District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM) – Right Worshipful Brother George R. Manson of Grand Forks – recently, completed his official visit schedule in Boundary District No. 7, by visiting his home lodge – Harmony No. 37 – here in Grand Forks.
As DDGM, he represented the Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon A.F. and A.M. – MW Bro G. Murray Webster – in Boundary District No. 7. He was joined by Rt Wor Bro Jack McCuaig – DDGM of Kootenay District No. 6. Wor. Bro Thomas Gooderham PM – Worshipful Master of Harmony Lodge – hosted the visit.
Also attending were: District Education Officer VWor Bro Peter J. Smith – Past Sr Grand Deacon; Rt Wor Bro Rick Hahn PDDGM – Wor. Master of Corinthian Lodge No 27 Trail and Worshipful Brother John Gentleman PM – Wor. Master of Sentinel Lodge No. 146 Castlegar. Wor. Bro David Boughton PM represented King Edward Lodge No. 28 Greenwood and Rt Wor Bro Tom Paul PDDGM represented Ymir Lodge No. 31 Salmo. Other visitors from the Kootenay/Boundary area also attended.
Worthy of mention is the fact that George Manson is the fourth generation of his family to be a member of Harmony Lodge here in Grand Forks – the second to be installed as master and first as DDGM. His great-grandfather Rev. Walter R. Ross, PG Chaplain was the Lodge Chaplain in the early 1900s; grandfather George A. Manson – a stonemason in charge of constructing the stone wall around the old court house – was a member from 1904 to 1942; and his father Walter R. Manson , a long-time Gazette foreman, was Worshipful Master in 1950-51.
His mother – the late Sister Iris Manson – was a Past Worthy Matron of Evangeline Chapter 31 Order of the Eastern Star here in Grand Forks. George and wife Ruth reside in the Grand Forks Nursery area.
He handed the reins of authority to his successor – Right Wor. Bro. David Hearn of Ymir Lodge No. 31, Salmo at the Grand Lodge Communications in Burnaby in June.
– Submitted by Harmony Lodge No. 37