<![CDATA[Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia - News]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:49:32 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[THE MASONIC FAMILY PICNIC]]>Wed, 16 Sep 2015 14:05:24 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/the-masonic-family-picnic1The Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia invites all Freemasons of this jurisdiction to come with their families to join us for an afternoon of fun, food, drinks, clowns and music at...








The picnic is sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite, Almas Shriners, and MESH of DC.

- The Event is Free to all -
<![CDATA[Summary of actions taken at 2013 Annual Communication]]>Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:40:26 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/summary-of-actions-taken-at-2013-annual-communicationTO BE READ ALOUD IN EVERY CONSTITUENT LODGE AT THE FIRST COMMUNICATION AFTER ITS RECEIPT


The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia was convened at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, at the Scottish Rite Center , 2800 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.


The Grand Secretary announced that the records of the transactions of the Semi-Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge on May 8th, 2013, both in summary and in full, were completed and made available by direct mailing and posted on the website.


Reports requiring the attention and or action of the Grand Lodge were presented as follows:

Credentials Committee: Reported that a quorum existed permitting the Grand Lodge to conduct business. Attendance was as follows: Lodges represented: 37, Lodges not represented: 2; Grand Lodge Officers: 17; Past Grand Masters: 15; Past Masters: 64; Worshipful Masters or their proxies: 32; Senior and Junior Wardens or their proxies: 55; and 13 non-voting Master Masons, total attendance:  196  

Bylaws Committee: Recommended granting approval to proposed amendments to the current bylaws of: Wm. R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7, St. John’s Lodge No. 11, Anacostia Lodge No. 21, Albert Pike Lodge No. 33, and the Lodge of the Nine Muses No. 1776. It was also recommended that proposed amendments requested by Washington Daylight Lodge No. 14 be allowed provisionally until their final approval at the Semi – Annual Communication in May, 2014.

Action: Approved

Budget and Cash Flow Committee: 2014 Budget was submitted. Action: Approved

Committee on Masonic Recognition and Fraternal Relations: Recommended recognition of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland.

Action: Approved

Committee on Jurisprudence: recommended approval of the 15 dispensations issued by the Grand Master, including one to allow formation of a new Lodge, L’ Haitienne, U.D. Action: Approved

Other Reports: Reports of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge Trustees and the following committees or entities were received: Accounts and Audits, Scholarship, Library and Museum, Planning, Unfinished Business, Masonic Day of Thanksgiving and Remembrance, Community Outreach, July 4th Community Activities, Festivities, Youth, and St. John’s Mite Association.

No actions were required.


The Grand Master awarded the Valentine Reintzel Medal for Meritorious Service to WB Daniel D. Darko (1798), WB Peter D. Galitzin (33) and MWB Roggy Kossi Paass, Grand Master, Grande Loge Nationale Togolaise.


There were no legislative actions


2013 Budget Amendment: Requested by the Grand Master to extend life and health insurance for dependents of the staff of the Office of the Grand Secretary ($7,200) and partial expenditure for the repair work at the Grand Lodge Headquarter Building ($102,000).

Action: Approved

Union Lodge U.D. Petition for Charter: Based on the positive recommendation of the Oversight Committee with a new designation of Union Lodge No. 6.

Action: Approved

Emeritus Titles:  The Grand Lodge voted to accord the title of Grand Secretary Emeritus upon the retiring Grand Secretary, Mansour Hatefi, PGM and the title of Grand Treasurer Emeritus on the retiring Grand Treasurer, Paul D. Gleason, PGM, respectively.

Action: Approved


Grand Lodge Officers elected are as follows: James T. Feezell (54): Grand Master; Jeffrey D. Russell (5): Deputy Grand Master; Kenneth D. Fuller (7): Senior Grand Warden; Roman Volsky (15): Junior Grand Warden; Joseph S. Crociata (15): Grand Secretary; George J. Stoklas, Jr. (7): Grand Treasurer; Richard M. Bautista (33): Senior Grand Deacon; Charbel T. Fahed (3): Junior Grand Deacon; Michael D. Nicholas, Sr. (19): Senior Grand Steward; Alan D. Gordon (32): Junior Grand Steward.

William F. Harvey (7) was re-elected to serve as Grand Lodge Trustee for another three (3) year term (2014-2016).

Christopher K. Mahaney (23) was elected to receive the Distinguished Service Medal of the Grand Lodge.

Kenneth D. Fuller (7) and Nicholas A. Robischon (54) were elected as Grand Lodge Representatives to MESH Charities, Inc. for a three (3) year term (2014 -2016)


It was announced that the Third Communication of the Grand Lodge will convene at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14th, 2013, in the Lodge Room of the Scottish Rite Center, 2800 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., followed by the Installation of the Grand Lodge Officers.

The 2014 Semi-Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th, at the Scottish Rite Center. The full report of the transactions of this Annual Communication will be included in the 2013 Proceedings of the Grand Lodge.]]>
<![CDATA[The Colonial Challenge]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:27:10 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/the-colonial-challengeBrethren,

On behalf of The Colonial Lodge, No. 1821 I hereby issue a challenge to you, your lodge, and your "Muggle" (non-Mason) friends to participate in the first-annual Colonial Challenge on June 15.

The Challenge is a team-based competition that includes a scavenger hunt, trivia competition, and a reception at the House of the Temple. 

Teams compete in the fraternal (on behalf of a lodge) or open divisions. Prizes will include trophies/medallions, bragging rights, gift certificates, and the labor of Colonial Lodge brothers at your next meeting or event.

The day begins with the scavenger hunt across DC. Teams are given metro cards and picture clues/tasks to complete (e.g.: can you get a stranger to do a cartwheel? get a picture with a uniformed Marine?)  in a limited amount of time. The second half of the challenge is a trivia competition at the House of the Temple. The winners will be 'crowned' at the reception following trivia.

Those who do not wish to compete but want to participate may join us at the House of the Temple to watch the trivia and celebrate/heckle the victors. Separate registration required.

Why should you/your lodge participate?

The Challenge is intra-fraternal, as well as a great lodge-building activity. We recommend pairing some of your newer members with some of your older members to help them get to know one another in a way not often presented through regular communications. Also, many of our members will be in attendance and we are always happy to meet other masons and their friends.

Logistical Details:

·  June 15th, starting at Noon

·  Teams of 2 (lodges are encouraged to register more than one team)

·  Non-Masons/"Muggles" are also welcome and encouraged to participate!

·  $99 entry fee includes all supplies for the challenge and the after party

·  $10 off for every team you refer that signs up

·  $30 for those who only wish to attend trivia/reception but not compete.

If you want to learn more:

All the details for the challenge are available at http://www.thecoloniallodge.org/challenge. If you still have additional questions, please reach out to Tyler Coffey, our Junior Warden who is in charge of the event at tyler@tylercoffey.com.

S & F,
Morgan P. Corr
Worshipful Master
The Colonial Lodge, No. 1821
<![CDATA[Hands on DC 2013]]>Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:11:56 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/hands-on-dc-2013Greetings Brethren,

This year’s Hands on DC work-a-thon will take place on two dates: May 4 and May 18. During the work-a-thon, more than 2,000 volunteers will spend the day working to create a better learning environment at one of about 40 DC public schools.  Projects are available for every skill level and typically include painting, cleaning, and landscaping.

The Freemasons of the Nation’s Capital team is recruiting volunteers for to help on either or both workdays.

Work-A-Thon Day 1 – May 4

Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Street Parking Available, Union Station is the closest Metro stop.

­Work-A-Thon Day 2 – May 18

Garfield Elementary School, 2435 Alabama Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20020
Street Parking Available, Limited on-site parking

You can volunteer for this service project by visiting the “Freemasons of the Nation’s Capital” team recruiting site at http://www.firstgiving.com/handsondc.  Select the event for which you would like to register (the May 4 and May 18 events are listed as separate events). As you complete the online registration form, you will be asked to “Join a Team.” Select the Freemasons team for your intended volunteer date. To volunteer on both days, you will be asked to register twice.

If you have any difficulty with online registration, please contact me at Dustin.Rawlins@SingletonLodge.com. Please include the names, ages, and Lodge affiliation of your attendees and I can add them manually.

This is an open event, so please encourage your family and friends to come out for one day to refurbish the District’s public schools, get some exercise, and witness an excellent example DC Freemasonry in action.

Once you join the team, you will receive periodic updates via e-mail that will provide instructions regarding the day’s schedule, reporting times, school assignments, and metro/parking instructions.  The day usually begins around 8:30 A.M.; breaks for lunch around Noon, and work/clean up conclude around 3:30 P.M.

Recommended dress for the Work-a-thon should be “work” clothes such as sturdy and comfortable shoes, jeans or long pants, and so on.  Work gloves will be provided to all volunteers at no cost.

Please sign up today to join your fellow Brothers, family and friends in this important endeavor.

For any questions, please contact Brother Dustin Rawlins at Dustin.Rawlins@SingletonLodge.com.

<![CDATA[The Level and the Square]]>Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:55:01 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/the-level-and-the-squareDear Brethren, Many have expressed themselves on our simple and most basic tenets - I particularly enjoyed the reflections hereafter, and am most pleased to share them with you to refresh some of our earliest impressions upon joining our Brotherhood - Max Ullmann, PM

The Masonic poet, Robert Morris, has given us, as from a perennial fountain, more than three hundred effusions in form of odes and poems; but none wear so well with old admirers, none secure so speedily the favor of the newly-initiate, as his conception of August, 1854, which has "gone out through all the earth" under the name of The Level and the Square. It is the Masonic song of the age, tending to the immortal. Eighteen years since, Brother George Oliver, D.D., eminent above all others in English Masonry, and the Masonic writer for all time, said of this piece: "brother Morris has composed many fervent, eloquent and highly-poetic compositions - songs that will not die, but in The Level and the Square he has breathed out his depths of feeling, fervency and pathos with brilliancy and vigor of language, and expressed his faith in the immortal life beyond the grave."

We meet upon the LEVEL and we part upon the SQUARE: What words sublimely beautiful those words Masonic are! Come, let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought; On the very walls of Masonry the sentiment is wrought.

We meet upon the LEVEL; though from every, station come. The rich man from his mansion and the laborer from his home; For the rich must leave his princely state outside the Mason's door, While the laborer feels himself a man upon the Checkered Floor.

We act upon the Plumb, 'tis the order of the GUIDE; We walk upright in virtue's way, and lean to neither side; The ALL-SEEING EYE that leads our hearts will bear us witness true That we still try to honor GOD and give each man his due.

We part upon the SQUARE, for the world must have its due; We mingle in the haunts of men, but keep our manhood true; But the influence of our gatherings is always fresh and green, And we long, upon the LEVEL, to renew the happy scene.

There's a world where all are equal, we are hurrying toward it fast: We shall meet upon the LEVEL there, when the gates of death are past. We shall stand before THE ORIENT, and THE MASTER will be there, Our works to try, our lives to prove, by His unerring SQUARE.

We shall meet upon the LEVEL there, but nevermore depart: There's a MANSION, bright and glorious, set for the "pure in heart": There's a MANSION and a welcome, and a multitude is there Who in this world of sloth and sin did act upon the SQUARE.

Let us meet upon the LEVEL, then, while laboring patient here: Let us meet and let us labor, though the labor is severe. Already in the western sky the signs bid us prepare To gather up our WORKING-TOOLS and part upon the SQUARE.

Hands round, ye Royal Brotherhood, close in the Golden Chain: We part upon the SQUARE below, to meet in Heaven again. Each link that has been broken here shall be united there, And none be lost around the THRONE who've acted on the SQUARE.

Periodically published in Masonic journals, quoted in a thousand orations, seen in fragments in innumerable epitaphs, musically wedded to sixteen airs, declaimed by traveling performers, and embodied in many "Gems of Reading," this effusion deserves best of all to herald our sketch of The Well Spent Life.
<![CDATA[Is it Time Yet for Stewardship?]]>Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:44:46 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/is-it-time-yet-for-stewardshipIs It Time Yet for Stewardship?
by James T. Feezell, PM
Deputy Grand Master

I've often thought we Freemasons have given short shrift to our Stewards.  Historically, a Steward was an officer of authority and great responsibility, think the British Lord High Steward, or Tolkien's Stewards of Gondor.  Somewhere along the way, Stewards took a low path from right hand of the monarch to sommeliers and inflight wait staff.  The lodge Steward, nowadays, often appears relegated to the role of mere Masonic gopher, shuttling candidates within the lodge, and food and refreshment without.  In those lodges with real, installed Stewards, and not just Stewards du jour for a particular conferral, or an empty chair with the collar and jewel draped over the back, the office is more often simply a first dues-paying step on that path to pillar officer, Wardens and Master, where the "real" glamour and power are found, where "the magic happens".  I think it's an unfortunate evolution of the office and its importance; Stewardship may be our greatest responsibility to the Craft and responsible Stewardship our greatest contribution.

It appears to me now may be the time to focus on Stewardship, in the sense of responsible planning and management of our Craft, particularly Freemasonry in the District of Columbia.  Collectively, we've enjoyed a helluva decade.  Since 2003, we've basked in the media spotlight of Messrs. Brown's and Hanks's explorations of our myriad plots and conspiracies (mostly imagined), as well as Nick Cage's of our vast, hidden holdings of precious gems and metals (sadly, also imagined).  In 2011, we celebrated our 200th anniversary, with the attendant fanfare, celebrations, and congratulatory commemorative medallions and breast jewels.  In 2012, we raised our Bic lighters and called the band back for an encore to celebrate the first year of our third century.  In the past decade, we've commissioned art exhibits, hosted international conferences, founded Grand Lodges across the globe, chartered our annual constituent lodge and minted our annual Honorary Past Senior Grand Warden or Grand Emeritus, twinned ourselves nigh unto exhaustion, and even planted our Grand Lodge banner on distant soils.  All pretty impressive for four thousand and some members of our modest planned city of 68 square miles.

Still, we are Free Masons, emulating the operative designers, planners, and builders who founded the Craft, not the bed sheet-clad, perennial revelers of the Faber chapter of Delta Tau Chi.  It appears to me it may be time to nudge our brother in the South to set down his column already, roll up our sleeves, and set our collective attention to the business of laying a solid and sustainable foundation for the coming century.  A survey of our lodges, constituent, as well as Grand, and their accounts, suggests to me we may be well served by some candid assessment of the State of the Jurisdiction.   

The organization that supports and embodies our ancient and gentle Craft may want for some repointing.  For cautionary examples of extended hiatus of Stewardship in our Craft, we need not look so far as the "recent unpleasantness" across the Atlantic.  Some of the "aggressive" measures our sister jurisdictions have implemented at the corner of Waning Membership and Waxing Overhead ought suffice.

It appears to me the Grand Lodge, the Masters, Wardens, Past Masters, and Past Grand Masters of the jurisdiction, would do well to begin a frank discussion about where we are today, including ritually, operationally, and financially, and how that compares not only to the vision of the Founders of our Grand Lodge, but also our potential as a model of excellence, both in our community and in the Masonic fraternity.  Are we, collectively, building and improving, or coasting and depleting?  How to close the gaps between our current state and our aspirational?  What actions would the responsible Steward undertake?

Reveling in the vineyards makes for a pleasant respite, but it is the quarries and the temple where the great works are built and the great builders are cultivated.  Let's undertake the assessment and labor that need be done to place our lodges and our jurisdiction on a firm footing for our tercentennial.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or comments, please contact me at  jt@feezell.com.   The Grand Master's and my door, phone, and inbox are always open to ideas for the good of Masonry, as well as offers to help labor in their implementation.

<![CDATA[Free Youth Skate]]>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:36:36 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/february-11th-2013
<![CDATA[Four Steps to Make the Holiday Charity Successful]]>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:00:10 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/four-steps-to-make-the-holiday-charity-successfulBrethren, our Grand Lodge Charity effort culminates in one week!

As a reminder here are the steps:

1. Think - Sit down and give some thought to a mentor in your life when you were a child.  Reflect on someone who made that difference in your life, and whose help eventually led you to the point where you knelt at the Masonic altar.  With that person in mind, purchase a new toy and a coat for a child as a donation.

2. Act - Write a brief note to that person, expressing your thanks.  Use the Grand Lodge stationery that has been provided to each Worshipful Master.  The note can be something as simple as, "Thanks to you and what you meant to me as a child, another child is enjoying a new toy and a new coat this holiday season..."

3. Share - Share the experience and story with your loved ones.  This is the step that distinguishes us as Masons.  Use your experience as a child to inspire your own loved ones.  Children, in particular, can benefit from this storytelling.

4. Collect - Deliver the new (unwrapped) toy and child's coat to the Grand Lodge building, prior to 5 December.  Most Lodges are organizing the collection effort within their Lodge and then delivering the donations as a group to the Grand Lodge.

The final "act" of our charity effort is a presentation of the donated items to the selected charities at our Grand Lodge Annual Banquet on Friday, December 7.

The Marine Corps "Toys For Tots" will be there to accept the toys, and "Safe Shores" ( a shelter for women and children in Washington DC) will receive the coats.

Our hope is to line a wall in the banquet hall with a display of coats and toys.

If you cannot drop off your items at the Grand Lodge Office, you CAN bring your toy and coat to the Grand Lodge Banquet on December 7th.

Thank you for your help and support of this project.  Especially when consumed with our own Thanksgiving Holiday joy and activities, it is a challenge to devote time to this special effort.

Please share this message with your Lodge brethren and gather the toys and coats at our Grand Lodge.  We have a small committee of dedicated Masons who will move the items to the Renaissance Hotel on the afternoon of 7 Dec.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mike Nicholas, PM
Grand Marshal
<![CDATA[Summary of Actions Taken at the 2012 Annual Communication]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:16:42 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/summary-of-actions-taken-at-the-2012-annual-communicationA SYNOPSIS OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2012 ANNUAL COMMUNICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE, F.A.A.M., OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
November 17, 2012

Most Worshipful Brother Joseph S. Crociata, Grand Master opened the 202nd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia at the Scottish Rite Center in Washington, D.C., at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012.


All of the constituent Lodges, with the exception of one, were represented. 31 Grand Lodge officers, 15 Past Grand Masters, 66 Past Masters, 29 Worshipful Masters or their Proxies, 30 Senior Wardens or their Proxies, 28 Junior Wardens or their Proxies and 10 non-voting Master Masons were in attendance for a total of 209.


Reports requiring the attention and or action of the Grand Lodge were presented as follows:

Report of the Grand Master was received as read and referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence for review.

Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Lecturer presented their several reports in summary form and committee reports, as reflected in the Report Book, were also received.

Membership Statistics:

During 2012 Masonic year there were 40 degree conferring and 2 special lodges operating under the Grand Lodge. 147 Master Masons were raised, 80 affiliated and 16 reinstated, for a total gain of 243. There were 40 withdrawals / transfers, 61 dropped for non-payment of dues, 0 suspended / expelled and 120 passed away for a total loss of 229, resulting in a net gain of 14, leaving a net total membership of 4438 (4,100 men), as of October 1, 2012.

Awards and Presentations:

WB Leslie J. Munro, PM, Potomac Lodge No. 5, was presented with the Grand Lodge Gold Fidelity Medal, at the age of 100.

The Grand Master presented the Valentine Reintzel Medal for Meritorious Service to WB E. J. Whitcomb (35) and RW Bros. Roman Volsky (15), and J. David Moses Rozsa (33) for their services to the Fraternity.

RWB Sheldon I. Rappeport, PM, Grand Lecturer Emeritus, was elected to receive the Distinguished Service Award, and The Honorable David Bryan Sentelle, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was elected to receive the Grand Lodge Medal of Freedom at the Third Communication.


15 proposals to make changes to the Grand Lodge Code, as published in the CALL and distributed to the membership 60 days prior to the Annual Communication, came before the Grand Lodge:

Proposal No. 1: To add a requirement to SEC. 68 that at least seven petitioners for a new Lodge must already be members of other lodges in this jurisdiction: Passed

Proposal No. 2:  To codify Miscellaneous Decision 50 as a new Code section and add a substantive change to permit lodge minutes and the names of petitioners or candidates to be communicated to members via means that engender reasonable privacy: Defeated

Proposal No. 3:  To incorporate Decisions 1,3, 4, 6-14, and 18; restructure for clarity; delete content that is addressed in Proposal No. 2 regarding communication methods; change the minimum proficiency standards from merely requiring the penalty of obligation to requiring the entire obligation: Withdrawn

Proposal No. 4: To codify Decisions 1-4 of SEC. 109 by deleting SEC. 109 and re-writing it in its entirety: Passed

Proposal No. 5: To modify SEC. 112 by eliminating the reference to a requirement for twelve months of residence, to make SEC. 112 consistent with SEC. 110 regarding residency and to archive Decision 1 to that Section: Passed as amended

Proposal No. 6: To codify Decisions 1 and 3 into SEC. 113: Passed as amended

Proposal No. 7: To amend Sec. 7 (c) by adding Past elected Grand Lecturers, Deacons, and Stewards to the list of voting members of Grand Lodge, allowing all such officers to cast a single collective vote for each class: Passed

Proposal No. 8: To re-write SEC. 83, incorporating Standing Resolution 21 into the Section and adding several new requirements: Withdrawn

Proposal No. 9: To add a new Section to the Code that would limit simultaneous service as a pillar officer to more than one Lodge: Defeated

Proposal No. 10: To establish time limits for updating the Masonic Code: Passed as amended

Proposal No. 11: To institute and implement a mandatory criminal background check applicable to every petitioner: Withdrawn

Proposal No. 12: To amend SEC. 63 to increase the fees for issuing dispensation for creating new Lodges: Passed

Proposal No. 13: To amend Sec. 64 to increase the fee for issuing a new Lodge charter: Passed

Proposal No. 14: To amend SEC. 101 to increase the fee for conferring the degrees upon a petitioner in our constituent Lodges and to also codify Decision 1 to SEC. 110: Passed

Proposal No. 49: (a hold-over from Special and Semi-Annual Communications of 2012): To codify Miscellaneous Decisions 41 & 45 as a new Code Section: Passed

The Grand Lodge also approved Phase 3 of the Code Revision plan to reorganize the Code into a Topical Blueprint that is much easier to navigate, and placing the original sections of the Code, modified by the Grand Lodge in 2012, in an Appendix of Historical Reference for the purposes of reference and context.

Other Actions Taken by the Grand Lodge:

Approved the 2013 Budget as amended.

Approved the printing of the updated Grand Lodge Cipher.

Adopted the recommendations of the By-Laws Committee to approve the revised By-Laws of William R. Singleton – Hope – Lebanon Lodge No. 7, Harmony Lodge No. 17, Alianza Fraternal Americana Lodge No. 92, and Italia Lodge No. 2001.

Approved the recommendations of the Committee on Recognition and Fraternal Relations to grant recognition to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Delaware, and the following Grand Lodges in Brazil:

Grande Oriente do Rio Grande do Sul - Gorgs (established 1893), Grande Oriente do Estado de Mato Grosso (established in 1972), Grande Oriente Paulista (established in 1973).

Approved appointment of representatives of the Grand Lodge to MESH as nominated by the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master.

Grand Lodge Officers Elected:

The following were elected to serve as Grand Lodge Officers for the year 2013, and are to be installed at the Third Communication of the Grand Lodge on Saturday, December 8th, 2012:

Teko A. Foly (15) …………………………………………………………………………….Grand Master
James T. Feezell (54) ……………………………………………………………Deputy Grand Master
Jeffrey D. Russell (5) ……………………………………………………………Senior Grand Warden
Kenneth D. Fuller (7) ……………………………………………………………Junior Grand Warden
Mansour Hatefi, PGM (5) ………………………………………………………………Grand Secretary
Paul D. Gleason, PGM (47) ……………………………………………………………Grand Treasurer
Christopher H. Mahaney (23) ……………………………………………………  …Grand Lecturer
Roman Volsky (15) ………………………………………………………………Senior Grand Deacon
David Han (10) ……………………………………………………………………Junior Grand Deacon
Charbel T. Fahed (3) …………………………………………………………Senior Grand Steward
Michael D. Nicholas, Sr. (19)………………………………………………..Junior Grand Steward

MWB Theodore M. Kahn, PGM, was re-elected to serve as Grand Lodge Trustee for another three 3- year term (2013-2015).

It was announced that the Annual Grand Lodge Banquet will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m., on December 7th, 2012 at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW, and the Third Communication of the Grand Lodge and the Installation of the 2013 Grand Master and Grand Lodge Officers will take place on Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at the Scottish Rite Center, 2800 16th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The full report of the transactions of the 202nd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge along with the reports presented and or submitted in writing, will be printed in the 2012 Annual Proceedings.
<![CDATA[Grand Lodge Annual Communication]]>Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:16:12 GMThttp://www.dcgrandlodge.org/news/grand-lodge-annual-communicationThe Grand Lodge Communications are of great importance to our fraternity. It affords us the opportunity to gather together, to renew old relationship and foster new ones and most importantly gives us the forum to discuss, debate and shape the future of our Grand Lodge and Freemasonry in this jurisdiction and perhaps influence the Masonic policies and proceeding elsewhere within the fraternity.

The 2012 Annual Communication will convene on Saturday, November 17th, in the Auditorium of the DC Scottish Rite Center, at 10:00 a.m.

Admission will be strictly by valid dues cards and registration for voting members of the Grand Lodge will commence at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium lobby. Only Worshipful Masters, Senior and Junior Wardens, or their proxies, as well as Past Masters will be eligible to vote.

Attendees can anticipate a streamlined morning agenda that is much lighter on ceremony and weighted towards getting down to business.

As in the past years, the morning business session will see the presentation of the reports of the Grand Master, Grand Lodge Officers and Committee reports requiring Grand Lodge attention or action; presentation of Valentine Reintzel Medals, Grand Lodge Gold Fidelity Medal and introduction of the nominees for the Distinguish Service Award, The Freedom Medal and the Humanitarian and Community Service Award, if such are to be awarded; and consideration of the resolutions submitted to the Office of Grand Secretary. The Ballot Box will be declared open before breaking for lunch.

The afternoon business session will feature the election of Grand Lodge officers, one Grand Lodge Trustee, Grand Lodge Representatives to Masonic and Eastern Star Home of D.C. Charities, Inc., and the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, Freedom Medal and Humanitarian and Community Service Award, if such have been nominated in the morning session. Other business will be taken care of while the ballots are counted and tabulated after the closing of the Ballot Box at 2:05 p.m.