“RWB Ben Franklin” by WB Philip Rice

    Presented by WB Philip Rice recently recorded in Franklin Lodge, No.5.  This presentation was produced at the request of the Masonic Research and Education Committee by Br. Dan Vorhees a member of Port Orchard Lodge, No. 98.  The presentation is one of several that WB Rice has created and presented around the Jurisdiction.  It was presented at the National Washington Memorial in Washington DC last summer during the Grand Masters trip to the Washington DC area.

    Submitted By VWB Charles Compton, Jr.
    Masonic Research and Education Committee 2016


    Grand Musician-Passes Away

    Memorandum for Constituent Lodges

    Subject: Grand Musician-Passes Away

    Dear Brethren and Lodges:

    Worshipful Brother Grant R. Davis passed away on January 5, 2016. He was currently serving as the Grand Musician.  He was a member of both Western Cascade Lodge No. 61 (serving as Lodge Secretary) and Des Moines Lodge, No. 245.

    A Memorial Service will be held on February 13, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Western Cascade Lodge, No. 61. Located at Enumclaw Masonic Center, 42810 264th SE, Enumclaw, WA  98022.  Refreshments will follow the Memorial. A Military burial will be held on February 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. Kent WA 98042.

    We will truly miss this Brother.  May the Supreme Architect of the Universe receive our Brother and bless his family and friends. Well done, good and faithful servant enters into the House of our Lord.

    Fraternally yours,

    Donald G. Munks

    Grand Master


    MEMORANDUM for Lodges

    Subject: Fires in Eastern Washington

    Brothers this has been a devastating fire season in Eastern Washington and now it
    is time for us as Masons to help our fellow Brothers and citizens to the best of our ability.

    An emergency declaration was declared by the President of the United States to
    help with the relief. The order specifically covers Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Klickitat, Okanogan, Pend Orielle, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, and Yakima counties. It also brings aid to the Colville, Spokane, Kalispel, and Yakima tribes.

    Thousands of residents have been displaced with many homes and businesses destroyed by the fires. The Twisp fire alone covers over 250 square miles, the same fire that took the lives of three fire fighters. My prayers go out to the families and to all those impacted by this devastation.

    The recovery will take many years and we as Masons should make it our priority to help. I have directed that $1,000.00 be allocated from the Charity Fund to support this effort. The Fund is named the 2015 Fire Relief Fund. All money collected will be used first to help Masons and Lodges, and next the various communities impacted. Please make checks payable to the Grand Lodge of Washington and on the memo line put “2015 Fire Relief Fund”.

    Brothers, now is the time to make a difference.

    Fraternally yours,

    Donald Munks
    Grand Master

    CLICK HERE for the official letter.  A list of Notices can also be found HERE.