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Happy 150th (Posted On: Monday, November 19, 2007)

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Manito Masonic Lodge in Collingwood, Ontario was formed on November 23, 1857 and celebrated its 150th anniversary on November 17, 2007 at the Georgian Manor Resort in Colllingwood.

The Grand Master of Freemasonry in Ontario, Dr. Allan J. Petrisor, a Woodstock, Ontario dentist, and an honourary member of Manito Lodge, atteneded the celebration along with 200 guests from around the province and other lodge members.

The Lodge has occupied only a few locations in town during this time and was forced to relocate each time due to a fire in or around the building. Manito lodge now shares ownership in and resides at 126 Hurontario Street in Collingwood.

Masonry in Ontario involves itself in assisting with and the promoting of blood donations throughout the province along with the funding of hearing research and student bursaries. Masons also sponsor many individual charitable works in each of the 44 districts through its charitable arm, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario.

Manito Lodge has supported many local endeavors over the years including the General and Marine Hospital. Throughout North America, over $3 million of Masonic charity is expended daily, the largest portion for "The Shriners" supported children’s hospitals. Dr. Petrisor’s personal aim over the next two years will be to support Prostate Cancer Research and its early detection, as well as to initiate MasoniCh.I.P., an Ontario wide Child Identification program.

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, which takes its membership from virtually every occupation and profession. Masonry teaches that each member has an obligation to "Make a Difference" for good in the world and encourages the practices of brotherly love, relief and truth.

For more information, please contact Raymond Firman at 705-445-7198


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