True Brothers Lodge No. 8
M.W. Bro. Frank M. Pidgeon (1934-35) initiated the practise of presenting a Fifty-Year Pin to honour Masons. A Plaque on the north wall recognizes W.Bro. K.C. Holm as the first recipient of that Award. It is interesting to note that the old organ that is in the Lodge Room was purchased by M.W.Bro. Pidgeon for $6 at an auction in 1937.
M.W. Bro. T. Arthur Dawson (1943-44) left a legacy of distinguished service in Grand Lodge, York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonry. He was coroneted Honorary Inspector General in 1954. His legacy is also recognized in the Dawson Memorial Scholarship Foundation established in 1970. At its inception the Scholarship Fund provided four scholarships of $600 each to sons or daughters of Masons with True Brothers families having first option. A donation to the Lodge from M.W.Bro. Dawson’s estate was used to purchase an encased set of gold-plated Working Tools in 1979 and a beautiful display and storage cabinet.
M.W. Bro. W.A. MacQuarrie (1947-48) was a respected clergyman and Mason. He was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from his Church and many honours in Masonry including Honorary Membership in St. George’s No. 4 where he attended in retirement as a resident of Georgetown. A file of his personal papers and Masonic writings is catalogued at the Provincial Archives. M.W.Bro. MacQuarrie dedicated the Altar Bible presently used in True Brothers Lodge on September 12, 1974 during a Grand Lodge Visitation. The Bible was donated by Heirloom Masonic Publishers of Kansas. M.W.Bro. MacQuarrie was a Mason for 71 years. He died on May 8, 1986.
M.W. Bro. J. Archibald Thomson (1951-52) prepared the History of True Brothers Lodge for the Centennial celebration in 1969. M.W.Bro. Thomson’s widow presented his photo to the Lodge following a Special Communication in 1979. The Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Douglas MacDonald, and Mrs. MacDonald were in attendance.
M.W. Bro. Malcolm MacKenzie (1954-55) had a distinguished Masonic career in all branches of Freemasonry. As a member of the Royal Arch School Trustee Committee, he was a valuable force in equipping the Protestant Orphanage School.. Later as Grand Historian he prepared many fine articles for the Craft including a history of St. John’s Lodge No. 1.
M.W.Bro. Douglas MacKinnon (1981-82) has provided strong leadership in organizing the Annual Masonic Curling Bonspiel at the Crapaud Curling Club. He has been a member of the host Committee since 1973 when he helped to plan the second Bonspiel.. During his year as Grand Master there was an increase in total membership in the Jurisdiction after more than a decade of continuous decline.
M.W. Bro. J. Gordon MacKenzie (1993-94) was very pleased to serve in the Grand East in the year that his Mother Lodge celebrated its 125th Anniversary. He has a distinguished record in all branches of Freemasonry in this region including Honorary Inspector-General 33° in Scottish Rite Masonry. M.W.Bro. MacKenzie initiated the highly respected Mentor Program, the Grand Master’s Achievement Award and provided each Craft Lodge with ‘Lodge Etiquette and Procedures’, a manual of reference materials.