“Into the future using technology”


Most Worshipful Brother
Andrew R McLennan
Grand Master 2018 – 2019
Grand Lodge of Manitoba
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons

 

“Into the future using technology”

Over the years The Grand Lodge of Manitoba has embraced various forms of technology. We have our website, a Freemasons of Manitoba app, a weekly E-newsletter, Video Conferencing for or Board of General Purposes meetings and Castle Island Virtual Lodge.

Our website has been online for several years and has recently been reviewed and is in the process for restructuring.

Freemasons of Manitoba app is hosted by Group Ahead and is a platform for the brethren of Manitoba to chat, interact and post events etc. The app is open for Manitoba Master Masons only.

The E-newsletter is published weekly on Sundays and contains everything from short topics to announcing the many events that are upcoming for the various members of the Manitoba Masonic Family.

The geographical size of the Province of Manitoba makes attending our Board of General Purposes meetings regularly an impossibility for some members of the Board. These brethren would need to travel in excess of 500 miles one way to attend a meeting of the board. Using the video conference model allows these brothers to take full participation in the meetings.

Castle Island Virtual Lodge is a duly consecrated lodge on the Grand Registry of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, they conduct themselves as an Education Lodge for the most part however they are entitled to perform the various degrees of freemasonry as long as it is done in a physical lodge room. Over the years Castle Island has moved from one platform to another a process that I akin to the Masonic Ashlars, they have moved from a rudimentary or rough ashlar to a more refined or perfect ashlar. It has been my honor over the years to logon and visit Castle Island Virtual Lodge both in an officially capacity and as a casual visitor. The first time I visited Castle Island was 2015 when I was District Deputy Grand Master as well as an official visit this year as Grand Master. Although it takes a little adjusting from the bricks and mortar experience this in no way diminishes the experience of visiting and being welcomed into Castle Island Virtual Lodge.

 

Most Worshipful Brother
Andrew R McLennan
Grand Master 2018 – 2019
Grand Lodge of Manitoba AF & AM

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