Upcoming Events

GL ZOOM Meetings

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2020
7:00 pm

For Masonic Family

Brethren,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the meeting restrictions that are currently in place, the Grand Master has decided that District Meetings will be held virtually through Zoom until further notice. These events are open, so everyone is welcome to attend.
You can sign up and link into the District Meetings through GrandView. Simply:

  • Go to https://wa.gvsoftware.com.
  • If you have previously signed up to use GrandView, sign in and go to My Portal which will be in the Blue Banner at the top of the page.
  • If you have not previously signed up to use GrandView, you will need your GL ID from your dues card. Go to https://wa.gvsoftware.com and click on Member Portal, then click on sign up which is under the email and password box.
  • Enter the requested information and then click sign up. If you have any trouble registering, there is a short how-to video located on the Member Registration page.
  • If you are using a smart phone, simply go to the website and click on the Register button at the top of the page and follow the above instructions.
  • You can also call the Grand Lodge office for assistance.
Once you have logged into GrandView:
  1. Locate the My Portal tab and click on the My Portal tab.
  2. Locate the Seminars box.
  3. Open that page and choose which District Meeting(s) you would like to attend.
  4. Click the blue Sign Up button next to the meeting you would like to attend. You will be asked if you are sure you want to sign up for this seminar. Simply click yes.
  5. You will receive an email confirming you have signed up to attend.
  6. On the day of the District Meeting, simply log on to GrandView, go back to the Seminars page and click on the Join Seminar button next to the meeting you wish to attend. The login information for the meeting will pop up in a window and simply click on the link.

Fraternally,
Clinton M. Brown, Jr., Grand Secretary

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Lodge Leadership via ZOOM

For Master Masons

Brethren –

While we were unable to meet in person at the Lodge Leadership Retreat this year, the Leadership Training committee is committed to providing education and information. We would like to invite all Master Masons to participate in a series of virtual classes this fall, facilitated by members of the committee and officers of the elected Grand Line. The classes will be presented on Zoom, with the links to the classes listed in Grandview (wa.gvsoftware.com) and navigate to the member portal and click on Seminars [link below]). Each class will be listed in the seminar section at least two weeks in advance of the class. Simply click on Sign Up by the seminars you wish to attend and then you can go to the seminar page on the date and time of the Seminar and simply click "Join Seminar" which will provide you with the login information.

We selected the classes by surveying every Warden and Deacon listed in Grandview with an email address. We have selected the top six classes and ensured that there is no esoteric work that would not be suitable for presentation online.

Here’s our tentative schedule:

Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m.
What They Don't Tell You About Being Worshipful Master
There are issues and pitfalls no one ever tells you about when you become a Worshipful Master. We’ll focus on the responsibilities of a Worshipful Master from several planned events during your year, installation, first meeting, District Deputy’s official visit, balloting, Annual Communication and everything in between. There is a lot of detailed mandatory and non-mandatory things to make your Lodge function with peace and harmony during the year.

Saturday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Leadership
Introduction to leadership. Why are some leaders better and more effective than others? How do you develop interpersonal leadership skills, and create a healthy organizational culture within your Lodge?

Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Ritual and Masonic Education
Ritual is an important aspect of Freemasonry. Not only can it inspire your candidate, it is an opportunity to develop your current Masons of your lodge. This presentation defines a successful degree night, shares best practices and explores ways to groom a new generation of ritualists for your lodge. Make the most out of degree night!

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
Officer Protocol and Practices
In this session, we will review Masonic protocol and practices as explained in the Lodge Officer’s Handbook, including recommended roles and responsibilities. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m.
Lead and Motivate Masons.
In this class you will learn to use your own vision as a powerful tool for gaining support of your leadership and motivating the men of your Lodge.

Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m.
Membership Retention
For many lodges, attracting new members is important and yet so many lodges struggle to grow. This presentation approaches membership growth by examining the lodge experience and how this impacts retention and growth. Membership is now coming from men of four generations, each with a different perspective on life and expectation from their lodge. Is your lodge well positioned for growth?

We hope to see you at one or more of these classes. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at vwbjeremy@gmail.com.

Fraternally,


VWB Jeremy Yielding, Chairman
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6 Steps w/ Sr GW

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2020
6:30 pm

For Prospective Members

Brothers all, please join me on September 1, 8, 15, 22 at 6:30 P.M. for a second run of the Six Steps with the Senior Grand Warden Series. I am asking you to please invite men who have expressed interest in Freemasonry to a virtual meeting (ZOOM) where we will apply the Six Steps process.

This will be a multi-part series and is intended to provide a forum for prospective men who are interested in Freemasonry to engage with Masons. We will endeavor to use the Six Steps process as a guide for our discussions.

I am asking that if any Brother has or knows of someone who is or has expressed an interest in Freemasonry to invite them to join you for this meeting.

I am asking that you when you invite an interested man to this meeting that you plan on attending as well. Please share the details above along with the link below to those you are inviting by email and be sure to share with them to please not post it to Facebook or any other public accessible social media forum. Each meeting is planned to last at least 1 hour but not to exceed 2.

I believe that we have a golden opportunity during this Pandemic to do some meaningful work in Masonry. I feel that while we cannot invite prospective Masons to our Lodges, we can get together using ZOOM to provide an opportunity for those men to learn more about us and for us to learn more about them.

The first meeting will consist of Step 1 – Brief Interview and Discussion.

Please present them the following questions/points for consideration prior to the meeting:

  • Ask them to introduce themselves and share what brought them to Freemasonry.
  • Ask them if they are serious about a life in Freemasonry?
  • Please ask the candidate to write down and to bring a few questions with them to the meeting.
  • Ask them to think about and be prepared to discuss what they know or don’t know about Freemasonry.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you there.

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Grand Master Forum

Monday, November 16, 2020
7:00 pm

For Masons Only

Join the Grand Officers and members in Washington in an open forum with MWGM Coffman presiding. The Grand Master will conduct a Zoom forum to answer questions regarding his recent directive regarding reopening Lodges.

You will need to register in GrandView using the instructions in the GL ZOOM Meetings event (above) first. Then in the Seminars of GrandView you can register and get passwords for phone calls.

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Past Gr Masters Honorarium

Monday, October 26, 2020
7:30 pm

For Masonic Family

This year’s event will be a virtual gathering on Zoom, so even though we’ll be missing the traditional dinner celebration we should make up for it by the timeliness of their thoughts. Among the topics we have asked these Most Worshipful Brothers to discuss are:

  • Masonry’s role in society;
  • Challenges most pressing for Masonry;
  • Adapting to changing culture;
  • Thoughts on the future of Masonry.
The session will be hosted by Centralia Lodge No. 63, which established the tradition of honoring Past Grand Masters in 1990. It will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the Zoom Room open at 7:15. Here is the link to the meeting:

Meeting ID: 895 6733 5117
Passcode obtained by registering on Gr. Lodge website. (See GL ZOOM Meetings above.)

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Movie Night

First Saturday of the month

For the Masonic Family and Friends!

6:00 pm

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SUSPENDED until lodges can reopen in Washington.

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Past Events

2020

Gawlick Third Degree

Saturday, Jan. 18th, 2020

Roy Gawlick Third Degree

Roy Gawlick

Brother Roy got to see some of his Third Degree interactively with the attendees reading about the various symbols explained to him in the degree under the direction of our District Deputy.

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2019

Solstice Walk

Saturday, Dec. 21st, 2019

Winter Solstice at Lake Sacajawea

  • Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter

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Installation

Thursday, Nov. 30th, 2019

WB Robt. Mallis

  • installation installation installation installation

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2018

Hiram Award

Thursday, Apr. 3rd, 2018

WB Ray McDermott Hiram Award

Surprise Hiram Award to WB Ray McDermott presented by MWGM Warren Schoeben.

  • Reception Reception Reception Reception Reception Reception

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2017

Installation

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 2016

WB Don Talley

  • Dinner Dinner

Let's see now ... a second term, and she's still smiling ... 5 Past Grand Masters from 3 jurisdictions, the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Junior Warden, Jobs Daughters, a BBQ dinner, and a pie. What could possibly go wrong?!

  • Install Team Install Team Install Team Install Team
  • Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
  • Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony
  • Ceremony Ceremony Ceremony
  • Jobs Daughters Jobs Daughters Jobs Daughters

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Jr. Achievement Awards
Ben Franklin Video

The Lodge Officers Association of Masonic District 17 provide special recognition to Juniors in the area's high schools - Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso, Mark Morris, RA Long, Toutle Lake, Wahkiakum, and Woodland.

With special thanks to Job's Daughters Bethel #65, Kelso.

It takes a village ...!

Castle Rock

Castle Rock

Kalama

Kalama 1 Kalama 2

Kelso

Kelso

Kelso Kelso

Mark Morris

Mark Morris

RA Long

R A Long R A Long

Toutle Lake

Toutle Lake Toutle Lake

Wahkiakum

Wahkiakum

Woodland

Woodland Woodland

Woodland

Special Appearance of Ben Franklin

An informative portrayal of Ben Franklin from the Grand Lodge, F&AM of Washington.


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Bikes4Books Distribution

Longview Lodge,
Cowlitz, Clark County Sheriff Dept,
Longview Police,
WalMart

It takes a village ...!

Two bikes, 1 boys, 1 girls, were distributed to each of 8 schools in the Longview School District in May and June.

Officers from the county Sheriff and local police were on hand to provide and fit helmets. WalMart provided substantial discounts on the bikes.

Columbia Heights

Columbia Valley Gardens

Kessler

Mint Valley

Northlake

Olympic

Robt. Gray

St Helens

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2016

Bikes4Books Distribution

2016
Longview Lodge,
Cowlitz, Clark County Sheriff Dept,
Longview Police,
WalMart

It takes a village ...!

Two bikes, 1 boys, 1 girls, were distributed to each of 8 schools in the Longview School District in May and June.

Officers from the county Sheriff and local police were on hand to provide and fit helmets. WalMart provided substantial discounts on the bikes.

Columbia Heights

ColumbiaHtsColumbiaHts

ColumbiaHtsColumbiaHts

Columbia Valley Gardens

ColumbiaVlyColumbiaVly

Kessler

KesslerKessler

KesslerKessler

Kessler

Mint Valley

MintVlyMintVly

MintVly

Northlake

NorthlakeNorthlake

NorthlakeNorthlake

Northlake

Olympic

OlympicOlympic

OlympicOlympic

Robt. Gray

RobtGrayRobtGray

RobtGray

St Helens

StHelensStHelens

StHelensStHelens

StHelens

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2015

Installation

Saturday, Dec. 10th, 2014

WB Frank Harju

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Ben Franklin Day
Grand Master Visitation
MWB Sam Roberts

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Open to all Masons and public

An informative portrayal of Ben Franklin from the Grand Lodge.


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Open House

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Longview Lodge

Masonic Family and Friends!

Longevity awards were presented to our members after an excellent meal prepared (mostly) by the members.

A 50-Year pin was awarded to Wor. John Olson, who is also a Past Grand Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Although attendance was sparse, Bro. Olson had us holding our sides from laughter as he commented on his Masonic journey.

Pictures follow ...

guests

food line

food line Bro. Don Talley, Sr. Warden (back to camera) directing traffic at the food line

food line

honored guest From left: Wor. Olson's wife, ???; our chef and Sr. Steward, Ivan McCracken; Wor. Olsen; Wor. Frank Harju

Olson

Sid

John

Paul

desserts Fresh pies from the Job's Daughters in Kelso

Don Lee
Is that Greatful Dead in the background?
Yep, they'll never suspect it ...

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