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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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10 Qualities of a Real Man

What exactly is a ‘real’ man like? There is so much more to being a real, manly man than having a beard, working out, fixing things, and eating meat – although those things have certainly become synonymous with the idea of ‘manliness’. But there’s a deeper definition of the qualities of a real man.

An editor on the blog, ArtofManliness.com put it well recently: “It’s hard to describe manliness in isolation — that is, apart from the flesh and blood men who embody it. It’s something that you instinctively recognize and feel when you encounter it in another.”

What character traits does a real man — a good man — have? How does he treat the people in his life? Do his actions align with his words and purported morals? The following qualities of a real man outline an individual who is respected and admired by his family, friends, colleagues and beyond, someone who can make his world better for others.

  1. Compassionate: A real man does not intentionally cause pain, and is sensitive to the needs of others. He cares about other people’s happiness and is empathetic in their sorrows.
  2. Faithful: It is vital that a man be true to himself and the people in his life. He does not cheat or betray, and submits to his chosen morals with integrity.
  3. Confident: Self-assurance, not pride, is a driving force for a real man. He knows where he is going and why, and is following a path to achieve his goals.
  4. Respectful: Every individual deserves respect, and a real man acts in a way that is respectful of all others he encounters, not just his superiors or figures of authority.
  5. Humble: All men must be willing and able to account for the mistakes he has made, taking ownership to right any wrongs, and practicing humility when he falls short.
  6. Courageous: Bravery and courage are aspects of humanity that all real men must enact. He stands up for what’s right, and always protects women, children and the weak.
  7. Hard Working: All men and women have duties, and a real man works hard to fulfill his responsibilities, striving to succeed and to meet additional goals and aspirations.
  8. Capable: A manly man respects and appreciates care and help from others, and yet is fully independent and capable to maintain his person, his home, and his livelihood.
  9. Passionate: Whether it be in work, hobbies, or relationships, a real man is passionate about something.
  10. Humor: Pride and ego have no place in a real man’s character. He should be able to laugh at himself and cultivate good humor in his interactions with others.

The Freemasons are comprised of tens of thousands of men who are striving to portray and implement these qualities of a real man in their everyday life. To learn more about our values, please click here. Or, contact us to learn more about Freemasonry.

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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

Grand Lodge Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed on the following dates.

December 23rd – Closed at 11:00 a.m.
December 24th – Closed
December 25th – Closed
December 30th – Closed at 12:00 p.m.
December 31st – Closed
January 1st – Closed

We will re-open for regular business hours on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

The Grand Lodge Staff wish you the BEST of times over this holiday season!!!


Michael Ramirez, Queen Anne Lodge

The old adage, “life gives to the givers, and takes from the takers” rings true in Masonry, which is about giving. Giving to your community, giving life to yourself, and giving yourself the best life you can. But, we’re not always aware of these inner workings when knocking on the door of a Lodge to find out the “secrets” of the Freemasons

For me, the reason I came knocking was because I was seeking a solid community and, I wanted to join in a tradition shared and experienced by some of those greats who many, including myself, admire: our nation’s first President, George Washington, author Oscar Wilde, and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Furthermore, I wanted to find a place to where I could contribute my effort in making this community a better place.

So, thinking I would kill 3 birds with one stone, I knocked on the door of Queen Anne Lodge. In those days, “the knock” consisted of sending an email to a website that looked like it sold office supplies. While our Lodge website has changed, the heart of the Lodge stays the same. I was greeted by a member who asked that I stop by for a meal and get to know who actually comprise the Lodge and its members. I met men of all ages and occupations, and I was impressed that I actually got to MEET them. I could see that they were actually spending time together. That warmth of community was extremely refreshing. And so, in the summer of 2009 I joined.

Fast forward to 2015. Since joining Queen Anne Lodge the “members” have become friends and Brothers whom I respect and love. They have joined me in celebrating huge milestones in my life: the publication of my first book, my wedding, and the birth of my first son. I have been able to enjoy an incredible wealth of community as result of our meetings, work parties, meals (most meals we cook ourselves), ad hoc hikes, traditions and ritual, and time shared. All of this is result of Freemasonry (and becoming a Freemason).

I’ll skip over the many of the anecdotes and fun stories that shape my Masonic history and recent history of Queen Anne Lodge, but I will close with saying that my Masonic journey has been a blast. The past six years would not be as valuable or as rich without the relationships that my Lodge gave me the opportunity to build. These relationships have deeply enriched my life and who I am as an individual. And, the fact that our country and community allow an institution dedicated to our personal and communal enrichment is a priceless asset that I hope that all who are looking for can find, and that future generations can enjoy and benefit from.

Danny Done

I suppose my first encounter with Freemasonry was in seeing the sign on the Lodge in North Bend, WA where I grew up. Years later I became facilitated by the history of the english 1600s and the english enlightenment, as well as the role Freemasonry played in that time and the formation of the United States. I first inquired by emailing the Grand Lodge, and was referred to Eric at Queen Anne Lodge who invited me for dinner one evening is 2009.

I was nervous the first time I went, not knowing what to expect. I’m sure my imagination was tainted by the media, but taking the action to explore what facilitated me was exciting. The first people I met were Eric, Zane and Justin. At the time Zane was going through a divorce, Justin was transitioning jobs, and Eric was living apart from his family for work. So they often opened up the lodge on days other than stated meetings for casual dinners and conversation to pass the evenings in good company. It was one of those cozy small dinners that I walked into. It was clear that Freemasonry is a family.

I expected secrets guarded in ceremonies, but what I found were brothers. Men that I could connect with and relate to, and friendships that have spanned years and thousands of miles.

I went in with gusto, being raised to a Master Mason within 6 months, and immediately volunteered to take the position of Junior Deacon in the sparsely populated Lodge. I wanted to help more though, so I also volunteered to build a new website for the Lodge, which lead me to study the history and culture of Craft in in great detail in order to write much of the original content. The intended result was expanded visibility in search and education of other like minded men about Freemasonry, which is exactly what happened. The Lodge, which I’m told was nearly dead in the early 2000s, began to spark to life with energetic and motivated millennials like me, and more friendships and Freemasons were born.

During the thick of the recession many of my our members were between jobs including myself, so we set to work improving the venue of our community, the Lodge. The brothers had talked for years about removing the drop panel ceilings to expose the original raised ceilings in our building, which was once the PNW telephone exchange. So I put together a proposal to begin by remodeling and redecorating the entry way. In the process we discovered that hidden behind faux 1970s wood panels was a beautiful brick that had been preserved in the 100 year old building. So we threw a work party where dozens of brothers, their families and men interested in joining showed up to expose the brick, replace the interior walls with a beautiful mahogany wood, and the furniture with leather chesterfields, creating the look and feel we all imagined in our minds eye a Freemasons Lodge should look like.

The renovation of the entry way was such a success that we immediately began the year long project of transforming the dining room as well in the same style. Now our lodge building hosts not only our brothers but dozens of events every year put on by people who want to celebrate surrounded by old world charm.

Through a series being short of hands in my early days at Queen Anne Lodge, and some turn over in upper level leadership. I found myself in the position of being moved directly to the position of Senior Warden, after my 2nd year as an officer, and the Worshipful Master in just my 4th year as a Freemason, when I was 26, making me the youngest Worshipful Master in Washington, which was an amazing honor.

I had the opportunity to travel to England in 2014, and arranged a visit to the Lodge in my family’s ancestral home town, Tarporley. When I arrived I was doubly welcomed by the brothers there as if I had actually grown up in the town, and had been a close family member visiting after a long absence. This has been my experience with all travel I have taken part of as a Freemason. I came to the craft for mysteries and knowledge; but time and time again, I realize those only serve to cement the bonds of friendship that open doors across the world, but more especially here at home.

(Danny is CEO of Marketeering Group, and current Co-Chair of the Technology Committee. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or his Personal Blog.)

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