Junior Grand Warden Candidate Statement: WB John Lawson
How has my Masonic life prepared me for the duties and responsibilities of serving as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington?
Providence placed me in the perfect location to become a successful mason and I owe the brothers in southeast Washington my gratitude. Kennewick lodge, in particular, made a priority of assigning mentors to assist in each degree through proficiency. They offered no shortcuts and kept expectations high.
I was encouraged to work my way through the chairs and took each position including Master of the Lodge in progression. I was asked to oversee the beautification of our lodge which included the raising of funds and organizing work. I participate in Scottish Rite where I became Venerable Master, moderator of Dinner and a Movie education night and currently serve a three year term on the Board of Governance for Early Childhood Development; Shriners as Trustee of Columbia Basin Shrine Club and Marshal of El Katif Divan, Eastern Star as Worthy Patron 5 times and Grand Representative; Amaranth as Royal Patron and Grand Representative twice and chaired the state scholarship auction, Rainbow dad and board member of Tri-city Assembly and received York Rite Degrees.
I received the Hiram Award, the Grand Master’s Achievement award and the Royal Order of Scotland honors for my work in both the community and Lodge. I served MWGM Sam Roberts as Grand Standard Bearer, served MWGM Don Monk on numerous committees as needed and last year served MWGM Jim Mendoza as Grand Chaplain. These opportunities for mentorship as well as creating masonic social media sites, chapters and courts, has helped me communicate with brothers in nearly every corner of the state and even across the country. Making myself available last year for the office of Junior Grand Warden, was itself an excellent opportunity to engage with even more brothers in many of our lodges.
Masonry is my life and I echo its tenets in everything I do. I’ve worked to motivate others into action and help and encouraged them to find meaningful insights through history, tradition, and esoteric study. Hopefully, I have inspired some to take masonry with both hands and undertake any task or challenge and never take their eye off of the roots of why we are masons in the first place and why it’s important to work in the quarry every day. Being a communications specialist/marketing and branding professional, has aided me also in my masonic career, using my ability to clearly paint a clear picture of masonry’s mission, sincerely listening and motivating those who seek further masonic light on their own journey east.
My Masonic life has provided a wide variety of hands-on experience and my exposure to the Grand Lodge convinces me that I will add value, vision, and leadership to our fraternity with an experienced business and marketing background and a no nonsense financial discipline. My active association with many concordant bodies provides me a deeper insight and empathy to the needs of our larger fraternal family. I look forward to mutually leveraging the values and successes of our extended families and show a united fraternity to all.