Washingtontimes.com- “Gravestone tour tells captivating, multilayered tale”

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Gravestones stand as strong and silent sentinels, dotting a landscape awash with emotion.

Much like the individuals for whom they mark a final resting place, the gravestones have stories to tell; not ones necessarily taken to the grave by the deceased but engraved upon the stone facade for others to ponder, recall and — in many instances — research.

“The Silent Stones Speak” Cemetery Tour, organized by the Burlington Historical Society, set out on a balmy evening to learn what hidden messages stood the test of time — while in plain sight — at Green Hills Memorial Cemetery.

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NPR “Freemasonry Still Alive And Well”

The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.

Danny Done, the lodge’s worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.

His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Done uses it to point to a diagram on the wall that charts out the different kinds of Masonry.

“Here, you have the first three degrees of Masonry,” he explains, motioning to the chart. “Which gets you to, basically, the beginning step of this section, which is called the Scottish rite. And the Scottish rite was invented from a lecture series by a Scotsman in France.”

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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.

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

Brothers,

 

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:

secretary@daylightmasons.org or worshipfulmaster@daylightmasons.org

 

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 g.santy@comcast.net.  Please see the guidelines for submission in page two of the previous Masonic Tribune issues in the Grand Lodge Website.

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