Charles “Charlie” Soren Iversen, Past Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia (1990), ascended to the Celestial Lodge above January 27th, 2018, he was 97-years-old.
A near-lifelong resident of the District Metro Area and a dedicated Freemason, Most Worshipful Brother Iversen will be dearly missed by his family and innumerable friends and brothers.
Charlie was born on December 9, 1920, in Cheshire, Massachusetts. His family moved to Washington DC in 1930 where he enrolled in H.D. Cooke Elementary on 17th Street, NW. After graduating Central High School in 1940, Charlie enrolled in Princeton University, where he graduated in 1943.
Later in 1943, after marrying his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Jeannette DeSale, and enlisting in the Army, Charlie was commissioned as an Field Artillery Officer in the US Army. That same year, he joined the Military Intelligence Service and was shipped to London, England for the start of World War II. He landed on Utah Beach, Normandy with the Army’s 5th Infantry Division in June of 1944, and earned five Battle Stars for his service in the war.
After the war, he remained with Military Intelligence and was assigned as an interpreter to a War Crimes Investigation Team in Bavaria where he investigated murders committed by enemy combatants and civilians during the war.
Charlie returned to the United States in November 1945, and while in reserve, attained a Juris Doctorate and an L.L.B. from Georgetown University. He served as a Judge Advocate until 1950, when he resigned his commission and moved into private practice.
Brother Iversen was raised a Master Mason in Benjamin B. French Lodge No. 15 in Georgetown, on November 29, 1948, and served as Master of that Lodge in 1969. Most Worshipful Brother Iversen was elected and installed as the 146th Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia in December of 1990 and served his one-year term with great honor. In 1998, he was awarded the Valentine Reintzel Medal for Meritorious Service to the Grand Lodge. And in 2001, a window at the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA was dedicated to him. He received his 50 Year membership lapel pin in 1998, 60 Year membership lapel pin in 2008 and 70 Year membership lapel pin this year.
Most Worshipful Brother Iversen was a member and leader of dozens of other Masonic organizations and bodies, including the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, the Grotto and the Order of the Eastern Star. He was also an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Rotary International and several clubs in the DC area. He traveled the world as a leader in many of these organizations and touched the lives of countless men and women with his generosity, keen intelligence and sharp wit.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Eleanor in 2015. He is survived by his daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He will be forever loved and missed in the fraternity of Freemasons for his singular dedication and wise leadership. Most importantly, though, was his mentorship of countless young Masons that he encountered over his many years of service to the Craft.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Charles S. Iversen's name to the Masonic Foundation of DC. http://www.dcmasonicfoundation.org/
At their Annual Communication last month, the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia bestowed Honorary Membership in their Grand Lodge to Most Worshipful Brother Roman Volsky, Past Grand Master of the District of Columbia. This is a great honor that has only been bestowed twice before in the history of the DC Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
Most Worshipful Brother Volsky worked alongside his counterpart last year, Most Worshipful Brother Phillip David, DC Prince Hall Grand Master, to fund a historic joint-scholarship fund at the University of the District of Columbia. The huge gift, $400,000, was designed specifically to support scholarships for students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and African American students from the District of Columbia. They will also provide emergency funds for students with critical and immediate financial needs.
They celebrated the finalization of this cooperative gift together at a joint event on the campus of the University last October, which drew nearly 400 Masons from around the district. (Click here to see photos and learn more about the event.)
In the name of Most Worshipful Brother Charles S. Iversen, the DC Masonic Family (the Masonic Foundation, Masonic and Eastern Star Homes, and the Scottish Rite Foundation of DC) came together today and presented a check for $30,000 to H.D. Cooke Elementary School towards the purchase of new computers for their school.
Charles graduated from H.D. Cooke in 1932. We all know that Charles went on to do fantastic things, Princeton, WWII veteran, and Georgetown Law School. Masonicly, he is not only a member of almost any Masonic body you can think of, he’s probably been the head of it at some time, as well. That includes being the Grand Master of Masons in the District of Columbia in 1990.
It was with this in mind, that our three main Masonic foundations got together to make a gift to his first alma mater in the city. And thanks to the generosity of our foundations, the students at H.D. Cooke will soon have access to brand new computers – an absolute necessity today, the way pencils and paper were a necessity not long ago.
Grand Master Volsky Invites Grand Masters of Georgia and Tennessee to Washington, DC for Masonic Day of Thanksgiving
On August 21, D.C. Public Schools welcomed back almost 50,000 students across 115 different school campuses. Students arrived to find their classrooms and schools sparkling clean and ready to go thanks to the efforts of parents, teachers, administrators and community volunteers, including the D.C. Masons.
William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 partnered with School Without Walls at Francis Stevens in the West End neighborhood for the fourth year in a row. The lodge allocates money from its charity budget to provide for something new for the school to help them in their academic mission. In years past this has included bulletin boards, book cases, storage cabinets and some picnic tables.
This year, Worshipful Master Adam Tager, working with the school, purchased a dozen picnic tables. Under the leadership of Senior Steward Graham Keithley, Masons from Singleton Lodge and several friends of the lodge constructed these tables on Saturday August 20th. Now, two whole classes can now go out and enjoy the weather. This is also an added benefit for the community. On the weekend, the park is used by community members and now provides them a place to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. During the George Washington University's Day of service in September these picnic tables will be painted in delightful colors to become an even nicer amenity to the school community.
St. John's Lodge #11 partnered with Hands on DC and the faculty and staff at Ketcham Elementary School to spruce up the landscape, clean up the real school garden, and organize a number of different parts of the school.
Hands on DC is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the learning environment in DC public schools. Hands on DC works on community engagement with public schools and supports scholarships for local DCPS students.
St. John’s has already renewed their commitment to assist Hands on DC to assist with next year’s Back To School efforts.
On March 12, 2016 a new chapter in the history of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia was begun with the formal installation of the officers of AU Lodge, UD (Under Dispensation).
This new lodge is composed of brothers who have an affiliation and affinity for American University. Members of the new lodge include current students, alumni, faculty, staff, advisory board members and their relatives. Throughout the United States, more and more Grand Lodges are seeing lodges whose membership has a university affinity, such as, Harvard Lodge, Boston University Lodge, Patriot Lodge affiliated with George Mason University, and The Colonial Lodge affiliated with The George Washington University.
Installed as Worshipful Master was W. Br. Perry Blatstein; as Senior Warden: Br. Adam Tager; as Junior Warden: Dustin Rawlins; as Secretary: Peter Brusoe; and Jesse Ouellette as Treasurer. The Installation was held at the DC Scottish Rite using lodge furniture generously loaned by Albert Pike Lodge, No. 33. The installation was presided over by RW Br. Richard J. Bautista, Senior Grand Warden and was assisted by RW Br. Christopher K. Mahaney, Grand Lecturer.
Following the installation MW Br. Leonard Proden, PGM in his role as Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Scottish Rite, presented a very generous check to the lodge to support the Matthew C Shlonsky Memorial Fund established at American University's School of International Service. (Shlonsky was an AU alumni and a friend of several AU Lodge members. He was tragically killed while standing in front of a Metro station last August.)
The 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 MASONIC FAMILY PICNIC
GLEN ECHO PARK
7300 MACARTHUR BLVD, GLEN ECHO, MD 20812 ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
FUN BEGINS AT 12 P.M. – RAIN OR SHINE FOOD SERVED FROM 1 PM TO 3 PM
COME AND ENJOY LOTS OF FOOD AND BEVERAGES – ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK!
LIVE BAND MUSIC - DANCE 'TILL YOU DROP (OR UNTIL 5 P.M., WHICHEVER COMES FIRST...)
FUN, CLOWNS, AND CAROUSEL RIDES FOR KIDS AND GROWN-UPS - ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL!
The picnic is sponsored by the DC Scottish Rite, Almas Shriners, and MESH of DC.
- The Event is Free to all -
TO BE READ ALOUD IN EVERY CONSTITUENT LODGE AT THE FIRST COMMUNICATION AFTER ITS RECEIPT
AND BE FILED BY THE LODGE SECRETARY FOR READY REFERENCE
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.
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.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
S & F,
Morgan P. Corr
The Colonial Lodge, No. 1821