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Please come in, look around, and learn more about Freemasonry in Saskatchewan. The Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan, established  on August 9, 1906, comprises 58 Lodges and nearly three thousand members throughout the province. The "Craft Lodge" is the cornerstone of Freemasonry, the world's largest and oldest fraternity.

MW Bro Alun John Leyshon, GM 2014-15

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The Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Alun John Leyshon of Swift Current was elected Grand Master of Saskatchewan Freemasons at their Annual Communication in Regina, June 28, 2014.

As Grand Master, he will preside over the 2700 Saskatchewan Freemasons in 55 constituent Lodges.

Grand Master Leyshon joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1983 and since that time has been an active member of many Masonic bodies including his Craft Lodge, Scottish and York Rite bodies, and WA WA Shriners.

John pursued a career with Agriculture Canada, specializing in forage agronomy and soil science, and following his retirement, established his own computer consultation business. John has been active in the Swift Current community as a member of the Kiwanis Club, serving as its President and Lt. Governor for the district; President of the local branch of the Federal Retirees (FSNA); and as a local and provincial soccer referee and assessor.

The Grand Master and his wife Myra have two children, David and Catherine.


The Masonic Scholarship Program is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the 2014 scholarships:

Masonic Youth Trust Scholarship – six awards of $1,000 each

  • Jessica Archer, Shellbrook, SK
  • Jenna Bratvold, Prince Albert, SK
  • Victoria Gagne, Regina, SK
  • Jessi Gilchrist, Asquith, SK
  • Courtney Orsen, Hanley, SK
  • Lisa Toy, Nipawin, SK

Murray Montague Memorial Scholarship – one award of $1,000

  • Chloe Woo, Saskatoon, SK

E. A. Garton Scholarship – four awards of $1,000

  • Nicole Crossman, Rosetown, SK
  • Geoffrey Hughes, Regina, SK
  • Paige Irvine, Biggar, SK
  • Taylor Tataryn, Saskatoon, SK

Post-Secondary Education Scholarship – two awards of $500

  • Lindsey Chow, Air Ronge, SK
  • Taylor Raiche, Battleford, SK

Robinson Memorial Scholarship – one award of $500

  • William Wenaus, Regina, SK

Gilbert and Gay Cook Memorial Scholarship – two awards of $1,000

  • Teagan Holt, Saskatoon, SK
  • Eric McCrimmon, Meadow Lake, SK

Order of the Eastern Star, Robert Morrison Award – two awards of $1,000

  • Keara Carter, Saskatoon, SK
  • Ali Scott, Oxbow, SK

Order of the Eastern Star, Excelsior Chapter No. 21 Award – one award of $1,500

  • Adam Wallace, Unity, SK

The Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is pleased to support these outstanding scholars and future leaders of Saskatchewan.

Freemasons open doors to public for installation ceremony

(Reprinted with permission from the Prince Albert Daily Herald. Monday, December 15, 2104. Story and photo by Kristen McEwen) 

Freemasons have fewer secrets than one would expect, even while being part of the oldest fraternity in the world.

The annual installation ceremonies are no secret either.

Members of Kinistino Lodge No. 1 welcomed the public to witness the installation of their officers for the New Year at the Prince Albert Masonic Temple on Saturday.

Every December, members of the lodge take on roles as officers, which help the lodge run throughout the year.

"We have new officers put into chairs, we have some ascension and people move from one chair to another to move up (through the roles," director of ceremonies Al Fraser said.

Fraser was installed as the lodge's director of ceremonies on Saturday.

A few days before Saturday's ceremony, Brother Edward La Marche was installed as Worshipful Master of the Kinistino Lodge No. 1 behind closed doors.

"We're not a secret organization, but we have some secrets," Fraser said.

La Marche said being installed as master of the lodge was an honour. "Actually my father was a mason before me," he said.

"It's something that, since I was a child, I was always interested in and it seemed to be a right time to get involved with the community.

La Marche added he had never addressed his father's time with the freemasons until he considered applying "(My father said), 'I've been waiting 15 years for you to ask me about it,'" La Marche said. "That's why I applied and went through the initiation and through the degrees and then the chairs."

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Right Worshipful Brother Alan Fraser, right, is escorted into the installation ceremony at the
Prince Albert Masonic Lodge on Saturday. Fraser was installed as the director of ceremonies
for the Kinistino Lodge. No 1.