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SUMMARY OF THE TRANSACTIONS OF 2013 ANNUAL COMMUNICATION
OF THE GRAND LODGE, F.A.A.M., OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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.
TRANSACTIONS TO DATE
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.