Highlights of the 2014 Grand Imperial Conclave
Motion – Moved by the Grand Junior General, that the allocation of the Grand Sovereign be referred to a committee of Past Grand Sovereigns to report thereon at this Annual Assembly. Carried
REPORT ON THE GRAND SOVEREIGN`S ADDRESS
To the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Officers and Members of the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada:
Most Illustrious Sir and Knights Companion:
It is great pleasure that we, the committee on the response to the Grand Sovereign allocation make this report. Every year we seem to mourn the loss of so many Knights Companion and among them some very noteworthy members. It is indeed sad and a huge loss this past year to have experienced the passing of M.Ill.Kt.Comp. John Ross Matheson, G.C.C., P.G.S.; M.Ill.Kt.Comp.Hugh Torrence Ross, G.C.C., P.G.S.;and Rt.Ill.Kt.Comps. Verne Halverson, P.G.I.G., John Hayman Rpy, P.G.I.G. We hold them, their families and their Conclaves in our prayers.
We note with heartfelt thanks the acknowledgement of our Charitable foundation and the important work of the research projects in Arthritis that it supports. It is with great emphases that we reiterate the words of our Grand Sovereign concerning the membership and the need to extend invitations to the many worthy and eligible active Christian Royal Arch Companions. Every Conclave is encouraged to become active in this aspect of our Gentle Order. Noted are the many and varied visitations to constituent Conclaves, sister jurisdictions and other Masonic bodies. We acknowledge that no man is an island unto himself and that without support, mentorship and, companionship of others, especially those nearest and dearest, no one could do, in this life, anything of lasting importance. We, too, give thanks to all who have helped our Grand Sovereign, particularly his wife, Bonnie, during his term of office.
Respectively submitted on behalf of the Committee on the allocation of the Grand Sovereign;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. W. Marshall Black, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Bert A. Mennie, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Cecil E. Decker, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. James W. Gerrard, G.C.C.,P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Clark S. Brooks, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. W. Job Parsons, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Gordon H. Stuart, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. John V. Lawer, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Gerald A. Riley, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. Rev. Sidney J. Maddock, G.C.C., P.G.S.;
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. John R. Dollimount, G.C.C., P.G.S.; and
M. Ill. Kt. Comp. David P. Hardie, G.C.C., P.G.S. (Chairman)
It was moved by the Chairman and seconded by the Grand Senior General that this report be received and adopted. Carried.
Conducted by V. Ill. Kt. Comp. Rev. M. John Moor (Grand Prelate)
Most Illustrious Sir and Knight Companions:
Well done, good and faithful servant(s) ….. for you have been faithful (even) in small things.
Your labour (has) not (been) in vain …..
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more.
And (God) will guide them to springs of living water, and (he) will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more grief or crying or pain.
As for mortals, their days are like grass.
They flourish like the flower of the field, for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
PRAYER OF APPROACH:
O God, great Jehovah, who has created each of us and loves each of us as a unique human individual, we pause this day to remember and give thanks for our fellow Knights Companion who have served us and their fellow men and have now entered into your home, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
Speak to us that we may remember them with reverence and learn from their example, thus becoming better men ourselves.
We pray in your great name. AMEN.
“The Lord’s my Shepard” (Crimond)
John 14: selected verses
Today we stop to remember with gratitude the service of a number of our fellow Knights Companion of our Order, those who have served their Conclave in particular, and some of them, our Grand Imperial Conclave, over the years as members of our Christian Order.
We pause in silence, and remember them with gratitude, as each name is read.
All please be upstanding.
(The reading of the names of the departed Knights Companion.)
Holy Land Conclave No. 03
Percy McGREGOR February 8th, 2014
Taylor Conclave No. 05
Stanley HARBIN February 27th, 2014
Donald DOBIE October 23rd, 2013
Mervin Robert HARPER December 2nd, 2013
Royal Edward Conclave No. 08
James Douglas WELSH June 13th, 2014
St. Helena Conclave No. 10
Menes AZIZ November 16th, 2013
Bedford Conclave No. 13
Paul RONDEAU February 25th, 2014
Moore Conclave No. 15
John Hayman Roy December 27th, 2013
The Harington Conclave No. 16
William Henry HOLCOMBE April 3rd, 2014
William KANE October 5th, 2013
Huronia Concalve No. 17
Ronald Larry RICHARDSON May 5th, 2014
James Dargavel EWING October 13th, 2013
St. Justin’s Conclave No. 18
Albert Baxter Bennett SEWEL January 16th, 2014
David Wilson McDUFFEE May 6th, 2014
Roderick George HAUFE July 24, 2014
John Kenneth KING September 22nd, 2013
John Ross MATHESON December 27th, 2013
Royal City Conclave No. 22
Douglas Bruce PRENTICE January 30th, 2014
John Hector FINDLAY January 31st, 2014
Gordon James Munn HANNAY September 23rd, 2013
Avon Conclave No. 23
Charles Stewart TAYLOR April 4th, 2014
The Rupert H. MacNeill Conclave No. 30
Russell Lewis ORCHARD January 22nd, 2014
Royal William Conclave No. 32
Kenneth Dan MacDONALD March 14th, 2014
Redeemer Conclave No. 33
Harold ENGLAND February 11th, 2014
Holy Trinity Conclave No. 34
Barry Leslie JONES January 11th, 2014
David Crowe BRADLEY January 19th, 2014
James Arthur Robers SHAW March 19th, 2014
William KNOWLES August 19th, 2013
Lactanian Conclave No. 35
Donald ELLIOTT May 15th, 2014
Grand Valley Conclave No. 36
Hugh Torrence ROSS January 19th, 2014
Peter John WEBSTER April 17th, 2014
Robert John RICHARDS November 8th, 2013
Wold Rose Conclave No. 37
Lewis John HEYLER July 5th, 2014
Okanagan Conclave No. 38
Mathew Albert GLENN March 9th, 2014
Royal Cape Breton Conclave No. 39
Donald Wallace MATHESON October 26th, 2013
Alexander Callum MacLEOD December 31st, 2013
Arbutus Conclave No. 40
Basil Roland HOBBS August 21st, 2013
They have laid down the tools of their life, figuratively represented by the trowel. (lay trowel on the Bible).
We shall cherish their memory in our hearts, and express our sincere sympathy to their families.
MOMENT OF SILENCE:
SPECIAL MEMORIAL…..M.Ill.Kt.Comp. John Matheson, G.C.C., P.G.S. by M.Ill.Kt.Comp. W. Job Parsons, G.C.C., P.G.S.
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HYMN (All singing) “Precious Lord, take my hand”
May the blessing of God Almighty rest upon us and upon all of our work and worship done in His Name.
May He give us light to guide us, courage to support us, and love to unite us, now and forever more. AMEN
REPORT OF THE GRAND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
To the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Officers and Members of the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada:
Most Illustrious Sir:
The Grand Executive Committee of the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada held at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel,
5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 13 2014.
The Chairman of the Grand Executive opened the meeting at 1:30 p.m., and welcomed all in attendance and thanked those who had replaced him in 2013, due to health problems.
M.Ill.Kt.Comp. Rev. David P. Hardie, G.C.C., P.G.S. offered an opening prayer for a successful meeting.
The chairman then called for the Grand Sovereign to make his remarks. M. Ill. Kt. Comp. F. Douglas Draker, G.C.C., thanked all present for attending and hoped everyone would enjoy themselves during their stay in the area.
The business of the Grand Imperial Conclave was presented by the various chairmen for the past year 2013 -14.
Reports from the Grand Recorders, the Grand Treasurer and all other financial matters.
These reports plus those of the ten standing committees will be delivered by their respective chairmen to the Grand Executive Committee during the day. I will not take the time to list each one and commenting on same. Suffice it to say that each report was presented, discussed at length, questioned and passed.
Future assembly dates and places were presented and will be discussed today.
The printing of Proceedings of this and future Grand Assemblies was discussed at length with respect to “hard copies” and/or “electronic format: to all Conclaves. A consensus was reached - one CD to be sent to each Conclave plus 150 hard copies to be printed, three (3) copies to each Conclave and one (1) copy for each member of the Grand Executive.
No further business coming before the Grand Executive committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Clark S. Brooks, G.C.C., P.G.S., President
It was moved by the M.Ill.Kt.Comp. Clark S. Brooks, G.C.C., P.G.S. and seconded by the M.Ill.Kt.Comp. W. Job
Parsons, G.C.C., P.G.S. that this report be received and printed in the proceedings. Carried
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE STATE OF THE ORDER
To the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Officers and Members of the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada. Most Illustrious Sir and Knights Companion:
It was a pleasure to read the reports of the Grand Intendants General for the year 2013-14. While most reports were well prepared, others had only the minimum information. Many were without financial reports. Generally, the Grand Intendants General were received and accorded all rights and dignities on their official visitations.
The General Statutes clearly state the officers who are to receive Conclave notices regretfully are not receiving notices from a number of our Conclaves. It is rather difficult to make a purposeful assessment of the condition of Constantinian Masonry without all the information.
The use of Rituals is one of the major concerns in many Conclaves, as it has been reported over the past two decades, nothing seems to have changed.
Knight Companions, one must remember that you have accepted an office that requires you to do good work and good work attracts the new members to follow suit. A common problem, with a few exceptions, is that our members are too busy in other Masonic bodies and do not have the time to learn their work and not to mention find the time to attend the assemblies. We need to put our priorities straight.
This is a Prestigious Order and the way to keep our new members is to lead by example. When a Knights Companion is invited into the Order, we should be able to demonstrate our ability to work without the use of Ritual books, do excellent floor work, thus giving him something to be proud of. The beauty of our ceremonies is evident that when impressively presented should leave ab everlasting impression on the minds of the candidates.
Annual Dues is a matter for consideration, the current range is $10.00 to $60.00. We are selling ourselves short in most cases with low dues which is not much of an incentive for a member to attend the scheduled assemblies nor in fact to learn his work.
I have been reluctant to write the paragraph that is usually written in all of the previous reports, how some
members want to be Most Puissant Sovereign with very little work involved, how other members do not want to come to the Grand Imperial Conclave Annual Assembly to be invested. I could go on, but we have heard all of this before. It is time to address these problems and appoint a committee and resolve all of these problems.
Nearly all of the reports received have had very good suggestions to be implemented. Now is the time.
To the Grand Intendants General, thank you for your service and those retiring, we appreciate your dedication on behalf of the Grand Sovereign and wish you well.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank our Grand Recorder, Most Illustrious Knight Companion Eric L. Shaw, G.C.C., for his work, dedication and support he has given to the Grand Imperial Conclave. To the Recorders of the constituent Conclaves we thank you for you services at the local level.
M. Em.. Kt. Comp. T. Roy Binns, G.C.C. (Chairman)
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GRAND IMPERIAL CONCLAVE OF CANADA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
To the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Officers and Members of the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada: Most Illustrious Sir and Knights Companion:
As always my first words are an expression of appreciation to those members and others who have during the past financial year contributed to our Charity. To the Charity’s year end of March 31, 2014, donations totaled $14,185.00 including a particularly generous
donation received from the York Rite Sovereign Charitable Foundation of Canada of $3,825.00 for which we extend a special thanks.
Twenty-three Caritas Jewels and fourteen stars were awarded during the year.
The book value of the Foundation investments on March 31, 2014 stood at $217,694.00, the market value was in excess of $259,000.00; today it has further increased.
To quote Ann Landers “Do your Givin” while you’re Livin; Then you’ll be Known where its Goin”.
Perhaps some members might, particularly if they or a family member suffers from one of the many forms of arthritis, when discussing the disposition of their estates with their financial advisor and solicitor, consider alternative disposition such as purchasing a life insurance Policy or an annuity or inter vivos trust designating the Foundation as the ultimate beneficiary. A corollorary benefit to the estate could be the saving of estate taxes on the value of the gift.
As you are aware, as the result of a decision made by the Directors, the foundation‘s charitable donation is made annually to the Arthritis Society with the restriction that the funds be donated to research.
Last year’s donation was $15,000.00 and a like donation will be made this year.
Next month, (September) is Arthritis Awareness month and March is Childhood Arthritis Awareness month.
A recent publication of the Arthritis Society entitled “Thank You For Setting Lives in Motion” notes that the Society has committed over $4.5 million to research in @013-2014.
Ninety-two (92) funding submissions were received, Forty-eight (48) were evaluated to merit support and The Society was able to fund Twenty-six (26) of them. The most recent awards foster promising work in areas such as childhood arthritis, pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
In addition the Society is providing grants to 18 arthritis research centers in Canada.
Your chairman, who has undergone one knee replacement can certainly relate to the comment: “For people living
with osteoarthritis of the knee, taking steps on a day to day basis can be a real, and painful challenge”.
Dr. Trevor Birmingham of Western University has written that, :Current clinical practice and resources focus largely on treating knee osteoarthritis in its late stage, often by replacing the joint. Although that’s very important, we propose that more effort should also be directed at preserving the joint. With this funding from the Arthritis Society we hope to show that, by improving the way the knee is loaded during walking, we can slow the progression of knee arthritis”.
Knights Companion remember that in charity there is no excess, and in the words of our beautiful Caritas Jewel charity never faileth or as Bob Hope so truly said: “If you haven’t got charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble”.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
John V. Lawer
It was moved by the President and seconded by the Grand Recorder that the report be received and adopted. Carried.
FUTURE GRAND ASSEMBLIES
Vaudreul- Dorion, Quebec, August 19-20, 2015