02 | 10 | 2016

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.

Soup of the Month, February 2016

Russian Borscht

borscht with breadIngredients

  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ lb. butter (not margarine)
  • 2 or 3 celery sticks, diced
  • 5 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 oz.) tomato soup
  • Dill
  • Salt to taste
  • 10 cups water


  1. Bring water to boil, add potatoes and carrots. Boil.
  2. In large frypan, melt butter, add onions and saute until soft.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes change to a lighter colour.
  4. Add approximately 3 cups of cabbage and cook until soft. Add this mixture to the potato water once the vegetables are done.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Simmer – adding the tomato soup and sprinkling of dill. Simmer.

Submitted by RW Bro Randy Sherstobitoff, Grand Senior Warden

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 the 2013 price of $159.00 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.


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