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Open Letter to the Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario:

February 01, 2012

It is with great pleasure I announce the launch of our new Grand Lodge Website!

The transition to the new website will take place February 1st & 2nd, 2012. During this short period the website address, www.grandlodge.on.ca will be unavailable.

Over two years in the making, I trust that you will agree with me that it has been well worth the wait. Our website has been revitalized to better portray our values, diversity and commitment to our Vision of ``Ensuring the Timeless Vitality of Freemasonry in Ontario``.

Our Grand Lodge Website Vision is to be among the best of breed in Masonic websites; to be the primary communication tool within the jurisdiction; and to contribute to our Grand Lodge Strategic plan communication goals. We will achieve that Vision by creating a website environment that delivers high quality, relevant, up-to-date content to all Grand Lodge constituents.

Today we take a large step towards achieving that Website Vision with the delivery of Phase One of the new website. The size of this project dictates a phased implementation.

Phase One: Phase One delivers the underlying foundation for our website of the future, but the content of Phase 1 is limited. Phase One presents the public face of our new website and it’s content is geared to the general public (non-mason), the Mason who wishes to learn more about Freemasonry in Ontario and anyone wishing to locate and visit a lodge in our jurisdiction. The new Lodge Locator is a key component of Phase One.

Phase Two: Phase Two is in the planning stages and will feature a member’s only (Password Protected) area that will become home for information and resources that are privileged or only of interest to you and I as Masons in Ontario. Phase Two provides us the opportunity to organize and reorganize our content to improve the navigation of our website. The lodge locator application will be enhanced to return “proximity” locations to your search as well as meeting date information.

During the development of Phase Two, the content of the old Grand Lodge website will be available via a link from the new site found on the Homepage labelled Member Login. The link to the Grand Lodge Forms is: http://old.grandlodge.on.ca/Forms/ 

We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions as we continue with the modernization of our website. Please use the links in the website to contact the Webmaster. (webmaster@grandlodge.on.ca)

I want to personally thank the Web Technology Team for their oversight and leadership on this important project. I believe that the website we have launched today reflects the leadership, innovation and vision that these Masons have for our fraternity. Thank You!

Happy Surfing……

M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling

Grand Master