(Managing Editor of The Voice of Freemasonry / Past Master of The Colonial Lodge No. 1821 and member of Benjamin B. French Lodge No. 15)
The photos above and below are of the near-perfect weather conditions on Saturday, October 21, when approximately 400 Freemasons from the Grand Lodge of DC and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of DC came together on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia to celebrate a historic first – the first cooperative charity initiative by both Grand Lodges. And because it was a big occasion, the gift was appropriately big, too - $400, 000.
The funds are specifically targeted 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.
As part of our Masonic Day of Thanksgiving event this year, the Grand Masters of each Grand Lodge, Most Worshipful Brothers Roman Volsky and Phillip David, consecrated a memorial plaque in the main plaza of the university to celebrate the joint gift.