This year, the Conference of Grand Masters of North America (COGMNA) is being held in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Secretary and several other Grand Lodge Officers are there representing the Grand Lodge of DC. They also had a quick break from the conference to do a little sightseeing at Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial! Also below are the group pictures from the main conference of Grand Masters and the Conference of Grand Secretaries.
On February 7, our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Charbel T. Fahed, traveled to William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 to present Worshipful Brother Richard C. Chandler with the Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his work with his son’s Cub Scout pack.
To honor Masons who have gone above and beyond in their service to scouting, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania developed the Daniel Carter Beard Award in 2001, named after one of the founders of the Boy Scouts. Seeing how popular the award was, Boy Scouts of America expanded it to an international award that could be used to honor any Masonic scouting volunteer belonging to a regular Grand Lodge.
A Past Master of Singleton Lodge, Worshipful Brother Chandler has served as Treasurer of his Lodge, led the works and lectures committee, served as Assistant Grand Lecturer on several different occasions, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Singleton Masonic Temple Association. Concurrently, Worshipful Brother Chandler has been there to help his son’s Pack with their camping trip, meetings, activities, and serving as treasurer of the Pack. The award was presented by Most Worshipful Bro. Fahed, Right Worshipful Brother George Stoklas our Grand Treasurer, and Worshipful Bro. Jason Lebowitz, Master of Singleton Lodge No. 7. The award includes a neck medallion, a scouter patch, and a certificate.
This was the first Daniel Carter Beard Award presented in the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in over a decade. Worshipful Brother Chandler joins Worshipful Brothers William Lyons of Potomac Lodge No. 5 and Dale Hamby of Fraternity Lodge No. 54 as recipients in the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.
Singleton Lodge thanks Mr. Donald Kilgore of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America for his work in approving the award, Most Worshipful Brother Jeffrey D. Russell and the office of the Grand Secretary for their work in facilitating the award and Brother Thomas R. Labagh, Past Master and his staff at the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation for running this program.
To learn more about this program visit: https://pmyf.org/scouts/scouting/
The Brethren of Samuel Gompers–Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45 have a long-standing tradition of having a Christmas Eve visitation to the VA Hospital in Washington DC.
We gathered early at the VA Hospital on Sunday, December 23rd and found our Tiler John Garrison along with WB Jerry Bauman. We greeted the Veterans, gathered them for the service, then participated in the service (doing our best to follow the Christmas carols), and then accompanied the Veterans back to the residential area. This year there was a visiting music group who performed at the service, making this year one of the best-attended services the Pastor could remember.
Attending this year’s event along with WB John Garrison, was WB Jerry Bauman, WB Burt Levy, Bro. Hal Henig, Bro. Derek Gould, WB Raymond Horn, WB Michael Greenwald, WB Allen Wright, SD Jeff Greenwald, and WB David Torchinsky. A Special thank you to Brother Jeff Greenwald who organized the event.
Following the event, a number of the Brethren went out to enjoy some more good fellowship at Goldberg’s Bagels.
William “Bill” Charles Miskovic, Past Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia (1986), ascended to the Celestial Lodge Above on November 8th, 2018 in Little River, South Carolina.
Bill was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, where attended public schools and graduated from Stowe High School. Following graduation, he served in the United States Navy with the Seabees. In July 1956, he married the former Ellie Tankosh.
He came to the D.C. area in 1965 to join the Metropolitan Police Department where he served the Fifth District until his retirement in 1988 as a Detective Sergeant. In April 1978, he was officially commended by the Chief of Police for heroism after leading the rescue of 90 senior-citizens during an apartment building fire.
Brother Miskovic was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Anacostia Lodge No. 21 on December 19, 1966. He served as that Lodge’s Master in 1974, and Lodge Trustee from 1975 to 1984.
Illustrious Brother Miskovic was also a 33°, Inspector General Honorary in the D.C. Scottish Rite, where he served as Commander of Robert de Bruce Council of Kadosh in 1984. He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Anacostia-LaFayette Chapter No. 5, advanced to Royal and Select Master in Zabud Council No. 4 and knighted a Templar in Potomac Commandery No. 3. He was a Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Almas Temple and served as its Potentate in 1991.
His many other Masonic affiliations include: Convass B. Dean Memorial Lodge where he served as Master in 1980; Capital Forest No. 104, Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America, where he has served as Trustee; St. Simeon Stylites Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; The Royal Order of Scotland; Maryland Council No. 9, Knight Masons; High Twelve Club No. 576; The National Sojourners; The York Rite College of Maryland; Old Line Council, Allied Masonic Degrees; and Electra Chapter No. 2, Order of the Eastern Star. He also served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of Anacostia Chapter, Order of DeMolay. In 1981 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay.
Most Worshipful Brother Miskovic is survived by his wife, Ellie and their two sons. And he will be remembered forever by the lives he touched as a pillar of his community.
A Masonic funeral ceremony was held November 13 at Lee Funeral Home in Little River, South Carolina.
This memorial was printed in the Washington Post, November 25th, 2018.
The Brethren of the Grand Lodge of the District of Coulmbia, along with our families and friends, gathered in the plaza of the University of the District of Columbia last Saterday to offer our devotions to Deity at our annual Masonic Day of Thanksgiving and Remembrance.
As Freemasons, it is right and proper that we unite at least once per annum to publicly acknowledge the Divine presence and His work and guidance in our daily lives. Gathering to express our faith and allegiance to the Great Architect, we may call Him by different names and we may practice our faith in different ways. And that’s just fine with us. Because the really important thing is that in practicing our respective faiths, we share the common goal of building and improving that Temple within us and assisting our fellow brothers in the building and improvement of theirs. By extension, we truly work together to build a better world.
All photos courtesy of RW Bro. Michael D. Nicholas, Sr., SGW. Arminius Lodge No. 25 is the District's oldest foreign language Lodge (German), founded in 1876.
At their stated meeting last night, LaFayette-Dupont Lodge No. 19, Grand Master Richard J. Bautista and the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia welcomed a large delegation of Masons from various Grand Lodges from Columbia, including Grand Master Jose Guillermo Orozco Alvarez.
Last weekend, leaders from across the jurisdiction came together for the 2018 Leadership Conference, hosted by our Grand Master, Richard J. Bautista and organized by Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro. Charbel T. Fahed.
The Wardens and Deacons of our constituent Lodges were taught lessons in Lodge leadership by a great slate of speakers, including author and Worshipful Bro. Matt Nelson from the Grand Lodge of Utah and Dr. Russell Bishop, managing partner of Bishop & Bishop. Breakout sessions for each office were also held and the assembled brethren shared their Lodge’s success and challenges with each other in a spirit of collaboration and growth.
Finally, Dr. Barbara Saperstone, former provost of Northern Virginia Community College at Annandale and the daughter of our beloved late Past Grand Lecturer, Carl Levine, helped put our work in perspective.
After the conference concluded, the brethren regathered for a large festive board to celebrate the morning’s work. And additional fellowship was shared until late in the evening at the hospitality suite hosted by Justice-Columbia Lodge No. 3.
The Eagle Lodge No. 1893, (an Academic Lodge for men with a connection to American University), is constantly seeking to build and strengthen their relationship with the University community. The Lodge includes AU history presentations in their meetings, partners with campus groups for events, helps plant trees to further beautify the campus, and is active in University Alumni Affairs. In addition, the Lodge donates a portion of each members’ dues to support the work of the American University Library.
The library is a central part of the American University experience, as well as the Washington, DC community. The library supports all the colleges and schools within AU and is part of a consortium of libraries that supports nine DC-area universities., It has a vast array of specialized research librarians that do everything from helping first year students with literature reviews to tracking down texts for senior research professors. The library also hosts several different resources including large poster printers, 3-D printers, and even has hand tools for students to check out.
Recently, Adam Tager, Worshipful Master of The Eagle Lodge, Perry Blatstein, Past Master and Secretary, and Peter W. Brusoe, Senior Warden, presented the Lodge’s 2018 donation to University Librarian Nancy Davenport . A significant matching contribution was also provided by the Masonic & Eastern Star Home Charities (MESH) of the District of Columbia.
After the check presentation, the Lodge members were given a private tour of the ongoing library renovations and the new collaboration spaces being constructed to further student research and engagement.