Worthy Sir Knights,
As I commence my second year as Master of the 5th Ontario District, I take a moment to look back and reflect on all that has occurred these past 12 months. I would not have thought that the Masters position would bring me in contact with so many Sir Knights from across the District. For this I am greatly appreciative. I was unable to attend and visit all of the 19 Assemblies in the District but I hope to get around to those I missed this year.
This past fraternal year saw 101 new members join the ranks of the 4th Degree at three Exemplifications. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts in supporting the Patriotic Arm of the Knights of Columbus and I pray that you will continue your efforts.
Two Assemblies celebrated their 25th Anniversary as Assemblies, Fr. Joseph M. Burke Assembly # 2335 in Ingersoll, and Fr. Louis Boué Assembly # 2355 in Amherstburg. My congratulations to these Assemblies and may they continue to flourish for many more years.
Sadly, we did suffer a number of losses through the passing of many Sir Knights within our Respective Assemblies. May we remember them and keep them and their families always in our prayers. Most notably were the passing of Former Masters Donald Strong and Peter Harding which was a blow to our District.
In my first message I spoke about the new uniform for the 4th Degree and how we must work through this transition, and applauded your initiatives to address this. The new uniform continues to be a main topic of discussion within Assemblies, and while some have adapted and moved forward on this issue, others unfortunately have not. I have stated my position at our District meetings and outlined consequences for those who choose to violate the laws of the order. I feel that if we are going to extend invitations for men to join the 4th Degree we must stop this negativity that could erode our Assemblies, our District, and the Order. United we have a bright future. Divided and our homes may crumble. Let us work together for the future.
Yours in Fraternity and Patriotism.
R.A. (Reg) Campbell
Master 5th Ontario District
5th Ontario District Master's Staff
SK. David Gelinas State Advocate, FDD, PGK, PFN (#2355)
District Secretary: vacant
Trustee 3rd yr: SK. Andy Harkness, PFN (#2289)
Trustee 2nd yr: SK. Stephen Cochrane, (#3601)
Trustee 1st yr: SK Kevin Belanger (#0861)
District Bugler: SK. Daniel Gimpel, FIC, EPC, CPCA (#0885)
SK. David Gelinas, State Advocate, FDD, PGK, PFN (#2355)
Former Masters of 5th Ontario District
SK. W. Peter H. Harding, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (deceased)
SK. Douglas D. Shwaluk, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (#2046)
SK. James L. Farrand, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (#0862)
SK. Stanley E. Balakowski, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (#2355)
SK. William Tobin, FDM, PFN (#1789)
SK. James H. Houston, OMC, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (#0885)
SK. Henry Marentette, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (deceased)
SK. Donald Strong, FDM, PFN (deceased)
SK. Jerome P. McNamara, FDM, FDD, PGK, PFN (deceased)
Faithful Friar: Rev Fr & SK. Eugene Roy, E.V.
(Assembly #1789) Tecumseh
District Master: SK. R.A. (Reg) Campbell, FDD, PGK, PFN
(Assembly #2355) Amherstburg
Team Captain: SK. Peter Hensel, FDD, PGK, PFN
(Assembly #2600) Wallaceburg
Historian: SK. Ted Richardson, FDD, PGK, PFN
(Assembly #0888) Tilbury
Defender of the Faith: SK. Vince Molloy, FDD, PGK
(Assembly #2335) Ingersoll
Expositor of the Constitution: SK. Daniel Gimpel, FIC, EPC, CPCA (Assembly #0885) Sarnia
Narrator: SK. Mark Roehler, FDD, PGK, PFN
(Assembly #0885) Sarnia
Registrar: SK. Greg Barr, PGK (Assembly #2600)
Audio Director: SK. Gord Edwards, GK, FDD, PFN
(Assembly #2097) Belle River
Video Director/Equipment: SK. David Gelinas, State Advocate,
FDD, PGK, PFN (Assembly #2355) Amherstburg
Asst Video Director/Equipment: SK. Joe Legue, PFN
(Assembly #0867) Chatham
Marshall of the District: SK. Gord Edwards, GK, FDD, PFN
(Assembly #2097) Belle River
District Marshall: SK. Paul Johnston, FN, FDD, PGK (#0867) Chatham