Canadian / U.S.Lodge Friendship Night at Ogdensburg Acacian Lodge

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NEWS RELEASE FOR PUBLICATION IN “THE ADVANCE NEWS” Article & pictures by Bill Gokey, Secretary Lodge 128 – March 12, 2008.

2 CANADIAN GRAND MASTERS VISIT OGDENSBERG. MASONS

Ogdensburgh Acacian Masonic Lodge #128 hosted over 206 Canadian Masons at their Annual U.S.-Canadian Lodge Friendship Night, Monday, March 10th, at their Washington & State Sts. Lodge Hall in Ogdensburg.  “Lodge 128 has been putting on our annual U.S./Canadian Lodge Friendship Night for years,” exclaimed Philip J. Arno, Master of Ogdensburg’s 128,  “but this is the first and only time that we have had the honor of hosting a present and a past Canadian Grand Master of Masons along with our Deputy.Grand Master of Masons of New York State at the same event!”

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CANADIAN GRAND MASTERS BEING WELCOMED TO OGDENSBURGH ACACIAN MASONIC LODGE #128’S U.S./ CANADIAN LODGE FRIENDSHIP NIGHT *HOLDING STAFFS – MEMBERS OF OGD. 128 LEFT SIDE – TIM BELILE, JMC;  RIGHT SIDE  – BILL HOSMER, JR. MC. STANDING UNDER STAFFS: LEFT – PAST GRAND MASTER DONALD MUMBY RIGHT- PRESENT GRAND MASTER ALLAN J. PETRISOR

Present Grand Master of Masons Allan J. Petrisor, and Past Grand Master of Masons Donald H. Mumby, Grand Lodge of Canada A. F. & A. M., in the Province of Ontario, and Edward G. Gilbert, Deputy Grand Master of Masons in New York State, Grand Lecturer Emeritus, accompanied by members of their staff, were 128’s guests of honor for the evening’s festivities.  The Deputy Grand Master and Grand Master delivered very interesting and entertaining speeches on the past, present, and future friendship and brotherhood that exists between the Citizens of the U.S. and Canada.  Their addresses were enthusiastically received with resounding applause by the capacity gathering of Masons in the 3RD floor Lodge Room of the Masonic Hall.

Both Grand Master Petrisor and Deputy Grand Master Gilbert were each presented with a “genuine” numbered and framed Frederic Remington print, which had been obtained from executives of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ed Lavarnway and Debbie Kirby.  The Remington’s were presented by the Secretary of Lodge 128, William F. Gokey, as an honorarium and remembrance of their visit to Ogdensburg. The Remington Museum is located directly across the street from the Masonic Lodge in Ogdensburg.

US-Canada-Nite-2SECRETARY OF OGDENSBURG MASONIC LODGE MAKING PRESENTATION OF FREDERIC REMINGTON FRAMED PRINTS “CABIN IN THE WOODS” TO CANADIAN GRAND MASTER OF MASONS  & NEW YORK STATE DEPUTY GRAND MASTER OF MASONS AT OGDENSBURG MASONIC LODGE DURING THEIR CANADIAN LODGE FRIENDSHIP NIGHT OF MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008.L TO R – ALLAN J. PETRISOR, GRAND MASTER OF MASONS GRAND LODGE OF CANADA IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO;  EDWARD G. GILBERT, DEPUTY GRAND MASTER OF MASONS IN NEW YORK STATE; WILLIAM F. GOKEY, SECRETARY OF OGDENSBURGH ACACIAN LODGE 128 FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS.

The Can/Am Dedicated Service Award was presented to Matt Flikweert, Master of Macoy Lodge #242 of Lyn, Ontario, and Editor of The Square & Compasses Newsletter, for his dedication to the promotion of Masonry on both sides of the border.  Canadian Grand Master Petrisor was assisted by Canadian Grand Lodge Officer Todd Ferguson, DDGM St. Law. Dist. Of Ontario, U.S. Grand Lodge Officers DGM Gilbert & George Kennedy, DDGM 1ST Masonic Dist. Of New York, and William Gokey, Secretary of Ogdensburgh 128.

US-Canada-Nite-3CAN/AM DEDICATED SERVICE AWARD BEING PRESENTED BY CANADIAN GRAND MASTER OF MASONS TO MATT FLIKWEERT AT OGDENSBURG MASONIC LODGE DURING THEIR CANADIAN LODGE FRIENDSHIP NIGHT OF MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008
L TO R – EDWARD G. GILBERT, DEPUTY GRAND MASTER NEW YORK STATE;  ALLAN J. PETRISOR, GRAND MASTER GRAND LODGE OF CANADA; MATT FLIKWEERT, EDITOR OF SQUARE & COMPASSES NEWSLETTER; TODD FERGUSON, DDGM ST. LAW. DIST. OF ONTARIO; GEORGE KENNEDY, DDGM 1ST LAW. MASONIC DIST. OF NEW YORK STATE.

The evening’s festivities were topped off with an exceptional buffet that was catered in part by Mo Dulsrud, Chaplain of Ogdensburg’s 128 and owner of the Dixie Lee Restaurant.  The refreshments were served by 128 Members Phil Arno, Master; Patrick Woods, Jr. Deacon; Tom Hosmer, Sr. M.C.; Tim Belile, Jr. MC; and Robert Barkley, Sr. Warden.

“A car-load of us drove down from Alexandria Lodge #297 in Alexandria Bay, and there was so many people there that we just barely got a seat in the lodge-room.” exclaimed longtime Mason, Gerald Salisbury, Secretary of Alexandria #297  “This is probably one of the largest international Masonic gatherings I’ve ever seen in any Lodge north of Syracuse and south of the St. Lawrence River.  Ogdensburg should be proud of their Acacian Lodge 128 Masons, they sure know how to put on an event and promote international friendship.  We were really surprised when we saw Jim Hagan, a member of our own Lodge in Alexandria Bay, sitting in the Master’s chair for the second half of the event.  He had been asked to take the Master’s place while the Master, Philip Arno, went out to pick up the fried chicken for the buffet dinner.  We were royally entertained by distinguished top of the line speakers and the first class buffet dinner in the lodge Social Rooms.  Lodge 128 has really outdone themselves this time!”

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