My Husband’s Masonry Enriches Our Relationship

    By Norelle Done, wife of PM Danny Done of Queen Anne Lodge No. 242

    My husband, Danny has been very active in his Lodge since he joined Freemasonry in 2009. Freemasonry has been a significant part of our lives, contributing not only an additional social circle to our lives, but also contributes an additional intellectually stimulating layer to our relationship.

    I’ll give you an example…

    Like any young, busy millennial couple, Sunday nights are oftentimes used to retreat with Netflix and a glass of wine. The other night, we were watching an episode of a comedy TV show called “How I Met Your Mother”, starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris. It was an episode from season 7, where the characters are attempting to break up the relationship between Barney Stinson and his girlfriend, Quinn. The group’s antics are triggered after Barney tells his friend, Ted, that Quinn is a stripper by profession. Barney only tells Ted that fact after he swears to keep it secret, by raising his right hand and swearing with his left upon the “Bro Code”.

    Here’s the screenshot:

    Ted (at left) places his left hand on the “Bro Code” to swear to keep Barney’s (at right) secret.

    At this point in the episode, Danny paused the show to comment on the scene and said, “You know, when presidents and other state officials take oaths, they put their left hand on the bible, and raise their right hand… in Freemasonry, we raise the left hand.”

    Now, I should note that not only have we been married for 6 ½ years, but for the past 4 years we’ve owned and managed a business together. We work 12-hour days just a few feet away from each other. So it’s moments like these that I appreciate the input of knowledge that a) is not work related, and b) isn’t something we’ve talked about before. Intellectual, historical, and philosophical conversations stimulate and help build any relationship, and Freemasonry has spawned hundreds of conversations such as these over our years together.

    In this particular instance, our conversation lasted just a few minutes, as we noted our individual knowledge of different methods of making oaths, salutes, and hand gestures in solemn situations. A few hypotheses surfaced between the two of us about the discrepancy of the use of raising one’s left versus right hand. However, the moment stood out to me as a minor epiphany; these side bar conversations are one of the reasons why I love that Danny is a Freemason.

    By being personally connected to traditions and to an organization that dates back centuries, meanwhile still plays a significant role in our lives, we have a special opportunity among couples. It adds a layer of appreciation for pop culture and great conversations, and we’ve also been blessed with very different perspectives while we travel.

    I venture to think the significant others of most Freemasons feel the same. While yes, sometimes I roll my eyes when Danny forgets that he already told me something that he finds interesting, or when he tells that one story about the Knights Templar at a party for the millionth time, I’ll always appreciate this added dynamic to our relationship. It’s a wonderful element brought to the table by the friendships we’ve made through Freemasonry, and also the infusion of relevant historical, philosophical and metaphysical ‘Easter eggs’ of knowledge that have become an integral part of our relationship, even in the casual setting of Sunday nights watching Netflix.

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    “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

    2015 Fire Relief Fund

    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.

    Submit Your Questions – Grand Lodge Candidate Forum



    On the afternoon of Saturday, January 16th at about 2:30 p.m. Daylight Lodge will film this year’s Junior Grand Warden and Grand Lodge Candidate Forum.  It will follow the Daylight Stated Meeting in the Greenlake Masonic Hall.  We invite you to send us any question you think should be asked of the several candidates. The questions might ask their views of the future of Grand Lodge, of Masonry in general, their experience in leadership plus what are their goals if elected.

    It will be videotaped, placed on Daylight’s website, offered to Grand Lodge and any other lodge for their use. While the primary goal is to hear from Junior Grand Warden Candidates, we will tailor some questions specifically to the office of Grand Secretary as this is the first time there are two candidates filed for the office.

    The event will be recorded by students of the Seattle Film Institute as part of Daylight’s support of their training program The editing will be supervised by Daylight brothers Troy McFarland and Paul Turcott who teaches there. It will be as professional a product as is possible to achieve.  We know it will compare with that done last year or better.

    We really hope that you will send us some good question so that the brethren throughout the jurisdiction might learn what their future leaders think.  We reserve the right to select and edit questions.

    Send your questions to: or


    Fraternally yours,

    CoeTug Morgan, Secretary

    Click here to open the official Candidate Forum Lodge Letter

    NEW LOCATIONS ADDED – New Lodge Secretary Interface (LSI) Training

    Contact the Grand Lodge office to register with Chantal at 1-800-628-4732 or click on a location below to register online.

    Sunday, September 13, 2015 – Seattle Scottish Rite, Shoreline – completed

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Masonic Center, Wenatchee – completed

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 – El Katif Shrine Center, Spokane – completed

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 – Nile Shrine Center, Mount Lake Terrace – completed 

    Saturday, November 14th, 2015 – Vancouver (Location TBD)

    Saturday, November 21, 2015 – Bremerton (Location TBD)

    Saturday, February 6, 2015 – Seattle (Location TBD)

    Saturday, April 2, 2015 – Bellingham (Location TBD)

    Saturday, April 23, 2015 – Spokane (Location TBD)


    Times for the workshops are 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  A light lunch will be served.

    If you have an assistant please make sure you both attend.  Those who feel as if they may need a refresher course may also attend.

    I look forward to the learning and fellowship.


    David P. Owen

    Grand Secretary

    Masonic Tribune Article Submission Deadline

    Deadline for submission of articles in the Fall Issue of the Grand Lodge of Washington Masonic Tribune is a week from now (September 10, 2015.) Please send your articles as soon as you can to assist in the timely release of the publication.

    Please send your articles to  Please see the guidelines for submission in page two of the previous Masonic Tribune issues in the Grand Lodge Website.