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.
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.
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.
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.
To: All Lodge Worshipful Masters, Secretaries, Treasurers and Deputies
Re: IRS Form 990-N Electronic Filings
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.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that former District Deputy and Grand Lodge Team member Norman A. Watts has passed.
The Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 7th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church in Lynnwood. Service will be a church service only, no Masonic Service. Refreshments to follow. Norm was the primary chef when large meals were served at the church.
Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church:
17620 60th Ave W., Lynnwood, WA 98037 – 425.743.2288
Sympathy or “Thinking of You” cards can be addressed to Pat Watts:
1427 100th St SW, No. 151, Lynnwood, WA 98204
Our prayers are with his family and friends at this time. He will be greatly missed.
A new class has been added to the 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. We look forward to seeing you there. To sign up for the free training, please call Chantal at the Grand Lodge office (253.625.7891) or click on one of the options below:
Affiliated Past Grand Master MWB Ernest R. Hazelwood passed to the Grand Lodge Above on Friday, October 21st at 8:01 p.m. He was surrounded by his Family, Wife – Dorothy, Daughters – Carol Ann and Debbie, and four of his Lodge Brothers. Ernie was 89 years old.
MWB Ernie will be buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. A memorial service will be held in Albuquerque at a later date.