Inuvik Masonic Club

Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                                                                        August 2001


This is the first issue of the Inuvik Masonic Club Newsletter.

The purpose of this almost regular communication will be to try and keep our members up to date on the happenings in the club, to remind you of upcoming meetings and events, and from time to time pass along a little Masonic Education and Development.

I’m going to try and keep it as light and informal as I can, and hope you’ll excuse me if I putter off into obscurity every once in a while.

With your help, we can make this newsletter a wealth of information and maybe even have a little fun while we are doing it!

If you have anything you want mentioned in here, have a joke or two to pass along, or want to contribute an article or two (or six, for that matter), feel free to pass it along.


Our History

As long as the Town of Inuvik has existed, there have been Masons living and working here. Over the years, there have been various attempts to form a Lodge or Club, or at least bring Masons together for a social function or two.

Being a town of transient residence as it is, many of the brave souls who attempted this feat have moved on to other, probably greener, pastures.

The latest venture into forming a Masonic Club started about two years ago, with a chance encounter between two brothers and a soon to be initiated candidate. From a comment along the lines of “we should get together for a coffee and a chat”. The Club we see today has grown.

Over the fifteen years this writer has been here, at least a dozen craftsmen have passed through the town, staying anywhere from a few months to a few years. Some made Inuvik their permanent home but have, sadly, passed on to the Grand Lodge Above.

Each of them has made their mark on this town in one way or another.

Going strictly from memory for this first list, I have listed on another page the names of the Craftsmen who have passed through or lived in our fair town.  With your assistance, I hope to expand that list, and look forward to printing an ever-expanding list with each issue.

Although it seems far in the future, I, for one, will be both proud and humbled when we finally receive the okay to form a full lodge – to reflect back on the years of steadfast labour and “indefatigable exertion” that have gone into bringing this group together.


































Inside This Issue




Our History


What’s In A Name?


Dispensation News


List of Brethren – Past and Present


Wow! That’s a lot of stuff!


Meetings and Notices


Just a Junior Deacon

Correspondence, articles, letters, complaints, and especially compliments may be sent to:


The Inuvik Masonic Club Newsletter, Box 2536, Inuvik, NT  X0E 0T0  or by email to:


























Dispensation – From previous page


This package is relatively extensive, and will include copies of minutes and financial statements from the Club, a list of Masons interested in becoming founding members and being named on the charter, copies of dues cards and Certificates of Good Standing for all members, as well as proposed by-laws and any other controlling documents. At the same time, Grand Lodge and District assessments and fees are paid. We also intend to request a specific name and number for the lodge (Far North Lodge # 200).

While we wait for the approval, some of our members are busy gathering the furniture, furnishings, equipment, collars, wands, manuals, record books, etc. that are needed for the day to day operation of a lodge, while others are finding a regular (preferably dedicated) location for meetings and other activities and events, and others are working on By-Laws, planning the work for the next 100 or so years, and generally getting the whole administrative end of things lined up.

As you can see, it’s a long process, but we are well on our way. The search for a suitable piece of land and a building to put on it is progressing well. We have obtained some furnishings and equipment for the Lodge Rooms, and have been meeting regularly to work with our newest members and plan the future.

We hope to apply for dispensation in Southern Spring (late February to mid-March), so we seem to be right on track.

Many lodges make their annual dues payable on or before January 1st of each year. What a great opportunity to ask your lodge secretary to issue a “Certificate of Good Standing” at the same time as your dues card. Send it along to us, and we will include it with our application.

Pass this newsletter along to other people in your lodge – it has been surprising how many people have come out of the woodwork to say “yeah – I was in Inuvik for 6 months.” Or “I have always wanted to visit Inuvik – maybe this is the incentive I need.” Whatever the reason or the tie to the North, we’ll welcome just about anyone.

Ask your lodge secretary to include a reference to our







































Notices and Meetings


An election of Officers for the Inuvik Masonic Club will take place at the Sunday, 9 September 2001 meeting.

Positions to be elected are Master (President), Senior Warden (Vice President), Junior Warden (2nd Vice President), Secretary and Treasurer. (Secretary and Treasurer positions may be combined.)

At the same meeting, a proposed set of basic by-laws will be presented to lay out the general goals and objectives, membership requirements and fees, and structure of the Club.

Please note these bylaws are for the Inuvik Masonic Club only, and not for any lodge that may be formed in the future.

We look forward to your attendance and input.



The following meeting dates and times have been tentatively set for the Inuvik Masonic Club:

Thursday, 6 Sep 01 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Sunday, 9 Sep 01 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Saturday, 15 Sep 01 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, 20 Sep 01 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday, 27 Sep 01 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

We are trying out a variety of different days, to see what best suits the membership. The first meetings are  to be held at NTPC Boardroom.



October 1, 2001 – Yellowknife #162 GRA

Brother Mario Lemieux will be the candidate, being passed to the 2nd degree.

Also, Brother Wally Wolfe will prove his 3rd degree.

October 20, 2001 – Yellowknife #162 GRA

One or two candidates from Inuvik will be initiated, (provisional on clear ballot).