Niagara B District

Freemasons of the Grand Lodge A.F.& A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario


The Niagara B District now has its own working committee to help and assist Lodges and other Masonic organizations to plan, host and execute MasonChIP events.
The committee members and contact information can be found here  

The Niagara B District is pleased to announce the MasonChIP events scheduled.

June Event 2014

Macnab Lodge is once again hosting a CHIP event at the Vale Centre YMCA in Port Colborne, on June 1, 2014. Time is 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.
It is being held in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA. It was a successful event last year and we are expecting the same this year.
We are looking for volunteers from our district lodges to help us out as we have several brothers who are involved with the program that are not available that date. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact Bro. Rex. Harrison.

Community     Port Colborne
Event Location Site     Vale Centre YMCA, Port Colborne
Sponsoring Lodge:     Macnab Lodge No. 169
Event Date & Time:     Sunday, June 1st, 2014  ~  11:00 am. to 2:30 pm.
Event Contact:     Rex Harrison  :905-359-8831  ~

October Event 2013

This event is becoming an Annual Event where children not only an ID Kit, but also learn Fire Safety. Many of the Myrtle Lodge members are members of the Chapter and some are even officers in the Fire Department.

Community     Port Robinson
Sponsoring Lodge:     Willson Chapter No. 64 & Myrtle Lodge No. 337
Event Date & Time:     Wednesday, October 9th, 2013  ~  6 pm. to 9 pm.
Event Location:     Port Robinson Fire Hall 7 River Street Port Robinson
Event Contact:     George Sider  :905-384-2041  ~

October Event 2012
Community     Port Robinson
Sponsoring Lodge:     Myrtle Lodge No. 337
Event Date & Time:     Wednesday, October 10th, 2012  ~  6 pm. to 9 pm.
Event Location:     Port Robinson Fire Hall 7 River Street Port Robinson
Event Contact:     George Sider  :905-384-2041  ~

September Event 2012
Community     Welland
Sponsoring Lodges / Chapter:     Myrtle Lodge No. 337; Merritt Lodge No. 168; Willson Chapter No. 64
Event Date & Time:     Friday, Sept 14th, 2012  ~  4 pm. to 7 pm.
Saturday, Sept 15th, 2012  ~  11 am. to 4 pm.
Sunday, Sept 16th, 2012  ~  11 am. to 4 pm.
Event Location:     Niagara Regional Exhibition 1100 Niagara St. N. Welland
Event Contact:     George Sider  :905-384-2041  ~

The Niagara B District MasonChip events spring / fall of 2011.

June Event 2011
Sponsoring Lodges:     Myrtle No.337
Event Date & Time:     June 4, 2011  ~ 11 am. To 3 pm.
Event Location:     Port Robinson Fire Hall, 7 River Street Port Robinson Ontario
Event Contact:     George Sider  :905-384-2041  ~

September Event 2011
Sponsoring Lodges:     Merritt No. 168, Macnab No. 169, Myrtle No.337, & Willson Chapter No. 64
Event Date & Time:     September 16, 2011  ~  4 pm. To 7 pm.
Event Date & Time:     September 17 & 18 2011  ~  11 am. To 4 pm.
Event Location:     Niagara Regional Fairgrounds (Welland Fair) 1100 Niagara Street, Welland
Event Contact:     George Sider  :905-384-2041  ~

Information wall at booth

The MasoniCh.I.P event held at the Niagara Regional Exhibition over the weekend of September 16-18 was very well received. The official count through the Child identification process was 218 individuals. The support from the Lodges, Volunteers and NRE committee was tremendous and very much appreciated. Thanks go out to all who helped ensure this MasoniCh.I.P. event was a wonderful success.

October Event 2011
Sponsoring Masonic Lodge:     Macnab No. 169
Event Date & Time:     Saturday, October 1st, 2011  ~  10 am to 4 pm.
Event Location:     Port Colborne High School, 211 Elgin Street, Port Colborne, L3K 3K4
Event Contact:     Willi Beifuss  :905-834-7977  ~

MASONICh.I.P Ontario - A sigh of Relief for Ontario Parents What could Masons and the Amber Alert possibly have in common? MASONICh.I.P

No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could happen to them, though nearly 55 children are reported missing to Police in Ontario every day (164 every day in Canada). According to Canada's "Our Missing Children" network and "Ontario Child Find", a current good quality photo is the single most effective tool in locating a missing child. Parents are encouraged to be prepared by assembling their child's photos and vital information ahead of time. Enter MasoniCHIP Ontario (Child Identification Program) - deemed "one of the most comprehensive child recovery and identification programs in the nation" by The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children brought exclusively to Ontario families by dedicated Masons free of charge.

Sponsored by the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario, the MASONICh.I.P Program consists of five major components - digital photographs; digital video; digital fingerprints; vital child information; and a dental bite impression or Intra Oral Swab for DNA. The photographs, video, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a C.D. that is compatible with Amber Alert. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child's biting surface, which, like fingerprints, are unique to each individual and further supplies saliva to provide a DNA sample. Combined, this five part process provides a dramatic, time-sensitive recovery tool for authorities.

Parents are urged to gather pertinent information about their child prior to the event such as, an emergency contact name, address and phone numbers, distinguishing marks and scars, allergies, medications, and parents work, cell, and other phone numbers, and the child's height and weight. Security and privacy are of utmost importance. All information and specimens are collected on site, processed, and provided to the parent or guardian in an envelope along with the sentiment of all the Masonic volunteers - "We hope you never need to use it." After each child is processed, the data is deleted and erased from the computer using state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by MASONICh.I.P Ontario is the signed permission slip.

The Masonic brethren of Ontario, and their volunteers, are pleased to offer this program to our communities free of charge.

For further information on MASONICh.I.P Ontario or future MASONICh.I.P events, please contact:
MASONICh.I.P Ontario Program Director,

Raymond L. Dobbs

Questions ?

The MasoniChip website, has some Frequently Asked Questions. The links below open a new web browser window.

How do I sign up for a Child ID Kit?
When will a MasoniChIP Event be held near me?
What should I bring to an event?
What will I take home from a Child ID Kit session?
How messy is the fingerprinting?
What information do you store about my child?
What does this cost?
Is there some kind of micro-chip implanted into my child?

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