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 PROCEEDINGS 
OF THE 
THIRTY-THIRD  ANNUAL  SESSION 
OF THE 
GRAND LODGE 
OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 
OF THE 
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF 
ODD FELLOWS 
HELD AT NANAIMO, B. C. 
June J 2th and 13th 
1907

The Thos. B. Cusack Press, Victoria.  PROCEEDINGS 
OF   THE 
THIRTY-THIRD   ANNUAL   SESSION 
OF   THE 
GRAND LODGE 
OF   BRITISH   COLUMBIA 
OF   THE 
INDEPENDENT   ORDER 
OF ODD FELLOWS 
HELD   AT   NANAIMO,   B.   C. 
June 12th and 13th, 1907 
The Thos. R. Cusack Press 
Victoria, B. C.    PROCEEDINGS
OF THE
Grand  Lodge of  British Columbia
I. O- o. F.
THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL SESSION
Nanaimo, B. C, i2th June, 1907.
The Grand Lodge convened at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant
to notice.
Present:—
T. Embleton Deputy Grand Master
H. T. Fulton Grand Warden
Fred. Davey  Grand Secretary
Wallace Law  Grand Treasurer
D. E. Mackenzie. Grand Representative
T. Dixon   Gr>and Conductor
G. B. Taylor  Grand Guardian
In the absence of the Grand Master, the Deputy Grand
Master occupied the Chair.
The Grand Master appointed the following- officers, pro
tern: T. F. Neelands, P. G. M., No. 8, Deputy Grand Master:
P. W. Dempster, P. G. R., No. 2, Grand Marshal; J. Carroll,
No.  5,  Grand  Herald,  and  E.  L.  Webber,  No.  27,   urand
Chaplain.
Air present were examined and reported duly qualified.
The Grand Secretary reported a quorum present.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer, and the Grand Lodge
was declared open for business. 2650
The Grand Secretary read a telegram from F. E. Simpson, Grand Master from Vancouver, stating that he had missed
the steamer and would come via Victoria today.
The Grand Secretary presented the certificates of the
representatives elect, and of the Past Grands entitled to the
Grand Lodge Degree, which were referred to a Committee on
Credentials consisting of A. Henderson, P. G. M., No. 2, J.
W. Armstrong, No. 10, W. H. Thorpe, No. 20.
The Committee on Credentials presented the following
report which was adopted.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C.} I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Credentials beg to report that we have
examined the credentials of the Representatives elected for the ensuing
year and find the following' entitled to seats in the Grand Lodge:
Lodge. Representatives. Alternates.
Victoria, No. 1 T. M. Brayshaw T.  C. Hubbard.
J. York W. J. Wrigglesworth.
R. Livingtone W. H. Huxtable.
Columbia, No. 2 P. W. Dempster D. Dewar.
R. W. Fawcett D. S. Mowatt.
Royal City, No. 3 M. J. Phillips A. H. Ferguson.
C. S. Keith W. S. Smith.
Dominion, No. 4 Rev. E. G. Miller E. Bragg.
J. Bell A. A. Milligan.
W. H. Cullin T. Bamford.
Black Diamond, No. 5..D. G. Dailey J. R. McKenzie.
J. Carroll A. Forrester.
Harmony, No. 6 H. Carroll W. Steele.
J. Manuel A. E. Smith.
D. Davidson T. Kerr.
I. E. Lowe E. Rowland.
Excelsior, No. 7 J. Scott J. Peers.
Vancouver, No. 8 C. H. Pinder C. McBride.
A. M. Russell J. McPherson.
W. R. Jamieson T. F. Neelands.
Tatnai, No. 9 J. H. Binns C. I. Chapman.
J. D. Swanson J. R. McNab.
Western Star, No. 10...J. Armstrong E. V. Betstone.
A. Cleland A. Parker.
E. P. Dennis A. Graham.
F. P. Bishop J. W. Morrison.
D. O'Dwyer J. McTaggart.
Union, No. 11 T. E. Bate J. Bennie. 2651
Lodge. Representatives.
Selkirk, No.  12 C. D. Palmer
J. Jamieson
Cloverdale, No. 15 A. Johnson
Kootenay, No. 16 D. H. Proudfoot
F. J. Squire
G. Horstead
Duncan, No. 17 E. Castley
Vernon Valley, No. 18. J. Aitkin
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19... G. Miller
Centennial, No. 20 W. Grieve
W. H. Thorpe
Delta, No. 21 A. D. Paterson
Ashcroft, No. 23. J. W. Burr
Island, No. 24 M. F. Miller
Pacific, No. 26. W. H. Walsh
W. A. Johnstone
P. D. Falconer.
A. McKelvie
Amity, No. 27 H. H. Williams
A. Adams
A. P. Halladay
Cheam, No. 28 H. Fooks
Rocky Mountain, No. 34Thos. King
Rossland, No. 36 W. J. Prest
J. Twaddle
E. Johnson
Boundary Valley. No. 38. G. B. Taylor
Silver City, No. 39 D. Anderson
Slocan, No. 40 A. McVicar
Trout Lake, No. 41 F. Mummery
Key City, No. 42 H. Hickenbotham
Enterprise, No. 43 H. Douglas
A. E. Campbell
Wildey, No. 44 C. A. Foote
Gateway, No. 45 T. L. Crossen
Snowshoe,  No. 46 Thos. Johnson
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 T. H. White
Coronation, No. 48 J. M. Wright
Camborne, No. 49 G. R. Northey
Etifeka, No. 50 J. B. Gaylord
Alternates.
R. McDonald.
W. W. Foster.
A. Matheson.
G. W. Hale.
G. F. Motion.
W. B. Pollard.
H. D. Evans.
W. R. Owens.
W. J. Ferguson.
F. S. Whiteside.
A. Davie.
W. Fearn.
D. E. McKay.
F. Cockburn.
J. N. Plowman.
W. M. Ramsay.
G. L. Center.
G. B. Thompson.
N. R. Brown.
F. A. Johns.
J. McRae.
M. Dainard.
T. H. Long.
J. E. Cummings.
W. Brokenshire.
E. F. Smith.
R. Cunning.
A. E. Teeter.
N. Abrahafnson.
W.  S. McDonald.
S. Butler.
J. S. Brandon.
F. J. Smyth.
A; L. Clements.
C. McCague,
R. Dudley.
W. J. Smith.
J. A. McDowell.
W. Mack. 2652
Also that the following Past Grands are entitled to the  Grand
Lodge Degree:
Victoria. No. 1 J. W. McCabe, J. A. Kerr.
Columbia, No. 2 A.  S. Ashwell, D.  Dewar.
Royal City, No. 3 C. E. Osborne, R. C. McKay.
Dominion, No. 4 .F. Dresser.
Black Diamond, No. 5 J. R. McKenzie, C. Graham.
Harmony, No. 6 A. E. Smith, W. Steele.
Excelsior, No. 7 T. E. Caskey.
Vancouver, No. 8 C. H. Pinder, G. McCartney.
Tatnai, No. 9 A. H. Todd, S. S. Osterhout.
Western Star, No. 10 T. C. Kilbank, W. T. McMullin.
Union No. 11 J. N. McLeod.
Selkirk, No.  12 R. McDonald, A. J. Taggart.
Kootenay, No. 16 D. H. Proudfoot, F. J. Squire, G. Horsted
Duncan, No. 17 D. R. Hattie, A. Peterson.
Vernon Valley, No. 18 J. Aitken.
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19 Geo. Miller.
Centennial. No. 20 P. Bennett, J. W. Rowbottom.
Delta, No. 21 A. D. Paterson.
Island, No. 24 M. F. Miller, D. E. McKay.
Pacific, No. 26 P. D. Falconer.
Amity, No. 27 S. J. May, A. P. Halladay.
Cheam, No. 28 J. Tyrer.
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 Thos. King.
Rossland, No. 36 W. J. Prest, J. Twaddle.
Boundary Valley. No. 38 H. H. Huff, D. McGlashan.
Silver City, No. 39 D. Anderson. R. Cunning.
Slocan, No. 40 A. McVicar.
Trout Lake, No. 41 0. Jacobson, E. L. Masterson.
Key City, No. 42 F. H. McKay.
Enterprise, No. 43 A. E. Campbell, S. Butler.
Wildey, No. 44 C. A. Foote.
Gateway, No. 45 G. H. Rutherford, D. Whiteside.
Snowshoe, No. 46 C. McCague, R. Silverthorn.
Mt. Fernie, No. 47 T. H. White.
Coronation, No. 48 J. M. Wright, W. J. Smith.
Eureka, No. 50 J. B. Gaylord.
Signed by the Committee.
The Past Grands in waiting were admitted and the Grand
Lodge Degree was conferred on the following: C. H. Pinder,
No. 8; J. D. Swanson, J. H. Binns, No. 9; R. C. McKay, No.
3; E. V. Betstone, No. 10; J. Bennie, No. 11; J. Jamieson,
C. D. Palmer, No. 12; A. Johnson, No. 15; D. H. Proudfoot, 2653
G. Horstead, No. 16; W. Grieve, No. 20; M. F. Miller, No.
24; P. D. Falconer, No. 26; A. P. Halladay, No. 27; W. J.
Prest, J. Twaddle, No. 36; A. McVicar, No. 40; F. Mummery,
No. 41; A. E. Campbell, H. Douglas, No. 43; T. L. Crossen,
G. H. Rutherford, No. 45; T. Johnson, No. 46.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of the Session of 1906 were, on motion,
adopted as printed.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the badges furnished
by the local Entertainment Committee be recognized as proper
regalia at this Session.
The Grand Master announced that he would appoint the
following Special Committees to act during this Session, viz.:
Correspondence, Odd Fellows' Home, Rebekah Lodges and
Resolutions.
The Grand Master appointed A. Henderson, P. G. M. No.
2, as custodian of the Secret Work during the Session, and the
necessary members to fill the Standing Committees.
The committees, when complete, consisted as follows:
Finance—W. H. Cullin, No. 4; T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; M. J.
Phillips, No. 3; C. A. Foote, No. 44■; E. Rowland, No. 6.
Appeals—J. Armstrong, No. 10; W. A. Johnstone, No. 26; T. King,
No. 34; A. Davie, No. 21; H. H. Williams, No. 27.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, J. Bell, No. 4; J. Carroll,
No. 5; J. Jamieson, No. 12; H. Douglas, No. 43.
Petitions—W. H. Thorpe, No. 20; H. Carroll, No. 6; C. H. Pinder,
No. 8; A. Johnson, No. 15; G. Miller, No. 19.
State of the Order—J. York, No. 1; G. B. Taylor, No. 38; D. M.
O'Dwyer, No. 10; P. W. Dempster, No. 2; W. H. Walsh, No. 26; T.
Johnson, No. 46.
Legislation—R. W. Fawcett, No. 2; F. P. Bishop, No. 10; R.
Livingstone, No. 1; P. D. Falconer, No. 26; J. M. Wright, No. 48.
Judiciary—C. S. Keith, No. 3; G. R. Northey, No. 49; J. McPher-
son, No. 8; J. D. Swanson, No. 9; A. Adams, No. 27.
Mileage and Per Diem—E. L. Webber, No. 27; D. Davidson, No. 6;
J. H. Binns, No. 9; E. V. Betstone, No. 10; G. Horstead, No. 16; H.
Fooks, No. 28.
Printing—Grand Secretary, J. Peers, No. 7; A. E. Campbell, No.
43; A. P. Halladay, No. 27; J. W. Burr, No. 23.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, J. Bennie, No.
11; J. Aitken, No. 18; J. B. Gaylord, No. 50; T. H. White, No. 47.
Rebekah Lodges—D. G. Dailey, No. 5; D. H. Proudfoot, No. 16;
E. Castley, No. 17; A. Cleland, No 10; H. Hickenbotham, No. 42. 2654
Resolutions—Rev. E. G. Miller, No. 4; W. J. Prest, No. 36; F. J.
Squire, No. 16; F. Mummery^ No. 41; D. Anderson, No, 39.
Correspondence—J. Twaddle, No. 36; J. Maiitfel, No. 6; C. Palmer,
No. 12; W. Grieve, No. 20; M. F. Miller, No. 24.
Oddfellows Home—F. Ccckburn, No. 26; W. R. Jamieson, No. 8;
E. Johnson, No. 36;  A. McVicar, No. 40;  T. L. Crossen, No. 45.
The Grand Secretary presented the Grand Officers' reports
in printed form, which were, on motion, referred to a Committee on Distribution, consisting of T. F. Neelands, P. G. M.
No. 8; J. Bell, No. 4; A. Forrester, No. 5.
Grand Master's Report
To   the   Officers   and   Members   of  the   Grand   Lodge   of   British
Columbia, I. O. O. F. :
Brothers,—In reporting on the work of the past year in this
Jurisdiction, I must preface what I may say with an apology for
some of the delinquencies I have been responsible for. I can only
say that the year has been an unfortunate one for me personally,
having had to contend with much sickness in my home, and other
matters arising that prevented the close attention to the duties of
the office that should have been given them, a fact that I regret
very much indeed. However, I have done, under the circumstances,
the best that I could, and trust that the members of the Order
throughout the Province will appreciate the situation.
In greeting you this session, I can do so with the knowledge
that the Order has been prosperous the past year. The number
of members in every branch has increased, but what is still more
gratifying, there is no question as to the increased interest manifested in the work of the Order throughout the entire Jurisdiction.
This is made apparent by improvements in the lodge rooms, by
increased attendance, by a greater degree of proficiency in the
work, and by more attention being paid to the benefits derived from
the good deeds performed and the kind words spoken.
During my term of office I visited all the subordinate lodges,
except Union, Excelsior, Camborne, Silver City and Trout Lake,
and it is a source of sincere regret to me that I was unable to reach
these, but conditions and circumstances would not permit. I will
not go into ditail and relate the  circumstances  of my viiits,  as 2655
I do not deem it necessary, but I will simply say that I found
the great majority of the lodges prospering in a manner that
reflects credit upon the officers and members. Some were in new
homes, nicely furnished, and all were in quarters that gave evidence
of the pride that the members take in their lodge rooms.    I must
especially refer to the new home of Odd-Fellowship recently
erected in Vancouver, by Western Star Lodge, No. 10. Without
a doubt this is one of the finest lodge rooms in Canada, and a
monument to Odd-Fellowship in British Columbia.
I deem it just and proper at this time to make a few recommendations for what I consider the good of the Order, and in
doing so I wish to impress upon the minds of every representative
the fact that I have only one idea in view, and that is the advancement of Odd-Fellowship in the Province of British Columbia.
I believe it would be to the interest of the Order to reduce
the basis of representation. With the growth of the Order in the
Province, the Grand Lodge is growing, both in numbers and
expense, and a reduction in the basis of representation would not
effect the efficiency of the work, and would reduce the expense
and tend to  expedite the transaction of business.
I do not believe that it is right that those who have taken the
Grand Lodge degree, but who are not delegates, should be entitled
to vote at elections of Grand Lodge Officers. This privilege has
been abused on many occasions, and has been the origin of much
bitterness and dissatisfaction. I hold that a Grand Lodge is no
place for electioneering for office, and no place for bringing in
members who are not delegates for the purpose of voting. It
belittles the Lodge, lowers the dignity of the Order, and when a
session is held in a large city, gives an unfair advantage to designing candidates. Justice, Honesty and Merit should predominate,
and when electioneering tactics are brought into play, it is a
detriment to the Order, humiliating to the candidates, and a grand
mistake from any point of view.
I am pleased to know that there are to be new lodges instituted
at Princeton and Penticton, two towns that are prosperous, and
that very prosperity gives assurance of two successful lodges. In
this connection, I would suggest that Odd Fellows should exercise
great care in their endeavour to promote new lodges. The personnel of the possible membership and the chances of permanent
prosperity should be carefully considered, before any active steps
are taken. If this is done, the chances of failure in one or more
years is virtually obviated. 2656
I believe in absolutely obeying the law of the Order, but in this
connection I would admonish the brothers of any lodge against
resorting to petty technicalities to prevent any brother from
receiving his rights. Odd-Fellowship is based on a much broader
foundation than that, and there is one rule that can always be
safely followed: "Do right, taking into consideration the safety of
the Order and the rights of the member."
I desire at this time to give expression to an opinion that I
have held for some time, but my position in the Order heretofore
prevented me from giving publicity to the same. The growth of
the Order and the increase in the number of lodges in this Jurisdiction, makes the duties of the Grand Master both onerous and
expensive. It takes from six weeks to two months to visit the
lodges in the Province, and at the present time the Grand Lodge
allows only $300.00 for expenses. No.Odd Fellows fail to appreciate the great honour conferred upon them by election to this
office, and yet there are members of the Order who cannot afford
to make the sacrifice, notwithstanding the honour conferred. A
member who is working for wages, or a man who has a small
business, must necessarily make a big sacrifice in accepting the
office. This is not right. Odd-Fellowship means absolute equality,
and every member, rich or poor, should stand on an equal footing,
and be in a position to accept any honours that his fellow members
believe he merits. For this reason, I would suggest that the allowance for expenses for the Grand Master be increased, so that any
member of our Order will be in a position to accept the office if
he is placed in a position to take it.
I regret that I have been unable to visit the Rebekah Lodges,
but lack of time after I was able to start out on my work of
visitation prevented this. I would suggest that the members of
the Subordinate Lodges exert themselves in the future to a greater
extent than they have in the past, in assisting to make the Rebekah
Lodges a greater success in this Jurisdiction. It is really within
the power of the members of the Subordinate Lodges to work
wonders along this line, and I trust that they will do so. I feel
satisfied that within a year an assembly will be formed in this
Jurisdiction, and I hope that this may prove the case, for it will
be a great benefit to the Rebekah Branch in this Province.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of all
the I. O. O. F. Lodges of British Columbia for the many courtesies
extended to me during my term of office^ They have been lenient
over my shortcomings, considerate at all times, and kind to the
utmost degree.    During the  remainder of my life,  their uniform *657
kindness  will  always  be  remembered  and  their  great  assistance
fully appreciated.
DECISIONS AND DISPENSATIONS.
During the year there has been the usual number of dispensations granted for balls, public installations and entertainments,
that are not of sufficient importance to take up the space in the
report, a record of which can be found in the letter file.
There have been comparatively few decisions asked for, and
this fact tends to show a growing knowledge of the law of the
Order, a greater familiarity with the Constitution on the part of
the members of the various lodges oT this Jurisdiction. This has
been shown to'a remarkable degree by the District Deputies, for
which they are to be highly commended. On several occasions I
have been asked for an opinion as to the best policy to pursue,
when a question had arisen as to what to do when a brother had
been charged with conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow. In every
instance I have advised such action that would maintain the dignity
and honour of the Order, advising, however, to protect the rights
of the member to the fullest extent in every case.
Statement—A brother has received the first and second degree,
and is waiting to have the third conferred. It is rumoured, however, that the brother has been guilty of conduct unbecoming an
Odd Fellow.    Can he receive his third degree?
Answer—The brother is entitled to his rights as an Odd
Fellow, but the lodge should protect itself, and if there are grounds
for complaint, regular charges should be laid, and the case given
a hearing.
Statement—A brother in good standing is going to engage in
the hotel business with a bar in connection. What should be done
in his case?
Answer—The law is clear on that point. No brother engaged
in the sale of liquor can lawfully remain a member of the Order.
Statement—A brother is the proprietor of an hotel, but does
not attend to the bar personally. Can he lawfully remain a member
of the Order?
Answer—No.
Statement—A brother presents a receipt that was not in
regular form.    Should it be recognized? 2658
Answer—The regular official receipt provided by the Sovereign
Grand Lodge should be used.
Statement—A brother of another Jurisdiction presents a card
showing him to be in good standing, but the brother is unable to
demonstrate to the Examining Committee that he is an Odd
Fellow, and is refused admission. Later, his signature is sent
under seal of his home lodge, and his card is received. The
District Deputy holds that since he is unable to prove himself an
Odd Fellow, he is not entitled to admission.
Answer—I held on first statement received from the home
lodge that no brother should be denied his rights on a mere technicality, and that lodges should exercise care in these matters. On
further information I held that decision of Deputy was correct, as
the law holds that a member must prove himself an Odd Fellow
before he can be admitted. It is for this reason that the rule
provides for an examining committee, as the fact that a man
presents a card is not in itself evidence of membership in an Odd
Fellows' Lodge.
REPORTS OF THE D. D. G. MASTERS.
I regret that I have had reports from only 14 of the District
Deputies out of 26 appointed, and the majority of these reports
came in so late that my report has been delayed in consequence.
I want to say, however, so far as I have been able to ascertain,
the work of the District Deputies the past year has been exceptionally good, and has resulted in a great benefit to the Order throughout the entire Jurisdiction. It is apparent that the recommendations made to me at the last session of the Grand Lodge were
prompted by wisdom and a knowledge of the brothers named,
and I take this occasion to heartily thank the District Deputies
for the loyalty, energy and good judgment that they have displayed
in the discharge of their duties, and also to say that upon the
shoulders of these deputies rests, to a great extent, the responsibilities for the progress made by the Order and the harmony that
shall prevail among the members.
Brother F. Taylor, District No. 1, Lodges Nos. 1, 2 and 4,
reports a most satisfactory increase in membership and a sound
financial condition in the lodges that he represents. But, what is
still better to my mind, Brother Taylor says that the best of
harmony prevails. 3659
Brother J. J. Johnston, District No. 2, Lodges Nos. 3 and 27,
reports a prosperous condition of both lodges. Much to my
gratification, both lodges of New Westminster have indulged in
several social functions that have been a success from every standpoint, and Brother Johnston attributes a large degree of the
prosperity enjoyed by the two lodges to these functions, and on
this point I am inclined to believe that he is eminently correct.
Brother J. B. Nicholson, District No. 3, Lodges 5 and 20,
reports the two lodges under his jurisdiction progressing favourably and working most harmoniously.
Brother Henry Carroll, District No. 4, Lodge No. 6, reports
a most satisfactory increase in membership and excellent work
being done in the way of improving the lodge in every way.
Brother Alexander Cleland, District No. 6, with Lodges Nos.
8, 10, 19, 24 and 26, under his jurisdiction, has had a strenuous
year, and in the performance of his duties has had his hands full.
With five lodges under his jurisdiction, some of them among the
largest in the Province, he has found it no easy task to meet the
demands that have been made upon his time. Brother Cleland
reports the installation of the officers for both terms in all of the
lodges in his district. These lodges are all prosperous, and it is
expected that within a short time two or more lodges will be
instituted in that district. Brother Cleland reports good work
done on the Home Fund, many individual subscriptions having
been secured for a term of years. The new hall erected by
"Western Star" Lodge, No. 10, is greatly appreciated by all the
lodges and is a credit to the lodge that built it, and to the Order
generally in Vancouver.
Brother Gough, District No. 9, Lodge No. 12, reports prosperity
and harmony prevailing and a bright outlook for the future.
Brother Castley, District No. 12, Lodge No. 17, reports a successful year, showing increased membership and increased attendance, with the finances of the lodge in excellent shape.
Brother F. F. Baker, District No. 16, Lodge No. 28, reports
keen interest in the work of his lodge and a prosperous year.
Brother Loughland, District No.  17,  Lodge No. 34, does not
make  a  very   enthusiastic   report  on  the work  of  the  past year. 2660
Financially the lodge is in excellent condition, and at the close of
the year there is evidence of greater interest being manifested in
the work of the Order and a satisfactory increase in membership.
Brother Johnson, District No. 18, Lodges Nos. 36 and 43,
predicts a bright future for both lodges. I regret the brother has
not gone more into detail as to the conditions of these two lodges,
for I know by personal visitation that the lodges at Rossland and
Trail rank among the first in the jurisdiction in attendance, excellence of work done, membership and loyalty to the principles of
the Order.
Brother Teeter, District No. 21, Lodge No. 40, makes a brief
report as to the work of " Slocan " Lodge for the past year. I
know that the members of this lodge are entitled to great credit
for what they have accomplished. Perhaps no lodge in the
Province has had to work under as many difficulties for the past
few years as Slocan Lodge, and yet they are hopeful and courageous, and if conditions will permit, will make their lodge a
permanent and lasting success.
Brother Hickenbotham, District No. 23, Lodge No. 42, makes
a most encouraging report. "Key City" Lodge is prospering as
it has not done for many years. The degree team is crowded with
work every meeting and the new members are taken from among
the best manhood represented in Cranbrook. During the year a
Rebekah Lodge has been organized that is receiving the enthusiastic support of the Subordinate Lodge, and in consequence both
lodges are being greatly benefited thereby. The lodge has built
a handsome lodge building in conjunction with the Knights of
Pythias, and financially is in a most satisfactory condition.
Harmony prevails absolutely; keen interest is being manifested in
the work of the Order; the meetings are well attended, and the
best is required of every officer of the Lodge.
Brother Foote, District No. 24, Wildey Lodge No. 44, reports
a most successful year. Many new members have been added to
the roll; everything has been harmonious, and the work of the
degree team has been exceptionally satisfactory.
Brother Clapp, District No. 25, Camborne Lodge No. 47,
reports the most prosperous year in the history of the organization.
Many new members have been received; harmony prevails; the
financial condition is satisfactory, and the prospects for the future
are the brightest. 2661
REPORTS ON REBEKAH LODGES
Reports were received from the following Rebekah .Deputies:
Sister Ross, of Vancouver, District No. 2, Lodge No. 2.
Sister Gillard, Nanaimo, District No. 3, Lodge No. 3.
Sister Fales, New Westminster, District No. 4, Lodge No. 5.
Sister Evans, Rossland, District No. 6, Lodge No. 13.
Sister Aitken, Duncan, District No. 7, Lodge No. 15.
Sister Bacom, Nelson, District No. 9, Lodge No. 16.
Sister O'Neal, Slocan City, District No. 8, Lodge No. 15.
The reports show a general good feeling prevailing among
the lodges in this jurisdiction, but there is a lack of evidence of
any material growth or increased interest in the work. New
lodges have been organized at Fernie, Greenwood and Cranbrook
during the year and these lodges are doing exceptionally well so
far as I can learn at this time. In every town where a Rebekah
Lodge is receiving proper encouragement from the subordinate
lodges, the former's field of usefulness has been greatly widened
and the general results have been extremely beneficial. Throughout the entire Province the Rebekah lodges are doing excellent
work and it is the duty of every member of subordinate lodges to
do everything in their power to advance the interests of these
lodges.
Yours fraternally,
F. E. SIMPSON,
Grand Master. 266a
Grand Secretary's Report
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. 0. 0. F.
It again becomes my pleasing duty to lay before you a report
of the work of the Order in this Jurisdiction during the past twelve
months, together with a statement of its position on the 31st
December,  1906.
SPECIAL DUTIES.
In obedience to a Standing Resolution of the Session of 1905,
the Lodges were notified of the amendments made to the General
Laws of the Order by the Sovereign Grand Lodge at the Session
of 1906, which laws came into force on January 1st. 1907.
In compliance with the instructions of last Session, the Lodges
were canvassed as to the number of Bound Proceedings of this
Grand Lodge 1886 to 1906 that would be required, with the result
that twenty sets of two volumes each have been ordered and will
be distributed as soon as received from the binder.
CONDITION  OF THE  ORDER.
No new Lodges were instituted last year, but on the contrary
there was a loss of one Lodge, consequent on the amalgamation
of "Gold Range" Lodge No. 22. North Bend, with " Cheam"
Lodge No. 28, Agassiz.
A charter was authorized last Session for Penticton Lodge No.
51, but for several reasons this Lodge has not yet been instituted.
The charter and supplies have been forwarded to Bro. S. A. Shat-
fora, D. D. G. M.. District No. 13, Vernon, and it is proposed to
institute on the 31st May, and it is hoped that nothing will occur
to  prevent  this arrangement being carried out. W. D. MCKILLICAN
GRAND MASTER
1884  266;
A petition was received for a Charter to institute a Lodge at
Princeton and a dispensation was issued by the Grand Master on
the 18th of April last for this purpose. Bro. J. R. Campbell, P. G.,
of Camborne Lodge No. 49, has been commissioned to act as
instituting officer, and it is intended to institute on the 28th May.
From the Statistical Statement it will be seen that the membership of this Jurisdiction on 31st December, 1906 was 3,809,
being an increase of 164 during the year preceding. Although
this is the largest increase we have had for several years, it cannot
be considered as satisfactory when judged by the gains of other
jurisdictions. From a financial standpoint, the returns from the
Subordinate Lodges indicate a prosperous condition. Although
the relief paid last year was in excess of the previous year, the
increase in the receipts more than cover this excess, and the assets
of the Lodges show a gain of $44,037.65 over the preceding year.
REBEKAH   LODGES.
The Rebekah branch of the Order seems to have enjoyed a
greater degree of prosperity than the Subordinate Lodges during
the year. Phoenix Rebekah Lodge No. 17, was instituted in 1906,
and this year Greenwood Rebekah Lodge No. 18 was instituted at
Greenwood on 28th January; Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge No. 19,
at Cranbrook on 28th February, and Esther Rebekah Lodge No. 20.
at Fernie on 5th April last, showing a total gain of four lodges.
The total membership of the Rebekah Lodges on 31st December,
1906, was 836, an increase of 131 members during the year.
I am given to understand that an application will be made at
this Session for a Charter for a Rebekah Assembly, and, if so, I
trust that whatever action the Grand Lodge may take in this
matter will conduce to the welfare of this branch of the Order in
this Jurisdiction.
Following the practice of a number of years I beg to submit
a comparative abstract statement of the reports of the Lodges for
the year 1906:— 2664
STATISTICAL.
Statement Showing the Result of the Year's Work Compared with
the Year 1905.
Increase. I Decrease*
No. of Lodges 31 Dec, 1906	
instituted since   ..
Members 31 Dec, 1906	
"        initiated    	
admitted  by card.
" "       admitted as A. O..
" "       reinstated    	
withdrawn   	
deceased   	
expelled   . ..'	
resigned   	
suspended   	
"   ceased membership by N.P.D.
"   rejected   	
"   Degrees conferred  	
"   Past   Grands	
Receipts from Dues	
Admissions   and  Degrees
Rents and Invested funds
All   other  sources	
Total receipts   	
No. of brothers relieved	
"   Widowed   families   relieved...
"   Brothers  buried   	
"   Weeks Sick Benefits paid	
Amt. paid for relief of brothers...
widowed families
Education  of orphans...
Burying the dead   	
Special   relief   	
Current   expenses   	
Total amount paid for relief
"        "        of Assets of
Average  amount  of  benefits  paid
to each sick member	
Average amount expended for relief per member  	
Average duration of sickness, per
sick member   	
Average duration of sickness, per
member   	
Average cost per member for current expenses   	
164
Lodges.
1
25
51
31
2
4
2
174
7
1073
815
$.44,025.17
$ 8,533.75,
$ 14,140.58
$ 1,646.92
$ 68,346.42!
12
26..
2853
$ 17,425.11$
$      802.00 ..
$        48.00 ..
$   2,356.30$
$    2,547.55$
$ 21,146.67$
$ 23,178.96$
$321,608.61$
$        46.84!$
$ 6.091$
7w. 4 2-3d.   1
5dys 6 hrs
1
299
34
4,296.56
1,918.25
938.29
6,391.27
36
$
329
2,343-o6
477-85
1,881.05
380.39
4.522.96
44,037-65
$
O-DD
22
760.83
I3I.OO
48.OO
$
0.1 2665
Increase. I Decrease.
Average cost per member for all
Lodge  expenditure   	
Amount of Assets,  per member..
Total amount expended for relief
since institution of Grand
Lodge  in   1874   	
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
REBEKAH  LODGES.
of Lodges 31 Dec, 1906..
of Lodges instituted since
11.64
84-43
$398,679.50
of Members—Brothers
of   Members—Sisters..
of   Members   initiated
year—Brothers   	
No.   of   Members   initiated
year—Sisters   .. ■	
No.    of    Members    admitted    by
card—Brothers   	
No.    of    Members    admitted    by
card—Sisters   	
No. Members reinstated—Brothers
No. Members reinstated—Sisters..
No. Members withdrawn—Brothers
No. Members withdrawn—Sisters.
No.   Members   ceased membership
by N.  P.  D.—Brothers ...
No.   Members   ceased  membership
by N. P. D.—Sisters	
No. Members deceased—Brothers
No. Members deceased—Sisters..
Receipts during year for Dues.. ..
Rents and Invested funds....
Admissions   	
From all other sources	
Total receipts   	
Payments   during the  year—
Relief of members   	
Widowed families   	
Special relief   	
Total   relief   	
Lodge expenses   	
Total invested funds  	
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
12
23
26
3
1
1,378.25
82.15
311.00
289.75
2,061.15
.68.65
15.00
170.00
253-65
1,326.74
2,533-23
0.82
8.28
261.00
78.05
108.00
92.50
539-55
15.00
140.00
123.65
177.03
274-25
31-35 2666
FINANCIAL STATEMENT.
Cash Received and Paid to Grand Treasurer.
From "Whom Keceived.
Tax term,
ended
SO June
1906
Tax tern
ended
31 Dec.
1906
Supplies.
Fines I
Charter!
Fees,   I
Etc.
Home
Fund.
Total.
Victoria        Lodge No.
Columbia
Royal   City
Dominion
Black Diamond
Harmony
Excelsior
Vancouver
Tatnai
Western Star
Union-
Selkirk
Cloverdale
Kootenay
Duncan
Vernon Valley
Mt. Pleasant "
Centennial
Delta
Ashcroft "
Island
Pacific
Amity "
Cheam
Rocky Mountain
Rossland
Boundary Valley
Silver City
Slocan
Trout Lake
Key City
Enterprise
Wildey
Gateway
Snowshoe
Mt. Fernie      "
Coronation
Camborne
Eureka
Princeton
Colfax, Rebekah "
Miriam        "
Laurel
Carried forward
i
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
io|
nj
12
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
24
26|
27
28
34
36|
38
39
40
4i
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
52
1
3
9
$
no 00
80 30;
69 30
84 70
74 25
116 051
26 40
96 80
68 20
153 45
39 05
72  05
15 95
85 25!
33 00
30 25
34 10
70 95
25 85
16 25
17 05
113 70j
84 15
33 00
34 10
97 35|
46 20
25 30
15 40
26 95
39 60
59 95
24 20
41 80
45 65
29 15
18 70
13 75
13 20
$ 107
78
70
82
73
117
26
94
69
161
39
72
16
85
33
30
37
70
24
16
18
116
85
28
33
96
47
16
18
24
35
64
29
4i
45
3i
19
15
13
80
65
95
50
70
70
40
60
85
15
05
60
50
25-
55
25
95
95
75
50
15
60
80
05
55
25i
85
65
15
75
75
35
15
25
65
90
25
95
75
$
6 00J
7 5oj
7
6
11
401
ooj
25|
8o|
60J
ooj
251
or
25l
19
3 25
10 70
2 50
2 50
4 io|
10 00I
2 OO
12 IOj,
5 ooj.
m
4 8o|
650I.
4 8o|
13
6
2
2
2
25!
6o|
4o|
25|
So|
12 90)
10 70J
1 00
4 00
2 00
2 00
35 8o|
14 3o|.
6 so|
2 00
30 00
62 00
26 00
223 80
166 45
147 65
173 20
159 20
234 55
54 40
258 40
146 30
333 85
81 35
!55 35
34 95
170 50
69 05
60 50
76  15
151 90
50 60
38 75
63 20
242 40
174 95
61 30
72 45
200 10
98 85
4i 95
35 55
64 95
81 95
126 70
55 60
85 55
104 20
7i 75
37 95
30 70
26 95
65 80
14 30
6 50
2 00
|$2o8i 35l$2093 45|$ 251 75|$ 38 oo|$ 88 oo|$4552 2667
Brought   forward... .|$2o8i 35|$2093 45|$ 251 75!$ 38 oo|$ 88 00
8 90
1 00
1 00
4 15
24 501 1    49 25
20 00
21 00
Deborah
Ivy
Floral
Queen City
Phoenix
Greenwood
Maple Leaf
Esther
Sundry Persons   	
J. DeWynter, interest
Dom. Gov't, Refund duty
l6  2sl
10 00|
10 ooj
10 00
Interest,    Grand
urer's account
Treas-
19 io[
37 70
196 00
|$2o8i 35l$2093 45|$ 353 67^124 8o|$333 25
$4552
55
8
90
1
00
1
00
1   4
15
73
75
30
00
3i
00
26
25
5
12
196
00
IO-
10
37
70
$4986
52
ORDERS  DRAWN  ON  GRAND TREASURER.
Amount
1906
June
14
1
<<
14
2
it
14
3
a
14
4
(t
14
5
it
14
6
tt
14
7
Aug.
13
8
a
13
9
tt
16
10
tt
20
n
Sept.
4
12
it
4
13
Oct.
8
14
a
8
15
tt
17
16
Nov.
27
17
Dec.
19
18
a
19
19
1907
Feb.
18
20
it
18
21
tt
25
22
Mar.
n
23
a
n
24
tt
n
25
tt
n
26
April
6
27
tt
12
28
D. E. Mackenzie, G.M...
Grand Treasurer   ......
W.   H.   Huxtable	
do. 	
J.  Pottinger   	
F.  Davey, G. Sec'y	
C. S. Keith 	
R.  Hall   	
T. R. Cusack  	
A. A. Boak & Co	
Dominion Express Co..
Grand Secretarv	
do. 	
Herald Publishing Co...
Grand Secretary	
do. 	
do. 	
do. 	
do. 	
do.
Odd Fellows Union....
F. E. Simpson, G. M	
Colonist Ptg. & Pub. Co.
Sovereign Grand Lodge
Fred. Davey, G. Sec'y..
do. do.
do. do.
do. do.
Postage, etc	
Mile'ge and per diem, Ses. '06
Janitor Grand Secy's  Office.
Janitor, Session 1906	
Card Ind. Odd Fellow	
Registration   Fees,   etc	
Duty, etc., Specimen books.
Premium, G. Secy's Bond...
Printing proceedings, etc.. ..
Premium,   G.  Treas.   Bond..
Expressage   	
Salary, three months   	
Postage,  freight,  etc	
Envelopes, G. M	
Deposit, Savings Bank	
Remittance,  Sov.  G.  Lodge,
do. do.
Salary,   three  months	
Postage, etc	
Remittance, Sov. G. Lodge. .
Rent,   G.   Secy's  Office	
Allowance   	
Blank Books  	
Representative Tax   	
Salary, three months  	
Postage and sundries   	
Deposit in Bank   	
Wreath,   funeral  J.   E.   Phillips, P. G. M _
Carried forward |$4i6o oj
$    13 25
2203 20
20 00
10 00
10 00
6 30
6 50
4 00
320 00
5 00
17 60
180 00
30 05
3 00
98 00
15 10
16 00
180 00
11 60
97 85
100 00
300 00
37 20
150 00
180 00
37 40
98 00
10 00 May
2668
1
12
29
6
30
8
31
18
32
18
33
18
34
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Grand Secretary 	
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
Fred. Davey, G. Sec'y..
do.              do.
T. R. Cusack 	
Brought forward  ..
Supplies    	
Deposit in Bank  ....
Supplies   	
Salary, three months
Postage and  sundries
Letterheads    	
$4160
05
89
30
38
00
18
00
180
00
24
50
5
00
$4514 85
SUMMARY.
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer, per last report $2068 45
Cash received and paid to Grand Treasurer, per statement. 4986 52
$7054 97
Less orders drawn on Grand Treasurer, per statement... .$4514 85
Balance in hands of Grand Treasurer $2540 12
STOCK ACCOUNT.
Dr.
Balance from last year's account   	
Goods bought during the year 	
Freight, etc., on supplies from Sov. Grand Lodge
Profit during the year 	
Goods sold during the year  	
Value of stock on hand  	
$ 189 67
314 70
30 10
65 05
$ 599
Cr.
$ 357 92
241 60
$ 599 52 2669
ODD FELLOWS' HOME FUND.
Receipts.
Amount on hand as per last report  $4410 31
Donation Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17  49 25
Interest DeWynter Mortgage,  12 months  196 00
Interest Dominion Government Savings Bank  37 31
Interest Imperial Bank of Canada  40 43
Transfer of Fines paid by Lodges, 1905-1906  12 00
Donations members of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  62 00
Donations members Island Lodge, No. 24  26 00
- '    • $4833 30
Payments.
Registration Fees, etc., on transfer of Mortgage     $     6 30
Total value of this  Fund     $4827 00
How Invested.
On   Mortgage    $2800 00
Dominion Government Savings Bank     776 72
Imperial Bank of Canada     1149 88
Grand Treasurer's hands       100 40
    $4827 00
AGED ODD FELLOWS' FUND.
Amount on hand as per last report     $ 464 02
Interest Dominion Government Savings Bank  13 89
$ 477 91
Deposited in Dom. Government Savings Bank..$ 477 42
Grand Treasurer's hands    49
    $ 477 91 2670
BALANCE SHEET.
Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F., May, 1907.
Folio.
Tatnai Lodge,  No. 9	
Sovereign Grand Lodge   	
Grand Treasurer   	
Profit and Loss   	
Dom. Govt. Savings Bank  (Home Acct)
Royal City Lodge, No. 3	
Silver City Lodge, No. 39	
Western Star Lodge, No.  10	
Aged Odd Fellows Fund	
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41	
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13	
Dom.   Govt.   Savings   Bank   (Aged   Odd
Fellows Fund)   	
Key City Lodge, No. 42	
Enterprise  Lodge,  No. 43	
Snowshoe Lodge, No. 46 *r....
Odd Fellows  Home Fund  	
Coronation Lodge, No. 48	
Pacific Lodge, No. 26	
Camborne Lodge, No. 49	
Vernon  Valley  Lodge,   No.   18	
Imperial Bank of Canada (Home Acct.) ..
Dominion Lodge, No. 4	
Delta Lodge, No. 21	
Queen City Rebekah Lodge, No. 16	
Centennial Lodge No. 20	
Cloverdale Lodge, No. 15 	
Phoenix Rebekah Lodge No. 17	
J. DeWynter  	
Furniture and Regalia  	
Ashcroft Lodge No. 23	
Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 34	
Stock Account   	
Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge, No. 19	
Greenwood Rebekah Lodge, No. 18	
Princeton Lodge No. 51	
Island Lodge No. 24	
Dr.
Cr.
$
00
3298 38
00
477
60
90
88
5 00
5 00
4827 00
05
55
4 00
1 00
2800 00
546 65
4 25
10
241 60
1 00
50
75
90
$8628 34l$8628 34 2671
GENERAL RELIEF COMMITTEES.
In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the following Statistics have been furnished by the two General Relief
Committees operating in this Jurisdiction.
Victoria.
No. of Brothers relieved  9
Amount paid for Relief  $ 456 50
Amount paid for Management Expenses....      35 75
Amount of Receipts        516 45
Vancouver.
18
$ 656 71
107 92
725 61
HOME FUND.
This fund grows slowly; it shows an increase of $416.69 during
the year, which includes a donation of $49.25 from Phoenix Rebekah
Lodge, No. 17, the profits arising from a ball given by that Lodge
on behalf of this fund and individual subscriptions from the
members of Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, $62, and of Island Lodge,
No. 24, $26. As there is now over $2,000 available in the bank, it
is suggested that a more profitable investment of this amount
might be found.
OBITUARY.
I regret very much to have to record the death of Bro. J. E.
Phillips, P. G. M. and P. G. R., at his home at New Westminster,
on 23rd March last, after a prolonged illness. Bro. Phillips was an
active and zealous worker on behalf of our Order, and a highly
respected and esteemed citizen. He was a constant attendant at
our Grand Lodge sessions for a number of years, and his good
nature and genial manner made him a general favourite.
FIRE.
On 2nd January last Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, had the
misfortune to lose its hall and contents, including Charter and
paraphernalia, by fire. The property was only partially insured.
On receiving the news I immediately forwarded the supplies usually
furnished new Lodges, and a Dispensation was issued by the Grand
Master, empowering the Lodge to continue operations until a
Charter was authorized by this Grand Body. I would recommend
that a Duplicate Charter be granted without charge, and that the
value of the supplies furnished be donated to the Lodge. 2672
AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION.
Notice having been received in proper form to amend Section
3, Article II., of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge so as to
reduce the number of representatives, copies of same were forwarded to the Subordinate Lodges, and the proposed amendment
will be submitted for your consideration. The proposal, if adopted,
would reduce the number of representatives by eleven, and if it
had been in force at the last session of the Grand Lodge would
have lessened the expense of that session by about $168.00.
CONCLUSION.
In closing this report allow me to express my sincere hope that
the Thirty-Third Annual Session of the Grand Lodge may be
marked by the harmony and good feeling that should ever characterize fraternal gatherings, and that its deliberations may tend to
maintain the good name and to further the noble objects and work
of one of the best and greatest organizations that this world has
ever produced.
Fraternally submitted,
Grand Secretary. 2673
Report of Grand Treasurer
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.:
I beg to submit a statement of my receipts and disbursements
as Grand Treasurer during the past year:
Receipts.
1906 Dr.
June 14, To cash from late Grand Treasurer $2068 45
July 20, To cash from Royal City Lodge, No. 3  69 30
July 20, To cash from Amity Lodge, No. 27  84 15
July 20, To cash from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  96 80
July 20, To cash from Western Star Lodge, No. 10  153 45
July 20, To cash from Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19  34 10
July 20, To cash from Island Lodge, No. 24  17 05
July 21, To cash from Pacific Lodge, No. 26  113 30
Aug. 16, To cash from Grand Secretary  866 05
Sept.  6, To cash from Grand Secretary  324 00
Nov.   3, To cash from Grand Secretary   328 65
1907
Jan.   28, To cash from Western Star Lodge, No. 10  161  15
Jan.   28, To cash from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  94 60
Jan.   28, To cash from Mt. Pleasant Lodge, No. 19  37 95
Jan.   28, To cash from Pacific Lodge, No. 26  116 60
Feb.    7, To cash from Island Lodge, No. 24  18 15
Feb. 19, To cash from Grand Secretary   825 70
April 11, To cash from Grand Secretary   1000 45
May 21, To cash from Grand Secretary  154 57
May 21, To cash from Island Lodge, No. 24, donation to
Home  Fund     26 00
May 23, To cash from Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, donation
to Home Fund   62 00
May 23, To cash from Grand Secretary  364 80
May 23, To cash from Interest, Royal Bank  37 7°
$7054 97
Disbursements.
Cr.
By paid orders Nos. 1 to 34, inclusive $4514 85
Balance   $2540 12
Fraternally submitted,
WALLACE LAW,
Grand Treasurer. 2674
Report of Grand Representatives
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.:—
Your Grand Representatives beg leave to submit the following
report of the Eighty-second Annual Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, which convened in the Provincial Parliament
Buildings, Toronto, on the 17th of September, 1906:
The Representatives were welcomed on Monday morning by
the Hon. J. P. Whitney, Premier of the Province of Ontario; Mayor
Coatsworth on behalf of the City of Toronto; W. S. Johnston,.
Grand Master, on behalf of the Grand Lodge; J. Powley, Grand
Patriarch, on behalf of the Grand Encampment, and Miss Ida
Robins, on behalf of the Rebekah Assembly. Deputy Grand
Sire Conway replied to these addresses on behalf of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
These preliminaries over, the session was opened, when the
reports of the Grand Officers for the past year were presented,
from which it appears that the Order is in a most flourishing condition.    The record for the year 1905 is as follows:
1904. 1905. Gain.
Lodge   members    1,217,145        1,278,065 60,920
Encampment  members        177,839 185,370 7,531
Rebekah members,  brothers....   170,583 178,636 8,053
Rebekah members,  sisters    303,476 322,647        19,171
The total number of persons belonging to the Order is 1,600,712.
As the brothers of Rebekah lodges and of encampments are also
members of subordinate lodges, they are not counted again in the
above total. The total amount expended for relief in the several
branches of the Order for 1905 was $4,680,387.74, being an increase
over 1904 of $49,643.69. This, of course, does not include the
amounts sent by the Order to California for the relief of Odd
Fellow sufferers from the earthquake. 2675
In addition to this relief, reports furnished the Grand Secretary
show that the Order has Homes for Aged and Indigent Odd Fellows and for the widows and orphans of deceased Odd Fellows in
operation on this Continent valued at $2,203,260.34, sheltering 2,517
inmates, and maintained at an annual cost of $386,862.28. A number of Jurisdictions, including our own, are also accumulating
funds for the purpose of establishing Homes.
In response to the appeal of the Grand Sire for relief of members of the Order who suffered from the appalling catastrophe
which befell California in April, 1906, the sum of $208,711.18 was
contributed, of which this Jurisdiction donated $2,216.95.
From the Grand Secretary's Report we take the following as to
the work of the Order since the year 1830 to end of 1905, also as
to the condition of the Order on 31st of December, 1905:
STATISTICS    OF    THE     ORDER    THROUGHOUT    THE
WORLD FROM 1830 TO DECEMBER 31st, 1905.
Including  Australasia,   Denmark,   Germany,  Netherlands,   Sweden
and Switzerland.
Initiations in Subordinate Lodges  3,052,419
Members relieved  3,115,646
Widowed Families relieved  281,869
Members deceased  305,706
Total Relief  $110,106,166.30
Total Revenue   i93,297,375-6i
CONDITION  OF THE ORDER THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD DECEMBER 31st, 1905.
Sovereign Grand Lodge  	
Quasi-Independent Grand Lodges (Australasia, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland)   	
Grand Lodges  	
Grand Encampments 	
Subordinate Lodges  	
Subordinate Encampments	
Rebekah Lodges   	
Lodge Members 	
Encampment Members  	
6
68
56
15,038
3,282
7,345
1,278,065
185,370 2676
Rebekah Lodge Members  501,283
Total number of persons belonging to the Order.... 1,600,712
Total Relief paid in 1905  $ 4,680,387.74
Total Receipts of Subordinate Bodies for 1905  14,061,550.69
Total expenses of Grand and Subordinate Bodies for
1905  7,112,877.01
Invested  Funds  of  Grand  and  Subordinate   Bodies
December 31st, 1905   40,118,648.17
DECISIONS OF THE GRAND SIRE.
The Grand Sire rendered 62 Decisions, many of these reaffirmed
existing law; we have, therefore, confined our report to those
which present new features and those bearing on Grand, Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges, so as to reduce this report to the
smallest limits.
Dec. 4. 1st Statement.—A brother away from his home Grand
Jurisdiction dies without an estate and is buried by a lodge where
he is. The amount allowed by his home lodge for burial expenses
is insufficient to reimburse the lodge conducting the burial for the
expenses incurred, the same being as low as possible consistent
with decent burial. Question.—Can the Grand Lodge, to which the
subordinate conducting the burial is subordinate, reimburse said
subordinate out of its general fund the amount expended by it in
excess of the amount received from the deceased brother's home
lodge? Or would such a use of the general fund be a misuse of
trust funds?
If the Grand Lodge can make such use of its general fund, would
it be legal for it to provide in its Constitution to reimburse all subordinates similarly situated upon the recommendation of its Finance Committee and the approval of its Grand Master?
Approved Answer.—A Grand Lodge cannot expend its funds for
the payment of funeral or other benefits either by re-imbursing
Subordinate Lodges the difference between the amount authorizd
to be paid under the law applicable and the amount actually expended in a given case, in behalf of their own or sojourning members, or otherwise, and a Grand Lodge cannot by Constitutional
provision authorize such expenditure of its funds.
2nd Statement.—A member of the Order plays base ball on Sunday and in the game is severely injured and for a time totally disabled. • 2677
Question.—Would the fact that he brought on the disability while
playing on Sunday relieve the lodge from paying sick benefits on
the ground that the injury was caused by his own immorality?
Answer.—Yes. If the laws of the State prohibit the playing of
base ball on Sunday, otherwise, no.
Dec. 6.—Question A.—A lodge has admitted members since 1895
who were and are still engaged in the saloon business. How am I
to proceed to get them out?
Answer.—By notifying the lodge through its proper officers (in
case some member does not do the same) to prefer charges against
the brother, based on the fact that he continues in the saloon business. I assume, of course, that the brothers you speak of were
admitted to the Order after the legislation which made saloonkeepers and bartenders ineligible.
Question B.—If the members thus admitted were ignorant of
their ineligibility and made no concealment of their business, or it
was at least known to the lodge, and now they persist in continuing in the business, what are their rights, and what course should
the lodge pursue?
Answer.—Charges should be preferred against them under which
they would be liable to expulsion from the Order.    See decision of
Grand Sire No. 61 at the sessions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge
1905 and the report, of the Judiciary Committee thereon by Rep
Goudy, being Report No. 10, approved.
Dec. 10. Question 1.—Can a non-beneficial member, who makes
application for membership accompanied by his official certificate,
on being elected, become a non-beneficial member in his new lodge?
Or must he join as a beneficial member, he not being at the time a
non-affiliate?
Answer.—Whether he can join as a non-beneficial member depends entirely upon the local legislation of the Jurisdiction on the
subject of the admission of members of that kind. Of course this
answer is predicated on' the assumption that he has complied with
all of the provisions of the resolution of 1904 (Journal, page 761),
and that the conditions prescribed in that resolution all exist.
Question 2.—If the brother takes withdrawal card and makes application for membership thereon, while the same is in date, can he 2678
become a non-beneficial member? (He being a non-beneficial member of his old lodge at the time the withdrawal card was granted.)
Answer.—Whether he can join as a non-beneficial member depends entirely upon the local legislation of the Jurisdiction on the
subject of the admission of members of that kind. Of course, this
answer is predicated on the assumption that he has complied with
all of the provisions of the resolution of 1904 (Journal, page 761),
and that the conditions prescribed in that resolution all exist.
Dec. 16. Question 1.—In the absence of local legislation can a
subordinate lodge or encampment provide for payment of a fixed
sum in full of all dues during life; in other words, can a lodge sell
life membership, relieving the member from all future payment of
dues?
Answer.—No.
Question 2.—Can a subordinate Grand Body (I presume you
mean Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment) authorize its subordinates to provide in their By-Laws for life membership of beneficiary members?
Answer.—I do not know exactly what is meant by "life membership." I assume you mean entitling a member to benefits for
life upon the payment of a fixed round sum instead of periodical
dues.    Thus understanding your question, I answer "No."
Dec. 17. Statement.—A person joined a lodge one and one-
half miles from his residence.. Twenty-five or more years ago he
moved to another location in the same town about six miles from
his lodge-room. He now applies to a lodge in another town between a quarter and a half mile nearer his residence, passing the
door of a lodge in his own town, about two and one-quarter
miles from his residence.
Question.—Does such an application come under the transfer
law of 1904?
Answer.—No. I understand that the lodge to which he belongs
now is located about six miles from his residence, while the
lodge he proposes to join is in another town and about five and
one-quarter or five and one-half miles from his present residence.
I also understand that there is another lodge in the town of his
residence, and but two and one-quarter miles therefrom. I do not
think that this brother has moved from the vicinity of his own   2679
lodge  to  the  vicinity  of  the  one  he  desires  to  join,  within  the
meaning of the Resolution of 1904.
Dec. 18 Statement.—Section 72 of the Constitution of Ohio
provides that "Each beneficial member in good standing who
shall be disabled by sickness or injury to his person from following some legitimate business, provided said sickness or injury
shall not have been occasioned by his own improper conduct, and
who shall have been a member of the lodge for six months, shall
be entitled to receive as benefits," etc. Section 77 provides
"That at the decease of a member there may be appropriated
toward defraying the expense of his funeral an amount not to
exceed $100."
Question.—Can a lodge by By-Law limit the payment of sick
benefits to Third Degree members in good standing? Can it
also limit the payment of funeral expenses to members of the
Third degree in good standing, or must funeral expenses be paid
for all members,  regardless  of the  degrees they have taken?
Answer.—A lodge has the right to limit the payment of sick
benefits to Third degree members unless there is something in
the law of the Jurisdiction (of Ohio) to prevent it.
Under Section 77 of the Ohio Constitution the payment of
funeral expenses seems to be optional with the lodge and not a
right of the member. A lodge may confine the right to funeral
benefits to Third degree members, if there is nothing in the local
law (Ohio) to prevent it. See Busbee's Digest, Section 23, and
Sections   72-77   Ohio   Subordinate   Lodge   Constitution.
Dec. 19. Question 1.—Can a subordinate lodge legally adopt
and enforce a By-Law authorizing an assessment on the members in case there is a deficiency in the fund from whence payments are made for nurse-hire (the By-Laws providing for nurse-
hire), funeral benefits, sick benefits, and for the general expenses,
without the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction passing an enabling
law?
Answer.—Yes. Unless there is something in the Constitution
of the subordinate lodge or in the local legislation of the Jurisdiction to prevent. See Busbee's Digest, Sections 16, 1827, 1840,
1846, 1847. 268o
Question 2.—Can a Grand Lodge pass such an enahling law as
is contemplated in the preceding question (No. 1) ?
Answer.—Yes.
Question 3.—Can a subordinate lodge legally adopt and enforce
a By-Law providing for the payment of an annuity to the widow
and orphan children, or either of them, of a brother who died in
good standing, the annuity to run for life or a period of years, as
the case may be, without the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction
passing an enabling law?
Answer.—No.    See Busbee's Digest, Sections 488, 489, 492, 493.
Question 4.—Can a Grand Lodge legally pass such an enabling
law as is contemplated in preceding question (No. 3) ?
Answer.—No. See Busbee's Digest, Sections 488, 489, 492, 493.
Question 5.—Can a subordinate lodge legally adopt and enforce
a By-Law authorizing an assessment on its members to pay such
annuity (see Question 3) in case the fund from which such payments are made is depleted without the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction passing an enabling law?
Answer.—No.    See Busbee's Digest, Sections 488, 489, 492, 493.
Question 6.—Can a Grand Lodge legally pass such an enabling
law as is contemplated in Question 5?
Answer.—No.    See Busbee's Digest, Sections 488, 489, 492, 493.
Dec. 25. Statement.—A brother's dues are paid to January 1,
1906; he dies on January 19, 1906, having been for six weeks previous thereto unable by reason of sickness to follow his usual
occupation or any other occupation by which he could earn his
livelihood. He was never reported in open lodge as being ill.
Being a railroad employe, he was placed on the company's sick
list, and on the same day went to a member of his lodge (a Past
Grand Master holding a minor office in the lodge, and a frequent attendant at lodge meetings) and informed him of his having been placed on such railroad sick list, and that his physical
condition seemed such that he would not resume work for some
weeks.
Further, according to the statement of the Past Grand Master
referred to,  the  brother told him that it might be necessary to 268i
go to Florida in an.endeavor to overcome the ailment.   The Constitution of the lodge contains the following pertinent provisions:
Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2.—"Every Scarlet member qualified as required by the By-Laws, not being more than three
months in arrears shall, in case of sickness or disability, be entitled to and receive such weekly benefits as may be fixed by law
from the funds of his lodge after his case has been reported to
the lodge * * * to commence not later than two weeks after
being placed on the sick list as the By-Laws may provide," etc.
etc.
Clause 4.—" In case of the death of a brother qualified as provided in clause 1st, there shall be allowed to his widow or dependent relatives as a funeral benefit such sum as the lodge may determine, not less than $30 for a Scarlet member."
The By-Laws of the lodge provide inter alia as follows: Article
3, Section 5.—"Widows and orphans of members who died in good
standing shall be entitled to receive from the Widows' and Orphans' Fund such sums as the lodge may see fit to grant them."
Article 4, Section 1.—"Every member of the Scarlet degree in
good standing * * * and not disqualified by these By-Laws, shall,
if sick or disabled, receive weekly the sum of $2 per week during
such sickness or disability," etc., etc. * * * No brother shall be
entitled to benefits for more than one week previous to his case
being reported to the lodge, and the lodge shall possess unquestionable evidence that the member is entitled to benefits."
Question 1.—Was the brother in good standing at the time of
his death?
Answer.—Yes.
Question 2.—Was the notice given (to the Past Grand Master)
sufficient under the law of the lodge, even although he failed to
convey the same to the lodge?
Answer.—No.
Question 3.—Is the brother's widow entitled to the six weeks'
sick benefits?
Answer.—No.
Question 4.—Is the brother's widow entitled to the usual death
or funeral benefit? Answer.—Yes.
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Question 5.—Is she (the widow) entitled to donations from the
Widows' and Orphans' Fund, when deemed by the lodge as being
in need thereof?
Answer.-
See Busbee's Digest, Sections 35, 71, 75.
Dec. 26. Question.—A Syrian born in Damascus, Asia, is proposed for membership in an Odd Fellow's lodge. Is he a " white
man," within the meaning of our Constitutional provision on this
subject?
Answer.—Yes. The words, "white man," in our Constitution
are synonymous with Caucasian. Syrians belong to the Caucasian,
or white race.
Dec. 28. Question A.—Is it legal or permissible for a lodge of
the I. O. O. F., when the anniversary of the Order (April 26) falls
on a week day to defer the celebration to the following Sunday,
and hold a meeting private or public for such celebration on such
Sunday?
Answer.—No.    See Busbee's Digest, Section 1.
Question B.—Is it legal or permissible for the lodge to hold a
meeting on Sunday for the purpose of presenting the Order in its
true light to the public and to  advance  interest therein and  to
instruct in its tenets and work?
Answer.—There is no positive law against it, but the Order does
not favor it, except on occasions of religious or semi-religious
character, such as funerals, memorial services, etc. Busbee, Section 1854.
Question C.—If such anniversary meeting as is referred to in
Question A is held on Sunday, the 29th of April, in the present
year, may the expense of such Sunday celebration be legally paid
from the funds (general or contingent) of the lodges participating
in such Sunday meeting and celebration?
Answer.—If held on Sunday, April 29, No. If held on April
26, Yes.    See Busbee's Digest, Sections 1, 509. 2683      .
Dec. 29. Statement.—A subordinate lodge in the Jurisdiction
of New Jersey adopts the following resolution, to wit:
"Resolved, That the Union label be placed on all local printing
of this lodge."'
Under this resolution the lodge has printed letter heads containing the name and number of the lodge, its location and nights
of meeting, the date of its institution and certain emblems of the
Order, namely, the three links and the All-seeing Eye at the head
of the sheet. At a prominent place near the head of the sheet is
the so-called Union label, on which occur the words "Allied
Printing Trades Council, Newark, N. J., Union Label." This label advertises the fact that these letter heads are printed in establishments  in which Union labor only is employed.
Question.—Is this action of the lodge, to wit, the resolution
and action legal?
Answer.—No.    See Busbee's Digest, Section 471.
Dec. 30. Question A.—A member of a lodge belonging to the
United States Army is taken sick and is paid his salary while sick
by the Government. Is he entitled to benefits?
Answer.—If otherwise entitled under your local law, the fact
that he receives his salary does not disentitle him to benefits.
Question B.—A member of a lodge, clerking in a store, is taken
sick, and while sick, his employer pays him his salary. Is he entitled to benefits?
Answer.—If otherwise entitled under your local law, the fact
that he receives his salary does not disentitle him to benefits.
Busbee's Digest, Section 95.
Dec. 32. Question.—Is there any general law to prevent a
band, some of the members of which are members of an Odd
Fellows lodge, from taking the name of such a lodge?
Answer.—No, provided the consent of the lodge be first had and
obtained.
Dec. 33. Statement.—A was admitted as a charter member into
a lodge in Tennessee, February 24, 1888, and continued a member
until November 18, 1893, when he took a withdrawal card. 2684
On May 10, 1904, he presented his petition for membership in
another lodge as an Ancient Odd Fellow, and filed with his petition his withdrawal card from the first lodge. His petition gave
his age as 54 years. Said petition was referred to a committee,
which made a favorable report, and on June 7, 1904, he was duly
elected to membership, and has continued as a member and been
at all times in good standing since said time.
At the time of making application he paid the fee provided by
the By-Laws for Ancient Odd Fellows, which was $2.00.
Since his admission he has paid the dues provided for all members of said lodge.
The By-Laws make no distinction as to dues as to beneficial
and non-beneficial members.
A. took sick and made application for sick benefits. His application was referred to the Sick Committee, which reported that
he was not entitled to same, because he was at time of his admission a non-affiliated Odd Fellow, over 50 years of age, under
Section 13, Article 2, of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges
of Tennessee, a copy of which is here filed as a part of this statement of facts.
The By-Laws of the lodge do not specially provide that non-
beneficial members, admitted under Section 13, Article 2, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, shall be entitled to benefits. Said
By-Laws are silent on that matter. The By-Laws of the lodge
do not provide what fees non-beneficial members shall pay, under
Section 1, Article 7, Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, nor what
dues they shall pay, under Section 3, Article 7, Constitution of
Subordinate Lodges. There is not a word in them about non-
beneficial membership.
The record at date of application for membership and date of
election does not state whether he was admitted as a non-benefi-.
cial member or otherwise.    It is silent on that question.
Contention.—A. contends that because he did not make application for non-beneficial membership, and because the lodge did
not specifically elect him as a non-beneficial member; that, therefore, he was received as a beneficial member, and entitled to benefits becatise he has paid the same dues as other members. 2685
The lodge contends that because he was, at the time of making
application, a non-affiliated Odd Fellow, and had retained membership in the Order over five consecutive years, and was over
fifty years of age, that, he, under Section 13, Article 2, Const:tut-
tion of Subordinate Lodges of Tennessee, came in as a non-beneficial member whether he applied for such membership or whether
the lodge elected him to such membership or not; and under said
Section he was not entitled to benefits unless specially provided
for in the By-Laws.
Question.—Is Bro. A. a beneficial or non-beneficial member of
the lodge?
Answer.—He is a non-beneficial member. The only provision
to be found in the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges of Tennessee in relation to the admission of persons above the age of 45
years, is that contained in Section 13 of Article 2 of such Constitution and that section provides only for the admission to non-
beneficial membership.
Section 13 of Article 2 of the Constitution reads as follows:
"Non affiliated Odd Fellows, who have been regularly initiated
into the Order, and have retained membership for at least five
consecutive years, and who, at the time of making application for
reinstatement or membership, shall be over 50 years of age, may
be admitted to membership as non-beneficial members upon the
payment of such admission fee as its By-Laws may prescribe.
Where the application is not for reinstatement, it shall be accompanied with the withdrawal card or dismissal certificate of the
applicant. All applications under this section shall be referred
to an investigating committee, and in all respects disposed of as
other applicants for membership. Such non-beneficial members,
when so admitted, shall have no claim upon the lodges for weekly
benefits in case of sickness or disability, nor shall their families
be entitled to funeral or educational benefits from said lodge unless speciallv orovided for in the By-Laws, but in all other respects shall enjoy the same privileges as other members.
Dec. 27. Statement.—A member of a lodge, being entitled to
benefits which are being regularly paid him at the time, enters a
Soldiers' Home and the hospital connected therewith provided
under the laws of the State for sick, disabled, aged, or indigent
soldiers. 2 686
Question A.—Is the brother entitled to a continuance of weekly
benefits after his admission to said home, he being in receipt of
benefits at the time of his admission thereto?
Answer.—Yes.   See Busbee's Digest, 61.
Question B.—If the brother was not on the sick list at the
time of his admission to the home, would he be entitled to weekly
benefits for a sickness or disability occurring at any future time,
^.Thile he remains an inmate thereof?
Answer.—Yes.
Dec. 38. Question.—Can a member of the Order in Australasia, who has recently removed to Boston, transfer his membership
without fee, as provided in the new law (1904), relative to the
transfer of membership without fee? In other words, does the
new law apply to quasi-independent Grand Lodges?
Answer.—Yes.
NEW LEGISLATION.
A proposal to abolish Collars as Regalia and substitute Badges,
was not adopted, on the grounds that Collars constitute a distinctive feature of our Order and should be preserved.
When D. D. G. M.s or D. D. Presidents visit Rebekah Lodges
officially they are to be accorded the same honors as the Officers
they represent.
The words "Payment of benefits or pecuniary aid is not authorized by this Certificate" are to be omitted in future in the
Official Certificates used by Rebekah Lodges.
A Standing Committee on "Odd Fellows Homes" was added to
the Standing Committees of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, to whom
all matters pertaining to Widows', Orphans or Odd Fellows'
Homes shall be referred in future. This Committee submitted the
form of a report to be required from these institutions, giving fuller
information as to their work, which was adopted.
The Telegraph Cypher and Key is to be printed on the first
page of books of Official Certificates in future for more general
information. 2687
Rituals are to be printed on best quality linen ledger paper,
strongly bound, with cloth joints and hand-sewn on tape in future,
so as to be more serviceable.
In the case of sick members in care of other Lodges, the Visiting Committee must report at the last meeting in the month on
the condition of the brother, and this report must be forwarded
to the sick brother's Lodge, with the bill of any sums contracted
on his account.
Grand Lodges may approve the By-Laws of a Subordinate providing for the payment of a higher rate of dues by members engaged in hazardous occupations, or living in unhealthy climates.
The Special Committee on Patriarchs Militant, recommended
that it be consolidated with the Patriarchal branch of the Order,
the P. M. Degree to be known as the Fourth or Militant Degree.
Another proposal was submitted to have in the Patriarchs Militant two classes, to be known as Chevaliers and Volunteers. The
consideration of the whole question was deferred to the Session
of 1907.
Subordinate Lodges, Encampments and Rebekah Lodges who
admit members not residing within their territorial jurisdiction
without having received proper permission, shall, upon conviction,
remit to the Lodge or Encampment having jurisdiction, all fees
received and dues while the member shall retain membership in
the offending Lodge or Encampment.
A proposal to appoint a Committee to revise the Subordinate and
Rebekah Rituals was indefinitely postponed.
A proposal to divert the amount unexpended of the California
Relief Fund to assist lodges to rebuild their halls, etc., was not
sanctioned.
Grand Lodges which legislate through a Representative system
for Rebekah State Assemblies, and Rebekah Lodges, may require
its legislative members and executive officers to be members in
good standing in a Rebekah Lodge, as an additional qualification
for membership in the Grand Lodge.
The law respecting transfer of membership by Card, adopted in
1904, was extended to apply to Encampments and Rebekah Lodges. 2688
It was also amended by substituting the words " territorial jurisdiction " instead of " vicinity " of Lodge.
The Special Committee appointed at the Session of 1905 on this
subject reported the law had been proven to be a good law and they
were opposed to its being repealed. They recommended that the following be added to the existing law, which was adopted :
That a brother desirous of availing himself of the provisions of
said law, shall send with his application for a withdrawal card, the
sum of 25c. (cost price of such card), and an additional amount equal
to four weeks or one month's dues, which shall entitle the brother to
the protection of the lodge from which he proposes to withdraw, as
far as benefits are concerned, for the period of four weeks or one
month, or such less time as may be necessary to complete the transfer
of his membership.
Subordinate Lodges are not permitted to rent or lease property
owned by them for saloon purposes.
The adoption of the Report of the Committee on Appeals. Levi
Kryder, from the decision of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, affirms the
right of Lodges to expend money for renting rooms to be used for
club rooms, social entertainments, reading rooms, libraries and for
purposes of amusement of members.
The amendment to the Constitution permitting the admission
of members at 18 years of age was lost by a vote of 124 for, to 70
against. The sentiment in favor of this change is growing, and
we expect that it will shortly become law. Notice of a similar
amendment was given and will come up for consideration next
session.
The amendments to the Grand Lodge Constitution of this Jurisdiction jnade last session were approved.
The finances of the Sovereign Grand Lodge are in a very satisfactory condition. The balance in the hands of the Grand
Treasurer on 31st July, 1906, was $109,262.92, being an increase of
$39,088.50 during the year. The bond of the Grand Treasurer was
increased to $50,000.
The sale of Official Certificates is expected to reach the required
3,000,000 this year, when the price will be reduced to. sixty cents
per book, as promised when these certificates were introduced. 2689
The Committee on the State of the Order reported a net gain
of 60,920 during the year in Subordinate Lodge membership; that
this membership had doubled during the last 16 years; that the
net gain during the past 20 years was 147 per cent; the net gain
during the past five years was 332,733, and that if this ratio is
maintained the Order will have two and one-half millions of members in. another 20 years.
Since the session of 1905 the Province of Alberta had been set
aside as a Grand Lodge Jurisdiction, and was represented at
Toronto by two representatives; the Grand Encampment of North
Carolina became entitled to an additional representative, making
the total number of accredited representatives to the session of
1906 two hundred.
The officers elected for the next two years were installed as
follows: E. S. Conway, Illinois, Grand Sire; J. L. Nolen, Tennessee, Deputy Grand Sire; J. B. Goodwin, Georgia, Grand
Secretary; M. Richards Muckle, Pennsylvania, Grand Treasurer,
The following are the appointed officers: E. L. Pilsbury, Massachusetts, Grand Marshal; Rev. J. M. Baker, Indiana, Grand
Chaplain; Rev. J. W. Venable, Kentucky, Grand Chaplain, emeritus;
W. A. Steidley, Louisiana, Grand Guardian; W. L. Brown, Kansas,
Grand Messenger.
The Session of 1906 was the second held by the Sovereign Grand
Lodge in Canada, the former one being held at Toronto in 1880.
The entertainment furnished by the brethren of Ontario was
abundant and of a very high character and was thoroughly enjoyed
and appreciated by the visitors. It consisted of an excursion by
steamer across Lake Ontario to St. Catherines on Saturday, 15th
September, where the visitors were hospitably entertained by the
local members. A very successful Past Grand Representatives
Re-union was held in Massey Hall on Tuesday evening, at which
eloquent addresses were delivered by Past Grand Sires Pinkerton
and Campbell and Grand Representative Hill Montague of Virginia,
and a programme of music of a very high order was rendered.
The parade on Wednesday afternoon was a complete success.
There were about 10,000 men in line. The whole route of the
procession was gaily decorated and lined with enthusiastic spectators; in fact the city seemed to have taken a general holiday
for the occasion.
Charming receptions were held by the Grand Sire at the King
Edward Hotel on Monday evening; by the Lieut.-Governor and
Mrs. Clark on the lawn at Government House, on Thursday after- 2690
noon; and by the Mayor and City Council at the City Hall on
Friday evening, all of which were numerously attended and greatly
enjoyed.
In conclusion we beg to return our sincere thanks to the Grand
Lodge for the honor conferred in electing us to the high and
responsible position of your Representatives to the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
FRED. DAVEY,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
Grand Representatives.
The Committee on Distribution submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the
contents of the Grand Master's report be referred to the following
committees:
To the Committee on State of the Order—Pages 3, 4, part page 5.
Reports of D. D. G. M.'s, pages 7, 8 and 9.
To the Committee on Finance—Part of page 5, re Expenses of
Grand Master.
To the Committee on Judiciary—Decisions and Dispensations,
pages 6 and 7, and Reports of D. D. G. M.'s, containing decisions on
questions of law.
To the Committee on Rebekah Lodges—Page 10.
Also that the subject matter of the Grand Secretary's Report be
referred to the following committees :
To the Committee on State of the Order—Page 11, re Statistics;
page 12; pages 13 and 14, re Work of General Relief Committee; page
20.
To the Committee on Petitions—Page 12, re Petitions for Charter
for Princeton Lodge, No. 52, Greenwood Rebekah Lodge No. 18, Maple
Leaf Rebekah Lodge, No. 19, and Esther Rebekah Lodge, No. 20.
To the Committee on Rebekah Lodges—Page 12, re RebekaH
Lodges. 2691
To the Committee on Finance—Pages 15,  16, 17, 19 and part of
page 20, referring to loss by Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, by fire.
To Committee on Odd Fellows Home—Pages 18 and 20, relating
to Home Fund.
We would also recommend that the report of the Grand Treasurer
be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolved: That when this Grand Lodge adjourns it be
to one o'clock p.m. today.
The Grand Lodge took a recess for the purpose of receiving the Mayor of the City of Nanaimo and a delegation of
Sisters of Rebekah.
A. E. Planta, Esq., Mayor of the City, and the Sisters of
Rebekah were admitted and the Mayor was introduced to the
Grand Lodge by J. Crossan, P. G. M., P. G. R. His Worship
extended a hearty welcome to the Grand Lodge and granted to
it the freedom ,of the City. He trusted that their visit would
prove both pleasant and profitable.
J. Crossan, P. G. M., P. G. R., introduced the N. G. of
Miriam Rebekah Lodge No. 3, who presented the following
address on behalf of that Lodge:
ADDRESS OF WELCOME.
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Greeting :
It becomes our pleasant duty, on beui\i of "Miriam" Rebekah
Lodge No. 3, to extend to you a hearty welcome on the occasion of
your meeting in this city at the 33rd annual Session of the Grand
Lodge of this Province.
We hope that your visit to the Coal City of the Province will be
one of pleasure as well as profit.
To those who have not the privilege of having a Rebekah Lodge
at their homes and to any Representatives who have not taken the
Rebekah Degree, we extend a cordial invitation to meet with us tonight, 2692
when  we   will   confer   the   Rebekah   Degree   on   anyone   wishing  to
receive it.
Signed in behalf of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3,
ANNIE BELL, P. D. D. G. M.
IRENE AITKIN, N. G. Pro-tem.
CHRISTINA DIXON.
The Deputy Grand Master, on behalf of the Grand Lodge,
thanked the Mayor and Sisters of Rebekah for the kind welcome they had extended to the Grand Lodge.
The Mayor and Sisters of Rebekah having retired the
Grand Lodge resumed business.
Resolved: That the address of welcome presented by the
Sisters of Rebekah be printed in the proceedings of this Grand
Lodge Session.
Petitions were read from Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, No. 2;
Beulah Rebekah Lodge, No. 5; Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No.
13; Floral Rebekah Lodge, No. 15; Queen- City Rebekah
Lodge, No. 16; Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17; Greenwood
Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, and Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge,
No. 19, praying that a Charter be granted to institute a
Rebekah Assembly in this jurisdiction; also communications
from Colfax Rebekah Lodge No. 1, declining to take any
action in the matter at present, and from Miriam Rebekah
Lodge, No. 3, stating that it preferred to remain under the
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the petitions
and communications he referred to the Committee on Petitions.
The Grand Secretary submitted the following supplementary  report,  which  was   referred  to  the   Committee  on
Distribution:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
(1) Since my report was printed I have been informed by Bro.
S. A. Shatford, D.D.G.M., District No. 13, that assisted by a number
of members of the three Lodges of his District he instituted Penticton
Lodge No. 51 at Penticton, B. C, on the 31st May last. He states
that this Lodge has a number of enthusiastic members and predicts for
it a successful career. He also recommends that steps be taken to
organize Lodges at Kelowna and Summerland before the end of the
present year on account of the prosperous condition now prevailing in
the Okanagan District. 2693
(2) Bro. J. R. Campbell, Special D. G. M., also reports that
Princeton Lodge, No. 52, was instituted on the 28th May at Princeton,
B. C. Bro. Campbell states that there is a plenty of good material
there and he believes that the new Lodge will form the nucleus of one
of the best Lodges in British Columbia.
(3) I am pleased to be able to report that the Grand Treasurer
has notified me that he has received from Bro. A. McKelvie, P.G., the
sum of $200, amount. collected by him from the members of Pacific
Lodge, No. 26, on behalf of the Odd Fellows' Home Fund of this
Jurisdiction. Bro. Law also states that he thinks that $131 has been
collected from the members of Western Star Lodge No. 10, on behalf
of this fund. This shows what can be done in this direction by a few
willing workers.
FRED DAVEY, Grand Secretary.
A communication was read from Union Lodge, No. 11,
respecting the remuneration paid to its representatives for
attending the Grand Lodge Session and pointing out the exceptional disadvantages under which they are placed.
Referred to the Committee on Mileage and Per Diem.
A communication was read from Selkirk Lodge, No. 12,
respecting the establishment of an Odd Fellows Home in this
jurisdiction and pledging itself to assist such an object by
every possible means.
Referred to the Committee on Odd Fellows Home.
The Grand Lodge adjourned to one o'clock p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at one o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of representatives present. All present were examined,
reported qualified and the Grand Lodge was declared open for
business.
The Grand Master entered and assumed his position.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called. 2694
The Committee on Distribution presented the  following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Distribution beg to recommend that the Supplementary Report of the Grand Secretary be referred as follows:
To the Committee on State of the Order—Paragraphs 1 and 2 re
institution of Lodges at Penticton and Princeton.
To the Committee on Odd Fellows' Home—Paragraph 3, re subscriptions to Home Fund from Lodges in District No. 6.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
We your Finance Committee, appointed at the last Session of the
Grand Lodge held in Victoria, June 13th and 14th, 1906, beg leave to
report than we have examined the books of Grand Secretary and
Grand Treasurer and find the accounts and books of the same correct,
and kept in a businesslike manner.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Finance submitted the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
We, your Committee on Finance, beg to report, re expenses of
Grand Master, that we concur in the sentiments expressed therein to
a great extent, but cannot recommend an increase in the appropriation
to the Grand Master for expenses, owing to the condition of the
finances of the Grand Lodge.
In the matter of Vernon Valley Lodge, No. 18, we concur in the
recommendation of the Grand Secretary, that a duplicate Charter be
granted free, but, considering the financial standing and prosperous
condition of this Lodge, we cannot recommend that the value of the
supplies furnished be donated to the Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Warden, by direction, retired and conferred
the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past Grands in the
ante room:   J. Aitken, No. 18; J. McRae, No. 28; D. Ander-   2695
son, No. 39; H. Hickenbotham, No. 42; T. H. White, No. 47;
J. M. Wright, No. 48; J. B. Gaylord, No. 50.
Moved, seconded and carried: That no new business be
introduced after three o'clock tomorrow afternoon, except by
unanimous consent.
Resolved: That the Grand Lodge do now adjourn to
eight o'clock this evening.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly.
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at eight o'clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum
of representatives present. The necessary preliminaries having been complied with, the Grand Chaplain offered prayer
and the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
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 approved amendments to the By-laws of the following Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges of this Jurisdiction:
Harmony Lodge No. 6—Sec. 1, Art. I: Changing hour of meeting.
Vancouver Lodge No. 8—Sec. 1, Art. II: Changing hour of
meeting. Sec. 4, Art. XXIII: Altering rates of Sick Benefits. Sec. 7,
Art. XXIII: Increasing Funeral Benefits.
Pacific Lodge No. 26—Sec. 3, Art. XX: New section providing for
the election of Grand Representatives. Sec. 1, Art. XXI: Increasing
rate of Sick Benefits. Art. XXIV: Authorizing deposits in Deposit
Vaults.
Boundary Valley Lodge, No. 38—Sec. 1, Art. IV: Altering rates
of Sick Benefits.
Mt. Fernie Lodge No. 47—Art. I, Sec. 1: Changing night of
meeting. Art. X: Providing for deposit of funds in any Chartered
Bank. Art XX, Sec. 1: Adding Sick Nursing Fund. Art XXI,
Sec 4: Increasing Funeral Benefits. 2696
Deborah Rebekah Lodge, No. 13—Art. VI, Sec. 6: Providing for
election and duties of Trustees.
Kootenay Lodge No. 16—Amendment to Sec. 1, Art XX: Providing for furnishing Medical Certificate of sickness or Certificate of
four members of Visiting Committee before payment of Sick Benefits.
Also a complete set of By-laws of Phoenix Rebekah Lodge, No. 17.
Signed by the Committee.
The   Committee   on   Printing   submitted   the   following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, /. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Printing beg to report that tenders for
Printing the Proceedings of this Session were invited from four
firms, but that a price was only received from one, Bro. T. R.
Cusack, the others declining to tender owing to pressure of other
work. The accepted price, $2.00 per page is 45c more than was paid
last year, but in view of the general rise in prices, we do not think
this excessive..
The amount paid for printing last year was $120 more than provided in the approved estimate. This was owing to the revised
Constitutions being printed with the Proceedings of last Session.
We would recommend that the practice of including two Past
Grand Master's portraits in addition to that of the Junior Past Grand
Master be continued in the Proceedings of this Session.
Signed by the Committee.
The   Grand  Treasurer  presented  the  following  Supplementary report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Since closing my report I am pleased to state I have received the
following additional amounts as donations to the Home Fund:
Pacific Lodge, No. 26, Vancouver  $200 00
Western Star Lodge, No. 10, Vancouver  145 00
Mt Pleasant Lodge, No. 19, Vancouver    32 00
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8  1 00
$378 00
Fraternally submitted,
• " .        WALLACE LAW, Grand Treasurer. 2697
The   Committee   on   Petitions   submitted   the   following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Petitions beg to report that we have examined
the Petitions for Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges and recommend
that Charters be granted to the following:
For a Subordinate Lodge to be instituted at Princeton by the
name of "Princeton" Lodge, No. 52, with the following Charter
members: H. L. Godsoe, D. Sketchley, P. Y. Smith, D. M. French,
J. R. Campbell, P.G., N. Huston, J. W. Burrill and S. McCoskery, P.G.
For a Rebekah Lodge, located at Greenwood, by the name of
""Greenwood" Rebekah Lodge, No. 18, with the following Charter
members: Mrs. J. O. Covington, Mrs. L. A. Huff, Marietta Brown,
F. E. Brown, Georgie Buckless, Catherine Crowe, E. A. Boak, Rosina
A. Boak, J. E. Spankie, G. M. Barrett, C. A. Phillips, Mrs. Anna
Phillips, Annette R. Holmes, F. C. Buckless, W. B. Fleming, A. Logan,
R. C. G. White, F. B. Holmes, Mrs. G. W. Terhune, Mrs. A. F. Jordan,
A. E. Braithwaite and J. D. Davidson.
For a Rebekah Lodge, located at Cranbrook, by the name of
Maple Leaf" Rebekah Lodge, No. 19, with the following Charter
members: Nettie Dingman, Caroline M. Gill, Ida Morrow, P. M.
Freeman and Adelaide E. Parker.
For a Rebekah Lodge, located at Fernie, by the name of "Esther"
Rebekah Lodge, No. 20, with the following Charter members: Bro.
O. N. Ross, Bro. W. W. Tuttle, Alice Tuttle, Margaret Beck and Bro.
Thomas Beck.
We would also recommend that a Duplicate Charter be furnished
to "Vernon Valley" Lodge, No. 18, free of charge, to replace the
original destroyed by fire.
We would also recommend that this Grand Lodge grant the
Petitions of the eight Rebekah Lodges for a Rebekah Assembly in this
Province.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Rebekah Lodges presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Rebekah Lodges beg to report that we have
been very favorably  impressed with  the  satisfactory  reports  of  the 2698
Rebekah   Lodges   and   note   with   especial   satisfaction   the   largely
increased membership.
We would also respectfully submit that in our opinion in the best
interests of this Branch of our Order, the time has arrived for the
granting of a Charter for a Rebekah Assembly, as we feel confident
that it will be not only in the best interests of the Rebekah Branch,
but will be to the welfare of the Order as a whole.
Signed by the Committee.
Report read from the Committee on Statistics re Dues and
Benefits, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of B. C, I. O. O. F.
Your Special Committee on Statistics re Dues and Benefits beg
to present herewith abstracts of the reports of the Subordinate Lodges
of this Jurisdiction on this important subject:
The average cost per member for relief last year is 97c in excess
of the previous year, partially accounted for by the large amount paid
for Special Relief, which includes the liberal donations made by our
Lodges for the assistance of our brethren in California last year.
There is a slight reduction in the average cost per member for
current expenses, and the necessity for strict economy along this line
cannot be too strongly emphasized.
The average duration of sickness per member does not vary much,
and it would be a safe and conservative estimate, based on these
reports, for each Lodge to provide for the payment of six days Sick
Benefits to each of its members during the year.
It will be seen from the abstracts that there has been a steady
decline in the average cost per member for all services when grouped
in periods of ten years. The cost per member for relief has dropped
from $7.08 in 1897 to $6.55 in 1906. This is no doubt owing to the
fact that a great number of Lodges have reduced the rate of sick
benefits paid, during this period.
The average cost for Current Expenses has also fallen from
$6.99 in 1897 to $5.72 in 1906, and the average for all Lodge expenditures has been reduced from $14.07 to $12.27 within the same decade.
These features are both gratifying and encouraging.
Signed by the Committee.   2701
The   Committee  on   Judiciary   submitted  the   following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. 0. F.
Your Committee on Judiciary beg to report as follows:
We have examined the decisions of the Grand Master reported
on pages 6 and 7 of his report, and beg to state that we agree with
all decisions except the last on page 7, respecting the right of Bro.
Ernest C. Nelson to admission as a visitor to Vancouver Lodge, No. 8,
I. O. O. F., we claim on the information now before us that Bro.
Nelson of Milford Lodge, No. 223, Massachusetts, had, at the time he
presented himself as a visiting brother at Vancouver Lodge No. 8,
the right and status of an Odd Fellow in good standing. We think
that at that time there was something to justify Vancouver Lodge,
No. 8, in refusing Bro. Nelson admittance until he was able to further
prove his identity. We are satisfied that he subsequently did produce
to said Lodge ample proof of his identity with the party named in his
Official Certificate, viz., Bro. Ernest C. Nelson. We are of the
opinion that, having proved his identity satisfactorily, he is entitled
to the full rights of an Odd Fellow even if he had forgotten the major
portion of the secret work and. the signs and passwords which are
usually required of visiting brothers.
We fully recognize the necessity of all Lodges in our Jurisdiction
exercising due care as to the admission of visiting brothers, but as a
matter of legal right, after having carefully considered his case, and
the decision in the Digest, we are of the opinion that a member's rights
as an Odd Fellow are not dependent on a member's memory of the
secret work of the Order and that if his identity is satisfactorily
established and his official certificate in due form he is entitled to the
full rights and status of an Odd Fellow.
This case shows clearly the absolute necessity of all Lodges
carefully instructing members in the secret work of the Order, and
we wish to deprecate the practise sometimes found in some Lodges
of railroading candidates through two or more degrees in one session,
and this case also shows the necessity of members signing their
Official Certificates immediately upon receipt of same.
Signed by the Committee.
The Grand Master stated that in making his report he
had overlooked a decision given by the D. D. G. M. of District
No. 1, ruling that nominations were not legal in the election of
Representatives to the Grand Lodge and that he dissented from
this decision. 2702
It was, on motion, resolved: That a special committee be
appointed at this Session to draft a Constitution for the
Rebekah Assembly authorized to be instituted in this jurisdiction, and report at the next Session of this Grand Lodge.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That the institution
of the Rebekah Assembly take place at the next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge and that the Rebekah Lodges of this
Jurisdiction be notified to that effect.
The Grand Warden, by direction, retired to the ante room
and conferred the Grand Lodge Degree on the following Past
Grands: J. R. McKenzie and H. Rowbotham, No. 5; W. J.
Ferguson, P. Bennett, E. Rogers and J. Rowbotham, No. 20,
and also on Thos. Graham, Lethbridge Lodge, No. 2, Leth-
bridg^e. District of Alberta, at the written request of the officers
of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The representatives of Harmony Lodge, No. 6, called the
attention of the Grand Lodge to the fact that the claim of that
Lodge on "Star of the South" Lodge, No. 66, New South
Wales, for Sick Benefits advanced to one of its members, which
was dealt with at the last Session of this Grand Lodge, still
remained unsettled, notwithstanding the efforts of the Grand
Officers of this Jurisdiction. It was moved, seconded and
carried: That the incoming Officers of this Grand Lodge be
instructed to continue their efforts to obtain a settlement of this
claim and, if necessary, to ask for the intervention of the
Sovereign Grand Lodge.
The hour for the election of Officers of the Grand Lodge
for the ensuing year having arrived, the following nominations
were made:
For Grand Master—T. Embleton, No. 36, by C. S. Keith,
No. 3.
For Deputy Grand Master—H. Fulton, No. 6, by D. G.
Dailey, No. 5.
For Grand Warden—W. Law, "No. 10, by F. T. Bishop,
No. 10.
For Grand Secretary—Fred. Davey, No. 1, by J. Crossan,
P. G. M. No. 5.
For Grand Treasurer—E. L. Webber, No. 2y, by D. E.
Mackenzie, P. G. M. No. 3; W. H. Thorpe, No. 20, by E.
Rowland, No. 6; J. Bell, No. 4, by W. H. Cullin, No. 4. 27°3
For Grand Representative—D. G. Dailey, No. 5, by A.
Forrester, No. 5; C. S. Keith, No. 3, by M. J. Phillips, No. 3.
The Grand Master appointed F. J. Smyth, No. 44; and
H. B. Gilmour, P. G. M. No. 10, to act as Tellers.
T. Embleton, No. 36, being the only nominee for the office
of Grand Master, the Grand Secretary, by order of the Grand
Lodge, cast the ballot for his election, and he was declared duly
elected as Grand Master for the ensuing: year.
The Grand Secretary, by order of the Grand Lodge, cast
the ballot for the election of H. T. Fulton, No. 6, as Deputy
Grand Master for the ensuing year, which was accordingly
done, and he was declared duty elected.
a*j
By order of the Grand Lodge, the Grand Secretary cast
the ballot for the election of Wallace Law, No. 10, as Grand
Warden, and he was declared duly elected.
The Deputy Grand Master, by order of the Grand Lodge,
cast the ballot for the election of Fred. Davey, No. 1, as Grand
Secretary, and he was declared duly elected.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Treasurer
and the following result announced: No. of votes cast, 106;
E. L. Webber, No. 27, received 52 votes; W. H. Thorpe No.
20, received 30 votes, and J. Bell, No. 4, received 24 votes.
Neither candidate receiving a majoirty of the votes cast, the
ballot was again spread, the name of Bro. Bell being dropped,
and the following result announced: No. of votes cast, 106;
E. L. Webber, No. 27, received 69 votes; W. H. Thorpe, No.
20, received 37 votes. E. L. Webber, No. 27, having received
a majority of all votes cast, was declared duly elected.
The ballot was spread for the election of Grand Representative, and the following result announced: No. of votes cast,
106; D. G. Dailey, No. 5, received 61 votes; C. S. Keith, No. 3,
received 45 votes. D. G. Dailey, No. 5, having received a
majority of votes cast, was declared duly elected as Grand
Representative for two years.
It was, on motion, resolved: That a vote of thanks be
tendered to the Tellers for their efficient services in conducting
the election.
Moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn to 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.
The Grand Lodge adjourned accordingly. 2704
SECOND DAY
13th June, 1907.
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 9 o'clock a.m., pursuant
to adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.    All present were examined, reported
qualified.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and the Grand Lodge
was declared duly open for business.
The roll of Officers and Representatives was called.
The minutes of yesterday's sessions were read and, on
motion, adopted.
An invitation was read from the Representatives of "Royal
City" Lodge, No. 3, and "Amity" Lodge, No. 27, to hold the
next Annual Session of the Grand Lodge at New Westminster.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the invitation be accepted,
and that the next Annual Session of this Grand Lodge be held
in the City of New Westminster.
The Committee on State of the Order submitted a report,
which was, on motion, laid on the table until the proposed
amendment to the Grand Lodge Constitution respecting a
reduction of the representation to this Grand Lodge has been
dealt with.
The Committee on Judiciary submitted the following
report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, the Committee on Judiciary have examined the reports
of D. D. G. M.'s, and agree with their rulings with the exception of a ruling by the D. D. G. M. for District No. 1, that "it is not
legal to nominate P. G.'s for representatives to Grand Lodge."
We think it is quite proper and legal that nominations should be
made prior to selection of representatives to the Grand Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
The Committee on Odd Fellows Home presented the following report, which was adopted:
To -the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Odd Fellows Home, recognizing the possible
and probable necessity in the near future for such a Home in this 2705
Jurisdiction, are unable to look on the reports that have been submitted to them as to the condition of the Fund already accumulated
for this purpose, and the amounts that have been added to it during
the past year, with but a very qualified degree of satisfaction. Contributions from all sources during the past year only amount to about
$800, and it is forcibly impressed on your Committee that such a slow
rate of progress will postpone the attainment of our hopes in this
matter for an indefinite period.
Your Committee would, therefore, strongly recommend that some
more expeditious and at the same time a fairer and more equitable
way of securing funds may be adopted than those that have hitherto
been tried. The only way in which the object aimed at can be successfully accomplished and at a reasonable date appears to your
Committee to be the levying of a pro rata assessment by this Grand
Lodge on the Subordinate Lodges of such an amount as may be determined on from time to time, until there is sufficient funds on hand to
secure a desirable site and to erect the requisite building. As, however, there appears to be a doubt as to whether the Constitution of the
Grand Lodge empowers it to raise money for such a purpose and as
to the legality of Subordinate Lodges assessing their members to meet
these calls, your Committee recommend that steps be taken to amend
both the Grand Lodge Constitution and that of the Subordinate
Lodges, granting such enabling powers, so that the matter may be
dealt with at the next Session of this Grand Lodge.
In the meantime your Committee would recommend that Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges be requested to donate to the Home Fund
any surplus arising from entertainments given by them, believing
that these Lodges would be only too willing to comply with this
request if it was brought to their notice, as this object in many cases
is overlooked by them unintentionally.
We would also recommend that the action adopted at last Session
be continued and that District Deputy Grand Masters be requested to
ask each Subordinate Lodge to appoint a Committee to make a
systematic canvas of its members for donations to the Home Fund;
also that the individual members of this Jurisdiction be urged to more
generously contribute to this worthy and laudable object.
The foregoing suggestions, if approved, will meet the desire of
the members of Selkirk Lodge, No. 12, as expressed in their communication, which was referred to this Committee.
The question of a more profitable investment of the available
monies of this fund, we recommend be dealt with by the Executive
Officers of the Grand Lodge in the manner directed by the Session
of the Grand Lodge held at Ladysmith in 1905.
Signed by the Committee. 2706
The Special Committee, appointed last Session to consider
and report some plan for reducing the expenses of the Sessions
of this Grand Lodge, submitted the following report :
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
We, the Special Committee appointed last Annual Session held in
the City of Victoria, for the purpose of devising ways and means of
reducing the expenses of the Grand Lodge, have carefully considered
the matter, and beg leave to submit the following report:—
Your Committee has been assigned a subject which required
careful consideration in order to attain the desired result, and at the
same time not impair the efficiency of the Grand Lodge, or interfere
with anything which is for the best interests of the Subordinate
Lodges.
To your Committee there appears three courses open to effect the
result, viz.:
1st. Biennial Sessions.
2nd. Reducing the amount paid to Representatives.
3rd. A reduction of the number of Representatives.
No. 1 your Committee do not consider would be for the good of
the Order. Taking for instance the matter of appeals, which might
have to wait fifteen or twenty months for the Grand Lodge to meet
before being acted upon, and thereby cause great injustice to a Lodge
or a brother.
We would not recommend the adoption of No. 2, as some of our
Subordinate Lodges now feel that on account of the distance and time
necessary to attend the Grand Lodge, capable Representatives would
be unable to attend.
As to No. 3, your Committee recommend the adoption of the
amendment to the Grand Lodge Constitution now before you, (a copy
of which is attached hereto), giving one Representative to every
Subordinate Lodge having 100 members or under, and one additional
Representative to every Lodge having 101 members or over. This
would make a reduction as at this Session of the Grand Lodge of 13
Representatives, and cut down the expenses $216.50. This would give
a benefit to the Subordinate Lodges by enabling the per capita tax to
be reduced. We feel the adoption of this recommendation will not in
any way lessen the efficiency of the administration of the affairs of
the Jurisdiction.
The Grand Secretary has very kindly assisted your Committee,
so that we are able to present a table showing the number of
Representatives as at present, and also under the proposed amendment. 2707
List of Lodges and Number of Members on 31st Dec, 1906.
Name.
Victoria, No. 1  	
Columbia, No. 2 	
Royal City, No. 3	
Dominion, No. 4  	
Black Diamond, No. 5 ...
Harmony, No. 6	
Excelsior, No. 7 	
Vancouver, No. 8	
Tatnai, No. 9  	
Western  Star,  No.  10	
Union, No. 11  	
Selkirk, No. 12 	
Cloverdale, No.  15   	
Kootenay, No.  16   	
Duncan, No. 17  	
Vernon Valley, No. 18 ...
Mt. Pleasant, No. 19	
Centennial, No. 20 	
Delta, No. 21   	
Ashcroft, No. 23  	
Island, No. 24	
Pacific, No. 26	
Amity, No. 27 	
Cheam,  No.  28   	
Rocky Mountain, No. 34 .
Rossland, No. 36	
Boundary Valley, No. 38
Silver City, No. 39 	
Slocan, No. 40	
Trout Lake, No. 41 	
Key City, No. 42 	
Enterprise, No. 43 	
Wildey, No. 44 	
Gateway, No. 45 	
Snowshoe, No. 46  	
Mt. Fernie, No. 47	
Coronation, No. 48 	
Camborne, No. 49 	
Eureka, No. 50	
Number of
Members.
All of which is fraternally submitted,
As at
present.
As
Proposed.
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T. F. NEELANDS,
D. E. MACKENZIE,
WALLACE LAW,
E. L. WEBBER,
Committee. 2708
The notice given to amend Section 3, Article II of the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge, and of which due notice had
been given to the Subordinate Lodges, was read as follows:
We, the undersigned Representatives, hereby give notice
that at the next Session of the Grand Lodge, we will move to
amend Section 3 of Article II of the Grand Lodge Constitution,
by striking out the word "fifty" in the second line and inserting
therefor the words "one hundred or under," and by inserting
the word "additional" after the word "one" in the second line;
also by striking out all the words after the word "representative" in the third line to the word "representatives" in the
fourth line, and inserting therefor the words "if its membership
" shall amount to one hundred and one, or over, in good stand-
" ing, as shewn by its report on the 31st December of the
*\previous year; provided always that no Subordinate Lodge
xc shall have more than two representatives."
The Section, as amended, to read as follows:
Every Subordinate Lodge shall be entitled in this Grand Lodge
to one Representative for its members of one hundred or under; also
one additional representative, if its membership shall amount to one
hundred and one or over, in good standing, as shown by its report on
the 31st of December of the previous year; provided always that no
Subordinate Lodge shall have more than two representatives. Representatives must be Past Grands in good standing, and shall be elected
by the Lodge at the first regular meeting in May of each year, to serve
one year from the beginning of said Annual Communication. Provided
that no new Lodge shall be entitled to representation in this Grand
Lodge until it has paid at least one semi-annual tax. Each Lodge
shall at the same time elect one alternate for each representative
elected, and in case a representative shall be unable to attend the
session of the Grand Lodge, then the alternate receiving the highest
number of votes may attend in his place, and have all the powers and
privileges of a representative. Vacancies may be filled at any time
to serve the remainder of the term.
E. L. WEBBER,
Representative Amity Lodge, No. 27.
WALLACE LAW,
Representative Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
JAMES A. McKAY,
Representative Vancouver Lodge, No. 8. 2709
The report was ordered to lay on the table pending a
decision on the question of the proposed amendment to the
Constitution.
The proposed amendment to the Constitution was moved
by T. F. Neelands, P. G. M., No. 8, and seconded by A. Henderson, P. G. M. No. 2.
After considerable discussion the debate was adjourned
to 1.30 p.m. today, on the motion of A. Henderson, P. G. M.
No. 2.
The Grand Lodge adjourned to 1.30 p.m. today.
AFTERNOON SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 1.30 p.m., pursuant to
adjournment, the Grand Lodge Officers and a quorum of
Representatives present.
After the usual ceremonies the Grand Lodge was declared
open for business.
The calling of the Roll was, on motion, dispensed with.
The Grand Master appointed the following Special Committee to draft a Constitution for .the Rebekah Assembly:
Grand Secretary, A. Henderson, P.G.M. No. 2, P. W. Dempster, P.G.R. No. 2.
The adjourned debate on the proposed amendment to the
Constitution of the Grand Lodge was resumed, and after considerable discussion the question was put and the amendment
was declared carried by the following vote:
23.
For,
against.
The motion to adopt the report of the Special Committee
re expenses of Grand Lodge Sessions was then put and carried.
The Grand Secretary read a telegram which had been
received by Bro. D. E. Mackenzie. P. G. M., from Bro. T. A.
Muir, P. G. R., New Westminster, announcing the death of
Bro. Wm. McColl, P. G. M., P. G. R., in a tram accident last
night. It was moved and seconded: That this Grand Lodge
learns with the greatest regret and sorrow of the loss which
this Grand Lodge and the Order generally has sustained by 2710
the death of such a prominent and useful member as Bro.
McColl, and that a Special Committee be appointed to draft
a Resolution of Condolence with the widow and family of the
deceased.    This resolution was adopted by a standing vote.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form the
Special Committee: D. Er Mackenzie, P. G. M. No. 3, T. F.
Neelands, P. G. M. No. 8, A. Henderson, P. G. M. No. 2, and
the Grand Secretary.
The question having been raised as to the eligibility of
Bro. D> G. Dailey, P. G. R. No. 5, for the office of Grand
Representative at the time he was nominated for that office
last evening, the Grand Master ruled that as the brother had
not the necessary qualifications at the time of nomination he
was not legally eligible for election to that office. It was, on
motion, resolved: That the election of D. G. Dailey, No. 5,
as Grand Representative, be declared null and void.
It was moved, seconded and carried: That this Grand
Lodge do now proceed to the election of Grand Representative
for two years.
Nominations being invited, D. G. Dailey, No. 5, was
nominated by A. Forrester, No. 5.
There being no other nominee, the Grand Secretary, by order
of the Grand Lodge, cast the ballot for the election of D. G.
Dailey, No. 5, and he was declared duly elected as Grand
Representative for two years.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the Grand Representatives of this Grand Lodge to the Sovereign Grand Lodge be
instructed to vote for Biennial Sessions of the Sovereign
Grand Lodge.
The Committee on Mileage and Per Diem submitted the
following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Mileage and Per Diem beg to report that we
have examined the Certificates of the Officers and Representatives
in attendance at this Session and find them entitled to the amounts
mentioned against their respective names.
In the matter of Representative John Bennie of Union Lodge,
No. 11, re extra allowance, which was referred to your committee, we
find that the brother is entitled to four days extra, being the actual
time he is unavoidabaly detained after the closing of the Grand Lodge 2711
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not being available at the stipulated rate:
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Trout Lake City to Arrowhead.
To  G.   R.  Northey,  No.  49,  $4.00,  actual  cost  of transportation
from Camborne to Arrowhead.
Signed by the Committee.
Resolutions submitted the following"
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Resolutions beg to recommend the following:
Resolved:    That the thanks of this  Grand  Lodge  are due and 27^3
hereby tendered to his Worship Mayor Planta of Nanaimo for his
address of welcome at the opening of this Session and for extending
to us the freedom of the city.
Resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are extended
to the Sisters of Miriam Rebekah Lodge, No. 3, as a token of our
appreciation of their efforts in making our sojourn in this city so
pleasant.
Resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to
the Lodges of this city, viz., Black Diamond, No. 5, and Centennial,
No. 20, for the entertainment provided; also for the appropriate
souvenirs presented to representatives.
Resolved: That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be extended to
the C. P. R. for the reduced rates provided.
Your Committee notice that the Great Northern Railway would
not countenance the reduced rates applied for.
Resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be extended to
the press of the city for the reports furnished of the proceedings;
also to the hotels who have reduced their rates for the benefit of
members attending the Grand Lodge, not forgetting the citizens in
general for the many courtesies shown to your members.
Resolved: That this Grand Lodge accord their appreciation to
Vancouver Lodge, No. 8, Western Star Lodge, No. 10, Mt. Pleasant
Lodge, No. 19, Pacific Lodge, No. 26, and Island Lodge No. 24, for
their liberal donations to the Odd Fellows' Home, and we strongly
urge that other Lodges in the Jurisdiction should remember their
obligation in this respect.
Resolved: That the thanks of this Grand Lodge' be tendered to
the Grand Master and Executive Officers for the efficient manner in
which the business of this Grand Lodge has been conducted during
the past year.
Resolved: That this Grand Lodge do pass a vote of condolence
to the widow and family of the late P. G. M. and P. G. Representative,
J. E. Phillips of Royal City Lodge, No. 3, whom the Almighty has seen
fit to remove from our midst since the last meeting of this Grand
Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the Grand Master be
instructed to cause a wreath to be placed on the coffin of the
late Bro. Wm. McColl, P. G. M., P. G. R., as a tribute of
respect from this Grand Lodge. The Committee on State of the Order presented the following report, which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on State of the Order, to whom was referred
certain portions of the reports of the Grand Master and Grand
Secretary, beg to report that the condition of the Order in this
Jurisdiction, both as to membership and finances, appears to be very
satisfactory. Although the membership has not increased to such an
extent as we would wish, yet the fact that there was a small increase
is a matter for gratification.
We are pleased also to note the record of the work of the General
Relief Committees in the Jurisdiction in caring for and attending to
the wants of sojourning members away from their own Lodges. This
is an important feature of the noble work of our Order, respecting
which we have not hitherto had any record.
We would suggest that it might perhaps facilitate the work of the
D. D. G. M.'s and ensure a greater number of reports from those
officers if it were possible to furnish them with a form which they
could fill out and return at the end of the year with a report of the
work they have done.
We are pleased to learn of the prospects of new Lodges being
organized in the near future in the Okanagan District and have no
doubt that the prosperity that exists, not only in that district, but
throughout the whole of the Province, will warrant a large number
of Lodges being instituted shortly.
We think the success which has followed the efforts of the
D. D. G. M. of District No. 6 to assist the funds of the Odd Fellows*
Home is deserving of the thanks and commendation of this Grand
Lodge and might be imitated by other Districts to the benefit of that
deserving object.
Signed by the Committee.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the fines imposed on
Cloverdale Lodge No. 15, and Delta Lodge No. 21, for not
complying with the law in the matter of forwarding Reports
and Per Capita Tax, and now outstanding, be remitted.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the Installation of
Grand Lodge Officers this evening be conducted in the Third
Degree.
On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to 7.30 o'clock this mm
EVENING SESSION
The Grand Lodge reassembled at 7.30 p.m., the Grand
Lodge Officers and a quorum of Representatives present.
The Grand Chaplain offered prayer and after the usual
formalities the Grand Lodge was declared open for business.
The calling of the roll was, on motion, dispensed with.
The Committee on Finance presented the following report,
which was adopted:
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Committee on Finance beg to submit the following estimate
of the Receipts and Expenditure for the ensuing year:
Revenue.
Balance in hands of  Grand Treasurer $2,540.12,  less $100
belonging to Home Fund      $2440 12
Per Capita Tax, 3,809 members at $1.00, 50c payable 30th
June, 1907, and 50c payable 31st December, 1907       3809 00
$6249 12
Expenditure.
Grand Secretary's Salary    $ 720 00
Grand Master's Expenses   300 00
Sovereign Grand Lodge Representative Tax  150 00
Rent Grand Secretary's Office  100 00
Printing  250 00
Premium on Bonds   10 00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Secretary  •   85 00
Postage and Sundries, Grand Master  15 00
Caretaker Grand Secretary's Office  20 00
Grand Lodge Card, Independent Odd Fellow..... 10 00
Janitor this Session    10 00
Mileage and Per Diem this Session  2078 90
    $3748 90
Balance at end of year     $2500 22
Signed by the Committee.
The Special Committee on the death of the late Bro. W.
McColl, P. G. M., submitted the following report, which was
adopted: 2716
To the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, I. O. O. F.
Your Special Committee beg to submit the following:
This Grand Lodge has learned with the greatest regret of the
sad and untimely death of our late Bro. W. McColl, P. G. M., P. G. R.,
in a tram accident yesterday, and wishes to place on record its deep
sorrow at the calamity which has deprived the Order of one of its
brightest members and the community of a highly esteemed and
respected citizen.
Bro. McColl took the Grand Lodge Degree at the Session of this
Grand Lodge in 1878, was Grand Master of this Jurisdiction in 1885-86,
and was the first Grand Representative of this Grand Lodge to the
Sovereign Grand Lodge. He was a true and consistent illustration
of the principles of our beloved Order, and by his gentle and
honorable life and conduct won the regard and respect of all who knew
him.
Resolved: That a copy of this Resolution and a letter of condolence expressing sincere sympathy of this Grand Lodge with them
in their sad bereavement be forwarded to the widow and family of the
deceased by the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge.
Signed by the Committee.
It was moved and seconded: That the sum of $300 be
donated from the funds of the Grand Lodge this year to the
Odd Fellows Home Fund.
Moved and seconded, as an amendment
struck out and $200 inserted in lieu.
The amendment was carried.
That $300 be
It was on motion resolved: That the Special Committee
appointed this Session to draft a Constitution for Rebekah
Assembly be also directed to prepare the necessary amendments to the Grand Lodge and Subordinate Lodge Constitutions, to carry out the expressed wishes of this Grand Lodge
in the matter of raising funds for the establishment and
maintenance of an Odd Fellows Home by Assessment, and
to take steps- to present these amendments to the next Session
of the Grand Lodge in proper form.
The Grand Warden retired to the ante room and conferred
the Grand Lodge Degree on F. Green, P. G., Centennial Lodge
No. 20.
It was, on motion, resolved:   That a Special Committee 2717
be appointed to co-operate with the Grand Lodge Officers in
endeavoring to obtain a settlement of the claim of Harmony
Lodge, No. 6, on Star of the South Lodge, No. 66, New South
Wales, for Sick Benefits advanced to a member of that Lodge.
The Grand Master appointed C. S. Keith, No. 3, D. E.
Mackenzie, P. G. M. No. 3, and H. Carroll, No. 6, to form
this Committee.
The Grand Lodge was closed in the Grand Lodge Degree
and reopened in the Third Degree.
The Third Degree members in waiting having been
admitted, the Grand Master appointed T. F. Neelands, P. G. M.
No. 8, and D. E. Mackenzie, P. G. M. No. 3, to present the
officers-elect for Installation.
Thos. Embleton, No. 36, was presented, duly obligated and
installed as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
The Grand Master then installed the following Elective
Officers in their respective chairs:
H. T. Fulton, No. 6, as Deputy Grand Master.
W. Law, No. 10, as Grand Warden.
F. Davey, No. 1, as Grand Secretary.
E. L. Webber, No. 27, as Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Master appointed the following to fill the
Subordinate offices and they were duly installed in their
respective chairs:
Rev. E. G. Miller, No. 4, as Grand Chaplain.
G. R. Northey, No. 49, as Grand Marshal.
F. J. Smyth, No. 44, as Grand Conductor.
H. Fooks, No. 28, as Grand Guardian.
T. Johnson, No. 46, as Grand Herald.
Also the following as District Deputy Grand Masters:
SUBORDINATE LODGES.
Jos. York, District No. 1, comprising Lodges Nos. 1, 2 and 4.
S. N. Strople, District No. 2, comprising Lodges Nos. 3 and 27.
W. Ferguson, District No. 3, comprising Lodges Nos. 5 and 20.
Thos. Kerr, District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 6.
Jos. Peers, District No. 5, comprising Lodge No. 7. 2718
G. A. Miller,  District No. 6, comprising Lodges Nos. 8,  10,  19,
24 and 26.
J. H. Binns, District No. 7, comprising Lodge No. 9.
John N. McLeod, District No. 8, comprising Lodge No. 11.
W. W. Foster, District No. 9, comprising Lodge No. 12.
H. A. McDonald, District No. 10, comprising Lodge No. 15.
E. Sutcliffe, District No. 11, comprising Lodge No. 16.
D. R. Hattie, District No. 12, comprising Lodge No. 17.
J. M. Wright, District No. 13, comprising Lodges Nos. 18, 48, 50.
N. A. McDermid, District No. 14, comprising Lodge No. 21.
Walter Fearn, District No. 15, comprising Lodge No. 23.
Jas. Tyrer, District No. 16, comprising Lodge No. 28.
Thos. King, District No. 17, comprising Lodge No. 34.
H. Douglas, District No. 18, comprising Lodges Nos. 36 and 43.
W. Elson, District No. 19, comprising Lodges Nos. 38, 45 and 46.
W. J. Garbut, District No. 20, comprising Lodge No. 39.
A. E. Teeter, District No. 21, comprising Lodge No. 40.
Peter Culkeen, District No. 22, comprising Lodge No. 41.
W. S. McDonald, District No. 23, comprising Lodge No. 42.
R. T. Howard, District No. 24, comprising Lodge No. 44.
T. H. White, District No. 25, comprising Lodge No. 47.
•J. McDowell, District No. 26, comprising Lodge No. 49.
W. T. Shatford, District No. 27, comprising Lodge No. 51.
J. R. Campbell, District No. 28, comprising Lodge No. 52.
REBEKAH DISTRICT DEPUTIES.
Sister   Mrs.   R.   Bird,   Victoria,   for   District   No.   1,   comprising
Lodge No. 1.
Sister E.   Cozens,   Vancouver,   for   District   No.   2,   comprising
Lodge No. 2.
Sister Maud Woodcock, Nanaimo, for District No. 3, comprising
District No. 3.
Sister M. E. Keith, New Westminster, for District No. 4, comprising Lodge No. 5.
Sister  Eliz.   Gillispie,  Ladysmith,  for  District  No.  5,  comprising
Lodge No. 9.
Sister Mrs. M. Hutchins, Rossland, for District No. 6, comprising
Lodge No. 13.
Sister Miss A. J. Blyth, Duncans, for District No. 7, comprising
Lodge No. 14. 2719
Sister D. B. O'Neil, Slocan, for District No. 8, comprising Lodge
No. 15.
Sister Mrs. J. Kilby, Nelson, for District No. 9, comprising
Lodge No. 16.
Sister 'Maud Cook, Phoenix, for District No. 10, comprising
Lodges Nos. 17 and 18.
Bro. W. F. Tate, Cranbrook, for District No. 11, comprising
Lodge No. 19.
Sister M. Beck, Fernie, for District No. 12, comprising Lodge
No. 20.
Also the following to form the Standing Committees:
Finance—T. M. Brayshaw, No. 1; J. Bell, No. 4; P. W. Dempster,
No. 2; W. A. Johnson, No. 26; C. S. Keith, No. 3.
Appeals—J. W. Armstrong, No. 10; W. H. Walsh, No. 26; J.
McPherson, No. 8; J. D. Swanson, No. 9; W. H. Thorpe, No. 20.
Laws of Subordinates—Grand Secretary, R. W. Fawcett, No. 2
R. Livingstone, No. 1; Jos. Carroll, No. 5; E. Rowland, No. 6.
Petitions—Jos. Carroll, No. 5; Emil Johnson, No. 36; H. Douglas,
No. 43; A. P. Halladay, No. 27; Thos. King, No. 34.
State of the Order—T. F. Neelands, P.G.M., No. 8; G. Horstead,
No. 16; F. J. Smyth, No. 44; D. M. O'Dwyer, No. 10; T. Johnson,
No. 46.
Legislation—A. Henderson, P.G.M., No. 2; F. P. Bishop, No. 10
F. J. Squire, No. 16; J. W. Burr, No. 23; F. Cockburn, No. 26.
Judiciary—D. E. McKenzie, P.G.M., No. 3; E. G. Miller, No. 4:
G. B. Taylor, No. 38; A. Cleland, No. 10; J. B. Gaylord, No. 50.
Mileage and Per Diem—E. L. Webber, No. 27; H. Fooks, No. 28
J. Scott, No. 7; Jas. Twaddle, No. 36; A. McVicar, No. 40.
Printing—Grand Secretary, W. H. Cullin, No. 4; J. Pottinger,
No. 2; T. L. Crossen, No. 45; T. H. White, No. 47.
Statistics re Dues and Benefits—Grand Secretary, J. Binns, No. 11
J. Aitkin, No. 18; W. Grieve, No. 20; F. Mummery, No. 41.
The Third Degree members having retired the Grand
Lodge was closed in the Third and reopened in the Grand
Lodge Degree.
It was, on motion, resolved: That the appointments of the
Grand Master be confirmed.
It was moved, seconded and carried:   That a portrait of I
2720
Bro. Fred. Davey, Grand Secretary, be inserted in the Proceedings of this Session of the Grand Lodge.
Resolved: That a Special Committee on Odd Fellows
Home, be appointed this Session.
The Grand Master appointed the following to form this
Committee: T. F. Neelands, P. G. M. No. 8, D. E. Mackenzie,
P. G. M. No. 3, A. McKelvie, No. 26, A. Cleland, No. 10, A.
P. Halladay, No. 27.
It was moved, . seconded and carried: That the same
instructions be given the District Deputy Grand Masters with
respect to obtaining Donations to the Odd Fellows Home
Fund as was given last Session of this Grand Lodge.
Moved, seconded and carried: That the reading of the
minutes of today's Session be dispensed with.
It was, on motion, resolved: That this Grand Lodge do
now adjourn sine die.
The Grand Lodge was then closed in due form.
Grand Secretary. 

In Memoriam
J. E. Phillips, P.G.M., P.G.R. 
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Died 23rd March, 1907.
Wm. McColl, P.G.M., P.G.R. 
New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Died 12th June, 1907.
J. E. Churcb, P. G. 
Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
G. W. Carothers, P. G.
Trout Lake Lodge, No. 41.
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ft C£t-H INDEX
Addresses of Welcome	
Badges recognized as Regalia 	
Committees, appointment of 2650, 2653, 2709, 2717, 2719,
Constitution—Grand Lodge, Amendment to. .2672, 2708,2709, 2710,
Rebekah Assembly  	
Davey, F., Grand Secretary, Portrait of	
District Deputies, Reports of  	
Fines, Remission of	
Grand Lodge Degrees 2652, 2694, 2702,
Meetings of	
Officers, Appointment of 2649,
Election of 	
Installation of   	
Master—-Decisions of	
Dispensations by  	
Expenses of  2656,
Visits of 	
"     Representative—Election of ..:	
■• " Instructions to   	
"        Sire, Decisions of 	
" Harmony " Lodge No. 6, Claim of 2702,
Institution of Lodges 	
McColl, W., P.G.M., Death of 2709, 2713,
Odd Fellows' Home Fund 2669, 2671, 2696, 2704, 2716,
Rebekah Assembly . 2692, 2697, 2702,
Reports, Committees—Credentials 	
Death of W. McColl	
Distribution    2690, INDEX.- Continued.
Reports, Committees—Expenses Grand Lodge Sessions 2706, 2709
Finance    2694, 2715
Judiciary   2701, 2704
Laws of Subordinates  2695
Mileage and Per Diem  2710
Odd Fellows Home Fund 2704
Petitions     2697
Printing    2696
Rebekah Lodges   2697
Resolutions     2712
State of the Order 2704,2714
Statistics re Dues and Benefits  2698
General Relief Committees  2671
Grand Master   2654
Representatives     2674
Secretary   2602, 2692
Treasurer    2673, 2696
Representatives, Grand Lodge, Nomination of 2701, 2704
Saloons, Lodge property  2688
Sovereign Grand Lodge, Biennial Sessions  2710
Transfer of Membership by Card  2687
" Vernon Valley " Lodge, No. 18 2671, 2694, 2697
Visitors, Examination of 2658, 2701 PAST GRAND MASTERS
OF THE
GRAND LODGElOF B. Bjj I 0.0. F.
*J. S. Drummond,, .«^,.i874 ,tVictoria Lodge. No. xf
==John Weiler. K^^pii875 .. |j| .Victoria Lodge, No. i.
fj. P. Da-vies. ..^^^^^'.1876.^11. .Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
+ R. Roberts... ;f|L 1877 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
JW. J. Jeffree. jfi|&^&> x*-78 Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
^Charles  Gowen ., .1879. .|f.. Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
J. WriglesworTh ,.,. .fll. 1880 Dominion Lodge, No. 4.
B. W. Shines. ....  ....... 1881 New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
Henry Waller|||P|^&'.1882. M.. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
-f Alexander Phillips.. 1883...... Victoria Lodge, No. L.
W.~ D.  McKillican. . 2$. 1884...... Dominion Lodge, No. 4-
!|]Wm. McColl.1 . a -.1885,. New Westminster Lodge, No   3.
JJFred'k Carne. ,,*..-.... 1886.. H   Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
IIJoshua Davies f|^|l887 Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
Joshua DAViES.re-elected 1888..... .Victoria Lodge, No, 1.
**J. H. Meldram. .&PI1889*.. Columbia Lodge, No. a.
E. Quennell#|; .... .|$*.. 1890. .|| . .Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
J. E. Phillips. . |!|,. ^.1891' Dominion Lodge, No. 4,
fftJ. E.  Phillips. . .J|....1892.. ^». New Westminster Lodge, No. 3.
James Crossan.fipf^|. 1893...v .Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
T. C. Gray.^^^^BS 1894.. ^.Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
W. E. HolmesM* '.J|: 1895•-..... .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
H. B.  Gilmour ..ft, v.. jSt'1896.. jfe. Western Star Lodge, No. 10/
W.  H. Morton."^£^Sm^ 1897..... .Black Diamond Lodge, No. 5.
A. Henderson 4fi - • • • 1898. 'Mti-. Columbia Lodge, No. 2.
D. Welsh. .^^^^;...yi> 1899. .Ig. .Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
tfW. E. Johnstone.^'...1900. J$$,r» Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
W. Hogg. . .$||fe." jfe« 19°-- • $•'-• Western Star Lodge, No. 10.
A. Graham|^'. .tS.'.| 1902. .j£ .Victoria Lodge, No. 1.
E. C. Arthur, M.D.. .&1903. .^>; .Kootenay Lodge, No. 16.
T. F. NEELANDs;A^iti904.. 1. .Vancouver Lodge, No. 8.
D. E. Mackenzie |^i Royal City Lodge, No. 3.
*Died 6th February, 1884
JDied 18th March, 1885
+ Died 24th December, 1897
=Died 6th September.11899
JJDied yth April, 1905
ft Died 25th August, 19D4
$ Died
tDied 20th September, 1879
§Died 8th December, 1892
ijCeased membership
-r Died 22nd November, 1900
**Died 24th February, 1905
ttt-Oied 23rd March, 1907
I2lh June, 1907. ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICERS
-OF THE-
Grand Lodge of British Columbia I.O.O.RI
T. Embleton, Grand Master •fel|fc ^j%> • -'J^* • I- —; • .Rossland
H. T. Fulton, Deputy Grand Master... if^^M^f^ Ladysmith
Wallace Law] Grand Warden, .^^^y^^^^^^^.. .'J^^..Vancouver
Fred. Davey, Grand Secretary .'j^teg&Zy. |||JJ||^  Victoria
E. L. Webber, Grand Treasurer \^S.. -. -U».... -New Westminster >
D. E. Mackenzie, Grand Representative ^......New Westminster
D. G. Dailey, Grand Representative | ]0j£§.....:.>||* I. Nanaimo1
Rev. E. G. Miller, Grand Chaplain. $$&. .i^J|^i Victoria
G. R. Northey, Grand Marshal. .-ML. • >M* • -fl- • • • ^ • • Camborne^
F. J. Smyth, Grand Conductor ...... "«*fpr* - y^y^U .. .|?... . .Moyie
H. Fooks, Grand Guardian: :y :i ;•;:.•:'•;■■ v-i |k^| Agassiz-
T. Johnson, Grand Herald  j^M^j.: .K^M^i^^M^^. Phoenix:
The next annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of British
Columbia will be held at New Westminster, commencing Wednesday,
the 10th day of June, 1908.
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 the same:
Remit by Money Order or add exchange to cheques.
Subordinate Lodge Rituals ..*.  • •lliip-f!*•"•'•• -W-*- «^ • •  • •$ 3 P°
Ritual for Rebekah Lodges only ..  . 2?|"V . 'Mi *^P^ • •    3 °°
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards and Dismissal Certificates ■•*ff||lj| -*-5
Visiting and Withdrawal Cards for Rebekah Lodges -L^^^^^ 25
Book of Forms '^^^^^^^^^^^M^^^Wk}M-- • ■*)i^^^MM' I 25
Book of Odes with music M-,:- v^w^P^' ''1m-"   ^# • ^Mi^ *•       75
Busbee's Nqw Digest .^fra^lr *j^^^^®^• * • •*••* ^•**»   400
Lodge Odes (Subordinate and Rebekah) ... . I -illl. •.'■•* :^^^M 5
Odes with music Subordinate and*; Rebekah Lodges *^^^^SS     10
Anniversary Odes.. .'^^^^pg'ii.  ....  .. .; ,i^MJ v^l^JPii'     ~S*
Funeral Hymns, with responses lj| .. M*. 4§iir: • • -*1-i|*M       5
Funeral Ceremony . .if.. .J|.. . .^^-^^^^^^- • • .ii*^\.. M?ijl0! 30
Anniversary Ceremony .. .. ••--^^^^^&-' • • •'•§W^^ft'^^!> * 30
Memorial and Decoration Ceremony -'^^^MWI^*' 1-^pjfPIJli! 3°
Burial Ceremony, Daughters of ReD«kah^^^liS^^^^^^^^     15
Certificate   of Membership, on plate paper .*7|jpf».        75
Rebekah Certificates, on plate paper %!. ..   ..   ..,^^vp^... JiS    30
Officer's Roll Book .,  ..-..^M^^^^l'.  |f||  )$m   ..   1  ..    I 25
Question Book ^p. .. .^^IIe1*  «^^ :« • M * -   I So
Order on Treasurer's Book, 250 orders^. WlM ^■/•«  ••    x 5°
Initiation Petitions (per 100) W...  ..^.  ...J,. .IK*  ......    ISO
Subordinate Lodge Degree Chart (each) ... .. i328:-     3 00
Bound Proceedings, Grand Lodge of B. C, 1874 to 1885  ....   2 00
Subordinate Lodge Floor Work ..  ..^1; ..  ..■..•1^^'        go
Rebekah Floor Work .<%&£*M• fSM'f^M.  • •'!»••,• ••  IP&        SO
Black Book■£^§..p& .*$$$. .. .. \ .. #i. 200
Code and Digest for Rebekah Lodges .. «. ; ..       35
Official Certificates and Receipts for Dues, in books of 100 .. 1 00
Secret Work in^ Cypher, Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges .... 40
Attendance Register .* ;|^ff^,  .^#. ..^.w^lif    200

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