District Deputy Grand Master Itinerary – February 2018

Our District Deputy Grand Master has asked that his February 2018 Itinerary be posted:

Goodbye January

With January now behind us, it is time to focus on what February has to bring in
District # 5. With 5 lodges conferring EA degrees this past month, I am
encouraging all to ensure the new members are getting contacted and included
when you are either attending your lodge or visiting other lodges. Let us all, as
brethren, show them what a great fraternity we have and include them in our
social and lodge functions.

  • Thursday February 1st – DDGM # 22 Official Visit to Concord # 79
  • Saturday February 3rd – Installations of Officers – Hiram # 33
  • Saturday February 3rd – Grand Gala Fraternal Ball – Nanaimo
  • Sunday February 4th – Super Bowl Party – Morpeth Hall
  • Wednesday February 7th – GM Official Visit to District 1/21 – Victoria
  • Saturday February 10th – GM Official Visit to District # 27- Saltspring Island
  • Tuesday February 13th – DDGM # 22 Official visit to Comox # 188
  • Wednesday February 14th – Barclay # 90 – Regular
  • Thursday February 15th – Step Up Night – FC Degree – Euclid # 158
  • Monday February 19th – Nanaimo # 110 – Regular
  • Tuesday February 20th – Doric # 18 – Regular
  • Saturday February 24th – GM Official Visit to District # 22 – Port McNeil
  • Tuesday February 27th – GM Official Visit to District # 5 – Nanaimo

As you can see another busy month. The big one for District # 5 is Tuesday February 27th. I would encourage you to come and support our Grand Master. Tickets – $30.00 each– are available from either myself or from VWB Ralph Rayner for the banquet.

RWB Dave Holmes
DDGM District # 5

DDGM Schedule – January 2018

Our District Deputy Grand Master has asked that his January 2018 schedule be distributed. Here is the D.D.G.M’s message:

“To a New Year Brethren

As promised January is going to be an exciting time for District 5, with 5 out of our 6 lodges having EA degrees planned during that time. I have included my plans for the month and I hope I can count on you to attend some of these meetings and help support both our lodges and our new Brethren entering the craft. Hang on to your hats, as it is going to be a busy month to start the New Year.

  •  Wednesday January 3rd – Official Visit – Ashlar # 3
  • Saturday January 6th – Installation – Victoria/Columbia #1 – GM attending
  • Monday January 8th – EA degree – Nanaimo # 110
  • Wednesday January 10th –EA degree + Regular meeting – Barclay # 90
  • Monday January 15th – Burns Night – Discovery # 149 – GM attending
  • Tuesday January 16th – Regular meeting – Doric # 18
  • Wednesday January 17th – EA Degree – Ashlar #3
  • Thursday January 18th – EA Degree + Regular meeting – Euclid # 158
  • Tuesday January 23rd – Official Visit +Burns Night + EA Degree – Doric # 18
  • Saturday January 27th – Burns Celebration – United/Peninsula # 24 – GM attending

Please mark on your calendars the following 2 important dates over the next couple of months for District # 5:

  • Tuesday February 27th the Official Visit of our GM to District # 5
  • Saturday March 24th – Masonic Education Day in District # 5.

Tickets for the GM banquet are now available from myself ( 250-390-3694) and VWB Rayner ( 250-756-4952). Cost is $ 30.00 each and we encourage ladies to attend the banquet (ladies program to follow dinner – no charge). Purchase early, as there are a limited amount available.

RWB Dave Holmes
DDGM # 5

Fraternal Grand Ball – Nanaimo – 3 February 2018

A Message about the upcoming Fraternal Grand Ball from:

Margaret Logan
Miriam Temple No.2
Daughters of the Nile

Ron Yates
Most Worshipful Grand Master
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
British Columbia & Yukon

JoAnne Finley
Worthy Grand Matron
Order of the Eastern Star
British Columbia & Yukon

Harold Wallace
Chief Rabban
Gizeh Shrine Centre
British Columbia & Yukon

Recorder Miriam Temple, Grand Secretary AFAM, Grand Secretary OES, Recorder Gizeh Shrine Centre

Please send this cover letter and poster to all Clubs, Lodges, Chapters and Units

We invite all members and friends to attend the
Fraternal Grand Ball
Beban Park Complex
2300 Bowen Road Nanaimo BC.
February 3rd 2018

Cost $65.pp
Dress Formal
Cocktails 5:50pm Dinner 6:30.pm

Tickets available: Margaret Logan 250-758-1696 margaretlogan@shaw.ca
JoAnne Finley 250-667-3147
Harold Wallace 250-510-6438
Ralph Rayner rrayner@gulfview.ca

Please pay for tickets at time of ordering
May pay by cash, check to Margaret Logan with Fraternal Ball in memo line or e-transfer to margaretlogan@shaw.ca

Gentlemen wear your best tuxedo, ladies this is your chance to sparkle. Bring your dancing shoes.

If staying overnight in town come watch or participate in the Big Chill. To support OES Cancer Project sponsor a ‘dipper’, enjoy watching members brave the waters of Departure Bay Beach and join us for a chilli lunch.

Fraternally the Fraternal Ball Committee
Ron Yates
JoAnne Finley
Harold Wallace
Margaret Logan chair.

Here is a map showing the venue location:

Here is a Google Street View image showing the Bowen Road entrance to the venue:

DDGM Schedule – December 2017

Our District Deputy Grand Master, R.W.B. Dave Holmes, has asked that his visiting schedule be circulated to our members and readers.

Here is R.W.B. Holmes’ message:

“It is hard to believe December is already upon us and we are all getting geared up for a busy holiday season. I have included my travel plans for the month, if you would like to attend any of these meetings and need a ride, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

• Wednesday December 6th – Ashlar # 3 – Regular meeting
• Monday December 11th – Chemainus # 114 – Official Visit – DDGM # 27
• Wednesday December 13th – Barclay # 90 – Official Visit preceded by dinner
• Thursday December 14th – Euclid # 158 – Regular meeting preceded by dinner
• Saturday December 16th – Ashlar # 3 – Installation preceded by lunch
• Monday December 18th – Nanaimo # 110 – Regular meeting
• Tuesday December 19th – Doric # 18 – Regular meeting preceded by dinner
• Thursday December 21st – Cumberland # 26 – Official Visit – DDGM # 22 preceded by dinner

On behalf of my wife, Georgia and I, I would like to wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.


RWB Dave Holmes
DDGM District # 5

Moka Only – Toys For Tots 2017 Charity Concert – Nanaimo, December 15, 2017

Vancouver based hip hop musician Moka Only, a Freemason (he is a member of a Lodge in Vancouver), is headlining Hip Hop’s Toys For Charity 2017, a charity concert to raise funds to help needy families at Christmas.

This concert will be held on 15 December 2017 at the Queens Hotel, 34 Victoria Crescent, in downtown Nanaimo. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The Queens Hotel is only a few blocks from the Ashlar Masonic Temple, 101 Commercial Street, Nanaimo.  Tickets are available at Fascinating Rhythm, half a block west of Ashlar Masonic Temple.

We encourage all interested Freemasons to attend and support our Masonic Brother Moka Only in this charitable event.

Event poster - Hip Hop's Toys For Tots 2017, 15 December 2017, 7:00 p.m., Queens Hotel, Nanaimo. (courtesy of Moka Only)
Event poster – Hip Hop’s Toys For Tots 2017, 15 December 2017, 7:00 p.m., Queens Hotel, Nanaimo. (courtesy of Moka Only)

District Deputy Grand Master’s Itinerary – November 2017

Our District Deputy Grand Master has requested that his November 2017 Itinerary be posted. Here is his message:


With October soon behind us, I am forwarding my travel itinerary for the month of November. If you are able to attend any of these visits, it would be enjoyable to have your company and support for District No. 5 plus Districts 1, 22 and 27.

  • Wednesday November 1st – Ashlar # 3 – Regular meeting
  • Thursday November 2nd – Concord # 79 – Regular meeting – Education by
  • Saturday November 4th – Nanaimo # 110 – Installation of WM and officers
  • Wednesday November 8th – Barclay # 90 – Regular meeting
  • Monday November 13th – Hiram # 14 – Official Visit – DDGM # 22
  • Tuesday November 14th – Temple # 33 – Official Visit – DDGM # 27
  • Wednesday November 15th – Vancouver & Quadra # 2 – Official Visit –
    DDGM # 1
  • Monday November 20 – Discovery # 149 – M.M. degree for Brother Utas of Doric # 18
  • Tuesday November 21st – Doric # 18 – Regular meeting
  • Wednesday November 22nd – Job’s Daughters – Fraternal night – Ladysmith
  • Saturday November 25th – Dimasalang # 122 – G.M. Official Visit

If you are able to attend, the Fraternal Night for the Job’s Daughters on the 22nd would
be a great opportunity to support the youth in our Masonic Family.

Also, please mark on your calendars the Official Visit of our Grand Master to
District # 5 on Tuesday February 27th. I will soon have tickets for your purchase.
R.W.B. Dave Holmes
DDGM District No. 5