M.W. Bro. Harold E. Tucker Memorial Service

A Memorial Service will be held for MW Bro. Harold on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 4 PM at Riplinger Funeral Home located at 4305 N. Division St., Spokane, WA 99207.   Wearing of Masonic Aprons is permissible, but not mandatory.  There will be no Masonic Service.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in the name of M.W. Bro. Harold E. Tucker be made to Meals on Wheels-Spokane, 1222 West 2nd Ave.  Spokane, WA 99201. 

 

Cornerstone Ceremony Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Grand Lodge of Washington will conduct a Cornerstone Ceremony this Saturday December 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Central Pierce County Fire Department located at 17520 22nd Ave E, Tacoma, WA. The Cornerstone Ceremony will begin promptly at 9 AM.   Elected and Appointed officers (or anyone filling in for you or participating in the ceremony) should wear tux, white gloves, apron and collar.  If you are not an elected or appointed officer or participating in the Ceremony, then please wear team uniform with aprons and jewels.  

 

VW Brother Mark Okusko 1950-2018

Brethren,

 

The roll of the workmen has been called and another has not answered to his name.  It is with a deep sadness that I report the passing of VW Brother Mark Okusko, District Deputy of the Grand Master for District No. 30, to that Celestial Lodge not made with hands.   His toils here have ceased, but his memory is not forgotten.  VW Brother Mark was a member and Past Master of Newport Lodge No. 144.  He was installed on June 9, 2018 as District Deputy of the Grand Master for District No. 30 and was also the current Secretary and Treasurer of Newport Lodge.  We do not have any information regarding funeral arrangements, at this time.  Please keep his wife and family in your thoughts and prayers

 

Fraternally,

Clinton M. Brown, Jr.

Grand Secretary

Grand Lodge of Washington

 

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/

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

Washington Idaho Rainbow Kickoff to 2017!

Washington Idaho Rainbow is excited for our 2016-2017 Grand Year and the ties that bind us with our Masonic families. We were so excited to see so many of you at our Dream Camp in August when our Grand Worthy Advisor, May Powell, announced our Serve Project, Alzheimer’s AssociationHilarity for Charity, as well as our local community outreach in making a difference with those needing assistance with memory care.

On September 11th, we had a great kick-off for Hilarity for Charity, with our first Color Run, which was in conjunction with Sultan-Monroe Lodge. Approximately 160 people participated in this explosion of color and raised $20,000. Several Masonic Leaders were in attendance including our Grand Worthy Advisor, May Powell; Washington DeMolay’s State Master Councilor, Luke Walker; Worthy Grand Matron of Washington, Peggy Mills; and Most Worshipful Grand Master of Washington, Jim Mendoza. Approximately $17,000 will go to the Hilarity for Charity (www.hilarityforcharity.org) and $3,000 will go to the local education fund for Sultan-Monroe Lodge. Community effort was received from Evergreen Speedway donating water, ZipFizz energy drink for their support and donations of water bottles, color packets and monetary donation, and Monroe PlazaStarbucks for coffee for our volunteers.

In Rainbow, we like to keep busy, and our girls with their many chaperones, have been traveling across Washington/Idaho to Official Visits as well as instituting our new assembly in Twin Falls, Idaho. It’s been amazing to see many of our masonic family on the sidelines during these events supporting our girls, viewing their ritual work and participating in the fun and fellowship.

Fun is not only about the girls – we have adult fun too. At our annual Fundraising Gala in November, many adults joined to raise $17,480.00 in funds not only to help with our annual jurisdictional budget, but also with our Leadership program. Because of those in attendance, over 121 girls will be able to attend Leadership Camp for free, and we will be able to send one of our adults for training in the nationally renowned “Girl Meets World” leadership program. If you’d like to donate toany of our programs, contact, Kris Arnold, Grand Executive CommitteeTreasurer, at win1kristi@aol.com. Thank you to the many leaders in our masonic family for attending the Gala and supporting our cause. Without each of you, there would be no We. Because of your support, Rainbow is alive and well in Washington and Idaho.

In December, we will continue to travel through our Jurisdiction, attending many meetings and initiations, and celebrate the holiday season through service and fun. In the new year, we will continue our travels toreceptions and visiting many of your events as well.

To find out more about upcoming jurisdictional Rainbow events, visit http://nwrainbow.org/events/.

To find a local assembly and meeting date, visit http://nwrainbow.org/about/where-to-find-rainbow/.

Wishing you all a spectacular holiday season and one amazing new year. We look forward to sharing many events along our journey.

Until we write again,

Dot Gosset

Print Media, WA/ID I.O.R.G.