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Array Proceedings 
OF THE THIRTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF
HELD AT VANCOUVER, B., C.
JUNE   9th   and   10th,
1909 Victoria Printing & Publishing Co.
Cor. Yates and Gov't St.
Victoria, B. C.  H. T. FULTON
Grand Master 1908-9 Hj^tatt fhtnna
OF  THE   THIRTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
(Sratti-t Hfli-tg*
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF
HELD AT VANCOUVER, B. C.
JUNE  9th   and   I Oth,
1909  PROCEEDINGS
OFTHE
THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION
OFTHE
Grand  Lodge  of  British  Columbia
I. O. O. F.
Odd Fellows, Hall,
Vancouver, B. C,
June 9th, 1909.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m. on the
above date, pursuant to notice.
Present:—
H. T. Fulton Grand Master
W. Law Deputy Grand Master
E. L. Webber Grand Warden
Fred Davey Grand Secretary
W. H. Cullin Grand Treasurer
D. G. Dailey Grand Representative
C. S. Keith Grand Representative
F. J. Squire Grand Chaplain
C. J. Chapman Grand Marshal
J. Moffet Grand Guardian
R.Dudley Grand Herald 2888
The Grand Master appointed G. T. Weir, No. 43, as
Grand Conductor pro tern.
All present were examined and found duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Chaplain invoked the Divine Blessing, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Secretary presented the cerificates of the
Representatives elected for the ensuing year, and of the
Past Grands entitled to receive the Grand Lodge Degree,
which were referred to the following Committee on Creden-
tials: Grand Secretary, T. Embleton, P.G.M. No. 36; J.
Bell, No. 4. ft • 1      I S
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 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 entitled to sit in the Grand
Lodge:
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Victoria, No. 1 T. M. Brayshaw. J. H. McConnell.
T.  C.  Hubbard J. York.
Columbia. No. 2 P. W. Dempster D. Dewar.
R. W. Fawcett H. Grant.
Royal City, No. 3 H. Gilley W. J. Sloan.
W. S. Smith H. M. Welsh.
Dominion, No. 4 J. Bell T. J. W. Hick.
T. W. Hawkins R. Drake.
Black Diamond, No. 5 J. Carroll G. Cavalsky.
G. F. Snowden J. R. McKenzie.
Harmony, No. 6 W. W. Walkem Thos. Doherty.
Thos. Kerr I. E. Lowe.
Excelsior. No. 7 J. Peers F. Gillanders.
Vancouver, No. 8 N. Jensen A. M. Russell.
J. A. McKay J.  McPherson
Tatnai,   No.   9 Robt. Allan H. Tunbridge.
J. R. McNab J. D. Swanson.
Western Star. No. 10 P. Wright A. Cleland.
F. P. Bishop T. C. Kilbank.
Union, No. 11 R. Hornal W. Walker. 2889
Lodge. Representatives.
Selkirk. No. 12 Geo. Knight
H. Laughlin
Cloverdale, No.  15 A. Brown
Kootenay, No. 16 D. H. Proudfoot
J.  H.  Lemmon
Duncan, No. 17 .-;;. James Evans
Vernon Valley. No. 18.  .....J.  H.  Dickout
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 G. A. Miller
Delta, No. 21    A. A. King
Ashcroft, No. 23   J. C. Smith
Island, No. 24 W. H. Buckingham
Pacific,   No.   26 A.  McKelvie
A. J. Laidlaw
Amity, No. 27 J. A. Johnson
J. W. MacDonald
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 M. Olafson
Rossland, No. 36  J. F. Collins
Lew Will
Boundary Valley, No. 38 F. B. Holmes
W. Elson
Silver City, No. 39 N. Tattrie
Slocan, No. 40 Wm. Clough
Trout Lake, No. 41 A. M. Craig
Key City, No. 42  V. S. Liddicoat
Enterprise,  No. 43 A. J, Martin
J. A. Moore
Wildey. No. 44    A. G. Monkhouse
Gateway, No. 45 W. B. Bower
Snowshoe. No. 46 R.  Silverthorne
W. A. Pickard
Mt. Fernie, No, 47 W. F. Vance
I. E. Covert
Coronation, No. 48 C. H. Hardy
Camborne,  No.  49 J. A. McDowell
Eureka, No. 50 R. E. Wheeler
Penticton, No. 51 C. L. Carless
Maple Leaf. No.-53 A. Matheson
Michel, No. 54 G.  B.  Stedman
North Vancouver, No. 55 J. H. Pilling
Mt. Ida, No. 56.... § W. L. Gibbard
Sunshine, No. 57 Robt. Hendricks
Alternates.
J. Jamieson.
W. W. Foster.'
B. B. Smith.
A. T. Willey.
G. Horstead.
W. Dingwall.
R. Ford.
F. Trimble.
G. T. Baker.
J. W. Burr.
D. E. McKay.
W. H. Walsh.
W. A. Johnstone.
N. R. Brown.
E. Walmsley. *
G. Nurse.
C. A. Warren.
S.  Patterson.
J. Twaddle.
W. B. Fleming.
A. E. Braithwaite.
Hy. Leake.
W. H. Pinchbeck.
F. Mummery.
L. Tyson.
W. A. Jackson.
C. A. Foote.
G. Rutherford.
C. McCague.
C. H. Cook.
R. Dudley.
J. R. McEwing.
H. Hawkins.
M. E. Dunwoodie
J. W. Jackson.
F. W. Cox.
R. Dudley.
C. H. Nye.
W. H. Bonus.
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree:
Victoria
Columbia
Royal City
Dominion
Lodge.
a
it
.No.
No
No
No
Black  Diamon
id
tt
No
Harmony
ft
No
1..J. H. McConnell. W. Paddison.
2..W. H. Craig, H. Grant.
3..J. S. Lawrence. G. E. Gilley.
4..G. S. Powell.. T. J. W. Hick, J. Freeman.
5..T. McGuckie, J. Polkinghorne.
6..Thos. Kerr, W. W. Walkem, S.
Jones. Vancouver
it
No.
8
Tatnai
n
No.
9
Western Star
iC
No.
IO
Union
it:
No.
ii
Selkirk
it
No.
12
Kootenay
tt
No.
16
Duncan
ti
No.
17
Vernon  Valley
i(
No.
18
Mt.  Pleasant
ti
No.
19
Delta
it
No.
21
Island
M?
No.
24
Pacific
"
No.
26
Amity
No. 27
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.. G. D. Weatherby, R. E. Thompson,
J. Brown.
..R. Allan.
.. F. P. Cummer, P. Wright.
,.R. Hornal.
, . Geo. Knight.
..J.  H.  Lemmon.
..James Evans, J. Boak.
,.R. Ford, J. H. Dickout.
..F. M. Watney, M. McRae.
..A. A. King, G. T. Baker.
. W. H.  Buckingham. G.  Hayes.
,.C.   A.   Whitehead,  J.   H.   Wheaton,
J. M. Plowman.
.A. G. D. McDonald, J. W. MacDon-
ald.
.M. Olafson.
J. F. Collins, L. Will.
. E. N. Mortimer, W. B. Fleming, J.
S.  Storer, A.  E.  Braithwaite.
. H. Leake. N. Tattrie.
.W. Clough.
.A M. Craig.
.V. S. Liddicoat.
.J. A. Moore, A. J. Martin.
.C. A. Foote, A. G. Monkhouse.
.R. Frache, J. Kavanagh.
. R. Silverthorne. W. A. Pickard.
.W. F. Vance, I. E. Covert.
.C. H. Hardy.
J. A. McDowell.
.R. E. Wheeler, M. C. Dunwoodie.
. C. L. Carless.
.A. Mathieson, F. W. Cox.
.G.  B. Stedman.
.C. H. Nye.
.W. L. Gibbard.
. R. Hendricks.
.J. F. Faulkner.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary appointed D. G. Dailey, G.R.
No. 5, as Custodian of the Secret Work during the Session.
The Grand Master declared a recess for the purpose of
receiving His Worship Mayor Douglas of the City of Vancouver.
Rocky Mountain
tt
No.
34
Rossland
<i
No.
36
Boundary Valley
No.
38
Silver City
tt
No.
39
Slocan
a
No.
40
Trout Lake
n
No.
41
Key City
ft
No.
42
Enterprise
it
No.
43
Wildey
n
No.
44
Gateway
n
No.
45
Snowshoe
it
No.
46
Mt. Fernie
n
No.
47
Coronation
11
No.
48
Camborne
it
No.
49
Eureka
tt
No.
50
Penticton
tt
No.
51
Maple Leaf
ft
No.
53
Michel
tt
No.
54
North Vancouver
tt
No.
55
Mt. Ida
n
No.
56
Sunshine
n
No.
57
Okanagan
tt
No.
58
His Worship was introduced to the Grand Lodge by
W. A. Johnstone* D.D.G.M., and received a cordial welcome. 2891
The Mayor addressed the Grand Lodge, extending a
hearty welcome to the city, and expressed his hope that the
meeting would be a pleasant one and productive of great
good. He also extended the freedom of the city to the
Officers and Representatives in attendance.
The Grand Master responded on behalf of the Grand
Lodge.
His Worship having retired the Grand Lodge resumed
business.
Bro. J. Harding, P.G. of the Jurisdiction of Washington, was introduced and welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
The Past Grands in waiting were admitted and the
Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following: G.
F. Snowdon, No. 5; T. Kerr, No. 6; G. McCartney, No. 8;
R. Allen, No. 9; P. Wright, J. Carver, No. 10; R. Hornal,
No. 11; J. H. Lemmon, No. 16; J. Evans, No. 17; R. Ford,
No. 18; M. McRae and G. Simons, No. 19; A. A. King,
No. 21; G. Hayes, W. H. Buckingham, No. 24; J. W. Macdonald, No .27; G. Nurse, No. 28; M. Olafson, No. 34; L.
Will, J. F. Collins, No. 36; A. E. Braithwaite, No. 38; N.
Tattrie, No. 39; W. Clough, W. H. Pinchbeck, No. 40;
V. Liddicoat, No. 34; J. A. Moore, A. J. Martin, No. 43;
A. G. Monkhouse, No. 44; W. B. Brown, No. 45; R. Silver-
thorn, W. A. Pickard, No. 46; W. F. Vance, I. E. Covert,
No. 47; C. H. Hardy, No. 48; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50; C. L.
Carless, No. 51; A. Matheson, No. 53; G. B. Stedman, No.
54; F. B. Cumner, C. H. Nye, No. 55; W, L. Gibbard, No.
56; R. Hendricks, No. 57.
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the badges furnished
by the local committee be recognized as proper regalia during this session.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called. 2892
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint
Special Committees on Resolutions, Rebekah Degree and
Correspondence for the present Session.
The Grand Master made the necessary appointments
to fill the Standing and Special Committees, as follows:
Finance—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; W,
W. Foster, No. 12; W. B. Bower, No. 45; R. Hendricks, No. 57.
Appeals—W. Elson, No. 38; H. Foote, No. 28; A. J. Laidlaw,
No. 26; R. W. Fawcett, No. 2; J. A. Johnstone, No. 27.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; N. Jensen, No. 8; T.
Kerr. No. 6; A. Matheson, No. 53; F. Mummery, No. 41.
Petitions—J. Peers, No. 7; J. R. McNab, No. 9; R. Hornal, No.
11; C. L. Carless, No. 51; J. H. Lemmon, No. 16.
State of the Order—J. Bell, No. 4; H. Gilley, No. 3; L- Will,
No. 36) R. Allan, No. 9; C. H. Hardy, No. 48.
Legislation—F. J. Squire, No. 16; W. S. Smith, No. 3; J.
Doherty, No. 6; A. E. Braithwaite, No. 38; A. A. King, No. 21.
Judiciary—T. Embleton. P.G.M., No. 36; T. C. Hubbard, No. 1;
J. A. McKay, No. 8; J. C. Smith, No. 23; G. A. Miller, No. 19.
Mileage and Per Diem—F. P. Bishop. No. 10; J. A. McDowell.
No. 49; T. W. Hawkins, No. 4; A. J. Martin, No. 43; A. G. Monk-
house, No. 44.
Printing—Grand Secretary; G. F. Snowden, No. 5; J. Jamieson, No. 12; J. Evans, No. 17; R. Silverthorne, No. 46.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; C. S. Keith,
No. 3; G. B. Stedman. No. 54; N. Tattrie. No. 39; J. F. Collins,
No. 36.
Rebekah Degree—J. Carroll, No. 5; P. Wright, No. 10; W.
Clough, No. 40; V. S. Liddicoat, No. 42; I. E. Covert, No. 47.
Resolutions—D. H. Proudfoot. No. 16; W. A. Pickard, No. 46;
J. W. MacDonald, No. 27; R. E. Wheeler, No. 50; J. H. Pilling,
No. 55.
Correspondence—J. A. Moore, No. 43; W. L. Gibbard, No. 56;
W. H. Buckingham, No. 24; J. H. Dickout, No. 18; M. Olafson,
No. 34.
Odd Fellows' Home—T. F. Neelands. P.G.M., No. 8; D. E.
MacKenzie,  P.G.M.,  No. 3;  A.  McKelvie..  Xo.  26;  W.  F. Vance.
No. 47.
Distribution—D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; A. L. Clement,
No. 55; J. Bell, No. 4.
The Grand Secretary presented the Reports of the
Grand Lodge Officers in printed form, which were, on
mdtion, referred to the Committee on Distribution:— 2893
Grand Master's Report
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of B. C.
It is with great pleasure that I greet you at this our thirty-
fifth annual session of the Grand Lodge, and I heartily extend a
cordial welcome to both old and new members.
In accordance with our laws and usages, I beg to submit a
report of the condition of the order in this Jurisdiction and the
work of my office during the year. I am pleased to report the
state of the Order throughout the Jurisdiction is in a very flourishing condition. The reports to 31st December, 1908, will show an
increase of 405 members, being a little less than the percentage of
last year, and I expect that the progress of the current year will
be as great as the two preceding ones.
As to the financial condition. I will refer you to the Grand Secretary's report.
I am sorry to have to chronicle the loss that two of our Lodges
have suffered through fire, Gateway Lodge, No. 45, losing all of
its regalia and paraphernalia and charter, and Mount Fernie Lodge,
No. 47, losing everything belonging to it. Hearing of the great disaster to Mount Fernie Lodge, and learning of so many brothers being left destitute, I immediately issued an appeal to our Lodges,
which was met very spontaneously. I also wired P. G. M. Simpson
at Cranbrook to use $500 (five hundred dollars) of Grand Lodge
funds to assist in relieving* the distress.
■H, NECROLOGY.
It was with deep regret that I learned of the death of Grand
Sire J. L. Nolen, of Tennessee. Due notice has been sent to each
Lodge to drape its charter in mourning in memory of our deceased brother.
APPOINTMENT OF D. D. G. M.
December 15th, 1908, Bro. Howard Anderson, D. D. G. M., for
District No. 20. in lieu of Bro. D. Anderson, left the Province. J9o8.
2894
fl INSTALLATIONS.
Installed the officers of Duncan's Lodge, No.  17, on July 4th.
July nth, 1908, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
January 17th, 1909, installed the officers of Harmony Lodge,
No. 6.
% PROCLAMATION.
The usual proclamations for the observance of the Anniversary
and Memorial Days were issued.
I hope the brethren throughout the Province will on every occasion duly observe these days.
DECISIONS.
Decision 1. Statement—At the regular meeting in June the
Secretary stated that he had received a communication from another Lodge in town (but he did not have the letter with him),
which asked our Lodge to set aside an amount of $35.00 to secure
plans for a new hall, and also to appoint a committee to act with
a committee from the other Lodge in regard to these plans, etc.
A motion was passed appointing the committee and also giving
them power to bind the Lodge to the extent of $35.00 for plans.
Some three weeks earlier a similar motion came up but asked for
$50.00 for the same purpose exactly, but this was defeated on a
majority vote of the Lodge after the usual two weeks' notice had
been given in conformity with our By-Laws, of which I enclose
you a copy.
Question 1—Is it legal for this Lodge to set aside this $35.00
for the purpose mentioned without the two-thirds vote and the two
weeks' notice?
Answer—No.    It is illegal.
Ques. 2—Under Section XI of Rules of Order you will notice
that almost the same question was ^before the Lodge within a
month previous, and. the motion negatived by a majority vote. Is
this later motion to set aside $35.00 legal under this section also?
Ans.—No.    Rules of Order governing.
Dec. 2—Under the Order of Business, "Election of Officers,"
the Lodge proceeded to elect a Vice-Grand, seven candidates being nominated. First ballot result was announced and one candidate dropped. The N. G. declared no result and called for a new
ballot. After the result was announced a brother applied for admission and was refused.
Question—Was the ruling of the N. G. acting in accordance
with the law in refusing to allow a member to enter the Lodge under the circumstances. 2895
Answer—No. I can find no law to warrant the N. G. in excluding the brother at that time.
Dec. 3. Statement—A brother met with an accident some years
ago and received benefits regularly, but afterwards was unable to
do hard work but undertook light labor. Eighteen months ago he
took over a hotel and bar. The Lodge failed to expel him at that
time. A few months ago he was seriously injured again. The Lodge
paid him full benefits until he was able to attend to his business.
Question 1—Was he entitled to receive benefits?
j
Answer—Yes, so long as he remains a member of your Lodge.
Statement 2—Notice of motion was given April 4th that the
Secretary notify all members who are engaged in the liquor business to cease same before three months hence, as this Lodge will
take steps to comply with the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge. Notice has been sent to the brother recommending him
to resign or quit the business. No reply has been received, but the
brother still sends his dues.   The charges will come up on 4th July.
Ques. 2—Shall I accept the brother's dues?
Ans.—Yes, until the charges have been preferred and the
brother properly expelled.
Dec. 4. Statement—At a Rebekah election held June 5th, 1908,
one sister had 12 votes, one 2 votes, and one 10 votes. Only one
ballot taken.
Question—Who was elected?
Answer—Neither sister receiving a majority of votes cast, it
requires another ballot to decide.
Dec. 5. Statement—An applicant for membership states that
his age is 46 years.
Question 1—Can he be admitted as a beneficiary member?
Answer—Yes.
Ques. 2—State the law re Ancient Odd Fellows.
Ans.—See Busbee's Digest, Nos. 1085, 1086.
Dec. 6. Question—Has a Vice-Grand, in the absence of the N.
G., any power to sign any orders of the Lodge?
Answer—Yes, if acting as N. G.
Several other questions of minor importance were asked, more
for information than as decisions on questions of law, which I answered to the satisfaction of the various Lodges.
DISPENSATIONS.
June 30th, 1908—To Ivy Rebekah Lodge, No. 14, Duncans, to
hold a public installation on Monday, 6th July. 1908. 2806
To Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Ladysmith, to hold a special meeting on July 4th, 1908, to install officers.
July 3rd, 1908—To Rossland Lodge, No. 36, Rossland, to hold
a joint installation with Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13.
July 3rd, 1908—To Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, to remove
their charter to Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, Mt. Pleasant, for
the purpose of having their officers installed there.
July nth, 1908T—To Silver City Lodge, No. 39, Sandon, to
raise a Scarlet Degree member to the office of N. G. and one to V.
G., all other eligible members declining to serve.
Sept. ist, 1968—To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, to receive
the application and ballot on a candidate in order to join with other
petitioners for a new lodge at Kaslo.
Sept. 2nd, 1908—To same Lodge, to appear in public in regalia
on the occasion of the laying of the corner stone of a new school
house.
Sept. 4th, 1908—To Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, to
change their night of meeting from Thursday to Saturday.
Sept. 7, 1908—To Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, to confer
a degree on a brother at a special meeting.
Oct. 13th, 1908—To Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood, to hold Annual Ball on Oct. 31st. 1908.
Oct. 20th, 1908—To Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, Hosmer, to
hold a dance on Oct. 30th, 1908.
Nov. 7th, 1908—To Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, Phoenix, to hold
their Annual T>ance on Nov. 9th, 1908.
Nov. 30th, 1908—To Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz, to hold a
.ball on Dec.  nth, 1908.
Nov. 30th, 1908—To Michel Lodge, No. 54, Michel, to raise a
Third Degree member from the floor to N. G., all qualified brothers refusing to serve.
Dec. 7th, 1908—To Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook. to hold
a ball on Dec. 16th, 1908.
Dec. 12th, 1908—To Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, Mt. Pleasant, to hold a supper and ball on Dec. 15th, 1908.
Dec. 26th, 1908—To Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, Cloverdale, to
hold a dance Jan. 22nd, 1909.
Jan. 9th, 1909—To Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Ladysmith. to hold
a special meeting on Jan. 16th, 1909, to install officers.
Feb. ist, 1909—Granted permission to Canton, No. 7, Toronto,
Ontario, to solicit advertising matter for a Souvenir Book. 2897
March 7th, 1909—To Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo,
to change their night of meeting for one week.
OFFICIAL VISITS.
Aug. 31st, 1908—Visited Rossland Lodge. No. 36, Rossland.
Had a very pleasant meeting. This Lodge is steadily prospering,
both numerically and financially. Conferred the Initiatory Degree
in a very creditable manner. Met with Deborah Rebekah Lodge,
No. 13, and saw them exemplify their work in a very pleasing manner. Spent a very enjoyable evening afterwards with the brothers
and sisters.
Sept. ist, 1908—Visited Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Trail. Had a
very nice meeting. Answered a few questions. This Lodge had
a little trouble amongst its members, but has happily got over it all
right.    Spent a very enjoyable evening. Guest at an "At Home."
Sept. 2nd, 1908—Visited Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38,
Greenwood. Called a special meeting. Had a very good attendance.
This Lodge is in a very prosperous condition. Spent a pleasant hour
with the members present.
Sept. 3rd, 1908—Visited Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks.
This Lodge had recently lost its hall through fire, also all paraphernalia belonging to the Lodge. Found the brethren very optimistic in spirit. Had a very nice meeting and spent a very enjoyable
hour afterwards.
Sept. 4th, 1908—Visited Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, Phoenix. This
Lodge is in a very flourishing condition. Had a very good meeting,
28 members being present.    Was well looked after during my stay.
Sept. 8th, i9o8e-Visited Wildey Lodge, No. 44, Moyie. There
was a good turn out of its members. Conferred the Third Degree
in a very fair manner.    Bro. Smythe present.
Sept. 9th, 1908—Visited Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47 .Fernie.
This Lodge had suffered very severely through the fire in August
last, losing everything belonging to it. Had a meeting in Bro.
Wriglesworth's store and had a nice talk with the brothers. They
were very energetic and determined to lose no time in finding a
place to meet. Exceedingly thankful to the brethren of B. C. and
other Jurisdictions for prompt relief forwarded. Also met with
the Rebekahs and had a pleasant hour in the afternoon with them.
Was splendidly looked after by Bro. R. Dudley.
Sept. 10th, 1908—Visited Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, Hosmer.
This is one of our newest Lodges and is doing remarkably well.
Initiatory Degree conferred; acted as Conductor; answered several
questions.    Afterwards had a very pleasant time.
Sept. nth, 1908—Visited Michel Lodge, No. 54, Michel. The
latest Lodge instituted by P. G. M. Embleton is doing fairly well;
30 members present. Hall not very suitable, but expecting a new
one to be built soon. Had a nice meeting and enjoyed myself afterwards. 2898
Sept. 12th, 1908—Visited Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook.
Had to call a- special meeting, but found a very nice turn out of
the members. Found Lodge in excellent condition. This Lodge is
deserving of highest praise for the excellent manner in which they
looked after the distressed brethren and their families after the
fire in Fernie. Had a very nice meeting. The Sisters of Rebekah
coming in later, a very enjoyable evening was spent, P. G. M.
Simpson acting as toastmaster.
Sept. 14th, 1908—Visited Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson.
Found this Lodge in a very prosperous condition. Had a large turn
out of the members. Conferred the Second Degree in a very creditable manner. Had a very pleasant time with the brothers. Grand
Chaplain F. J. Squire and P. G. M. Bro. Arthur were amongst those
present.
Sept. 15th, 1908—Visited Slocan Lodge, No. 40, Slocan. Small
but very enthusiastic lot of members. Not much material to draw
from. This Lodge is about holding its own. Owns* its own Hall.
Had a good time.    Bro. G. R. Northey, P. G., present.
Sept. 16th, 1908—Visited Silver City Lodge, No. 39, Sandon.
Had a small but very enthusiastic meeting. The brothers have a
hard time to keep the Lodge going, owing to mining being depressed.   Well fixed financially.    Nine members present.
Sept. 19th, 1908—Visited Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41, Trout
Lake. This Lodge is in much the same condition as Silver City
Lodge; well fixed financially and own their own hall.
Sept. 21st. 1908—Visited Camborne Lodge, No. 49, Camborne.
Very few brothers left in this locality now. D. D. G. M. Bro. McDowell came over from Vernon to be present. Had a quiet meeting; eight members present. I would ask the Grand Lodge to refund this Lodge its fine, as they are labouring under peculiar circumstances, their P. G. having gone away from the place, and the
newly elected N. G. had gone to get married, so there was no one
left to sign their returns properly.
Sept. 23rd, 1908—Visited Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, Golden. This Lodge was having a very quiet term, but prospects are
brighter; well fixed financially and own their own hall.
Sept. 24th, 1908—Visited Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke.
Had a splendid meeting, 48 members present. Conferred the Initiatory Degree in a very creditable manner. Splendid social entertainment afterwards, D. D. G. M. Foster presiding.
Sept. 25th, 1908—Visited Mount Ida Lodge, No. 56, Salmon
Arm. This Lodge had just recently been instituted by D. D. G. M.
Bro. Foster, of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, assisted by the brothers of
his Lodge. Had a nice meeting and
gave some general instructions.
Sept. 28th, 1908—Visited Coronation Lodge, No. 48, Armstrong.
Held a pleasant.meeting. This Lodge is doing fairly well; 20 members present.
Sept. 29th, 1908—Visited Eureka Lodge, No. 50, Enderby.    Had 2899
a  very   encouraging   meeting.     Not   many  members   present,   but
prospects are looking brighter for them.
Sept. 30th, 1908—Visited Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, Vernon. Had a very good meeting; 40 members being present. I was
sorry not to meet Bro. Shatford, D. D. G. M.. but unfortunately
for me he had gone to the coast. Splendid time afterwards, and
was well cared for during my visit here.
Oct. ist, 1908—Visited Penticton Lodge, No. 51, Penticton.
This young Lodge is doing very well, though the attendance is
small owing to so many of the brothers being away from home; 10
members present.
Oct. 5th, 1908—Visited Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops. Had
a splendid meeting. This Lodge is progressing favourably; own
their own hall and are well fixed financially; 38 members present,
including Grand Marshal Bro. C. J. Chapman.
Oct. 6th, 1908—Visited Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, Ashcroft. This
Lodge is well fixed financially, but very few members are left
around town. Spent a very pleasant evening.
Nov. nth, 1908—Visited Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo. Had a very good meeting. During the visit I superintended the
mergement of Centennial Lodge, No. 20, into Black Diamond
Lodge, No. 5. This is a step in the right direction, and I am convinced it will do incalculable good to the brothers in Nanaimo.
Spent a very pleasant evening after the close of the Lodge.
Jan. 13th, 1909—Met the brethren of Victoria in joint meeting.
Witnessed the joint installation of officers of three Lodges. Had
the pleasure of presenting P. G. M. Bro. J. Wriglesworth with his
P. G. M. Jewel; also presented several Past Grands with Veteran's
Jewels. Had.a splendid banquet in the evening and replied to the
toast of the Grand Lodge of B. C.
March 3rd, 1909—Visited Cumberland and assisted the Worthy
President of the Rebekah Assembly, Sister Keith, to institute Harmony Rebekah Lodge, No. 22.
March 5th. 1909—Visited Union Lodge. No. 11, Cumberland.
Held a very nice meeting. This Lodge is doing well and is well
fixed financially; 25 members present, including Bro. Walker,
Grand Conductor. Had a pleasant visit and was hospitably entertained, ipi
March 27th, 1909—Visited Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz. This
Lodge is doing fairly well, has not made many members this term,
but. is well fixed financially and own their own hall.
March 29th, 1909—Met the brethren of Vancouver in joint
meeting, accompanied by D. G. M. Bro. Wallace Law, Bro. Webber,
P. G. M. Embleton and D. D. U M. W. A. Johnstone. Had a very
large meeting. Had the First Degree exemplified for my inspection
and it was conferred in a very creditable manner. Was royally entertained during my stay in Vancouver City. 2900
March 30th, 1909—Visited Island Lodge, No. 24, Eburne, accompanied by D. G. M. Wallace Law and D. D. G. M. W. A. Johnstone. Held a very nice meeting. This Lodge is progressing splendidly, and is going to build a new lodge room for their better accommodation. Has a very bright prospect before it. Spent a very
pleasant hour with the brothers after the Lodge closed.
March 31st, i909^Visited Delta Lodge, No. 21, Ladner. Had
a very nice meeting, a small but eager lot of brothers turning out.
Met P. G. Bro. Robt. May.    Had a very good time afterwards.
April ist, 1909—Visited Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack.
By some unaccountable error of mine I had mistaken their night
of meeting, however met quite a number of the brothers and had
a nice talk with them.
April 2nd, 1909—Met with the brethren of New Westminster,
D. G. M. Bro. Law and D. D. G. M. W. A. Johnstone going over
from Vancouver to be present. Had a very nice meeting, Bros.
P. G. M. D. E. McKenzie, G. R. C. S. Keith and G. W. Bro. Webber
being present. The brethren of the Royal City were making preparations to build a new hall and expect to lay the foundation stone
shortly. Was well attended to during my stay in New Westminster.
April 3rd, 1909—Visited Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, Cloverdale,
D. G. M. Bro. Law, G. W. Bro. Webber and P. G. M. D. E. McKenzie accompanying me. Bro. Gilley, of New Westminster, kindly
took us over in his auto. Had a very pleasant meeting. This
Lodge is doing well and owns its own hall.
April 24th, 1909—Visited Duncans Lodge, No. 17, Duncans.
Had a very nice meeting. Met a degree team from Victoria which
was up exemplifying the First and Second Degrees. Conferred them
in a very satisfactory manner. Had a very nice social after Lodge,
the Sisters of Rebekah joining us.
April 26th, 1909—Visited Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Ladysmith.
I may say that this is my own Lodge, and at present it is doing remarkably well. Had a very good meeting. Adjourned early to have
a social along with the Sisters of Rebekah to celebrate the 90th
Anniversary of our Order.
I regret very much that I could not get to Princeton Lodge,
No. 52. This. Lodge has not had a visit from any Grand Master,
but I hope that transportation will be such that our next Grand
Master will have no difficulty in visiting: them.
D. D. G. M.'S REPORTS.
I desire to thank'the District Deputy Grand Masters for their
faithful service to me, and also for the prompt manner in which
they have sent in their repprts.
Bro. W. W. Foster, No. 9, reports quite a gain in membership,
and Lodge doing good work with its team. Installed officers at the
beginning of each term; also instituted Alt. Ida Lodge, No. 56. ctt 2901
Salmon Arm, on September 17th, assisted by the brethren of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12.
Fred N, N-slmes, District No. 5. reports that he installed the
officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, at the commencement of each
term. Lodge doing well. Was not called upon to give any decisions.
John A. McLeod, District No. 18. reports having installed the
officers of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, and Enterprise Lodge, No. 43,
at the commencement of each term. Both Lodges are progressing
favourably.
Geo. T. Baker, of District, No. 14, reports having installed the
officers of his Lodge at the commencement of each term. Lodge
doing well. No questions were asked.
Arthur Wixon. District No. 17. reports matters very quiet.
Brothers 'leaving place on account of labor being scarce. Installed
officers at the commencement of each term.    No questions asked.
Howard Anderson, District No. 20, reports that during the year
Silver City Lodge, No. 39, has progressed favourably, several new
members have been enrolled and prospects are bright for more.
Installed the officers at the commencement of this term. Bro. D.
Anderson resigned, doing same at last term. Lodge is sound financially.
Robert Evans, District No. 12, reports the officers installed at
the commencement of each term. Lodge doing well and financially
well fixed."
John Bennie, District No. 8, reports Lodge in good circumstances. Officers installed at the proper time each term; an increase in membership.
A. G. Monkhouse, District No. 24, reports his Lodge is doing
remarkably well. Installed the officers at the proper time each
term. Granted one Dispensation to Wildey Lodge, No .44, to hold
a ball on January 14th, 1909.    No decisions given.
Arthur E. Smith, District No. 4,reports his Lodge to be in a
Officers were installed at their proper time.
flourishing condition.
E. Foyle Smith, District No. 19, reports that he installed the
officers of Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, and Snowshoe Lodge.
No. 46, at their proper time, also that both Lodges are doing well.
No decisions rendered nor dispensations asked for.
J. R. Campbell, District No. 29, reports his Lodge is doing well.
Installed the officers at the commencement of each term. Would be
pleased to have a visit from next Grand Master.
G. Horstead, District Xo. 11, reports having instituted a new
Lodge at Kaslo, along with myself and several members of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16; also installed their officers on January 6th,
1909. Installed the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, at the proper time. Granted the usual dispensations within his power. Both
Lodges are doing well. s:e is now domi
2902
W. A. Johnstone, District No. 6, has pleasure in reporting all
Lodges in this district prospering quite in like proportion to the
general advancement of the Order throughout the Province. The
district still retains one-fifth of the entire membership of the Jurisdiction. This distinction we can only hope to maintain by hard
work and the creation of new Lodges within the city of Vancouver
'n the near future. The duty of installing the officers of the several Lodges in the district was duly performed at the proper time.
All officers-elect were required to pass a thorough examination as
to their proficiency in the work; this they did most satisfactorily.
As a result the Initiatory and Degree work is performed in a manner worthy of our order, a credit to the Lodges and with increased
interest to the members. Granted dispensation to Vancouver
Lodge, No. 8, to confer Initiatory and First Degrees on candidate
December nth, 1908. Have not been called upon to give any official decisions. Perfect harmony prevails throughout the membership of the district.
W.  B.  Bower,  District  No.  25,  reports  that  he  installed  the
officers at the proper time.    Sorry to report that his Lodge lost all
>araohernalia and regalia through fire on July 10th, 1908. Charter
we
11.
R. A. Anderson, District No. 1, reports having had a very successful term. Installed the officers of Victoria, No. 1, Columbia, No.
2, and Dominion, No. 4, on July 9th, 1908, and January 13th, 1909.
On last occasion the Grand Master wasv present and presented P.
G. M. Bro. Wriglesworth with his P. G. M. jewel, also several Veteran jewels and lockets to Bros. R. A. Anderson, P. G., and Jas.
~3ell, P. G., for services rendered Dominion Lodge. All these
Lodges are doing remarkably well.   No decisions rendered.
W.  W.  Harris,  Secretary of Key City Lodge,  No. 42,  Cran-
brook, reports D. D. G. M. Smith had left Cranbrook and present
address unknown. Scarcity of time prevented me from further communication with this Lodge, but I understand it to be well fixed
inancially and otherwise.
P. W. Bell, District No. 26, reports Lodge No. 47 as being in
a prosperous condition until the fire of August ist, 1908. Since that
time it has been a little disorganized owing to not having a permanent meeting-place, but is now comfortably settled. Reports
Nos. 53 and 54 Lodges to be doing well at present. Installed officers at the commencement of each term. Visited No. 54 along with
P. G. Bro. Dudley and gave general instructions in the business of
ie Lodges. No decisions rendered.
•Alex. Adams, District No. 2, reports having installed the officers of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, and Amity Lodge, No. 27, on July
13th, 1908, and again on January 15th, 1909. Both Lodges have made
irge increases this year and are jointly building a new hall to cost
$14,000. Was not called upon to decide any questions.
A. E. Connolly, District No. 10, reports his Lodge in a prosperous condition.    Installed the officers in due time. No questions 2903
J. R. McNab, District Xo. 7, reports his Lodge in a very prosperous condition, though not many members added this year. Financially well off; own their own hall and free of debt. Installed the
officers at the proper time.
NEW LODGES.
"Since our last session five Subordinate Lodges and one Rer
bekah Lodge have been added to our roll. I therefore have much
pleasure in asking that charters be granted to them. Also that two
two duplicate charters be granted the two Lodges which lost theirs
by fire.
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, was instituted August 28th,
1908, by the Grand Master, assisted by D. G. M. Bro. W. Law, G.
W. Bro. .Webber, P. G. M.'s Neelands and Embleton, G. R.
J. A. McKay, D. D. G. M. W. A. Johnstone and several other Past
Grands from Vancouver.    Lodge started with a membership of 13.
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, was instituted at Kaslo, September
18th, 1908, by the Grand Master, assisted by Grand Chaplain F. J.
Squire and 28 members of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16. Lodge organized with a membership of 26.
Mount Ida Lodge, No. 56, was instituted at Salmon Arm, September 18th, 1908, by D .D. G. M.*W. W. Foster, of Selkirk Lodge,
No. 12, Revelstoke, assisted by the brethren of that Lodge. Organized with a membership, I believe, of 21.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, was instituted by Special D. G. M. J.
R. Watkins on December 17th, 1908.
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, was instituted at Kelowna by D.
D. G. M. S. A. Shatford.
Harmony Rebekah Lodge, No. 22, was instituted at Cumberland, March 28th, 1909, by the President of the Rebekah Assembly,
Sister Keith, assisted by the Grand Master and the degree team of
Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, Nanaimo. This Lodge starts with
a membership-of 48.
'     MERGEMENT OF LODGES.
I granted the necessary permission to Black Diamond Lodge,
No. 5, and Centennial Lodge, No. 20. Nanaimo, to be merged into
one Lodge, and personally superintended the same. Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, now becomes one of our strongest Lodges.
HOME FUND.
At our last session of the Grand Lodge the contribution to the
Home Fund was placed on a per capita basis, and I hope it will soon
reach the amount required. Three loans have been made this year
by P. G. M. T. F. Nc elands, chairman of the Home Fund Committee, on good securities and at eight per cent interest. 2904
RECOMMENDATIONS.
First. I would recommend that in future the instituting of Rebekah Lodges be left in the hands of the President of the Rebekah
Assembly, as I believe it would make them take a deeper interest
in the work of that branch of the Order.
Second. That the question of dividing the Province into districts be placed in the hands of a committee" and reported on at our
next Grand Lodge session.
In conclusion, I wish to thank all the members throughout the
Jurisdiction for the many courtesies extended to me during my
visitations and otherwise, to the D. D. G. M.'s for the assistance
they have rendered me in their several districts, and to the Grand
Secretary for his many favours and advice accorded me during my
term of office, and I express the wish of my predecessors that he
may be long spared to occupy the important position he now holds.
Respectfully submitted,
HUGH T. FULTON.
Grand Master. 2905
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:
It affords me much pleasure in submitting this my twenty-fifth
report as Grand Secretary,, and to congratulate the Order in this
Province on the success which has attended it during the past year,
its present healthy condition, and the prospects there are for its
continued prosperity.
Since we last met five Subordinate Lodges and one Rebekah
Lodge have been instituted—North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, at
North Vancouver, on 28th August, 1908, by the Grand Master; Mt.
Ida Lodge, No. 56, at Salmon Arm ,on 15th September, 1908, by
Bro. W. W. Foster, D. D. G. M.; Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, at Kaslo,
on 17th September, 1908, by the Grand Master; Okanagan Lodge,
No. 58, at Summerland, on 17th December, 1908, by Bro. J. F. Wat-
kins, P. G., Special D. G. M.; and Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, at
Kelowna, on 24th February, 1909, by Bro. S. A. Shatford, D.D.G.M.
Harmony Rebekah Lodge, No. 22, was instituted at Cumberland
on 3rd March, 1909, by Sister M. E. Keith, President of the Rebekah
Assembly, assisted by the Grand Master.
Centennial Lodge, No. 20, Nanaimo, was merged into Black
Diamond Lodge, No. 5, on nth November, 1908, under the supervision of the Grand Master.
It is anticipated that applications for charters will shortly be
received from Merritt for a Subordinate Lodge and from North
Vancouver and Hosmer for Rebekah Lodges.
Petitions have been received and will be submitted to you for
Duplicate Charters for Gateway Lodge, No. 45, the Original Charter being destroyed by fire on 10th July, 1908, when the Lodge
unfortunately lost almost all its effects, and from Mt. Fernie Lodge,
No. 47, and Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 20, of Fernie, whose Charters were destroyed by the lamentable fire which completely swept
out the town of Fernie on ist August, 1908.
The following statistical table shows very gratifying results
from the work of last year, 405 being the net gain in membership.
The Rebekah Lodges also show an increase of 101 brothers and 93
sisters, a total of 194. STATISTICAL.
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work Compared With
the Year 1907.
Increase (Decrease
No. of Lodges 31st December, 1908.
" Instituted  since	
"    Members 31st December, 1908..
Initiated    	
1 Adm'tted by card	
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Reinstated    	
Withdrawn   	
Deceased    	
Expelled   	
Suspended    	
"    Ceased membership by N.P.D..
"    Rejected   	
"    Degrees  conferred   	
"    Past  Grands   	
Receipts from dues  	
admissions and degrees
"    rents & invested funds
I    all other sources   	
Total receipts   	
No. of Brothers relieved	
Widowed  families  relieved   ....
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Weeks  Sick Benefits  paid	
Amount paid for relief of brothers..
widowed families  ..
orphans    	
burying the dead...
special relief   	
Total amount paid for relief	
current expenses
Total assets of Subordinate Lodges.
Average amount of benefits paid to
each sick member  	
Average amount expended for relief
per member  	
Average cost per member for current expenses   	
Average cost per member for all
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Average   amount   of    assets     per
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Average duration of sickness per member, 4 days  17 hours;
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Samaritan Encamp't No. 8.
Moral Rebekah Lodge No. 15.
Columbia Encamp't- No. 5.
Bro. J. R. Clarke, Alberta ...
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Freight, etc., new. Rituals.
Typewrtg, etc., Home Com.
Postage, etc	
Mileage & per diem Ses. '08
Caretaker Gr. Sec'y office
G. L. Card, Ind. Odd Fellow
Janitor, Session 1908	
Donation   Reb.   Assembly.
Trans, to Sov. Gr. Lodge. .
Dep. in Bank, Home acct.
Premium Gr. Sec'y bond..
Envelopes. G. M. and G. Sec|
Ptg. Corns, for D. D. G. M.'s
Printing Proceedings,  1908.
Premium  G.  Treas.  bond
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
Deposit in Bk., Home Fund
Relief mem. Mt. Fernie Ldg.
Inc'l expenses  Session  1908
Remittance to Sov. G. L
Allowance   for   expenses
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
Salary, 3 months	
Expressage  Rituals,  etc.
Remittance to Sov. G. L
Salary, 3 months	
Postage  and sundries..
Blank  Books   	
Printing Annual Reports
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
For investment, Home Fu
Jewels for P. G. M.'s....
Printing circulars, etc....
Remittance to Sov. G. L.
Salary, 3 months	
Postage and sundries ...
Allowance for expenses ..
Rent Gr. Sec'y office	
Dep. in Bank, Home acct.
Remit, to Sov. G. L., tax.
c
o
s
<
20.00
47.50
5-40
14.00
1,923.90
20.00
10.00
10.00
100.00
90.00
470.00
4.00
7-25
6.50
286.00
4.00
85.55
740.00
500.00
22.65
10.00
200.00
10.00
25.00
180.00
129-45
68.25
180.00
22.00
35.50
10.50
61.45
2-75
2,300.00
100.00
1475
38.00
180.00
40.15
200.00
100.00
720.00
150.00
Forward
$ 9,144-55 2910
ORDERS ON TREASURER (Continued).
1
Date.
No. of
Order.
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount.
1909
Mar. 23
"    25
"    30
Apr. 23
30
"   30
"    30
"   30
"   3P
"   30
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
5i
52
53
F.  Davey, G.  Sec'y	
T. F. Neelands  	
1
Forward   	
$ 9-144-55
61.50
5-50
1,000.00
Remit to Sov. G. L., supplies
ft               n
•	
Investment Home Fund ...
Remittance to Sov. G. L...
Salary. 3 months   ...,	
F.  Davey,  G.  Sec'y	
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co.
F. Davey, G.  Sec'y	
tt           ft
T. R. Cusack  	
Sweeney & McConnell..
Fred Davey, G. Sec'y...
1.90-
25.00
180.00
Postage and sundries	
Printing,  etc	
24.20
10.00
Printing,   etc   	
8.50.
164.00
Dep. in Bank, Home Fund.
1
Total   	
$10,625.1$!
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report....$ 2,745.52
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer per statement 10,214.28
$12,959.80
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer per statement....  10,625.15
Balance in  hands  of  Grand Treasurer     $2,334.65
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Cr
Balance per last year's report  ^	
Goods bought during the year  	
Freight, etc., on supplies from Sov. G. Lodge
Profit on goods sold during year  	
Goods sold during the year   	
Goods donated to Rebekah Assembly	
Value of stock on hand  	
$  216.10
1,507.20
42.11
144.20
$1,705.13
49-95
154-53
$1,909.61 I $1,909.61 2911
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND.
—Receipts.—
Amount on hand per last report   $ 7,203.77
Donations from Lodges and withdrawals from Bank per
Financial  Statement     4,289.56
Grand Lodge, per capita tax 25c per member  1,121.75
Interest—Imperial  Bank of Canada  5150
Interest—Dominion Govt.  Savings  Bank    8.32
Transfer of Fines, 1907-9  14.00
$12,688.90
Less withdrawals from bank for investment     3,300.00
$9,388.90
—Expenditure.—
Exchange on remittances  .$3.50
Postage,   etc.,   of   Committee      5.40
  $      8.90
Total value of this Fund : $9,380.00
—How  Invested.—
On mortgage   $8,800.00
Imperial  Bank of  Canada         553-93 -
Dominion Government Savings  Bank            11.51
In Grand Treasurer's hands          14.56
  $9,380.00
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
Amount on hand as per last report   $488.64
Interest Dominion Govt. Savings Bank       29.70
$5i8.34
Deposited in Dominion  Govt.  Savings  Bank   $517.85
In hands of Grand Treasurer         .49
  $5i8.34 BALANCE SHEET GRAND LODGE OF
ist May, 1909.
B. C. I. O. O. F.
Folio I
Account.
147
161
163
235
241
247
253
257
259
261
271
283
289
291
293
295
299
300
302
312
320
322
324
330
332
336
339
344
346
35i
354
356
358
360
362
364
368
370
374
378
380
382
384
386
398
402
404
406
408
Dr.
Cr.
[Sovereign Grand Lodge
Grand Treasurer   	
Profit and Loss   	
Aged  Odd  FePows'   Fund   	
Excelsior   Lodge,   No.   7	
Dom. Gov. Sav. Bank, Aged O. F.
Wildey   Lodge,   No.   44	
$
Fund
Gateway  Lodge,   No.   45...
Snowshoe  Lodge,  No.  46   .
Union  Lodge,   No.   11	
|Mt.   Fernie  Lodge,  No.   47.
Selkirk Lodge,  No.   12   ....
IKootenay  Lodge,   No.   16   .
{Pacific Lodge, No. 26  	
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No.  19
I Camborne  Lodge,  No.  49   .
IImperial  Bank of  Canada   .
Dominion Lodge,  No.
|Delta  Lodge,   No.  21
iVancouver Lodge, No.
Duncan Lodge, No.  17
Black Diamond Lodge
|Cloverdale Lodge,  No.
Penticton   Lodge,   No.
Furniture   and   Regalia
Rocky  Mountain  Lodge,
Stock   	
Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge
Cheam  Lodge,  No.  28   	
Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 20
Princeton Lodge, No.  52   	
4
*8
No.
15   •
5i   •
No.  34   ..
No. 19
Enterprise Lodge,  No. 43	
Odd Fellows' Home Fund   ...
Rebekah  Assembly   	
Orchard City Lodge, No. 59...
S. R. Lawrence (Home Fund)
J. H. Healey (Home Fund) .
G. A. Macey (Home Fund)   ..
24.00
2,334-65
517.85
' V.68
•30
3,o55.i4
518.34
2.20
5.00
•35
1.25
553-93
11.80
1.00
3-30
546.65
•15
154-53
4.00
2.1
Island   Lodge,   No.   24
Harmony Lodge, No. 6
Columbia Lodge, No. 2    J	
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38  .60
W.   E.   Vanstone   (Home   Fund)      2,500.00
Western Home & Imp Co. (Home Fund)     3,000.00
Tatnai Lodge, No. 9   |	
Michel  Lodge,  No.  54    I	
Dom.  Govt.  Sav.  Bank  (Home  Fund)...] 11.51
Slocan Lodge, No. 40   | 1.49
Key City Lodge,  No. 42
•44
3-95
425
750.00
1..550.00
1,000.00
12.30
•70
.80
1.20
-05
.05
.60
•35
.20
1-45
3.50
1-95
.20
.80
.40
1.10
350
9,380.00
$12,984.83 $12,984.83 2913
P. G. §fc JEWELS.
The P. G. M.'s Jewels directed to be procured last session for
P. G. M.'s Embleton and Wriglesworth were manufactured by Henry Birks & Sons, Vancouver, and were presented by the Grand
Master to Bro. Wriglesworth, P. G. M., at Victoria, on 13th January, 1909, and to Bro. Embleton, P. G. M., at Vancouver, on the 29th
March, 1909.
CALIFORNIA RELIEF FUND.
/The amount refunded by the Grand Lodge of California has
been disposed of as directed by the Lodges which donated it.
DAWSON LODGE, NO. 1.
A copy of the resolution adopted at the last session in connection with the address of Bro. J. S. Cowan, P. G. M., respecting the
attachment of Dawson Lodge, No. 1, Dawson, Y. T., to this Jurisdiction, was furnished to Bro. Cowan. A communication has been
received from Dawson Lodge requesting to be permitted to affiliate with this Jurisdiction, which will be submitted for your consideration.
TUBERCULOSIS SANITARIUM.
The question of financial aid to the Sanitarium for Consumptives at Tranquille having been referred to the Executive Officers,
it has been decided that such an appropriation would be contrary
to the General Laws of the Order. "The funds of a Grand Lodge
are trust funds and can be applied only for the objects for which
they are colleced, and used for such purposes as are contemplated
by the laws of the Order." (Busbee's Digest, Sec. 690.) "A Lodge
or Encampment has no right to appropriate its funds for charitable
purposes in no way connected with the I. O. O. F. The moneys of
the Order should be husbanded for the needs of the Order, and not
squandered in miscellaneous charities." (Busbee's Digest, Sec. 528.)
In view of these clear declarations, the Executive regretted that
it was not in a position to assist this worthy institution.
CLAIM OF HARMONY LODGE, NO. 6.
I have much pleasure in reporting that this long-standing claim
against a Lodge of our Order in New South Wales has been satisfactorily settled by the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction. 2914
FERNIE FIRE.
On the ist August, 1908, a fearful fire destroyed the entire town
of Fernie, leaving about one hundred of our members with their
wives and families homeless and destitute. An appeal was issued
by the Grand Master on behalf of these sufferers to the Lodges of
this Jurisdiction, and in response the substantial sum of $3,119.50
was subscribed and forwarded to Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cran-
brook, which nobly volunteered to look after the homeless refugees
who took shelter in that city.
Offers of assistance were also telegraphed from the Grand
Lodge officers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
These generous offers were accepted, and the responses from these
Jurisdictions amounted to $3,302.05, making a total of $6,421.55,
truly a magnificent donation. The committees having the relief
work in charge, both at Cranbrook and Fernie, appear to have performed their work in a very creditable manner.
A list of the subscriptions is given below. A statement of
the disbursements is on file and can be examined by any member. Donations of British Columbia Lodges to the I. O. O. F. Fernie
Relief Fund.
Harmony
Pacific
Western Star
Vancouver
Mount Pleasant
Mizpah Rebekah
Royal City
Amity
Beulah Rebekah
Rossland
Deborah Rebekah
Greenwood   Rebekah
Kootenay
Snowshoe
Duncan
Phoenix  Rebekah
Victoria
Columbia
Dominion
Colfax j Rebekah
Chean
Selkirk
Excelsior
Coronation
Union
Island
Michel
Enterprise
Eureka
6
26
10
8
19
2
3
27
5
36
13
18
16
46
17
17
1
2
4
1
28
12
7
48
11
24
54
43
50
Queen City Rebekah  16
Silver City 39
Tatnai 9
Ashcroft 23
Princeton 52
Laurel Rebekah 9
Centennial 20
M-riam  Rebekah \ 3
Penticton 51
Cloverdale 15
Vernon Valley 18
Grand Lodge of B. C.
Wildey 44
Maple Leaf 53
Black   Diamond 5
Camborne 49
Trout Lake 41
Boundary Valley 38
Ladysmith
Vancouver
ti
f<
New  Westminster
Rossland
Greenwood
Nelson .. .
Phoenix ..
Duncan ...
Phoenix ..
Victoria    ..
Agassiz    .. .
Revelstoke
Chilliwack
Armstrong
Cumberland
Eburne   ...
Michel  	
Trail   	
Enderby   ..
Nelson
Sandon   ...
Kamloops  .
Ashcroft   ..
Princeton    .
Ladysmith
Nanaimo
Penticton   ..
Cloverdale   .
Vernon
Victoria    .. .
Moyie   	
Hosmer ...
Nanaimo ..
Camborne .
Trout Lake
Greenwood
100.00
100.00
100.00
100.00
14.50
25.00
100.00
50.00
10.00
100.00
50.00
25.00
200.00
40.00
50.00
25.00
100.00
100.00
25.00
25.00
50.00
100.00
50.00
50.00
71.00
25.00
150.00
50.00
25.00
25.00
25.00
50.00
50.00
32.00
50.00
50.00
50.00
18.00
35-00
28.00
500.00
100.00
51.00
50.00
20.00
25.00
50.00
$3,119*50
In addition to the above.    Rocky Mountain  Lodge,
Golden, sent $25 with the public subscriptions.
No. 34, Donations from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Other Places, to the
I. O. O. F. Fernie Relief Fund.
Address.
Amount.
London
Edmonton
30..••
Friendship
7.. ..
Calgary
Bankhead
15	
Waskasoo
16....
Beaver
27	
Strathcona
9.. ..
Alex
Didsbury
Innisfail
6....
Golden Link
21....
Sub. Lodges
Grand Lodge Manito
ba  ....
Canmore
38....
Portland
37	
Ponoka
11....
Fort
14	
Foot Hill
13	
Aidrie
34-•••
Mountain View
4	
Cowley
20....
Medicine Hat
3	
Saskatchewan  Lodge
S        . • . .
Stettler
Pincher Creek
5----
Cascade
10....
Bowdon
31	
Grand Lodge Albert?
Verilas
29	
Sedgewick
25....
Millet
26....
Wetaskiwin
8....
Alberta
1....
Prince of Wales
30	
Grand Lodge Ontario
Coleman
36....
Algoma
267....
High River
22
Maple Leaf
89....
Saskatchewan Lodge
s,    .. ..
London   	
Edmonton, Alta.   ..
Edmonton, Alta.   ..
Calgary,  Alta	
Bankhead, Alta.  ...
Red Deer, Alta	
Stanley, Alta	
Strathcona, Alta.  ..
Alex,   Alta	
Didsbury, Alta.   	
Innisfail, Alta	
Nanton, Alta	
Winnipeg, Man. ...
Winnipeg, Man. ..,
Canmore,  Alta.
Exshaw,  Alta	
Ponoka, Alta	
Ft. Saskatchewan ..
Claresholme, Alta.
Aidrie, Alta	
McLeod, Alta	
Cowley, Alta	
Medicine Hat, Alta.
$
Stettler   	
Pincher Creek, Alta.
Olds, Alta	
Bowdon,  Alta	
Calgary,   Alta	
Vermillion, Alta.   ...
Sedgewick    :
Millet,  Alta	
Wetaskiwin, Alta.   ..
Calgary,   Alta	
Toronto,   Ont	
Toronto, Ont	
Coleman, Alta	
Fort William, Ont.  .
High River. Alta.   . .
Metford,   N.   S	
{(Additional)    	
40.00
50.00
50.00
121.00
50.00
32.00
44.00
43-50
10.00
20.00
29.40
50.00
250.00
250.00
35-00
25.00
25.00
45.00
40.00
25.00
68.00
i 25.00
20.00
479.10
47-50
113.00
17-50
14.00
263.60
10.00
27.00
15.00
51-35
137-00
25.00
414-45
65.00
2500
30.00
59.00
169.65
$3,302.05
SUMMARY.
Receipts as per statement of B. C Lodges $3,119.50
Receipts as per statement of other Jurisdictions     3,302.05
$6,421.5.' 2917
DEATH OF GRAND SIRE NOLEN.
It was with deep regret we received the sad news of the death
of our esteemed and beloved Grand Sire, J. L. Nolen, which occurred at his home, Nashville, Tennessee, on 14th December, 1908.
After a long career of usefulness in his own Grand Lodge and
in the Sovereign Grand Lodge, he was elected to the high and responsible position of Grand Sire of the Order at Denver, in September last.
On behalf of this Grand Lodge a letter of condolence and sympathy was sent to the family of the deceased through Bro. J. S.
Goodwin, Grand Secretary.
This is the thirty-fifth session of this Grand Lodge. During
these years the Order in this Jurisdiction has been growing steadily and surely. There has been no phenomenal growth. No adventitious aids have been employed to build it up, such as paid organizers or canvassers, but the work has been performed by its members, on account of the love they bear the Order, and it has attracted men to its ranks by the character of its work and the noble principles it inculcates and practices.
As I have now passed the quarter of a century mark of service
in this office, I wish to express my deep appreciation of the kindness and consideration that I have invariably received from all the
officers and members with whom I have been brought into contact.
I trust that this session will be characterized by harmony and good
feeling, and that our deliberations and actions will contribute to the
extension and prosperity of our beloved Order.
Grand Secretary. 2918
Report of Grand Treasurer
To the Grand Lodge of B. C. I. O. O. F.
I beg to submit a statement of my receipts and disbursements
as Grand Treasurer during the past year:
1908
Receipts.
June
I
12
«<
"
Aug.
20
Sep.
30
Nov.
27
Dec.
3i
1909
Mar.
26
Apr.
28
To Cash from late Grand Treasurer... .J$2,90i.12
Bank   Interest            12.71
Grand  Secretary       2,720.20
Bank Interest    3.47
Grand  Secretary    |     722.70
Bank   Interest            10.44
Grand  Secretary       5,127.75
Grand  Secretary
Disbursements.
By paid Orders, Nos. 1 to 53, inclusive
Balance  	
1,475-32
|$i2,9737i
$10,625.15
$ 2,348.56
Fraternally submitted,
W. H. CULLIN,
Grand Treasurer. 2919
Grand Representatives' Report
To the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of
British Columbia.
Grand Master, Officers and Representatives:
Your Grand Representatives to the Eighty-Fourth Session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge beg most respectfully to submit the following report:
We arrived in the City of Denver on Friday, the 18th of September, arriving by different routes.
Commencing on the morning of the 19th of September, the
members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, accompanied by their ladies and friends, were given the privilege of a trip up the mountain
on the Moffatt Road to the City of Corona, when in the short space
of three hours we were taken from the tropical climate of Denver
to the bank of eternal snows on a standard gauge railroad, with an
elevation of nearly 12,000 feet.
On Sunday morning the official church services were held in
the Central Presbyterian Church, the sermon being given by the
Rev. Dr. Buchtel, the Governor of the State of Colorado, and a
right good Odd Fellow. In the evening the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church arranged a very fine musical service, assisted by a
choir of one hundred and twenty voices. The Rev. Dr. Louis Albert Banks, the pastor, preached a very helpful sermon. Dr. Banks
is also an Odd Fellow.
On Monday morning the Grand Representatives assembled in
the rotunda of the Brown Palace Hotel and formed in procession
and marched to the Auditorium, where the Official Reception took
place. Addresses of welcome were given by the Hon. H. A. Buchtel, Governor of Colorado; Hon. Robert W Speer, Mayor of the
City of Denver; Joseph Newitt, Grand Master of Colorado; Richard Nicholson, the Grand Patriarch of the State; Mrs. Joan Acker-
man, President of the Rebekah State Assembly, and Co. George W.
Bonney, Department Commander of the Patriarchs Militant of Colorado.
Bro. E. S. Conway, the Grand Sire, responded on behalf of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, in a thoughtful and strong address, 2920
The brethren then formed in procession and marched through
the city to the El Jebel Temple, and the Eighty-Fourth Annual
Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge was regularly opened in the City of Denver, Colorado, on Monday, September 21st, at
9 o'clock a. m.
Upon the roll being called, the following officers and Past
Grand Sires were present:
OFFICERS.
E. S. CONWAY Grand Sire
JOHN L. NOLEN Deputy Grand Sire
JOHN B. GOODWIN Grand Secretary, Past Grand Sire
M. RICHARDS MUCKLE Grand Treasurer
J. M. BAKER Grand Chaplain
EDWIN L. PILSBURY Grand Marshal
WILL A. STEIDLEY Grand Guardian
W. L. BROWN Grand Messenger
PAST GRAND SIRES.
Milton J. Durham Kentucky
John C. Underwood Kentucky
Chas. M. Busbee North Carolina
Cl. T. Campbell Ontario
Fred Carleton  Texas
Alfred S. Pinkerton Massachusetts
A. C Cable Ohio
Geo. T. Clarke Australasia
British Columbia was represented by Bro. D. G. Dailey and
Bro. C. S. Keith, from the Grand Lodge, and Bro. Capt. J. A. McKay, from the Grand Encampment.
We were members of the following committees:
Bro. D. G. Dailey, on the Committee of International Relations.
Bro. C. S. Keith, on the Committee of Unfinished Business.
Bro. C. S. Keith, on the Committee on Grand Bodies Not Represented.
Capt. J. A. McKay, on the Committee on Patriarchs Militant.
In the drawing of seats British Columbia again secured the
back seats. This matter of our seats always being the farthest
from the Grand Sire is, to say the least, peculiar. 2921
The  Decisions and Answers  given in this report are as they
were adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and are as follows:
DECISIONS.
During the year I have rendered the following decisions:
Subordinate Lodge Decisions.
Decision 1. Question 1.—Is a brother who becomes a member
of a sister lodge by virtue of the transfer law enacted at the last
session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge entitled to benefits from the
time he signs the Constitution of the new lodge with which he
unites, or must he be a member of the new lodge six months before
he is entitled to sick or other benefits?
Answer.—His standing in the new lodge is controlled by its
laws.
Qes. 2.—Please define and make clear what is meant by "changing his residence from the Territorial Jurisdiction of his lodge or
encampment to the Territorial Jurisdiction of another?"
Ans.—The Territorial Jurisdiction of a lodge or encampment is
that territory, fixed by the Grand Bodies of the Jurisdiction, from
which the lodge or encampment may secure its applications for
membership.
Dec. 2. Statement.—A brother belonging to a lodge in this
town moves away to another Jurisdiction. After residing there for
some time, he sends an application to his lodge here for withdrawal
card, stating also that he wishes to join a lodge at his new place of
residence, also our by-laws state that the price of withdrawal card is
one dollar.
Question.—Would this brother come under the transfer law of
membership of the year 1904, so as to entitle him to receive the
card for the cost named in the resolution, 25 cents, he being otherwise entitled to receive the card?
Answer.—Yes, provided he has been elected to membership on
his official certificate or visiting card; if he has not been so elected, he must pay the fee of $1 required by the by-laws of the lodge
granting the withdrawal card. But it is to be understood that this
decision is based on the law as in effect prior to January 1, 1908.
Dec. 3. Statement.—A brother presents his official receipt
showing dues paid four weeks in advance and applies for membership on account of change of residence, and under the "Transfer of
Membership Law," but before his transfer certificate has been received by his new lodge, and therefore before he has signed the
Constitution of said new lodge, he again changes his residence.
Question.—Is he a member of either lodge?
Answer.—No. But he may become a member of the new lodge
by signing its Constitution after its receipt of the Transfer Certificate. 2922
Dec. 4. Question 1.—May a brother be admitted to membership
by transfer without fee upon deposit of an unexpired withdrawal
card?
Answer.—No, unless so provided by local legislation.
Ques. 2.—Is transfer of membership without fee limited to
cases where transfer certificates are applied for and obtained by
the lodge electing an applicant to membership?
Ans.—It is now so limited.
Dec. 5. Statement.—Brother "A" is a member of ""B" lodge in
good standing. He, Brother "A," makes application to "B" lodge,
required fee accompanying same, and obtains a withdrawal card
from said "B" lodge. "A" then moves to a distant city or town
where "C" lodge is located. The Uniform Constitution and Bylaws read as follows: "For deposit of card within one year from its
date $2.00."
Question.'—Can Brother "A" join "C" lodge without paying any
fees for same?
Answer.—No.
Dec. 6. Question 1.—On application, under the law The Sovereign Grand Lodge Journal, pages 240 and 241, 1907, known as the
"New Transfer Law," does a majority vote elect?
Answer.—No.
Ques. 2.—If not, is the rule the same as for an initiate?
Ans.—Yes, unless otherwise provided by local legislation.
Dec. 7. Question.—In instituting a new encampment, lodge or
Rebekah lodge would it be lawful to receive transfer certificates in
place of withdrawal cards, or would it be lawful for an encampment,
lodge or Rebekah lodge to issue transfer certificates to any of its
members who may wish to institute a new encampment, lodge or
Rebekah lodge?
Answer.—No.
Dec. 8. Statement.—A brother in this city makes application
for, and receives a withdrawal card, after holding the card a short
time he petitions another lodge (in this city) for membership by
deposit of withdrawal card, not having changed his residence.
Question.—Can the lodge to which he applies for membership
charge any admission fee?
Answer.—Yes.
*
Dec. 9. Statement.—Report No. 115 in the Daily Journal of
the recent session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, found upon page
153, as follows: 2923
Report No.  115.    By Representative Melosh, of New. Jersey,
from the Committee on Legislation, was considered and adopted.
To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the resolution offered by Representative Stocker. of the State of Washington, making a change in the transfer of membership, having considered the provision of said proposed amendment, approving thereof, recommend the following:
Resolved, That the resolution hereinbefore mentioned and referred to, be and the same is hereby adopted.
Signed by the Committee.
which you will notice refers entirely to a proposed amendment to
the Transfer of Membership Law.
By reference to the resolution offered by Representative Stocker, of Washington, which appears on page 58, of the Daily Journal,
under the heading "Resolution No. 33," you will note that he offered two resolutions, one an amendment to the Transfer of Membership Law, and the other a resolution repealing the law of 1904, and
the amendment thereto, as follows:
Resolution No. 33.—
Resolved, That a member of the Order in possession of an Official Certificate or Visiting Card changing his residence from the
Territorial Jurisdiction of his lodge or encampment to the Territorial Jurisdiction of another, and desiring to unite with a lodge or
encampment at his new place of residence, upon making application
for membership, accompanied by his Official Certificate or Visiting
Card, showing his dues paid in advance and being elected as provided by local law, upon notice being sent by the Secretary or
Scribe, to his lodge or encampment, said lodge or encampment
shall, unless charges are pending against him, without ballot and
without fee, issue a transfer certificate and send the same, at once,
to the Secretary or Scribe sending for the same; and upon receipt
of the transfer certificate, the member shall be entitled to sign the
Constitution and become a member of his new lodge or encampment, without the payment of any admission fee; provided, that if
a physician's certificate is required he must pay the expense of the
same.
The issuing of a transfer certificate shall sever membership in
the lodge or encampment issuing it; provided, that if the member
becomes sick or disabled or should die within four weeks of its
date and before completing his membership by signing the Constitution of his new lodge or encampment, then said transfer certificate
shall be cancelled and said member retain his beneficial standing
in his old lodge or encampment, the same as though no transfer
certificate had issued.
Provided, further, that a brother, desiring to receive the advantage of the preceding proviso, must pay his dues four weeks in advance of the date of his transfer certificate. 2924
The provisions hereof, except those relating to benefits, shall
apply to Rebekah Lodges the same as to subordinate lodges and
encampments
Be It Further Resolved, That the resolution on page 761, Journal, 1904, known as the "New Transfer Law," and the amendments
thereto on pages 778 and 784, Journal, 1906, and all decisions and
legislation inconsistent herewith, be, and the same are hereby repealed.
The Committee only reported in favour of the amendment to
the old law, and not in favor of the repeal of the previous legislation except, of course, in so far as it was inconsistent with the
amendments adopted This distinction, it appears to me, is quite important, as thereby the Committee and The Sovereign Grand Lodge
maintained all of the decisions giving life and vitality to the Transfer of Membership Law, and which were carefully considered and
passed upon in 1905 and 1906, by The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Question.—What is meant by Report No. 115?
Answer.—The consideration and adoption of Report No. 115,
by The Sovereign Grand Lodge, adopts in its entirety Resolution
No. 33.
Dec. 10. Statement.—A member of a lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction who now lives in another Grand Jurisdiction about eight
miles from the nearest lodge in said Jurisdiction, desires to change
his membership, by transfer, to another lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction two and one-half miles from his present place of residence.
Question.—Can this brother change his membership from his
own lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction to the one in this Grand
Jurisdiction near his residence, without first getting a permission
from the Grand Master of the Grand Jurisdiction in which he resides?
Answer.—No.
Dec. 11. Statement.—A lodge, whose annual dues, were eight
dollars, changed its by-laws relative to the reinstatement of dropped
members, which read: "Shall pay an amount equal to one year's
dues" so as to read: "Shall pay an amount equal to six months'
dues," and submitted it to the Grand Master for his approval or
disapproval; he failed to either approve or disapprove, but returned
the following: "Shall pay the sum of four dollars," and stated that
that would be the law of the subordinate lodge until changed according to their by-laws. The lodge was not willing to accept the
verbiage of the Grand Master and returned it to him and asked
him to either approve or disapprove the amendment as submitted
to him. This he refused to do and wrote back the same reply as
before. The lodge returned same to him once or twice more with
the same result as before, until finally the Grand Master declared
the lodge suspended for insubordination. The members of other
subordinate. Rebekah and Encampment branches in the same city
took the matter up to try and have the suspended lodge reinstated. 2925
This, however, through no solicitation on the part of the suspended
lodge, and after several weeks a compromise was affected and the
lodge reinstated.
Question i.—Did the Grand Master have the right to change
the verbiage of amendment submitted?
Answer.—No.
Ques. 2.—Did the Grand Master have the right to reinstate the
subordinate lodge without first having his act suspending said lodge
passed on by the Grand Lodge in open session?
Ans.—Yes.
Dec. 12. Statement.—A Grand Jurisdiction has a law providing that all members must belong six months before becoming beneficial. An amendment is adopted making members admitted by
card immediately beneficial, but does not change the existing law
in regard to initiates.
Question.—Is such an amendment legal?
Answer.—Yes.
Dec. 13. Statement.—A subordinate lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction was recently suspended by me as Grand Master for insubordination. Now come those who claim to have had no connection with the disloyal act and ask that the Grand Master restore
the charter, during the recess of the Grand Lodge, to them.
Question 1.—Can the Grand Master restore the charter, without the action of the Grand Lodge, to only those who were loyal
and bar those who were guilty of the act of insubordination?
Answer.—No.
Ques. 2.—Will the restoration of the charter restore all the
members to their former standing in .the Order?
Ans.—Yes.
Dec. 14. Statement.—In one of our cities in this Grand Jurisdiction the brothers (three from each lodge), have formed a visiting
committee for the purpose of having a systematic method of visiting the lodges, assisting in conferring the degrees and generally devising plans to create a better feeling between the lodges and to encourage the lodges to be active and progressive, the members of
this committee being appointed by the different lodges, and may be
constantly changed. The committee have prepared a short set of
by-laws governing the members, copy enclosed.
Question.—Is this committee an organization prohibited by
Section 1105, Busbee's Digest?
Answer.—No.
Dec. 15. Statement.—An approved by-law of a subordinate
lodge provides that the senior member of the board of trustees shall 2926
be chairman. After serving some time the position of chairman is
made vacant by resignation, moving from the Jurisdiction or by
death.   The lodge then elects and fills the vacancy in the usual way.
Question.—Would the newly-elected member be chairman of
the board, or could the lodge even declare him chairman with the
by-laws as above quoted, the State Constitution being silent in
the matter?
Answer.—No. ! !__!
Dec. 16. Statement.—A brother is under care of a physician
and has been for some time, but he refused to be guided by the
doctor's advice, failing to comply with his directions and stubbornly going on trips and keeping late hours and many other things
against his direct order, as a result he became seriously ill.
Question.—Is he entitled to benefits?
Answer.—Yes, unless his illness is the result of immoral conduct.
Statement.—A brother being seriously sick, discharges his physician and employes a "healer," so-called. His lodge, realizing his
condition, sends another physician, who is also discharged by the
brother and his family, who continue the services of the science
healer. The physicians who saw the brother say that he has pneumonia and a complication of other diseases. Also blood poison
caused from the too early use of a broken leg.
Ques.—Is he entitled to benefits?
Ans.—Yes.
Dec. 17. Statement.—Article III, Section 1, Constitution of
Grand Lodge:
The elective officers of the Grand Lodge shall be: (1) Grand
Master; (2) Deputy Grand Master; (3) Grand Warden; (4) Grand
Secretary; (5) Grand Treasurer; (6) Grand Representatives; (7)
Three Trustees.
Article V, Section 4. Vacancies how filled: Vacancies in the
office of District Deputy Grand Master and other appointed officers shall be filled by the Grand Master. Vacancies in the elective
Grand Offices, except that of Grand Master, shall be filled by the
Grand Lodge if in session, if not, then by the Standing Committee,
for the remainder of the term.
Art. VI, Sec. 1. Standing Committee: The elective Grand Officers shall constitute the Standirig Committee to act during the recess of the annual sessions of the Grand Lodge, and perform such
duties as may be assigned to them. Of said committee, the Grand
Master shall be chairman, and he may call meetings at his discretion.
Question 1.—In view of the above items of the Constitution, are
the Grand Representatives members of the Standing Committee,
and as such are they entitled to vote at meetings of said committee?
Answer.—Yes. 2927
Ques. 2.—Does the Constitution as above quoted, conflict in any
way with any laws of The Sovereign Grand Lodge?
Ans.—No.
Ques. 3.—At a meeting of the said Standing Committee called
to elect an officer to fill a vacancy, one of the Grand Representatives being present, the Grand Master ruled that the Grand Representative present was not entitled to vote. Would such an election
be legal, and would the officer so elected be entitled to the office?
Ans.—No, unless there was a clear majority without the vote
ruled out by the Grand Master.
Dec. 18. Question.—Is a brother entitled to speak, vote or obtain the password in his lodge if he is so much in arrears for dues
as not to be entitled to benefits?
■ Answer.—He is not entitled to vote, or the password, but has
the right to speak.
Ques.—Would it be legal for the Grand Lodge to adopt the following as covering the point involved above:
"A brother cannot speak, vote, or obtain the password if in arrears so as to be not in good standing, but he can visit the lodge of
which he is a member."
Ans.—No.
Dec. 19. Question.—Is the provision of the Subordinate Constitution legal that makes one class of members admitted on a withdrawal card beneficial at once, and another class (those who have
not been members of the Order for six months) admitted on a
withdrawal card, not beneficial until after six months?
Answer.—Yes.
Dec. 20. Question 1.—What are the rights of a member who is
more than 13 weeks in arrears for dues? Can he speak to a question which is before his lodge? Can he make a motion and speak
to it? In other words, has he any rights except to be present and
sit in his seat?
Answer.—Yes.
Ques. 2.—Can a lodge pass a by-law saying that a brother in
arrears for dues shall not have the right to take part in the pro •
ceedings of his lodge?
Ans.—No.
Ques. 3.—Does not the general law give a brother in arrears
the right to take part in the proceedings?
Ans.—Yes, except depriving him of the right to vote. 2928
Dec. 21. Statement.—A brother is proposed by card, when the
ballot is had the Noble Grand declares him rejected, a discussion
arises, after which the Noble Grand stated he was not sure but that
he might have mistaken a discolored ball for a black ball, he thereupon destroyed the ballot and orde ed a new one, upon the second
ballot the candidate is elected, and the Noble Grand declares accordingly. The next meeting night when the minutes are read the
Secretary reads the record showing action only on the first ballot
which rejected the applicant, making no mention of the X'oble
Grand's declaration as to his doubt and of his ordering a new ballot by which, after inspection by the Vice Grand and Noble Grand,
he declared the applicant elected, upon objection being made to
such minutes the Secretary admits he failed to record the declaration of the Noble Grand as to his doubt concerning the first ballot,
the -destroying of the ballot and the new ballot, because as he
said "in his judgment the second ballot was illegal, and he did not
propose to record illegal acts." In this contention he was upheld
by a Past Grand Master of the Lodge, and he prevailed upon the
lodge to approve his act.
Question 1.—Had the Noble Grand the right when not certain
as to the result to order a new ballot?
Answer.—Yes.
Ques. 2.—Was not the applicant elected upon the second ballot, the lodge having acquiesced in the action of the Noble Grand
and permitted the new ballot to be had?
Ans.—Yes.
Ques. 3.—Has a secretary of a lodge the right to fail to record
any act of his lodge whether legal or illegal?
Ans.—No.
Dec. 22. Question 1.—When a petition for membership is presented to a lodge and referred to a committee for investigation, has
the committee a right to take the petition, or should it remain in
the hands of the secretary?
Answer.—The Committee on Character have the right to take
the petition while making their investigation and report.
Ques. 2.—Do you interpret Section 1947, Busbee's Digest, to
mean that all the evidence and proceedings connected with the
trial of a brother should be copied in the minutes of the lodge by
the secretary?
Ans.—No, the evidence need not be recorded, but the trial proceedings and actions of the lodge should appear on the records.
Ques. 3.—In balloting on the guilt or innocence of a brother on
trial, or the punishment to be inflicted, should a record be kept of
the number of white and black balls cast?
Ans.—No.
Dec. 23.    Statement.—A brother bought a saloon and engaged 2929
in the selling of liquor, but before buying he resigned from the Order. He now wishes to regain membership in the Order again, being an upright man.
Question.—What mode of procedure is necessary in order that
he may, or can he again become a member after resigning from
the Order?
Answer.—Can make application as an Ancient Odd Fellow, using his certificate of resignation as evidence of former membership.
ENCAMPMENT DECISIONS.
Dec. 24. Statement.—A beneficial member of an encampment
in this State died last April and who was at the time of his death in
good standing in said encampment and entitled to sick benefits, but
no branch of the Order was permitted to participate in his burial by
reason of the religious faith of his family.
Section 75, of the Constitution of subordinate encampments as
prescribed by the Grand Encampment of this Jurisdiction, is as
follows:
"Funeral Expenses: At the decease of a beneficial member of
an encampment who was at the time of his death entitled to benefits
there may be appropriated toward defraying the expense of his
funeral a sum not exceeding $100. This appropriation shall be expended by the Chief Patriarch or some other Patriarch in charge
of the burial on behalf of said encampment. But if no branch of
the Order was permitted to participate in his burial by reason of
the objections of friends or relatives of the deceased, or if he was
buried in such a manner that no expense was incurred against his
estate, or by the Order, then no funds shall be drawn from the
treasury of said encampment under this section.
"An encampment may by by-law limit the amount of said expenses, provided, that the sum shall not exceed $100."
The encampment to which said Patriarch belonged limited the
amount of said expense to $50.
Question 1.—Can said encampment be required to appropriate
the sum of $50 toward defraying the expense of the funeral of said
Patriarch?
Answer.—No.
Ques. 2.—Is Section 75, of the Constitution of subordinate encampments of this Jurisdiction in conflict with the recent legislation of The Sovereign Grand Lodge as appears in Report 100, found
on page 311, of the Journal, 1907?
Ans.—No.
Dec. 25. Statement.—Encampment No. 3 desires to consolidate
with Encampment No. 1. A few of their members (some six or
eight) are absent and cannot be here to sign the Constitution of the
consolidated-encampment. 293°
Question.—Is it actually necessary for them to be here in
person to sign the Constitution?
Answer.—No.
Dec. 26. Statement.—At the annual session of a Grand Encampment during the year 1907 a resolution was passed appropriating $300.00 from the funds of said Grand Encampment in aid of the
Patriarchs Militant.
Question.—Was and is this appropriation legal?
Answer.—Yes.
Dec. 33. Statement.—Prominent members of our Order in this
jurisdiction are soliciting members for the "Ladies Militant" from
the membership of our Order.
Qualifications for membership in said "Ladies Militant" are as
follows:
1. All those who have received the degree.
2. All Chevaliers in good standing.
3. The mothers, sisters, wives, widows, daughters and nieces
of Chevaliers in good standing.
4. All ladies who have received the Decoration of Chivalry.
The "Ladies Militant" confer a degree, but I have no means of
knowing whether this Order uses any of the signs or symbols of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, but I do know that they
not only use the name "Militant" and make the qualifications as
above set forth as pre-requisite for membership, but they also use
the name of the Order, not only in soliciting membership generally,
and also through the columns of the fraternal press; and in the
cantons of Patriarchs Militant, the Chevaliers are strongly urged
to assist in the Organization of Fortresses of the "Ladies Militant"
degree.
Question.—Is the creation or establishment of Fortresses of
Ladies Militant a violation of the laws or the Order as referred to
in the resolution on page 781, Journal S. G. L., 1906?
An
swer-
-Yes.
Dec. 34. Statement.—In 1906, at a Grand Lodge session a Committee of Revision was appointed and submitted a report to the
session in regard to the amendments to the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge which were considered in the committee of the whole,
and after some changes were ordered printed in the Journal and
to lie over for one year as our Constitution directs. Section 1, of
Article X., of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge is as follows:
"This Constitution shall be altered or amended only by a proposition therefor in writing signed by three or more representatives,
submitted at an annual session, which proposition shall set forth
the section to be altered or amended, as it would read if amended
or altered.   The proposition shall be entered at length on the Jour- 2931
nal and shall not be acted upon until the next annual session, when
it may be considered and perfected by amendments, and adopted by
a vote of two-thirds of all the representatives voting; provided,
however, it will be competent for the Grand Lodge, by a majority
of all the representatives, at any session, to strike out, add to, modify or amend any of these laws in conflict with, or to make them
conform to the laws and decisions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge."
Question.—Can the* Constitution which was printed in the Revised Journal be taken up for consideration at the next session of
the Grand Lodge and further amendments be added to it?
Answer.—It can be considered and amendments made which
are germane to the subject matter.
Dec. 35. Statement.—Brother "A" was elected Grand Representative to The Sovereign Grand Lodge for a term of two years
beginning with the session of 1907.
He tendered his resignation to the Grand Master, who appointed Brother "B" to fill the vacancy and he attended the session of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1907 at St. Paul.
Section 1, Article IV., Grand Lodge Constitution, reads as fol-
■ lows:
"The elect:ve officers of this Grand Lodge shall be the Grand
Master, Deputy Grand Master. Grand Warden. Grand Secretary,
Grand Treasurer, and Grand Representative to The Sovereign
Grand Lodge."
Section 15, Article IV., of the same Constitution, reads as follows:
"Any officer may resign his office during the session of the
Grand Lodge, and all officers except the Grand Master,. Deputy
Grand Master and Grand Warden may resign during its recess, addressing their letters of resignation to the Grand Master."
Section 6, Article V., of the same Constitution, reads as follows:
"Vacancies occurring in the elective offices during any communication of the Grand Lodge shall be filled at such communication by a vote of the representatives and Past Grands present, a
majority of the votes cast shall be necessary to a choice; vacancies
occurring during recess in the office of the Grand Secretary and
Grand Treasurer shall be filled by the Grand Master or acting
Grand Master by appointing some member to fill such vacancy."
At the session of the Grand Lodge in May, 1907, the following
resolution was adopted:
"Whereas, As there is no provision in the Constitution of the
Jurisdiction of  I. O. O. F. providing for the filling of vacancies that may occur among the Grand Representatives
*when the Grand Lodge is not in session.
"Therefore, Be it Resolved, That if a vacancy shall occur in the
office of Representative to The Sovereign Grand Lodge, it shall be 2932
filled as follows: First, if the vacancy occurs during the session of
the Grand Lodge, or if the Grand Lodge will meet before the next
session of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, the vacancy shall be filled
by a majority vote of the Grand Lodge. Second, if the vacancy occurs at a time when there will be no meeting of the Grand Lodge
before the next meeting of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, the Grand
Master shall appoint."
Question.—Is Brother "B" who was appointed to fill the vacancy of Brother "A" the legal representative for the full term to
which Brother "A" had been elected?
Answer.—Unless otherwise provided by local legislation the
appointment w'll hold for the unexpired term.
The Grand Sire, in a very comprehensive report, said in part
as follows:
MEMORIAL PROCLAMATION.
Information of the decease of the following prominent and representative members of the Order has been received since our last
Memorial Day, viz.:
British Columbia.— January 30. 1908, J. E. Phillips, Past Grand
Representative; aged 58 years.
ENCAMPMENT BRANCH.
From the reports and letters I have received and from visits
made during the year, I am pleased to report that the Encampment
branch of the Order is more prosperous than ever before. Much
earnest and efficient work is being done by the Grand Patriarchs
and other active members. The gain for 1908 will be greater than
it was in 1907.
PATRIARCHS MILITANT.
The Patriarchs Militant branch of our Order shows a net gain
of 1,523 for 1907. The total number of Chevaliers December 31,
1907, was 21,524. If at all times the beautiful Patriarchs Militant degree would be conferred in a dignified and impressive manner, it
would aid greatly in not only increasing the membership but" also
in making this branch of our Order specially popular with a large
numbers of members. Also see Exhibit "A" for report of M. A.
Raney, General Commanding.
THE HOMES OF THE ORDER.
The same active and thoughtful interest and work continues to
be manifested in the Homes of our Order as last year. Many Jurisdictions that have not as yet erected Homes for the helpless orphans and the helpless aged are now raising funds for that purpose. The Jurisdictions that now have Homes are putting forth an
effort every year to improve these Homes wherever possible. J. H. MELDRAM
Grand Master 1889  2933
•   THE PRESS OF OUR ORDER.      ,
During the past year I have had the continued cordial support
of the press of our Order. The editors have not only gladly published the several articles I have written, but they have worked
earnestly for the advancement of Odd Fellowship. All of these
brothers and sisters have my most heartfelt thanks. The Odd Fellows press is a power for good and it is entitled to careful consideration and support.
I againovish to assure }rou of my appreciation of having been
elected to fill the honorable position of Grand Sire of this Sovereign
Grand Lodge. It is not only a position of great honor, but one that
carries with it great, opportunity to be of service in the advancement of the work of this great Fraternity. My work as Grand Sire
has been most delightful and the results obtained have been satisfactory. The pleasure of the work and the satisfactory results obtained have been due to the assistance of the Grand Officers of all
the Jurisdictions* and to the District Deputy Grand Sires. To all
these brothers and to each of you. my brothers, and especially to
our efficient Grand Secretary, Brother Goodwin, and to all others
who have in any way assisted in the advancement of Odd Fellowship, I extend my heartfelt thanks.
I have every confidence in the future of Odd Fellowship and I
am satisfied that our Eighty-Fourth Annual Communication in this
historic convention city will be a most delightful one..
The  Grand Secretary, in a very complete and exhaustive report, reported as follows:
"In submitting this report tothe eighty-fourth annual session,
attention is called to the figures and tables showing the condition of
all branches of the Order on December 31, 1907, except as to the
Patriarchs Militant, which will appear in my report as Adjutant-
General, but as matter of general interest it should be here stated
that most gratifying progress and condition will also be found as
to this branch. Notwithstanding the financial stringency, with its
attendant interference with business and industrial employment, extended through the whole of the last quarter of the year, the remarkable record of progress and good work made in 1906 has been
equalled and in some respects surpassed in the past year. In the
matter of splendid net increase in membership all departments of
ti.e Order have shared. In subordinate lodge membership this net
increase is 80,448: in encampment membership, 14,591; in Rebekah
membership, brothers 10,785, sisters 24,464. The aggregate net increase in subordinate, encampment and Rebekah membership is
130,288, and if to this be added 1,523 net increase in Patriarchs Militant membership, the grand total of increase in one year is 131,811.
The present subordinate lodge membership is 1,442,758; encampment membership, 208.437; Rebekah membership, 571,200, of which
there are 199.513 brothers and 371,687 sisters. The subordinate
lodge membership, together with the sisters of the Rebekah branch
make the aggregate membership of the Order at the end of 1907,
1,814,445, this not including encampment, Patriarchs Militant mem- 2934
bers or brothers of the Rebekah branch, as these are all included as
subordinate lodge members.
"It will be seen that in the Encampment branch the net increase
is 14,591 for the past year, as against only 8,476 in 1906.
"The total relief expenditure in all branches for 1907 is $5,112,-
993-75, as against $5,005,753.37 in 1906, showing an increase in the
last year of $107,240.38. The total receipts of subordinate bodies of
the Order in 1907 are $15,844,571.76, as against $15,168,307.90 in 1906,
showing an increase in 1907 over the previous year of $676,263.86.
"The receipts of this office from Representative Tax, sale of
supplies and interest on deposits, amount to $126,-114.50 for the fiscal year ending July 31, 1908, against $117,685.97 for the previous
fiscal year, and this notwithstanding the large reduction in the price
of Official Certificates, the introduction and sale of the Transfer
Certificate at two cents each, which has greatly reduced the sale
of Withdrawal Cards at twenty cents each, and the fianancial stringency which extended through the last nine months of the fiscal
year."
The following schedules are taken from the Grand Secretary's
report, and give a clear idea of the standing of the Order in regards
to the amount of money handled by the various branches of the
Order and the purposes for which it is expended. Owing to the
interest which this Jurisdiction takes in the matter of Odd Fellows
Homes, the following statement shows the work now being done
by the order in this direction:
Homes have been established and are being maintained in the
following Jurisdictions: Arkansas, Australasia, California (2), Connecticut, Florida, Illinois (2), Indiana, Indian Territory, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New
Hampshire, New Jersey (2), New Mexico, New York (3), North
Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania (7),
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
These Homes have been erected at a cost of $2,076,991.76, whilst
their present value is estimated at $2,900,076.99. They shelter 2,549
inmates and are maintained at an annual cost of $472,713.20.
The following Jurisdictions, where Homes have not yet been
established, report as follows:
British Columbia.—Raising a fund for a Home; cash on hand
for the purpose, $5,437.92.
Denmark.—Reports five Homes for widows.
District of Columbia.—Raising a fund for a Home; cash on
hand for the purpose, $5,000.00.
Colorado.—Has $25,000.00 invested, bearing interest, which is
a fund for the purpose of building a Home when necessary. 2935
Idaho.—Collecting a fund.
Manitoba.—Cash in Home Fund, $11,068.14.
Nebraska.—Raising a fund for a Home; endowment fund, $26,-
000.00; building fund accumulating, $19,000.00; total, $45,000.00.
Nevada.—Rebekahs raising a Home fund, and have $4,250.00 on
hand invested for that purpose.
North Dakota.—Raising a fund for a Horn 3; cash on hand and
invested, bearing interest, $18,000.00.
Saskatchewan.—Raising a fund for a Home;    cash    on hand,
$111.40.
South Dakota.—Raising a fund for a Home; cash on hand for
that purpose, $22,000.00.
Switzerland.—Has a fund of $4,538.72.
West Virginia.—Accumulating a fund to build a Home.  2937
Statistics of the Order Throughout the World From 1830 to December 31, 1907.
(Including Australasia,  Denmark,  Germany,  Netherlands,  Sweden
and Switzerland.)
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges     3,339.646
Members  relieved     3,409,324
Widowed Families relieved    295,920
Members deceased     336,918
Total  Relief    $120,224,913.42
Total Revenue      224,310,255.27
Condition of the Order Throughout the World December 31, 1907.
Sovereign Grand Lodge     1
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark. Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland)    ;  6
Grand  Lodges     69
Grand  Encampments     56
Subordinate Lodges     16,338
Subordinate   Encampments     3.480
Rebekah   Lodges      8,219
Lodge   Members     1,442,758
Encampment   Members     208,437
Rebekah Lodge Members     571,200
Total number of persons belonging to the Order.. .. 1,814,445
Total Relief paid in 1907     $ 5,112,993.75
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1907     15,844,571.76
Total  Expenses  of  Grand and    Subordinate    Bodies
for   1907          7.-153,638.31
Invested Funds of Grand and Subordinate Bodies December 31. 1907       44,200,605.75     2942
Veteran, Rebekah Veteran, Honorable Veteran, Patriarchs Militant,
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The Veteran Jewels were authorized by The Sovereign Grand
Lodge in September, 1888; the Rebekah Veteran, September, 1891;
the Honorable Veteran, September, 1893; the Decoration of Chivalry, September, 1887; the D. D. G. M. Jewel, September, 1889; the
D. D. G. P. Jewel, September, 1900; and the Past President Jewel,
September, 1905. The P. M. Jewels have been issued from this office since April 17, 1894.
During the year 2,271 have been sold. Of this number 1,472 were
Veteran, 75 were Rebekah Veteran, 63 Honorable Veteran, 590 Patriarchs Militant, 41 D. D. G. M. and D. D. G. P. Jewels and 30
Past President Jewels.   There have been sold 3,895 P. M. Badges. 2944
FINANCIAL.
Cash Account.
Dr.
Received from sale of supplies $103,077.32
Representative Tax     15-375-00
Dues     826.03
Charter  Fees     108.00
Interest on Deposits and  Bonds  6,667.80
Rebate on Mileage and Per    Diem,    Water
Rent, sale of old desks, etc  60.35
Cr.
Paid  to  Grand  Treasurer,  as  per   Receipts,
Nos. 1 to 60 inclusive  $126,114.50
$126,114.50    $126,114.50
Supply Account.
Dr.
Supplies on hand August 1, 1907 $ 25,945.08
Expended for supplies        49,996.84
Gross profit on supplies '.      73,022.91
Cr.
Value of sales of supplies    $101,940.48
Supplies on hand August  1,   1908  47,024.35
$148,964.83    $148,964.83
Gross profit on supplies     73,022.91
Net profit on supplies       73,022.91
$75.-941-92      $75,941-92
"The foregoing figures as to membership, relief work and receipts profoundly impress the extent and achievements of the Order and its benevolent expenditures.
^Never before was Odd Fellowship so strong or as well prepared
for carrying on its great and good work as now. As it approaches
very near the two million membership mark, grateful hearts rejoice
in the marvelous prosperity and vast fraternal and benevolent influence and results which have been vouchsafed to it. Surely the
blessings of heaven have attended it in its mission to humanity and
in its onward course.
"Considering our Order and its mi:
;ion, appropriate expression
is found in the following extract from an address by Wjjliam Ellison, Past Grand Sire, deceased, of Massachusetts: 'In the great procession of the ages, mankind found the necessity of associated effort for mutual protection and support. This gave life to philanthropic and charitable institutions, civil governments, States and
nations. This spirit of philanthropy and brotherly love has been
breathed into the nostrils of the present age, and with us today it is 2945
called Odd Fellowship. We have seen it go forth in its infancy and
weakness to combat tbe sins and wrongs that afflict society, and it
has returned to us covered with trophies that have almost encircled
the earth. Its gentle influences have touched the human soul and
breathed upon the discordant strings of the human heart, and it has
awakened it to a diviner melody. You may search the records of
the world, and where can you find an institution that has done more
ior the amelioration of man's condition and the relief of humar
suffering than this fraternity of Odd Fellows? Let it spread abroad
then and its principles, benefits and blessings be everywhere felt,
and the peace, comfort and happiness of the whole world be enhanced by its power.'
"Since this deserved and #beautiful tribute was given, constant
progress has been made by the Order in our own and other lands,
and the prayer that its influence should become world-wide is be \
ing answered in the record made with every passing year."
The General "Commanding and the Adjutant General reported
in part as follows:
"Much of merit and worthy of consideration is also to be found
in the words of a Grand Representative, who says: 'We have often
said that the reason why the Encampment branch of the Order did
not increase more rapidly was from the fact that the members of
subordinate lodges were not informed in relation to it. The methods employed by the Grand Encampment at its annual sessions, by
drills, parades, receptions, etc., has brought the Patriarchal branch
prominently to the front, which largely accounts for the interest
and increase in this Jurisdiction. And it could be imitated to great
advantage by other Jurisdictions where the Patriarchal membership
is but trifling in comparison to that of the other branches. If you
wish your Encampment and Patriarchs Militant to increase, you
must let the members know something about them.' "
British Columbia.—Canton Vancouver, No. i, at Vancouver.
Mustered October 9, 1907, by Major Wm. Crowhurst.
The following amendments to the  Constitution of the Sover
eign Grand Lodge were adopted:
Amendment to Section 1, Article XVII.
"Sec. 1. The Officers and Grand Representatives (except such
officers as receive stated salaries) shall receive a compensation for
their services, to be fixed by law, and paid out of the treasury of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge; provided, that this Grand Lodge may allow other and different compensation to any Grand Representative
coming from a Jurisdiction beyond the limits of the North American continent than its By-laws allow Grand Representatives from
Jurisdictions within such Continent." 2946 . e
Amendment to Section 6, Article IX.
Sec. 6. Each independent Grand Lodge which shall have accepted and which shall be working under the charter adopted in the
year 1900 for all such independent Grand Lodges, and each independent Grand Lodge chartered by The Sovereign Grand Lodge
after the year 1900, may elect a Grand Representative to this Sovereign Grand Lodge, whose qualifications, term of office, privileges,
and duties shall be the same as other Grand Representatives; provided, that The Sovereign Grand L-odge may by law fix such compensation as it may deem proper to be paid to any such Grand Representative."
The following Committee Reports were adopted:
Your Committee on Appeals, to whom was referred the appeal
of Franklin P. Trautmann, Past Grand Master, from the action of
the Grand Lodge of New York, respectfully reports therepn as follows:
The Grand Master of the Jurisdiction of New York, among his
decisions, made the following:
'A lodge may use of its contingent funds to pay for cigars on
an occasion where members only are present, and the object of the
meeting being to arouse interest in the Order."
This decision was approved by the Grand Lodge of New York,
and from this decision of the Grand Lodge an appeal was taken.
The precise question presented by the appeal is whether the
contingent fund of a subordinate lodge may lawfully be used in the
purchase of cigars for use by members at a meeting of members
.only, where such meeting is to arouse interest in the Order.
Your committee is of the opinion that such use of the contingent fund of a subordinate lodge is without sanction by the law of
the Order, and therefore recommends the adoption of the following:
Resolved, That the action of the Grand Lodge of New York
herein be disapproved and reversed, and that the appeal be sustained.
Your Committee on Constitutions, to whom was referred the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, beg leave to
report that we have carefully examined the amendment to Section 1
of Article VIII, and find it in conformity with the general laws of
the Order, and recommend that it be approved.
1
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
that part of the Grand Secretary's report appearing on pages 99 and
100 of said report, referring to Odd Fellowship in the mother Jurisdiction, acknowledgments, the 1908 meeting in Denver and conclusion, respectfully report that we have read with much interest this
part of the Grand Secretary's report, and have given the same due
consideration. It is most pleasing to know of the noble and successful efforts now being made by the mother Jurisdiction; it is 2947
also most gratifying that the most cordial relations exist among the
officers of this Sovereign Grand Lodge, and that the Order has made
such wonderful progress in the twenty-one years since this Sovereign Body last held its annual communication in the city of
Denver, and that our Order never was so strong or so well prepared
for carrying on its great and good work as now.
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred resolution of Rep. McClurg, of. Mississippi, No. 53, page 91, of the Daily
Journal, asking permission of the Sovereign Grand Lodge to Grand
Bodies under its jurisdiction to protect the Order, by proper court
proceedings that will not bring reproach, scandal or disrepute upon
the Order, in the exclusive use of its name, symbols, etc., beg
leave to report that while we are of the opinion that a Jurisdiction
subordinate to this Sovereign Grand Lodge that holds a proper
state charter may take such legal action, yet, since the principles
of the Order universal are to some extent involved, we deem it advisable for the Grand Body to signify its approbation of any proper
effort on the part of any Jurisdiction subordinate to its authority
to preserve the possessions of the Order* we recommend the adoption of the following:
Resolved, That permission is hereby given to any Jurisdiction
subordinate to this Sovereign Grand Lodge to proceed in any lawful and orderly way, so as not to bring the Order into reproach,
scandal or disrepute, to protect to the Order and each Jurisdiction
thereof in the exclusive possession and use of its property in the
matters and things mentioned in said resolution. "Ii*
Your Committee on Printing Supplies, to whom was referred
the resolution appearing on page 291 of Journal of 1907, which reads
as follows:
"Resolved, That the Committee on Printing Supplies be, and
are hereby, directed to inquire into the advisability and practicability of having all regalia and paraphernalia manufactured and sold
under the authority and control of the Sovereign -rand Lodge as
supplies, and report at the next session. That should the committee be of the opinion that such action should be taken, then it shall
submit as a part of its report a plan for fully carrying out the objects of this resolution."
The subject matter of the foregoing resolution being one of
great importance, your committee have had the matter under careful discussion at both of their meetings held during the recess of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge. The matter was referred to a subcommittee at our July meeting, and the members of that committee have continued the consideration of the subject, and having reported to the full committee we now submit our conclusions as follows:
That while it would not be desirable for the Sovereign Grand
Lodge to enter into the manufacturing business by the equipment
of a factory for the ourpose of manufacturing regalia and paraphernalia, it is believed bv your committee to be both advisable and
practicable to have all regalia and paraphernalia authorized to be
used by the several branches of our Order, including all lodge sup- 2948
plies, manufactured under competitive bids by responsible regalia
and paraphernalia manufacturers of the United States and Canada,
and sold by the Sovereign Grand Lodge as supplies by and through
the Grand Secretaries, Grand Scribes, Department Commanders and
Rebekah Assemblies, and subordinate bodies under the jurisdiction
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. That we have made such inquiries
as enable us to report that there are a number of established manufacturing houses who are in a position to do this work, and we have
ascertained that by having such supplies sold by and through the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, we can materially reduce the cost to our
subordinate bodies, and at the same time provide for a reasonable
profit to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and to the Grand Jurisdictions
who may desire to have such supplies sold through their Grand
Bodies. That it is not practicable in this report to set out in detail a
comprehensive plan for carrying out this proposition, but we believe that if the Sovereign Grand Lodge will authorize its Committee on Printing Supplies to proceed to take all necessary steps
to provide for the making of contracts" with responsible manufac
turers under proper safeguards such as trust company bonds U>
insure the faithful performance of such contracts that the said committee will be able to arrange all of the details so that in a comparatively short time, say by July 1st, 1909, this plan can become effective.
By having all regalia and paraphernalia sold under the superintendence of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, we not only can save
our subordinate bodies a large amount of money, but we can assure
to them more uniform grades and qualities of material, and more
nearly in keeping with the regulations prescribed by the laws of the
Order.
We therefore submit the following resolutions:
Resolved, That it is both advisable and practicable that all
regalia and paraphernalia and other supplies used by our Order, or
any of its subordinate branches, should be manufactured and sold
under the authority and control of the Sovereign Grand Lodge as
supplies, but1 that it is not desirable at this time that the Sovereign Grand Lodge should engage in the. actual manufacture of
such supplies, but that it should, through its Committee on Printing
Supplies, have prepared for use and distribution a catalogue of all
such regalia and paraphernalia and other supplies, and, after secur
ing bids from responsible manufacturers, enter into contracts with
one or more such manufacturers for a series of years, not less than
three; such contract or contracts being so drawn as to protect the
Sovereign Grand Lodge against, any liability for the payment of the
amounts due by subordinate bodies upon orders for regalia and
paraphernalia and other supplies received by such manufacturers
through the office of the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Resolved, That the Committee on Printing Supplies be and it
is hereby authorized and directed to proceed with all reasonable
dispatch to carry out the foregoing resolution, in order that said
plan may become effective at as early a day as practicable, and if
possible not later than July 1. 1909. That when said committee
shall have awarded contracts for the manufacture of regalia and ,2949
paraphernalia and other supplies contemplated by these resolutions,
the Grand Secretary shall at once notify all Grand Bodies that
thereafter all such supplies must be purchased through the office
of the Grand Secretary, as other supplies now are, and shall have
printed for distribution the catalogue hereby authorized to be prepared under the direction of said Committee on Printing Supplies,
and issued under the imprint of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. That
the Grand Secretary is hereby authorized to provide for and employ such additional clerical assistance in his office, in Baltimore, as
may be deemed necessary to carry out the objects and purposes of
these resolutions, but the compensation of any persons so employed
shall be fixed by the Finance Committee of this Body, or its subcommittee, if said plan shall be put into operation before the 1909
communication of this Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Resolved, That the Committee on Printing Supplies be and it
is hereby authorized and directed to prepare a catalogue showing
the regalia, nara^hernalia and other supplies to be used by the subordinate bodies of this Order, and to fix the grades and qualities
of such supplies as may be deemed necessary to meet the demands
of our mmbership, according to the rules and regulations provided
now for such regalia and paraphernalia. That in carrying out
these resolutions said committee be and it is hereby authorized to
employ such assistance as may be found to be necessary and proper.
(This report was ordered to be referred to the various Grand
Lodges, and will be considered next session.)
Your Committee on Printing and Supplies, to whom was referred Resolution No. 11, have considered the same and recommend
the following: That the price of official certificates be reduced to j,
cents per book of 100 certificates to Grand Bodies, and that such
certificates be printed in lots of 500 instead of 2,000. as now provided
by law, and that the certificate be printed on the best grade of
paper that is practicable.
It is further recommended that the executive officers of each
Grand Jurisdiction be and they are hereby directed to enforce the
law in their respective Jurisdictions, requiring the use of official
certificates in all subordinate and Rebekah lodges and encampments, as the onlv receipt for dues and other charges; and it further is recommended, That upon proof of complaint to a Grand
Body, by any member of this Order, that a subordinate or Rebekah
lodge or encampment under the Jurisdiction of such Grand Body
has issued a receipt for dues or other charges upon any other form
than the official certificate issued and sold by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, such Grand Body shall impose a penalty upon such offending subordinate or Rebekah lodge or encampment, which may extend even to forfeiture of charter.
That the provisions of the preceding resolutions become effective January 1, 1009; that the Grand Jurisdictions be notified accordingly, and that the immediately preceding resolution be printed in each book of official certificates sold by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge, after tLe above named date. 2950
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred Resolution No. 38, page 69, requiring all subordinate lodges^ to maintain a
nurse fund, respectfully report that we have duly considered the
subject and are of the opinion that the proposed legislation is inexpedient at this session and therefore recommend that the resolution
be rejected.
The foUowing resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, That the Sovereign Grand Lodge, in eighty-fourth
annual session assembled, express through the Grand Sire its sympathy to Past Grand Sire Robert E. Wright in his continued illness.
Resolved, That early steps be taken to extend this Order to
the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and the appointment of a
capable commissioner be made for the service.
Resolved, That whereas it has heretofore been decided that
Sovereign Grand Lodge should pay the duty on all supplies purchased by Canadian Jurisdictions, and the Grand Secretary having
held that this does not apply to the exchange of new Rituals for
old, which renews the old handicap, and such duty having been paid
by such Jurisdictions, it is therefore
Resolved, That such duty be rebated now and paid hereafter by
this Grand Body.
Resolved, That a better quality of paper be used in printing
official receipts.
Resolved, That a special committee of three be appointed to
consider what legislation may be had to provide means to secure
benefits for Odd Fellows over 60 years who have been compelled to
avail themselves of the provisions of the 60-year-old law.
The following resolutions were introduced and considered and
not adopted:
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Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge be and hereby is authorized to receive reports from the Sectaries of Rebekah Assemblies direct, so as to relieve Grand Secretaries of the several Grand Lodges from receiving and handling
the reports from Rebekah Lodges in their several Jurisdictions,
and in turn report to the Grand Secretary of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge.
Resolved, That the subordinate lodges, subordinate encampments, cantons, and Rebekah lodges are permitted and empowered
to take into full membership and confer the degrees, without
charge, on officiating clergymen not engaged in any secular employment, the dues and benefit^ being the same as other beneficial
members. 295i
Resolved, That from and after this date the Grand Lodge degree shall not be conferred on any brother unless he shall have
served, as sitting Past Grand, for at least a majority of the nights
in the term next succeeding his term as Noble Grand; proof of
which service shall be made by certificate of Noble Grand, attested
by signature of Secretary, under seal.
The next session will be held in the city of Seattle in the third
week in September, 1909, and we trust that the Odd Fellows of this
Jurisdiction will take advantage of this opportunity of visiting the
meetings in connection with the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
During the session in Denver the Local Committee held a series of drill competitions in the Subordinate Lodge Degrees, Encampment Degrees, Patriarchs Militant Drills and the Rebekah
Degree, which proved very helpful. Some $6,000.00 was appropriated for this purpose. On Tuesday evening the Past Grand Representatives' Reunion was held in the Auditorium, the feature of
which was an address by the Hon. M. J. Durham, the oldest Jiving
Past Grand Sire, on "Ridgley," and an impromptu address by Deputy Grand Sire Nolen.
On Wednesday afternoon all business was laid aside and everybody joined in the Grand Parade, the great annual show of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge. The Patriarchs Militant, in their gorgeous
uniforms, the sturdy miners in the Subordinate Lodges of Colorado and the handsome and graceful Rebekahs, all combined to form
a spectacle that must impress the uninitiated with t,he strength and
character of the Great Order to which we belong. On Wednesday
evening in the Auditorium the ceremony of conferring the Grand
Decoration of Chivalry and the Decoration of Chivalry was held
under the command of Major General Raney and Col. G. W. Bon-
ney. Brother Keith received the Grand Decoration, and Sister
Keith, the President of the Assembly, the Decoration.
On Thursday evening a grand concert and complimentary ball
was given by Kremlin Riga, of the Imperial Order of Muscovites.
By a close application to business and the holding of two night
sessions, the Sovereign Grand Lodge was able to close at midnight
on Friday.
Since the closing of the Sovereign Grand Lodge this Order has
lost one of its ablest and most loyal members in the death of our
beloved and honoured Grand Sire Bro. John L. Nolen, of Tennessee. We feel sure that we shall meet him in the hereafter, when
all the sorrows of this life have passed. It seems a strange and
notable coincident that Bro. Nolen's demise should come so soon
after his stirring and eloquent address at the Past Grand Representatives' Reunion on the "Immortality of the Soul." May we all
have the strong hope which he had. In the make-up of the Sovereign Grand Lodge it is interesting
to note that there are, among others, 64 merchants and manufacturers, 46 lawyers, 27 holding some kind of public position, 21 looking after real estate, 7 bankers, 6 editors and 3 clergymen.
We wish to repeat the suggestion made in the report of last
year that this Jurisdiction adopt the practice of other Jurisdictions
and arrange to keep one Grand Representative in continual attendance at the Sovereign Grand Lodge meetings.
In submitting this report we have endeavoured to give a clear
synopsis of the proceedings of the session held in Denver last September, without going into unnecessary details.
We desire to thank the brothers of the Grand Lodge for the
high honour which you have bestowed upon us, and we trust that
we have not been false in the trust which was ours. Again thanking you and trusting that this report meets with your approval, we
have the honour to be,
Yours in F., L. and T.,
C. S. KEITH,
•  D. G. DAILEY,
Grand Representatives.
Report  read  from   the   Committee    on    Distribution,
which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the reference of the Grand Master's Report to the respective Committees, as
follows-:
To the Committee on State of the Order—Page 1, re State of
the Order and Necrology. Pages 5, 6, 7 and 8, re Official Visits.
Pages 8, 9. 10 and 11—Reports of D. D. G. M's. dealing with the
State of the Order in their respective Districts. Page 11, re Institution and Mergement of Lodges. Page 12—Recommendation re
dividing Province into Districts.
To the Committee
iciary—Page 1—Appointment of D.
D. G. M.    Pages 2, 3. 4 and 5, re Installations, Proclamations, Decisions and Dispensations, also any Decisions on Questions of Law
D. D. G. M's. Reports.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home-
Fund.
-Page 11. re Home
To the Committee on Rebekah Degree—Page 11, re Institution
of Harmony Rebekah Lodge. No. 22; and page 12—Recommendation re Institution of Rebekah Lodges by President of Assembly.' 2953
To Committee on Finance—Page i—Donation to Sufferers in
Fernie fire.    Page 6—Remission of fine to Camborne Lodge, No. 49.
That the report of the Grand Secretary be referred to the following Committees:
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 13 and 14,
dealing with the condition of the Order and Statistical tables.
Page 21, re affiliation of Dawson Lodge, No. 1, Dawson, Y.T., and
■claim of Harmony Lodge, No. 6. Pages 22, 23 and 24, re Fernie
fire and Subscriptions in aid of sufferers. Page 25—Death of Grand
Sire Nolen.
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and
21, dealing with the Finances of the Grand Lodge.
To the Committee on Petitions—Page 13, re Charters for new
Lodges and Duplicates to replace those destroyed by fire.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Page 21, re Tuberculosis Sanitarium. P^l|
To Committee on Home Fund—Page 19, re Odd Fellows'
Home Fund.
To Committee on Rebekah Degree—Page 13—Increase in
membership of Rebekah Lodges.
That the report of the Grand Treasurer be referred to the Committee on Finance.
That the report of the Committee on Printing and Supplies of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge re manufacture and sale of all Regalia
and Paraphernalia found on page 55 of the report of the Grand
Representatives be referred to the Committee on State of the Order.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master presented the foliowing Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT.
Ladysmith, B.C., June 5, 1909.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
On May 21. 1909, I officiated at the laying of the corner stone
of the new Odd Fellows' Hall to be built at New Westminster, B.C.,
Bro. W. Law. D.G.M.; Bro. Webber, G.W., and the Past Grands
from New Westminster assisting me. After the ceremony, on
returning to the lodge room, I was presented with a splendid silver-
mounted trowel, which I shall cherish as one of the pleasantest
mementoes of my term. 2954
Dispensations.
June i, 1909—Granted a dispensation to Cheam Lodge, No. 28,
to hold a musical night under the auspices of the Order.
June 6, 1909—Granted a dispensation to Western Star Lodge,
No. 10, to give up their hall on Thursday, June 10. to Grand Lodge
Officers.
D. D. G. M.'s Reports.
Bro. M. Dumond, District D. G. M., No. 15, reports his Lodge
in good condition, financially and otherwise. Installed the officers
at the commencement of each term in due time. No questions were
asked nor dispensations granted.
Bro. Howell, District No. 17, reports having installed the officers of Cheam Lodge, No. 28, on July 4th, 1908. and January 2, 1909.
No questions asked nor decisions given.
Bro. Alex. Forrester, District No. 3, reports having installed
the officers of Black Diamond, No. 5, and Centennial, No. 20, in
July, 1908.
The two lodges merged into one on November 6, 1908.
Installed the officers of Black Diamond, No. 5, on 6th January,
1909.   The lodge is now doing well and is well off financially.
Bro. R. A. Anderson, District No. 1, reports two decisions he
has given since his last report.
Statement of Case.—Church parade was held on May 2, 1909. A
brother without motion assumed charge of proceedings. A brother
immediately makes a motion that the Encampment be requested to
wear badges instead of regalia. This motion was seconded and
carried after discussion.
Question No. 1.—Has any member of a Subordinate Lodge the
right as chairman to entertain such a motion or allow a discussion
on same? .
Answer.—No.
Question No. 2.—Can any member or a Subordinate Lodge
pass or in any way entertain any motion or resolution which, has
direct bearing only on the action of a Subordinate Encampment?
Answer.—No.
See Busbee's Direct. 1581, 1587.
After carefully perusing the Digest, I concur with the D. D. G.
• M. in his answers to the foregoing questions.
Bro. A. Adams, District No. 2, sends me the following report:
Granted a dispensation to Amity Lodge, No. 27, to confer
Initiatory Degree on-a brother the same night as he was elected.
Gave a ruling to Amity Lodge, No. 27, as follows: 2955
A brother with a Dismissal Certificate from a lodge in the
United States makes application to become a member of said Lodge.
Brother's age given as 53 years. After duly considering the case, I
am of the opinion that your Lodge (having no by-law to the contrary) can admit the brother as a non-beneficial member without
payment of dues    (See Busbee's Digest, Sec. 897.)
I quite concur with the views of the D. D. G. M.
Fraternally submitted,
HUGH T. FULTON,
Grand Master, Ladysmith, B.C.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Distribution, beg to recommend re
reference of the Grand Master's Supplementary Report as follows:
To the Committee on State of the Order.—That portion of his
report on page 1 relating to the laying of the corner stone of I. O.
O. F. hall at New Westminster.
To the Committee on Judiciary.—That portion of page 1 relating to dispensations, together with pages 3 and 4.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Secretary presented the following Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee on
State of the Order:
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT OF GRAND SECRETARY.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Since my report was in print I have received the following
reports for the year 1908 from the General Relief Committees at
Victoria and Vancouver, rendered in compliance with the requirements of our by-laws:
Victoria. Vancouver.
Number of brothers relieved               4 • 31
Number of widows relieved    2
Amount paid for relief   $ 553 90 $1251 99
Amount paid for management expenses        32 25 120 81
Total amount of receipts      560.15 1436 47
Fraternally submitted.
FRED DAVEY,
Grand Secretary.
On motion the Grand Ivodge adjourned to 1 o'clock p.m. 2956 i     .
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at I o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
Communications were read from Gateway Lodge, No.
45, and Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47, requesting that Duplicate Charters be granted them to replace original Charters
destroyed by fire. On motion these communications were
referred to the Committee on Petitions.
Bro. J. A. Macdonald, P.G.R. of the Jurisdiction of
Ontario, was introduced and welcomed to the Grand
Lodge.
The following report was read from the Committee on
Appeals, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Appeals, have carefully examined the
papers re the appeal of Bro. S. J. Hagan. of Duncan Lodge, No.
17, I. O. O. F., from the decision of that Lodge in expelling him
for conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, viz., for selling liquors
behind his saloon bar.. We beg to report that under the laws of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge we have no other course than to reject
the appeal of said Brother S. J. Hagan and therefore sustain the
action of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, I. O. O. F.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following:
report, which was adopted:
To tht Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Finance, appointed at the last Session
of the Grand Lodge, held at New Westminster, B.C., beg to report
that we have examined the books of the Grand Secretary and the
Grand Treasurer, and find the accounts and books of the same
correct and kept in a businesslike manner.
Signed by the Committee.
 i 2957
The Committee on  Printing presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders for
printing the Proceedings of this Session were received from three
firms, and the contract awarded to the lowest tenderer, the Victoria
Printing & Publishing Company, at $1.34 per page for 800 copies of
the Proceedings, $17.50 for three half-tone cuts of portraits of Past
Grand Masters for insertion in the Proceedings, and 24 cents per
page for 125 copies of the Reports of Grand Officers. The price
for printing the Proceedings is 26 cents per -page less than that
paid last year.
We would recommend that cuts of the retiring Grand Master
and of the two Senior Past Grand Masters be inserted in the Proceedings of this Session, and we would further recommend that an
album be purchased by the Grand Secretary for the purpose of preserving the photographs supplied him by the Past Grand Masters,
and that the same be kept in the Grand Secretary's office* As the
years roll by these will form interesting links in the early history
of the Order in this Province.
We find that the expense of printing last year was $343.50,
whereas the estimate for this item was only $250. In the past the
Grand Secretary has made use of a chromograph for multiplying
copies of circulars, etc., but as the number of lodges is increasing
and this method does not always produce satisfactory copies, we
would recommend that in future all circulars be printed, and as this
will add slightly to the cost of printing we are of opinion that not
less than $350 should be included for this service for the forthcoming year.
Signed by the Committee.
The following communications were received from
"Dawson" Lodge, No. 1, Dawson, Yukon Territory, which
were referred to the Committee on Petitions:
Dawson, Y.T., Oct. 7, 1908.
Dear Sir and Brother. —
I am instructed by Dawson Lodge, No. 1, I. O. O. F., to forward you for your information the following report of the committee appointed to report on the matter of affiliation of this Lodge
with the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. "We, your committee
appointed to consider the advisability of the affiliation of Dawson
Lodge with the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, beg to report in
favor of same."
It was then moved and seconded and carried, "That this Lodge
direct the Secretary to correspond and make request to affiliate
with British Columbia Grand Lodge." 2958
In pursuance of the above, on behalf of this Lodge I hereby
make request to affiliate with the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia.
Fraternally yours,
LIONEL G. BENNET,
Secretary.
F. Davey, Esq., jfei|
Sec'y Grand Lodge of B. C,
Victoria.
Dear Sir and Brother,—
Dawson, Y.T., Nov. 24, 1008.
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of October 21st, re
affiliation of this Lodge with the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
I am instructed to inform you, that acting upon your suggestion, this Lodge will await the decision of the Grand Lodge of
British Columbia before presenting our petition.
I remain,
Yours in F., L. and T.,
LIONEL C. BENNET,
Secretary.
Fred Davey, Esq.,
Grand Secretary I. O. O. F.,
Victoria, B. C. *
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 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 laws have been complied with in each case and recommend
that charters be granted as follows:
To "North Vancouver" Lodge, No. 55, located at North Vancouver, B.C., with the following charter members, viz: R. D. Fraser,
P. Stewart, F. B. Cummer, P.G., H. M. Burns, R. R. Brereton, J.
G. Kelly. C. H. Nye. P.G., E. A. Peers. F. Farrow, P.G.. R. W.
Innis, J. H. Pilling, P.G., W. J. Irwin, A. L. Clements, P.G.
To "Mount Ida" Lodge, No. 56, located at Salmon Arm, B.C..
with the following charter members, viz: J. W. McCallum, W L
Gibbard, P. A. Ruth, M. M. Garroll, N. Eckland, W. H. Bonus, P.G.
To "Sunshine" Lodge, No. $7, located at Kaslo. B.C., with the
following charter members, vi: W. Le Gallais, B. Wt Strobel, J. W.
Power, J. M. Carney. J. N. Dally, R. Hendricks, P.G., G. O. Buchanan.
— 2959
To "£)kanagan" Lodge, No. 58, located at Summerland, B.C.,
with the following charter members, viz: J. F. Faulkner, P.G., C G
Phinney, P.G., J. E. Phinney. P.G.. E. I. Scott, K. S. Hogg, J. W. S.
Logie, P.G., F. W. Andrew, J. L Logie, P.G.. G. H. W. Page, P.G.,
A. Perry, E. D. Wescott, W. Ritchie, A. E. Walker.
To "Orchard City" Lodge, No. 59, located at Kelowna, B.C.,
with the following charter members, viz: J. E. Reekie. A. W. Hamilton, S. T. Elliott, C. E. Dick, W. B. M. Calder, F. J. Chaplin, W.
F. Hopkins, J. A. Bigger, H. W. Brown.
To "Harmony" Rebekah Lodge, No. 22, located at Cumberland,
B.C., with the following charter members: Emily L. Stevens, Janet
McDonald, Sarah Walker, Mary Walker and William Walker.
We would also recommend that Duplicate Charters be granted
to Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47, Fernie, and Gateway Lodge, No.
48, Grand Forks; also to Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 20, Fernie,
to replace original charters destroyed by fire.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted
the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have considered the following by-laws and amendments that
have been submitted to us during the past year and dealt with them
as noted against each.
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55,—Complete set of by-laws.
Approved after insertion of entrance fees of candidates over fifty
years of age.
Mount Ida Lodge, No. 56.—New Code of by-laws approved
with some minor amenments and the striking out of the provision
that dues must be paid in advance, this Grand Lodge not having
legislated permitting Subordinate Lodges to make by-laws to that
effect.    (Sec. 423 Busbee's Digest.)
Sunshine Lodge, No. 57.—Full set of by-laws approved with
the exception of a section providing for the admission of former
members of defun'ct lodges as non-beneficial members. The only
class eligible to be admitted as non-beneficial members are limited
to those provided for in Section 4, Article II. of the Constitution
of Subordinate Lodges. Declined also to approve a provision that
the rate of sick benefits to be paid to members after twelve months'
continuous sickness be decided by a vote of the Lodge. On representation to the Lodge that this provision was objectionable it was
struck out and $3 per week inserted.
Victoria Lodge, No. 1.—Approved an amendment to Article V.
providing that members shall be notified prior to the end of each
quarter as to their financial standing. Duncan Lodge, No. 17.—Approved an amendment providing
for the formation of a Widow and Orphans' Fund and the assessment of members for its maintenance.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23.—Amendment changing night of meeting from Tuesday to Wednesday.    Approved.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg to submit Abstracts of the Reports of the Subordinate Lodges of this
Jurisdiction bearing on these subjects.
The averages show a slight decrease under all heads for the
past year, viz: Amount of benefits paid per member, duration of
sickness per member, and cost per member for current expenses.
From a.review of these reports, which have been presented to
this Grand Lodge for the past twenty years, it may safely be deduced that the average amount of sickness that may be expected
for each member is six days per year, and further that the current
expenses will equal if not exceed the cost for relief. With this data
established it is clear that no Lodge whose dues are $12 per year,
and whose revenue is dependent on dues, should pay more than $6
per week sick benefits, as the remaining $6 will be required for
current expenses.
Signed by the Committee.
^^^^
I ;   2963
A communication was read from the Grand Secretary
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge embodying a report from the
Committee on Printing Supplies presented at the Session
o*f that Grand Body held at Denver in September, 1908, on
the subject of having all regalia and paraphernalia manufactured and sold under the authority and control of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge as supplies, the consideration of
said report having been postponed until the next Session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge and the subject matter of the
report referred to the various Grand Lodges for consideration.
On motion this communication was referred to the
Committee on State of the Order.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Judiciary, beg to report that after
carefully examining the Grand Master's Report and those of the
D. D. G. Ms. find that all decisions given by the Grand Master are
correct.
We find that the D. D. G. M.. A. G. Monkhouse, District No.
24, reports that he granted a dispensation to Wildey Lodge, No. 44,
to hold a ball on January 14, 1909. Dispensations of that kind can
only be granted by the Grand Master.
We also approve of all the Grand Master's supplementary
decisions.
We would recommend that all matters in reference to the
Rebekah Degree be referred to the President of the Rebekah
Assembly.
We also approve of the action of the Executive Officers in
refusing to grant any monies out of the funds of the Order to the
Tranquille Sanitarium.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved by C. S. Keith, G.R. No. 3, and seconded
by D. G. Daily, G. R. No. 5, and on motion referred to the
Committee on Finance.
That the Grand Secretary be instructed and empowered to purchase two official collars for the Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, the same to be the property of the Grand
Lodge. 2964
The Committee on Finance submitted the following-
report, which was, on motion, referred back for amendment :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to recommend that the action
of the Grand Master in donating $500 from the Grand Lodge funds
for the relief of the brothers of Mount Fernie lyodge,.No. 47. who
suffered in the fire at Fernie on August 1, 1908, be ratified and
confirmed.
We cannot recommend that the fine imposed on Camborne
Lodge, No. 49, for failing to forward the Per Capita Tax and Reports of that Lodge in proper time be remitted, as recommended
by the Grand Master.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Home submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund appointed at the
last Session of the Grand Lodge beg to submit herewith their icport
of the standing of this fund at the close of the last fiscal year:—
Receipts.
Amount on hand as per last report   $7203 77
Donations from lodges       595 24
Interest     454 14
Transfer   of   fines           14 00
Grand Lodge per capita tax       1T21 75
 $9388 90
■^§h Expenditure.
Postage and exchange  8 90
Balance  $9380 00
How Invested.
On 7 per cent first mortgage  .$2500 co
On 8 per cent first mortgages     6300 00 '
On deposit Imperial Bank of Canada       553 93
On deposit Dominion Government Savings Bank..       n 51
In Grand Treasurer's hands          14 56
 $9380 00
Your Committee would respectfully recommend that the
amount (518.34) now standing at the credit of the "Aged Odd Fellows' Fund" be placed under their control, for the reason that in
past years this fund has never earned more than the usual bank E. QUENNELL
Grand Master 1890  2965
interest; whereas by the adoption of this recommendation it could
safely be placed on an earning basis of from 7 per cent to 8 per cent.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. E.
Your Committee on State of the Order notes with pleasure
the material increase in the membership of the Subordinate Lodges
in this Jurisdiction.
The reports of the District Deputies are more complete and
satisfactory this year than they have ever been in the past. It certainly reflects credit on the good judgment, the Grand Master
displayed in making his selections.
Re Instituting and Mergement of Lodges: We fully concur
with the recommendation of the Grand Master that the instituting
of Rebekah Lodges be left in the hands of the President of the
Rebekah Assembly.
We also agree with his recommendation re the question of
dividing the Province into districts, and would suggest that such a
committee be appointed.
Re claim of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, against a Lodge in New
South Wales: We are more than pleased to learn that this has
been satisfactorily settled by the Grand Lodge of that Jurisdiction.
Re Fernie Fire: We desire to mention and give due credit to
our Grand Master for the businesslike manner in which he did his
duty in this matter. We also would suggest that a vote of thanks
of this Grand Lodge be forwarded to the Grand Secretaries of the
Jurisdictions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario for
the generous manner in which they subscribed to the relief of our
suffering brethren.
In the death of Grand Sire Nolen the Order has sustained a
loss which all Odd Fellows sadly regret. We are pleased to note
that our Grand Master, on behalf of this Grand Lodge, forwarded
a letter of condolence and sympathy to his family.
We desire to mention the good work done by the General
Relief Committees. The work performed by these committees is
indeed an important one, and too much credit cannot be given to
members of these committees for their services.
Re manufacture and sale of all Regalia and Paraphernalia by
the Sovereign Grand Lodge: We concur with the statement in the
Grand Representatives' report that by having all regalia and paraphernalia sold under the superintendence of the Sovereign Grand
Lodge that it would be a saving of a large amount of money to our
Subordinate Lodges and would certainly ensure a more uniform
grade and be more in keeping with the regulations prescribed by 2966
our laws and a step in the best interests of the Order. Provided
always, however, that they invite proper competition and that our
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representatives be instructed to support
this proposal.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved by W. Law, D.G.M., seconded by C. S.
Keith, G.R., and carried.
As the Sovereign Grand Lodge of our Order will meet this
year in the neighboring Jurisdiction of Washington, and as in all
likelihood it will be some years before another opportunity will
present itself of having such a number of distinguished brethren
in our midst, and believing that a visit from our Grand Sire and
other officers and members of the Sovereign Grand Lodge would
be a source of inspiration and encouragement to us.
Be it therefore Resolved, That a hearty invitation be extended
to the Grand Sire, Deputy Grand Sire and such other members of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge as can make it convenient to visit this
Jurisdiction after the adjournment of that Grand Body;
Be it further Resolved, That our Grand Secretary be instructed
to forward as soon as practicable a copy of the above resolution
to the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary Goodwin.
Moved by J. A. McKay, G.R., and seconded by C. S.
Keith, G.R.:— j ||||     f
Whereas, the Sovereign Grand Lodge meets in Seattle in September, 1909;
And whereas a large number of our British Columbia brothers
will attend the Session;
And whereas the Grand Decoration of Chivalry can only be
granted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge;
And whereas the Grand Decoration of Chivalry is granted for
distinguished service in the cause of Odd Fellowship;
And whereas the Grand Decoration of Chivalry can only be,
granted to Chevaliers in good standing;
And whereas Bro. B. W. Shiles, who was Grand Master in i88r,
is a Chevalier of Canton Vancouver, No. 1;
And whereas Bro. Fred Davey, who has been Grand Secretary
since 1884, is a Chevalier of Canton Victoria, No. 2;
And whereas both these brothers have rendered distinguished
service in the cause of British Columbia Odd Fellowship;
Therefore, be it Resolved, That this Grand Lodge recommend
Bro. Shiles, P.G.M., and Bro. Davey, Grand Secretary to the Sovereign Grand Lodge to receive the Grand Decoration of Chivalry. 2967
Resolved, That the sum of $45.00 be appropriated to defray the
necessary expense and that the incoming Grand Master be a special
committee to complete arrangements.
On motion this resolution was referred to the Committee on Finance.
The Grand Lodge was visited by Bro. R. L. James,
P.G., of Monterey, California, who was duly introduced
and cordially welcomed.
The Committee on Resolutions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to recommend that this
Grand Lodge here assembled extend a hearty vote of thanks to the
Jurisdictions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario for
the relief granted and heartfelt sympathy extended to our suffering
brothers in the Fernie fire; also, to Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cran-
brook, whose members rendered such valuable assistance in that
time of dire necessity.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee appointed last year on Funeral
Aid Association presented the following report, which was
referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. E.
Your Committee on Funeral Aid Association beg to report
that we have performed the duty assigned, and recommend the
formation of an Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association in this Province on lines similar to the Manitoba Association. We believe this
will give prompt first aid to many a deserving family.
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee on Widow and Orphans Relief
appointed last Session submitted the following report,
which was referred to the Committee on Judiciary:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Special Committee on Uniform Widows' and Orphans'
Relief beg to report that we have performed the duty assigned us.
Your Committee are not agreed as to whether it is advisable 2968
for the Grand Lodge to take full charge of all widows and orphans
of deceased Odd Fellows and thus relieve the Subordinate Lodges
or not. We find that some societies are doing this with success,
and we think it deserves investigation.
We recommend that a new committee be appointed to further
investigate the question and report next year.
Signed by the Committee.
By direction of the Grand Lodge the Grand Warden
retired to the ante-room and conferred the Grand Lodge
Degree on C. A. W. Whitehead and J. H. Wheaton, No. 26,
and C. L. Carless, No. 51.
The Committee on Petitions presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committe on Petitions, beg to report that we recommend that the application of Dawson Lodge, No. 1, Dawson, Y.T.,
to be permitted to affiliate with this Jurisdiction be approved, provided it is sanctioned by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
We would further recommend that this permission be predicated by the condition that the Representatives from Dawson
Lodge to this Grand Lodge shall not be entitled to receive as mileage and per diem an amount in excess of the per capita tax received
from that Lodge during the year.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Rebekah Degree submitted the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We your Committee on Rebekah Degree, beg to submit the
following report:
During the year 1908 one Rebekah Lodge was added to the
previous list, which was instituted at Cumberland on March 3, 1909,
by the President of the Rebekah Assembly, assisted by the Grand
Master, starting with a membership of 48.
Your Committee approves of the recommendation of the Grand
Master that the instituting of Rebekah Lodges be left in the hands
of the President of the Rebekah Assembly.
Your Committee also wish to extend congratulations regarding the large increase in membership in this branch of the Order,
the report showing an increase of 194 members for the year.
Signed by the Committee. 2969
The Grand Secretary' presented amendments to the
By-Laws of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, and Mount Ida
Lodge, No. 56, which were referred to the Committee on
Laws of Subordinates.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following notice,
received by him to amend the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge, of which due notice had been given to the Subordinate  Lodges,  which  was  referred  to  the  Committee  on
Legislation
To Fred Davey, Esq.,
Grand Secretary I. O. O. F.
Victoria. B. C.
Vancouver, B.C.,
30th January, 1909.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia notice is hereby given that at the next
Session of the Grand Lodge the following proposition will be submitted to the Grand Lodge for consideration, namely:—
That Section I., Article 3. of the Constitution of the Grand
Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the Province of
British Columbia be and the same is hereby repealed and the
following new section be and the same is adopted in lieu thereof,
namely: Article 3, Section 1. The Elective Officers of this Grand
Lodge shall be—
ist—The Grand Master.
2nd—The Deputy Grand Master.
3rd—The Grand Warden.
4th—The Grand Secretary.
5th—The Grand Treasurer.
6th—Two Grand Representatives.
Provided  that  the  terms  of  the   Grand  Representatives
designated the two year term and the one year term
shall be
The two
year term shall begin at the election for Grand Representative held
in the year 1910 and the Grand Representative elected at that election shall serve for two years and his successor shall be elected
biennially thereafter, and the one year term shall begin at the election held in the year 1911 and the Grand Representative elected at
that #election shall serve for one year and his successor shall be
elected annually thereafter.
Submitted in F., L and T,
JAMES A. McKAY, W. A. JOHNSTONE,
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8. Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
C. S. KEITH, NEWTON R. BROWN,
Royal City Lodge, No. 3- Amity Lodge, No. 27.
ALEXANDER CLELAND.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10. 2970
It was, on motion, Resolved, That no new business be
introduced after 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, except by
unanimous consent.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following
amended report, which was, on motion, received and considered seriatem:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. E.
Your Committee on Finance beg to recommend that the action
of the Grand Master in donating $500 from the Grand Lodge funds
for the relief of the brothers of Mount Fernie Lodge, No. 47, who
suffered in the fire at Fernie on August 1, 1908, be ratified and
confirmed.
We cannot recommend that^the fine imposed on Camborne
Lodge, No. 49, for failing to forward the Per Capita Tax and
Report of that Lodge in proper time be remitted, as recommended
by the Grand Master.  -
In view of the fact that Camborne Lodge does not desire that
this fine be remitted, also for the fact that the finances of this
Lodge are in good condition, we do not alter our recommendatioin
as above.
Your Committee do not recommend the purchasing of official
collars for our Grand Representatives.
Your Committee cannot recommend the appropriation of $45
for defraying the expenses of two brothers in receiving the Grand
Decoration of Chivalry at the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Signed by the  Committee.
The report was considered seriatem.
Clause  1, re   donation to   the   Fernie   sufferers, was
adopted.
Clauses 2 and 3, re remitting the fine to Camborne
Lodge, No. 49, were not adopted, and the report amended
to the effect that the fine be remitted.
Clause 4, re purchase of Collars for the Grand Representatives was adopted.
Clause 5, re appropriation to meet expenses of two
brothers in receiving Grand Decoration of Chivalry was not
adopted. 2971
The report as amended was, on motion, adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following-
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report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the
report of the Committee on Funeral. Aid Association, beg to report
that this Grand Lodge posseses the power to establish same. (See
Busbee's Digest, Sections 488 and 489.)
Also, with respect to the report from the Special Committee
on Uniform Widows' and Orphans' benefits, beg to report that this
proposition is beyond the powers of this Grand Lodge. (See
Article 8, Section 1, of the Grand Lodge Constitution.)
Signed by the  Committee.
The resolution offered by C. S. Keith, G.R., and J. A.
McKay, G.R., respecting the conferring of the Grand Decoration of Chivalry on Bros. B. W. Shiles, P.G.M. and P.G.R,
and Fred Davey, Grand Secretary and P.G.R., was submitted to the vote and adopted.
The Grand Secretary read a telegram from Bro. Louis
F. Hart, Grand Secretary Grand Lodge of Washington,
stating that he would arrive at 8.30 o'clock to-morrow morning for the purpose of paying a fraternal visit to this Grand
Lodge.
On motion the Grand Master was requested to appoint
a Special Committee to meet Bro. Hart and escort him to
the hall. The Grand Master appointed Bros. C. S. Keith,
G.R., and D. G. Dailey, G.R., to form this Committee.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 8 o'clock p.m.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 2972
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-convened at 8 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of Representatives present.
All present were examined, found qualified, and the
Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Representatives of "Enterprise" Lodge, No. 43,
submitted the following question, which was referred to the
Committee on Judiciary:
To the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
The Representatives of Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, respectfully
ask the following question:
Is it legal to purchase Past Grand's Jewels out of the General
Fund of the Subordinate Lodge?
A. J. MARTIN,
J. A. MOORE,
Representatives.
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the Installation of
Grand Lodge Officers take place to-morrow evening in the
Third Degree.
The following Past Grands were admitted and received
the Grand Lodge Degree, viz: J. Freeman, No. 4; R. E.
Thompson, J. Brown, G. D. Weatherby, No. 8; G. Chapman, No. 10; J. M. Plowman, P. O. Fleming, No. 26; C.
McCaugie, No. 46.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Judiciary beg to report that we have carefully examined the law on the question submitted to us by the
Representatives of Enterprise Lodge, No. 43. 2973
According to Section 517. of Busbee's Digest Lodges may
appropriate their funds for the purchase of Veteran and Honorable
Veteran Jewels. In our opinion the same principle applies to the
purchase of Past Grand's Jewels for services rendered, unless prohibited by local law.
Sighed by the Committee.
The hour appointed by law for the Election of Officers
of the Grand Lodge for the ensuing year having arrived, the
Grand Master appointed D. E. McKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3,
and T. A. Muir, P.G., No. 3, to act as Tellers.
The following nominations were made:
For Grand Master—W.  Law,  No.  10, nominated by
C. S. Keith, G.R., No. 3. j| fe
For Deputy Grand Master—E. L. Webber, No. 2y,
nominated by T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36.
For Grand Warden—W. H. Cullin, No. 4, nominated
by J. Bell, No. 4.     §'                      %■;..         § fL'.'S|
For Grand Secretary—Fred Davey, No. 1, nominated
by P. W. Dempster, No. 2.
For Grand Treasurer—W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, nominated by A. L. Clements, No. 55; H. Fooks, No. 28, nominated by G. A. Miller, No. 19; C. I. Chapman, No. 9,
nominated by J. A. Jamieson, No. 12.
For Grand Representative—T. Embleton, P.G.M. No.
36, nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, No. 3; J. Bell, No. 4,
nominated by T. C. Hubbard, No. 1; H. T. Fulton, No. 6,
nominated by T. Doherty, No. 6; W. H. Walsh, No. 26,
nominated by N. Jensen, No. 8.
There being but one nominee for the office of Grand
Master, Bro. W. Law, No. 10, the Grand Secretary, on
motion, cast the vote of the Grand Lodge for his election,
and he was declared duly elected Grand Master for the
ensuing year. 2974
Bro. E. L. Webber, No. 2."], being the only nominee for
the office of Deputy Grand Masterx the Grand Secretary, by
direction of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot for his election
and he was declared duly elected Deputy Grand Master'for
the ensuing year.
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Warden, was declared duly elected, the vote
of the Grand Lodge being cast by the Grand Secretary for
his election.
Fred Davey, No. 1, being the only nominee for the
office of Grand Secretary, the Grand Treasurer, by order of
the Grand Lodge, cast the vote for his election, and he was
declared duly elected.
For the office of Grand Treasurer a ballot was spread
and the following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 140.   Necessary to elect, 71.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, received 75 votes. H. Fooks,
No. 28, received 20 votes. C. I. Chapman, No. 9, received
35 votes.   F. J. Squire, No. 16, received 11 votes.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, having received a majority of
the votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand Treasurer for the ensuing year.
For Grand Representative a ballot was spread and the
following result announced:
Number of votes cast, 138.   Necessary to choice, 70.
T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, received 70 votes. J. Bell,
No. 4, received 32 votes. H. T. Fulton, No. 6, received 16
votes.   W. H. Walsh, No. 26, received 19 votes.   Spoiled, 1. 2975
T. Embleton, P.G.M., No. 36, having received a majority of the votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand
Representative fot two years.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 9 o'clock
a.m. to-morrow.
SECOND  DAY
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a
quorum of Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified, the
Grand Chaplain offered prayer, and the Grand Lodge was
declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of previous day's Session were read and
adopted.
The Committee on Laws of Subordinates submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report we
have examined the amendment to the by-laws of the following
Lodges:
Mount Ida Lodge, No. 56.—Article XVI. approved.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.—Proposed amendments to bylaws.    Approved with the following exceptions:
Clause VII.—Re bi-monthly meetings, which we recommend
be struck out.
Clause XXXIX.—We recommend that the charge for withdrawal cards be reduced to twenty-five cents (25c.) instead of fifty
cents (50c).
Signed by the Committee. 2976
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, Art.
3, Sec. 1, cannot recommend the adoption of the same, as the proposal to add Grand Representatives to the Elective Officers conflicts with Section 1206 of Busbee's Digest, which enumerates the
Grand Lodge Officers.
Signed by the  Committee.
The report of the Special Committee on Funeral Aid
Association was taken from the table and, on motion, referred back to the Committee for a more detailed report.
The next business being the selection of the place of
meeting next year, a communication was read from the
Mayor of the City of Kamloops, presented by Bro. C. I.
Chapman, No. 9, Grand Marshal, inviting the Grand Lodge
to hold the Session of 1910 in the City of Kamloops.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the invitation
be accepted and the next Annual Session of this Grand
Lodge be held at Kamloops.
The Grand Master appointed C. S. Keith, G.R., No. 3,
D. G. Dailey, G.R., No. 5, and J. A. McKay, G.R., No. 10, as
a Committee to introduce Bro. L. F. Hart, Grand Secretary
of the Grand Lodge of Washington, to the Grand Lodge.
Bro. Hart was admitted, introduced, received with
Grand Honors and cordially welcomed to the Grand Lodge.
At the request of the Grand Master, Bro. Hart addressed the Grand Lodge on the principles and work of the Order
in most eloquent language.
The Grand Master and others, having spoken in appreciative terms of this fraternal visit, it was moved, seconded and carried by a standing vote, That the best thanks 2977    •
of this Grand Lodge, be tendered to Bro. L. F. Hart, Grand
Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Washington, for the very
able and eloquent address he has just delivered and for the
trouble and sacrifice of time he has made in thus visiting
this Grand Lodge.
Bro. Hart responded in appropriate terms.
Bro. B. B. Smith, No.  15, asked to be excused from
further attendance, which was granted.
A delegation from the Rebekah Assembly now in session was admitted and Sister Cozens, on behalf of the delegation, conveyed to the Grand Lodge the fraternal greetings of the Assembly and best wishes for its deliberations.
The Grand Master responded .on. behalf of the Grand
Lodge and the delegation retired.
Bro. J. J. Roberts, P.G.R., of the Jurisdiction of Manitoba, was introduced and warmly welcomed by the Grand
Lodge, and being invited, addressed the Grand Lodge.
The Special Committee on Funeral Aid Association
asked to be continued so as to submit a more detailed report
as instructed.    On motion this request was granted.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem presented
the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, 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 and find them entitled to the
sums stated against their respective names:— 2978
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The  Committee on Finance submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following estimate of Revenue and Expenditure for the coming year:—
Revenue.
Balance in Grand Treasurer's hands  $2348 56
Per   Capita Tax  4616  members  at  $1.10,   payable
55c. on June 30, and 55c. on December 31, 1909... 5077 60
$7426 16
Expenditure.
Grand Secretary's salary   $ 900 00
Grand Master's expenses      450 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative tax         150 00
Rent Grand Secretary's office         100 00
Printing        350 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
Grand Lodge Card Independent Odd Fellow ....        10 00
Janitor this Session          10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session   2097 10
Odd Fellows' Home Tax, 4616 members at 25c. ..   1154 00
Allowance for Past Grand Masters Jewels      100 00
Fine remitted Camborne Lodge, No. 49         4 00 *
Expenses conferring Grand Decoration of Chivalry
]. on Bros. Shiles, P.G.M., and F. Davey, G. Sec. ..      45 00
$5.-515 10
Balance at end of year  $1,911 06
Signed by the  Committee.
Resolved, That the Executive Officers be instructed to
procure two Past Grand Masters' Jewels for presentation to
the retiring Grand Master and the senior living Past Grand
Master.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 7:30 p.m.
to-day. 2981
EVENING SESSION.
The Grand Lodge re-convened at 7:30 p.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
After examination of all present the Grand Lodge was
declared open for business.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the calling:
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of the Roll be dispensed with at this Session.
The Committee on Resolutions presented the following
report, which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to submit the following
for -adoption:
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
Mayor Douglas, of the City of Vancouver, for his hearty welcome
and address at the opening of this Session and for handing us the
keys of the fair city.
Resolved, That thanks be extended to the four Lodges of this
city, Vancouver. No. 8; Western Star, No. 10; Mount Pleasant, No.
19, and Pacific No. 26; for the appropriate souvenirs presented to
the Representatives; also, for providing the Representatives and
their lady friends an excursion up the North Arm of the Inlet this
afternoon.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Body be tendered to
Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2, for the splendid exemplification of
the floor work of the beautiful Rebekah Degree and for refreshments so bountifully provided.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be extended to
the transportation companies that have given us reduced rates for
this Session.
Resolved, That thanks be tendered the Grand Master and the
other Elective Officers for the efficient manner in which the business of the Order has been carried on during the past year.
Resolved, That the press of this city be extended the thanks of
this Grand Body for the manner in which they have reported our
proceedings; and to the hotels of this city for kindnesses and
reduced rates to brethren attending this Session.
Signed by the  Committee* 2982
The Installation of the Officers elect being the next
business, the Grand Master appointed T. Embleton, P.G.M.,
No. 36, as Grand Marshal, and P. W. Dempster, No. 2, as
Grand Guardian during installation.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge
Degree and opened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been
admitted, the names of the elective and appointed officers
were called and having taken their position in front of the
Chair, were obligated and installed into their respective
chairs as follows:
Wallace Law, No. 10, as Grand Master.
E. L. Webber, No. 2y, as Deputy Grand Master.
W. H. Cullin, No. 4, as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
W. A. Johnstone, No. 26, as Grand Treasurer.
W. W. Foster, No. 12, as Grand Chaplain.
T. C. Hubbard, No. 1, as Grand Marshal.
R. Dudley, No. 47, as Grand Conductor.
D. Walker, No. 3, as Grand Guardian.
W. A. Jackson, No. 43, as Grand Herald.
The Grand Master appointed the following as District
Deputy Grand Masters for the ensuing year:
District Deputy Grand Masters.
D. S. Mowat, No. 2, for District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos.
1. 2 and 4.
Herbert Gilley, No. 3, for District No. 2, comprising Lodges
Nos. 3 and 27.
William Grieve. No. 5, for District No. 3, comprising Lodge
No. 5
W. W. Walkem, No. 6, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge
No. 6.
Fred Gillanders, No. 7, for District No. 5. comprising Lodge
No. 7. 2983
A. M. Russell,  No. 8. for District No. 6, comprising Lodges
Nos. 8, 10, 19, 24, 26 and 55.
Robert Allan, No. 9, for District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
P.   McNiven,   No.   11.   for  District   No.  8,   comprising  Lodge
No. 11.
J. A. Jamieson, No.  12, for District No. 9. comprising Lodge
No. 12.
B. B.  Smith., No.   15.  for  District  No.   10, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
A. T Walley, No.  16, for District No.  11, comprising Lodge
No. 16.
James Evans, No.  17, for District No.  12, comprising Lodge
No.  17.
Hugh    Cumming, No.   48,    for   District    No.   13,   comprising
Lodge Nos. 18, 48 and 50.
J.   A.   Williamson,   No.   21,   for   District   No.   14,   comprising
Lodge No. 21.
M.  Dumond,  No.  23, for  District  No.   15,  comprising  Lodge
No. 23.
George Nurse, No. 28. for District No.  16, comprising Lodge
No. 28.
M.   Dainard,  No.  34,  for  District  No.   17,  comprising  Lodge
No. 34.
A. J. Martin, No. 43, for District No.  18, comprising Lodges
Nos. 36 and 43.
J. F. McDougal, No. 46, for District No. 19, comprising Lodges
Nos. 38 and 46.
Howard  Anderson,   No.   39,  for   District   No.   20,   comprising
Lodge No. 39.
R.  E.  Allen,  No.  40,  fof  District  No.  21,  comprising  Lodge
No. 40.
Fred Mummery, No. 41. for District No. 22, comprising Lodges
Nos. 41 and 49.
Vincent   Liddicoat,   No.   42,   for   District   No.   23,   comprising
Lodge No. 42.
W.  H.  Laird, No. 44, for District No. 24, comprising Lodge
No. 44.
George Chappie, No. 45> for District No. 25, comprising Lodge
No. 45.
A Mathieson, No. 53, for District No. 26, comprising Lodges
Nos. 47, 53 and 54.
C. L. Carless, No. 51, for District No .27, comprising Lodge
No.. 51.
Chas. Willarson, No. 52, for District No. 28. comprising Lodge
No. 52, ■   ■ ^ 2984
W. L. Gibbard. No. 56. for District No. 29. comprising Lodge
No. 56.
R. Hendricks. No. 57, for District No. 30. comprising Lodge
No. 57-
  No. 58, for District No. 31, comprising
Lodge No. 58.
 , No. 59, for District No. 32, comprising
Lodge No. 59.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees:
Standing Committees.
Finance.—P. W. Dempster, No. 2; T W. Hawkins, No. 4; T.
C. Hubbard, No. 1; D. Dewar, No. 2; J. Evans, No. 17.
Appeals.—A. Laidlaw, No. 26; N. Jensen, No. 8; H. Gilley, No.
3;, J. C. McTaggart, No. 10; A. L. Clement, No. 55.
Laws of Subordinates.—Grand Secretary; J. Bell, No. 4; A.
Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; R. W. Fawcett,
No. 2.
Petitions.—T Kerr, No. 6; A. Mathieson, No. 53; J. R. McNab,
No. 9; J. H. Lemmon, No. 16; W. A. Pickard, No. 46.
State of the Order.—H. Fooks, No. 28; R. Allan, No. 9; L.
Will. No. 36: J- A. McKay, No. 8; W. W. Foster, No. 12.
Legislation.—J. Carroll, No. 5; F. P. Bishop, No. 10; A. J.
Martin, No. 43: F. J. Squire, No. 16; W. S. Smith, No. 3.
Judiciary.—T Embleton. P.G.M., No. 36; G. A. Miller. No. 19;
D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16; J. C. Smith, No. 23; A. Cleland, No. 10.
Mileage and Per Diem.—J. Peers. No. 7; J. A. McDowell, No,
49; N, Tattrie, No. 39; T W. Hawkins, No. 4; A. G. Monkhouse,
No. 44-
Printing.—Grand Secretary; G. B. Stedman. No. 54; H. Laugh-
lin, No. 12; G. F. Snowden, No. 5.; R. Silverthorn, No. 46.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits.—Grand Secretary; J. F. Collins, No. 36; W. Clough, No. 40; J. W. Macdonald, No. 27; V. S.
Liddicoat, No. 42.
Funeral Aid Association.—C. S. Keith, No. 3; W. C. Coatham.
No. 27; M. J. Phillips, No. 3; P. Wright, No. 10: J. McKay, No. 8.
-
The Third Degree members having retired the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third Degree and re-opened in
the Grand Lodge Degree. 2985
It was, on motion, Resolved, That the appointments of
the Grand Master be approved.
It was moved, seconded and carried, That the minutes
of this day's Session be taken as read.
die.
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn sine
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
Grand Secretary       1
2992
I
In flDemoriam
Samuel HMer
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
(Beorge IRamea?
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
3amee IReelanbe
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
m. Ibooper
Duncan Lodge, No. 17.
<B. X. Center
Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
lb. 1b. Williams
<5.36. ftbompson
Amity Lodge, No. 27.
3. lb. Currie
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41.
How slender is life's silver cord,
How soon 'tis broken here;
Each moment brings a parting word
And many a falling tear."
I INDEX
Album for Portraits of Past Grand Masters 	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund     2911,
Badges recognized as Regalia	
Balance Sheet Grand Lodge  	
California Relief Fund	
Certificates Official, Price of  	
Collars for Grand Representatives      2963,
Committees, Appointment of   2888, 2892,
Constitution of Grand Lodge, Amendment to	
Amendment approved  	
Dawson Lodge. No. 1, Affiliation of 2913, 2957,
D. D. G. M.'s, Appointment of  .'   2893..
Duplicate  Charters   2905,
Fernie Fire •.  2893, 2914, 2964, 2967,
Fine, Camborne Lodge, remission of    2964,
Funeral Aid Association    2967, 2971, 2976,
General Relief Committees, Reports of	
Grand Decoration of Chivalry    2966, 2970,-
Grand Lodge Degree    2891, 2968,
Meeting of   	
Officers, Election of 	
1    Installation of ". '
2957
2964
2891
2912
29T3
2949
2970
2984
2967
2946
2968
2982
2956
2970
2970
2977
2955
2971
2972
2976
2973
2982 INDEX—Continued.
Grand Master, Decisions of    2893
I       I       Dispensations by    2895, 2954
"       Installations by    2893
Visits  of     2897
"    Sire, Death of  2893, 2917
"       "'   Decisions of   2921
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Claim of   2913
Institution  of Lodges     2903, 2905
Jewels, Past Grands    2972
I " Masters      2913, 2980
Mergement of Lodges     2903, 2905
Odd Fellows' Homes     2934
Odd Fellows' Home Fund   2911, 2964
Printing  Circulars      2957
Rebekah Assembly, Delegation from   2977
Lodges, Institution of   2904. 2965, 2968
Regalia, Etc., Supply of by S. G. L  2947, 2963, 2965
Reports, Committee on Appeals     2956
Credentials     2888
Distribution      2952, 2955
Finance      2956, 2964, 2970, 2980
Funeral Aid Association   2967, 2976
Judiciary       2963, 2971, 2972
Laws of Subordinates 2959, 2975
Legislation  2976
Mileage and Per Diem     2977
Odd Fellows' Home    2964
"   Petitions  2958, 2968
U
n INDEX—Continued.
Reports, Committee on Printing   2957
I    Rebekah Degree      2968
"    Resolutions    2967, 2981
"    State of the Order    2965
Statistics re Dues and Benefits   2960
"    Widow and Orphans' Fund     2967
District Deputy Grand Masters   2900, 2953
Grand  Master      2893, 2953
Grand Representatives     2919
Grand Secretary   2905, 2955
Grand Treasurer   2918
Sovereign Grand .Lodge Constitution, Amendments to   2945
I     Visit of   2966
Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Donation to   2913, 2963
Veteran Jewels     2942
Visitors to Grand Lodge 2891, 2956, 2967, 2976, 2977
Welcome, Civic     2891
Widow and Orphans' Fund   2967, 2971  PAST GRAND MASTERS.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia
I.O.O.F. If  flfl
i—J. S. Drummond 1874.
4—John Weiler  1875.
8—J. P. Davies  j 1876.
3—R. Roberts   1877 •
2—W. J. Jeffree  1878.
9—Charles Gowen  1879.
J. Wriglesworth ....' 1880.
B. W. Shiles   1881.
Henry Waller  1882.
11—Alexander Phillips 1883.
W. D. McKillican   1884.
7-Wm. McColl       1885.
5—Fred'k Carne   1886.
10—Joshua Davies  1887.
Joshua Davies, re-elected.. 1888.
12—J. H. Meldram   1889.
E. Quennell  1890.
14—J. E. Phillips  1891.
13—J. E. Phillips  1892.
James Crossan   1893.
T. C. Gray  1894.
W. E. Holmes 1895.
H. B. Gilmour 1896.
W. H. Morton 1897.
A. Henderson    '. 1898.
D. Welsh   1899.
6—W. E. Johnstone  1900.
W. Hogg  1901-
A. Graham  s 1902 •
E. C. Arthur, M.D 1903-
T. F. Neelands    1904-
D. E. McKenzie  1905 •
F. E. Simpson 1906.
T. Embleton 1907.
H. T. Fulton  • • 1908.
1—Died 6th February, 1884.
2—Died 18th March, 1885.
3—Died 24th December. 1897.
4—Died 6th September, 1899.
5—Died, 7th April, 1905-.
6—Died 25th August, 1904.
7—Died 12th June, 1907.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
.New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
..Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Columbia Lodge, No.-2.
.Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
.Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
;. New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
.Black Diamond Lodge No. 5.
.Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
,. Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5*
.Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
.Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
.Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
.Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
.Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
.Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
.Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
.Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
.Key City Lodge, No. 42.
.Rossland Lodge, No. 36.
. Harmony Lodge, No. 6.
8—Died 20th September, 1879.
9—Died 8th December, 1892.
10—Ceased Membership.
11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907.
14—Died 30th January, 1908. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
OFTHE
Grand  Lodge  of British  Columbia
I.O.O.F.
Wallace Law, Grand Master  Vancouver
E. L. Webber, Grand Deputy Master New Westminster
W. H. Cullin, Grand Warden Victoria
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary Victoria
W. A. Johnstone, Grand Treasurer Vancouver
C. S. Keith, Grand Representative New Westminster
T. Embleton, P.G.M., Grand Representative Duthie
W. W. Foster, Grand Chaplain  Revelstoke
T. C. Hubbard, Grand Marshal Victoria
R. Dudley, Grand Conductor '. Fernie
D. Walker, Grand Guardian New Westminster
W. A. Jackson, Grand Herald  Trail
The next annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Kamloops, commencing Wednesday, the
8th day of June, 1910.
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   $
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates ..
Book of Forms  	
Book of Odes with music	
Busbee's New Digest	
Lodge Odes   	
Odes with music Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges	
Anniversary Odes	
Funeral Hymns, with responses	
Funeral Ceremony	
Anniversary Ceremony | . . .'11	
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony  	
Officers' Roll Book  .......... .&-. |.	
Question  Book   	
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders ".	
Initiation Petitions (per 100)	
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart (each)  	
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1886 to 1906......
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885 \
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work	
Black Book	
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100..
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100
with name and number of Lodge printed thereon.	
Secret Work* in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges 	
Attendance Register   Ill	
Transfer Certificates	
Certificate of Membership on plate paper 	
Constitution Book and Roll of Members  	
Veteran Jewels, each 	
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each..
00
25
25
75
00
5
10
5
5
30
30
30
25
50
50
50
00
5o
50
5o
2 00
60
70
40
2 00
3
75
1 25
8 00
40

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