Meet the “Washington DC Masonic Hospitality Committee”, a new Grand Lodge initiative that has the potential to become an interesting and exciting way to combine the vast amount of tourist traffic to Washington DC with our Masonic principles. And we are seeking volunteers!
In a nutshell, the purpose of this Committee is to offer a welcoming service that seeks to match up a DC Mason with an individual or family coming to Washington DC who may be interested in learning more about the Masonic sights in our Nation’s Capital.
The ultimate goal of this endeavor is to develop personal relationships – the bedrock of our Craft – that will enrich both the visitor and our DC Mason guides.
- Our primary focus and expertise will be on Masonic and Masonic-related venues.
- A local Masonic Host would provide a sense of comfort and extend warm hospitality to Masonic visitors to the Washington Metropolitan Area.
- An additional benefit would be that our Masonic Host will be able to provide our visitors with information and directions on how to visit our Lodges while in DC.
The initial thought is that this type of service would be most appropriate for retired Masons in our jurisdiction who have the time to dedicate to the required education and execution of this concept, but the Committee will welcome assistance and ideas from all interested Masons. Let me give you a brief example of what this might look like, using an experience I’ve had in the area:
There is a small house located near Culpeper, VA called “The Graffiti House”. It is a very interesting Civil War-era home that contains rooms full of graffiti left by soldiers of both the Union and Confederate armies from 1861 to 1865.
I’ve visited this private historic site three times. On each occasion, I had a different volunteer tour guide who had their own script and stories. Initially, I thought this was the result of poor organization, but later came to realize that each time I learned something unique about the rooms from an enthusiastic and passionate guide. The Graffiti House tour guides do their own research and they develop their own areas of expertise and interest.
This is the model that I hope our Washington DC Masonic Hospitality Committee can follow. Each Masonic Host will have a general set of guidelines as set forth by the Committee, but he will be free to develop his own program based upon his interests.
Our Washington DC Masonic Hospitality Committee is chaired by WB George Perez, and it includes approximately six additional brethren. If you are interested in joining the Committee as a Hospitality Guide, please contact WB Perez, the Office of the Grand Secretary, or look for the link here on our website. (coming soon!).
Our goal is to have this Fraternal service in place by the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival, to address the flood of visitors who come to DC. So, if you have the time and interest, this is a great way to improve your knowledge of our city, meet wonderful people, and help spread the cement of brotherly love!