Strathmore Lodge 53 

          

 

 

“The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.”

Brother Alphonse Mucha

 

 

Our History

Early in 1910, a small group of men met in the North West Mounted Police office to discuss the formation of a Masonic Lodge. Meetings began on 16 May, 1910 in Brown’s hardware store. In 1913 when the Opera House was purchased for $700, Lodge met on the the upper floor and rented the ground floor as a community hall. Fire struck on 10 July, 1924 destroying it and eleven other businesses. All records were lost. With the Presbyterian Church for sale due to churches “uniting,” the Brethren bought it for $700.

 Lodge Building 1924-2007

 

Strathmore Lodge was a “Moon Lodge,” meaning its meetings were held on the Monday closest to the full moon. With country trails poorly marked and hazardous, the full moon’s bright light enabled Brethren to navigate safely. By 1921, district roads had improved to a point where the meeting night was set as the first Monday of the month.

After WWII,  membership surged, and the basement was upgraded. Formation of the Strathmore Temple Society in 1989 saw the assets of Strathmore Lodge and Sam Blair Chapter, OES combined. The Temple managed housing for Strathmore Lodge, Sam Blair OES, Rockyford, Gleichen Lodges and the Strathmore Royal Arch Masons Chapter. In 1999 noting renovations to an aging building would be costly, attempts were made at redevelopment. In 2005 the property was sold and the building demolished. Currently the Lodge meets in Namaka.

Decomissioning Meeting  -  May 1, 2007

 
 

From early support of Woods Christian Home in Calgary and Sunday School classes to volunteering at the Heritage Days rodeo and Blood Clinics, members have been active. Recently the Library, Aquatic Centre, Hospital Auxiliary and Blood Clinic have been supported. Gleichen and Strathmore lodges co-host a Burns’ Night each January, and individual brethren contribute to Masonic Higher Education Bursaries.

A time capsule placed in the Lodge at its Consecration in 1924 proved too well hidden to be found. 

  

Since 1911, 428 Strathmore Masons have made worthwhile contributions to community life.

May we continue to do so as we move into our second century under the watchful All Seeing Eye, with Hope for the future and Charity towards one another.

Lodge motto: Audi,vide,tace. — (See,hear,be quiet.)