership. Similar cases occur in the Sovereign Grand Lodge Proceedings of 1874
and 1876. Although these cases are not precisely on all fours with
the case in question, the underlying principle is the same, viz., that
a brother has a right to change his name, and a Lodge has the
power to recognize that right and make the necessary changes on
its books. If it is not convenient for the Brother to again sign the
Constitution and By-laws, I am of the opinion that a proper certified declaration made by him of his change of name could be attached to his original signature on the Constiutiton and By-laws,
and would answer the purpose and fill all legal requirements.
From "Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, B. C:
Question: Is it an obligation incumbent on I. O. O. F. Lodges
in this jurisdiction to relieve all Odd Fellow members while in
military or naval service from payment of dues? 3999
Answer: Every such brother, a member of your Lodge, who at
the time of enlistment was good on your books, is to bev kept in
that condition. This is as I understand the legislation at the re-:
cent session of the S. G. L.
From "Island' Lodge,' No. 24, Marpole,. B. C. - ,     V
Statement—A brother was wounded at the front in August last;
was eight weeks in a military hospital but did not notify the Lodge,
though he was and is in good standing. He has recently returned
and claims eight weeks' benefits, but has not furnished medical
certificate, as required by the By-laws, which read, Article 21, Section 2: "To entitle a brother taken sick at a point remote from the
Lodge, to receive benefits he must send or cause to be sent to the
Noble Grand within two weeks from the commencement of his illness, a true statement of his case, complaint and circumstances, and
the cause and origin of.his illness, attested by the N. G. of some
Lodge near him, or if there be no Lodge near him, then the same
must be stated by the certificate of a physician, a Magistrate, a
British Consul," etc., etc.
Question: Is the brother entitled to benefits? If not, would you
advise the Lodge to pay him benefits under the circumstances?
Answer: In requiring compliance with any law, in my opinion, a
reasonable construction must be placed upon it, and impossible conditions must not be insisted upon. In the present case it might be
difficult for the brother to comply strictly with the By-law quoted,
even in obtaining the certificate of a physician to his illness. However, I think your Lodge might require some confirmatory evidence
of the alleged sickness, such as a certificate from his Commanding
Officer or the Medical Officer, before paying him his benefits, but
under the exceptional nature of the case your Lodge should not
require a too rigid compliance with the law. I would suggest you
refer the case to your Visiting Committee. Let them examine the
scars of the wound, and after that, if your Committee are satisfied
with the evidence of his illness, and that the claim is a just one,
your Lodge might waive any further proof and pay it.
From "Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, Nelson.
Question: Are Subordinate Lodges bound to pay funeral benefits.
to relations of brothers who have been killed at the front, or who
have died of wounds there, and who have been buried by the military authorities in foreign lands?
Answer: No. See Code of General Laws, page 30, Sec. 55. Subject, "Funeral Expenses Refer to B." A Lodge will not be required
to pay funeral expenses where the deceasd brother has been buried
at th expense of the Government. See also G. L. U. S:,. Journal
1857,  2812, 2814, 2830, and in  1863, 3566,  3583.     See also  Busbee's 4000
Digest, page 42, section 124, subject, "Funeral Expenses Not Paid
Unless Actually Incurred."
From "Park" Lodge, No. 66, McKay, B. C.
Statement—I am enclosing a letter from a former brother, who
is a suspended member of this Lodge. You will kindly note that
he is asking for re-instatement. He was suspended in December,
1914. According to Clause 5, Article 7, of Constitution, a dismissal
certificate may be granted upon "proper application."
Also, why is a brother able to attend Lodge when he has been
suspended? \ |ttg
Question: We would like a ruling on the words "proper application," and also on the last question.
Answer:. The proper application form for a dismissal certificate
is as follows: The brother in his own handwriting requests a dismissal certificate from the Lodge in which he was suspended, stating the date of his becoming a member, the date of his suspension
and the degree he had attained, accompanied with one dollar
($1.00), the lawful price of the certificate. See S. G. L., 1900
(8487). Your other question, "Why is a brother able to attend
Lodge when he has been suspended?"
Answer: Only when a Noble Grand of any Lodge violates his
solemn and sacred obligation.
From "Western Star" Lodge No. 10, Vancouver.
Question: "Should an Investigating Committee, reporting on an
application for membership, take any notice of the Medical Examiner's report in making their recommendation to the Lodge, or
should their report deal only with the moral and not with the physical side of the case?"
Answer: I know of no specific law defining the duty of an Investigating Committee but one of the necessary qualifications for
membership, according to Article 2 of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges the applicant must be of sound health.
I    From "Mount Pleasant" Lodge, No. 19.    ~ ||    -
Question: Is it lawful, according to the laws of Sovereign Grand
Lodge to loan money to a brother of the Lodge?
Answer: While the law does not say in plain language that you
are not allowed to loan the funds of your Lodge to its members,
yet the spirit of the law does, in my opinion, condemn such practice.
From "Harmony" Lodge, No. 6.
Statement—The Lodge* received an application for membership
by initiation and the Investigating Committee reported favorably
on same, accompanied   with an unquestionable certificate from the 4001
doctor. On the ballot being taken the Vice Grand reported favorably, as there were no black balls cast. The Noble Grand, however, reported the ballot unfavorable and declared the applicant
rejected from the fact that they were using brown balls in lieu of
black balls. The question resolves itself into whether the Noble
Grand has the power to order that brown ballots shall represent
black balls.
Question: Has a Noble Grand power to order brown ballots in
lieu of black ballots?
Answer: No.
From "Royal City" Lodge, No. 3. /.    . \4
Question: In your opinion is it advisable to accept an application
from any person who is classified in A or B Class, or in any class
under the Military Service Act where they are liable to be called
for active service?
Answer: The matter of accepting applications from young men
liable to be drafted into active service for initiation in your Lodge
is entirely left to the discretion of the Lodge. In my opinion the
Lodges should not add to their present liabilities by receiving applications for membership from men liable to be called.
From "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61.
Question: In what way can we get members back on our books
who have been suspended for non-payment of dues of those who
had enlisted and no report had been furnished the Lodge of their
action?
Answer: I,find that the Grand Sire evaded giving a direct answer to a similar question and advised the questioner to await the
next session of the S. G. L., when the vexed question would be
settled, so I would ask "Fairview"- Lodge to patiently wait until
the meeting of our Grand Lodge in June, when all. these questions
will no doubt be dealt with.
DISPENSATIONS GRANTED
July 18, 1917—
To "Enterprise" Lodge, No. 43, Trail, to attend the funeral of a
brother in regalia. -S^
September 7, 1917 — - -|| ^
To "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63, Prince Rupert, to hold a special meeting on Friday evening, Sept. 21st, in lieu of their regular night of meeting, for the purpose of meeting the Grand
Officers on the occasion of their official visit. 4002
September 7, 1917—
To "Cariboo" Lodge, No. 65, Prince George, to hold a social and
dance under the auspices of the Order on the evening of Sept.
19th.
November 24, 1917—
To "Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, to enable the Lodge to
hold a joint public installation of Officers with "Queen City"
Rebekah Lodge.
December 10, 1917—
To "Harmony" Lodge, No. 6, to elect Brother Thomas Bever-
idge to the office of Vice Grand, all qualified brothers declining to serve.
December 31,  1917—
Appointing Bro. J. W. Fairhall, P. G., a Special Deputy to install
Officers of "Island" Lodge, No. 24, per request of Bro. C. F. H.
- Craig, the D. D. G. M., who could not attend.
January 4, 1918—
To "Tatnai" Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops, to hold a joint public installation of Officers with "Excelsior" Rebekah Lodge on the evening of Monday, Jan. 7th.
January 5, 1918—
To "Greenwood" Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, Greenwood, to remove
its charter to a new hall, having vacated the former premises.
January 5, 1918— I
To "Silver City" Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, to confer the Initiatory
and First Degree onMr. Fairhurst January 31, and to confer
the Second and Third Degrees on same candidate at the next
regular meeting.
February 4, 1918—
To "Silver City" Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, to hold a farewell entertainment   to   a   brother   who   will  be   called   to   the   colors
shortly, and the members to appear in regalia.
February 7, 1918—
To "Silver  City" Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, to incorporate under
the Benevolent Societies Act of the Province.
March 16, 1918—
To "Union" Lodge,  No.  11,  Cumberland,  to hold a social and
dance under the -auspices of the Order in connection with the
celebration of the Anniversary of the Order, April 26th, 1918.
March 28, 1918— ../ .|| J|
To "Pittitko" Lodge, No. 13, Merritt, to remove its charter from
present premises to the new hall, where future meetings will
be held. 4003
April 11, 1918—
To "Kootenay" Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, to appear in regalia in
public at a demonstration arranged by the Great War Association of the city of Nelson, to commemorate the battle of
Ypres, on April 22nd.
April 17,1918—
To "Patricia" Rebekah Lodge, No. 33, Merritt, to remove its
charter to the new hall, having vacated its late premises.
DISPENSATIONS  DEFERRED
A petition has been received, signed by twelve petitioners, for a
charter for another Rebekah Lodge in the city of New Westminster,
where there is already a Rebekah Lodge. By-law No. 2 of the Grand
Lodge provides that under such circumstances, with regard to
Subordinate Lodges, the Grand Master shall consult the existing
Lodges as to the advisability of instituting such additional Lodge,
and if a reasonable objection is offered he shall not grant the Dispensation, but refer the petition to the next session of the Grand
Lodge.
Holding the opinion that the directions of this By-law should
apply to petitions for Rebekah Lodges, I communicated with
"Beulah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, New Westminster, asking if
there was any objection on its part to the granting of the petition.
In reply I received a communication setting forth certain reasons
why the petition should not be .granted, which I consider to be of
sufficient weight and cogency to justify me in declining to issue
the Dispensation.
I beg, therefore, to submit the petition, and the letter of "Beulah"
Rebekah Lodge, to the Grand Lodge for its decision thereon.
REPORTS  OF DISTRICT DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTERS
I herewith present an abridgement of the reports received to
date. Some Officers have proved very lax in complying with my
urgent requests to send their reports in in good time:
District No. 1—Bro. A. W. Bayliss, D. D. G. M., reports having
installed the Officers of Lodges Nos. 1, 2 and 4 at first meetings in July, 1917, and January, 1918. Issued no dispensations. Accompanied the Grand Master in his official visits. Had the following question from "Dominion" Lodge, No. 4: "Can a motion to pay
benefits be declared carried if any member present objects?"
Answer: I referred to Article 20 of the By-laws of the Lodge,
which covered the question.
The condition of the Order in the district is good, considering the
stringent times. 4004
District No. 2—Bro. Geo. Halliday, D. D. G. M., installed the officers of "Royal City" Lodge,jNo. 3, July 4, 1917, and Jan. 2, 1918;
"Fidelity" Lodge, No. 25, July 23, 1917, and Jan. 2, 1918; "Amity"
Lodge, No. 27, July 9, 1917 and Jan. 7, 1918. Visited officially
Lodges Nos. 3 and 27 on the occasion of the Grand Master's visits.
Reports the Lodges under his care are not progressing numerically,
on account of so many young men being drafted into the army, but
attendance is good.
District No. 3—Bro. Thos. Sanders reports having installed the
Officers of "Black Diamond" Lodge on July 11, 1917 and Jan. 23,
1918.
Granted Dispensation to change meeting of* "Black Diamond"
Lodge for the purpose of meeting the Grand Master on his official
visit. Condition of the Order in his district is good, making quite a
few new members.
District No. 5—J. L. Stark, D. D. G. M., reports Officers of "Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7, installed at the prescribed times. Issued
one Dispensation to elect a Scarlet Degree member to Noble
Grand's chair, all qualified brothers refusing to act. Condition of
the Order in the district good.
District No. 6—A. G. Gulland, D. D. G. M., installed Officers of
Lodges Nos. 8, 10, 26 and 29 at their, regular meetings in July, 1917,
and January, 1918. • Accompanied the Grand Master oh his official
tour and officially visited. No. 29 Lodge on the occasion of their
first Anniversary with the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Warden. Conditions in this district good and an increase in membership is shown to date, the efforts of our youngest Lodge, No. 29,
especially showing excellent results. Bro. Gulland thinks that in
view of what has happened to one of the Lodges in his district a
uniform system of bookkeeping should be adopted, as well as a
more rigid audit of the books by competent members at the end of
each term.
District No. 7—W. F. McKenzie, D. D. G. M., installed in July,
1917, the officers of the following Lodges: "Aaron," No. 14, '^Mt.
Pleasant," No. 19, and "North Vancouver," No. 55, except the Financial Secretary of No. 55, who was installed in Sept. 13th, 1917.
On January 3rd, 1918, installed the Officers of "North Vaancouver"
Lodge, No. 55, "Aaron," No. 14, and "Mt. Pleasant," No. 19, at a
joint installation on Jan. 9th, at which the Grand Master, Deputy
Grand Master and Grand Warden were present. The Financial
Secretary of "North Vancouver," No. 55, having resigned, installed
his successor March 21st. Granted Dispensations to "Aaron"
Lodge, No. 14, to receive ,ballot and initiate a candidate on Aug.
29th, and to "Aaron" Lodge, No. 14, and "Mt. Pleasant," No. 19, 4005
to hold a public installation on the evening of Jan. 9th, 1918. Accompanied the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Warden and Past Grand Masters on an official visit to "Mt. Pleasant"
Lodge, No. 19, on Dec. 18th, also to a joint installation of "Aaron,"
No. 14, and "Mt. Pleasant," No. 19, and "Bethel" Rebekah Lodge,
No. 26, on January 10th. Attended every session of his own Lodge,
also visited "Aaron," No. 14, and "North Vancouver," No. 55, once
every month during the year.
The following was asked by "Aaron" Lodge, No. 14:
Question: Is it legal to pay funeral benefits to a brother on the
death of his wife?
Answer: Your By-laws make no provision for paying a member
of "Aaron" Lodge, any benefits (or expense) on the death of his
wife. See Article4, Section 6, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges,
and Section 135, page 48, of Busbee's Digest.
Also the following was asked by a member of No. 19 through
the Lodge:
Question: Is it lawful according to the laws of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge to loan Lodge money to a brother of the Lodge?
Answer: I cannot find any law which says this Lodge cannot loan
money to a brother of the Lodge if the loan is properly protected
by ample security and a reasonable rate of interest is charged, subject to Chapter 2, page 141, Code of General Laws.
Condition of the Order in this district: The finances and membership of both "Aaron" Lodge, No. 14, and "North Vancouver,"
No. 55, are increasing. The finances of "Mt. Pleasant" Lodge, No.
19, have improved, but the membership has decreased. All three
Lodges, although affected by their members going overseas, are
exemplifying the degrees in a very efficient manner. I have received courteous treatment from the members of the entire district, also encouragement and assistance from all the Officers. As
the year draws to a close I relinquish the office of District Deputy
with a determination to assist my successor.
District No. 8—C. F. Craig, D. D. G. M., reports that on July 5,
1917, he installed the Officers of "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61. July
6th, the officers of "Grandview" Lodge, No. 62, July 10th "Island"
Lodge, No. 24, and on Jan. 3, 1918, the Officers of "Fairview"
Lodge, No. 61, were installed by Bro. J. W. Fairhall, P. G., Special
Deputy, and on Jan. 4th the same Special Deputy installed the Officers of "Grandview" Lodge, No. 62, while on Jan. 22nd he installed the Officers of "Island" Lodge No. 24. Issued a Dispensation to "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61, to hold a whist drive and dance
on Sept. 21st, 1917, and also on Oct. 29th for the same purpose. 4006
Condition of the Order: With the exception of "Fairview" No.
61, no progress has been made in degree work owing to small attendance There is too large a percentage of apathetic members
Much credit is due those members who, in spite of many discouragements, have been faithful in their attendance, but they have
been hampered by lack of support. It is true a large proportion of
our active workers are overseas, but there is sufficient membership
at home to carry on the work. It is no compliment to our brothers
on active service, nor will it be accepted as such by them, that we
are simply "marking time" during their absence. They look to us
to carry on, and we owe it to them and to Odd Fellowship to do
so. There is much to be done, and it behooves every Odd Fellow
to determine that every office in his Lodge will be filled regularly,
and that these Officers will receive the aid and support of every
member. Interest can be aroused by competitive degree work, and
I would suggest something along this line being adopted.
District No. 9—W. A. Ralph, D. D. G. M., installed Officers of
"Park" Lodge, No. 66, "Ridgely" Lodge, No. 22, and "Little Mountain"' Lodge, No. 60, in July, 1917, and January, 1918.
Dispensations issued to "Ridgely," No. 22, to remove charter and
fixtures to present premises and to hold a box social to raise money
for a piano.
To "Park" Lodge, No. 66, to hold a whist drive and dance to
raise money for Lodge fixtures.
Condition of the district is good, gaining in membership.
District No. 10—A. J. Dowding, D. D. G. M., reports the July
installation of Officers conducted in usual form, but the installation of Officers in January was held publicly in conjunction with
the Rebekah Lodge, and was a splendid success, the work being
done without rituals. Issued two Dispensations, permitting regalia
to be worn in public for the purpose of attending Odd Fellow's
funerals.
Condition of the Order in this district: The financial aspect is
improved, the membership just about holding its own, and the general interest is being maintained.
District No. 11—James Walker, D. D. G. M., reports having installed the Officers of "Union" Lodge, No. 11, in July, 1917, and
January, 1918. Issued Dispensation for a Third Degree member to
take the chair of Vice Grand. . Made an official visit in company
with the Grand Master to "Union" Lodge, No. 11. Condition of the
order good. Have added six new members in the last year and
expect more soon.
District No. 12—Diigald Bell, D.D.G.M., reports that the Officers of "Selkirk" Lodge, No. 12, were duly installed in July, 1917, 4007
and January, 1918. Accompanied the Grand Master on his official
tour. The condition of the Order in his district is satisfactory.
Complains of non-attendance of some members at regular meetings, but on special occasions the response is great.
District No. 13—Geo. Maxwell, D.D.G.M., reports the Officers
of "Pittitko" Lodge, No. 13, were installed in July, 1917, and January, 1918. Made no official visits but regularly attended Lodge
meetings, and the condition of the Order in Merritt is very good.
District No. 14—J. L. Crosby, D. D. G. M., reports having installed the Officers of "Cloverdale" Lodge, No. 15, in July, 1917, and
January, 1918. Issued no Dispensations. Made three official visits.
Had no decisions to render, and glad to report the condition of the
Order as good.    Reports also the institution of a Rebekah Lodge.
District No. 15—D. P. Graham, D. D. G. M., reports: Unfortunately was absent from my home for a good part of the year, and
was not able to be present to install the Officers of "Kootenay"
Lodge, No. 16. That duty was performed by Bro. D. C. McMorris,
P. G. He also issued Dispensations for joint installations in July
and January with "Queen City" Rebekah Lodge, No. 16, in each
instance.
The Lodge is about holding its own. During the present term
there have been six initiations, one re-instatement and one taken in
by card. The attendance has been irregular. A great many of
our members seem to have lost interest. I am in accord with the
suggestion of my predecessor that the Grand Officers should issue
at different times letters suggesting a way of bettering conditions.
Such letters would create a feeling that the Grand Officers were
personally interested in each Lodge.
1| District No. 17—A. E. Foster, D. D. G. M., at the request of
"Eureka" Lodge, No. 50, appointed Bro. R. E. Wheeler, P. G, to
install officers in July, 1917 The D. D. G. M. installed the Officers
of "Coronation" Lodge, No. 48, July. 12, and "Vernon Valley"
Lodge, No. 18, on Aug. 15th. Also installed the Officers of each
of the three Lodges in his district on January 9th, 16th and 22nd,
1918. Issued Dispensation to "Coronation" Lodge, No. 48, to hold
joint installation with "Sunset" Rebekah Lodge, No. 29 on July
12, 1917, and also on Jan. 9th, 1918. Paid five official visits to the
Lodges of the district during the year. No decisions rendered and
no questions of law answered.
Condition of the Order in this district: While there has not been
much progress made during the year, the spirit of friendship is
quite marked in "Eureka" and "Coronation" Lodges. In "Vernon
Valley," No. 18, there is room for improvement.    We are trying, 4008
however, to hold the Lodge together. Would suggest that all our
Lodges take a more optimistic view of present conditions.
District No. 22—J. B. Cross, D. D. G. M., does not report any installation of Officers for the year in "Rocky Mountain" Lodge, No.
34. Condition of the Order: Not gaining in membership, so many
being taken away for military service and the industries being so
far away from the town. Looking hopefully to the coming year
to increase membership.
District No. 23—Bro. Alex. Kerr reports having installed the Officers of "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36, with "Deborah" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 13, on July 9, 1917, and "Enterprise" Lodge, No. 43,
with the Officers of "Adinah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, on July 10,
1917, and installed the Officers of these Lodges again jointly in
January, 1918. Issued Dispensations authorizing the above joint
installations. Also Dispensations to "Enterprise" Lodge, No. 43, to
ballot for and initiate three candidates the same evening. Rendered
no decisions.
Condition of the Order in this district is excellent. Have taken
in twenty-one members since last July. "Rossland" Lodge, No. 36,
is very strong financially.
District No. 24—D. L. McKenzie, D. D. G. M., reports: Installed
the Officers of "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, July 9th, 1917 and Jan.
14th, 1918, "Gateway" Lodge, No. 45, July 19th, 1917, and Jan. 10th5
1918, and of "Boundary Valley" Lodge, No. 38, July 24, 1917, and
Jan. 29, 1918. Granted one Dispensation to "Gateway" Lodge, No.
45, on March 20 to hold its annual ball on April 1. Accompanied the
Grand Master on his official visits to all Lodges in the district.
Condition of the Order here very good, considering present existing adverse conditions.
District No. 26—W. L. Cotterill, D. D. G. M., installed the Officers of "Slocan" Lodge, No. 40, on July 5th, 1917, and on January
3rd, 1918. No Dispensations issued. Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visit.    No decisions rendered. .
Condition of the Order is very good, considering the period
through which we are passing.
District No. 27—Samuel Fyles, D. D. G. M., installed the Officers
of "Key City" Lodge, No. 42, at first regular meeting in July 1917,*
and again in January, 1918. No Dispensations issued. Accompanied
the Grand Master on his official visit.   No decisions rendered.
Condition of the Order is very good. Have initiated three members this term.
District No. 28—J. F. Puckey, D. D. G. M., reports: Installed the
Officers of "Mt. Fernie" Lodge, No. 47, on July 2, 1917, and again 4009
on Jan. 4th, 1918. Joint installation with "Esther" Rebekah Lodge,
No. 20. No dispensations issued. Accompanied the Grand Master
on his official visit. Six new members initiated this year so far
and prospects very good.
District No. 29—Wm. Harvey, D. D. G. M., reports: Installed the
Officers of "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, on July 10, 1917, and
Jan. 8th, 1918, "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, on July 16, 1917. Arrangements were made for the Officers of "Okanagan" Lodge, No.
58, to be installed with Penticton brethren, but this arrangement
failed and Bro. J. E. Phinney, P. G., installed the Officers of
"Okanagan" Lodge a few evenings later. Owing to disorganized
boat service on the lake during January I was unable to arrange to
visit Penticton and Summerland, so arranged for Bro J. W.
Jackson, P.G., and J. E. Phinney, P. G., to officiate for me. Dispensations were granted to "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, to hold
socials on two occasions. Official visits, three—two to "Orchard
City" Lodge, one to "Penticton." No decisions rendered.
Condition of Order in district: All three Lodges have been hard
hit by members enlisting or moving away, but "Okanagan" Lodge,
No. 58, seems to have suffered most, so that the brothers find it
hard to get a quorum to hold meetings. "Penticton" Lodge and
"Orchard City" Lodge have both added a few members during the
year.
District No. 30—Wm. McLean, D. D. G. M., reports having officiated at two installations of Officers at the regular times, issued no
Dispensations, made no official visits, gave no decisions or answered
any questions of law.   The condition of the Order is fair.
1 District No. 32—H. E. W. Harbell, D. D. G. M., reports: The
Officers of "Mt. Ida" Lodge, No. 56, were installed on the first
meeting night in July, 1917.    No Dispensations were issued.
Official visits: Was present at the official visit of the Grand
Master at a joint meeting of "Mt. Ida," No. 56, and "Eureka," No.
50, at Enderby, and have attended every meeting of "Mt. Ida" ever
since.
I am sorry to state the condition of the Order in this district is
very bad, as a large number of our members are on active service,
but the few members who are still in the district are working faithfully for the Order.
District No. 33—A. Goldsmith, D.D.G.M., reports that the Officers of "Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, were installed in July, 1917, and
January, 1918. . The January installation was public. No dispensations granted.   Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visit. 4010
Condition of the Order in this district: On account of general
depression and of war conditions the Lodge is not as prosperous as
one would wish, yet we are holding our own.
District No. 34—A. Brooksbank, D. D. G. M., reports: Installed
the Officers of "Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63, on July 3rd, 1917,
and Jan. 1st, 1918. No Dispensations were issued nor decisions
rendered. Condition of the Order in this district is satisfactory,
considering the times we are passing through.
District No. 36—E. J. Edwards, D. D. G. M., installed the Officers
of "Dawson" Lodge, No. la. Dispensations issued as follows: To
elect the Noble Grand from floor of the Lodge, all qualified brothers declining nomination. To wear regalia at annual church
parade. To confer the First, Second and Third Degrees on one
evening. On the occasion of the Grand Master's visit accompanied
him. No decisions rendered. Pleased to state that "Dawson"
Lodge, No. la, is getting along fairly well.
APPOINTMENTS
In pursuance of the resolution passed at our last Grand Lodge,
and and with the concurrence of the Executive Officers, I appointed the following brethren to constitute the Special Committees:
Dues and Benefits—Bro. Wallace Law, P. G. M.; Bro. D. E. MacKenzie, P. G. M.; Bro. A. Acheson, P. G.
Reduction of Representation to the Grand Lodge—Bro. W. H.
Brown, P. G. M.; Bro. W. A. Johnstone, P. G: M.; G. R.; Bro. W.
M. Ramsay, P. G,
Control of Investments of Subordinate Lodges—The Grand Secretary, Bro. A. Henderson, P. G. M.; Bro. W. H. Cullin, P. G. M.
Having received a request from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association to appoint a Representative from this jurisdiction to attend
its annual meeting at Kingston, Ontario, Bro. Ralph C. Fraser, of
Vancouver, was appointed on the recommendation of the members
of this Association residing in Vancouver to act in this capacity,
and doubtless he will report the result of his visit. His expenses
were paid by the Association. I am not aware of the relative position, if any, of our Grand Body to this Association, neither do 1
know the object of appointing a Representative from this jurisdiction. I judge it was intended as an act of courtesy to the members
of the Association in this Province.
I appointed Bro. John Lowery as D. D. G. M. for District No. 6,
vice Bro. John King, who had enlisted; also Bro. W. A. Holder as
D. D, G. M. for District No. 35, vice Bro. B. Moffat, removed from
the district. 4011
I am in receipt of a letter from "Slocan" Lodge, No. 40, asking
this Grand Lodge to appoint Bro. Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, to
accompany the incoming Grand Master in his official visits to the
Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction, which I will submit to the
Grand Lodge for its consideration.
~      RECOMMENDATIONS
I beg to recommend that "Fidelity" Lodge, No. 25, Mission City,
be created a separate district. No. 25 is now connected with District
No. 2, New Westminster.
That District Deputy Grand Masters be requested to furnish the
Grand Master with their postoffice addresses immediately on receiving their appointments.
THE FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION
I took advantage of every favorable occasion to present the
claims of this Association to the jurisdiction and received expressions of appreciation from the Secretary for the same. I would sug-
I gest that on the return of the Representatives, in presenting their
reports to their respective Lodges, that they bring before their
members the importance of this splendid adjunct to our Order, and
to impress on the Agent of the Association the necessity for greater activity in its interests.
THE REBEKAH BRANCH ^
Great interest is being manifested in many places where there are
no Rebekah Lodges for the institution of one, and where there are
Lodges existing I find great good has resulted to the Subordinate
Lodge. The total membership of the Rebekah Lodges in this jurisdiction as at Dec. 31st, 1917, was 2,307, with 33 active Lodges.
Dispensations have been issued to institute new Rebekah Lodges
as follows: March, 1918, "Isabella" Lodge, No. 10, at Cloverdale;
April 3, 1918, "Welcome" Lodge, No. 11, at South Vancouver.
A  petition  has also been  received for a  charter Jo  institute a
' Lodge at Penticton, to be known as "Redland" Rebekah Lodge.
'/     #CORRESPONDENCE WITH  THE  GRAND  SIRE
I received direct the following circular letters from the Grand
Sire: Circular letter No. 3, entitled, "The World Wide War and
Odd Fellowship"; No. 4, on "Food Conservation"; address.of the
Grand Sire to Grand Lodge" of Ontario; circular letter No 4, on
"Food Conservation"; an appeal from the Grand Sire re Halifax
disaster; circular letter from United States Food Administration to
Fraternal Organizations; Anniversary and Memorial Day Proclamations. 4012
The following circular letter No. 3 from the Grand Sire on the
World Wide War and Odd Fellowship is of such a lofty and inspiring character that I deem it worthy, of a place in our printed
proceedings:
Office of the Grand Sire,
Denver, Col., June 14, 1917.
To the Members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
A great calamity has overtaken the world. War, with all its bewildering fascinations, is controlling the activities of men as never
before.
The last of the great liberty-loving nations of the earth has left
its mooiings in the harbor of neutrality and entered into the war.
To our beloved Order, which was instituted for the exemplification of the sublime ideals of Friendship, Love and Truth, whose
one hope and prayer has been for peace with all its attendant
blessings,, this last development of the war has come as a shock
and a tragedy which seems at first to be without compensation.
But with time for thought has come the reflection that, as gold is
refined in the fire, the development of those high ideals which constitute the pride and glory of modern civilization has been attained
by travail and sorrow, yea, by war and the shedding of blood of
brave men who have loved liberty better than they have loved life
and ease and comfort. The most precious birthright of humanity
is human liberty.
v.
The world is learning again the lesson that "every step which liberty has taken in the forward progress of humanity has been over
the dead bodies of her defenders."
With the growth of liberty comes all the sweet amenities of life,
such as the making of real homes, the development of heart and
brain, the expansion of the soul and a fuller knowledge of its relationship  to  that  Infinite   Being whom  we reverently  call    "Our
Father."    A .   ^    ||;  M j|.      ..\
With the development of religious liberty, self-government and
industrial freedom have come the institution and growth of purely
fraternal organizations with all their blessings. The tree of fraternity grows and prospers in the pure air of liberty, but withers and
dies in the poisoned atmosphere of fanaticism, oppression and despotic government. When liberty dies, fraternity, also idealism and
all that makes life worth the living, dies.
It is the duty, then, of every OddFellow to encourage and to
support those ideals of human liberty, without full development of
which the sweeter idealism of Fraternity cannot survive.
The danger that confronts us is that our championship of the
idealism of liberty we may forget the sublime lessons of toleration, 4013
so beautifully taught in the Encampment branch of the Order.
Our loyalty and our antagonism are to ideas and not to men. We
teach that the tender ministrations of Odd Fellowship should be
rendered to all men, of whatever race, religion, nationality or shade
of political belief. We must not forget that lesson nor neglect its
practical  application.
While our Order can take no part in the destructive activities of
the war, it should not remain idle while suffering humanity needs
its help. Therefore, regardless of the military activity of our members as individuals, we can honor the Order and carry out its sublime and beneficent teaching by taking part in all constructive activities of the war, and especially by allying ourselves with the
work of the Red Cross, which, like Odd Fellowship itself, is international, undenominational, and non-political in its ideals and work.
Many of our members are at the front offering their lives for
home and country and for their ideals of human liberty. This gives
those who are left behind a special opportunity to render spiritual
and material assistance to their families, who wait at home in an
agony of suspense and fear that their loved ones may never return.
This opportunity is not only a duty, but should also be recognized
as a sublime and holy privilege.
Let no Odd Fellows's family suffer while its bread winner is
serving his country. It would be a bitter humiliation for a soldier
hero to return from the war and find that while he was suffering
untold agony in freezing cold or torrid heat and performing Herculean labors in the field of battle, he had been forgotten by his
brothers; had been dropped for non-payment of dues, and his wife
and little ones left to suffer and to starve. Surely every brother
who is spared from going down into the mud and grime of the
trenches will gladly pay the dues of some brother who does perform
that duty for his country and for his brothers, and in some way
each Lodge will keep in good standing every brother who is offering his life for the liberty and protection of those who are left at
home in comfort and in safety.
Odd Fellowship has always been noted for its care of sick and
suffering 'members. Let that reputation be upheld, and let us include among the number all brothers and the families of all brothers who are in the military or naval service of their respective
countries Our benevolence should be universal, our ministrations
as boundless as the love of our common Father.
By this means we will prove ourselves truly grateful to our Creator, faithful to our country, and fraternal to our fellow-man.
Fraternally submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth
FRANK C. GOUDY,  Grand Sire. 4014
Circular letters Nos. 4 and 5 from the Grand Sire, and one from
Bro. E. W. Bradford, the Grand Sire's representative at Washington, D. C, relate to the co-operation of fraternal organizations
with Mr. H. C. Hoover, Federal Food Commissioner of the United
States. As we have somewhat similar regulations for food conservation in Canada, I did not think it necessary to promulgate these
circulars in this jurisdiction nor to burden this report by incorporating them in it.
Copies of my letters, and reports to the Grand Sire, are in the
hands of the Grand Secretary for inspection.
The Grand Sire's replies are as follows:
Office of the Grand Sire,
'    ; '" Denver, Col., U. S., Oct. 22, 1917.
Mr. J. H. Glass, |§    :    .  \: .
Grand Master, I. O. O. F.,       " .  -
Penticton, B. C.
Dear Bro. Glass:
I am in receipt of your letter of Aug. 15th and report of Aug. 2nd.
I am very well pleased, indeed, at the condition of your report. It
shows that you are working hard, and on looking at the map I see
that the distances you must travel are tremendous.
Trusting that your travels will be pleasant and your work satisfactory,
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
(Signed) - FRANK C. GOUDY,
Grand Sire.
Office of the Grand Sire,
Denver, Col., U. S.
Mr. J. H. Glass,   : ' §
Grand Master, I. O. O. F.,
Penticton, B. C.
My Dear Grand Master:
Your report of Oct. 17th received. I am greatly pleased to have
so gratifying a description of the work of our Order in the Far
North. It must have been a great treat to our brothers there to
have the pleasure of a visit from you. It is especially pleasing to
know that all the Lodges are working with so much energy and
enthusiasm. I am glad to know that your own jurisdiction shows
a good increase in membership, which shows that the stress and
strain of the war is not lessening but rather increasing the enthusiasm of our members.    This is just and right, for Odd Fellowship 4015
was instituted for the purpose of relieving the suffering. I thank
you for the splendid work you are doing and sending me your
report.
Wishing you a great measure of success in the future,
I remain,
Fraternally yours,
(Signed) fl  FRANK C. GOUDY, -
Grand Sire.
PROCLAMATIONS AND CIRCULAR LETTERS
I issued the usual Proclamations respecting the observance of
the Ninety-ninth Anniversary of the institution of Odd Fellowship
on April 26th, 1918, also for Memorial Day.
Prior to the receipt of the appeal of the Grand Sire on behalf of
the sufferers in the explosion and fire at Halifax on Dec. 6th last
! issued the following appeal to the Lodges of this jurisdiction. I
am pleased to learn from the Grand Secretary that the appeal was
most generously responded to and that the sum of $1,321 was received and transmitted to the I. O. O. F. Relief Committee at Halifax, $70 of which was subscribed by the Encampments of this jurisdiction. The Grand Secretary will report, in detail, the receipts
under  this  head:
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.,
Office of Grand Master,
Penticton, B. C, 13th December, 1917.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
You are doubtless aware of the dreadful calamity that overtook
the City of Halifax and the Town of Dartmouth, N. S., on Thurs-
daylast, the 6th instant, when by a terrible explosion on board a
ship loaded with munitions, and a fire which subsequently occurred, about two thousand persons are reported to have lost their
lives, about three thousand were wounded, and buildings and other
property of inestimable value spreading over an area of about two
square miles were utterly destroyed.
As there are four Odd Fellows' Lodges in these two places with
about five hundred members, there can be no doubt but that a
number of them must have lost their lives, whilst many others lost
their loved ones and their property. It is impossible for us to
realize or describe the suffering and distress that must have resulted from this great calamity.
In such a time we are confident that every Odd Fellow will be
both anxious and willing to do all in his power to help to mitigate
and relieve the condition of his unfortunate brothers. 4016
Will you, therefore, be good enough to send such contributions
as you are disposed to give to the Grand Secretary, Bro. Fred
Davey, for transmission to the Grand Officers of the Maritime
Provinces, to be applied by them for the relief of members of the
Order, or their families, who have suffered in this great catastrophe?
As the occasion is urgent, will you kindly send your donations
with as little delay as possible?
Yours fraternally,
Attest:—      I' \ It J. H. GLASS,
FRED DAVEY, p- Grand Master.
Grand Secretary.
From information I received T deemed it necessary, and advisable
to issue the following circular to our Lodges. I am pleased to
know that the advice contained in it has been followed by several
Lodges, who have amended their By-laws in the manner recommended:
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.,
Office of Grand Master,
Penticton, B. C, March 25, 1918.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F, of B. C.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
I very much regret that it has become necessary for*me to repeat
the warning and recommendations tendered by my predecessor,
Bro. P. W. Dempster, P. G. M., in his circular letter dated 18th
February, 1916, respecting the custody of Lodge funds.
One of our Lodges has recently been the loser to a considerable
amount through the default of its Treasurer, which would have been
avoided had this advice been followed.
I would, therefore, strongly recommend that where the \By-laws
of your Lodge do not already make the necessary provision that
they be amended in the following respects:
1st.—To provide that all monies paid to the Treasurer be deposited immediately after their receipt in a Chartered Bank in the
name of the Lodge, if incorporated, otherwise in the name of the
Treasurer in his official capacity as Treasurer of the Lodge.
That any provision permitting the Treasurer to hold certain
monies in hand be struck out.
2nd.—To provide that all withdrawals from this account be by
cheque, signed by the Treasurer and countersigned by the Noble
Grand or Secretary. 4017
3rd.—Requiring the Treasurer to produce the Bank Book each
and every Lodge night for inspection, to see that all monies have
been deposited as required, and making it the duty, of the Financial
Secretary to verify the same.
4th.—By adding to the order of business a question addressed to
the Financial Secretary: "Has the bank book of the Treasurer been
presented and verified as to deposits?"
This would tend to the regular observance of the law and remove
any disagreeable duty involved in its enforcement.
5th.—By adding to the duties of the Finance Committee, requiring
it to certify in its report of the examination of the books of the
financial officers, that the bank book of the Treasurer had been
produced and that the balance to the credit of the account agreed
with the balance due by the Treasurer.
If these suggestions are adopted the possibility of loss in this direction will be reduced to a minimum, and if, despite all these
safeguards, a loss should occur, much trouble will be avoided and
the recovery under the Surety Bond will be simplified and made!
more certain. If, however, they are ignored, the contrary result is
bound to occur. They are based on sound business principles, are
in line with the conditions of the Surety Bond, and, in my opinion,
no true, honest Odd Fellow would object to them as a condition
to holding the office.
Yours fraternally,
Attest:— . J. H. GLASS,   11 '    _
FRED DAVEY, . ^   Grand Master.
Grand Secretary.
EMBLEMATIC PIN \
I have received a letter from De Moulin Bros. &.Co., regalia
manufacturers, etc., Greenville, 111., stating that for a number of
years they had been supplying the Grand Lodge of South Dakota
with a small gold three link pin, which is presented to members at
the time of initiation free, and enclosing copy of a letter from the
Grand Secretary of that jurisdiction stating that they had found
this practice an excellent one and would not think of discontinuing
it This firm has sent me a sample of the pin and suggest that
what has proved a good thing for South Dakota might also prove
a good thing for this jurisdiction
The correspondence and sample pin will be submitted for your
consideration.
: ft FRATERNAL DELEGATES      ;
The Grand Master for 1917, a few days prior to the meeting of
our Grand Lodge, appointed me as a fraternal delegate    to    the 4018
Grand Lodge of the State of Washington, and there was no time
to report to the Grand Lodge at its last session. Suffice it to say
that I was received very cordially, was asked to address that great
Body, which I did, and conveyed the fraternal greetings of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbiaa.
Immediately after my return from my official visits to the jurisdiction the ^Executive informed me that it was their wish that I
should be the fraternal delegate to the Grand Lodge of Alberta.
I accordingly complied with their wishes. Time and space will
not permit me to give a lengthy report. The Grand Lodge met in
the City of Edmonton. In common with other jurisdictions they
had a decrease in membership during 1917, a loss of 191. Six new
Rebekah Lodges were instituted .during last year. The Grand
Lodge of Alberta has 110 working Lodges, with over 8,000 members. A large amount of legislation was put through. Bro. R. A.
Parker made an ideal presiding officer. One hundred and sixteen
new Representatives were present. Bro. Walsh, Grand Master of
Saskatchewan, and Bro, John Tucker, P. G. M., who has since died,
were the delegates from that Grand Body. I must say that I was
received with the greatest of kindness. Was glad indeed to meet
with so many of my old-time friends, and our meeting was very
cordial.
CONCLUSION ||
In conclusion I must not forget to express my gratitude to all
the brothers and sisters in the whole jurisdiction who have so willingly contributed to my comfort while endeavoring to perform
the arduous duties of Grand Master. I fear I have tried the paa-
tience of my best friend, the Grand Secretary. Only for his forbearance and kind sympathy I should have utterly failed. I must
apologize for the unusual length of my report. I have curtailed it
in every possible way, and even now I feel that it does not give to
some Lodges the honor they richly deserve. To the Grand Lodge
Officers, Past Grand Masters, the President and Secretary of
the Rebekah Assembly, Past Noble Grands, Past Grands and the
entire membership of the jurisdiction, all of whom have been exceedingly kind to me during the year, to one and all of them I
hereby tender my sincere thanks. I ask that the same kindness
and brotherly consideration which I have received may be bestowed upon my successor in office.
All of which is fraternally submitted.
V/   *    || *     J. H. GLASS,
Grand Master. 4019
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I have again the honor and privilege of submitting for your
consideration a report of the work of this office for the past
year and also of that of the Subordinate and Rebekah Ldges of
this jurisdiction for the year ended on the 31st December, 1917.
There has been no Subordinate Lodge instituted since we last
met. "Isabella" Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, was instituted by Sister
Simpson, President of the Rebekah Assembly, at Cloverdale on
6th April last, with 23 members, and the Instituting Officer states
that they all showed a great interest in the work of the Lodge.
Petitions and the Charter Fees have been received for Rebekah
Lodges to be instituted at New Westminster and South Vancouver^
but up to this date dispensations have not been issued to institute.
These petitions will be presented to you for consideration and
directions.
I understand a petition for a Rebekah Lodge will also be received from Penticton.
I regret again to have to report a loss of 82 members in the Subordinate Lodges and 42 members in the Rebekah Lodges during
the year 1917. These losses are not as heavy in either case as in
the preceding year.
I beg to submit abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate and
Rebekah Lodges respecting membership, finances and relief. 4020
STATISICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Work of Last Year as
Compared with the Year 1916
Increase
Decrease
No. of Lodges on Dec. 31, 1917	
Members, Dec. 31, 1917	
Initiated  	
Admitted  by   Card....
| Admitted as A.  O....
Reinstated	
Withdrawn   	
Deecased	
Expelled	
Resigned   	
I    ,      Suspended, N. P. D.
Rejected \	
Degrees   Conferred  	
Past   Grands   	
Receipts from—
Dues 	
Admissions  and  Degrees  	
Rents and Interest on Invested   Funds   	
All  Other  Sources   	
Total  Receipts  	
No. of Brothers Relieved 	
Widowed  Families  Relieved	
Brothers   Buried    -~.
| Weeks' Sick Benefits Paid	
Amount paid for—
Relief of Brothers 	
I   Widowed   Families...
"   Orphans   	
"   Education   Orphans..
" Burying the  Dead ...
|   Special Relief 	
Total Amount Paid for Relief	
Amount  Paid  Current Expenses....
Total Value of the Assets of Subordinate Lodges  |	
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8,208.75|
34,059.88
1,628.42]
110,295.30|
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70'
5838
|$ 32,133.25!
1,875.20]
15.00
95.00
4,142.90'
2,324.02
40,585.37'
40,194.39!
983,724.31'
2,288.26
10
$    1,253.13
4,792.26
4,133.29
7,890.42
73
15
$    1,582.02
1,000.63,
15.00
5.00
218.651
213.01'
736.64!
129.73
4,468.87 \
4021
STATISTICAL—Continued.
Increase
Decrease
Average Duration of Sickness per
Sick Member 	
Average Duration of Sickness per
• Member 	
Average Amount of Benefits Paid
. to Each Sick Member 	
Average Amount Relief Expended
to Each Member 	
Average    Cost    per    Member   for
Current Expenses 	
Average Cost per Member for All
Lodge Expenditures 	
Average   Amount   of    Assets   per
Member   	
Total   Amount   Paid    for    Relief
Since    Institution    of    Grand
Lodge in 1874 	
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$ 58.74|$
6.44
6.38
12.82
156.07
793,393.38
4.36
0.06
0.20
0.26
0.26
REBEKAH LODGES
No. of Lodges on Dec. 31, 1917 	
I Instittued Since 	
I of Members—
Brothers  825
Sisters 1482
Total 	
No. of Members Initiated—
Brothers     71
Sisters   217
No. of Members Admitted by Card—
Brothers       8
Sisters      16
No. of Members Reinstated
Brothers  :      6
Sisters  ,..T.,.,.,......r      8
33
1
2307
288
24
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No. of Members Withdrawn—
Brothers       11
Sisters  }     34
No. of Members Deceased—
Brothers  \       9
Sisters        8
No. of Brothers Suspended—
Brothers   138
Sisters  *  161
Receipts from—
Dues 	
Admissions   	
Rents and Interest 	
All Other Sources 	
Total Receipts 	
Amount Paid for—
Relief of Members 	
I     Widowed Families  	
|      Special Relief 	
Total  Relief  	
Amount Paid for Current Expenses 	
Invested Funds of Rebekah Lodges	
45
299
$4595
05
488
50
44
48
1390
43
$6518
46
$ 83
30
5
25
311
47
$ 400
02
$5333
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$6209
67 4023 "   -
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
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Okanagan
Orchard City
Little   Mountain
Fairview
Grandview 62....
Prince Rupert "        63....
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Dawson la....
Isabella Reb Lodge No. 10—.
Concord Rebekah Lodge 	
Welcome Rebekah  Lodge	
R. R. Lane, Gr'd Lodge Card
Sundry Persons, G. H. Grant
Merchants'  Bank  Interest	
Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, sale
regalia,  etc	
Dominion Gov't, Interest on
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund
W. H. Gallagher, Interest ....
North Vancouver Lodge, No.
55,   Donation   	
Royal City Lodge, No. 3, do
nation 	
Dominion Gov't War Bonds,
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Vancouver Lodges, Donation
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Withdrawal   |	
Bank of British North America," Interest   	
A. J. Morgan	
F. Shackleton 	
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392
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394
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Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge....
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.l
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co j
Hibben & Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey, Grand" Sec'y.
Grand Treasurer 	
J. Peers  .'	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge....
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Sweeney & McConnell	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y-
Odd Fellows' Union 	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge—.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge—
T. R. Cusack  jl	
J. H. Glass, G. M	
Independent Odd Fellow..
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
B. C. Telephone Co	
Odd Fellows' Union 	
War    Emergency    Relief
Committee   	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sweeney & McConnell......
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Odd Fellows' Union 	
Supplies	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  ....	
Deposit  (Home Fund) 	
Supplies    	
Deposit (.Home Fund) 	
Salary   	
Rent 	
Rent I	
Stationery 	
Supplies  _	
Badges for Session 	
Mileage  Per Diem,  Session
1917	
Rent of Hall and Janitor	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Salary	
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Rent and Messages 	
Supplies I  | i	
Ribbon for Badges 	
Printing, etc	
Salary   	
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Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Supplies  	
Printing Proceedings, etc	
Allowance	
Grand Lodge Card  :
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Salary   	
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Deposit (Aged O. F. Fund)
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397 J. H. Glass, G. M.	
398 Dominion Government
399 Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y
400 Odd Fellows' Union 	
401 B. C. Telephone Co	
402 J. H. Glass, G. M	
403 Sovereign Grand Lodge.—
404 Imperial Bank of Canada
405 Sovereign Grand Lodge....
406 Sovereign Grand Lodge:...
407 Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
408|Odd Fellows' Union 	
409|B. C. Telephone Co	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y
Sovereign Grand Lodge...
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Sweeney   &  McConnell....
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419 Imperial Bank of Canada
420 Sovereign Grand Lodge—
42l|Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
422|Odd Fellows' Union 	
423IB. C. Telephone Co	
424 Sovereign Grand Lodge—
425 Sovereign Grand Lodge....
426 United States Fidelity Co.
427 Victoria Ptg.  & Pub.  Co.
428 Imperial Bank of Canada
429 Sovereign   Grand   Lodge..
430 Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
431'Odd Fellows' Union	
432IB. C. Telephone Co.
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Supplies   	
Deposit (Home Fund)	
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Deposit .(Home Fund)  	
Supplies 	
Salary 	
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Rent 	
Supplies 	
Supplies   	
Premium Surety Bonds 	
Printing 	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
Supplies	
Salary 	
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Rent 	
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438|Sovereign Grand Lodge—.
439|J. H. Glass, G. M	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Odd Fellows' .Union 	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Sweeney   &  McConnell—
J. H. Glass, G. M .•„..
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Department Council P.M.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Soveerign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
Fred Davey, Grand Sec'y.
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Supplies 	
Expenses    Fraternal    Delegate G. L. of Alberta ....
Salary 	
Rent 	
Rent 	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
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Supplies   	
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Balance of Allowance 	
Supplies  ,
Representative Tax  I
Grant  \
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Salary   	
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59 45
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SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report $  2,306.42
Cash received and paid to  Grand Treasurer per foregoing statement  .....    8,863.10
$11,169.52
LESS  orders  drawn  on  Grand Treasurer, as per Statement     9,340.12
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STOCK ACCOUNT
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Balance per last Report   $240.60
Goods bought during the year  \     369 50
Profit on goods sold during the year      45 46
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$420 55
235 01
$655 56  $655 56 4028
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND
Receipts
Total, value of this Fund, per last report $ 23,071 54
Interest on Mortgages, as per Statement   1,240 10
|       Imperial Bank of Canada   41 75
Dominion Govt. Savings Bank   42
I       Due on Mortgages  1,035 80
if"   •   W. H. Gallagher   '    l io
I       On Dominion Govt. War Bonds   275 00
Donation "Royal City" Lodge, No. 3  30 00
Vancouver  Lodges     7 00
"North Vancouver" Lodge, No. 55   28 00
Premium Dominion Govt. War Loan for $5,550......  234 64
$25,965 35
LESS interest due May 1, 1917          949 70
Total value of this Fund  $25,015 65
HOW INVESTED
On Mortgage $ 17,235 80
Deposited Imperial Bank of Canada     2,264 98
Dominion Govt. War Loan, 1917       5,500 00
Dominion Govt. Savings Bank   14 87
$25,015 65
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND
Total value of-this Fund, per last report, less owing Grand
Treasurer ---  $  886 19
Interest Dominion Govt. Savings Bank   1 80
Bro. R. R. Lane, Grand Lodge Card j  24 00
"Ridgely" Lodge, No. 22, purchase of Regalia, etc  75 00
Dominion Govt, of Canada, Premium on Bonds   34 14
Dominion Gov't.  Interest   40 00
Imperial Bank of Canada, Interest -  10
$ 1,061 23
. |S HOW INVESTED |f
Dominion Govt. War Loan - ~~~ $ 800 00
Dominion Govt. War Certificates   215 00
Imperial Bank of Canada, Deposit  46 10
In Grand Treasurer's hands   13
$ 1,061 23 mmm
4029
The Aged Odd Fellows' Fund has been increased during the year
by the sale of paraphernalia and regalia formerly belonging to
"Camborne" Lodge, No. 49, whose charter was reclaimed to
"Ridgely" Lodge,No. 22, for $75.00. This was approved by the
Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge.
Bro. R. R. Lane, of St. Catharines, Ontario, who was formerly
a member of "Camborne" Lodge, No. 49, paid $24, the amount of
dues owing by him at the time the Lodge became defunct, and was
granted a Grand Lodge Card to enable him to rejoin the Order.
This amount was also placed to the credit of this fund.
War Certificates for $250 were purchased on behalf of this fund,
with the sanction of the Grand Master, for which $215 was paid.
TRIAL BALANCE
boo
ACCOUNT
20
32
44
50
66
74
82
94
98
102
114
134
154
166
170
186
190
198
202
214
230
234
242
258
266
270
270
300
308
334
19
Harmony Lodge, No .6
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12 ....
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13 ..
Duncan Lodge, No. 17
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No.
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Island Lodge, No. 24 	
Fidelity Lodge, No. 25 	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26 	
Hastings Lodge, No. 29 	
Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34
Silver City Lodge, No. 39 	
Key City Lodge, No. 42 	
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43 	
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 	
Coronation Lodge, No. 48 	
Eureka Lodge, No. 50 	
Penticton Lodge, No. 51 	
Michel Lodge, No. 54 	
Okanagan   Lodge,   No.   28   	
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59	
Fairview Lodge, No. 61 	
Cariboo Lodge, No. 65 	
Dawson Lodge, No. la 	
Concord Rebekah Lodge 	
Welcome Rebekah Lodge 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge 	
Stock 	
Furniture 	
Dr.
$•
2 00
1 50
2 00
15
15
2 00
15
50
0 05
1 63
15 45
235 01
1089 73
Forward |$ 1350 32
$
$
Cr.
32 00
45
26
35
02
4
91
5
00
1
25
oo
10
13
1 50
8 00
1 00
40
10 00
10 00
75 37 4030
TRIAL BALANCE—Continued
Cr.
346
350
354
356
364
368
374
382
386
392
396
400
404
408
412
416
420
436
Brought   Forward	
Profit and Loss 	
Imperial Bank of Canada (Home Fund)
Imperial Bank of   Canada   (Aged   Odd
Fellows' Fund) 	
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund ...*.	
Dominion  Govt. War Loan   (Aged Odd
Fellows'   Fund)   	
War Emergency Relief Committee 	
Odd Fellows' Home Fund 	
Dom. Govt. War Loan (Home Fund)....
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank (Home Fund)
A.   J.   Morgan   	
F. Shackleton  	
G. A. Macey —	
A. Perry 	
R. A. Randall 	
A. and E. K. Baker  '..
I. Clode  ~	
W. T. Grantham 	
Grand Treasurer  	
|$    1350 32|$        75 37
2264 98
46 10
1015 00
3198 80
5500 00
14 87
2130 15
2241 80
1123 00
4000 00
2261 15
2713 75
1099 95
1666 00
1829 40
$ 32455 27
6303 02
1061 23
25015 65
$ 32455 27
FINANCIAL
A comparison of the revenue, with estimate of the Finance Committee last session shows a deficit on account of per capita tax of
$68.35, owing to a decrease in membership. The balance in the
Grand Treasurer's hands at the end of the year is, however,$46.01
more than the estimate.
if 4031
|  VETERAN JEWELS S    ,
The following Veteran Jewels have been issued during the year
to members of this jurisdiction:
*HH
M-i   <d
1
*+*  ai
°T>
Name
O 50
°~
Name
o So
ot
• •U
°S
-*u
o o
o o
£^
£h4
z£
£►4
174
175
176
177
178
179
180
181
182
183
184
185
186
187
188
189
W.D. Brydonjack, M.D.
James Shimmen, P. G...
Rufus Byron Hoar,P.G.
James Hutson, P G	
William George, P. G...
Joseph Callin, P. G	
J. C. McLay, P. G	
|0.  Graham 	
IH. W. Ender	
J. Manley, P. G	
G.. Manley, P. G	
E. Lee 	
J. Pyvis 	
Manning 	
J. Scott 	
R.
W.
c.
T.
H.
N.
Jjohn Palmer, P. G.
190 |W. H. Wright, P G.
19
19
19
19
19
28
17
17
17
17
17
17
7
12
12
12
11
191
192
193
194
195
196
197
198
199
200
201
202
203
204
205
206
207
A.  Lindsay 	
J. Fulcher, P. G	
Charles Whyte, P. G	
John  Denton  	
M. H.  Piercy 	
W. D. Cessford, P. G	
S. J. Purkis 	
Ijoseph Scott, P. G	
jjohn Burr, P. G	
William Croy, P. G	
|Wm .Geo.  Russell 	
IJames McKay, P. G. R.
|A. E. Morgan, P. G	
Ijoseph Malpass, P. G—
Wm, Anderson, P. G—.
IJames Glen, P. G :	
|Robt. Gregson, P. G...._
11
11
11
11
11
11
61
7
61
8
8
8
48
6
6
6
6
An Honorable Veteran Jewel has been issued to Bro. W. H.
Huxtable, P. G., P. G. P., "Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, Victoria, and a
30 year Veteran Button to Bro. A. J. McNeill "Grandview" Lodge,
No. 62.
If        GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES '
The following information respecting the work of the two General Relief Committees operating in this jurisdiction has been furnished in accordance with the by-laws of the Grand Lodge: *
Victoria Vancouver
Number of brothers relieved               8 45
Amount paid for relief  $ 693 00 $3561 30
Amount paid for management expenses        46 00 211 48
Total amount of receipts      777 55 3877 30
Y. M. C. A.
At the last session of this Grand Lodge a collection was taken up
by Bro. F. H. Godfrey, P. G., Representative of "Grandview"
Lodge. No. 62, on behalf of the Y. M. C. A. military work, in response to an appeal made to the Grand Lodge, at that session, by
Mr. Hadcock, Secretary of that branch of the work, and the sum of
$48 was raised. 4032
Bro. Godfrey has sent me the official receipt of the Treasurer of
the Western Division of the National Council of the Y. M. C. A.,
Calgary, Alberta, for this amount, which is on file in this office.
HALIFAX DISASTER
In consequence of the appalling disaster which occurred at Halifax, N. S., by the explosion of a ship loaded with munitions on
December 6, 1917, the Grand Master appealed to the Lodges of this
jurisdiction for assistance towards the relief of the Odd Fellows
and their families who were the victims of this great calamity.
In response the following amounts were received and were remitted to Bro. W. Stetson Rogers, P. G. M., Chairman of the I. O.
O. F. Relief Committee, Halifax, N. S.:
Lodge
Victoria, No. 1 	
Columbia,  No.  2  	
Royal City, No. 3	
Harmony, No. 6 	
Excelsior, No. 7 	
Vancouver, No. 8 ——..
Western Star, No. 10
Union, No. 11 	
Selkirk, No. 12 	
Pittitko, No. 13 	
Aaron, No. 14 	
Cloverdale, No. 15 	
Vernon Valley, No. 18
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 ..
Ridgely, No. 22 	
Ashcroft, No. 23 	
Island,  No.   24  	
Pacific, No.  26 	
Amity, No. 27 	
Forward   	
1        1
Amount|
i$
25 00
25 00
65'00
100 00|
50 00
25 00|
25 00
25 00|
ioo oo!
20 00l
10 oo|
40 00|
25 00|
20 00|
10 ooj
50 00|
10 00
25 00|
50 00|
1
i$
1
700 oo|
Lodge i
Brought Forward.
Cheam, No. 28	
Hastings,  No. 29 	
Rossland,  No. 36	
Boundary Valley, No. 38
Slocan,  No. 40 	
Key City, No. 42 	
Gateway,  No.  45 	
Snowshoe, No. 46 	
Mt.  Fernie,  No. 47	
Princeton, No. 52 	
Michel, No. 54	
N. Vancouver, No. 55	
Okanagan, No. 58 	
Orchard City, No. 59	
Fairview, No. 61 	
Grandview, No. 62 	
Cariboo,  No.  65	
Dawson, No. la 	
Amount
|$ 700
00
»m k)
00
r"
5
00
100
00
25
00
15
00
50
00
25
00
50
00
100
00
9
00
20
00
10
00
7
00
10
00
40
00
10
00
25
00
25
00
$1251
00
In addition to this I received the following amounts
from the Encampments:
Columbia Encampment, No. 5  g $25 00
Samaritan Encampment, No. 8  10 00
Acme Encampment, No. 10  1  10 00
Klondike Encampment, No. la   25 00
-$    70 00
$1321 00 4033
Remittances were made to Bro. Rogers, Halifax, through the
Imperial Bank of Canada, which very generously issued drafts
without charge, as follows:
5 January,  1918  $ 615 00
19 January.  1918 .-.     277 00
3 February, 1918      139 00
18 March,   1918        190 00
6 April,   1918        100 00
$1321 00
These remittances were thankfully acknowledged by Bro. Rogers,
whose receipts are on file, and who stated that there were about
24 Odd Fellows and members of Odd Fellows families, killed in the
explosion, and that the committee had eleven widows to provide
for.
4
The financial loss to members of the four Lodges in Halifax and
Dartmouth amounted to $238,551.30.
"Prince Rupert' Lodge No. 63, wired $50 prior to receiving the
Grand Master's appeal, and in all probability this went into the general relief fund, instituted by the City of Halifax.
m> m>
111 FRATERNAL VISITS
Bro. J. H. Glass, Grand Master, with the approval of the other
Grand Officers, attended the annual session of the Grand Lodge of
Alberta, held at Edmonton on February 20th and 21st last as a Fraternal Delegate from this Grand Lodge.
I am advised that Bro. A. E. May, P. G. M., P. G. R., will represent the Jurisdiction of Alberta at our ensuing annual session.
Cordial invitations were received from the Grand Officers of Ontario and Saskatchewan to send Fraternal Delegates to their Grand
Lodge sessions, but it was not deemed advisable to accept same.
In the case of Ontario, the distance and.expense involved proved a
difficulty in the way, and in the case of Saskatchewan, their session
occurs in the preceding week to our own .
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
The following sums have been paid to the War Emergency Committee, viz: 4th September, 1917, $792.85, being 12^4c on 6,343 members, 20th March, 1918, $787.25, 12^c on 6,298 members; total,
$1,580.10.    The total amount now paid this Committee is $3,198.80.
In accordance with the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
at its last session, in September, 1917, cards were received on which
information  was  required  respecting  each  member  who  is   with 4034
the naval or military forces in the present war, for the purpose of
preserving a record of their services. Over 1,200 of these cards
have been sent to the Lodges of this jurisdiction, and the buff
cards are being transmitted to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge as soon as they are received from the Lodges.
The white cards are retained on file, and a record is being kept of
the names of these members under their respective Lodges. The
Grand Sire requests that he may be furnished by the first of
July next with a report of the number of soldiers and sailors in the
service in each jurisdiction, for presentation to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge at its next session.
INCORPORATION
In compliance with the recommendation of the last session of
this Grand Lodge, the Funeral Aid Association of this Province
has been incorporated under the Benevolent Societies Act.
"Aaron" Lodge, No. 14, has also obtained incorporation under the
same Act.
SURETY BONDS
The Annual Premiums on the bonds of the Financial Officers of
the Subordinate Lodges have been paid to the United States Fidelity Co, for the current year. The total amounts of the bonds are:
Treasurers, $19,600.00; Financial Secretaries, $8,000.00; Trustees,
$18,800.00; grand total,, $46,400.00. Premiums paid by Lodges,
$129.92; paid to Surety Co., $116.00; profit, $13.92.
The bonds of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, for
$1,000.00 each, have also been secured from the same company.
I regret to report that a defalcation on the part of the Treasurer
of one of our Lodges necessitated the making of a claim on the
Surety Cmpany. A settlement has been arrived at between the
Lodge and the Surety Company, and it is hoped that the total loss
will eventually be recovered by the Lodge.
LEGISLATION S. G. L., 1917
In compliance with a standing resolution of this Grand Lodge, an
epitome of the approved decisions of the Grand Sire, and of the
legislation of the Sovereign Grand. Lodge, at its last. session, in
September, 1917, which were thought applicable and of interest to
the Lodges, Encampments and Rebekah Lodges of this jurisdiction,
was prepared and sent to each of these branches on the 15th October, 1917. Sj' ; ..'.*". ■"■;,.'- } '■■"■'
M   Jfe                       PRINTING BY-LAWS   §f
A contract for one year was entered into with the Victoria Printing and Publishing Co., in July, 1917, for printing the Constitution 4035
and By-laws of our Subordinate Lodges, and the. Lodges were duly
notified to this effect.
TRANSPORTATION
. I very much regret to report that I was unable to obtain the
usual convention rates from the Railway Companies for this meeting, owing, so I was informed, to a ruling of the War Boards both
of Canada and the United States. I pleaded for exemption from
this order for this session, urging the quasi national character of
the business we had to deal with, in connection with the dues and
benefits of the thousand members we have serving with the colors,-
but without avail.
CONCLUSION    ~   .
I cannot close this report without paying a tribute to the energy
and devotion shown by our Grand Master in the performance of
his duties during the past year. Bro. Glass has brought to the discharge of these duties an enthusiasm and zeal that our aspiring
younger members might do well to emulate; He has, I believe,
made a point of visiting every individual Lodge in the jurisdiction.
He held the opinion that this course would be preferable and more
satisfactory to the Lodges than having joint meetings where this
was possible, but it has involved the sacrifice of considerable more
time than would otherwise have been the case
The election of Bro. Glass to the office of Grand Master was a
fitting and deserved climax to a long career of useful work for the
Order, and I am quite sure he will be able, in the future, to look
back on the record of his incumbency of the office with no small
degree of pride and satisfaction.
We are now to meet in his home town, and in the Okanagan District, of which he is so proud. He worked indefatigably to secure
the meeting here, and I trust nothing will occur to cause him to regret it. His only regret is that we do not meet later in the year,
when he could regale us to the luscious peaches for which this valley is famed.
This district has a well deserved reputation for its remarkable fertility, and for the enterprise and sturdy patriotism of its citizens.
They have contributed more than their quota of their manhood to
the defence of the Empire in this critical hour of stress and trial. We
meet under several adverse conditions, but I trust that the session 4036
will prove to be harmonious and pleasant to those who take part
in it, and that its legislation and decisions may enure to the welfare
and benefit of the order in this jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted,
/
Grand Secretary
ran
reasurer s
Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to  submit the following report of my receipts and di
bursements as Grand Treasurer for the past year:
Receipts
1917
June    14—To balance from previous Grand Treasurer $ 2,306.42
June 19—
July 16—
July 17—
Oct. 1—
Nov. 30—
Dec. 14—
1918
Jan. 17—
Feb. 23—
Apl. 2—
May 9—
nterest Merchants' Bank
Cash from "Cheam" Lodge, No  28.
Grand Secretary 	
Interest Bank of B. N. A. ...
Cash from Grand Secretary
"Cheam" Lodge, No. 28
Grand Secretary 	
Disbursements
June 14th, 1917, to May 9, 1918:
By Paid Orders Nos. 351 to 454 inclusive
13.26
24.50
530.95
101.50
3,195.08
3.35
835.02
23.50
808.37
2,265.54
1,061.03
$11,169.52
$ 9.340.12
Leaving a balance in my hands  $ 1,829.40
Fraternally submitted,
.'.■"• .     _ HARRY FOOKS,
Grand Treasurer. 4037
Grand Representatives'
Report
To the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of B. C:
The ninety-third annual session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
was convened at Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17th to 21st, 1917.
On Sunday,' 16th, preceding the session, the Officers and Representatives who had arrived in the city had the privilege of attending a special Divine service, held in the First Christian Church,
Louisville, where an eloquent and inspiring sermon was delivered
by Rev. Dr. E. L. Powell.      " ~ - J
On Monday morning at 9 o'clock a grand assemblage was held
in Keith's Theatre, where addresses of welcome were delivered by
Governor Stanley, of the State of Kentucky; Dr. Buschemeyer,
Mayor of the City of Louisville; Judge W. V. Gregory, Grand
Master of the State of Kentucky; to all of which Frank C. Goudy,
Grand Sire, responded in a most acceptable and pleasing address,
in which he emphasized the duty of every Odd Fellow to display
his loyalty to his country and to his brothers who had taken up
arms in the defence of liberty and right.
At the conclusion of the Grand Sire's address, the Sovereign
Grand Lodge came to order in the auditorium of the Seelbach Hotel, tenth floor up. All the officers were present, also the following Past Grand Sires: Col. T. Campbell, Ontario; Alfred S. Pinkerton, Massachusetts; E. S. Conway, Illinois; John B. Cockrum,
Indiana; C. A. Keller, Texas; J. B. A. Robertson, Oklahoma.
In addition to those above mentioned there were present Representatives from thirty-nine Grand Lodges and thirty-one Grand
Encampments. British Columbia Representatives, were honored
by serving on committees as follows: W. Hogg, Committee on International Relations, W. A. Johnstone, on Committee on Rebekah
Degree, also on Committee on Courtesies; R. A. Perry, on Committee on Patriarchs Militant 4038
The Grand Sire issued five proclamations and four circular letters
during his first official year, partly in pursuance of the exactions
of the Code, and others because the exigencies of the times seemed
to require such action. Copies of the proclamations and letters will
no doubt be submitted by other officers to this Grand Lodge and
need not be repeated here. :*
EXCERPTS  FROM  GRAND  SIRE'S  REPORT  AND  OPEN-
ING ADDRESS TO THE S. G. L.
To the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows:
Representatives: Assembled within this beautiful city, the commercial centre of a splendid commonwealth, surrounded by a patriotic people and by a brotherhood that has ever been devoted to
Odd Fellowship I bid you welcome to the ninety-third annual communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
We meet under very trying conditions. With the entry of the
United States into the world-wide war, every country in which our
Order is established is either actually engaged in the war, or is in
such close proximity to the war's activities that its people are suffering from hunger and from disease, besides being burdened with
the duty of caring for refugees from the countries where the horrors of war are being felt in all their intensity. Countries are being laid waste, men and women and even little children are being
offered up in thousands as living sacrifices to appease the frightful
greed of Militarism, while Justice, Mercy and Fraternity stand by
looking with sad and affrighted eyes into this seething caldron of
destruction and horror, unable to stop or even stay the terrible
spectacle. We should earnestly labor to lessen the suffering and
lighten the sorrows of the victims of this madness which now holds
the world in its grip. May this day of terror soon pass away and
permanent peace be speedily restored, that men may again resume
the proper work of life.
Growth of the Order.
Under such circumstances it was not surprising that our membership decreased immediately for the first year after the war
opened, but we can now congratulate ourselves that this great fraternity has not only found its rightful work in this world-wide cal- 4039     *.
ity, but has made substantial progress, showing a net gain in subordinate membership of 7,714, and in the Rebekah Branch a net
increase of 6,881, and a total net increase of 14,943, making a grand
total of subordinate membership on December 31, 1916, 1,678,311,
and a grand total of membership in all branches of 2,203,401. Unfortunately the Encampment Branch shows a small loss in membership, leaving the grand total of Encampment membership at
232,985 members. In the language of one of my predecessors, I
can say, "Wonderful has been the development of this fraternity.
In 1819 one lodge and five members; in 1917 over 200 Grand
Bodies and considerably more than 30,000 subordinate bodies, "with
a membership of 2,203,401.
Our activities have hopefully aroused new interest in our plan of
beneficence, and the report of our Grand Secretary not only shows
an increase in membership as above stated, but an increase in the
amount of money paid out in benefits. His report also exhibits
statistical tables relative to every branch and department of the
Order, and I therefore deem it unnecessary to repeat the same in
my report. "His yearly comparisons of figures, showing, as they
do, the true condition of Odd Fellowship—the rising and ebbing of
the tide—are worthy of more attention than I fear they receive
from the great body of our membership. These totals contain in
a compact form much of our history. He who would serve our Order most must study these figures and understand the lessons they
teach."
While neither members nor the amount of money distributed is
the real measure of our labors, they both demonstrate that the Order is fulfilling the admonitions of our lamented Grand Sire, Robert
T.  Daniel, by rendering real "Service" to humanity.
EXCERPTS FROM GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT
Statistics of the Order Throughout the World From 1832 to December 31, 1916.
Including   Australasia,   Denmark,   Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland.
Initiations   in   Subordinate   Lodges     4,398,258
Members   relieved     4,707,188
Widowed Families relieved   363,743 4040
Members   deceased    488,175
Total   Relief    $173,217,556.23
Total  Revenue    $387,187,853.91
Condition of the Order Throughout the World
December 31, 1916.
Sovereign Grand Lodge   1
• Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland   6
Grand Lodges   68
Grand • Encampments  58
Subordinate  Lodges  17,860
Subordinate   Encampments    1  3,501
Rebekah   Lodges    \  9,684
Lodge   Members     1,678,311
Encampment "Members     232,985
Rebekah Lodge Members  !  759,819
Total number of persons belonging to Order   2,203,401
Total Relief paid in 1916      $6,408,855.64
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1916  $19,026,384.45
Total Expenses of Grand and Subordinate Bodies for
1916      $10,097,802.17
Invested   Funds  of   Grand  and   Subordinate   Bodies
December  31,  1916   :  $71,045,421.71
Financial
. Receipts for  Fiscal Year U        $114,582.76
Warrants on Treasurer  I        $108,527.69
Assets
S. G. L. July 31/1916 -        $287,473.83
S. G. L. July 31, 1917        $292,748.80
Increase |  $5,274.97
The following amendments and additions to the code affecting
the several Branches of our Order were enacted and are now law.
the Representatives were requested by the Grand Sire to ask the attention of their respective Grand Lodges to the legislation affecting enlisted members: ■ . . ■■    . -
4041
LEGISLATION AFFECTING THE S. G. L. CODE OF 1916.
NEW SECTIONS
A Bill to Provide Relief for Odd Fellows Who Are in the Military
and Naval Forces During the Present Emergency.
ARTICLE XXII.
i
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge:
First.—That Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments be, and
they are, hereby authorized and empowered to raise and collect
by assessments upon Subordinate Bodies or members, by voluntary
contributions, or by such other means as they may see fit to adopt,
a fund sufficient and adequate for the purposes thereof, to wit:
(a) To pay to any Subordinate Body dues which may hereafter accrue against members thereof who may be in the military or naval
forces while so serving; (b) to reimburse any Subordinate for
amounts which under its by-laws it may be required to pay as
benefits accruing while in the military or naval forces.
Second.—No member of the Order while hereafter serving in the
military or naval forces shall be suspended for non-payment of dues
or lose any right or privilege which he now has.
Third.—That to entitle them to honors as Past Officers all Officers of the Order, whether elective or appointive, shall be excused
for failure to attend any meeting when such failure is due to their
service in the military or naval forces.
Fourth.—It is hereby made the duty of Subordinate Lodges to
make a record on its minutes of each member who may be in the
military or naval forces and send a copy of such record to the
Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, who shall preserve such record and send a copy of same to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Such record shall be in such form as the Grand
Sire and Grand Secretary shall prescribe, and shall be made upon
cards prepared by the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge and furnished free of charge to Grand Secretaries of Grand
Lodges, who shall supply them to Subordinates. Such cards shall
be in two colors, white cards for use of Subordinates, and buff
cards to be sent by Grand Secretaries of Grand Lodges to the
Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, who shall arrange
and preserve them for reference. 4042
Fifth.—This article shall remain in force and effect only until
the end of the present emergency, to be fixed by proclomation of
the Grand Sire.
Sixth,—Whereas, in the opinion of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
an emergency exists, this law shall be in force from and after its
passage.—Journal, pages 227,228, 238.
An Act to Provide for the Promulgation of Information in Regard
to Fraudulent Claims for Assistance.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand1 Lodge, That any Subor-
ordinate Body or Relief Committee of this Order which finds on
investigation that any claim for assistance is fraudulent, shall report the name of the claimant, with other information in its possession, to the Grand Secretary or1 Grand Scribe of the Grand Body
of the jurisdiction in which such investigation js made, who shall
immediately report the same to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, to be promulgated by him in such manner
and at such times as in1 his judgment circumstances demand.—Jour
nal, pages 225, 226, 237.
Section lloy2.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That a new section
be added to the Code of1 General Laws, to be numbered 110*4, as
follows:
"110^4. Non-Beneficial Members of Subordinate Lodges. The
following shall be the form if visiting card issued to non-beneficial
members of Subordinate Lodges:
"To All Whom it May Concern:   This certifies that	
 who has attained the  degree, and whose
name*is written in the margin of this card in his own proper handwriting, is a non-beneficial member in good standing of	
 .-. Lodge,  No held in	
working under a charter duly granted by authority of the Grand
Lodge of* and that Brother	
is entitled to all the privileges of active members, except benefits.
We therefore recommend him to your friendship and protection
and admission into*all regular Lodges of Odd Fellows for one year
from this date and no longer. Pi
4043
In witness whereof we have subscribed our 'names and affixed
the seal of our Lodge this  day of A. D. 19	
Noble  Grand.
Recording Secretary."
—Journal, pages 167, 223, 236.
Section 661a.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Chapter 4 of
Article XVI, of the Code of General Laws, be amended by insert-
ting between Sections 661 and 662, page 312, the following:
"Section 661a. Re-Investment of Funds. The Grand Sire, the
Grand Treasurer and the Chairman of the Committee on Finance
shall have authority to sell securities constituting investments of
this Sovereign Grand Lodge for the purpose of re-investment, and
to re-invest the sums realized from such sale as provided in Section
661 for the investment of excess funds."—Journal, pages 164, 217,
233.
New Section P. M. Code.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That the Patriarchs Militant Code be amended by inserting a new paragraph as
follows:
Hospital Corps.
"Uniform of Medical and Hospital Corps. The uniform shall be
as follows: Chevaliers regulation trousers, black shoes, chevaliers
regulation fatigue coat (the Patriarchs Militant Hospital insigna
to be worn on the left sleeve midway between the elbow and shoulder). The officers' coat, in addition to the above, will have the
Patriarchs Militant Hospital insignia in silk embroidery one inch
square on the collar immediately in rear of Department letters."—
Journal, pages 213, 225, 237.
AMENDMENTS TO SECTIONS
Section 1.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 1 of
the Code of General Laws be, and the same hereby is, amended by
striking out of the third and fourth lines thereof the words "during
such sickness or disability" and by striking out of the title of said 4044
section the last word of said title, being the word "compulsory"; so
that said section as amended shall read as follows:
"Section 1. Payment of Weekly Sick Benefits. Every Subordinate Lodge of the Order shall pay to its sick or disabled benefi-
ciery members in good standing, as defined by its own by-laws or
the laws of the Grand Lodge, weekly benefits as prescribed by the
laws of the Order."—Journal, pages 148, 173, 178, 179, 180.
Section 3.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge,, That Section 3 of
the Code of General Laws, be, and the same hereby is, amended by
stirking out of the third and fourth lines of said section the words
"and not less than $1 per week thereafter"; so that said section
when amended shall read as follows:
"Section 3. Amount of Weekly Benefits—Minimum. The benefits paid by Subordinate Lodges shall not be less than $2 per week
until the Brother shall have received 52 weeks' benefits, and shall
be paid weekly. -The provisions of this section shall not apply to
Subordinate Encampments."—Journal, pages 148, 173, 178, 180, 181.
Section 6.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 6 of
the Code of General Laws be, and the same hereby is, amended by
striking out of the sixth and seventh lines of said section the words
"not lower than the minimum prescribed by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge," and by adding to said section a further paragraph, as follows :
"Grand Bodies shall have power and authority to enact laws
abolishing weekly benefits after the payment of 52 weeks' benefits
or authorizing the Subordinates of such Grand Bodies to abolish weekly benefits after the payment of 52 weeks' benefits"; so
that said section 6, when amended, shall read as follows:
"Section 6. Grand Bodies May Enact Laws Relating to Benefits.
Grand Bodies shall have power and authority to enact all laws, not
inconsistent with the laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, upon the
subject of benefits, and may alter or amend the same, may prescribe the amount of indebtedness or the period of delinquency
which shall render a member non-beneficial, may fix a specific
amount to be paid per week as sick benefits by all their Subordi- 4045
nates, may designate the funeral widows' and orphans' benefits
that shall be paid, and may enact regulations respecting the manner
in which attentive benefits shall be rendered, or they may, in their
discretion, delegate such authority to their Subordinates to be exercised by by-law.
"Grand Bodies shall have power and authority to enact laws
abolishing weekly benefits after the payment of 52 weeks' benefits
or authorizing the Subordinates of such Grand Bodies to abolish
weekly benefits after the payment of 52 weeks' benefits."—Journal,
pages 147, 173, 178, 179.
Section 319.
Be it enactedby the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 319 of
the Code of General Laws be amended by adding after the word
"Subordinates" in the second and third lines of said section the
words, "and Grand Lodges shall have power to authorize Rebekah
Assemblies," so that said section when amended shall read as follows:
"Section 319. Grand Bodies May Authorize. Grand Lodges and
Grand Encampments shall have power to authorize their Subordinates, and Grand Lodges shall have power to authorize Rebekah
Assemblies to set aside not exceeding 10 per cent, of their income
from all sources as a contingent fund to be used in defraying such
incidental expenses as will tend to carry out and exemplify the
spirit of Odd Fellowship and advance its interests, though not within the purposes for which such funds are otherwise required or permitted to be expended. Such special fund shall not be used for the
pleasure or gratification of* the individual members, but may be
used in such' ways as are calculated to advance interest in the Order and its work."—Journal, pages 212, 229, 238.
Section 699.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 699 of
the Code of General Laws be hereby amended by adding after the
word "jurisdiction" in the fourth line of said section the following,
"unless the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe of any jurisdiction
should notify the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
that a less number will be sufficient and satisfactory, so that said
section as amended shall read as follows: 4046
"Section 699. Revised Journal—How Distributed. Each Grand;
Lodge and Grand Encampment shall be furnished 10 copies of the
Revised Journal for its own use and, in addition thereto, a copy
for each Subordinate under its jurisdiction, unless the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe of any jurisdiction should notify the Grand
Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge that a less number will
be sufficient and satisfactory. Each Rebekah Assembly and Department Council shall be furnished five copies and each Grand Officer, Past Grand Sire and Grand Representative shall be furnished
five copies. Each Subordinate Lodge, Encampment, Rebekah
Lodge and Canton under the immediate jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge shall receive one copy, and each Odd Fellows'
Home shall be furnished one copy. It shall be the duty of Grand
Secretaries and Grand Scribes to furnish the Grand Secretary of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, on or before the fifteenth of October
of each year, the number of* Subordinates under their respective
jurisdictions, and in the event that such information shall not be
furnished the Grand Secretary shall, in determining the number of
copies to be forwarded to such jurisdiction, use the last preceding
report."—Journal, pages 149, 223, 236.
Section 6, P. M. Code.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 6 of
the Code of Laws of the Patriarchs Militant be amended by adding
after the word "appointed" in the sixth line of said paragraph the
words "and commissioned," so that the section as amended shall
read as follows:
"Section 6. The Grand Sire of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Independent Oredr of Odd Fellows, shall be ex-officio Commander-
in-Chief of the Patriarchs Militant, and the Grand Secretary of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge shall be the Adjutant-General. The active
command of the Patriarchs Militant shall be vested in an officer
with the rank of General, who shall be appointed and commissioned
by the Grand Sire, subject to the approval of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, and who shall hold his office for a term of two years, or
until his successor is appointed and qualified. The Grand Sire
shall have the power to remove such officer at any ti'me for cause
and appoint a successor, who shall serve until the next session of
I- 4047
the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He shall receive as compensation for
his services and expenses such sums as the Sovereign Grand Lodge
shall determine at each annual session."—Journal, pages 213, 224,
237.
Section 126, P. M. Code.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 126
of the Patriarchs Militant Code be amended by inserting in the'
first line of said section after the words "Grand Decoration," the
words "or Decoration," and striking out the word "degree" in the
last line and inesrting the words "either of these Decorations,' and
adding the words: "The papers patent shall be signed by the Department Commander and Adjutant," so that the section as
amended shall read:
"Sec. 126. Candidates for the Grand Decoration or Decoration
of Chivalry must purchase a jewel or deposit the money to buy
same, and the papers patent, before either of these decorations may
be conferred. The papers, patent shall be signed by the Department Commander and Adjutant."—Journal, pages 210, 218, 235.'
« Section 172, P. M. Code.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That Section 172
of the Patriarchs Militant Code be amended by striking out the
word "January," so that inspections can be held in the months of
"October, November and December, or previous to the installation
of officers for the ensuing year," so that the section as amended
shall read:
"Section 172. Inspection of Cantons and the Forwarding of Reports. The date of inspection of cantons is hereby changed to the
months of October, November and December, or previous to the
installation of officers for the ensuing year, and the reports of the
inspection shall be forwarded to the Department Commander, and
by him endorsed to show the result of the inspection of each canton, and then by him forwarded to the Inspector-General."—Journal, pages 209, 219, 235.
CONSTRUCTION OF SECTIONS
Section 2.
Encampment May Have Both Beneficial and Non-Beneficial
Members.   It is permissible for a Subordinate Encampment to have 4048
both beneficial and non-beneficial members, provided the Grand;
Encampment of its jurisdiction has enacted legislation to that effect—Journal, pages 25, 172, 178.
May Provide Admission Fee of Beneficial and Non-Beneficial
Member Shall Be the Same. A Subordinate Encampment may provide that the admission fee for beneficial and non-beneficial members shall be the same, and provision can also be made that the
dues be fixed at different amounts for each of such classes of members.—Journal, pages 25, 172, 178.
Beneficial Member May Be Reinstated as Beneficial or Non-
Beneficial Member. When the by-laws of an Encampment provide
for both beneficial and non-beneficial members, a beneficial member who has been suspended for non-payment of dues can be reinstated as either a beneficial or non-beneficial member.—Journal
pages 25, 172, 178.
Section 30.
Member Entering Military Service of Nation Other Than That
of Country of His Lodge Entitled to Benefits. Odd Fellowship
is not a national but an international institution.
A member of a lodge who enters the military service of a nation
other than that of the country in which the lodge to which he belongs is located, and who, while engaged in such military Service,
becomes sick within the definition established by the Order, and
who is otherwise qualified, is entitled to benefits.—Journal, pages
26,172, 178.
Section 36.
Illegal to Compromise Controversy Over Benefits Due. It is
not legal for a Lodge which has a controversy with a member over
the benefits due him to compromise such controversy by an agreement for the payment of a limited sum of money and the placing of
the brother's name on the rolls as a non-beneficiary member thereafter.—Journal, pages 34, 172, 178.
Section 77.
I Official Certificate Should Express Highest Rank of Holder.
The official certificate should express the highest rank of the
holder, whether such rank has been obtained by service, by election
or by appointment.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178. 4049
Section 110.
Non-Contributing Member Should Be Given Non-Contributing
Visiting Card. A non-contributing veteran member should be given
a visiting card, as provided in Section 110 of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge Code of 1915.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Section 250.
Permissible to Organize Odd Fellows' Club. It is permissible
for the members in good standing of an Odd Fellows' Lodge to
organize an Odd Fellows' Club for purely social purposes.
If organized under the jurisdiction of a Lodge, or association of
Lodges, it would be permissible to use the name and emblems of
the Order, provided the consent of the Grand Lodge be first obtained.    (Sovereign Grand Lodge Code 250 b.)
Such name or emblems must not be used in the transaction of
business other than that pertaining' directly to the Order.—Journal,
pages 25, 172, 178.
Section 279.
Advance Dues Refunded. When the dues of a member are paid
in advance and his membership is terminated, such dues should be
refunded to him, whether such termination of membership is effected by withdrawal, resignation, expulsion, or otherwise.—Journal,
pages 28, 172, 178.
Section 318.
Illegal to Expend Funds of Rebekah Assemblies for Per Capita
Tax to Association of Rebekah Assemblies. Rebekah Funds are
"trust funds" and cannot be legally diverted to any other channel,
or used for any other purpose than that for which they are raised.
The Association of Rebekah Assemblies is not officially recognized by the Order. The expenditure of the funds of a Rebekah
Assembly for the purpose of paying a per capita tax to the Association of Rebekah Assemblies, and for the purpose of paying the
expenses of a representative attending the meetings of said Association, is not a legitimate expenditure of the funds of a Rebekah
Assembly.—Journal, pages 33, 172, 178.
Sections 356 and 357.
Grand Master's Ruling, if Ratified, Gives Authority to Subordinates.    In cases where the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code has given 4050
to Grand Bodies authority to permit Subordinate Bodies to take
certain action and a Grand Body has not acted under such authority its Subordinate Bodies cannot take such action. If, however, a
Grand Master has ruled that its Subordinates may take that specified action and his Grand Lodge thereafter ratifies and approves
such decision, then such decision nd its ratification shall be sufficient grant of authority to its Subordinate Bodies under such optional legislation.—Journal, pages 40, 172, 178.
Sections 373, 396, 585, 590-592, 770, 809-815, 875 and 877.
Rights of Third Degree Member in Good Standing. A member in
good standing in a Lodge and possessing the third degree is entitled to speak and vote on all questions, including election of Officers, to receive the semi-annual password, and to be installed into
office, if elected thereto, and if otherwise eligible.—Journal, pages
26, 196, 208.
Section 392.
Grand Master Cannot Pass Upon Validity of Act of Grand
Lodge. A Grand Master has no authority to pass upon the validity of an act of his Grand Lodge.—Journal, pages 25, 172, 178.
Section 395.
Grand Lodge Cannot Direct Subordinate Lodge to Suspend Member. A Grand Lodge which has tried a member for an offence
against the Grand Lodge has no authority to direct the Subordinate
Lodge of which he is a member to suspend such member for one
year or for any space of time. Such an order made by a Grand
Lodge is void and cannot be enforced.—Journal, pages 25, 172, 178.
||Section 397.
Grand Chaplain Must Be Apointed. Section 397 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code, providing that the Grand Chaplain of the
Orand^Lodge shall be appointed by the Grand Master, is the law of
the Order and supersedes the constitution of the Grand Lodge.
The constitution of~a Grand Lodge providing for the election of
the Grand Chaplain should be amended so as to conform to the
above.—Jounal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Section 412.
Officer Appointed to Fill Vacancy Holds Office Until Successor
Js Elected and Installed,    When an officer of a Grand Body dies 4051
during the recess of the Grand Body, and the constitution provides
that the Presiding Officer shall fill such vacancy by a special appointment until the next regular" session of such Grand Body, the
Officer so appointed shall hold such office until his successor is
elected and installed. The first business before such Grand Body
at its next regular session (after being properly organized) would
properly be to elect and install an Officer for such office.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Sections 473 and 476.
Person Unable to Read or Write Eligible. Inability to read or
write does not render a person ineligible to join and Odd Fellows'
Lodge.—Journal, pages 22, 172, 178.
Loss of Right Arm Does Not Debar. An applicant who has lost
his right arm is not thereby debarred from membersiiip. The
matter is under the control of the Grand Lodge or local Lodge.
(See Busbee's Digest, Section 888.)—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Member Receiving Initiatory and First Degree Cannot Be Advanced if Ineligible. A member of a Lodge who has received the
initiatory and first degree, and who subsequently learns that he has
some colored blood in his veins, is not eligible to be advanced in
the Order.—Journal, pages 28, 219, 236.
Section 500.
Rebekah Veteran Member Cannot Be Dropped. A member of a
Rebekah Lodge who has become over the age of 60 and who has
been a contributing member for the past twenty-five consecutive
years cannot be dropped for non-payment of dues. (Journal 1913,
Report 143, pages 427, 444.)—Journal, pages 25, 172, 179.
Section 505.
Investigating Committee Can Be Standing Committee.. The Investigating Committee can be appointed as a Standing Committee
for the entire year if the laws of the Grand Body so provide.—
Journal, pages 26, 173, 178.
Section 511.
Law Providing Rejected Candidate Cannot Be Proposed for Membership for Six Months Also Appplies to Application on Withdrawal Card.    When the law of a Grand Lodge provides that "in 4052
case a candidate for membership in the lodge is rejected, he cannot
be proposed for membership for a- space of six months after such
rejection, such law applies to the case of one applying for membership on a withdrawal card.—Journal, pages 28, 172, 178.
Section 528.
Degree Staff at District Meeting Cannot Initiate. A degree staff
at a district meeting can only exemplify the degree and cannot
confer it by initiation. Candidates must be initiated in the Lodge
electing them to membership, but such Lodge may invite the degree
staff of another Lodge to confer the degree in the Lodge electing
the candidate.
Report 43 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Journal for 1913,
amending Decision 34, as above, is the law of the Order, not having been abrogated by the Code of 1915.
The second sentence is as binding as the first.—Journal, pages 26,
172, 178.
Section 558.
Effect of Restoration by Subordinate on Membership in-Rebekah
Branch. Membership in a Rebekah Lodge is dependent upon the
brother's continuous good standing in his Subordinate Lodge, and
a brother suspended for non-payment of dues in his Subordinate
Lodge is by reason thereof suspended from membership in the Rebekah Lodge to which he belongs. Such suspension in his Rebekah Lodge dates from the date of his suspension in his Subordinate Lodge. When the brother's disabilities are removed in the
Subordinate Lodge, and he is restored to good standing therein,
he becomes ipso facto reinstated in his Rebekah Lodge, provided
he is not in arrears for dues in such Rebekah Lodge.
Section 558 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code does not apply
to the membership of a brother in a Rebekah Lodge; neither does
said section repeal the provisions of Section 2625 of Busbee's Digest, as above.—Journal, pages 24, 172, 178.
Section 594.
President of District Convention No Rights to Communicate
Password. The passwords of the order should be communicated
only as provided in the ritual and in accordance with the provisions
of Section 579-594 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code, '\,
4053
A District Convention is not a Lodge, and the President of such
convention has none of the rights of a Noble Grand of a Lodge
pertaining to the communication of passwords of the Order.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178/ /       * *    ;i
Member Must Be Examined Before Being Advanced. The Sovereign Grand Lodge has not expressly designated the manner in
which the examination of a candidate shall be conducted as to his
proficiency in one degree before he can be advanced to the next.
Logic, reason and experience combine, however, in teaching us that
th proper form and time of examination is an oral examination in
open Lodge, and that it shall cover every item of the work.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Noble Grand Must Communicate Password or Cause Same to Be
Communicated. The Noble Grand of the Lodge is the only person
who has a right to communicate the semi- annual password, or
cause the same to be communicated.—Jonrnal, pages 28, 172, 178.
Section 611.
Regalia Must Not Be Worn at Religious Service Without
Dispensation. The members of a Lodge may attend a religious
service in a body without a dispensation. The regalia must not be
worn on such occasions unless a proper dispensation be granted.
If they wish to wear the regalia, they should have a dispensation
from the proper authority for that purpose.—Journal, pages 26, 172,
178. ■;'.   •" . . .        - ' ::
The Subject Matter Covered by Section 2 of Busbee's Digest Not
Repealed. The omission by the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code of
any reference to the subject matter covered by Section 2 of Busbee's Digest does not repeal such provisions. See Decision 3,
Journal 1916, as amended by Report 17, pages 51 and 60 of such
Journal: "In the adoption of this new Code, only such laws of this
Sovereign Grand Lodge inconsistent with said Code were repealed."
Journal, pages 24, 172, 178.
Section 628.
Proper for Jewels for Grand Encampment to Be Fashioned from
Copper. It is proper for a Grand Encampment to have the jewels
for the Grand Encampment fashioned from solid copper produced 4054
from one of the mines of the jurisdiction,—Journal, pages 33, 172,
178.
Sections 746 and 760.
Fees for Duplicate Charters for Subordinates Fixed by Grand
Bodies. Section 261 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Code applies
only to the charge or fees for the issuance of duplicate charters
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.—Journal, pages 24, 172, 178.
Duplicate Charters to Be Exact Duplicate. In issuing a duplicate charter to a Subordinate Lodge to take the place of one destroyed, ^such duplicate charter shall be an exact duplicate of the
original charter and shall bear the names of the charter members
as they appearsd on such original charter. There can be but one
original charter.—Journal, pages 24, 172, 178.
Section 811.
When Quorum is Present Action Taken Legal Though Less
Than Quorum Vote. Action taken by a Lodge on a proposition
when a quorum is present is legal, even though less than a "quorum
vote on such proposition.—Journal, pages 26, 172, 178.
Noble Grand Has Right to Vote. The Noble Grand is a member
of the Lodge and has a right to vote on any question that comes
before the Lodge, and under Section 811, Sovereign Grand Lodge
Code, may be required to vote.—Journal, pages 33, 172, 178.
Section 832.
Senior Warden Second Officer of Encampment. The Senior
Warden of an Encampment is the second Officer of the Encampment, and in the absence of the Chief Patriarch the Senior Warden
shall preside.—Journal, -pages 25, 172, 178.
Section 878. x   . fl
Lady Past Noble Grands Cannot Be Used as Grand Lodge Officers. It is neither legal nor proper at the public installation of Officers of a Subordinate Lodge to use Past Noble Grands of a Rebekah Lodge (ladies) as Grand Lodge Officers.—Journal, pages 25,
172, 178. ; - |j|"f ■■'•'   v
REKEKAH CODE.
Section 6.
Wife  of Holder  of Unexpired Withdrawal  Card Ineligible.    A
woman whose husband holds an unexpired withdrawal card is not 4055
eligible to join a Rebekah Lodge.    (See 1902 Journal, pages 538,
539, 988, 1004.)—Journal, pages 25, 173, 178.
Sections 7 and 16.
District Association Cannot Be Opened in Rebekah Degree Nor
Exemplify the Work. A District Association of Rebekah Lodges
is not recognized by the Order as a Lodge organization; therefore,
a District Association may not be opened in the Rebekah Degree,
and may not use the signs or passwords of the Order, in examination or otherwise. Neither can such District Organization exemplify
the work of the Rebekah Degree. The exemplification of the Rebekah Degree, and instruction in the secret work, should be given
at a meeting of a Rebekah Lodge.—Journal, pages 27, 172, 178.
Section 34.
Grand Representative Not Entitled to Rebekah Assembly Degree Unless Otherwise Qualified. Unless otherwise qualhied a
Grand Representative-elect is not, by virtue of his election alone,
entitled to the Rebekah Assembly Degree.—Journal, pages 26, 172,
178.
The proposed amendment to Section 2, Article 16, of the Sovereign Grand Lodge Constitution, making the minimum age for admission 18 years, was lost.   The vote stood: Yeas, 107; nays, 99.
The porposed amendment to Section 1, Article 12, providing for
biennial sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, was defeated, 107
voting for and 98 against.
The next session of the S. G. L. is to be held at St. Louis, Mo.,
September, 1918. It was also agreed that.the Centennial Session,
1919, should be held at Baltimore, Md.. A committee have arrangements for a fitting celebration in hand.
The following proposed amendments are pending action of the
Sovereign Grand "Lodge thereon at its next session.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Proposed at September Session, 1917.
Amedment 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 4056
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 "biennially" in lieu thefeof, by striking out
the words "one year" 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 State, 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
biennially by rotation; provided, however, that State, District and
Territorial Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments 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 bienninally 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 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 230.
Amendment to Section 1, Article XII.
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 1922, and thereafter 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 1922, and thereafter it
shall meet biennially on the same date.    It may also meet-on its 4057
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, tht if it shall be impracticable, from the prevalence
of contagious disease ot* 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 ejiiergency occurs, such power may be exercised
by the Grand Sire."—Journal, page 231.
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Amendment to Section 2, Article XVI.
"Section.2. No person shall be entitled to admission to the Order except free white males of good, moral character who have arrived at the age of 21 years, and who believes in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe; provided, however,
that in Australia, New Zealand and other countries not on the Continent of North America, in which the Order has been or may hereafter be established, and a Grand Lodge or Grand Lodges formed,
the qualifications as to age shall be left to local legislation," be and
the same is hereby amended by striking out the word "twenty-one"
where it appears in the third line of said section and inserting in
lieu thereof "eighteen," so that said section, when so amended, shall
read as follows:
"Section 2. No person shall be entitled to admission to the Order except free white males of good moral character, who have arrived at the age of eighteen years, and who believe in a Supreme
Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe; provided, that in
Australia, New Zealand and other countries not on the Continent
of North America, in which the Order has been or may hereafter
be established, and a Grand Lodge or Grand Lodges formed, the
qaulification as to age shall be left to local legislation."—Journal,
page 231. -
Your Representatives cannot close without expressing their appreciation   of   the   kind   thoughtfulness   shown   by   the   Reception 4058
Committee of the City of Louisville and all the brethren with whom
they mingled. Many enjoyable functions were provided for entertainment.
The parade held on Wednesday was a grand and inspiring affair,
many of the best Lodges in the neighboring States joining in the
procession.
In conclusion, your Representatives wish to express to this
Grand Lodge their thankful appreciation of the honor and confidence reposed in them, and trust that their humble efforts may
dence reposed in them, and trust that their humble efforts to fulfill their duties may meet with your approval.
W. A. JOHNSTONE,
WM. HOGG, P
Grand Representatives.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Committee on Distribution: W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No.
26; F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42; and W. Hogg, P.G.M.,
No 10. fr , ■ •
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint
Special Committees on Correspondence, Rebekah Branch,
Resolutions and Necrology, and would also increase the
number of members forming Committees to six, for the
present session.
The Past Grands in waiting were admitted, and the
Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following: W.
Farquhar, No. 2; D. Gordon, No, 6; A. M. Rockwell, No.
7; T. Deacon, No. 8; W. Thomas, No. 10; W. Beveredge,
No. 11; R. Hodson, D. Blackwell, No. 12; J. Leese, No. 13;
G. I. Harron, No. 14; C. Lemax, No. 15; E. H. Sadler, No.
16; J. Foxcroft, No. 19; A. M. McCallum, No. 20; W: W.
Smith, No. 22; G. Morrow,. No. 27; D. L> MacKenzie, No.
38; R. Turner, No. 39; W. E. Graham, No. 40; W. G. Robinson, No. 42; E. J. Fowler, No. 43;   D. Fleming, C. D. 4059
Pearson, No. 45; T. Lloyd, M. Rukin, No. 46; D. G.
Harvey, A. E. Ferguson, No. 47; F. L. Sugden, A. C. Fowler, No. 48; H. Hinton, C. E. Small, F. Bassett, No. 53;
M. Lundgren, No. 52; S. Hampton, No. 54; G. Jones, No.
55; H. E. Harbell, No. 56; H. W. Power, No. 57: M.
Byrns, M. A. Alsgard, No. 59; J. T. McDonald, No. 61; A.
J. McNeill, NO. 62; H. M. Daggett, No. 63; E. W. H.
Bennett, No 66. „ ".""';
A recess was declared to receive deputations in
waiting".
The Grand Master appointed A. Hendersoon, P.G.M.,
No. 2, and W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4, to retire and introduce the deputations, which they accordingly did.
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Reeve Smith, on behalf of the Municipality, the Reverends Ewing and Miller on behalf of the Churches, Mr.
McKenzie, M.P.P., chairman, on behalf of the Board of
Trade; Capt. Esterbrook and Messrs. Morley and Mutch
on behalf of "Orion" Lodge, No. 51, A. F. & A. M., and Bro.
O. E. Fisher, P.G., on behalf of "Penticton" Lodge, No. 51,
I.O.O.F., addressed the Grand Lodge and extended coordial
greetings and welcome to Penticton and expressed their
best wishes for the success of the meeting and the welfare
of our Order.
These kind expressions of good will were appropriately
responded to by the Grand Master, on behalf of the Grand
Lodge.
The deputations having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed business.
A-telegram was read from the Grand Lodge of Ontario,
now in session at Hamilton, with fraternal greetings and
best wishes. On motion the telegram was ordered to be
received and the Grand Secretary instructed to suitably
acknowledge it.
A telegram was read from Bro. P. Demartini, from
Nelson, stating that he had been elected by "Corbin" Lodge, 4060
No. 64, as a Representative, in the place of Bro. J. Virgo,
and would arrive at Penticton this evening.
On motion, this telegram was ordered to be received,
and referred to the Committee on Credentials.
A telegram was read from R. P. Gale, Mayor of the
City of Vancouver, extending a cordial invitation to the
Grand Lodge to meet in that city next year and assuring it
a hearty reception.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the telegram be
received, and laid on the table until tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing Committees and«also to constitute the
Special Committees, which when complete were as
follows:
-. - Finance.—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M.,
No. 4; M. A. Alsgard, No. 59; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; W.
Thomas, No. 10.
Appeals.—T. Howell, No. 9; R. McLean, No. 16; G. A. Murray, No. 14; W. Farquhar, No. 2;   R. Hodson, No. 12;   A. Adams,
No. 27. .,'■ • ; Jl|
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; P. A. MacLean, No.
1; E. W. H. Bennett, No. 66; T. Deacon, No. 8; C. A. Paton, No.
25;   T. Embleton, No. 36.        ' - ||
Petitions.—R. Livingstone, No. 1; C. Willarson, No. 52; J. W.
Burr, No. 23; F. Farrow, No. 55; J. F. Sugden, No. 48; J. Craw-
shaw, No. 18.
State of the Order.—W. J. Holland, No. 10; J. F. Watkins, No.
26; A. Acheson, No. 61; R. Brown, No. 47; H. E. W. Harbell, No 56.
Legislation.—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; J. R. McKenzie, No.
5; D. Nunn, No. 29; H. M. Daggett, No. 63; M. J. Phillips, No. 3;
G. I. Harron, No. 14.
Judiciary.—J. D. Swanson, No. 9; E. A. Burnett, No. 61; J.
Bell, No. 4; W. E. Graham, No. 40; G. Morrow, No. 27; C. S.
Barton, 24. 4061
Mileage and Per Diem.—O. E. Fisher, No. 51; J. T. Wood,
No. 34; A. Kerr, No. 43; E. C. Turner, No. 3; F Sweeney, No.
36;   A. P. McConnell, No. 2.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; M. Rukin, No. 46; G. Jones, No.
55;  W. G. Robinson, No. 42;   O. A. Weekes, No. 7;   D. Blackwell,
No, 12.        ■ ' jf- .   . '•    . ;
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; A. J.
McNeill, No. 62; W. Beveridge, No. 11; T. Lloyd, No. 46; C.
Lemax, No. 15; A. McCallum, No. 20.
Correspondence.—H..W. Power, No. 57; J. Foxcroft, No. 19; D.
Gordon, No. 6; L. McKenzie, No. 38; A. E. Bradshaw, No 5; J.
Leese, No. 13.
Rebekah Degree.—W. F. McKenzie, No. 19; H. L. Calvert,
No. 28; H. D. Evans, No. 17; J. A. Dillabough, No. 8; W. W.
Smith, No. 22;   E. J. Fowler, No. 43
Resolutions.—W. W. Walkem, No. 6; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50;
E. E. Elliott, No. 60; N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21; A. E. Ferguson,
No. 47;   A. M. Rockwell, No.  7. •
Credentials.—Grand Secretary; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4;
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; S. Hampton, No. 54; P. De-
martini, No. 64.
Distribution.—W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26; F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No 42; W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10; C. D. Pearson,
No. 45;   R. 'Turner, No. 39;   J. S. Harper, No. 60.
Necrology.—W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26; Rev. W. A.
Crux, G. Chap., No. 27; D. E. MacKenzie', P.G.M., No. 3; F. E.
Simpson,  P.G.M., No. 42;   T. Embleton, P.G.M., No.  36.
The Grand Master presented the following Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
SUPPLEMENTARY   REPORT   OF   THE   GRAND   MASTER
Additional Reports Frcm District Deputy Grand Masters
Bro. Wm. A. Golden, D.D.G.M. of District No. 35, reports
that: The officers of Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, were installed at
the prescribed times. Granted a dispensation on October 31st,
1917, for annual dinner, made one official visit, accompanied the
Grand Master and Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M., P.G.R., on the occasion of the former's official visit to the Lodge.    No decisions were 4062
rendered.    Conditions of the Order improving;   16 new members
were initiated and 2 admitted by card during 1917.
Jos. W. Burr, D.D.G.M. of District No. 20, reports:
Installed the officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 including the
N.G., V.G. and Recording Secretary on August 1st, 1917, and installed the Treasurer and appointed Officers August 8th, and on
June 9th 1918 installed all the Officers in due form. No Dispensations issued. Made one official visit while accompanying the
Grand Master on his officitl visit, to the L"dge. Rendered no
■Decisions.
Bro. Burr reports Ashcroft Lodge in a flourishing condition
financially, but very few new members added, principally owing
to  the  war.    All  members  working  harmoniously  together.
Bro. John Lowery, D.D.G,M. of District No. 4, Ladysmith,
reports as follows:
Owing to Bro. James King entering the service of his country,
the Lodge again recommended me as District Deputy to complete
the term.
The officers of Harmony Lodge were duy installed on July 16th
last by the District Deputy, Bro. King, P.G., and by myself on
January 21st of this year.
Under a progressive staff of officers and assisting members
this Lodge has shown marked improvement during the year. By
a systematic campaign 20 additional members have been added to
the  rolls,  and all  of them are  of the finest material.
We have quite a large number of members serving at the
front and two have  already made the   supreme  sacrifice.
Bro. F. West, D.D.G.M., District No. 21, reports: '       \
Installed the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28 on July 12th,
1917,   and  on   January   17th,   1918.    No   dispensations   granted.
Made an official visit with the Grand Master on June 31st, 1918.
No  decisions  rendered.
The   condition   of   the   Order   in   the   District   is   very   good.
Cheam* Lodge has ten members in active service.
DISPENSATIONS   GRANTED
To  Eureka Lodge,  No.  50,  Enderby, to  remove  charter to  a
new hall, December 15th, 1917.
To  Boundary Valley Lodge,  No.  38,   Greenwood,  to  remove
charter to new hall. 4063
PRESENTATION OF VETERAN JEWELS j
January 18th, presented a Veteran's Jewel to Bro. Daniel
Campbell at a meeting of Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, from
Tomifobia Lodge, No. 18, at Stanstead, Quebec.
DECISIONS -. :;
From Penticton Lodge, No. 51, Penticton.
Question: Can a member holding a Dismissal Certificate be
balloted for as an Ancient Odd Fellow.
Answer:    No.
See Busbee's Digest, page 302. S. G. L. Journal, 1900, at 514,
827 and 873. "The holder of a Dismissal Certificate is not an
'Ancient  Odd  Fellow/" || I ||
From Gateway Lodge, No. 45.
Question: Is it an obligation incumbent on I. O. O. F.
Lodges in this Jurisdiction to relieve all Odd Fellow members
while in military or naval service from payment of dues?
Answer: Every such brother, a member of your Lodge, who
at the time of enlistment was good on your books, is to be kept
in that condition. This is, as I understand, the legislation at the
recent session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
During my official visits to the City of Vancouver I was
requested to call upon a poor invalided brother by the name of
F. Parker, who is a returned soldier and is a member in good
standing of "Harmony" Lodge, No. 106, of Portland, Oregon. I
visited the unfortunate brother in company with the officers of the
General Relief Board of the City of Vancouver and gathered from
him the treatment he was receiving from his lodge, which I
consider very discreditable. I represented this case to the Grand
Master of the jurisdiction of Oregon, but to this day I have
received no reply. Bro. A. G. Gulland, the secretary of the
General Relief Board, at Vancouver, has just written 'me on the
matter, and his letter is attached. In my reply to Bro. Gulland
I have advised' him that the only thing_ I can do at this late
hour is to refer the case to the Grand Lodge, and perhaps the
committee to whom it may be referred will recommend that the
case be banded over to the incoming Grand Master to take up
with the new Grand Master of Oregon, I therefore submit the
case for your consideration, 4064
The Secretary of "Harmony" Lodge, No. 106, of Portland, in
his reply to Bro. Parker's claim io* his just benefits, told him that
as he had turned his back upon his own country to fight for a
foreign country, he would have to look to ,them for his sick benefits.
Bro. Parker, I understand, came over to Vancouver to enlist before
the United States had entered the (war. This is a deserving case
and is no doubt a burden upon the General Relief Board of
Vancouver.
Fraternally yours,
J.tH. GLASS,
Grand Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following Supplementary Report, .which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
GRAND SECRETARY'S SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I. O. O. F.:
Since my report was written "Welcome" Rebekah Lodge, No.
11, has been instituted at South Vancouver by Sister Rose Campbell, D.D.P., on the 29th May, ,1918.
A Petition has been received and a Dispensation has been
issued for the institution of "Redland" Rebekah Lodge, No. ,12,
at Penticton. It is proposed to institute this Lodge during the
time the Grand Lodge is in f session.
A Petition has been received for a Charter to institute a
Rebekah Lodge at Sandon which will be submitted,at this session.
So far 459 Registration Cards have been received from 29
Lodges containing information respecting members who have
joined :the military and naval forces during the present war. Of
this number 28 are reported as having been killed in action, or
died while on service, and 9 as having been discharged invalided,
leaving 423 the number still serving, adding to this 309 previously reported by Lodges which have not as yet sent in the cards,
it would appear that there are 721 members now serving with the
colors.
^ FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following report, which was ordered to lay on the table until the
afternoon session: 4065
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I. O. O. F.: /
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that {the
Reports of the Grand Officers, be referred to the respective Committees in the following manner:
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of ^ the Order—Pages 1 to 21
inclusive; the reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters on
Pages 27 to 34 inclusive as far as relates fto the condition .of the
Order in their respective districts; letter from "Slocan" Lodge
re Grand Secretary, "Recommendations," "Funeral Aid Association,", on Page 35; "Correspondence with Grand Sire" on Pages
35 to 39 inclusive; Emblematic "Pin," Fraternal Delegates and
Conclusion on Pages 41 and 42.
To the Committee on Judiciary—"Decisions" and Dispensations granted on Page 22 to 27 inclusive; Decisions rendered and
Dispensations issued by D.D.G.M.'s of Districts Nos. 1, 3, 7, 8^9,
10, 15, 17, 23, 24, 29 and 36; "Appointments," Page 34; "Proclamations and Circular Letters," Pages 39 to 41 inclusive.
To   the   Committee   on   Petitions—"Dispensations   Deferred,"
'age 27
Rebekah
To    the    Committee    on    Rebekah    Branch—"The
Branch," on Page ,35.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Page 43 | (except
portion referring to Charter for Rebekah Lodge); "Statistical,"
Pages 44 and 45;   Pages 55 to 60 inclusive.
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 47 to 54 inclusive.
To the Committee on Petitions—Portion of Page 43 respecting
Petitions  for   Rebekah   Lodges.
To the Committee on Rebekah Branch—"Rebekah Lodges,"
on Pages 45.and 46.
Grand Treasurer's Report—To the Committee on Finance.
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Grand Representatives' Report
To the Committee on Legislation—Those portions relating to
the legislation of the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge
affecting the  Code of General Laws, at Pages 65 to 79 inclusive,
N 4066
President of Rebekah Assembly's Report—Decisions on Pages
16 and 17.
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Grand Secretary's Supplementary Report
To the  Committee  on Petitions—The  Petitions for Rebekah
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Lodges at South Vancouver, Penticton and Sandon.
To the Committee on State of the Order—Portion re Cards
of soldiers, etc.
Supplementary Report of Grand Master
To the Committee on State of the Order—Reports of D.D.
G. M.'s with reference to the condition of the Order in their
districts.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Dispensations issued by
D.D.G.M. District No. 35; Dispensations granted by Grand Master;
DecisionsJfof Grand Master; Correspondence with "Gateway"
Lodge, No. 35, re status of enlisted members.
To a Special Committee, the correspondence between the
Grand Master and the secretary of the General Relief Board,
Vancouver, respecting the case of Bro. F. Parker, a member of
"Harmony" Lodge, No. 106, Portland, Oregon.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried:   That the Grand
Lodge do* now adjourn to Two o'clock p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
: AFTERNOON SESSION ;
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2.30 p.m., all the
Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
The Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace,
after which the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
R-  The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Report of the Committee on Distribution was
taken from the table and was, on motion, adopted.' . •
4067       - ' ;"J
The Special Committee on Dues and Benefits presented
the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I O. O. F.:
Your Special Committee which was appointed to consider the
matter of Dues and Benefits, as it affects the Lodges of this
Jurisdiction, beg to report as follows:
We find that of late years, quite a number of our Lodges have
reduced the amount of Sick Benefits, which indicates that a
general feeling exists that the scale of benefits, in proportion to
the dues collected, has been too liberal in the past.
The fact also is apparent that the available material to
replenish our ranks is not as plentiful as formerly, owing to the
call on our most eligible young men to serve their country in the
present war. On this account, there is an increased risk and
liability on the part of our Lodges, which will undoubtedly involve
heavy drains on their treasuries, not only from casualties to the
members, but on account of their dependent relatives.
Bearing all these things in mind, we are convinced, that those
Lodges which have reduced their benefits have done wisely, and
that this course would prove advantageous to all the Lodges of
the Jurisdiction.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its last session, passed legislation, amending Section One, Three and Six of the Code of
General Laws, giving Grand Bodies additional powers in this
direction, by abolishing the compulsory payment of sick benefits
after twelve months' continuous sickness, indicating that there
is a financial danger involved and that the opinion of the Sovereign Grand Body on this subject has undergone a great change,
as the amendment was passed by a large majority, and all the
Grand Representatives from this Jurisdiction voted for it.
Your committee finds that there are two courses open in this
direction—either for the Grand Lodge to amend the Subordinate
Lodge Constitution by striking out the last words of the first
paragraph of Section 2, Article 4, "nor after that period shall sick
benefits be reduced to less than $1.00 per week" and inserting in
lieu, the words—"and no Lodge shall pay sick benefits after the
payment of benefits for twelve months* continuous sickness." Or,
it might make the payment of benefits, after twelve months' continuous sickness, optional with the Lodges, by inserting the following in lieu of the above—"Lodges may discontinue the payment of sick benefits, after paying for twelve months' continuous
sickness." 4068
Your Committee realize that there are some Lodges in the
Jurisdiction, who through having revenue other than the dues
collected, are in a position to extend to their members financial
assistance in the way of sick benefits, much in excess of other
Lodges, who are depending on dues only, consequently we do not
consider it advisable to insist on a uniform scale of benefits for
Subordinate Lodges. We are however of the opinion that if all
Lodges had to depend entirely on the dues of their members there
would be difficulty in paying the maximum benefits allowed.
Your Committee are of the opinion, that in view of the
chaotic state of conditions through the world, and the great necessity for conservation in all things, as well as the uncertainty of
the needs of the future, that the stability and permanence of our
Lodges is of first importance just now, and in adopting one or the
other of the amendments suggested it would be a step in the right
direction to meet this serious phase of the financial future of
Odd Fellowship within the Province.
Of the two courses referred to, your Committee would
recommand, that the Grand Lodge legislate, making it optional
with the Subordinate Lodges to abolish the payment of sick
benefits after twelve (12) months' continuous sickness, and in
making this recommendation we are not unmindful of the fact
that if payment of benefits after twelve (12) months continuous
sickness is abolished, a Lodge could always relieve needy cases by
a donation.
KM : WALLACE LAW,
. ^ ALEX ACHESON,
r   ■:■" D. E. MacKENZIE,
Committee.
A communication was read from "Okanagan" Lodge,
No. 58, Summerland, asking for mergement with 'Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, at Penticton.
It was on motion, Resolved: That the communication
be received and referred to the incoming Grand Master to
deal with in accordance with the By-laws of the Grand
Lodge.
The majority of the Special Committee on reduction of
representation to the Grand Lodge presented the following report: 4069
'■-'■'■ [        MAJORITY  REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of B.C, 1 O. O. F.:
The majority of your Committee on "Reduction of Representation to the Grand Lodge," appointed by the Grand Master,
beg to report as follows:
Having carefully considered the matter of "Representation,"
we  submit the following conclusions:
1. That as at present constituted the representation to the
Grand Lodge is larger than is necessary for the amount of work
there is to be done.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge clearly defines
the number of standing committees and also the number
of members required for each committee. For some time it has
been necessary to increase the number of members to these committees in order to have each Representative on a committee. We
are sure the work of these committees can be done effectively
by the number of Representatives required by the Constitution.
2. That as at present constituted the expense to the Grand
Lodge is greater than is necessary.
Under present world conditions, unnecessary expense comes
very close, if not wholly, to waste. And waste, of whatsoever
kind, is to be deplored, and, if possible, eliminated. This saving
could be applied to some branch of our work, e.g., the "Home
Fund," that would be of lasting benefit.
3. That one (1)" Representative from each Lodge should be
the maximum representation permitted, and that the Constitution
should be amended accordingly.
In support of this conclusion your Committee woytld point out
that some of the largest jurisdictions under the Sovereign Grand
Lodge use this method without injury to their respective
jurisdictions.
The present system cannot be classed as one.based upon the
principle of "Representation according to Membership," for it can
be readily shown that it is not.
Should the Grand Lodge decide to amend its Constitution in
the matter, we are of the opinion the effect of such a change will
be to strengthen the Grand Lodge, if that is possible.
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. BROWN,
W. M. RAMSAY,
Majority of Committee* 4070
The minority of the Special Committee on reduction of
representation to the Grand Lodge submitted the following
report:
MINORITY REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1 O. O. F.:
Having convened with the other members of the Committee in
consideration of the' question of reduction of representatioon to
the Grand Lodge referred to us, I find that, whilst I can concur
in the majority report in so far as expressed in clauses 1 and 2 of
that report, I cannot recommend to your Grand Body that 31
Representatives, representing 1,654 members, should have five more
votes in this Grand Lodge than the 26 Representatives representing
4,649 members.
I would, therefore, submit a recommendation to the Grand
Lodge, that if the Constitution is amended as the majority rep'ort
recommends, it be also so amended as to permit all lodges to
retain the same voting power as at present—that is, Lodges of
100 members or less one vote, Lodges of over 100 members two
votes, in lieu of two Representatives. |
Fraternally submitted,
W. A. JOHNSTONE.   "
It was moved, seconded and carried: That both the
majority and minority reports of the Special Committee on
i eduction of the representation to the Grand Lodge lay on
the table until next session, and that the requisite notice
be given to amend the Constitution of the Grand Lodge,
along the lines recommended in both reports, in accordance with the provision of the Constitution.
A recess was taken to admit a deputation from the
Rebekah Assembly.
The deputation consisting of Sisters McLennan, Vice-
President, Gilchrist, P.P., and Killam, P.N.G., were introduced by W. H. Brown, P.G.M., and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
and addressed the Grand Lodge, conveying the fraternal
greetings and good wishes of the Assembly. The Grand
Master responded appropriately on behalf of the Grand
Lodge, after which the deputation retired and the Grand
Lodge resumed business. 4071 '
The Trustee Board of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund
presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
The Trustees of the Odd Fellows" Home Fund" beg to report as follows:
Since the last Grand Lodge Session two meetings of the Board
have been held, one on Dec. 1st, 1917, and one on June 1st, 1918, at
which only three members of the Board were present—at the
former meeting Bros. Neelands, MacKenzie and Parker, and at
the latter meeting, Bros. Neelands, MacKenzie and Gilmour; but
as the Constitution requires four to be present to form a quorum
these meetings could not be considered legal, although the minutes of same are on record.
It might be explained here, that owing to the removal of Bro.
Webber to Dome Creek, Bro. Parker to Squamish, and the frequent absence of Bro. Gilmour, while the Grand Master was residing in Penticton and the Grand Secretary in Victoria, the Board
was prevented from obtaining a quorum. In -consequence of this,
both Bro. Gilmour and Bro. Parker have tendered their resignations, and these will come before the Grand Lodge for its consideration.
Your Board wish to report that the "Home Fund" is growing
slowly, showing an increase since last session of $1,944.11, and
a total value at present of $25,015.65, the complete statement of
which you will find on Page 52 of the Grand Secretary's Report and
need not be repeated here. The sum of $127.80 of the amount
shown in the report as interest owing, has been paid since the
report was printed.
The. interest on the present mortgages is being looked after,
and the total amount of interest due on May 31st, 1918, is only
15 cents more than at the same date last year, which we think is
not so bad considering present conditions. The total interest due
is $949.85.
In accordance with the resolution passed at the last session
of the Grand Lodge, the Board is now preparing to invest the
'cash on hand in war debenture shares, to be transferred later to
war bonds when the next loan is issued by the Dominion Government, which they expect will be next November.
At the last meeting of the Board the matter of a "Home Site"
was considered, and it was resolved that in the opinion of the
Board,  owing  to  conditions generally and the uncertainty as  to 4072
how  long  these  conditions  may  continue, it would not be  wise
to make any purchase of land or to encumber the present funds in
any way. jf ; |j| |jg:  . W     j I J | j
The minute Book of the Board is on the Grand Secretary's
desk and open to the inspection of Representatives who may be
interested in the operations of the Board.
Fraternally submitted,
Y D- E. MACKENZIE,
Secretary of the Board.
The War Emergency Relief Committee presented the
following report, .which was, on motion, received and laid
on the table for consideration tomorrow:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your War Emergency Relief Committee beg to report that
during the past year the following sums have been received from
the Grand Lodge, being 25 cents per member voted at the last
Session, viz.:—4th September, 1917, $792.85; 20th March, 1918,
$787.25;   Total,   $1,580.10.
The funds on hand at the present time are as follows:—
Amount on hand per last report $1,633 t)5
Received from  Grand Lodge  as  above  1,580 10
Merchants* Bank,   Interest           28 55
$3,241 70
No claims for assistance have been received from Lodges
during the year.
In view of the legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its
last Session relating to the dues and benefits of members of the
Order in the Military and Naval forces in the present war, and
empowering Grand Bodies to assess their subordinates or members
for the purpose of paying these dues and benefits, your Committee
would recommend that this Grand Lodge do give effect to the
legislation in so far as paying the dues of these members. 4073
We do not recommend that the Grand Lodge, for the present
at least, assume the responsibility of the payment of the benefits
to which these members may be entitled; but should continue along
the lines laid down at the Session of 1916, of assisting any weak
Lodges that may find themselves unequal to this task.
We would submit for adoption the following . additional
resolutions for the government of this committee to those passed
at the Session  of 1916.
We would also submit the name of Bro. R. Livingstone, P. G.,
as a member of this Committee in place of Bro. P. Manser, P. G.,
who has removed out of the Jurisdiction.
We would further recommend that Section 5 of Article IV. of
the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges be amended, by the addition of a provision, that where no expense is incurred in the
funeral of a deceased Member, or where that expense is borne by
the Government, that no appropriation, shall be made from the
funds of the  Lodge for this purpose.
Resolutions dealing with the dues of Enlisted Members and
additional Regulations for the government of the War
Emergency   Relief   Committee.
1. That the Committee appointed at the Session of 1916 be
continued for the purpose of administering this Fund.
2. That the Grand Master and Grand Treasurer be added
as members  of this  Committee,  ex officio.
3. That the Grand Lodge assume the payment of the dues of
members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Canadian Navy
afloat, or the Armies and Navies of Great Britain and her Allies
In case of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, dues shall be paid
only from the date of the member proceeding overseas.
4. That an assessment of $1.00 per annum be levied on the
Subordinate Lodges, payable half-yearly with the ordinary per
capita tax on every contributing member (including non-beneficial)
of the Lodge. 4074
5. That Lodges be empowered to assess their members $1.00
per year, payable in quarterly instalments if desired; or Lodges
may if they prefer, pay the Grand Lodge Assessment from their
funds.
6. That the arrears of dues owing by soldier or sailor members be liquidated by drawing an order on the Treasurer of the
Lodge for the aggregate amount of these arrears and crediting the
account of the individual member with the amount due by him.
7. That all enlisted members who have been suspended for
non-payment of dues since the date of their enlistment be reinstated automatically, in the same manner as provided in Resolution  6.
8. That any credit balance now appearing in the account of
any enlisted Brother be carried on to his credit until his discharge
from  the   Service. g|§
9. That claims for reimbursements for current dues placed
to the credit of enlisted members' accounts be forwarded quarterly, to the Grand Secretary, accompanied by the official certificate
in case of each member so credited.
10. That no claims be paid except for such members whose
Registration Cards have been forwarded to the Grand Secretary.
11. That the provisions of these Resolutions shall not apply
to members who may join the Order after having joined the
Military  or   Naval   Forces.
12. That the payment of benefits by this Committee shall be
governed by the instructions contained in the report of the Committee and adopted by the Grand Lodge at its Annual Session of
1916. W •■'.
13. That clause No. 11 of the report of the Committee adopted
at the Session of 1916 be repealed.
14. That these Resolutions come into force from the date of
their adoption by the Grand Lodge and shall apply as far as dues
of  enlisted members  to  be paid by this  Grand Lodge  are con- 4075
cerned, to amounts due for the quarter ended 30th September, 1918;
the arrears of dues to be liquidated, as per Resolutions Nos. 6 and
7, to the 30th June, 1918, and the moiety of the assessment of $1.00
shall be paid with the per capita tax due on 30th June, 1918.
15. That the amount now on hand be placed at the disposal
of the Committee for use for the general purposes for which this
Committee  is  formed.
A. HENDERSON, P. G. M., Chairman,
W. H. CULLIN, P. G. M., Treasurer,
JAS. BELL, P. G.,     ,    :        '
P.  W.  DEMPSTER,  P.  G.  M.,
GEORGE McCANN, P. G.,
\       FRED.   DAVEY,   Secretary.'       v
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Special Committee to consider and report on the case of
Bro. Parker, a member of "Harmony'3 Lodge, Portland,
Oregon, referred to by the Grand Master in his Supplementary Report, viz.: E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A.
Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36;
W. F. McKenzie, No. 19; H. Fooks, No. 28, and W. A.
Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26. .   .
Letters were read from Bros. H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.,
and A. Parker, resigning their positions as members of the
Odd Fellows Home Trustee Board. It was, on motion,
Resolved: That the letters be received and filed and the
resignations accepted.
A telegram was read from Mayor Pannel, of Ladysmith, extending a cordial invitation on behalf of the
Municipal Council and citizens of that city to the Grand
Lodge to hold its next annual session there. On motion
the telegram was ordered to be received and laid on the
table until tomorrow, when the Grand Lodge would decide
on the next place of meeting. 4076
It was on motion Resolved:   That the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to eight o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock p.m., all
the Grand Omcers||and a quorum of representatives
present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll pf Officers and Representatives was called.
A telegram was read from "Dawson" Lodge, No. la,
Dawson, Y.T., regretting inability, to send a representative
to this session of the Grand Lodge and expressing best
wishes for a successful meeting.   ||!
On motion the telegram was ordered to be received and
suitably acknowledged.
The Rebekah Assembly submitted a question as to
whether it had the power to draft a form of application for
membership in Rebekah Lodges in this Jurisdiction, which
was, on motion, referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
The Special Committee on Bro. Parker's case presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.: |g
We, your Special Committee to whom was submitted the case
of Bro. Parker of "Harmony" Lodge, No. 106, Portland, Oregon,
beg to report that after careful consideration of the correspondence produced and acquiring all the information possible in connection with the case, we fully agree with our Grand Masters
suggestion that the whole matter be referred to the incoming
Grand Master of this jurisdiction, supplying him with copies of all
correspondence and data possible in connection with the case, so
that he may take the matter up with the Grand Master of Oregon, .    4077
and if after reference to that officer no satisfaction is obtained,
he will use his prerogative of referring the case to the Grand Sire
for advice. |||
Signed by the Committee.
A suggestion was made that a collection be taken up on
behalf of Bro. Parker, which was acted upon and the sum
of $85.05 was collected to be handed to the General Relief
Board at Vancouver for the benefit oof this distressed and
sick brother.
The Funeral Aid Association of B. C. submitted a
report of its proceedings last year, which was read, and
it was, on motion, Resolved: That such portions of the
report as may be approved by the Printing Committee, be
printed in the proceedings of this session.
To the Officers and Members,
I. O. O. F. Funeral Aid Association,
Penticton.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
I herewith present to you my eighth annual report of the
business and affairs of The I. O. O. F. Funeral Aid Association
for the year ending May- 31, 1918.
At the last Annual Meeting the following officers were elected
for the year: President, Bro. R. A. Merrithew; Vice-President,
Bro. E. C. Turner; Secretary, Bro. W. C. Coatham; Treasurer,
Bro. T. H. Barbaree, and Directors, Bros. A. E. Harron, R. A.
Perry and M. J. Phillips.
The Board has held twelve regular meetings and one special
meeting during the year, with an average attendance of six members.
i
Owing to the growing need  of better  office  accommodation,
the Board deemed it advisable to rent from Bro. H. W. Harrison
a part of his office in the Westminster Trust Block for the nominal
rent of $2.50 per month.
# *
Following the suggestion of the Grand I^odge, the Association
was incorporated under The Benevolent Societies Act on January 10th, 1918, at a cost of $26.25, including typing by-laws, with
amendments. 4078
On May 31st last our net membership was 782. We have
accepted 66 applications; three applications were laid over till
after the Annual Meeting and three were rejected; 37 mmbers have
been suspended for non-payment of calls; two have died in standing, leaving a net membership of 8*09; we have had 939 names on
the roll since 1910.
The arrears for assessments are $95.00 and for expense calls, f
$20.50;   total, $115.50.    The advance payments of assessments are
$30.00 and for expense calls, $14.00   total, $44.00.    Out of 809 members, 79 are in arrears.
During the past year we levied one assessment on December
1st and one expense call on January 1st. Omitting the fee for
membership, the annual average cost of membership has been
$1.84 per member per year.
We have paid two death claims during the year, that of the
late Bro. R. C. Douglas, of No. 8, and that of the late Bro. Claude
I. Wales, of No. 16, and both died on active service. In all we
have levied 13 assessments and paid 21 death claims, amounting
to $5,250.
At present 56 of our members are on active service, and 45
Lodges  have  members  in   the  Association.
We would request that the Lodges, through their Local
Directors, send in a corrected list of the members on active service and at the same time any changes of address that have taken
place, as we have to send notices direct to the members during
the year.
Fraternally submitted,
^ W. C. COATHAM,
Secretary.
The Grand Warden under instructions retired to the
Ante Room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro.
J. Tawlor, No. 58.
The hour fixed by the Constitution for the election of
Officers of the Grand Lodge for the ensuing year having
arrived, nominations were invited and the following were
offered:
For Grand Master: R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, nominated by E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27. H       .:   ; 4079
For Deputy Grand Master: A. E. Harron, No. 55,
nominated by H. Fooks, No. 28.
For Grand Warden: Harry Fooks, No. 28, nominated
by A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2.   '
For Grand Secretary: Fred Davey, No. 1, nominated
by D..E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3.
For Grand Treasurer: J. D. Swanson, No. 29, nominated by W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26; D. Proudfoot,
No. 16, nominated by T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36; J. Bell,
No. 4, nominated by R. Livingstone, No. 1; M.J. Phillips,
No. 3, nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; W.
F. McKenzie, No. 19, nominated by J. Foxcroft, No. 19;
T. Tellefsen, No. 10, nominated by W. Thomas, No. 10.
For Grand Representative: J. H. Glass, No. 51, nominated by A. Acheson, No. 61.
For Trustees of Odd Fellows' Home Fund: C. E.
Mahon, No. 61, nominated by W. J. Holland, No. 10; W.
M. Ramsay, No. 26, nominated by A. Acheson, No. 61; W.
H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, nominated by J. Bell, No. 4; M. J.
Phillips, No. 3, nominated by T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36.
The Grand Master appointed Bro. A. E. May, P.G.M.,
P.G.R., Alberta, and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, to act
as Tellers.
Bros. R. A. Merrithew, A. E. Harron, H. Fooks, F.
Davey and J. H. Glass being the only nominees for the
offices of Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand
Warden, Grand Secretary and Grand Representative respectively, were declared duly elected to their respective offices
by acclamation.
A Ballot was spread for the office of Grand Treasurer,
and the following result announced: Number of votes
cast, 117. J. D. Swanson, No. 9, received 61 votes; D.
Proudfoot. No. 16, received 25 votes; J. Bell, No. 4, received
13 votes; M. J. Phillips, No. 3, received 9 votes; W. F; Mc- 4080
Kenzie, No. 19, received 4 votes, and T. Tellefsen, No. 10,
received 5 votes. J. D. Swanson, No. 9, having received a
majority of the votes cast was declared duly elected as
Grand Treasurer for the ensuing year.
A Ballot was spread for the election of two Trustees
of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund for one year, and the following result announced: Number of votes cast, 113. C.
E. Mahon, No. 61, received 45 votes; W. M. Ramsay, No.
26, received 54 votes; W. H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, received
85 votes, and M. J. Phillips, No. 3, received 41 votes. W.
H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, having received a majority of the
votes cast was declared duly elected.
A second Ballot was spread and the following result
announced : Number of votes cast, 101. C. E. Mahon, No.
61, received 25 votes; W. M. Ramsay, No. 26, received 58
votes, and M. J. Phillips, No. 3, received 18 votes. W. M.
Ramsay, No. 26, having received a majority of the votes
cast was declared duly elected.
A communication was read from "Corbin" Lodge, No.
64, appointing Bro. P. Demartini, P.G., as the representative
of that Lodge in the place of the representative and alternate previously elected, who were unable to attend. Tt
was moved, seconded and carried: That the communication be received and referred to the Committee on
Credentials.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Credentials, to whom was referred the
communication from "Corbin" Lodge, No. 64, notifying of the
election of Bro. P. Demartini as a Representative in the place of
the Representative and Alternate originally elected, owing to both
these Brothers being unable to attend, beg to recommend that
this Brother be recognized as a Representative to this Session
for that Lodge. |||
Signed by the Committee. 4081
Bro. C. E. Mahon, P.G., by permission, addressed the
Grand Lodge on the subject of Registration of all persons
in the Dominion of Canada, over 16 years of age, for
Rational Service, on the 22nd June, 1918.
The Warden, under instructions, retired to the Ante
Room, and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. P.
Demartini, No. 64.
It was on motion, Resolved:   That this Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 9 o'clock a.m. tomorrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND   DAY
13 June, 1918.
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, all the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives present.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing.
All present were examined, reported qualified and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A telegram was read from Bro. Harry White, P.G.M.,
No. 42, regretting his inability to be present and expressing
his wishes for a harmonious and successful session, which
was ordered to be received and suitably acknowledged.
A communication was read from "Slocan" Lodge, No.
40, recommending that Bro. Fred Davey, Grand Secretary,
accompany the Grand Master on his official visits to the
Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction during the coming
year, which was on motion referred to the Committee on
State of the Order.
A communication was read from De Moulin Bros.,
Regalia Manufacturers, Greenville, 111., re furnishing an em- 4082
blematic three-link pin for presentation to candidates at initiation, which was received and referred to the Committee
on State of the Order.
Moved by F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, seconded by
W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26: That the special committee appointed to report on a plan of reduction of representation be continued until next session, and be instructed
to secure further data and submit same to the Grand Secretary for communication by him to the subordinate lodges,
with the notice of the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, so that the same may be considered at the next session of this Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master appointed E. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
No. 42; T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, and A. Henderson,
P. G. M. No. 2, as a committee to convey the greetings of
the Grand Lodge to the Rebekah Assembly, now in session
in the city.
The time fixed for the Jf consideration of the next
place of meeting of the Grand Lodge having arrived, it was
moved and seconded, That the next session of this Grand
Lodge be held in the City of Vancouver.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment, That
the word "Vancouver" be' struck out and the word "Victoria" inserted in lieu.
It was moved and seconded as an amendment to the
amendment, That the word "Vancouver" be struck out and
the word "Ladysmith" inserted in lieu.
The amendment to the amendment was submitted to
the vote and declared to be lost.
The amendment was submitted to the vote and declared to be lost.
The original motion was then submitted to the vote
and declared to< be carried. 4083
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice:—
I beg to give notice that this afternoon I will move the following amendment to Section 5, of Article IV, of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges. Add at the end of the section the following: "Where no expense has been incurred in the funeral of
a member, or where the expense of the funeral is borne by the
Government, no appropriation from the funds of the Lodge shall
be made for this purpose/'
IIP FRED DAVEY.
The Committee on Statistics, re dues and benefits, submitted the following  report,  which  was  adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits, beg to
subihit abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction bearing on this important question.
The outstanding fact to be deducted from these figures is that
the average amount paid for relief, per member, during the period
under review, has been $5.94 per annum; and the average amount
paid for current or working expenses, was $6.02 per annum; or a
total expenditure, per member, per year, of $11.96. This is equal
to the amount of dues received by the great majority of Lodges
of this Jurisdiction, and leaves nothing towards accumulating a
reserve by those Lodges which have no other sources of revenue.
As the question of Dues and Benefits is in the fyctnds of a
Special Committee, which will no doubt report to this session,
we refrain from making any further comment on this subject.
Signed by the Committee. CO
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The Committee on Printing presented the following
report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:—
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
invited for printing 1,100 copies of the proceedings of the Annual
Session of this Grand Lodge for the year 1918, and the contract
awarded to the Victoria Printing and Publishing Co. at $2.40 per
page, 175 copies of the Grand Officers' Reports, $20.00, and furnishing fine screen semi-tone cuts  of portraits at $4.00 each.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee o»n Finance submitted the following report, which was adopted:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:— y
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to report that we have
examined the books and securities in the hands of the Grand Secretary and find them correct and in proper order.
Signed hy the Committee.
The Special Committee on Control of the Investments
of Subordinate Lodges presented the following report,
which was laid on the table until the afternoon session:—
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:—
Your Special Committee, appointed to consider the question
of the control of the investment of the funds of Subordinate
Lodges by this Grand Lodge, beg to report that we have given
this question careful consideration and would recommend that a
standing committee be constituted, consisting of the Grand Master,
Deputy Grand Master and Grand Secretary, to be known as the
Investment Committee, to whom shall be referred all proposals of
Subordinate Lodges to invest their funds in the purchase of real
estate and the purchase or erection of any buildings.
This Committee to be empowered to make such rules as it
may consider necessary for the proper performance of this duty
and may require such information from the Lodge making application as it may deem requisite. No investment of Lodge funds
as above mentioned to be made without the sanction of the Committee,   given  in writing. 4087
The Committee to report to the Grand Lodge at each Annual
Session all its actions in the preceding year, and submit a copy
of all rules adopted by it for its  government.
We have no doubt respecting the legal right of this Grand
Body to exercise control over the funds of its Subordinates, such
power being given by Sections 311 and 314 of the Code, which
provide that Lodges "may invest their funds subject to the laws
and regulations prescribed by the Sovereign Grand Lodge and by
the Grand Lodge having jurisdiction/' also that Grand Lodges shall
have the power to enact such regulations as may be necessary to
prevent excessive appropriations and to otherwise conserve the
funds of their subordinates. This authority is based on the
grounds that a Grand Lodge has a reversionary interest in the
funds of its Subordinates.
The funds of our Subordinate Lodges are trust funds and
every protection and safeguard should be thrown around them to
prevent imprudent investment and to eliminate as far as possible
the element of speculation.
For over fifty years the British Government has found it
necessary and has provided by law the manner in which the funds
of Friendly Societies shall be invested, and the Legislature of the
Province of Ontario recently enacted laws authorizing a lodge to
hold real estate as may be necessary for the transaction of its
business, but can only when authorized by the Lieutenant-Governor
in Council acquire or construct a building larger than so required
for its own use. In order to obtain this consent the Grand Lodge
of Ontario was required to give its permission and sanction
through an Executive Committee and in every case a balance sheet
of the Lodge must be produced showing that the proposed investment will not unduly encroach on its benefit funds.
There is no doubt in the minds of your Committee but that
the appointment of such a Committee will have a salutary effect
on any reckless investment, and if it had been in existence earlier
might have averted serious losses to some of our Lodges.
We would recommend that the following legislation be passed
at this Session, if this report meets with the approval of tbe
Grand Lodge:—
Additional Grand Lodge By-Law No. 13:—
This Grand Lodge shall have a Committee, to be called "The
Committee on Investments of Lodge Funds."    It shall consist of 4088
the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Grand Secretary for
the time being, and shall have power to deal with invstments of
Lodge Funds that provide for the purchase or disposal of real
estate or the purchase or erection of buildings, and no action of
a Subordinate Lodge dealing with such investments shall be valid
until it has received the approval of this  Committee  in writing.
The Committee may make regulations for its government, and
may require such information from Lodges as it may deem necessary. It shall make a full report of its actions and rules that it
may adopt to each Annual Session of the Grand Lodge.
Subordinate    Lodge    Constitution,    Article    VIII.
Property:—
Funds    and
Add new Section 2: No investment of the funds of this Lodge
shall be made for the purchase of real estate, nor for the purchase
or erection of a building, nor shall the Lodge sell any real estate
or building that it may own, without first having obtained the
sanction of the Committee on Investment of Lodge Funds, in
writing.
\ _ FRED DAVEY,
: W. H. CULLIN,
-/ _    . .     A. HENDERSON,
Special Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 1:30 p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Afternoon  Session
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 1:30 p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, all the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All were examined, reported qualified to. sit and the
Grand Chaplain having addressed the Throne of Grace, the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
§Bro. A. E. May, P.G.M., P.G.R., Fraternal Delegate
from the Grand Lodge of Alberta, addressed the Grand
Lodge,  conveying the greetings  and best wishes  of that 4089
Grand Body, which were acknowledged and reciprocated
by the Grand Master on behalf of the Grand Lodge.
The   Committee   on   Rebekah   Degree   submitted   the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:—
Your Committee on Rebekah Branch have considered the portions of the Grand Officer's reports referred to it and beg to submit
the following:—
We fully agreed 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 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 pleased to report that the increase of membership in
the Rebekah Lodges during the first half of year 1918, has more
than offset the decrease shown in the last year's report. We also
note that during the last year two new Rebekah Lodges have
been instituted, and three applications for charters received,
largely due, we believe, to the untiring efforts of Sister Simpson,
the President of the  Rebekah Assembly.
We desire to extend congratulations to Sister Simpson, the
retiring President of the Assembly, for the able and efficient
manner in which she has performed her duties, and for the dignified manner in which she has conducted the affairs of her office
during the last year.
The political status of woman has materially changed during
the last few years, and their responsibilities and duties have
increased  in  many ways.    This,  no  doubt,  will  tend to  a more 4090
lively interest in the work of our Rebekah Lodges and in the
welfare of the community at large.
Signed by the Committee.
Moved by R. Hodson, No. 12, and seconded by D.
Blackwell, No. 12: l^ft S
That this Grand Lodge instruct its Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge to endeavor to have
the operation of Section3, of Article XII, of the Bill enacted
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its last session, to provide relief for Odd Fellows who are in the Military and
Naval Forces during the present emergency, made retror
active to August 4th, 1914, so that members of Canadian
Lodges who enlisted may be entitled to the honors of
past officers of the Order and all the privileges conferred by
this section, from that date.    Carried.
The amendment to Section 5 of Article IV of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, notice of which was given
by the Grand Secretary at this morning's session, was considered and adopted.
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 reports of the Grand Master and Grand
Secretary, beg to report that we have given same our careful consideration. slS
The slight decrease in the membership of the Jurisdiction for
the year 1917—82—, although regrettable, cannot be regarded as
serious, when judged by the world-wide disturbance caused by
the greatest war in history in which we have been engaged during
the past four years nearly; in fact, it is to be wondered at, that
the loss has not been greater, when we consider the large number of our members who have voluntarily left their homes and
all the comforts they enjoyed, and have gone forth to fight for
not only the honor and safety of their country, but for the preservation of those priceless heritages of liberty and justice which we
enjoy and which were threatened and imperilled. 4091
We are fully convinced that when the war scourge has passed
and the world returns to normal conditions again, that this Province will attract a numerous and prosperous population, and that
Oddfellowship will advance by leaps and bounds..
We fully appreciate the efforts of the Grand Master, 'during
the past year, to advance the best interests of the Order in this
Province, and we feel indebted to him for the time he has devoted
to the duties of his office, in visiting each individual Lodge of the
Jurisdiction, in visiting sick members on these occasions, in conducting a most voluminous correspondence and seeking in every
way to encourage the workers and increase enthusiasm in the work.
He has certainly set up a standard of service, which his successors
will do well to seek to live up to. We are also pleased to note,
that he has made a point of suggesting that the lady members of
the Rebekah Lodges should be invited to participate in any functions connected with his official visits. This in our opinion, is as
it should be; the work of these sisters should be recognized, and
their co-operation invited, so as to weld if possible the membership
of our Order into one great united family. Never before in the
history of the world has woman's beneficient activities been so fully
and effectively displayed as at the present time, and the Sisters of
the Rebekah Lodges have not been behind, in rendering their
valuable services.
We deem it unnecessary to comment on the different features
described by the Grand Master in his account of his numerous
visits, but we gather from them that they were both interesting
and productive of good to the members who were fortunate enough
to be present.
We approve of the action of the Grand Master, in producing
in his report, the historical sketch of the activities of the Odd
Fellows at Victoria, prior to the institution of a Lodge there. The
document is both interesting and worthy of preservation.
We approve of the recommendation of the Grand Master, that
"Fidelity" Lodge, No. 25, of Mission City, be set aside as a
separate district. The thanks of this Grand Lodge are due to the
brothers who have looked after this Lodge since its institution,
and who were willing to continue to do so.
We endorse the remarks and recommendations of the Grand
Master, respecting the Funeral Aid Association, which we regard as
a valuable auxiliary to our Order in this Province.
We wish to express our admiration of the elevating and
enobling character of the  Circular Letter of the  Grand  Sire, on 4092
World-Wide War and Odd Fellowship." We believe it expresses
the views of the members of this Jurisdiction, as to the causes and
objects of the war and as to our duty to our brothers who are
fighting in it.
We have considered the correspondence with De Moulin Bros.,
respecting an Emblematic Pin, to be presented free to all incoming
members at the time of their initiation, but in view of present
financial conditions, and the requirements of money for other more
important and essential purposes, we cannot recommend the
adoption of this plan at present, as we are doubtful if the results
would correspond with the outlay.
We approve of the appointment of Bro. Glass as the fraternal
delegate to the Sessions of the Grand Lodges of Washington and
Alberta, and have no doubt but that he worthily represented this
Grand Lodge on these occasions. We also approve of the decision
not to appoint delegates to the Sessions of the Grand Lodges of
Ontario and Saskatchewan this month, for the reasons stated.
We note with pleasure the generous response from our Lodges
and Encampments, to the appeals on behalf of our stricken brethren
of Halifax. The members of this Jurisdiction have never failed
to contribute liberally to all such appeals.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:—
Your Committee on Judiciary have had under consideration the
portions of the Grand Master's report referred to it, and beg to
report as follows:
We would recommend that all the decisions of the Grand
Master be approved.
We recommend that all the dispensations issued by the Grand
Master be approved, with the exception of the one granted to
"Prince Rupert" Lodge to change its night of meeting, which is
governed by its By-laws.
We approve of the decision of the Grand Master, to refer the
petition for the institution of another Rebekah Lodge at New
Westminster to this Grand Lodge, in view of the objections offered
by the existing Lodge there. 4093
We recommend the approval of all the decisions on questions
of law reported by the District Deputy Grand Masters; also of all
Dispensations issued by these officers, excepting that granted by
the D.D.G.M. of District No. 3 to change the night of meeting of
"Black Diamond" Lodge, No. 5. The By-laws of a Subordinate
Lodge usually make provision for the holding of special meetings.^
With reference to the Dispensation granted by the D.D.G.M. of
District No. 36, we would point out that this was unnecessary, the
Constitution, Art. V, Sec. 1, providing that more than one Degree
can be conferred the same evening by a two-thirds vote of the
members present.
We recommend that the appointments made by the Grand
Master be approved.
We would recommend that the Proclamations and Circular
Letters issued by the Grand Master be approved.
We would recommend that all the decisions of the President
of the Rebekah. Assembly as contained in the printed report be
approved.
With  reference  to  the. Dispensations  granted,  the  number  of"
which  is- only  given   on  Page   19,  we  would  recommend  that  an
abstract he given  in  future  reports  showing  the number  granted
for the respective purposes.    This would enable the Grand Lodge
to judge of the legality of these Dispensations.
With regard to the question submitted by the Rebekah
Assembly, we are of the opinion that there can be no objection to
the Rebekah Assembly preparing an application form, for membership in Rebekah Lodges. The Sovereign Grand Lodge recommends a form for use, in Subordinate Lodges, but its use
is optional.
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 w'as referred those
portions of the Grand Representatives' Report, showing the amendments made to the Code of General Laws at the last session of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, beg to recommend that a sufficient number
of copies of these amendments be printed from the type set up for
the proceedings   of this   Session,   to supply   each   Lodge   in the 4094
Jurisdiction with one, so that they may be inserted in the Code.
Some of these amendments are very important, and by carrying out
this suggestion Lodges will be able to keep their copies of the Code
up to date.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
the letter from "Slocan" Lodge, No. 40, re the Grand Secretary
accompanying the Grand Master on his official visits, beg to report
as follows:
1st. It is the opinion of the Committee, that the best results
could not be obtained by the Grand Secretary visiting Lodges, at
the same time that the Grand Master pays his official visits. We
therefore recommend that the request be not complied with.
2nd. We are of the opinion that it would be beneficial to most,
if not all Lodges, for the Grand Secretary to pay them a fraternal
visit, but under present conditions, financial and otherwise, we
would recommend that action on this matter be deferred for consideration until such time as the present world crisis will have
come to an end, and this Grand Body may find itself in a position
financially, to furnish an assistant for the Grand Secretary's office,
and allow Bro. Davey an opportunity to visit all Lodges under the
most favorable circumstances, when, we consider, a power of good
would be accomplished.
Signed by the Committee.
The following: communication was read from the
Department Council, P. M., which was ordered to be
received and filed and noted on the minutes j
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
T . The Department Council, P. M., I.O.O.F., of B. C, send greetings to your Grand Body, wishing you a pleasant and profitable
session and hope that the same sympathetic and generous feeling
heretofore existing between us may continue to the great benefit
of our Order.
Chivalrously submitted,
/ ./.:%: ffA. HENDERSON,
1 " '- M ' . W. H. BROWN,
Committee, 4095
The Committee on Correspondence submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
We, your Committee on Correspondence, after examining the
correspondence undertaken by the Grand Master in connection
with his office, beg leave to report, that we have performed the
duty assigned to us and respectfully recommend that such correspondence be filed, and that the careful and painstaking way in
which such a mass of correspondence has been handled by the
Grand Master is worthy of the commendation of this Grand Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Rebekah Assembly submitted certain questions,
which were ordered to be received and referred to the
Committee on Judiciary.
The Committee on Petitions submitted the following:
report, which was ordered to be received and considered
seriatem:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have
examined the Petitions for Rebekah Lodges referred to us and
would recommend that Charters be granted to the following, the
law in each case having been complied with:
"Isabella" Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, located at Cloverdale, B.C.,
with the following Charter members:—George Morrison, H. Bose,
Clair Lemax, J. L. Crosby and James Scott.
"Welcome" Rebekah Lodge, No. 11, to be located at South
Vancouver, with the following Charter members:—Sisters Mabel
J. Battison, Hattie Phinney, Alice E. Westover, P.N.G., Ethel R.
Smith, Ellen Large, Elizabeth M. Battison, Jane E. Baker, and Bros.
Chas.  G.  Phinney,  Chas.  Battison,  Frank P.  Baker, J.  Westover.
"Redland" Rebekah Lodge, No. 12, to be located at Penticton,
with the following Charter members:—Sisters A. Sutherland, Alice
Carder, Annabel Brown, Georgina Grossman and Jennie M.
Johnston.
"Silver Queen" -Rebekah Lodge, No. 37, to be located at
Sandon, with the following Charter members:—Bros. Angus E.
McLeod, Malcolm Murray, Donald H. Forbes, Douglas F, Anderson, and Sister Jean M. Armstrong. 4096
With reference to the petition for a Charter for an additional
Rebekah Lodge at New Westminster, while we appreciate the
reasons advanced by "Beulah" Rebekah Lodge, as to the necessity
for another Lodge, and think that, providing there was the best
of harmony existing amongst its members, that one Lodge would
be sufficient, yet, seeing that the petitioners are of a different
opinion and doubtless believe that a second Lodge could be
successfully operated, and have taken their withdrawal cards for
that purpose, we are of the opinion they should be given an
opportunity to carry their object into effect. We would, therefore,
recommend that the petition be granted and a Charter issued to
institute "Concord" Rebekah Lodge, No. 38, in the City of New
Westminster, with the following Charter members:—Bros. R.
May, Calvin Craig, W. C. Coatham and A. H. Ferguson, and
Sisters Mary Craig, Mary James, Mary S. Rennie, Maggie A.
Diamond, M. A. Coatham, Minnie D. Johnson, Margaret E. Tim-
leck and Elizabeth S.  Ferguson.
Signed by the Committee.
The clause respecting Charter for "Isabella" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 10, was read and adopted.
The clause respecting Charter for "Welcome" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 11, was read and adopted.
The clause respecting "Redland" Rebekah Lodge was
was read and adopted.
The clause respecting "Silver Queen" Rebekah Lodge
was read and adopted.
The clause respecting "Concord" Rebekah Lodge was
read and adopted.
It   was   on   motion,   Resolved—That   the   report   be
adopted as a whole.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinate beg to report that
we have had submitted to us the following By-laws of Lodges of
this Jurisdiction and amendments thereto and have dealt with same
in the manner noted against each: 4097
Royal City Lodge, No. 3—Altering night of meeting from
Wednesday to Friday.    Approved.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4—Reducing the amount of sick benefits
payable to $5 per week for first six months and $2.50 per week after
six months' continuous sickness.    Approved.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6—Amending duties of Treasurer, requiring production of Bank Book every Lodge meeting for verification
by Secretary as to deposits; and the duties of Finance Committee,
requiring Committee to report that Bank Book agrees with amount
shown by Treasurer's books to be due to Lodge.    Approved.
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7—Amendment appropriating five per
cent of receipts from rents and interest on invested funds to Contingent Fund when they equal or exceed receipts from dues.
Approved.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9—Amendment increasing the dues to $3.75
per quarter.    Approved.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26—Amendment re salaries of officers providing that they be fixed half yearly. Duties of Treasurer and
Financial Secretary providing for the production and verification of
Treasurer's Bank Book every meeting. Striking out permission to
Treasurer to retain monies in hand to pay small accounts. Provision for voucher cheques to be signed by two officers.   Approved.
Hastings Lodge, No. 29—Approved complete set of By-laws
after amendment in certain matters suggested by the Committee.
Approved subsequent amendment to scale of initiation fees.
Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47—Amendments to the duties of
Noble Grand, Financial Secretary and Treasurer relating to the
signature of cheques, deposit of monies in the bank, and production
and verification of bank book.    Approved.
Princeton Lodge, No. 52—Amendments requiring candidate
to be a resident in district at least six months. Requiring Treasurer to produce bank book every Lodge meeting, the Financial
Secretary to verify same and the Finance Committee to certify in
their report that the balance in bank agrees with the Treasurer's
books.    Approved.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61—Amendment reducing the amount paid
for sick benefits.    Approved.
Union Lodge, No. 11—Amendment to Article VI, "Duties of
Treasurer"—striking out provision for retaining $100 on hand for
payment of small accounts;   and providing for  all monies to be 4098
deposited in bank in name of Lodge and cheques to be signed by
Treasurer and countersigned by Noble Grand or Secretary.
Approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Necrology submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.: j|
Your Committee on Necrology beg to submit herewith, a list
containing the names of Past Grands who were members of or
were eligible to become members of this Grand Lodge, who have
died during the past year.
As a tribute of our respect and esteem, and as a recognition
of the services they have rendered the Order generally and to their
respective Lodges, we would recommend that their names be
included in a Memorial Page in the proceedings of this session.
We also submit a list of members of our Lodges, who have
made the supreme sacrifice, by laying down their lives in the
defence of their country in the great war, since we last met. This
list, added to that published in last year's proceedings, makes a
total of 95. This large total from such a small jurisdiction proves
that the Odd Fellows of this Province are both loyal and patriotic.
We note that the August Harvester has been reaping in the
highest Court of our Order. Our beloved Bro. C. A. Keller, Past
Grand Sire, has been gathered into the eternal Home in Yonder
Land.
While we miss these leaders of our Order, yet the inspiration
of their lives is ever with us.    Because—
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime;
And departing leave behind us
Foot-prints on the sands of time."
Signed by the Committee.
■ The report of the War Emergency Relief Committee
laid over yesterday, was taken from the table, when it was
moved and seconded:—That the report be adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment—That the
report be considered seriatumt 4099
The amendment was carried
The report was then read clause by clause, which were
severally adopted.
On motion the report was adopted as a whole.
The report of the Special Committee on control of the
Investments of Subordinate Lodges, laid over this morning, was taken from the table. It was moved, seconded
and carried:—That the report be referred back to the Committee to have same printed and distributed to the Lodges
for information and that it be submitted to the next session
of this  Grand Lodge for consideration.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
We, your Committee on Judiciary, beg to submit the following
report, re question from Rebekah Assembly:
Question 1—Has Rebekah Assembly the authority to recall a
Past President's Jewel, etc.?
Answer—No. The Jewel was given in recognition of past
services rendered.
Question 2—Re revising Constitution of Rebekah Assembly.
Answer—If the Rebekah Assembly will submit desired amendments, the Grand Lodge will be pleased to consider same.
Re decision of President as to election of degree captain, we
are of the opinion that the Lodge may either elect such captain
or the captain may be appointed by the Noble Grand at the option
of the Lodge..
We are of the opinion that the amendment to the Constitution
of the Assembly as submitted by the Judicial Committee of the
Assembly should be approved.
With respect to the proposal to pay the expenses of a Representative to the Association of Rebekah Assemblies, from the
Contingent Fund of the Rebekah Assembly, we beg to report that
as this Association is not one legally recognized by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, any expenditure for this purpose would be illegal, 4100
as the funds of the Rebekah Assembly are trust funds, and cannot
be diverted in this manner.
The proposal to increase the mileage from 5 to 8 cents is
approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:    te
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that
we have examined the Certificates presented by the Officers and
Representatives in attendance at this session and find that they are
entitled to the amounts stated against their respective names: 4101
NAMES

Officers-r-
J. H.  Glass,  G.M	
R. A. Merrithew. D.G.M.J
A. E. Harron, G.W	
Fred Davey,  G. Sec |
H.   Fooks,   G.T	
W. A. Johnstone,  G.R.~_—.I
W.   Hogg,   G.R ...|
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P.   A.   Mac Lean f
W. Farquhar  j
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P. McConnell	
C. Turner...	
J.   Phillips	
Bell	
H. Cullin, P.G.M..
R.  McKenzie	
E. Bradshaw	
Gordon  	
W. Walkem .......
A.   Weeks	
M. Rockwell	
A.  Dillabough	
Deacon	
D. Swanson	
T.   Howell	
W.  J.   Holland	
W. Thomas .....l	
W.   Beveridge	
D.  Blackwell  1
R.  Hodson	
J.   Leese	
G.  A.  Murray	
G. I.  Harron	
C. Lemax 	
D. H.  Proudfoot	
R. McLean 	
H.  D.  Evans	
J.   Crawshaw  	
W.   F.  McKenzie	
J. Foxcroft 	
A. McCallum 	
.N.  A.   McDiarmid ..
W.  W.   Smith...	
J. W.  Burr	
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Victoria	
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Location

C.  S.  Barton	
C. A. Paton	
W. M. Ramsay	
J.  F. Watkins	
G. JMorrow 	
Alex. Adams  	
H.  L.  Calvert	
D. Nunn 	
J. m Wood	
T.  Embleton  	
F.  Sweeney  	
L. McKenzie 	
R. Turner 	
W.  E.  Graham	
W.   G.   Robinson..
A. Kerr 	
E. J.  Fowler ~
C. D. Pearson	
M, RukkT 	
T. Lloyd 	
A.   E.   Ferguson—
D. G.   Harvie	
Frank L. Sugden..
R.  E.  Wheeler	
O. E.  Fisher	
C.  Willarson  	
Samuel Hampton
F. Farrow	
G. Jones  	
H. E. W. Harbell
H. W.  Power	
J.  Lawler   	
MSA.   Alsgard—
E. E. Elliot ™
J.   S.   Harper	
A.  Acheson  	
E. A. Burnett	
A.   G.   McNeill	
H. M. Daggett	
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Signed by the Committee. 4103
■ Moved by W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., P.G.R., No. 4, and
seconded by Wm. Hogg, P.G.M., G.R., No. 10:
Resolved: That all reports of Special Committees appointed
by the Grand Master during the recess of the Grand Lodge be
printed with the advance copies of Officers' Reports and distributed
to the Representatives prior to the meeting of the Grand Lodge.
Carried.
The  Committee  on  Finance  submitted  the  following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.—
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following
Estimate of the Revenue and Expenditure of the Grand Lodge for
the coming year:—
REVENUE
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $ 1,829.40
Per Capita Tax .on members at $1.00;   50c payable June
30, and 50c payable  on December 31,  1918     6,303.00
Special Assessment of $1.00 per member for War Emergency Relief Committee .    6,303.00
Total  Estimated  Revenue $14,435.40
V, 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  450.00
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  2,381.76
Janitor and Rent of Hall, this Session  25.00
Patriarchs Militant, Grant  50.00 4104
War   Emergency   Relief   Committee,   25c   per
member        1,575.75
War   Emergency   Relief   Committee,   $1.00 per
member        6,303.00
„  13,422.51
Leaving a Balance at the end of the year $ 1,012.89
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master appointed D. E. MacKenzie,
P.G.M., No. 3, to act as Grand Marshal and assist in tbe
installation of officers.
The Grand Secretary called the names of the elective
and appointed officers who took their station in front of
the principal chair and having been duly obligated were
installed into tbeir respective chairs in ample form, as
follows:
R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, as Grand Master.
A. E. Harron, No. 55, as Deputy Grand Master.
Harry Fooks, No. 28, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
J. D. Swanson, No. 9, as Grand Treasurer.
Rev. W. A. S. Crux, No. 27, as Grand Chaplain.
O. E. Fisher, No. 51, as Grand Marshal.
W. W. Walkem, No. 6, as Grand Conductor.
A. J. McNeill, No. 62, as Grand Guardian.
W..H. E. Bennett, No. 66, as Grand Herald.      W 4105
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputies for the ensuing year:
NAMES
No. of
District
Lodges in District
W.  Farquhar  '.	
1
2
3
4
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5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
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L. G. Payne	
3, 27
H. McAdie  _	
5
D.   Gordon  	
6
O.   A.   Weeks	
7
W.   M.   Ramsay	
8, 10, 26 and 29
G.   A.   Murray _	
14, 19 and 55
A.  Acheson   	
24, 61 and 62
P. D.  Edward	
22, 60 and 66
T.  Creighton  Campbell	
A. Grey   	
B. Miller  .	
9
11
12
G.   Maxwell   	
13
J.   L.   Crosby	
15
Paul  Phillips	
16
R.   J.   Garmus	
17
M.   C.   Dunwoodie	
18, 48 and 50
A. McCallum 	
20
G.   T.   Baker	
21
J.   O.   Haddock	
23
R.   Crichton   Boyes	
25
H.   L.   Calvert	
28
A.  Wixon   v.
34
P.   R.   McDonald	
36 and 43
D.   G.   Stafford	
38, 45 and 46
D. H. Anderson	
39
W.   E.   Graham	
40
W. G. Robinson	
42
W.   Bailey   	
47
J.  E.  Phinney	
51, 58 and 59
F. Darragh 	
52
P.   Demartini   _
54 and 64
R. J.  Glasgow	
56
A.   Goldsmith   	
57
S.   M.   Newton	
63
A.   Leith   	
65
Peter  W.  Peterson	
la
The Grand Master also appointed, the following Com
mittees for the ensuing year:
Finance.—W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4; J. Bell, No. 4;   P. A.
MacLean, No. 1; C Lemax, No. 15;  W. E. Graham, No. 40. 4106
Appeals.—M. J. Phillips, No. 3; A. Adams, No. 27; J. A. Dillabough, No. 8;  F. Sweeney, No. 36; T. Loyd, No. 46.
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; D. Dewar, No. 2;
W. Farquhar, No. 2; D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; E. E. Elliott,
No. 60.
Petitions.—A. Acheson, No. 61; A. McCallum, No. 20; G. A.
Murray, No. 14;  R. Hodson, No. 12; A. M. Rockwell, No. 7.
State of the Order.—E. C. Turner, No. 3;   T. Deacon, No. 8;
J. S. Harper, No. 60; H. M. Daggett, No. 63; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50.
Legislation.—W. M. Ramsay, No. 26; E. A. Burnett, No. 61;
D: G. Harvie, No. 47;   A. Kerr, No., 43;   R. Turner, No. 39.
Judiciary.—D. Nunn, No. 29; H. L. Calvert, No. 28; J. F. Wat-
kins, No. 26;   W. Beveridge, No. 11;   W. W. Walkem, No. 6.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; R. Livingstone, No. 1; J. Bell,
No. 4;   C. Willarson, No. 52;   H. E. W. Harbell, No. 56.
Mileage and Per Diem.—W. F. McKenzie, No. 19; W. J. Holland, No. 10; G. Jones, No. 55; C. A. Paton, No. 25; G. A. Harron,
No. 14.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; A. Kerr,
No. 43; T. Howell, No. 9; H. D. Evans, No. 17; J. W. Burr,
No.  23.
Bro. A. E. May, P.G.M., P.G.R., Fraternal Delegate
from the Grand Lodge of Alberta, on behalf of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, presented Bro. J. H. Glass, the
retiring Grand Master, with a Past Grand Master's Jewel,
accompanying the same with some appropriate remarks, to
which Bro. Glass responded very feelingly.
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 Reeve Smith, of the Municipality of Penticton, for
his address and cordial welcome. 4107
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to the Penticton Board of Trade for their hearty
welcome extended through their President, Mr. McKenzie, M.P.P.
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to "Orion" Lodge, No. 51, A. F. and A. M., for courtesies shown and for fraternal greetings extended through their
Representatives, Messrs. Mutch, Esterbrook and Bro. Morley.
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to the Clergy of Penticton as represented by
Reverends Ewing and Miller and particularly to the Methodist and
Presbyterian denominations, for placing their church buildings at
the disposal of the Order.
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge
be extended to Penticton Lodge, No. 51, and their Committee on
Entertainment for the able and efficient manner in which they
provided accommodation and saw to the comfort of the visiting
delegates; particular mention being made of Bro. O. E. Fisher,
P.G., in his capacity as chairman of the committee.
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered to the Grand Master and Grand Lodge Officers for
the able manner in which the business of the Order has beeq. conducted during this session and during the past year, and especially
for the showing of 100 per cent of official visits paid to subordinate
lodges.
Be it further resolved: That the thanks of this 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 this Grand Lodge extend its
sincerest and deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of our
deceased brethren who have given up their lives in active service
in the defence of our country.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried—That a vote of
thanks be tendered to Bro. A. E. May, P.G.M., P.G.R.,
Fraternal Delegate from the Jurisdiction of Alberta, for
his eloquent and inspiring address and for valuable assistance rendered during this session.
It was on motion, Resolved—That a hearty vote of
thanks be accorded to< Bro. D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3,
! 4108
for his efficient services as Reading Clerk rendered during
this session. ||
The newly installed officers addressed the Grand
Lodge, when it was moved, seconded, and carried—That
this Grand Lodge do now adjourn, sine die.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer.
The Grand Lodge was then closed* in due form.
aiMBlA.
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Grand Secretary.
The following Past Grand Masters were in attendance
during the sessions of the Grand Lodge, viz.: A. Henderson, No. 2; W. Hogg, No. 10; D. E. MacKenzie, No. 3;
F. E. Simpson, No. 42; T. Embleton, No. 36; E. h. Webber,
No. 27; W. H. Cullin, No. 4; W. A. Johnstone, No. 26;
W. H. Brown, No. 8. M, 4109
Bn flDemoriam
WM. CROSSAN, P.G.
Died  19th February,   1917
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
R. A. HENDERSON, P.G.
T. E. CASKEY, P.GJS
Died September, 1917
G. MARSHALL, P.G.
Died 26th March,   1917
Excelsior Lodge,  No. 7
J. R. McNAB, P.G.
Died 1st October,  1917
Tatnai   Lodge,  No. 9
P. MOORE, P.G.
Died 18th October, 1917
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12
M. B. McLENNAN, P.G.
Died 20th March, 1917
Aaron Lodge, No. 14
C. L. WALES, P.G.
Died 29th October, 1917
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
R. C. DOUGLAS, P.G.
Died 26th August, 1917
Island Lodge, No. 24
G. BARKWILL, P.G.
Okanagan  Lodge,  No. 58

So word by word, and line by line,
The dead man touched me from the past,
And all at once it seemed at last
His living soul was flash'd on mine." 4110
Roll of honor

Members Who Have Died on Active Service During the Great War
E. E. Surphlis, 16th March. 1917, Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
W. Mitchell, 30th October, 1917, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
R. Wallace, Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
Major T. E. Caskey, P.G., 17th September, 1917, Excelsior Lodge,

R. Scott, 10th August, 1917, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
R. H. W. Robertson, 28th August, 1917, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
W. M. Storey, 9th April, 1917, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
J. Campbell, 30th October, 1917, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
G. McKay, 22nd December, 1917, Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
J. Nottley, Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
H. McDiarmid, Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
A. Haywood, 8th October, 1916, Union Lodge, No. 11.
J. Wilcocks, Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.
Horace Cook, Pittiko Lodge, No. 13.
J. Service, Pittiko Lodge, No. 13.
L. J. Ccok, Pittiko Lodge, No. 13.
E. Scarlett, 18th August, 1917, Aaron Lodge, No. 14.
F. Bentcn, 29th October, 1917, Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
W. Macaulay, Duncan Lodge, No. 17.
R. C. Douglas, P.G., 26th August, 1917, Island Lodge, No. 24.
W. G. Willis, 1st November, 1917, Pacific Lodge, No. 26
T. Talbot, 1917, Rossland Lodge, No. 36.
T. Elsey, Key City Lodge, No. 42. ' J|
H. Stephenson, Key City Lodge, No. 42.
Wilson Fleming, 3rd May, 1917, Gateway Lodge, No. 45.
A. Barnes, July,  1917, Coronation Lodge, No. 48.
G. F. Crowley, March, 1917, Princeton Lodge, No. 52.
G. Purkwill, P.G., Okanagan Lodge, No. 58.
D. L. Stauffer, 17th March, 1917, Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
They held the field with saber drawn,
Where God had placed them in the fight;
They held the field, fought on and on,
And so died fighting for the Right        INDEX
"Aaron" Lodge No. 4, Incorporation of S	
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 	
Alberta Grand Lodge, Fraternal
Delegates  to and from. 3976, 4017, 4033,
Ancient Odd Fellow 	
Assessment for Enlisted Members' Dues 4073,
Audit of Books Subordinate Lodges 	
Badges in lieu of Regalia  	
Ballots, Color of  „
Benefits, Sick, to Enlisted Members 3998, 3999, 4041,
Payment after Twelve Months'
Sickness  4043, 4*068, 4083,
Payment of requiring unanimous vote	
By-Laws  Subordinate Lodges,  Printing  of	
Clubs, Odd Fellows, Permissible 	
Committees,   Appointment   of..3973, 3976, 4010, 4058, 4060, 4075y
"Concord" Rebekah Lodge  4003, 4092,
Constitution, Rebekah Assembly, Amendment to	
"      - " " Revision   of	
Subordinate Lodges, Amendment to 4083,
Contingent Fund, Rebekah Lodges 	
"Corbin" Lodge, No. 64, Representative of 4059,
Custodian Secret Work, Appointment of	
Davey, Fred, Grand Secretary, Visits of 4011, 4081,
"Dawson" Lodge, No. la, Greetings from	
Degree Captain Rebekah Lodges...	
Department Council, P.M., Greetings from	
Deputations, Greetings by  I	
Dismissal Certificates, Applications for 	
Dispensations, by Grand Master | 4001, 4062,
District Deputy Grand Masters, Appointment of 4010,
Reports  of  	
Dues  of Enlisted Members 3998, 4033, 4041, 4063, 4073,
Election Grand Officers  i |	
Emblematic Pin  ...4017, 4081,
Enlisted Members  4033, 4041, 4064,
Estimate for Coming Year 	
Examination of Candidates for Degrees	
Page
4034
4028 INDEX—CONTINUED
"Fidelity" Lodge, No. 25, Separate District for 4011,
Frauds and Imposters 	
Funeral Aid Association  4011, 4034, 4077,
Benefits on Death of Member's Wife	
Payment of  : 4073, 4083,
General Relief Committees, Reports of 	
Grand Chaplain Must be Appointed 	
Grand   Lodge   Degree,   Conferring   of *, 4058.
Place of Meeting 	
Representation  to  	
Master, Decisions  of 3998,  4063,
Dispensations by  4001, 4062,
Presentations  to  3990,
Proclamation s by 4015,
Report   of    3977,
to Grand Sire  ...
Visits  of	
Officers,  Election  of—.:.	
Letters from 	
Installation of 	
Representatives, Instructions to 	
Report of 	
Secretary, Report  of  _ 4019,
" Visits  of   * 4011, 4081,
Sire, Circular Letters of  4012,
Correspondence with	
Treasurer, Report of 	
Halifax Disaster, Appeal on account of 4015, 4032,
Home  Fund  	
Trustees, Election of  4079,
Honors of Office, Enlisted Members  -.	
Instructions to  Grand Representatives   1	
Investigating Committee, Duties of 	
Jewel, P.G.M., Presentation of 	
Ladysmith, Invitation from 	
Loans to Members 4000,
Lodge Funds, Protection of	
MacKenzie, D. E., Reading Clerk 	
Vote of Thanks to	
May, A. E., Fraternal Delegate, G. L. Alberta, 3976, 4033, 4088,
Members liable to Military Service, Admission of	
with Colored Blood, Cannot be Advanced	
Name of Member, Change of 	
Night of Lodge  Meeting,  Change  of 4004,  4092,
Non-beneficial Members, Card for 	
Page
4091
4042
4091
4005
4090
4031
4050
4078
4082
4068
4092
4092
4106
4093
4061
4014
3978
4078
4007
4104
4090
4037
4064
4094
4091
4011
4036
4092
4028
4080
4090
4090
4000
4106
4075
4005
4016
3972
4107
4107
4001
4051
3998
4093
4042 INDEX—CONTINUED
Page
Odd Fellowship, Sketch of Early History in B. C 3993, 4091
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, Representative to.. 4010
"Okanagan" Lodge, No. 58, Mergement of  4068
Ontario Grand Lodge, Greetings from  4059
" jf p "        Invitation  to    4033, 4092
Parker, Bro. F., Case of | 4063, 4075, 4076, 4077
Past Grand Masters in Attendance   4108
Past President's Jewel, Recovery of   4099
Photograph of Grand Lodge   3976
Reading Clerk, Appointment of   3972
Rebekah   Assemblies'   Association,   Illegal   to   contribute
towards    '. - 4049, 4099
"        Assembly Constitution, Revision of   4099
" " Deputations, to and from  4070, 4082
■*•_    " " Decisions of President   4093
I I Dispensations by President  1  4093
Questions from  4076, 4095
| I Mileage,  Payment of   4100
"        Lodges, Application for  Membership  from  4093
| | Institution   of     4064
Petitions   for   4011, 4019, 4064
• ,    "       j;   " Statistics of  4021
-  "        Veteran Members  4057
Registration for National Service   4081
Reinstatement after Enlistment   4001
Reports—Committee on Control   of   Investments   Subor-
|dinate   Lodges    4086, 4099
Correspondence  4095"
Credentials    3973, 4080
Distribution    4064, 4066
Dues and Benefits   4067
Finance  \ 4086, 4103
Judiciary  4092, 4099
Laws of Subordinates   4096
Legislation     4093
1   Mileage and Per Diem.....  4100
Necrology   4098
Parker,  Bro.  F  4076
Petitions     4095
Printing   4086
Rebekah Degree   4089
Representation to Grand Lodge..4068, 4082
Resolutions    \  4106
State of the Order 4090, 4094
I   Statistics re Dues and Benefits  4083
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Reports—Committee on War Emergency Relief  4072, 409S
Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters 4003, 4061
1   Grand Master  3977, 4061
Representatives     4037
" "        "       Secretary. ] 4019,4064
"    v     |    J"       Treasurer     4036
f: "   Home Fund Trustees   4071
"   Special Committees to be Printed  4103
Saskatchewan Grand Lodge, Fraternal Delegate to 4033, 4092
Greetings from   3976
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Legislation of 4034, 4041, 4093
Special Committees' Reports to be Printed  4103
Stock Ac count   4027
Surety Bonds   4034
Transportation, Special Rates Refused  4035
Treasurers of Lodges, Duties of   4016
Trial Balance  4029
Trustees Home Fund, Election of  4079, 4080
Resignation  of .....'. 4071, 4075
Vancouver, Invitation from   4060
Veteran Jewels Issued  .*... 4031
Votes  of Thanks  -..4106, 4107
War Emergency Relief Committee, Report of 4033, 4072
Washington Grand Lodge, Fraternal Delegate to 4017, 4092
White, Harry, P.G.M., Greetings from   4081
Young Men's Christian Association, Collection for  4031 PAST  GRAND  MASTERS,  GRAND  LODGE  OFi&RITISH
COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
1—J. S. Drummond  «„_1874......Victoria Lodge, No. 1
4—John Weiler  ... ^...1875.i|Victoria Lodge. No. 1
8—J.  P. Davies-"..*. 1876.J|Columbia Lodge, No. 2 1
3—R.   Roberts ....... ..187j§|p/ictoria Lodge, No. 1
2—W.  Jpjeffree...,..,... w....l878..JpCplumbia Lodge No. 2
9—Charles  Gowen .^.«^_....1879..4.yictoria Lodge, No. 1
Jb?fWriglesworth 1 i.1880......Dominion Lodge, No. 4
B.  W.   Shiles....*........... 18Sl....„N'ew.Westminster Lodge, No. 3
20—Henry Waller . ....._1882...^Columbia Lodge. No. 2
11—Alexander  Phillips... 1883—Victoria Lodge, No. 1
WJD.#IcKillican........^.l884......Dominion Lodge, No. 4
7—Wm. McColl  „„_„1885..^New Westminister Lodge, No.3
5—Fred'k Carne  . _„1886....,.Victoria Lodge, No. 1
10—Joshua Davies  I 188.7.^Victoria Lodge, No; 1
I |   re-elected:.......l888 .Victoria Lodge, No. 1
12—jSH.   Meldram.........;„._„1889...^.Columbia Lodge, No. 2
16—E.  Quennell   M 1890....„Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
14—J. E.  Phillips ..... 1891,|^ominioapLodge, No. 4
13—J.  E.  Phillips ^f^g^J892„^New Westminster Lodge; No.,3
19—^James8^Crossaa%„.w.il„._:i893^Black: Diamond Lodge, No. 5
T. C. Grayll. ^..........:Ii894.i||..Western Star Lodge, No. 10
18—W. E. Holmes  ||l895 .Victoria Lodge, No. 1
H. B. Gilmour J|...i.........1896 .Western Star Lodge, No. 10
W. H. Morton^-..^—--1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
A.   Henderson '^:.Ji|L......1898.%.-.Columbia Lodge, No. 2
17_D. Welsh llljl ,;iipl899..J|3toyal City Lodge, No. 3
6—W. E. Johnstone 3^1900..||Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
W. Hogg ......... „_i:11901„....Western Star Lodge, No. 10
15—A.   Graham  ........1902 Victoria Lodge, No. 1
E. C. Arthur,-M.D....JIL.1903 Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
Tfc. Neelands '■"Jgi|3feii904 Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
D$E. MacKenzie..9j|- 1905 R°yal City Lodge, No. 3
i£§K Simpsonm..^^S-906......Key City Lodge, No. 42
T. Embleton^^g^^^fc07.,....Rossland  Lodge,  No|36
H. T. Fulton ,-^S^ffl|0%-Harmony Lodge, No. 6
Wallac(P?JCaw^^^..,......1909.§..Western Star Lodge, No. 10
E.  L. Webber  ....;.. .1910 Amity Lodge, No. 27
W   H. Cullin ...._..:.^£„....1911:l-.Dominion Lodge, No. 4
Wj|A. Johnstone ...M...... 1912 Pacific Lodge, No. 26
R.  Dudley p..........:.i^M.-191^#---Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47
I      H. White  S  1914.||.Key City Lodge, No. 42
P. W. Dempster ..-^^.i915..,„.Columbia Lodge, No. 2
W. H. Brown-^^^^Pl916......Vancouver Lodge, No. 8
J. H. Glass >^^^»m-1917 .Penticton Lodge, No. 51
1—Died 6th February, 1884. 11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
2—Died 18th March, 1885. 12—Died 24th February, 1905.
3—Died 24th December, 1897. 13—Died 23rd March, 1907.'
4—Died 6tm September,  1899. 14—Died 30th Jamiaryll908.
5—Died 7th ApriOgl905. 15—Died 13th August, 1909.
6—Died 12th June, 190*. 16—Died 26th Apr#j§1912.
pSr-Died 12th June, 1907. 17-^-Died 14th. February, 1914.
8—Died 20th September^l879. 18—Died 13th July, 1914.
9—Died 8lMi)ecembecfelB92. 19—Died 18th April, 1915.
10—Ceased Membership, 20—Died 7th May, 1916. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE/GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIAlXO.O.F.
m A. MERRITHEW, Grand MasterMj285 Pender St., Vancouver
AvE: HARRON, Deputy Grand MasterJ.^^....-North Vancouver
HARRY FOOKS, Grand Warden||^
FREM DAVEY, feand Secretary ^..1323 Douglas SW Victoria
J. D. SWANSON, Grand Treasurer^^.^pi.^«^^K^mloops
ljM HOGG, Grand Representative ^^^^^^^^^^^p^Vancouver
gpJEL GLASS, Grand Representative^p^^ft^j^^^^Penticton
REV. W. A. CRMX, Grand Chaplain ..£_..^^^g.Prince Rupert
O. E. Fish^*6rand Marshal Silt—.^,,Jlt...,:,^^^^.,.-Penticton
W. W. WALKEM, Grand Conductor... .B^.^^^p^..Ladysmith
A.  E.lMcNEILL. tkand Guardian..^..-&L.^U.-^ Vancouver
E. W.'H. BENNETT, Grand Herald^^^. .^.-^g.McKay
The next Session of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia will
be held at Vancouver commencing WednesdayJ|the llth day of
June, 1919. 	
If" If: SUPPLIES- it"      M   ~M*
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 bff accompanied by the necessary amount to pay for the same*
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate   Lodge   Rituals^. ... . ^.....^|^Ji^,.J^.$3.00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards^Transfer and Dismissal Certificates ^^pu^^^^^^.-.^.—^....^^p^^^^^^^^20
Book of Forms ^.^^....^u. '^0^.-^, .^.......^|$. •^p^^^^^.OO
Book of Odes with music ...^^^...^^ i||~..^.~ -^.Tfi;
Code of LawsjjL ~&W^~ r-4i*~- j?t^ 2.50
Lodge  Odes  i^^c..i|^^^^.. „~~~..L ^^.0$]
Odes with music, Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges*^ ^^^^10;
Anniversary Odes  ^—^^^SM^^^M—^^^^i.. ^L^^--.05;
Funeral Hymns with Responses jL ... .4|§^. ^^...^^M-05
Funeraj^eremony^^4^^ ^^>--> '. -&k ' ^^^^^^^^3^ I
Anniversary Ceremony  1|—^. «#rr J|L...^ |lli|»30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony--^^^^^L^ | ^^^^^f^.30
Officers' Roll Book J|jjgjp f{0'&&* ^^^^^^^l^^-> 1,50
Question Book JsjLw.—Wr~* ~-l|- iSI^^^^ illlpl   1.25
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders 1—..— .^^^^^^.. 1.50
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart ..~........^.~.. '..^^j0^^ 2.50
|BOund Proceedings^ Grand Lodge of B.C., 1874 to 1885^^y^i  1.50^
Subordinate mbdge Floor Work...J*....^....^ ^^^ v-;^p^    .50
Bladjjftobk^ ..J*&00 I
Official Certificates ind Receipts for Dues, in books of l00.-3gP .60
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100 with
nam^and number of Lodge   printed   thereon   (not   less
than  500i£j^. ^...^^..^.,.^....||p^    .70
Secret-Work in Cypher, Suhj^^a^te^odges.^ 1  40
Certificate of Membership on plate paper..,^^-, •#-•--■    .751
Constitution Book and Roll of Members :-^^^^!V,.^^   IJlffi
Veteran Jewels, eaqh ....... « J^Ito—5^. M  &Q0J
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodged each 3&.40.
Joint Installation Ceremony &*«k  ~*|L 1§| .75
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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