2017-2018 DDGM Message

District Deputy Grand Master

Algoma East District

R.W. Bro. Harry Michael Thomas

R. W. Bro. Harry Michael Thomas DDGM 2017 – 2018



It is absolutely my pleasure and honour to represent the Masons of Algoma East District as the District Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year. The District Secretary, W. Bro. Clifford Graham, and I are sincerely committed to positively representing Masonry not only in this District but throughout all our travels.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet and greet as many of you as we can.

It is our goal to establish strong communications between the lodges and their communities.

One of my objectives is to be transparent within the communities and this year’s Divine Service will include a parade of Masons from the Masonic Temple to St Luke’s Cathedral led my the 49th Pipes and Drums.

The various committee chairmen are in place and looking forward to working hard in this District to assist all Masons.

I would also like to express my sincere congratulations to V.W. Bro. Ryan Crowle on his appointment as a Grand Steward. It is a position that he truly earned and deserves.

My project this year is to raise funds for the continuing research into Autism. This is a project that is near and dear to our Grand Master M. W. Bro. Paul E. Todd.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the year and thank you in advance for your support.

R.W. Bro. Harry Michael Thomas
District Deputy Grand Master, Algoma East District




Algoma East District Travelling Gavel

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                 “Where O’ Where has the Travelling Gavel gone, O’ Where O’ Where can it be?”

Brethren the purpose of the Travelling Gavel Program aims to foster visitation and brotherhood within our District. There are a number of rules which govern its use which are listed below for your reference. The gavel is never without a copy of the rules and the ledger of its history and travel. The Lodge that holds the gavel will remain to do so until a group of Masons fitting within the requirements of the rules visits that Lodge and request that it be relinquished to them.

“Where O where has the Travelling Gavel gone”

On September 11th, 2017 Elliot Lake Lodge No. 698 captures the Travelling Gavel from Penewobikong Lodge No. 487 (Blind River).

Left to Right : W. Bro. George Thomas, W. Bro. Mervyn McCormick, W. Bro. Mickey Campbell (Worshipful Master of Elliot Lake Lodge No. 698), W. Bro. Mark Daub (Worshipful Master of Penewobikong Lodge No. 487 Blind River), Bro. Reg Simon, Bro. Alan Oberland, Bro. Daniel Oberland and V. W. Bro. Larry Brisbois.



Algoma East District Travelling Gavel – Rules of Use

1.   This gavel is for the use of the Masonic Lodges within the Algoma East District only.

2.   In order for a visiting Lodge to capture the Travelling Gavel, at least six (6) members of the same Lodge must attend a posted regular or emergent meeting of the Lodge in possession of it. Of the six (6) or more visiting: At least one (1) must be the Master or a Warden; at least one (1) must be a Past Master and at least one (1) must be an Officer other than the Master or Wardens.

3.   The gavel can be obtained at any legal meeting.

4.   The gavel must be asked for by the visiting brethren during the meeting to obtain it.

5.   The gavel is to be presented by the Worshipful Master of the possessing Lodge to the Worshipful Master or Senior Representative of the obtaining Lodge.

6.   Should more than one Lodge be present to challenge the gavel, the Lodge with the most members present will be successful in obtaining it. If each Lodge has an equal amount of members, the Lodge travelling the greater distance will obtain it. If both Lodges are from the same city and have the same amount of members present, a tie will be declared and the gavel will stay at the current Lodge unless one Lodge wishes to forfeit it.

7.   The Secretary of the obtaining Lodge must notify the District Deputy Grand Master and all Lodge Secretaries within the District as soon as possible.

8.   The Date, Lodge Name & Number, and the member information must be recorded in the accompanying ledger.

9.   The gavel must be displayed in full view in the Lodge room or the possessing Lodge at all open Lodge meetings.


Saturday Morning Breakfast

Sault Ste. Marie Masonic Temple

378 Albert Street East

Sault Ste. Marie


2 eggs 3 bacon 2 toastEvery Saturday from October 14, 2017 

FROM 8:00 a. m. – 11:00 a.m.

$ 5.00 Breakfast consist of 2 Eggs any style, 3 slices of Bacon, 2 slices of Toast, Coffee, all you can drink.

Everyone Welcome !

We invite members to bring their Family & Friends