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History of Zion Lodge No. 77
The last lodge to be established in British Columbia before the Great War broke out was Zion Lodge No. 77 at Kerrisdale, formerly in the municipality of Point Grey, now a part of the city of Vancouver, where a Lodge of Instruction had been authorized and a meeting called for 15 January 1914.
Several meetings were held for exemplification before a dispensation was granted by the Grand Master on 6 March 1914, and the lodge was instituted by the District Grand Master on 9 March 1914. It was named Zion Lodge, after the hill and town of Jerusalem and later numbered 77 at Kerrisdale. The charter was granted at the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge on 18 June 1914, and the lodge was constituted by the Grand Master at an Emergent Communication of Grand Lodge held at the Masonic Hall at Kerrisdale on 20 July 1914. For its ritual it adopted the Canadian Work. (Ref: History of the GL of BC AF & AM, 1871-1970. p. 234).
The lodge is a rather small one, typical of many in the city, with about sixty members in 1997, and a cosy atmosphere. The demography of the membership may be unusual in that there is almost exactly one member representing each year of age from thirty to ninety; 30 members below and thirty members above age sixty. Of the Tyler, Inner Guard, Deacons and Wardens, not one has previously been Master of any lodge. Zion Lodge has contributed two cars to the volunteer driver programme operated in collaboration between Grand Lodge and the Canadian Cancer Society. Several members of the lodge volunteer their services as drivers.
The building is a class B historic site and in the summer of 1997 an extensive restoration of the exterior of the building was undertaken by the holding company. Some interior renovations on the ground floor are also underway. The ground floor of the building is occupied by commercial premises.
George W. Eaton, WM, (1997/07/14)

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