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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 Dave Abel, GM 2015-16

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The Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce that Dave Abel of Regina was elected Grand Master of Saskatchewan Freemasons at their Annual Communication in Swift Current, June 20, 2015. As Grand Master, he will preside over the 2600 Saskatchewan Freemasons in 53 constituent Lodges.

Grand Master Abel joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1969 and is an active member of many Masonic bodies including his Lodge, North West Mounted Police Lodge No. 11, Scottish and York Rite bodies, and WAWA Shriners.

Originally from B.C., Dave retired from the RCMP after 40 years of service in Saskatchewan. He served on detachments throughout the Province prior to being posted to the RCMP Training Academy where he specialized in Firearms Training, Program Development and Human Resources training. He was later transferred to the Northwest Region where he travelled throughout western and northern Canada leading the implementation of Performance Review. After retirement from the RCMP, Dave worked at the U of R with the Saskatchewan Police College in Program Development. He has been active in the Regina community as a member of Rotary and a past member of the Board of Directors at Ranch Ehrlo.

Dave and his wife, Marj, have one son, Sean (Anna) and one grandson, Sam, who live in Alberta; and one daughter, Kristen (Todd) who live in Deer Valley.

Important Updates from the 110th Annual Communication Organizing Committee

Due to the recent changeover in ownership of the Delta Hotel, there are a few changes that we want to bring to everyone's attention.

Please note that the room rate of $150.00 (plus taxes) is available to book until May 24th. When booking your room, please use the Grand Lodge book-in Group Code: GL1, to ensure you get the preferred rate. The registration form on the website and Tracing Board has been amended to reflect these changes. (For those of you who have already registered at the previous rate of $159.00, you will have your bill adjusted accordingly on payment at check-out in June. There is no need to call the Delta to make the change).

The following are other announcements regarding the Annual Communication in June.

  • There will be a 2016 Honda Civic as a Hole-In-One prize for the golf tournament on Thursday June 23rd. This will be an out-and-out win, not a lease.
  • You will note that the banquet timeframe on the registration form has also been corrected to read from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. I thought I should mention this in case anyone was concerned that we had lengthy speeches planned. I promise to keep them short!
  • Planning is in place for an informational session on the opening day of Grand Lodge for the new Grand Lodge website and Masonic Family calendar.
  • As well, we mentioned in the last Tracing Board that we would follow-up with events that are scheduled in Regina that weekend. To date, we have nothing much to report other than the Riders will not have a home game that weekend. Casino Regina does have a “Take a Spin on Us” promotion available so please ask for the promotional offer that is available when checking-in at the Hotel.

We will continue to provide updates as event information is available. We hope to see all of you in June.

Masonic Youth Leadership Camp 2016

mylc2015 logo_gls_siteThe 2016 camp is scheduled for July 24 to July 29. Get the details below.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016.

2016 Scholarships

scholarships 2016 placeholderThe Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce details on the bursaries and awards available for 2016.

The closing date for applications is August 8, 2016

Update from the Grand Master on the 110th Annual Communication


General Program

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There are important discussions and information to be shared during the Annual Communication meetings. The Board of General Purposes has approved a discussion at the Annual Communication to consider the possibility of making changes to the District Boundaries in our Jurisdiction that, if approved in principle, could be in place as early as June 2017.

A proposal for Masonic Youth Bursary Awards will be discussed along with information on the Square & Compasses Trademark and suggestions for amendments to Lodge Bylaws.

The Organizing Committee is still awaiting the arrival of registration forms for those who plan on attending the Annual Communication and social functions. If a Brother is only planning on attending the Opening Ceremonies and Annual Communication meetings, he still must register in order to receive the ballots for which he may be due. The Past Masters, Worshipful Masters, Senior and Junior Wardens of each Lodge are entitled to vote; however, Master Masons are encouraged to attend and to participate in the social functions.

As for the social functions, the Organizing Committee for the Golf Tournament have advised that a beverage and burger will be provided in the entry fee which includes the 18 holes and cart. Tee-off times begin at 09:30 AM for those attending the Board of General Purposes and Board of Trustees meetings that afternoon. Those Brethren not attending those meetings will be accommodated at later tee-off times which will be alternating at 7 and 8 minute intervals (after 9:30 AM). Again, early registration will assist the Committee in booking the correct number of tee times (and food) at the course.

The ordering of food for the Wine & Cheese has to be placed with the caterer in advance. Therefore, early registration is required to assist the Organizing Committee in ordering an appropriate quantity of food without incurring wastage. This also applies to the number of people attending the Banquet on Friday evening.

  • Please download and complete the registration form
  • Make cheques out to: GLC2016
  • Mail registration forms and cheques to: GLC 2016, 1316 Maple Leaf Crescent, Regina, SK S4X 4N5

The meetings are important and may affect the future operation of our Jurisdiction. It is important that each Brother keeps abreast of the potential for such change.

Thank you,

MW Bro Dave Abel
Grand Master, 2015/16

Annual Communication — Regina, SK, June 23 – 25, 2016

I am pleased to announce that the Masonic business meetings of the 110th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Saskatchewan will be held at the Delta Hotel on June 23rd – 25th, 2016.

In addition to the usual business meetings, a golf tournament will be held on Thursday the 23rd followed by a Wine & Cheese social that evening in the Masonic Temple. On Friday the 24th, a Ladies Program is being planned and following the fraternal business of the day, a banquet will be held at the Hotel. The election of officers for 2016-17 will take place on Saturday morning the 25th.

The Delta is ideally located in the heart of Regina, close to a number of refurbished contemporary restaurants, covered access to downtown shopping and Casino Regina. A block of rooms will be available at $150.00 plus taxes. Registration forms and program information will be in the March 2016 Tracing Board.

As Grand Master, I have thoroughly enjoyed my travels and visits throughout the Province this year. This is your opportunity to meet, interact with and learn of the traditions, unique degree teams and noteworthy storytelling that Brethren from around the Province have to share. It is a chance to experience the value of learning more about the Craft, making new Masonic friends while at the same time exercising your Constitutional duty by attending and participating in the governance of Grand Lodge.

MW Bro. Dave Abel
Grand Master G.R.S.

Grand Master's Message on the Fort McMurray Fire

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I would like you to know that the Brethren of Saskatchewan have you in their thoughts at this terrible time.

No rank, office, collar or apron can protect you or I from the tragedies in life, especially like the wildfire raging in your area. I can't begin to think of words that would be able to console anyone on the losses such as you are experiencing.

I can only rely on the bond of our Brotherhood and reach out to say, we are here for you, if there is something you may need to get through this tragic time.


MW Bro. Dave Abel
Grand Master, 2015/16


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