by George Manson
Masons of Boundary District No 7 recently hosted the official visit in Grand Forks of Most Worshipful Brother Douglas C. Collins—Grand Master of British Columbia and Yukon.
Several Grand Lodge officers and their spouses attended the event as well. Approximately 35 visitors representing numerous lodges from throughout B.C. attended the meeting and banquet on April 30. Other distinguished attendees included two past Grand Masters: MW Bro Ed Hearn of Salmo, MW Bro Alan Tomlins of Nelson and Grand Senior Warden Rt Wor Bro Ron Yates of Parksville.
Grand Master Collins received a Masonic gavel hand-crafted by Wor Bro Fil Mauro PM. He was also presented with a book on local area history including the Granby smelter and Phoenix Railways.
MW Bro. Collins gave an informative address to those present on his current view of Freemasonry in this region. As a professional broadcaster based in Penticton in the early ‘60s, he spent a brief period in Grand Forks as supervisor of the satellite CKGF radio station—an experience he remembers very fondly to this day.
Following the meeting, a banquet was served in which approximately 60 were present. Rt Worshipful Brother Casey Van Leur – District Deputy Grand Master District 7 of Grand Forks performed as toastmaster.