225th Anniversary of the Capitol Cornerstone Celebrated
Last night, our Grand Master, Richard J. Bautista, along with members of the Grand Lodges of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and DC (Prince Hall Affiliated) rededicated the cornerstone of the United States Capitol in commemoration of the same ceremony that was originally led by Worshipful Bro. George Washington 225-years ago. The event was televised live on CSPAN. (You can see the broadcast in full here: https://www.c-span.org/video/…)
Along with the rededication, Members of Congress and representatives from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and George Washington’s Mount Vernon spoke, and members of our founding Lodges were in attendance along with Masonic relics associated with George Washington (including the Washington Gavel from Potomac Lodge No. 5 and the bible used at Washington's funeral from Federal Lodge No. 1).
Grand Master's September 2018 Message
Welcome back, Brothers!
The legendary football coach, Lou Holtz, was known for inspiring his players to give their best effort and exceed expectations. As applicable in the board room as on the playing field, the great coach’s numerous axioms and precepts have become the stuff of motivational speeches and Successories posters across the country. There is one which I have come across somewhat frequently, but it’s not trite in the least: “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.”
At the recently-concluded Grand Lodge leadership conference, our rising Masters, Wardens and Deacons received the instruction and inspiration that will help them prepare to take the helms of their respective lodges and build on the achievements of the current year to advance the proverbial ball down the field and score some goals. They are pumped and ready. Are you?
Half-time is over! After a well-deserved summer respite, we now begin the second half, entering the fall season and resuming our Masonic labors. Our calendars, already replete with meetings, degrees, socials, and other events, have booked us on a frenetic scramble through the autumn months to the end of the year. As you begin your own sprint to the goal line, I challenge each of you to reengage with a renewed energy and make every effort to finish what you and your lodge set out to accomplish this year.
As Coach Holtz teaches, let your talents determine what you do. Keep yourself motivated and always maintain a positive attitude. Join with your brethren in working for and toward something greater than yourselves. That, my dear Brethren, is the key to not only winning the game but to securing for yourself true satisfaction and a meaningful reward for your labors.
As always, I leave you with the words of our late brother, Albert Pike: “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Richard J. Bautista, Grand Master
Disaster Relief Request - North Carolina
Most Worshipful Speed Hallman, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina has
requested the Masonic Service Association of North America to issue a Disaster Relief Appeal.
Hurricane Florence has produced massive flooding across the state. The Grand Lodge is aiding and
assisting their Brothers, their families, and their communities in providing aid and assistance.
Further information will be made at www.msana.com/msappeals.asp as available. Please keep up
to date at MSA's website as well as MSA's Facebook Page and Facebook Group. This link can also
be added to websites to direct donations through MSA.
Particular information and photos can be sent to MSA at email@example.com
Donations can be made online at www.msana.com.
Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help in this stricken jurisdiction to MSA.
Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE
280, Burtonsville, MD 20866. When remitting by check, please clearly mark that you wish the funds to
go to the North Carolina Disaster Appeal.
All administrative expenses, bank charges, bookkeeping, and cost of acknowledgment letters is
absorbed by MSA in its operating budget. Your entire donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction.
That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it will continue.
MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Grand Lodge Family Picnic
Come join us at Glen Echo Park on Saturday, September 29 at Noon for Food, Fun, and Fraternity for the whole family!
The Grand Lodge Family Picnic is open to all friends and family, and is free! There will be music, food, beverages, face painting, merry-go-round rides, and much more. Hope to see you there!
In response to recent questions posed to this Grand Lodge on the qualifications and eligibility of men seeking membership in our constituent Lodges, we offer this statement of unwavering principles: Admission to membership in our lodges is extended to men of faith based upon their personal merit and good character, without reference to race, creed, sexual orientation, specific religion or national origin.
The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia dedicates itself to the diversity of the brotherhood of men who practice and study the initiatory rites and deep symbolism of Freemasonry in an effort to make ourselves better men – socially, morally and intellectually. Our Grand Lodge is a society of men who use single-gendered camaraderie and fellowship to provide motivation and drive for self-improvement, especially in the practice of our key aspirations: brotherly love, relief and truth.
The universality of our practice is reflected in the broad range of backgrounds to be found here. Lodges here not only work in English, but in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Farsi, Turkish and Armenian. Our membership hails from every continent and represents every race and creed, as well as a broad range of national origins. Masonic visitors to this international city find unparalleled opportunities to visit a Lodge that reminds them of home – wherever that home may be.
However, the concept of universality is not only an international paradigm. It enjoys equal importance in our welcoming of men whose varied backgrounds and practices in their private and professional lives would normally keep them at a perpetual distance. The diversity of our membership, in terms of race, creed, sexual orientation, specific religion and national origin is thus seen as an asset, rather than a liability. Civility and kindness is the rule for all interaction, thus discussions of politics, religion and business are prohibited in the Lodge room. In this way, we hold that men become brothers by leaving divisions at the door, and taking strength from a shared appreciation of the common aspirations of all men for their own betterment, and for improving themselves through service as respected members of their communities, despite their outward differences.
Our dedication to diversity was not born in Washington, DC. Worldwide Masonic law and practice from the days of Anderson’s Constitutions clearly disfavors the exclusion of men based upon modes of belief, backgrounds or lifestyles that enjoy legal protection in their societies. Therefore, today we say, “Any man can be a D.C. Freemason, but not every man can be one.” And our tradition of over five hundred years of inclusion continues to patiently await those with the imagination, will and energy to dedicate themselves to the elevation of the human race.
Support the Masonic & Eastern Star Homes (MESH) Charity by using Amazon Smile
You can now make contributions to MESH just by making your normal purchases on Amazon.com!
MESH is the charitable organization that is operated by the Masons and Eastern Star members of the District of Columbia. MESH serves our fraternity in many charitable ways, from caring for our elderly, providing humanitarian aid and assisting the charitable organizations within our community. In order to meet our mission's goals, we need to continue to raise funds. The below is just another way our members can help. Almost everybody shops online and uses Amazon.com. Now, when making a purchase, our members, friends and family, can contribute to MESH by shopping on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com).
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
Every quarter,the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to the eligible organization by electronic fund transfer.
Below is the link that will take you to AmazonSmile and identifies you as contributing to MESH, thus saving you the trouble of hunting us down from the many other charitable organizations. If you do have to look us up, we are listed as the "Masonic Eastern Star Charities of the District of Columbia, Inc. (or MESH Charities). Please save the link:
Interested in Masonry?
To learn more about how you can become a Mason in the District of Columbia please visit our Freemasonry section of the website by clicking here.
Third Annual (2018) Carl R. LeVine Grand Lodge Ritual Competition
The Vision & History of DC Freemasonry
Masonic Foundation DC License Plates
You can now show your pride as a DC Freemason with special Masonic Fundation of DC license plates. Click HERE for more info.
Grand Lodge Meetings
2018 VA Hospital Visitations
(date varies by lodge - click link for the list)
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