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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.

Unity Kilwinning Lodge #73 Featured in Newspaper

[The following was published in the January 13, 2014 edition of the Unity-Wilkie Press-Herald and is reprinted with permission]

Masonry in Unity 100-plus years: friendship, philanthropy, amalgamation

Submitted by Byron Trapp

Unity Kilwinning Masonic Lodge No. 73 of the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is a Masonic fraternal lodge based on the premise of friendship and brotherly love.

Our fraternity focuses on the welfare of our brethren, our brethren's widow and those in dire need in our community. Our philanthropy is youth.

Unity Kilwinning Masonic Lodge supports local youth in the following ways: 1) $100 scholarship to the local music festival; 2) sponsor local youth from Grades 10 to 12 for attendance at a youth leadership camp at Wakaw Lake each year, if candidates want to attend; and 3) offer five scholarships totalling $6,300 to local high school graduates, along with a further $2,500 presented through the Order of the Eastern Star. Nine provincial scholarships of $1,000 each are also available through our lodge.

The scholarships awarded by the Unity Kilwinning Masonic Lodge are the Tommy Rutherford Scholarship of $1,000, the Tommy Rutherford Bursary of $500, the Unity Kilwinning Masonic Scholarship at Cut Knife of $300, the Jimmie and Ethel Anderson Memorial Bursary of $2,500 and the Isobel Anderson Physical Science Bursary of $2,000. The $2,500 scholarship awarded by the Order of the Eastern Star is also an Anderson Memorial Bursary.

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2010 UCHS graduate Alison Ryan receives a $1,000 provincial scholarship, the Robert Morrison Award, from the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan. Presenting her with the award are local Masons RNB Vern Knowles (left) and WB Byron Trapp (right). The Unity Kilwinning Masonic Lodge No. 73 contributes thousands of dollars in scholarships to the graduating students at UCHS each year.

Provincially, the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan awards six youth trust awards of $1,000 each, the Murray Montague Memorial Scholarship of $1,000, the Edgar Alexander Garton Award of $1,000 and the Robert Morrison Order of Eastern Star Award of $1,000. We have had local youth apply for and win some of these provincial scholarships.

We publish information about these scholarships in the local paper each spring and send all the information to each local high school.

Sixty-Year-Certificate Presented to RW Bro. John Shepherd by his Son

W Bro. Harold Shepherd of Twin City Lodge No. 89 recently had the privilege to present his father with his 60-Year-Jewel and Certificate. At the presentation he stated:

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 (L-R) W Bro. Harold Shepherd.
RW Bro. John Shepherd

“Sixty years is a great milestone to reach in any aspect of life and in Masonry it is truly remarkable. Many Masons have appreciated your dedication to the Craft and especially to Twin City Lodge No. 89 for many years.

You have been an inspiration to all Masons with your outstanding memory work. You have also sat on the Board of Trustees for many years and you have studied and helped develop or change our bylaws. You have filled the Masonic chairs many times as needed to ensure Twin City succeeded in being a strong and viable lodge.

Your Masonic career started on April 19, 1954 and we see no reason why it will not continue for many more years to come.

From an Entered Apprentice Mason with Twin City Lodge No. 89 to Right Worshipful Brother, District Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is truly something to be very proud of.

Both your father as well as your father-inlaw would be very proud of you, as is your family and all the members of Twin City Lodge. As for me I couldn’t be any prouder than to be standing here presenting you with this 60-Year-Certificate .

Congratulations Dad!”