Upcoming Masonic Events – February and March 2018

Here are some of the upcoming Masonic events in the Cowichan Valley and in Nanaimo:

  • January 28  Job’s Daughters open Installation 1:30 pm Morpeth Lodge Nanaimo
  • February 1  Master Mason Degree at St Johns Lodge No. 21  7:30 pm
  • February 3  Grand Fraternal Ball in Nanaimo  5:30 pm $65
  • February 7 – Ashlar No. 3 Regular Meeting
  • February 8  St Johns No. 21 Regular Meeting
  • February 10 Grand Master Official visit to District 27 Admiral Lodge(Dan has tickets)
  • February 12 Chemainus Lodge No. 114 Regular Meeting
  • February 13 Temple Lodge No. 33 Regular meeting
  • February 14 Admiral Lodge Regular meeting
  • February 15 Malahat No. 107 Regular meeting
  • February 27 Grand Master Official visit to District 5 Doric Lodge
  • March 3rd  Beer and Burger night, from 4-7 at the Timberlands Pub. Job’s Daughters fund raiser.  Dinner includes a Burger with salad and fries, and your choice of a beer or wine for $20.(Dan has tickets)
  • March 08  DDGM Official visit to St Johns Lodge No. 21
  • March 17  DDGM Official visit to Malahat Lodge No. 107 (Saturday) Lodge tyles at 1:00 pm
  • March 24  District 27 Education day at Malahat Lodge No. 107 (Saturday) 10:30 am

Gizeh Shrine Spring Ceremonial – 17-20 May 2018

The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club has asked us to post the following message:

TO: ALL MASONIC LODGES, CONCORDANT BODIES AND MASONIC FAMILY

SUBJECT: 2018 Gizeh Shrine Spring Ceremonial May 17th – 20th

The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club is hosting the Shriners of BC and Yukon 2018 Spring Ceremonial and we are trying to get the word out to all the Masonic Lodges and Concordant Bodies, Eastern Star, Jobies, DeMolay and any other Masonic Family member you might know.

We are asking that you pass this email or letter along to any Masonic Family Member to let them know about the Shrine Ceremonial. Through your help we will be able to get the word out.

There are Ceremonial events that are open to the Public and we are inviting all the Masonic Family to Participate in our Shrine Parade on Saturday May 19th starting at 10 AM (see our Cowichan Valley Shrine Club website for more details).

AND TO ALL MASONS, NOW IS THE TIME TO BE A SHRINER. CONTACT A SHRINER FOR MORE INFORMATION AND A PETITION.

Thank you for your help. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours in the faith,

Noble Terry Landry – Secretary
Cowichan Valley Shrine Club 

The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club fire truck, a 1946 Dodge. (photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Shrine Club)
The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club fire truck, a 1946 Dodge. (photo courtesy of Cowichan Valley Shrine Club)

Featured Deceased Vancouver Island Freemason For January 2018 – Simeon Duck P.G.M.

Each month we feature a deceased Vancouver Island Freemason as a way of highlighting Masonic history.

For January 2018 our featured Vancouver Island Freemason is Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master.

Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master of B.C., 1874-75
Simeon Duck (1834-1905), Past Grand Master of B.C., 1874-75

Simeon Duck also commissioned Vancouver architect William Tuff Whiteway (a Freemason) to design and build the Duck’s Building on Broad Street in downtown Victoria.

Duck's Building, Broad Street, Victoria, B.C. Built in 1892 for Simeon Duck.
Duck’s Building, Broad Street, Victoria, B.C. Built in 1892 for Simeon Duck.

See our website for more information on Simeon Duck.

Featured Deceased Member Of Temple Lodge No. 33 For January 2018 – Walter Maxwell Hudson (died 1970)

Each month Temple Lodge No. 33 featured a deceased member as a way of highlighting our history and the influence Freemasons have had on Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan Valley.

For January 2018 our Featured Deceased Member is Walter Maxwell Hudson (died 1970, aged 66). He became a member of Temple Lodge No. 33 in 1936 and remained a member until his death in 1970.

Walter Maxwell Hudson was a businessman and property owner in Duncan. He was active in charity work and also served on the Duncan City Council.

We do not have a photo of Walter Maxwell Hudson but here are some photos of the downtown Duncan buildings we know that he owned.

The Hudson Block, Station Street, Duncan, B.C. Named for temple Lodge, No.33 member Walter Maxwell Hudson

The Hudson Block, Station Street, Duncan, B.C. Named for Temple Lodge, No.33 member Walter Maxwell Hudson101 Craig Street was built circa 1893 by Christopher Dobson for his wheelwright and carriage making business.

101 Craig Street was built circa 1893 by Christopher Dobson for his wheelwright and carriage making business.187 Kenneth Street was purchased in 1946 by Walter Maxwell Hudson, who converted it back into its original use as a bowling alley.

187 Kenneth Street was purchased in 1946 by Walter Maxwell Hudson, who converted it back into its original use as a bowling alley.

We have also heard that Walter Hudson owned a house on Cavell Street in Duncan and, each Christmas, placed lights in a tall tree on his property which overlooked downtown Duncan. We have been told that the Christmas lights on this tree were frequently photographed by we have not been able to locate any photos of it at this time.

See our webpage for more information on Walter Maxwell Hudson.