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SCAM ALERT-FRAUDULENT EMAIL

It has been brought to the Grand Lodge Office attention there is a FRAUDULENT EMAIL coming from Sam Roberts, Grand Secretary.  It is circulating today and stating the Grand Master is requesting $5,000.00 for an accident that occurred this morning.

PLEASE DISREGARD AND DO NOT SEND MONEY.  THIS IS A FRAUDULENT EMAIL.

 

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

Grand Lodge Messenger – Grand Master’s Special Edition (3rd Quarter)

IT COMES TO SEATTLE

 Since 1780, Grand Masters from throughout North America have gathered together “to know each other and to learn how others are meeting and handling the problems of the Fraternity in their Jurisdictions.”

The Conference is attended by the Grand Master, Grand Secretary and stationed Grand Line officers of the member Grand Lodges, sister Jurisdictions and associate members, as well as heads of concordant bodies and Masonic organizations, and interested observers from many other affiliated groups.

Currently, the Conference membership consists of the Grand Lodges of the Provinces of Canada; the States of the United States of America, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; the State of York, Mexico; and the American-Canadian Grand Lodge of Germany.  These Grand Masters represent some two million Freemasons in North America.

From the very beginning, it was clearly understood that these conferences are a voluntary assembly of Masons, meeting informally, and expressing their individual views on the subjects discussed. No definite action can be taken by such a conference which would in any way commit or bind any participating Grand Lodge. Each conference is a distinct and separate assembly; it has no permanent existence of authority. Its deliberations are never an official declaration of Masonic jurisprudence or philosophy. Each conference expires on its adjournment, except for the machinery it sets up for the next meeting or a voluntary association of Grand Masters to meet, to confer, and to learn from one another.

“What we have long needed, and in recent years have been developing, is a unity of purpose and action growing out of these annual conferences. We have learned that we can do more effective work in our own Jurisdictions if we are in a position to act in the light of as complete knowledge as possible of the aims and experiences of our Brethren from Maine to California.” (Willis J. Bray, GM 1946, Missouri) Knowledge is still one of the chief goals of the Grand Masters Conference.

Beyond the “think tank” atmosphere, the Conference is a venue for sharing of ideas. The Associations/Committees of the Conference include the Child Identification Program (CHIP), Commission on Information for Recognition, George Washington National Masonic Memorial Association, Masonic Renewal Committee, Masonic Service Association of North America, and the National Masonic Foundation for Children. The Conference has been the genesis of several programs that have made their way to our Jurisdiction: Long Range Planning, Bikes for Books, Six Steps to Initiation, and the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program come to mind. Additionally, ideas such as the Lodge Leadership Retreat, Outreach Services, and a photography archive have made their way from our Jurisdiction.

Formerly held strictly in Washington DC, the Conference has worked its way throughout the United States and Canada. At the recently completed Conference in Omaha, it was announced that the 2021 Conference will be held in Seattle. This will be an exciting opportunity for us to show how we practice Freemasonry in Washington. Over the coming years, in my capacity as event chairman, I will be asking Brethren to volunteer to be part of the organizing committee. There will be lots of things to do in the areas of greeting, transportation, hospitality, and concierge services – and that’s just for openers.
As a bonus for volunteering, throughout the Conference, you will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from Masonic leaders throughout the world of Freemasonry. Stay tuned as more information becomes available. I hope that you are as excited to welcome the Brethren to our great state.

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THE POWER OF WORDS

Former Seattle Mariners third base coach Rich Donnelly had a nearly 50-year career in the big leagues. Perhaps the best-known story of Donnelly is his experience coaching the Florida Marlins in the 1997 World Series. His 17-year-old daughter, Amy, died of a brain tumor in 1993. Amy attended a 1992 playoff game in which Rich was coaching. She noticed that he would cup his hands over his mouth while yelling out instructions to runners on second base. After the game, she asked, “Dad, what are you telling them? That the chicken runs at midnight, or what?” Since her death, the Donnelly family would deem that as her catchphrase and serve inspiration for the family.

In 1997, as a member of the Florida Marlins, he met Craig Counsell, a player his son, Tim, nicknamed “Chicken” because of his unique batting stance. In the 11th inning of Game 7, Counsell reached base and was able to advance to third base as the inning progressed. Edgar Rentería then hit a single on which Counsell scored, winning the World Series for the Marlins. Rich’s sons Tim and Mike, who were honorary bat boys that evening, rushed to their father in celebration. Tim pointed out to the stadium clock which read 12:00 midnight, telling his father, “The Chicken ran at midnight, dad.”

As I was contemplating the deeper meaning of “the chicken runs at midnight”, I was reminded of the power of words. “Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” (Yehuda Berg)

As an active participant in social media, I hope that my posts are encouraging, enlightening, and uplifting. I wish to use words for their greatest good, to help and to heal. Sadly, I am finding that men who hold themselves out as Masons are choosing to use words to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble. For example, I recently read a post where a Brother stated that he “had some fun trolling some ‘snowflakes’ this past weekend…” I am forced to wonder, how is choosing to be an Internet troll showing Freemasonry in its best light? Another stated that he simply posted what he saw from other sites, and if he later discovered that it was wrong he simply deleted it. My thoughts here are directed to the lesson of logic as put forth in our Middle Chamber Lecture. Remember stuff on social media never goes away, even if you delete it.

As Masons, we must be forefront in the practice of the teachings of our ritual – to borrow a phrase from a Past Grand Master, everyday in every way. This is particularly important when one considers that any post made on social media extends well beyond your friends list. When we engage in social media, it is well to remember the importance of circumspection – especially in the presence of the uninitiated who read your Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Freemasonry is a wonderful Fraternity. We are all Brothers, even when we may not always agree on all issues – we are still Brothers.

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FREEMASONRY’S DAY ON THE HILL

This state’s first duly elected Governor was Most Worshipful Brother Elisha P. Ferry. This state’s first duly elected Secretary of State was Most Worshipful Brother Thomas M. Reed. One of the original authors of the Revised Code of Washington was Most Worshipful Brother Archibald P. Frater. Notice a theme?

The Grand Lodge of Washington was formed in 1858 – more than 30 years before the Washington territory achieved statehood. The legislature first met in the halls of Olympia Lodge, No. 1. In many ways, Freemasonry gave this state a sense of direction with respect to governance. Then, for whatever reason, we walked away. It is well past time that we return.

Thanks to the vision of Most Worshipful Brother Sam Roberts, a Legislative Liaison in the person of VW Clayton LaVigne was appointed to reintroduce Freemasonry to the Legislature. Along the way, VW Clayton has been instrumental in restoring signs at rest stops informing weary travelers that coffee was available; arranged for an audience with the Department of Revenue to open a dialogue to allow the elected line to discuss the importance of tax abatement for our Lodge buildings; and brought to our attention the opportunity to support and fund the Legislative Page Scholarship Program.

In a continuing effort to Reclaim the Narrative, we will be holding our first (and hopefully annual) Freemasonry’s Day on the Hill. The idea is for Brethren to set up appointments with their legislators to lend a hand to VW Clayton in reintroducing Freemasonry to the legislature by presenting issues that are important to the Fraternity. For this initial effort, we will present the importance of civility in dialogue, express our support of the Legislative Page Scholarship Program, and talk about the work of Washington Masonic Charities.

Freemasonry’s Day on the Hill will be held on Monday, March 20th. We will start with a meeting at noon in the House Rules Room (Room 123 on the 1st floor of the Legislative Building). Following this meeting, you will meet with your legislators to talk about our issues. You will need to contact your legislators in advance of the 20th to set up your meetings. Let them know that you will be in Olympia for Freemasonry’s Day On The Hill, and would appreciate having an opportunity to meet. The plan is for us to be there from 1:00 – 4:00, so be sure to request an appointment sometime in that timeframe. You should expect about a 10 – 15 minute time slot, so it is important that you have the talking points down – hence the group meeting at noon. You can contact your legislators at http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.

Hope to see many of you for our Day on the Hill.

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

 

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