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John C. Green was recently elected and installed as the Grand Master the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the next two years. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity known to man encouraging goodwill and charity to all mankind and has memberships from virtually every occupation and profession.
As Grand Master, Mr. Green is responsible for overseeing the activities of Grand Lodge in serving the approximately 40,000 Masons in 543 lodges in the province of Ontario.
Mr. Green is a member of Conestogo Lodge No. 295 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1983 and again in 2005. He also holds membership in several other lodges. He was elected District Deputy Grand Master in 1998 and subsequently served on the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge commencing in 2003, including three years as a member of the Management Committee. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in July 2013.
Mr. Green has been active in municipal politics, having held elected positions for 36 years, including 22 years as Mayor. He has served as Warden of Wellington County and has been a member of the Police Commission, Board of Health and the Advisory Committee on Rural Planning for the Provincial Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He was also elected to the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Mr. Green has also been active in other aspects of the community. After serving as local president, Deputy Governor, District Governor and National President of the Kinsmen, he was honoured with a Life Membership. He has served on the hospital Board for over 40 years and was founding chairman of Drayton Entertainment which now operates seven theatres across Southwestern Ontario.
In response to his active contribution to community, Mr. Green was made a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary, and was awarded a Provincial Citation for contribution to the arts in Ontario, a Provincial Long Service Award for over 25 years in elected municipal politics, recognition for 40 years of service at Palmerston District Hospital, all culminating in being awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003.
Mr. Green and his wife Barb live in Drayton where they attend Drayton United Church. They have one daughter in Ottawa and another daughter who lives in Australia with her husband and three daughters.
Meetings Held - August 11, 2014 and August 12, 2014
It has been almost a year since I provided an update on Canada Lodge U.D., and I thought it might be timely to give you a short update. V.W. Bro. Rick Fulford is in his last few months at Kandahar Air Field, and the exact date of the closure of the military presence in Kandahar, while not known exactly, is also coming to a conclusion shortly. With the fantastic support of Grand Lodge, the members of Canada Lodge have been very active since the first meeting on March 4th, 2010. To date, a total of 73 degrees have been conferred (44 First Degrees, 17 Second Degrees, and 12 Third Degrees)!! The most recent Canada Lodge meetings on August 11th and August 12th conferred the Master Mason degree on 2 candidates that have had all 3 degrees conferred with Canada Lodge, and the photos of these are attached. There is no doubt that the presence of Canada Lodge in Kandahar has been a very welcome relief for many serving military members, both from Canada and also from many of our Allies.
As for the immediate future for Canada Lodge, most of the shops and businesses that had been erected at Kandahar Air Field have been closed down, and many of the compounds are empty and the wooden structures have been demolished. Canada Lodge is meeting at a restaurant which is owned by the Dutch; however, it could be the next to be demolished. If and when that happens, this will exhaust the options for a venue for meetings. When and if that happens, V.W. Bro. Fulford, always the optimist, has promised the continuation of Canada Lodge, albeit only for coffee and fellowship.
V.W. Bro. Rick Fulford,
Worshipful Master, Canada Lodge U.D. , and
R.W. Bro. Bill Lewis,
Grand Lodge Liaison, Canada Lodge U.D.
London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP)
Prostate Cancer Tour Jan. 16, 2014
Your Foundation Dollars at Work
On Thursday, Jan. 16, a number of the Directors of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario were privileged to participate in a tour of the London Regional Cancer Program’s Prostate Cancer facilities at the London Health Sciences Centre.
The following members of the Masonic Foundation were in attendance: President A. Douglas Nichols, Dr. David Cameron, Mr. Garry Dowling, Mr. Patrick McGrenere, Mr. Ed Standish, Dr. Charles Woods and our Deputy Grand Master, Mr. John Green.
We were accompanied on the tour by two private donors, Mrs. Sheila Reynolds and Mr. John Reynolds.
The tour was organized and directed by two members of the London Health Sciences Foundation, Jackie Ellefsen and Pam Taylor.
Photo (left to right)
Back Row: Dr. Charles Woods, Doug Nichols (MFO Foundation President), Patrick McGrenere, Dr. David Cameron, Ed Standish, Garry Dowling
Front Row: Aaron Ward, Leonard Luyt, Mrs. Sheila Reynolds, Mr. John Reynolds, John Green (Deputy Grand Master)
Missing: Dr. Glenn Bauman, Jackie Ellefsen, Pam Taylor Read more...
Camp Trillium - Childhood Cancer Support Center
At a presentation Ceremony held at Camp Trillium, Rainbow Lake (Waterford, Ontario), on Dec 10 2013, Past Grand Master, M. W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling presented a cheque to Camp Trillium on behalf of the Masons of Ontario, in the amount of $44,531.88.
M. W. Bro. Dowling selected Camp Trillium to be the recipient of the Grand Master’s Project during his term as Grand Master July 2011 to July 2013. During that time, Brethren from across the Province made donations to the project, via the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, on behalf M.W. Bro. Dowling and his Lady Wendy. Donations came from individual Masons, Lodges, and Districts in Ontario.
Photo (left to right): V.W. Bro. Wayne Barker, R.W. Bro. Ray Charles, Marci Shea-Perry, R.W. Bro. A Doug Nichols, M.W. Bro. Garry Dowling.
M.W. Bro. Dowling, accompanied by R.W. Bro. A. Douglas Nichols, President of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, made the presentation on a beautiful sunny afternoon, at the Rainbow Lake Camp facility, to Marci Shea-Perry, Executive Director of Camp Trillium. Marci has been involved with Camp Trillium for approximately 25 years.
Accompanying M.W. Bro. Dowling and Wendy were R.W. Bro. Raymond Charles, Lady Margaret and V.W. Bro. Wayne Barker and Lady Jill. Both had served as Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies during M.W. Bro. Dowling’s term. After the ceremony, Marci led the group on a tour of the Camp’s facilities. Read more...
The Ontario Mason Magazine Team and the Communications Committee are extremely pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Ontario Mason Magazine (OMM), in its new on-line format.
We hope that you enjoy the team’s first effort; it has been a huge undertaking and it certainly has been a learning process for us all. As we move forward with the creation of the Winter Issue, we pledge to you that the team will seek improvement every issue. Read more...
Recognizes MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario
On Feb 18, at the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario was presented with an Outstanding Service Award by Masonichip International.
The Award was presented by M.W. Bro. Denny Robinson, PGM and President of Masonichip International and accepted by M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
Approximately 10 such awards were presented to Grand Lodges throughout North America to honour outstanding achievements and success in identifying and educating children in collaboration with the Masonichip International program.
M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling was delighted to accept the Award on behalf of all the Officers of Masonichip Ontario and the many, many Masonic Volunteers and their Ladies who assist in all facets of our programme across Ontario. To date, this programme has enabled over 51,000 Child Identification Kits to be produced in Ontario for parents and guardians.
The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children in the United States, states:
"MasoniCh.I.P. is one of the most comprehensive child
recovery and identification programs in the nation."
Please visit the MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario website for further details of this wonderful programme (www.masonichip.ca)
D. Garry Dowling,
Over 42,000 child ID kits have been provided free of charge to families in Ontario! Even though it is our hope that no parent should ever need to use their kit, Masons remain committed to providing this comprehensive program “just in case”. Read more...