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Trivia Night! Silent Auction! January 31st, 2015

The Lodge fundraising committee would like to cordially invite you to a fun evening of trivia on January 31st at 18h30.

This event is a fund raiser for our Lodge and is open to all masons and non-masons.

Where is this taking place?
The event will take place at the Russell House pub which is located at 108 Mill Street, just down the road from our Lodge.  Parking is accessible through the back from Castor street.
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What exactly is Trivia night?
Teams of 6 will compete against each other in answering 100 trivia questions. The Emcee will read the questions and your team will write down their answers on a sheet of paper. At the end of the evening the team with the most correct answers win!    You can register your own team of 6 or if you come alone (or as a couple) you’ll be paired up with others to form a team.  The questions are on a variety of topics, similar to Trivial Pursuits.

How much does it cost?
The cost is $10,00 per person.  Bring some extra $$$ for the silent auction and to get yourself some refreshments at the bar.

What about this silent auction?
Some generous people have donated some GREAT items up for sale for our silent auction, including a pair of tickets for an upcoming Ottawa Senators game against Boston !

See you there !

Russell Lodge opens doors to Amazing Race contestants

The Russell Winter Carnival organized an Amazing Race (based on the popular TV show) on Saturday February 8th 2014 and Russell Lodge was one of the many stops along the race where competing teams were asked to complete a challenge. This was a great opportunity for members of the community to visit our Lodge building and get a glimpse into Freemasonry. The Lodge has received very good feedback from the contestants and from the carnival organizing committee.

“All teams said it was one of their favourite stops and it was a tie with the firehall for the overall favourite.”

  – Bill McInnis (event organizer)

The challenge organized by the Lodge tested the memory of all participants.  A text about the Lodge and Freemasonry in general was read aloud to the team in the anteroom of the Lodge.  The team was then allowed to enter the Lodge room where three questions based on the text were posed to them by the Wardens and the Master of the Lodge.     Once all three answers were provided, the Master would then inform the team if they were successful in answering the three questions.   In the affirmative, the team would move on to the next challenge of the race but if one or more questions were incorrectly answered, the challenge would be repeated (the team was not informed of which answer(s) was incorrect.

Want to try the challenge yourself?  Below is the text that was read to the teams.  Scroll down to read the three questions and see if you can get them right without looking back at the text.


You are now standing in the anteroom of the Russell Masonic Lodge, one of the most historic buildings in Russell. Masonic activities began in the area in 1906 in a rented hall. This Lodge Building was completed in 1915 and subsequently formally dedicated on July 3rd, 1916.
Many prominent members of the community formed the first chartered officers of the Lodge, including Dr. Douglas McDougall, who also has a park and a street named after him in Russell. This building is where masons of the area meet every 3rd Monday of the month and we are presently renovating it in honor of its 100th anniversary in 2015.
Being the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity, Freemasonry contains many secrets and mysteries, founded on our deep historical origins and traditions. The origin of Freemasonry stems from early stone masons, the builders of early temples and cathedrals. As such, the events that took place surrounding the building and dedication of the temple of Solomon play a key role in the Freemasonry traditions. The many secrets behind the crafting of such magnificent structures were highly praised and guarded with pride and honor amongst the master stone masons, who pledged fidelity to their craft and vowed on their life to never reveal any of them. As we are not stone masons but rather speculative masons, many of the old secrets and rituals are applied to our morals and traditions. For example, the apron worn by Freemasons is representative to the apron worn by operative masons to protect their clothes from stains.
Freemasonry is not a Secret Society but rather a Society with many secrets. It has members of various religious faiths and beliefs and although Freemasonry itself is not a religion it does require all members to believe in the existence of a God, or Supreme Being, as vows of fidelity are required from all members to preserve the secrets and mysteries of the order. A popular motto of Freemasonry is “To make good men better”.

Scroll down for the questions (don’t look back at the text)
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Q1. How old will the Russell Lodge Building be in 2015?

Q2. Which historical temple plays a significant role on the traditions of Freemasonry?

Q3. What is a popular motto of Freemasonry?

Were you able to answer them correctly without looking back at the text?

Russell Lodge is looking forward to repeat the event next year.

Honoring R.W. Brother Lawrence Wilfred Latimer

The following text was prepared by W.Bro. Hotchkiss and read at the Russell Lodge regular meeting held on September 16, 2013.

This evening we are celebrating the Life of R.W. Brother Lawrence Wilfred Latimer, the first Brother of Russell Lodge to become D.D.G.M. of what was then called The Ottawa District. Most of the information I am about to share with you was found during the recent upgrades and renovations we have been doing on our Lodge building. It was found in our, ahem, Archives.

This address will serve as an Introduction to our R.W. Brother. More information can be found in the framed photographs and certificates on the north wall of our anteroom.

His was a Life worthy of remembering:

Born when our country was just over 30 years old, he was raised in the tradition and according to the values that helped to build Canada; values and beliefs that served as a guide to many fine men throughout their lives.

Like many in that era, his Masonic career began as a young man: he was, according to his Master Mason’s Certificate, which is in the Anteroom, Received into Masonry on Oct 29, 1923; advanced to the Second Degree one month later and Admitted to the Third Degree on Feb 25, 1924. He was 25 at the time. Seven years later he became the W.M. of our Lodge, serving in 1931 – 32. Like every new Master, he would have been nervous and worked hard to live up to the standards set by those before him.

No doubt, the early 1930s was a challenging time to be a Mason. Our country was mired in the depths of The Great Depression. At that time, approximately 30% of the labour force was unemployed; and, 20% of the population was dependent on government relief. Like now, it must have been hard to attract new members and ensure that all members were current with their dues! It certainly would have been difficult to cling to the values of our quiet Craft in the face of economic collapse, social adversity, and a dangerous world where the Nazis were gaining power in Germany and the Japanese had invaded Manchuria.

It is interesting that we can see in the Minutes of the meetings at that time, a strict adherence to the time honoured traditions of our Craft and the Work we still try to follow so diligently. The Lodge is Opened and Closed. Applications are accepted and Degrees presented. The Business of the Lodge is attended to in much the same way we do it now. This retreat of friendship and brotherly love was, no doubt, much appreciated by the Brethren struggling through those challenging times.

How closely those times mirror our own! We often reflect nostalgically on the past; to a time when things were simpler, easier and, perhaps, better. I wonder if it actually was. Those men, and about this I have no doubt, got through those times in no small part due to Masonry: To our belief in Faith, Hope and Charity; to our steadfast reliance on hard work and perseverance; to our willingness to dare to believe in a better future. The Good and Welfare portion of the minutes of those meetings are full of masonic and community activities. Many of the Brethren were well-known and widely respected members of the Community. It is clear that those men applied Masonic teachings in their daily lives.

Brother Latimer certainly applied Masonic lessons in his own life. He led the Lodge in 1931 and went on to become Russell Lodge’s first DDGM in 1935. He continued to serve his Brethren for the decades to come, remaining very active, eventually becoming a Knights Templar and a member of The Shrine in 1964.

On the occasion of his 50th Anniversary, he was celebrated by the Brethren of Russell Lodge and presented with a wonderfully written and penned document which is framed in our anteroom. In summing up Wilfred Latimer’s Masonic Career and Life, this document states, “To have combined so much service to your Brethren with your church, service clubs, your business associates and above all your devotion to family life is a wonderful example to those who ‘don’t have the time.’ Your long and honourable career has been an object lesson in what constitutes good citizenship.”

Like all Past Masters, R.W. Brother Latimer had a Past Master’s Jewel. During our recent work on the Lodge Building, his jewel was discovered. Inscribed on the back of the Jewel, just as we do now, are his name, rank and his year of service as W.M. Like many busy Past Masters, he did not get his jewel until some years after he sat in The East, because the Jewel is inscribed Rt. Wor. Bro. L.W. Latimer. This Jewel is now the property of Russell Lodge and deserves to have a place in the work that we carry on here in our Lodge.

The PM Jewel will be prominently displayed in the Lodge as a constant reminder of our history, our struggles, and our desire to create something better out of Life.

The following was published in the Evening Citizen Ottawa Newspaper on July 18, 1935.


Russell Lodge Fire Safety Building Upgrades

A crew of Brethren have been very busy this summer performing various updates to the interior of our Lodge building. This work has been required as a result of the Building Compliance Policy of our Grand Lodge which wants to ensure that all Lodges are in compliance with current Fire Code Regulations. We are on track to have all of the necessary work completed in early September. We also took the opportunity to give a fresh coat of paint to the kitchen and the festive hall (the paneling is GONE!). A big thank you to the Brethren that contributed their time or donated some money towards the purchase of some the items that we had to acquire.

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