In 1965 a group of Masons gathered for the purpose of forming an Association, to be called the Westboro Temple Athletic Association. Its objectives were to be the promotion of the spirit of good fellowship and the encouragement of recreational activities amongst its members.
An office was established in the recreation room of the Westboro Masonic Temple, 430 Churchill Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario as a separate non-profit entity. The original membership was made up of masons in good standing: members of Ionic, Acacia, and Temple Lodges who met in the room upstairs. In 1979 Bytown Lodge members were invited to participate, and later on an invitation was sent to members of other area Lodges, membership grew and so did activities.
In the very beginning a space was made available for a Horse-Shoe Pitch on the grounds behind the Temple building. With the growing membership, bowling became very active especially during the winter months (every Thursday night). Two Snooker tables were obtained and donated and that also became a favourite pastime for seniors. Golf during the summer months is still very active - the Association hosts three tournaments utilizing area Golf Clubs, during the months of June, August, and September.
These tournaments are regarded as ‘Fun Days” — limited prizes are offered for various levels or achievement, fraternal fellowship is most amicable and followed by a dinner or barbeque.
The Association membership now is made of members from as far as Mountain, Manotick, Kemptville and Almonte. As these are Fun Days, members are invited to bring a friend to enjoy fraternal fun and fellowship.
A symbolic Golf Director's Gavel is presented to Mr. Larry Craig who has served as Secretary and Golf co-ordinator since 1989. Left to right, Mr. Hunter Reid, Treasurer; Mr. Nick Mahara, Past President; Mr Larry Craig, and Mr. Owen Osborne. The Gavel and the Fellowship in Action banner designed and crafted by Mr. N. Mahara.