Do Any Brethren Need Assistance During These Challenging COVID-19 Times – Let Us Know And We Can Help

Are there any Brethren of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 or any other District 5 Masonic Lodges who are in need of some assistance during these challenging COVID-19 times?

Does anyone need groceries delivered? Prescriptions picked up? Any other assistance?

Please let Ashlar Lodge No. 3 know and Ashlar Lodge members can make that assistance happen.

See our Contact Us page or use the Dialog Box at the bottom of this page. Our Lodge Secretary can be contacted directly at ashlarlodge3@gmail.com

Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)

Due To COVID-19 Precautions, All Meetings Of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Are Cancelled Until Further Notice

To the Officers and Members of Ashlar Lodge No.3:

All meetings and practices are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 flu Pandemic. We will resume operation as advised by local health authorities.

Fraternally yours,
W. Bro. Tim Mitton
Worshipful Master
Ashlar Lodge No.3, A.F.&A.M.
Nanaimo, B.C.

Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)
Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate

Regular Meeting Of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 – 4 March 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 for March 2020 will be held on Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Ashlar Masonic Temple.

This will also be the District Deputy Grand Master’s Official Visit to Ashlar Lodge No.3.

At this meeting we will be having a special feature: presentations from our “daughter lodges” – Hiram Lodge No. 14, Doric Lodge No. 18, St. John’s Lodge No. 21, Cumberland Lodge No. 26 and Temple Lodge No. 33 -detailing their origins and connections with Ashlar Lodge No. 3. These should be very interesting and informative presentations.

A social will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Lodge will tyle at 7:30 p.m.

All Visiting Brethren are very welcome to attend.

Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)

Regular Meeting of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 – 8 January 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of Ashlar Lodge No. 3 for January 2020 will be held on Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Ashlar Masonic Temple.

All Visiting Brethren are very welcome to attend.

Please note that Ashlar Lodge No. 3 will be having its January Regular Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of January, not the 1st Wednesday. This is to move the meeting from New Year’s Day.

Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate

McMillin Memorial Mausoleum, Roche Harbor, Washington

Mike Gains, of Vancouver & Quadra Lodge No. 2 in Victoria, has provided us with some photographs he took during a recent visit to the McMillin Memorial Mausoleum in Roche Harbor, Washington.

Freemasons travelling to Roche Harbor may want to visit this site, which contains a lot of Masonic symbolism.

McMillin Mausoleum information plaque, Roche Habor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum information plaque, Roche Harbor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Habor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Harbor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum entrance gate, Roche Habor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum entrance gate, Roche Harbor, Washington (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
Mike Gains of V&Q, Lodge, No. 2, at the McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Habor, Washington. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
Mike Gains of V&Q, Lodge, No. 2, at the McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Harbor, Washington. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Habor, Washington. The seats hold the cremated remains of McMillin family members. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Harbor, Washington. The seats hold the cremated remains of McMillin family members. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
Broken Column at the McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Habor, Washington. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)
Broken Column at the McMillin Mausoleum, Roche Harbor, Washington. (photo by Mike Gains, V&Q, No.2)

John S. McMillin was a lawyer who went into the lime business in 1886. Lime is a key component of cement, which was the key component of concrete. After 1876, concrete was becoming an increasingly popular building material and McMillin’s Roche Harbor Lime Company was a key supplier of cement in the western US.

John S. McMillin was a friend of Robert Pym Butchart, whose limestone quarries and cement factory at Tod Inlet is now the Butchart Gardens.

John S. McMillin and Robert Butchart were both Freemasons and Masonic symbolism is openly visible throughout the McMillin Mausoleum.

The entrance stairway consists of 3 steps, followed by 5 steps, followed by 7 steps. This is covered in the Fellow Craft Degree.

The Broken Column is a frequent feature of Masonic graves.

The circumference and diameter of the columns are the same as those of King Solomon’s Temple.

Here are some pages with more information on the McMullin Memorial Mausoleum:

 

Here is a map showing the location of McMillin Memorial Mausoleum in Roche Harbor, Washington:

Worshipful Master’s Message For 2020

Brotherly love, relief and truth, three great tenets that are taken seriously by the members of Ashlar Lodge No.3.

Our aim at Ashlar is to provide a meaningful fraternal experience to those who wish to join us, as well as the Masonic community at large. The growing ranks of younger Masonic applicants has created a more vibrant and exciting trend in freemasonry here on Vancouver Island.

I feel that this trend is for a number of reasons:

  • -curious minds seeking out what the secrets of freemasonry holds for them;
  • a general passion to find fraternal friendships;
  • -the desire to belong to a time honoured order which makes good men better;

From the early days of coal miners and settlers that founded Ashlar Lodge (1873) and its predecessors (1867), to the modern day Freemasons which arrange under our banner today, Ashlar Lodge has stuck tightly to our old traditions. From our Scottish ritual and unique regalia to the heritage building in downtown Nanaimo which we call home. This pride and respect that we hold for Ashlar is meant to translate to the respect that we hold for all Freemasons far and wide.

If you are a Freemason, please come visit us. If you are curious about belonging to our ancient order there is a tab on our homepage that will direct you to make your inquiry.

Thank you for taking the time to review our website.

Come see us in 2020!

WB Tim Mitton
Worshipful Master, Ashlar Lodge No.3 – 2020

Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple entrance gate
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)
Ashlar Masonic Temple, Nanaimo, in 2017 (photo: Ashlar Lodge No. 3 Historian)