2021 Ingersoll Inter-Church Christmas Kettles Campaign
Although the Ingersoll Masons had to reduce their community activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were out on December 23 and 24 manning the Christmas Kettles at Tremblett’s Independent Grocers and the Ingersoll LCBO. The patrons of these two establishments have been generous with their donations that will support the Christmas hamper program for our fellow community members that are in need of assistance during these difficult times.
2019 Ingersoll Masons Charity Golf Tournament Champions
Ingersoll Masons W. Bro. Peter Abel from King Hiram Lodge and W. Bro. Duncan Whitelaw from St. John’s Lodge were members of the winning team at this year’s charity golf tournament. (There are more photos from the tournament on the Community Activities & Events/Annual Golf Tournament page).
We have been advised that both Peter and Duncan will be attending lodge this year since they have not quit their day jobs in order to join the professional golfer’s tour.
Ingersoll’s Harvest Festival 2019
Saturday August 31, 2019 was a busy day for the Ingersoll masons. Our Harvest Festival food booth was located near the museum where we served up Back Bacon on-a-bun for only $5. Also, free ice cream was given out to visitors, young, old and in-between.
The Ingersoll Masons Annual Church Service
On June 9, 2019 the Ingersoll Masons held their annual church service at the Historic West Oxford United Church. Members of King Hiram and St. John’s Lodges greeted the parishioners as they entered the church. W. Bro. Jon Arthur piped the brethren into the church. Rev. Cordell Parsons then led those assembled in a dynamic and lively service.
At the conclusion of the service, Rev. Parsons led the bretheren and members of the congregation in a short masonic memorial service for Bro. Joel Piper who was one of the founders of masonry in Ingersoll. Joel Piper was an American who came to Canada as a United Empire Loyalist. He was a founding member of King Hiram Lodge and he served in the Oxford Militia during the War of 1812. Joel Piper lived from 1776 to 1858.
Highway 19 & 401 Cleanup
On May 25, 2019 members of King Hiram and St. John’s Lodges conducted a semi-annual cleanup of the parking lot and north interchange areas where highways 19 and 401 intersect across from the Elmhurst Inn.
St. John’s Lodge – Installation of the new Worshipful Master and Officers
On Tuesday May 21, 2019 Worshipful Master W. Bro. Duncan Whitelaw along with the elected and appointed officers of St. John’s Lodge, No. 68 were installed for the 2019/2022 masonic year. R. W. Bro. Joel Sawyers was the Installing Master and Deputy District Grand Master R. W. Bro. Richard Langille was in attendance. (Please note: The 2019/2020 masonic year was extended because of the pandemic. St. John’s Lodge, No. 68 was meeting virtually and not in person for several months.)
The following brethren assisted with the ceremony: M. W. Bro. Allen Petrisor; R. W. Bros. Don Rumble, Ron Findlater, Bill Foster, Michael De Belleval, Kevin Smith, John Ault; V. W. Bros. Gail MacKay, Tom Parker, Mike Bowman, Jon Bowman; W. Bros. Santosh David, Adam Soward, Les Charlton, Jack Peter, Scott Naisbitt, Scott Gillies, Roger MacKay, Cam Whiting, Mike Segui, Eric Oostenbrug, Dustin Wade, Gord Lesser; Bros. Peter Buglass, Glen Underwood, Jim Chivers, and Harry Murray.