Communique's from Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer.
Very informative information re: Election of Grand Lodge Officers and D.D.G.M.'s, Report on financial state of Grand Lodge and proposed constitutional amendments.
W.Bro. Matt Schafer
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the recent passing of W. Bro. Matt Schafer on March 1, 2021. W. Bro. Schafer was a Past Master of Vienna Lodge No. 237.
A private family memorial service will be held at Ostrander's Funeral Home, Tillsonburg, on Monday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m., with internment following at the Straffordville Cemetery (please refer to the link below).
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Bro. Wendell Tribe.
Bro. Wendell Cameron Tribe, Grand Lodge Certificate No. 337344, Roll No. 404 Initiated a member of Vienna Lodge No. 237 on April 18, 1980; Passed to the Second Degree on October 17, 1980 Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on December 19, 1980 Passed to Grand Lodge Above December 13, 2020.
We will cherish his memory in our hearts.
Bro. Tribe's obituary can be found on the Kebble Funeral Home website.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Masonic Funeral is not possible at this time, however, friends and family who wish to attend the visitation may call the funeral home at 519-773-8400 (Masks are required). Visitation will be held at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Wednesday starting at 1pm, where the private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Interment, Straffordville Cemetery. Donations to Shriner’s Hospital would be appreciated. Share memories or condolences at kebblefuneralhome.com .
Ed Ketchabaw, Secretary
Vienna Lodge No. 237
Brethren it brings great sadness to inform you of the passing of Worshipful Brother Gord Overbaugh, past Master of his mother lodge former Walsingham Lodge No. 174 and member of Three Great Lights No. 104.
W.B. Overbaugh passed to the Grand Lodge above last evening (December 5, 2020) with his beloved wife Carol and family at his side at Woodstock General Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeffrey Glendenning Funeral Home - Port Rowan.
This afternoon I had a wonderful comforting conversation with Carol over the phone and multiple times we touched on Gords love for freemasonry. Carol mentioned how they so wished for him to have a Masonic funeral service, I assured her that I am sure there will be some type of remembrance service when we are able to once again meet.
Please keep W.B. Overbaugh's family in your prayers at this difficult time.
Fraternally yours, V.W. Bro. David Barnim.
Bro. Vern Fleming
It is with deep sorrow, we the Fleming family announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, Vernon ‘Vern’ David Fleming, on December 5th, 2020 at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, at the age of 86. Born in Mount Dennis, Ontario to the late Vernon Fleming Sr. and to the late Emily (Brooks) Fleming. Vern’s presence will be greatly missed by his much-loved wife Terry Fleming, with which they shared 17 wonderful years together. His passing will be grieved by many organizations in the community, including but not limited to the Tillsonburg Lions Club, with which he was a three-time past president and was fondly referred to as “Nevada Vern” during countless bingo nights he helped to coordinate and administer over 30 plus years; proud Life Member of Ashlar Masonic Lodge No.701 A.F. & A.M.; avid volunteer with the Canadian Blood Services, he could often be found at blood donation drives doling out beverages and snacks to donors; proud full member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #153, Tillsonburg; member of the Tillsonburg Airport Advisory Committee and a committed member of the Salvation Army Church, Tillsonburg. Vern served for over 30 years with the Ontario Provincial Police as a Community Services Officer, a position at which he excelled at due to his devotion and enthusiasm for helping others. He was instrumental in training youth in bicycle safety, bus patrolling and could be found instructing these skills all over Oxford County. Vern was very proud to be instrumental in starting up Tim Horton’s Camp Day. For 20 years, Vern engaged in “Journey for Sight” through Lions International, which led him to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he provided and oversaw the disbursement of medical supplies, while also visiting local Lions Clubs- he oft referred to Jamaica as “My Beloved Jamaica.” He also worked with old Amish order schools, providing school supplies, and coordinating for the installation of playground equipment. For these acts, and for the passion in which he served this community, he was bestowed with “Citizen of the Year” honours in 2016. Vern was blessed with a wonderful life and his legacy will live on through his countless volunteer hours, dedication and by his wonderful family. Vern is survived by his wife Terry Fleming, his stepdaughter Rhonda Oatman, of Edmonton, Alberta; stepson Blair (Kelly) Oatman, of Courtland, and by his special grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jessica Orchard, Nathan Oatman-Lyons, Alicia (Cody), Aaron (Danny), Alex (Chantelle) Gabriella, Brynn, Mason, Adelynn, and Hannah. Vern is predeceased by his great granddaughter Sophie (2019).
In keeping with Vern’s expressed wishes, cremation has taken place. A Columbarium Graveside Service in the Tillsonburg Cemetery will be announced later, by Pastor Ron Ferris, of the Salvation Army Church. Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support and care by making memorial donations, posting photos, sharing favourite memories, and hugs from home on Vern’s tribute page at www.verhoevefuneralhomes.com. Memorial donations to the “V.O.N. Oxford” (for Sakura House), or to the “Lions Foundation of Canada – Dog Guides,” or to “The Scott Mission” (in Toronto) or to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation,” would be gratefully acknowledged by the Fleming family and can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc., Tillsonburg (519-842-4238) entrusted with all arrangements, with confidence.
Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic the Grand Master has mandated that all Lodge functions cease until further notice.
This includes memorial services, social events as well as regular Lodge meetings.
This is widely accepted as a wise act to reduce "close" assemblies and contact and limit possible exposure to this virus.
The District seemed to be gaining momentum over the winter months as we saw increased inter-lodge visiting as well as an increased number of initiations. It is hoped this positive trend will not be lost once the ban is lifted!!!!. This is a great time to brush up our work!!!
The Grand Master's directives can be viewed by clicking the links below: