What else happened in 1961?
- The Beatles' made their first appearance.
- John F. Kennedy was sworn in as President of the United States.
- The first man was launched into space
- Average Income $5,315.00 per year
- A gallon of Gas cost 27 cents
In his life time he has witnessed many wonderful things but more importantly he has been a part of our lives and fraternity.
Heinz was the fourth Worshipful Master of West Gate Lodge. During his term he conducted a meeting in February during which a degree was conferred with all the brethren present wearing winter coats because the furnace had failed. Such is his dedication to the Craft.
He ran the 734 Club for many years ensuring hospitality was provided to both members and visitors. Through the 734 Club Heinz raised funds to support many of the social events West Gate has become so well known for.
Heinz also wrote a monthly newsletter and was affectionately known as the “West Gate Scribe”. In this format he was able communicate those less formal thoughts that could not be contained within the Lodge Summons. An example of this candid style of writing can be found in the September 1993 issue…. “Your worshipful master has once again twisted this scribes arms and has inflicted my ramblings and grumblings on you for another year. Please blame him not me.”
He was one of the members who at the inception of West Gate Lodge set the standard to which we subscribe to today. W. Bro. Caminer…. we all thank you.
The Veteran Jubilee Medal is presented in recognition of long service to an Ontario Mason who has completed fifty years of continuous membership, is in good standing and who is a member of a Lodge in this Grand Jurisdiction or affiliated from a lodge recognized by this Grand Jurisdiction. The medal is gold-plated, with the Square and Compasses within a circle with GRAND LODGE OF A.F. & A.M. OF CANADA IN ONTARIO in raised letters. 50 YEARS A MASON is in raised letters on the obverse, and the name of the recipient and the date of presentation are engraved. The medal is suspended by a sky-blue ribbon from a bar with the shield bearing the arms of the Province of Ontario surmounted on a Maple Leaf. The word Veteran is used in the broad sense: a person of age and experience. A Jubilee is the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of an important event. Presented as a reward for a half-century of faithful service to the Craft, it is properly called a Medal and is not, strictly speaking, a Masonic Jewel.