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Updated – Grand Secretary Update

A note from Sam (11.8.17):

Sam at home and doing ok.  Feels much better after a bath.  It was a triple and now working on REST.   Sorry, but it looks as if I will be back.

Our Grand Secretary, MW Sam, had successful bypass surgery yesterday morning at St. Joseph hospital in Tacoma. He will be in the hospital for 4 to 7 days recuperating. He welcomes cards and prayers from well wishers, but asks that you hold phone calls and visits until he is able to get settled back in at home which will be sometime next week.

Cards can be sent to the Grand Lodge office:

4970 Bridgeport Way W
University Place, WA 98467

 

 

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).

Email from Malcolm Bronson

Hi Guys:

Several brethren, myself included, have received an inflammatory email entitled “Masonic request” from a “MWB Malcolm Bronson”. I asked WB Danny Done to check it out, and he was able to do a reverse search on the IP and obtain a lot of info as to the sender. Please be aware that there is no “MWB Malcolm Bronson” and that the email is to be deleted.

 

Thanks, 

Jim Mendoza  

Grand Master

Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Washington

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

 

Levi’s Uncles – Freemasons supporting the search for a cure to Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. An additional 10 million people — about one in every 31 Americans — are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene.

When the Brothers of Washington Lodge No. 4 became aware that my son, Levi, has CF, and of the annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation GREAT STRIDES fundraiser, one Brother suggested gathering Masonic support of the worthy cause within District 19 for their Masonic “nephew”. Quickly thereafter, it was suggested that Freemasons participating in the event be identified as “Levi’s Uncles”.

Since 2011, Freemasons under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Washington, Grand Lodge of Oregon, and Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington and Jurisdiction have participated in the event.

This year’s event will take place at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA on Saturday, May 13th. The event is on the Grand Master’s calendar, and we hope to see Masons from around the state in Vancouver this year.

The 5K walk follows a pleasant route beginning at the park and running along the waterfront of the Columbia River. Participants can walk all or part of the route, or simply enjoy the pleasant park environment.

If you are able to attend this family friendly event, you are encouraged to register as part of Levi’s Team at http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/Levis_Team_2017.

NOTE: There is no registration fee, nor is one required to fundraise to participate in the event.

You can learn more about CF and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at https://www.cff.org/

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