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Emessay Notes December 2010

The First Canadian Masonic Lodge in Afghanistan, Canada Lodge U.D.

Colonel W.J. Lewis, Trenton Air Force Base, Ontario, Canada and Worshipful Brother Wayne Fraser, approached Worshipful Brother Rick Fulford, Brighton, Ontario, a civilian working under contract at Kandahar Air Field, who quickly agreed to assume the duties of the first Master of this Lodge in Afghanistan.

The Lodge, designated Canada Lodge U.D. is operating under the Warrant of Trent Lodge No. 38, Trenton, Ontario, and the home lodge of Right Worshipful Brother William J. (Bill) Lewis, District Deputy Grand Master for Prince Edward District for 2009-2010.

The first meeting of Canada Lodge was held on March 4th 2010, and was attended by Masons from both Canada and the United States. Its regular meeting is the First Thursday of each month. The opening of Canada Lodge has provided introductions throughout Kandahar Air Field where many of the serving Masons, both military and civilian, now frequently meet informally for social and practice events - a very welcome diversion from the other activities.

Canada Lodge U.D. exists for the sole purpose of providing a place for Masons from any of the jurisdictions recognized by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario to meet. At the 2010 Annual Communication it was granted permission to initiate new applicants as members of Trent Lodge No.38, and on returning home, to affiliate with a Lodge in their area.  To date, six applications for initiation have been received and on July 1st 2010, the first two candidates were initiated. As you can imagine, many individuals and groups have contributed to Canada Lodge U.D. by donating regalia, paraphernalia and all the implements that go in providing a lodge environment. Interest in Canada Lodge continues to grow, with inquiries and congratulatory notes received from North American Masons and other Continents throughout the World.  Enquiries can be made by email to R.W. Bro. Bill Lewis at: [email protected]

Terence Shand
    Grand Secretary

Conference of Grand Masters

            Denver, CO will be the host city for the Annual meetings of the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America; the Conference of Grand Secretaries of North America; the Masonic Service Association of North America; the George Washington Masonic Memorial; the Masonic Renewal Committee; the Child Identification Program (CHIP); the National Masonic Foundation for Children and the Committee on Information for Recognition.

            These meetings will be held Feb. 20-22, 2011 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.

            For additional information please go to the Conference website at

Rededication of Burns Cottage

The Grand Lodge of Georgia, under the leadership of Most Worshipful Grand Master B. Palmer Miles, Jr., rededicated the Robert Burns Cottage in Atlanta on November 5, exactly 100 years after the Grand Lodge laid the cornerstone of the cottage. The ceremony, complete with kilts and bagpipes, was well attended by dignitaries from as far away as Scotland. Completed in 1911, the Cottage, built with granite from Stone Mountain, is privately owned by the Burns Club of Atlanta, and is the only exact reproduction in the world of the birth home of Burns in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland. The first cornerstone was laid on November 5, 1911 by Most Worshipful Brother George M. Napier, Generous Warren Lodge No. 20, Monroe, Georgia.
The Burns Club of Atlanta, officially organized in 1896, is a social, literary, and cultural society commemorating the works and spirit of the 18th century national poet of Scotland. In addition to holding monthly meetings, the club has held a Burns Supper celebration on the anniversary of Burns’ birthday every year since 1898. Every meeting concludes with the traditional Scottish farewell observance of "circling up" and singing "Auld Lang Syne." "Auld Lang Syne," written by Robert Burns can be translated as "old long since."

Burns (1759-1796), a well-loved Mason, is also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favorite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply "The Bard."

The Cottage, located on Alloway Place in southeast Atlanta, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

(Source: Gary Leazer, Editor, Masonic Messenger, GL of Georgia)



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