A devastating earthquake struck Ecuador the evening of April 16, 2016. Hundreds are dead, many thousands are without homes. The need is acute. With the urging and approval of the Grand Master, CWL #69 has established a PayPal account to receive contributions for those desiring to help. All the money will go to assist our brother Masons and Ecuadorians in need of assistance. Three temples have been destroyed, businesses owned by brothers or which employ brothers have likewise been destroyed. Please pass this information along and post it on your social media accounts:
Here is a photograph of the remains of Renacer Alfarista Lodge #58 in Manta, Ecuador. The red drape in the background is the only item recovered from the lodge.
Ron Watkins WM
Following is information on the creation of our lodge. It needs to be updated but not now. Too much that is more important to do now.
On the evening of July 11, 2014, the Grand Lodge of the Southern District of the Grand Lodge of Ecuador installed the officer line of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge, formally creating it. Following the installation ritual our charter Worshipful Master, Nico Zina PM, honored the attending brothers with a gala dinner. Festivities did not end until 2:00 a.m.
On September 10, 2014, the Grand Master conferred the charter, naming us the Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #6. Those interested in Masonry are welcome to join us for our monthly breakfast and to attend our monthly study group. We look forward to meeting you. Breakfast now takes place at 9:00 A.M. on the second Thursday of each month at San Sebas restaurant,1-94 San Sebastian y Mariscal Sucre, the corner of Parque San Sebastian. Our study group meets at 2:00 P.M. the first Thursday of each month. The lodge Stated Meeting is on the fourth Friday except for the months of July, August and December. You can contact the facilitator at: ron087 at gmail dot com. This blog will continue until the lodge website is up.
With the creation of the lodge, the Cuenca Masonic Fellowship Club came to an end under its by laws. Formation to achieving its objective took 22 months. We are grateful not just to the English speaking brothers who worked so tirelessly toward the creation of the only English speaking lodge in Ecuador, and the first to be chartered by the Grand Lodge of Ecuador, but also to our Ecuadorian brothers who were so supportive and made it possible.
NOTE: On the evening of April 15, 2014, five brothers in the club were accepted as Ecuadorian Masons in a ceremony held at San Juan Logia #21. Three more brothers will be regularized Ecuadorian Masons shortly at which point we will have enough to petition for a charter.
NOTE: First Ritual Practice. On June 25, 2014, six of the seven founding brothers of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge met for the first time to practice ritual in preparation for the lodge’s first tyled meeting. The following day we received word our petition to start the lodge had been approved by the Grand Master that same day.