• If you took the PILM exam in July or early August, please contact ctdcompton@aol.com with your contact info.

Statement of Availability

Per the W.M.C., Sec. 2.04 B.L., two Brothers have filed for the office of Junior Grand Warden and two Brothers filed for the office of Grand Secretary.

Per the W.M.C., Sec. 10.02 B.L., three Brothers have filed for the office of Trustee on the Washington Masonic Charities Board.

Per the W.M.C., Sec. 8.26 B.L., two Brothers have filed for the office of Trustee on the Washington Masonic Grand Lodge Building Association Temple Board.

CLICK HERE to view the Statement of Availability Publication

 

 

MSA of N. America Disaster News Release – Puerto Rico

October 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  SIMON R. LAPLACE, 301-476-7330

APPEAL FOR RELIEF – PUERTO RICO

 

The devastation that two hurricanes caused in Puerto Rico, particularly Hurricane Maria, is by now well known. With 95% of the island without electricity or communication, and 50% without drinking water, it will take months to recover, but they are in need of help now.

 

Grand Master Raúl Rodríguez Quiles has contacted the Masonic Service Association of North America asking for help for the brethren of his jurisdiction by issuing a Disaster Relief Appeal.

 

As Masons across the country have contributed so much to MSA for Texas and Florida, we must again ask the greater Masonic community to try their best to do more.

 

Every dollar sent to MSA will go the affected jurisdiction. Nothing will be deducted for administration, bookkeeping, thank you letters, or PayPal expenses. As with the two previous ongoing appeals, this third appeal for the Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico will help them aid and assist their distressed brothers, families, and lodges.

 

When you are asked, why? You can proudly answer, “Because that’s what Masons do!”

 

Donations can be made online at http://www.msana.com/msappeals.asp#puertorico.

 

When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Puerto Rico Disaster Appeal.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families to MSA.

Please make checks payable to

MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to

3905 National Drive, STE 280

Burtonsville, MD 20866

MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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Simon R. LaPlace, PGM, Executive Secretary

Masonic Service Association of North America

3905 National Drive, STE 280

Burtonsville, MD 20866

301-476-7330

www.msana.com

Do Good Unto All – A Message from our Grand Master

Fraternal greetings, Brethren All.

By now you have all certainly heard of the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas. I hope you’ll all join me in a moment of reflection and prayer for the victims, their families, and the emergency responders. In that spirit, I ask the Brethren of our beloved Craft to consider contributing something of precious value in such painful times. My Brothers, if your conscience and your cable tow permit, I encourage you to visit your nearest blood donation center and offer a unit to be dedicated to the needs of the victims in Las Vegas, or any other recent natural disaster, as well. We each pledged ourselves to the good of all mankind and I believe a donation like this is demonstration to the world of the kind of benevolence and generosity that Freemasonry exemplifies throughout the world.

Fraternally,

Warren Schoeben
Grand Master.

A Message from the MSA of N. America – Hurricane Harvey

Disaster Appeal For Texas

The entire Gulf Coast of Texas was deluged with high winds and rain from Hurricane Harvey, setting records for rainfall from any single storm anywhere in the continental United States. Extensive building and property damage, electrical outages, unhealthy conditions caused by flooding, and widespread disruption of normal living conditions has occurred.

The Grand Lodge of Texas has requested this Disaster Appeal, to assist their many brethren who have been injured or who have received extensive damage to their homes from Hurricane Harvey.

Please forward to the MSA such donations, which you feel are appropriate to help our devastated Brothers, their families and others in this stricken Jurisdiction.

For donation options and to read the full post, click on the link below:
http://www.msana.com/msappeals.asp#texas

UPDATED 9.1.2017 – An update on our Grand Secretary

Brethren,

I spoke with the Grand Secretary, MWB Sam Roberts this morning and he wants everyone to know that he is doing great.  As you may have heard, he had to be readmitted to the hospital on Wednesday due to a complication at his incision site.  Basically, he developed a blood clot and pseudoaneurysm in his leg.  The doctors have gotten him tuned up and ready to go home, so he anticipates that he will be released today.  He wanted me to tell everyone that he appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers.  He hopes to spend a quiet Labor Day weekend at home with Vickie and their cats, resting and recuperating.

Fraternally,

Clint Brown

Assistant Grand Secretary

 

Where’s Sam?
Sam is lounging at home, in his jammies, when he really should be working. The bum!

Many Thanks
Vickie and I are overwhelmed with the calls, messages, texts, emails, thoughts and prayers from everyone.  Such an out pouring of concern and wishes for recovery makes us realize just how truly blessed we are.  So many friends and people that are sincerely concerned are irreplaceable and more valuable than anything else in the world, and we bask in the light of all the love.

Sooooooo,  what happened?
Friday was just another normal day at the office… until about 9:45 or so. I had a banana for breakfast about 15 minutes earlier and as sometimes can happen with a banana, it might not make it all the way down. What began as a simple case of heartburn, was just that, until it intensified to be a bother. The cold sweats and then the streams of perspiration were the first real indicators that maybe it’s not the typical bout of indigestion. A concern that it might be painful to faint and fall to the floor convinced me to beat the rush and just pick a piece of carpet for myself.

Thinking that it wouldn’t be a good idea to get myself a cold compress, I prevailed on VWB Clint for his assistance. He IS the Assistant Grand Secretary after all. That seems to have gotten the attention of the Staff. Now while I have a large office, it’s not big enough for the party that seemed to be gathering. Sharp continuous pain in the center of my chest resting on top of the beer gut, and difficulty breathing seemed to warrant a 911 call. Thanks to everyone that supported the last EMS levy because the Boys in Blue were there in a jiffy.

A couple of things for note. 
One: It’s only when you may be in a bit of distress that people, especially strangers, want to ask you forty thousand questions. And because they don’t share, people standing right next to each other generally will ask the same questions over and over.  What’s worse is, because I look (or is that act?) much younger than my actual age, they all think you are a fibber and will ask your birthday at least a hundred times. And when you are having chest pains and trouble breathing, you might not get the exact number of years right.

Two: When they begin to insert the stents, sometimes the heart has a tendency to do some funny stuff.  Well, if you are awake, and they break out the paddles, and you hear charging noises and the words “Clear”, my recommendation is to get up and leave or ask to be put OUT.

By the way, I’ve included a picture of my heart taken at the hospital, but most people knew about this already.

 

 

 

 

 

Readers Digest Version
Where Sam had a 100% blockage in the frontal coronary artery, he now has 2 stents. The electrocardiogram has found two more arteries with 80% blockage and another near the speed limit (except in Seattle). We will check in with the surgeon in 4-6 weeks, and schedule the triple by-pass surgery that will be required. For now, I am home and feel fine.  I’ll gradually return to work this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just to let you know that nothing has really changed, I am including my Statement of Availability with this Messenger.

Memberships and Affiliations
Stints are US
Royal Order of Stints
You Stint!

Offices, Committees and Task Forces
Heart of rock, and we are not talking rhythm
Wardrobe Trend Setter

Skills
None that anyone can think of

Philosophy
Modified from Dr. P. when talking about surgery and life style changes, “One has the surgery so that one does not have to make the life style changes.”

Thanks to everyone for everything,  Sam

Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training

Dates have been added to the 2017-18 Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training schedule.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who is currently serving in one or more of these positions or is thinking about making themselves available in the future.  The Grand Secretary along with members of the Leadership Training Committee will be covering topics such as the new Grand View Database system, 990’s, Audits, Monthly reporting and Year End reporting.  To sign up for the free training, please click on one of the location options below.  Additional dates and locations will be added as they are confirmed.  Lunch will be provided at each training for a donation:

Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training – Bellingham, WA – October 7, 2017

Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training – Sequim, WA – October 14, 2017

Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training – Kennewick, WA – April 28, 2018

You may also enroll by calling Chantal at the Grand Lodge office (253.625.7891).

Richard A. Birkland Memorial Service

Richard (Dick) A. Birkland

April 2, 1940 – May 12, 2017

Born in Tenino, WA and living in Yelm thru his school years, Richard made lifelong friends from an early age.

A man true to his word and no better partner or friend that one could find or have.

He started playing trumpet around 10-12 years old, and by age 13 was playing with bands. After graduating from Yelm High School, he went off to the Navy, and played in the Navy Unit Band #187 where he made more great friendships while serving on the Coral Sea and Yorktown carriers. 10 years ago, he reunited with the band and their wives, and began traveling coast to coast annually, always looking forward to the next year’s adventures. He loved Bowling with more great friends and even a few 300 games!

Richard was a very active Mason that he put his heart and soul into for over 46 years, where he made more great friends. He loved all and put in all he had to do the best always.

He will be missed by many!

He is predeceased by his mother Margorie, his father Alf, and his brother Jim. He is survived by his wife Lois, son Johnny, grandson Jacob, Son Denty, granddaughter Alexa, Brother Erling and his wife Debbie, Sister Mariann Birkland Eakes and he husband Bob, Brother Jim’s wife Kathy, and several nieces and nephews.

Richard’s service will be on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2pm, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 817 South Vassault St., Tacoma, WA. Everyone is Welcome!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Washington Masonic Charities, P.O. Box 65830, University Place, WA 98464.

Cards or notes to Lois or the family may be mailed to:

1010  101st St. Ct. E

Tacoma, WA 98445-3145

 

Lodge Leadership Retreat Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is fast approaching for the 2017 Lodge Leadership Retreat.

 

All mailed registration forms must be postmarked no later than WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST, 2017 to avoid the $50.00 late fee.  If you have already mailed in your registration form, THANK YOU! You should have received a confirmation email from Eventbrite.com.

Registration Form

Online registration will remain open until midnight on March 2nd, 2017.  The link below will take you directly to the online registration page.  There is an additional credit card processing fee for registering online.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-lodge-leadership-retreat-registration-27218067974?aff=ReminderEmail

 

CANCELED – MW Richard A. Mecartea Memorial Service

UPDATE: 

MWBro. Richard Mecartea had requested “no funeral or memorial service” in his will.  Accordingly, the family has canceled the scheduled memorial service for this coming Saturday.  He will be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery at 11:30am this Friday.

 

2001 richard a mcartea

 

Memorial Scroll

 for 

Richard A. Mecartea

8/9/22 – 1/23/17

 

Most Worshipful Brother Richard A. Mecartea was born in Mt. Vernon on August 9, 1922, to James and Pearl Mecartea. He shared his childhood with four brothers and three sisters. Our distinguished Brother attained his early education in the Mt. Vernon and Marblemount School Systems in Skagit County. He later moved to Seattle where he graduated from Franklin High School. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery and rose to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. His military experience included serving as an Infantry Artillery Forward Observer in the South Pacific.

Following his honorable discharge from military service, he attended the University of Washington and majored in Civil Engineering. He worked during the summer vacations for a mechanical contractor, and this was the beginning of his life-long vocation in this field. He held positions as Estimator, Project Supervisor, and Project Engineer on some significant construction programs, including military projects in Alaska, the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona; a natural gas distribution system in Anchorage, Alaska; a five hundred mile pipeline and related pumping stations in Iran; major hospitals in Seattle – Veterans, Swedish, Providence, and University of Washington; the major reconstruction of SeaTac International Airport; and construction of the Boeing Auburn and Everett facilities. Our Brother, upon completing his formal education at Seattle Community College and Purdue University, taught night school for many years at Edison Vocational School, Seattle Community College, and Renton Vocational Technical School.

Our b\Brother’s Masonic career began June 14, 1957, when he joined Elliott Bay Lodge No. 257, in Seattle and was enrolled a Master Mason March 4, 1958. After progressing through the Lodge line, he served two years as Worshipful Master of his Lodge in 1964 and 1965.

His long service in our Grand Lodge began when he was appointed Deputy of the Grand Master for District No. 5 in 1984 by Most Worshipful Brother Matt Martin. He served continuously in appointed positions including Grand Lecturer, Grand Marshal, Junior and Senior Grand Deacons, and numerous Committee positions including Chairman of the Future Planning and By-Laws Committees, until he was elected Junior Grand Warden in June 1997.

During his tenure as Grand Master in 2000-2001 he preached a theme of “Shaping the Future” while at the same time “Improving the Present” by becoming involved in our communities by revealing who we are, what we do, and what we stand for.

Most Worshipful Brother Dick and his wife, Barbara, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary during his year as our Grand Master. They have been blessed with two daughters, Judith and Patricia, four grandsons, and one granddaughter. Dick and Barbara were very proud of their family. He was active in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls during the time his daughters were involved in this young women’s organization. He served as Rainbow Dad on several occasions, was on the Adult Advisory Board for six years, and Chairman of that Board for three years. In recognition of his dedicated service, he is a recipient of the Rainbow Grand Cross of Color.

Other Masonic organizations in which he was active are Nile Temple of the Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland, Angora Grotto, Order of Eastern Star, Walter F. Meier Lodge of Research No. 281, and Seattle Valley of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He was designated 32° Knight Commander Court of Honor in Scottish Rite, receiving this distinction in 2001 during the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction. He is also a member of the National Sojourners and Heroes of ’76.

Our Past Grand Master has always been a true student of Freemasonry. He has consistently lived by our philosophy and worked hard to promote the principles and tenets in his daily life and to others. His years of skill and experience, and his calm and steady demeanor proved most helpful to each Grand Master he served. He has always been there to offer his assistance and expertise when needed, and will be long remembered as a faithful worker and leader in the quarries of Freemasonry.

Our Brother passed to the Celestial Lodge January 23, 2017.  His Lady Barbara pre-deceased him May 1, 2009.  He is survived by his second wife, Ophelia, daughters Judith (Lawrence) and Patricia, 5 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many relatives.

 

New IRS Form 990-N Electronic Filing Procedure

January 17, 2017

 

To: All Lodge Worshipful Masters, Secretaries, Treasurers and Deputies

 

Re: IRS Form 990-N Electronic Filings

 

Brethren,

 

It has come to our attention that the IRS has new procedures regarding filing your Temple Board and Lodge Form 990-N electronically.  First, there are step by step guidelines on how to file the 990-N which can be found at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5248.pdf.  Additionally, you can call (877) 829-5500 if you have further questions.  This is the phone number for the IRS and they can answer questions concerning filings for charities and non-profits.

 

There are several potential issues with the IRS electronic system that have been brought to our attention that we would like to let you know about. As you are going through the steps, please be aware of the following issues:

 

  • Every time you are asked to enter a name, the name should be entered entirely in lower case letters with no middle initial. Furthermore, the name that you enter in Step 1 must match the name entered in Step 10.
  • Step 6-You must select Manage Form 990-N Submissions even if you have filed your 990-N electronically in previous years.
  • Step 7-You should choose Exempt Organization in the “User Type” field.
  • Step 11-You will have to fill out both your Organization’s (your Lodge or Temple Board) legal name and the DBA Name. Unless you have a separate DBA, these should be the same.  At this point another screen will come up and you will have to put in the officers names and other information regarding the Corporation.
  • Step 12- You must click on the word PRINT in the bottom paragraph to print a copy for your records (you can also do a screen print). Once you leave this page, you will NOT be able to return to print your filing.  Make sure BEFORE you print this page that you have refreshed the page and that the filing status changed from pending to accepted (see Step 13).

 

Please note that you will no longer receive an email from the IRS confirming your filing.  You must complete all of the steps and print the confirmation page (see Step 12) to receive your confirmation notification.  This is information that you will need when you file your year-end report and when the District Deputy has his Official Visit to your Lodge.

 

Please feel free to call Sam Roberts or Clint Brown at the Grand Lodge office if you have any questions.

 

 

Fraternally,

 

 

 

VWB Clint Brown

Assistant to the Grand Secretary

 

 

CMB

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