2018 JGW Candidate Forum

The videos for the JGW Candidate forum are now all online!


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You Tube Playlist (plays all of them, about 42 minutes)

1 Introductions

2 Qualifications

3 Grand Treasurer

4 Board of Directors

5 Technology in Fraternity

6 Fighting Misinformation (6 of 13)

7 Most Pressing Issue

8 Helping Struggling Lodges

9 Funding Sources

10 Improving Lives of Masons

11 Sunset Clause

12 Prince Hall

13 Closing statements

Junior Grand Warden Candidate Statement: WB John Lawson

How has my Masonic life prepared me for the duties and responsibilities of serving as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington?

Providence placed me in the perfect location to become a successful mason and I owe the brothers in southeast Washington my gratitude. Kennewick lodge, in particular, made a priority of assigning mentors to assist in each degree through proficiency. They offered no shortcuts and kept expectations high.

I was encouraged to work my way through the chairs and took each position including Master of the Lodge in progression. I was asked to oversee the beautification of our lodge which included the raising of funds and organizing work. I participate in Scottish Rite where I became Venerable Master, moderator of Dinner and a Movie education night and currently serve a three year term on the Board of Governance for Early Childhood Development; Shriners as Trustee of Columbia Basin Shrine Club and Marshal of El Katif Divan, Eastern Star as Worthy Patron 5 times and Grand Representative; Amaranth as Royal Patron and Grand Representative twice and chaired the state scholarship auction, Rainbow dad and board member of Tri-city Assembly and received York Rite Degrees.

I received the Hiram Award, the Grand Master’s Achievement award and the Royal Order of Scotland honors for my work in both the community and Lodge. I served MWGM Sam Roberts as Grand Standard Bearer, served MWGM Don Monk on numerous committees as needed and last year served MWGM Jim Mendoza as Grand Chaplain. These opportunities for mentorship as well as creating masonic social media sites, chapters and courts, has helped me communicate with brothers in nearly every corner of the state and even across the country. Making myself available last year for the office of Junior Grand Warden, was itself an excellent opportunity to engage with even more brothers in many of our lodges.

Masonry is my life and I echo its tenets in everything I do. I’ve worked to motivate others into action and help and encouraged them to find meaningful insights through history, tradition, and esoteric study. Hopefully, I have inspired some to take masonry with both hands and undertake any task or challenge and never take their eye off of the roots of why we are masons in the first place and why it’s important to work in the quarry every day. Being a communications specialist/marketing and branding professional, has aided me also in my masonic career, using my ability to clearly paint a clear picture of masonry’s mission, sincerely listening and motivating those who seek further masonic light on their own journey east.

My Masonic life has provided a wide variety of hands-on experience and my exposure to the Grand Lodge convinces me that I will add value, vision, and leadership to our fraternity with an experienced business and marketing background and a no nonsense financial discipline. My active association with many concordant bodies provides me a deeper insight and empathy to the needs of our larger fraternal family. I look forward to mutually leveraging the values and successes of our extended families and show a united fraternity to all.

Junior Grand Warden Candidate Statement: VW Cameron Bailey

How has my Masonic life prepared me for the duties and responsibilities of serving as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington?

Masonic mentorship has prepared me for each new challenge that I have faced within Freemasonry.

From my very first weeks as an Entered Apprentice Mason, sitting in my mentor’s living room, learning every word of the Posting Lecture. More importantly learning about our Fraternity.

Again as an EA, learning one of the roles of a District Deputy. My mentor and I met with our DDGM because no one in the Lodge seemed to know just what that one line in the Posting Lecture cypher actually said. I learned more from that Deputy than he’ll ever know, and more again when he ascended to the Grand Mastership.

I’ll never forget the words of wisdom imparted to me by our then Grand Lecturer, or the equally important words given to me by an elderly Mason I met while visiting a Lodge far from home.

I was made ready to be Master of my Lodge by listening to, and learning from, other Masters. Traveling within, and without our Grand Jurisdiction. Finding those men who led their Lodges the way I wanted to lead a Lodge. Learning from them with each new officer chair I filled.

One of my Lodge’s was blessed to have a most excellent Secretary. He spent time with me, I learned. When the time came that I needed to help my Lodge by filling that role, I was ready. Ready because of what I learned from the Secretary who had become a true friend and brother.

Likewise when I was asked to serve as District Deputy to the Grand Master. I had a long line of great Deputies to follow. A long line of men who had been there. A long line of men that I had learned from through the years.

If I am honored to face this new challenge in Freemasonry I will do so having learned from those men who have come before me. From those men who have, in ways large and small, prepared me for the duties and responsibilities to come.

I could seemingly write volumes, and lists of names, of all the men who have each contributed to my Masonic journey through their kindness and mentorship. Some of them knew that they were mentoring and teaching me, others probably did not. Nevertheless, I’ve learned extremely valuable lessons from men situated throughout our Fraternity.

I remember the impact these brothers have had upon my life, and my Masonic path, even if they do not, for to me their knowledge was invaluable, while to them I was just another fellow being mentored as they had mentored so many before me.

Masonic mentorship is an invaluable facet of our Fraternity. We as the Freemasons of today must ensure that we mentor the men who join our ranks with the same fervency and zeal as we were given upon our first entrance through the west gate.

Our ritual says it best: “For the Attentive Ear receives the sound from the Instructive Tongue…”


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.



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


CONTACT:  SIMON R. LAPLACE, 301-476-7330



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



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.


Warren Schoeben
Grand Master.

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