Prince Edward Lodge No. 14
In the 1990’s the Brethren explored several ways to raise funds for the maintenance of the building and the operation of the Lodge. In 1992 a successful ice cream social was held in August with a profit of $552.67 recorded. (Minutes, August 5, 1992) A Variety Concert in September netted $1140. The Lodge made a donation of $540 to the New London Community Complex. (Minutes, October 7, 1992) An Ice Cream Social was held again in 1993 but in 1994 the Lodge voted to drop the plan and to request a voluntary donation of $10 from each member. The voluntary donation was increased to $20 in 1995. The Lodge purchased a new furnace in 1995 and painted the building in 1998. In 1998 the Brethren established a Building Fund “for maintaining the Lodge.” (Minutes, June 3, 1998) M.W.Bro. Archibald E. Campbell PGM bequeathed $2000 to the Fund in 1999.
One of the strengths of Prince Edward Lodge has been the careful blending of new initiatives with a steady attachment to many solid traditions within the Lodge. The St. John’s Night Celebrations, Honour Nights, Divine Worship, memorializing the deceased, universal benevolence and the celebration of milestones have been well-established practices among the Brethren. Others have been added in recent years. The annual social events, ‘Brothers and Others’ Golf Tournament at W.Bro. Wilber Lamont’s French River Golf Course and ‘Bowl for Millions’ have become popular events. An interesting practise in the governance of the Lodge began in 1995 when the Immediate Past Master became the Secretary of the Lodge.
Prince Edward Lodge is well into its second century as one of the strongest rural Lodges in the Jurisdiction. Its rich history tells of strict adherence to the principles of charity and universal benevolence. Its membership has included a strong roster of leaders in the Jurisdiction, orators, writers, talented craftsmen, ritualists and responsible stewards. Most of those same members have been duly honoured by the Brethren of the Lodge through Honour Nights, gifts and memorials. Congratulations, Brethren, as you celebrate one-hundred and fifteen years of Freemasonry in the New London area!