Each year, residents of Northeast Ohio turn their eyes northward with trepidation as we await the onslaught of Canadian Soldiers. Also known as mayflies, these small insects inundate Avon Lake every year.
Since 1974, the members of Mid-Century Lodge have awaited a Canadian visit of a much more pleasant sort. Mid-Century has a sister lodge, Havelock Lodge No. 435 in Havelock, ON. Every other year, members of Mid-Century journey northward to see our Canadian brothers. The following year, they come southward to visit us.
This past weekend it was our privilege to welcome our neighbors to the north to the sunny south shore of Lake Erie, and the members of Mid-Century put together a host of entertainment opportunities. Some attended a Cleveland Gladiators game, some took the atomic wing challenge at Quaker Steak, others enjoyed a variety of shopping and dining opportunities on Cleveland’s West Side.
The most important event of the weekend was the initiation of a new brother in Masonry. It’s a tradition to demonstrate a degree with our visiting brethren, but this year’s ritual was all too real as brother Williams joined Mid-Century Lodge. In addition to our members and those of the visiting Canadian lodges, our own District Deputy Grand Master Jonathan Krapf was in attendance.
The degree went off well and was followed by a festive board topped with mint chocolate chip ice cream.
On behalf of the officers of Mid-Century Lodge, we express our gratitude to all those who promoted, attended, and participated in all the weekend’s activity. Above all we want to thank our sister lodge, Havelock, for forty-two years of fraternal fellowship. May there be many more to come!