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Rededication of the Charles McCue Monument
On Saturday June 24, 2023 the brethren of St. John’s Lodge, No. 68 and their guests gathered at the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery to rededicate the monument to Charles McCue who was a member of the lodge who died in 1870. At the time of his death he was just weeks short of his 113th birthday. Brother McCue had been a mason for almost 95 years. He holds the record for being the world’s oldest mason, a record that will be unlikely to be broken.
Investiture of Officers for 2023-2024
November 2022 Meeting Highlights
A New Mason is Initiated
On Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Mr. Nicholas Saika was initiated into Freemasonry as a member of St. John’s Lodge No. 68. Several Masonic guests from other lodges in Wilson District were in attendance and joined with members of St. John’s Lodge in welcoming Mr. Saika to masonry.
The McCue Monument at the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
Charles McCue was initiated into freemasonry in Ireland at the age of 18. He emigrated to Canada and he became a member of St. John’s Lodge, No. 68. Bro. Charles McCue lived to the age of 113. He was a mason for 95 years, a record that is unlikely to be surpassed.
St. John’s Lodge No. 68 Assists Deserving Students
St. John’s Lodge was represented at the Student Awards Ceremony and the annual Commencement at IDCI on October 15, 2022. A total of 20 students and graduates were awarded bursaries from the lodge to acknowledge their academic excellence.
The 2022/2023 Official Visit of Deputy District Grand Master R.W. Bro. Ian Chappell and the Investiture of Grand Steward V.W. Bro. Scott Naisbitt
On Tuesday, September 20, 2022 the District Deputy Grand Master of Wilson District, R.W. Bro. Ian Chappell conducted his official visit to St. John’s Lodge No. 68. During the lodge meeting V.W. Bro. Scott Naisbitt was invested as a Grand Steward and he was presented with his regalia. Fifteen of V.W. Bro. Naisbitt’s family members witnessed this event. After the conclusion of the proceedings in the lodge room, the brethren and their guests adjourned to the Banquet Hall where a reception and dinner to recognize R.W. Bro. Chappell’s visit and V.W. Bro. Naisbitt’s investiture was held.
Presentation of the 70-Year Pin and Certificate to Bro. Lorne Bowman
On Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Bro. Lorne Bowman received his 70-Year pin and certificate. After the meeting was concluded, members of Bro. Bowman’s family were invited into the lodge room to observe the presentation ceremony. Bro. Bowman actually has 71 years of service, but we were unable to present him with his pin and certificate last year because of pandemic-related restrictions. He advised the brethren and guests in attendance that is looking forward to receiving his 75-year pin in four years.
2021/2022 Official Visit of the Deputy District Grand Master
Lewis Jewel Recipient
A New Collar For Our Worshipful Master
2019 Official Visit of the Deputy District Grand Master