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Array Proceedings
OF THE
Thirty-sixth Annual Session of the
Grand Lodge of
British Columbia
ofthe Independent Order of
Odd Fellows
HELD AT
Kamloops, British Columbia
June the 8th and 9th, 1910    Proceeding
s
OF THE-
Thirty-sixth Annual Session of the
Grand Lodge of
British Columbia
ofthe Independent Order of
Odd Fellows
HELD AT
Kamloops, British Columbia
June the 8th and 9 th, 1910  PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
THIRTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
I.O.O.F.
Oddfellows Hall,
Kamloops, B.C.,
8 June, 1910
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m. on the above
date, pursuant to notice.
Present:—
Wallace Law  Grand Master
E. L. Webber Deputy Grand Master
W. H. Cullin  Grand Warden
Fred Davey Grand Secretary
W. E. Johnstone Grand Treasurer
C. S. Keith Grand Representative
T. Embleton,, P.G.M Grand Representative
D. Walker  Grand Guardian
W. A. Jackson Grand Herald
The Grand Master appointed the following officers pro
tern:    R. Livingstone, No. 1, as Grand Marshal;  G. T. Weir, 2996
No. 43, as Grand Conductor, and G. A, Miller, No.  19, ,as
Grand Chaplain.
All present were examined in the Grand Lodge Degree
and were reported duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing and the
Grand Lodge was declared duly open for business.
The Grand Secretary presented the credentials of the
Representatives elected for the ensuing year, together with
the Certificates of the Past Grands entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree, which were on motion ordered to be received
and referred to a Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the following Committee
on Credentials: T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, C. S. Keith,
G.R., No. 3, and H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report which was adopted:
No. 1
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have
examined the Credentials of the Representatives elected for the
ensuing year and find the following are duly accredited:
Lodge Representatives Alternates
Victoria, No. 1 R. Livingstone P. A. McLean
J. H. McConnell W.  McKay
Columbia, No. 2 P. W. Dempster D. S. Mowat
Hugh Grant R. W. Fawcett
Royal City, No. 3 Herbert Gilley A. H. Ferguson
I. R. Lawrence. C. H. Clow
Dominion, No. 4 James Bell Thos. Davidson
R. A. Anderson E. G. Miller
Black Diamond, No. 5....Joseph Carroll E. G. Cavalsky
John W. Rowbottom      Wm. Grieve Lodge
Harmony,  No. 6....
Excelsior, No. 7	
Vancouver, No. 8.. ..
Tatnai, No. 9	
Western Star, No. 10
Union, No. 111
Selkirk, No. 12
Cloverdale, No. 15
Kootenay,  No.  16
Duncan, No.  17....
Vernon Valley, No. 18
Mt. Pleasant, No.  19
Delta, No. 21 .
Island, No. 24
Pacific, No. \ 26
Amity, No. 27
Cheam, No. 28	
Rocky Mountain, No
Rossland, No. 36 ....
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Boundary Valley, No. 38.
Silver City, No. 39.. . .
Slocan, No. 40   	
Trout Lake., No. 41...
Key  City,  No. 42	
Enterprise,  No.  43.. . .
Wildey, No. 44	
Gateway,  No. 45	
Snowshoe, No. 46	
Mt. Fernie, No. 47	
Eureka,   No.   50	
Penticton, No.   51   	
Maple Leaf, No. 53	
Michel, No. 54   	
North Vancouver, No. 55..
Mt.   Ida,   No.   56	
Sunshine, No. 57	
Okanagan.   No.   58	
Orchard  City,  No.  59.. ..
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Representatives
H. T. Fulton, P.G.M.
Wm. McAllister
S. S. Carleton
R. E. Thompson
John Brown
C. I. Chapman
H. McLean
Alex. Cleland
Peter Wright
Peter McNiven
W. A. Foote
A. Arman
A. Matheson
J. H. Lemmon
D. H. Proudfoot
David W. Bell
John Dickout
G. A. Miller
W. W. Bride
J. A. Williamson
Malcolm F. Miller
A. J. Laidlaw
A. McKelvie
Alex. Adams
I W. MacDonald
H. Fooks
C. A. Warren
J. R. Morrison
Sam'l Patterson
,W. B. Fleming
A. Logan
Howard Anderson
R.  Gillette
P. Culkeen
C. R. Ward
H. White
Syd Butler
L. F. Tyson
W. H. Laird
T.  F. Kennedy
J. F. McDongall
I C. Tah
W. J. Wriglesworth
Jno. Lundie
Peter Mack
R. Wilton
R. T. Cole
William Davis
Frank Farrow
W. H. Bonus
J. W. Power
T. F. Faulkner
S. T. Elliott
Alternates
Wm. Gilchrist
Sam'l Jones
R. J. Marshall
J. A. McKa>
H. H. Davis
E. T. W. Pearse
J. R. McNab
John Carver
T. C. Kilbank
James Walker
George Knight
H. C. Laughlin
C. McCallum
J. H. R. Christie
H. Lawrence
Wm. J. Castley
W. F. Cook
F. Trimble
G. Middlemiss
G. T. Baker
George Hayes
W. H. Walsh
T. B. Godfrey
Jas. Ferguson
Jos. A. Johnson
Geo.  Nurse
F. P. Armstrong
James Twaddle
Lew Wills
A. E. Braithwaite
G. B. Taylor
T. A. McDuff
Wm. Clough
A. R. Wilkie
W. S. McDonald
V. S. Liddicoat
J. H. Woodburn
W. A. Jackson
H. O. L. Sait
George Chappie
W. A. Pickard
C. H. Cook
R. Dudley
I. E. Covert
M. C. Dunwoodie
A. W. Courtry
F. B. Cummer
M. M. Carroll
Robt.  Hendricks
Chas. E. Dick 2998
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the Grand
Lodge Degree:
Victoria Lodge,
Columbia
Royal  City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western   Star
Union
Selkirk
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant !
Delta
Island
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Key City
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie
Eureka
Maple   Leaf
Michel
North Vancouver
Mt.  Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard City
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.W. J. Gower, G. E. Wilkinson
.Jas. Patterson, Walter Adams
. I. R. Lawrence
.Thos. Davidson, F. C. Dillabough
.D. Todd, Jr., J. Bradbury
.Wm.  F.   McAllister
.J. R. Ritchie, A. M. Conway
. H. Tunstill, D. Brown
. R. Bumstead, A. S. Venn
.Peter McNiven
.W. A. Foote, A. Arman
.H. V. Parr, N. Johnson
.W. Fotheringham, W. North
.D. W. Bell, William Murchie
.John  Dickout
.H.   Patterson,   M.   McRae
.J.  A.  Williamson
. Ernest Cooney
.H.  Alltree, D.  F.  Nunn
.Jas. Ferguson
.A. M.  Greyell
.D.  McBeath
.J. R. Morrison,
.W. B. Fleming,
.Howard Anderson, J. A.
.Wm. Clough, R. Gillette
.H. White, C. R. Ward
. Syd. Butler, L. F. Tyson
.W. H. Laird, H. O. L. Sait
.J.  F.  Kennedy
J. F. McDongall, J. C. Tait
.Jno.  Lundie, W. J. Wriglesworth
.Peter Mack, M. C. Dunwoodie
.R. J.   Cole, A.  W.  Courtry
.Wm.   Davis
.E. A. Peers
.M. M. Carroll, S. M. McGuire
.J.  W.  Power
.J. F. Faulkner. J. W. S. Logie
.S. T. Elliott, C. E. Dick
David Lawson
A. Logan
McDuff
We have had submitted to us a letter under Seal from Key
City Lodge, No. 42, stating that owing to the inability of Bro.
Ward, one of the Representatives, and both Alternates elected to
attend this Session, that it has elected Bro. F. E. Simpson, P.G.M.,
as its Representative. We therefore recommend that Bro. Simpson be recognized as a Representative.
Signed by
the  Committee.
The Grand Secretary appointed J. A. McKay, G.R., No
8,  as  Custodian of the Secret Work during the  Session. 2999
The Grand Marshal retired and introduced the Past Grands
in waiting and the Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on
the following:
J. H. McConnell, No. i; I. R. Lawrence, No. 3; W. McAllister, No. 6; H. Tunstill, No. 9; P. McNiven, No. 11; A.
Arman, W. A. Foote, No. 12; D. W. Bell, No. 17; J. H. Dickout,
No. 18; J. A. Williamson, No. 21 W. B. Fleming, A. Logan, No.
38; J. R. Morrison, No. 36; H. White, No. 42; S. Butler and L.
F. Tyson, No. 43; W. H. Laird, No. 44; J. F. Kennedy, No. 45;
J. Lundie, W. J. Wriglesworth, No. 47; P. Mack, No. 50; R.
Wilton, No. 51; R. J. Cole, No. 53; W. Davis, No. 54; S. T.
Elliott, No. 59.
The Grand Master declared a recess for the purpose of
receiving His Worship Mayor Robinson of the City of Kamloops, and appointed D. E. Mackenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, and
H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6, to introduce his worship.
His worship, escorted by several chevaliers of the Patriarchs
Militant in full uniform, having been admitted and introduced,
was cordially welcomed to the Grand Lodge by the Grand
Master and invited to a seat on the dais.
His Worship addressed the Grand Lodge, bidding it a
hearty welcome to the City. He expressed his cordial sympathy with the work of the Order and hoped that the meeting
would be a successful one, and that the Representatives would
go away with pleasant recollections of their visit.
The Grand Master responded appropriately on behalf of
the Grand Lodge, after which the Mayor retired with his
escort, and the Grand Lodge resumed its deliberations.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the badges supplied
by the Local Committee be recognized as proper regalia during
this Session.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint
Special Committees to act during the present Session on
Resolutions, Rebekah Degree, Correspondence and Odd
Fellows Home. 3000
The Grand Master appointed the following Standing and
Special Committees for this Session which were on motion
confirmed.
Finance—P. W. Dempster, No. 2;   J. F. Faulkner, No. 58;   W. J.
Wriglesworth, No. 47; A. McKelvie, No. 26; H. McLean, No. 9.
Appeals—A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26; H. Gilley, No. 3; H. Grant, No.
2; A. Matheson, No. 15;  W. A. Foote, No. 12; S. Butler, No. 43.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; J. Bell, No. 4; A. Arman,
No. 12;   R. Gillette, No. 40;  W. Davis, No. 54.
Petitions—J. H. Lemmon, No. 16; R. E. Thompson, No. 8; P.
McNiven, No.  11;   J. Twaddle, No. 36;   H. Anderson, No. 39.
State of the Order—R. A. Anderson, No. 4; R. Hendricks, No. 57;
J. F. Kennedy, No. 45;   J. Brown, No. 8;   G. Nurse, No. 28.
Legislation—J. Carroll, No. 5; R. Livingstone, No. 1; W. H. Bonus,
No. 56; J. F. McDougall, No. 46; R. Wilton, No. 51.
Judiciary—T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36; G. A. Miller, No. 19; A.
Cleland, No. 10; H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6; D. H. Proud-
foot, No. 16.
Mileage Per Diem—J. H. McConnell, No. 1; S. S. Carleton, No. 7;
W. B. Fleming, No. 38; F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42; P.
Mack, No. 50.
Printing—Grand Secretary; J. W. Rowbottom, No. 5; D. W. Bell,
No. 17;  J. A. Williamson, No. 21;   F. Farrow, No. 55.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; C. I. Chapman,
No. 9; J. W. MacDonald, No. 27; L. F. Tyson, No. 43; J.
Dickout, No. 18.
Correspondence—F. P. Armstrong, No. 34; W. McAllister, No. 6;
M. F. Miller, No. 24; J. R. Morrison, No. 36; R. J. Cole, No. 53.
Odd Fellows' Home—T. F. Neelands. P.G.M., No. 8;  A. McKelvie,
No. 26;   D. E.  McKenzie, P.G.M.,  No. 3.
Rebekah Degree—A. Adams, No. 27; A. Logan, No. 38; J. Lundie,
No. 47;   W. H. Laird, No. 44.
Resolutions—F. Trimble, No. 19; I. R. Lawrence, No. 3; H. White,
No. 42;   S. T. Elliott, No. 59;   J. C. Tait, No. 46.
Distribution—J. A. McKay, G.R., No. 8; D. E. McKenzie, P.G.M.,
No. 3;  A. McKelvie, No. 26.
Funeral Aid Association—C. S. Keith, G.R., No. 3; P. Wright
No. 10;   J. A. McKay, G.R., No. 8;   J. Bell, No. 4. 3001
The Reports of the Grand Officers were presented in
printed form, and the Grand Master submitted the following
Supplementary Report which were on motion referred to the
Committee on Distribution:
Grand Master $ Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Brethren,—
After having occupied the high and honourable position of
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia for the
past year, and after having visited and advised with every lodge in
the Jurisdiction save one, namely Princeton, I feel that I am
justified in saying that Odd Fellowship is in a healthy condition.
I am free to confess that I am disappointed in regard to the
net increase in our membership, with our Province growing
rapidly in population and in wealth I looked for greater results.
One reason for our small net gain was on account of the large
number suspended for non-payment of dues. How best to deal
with this matter, I am unable to say, but would urge this Grand
body here assembled to give the matter their most earnest
consideration.
We have every reason to congratulate ourselves on account of
the very satisfactory condition of the finances of the subordinate
lodges. A majority of the Lodges own their own hall, and a
number of others are planning to build in the near future. But
more important and beyond all question of numerical or financial
growth, I rejoice that I am able to report that from one end of
the jurisdiction to the other harmony prevails, and that the Order
is advancing in a most satisfactory way in the most essential
points of Odd Fellowship. Year by year we are improving the
personnel of our Lodges, and I think I am safe in saying that we
yield to no other jurisdiction, the distinction of being the most
fraternal.
When addressing the members of the various Lodges during
my visitation, I attempted in my own weak way, to not only give
them information regarding the growth of the Order numerically,
our solidity financially and matters pertaining to legislation, but I
have endeavored to inspire them to greater efforts on behalf of
our Order, urged them to be more fraternal and ever to remember 3002
that important as our work of beneficence is that we are to Iook
beyond the physical man to his moral nature and assist each other
in its development.
I am pleased to be able to report that our Lodges, with only
a very few exceptions, have good presiding officers, and almost
without exception I found the secretaries and treasurers capable
men.
During my visit I witnessed some very excellent degree work,
and congratulated the Lodges upon their proficiency.
Now that the members have had considerable time in which
to familiarize themselves with the new Ritual, I would urge that
it be in evidence as little as possible.
To one and all I extend a hearty fraternal greeting to this
our thirty-sixth annual session and trust that our meetings may
be harmonious and our deliberations redound to the benefit of our
beloved Order.
REPORTS OF D. D. G. M.'S
I beg to submit an epitome of the Reports received from trie
District Deputy Grand Masters, showing the condition of the
Lodges under their care and their official actions during the past
year.
District No. i—Bro. D. S. Mowat reports installing the officers
in the various lodges under his charge at the proper time. Granted
dispensation to Dominion Lodge, No. 4, to confer first degree upon
two candidates, the statutory time limitation not being complied
with. Dominion Lodge passed resolution stating upon what nights
certain degrees shall be conferred. Question: Can a Lodge pass
such a resolution? Ans.: 'The time for conferring the Degree is
left to the control of the subordinates, subject to such rules as
may be prescribed by local legislation and as local legislation does
not restrict any of the rights so granted, a Lodge can pass such
a resolution.
District No. 3—William Grieve, D.D.G.M. reports a very prosperous term. Nine admitted by initiation. Prospects very bright
for the future. Installed officers at proper times. No decisions
rendered.
District No. 4—W. W. Walkem, D.D.G.M., reports Harmony
Lodge, No. 6, in good condition. Exceedingly large call on its
funds during the year. Finds difficulty in maintaining drill team
on account of vocation of members. Installed the officers at the
proper time.    No questions asked.    Perfect harmony prevails.
District No. 5—Fred. Gillanders, D.D.G.M., reports that Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, has increased in membership and is in a good
financial condition. Installed officers at the proper time. ' No
decision given. 3003
District No. 6—A. M. Russell, D.D.G.M., reports: All Lodges
in district enjoying exceptional and continued prosperity. Splendid
spirit of fraternity existing among the several Lodges and they are
ever ready to assist each other. Assisted Grand Master to institute Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60, on December 21, 1909, and
installed the officers. Assisted Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., Special
Deputy G. M., to institute "Fairview" Lodge, No. 61, April 21,
1910, and installed the officers. Expect to institute Grandview
Lodge, No. 62, on May 31st, this year. Installed officers No. 8, 10,
19, 24, 26 and 55 at the proper time last July. Also officers of
Nos. 10, 19, 26, in January last. The Grand Master kindly assisted
me by installing officers of Nos. 8, 24, 55. Hope that new D. D.
G. M., will look well after the new lodges just instituted and bend
his energies towards instituting Lodges in the east end' of city and
at Central Park.
District No. 8—Peter McNiven, D.D.G.M., reports having installed  officers  at  proper  time.    Gave  the  following   decisions:—
ist.    What is a legal excuse for the absence of the Noble Grand
and Vice-Grand?    Ans.  "Personal sickness only,"
2nd.    Is a brother conducting a wholesale liquor business liable
to expulsion?    Ans.   No.
3rd.    Can the Vice-Grand wear the regalia of the  N.  G. while
he is in the N.  G. office?    Ans.   Yes.
Union Lodge, No. 11, has taken in four new members and the
brothers are taking renewed interest.
District No. 9—J. A. Jamieson, D.D.G.M., reports having installed the officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, at the proper time.
Degree work every night. Just gave Third Degree to five brothers.
Have several applications for initiation. The best term in the
history of the Lodge.    Affairs of lodge never ran smoother.
District No.  10—B.  B.  Smith,  D.D.G.M.,  reports that he
stalled officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No.  15, in July and January
Lodge  affairs in flourishing  condition.    The best  of good feeling
prevails and the prospects are very bright for the future.
District No. 11—A. T. Walley, D.D.G.M., reports having installed officers at the proper time. Very successful term. Taken
in more members than usual. Harmony prevails. Attendance not
so large as should be. Granted dispensation to initiate and confer
First Degree on same night.
15—M.    Dumond,    D.D.G.M.,    reports    Ashcroft
23, has made no additions to their membership and the
District No
Lodge, No.
attendance  at  meetings has  been  small.    The  prospects  for  the
future are much brighter.    Finances in good condition. 3004
District No. 16—Geo. Nurse, D.D.G.M., reports that he installed
officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28, at proper time in regular form
No decision given.
District No. 17—M. Dainard, D.D.G.M., reports having installed officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, in regular form
in July and January. Added two new members this year. Prospects of several more. Attendance at Lodge not what it should
be.
District No. 18—A. J. Martin, D.D.G.M., reports that he installed the officers of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, and Enterprise
Lodge, No. 43, at proper time. Both Lodges are in good condition, both fraternally and financially. Enterprise, No. 43, confers
Degrees on two or three every meeting night. Order progressing
favorably in district.    No decision given.
District No. 19—J. F. McDougall, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed officers of No. 38 and No. 46, in July and January.
Granted dispensation to No. 38 to initiate and confer First, Second
and Third Degree March 22nd, also to No. 46 to confer Second
and Third Degree March 31st. Both Lodges are progressing
favorably.
District No. 20—H. Anderson, D.D.G.M., reports having installed officers of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, at the proper time.
Added four new members and expect to enroll two more in a
short time. Hopeful for the future. Meetings well attended.
Finances of the Lodge in good condition.
District No. 21—R. E. Allen, D.D.G.M., reports members
coming in slowly; little material to draw from; conferred Degrees
on three members during term. Finances all right. Regrets the
loss of two brothers by death.
District No. 23—Vincent Liddicoat, D.D.G.M., reports Key
City Lodge, No. 42, to be in a very prosperous condition. Work
every meeting night, which is done in a very creditable manner.
Membership growing fast with the very best material possible.
Have ten now waiting for First Degree.
District No. 24—W. H. Laird, D.D.G.M., reports having installed officers of No. 44 at proper time. Sorry to have to report
that a great number of the members have met with an accident
in the mine, including Bro. Ege, Noble Grand. Granted dispensation to confer two Degrees in one night on member.
District No. 25—Geo. Chappie, D.D.G.M., reports that he
installed officers of No. 45 at proper time. In new lodge-room and
it is a gem. Work every meeting night. Pleasure to note the
manner in which the officers handle their respective duties. The
Ritual is out of sight. Reports a gain of four so far this term,
and everything is most encouraging. 3005
District No. 28—Charles Willarson, D.D.G.M., reports future
outlook for Princeton Lodge, No. 52, exceptionally bright. Quite
a few members were added to its roll during the past year. Have
purchased a lot and intend building in the near future. Lodge
sound financially. No sickness or death during year. Officers
installed at proper time. No decision given. Would be pleased
to have new Grand Master visit us.
District No. 29—W. L. Gibbard, D.D.G.M., reports that Mt.
Ida Lodge, No. 56, is doing nicely. Gave an At Home which was
a grand success. Installed officers July 8th and January 6th.
Gave dispensation to confer First and Second Degrees on brother
the same night.
District No. 30—Robt. Hendricks, D.D.G.M,, reports that he
installed officers of No. 57 at proper time. Had to install another
V. G. last October, owing to previous V. G. leaving the city. In
April installed new N. G., V. G. and Secretary. Noble Grand
leaving district. Not much growth in membership at present.
Meetings well attended.    Future bright.
District No. 31—J. W. S. Logie, D.D.G.M., reports Okanagan
Lodge, No. 58, in a flourishing condition, with prospect of greater
success in the future. Officers keeping Degree work to high
standard of efficiency. All working harmoniously together in the
interest of the Order. Gave an At Home to celebrate the 91st
Anniversary of the Order, which was conceded to be the most
successful event of the kind ever held in the vicinity. Installed
officers at proper times.
District No. 32—W. Fairhall Hopkins, D.D.G.M., reports
healthy, solid, slow growth of good material in Orchard City
Lodge, No. 59. Rituals not used in opening or closing or in
conferring initiatory Degree. Books of the Lodge well kept. No
decision rendered.
INSTITUTION OF LODGES
On December 21st, 1909, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, assisted
by Bros. T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M., W. Hogg,
P.G.M., Thos. Embleton, P.G.M., Chas. E. Keith, G. Rep., W. A.
Johnstone, Grand Treasurer, A. Russell, D.D.G.M., and Bro. E.
Barclay, I instituted Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60. Bro. A.
Russell, D.D.G.M., installed the officers.
On March 29th, 1910, I accompanied Miss F. Bacom, President of the Rebekah Assembly to Chilliwack, and assisted in
resuscitating Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, Col. J. A. McKay, G.R..,
and Bro. C. A. Keith, G.R., were also present and assisted, as well
as the Degree team from Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5, New
Westminster, which conferred the Rebekah Degree in an able
manner. 3006
On April 21st, 1910, Fairview Lodge, No. 61, was instituted by
Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., whom I appointed Special Deputy
for that purpose. Bro. Webber was assisted by Bros. T. F.
Neelands, P.G.M., T. Embleton, P.G.M., W. A. Johnstone, Grand
Treasurer, Col. J. A. McKay, G.R., A. Russell, D.D.G.M., A. McKelvie, P.G., and E. Barclay, P.G., A. Russell, D.D.G.M., installed
the   officers   and   after   installation   the   Degree   Team   of   Pacific
Lodge,   No.   26,   conferred   the   Initiatory
manner
Degree
in   a   splendid
INSTALLATIONS
January nth, 1910—Installed the officers of Island Lodge, No.
24, Eburne, assisted by Bro. J. McPherson of Vancouver, Acting
G. M.
January 13th, 1910—Installed the officers of North Vancouver
Lodge, No. 55, assisted by Bro. A. J. Laidlaw, Acting G.M.
January 17th, 1910—Installed the officers of Royal City Lodge,
No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No. 27y New Westminster, assisted by
Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., Acting G.M.
January 14th, 1910—Installed the officers of Vancouver Lodge,
No. 8, assisted by Bro. A. M. Russell, D.D.G.M., and Bro. J.
McPherson, Acting G.M.
DECISIONS
I have had a number of questions asked me that a general
knowledge of the new Transfer Law would have obviated. Subordinate Lodges should have the change in the Constitution noted in
all their old copies of Constitution and By-laws.
A Past Grand wrote me, protesting against the action of his
Lodge in refusing to accept any amount tendered for dues excepting it be for one quarter. I addressed the Lodge through my
Deputy for that District, instructing them to accept any amount
that the brother should tender, quoting the decision given by
Grand Sire Kuykendall, and have received assurance that my
instructions will be carried out.
Decision 1. Question—Is a Noble or Vice Grand legally
elected if it can be proven that electioneering outside of the Lodge
took place?
Answer—Officers are legally elected.
Decision 2. Question—Can a member who has been regularly
initiated be blackballed when applying for his Degrees, without
having charges  preferred against him?
Answer—Yes, see Busbee's Digest, p. 114, Sec. 371. 3oo7
Decision 3. Question—Is it necessary that an applicant be of
the full age of 21 years before his application can be received?
Or is an applicant in his 21st year,—say 20 years and nine months,
eligible?
Answer—He must have attained to his 21st birthday before he
can be initiated; see Journal of Proceedings, S.G.L. 1903, page 25.
but his application can be received previously.
Decision 4. Question—Is it Constitutional to nominate and
elect a brother to office who was not present at either meeting?
Answer—Yes.   Busbee's Digest, page 381, Sec. 1387.
Decision 5. Question—Is a Noble Grand entitled to the honors
of a Past Grand who has not served a majority of the nights of
his term?
Answer—No, unless excused for sickness (personal). Busbee's
Digest, page 107, Sec. 345.
Decision 6. Question—Is it lawful for the Vice-Grand to wear
the Regalia of the Noble Grand when occupying the chair of that
officer?
Answer—Yes;  imperative that  he should do  so.
Decision 7. Question—Is Busbee's Digest of 1903 the latest
authority on Odd Fellowship?
Answer—Busbee's is the latest Digest. Journals of Proceedings S. G. L. since that date will give later decisions.
Decision 8. Question—Is it necessary for a brother to take out
his withdrawal card before he is admitted a member of another
Lodge?
Answer—I am not sure that I understand this question.
Would not the reading of the new Transfer Law, page 2805, Grand
Lodge Proceedings,  1908, give you the information required?
Decision 9. Question—What is the fee for a person holding
a dismissal certificate from another Jurisdiction to join in this
Jurisdiction?
Answer—Ten dollars. See Subordinate Lodge Constitution,
Article 4, Section 1.
Decision 10. Statement:—A brother took out a withdrawal
card some years ago. Within one year he applied for membership
again in the same Lodge and was rejected. He now resides in
another Jurisdiction, and wants to join a Lodge there. He now
applies to this Lodge for a dismissal certificate.
Question—Must we grant a dismissal certificate?
Answer—No, the brother should make application on card
as Ancient Odd Fellow, if card has expired. 3008
PROCLAMATIONS
I issued the usual Proclamations for the proper observances
of our Anniversary and Memorial days, as well as the following
special Proclamations:—
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Office of Grand Master,
Vancouver,  B.C.,  March   14th,   1910.
Proclamation
To the Subordinate Lodges,
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I.O.O.F.
Dear Sirs and Brothers:
The following Proclamations of the Grand Sire (2 No.) are
forwarded for your information and guidance. A strict compliance
with the orders contained therein is to be enforced in the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction.
Yours  fraternally,
Attest:—
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
WALLACE LAW,
Grand Master,
The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows
Proclamation
To all Grand Masters, Grand Patriarchs and President
Assemblies,
Greeting:—
of Rebekah
to my knowledge that Grand Lodge Jurisdic-
are   again   being   flooded   with   Circulars   relating   to   our
It having come
tions
Written and Unwritten Work, and that the mail
for nefarious purposes connected therewith:—
re
being u
ed
Now, therefore, by authority in me vested, and as directed by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, through the adoption of Report No. 67
at last Session thereof, I, W. L. Kuykendall, Grand Sire of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, hereby notify and warn all
Officers and Members that it is unlawful to own, or possess and
use any book, booklet, or written or printed work purporting to
be written or unwritten work of the Order, or both combined, and
that every member possessing or using any such work is subject
to the penalty of expulsion as provided in Section 1962 of Busbee's
Digest.    Grand   Masters,    Grand   Patriarchs   and   Presidents   of 3009
Rebekah Assemblies are hereby requested and required to promulgate the above within their Jurisdictions and notify the Subordinate
Bodies under their Jurisdictions respectively to enforce the Law
by requiring all members in possession of such work to deliver
the same to the Subordinate Body of which they are members, to
be destroyed thereby; the fact of such destruction to be certified
to the proper Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe, and to direct said
Subordinate Bodies to strictly enforce the Law against every
Member who shall hereafter purchase or possess any kind or
character of such prohibited work.
Done at Saratoga, Wyoming, this Tenth Day of January, in
the year Nineteen Hundred and Ten.
Attest:-
W.   L.   KUYKENDALL,
Grand Sire.
JOHN B. GOODWIN,
Grand Secretary.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows
Proclamation
To all Grand Masters,  Grand Patriarchs,  Presidents of  Rebekah
Assemblies and Department Commanders,
Greeting:—
Whereas, at the last session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
held in Seattle in the State of Washington, the following named
orders were reported as the ones referred to in my Proclamation
of April 12th, 1909, to wit:—"The Ladies Militant," "The Oriental
Order of Humility and Perfection," "The Imperial Order of
Muscovites" and "The Improved Order of Muscovites," and whereas the Sovereign Grand Lodge at said Session, through the adoption of Reports Nos. 68 and 86, directed that the attention of the
members of each branch of our Order should be again called to
the Law relating to membership in such Orders, and the penalt)'
of expulsion attached thereto, and directing me to enforce the Law
against such Orders, said Law being as follows:—
"Resolved, that any Odd Fellow who shall hereafter
retain membership in or become a member of any
secret organization not subordinate to this Grand
Body, which shall have adopted or appropriated to its
own use the Uniform, Regalia, Emblems, Name, Title,
Mottoes or Initials of this Order, or any part of them,
or in which qualification for membership is based upon
the applicant's standing in this Order, shall be guilty of
Conduct Unbecoming an Odd Fellow and a grave
offense against Odd Fellowship, and upon conviction
thereof shall be expelled." 3010
Which, coupled with the provision in said Report immediately
following said Resolution, and also with the provision in said
Report No. 86, including said Orders, whether they are now
composed wholly or mainly of members of our Order;
And whereas the Law quoted above referred directly to the
Ladies' Militant Organization, it also applies with equal if not
greater force to each ot the other Orders herein named, which
were organized in a way to evade said Law if possible; and notwithstanding the proclamation and legislation of last year are continuing the same evasive course, by claiming that they are not
basing membership on membership irf^our Order, whilst openly
admitting that no man not an Odd Fellow is or will be accepted
as a member. Such claim is another attempted evasion of the
law, which no court of the country would uphold for a moment.
Now, therefore, I, W. L. Kuykendall, Grand Sire, in accordance with said law, recent legislation, records and other evidence
in my possession and as directed, do issue this Proclamation,
warning all members of our Order who are members of either of
said Orders to immediately withdraw therefrom, and all members
of our Order are hereby notified and warned not to become
members of either of said Orders, as the penalty for so doing is
expulsion.
And every Grand Master, Grand Patriarch, President of
Rebekah Assembly and Department Commander of Patriarchs
Militant, are hereby requested and directed to issue an Official
Order or Proclamation to each Lodge, Encampment, Rebekah
Lodge, or Canton existing under their authority respectively
embodying this Proclamation therein, and that they strictly enforce
the law relating to membership in all of said Orders.
Done at Saratoga, Wyoming, January Tenth, in the year
Nineteen Hundred and Ten.
Attest:—
JOHN B. GOODWIN,
Grand Secretary.
W.   L.   KUYKENDALL,
Grand Sire.
DISPENSATIONS
December, 1909—To institute Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60,
Hillcrest, South Vancouver.
March, 1910—To Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, Chilliwack, to
restore their old Charter which had been surrendered for several
vears.
April.   1910—To   institute   Fairview   Lodge,   No.   61,   Fairview
District, Vancouver. 3011
May, 1910—To Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, to be located
at Kamloops.
May, 1910—To Vermilion Rebekah Lodge, No. 24, to be
located at Princeton.
May, 1910—To Banner Rebekah Lodge, No. 25, to be located
at Grand Forks.
I recommend that the Grand Lodge grant Charters to Lodges
No. 60 and 61, also to Rebekah Lodges, Nos. 23, 24 and 25, and
endorse my action in restoring the Charter of Ruth Rebekah
Lodge, No. 4.
PERMISSIONS GRANTED
June 30, 1909—To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson.    To appear
in regalia at dedication of Eagles' Hall on July 2nd.
June 30, 1909—To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke
public installation of officers, July ist.
To hold
July   2,   1909—To   Slocan   Lodge,   No.   40,   Slocan,    To   hold
decoration ceremony in July.
July 29, 1909—To Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, Fernie.    To wear
regalia at the funeral of a brother.
August   3,   1909—To   Kootenay   Lodge,   No. ■ 16,   Nelson,   and
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, Kaslo, to hold union picnic on August 18.
August 26,  1909—To  Island Lodge,  No. 24,  Eburne, to hold
concert and dance on September 14th.
August 30, 1909—To'Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, to move
their Charter from old hall to their new hall.
September 19, 1909—To Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, Hosmer,
to hold dance October 21st.
September 21, 1909—To Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity
Lodge, No. 27, to remove Charter to their new hall.
October  18, 1909—To Snowshoe Lodge,  No.  46, Phoenix, to
hold dance on October 25th.
October 20, 1909—To Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, to hold
annual ball, November ist.
October 20, 1909—To Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, Kaslo, to hold
public concert, October 23rd.
October 28, 1909—To Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, to hold
Basket Social,  Friday, November  12th. 3012
October 30, 1909—To Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz, to hold
Annual Ball, on December 10th.
November 28, 1909—To Sumas Lodge, No. 85, Jurisdiction,
State of Washington, to accept application for membership from
Mr. H. H. Heath, Residence Clayburn, Jurisdiction of British
Columbia.
December 8, 1909—To Michel Lodge, No. 54, to elect Third
Degree member to Noble Grand's Chair, all qualified brothers
declining.
December 12, 1909—To Eureka Lodge, No. 50, Enderby, to
hold Ball on December 31st.
December 12, 1909—To Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Ladysmith,
to install officers in public along with Laurel Rebekah Lodge,
No. 9, on Saturday evening, January 8th.
December 15, 1909—To Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, Summer-
land, to elect and install Bro. Andrews as Noble Grand, all
qualified brothers declining.
December 24, 1909—To Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, Salmon Arm.
to hold Ball and appear in Regalia at same on New Year's eve.
December 24, 1909—To Duncan's Lodge, No. 17, Duncans, to
hold joint installation with Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14, on the
22nd of January, 1910.
December 28, 1909—To Sumas Lodge, No. 85, Sumas, Washington, to receive as a candidate Ember B. Lisk, residing at Clayburn,
British Columbia.
December 28, 1909—To Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Moyie, to hold
public ball, January 12th.
January 6, 1910—To Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Moyie, to hold
Annual Ball January 12th.
January 18 ,1910—To Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge,
No. 2, and Dominion Lodge, No. 4, to hold Ball in Driard Hotel
January 28th.
February 12, 1910—To Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, Vernon,
to hold an At Home some time in February.
February 12, 1910—To Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, to
open their Lodge earlier than the usual hour on March, February
14th.
March 24, 1910—To Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, to hold
Public Concert April ist.
March 25, 1910—To Western Star Lodge, No. 10, Vancouver,
to hold dedication services on Thursday evening, March 31st. 3013
March 28, 1910—To Coronation Lodge, No. 48, Armstrong, to
hold public ball at an early date.
March 28, 1910—To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke, to
appear in regalia at funeral;  also at memorial  services.
April 20, 1910—To Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo, to
hold special meeting April 23rd, for the purpose of receiving
a fraternal visit from Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
May 2, 1910—To Princeton Lodge, No. 307, Richwood, Ontario,
to renew Bro. J. B. Martin to membership, he now being a resident
of British Columbia.
To Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, to elect and to confer the Initiatory Degree the same evening on candidate.
To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, to appear in regalia on the
occasion of the funeral services of our late King  Edward VII.
PERMISSION  NOT  GRANTED
On December 30th, 1909, the Odd Fellows' Home Association
of the District of Columbia, through the Grand Master of that
District, Hon. Richard A. Ford, asked permission to solicit subscriptions in the Jurisdiction for their proposed Home.
I felt that I would not be justified in granting their request
and so replied.
OFFICIAL  VISITS
Monday, Sept. 27th, 1909—Visited Rossland Lodge, No. 36,
Rossland. This being my first official visit I was somewhat nervous but the brothers gave me a hearty reception and I soon
regained my confidence. We had an excellent meeting, found
that the finances were in good shape, and can congratulate the
officers upon the excellent way they conduct the business of the
Lodge. D.D.G.M. Bro. Martin was present from Trail. Bros.
Patterson, McLeod and Rickard saw that I did not have a dull
moment.
Tuesday, Sept. 28th, 1909—Visited Enterprise Lodge, No. 43,
Trail. We had a large enthusiastic meeting. The Initiatory Degree was conferred in a manner that would do credit to any
Lodge, with the absolute absence of rituals. Found their affairs
in a most satisfactory condition. The officers were capable and
handled lodge business satisfactorily,—was splendidly entertained.
Bro. Martin, D.D.G.M., Bro. Jackson, Grand Herald, and Bro.
Weir, P.G., gave me every attention.
Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 1909—Visited Gateway Lodge, No. 45,
Grand Forks. This lodge had not been making much headway
for the past few months, on account of not having suitable quarters
in which to hold their meetings.    We had a good meeting, and I 3°*4
found their affairs in good condition. Since my visit they have
moved into their new quarters, one of the best appointed lodge-
rooms in the Jurisdiction and we will hear nothing but good
reports from Grand Forks. Bro. Chappie, D.D.G.M., and Bro.
Fred. Clark entertained me splendidly.
Thursday, Sept. 30th, 1909—Visited Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46,
Phoenix. We had a large and enthusiastic meeting. Bro. John
Tait, N.G., is a presiding officer that any lodge might well feel
proud of. Affairs of lodge in a satisfactory condition. Second
Degree conferred in an excellent manner—no rituals used. En-
tertained at a banquet after the meeting. Bro. McDougall, D.D.
G.M., and Bro. Tait gave me every attention.
Friday, Oct. ist, 1909—Visited Boundary Valley, No. 38,
Greenwood, accompanied by Bros. McDougall and Tait of Phoenix,
who kindly drove me down. I received a very hearty welcome.
Had a well attended meeting, ably presided over by Bro. Logan,
N.G. Finances in splendid condition. Bros. Taylor, Holmes,
Logan, Braithwaite, Elson, and Fleming, all enthusiastic Odd
Fellows, gave me every attention, and assured me that Odd Fellowship in Greenwood would always be kept up to a high standard.
Monday, Oct. 4th, 1909—Visited Key City Lodge, No. 42,
Cranbrook, one of the largest and most enthusiastic meetings I
had the pleasure of addressing. The Noble Grand, Bro. Ward,
ranks as one of the very best officers in the Jurisdiction. First
Degree conferred in splendid style. I was entertained at a banquet
provided by members of the Rebekah Lodge. Sister Parker,
D.D.G.P., spoke very appreciatively. Bros. Simpson, P.G.M.,
Ward, White, Ferguson and McDonald saw that I was cared for.
Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 1909—Visited Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Moyie.
Met by Bro. Laird, D.D.G.M., who took me to his home. Large
meeting at night ably presided ,over by Bro. Ege, N.G. Lodge
affairs in a very satisfactory condition. Splendid entertainment
after meeting.
Wednesday, Oct. 6th, 1909—Visited Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47,
Fernie. Had a large meeting, about 60 being present. Four candidates initiated, the work being done in a very creditable manner.
Bro. Haynes proved to be an excellent presiding officer. All the
affairs in connection with the Lodge were satisfactory. Bro.
Quinney, the Secretary, keeps his books in excellent condition.
This Lodge has been handicapped on account of not having a
suitable meeting place since the fire, until just before I arrived,
and I congratulate them on their good showing under adverse
circumstances. Bros. Blundell, Dudley, Beck, and Hofner saw that
I was well cared for.
Thursday, Oct. 7th, 1909—Visited Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53,
Hosmer. Good meeting, about 32 being present. Initiatory Degree
conferred on two candidates in ver/ satisfactory manner. I was
invited   to   give   the   P.   G.   charge,   and   accepted   with   pleasure. 3oi5
Quite satisfied with the way lodge business was conducted. Nice
entertainment after meeting. Bro. Mathieson, D.D.G.M., gave me
every attention.
Friday, Oct. 8th, 1909—Visited Michel Lodge, No. 54, Michel.
Very good meeting, about 24 being present. Their meeting place
not at all suitable. I inspected plans, etc., for new hall, which
I trust they will be able to erect in the near future. Bro. Wm.
Davis, N.G., is a good officer.    Books of the lodge well kept.
Monday, Oct. nth, 1909—Visited Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
Nelson. Large attendance. Initiatory Degree conferred on one
candidate by team of Past Grands in a very creditable manner.
Own their own hall, and their affairs are in a good condition in
every respect. Queen City Rebekah Lodge supplied the refreshments, and Sister Langford made a very able address. Bro. Wal-
ley, D.D.G.M., Bro. Arthur, P.G.M., Bros. Proudfoot, Horstead
and Robinson were present, and are still bending all their energies
towards keeping No. 16 in the van.
Tuesday, Oct. 12th, igog—Visited Sunshine Lodge, No. 57,
Kaslo, Splendid meeting. Every one enthusiastic. Lodge affairs
well conducted, and I feel assured you will always hear good
reports from No. 57. Splendid entertainment after meeting. Bro.
Hendricks, D.D.G.M., and Bro. Kane contributed to the programme.
Thursday, Oct. 14th, 1909—Visited Slocan Lodge, No. 40,
Slocan. This Lodge has a small membership, and they are nearly
all away. Eight present at the meeting, Bro. Allen, D.D.G.M.,
coming miles to attend. I must thank the small handful of members who live in the town, among whom are Bro. Morrison, Pinchbeck, McVicar and Allen, for the sacrifice they are making for
the cause of Odd Fellowship in that district.
Friday, Oct. 15th, 1909—Visited Silver City, No. 39, Sandon.
Was agreeably surprised to find so many present. Second Degree
very well conferred. I was well satisfied with the way the affairs
of the Lodge were conducted. Bro. Howard Anderson, D.D.G.M.,
is a hustler.    Splendid banquet after meeting.
Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 1909—Visited Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41,
Trout Lake. Arrived at 3 a.m., met by Bro. Fred Mummery. Our
meeting was attended by eight. That portion of our Province is
very quiet commercially, and they have but little chance to acid to
their membership. Owners of the hall in which they meet, and
their lodge  affairs are in good condition.    Was well  entertained.
Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 1909—Visited Camborne Lodge, Xo. 49,
Camborne. Only four members present and two visitors. Here
also the members are making tremendous personal sacrifices for
the good of the Order. They have strong hope that conditions
will change for the better in the near future. I trust that their
hopes may be realized. Bro. Lindsay and Bro. Eli Edge are both
enthusiastic Odd Fellows. 3016
Thursday, Oct. 21st, 1909—Visited Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke. Met at the station by Bro. Foster, Grand Chaplain, and Bro.
Jamieson, D.D.G.M. Bro. Foster very kindly entertained me at his
home. I had the pleasure of addressing a large and enthusiastic
meeting. Found that all affairs in connection with the Lodge were
in a most satisfactory condition. They own two halls and are
very strong financially. I watched with interest the conferring of
the Second Degree, and it was exceedingly well done. Bro.
Albert Arman presided acceptably while Bro. Mathie is an ideal
secretary. Enjoyed the banquet very much as I had the pleasure
of hearing from our old and tried friend, Bro. Palmer.
Friday, Oct. 22nd, 1909—Visited Rocky Mountain Lodge, No.
34, Golden. Met at station by Bro. Parson. Our meeting was
fairly well attended, about 17 being present. I trust that the influx
of white labour for the mills will have the effect of infusing new
life into the  Lodge.    Finances in  good  condition.
Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 1909—Visited Orchard City Lodge, No. 59,
Kelowna. Informal meeting in a small hall, as they did not have
a lodge-room, but expected to have a nice hall in a few weeks.
I addressed about fifteen of the brothers. I expect to hear splendid
reports from this Lodge in the future. Bro. Hopkins, D.D.G.M.,
is an enthusiastic worker, and saw that I was well entertained.
Monday, October 25th, 1909—Visited Penticton Lodge, No. 51,
Penticton, About fifteen members present at our meeting. I am
of the opinion that with the opening up of that portion of our
Province by the advent of a new railway, this Lodge will show a
considerable increase in membership, in the near future. The
business of the Lodge was well handled. Bro. Carless escorted
me from and to the boat. Had a nice entertainment after meeting.
Oct.   26,   1909—Visited   Okanagan
Lodge
No.   <8.
Tuesday,
Summerland. Had splendid meeting. In no Lodge that I visited
did I find a better presiding officer than Bro. Faulkner, N.G. I
expect to always hear good reports from No. 58. Bro. Logie,
D.D.G.M., gave me every attention, and was entertained at an
elaborate banquet after meeting.
Wednesday, Oct. 27th, 1909—Visited Vernon Valley Lodge,
No. 18, Vernon. Met by Bro. McKenzie, N.G., and taken for a
drive. Our meeting was largely attended, and ably presided over
by Bro. McKenzie. Finances in good condition. Addressed the
brethren in the lodge-room and then again at the banquet.
Thursday, Oct. 28th, 1909—Visited Coronation Lodge, No. 48,
Armstrong. A well attended meeting, but the spirit of enthusiasm
seemed to be lacking, and I called upon the officers for greater
efforts upon their part. The ritual was too much in evidence.
Lodge books and finances in good condition. Bro. Becker, Bro.
Cummings, D.D.G.M., and Bro. Morgan gave me every attention.
This Lodge has material of the very best kind. 3017
Friday, Oct. 29th, 1909—Visited Eureka Lodge, No. 50, Enderby. Small meeting, only eight present. I spoke earnestly to them,
and asked them to work more enthusiastically in the future than
ever, for the cause of Odd Fellowship in this beautiful little town.
,Bro. Roy Wheeler showed me every kindness.
Saturday, Oct. 30th, 1909—Visited Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56,
Salmon Arm. A well attended and enjoyable meeting. The business of the Lodge is well conducted. Was well entertained during
my stay by Bro. Gibbard, D.D.G.M., and Bro. Mensinor.
Monday, Nov. ist, 1909—Visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops. Had a splendid meeting and found Lodge affairs in good
condition. As we are to be the guests of Tatnai Lodge the representatives will, by personal observation, come to the same conclusion that I did, that a finer body of men cannot be found anywhere.
Was well entertained by Bro. Jamieson and Bro. Chapman.
Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, 1909—Visited Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23,
Ashcroft. Meeting not very well attended, only about seven being
present, the opening of the political campaign and two conventions
being held were no doubt responsible. Finances in good condition.    Bro.  M.  Dumond, D.D.G.M., looked after me.
Saturday, April 16th, 1910—Visited Duncans Lodge, No. 17,
Duncans. Good meeting, splendid attendance. Bro. Van Norman,
N.G., presided acceptably. Lodge affairs satisfactory. Enjoyable
entertainment after meeting. Bro. Van Norman was exceedingly
kind to me,
Monday, April 18th, 1910—Visited Harmony Lodge, No. 6,
Ladysmith. Good meeting, largely attended. Everything in connection with lodge satisfactory. Took pleasure in presenting, on
behalf of the Grand Lodge of B.C., a Past Grand Master's Jewel
to Bro. Hugh Fulton, P.G.M. Bro. Fulton, P.G.M., Bro. Walkem,
D.D.G.M., and Bro. Rowland entertained me.
Wednesday, April 20th, 1910—Visited Union Lodge, No. n,
Cumberland. Met at Union Bay by Bro. McNiven, D.D.G.M., and
Bro. Williams, N.G. Had a very nice meeting and congratulated
the members on the way the business of the Lodge was conducted.
Presented, on behalf of No. n, a Veteran Jewel to Bro. McKnight!
Entertained at splendid banquet gracefully presided over by Bro.
T. E. Bate.
Friday, April 22nd, 1910—I visited Victoria Lodge, No. 1, Columbia Lodge, No. 2, and Dominion Lodge, No. 4, in joint session,
and was accompanied by Bro. Wm. Cullin, Grand Warden. Bro.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, and Bro. D. S. Mowat, D.D.G.M.
Meeting presided over by the Noble Grand of No. 1 in a manner
worthy of a Lodge of such importance. All of these Lodges are
strong financially and are advancing Odd Fellowship in proportion
to the growth of-the city. Initiatory Degree conferred in a very
creditable manner.    Entertained at supper after the meeting.    Bro. 30l8
Davey, Grand Secretary, and Bro. Mowat, D.D.G.M., gave me
every attention and helped to make my visit most enjoyable.
Presented four Veterans' Jewels on behalf of Columbia Lodge,
No. 2.
Tuesday, April 26th, 1910—Visited Excelsior Lodge, No. 7>
Chilliwack. Large attendance and a very enthusiastic meeting,
and I was delighted with the way the affairs of the Lodge were
conducted. Finances in splendid condition. Initiatory Degree conferred excellently. Bro. Gillanders, D.D.G.M., Bro. Peers, and
Bro. Carleton took me for a nice drive, and was entertained at
supper after meeting.
Wednesday, April 27th, 1910—Visited Delta Lodge, No. 21,
Ladner. It was nearly 10 p.m. when I arrived at the Lodge-room
owing to the train being late, but the brothers were waiting for
me. I addressed them and then adjourned to the banquet. I was
assured by the members that the lodge affairs were satisfactory,
and prospects bright for the future.
Thursday, April 28th, 1910—Visited North Vancouver Lodge,
No. 55, North Vancouver. Had a very nice meeting and found
the members enthusiastic, and as North Vancouver is growing
rapidly I expect to see Odd Fellowship keep pace with it. Spent a
very enjoyable evening.
Friday, April 29th, 1910—Visited Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and
Amity Lodge, No. 27, accompanied by Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M.,
Bro. C. S. Keith, G. Rep., and Bro. H. Gilley, D.D.G.M. The
Noble Grand of No. 3 presided, and conducted the business of the
Lodge in a very able manner. Both lodges are prosperous, and
are joint owners in the Odd Fellows' Temple, which is well adapted
for the purpose for which it was erected. Initiatory Degree conferred in a fair manner. Entertained at a banquet presided over
by G. Rep. Keith.
Saturday, April 30th, 1910—Visited Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15,
Cloverdale, accompanied by Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., Bro. D.
E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., and Bro. Gilley, D.D.G.M. We were
greeted by a large gathering of the brothers and had a delightful
meeting. Conferred Initiatory Degree upon one member. Bro.
Webber, D.G.M., ably presiding, while Bro. MacKenzie gave the
P. G. charge in a masterly manner. Bro. Gilley ably acted as
Conductor. Bro. F. MacKenzie presided over the meeting in an
able manner. The Lodge is on a sound financial basis, and I feel
satisfied that they will add considerable to their membership in the
near future. Was entertained at banquet after meeting. Bro.
Gilley kindly took us out in his auto.
Monday, May 2nd, 1910—Visited Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne,
accompanied by Bro. McPherson of No. 8. Had a splendid meeting which was ably presided over by Bro. Fairhall, who is a
very capable officer.    No  Lodge iri the Jurisdiction is  entitled  to 3019
more credit than No. 24 for the progress made during the past two
years. I congratulate them upon their splendid new hall which
would be a credit to a town five times the size. Watch Island
Lodge grow.    Was entertained at a banquet after the meeting.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 1910—Visited Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No, 19,
and Little Mountain, No. 60, accompanied by Bro. W. A. Johnstone,
Grand Treasurer, and Bro. A. Russell, D.D.G.M. There was a
large attendance and an enthusiastic meeting. The Third Degree
was conferred in a most capable manner. The affairs of these
Lodges are in a satisfactory condition, No. 19 owning their own
hall, which is a very valuable piece of property. The Noble
Grand of No, 19 presided acceptably and seated beside him was the
Noble Grand of No. 60. Was entertained at a banquet after the
meeting.
Friday, May 6th, 1909—Visited Vancouver Lodge, No. 8,
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, and Pacific Lodge, No. 26, accompanied by Bro. W. A. Johnstone, Grand Treasurer, Col. J. A.
McKay, Grand Representative, T. F. Neelands, Grand Patriarch,
and Bro. A. Russell, D.D.G.M., the Noble Grand of No. 8 presiding. I congratulate the officers of No. 8 on the able manner
in which the Lodge business is conducted. Second Degree conferred very well indeed. All of the Lodges are growing rapidly,
and are in good condition.
Saturday, May 7th, 1910—Visited Cheam Lodge, No. 28,
Agassiz. Had a nice meeting. Found all matters pertaining to the
Lodge affairs satisfactory. Addressed the members, and then we
adjourned to the banquet. Was sorry that Bro. Fooks was unable
to be present.
I am sorry to have to report that I was quite unable to visit
Princeton Lodge, but trust that the incoming Grand Master will
be more successful.
I FUNCTIONS
On Tuesday, September 14th, 1909, I had the pleasure of being
present at the opening of the new Hall of Island Lodge, No. 24,
and presided over the meeting.
The Lodge has acquired a valuable piece of property anc
erected a nice building containing four stores and two halls.   Their
Lodge-room   is   beautifully   furnished   and   well   adapted   for
purpose for which it was designed.
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On the evening of December 10th, 1909, I accepted the invita-;
tion of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No. 27, to be
present at the opening of their magnificent new home. I spoke
at the largely attended banquet, gracefully presided over by Bro.
D. E. Mackenzie, P.G.M., and by request declared the building
open for the uses for which it was erected.
I accepted an invitation  from Western  Star  Lodge,  No.   10,
to dedicate their hall on March 31st, 1910.    I was assisted by the 3020
following distinguished brethren: Bros. Fred Davey, Grand Secretary; W. H. Cullin, Grand Warden; W. A. Johnstone, Grand
Treasurer; C. S. Keith, Grand Representative; H. B. Gilmour,
P.G.M.; T. F. Neelands. P.G.M.; W. Hogg, P.G.M.; the Rev.
Bro. Sanford, and Bro. Ellsperman, P.G.M., of Blaine, Wash., also
accompanied the Grand Lodge officers and addressed the meeting.
GRAND    SIRE'S    VISIT
I am pleased to be able to report the acceptance of this Grand
Body's invitation to visit our jurisdiction by the Grand Sire, Bro.
Kuykendall, the Grand Secretary, Bro. John B. Goodwin, Bro. J.
B. King, . Grand Secretary of Ontario, and a number of other
distinguished brothers, directly after the session of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge was closed. I regret that I was not present to help
to welcome these brethren who thus honored us, on account of
attending to my official duties in the interior of the Province.
In Vancouver Bros. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., W. A. Johnstone.
Grand Treasurer, Rep. Col. J. A. McKay, Rep. C. S. Keith, and
Bro. A. McKelvie, P.G., did everything in their power to make
the brothers' visit enjoyable. They were greeted by a large crowd
at the Lodge meeting at night, where some exceptionally inspiring
addresses were delivered.
On New Year's day I wired the season's greetings to our
Grand Sire on behalf of the entire brotherhood of British Columbia.
INVITATIONS
On being informed, on what I considered good authority,
that three very distinguished Odd Fellows, namely, Bro. Wm.
Reid, Grand Sire of the Grand Lodge of Australasia, and the Hon.
Senator Derbyshire, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Ontario, also Bro. V. C. French, Grand Master of Alberta, would visit
the Sovereign Grand Lodge in Seattle in September last, I hastened to extend a hearty invitation to each of these to visit the
Jurisdiction of British Columbia.
GRAND DECORATION OF CHIVALRY
In compliance with your instructions at last session of Grand
Lodge, I addressed" Manley A. Raney, General Commanding
Patriarch Militant recommending Bros. B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., and
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, for the Grand Decoration of
Chivalry, and beg to report that our request was favorably considered by the General Commanding and by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, and these worthy brothers were decorated on Thursday,
September 23, 1909, in Seattle.
I would add to above that our worthy Bro. Alexander McKelvie, P.G., was honored by receiving the decoration at the
same time. 3021
COMPETITION  IN  DEGREE WORK
In order to encourage three of our youngest lodges located
a short distance from one another on Okanagan Lake, in the
work of our Order, I have presented a Cup, suitably engraved, to
"Penticton" Lodge, No. 51, "Oganagan" Lodge, No. 58, and
"Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, for competition in the Degree
Work. I trust this will stimulate these struggling Lodges to
renewed activity and to a healthy rivalry in the advancement of
the interests of the Order.
PAST    GRAND ^MASTER'S   JEWELS
The Executive adopted an entirely new design for the Past
Grand Masters' Jewels, one which we believe will meet with the
approval of the Grand Body.
I am pleased to state that I had the pleasure of presenting
Bro. H. Fulton, P.G.M., on behalf of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia, on April 25th, 1910, but am sorry that I was unable to
present Bro, B. W. Shiles, P.G.M., with his, as he was away on
a visit; however, Bro. E. L. Webber, D.G.M., will perform that
service at the first opportunity.
HOME  FUND
The Home Fund has-, now reached the splendid amount of
$11,272.30, and as the Subordinates were given to understand that
they would not be further taxed when the fund reached the ten
thousand mark, I do not think that the Finance Committee would
be justified in including an appropriation in their estimate for this
purpose without special instructions from the Grand Lodge.
NECROLOGY
It was with regret that I learned of the passing of Bro. Allan
Graham, P.G.M., whose death occurred August the 13th, 1909.
Bro. Graham was one of the pioneers of British Columbia, and
one who gave much of his time and talents to the cause of Odd
Fellowship. The Grand Secretary caused a wreath to be placed on
the coffin as a token of respect from the Grand Lodge.
THE DEATH OF OUR SOVEREIGN
Immediately upon receipt of the sad news of the passing of
our Gracious Sovereign King Edward VII, I sent the following
wire to His Excellency Earl Grey, Governor-General of Canada
"The members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
of British Columbia learn with regret the great loss to our
nation in the death of His most Gracious Majesty, Our
King, and extend our most sincere sympathy to the Royal
Family.
"(Signed) WALLACE LAW, Grand Master." to which I received the following reply by wire:—
"Wallace   Law,   Grand   Master   Independent   Order   Odd
Fellows, Vancouver B.C.:
"Your telegram of 6th May. Am commanded by the
Governor-General to thank you for your message of sympathy which His Excellency has forwarded to the Secretary
of State for the Colonies for submission to the King.
(Signed)     LANESBOROUGH,
"Governor-General's   Secretary.'
SUGGESTIONS
I believe that it would be in the interest of the Order in our
Jurisdiction, if we took steps to ascertain if our method of electing
Grand Lodge Officers is the best possible way.
I would therefore recommend that a special committee be
appointed by the incoming Grand Master, to correspond with
other Jurisdictions, as to their method, and report with a recommendation at the next session of this Grand body.
I would like to see the Grand Lodge change the custom of
electing a new man as Grand Treasurer each year. Many arguments can be put forth in favor of a permanent Grand Treasurer,
and I ask you to give it your careful consideration.
I would further suggest that the Grand Secretary be instructed
to prepare a form upon which D. D. G. Masters would make reports, mailing them to each of these officers about the middle of
April each year. These forms to have printed on them: "To be
returned to the Grand Master not later than May the first." If
something of this nature was adopted it would tend to make these
officers more prompt in reporting and assure uniformity of size for
filing, besides making it more easy for the committee of the Grand
Lodge to examine.
Official paper should be supplied to each D.D.G.M. and they
should be instructed to use it in all communications addressed to
either the Lodges or to the Grand Master.
Bro. Embleton, P.G.M., when presenting his report, recommended that our Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
be instructed to use their influence to have the law re Transfer
Certificates altered so that they would be made available in petitioning for new Lodges. I would ask the Grand Body to again
discuss this matter and see if we cannot offer a suggestion to the
Supreme Body through our representatives. Only those who are
endeavoring to start a new Lodge can appreciate the difficulties
presented. 3023
I visited the Grand Secretary's office while in Victoria and
consider it unsuitable for the purpose. The present premises could
be retained as a store-room for supplies, and I would recommend
that the executive procure a nice bright office for the Grand
Secretary's use.
In conclusion, as I am about to relinquish the gavel of authority as Grand Master to another, no one realizes more than
myself how far I have fallen short of the requirements of the
important position I have held, but I feel I can say with truth
that I surrender it to my successor as I received it unsullied
and untarnished.
To all who assisted me in any way I tender my sincere thanks,
but particularly do I wish to thank my deputies for their splendid
services and their kindness to me- during my official visits.
Without our Grand Secretary's, Bro. Fred Davey's, valuable
assistance and advice I am afraid I would have failed utterly, for
his kindness so generously bestowed I feel deeply appreciative
and thank him sincerely. I feel that I speak for our entire membership when I express the hope that he may long be spared to
help, guide, and direct the work of our Order in this Jurisdiction.
Brethren, if I have been instrumental in making even one man
more fraternal during my term of office I have not labored in vain.
To my successor in office I pledge my hearty support and trust
that he may meet with abundant success.
Yours fraternally,
WALLACE   LAW,
Grand   Master. Grand Secretary s Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
In compliance with the requirements of the law, I beg to
submit the following report of the work of the Order in this
Jurisdiction for the past twelve months.
The condition of all branches of the Order in the Province at
this time is most encouraging.
During the past year two Subordinate Lodges have been instituted, viz., "Little Mountain" Lodge at Hillcrest, near Vancouver,
by the Grand Master on the 22nd December, 1909, and "Fairview"
Lodge, No. 61, at Fairview, Vancouver, by Bro. A. M. Russell,
D.D.G.M., on 21st April, 1910. Before the Grand Lodge meets it
is expected that another Lodge will be instituted at Grand View,
Vancouver.
The increase in membership last year was not as large as in
the preceding year, being only 228, making our membership on 31st
December last 4,844. I confidently expect that at the expiration
of this term we shall be able to boast of 5,000 members.
The success of the Rebekah branch has been very marked.
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, was resuscitated on the 29th March,
1910, and its old Charter restored. It starts with good prospects,
having 65 members on its opening night.
Dispensations have also been issued for Rebekah Lodges at
Kamloops, Princeton and Grand Forks and it is intended to
institute these Lodges before the Grand Lodge meets. The membership of the Rebekah Lodges on the 31st December last shows
an increase of 24 brothers and 108 sisters, a total of 132.
The accompanying table shows in detail the work of the
Subordinate Lodges during the past year and a comparison of the
results with the preceding year: Richard Roberts, Grand Master 1877  STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work as Compared
with the Year 1908
Increase! Decrease
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410
125
2
20
62
41
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229
16
1354
991
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89
39
79
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468
103
$ 3,897-88
$ 1,012.25
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No. of Lodges 31st December, 1909!
"        Instituted since  ...
Members 31st December, 1909.
Initiated   	
Admitted by Card...
as  A.  O 	
Reinstated	
Withdrawn   	
Deceased   	
Expelled	
Suspended	
Ceased membership by N.P.D.
Rejected   	
Degrees  conferred  	
Past Grands   	
Receipts from Dues    1$ 53.040.82
admissions and degrees|$ 10,143.50
rentsandinvested funds|$ 25,140.10]$ 2,006.28
all other sources $    1,963.68 $       12.43
Total Receipts $ 90,288.10 $ 4,904.34
No. of Brothers relieved.  393 15
Widowed families relieved. ... | 11    	
Brothers buried   j 39 12
Weeks Sick Benefits paid | 3367 268I
Amount paid for relief of brothers.. |$ 21,806.67]$ 1,645.40]
widowed   families.. |$       641.201    |$
orphans    1$ 5«oo|    1$
burying the dead.. .|$    2,945.80)$     537.40)   	
special   relief |$    1,526.25    $ 2,348.05
Total amount paid for relief $ 26,924.92.)    |$     303.20
" current   expenses|$ 28,661.171$     638.16
Total assets of Subordinate Lodges.|$42i,28i.4i($53,405.04
Average amount of benefits  paid to|
each sick member    j$
Average amount expended for relief,)
per member   j$ .. |?
Average cost, per member, for cur-l
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Total   amount   of   relief   paid   since!
institution of Grand Lodge, i874($479-253-36|
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86.97!$
7-271
* Average duration of sickness, per sick member, 8 weeks, 3 days,
23 hours;  increase 2.7-12 days.
♦Average  duration  of sickness,  per  member, 4  days,  2^4 hours;
decrease, 14J4 hours. FINANCIAL   STATEMENT
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239-05
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Laurel Rebekah Lodge No. 9..
Esther Rebekah Lodge No. 20..
Sundry persons   	
Imp. Bank of Canada, withd'l..
W. E. Vanstone, interest	
West'n Home Impt Co., interest
S. R. Lawrence, interest	
J. H. Healey, interest  	
G. A. Macey, interest	
Royal Bank of Canada, interest
Princeton Rebekah Lodge	
Kamloops Rebekah Lodge	
Bro. J. Hannaker, Duncan L'dge
Bro. J. E. Parr, Dominion L'dge
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if 1,410.00
166.35
228.00
58.50
120.90
80.00
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H.  T.  Fulton,  G. M	
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Postage, etc	
Supplies,  Sovereign  G. L....
IT.  F.  Neelands,  P.G.M
JFred Davey,  G.  Sec'y.,
|Odd  Fellows' Union..,
Fred Davey,  G. Sec'y..
Investment, Home  Fund....
Exchange on Draft, H. Fund
.[Rent, Grand Secy's Office...
.Deposit in Bank, Home acct.
... Supplies,  Sovereign  G. L....
... Salary, 3 months   |
.. .(Postage, freight, duty,  etc..."
... Sov. G. L., Rep. tax	
|T. R. Cusack (Printing   	
IVictoria Ptg. & Pub. Co. I      "  .*
JFred Davey,  G.  Sec'y. .. [Supplies, Sovereign G.  L	
" " 1      tt »,
••• 1 ...
IW. Law, G. M (Balance  expenses   	
IH. Birks & Sons IP. G. M. Jewels  	
1 1
! j       Forward   	
$ 36.90
n.25
2,097.10
10.00
20.00
10.00
1.85
3970
4.00
4.00
7.00
45.00
34.6o
3.00
12.00
197.09
846.00
1.40
9.35
225.00
69.15
475
300.00
10.00
225.00
7-35
42.00
70.00
2,000.00
2.50
100.00
320.00
27.00
225.00
29.90
150.00
17.50
9.00
11.25
29.00
150.00
100.00
l$7,5U.64 3029
ORDERS ON TREASURER  (Continued)
<U
Q
Si
O cu
No.
Ord
In Whose Favor.
Description
Mav   2
28
43
2
44
2
45
2
46
2
47
2
48
2
49
2
50
2
51
Fred Davey, G.  Sec'y...
Forward   	
Supplies,  Sovereign G.  L....
.. .(Salary, 3 months  	
... (Postage  and  sundries	
W. Law, G. M	
Sweeney & McConnell..
Fred Davey,  G.  Sec'y...
T. R. Cusack	
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
51  IColonist Ptg:. & Pub. Co. Cut of Grand Lodge Seal.
Bookbinding,  etc.   . .,,	
Deposit in Bank, Home acct.
Printing:   	
$8,055.29
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, last report ($2,334.65
Cash  received  and  paid  to   Grand  Treasurer,   per  above
statement    | 7,948.12
10,282.77
Less, Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer, per above state
ment     ) 8,055.29
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer ($2,227.48
STOCK ACCOUNT
Balance per last Report   	
Goods bought during the year  	
Freight, etc., on Supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge
Profit on Goods sold during year	
Goods sold during year  	
Value of Stock on hand 	
$ 154.53
430.90
24.15
63.04
1$ 672.62
$ 420.87
251.75
$ 672.6 3030
ODD FELLOWS HOME FUND
Receipts
Amount on hand, per last Report $ 9,380.00
Withdrawals from  Bank and  Interest on  Mortgage,  per
Statement        2,082.90
Grand Lodge, Per Capita Tax, 25c per member       1,200.87
Interest—Imperial Bank of Canada  20.70
" Dominion Government Savings Bank  .33
$12,684.80
Less withdrawals from Bank for Investment      1,410.00
$11,274.80
Expenditure
Exchange on Drafts, Remittances for Investment  2.50
Total Value of Fund $11,272.30
How Invested
On Mortgage $10,800.00
Deposit,  Imperial Bank of Canada           459.63
Dominion Government Savings Bank  11.84
In Grand Treasurer's Hands  ,83
$11,272.30
AGED ODD FELLOWS FUND
Amount on Hand per last Report   $   518.34
Interest, Dominion Government Savings Bank  T-5-5i
$   533.85
Deposited in Dominion Gov't Savings Bank $533-36
In Grand Treasurer's Hands    .49
  $   533.85 TRIAL BALANCE, GRAND LODGE OF B. C, I.O.O.F
ist May, igio
Folio
Account
Dr.
148
163
235
241
247
257
259
261
271
283
289
295
297
299
301
303
306
312
319
322
325
330
332
336
340
344
354
356
360
362
364
368
370
374
376
378
380
382
384
387
396
400
402
404
406
408
410
411
414
422
Sovereign   Grand   Lodge   	
(Profit and Loss   	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund  	
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7	
Dom. Gov't. Sav. Bank, Aged O
Gateway Lodge, No. 45 	
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46	
F. Fund
Union  Lodge
Mt
No
Fernie Lodge,
No
11.
No
12
47
Selkirk Lodge,
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16 .<	
Camborne Lodge, No. 49	
Vernon Valley Lodge, No.  18	
Imperial Bank of Canada (Home Fund)..
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Delta Lodge, No. 21  	
Eureka Lodge, No. 50  	
Vancouver   Lodge,   No.   8	
Amity Lodge, No. 27	
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5	
(Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15	
|Penticton Lodge, No. 51	
JFurniture and Regalia   	
(Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34	
Stock Account	
Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge, No. 19	
Princeton Lodge, No.  52   	
$       17.70!$
Island Lodge, No. 24  	
Columbia Lodge, No. 2  	
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38	
W. E. Vanstone  	
Western Home & Improvement Co.
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9	
Michel  Lodge,  No.   54   	
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53	
Dom. Gov't Sav. Bank (Home Fund)
Slocan Lodge, No. 40	
Key City Lodge, No. 42	
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43	
Odd Fellows Home Fund  	
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57	
Okanagan   Lodge,   No.   58....
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59..
S.   R.  Lawrence   	
J.  H. Healey  	
G. A.  Macey	
Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60
F. Trimble   	
Grand Treasurer	
Princeton Rebekah
Lodge
533.36
.50
459.63
3.00
40
14.10
546.65
.14
251.75
.60I
2,500.00
3,000.00
1.20
11.84
.25
•44
•75
16.20
750.00
1,550.00
1,000.00
1.00
2,000.00
2,227.48
|$I4,886.99
Cr.
3,036.54
533.85
1.30
1.45
.90
25
WO
.50
4.00
1.50
•9°
1.30
•OS
1.50
2.60
11,272.30
2.00
10.00
$14,886.99
1-45
1.60
.10
8.00
.40
1.10 3°32
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
As required by law, the General Relief Committees at Victoria
and Vancouver, have furnished me with the following particulars
of the work accomplished by these important auxiliaries during
1909, showing that the strangers within our gates have received
fraternal attentions at our hands:
Victoria
Receipts .  $1,274.25
No. of Brothers relieved    n
No.  of Brothers buried     5
Total  expended  for   relief     $1,218.75
Total expended for management  $     37-°5
Vancouver
$2,729.58
42
$2,323.20
$   152.93
APPEAL
An appeal was received from Mrs. Marietta Brown, from the
decision of the Rebekah Assembly, in sustaining the action of
Greenwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, in expelling her from membership, which was forwarded to the Committee on Appeals. The
report  of  this   Committee will  be submitted to you.
DAWSON LODGE %
A communication was received from Dawson Lodge, No. 1,
Dawson, Y.T., asking the probable cost that would attach to its
affiliation with this Jurisdiction. As no provision for such an
event is made in our laws, I submitted the question to the Grand
Master, who expressed the opinion that the Grand Lodge would
not in such an event impose any fee. This was communicated to
the Lodge, but I have heard nothing further from it, nor am I
aware if the permission of the Grand Sire has been obtained to
the proposed affiliation.
PRINCE RUPERT
It was anticipated, that ere this, we would have had a Lodge
in operation at Prince Rupert. Enquiries have been received from
two brothers who have stated that there are a number of Odd
Fellows in that embryo city, who were anxious for the bond of
fellowship, and other advantages derivable from an Odd Fellows'
Lodge. Forms of Petitions for a Charter have been furnished
these brothers, and I have been assured by one that the Petition
would be in my hands some time ago, as they were only waiting
for some cards of the petitioners, but up to date of this writing
it has not been received.
Enquiries have also been received from Central Park, midway
between Vancouver and New Westminster, but it has been thought
advisable to postpone petitioning for a while in this case. 3033
ODD   FELLOWS' HOME
As will be seen by the  statement this  fund now amounts to
11,272.^30.    Of this  amount $10,800 is invested on first mortgage
at 7 per cent; $2,000 having been thus loaned in the past year.
I believe it was mentioned, and understood at one of our
Sessions, that when this fund reached $10,000, that the levying of
assessments should cease, although I am not aware that there is
any record of this intention.
The interest accruing on present investments amounts to
$756 per annum, and until some definite action is taken to put this
money to the purpose for which it is eventually destined, I submit
that it is advisable to carry out the above understanding and
relieve the Lodges from further contributions for the present, at
least.
In order that we may be fully acquainted with the necessities
of the case, I would recommend that all the Lodges be communicated with to ascertain if there are any members who need
such an institution, and who would be willing to take advantage
of it if it were built. We would then be in a position to judge as
to the requirements of a Home in this Province, and could act
accordingly.
RECOMMENDATIONS
I regret to state that a fire on ist August last, destroyed the
building in which "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, held its meetings,
and burnt the regalia and other property belonging to the Lodge.
As this Lodge was only instituted on the 24th February, 1909,
this loss falls heavily on it. I would recommend that the cost of
the supplies furnished from this office, to replace those destroyed,
amounting to $16.20, be donated to this young Lodge. The Charter
was rescued.
The conditions under which several of our Lodges are working in the mining districts of the interior, are so unfavorable, that
it is not to be wondered at that some of them do not live up to
the strict letter of the law; in fact it is a surprise to some of our
officers who have visited them, that they continue to exist at all,
and it is only by the devotion and self-sacrifice of some of their
members that they have not become defunct. In view of these
circumstances, I would recommend, that the fines imposed on
"Slocan" Lodge, No. 40, and "Camborne" Lodge, No. 49, for
failure to forward reports within the time prescribed by law, be
refunded.
I would also recommend that the Charter Fees received for
the new Rebekah Lodges last year be donated to the Rebekah
Assembly. 3034
CONCLUSION
It is now thirteen years since the Grand Lodge met in Kamloops, and today we have twelve more Lodge and 2,015 more
members than we had at that time. I am pleased particularly to
note that although the total annual receipts of our Lodges have
increased $41,032.22 the amount the Lodges have been called upon
to disburse for the relief of their members in 1909 is only $2,026.29
more than it was in 1896. The average cost per member for all
Lodge Expenses in 1896 was $14.30; in 1909 it has fallen to $11.48.
The available assets of the Lodges have increased during these
thirteen years $237,048.32, being nearly two and one-half times
more than they were in  1896.
This is a very gratifying exhibit in such a short time. Today
the whole Province appears to be on the verge of a great expansion and period of prosperity. There is a feeling of optimism in
the air and everyone is hopeful and buoyant. If our expectations are realized in this direction, there is no reason why Odd
Fellowship should not share in this development and prosperity,
and I do not think it requires a violent stretch of imagination to
predict that in the next decade we will double our numbers and
resources.
May even greater blessings and success crown the efforts of
our members and enable our Order to carry out its benign mission
of benevolence and charity is the earnest wish of
Yours fraternally,
/
/
Grand   Secretary. Report of Grand Treasurer
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for Year Ending
May ist, 1910
1909
June
11
a
11
a
11
July
16
ii
20
it
20
Aug.
20
Dec.
3i
19;
[0
Mar.
23
Feb.
3l
Apr.
3o|
May
12I
1909
19]
[0
To
Receipts
Cash from Past Grand Treasurer...
Bank Interest  	
Grand Secretary  	
D. D. gg M.    District    No.    6.
Capita Tax  	
D. D. G. M.,   District   No.   3,
Capita Tax  	
Vancouver     Lodge,     No.     8,
Home   Fund   	
Grand   Secretary   	
Bank Interest   	
Grand Secretary  ..
Per     Capita     Tax,
Nos. 3 and 6. .. .
Grand   Secretary   .
Districts
By
Disbursements
paid orders  No.  1  to  51, inclusive.
Balance 	
$ 2,348.56
22.63
78.15
557.!5
211.20
1.50
1,854.24
17.88
3,844.90
793.10
29.90
523-56)
$10,282.77
$ 8,055.29
$ 2,227.48
Fraternally submitted,
W.
Vancouver, B. C,  May 13th, 1910.
A.   JOHNSTONE,
Grand   Treasurer. Grand Representative's Report
To  the  Grand Lodge of the  Independent  Order of Odd  Fellows
of the Province of British Columbia:
Grand Master, Officers and Brothers,—
In presenting the report of the 85th Annual Communication of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge held at Seattle on the 20th to the 24th
of September, 1909, your Grand Representatives desire to thank
you for the privilege of representing you at that Session.
As the printed proceedings of the Session have been in the
possession of the Officers of the Subordinate Lodges for several
months now, it is hardly necessary to go into details here. It
seems, however, well to call attention to some items of interest.
The questions and answers of the Grand Sire, together with
some other points of interest, will be found in the appendix to
this report.
The new legislation of the Session was not extensive, consisting principally in recommendations, looking to the extension of
the Order on the Continent of Europe, in altering the veterans'
jewels, providing for the completion and delivery of the new
Rebekah Ritual, providing for the issuance of a Rebekah Degree
Floor Work, to investigate the matter of an Odd Fellows National
Sanitarium, and rules affecting: the Patriarch Militant Degree.
An oil painting of late Grand Sire, Bro. Nolen, was ordered to
be made and placed among the archives of the Order.
The Grand Sire very forcibly brought to the attention of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge the existence of several outlaw orders or
side degrees, naming the Ladies Militant, the Oriental and the
Muscovites, and his circulars have now been read in all our Lodges
so that further reference is unnecessary, suffice it to say that these
side degrees will not down, simply by proclamation and sooner or
later the Sovereign Grand Lodge must make these outlaws authorized degrees or expell the members thereof.
The question of providing that the Sovereign Grand Lodge
control the sale of all paraphernalia was voted down. 3037
The British Columbia Representatives were honored this year
by good seats well forward and with membership on four committees as follows: Bro. Keith on the Committee of International
Relations and on the Committee of Grand Bodies not represented;
Bro. Embleton on the Committee on Petitions; Bro. McKay on
the  Committee on Patriarchs  Militant.
A resolution by Bro. Keith to have the Digest brought up
to date and thus make it of use was voted down.
A resolution by Bro. Keith looking to giving the Sisters an
International Organization was  not  concurred in.
The invitation which you sent to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
to visit this Province was duly delivered, and accepted and a large
number of the members availed themselves of the privilege including the Grand Sire.
The entertainment by the Seattle and Washington members
was grand and will long be remembered as a delightful milestone
in the lives of many from our Province and in speaking of the
entertainment we must not forget that Deborah Rebekah Lodge of
Rossland, by their excellent work, captured the second prize in
the Degree competition, the first time that any Lodge in this
Jurisdiction ever entered a Degree competition at the Sovereign
Grand Lodge. Another matter which should not be lost sight of
is that Canton Vancouver is the first British Columbia Canton to
take part in the Sovereign Grand Lodge parade and they made a
fine showing. Speaking of Cantons suggests that the Subordinate
Lodge and Encampments should do all they can to encourage this
branch of our Order which is making such marvellous growth
and almost entirely at the expense of Canton members themselves,
and if the Cantons appeal for assistance to send the British Columbia Cantons to the Atlanta Session we sincerely trust that the
brothers will not be at all backward in giving a helping hand and
see that British Columbia is well represented at Atlanta in September, 1910.
As mentioned in our report last year, the necessity of selecting
and then keeping a capable and able brother at the Sovereign
Grand Lodge is more apparent than ever. So long as we follow
our present custom of changing every year so long must we be
content with membership on the minor committees, with a possibility of never having a Chairman of Committee or a Deputy Grand
Sire in British Columbia.
There are twenty-one Committees in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, the Chairmen of which are all members who have been
attending the Session for several terms. If we continue to look
upon the office of Grand Representative simply as a reward for
services rendered, why our present practise is the right one, but
if we look upon the office as one with duties attached and' consider
that British Columbia has as good brothers as any other Jurisdic- 3038 I
tion then we must get in line with the other Jurisdictions and see
that British Columbia takes her place among the Jurisdictions of
the world.
The only reason that a Canadian was not nominated for the
office of Deputy Grand Sire at Seattle was that less than half of
the Canadian Representatives had any assurance of going to
Atlanta this year and as it is necessary, from practice, for a candidate for this office to be nominated several elections in succession,
you will see that the nomination at Seattle might be only an
introduction to the election which will be held in Atlanta. If
British Columbia wishes to be in the running we must change
our system and see that some of the chairmanships come to our
Grand Representatives and eventually the Grand Sire will be a
British Columbia Odd Fellow.
Again thanking you for the honor conferred,
We have the honor to be,
Yours in F. L. and T.,
C.  S.  KEITH,
T.   EMBLETON,
Grand  Representatives.
APPENDIX TO THE REPORT OF THE GRAND
REPRESENTATIVES
DECISIONS
Decisions by Grand Sire, Brother John L. Nolen
The following decisions (in addition to those to be submitted
in executive session) were rendered by Brother John L. Nolen,
Grand Sire:
Subordinate Lodge Decisions
Decision 1. The Grand Master recommended that the Grand
Lodge take action to appoint an officer. The Committee on
Recommendation, among other things, said: "With a view to carrying out the suggestion of the Grand Master, we recommend . . .
Therefore, I am of the opinion that the committee recommended
the appointment of an officer not provided for by the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge, and the point of order raised that such an
officer cannot be created except by amendment to the Constitution
was well taken, and should have been sustained by the Grand
Master.
Therefore, T am clearly of the opinion that the Grand Lodge
had no authority, under its Constitution, to authorize the Grand
Master to appoint 'said officer. 3°39
Having reached this conclusion, I think this is a full and
complete answer to all the questions asked.    (Approved)
Decision 2. Statement—About 25 years ago, A. B., by profession a peddler, with no residence, making his headquarters at
Sugar.Run, Pennsylvania, joined Sugar Run Lodge. About two
years ago he married and settled in Towanda, Pennsylvania, and
Towanda has been his residence ever since. He has kept his
membership in Sugar Run during this time. He now presents his
Official Certificate and requests membership in Bradford Lodge,
No. 167. Towanda is his place of residence, under the law of
transfer of residence.
Question—If elected, is he entitled to membership without fee
under the law of  transfer of residence.
Answer—Yes.
Question—Is this law applicable to the transfer of residence,
prior to the adoption of the law, or only to transfer of residence
since the law went into effect?
Answer—It is applicable to the transfer of residence prior to
the adoption of the law as well as to the transfer of residence
since the law went into effect.    (Approved)
Decision 3. Question—Can the secretary of the lodge referred
to enforce the payment of three months dues in advance so far as
to refuse to accept payment of any less amount tendered by a
member thereof?
Answer—I do not know that I fully comprehend the meaning
of your question. It is the duty of the secretary to accept any
amount that any member offers to pay on his dues, whether or
not it is in full of the amount owing.    (Approved)
Decision 4. Question 1 Is it competent for a subordinate
lodge to appoint an Initiatory Degree member on the Committee
on Visitation, said committee being charged with the duty of
visiting sick members, and of reporting to the lodge at regular
sessions?
Answer—Yes, if the by-laws of the subordinate lodge authorizes the same to be done.
Question 2—If an  Initiatory Degree member may be legally
appointed on a visiting committee must he serve in such capacity
or   be   subject  to   the   same   penalties   as   are   provided  for   third
degree  members,   who   are   negligent   in  the   performance   of  the
duties devolving upon such committee?
Answer—Yes, if the by-laws of the subordinate lodge so provide.    (Reversed; answer in each case to be "No")
Decision 5. Question—Has a subordinate lodge or encampment,  a   Grand   Lodge   or   Grand  Encampment,   or  any  of  their 3°40
officers, the right to have printed, or otherwise placed on any
publication, circular or letter-head, pertaining to Odd Fellowship,
any  label,   mark,   or  token  of  any   other   organization   whatever?
Answer—No.    (Approved)
Decision 6. Statement—The ritual provides in each degree
that music appropriate to the degree and the ritual may be employed in conferring the degree.
Question i—Does this include vocal music, songs sung as
solos, duets, and quartettes, provided the words are in harmony or
appropriate to the work being conferred?
Answer—Yes.
Question 2—Is it permissible to use an I. O. O. F. song (copy
enclosed herewith marked No. 2) when the staff marches in and
out when conferring the third degree, song to be sung to the air
of De Koven's recessional, which is a beautiful religious recessional?
Answer—Yes.    (Considered in Secret Session)
Question 3—Must the staff take the exact position provided
by the ritual, or can different members assume other positions as
directed by the Staff Master, the same being in harmony with the
ritual?
Answer—If the positions taken are in harmony with the ritual,
there is no conflict between the Staff Master and the ritual.
Decision 7. A subordinate lodge cannot confer the degrees
upon applicants without the regalia prescribed by The Sovereign
Grand Lodge. See Article XX. of the By-laws of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge.    (Considered in Secret Session)
Decision 8. Question 1—At the funeral of a brother, the
lodge not having many members to attend, can the pall-bearers
from the outside of the Order be selected to serve as such?
Answer—Yes.
Question 2—If not all of the pall-bearers can be selected from
persons outside of the Order, can any act as pall-bearers who are
not members of the Order?
Answer—Yes.
Decision 9. Statement—A brother belongs to Shawnee Lodge,
No. 1, which meets in a room at No. 117 West 6th Street. He
desires to become a member of Topeka Lodge, No. 40,. which
meets in the same room. He signs a petition for membership
asking to be admitted to membership in No. 40 on Withdrawal
Card in date, and sends with his petition the required fee for such
admission, as  provided by the by-laws  of  No.  40,  but instead  of 3041
attaching a Withdrawal Card to the petition, he sends his Official
Certificate, and if elected he expects to get his Withdrawal Card
and have it presented to the lodge before he presents himself to
sign the Constitution. He is not trying to move his membership
on Transfer  Certificate,
Question—Is it legal for him to change his membership that
way? •
Answer—A member can make application upon his Official
Certificate by paying the required fee, where he desires to change
his membership from one lodge to another lodge without changing
his residence from the territorial jurisdiction in which he belongs;
and, if elected upon said application, he must obtain a Withdrawal
Card from his former lodge and deposit it in the new lodge. He
is not a member of the new lodge until he has obtained a Withdrawal Card from his former lodge, and deposited it in his new
lodge, and signed the Constitution and By-laws of the new lodge.
(Approved)
Decision io. Statement—The following questions and answers
thereto are based upon a resolution adopted at the session of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1908, providing for a revision of the floor
work for all branches of the Order.
Question 1—Does the resolution confer upon the committee
ample power to rewrite the floor work, if in their judgment it
seems best?
Answer—Yes.
Question 2—Does the resolution contemplate that the committee prepare and issue the new floor work without waiting for
the  action   of  the  next  session  of The  Sovereign  Grand  Lodge?
Answer—No.    (Considered in Secret Session)
Decision 11. Statement—I have in my possession an application for a Veteran Jewel from a brother whose membership for
more than 25 years is continuous, with the exception of the following possible break. The brother became a member by deposit
of card in Northern Light Lodge, No. 1, of North Dakota, about
the year 1888, and retained his membership in said lodge until
its charter was arrested by order of The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
At the time of arrest of charter of Northern Light Lodge, the
brother's dues were paid in advance. In 1896, The Sovereign
Grand Lodge, by resolution (report of Committee on State of the
Order, page 14,951) provided that members who were innocent of
any wrong doing, might upon presenting a certificate of innocence
from the Grand Sire, procure from the Grand Lodge of North
Dakota, a Grand Lodge Card. Within twelve months from this
action of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, had on September 25, 1896,
to wit: on the 23d day of August, 1897, the brother received from
the Grand Lodge of North Dakota a Grand Lodge Card. This
Card was deposited in another lodge immediately upon its receipt
and the brother's membership has been continuous since. 3042
Question—Is the brother entitled to have a Veteran Jewel?
In other words, does the break in the membership caused by the
illegal actions of some of the members of Northern Light Lodge
of North Dakota, deprive an innocent brother of the right to wear
a Veteran Jewel?
Answer—In the report of the Committee on the State of the
Order in reference to the Fargo Difficulty, which was adopted by
The Sovereign Grand Lodge at its session in 1896, we find, among
other things, the following resolutions: "Resolved that each of
said late members of said Northern Light Lodge, No. 1, of North
Dakota, shall never, in any manner, be restored to membership in
the I. O. O. F., unless the Grand Sire shall certify, after investigation such as shall be satisfactory to the Grand. Sire, that such
late member is not guilty of voluntarily consenting to the use of
funds donated in response to a circular issued by the lodge, for
the purpose of paying any indebtedness for which real estate is
encumbered, or of improving real estate, in any manner. Such
a certificate from the Grand Sire, may thereupon receive a certificate from the proper officer of the Grand Lodge of North Dakota,
which certificate shall, in all respects, be the same in form and
effect, and is issued upon the same terms, as if the lodge had
become defunct in any other manner."
From these resolutions, The Sovereign Grand Lodge recognized the fact that all the members of Northern Light Lodge,
No. 1, of North Dakota, were out of the Order, and that they
could not regain membership in the Order without some action
from The Sovereign Grand Lodge, therefore the above resolutions
were adopted in order to permit those who were not guilty to
regain membership in the Order. These resolutions speak of the
members of said lodge as "late members," and also require certain
things to be done to be restored to membership. There can be no
doubt, therefore, that, at the time of the adoption of the Report
of the Committee on the State of the Order in 1896, none of the
former members of said Northern Light Lodge, No. 1, of North
Dakota, were members of the Order. I am aware of the fact that
The Sovereign Grand Lodge had decided that a member holding
a live Withdrawal Card is a member of the Order during the life
of said Card, and his membership in the Order is continuous if he
deposits said Card in a lodge before the Card expires. But this
decision is based upon the theory that, at the time the Card
was granted, the member was in good standing, for a member
cannot receive a Withdrawal Card from his lodge unless he is in
good standing. In the case under consideration, at the time the
brother received the Card, he was not a member of any lodge, his
lodge having forfeited its charter on account of misconduct of
some of its members. The brother, therefore, was for some period
of time neither a member of any lodge or of the Order. His
membership, therefore, at the present time is not a continuous
one. Under the law, in order to entitle a brother to a Veteran
Jewel he must have had continuous membership in the Order for
at least 25 years, and, as this brother's membership in the Order
has not been continuous, he is not entitled to a Veteran Jewel. I
recognize that this is a hardship upon the brother applying for a 3043
Veteran Jewel, as he was not guilty of any wrong conduct, and
was not responsible for his lodge having its charter taken from
it, but it is the duty of the Grand Sire not to make law, but to
decide all questions in accordance with the existing law, and I am,
therefore, forced, under the law, to hold that the brother is not
entitled to a Veteran Jewel.    (Approved)
Decision 12. Statement—A lodge had been purchasing goods
from a brother, who was a merchant, for several years, and was
in the habit of making settlement once in a year or two and
deducting dues that had accumulated and paying balance by check.
It seems that the lodge had allowed the last bills to run longer
than usual, so that he was in arrears $13.00 last March. The
widow of the brother claims that statements had been sent the
lodge from time to time, and the secretary of the lodge does not
deny that they might have been sent. An itemized bill was sent
the lodge, according to the secretary, either in February or March
this year, to the amount of $26.00. In the bill was an item for
silverware $11.00, purchased by the lodge some time ago, and some
of the members thought the same had been settled for, although
the brother had been over his books and convinced himself that
the item had never been paid. The bill was not allowed as presented, but was laid upon the table for investigation. The bill
remained upon the table until August 29, in the meantime the
brother had been taken ill, and had died. Finally on August 29,
the bill was allowed as presented, and an order drawn for its
payment. The amount of his dues $13.00 was taken out, and the
brother's wife received check for balance of bill.
Question—Was the brother in good standing in his lodge at
the date of his death?
Answer—I have had submitted to me a copy of the Constitution and by-laws of the lodge mentioned in the above statement.
I find nothing therein requiring dues to be paid in cash. The
practice of this lodge of buying goods from one of its members
on a credit, and giving the member credit on his dues for the
amount the lodge owed the member, is one that ought not to be
allowed. When a lodge deals with one of its members, the lodge
ought to pay whatever the lodge is indebted to the member, and
the member ought to pay his dues at the proper time, to the
secretary, like any other member, but as this lodge was indebted
to this brother largely more than the amount of the dues owed by
him, and as it had been the custom of the lodge for some time to
permit the brother to pay his dues in this way, the brother was
not at fault, and the lodge should not be permitted to take
advantage of its own wrong. I am, therefore, of the opinion that
the brother was in good standing at the date of his death.
(Reversed)
Decisions Rendered by W. L. Kuykendall, Acting Grand Sire
Decision 17. Statement—Under the instructions of the Grand
Lodge of Manitoba, Reps. Myers and Wiswell did, at the session
of The Sovereign Grand Lodge held in 1908, as appears on page
641, Journal of Proceedings, submit a  series of questions herein- 3044
after appearing, which were referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary, which reported recommending that the subject-matter
thereof be referred to the incoming Grand Sire. See Report 142,
page 747. Said questions are said to be based upon by-laws of
lodges and are as follows, to each of which an answer is hereto
appended:
By-law No. 40, Hiawatha Lodge, No. 60.
There shall be raised by assessment a special relief fund to
provide help or assistance if the attending physician advised that
the nature of the illness is such that the attendance of help or
assistance is necessary, such shall be procured, the said help or
assistance to be paid out of "the sick nursing fund," but in no
case to exceed seventy-five cents (75 cents) per day, if in the
hospital seventy-five cents (75 cents) per day to be paid to the
hospital authorities.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates disapproved of this
clause.
Committee oh the Judiciary reported as follows: "That in
their opinion the law enunciated by the Committee on Laws of
Subordinates on Amendment to Clause 40 of the By-laws of
Hiawatha Lodge, No. 60, is incorrect and that lodges have the
power to insert in their by-laws the amount to be paid for a nurse.
Digest 155, 180, 2649, which was adopted.
Question—Was the Committee on the Judiciary and Legislation Report correct?
Answer—Yes. In my opinion it is within the power of a
lodge to adopt such a by-law, and limit the amount a lodge will
pay for nurse hire unless such power is denied in the local constitution governing such  lodge.    (Approved)
Decision 18. Statement—Constitution Clause 76, whenever the
available cash assets of this lodge shall be reduced below an
amount equal to five dollars for each unsuspended member, the
lodge may by by-law or resolution adopted after two weeks' notice,
assess its members equally in a sum sufficient to increase the funds
to the amount required to make up the deficiency.
Question—A lodge has a membership of 100, and $600, cash
assets. The nurse fund of the lodge becomes depleted. Can the
lodge assess its members to replenish this particular fund, when
the cash assets amounts to $6.00 per member, without further
legislation?
Answer—No. The question seems to answer itself. (Approved)
Decision 19. Statement—A lodge has a by-law providing for a
trained nurse for its members, who are taken sick and require a
nurse, the same to be paid for out of a sick nursing fund.
Question—Has the lodge to supply a nurse for the day time
as well as for the nieht?
Answer—Only  night   nurses   or_watchers   are   required  to  be
furnished in the General Law, which does not contemplate furn- 3045 >
ishing day nurses. See Busbee's Digest 158. It would seem, however, to be within the power of a lodge to provide for day nurses.
There being no specific provision of the by-law to that effect, it
should, in my opinion, be construed under the General Law.
(Approved)
Decision 20. Statement—A lodge has a nurse fund for the
payment of a nurse when one is required.
Question—A brother is taken sick with a contagious disease
and requires a nurse. What fund should the nurse be paid from,
the sick, nursing, or general fund?
Answer—From the nurse fund. There is no difference between
a contagious and other disease in the application of the law.
(Approved)
Decision 21. Statement—A lodge has a nurse fund for the
payment of a nurse when one is required.
Question—A brother is taken sick; being a single man, boards
at a boarding house. His physician sends him to the hospital so
that he will be properly cared for. Can a lodge provide in its
by-laws that the sum of 75 cents shall be paid to the hospital for
the brother's care, and is said by-law legal?
Answer—In my opinion it can. The same answer applies to
this question as to Question 1.    (Approved)
Decision 22. Statement—A lodge has a by-law providing for
the hiring of a nurse and stipulates that the amount to be paid
shall not exceed $1.50.
Question—A brother is taken sick with a contagious disease.
Is the lodge compelled to pay nurse hire for the day time, and in
case the cost of said nurse exceeds the $1.50 has the lodge got
to pay the same?
Answer—The answer to Decision No. 19 applies to this, with
the addition that the lodge can limit its liability for nurse hire.
See Busbee's Digest  156.    (Approved)
Decision 23. Statement—A lodge has a by-law providing for
the assessment of its members to form a nurse fund for the purpose of hiring a nurse to nurse brothers who are taken sick
instead of having brothers sit up with the sick brother, and stipulates that the nurse shall be paid the sum of $1.00 out of the sick
nursing
fund
Question—In case a nurse cannot be procured for $1.00 per
night, is the lodge bound to pay the amount required to secure the
services of said nurse, should it exceed the sum of $1.00 per night?
Answer-This question is practically included in Decision Nc
22.    I  believe the lodge has a right to  limit the sum to be paid
by it per night for nurse hire.    (Amended as above) 3046
Decision 24. Question—In case a nurse cannot be procured
for the amount stated in the by-laws, is the lodge compelled to
provide watchers from its membership?
Answer—Emphatically,  yes.    (Approved)
Decision 25. Question—Is it legal for a lodge to have a
by-law providing for help and assistance in a sick brother's house
and pay for the same out of the sick nursing fund, the object of
the by-law being to procure help to relieve the wife or daughter
of the sick brother so that they can devote their time to nursing
the brother?
Answer—No. The lodge can pay sick benefits and nurse hire
from its funds, but it does not seem to me it can pay for the hire
of servants as clearly contemplated in this question.    (Approved)
Decision 26. Statement—A lodge has a nurse fund for the
purpose of providing a nurse. The attending physician advises
that a nurse is necessary and one is engaged by said physician,
or sick brother, with the approval of the lodge.
Question—Is the lodge responsible for the nurse hire, and in
case the amount exceeds the sum mentioned in the by-laws, who
is  responsible for the payment of the  same?
Answer—According to the statement a nurse was hired with
the approval of the lodge. If so it would be liable, and it would
seem in that case the lodge could contract beyond the sum named
in its by-laws, but to make the lodge thus liable the contract so
approved should be made very clear. (Amended to read No, not
for any amount beyond the amount fixed in the by-law)
Decision 27. Question—The laws of the Order provide that
when a brother is sick that a nurse shall be provided if a lodge
has a nurse fund, or in case there is no nurse fund, two brothers
shall be selected to watch; both nurse and watchers are for the
night time only. Who is to take care of the brother in the day
time, provided he is  a single man and boarding?
Answer—This question has been practically answered in the
answer to Question 19. Unless the by-laws of the lodge specifically so provide the lodge is not compelled to furnish a day nurse,
and the fact that the brother might be unattended in the day time
does not seem to me to alter the construction of the law
(Approved)
Decision 28. Statement—District Deputy Grand Masters in
Pennsylvania are elected annually by the votes of the Past Grands
in their respective districts. See By-laws of Grand Lodge. Sections 5 and 6 of Art. XXIX. and the commission to each'D.D.G.M.
is issued to him under the law for a certain district named therein.
Question—Would the D. D. G. M. of District No. 2, be entitled
to receive the honors of the Order when visiting for installation
of officers of a lodge located in District No. 1, he being deputized 3047
by the D. D. G. M. of District No. i, to install the officers of said
lodge?
Answer—Under the laws of Pennsylvania he is in my opinion
only a Past Grand outside of his district, and his being deputized
by the legal D. D. G. M. of said District No. I, does not entitle
him to the honors of the Order in the case as stated and question
as propounded. See 1874 Journal 6229, 6278; also see last paragraph under head of "Titles of Installing Officers" in new ritual
for subordinate lodges. Also as analogous, see Decision No. 54,
Journal of 1906, page 443.
Question—Would a Past Grand so appointed be entitled to
the honors of the Order?
Answer—He would not be entitled thereto in the Jurisdiction
of Pennsylvania, or any other Jurisdiction in which the law provides for D. D. G. Masters. See Journal, 1874, paragraph cited in
answer to Question 1.    (Approved)
Decision 29. Statement—Article XXXIX, of Constitution for
subordinates for Manitoba provides that in balloting for office,
only one name shall be written upon any ballot, and no vote shall
be counted or considered unless it be for a candidate who is in
nomination. A majority of all the votes cast shall be necessary
for election. In case no candidate has such a majority the ballot
shall be continued until a candidate is elected; provided that
where only one candidate is in nomination, he shall be declared
elected by acclamation, and the first paragraph of Article 41 provides that "each elective officer or representative to the Grand
Lodge shall be chosen separately by a majority of all the legal
ballots cast." At the election of representatives to the Grand
Lodge of Manitoba held in January last, Minnehaha Lodge, No. 7,
was entitled under the law to four representatives; and there
being only four brothers placed in nomination, the Noble Grand
declared the four  elected by acclamation.
Question—Should not the Noble Grand have ordered the
ballot to take place in accordance with Article XXXIX, there
being more than one in nomination?
Answer—Sections 39 and 41 should be construed together in
deciding this question. My opinion is that the Noble Grand should
have ordered a separate ballot for each representative, and I so
decide.    (Approved)
Decision 30. Statement—A member of the Order was dropped
for non-payment of dues about 25 years, and after reaching over
50 years of age he petitioned for membership as a non-beneficial
member, and was elected to membership. He now desires to become a beneficial member.    He is 65 years of
age.
Question—A member having been dropped for non-payment of
dues and having reached the age of 50 years, petitioning a lodge for 3048
membership as a non-beneficial member, and being elected to
membership, can he be reinstated, as a beneficial member of that
lodge?
Answer—As I understand the statement and question, a member is elected as a non-beneficial member, and becomes a non-
beneficial member. In my opinion he has, therefore, been reinstated in the lodge as a non-beneficial and not as a beneficial
member. If the last paragraph of said question contemplates the
changing from non-beneficial to beneficial membership, there seems
to be no law allowing such change. Having been reinstated to
non-beneficial membership he cannot at the same time be reinstated to beneficial membership.
Question—If it can be done, what would be the proper course
to pursue?
Answer—This question is answered bv answer to the first
question.    (Amended.    See Page 305 Proceedings Sovereign Grand
Lodge,
1909)
Decision 31. Statement—In 1905 the Grand Lodge of Kentucky adopted the following as part of the Constitution for its
subordinate lodges, for attentive benefits, "Section 4. The qualifications to receive attentive benefits, so far as such benefits include
the service of a watcher, or a nurse, shall be the same as for
benefits in sickness; and no lodge shall have the legal right to
provide any nurse, or watcher, for any member who shall be so
much in arrears as to prevent the said member from receiving
sick benefits."
Question—Is said section in conformity with the General Laws
of the Order on attentive benefits, and can it become part of the
Constitution for Subordinate Lodges of Kentucky or not, and as
part of said Constitution is it binding upon the lodges in Kentucky?
Answer—It is my opinion that said section is in conformity
with the general laws on attentive benefits, can become part of said
Constitution and is binding upon the lodges in Kentucky, and I
so decide.    See Journal 1902, pages 932, 954 and 969.    (Approved)
Decision 32. Statement—A brother pays his dues to the lodge
to September 30, 1908. The Financial Secretary makes the proper
entry in his books, but in filling out the Official Certificate for
dues, makes an error and states on the face of the receipts that
the brother is paid in full to December 30, 1908. In February,
1909, the brother is taken sick and makes claim for sick benefits
on the ground that he is in good standing, his receipt showing
that his dues are paid to December 30,  1908.
Question—Is the lodge bound by receipt as evidence, or is the
fact of the payment and not the face of the receipt the basis of a
proper claim for sick benefits?
Answer—If the facts are as represented in above statement,
the lodge, in my opinion, is not bound by the receipt as evidence 3049
and the actual fact of the payment of dues to September 30,
should be accepted as basis of a proper claim for sick benefits.
See Decision No. 14, Journal 1904, top of page 523.
Question—Is he entitled to sick benefits?
Answer—In my opinion he is not.    (Approved)
Miscellaneous Decisions
Decision 36. Question—Can a brother fill the position of
Grand Master of his Jurisdiction and Noble Grand or Secretary of
his lodge at the same time?
Answer—Before ruling this question, I quote in full the only
laws having reference thereto, which have come under notice, as
follows:
"Upon principle a Grand Master should not hold office in his
subordinate lodge, or in a degree lodge. But that it was a subject for local legislation. He might hold any such office as would
not in any way interfere with his Official business." See Journal
1858, page 2858.
Also "Upon principle he should not. The duties of an executive officer of a subordinate lodge are such as might be inconsistent
with the proper discharge of his duties as Grand Master." See
Journal 1900, page 506.
In the first law quoted above, the question is stated to be a
subject for local legislation, and there seems to be an indirect
suggestion that local legislation should not provide that a Grand
Master can hold any office in his subordinate lodge. In the second
law above quoted, it is clearly stated that his holding an executive
office in a subordinate lodge might be inconsistent with his duties
as Grand Master. Both decisions or laws declare that upon
principle a Grand Master should not hold office in a subordinate
lodge. Therefore, in the absence of local legislation, providing
for his holding office in his subordinate lodge, and believing that
many of the duties of the elective offices at least of a lodge are
inconsistent with those of Grand Master, I am of the opinion he
should not be allowed to serve as Noble Grand or as Recording or
as Financial Secretary of his lodge during his term of office as
Grand Master.    (Approved)
Decision 37. Question—Can a non-beneficial Odd Fellow who
has withdrawn from his lodge, be again admitted to membership
as a beneficial member?
Answer—There seems to be no direct law applicable to the
case in' question. There is a law, however, which provides for
dropping members for non-payment of dues, and for their reinstatement as beneficial members upon such terms as may be provided by local legislation. In my opinion, it would be a clear
evasion of general, if not local laws, to permit a non-affiliated
Odd  Fellow,  over  50 years   of  age,  to  be  reinstated  as  a   non- 3050
beneficial member, and then permit him to withdraw and immediately thereafter or at any other time, regain membership as a
beneficial member. It, therefore, seems to me that a non-beneficial
member withdrawing from a lodge does so as such, and if again
admitted to membership, it must necessarily be as a non-beneficial
member, and  I  so rule.    (Reversed to  read  Yes)
Decision 38. Statement—The 12 lodges of Odd Fellows and
Rebekahs residing in western Nevada desire to have an Odd
Fellows' Reunion at Bower Mansion, a forty-minute ride on the
cars from Reno, on Sunday, August 8, which amounts to really a
picnic, at a place where no alcoholic liquors of any kind are sold
on the grounds, and nothing done but to gather together and have
a general reunion on that day, eating our lunches under the shade
of the trees, and enjoying an outing in the park at said mansion,
it being impossible to have a real reunion on any other day than
Sunday for the reason that the brothers who work in the mines
at Virginia City, Silver City, and other places in western Nevada,
cannot get away on any other day than the Sabbath, as the mines
close on that day and that day alone.
Question—Is there anything in the laws of the Order prohibiting or preventing such a reunion on the Sabbath as Odd Fellows,
using the name "Reunion of Odd Fellows" and not in the name of
any lodge or set of lodges?
Answer—There seems to be no general law having direct and
special application to the case cited in the statement and question.
There is a law, however, which prohibits subordinate bodies and
members in the name of the Order from engaging in a picnic,
excursion or public celebration on Sunday. There are also other
laws which prohibit such a gathering or reunion where the name
of the Order is used, such as contemplated in this case, and in
my opinion such a reunion is not permissible under general law.
See Decision No. 14, page 36, Journal, 1907.    (Approved)
Decision 39. Statement—A member of a lodge presented to
another lodge an application for membership accompanied by an
Official Certificate and was elected to membership. His lodge
was notified and they issued to him a Transfer Certificate, which
was presented to the lodge electing him; he signed the Constitution. In a week or two after he had joined this lodge he was
reported sick, and was acting in such a strange manner that an
investigation was started and the physician stated that this party's
mind was affected. It also developed in the investigation from
the physician, that this trouble had been coming on him for some
months before; his mind having been affected for some time. The
brother himself did not intend to impose upon the new lodge,
because he was, as far as could be ascertained, ignorant of his
condition in that regard, nor was his lodge that he was a member
of, as far as can be ascertained, advised of his condition.
Question 1—Is the lodge that elected him to membership
obligated to pay him benefits, or should his membership be continued in the lodge that granted the Transfer Certificate, inasmuch
as his mind-was affected at the time of the application for mem- 3051
bership, and the taking of the Withdrawal Card or Transfer Certificate?
Answer—In my opinion the lodge electing him to membership
should pay him benefits, if he is entitled thereto under local law.
as he had under the Statement of Facts consummated his change
of membership under the Transfer of Membership Law, and thereby become a member of the lodge electing him. See Decision
No. 9, 428, Journal, 1908, and other general laws analogous thereto.
Question 2—If the lodge that elected him to membership is
not liable for benefits under that condition of affairs, does his
membership revert to the lodge that granted the Transfer Certificate?
Answer—Having decided in answer to the first question that
he was or is a member of the lodge electing him, his membership
could not revert to the lodge granting said Certificate. (Approved)
For the  additional  decisions  see  page 64 of  the  Proceedings
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, 1909. 0^2
O^D
STATISTICS     OF    THE     ORDER    THROUGHOUT     THE
WORLD FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31, 1908
Including  Australasia,  Denmark,   Germany,  Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges     3,464,384
Members relieved    3*564*585
Widowed  Families  relieved     303,131
Members deceased    35I>744
Total  Relief    $125,630,414.78
Total   Revenue       240,681,192.70
CONDITION     OF    THE     ORDER     THROUGHOUT     THE
WORLD  DECEMBER  31,   1908     |
Sovereign Grand Lodge    1
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark,     Germany,     Netherlands,     Sweden,     and
Switzerland)     6
Grand Lodges     69
Grand Encampments    57
Subordinate Lodges    16,932
Subordinate  Encampments     3,565
Rebekah Lodges     8,645
Lodge  Members     1,492,478
Encampment   Members     216,225
Rebekah Lodge Members     603,931
Total number of persons belonging to the Order.. .. 1,888,376
Total Relief paid in 1908  $ 5,500,825.60
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1908  !6,370.937.43
Total   Expenses   of   Grand   and   Subordinate   Bodies
for  1908     8,381,529.26
Invested  Funds  of  Grand  and .Subordinate  Bodies
December 31,  1908    49,758,989.85 3053
No
4
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OF GRAND MASTER
Dear Brethren,—I hereby take pleasure in presenting a report
of my doings as Grand Master to supplement that already placed
before you in printed form. I would particularly call your attention to the matter presented that touched upon the prospects of
new lodges. Three were instituted during the past year, and as I
believe, nearly all I have mentioned will follow this year, a
larger sum should be placed at the disposal of the Grand Master.
The other matter that should receive your particular attention is
the report presented by Brother Herbert Gilley, D.D.G.M., District
No. 2, and the case presented to him for adjustment by Amity
Lodge, No. 27.
After Brother Gilley had dealt with the case, Amity Lodge
wrote asking me also to answer the questions already asked and
answered by Brother Gilley. My reply, and in fact all papers in
connection with the case are attached. I trust that by our combined wisdom we may arrive at the proper solution of the difficulty.
D. D. G. M. REPORTS
District No. 2—Herbert Gilley, D.D.G.M., reports the two
lodges under his jurisdiction to be in a prosperous condition.
Royal City Lodge, No. 3, admitted eleven members by initiation;
Amity Lodge, No. 27, fourteen by initiation and three by card.
There has been considerable sickness among the members, but
both lodges are in a good financial condition.
The two lodges jointly built a new Hall which is a credit to
the Order, and is a good paying investment.
No
Had two questions to answer, both being from Amity Lodge,
o
/.
Question No. 1—A brother of our lodge was suspended for
N. P. D. twelve years ago, and now wishes to again join the
lodge.    What is the law governing the  case?
Answer—Brother is  entitled to  reinstatement  on payment  of
twelve dollars, subject to Article 3, Section 1, of the Constitution.
Question No. 2—Statement: On February 21st, Amity Lodge,
No. 27,  received into membership by initiation  a brother by the
name of J. A.  H , who is not a free white male/ he having
Indian blood in his veins. On February the 28th he was balloted
on and elected to the three degrees of Oddfellowship. We have
deferred conferring the degrees.
Question No. 1—What steps should we now take as a Lodge?
Question No. 2—What rights and privileges is he entitled to,
if any? 3054
Question  No.  3—Can  we  cause his  membership  to  cease
returning him moneys paid?    If not, by what course?
by
Answer to No. 2—The brother is entitled to all the privileges
of an initiatory member.    See Busbee's Digest, Page 280,  Section
996' 1 111
Answer to No. 3—If the brother was admitted through misrepresentation or false statement of his own he can be expelled.
Busbee's Digest, Page 280, Section 997.
Answer to No. 1—I think this is answered by answers to
No. 2 and 3, but would refer you to Busbee's Digest, Page 449,
Section 1647, as he is not eligible to membership he is not qualified
to receive any of the degrees.
I would like to call the attention of the Noble Grand to that
part of his duties: See that the Constitution and By-laws are frequently read in your lodge; also impress upon your committee of
investigation the necessity of doing their work in a thorough
manner, so that none shall be admitted except he is worthy and
eligible according to law.
Vancouver, May 30th.
W. C. Coatham, Esq.,
Rec. Sec'y Amity Lodge, No. 27, I.O.O.F.,
New Westminster, British Columbia.
Dear Sir and Brother:
On February 21st this year Amity Lodge admitted to membership by initiation a Mr. J. A. H .    In due course he applied
for and was elected to receive the first, second and third degree.
The evening that the brother presented himself to receive the first
degree you received information to the effect that the brother
was not a full blooded white man. Upon investigation this information proved to be correct, as the brother himself admitted that
he had one-quarter Indian blood in his veins. Therefore, he was
not eligible for initiation into  our  Order, according to  our laws.
You then deferred advancing the brother and addressed H.
Gilley, D.D.G.M. for your district, stating the facts as above, and
asked the following questions:
Question No. 1—What steps should we take as a Lodge?
Question No. 2—What rights and privileges is the brother
entitled to, if any?
Question No. 3—Can we cause his membership to cease by
returning him what monies  he has  paid?
To these questions the D.D.G.M. replied as follows: 3055
Answer to Question 2—He is entitled to all the rights and
privileges of an initiatory member, until his membership is terminated in a lawful manner.    Busbee's Digest, Page 280, No. 996.
Answer to Question 3—If the brother was admitted through
misrepresentation or false statement of his own he can be expelled.
Busbee's Digest, Page 280, No. 997.
If he has been guilty of fraud his initiation cannot be declared
void, but in such a case can be expelled, therefor, upon proper
trial.
Answer to Question 1—I think that it is answered by answers
to questions two and three, but would refer you to Busbee's
Digest, Page 449, No. 1647. As he is not eligible to membership,
he is not qualified to receive his  degree.
I received a letter from you under Seal of your lodge, asking
me what reply I had to make to these answers. This could hardly
be considered in the nature of an appeal, as Brother Gilley did
not summarize and give a strict ruling. As this question is one
of vital importance to this Jurisdiction, and I feel that we are
all anxious to arrive at a proper solution of the difficulty; one
that will protect our Order and yet deal justly with those whom
we have honored with our confidence, I therefore beg leave to
submit the following:
The brother having been initiated is a member of the Order
and is entitled to all its rights and privileges, even though he was
not qualified for initiation under the law. This is clearly pointed
out in Busbee's Digest, Page 279, No. 995; also on Page 280, No.
996, and Page 280, No. 997. The latter section particularly points
out what to me seems only common justice, that the Lodge should
not take advantage of its own wrong. If the brother has been
initiated to membership by fraud, etc., on his part, the law is clear
and explicit. You cannot cause membership to cease by returning
what monies have been paid, as such a course would free the
person from all obligations of secrecy. There is only one way,
and that is by expulsion after proper trial: Busbee's Digest, Page
279, No. 996, and Page 280, No. 997.
Thus tar the D. D. G. M. and myself are in perfect accord;
but by quoting Busbee's Digest, Page 449, No. 1647, I take it that
he is of the opinion that you would not be within your rights in
further advancing the brother by conferring on him the three
degrees of Odd Fellowship.
In this view of the case I cannot concur. The section quoted
above has to deal with saloon keepers, where the machinery for
expulsion  could easily be  put  in motion.
In Brother H.'s case, I am not aware of anything upon which
a charge could be based, (granting, of course, that there was no
fraud, etc.).
Now, if the brother's rights as an initiatory member cannot
be disturbed, and he is entitled to the current term pass word
and can visit the lodge when open in that degree, and his physical 3056
and moral qualifications are satisfactory, I can conceive of no good
reason why he should not be allowed to sit with us in the third
degree. . .
In the case of the saloon keeper, before charges are preferred
against him for being in a business prohibited by our laws, he can
retire from such business and therefore be eligible to receive his
degrees.
to
Brother H-
remove that
  is in a less fortunate position, and is unable
upon which we have seen fit to place a ban.    To
me, this would seem to be a discrimination that Odd Fellowship,
based upon Justice, could not countenance.
I would also draw your attention to Busbee's Digest, Page
351, No. 1254, which reads as follows:
"An Indian of mixed blood after being elected and initiated in
the order  can be elected and installed  Grand  Master."
This seems to indicate that once a person of mixed white and
Indian blood is admitted by initiation, he is qualified to receive
any honors that the Order wishes to bestow upon him.
I am, therefore, of the opinion that if Brother H  was
elected and initiated without fraud, etc., upon his part, that Amity
Lodge, No. 27, would be quite within their rights to confer the
three remaining degrees of Odd Fellowship upon him, and I so
rule.
I have the honor to be,
•   ;jp§ W. LAW,    §       -
Grand   Master.
P.S.—I would be pleased if this case was brought to the attention of the S. G. L., for one reason at least, as it points out a
weakness in our system that in my opinion should be remedied.
Why not have a question in the preliminary obligation that
would obviate cases of the above nature? Then we would not
receive into membership good and worthy men and then seek to
humiliate them afterwards. W. LAW,  G.M.
District   No.  21—J.   A.   Williamson,   D.D.G.M.,   reports:     Installed Officers at the proper time in June and January last;   no
•ispensations granted and no  Decisions given;   four admitted by
e  in   prosperous   condition   and
initiation   during  the  year;    Lod
harmony prevails.
District No. 26—A. Mathieson, D.D.G.M. reports lodges under
his supervision in an exceptionally prosperous condition. The new
members enrolled are a credit to the Order. Visited the lodges
and installed the Officers at the
them thoroughly qualified.
proper  time,  and found
all  of
District No. 1—Bro. D. S. Mowat. D.D.G.M., supplements his
report by further reporting having granted on June 2nd, a Dispensation to Dominion Lodge. No. 4, to confer the Initiatory degree
upon David Nicol, in less time than required by law   3057
District No. 7—Robt. Allan, D.D.G.M., reports nothing out
of the ordinary having happened during his term of office; installed
the officers at the proper time last June and January of this year.
Pleased to report a visit from the Grand Master last November.
Lodge in good financial standing and prospects bright for the
future. Takes pleasure in welcoming the Grand Lodge to Kamloops.
District No. 22—Peter Culkeen, D.D.G.M., reports having
deputized Bro. Fred Mummery, P.G., to install the Officers of
Camborne Lodge, No. 49, which he did on August 18th, 1909, and
Bro. O. Jacobson, P.G., to install the Officers of Trout Lake Lodge,
No. 41; said duty was performed July 6th, 1909. He personally
installed the Officers of the above lodges the next term as follows:
Trout Lake Lodge, January 4th, 1910; Camborne Lodge, January
5th,   1910.    Both   lodges  in   good   standing  financially.
District No. 13—Hugh Cumming, D.D.G.M., reports having
installed the Officers of Vernon Valley Ledge, No. 18, Eureka
Lodge No. 50, and Coronation Lodge No. 48, at the commencement of each term. They are all progressing favorably. Perfect
harmony prevails.
OFFICIAL VISITS
Saturday, April 23rd—Visited Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5,
at Nanaimo. A team from Pacific Lodge, No. 26, of Vancouver,
was present, paying a fraternal visit to No. 5, and exemplified the
first degree in a very creditable manner, before about one hundred
and fifty enthusiastic brothers, about fifty being present from
Vancouver. As the evening was far advanced before the degree
was finished and the crowded lodge-room being very uncomfort
able,  I   did
later date.
not
address  the  meeting,
but  agreed  to  return  at  a
Wednesday, May 4th—I again visited No. 5 and received a
hearty welcome, found the officers well qualified to fill their various
positions, and that the lodge affairs were in a healthy condition.
The third degree was conferred upon three brothers in a very fair
manner. On account of the members who work in the mine being
unable to attend each night they find it difficult to keep a team
together. They are seriously considering the advisability of
extending their lodge quarters. Bro. Grieve, D.D.G.M., the Noble
Grand; Bro. E. G. Cavalsky, and Bro. Jas. Crossan, P.G.M., entertained me royally.
Thursday, June 2nd—Visited Fairview Lodge, No. 61. I did
not inform the lodge of my intended visit and it was in the
nature of a surprise. I was enthusiastically received and was
delighted with what I saw and heard. The lodge has made splendid progress in the six weeks since it was instituted. They were
engaged in considering the By-laws by which the lodge shall be
governed and they were debated in an able manner. Bro. White,
the Noble Grand, and Bro. E. C. Mahon, the Secretary, are Officers
that any lodge might well be proud of. There is a splendid future
before this lodge. 3058
PERMISSIONS GRANTED
May 19th—To North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, North Vancouver, B.C., to attend memorial services in memory of our late
Sovereign.
May 19th—To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, Rossland, B.C., lo
attend memorial services  in memory of our late Sovereign.
May 23rd—To Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, B.C., to open
their meeting half an hour earlier than the usual time.
May 30th—To Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, B.C., to hold
dedication services of their new Hall on the evening of June ist.
DISPENSATIONS
May, 1910—To Grandview Lodge, No. 62, to be located at
Grandview District, Vancouver.
I recommend that the Grand Lodge grant a charter to this
Lodge.
INSTITUTION OF LODGES
On Monday evening. May 30th, 1910, Grandview Lodge, No.
62, was instituted by Bro. A. M. Russell, D.D.G.M. District No. 6,
whom I appointed special deputy for that purpose.
Bro. Russell was ably assisted by Bros. W. A. Johnston,
Grand Treasurer; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.; Wm. Hogg, P.G.M.;
Thos. Embleton, P.G.M.; Col. Jas. A. McKay, Grand Representative; C. S. Keith, Grand Representative; Alexander McKelvie,
P.G.; J. McPherson, P.G. After the instituting ceremony was
performed Bro. Russell invited Bro. A. McKelvie, P.G., to install
the officers.
The installing officer was assisted by all those who had assisted
in instituting the lodge and Bro. R. E. Thompson, P.G., who acted
as Grand Guardian. Both Bros. Russell and McKelvie excelled
themselves in the manner in which they performed their duties,
while Bro. J. McPherson, who acted as Grand Marshal on both
occasions, was excellent. After institution Vancouver Lodge, No.
8, conferred the initiatory degree upon two candidates in a very
impressive manner.
I was present, and at the banquet which followed, addressed
the brethren for a short time.
I took pleasure in appointing Miss F. Bacom, President of
the Rebekah Assembly, special deputy for the purpose of instituting
Rebekah Lodges in the City of Kamloops, Grand Forks and
Princeton.
The  President  reports  as  follows:
On May 13th, 1910—Instituted Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No.
23, at Kamloops; five charter members; initiated  15.
.!***£•# t« 9 3059
On May 28—Instituted Banner# Rebekah Lodge, No. 25, at
Grand Forks; six charter members; initiated 20 members.
On May 31st—Instituted Vermilion Rebekah Lodge, No. 24,
at Princeton; six charter members; initiated 22.
Both the above lodges and myself were indeed fortunate that
I was able to appoint such an accomplished and charming deputy
who,   I   am   assured,   performed  her   duties   both   accurately   and
gracefully.
I extend to the President my sincere thanks.
PROSPECTS FOR NEW LODGES
This Province is growing rapidly and our Order must keep
pace with it. The following places seem to present excellent
opportunities for the institution of lodges of our Order.
Prince Rupert, B.C.—The Grand Lodge Officers have been in
communication with brothers for some time with this object in
view.
Stewart, B.C., the brethren of whom have addressed the Grand
Secretary on the subject.
Central Park, a fast growing district, in which Bro. Russell,
D.D.G.M.,  and  myself,  have  done   considerable  missionary  work.
Creston, B.C.—I have been informed by Bro. Northey, P.G.,
that a number of Odd Fellows reside there and that a lodge could
easily be started.
Nicola, B.C.—Bro. Dancey assures me that there would be
little difficulty in organizing a lodge in this place.
I think that the Central portion of the City of Vancouver is
also ripe for another lodge. All the lodges operating in this district are taking in members rapidly and will soon be too large and
unwieldy.
I would ask that the incoming Grand Lodge Officers give the
above their early and earnest consideration.
FUNCTIONS
I accepted an invitation from Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne,
to dedicate their new Hall, and on Wednesday evening, June ist,
accompanied by a large number of brothers from New Westminster and Vancouver appeared for that purpose.
Our Eburne brothers and their friends were present in large
numbers, and the affair was a splendid success, and will be long
remembered by all present. I was assisted by Bro. E. L. Webber,
D.G.M.; W. A. Johnstone, Grand Treasurer; C. S. Keith, Grand
Representative; D. Walker, Grand Guardian. Peter Wright acted
as Grand Marshal Rev. Bro. White acting as Grand Chaplain, and
M. Phillips P. G.; Bros. E. V. Balstone, P.G., herald of the
North; Bro. Alex. Cleland, P.G., herald of the South; W. A.
Brown, N.G., as herald of the West; A. W. Rest as herald of the
East. Bro. Geo. Chapman, P.G. ably acted as director of ceremonies. 3060
PRESENTATION
I have requested the two new lodges located respectively in
Fairview and Grandview Districts of Vancouver to accept a Cup
for competition in degree work. The first contest to take place
in the fall, thus giving each a chance to become proficient in the
work.
I am authorized by Sister W. A. Gilley, of New Westminster,
to state that she would be pleased to present this Grand Lodge
with a Gavel made from the wood of the Pioneer Steamer
"Beaver."
I would recommend that the Grand Lodge accept the gift so
generously offered, and that the Grand Secretary be instructed
to do so with the thanks of this Grand body.
REQUEST HELD OVER
On May 15th I received a request from Saratoga Lodge, No.
43, Saratoga, Wyoming, asking permission to sell bonds in this
Jurisdiction for the purpose of erecting a building to be called
the Kuykendall Memorial Building in honor of our Grand Sire.
I wrote the Secretary of the above lodge stating that I was
referring the matter to the Grand Lodge for action. Letter from
Lodge  and my  reply attached.
With   kind   fraternal   greetings   to   one   and   all
I have the honor to be,
I WALLACE LAW,
Grand   Master.
The Grand Treasurer presented the following Supplementary Report which was read and referred to the Committee
on Finance:
No. 5
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
Grand Treasurer, in account with Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F. of B.C.,
To Date June 8th, 1910
Receipts
1910
To amount received as per previous report $10,282.77
May 23—To Grand Sec'y (Grandview Lodge Charter)  30.00
June   4—To Grand Sec'y (Grandview Lodge Supplies).. . 32.00
Royal Bank, Interest to  Date  24,00
$10,368.77 3o6i
Expenditure
By Orders paid No. i to No. 51, inclusive $ 8,055.29
By Exchange on funds to Kamloops  5.70
By Balance in Treasury     2,307.78
$10,368.77
Respectfully submitted,
W. A. JOHNSTONE,
Grand Treasurer.
The  Committee  on  Distribution  presented  the  following
Report which was adopted:
No. 6
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the distribution of the Grand Officers' Reports to the Committees as
follows:
Grand Master's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;
re Official Visits, pages 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19; re Functions,
pages 19 20; re Grand Sire's visit, page 20; re Invitations, page 20;
re Competition in Degree Work, page 21; re Past Grand Master's
Jewels, page 21; re Necrology, page 21; re Death of Sovereign,
page 21;   re Suggestions, pages 22 and 23.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Institution of Lodges, pages
5 and 6; Installations, page 6; Decisions, pages 6 and 7; Proclamations, pages 8, 9 and 10; Dispensations, pages 10 and 11; Permissions, pages 11, 12 and T3. Those portions of D.D.G.M.'s
Reports on pages 2, 3, 4 and 5 which relate to questions of law.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Re Home Fund,
page 21.
To the Committee on Petitions—Charters for New Lodges,
etc., page 11.
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 24, 25, 32 and
34.
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31;
Recommendations, on page 33.
To   the   Committee   on   Odd   Fellows'   Home—Home   Fund,
pages 30 and 33- 3062
Also that the Grand Treasurer's Report on page 35, be referred
to the Committee on Finance.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary gave the following notice which was
referred to the Committee on Legislation:
No. 7
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
I hereby give notice that tomorrow I will move to strike out
Section 2 of Art. XI of the Subordinate Lodge Constitution and
re-number Section 3 as Section 2, provision having been made at
the Session of this Grand Lodge held in 1908 respecting the
joining of membership by Transfer Certificate by an amendment
to Article II of the Constitution.
H I FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
The Committee on Finance presented the following Report
which was adopted:
No. 8
Grand Secretary^ Office,
Victoria, May 30th, 1910.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Finance, appointed at the last Session
of the Grand Lodge, beg to report that we have examined the
books, vouchers and reports of your Grand Secretary and Grand
Treasurer, and find the same correct, and kept in a businesslike
manner.
Signed by the Committee.
Bro. R. T. Evans, P.G. of the Jurisdiction of Manitoba,
was admitted and introduced to the Grand Lodge by H. T.
Fulton, P.G.M., and F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., and cordially
welcomed.
An invitation was read from the Polo Club of the Cit?
to attend a race meeting to be held this afternoon and was,
on motion, accepted with thanks on behalf of any members of
the Grand Lodge that can make it convenient to attend.
A recess was called to admit a deputation from the Rebekah
Assembly now in Session in the City, consisting of the Vice-
President, Warden and Marshal, who were introduced bv C. 3063
S. Keith, G.R., and J. A. McKay, G.R., and conveyed to the
Grand Lodge the fraternal greetings and good wishes of the
Assembly.
The Grand Master responded for the Grand Lodge, thanking the Assembly for its greetings and extending to it the
best wishes of the Grand Lodge for an harmonious and
pleasant Session and hope for the continued success of the
Rebekah Lodges of the Jurisdiction.
The deputation having retired the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
The Local Committee expressed a wish that the members
of the Grand Lodge would sit for a photograph this afternoon
and it was moved, seconded and carried, That the request of
the Committee be acceded to and the time fixed at 5 o'clock
this afternoon.
A communication was read from the Directors of the City
Library extending the freedom of the Library and the rooms
connected therewith to the Grand Lodge, also a hearty welcome
to the City and best wishes for the success of the Session.
On motion, the invitation was accepted and referred to the
Committee on Resolutions.
The Committee on Printing submitted the following Report
which was adopted:
No. 10
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.} I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
called for printing 800 copies of the Proceedings of this Session
and for 125 copies of the Reports of the Grand Officers, and the
contract awarded to Bro. T. R. Cusack, the lowest tenderer, at
$1.34  per  page for the  former and $15  for the  latter.
We would recommend that the practice of former years be
followed and semi-tone photographs of the present Grand Master 3°64
and of two of the Senior Past Grand Masters be inserted in the
Proceedings  of this  Session.
The estimate for Printing for the year was $350, the expenditure on this account was $294, leaving $56 unexpended. We would
recommend that $300 be provided for this item during the coming
year.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following Report, which was adopted:
No. 11
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.y I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
since the last session of the Grand Lodge we have had referred
to us and have examined the By-laws and Amendments thereto
of the following Subordinate Lodges with the result noted against
each.
Columbia Lodge No. 2—New Code approved with certain
amendments.
Island Lodge, No. 24—New Code approved with amendments.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58—New Code approved with amendments.
Amity Lodge, No. 27—Amendments approved relating to
"Duties of Trustees," "Duties of Finance Committee," Election
and duties  of Auditor,  Team  Captain  and  Organist.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1—Amendment to Section 1 of Art. XXII:
Members who have been in arrears for dues, not entitled to benefits
for thirty days after paying up.
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15—Amendments to Art. XX, new scale
of benefits to Third Degree members, and Article XXIII, respecting the  investment   of  Lodge  Funds.
Signed   by   the   Committee.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
Rejort, which was adopted:
No. 12
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have
examined the Petitions referred to us and find that the requirements of the law have in each case been complied with. We
therefore recommend that Charters  be granted as  follows: 3065
To "Little Mountain" Lodge, No. 60, located at Hillcrest,
South Vancouver, B.C., with the following Charter members:
R. H. Thomas, Thos. C. Ringrose, W. A. McConkey, W. H. Keen,
W. A. Pounds, R. H. Neelands, H. L. Gibbard, S. C. Horel, J. N.
Mouatt, C. F. Campbell, V. E. D. Casselman, H. C. McBride.
To Fairview Lodge, No. 61, located at  Fairview, Vancouver,
B.C., with the following Charter members:    T. H. White, W. W.
Thomson,   Wm.   Halls,   G.   R.   Carson,   A.   E.   Cameron,   J.   W.
Schurman, Wilbur Johnston, D. H. Stewart, W. G. McHale, G. A.
Keith, J. H. Elliott, Duncan Stewart, C. E. Mahon, S, C. Purkis,
S. T.  Rondo, J.  D.  McLeod,  A.  J.  McNeill, J.  C.  Hutchison, A.
F. Gardner, W. S. Cameron, M. J. Halpin, J. A. Fraser.
To Grand View Lodge, No. 62, to be located at Grand View,
Vancouver, B.C., with the following Charter members, viz., Norman McLeod, J. Arthur Jewett, H. W. Merkley, J. H. Jackson,
L. H. Dilda, Walter Cleghorn, W. B. Jamieson, A. J. Weddle,
George H. Ross, Donald McDonald, A. Wismer, V. J. Nicholson, G. A. Montgomery, F. N. Holmes, G. W. Jamieson, F. J.
Squire, P.G., M. Matheson, P.G., J. W. O'Connor, A. Lewthwaite,
A. H. Davies, P.G., R. F. Bristol, R. B. McLean.
To Excelsior Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, located at Kamloops,
B.C., with the following Charter members, viz.: Sisters Gertrude
M. Strevens, Kate B. McLean, P.N.G., Brother Geo. Strevens, J.
R. McNab, J. A. Aikens, and S. R. McLean.
To "Vermilion" Rebekah Lodge, No. 24, located at Princeton,
B.C., with the following Charter members, viz.: Sisters Lavinia
Huston, Margaret Graham, and Brothers William Forsyth, James
Forsyth, A. E.  Irwin and P. Y.  Smith.
To Banner Rebekah Lodge, No. 25, located at Grand Forks,
B.C., with the following Charter members, viz.: Sisters Sarah
Edith Taylor, Mary A. Spraggett, Jessie E. C. Spraggett, May
E. Miller, Brothers Nathan Taylor, Roy J. Faulkner, E. Spraggett
and Fred. Downey.
We would further recommend that the action of the Grand
Master in restoring the Charter of Ruth Rebekah Lodge, No. 4,
at Chilliwack on the petition of twelve former members of that
Lodge, be approved.
Signed by the Committee.
A communication was read from Slocan Lodge, No. 40,
Slocan, B.C., calling attention to the advantages possessed by
that city as a site for the Odd Fellows Home of this Jurisdiction. 3066
Ordered to be received and referred to the Committee on
Odd Fellows Home.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 2 o'clock p.m.
todav.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock p.m., the Grand
Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined,  reported duly qualified,  and
the Grand Lodge was declared open  for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A report was read from the Committee on Odd Fellows
Home, which was, on motion, ordered to be received and laid
on the table for consideration later this Session.
No. 14
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Home Fund, beg to submit below a
statement of the receipts and expenditure of the Home Fund during last year and the position of this Fund at present:
Balance  from  last  report      $ 9,380.00
W. E. Vanstone, interest    166.35
Western Home and Impt. Co., interest  228.00
S. R.  Lawrence, interest     58.50
J. H. Healey, interest    120.90
G. A. Macey, interest     80.00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, donation     1.50
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, donation  10.65
Bro. J. Hannaker, Duncan Lodge, No. 17, donation  5.00
Bro. J. E. Parr, Dominion Lodge, No. 4, donation  2.00
$10,052.90
Grand Lodge, Per Capita Tax, 25 cents per member....  $ 1,200.87
Imperial Bank of Canada, interest     20.70
Dominion Government Savings Bank, interest    .33
$11,274.80 3067
Expenditure
Exchange on Draft to T. F. Neelands for Investment.. $
2. TO
Total I ,  $11,272.30
Since closing books of Grand Lodge, there has been
received by Grand Secretary, interest Western Home
& Impt. Co  114.00
How Invested
$11,386.30
W. E. Vanstone, mortgage    $ 2,500.00
Western Home & Impt. Co., mortgage  3,000.00
S. R. Lawrence, mortgage     750.00
J. H. Healey, mortgage     1,550.00
G.  A.   Macey, mortgage     1,000.00
F. Trimble, mortgage     2,000.00
Dominion Government Savings Bank, deposit  11.84
Imperial Bank of Canada, deposit    459.63
Grand Treasurer's hands     .83
Grand Secretary's hands  114.00
$11,386.30
Pursuant to the recommendation of this Committee in their
first Report to this Grand Body, and the sum now to the credit
of the Odd Fellows Home Fund being in excess of $11,000.00, we
concur with the suggestion of the Grand Master and the recommendations of the Grand Secretary in their reports as submitted to
you, and advise that the per capita tax in behalf of this fund be
now removed for the present.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Appeals submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
No. 15
Vancouver, B.C., March ist, 1910.
To
the Grand Lodge of B. C.} I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom has been referred the
appeal of Sister Marietta Brown, P.N.G. of Greenwood Rebekah
Lodge.  No.  18, from the  decision of the Rebekah Assembly, sus
taining
the   action   of   Greenwood  Rebekah   Lodge,   No.   18.
beg
to report that after a careful consideration of the evidence submitted to us, we recommend that the appeal of Sister Brown be
sustained, for the following reasons:
According to the charge laid by Sister Bessie Bryant, reading
as follows: "That Sister Brown. P.G.. gave away the secret work
of the Lodge, the P.N.G. and N.G.'s charges" is not in accordance
with the Rebekah Constitution, Art. 4, Sec, 3, inasmuch as the time, 3068
place and date and words- that were spoken and the person to
whom these words were spoken, were not given in the charge,
hence the charge is vague and too general in its nature and not
sufficiently explicit or definite. See Busbee's Digest, 1903, page 524,
Sec. 1950.
From a review of the evidence and points appealed on by
Sister Brown, it would appear that the trial committee was not
properly appointed, inasmuch as charges in writing were not
preferred until the meeting of October 8th, 1908, and the trial
committee were appointed the same meeting, no evidence being
submitted to show that the accused was present at the meeting.
See Sec. 1, Rule 3, of Code of Proceedure, also Decision 1947 of
Busbee's Digest, 1903.
The evidence also shows that Sister Addie Mason was a
member of the trial committee and also gave testimony against the
accused (See page 4 of evidence submitted by Greenwood Rebekah
Lodge, No. 18). This is entirely out of order, as a member of a
trial committee is not a competent witness. See Busbee's Digest,
Sec. 2022.
There are some other features set forth in the appeal of Sister
Brown that have some bearing on the legality of the trial which
we are unable to determine in view of the lack of evidence submitted by Greenwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, but the foregoing,
in our opinion, is sufficient to warrant us in recommending that the
appeal of Sister Brown be sustained.
gned
by the  Committee,
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 16
To the Grand Lodge of B. C I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution, to whom was referred the
Supplementary Report of the Grand Master, beg to recommend
the assignment of the subject matter of the report as follows:
To the Committee on State of the Order—That portion of
page 1 respecting the Institution of new Lodges, also pages 6. 7,
10, 12, 13, 14.
To the Committee on Petitions—Page  11.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Part of page 1, and pages 2r
3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15.
To the Committee on Finance—That portion of page 1 respecting additional allowance to the Grand Master for expenses.
Signed by the  Committee. 3069
Invitations were read from Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cran-
brook, also from the Mayor and the Board of Trade of that
city to hold the next Session of the Grand Lodge at Cran-
brook.
An invitation was also read from the Representatives of
the three Lodges in the city of Victoria to hold the Session of
1911 in that city.
Resolved, That these invitations be received and laid on
the table for consideration at ten o'clock tomorrow morning.
C. S. Keith, G.R., No. 3, on behalf of the Department
Council Patriarchs Militant of this Jurisdiction, extended its
fraternal greetings to this Grand Body. E. L. Webber,
D.G.M., suitably responded on behalf of the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Warden conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on
N. S. Dalgleish, P.G., No. 9, in the ante room.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That a deputation
be appointed to convey the fraternal greetings and best wishes
of this Grand Lodge to the Rebekah Assembly now in Session
in this City.
The Chair appointed H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6, C. S.
Keith, G.R., No. 3, and A. Adams, No. 27, to form this
deputation.
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The following communication was read and, on motion,
referred to the Committee on Finance:
No. 17
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
At the session of the Department Council, P. M. just closed,
a resolution was unanimously adopted asking "the favorable consideration of a request from this Department for financial assist- 3070
"ance in defraying the expenses incident to the attendance of a
"Canton or Cantons at the first convenient meeting of your honourable body, for the purpose of making such demonstration as
"shall be in the best interests and for the advancement of the
"Order."
Yours fraternally,
A. McKELVIE, A.A.G.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report:
No. 18
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
the suggestion of the Grand Master that a Special Committee be
appointed to ascertain the methods prevailing in other jurisdictions
in the election of Grand Lodge Officers, beg to report that they
concur in the same, and recommend its adoption.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded, That the report be received
and adopted.
Moved and seconded as an amendment, That the report
be received and laid on the table for one year.
The amendment, on being submitted to the vote, was
defeated, and the original motion was subsequently carried.
The Special Committee on Funeral Aid Association
appointed last Session, submitted the following report, which
was on motion ordered to lay on the table and be considered
tomorrow morning after the decision on the next place of
meeting of this Grand Lodge.
No. 19
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee, to whom was referred the matter of the
formation of a Funeral Aid Association for this Jurisdiction, beg
to report as follows:
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i. We recommend that a Funeral Aid Association be formed
in this Province.
2. We submit herewith a draft By-laws, Rules and Regulations for the proposed Association.
3. We recommend that the Grand Lodge appoint the first
Board of Directors.
4. We recommend that the Grand Lodge loan to the Association sufficient funds (without interest) to pay for the necessary printing, etc., to start and give effect to the decision of the
Grand Lodge, such loan to be a first charge on the funds of the
Association.
5. We recommend that the Grand Lodge pass such resolutions as may be necessary to comply with the law so that the
proposed Association may become a legal Association.
Signed by the Committee.
FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION OF B. C
BY-LAWS AND RULES OF ORDER
ARTICLE I
Title and Object
Section 1. This Association shall be entitled The Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association of British Columbia, by which name
it shall be known.
Section 2. The object of this Association is to secure to the
relatives only of deceased members of this Association such
pecuniary aid as may be provided by these laws, and such as may
hereafter be made, for the purpose of assisting to defray the
expenses of and incidental to the funeral of such deceased members, and for the relief of their families.
Provided, however, if the member has no relatives that it may
be ordered that the benefit be paid to the member's lodge or the
Odd Fellows' Home Fund, after first paying funeral expenses.
ARTICLE II
Membership  and  Admission Fees
Section 1. Any member in good standing, namely, not owing
over three months' dues in any duly constituted Lodge of the
I O O F who, desiring to become a member of this Association,
shall  deposit  with  one  of the  Directors  of this  Association  the 3072
amount required by Section 5, as admission fee, with a proposition signed by him, stating his name, age and place of residence,
the name, number and location of the Lodge to which he belongs,
the name, relationship and address of the beneficiary, the condition
of his health and an agreement that he will submit to and abide
by all laws and regulations adopted from time to time by the
Association or its Board of Directors, may be elected a member by
a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors present at any properly
organized meeting of said Board.
Section 2. No application for membership shall be received
or acted upon, unless the same is made as herein provided. No
applicant shall be eligible for membership unless he is, at the time
of his proposal, in sound health, of good moral character and free
from arrears in his Lodge.
Section 3. Every member shall, in his application, designate
a beneficiary, and shall give his or her full name, relationship and
address. Where the beneficiary does not reside in the same place
as the member, then the certificate shall be made payable to the
Lodge of which he is a member, or where he resides, in trust, first
to pay all legal funeral expenses, and the balance, if any, to the
named beneficiary.
Section 4.    The fees for admission shall be as follows:
From 21 to 30 years of age    $1.50
From 31 to 40 years of age       1.75
From 41 to 50 years of age   2.00
From 51 to 60 years of age      3.00
ARTICLE III
Officers—Their Powers and Duties
Section 1. The Officers of this Association shall consist of a
President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, who shall be
nominated and elected at the annual meeting of the Association,
or an adjournment thereof, from among the members, and the
election shall be by ballot, except where there is but one nominee,
in which case he shall be declared elected by acclamation. These
officers shall hold office for one year, or until their successors are
elected, and shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. There shall also be elected at each annual meeting
or adjournment thereof, in like manner, three Directors, from such
Lodges in this Jurisdiction as have members in the Association,
who shall hold office for one year, or until their successors shall
be elected. These three Directors shall, with the four officers,
form the Board of Directors and shall transact all the business of
the Association not herein specially provided for. In case any
vacancy occur among the officers or directors during the year,
the vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Directors. The
Directors shall be chosen so that if possible a quorum shall live at
the Head Office.
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Section 3. There shall also be appointed annually by the
Board of Directors, at first meeting after the annual meeting, one
member from each Lodge represented in the Association, who shall
be termed a Local Director, who shall hold office for one year, or
until his successor is elected.
Section 4. The president shall preside at all the meetings of
the Association and of the Board of Directors. He shall appoint,
with the approval of the Board of Directors, all officers and committee^ not herein provided. He shall see that the laws and
regulations of the Association are faithfully executed. He shall
not vote at any question before the Association or the Board of
Directors except at an election, or when there is a tie vote, then
he shall have the casting vote. He shall sign all the official papers
and all orders drawn on the Treasurer by the Secretary, by order
of the Board of Directors, or as provided by these laws, and have
a general supervision of the books and accounts of the Secretary
and Treasurer. He shall call such meetings as are provided for in
Article IV.
Section 5. The Vice-President shall exercise all the functions
of the President during his absence from the Head Office.
Section 6. The Secretary shall keep a record of all the transactions of the Association and the Board of Directors. He shall
keep all the books of accounts; he shall receive all the moneys
due the Association, giving his receipt for the same; he shall pay
over weekly all moneys in his possession (belonging to the Association) to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor; he shall write
and send all communications called for by these laws, or directed
by the Board of Directors or the President; he shall make a full
report in writing of the transactions and conditions of the Association at the annual meeting in each year, and at such other
times as the Board of Directors may require. The only proof of
money paid to the Secretary which will be recognized by the
Association as valid, shall be the receipt of that officer for the
same, or the entry of the amount on his books. He shall, within
one month after his election, furnish the President with a guarantee company bond for five hundred dollars, for the proper performance of his duties, payable to the President and Treasurer or
their successors; cost of such bond to be paid by the Association,
and in case of failure to provide such bond his office shall be
declared vacant by the President; and he shall receive an amount
equal to fifteen cents per annum for each member on the register
on 31st December of each year.
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Section 7. The Treasurer shall receive all the moneys belong-
to the Association from the Secretary, giving his receipt
therefor, and hold the same, or pay them out, as provided by these
laws, or as instructed by the Board of Directors. He shall
deposit in the name of the Association in some chartered bank all
such money; and whenever the Board of Directors deem it necessary, and so direct the Treasurer, shall, upon an order signed by
the President and Secretary, withdraw from the Bank the amount
so called for.    He shall within one month after his election, furnish 3074
the President with a properly executed bond in the sum of five
hundred ($500.00) dollars, for the proper performance of his duties,
from a guarantee assurance company, payable to the President
and Secretary, or their successors, cost of said bond to be paid by
the Association, and in case of failure to provide such bond, his
office may be declared vacant by the President at the next meeting
of the Directors. He shall make a full report of the receipts and
expenditure of the Association at the annual meeting in each year
and also at such other times as the Board of Directors may direct.
He shall receive such compensation for his services as the Association may determine.
Section 8.    The Head Office shall be located in the City where
the Secretary for the time being resides.
Section 9.    The form of application for membership shall be as
follows:—
APPLICATION
No
To   the   Officers   and   Members   of   the   Funeral   Aid   Association
of British Columbia:
Brothers:
Having received a favourable opinion of your Association, and
read a copy of your Constitution and By-laws, I ask to be admitted
into the Association, and become a member thereof.
I hereby certify that I am in good standing in my Lodge,
and  that  I  am  in  sound health.
If admitted, I promise obedience to the laws and usages of
the Association and amendments which  shall be  made  thereto.
I belong to   Lodge, No My age is	
years.    My   occupation  is         My   P.   O.   address
is (Give street and number).    Make loss payable to my    (Give relationship)     (Give name in
full and address.)
Fraternally,
Proposed by   	
Dated  , 19
Applicant.
A Medical Certificate satisfactory to the Board of Directors
and showing the state of the applicant's health shall accompany
each application. The cost of such certificate shall be borne by
the applicant. The Board of Directors may reject any application
and shall not be required to give any reason for so doing.
Section  10.    The  Certificate of standing shall  be as  foil
ows: 3075
CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING
This is to certify is a member
of Lodge No , I.O.O.F., and is not in
arrears for an amount exceeding three months' dues.
Secretary.
(SEAL)
Section n.    The Certificate of Membership shall be as follows:
No	
The  Oddfellows Funeral Aid Association of British  Columbia:
THIS CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP
WITNESSETH that the Oddfellows' Funeral Aid Association of British Columbia, in consideration of the representations
and agreements made in the application for membership, and the
necessary membership fee, in hand paid, and the payment of such
further amounts for assessments and expenses as may be required
by the By-laws,  does hereby issue this  Certificate and constitute
     a   member
of said Association, with all the rights and privileges of the same.
Under the By-laws now in force, the said Association agrees to
pay to  	
his or in the event of the latter person's
prior death, to the legal representatives of the said member, as
required by the By-laws of this Association, at the Head Office of
the said Association, after due notice and satisfactory proof of
the death of said member shall have been received and accepted,
the sum of
TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS
and the aforesaid member expressly agrees as follows:
i.    To pay all assessments or forfeit membership.
2. To pay annual expense call.
3. To keep the Secretary informed at all times of his proper
post office address.
In   witness   whereof   we   have   hereunto   set   our   hands   and
affixed the Seal of our Association, this   	
day of ,  19....
President-
Secretary. 3076
ARTICLE IV
Meetings
Section 1.    The Annual meeting of the members
ciation shall be held on the Monday preceeding the
nesday of June in each year, at the same place the
session is held.    Special meetings shall be called by
whenever   necessity   requires   them,   or   when   requ
Board of Directors, or on the requisition of at least
of the Association.    Notice by circular or post card
or  special  meeting shall  be  sent to   every member
ciation.
of this Asso-
second Wed-
Grand Lodge
the President
ested   by   the
fifty members
of any annual
of the Asso-
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall meet once in each
month at such time and place as they may determine for the
transaction of business, and may be convened in special meeting
by the President whenever he may think the interest of the Association requires it, or at the request of three members of the
Board. At any meeting of the Board of Directors four members
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; and in
the absence of the President and Vice-President a President pro
tern, shall be elected, who shall exercise all the functions of the
President for that occasion.
ARTICLE V
Funds, Benefits (when and to whom paid)
Section 1. There shall be three funds, known as the Reserve
Fund, Benefit Fund and the General Fund, consisting of all moneys
now at the credit of these respective funds; of all admission fees
after deducting cost of medical examination (if any), twenty-five
cents shall go to the credit of the General Fund, and the Balance
to the Benefit Fund. The Reserve Fund shall only be used when
a second death occurs during the pendency of any call.
Section 2. Upon the death of any member in good standing
the President and Secretary shall at once sign an order on the
Treasurer for the sum of $250.00, to be paid by the Secretary to
the beneficiary of said deceased member, or in case of the prior
death of the beneficiary and the absence of further direction, to
the wife, children, mother, father, sister or brother of said deceased
member in the order named. It is hereby provided that in all
cases where the beneficiary does not reside in the same place as
the deceased member at the time of his death it shall be incumbent
on the Association to see that the funeral expenses are first paid
before the balance of the $250.00 is paid over. Should there be no
relative existing to take over such balance it shali, after six
months, be paid to the Odd Fellows' Home Fund in this jurisdiction.
Section 3. Upon the death of any member, if the amount in
the Benefit Fund exceeds $1,000, no assessment shall be made.
Tf the amount be under $1,000, there shall become due from every 3077
surviving member the sum of one dollar. When this occurs between the first and tenth day of any month, the assessment notice
shall be issued at once and be made payable on the last day of
the month. When the death occurs between the tenth and the
last day of the month the notice shall not be issued until after the
first of the succeeding month, but in every case assessments shall
become due on the last day of a month. Notice shall be sent to
the last registered address of each member on the Secretary's
register. When the time for any payment of any assessment
expires the Secretary shall send a second notice to all delinquents,
giving fifteen days' further time, and imposing a fine of twenty-
five cents.
of
member
Section  4.    Such   proof   of   the   death   ot   a
Association shall be furnished to the Board of Directors as they
may deem satisfactory.
Section 5. Every member of this Association who may change
his place of residence shall notify the Secretary thereof without
delay.
Section 6. To assist to defray the expenses of the Association there shall be an assessment made yearly, upon each member,
of twenty-five cents, to be made at such time as the Directors in
their discretion think best, and to be made in like manner and
with the same penalties as assessments for Benefit Fund.
ARTICLE VI
Forfeiture of Membership, etc.
Section I Any notice sent, as in the last article provided
shall be deemed and taken to be a legal and sufficient notice for
the payment of the assessment so called for; and any member
failing to pay said assessment within the time named, shall, by
such non-payment forfeit his membership in the Association and
all benefits thereof; provided, however, that a member who is
temporarily absent from the district or his place of residence, or
who resides out of the district aforesaid, shall have such additional time as the Board of Directors may determine.
Section 2. Any member of this Association who shall forfeit
his membership in the Lodge to which he belongs by expulsion
or suspension for cause, shall at once forfeit his membership in
this Association. Any member who withdraws from his Lodge
and does not affiliate within one year shall also forfeit his membership in this Association. Provided it is expressly agreed that the
suspension or expulsion of a Lodge shall not operate to disturb
the membership of any member of this Association unless or until
the suspension or expulsion of such Lodge shall be confirmed by
its Grand Lodge.
Section 3 No member of this Association shall be deprived
of the benefits of this Association unless as provided in the last
two sections. 3078
Section 4. Any member having forfeited his membership by
failure to pay as provided for, upon the payment of all arrearages
and fifty cents penalty, within one month thereafter, shall thereby
become reinstated to membership; any member failing to comply
with this provision, can regain membership only by readmission,
the same as a newly proposed member.
ARTICLE VII
Vacancies, Laws, etc.
Section  1.    The  Board  of Directors  shall have  power to  fill
such vacancies as may occur in their body by electing a member
from   the   Lodge   to   which   the   retiring
belonged.
member -oi  the   Board
Section 2. The Board of Directors may adopt such rules
and regulations for the government of said Board as they deem
necessary, providing they do not conflict with any of these laws
and regulations.
Section 3. No part of these laws shall be altered, annulled
or suspended, except by a two-thirds vote of all the members
of the Association, present at an annual meeting, provided that
three months' previous notice of such amendment has been placed
in the hands of the Secretary and by him sent to every member
of the Association by printed notice; and it may be provided that,
upon request, a post card vote of the members may be taken
upon such amendment. Upon consideration of any amendment it
may be proper to further amend the same only, provided such
change is germane to the subject proper.
RULES OF ORDER
1. No question shall be stated unless moved by two members,
nor be open to consideration unless stated by the President; and
when a question be before a meeting, no motion shall be received
unless to lay on the table, the previous question, to postpone, or
refer or to amend; and shall have precedence in the order in
which they are arranged, the first two of which shall be decided
without debate.
2. When a blank is to be filled the question shall be first taken
on highest sum mentioned, and on the longest time proposed.
3. After any question, except one of indefinite postponement,
has been decided, any two members who voted in the majority
may move for a reconsideration thereof, at the same time, or at
the next meeting, but no discussion of the question shall be allowed
unless reconsidered.
4. All questions, unless otherwise fixed by law, shall be determined by a majority vote.
5. Any member may call for a division of a question when
the sense will admit of it.
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6. The yeas and nays shall be ordered by the President, and
on the call of any three members, duly seconded.
7. Any member may call for the previous question; if
seconded by a majority of the members present, all pending
amendments shall be cut off, and without debate the members
shall decide the questions, which occur to parliamentary law,
which this Association takes as a basis of its regulations, when
not inconsistent with its own  enactments.
8. Resolutions must be offered in writing if required by the
President and Secretary.
9. The term "two-thirds vote" signifies a vote of two-thirds
of all the qualified members voting.
10. Every member shall have the privilege of speaking twice
on any question under consideration, but not oftener, unless by
permission of the President.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS' ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Within fifteen minutes of the appointed time the President
shall call the meeting to order.
Calling the Roll of Officers and Directors.
Reading minutes of last meeting.
4. Propositions for membership.
5. Reports  of  Committees  of  Investigation.
6. Reports of Standing Committees.
7. Reports of Special  Committees.
8. Reading of Communications.
9. Presentation of Bills and Reports  of  Finance Committee
thereon.
10.    Unfinished business.
11.    Miscellaneous business.
The Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits,
presented a report which was, on motion, referred back to the
Committee for amendment.
A communication was read from the Rebekah Assembly
submitting a number of questions on points of law which was
on motion referred to the Committee on Judiciary. 3080
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report, which was adopted :
No.   22
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on the State of the Order would respectfully
call the attention of this Grand Lodge to the high average on
account of current expenses, $5.92 per member, as against the
amount paid for relief per member of $5.56, in this jurisdiction.
We believe this is caused to a great extent by the absence of a
proper system of book-keeping, especially where some of the
lodges own their own building and do not keep a separate account
of their invested funds from their other lodge funds, and we hope
the officers and members of the Grand Lodge will give this
matter the consideration it deserves.
We should like very much to see some idea presented to try
and check the number of suspensions for N.P.D., which is very
large for the membership of this jurisdiction.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
No. 23
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we   have   examined   the   complete   set   of   By-laws   submitted   by
Fairview Lodge, No. 61, I.O.O.F., and approve the same.
.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report, which was ordered to be received and considered
seriatem:
No. 25
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order beg to submit the
following report:
1. In order to minimize as far as possible the losses by
N.P.D., we would recommend that the secretary of each Subordinate Lodge should report every three months to the lodge the
names of all brothers who are three months or more in arrears
and that the N.  G., V. G. and Secretary use their efforts to have 3081
these brothers pay up, and that both the N. G., V. G. and Secretary
have at all times in their possession a revised list of the members
(Adopted).
of their lodge
2. We are pleased to note from the Grand Master's report
that the financial condition of the Order throughout the province
is very satisfactory and we hope that with the very prosperous
and bright conditions throughout the province that the next annual
report will show a very marked increase in membership, and a
large decrease in suspensions for N.P.D.    (Adopted).
We heartily concur with the views of the Grand Master in
raph  5  of his  report,  re the  quality  of  incoming members
of the Order.    (Adopted).
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4. We note with pleasure the report of the Grand Master that
he found the presiding officers of the lodges very efficient in their
work.    (Approved).
5. We are also pleased to note in the Grand Master's report
that he had witnessed some very excellent degree work during his
official visits throughout the province.    (Approved).
6. We heartily endorse the Grand Master's sentiments in
paragraph 4, page 2, re the use of Rituals in Lodge Rooms.
(Approved).
7. We note with pleasure that the reports of the D. D. G.
Masters are more complete than in former years and it certainly
reflects credit on the good judgment the Grand Master displayed
in the selection of his D.D.G.M's.    (Approved).
8. We wish to congratulate the Grand Master on the efficient
way in which he performed his duties, especially in visiting all
lodges in the jurisdiction but one, and we hope that his successor
will  even  excell him.    (Approved).
9. We recommend that the Grand Master be the custodian of
the secret work and carry it with him on his official visits, thereby
giving all lodges an opportunity of having their officers and
members more proficient in the secret work.    (Not approved).
10. It is pleasing to note that so many lodges in the jurisdiction have acquired such valuable property and have dedicated
the same to the use of Odd Fellowship.    (Adopted).
11. It is also gratifying that the jurisdiction has been visited
for the first time by officers of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at
the invitation of the Grand Lodge of B. C.    (Adopted).
12. We concur with the Grand Master in wiring the season's
greetings to our Grand Sire on New Year's day on behalf of the
entire brotherhood of B. C.    (Adopted).
13. We recommend that the Grand Master be tendered the
thanks of this  Grand Lodge for his generosity in presenting the 3082 I
Okanagan Lake Lodges with a Cup for competition in the Degree
work.
14. We are of the opinion that the new design of the P.
G. M's. jewel is a decided improvement over the old one and
would recommend that the present one be adopted.    (Adopted).
15. We believe that the present system of presenting the
P. G. M.'s Jewel is not the proper one, as many of our P. G.
Masters are men of advanced years, and under the present system
would never live long enough to receive their reward.
We therefore strongly recommend that the Grand Lodge
purchase enough P. G. M. jewels to supply all that are entitled
to them in our jurisdiction and that they be presented by our
Grand Master upon his visitations, and that the necessary funds
be derived from the 25-cent assessment now in force for the
Home Fund.    (Adopted).
16. We regret to learn of the death of Bro. Allan Graham,
P.G.M. The Order has lost a most loyal brother, and we commend the action of the Grand Secretary in placing a wreath on
his coffin.    (Adopted).
Signed by the Committee.
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16 was adopted.
The report was laid on the table pending a report from the
Committee on Finance on Paragraph 15. 3083
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand Lodge
do now adjourn to 7.30 o'clock p.m.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 7.30 p.m., pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of Representatives being 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 Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits
presented the following amended report, which was adopted:
No. 20
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.3 I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits, which
for the past fifteen years has presented a report on this subject
which is a matter of vital importance to all Benent Societies, beg
to submit a report based on the reports of the Subordinate Lodges
of this Jurisdiction covering a period of about twenty years, which
will form an interesting study for every person interested in such
statistics.
In reviewing this report it is noticeable that the average sickness per member experienced in this jurisdiction, as shown in these
reports, when grouped in periods of ten years, appears to be
nearly stationary; in 1900 it was the same as that experienced in
the past 10 years, viz.: 5 days 11 hours, the highest rate experienced in the past 20 years being that of 1904 and 1905 when it
rose to 5 days 21 hours, it may therefore be fairly deduced that
our Lodges will be called on to meet a liability of nearly six
days' sickness per member each year, and should provide for this
in their scale of dues unless they have other sources of revenue
which is not liable to fluctuation.
The cost of total relief per member has reduced from $7.07
per member in 1900, to $5.90 in 1909. This is probably accounted
for by the reduction of the rate payable for Sick Benefits which
several Lodges have made.
The rate for current expenses as shown by the reports does
not appear to fluctuate.
Signed by the Committee. to
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The Grand Warden retired to the ante room and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on G. Hollington and D.
Brown of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9.
The Committee on State of the Order presented a report
(No. 21) which was ordered to be received and considered
seriatem.
Paragraph   1 was adopted.
2 was referred back to the Committee.
3 was referred back to the Committee.
4 was amended and adopted.
5 was adopted.
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The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following report, which was considered seriatem and adopted:
No. 22
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
1. We your Committee on Judiciary beg to report that after
carefully examining those portions of the Grand Master's Report
and those of D. D. G. M.'s, which have been referred to us, we
concur with the same.
Supplementary Report of Grand Master
2. Your Committee recommend that the application of Saratoga Lodge, No. 43, to solicit funds for a memorial building be
refused, not from any arbitrary feeling but owing to the fact that
this Grand Lodge is struggling to create an Oddfellows' Home
Fund which your committee feel is all that we can undertake at
present.
3. With respect to that portion of the report referring to
D.D.G.M.,   H.   Gilley's  report,   and  the   Grand   Master's  action  in
connection with the admission of Bro.  H  in Amity Lodge,
No. 27, your committee concur with the D. D. G. M.'s decision;
in so much as your committee find nothing in the Digest that
would warrant a more specific ruling than he has given, than to
advise the lodge that they are not compelled to confer the degrees
on any member, it being for a lodge to decide. See Section 371,
page 114, Busbee's Digest, 1903. We also concur with the
rulings of the Grand Master in this case, all of which we find in
accord with the Digest.
4. Your    Committee   deprecate   the    action   of   any    Lodge 3087
making application to the Grand Master for a ruling after they
have had the decision of a D. D. G. M. as appears to have
occurred in this case and feel that should the decision of the
D. D. G. M. be not to their liking or satisfaction of the Lodge
the course is to make an appeal in the proper channel as the importance of the office of D.  D.  G.  M.  is too often overlooked.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee on Odd Fellows Home presented
the following report which was adopted:
No. 23
To the Grand Lodge of B. M I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home, to whom was
referred the communication from Slocan Lodge, No. 40, recommend that the same be filed for reference and that Slocan Lodge
be  so  informed.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following amended report (No. 21) with reference to Clauses 2
and 3, which was considered and adopted as a whole:.
No. 21
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
1. Your Committee on State of the Order beg to commend
the action of the Grand Master in extending the sympathy of the
Odd Fellows of B. C. to the family of our late King Edward VII.
2. We recommend that it would be to the best advantage for
this Jurisdiction to have the Grand Treasurer continued in office
from year to year.
3. We recommend that the suggestion of the Grand Master
be adopted and that the Grand Secretary be instructed to prepare
a form upon which the D. D. G. Masters would make reports,
mailing them to each of these officers about the middle of April
each year; also that official paper should be supplied to each
D. D. G. M. and they should be instructed to use it in all communications addressed to either the Lodge or to the G. M.
4. We also recommend that the suggestion of the Grand
Master be approved and that the representatives of the Grand
Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be instructed to use their
influence to have Transfer Certificates made available in petitioning
for new lodges.
5. We fully endorse the recommendation of the Grand
Master re Grand Secretary's office.
Signed by the  Committee. 3088
A report was read from the Committee on Judiciary which
was laid on the table to be taken up tomorrow morning.
The hour fixed by law for the election of officers for the
ensuing year, the Grand Master appointed D. E. Mackenzie,
P.G.M., No. 3, and T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, to act as
Tellers.
Nominations being invited, E. L. Webber, No. 27, was
nominated as Grand Master by W. H. Cullin, No. 4.
For Deputy Grand Master, W. H. Cullin, No. 4, was
nominated by P. W. Dempster, No. 2.
For Grand Warden, W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, was nominated by T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 16.
For Grand Secretary, F. Davey, No. i, was nominated by.
F. E. Simpson, P.G.M., No. 42.
For Grand Treasurer, C. I. Chapman, No. 9, was nominated by H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6.
For Grand Representative, H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No. 6,
was nominated by W. Gilchrist, No. 6, and A. Cleland, No. 10,
was nominated by P. Wright, No. 10.
E. L. Webber, No. 27, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, by order, cast
the ballot for his election, and he was declared duly elected as
Grand Master for the ensuing- rear.
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, being the only nominee for the office
of Deputy Grand Master was declared duly elected, the ballot
for his election being cast by the Grand Secretary.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, being the only candidate for
Grand Warden, was declared duly elected, the Grand Secre-
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The following report of the Committee on Judiciary laid
over from yesterday for consideration was taken from the
table considered seriatem and adopted.
No. 24A
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.K:
Your Committee on Judiciary have considered the questions
submitted by the Rebekah Assembly which were referred to it
and beg to report as follows:
1. With reference to the enquiry from "Colfax" Rebekah
Lodge, No. 1, as to the admission of Sister Carne to the Rebekah
Assembly, she not having attained to the rank of Past Noble
Grand, although we fully sympathise with the wishes of the members of the Lodge to recognize Sister Carne's long and faithful
service in the Lodge, yet we regret that the present state of the
law will not permit her being accorded a seat in the Assembly
until she has filled the chair of N. G. of a Lodge, such honur
being strictly confined to those who have served in that office.
Your Committee beg to submit answers to the questions forwarded by the Assembly as follows:—
Is there any law governing the organization and drilling of
a "competition  Degree "team?    Answer—No.
If there be no law governing the organization and drilling
of a "competition Degree team," is it not optional with each
Subordinate Lodge to make their own rules and regulations in
that  respect?    Answer—Yes.
Can a "competition Degree team" be organized without the
consent of the Noble  Grand?    Answer—Yes.
right
If so has  the  Noble  Grand any legal
or dictate to the team or any member of it, in
or form whatever?    Answer—No.
to  fill vacancies,
any manner, shape
Has the person appointed by resolution of the Lodge, with
full power to act, in respect to organization and drilling of a
"competition Degree team" any authority whatever?  Answer—Yes.
If so what? Answer—The authority given by the resolution
passed.
Has the person appointed by resolution of the lodge, with full
power to act, in respect to organization and drilling of a "competition Degree team" the right to fill vacancies?    Answer—Yes.
If not, why?
Is  a  motion  regularly  passed by the   Lodge,  appointing  and
il-tfitiil 3091
giving a ^member full power to act in respect to the organization
and drilling of a "competition Degree team" in order? Answer—
Yes.
Your Committee base their answers on the understanding that
the foregoing applies only for the purpose as stated; namely, for
"Competition Degree work," and not for regular lodge degree
purposes, in which case the N. G. has the authority to control the
team.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved, That a copy of the report of the Judiciary Committee just adopted be forwarded for the information of the
Rebekah Assembly.
The Grand Warden retired to the ante room and conferred
the Grand Lodge Degree on Bro. J. A. McDuff, No. 39.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
No
30
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.} I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to endorse the suggestion
of the Grand Secretary for the refund of the sum of $16.20, the
cost   of   supplies   furnished   to   Orchard   City   Lodge,   No.   59,
replace   those   destroyed
recommendations:
Lodge,
by   fire.    We   also   make   the   following
That the fines imposed upon Slocan Lodge, No. 40, and Camborne Lodge, No. 49, of $12.00 and $6.00 respectively, he refunded.
That the Charter fees amounting to $20.00 (as referred to on
page 23, Grand Secretary's report) received from the institution
of Rebekah Lodges during the past year; be donated to the
Rebekah Assembly.
That the suggestion of the Grand Master in his supplementary
report be endorsed and that the sum of $500 be placed at the
disposal of the incoming Grand Master as his expense account.
That a donation of $50.00 be made to the Department Council
P. M. of this Province for the purpose as set forth in their request
of even date, and would further recommend to the favorable consideration of the next Grand Lodge the supplementing of this
amount.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report, which was adopted: 3092
No. 31
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.y I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order beg to report:
We are pleased to note that several lodges were instituted
during the last year and that the prospects for new lodges in our
jurisdiction are very bright and that the incoming Grand Master
use every effort in his power to have lodges instituted in the
following places: Prince Rupert, Stewart, Central Park, Creston,
Nicola and other places if possible, as recommended by the Grand
Master.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 32
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
notice given by Bro. Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, to strike out
Section 2 of Art. XI of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
and renumber Section 3 as Section 2, do hereby approve of the
same and recommend its adoption.
Signed   by   the   Committee.
The Grand Secretary then moved the amendment to the
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges by striking out Section
2 of Art. XI, and renumbering Section 3 of same Article as
Section 2, which was seconded and carried.
The hour fixed for selecting the place of meeting of the
next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge having arrived, the
invitations from Cranbrook and Victoria were read.
It was moved and seconded, That this Grand Lodge hold
its next Annual Session in the City of Cranbrook.
It was moved as an amendment and seconded, That the
word "Cranbrook" be struck out and the word "Victoria"
inserted in lieu thereof. 3093
The amendment was submitted to the vote and declared
lost.
The original motion was then submitted to the vote and
declared to be carried.
The report of the Special Committee on Funeral Aid Association (No. 19) laid over from yesterday, was taken from
the table, read and, on motion, adopted.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the appointment of the
first Board of Directors of the Funeral Aid Association of this
Province be made by the incoming Executive Officers of this
Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master appointed Bro. T. Embleton, P.G.M.,
No. 36, to convey to the Rebekah Assembly the decision of this
Grand Lodge on the questions submitted by the Assembly.
Bro. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, asked to be excused from
further attendance at this Session, which was granted.
The report of the Special Committee on Odd Fellows
Home' (No. 14) laid over from yesterday, was taken from
the table, read and adopted.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that Clause 15 of
the report of the Committee on State of the Order (No. 25)
which was referred to the Committee on Finance, be withdrawn from that Committee.
Clause 15 of Report No. 25 of the Committee on State of
the Order was then considered and was on motion adopted.
The   report  of   the   Committee  on   State  of  the   Order
(No. 25) was then adopted as a whole. 3094
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented the
following report which was adopted.
No. 33
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.y I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report
that we have examined the Certificates of the Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session, have checked the same and
find them entitled to the amounts stated against their respective
names:—
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It was, on motion, Resolved:   That the installation of the
Grand Officers take place this evening in the Third Degree.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to 7.30 o'clock
this evening.
EVENING  SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 7.30 p.m., pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
On motion the Calling of the Roll was dispensed with.
The Committee on Resolutions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
No. 34
To the Grand Lodge of B. C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Resolutions, beg to report the following for adoption:
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
his worship, Mayor Robinson, of the City of Kamloops, for his
hearty welcome and address at the opening of this session, and
the manner in which he pointed out the different advantages of this
city and surrounding district.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be extended
to Tatnia Lodge, No. 9, of Kamloops, for the splendid reception
and courteous manner in which they have entertained the Grand
Lodge officers, representatives and visitors to their city; also for
the pleasant excursion furnished to the Sanitarium at Tranquille
their afternoon.
Resolved that this Grand Lodge tender a vote of thanks to
the Kamloops Board of Trade for its kind invitation to visit their
library, reading rooms, etc.
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Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be extended to
the Ladies of the Rebekah Assembly for their visit and address
of welcome.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be tendered to
the Patriarchs Militant for their kind words of greetings.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
the Press of the City of Kamloops for the manner in which they
bave reported the proceedings of the sessions, and also to the
hotels, boarding houses, etc., for their kind hospitality and reduced
rates; and also that the thanks of this Grand Body be extended
through the Press to those citizens who so generously extended
the hand of goodfellowship by opening their homes to the delegates
who could not obtain accommodation at the hotels.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be extended to
the Kamloops Polo Club for its kind invitation and freedom of
their club grounds on Wednesday, June 8th, and we regret that, on
account of the pressing business in connection with this session,
that more representatives could not attend.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be extended to
the Grand Master and elective officers for the able manner in
which the business of the Order has been conducted during the
past year.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
the officers and others in charge of the Tuberculosis Sanitarium
at Tranquille for their courteous reception and hospitality this
afternoon, affording us an opportunity to inspect that institution
intended to do so much to relieve suffering humanity.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be extended to
the different transportation companies for their generous offer of
reduced rates to this  session.
Resolved that the thanks of this Grand Body be tendered to
Sister A. F. Gilley of New Westminster for her very generous
offer through the Grand Master of a Gavel made from the wood
of the pioneer  steamer "Beaver."
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
No. 35
To the Grand Lodge of B. M I.O.O.F.:
Your Ccynmittee on Finance beg to submit the following
estimate  of  the  Revenue  and  Expenditure  for  the  ensuing year: 3098
Revenue
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands    $2,227 4&
Per Capita Tax on 4,844 members at $1.30 per member,
payable 65c on 30 June and 65c on 31 December.. ..     6,297 20
$8,521 68
Expenditure
Grand Secretary's Salary   $   900 00
Grand Master's Expenses    500 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax... 150 00
Rent, Grand Secretary's Office     460 00
Printing      300 00
Premium on Bonds    10 00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Secretary  100 00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Master  15 00
Caretaker  Grand Secretary's  Office  20 00
Janitor this Session  10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session   2,181 30
Refunds to Orchard City, Slocan and Camborne
Lodges      54 20
Allowance for Past Grand Master Jewels  800 00
Department Council P. M  50 00
$5,550 50
$2,974 18
Signed  by the  Committee.
Representative Carleton, No. 7, submitted the following
question, which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
Question—A case occurred recently where a member of a
Subordinate Lodge was refused admission to his lodge while
balloting for election of officers was in progress. Should he not
have been allowed to  enter?
S. S. Carleton, No. 7.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Grand
Master, Bro. Wallace Law, having announced his intention to
present a cup for competition in the Degree Work, to the two
youngest Lodges, viz., Fairview Lodge, No. 61, and Grand
View Lodge, No. 62, that this Grand Lodge begs to express
its deep appreciation of the generosity of Bro. Law in thus
seeking to encourage these young Lodges and to promote
efficiency in the rendition of the beautiful work of our Order. 3099
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
No. 37
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.y I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the question submitted by Representative Carleton, No. 7, as to whether
a brother is entitled to entrance to his lodge while a ballot is
being taken for the election of officers, beg to answer same in
the affirmative.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Lodge was visited by Bro. W. E. Richardson,
P.G., of Oriental Lodge,, No. 45, Marysville, California, who
was cordially welcomed.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and re-opened in the Third Degree for the installation of
officers.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been admitted the Grand Master appointed H. T. Fulton, P.G.M., No.
6, and D. E. Mackenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, to present and introduce the Grand Officers elect.
ensuing
The names of the Elective and Appointed officers for the
year was announced by the Grand Secretary and
having taken their position in front of the principal Chair
they were duly obligated and installed into their respective
Chairs as follows:—
E. L. Webber, No. 27, as Grand Master.
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, as Deputy Grand Master.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, as Grand Warden.
Fred Davey, No. 1. as Grand Secretary.
C I. Chapman, No. 9, as Grand Treasurer.
W. H. Laird, No. 44, as Grand Chaplain.
A. McKelvie, No. 26, as Grand Marshal.
W. A. Jackson, No. 43, as Grand Conductor.
J. Carroll, No. 5, as Grand Guardian.
J. F. McDougall, No. 26, as Grand Herald. 3ioo
The Grand Master made the following appointments as
District Deputy Grand Masters, also the following to constitute
the Standing and Special Committees for the ensuing year:
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DISTRICT  DEPUTY  GRAND  MASTERS
W. H. Huxtable, No. I, for District No. i, comprising Lodges Nos.
i, 2 and 4.
J. W. McDonald, No. 27, District No. 2, comprising Lodges  Nos.
3 and 27.
David Todd, Jr., No. 5, District No. 3, comprising Lodge No. 5.
Samuel Jones, No. 6, District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 6.
S. S. Carleton, No. 7, District No. 5> comprising Lodge No. 7.
John  Carver,  No.   10,  District  No.  6,  comprising  Lodges  Nos.  8,
10, 26, 55, and 62.
Frank Trimble, No. 19, District No. 7, comprising Lodges Nos. 19,
24, 60, 61.
Horace Tunstell, No. 9, District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 9.
F. D. Pickard, No. 11, District No. 9, comprising Lodge No.  11.
R. D. McDonald, No. 12, District No. 10, comprising Lodge No. 12.
Bion B. Smith, No. 15, District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 15.
J. H. R. Christie, No. 16, District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 16.
D. W. Bell, No. 17, District No. 13, comprising Lodge No. 17.
R.  Ford, No.  18, District No.  14, comprising Lodges Nos.  18, 48,
and 50.
Alex. Davie, No. 21, District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 21.
M. Dunnond, No. 23, District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 23.
Geo. Joynt,  No. 28, District No.  17, comprising Lodge No. 28.
F. P. Armstrong, No. 34, District No. 18, comprising Lodge No. 34.
James Twaddle, No. 36, District Xo.  19, comprising Lodges Nos.
36 and 43.
D. Whiteside, No. 45, District No. 20, comprising Lodges Nos. 38,
45 and 46.
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Howard Anderson, No. 39, District No. 21, comprising Lodge
No. 39.
William Clough, No. 40, District No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 40.
Fred Mummery, No. 41, District Xo. 23, comprising Lodges Nos.
41 and 49.
H. White, No. 42, District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 42.
H. J. Lowes, No. 44, District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 44.
W. J. Wriglesworth, No. 47, District No. 26, comprising Lodges
Nos. 47, 53 and 54-
Richard Wilton, No. 51, District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 51.
Neil Huston, No. 52, District No. 28, comprising Lodge No. 52.
M. M. Carroll, No. 56, District Xo. 29, comprising Lodge No. 56.
J. W. Power, No. 57, District No. 30, comprising Lodge No. 57.
J. E. Phinney-, No. 58, District No. 31, comprising Lodge No. 58.
S. T. Elliott, No. 59, District No. 32, comprising Lodge No. 59.
-STANDING COMMITTEES
Finance—A. J. Laidlaw, No. 26; P. W. Dempster, No. 2; H. Grant,
No. 2;   F. Trimble, No. 19; R. Livingstone, No. 1.
Appeals—H. Gilley, No. 3; P. Wright, No. 10; A. Matheson. No.
15; S. S.  Carleton, No. 7; R. J. Cole, No. 53.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, J. H. McConnell, No. 1;
D. Bell, No. 17; J. A. Williamson, No. 21; J. F. Falconer, No.
58;   J. R. Morrison, No. 36.
Petitions—W. J. Wriglesworth, No. 47; W. A. Foote, No. 12; W.
Davis, No. 54;   | T. Elliott, No. 59; W. B. Fleming, No. 38.
State of the Order—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; R. A. Anderson, No.
4;   J. C. Tait, No. 46;   L. F. Tyson, No. 43.
Legislation—J. A. McKay, No. 8; A. Adams, No. 27; J. Twaddle,
No. 36; J. Lundie, No. 47;   R. Gillette, No. 40.
Judiciary—Jas. Bell, No. 4; G. A. Miller, No. 19; W. McAllister,
No. 6; J. H. Lemmon, No. 16; F. Farrow, No. 55; W. H.
Bonus, No. 56. 3102
Mileage and Per Diem—Robt. Hendricks. No. 57; J- Brown, No. 8;
A. Arman, No. 12; J. Dickout, No. 18; J. W. McDonald, No.
27; J. F. Kennedy, No. 45.
Printing—Grand   Secretary;   H.   Grant,   No.  2;   R.   E.   Thompson,
*No. 8;   S. Butler, No. 43;   R. Wilton, No. 9
SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Statistics, re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; Geo. Nurse, No.
28; P. McNiven, No. 11; J. A. McDuff, No. 39; I. R. Lawrence,
No. 3; H. McLean, No. 9;  J. W. Rowbottom, No. 5.
Odd Fellows Home—T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; A. McKelvie,
No. 26;  A. Cleland, No. 10;   D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3.
The Installation being complete, the Third Degree members retired and the Grand Lodge was closed in the Third
Degree and reopened in the Grand Lodge Degree.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the appointments
of the Grand Master be confirmed.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the Executive
Officers of this Grand Lodge be directed to issue an appeal to
the members of the Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of this
Jurisdiction for voluntary contributions on behalf of the Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Tranquille, and that the attention of the
Lodges be called to the fact that it is illegal to use the Lodee
Funds for this purpose.
On mo-ion the reading of the minutes of this day's Session
was dispensed with.
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E. G. Iboifcen, fl>. (5.
0. TO. anfcerson, p. (3.
Victoria Lodge, No. i
J?, (Bibson, fl>- O.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5
3* B- fl&cCullocb, p-0
Harmony Lodge, No. 6
BItas Castles, p. (3.
Duncan Lodge, No.  17
1R* B< /f&cH)onalfc, ©♦ (3.
Cheam   Lodge,   No.   28
"Be this  alone his  epitaph,
Whose life has closed its span;
Beneath this  stone a brother sleeps
Who loved his fellowman."   INDEX
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Admission of Members Subordinate Lodge during election  of Officers    3098, 3099
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund    3030
Appeal in aid of Tuberculosis Sanatarium   3102
Mrs. Brown v. Rebekah Assembly 3032, 3067
Badges recognized as Regalia    2999
Charter Fees Rebekah Lodges    3033, 3091
Committees, Appointment of   .2996, 2999, 3100, 3101
Constitution Subordinate Lodges, Amendment of 3062, 3092
Custodian Secret Work    2998, 3081
Dawson  Lodge 3032
District Deputy Grand Masters—Appointment of  3100
Forms of Reports for.. 3022, 3087
Stationery for    3022,3087
Fines, Remission of   3033, 3091
Funeral Aid Association ...'. 3070, 3093
Gavel,   Presentation   of     3060
General Relief Committees, Reports of    3032
Graham, A., P.G.M., Death of  3021, 3082
Grand Decoration of Chivalry  3020
Lodge Degree   2998, 2999, 3069, 3086, 3091
|      Invitations  to    3062, 3063, 3069
I     Officers, Election of   3022, 3070, 3088
Installation of    3096,3099
Photograph of   3063
1     Place of Meeting of  3069, 3092
Master, Cups presented by  .3021, 3060, 3098
Decisions of  3006 INDEX—CONTINUED
Grand Master—Dispensations issued by 3010,
Functions  attended  by    3019,
Installations by  	
Invitations issued by  	
Permissions granted by    3011,
Proclamations issued by  	
Reports of   3001,
Visits by   3013,
Secretary's  Office    3023,
Secretary, Report of  	
Sire, Visit of	
Treasurer,  Permanent    3022,
i       1 Reports  of    3035,
Halls, Dedication of   3019,
Indian Blood, Degrees to members having 3053,
Institution of Lodges   3005, 3024,
Jewels, Past Grand Masters'  3021,
Odd Fellows Home Fund. 3021, 3030, 3033, 3066,
Location  of    3065,
Patriarchs Militant, Department Council, Donation to...3069,
" Greetings  from....
Rebekah Assembly, Deputations to and from 3062, 3069,
Questions  from    3069,
Degree   Teams    <	
Lodges, Institution of 3011, 3024,
Reports of Committees—Appeals	
Credentials   	
Distribution    3061,
Finance   3062, 3091,
Funeral Aid Association 3070,
. General Relief .. r	
Judiciary   3086, 3088, 3090,
Laws of Subordinates   3064,
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Reports of Committees—Legislation   || 3092
Mileage and Per Diem 3094-
Odd Fellows Home 3066, 3087, 3093
Petitions      3064
Printing      3063
Resolutions      3096"
State of the Order 3070, 3080, 3086
 3087, 3091, 309$
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.3079, 3083
District Deputy Grand Masters 3002, 3053
Grand Master 3001, 3053
Representatives      3036
Secretary      3024
Treasurer    3035,3060
Ruth Rebekah Lodge, Resuscitation of  3005, 3065
Saratoga Lodge, Wyoming   3060, 3086
Sovereign, Death of 3021
Transfer Certificates for New Lodges 3022, 3087
Trial Balance    3031
Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Appeal on behalf of   3102
Unauthorized Organizations     3000
Visitors    3062, 3099
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SUPPLIES
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B.C., 1874 to 1885  1 50
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work   50
Black Book  2 00
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100.. 60
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100
with name and number of Lodge printed thereon  70
Secret Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges   40
Attendance  Register  2 00
Transfer Certificates  3
Certificate of Membership on plate paper . ...  75
Constitution  Book and  Roll  of  Members  1 25
Veteran   Jewels,   each     8 00
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each.. 40  PAST GRAND MASTERS
-■_Fred'k Carne I g 1886. .|.. .Victoria Lodge, No.
0—Joshua Davies  ...'...'. 1887 Victoria Lodge,   -To.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
1. o. o. F.
1—J. S. Drummond  4§ 1874 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
4—John Weiler 1875.. jg. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
8—J. P. Davies .| |ji. 1876 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
3_r. Roberts  1877.. f. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
2_W. J. Jeffree .. .f§...§£ 1878 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
9—Charles Gowen  1879.. ,|. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. Wriglesworth .. . &m, •  1880.. &&§Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B.  W.  Shiles    1881....... New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Henry Waller tS j. • 1882 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
t l— Alexander Phillips 1883. .§.. .Victoria Lodge, No. 1. J|
W. D. McKillican  .§ 1884 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
r_Wm. McColl 1885 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
1.
1.
Joshua Davies, re-elected.. 1888 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
2—J. H. Meldram ^^^fe ... 1889 J.Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
E. Quennell 1P||............ i8go. • flflBlack Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
M j, e. Phillips  1891...... Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
. ,_x. e. Phillips iSl• • 1892 |. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan   1893 \ ■ $ • ■ Black Diamond Lodge No. 5.
T   C   Gray ..;...". 1894 $. Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. Holmes    1895.$*    Victoria Lodge, No. 1
H  B. Gilmour . ... • X896.. ... .Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. H. Morton 1897 Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A    Henderson   '' 1898. ^... Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
D   Welsh       18998 Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
6—W. E. Johnstone 1900 Vancouver Lodge, No. S.
W   Hogg  1901.. .. .. We stern Star Lodge, No.
1 s-A.' Graham':'.'. 1902...... Victoria Lodge, No   1.
E. C. Arthur, M.D 1903* • f • -Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
T. F. Neelands  1904• * • • ^Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
D. E. McKenzie 1905• • • • #Royal City Lodge, No. 3
F. E. Simpson  1906.. |f|Key City Lodge, No. 42.
T. Embleton    1907 Rossland Lodge, No. 36.
H   T   Fulton    1908 Harmony Lodge, No
Wallace Law  • 1909 • .Westminster Lodge,
9—Died 8th December, 1892
10—Ceased Membership.
10.
No. 10.
i_Died 6th February, 1884.
2—Died 18th March, 1885.
3_Died 24th Dec ember J1897.
4—Died 6th September, 1899.
5—Died 7th  April,  1905-
6— Died 25th August, 1904.
7—Died  12th June, 1907.
8—Died 20th September. 1879.
11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907-
!4__Died 30th January, 1908.
I5_Died 13th August, 1909. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
OF THE
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
LO.O.R
E. L. Webber, Grand Master New Westminster
W. H. Cullin, Grand Deputy Master.. v .. .Victoria
W. A. Johnstone, Grand Warden Vancouver
Fred  Davey, Grand  Secretary Victoria
C. I. Chapman, Grand Treasurer .. Kamloops
T. Embleton, P.G.M., Grand Representative Duthie
H* T. Fulton, P.G.M., Grand Representative Ladysmith
W. H. Laird, Grand Chaplain    \ Moyie
A. McKelvie, Grand Marshal  Vancouver
W. A. Jackson, Grand Conductor ...|| Trail
J. Carroll, Grand Guardian 5.  .Nanaimo
J. F. McDougall, Grand Herald %a Phoenix
The next annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia will be held at Cranbrook, commencing Wednesday, the 14th day of June, 1911.
SUPPLIES
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay for the same.
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques:
Subordinate Lodge Rituals  $ 3 00
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates.. .        25
Book of Forms .. # • • • • *  1 °o
Book of Odes with music .  75
Busbee's Digest, 1903 .. ..  4 00
Lodge Odes .....  5
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges  10
Anniversary Odes  5
Funeral Hymns, with responses . \  5
Funeral Ceremony  30
Anniversary Ceremony .............
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony
Officers' Roll Book  ...£.... .|  125
Question Book |^ \.., 1 25
Order on Treasurers Book, 250 orders.  1 50
Initiation Petitions (per 100)  1 50
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart (each)  2 so
. •..
•....
(List of Supplies continued at end of Index)

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