Regular Meetings: Second Monday of every month, except July and August
Emergent meetings: As per Lodge by-laws
Worshipful Master: Trevor Shea
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Secretary: Ryan VandenBerg
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Burlington Lodge was formed on June 15, 1864 by a group of nine Masons meeting in a hall at the corner of Brant and Pine Streets in the Village of Wellington Square. The meeting was held by special dispensation of the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother T.D. Harington.
Confederation of Canada
You might better relate to this date if you realize that it was three years before the Confederation of Canada, nine years before the Village changed its name to Burlington and while the Civil War was raging in our neighbour to the south.
At that first meeting the first candidates, four in number, were passed on and approved.
In the following November the appointed officers were installed. The founding members and candidates were prominent members in the community, some of them, for example, went on to be Reeve, County Warden, member of the Provincial Legislature and the Parliament of Canada.
Six Nations Chief Was Worshipful Master
The Worshipful Master in 1869 and 1871, W.Bro. Simcoe Kerr was the principal chief of the Six Nations Indians.
The Lodge met in the original hall, at what is now 367 Brant Street, from, 1864 to 1868 when they rented space over a store owned by two of the members, at the corner of Water St. (now Lakeshore Road) and John St. where they met for 39 years. In 1907 the Lodge made its third and last move to its present site.
The Burlington Masonic Hall Company was formed to purchase the building and rented it back to the Lodge for $100.00 per year.
Burlington Lodge purchased the building in 1914 and retained sole ownership until 1953 when the Burlington Masonic Temple Association was formed to hold the ownership. The shares in the Association are held by the masonic groups that meet in the building, Burlington Lodge , Brant Lodge, Wellington Square Lodge, King David Royal Arch Chapter and the Lakeview Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
Until 1953 the lodges met in what is now the banquet room next door. During 1953 and 1954 construction was carried out resulting in the room we now occupy – 459 Brant Street which can seat 105 . While the renovations were going on the Lodge held their meetings at the Beach Lodge hall on the Hamilton/Burlington beach strip. Brant Lodge No. 663 was formed in 1949 from the members of Burlington Lodge No. 165. The lodges have meet in same building ever since. The Brant Lodge and Burlington Lodges have now elected to Amalgamate to become Burlington Reunion Lodge No. 165.
We are a friendly lodge and have a great balance between social activities, good governance and excellent degree work. Members enjoy events such as Ladies Night, Christmas Dinner, Table Lodge of Instruction along with traditional events such as the Installation of the Worshipful Master and Investiture of Officers, and Official Visit of the DDGM. Our members enjoy travel, including recent trips to Colden, New York, London UK and Detroit, MI.
Burlington Reunion Lodge No. 165 Officers 2022-2023
W. M. – W. Bro. Trevor Shea
I.P.M. – W. Bro. Paul Ross
S.W. – Bro. Scott Sprague
J.W. – Bro. Erik Sviergula
Secretary – Bro. Ryan VandenBerg
Assistant Secretary – Bro. Sandrin Draghici
Treasurer – Bro. Bob Pocius
S.D. – Bro. Kinsey Schurm
J.D. – Bro. Allan Nielsen
I.G. – Bro. Brad Harrison
S.S. – Bro. Dave Thiffault
J.S. – Bro. Paul Bonham
Tyler – W. Bro. Nicholas Laine
Dir. of C. – W. Bro. Matthew Maennling
Chaplain – W. Bro. Garth Powell