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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.

Grand Master's Christmas Recipe for 2015

grs xmas_tree_2015Christmas Greetings Brethren, Ladies and families. I have been asked to submit a favourite Christmas recipe as a new idea for our Grand Lodge web page. As I am a better "swamper" than a cook, I asked my wife, Marj, for her top of the list recipe and she chose "Christmas Morning Wife Saver" from the Best of Bridge cookbook series titled "Enjoy!" Here goes:

Superb! Make the day before and pop it in the oven in the morning. Serves 8.

  • 16 slices white bread, with crusts removed.
  • Slices of Canadian back bacon or ham
  • Slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ Tsp. salt
  • ½ Tsp. pepper
  • ½ to 1 Tsp. dry mustard
  • ¼ Cup minced onion
  • ¼ Cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 Tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Cups whole milk
  • Dash red pepper (Tabasco)
  • ¼ lb. butter
  • Special K or crushed corn flakes

In a 9" x 13" buttered glass baking dish, put 8 pieces of bread. Add pieces to cover dish entirely. Cover bread with slices of back bacon, sliced thin. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and then cover with slices of bread to make it like a sandwich. In a bowl, beat eggs, salt and pepper. To the egg mixture add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and tabasco. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight. In morning, melt ¼ lb butter, pour over top. Cover with Special K or crushed corn flakes. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour at 350ᵒ. Let sit, 10 minutes before serving. Serve this with fresh, cut-up fruit and hot cinnamon rolls. End excerpt. (Marj's modification is to let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes covered loosely with tin foil in the oven after the oven has been turned off).

As the above recipe is copied from their series, I wish to give credit to:

"The Best of Bridge"
3029 – 3 St. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2S 1V2

As the ladies of the Best of Bridge series have anecdotes with their recipes, mine would be: One old swamper in the kitchen, is better than 2 old arm chair quarterbacks in the living room. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Dave & Marj Abel

Grand Master's Christmas Message for 2015

xmas ornament_2014For many, the Christmas season is for the giving and receiving of material items that are found under a Christmas tree. Many may remember that part of our Entered Apprentice degree when we were asked to give, and although none could, we agreed to do so..., should we be able to. Charity was one of the lessons in the N.E. angle and I wonder how many of us practise that virtue today? I find myself wanting on that point. Is it because I have been bilked by a pan-handler looking for money to repair his vehicle and to be able to get home to his wife and kids....only to find him going around the corner to a local drug dealer or liquor store? Does that mean that all who have their hand out are going to take advantage of my (our) Charity? Probably not but, it does make a person sceptical. My message this month is one of Charity in a non-monetary sense and to bring to mind some of the gifts that are not found under a tree.

The J.W. lecture further teaches us that Charity marks the arrival at the summit of Masonry. The level in the F.C. lecture teaches that we are all brothers and those less fortunate than ourselves, are to receive our regard (Charity). Another lesson is in the M.M. degree and our promise to relieve a brother's necessities, if in our power to do so. Therefore, how does one get to that lofty height which is veiled by a starry firmament? Well, I have seen it many times in my travels these past 3 years and throughout my journey in Freemasonry. Mostly it has not been by material gifts or money but, by a Brother's time and effort that he has put into the Craft for the betterment of himself and those around him. Many times a kind word, forgiveness of an error, staying behind to help the J.W. and Stewards clear up the Festive Board or spending time at the Youth Camp are acts of Charity in a different sense. I have seen the many women (O.E.S. or not) who have offered their time to their own charity and then work behind the scenes to ensure that the functions that their Masonic husband attend are successful. One only needs to look at the Brethren in the Scottish Rite, Royal Arch and Shrine, which encompass further concordant bodies within their orders, and all their charities that address the many needs within society. The time, dedication and effort that each one gives is a form of Charity.

Although some may think that I should only address Freemasonry and the Craft in my Tracing Board, I am reminded that at this time of year, family is very important. In my past life as a policeman, I saw all too often the tragedy that occurs over the Christmas season when family members argue. The Christmas season is a time to promote Peace and Harmony among our fellow creatures in general and the members of our fraternal family in particular. On behalf of my wife Marj and I and our family and as well, the Grand Line members of 2015-16 and their families, I wish everyone in this Grand Jurisdiction of Saskatchewan a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May Christmas and the New Year bring Peace, Harmony and Good Will to each of you and your families within our fraternal family of Freemasonry.

Dave Abel, MW Bro
Grand Master (G.R.S.)
2015 - 16