Manito Lodge is located in downtown Collingwood and is one of our regions Masonic chapters which operate under the Grand Lodge of Canada in the province of Ontario. Manito Lodge is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of our fraternity.
The word lodge really has two meanings to Freemasons. It is both a place where Masonic meetings are held, and a collective term for the members who meet there. So, as weird as it sounds, you could say that a lodge meets in a lodge.
Our lodge meets at regular intervals throughout the year. Our members assemble once a month for a business meeting, where communications are read, bills are paid, proposed members are voted on, and the members catch up on each other’s lives. Often, guest speakers are invited, or a member will give a presentation on the ritual, history, philosophy, or symbols of Masonry.
The primary goal of Freemasonry is fellowship so a meal is usually served after the meeting and we like to hold regular social events and lodge activities.
Manito Lodge is actively involved in our community whether it be for a social or charitable nature. Manito Lodge is part of the Georgian North District of lodges and typically conducts lodge activities in this district. Georgian North District encompasses Collingwood, Elmvale, Midland, Stayner, Orillia, Victoria Harbour and Thornbury. Some of the community outreach programs that Masons are actively involved with are listed below:
- Canadian Blood Services
- Social Events
- Shriners events and hospital fundraising
- Donations to local charitable organizations
- Masonic Foundation of Ontario
- Masonic Child Identification Program
- Friend to Friend Events (explaining what Masonry is all about)