An Expression of Admiration & Esteem

On Monday, October 3, 2016, Madoc-Marmora-Tweed Lodge #48 held an emergent meeting at Moira Place, Tweed, Ontario. The purpose of this meeting was to show our appreciation & respect to a Brother for his many years of loyalty, fidelity, zeal & attachment to the principles of Free Masonry. W. Bro. Allan Lott is a resident of Moira Place, a retirement home & extended nursing home for persons of infirmity & advanced age. W. Bro. Lott is no longer able to attend lodge because he is confined to the home due to having suffered a stroke months previously. W. Bro Donald Clare, together with Bro. Greg Lott, conceived the idea of bringing Lodge to a Brother, who is unable to attend his beloved Lodge.

Dispensation was granted to move all necessary regalia & furnishings to the Chapel in Moira Place, which was converted into a temporary Lodge Room. By the time Lodge was ready to be opened, a good number of Brethren had assembled to participate in this special evening.

The Officers assumed their respective stations & W. Bro. Allan Lott was wheeled into the room by his son, Bro. Greg Lott, followed by all attending Brethren. W. Bro. Donald Clare opened the lodge in due & ancient form, welcomed all the Brethren & expressed his profound gratitude for the over whelming attendance of Lodge Members & Visiting Brethren. Following the reading of the summons, V. W. Bro. John Varty gave expression of his admiration & esteem for his long time friend & Brother. He regaled us with anecdotes of W. Bro. Lott’s Masonic career, his involvement in his community & in particular, Al’s loving devotion to his family.

V. W. Bro. Jack Rushnell spoke briefly of his & W. Bro. Lott’s long enduring friendship. W. Bro. Lott then expressed his gratitude for the special evening & for the way he had been made to feel by the assembled Brethren. His words were very emotional & there were few dry eyes in the room when he had finished. Al’s son, Greg, then expressed his gratitude. Lodge was closed in harmony & refreshments were enjoyed courtesy of the home. Al’s wife, Phyllis, expressed her gratitude personally to all the Brethren as she visited each in turn with words of thanks. All in attendance agreed that the evening had been extremely special & warranted repetition.

Submitted By V. W. Bro. Garnet Holmes