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Array PROCEEDINGS
of the
Fiftieth Annual Session
of the
GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
INDEPENDENT ORDER
1    OF ODDFELLOV^S
Held at Vancouver, British Columbia
June 11th and 12th, 1924 NOTICE
Special attention of Subordinate Lodges is called to the following resolutions adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at the
session held in Atlanta, Georgia, in September, 1874.
HOW TO SECURE MONEY WHEN IN TROUBLE, AND
IMPOSTERS TO BE EXPELLED
Resolved, That a member of the Order in good standing,
evidenced by holding an unexpired visiting card, (issued in conformity with the laws of the Order by his Lodge or Encampbent, and
having the A. T. P. W., being in distress, or pretending so to be,
and needing money, and who having asked for and received from
a Lodge or Encampment, or a member thereof, a sum of money
under the assurance and promise that he will return or repay the
same within a given time, or so soon as he returns home, but who
shall neglect to do so for a treasonable time thereafter without a
satisfactory excuse being rendered, shall be deemed guilty of
conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow; and due notice of such facts
having been O—.cially communicated to his Lodge by the Lodge or
Encampment so loaning him the money, it shall be the duty of his
Lodge to notify him of such indebtedness, or loan, and to demand
payment thereof, and if he then refuses or neglects to pay the
same, his Lodge shall prefer charges against him, try him, and if
found guilty, and without su cient mitigating circumstances, expel
him from the  Order.    If there be such mitigating circumstances
then to impose such penalty as the Lodge may deem best.
Resolved, That the respective State Grand Lodges cause the
foregoing .resolution to be embodied in their proceedings, and the
attention of Subordinate Lodges especially called to it.
(Proceedings S.G.L. U.S .,1874, pages 6310, 6326.)
The following legislation was enacted by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge at its 1917 session:
An Act to Provide for the Promulgation of Information in Regard
to Fraudulent Claims for Assistance.
Be it enacted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge, That any Subordinate Body or Relief Committee of this Order which finds on
investigation that any claim for assistance is fraudulent, shall
report the name of the claimant, with other information in its
possession, to the Grand Secretary or Grand Scribe of the Grand
Body of the Jurisdiction in which such investigation is made, who
shall immediately report the same to the Grand Secretary of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, to be promulgated by him in such manner
and at such times as in his judgment circumstances demand.—
Journal, pages 225, 226, 237.  D.   H.   PROUDFOOT
Grand   Master
1923—1924 PROCEEDINGS
of the
Fiftieth Annual Session
o
f the
GRAND LODGE
' OF BRITISH COLUMBIA        1
INDEPENDENT ORDER
OF ODDFELLOWS
Held at Vancouver, British Columbia
June 11th and 12th, 1924 %OJ
SXeMARK
Printing PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
FIFTIETH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE
GRAND LODGE, I.O.O.F., OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Odd Fellows' Hall, Vancouver, B.C.,
11th June,   1924.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m. on the
above date, pursuant to notice.
Present:
D. H. Proudfoot-  Grand Master
AV. W. Walkem ...Deputy Grand Master
O. E. Fisher Grand Warden
Fred Davey ...Grand Secretary
R. A. Perry  Grand Treasurer
H. Fooks, P.G.M Grand Representative
A. E. Harron, P.G.M Grand Representative
W.   Barraclough  '. Grand  Marshal
P. Parker ...Grand Conductor
J. H. Ashwell Grand Guardian
Rev. T. H. Wright, B.A Grand Chaplain
The Grand Master appointed C B. Bryson, No. 27, as
Grand Herald, pro tern.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
It was on motion, Resolved: That the badges supplied
be recognized as proper regalia during the present Session.
The Grand Secretary submitted the names of D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., as Reading Clerk; H. Fooks, P.G.M., as
Custodian of the Secret Work; and E. G. Cavalsky, P.G.P.,
as Transportation Clerk for service during the present Session. 4806
On motion these appointments were approved.
A communication was read from the Grand Secretary of
Alberta notifying: that Bro. T. L. McPherson, Grand Master,
would attend this Session as the Fraternal Delegate from
that Jurisdiction.
On motion the communication was ordered to be received
and filed.
The Grand Master appointed W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No.
4, and P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. 2, to retire and introduce the visitors in waiting.
The Grand Secretary presented the certificates of the
Representatives elect for the coming year and of the Past
Grands entitled to the Grand Lodge Degree, which were on
motion received and referred to the Committee on Credentials.
The Grand Master appointed the Grand Secretary, D. E.
MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, and T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No
8, to form the Committee on Credentials.
The Committee on Credentials submitted the following"
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we- have
examined the credentials of the Representatives elect for the ensuing year and find the following duly accredited:
Lodge.
Victoria
Columbia
Royal City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Representative'
No. 1 A. Sedgley
G. W. Young
"    2 Jas. Wilby
J. Foubister
3 W. C.  McAdam
G. H. Jacobson
4 R.   A.   Ritchie
J. Elrick
5 W.  Carmichael
Jno. Scott
6 D. Gourlay
W. Davenport
7 J.  H. Ashwell
R. Marshall
8 A. M. Russell
J. W. Hurrell
Alternates
J. A. Gardiner
J. W. Dobbie
C. D. Munn
G. H. White
R. Wilson
M.J. Phillips, P.G.M.
F. B. Shaver
J. Bell
J. R. McKinnell
E.  Rogers
J. King
J. Lowery
J. A. Johnston
W. M. Orr
J.  A. McKay
J. F. Morris 4807
Tatnai
"    9
—A. C. Taylor
A. Longmore
H.  Strevens
R. A. Chute
Western Star
" 10
H. W. Hollihead
W. K. Burns
■
Wm. Thomas
T.   Tellefsen
Union
" 11
...J.   Smith
W. Beveridge
Selkirk
" 12
—H. Beresford
P. Westman
J. Bell
W. Singer
Pittitko
1 u
J. R. Jobling
T. Rowbottom
Aaron
" 14
C. Snider
F. Dawe
C. E. Atchison
P.  Watson
Cloverdale
i 15..
L.  Smirl
N. Abbott
Koofenay
* 16
H. E. Dill
J.   G.   Draper
F. Nicholl
E. L. Buchanan
Duncan
" 17
W. Evans
A. Hutchinson
Vernon Valley ;
" 18..
R. M. Ford
W. J. Oliver
Mt. Pleasant
" 19
G.   Miller
J. Kettleman
H.   Patterson
M. H. Baird
Abbotsford
" 20...
F. M.  Carmichael
H. W. Peachy
Delta
" 21...
....K. A. McDiarmid
H. W. Parr
Ridgely
" 22..
....F. D. Davies
W. T. Stiles
Ashcroft
- 23-
....R. G. Bishop
M. Dumond
Island
* 24
C. S. Barton
L. Richards
Fidelity
" 25.
A. E. Watkins
V. Evitt
Pacific
" 26
J. Haslett
W. R. Cook
J. J. Welch
W. Johnstone
Amity
" 27
.. C. B. Bryson
W. H. Bracher
W. Mackie
F. H. Shaw
Cheam
" 28..
—A. S. Nichol
G. Nurse
Hastings
" 29
C. D. Mallett
N. McDonald
F. Woodside
W. Lindsey
Bulkley
1 30
...A. E, Campbell
J. Porteous
Kerrisdale
f. 31-
J. A. AIcLuckie
E. A. Morrow
Maple Ridge
" 32
J. B. ^lartyn
J. C. Mosher
Lakelse
" 33-
..-E. T.  Kenny
S.  F. Mills
Rocky Mountain
" 3J
J. T.  Wood
M. Olefson
Sullivan
* 35
H.   S.   Andrews
P. Johnson
Rossland
" 36
W. Callan
T. Embleton, P.G.M
J. Wall
R. Clemas
Silver City
" 39-
G. Boudier
J.  M. Boates
Slocan
8 40-
F. M. Hufty
W.  Clough
Key City
" 42-
E. G. Dingley
W.  Soden
T. A. Wallace
W.   D.   Gilroy
Enterprise
" 43-
...W. C. MacKenzie
G. F. Reimann
W. J. C. Cleave
C. P. Jones
Gateway
| 45-
—W. T. Luscombe
W. E.  B. Fleming
H. H. Henderson
J. Mooyboer
Mt. Fernie
" 47
W.  Green
J. T. Puckey
W. Hardy
F. Woodhouse
Coronation
" 48-
A E. Maw
J. F. Harrison
Eureka
" 50
R. E. Wheeler
M. E. Dunwoodie
Penticton
" 51...
....H. J. Swift
G. A. Street
J. Lochore
J. Trairs 4808
Michel " 54 J. W. Beech F. Winters
A. E. Huntley A. Lyne
North Vancouver   " 55 G. Jones J. N. White
G. S. Jenkins W. Cumming
Sunshine " 57 H.  Skillicorn F.   H. Abey
Okanagan f 58 D. C. Thompson W. Ritchie
Orchard City " 59 D. E. McLennan C. T. Hubbard
Little Mountain      " 60 D.  Thornton H. L. Gillard
S. G. Smylie E. E. Elliott
Fairview " 61 J. T. McDonald M. Sutton
A.  Miller C. E. Mahon
Grandview " 62 F. W. Hawes J. W. O'Connor
F. N. Hamilton J.  McNeill
Prince Rupert " 63 G. Wilkinson
Corbin " 64 A. F. Cady R. Elliot
Cariboo " 65 A. M. Patterson A. F. Green
Park " 66—B.  Alway J.  Holding
We also find that the following Past Grands are entitled
to the Grand Lodge Degree:
Victoria No. 1 H. F. Doane, Jos Dobbie
Columbia "   2 W. D. Todd, G. Duncan
Royal City "    3 S. H. Spring, W. C. McAdam
Dominion "    4 J. Elrick, J. McKenzie
Black Diamond       "    5 R. G. Johnston, T. Walters
Harmony "    6 D.  Gourlay, W. Davenport
Excelsior "    7 J. A. Johnston, W. M. Orr
Vancouver "    8—A. H. Skuse, J. Rogers
Tatnai I    9 A. C. Taylor, A. Longmore
Western Star " 10 A. E. Gilbert, D. Sinclair
Selkirk % 12 H. Beresford, J. Bell
Pittitko " 13 T. Robottom
Aaron " 14 F.  Colbourne, B.  Slater
Cloverdale H 15 N. Abbott, J. Matheson
Kootenay " 16 J. Draper, E. L. Buchanan
Duncan " 17 W. Evans
Vernon Valley H  1,8 E. W. Maynard, W. D. McKenzie
Mt. Pleasant " 19 G. S. Johnston, H. G. Cox, M. H. Baird
Abbotsford " 20 F. M. Carmichael, E. J. Ireland
Delta " 21 W. Parr
Ridgely " 22 W. J. Gordon, T. T. Oliver
Ashcroft " 23 R. G. Bishop
Island " 24 E. W. Pattison, W. R. Abercrombie
Fidelity " 25 T. E. Biggs, A. Derbyshire
Pacific " 26 W. Welch, W. R. Cook
Amity " 27 A. L. Bowden, R. A. Thompson
Cheam * 28 A. S. Nichol, J. F. Muir
Hastings " 29 T. Ashford, E. Costain
Bulkley " 30 A. E. Campbell, J. Porteous
Kerrisdale " 31 A. M. Holder. A. E.  Morrow
Maple Ridge " 32 J. B. Martyn, J. C. Mosher
Lakelse t: 33 E. T. Kenney 4809
Rocky Mountain "' 34 0. Brandr
Rossland " 36 W. Collin, J. Wall
Silver City " 39 H. J. Cooper, L. McEwen, G. Boudier
Slocan " 40 F. M. Hufty
Key City " 42 T. A. Wallace, E. G. Dingley
Enterprise ■   43 W. J. C. Cleave, Jno. Scott
Gateway " 45 H. H. Henderson, W. T. Luscombe
Mt. Fernie " 47 W. Green, W. Hardy
Coronation " 48 A. E. Maw, J. F. Harrison
Eureka " 50 G. S. Duncan, E. Sparrow
Penticton "' 51 J. Trairs, A. Tavendale, J. Lochore,
G. A. Street
Michel % 54 J. W. Beech, A. E. Huntley,
J. E. Whalley, A. Lyne
North Vancouver " 55 F. P. Archibald, J. W. Graham
Sunshine " 57 B. F. Palmer, P. M. Elder
Okanagan % 58 W. Ritchie, D. C Thompson
Orchard City " 59 D. E. McLennan
Little Mountain " 60 D. Thornton, S. G. Smylie
Fairview " 61 A.  Miller, A. Holmes,  G. Edwards
Grandview " 62 R. F. Cruickshanks, F. N. Hamilton
Prince Rupert " 63 A. J. Galland, H. J. Smith
Co-rbin " 64 A. F. Cady, R. Elliot
Cariboo " 65 E. R. McNamee, F. Clark
Park " 66 G. Langford, J. Holding
Dawson | la W. K. Currie
Neither the Representativf nor Alternative elected by Prince
Rupert Lodge, No. 63, being able to attend, the Lodge has elected
Bro. G. W-ilkinson, P.G., as its Representative. We recommend
that Bro. Wilkinson be recognized, as -a Representative at this
session. Under similar circumstances we should recommend that
Bro. H. D. Evans, P.G., he recognized as the Representative- of
Duncan Lodge, No. 17; also J. Bowie, for Fidelity Lodge, No. 25.
Signed by the Committee.
The following telegram was read and was, on motion,
ordered to be received and filed and the greetings reciprocated :
Grand Lodge of British Columbia,-1.0.O.F.,
Vancouver, B.C.:
Bellingham,   Wash.,
June   10th,   1924.
The Grand Lodge of Washington, I.O.O.F., extends Fraternal
greetings and best wishes for a profitable Session.
FRED   W.   BIER,
Grand   Secretary. 4810
A communication was read from Selkirk Lodge, Xo. 12.
Revelstoke, B.C., accompanied by letters from the Mayor
and Board of Trade, inviting the Grand Lodge to hold its
next Annual Session in that city. It was moved, seconded
and carried, that the communication be received and laid on
the table until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, when the
Grand Lodge'would decide on the next place of meeting.
The following letter was read from Bro. J. D. Swanson,
P.G.M., No. 9, which was, on motion, ordered to be received
and printed in the Proceedings of this Session:
Kamloops,   B.   C,
May   26th,   1924.
Fred Davey, Esq.,
Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F., for B.C.,
Victoria, B.C.:
Dear Brother Davey:
I very much regret that I will be prevented from attending the
Session of the Grand Lodge this year in Vancouver on the occasion
of the Jubilee of the Grand Lodge. I am again obliged as a
Member of the Church Undon Committee of the Presbyterian
Church in Canada, to attend the General Assembly of the Church,
to be held in Owen Sound during part of the time that the Grand
Lodge will be in Session. As the work is more or less of national
import in some phases of this question I felt I should respond and
attend; I wish you to convey to the Grand Master and to the
Officers and Representatives assembled my very best wishes for a
profitable and pleasant Session on this historic date.
The Grand Lodge was formed at a time when British Columbia
as a Province of the Dominion was only three years old. Both
babies have had a vigorous growth. They certainly were eugenic
and well-born youngsters.
The growth of Odd Fellowship in the Jurisdiction has kept pace
with the general development of the Province. Our beloved Order
has been one of the beneficient and humanizing influences in the
life of our Province, teaching our members to be better citizens,
more unselfish and more helpful members of society. It is well for
us to always keep before our minds the dominance of the great
moral idealisms for which our Order stands. We must not treat
our basic principles, the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of 4811
man, Friendship, Love, Truth, as a mere bundle of abstract nouns,
but as living principles to be wrought into the fibre of our hearts
and worked out in our daily life and conversation.
Our growth has been very gratifying, and our membership has
kept up to a high standard in character. We should aim at quality
rather than mere numbers.
I wish to congratulate you, dear Brother, now in your forty-
first year of service as Grand Secretary.    This Grand Lodge must
seem to you like your own child.    You have companioned with it
so   long,   have   guided   its   errant   steps   from   its   earliest   youth,
have  oftentimes repressed the hot blood  of inexperienced  youth,
added the word of wisdom at the opportune time, preserved in a
large measure the dignity of the  Grand Lodge, aided in creating
that  atmosphere  of  reverance  and  respect  for  the  Grand  Lodge,
which is due mead of every worthy and august institution in our
land, have helped to deepen a sentiment that somehow back of this
institution, born from its loins, cradled in its protecting arms stands
in quiet dignity the great British race, amongst whom Odd Fellowship found its real historic birthplace.    We are sometimes in danger
of having our  Order  Americanized.    We  must  never  forget  that
Odd Fellowship shorn of its mythical origin had its real historic
birth in Britain in the middle of the 18th Century, that wonderful
era which the historian J. R. Green calls "the turning point in the
history of the human race," when the social consciousness of England was being stirred afresh to a new birth, when the ethical doctrine that we are our brother's keeper found new meaning, when
men  were  struggling into  the  wider  atmosphere  of political  and
social freedom, then in that glorious hour of awakening of human
hearts Odd Fellowship was born.    It sprang into being as a great
sentiment   of the  human  heart,  a  flowing  over  of  the  waters   of
human kindness and of cheer.    It first found its home, its movable
home, in the taverns, the inns of old London Town, in Bermondsey,
in Southwark, along the Thames.    It grew in a formless way, groping its way out into the light.    It has come up out of the crudities
and imperfections of its early past like a pure lily growing out of
the mud.    It grew into the sunlight, the sunlight of men's hearts,
as every worth-while movement in the world's history ever does
Its growth was not to be confined to England, but like the seeds of
grain and of flowers, which the vagrant winds and the carrier birds
transport with them wherever they go Odd Fellowship was brought
to   the   shores   of  this   continent  by  a  handful   of   Englishmen—
Thomas V/ildev and his fellows in Baltimore.    They were lonely 4812
fellows, away from their homeland, who felt like Ruth "amid the
alien corn" away from their kith and kin, and to bring back the
homeland feeling erected this temple of good-will and human
brotherliness. It has spread from territory to territory, crossing
the border again into British Domains, the old Province of Canada
in 1843, and having its first home in Canada in Montreal as Prince
of Wales Lodge. In pre Confederation days it crossed the border
again on this Coast with our American brothers who came to this
Colony in quest of gold, and who did not forget the gold of human
fellowship..—And then this Grand Lodge of B.C. was born on 25th
April, 1874. Now it has reached its meridian, its fiftieth anniversary.
Its present is strong, its future is filled with hope.
May it ever flourish and reach out its protecting arms in its
beneficient work of visiting the sick, relieving the distressed, burying the dead, caring for the widow and educating the orphan.
Yours fraternally,
JOHN DONALD SWANSON,
Past Grand Master.
A communication was read from the Grand Secretary of
Alberta requesting this Grand Lodge to confer the Grand
Lodge Degree on Bro. W. Page, a member of that Jurisdic
tion.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the communication
be received and filed and the request complied with.
It was moved, seconded and carried, that the Grand
Marshal be directed to hire two cars for the use of the
Grand Officers in the parade this evening.
The Grand Lodge was visited by Bros. G. W. Belknap,
P.G., of the Jurisdiction of Washington, and R. G. Coleman,
P.G., of the Jurisdiction of Alberta, who were cordially
welcomed by the Grand Master.
The Grand Secretary submitted the reports of the Grand
Officers in printed form, which were referred to the Committee on Distribution. 4813
Grand Master's Report
To the Officers and Members of the Grand
Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
I am pleased at this time to present to you a report of my
actions for the past term.
One year ago you saw fit to elevate me to the high office of
Grand Master of this Jurisdiction, and I trust the Order will never
have reason to regret their action in so doing.
This year, in Vancouver, we celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary
of the Grand Lodge, and I hope our Annual Session will be
worthy of the occasion, and those in attendance will look back with
pride to the Convention of 1924.
Vancouver brothers are making great preparations to have
this occasion one of note and long remembrance, so I trust that all
brothers who can possibly attend will be present.
Among the tedious questions coming before the Grand Body
this year is that of our Home and Home Fund, and I sincerely
hope that whatever conclusion is adopted that it will be in the best
interests of our Order in this Jurisdiction, and that Brothers
attending Grand Lodge will be satisfied that the Grand Lodge is
endeavoring to carry into effect all legislation of a wholesome and
lasting nature, which will work out to the credit of an organization
such as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
On behalf of the brethren of Vancouver I feel I voice their
sentiments when I bid you welcome to this City for the Commemoration of our Fiftieth Anniversary.
I trust that this noteworthy Session will be of especial benefit
to all, and that harmony may prevail to bless our efforts.
STATE OF THE ORDER
As near as I can ascertain in making my various visits, our
Order, especially since beginning of 1924, is making rapid numerical
progress. 4814
I am also more than pleased to say that I find a more real and
substantial evidence of true fraternal relations existing between
Lodges, and between members, and that the spirit of unselfish love
is more prevalent.
Let us continue along these lines, and our Order is bound to
advance, and 'become a medium of good to mankind everywhere.
We have made a small gain in membership during 1923, and I
anticipate a more substantial gain for 1924.
NEW LODGES
On September 4th, 1923, 1 had the opportunity and pleasure of
instituting a Lodge at Kimberley, B.C., Sullivan Lodge No. 35.
I was very fortunate in having the company of Past Grand Master
Brother J. A. Tully, of Alberta, and Past Grand Master Brother
Harry White, with a full* team from Key City Lodge, No. 42, of
Cranbrook.
The Cranbrook Brothers put on all the Degrees in most
creditable manner without aid of any Rituals.
District Deputy Grand Master F. G. Morris, of Cranbrook,
installed the Officers, and as Kimberley is in the vicinity of Cranbrook I appointed him as the District Deputy for this new Lodge,
and would suggest that these two Lodges be kept in one district
in future. ^
Great credit is due to the Brothers who acted as Committee to
form this new Lodge as they had every detail in order, so there
was no delay caused, and everything was completed in a most
satisfactory manner.    The following were  the   Charter  members:
P. Johnson, Viaduct Lodge, No. 53, Lethbridge, Alta.
W. S. Green, Strathcona Lodge. Edmonton, Alta.
J. W. Blezard, Viaduct Lodge, No. 53, Lethbridge, Alta.
R. E. Robson, Royal Lodge, No. 86, Calgary, Alta.
R. E. Pemberton, Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, B.C.
W. M. Young, Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo, B.C.
Elected and Appointed  Officers
P. Johnson, N.G.; W. S. Green, V.G..; J. W. Blezard, R.S. and
F.S.; R. E. Pemberton, Treas.; Duncan Morrison, Warden; F.
Willis, Conductor; A. G. James, O.G.; R. E. Robson, LG.;. H. S.
Andrews,   P.G.,   R.S.N.G.;   E.  A..   Spinks,   L.S.N.G.;  T..   Crossley, 4815
R.S.V.G.; W. M. Young, L.S.V.G.; C. Morrison, R.S.S.; E. Dickenson, L.S.S., and W. Binnie, Chaplain.
Chartered   members     6
Initiates put through night of institution    22
Joined  since institution  26
Total  54
Several applications now on hand, meetings well attended,
Degree work excellent, and Brothers very enthusiastic, and I look
forward to this Lodge proving one of our best.
REBEKAH BRANCH
The Rebekah Branch is on the forward march and is doing a
wonderful work in connection with our Order. In cases of sickness
and distress we ever find the Rebekahs doing all they can to make
life's pathway a little more pleasant, and ever ready to give up
time and worldly enjoyments to try and make it a little more comfortable for those who may be sick or in distress. We also find
that at social and fraternal gatherings our Sisters adorn and add
grace to our meetings. Reports show that in 1923 there was a
gain in membership of 210 in this Jurisdiction.
Amount paid for relief of members  1 $     195.00
Amount paid for relief of widowed families.... 19.00
Amount paid for special relief   165.63
Lodges current expenses   12,888.42
Assembly  Current  Expenses  — -  2,899.19
Invested funds of Lodges   11,898.23
Invested funds  of Assembly «  3,062.46
A communication from Haney regarding the instituting of a
new Rebekah Lodge at that point was referred to me to investigate
on my official visit to the Subordinate Lodge there on May 2nd,
1924.
I find a most enthusiastic Lodge of Odd Fellows, also that
there are some ten or twelve who have Cards ready to apply for a
Dispensation. The Brothers at Haney strongly endorse a
Rebekah Lodge to be instituted as early as possible. The nearest
Lodge to Haney is at Mission, over twenty miles distant and they
would like to see a Rebekah Lodge at Haney, offering to give them
every assistance needed to have them properly started. I have told
them to send in their Cards and apply for a Charter, which I trust
will be granted as  early as possible. 4816
ODD FELLOWS FUNERAL AID ASSOCIATION
I made special mention of this valuable brlanch of Odd
Fellowship at all my visitations and I would again ask that all
Lodges and all Brothers give this branch the support it deserves.
The distribution of relief of this kind in times of distress and
bereavement, not as charity, but as an act of thoughtfulness and
sympathy, is one of the most valuable attributes of our Order.
Let us try to make this branch as near 100% of our membership as possible.
We have made a greater gain during the last six months than
for many terms previously.
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FRATERNAL VISIT
Upon receiving an invitation from the Grand Lodge of Alberta
1 visited that Jurisdiction on February 21st and 22nd, the dates of
their Grand Lodge Session. I was received with every attention
and welcomed most cordially by this Grand Body.
It afforded me great pleasure to contvey to our Brothers, and
also to the Sisters of Rebekah Assembly, our sincere and heartfelt
greetings and to wish them every success in their work.
Along with fraternal delegates from the other Grand Jurisdictions we had the honor to take official charge of Election of
Officers which resulted as follows:
J. L. McPherson, Grand Master, Ryley, Alta.
Joseph  H. Ross, Deputy Grand Master, Calgary, Alta.
J. H. Walmsley, Grand Warden, Lougheed, Alta.
O. E. Tisdale, Grand Secretary, Calgary, Alta.
G. W. Henderson, Grand Treasurer,  Calgary, Alta.
A. E. May, P.G.M., Grand Representative, Edmonton, Alta.
L. I. Stuart, P.G.M., Grand Representative, Ponoko, Alta.
The Grand Lodge took over from Alberta Lodge, No. 1, the
Odd Fellows Temple, at Calgary, and in future this Jurisdiction will
have a home of its own for its Grand Lodge. They have a
magnificent building and at the present time is on a paying basis.
This Jurisdiction has 119 Subordinate Lodges, and membership
of 8,076, being a small loss for the year of 223. ' The assets of its
Subordinate Lodges amount to the magnificent sum of $325,849.94.
The receipts show a difference over the disbursmeents of $8,815.93,
which speaks well for their financial standing for the year.    Their 4817
Home fund shows assets amounting to $18,512.39, an increase over
previous year of $2,031.07.
A motion was presented to the Grand Lodge to use a portion
of this Home fund for relief of a widow, whose husband was killed
in a mine explosion at Coleman, but it was pointed out very clearly
that this Home fund could not be used for this purpose, and the
motion was not put to vote, however a voluntary collection was
taken up and the sum of $218.80 was turned over to Coleman Lodge
to use at their discretion for the benefit of this widow.
I was very pleased to be present on this occasion and to witness
the dignity and despatch with which the business of this Grand
Body is carried on, and also to renew the many acquaintances of
Brothers of this Jurisdiction, to meet so many new Brothers, and
to mingle with the Fraternity in general. Nothing brings the
members of the Order closer together than the social and fraternal,
heartfelt good wishes, which at such times we are in a position to
convey to each other, and for the opportunity I had to do so as
your  Grand Master, I am  truly grateful.
ODD FELLOWS' RELIEF ASSOCIATION
It was my good fortune to attend the Annual Meeting of the
Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, :held in Garden Hall,
Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 25th, 1923.
Representative Odd Fellows from each Province of Canada
were in attendance and the meeting in every respect was very
interesting and encouraging.
Hon. W. F. Nickle, K.C., Attorney-General of Ontario, and
President of the Association for the last five years, opened the
meeting with a masterly address on the objects and progress of
the Association.
He also paid tribute and directed in sympathy the attention of
those gathered at the Annual Meeting to the passing away of
Directors Bros. Meek, Blackeby, Donogh, White and Grand Sire
Oliver and this year Bros. Lewis and Elliott, and Chief Medical
Adviser Mundel, all of these having given of their time and thought
for the advancement of this most ennobling branch of our Order.
Owing to press of work as Attorney-General, Brother Nickle
put in his resignation, which was accepted with deep regret.
Dr. J. C. McConnell was elected President and Hon. Dr. Ross,
Chief Medical Adviser, and C. C. Folger, the new Director. 4818
I was placed on the Finance Committee with Bro. O. E. Tisdale,
Grand Secretary of Alberta, as Chairman, and was pleased to note
the numerical and financial gains through these stressful times, and
also, to my satisfaction, that the Association, as per Government
auditor's reports, is now placed on an actuarial sound basis.
Brother Nickle was presented with a leather travelling bag as
slight recognition of the esteem in which he is held by the Association.
Brother Nickle suitably replied, stating that of all his activities
none had given him more pleasure than his connection with the
Odd Fellows' Relief Association.
This Association is gaining strength and attracting attention
more and more each year. It is recognized by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge and endorsed by every Grand Lodge of Canada, and it is
highly recommended to the attention of every Odd Fellow.
I deem it a great privilege to hafve had the opportunity to meet
the many Brothers of different Provinces, and to mingle with them
in the deliberations of which we think best in the interest of Odd
Fellowship and my thanks are due to the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia for making this desire possible.
PRESENTATIONS
I had the pleasure of. making the following presentations:
Veteran's Jewel to Brother D. S. Betts, of Kootenay Lodge,
No. 16, on December 24th, 1923. Veteran's Jewel to Sisters Mrs.
Kate. Phelps Simpson, Past President of Rebekah Assembly, and
Mrs. Annie Armstrong, both members of the Rebekah Lodge at
Kamloops. These were presented on March 17th, 1924, when
visiting Tatnai Lodge, No. 9. On April 23rd, 1924, Veteran's Jewels
to following Brothers of Black Diamond Lodge No. 5: Ellis
Rogers, J. B. Nicholson, Robt. Booth, Jas. Stewart, Robt. Adam,
J. B. Bradshaw, Seth Critchley, Alphens Lecoq, Wm. Seaborne,
W. McGirr, B. Woobank, R. Ferguson, George Taylor, H. N.
McDonald, John Beattie, J. R. McKenzie and J. R. McKinnell, the
latter being a Past Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment.
On April 17th. 1924, presented Past Grand Jewel to Brothers Geo.
Jones, W. Cummings and H. W. Bogue, on behalf of North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55. On May 2nd, 1924, presented Bro. R.
McArthur, of Maple Ridge Lodge, No. 32, with Veteran's Jewel
sent from his home Lodge in Manitoba. 4819
APPOINTMENTS
Bro. W. S. Murphy, D.D.G.M., of Corbin Lodge, No. 64, beinM
called away from the vicinity of the Lodge, appointed Bro. A. F.
Cady for the balance of the term.
Fearing that our Trustees of the Home Fund were not legally
elected in view of the decisions of the Grand Sire on other Jurisdictions, who had elected Trustees in a similar manner, and in
order to have the necessary 'body to administer this Fund, I appointed the same Brothers, who were elected as Trustee, to act as
a special Home Fund Committee, until the meeting of Grand Lodge,
HOME FUND
1 attended one of the meetings of the special Home Fund
Committee while at the Coast. The moneys of this Fund are well
invested in good securities, and the interest is being paid promo^ly.
The Five Thousand Dollars on hand is being invested in Provincial Government Guarantee Bonds.
A circular letter has again been sent out by Prince Rupert
Lodge, No. 63, without the consent of the presiding officer of this
Grand Body, and while it may have been done last year unthinkingly, such could not be the case this year, as the attention of
Prince Rupert Lodge was called to this fact at Grand Lodge last
June, and was also mentioned by myself on my official visit to this
Lodge this year; and I am of the opinion that this Lodge should
show the same respect and obedience as all other Subordinates of
the Jurisdiction. The references of the last paragraph in the
circular is such that I have sent out a cautionary letter to all
Subordinates relating to the action of Prince Rupert Lodge, and I
trust that delegates will come to Grand Lodge with an open mind
and settle these matters on their merits.
NECROLOGY
It was with deep regret I received a wire from Fernie that
Bro. Dudley, P.G.M., died on the morning of September 20th, 1923.
On learning that the interment would be at Victoria I wired
Grand Secretary Bro. Davey to call the members of Grand Lodge
to attend the funeral, and procure a wreath for this Grand Body.
I also learn that there was a goodly representation of Grand
Lodge members attended the funeral and also many Brothers from
Victoria Lodges. 4820
PROCLAMATIONS
In compliance with the Proclamations of the Grand Sire I
issued the one for the celebration of the Hundred and Fifth
Anniversary, and also that for Memorial Day, and one relative to
the death of Warren G. Harding, President of the United States.
DISPENSATIONS
A Dispensation was asked for by Molson Lodge, No. 317,
Molson, Wash., to receive an application and elect a candidate from
Bridesiville, B.C. This candidate resided near the Boundary line
and was in a position to attend Lodge at Molson, and not having
this opportunity in our Jurisdiction, this right or privilege was
granted.
A Dispensations to Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, to hold joint
installation with Rebekah Lodge of that town.
To Lakelse Lodge, No. 33, Terrace, B.C., to hold Anniversary
Ball on November 9th, 1923., for purpose of raising funds.
A Dispensation was asked by Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, Merritt,
to reduce initiation fee to $5 for period of three months, as they
desired to make a drive for new members. This was not granted,
having no such powers.
To Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke, to wear regalia and
prepare a float to take part in a celebration on September 3rd, 1923.
RULINGS AND  QUESTIONS
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58.
Question: Ts an applicant who has lost his right arm eligible
for membership?
Answer:    No.    Our general laws would prohibit.
Maple Ridge Lodge, No. 32.
Question: Has this Lodge permission to move Charter to
No. 4521 Victoria Road, its intention being to lease this Hall,
providing they receive sanction of the Grand Lodge.
Answer:    Yes.    Authority rests with Lodge Code 795 and 798.
Sullivan Lodge, No. 35.
Statement: This Lodge was instituted September 4th, 1923,
at end of December, 1923, a resolution was passed that present
officers be retained another term and that an additional officer, a
Financial Secretary, be appointed. 4821
Question:    How does this meet with your approval.
Answer:    Would ask that nomination and election be carried
out.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Trail.
Question: Brother W. W. Edmonds, of Edgerton ,Alta., a
member of Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, Trail, B.C., wrote me re
benefits. This was ruled on last year by my predecessor, Page
4673 of Proceedings. I wrote the Lodge at Edgerton re this
Brother, received reply, that while he was badly crippled with
rheumatism, he was able to be around and attend the Hotel Office
and Telephone Exchange. Enterprise Lodge again asked if they
should pay benefits.
Answer: I arrive at same decision as given last year, not
entitled to benefits.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47, Fernie, B.C.
Question: This Lodge's By-laws were amended from paying
a continuous benefit to paying twelve months only. Are Brothers
who were receiving benefits previous to this change entitled to
receive continuous benefits.
Answer: No. When By-laws were approved by Grand Lodge
they became active.
Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18.
Question: Can a Brother who has been nominated for an
elective office in the Lodge, being present on night of nomination,
and having consented to same but who on night of election could
not be present. Can the Lodge proceed and elect this Brother to
office.
Answer:    Yes.
Question: Can Brother who has been nominated for an
elective office in the Lodge but was absent on nights of nomination
and being present on night of election when minutes of previous
meeting was read and making no objections, but who was not in
the Lodge-room when Election of Officers took place. Can the
Lodge elect him to said office.
Answer:    Yes. 4822
VISITATIONS
1923.
Sept.   5    Mt.  Fernie Lodge, No. .7, Fernie, B.C., accompanied by
J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alberta, and Thos. Biggs, D.D.G.M.,
1st Degree exemplified in most excellent manner.
6 Key City Lodge, No. 42, Cranbrook, B.C., accompanied by
J. A. Tully, P.G.M., of Alberta; Harry White, P.G.M.,
and F. G. Morris, D.D.G.M. Large and very enthusiastic
meeting.
7 Michel Lodge, No. 54, Natal, B.C., accompanied by J. A.
Tully,  P.G.M., Alberta.    Very enthusiastic  meeting.
8 Corbin   Lodge,   No.   64,   Corbin,   B.C.    Here   miners   and
mineowners are all Odd Fellows, and wives and daughters are Rebekahs. Had splendid meeting and enjoyed
real Camp hospitality. Brother J. A. Tully, P.G.M.,
Alberta, also enjoyed this trip.
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Had good fortune on this date to accompany Brother
Tully, P.G.M., of Alberta, to Coleman Lodge, No. 36, of
Coleman, Alta., where we were deputized by Brother L. I.
Stuart, Grand Master of Alberta, to visit this Lodge
officially on his behalf. There are four Lodges in a
radius of four miles, and we had visitors from these other
Lodges, and had a most enthusiastic and enjoyable meeting. I conveyed greeting and very best wishes from our
British Columbia brethren which were reciprocated in a
most cordial manner. Mention is made of this visit in
Proceedings of Grand Lodge of Alberta, and feel much
honored for this distinction.
1924.
Feb. 18 Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke, B.C., accompanied by
P. Parker, Grand Conductor, and R. Robertson, D.D.G.M.
Very large meeting of both Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.
This is a very strong Lodge, numerically and financially.
" 19 Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34, Golden, B.C., accompanied by S. Neil, D.D.G.M. Lodge matters very quiet
owing to logging strike in this vicinity. Had very good
meeting and better times are anticipated in near future. 4823
1924.
Mar. 10 .Penticton Lodge, No. 5, Penticton, B.C., accompanied by
J. H. Glass, P.G.M.; J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alta.; O. E.
Fisher, Grand Warden, and Tommy Williams, D.D.G.M.
First Degree was exemplified in a most impressive manner, and two applications were received. Met with
Rebekahs at close of Lodge, when a most enjoyable time
was spent. Was glad to meet Brother Glass, who was in
good health and gave us a very appropriate address.
Okanagan Lodge, No. 58, West Summerland, also met
with Penticton Lodge. There was a good representation
from No. 58, and am satisfied they enjoyed the joint
meeting. These two Lodges meet on same night and for
their meeting jointly I am very grateful.
11 Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, B.C., accompanied
by J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alta., and Win. Hardie, D.D.G.M.
Met also with the Rebekahs, and had a very good attendance.
12 Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, Vernon, B.C., accompanied
by J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alta., and 1. V. Sauder, D.D.G.M.
First Degree was exemplified, very impressive and excellent work was displayed.    A new application was read.
| 13 Coronation Lodge, No. 48, Armstrong, B.C., accompanied
by Bros. J. A. Tully, P.G.M., of Alberta, and I. V. Sauder,
D.D.G.M.    Lodge very quiet but optimistic.
I 14 Eureka Lodge, No. 50, Enderby, B.C., accompanied by
J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alta., and I. V. Sauder, D.D.G.M.
Lodge very quiet, owing to quiet times, but expect better
results in near future.
| 15 Mt. Ida Lodge, No. 56, Salmon Arm, B.C., met D.D.G.M.
H. W. Harbell, and some seven or eight other Brothers,
who wish to retain their Charter, and have made up their
minds to hold regular meetings, and try and revive this
Lodge.
" 17 Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, Kamloops, B.C., accompanied by
J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alta., and M. T. Royds, D.D.G.M.
One of the biggest meetings I had. Initiatory Degree
was well conferred on three candidates, and applications
were read from two others seeking admission. Met with
the  Rebekahs afterwards,  who entertained most royally, 4824
1924.
Mar. 18
being all decorated in green in honor of Saint Patrick's
Day.
Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, Ashcroft, B.C., accompanied by
J. A. Tully, P. G. M., Alta., and 1. Lehman, D.D.G.M.
This is a small Lodge, and things are very quiet there at
present time. Had about fourteen present, though small
in numbers big in spirit.
Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, Prince George, B.C., accompanied
by John Mclmuis, D.D.G.M., met also the Rebekahs.
Had very enthusiastic and enjoyable time, and the Sisters
and Brothers are very optimistic.
23 Bulkley Lodge, No. 30, Smithers, B.C., accompanied by
W. J. Service, D.D.G.M., met also the Rebekahs, and had
a most enjoyable evening.
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Lakelse Lodge, No. 33, Terrace, B.C., accompanied by
S. F. Mills, D.D.G.M. This is a small place but the
Brothers are very energetic; they had 13 members end of
1923, and every member's dues paid to date or in advance.
This Lodge was started by the last Grand Master, Bro.
Phillips, and they deserve credit for the work they have
done since that time.
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Prince Rupert Lodge, No. 63,  Prince Rupert, B.C.    Met
and 27 with Sisters and Brothers at banquet on 26th. Had very
large gathering and a most interesting time. Met the
Lodge officially on 27th, accompanied by D.D.G.M., H. M.
Hale. The Third Degree was put on very creditably.
There was a large and interesting meeting, which I enjoyed very much.
, 31 Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, South Vancouver, B.C., accompanied by Roy A. Perry, Grand Treasurer, Rev. T. H.
Wright, Grand Chaplain, and Jas. Beck, D.D.G.M.
Met also with the Rebekahs, and enjoyed a real good
meeting.
April 1 Island Lodge, No. 24, Marpole, B.C., accompanied by
Roy A. Perry, Grand Treasurer; Rev. T. H. Wright,
Grand Chaplain, and J. S. Ashton, D.D.G.M. Good enthusiastic meeting. 4825
1924.
April 2    Delta Lodge, No. 20, Ladner, B.C., accompanied by Bro.
■M. J. Phillips, P.G.M., and A. G. French, D.D.G.M., and
Bro. Chas. Bryson.    Ladner is a very good district and the
Brothers are very enthusiastic, and taking in new members.    Had a good meeting here.
3 Western Star Lodge, No. 10, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied by Wallace Law, P.G.M.; A. E. Harron,' P.G.M.;
and G.R.; Roy A. Perry, Grand Treasurer; Rev. T. H.
Wright, Grand Chaplain, and C. D. Mallett, DJD.G.M.
A very large and very interesting meeting.
4 Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied
by W. H. Brown, P.G.M.: E. L. Webber, P.G.M. and
P.G.R.; T. F. Neelands, P.G.M.; Archie Russell. P.G.R.;
Walter Godfrey, G.H.P., and C. D. Mallett, D.D.G.M.
First Degree was conferred very creditably. Attendance
large  and  active.
7 Amity Lodge, No. 27, New Westminster, B.C., accompanied by M. J. Phillips, P.G.M.; D. E. MacKenzie,
P.G.M.; Rev. T. H. Wright, Grand Chaplain, and Bro. A.
G. French, D.D.G.M. Had a very enthusiastic and interesting meeting.
8 Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack, B.C., accompanied by
J. H. Ashwell, Grand Guardian; A. H. Turvey, P.G.P. and
P.G.R., and C. Roberts, D.D.G.M. Initiatory Degree well
conferred and Lodge in excellent condition.
9 Park Lodge, No. 66, Burnaby, B.C., accompanied by M.
Phillips, P.G.M.; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.; A. E. Harron,
P.G.M.; E. Turner, P.G.P.; Rev. T. H. Wright, Grand
Chaplain, and A. G. French, D.D.G.M. Vancouver Lodge
No. 8 was also paying a fraternal visit, so that in all we
had a very large attendance and very interesting Session.
1 10 Fairview Lodge, No. 61, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied
by E. L. Webber, P.G.M.; A. E. Harron, P.G.M.; T. F.
Neelands, P.G.M.; Bro. Washington, P.G.P., of Sask.;
W. Godfrey, G.H.P.; Fay Elliot, G.J.W.; Rev. T. H.
Wright, Grand Chaplain, and J. S. Ashton, D.D.G.M.
The Second Degree was conferred in the most elaborate
and impressive manner that I have ever witnessed. It
was a real treat. 4826
1924.
Apr. 11 Grandview Lodge, No. 62, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied
by A. E. Harron, P.G.M. and G.R.; J. W. MacLaughlin,
P.G.P., of Sask.; Rev. T. H. Wright, Grand Chaplain, and
J. S. Ashton. D.D.G.M. The Initiatory Degree was well
conferred; had a very large and enthusiastic meeting.
" 14 Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied by W.
A. Johnstone, P.G.M. and P.G.R.; Wallace Law, P.G.M.;
E. L. Webber, P.G.M. and P.G.R.; J. W. McLaughlan,
P.G.P., of Sask.; W. Godfrey, G.H.P.; Fay Elliot, G.J.W.;
R. Cousins, Grand Herald; Rev. T. H. Wright, Grand
Chaplain, and C. D. Mallett, D.D.G.M.    Attendance good.
" 15 Hastings Lodge, No. 29, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied
by Roy A. Perry, Grand Treasurer, and C. D. Mallett,
D.D.G.M. Had a real good meeting, with many very interesting talks; the attendance was good.
16 Aaron Lodge, No. 14, and Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60,
at Vancouver, B.C., accompanied by E. L. Webber, P.G.M.
and P.G.R.; A. E. Harron, P.G.M. and G.R.; W. H. Brown,
P.G.M.; J. W. McLaughlan, P.G.P., of Sask.; Fay Elliot,
G.J.W.; Roy A. Perry, Grand Treasurer; R. Cousins,
Grand Herald, and J. W. Foxcroft and C. D. Mallett,
D.D.G.M.'s. The First Degree was exemplified by Aaron
Lodge, No. 14, in a very attractive and impressive manner.
17 North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, North Vancouver, B.C.,
accompanied by A. E. Harron, P.G.M. and G.R.; R. A.
Perry, Grand Treasurer; R. Cousins, Grand Herald, and
J. W. Foxcroft, D.D.G.M. Had a real live meeting, good
attendance, banquet and many good talks on Odd
Fellowship.
" 18 Royal City Lodge, No. 3, New Westminster, B.C., accompanied by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.; A. E. Harron, P.G.M.
and G.R.; M. J. Phillips, P.G.M.; E. C. Turner, P.G.P.
and W. Hall, D.D.G.M., District No. 14. Bro. A. G.
French, D.D.G.M., of this Lodge, was not present owing
to accident to his foot. We missed Bro. French very
much. Had many interesting and enthusiastic speeches,
particularly on Homes and Home Fund. Attendance
very good considering it was Good Friday.
" 21 Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, Cloverdale, B.C., accompanied
by D.  E.  MacKenzie,  P.G.M., P.G.P. and  P.G.R.;  M.  J. 4827
1924.
Apr. 22
i    23
Phillips, P.G.M.; A. E. Harron, P.G.M. and G.R., and A. G.
French, D.D.G.M., and W. Hall, D.D.G.M. Very good
attendance. Third Degree conferred on eight fine young
candidates, and the work was very creditably performed.
Mount Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, Vancouver, B.C., accompanied by E. L. Webber, P.G.M. and P.G.R.; R. Cousins,
Grand Herald; Rev. T. H. Wright, Grand Chaplain; J. W.
Foxcroft, D.D.G.M.; Fay Elliot, G.J.W., and Archie Russell, P.G.R. The attendance was good and the Lodge is
progressing favorably.
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, Nanaimo, B.C., accompanied by A. Harron, P.G.M .and P.G.R.; Wm. H. Morton, P.G.M.; J. R. McKinnell, P.G.P.; W. Godfrey, G.H.P.;
Fay Elliot, G.J.W.; C. Snider,of the Patriarch Militant
Branch; G. E. Jardine, D.D.G.M.; R. A. Perry, Grand
Treasurer, and Fred. . Davey, Grand Secretary. This
meeting celebrated the 50th Anniversary of this Lodge.
There was a very large gathering of Odd Fellows and
Rebekahs. Some twenty Veteran's Jewels were presented.
This makes 115 Veteran Jewels presented to date by
Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5. A magnificent banquet
and dance ended a most interesting and enjoyable official
visit.
.Union Lodge, No. 11, Cumberland, B.C., accompanied by
Alex. Clelland, P.G.P. and P.G.R., of Grand Encampment,
and W. Beveridge, D.D.G.M. Had a very good turn out,
met the Sisters also in social gathering, at close of Lodge.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17, Duncan, B.C., accompanied by
D.D.G.M. Bro. J. Murchie. Had a splendid turn out for
this small Lodge on a Saturday night at a special meeting.
Met the Rebekahs also at a very pleasant social at close
of Lodge meeting. I also attended the Anniversary
service with the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows at Duncan,
on Sunday evening, and enjoyed a very masterly sermon
by Rev. Mr. Hewett, who is a member of our Order, and
a real Odd Fellow.
I 28 Harmony Lodge, No. 6, Ladysmith, B.C., accompanied
by Deputy Grand Master, Bro. W. W. Walkem, and
D.D.G.M. Bro. Wm. E. Allen. Had a very good meeting
and met with the Rebekahs and spent a nice social evening.
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1924.
Apr. 30 Victoria Lodge, No. 1, and Columbia Lodge, No. 2, accompanied by Senior P.G.M. Bro. Wriglesworth, who sat
with the First Grand Lodge, and also an Honorable
Veteran of Dominion Lodge, No. 4, fifty years' continuous
membership in one Lodge. He was marshal of the
parade fifty years ago at the Anniversary Service at St.
John's Church, and this year was in procession to same
Church. Was also accompanied by Anton Henderson,
P.G.M., P.G.P. and P.G.R.; P. W. Dempster, P.G.M.,P.G.P.
and P.G.R.; Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, and F. B.
Shaver, D.D.G.M. o'f this District. Also met with the
two Rebekah Lodges and spent a most interesting and
pleasant evening.
May 1 Dominion Lodge. No. 4, Victoria, B.C., accompanied by
Bro. Wriglesworth, P.G.M.; A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
P.G.P. and P.G.R.; P. Dempster, P.G.M., P.G.P. and
P.G.R.; W. Cullin, P.G.M.; R. Henderson, P.G.P.; Jas
Bell, P.G.R.; Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, and F. B.
Shaver, D.D.G.M. of this District. The Initiatory Degree was conferred in creditable manner. Had a real
good meeting.
2 Maple Ridge Lodge, No. 32, Haney, B.C., accompanied
by A. E. Harron, P.G.M. and G.R.; M. J. Phillips, P.G.M.,
and S. Mussalem, D.D.G.M. The Third Degree was exemplified in a very impressive and dignified manner. This
is a very energetic and active Lodge, and most entertaining and cordial to visiting brethren.
4 Visited Mission and attended Anniversary Service held
in Theatre on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Besides
the members from the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges
of Mission the Canton, from Vancouver, and many other
Brothers and Sisters were present. The Encampment
from Chilliwack with other Brothers and Sisters. P.G.M.
Harry Fooks and others from Agassiz. Brothers also
from Abbotsford, and' many from New Westminster. It
was the best turn out of its kind ever held in Mission.
Rev. Bro. Priest, of Abbotsford, preached an eloquent
and masterly sermon on the usefulness of Odd Fellowship,
and those in attendance speak most highly of his address. 4829
1924.
May 5 Fidelity Lodge, No. 255 Mission, B.C. Had an interesting
and enthusiastic meeting, also met with the Rebekahs at
close of Lodge.
6 Abbotsford Lodge, No. 20, Abbotsford, B.C., accompanied
by several Brothers from Mission, and D.D.G.M. Bro. F.
M. Carmichael. The Initiatory Degree was conferred on
three candidates in a very impressive manner.
7 Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz, accompanied by Bro.
Harry Fooks, P.G.M. and G.R., and D.D.G.M. Bro. D.
W. Elliott. Had a very enthusiastic and interesting
meeting.
8 Pititko Lodge, No. 13, Merritt, B.C., accompanied by
D.D.G.M. S. Nellies.    Had a real good meeting.
10 Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, accompanied by
D.D.GM. Bro. W. S. McPherson. Considering this was a
special meeting on a Saturday night, had good attendance,
and spent very enjoyable evening.
REPORTS OF DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS
The following is a synopsis of the reports of the District
Deputy Grand Masters that I have received:
District No. 1. F. B. Shaver reports that he installed the
officers of Lodges No. 1, 2 and 4, in July, 1923, and again at a joint
installation of the three Lodges on January 10th, 1924.
No Dispensations were issued or official visits paid except to
accompany the Grand Master when he visited the Lodges of the
District.
No decisions have been asked for.
On September 26th, 1923, the remains of the late Bro. R.
Dudley, P.G.M., who died at Fernie, were interred in Ross Bay
Cemetery. The pallbearers being three Past Grand Masters, the
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary and the D.D.G.M. of the
District.
The Lodges in the District are in a very satisfactory condition,
both financially and numerically.
The Lodges of the District have procured a D.D.G.M.'s Jewel
for the official use of that officer. 4830
District No. 2. A. G. French reports the Lodges in his District
are prospering and goodfellowship prevails. They are taking in
new members and the Degree work is of a high standard. Their
financial condition is also good and the prospects for the "future
extremely bright.
In July, 1923, and January, 1924 installed the officers of Lodges
Nos. 3 and 27 jointly, and on July 18th, 1923, and January 16th, 1924,
installed the  officers of Park Lodge,  No. 66.
Joined the members of Amity Lodge, No. 27, in a visit to
North Vancouver Lodge, No. 55, and with the officers of the three
Lodges in the District visited Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60.
Held a school of instruction with the three Lodges, at which
a number of features of the detailed work of the Order were
illustrated.
Accompanied the Grand Master in his official visits to the
Lodges of the District, also to Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, and
Delta Lodge, No. 21.
Issued a Dispensation to Royal City Lodge, No. 3, tO' initiate
a candidate in less time than permitted by law.
Declined to grant a Dispensation to Royal City Lodge, No. 3,
to form an indoor baseball team. This application was first submitted to you.
Recommend that the Grand Lodge should set forth definitely
the parts of the Ritualistic, and Secret work that must be committed
to memory >by the Noble Grand and Vice-Grand previous to their
installation into office.
District No. 3. G. E. Jardine reports that he installed the
officers of Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5, at the prescribed times."
Issued no Dispensations. Paid two official visits. Rendered no
decisions.
The condition of the Order is favorable, but the number of
members remains stationary.
District No. 4. W. E. Allen reports the joint installation of
the officers of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, and Laurel Rebekah Lodge,
No. 9, on July 9th, 1923, and the officers of the former Lodare aaratn
on January 14th, 1924.
No Dispensations issued, decisions rendered or official visits
paid.
Condition of the Order satisfactory. A number of new members added, and the books and finances of the Lodge well cared for. 4831
District No. 5. C. H. Roberts reports that he installed the
officers of Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, at the regular dates.
Granted a Dispensation to permit rhe Lodge to initiate a
candidate in less time than permitted by law.
No official visits made. Rendered a decision that the funds of
the Lodge could not be legally used to furnish a ward in the
hospital.    (Code 319 m).
Condition of the Order progressive. Regrets that many of
the younger members neglect attending Lodge meeting, and play
basketball on those evenings, thus weakening the Degree team.
Speaks highly of their Secretaries and Treasurer. Bro. J. Peers,
P.G., Financial Secretary, has held that office for thirty-three years.
District No. 6. C. D. Mallett reports the installation of the
officers of the Lodges in his District in July, 1923, and January,
1924, on one occasion those of Lodge No. 8 with those of Mizpah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 2.
Dispensations issued to Lodge No. 8 for a joint installation
with Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2.
To Hastings Lodge, No. 29, to initiate a candidate in less
time than authorized by law. •
Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visits to the
Lodges in the District.
No decisions rendered.
Condition of the Lodges in District good, taking in quite a
number of new members, and in good financial standing.
District No. 7. J. Foxcroft reports the installation of the
officers of the Lodges in his District at the proper times.
Held a joint installation of the officers of Aaron Lodge, No. 14,
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, and Bethel Rebekah Lodge, No. 26,
on one occasion.
Granted the following Dispensations: To North Vancouver
Lodge, No. 55, to hold a whist drive and dance on December 7th,
1923, and again on April 12th, 1924. To Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No.
19, on March 26th, and April 25th, 1924, to hold whist drives.
Paid four official visits, also accompanied the Grand Master in
his official visits to the Lodges of the District. Rendered no
decisions.
All the Lodges in District in excellent condition, receiving
new members and improving in their Degree work. 4832
Presented Past Grand's Jewels to Bro. J. Peers and A. Peers,
at North Vancouver Lodge, on February 7th, 1924, and also to
Bro. W. F. McKenzie, P.G., at Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, on
January 15 th, 1924.
District No. 8. James S. Ashton reports the officers of the
Lodges in his District installed into office at the regular times.
Granted the following Dispensations: To Grandview Lodge,
No. 62, to hold a joint installation with Grandview Rebekah Lodge,
No. 18, on January 11, 1924. To Island Lodge, No. 24, Fairview
Lodge, No. 61, and Kerrisdale Lodge No. 31, to hold whist drives
and dances to raise funds to purchase regalia, etc.
Visited all the Lodges in the District, also accompanied the
Grand-Master in his official visits to Lodges Nos. 24, 61 and 62.
Rendered a decision  that the  Grand  Lodge,  not  having prescribed any length of time in a District before becoming a candidat
for admittance to the Order, it was optional with Lodges to make
such a provision in their By-laws.    (Section 489 Code).
Condition of the Order in District good. A fraternal feeling
exists and great interest is taken in conferring the Degrees.
Lodges Nos. 24 and 61, are making remarkable increases in their
membership.
District No. 9—J. Beck reports the installation of the officers
of Lodges Nos. 22 and 60, in July, 1923. A joint installation of the
officers of Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, and Welcome Rebekah Lodge,
No. 11, on January 28th, 1924, and those of Little Mountain Lodge,
No. 60, on January 4th, 1924.
Dispensations issued to Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, to hold a
joint installation with Welcome Rebekah Lodge, on January 25th,
1924; also to Ridgely Lodge, No. 22, to hold a whist drive and
dance on March 24th, 1924.
Paid two official visits to each of the Lodges.
No decisions rendered.
Condition of the Order good, both Lodges report gains in
membership.
Complains of a tendency of City Lodges to take in members
residing outside their Jurisdiction, without complying with the law
on the subject. This has been done in several instances and
thinks definite action should be taken to prevent it. 4833
District No. 10. M. T. Royds reports the installation of the
officers of Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, in regular form on July 5th, 1923,
and the joint installation of these officers with those of the Rebekah
Lodge on January 7th, 1924, for which a Dispensation was granted.
Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visit to Lodge,
No. 9.
No decisions rendered.
Condition of the Order good, great interest taken in competitions in the Secret work resulting in good attendance.
District No. 12. R. Robertson reports the installation of the
officers of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, at the proper time.
Paid two official visits to the Lodge.
Rendered no decisions.
Condition of the Order excellent.
District No. 13. S. Nellies reports installation of officers of
the Pittitko Lodge, No. 13, at the regular times; also installed Bro.
Jobling-, P.G., as N.G., in consequence of the resignation of the
incumbent of that office.
Granted Dispensations as follows: To Lodge, No. 13, to hold
a dance at the opening of the new Hall, October 12th, 1923. To
hold whist drives and dances every second week during the Winter
months, and any other entertainment such as concerts or plays to
raise money for the funds of the new Hall.
No decisions rendered.
The condition of the Order is fair. A large number of the
members of the Lodge are non-resident.
Lodge has settled down in its new Hall.
District No. 15. Geo. H. Colwell reports the installation of
the officers of Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, at the prescribed times.
No Dispensations granted, official visits made, or decisions
rendered.
The condition of the Order in the District is prosperous, but
the attendance at Lodge meetings not as good as desired.
District No. 16. James Murchie reports the installation of the
officers of Duncan Lodge, No. 17, at the usual times.
No Dispensations issued, official visits made nor decisions
rendered.
The condition of the Order in the District is fairly good. 4834
District No. 17. I. V. Sauder reports the installation of the
officers of the three Lodges in his District in July, 1923, and
January,  1924.
Granted a Dispensation to Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, for
initiating a candidate and general business.
Made two official visits to Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, and
accompanied the Grand Master on his official visits to that Lodge,
and to Coronation Lodge, No. 48, and Eureka Lodge, No. 50.
Decided that it was in order to nominate and elect candidates
for elective office even if they are not present on either occasion.
Condition of the Order in the District—Vernon Valley Lodge,
No. 18, flourishing and taking in considerable new members;
Coronation Lodge, No. 48, and Eureka Lodge, No. 50, fair, but
expect to take in some members during the coming Summer.
The District meetings have had a wonderful effect in getting
the Lodges better acquainted, and great interest is being taken
in Degree competitions. Lodge No. 18 is putting on a competition
in the First Degree on May 7th, and expect upwards of 250
Brothers in attendance.    ,
District No. 19. William Gerrie reports the installation of the
officers of Delta Lodge, No. 21, on July 8th, 1923, and January 9th,
1924.
No Dispensations granted, official visits made, nor decisions
rendered.
The condition of the Order in the District is very good. The
Lodge is progressing and the membership increasing.
District No. 22. W. J. Service reports that he installed the
officers of Bulkley Lodge, No. 30, on January 11th, 1924.
Issued a Dispensation to Lodge No. 30 to hold Annual ^ance
on December 5th, 1923.
No official visits made Or decisions rendered.
The condition of the Order in the District is good.
District No. 24.    S. Neil reports the officers of Rocky Mountain Lodge. No. 34, installed on first meeting in January, 1924.
No   Dispensations   issued  nor   decisions   rendered.
Paid two official visits.
Condition of the Order fairly good, considering the members
of the Lodge are widely scattered. Finances of the Lodge in good
shape. District No. 25. C. J. Minton reports joint installation of the
officers of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, with
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13, and Adinak Rebekah Lodge, No.
8, at Rossland on July 9th, 1923. and at Trail on January 8th, 1924.
Dispensation granted to permit initiation of candidate at
Special Meeting of the Lodge.
Two official visits made.
Condition of the Order prosperous. Enterprise Lodge hopes
to occupy its new Hall in September next. Rossland Lodge is
starting again to admit members and its outlook is improving.
District No. 26. Geo. Boudier reports the joint installation of
the officers of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, and Silver Queen Rebekah
Lodge, No. 39, on July 6th, 1923, and January 4th, 1924.
No Dispensations  issued nor  decisions   rendered.
Made two official visits.
Condition of the Order good. An increase in membership and
the meetings well attended.
District No. 27. William Hicks reports the installation of the
officers of Slocan Lodge, No. 40, at the customary times.
Granted three Dispensations—first for opening dance in the
new  Hall,  and subsequently for two  other  dances.
Paid no official visits, nor rendered any decisions.
Condition of the Order good: Lodge succeeded in building a
new Hall in Slocan City.
District No. 29. W. S. McPherson reports the installation of
the officers of Gateway Lodge, No. 45, on the 1st Meeting night of
each term, also a Secretary during the term to replace an officer
who resigned.
Granted a Dispensation to hold a joint picnic with Republic
Lodge of the Jurisdiction of Washington on Labor Day, when a
very enjoyable time was spent; also granted a Dispensation to
hold an Annual Ball on Easter Monday.
Paid no official visits nor rendered any decisions.
Condition of the Order: Owing to the amalgamation of Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, with Gateway Lodge, No. 45, the
financial condition is now excellent. The officers have proved very
efficient and the business has been conducted in a creditable
manner. 4836
District No. 30. Thomas Biggs reports a joint installation of
the officers of Michel Lo-dge, No. 54, and Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47,
at Michel, on July 15th, 1923; also a joint installation of the
officers of the latter Lodge and those of Esther Rebekah Lodge,
No. 20, at Fernie, on January 9th, 1924. Deputised Bro. R. Win-
stanley to install the officers of Michel Lodge, No. 54, in January,
1924.
Issued no Dispensations, paid no official visits, nor rendered
any decisions.
Condition of the Order in the District very good, but owing to
strike of miners a number of members have been compelled to
leave the District in search of employment.
District No. 31. T. B. Williams reports the joint installation
of the officers of Penticton Lodge, No. 51, and Okanagan Lodge,
No. 58, at Summerland, on July 9th, 1923, and again on January
7th, 1924, at Penticton.
Granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions.
Accompanied the Grand Master when making his official visits
to the two Lodges in the District.
Condition of the Order in the District excellent. Both Lodges
have been admitting new members. No. 51 will close this term
with a good increase.
District No. 32. John Howarth reports the installation of the
officers of Princeton Lodge, No. 52, at the regular times.
Granted a Dispensation to Lodge No. 52 to hold its Annual
Ball on February 29th, 1924.
Paid two official visits, but rendered no decisions.
The condition of the Order in the District is very good.
District No .34. John Loftus reports the installation of the
officers of Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, in July, 1923, and in January,
1924.
Issued no Dispensations, paid no official visits, nor rendered
any decisions.
Condition of the Order in the District healthy.
District No. 35. William Hardie reports the installation of the
officers of Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, at the customary times.
Granted a Dispensation to this Lodge to hold a whist drive in
aid of the Contingent Fund. Accompanied the Grand Master on his official visit to Lodge
No. 59.
Rendered no decisions.
The attendance at Lodge meetings good, but difficulty experienced in getting ne;w members on account of adverse financial
conditions.
District No. 36. H. M. Hale reports the installation of the
officers of Prince Rupert Lodge in July, 1923, and January, 1924.
Granted Dispensations for the wearing of regalia in public at
the Rebekah Church parade; for a joint installation and for a
special meeting on the occasion of the official visit of the Grand
Master.
Paid no official visits nor rendered any decisions.
Condition of the Order in District fairly good. Lodge taking
in new members regularly.
*
District No. 37. Bro. W. S. Murphy reports that he installed
the officers of Corbin Lodge, No. 64, on July 5th, 1923. Bro. A. F.
Cady, who succeeded Bro. Murphy reports that he also installed the
ofBcers of this Lodge in January, 1924.
Granted two Dispensations for public dance and an entertainment.
Paid one official visit.
Rendered one decision, which was submitted to the Grand
Master.
Condition of the Order very good, both fraternally and financially.
District No. 39. D. A. Currie reports he installed the officers
of Dawson Lodge, No. la, in July, 1923, and January, 1924. In
the former case it was a joint installation with Yukon Rebekah
Lodge, No. 1.
Condition of the Order good. The attendance at the meetings
is as good as can be expected.
CONCLUSION
In conclusion I wish to thank the Grand Lodge for this high
distinction, and also the various Grand Lodge officers and Past
Grand Masters for their many acts of kindness and encouragement,
and particularly Bro. Davey for his help and forbearance. 4838
I wish also to express my appreciation to the District Deputy
Grand Masters for the great amount of work performed, and for
the keen interest shown, as may be well noted by their reports.
I wish also to thank the Brothers in general, as many of them
spent a great deal of their time in making the visit of Grand
Master a pleasure.
Would recommend that at this time the Grand Lodge suppl}'
our Grand Secretary with a stenographer, who would otherwise
help Brother Davey in the great amount of work which this office
must require, and also that besides Reading Clerk during Grand
Lodge Session, that we have a Journal Clerk as well. The Grand
Lodge of Alberta having both Reading Clerk and Journal Clerk,
makes it much easier for the Grand Secretary, who will then be in
position to note exactly how business is being carried out, and as
a rule being our best posted members through years of experience,
their help and advice may oftentimes be very useful.
Trusting our Anniversary Session will be one to be long
remembered.
Fraternally  submitted,
D.   H.   PROUDFOOT,
Grand  Master. Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows of British Columbia:
It affords me much pleasure in presenting this my Fortieth
Annual Report of the transactions of the Grand Secretary's Office
for the past year, and of the condition of the Order in this
Jurisdiction on December 31st last.
It is very satisfactory to be in a position to report an increase
of membership during the year 1923, in every branch of the Order
in the Jurisdiction. In the Subordinate Lodges there was an increase of 109, in the Encampments 57, and in the Rebekah Lodges
a gain of 210.
This is the more gratifying from the fact that in most Jurisdictions there was a loss of membership during the year, and also
in view of the existence of considerable business depression in this
Province.
During the year there was one Subordinate Lodge instituted,
"Sullivan'' Lodge, No. 35, was instituted by the Grand Master, at
Kimberley, B.C., on September 4th, 1923. It has been very successful since and the prospects for its future, I am assured, are very
bright.
Enquiries as to the steps to be taken to organize Subordinate
Lodges have been received from Squamish and Courtney. In the
former case the information was furnished and a form of petition
for a Charter was sent, but nothing further has been heard
respecting it.
It is probable that a Lodge will be instituted at Courtney .in the
near future, where conditions would indicate that it would prove
a success.
Enquiries respecting Rebekah Lodges have been received from
Terrace and Port Haney, but so far no steps have been taken to
institute them. 4840
STATISTICAL
Statement Showing the Work of Last Year as Compared
With the Year 1922
Increase   Decrease
No. of Lodges, Dec. 31st, 1923.
No. of Members, Dec. 31st, 1923.
Initiated	
Admit'd by Card|
Admit'd as A. 0.|
Reinstated  |
Withdrawn    |
Deceased    —|
Expelled  |
Suspended  for
Cause  |
Resigned    |
Ceased Member-|
ship by N.P.D.j
Rejected  |
Degrees   Conferred    |
Past   Grands   ..- |
Receipts  from—
Dues 1
Admissions and Degrees -j
Rents and Interest on Invested]
Funds    |
All   Other  Sources    |
Total# Receipts  - |
No.  of Brothers Relieved  |
Widowed Families Relieved|
Brothers   Buried    |
Weeks'  Sick Benefits  Paid]
Amount Paid for—
Relief   of   Brothers    |
Relief of Widowed Families—.]
Relief of Orphans  |
Education of Orphans  |
Burying- the Dead  I
60|
I
7288|
459|
134|
26|
68|
71|
II
109!
31|
351
el
5|
II
2|
I
332|
|
1193|
17681
1|
42]
- I
19|
61]
$81,622.85] $4.140.95|
$13,036.70| $1,392.45]
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$41,640.78]    $643.46|
$14,996.99] $8,280.64]
$151,297.32|$14,457.50|
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7321] 753]
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$38,461.08  $2,972.60]
$2,297.10]
$245,251
$130.11]
$176.25!
2
1
$5,475.91!
$1,040.73 4841
STATISTICAL—Continued.
Increase I Decrease
Special Relief  !
Total Amount Paid for Relief ]
Amount Expended on Property
and Investments  |
Amount Paid for Current Expenses!
Total  Value  of  the  Assets  of
Subordinate Lodges  |
Average Duration of Sickness per
Sick  Member   |
Average Duration of Sickness per |
Members    [
Average Amount of Benefits Paid
to Each  Sick  Member  I
Average   Amount  of   Relief   Expended per Member  |
Average   Cost  per   Member  for
Current   Expenses    |
Average Cost per Member for all |
Lodge Expenditures Other |
Than Property and Invest- |
ments    I
Average Amount  of Assets  per
Member    I
Total Amount of Relief Paid since [
the Institution of the Grand I
Lodee in 1874  1
$2,683.77]    |    |
$49,163.11| $1,440.29|
I I
$39,385.95| $8,586.67|
$40,864.49|           j
$918.651.94|$99,549.02|
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1 w.,  1 h. | 15 hrs.
$53,641        $4.42]
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$6.75|       $   .10]
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$5.611          |
$797.94
5,206.68
$12.36)          |
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$126.05|      $11.95|
;l.064,988.86|
$1.23
$1.13
REBEKAH LODGES
No. of Lodges, December 31st, 1923 	
No. of Members—
Brothers   	
Sisters   	
45
1124
2628
Total
3752 4842
STATISTICAL—Continued.
No. of Members Initiated—
Brothers     107
Sisters   309
No. of Members Admitted by Card—
Brothers     -  33
Sisters  - I -  106
No. of Members Reinstated—
Brothers   5
Sisters   17
No. of Members Withdrawn—
Brothers   31
Sisters   94
No. of Members Deceased—
Brothers  10
Sisters   7
No. of Members Suspended—
Brothers  -  99
Sisters -  149
Receipts from—
Dues ,  $ 7,936.45
Admissions   —      2,189.25
Rent and Interest  -  586.03
All   Other   Sources        4,925.96
Total Receipts   $15,637.69
Amount Paid for—
Relief of Members   $     195.00
Relief of Widowed Families  19.00
Relief of Orphans   ^ _	
Special  Relief    -  165.63
Total   Relief     $    379.63
Amount Paid for Current Expenses  $12,888.42
Invested Funds of Rebekah Lodges   $11,898.23 4843
FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer
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Lodge—
Victoria, IS
Columbia,
Royal City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union
Selkirk
Pittitko
Aaron
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant
Abbotsford
Delta
Ridgely
Ashcroft
Island
Fidelity
Pacific
Amity
Cheam
Hastings
Bulkley
Kerrisdale
130.00$
123.50|
114.50
.72.50
149.501
104.00
68.50|
182.50
83.00]
179.50]
40.001
95.00|
46.00|
79.00]
44.50]
79.50
25.50
37.50
66.00
25.001
27.50|
29.00
625.1
43.00|
18.50|
126.001
146.50|
22.00|
61.50]
26.001
24.501
127.50|$
122.50|
114.50
72.00|
148.00|
105.501
71.501
179.00
83.50
174.00
39.50|
97.00|
50.00]
78.50
48.00
76.50]
28.501
28.00
65.00]
25.001
28.501
31.00|
13.00|
45.00|
17.001
125.50
149.00]
24.00]
55.50
26.501
26.00!
Forward    |$2,276.25|$2,275.00|$
16.82|   |$    274.32
72.521   318.52
3.18|   232.18
29.18|   173.68
223.86|   |      521.36
16.70|   226.20
28.67]   168.67
32.87|   394.37
21.18|   187.68
32.18|   385.68
33.43|  |       112.93
48.62|   240.62
13.99| ■.  109.99
2.69| ...M 160.19
13.68|   |      106.18
34.49|   190.49
15.751   69.75
2.13|   67.63
44.90|   |      175.90
1.681   |        51.68
9.30|   65.30
2.68|   62.68
4.93]   24.18
44.68   132.68
4.78   40.28
18.15J   269.65
17.22]   312.72
1.68|   I        47.68
1.57]   118.57
14.051   66.55
3.84|   |        54.34
I       "" I
811.401   1$ 5,362.65 4844
FINANCIAL STATEMENT—Continued.
<D CO
From Whom Received
H
0>
tT-j CO
g
S*i
<D
U
OS
02 "
O.'O
Mi *"■
3 O
s
o
M
Total.
Brought   For
Maple Ridge
Lakelse
Rocky  M't'n
Sullivan
Rossland
Silver    City
Slocan
Key   City
Enterprise
Gateway
Mt.   Fernie
Coronation
Eureka
Penticton
Princeton
Michel
N. Vancouver
Mt. Ida
Sunshine
Okanagan
Orchard City
Little Mount'n
Fairview
Grandview
Prince Rupert
Corbin
Cariboo
Park
Dawson
ward..|$2,276.25|$2
00|
00
50|
32
34|
351
36|
391
40
421
43|
45]
471
48|
50
51
52
54
55
56
57
58
59]
60]
61]
62
63
641
65
66
la
10.
11.
26.
65
12.
22.
83*
89
35.
89
15
17
48
29
53
82
13
33
20
33
86.
123
57
35
35.
42
38
40
00]
751
50|
.501
,00|
50
001
,00]
.50
50
00
00
.50
00
,oo|
50
00
00]
.50
.00
.50
50|
50
.00
.50
,275.00 $
35.001
15.00]
29.50]
19.50]
60.50]
26.00|
12.35]
82.50
91.50]
50.501
87.501
5.85]
7.50|
52.00
28.001
55.50|
83.501
13.00
29.00
20.00
33.00
85.00
125.00
61.00
35.00
31.50]
42.50]
37.50
41.00
811.40
3.68|
26.12]
6.36]
82.73]
9.30
14.73]
13.96|
24.15|
20.79]
28.85|
5.38|
4.28]
1.12|
21.19
4.53|
18.101
7.12]
1.12|
1.68|
3.03|
6.62]
2.681
87.14!
35.02]
3.85|
22.05|
1.59|
6.501
5.801
,362.65
68.68
52.12
62.36
102.23
134.80
53.48
48.81
190.15
201.29
114.85
181.88
25.13
26.12
121.69
61.53
126.60
173.12
27.12
63.68
43.53
72.62
173.68
335.64
153.02
74.35
89.05
86.59
82.00
87.30
ForwardJ$3,544.50|$3,570.70|$l,280.87]         ]$ 8,396.07 4845
FINANCIAL STATEMENT—Continued.
From Whom  Received
Tax Term Ended
30th   June,   1923.
Tax Term Ended
31st  Dec,   1923
i'flpB
i
Supplies,   Surety
Bonds,  Etc.
C
a
o
Total.
Brought   Forward..
$3,544.50
     ]
	
1
$3,570.70
	
1
$1,280.87
20.50
42.75
50.20
79.71
1
1
$ 8,396.07
E. J. Stone Refund	
|
20.50
Grand  Encampment
B.  C I
42.75
Sundry Persons 	
50.20
Bank of Nova Scotia
Interest 	
79.71
Imperial B5k of Can. |
Withdrawal Home
Fund    	
7,404.39
1
7,404.39
Bank of Montreal ,
Withdrawal   Emer-|
gency   Fund    |
Dominion of Canada ]
Interest Aged Odd I
Fellows'   Fund    |
W. O. Easton (late) I
Bequest  I
Westminster Trust
Co.   Refund   —|
Dominion  of  Can.
Sale of Bonds.
Home Fund  -I
Dominion of Can.
Interest on Bonds,
Home Fund  I
Government  of  B.C. |
Sale   of  Bonds,
Home Fund  I
A. J. Morgan  I
F. Shackleton  I
G. A. Macey I
A. Perry  I
R. A.  Randall  |
A. & E. K. Baker |
Granthan  Property J
Grand Trunk Pacific I
Ry.,  Interest on
Bonds, Home Fund|
.001
64.75
25.00
449.46]
6.10] 6.10
I
I
14,126.36! 14,126.36
|
I
1,375.00|    1,375.00
3,802.63]
85.50!
167.201
76.00|
420.851
152.00!
5.79]
126.33!
3,802.63
•85.50
167.20
76.00
420.85
152.00
5.79
126.33
903.961      903.96
Total
$3,534.50|$3,570.70l$l,563.78]$29,101.571$37,780.55 4846
ORDERS DRAWN  ON GRAND TREASURER
Date
<H
O
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0)
6
V
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0
In Whose Favor.
Description,
Amount
1923
M<
ay
121498 Imperial Bank of Canada
16 499 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
25 500 R. P. Clark & Co	
Jun<
1
l|Fred Davey, Grand Sec.
2 Odd Fellows' Union	
Deposit (Home Fund) .|$    116.85
Supplies     2.45
Purchase   Grand  Trunk
Pacific Bonds   20,454.66
Salary  	
Rent,  Grand Secy's  Office.
1]   3 B. C. Telephone Co Rent, Telephone
1
1
4
4 B. C. Odd Fellow	
5 Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
1,000 Letter Heads..	
Order Book on G. Treas.
6 Sweeney&McConnelliLtd Printing,  etc
7 Imperial Bank of Canada
14    9, Grand Treasurer
uiy
A
141 10 W. Mackie	
141 11  K. G.  Cavalsky 	
14| 12 A. B. McAdam ....
21 13 Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
2   14 Odd Fellows' Union	
2   15 B. C. Telephone Co....
2| 16 Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
3\ \7\Imperial Bank of Canada
12| 18 Sovereign Grand Lodge..
21   19|R. A. Perry G. Treas	
26| 20i Sovereign Grand Lodge..
1| 21! Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
I 22 Odd Fello.ws' Union	
II 23 B. C. Telephone Co...,
6\ 24 Imperial Bank of Canada
7| 25 Sovereign G^tncl Lodge..
22| 26 Dominion Odd Fellow
271 27 D. If. Proudfoot, G.M	
Deposit (Home Fund)	
Mileage and Per Diem
Session,   1923  	
Janitor's  Services  	
Transportation Clerk	
Badges for Session	
Salary	
Rent,  Grand Secy's  Office-
Rent, Telephone 	
Postage, Duty & Sundries....
Deposit (Home Fund)	
Supplies   	
Exchange and Cash Book....
Supplies   	
Salary  	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office-
Rent, Telephone 	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Supplies   	
Grand Lodge Card 	
On a/c of Expenses 	
27] 28 Imperial Bank of Canada Deposit (Home Fund) 	
27| 29 Van. Gen. Relief Board
27  30 Vic. Gen. Relief Com....,
27] 311B. C. Odd Fellow .
Sept.    lj 32 Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
l| 33|Odd Fellows' Union..
1| 34] B. C. Telephone Co...
lj 35|Imperial Bank of Canada
I   36 T.   R.   Cusack	
Gran t  	
Grani  	
Grand Lodge Card 	
Salary  	
Rent,  Grand  Secy's  Office.
Rent, Telephone ,	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Priming Proceedings,  1923.
1| 37| Imperial Bank of Canada Deposit (Aged Oddfellows
5  38, Sovereign Grand Lod
runa;
oage.. Suoolies
125.00
35.00
6.00
6.50
10.00
20.21
9.12
2,158.08
20.00
15.00
75.00
125.00
35.00
6.00
256.64
451.98
11.77
6.25
15.00
125.00
35.00
6.00
449.46
3.37
10.00
250.00
896.37
75.00
25.00
10.00
125.00
35.00
6.00
248.70
542.00
20.00
9.11
Forward
.[$26,832.52 4847
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER—Continued
Date
«H
O
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0>
6
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O
In Whose Favor.
Description.
Amount
1923
Sep1
Oct.
"     16|
Nov.    1|
1924
Jan.
Feb.
Sweene,y&McConnell,Ltd
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Sovereign Grand LoHsre
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec-
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Imperial Bank of Canada*
Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
D. E. MacKenzie 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Imperial Bank of Canada
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sweeney&McConnell.Ltd,Printing, Stock,
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co... Large Cartridge
Forward  	
Printing, Stock, &c	
Postage, Duty, &c	
Supplies   	
Supplies   	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
Salary   	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office-
Rent,  Telephone  	
Expense,   Funeral   late   R.
Dudley,   P.G.M	
Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
Deposit (Home Fund) 	
Deposit  (Aged Oddfellows
Fund)   	
Salary   .'	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office-
Rent,  Telephone  	
Donation to Bro. Hynd   	
Supplies   	
Supplies   	
Salary   	
Rent, Grand Secy's Office-
Rent,  Telephone  	
Postage, Duty, &c	
Supplies   	
$26,832.
27.
108.
Deposit  (Home Fund)   |
Salary   |
Rent,   Grand  Secy's  Office..!
Rent, Telephone   ]
&c I
EnvelopeS-l
Sovereign Grand Lodge.. Supplies    :	
Imp. Guar. & Ace. Co  Premium, Surety Bonds	
D. H. Proudfoot. G.M Balance of Allowance 	
Imperial Bank of Canada Deposit  (Home Fund)  	
Fred Davey, Grand Sec... Salary   «.	
Odd Fellows' Union Rent,   Grand  Secy's   Office.
B. C. Telephone Co Rent, Telephone 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Supplies
Forward   |$30,248.48 4848
ORDERS DRAWN ON GRAND TREASURER—Continued
Date
1
o &
o>
1 A**
O  u
\ZO
In  Whose  Favor.
Description.
Amount
1924   |
Feb.     9| 76
•'     14| 77
"     16| 78
19| 79
21| 80
211 81
23| 82
26! 83
1| 84
1| 85
11 86
II 87
Mar.
II 88
Aoril
10|
27|
II
1|
1|
l!
4]
41
89
90
91
92
93
94
95
96
tt
May
8! 97
10] 98
161 99
261100
26'101
261102
26'103
1'104
11105
11106
11107
1108
11109
■'1110
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
E. M. Mills 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Imperial Bank of Canada
Victoria Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Imperial Bank of Canada
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Fred Davey. Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
D. H. Proudfoot, G.M. „
Sweeney&McConnellXtd
[Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
[Fred Davey  Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sweeney&McConnell.Ltd
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
E. J. Stone, Winnipeg-
Sovereign Grand Lodge..
Dept.   Council.  P.M	
Sovereign Grand Lodge-
Westminster Trust  Co...
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Fred Davey, Grand Sec...
Odd Fellows' Union	
B. C. Telephone Co	
Sweeney&McConnell,Ltd
Imperial Bank of Canada
Imperial Bank of Canada
1111 Imperial Bank of Canada
Forward   |$30,248.43
Supplies    I 172.75
Supplies    i | 3.56
Typewriting  History  B.C.,  I
Grand  Lodge   [ 7.50
Supplies    I 9.00
Deposit (Home Fund)  | " 907.62
Letterheads  I 9.98
Deposit  (Home Fund)  | 159.00
Supplies    i 36.76
Salary   I 125.00
Rent,  Grand  Secy's  Office..] 35.00
Rent, Telephone   | 6.00
Expenses,   Fraternal  Dele- |
gate G. L. Alberta | 55.00
Order Books on Treas., &c.|
for Stock  I 73.55
Supplies    | 21.63
Supplies    I 39.76
Salary    125.00
Rent,  Grand  Secy's  Office..] 35.00
Rent.  Telephone  ] 6.00
Printing and Stationery  12.44
Supplies    | 3.75
Deposit  (Aged Oddfellows
Fund)    I 20.00
Deposit  (Home Fund)   j 38.00
Deposit for Validating Fees | 25.00
Supplies | 40.87
Grant    ! 75.00
Representative Tax  I 150.00
Purchase   of   P.G.E.   Ry.
Bondsl  I 4,878.72
Supplies    I 26.44
Salary   j I 125.00
Customs Duty, Postage, &c.| 196.14
Rent,  Grand  Secy's  Office..l 35.00
Rent, Telephone j 6.00
Loose Leaf Ledger Binder I 12.00
Deposit  (Home Fund)  I 687.50
Deposit  (Aged Oddfellows
Fund)    —I 12.38
Deposit (Home Fund)  ' 6.10
I $38,427.53 4849
SUMMARY
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer per last report  $ 5,273.94
Cash received, and paid to Grand Treasurer per foregoing
statement    . _ \  37.780.55
$43,054.49
Less Orders drawn on Grand Treasurer as per
statement -  38,427.53
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  — $ 4,626.96
STOCK ACCOUNT
Dr. Cr.
Balance per last report   $   656.64
Goods bought during the year — —     1,029.48
Profit on goods sold during the year         79.05
Goods  sold  during the  year  .—  $1,427.97
Value  of Stock  on hand  — - - 337.20
$1,765.17 $1,765.17 4850
ODDFELLOWS'  HOME FUND
Receipts
Total rvalue of this Fund per last report   $57,854.68
Interest on Mortgages and Rents as per statement  1,033.67
Interest,  Imperial  Bank of  Canada   -  79.25
Interest, Dominion Government Savings Bank  -51
Interest,   Dominion   Government   Bonds     1,469.26
Interest, Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Bonds       903.96
Late Bro. W. O. Easton—Bequest  -       449.46
Westminster Trust Co., Refund    - — 6.10
Interest, B. C. Government Bonds   92.63
Profit on sale of Government Bonds  - -  366.80
Profit on sale of Dominion Government Bonds —  732.10
Grant by Grand Lodge  1,803.99
Interest due on mortgages  $827.24
Less—Interest  overpaid           .70 826.54
  $65,618.95
Less—Accrued Interest paid on Bonds      356.61
Interest on Mortgages unpaid last year     932.68
Cost of remittance 'for investment          7.10      1,296.39
Total value   of  this  Fund   - $64,322.56
How Invested
On   Mortgage    -  $11,249.55
Dominion Government Bonds, 1934 maturity   24,952.00
Grand Trunk Pacific  Ry.  Bonds,  1962 maturity  20,098.05
Pacific Great Eastern Ry.  Bonds, 1942 maturity   4,878.72
Deposit, Imperial Bank of Canada   956.69
Deposit, Dominion Government Savings  Bank ~  17.66
Granthan  Property    2.176.99
$64,329.66
Less  due  Grand  Treasurer   7.10
S64.322.56 4851
AGED  ODDFELLOWS  FUND
Receipts
Total value of this Fund per last Report  -     $1,371.02
Interest, Imperial Bank of Canada   5.05
Interest,  Dominion  Government  Bonds    64.75
$1,440.82
How Invested
Dominion Government Bonds, maturity Mar. 1, 1937.
Dominion Government Bonds, maturity Nov. 1, 1934...
Deposit, Imperial Bank of Canada 	
$ 800.00
418.50
222.32
$1,440.82
EMERGENCY  RELIEF  FUND
Receipts
Balance from last report -
Interest, Bank of Montreal
Payments
Trustees   Home   Board—Relief   Bro.   Hynd,   Harmony Lodge, No. 6    $ 25.00
Balance, Deposit Bank of Montreal       806.88
$807.88
24.00
$831.88
$831.88 4852
TRIAL BALANCE, 1st May, 1924
7 Columbia Lodge, No. 2	
15   Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
23 |Excelsior Lodge,  No.  7	
27 ]Vancouver  Lodge, No. 8 —
41   Union  Lodge,   No.   11	
45 ISelkirk  Lodge,  No.   12 |	
51  |Pittitko   Lodge,   No.   13..	
63 ]Kootenay   Lodge,   No.   16	
71  [Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18 -.
75   Mt. Pleasana  Lodge,  No.  19	
83   Delta Lodge,  No. 21	
87   Ridgely   Lodge,   No.   22....	
99   Fidelity  Lodge,  No.  25....	
103 (Pacific Lodge, No. 26	
115   Hastings Lodge, No. 29	
117   Buckley  Lodge,   No.  30	
135   Rocky Mountain Lodge, No. 34.
143   Rossland  Lodge,   No.  36	
155   Silver  City  Lodge,  No.  39	
159  Slocan   Lodge,- No.   40	
171   Enterprise Lodge, No. 43	
187 |Mt.   Fernie  Lodge,   No.  47	
207 [Princeton Lodge,  No. 52	
215  |Michel Lodge, No. 54	
235 lOrchard  City Lodge, No.  59	
239 [Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60...
243 iFairview Lodge, No. 61	
247 |Grandview Lodge, No. 62	
251 iPrince Rupert Lodge, No. 63	
263 ]Park Lodge, No. 66 § —"...
306 (Sovereign  Grand  Lodge	
311   Stock	
334 iFurniture     	
40.00
.60
 	
.40
.30
30.00
1.15
.15
	
10.85
1
9.50
.93
.40
.10
1.90
.15
.50
.02
1.20
.15
10.00
.28
.40
.50
.10
    ]
.70
.'
4.25
.25
	
     1
4.25
.10
.50
	
2.57
46.02
337.20
1,089.73
Forward |$ 1,478.53 $     116.62 4853
TRIAL  BALANCE,   1st  May,  1924—Continued
ACCOUNT
Dr.
Forward	
Profit and Loss 	
Imperial  Bank of Canada  (Home Fund)..
Do. (Aged  Oddfellows  Fund)....
Aged  Oddfellows  Fund  	
Bank of Montreal (Emergency Relief Fund)
Dom. of Canada (Aged Oddfellows' Fund)
Emergency   Relief  Fund —
Oddfellows Home Fund 	
Dom. of Canada (Oddfellows' Home Fund)
Dom.  Govt.  Savings  Bank Do.
A. J.  Morgan 	
F. Shackleton 	
G. A. Macey 	
A. Perry (J. A. Freeburg)	
R.  A.   Randall   	
Granthan  Property „	
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway 	
Pacific   Great  Eastern  Railway 	
Grand Treasurer 	
$ 1,478.53]$
' 956"69|
222.32|
I
"806\88|
1,218.50|
24,952.00]
17.66|
2,050.25]
2,200.00]
1,000.00|
4,000.00|
1,999.30|
2,176.99]
20,098.051
4,878.72|
4,626.96!
Cr,
116.62
5,995.97
1,440.82
806.88
64,322.56
i$72,682.85j$72,682.85 4854
ODDFELLOWS' HOME FUND
It will be seen from the foregoing statement that there has been
an increase in the value of this fund during the past year amounting to $6,467.88.
By directions of the Home Fund Committee Pacific Great
Eastern Railway 4Y2% bonds, guaranteed by the Province of
British Columbia, due July 15, 1942, have been purchased at
$89 94-100. This Bond for £1,100 @ $4.8666=5,353 32-100 is fully
registered in the name of the Grand Lodge.
The bequest to this fund left by the late Bro. W. O. Easton
of Gateway Lodge ,No. 45, Grand Forks, B. C, amounting to
$449 46-100, has been received from Mr. C. A. Mix, executor, under
the will of the testator.
Having grave doubts as to the legality of the decision of the
Grand Lodge at its last session, in adopting a report of a Special
Committee, which recommended that the interest arising from the
Oddfellows Home Fund, should be placed at the disposal of the
Trustees of that fund, for the purpose of enabling them to grant
relief to individual members requiring assistance (Page 4771, Proceedings 1923), which doubts appeared to have been shared by the
Committee, and having regard to the fiducial position which I held
as Grand Secretary, and an ex-officio member of the Home Trustee
Board, I deemed it best, in order to remove all doubts on the subject, to obtain a decision from the highest authority in the Order
on the question. I therefore submitted a statement to the Grand
Sire, and asked for his decision thereon. I append hereto the reply
of the Grand Sire, and it will be seen by his decisions that the
Grand Lodge was in error in passing this Resolution, and no
action therefore has been taken to carry the same into effect:
St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.A.,
November 3rd, 1923.
Fred Davey, Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F.,
1323 Douglas Street, Victoria, B. C.
Dear Brother Davey:
When I returned from my visit to the European jurisdictions,
I found your inquiry of July 19th, with a number of others, awaiting action. Owing to the fact that I had to prepare a supplemental
report arid a special supplemental report on my visitation, I did 4855
not have time to take up and decide the several questions before
me. I, therefore, laid them asid.e until I could get the session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge off my hands. Such a session always
entails much work immediately afterward and this work has
served to postpone further attention to these decisions. When I
received your letter of October 3rd, 1 took up your enquiry but
found it involved so important a question that I wanted time to
investigate it fully. Now yon ha>ve the reasons for the delay.
They were not intended either as a neglect or a discourtesy.
Passing now to your enquiries, you will see that I have answered
all of them in the negative. My authority is Code, Section 309,
and the authorities there cited. In addition to this, I have gone
back through the journals from the beginning and have reviewed
the whole of our literature upon the subject. I find that your
enquiry raises a question that really lies at the basis of our whole
structure. When the Manchester Unity was first organized and
the Grand Annual Moveable Committee established, the sole object
was to secure concert of action. No thought of a central fund
was in mind. This was equally true of the organization of our
Grand Lodges. By 1843, a change had come over the management
of the Manchester Unity. It had begun to create a central fund
from which contributions could be made directly to the beneficiaries. This was the policy of that organization, when Ridgley
and his associates went to England in that year to secure, if possible, a re-establishment of affiliation. While the record contains
no direct statement of the grounds upon which the Manchester
Unity refused the overtures of Ridgely the inference is very plain—
that the authorities there expected to occupy this continent with
their lodges thus enlarging the source from which this central
revenue could be obtained. After very careful analysis of the correspondence, which appears in volume 1, S.G.L. Journals, I am
unable to find any other reason for the failure of Ridgely's mission.
Since that time the Manchester Unity has emphasized the idea
of a central fund—the insurance feature. We, on the contrary,
have emphasized the purely fraternal and altruistic features. The
result is that many thousands of members of the Manchester Unity
hold their membership because of their interest in this 'fund which
now exceeds 20,000,000 pounds. I find that we have steadfastly
set our faces against this practice. This thought is the basis of
the cogent opinion of Representative Woodyatt in the case you
referred to  (Journal 85, p. 10006.) 4856
I could write much more upon the theme. It grows upon me
as I investigate. I should be greatly alarmed if our Grand Bodies
began to disburse benefits in any form. This thought is really
at the basis of my comments on the excesses to which we are
liable to go in the maintenance of Homes in my original report
to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. We cannot afford to create a
central treasury for fear our members will relax their individual
efforts and point to the fund. "Where your treasure is, there will
your heart be also" is quite as true in Odd Fellowship as it is in
religion.
I conclude, therefore, that you are entirely correct and that it
is beyond the power of a Grand Lodge to apply the fund or any
part of it or the interest thereon to any form of direct relief, other
than through the instrumentality of a home.
Fraternally yours^
(Signed) LUCIAN J. EASTIN,
Grand Sire.
Decision No. 1  (British Coumbia)
Statement: This Grand Lodge has been accumulating a fund
during the past 28 years for the purpose of buiding and maintaining
an Odd Fellows' Home when such an institution should become
necessary.
This fund has been derived 'from appropriations from the per
capita tax levied on lodges for Grand Lodge purposes, donations
from lodges and members and interest on its own investments,
and now amounts to about $60,000. • The interest derived from its
investments now amounts to about $2,500 per annum.
At the annual session of the Grand Lodge held June 15th, 1905,
the following resolution was passed:
"Resolved that the money now on hand and appearing on the
books of the Grand Lodge as the Odd Fellows Home Fund" and
any such further sums that may be added to such fund from time
to time shall be used only for the purpose of establishing and
maintaining a Home for aged and indigent Odd Fellows, and
widows of deceased members of the Order and a Home for the
care, protection and education of orphans of deceased Odd Fellows." This resolution has never been amended nor repealed since it
was passed.
Questionnaires have been issued to the lodges of the Jurisdiction
on four different occasions to ascertain how many members, widows
of deceased members or orphans of deceased members there were
who were eligible to enter a Home if one was provided and would
be willing to do so. The replies received to the last questionnaire issued this year showed that there were six members who
were alleged to be eligible, but only one was willing and there
were no widows or orphans reported. Under these circumstances
the Grand Lodge decided at its last session that there was no
necessity for the establishment of a Home at the present time.
Question 1. Can a Grand Lodge legally use any funds at its
disposal and which have been raised by assessment on members
for a specific purpose, for the purpose of relieving individual members, even when it is alleged that the lodge to which such member
belongs is financially unable to do so?
Answer.
Question 2. Can the Odd Fellows' Home Fund described in
the foregoing statement be used for the relief of the individual
members referred to in Question No. 1?
Answer.    No.
Question 3. Can the interest derived from the Odd Fellows'
Home Fund described in the, foregoing statement be used fot the
relief of the individual members referred to in Question 1 ?
Answer.    No.
It will be observed from the Grand Sire's answer to Question 1,
that it applies to the Emergency Relief Fund of this Grand Lodge,
which was specially raised for the payment of enlisted members
dues during the late war.
Trustees of Odd Fellows Home Fund
The action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its sessions of
1922 and 1923 with respect to the election of trustees by Grand
Lodges, has dislocated the administration of our Odd Fellows
Home Fund and caused considerable embarrassment and inconvenience.
At the 1922 session of the S.G.L., the Grand Lodge of Missouri 4858
submitted an amendment to its Constitution to reduce the number
of its trustees, whose duties it was to have the custody and control
of the invested funds of the Grand Lodge and to manage and control the Odd Fellows' Home under the direction of the Grand
Lodge, from six to three.
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This amendment was referred to the Committee on Constitutions, which reported (Report No. 71) refusing to approve it on
the grounds that it conflicted with Section 397 of the Code, which
lays down who are the electwe officers of a Grand Lodge, and
that the election of trustees would add to the number of these
officers.
This report does not appear to have received much attention,
as it was adopted jointly with four others from the same committee under one resolution.
The Grand Lodge of Missouri appealed to the Grand Sire as
to the status of its trustees who had been elected under a constitution which :had been approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Grand Sire in his decision No. 4, to the 1923 session of the
S.G.L., points out that by the adoption of the Report No. 71 at
the previous session it became the law of the Order, that their
trustees having been chosen by election were thereby elected in
contravention of that law, and therefore were not legal officers.
The trustees of the Home Fund of this Grand Lodge were
elected at the 1922 session in accordance with Article Va of the
Constitution, which was approved by the Sovereign Grand Lodge,
but in view of the legislation of the S.G.L. before mentioned, the
Grand Master has come to the conclusion that this election must
be set aside as being null and void, and consequently we have at
present no legal trustees.
The Grand Master, in order to tide over this difficulty and carry
on the administration of the Home Fund, has appointed the brothers
who were chosen as trustees, as a special committee of the Grand
Lodge, to deal with the Home Fund, and with all the powers and
duties formerly vested in the trustees.
I am informed by the Grand Secretary of Missouri, that the
same course has been adopted in that jurisdiction as a temporary
expedient.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge, at its last session, amended Section 397, of the Code, empowering Grand Lodges to elect trustees ^-859
to manage their ordinary business or the business of Odd Fellows
Homes, and in order to place this matter on a sound legal basis it
will be necessary for the Grand Lodge at its next session to enact
suitable legislation providing -for the election of trustees of the
Home Fund, and after doing so, to elect trustees in accordance
therewith.
CHARTER OF GRAND LODGE
I have long had doubts as to whether the document we hold
as our authority for existence and continuance of our Grand Lodge
is the proper one in the premises. It is apparently the Dispensation issued on the 12th March, 1874, signed by C. A. Logan, Grand
Sire, and James L. Ridgely, Grand Secretary, authorizing the institution of a Grand Lodge consisting of Lodges Nos. 1, 2, 3 and
4, and should, I suppose, be replaced by a Charter after the institution had been accomplished and so reported by the Instituting
Officer; but this apparently was never done.
No one has ever called attention to this, nor questioned its
sufficiency, but I submitted the matter to Bro. Kroh, the Grand
Secretary of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and have received a
reply which will be submitted for your consideration, recommending that the matter be brought to the attention of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge, with a request that a proper Charter be issued.
I have submitted to Bro. Kroh that no doubt the Grand Lodge
would like to retain this Dispensation on account of its sentimental value.
GRAND SIRE'S VISIT
At the suggestion of the Entertainment Committee of Vancouver and with the concurrence of the Grand Master, I addressed
a very cordial invitation to Bro. Lucian J. Eastin, Grand Sire, to
pay this Grand Lodge a visit during its Annual Session in-June
and assured him of a very loyal and fraternal welcome.
I also communicated with the Grand Secretary of Washington,
asking the co-operation of the officers of that Grand Lodge in
this invitation and suggesting that it might be possible for the
Grand Sire to visit both Grand Lodges, seeing that the Grand
Lodge  of Washington meets on Tuesday, the  10th June.
I regret to say that I have received a reply from Bro. Eastin 4860
in which he says that his appointments were then so full (16th
April, 1924), that he did not see how he could accept the invitation, much as he would like to do so.
SKETCH HISTORY OF GRAND LODGE
In compliance with a request contained in a Resolution passed
at the last Session of the Grand Lodge (Page 4781 of Proceedings)
that I would compile a sketch of the history of the Grand Lodge
from the date of its institution in 1874, for presentation to this
Session, I beg to state that I have prepared this sketch to the best
of my ability and present it herewith for your consideration and
such disposal as you may think advisable.
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES
The   General   Relief   Committees  at  Victoria   and  Vancouver
report the following transactions during the year 1923:
Vancouver Victoria
Number of Brothers Relieved            97 15
Amount  Paid for  Relief     $5,953.45 $1,563.40
Amount Paid for Management Expenses          460.68 64.25
Total Amount of Receipts      6,129.82 1,479.15
SURETY BONDS
Surety Bonds on the Schedule plan were procured from the
Imperial Guarantee & Accident Insurance Co. of Canada for the
current year for the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer for
$1,000 each, and for the Financial Officers of the Subordinate
Lodges in accordance with Article 6a of the Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges.
The total amounts of the Schedule were for Treasurer's, $20,800;
Financial Secretaries, $9,500; Trustee's, $21,100; Grand Total,
$51,400; Total Premiums Paid to the Surety Co., $128.50.
Bonds were included for the Officers of the General Relief
Board, I.O.O.F., Vancouver. B.C., and the Odd Fellows' Cemetery
Board,, of Vancouver, with the consent of the Bonding Company.
The Five-Year Contract with the Imperial Guarantee & Accident Insurance Company of Canada will expire on December 31st
next, and I beg to submit herewith offers from that Company and
also from the Fidelity Insurance Co. of Canada for a contract for
jfive years for this purpose. o
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An Honorable Veteran Jewel, No. 4, was procured for Bro. D. J.
Macdonald, P.G., of Fairview Lodge, No. 61.
A 50-Year Veteran  Button was also obtained for Bro. Joseph
Wriglesworth, P.G.M., our Senior Past Grand Master.
Two Official Watch Charms have also been supplied.
OBITUARY
Death of Bro. R. Dudley, P.G.M., and Joseph York, P.G.
I regret to have to chronicle the death of Bro. R. Dudley, P.G.M.,
since we last met. Bro. Dudley died at his home at Fernie, B.C.,
after a long illness, on September 20th, 1923. The remains were
brought to Victoria for interment and the funeral took place in
Ross Bay Cemetery, on September 26th, 1923. Acting on the
instructions of the Grand Master, the members of the Grand Lodge
residing in Victoria were invited by advertisement in the daily
papers to attend the funeral and a wreath was placed on the bier
as a tribute of respect from this Grand Lodge. The pallbearers
were Bros. A. Henderson, P.G.M.; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M.; P. W.
Dempster, P.G.M.; W. W. Walkem, D.G.M.; Fred Davey, Grand
Secretary, and F. B. Shaver, D.D.G.M., District No. 1.
We have also been called to mourn the death of another of the
pioneers of Odd Fellowship in this Province. Bro. Joseph York,
P.G., of Victoria Lodge, No. 1, passed away on February 17th, 1924.
He had been continuously a member of No. 1 Lodge for over 55
years, and was the last survivor of the Past Grands who were
present and took part in the institution of this Grand Lodge on
April 25th, 1874, and was appointed its Grand Guardian on that
occasion. This Grand Lodge has now completed more than fifty years of
successful work in this Province, and I think it can look back over
its record with pardonable pride and satisfaction.
Age does not seem to bring its usual debilitating effects to it,
but on the contrary it appears to renew its youth, and to add
vitality with its longevity. Most of its pioneer workers have been
taken from us, but their places in the ranks have been filled by
young, ardent and stalwart enthusiasts, so that the work is being
performed with all its oldtime vigor and efficiency.
Never in the past have its prospects been brighter or more
encouraging than they are to-day, so that there are grounds for
hope and elation.
May these prospects never be dimmed nor occasion arise for
depression or fear.
I have now completed more than forty years' service in this
office. I was elected as Grand Secretary at the Session of J884,
on my first appearance in the Grand Lodge, and have been reelected, without opposition, at each succeeding Session ever since.
So I have some grounds for thankfulness and gratification.
I have met with unvarying kindness, consideration and forbearance, during this long servitude, for which 1 am deeply grateful,
and for which I wish to return my sincerest thanks.
Yours fraternally,
Grand   Secretary. 4864
Grand Treasurer's Report
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.
I beg to submit a report of my Receipts and Disbursements as
Grand Treasurer for the past year:—
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■ Bank  of  Nova  Slotia—Interest	
\ Cash J. S. Ashton, D.D.G.M	
1 Cash J.  Foxcroft,  D.D.G.M	
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Cash Little Mountain Lodge, No. 60.
Cash J. Beck, D.D.G.M	
Bank of Nova Scotia—Interest-
Cash from Vancouver Lodges	
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Disbursements
1923
June 14—By Paid Orders Nos. 498 to 500, old series, and
to 1924  Nos. 1 to 111 new series   $38,427.53
May     1—Leaving a balance in my hands of  $   4,626.96
Fraternally submitted,
ROY A. PERRY,
Grand Treasurer. Grand Representatives' Report
To the Grand Lodge of the Independent Order
of  Odd Fellows of British Columbia:
Your Grand Representatives to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
held in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, September 17th to 21st, 1923,
inclusive, beg lea>ve to submit the following report of the Ninety-
ninth Annual Session.
This   was   the   third  visit   of  the   Sovereig
Cincinnati.    The first session held there was in September,  1850,
and consisted of 71 Representatives and eight Officers.
The total membership at that time was 180,457.
The 1850 session is memorable for the inception of the
Degree of Rebekah.
The second session in Cincinnati was in 1881, and the total
membership at that time was 456,942. Today at the opening of the
Ninety-ninth   Annual   Session   the   membership   is   approximately
■3,000,000.
The reception given by the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and citizens
of Cincinnati and of the State of Ohio in general was all that could
"be desired. On Saturday afternoon a boat ride was enjoyed by
the early arrivals on the beautiful Ohio River. On Sunday evening
the Sovereign Grand Lodge and visiting Odd Fellows attended
.service in the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. A line-up
was formed at the S. G. L. headquarters and headed by a P. M.
Band and the Patriarchs Militant as an escort, proceeded to the
Church, where they enjoyed an excellent sermon delivered by Rev
Lester E. Kemp from the text Luke 10:27.
The opening exercises were held on Monday morning, September 17th, in Keith's Theatre, at which addresses of welcome were
delivered by various prominent Odd Fellows and Representatives of
the State of Ohio, and was ably responded to by the Grand Sire.
Many attractions were provided by way of entertainment and
all these were carried out in a splendid manner.
On Wednesday afternoon over 20,000 members of the different •4866
branches of the Order participated in the parade, which had over
thirty bands and numerous floats representing different features
of the Order.
Thursday afternoon all were entertained at the Zoological
Gardens. The programme included the conferring of the Decoration of Chivalry on a class of ladies by Major-General Fred. Halm
and his staff. Exhibition drills by Cantons and Ladies' Auxiliaries.
In the evening an old-fashioned Kentucky burgoo and barbecue
was served.
Odd Fellows' Homes
The Committee on Odd Fellows' Homes reported, in part,
as follows:
There are now sixty-one homes maintained by the various
branches of the Order, six of which have made no reports and four
which have made only partial reports. Because of these facts this
report will of necessity be incomplete and your Committee would
again call the attention of every 'home board to the necessity of
making complete reports every year to the Grand Secretaries, so
that the Grand Secretary may be fully.informed as to the number
of residents, cost of maintenance, etc., and thus be able to present
a complete report to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Your Committee
is pleased to report the opening of three new homes, one in
Manitoba, located at Winnipeg, costing $150,000, and one in the
Maritime Provinces, located at Pictou, N.S., valued at $25,000; one
in Griffin, Ga., yalued at $75,000. The incomplete reports show that
there are being cared for in the sixty-one homes 5,364 residents,
and there have been admitted to these homes since their inception
16,441 Orphans, aged Brothers and Sisters. The original cost of
these homes was $3,774,092.60.
The total cost for maintenance of homes for 1922 was $1,439,-
392.20, or an average cost per resident of $266.30.
The first home was established in Meadville, Pa., in 1872. At
present there are 104 residents in that home.
The latest home to be established is in Pictou. Nova Scotia,
Maritime Provinces, which was opened on the 17th day of July,
1923, with seven residents.
The following Jurisdictions where homes have not yet been
established report as follows: 4867
Alberta—Raising a 'fund for a home; cash on hand for that
purpose, $8,724.20.
British Columbia—Raising a fund for a home; cash on hand for
the purpose, $57,971.53.
Denmark—Has four small Odd Fellows' homes under subordinate Lodges and are existing by private gifts.
Maine—Grand Lodge has a fund of $22,369.83, and Rebekah
Assembly a fund of $20,466.69 for the purpose of building a home.
Mississippi—Accumulating fund for home; have $38,869.63
safely invested for the purpose.
North Dakota—Have just completed the purchase of a tract of
land at a cost of $20,000.00, on which they plan to erect a building
at a cost of $80,000.00. In addition to funds for purchase of site
and construction of building they have an endowment fund amounting to nearly $50,000.00.
Saskatchewan—Raising a fund for a Home. Cash on hand
$18,347.38.
Switzerland—Has a fund of $8,316.
Wyoming—'Creating a fund, which now amounts to about
$18,469.94, for a home and have about 640 acres of land.
The Order Abroad
The Order abroad has of late received especial attention from
the Sovereign Body. JDuring the past year our honored Grand
Sire, Lucian J. Eastin, accompanied by Grand Representative N. J.
Emmins, of Texas, visited many of the Grand Jurisdictions of
Europe. They visited the Manchester Unity in England, and attended a conference of Grand Sires at Gothenburg, Sweden. The
report of the Grand Sire covering his trip, his experiences and
observations is very interesting, bringing a" realization that the
Order in Europe is a real force today and 'has tremendous possibilities in the future.
Memorial to the Departed
The service to the memory of Alfred S. Pinkerton. Past Grand
Sire, and J. Whit Potter, Grand Representative of Kentucky, was
solemn and impressive. The memorials by the Committee to each
of these beloved Brothers presented by Past Grand Sire Cockrum 4868
and Past Grand Sire Borst, respectively, were beautiful. Addresses
were delivered by P. G. Sires Cockrum and Borst, Grand Representatives Mohr, of Pennsylvania, Rideout, of Massachusetts, and
Barrow, of Louisiana.
Extract from the Will of Grand Sire Pinkerton
"As I passed so many pleasant hours in the Sovereign Grand
Lodge of Odd Fellows and in the companionship of its members, 1
desire to perpetuate the spirit of goodfellowship there manifest and
in which I have so often shared; so I give and bequeath to ?ai:l
Sovereign Grand Lodge, located at Baltimore, the sum of One
Thousand Dollars, the. same to be safely invested and the income
thereof or so much as is necessary to be used for an annual dinner,
or entertainment of the Past Grand Sires and elected officers of
said Grand Lodge. The Grand Treasurer and Senior Past Grand
Sire present annually shall arrange for such gathering and from it
I trust good may come and the happy days I have enjoyed be
extended to others."
Decisions
Decision No. 4 . (Mo.)
Statement—Prior to the adoption of the Code by The Sovereign
Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Missouri by the adoption of an
amendment to its constitution, provided for the election of six
trustees whose duties should be to have custody and control of
invested funds of the Grand Lodge and to manage and control the
Odd Fellows Home under the direction of the Grand Lodge.
The sections providing the number and manner of the election
of the trustees are as follows:
"Section 96. Board of Trustees. There is hereby created a
Board of Trustees of the Grand Lodge, which shall consist of six
members.
"Section 97. Election of Trustees. At each annual session, on
the second day thereof, the Grand Lodge shall nominate and elect
by ballot two trustees who shall be Past Grands in good standing,
for a term of three years, or until their successors are elected and
qualified: provided, that at the first election after this article takes
effect, the Grand Lodge shall elect six trustees, two of whom shall
serve for one year, two for two years, and two for three years. The
Grand Secretary shall be Clerk of the Board of Trustees." 4869
These and other sections prescribing the duties of the trustees
were submitted to The Sovereign Grand Lodge and dulyapproved.
At the regular annual session of the Grand Lodge of Missouri,
held in May, 1922, amendments to the two sections quoted above
having been properly proposed at the previous session and having
been laid over for one year, were duly adopted.
These amendments were as follows:
"Amend Section 96, Article 9, Constitution of the Grand Lodge
of Missouri, by striking out the word 'six' in the last line thereof
and inserting in lieu thereof the word 'three' so that said section as
amended will read as follows:
"Section 96. Board of Trustees. There is hereby created a
Board o-f Trustees of the Grand Lodge, which shall consist of three
members.
Amend Article 9, Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Missouri,
by striking out Section 97 and inserting in lieu thereof a new
section, to be known by the same number and to read as follows:
" 'Section 97. Election of Trustees. At each annual session,
on the second day thereof, the Grand Lodge shall elect by ballot
for a term of three years, one trustee, who shall be a Past Grand
in good standing; provided, that at the first election after adoption
of this section, the Grand Lodge shall elect three trustees, one of
whom shall serve for one year, one for two years, and one for
three years. The Board of Trustees shall keep a record of all
transactions of said Board.'"
The amendments after adoption were submitted to and
approved by the Grand Sire in vacation (there being then a
vacancy in the office of Deputy Grand Sire) who reported his action
to The Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The amendments as reported were referred to the Committee
on Constitutions. This committee made the following report which
was adopted by The Sovereign Grand Lodge:
"Report 71. By Rep. Davis, of Washington, from the Committee on Constitutions.
"To The Sovereign Grand Lodge of The
Independent Order of  Odd  Fellows: 4870
"Your Committee on Constitutions, to whom were referred the
amendments to the Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Missouri
and the Grand Lodge of Minnesota, beg leave to report that we
have examined the same and find they are in conflict with Section
397 of the Code and recommend that they be not approved.
"Section 397, Code, sets out clearly the elective officers of
Grand Lodges.
"Both of these Grand Lodges are asking to create additional
elective officers,, namely, a Board of Trustees, and in addition to
this the Grand Lodge of Minnesota seeks to give the Board of
Trustees almost unlimited powers, which your committee feel will
sooner or later result in serious trouble. The Code provides that
where Odd Fellows' Homes are a separate corporation from the
Grand Lodge, a Board of Trustees may be elected to manage
the affairs of the Home.
"Your committee recognize the right of Grand Lodges to provide that the elective officers of the Grand Lodge as provided in
Section 397 of the Code may be named as the Trustees, and further,
that the Grand Master on authority of the Grand Lodge may appoint other members of the Order to such positions. If it is the
desire of Grand Lodges to elect their Trustees, we suggest that a
bill be introduced amending Section 397 of the Code, making such
provision."
Question 1—What is the effect of this action of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge upon the tenure of office of the present trustees of
the Grand Lodge of Missouri, there being no separate corporation
for the management of the Home?
Answer 1—The ruling of The Sovereign Grand Lodge on
Report 71, set out in your statement, declares in plain terms that
Grand Lodges cannot elect trustees; that under Section 397 of the
Code, the elective officers of a Grand Lodge are designated and
officers not so designated cannot be chosen by election. As
trustees are not within the terms of the Section, they cannot be
elected. The present trustees of your Grand Lodge having been
elected in contravention of the law of The Sovereign Grand Lodge,
are not legal officers.
Question 2—If the present trustees of the Grand Lodge are not
legally elected, what should be taken to require conformance to
the law, and how should such action be taken? 4871
Answer 2—I do not feel that I should suggest a particular
course to be followed by your Grand Lodge. There are a number
of correct methods that may be adopted, and it is the privilege of
your Grand Lodge to choose among them and to determine its
own course.
Decision No. 17:
Q.—Has a Grand Lodge Power to enact legislation to enable
subordinate Lodges to transfer moneys from their widows' and
orphans' fund to the general fund?
A.—Yes.    See Code, Section 322.
Decision No. 18:
Q.—Has a Grand Lodge the power under any law to authorize
subordinate   Lodges  to   enact by-laws  limiting  the  age   at  which
applicants may be admitted as beneficial members?
.A.—No.
Q.—Has a subordinate Lodge discretional powers to enact bylaws limiting the age at which applicants may be admitted as beneficial members?
A.—No.
Q.—Is it a law that all applicants for membership, no matter
what their age may be, must be for beneficial membership but may
be admitted as non-beneficial membership?
A.—No.    I think the option is with the applicant.
Q.—Is it optional with a Lodge or the applicant whether the
application be beneficial or non-beneficial membership?
A.—With the applicant.
Q.—If a lodge receives an application for membership from a
person who is past a certain age, say 50 years, as a -beneficial
member, can they return the application without giving it any consideration and tell the applicant he must make application as a
non-beneficial, or must the Lodge proceed in the regular way to
act on all applications when once made to the Lodge?
A.—The Lodge must act on the application.
Section 329.
as follows:
Form of Funeral Service
-This section of the Code was amended to read 4372
"The funeral service adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge
at the Session of 1912, and the funeral service adopted by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge at the Session of 1923, and no other, shall
be used; provided, that when the service is held in the Lodge-
room, or in the home, or a church, extemporaneous prayers may
be substituted for those contained in the service."
Titles, Officers of Grand Lodges
Section 397.—This section of the Code was amended by striking
out all the words after the words "Grand Master" in the fifth line
and adding the following:
"Grand Lodges may provide for the election of a Board of
Trustees to manage the affairs of the Grand Lodge, subject to its
approval. Grand Lodges shall have power to provide by law for
the appointment of such additional officers as their needs may
require; provided where Grand Lodges control Odd Fellows'
Homes under the Grand Lodge Charter, said Grand Lodge may
provide for the election or appointment of a Board of Trustees to
manage the business of said Home; provided, Grand Bodies may
authorize Rebekah Assemblies to elect such number of the Board
of Trustees of Odd Fellows' Homes, as said Grand Lodge by
resolution or otherwise may provide, but no Grand Lodge shall
have power to abolish any office provided -by this section."
Insane Member Shall Not Be Suspended
Section 543.—This section of the Code was amended by striking
out the word "or" in the second line, by inserting a comma after
the words "suborinate Lodge," and by inserting the words "or
Rebekah Lodge" after the word "encampment," and by adding at
the end of said section the words, "and that no subordinate Lodge
or encampment or Rebekah Lodge shall be required to pay per
capita tax on such insane members."
Subordinate Lodges Under Grand Lodge Shall Meet.   When?
Section 783.—This section of the Code was amended by adding
thereto the following:
"Provided, that when a Grand Lodge shall have prescribed
annual terms for its subordinate Lodges, with regular sessions to
be held weekly, it may permit such subordinate Lodges to provide
by by-law that during any three consecutive months in any term
regular sessions shall be held semi-monthly instead of weekly." 4873
New Sections
A new section was added to the Code to be numbered 625*/,
providing for an official Rebekah members' pin, that may be worn
by any member of a Rebekah Lodge. Description: This pin is to
consist of circle cut out with scroll work on the face, with three
links in the centre, and directly under the links the letter "R."
The three links and the letter "R" to be within the circle, with pin
back and safety catch. The whole to be of 10 karat gold and of
one quality only.
Distribution: Any member di a Rebekah Lodge is entitled to
and may secure one of these pins through the Grand Secretary or
Secretary of the Rebekah Assembly as the case may be.
A new section be numbered 617^, providing for an official
membership -button that may be worn by any member of the Order
after initiation.
Description: This pin to be circular in design 9-16 in diameter,
made of 10 karat solid gold with threaded post and screw back, on
the face of the button a raised circle 5-8 inch diameter, in the upper
part of same to be the "all-seeing eye" with rays, and directly under
it raised three links with letters F.L.T. in links, the links to be
enamelled red, white and blue, 'beneath the circle the Holy Bible
with scroll work on both sides, gold to be Roman gold finish.
Distribution: Any initiatory member of this Order is entitled
to obtain and wear this button, and said button shall be obtained
through the Grand Secretary of the Jurisdiction in which the
member holds his membership.
Association of Rebekah Assemblies
Grand Sire Eastin presented to the Sovereign Body a voluntary
pledge repeated by the members of the Association, when they
were presented by him with a Charter from the Sovereign Grand
Lodge,  as  follows:
"Through this instrument, so graciously granted us by our
Sovereign Grand Lodge, presented to us by our Grand Sire, and
received by us in Friendship, Love and Truth, we, the Association
of Rebekah Assemblies, do pledge allegiance to our Sovereign
Body, its laws and customs, its officers and its precepts; renew our
obligation to the Order; and dedicate this Body and its Constituent
Assembly  to   the   World-wide   dissemination   of  the  principles   of 4874
Odd   Fellowship,  the  strengthening  of  its   organization,   and   the
practice of its teachings.
"We return our thanks to the Sovereign Grand Lodge for this
Charter. Accepting it as evidence of our faithfulness in the past,
we look 'forward to a glorious future of achievement, made possible
by co-operation, loyalty and sincerity; to the end that Odd
Fellowship may be increased, humanity may be served, and the
teachings of the Second Commandment may be obeyed."
The Special Committee, appointed at the last Session, on
Rebekah Assembly Installation Ceremony reported that there
seems to be a very general desire on the part of the members of
that branch of our Order for a revision of the present installation
ceremony and for a public installation that may be used at the
option of Rebekah Assemblies, and that there is a real need for
action along these lines, recommended the appointing of a committee of three to prepare a ceremony to present at the next
Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Sovereign Grand Lodge was honored by a visit of a
committee of three from the Association of Rebekah Assembly,
consisting of Past Presidents, Mamie S. Hartley, of Missouri: L. H.
Palmer, of Michigan, and Barbara McKenzie, of the Maritime
Provinces. Sister Hartley in a happy and appropriate address on
behalf of the Association, presented Grand Sire Eastin with a
beautiful basket of flowers, which was appropriately accepted by
the Grand Sire.
The ceremony for Dedication Odd Fellows' Halls was amended
by incorporating into the existing ceremony a recognition of the
Patriarchs Militant and the Rebekah Degree.
The committee appointed at the 1922 Session for the purpose
of preparing a Burial Ceremony submitted their report with a
form of ceremony, which was adopted, but its use is optional.
Amendments to the Constitution Proposed and Laid Over Until 1924
That Section 3 of Article 1 of the Constitution of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge be amended by striking out the words "twenty-one"
where they appear in paragraph 4 of said Section and inserting in
lieu thereof the word "eighteen,", thus seeking to reduce the minimum age limit from twenty-one to eighteen.
That Article XVII. of the Constitution of the Sovereign Grand 4875
Lodge be amended by adding a new section to be known as Section
2 of Article XVII., to read as follows:
Section 2. Whenever an amendment of this Constitution is
proposed before the close of the Third Day's Session of the Annual
Communication of this Sovereign Grand Lodge, said proposed
alteration or amendment shall be referred to the Judiciary Committee and said Judiciary Committee shall take the matter under
consideration and shall report to The Sovereign Grand Lodge at
or before the close of the Fourth Day's Session of such Annual
Communication as to whether or not said amendment is in proper
form of consideration and in compliance with the Constitution of
The Sovereign Grand Lodge and the Rules thereof and said
Judiciary Committee in its report shall indicate, if in its judgment
the facts warrant, wherein said proposed alteration or amendment
is not in proper 'form or fails to comply with the Constitution and
Rules of this Sovereign Grand Lodge, according to the judgment
of said committee. The proposers of said alteration or amendment
or any other members of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, may reintroduce said proposal, alteration or amendment to conform to
the decision of the Judiciary Committee, at any time before the
close of the Annual Communication, and no objections to such
proposed alteration or amendment shall thereafter be entertained,
except such as shall go to the merits of the proposed alteration or
amendment, unless such objections are made in writing and printed
in the Daily Journal before the close of the next to the last Session
of The Sovereign Grand Lodge, before the final adjournment.
That Section 2, of Article 3, of the Constitution of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge be amended by striking out after the word
"stated" in the fifth line thereof the words "communications held
on each even numbered" and inserting in lieu thereof the words
"communication held each", and striking out after the word "said,"
in the eighth line thereof the word "communications," and inserting ii\ lieu thereof the word "communication"; thus seeking to
provide one year terms for the S. G. L. officers.
That Section 1, of Article 2, of the Constitution of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge be amended by changing the period at the
end of the section to a comma, and adding thereafter the words
"and have received the Patriarchs Militant Degree before taking his
seat in The Sovereign Grand Lodge."
That Section  I,  of Article  XIV,  of the  Constitution  of The 4876
Sovereign  Grand  Lodge be amended by adding the  following:
"Proceeds of assessments of not exceeding 10 cents per member per annum which may be levied against the member of every
Lodge, working under The Sovereign Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F.,
for the purpose of establishing and maintaining one or more
sanitariums for the care and treatment of members of the Order,
suffering with tuberculosis."
That the following section be added to the Constitution of The
Sovereign Grand Lodge to be known as Article XVIII.
"This Sovereign Grand Lodge shall establish one or more
tubercular sanitariums, and a committee, composed of the Grand
Sire, as chairman, and four other members, to be elected by The
Sovereign Body, shall constitute a board to establish and direct
such sanitariums, under this Sovereign Pody."
Next Place of Meeting
The cities in nomination for the next Session of The Sovereign
Grand Lodge were Washington, D.C.r and Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville was selected on a vote of 105 to 104.
Invitations are pending from Portland, Oregon, for the 1925
Session, and from Philadelphia for the 1926 Session.
We, your Representatives, wish to thank the membership of
this Jurisdiction for the high honor conferred upon us. We were
present during the entire Session, and at each meeting of the
various committee upon which we served. Upon all matters which
came before the Body we took action and voted thereon for what
we thought to be in the best interests of the Order.
Fraternally submitted,
HARRY   FOOKS,   P.G.M.,
A. E. HARRON, P.G.M.,
Grand Representatives. 4877
The Grand Master presented the following Supplementary Report, which was referred to the Committee on
Distribution:
GRAND MASTER'S SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to submit the following report o,f occurences since my
report was printed:
Visitations
1924.
May 13 Visited Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, at Trail, B.C., accompanied by D.D.G.M. Bro. C. J. Mdnton. Had a very good
meeting, but owing to the death of Sister Reimann, the
Vice Grand of the Rebekah Lodge in Trail, and sister of
Bro. G. F. Reimann, one of our Grand Encampment officers, the meeting was not as full of real activity as it would
otherwise have been in this Lodge. Attended the funeral
the following day, which was one of the largest ever attended in the city, going to show the esteem in which the
Reimann family is held in Trail.
14 Visited Rossland Lodge, No. 36, Rossland, B.C., accompanied by D.D.G.M. Bro. C. J. Minton and P.G.M. Bro.
Embleton. Degree work was exemplified, and this Lodge
is taking on new.life since the mines have began operation.
15 Visited Slocan Lodge, No. 40, at Slocan City, B.C., accompanied by D.D.G.M. Bro. Wm. Hicks. Had a real good
meeting in the New Hall, which is a credit to the Order
and to the town of Slocan.
" 16 Visited Silver City Lodge, No. 39, at Sandon, B.C., accompanied by D.D.G.M. D. A. Currie. Had a real good meeting, after which we met with the Rebekahs, when a very
social hour was spent.
I 19 Visited Kootenay Lodge, No. 16, Nelson, B.C., accompanied by D.D.G.M. Bro. Geo. Colwell, when a very
pleasant and homelike evening was spent.
j 21 Visited Sunshine Lodge, No. 57, Kaslo, B.C., accompanied
by the D.D.G.M. Bro. John Loftus, met also with the
Rebekahs and had a -real social and inspiring evening.
This Lodge has acquired a splendid Hall, a credit to
themselves and to the community. 4878
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER'S REPORTS
Am attaching herewith an epitome of the reports of some
District Deputies, which were not in the hands of Grand Secretary
when the advance reports were printed:
District No. 14. W. Hall reports having conducted two installations of the officers of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15.
Granted a Dispensation to confer the Three Degrees on a
candidate the same meeting.
Paid four official visits.
Conditions of the Order, good.
District No. 18. F. M. Carmichael reports having installed the
officers of Abbotsford Lodge, iMo. 20, and Fidelity Lodge, No. 25,
at the regular times.
Granted a Dispensation to Fidelity Lodge, Xo. 25, to hold the
nomination and election of officers on 3rd Dec, 1923, as the Lodge
was unable to hold a meeting on one of their regular nights.
Condition of the Order thriving, especially during the present
term, both Lodges taking in new members.
District No. 20. I. Lehman reports having installed the officers
of Ashcroft Lodge, No. 23, for both terms at the prescribed times.
Condition of the Order in the District, "favorable."
District No. 23. S. Mussallem reports having installed the
officers of Maple Ridge Lodge, No. 32, on the first meeting nights
of each term.
Granted a Dispensation to the Lodge to hold a dance, the
proceeds to be devoted to the Regalia Fund.
Paid one official visit each term.
Upheld the decision of the N.G. of Lodge, No. 32, who ruled
the discussion arising out of a letter from Mt. Fernie Lodge, Xo.
47, relating to the failure of the Home Bank, was out of order,
because it developed a political aspect.
Condition of the Order, "healthy."
District No.  38.    J.   Mclnnes  reports  the  installation   of  the
officers of Cariboo Lodge, No. 65, at the regular times.
Grand no Dispensations.
Condition of the Order, good, both as to membership and
finances. Had several applications -for membership during the past
month. 4879
District No. 39.    D. A.  Currie reports the installation of the
officers of Dawson Lodge, No. la, in July, 1923, and January, 1924.
Granted no Dispensations nor rendered any decisions.
Paid one official'visit.
The condition of the Order in the District, "fair."
Additional Appointments
I have appointed Bro. F. E. Anderson, No. 2, as a member of
the Finance Committee.
NEW REBEKAH LODGE
Green Valley Rebekah Lodge, No. 46, was instituted by Sister
Gussie L. Motion, President of the Rebekah Assembly, on Monday
night, June 9th, 1924, at Haney, B. C.
There were eleven Sisters and Brothers on the Charter and
sixteen candidates -received the Rebekah Degree. The Rebekah
Lodge from Mission, an a most perfect and impressive manner,
exemplified to the candidates the beauty and sacred teachings of
the principles of this Degree. The President was accompanied by
Sister Woodcock, Vice President, and Sister Cook, also by Sister
Harron and Bro. Harron, P.G.M. 1 was also present on this
occasion and was much impressed with the ceremony, and look
forward to the Lodge having great success.
HOME TRUSTEES
In further reference to the status of the Trustees of our Home
Fund I may say that in order to satisfy their minds that the ruling
of the Grand Sire in reference to Grand Lodge Trustees applied to
this Jurisdiction. I forwarded a statement and questions to the
Grand Sire relative to same and attach herewith his Decisions on
No. 13.
In order now to place the matter on a legal footing it will be
necessary to legislate and elect trustees in accordance with the
legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Decision 13—British Columbia
Statement: The Grand Lodge of British Columbia has accumulated a fund for building and maintaining an Odd Fellows' Flome
when one shall become necessary. Prior to 1916, this fund was
managed by the Executive Officers of the Grand Lodge and a
Committee appointed each year. At the 1916 Session the Constitution o-f the Grand Lodge was amended by inserting a new article 4880
relating to the Home Fund, which was approved by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.    Section 1 of this article reads as follows:
"Section 1.    There is hereby created a Board of Trustees to be
known as the Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. It shall
consist of seven members in good standing in the Grand Lodge, and
shall be composed of the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary and
five members, to be elected by ballot, in the same manner and at
the same time as the OTHER elective Grand Officers, who snail
be elected for three years, except in a case of a vacancy, when the
selection shall be for the unexpired term."
At the Sessions of 1916, 1919 and 1922, Trustees were elected as
prescribed in this article.
Question 1. Does the report of the Committee on Constitutions No. 71, adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at the 1922
Session, and your approved decision No. 4, to the 1923 Session of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, apply to the Trustees named in the
foregoing statement?
Answer.    Yes.
Question 2. Were the Trustees elected at the 1922 Session of
the Grand Lodge of British Columbia legally elected in conformity
with the laws of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in force at that time.
Answer.    No.
EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND
Questions having arisen as to the action to be taken with
respect to this Fund I also included this question for the Grand
Sire's decision, a copy of which is attached:
Decision 14—British Columbia
Statement: The Grand Lodge of British Columbia at its 1918
Session levied an assessment on its Subordinate Lodges of $1.00
per member for the purpose of paying the dues of its enlisted members during the war, in accordance with the legislation of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge at its 1917 Session. There is now an unexpended balance on hand of the monies so raised amounting to
$794.98.
Question 1. Should this unexpended balance be returned pro
rata to the Lodges which contributed to the assessment?
Answer.    Yes.    See Decision 7, Journal 1922, page 328. Question 2. Can the Grand Lodge use this unexpended balance
■for the relief of the individual members of the Order, or can it dispose of it in any other way than that indicated in Question 1?
Answer.    No.    See Decision 7, Journal 1922, page 328.
Trusting that our best endeavors will be put fo-rward at this
Session to amicably arrive at the most beneficial solution of the
many problems confronting us at the present time.
Again thanking the Fraternity in general 'from the bottom of
my heart.
Truly and fraternally yours,
D.   H.   PROUDFOOT,
Grand   Master.
The Grand Master appointed A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2; W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4, and P. W. Dempster,
P.G.M., No. 2, to form the Committee on Distribution.
The Grand Lodsre was visited by Bro. W. Wray, P.G.,
of the Jurisdiction of Illinois, who was cordially welcomed
by the Grand Master.
The Committee on Distribution presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend the distribution of the various portions of the Reports of the Officers of
the Grand Lodge to the following Committees:
GRAND MASTER'S REPORT
To the Committee on State of the Order—Page 1, 2, first part
of Page 3, 4, 5 and first part of 6. Visitations on Pages 10 to 17:
also the reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters relating to
the condition of the Order in their respective Districts, and Conclusion at Pages 26 and 27.
To the Committee on Rebekah Degree-
Page 3.
'Rebekah" Branch on
To the Committee on Judiciary—Appointments on Page, 7.
Proclamations, Dispensations, Rulings and-Questions on Pages 8, 9,
and 10.    The Decisions and Dispensations reported by the follow- 4882
iner
District Deputy Grand Masters: Nos. 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 17
22. 25 27
29, 32, 35, 36 and 3
• .
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund—"Home
Fund" Page 7.
To the Committee on Necrology—"Necrology" Pages 7 and 8.
GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 28, 29 and
part of 30.    "Charter of Grand Lodge," "Grand Sire's Visit," "Gen
eral  Relief Committees" on  Pages 48 and 49.   "Veteran Jewels''
on Pages 50 and 51.    "Conclusion" on Page 52.
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 32 to 38, Pages 40 to .42.
"Surety Bonds" Page 49.
To the Committee on Rebekah Degree—Part of Page 30 and
Page 31.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund—Pages 39
to 47.
To a Special Committee Consisting of the Past Grand Masters
in Attendance—"Sketch History of the Grand Lodge."
To the Committee on Necrology—"Obituary" on Page 51.
GRAND TREASURER'S REPORT
The whole of th'is report to the Committee on Finance, Page 53.
GRAND  REPRESENTATIVE'S REPORT
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund—"Odd
Fellows' Homes" Pages 55 and 56. Grand Sire's Decision No. 4,
Pages 57 to 60.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee introduced Bro. J. L. McPherson, Grand
Master, and Bro. J. A. Tully, P.G.M., of the Jurisdiction of
Alberta, who were cordially welcomed by the Grand Master.
The Past Grands in waiting- were admitted and the
Grand Lodge Degree was conferred on the following: A.
Sedgley, No. 1; W. D. Todd, No. 2; W. C. McAdam and G.
H. Jacobson, No. 3; J. Elrick, No. 4; J. Scott, No. 5; D.
Gourlay and W. Davenport, No. 6; J. A. Johnson, No. 7; J.
Rogers, No. 8; A. C. Taylor, H. Strevens and R. A. Chute,
No. 9; D. Sinclair, No. 10; II. Beresford and J. Bell. No. 12: 4883
J. R. Jobling, No. 13; F. Colbourne, No. 14; N. Abbott and
J. A. Matheson, No. 15; F. Nicholls, No. 16; R. M. Ford,
No. 18; M. H. Baird, No. 19; E. G. Ireland and J. H. Silver,
No. 20; H. W. Parr, No. 21; R. A. Thompson, No. 27; A. S.
Nichol, No. 28; A. E. Campbell, No. 30; J. B. Martyn, L. E.
Allen and J. C. Mosher, No. 32; E. T. Kenney, No. 33; W.
Callan, No. 36; F. Hufty, No. 40; T. Wallace and E. G.
Dingley, No. 42; W. J. C. Cleave and T. Johnston, No. 43;
W. T. Luscombe and H. H. Henderson, No. 45; W. Green,
No. 47; A. E. Maw, No. 48; G. Street and J. Lochore, No.
51; A. E. Huntley and J. W. Beech, No. 54; H. Skillicorn,
No. 57; D. Thompson, No. 58; W: A. McCubbin and O.
Marr, No. 59; H. Adair, S. G. Smylie and D. Thornton, No.
60; A. Millar and J. M. Robertson, No. 61; R. F. Cruick-
shank and F. N. Hamilton, No. 62; R. Elliott and G. Clough,
No. 64; B. Alway, No. 66; W. Page, Alberta Lodge, No. 48,
Banff, Alberta.
The Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That a Committee consisting of Bro. H. B. Gilmour, P.G.M.; T. F. Neelands,
P.G.M.; and A. E. Harron, P.G.M., be appointed to interview the Mayor of the City and request him to instruct the
police to prevent any demonstration of a political character
being attached to the parade this evening.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
A communication was read from the Grand Master of
Manitoba appointing Bro. R. H. Shanks, P.G.M., P.G.R., as
a Fraternal Delegate from that Jurisdiction io this Session.
On motion the communication was ordered to be received
and filed.
The Grand Master appointed W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No.
4, and P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. 2, to retire and introduce the visitor.
The Committee re-entered and introduced Bro. Shanks,
who was cordially welcomed by the Grand Master.
The Special  Committee on Odd Fellows' Home  Fund 4884
submitted the following report,  which  was  received and
laid on the table until 3 o'clock p.m., today:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee, in accordance with Section 4 of Article Va of
the Grand Lodge Constitution, beg to report:
Prior to the time for their first quarterly meeting after the last
Grand Lodge Session the Grand Secretary advised your then
Trustees as follows:
"As the action of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in 1922 makes
election of Trustees illegal and as its legislation last Session is not
retroactive and only operative from First of January next suggest
Trustees suspend operations until enactment of remedial legislation
and election of Trustees by Grand Lodge next Session."
On October 20th a meeting was held, the above advice was
discussed and the general opinion of the meeting prevailed that this
Board being elected only as Trustees of the Home Fund and not
as Grand Lodge Trustees it might not apply, but it was decided to
hold a subsequent meeting to which should be invited the Grand
Representatives so as to hear their opinions since they had the
privilege of hearing the discussion on the question in the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
This meeting was held on October 27th, 1923, the representation being of the same opinion as your Committee. However, it
was felt there was no desire to combat the decision of the Grand
Sire and the Sovereign Grand Lodge, although it was realized
something should be done to meet the calls for assistance from
some of our needy Brothers, and at that meeting $25.00 was voted
from the Emergency Fund, which was placed at the disposal of
your Board the previous year for this purpose, toward the assistance
of Brother Hynd, the brother who agreed in the last questionnaire
to go into a home if one was available. This grant was agreed to
by the Grand Secretary and Grand Master, who signed the cheque,
and the amount was forwarded to Brother Hynd.
As time progressed your Board received -further requests for
assistance from Brother Hynd, Prince Rupert Lodge, and the
General Relief Board of Seattle re Brother Gowran, the latter
correspondence your Committee will read. In the meantime the
Grand Master issued a special commission making the Trustees a
committee with the same powers, with the result that as soon as it
was known when the Grand Master would visit the  Coast on his. 488
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official tour a meeting was called, at which he was present on April
5th, 1924, and resolutions were passed granting $50.00 relief to
Brother Hynd, and $50.00 to Brother Gowran, from the Emergency
Fund, placed at the disposal of the Committee for this purpose by
the Grand Lodge. Upon forwarding these requests to the Grand
Secretary a letter was received advising the Committee they could
not be granted as the question had been submitted to the Grand
Sire as to whether this Fund could be legally disbursed for this
purpose, and the answer received was in the negative, consequently
there the matter rests and your Committee's hands are tied.
At this meeting your committee recommended the investment
of $5,000.00, which was on hand, in Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4y2% Bonds, due July 15th, 1942, guaranteed by the Province of
British Columbia at 89.84.
This last transaction makes a total investment of the Fund of
$64,322.56 at the time o-f closing the books for 1924, showing a
g-ain for the year of $6,467.88.
The Grand Secretary in his report has given a complete, detailed statement of the affairs of the Fund, including his correspondence with and the decision asked from the Grand Sire and a
repetition here is entirely unnecessary, suffice to say, your Committee is pleased to report that the investments in mortgages,
amounting to $11,249.55, are in good shape and the interest all
paid up.
Your Committee during the year, corresponded with more than
a doz^n of the Homes now in operation with a view of getting all
information with regard to the establishing and maintaining of a
Home and have now on file everything of that nature necessary
when its use may be required.
Your Committee realizes that it is within the province of this
Grand Lodge to pass legislation authorizing the establishment of a
Home, and if in the wisdom of this Grand Body such is decided
upon your Committee would be prepared to carry out the dictates
of such decision, yet ypur Committee are unanimously of the
opinion there is not sufficient need to justify going to such an
outlay at the present time, as the maintenance would-be entirely too
costly for the number of residents in it and it would be directly
against the economic conservation of the Fund.
Your Committee would again recommend, however, that some
means of relief be afforded by this Grand Lodge to those members
of the Order who may be accepted as fit subjects for a Home and 4886
who are willing to, and do conform to, the prescribed form of
application, and to the rules and regulations decided upon for the
conduct of a Home until such time as there is a sufficient number
of accepted applicants to justify placing them under one roof and
under a properly organized staff to take care of them.
Fraternally submitted,
C. E. MAHON,
Chairman
D. H. PROUDFOOT,
FRED DAVEY
ROY A.  PERRY,
R. A. MERRITHEW,
W. A. JOHNSTONE,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
Secretary.
The Special Committee appointed to interview the
Mayor respecting the parade asked that the name of Bro. F.
Woodside be substituted for that of Bro. H. Gilmour,
P.G.M., and that the name of Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M.,
be added to the Committee, which was agreed to.
The Grand Master appointed members to fill vacancies
on the Standing and Special Committees and announced
that he would appoint Special Committees on Resolutions,
Obituary, Correspondence and Rebekah Branch.
The  Committees when  complete were   constituted   as
follows:
Finance—F. B. Shaver, No. 4; J. H. Ashwell, No. 7; H. E. Dill,
No. 16; W. C. MacKenzie, No. 43; F. Hamilton, No. 62; J. W. Hur-
rell, No. 8.
Appeals—N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21, G. Miller, No. 19 G. H.
Jacobson, No. 3; L. T. Smirl, No. 15; A. E. Maw, No. 48; F. W.
Hawes, No. 62; G. Wilkinson, No. 63.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; C. B. Bryson, Xo. 27;
A. C. Taylor, No. 9; F. D. Davies, No. 22; H. J. Swift, No. 51;
A. E. Campbell, No. 30; R. G. Bishop, No. 23.
Petitions—G. W. Young, No. 1; J. Scott, No. 5; W. Thomas,
No. 10; J. R. Jobling, No. 13; W. Green, No. 47; A. Miller, No. 61;
A. E. Watkins, No. 23. 4887
State of the Order—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; C. Snider,
No. 14; H. W. Hollihead, No. 10; D. Thornton, No. 60; A. M.
Patterson, No. 65; R. M. Ford, No. 18; W. Davenport, No. 6.
Legislation—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A. M. Russelll No.
8; H. S. Andrews, No. 35; J. Haslett, No. 26; A. E. Huntley, No. 54;
J. Wall, No. 36.
Judiciary—J. T. Wood, No. 34; C. S. Barton, No. 24; J. T.
McDonald, No. 61; J. Wilby, No. 2; J. Lochore, No. 51; J. B.
Martyn, No. 32.
Mileage and Per Diem—W. C. McAdam, No. 3; G. Boudier,
No. 39; A. Sedgley, No. 1; H. Strevens, No. 9; D. C Thompson, No.
58; E. T. Kenney, No. 33; E. G. Smylie, No. 60.
Printing—Grand Secretary; J. Foubister, No. 2; W. Callan, No.
36; W. J. C. Cleave, No. 43; A. F. Cady, No. 64; F. Nicholl, No. 16;
F. Woodside, No. 29.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; R. Marshall,
No. 7; E. G. Dingley, No. 42; H. Beresford, No. 12; J. Smith, No.
11; F. M. Carmichael, No. 20; H. H. Henderson, No. 60.   j
Correspondence—D. Gourlay, No. 6; J. Bell, No. 12; W. Hardy,
No. 47; H. Skillicorn, No. 57; G. Jones, Xo. 55; J. A. McLuckie,
No. 31.
Rebekah Degree—W. Carmichael, No. 5; T. A. Wallace, No. 42;
A. B. Nichol, No. 28; C. E. Atchison, Xo. 14; J. W. Beech, No. 54;
W. Evans, No. 17.
Resolutions—C. D. Mallett, No. 29; J. Elrick, No. 4; gjj M.
Hufty, No. 40; D. E. McLennan, No. 59: B. Alway, No. 66; W.
Mackie, No. 27.
Credentials—Grand Secretary; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No.
3; T. F. Neelands P.G.M, No. 8; J. J. Welch, No. 26; H. Patterson,
No. 19; G. S. Jenkins, No. 55.
Distribution—A. Henderson, P.G.M, No. 2; W. H. Cullin,
P.G.M, No. 4; J. H. Glass, P.G.M, No. 51; P. W Dempster, P.G.M,
No. 2; M. J. Phillips, P.G.M, No. 3; W. T. Luscombe, No. 45.
Necrology—R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M, No. 27; W. Hogg, P.G.M,
No. 10; A. E. Harron. P.G.M, No. 55; J. Wriglesworth, P.G.M,
No. 4; B. W. Shiles. P.G.M, No. 3; W. Law, P.G.M, No. 10; H.
Fooks, P.G.M, No. 28.
Odd Fellows' Home Fund—D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M, No. 3;
W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M, No. 26; R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M, No. 27;
R. A. Perry, Grand Treasurer, No. 14; ex officio The Grand Master
and The Grand Secretary. 4888
The Mayor of the 'City was announced in waiting, and
the Grand Master appointed T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8,
and W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4, to retire and introduce His
Worship. The Grand Lodge took a recess. The Committee returned and introduced W. R. Owen. Esq., Mayor of
the City; also a deputation from the Rebekah Assembly,
consisting of Sisters Tait, P.P.; Dempster, P.P.; and Keith,
P.P.
Also a delegation from the Grand Encampment, consisting of Bros. W. H. Watkins, P.G.P.; J. Renfrew, G.H.P.;
and J. Rintoul, P.G.P., of Manitoba.
Also a deputation from the Department Council Patriarchs Militant, consisting of A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2,
and R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M.. No. 27.
A strong escort of Patriarchs Militant, in uniform, under
the command of Captain C. E. Snider, accompanied these
visitors.
The Grand Master, on behalf of the Grand Lodge, con-
veyed a cordial welcome to the Mayor and these delegations.
His Worship the Mayor addressed the Grand Lodge and
extended a very hearty welcome to the City. He spoke in
commendation of the work of the Order and wished it every
success. He trusted the Session would be harmonious and
successful and hoped the members would enjoy their visit to
the City.
The Grand Master replied on behalf of the Grand Lodge,
I tha
wishes.
and thanked the Mayor for his hearty welcome and his good
Sister Tait, on behalf of the Rebekah Assembly, Bro.
Watkins, P.G.P., on behalf of the Grand Encampment, and
Bro. A. Henderson, P.G.M., on behalf of the Department
•Council P. M., conveyed the Fraternal greetings of their
respective Bodies to the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Master responded to these addresses on behalf of the Grand Lodge. 4889
The Mayor with the Delegations and their escort, retired,
and the Grand Lodge resumed business.
The Grand Master appointed Bros. J. H. Glass, P.G.M.,
No. 51, and R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M., No. 27, as a deputation
to convey the Fraternal greetings of the Grand Lodge to the
Rebekah Assembly, now in Session in the City.
The Grand Secretary presented an Historical Sketch of
the Grand Lodge, from its institution to the present time,
as requested at the last Session of the Grand Body.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the sketch be
received and referred to a Committee consisting of the Past
Grand Masters in attendance, with Bro. J. Wriglesworth,
the Senior Past Grand Master, as chairman, for consideration and recommendation as to its disposal.
It was moved by G. Wilkinson, No. 63, and seconded
by E. T. Kenney, No. 33 : That this Grand Lodge of British
Columbia at this Session do take the necessary steps toward
the immediate provision of a Plome for Odd Fellows in this
Jurisdiction.
On motion the Resolution was referred to the Committee
on Odd Fellows Home Fund.
It was moved, seconded and carried:    That this Grand
Lodge do now adjourn to 2 o'clock p.m., today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called. 4890
The following Memorial was read from "Dawson"
Lodge, No. la, Dawson, Y.T., and was, on motion, referred
to the Committee on Judiciary:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Dawson, Y. T,
May   14th,   1924.
WHEREAS: Dawson Lodge No. la, Independent Order of
Odd Fellows, have deemed -it advisable to abandon for economic
reasons the working of Section 4, Article XXII, of the By-Laws
relating to "Widows' and Orphans' Fund," as amended and adopted
the 28th of April, 1920, and
WHEREAS: There is a balance of Four Hundred and
Thirty-Four dollars and Twenty-Five cents ($434.25) remaining in
said Fund, therefore;
RESOLVED: That we, the officers and members of Dawson
Lodge No. la, I.O.O.F., do hereby memorialize the Grand Lodge
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of British Columbia to
authorize them to abolish said "Widow and Orphans' Fund," and
place the said balance of $434.25 in the General Fund of Dawson
Lodge, No. la, I.O.O.F.
TREMAINE BEST, Actg. N.G.,
DUNCAN C. ROBERTSON,
E4 J. EDWARDS,
JOHN R. FRASER,
Secretary
Treasurer.
A communication was read from the Victoria Printing
& Publishing Co., submitting prices for the printing of
Subordinate Constitution and By-Laws, which was referred
to the Committee on Printing.
The Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg
to submit herewith abstracts from the reports of the Subordinate
Lodges of this Jurisdiction bearing on this important subject. 4891
It will he noted that the number of weeks' Sick Benefits paid
last year, and the total amount paid for relief, is in excess of the
figures fc r these items for the preceding year. Th._> amount of
Current Expenses is less than the preceding year, and is attributable
to the expenses on property and investments being shown separately from that item.
The average cost per member for all Lodge expenditures excepting that on property and other investments, was $12.36 last year,
as compared with $13.49 per last report.
There is still room for economy in the matter of Current
Expenses of the Lodges, which should be aimed at by all of our
members.
Signed by the Committee. 4892
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The Committee on Laws of Subordinates presented the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Laws of Subordinates beg to report that
we have considered the following By-Laws and amendments thereto
of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction with the result
noted against each:
Sullivan Lodge, No. 35—Complete set of By-Laws, approved
with some amendments.
Amendments to the following:
Harmony Lodge, No. 6—Striking out payment of Nurse Hire.
Approved.
Duncan Lodge, No. 17—Alteration of night of meeting. Approved.
Kerrisdale Lodge, No. 31—Alteration of night of meeting.
Approved.
Enterprise Lodge No. 43—Increasing Dues.    Approved.
Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47—Re payments from Widow and
Orphans' Fund.    Approved.
Fairview Lodge, No. 61—Re Special Relief and Funeral Expenses.    Approved.
Grandview Lodge, No. 62—Revised set of By-Laws.   Approved.
Dawson Lodge, No. la—Payment of Funeral Expenses on
death of member and member's wife. Approved. Contingent Fund,
ten per cent of dues. Approved. Contribution to and payments
from Widow and Orphans' Fund.    Approved.
Abolishing Widow and Orphans' Fund. Not approved, requires approval of Grand Lodge (Section 322 Code).
FRED DAVEY,
W. P. ROBERTS,
A. HENDERSON,
Committee   on   Laws   of   Subordinates.
The Committee on Finance presented the following- re-
o
port, which was adopted : 28th   May,   1924.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Finance Committee have audited the books and accounts
of the Grand Secretary for the year ending May 1st, 1924. The
vouchers and orders on Grand Treasurer for bank withdrawals
were in order and amounts found correct.
The accounts submitted in the statement of the Grand Secretary are correct as shown.
The securities viz: Bonds, mortgages and bank balances were
carefully checked in detail and correspond with his accounts as
submitted. We found the mortgages fully covered with insurance,
and the interest on mortgages with -one exception, is fullypaid.
The report of the Grand Treasurer was in order, and agrees
with the account of the Grand Secretary.
We feel that a word of commendation is due the Grand Secretary for the careful and correct manner in which he keeps his
accounts.
Fraternally   submitted,
F. BRUCE SHAVER,
J.  G. HAY,
J. W. DOBBIE,
F.  E. ANDERSON,
Committee on Finance.
A communication was read from the Grand Secretary of
the Sovereign Grand Lodge, in reply to a letter from the
Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge, respecting the Dispensation held by this Grand Body for its institution, and
recommending that application be made to the next Session
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, for a Charter to replace this
Dispensation, which was referred to the Committee on State
of the Order.
The Committee on Printing presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders were
called for printing the Proceedings, etc., of this Session of the
Grand Lodge, that four tenders were received and the contract
awarded to the lowest, T. R. Cusack, at the following prices, viz: 4896
Printing 1,100 copies of the Proceedings, $4.15 per page; supplying
175 copies of the Grand Officers Reports, $30.00; supplying cuts of
photographs and inserting in the Proceedings, $5.00 each.
These prices compare with those paid last year as follows:
Printing the Proceedings, 70c in addition; supplying advance copies
of Grand Officers Reports, $5.50 more; supplying cuts of photographs, $3.00 less.
FRED DAVEY,
R. A. RITCHIE,
J. FOUBISTER,
Committee on Printing.
The following communication was read from The Odd
Fellows Funeral Aid Association of B.C., which was, on
motion, referred to the Committee on Printing of next year,
with instruction to comply with the request contained
therein:
The  Odd Fellows' Funeral Aid Association  cf  British Columbia
New Westminster, B.C.,
May 20th,  1924.
Mr. Fred Davey,
Grand Secretary, I.O.O.F.,
Victoria, B.C.:
Dear Sir and Brother:
At this meeting of the I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid Board a desire
was expressed by the Board to have our Secretary's Report and
our Financial Report printed in full in the next Grand Lodge Proceedings.
I am instructed by the Board to say that this Board is willing
to pay for our share of the printing charges at the usual rates of
so much per page when you inform us of what the charges will be.
I trust there will be no objection to our doing this.
Yours fraternally,
W. C. COATHAM,
Secretary.
I'he Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted: 4897
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Grand Master's Supplementary Report:
We, Your Committee, recommend that Pages 1 to 8 inclusive
be referred to the "Committee on State of the Order."
That Page 9 be referred to the "Committee on Rebekah
Degree."
That that portion of Page 10, referring to the Home Trustees,
and the "Emergency Relief Fund" and the question submitted to
the Grand Sire and his decisions thereon be referred to the "Committee on Legislation."
That this Committee recommend the approval of the appointments made#by the Grand Master to the Finance Committee; also
the appointment of a Committee to carry on the work of the-Home
Fund Trustees, in view of the recent decision of the Grand Sire
relating to the alleged illegal election of The Home Trustees at
the Grand Lodge Session of 1922.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Rebekah Degree presented the fol-
lowing report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Rebekah Degree beg to report that we are
pleased to find that this Branch of our Order is progressing in a
very satisfactoy manner, and poving itself to be indeed a most
valuable asset to the cause which binds us together.
While we note with satisfaction the fact that they are increasing
numerically, we regret, however, to observe  the large number of
suspensions which have taken place, both amongst the Sisters and
Brothers, we trust that some method may be soon found to cope
. with this matter.
Signed by the Committee.
The report of the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home
Fund was taken from the table.
It was moved, seconded and carried:    That the report
be considered seriatem. 4898
The first portion of the report dealing with the status of
the Trustees in connection with the decision of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge re Election of Trustees, was, on
motion, laid over to be dealt with when the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge is considered.
On a question submitted to him the Grand Master ruled
that the Grand Secretary had the right to submit the questions respecting the use of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund
to the Grand Sire for his decision. This decision of the
Grand Master was appealed to the Grand Lodge, but by a
standing: vote the decision of the chair was sustained.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the further consideration of the report be deferred until tomorrow at 9 o'clock
a.m.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the Grand
Lodge do now adjourn until 8 o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives phesent.
All present were examined, reported duly qualified, and
the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the followin
report, which was adopted:
&
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
proposed amendment to the Constitution re the creation of a Board
of Trustees, to be known as The Trustees of the Odd Fellows*
Home Fund, beg to report that we have considered the same, and
find that it does not conflict with any existing laws, and would
recommend that said Resolution be placed on its passage.
Signed by the Committee. 4899
The Grand Warden, by order of the Grand Lodge, conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past
Grands in the Ante Room: J. Paterson, No. 2; W. M. Orr,
No. 7; H. J. Brinkhurst, S. Mann, A. J. Mullen, H. W.
Sellers, A. McDonald, R. S. Martin, A. H. Skuse, A. Carter,
No. 8; A. E. Gilbert, H. J. Foote, No. 10; B. Slater, No. 14;
H. S. Cox, G. S. Johnstone, No. 19; W. J. Gordon, T. T.
Oliver, No. 22; W. J. Russell, W. Welch, W. R. Cook, J.
Swan, No. 26; A. L. Bowden, No. 27; J. F. Muir, No. 28; A.
M. Holder, A. E. Morrow, E. Costain, T. H. Ashford, No.
29; -A. Holmes, G. Edwards, No. 61; L. O. Walkey, No. 62;
G. Langford, No. 66.
The following amendment to the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge was moved and carried unanimously:
We, the undersigned Representatives to the Grand Lodge,
hereby give notice that we will move the following amendment to
the Constitution of the Grand Lodge at its next Annual Session, viz:
Strike out Sec. 1 of Article Va, relating to "Odd Fellows' Home
Fund" and insert the following in lieu thereof:
"Section 1—There is hereby created a Board of Trustees to be
known as the Trustees o-f the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. It shall
consist of seven members in good standing in the Grand Lodge, and
shall be composed of the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary and
five other members to be elected by ballot, in the same manner
and at the same time as the elective Grand Officers. They shall be
elected for three years, except in case of a vacancy, when the
selection shall be for the unexpired term.
J. W.  DOBBIE,  P.G.,
Victoria Lodge, No. L
J. G. Hay, P.G.,.
Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
R. A. RITCHIE, P.G.
Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
The hour for the Election of Officers of the Grand Lodge
for the coming year having arrived, the Grand Master appointed Bros. W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10; T. Embleton,.
P.G.M. No. 36, and W. H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, as scrutineers; Bros. J. L. McPherson, G.M., and J. A. Tully, P.G.M., 4900
of Alberta, to be tellers, and Bros. Snider, No. 14, and J.
Wilby, No. 2, to assist in distributing and collecting the
ballots.
Nominations were invited and the following were
offered:
For Grand Master—W. W. Walkem, No. 6, nominated
by W. H. Brown, P.G.M., No. 8. - * *
For Deputy Grand Master—O. E. Fisher, No .51, nominated by J. O'Connor, No. 62.
For Graind Warden—R. A. Perry, No. 14, nominated by
C. E. Atchinson, No. 14.
For Grand Secretary—Fred Davey, No. 1, nominated by
H. Fooks, P.G.M., No. 28. | ^
For Grand Treasurer—C. D. Mallett, No. 29, nominated
by F. Woodside, No. 29. C. E. Mahon, No. 61, nominated
by W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10. E. G. Cavalsvy, No. 5, nominated by J. Smith, No. 11. J. T. McDonald, No. 61, nominated by E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27. J. W. O'Connoi,
No. 62, nominated by F. W. Hawes, No. 62. C. F. H. Craig,
No. 24, nominated by M. F. Miller, No. 24. J. Bell, No. 4,
nominated by W. H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4. J. A. McKay,
Xo. 8, nominated by T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8. J. H.
Ashwell, No. 7, nominated by D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.,
No. 3. W- Barraclough, No. 47, nominated by W. Green,
No. 47.     *
For Grand Representative—D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16,
was nominated by P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. 2. M. ]\
Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3, nominated by W. H. Cullin, P.G.M\,
No. 4. W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26, nominated by
W. Law, P.G.M., No. 10. Bros. Proudfoot and Phillips declined the nomination.
For Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund—W. H.
Brown, P.G.M., No. 8, was nominated by C. E. Snider, No.
14. D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3, was nominated by W.
H. Cullin, P.G.M., No. 4. G. Miller, No. 19, was nominated
by P.. Cousins, No. 19.    J. Has'lett, No. 26, was nominated 4901
by A. Acheson, No. 61. R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M., No. 27,
was nominated by E. C. Turner, No. 3. W. A. Johnstone,
P.G.M., Xo. 26, was nominated by R. W. Godfrew, No. 26.
E. L. Webber, P.G.M., Xo, 27., was nominated by J. H.
Glass, P.G.M., No. 51. T. Tellefsen, No. 10, was nominated
by R. E. Thompson, No. 8.
There being but one nominee for each of the following
offices the Grand Master declared: W. W. Walkem, No.
6, elected as Grand' Master; O. E. Fisher, No. 51,
elected as Deputy Grand Master; R. A. Perry, No. 14,
elected as Grand Warden; Fred Davey, No. 1, elected as
Grand Secretary, and W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., No. 26,
elected as Grand Representative for two years, all by
acclamation.
A ballot was spread for the the office of Grand Treasurer
and the following result announced: Number of votes cast,
331. Necessary to elect, 166. Bro. Mallett received 16
votes, Bro. Mahon 50, Bro. Cavalsky 30, Bro. McDonald 59,
Bro. O'Connor 52, Bro. Craig 26, Bro. Bell 16, Bro. McKay
18, Bro. Ashwell 71, Bro. Barraclough 13.
Neither candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast
a fresh ballot was spread, confined to the names of the three
receiving the highest number of votes, viz: Bros. Ashwell,
McDonald and Mahon, with the following result: Number
of votes cast, 311; necessary to choice, 156. Bro. Ashwell
received 131 votes, Bro. McDonald 94, and Bro. Mahon, 86.
No choice yet appearing a fresh ballot was spread, the
name of Bro. Mahon being dropped, and the following result announced: Number of votes cast, 275; necessary to
choice 138. Bro. Ashwell received 169 votes and Bro.
McDonald 106. Bro.' Ashwell having received a majority
of the votes cast was declared duly elected as Grand
Treasurer.
It was, on motion, Resolved: -That the five candidates
for Trustees'of-the Odd Fellows' Home Fund receiving the
hisfhest number of votes be declared duly elected.
A ballot was spread with the following result: W. H.
Brown.   P.G.M.,   received   70   votes.    D.   E.   MacKenzie, 4902
P.G.M., 61. G. Miller, 32. J. Haslett, 27. R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M., 55. W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M., 65. E. L.
Webber, P.G.M., 46.     T. Tellefsen, 11.
Bros. W .H. Brown, P.G.M.; W. A. Johnstone, P.G.M.;
D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M.; R. A. Merrithew, P.G.M., and
E. L. Webber, P.G.M., were declared duly elected as Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund for three years.
It was mover, seconded and carried: That a hearty
vote of thanks be tendered Bros. J. L. McPherson, Grand
Master, and J. A. Tully, P.G.M., of Alberta, for their services
as Tellers m the Election of Officers this evening.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 9 o'clock a.m., tomorrow.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
SECOND DAY
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 9 o'clock, a.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
All present were examined, reported qualified to remain,
and t}ie Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The Grand Chaplain addressed the Throne of Grace.
The Roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The report of the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home
Fund was taken from the table and its consideration seria-
tem was resumed.
The second Clause, relating to the investment of a portion of the Fund and the present condition of the Fund,
was adopted.
The Clause containing a recommendation respecting relief to be afforded to members who are eligible for admis
sion to a Home if one were established was considered. 4903
It was moved and seconded: That the Resolution submitted by the Representative of Prince Rupert Lodge, No.
•63, yesterday, viz.—"That the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia at this Session do take the necessary steps towards the immediate provision of a Home for Odd Fellows
in this Jurisdiction," be adopted in lieu of the recommendation in the report.
It was moved, as an amendment, and seconded: That
the Clause in the report under consideration be adopted.
The amendment, on being submitted to the vote, was
-declared to be carried.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the report of the
Tlome Committee as a whole be adopted.
A communication "was read from the Rebekah Assembly
forwarding a number of documents on various matters for
the consideration of the Grand Lodge.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the documents be
returned to the Assembly with a request that it would
seggregate them and forward only those of a legal character
requiring the approval of the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Lodge proceeded to decide on its next place
of meeting.
The invitation of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, Revelstoke,
accompanied by letters of invitation from the Mayor of the
City and the Board of Trade, asking the Grand Lodge to
hold its Annual Session of 1925 in the City of Revelstoke,
were read.
It was moved,  seconded and carried:    That the communications be received and filed and the invitations accepted, and the Grand Lodge hold its next Annual Session at
"Revelstoke.
The following report of the Funeral Aid Association of
British Columbia was read, and it was moved, seconded and
carried: That the report be received and printed in the
proceedings of this Session, the cost to be defrayed by the
Association as suggested by it. New Westminster, B.C.,
June   1st,   1924.
To the Officers and Members, I.O.O.F.,
Funeral Aid Association of.B.C.:
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Herewith I beg to submit the Fourteenth Annual Report of the
I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid Association of B.C., from June 1, 1923 to
May 31, 1924.
The Officers of this Association for the past year, who were
elected at the last Annual Meeting were Bros. E. C .Turner, P.G.P..
President; M. J. Phillips, P.G.M., Vice-President; W. C. Coatham.
P.G., Secretary; A. B. McAdam, P.G., Treasurer; and W. J. R.
Markland, P.G., W. C. Robertson, P.G., and Chas. B. Bryson, P.G.,
Directors.
During the past year our Board has held eight regular meetings
and nine special meetings.
On May 31st, 1923, we had 2,381 names on the roll and have
added 273 names this year, making a total of 2,654 names on the
roll.    Of these new members 69 were Rebekahs.
One year ago we had a net membership of 2,111 members and
have added 273, making 2,384. From this number we must deduct
six who have died and forty-nine who have been suspended for nonpayment of calls, leaving a present net membership of 2,329. Of
this number 326 are Rebekahs. The previous year we took -in 268
members. The net increase in membership this year was 218. Last
year we lost by deaths and suspensions 38, and this year 55.
The average cost of carrying this insurance of $250 is $1.70 per
member per year. We have levied to date nineteen Assessments and
fourteen Expense Calls. Since 1910 we have paid fifty-three Death-
Claims, amounting to $13,250.
The Death-Claims paid during the past year were for the late
'Brothers C. O. P. Olts, Aaron Lodge, No. 14; Chas. A. Paton,
Fidelity Lodge, No. 25; James A. Richmond, Western Star Lodare.
No. 10; Silas Young, Fairview Lodge, No. 61; Fred W. Wardman,
Dominion Lodge, No. 4; G. J. A. Sutherland, Aaron Lodge, No. 14-
The arrears outstanding on May 31st amounted to $570 and calls
paid in advance amounted to $59.
The members of the Board take this opportunity of expressing-
their due appreciation of the assistance they have received from the 490!
Grand Master and others who have spoken so often and so favorably of this Association in the various Lodges. The President of
the Rebekah Assembly has also done good work by referring to
this Association during her visits. But the chief credit is due to
the faithful and untiring efforts of our many Local Directors in
securing applications and in collecting calls, most of whom are
actually out of pocket in doing this work for the Order.
Fraternally submitted,
W. C. COATHAM,
Secretary.
I.O.O.F. Funerajl Aid Association of British Columbia
To the Officers and Members,
I.O.O.F. Funeral Aid Association.
Brethren:
1 beg to submit herewith a report of the records on the books
and the financial standing of the Association for the year ending
May 31st, 1924:
Financial Statement
GENERAL FUND
To Sundry  Expenses    $    66.05
I    Postage    •     63.00
"    Commissions to Local Directors       158.35
|    Salaries (Secretary, $558.50; Auditor, $35.00)....     593.50
•"    Premium on Bonds (Secretary and Treasurer) 5.00
•"    Office Rent  -       48.00
■"    Printing and Stationery       161.10
"    Depreciation on Office Furniture        30.85
"    Surplus  for  Year       395.15
 $1,519.00
By Application Fees  (273)   $   498.75
|    Fines and Change of Beneficiaries         10.25
|    Expense  Calls   -  1,010.00
  1,519.00
Surplus  May 31st,  1923 $   746.45
Surplus for 1924  v      393.15
Net  Surplus   $1,139.60 4906
BENEFIT FUND
To Death Claims  (6)  $1,500.00
"    Surplus  for Year  —      572.85
-$2,072.85
By Assessment    $2,021.00
"    Interest on Savings Account      -51.85
2,072.85
Surplus May 31, 1923  $2,093.09
Surplus for 1924  -      572.85
$2,665.94
Less Transfer to Reserve   1,000.00
Net  Surplus   $1,665.94
RESERVE FUND
On Hand, May 31st, 1923  $1,328.38
Interest on Savings Account         26.21
Interest on  Bond        25.00
Transfer from Benefit Fund   1,000.00
$2,379.59
Made up as follows:
Cash in Royal Bank of Canada   1,413.15
City of New Westminster Bond expiring in
in 1941, par value $1,000.00    966.44
2,379.59
BALANCE TO MAY 31st, 1924
Cash  in   Bank   $3,969.89
Less O. S. Cheque (G. F. Sutherland)     250.00
 $3,719.89
City of New Westminster Bond      966.44
Inventory         498.80
-$5,185.13
General Fund  j $1,139.60
Benefit  Fund   1,665.94
Reserve   Fund   2,379.59
5,185.13 CASH ACCOUNT
To Cash on Hand, May 31st, 1923  $3,724.72
I    Receipts (Application Fees)  $   498.75
I    Receipts (Fines and C B.)         10.25
"    Receipts  (Assessments)  2,021.00
I    Receipts (Expense Calls)   1,010.00
$3,540.00
Less Commission to L. D      158.35
 3,381.65
$7,106.37
Interest on Savings Accounts        78.06
Interest on Investment Account        25.00
 $7,209.43
By Disbursements    $2,523.10
"    City of New Westminster Bond       966.44
"    Cash in Royal Bank of Canada  $3,969.89
"    Less O. S. Cheque     250.00
 — 3,719.89
 7,209.43
TREASURER'S  CASH  STATEMENT
Cash on Hand, May 31st, 1923  $3,724.72
Receipts from Secretary  3,381.65
Interest, Savings and Investment Ace.     103.06
-$7,209.43
By
Disbursements—Death   Claims  $1,500.00
Sundry  Expense  .... 66.05
Postage     63.00
Salaries   593.50
Premium Bonds  5.00
' Rent     48.00
Printing & Stationery 219.85
Office  Furniture   27.70
2,523.10
4,686.33 4908
TREASURER'S CASH STATEMENT—(Continued).
Royal Bank of Canada, Current Account  $   640.80
Royal  Bank  of  Canada  Savings  Account
Benefit  $1,915.94
Less O. S. Cheque      250.00
 ■ 1,665.94
Royal  Bank  of  Canada  Savings  Account
.    Reserve  * $1,413.15
City of New Westminster Bond Reserve.—     966.44
  2.379.59
4,686.33
A.   B.   McADAM,
Treasurer.
INVENTORY
(Office Furniture and Fixtures)
Cabinet   Safe    $ 80.00
Desks (2)   45.0C
Safe % 57.50
Card Cabinet   14.50
Seal    6.00
Chairs,  etc  17.70
Typewriter     60.00
Stand   5.00
Locker     22.70
$308.40
10%   Depreciation         30.85
-$277.55
SUPPLIES
Envelopes    $ 18.00
Letterheads     15.00
Application Forms  -  24.00
Books    19.25
Receipts   4.00
By-Laws  70.00
Membership   Cards     14.00
Certificates     21.00
Medical  Forms   _  7.00
Return Sheets   12.00
Miscellaneous   Stationery    17.00
221.25
$498.80 4909
I hereby certify that I have examined the books of the Secretary and Treasurer and find them correct; that the above is a true
statement of the affairs of- the Association and represents their
financial standing to date; also the securities are in order.
I would also call your attention to the amount of unpaid calls
and assessments ((after suspending 49 members, amounting to
$221.00), these arrears still remain at $613.50, and I would recommend that some plan be adopted to reduce this amount.
Fraternally   submitted,
K.  K.  REID,  Auditor.
New Westminster, B. C,
May 31st, 1924.
A communication was read from Bro. W. P. Rudkin,
P.G., of Silver City Lodge, No. 39, stating that he was a
patient in St. Paul's Hospital in the City, expressing his
regret at being denied the privilege of participating in the
proceedings, and conveying his hearty wishes for a successful Session.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the communication
be received and filed and the Grand Secretary directed to
answer it, and express the sympathy of the members of the
Grand Lodge and their best wishes for his speedy recovery.
Resolutions authorizing the Grand Master and Grand
Secretary to operate the accounts of the Grand Lodge with
.the Branches of the Bank of Montreal and the Imperial
Bank of Canada at Victoria, and the Grand Secretary and
Grand Treasurer with the Branch of the Bank of Montreal
at Chilliwack, were read, and on motion, adopted.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Judiciary Committee beg to report on the portions of
the Grand Officers' reports referred to us as follows:
Grand Master's Report—We would recommend that the
Appointments made, the Proclamations issued, the Dispensations
granted and the Ruling and Decisions made be approved; also that 4910
the refusal to grant the Dispensation asked for by Pititko Lodge,.
No. 13, be approved.
We would also recommend that the Dispensations issued by
the following District Deputy Grand Masters be approved: Nos. 2T
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 22, 27, 29, 32, 35 and 37; also that the Decisions
rendered by the following D.D.G.M.'s be approved: Nos. 5, 8
and 13.
The Dispensation granted by D.D.G.M., District No. 25, to
initiate a candidate at a Special Meeting of the Lodge was not
required, see Section 529 of the Code. The D.D.G.M. of District
No. 36 had no authority to grant a Dispensation to the Lodge to
wear Regalia in public, nor to hold a Special Meeting of the Lodge,
the By-Laws of the Lodge should provide for the latter.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Committee on Judiciary presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Judiciary, to whom was referred the
Memorial of "Dawson" Lodge, No. la, Dawson, Y.T., asking this
Grand Lodge to authorize it to abolish its Widow and Orphans'
Fund and place the amount now in said fund in the General Fund
of the Lodge, beg to report that Section 322 of the Code gives
power to Grand Lodges to permit their Subordinate Lodges to
take such a step, and as we are of the opinion that on account of
changed conditions in the Yukon such action is warranted for
financial reasons, we would recommend that the request of the
Lodge be granted.
Signed   by   the   Committee.
A petition was read for a Charter for a Rebekah Lodge
to be located at Terrace, B.C., accompanied by the Cards of
the petitioners, and was, on motion, referred to the Committee on Petitions.
The  Committee  on   Petitions  presented  the  followin
report, which was adopted: To the Grsnd Ledge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the
Petitions for the following Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges, beg
to report that the legal requirements having b^en complied with in
each case, that Charters be granted to them:
"Sullivan" Lodge, No. 35, located at Kimberley, B.C., with the
following Charter members: Pontus Johnson John W. Blezard,
William S. Green, R. E. Robson,' Robert E. Pemberton and Wm.
MacArthur Young.
'Green Valley" Rebekah Lodge, No. 46, located at Haney, B.C.,
with the following Charter members: Sisters Mary Macey, Minnie
De Rousie, Eliza McArthur, Amanda Mosher, Alice Adams, Hattie
Milliken, Elsie Maud Brock, and Brothers Robert McArthur, John
Clifford Mosher, W. R. Adams and H. J. Tapp.
"Maple Leaf" Rebekah Lodge, No. 47, located at Terrace, B.C.,
with the following Charter members: Sisters L. McLare.i, M. G.
Fowler, Martha Mills and Annie S. Kirpatrick, Brothers H. S.
Creelman and A. C. Fowler, P.G. As we have already a Rebekah
Lodge with the name of "Maple Leaf" No. 19, at Cranbrook, the
petitioners should be asked to select another name.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on State of the Order presented  the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom certain portions, of the reports of the Grand Officers have been referred, beg
to report as follows:
We would congratulate and compliment the Grand Master on
the successful tour he made of the Lodges of the Jurisdiction, which
must have required about three months of his time in the accomplishment of this task. We are pleased to find from his report that
there are indications of a large increase in members during the current year, and that he also observed a more fraternal feeling existing between both Lodges and members of the Jurisdiction.
We fully agree with the Grand Master in his appreciation of
the good work of the Funeral Aid Association of this Province, and 4912
are pleased to learn of the very gratifying success  it  is  meeting
with.
It is gratifying to know from the report of the Grand Secretary
that there was an increase in the membership of every branch o:
the Order in this Jurisdiction, during the year 1923, and from the
reports of the District Deputy Grand Masters, that the condition of
the Order in their several districts is satisfactory and promising.
The work of the General Relief Committees in our large cities,
is indispensable, and worthy of praise and encouragement, and there
are other auxiliaries that are assisting in carrying out the financial
and fraternal obligations of our Order that are entitled to our
recognition and thanks.
From the Grand Secretary's report we learn that there have
been 557 Veteran Jewels issued to members of this Jurisdiction.
It is interesting to know that so many have retained their membership in the Order to be entitled to wear these Jewels, and that
Lodges recognize this by presenting them. We have a doubt,
however, as to the wisdom of the indiscriminate purchase of these
Jewels from Lodge funds, especially if it will involve in any way
a diminution of the benefits payable to sick or aged members.
With respect to the Charter for this Grand Lodge, referred to
in the Grand Secretary's report, we would recommend that the
necessary action be taken to obtain a regular and proper warrant
for the Grand Lodge, to replace the Dispensation which appears*
to be the only authority the Grand Lodge has at present.
We regret that tme Grand Sire was unable to accept the invitation to visit this Grand Lodge this Session, particularly as it is its
Jubilee Anniversary. We have never had a visit from a Grand Sire
at our Annual Sessions, and this year it would have been possible
for him to have visited both the Grand Lodge of Washington, which
meets at Bellingham, commencing yesterday, and this Grand Lodge.
The celebration this year of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the
institution of the Grand Lodge is an auspicious event in its history.
It furnishes an opportunity to take a retrospective review of the
past fifty years, to mark its record and the advance it has made and
to compare existing conditions with those of the past. In all
these respects we think we have just cause for satisfaction and
thankfulness. Let us endeavor to continue along the same lines
and build up the Order'in this Jurisdiction on a solid and secure
basis.
Signed  by  the   Committee. 4913
The  Committee on  Printing presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Printing, to whom was referred the offer
of the Victoria Printing & Publishing Co. to print the Constitution
and By-Laws of the Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, beg to
report that as this work has been invariably arranged for by the
different Lodges that the Company be recommended to communicate its offer to the respective Lodges, and the Committee relieved
of any further consideration of the subject.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred
the proposed amendment to Section L Articcle II. (2) of the Constitution, to change the Annual Meeting of this Grand Lodge from
the Second Wednesday of June to the Third Wednesday of July,
beg to report that we find same does not conflict with the law of
the Order, and recommend that it be placed on its passage.
Signed by the  Committee.
The Committee on Legislation submitted the following
-report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred
the proposed amendment to Section 4, of Article III (3) of the
Constitution, and to amend 12th Rule of Order, Page 19, of this
Grand Lodge, changing the time of the election of Elective Officers
of the Grand Lodge, from "nine o'clock p.m. on the first day" to
"ten-thirty o'clock a.m. on the second day," beg to report that we
have considered same and find it conforms to the law. We would
therefore recommend that the same be placed on its passage.
Signed by the  Committee.
The  following amendment to the  Constitution  of  the
Grand Lodge, notice of which was given at the last Session, 4914
was taken into consideration, but on being submitted to the
vote was declared to be defeated:
Vancouver,   B.   C,
June  13th,   1923.
To the Grand Lodge of B.C .J.O.O.F.:
We, the undersigned Representatives to the Grand Lodge, beg
to give notice that at the next Annual Session of the Grand Lodge,
we will move to amend Section 1, of Article II. of the Constitution
of the Grand Lodge, by striking out the words "Second Wednesday of June' in the second line of Section 1, Article II, and insert
in lieu thereof the words, "Third Wednesday of July," so that
when amended it shall read:
Article II.—Sec. 1. The Grand Lodge shall hold regular Annual Communications to begin on the Third Wednesday of July in
each year at such hour as the Executive Officers shall determine,
due notice thereof being given to all Subordinate Lodges at least
two weeks prior to the meeting of the Grand Lodge, and shall continue to meet at such hours as may be agreed upon from day to day
(Sundays excepted) until the close of the Session.
JAS.  A.   McKAY,
Vancouver   Lodge,   No.   8.
F.  H.  GODFREY,
Kerrisdale   Lodge,   No. 31.
M.   SUTTON,
Fairview   Lodge,   No.   61.
The following amendment to the Constitution and Rules
of Order of the Grand Lodge, notice of which was gfiven at
the 1923 Session was considered:
We hereby give notice that at the next Session of the Grand
Lodge we will move the following Amendment to the Constitution:
To amend Sec. 4 of Article III. by striking out the words,
"nine o'clock p.m. on the first day," and inserting the words, "ten-
thirty o'clock on the second day." The Section when amended to
read:
Sec. 4. The election for Elective Officers of the Grand Lodge
shall be held at ten-thirty o'clock a.m. on the second da> of the
Session, by ballot, in the following manner.
To amend 12th Rule of Order, Page 19, by striking out the
words, "and nomination and Election of Officers." When amended
to read, "12th Miscellaneous Business." 491.
To add the following words after the word "Session," bottom
Page 19: "And the Nomination and Election of Officers at 10:30
o'clock, a.m."
When amended to read as follows:
Second Day—The selection of the place of meeting of the next
Annual Session of the Grand Lodge shall take place at 10 o'clock
(a.m.) of the second day's Session and the Nomination and Election of Officers at 10:30 o'clock a.m.
ROY  A.  PERRY,
Aaron   Lodge,   No.   14.
JAS. A. McKAY,
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
I. W. MILLS,
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19.
On being submitted to the vote the amendments were
declared to be carried, 70 voting in the affirmative and 23
in the negative.
The Ayes and Nays were demanded and were recorded
as follows:
Ayes—^Walkem, Fisher, Perry, Fooks, Wilby, Foubister,
Shaver, Elrick, Carmichael, Gourlay, Davenport, Ashwell,
Marshall, Taylor, Strevens, Hollihead, Beresford, Bell,
Jobling, Snider, Atchison, Dill, Nicholl, F. Evans, Ford,
Miller, G. Patterson, H. Carmichael, McDiarmid, Barton,
Bowie, Haslett, Bryson, Mackie, Nichol A. S., Mallett,
Campbell, McLuckie, Martyn, Kenney, Wood, Cullam,
Hufty, Dingley, Wallace, Reimann, Cleave, Luscombe,
Henderson, H. H. Green, Puckey, Wheeler, Street, Lochore,
Beech, Huntley, Jones, Jenkins, Skillicorn, Thompson, Hub-
t>ard, Thornton, Smylie, Hawes, O'Connor, Wilkinson,
Elliot, Patterson, Alway, A. Henderson.     70.
Nays—Proudfoot, Davey, Sedgley, Young, McAdam,
Hussell, Hurreil, Smith, Smirl, Davies, Woodside, Emble-
ton, Maw, A. Miller, Wriglesworth, Neelands, MacKenzie,
Law, Webber, Cullin, Dempster, Merrithew, Phillips.    23.
Having received a majority of three-fourths of the votes
cast the amendment was declared to be carried. 4916
A discussion arose on a decision rendered by the Grand
Master, that an applicant who had lost his right arm was not
eligible to membership in the Order, when it was moved,
seconded and carried: That the matter be referred to the
Grand Representatives to obtain a decision from the
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report ihat
we have examined the Certificates of the Officers and Representatives in attendance at this Session and find that they are entitled to
the amounts stated against their respective names.
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It was, on motion, Resolved:    That the Grand Lodge do-
now adjourn to 2 o'clock p.m., today.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 2 o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
-All present were examined and reported duly qualified,,
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
On motion the calling of the Roll was omitted at this.
Session.
The Committee on Legislation presented the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred the
decision of the Grand Sire, Decision 13, re Home Fund Trustees,
would recommend:
That as the subject matter has already been dealt with by this
Grand Lodge m the adoption of the recommendation creating a
Board of Trustees in accordance with Grand Sire's decision;
And Further, as this Grand Lodge has now elected this Board
of Trustees in accordance w4th this Decision;
This Committee therefore consider that they should be relieved
of any further action in respect to Decision No. 13.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
A communication was read from the Secretary of the
Rebekah Assembly forwarding Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Assembly, and also to the
Constitution of Rebekah Lodges.
The Special Committee of Past Grand Masters presented
the following report, which was adopted: 4920
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Special Committee of Past Grand Masters, of which Bro.
J. Wriglesworth was appointed Chairman, to consider the Historical
Sketch of this Grand Lodge, prepared by the Grand Secretary,
would recommend that this Sketch be included in the Proceedings
of this Session and that additional copies be procured for distribution to the Lodges at an expense not exceeding $100.00.
J.  WRIGLESWORTH,
Chairman   of   the   Committee.
The Committee on Finance presented the following re
port, which was adopted, with the exception of the last
Clause recommending the formation of an Emergency Relief Fund:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following
Estimate of Revenue and Expenditure of the Grand Lodge for the
ensuing year:
Revenue
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer  $ 4,626.96
Per Capita Tax on 7,288 members at $1.00 (Payable 50
cents on 30th June, 1924, and 50 cents on 31st
December,   1924)          7,288.00
$11,914.96
Expenditure
Grand Master, Allowance for Expenses   $     800.00
(Deduct $200.00 if trip to Yukon is not taken).
Grand  Secretary—Salary   1,500.00
Sovereign Grand Lodge—Representative Tax  150.00
Rent—Grand Secretary's  Office  420.0G
Telephone—Grand Secretary's- Office  72.00
Printing  800.00
Premium on Bonds—Grand. Sec. and Grand. Treas  * 5.00
Postage and Sundries—Grand Master  20.00
Postage  and  Sundries—Grand  Secretary  200.00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session  2,244.80
Carried forward   6 211.80 4921
Brought  forward     $6,211.80
Grand Lodge Cards in B. C. Odd Fellow and Independent
Dominion Odd Fellow  20.00
P.G.M. Jewel   40.00
Fraternal Delegate to Alberta  75.00
Grant to Department Council Patriarchs Militant  75.00
Janitor—this Session  25.00
Transportation   Clerk     15.00
Grant to Home Fund at 25c per capita  1,822.00
Grand Lodge Badges—this Session  84.50
Grant to Vancouver General Relief Committee  75.00
Grant to Victoria General Relief Committee  25.00
$ 8,468.30
Leaving a Balance at the end of the year  3,446.66
$11,914.96
Your Committee beg to submit the following recommendations
for the consideration of the Grand Lodge:
That the Bonding of Grand and Subordinate Lodge Officers
be renewed for a period of five years from January 1, 1925, with
Imperial Guarantee & Accident Insurance Co., of Canada, at the
same rates as the present contract in accordance with its offer.
That the per capita amount (25c per member) now annually
voted to the Home Fund, be set aside as a Grand Lodge Fund to
be administered by the Trustees of the Home Fund for emergency
relief.
Signed by the   Committee.
The  Committee  on  Obituary  presented  the  following-
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
"Your Committee on Necrology beg to report as follows:
During the year just passed the Supreme Ruler in his great
wisdom has visited our membership and called twenty of our
Brothers to their reward.
Besides the members from our own Jurisdiction we would at
this time mention the passing of Past Grand Sire Frank C. Goudyr 4922
who served the great membership o-f the I.O.O.F. to the best of
his ability, and rendered, by his wise counsel and advice, invaluable
service to this Order at large.
Among our own local members we would mention the passing
to his reward on September 20, 1923, of our much esteemed
Brother and Counselor, Robert Dudley, Past Grand Master. During
the last few years of Bro. Dudley's life his health did not permit of
his taking an active part in the work of the Order, but in his earlier
years he was always ready with the helping hand and with his wise
counsel.
The twenty Brothers of this Grand Lodge, who have answered
the call of the Grim Reaper and have passed on, leaving behind
them the work to which they had set their hands, have confided the
task to us. Let us, therefore, resolve to carry on their work to
completion so that their efforts may not be in vain and ensure that
their work may live forever.
Your Committee would therefore respectfully recommend, that
a memorial page be inserted in the printed Proceedings of this
Session, and in this small way show our affectionate remembrance
of the splendid service rendered by them to this Order.
Signed  by the   Committee.
A communication was read from the Editor and
Publisher of the B.C. Odd Fellow, stating that he intends to
increase the circulation of this paper to Five Thousand
copies during the next few months, and asking for additional financial assistance to meet this- expense.
On motion the communication was referred to the Committee on Finance.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That a Committee
"be appointed for the purpose of recommending methods for
furnishing a home for those members who are eligible for
entry to an Odd Fellows'-Home if one was provided. The
Committee to consist of A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; G.
Wilkinson, No. 63; H. Fooks, P.G.M., No. 28, and W. W.
Walkem, D.G.M.
A discussion arose respecting the methods of the Odd
Fellows' Relief Association of Canada.    The Grand Master 4923
ruled that such a discussion was out of order. An appeal
was taken from this decision to the Grand Lodge when the
decision of the chair was not sustained.
The discussion was not resumed.
Bro. A. M. Russell, P.G.R., No. 8, moved the following
resolution, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
I beg to move that this Grand Lodge instruct its Representatives to the  Sovereign  Grand Lodge  to bring before that Grand
■Body   the   desirability   of   providing   Veteran   Jewels   with   Red
Ribbon   for   Past   Grands,   and   Blue   Ribbon   for   Third   Degree
Brothers.
Moved by Grand Secretary and seconded by James
Wilby, No. 2.
In compliance with the decision of the Grand Sire to the question submitted to him by the Grand Master, the Grand Secretary
is hereby directed to refund the amount now on hand in the
Emergency Relief Fund, being the balance unexpended of the fund
raised for the payment of the Dues of Enlisted Members during
the War, pro rata to the Lodges which contributed the same, and
in such manner as these Lodges may direct.    Carried.
The Committee on Finance presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Your Committee on Finance beg to report that whilst they are
appreciative of the benefits derived -from the publication of the
B, C. Odd Fellow, we do not feel justified in recommending any
increased expenditure in addition to the grant for Grand Lodge
Card in this publication at the present time.
Signed by the Committee.
Bro. J. L. McPherson, Grand Master of Alberta; Bro.
J. A. Tully, P.G.M., Alberta, and Bro. R. H. Shanks, P.G.M ,
of Manitoba, addressed the Grand Lodge and conveyed the
Fraternal greetings of the members of their respective Jurisdictions to this Grand Body.    The Grand Master, on behalf 4924
of the Grand Lodge, replied and reciprocated these good
wishes.
The Grand Master appointed P. W. Dempster, P.G.M.,
No. 2, and M. J. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3, to retire and introduce Bro. H. W. Thompson, P.G.R., of the Jurisdiction of
Washington,
The Committee returned and introduced Bro. Thompson,
who was warmly welcomed by the Grand Master.
Bro. Thompson addressed the Grand Lodge and conveyed the Fraternal greetings of the Grand Lodge of Washington, which had been in Session at Bellingham on the
10th and 11th inst. The Grand Master responded on behalf
of the Grand Lodere.
The Committee on Legislation presented.the iollowin
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Legislation, to whom was referred
Decision No. 14 of the Grand Sire to the Grand Master, re the
disposition of our Emergency Relief Fund, beg to report, that as
the Grand Lodge has considered and acted on the same, this Committee be relieved from any further consideration of the subject.
Signed by the Committee.
Moved by A. E. Harron, P.G.M., No. 55, and seconded
oy M. J. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3:
Whereas, the Jurisdiction of British Columbia is so large
geographically and the number of Lodges is constantly increasing,
it is becoming more difficult each year for the Grand Master to
personally visit all Lodges during his tenure of office;
Therefore be it Resolved: That this Grand Lodge recommends
to the Executive that the Visitations- of Lodges be divided between
the   Grand   Master,  Deputy  Grand  Master  and    Grand   Warden.
Carried.
The Committee on Resolutions submitted the following
report, which was adopted: 4925
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
We, your Committee on Resolutions, beg to recommend that
the Grand Secretary be instructed to write letter expressing the
thanks of this Grand Lodge to the Mayor and Corporation of the
City of Vancouver for the courtesy shown this Grand Body in
connection with the parade and other courtesies extended to us
during the Grand Lodge Session.
And further, that the Lodges of Greater Vancouver be extended
a hearty vote of thanks for their co-operation in connection with
the parade and otherwise in making our Fiftieth Anniversary, with
the assistance of the Lodges of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver
Island, a grand success.
Signed  by  the   Committee.
The Special Committee on method to be adopted in dealing with the provision of Homes for aged and indigent
Odd Fellows presented the following report, which was
adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B.C., I.O.O.F.:
Whereas: It has been deemed expedient to establish and maintain a Home for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows of this Jurisdiction, as provided in Section 466 of the Code, when such Home shall
be deemed necessary and pursuant to the adoption of the recommendation contained in the report of the Home Fund Trustees at
this Session.
We, your Committee, to whom this matter has been referred,
respectfully recommend as follows:
That the Trustees of the Home Fund be authorized to place
any Odd Fellow of this Jurisdiction, who would be eligible to enter
an Odd Fellows' Home under the existing Rules and Regulations,
in a suitable Home where he could be cared for individually at an
expense and under conditions as in the opinion of the Home
Trustees shall appear to them the most practical and economical
way of relieving the wants of such Brother, and that the Home
Fund Trustees be empowered to use the monies of the Home Fund
for defraying such expense and cost of maintenance.
Signed by the  Committee. 4926
The Grand Master appointed A. Henderson, P.G.M.,
No. 2, to assist in the Installation of Officers for the coming
year.
The Grand Secretary called the names of the Elective
and Appointed Officers, who took their stand in front of
the principal chair and having been duly obligated were
installed into their respective chairs, as follows:
W. W. Walkem, No. 6 -As Grand Master
O. E. Fisher, No. 51..—  | Deputy Grand Master
R. A. Perry, No. 14  " Grand Warden
Fred Davey, No. 1 1 -  % Secretary !
J. H.-Ashwell, No. 7 _T.._ " Treasurer
H. D. Evans, No. 17 :  [' | Marshal
R. S. Jackson, No. 58....    " Conductor
P. Parker, No. 12   " ' Guardian
Fred W. Hawes, No. 62  " " Herald
Rev. T. H. Wright, B.A., No. 61.... I " Chaplain 4927
The  Grand  Master appointed   the   following   District
Deputy Grand Masters for the.ensuing year:
b  J
NAMES
Lodges in  District
J. A.  McCahill	
W. C. Robertson...
W.  Carmichael	
D.   S.   Gourlay	
J.   McConnell	
Thos. Deacon	
C. E.  Snider	
J.  A.  McLuckie	
T. C. Ringrose	
G. H. Ellis I
Jas.   Smith	
W.   Singer	
J. R. Jobling 	
L. T.  Smirl	
H.   E.   Dill	
Wm. Evans	
M. C. Dunwoodie.
W. J. Windebank.
N. A. 'McDiarmid.
I.   Lehman—	
A.  S. Nichol	
A. E. Campbell	
J. C. Mosher	
A.   C.   Fowler	
W.  Wenman	
W.   Callan  --	
L.    McEwen	
F.  M.  Hufty	
H. S. Andrews	
F.  R.  Scott	
R.   Truran   	
R. S. Jackson	
A.   C.   MacKenzie.
H.   W.   Hurbell	
John Loftus	
J.   C.   Richards	
Geo.   Leek	
A.   F.   Green.	
W.  K.  Currie	
10
Nos.    1, 2 and 4.
3, 27 and 66
7     I
10, 26 and 29
19 and 55
31, 61 and 62
and 60
and 43
and   35
la 4928
The Grand Master also appointed the following to form
the Standing and Special Committees for the coming year:
Finance—F. B. Shaver, No. 4; A. Sedgley, No. 1; F. E. Anderson, No. 2; H. E. Dill, No. 16; J. W. O'Connor, No. 62.
Appeals—N. A. McDiarmid, No. 21; G. Miller, No. 19; L. T.
Smirl, Xo. 15; G. H. Jacobson, No. 3; F. W. Hawes, No. 62.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary; J. Foubister, No. 2;
J. Elrick, No. 4; C. B. Bryson, No. 3; A. C. Taylor, No. 9.
Petitions—J. Scott, No. 5; T. Tellefsen, No. 10; J. R. Jobling,
No. 13; A. Miller, No. 61.
State of the Order—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; C. E. Snider,
No. 14; H. W. Hollihead, No. 10; D. Thornton, No. 60; A. M.
Patterson, No. 65.
Legislation—E. L. Webber, P.G.M., No. 27; A. M. Russell, No.
8; H. S. Andrews, No. 35; J. Haslett, No. 26; T. Embleton, P.G.M.,
No. 36.
Judiciary—J. T. Wood, No. 34; C. S. Barton, No. 24; J. B.
Martyn, No. 32; J. T. McDonald, No. 61; J. Lochpre, No. 51.
Printing—Grand Secretary; G. W. Young, No. 1; J. Wilby,
No. 2; W. J. C. Cleave, No. 43; W. Carmichael, No. 5.
Mileage and Per Diem—W. C. McAdam, No. 3; H. Strevens, No.
9; D. C. Thompson, No. 58; E. T. Kenney, No. 33; E. G. Smylie,
No. 60.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary; R. Marshall,
No. 7; E. G. Dingley, No. 42; H. Beresford, No. 12; J. Smith, No. 11.
Credentials—Grand Secretary; D. E. MacKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3;
T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; W. C. Revel, No. 26; H. Patterson,
No. 19.
Distribution—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; W. H. Cullin,
P.G.M., No. 4; P. W. Dempster, P.G.M., No. 2; J. H. Glass, P.G.M.,
No. 51; M. J. Phillips, P.G.M., No. 3.
Bro. J. L. McPhe^on, Grand Master, Alberta, on behalf
of the Grand Lodge, presented Bro. D. H. Proudfoot,
P.G.M., with a Past Grand Master's Jewel. Bro. Proudfoot
suitably responded in acknowledgment of the gift.
It was, on motion, Resolved: That the appointments
of the Grand Master be approved. 4929
No further business offering it was moved, seconded and
carried:    That this Grand Lodge do now adjourn sine die.
The Deputy Grand Master, by command of the Grand
Master, declared the Grand Lodge duly closed.
« THE
I*
BRITIi
itUMBIA.
i*i
B
Grand   Secretary.
r&
The following Past Grand Masters were in attendance
•during the Session: J. Wriglesworth, No. 4; B. W. Shiles,
No. 3; H. B. Gilmour, No. 10; A. Henderson, No. 2; W.
Hogg, No. 10; T. F. Neelands, No. 8; D. E. MacKenzie, No.
3; T. Embleton, No. 36; Wallace Law, No. 10; E. L.
Webber, No. 27; W. H. Cullin, No. 4; W. A. Johnstone,
No. 26; P. W. Dempster, No. 2; W. H. Brown, No. 8; J. H.
Glass, Xo. 51; R. A. Merrithew, Xo. 27; A. E. Harron, No.
55; H. Fooks, No. 28; M. J. Phillips, No. 3. 4930
3n flDemoriam
*
FRANK C GOWDY, Past Grand Sire
Died at his home, Denver, Colorado,
28th March, 1924—Aged 72  Years
ROBERT DUDLEY, P.G.M.
Died 20th September, 1923—Aged 64 Years
Mount Pernie Lodge, No. 47
JOSEPH YORK.
Died 17th February,  1924
EDGAR FAWCETT.
Died  13th July,  1923
Victoria Lodge, No. 1
R. C. FAWCETT.
Died 24th January, 1923
Columbia Lodge, No. 2
WALTER WALKER.
Died 21st December,   1923
Dominion Lodge, No. 4
X
Enough if we may wait in calm content,
The hour that bears us to the silent sod;
Blameless improve the tune that Heaven has
lent,
And  leave  the issue to  thy will,  O  God!   4931
3n flDemoriam
D. T. NELMES.
Died  25th April,  1923
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7
G. MANINCORA.
Died 8th February, 1923
Union Lodge, No. 11
C. O. P. OLTS.
Died 1st July, 1923
A. A.  PRUNER.
Died 30th April,  1923
Aaron Lodge, No.  14
R. McLEAN.
Died 22nd May, 1923
Kootenay Lodge, No. 16
A. C. AITKEN.
Died 12th February, 1923
Duncan Lodsre, No. 17
G. MIDDLEMISS.
Died 23rd June,  1923
Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19
X
You to the resting place of man,
The Everlasting home,
Where ages past have gone before,
Where  future ages come; 4932
3n flDemoriam
J. O. HADDOCK.
Died 3rd February, 1923
Ashcroft  Lodge,  No.  23
C. A. PATON.
Died 27th July,-1923
Fidelity Lodge, No. 25
S. MORLEY.
Died  23rd  June,   1923
Amity Lodge, No. 27
F. P. ARMSTRONG.
Died 14th January, 1923
CHARLES PEARCE.
Died 13th February, 1923
Rocky Mountain. Lodge, No. 34
H. HAWKINS.
Died  31st May,  1923
Coronation Lodge, No. 48
Some men with swords may reap the field,
And  plant fresh laurels where they kill;
But their strong nerves at last must yield;
They tame but one another still;
Early or late
They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath
When they, pale captives,  creep  to Death. 4933
3n fIDemoriam
N. McLEOD.
Died 25th September, 1923
G-randview Lodge,  No. 62
W.  G.  BARRIE.
Died 24th July, 1923
Prince Rupert Lodge,  No.  63
P. S. HOGAN.
Died  22nd May, 1923
Dawson Lodge, No. la, Dawson, Y.T.
The garlands wither on your brow;
Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
Upon Death's purple altar now
See where the victor-victim bleeds;
Your head must come
To the cold tomb;
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust. 4934
A HISTORICAL SKETCH
OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
By FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary
At the last Session of the Grand Lodge, held at New Westminster, B.C., on the 13th and 14th June, 1923, I was asked to prepare and submit to the next Annual Session, a Historical Sketch of
the Grand Lodge from the date of its institution to the present
time, a period of Fifty years, and to this request I promised to
comply to the best of my ability.
In preparing such a sketch, I am necessarily dependent on the
printed Proceedings of the Sessions of the Grand Lodge, and can
only deal with them in a cursory manner, calling attention to the
principal events therein which I have arranged in their chronological sequence. In order to keep it within reasonable limits, it is
not possible to dilate on many matters of interest, or to do justice
to the devotion and altruistic work of the Forty-nine Grand
Masters and other Officers which has contributed so materially to
the success and present position of the Order in this Province.
I have prepared and attach hereto a list of the Elective Officers
of the Grand Lodge since its institution, which will obviate the
necessity of including their names in the sketch each year.
I >have also prepared, as a supplement, a table of the number of
members of the Subordinate Lodges each year, with the total
amount disbursed during the year for relief, showing the benevolent
work performed by the Order in this Province during tlie half
century.
The first organization of Odd Fellows in the Province that we
have any record of was the "Odd Fellows' Association," formed at
Victoria during the rush of miners and others to the gold fields oil
the Fraser River. Its first meeting was held on 5th July, 1858,
when officers were elected, a Relief Committee formed to find out
brothers in distress- and render them assistance, and a book of
registry   opened   in   which   brothers   might   record   their   names, 493
o
destination and other particulars. There are no records extant
that I am aware of, of the work of this Association, but I have no
doubt but that they performed many deeds of kindness and
fraternity until the first Lodge was instituted.
"Victoria" Lodge, No. 1, was instituted at Victoria under a
charter granted by the Grand Lodge of California on the 10th
March, 1864.
"Columbia" Lodge, No. 2, was instituted at Victoria on the
15th February, 1870.
"New Westminster" Lodge, No. 3, was instituted at New
Westminster on 17th March, 1871.
"Dominion" Lodge, No. 4, was instituted at Victoria on the
25th September, 1872.
"Black Diamond" Lodge, No. 5, was instituted at Nanaimo on
the 7th April, 1874.
The distance from California and the expense attached to
attending its Grand Lodge Sessions prevented the representation
of the Lodges as they would wish, so at the Session of tl •••
Sovereign Grand Lodge of 1871 a memorial was presented from the
three Lodges of the Province praying for a Charter for a Grand
Lodge and offering to pay the expenses of their Representatives
until they had the legal number of ten Lodges. The Committee on
Petitions reported adversely to the granting of the Petition, and
although Bro. Woodyatt, of Ontario, attempted to secure the
Charter he was not successful.
At the 1872 Session a second petition was presented, signed by
the members of two Lodges, Columbia Lodge No. 2, dissenting
and protesting against the granting of a Charter. The majority
of the Committee on Petitions reported against the granting of
the petition on account of the paucity of the membership, being
less than Three Hundred, and the lack of harmony. The Representative of Ontario submitted a minority report in favour of granting
the petition, but the majority report was adopted.
Success attended the petition to the Sovereign Grand Lodge
Session of 1873, which was signed by 208 members of the four
Lodges, 19 of whom were Past Grands. The Charter was granted
on the condition that they pay the expenses of their Representatives
until they had the legal ten Lodges. 4936
The Warrant for the Grand Lodge is dated 12th March, 1874,
and is signed by C. A. Logan, Grand Sire, and J. L. Ridgely, Grand
Secretary.
The Grand Lodge was instituted at Victoria by Bro. A.
Noltner, P.G.R., of Oregon, acting as Special Deputy Grand Sire,
on Saturday, 25th April, 1874, with the following officers: J. S.
Drummond, No. 1, G.M.; H. V. Edmunds, No. 3, D.G.M.; J. Weiler,
No. 1, G.W.; J. D. Robinson, No. 1, G.Sec; E. B. Marvin, No. 2,
G.T.; C. Gowen, No. 1, G. Mar.; J. York, No. 1, G.G.; Chas. Hay-
ward, No. 1, G.C.; J. H. Meldram, No. 2, G.H.; W. J. Jeffree, No. 2,
G. Chap. Twenty-six votes were cast at the election. There is no
survivor today of those who were present on that occasion.
The Constitutions of the Grand Lodge arid Subordinate Lodges
of California with the necessary alterations, were adopted, the
former providing that all Past Grands in good standing were to be
members.
A Church parade was held on the day following, Sunday, 26th
April, to celebrate the Anniversary of the Order and the institution
of the Grand Lodge. The members attended Divine Service in St.
John's Church, when the sermon was preached by the Bishop of
the Diocese.
On the Monday evening following the officers were installed.
There was another meeting on the Tuesday evening, when the
Grand Lodge took a recess until the 15th May, 1874. A Banquet
and Ball was held on Monday evening, 27th April 1874.
At the adjourned meeting on Friday, 15th May, the Constitution was amended to provide for Annual Sessions on the 2nd
Monday of February, and the quorum to consist of Eight members
in addition to the Grand Master or the Deputy Grand Master.
A sketch of the Seal of the Grand Lodge, was submitted and
adopted.
A quorum not being present on the evenings of 10th and 11th
February, 1875, no meeting could be held. A quorum was, however, secured on the 12th, when it was decided to pay the steamboat fares of Representatives attending the next Session front
New Westminster and Nanaimo.
The Second Annual Session was held in Victoria on the 14th,
15th,  16th and  17th  February,   1876,  at  which  Bro.  E.   Quennell 4937
attended as a Representative from Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5,
Nanaimo. Revised Constitutions for the Grand Lodge, Subordinate and Rebekah Degree Lodges and Rules of Order for the Grand
Lodge, were adopted. It was also decided to pay mileage to the
Representative receiving the highest number of votes, at Twenty-
five cents per mile one way. The Constitution of the Grand Lodge
provided for each Lodge to be entitled to one Representative for
each fifteen members in good standing.
The Third Annual Session was held in Victoria on the 12th,
13th and 14th February, 1877, at which four Lodges were represented. A salary of $100 per annum was voted to the Grand
•Secretary, and Bro. J. D. Robinson, the incumbent of that office,
was presented with a gold pen and pencil case.
Photographs of the first two Grand Masters, Bros. Drummond
and Weiler, and Bro. J. D. Robinson, Grand Secretary, were procured, and permission was requested of the Lodges in Victoria to
hang them in the Lodge Room; this permission was refused. They
were, however, placed there many years afterwards, and are still
hung there.
The Fourth Session of the Grand Lodge was held at New
Westminster on the 11th and 12th February, 1878. The only
noticeable feature was the fact that there were Three Appeals to
be dealt with. The salary of the Grand Secretary was increased
to $250 per year, the same to cover office rent.
The Fifth Annual Session was held at Victoria on the 10th and
11th February, 1879, at which Four Lodges were represented. Three
Appeals were dealt with. The Constitution and By-Laws of the
Odd Fellows Union of Victoria were approved.
The Sixth Annual Session was held at Victoria on the 9th and
10th February, 1880. The Grand Master reported his laying the
-foundation stone of the Odd Fellows Hall in Victoria on 28th
April, 1879, and the dedication of the Hall of Black Diamond
Lodge,' No. 5, at Nanaimo, on 11th October, 1879.
The Constitution of the Subordinate Lodges was amended,
laying down the maximum sick benefits to be paid to members in
the same terms as we have it at present.
The first and only Special Session of the Grand Lodge was
called by Bro. Joseph Wriglesworth, Grand Master, in consequence 4938
of the Grand Treasurer, Bro. Joshua Davies, refusing to pay an
order drawn on him by the Grand Master. The Session was held
at Victoria on the 6th May, 1880, when the action of the Grand
Master in drawing the order was endorsed.
The Seventh Annual Session was held at Victoria on the 14th,
15th, 16th and 17th February, 1881. The Grand Master reported
the dedication of the Odd Fellows Hall, Victoria, on 11th March,
1880. The work of the Subordinate Lodge was changed by the
Sovereign Grand Lodge, reducing the number of Degrees from
Five to Three, and requiring all work in the Subordinate Lodge to
be conducted in Third Degree. In consequence of this Jurisdiction having no Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Bro.
Henry Waller was appointed to procure the revised Secret Work
from the Grand Representative of Oregon, and $50 was voted to
meet this expense. He obtained the work from Bro. T. O. Barker,
G.R., of Salem, Oregon, and subsequently communicated it to the
Subordinate Lodges of this Jurisdiction, visiting New Westminster
and Nanaimo for that purpose. He also committed it to writing
in a cypher, consisting of the initial letter of each word, similar to
the cypher now in use. This cypher of Bro. Waller is still in the
possession of the Grand Lodge. Bro. E. H. Fletcher, No. 4, was
elected Grand Secretary.
The Eighth Session was held at Victoria on the 13th, 14th and
15th February, 1882, at which only four Lodges were represented.
The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges was amended entitling each Lodge to Five Representatives for its Charter, in addition to one for each fifteen members. The Constitution of the
Grand Lodge does not appear to have been amended in like manner
until the succeeding Session.
It was decided to petition the Sovereign Grand Lodge to amend
its Constitution to permit the entrance of candidates to the Order
at eighteen years of age.
The Ninth Annual Session was held at Victoria on the 12th,
13th, 14th and 15th February, 1883. At the election of Grand
Master there was a tie vote, Bro. Joshua Davies and A. Phillips
each receiving 16 votes with one blank ballot. On the second
ballot Bro. Phillips was elected with 17 votes.
The Constitutions of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges were
revised.    The date of the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge was 4939
changed from the second Monday to the second Wednesday in
February. Bro. Theodore Davie, afterwards Attorney-General and
Premier of the Province, and subsequently Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court, served on the Committee on Legislation that dealt
with these revisions of the Constitutions.
T^he Tenth Annual Session was held at Victoria on the 13th
14th, 15th and 16th of February, 1884.
Harmony Lodge, No. 6, was instituted at Wellington on 18th
March, 1883. Bro. E, H. Fletcher, Grand Secretary, resigned on
26th January, 1884, and Bro. J. D. Robinson was appointed to fill
the vacancy. Bro. J. S. Drummond, first Grand Master, died 6th
February, 1884. An address, with a Jeweled Badge, subscribed to
by the members of the Jurisdiction, was presented to Bro. Henry
Waller, P.G.M. An Auxiliary Endowment Association was formed
and Rules enacted for its government. Bro. Fred Davey elected
as Grand Secretary.
The Eleventh Session was held at Victoria on the 11th and 12th
February, 1885, at which an amendment to the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge was passed allowing Past Grand Masters the privilege
of speaking and voting at Grand Lodge Sessions.
The Twelfth Annual Session was held at Nanaimo on the 10th,
11th and 12th February, 1886. Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, instituted
at Chilliwack on 24th May, 1886, and Vancouver Lodge, No. 8,
instituted at Vancouver, 24th January, 1887.
The Thirteenth Session was held at Victoria on the 9th, 10th,
11th February, 1887. Tatnai Lodge, No. 9, was instituted at Kam-
loops on 10th May. 1887, and Colfax Rebekah Lodge, No. 1, at
Victoria on 15th December, 1887.
The Fourteenth Session was held at New Westminster on the
8th, 9th and. 10th February, 1888.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended by striking
out the Five Representatives allowed to each Lodge for its Charter.
Bro. Joshua Davies was re-elected as Grand Master. Bro. W
McColl, P.G.M., was elected as the first Grand Representative to
the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Bro. Robert Scott, of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, was elected as
Deputy Grand Master, and was installed in his bed at the Colonial
Hotel, on account of sickness.   The Grand Secretary having refused 4940
to affix the Seal of the Grand Lodge to a circular letter of the
Grand Master, instructing the D.D.G.M.'s not to install the N.G. or
V.G. of a Lodge unless they had the Secret Work memorized, the
matter was referred to the Judiciary Committee, which recommended that when the Grand Secretary entertained any doubts as
to the legality of a document, he should sign as'a witness to the
Seal, and the signature of the Grand Master, and preface his
signature by the words "By order". Bro. W. Templeman, P.G.,
afterwards Senator, and Minister of Mines of the Dominion, was a
member of the Committee that submitted this report.
The Fifteenth Session was held at Victoria on the 13th, 14th
and 15th February, 1889. The Constitution of the Grand Lodge
was amended reducing the representation to one for each Twenty-
five members, and providing for the election of alternate Representatives. A revised Constitution for Rebekah Lodges was also
adopted.
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, was instituted at Vancouver on
3rd May, 1889, and Union Lodge, No. 11, at Cumberland on 15th
October, 1889.
The Sixteenth Session was held at Vancouver on the 12th and
13th February, 1890. $193 was reported to have been contributed
for the relief of the Johnstown -flood sufferers. Selkirk Lodge, No.
12, was instituted at Donald, on 10th March, 1890, and "Royal
City" Lodge, No. 13, at New Westminster on 21st August, 1890.
The Seventeenth Session was held at Victoria on the 11th, 12th
and 13th February, 1891. A revised Constitution and By-Laws of
the Grand Lodge was adopted. The representation was reduced
to one for fifty members, and a By-Law was adopted fixing scale
of Mileage and Per Diem. The Grand Encampment was instituted
at Victoria, B.C., on the 28th March, 1891.
The Eighteenth Session was held at Nartaimo on the 10th, 11th
and 12th February, 1892. The following Lodges were instituted:
Acme, No. 14, at Victoria on 14th November, 1891; Cloverdale, No.
15, at Cloverdale, on 15th December, 1891; Kootenay, No. 16, at
Nelson on 22nd January, 1892, and Duncan, No. 17, at Duncan on
23rd January, 1892; also the following Rebekah Lodges—Mizpah,
No. 2, at Vancouver on 23rd April 1891; Miriam, No. 3, at Nanaimo
on 20th July, 1891; Ruth, No. 4, at Chilliwack on 6th August 1891.
and Beulah, No. 5, at New Westminster on 9th November,  1891. 4941
Lodges were authorized to form a Contingent Fund.    Hall of New
Westminster Lodge, No. 3, destroyed by fire.
The Nineteenth Session was held at New Westminster on the
8th, 9th and 10th of February, 1893. The -following Lodges were
instituted, viz: Vernon Valley, No. 18, at Vernon on 1st April
1892; Mount Pleasant, No. 19, at Vancouver on 26th May, 1892,
Centennial, No. 20, at Nanaimo, on 14th June, 1892; Delta, No. 21,
at Ladner on 7th July, 1892; Gold Range, No. 22, at North Bend
on 15th November, 1892. The name of the "Auxiliary Benefit Association" was changed to "The Odd Fellows Insurance Association",
and the benefit fixed at $1,000, if that amount was available in the
Endowment Fund.
The Hall of Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, was destroyed by fire on
7th November, 1893. Subscriptions to the amount of $669.50 were
received to assist this Lodge.
The Twentieth Session was held at Vancouver on the 14th,
15th and 16th February, 1894. The following Lodges were instituted, viz: Ashcroft, No. 23, at Ashcroft, on 30th March, 1893;
Island, No. 24, at Eburne on 11th October, 1893, and Alpine Rebekah
Lodge, No. 6, at New Westminster on 9th August, 1893.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended altering
time of Annual Session from February to June, and requiring three
months' notice to amend the Constitution.
The fees for initiation and degrees, for four weeks after the
institution of a Lodge, reduced to $10, so as to secure the members
of several Lodges of the Manchester Unity in the Province whose
assets would average about $10 per member. "The Warden",
published by Bro. C. F. Yates, of Vancouver, made the official
Organ of the Grand Lodge.
The Twenty-First Session was held at Victoria on 12th, 13th
and 14th June, 1895. Eleven Subordinate and one Rebekah Lodge
instituted during the year, viz: Revelstoke, No. 25, at Revelstoke
on 3rd March, 1894; Pacific, No. 26, at Vancouver on 5th March,
1894; Amity Lodge, No. 27, at New Westminster on 30th April,
1894; Cheam, No. 28, at Agassiz on 11th May, 1894; Peserverance,
No. 29, at North-field on 18th June, 1894; Friendship, No. 30, at
Nanaimo on 19th June, 1894; Banner, No. 31, at Wellington on 1st
August, 1894; Mission City, No. 32, at Mission City on 24th August,
1894- Peerless, No. 33, at Victoria on 14th September, 1894; Rocky 4942
Mountain, No. 34, at Golden on 2nd March, 1895; Cedar, No. 35, at
Cedar District on 21st August, 1895, and Bethel Rebekah Lodge,
No. 7, at Vancouver on 12th March, 1895. At an Anniversary celebration at Victoria on the 28th April, 1894, in which members from
Vancouver joined, a collection was taken up realizing $92.00, which
formed the nucleus of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. The Hall of
Excelsior Lodge, No. 7, Chilliwack, was destroyed by fire on 4th
December, 1894. A request from the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada for permission to do business in British Columbia, was refused, on the ground that it would militate against the
local Auxiliary Endowment Association. Bro. T. C. Gray, P.G.M.,
on behalf of the Odd Fellows' Relief Association, appealed to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge against this decision, but the appeal was
dismissed, and the action of the Grand Lodge sustained.
The Twenty-Second Session was held at Nanaimo on 10th, 11th
and 12th June, 1896. The following Lodges were reported to have
been instituted, viz: Rossland, No. 36, at-Rossland on 11th May,
1896; Carson, No. 37,. at Carson, on 16th May, 1896. Rebekah
Lodges, Naomi, No. 8, at Kamloops on 8th October, 1895; Laurel,
No. 9, at Wellington on 7th November, 1895; Fidelity, No. 10, at
Ladner, on 12th February, 1896, and Esther, No. 11, at Union, on
16th April, 1896.
The Grand Lodge was incorporated under the laws of the
Province on 10th February, 1896. The mileage paid to Representatives was reduced to Five cents per mile one way, in order to lower
the cost of meeting at Kamloops next year. The minimum of
Initiation and Degree Fees was restored to $20.
The Twenty-Third Session was held at Kamloops on the 9th,
10th and 11th June, 1897. This was the first Session held away
from the Coast.
The following Lodges were instituted, viz: Boundary Vallex--,
No. 38, at Greenwood on 1st March, 1897, and Silver City, No. 39,
at Sandon on 3rd March, 1897. The Charters of Mission City
Lodge, No. 32, Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, and Alpine Rebekah
Lodge, No. 6, were surrendered.
The Mileage was restored to Ten cents per mile.
The Twenty-Fourth Session was held at New Westminster on
8th, 9th and 10th June, 1898.
Slocan  Lodge,  No. 40, was  instituted at Slocan  City  on 3rd 4943
July, 1897.    The Aged Odd Fellows' Fund was started, and Rules
adopted for its government.
The Twenty-Fifth Session was held at Vancouver on 14th, 15th
and 16th June, 1899.
The -following Lodges were instituted: Trout Lake, No. 41, at
Trout- Lake on 12th December, 1898; Key City, No. 42, at Cranbrook on 9th May, 1899; Harmony Rebekah Lodge, No. 12, at
Carson on 28th September, 1898, and Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No.
13, at Rossland on 12th April, 1899.
The following mergements took place: Acme, No, 14, with
Dominion Lodge, No. 4, at Victoria on 4th August, 1898; Royal
City, No. 13, with New Westminster, No. 3, at New Westminster
on 14th April, 1899, retaining the name of the first and the number
of latter Lodge; Friendship, No. 30, with Black Diamond, No. 5, at
Nanaimo, on the 15th June, 1898. The Charters of Bethel Rebekah
Lodge, No. 7, at Vancouver, and Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 11,
at Union, were recovered.
A disastrous fire occurred at New Westminster on the 11th
September, 1898, destroying the Odd Fellows' Hall. The sum of
$1,444.85 was contributed by the Lodges for the relief of the
sufferers. The Hall of Rossland Lodge, No. 36, was also destroyed
by fire on the 10th June, 1899.
The Twenty-Sixth Session was held at Victoria on the 13th,
14 and 15th June, 1900.
Enterprise Lodge, No. 43, was instituted at Trail on the 19th
September, 1899, and Wildey Lodge, No. 44, at Moyie on 18th
May, 1900.
The Twenty-Seventh Session was held at Nanaimo on the 12th
13th and 14th June, 1901.
Gateway Lodge, No. 45, was instituted at Grand Forks, on the
24th August, 1900, and Perseverance Lodge, No. 29, was resuscitated at Extension on the 13th July, 1901.
The mergement of the members of the Odd Fellows' Insurance
Association of B. C. with the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of
Canada, was sanctioned.
The Twenty-Eighth Session was held at New Westminster on
13th,   14th  and   15th  June,  1902.    The  following  Lodges  were  in- 4944
stituted: Snowshoe, No. 46, at Phoenix on 20th June, 1901; Mount
Fernie, No. 47, at Fernie on 24th February, 1902, and Peerless, No.
33, was amalgamated with Victoria Lodge, No. 1, at Victoria on
5th July, 1901: Ivy .Rebekah Lodge, No. 14 was instituted at Duncan,
the 19th October, 1901. The sum of $1,123.75 was received in
response to an appeal on behalf of the Home Fund.
The payment of the appointed Officers of the Grand Lodge
was struck out of the By-Laws and it was decided to limit the
Sessions of the Grand Lodge to two days.
The Twenty-Ninth Session was held at Vancouver, on the 10th,
and 11th of June, 1903.
Coronation Lodge, No. 48, was instituted at Armstrong on
14th August, 1902, and Floral Rebekah Lodge, No. 15, at Slocan
City on 3rd July, 1902; Cedar Lodge, No. 35, amalgamated with
Centennial Lodge, No. 20, Nanaimo on 11th August, 1902. The
Charters of Carson Lodge, No. 37, and Harmony Rebekah Lodge,
No. 12, at Carson, were recovered.
The Secret Work, with Photographs and Cyphers of the Secret
Work were supplied by the Sovereign Grand Lodge. Further
donations of $855.45 were received to the Home Fund.
The Thirtieth Session was held at Rossland on the 8th and 9th
June, 1904. Camborne Lodge, No. 49, instituted at Camborne on
12th August, 1903. Halls of Mount Fernie Lodge, 47, and Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15, destroyed by <fire.
The Thirty-First Session was held at Ladysmith on the 14th
and 15th June, 1905.
Eureka Lodge, No. 50, was instituted at Enderby on 9th May,
1905, and Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16, at Nelson on 31st
August 1904. Revelstoke Lodge, No. 25, merged into Selkirk
Lodge, No. 12, on 9th May, 1905.
A Resolution was adopted setting forth the objects and purposes of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund. The formation of General
Relief Committees was authorized.
The Thirty-Second Session was held at Victoria on 13th and
14th June, 1906.
Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17, was instituted at Phoenix on
23rd   May,   1906.    The   following  mergement   of   Lodges   was   re- 4945
ported: Perserverance Lodge, No, 29, on 31st July, 1905, and
Banner Lodge, No. 31 on 12th June, 1905, with Harmony Lodge,
No. 6; Gold Range Lodge, No. 22, North Bend, on 14th April, 1906,
with Cheam Lodge, No. 28, Agassiz.
For the relief of the sufferers in the earthquake and fire at
San Francisco on 8th April, 1906, the sum of $2,082.40 was realized.
The printing and circulation of the Grand Officers' reports
prior to the Session, and inclusion of a synopsis of the reports of
the D.D.G.M.'s in the Grand Master's report, was ordered.
The Thirty-Third Session was held at Nanaimo on the 12th
and 13th of June, 1907.
The following Lodges were instituted: Penticton Lodge, No.
51, at Penticton on 31st May, 1907; Princeton Lodge, No. 52, at
Princeton on 28th May, 1907; Greenwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 18,
at Greenwood on 28th January, 1907; Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge
No. 19, at Cranbrook on 28th February, 1907, and Esther Rebekah
Lodge, No. 20, at Fernie on 5th April, 1907. Vernon Valley Lodge,
No. 18, lost its Hall by fire on the 2nd January, 1907.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended reducing
the representation to one for One Hundred or under, and two for its
membership over One Hundred, no Lodge to have more than two
Representatives. •
A Committee on Odd Fellows' Home Fund was appointed.
The Thirty-Fourth Session was held at New Westminster on
10th and 11th June, 1908. The following Lodges were reported as
instituted: Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, at Hosmer on the 8th May,
1908; Michel Lodge, No. 54, at Michel on the l'lth May, 1908. and
Naomi Rebekah Lodge, No. 21, Revelstoke on the 23rd November,
1907.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended to authorize
the levying of Assessments for a rlome. New Rituals were issued,
numbered consecutively, a register of them kept, and receipts to be
obtained -for their issue and transfer.
Transfer Certificates were brought into use.
Two Past Grand Master's Jewels were ordered to be procured
and presented. 4946
The Rebekah Assembly was instituted, and a Constitution,
By-Laws and Rules of Order for same adopted.
The Thirty-Fifth Session was held at Vancouver on the 9th and
10th June, 1909. The following Lodges were reported" to have
been instituted: North Vancouver, No. 55, at North Vancouver on
28th August, 1908; Mt. Ida, No. 56, at Salmon Arm on 18th September, 1908; Sunshine, No. 57, at Kaslo on 18th September, 1908;
Okanagan, No. 58, at Summerland on 17th December, 1908; Orchard
City, No. 59, at Kelowna on 24th February, 1909, and Harmony
Rebekah Lodge, No. 22, at Cumberland on 28th March, 1909. Centennial Lodge, No. 20, merged into Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5,
on 11th November, 1908.
Affiliation of Dawson Lodge, No. 1, Dawson,. Y.T., approved,
subject to approval of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The Halls of Gateway Lodge, No. 45, Grand Forks, and Mount
Fernie Lodge, No. 47, Fernie, destroyed by. fire. An appeal for
relief of the sufferers by fire at Fernie resulted in the receipt of
$6,421.55 for this object.
The Thirty-Sixth Session was held at Kamloops on the 8th and
9th June, 1910. The following Lodges were reported to have been
instituted: Little Mountain, No. 60, at South Vancouver on the
21st December, 1909; Fairview, No. 61, at Vancouver on 21st April,
1910; Grandview, No. 62, at Vancouver on 30th April, 1910; Ruth
Rebekah Lodge, No. 4, at Chilliwack on 29th March, 1910; Excelsior
Rebekah Lodge, No. 23, at. Kamloops on 13th May, 1910; Banner
Rebekah Lodge, No. 25, at Grand Forks on 28th May, 1910, and
Vermilion Rebekah Lodge, No. 24, at Princeton on 31st May, 1910.
The Hall of Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, was destroyed by fire on 1st August, 1909.
The Funeral Aid Association of B. C. was authorized, and
By-Laws, Rules and Regulations for it adopted.
It was decided to obtain Jewels for all Past Grand Masters.
Form of Report by D.D.G.M.'s authorized.
A visit was paid to the Tuberculosis Sanatarium at Tranquille
and it was decided to make an appeal to the members of the
Jurisdiction for contributions to furnish a Sleeping Pavilion at that
institution. 4947
The Thirty-Seventh Session was held at Cranbrook on the 14th
and 15th June, 1911. In consequence of the sickness of Bro. E. L.
Webber, Grand Master, Bro. W. H. Cullin, D.G.M., acted as Grand
Master for a portion of the year, and presided at this Session.
The following Lodges were reported to have been instituted:
Prince Rupert, No. 63, at Prince Rupert on 20th July, 1910; Corbin,
No. 64, at Corbin on 29th November, 1910, and the following
Rebekah Lodges, Bethel, No. 26, at Vancouver on 23rd February,
1911; Golden Link, No. 27, at South Vancouver on 15th March,
1911, and Truth, No. 28, at Vancouver on 13th March, 1911.
The contributions to the furnishing of the Sleeping Pavilion at
Tranquille were reported to amount to $1,315.75.
Gavels made from oak from the "Beaver", the first steamship
on the Pacific, were presented to the Grand Lodge by Bro. Wallace
Law, P.G.M., on behalf of Mrs. W. A. Gilley, of New Westminster.
A canvass of the Lodges respecting the necessity for a Home
showed there was no demand for one at that time.
The Thirty-Eighth Session was held at Victoria on the 12th
and 13th June, 1912, when the following Lodges were reported to
have been instituted: Cariboo, No. 65, at South Fort George on
6th September, 1911; Park, No. 66, at Central Park on 20th March,
1912; also Sunset Rebekah Lodge at Armstrong on 2nd April, 1912.
Dawson Lodge, No. la, Dawson Y.T., was attached to this Juris-
tion by the Sovereign Grand Lodge from 1st January, 1912.
Fire destroyed the Hall of Duncan Lodge, No. 17 on 25th
November, 1911.
Smoking was prohibited in the Lodge Room during Sessions
by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at its 1911 Session.
The subscriptions to furnishing the Sleeping Pavilion at Tranquille amounted to $2,688.32. The work of selecting the furniture,
etc., was performed by Bro. E. L. Webber, P.G.M. A brass plate
with inscription to mark the event was placed in the sitting room of
the Pavilion.
The Thirty-Ninth Session was held at Nanaimo on the 11th
and 12th June, 1913, at which the following Lodges were reported
as  instituted:    Pittitko,  No.  13, at Merritt on 20th August,  1912; 4948
Aaron, No. 14, at Vancouver on 28th August, 1912, and Abbotsford,
No. 20, at Abbotsford on 11th September, 1912.
An appeal for the relief of sufferers in the floods in Ohio resulted in the receipt of $1,770.80. The sum of $2,000 was voted in
aid of the celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the institution
of the first Lodge of the Order in the Province, to be held at Victoria at the next Session of the Grand Lodge.
The Fortieth Session was held at Victoria on the 10th, 11th and
12th June, 1914, at which the institution of the following Lodges
was reported: Ridgeley, No. 22, at South Vancouver, on 19th
May, 1914; Fidelity, No. 25, at Mission. City on 13th May. 1914;
also the -following Rebekah Lodges: Illahie, No. 30, at Central
Park on 27th June, 1913; Cassandra, No. 31, at Michel on 23rd
September, 1913; Myrtle, No. 32, at Summerland on 2nd February,
1914; Patricia, N^. 33,'at Merritt on 4th March, 1914; Jubilee, No.
34, at Vancouver on 23rd March, 1914; Eburne Scar, No. 35, at
Eburne on 30th March 1914, and Kelowna, No. 36, at Kelowna on
6th April, 1914.
The Constitution of Subordinate Lodges was amended requiring the Financial Officers of these Lodges to be bonded for a
minimum amount, and arrangements were approved for a Schedule
Bond of these Officers, with a Surety Company.
An amendment was also made in this Constitution requiring
candidates to pass an examination in the preceding Degree before
being advanced to a higher Degree.
The Jubilee Celebration was carried out very satisfactorily and
consisted in a Thanksgiving Service held on Sunday; competitions
in Subordinate Rebekah and Encampment Degrees; Drill by
Patriarchs Militant, a Grand Parade and Mass Meeting in the Roya!
Victoria Theatre; an Illuminated Run by the Victoria Fire Department; Illumination of the Parliament Buildings; a Garden Party
at Government House, given by His Honour the Lieutenant-
Governor and Mrs. Patterson; conferring the Degree of Chivalry;
Grand Ball at the Agricultural Buildings; an outdoor picnic with
boat race and athletic sports at the Gorge, and a Civic Reception by
the Mayor and Council of Victoria at the Empress Hotel.
Fraternal Delegates were in attendance from the Grand Lodges of
Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Oregon.
The Forty-First Session was held at New Westminster on the
9th and 10th June, 1915. 4949
Maple Leaf Lodge, No. 53, Hosmer, was merged with Mt.
Fernie Lodge, No. 47, at Fernie on the 19th July, 1914; Kalamalka
Rebekah Lodge was instituted at Vernon on 20th June, 1914.
The Jubilee Celebration Committee reported the receipts to be
$8,028.15, and the expenditure $6,357.92, leaving a balance of
$1,670.23, which had been refunded pro rata to the donors.
The Grand Secretary reported the refund of $94.70 from the
Ohio Relief Fund, which had been allocated pro rata to the Lodges
contributing, the bulk being donated by the Lodges to the Home
Fund.
The Hall of Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, at Phoenix, was destroyed
by fire on 29th October, 1916.
The outbreak of the Great War, and the enlistment of a number
of our members for service overseas, raised the question of the
dues of these members being paid by their Lodges. The Grand
Master issued a circular letter to the Lodges authorizing the dues
of these members to be paid from the Contingent Fund of the
Lodges, and this decision was approved by the Grand Lodge at
this Session.
The Forty-Second Session was held at Vancouver on the 14th
and 15th of June, 1916. It had been decided at the preceding
Session to meet at Kelowna, but a request was received from the
Lodge there, to postpone the visit for a time for several reasons,
and this request was complied with and Vancouver selected
instead, by the Executive Committee of the Grand Lodge.
Wildey  Lodge,  No.  44,  Moyie,  merged  into  Key City Lodge,
No. 42, Cranbrook, 1st March, 1916.
Reports from Lodges showed 393 members enlisted for service
in the War, and $1,658.65 paid by Lodges for their dues. Eight
members were reported to have been killed in action. A War
Emergency Relief Committee was appointed to administer a fund
for the relief of Lodges which were not financially able to meet
claims on them for benefits arising out of the war. Twenty-five
cents per member was set aside from the Per Capita Tax for the
use of this -fund.
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended, and pro
vision made for the formation of a Board of Trustees to manage 4950
the  Odd  Fellows' Home Fund.    New  Code of General  Laws received and distributed.
The Forty-Third Session was held at Chilliwack on 13th and
14th June. 1917, at which the institution of Hastings Lodge, No. 29,
at Vancouver on the 22nd March, 1917, was 'reported. Adinah
Rebekah Lodge, No. 8, was also instituted at Trail on 18th April,
1917.
The Hall of Orchard City Lodge, No. 59, Kelowna, was destroyed by fire on the 29th October, 1916.
Five hundred and ninetythree members reported to have enlisted for service in the War, and Fifty-four to have been killed
in action, or died on service.
The War Emergency Relief Committee reported the receipt
of $1,633.05 towards its fund, but that no claim for assistance had
been received from Lodges.
An amendment was adopted to the Constitution of Subordinate
Lodges, permitting them to set aside Ten per cent, of their receipts
for dues, to form a Contingent Fund, where their dues are not less
than $2.00 per month, and their sick benefits do not exceed $10.00
per week.
The Forty-Fourth Session was held at Penticton on the 12th
and 13th June, 1918.
Isabella Rebekah Lodge, No. 10, was instituted at Cloverdale
on 6th April, 1918, and Welcome Rebekah Lodge, No. 11, at South
Vancouver on 29th May, 1918.
The United States having entered the War, legislation was
enacted at the 1917 Session of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, authorizing Grand Bodies to levy assessments to form a fund for the
payment of the dues of members in the Military or Naval Service,
and also to pay the benefits due to such members; also providing
that such members shall not be suspended for non-payment of dues,
nor forfeit the honors of office from failure to attend meetings,
further requiring a record to be kept of each member on service.
This legislation was made effective from the date of its passage,
and to remain in force until a date to be fixed by proclamation of
the Grand Sire.
The Grand Lodge implemented this legislation by levyi
assessment of $1.00 per member for the ensuing year.
ng an 4951
A disastrous explosion occurred at Halifax, N.S., on the 6th
December, 1917, and an appeal was made to the Lodges of this
Jurisdiction for the relief of the sufferers, which resulted in $1,251.00
being received for this purpose.
The Forty-Fifth Session was held at Vancouver on the 11th
and 12th June, 1919, when the institution of the following Rebekah
Lodges was reported: Redland, No. 12, at Penticton on 20th June,
1918; Concord, No. 37, at New Westminster on 31st July, 1918:
Edith Cavell, No. 38, at Corbin on 14th October, 1918; Silver Queen,
No. 39, at Sandon on 9th April, 1919, and Centennial, No. 40, at
Prince Rupert on 28th May, 1919.
With the approval of the Grand Master, a Committee was
formed for the purpose of canvassing the Jurisdiction to raise
$25,000 for the Odd Fellows' Home Fund as a fitting memorial of
the Centennial Anniversary of Odd Fellowship. The Committee
reported at this Session to have received $10,465.75 in response to
its appeal. The Committee was continued for another year to
prosecute its work. The Committee also issued a questionnaire to
the Lodges to ascertain the number of prospective inmates for the
Home if one was provided. In response replies were received indicating that there was one brother, one widow and three orphans,
who were eligible -for the Home.
The War Emergency Relief Committee reported receipts
$9,653.90, and payment of dues, etc., for soldier and sailor members
of forty-nine Lodges, amounting to $5,698.50. The Committee was
continued for another year to complete its work.
An Honor Roll was prepared and printed with the P-oceedings
giving the names of the Brothers who served in the War with the
casualties experienced, arranged under the several Lodges that they
held membership in and showing an aggregate of 1,159 enlisted,
being 18.77 per cent, of the entire membership. Number killed in
action or died on service, 143. Number wounded or otherwise in
capacitated,  135.
The Trustees of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund were instructed
to confer with the authorities of the Grand Lodges of Alberta and
Saskatchewan as to the -feasibility of establishing a joint Home for
the three Jurisdictions.
The Forty-Sixth Session was held at Nelson on the 9th and
10th June, 1920, at which the institution of Fruitvale Rebekah
Lodge, No. 41, at Mission  City on 3rd June,  1920, was  reported. 4952
A Proclamation was issued by Grand Sire declaring the emergency
created by the Great War at an end from 31st December, 1919,
and payment of dues of enlisted members to cease after that date.
The War Emergency Relief Committee reported a further payment of Dues of enlistea members amounting to $2,744.95, and a
balance in their hands of $1,297.00. The Committee was continued
to wind up this fund.
A special Emergency Relief Fund was created with the balance
refunded by the War Emergency Relief Committee, to be used by
the Trustees of the Home Fund to relieve such cases of distress
as were referred to them by the Grand Lodge.
The Home Fund Campaign Committee reported the total net
receipts to amount to $14,137.45. The Committee was continued
another year.
The Grand Master reported the results of a Questionnaire
addressed to the Lodges to ascertain the number of prospective
inmates for a Home to be three widows with eleven children.
The Forty^eventh Session was held at Nanaimo on the 8th
and 9th June, 1921, at which the institution of the following Lodges
was reported: Kerrisdale, No. 31, on ?lst January, 1921; Bulkley,
No. 30, at Smithers on 17th Februar' 1921; and the following
Rebekah Lodges: Kaslo, No. 32, at Kaslo on the 18th June, 1920,
and Northern, No. 34, at Prince George on the 12th May, 1921.
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46, Phoenix, was merged into Fairview
Lodge, No. 61, Vancouver, on 2nd September, 1920, and Phoenix
Rebekah Lodge, No. 17, Phoenix, merged into Jubilee Rebekah
Lodge, No. 34, Vancouver, and the latter Lodge authorized to
change its number from 34 to 17.
The final report of the Home Campaign Committee showed
$15,087.71 to have been subscribed.
It was decided to invite the President of the Rebekah Assembly
to attend the meetings of the Home Trustees.
The Forty-Eighth Session was held at Victoria on the 14th
and 15th June, 1922, when the institution of the following Lodges
was reported: Maple Ridge, No. 32, at Port Haney on 2nd June,
1922; and the following Rebekah Lodges: Mystic Jewel, No. 42, at
Smithers on the 24th November, 1921; Olive Branch, No. 44, at
Kerrisdale, on 22nd May, 1922, and Pearl, No. 43, at Abbotsford on
1st June, 1922. 4953
The Constitution of the Grand Lodge was amended empowering the Grand Lodge to acquire and hold Real Estate, and.authorizing the Grand Master and Grand Secretary to execute documents
in connection therewith.
Forms of a uniform system of bookkeeping for the Lodges
were adopted, and the same ordered to be kept in stock for supply.
The Forty-Ninth Session was held at New Westminster on the
13th and 14th June, 1923. The institution of the following Lodges
was reported: Lakelse, No. 33, at Terrace on 9th November, 1922;
Carne Rebekah Lodge, No. 45, at Victoria on the 25th-August, 1922,
and Grandview Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, at Vancouver on the 10th
April, 1923. Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38, Greenwood, was
merged into Gateway. Lodge, No.45, at Grand Forks, and Greenwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, Greenwood, was merged into Banner
Rebekah Lodge, No. 25, at Grand Forks.
The sum of $87.50 was donated by the Lodges for relief of
distressed Brothers in Germany.
A Questionnaire issued to the Lodges, showed six cases of
members eligible to enter a Home, but only one willing to do so if
a Home was provided.
It was decided to pay the interest arising from investments of
the Home Fund, annually, to the Trustees of that fund to be used
for the relief of individual members in distress. This action has
since been overruled by a decision of the Grand Sire.
Sullivan Lodge, No. 35,. was instituted at Kimberley on 4th
September, 1923.
The foregoing is a sketch in skeleton form of the outstanding
events that have influenced and governed the history of Odd
Fellowship in British Columbia during the past half century.
This framework could be filled in and made more attractive
and interesting if rendered in narrative form so as to include many
incidents connected with its history and its personnel. Many of
the latter have figured conspicuously and contributed materially
not only in the work of the Order, but in the development and
progress of the Province and Dominion. To do this feature justice, would, however, go beyond the limits intended, and which I
fear, I have already exceeded.
A glance at the attached table will show thut the increase in
membership has been slow but steady.    An impetus was given to it 4954
by the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver,
and the linking up of British Columbia thereby with the rest of
the Dominion. Its growth has, however, kept pace proportionately with the development and population of the Province.
No extraordinary steps have been taken to obtain this result,
or to accelerate an increase, as are adopted by some other organizations, such as the employment of paid organizers, or canvassers;
the keeping of Charters open after institution of Lodges, or reopening them by Dispensation, in order to admit members at
reduced rates. Petitions for the opening of new Lodges have invariably emanated spontaneously from the petitioners," and candidates for admission have been obtained only by the unremunerated
activities of our members.
It is quite possible mistakes have been made in complying too
freely with the petitions of over sanguine and optimistic Brothers
to institute Lodges vyfiere conditions were not of such a permanent
character as to warrant it, principally in mining localities, ard as a
result several Lodges have been compelled to surrender their
Charters; but this inconvenience and disappointment to the members has to a large extent been mitigated by the provision for the
mergement of the membership of these Lodges into others.
The "payment of over a million dollars during the fifty
years by our Subordinate Lodges for relief, as - shown on the
attached table, is a pleasing and conclusive memorial of tfrir
practical benevolent work.
The Grand Lodge has pursued a very conservative policy since
its institution, and no change of a radical nature has been made in
the basic rules of our Lodges.
We have also been fortunate in the -fact that no violent disagreement or rupture has occurred to ruffle the placid current of
events; a strict conformity to the laws of the Order has been
adherred to, and as a result peace and harmony have characterized
the first fifty years of our history.
Whilst these amicable conditions prevail, and these salutary
principles govern and control our councils, and whilst our Lodges
are pervaded and dominated by the fraternal spirit and practices
inculcated by the teachings of our Order, there can be no doul»t
but that the future will have in store even a more prosperous and
beneficient career for the Grand Lodge of this Jurisdiction than
the gratifying and encouraging history of the past half century
chronicled herein. 495
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NUMBER OF LODGES AND MEMBERS EACH YEAR, AND
AMOUNT OF RELIEF PAID BY SUBORDINATE
LODGES OF B. C, I.O.O.F.
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Relief
1874   5
1875    5
1876   5
1877   5
1878   5
1879   5
1880   5
1881   5
1882   5
1883   6
1884   6
1885   6
1886   8
1887   9
1888   9
1889   11
1890   13
1891   17
1892   22
1893   24
1894   33
1895   35
1896   37
1897   38
1898   37
1899   38
1900   40
1901   41
1902   41
1903   42
1904   42
1905   40
1906   39
1907   41
1908   46
1909   48
1910   52
1911   53
1912   58
1913   56
1914   57
1915   57
1916   56
1917   57
1918   57
1919   57
1920   56
iq21    58
1922   60
1923   60
408
$          2,227.75
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492
3,302,00
500
3,338.00
496
4,296.50
509
4,147.00
499
3,866.00
468
4,061.30
466
4,096.00
500
4,711.00
546
5,822.50
614
5,772.50
700
6,544.75
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7,711.75
890
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1,017
8,542.65
1,202
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1,430
10,567.20
1,954
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2,154
12,882.60
3,015
15,236.47
2,988
20,635.46
2,829
24,896.63
2,801
20,506.40
2,845
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3,060
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3,216
21,384.81
3,366
20,512.92
3,512
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3,527
22,165.95
3,584
19,864.40
3,645
18,656.00
3,809
23,178.96
4,211
26,420.82
4.616
27,228.12
4,844
26,924.92
5,309
30,291.65
5,820
35,522 39
6,684
38,362.25
7,026
42,733.91
7,092
42,711.46
6,757
42,777.89
5.385
40.715.10
6,303
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6,176
47,061.25
6,485
40,370.74
6,747
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7.058
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7.179
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Witn  INDEX
Aged Odd Fellows' Fund 	
Alberta, Fraternal Delegate from 	
to   	
Grand Lodge Degree Conferred for 	
Automobiles, Hire of, for Grand Lodge Officers
Ayes and Nays 	
Page
  4851
.4806, 4882
  4816
  4812
  4812
  4915
Badges  Recognized as Regalia   4805
Banks,  Operation of Account with  -  4909
"B. C. Odd Fellow"    4922, 4923
Charter of Grand Lodge  4889, 4886, 4922
Committees,   Appointment   of    4806, 4881, 4883, 4889, 4924, 4928
Constitution of Grand Lodge, Amendments to 4899, 4913, 4914
Dawson Lodge, Widow and Orphan's Fund of - 4890, 4910
Delegations,  Visit  of     I | -----  4888
Deputations,  Appointment  of   - -  4889
District Deputy Grand Masters, Appointment of 4819, 4927
Report of  '-  4829, 4878
Division of Jurisdiction for Visitation  v  4924
Dudley, R., P.G.M., Death of  4819, 4862, 4921
Easton, Bro. W. O., Bequest of   4854
Election Grand Lodge Officers   4899
Emergency Relief Fund  4851, 4857, 4880, 4923, 4924
Funeral  Aid  Association  of B.   C 4815, 4896, 4903
General Relief Committees 	
Gowdy, Frank C, P.G.S., Death of
4860
4921 INDEX—Continued.
Page
Grand  Lodge Charter  4859, 4895, 4912
Date of Meeting   4913
Degree,  Conferring of  4812, 4882, 4899
History of  4860, 4889
Hour of Election of Officers   4913
Place   o-f  Meeting   -  4903
Rules of Order Amended  -  4914
Officers,  Appointment  of   :...4805, 4879
Election of   4899
Installation of   4925
Master,  Decisions by   4820
Appeal to Grand Lodge against_4898, 4923
"        Dispensations Granted by  —- 4820
Proclamations Issued by   4820
Report of  ..4813, 4877
Visitations by  4822, 4877
Representatives, Report of  -  4865
Secretary, Report of  -  4839
Right of to Submit Questions to G. Sire.. 4898
Sire  Decision re  Emergency Fund   4880
I    Home Fund  -  4854
-    Trustees Home Fund  4857, 4868, 4879
"   Visit of  4859, 4912
Treasurer, Report of   4864
Green Valley Rebekah Lodge, No. 46 ~  4879
History of Grand Lodge ....
Home, Establishment of -—
Honourable Veteran Jewels
.4860, 4889, 4919, 4934
-•- 4889, 4903
  4862
Jurisdiction, Division for Visitation  4924
Manitoba, Fraternal Delegate from   4883
Mayor, City Vancouver, Visit of  4888
McPherson,   Dr.  J.   L.,   Grand   Master,    Fraternal    Delegate
from Alberta 4806, 4882. 4923
Membership of Candidate Who Has Lost Right Arm 4820, 4916
Memorial  Page   4922, 4930, 4931, 4932, 4933
"Mountain View" Rebekah Lodge, No. 47, Petition for  4910 INDEX—Continued.
Page
Odd   Fellows'  Homes 4819, 4866
Home Fund  - 4850, 4854
I      Committee    4819, 4858
I     Trustees    J 4857, 4899
Relief Association of Canada  4817, 4922
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Past Grand Masters in Attendance   4929
I "       Master's   Jewel,   Presentation   cf   Bro.    Proud
foot, P.  G. M	
Pinkerton, A. S., Past Grand Sire, Death and Will of ...
"Prince Rupert" Lodge, No. 63, re Odd Fellows' Home.
4928
4862
4819
Reports-
Rebekah Assembly, Communications from  4903,
Branch     4815,
Official Pin for 	
-Committee on Credentials	
"    Distribution   4881,
"    Finance  4894, 4920,
History of Grand Lodge 	
Homes for Aged and Indigent Odd
Fellows 	
"    Judiciary 4909,
Laws of Subordinates 	
I    Legislation    4898, 4913, 4919,
|    Mileage and Per Diem 	
"    Necrology  	
"    Odd Fellows' Home Fund 4883, 4897,
|    Petitions 	
"    Printing   4895,
"    Rebekah Degree	
|    Resolutions  	
I    State of the Order 	
" " |    Statistics  re  Dues  and  Benefits	
I        District Deputy Grand Masters  4829,
Grand Lodge  Officers 	
Master    4813,
| |       Representatives    -	
Secretary ...: -	
" Treasurer   -	
Ribbons for Veteran Jewels ~.~ -	
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4919
4841
4873
4806
4896
4923
4919
4925
4910
4894
4924
4916
4921
4902
4911
4913
4897
4924
4911
4890
4878
4812
4877
.4865
4839
.4864
4923 INDEX—Continued.
Page
Rudkin, Bro. W. P., Illness of   4909
Rules of Order, Grand Lodge, Amendment of   4914
"Selkirk" Lodge, No. 12, Invitation of  4810, 4903
Shanks,   Bro.   R.   H.,   P.G.M.,   Manitoba,   Fraternal   Delegate
from  4883, 4923
Stock Account  ", -  4849
"Sullivan" Lodge, Xo. 35, Institution of  ...- 4814, 4839
Surety Bonds, Contract for  - 4860, 4921
Swanson, Hon. J.  D., P.G.M.,  Communication from  4810
Thanks, Votes of   4925
Thompson, Bro. H. W., P.G.R., G^and Lodge of Washington,
Visit   of  4924
Trial Balance    4852
Trustees, Grand Lodge  —- - - 4858, 4872
Home  Fund  ~- - - - 4857, 4879, 4899
Veteran Jewels Issued   4861
"      Presentation of  4818, 4832
I      Ribbons  for   -  4923
Victoria Printing & Publishing Co., Offer from  4890, 4913
Visitation,  Division of Jurisdiction for   4924
Visitors    .4812, 4881, 4882, 4888, 4924
Washington, Grand Lodge of, Greetings from
York, J. P.G., Death of 	
4809
4862 PAST GRAND MASTERS, GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH
COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
1—J.  S. Drummond 1874.
4—John Weiler 1875.
8—J. P. Davies 1876.
3—R. Roberts .;.. .1877.
2—W.  J   Jeffree 1878.
9—Charles Gowen 1879.
J.   Wriglesworth 1880.
B. W. Shiles 1881.
20—Henry Waller 1882.
11—Alexander  Phillips 1883.
21—W. D. McKillican 1884.
7—Wm.  McColl 1885.
5—Frederick Carne 1886.
10—Joshua Davies 1887.
re-elected. 1888.
12—J. H   Meldram  1889.
16—E. Quennell 1890,
14—J. E. Phillips 1891,
13—J. E. Phillips 1,892.
19—James Crossan 1893
23—T. C. Gray. .1894.
18—W   E.  Holmes 1895.
H. B.  Gilmour 1896.
W. H. Morton 1897.
A. Henderson 1898.
17—d.  Welsh 1899.
6—W. E. Johnstone 1900.
W    Hogg 1901.
15—A. Graham  1902.
E. C. Arthur, M.D. 1903 .
T. P. Neelands 1904 ,
D. E   Mackenzie 1905.
22—F.  E.  Simpson 1906.
T.  Embleton 1907 ,
H.   T.  Fulton 1908
Wallace  Law 1909
E. L. Webber 1910
W   H.   Cullin 1911
W. A. Johnstone 1912.
24—R.   Dudley 1913.
H. White 1914.
P.  W.  Dempster . 193 5.
W. H. Brown 1916 .
J   H. Glass 1917 .
R. A. Merrithew 1918.
A.  E. Harron 1919 .
Harry   Fooks... 1920,
J. D. Swanson 1921,
M. J. Phillips 1922,
D   H.  Proudfoot 1923
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.
8—Died 20th September, 1879.
9—Died 8th December, 1892.
10—Ceased Membership.
11—Died 22nd November, 1900.
12—Died 24th February, 1905.
* .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.
.. .Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
...Amity  Lodge,  No.   27.
,.. Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
..Pacific Lodge, No. 26.
. .Mt. Fernie Lodge, No. 47.
. .Key City Lodge, No. 42.
..Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
...Vancouver Lodge,  No.   8.
..Penticton Lodge, No. 51.
...Amity Lodge,  No.  27.
..North Vancouver Lodge, No.  55.
...Cheam Lodge,  No.  28.
... Tatnai Lodge, No.   9. *
...Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
,. .Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
13—Died 23rd March, 1907.
14—Died 30th January, 1908.
15—Died 13th August, 1909.
16—Died 26th April, 1912.
17—Died 14th February, 1914.
18—Died 13th July, 1914.
19—Died 18th April, 1915.
20—Died 7th May, 1916.
21—Died 5th March, 1919.
22—Died 23rd November, 1920.
23—Died 16th November, 1922.
24—Died 20th September, 1923. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS OF THE GRAND LODGE
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, I.O.O.F.
W. W. WALKEM, Grand Master Ladysmith
O. E. FISHER, Deputy Grand Master Penticton
R. A. PERRY, Grand Warden - Vancouver
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary. 1323 Douglas St., Victoria
J. H. ASHWELL, Grand Treasurer  Chilliwack
H. D. EVANS, Grand Marshal Duncan
R. S. JACKSON, Grand Conductor Summerland
P. PARKER, Grand Guardian Revelstoke
F. W. HAWES, Grand Herald | 1 Vancouver
REV. T. H. WRIGHT, B.A., Grand Chaplain Vancouver
W. A. JOHNSTONE, P.G.M., Grand Representative......Vancouver
A. E. HARRON, P.G.M., Grand Representative„..North Vancouver
The next Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at Revelstoke, commencing Wednesday,
the 10th day of June, 1925.
It SUPPLIES
The following rates will be charged for Supplies, all orders for
which must be signed by the Secretary, bear the Seal of the Lodge,
and be accompanied by the necessary amount to pay for the same.
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate Lodge Rituals     .—$3.00
Visiting   and   Withdrawal   Cards,    Transfer    and    Dismissal
Certificates    20
Book of Forms - 1.00
Book of Odes with Music  1.60 •
Code of Laws  ~  2.50
Lodge  Odes   -   .08
Odes with Music, Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges  12
Anniversary Odes   08
Funeral Hymns with Responses  ~ .||.08
Funeral Ceremony  60
Anniversary Ceremony ., _ M .50
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony 60
Officers' Roll Book  .... M 1.50
Question Book   1.25
Order on Treasurer's Book 250 orders  1.75
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work  70
Black Book  |  2.00
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100 75
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100 with
Name  and number  of Lodge printed thereon  (not less
than 500)   I „   .85
Secret Work in Cypher, Subordinate Lodges  || -j£.60
Attendance  Register   ,..:...a _ 3.00
Certificate of Membership on plate paper  1.00
Constitution Book and Roll of Members  3.00
Veteran Jewels, each  I  11.00
Veteran Button  ;  1.50
Offcial  Watch   Charm   -.... | 12.50
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Subordinate Lodge, each.-J||.65
.Joint Installation Ceremony      75
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart —j    3.00
Petitions for membership with medical certificate are furnished
by the Odd Fellows' Relief Association of Canada, and are supplied
to Lodges free.

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