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Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 4:22 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for March 2019

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“Only those with tenacity can march forward in March.”

- Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Brethren, February weather is always a concern for the heartiest of Canadian. This past month saw a significant storm that caused the postponement of the Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master to Defenders Lodge. As always, the safety and security of the brethren is foremost on my mind, so it wasn’t too difficult to decide to postpone the Official Visit. The DDGM gracefully accepted my request to move his Official Visit to this month. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, as the Junior Warden is quite anxious to show his culinary skills in the kitchen at the Festive Board. I would like to commend Right Worshipful Brother Sam Kalinowsky and the Valentine Charity Ball team for putting on an extraordinary event. The fellowship, food and music at this year’s event were superb, and I know that both Defenders tables enjoyed themselves as much as I did. Well done, Right Worshipful Sir! Again, I wish to appeal to the membership to make every effort to join us for the rescheduled Official Visit of the DDGM at our Regular Meeting on March 6th. Come out and join us at the Festive Board, and in lodge where we will formally present a token of this lodge’s charitable spirit to the DDGM’s charity of choice: Do it for Daron.

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 10:37 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for February 2019

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”

- Author Unknown

Brethren, February has always been a month of significance for Defenders Lodge for three main reasons. First, February brings the District Deputy Grand Master to the lodge for his Official Visit. Second, the Valentine Charity Ball takes place in February. Third, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. We may be fortunate enough to be surrounded by those we love, or we may be far away from them. February affords us an opportunity to take a moment and reflect upon what binds us to one another in general, and to that special person in particular. Please take the time to ensure that those you love, know that they are loved! February also reminds us of those less fortunate than ourselves. The Valentine Charity Ball is the major fund-raiser for the District Charity and is the premier event in the Ottawa region. By this time, you should have your tickets to this magnificent social gathering.

Finally, I wish to appeal to the membership to make every effort to join us for the Official Visit of the DDGM at our Regular Meeting on February 6th. It would be gratifying to see side-benches filled with members and visitors alike. We will be making a formal donation to the District Charity and I encourage you to be part of this opportunity to showcase our generosity.

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Thursday, Dec 24, 2018 8:18 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for January 2019

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Brethren, Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the Christmas /Holiday season and that you had a chance to relax and recharge for the coming months. We have our normal lodge business to look forward to, but we also have the Official Visit of our District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM), Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Brinston coming up in February. We will conduct a Second Degree on the night of his Official Visit, along with a short bit of Masonic Education that will be inserted into the program. I ask you to make every effort to join us that night. If you can’t drive at night, or just do not have ride, call any of the Principal Officers, the Secretary or anyone on the officers’ slate indicated on this Summons and we will make every effort to assist you. The cold of winter is now upon us and we gravitate towards sources of warmth – both thermal and fraternal. One of the greatest sources of fraternal warmth can be found in the greetings of your shut-in fellow lodge members. Feel free to give them a call or arrange a visit. Both of you will appreciate the visit and you can give an update on his situation in lodge. Keep the bond. Reach out and let them know that we care.

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 10:02 AM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for December 2018

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

- Anne Frank

Brethren, December has arrived, and our thoughts turn to the Christmas and holiday season. Many of us look forward to sitting around the tree, watching our family opening presents. Others look forward to the feasts and parties that the holidays usher in. These are great things and should be celebrated, but we should always remember what a privilege it is to live in this great country. We are safe from war and enjoy the benefits of a peaceful country. However, there are those who do not enjoy the Christmas/holiday spirit, particularly if they are residing in a hospital room away from their familiar surroundings and families. Along with them, there are others who suffer from depression and its related problems. While we cannot directly help them with their problems, we can make a difference. Our party this month provides an opportunity for you to put a smile on a young CHEO patient’s face, and to contribute to research into the puzzles of the mind. Toy Mountain is being organized by W. Bro. Dan Piche again this year, and the Secretary is organizing raffles and fundraising. I urge you to enjoy this season as much as possible, but please do not forget about the less fortunate.

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 8:16 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for November 2018

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, is their monument today, and for aye.”

- Thomas Dunn English

Brethren, November ushers in Remembrance Day, and we have a proud tradition in Defenders Lodge of acknowledging the sacrifice made by those who wore the uniform of our country's military. Our Lodge was founded by returning soldiers and officers who served in the Great War of 1914-18, as a place for them to gather, heal and practice the principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. For them, the lodge was a place to share their common experiences and to do something constructive for themselves, their families, community and country. Many suffered frightful injuries while at war, but perhaps many more suffered wounds that did not leave scars. Some soldiers suffered from "Shell shock" and required committal to mental health institutions. Others were affected mentally and were ostracized by those who were unaware of the mental toll that combat took on soldiers. Today, we have a better understanding of the stress on the mind that soldiers can experience. At our Annual Ceremony of Remembrance our guest speaker will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from a very personal point of view. While our speaker is not a member of our fraternity, he is a serving military officer and a friend to many of our members. I encourage you and your family to join us at our ceremony November 7th at 8:00 PM, to perhaps learn more about PTSD and its effects. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Sunday, Sep 23, 2018 8:16 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for October 2018

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”

- Samuel Butler

Brethren, these cool autumn nights give us hints of winter’s coming cold and darkness. While we enjoy the company of our family and friends over hot meals in warm houses, we should never forget to rejoice in the honour it is to be a Canadian. We are blessed to live in this prosperous and peaceful country, where our children can grow and strive without undue worry and fear. While we celebrate our Thanksgiving Day this year, let us also remember those who are placed on the lowest spoke of fortune’s wheel. The homeless, the sick and those suffering from economic hardship should be kept in mind. Thoughts are one thing, but action is also recommended. This month at our Regular Meeting we will be presenting a Charity Plate for your consideration. The funds collected will be combined with those collected at our Christmas Party and that total will be presented to the DDGM at a later date for the District Charity: The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health - "Do It For Daron Initiative" - Project No 2630. I was very proud of our lodge’s contribution to last years District Charity, and I hope that you join me in contributing this year. On the fraternal front, we have a visit to Cobden Lodge coming up. It is my intent to have at least seven members form the delegation for this important visit. Check your calendars and reserve October 9th. The Brethren of Cobden Lodge always look forward to our visit and in perpetuating this local tradition. A trip up the valley is always a great adventure.

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018 1:29 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for September 2018

Wor. Brother Mony Hanna

"The beginning is the most important part of the work."

- Plato

Brethren, our new Masonic Year will get underway in September and I am very much looking forward to seeing you in lodge for what I hope will be a very interesting year. Beyond ensuring the health of the lodge, my focus will be on education and mentoring. On the education front, we will spend some time at our first Regular Meeting on Masonic Education in the form of the report on the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge held in Toronto this summer. Right Worshipful Brother Sam Kalinowsky, the newest Grand Master’s Meritorious Service Medal recipient, will speak on the proceedings of Grand Lodge. On that note, I wish to congratulate Sam on his award and encourage everyone to shake his hand and acknowledge his continuing efforts at the lodge, district and Grand Lodge levels. As for mentoring, it is my intent to announce a Mentoring Chairman, who will administer the mentors within the lodge. The Worshipful Master will continue to assign mentors to candidates to assist the candidate and his sponsors. The difference between mentors and sponsors will be communicated at a future meeting by the Mentor Chairman. Ultimately, the intent is to ensure that the sponsors continue their responsibilities throughout the candidate’s Masonic Journey, and that the mentors provide aid until mentoring is no longer required. The formalizing of the mentor/sponsor relationship should assist us in reducing the number of “lost” candidates during their degree program. I know that I can count on your support this coming year, and I look forward to seeing you again!

Sincerely and Fraternally

W. Bro. Mony Hanna

Worshipful Master

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018 7:32 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for May 2018

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

"The true Mason takes full responsibility for the condition of his character and ever strives for its perfection."

- William Howard Taft

As my year in the Chair of King Solomon ends, it should come as no surprise that the space allotted for the WM’s message in the summons does not nearly suffice to allow me to thank all those members so deserving of my gratitude. I would like to start by thanking the Officers of the lodge, who cleared their schedules and committed to fulfilling the requirements of the chairs, in a year that was marked with last minute changes and scheduling conflicts. On the bright side, we enjoyed more social nights than we have in a long time! I would like to thank the Brethren in general, and the “faithful few” in particular, without whose regular attendance, and willingness to pitch in as required, the lodge could not function. We all know to whom I refer, and we truly can call them the lifeblood of the Lodge. My thanks to Right Worshipful Brother Michael Nagrodski for his excellent work in Ottawa District 2 representing the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Paul Todd. RW Brother Nagrodski exemplified the requirements and duties of the DDGM admirably and has set a high standard for future DDGMs to live up to. Congratulations to Very Worshipful Brother Noseworthy on breaking in his new VW regalia this year – he attended innumerable meetings as a current Grand Lodge Officer, in support of Grand Lodge and the DDGM, and was a great representative of Defenders Lodge to boot! Finally, to Right Worshipful Brother Robert Clarke, the ever-vigilant lodge Secretary, without whom the lodge would certainly be in bind. His tireless efforts in performing the countless duties that fall to the Secretary, as well as his ability to shepherd me through the various responsibilities as master (along with his patience!), were appreciated. I am pleased to note that, commencing this year, as it was when I left the chair in 2010-2011, we have an exciting line up of first time masters coming up through the chairs. I would encourage your attendance at Lodge to support this progression of officers. Brother Mony Hanna will be installed as WM of the Lodge on May 2, 2018 – I hope to see you there to support Mony and his slate of Officers as they assume their chairs to lead the Lodge for the upcoming year. See you in lodge!

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 1:23 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for April 2018

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone."

- Ronald Reagan

Brethren, It seems like only yesterday that I was installed in the Chair of King Solomon for the second time, and a lifetime ago that RW Bro. Kalinowsky and I “agreed” to return the chairs of SW, WM and (soon for me) IPM to shore up some vacancies in the lineup. Spring is upon us, and with it, comes the annual elections for lodge leadership. At our Regular meeting in April, we will vote to choose our leaders for the upcoming 2018-2019 masonic year. Brethren, I urge you to attend to exercise your right to vote, and thus to shape the future of YOUR lodge. I am pleased to see that, as with my first time in the East, we have a full succession line up consisting of all non-Past Masters. This is truly an exciting time for Defenders Lodge, as these young men will each bring their own unique vision to lodge during their respective time in the East. At our Emergent meeting we will have the annual Step-Up Night, where those elected for positions in 2018-2019 will show off their prowess in their new positions, by opening and closing the lodge in all three degrees. The highlight of the Emergent meeting, however, will be passing two worthy Brethren to the Fellowcraft Degree. Please endeavor to attend to support these new Brethren during their journey to the Fellowcraft Degree. See you in lodge!

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 12:03 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for March, 2018

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

19 Irishmen go to the cinema. The ticket lady asks,

“Why so many?” The reply: “The film says 18 or over!"

Brethren, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with you! Welcome to the newest member of our gentle craft – Brother Michael Shudlik! We trust his initiation on February 21, attended by RW Brother Nagrodski, DDGM, Ottawa District 2, was memorable, and we look forward to continuing his journey through the degrees. This month will see us welcome another new member, and I encourage a large turnout by Defenders members to support the candidate. Details on the date of the initiation will be confirmed by email and on the District 2 website. Brethren the last two Official Visits take place in March, so please make best efforts to attend: March 1 at Pembroke, and March 13 at Cobden. Also, a reminder to take advantage of visiting – please see the District website for the list of dates for the Travelling Gavel – it is always enjoyable to visit other lodges! Finally, congratulations to the organizers, volunteers, and all who make the Valentine’s Charity Ball possible, and in particular to those who donated prizes for the silent auction, and most importantly, to the brethren and their significant others for attending and enjoying the evening. From the report provided by RW Bro. Kalinowsky, this was yet another banner year, and the chosen charities of the Ottawa DDGMs will be thankful for the proceeds from the event. Well done all!

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 6:59 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for February, 2018

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

- John Steinbeck – Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Brethren, judging by the cold snap and low temperatures as of late, we should be able to enjoy the summer all the more – and to me, February means a few things: we are that much closer to Spring, and Valentine’s Day – or for us single folks, discount chocolate on February 15! But I digress…As you know, each February brings to Defenders Lodge the Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM). His Official Visit this year falls on February 7th, and we will have the honour of receiving Right Worshipful Brother Michael Nagrodski. I encourage all members to make best efforts to attend this meeting, to support your lodge, and to show support for our DDGM as he takes the time to visit with us. Right Worshipful Brother Nagrodski’s talks at his Official Visits have been thought provoking and are not to be missed. Also, this month is the 14th annual Valentine’s Charity Ball on February 10th, which delivers its proceeds to the charitable causes of both the Ottawa District 1 and 2 DDGMs. Please contact Right Worshipful Brother Sam Kalinowsky should you want tickets or if you have anything to donate for the silent auction. Tickets are going fast and sell out each year. Please note that we will be initiating two worthy candidates into our fraternity at our Emergent Meeting this month (February 21st), so please come out to welcome them into the lodge and offer your hand in friendship and brotherly love.

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017 5:23 PM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for January, 2018

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.

- Benjamin Franklin

Brethren, welcome to 2018! I trust all had a Merry Christmas and rang in the new year in style. As we commence the new year, let us reflect for a bit on one of the pressing, and continuing, issues in most lodges – ATTENDANCE. When we joined lodge, we were questioned about the convenience of meeting nights, and committed to attend lodge if within the length of our cable tow, barring family and work commitments. Your regular attendance at lodge demonstrates your commitment to masonry in general, and Defenders Lodge in particular. We meet on the same nights every year – so please take a moment and revisit your daily planners and free up your Wednesdays as much as family, work and health permits. Please make special note of our upcoming DDGM visit – scheduled this year for February 7, 2018. Please make every effort to attend and support your lodge and our DDGM, Right Worshipful Brother Nagrodski, on his Official Visit to our lodge. Finally, I wish to thank those faithful brethren who make it out to lodge regularly who help maintain the viability of the lodge and support the new officers – well done. Let’s all make this new year, and the remainder of this masonic year, one in which we fill the benches of Defenders, and make a daily advancement in our masonic journey.

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 9:24 AM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for December, 2017

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

- Oren Arnold

As we approach the midway point in our masonic year, it’s a good opportunity to take stock of the lodge. I am already looking forward to turning the lodge over in May to our long line-up of Master Masons (all non-past Masters) who currently occupy the officer chairs. At the same time, I will be calling on them for their best work, as we hold first, second and third degrees starting in January and ending in April, so break out the Book of the Work and get prepared! For your calendars – on Friday December 1, 2017 Defenders Lodge will deliver the District Traveling Gavel to Ashlar Lodge at their Regular meeting. Free up your schedules, and let’s ensure a large turnout from Defenders! At our December Regular meeting, we will wrap up our formal 2017 meetings with some ballots, and some discussion about the remainder of this masonic year. There will be no formal Emergent meeting in December – instead, Defenders Lodge will have a Christmas social event – please note that planning for the event will take place at our CGP meeting on November 29, 2017 so this is your opportunity to attend and help shape this social event. As we spend time with friends, family and loved ones this festive season, please remember those less fortunate who may not be in the best situation in life. To that end, at our Christmas social, and in keeping with Defenders tradition, donations will be collected for Toy Mountain (new toy) and/or the Ottawa Mission ($). Finally, I would remind you to frequently visit the Ottawa District 2 website, for updates on masonic events and meetings.

See you in lodge!

Sincerely and Fraternally

Robert Sullivan

Worshipful Master

Sunday, Oct 30, 2017 11:51 AM Posted by Brother Steven Dieter

Master's Message for November, 2017

Wor. Brother Rob Sullivan

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

-- For the Fallen by Robert L Binyon”

Brethren, Every year, at our Regular meeting in November, Defenders Lodge pays tribute to those who served our great nation with our annual Ceremony of Remembrance. This annual ceremony is open to the public, and I encourage friends and family to attend. The ceremony is brief, but is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of those men and women who served Canada in times of war and peace. Also of note during this Regular meeting in November is the passing along of two gavels: The District Traveling Gavel will be presented to Defenders by Ionic Lodge, and the Fraternal Gavel will be presented to Defenders by Cobden Lodge (the Fraternal Gavel started between Defenders and Beachburg Lodges, and we are pleased Cobden Lodge has continued this longstanding event with us). Finally, please note that there will not be an Emergent meeting in November. In its place, a social event has been planned, and details will be forthcoming. Brethren, I look forward to your attendance in November at this evening of reflection and remembrance. Wear your poppies with pride, and ever bear in mind the motto on the Defenders Lodge logo: “Lest We Forget”.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Rob Sullivan

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 7:52 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for September, 2015

Wor. Brother Rob Demers

"Find comfort in little things and joy in unexpected moments."

-- H. Bruno”

Greetings Bretheren,

Brethren, I hope that everyone has had a great summer thus far. As we start a new Masonic year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for putting their confidence in me as the Worshipful Master of Defender's Lodge. I promise that I will do my best to provide you with a balanced Masonic year. There will be plenty of degree work along with a balance of social events and activities. This year's focus will be on mentorship and ritual instruction. We want to support our new members and the new officers in helping them understand why we do what we do and why it is important to deliver and receive the best work possible. Brethren I encourage you participate in as many events and meetings as you possibly can, as we can only benefit from your participation. On that subject R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky will be delivering a recap of the Grand Lodge communication at our Regular Meeting. Following that R.W. Bro. Charles Singh, the Chairman of Masonic education, Lodge Work and Ritual instruction, will present Defenders Lodge his program for the upcoming year. I hope to see you in Lodge.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Rob Demers

Thursday, April 30, 2015 11:42 AM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for May, 2015

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

-- John F. Kennedy

Bretheren,

This was in many ways my most memorable year in Masonry. We began the year by performing a degree in the summer and the work just kept coming – in fact we only had two lodge nights without degree work this year. We donated a record amount for The Ottawa Mission, raised five Master Masons and hopefully started some new traditions such as the formal Christmas dinner, donations to Toy Mountain and Man Nights. I am very proud to be a member of Defender’s and I believe that we have the best lodge around given the great amount of support I received. Our members put on fantastic degree work, and we have members who can sit in any chair and perform any work with mere moment’s notice. Our newer members perform with gusto and I love hearing them proudly do their work. Generally, I would like to thank all the Brethren of Defenders Lodge for your active participation in a busy year. In particular I would like to thank a number of individuals starting with Bro. Tom Murphy and Bro. Dave Wilson, who were visitors in title only. Your presence was a positive addition to our lodge. I would very much like to thank my mentors R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky and R.W. Bro. Charles Singh who guided me, helped me and challenged my comfort level just enough so that I could grow. My thanks to W. Bro. Jeff Noseworthy, and R. W. Bro. Alan Arbuckle who stepped up to fill chairs when they needed to be filled. W. Bro. Markus Rumke, thanks for all the phone calls and personal chats about Masonry. Bro. Bryce who invented Man Night, Bro. Cele for his exemplary attendance and especially W. Bro. Clarke, who greatly assisted me in the conduct of lodge business. I do hope that you make it out on May 6th to support our Worshipful Master Elect, W. Bro. Robert Demers. I know that the lodge will flourish in his capable hands. Finally I wish you the best over the summer and I will see you in lodge this September!

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 3:11 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for April, 2015

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.”

-- Larry J. Sabato

Brethren, the inevitable changing of the guard will soon be upon us, so I would like to take this opportunity to review at our accomplishments and to look ahead. This Masonic Year we took five Entered Apprentices through their journey to become Master Masons, and I would like to congratulate the Brethren of Defenders Lodge for their hard work and dedication in making this happen. We set this goal for ourselves in August and you met the challenge. For this, I am quite grateful. Personally, I think we have the best lodge around and that is only because of your support and participation. But the year is not yet over! At our Regular Meeting we will conduct the election of our future officers, and I highly recommend you attend this night to exercise your right to vote. If you have not performed a Masonic vote before, it is something you really should attend. This April 14th, we shall make a fraternal visit to Cobden Lodge and I would be quite happy to see a good number of Defenders members attend this visit – details will be announced. Our Emergent meeting will be the step up night, where those elected officers will be able to show their stuff and perform the opening and closing of all three degrees. Yes, we still have work to complete Brethren, and I once again look forward to your sure support.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 12:13 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for March, 2015

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling."

-- Deborah Day”

Greetings Bretheren,

Brethren, I would like to thank all of you who attended our annual District Deputy Grand Master’s (DDGM) Official Visit. While we have some room for improvement in lodge operations, things are coming along quite nicely. During the Official Visit, we conducted a Masonic Education session presented by Right Worshipful Brother Alan Arbuckle. This session was met with many personal anecdotes, which made the session that much more engaging. Our DDGM mentioned during his speech that visiting is an important part of Masonry. I highly recommend that you take the time to visit other lodges, and if I am not there with you, I would ask you to continue to extend my personal fraternal greetings. Speaking of visitations, on March 10th, there will be a contingent of Defenders heading down to Cobden Lodge No. 459 for their Official Visit. I hope that you can join us for this event.

At both our Regular and Emergent meetings in March, we plan to complete the mission set out last year to have five Entered Apprentices become Master Masons by the end of the Masonic year. It’s been a long road with lots of work, but now we can see the light of the Star in the East at its end. I congratulate all of the Candidates and the Lodge members who accepted this challenge. It was well worth the effort!

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Friday, Jan 30, 2015 10:20 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for February, 2015

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”

-- ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670.”

Greetings Bretheren,

At our Regular Meeting in February we will receive Right Worshipful Brother Jeffery Barrie, District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) of Ottawa District Number 2 on his Official Visit. Prior to opening we will hold the Festive Board, which will sit at 6:30 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with and ask our DDGM any questions that you may have about Grand Lodge or our District in particular. In lodge we will conduct a Masonic Education Session.

At our Emergent Meeting we be conferring a third degree on Brother Sean McRae. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel that started with our new crop of Entered Apprentices; some of whom are now or will soon be Master Masons.

On the home front, please keep in mind that February is the month of romance and you should consider attending the annual Valentine Charity Ball with your lady. The event takes place on February 14th, and is open to family and friends. This event is quite popular, so I encourage you to get your tickets as soon as possible. Finally, please take some time this Valentine’s Day to do something special for the people in your life. Their support is greatly appreciated and should be acknowledged.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Thursday, Jan 01, 2014 9:31 AM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for January, 2015

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better man.”

-- Benjamin Franklin.”

Greetings Bretheren,

Before I speak about the New Year, I would like to provide an update our charitable efforts. I am very proud to say that we collected an astounding sum of money ($625.00) for the Mission, as well as many toys for Toy Mountain at our Christmas Dinner. I want to thank all of the members who helped make this happen. A special thanks goes out to W. Bro. David Hamilton for donating his ever-popular honey, which raised over $100.00 at auction. The results of our charitable efforts are tangible: many people were fed and many children woke Christmas morning with presents under their tree due to the charity work of our lodge. Well done! I would also like to thank R.W. Bros Kalinowsky =and Singh for organizing and catering the Christmas Dinner. We all enjoyed the food and the special atmosphere. Looking forward, we still have a lot of work to do. We will be performing quite a number of degrees, but we will have one night of respite from our work schedule. The Ottawa Valley Scottish Rite Degree Team will conduct a Third Degree during our Emergent Meeting in January. We will have an opportunity to sit and relax for a night and I am very much looking forward to this event. On the social side, I encourage you to join us for the third installment of “Man Night”, which will be hosted by Bro. Dave Wilson. Bro. Rob Bryce hosted the first two successful events and has started what I hope becomes a Defender’s tradition that should be continued for years to come. All we need is you! See you in lodge.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Friday, Nov 28, 2014 6:01 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for December, 2014

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.”

-- W. C. Jones.”

Greetings Bretheren,

The well-known Freemason Oscar Wilde,once said “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest of intentions”. To me, this means that even if the heart contrives and head devises, it takes the hand to make it come to fruition. I would like to ask you to join me in a charity of choice this year: Toy Mountain. If you could bring a wrapped toy aimed at children age 9-13 (Lego, board game, sports equipment, movie gift certificates), to our December 17th Christmas dinner, I take them to the Carlingwood Mall on December 20th. If you cannot make it to our Christmas dinner you may bring your gift to our Regular Meeting on December 3rd for The Ottawa Mission will also be out. All Masons are invited to our Regular Meeting on December 3rd, but I am asking specifically for our newest Fellowcrafts to join us that night as we have a talk scheduled on the Fellowcraft degree as presented by R.W. Bro. Charles Singh. It should prove to be enlightening for everyone, and I hope to see you there.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Friday, Oct 31, 2014 2:32 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for November, 2014

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

Patriot ism is not dying for one's country, it is living for one's country. And for humanity. Perhaps that is not as romantic, but it's better...”

-- Agnes Macphail.”

Greetings Bretheren,

November is a time of remembrance and is a particularly important month for us at Defenders Lodge. Our lodge has transformed over the years into a vibrant, cosmopolitan and diverse lodge, but we will never forget our military roots. In November we honour those who served and those who continue to serve our country in uniform by conducting our annual Remembrance Ceremony. Please join us on Wednesday November 5th, at our open ceremony at 8:00 PM. I invite you to extend this invitation to your family and friends. This year’s theme is Foreign Service and the Masonic Lodge. Bro. Tom Murphy of Virgin Lodge No. 3 in Halifax, NS, will be speaking about the lodge that was established in Afghanistan. We are also pleased to have R. W. Bro. The Reverend J. Gordon Roberts join us again this year to deliver a sermon as part of the ceremony. There will be a voluntary collection of offerings to benefit the South Gloucester United Church, and refreshments at the festive board following the ceremony. Military members past and present are authorized by our constitution to wear their medals for the ceremony. Please join us for this important event.

Lest We Forget,

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Tuesday, Sept 30, 2014 7:11 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for October, 2014

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”

-- Mahatma Gandhi.”

Greetings Bretheren

September has been a great month filled with events. We had our first fraternal visit with the DDGM, we handed our new pins, performed a Fellowcraft degree and our social committee put on an event at Brother Bryce’s home. The Man’s Night was a social gathering to remember! If you did not make it to this event, I highly recommend going to the next one. This shows that we are a lodge that can enjoy ourselves outside of lodge and the social committee is working hard to make sure we keep it that way.

We also have a very busy October ahead of us as we conduct a double Fellowcraft degree at our Regular Meeting and we will be performing another Fellowcraft degree during our Emergent Meeting. It is great to see our members attending and having the benches filled really does add to the ceremony. The strength of our lodge comes from our members and I am very much looking forward to seeing you in lodge.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:01 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Dan Piche

Master's Message for September, 2014

Wor. Brother Dan Piche

Greetings Brethren and welcome back from the summer. I hope you all enjoyed the weather as much as I did. With the summer behind us, we are in excellent shape to move forward. We have completed the first in a long line of entered apprentices to pass to the second degree and with your help, we should have a number of new Master Masons by the end of this Masonic year, eager to take new chairs.

I am honored to be sitting in the chair of King Solomon and I am looking forward to serving the brethren this year as the Worshipful Master. I wish to continue with the strong leadership and inspiration that has been given by all our Past Masters. I always take all suggestions and comments to heart, so please feel free to give me your thoughts – this is your lodge after all!

This will be quite the busy year but I am certain we are up to the task. If you are ever unsure of your role or task, please ask. We have a number of senior officers and Past Masters who will gladly give advice. Together we can make this an excellent year filled with education, degree work and fellowship, which I, for one, am looking forward to. At our first lodge meeting we will have an update from Grand Lodge as well as having the designation as a Cornerstone Lodge by R.W.Bro. Jeffrey W. A. Barrie our District Deputy Grand Master. I am looking forward to seeing you in lodge.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Dan Piche

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:24 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for May, 2014,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” - Francis of Assisi

I would like to thank those of you who supported me throughout this past year and I wish the new W.M. elect and senior officers a successful and productive year ahead. Although there are always challenges in Freemasonry and in lodge governance, I am confident that Defenders Lodge and its participating members will be well prepared to meet them.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Wednesday, March 23, 2014 11:22 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for April, 2014,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

“Love what you have. Need what you want. Accept what you receive. Give what you can. Always remember, what goes around, comes around…” – Unknown

April is a most important month for Defenders Lodge. It is when you as members have an opportunity to vote for a new Worshipful Master and the senior officers for the next Masonic year. For our newest brethren, it is also another layer of the “mystery” surrounding Freemasonry that is revealed. I encourage all members to participate in the election as it will be your opportunity to influence the direction of the lodge. We will also be conducting a “Step Up” night during our Emergent meeting, giving the Officers elect an opportunity to “test drive” their lodge. This is always an interesting and enjoyable evening, where the Master elect and his Officers are put in the spotlight as a prelude to the start of “their” year.

On February 23rd, we were all much saddened by the passing of R.W. Bro. Jack Kirkpatrick. He was an inspiration and truly was a great person. His passing can never take that from us. Thank you all who participated and attended Jack’s Masonic Memorial Service on March 2nd. His family was much appreciative and I am sure Jack would have been proud of his lodge that day. Rest in peace, Jack. We will miss you.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:22 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for March, 2014,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

I would like to congratulate our newest Entered Apprentices and send a big thanks to the brethren who participated in the marathon Saturday degree work! We welcomed Brothers McRae, Nkounkou, DiMatteo, Dieter and Pantea to Defenders Lodge. They joined Brother Cele who was initiated earlier in February and [anohter brother who seeks to remain anonymous] who was initiated on February 19th. The lodge is looking forward to them taking the next steps in Masonry. The Lodge through degree work, education and discussion becomes a microcosm to focus our efforts as we strive to go from the rough ashlar to the perfect one. It is a journey without end. To daily advance along the path of knowledge within Freemasonry brings positive changes in how we view the world, how we can become better people, and how we can improve the lives of those around us. The understanding of the degrees and the lessons they contain is not an easy task, but the reward is great and profound. Never forget that whether you are a new Mason or an “old” Mason, we are all striving together along our own individual understanding of the craft. The depth and rewards of Freemasonry can only be perceived by experiencing and participating within the craft; and this can only be revealed to those who continue to strive towards self-improvement and self-realization. Freemasonry is strongest when we treat it as a way of life and not just a social event.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:31 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for February, 2014,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

Greetings Brethren, Have you heard the apocryphal story about the chap who's car got stuck in a flood on his way to a lodge meeting? A passing farmer stopped and towed him clear of the water, on shaking hands to thank him the driver noticed a familiar grip. "Oh, I see," he said, "You saw my black tie and briefcase and helped me because I'm a Mason - thanks."

"No my good Brother," the farmer replied, "I helped you because I am a Mason." (Enough said…)

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Friday, January 3, 2014 9:34 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for January, 2014,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” - J.Holmes.

Greetings Brethren, At our December Christmas party we raised a very respectable amount of money on behalf of the Ottawa Mission. This amount plus what was raised in lodge previously will go a long way to provide meals for those who need it most this time of year. The raising of a donation was just a part of the overall evening and I hope you enjoyed it. My thanks to all who contributed their time, effort and food to this enjoyable event. Special thanks go out to Marcia Clarke for providing gifts to all the ladies in attendance. W. Bro. David Hamiliton even brought in samples of his coveted honey for auction! Thanks also go out to all who helped out in the kitchen to contribute to a very festive meal. R.W. Bro. Sam Kalinowsky’s famous scalloped potatoes certainly assisted in putting everyone in a festive and giving frame of mind. In this New Year we have plenty of work to complete, and it will be great to see you out on January 15th for the initiation of a Candidate. The 1st degree is a very impressionable degree on a new Freemason given it is the first glimpse they will have of our great fraternal order. You are warmly encouraged to come out and support our Candidate in taking his first steps in Freemasonry. I wish you and your family all the very best of the New Year!

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:12 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for December,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

"The principal purpose of Masonry is to create in the world a band of men to whom others may look for example and inspiration - men who others will say are men of honor, virtue and charitable feelings." – W.Bro. and Chief Justice Manuel V. Moran

Here we are again brethren, another December is upon us. Summertime and fall temperatures are behind us and the long sleep of winter approaches. It is for many, “the holiday season”. Christmas time is approaching and it is what you make it. A time for family, special occasions, worship, even a time for gifts and giving (readily apparent in every store you walk into). Regardless of your personal faith, we are all brothers and our families are all part of one larger family. Your family and friends are of course most welcome to join us for some fellowship and fun at the Defenders Lodge annual Christmas Potluck on December 16th at 6:30PM. You are asked to donate your time or bring a dish that will feed at least the number of attendees you bring with you.

As this is the season of giving, I would also like to remind and encourage of you all to donate to a local food drive or seek one out. Even one food item, if that is all you can spare, will make a difference. If you don’t think so, then brother you are lucky – because you have never been hungry! I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and may your God bless you and your loved ones.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:37 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for November,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

“Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Greetings Brethren!

Brethren, November is a month for Remembrance. Men from of all walks of life have been Freemasons; and a large number of Freemasons have been soldiers; and military Freemasons played an important role in establishing Freemasonry in Canada. When war raged around them, I would like to think that Freemasons held on to the ties and the idealism that brought them together in the first place. Thousands of Masons fought in the wars, and many died. But the tenets of the Craft, those ideals and moral codes that we, as Freemasons, strive to abide by, were influential in overcoming the hatred, distrust and the animosity that war can generate.

We at Defenders Lodge take great pride in our history, our founding military members and our existing military members; even though many of us have not served in the military. If you are able, I encourage you, your friends and your loved ones to join us on November 6th for our Lodge Remembrance Ceremony. On November 11th, if you are able, please participate in one of the many Remembrance Day activities throughout our area, or tune in and watch the National Ceremony of Remembrance. Take a moment to remember and honour those who gave so much, those that served, and those that serve now.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Monday, September 23, 2013 8:33 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message for October,

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. - Norman Vincent Peale, Minister, author & Freemason.

Greetings Brethren!

I would like to congratulate Bro. Hanna and Bro. Ghelaney on being passed to the second degree, and I also want to thank those who participated and attended in support of our two new Fellowcraft. It was a first for a few of us sitting in our new chairs and it was a good start. October looks to be a fun month, with the hosting of the Fellowcraft Degree Emulation on the 2nd and conducting an Initiation on the 16th. As brothers in our ancient and honorable fraternity, it is important to maintain high standards for our lodge as a whole and as well to those petitioning for membership. Being accepted to join a lodge is a privilege accessible to only a few good men who meet the moral and spiritual standards that our fraternity has upheld for generations. The strength of our lodge is our members; especially those who participate and who are there to support their brethren. The future of our lodge rests with the choices we make when we accept a candidate to join our gentle craft. That choice ripples through our entire fraternity, and those that can call themselves a freemason are also our representatives to the public and how the public perceives freemasonry. Even the word “freemasonry” itself reflects the precepts of our order and is defined as such. The Oxford dictionary defines “freemasonry” as “the system and institutions of the freemasons” and, “instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common”. There is great truth in the simple, clinical definition. We define our craft in a much more fulsome way; and as we each continue on our own journey our personal and fraternal definition grows with us.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael

Tuesday, August 19, 2013 6:51 PM Posted by Worshipful Brother Colin Michael

Master's Message, End of Summer

Wor. Brother Colin Michael

Accept the thing to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart - Marcus Aurelius

Greetings Brethren!

First and foremost I consider it to be a distinct honour and privilege to join the line of Defenders Masters, and I am looking forward to serving the brethren of our lodge. I am thankful to all of my Masonic brethren, both members and non-members of Defenders Lodge for the guidance and wisdom they have provided since my initiation. I now look to you for support as we look forward to the 2013-2014 Masonic Year. Together we can make this year a proper balance between degree work, education, discussion, and fellowship. All we need is your participation! If it has been a while and you have struggled to attend Lodge, I encourage you to take that first necessary step and come out and join us. We are all brothers and your absence has been missed. If you’re a little rusty, we are all here to help and welcome you. Our Past Masters are always available before lodge to bring you back up to speed. If you need transport, we will see about arranging it for you. A lodge is only as strong as its members and we all want our lodge to succeed. Participation is the key to that success. I very much look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W. Bro. Colin Michael