Grand Chapter 150th Anniversary 2007-2008


General Information
Commemmorative Plaque Dedication - March 15, 2008
Annual Convocation Special Events
Commemmorative Anniversary Coin
Fund Raising Promotional Items

Throughout 2007-2008, Grand Chapter celebrated 150 Years in Ontario.  There were special events planned throughout the jurisdiction to mark the occasion.  For more information, please visit the special site within the Grand Chapter web site to publicize and promote the event. 

Commemmorative Plaque Dedication
11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 15, 2008


A special 150th Anniversary granite plaque was unveiled and was on display at the April 2007 Grand Chapter Annual Convocation. Individuals and Chapters can contribute to this special commemmorative recognition of the 150th. This plaque was then placed in a prominent location and any Chapters assisting by contributions of $50.00 will have their name entered as a supporter. Please send your contributions to the Grand Chapter office, noting "Commemorative Plaque" on it.

A dedication ceremony was held at the Grand Chapter Offices, located on the second floor of the Grand Lodge Memorial Building, 361 King Street West, Hamilton, Ontario on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. Companions, ladies and friends assembled in the Scottish Rite Masonic Centre at 10:30 a.m.

There was a parade, led by M.Ex.Comp. George H. Gifford, Grand First Principal, to the Grand Chapter Offices for the Dedication Ceremony. When the ceremony was completed, all retired to the Scottish Rite Masonic Centre for refreshments.

Companions, wore their Royal Arch regalia. Others wore the Regalia of their Masonic body. Those who attended this memorable dedication thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and were a part of history in the making.

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150th Annual Convocation

The celebrations culminated with the 150th Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, to be held in St. Catharines, April 2 to 5, 2008.  Click here for the full program for the Annual Convocation.

Here are some of the very special events that took place:

Friday, April 4, 8:15 a.m. - Special 150th Anniversary ceremony, held before Grand Chapter opens.  Ladies and friends were welcome to attend. 

Friday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. - a 150th Gala was held in conjunction with the Grand First Principal's Banquet.  There was a variety show featuring the renowned Canadian tenor, John McDermott.  The organizers were very fortunate to book him - be sure to visit his web site.  Humourist Keith Hunter also appeared, and there was also be a special "mystery" guest appearance sure to enhance to the evening.  Tickets were $50.00.  Click here for the ticket order form.

Saturday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service, led by Rev. David A. Whiston, Grand Chaplain. Ladies and friends were welcome to attend. 

The full program for the 2008 Convocation follows:


Thursday, April 3  to Saturday, April 5, 2008
Quality Hotel Parkway Convention Centre
327 Ontario St., St. Catharines

General Chairman: R.Ex.Comp. Douglas W. Overy

Please click on this Link to read the Chairman's invitation to all Companions.

        The events include both conducting the annual affairs of Grand Chapter, and social opportunities for Companions and their ladies.

Thursday:  7:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet the Grand Council, Grand Chapter Officers, visiting dignataries from other Grand Chapters, and many others. Hosted by M.Ex.Comp. George H. Gifford and his lady Carol - $15.00

Friday:  8:15 a.m. - Special 150th Anniversary ceremony.  Ladies and friends are welcome to attend.

         9:00 a.m. - Grand Chapter opens

        10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Ladies Program and Luncheon, hosted by Carol Gifford - $20.00

        5:30 p.m. - Social Hour, prior to

        6:00 p.m. - Grand First Principal’s Banquet and special 150th Anniversary program - $50.00.  For more information on the outstanding  program which has been arranged for entertainment, please see our Grand Chapter 150 page

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service, officiated by Rev. David A. Whiston, Grand Chaplain.  Ladies and friends are invited, as well.

        9:00 a.m. - Grand Chapter called on. The Installation of the newly elected Grand First Principal, Grand Second Principal, Grand Third Principal, confirmed Grand Superintendents and Investiture of the newly elected  Officers takes place prior to closing Grand Chapter.

        9:00 to Noon – Ladies Hospitality Centre available, no cost.

Registration -  Thursday  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and

        Friday  8:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Voting -  Friday from 1/2 hour after the recess of Grand Chapter (but not later than 4:00 p.m.) to 5:00 p.m.

All Past Principals and the Ruling Principals are eligible to vote.  Be sure to participate, if you are eligible; you will take a part in determining our future leadership.  For the full nominations list, contact the Scribe Ezra.

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Commemmorative Anniversary Coin

Grand Chapter has commissioned a special 150th Anniversary commemmorative coin, which is depicted below.   They are in very short supply; if you are fortunate to have obtained one, hold onto it!


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Fund Raising Promotional Items

One of the special fund raising projects being undertaken by Grand Chapter will be in support of the Grand Chapter charities.  Dominion Regalia, a masonic supply house located in Toronto, has developed a  package of embroidered products and other special items branded with the 150th Anniversary logo.  These include a jacket, two golf shirts, two ball caps, a totebag, pin, mug, watch and pen.  Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the Grand Chapter charities. 

Please use this link to obtain an order form.  This will open the form.  You can save a copy on your computer once it is open.  You can also right click on the Link, and select the "Save Target As..." option to save it directly on your computer without opening it first.

The products are depicted below.


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