Transfer of the "
TRAVELING GAVEL" again took place on March 9th, 2006 at Mississauga
Lodge's regular meeting , when both Joseph. A Hearn Lodge and Ionic
Lodge came to claim the Traveling Gavel. Both Lodges brought large
delegations but Joseph. A Hearn Lodge triumphed by one member and
took home the prize.
Left to right W. Bro. Larry Budd, Worshipful Master of
Ionic Lodge # 229,
W. Bro. Paul Jackman, Worshipful Master of Mississauga Lodge # 524,
presenting the "Traveling Gavel"
to the the successful challenger,
W. Bro. Jim Gouda, Worshipful Master of Joseph A.
Mississauga Lodge #524
Ionic Lodge #229
On Wednesday January 12, 2004 eighteen members of
Joseph A Hearn Lodge # 685 traveled, as a group, to Runnymede lodge
to lay claim to the traveling gavel.
Clearly outnumbering all other visitors, the attempt was
successful and our lodge's Master W. Bro. John Sanders gracefully accepted receipt of the
About the Annette Street Building:
Some buildings boast unique architecture, antiquity, fine
art, or even roots in local history. The Annette Street
temple has all of these, and one thing more. It has the last
pipe organ in a Masonic Lodge in Toronto and probably one of
the last in Ontario.
The instrument was built in the early 1900's, an age of elegance
when pipe organs graced salons in stately homes, like Lady
Eaton’s mansion, or “Dunvegan”, Sir Sandford Fleming’s manor, or
Sir Henry Pellat’s Casa Loma. The builder, Leonard Morel,
learned his trade from Casavant Freres in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec,
and plied his skills in Toronto.
Masonry in West Toronto started with Stanley Lodge number 426 in
1890. Shekinah Chapter followed in 1904, and Victoria Lodge
number 474 in 1905. The three built the West Toronto Masonic
Temple. Others that originated in or moved to the temple are
University 496, General Mercer 548, Kilwinning, King Hiram 566,
Fidelity 575, Runnymede 619, and Prince of Wales 630.