Blackwood Lodge No. 311 G.R.C

 

Founded 1874      Installation is in November       Official Visit is in April

 

Meeting on 1st Tuesday of the Month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM

at the Vaughn Masonic Hall

 2142 Major Mackenzie Drive, Maple

 

                   Officers for 2013-2014
Worshipful Master W. Bro. Stephen Case
Immediate Past Master W. Bro. David Gonzalez
Senior Warden Bro. Adamo Parete
Junior Warden Bro. Jody Leavoy
Chaplain Bro. Mathew Langford
Treasurer R.W. Bro. J.D. MacKenzie
Secretary W. Bro. Bill DeJesus
Senior Deacon Bro. Marcel Hernandez
Junior Deacon Bro. Don Cipollone
Director of Ceremonies R.W. Bro. Bro. Norman Funnell
Inner Guard Bro. Martin Basurto
Senior Steward Bro. David Eccles
Junior Steward Bro. Daniel Salvatore
Tyler Bro. Stephen Berenz
Assistant Secretary Bro. Geoffrey Johnson
Organist Bro. Jon Langford

 

 

History of Blackwood Lodge No. 311 G.R.C.Named After
RT. Wor. Bro. T.F. Blackwood 
First Lodge Master In 1874

The first meeting of Blackwood Lodge No. 311 was held under a dispensation from Grand Lodge in March 1874 and the lodge was warranted on July 9, 1874. The first meeting room was located above the hardware store of Joel Reaman in Woodbridge and the members met there regularly until 1898. What would now be considered unusual in these days of modern electric lighting, the meetings of the Lodge were held at 7:30 pm on the Friday on or before the full moon. This was not done because of any astrological significance. It was just that traveling the back roads of rural Ontario for evening lodge meant that having the light of the moon was a distinct advantage.

The Lodge grew and prospered from its beginning until 1886, but as happens with many Lodges, the departure of a local manufacturing company where a number of the lodge members were employed, had an adverse affect on the organization for several years. There were even fears that it might be forced to give up its charter. However, led by W.Bro. Dr.P.D. McLean, the members weathered the storm until better times arrived . In 1898 the meeting place was moved temporarily to the north side of Pine St. (now Woodbridge Ave.) near the Humber River. In 1899 a site on 8th Avenue (now Kipling Ave.) was donated to the Lodge by Bro. Albert Harris. A Lodge building was completed and the official opening of that building took place on January 25, 1901. An expansion of the premises was completed in September of 1961.

 

From The 100th Anniversary Booklet
Blackwood Historical Committee

The Keele St. Masonic Hall
Of Blackwood Lodge
– 1901 –
Drawing by E. Snow

In the year 2000 the membership decided to move from their building on Kipling Avenue and the property was sold. The Lodge moved to the Vaughan Masonic Temple in Maple where it presently resides