Our Leadership

Our Potentate – 2019

Illustrious Sir Robert Barrett

Ill Sir Robert Barrett official portrait


ll. Sir Robert Barrett was born in Bishop’s Cove, Conception Bay. He attended St. Francis High school in Harbour Grace as well as Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Engineer and served on both surface destroyers as well as under the sea on our submarines. He also had the privilege of helping people as a police officer in the City Of Halifax.  After retirement he worked in the construction industry and after returning to Newfoundland and Labrador, he was an instructor for Academy Canada as well as a manager for Stone Valley Equipment.

He enjoys the outdoors and spends considerable time on the rivers fishing as well as in the woods hunting. He spends as much time on his boat as he can and looks forward to trips to the cabin with his wife Zana.

He joined the Masonic Order of Freemasons in 1985 in Halifax and his Mother Lodge is Duke Of Kent #121 on the registry of the Grand Lodge Of Nova Scotia where he served two years as Master and  is also a member of Lodge Corner Brook # 11 on the Registry Of the Grand Lodge of Newfoundland and Labrador, He  Is a member of Milley Chapter #2, Royal Arch Masons, is a member of Crossroads Preceptory #80 Knights Templar where he served as eminent Knight, He is also a member of Lodge St. George # 200, St Georges He originally became a Shriner while living in Halifax, and was a member of Philae Temple.

Illustrious Sir Robert Barrett's official Potentate pin.

His pin shows a submarine sitting in the center of two blue backgrounds. The light Blue on the top half depicts our Masonic apron while the darker blue on the bottom, the ocean that we are surrounded by.  The outer gold band holds both the Temple name as well as that of his Lady, Zana.

Robert and his Lady Zana live in Gillams, NL on the beautiful west coast of our province. Robert has two sons, Jackie and Jamie and Zana’s daughter, Hannah. The other members of our family are Bubbles, Bentley and Molly.

Robert and Zana’s slogan for the year is “YES WE CAN”. We are a temple of 10 clubs and with all of us working together, we can make our temple the best that it can be. So “YES WE CAN” really is what we are.

Ill Sir Robert Barrett and Lady Zana

Lady Zana’s pin that she will present to all Ladies at the various clubs is a Ladybug.  She chose the Ladybug because of its meaning. The Ladybug brings delight, happiness and playful spirit. Upon appearing in your presence, the Ladybug brings an instant sense of pure delight. Children squeal with excitement when they see a Ladybug and closely inspect it with big open curious eyes particularly when it lands on them. The Ladybug represents the childlike nature in everyone. It brings luck and abundance wherever it goes. Every child deserves to experience the love, luck and abundant good health that a Ladybug can bring. She has chosen to donate all funds that Clubs give her to the research department of the Shriners Hospital in Montreal. Research is the future of childcare and improvements to the overall health of all we help.