5th Ontario District
Worthy Brother Sir Knights,
Let me start this message by wishing each of you and your families a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
A NEW year! A new beginning, a clean slate, a time to review the past year, a time to make plans, a time for resolutions, a time to move forward. These are but a few of opportunities presented to us as we start the year 2020. The question is how will I or we start out? Will we reflect back on all that has occurred within the 4th Degree and see only the negative or will we look back and see all the positive things that have occurred?
While the new uniform may occupy many of our memories, I choose to look at all the positive things that have occurred this past year. While few have purchased the new uniform and Assemblies are without a Colour Corp. most of you have been encouraging all members to turn out for function wearing either their tuxedo or dark suit and social baldric. This practice now allows everyone in our Assembly to participate. While I approve of this practice, I must also encourage Assemblies to revive their Colour Corp. and encourage members to get the new uniform. We welcomed 75 new members into our District 4 at the Ontario State Convention, 53 at the Essex exemplification and finally 18 more at the Goderich exemplification. This was a great accomplishment for our District and shows that men are joining because they want to be part or your Assembly and express their patriotism, and not because they wanted to join the Colour Corp. and wear the regalia.
This past year saw our greatest participation in the Supreme Awards program with two Assemblies being recognized for their efforts and received the “Civic Award” for their outstanding implementation of patriotic programs faithful to the principles of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. As well our District had one Assembly that, along with receiving the Civic Award, participated in the “Patriotic Award” program and brought in enough new members that their efforts were recognized in their being acknowledged as a “Star Assembly”. My congratulations to Faithful Navigator Tim Laurault and the members of the Fr. Louis Boué Assembly # 2355 on receiving this award.
Now it is time for us to start making plans and focusing our efforts on what we can accomplish in 2020. I encourage every Assembly to review the booklet that I distributed at our last meeting “Fourth Degree Program Manual”. Choose some programs that your members can get involved in and let them participate and show their patriotism. The awards are within the reach of every Assembly, you only need to get started.
Let all work together at making District 5 a leader within the Cardinal McGuigan Province and the Order.
Our Next Exemplification has been approved and scheduled for April 26th, 2020 in Tillsonburg, hosted by Fr. Joseph M. Burke Assembly # 2335. Start inviting members to join us and make this exemplification a great event!
Fraternally & Patriotically,
R.A. (Reg) Campbell – Master
5th Ontario District
Cardinal McGuigan Province
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)
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: vacant
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
There will be memo's each month from District Master Reg Campbell. Come visit often to read them and share them within your Assembly.