The opening of Canada Lodge U.D. in Afghanistan was the culmination of over 5 years of effort. Initially conceived by the GM, M.W. Bro. Gary L. Atkinson in 2005, he formed a small Ad Hoc Committee to look into the feasibility.
The Committee continued under M.W. Bro. Allan J. Petrisor, who added R.W. Bro. Bill Lewis as the Chair. With the unwavering assistance of M.W. Bro. Raymond S. Daniels, and the unparalleled efforts of V.W. Bro. Rick Fulford, the Master of Canada Lodge U.D., the lodge had its inaugural meeting on March 4, 2010.
Canada Lodge U.D. operates under the warrant of Trent Lodge #38, with R.W. Bro. Lewis continuing as its DDGM. Canada Lodge was initially formed for the purpose of providing a place for masons from any of the jurisdictions recognized by the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
At the 2010 Annual Communication, permission was granted by M.W. Bro. Daniels to initiate new masons, initially as members of Trent Lodge #38, and on returning to Canada or elsewhere, to affiliate with a Lodge in their area. Just prior to the 2011 Annual Communication, permission was again granted by M.W. Bro. Daniels to perform all three degrees.
At the 2011 Annual Communication, R.W. Bro. Lewis presented M.W. Bro. Daniels a volume containing the details of the First Year of Canada Lodge U.D. As stated at the Annual Convention by our GM, he considers the formation of Canada Lodge U.D. to have been the most significant of all of Grand Lodge's accomplishments during his tenure!
There have been many individuals and groups who have contributed to Canada Lodge U.D. Bro. Harry Cooper from Petrolia in Sarnia District (Liberty Lodge #419), who is also a William Mercer Wilson medal recipient, prepared many finely crafted items in brass for all three degrees. Bro. Larry Cooper from Waterloo District (Twin City Lodge #509) prepared many exquisite items in wood for the Lodge. An altar cloth was donated by Canada Lodge #532 in Ajax, and the officer's collars and aprons, as well as a Jacob's ladder were donated by the former Temple Lodge in Prince Edward District. The masons of Alberta donated a mosaic pavement, plus swords and wands, a tracing board, three degree lecture boards, a rough and perfect ashler, and initiation clothing. Many Lodges throughout have donated many aprons for our brethren.
As of October 1, 2011, there have been 21 Initiations, 5 Passed, and 4 Affiliations with Canada Lodge U.D. As well, Canada Lodge U.D. had a very successful "Boxes of Hope" campaign to bring much needed school supplies to local schools. A short report on this first charitable effort is also posted on the News page. This success would not have been possible without the contributions of many, but especially the efforts and vision of its master, V.W. Bro. Fulford - the epitome of a Mason!