Brethren, 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
A 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.
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.
The 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.
Grand Lodge Annual Membership Banquet
The Grand Lodge Membership Banquet will be held on Friday evening, December 7th at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. hotel: Tickets are $75.00 per person [$750.00 for tables of 10 and may be purchased through PayPal (for an additional service charge) or directly from the Office of the Grand Secretary].
Masons, their families and guests are all welcome. Reservation forms mailed to each Lodge Secretary on October 31st must be completed and returned to the Office of the Grand Secretary by November 30th. The Banquet tickets for paid reservations received by November 19th will be mailed to the secretaries for distribution. Tables will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
The Third Communication and the Installation Ceremony
The 3rd Communication of the Grand Lodge will convene Saturday, December 8th, 2012 in the Lodge Room, at the Scottish Rite Center. Master Masons will assemble at 4:45 p.m. and the Grand Lodge will be opened at 5:00 p.m. for a brief business session, namely the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Jurisprudence, and shortly thereafter will move from labor to recess to assemble in the Auditorium for the public portion of the program, open to members, family and friends. The program will include the introduction of the Masonic dignitaries, presentation of the Grand Lodge Distinguished Service Award, Grand Lodge Medal of Freedom, farewell message of the outgoing Grand Master and the installation of the incoming Grand Master and Grand Lodge officers. A sumptuous reception will follow in the Refectory.
The Grand Lodge Fall Charity has been announced. The two chosen charities are the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots”, and the DC Children’s Advocacy Center “Safe Shores” (www.safeshores.org) programs. More information about the goals and intention behind selecting these charities will be forthcoming from your Worshipful Master.
In the meantime, the collection of new, unwrapped toys and new coats can begin. The Worshipful Master of each constituent lodge will supervise collection and delivery of the coats and toys to the Grand Lodge Office drop-off. All items should be delivered to the Grand Lodge office no later than Wednesday, 5 Dec, for presentation at the Annual Grand Lodge Banquet on Friday, December 7.
The point of contact for info and coordination:
WB Mike Nicholas, Grand Marshal, email@example.com
RWB David Han, Senior Grand Steward, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely & fraternally,
Office of the Grand Secretary
The Grand Lodge
Free and Accepted Masons of Washington, DC
5428 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-1811 - telephone
(202) 686-2759 - facsimile
WHEREAS, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia and the constituent Lodges
and appendant bodies owing allegiance thereto have, within the Divine providence of our Heavenly Father, enjoyed
the continued blessings of freedom of life in a society with privileges of thought and action and the opportunity to
promote and practice Brotherhood among men; and
WHEREAS, Brethren of the Masonic fraternity profess a belief in the ever presence of the Supreme Architect of
the Universe and rely upon His great and holy presence for guidance in their daily lives; and
WHEREAS, all Freemasons so dispersed in the District of Columbia should unite and publicly display their
gratitude and thanksgiving for His manifold blessings and mercies;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Joseph S. Crociata, Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, do hereby
proclaim Sunday, October 14, 2012 A.D., 6012 A.L. as the day in this year on which all Freemasons in the District of
Columbia shall gather together in His presence to render unto Almighty God our thanks and praise for all that we
have received at His hands.
BY THIS PROCLAMATION, I hereby request the Worshipful Master, Wardens, Past Masters and other Officers
and Brethren of the several Lodges in this jurisdiction, as well as the Officers and members of the concordant and
appendant bodies, to assemble on that date at the All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC for a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance that will begin promptly at 4:00 P.M. The
attendance of families and friends is also encouraged. Refreshments will be served after the service at the Scottish
Rite Center, 2800 16th Street, N.W.
Dress on this occasion for the Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Masters, and the officers of the Constituent Lodges
will be business suits. Aprons and jewels of office should be worn for this occasion. The officers of the
concordant and appendant bodies are also requested to dress in business suits.
DONE in the City of Washington, the District of Columbia, on this the 24th day of September 6012 A.L.
Joseph S. Crociata
Mansour Hatefi, PGM
Brethren and guests:
Please take note that the Grand Lodge e-mail servers will be down from Thursday, August 9th to Friday, August 10th for maintenance. We will try to minimize the downtime during this upgrade, but if you need to contact the Grand Lodge, please do so via phone, 202.686.1811.
-Grand Lodge IT Committee
Mark your calendars! The Masonic Family Picnic on September 8, 2012 from noon to 5 pm at Glen Echo Park (MacArthur Blvd at Goldsboro Rd).
The Grand Master of Masons for the District of Columbia invites all freemasons of this jurisdiction to come with their families and friends to join us for an afternoon of fun, food, drinks, clowns and music. We have arranged for fun activities for all ages. Entertainment will be provided the band Pocket Change.
Attendance is free. RSVP for this event by visiting the Event Registration page.
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