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     Independent  Order
of Odd Fellows
PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION OF
THE GRAND LODGE of BRITISH
COLUMBIA
Held  at  New Westminster,  British  Columbia
Ninth   and  Tentk June,   1915  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF B. C.
I I O. O. F. I
Oddfellow's Hall,
New Westminster, B. C,
9th June, 1915.
.The Grand Lodge convened on the above date pursuant
to notice.
Present:—
Harry White. Grand Master
P.  W.  Dempster. . .Deputy  Grand Master
W%.  H.  Brown • • Grand  Warden
Fred Davey  Grand Secretary
J. H. Glass Grand Treasurer
F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,  Grand Representative
Wallace Law, P.G.M...G. Representative
Rev. W. A. Crux Grand Chaplain
W.  G.  Barrie • •. .. Grand Marshal
W.  H.  Laird Grand Conductor
R. H. Neelands Grand Guardian
I. R. Lawrence  .. • • .Grand Herald
All present were examined, reported duly qualified to
sit, and the Grand Chaplain having* invoked the Divine
Blessing, the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
It was on motion Resolved. That the badges furnished
be recognized as proper regalia during this Session.
The Grand Secretary presented the Certificates of the
Representatives-elect and of the Past Grands entitled to
the Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred to a Committee on Credentials. 3618
If    The Grand Master appointed the Grand Secretary, D.
E. MacKenzie, F.G.M., No. 3, and A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2, to form 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 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 T.   C.   Hubbard
J. H. McConnell W. J. Gower
Columbia, No. 2 A.  P. McConnell J. Wilby
^                                        N.  L.  Dunn R. M. Sanburn
Royal  City,   No.   3 M. J. Phillips R. Wilson
S. Bowell E. C. Turner
Dominion   No.  4 J. Bell F. B. Shaver
A. A. Milligan F. Dresser
Black Diamond, No. 5 E.  G.  Cavalsky R. McCourt
J.  R.  McKenzie W.  Grieve
Harmony,   No.   6 Thos. Doherty J. Lowery
H. McLennan W. W. Walkem
Excelsior,   No.   7 J. Peers A. H. Turvey
J. R. Semple W. Dusterhoef
Vancouver,  No.  8 ~..C. C.  Mulligan J. F. M'orris
H.  Fournier A.  Ventries
Tatnai,  Xo.  9 G.   McBeth T.  Howell
C. I. Chapman R. A. Chute
Western  Star,  No.   10 A.   Parker A. Gulland
T.   Tellefsen E.  McD. Williston
Union, No. 11... Jas  Smith A. Stenhouse
Selkirk, No. 12 J. A. Woodland H. Seigfried
H. H. Ferguson C.  Newsome
Pittitko,   No.   13 C. S. Williams W.  K.  Hyslop
Aaron, Xo. 14 H. W. Pugsley A. A. Prunez
G. A. Murray R. A. Perry
Cloverdale,   No.   15 J.   L.   Crosby D. Barton
Kootenay,  No.   16 D.  H.  Proudfoot G. W. Hale
D. C.  McMorris J. H.  Lemmon
Duncan,  No.   17 J.  Duncan W.  Evans
Vernon Valley,  No.   18 A. E. Foster W.   English
Mt.  Pleasant, No.  19 J. C. Davis J. Haddow
A. T. Purser j.  Hutson
Abbotsford, No. 20 D. Campbell G. H. Kerr
Delta,   No.  21 A.   Davie V. Der Taylor
Ridgely,  Xo. 22 C.  G.   Phinney
Ashcroft,  Xo. 23 J.  C.  Smith W.  D.  Fearn
Island,   No.   2% C.  O. Cooney R.  Sanderson
Fidelity, No. 25 R. C. Abbott
Pacific,   No.   2o T.  B.  Godfrey D.  Nunn
J.  I-nglis J.  B. McKay
Am/.ty, Xo. 27 A.  Adams J. W. Macdonald
J. A. Johnson Robt. May 3619
Lodge Representatives Alternated
Cheanv No. 28 H.  Fooks A. Horwell
Rocky Mountain, No. 34...J. T. Wood A. Wixon
Rossland, No. 36 R. Anderson R.   E.   Plewman
A. G. Harvey E. Johnson
Boundary Valley, No. 38..R.   Halcrow W. G. Pond
Silver City, Xo. 39 A.  MacLanders G.  Waite
Slocan,  No.  40 Wm. Hicks P. McGuire
Key  City,   No.  42 E. H. McPhee W. M. Harris
E. Y. Brake J. F. Broughton
Enterprise,   Xo.  43 W. S.  McPherson     F. E. Dockerill
J. W. Melross A. J.  Martin
Wildey,   Xo.   44 J.  Roberts C. E. Nordman
Gateway,  No.  45 j A.   Lindley- J. B. McDonald
B. D.   Logan H. S. Mills
Snowshoe, No. 46 E.   E.   Barnes W.   Ross
W. S. Cook J.  McKenzie
Mt.  Fernie, Xo. 47 H.  E.  Barnes R. Dudley, P.G.M.
J.  T.  Puckey J.  E.  Covert
Coronation,   No.   48 R. McNair A.   Banham
Eureka,   No.   50 M.  C. Dunwoodie R.   E.   Wheeler
Penticton,  No.  51 L.   B.   De   Gero R. Wilton
Princeton,  No.  52 D.   G.   McCurdy
Michel,   No.   54 G: Fisher G. B. Stedman
North Vancouver, No. 55..H. W.  Bogue E. A. Morden
A.   E.   Harron D. Tyson
Mt. Ida, No. 56 W.  H.  Bonus R. J. Glasgow
Sunshine, No. 57 D.  P.  Kane C.  Sherwin
Okanagan,   No.   58 E.  C.  Graham H. Tomlin
Orchard  City,   No.   59 L.   V.   Rogers W.   Harvey
Little Mountain, No. 60....P   D.  Edward H.  L.  Gillard
W. J. McCuaig E.   E.   Elliott
Fairview,  No. 61 A.   E.  Cameron T. H. White
J. F. Faulkner W.  W.  Thompson
Grandview,  No.  62 A.   Lewthwaite F.  H.  Godfrey
Prince Rupert, No. 63 A.  Douglas H. M. Daggett
Corbin,  No. 64 J.  Stewart
Cariboo, No. 65 J   R. Craig
Park, No. 66 G. W. M. Taylor W. A. Ralph
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:—
Victoria Lodge No.  1 G. B. Thompson, J. L. Hackett.
Columbia " * . 2 A;   P.   McConnell,  F.   T.   Pengelly,
R.   M.   Sanburn
Royal City " "    3 E.   C.   Turner.
Dominion " "    4 F.  B.  Shaver, J.  Gardiner.
Black Diamond        " |    5 J. C. Brumpton, H. Thornycroft.
Harmony " "    6 H.  McLennan.
Excelsior " "    7 J. R. Semple, O. A. Weeks.
Vancouver | 8 H. Fournier, R. E. O'Connor.
Western   Star " " 10 W. J.  Holland, J.  Irvine.
Union " * 11 Jas. Smith, W. Nelson.
Selkirk " " 12 J.  A.  Woodland, H.  H.  Ferguson.
Pittitko I " 13 C.   S.  Williams.
Aaron " " 14 H. W. Pugsley, G. A. Murray.
Cloverdale ^ '" 15. J. L. Crosby. Kootenay
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Duncan
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Vernon   Valley
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Mt. Pleasant
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Abbotsford
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Ridgely
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Island
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Fidelity
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Pacific
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Amity
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Rocky  Mountain
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Rossland
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Boundary Valley
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Slocan
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Key City
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Enterprise
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Wildey
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Gateway
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Snowshoe
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Mt. Fernie
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Coronation
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Eureka
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Princeton
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Michel
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North Vancouver
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Mt.  Ida
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Sunshine
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Okanagan
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Orchard City
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Little Mountain
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3620
•" 16      E. D. Ireland, W. Hinde.
- 17 J. P. Smith, N. E. McKay.
1 18     W.   English. >
- 19      A. T. Purser, H .H. Miller.
" 20-.. G H Kerr.  D  Campbell
| 22 C.   G.   Phinney.
" 24....L. H. Richards, W. E. Forsyth.
I 25....R. C. Abbott.
% 26 C. Henderson. J. B. McKay.
f 27 H. W. Sangster, J. F. Watson,
E.  J.  Chesterfield.
" 34 J. Cross.
36 R. Anderson, A. G. Harvey.
" 38 R.  Halcrow.
'" 40 W. Hicks.
" 42 J. F. Broughton, E. H. McPhee.
" 43 W. E. Morgan, W. S. McPherson
44 G. D. Garden, C. E. Nordman.
"' 45 J.  B.  McDonald.  H.  S.  Mills.
" 46 A.   L.   McKinnon,   H.   Elsmore.
p 47 H. C.  Barnes.  T. T.  Puckey.
" 48 R. N. McNair, A. Banham.
"' 50 R.  E. Wheeler,  M.  C.  Dunwoodie
" 52 D.  G. McCurdy, S. Gibson.
" 54 G. Fisher.
" 55 H. W. Bogue, G. O. Webster.
D   Tyson.
" 56 C. F. Cole.
57 H. W. Power, C. F. Sherwin.
" 58 E. C. Graham.
" 59 A. Edwards, M. Byrns.
" 60 P. D. Edward, W. J. McCuaig.
^ 61....J. M. Halpin, H. W. Marshall.
62 A. Lewthwaite, F. H.  Godfrey,
J. A. Javett.
" 63....A. R. Phillips.
< 64 J. Stewart.
65 J.  R.  Craig, N. Anderson.
" 66 H. L. Halpin. W. A. Ralph.
" la A. Smith.
Signed by the Committee.
Bro. E. A. Cummings, Grand Master of the Jurisdiction
of Alberta, was announced in waiting, and the Grand Master
appointed Bros. A. Henderson, P.G.M., Xo. 2, D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, and W .A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No.
26, to retire and introduce the distinguished visitor.
Bro. Cummings was admitted, introduced and cordially welcomed to the Grand Lodere.
The Grand Master appointed Bros. H. Fooks, No. 28,
W. H. Thorpe, No. 5, and R. A. Merrithew, No. 27 to retire
and introduce the visitors from other Jurisdictions in waiting. 3621
eBros. J. A. Tully, P.G., Jurisdiction of Alberta, W.
Wray, P.G., Cook Co. Lodge, No. 240, Chicago, Illinois,
and J. Burpee, P.G., Carleton Lodge, No. 41, Woodstock,
N.B., were admitted and welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past
Grands in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was con
ferred on the following:—
H. A. Belyea, E. C. Turner, H. T. Kirk, W. R. Jaynes, No. 3
J. R. Semple. No. 7; H. Fournier, No. 8; J. Smith, No 11; J. A
Woodland, No. 12; H. W. Pugsley, No. 14; J. L. Crosby, No. 15
A. E. Foster, No. 18; O. G. Kinney, No. 19; D. Campbell. No. 20
C. G. Phinney, No. 22; R. C. Abbott, No. 25; J. B. McKay, No. 26
E. J. Chesterfield and J. Ferguson, No. 27; R. Anderson and A
G. Harvey. No. 36; W. Hicks, No. 40; E. H. McPhee. Xo. 42; W
S. McPherson, No. 43; J. Blackburn, J. Roberts, No. 44; A. Lind
ley, No. 45; J. T. Puckey, No. 47; M. C. Dunwoodie, No. 50; D. G
McCurdy, C. Willarson, No. 52; G. Fisher, No. 54; H. W. Bogue
No. 55; D. P. Kane, No. 57; H. Tomlin. No. 58; P. D. Edward. W
J. McCuaig, No. 60; J. M. Halpin, H. W. Marshall, J. H. Elliott
No. 61; F. H. Godfrey, No. 62; J. Stewart, No. 64; J. R. Craig, No.
6$f H. L. Halpin, No. 66.
The Grand Secretary submitted the names of A. Hen-
derson, P.G.M., No. 2, as Custodian of the Secret Work;
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, as Reading Clerk, and W.
A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26, as Transportation Clerk, to
act during the present Session and these appointments were
on motion confirmed.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master announced that he would increase
the number of members of the Standing: Committees during:
the present Session from five to six and would also appoint
the following Special Committees, viz., Resolutions, Correspondence', Statistics re Dues and Benefits, Rebekah Degree,
Necrology and Insurance.
The Grand Master appointed D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.,
No. 3; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M, No. 8, and E. L. Webber,
P.G.M., No. 27, to retire and introduce the Mayor of the
city.
The Grand Lodge took a recess and A. W. Gray, Esq,
Mayor of New Westminster, was introduced, and ad.dress-
ed the Grand Lodge, extending a hearty welcome to the
Representatives and expressing the hope that the present
Session would prove a most pleasant and harmonious one.
The Grand Master suitably responded, and His Worship having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed business. 3622
The Grand Warden, under directions, retired to the
Ante Room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on
Bro. G. O. Webster,   P.G.,   of   North Vancouver  Lodge,
No. 55.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the various committees which, when complete, consisted of the following:—
Finance.—J Bell, Xo. 4; D. H. Proudfoot. No. 16; T. H. White,
No. 61; W. J. McCuaig, No. 60; J. Haddon, No. 19; H. W. Bogue,
No. 55.
Appeals.—C. I. Chapman, No 9; J. C. Davis, Xo. 19; A. E.
Harron, No. 55; W. S. McPherson, X^o. 43; G. Fisher, No. 54; H.
McLennan, X^o. 6.
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; A. Adams, X^o. 27]
R. Livingstone, No. 1; W. Hicks, No. 40; A. G. Harvey, No. 36;
J. L.  Crosby, Xo. 15.
Petitions.—H. Fooks, No. 28; H. Tomlin, XTo. 58; E. Y. Brake,
No. 42; A Lindley,* No. 45; H. Fournier, Xo. 8; D Campbell, Xo. 20.
State of the Order.—J. F. Faulkner, No. 61; A. Mc.Landers.
No. 39; A. Parker, No. 10; A. Milligan, Xo. 4; J. A. Johnson, X^o.
27; H. W. Pugsley, No. 14.
Legislation.—E. G. Cavalsky, X^o. 5; J. T. Wood, No. 34; T. C.
Smith, Xo. 23; D. P. Kane, No. 57; J. H. McConnell, Xo. 1; P. D.
Edward,  X^o. 60.
Judiciary.—L. V. Rogers, No. 59; R. Halcrow, Xo. 38; A. Douglas, No. 63; W. K. Hyslop, No. 13; T. Doherty, Xo. 6; J. R. McKenzie, No. 5.
Mileage and Per Diem.—T. B. Godfrey, No. 26; D. C. Mc-
Morris, Xo. 16; C. C. Mulligan, No. 8; M. J. Phillips, No. 3; R.
Anderson, Xo. 36; A. Bonus, No. 56.
Printing.—Grand Secretary; N. L. Dunn, Xo. 2; H. H. Ferguson, No. 12; J. W. Melross, No. 43; D. G. McCurdy, No. 52; W. S.
Cook, Xo. 47.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; A. P. McConnell, No 2; J. R. Semple, No. 7; J. P. MacKenzie, X^o. 46; J.
Inglis, No. 26; J. Roberts, No. 44.
Correspondence.—G. W. M. Taylor, No. 66; J. R. Craig, No.
65; J. Smith, No. 11; H. E. Barnes, No. 47; V. Der Taylor, No. 21;
G. A. Murray, No.  14.
Odd Fellows Home.—H.  B.  Gilmour, P.G.M., No.  10;  D.  E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; A. Cleland, No. 10; W. Law, P.G.M
No.   10;  T.  F.  Neelands,  P.G.M.,  No. 8;   E.   L.  Webber,   P.G.M.!
No. 27. 3623
Rebekah Degree.—J. Peers, No. 7; S. Bowell, No. 3; G. Mc-
Beth, No. 9; J. T. Puckey, Xo. 47; J. A. Woodland, Xo. 12; T.
Tellefsen, No. 10.
Resolutions.—F. H. Godfrey, Xo. 62; R. C. Abbott, Xo. 25;
B. D. Logan, Xo. 45; C. J. Phinney, No. 22; L. B. De Gero, Xo.
51; E. H. McPhee, No. 42.
Credentials.—Grand Secretary; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., Xo.
3; A.  Henderson,  P.G.M., No. 2.
Distribution.—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; T. F. Neelands,
P.G.M,, No. 8; W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., Xo. 26.
Necrology.—F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., Xo. 42; W A Johnstone,
P.G.M., Xo. 26; E. L. Webber, P.G.M., Xo. 27; W. H. Cullin, P.
G.M.,  Xo. 4; W. Law;  P.G.M., Xo.  10.
Insurance.—W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26; M. C. Dunwoodie, No. 50; J. Stewart, No. 64; A. E. Foster, No. 18; J Duncan,  No.  17;   A.   Banham,   X^o. 48.
The Grand Secretary presented the reports of the
Grand Officers in printed form, which were referred to the
Committee on Distribution. 3624
Grand Master's Report
To the  Officers and   Members   of the   Grand   Lodge   of   British
Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  .
Brethren:—
We meet today in the Royal City of New Westminster in this,
our Forty-first Annual Session. To one and all I extend most
hearty and fraternal greetings. Let us give thanks to the Allwise
and Divine Ruler of the Universe, the Father of us all, for His
manifold blessings. May our deliberations at this time be conducted in wisdom and love, so that a profitable tinTe may be spent
and the advancement of our beloved Order within this Jurisdiction assured.
I would ask the Representatives to be regular and prompt in
attendance at all the meetings of this Grand Lodge and thus
facilitate the transacting of business, giving strict attention to
matters that may be brought forward, and be prepared also to
carry home to your Lodge a good and full report.
When accepting at the hands of my brethren, a year ago, the
position of Grand Master, I had many bright hopes of how I
would do things, but I must confess that I have come far short
of my own expectations. I have, however, endeavored to the best
of my ability and judgment to cope with such matters as have
arisen. It has been my aim to encourage the brothers in the practice of the principles of Odd Fellowship and obey the imperative
command of our Laws, "to visit the sick, relieve the distressed,
bur}* the dead and educate the orphan."
I very much regret that the increase in membership during the
year has been very small. The net gain for the year ending
December 31st, 1914, being only 66. We could not, however, expect
it to be otherwise, under the prevailing conditions; we are doing
well to hold our own. I feel, however, that while these times of
stress may not be conducive to increase in membership, they are
having the effect of drawing our members closer together in the
good works of Friends-hip, Love and Truth.
I have issued the following circular letter and proclamations
during the vear:— 3625
ACTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Cranbrook,  B.C., 22nd Sept., '14.
To the Subordinate Lodges
Grand  Lodge,  I.O.O.F.  of
Dear  Sirs and  Brothers;—
B.C.
A number of enquiries have been received from Lodges and
individual members of this Jurisdiction as to the proper course
to be pursued in regard to brothers who have volunteered and
gone to the front in the present war. These communications indicate that ithe opinion is widely held that something should be
done by our Lodges to keep these brave and patriotic brothers
in good standing whilst engaged in fighting for their Country and
that their dependent families should be looked after and not permitted to want. In this opinion I most heartily concur. I believe
that as Odd Fellows we should do everything possible to assist
in the responsifoilty .and duty created by this war and that we
should make our influence felt in a definite way and strive to
carry out our obligation to bear one anothers burdens for which
mission Odd Fellowship was specially ordained.
Several Lodges which have members in the first. Canadian
Contingent have taken steps along these lines and I feel assured
that 11 will be only necessary for those who have not taken such
action, to have the matter brought to their notice in order to
do so.
The question has been asked whether the Contingent Fund
can be used by Lodges to meet the liabilities incurred in this emergency. Ih my'opinion the use of this fund for the purposes before
mentioned would be quite legal. The formation of such a fund
was authorized by the Sovereign Grand Lodge "to be expended in
the payment of necessary and proper obligations which every
Lodge must meet and for which purpose a Subordinate Lodge
under existing laws cannot expend its funds."
• I can conceive of no more urgent or emphatic call than the
present one to fulfil our obligations to these brothers; both
fraternity and patriotism demand it. I therefore decide that the
objects before stated are necessary and proper obligations which
every Lodge should meet and the Contingent Fund may be used
for this purpose.
In addition to this I would suggest that this Fund might be
supplemented during the coming winter, by Lodges holding social
entertainments and in this way raise money for this worthy object
and at the same time stimulate increased interest amongst the
members and the general public in the beneficient work of the
Order.    Yours fraternally,
Attest:
HARRY WHITE. Grand Master.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary. 3626
ANNIVERSARY PROCLAMATION
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Cranbrook, B.C., 19th March, T5
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers;—
In accordance with usage and in compliance with the Proclamation of the Grand Sire, I, Harry White, Grand Master, by
virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby enjoin upon all
Lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to take appropriate
action for the due Commemoration of the Ninety-sixth Anniversary of our Order on the Twenty-sixth day of April, 1915, by
suitable exercises in observance of the day and by public thanksgiving to Almighty God for His manifold mercies to us as
individuals and as an Order.
And inasmuch as some Lodges may desire to appear in public
in regalia on this occasion a Dispensation is hereby granted them
to  do so.    Yours fraternally^
Attest: HARRY WHITE, Grand  Master.
FRED DAVEY,  Grand Secretary.
MEMORIAL DAY PROCLAMATION
Office of the Grand Master,
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C.,
Cranbrook, B.C., 28th April, 1915.
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
In accordance with the Standing Resolution of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge and in compliance with the Proclamation of .the
Grand Sire, I, Harry White, Grand Master, by virtue of the powers
in me vested, do hereby request all Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction that have suffered loss of membership by death, to
assemble on the Second Tuesday of June next, being the 8th day of
June, 1915, and engage in appropriate services respecting their
dead members; provided, that if a different day be more convenient. Lodges may select such da3r to hold such services.
In the event of Lodges desiring to appear in public in regalia
on this occasion, a Dispensation is hereby granted them to do so.
Yours fraternally,
Attest: HARRY WHITE, Grand Master.
FRED  DAVEY, Grand Secretary. 3627
NECROLOGY
It is with great regret that I have to record the death of a
number of well known and indefatigable workers for our Order
in the past year. Amongst others I would mention the late Bros.
James Crossan, P.G.M. and P.G.R., of Namaimo, C. S. Keith,
P.G.R,, of New Westminster, J. F. McDougall, P.G., of Phoenix,
and J. F. Waddell, P.G., of Princeton.
All of these esteemed brothers have been associated with us
in the work of the Grand Lodge for many years but it is in their
individual Lodges that they will be most missed.
Bro. Crossan might be regarded as the father of "Black
Diamond" Lodge, his interest in it being of the most paternal
kind. He was also closely associated with the Encampment and
Rebekah Lodge of that city. He'passed awray after a brief illness
on the 18th April last.
Bro. C. S. Keith died on the 4th April last after a very short
sickness. His activities were not confined to the Subordinate
Lodge; in the Encampment and the Patriarchs Militant he was a
moving spirit and with his estimable wife he was ever working to
advance the best interests of the Rebekah Branch of our Order.
All  these  departments have  sustained  a  great loss  by his  death.
Bro J. F. McDougal was one of the most indefatigable members of "Snowshoe" Lodge No. 46. This Lodge has been singularly unfortunate lately im losing his valued services and also in
having their hall destroyed by fire. Bro. McDougall was killed by
an accident in the mine on 5th July, 1914.
Bro. J. F. Waddell represented "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52, at
our last Grand Lodge Session. He was one of the most active and
zealous workers in that Lodge and his place will be difficult to fill.
He  died*on  the  3rd  November  last.
I counted these brothers as warm personal friends and the
Order generally is the poorer for their loss. I would recommend
that Memorial Pages be dedicated to their memory in the Proceedings of this Session.
OFFICIAL VISITS
It has been my privilege and pleasure to visit fifty-two of the
fifty-seven Lodges now existent within the Jurisdiction. I regret very
much, however, that I have been unable to reach Rocky Mountain
Lodge, No. 34, at Golden, Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, at Merritt, Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, at Prince George, Prince Rupert Lodge, No.
63, at Prince Rupert, Dawson Lodge, No. la, at Dawson.
On nearly all my travels and visitations I had the company
and assistance of our esteemed Brother, J. H. Glass, the Grand
Treasurer, and everywhere we were accorded the usual honors,
and received with the warmest welcome and most gracious hospitality, everything possible was done for our entertainment and
pleasure. The Interior Lodges are noted for their hospitality and
on the occasion of our visits they lived up to their reputation.
While there are not the increases in membership that I would
like to see, owing to the very strenuous times through which we
ar^passing, I am pleased to isay that we found peace and harmony 3628
prevailing,   the  brothers   practising  the  great  principles    of     our
beloved order, and fulfilling the mission of humanity.
I am pleased to say that we had a splendid attendance at
nearly all the meetings, and witnessed Degree Work at the greater
number, which with few exceptions, was given in a very creditable
and excellent .manner.
I fully appreciate the kindness that I have received at the
hands of the brothers everywhere and bespeak for my successor
in office the same hearty welcome and support. I feel that to
give a detailed description of each visit would make this report
too bulk}-. I, therefore, merely give the name and number of
Lodge, location and date  of visit as follows:—
-Wildey   Lodge,   No.   44 Moyie
-Michel   Lodge,   No.  54 .Michel
-Corbin  Lodge,  Xo. 64 Corbin
-Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 Fernie
-Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 Nelson
-Rossland Lodge, No. 36 Rossland
-Enterprise  Lodge,  No. 43.. Trail
-Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 Phoenix
-Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38 Greenwood
-Gateway Lodge, Xo. 45 Grand Forks
-Princeton  Lodge, No. 52 Princeton
-Okanagan   Lodge,   No.   58 Summerland
—Penticton   Lodge,   Xo    51 Penticton
-Orchard City Lodge, No. 59 Kelowna
-Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 Vernon
-Coronation  Lodge,  No. 48 _,.Armstrong
-Eureka  Lodge,  No.  50 Enderby
-Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56 Salmon Arm
-Selkirk  Lodge,  Xo   12 Revelstoke
-Silver City Lodge, X^o. 39 Sandon
-Slocan Lodge, No. 40 Slocan City
—Tatnai  Lodge,  X^o. 9 Kamloops
4.—Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 Ashcroft
5.—Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No.
27,   (jointly)    New Westminster
6.—Cheam  Lodge,   No. 28 Agassiz
8.—Fidelity  Lodge,  No. 25 Mission  City
9.—Island Lodge, No. 24 Eburne Station
10.—Delta Lodge,  No.  21 Ladner
11.—North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55-North Vancouver
12.—Vancouver   Lodge,   Xo:   8,   Western   Star   Lodge,
10,   and   Pacific   Lodge,   No.   26,   (jointly)   in
I.O.O.F.   Hall,  Pender and  Hamilton  Streets,
    Vancouver
13.—Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, Park Lodge, Xo.
66, and Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, (jointly), in
I.O.O.F.  Hall,  corner 30th  and  Main  Streets,
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15.—Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge, No 2,
and Dominion Lodge, X^o. 4, (jointly), in LO
O.F. Hall  ..Victoria
16.—Duncan Lodge,  No. 17 Duncan
17.—Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5 Nanaimo
18.—Harmony Lodge, No. 6 Ladysmith
19.—Union  Lodge, No. 11 Cumberland
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23.—Aaron Lodge, No. 14, and Mount Pleasant Lodge,
No. 19, (jointly), Main Street Vancouver
"      24.—Abbotsford Lodge, Xo. 20 Abbotsford
25.—Excelsior  Lodge,  No. 7 Chilliwack
26.—Cloverdale Lodge, X^o. 15 Cloverdale
Mar.   10.—Sunshine  Lodge,  No.  57 Kaslo
29.—Key City Lodge, No. 42 Cranbrook
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The following questions have been submitted and answered to
the best of my judgment and understanding of the law on the
points at issue:—
From Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, to Brother R. Dudley, P.G.M.,
and referred to me at last-Session of this Grand Lodge.—Question:
Is a brother entitled to sick benefits when away from jurisdiction
of his Lodge and did not notify the Lodge until'he had returned
and had received benefits for a later sickness?
Answer: The General Laws of the Order, as far as I am aware,
are silent on the question as to what notice it is necessary for
members to give to their Lodge when awa}r from its jurisdiction.
The position the Sovereign Grand Lodge takes is that these are
questions for local legislation. Our own Constitution merely says
that members qualified as required by the By-laws of the Lodge
shall in case of sickness be entitled to such benefits as these By-laws
may provide (see Sec. 2, Art. IV). The By-laws of your own
Lodge (see Sec. 1 and 2, Art. XX) provides that members residing near the Lodge shalil not receive benefits for more than one
week prior to being reported sick to the Lodge, no such condition
applies to members taken sick at a point remote to the Lodge.
I take it, therefore, that the question of paying these benefits is
not governed by any law either general or local, but rests entirely
in the discretion of the Lodge. If the -Lodge wishes to prevent a
recurrence of such a case it can amend its By-laws and make it
obligatory on members residing away from the Lodge to report
their sickness within a specified time either to the Lodge direct,
or to a Lodge or General Relief Committee near their place of
residence, under the penalty of forfeiting their benefits for failing
to comply with this requirement.
From Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63.—Question: What amount
do you think we are entitled to collect from a candidate who was
born in October, 1880, and is applying for membership at this time
(August 1st, 1914). Copy of By-laws herewith.—Bylaw: "For
initiation if under the age of thirty years, $15.00; over thirty years
and under forty years, one dollar additional for every additional
year."
Answer:A candidate born in October, 1880, according to your
By-laws would be required to pay $18.00 for initiation. The last
birthday counts. The candidate would be 33 years old last birthday,  hence $15.00 plus $1.00 a  year for three years.
From Princeton Lodge, No. 52.—Question No. 1: Can we make
amendments to our Constitution, By-laws and Rules of Order with
a two-thirds vote of the members present; if so, would the amendments have to come before the Grand Lodge at its next session for 3630
approval?    Question Nc
i.
Can the Noble Grand appoint a com
mittee to transact business in connection with investments of funds
of the Lodge, and would that committee have power to use the
Seal of the Lodge, or should this business not be done by the
Trustees?
Answer No. 1: You can make amendments to your Bv-laws
and Rules of Order, by a two-thirds vote of the members present,
arid before being printed must be transmitted to the Grand Secretary, in duplicate, to be transmitted to the Committee on Laws
of Subordinates for their approval, to be confirmed by the Grand
Lodge at its next Session. Answer No. 2: The Noble Grand cannot appoint a committee to transact business in connection with
the investment of funds of the Lodge. Article X of your By-laws
invests the Trustees with this duty. No committee has power to
use the Lodge Seal.    The Secretary alone h-Jis that power.
From Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.—Question: Should nominations
for a vacant office be open on two meeting nights or should nominations take place on one night and election the following meeting?
Answer: According to Section 8, of Article VI of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, nominations for a vacant office
must be open for two meeting nights, the election should also take
place on the last night of nomination.
From Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.—Question: Brother R.^ C.
Douglas, P.G., desires to transfer his membership from Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8, to Island Lodge, No. 24, and asks No. 8 for a Withdrawal Card which is granted. Island Lodge No. 24 then informs
No. 8 that Brother Douglas had joined their Lodge by Transfer
Certificate and requested Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to grant a
Transfer Certificate in place of the Withdrawal Card. Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8, takes the stand that they cannot do this and quotes
Article 1039 of Busbee's Digest as authority. Copies of correspondence was then referred to me for ruling.
Answer: The difficulty seems to have arisen through a misunderstanding of the present law respecting'the transfer of membership. As Brother Douglas applied for a Withdrawal Card the
Lodge was. quite warranted in granting it, although they might
have pointed out to the brother that a Transfer Certificate would
be the simplest and most inexpensive way of effecting the transfer.
There appears to nie to be only two ways of getting out of the
difficulty and saving the brother the expense of joining by Card.
Either Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, might reconsider the matter and
give the brother the Transfer Certificate in place of the Withdrawal Card, seeing it was applied for in error, or Island Lodge,
Xo. 24, might waive the fee and treat the Withdrawal Card as a
Transfer Certificate and admit the brother free. The Section of
the Digest referred to in resolution refers to a Lodge declining
to issue the Card after it was granted by vote of the Lodge. The
original legislation on this question provided for Withdrawal
Cards being issued on payment of the cost of the card and admission into the new Lodge without fee—this was in 1904—but subsequently the Transfer Certificate was instituted and the wording
altered accordingly by substituting "Transfer Certificate" for Withdrawal Card. Now it would seem to me that either one Lodge or
the other should do the necessary thing to see that Brother Douglas
retains his membership in the Order  without additional  expense. 3631
From Grandview Lodge, No. 62.—Question: Is it
Lodge to accept notes from members who are not in
their dues?
legal for a
arrears for
Answer: I do not know of any law on this subject, but it is
clearly laid down, that dues must be paid, and whether the tendering of a note is payment is the point to be decided. If, however,
the Lodge accepts a note in payment they become liable to the
brother for benefits.    (See Section 462, Busbee's Digest.)
From Vernon Valley Dodge, No. 18.—Question: Respecting
circumstances in connection with the illness of a brother who is
making claim for sick benefits.. For the last two years he has
been living near Savona on the main line west of Kamloops. We
received notice on November 25th, 1913, that the brother had been
ill from September 1st to November 3rd, for which period we paid
him benefits. The next word we ihad from him was dated August
7th, 1914, in which he stated that on February 5th he had a slight
stroke of paralysis, and that he had been able to do no work
from that time till the date of writing, August 7th. He had, however, after a short time, recovered sufficiently to be able to go
around, and as far as we have been able to ascertain, he was capable of superintending the work on his farm, although not able to
do any actual labor himself. About October 1st he came to Vernon
and consulted Dr. Williams. The Lodge took the matter up and
on October 21st paid Tiim benefits, covering the period from July
7th {which was one month prior to our receiving notice) to October
21st. On November 6th we received Dr. Williams' certificate stating that the brother had been under his care from October 1st,
and was not able to do any work. The committee who investigated the case consider tihiat as the brother has been, in their
opinion, able to superintend -his work, had he been on his farm,
he is not entitled to further benefits.    Advice requested.
Answer: The question submitted is rather a difficult one to
answer. The Lodge has by paying the brother benefits admitted
that he was entitled to them and the fact that they have received
a medica'l certificate that the brother was not able to do any work
so late as 6th November would seem to indicate that he was at that
date also entitled to benefits. The report of the committee, that
the brother would be able to superintend his work had he been on
his farm is, I fear, rather far fetched. I assume the brother was
not residing on his farm and it would be very arbitrary on the part
of a Lodge to try and compel a member to reside at a place he
didn't wish to, and to deprive him of benefits if he refused to comply with their wishes. The Constitution (Section 2, Article IV)
provides that a brother disabled by sickness or bodily accident from
following any occupation or otherwise earning a livelihood shall
be entitled to benefits. The By-laws of your Lodge -has it "rendered incapable of following his usual occupation or otherwise
earning a livelihood." If the brother was on his farm and it could
be shown that he was competent to superintend the work on it
and that, that superintendence was remunerative enough in itself
to afford him a livelihood, then I think he would not be entitled
to benefits. But as he is not on his farm and therefore not in a
position to superintend its operations, the Lodge should be able to
show what other occupation he could follow to furnish him a
livelihood. If it was a case of temporary disability, it would, in my
opinion, be unreasonable to expect a member to take up some
other than his usual occupation in order to earn a livelihood, but 3632
if it is likely to prove a permanent disability to follow his usual
employment, but he might be able to follow some other occupation then I think the Dodge might require the brother to seek
such occupation. Under .the circumstances I think the Dodge
should require the brother to furnish a .Medical Certificate showing that he is disabled to the extent covered by the By-laws, viz.,
incapable to follow his usual occupation or otherwise earn a livelihood. I would refer you to Sections 81 to 94, Busbee s Digest,
which bear on the question.
• From Pittitko Dodge, No. 13.—Question: If on the same evening two or more applications are received for the same Degree
(not the initiatory) can the Lodge decide on motion, .to ballot on
the applications collectively?
Answer: No. I think that every brother should be balloted
for separately when applying for Degrees. The General Laws of
the Order are opposed to collective balloting. See Busbee s Digest
Sections 953 and 2679.
From Enterprise Lodge, Xo. 43.—Question: On November
17th, I mailed the regular form to seven of the members notifying
them of their standing in itihe Lodge. One of these, W. G. H.
Stanton, was $35.00 in arrears to December 31st, 1914. In December, on a resolution of the Lodge, I wrote to these members again
notifying them that if they did not remit we would be under the
necessity of suspending them. Not hearing from any of these on
January 5th, we suspended them. Brother Stanton claims that he
did not receive .the first notice (as a matter of fact, we have since
learned that the .letter was delivered to J. B. Stanton who gave
the letter to a friend of W. G. H. Stanton to give to him). He
presented himself with my second letter and wants to pay the
$35.00 and regain .his old standing in the Lodge. He distinctly
does not want to be reinstated in regular form; that is, by paying
twelve months dues and be re-examined by a physician. This situation has never before arisen and we would like a decision from
you as to whether .this could be done; that is, -for Bro. Stanton
to be readmitted on payment of $35.00? If it could be done, what
would be the procedure?
Answer: The law governing such a case is contained in Clause
3, Section 1, of Article VII of the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges, and is quite specific and clear. If the Lodge wishes to
reinstate him in any other way, they should not appeal to the
Grand Master to suggest it.
From Wildey Lodge, No. 44.—Question: A member of the
Order is convicted of theft and is sentenced to two months in the
County Jail, there being no doubt of the crime. Must the Lodge
expel him? If so, must 'he -have a trial in his Lodge, or can his
Lodge expel him on the findings of the Court?
Answer: I would direct you to Section 2056, Busbee's Digest,
which indicates very plainly "he must be expelled." The Lodge
may expel him on a certified copy of the findings of the Court.
From Corbin Lodge, No. 64.—Question: Is an applicant who is
a barber by trade, but at present employed as bar-tender in an
hotel, a proper candidate for membership in an Odd Fellows
Lodge? 3633
An
swer
change
: No. The fact of him being a barber by trade does
not change the circumstances. His present occupation is tending
bar, and the laws of the Order are very plain and specific as regards this. Read Section 1, Article 2 of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, also  Section 1636, Busbee's Digest.
From Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63.—Question: Please give a
ruling on an application of a brother by affiliation whose age is
fifty-eight, and to know if he would be a beneficiary or non-
beneficiary, and could we accept him without a dispensation at that
age?
Answer: He would be a beneficiary member, and could be
accepted without a dispensation.
From Fidelity Lodge, No. 25.—Question: At the nomination of
officers, two brothers were nominated for the same chair. At
the election a ballot was taken for that chair and the result a tie,
ten votes for each candidate. The presiding officer declared another
ballot and this was done four times with the same result. At the
fifth ballot, a brother spoiled his paper, making the result ten
votes for one candidate, and nine for the other, with one spoiled
paper. The presiding officer refused to accept this ballot, alleging
that same was out of order and citing as his authority Sections 1.
and 2 of Article 20 in the Constitution and By-laws of our Lodge.
Kindly give us your ruling in the-matter for future guidance. The
point of dispute is whether the first ballot with the spoiled paper
in, was, or was not in order.
Ai^y:er: I would say that the ballot was in order, in so much
that each paper including the spoiled one, should be counted as a
ballot, ana thus no candidate received a majority of the votes cast.
In addition to your own By-laws as quoted, read Section 1380,
Busbee's  Digest.
From Grandview Lodge, No. 62.—Question: One of our
brothers has just recovered from illness lasting six weeks and four
days. Some of the members of the Lodge claim that he should
only be paid for six weeks benefits, while others claim that as the
additional four days constitute the greater part of a week that he
should be paid for seven weeks benefits. Kindly advise which is
correct and oblige.
Answer: Six weeks. See Busbee's
2651, also our own Subordinate Lodge
Article IV.
Digest,
&^oc,   oections
Constitution,   Sect
20  and
ion   2,
From Cariboo Lodge, No. 65.—Question: Do we need a Dispensation to change our regular meeting from Wednesdav to
Mondav
night:
change
Answer: No. Give two weeks notice of motion to amend
your By-laws. It will then require two-thirds of the members
present to vote in favor, to carry.
From Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63.—Questions: What would
the necessary procedure be in regard to a brother taking the
Initiatory Degree, and what part of the work would he need to
have, before he could take the First Degree? Some of the brothers
asked this question last meeting night, and if it would be necessary
for him to get all the work of the Initiatory, or just a satisfactory 3634
examination to an examining committee. I was also to ask for
some information regarding the Odd Fellows' Home: Supposing
a brother was incurable, and the expense would be too great in a
hospital, who would be responsible for his keep at an Odd Fellows
Home, and what would the fees be, and the question was asked,
who keeps up this Odd Fellows Home?
Answer: It seems to me (that the Resolution passed by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge in Session of 1913 is very plain on this
point. If you will take the trouble to turn up inside front cover
of your Rituals, you should find a copy there, in a sticker form. It
reads as follows: "RESOLVED, That all candidates for Degrees
in the Order shall be required to pass a satisfactory examination
in the Secret Work and Obligation of the preceding 'Degree before
being advanced to the next higher Degree." Look up also in the
Proceedings of our last Grand Lodge Annual Session of June,
1914. Report of Committee on Legislation, as adopted, reads as
follows: 'That the candidates be examined in open Lodge, by a
qualified member appointed by the Noble Grand, the Lodge being
opened in the highest Degree the Candidate has attained."
Respecting Odd Fellows Homes, I would say this, and it must be
in a general way, for your letter does not point out any particular
Odd Fellows Home, and there are between fifty and sixty throughout the world. Odd Fellows Homes are generally organized by
Grand Dodges, and are governed by a Board of Managers or a
Board of Trustees, elected by the Grand Lodge under whose Jurisdiction they are. The revenue or income is derived, by some, from
an assessment on the Subordinate Lodges, others from per capita
tax and donations, and some others from investments. Any brother
admitted to one of these Homes would be cared for at the expense
of the institution.
DISPENSATIONS GRANTED
July 4th, 1914—
To Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, to hold a joint public installation
with Rossland Lodge, No. 36, and Deborah Rebekah Lodge,
at Trail on July 7th, 1914.   \
July 27th, 1914—
To Wildey Lodge, No. 44, to change place of meeting and move
Charter into  Imperial Bank Building, as leased.
August 4th, 1914—
To North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to move Charter from
present Lodge room to New Hall on or before September 1st,
1914, and thereafter to hold meetings in New Hall.
August 4th, 1914—
To North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to hold a ball on August
20th, 1914, the proceeds to be used for the purpose of remodelling and furnishing New Hall.
August 10th,  1914—
To Maple Leaf Lodge, No, 53, to merge with Mount Fernie,
No. 47, as under By-law No. 8 of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, I.O.O.F. Brother James McNicholas, D.D.G.M. to
superintend the mergement. 3635
August llth, 1914—
To Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, to hold 'meetings and continue
Lodge operations, in the most convenient place, until a duplicate Charter has been granted, to replace the one lost in fire
of August 9th, 1914.
August llth, 1914—
To Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17, to hold meetings and continue Lodge operations, in the most convenient place, until a
duplicate Charter has been granted to replace the one lost in
the fire of August 9th, 1914.
October 7th, 1914—
To   Prince   Rupert  Lodge,   No   63,   to   hold  a  ball   on   Monday
evening, October 12th, 1914, under the auspices of the Order.
November 23th, 1914
To  Snows-hoe  Lodge,  No
New Hall.
November 23rd, 1914—
46,  to  hold   their  meetings   in  their
To Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, to hold annual ball on Thursday,
November 26th, 1914, under auspices of the Order.
December 15th, 1914—
To Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, to hold a ball on the night of
December 31st, 1914, under auspices of the Order. The proceeds to be devoted to relief on account of the war.
December 19th, 1914—
To North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, to hold meeting to confer
Initiatory Degree and transact general business on Tuesday
evening, December 22nd, 1914, in place of regular meeting
night,  which  falls  on   Christmas  Eve.
December 26th, 1914—
To Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, to waive regular meeting night and
meet with Penticton Lodge, No. 51, on Monday night, January
4th, 1915, for the purpose of holding a joint and public installation.
December 28th, 1914—
To Penticton Lodge, No 51, to hold regular meeting on Monday
night, January 4th, 1915, in Stewart's Hall, Penticton, in place
of Lodge Room, for the purpose of holding a public and joint
installation with Okanagan Lodge, No. 58.
January 12th, 1915— &"
To Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, to move Charter to Prince George
and hold meetings there in future, in place of at South Fort
George.
APPOINTMENTS
There being a case for the Committee on Appeals to deal with,
and finding that the committee appointed at last Session was very
much scattered and unable for them to assemble, I found it necessary to appoint others to do the work. Therefore, on October 24th,
1914, I appointed Brothers A, J. Laidlaw, of Pacific Lodge, No. 26, 3636
I R. Lawrence, of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and J. C. Davis, of
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No 19, to act with Brother R. A. Mer-
rithew. of Xo. 27, as chairman.
No name having been submitted at last Session by Cariboo
Lodge, No. 65, I appointed Brother J. R. Craig as D.D.G.M. for
District No. 35.
Brother A. Pitman, D.D.G.M. for District No 26, having
removed, I appointed Brother John McKay in his stead.
January 26th, 1915: I appointed F. E. Simpson, P.G.M. & G.R.
as. Fraternal Delegate to the Grand Lodge of Alberta, which convened in the City of Edmonton, February last.
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS.
•istrict No. 1.—A. J. Cleary, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
fficers of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and
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the O
Columbia Lodge, Xo. 2, on their first regular meeting night in
July, 1914, and also installed the officers of the same Lodges at a
joint meeting on January 7th, 1915. I also presented Brother A.
Stewart. P. G., (Mayor of Victoria) with a Veteran Jewel at the
meeting on January 7th. The following questions were asked by
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, viz.: Question No. 1: Who has the authority to open Lodge in the absence of the Noble and Vice Grands?
Answer: Any Past Grand, providing it is after the regular hour
of meeting and there is a quorum present. Question No. 2* Who
is eligible to open Lodge in the absence of the Noble and Vice
Grands.. Answer: Any Past Grand. Granted Dispensation to
Dominion Lodge, No. 4. to hold benefit dance. Granted Dispensation to Victoria Lodge, No. 1, to hold benefit dance. Assisted
Brother I W. Dempster, D.G.M., to present lockets to Degree
1 earn of Victoria Lodge, Xo. 1.
*    ISRIl  *!?•  2,~~f   A-   Merrithew,   D.D.G.M.,   reports   having
installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, on July 10th   1914
and on January 8th,  1915:  Amity Lodge.  No. 27, July 13th' 1914
it! 01?ol?nUaAy 4t!V !?15; aud Fideldty Lodge, Xo. 25, on January*
mm 1915 On all these occasions the full staff was installed
which speaks well for the officers chosen. Granted Dispensation to
Amity Lodge Xo. 27 and Royal City Lodge, Xo. 3, to hold social
evenings on Wednesday of each week. The two Lodges and the
Kebekah Lodge worked together for the success of these evenings
and many very fine times were spent. The three Lodges in this
District, 1 am pleased to report, are in fine condition both financially and fraternally. The work is well done and the attendance
good. None of the Lodges have taken in many new members but
the members we have are keeping the standard of the work.'
i„c+a^triCffl NO'   1 "£?• i JJenkins>   D.D.G.M.,   reports   having
nf/1^ officers  of  Black  Diamond   Lodge,  No.  5,  on  July  5th,
1 ' n" JaT^ 20tlK1S^- °wing to Randal depression
generally. Black Diamond Lodge has taken in no new members for
some time. The outlook at present is more hopeful, there being* five
candidates on the way. &
District   No.   4.—John   Lowery,   D.D.G.M.,
installed the officers of Harmonv Lodge, Xo. 6 '
191
Official!
and   January   llth,   i?±j.     winciaii}
company with  the  Grand Master and
reports     having
-, on July 6th, 1914,
visited    larmonv   Lodge   in
on
Deputy Grand  Master —
3637
February  18th,  1915.    I  regret to  report that we have made no
gains owing to unsatisfactory general conditions.
District No. 5.—A. H. Turvey, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, on the first regular
meeting in July, 1914, and January, 1915, and that the condition of
the Order is in splendid shape.
District No. 6.—Peter Wright, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Western Star
Lodge, No. 10, and Pacific Lodge, No. 26, on their first regular
meeting night in July, 1914, and again on the first meeting night
in January, 1915. Was asked by Pacific Lodge, No. 26, if money
could be voted from contingent fund to pay the balance of funeral
expenses contracted by another Lodge in burying one of their
members, the same being more than the amount provided by their
By-laws, Answer: Yes. The condition of the order in this District is good with new members coming in all the time. I would
recommend that D.D.G.M.'s be allowed to grant dispensations for
a Lodge to open  earlier than the time set by their By-laws.
District No. 7.—John C. Davis, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Aaron Lodge, No. 14, Mount Pleasant
Lodge, Xo. 19, and North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, on their first
regular meetings in July, 1914, and January, 1915. Mount Pleasant
Lodge having joint installation with Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No.
26, and North Vancouver Lodge with Truth Rebekah Lodge, No.
28, in July. Issued dispensations for No. 55 and No. 14 to confer
the three Degrees at one meeting. Have visited the Lodges
frequently but not officially except at installation. Condition of all
three Lodges is very good. Have had very few members dropped
for non-payment of dues. All three Lodges are well represented
at the front. I have the most loyal support from all the members
of this district, whom I thank most sincerely and especially
Brother Andrew Harron, P.G., of North Vancouver Lodge, No.
55, whose assistance has been invaluable. The Odd Fellows of
Greater Vancouver are making preparation for a monster picnic to
be held at North Vancouver the 31st of July, 1915.'
District No.. 8.—J. W. Fairhall, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Island Lodge, Xo. 24, on July 14th, 1914,
and January 5th, 1915; Fairview Lodge, No. 61, on July 2nd,'1914,
and January 7th, 1915; and Grandview Lodge, No 62, on July 3rd,
1914, and January 8th, 1915. Granted the following Dispensations:
To Fairview Lodge, No. 61, to hold a whist drive in their Lodge
room on the evening of September 21st, 1914. To Grandview
Lodge, No. 62, to confer the Second and Third Degrees on two
candidates on the same evening. To Island Lodge, No. 24, authorizing the balloting for and initiation of a candidate on the evening
of February 9lth, 1915. All three Lodges ar£ in a healthy condition, though they are not increasing their membership. The suspensions for non-payment of dues are about equal to the initiations.
The prevailing financial depression and lack of employment are
the chief causes, but the brothers are enthusiastic and making the
best of the situation.
District No. 10.—'Geo. Macbeth, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, on their regular meeting night in July, 1914, and January, 1915. Considering conditions
prevailing throughout the country, the condition of Tatnai Lodge,
No. 9, is very good.    During the year we have had four initiations 3638
and three affiliations. Would recommend that the Grand Lodge
adopt a fixed system of bookkeeping for all Subordinate Lodges in
jurisdiction and keep a supply of stationery and books which can
be supplied to each Lodge at a small advance of cost.
District No. 12.—John Lyon, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, in due form on first meeting
in July, 1914, and also on the first meeting night in January, 1915,
in public and in conjunction with Naomi Rebekah Lodge, No. 21.
At this installation the work was done in fine shape by a team of
Past Grands without any Rituals. The following Dispensations
were granted: To elect a Scarlet Degree member to the chair
of N.G., all qualified brothers refusing to serve. (2) To instal the
officers in public. (3) To ballot for and initiate a candidate the
same evening as his application was received. (4) To confer the
Second and Third Degrees the same evening. Visited the Lodge
officially with the Grand Master and the Grand Treasurer. Paid
no other official visits, being a constant attendant of the Lodge.
The condition of the Order is very satisfactory in spite of the
continued dull times. The meetings are fairly well attended,
although a little support and encouragement from some of the
older members would be welcomed. The Lodge celebrated its
twenty-fifth anniversary on March 10th, with a roll call, seventy-
one brothers answered the roll call, and about twenty-five sent
letters expressing their regret at being unable to be present.
There was also nine visiting brothers present. The financial condition of the Lodge is excellent.
District No. 14.—Claud L. Wales, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, in regular form on
July 6th, 1914, and on January llth, 1915. The Lodge is in good
shape, the mortgage has been burned and the Lodge is in possession of building and lot worth $25,000.00. The financial stringency
has prevented any large increase in membership and has caused
numerous suspensions. On the whole we feel that we are passing
through a critical period in the history of Odd Fellowship, through
the stress of the times, without being as badly crippled as we
expected. Quite a number of our members are now at the front
fighting for that liberty we ever hope to maintain.
District No. 15—Wm. Evans, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, on the first regular meeting
night in July, 1914, and on first regular meeting night in January,
1915. Granted dispensation to Duncan Lodge, No. 17, to hold
joint installation with Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14, in July, 1914,
also to confer two Degrees on a brother on one night. Order is
in fair condition only, owing to general depression and a number
of the officers being unable to attend Lodge
regular.
District No. 16.—Fred Cuming, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Vernon Valley Lodge, No, 18, Coronation
Lodge, No. 48, and Eureka Lodge, No. 50, on their first regular
meeting night in July, 1914, and January, 1915. Granted Dispensation to Coronation Lodge, No. 48, to hold joint public installation with Sunset Rebekah Lodge in January, 1915. To Vernon
Valley Lodge, No. 18, to hold a dance on February 8th, 1915.
Visited Coronation Lodge, No. 48, and Eureka Lodge, No. 50, in
company with the Grand Master and Grand Treasurer on the occasion of the Grand Master's official visit in November, 1914. In
view of the general  conditions, the  Order is in  fair condition in 3639
this District. All the Lodges have suffered more or less by several of the active members leaving with the militia.
District No. 18.—I. Lehman, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, on first meeting
night in July, 1914, and January, 1915. The Order is in a flourishing condition in this District.
District No. 21.—D. R. Mcintosh, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, and Rossland
Lodge, No   36, at a joint installation at Trail,  B.C., on July 7th,
1914, and again at a joint installation at Rossland on January llth,
1915. Paid an official visit to Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, accompanied by the Degree Staff of Rossland Lodge, which conferred
the Third Degree on five candidates for Enterprise Lodge. The
condition of the Order in the District is good, both Lodges having
taken in a number of new members; Enterprise Lodge being in
a particularly prosperous condition. The regular meeting attendance, while not as large as it should be, is fairly good and the best
of harmony at all times prevailing.
District No. 23.—Neil Tattrie, D.D.G.M., reports that the
officers of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, were installed by H Anderson, P.G., in July, 1914, and by himself on the first regular meeting
in January, 1915. The financial condition of the Order is good,
but Lodge work not progressing, two members admitted by card
during the term.
District No. 25.—J. H. Turnley, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Key City Lodge, No. 42, on July 6th, 1914,
and January llth, 1915. Key City Lodge is in a good healthy condition but not increasing in membership very fast owing to suspensions for  N.P.D. and withdrawals.
District No. 27.—Jas. McXicholas, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Mt. Fernie Lodge, X^o. 47, and Maple Leaf
Lodge, No 53, at their first regular meeting in July, 1914, and Mt.
Fernie again at their first regular meeting in January, 1915. Condition of the Order is good although there is considerable distress.
Superintended the mergement of Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, with
Mt. Fernie, No. 47, in August, 1914, under instructions from the
Grand Master.
District No. 28.—Leslie V. Rogers, D.D.G.M., reports that the
officers for the first term were duly installed on the folowing dates:
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, July 3rd, 1914; Penticton Lodge, No. 51,
July 5th, 1914; and Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, July 7th 1914. For
the second term the officers of Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, were
installed on January 5th, 1915, and the other two Lodges met in
joint session and were publicly installed at Penticton January 4th
1915. A Dispensation was granted to Orchard City Lodge, No.
59, to elect a Scarlet Degree member to the office of Noble Grand
at the regular election and also a Dispensation to fill a vacancy in
same office earlier in term. The vacancy was caused by brothers
enlisting for active service. Have made no official visits other than
for installation, but attended Divine Service with both Penticton
and Okanagan Lodges, April 25th. In spite of the almost universal depression, Odd Fellowship is in a prosperous condition in this
District. The semi-annual returns will show an increase in membership. A few members have been dropped, for non-payment of
dues, but on the whole all Lodges are in good financial position. 3640
District No. 29.—Perly Russell, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Princeton Lodge, No. 52, on first regular
meeting in July, 1914, and January, 1915". The Order is in a good
healthy condition in the District. I would recommend that the
Annual Session of the Grand Lodge be held in the Interior every
third year.
District No. 30.—G. W. Pellam, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Michel Lodge, No. 54, on July 10th, 1914,
and Corbin Lodge, No. 64, on July 7th, 1914, and again on January
8th and llth, 1915, respectively. Granted Dispensation to Corbin
Lodge, No. 64, to hold ball on January 1st, 1915. During my term
1 have made five official visits to Michel Lodgre, No. 54, and on each
Both
occasion found Lodge in prosperous condition.
fact.
Lodge
m
are prosperous under existing conditions.
District  No.  34.—A.   H.   Allison,   D.D.G.M.,   reports     having
installed the officers of Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, on the first
regular meetings in July, 1914, and January, 1915. Have made two
ofifrcial visits and one by special request of the Grand Master. The
Order is in good condition and the Lodge is flourishing, new members joining all the time. With best wishes for a successful meeting of the Grand Lodge and a hearty invitation to the next Grand
Master to visit our Lodge.
District No. 35.—J. R. Craig, D.D.G.M., reports having installed
the officers of Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, on January llth, 1915.
Issued Dispensation to Lodge No. 65 to amend their By-laws,
allowing them to meet on Monday instead of Wednesday. The
Order is in good condition, the attendance of the present term has
been better than any term during the past three years.
District No. 36.—C. S. Williams, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the officers of Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, on the first regular
meeting nights in July, 1914, and January, 1915. Granted Dispensation to Pittitko Lodge to hold a public entertainment. The Order
is in good condition, but owing to a large number of the brothers
enlisting for Active Service or leaving town and the general financial depression of the country, our Lodge does not show as good a
record as previous years.
RECOMMENDATIONS   AND   CONCLUSION
I found when on my official visits some of the Lodge books
poorly kept, while others were neatly kept, their system was not
adapted to Lodge work. I would therefore recommend that this
Grand Lodge adopt a uniform system of bookkeeping for all Subordinate Lodges under its jurisdiction and that a committee be
appointed at this Session to work out a system adaptable to the
work.
I believe that it is time that this Grand Lodge adopt a forward movement scheme in the way of enlarging our membership
I furthermore believe that some good live brother should be
appointed to go out among the Lodges and stir up enthusiasm
and assist in securing candidates for admission to our Order I
believe that our sister Jurisdiction of Alberta has some such
arrangement and I think it is time that we got to work along the
same line. I would, therefore, recommend that such a scheme be
considered at this Session. 3641
Since our last meeting the world has been plunged into the
turmoil and agony of a great and bloody war, and many of our
brothers have enlisted for active service and some of them are now
in the fighting line. It can only 'be expected that some of these
may return, permanently injured. It would seem to me that some
steps should be taken to provide for them on their return. I would
therefore recommend that our Odd Fellows Home Fund be pushed
with a little more vigor.
In connection with the above I would submit correspondence
and resolutions from the Odd Fellows Anti-War Committee of
Carthage, Missouri, for your consideration and action.
In conclusion I wish to thank the Officers of this Grand Lodge
for their splendid assistance and support. I am very grateful to
Brother Fred Davey, our Grand Secretary, for his ever ready help
and advice. To Past Grand Masters Webber and Johnstone for
their valuable assistance and advice I owe a debt of gratitude. To
Brother J. H. Glass, Grand Treasurer, for his assistance in accompanying me through nearly all my Official visits, to Brother
Fooks, of Agassiz, Brother MacKenzie, of Cloverdale, for their
kind hospitality, I owe many thanks.
Fraternally submitted,
HARRY   WHITE,
Grand Master. 3642
GRAND SECRETARY'S
I I    REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit the following report of the work of this office
for the past year and of the condition of the Order in this Jurisdiction on the 31st December, 1914.
No new Lodges have been instituted since our last meeting.
"Maple Leaf" Lodge No. 53, located at Hosmer, found it advisable on account of business depression to amalgamate with "Mt.
Fernie" Lodge No. 47, at Fernie, and this was effected on 19th
Jul}
4 1914.
"Kalamalka" Rebekah Lodge, No 6, was instituted at Vernon.
B.C., on 20th June 1914, by Sister Alice Rea, D.D.G.P., and "Leah"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, was instituted at Agassiz by Sister Jennie
Grant, President of the Rebekah Assembly, on 31st July, 1914.
A charter for the former was granted at the last session of this
Grand Body.
From the accompanying abstract it will be seen that there was
an increase in membership during the year of sixty-six.
The receipts of the subordinate Lodges for the year show a
decrease of $10,480.07 when compared with the preceding year.
There is also a slight decrease in the total amount of relief paid:
an increase of $6,098.70 in Current Expenses, and a shrinkage in
the total Assets amounting to $81,985.93.
These unusual features are owing, no doubt, to the financial
stringency and business depression which preceded the outbreak
of the gigantic war and which has been intensified since hostilities
commenced. 3643
STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
With the Year 1913
No. Lodges. Dec. 31, 1914.
Members, Dec. 31,
Initiated
1914.
Increase    Decrease
Admitted by Card
Reinstated   	
Withdrawn  	
Deceased 	
Expelled    I
Suspended,   N.P.D
"    Rejected 	
Degrees Conferred 	
Past Grands 	
Receipts from:—
Dues 	
Admissions  and Degrees	
Rents and Interest 	
All Other Sources ....	
Total   Receipts  	
Xo. of Brothers Relieved	
Widowed Families Relieved
Brothers Buried 	
•'    Weeks Sick Benefits Paid....
Amount Paid For:—
Relief  of   Brothers   |
Relief of Widowed Families..|
Burying the Dead  I
Special Relief	
Total Relief  I
Current Expenses  |
Total Value  of  Assets   of  Sub-|
ordinate Lodges  |
Average amount of Benefits Paidj
to Each Sick Member	
Average amount   Expended   for|
Relief per Member  |
Average Cost   per   Member   forj
Current  Expenses  I
Average   Cost   per Member forj
all Lodge Expenditures  |
Average   Duration   of   Sickness|
per Sick Member  I
Average   Duration    of   Sickness|
per  Member   i
Average amount   of   Assets per|
Member   I
Total amount of Relief Paid|
since the Institution of the|
Grand Lodge in 1874  |
108
1
12
11
395
$    72,510.89   $   2,400.92
$    11,791.00   $   3,640.70
$    51,369.91    $   5,886.79
I      7,817.95$   1,448.34  	
S   143,489.75|  $ 10,480.07
1
12
11
552
37
36:
5232
862
$ 35,190.69|$   3,567.18
$      1,426.55   |$   1,973.75
$      3,466.45    |$      920.35
$      2,627.77|  |$      695.53
$    42,711.46    |$        22.45
$    51,013.73|$   6,098.70| 	
$1,078,296,381  |$ 81,985.93
$ 63.75|$ 6.57  	
I
6.02   $ 0.06
7.19|$ 0.80  	
I                  I
13.21 $ 0.74  	
I
9w 3d 8h      lw 4h      	
5d 4h 20h
I
$ 152.04  $
13.10
$  669,315.021 3644
REBEKAH LODGES
No. of Lodges, December 31, 1914  32
"     "   Members December 31,  1914—Brothers     1163
1    " " I Sisters  ~    1553
■  2716
|     " "       Initiated—Brothers   222
I     " " " Sisters   371
  593
1     " |       Admitted by Card—Brothers       44
i    1 " "       "     I       Sisters      39
  83
"     " "        Reinstated—Brothers        7
"     " " - Sisters        9
  16
%     " "■      Witidrav/n—Brothers       40
"     ". " " Sisters       44
  84
"     " -        Suspended—Brothers     121
I     " " " Sisters    138
  259
"     " "       Deceased—Brothers        4
"      " " " Sisters      10
  14
Receipts From:—
Dues   $ 4,566.05
Admissions   953.50
Rents and Invested Funds  907.97
Other Sources   2,363.97
Total Receipts   8,791.49
Amount Paid For:—
Relief of Members  234.00
Relief of Widowed Families  50.00
Special   Relief    162.35
Total Relief   446.35
Amount Paid for Current Expenses       5,197.28
Invested Funds of Rebekah Lodges       5,997.93 645
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer
From Whom Received
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Victoria            Lod
ge No. l..~
|$ 168 00
;$ 165 60$
8 92
1$     5 34
3   347 86
.Columbia
2....
165 60
169 20
11 92
5 34
352 06
Royal City
m
146 40
141 60
7 37
5 34
300 71
Dominion
4....
144 00
143 40
13 18
1 34
301 92
Black Diamond
5....
194 40
189 00|'
4 61
2 67
390 68
Harmony
6....
117 00
113 40'
15 80
1 34
247 54
Excelsior
7....
67 80
67 20
47 54
182 54
Vancouver
8....
184 20
189 00
24 36
19 30
416 86
Tatnai
9....
1     10....
122 40
239 40
120 60|
235 20
6 92
33 78
249 92
Western Star
|       2 67
511 05
Union
"     11....
58 80
53 40|
44 90
1 56
158 66
Selkirk
"      12.
98 40
98 15
5 85
21 97
224 37
Pittitko
"     13....
53 40
52 80
8 62
6 75
121 57
Aaron
"      14....
69 40
76 20]
4 78
80
151 18
Cloverdale
"     15....
28 20
30 60
5 15
63 95
Kootenay
"     16....
v 121 20
107 40
16 27
2 67
247 54
Duncan
P     17....
51 00
48 60l
5 58
1 34
106 52
Vernon Valley
"      18....
43 20
42 601
5 82
1 34
92 96
Mt. Pleasant
1     19....
112 20
103 30)
6 38
221 88
Abbotsford
|     20....
18 60
19 20
5 53
i 34
44 67
Delta
"     21....
29 40
27 00
2 88
59 28
Ridgely
1     22....
24 00
36 37
	
60 37
Ashcroft
"     23....
19 801
20 40[
2 28
1 34
43 82
Island
^     24....
52 80:
51 351
8 48
112 63
Fidelity
"     25....
15 60
29 32
44 92
Pacific
"     26....
188 40,
187 20
7 351
2 671
385 62
Amity
I     27....
172 80|
173 75
9 17
%2 67
358 39
Cheam
"     28....
31 80|
31 20
2 92!
54
66 46
Rocky Mountain
"     34....
37 801
34 80
3 96
 !
76 56
Rossland
"     36...J
87 001
85 201
3 081
175 28
Boundary  Valley
1     38....I
60 60|
60 00
5 80]
6 891
133 29
Silver City
%     39.—j
14 40|
13 20
1 681
1 34(
30 62
Slocan '
|     40....|
22 80|
22 80|
1 681
1 34
48 62
Key City
1     42....|
98 401
90 001
4 38!
1 34|
194 12
Enterprise
"     43....J
74 40|
65 401
5 181
54)
145 52
Wildey
"     44....|
30 001
26 95|
2 28(
1 07|
60 30
Gateway
I     45.J
70 801
67 95
5 12
1 34
145 21
Snowshoe
"     46....j
76 801
73 20|
23 481
2 671
176 15
Mt. Fernie
"     4-7 |
100 201
124 20|
4 021
5 341
233 76
Coronation
Eureka
1     48
30 00
25 20|
4 98
60 18
1     50.—j
22 20
21 601
1 12|
	
80|
45 72
Penticton
"     51....I
22 20[
22 801
5 63
i
 1
50 63
Princeton
"     52 1
39 60(
39 60|
14 18|
541
93 92
Forward $3485 80|$3469 851$ 468 62$ 111 541$ 7535 81 3646
FINANCIAL STATEMENT — Continued
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59 801
60 60
19 80
43 80
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46 80
78 60
122 40
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Mt. Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard  City
Little Mountain
Fairview
Grandview
Prince Rupert
Corbin
Cariboo
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Dawson la j
Kalamalka Reb. Lodge No. 6|  10 00)	
Leah " "       7\ | |      10 00	
Sundry Persons  | j |        2 50	
A. J. Morgan  | | | |      90 25
J. Healey  | j j    1579 45
F. Shackleton  | | \ |    102 60|
G. Macey | j        38 00
R. A  Randall  | | | |    152 00
A. Perry j | |    304 00.
A.  Baker  j | j j    190 00j
I. Clode  | | ! I     41 80
W. T. Grantham  | | | |      53 20|
J. W. Dickenson  | | | | 27|
Merchants Bank, Interest ...J |      152 35|	
Imperial Bank of Canada....| | |    3150 00)
Jubilee   Celebration   Com I |      332 35	
$4301 20!$4245 15|$1065 10|$5824 39!$15435 84 3647
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82
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91
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93
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96
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May 9
54
I 20
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56
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57
"   27
58
I 29
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| 30
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June 4
61
i 12
62
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I 12
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1 12
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67
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1 15
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T.   F.   Neelands	
B.  C. Telephone   Co	
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge.
R.  Dudley,  G.M	
Imperial   Bank of Canada
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge.
J.   Mayer  &  Bro	
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge.
Grand  Treasurer   	
W.  H.  Huxtable	
J.   Pottinger   	
D.E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.
Rev.W.A. Crux, G.Chap.
W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.
B. W. Shiles, P.G.M	
Imperial Bank of Canada
B.   C.   Telephone   Co	
W.  H.  Huxtable 1	
B. C. Telephone Co	
[Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
Green,  Burdick Bros	
Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
Smith   &   Champion	
Manser  Sign   Co	
Victoria     Printing     and
Publishing Co 	
[Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Odd Fellows Union 	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Sweeney & McConnell—.
[Dominion  Express  Co	
Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
Harry White,  G.M	
Acme Press 	
F. G. Richards 	
Odd Fellow's Union 	
D   Spencer,  Ltd	
J. D. Williams 	
B.C. Telephone Co	
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
[Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
iMortim-ore & Blackeby—.
| Fred Davey,  G. Sec'y	
For Investment Home Fund
Installation  of Telephone....
Supplies   _	
Postage, etc   	
Deposit, Home Fund	
Supplies  	
$
Badges	
Supplies 	
Mileage and Per Diem Session, 1914  1
Janitor, Session 1914 |
Card Dom. Odd Fellow	
Reading  Clerk  	
Allowance for Expenses	
Transportation Clerk 	
Custodian Secret Work	
Deposit Home Fund 	
Rent of Telephone 	
Caretaker, Secy's Office	
Rent of Telephone	
Supplies 	
Sailary, one month	
Premium on Bonds	
Furniture and Removal	
Linoleum  for  Office	
Lettering G. Secy's Office-
Printing,   etc.,   Forms	
Supplies 	
Rent, G. Sec'y Office 	
Rent of Telephone	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Supplies 	
Printing and Filing Cabinet
Expressage, Proceedings ....
Salary, one month	
Allowance for Expenses 	
Printing  Proceedings,  etc....
Safe	
Rent, Grand Sec'y Office	
Chairs, G. Sec'y Office	
Removal of Safe	
Rent of Telephone	
Supplies 	
Sailary, one month	
Collars for Grand Rep	
Postage and Sundries 	
4700 00
10 00
4 00
10 00
29 45
71
100 05
3 00
3585 20
10 00
10 00
25 00
10 00
28 00
10 00
95 00
6 00
20 00
4 50
24 60
100 00
2 75
18 75
31
11
80
75
22 50
6 00
138 50
4 50
345 80
4 35
70 15
16 64
100 00
250 00
304 15
182 00
35 00
12 00
40 00
4 50
35 05
100 00
38 63
73  89
Forward |$10634"22 3648
ORDERS DRAWN  ON GRAND TREASURER—Continued
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In Whose Favor
Description
1914
Oct.   21
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99|Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
lOOlOdd Fellows Union 	
101 B. C. Telephone Co	
102 Fred Davey, G. Sec'y	
103 Imperial Bank of Canada
104Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
105 B. C. Telephone Co	
106 Odd Fellows Union	
107 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
108 Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
109|Odd Fellows Union 	
110 B   C. Telephone Co I
111 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
112 Imperial Bank of Canada
j
113|Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y I
114 Odd Fellows Union 	
115 B   C. Telephone Co	
116|U.  S. Fidelity Co |
117 Imperial Bank of Canada
118 Imperial Bank of Canada
119|Sweeney & McConnell	
120 H. White,  G.  M	
121 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
122|Fred Davey, G  Sec'y	
123|B.   C.   Telephone   Co |
124 Imperial Bank of Canada)
125 Odd Fellows Union  |
126 Sovereign Grand Lodge..]
127|Fred Davey,  G   Sec'y I
128|Odd   Fellows   Union	
129 B. C. Telephone Co	
130|F.  E. Simpson, P.G.M	
131|Sovereign Grand Lodge..
132|lmper<iajl Bank of Canada
133 Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
134|Odd Fellows Union	
135 B. C. Telephone Co	
136|Sweeney & McConnell....
137 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
138|Sovereign Grand Lodge..
139|Imperial Bank of Canada
140 Harry  White,  G.M	
141|Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Forward	
Salary, one month	
Rent,   G.   Secy's   Office	
Rent of Telephone	
Lettering  Safe  and altering
Combination	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Salary, one month	
Rent of Telephone	
Rent, G. Secy's Office	
Supplies  	
Salary, one month	
Rent, G. Secy's Office 	
Rent of Telephone	
Supplies	
Deposit, Home Account 	
Salary,  one  month	
Rent   G. Secy's Office 	
Rent of Telephone	
Premium  Surety  Bonds	
Deposit,   Home  Fund  	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Printing, etc	
Allowance   for   Expenses	
Supplies I
Salary,  one  month	
Rent of Telephone |
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Rent, G. Secy's Office 	
Supplies 	
Salary,  one  month	
Rent, G. Secy's Office 	
Rent of Telephone	
Expenses to Edmonton 	
Supplies	
Deposit, Home Fund 	
Salary,  one  month	
Rent, G. Secy's Office 	
Rent of Telephone	
Printing, etc	
Supplies 	
Representative Tax 	
Deposit,   Home   Fund	
Balance of Allowance	
Supplies 	
$10634 22
100 00
35 00
4 50
4 50
64 60
100 00
4 50
35 00
9 00
100 00
95 00
100 00
35 00
4 SO
140 25
110 20
88 29
140 50
250 00
6 00
100 00
4 50
152 00
35 00
32 80
100 00
35 00
4 50
95 00
10 00
1426 70
100 00
35 00
4 50
15 00
3 00
150 00
109 25
300 00
39 20
Forward $14859 06 3649
ORDER DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER — Continued
Date
No. of
Order
In Whose Favor
Description
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Apr. 27
142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
1
1
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Department Council P.M.I
Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y
Fred Davey, G.  Sec'y.  ..
Odd Fellows Un«ion	
Forward	
Grant 	
$14859 06
150 00
May   1|
Salary,  one  month	
100 00
Postage and Sundries 	
42 45
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35 00
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B.C.   Telephone   Co	
D. E.  MacKenzie 	
Acme Press, Ltd	
Sweeney & McConnell....
H    White.   G.M	
Rent of Telephone	
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Funeral Wreath, CS. Ke?th,
P  G. R. 	
Printing   	
8 00
11 35
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Postage and Sundries 	
20 00
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Funeral Wreath, J. Crossan,
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1$15252 61
- 3650
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, per last report $   3,645 85
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer as per foregoing   Statement    15,435 84
$ 19,081 69
LESS Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per Statement      15,252 61
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $   3,829 08
STOCK ACCOUNT
Dr.
Balance per last report $ 274 22
Goods bought during the year     275 05
Freight etc., on supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge
Profit on goods sold during year	
Goods sold during the year	
Value of Stock on Hand	
Cr.
9 40
160
38
$
402
60
316 45
$
719
05
$
719
05
ODD FELLOWS HOME FUND
Receipts
Total value of this Fund per last report $ 16,352 50
Interest on Mortgages, etc., as per Statement  1,001 30
Imperial Bank of Canada  29 05
Dominion   Govt.   Savings   Bank  39
Grant from Grand Lodge Funds  1,426 70
Donations by Lodges and Individuals  123 09
Interest due    122 55
$ 19,055 58
LESS Interest due 1st May, 1914 and paid this year  95 00
1              §          # $18,960 58
LESS Exchange paid on Remittance for Investment  3 95
Total value of this Fund $ 18,956 63
How Invested
On Mortgage 1 _$ 16,322 55
Deposit, Imperial Bank of Canada      2,588 76
Dominion   Govt.   Savings   Bank  13 64
In Grand Treasurer's Hands ^  31 68
$ 18,956 63 3651
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND
Amount on hand per last report   $ 811 24
Interest Dominion Govt. Savings  Bank   24 30
S 835 54
How Invested
In Dominion Government Sayings Bank  $ 835 05
In Grand Treasurer's Hands   ~  49
S 835 54 3652
TRIAL BALANCE
ACCOUNT
Dr.
Cr.
Royal City Lodge, No. 3 |$ $
Aged Odd Fellows Fund |	
Dominion    Govt.    Savings    Bank     (Aged
Odd Fellows Fund)          835 05 ...
|Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47  1 00 ...
|Black Diamond Lodge No. 5 | 10...
Cloverdale  Lodge,  No.   15 j [.
Amity Lodge,  No. 27  25j"~.
Furniture and Regalia  J    1089 73...
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23 | 1 50 ...
Stock  |      316 45...
Cheam Lodge, No. 28 1 j
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9 | |
Dominion Govt. Savings Bank (Home Fd) 13 641—
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43 j
jOdd Fellows Home	
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55	
Sunshine Lodge No. 57	
, Okanagan Lodge, No. 58  I1
A. J. Morgan  |    2061 75j
F   Shackleton        2222 80
G   A.  Macey s |    1038 00|
R. A. Randall      2000 00|
| Fairview Lodge, No. 61 |
Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63	
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 j 3 85
A.  Perry  I    4000 00|
Imperial Bank of Canada      2588 76|
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 |
Pacific Lodge,  No   26 | j
(Profit and Loss  j |
Cariboo Lodge, No. 65 1 1 57
1 45
835 54
Sovereign
Grand Lodge
4 10
Dawson Lodge, No. la  |
Aaron Lodge, No. 14  20
A. and E. K. Baker  2500 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4 | 75
1 Clode   1100 00!
W. T. Grantham  | 1400 00J
Grand Treasurer  I 3829 08
47
84
4 10
 3"~50
18956 63
8 00
60
1 30
90
25
23
5193 87
1 00
$25008 68 $25008 68 3653
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
The following reports have been received from the General
Relief Committees of Victoria and Vancouver respecting the
work performed by them during the year 1914:—
Victoria      Vancouver
Number  of  Brothers  relieved  16 64
Amount paid for  relief $ 1,234 50 $   3,017 25
Amount paid for management expenses  67 05 247 94
Total amount of receipts  1,283 15 3,433 55
;    BONDING FINANCIAL  OFFICERS
In conformity with the decision of the Grand Lodge at its last
Session and the amended Constitution of Subordinates requiring
all Financial Officers to be bonded through this Grand Lodge, all
the Lodges were requested to state the amount of Bonds required
for these Officers, and as a result a Bond was entered into between
the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company and this Grand
Lodge on behalf of the Subordinates, covering Treasurers for
$19,800, Financial Secretaries $7550, and Trustees $26,750, a total
of $54,100 on which a premium of $151.48 was paid. In no case
was the amount of the Bond less than the minimum fixed by the
Constitution.
VETERAN JEWELS
Since my last report the following Veteran Jewels have been
issued to members of this Jurisdiction:—
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123
124
125
126
127
128
129
J.  G.  Hay	
T. White 	
S. A.  Cawley
D. T. Nelmes
E. A.   Kipp...
S. Mellard 	
F   Webster ...
H. H. Davis...
2
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130 |
7
131
7
132
7
133
7
134
7
135
8
136
8
137
H. C. Meark     27
E.   C.  Traves      27
W.  H.  Smith	
Wm.   Mitchell  	
R.  Cessford 	
J.  A.  Pritchard	
J   Sargent 	
j! Booth 	 3654
JUBILEE  ANNIVERSARY   CELEBRATION        ;f.
I beg to submit a report forwarded by the Committee having
the Jubilee Celebration of the Institution of Odd Fellowship in
British Columbia in charge, and to state that the refund of $332.35
was duly received and credited to the Expense Account of the
Grand Lodge:—
||:; §  Victoria,  B.C.,  Sept.  8,   1914.
To  the  Officers   and   Members  of
Grand Lodge. I.  O.  O.  F.
Dear  Sirs   and  Brothers:
The Committee having in charge the Celebration of the
Jubilee Anniversary of Odd Fellowship in British Columbia,
which was held in this city on the 7th to 12th June last, beg to
submit herewith a statement of the receipts and expenditures in
connection with this event, from which it will be seen that there
is a surplus of the former over the latter. The committee have
therefore returned the donations received from individual members
in full arid have decided to refund the balance pro rata to the
Grand and  Subordinate  Bodies  which  contributed.
You were good enough to subscribe $2,000.00 and a cheque for
$332.35, your quota is enclosed herewith, the receipt of which we
will feel obliged if you will be good enough to acknowledge to the
Treasurer.
The Committee desire to thank the Grand Bodies, Lodges
and Encampments for the generous financial support afforded it,
and also the members of the committees and others, who by their
fraternal assistance helped to make the celebration such a marked
success, and a red letter day in the history of Odd Fellowship in
British Columbia.
Yours fraternally,
A.  HENDERSON,  Chairman,
H.   E.   MORRIS,  Secretary,
FRED DAVEY, Treasurer,
For the  Committee.
Statement of Receipts and Disbursements, Jubilee Celebration,
Victoria, B.C., 7th to 12th June, 1914
Receipts
Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F., B.C $2,000 00
Grand Encampment, I.O.O.F., B.C  300 00
Victoria Lodge,  No.  1,  I.O.O.F  2,000 00
Columbia Lodge, No. 2, I.O.O.F  1,500 00
Roval City Lodge, No. 3, I.O.O.F  100 00
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, I.O.O.F  100 00
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, I.O.O.F  25 00
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, I.O.O.F  50 00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, I.O.O.F  100 00
Western Star Lodge, Xo.  10, I.O.O.F  100 00
Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, I.O.O.F  100 00
Aaron Lodge, No. 14, I.O.O.F  25 00
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, I.O.O.F  100 00 3655
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, I.O.O.F  50 00
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, I.O.O.F  50 00
Pacific Lodge, No  26, I.O.O.F  50 00
Amity Lodge, No. 27, I.O.O.F  150 00
Rossland Lodge, No. 36, I.O.O.F  100 00
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, I.O.O.F  25 00
Silver City Lodge, No. 39, I.O.O.F  15 00
Key City Lodge, No. 42, I.O.O.F  100 00
Wildey Lodge, No. 44, I.O.O.F j  50 00
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, I.O.O.F  50 00
Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47, I.O.O.F  50 00
Penticton Lodge, No. 51, I.O.O.F  25 00
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, I.O.O.F  10 00
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55  I.O.O.F  25 00
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, I.O.O.F  25 00
Grandview Lodge, No. 62, I.O.O.F..  15 00
Vancouver Encampment, No. 1, I.O.O.F  50 00
Columbia- Encampment, No. 5, I.O.O.F  50 00
Acme Encampment, No. 10, I.O.O.F  50 00
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No.  1, I.O.O.F  100 00
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2   I.O.O.F  25 00
Beulah  Rebekah   Lodge,   No.5,  I.O.O.F - 25 00
Individual members, Victoria  Lodges  409 00
Interest  Imperial  Bank of Canada  29 15
Total $ 8,028 15
Expenditures
Prizes,   Degree   Competition $ 2,900 00
Hire of Halls,  etc  365 00
Decorations,   etc.    :  288 30
Judges,  Degree   Competition  135 00
Printing  and  Advertising  384 40
Badges,  etc *.  230 90
Picnic  and  Sports  144 80
Music     500 00
Refreshments at Ball, etc  586 87
Hack and Tally-Ho Hire  125 00
Labour,  Expressage,  etc  215 60
Secretary ..  100 00
Treasurer   100 00
Postage,  Exchanges, etc ."  75 17
Electric Light   33 88
Fire Department and Red Light  91 00
Hire of Chairs, etc ......  82 00
Refund  of  Individual  Subscriptions  409 00
Balance     1,261 23
Total $ 8,028 15
Examined and found correct this 8th day of September, 1914.
H. E. MORRIS,
GEO.  McCANN.
J. G. HAY,
Auditing: Committee.
I 3656
Refunds
Grand   Lodge    $ 332 35
Grand   Encampment     49 85
Victoria Lodge, No.  1  332 35
Columbia Lodge, No. 2  249 25
Royal City Lodge, No. 3  16 63
Dominion Lodge, No. 4  16 63
Harmony Lodge, No. 6  4 15
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7  8 30
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  16 63
Western Star Lodge, No   10  16 63
Selkirk Lodge, No.  12 \  16 62
Aaron Lodge, No.  14  4 15
Kootenay Lodge,  No.  16  16 62
Mount  Pleasant Lodge,  No.  19  8 30
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23  8 30
Pacific Lodge, No. 26  8 30
Amity Lodge, No. 27  24 95
Rossland Lodge, No. 36  16 62
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38  4 15
Silver City Lodge, No. 39  2 50
Key City Lodge, No. 42  16 62
Wildey Lodge,  No. 44 J  8 30
Snowshoe Lodge,  No. 46  8 30
Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47  8 30
Penticton Lodge, No. 51  4 15
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53 „..^..  1 66
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55  4 15
Orchard   City   Lodge,   No.   59  4 15
Grandview   Lodge,   No.  62  2 50
Vancouver  Encampment,  No.  1  8 30
Columbia Encampment, No. 5  8 30
Acme  Encampment, No.  10  8 30
Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1  16 62
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2  4 15
Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5  4 15
Total $ 1,261 23
FRED DAVEY, Treasurer.
OHIO FLOOD RELIEF
The amount donated by the Order for relief of the sufferers in
the floods in Ohio in March, 1913, having exceeded the amount
required by $3,189.32, I received a communication from Bro. C. H.
Lyman, Grand Secretary of that Jurisdiction, enclosing cheque for
$94.70, being the proportionate amount due to the Lodges, etc., of
this Jurisdiction which subscribed towards this relief.
Bro. Lyman says: ;T take this opportunity of expressing to
you and through you to those who so materially aided us in our
great trouble, our gratitude, and with best wishes for your future
welfare." 3657
OHIO RELIEF FUND — Continued
The amount refunded was returned pro rata to the Lodges, etc., as follows
LODGE   SUBSCRIBING
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How    Disposed    Of
Victoria
Columbia
"Royal   City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western   Star
Union
Selkirk
Pittitko
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon  VaHey
Abbotsford
Ashcroft
Pacific
Amity -
Cheam
Boundary Valley
Silver  City
Slocan
Key City
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Eureka
Princeton
Maple Leaf
N.  Vancouver
Mt.  Ida
Okanagan
Little   Mountain
Fairview
Prince  Rupert
Corbin
Park
Dawson
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3658
LOST RITUALS
Notwithstanding the trouble taken in registering, numbering
and obtaining receipts from each Noble Grand at the time of his
installation into office for the Rituals supplied to the Lodges, I
regret to have to report that Rituals appear to have been lost
belonging to the following: Lodges, viz.: 'Victoria" Lodge, No.
one: "Selkirk
No. 18, one.
Lodge, No.  12
and "Vernon' Valley'  Lodge
I am at a loss to suggest what further steps should be taken
to ensure their safety. In one Jurisdiction I notice a heavy fine
is imposed on the Lodge losing a Ritual and in another the Noble
Grand responsible for their custody forfeits his right to the honors
of the office if a Ritual in his custody is missing during his term.
The matter is referred for^such action as the Grand Lodge may
deem advisible.
W*
AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION APPROVED
The amendments made to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge
last Session were approved by the Grand Sire on 3rd August,
1914, and subsequently approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at
its last Annual Session.
FIRE
The Hall of "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, at Phoenix, was destroyed by fire and with the exception of the Rituals and Ledger
all their property was burnt. I would recommend that a Duplicate
Charter be issued to this Lodge without charge.
APPEALS
Two appeals have been received since we last met, viz.: Bro.
J. H. Elliott, P.G., "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61, Vancouver, against
the action of that Lodge in the matter of charges preferred by
him against Bro. J. R. Vernon, a member of that Lodge; also
from Bro. W. T. Guttschick V. "Dawson" Lodge, No. la, Dawson,
Y.T., in expelling him from  membership in that Lodge.
These, appeals have been forwarded to the Committee on
Appeals and their reports will be submitted to you.
NECROLOGY
I regret to have to report that since we last met death has
invaded our ranks and removed several of our most prominent and
valued members: Bro. J. F. McDougall, one of the most active
members of "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, Phoenix, who represented
that Lodge on many occasions, and has filled subordinate offices
in this Grand Body, was killed by accident in a mine on 5th July,
1914. Bro. C. S. Keith, P.G.R. and G.J.W., of the Grand Encampment, died after a short illness on 4th April, 1915. Bro. James
Crossan, P.G.M., P.G.R., passed away after a brief sickness on 18th
April last, and Bro. J. R. Webster, P.G.P. and P.G.R., died at
Vancouver on 22nd April, 1915.
Their absence from our meetings and their valued assistance
in carrying on our work will be greatly missed. In their respective
Lodges their loss will be severely felt. .£**
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Letters of condolence were sent.to the families of the deceased
and wreaths placed on their biers on behalf of this Grand Lodge.
Their examples should prove an inspiration and incentive to us
all to renewed effort to carry on the work in which they laboured
so earnestly and to build up and strengthen the Order theyToved
so well.
Fraternally submitted,
Grand Secretary.
Grand Treasurer's Report
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To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit the following report of my receipts and disbursements as  Grand Treasurer for the past year:—
1914 Receipts
June   12—To balance from late Grand Treasurer.- $ 3,728.35
Sept.   15—To   Cash  from  Grand  Secretary  9,830.15
Oct.    31—To Interest Merchants Bank 1  22.50
1915
Feb.   15—To Cash from Grand Secretary  1,877.41
Mar.   22—To Cash from Grand Secretary  2,326.50
April 30—To Interest Merchants Bank  47.35
May     1—To Cash from Grand Secretary  1,249.43
$19,081.69
Disbursements
May 9, 1914, to May 1, 1915:—
By Paid Orders Nos. 54 to 151 $ 15,252.61
Balance on hand $3,829.08
Fraternally submitted,
M: 1 H. GLASS,
Grand Treasurer. 3660
Grand Representatives
Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:—
Your representatives to the nineteenth annual communication
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, held at Atlantic City, New Jersey,
U.S.A., from September 21st to 25th inclusive, beg leave to submit
the following report:—
The business sessions were held in the large auditorium at the
extreme end of the steel pier, which was covered from floor
to the majestic arches with glass. The bright rays of the sun
and the cooling breezes of the Atlantic with the coming and
going of the tide beneath us, made the place an ideal one for a
large convention, with perhaps the exception of the acoustic
properties, which were annoying at times. The gathering was
a grand body in fact as well as in name. There were members of
the bench and bar, men of high station in business -circles,
orators who held the members spell bound while discussing important issues, Canadians as well as Americans, free with the hand
of good fellowship and frank with the smiles of greeting and welcome. But perhaps the most attractive and impressive were the
Brothers who entered the work forty and fifty years ago, some
who have received honours of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in the
past, others whose counsel was ever sought and whose words of
wisdom are now and have been for many decades the beacon
lights guiding the course and moulding the policy .of our great
Order.
Nineteen years previously the Sovereign Grand Lodge met at
Atlantic City, and at the last meeting, every member of that Grand
Body as well as every Odd Fellow and Rebekah throughout the
world where the Order exists, have reason to feel thankful for
the marked advancement made since that time. Nineteen years
ago there were 815,000 subordinate members; Encampment members, 135,000, and 225,000 in the Rebekah branch. The condition of
the Order, December 31, 1913, given below shows a wonderful
comparison, and demonstrates in a concise manner the marvelous
progress made within the short period, as will be shown in another
portion of this report.
On Sunday, September the 20th, the officers, representatives
and visitors attended divine service at the First Presbyterian
Church, and listened to an eloquent sermon delivered by Rev.
Henry M. Mellen.
On Monday morning, September 21st, a public reception by
the Order in New Jersey was held in one of the Auditoriums on
the steel pier, at which addresses of welcome were delivered by
Hon. John W. Wescott, Attorney-General, who spoke for the
Governor of New Jersey; Bro. James White,  Grand Master:  Bro. 3661
Geo. H. Atkenson, Grand Patriarch; Mrs. Ophelia Gregory,
President of the Rebekah Assembly; and Col. Wm. C. Taylor,
Department Commander. Appropriate responses were made by
Bro. C. A. Keller, Grand Sire.
At the conclusion of the addresses, the officers and representatives adjourned to the large hall where the regular session was
inaugurated. After the Deputy Grand Sire and Grand Marshal
had examined the Grand Representatives and declared them duly
qualified, the Rev. J. A. Lucas, Grand Chaplain, asked the divine
blessing upon our labours for the day; after which the Deputy
Grand Sire, by order of the Grand Sire, declared the Sovereign
Grand Lodge open for business.
The following were the officers present: Grand Sire, C. A.
Keller; Deputy Grand Sire, Robert T. Daniel; Grand Secretary,
John B. Goodwin; Grand Treasurer, M. Richards Muckle; Assistant
Grand Secretary, J. Edward Kroh; Grand Chaplain, Rev. J. A.
Lucas; Grand Guardian, H. R. Perkins; Grand Messenger, W. G.
Nye.
In considering the condition of the Order and before presenting the statistics, it might be well to quote the excerpts from the
reports of the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary:—
Grand Sire.—The condition of our Order is satisfactory even
to our most optimistic members. I fear the time, however, has
arrived when we should give less attention to increase of membership and more to its quality. There seems to be a growing
element in our Order that needs to be held firmly in hand or
the very purpose and aims of our institution will be subverted.
A Grand Master's success should not be measured by increase of
membership or the number of new lodges instituted, but by the
character and quality of work he has done during his administration.
Grand Secretary.—During the past year active and interesting work has been accomplished in the Order. Generally, though
with exceptions in some Jurisdictions, conditions have been such
as to retard progress. From the reports and correspondence it
will appear that <the fraternal and benevolent principles of Odd
Fellowship have been carried out and that splendid loyalty prevails among the vast membership. The figures and tables showing
benevolent expenditures for the various purposes of Odd Fellowship tell more impressively than words that the mission of the
Order is being faithfully performed and humanity being blessed
by its existence.
OUR MEMBERSHIP
December 31, 1912, we had 18,089 Subordinate Lodges, 3,715
Subordinate Encampments, 9,725 Rebekah Lodges and 763 Cantons.
December 31 1912, we had 1,645,369 Subordinate Lodge members, 231,865 Encampment members, 711,873 Rebekah Lodge
members 26,298 Canton members, and a total membership (without duplication) of 2 121,921.
On December 31, 1913, there were 18,153 Subordinate Lodges
members and 9,780 Rebekah Lodges with 733,011 members, and
with 1,673,869 members, and 3,580 Encampments with 233,810
760 Cantons with 26,707 members. 3662
This shows that during, the year ending December 31, 1913, an
increase of 64 Subordinate Lodges, a loss of 135 Subordinate
Encampments, a gain of 55 Rebekah Lodges, and a loss of 3 Cantons. There was a net increase in Subordinate Lodge members
of 28,500, in Subordinate Encampment members of 1,945, in
Rebekah Lodge members of 21,138, in Canton members of 409, and
total net increase in membership of 50,389.
STATISTICS     OF    THE     ORDER    THROUGHOUT    THE
WORLD   FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31, 1913
Including  Australasia,  Denmark,  Germany,   Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  4,095,956
Members   relieved    4,288,523
Widowed  Families  relieved  341,287
Members deceased  '.  435,049
Total Relief  $154,656,000.37
Total Revenue  —   331,490,271.66
CONDITION     OF    THE     ORDER    THROUGHOUT     THE
WORLD    DECEMBER    31,    1913
Sovereign   Grand   Lodge  1
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia. Denmark,     Germany,     Netherlands,     Sweden     and
Switzerland     6
Grand Lodges  r.  68
Grand Encampments   57
Subordinate   Lodges     18,153
Subordinate Encampments   3,580
Rebekah Lodges   9.780
Lodge  Members    1,673,869
Encampment   Members     233,810
Rebekah   Lodge   Members  733,011
Total number of persons belonging to the Order  2,167,055
Total  Relief paid in  1913 $ 6,186,015.50
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1913  18,950,609.48
Total   Expenses  of  Grand  and  Subordinate  Bodies
for 1913  9,988,538.61
Invested  Funds  of   Grand  and   Subordinate   Bodies
December  31,   1913  66,163,274.48
SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE FUNDS
August 1, 1913, cash on hand $ 70,149 30
August 1, 1914, cash received during the year  106,485.23
Total cash  $176,634.53
Warrants drawn from August 1, 1913, to July 31, 1914.... 101,216.50
Balance on hand July 31, 1914 $ 75,418.03
ODD FELLOWS' HOMES
The condition of our Homes throughout the world is as follows:
Cost   of   property $3,634,981.34
Present   value       5,211,596.15
Cost   ot   maintenance      790 008.64 3663
Number   of   Homes i  53
Number   of   residents  4,135
Residents admitted from date of opening  10,881
ASSETS OF THE SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE
Cash in hands of Grand Treasurer $ 75,418.03
City of Philadelphia 3V2  per  cent  Bonds  102,499.30
Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Ry. 4 per cent Bonds    49,988.75
Cash on deposit for Insurance         300.00
Steel   and   Electrotype   Plates     15,587.26
Supplies  at  cost  price     20,408.27
Sovereign Grand Lodge Building and Furniture     50,000.00
Adding Machine in  Grand Treasurer's  Office  196.00
Debtor Balances       2,926.51
$317,324.12
Amount July 31, 1913  302,020.27
Increase $ 15,303.85
LEGISLATION
A proposed amendment to the funeral ceremony was disapproved.
A proposition that where the Provincial Grand Lodge has
adopted and provided a suitable Past Grand's Jewel, the same may
be worn in the Lodges of the Jurisdiction in lieu of regalia was
disapproved.
The proposition to allow a member holding an official receipt
showing hist dues paid in advance, to sign a petition for a charter
and after the charter is granted the new Lodge to obtain the
member's  transfer under the Transfer  Law was  disapproved.
Approved: Changing By-laws of Sovereign Grand Lodge prescribing Jewels for the Grand Sire and Past Grand Sires.
Declined to approve a resolution that would serve to secure
reimbursement to Lodges of sick benefits paid to a sojourning
sick brother on the faith of a visiting card of a lodge which was
at the time of its issuance or presentation defunct.
A resolution providing that Subordinate Lodges may not
adopt By-laws providing for a graduated scale of dues was disapproved.
The adoption of a resolution changing the law regarding
smoking in the Lodge room while the Lodge is in session was disapproved.
The proposition requiring elective officers of Subordinate
Lodges to be a member of an Encampment was disapproved.
A resolution providing for a Subordinate Lodge to meet twice
each month alternately with an Encampment when a Lodge and
Encampment are located in the same city or town was disapproved.
Recommended that soliciting insurance in Lodge meetings
should  be  discontinued,  and  that   Subordinate   Lodge  and  Grand 3664
Lodge  Officials should   cease   to   act as  collectors for  insurance
companies doing business in the name of the Order.
The law relating to transfer of membership was amended by
requiring that twenty-five cents shall be paid by the member to
his old Lodge when applying for a Transfer Certificate. This law
came into effect on the 1st of January, 1915.
GRAND SIRE'S DECISIONS, AS APPROVED BY THE S.G.L.
Subordinate Lodge Decisions
Decision 1. Statement.—The Grand Lodge of Texas at its
last session adopted a report, reading as follows: 'We, your Committee on the State of the Order, recommend that the brothers
of the Subordinate Lodges of Texas co-operate in maintaining a
voluntary fund in each Lodge for the relief of distress outside of
our ranks, so that we may be true to the lesson of the Good
Samaritan, and exemplify as Odd Fellows our belief of the common brotherhood of man."
Question 1.—Can a Lodge legally create and maintain in the
Lodge a fund to be disbursed by its officers and in its name, for
the relief of distress outside our ranks, or" for donations or subscriptions to charitable objects more or less foreign to our
organization?
Answer.—No.
Q. 2.—Can a Subordinate Lodge take jurisdiction of and maintain, even through voluntary contributions, a fund for "outside
charities?"
A.—No.
Dec. 2. It has been held it is not in good taste to celebrate
our anniversary on Sunday, Busbee's Digest, Sec. 1; that it is
illegal to hold meetings of a general relief committee on Sunday,
Busbee's Digest, 1116; that meetings of all subordinate bodies
must be held on a week day, Busbee, Sec. 1853; that a Canton
cannot parade on Sunday, Busbee, Sec. 2438; and that Sunday
should be rigidly observed by all Odd Fellows, Busbee, Sec. 1854.
I am therefore of the opinion that it would be inadvisable to grant
a dispensation for a Sunday excursion to be given in the name of
a Lodge or the Order or to grant the use of the emblems or
regalia of the Order on such occasion.
Dec. 3. Statement.—Last year our Grand Master decided as
follows: "No. 41. When the institution of a new Lodge changes
the Territorial Jurisdiction of a member, such member is entitled
to the privileges of the transfer law the same as though he had
moved his residence."
The Judiciary Committee reported the same to the Grand
Lodge as follows: "Decision 41 states in substance that the
institution of a new Lodge changed the Territorial Jurisdiction of
a member, presumably without his moving, and states further
that a member under such conditions is entitled to the privileges
of the transfer law. We non-concur in this decision, as the Constitution states that it is necessary for a member to move his
residence in order to avail himself of the privileges of the transfer law." 366,
Upon motion the report of the Judiciary Committee, as to
Decision 41, was referred to the incoming Grand Master with
the request that he submit the question involved to the Grand
Sire for official decision.
Our Constitution for Subordinate Lodges provides as follows:
'When a member of the Order changes his residence from one
Territorial Jurisdiction to another holding an Official Certificate
in date showing dues paid in advance may petition for membership in a Lodge in the Jurisdiction to which he has removed at
or near his new residence, accompanying his petition with said
Official Certificate, and if elected to membership the Secretary
of such Lodge -shall notify the Secretary of the Lodge issuing
said Official Certificate or Visiting Card of such election, and
upon notice, unless charges be pending against said member,
said Lodge shall issue to him without ballot or fee a Transfer
Certificate, which, on being delivered to the Lodge so electing
him, he shall sign the 'constitution of said Lodge and become a
member of said Lodge without the payment of any admission
fee; provided that if a physician's certificate is required, the applicant shall pay the expense thereof."
The Sovereign Grand Lodge at Minneapolis amended the
transfer law to read as follows:—
"That a member of the Order in possession of an Official
Certificate or Visiting Card changing his residence from the Territorial Jurisdiction of his Lodge or Encampment to the Territorial
Jurisdiction of another and desiring to unite with a Lodge or
Encampment at his new place of residence, upon making application for membership, accompanied by his Official Certificate or
Visiting Card, showing his dues paid in advance, and being elected
as provided by local law, upon notice being sent to the Secretary
or Scribe of his Lodge or Encampment, said Lodge or Encampment shall, unless charges are pending against him, without ballot
and fee, issue a Transfer Certificate, etc."
Q.—Which was right, the decision of the former Grand Master,
or  of  the Judiciary  Committee?
A.—While the decision of the Judiciary Committee may have
been justified by the strict letter of the law, I feel that the Grand
Master's decision comes nearer following the spirit of the law,
and was correct. By the institution of the new Lodge the brother
was changed from the Jurisdiction of one Lodge to that of
another and I believe the purpose of the law was to enable him to
transfer his membership without expense, to that Lodge where
it would be most convenient for him to attend, and I cannot see
that it makes any difference whether he moves to another Lodge
or the institution of a new Lodge brings it nearer to him. The
reason for the transfer is the same.
Dec. 4. Q.—Does Decision 11,
pages 304-305, apply to any Lodge
individual. State Constitutions?
as   amended,
in   any  State,
1913
regardless
Journal,
of
A.—No.
Dec. 5. Statement.—A brother applied for and was elected to
membership in another Lodge in another Jurisdiction on his
Official Certificate. The Lodge electing him asked for and received 3666
Q.—Where does he belong, if anywhere, and what is his
standing? Did his "severs membership" act, he not having been
sick at any time since the Transfer Certificate was issued, put
him out of the Order?
A.—He does not belong to either Lodge.
Dec. 6. Statement.—A Subordinate Lodge in July, 1912, for
the purpose of raising a fund to defray the expenses of the anniversary Celebration to be held April, 1913, adopted a resolution
making an assessment of $1.00 on all members then belonging to
the Lodge or who should become members thereof from that
date until April 26, 1913. A member who, before that time, had
been dropped for non-payment of dues was re-instated in November, 1912. When he paid his first dues $1.00 was taken out of
same  under this resolution.
Q.—Could this member be legally taxed with this assessment
he not being a member of the Lodge when the assessment was
ordered..
A.—No, unless the assessment was authorized by local legislation. If the assessment was authorized by local legislation, the
member in question was liable for the payment thereof, as were
all other members of the Lodge, whether they became members
prior or subsequent to the assessment.
Dec. 7. Q. 1.—In case a member desires to change his membership from one Lodge to another and who -would not be within
the meaning of the transfer law because there has been no change
of residence and where he resides within the jurisdiction of several
Lodges having concurrent jurisdiction and he makes application by
deposit of Visiting Card or Official Certificate and on such application is elected, <#nust the Lodge of which he has been a member
under the laws and decisions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge,
issue and forward to the Lodge electing him a member, a Withdrawal Card for the brother upon application therefor from the
Secretary of the Lodge so electing the brother a member?
A.—Yes, if the brother is free from all charges and has paid
all fees and dues owed by him.
Q.    2.—Does the same rule apply in Rebekah Lodges?
i\.— i es.
Q. 3.—If the above questions are answered in the affirmative,
then can a Grand Lodge enact legislation for its Jurisdiction
abrogating such laws and decisions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge
so far as to require the application in such case for the Withdrawal Card to be made in person by the member or in writing
bv the member? 3667
A.—No.
Dec. 8. Statement.—"A" has been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for a period of 25 years, during which
time he was "suspended for cause" for a period of one year.
Q.—Is he entitled to a Veteran's JeweL
A.—No.    See Sees. 1604, 1611 and 1614, Busbee's Digest.
Dec. 9. Q.—»May two or more Lodges located in contiguous
territory and assembled by appointment for holding School of
Instruction in ritualistic ceremonies, hold a joint meeting for
initiating a class of candidates made up from the various Lodges
interested, provided candidates have been previously regularly
elected to membership and provided each Lodge participating be
represented by a quorum of its members including Noble Grand
and Secretary, together with their own records, charter, constitution and by-laws in the room and dispensation from Deputy or
Grand Master having been procured and notice sent to members
concerning  such  special  meeting?
A.—No.
Decision   and   answer   to
session.
No.    10   was   considered   in  secret
Dec. 11. Statement.—Clause No. 40. If the attending physician advises that the nature of the illness is such that the attendance of a nurse is necessary, one shall be procured by the physician and said attendance shall be continued until terminated by
the physician, the cost of said nursing to be paid for out of the
Sick Nursing Fund, but in no case to exceed $1.50 per calendar
day. If in the hospital 75 cents per day to be paid to the
brother.
Q. 1.—Is the above by-law legal and should it be approved
by the Committee on Laws of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba?
A.—No. '   .
Q. 2.—Is it not in direct conflict with Clause 159, Busbee's
Digest?
A.—Yes.
Q. 3.—Can any person hire a nurse for a sick brother other
than the Lodge or its Sick Visiting Committee and have the cost
of said nursing paid out of the Nurse Fund..
A.—No,  unless  properly  authorized.
Q.    4.—You will notice that the above by-law gives the physi
sian power to hire or discharge the nurse without consulting the
Lodge and have the  Lodge pay the nurse.    Would this be legal?
A.—No.    *    ,
Decision and answer to No. 12 was considered in secret
session.
Dec. 13. Q.—Have we, as Odd Fellows, the right to permit
the Masonic Fraternity to furnish part of the funds and own a hall
in partnership  with us? 3668
A.—Y'es, unless your Grand Lodge Constitution provides
otherwise.    See Busbee's Digest, Sees. 1917 and 2245.
Dec. 14. Statement.—A Lodge desires to have a by-law to
read as follows:—
Dues.—The regular dues or contributions payable by every
brother now a member of this Lodge, shall be at the rate of eight
dollars per year—or two dollars per quarter, payable quarterly in
advance on the 1st of January, April, July and October.
And of those who shall hereafter be initiated or admitted
shall be at the following rates payable at the same time as above
mentioned:
Age at admission 21 to 30 $ 8.00 per annum.
Age at admission 31 to 35
Age at admission 36 to 40
Age at admission 41 to 45
Age at admission 46 to 50
Age at admission 51 to 56
Age at admission 56 up,
9.00 per annum.
10.00 per annum.
12.00 per annum.
14.00 per annum.
16.00 per annum.
20.00 per annum.
Q.—Would it be legal to have two classes of dues, one for
those who are now members of the Lodge and one for those who
may be admitted after the passing of these amendments, or
should all pay alike whether it be a standard scale or a sliding
scale to apply to all according to age whether now in membership  or admitted hereafter.
A.—The by-law submitted is not in conflict with any general
law.
Dec. 15. Statement.—In a city having concurrent jurisdiction
it is desired to boost Odd Fellowship by having a monster class of
candidates for the Initiatory Degree, the degree to be conferred
at a joint meeting, by, or under the auspices of one of the Lodges.
Q.—May a joint meeting of the Lodges in a city or town
having concurrent jurisdiction be held within the limits of said
concurrent jurisdiction for the purpose of conferring the Initiatory
Degree providing the candidates for the Initiatory Degree shall
have been previously legally elected to membership, and providing
further, that the charter, Bible, Question Book, etc., of each
Lodge are present in the Lodge-room at the joint meeting and
that each Lodge is opened and closed at said meeting in due
form?
A.—No.
Dec. 16. Statement.—About 20 years ago a brother became
a member of the Order in this State. A few years later he transferred to another Lodge in this State. About 12 years ago he
transferred to a Lodge in the State of Missouri. In July, 1911, he
transferred back to a Lodge in this State and was accepted in
the usual form and has kept his dues paid since then, but it
developes that he never signed the constitution of the last Lodge
that he was transferred to. 3669
Q. 1.—Is he a member of the last Lodge and entitled to sick
benefits..
A.—No.  - •        '   • ■■ § "
Q- 2.—If it should develop that he was poisoned in 1905,
from which he never fully recovered, and which has been the
cause of his present disability (which he did not advice the last
Lodge when he was taken in), does this, per se, act as a forfeiture
of 'his benefits?
A.—No. "       "
Q. 3.—Is he entitled to his benefits as long as his dues are
paid and no charge lodged against him on this account?
A.—No.
Rebekah Decisions
Dec. 17. Q. 1.—The 1914 term being the months January to
September inclusive, do not Rebekah Lodge officers earn the
honors of office by attending a majority of the regular meetings in
that period of nine months?
A.—Yes,   provided   they   have   continued
served therein to the end of the term.
Q.    2.—May a Grand Lodge  or Assembly,
ates, have a public installation of its officers?
in   office   and   have
ike its  subordin-
A.—I find no law of The Sovereign Grand Lodge authorizing
Grand Bodies and Rebekah Assemblies to hold public installations.
Busbee's Digest, Sees. 1424 to 1431 inclusive. The Book of Forms
contains no ceremony for such installation, and until one is provided, I shall hold Grand Bodies cannot have public installations.
Dec. 18. Statement.—At the last session of our Grand Lodge
the following amendment to the Rebekah Lodge Constitution was
adopted: (Art. V, Sec. 1.) "The fee for membership in all cases
shall be such as the Lodges, by by-laws may determine, but in
no case less than one dollar, and in case of an unmarried white
woman who applies as such and whose age exceeds 45 years,
she shall pay in addition not less than one dollar per year for each
year of her age exceeding 45 years, unless application is made
under Article II, Sec. 1. Clause 2, of the Constitution for Rebekah
Lodges, except as provided by the Transfer of Membership Law."
Q.—Is this amendment legal?
A.—I   am  of  the opinion that  the   amendment  to
Sec. 1 of the Rebekah Lodge Constitution adopted
Lodere at its annual session in 1912 is legal.
\>y
Article   V,
the  Grand
Dec. 19. Statement.—(First.) Resolution Xo. 34 of the Proceedings of The Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1906, page 716, reads
as follows: "Resolved, That the respective Grand Lodges in Jurisdictions where Rebekah Assemblies are or may be organized, are
hereby authorized to enact such legislation as will allow the President of such Assemblies to receive petitions for dispensations and
charters for the institution of Subordinate Rebekah Lodges, and
grant same and institute new Rebekah Lodges subject to the
approval of their Grand Lodges and under such legislation as may
be prescribed by such Grand Lodges." 3670
(Second.) Resolution No. 40 of the Proceedings of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1907, page 250, reads as follows: "Resolved, That Sees. 2 and 3 of the Rebekah Code be and they are
hereby amended so as to read as follows: Sec. 2. The Grand
Lodges subordinate to The Sovereign Grand Lodge are hereby
authorized and empowered to institute Rebekah Lodges at such
places as they may deem proper within their territorial limits,
and during the recess of such Grand Lodge the Grand Masters
are hereby authorized to grant dispensations for the institutions
of such Rebekah Lodges subject to the approval of the Grand
Lodge at its next session. Sec. 3. A Grand Master shall be the
installing officer who may, however, appoint for that purpose any
Past Grand or Past Noble Grand who is in good standing in a
Rebekah  Lodge."
Q*. 1.—To what extent does the Resolution No. 40 of the
legislation of 1907 as above quoted, repeal Resolution No. 34 of
the legislation  of  1906?
A.—None of it.
Rebekah Code.
It is supplementary to the provisions of the
Q.    2.—What  authority  exists,   if  any,   othet   than   the   provisions   of  the   Rebekah   Code   as   amended,  for  the  institution   of
Rebekah   Lodges
A.—Resolution No. 34, Journal 1906, page 716.
Q. 3.—Can Grand Masters in all Jurisdictions institute Rebekah
Lodges as provided by Rebekah Code as so amended?
A.—Yes, unless authority otherwise has been given as provided for in Resolution No. 34, Journal 1906, page 716.
In Texas and in many other Jurisdictions laws like the one
you quote from Michigan have been enacted. Resolution No. 40
of 1907 did not materially change the Rebekah Code from what it
was before. This law is in full force and effect, except in Jurisdictions where the Grand Lodge has delegated its authority to the
Rebekah Assembly as in Texas and Michigan. W.here there is a
Rebekah Assembly and the Grand Lodge has delegated its authority as provided by Resolution No. 34 of 1906, neither the Grand
Master nor the Grand Lodge would have power or authority to
act under the Rebekah Code as amended by Resolution Xo. 40 of
1907, without annulling the permission given to the Rebekah
Assembly. If both had the right, conflict of authority would almost
surely arise.
Dec. 20. Q.—Does the Transfer Law as amended at the last session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, except as relates to benefits,
apply to Rebekah Lodges the same as to Subordinate Lodges and
Encampments ?
A.—Ye
b.
Dec. 21. Q.—Has the President of the Rebekah Assembly the
right to recall and reclaim charter, books and other effects of
defunct Rebekah Lodges, such action being under approval of
the Grand Lodge, and according to such regulations as may be
prescribed by the Grand Lodge?
A.—Yes. 3671
Miscellaneous Decisions
Dec. 29. Statement.—The Past Grands form an association,
elect officers, have a constitution and by-laws, initiation and instal-
lation ceremony, secret work and pass-words. A small fee is
charged for admission and a small amount for dues.
Q. 1.—Does such an organization come under the ban of
Past Grand Sire W. L Kuykendall's proclamation issued on January 10, 1910?
A.—Yes.
Q. 2.—Can Past Officers »have an association without ceremonies, secret work, pass-words, etc., that meets for the purpose
of discussing legislation and socials that will have a tendency to
build up the Order?
A.—Yes.
Dec. 30. Statement.—The Past Noble Grands of a Rebekah
Lodge desire to form a social club, the club to be composed of the
Past Noble Grands of this Lodge and their 'husbands. They wish
to call the club "The Past Noble Grands' Social Club of (name
of Lodge)."
Q.—Is it permissible, under our laws, for them so to organize
and style themselves?
A.—Yes, provided they do not use the name of a Lodge.
Subordinate Lodge Decisions
Dec. 31. Statement.—Under the laws of Indiana, Section 14
provides, "That should the funds of a Lodge become exhausted,
each member thereof shall make such contribution to the relief
of sick and distressed brothers as shall be determined on by two-
thirds of the members-hip present: but no motion or proposition
to tax the members of any Lodge or appropriate the funds thereof
to other than charitable purposes or ordinary expenses of the
Lodge shall be decided at the same meeting at which it is made,
nor shall any such motion be lawful except at a regular meeting."
During the flood of 1912 a Lodge of this Jurisdiction was
sorely afflicted, nearly one hundred of its members were in the
flooded district, and at a special meeting held on Sunday, April
13, with a .good attendance of the membership, a motion was made
to assess the members $2.00 each for the relief of those affected by
the flood. The vote was unanimously in favor. At the next regular meeting following the motion to make the assessment was
again made and carried unanimously. The Lodge at the time
had $900.00 in its treasury available for its uses. Besides it owned
its own property and was not in distress financially.
Q.—Was
members?
this assessment legal and enforcible against all the
A.—From the statement it seems the funds of the Lodge had
not become exhausted,   and there was ample money in the treasury
out   of   which   such   appropriation   as   was   necessary   c
been made, and I therefore answer no to your question
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Dec. 32 ordered expunged from the records.
Rebekah  Decisions
Dec. 33. Q.—Can a Rebekah Lodge be instituted, none of the
charter members being in possession of Che degree, or having
cards or certificates from Rebekah Lodges?
02.
A.—Yes.    See Sec. 27,  Rebekah  Code,  Busbee's Digest, page
Grand Lodge Decisions
Dec. 34. An amendment to Section 6 of Article 9, of the
Grand Lodge Constitution of California, submitted to me, was
not approved because in providing for the consolidation of Lodges
they left out the clause contained in the old Constitution, as follows: "provided there are not five Third Degree members in good
standing in the Lodges wiho object to or protest against same."
See Busbee's Digest, Section 1781. Also Journal 1904, pages 545,
752, 820; and 1906 Journal, pages 19, 219, 243.
Dec. 35. Statement.—The law referred to in Section 834 of
Busbee's Digest authorizes a Grand Lodge so to legislate while a
member of any Subordinate or Rebekah Lodge is a resident of
an Odd Fellows' Home approved by the Grand Lodge, such Lodge
or Rebekah Lodge shall be exempt from the payment of any
benefits to such member, and that during such period of exemption from benefits no dues shall accrue against such member. The
law digested in Section 2490 of the same Digest prohibits the
payment   of  benefits   by* a   Rebekah
Lodge.
Q.—May   a   Grand   Lodge   enact   that   no   dues   shall   accrue
against a member  of a  Rebekah   Lodge while such  member  is  a
resident   of   an
Grand Lodge?
Odd   Fellows'   Home   under   the   control   of   said
A.—The law digested in Section 2490 of Busbee's Digest is
later than the law covered by Sec. 834 of Busbee's Digest, and the
two might be construed to mean that the exemption from payment of dues might be dependent upon the right to claim benefits,
but I am of the opinion that the intent was to relieve any member
of the Order who was a resident of one of our Homes from the
payment of dues, and tor that reason answer you in the
affirmative.
Miscellaneous Decisions
Dec. 37. Statement.—Referring to Decisions No. 14 and No.
15, page 17, Journal 1913, and to the legislation referred to in connection with Decision No. 15:
Q. 1.—May a Past Grand Patriarch wear a Past Grand
Patriarch's Jewel in lieu of regalia in a Subordinate or in a Grand
Encampment?
A.—Yes, provided such jewels issued since January, 1912, be
those sold by The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Q. 2.—May. a Past Grand Master or Past Grand Patriarch
who before 1911 was in possession of a Past Grand Master's or
Past Grand Patriarch's jewel, which accorded with the laws then
in force, now wear such jewel in lieu of regalia (a)  in a Lodge, 3673
(b) in a Rebekah Lodge, (c) in a Grand Lodge, J d) in a Subordin
ate  Encampment,  or  (e)  in  a  Grand Encampment?
A.—Yes,
OFFICERS OF SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE FOR 1915-1916
Robert T. Daniel Grand Sire
J. B. A. Robertson Deputy Grand Sire
John B. Goodwin Grand Secretary
M.  Richards Muckle Grand Treasurer
J. Edward Kroh Assistant Grand Secretary
J. A. Lucas Grand Chaplain
John A.  Hynds Grand Marshal
E. L. Webber Grand Guardian
D.  E.  Bird Grand Messenger
SOVEREIGN   GRAND   LODGE   HONORS
For the first time have tihe Odd Fellows of British Columbia
been honoured by having one of their Representatives appointed
tcr office in The Sovereign Grand Lodge, and we extend congratulations to our distinguished colleague, Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.
P.G.R., who by his ability and personality so impressed the Grand
Sire that 'he gave Bro. Webber the coveted appointment of Grand
Guardian of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
SOCIAL EVENTS
On Monday evening the Grand Secretaries and Grand Scribes
held their annual banquet. On the same evening Grand Sire and
Mrs. Keller and Grand Officers held a reception in the parlours of
the Hotel Chalfonte. The function was a most brilliant one,
and the parlours were filled to over-flowing by the sisters and
brothers anxious to greet the Grand Officers and their wives.
On Wednesday evening the Grand Decoration of Chivalry
was conferred in one of the large halls on the steel pier.
Following the Decoration of Chivalry, the Military Ball was
held and it proved one of the most pleasant and attractive events
of the session. The beautifully gowned ladies, 'mingling with the
uniformed officers and chivaliers presented a scene not soon forgotten.
NECROLOGY
We regret to have to announce the death of two very distinguished members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in the persons
of Joihn C. Underwood, Past Grand Sire, and Harper Wilson,
Grand Marshal. Bro. Underwood first entered the Sovereign
Grand Lodge in 1874 and was elected Grand Sire in 1888. Bro.
Harper Wilson was forty-eight years an Odd Fellow, and was
perhaps the most widely known Odd Fellow west of the Great
Lakes, and his influence will be an inspiration to those who knew
him best.
THE PARADE
On Wednesday afternoon a parade of all branches of the
Order was held, and it was a credit to the Order. One of the
most conspicuous attractions and one that received an ovation all 3674
along the line were the members of Washington Lodge,  Xo. 1, of
Maryland,  the  Mother Lodge  of the  entire  Order.
PRESENTATION OF JEWELS
The Sovereign Grand Lodge presented to each of the following Past Grand Sires, Jewels: Cl. T. Campbell, A S. Pinkerton,
John B. Goodwin, E. S. Conway and W. L. Kuykendall. The
Grand Sire made the presentation, his remarks being both eloquent
and appropriate.
Past Grand Sire Cl. T. Campbell, the Senior Past Grand Sire,
feelingly responded and expressed the thanks of himself and the
other Past Grand Sires for this further mark of appreciation of
their labours.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
The next meeting of The Sovereign Grand Lodge will be held
at San Francisco in September of this year.
Number of Representatives in attendance at The Sovereign
Grand Lodge was 206.
Number of Past Grand Sires in attendance at Sovereign
Grand Lodge was 5.
The eighteen-year-old question was again defeated, the vote
being: For, 100; against, 104.
Bro. J. B. A. Robertson, of Oklahoma, was elected Deputy
Grand Sire, defeating Bro. Goudy, of Colorado.
Bro. Joseph Oliver, of Ontario, made a splendid run for the
office  of Deputy Grand  Sire.
British Columbia Representatives served on the following
Committees: Bro. Webber, International Relations; Bro. Simpson, Miscellaneous Business; Bro. Cleland, Rebekah Degree: Bro.
Law, Petitions.
The Committee on Codification of the Laws asked for and was
granted another year in which to report.
Uncle Geo. Rodgers, of Indiana, presented to the Sovereign
Grand Dodge a card issued by Reading Lodge, No. 30, England,
November 5th, 1817.
Representative Emmerson, of New Hampshire, presented to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge a reader printed in 1827 from Frank
A. Barker, Custos Morum Lodge, No. 42, Milford, N.H.
The extra cost of holding this year's session at San Francisco as compared with some more central point, will be in the
neighborhood of $37,000.00.
A resolution was presented changing the title of "The
Sovereign Grand Lodge" to "The Sovereign Lodge." A long
debate followed, but when the members ascertained that the
change in copper plates, lithographs, stock in hand, etc., would
cost over $20,000.00, the vote on the resolution was very strong
against its adoption. 3675
According to the expressed conviction of the majority of the
Representatives, the time is not yet auspicious for the formation
of the co-ordinate branch of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to be
known as the Sovereign Grand Rebekah Lodge or some such
similar name.
The Committee on Odd Fellow's Temple report being unable
to hojd a satisfactory meeting, but present some preliminary
studies for a design of a Temple and ask to be continued to report
at next session. This committee was discharged from further
consideration  of the  subject.
Representatives of New Jersey presented the following:—
Resolved, that the time for holding the memorial services of the
Order be changed from the month of June to the month of October, the exact date to be left to the discretion of the Grand Sire;
not adopted.
Resolved, that this Grand Lodge favors the highest
degree of social and fraternal intercourse among all its branches.
It would especially commend visitations by Grand Patriarchs to
the Subordinate Lodges to the end that the brothers may be made
acquainted with those exalted principles of the Patriarchal
Degrees of Odd Fellowship, provided that no supervisory power
is hereby conferred upon Grand Patriarchs over Subordinate
Lodges.
) IN CONCLUSION
It would seem amiss were we to close this report without
expressing our appreciation for the many courtesies extended by
the officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, both the retiring and
incoming members. Also we desire to extend our thanks to the
Grand Lodge officers of New Jersey and to the officers and members of the local Lodges. All that could be done to make our
visit a pleasant one was done, and the local committee were
extremely energetic in their endeavors to give the visitors a royal
welcome  at the  "Playground of the  North  American   Continent."
4 F.   E.   SIMPSON,
Jf " WALLACE LAW,
Grand   Representatives.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.: |
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
subject matter of the reports of the Grand Officers be referred
to the various Committees, as follows:—
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Page 1; "Official
Visits," pages 4, 5, and 6; "Appointments," pages 12 and 13;
such portions of the Reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters as refer to the State of the Order in their respective Districts; "Recommendations," pages 17 and 18.
To the Committee on Tudiciary—Circular Letter and Proclamations, pages 2 and 3; "Questions and Answers," pages 6, 7, 8, 9,
J 3676
10 and 11; Dispensations Granted, pages 11 and 12; Dispositions Granted by D.D.G.M.'s, Districts Nos. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 10,
28, 30, 35  and 36.
To the  Committee  on  Odd  Fellows'  Home—Portion   re  Odd
Fellows'  Home,  page  18.
To  the    Committee   on    Necrology—Portion   page   4  headed
"Necrology."
Grand Secretary's Report
To the  Committee on  State  of the  Order—Pages   19, 20,  30,
31, 32, 33, 34; portion of page 35, re "Lost Rituals."
To  the  Committee  on  Finance—Pages 22,  23,  24,  25,  26,  27,
28 and 29.
To the Committee on  Rebekah  Degree—Page 21.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Page 27 re Odd
Fellows' Home Fund.
To the Committee on Necrology—Portions of pages 35-and 36
headed "Necrology."
Grand Treasurer's Report
To   the   Committee   on   Finance
Signed by the Committee.
The Executive officers submitted the following report
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Executive Officers have had under consideration the
communication of Miss Violet Pearce, of Toronto, Secretary of
the Triple Link First Aid Association of Ontario, suggesting that
a similar association be formed in this Jurisdiction, which was
referred to us at the last session of the Grand Lodge for report.
We have no doubt whatever about the usefulness of such an
association and think that the information respecting first aid to
the injured and a proper knowledge as to home nursing of the
sick, which such an association would afford, cannot be too
widely and generally disffused.
We believe this movement was first initiated in the Rebekah
Assembly of Ontario, and as we think that it embraces work
which can be most appropriately undertaken by ladies, we would
recommend that the letter in question, with the literature that
accompanied it, be referred to the Rebekah Assembly of this
Jurisdiction with the assurance that, if it sees fit to take up the
work, that this Grand Lodge will lend it every assistance and encouragement in its power.
HARRY  WHITE,  Grand Master.
P. W. DEMPSTER, Deputy Grand Master.
W. H.  BROWN, Grand Warden.
FRED  DAVEY,  Grand Secretary.
J.   H.   GLASS.  Grand  Treasurer. 3677
The Chair appointed the following deputation to convey the fraternal greetings of this Grand Body to the
Rebekah Assembly now in session: J. H. Glass, Grand
Treasurer; F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42; and T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No 8.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following supplementary report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. Q. F.:
The following matters, which should be brought to your notice,
have been omitted from the reports of the Grand Lodge Officers:
Delegate to  Meeting  O.  R. Association
On lOt/h July last I received a telegram from the Secretary
of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada on behalf of the
Directors, inviting the Executive Officers of this Grand Lodge to
send a Representative to its Annual Meeting at Kingston, Ontario, on 22nd July, 1914. After consultation with the Grand
Master, Deputy Grand Master and Grand Warden, Bro. W. A.
Johnstone, P.G.M., wfoo is a member of the Association, was
appointed and attended the meeting. This
this Jurisdiction /has been represented at
Association. No expense was incurred by this Grand
this  connection.
is the first time  that
the   meetings   of   this
Lodge
m
Surety Bonds
Since the Surety Bond entered into by the United States
Fidelity and Guaranty Company with this Grand Lodge, covering the financial officers of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges of
this Jurisdiction, has been executed and delivered, the Company
has raised several questions respecting it and have sought to
impose additional conditions to those contained in the contract
for five years and the bond for the current year.
The Company allege that the column in the schedule of the
amounts required by the several Lodges for their Trustees, is
headed "Trustee" and as it transpired subsequently that there are
three Trustees in each Lodge, it required an endorsement to be
attached to the bond that it would only be liable for one-third of
the total amount in each case for each individual Trustee bonded.
This  requirement was  complied  with.
The Company also required a Certificate that the Treasurers
of the Subordinate Lodges should deposit funds in their hands
not intended for immediate disbursement in bank under their
official title. As this is .a matter which is regulated by the By-laws"
of each particular Lodge, it was impossible for any Grand Lodge
officer to certify to this effect. I think, however, that this is a
requirement that each  Lodge should embody in its  By-laws.
The Company further state that where the bond exceeds an
amount of $1,000, it is necessary to secure individual applications.
In the case of "Western Star" Lodge, No. 10, the amount of the
bond of the Trustees is $10,000 and the Company requested that 3678
application be made by each of the Trustees. The Trustees, however, decline to sign this application, which would make them
personally liable, on the ground that such a condition is contrary
to the principle of the whole scheme by which the office and not
the individual is bonded.
I have referred this question to the Grand Master but he
prefers that it be dealt with by the Grand Lodge.
Death of Bro. W. E. Holmes, P.G.M.
I regret to state that I inadvertently overlooked the death of
Bro. W. E Holmes, P.G.M., in my report of the losses sustained
by this Jurisdiction during the past year. This sad event took
place on the 13th July, 1914.
Bro. Holmes served as Grand Master of this Province during
the year 1895-96, and was about that time a very active and enthusiastic worker in our ranks. He subsequently removed out of our
Jurisdiction to reside and his services were lost to the Jurisdiction.
Fraternally submitted,
f FRED DAVEY,
Grand  Secretary.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Y'our Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
subject matter of the Supplementary Report of the Grand Secretary be referred to the following Committees:—
Re appointment of Delegate to Annual Meeting of the Odd
Fellow's Relief Association of Canada, to the Committee on Insurance.
Re Surety Bonds, to the Special Committee appointed on this
question in 1912 consisting of Bros. W. Law, P.G.M. H. B Gilmour,  P.G.M., and  E.  L. Webber,  P.G.M.
Re death of Bro. W. E Holmes, P.G.M., to the Committee
on Necrology.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master presented the following supplementary report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Since my report has been printed the following matters have
occurred which I beg to submit for your consideration:	
Dispensations Granted
June 1st.   1915.—To  Union  Lodge,  No.  11
Polten, who had been  expelled.
to  reinstate  Wm. 3679
June 4th, 1915.—To Silver City Lodge, No. 39, to hold a ball
on June  16th, 1915, under the auspices of the  Order.
Reports of District Deputy Grand Masters
District No. 9.—E. J Bellsmith, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the Officers of Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, on July 2nd,
1914, and again on January 7th, 1915; Park Lodge, No. 66, on
July 9th, 1914 and again on January 6th, 1915; and Ridgely Lodge,
No. 22, on January 4th, 1915. Granted Dispensation to Park
Lodge, No. 66, on August 19th, 1914, to allow Lodge to put on
three Degrees on one night on a brother who had enlisted to go
to the front. To open Lodge at 7 in place of 8 o'clock on June
9th, 1915, so Past Grand can get to Grand Lodge. Paid Official
visits to Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, July 13th, Nov. 2nd, January 4th
and 25th, April 5th, and May 3rd; to Little Mountain Lodge, No.
60, July 2nd, Nov 26th, Jan. 7th, 28th, and May 6th;^ and Park
Lodge, No. 66, my own Lodge there, 27 nights. Considering the
hard times the Lodges of South Vancouver are  doing very well.
District No. 13.—R. D. MacKenzie, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the  officers  of Cloverdale  Lodge,  No.   15,   on  July 7th,
1914, and again on January, 1915. The condition of the Lodge is
very satisfactory, but owing to general depression we are not
getting as many new 'members as we would like, but hope the
future will bring better results.
District No. 20.—Jas. T. Wood, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the Officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, on the
regular meetings in July, 1914, and January, 1915. The condition
of the Order is very good under the unfavorable conditions of the
country at large. I think it has been a good thing for us, as it
seems   to   have  brought  us closer  together.
District No. 38.—L. H. Herd, D.D.G.M., reports having installed  the   Officers  of  Darwson   Lodge,   No.   la,   on  January  6th,
1915. Granted Dispensation to elect from the floor, all qualified
brothers refusing on September 2nd, 1914. February 28th, 1915,
to parade to Ghurch in Regalia. Paid an Official visit on behalf of
the Grand Master. The condition of the Order is good, orderly
and progressive. Initiated from July, 1914, to December 31st,
1914, fifteen members; from January 1st to May 1st, 1915, twenty
members, and admitted two by card, making a total of thirty-
seven. We would be pleased to have a visit from the Grand
Master and also the Grand Secretary.
Letters have been received but have not been answered and
are now submittd to the Grand Lodge for action thereon, from
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, respecting Brothers wounded in the great
world war now in progress. From Key City Lodge, No. 42, respecting the institution of a Lodge at Creston.
Invitations were received from the Grand Masters of Saskatchewan and Quebec to send Fraternal Delegate to attend the .meetings of these Grand Bodies respectively. The same were acknowledged with thanks but as no appointment or appropriation had
been made at our last session, it could not be entertained. 5680
Decisions
Submitted by Grandview Lodge, No. 62:—
Question.—One of the Brothers of Fairview Lodge, No. 61, of
Vancouver, made application for admittance to this Lodge by
Transfer Certificate, has paid his dues in Fairview Lodge in advance, and has been balloted on in this Lodge and been declared
eligible to become a member. Application was made to Fairview
Lodge for this Brother's transfer card, but they refused it, stating that according to the Constitution a Transfer Certificate could
not be issued for a Brother who wished to transfer from one
Lodge to another Lodge in the same city, but they expressed
their willingness to issue a withdrawal card. Will you kindly say
if this is correct.
Answer.—In reply to your letter of May 8th, respecting a
Brother of Fairview Lodge, No. 61, transferring his membership
to your Lodge, I beg to state that Fairview Lodge is correct in
the matter.
From Fairview Lodge, No. 61:—
Question.—Can   a  member  be  granted  a  Transfer   Certificate
from this Lodge to another Lodge in this city
for a withdrawal card?
or must he apply
Answer.—In answer to your question "Can a member be
granted a Transfer Certificate from this Lodge to another Lodge
in this city or must 'he apply for a Withdrawal Card? Answer—
No, he must apply for a Withdrawal Card.
From Excelsior Lodge, No   7:—
Question.—Is the Outside Guardian when in the Lodge Room
and wishes to go to his station in the Ante Room, required by law
to address the Noble Grand before going? Statement: On the
night in question, the O.G., B,ro. J. H. Asihwell, was late. He
worked into the Lodge, advanced to the centre of the room and
addressed the chairs. He then went up to the Secretary's desk
with a note, came down to the centre of the Lodge room and
crossed over and entered the Ante Room to take his office. He
was then called back and told by the Noble Grand that he was
out of order because he did not address the Noble Grand before
going out.
Answer.—The question taken alone, my answer would be No,
an officer coming in late and after having addressed the proper
officers and having been acknowledged by the proper answers,
would be allowed to take his station in the Lodge or Ante Room.
The statement, however, puts a different phase on the question.
I would say that the Outside Guardian having transacted business
in the Lodge and crossing the floor to take his station should
address the Noble Grand as should any member crossing the floor
while the Lodge is in session. I don't know of any Law governing this, but it is a general custom and in the absence of Law, custom becomes Law, and in every case I contend, should be carried
out for the sake of good order and out of respect for your Noble
Grand, whom you have honored by electing to the highest office
in your  Lodge. 3681
Appeal by W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4, from the action of
"Dominion" Lodge, No. 4. This appeal was referred to me by Bro.
A. J. Cleary, D.D.G.M., District No. 1, he being a member of
"Dominion" Lodge, No. 4.
Victoria, B.C., Dec. 15th, 1914.
To the District Deputy Grand Master of District Nc| 1:—
The undersigned, a member of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, I. O.
O.F., appeals to your Grand Body from the action of this Lodge,
in ordering, at its session on Thursday, November 26th, 1914, that
a contribution, equivalent to 25c per member, authorized by it at
its session on Thursday, September 3rd, 1914, to the General Relief Committee of Victoria, be increased to an amount equivalent
to 25c per member on the roll. -
The circumstances leading up to the action of the Lodge in
connection with which this appeal is made, are, briefly, as follows:
At the session of the Lodge held on Thursday, August 6th, a
communication was read from the General Relief Committee of
which the following is a  copy:—
If "Victoria, B.C., August 5th, 1914.
"Officers and Members of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, I.O.O.F., City.
"Dear Sirs and Bros.—I have been instructed by the General
Relief Committee to ask you for a contribution for the use of the
Committee. Our funds are so low that we are unable to get
returns fast enough to pay the benefits as they become due to the
sick brothers.
"We trust you will respond promptly and heartily to this
request.    Yours  in  F., L. and T.,
(Signed)
"E. TUCK, Secy. G   R. C."
The action of the Lodge on this communication is set forth
in the following extract from the Minutes of the session of the
Lodge on Thursday,  September 3rd:—
"That the application for funds by the General Relief Committee, laid over from the previous meeting, was again brought up
and on the motion of Bro. F. Dresser, P.G., it was resolved that
a sum equal to 25c per member be contributed to the General
Relief Committee."
The Secretary having interpreted the word "member," in the
motion passed by the Lodge, to mean "member in good standing,"
drew an order upon the Treasurer for an amount equivalent to
25c per member in good standing at that time.
At its session on Thursday, 'November 19th, the Lodge received
the following communication from the General Relief Committee:
"Victoria,  B.C.,  Nov.   18th,  1914.
"Officers and Members of Dominon Lodge, No   4, I.O.O.F.
"Dear Sirs and Bros.—We beg to acknowledge, with thanks,
the receipt of your cheque in our favor for $37.25, which amount
has been placed to your credit on our books. 3682
"I am instructed to ask if the above sum is the full amount
of your contribution as it is intimated that it does not accord with
your membership at a per capita of 25c per member. An explanation would be appreciated.    Yours in F., L and T.,
(Signed)
H TUCK, Secy. General Relief Committee.
The action taken by the Lodge on this communication is set
forth in the following extract from the Minutes of the session held
on November 19th:—
"A communication was read from -the General Relief Committee, acknowledging, with thanks, the receipt of a cheque from
this Lodge for $37.25, and asking if the amount represents the full
contribution from the Lodge. The Secretary having explained that
the contribution in question represents 25c for every member in
good standing at the time the order was authorized by the Lodge,
it was ordered the communication be received and filed, and the
explanation conveyed to the  General Relief Committee."
At the session of the Lodge held on Thursday, November 26th,
the matter was again brought up and the action taken by the Lodge
on this occasion is the subject of this appeal, and the extract from
the Minutes relating thereto is herewith given:—
"Bro. F. Dresser, P.G., in referring again to the question of
contribution made by the Lodge to the General Relief Committee
explained that the By-laws of that Committee called for a contribution of 25c per member for every member on the roll, and
read the clause in support thereof. He accordingly moved that
the Lodge draw an order for the balance due, which, being duly
seconded was carried."
"Bro. W. H.  Cullin, P.G.M., then gave notice of appeal."
The  appeal  is  made  on  the  following  grounds:—
That it is not reasonable to make an assessment for relief
purposes on those members of the Lodge who, by reason of nonpayment of dues, are, by law, debarred from participation in any
of the pecuniary benefits of the Order, and that therefore the action
of the Secretary in construing the motion of the Lodge to mean
"members  in  good  standing"  was justifiable.
That in making an assessment on the membership of the
Lodge for the purpose of raising funds to administer the pecuniary
benefits of the Order, it is claimed that the term "member" should
be interpreted as meaning "member in good standing," which is
the custom followed by Lodges in raising the amount necessary
to remunerate the Lodge physician.
Again, it is not good law to pay an assessment on a member
who is not in good standing, especially when such an assessment
is made for the purpose of assisting those who, by reason of being
in good standing in their respective Lodges, are entitled to receive
such aid. If a brother is taken sick and asks for benefits, the
first thing the committee should do would be to ascertain the
standing of such applicant, and if found to be out of standing,
benefits should not be paid. This is the law of all Subordinate
Lodges. And further, supnose a Lodge pays an assessment on
say fifteen or twenty members who are not in good standing, and
those fifteen or twenty members fail to pay up their dues by the 3683
end of the term, and in the natural course of events are read off,
does not the Lodge lose the amount so paid as an assessment?
That the General Relief Committee in claiming, in their second
communication to the Lodge, that the amount to be contributed
by the Lodge should represent an assessment of 25c per member
on the roll, is exceeding the provisions laid down by the Constitution appertaining to Subordinate Lodges, which, *in section 12
thereof, states in part:
"This Lodge may join with other Lodges located in the same
city in organizing a General Relief Committee . ... and may
contribute towards the necessary and legitimate expenses of such
Committee."
It being reasonable to infer from the wording of this provision that it is optional on the part of the Lodge as to what the
amount of its contribution shall be, or whether it shall make one
at all.
I respectfully submit that if such a motion prevails all Lodges
enjoying the privileges of a physician, based on the membership
in good standing, would be obliged to pay an assessment on all
members on the roll at the end of each term, as well as such
increases as may be made from time to time.
Fraternally yours,,
W. H. CULLIN.
Decision.—Re appeal of Brother W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., from
action of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, on Regular Meeting of Thursday,
November 26th, 1914, respecting contribution of 25 cents per member  to  General  Relief Committee.
This matter of General Relief Committee is one of mutual
agreement between the three Lodges of Victoria. The Constitution and Rules of Order for its government have been submitted
to, and approved by these three Lodges, and Article VI of same
seems to me to be very plain on the point in dispute, which in
part reads as follows: "An assessment of 25 cents for each member  belonging to  such  Lodge."
I therefore uphold the action of the Lodge in the case and
rule that the Assessment of 25 cents for each member belonging
to the Lodge should be paid. It is plainly evident that this is the
construction placed on this Article heretofore, as the different
Lodges interested, it is understood, have always paid their assessment on this basis. It must also be evident to the reasonable
mind, that unless there is a uniform basis for contribution, applicable to all the Lodges interested, there is bound to be dissension and trouble.
Very little of the argument set forth in the appeal seems to
bear on the case
General Relief Committees are purely voluntary on the part
of Lodges in the same city, and there is no General Law governing their working. This matter should therefore have been
settled by the Lodges concerned without an appeal to me.
Fraternally submitted,
• HARRY WHITE,
Grand Master. 3684
"Harmony" Lodge, No. 6, submitted an Amendment
to its By-laws, which was referred to the Committee on
Laws of Subordinates.
Petitions were read from "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46,
Phoenix, B. C, for a Duplicate Charter to replace the
original destroyed by fire and for a Rebekah Lodge to be
located at Agassiz, B.C., which were referred to the Com-
mittee on Petitions.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice to
amend the Constituion of Subordinate Lodges, which was
referred to the Committee on Legislation:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F:
I hereby give notice that tomorrow I will move that Section 8
of Article II of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges be amended by striking out.the words "and without fee" in the first clause,
and inserting in lieu thereof the words: "upon payment of a fee of
twenty-five cents."
FRED DAVEY.
The Grand Secretary moved the following, which was
seconded by D. E. 'MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, and was
referred to the Committee on Legislation:
That this Grand Lodge strongly recommends the Subordinate
Lodges of this Jurisdiction to incorporate under the Benevolent
Societies Act of the Province, and permission is hereby granted
them to do so.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
Supplementary Report of the Grand Master be referred to the following  Committees:—
To the Committee on State of the Order—The reports of the
D.D.G.M.s respecting the state of the Order in their respective
Districts, and communications from Key City Lodge, No. 42, and
Pittitko Lodge, No. 13.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Dispensations granted and
decisions  rendered and  questions  answered.
Signed by the Committee.
Applications were read from "North Vancouver"
Lodge, No. 55, and "Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, for permission to incorporate under the laws of the Province, and
were referred to the Committee on Legislation. 3685
The following Resolution was moved by E. L. Webber,
P.G.M., No. 27, and seconded by F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
No. 42, and was adopted by a silent standing vote:
WHEREAS, THE GIVER OF ALL THINGS has seen fit to
take from us, and to Himself, our beloved Grand Sire, Hon. Robert
T. Daniel, whose death occurred on Thursday, M^y 27th, 1915,
thus depriving us of a leader noted for his wisdom, courage and
ability,
AND WHEREAS, he was not only the head of this great
fraternity, but was interested in the progress and success of this
Jurisdiction of British Columbia, and intimately acquainted with
its Representatives in the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
AND WHEREAS, by his ability as an administrator, so brilliant as an orator, and yet so gentle and unassuming, he won the
esteem, respect, confidence and love of this great Brotherhood
everywhere,
AND WHEREAS, he has been taken from a devoted and loyal
wife, and who is today heart-broken with inexpressible grief and
pain  because  of his  departure  from  her side,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, in regular session this 9th day of June, 1915, that it does
hereby express its great loss by the decease of our beloved Grand
Sire, Robert T. Daniel, realizing and appreciating to the fullest
extent, not only his wisdom and marked ability as a leader, but
also his example to every member of the Order for high and
noble ideals, and a life controlled by the pure principles of friendship, love and truth.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this Grand
Lodge extends its most sincere sympathy to his devoted, heartbroken and lonely wife, with the hope that she may be comforted
with the knowledge that her husband's work in the cause of
friendship, love and truth, will stand for all time, and that the
memory of so kind a friend and so true a brother, will be ever
cherished by this great Brotherhood.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That these Resolutions be printed in the Proceedings of this Grand Lodge, and that
a copy thereof, signed by the Grand Master and the Grand Secretary, be forwarded to Mrs   Robert T. Daniel.
The Grand Warden by direction retired to
Room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree
Cameron, P.G., of "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61.
the Ante
on A.  E.
The  Committee  on  Appeals  presented  the  following
reports which were laid on the table until tomorrow:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F:
Your undersigned committee on appeals beg to submit our
report on the appeal of Bro. J. H. Elliott, P.G., against the action
of Fairview Lodge, No. 61, in the matter of charges preferred
by Bro. Elliott, P.G., against Bro. J   R. Vernon:— 3686
Specification No. 1.—That the report of the trial committee
and the finding of the Lodge were against the evidence sum-
mitted.
Decision.—After due consideration the Committee find this
not to be the case.
2.—That the Trial Committee wrongly rejected evidence and
wrongly considered certain evidence as hear-say when arriving at
a decision.
Decision.—The evidence does not show this to be the case.
3.—That  the  Committee  wrongly  admitted  evidence.
Decision.—From evidence submitted we do not find this to be
the case.
4.—That the accused did not answer certain questions put to
him and was not compelled by the Committee to do so even after
such questions were decided by the Committee to be proper.
Decision.—These questions referred to a party who was not
present but who the accused was willing to produce but was not
required by the Trial  Committee.
5.—That the Lodge refused to postpone the trial until after
the trial of a divorce action brought against the accused in civil
courts. That the Trial Committee refused to so postpone the
trial and the accuser was thereby unable to produce certain eyi-
dence which was given at the divorce trial by witnesses who were
.not Odd Fellows and who as such could not be compelled to
attend  the   Odd  Fellows  inquiry.
Decision.—By the evidence submitted it was not necessary to
postpone the trial until after the court proceedings.
6.—That the report of the Trial Committee was not in accordance with the By-laws and the Constitution of the Lodge and was
not in such form as could be properly dealt with by the  Lodge.
Decision.—We find that this was quite in order with the Constitution and By-laws of the Lodge.
7.—The Lodge by refusing to accept the Committee's report,
found the accused guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow
and he should have been  dealt with  accordingly.
Decision.—At the meeting of the Fairview Lodge, No. 61, held
June llth, Bro. J. R. Vernon, by motion of the Lodge, was found
not guilty of the charge of conduct unbecoming an  Odd  Fellow.
8.—That the Lodge, notwithstanding the rejection of the Trial
Committee's report, did reject the resolution to the effect that the
accused be found guilty of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow.
Decision.—This objection is covered by the answer to appeal
No. 7.
9.—And on other grounds.
By the evidence submitted, we, your Committee on Appeals,
sustain the Lodge in the action it has taken.
Signed by the Committee. 3687
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F:
We, your Committee on Appeals, beg to report as follows re
the appeal of Bro. William T. Guttschick against the action of
"Dawson" Lodge, No. la, Dawson, Y.T. The appeal is taken on
the grounds of:—
1.—The evidence was not taken down in shorf-hand and is
not a correct report of the proceedings of the evidence given at
the  trial.
Decision.—This is of minor importance, as the proceedings
could be as correctly taken in long-hand as short-hand.
2.—The goods were not produced and no evidence is produced
to show that the goods were stolen as alleged in the charge.
Decision.—The evidence does not prove that the goods were
stolen.
3.—The Charge states that the accused had stolen goods in
his possession and no evidence is produced to show that the goods
were in the possession of the accused, and that the- accused knew
them to be stolen.
Decision.—The evidence does not prove that the accused had
the goods in his possession or knew them to be stolen, and seemingly others had access to the building and rooms.
4.—No-goods were missed from the company in whose employ
the accused was at the time, nor is there any evidence to show that
the goods were stolen from any one by the accused.
Decision.—The company had not missed the goods as per
evidence which does not prove that they were stolen from any
parties.
5.—The verdict of the Lodge is against the weight of evidence, and that manifest error hath intervened.
Decision.—The Lodge was not governed by direct evidence.
We, your Committee on Appeals, hereby reverse said action of
Dawson Lodge, No. la, in expelling Bro. William T. Guttschick
on the evidence submitted, and recommend that he be reinstated.
Signed by the Committee.
Invitations were read from "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52,
Princeton, and "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, to
hold the next annual session of this Grand Lodge in their
respective cities. These communications were ordered to
be laid on the table until ten o'clock tomorrow morning
under the rule.
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
7:30 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 3688
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7:30 p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives present. All present were examined, reported
qualified and the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The following telegrams were read and the Grand
Secretary was instructed to send suitable acknowledgments :
Toronto, Ont., Aug. 13, 1914.
Fred Davey, M.P.P., Grand Secy., I. O. O. F., Victoria, B. C
The Grand Officers and Grand Lodge of Ontario in session,
send fraternal greetings to the Grand Officers and members in
British Columbia, and regret that we have not with us at our
annual session representatives of the world's greatest fraternal
brotherhood from  Canada's great Pacific  Province.
W. A. BROOKS, Grand Sec'y.
Tacoma, Wn., June 9th, 1915.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, I.  O
New  Westminster,  B.C.
O. F.
Mav
Grand   Lodge   of   Washington   and   Oregon   greet   you.
your  sessions  be  pleasant  and  profitable.
FRED W. BIER, Grand Sec'y.
E.  E.  SHARON,  Grand Sec'y.
A communication was read from Bro. W. G. Walford,
publisher of 'The Alberta Oddfellow," Edmonton, Alberta,
asking that this publication be made the Official Organ of
this Grand Lodge and requesting to be furnished with a
synopsis of the proceedings of this Session.
On motion, this   communication
Committee on State of the Order.
was referred to the
Bro. G. E. Tennant, P.G., "Siloam" Lodge, No. 29, St.
John, N.B., was introduced and welcomed to the Grand
Lodge.
The following report was read from the Committee on
Statistics re Dues and Benefits, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F:
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits
beg to submit the following abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction bearing on the important
questions of the relation that should exist between the Dues
received and the Benefits paid by our Lodges 3689
In comparing the experience of the Lodges last year, as
shewn by these reports, with that of 1905, just ten years ago, it
will be seen that the following increases have occurred: Number
of members, 94.6 per cent; receipts from dues, 82.7 per cent;
from rents and interest on invested funds, 364.8 per cent; total
receipts, 131.6 per cent; payments for sick benefits, 133.3 per
cent; total relief, 228.9 per cent; current expenses, 145.6 per cent;
cost per member for relief, 17.6 per cent; cost per member igr
current expenses, 26 per cent; cost per member for all Lodge
expenditures,  22  per  cent.
As compared with last year it will be noticed that while
there was a slight increase of members, there was a falling off of
receipts of $10,480.07; a slight decrease in the total relief paid of
$22.45; an increase of $6,098.70 in current expenses; and a decrease
in the total value of the assets of Lodges amounting to $81,985.93.
Signed by
the Committee. 3690  3692
The  Committee on  Laws  of Subordinates  submitted
the following report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, 1 O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have considered and approved the following amendments to4 the
By-laws of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
Article 5 has been amended by adding at the end of same the
following:    "He shall be bonded in the sum of $200.00."
Article 9 has been amended by striking out the word, "two thousand" in the twenty-second line, and inserting in lieu thereof "one
thousand." This portion now reading: "The Trustees shall give a
joint and several bond of one thousand dollars, the same to be secured
by an insurance company, the premium to be paid by the Lodge," etc.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary have had under consideration those
parts of the Grand Master's report referred to them, and beg to submit the following report:—
We recommend that the circular letter re "Active Service Members," and the proclamations issued be approved.
With reference to the decisions we would recommend that No. 1,
to Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, No. 3, to Princeton Lodge, No. 52, No.
4, to Pittitko Lodge, No. 13; No. 5, to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8;
No. 6, to Grandview Lodge, No. 62; No. 7, to Vernon Valley Lodge,
No. 18; No. 8, to Pittitko Lodge, No_ 13; No. 9, to Enterprise Lodge
No. 43; No. 11, to Corbin Lodge No. 64; No. 13, to Fidelity Lodge,
No. 25; No. 14, to Grandview Lodge, No. 62; No. 15, to Cariboo
Lodge, No. 65; and No. 16, to Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63y be
approved.
With respect to the question No. 2, from Prince Rupert Lodge,
No. 63, as to the fee payable under their by-laws by a candidate
on August 1, 1914, who was born in October, 1880, the By-law providing the initiation fee under 30 years of age, $15.00; over 30 years
and under 40 years, $1.00 additional for every additional year; we
would remark that the By-law appears to be defective in that no
provision js made for age 30, only for above and below that age, age
30 not being included in either case.
Decision ^ No. 10, to Wildey Lodge, No. 44, we would recommend
that the decision be amended by adding to it the words: "A Trial
must however be held in accordance with the Code of Procedure,
Art. VII., Constitution of Subordinate Lodges. Sec. 2 of same
Article, requiring that all members shall be entitled to a fair trial
before punishment is administered."
Decision 12, to Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63, we recommend that
this decision be altered to^ read: "He would be a beneficiary or non-
beneficiary member according to his application, and could be accepted 3693
without a dispensation.    See Sec. 4, Art. IL, Constitution Subordinate
Lodges  respecting non-beneficial  members."
We recommend that the dispensations granted by the Grand
Master be approved—observing that we do not think it necessary to
obtain a dispensation for a Lodge to change its place of meeting
from one building to another in the same town—but only, as in the
case of "Cariboo" Lodge, No. 65, where the location of the Lodge
is changed from that named in the Charter.
We are doubtful also as to whether the Grand Master has the
power to grant a dispensation to enable a Lodge to change its night
of meeting, even temporarily, as in the case of North Vancouver
Lodge, No. 55. The night of meeting is always specified in the Bylaws and provision is generally made also in the By-laws for holding
special meetings. A Grand Master has no power to set aside a Bylaw, and if the provision is made for special meeting there is no necessity for a Dispensation.
We recommend that the decisions rendered and the Dispensations
granted by the D. D. G. M.'s be approved, with the exception of the
Dispensation issued by D. D. G. Ml District No. 35, to amend the
By-laws of "Cariboo" Lodge, No. 65, this being in excess of his
powers, and notwithstanding the decision of the Grand Master that
a Dispensation was not necessary and instructions given as to legal
mode of procedure.
We notice that several D. D. G. M.'s granted Dispensations to
confer more than one degree on a candidate the same evening. These
officers are not empowered to grant Dispensations for this purpose,
and moreover it is not necessary, as Sec. 1, Art. V., of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges provides, that this can be done by a
vote of two thirds of the members present.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Warden by order retired to the Ante Room
and conferred the the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past Grands: G. Newman, No. 3; J. Irvine, No. 10;
V. Der Taylor, No. 21J C. S. Barton and L. H. Richards,
No. 24; J. H. McLeod and R. Buckland, No. 27; A. E.
Peers, J. E. Peers and D. Tyson, No. 58. |"\
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F. j
Your committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined
the petitions for new Lodges, submitted to us and finding that the
law on the subject has been complied with, beg to recommend that
Charters be granted as follows:—
To "Leah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 7, to be located at Agassiz, B. C,
with the following Charter Members, No. 2: Sister Mildred Cal-
bick and Brothers Harry Fooks, H. L. Calvert, A. Horwell, A. Beau-
choux, A.  H. Todd and F. E. Inkman. 3694
We would also recommend that Duplicate Charters be granted
to "Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46; and Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17,
Phoenix, B. C, to replace the originals, destroyed by fire, and that
the same be issued without charge.
Signed by the Committee.
B The following report was read from "The Funeral
Aid Association of B.C.," and was on motion ordered to be
received and printed in the Proceedings of this Session:
New Westminster, May 31, 1915.
To the Officers and Members of the I. O. O. F.
Funeral Aid Association.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:—
I herewith present to you my annual report of the business and
affairs of this Association for the year June 1st, 1914, to May 31st,
1915.
During the year our board has held 13 meetings with an average
attendance of over 5 members.
At your last annual meeting, to save travelling expenses, you
decided to elect the officers and directors of this board from the New
Westminster Lodges, and at that meeting you elected the following
officers:—
President, Bro. C. S. Keith, P. G. R.; Bro. R. A. Merrithew,
D. D. G. M., Vice-President; Bro. W. C. Coatham, P.G., Secretary;
Bro. H. W. Harrison, P. G., Treasurer. You also instructed these
officers to elect three directors at its first meeting. These officers
elected the following directors: Bro. E. J. Boughen, P. G.; Bro.
W. H. Orr, P. G.; and Bro. J. Carter Smith.
In December Bro. E. J. Boughen, P. G., resigned, and Bro. S.
Levar, P. G., was elected to fill the vacancy. In April, after the
death of our President, the late Bro. C. S. Keith, Bro. G. E. Gilley,
was elected to the board, but out of respect to our late President the
office of President was left vacant and his duties have been performed
by the Vice-President.
By the death of our late President, Bro. C. S. Keith, our board
has lost the services of a faithful and efficient officer and the Association a valued member, and your board take this means of expressing
their regret and their due appreciation of Bro. Keith as an Odd
Fellow, and as a citizen. Since the institution of this Association, on
August 25th, 1910, he has filled the office of President, and was ever
diligent in his efforts to advance the financial, beneficial and fraternal
interests of the Funeral Aid. We feel keenly the loss of his presence,
his genial nature and his kindly disposition, his sound advice and his
advanced   Christian   spirit.
owing
We  also beg to report that,
Levar has been unable to attend our
of  these  families  our  sincerest  sympathy.
to
meetings
continued
We
illness,
extend
Bro.  S.
to both
During the year our membership roll has increased  from  512 to
564,  an  increase  of  52.    From  this  number  must  be   deducted,  de- 3695
ceased brothers, 7; resigned, 3; dropped for non-payment of assessment, 24; total, 34; leaving a net membership of 530, compared with
494 for the year previous. A few others are well in arrears, and some
others have neglected to send in their new addresses. Some of these
will eventually be dropped. Of these 530, 400 are in good standing,
while  130 are in arrears for one or more calls.
We have paid two death claims during the year to the beneficiaries
of the late Bro. J. F. McDougall, who died on July 5th, and of the
late Bro. C. S. Keith, who died on April 4th, $250 in each case. We
have therefore levied two assessments in addition to the expense
call. In accordance with the By-laws, when the Benefit Fund reaches
$1,000, a claim will be paid without levying an assessment. I am
pleased to report that in most cases the fine 'of 25 cents has been
paid by those who were more than a month and a half in arrears.
The annual average cost of membership, omitting cost of joining, is
$1.65, and this low rate should commend this insurance to all eligible
Odd Fellows.
In accordance with the By-laws our Treasurer and Secretary are
bonded for $500 each in the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co.
Of the 57 lodges in the jurisdiction, only/40 have appointed local
directors, although printed matter has been mailed to all, and they
have been written to as well. Our membership has been secured from
37 lodges. Our votes of thanks are due to those local directors, past
and present, who have sent in applications, and to the trustees of
this hall who have allowed us to use the hall free of rent. It is
obvious that the members of this board cannot visit many of the
lodges, and we thank the Grand Lodge officers, and all others who
speak a good word for this branch of our noble Order.
During the year I wrote the local directors for a list of all our
members who had enlisted for the front-, but few replied. I had
hoped to lay definite information before you on this matter. One
such  Brother has paid several calls  in  advance.
At your last annual meeting you empowered this board to secure
a safe or other suitable means for preserving our records. In due
time, after advertising, we purchased a splendid second-hand safe for
$50, and paid charges, $7, or a total cost of $57.
You also entrusted this board with the consideration of the question of admitting the Rebekahs into membership. After due deliberation your board recommends to this annual meeting that the Sisters
of the Rebekah Degree be admitted to membership in this Association, and that a post card vote be taken to so amend our by-laws,
provided this meets with your approval.
Our audit for last year was completed after the annual meeting,
and too late for the annual Grand Lodge Report, which we regret.
We therefore submit for your inspection copies of the same. Mr.
A. L. Bouck, of the Modern Business College, also presents his report for the year  just closed.
When this Association was instituted the Royal Bank of Canada
was chosen in which to deposit our funds, and until September 17,
1913, this was carried out. On that date the board of that year transferred to the Dominion Trust Co. the Reserve Fund of $250, to be
deposited in the saving account at 4 per cent. As our late esteemed
President  was then connected with that institution,  in justice to his 3696
memory, I must say that this was not done at his request or arrangement. Our claim for $261.25 has been admitted by the liquidator, and
we have the following from him recently: "In reply to your letter
of May 19th, I regret to say thalt I have nio definite information to
give you with regard to the Association's deposit. The question of
the ranking of the depositors has not yet been decided, and until a
decision has been arrived at, I am, of course, unable to say what the
outcome of the liquidation may be with regard to them. The Auditor's
report will now show that this amount is placed in Suspense Account.
The balance of our funds, $877.15, are in the Royal Bank of Canada,
savings account, and have borne interest at 3 per cent, since March
18, 1914.
The assets of this Association, apart from the cash on hand, total
$150, and there are no liabilities. In addition the arrears of assessments amount to $148.60.
Respectfully submitted,
W.  C.  COATHAM,  Secretary.
The Odd Fellow's Funeral Aid Association, of British Columbia. .
Treasurer's Report for year ended May 31st,  1915
I have pleasure in submitting the financial report of the Association for the year ending May 31st, 1915. The balance in hand at the
same date in 1914, was $511.45. The receipts during the current year
amounted to $1,102.69, and interest on deposits to $16.71, making a
grand total of $1,119.40. The expenditure during this period totalled
$753,70, leaving a balance of income over expenditure of $365.70,
which, together with the balance of $511.45, carried forward from
1914, leaves us with a credit balance in deposit with the Royal Bank
of Canada at this date of $877.15.
Yours fraternally,
2 H. W. HARRISON,
Treasurer.
Financial Statement, July 14, 1914
General Fund — June, 1913 — June, 1914
To   Printing  $ 35.00
"    Supplies    9.35
"    Postage     35.05
Commission to Local Directors  38.00
Salaries   (Secretary)     64.95
Premium on Bonds  3.35
"    Sundry Expenses   11.20
By   Application Fees, 95 @ 25c  $    23.75
"    Expense   Calls     108.25
I    Balance (Overdrawn)   64.90
$   196.90       $   196.90
Benefit Fund — June, 1913 — June, 1914 I
By Application  Fees   $   141.75
" Assessments   688.75
To Death  Claim  Paid $   250.00
" Reserve   Fund        250.00
" Balance         330.50
$   830.50       $  830.50 3697
Balances to June, 1914
By   Benefit   Fund     $  948.75
Reserve  Fund   257.56
To  General   Fund   $   384.27
"    Cash on Hand     822,04
| •     - | $1,206.31       $1,206.31
Statement of Cash to May 31, 1914
In Royal Bank as per Pass  Book  $   564.48
In Dominion Trust   257.56
Balance, 1912  $ 89.10
1913   209.78
1914   515.60
Interest on Deposit, Dominion Trust  7.56
$  822.04       $  822.04
New Westminster, B.C., July 14, 1914.
I have examined the books of the I. O. O. F. Funeral Aid
Association and have verified the receipts and disbursements by
comparing them with the receiots and vouchers. I hereby certify
that they are in accord therewith and that the Statement represents
a true and correct view of the Lodge's affairs.
(Signed) A.  L.  BOUCK, Auditor.
Financial Statement, May 31, 1915
General Fund — June, 1914 — June 1915
To  Printing  $ 61.50
Supplies    5.85
Postage  32.25
Commission to Local Directors  38.34
Salaries (Secretary)   73.20
do      (Auditor)     10.00
Premium on Bonds  5.00
Sundry Expenses   65.90
By Application Fees, 57 @ 25c  $    14.25
I    Expense Calls  _  122.00
y    Balance (Overdrawn)   155.79
$ 292.04      $ 292.04
Benefit Fund — June, 1914 — June, 1915
By Application Fees   $    89.25
I    Assessments     862.50
To Death Claims  - $   500.00
1    Balance        451.75
$ 951.75       $  951.75
Balances to June, 1915
By   Benefit Fund  . i     f.   ]|       $1,400.50
"    Reserve Fund  (closed in suspense)  257.56
"    Interest   16.71
To  General Fund  $  540.06
I    Cash   on   Hand  1,134.71
$1,674.77       $1,674.77 3698
Statement of Cash
In Royal Bank as per Pass Book  $   877.15
In Dominion Trust  (in Liquidation)  257.56
Balance May 31, 1914 $  822.04
Balance May 31, 1915 j     295.96
Interest           16.71
%' '  $1,134.71       $1,134.71
New Westminster, B.C., June 3, 1915.
I have examined the books of the I. O. O. F. Funeral Aid
Association and have verified the receipts and disbursements t)y
comparing them with the receipts and vouchers. I hereby certify
that they are in accord therewith and that the Statement represents
a true and correct view of the Lodge's affairs.
- (Signed) A. L. BOUCK, Auditor.
A communication was read from the Department
Council P. M. of B. C, thanking the Grand Lodge for its
kindness and support in the past and requesting a continuation of its financial assistance. Ordered to be referred to
the Committee on Finance.
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 the proceedings of this session, and the contract
has been awarded to T. R. Cusack, the lowest tender, at the following
prices: 1,000 copies of the proceedings, $1.58 per page; 125 copies
of the Grand Officers, reports, $20.00. These prices compare very
favorably with those paid last year, which were, for 800 copies, $2.25
per page, and Grand Officers' reports, $40.00.
It has been considered necessary to increase the number of copies
of the proceedings printed, owing to the increase in the number of
Lodges and  Past Grands of the jurisdiction.
Signed by the Committee.
A communication was read from the Oddfellows' Relief Association of Canada asking for recognition of its
work and forwarding financial statehent for year 1914, and
was ordered to be referred to the Committee on Insurance.
A Deputation from the Rebekah Assembly was
announced in waiting, and the Chair appointed a Committee
consisting of F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, A. Henderson,
P.G.M., No. 2, to retire and introduce it.
The Grand Lodge took a recess and the deputation,
consisting of Sisters Simpson, Treasurer, and Evans, P.P.,
having been admitted and  introduced, Sister Simpson on 3699
behalf of the Assembly conveyed the fraternal greetings of
that body to the Grand Lodge, which was appropriately
acknowledged by the Grand Master.
The deputation having retired, the Grand Lodge resumed business.
The Finance Committee submitted the following:
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your Finance Committe beg leave to report that we have examined that portion of the Grand Secretary's report referred to us,
and find the same in order. We have also examined the Grand Treasurer's books and vouchers and find the satne to be correct.
Signed by the Committee.
A communication was read from "Odd Fellows' Anti-
War Committee" of Carthage, Mo., deprecating the present
war and enclosing resolutions for adoption pledging us to
use every honorable effort to bring it to an end. On motion
the communication was ordered to be received and filed.
The Special Committee on Certificate of Membership
submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your special committee appointed last session to report as to the
advisability of presenting a certificate of membership to each brother
when initiated into the Order, beg to report that it had submitted to
it a blank form of certificate, printed by the Stovel Company, of Winnipeg, Man., which was offered in quantities at a very low price, and
which was said to be in use in other jurisdictions.
Doubts having been entertained as to whether the purchase and
use cof this form would not be illegal as interfering with the sale of
one supplied by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, the form was submitted
to the Grand Secretary of that Grand body, who referred it to the
Committee   on   Printing   Supplies.
Brother Goodwin informs us that this committee considered the
matter at a meeting held on 25th November last, at which the
Grand Sire was present; and that a decision was arrived at, in which
the Grand Sire concurred, that a Grand or Subordinate body could
not issue such a certificate, as it is in many respects similar to the
one now issued by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, the border being
especially the same, and the language almost identical. The Grand
Sire, however, suggested to the committee that authority be obtained
from the Sovereign Grand Lodge to furnish from the Grand Secretary's office a certificate not as elaborate as the one now issued, and
which could be sold at a lower price.
In view of this decision your committee advise that the action
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge be awaited in this matter, and that it
be  discharged  from  further  consideration  of the subject.
Signed by the Committee. 3700
The Committee on Rebekah Degree presented the
following  report, which was  adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
Your committee on Rebekah Lodges having perused the report
of the Grand Secretary on Rebekah Lodges, beg leave to submit the
following:—
It is with extreme pleasure that we note the increase of net
membership during the fiscal year of 1914, also the substantial increase
in  financial  returns.
The net membership increase for the period was 335, and the net
increase, financially, was $3,147.86.
Under the economic conditions that obtained during the year of
1914 we think it nothing short of marvelous that this important branch
of our beloved Order succeeded so well, and we feel that the congratulations of this Grand body are due to the Rebekah Lodges as
a mark of our esteem for the success of their efforts.
In view of the foregoing, we take pleasure in recommending the
adoption of the Grand Secretary's report on Rebekah Lodges.
Signed by the Committee.
The hour fixed by law for the election of officers for
the coming; vear having been reached, the Grand Master
appointed Bros. Cummings, Grand Master, and J. A. Tully,
P.G., of the Jurisdiction of Alberta, to act as Tellers.
Nominations having been invited, the following were
off ered :
For Grand Master—P. W. Dempster, No.2; nominated
by R. Living-stone, No. 1.
For Deputy Grand Master—W. H. Brown, No. 8;
nominated by W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4.
For Grand Warden—J. H. Glass, No. 51; nominated by
E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27.
For Grand Secretary—Fred Davey, No. 1; nominated
by W. Hogg, P.G.M., No. 10.
For Grand Treasurer—T. H. White, No. 61 • nominated by W. A. Johnston, P.G.M., No. 26. R. A. Merrithew,
No. 27; nominated by D. E MacKenzie. P.G.M., No. 3.
R. Livingstone, No. 1; nominated by J. H. McConnell,
No. 1. E. G. Cavalsky, No. 5; nominated by W. Gilchrist.
Xo. 6. A. E. Harron, No. 55; nominated by W. A. Jackson, No 43
For Grand Representative—W H. Cullin, P.G.M., No.
4: nominated by D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16. 3701
There being but one nominee for the office of Grand
Master, the Grand Secretary, by order of the Grand Lodge,
cast the ballot for the election of P. W. Dempster, No. 2,
and he was declared duly elected.
W. H. Brown, No. 8, being the only nominee for the
office of Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, by
order of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot for his election,
and he was declared duly elected.
J. H. Glass, No. 51, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Warden, was declared duly elected, the
Grand Secretary, by order, casting the ballot for his
election.
Fred Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Secretary, the Grand Treasurer was directed to cast the ballot for his election, which was done, and
he was declared duly elected.
For the office of Grand Treasurer, a ballot was spread
and the following result was announced: Xo. of votes
cast, 210. Necessary to choice, 106. T. H. White, Xo. 61,
received 68 votes. R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, received 61
votes. R. Livingstone, No. 1, received 15 votes. E. G.
Cavalsky, No. 5, received 11 votes. A. E. Harron, Xo. 55,
received 55 votes.
Neither Candidate receiving a majority of the votes
cast, a fresh ballot was spread, the names of Bros. Livingstone and Cavalsky being dropped and the following result announced: No. of votes cast, 209. Necessary to
choice, 105:
T. H. White, No. 61, received 74 votes. R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, received 72 votes. A. E. Harron, No. 55,
received 60 votes. Spoiled, 3. No choice appearing, a
fresh ballot was spread, the name of Bro. Harron being
dropped and the following result announced: No. of votes
cast, 203; necessary to choice, 102. T. H. White, No. 61,
received 84 votes. R. A. Merrithew received 119 votes.
Bro. R. A. Merrithew having received the majority of the
votes cast was declared duly elected.
Bro. W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4, being the only
nominee for the office of Grand Representative was declared duly elected for two years, the Grand Secretary,
by order of the Grand Lodge, casting the ballot for his
election. 3702
It was moved, seconded and carried,—That a vote of
thanks be accorded the tellers for their kindness in conducting the election.
Resolved: That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn
to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
Thursday, 10 June,  1915.
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
representatives present.
All present were examined, reported entitled to a seat
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Minutes of yesterday's session were read, and on
motion, adopted.
Bro. J. Bell, No. 4, submitted the following, which
was referred to the Committee on Legislation.
Resolved that all Lodges in this jurisdiction pay a uniform
amount of benefits, namely, a sum not to exceed seven dollars
per week, with doctor and medicine, for. a period not to exceed
twenty-six weeks.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the
following report, which was ordered to be received and
considered seriatem.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, T. O. O.  F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
certain portions of the report of the Grand Master, have considered the same and beg to report as follows:—
(1) With respect to the membership of the Jurisdiction as
shown by the reports from the Subordinate Lodges to the 31st
December last, we agree with the Grand Master, in the opinion,
that under the exceptional conditions prevailing we have done
well to hold our own. We can see no hope of improvement until
the conclusion of the world-wide war in which we are at present
engaged. We trust that the hope expressed by the Grand Master
that the war will have a tendency to bind us together in true
fraternity may be fully realized. Many of our members have given
proof of their love of country and their self-sacrifice by enlisting
to fight for the defence of the Empire and for the maintenance of 3703
right  and justice,  and  all  those   great   and   enobling   principles
which the British Empire stands for.
In this devotion to the call of duty we think they are entitled to our fraternal sympathy and support, and also anything
that we can do to encourage them and protect those who may
be dependent on them.
(2) We are pleased to note the number of Lodges that the
Grand Master has been able to visit officially, and that he has
been received by the members with that loyalty and hospitality
which they have at all times accorded to the official head of our
Order  in  this  Province.
In most of these visits we are also gratified to know that he
was accompanied by the Grand Treasurer, Bro. J. H. Glass, and
have no doubt that such company must have been very pleasant
and agreeable, and of material assistance to him.
(3) We would recommend that the appointments made by
the  Grand Master during recess be approved
(4)
Lodges
The reports of the D. D. G. M.s generally show the
to be in good condition, financially and otherwise. Although the additions to the membership during the past year
have not been large these officers are very sanguine and hopeful
for the future.
(5) The Grand Master and the D.D.G.M., District No. 10,
recommend that a uniform system of bookkeeping be instituted
for the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction. "We think this is
a matter that can be more efficiently dealt with by a Special Committee working during the coming year as suggested by the Grand
Master, and therefore recommend that such a Committee be appointed.
(6) With reference to the Grand Master's recommendation
of a forward movement to increase our membership similar to
that in force in Alberta, we beg to say that we are under the
impression that that Jurisdiction, and also that of Manitoba, have
an arrangement with the Odd Fellow's Relief Association, of
Kingston, Ontario, by which the services of an Organizer is
secured, whose salary is borne mutually by the Association and
the Grand Lodges. We would recommend that negotiations be
entered into by the Executive officers during the coming year to
see if such an arrangement can be made to apply to this Jurisdiction, and that they report the result to the next Session of this
Grand Lodge
Sisrned bv the Committee.
Clause  1, re  Condition of the Order in the Province
and the war, was adopted.
Clause 2, re Visits of Grand Master, was adopted.
Clause   3,   re   Appointments   of   Grand   Master,   was
adopted.
Clause 4, re Reports of D.D.G.M.'s. was adopted. 3704
Clause 5, re Uniform System of Bookkeeping by
Lodges and Appointment of Special Committee, was
adopted.
Clause 6, re negotiations with Odd Fellows' Relief
Association, was amended by substituting the word
"Agent" for "Organizer," and the clause as amended was
adopted.
The report as a whole was then adopted.
The Committee on State of the Order 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 State of the Order to whom was referred
portions of the Grand Secretary's report, have given the same
careful consideration and beg to report as follows:—
(1) The Statistical portion of the report is very full and
complete, and the data furnished as to average is most interesting
and suggestive. We have already commented on the condition
of the Order in the Jurisdiction as disclosed by the Reports, in
our report on the Grand Master's report, and deem further reference to it here unnecessary.
We would in this connection suggest that we think an improvement could be made in the statistics issued by the Grand
Secretary, by inserting in the proceedings a list of Lodges with
number of same, night of meeting, name of Noble Grand and
Recording Secretary with the postal address of the latter.
(2) The report of the work of the two General Relief Committees operating in this Jurisdiction shows clearly the care and attention shown by them in attending to members when absent from the
Jurisdiction of their own Lodge, and illustrates the altruistic
character of our Order. These reports indicate the large amount
of work involved and speak volumes for the kind hearts and
willing hands of the brothers composing these Committees.
In this connection we beg to call the attention of this Grand
Body to the fact that the expenses in connection with the work
being done by these Relief Committees are borne entirely by the
Subordinate Lodges in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria, and
we consider that some steps should be taken by this Grand Body
whereby all  the  Lodges in   the Jurisdiction  should  contribute.
We would recommend that an annual grant be made to these
boards  by this   Grand  Body.
(3) We are pleased to learn that the action of this Grand
Lodge in taking steps to secure bonds for all the financial officers of
our Lodges has been so loyally followed, and that all of them
have been bonded in this way.
(4) It is a matter of congratulation to find that the Jubilee
Celebration in Victoria last year was so successful from a financial
standpoint,  so  that  the   Committee were in  a  position  to  return 3705
the individual subscriptions of members, and a percentage of the
donations received from this Grand Lodge the Grand Encampment and the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges, which contributed
The Committee in charge of the Celebration are to be complimented on the splendid character of the entertainments provided,
and on the economical and efficient manner in which the whole
affair   was   conducted.
(5)^ We recommend that the distribution of the refund from
the Ohio Flood Relief, pro rata amongst the Lodges, etc., which
contributed, as reported by the Grand Secretary, be approved.
We are pleased to note that the majority of the refunds were
donated to the Odd Fellows Home Fund of this Jurisdiction.
(6) We must express surprise at the facts brought forward
by the Grand Secretary respecting Lost Rituals.
We do not favor the matter of a fine being inflicted, but we
do recommend that any Noble Grand having a ritual missing
during his term of office shall forfeit the honors of the office, and
that legislation,  if  necessary,  be  enacted to  that  effect.
(7) With reference to the communication from the Publisher
of the "Alberta Odd Fellow," and the copy of this paper which
was submitted to us with the limited time at our disposal to examine the same, we beg to express our pleasure with the publication and suggest that the members, as far as possible, subscribe
for  it.
With reference to the request that it be made the official
organ of this Jurisdiction, we do not feel warranted in making
such a recommendation, we feel that when this Jurisdiction requires an official organ, the same should be published in our own
Province.
We recommend that the Grand Secretary be requested to
furnish the paper with the data and information asked for in the
letter   submitted   to  your   Committee.
(8) Re letter from Key City Lodge, No. 42, respecting institution of a Lodge at Creston, we fail to see what this Committee
has  to  do  in this  matter.
(9) Re letter from Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, we think the matter
has been pretty thoroughly dealt with in this report, as to the
recommendation contained in the letter re "an organization
"Europe to look after the interests of brothers and administer
comforts, etc;" we consider the existing thoroughly equipped
organizations are in better position to perform this work than
any which  could be brought into  existence  by this  Grand  Body.
Signed by the Committee.
Clause   1,  re  Statistical portion  of  Grand  Secretary's
Report, was adopted.
• Clause 2y re General Relief Committees, the point of
order was raised that it was not competent for this Grand
Lodge to expend its funds to assist General Relief Com- 3706
mittees, being contrary to the provisions of its Constitution. The Grand Master decided the point well taken.
The question of financial assistance was therefore dropped
and the remainder of the Clause was adopted.
The further consideration of this report was postponed
until after the selection of the place of meeting of the next
Annual Session of this Grand Lodge.
The invitations of "Princeton' Lodge, No. 52, Princeton, and "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, to meet
in their respective cities were read.
It was moved and seconded: That the invitation of
Orchard City Lodge be accepted, and the next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held in the City of Kelowna.
The representative of "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52, having
withdrawn the invitation of his Lodge, the question was
put and carried.
The consideration of the report of the Committee on
State of the Order, on Grand Secretary's Report, was
resumed:
Clause 3, re Surety Bonds of Financial Officers, was
adopted.
Clause 4, re Jubilee Celebration last year, was adopted.
Clause 5, re  Refund of Ohio Relief Fund, was adopted
Clause 6, re Lost Rituals, was not adopted.
Clause 7, re Alberta Odd Fellow, was adopted.
Clause 8, re Institution of a Lodge at Creston, was
referred to the incoming Grand Master.
Clause 9, re letter from "Pittitko,? Lodge, No. 13, was
adopted.
The report of the Committee as amended was adopted
as a whole.
The    Rebekah    Assembly    submitted    the    following-
•      . ^*
Amendments to the Constitution of the Assembly, which
were referred to the Committee on  Legislation.
Amend Section 4 of the Constitution of the Rebekah Assembly
by adding to first  Clause the following:
"and   Past   Presidents   of   this   Assembly  in   good   standing."
Strike out Section 6 and insert the following in lieu thereof: 3707
Section 6. "Each Lodge shall at the same time elect one
Alternate for each Representative elected, and in case a Representative shall be unable to attend the Session of the Assembly,
then the alternate receiving the highest number of votes, may
attend in her place, and have all the powers and privileges of a
Representative. Vacancies may be filled at any time, in the same
manner, to serve the remainder of the term."
Add to  Section 38 the following:
"A Rebekah Lodge, which has not been instituted for a period
of three months prior to the expiration of a term, shall be exempted from the payment of Per Capita Tax for that term: otherwise it shall be liable to pay said tax."
The  Committee on Legislation presented the following report, w'hich was adopted.
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Grand Lodge of B. C, I. 0. O. F.:
Your Committee on Legislation to whom was referred the
Resolution on uniform amount of Benefits, not to exceed the
sum of Seven Dollars per week, with Doctor and Medicine, submitted by Bro. J. Bell, No. 4, beg to report that we recommend
it be not adopted.
The    Finance    Committee
motion:
Signed by the Committee,
submitted    the    following*
Your Finance Committee would recommend that the amount
of mileage be reduced from 10 cents to 5 cents, our reason for
making this recommendation is on account of the great increase
that will have to be met, arising from the fact that this Grand
Body has decided to hold its next Session in Kelowna.
Signed by  the  Committee.
The Grand Master decided, that as this involves an
amendment to the By-laws of the Grand Lodge, it must
lay on the table for one day, in accordance with the rule.
The Committee on Necrology submitted the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Y'our Committee on Necrology beg to submit the following
report:—
In the midst of the active work and onward march of Odd
Fellowship, some who have borne an honorable part in the service
of our beloved Order have died with their armour on, and have
been called to their final reward with their names and memories
cherished by their surviving co-workers.
We feel called upon to mention with deep regret the death
of some of those most prominently connected with our Order
outside  of  this  Jurisdiction,  among  whom  is  that  of  Robert T. 3708
Daniel, Grand Sire, who died May 27, 1915; M. Richards Muckle,
Grand Treasurer of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, died April 1st,
1915; Captain Harper Wilson, Grand Marshal of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, died August 28th, 1914; W. L. Kuykendall, Past
Grand Sire, died March 8th, 1915.
To Bro. J. B. Goodwin, Past Grand Sire, Grand Secretary of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and to J. B. A Robertson, Deputy
Grand Sire, who suffered loss of their wives by death, Mrs. Goodwin passing away on January 25th, 1915; and Mrs. Robertson on
June 1st, 1914, our hearts go out in deepest sympathy.
In our own Jurisdiction, our Order, and this Grand Lodge,
has sustained severe loss in the deaths of Bro. James Crossan,
P.G.M.; Bro. C. S. Keith, P.G.R.; Bro. W. E. Holmes, P.G.M.;
and Bro. W. Templeman, P.  G.
The last named Brother was a member of Victoria Lodge,
No. 1, and although he did not take an active part in Lodge work
of late years, took a prominent part in the work of the Order in
the Province some years ago. He represented his Lodge at the
first session of the Grand Lodge held in New Westriiinster in 1888,
and sat as Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary. He was also
enthusiastic in support of the "Odd Fellows Home Scheme."
As a citizen he was prominent in public life, having been a
Senator and Member of the Dominion House of Commons, and
Minister of Mines in the Dominion Cabinet; as a newspaper man
he was known for many years as proprietor of the "Victoria
Times," newspaper.
The Subordinate Lodges, have in rr^any cases, suffered severe
loss by death of some of their stalwart members who served their
Lodge and the Order to the last, sixteen Past Grands, exclusive
of those previously mentioned, having passed away during the
past year, many of them have been associated with this Grand
Lodge at one or more of its previous Sessions. To those Lodges,
so afflicted, we extend our deep sympathy, and mourn with them
the loss of departed brothers, and may we all be comforted by
the promise of the Father, and the trust, that they will be met
by the salutation "Well done good and faithful servant; enter thou
into the joy of thy Lord."
Appended, is a list of deceased Past Grands, not previously
reported in the printed proceedings of this Grand Lodge. Your
Committee would recommend, that a memorial page in the printed
proceedings of this Session be devoted to this list, and also that
two pages adjoined, be devoted, one to the picture, and the other
in memory, of each of the three brothers who were most intimately connected with this Grand Lodge, namely, Bro Holmes
P.G.M.;  Bro.  Crossan,  P.G.M., and  Bro.   Keith,  P.G.R.
Signed by the  Committee.
Report read from the Committee on Mileage and Per
Diem, which was referred back to the Committee for correction. 3709
Resolved—That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
2 o'clock this afternoon.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION ^
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum
of representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
L. B. De Gero, Representative of "Penticton" Lodge,
No. 51, submitted the following questions, which were
referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
1. Is it permissible for any Subordinate Lodge to confer
1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees on any member, free of charge?
2. Is it permissible for any Subordinate Lodge to keep in
good standing any member thereof, from the General Funds of
the Lodge, or from any other fund in connection with our Order?
Bro. Cowen, P.G., of the jurisdiction of Alberta, was
introduced and welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
The report read yesterday from the Committee on
Appeals, in the appeal of Bro. J. H. Elliott, P.G., v. 'Fair-
view" Lodge, No. 61, was taken from the table, and it.was
moved and seconded, That the report be adopted.
Bro. Elliott, P.G., asked for and was granted, permission to address the Grand Lodge.
The report was adopted.
The report read yesterday from the Committee on
Appeals on the appeal of Bro. Guttischick v. 'Dawson''
Lodge, No. la, Dawson, Y.T., was taken from the table,
and was on motion adopted.
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.:
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 the Session, have checked
the same and find that they are entitled to the amounts stated
against their respective names:— 3710
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Wallace   Law,   G.R	
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W.   G.  Barrie,   G.M	
W. H. Laird, G.C	
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The Finance Committee submitted the following report, which was received and considered seriatem.
-To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Victoria,  B.  C,  June  4,   1915.
(1) We, your Finance Committee, beg to report that we
have examined the books and vouchers of the Grand Secretary
and Grand Treasurer for the fiscal .year ending April 30, 1915, and
found same correct.
(2) We are convinced that the time has arrived when a
Chartered Accountant should be engaged to audit the books annually.    We therefore recommend:
"That the Grand Lodge engage the services of a Chartered
Accountant to audit the books annually and submit a duly certified report as to the condition thereof to the Grand Lodge."
(3) In view of the large amount of work in connection with
the office of Grand Secretary, we consider it our duty to recommend:
'That the Grand Lodge elect an Assistant Grand Secretary,
who shall be under the supervision of the Grand Secretary, and
shall receive such remuneration as the Grand Lodge shall from
time to time decide. The Assistant Grand Secretary to be elected
annually in the same manner and at the same time as the other
elective  officers of the  Grand  Lodge."
Signed by  the   Committee.
Clause 1, relating to the audit of the books, etc., of
the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer was adopted.
Clause 2, re employment of a Chartered Accountant
to audit the books, was not adopted.
Clause 3, re election of Assistant Grand Secretary
was declared out of order by the Grand Master, as it involved an amendment to the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge, of which notice must be given.
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 an estimate of the
Receipts and Expenditures of this Grand Lodge for the coming
year.
Receipts
Balance   in   Grand  Treasurer's   hands $ 3829 08
Per  Capita Tax   on  7,092 members  at $1.00,  payable  on
30th June, 50c; and-50c payable on 31st Dec. 1915     7092 00
Total   Estimated   Revenue ~ $10921 08 3713
Expenditure
Grand   Secretary's   Salary <t 1200 00
Grand   Master's   expenses       gOO 00
Sovereign  Grand Lodge  Representative Ta:ZZZ!™Z!"l"      150 00
Rent of Grand Secretary's  Office  420 00
Printing    .'..""".'.'." 450 00
.Premium   on   Bonds  10 00
Postage and Sundries,  Grand Secretary  150 00
Postage and  Sundries,  Grand Master  20 00
Janitor   this   Session  10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session -. 3026 20
Past  Grand  Master  Jewel  28 00
Independent   Odd   Fellow   Card  10 00
Badges   for   Representatives  50 00
Grant  to   Patriarchs   Militant  150 00
Telephone,  Grand  Secretary's  Office  54 00
Grant  to  Home- Fund, at 20c member  1418 40
D. E   MacKenzie, Reading Clerk  10 00
W. A. Johnstone, Transportation  Clerk  10 00
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Leaving a balance on hand at end of year  $2954 48
Signed by the  Committee.
Bro. Roberts, P.G.R., of the Jurisdiction of Manitoba,
was introduced and welcomed to the Grand Lodee
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report, which was adopted.
To the  Grand Lodge  of  B.  C,  I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary to whom was referred the questions submitted by the Representative of Penticton Lodge, No. 51,
beg to report as  follows:—
1. Is it permissible for any Subordinate Lodge to confer the
1st, 2nd and 3rd Degrees on any member free of charge?
Answer.—No, the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction, Sec. 1, Art. IV, provides that the fees shall be $10
for  the  Three   Degrees.
2. Is it permissible for any Subordinate Lodge to keep in
good standing any member thereof, from the General Funds of
the Lodge or from any other fund in connection with our Order?
Answer.—The Grand Master has decided that the Contingent
Fund may be used to keep members of our Lodges who are on
active service in the present war in good standing, and that decision  has been approved at this Session.
Signed by  the  Committee.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented
the following report, which was adopted. 3714
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have examined and approved of the following By-laws and
Amendments submitted by the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction during the past year:—
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, complete set.
Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, complete set with Amendments.
Fidelity  Lodge,  No. 25,  complete   set  with  Amendments.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.—Amendment re admission and fees
to be charged to non-beneficial members; also addition to duties
of  Lodge  Physician.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4.—Amendment re reduction of Sick
Benefit.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.—Amendment re Sick Benefit and requiring Candidates for admission to furnish Medical Certificate
of health
Western Star, No. 10.—Amendment reducing the amount of
money to be retained in the Treasurer's hands.
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55.—Amendment re Scale of
Fees for  Initiation.
Dawson Lodge, No. la.—Amendment increasing Dues, Adding Medical Attendance to benefits, and providing for payment
to  Physician  for  services  rendered.
Signed by the  Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was  adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred portions
of the Supplementary Report of the Grand Master, beg to state
that we have considered the decision in the appeal of Bro. W. H.
Cullin, P.G.M., against the action of "Dominion" Lodge, No. 4,
also the answers to questions submitted by "Fairview" Lodge,
No. 61; ^Excelsior" Lodge, No. 7: 'Vernon Valley" Lodge, No.
18, and "Grandview" Lodge, No. 62, and recommend that they be
approved.
Signed by  the  Committee.
The Committee on Insurance submitted the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.: '   -
Your Committee on Insurance, to whom was referred the
application of the Odd Fellows Relief Association, of Canada,
for the recognition of this Grand Lodge in the work it is doing
in the Dominion of Canada in insuring the lives of Odd Fellows,
and  thus providing for their wives and families at their decease. 3715
beg to report that we have perused the statement submitted of
the Receipts and Disbursements of the Association for the year
1914, and of its financial standing at the close of that year, and
are impressed with the extent of its operations and its evident
financial  stability.
We are also of4 the opinion that the action of the Directors
in carrying such a large number of members who have gone to
the front in the present war at the ordinary rates, instead of increasing tihem to -meet the additional risk that must certainly
attach to the Association,, is a most fraternal and patriotic act,
which   merits   our   warmest   commendation.
As this Association supplements the work of our Order in a
very material manner and relieves our Lodges from possible heavy
responsibilities that would attach to them in the provision it
makes for our members' families, and as we believe that it is
founded on a sound basis and is managed in a thorough business
like and economical manner, and further, as it involves no financial
responsibility to this Grand Lodge, we think the least we can do'
is to accord it our hearty recognition and best wishes for its
success in the philanthropic work in which it is engaged.
We   therefore   offer   the   following  for   adoption:—
Resolved—That this Grand Lodge recognizes the valuable
work the Odd Fellows' Relief Association is performing as an
auxiliary to the benevolent work of our Order, and extend to it
its best wishes for its future success and prosperity.
In connection with the visit of the Representative of this
Jurisdiction to the Annual Meeting, held in the offices of the
"O. R. A. of Canada" at Kingston, Ontario, July 22nd, 1914, a
brief report was submitted to the Executive of this Grand Lodge.
The same being embodied in the foregoing report, it may only
be added that Brother Johnston was particularly impressed bv
the very fraternal manner in which he was received by the other
delegates, including the most prominent and active members of
the Order throughout the Dominion, Grand Masters and Past
Grand Masters, who individually wished their fraternal greetings
to be conveyed to the Officers and Members of this Grand Lodge
at this  Session.
Signed by  the  Committee.
Report read from Special Commitee on Surety Bonds,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Special Committee on Surety Bonds, to which was referred that portion of the Grand Secretary's report referring to
bonding Grand and Subordinate Lodge Officers, beg leave to
submit  the following report:—
As the question" raised by the bonding company requiring
special applications covering trustees requiring bonds over one
thousand dollars, seems to be adjusting itself, we would recommend
that no further action be taken at this time, and in the event of
the bonding company re-opening the matter during the recess of 3716
this Grand Body, that the Executive Officers thereof be empowered  to  deal with  the  same.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation beg to report on the matters
referred to it as follows:—
We recommend that the amendment to Sec. 8, Art. II. of the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges proposed by the Grand Secretary be adopted.
That the standing Resolution proposed by the Grand Secretary
granting permission to all Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction
to incorporate under the Laws of the Province, be adopted.
That the permission asked for by "North Vancouver" Lodge,
No. 55, and "Sunshine" Lodge, No. 57, to incorporate, is disposed
of by the above recommendation.
Signed   by  the   Committee.
Bro. Cummings, Grand Master of Alberta, addressed
the Grand Lodge, and extended the fraternal greetings of
that Jurisdiction to this Grand Body and the membership
generally of this Province.
The Grand Master responded ob behalf of this Grand
Lodge, and reciprocated the fraternal sentiments expressed
by Bro. Cummings.
Bro. Roberts, P.G.R., of Manitoba, and Bro. J. A.
Tullv,  P.G., of Alberta, also addressed the Grand  Lodge.
Bro. F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, reported verbally, respecting his visit to the Grand Lodge Session of
Alberta, as a Fraternal Delegate from this Grand Lodge,
and acknowledged the courteous and fraternal treatment
accorded him by the members of that Grand Body, on that
occasion.
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Home submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Odd Fellows Home Fund, beg to
report that this Fund has reached the sum of $18,956.63, and that
this amount is invested in good securities with the exception of
$2,588.76, now in the Imperial Bank awaiting investment.
Your Committee wish to congratulate this Grand Lodge on
the   condition   and  growth   of   this   fund,   and  would   recommend 3717
that as further sums  become available  they be  invested as  heretofore.
Your Committee wish to recommend in this connection that
before investments are made, some member of this Committee
thoroughly investigates the securities offered, and satisfies himself that they are satisfactory.
Signed by the Committee.
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 the following
for  adoption:
Resolved—That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered
His Worship A. Wells Gray, Mayor of New Westminster, for his
address and generous words of welcome at the opening session
of this Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved—Tih at the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to he officers and members of the New Westminster
Lodges for the use of their halls and for the splendid manner in
which they have entertained the Grand Lodge Officers, Representatives  and visitors  to  their  city.
Be it further resolved—That the thanks of this body be extended to the Patriarchs Militant for their valuable assistance in
connection with the session of this Grand Lodge.
Be it further resolved—That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered the Press of the City of New Westminster for the
manner in  which it has reported the proceedings of this  session.
Be it further resolved—That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered to the Grand Master and officers for the able manner
in which the business of the Order has been conducted during
this session, and the past year.
Be it further resolved—That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be tendered the Grand Master for the special efforts he made to
visit the Lodges of this Jurisdiction during his term of office.
Be it further resolved—That the thanks of the Grand Lodge
be extended to the Ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their
visit, and kind greetings conveyed by their Committee during the
Session.
Signed   by  the   Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Installation of Officers this evening, take place in the Third
Degree.
Resolved—That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
7 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 3718
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives being present.
All present were examined, reported qualified to sit,
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer.
On motion the calling of the Roll was dispensed with.
Moved by A. Henderson, P.G.M., Xo. 2., and seconded
by T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8, and carried
Whereas the status of this Grand Lodge in connection with
the Odd Fellows Relief Association of Canada seems to be not
fully understood, and has been questioned on the floor of this
Grand Lodge, and whereas it has been stated by the Executive
Officers of this Grand Lodge and Officers of the Odd Fellows
Relief Association' of Canada, that no responsibility attaches to
the Grand Lodge of B. C. for any acts of the Odd Fellows Relief
Association of Canada; be it therefore Resolved: That the following resolution be passed and printed in our proceedings, and a
copy forwarded to the office of the Odd Fellows Relief Association of Canada, viz.:—
That the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F. hereby
declares and places on record that it never has assumed, and does
not now assume, any responsibility for the acts or guarantees of
the Odd Fellows Relief Association of Canada, financially or otherwise, toward its policy holders.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree, and opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting were admitted.
The Grand Master appointed A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2, to act as Grand Marshal and assist in the Installation of the officers for the coming: year.
The Grand Secretary called the names of the Elective
and Appointed officers, who took their stations in front of
the principal chair and having been duly obligated, were
installed into their respective chairs in ample form, as
follows:—
P. W. Dempster, No. 2, as Grand Master.
W. H. Brown, No. 8, as Deputy Grand Master.
J. H. Glass, No. 51, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
R. A. Merrithew, No. 27, as Grand Treasurer.
Leslie V. Rogers, No. 59, as Grand Chaplain. 3719
D. C. McMorris, No. 16, as Grand Marshal.
R. Sanderson, No. 24, as Grand Conductor.
J. T. Wood, No. 34, as Grand Guardian.
R. Livingstone, No. 1, as Grand Herald.
The  Grand Master appointed the  following as District
Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year:
NAMES
Lodges in District
John Murkar 	
R. Wilson	
E. Bradshaw	
A. McLennan...
H. Street	
W.   Godfrey	
E. Harron	
W. Thompson.
H. Neelands	
Thos. Howell 	
James Smith 	
Harry Seigfried —
C. S. Williams	
J. L. Crosby	
D. C. McMorris..-.
Jas. Duncan	
M. C. Dunwoodie.
G. C. Clark	
A.
H.
A.
R.
A.
W.
R.
V.  Der Taylor	
I. Lehman 	
Emile Limbert 	
S. Neil 	
W. S. McPherson ....
E.   E.   Barnes	
James Weatherbe ....
W. Hicks 	
E. H. McPhee	
C. Edward Nordman
Herbert E. Barnes.....
F. W. Andrew	
J. Gellatley 	
G. Fisher 	
A.  H.  F.  Martin	
A. Goldsmith	
H. M. Daggett	
J. R. Craig	
Fred Berchtold	
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
Nos. 1, 2 and 4
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3, 25 and 27
5
6
7
8, 10 and 26
14, 19 and 55
24, 61 and 62
22, 60 and 66
9
11
.12
13
15
16
17
18, 48 and 50
20
21
23
28
34
36 and 43
38, 45 and 46
39
40
42
44
47
51, 58 and 59
52
54 and 64
56
57
63
65
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The Grand Master appointed the following Committees
for the ensuine vear:
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Finance—J.  Bell, No. 4; J. H. McConnell, No.  1: D. Dewar,
No. 2; D. C. McMorris, No   16: A. Douglas, No. 63. 3720
Appeals—A Parker, No. 10: S. Bo well, No. 3: J. Inglis, No. 26;
A. Adams, No. 27: A.  E.  Cameron,  No. 61.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary J. G. Hay, No. 2: A.
P. McConnell, No. 2; A. Banham, Xo. 48: D   P. Kane, No. 57.
Petitions—A. E. Harron, No. 55; L. B. De Gero, No. 51: A.
E. Foster, No. 18; E. H. McPhee, No. 42: W. Hicks, No. 40.
State of the Order—H. Fooks, No. 28; H. Tomlin, No. 58; J.
T. Wood, No. 34; T. Doherty, No. 6; W. K. Hyslop, No. 13.
Legislation—C. N. Borton, No. 58; R. Anderson, No. 36: J.
Roberts, No. 44; W. S. Cook, No. 46; C. I. Chapman, No. 9.
Judiciary—E. G. Cavalsky, No. 5: J. Peers, Xo. 7; G. W. M.
Taylor, No. 66; H. E. Barnes, No   47: J. A. Woodland, No. 12.
Mileage and Per Diem—J. F. Faulkner, No 61; R. Halcrow, No.
38; F. H. Godfrev, No. 62; D. G. McCurdy, No. 52; J. P. McKenzie, No. 46.
Printing—Grand Secretary; N. L. Dunn, No. 2; A A. Milli-
gan. No. 5; C. C. Mulligan, No. 8; H. W. Pugsley, No   14.
Odd  Fellows   Home—H.   B    Gilmour,   P.G.M.,  No.   10:   D.   E.
MacKenzie,  P.G.M., No. 3; A.  Cleland, No.  10: W   Law,  P.G.M.,
No.  10;  T.   F   Neelands   P.G.M.,  No. 8:   E   L. Webber,  P.G.M.,
No. 27; W.  Hogg,  P.G.M.,  No.  10.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary: R. C. Abbott, No. 25; A. McLanders, No 39: J. Duncan, No. 17: D Campbell, No. 20.
Necrology—E. L. Webber^ P.G.M., No. 27; W. A. Johnstone,
P.G.M., No. 26; W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10; A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4.
Special Committee re Uniform Bookkeeping—Grand Secretary; E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; T. F Neelands, P.G.M., No.
8; W. H. Brown, D.G.M., No. 8; A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2;
T. Telefsen,  No.  10.
F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42, on behalf of the Grand
Lodge, presented a Past Grand Master's Jewel to the retiring
Grand Master Bro. Harry White, No. 42, and paid a tribute
to the ability with which he had fulfilled the duties of that
office during the past year, and had presided over the present
session.    Bro. White feelingly and appropriately responded.
The Third Degree members having retired, the Grand
Lodge was opened in the Grand Lodge Degree..
It was on motion resolved—That the appointments of the
Grand Master be confirmed. 3721
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the minutes of
this day's Session be taken as read.
It was on motion resolved—That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodere was then closed in due form.
Grand Secretary
The following Past Grand Masters were in attendance at
the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge, held at New Westminster on the 9th and 10th June, 1915:
B. W. Shiles, No. 3 New Westminster
T. C. Gray, No.  io Vancouver
A. Henderson, No. 2 Victoria
W. Hogg, No.  10 Vancouver
T. F. Neelands, No. 8 Vancouver
D. E. MacKenzie. No. 3.... New Westminster
F. E. Simpson, No. 42 Victoria
Wallace Law, No.  10  Vancouver
E. L. Webber. Xo. 27 New Westminster
W. H. Cullin, No. 4 Victoria
W. A. Johnstone. No. 26 Vancouver
R. Dudley. Xo. 47 Fernie  3723
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM E. HOLMES, P.G.M.
Who  Died July  13th,  1914
Brother Holmes joined Victoria Lodge,
No. I on January 19th, 1885. Was N.G. of
the Lodge from July 1st to December 31st,
1887. Was elected Grand Treasurer in 1892
and served in the capacity of that and the
successive offices, being elected Grand
Master in 1895, which office he filled with
great acceptance to the Order in the jurisdiction, rendering many important decisions
during his term of office, all of which were
concurred in by the Grand Lodge.
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He took great interest in the Patriarchs
Militant Branch of the Order, and was the
first Captain of Canton, No. 1, which was
instituted in Victoria; and the membership
of the Order throughout this Province have
reason to cherish the memory of one, who
in its early history, devoted his time and
talents to the cause of Oddfellowship, and
after a long and unfortunate illness has
passed to his final reward.
"Death is a gateway to a higher life,
A life much broader than the one we see
A volumne grand, rewritten and revised,
Of what we are and what we are to be.'  3725
IN MEMORY OF
JAMES CROSSAN
P.G.M.,       P.G.P.,       P.G.R.
Who Died April 18, 1915
Brother Crossan was born in Irvine,
Ayrshire, Scotland, July 9th, 1854, where he
resided until 1870, when he came to America
—settling in the State of Illinois. In 1875
he came to British Columbia, making his
home in the City of Nanaimo, where he continued to reside until his decease. He was
actively identified with municipal affairs;
was Chief of Police for sixteen years, and
was serving his second term as alderman, at
the time of his death.
Brother Crossan was initiated into Odd
Fellowship in Illinois in 1875, transferring
his membership to Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5, the same year. He withdrew and
became a charter member of Harmony
Lodge, No. 6, at its institution, in which
Lodge he passed through the Chairs, transferring again to Black Diamond Lodge, No.
5, in 1880. He received his Grand Lodge
Degree in 1886, was D.D.G.M. in 1890, elected Grand Warden in 1891, and Grand
Master in 1893.
Brother Crossan has done much for Odd
Fellowship, especially in his home city. He
was always in office, faithful to duty, ever
ready to lend a helping hand, and his warm
heart and friendship were ever true. He is
gone, but not forgotten, and his place will
be hard to fill.
And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread,
For all the boundless universe
Is Life — there are no Dead."  3727
IN MEMORY OF
CHARLES SAMUEL KEITH, P.G.R.
Who Died April 4, 1915
Brother Keith was born in Bloomfield,
Prince Edward County, Ontario, in the year
1866; his father and family removed to
British Columbia in 1880, and settled at
Chilliwack. Completing his public school
course, he attended the High School at New
Westminster, and later studied law and was
admitted to the Bar in 1894, and practised
his profession in the City of New Westminster, until 1900, when he was appointed to
the position of Registrar of Titles, which he
held for thirteen years. Previous to his
death, he had returned to private practice.
Brother Keith was initiated into New
Westminster Lodge, No. 3, July 11, 1890,
and withdrew and became a charter member
of Royal City Lodge, No. 13, August 12th,
1890, in which Lodge he passed through the
various chairs. The Grand Lodge honored
him by electing him Grand Representative
to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, for the years
1908 and 1909.
Words fail to express the real worth of
our deceased Brother to the cause of Odd
Fellowship. In all branches of the Order
and possibly more particularly in the Rebekah and Patriarchs Militant, was he indefatigable in his labors in their behalf. He
was known and loved by all, and Odd Fellowship has lost a willing and faithful
worker, and the entire membership a true
brother.
"There is no death; an angel form
Walks o'er the earth with silent tread;
He bears our best loved things away,
And then we call them dead." 3728
IN  MEMORIAM OF DECEASED
PAST  GRANDS
      W. TEMPLEMAN, P.G.
Victoria Lodge, No. I Died 15th Nov., 1914
J D. BAIN, P.G.
Victoria Lodge, No. I Died 21st May, 1915
 G. WILLIAMS, P.G.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6 Died 16th July, 1914
C. MULHERN, P.G.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10 Died 3rd Jan., 1914
R. J. GRANT, P.G.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10
J. R. WEBSTER, P.G.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10 0ied 22nd April, 1915
I   J. H. PICKET, P.G.
Union Lodge, No. II Died 4th Jan., 1914
A. McKNIGHT, P.G.
Union Lodge, No. II Died 14th Feb., 1914
W. DINGWALL, P.G.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17 Died 13th March, 1914
REV. A. A. GREEN, P.G.
Island Lodge, No. 24 Died 28th Jan., 1914
WILLIAM MELDRUM, P.G.
Pacific Lodge, No. 26 Died April, 1914
H. J. RICKARD, P.G.
Rossland Lodge, No. 36 Died 4th Feb., 1914
C. E. LYONS, P.G.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47 Died 13th June, 1914
C. J. BECKER, P.G.
Coronation Lodge, No. 48 .^>   Died 10th Jan., 1914
F. R. MORRIS, P.G.
Key City Lodge, No. 42 Died 9th Sept., 1914
J. F. McDOUGALL, P.G.
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 Died 5th July, 1914
J. F. WADDELL, P.G.
Princeton Lodge, No. 52 Died Ist Nov., 1914
L. HUSTON, P.G.
Princeton Lodge, No. 52 Died 23rd Dec., 1914
"Thus pass away the men of might,
Whose noiseless footsteps stamp the age;
Their thoughts that fill the e^rth with light
Still glow and blaze on memory's page." 3729 3730 3731 3732  3734 INDEX
Aged   Odd   Fellows'   Fund	
Alberta  Fraternal  Delegate  to	
"Odd  Fellow" 	
Visit of Grand Master of	
Anniversary   Proclamation   ~
Appeals    _  3658,
Assistant Grand Secretary  ~
Badges  in  lieu  of  Regalia	
Ballots   Collective	
Bartenders   Admission   of  -
Benefits,  Payment of  ~ 3629, 3631,
Benefits, Uniform Scale of... 3703,
Bonding  Financial  Officers - 3653, 3677,
Bookkeeping, Uniform System of 3640, 3703,
By-laws,  Subordinate Lodge	
Certificate  of Membership,  Report re g 	
Charters,   Petitions   for  	
Committees,   Appointment   of 3618, 3621, 3622, 3635, 3698,
Constitution Subordinate Lodges, Amendment to 3684,
Contingent Fund, use of	
Cullin, W. H., P.G.M.,Appeal of t 3681,
Cummings,  E. A., Grand Master, Alberta, Visit of 3620,
Custodian Secret Work, Appointment of 	
Daniel, Robt  T., Grand Sire, Death of ||
Deaths  of  Members 3627, 3658,
Degrees  Free  of  Charge 3709,
Department   Council,   P.M.,  Thanks  	
District Deputy Grand Masters, Appointment of —3636,
" " " Reports  of   3636,
Dues,  Members  at  Front 	
"      Payment   by   Lodges  3709,
"    Note   	
Elliott, Bro. J. H., Appeal of  3658, 3685,
Examination of Candidates for Degrees	
Expulsion of Members Convicted of Crime 3632,
Funeral Aid Association of B. C, Report of.	
General  Relief Committees, Contributions to...: 3681, 3704,
"     "      "    Reports of   |	
5/
651
16
3705
3620
3626
3681
3712
3617
3632
3632
3633
3707
3715
3704
3684
3699
3684
3719
3716
3625
3714
3716
3621
3685
3678
6/16
3698
3719
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ro
79
16?5
o/lo
3631
3709
3633
3692
.3694
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3653 INDEX—CONTINUED
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Grand Lodge Books, Audit of, by Chartered Accountant  3712
Constitution Amendment, Approval of  3658
Degrees   Conferred 3621, 3622, 3685, 3693
Place   of   Meeting -  3687
Officers,   Election   of 3700, 3706
Installation   of    3717, 3718
Grand Master, Appointments by  3035
I 1 1 Decisions  of   3629, 3680, 3681
Dispensations Issued by  .3634, 3678
Proclamation by  3625, 3626
.    | 1 Report  of   3624, 3678
Visits   of     3627
Representatives,   Report   of    3660
Secretary, Report of  3642, 3677
"      Sire,   Death   of    3685
Sire,  Decisions  of   3664
Treasurer,   Report  of  -.  3659
Guttischick,  W.  T., Appeal  of 3658, 3687, 3709
"Harmony" Lodge, No. 6. Amendment to By-laws   3684
Incorporation   of   Subordinate   Lodges 3684, 3716
Jubilee Anniversary  Celebration,  Report  of  3654
"Kalamalka" Rebekah Lodge, No. 6, Institution of  3642
"Leah" Rebekah Lodge, No. 7\ Institution of  3642
"Maple Leaf" Lodge, No. 53, Amalgamation of 3634, 3642
Mayor of New Westminster, Visit of  3621
Members at Front, Payment of Dues of  3625
Memorial Day Proclamation   3626
Mileage  Reduction  of Amount  Payable  3707
Night of Meeting, Subordinate Lodge, Alteration of  3693
Xon-Beneficial  Members, Admission  of  3633, 3692
Odd  Fellows'  Home  Fund 3650, 3716
Relief Association. Delegate to   3677, 3715
Recognition   of    3698, 3714
"| Status   of     3718
Working Arrangement with
 3640, 3703, 3704
Officers of Subordinate Lodge, Table of  3704
Ohio Flood Relief Fund   3656
Ontario  Grand Lodge, Greetings from  3688
.Oregon Grand  Lodge,  Greetings  from  3686
Past  Grand  Masters  in  Attendance  3721
Peace,  Committee to  Promote   3641, 3699
Reading   Clerk,   Appointment   of  3621
Rebekah Assembly, Amendments  to  Constitution  of  3706
Rebekah Assembly,  Greetings from  3698
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to     3677
Reinstatement of Members    3632 it
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Reports—Committee   on   Appeals 3685, 3687,
Credentials   	
Distribution    3675, 3678,
Finance    3699,
Insurance  	
Judiciary     3692, 3713,
Laws  of  Subordinates   3692,
Legislation    3707,
Mileage and Per Diem 3708,
Necrology   	
Odd  Fellows'   Home	
Petitions  	
Printing   	
Rebekah   Degree   	
Resolutions   	
State  of  the  Order 3702,
Statistics re Dues and Benefits	
Surety Bonds 	
Executive Officers, re Triple Link First Aid	
Grand Officers 	
Rituals,   Loss of  3658,
"Snowshoe" Lodge, No. 46, Loss by Fire	
Telegrams    	
Transfer Certificate, Issuance of 3630, 3680,
Transfer Clerk, Appointment of 	
Triple Link First Aid Association	
Veteran Jewels 	
Visitors  3620, 3621, 3688, 3709,
War—Committee   to   Promote   Peace 3641,
Washington, Grand Lodge, Greetings from	   

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