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2012 Officer Installations   Leave a comment

Newly installed 2012 Central Lodge officers, SW Todd Carpenter and WM David Bryant

Congratulations to our newly installed Central Lodge officers for the year 2012. The new roster is as follows:

WM — Bro. David Bryant
SW — Bro. Todd Carpenter
JW — Bro. Adhmad Perry
SD — PM Randall Evans
JD — Bro. André Taylor
SS — Bro. Charles Lasley
JS — Bro. Henry Holmes
Tiler — Bro. Sharper Cunningham
Chaplain — Bro. Nathaniel Taylor
Marshall — Bro. Aaron Herbert
Secretary — PM Brian Hogan
Treasurer — PM William B. Wilson

Our new Worshipful Master, David Bryant, had this to say on our quarterly newsletter, Central Light:

To my brothers of Central Lodge #1. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the craft for electing me as your Worshipful Master for the year 2012.

I do hereby, solemnly and sincerely, promise and swear that I will represent each and every one of you to the best of my ability during my tenure as Master of Central Lodge #1. The Lodge will need everyone in order to prosper. My promise is leadership and guidance, but success does not come from me…it comes from us, and it is FOR US!!

My brothers, my mentor once told me that Masonry was for me, and that I would get out of it, whatever I put into it! That bit of advice has resonated in me throughout my Masonic life…and so I say to you, my brothers…Masonry is also ―for you‖ come get all the light you desire, and never let anyone, or anything steer you away from what is rightfully yours! Let’s have a great year and make Central Lodge #1…THE Lodge of the District, and one to be emulated by the entire Jurisdiction. See you the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each and every month this year!

Fraternally Yours!
WMDB

Posted January 13, 2012 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in General Announcements

Congratulations to Bro. Brian Sanchez, Phylaxis Society’s newly appointed Indiana Council Representative!   Leave a comment

Newly appointed Associate Editor for The Phylaxis magazine and Phylaxis Society Council Representative for Indiana, Bro. Brian Sanchez, standing with PM John Aaron and PM Brian Hogan.


Congratulations to our own Bro. Brian Sanchez, Indiana’s newly appointed Rep. for the Phylaxis Society! The Phylaxis Society is an international organization of Prince Hall Freemasons dedicated to studying the life of Prince Hall, and researching the history of Prince Hall Freemasonry. It was designed to educate Masons about Prince Hall Freemasonry.

Bro. Sanchez became involved with Phylaxis after being introduced to it by South Carolina’s Rep., Bro. Bruce Benjamin. Upon becoming a member, Sanchez quickly presented to Phylaxis President and Council of Representatives President, on how the Phylaxis Society can improve its image, brand identity, and extend its reach among the brethren. This led to his appointment as the Society’s first Social Media Administrator. His dedication to promoting not just the Phylaxis Society, but Prince Hall Masonry in general eventually led to his appointment as Editor of the Phylaxis Council of Representatives newsletter, Associate Editor of The Phylaxis magazine, and most recently as the official Phylaxis Council Representative for the State of Indiana.

As Indiana’s newly appointed Council Rep., Sanchez hopes to not only spread further light in Masonry within Central Lodge, Central District , and throughout our jurisdiction, but hopes to attract more bros. into the Society. Bro. Brian Sanchez is another example of proactive brothers making a difference for the benefit of the craft, and we are proud to call him a brother of Central Lodge #1! To learn more about Phylaxis, visit www.thephylaxis.org.

Posted January 13, 2012 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Congratulations

Congratulations to our newly raised Master Masons!   1 comment

Brothers Michael Alexander, Michael Warner, Rodney Underwood, Eugene Dooley, and Jason Breaux.

Congratulations go out to Central Lodge Brothers Michael Alexander, Michael Warner, Rodney Underwood, Eugene Dooley, and Jason Breaux, who were finally raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Indianapolis Prince Hall Masonic Temple, home of Central Lodge No. 1. Continue to make us proud!!

Posted January 13, 2012 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Congratulations

Four Letter Masons, by Hon. John B. Williams, FPS   Leave a comment

Hon. John B. Williams, FPS

Hon. John B. Williams, FPS. President, The Phylaxis Society

Four Letter Masons
by John B. Williams

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The question was, “Why Don’t Prince Hall Masons Recognize Four-Letter Masons?”

What is a Four-Letter Lodge?

In answer to this question, consider this example. Robert J. Fletcher, a Past Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of California, was a star in the firmament and was said to have been one of the brightest and most inspired Masons in the jurisdiction. In 1909, however, PMWGM Fletcher disregarded resolutions passed in this Grand Lodge. He was subsequently tried by Philomaethean Lodge No. 2 and was expelled from the Order. He applied for reinstatement in 1910, but he was never reinstated as a Prince Hall Mason. In that same year, as an expelled Mason, without authority from any Masonic body, without a charter or dispensation from any Masonic lodge or grand lodge, he formed an organization that he called Robert J. Fletcher Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons). He filed with the State of California to have his organization incorporated under that name and went about the business of conferring degrees styled on his previous teachings, on unsuspecting men of California. In 1913, the name of Fletcher’s organization was changed to Hiram of Tyre Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. with Fletcher as Grand Master.

Thus began one of several so-called “grand lodges” in the State of California operating without the blessings of the MW Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM of California because they were not formed under proper Masonic authority. In other parts of this nation, the un-chartered formation of lodges styling themselves “Masonic” has been successfully contested in court. In an action in New Mexico the court stated, We think the appellant’s use of the word, “Mason” or the terms “Free and Accepted Masons” or “A.F. & A.M.” or “F. & A.M.,” renders the name of the Grand Lodge so strikingly similar, as to cause confusion, tends to deceive the public and induces persons to join one institution when actually they intended to join the other. Bringing such suits has proven to be cost-prohibitive; the disbanded “grand lodges” typically change some part of their name or change some part of their emblem, and open up again without missing a single meeting of a subordinate lodge.

Here is the problem: We learn in the very first degree of the Order that a charter or dispensation is part of the indispensable furniture of a lodge. No body of men can be considered Masonic without such a charter or dispensation from some legitimate Masonic authority.

Legitimate Freemasons are part of an Order rooted in heritage and law.

Legitimate Freemasons are part of an Order rooted in heritage and law. Legitimate Freemasons have a lineage based on their charter and this lineage traces back, not to the time of King Solomon (as Scottish Rite Masons claim), but to the time of the Grand Lodge system founded by the Grand Lodge of England in 1717. Spurious bodies styling themselves Masons have come into being over the centuries, but unless they are chartered by recognized bodies, they are not taken as being Masonic. Some people refer to these bodies as bogus or clandestine, but it is safer to refer to them simply as “unrecognized” or “spurious.”

Please note that there are legitimate Grand Lodges that use AF&AM, or the four-letter name. The presence of three letters or four letters does not make a lodge spurious. By the same token, the presence of “Prince Hall” in the name does not make them legitimate; the so-called “Prince Hall” Grand Lodge of Florida is not recognized by other Prince Hall Grand Lodges (Union Grand Lodge is). The key lies in the origin of the Grand Lodge.

How are Prince Hall Masons Different?

Prince Hall Masonry goes back to the year 1775 when 15 men of color were made Freemasons by British colonial soldiers. The Prince Hall fraternity has since grown parallel with the so-called Regular (Caucasian) Freemasonry in the United States through periods of slavery, segregation, and racial tension to become the predominant Black fraternal organization in the nation.

Who are the Scottish Rite Masons? The so called “Scottish Rite” Masons are a group of Afro-Americans practicing a brand of Masonry that is not recognized as legitimate by Prince Hall Freemasons anywhere in the world. They are a spurious body that constituted itself outside the body of recognized Masons as an independent order.

Are these the same as the AASR Masons of the 32nd and 33rd degrees?

The Scottish Rite Masons who confer the Symbolic Degrees are not to be confused with the men in Prince Hall Consistories who operate under the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and who confer the 4th through the 33rd degrees. The unrecognized body claims authority to charter Blue Lodges and empowers these lodges to confer the first three degrees of Masonry.

What about the Principle of Brotherly Love?

Every Prince Hall Grand Jurisdiction that I have visited, and every one that I have heard about teaches the practice of Brotherly Love:

By the exercise of Brotherly Love, we are taught to regard the whole human race as one family—the high, the low, the rich, the poor, who being created by one Almighty Parent and inhabitants of the same planet, ought to aid, support, and protect each other. On this principle Masonry unites men of every country, sect, and opinion, and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.

Although our Grand Lodge considers certain fraternal bodies as being spurious, it opens its arms to any man who has mistakenly applied for Masonic membership in these spurious bodies, and our Grand Lodge allows such men to become Prince Hall Masons by way of a special Healing ceremony.

Race is not an issue in deciding Masonic recognition

If we can recognize White Masons, why can’t we recognize Black Masons?

Race is not an issue in deciding Masonic recognition; the racial makeup of a group is entirely irrelevant and offers no advantage either in favor of or against recognition of a body. The fact is that our Grand Lodge recognizes Black Masons in virtually every state of the nation, provided they pass the test of Masonic legitimacy. There are Black bodies that we do not recognize Masonically for other reasons.

1. Some of them are not known to us. Our fraternal Relations Committee attempted to identify all organizations operating in California using the emblem of the square and compass. We did not find them all. Of those we found, we sent correspondence to the last known address of each asking whether they wished to enter into discussion regarding items of mutual interest. We received a response from only one of them. We offered that body an opportunity to enter into discussions that might lead to the formation of a unified grand lodge encompassing their members and ours: they refused to discuss the idea.

2. Recognition between two Masonic bodies must be mutually desired. We do not recognize a body that has no interest in recognition. Overtures must come from both parties, and only after mutually agreeable discussions have been concluded between representatives of the two groups will recognition be recommended by the Fraternal Relations Committee. Even then, the matter must still be approved by both Grand Lodges in session.

This is a difficult issue for anyone committed to Masonic ideals, because there are men out there, members of the four-letter lodges, who are as devoted to the principles of Masonry as some of us are. Many of you will agree that a man who has pledged himself to conform to the principles of the Masonic Order, a man who has obligated himself in the same manner as we have, even if he has been tricked into making this pledge by a spurious, unrecognized organization, is a greater friend to us than one who has made no such pledge. This is the reason that we accept these men into the Order under the relaxed standards of the Healing process. It is not the man but the organization that recognition excludes.

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Posted October 21, 2011 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Views

Congratulations to Central Lodge’s own Brian Hogan, 2011’s Worshipful Master of the Year   1 comment

WM Brian Hogan with MW Grand Master Darrel E. Morton, Sr.

WM Brian Hogan with MW Grand Master Darrel E. Morton, Sr.

The Indiana Prince Hall Grand Lodge’s 155th Annual Communication (held on July 22—24, 2011) saw Central Lodge’s own Worshipful Master Brian Hogan receive the award for 2011’s Worshipful Master of the Year for the Jurisdiction of Indiana. The announcement was made during that Saturday’s Grand Lodge/Grand Chapter Joint Awards Banquet, when Grand Lodge Public Relations Commission Chairman (and fellow Central Lodge No. 1 member) PM Randall Evans presented the award to Brian Hogan.
WM of the Year recipient Brian Hogan with 2009 WM of the Year recipient Randall Evans

WM of the Year recipient Brian Hogan with 2009 WM of the Year recipient Randall Evans


This proud achievement is made even more significant when considering that the most recent recipients of the Worshipful Master of the Year award came from our very Lodge: PM Randall Evans (2009), PM William B. Wilson (2007), PM Quantis R. Wiggins (2005), and PM Eric Slaughter (2003).

Congratulations, Brian Hogan, Central Lodge’s Worshipful Master of the Year!

Posted July 27, 2011 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Congratulations

Congratulations to Central Lodge’s own PM William B. Wilson, Jr., duly elected 51st Grand Worthy Patron   1 comment

Central Lodge's own 51st Grand Worthy Patron, William B. Wilson, Jr.

Central Lodge's own 51st Grand Worthy Patron, William B. Wilson, Jr.


Those who attended Indiana Prince Hall Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star’s 123rd Annual Communication (held during the weekend of July 21st to the 24th in Indianapolis, Indiana) witnessed the election of Central Lodge’s own Past Master William B. Wilson Jr. as Indiana Grand Chapter’s 51st Grand Worthy Patron.

PM William B. Wilson, Jr., served as Central Lodge No. 1’s Worshipful Master in 2006, and was voted Worshipful Master of the Year that year by members of our Jurisdiction of Indiana.

We at Central Lodge No. 1 wish our brother GWP Willie Wilson a successful tenure, and we will undoubtedly offer all the support we can give him. Continue to make us proud!

You can send him your congratulatory messages on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1718627034

Posted July 26, 2011 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Congratulations

Election results from the 155th Indiana Prince Hall Grand Lodge Communication   Leave a comment

Election results from the 155th Indiana Prince Hall Grand Lodge Communication, held on July 22nd—24th, 2011:

Most Worshipful Grand Master — Otis Dodson
RW Deputy Grand Master — Clyde Bailey
RW Grand Senior Warden — Gary Williams
RW Grand Junior Warden — Ronnell Lewis
RW Grand Treasurer — John Lewers
RW Grand Secretary — Charles Vaughn

St. John the Baptist Day, June 24th   Leave a comment

St. John the Baptist Day, June 24th

“There is in every regular and well governed Lodge, a certain point within a circle, embordered by two parallel perpendicular lines…“

Friday, June 24th, Freemasons celebrate the Feast of St. John Baptist. A curious thing for a non-sectarian group to do. Freemasonry historically acknowledges St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist as its patron saints, reveres their memory, points to their exemplary lives in its ritualistic work, and dedicates its Lodges to them.

In 1740, Chevalier Andrew Michael Ramsey, a Scottish expatriate living in France, as Orator of the Grand Lodge of France, first suggested what morphed into the Templar theory of the formation of Freemasons. “During the time of the holy wars in Palestine, several principal lords and citizens associated themselves together, and entered into a vow to re-establish the temples of the Christians in the Holy Land; and engaged themselves by an oath to employ their talents and their fortune in restoring architecture to its primitive institution. They adopted several ancient signs and symbolic words drawn from religion by which they might distinguish themselves from the infidels and recognize each other in the midst of the Saracens. They communicated these signs and words only to those who had solemnly sworn, often at the foot of the altar, never to reveal them. This was not an oath of execration but a bond uniting men of all nations into the same confraternity. Some time after our order was united with the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Hence our lodges are, in all Christian countries, called Lodges of St. John.”

Ramsey largely invented his tale out of whole cloth, and there is nothing to suggest that his account was anything more than a fairy tale.

In what is called the Old York Lecture from about 1770 in England has the following as part of its EA catechism:

“Q. To whom were the lodges dedicated during the Mosaic dispensation?”__”

A. To Moses, the chosen of God, and Solomon, the son of David.”__

“Q. And under what name were the Masons known during that period?”__

“A. Under the name of Dionysiacs, Geometricians, or Masters in Israel.”__

“Q. But as Solomon was a Jew, and died long before the promulgation of Christianity, to whom were they dedicated under the Christian dispensation?”__

“A. From Solomon the patronage of Masonry passed to St. John the Baptist.”__

“Q. And under what name were they known after the promulgation of Christianity?”__

“A. Under the name of Essenes, Architects, or Freemasons.”__

“Q. Why were the lodges dedicated to St. John the Baptist?”__

“A. Because he was the forerunner of our Saviour, and by preaching repentance and humiliation, drew the first parallel of the Gospel.”__

“Q. Had St. John the Baptist any equal?”__

“A. He had; St. John the Evangelist.”__

“Q. Why was he said to be the equal of the Baptist?”__

“A. Because he finished by his learning what the other began by his zeal, and thus drew a second line parallel to the former; ever since which time Freemason’s lodges in all Christian countries, have been dedicated to the one, or the other, or both of these worthy and worshipful men.”

The Preston Lectures, which is what our own rituals are based upon (by way of Thomas Smith Webb in the US), were the standard in England until the reconciliation between the “Ancient” and “Modern” factions in 1813, when a compromise was developed. References to the Saints were removed, the parallel lines were said to represent Moses and Solomon, and the lodges dedicated “to God and his service.” Our English brethren removed the saints to eliminate any hint of religious sectarianism.

In our American version, one of the least understood symbols is a certain point within a circle, bounded by two parallel lines, with the volume of sacred law at the top.

The symbol is actually based on an old astrological and alchemical symbol. The point in the center represented the Earth, which was thought to be the center of the universe. The heavens were believed to spin around the Earth, represented by the circle. The two lines represented the summer and winter solstices, the longest and shortest days of the year. For thousands of years, these days were celebrated as pagan feast days all over the world, and they were especially important to farming societies, because they were the astronomical methods of determining planting seasons.

In about 300A.D., the Catholic Church began to dedicate popular pagan feast days to the saints. June 24th, the longest day of the year, was declared St. John the Baptist day, while December 27th, the shortest day, was dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. Collectively, Masons refer to them as the Holy Saints John.

Operative Freemasonry was first developed when Roman Catholicism was the prevailing religion, and these feast days continued under the Church of England. It was common for guilds and other trade groups to adopt a patron saint or two. Some Masons picked both Saints John, and over the centuries Masons commonly celebrate their feast days with banquets. And curiously, even though Freemasonry today is non-denominational and non-sectarian, American Masons have retained these customs of old. Part of the ritual in America says that Masons come “from the Holy Saints John of Jerusalem,” while in other parts of the world, lodges are dedicated to King Solomon.

John the Baptist was zealous, while John the Evangelist was learned, and by picking both of them as patron saints, Masons symbolically united both passion and reason.

The symbol also shows the Volume of Sacred Law at the top. In Masonry, the point represents the individual, and the circle is the boundary of his actions. Taken as a whole, the symbol implies that a Mason should consult the sacred texts of his own religion to achieve the proper balance between passion and intensity on one side, and knowledge and education on the other. In other words, he should balance education, excitement and faith to effectively subdue his passions. In a way, it is a graphic representation of the conscience.

More information about the Feast of St. John the Evangelist from Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Fr. Francis X. Weiser, SJ:

This saint was highly honored throughout the whole Church from the beginning. Proof of this is, among other things, the fact that fifteen churches were dedicated to him in the ancient imperial city of Constantinople. Being the precursor of our Lord, he was accorded the same honor as the first great saints of the Christian era, although he belonged to the Old Covenant. The fact that Christ praised him so highly (Matthew 11, 11) encouraged, of course, a special veneration. Accordingly, we find a regular cycle of feasts in his honor among the early Christian churches.

[snip]

The question arises of why June 24, and not 25. It has often been claimed that the Church authorities wanted to “Christianize” the pagan solstice celebrations and for this reason advanced Saint John’s feast as a substitute for the former pagan festival. However, the real reason why Saint John’s Day falls on June 24 lies in the Roman way of counting, which proceeded backward from the calends (first day) of the succeeding month. Christmas was “the eighth day before the Kalends of January” (Octavo Kalendas Januarii). Consequently, Saint John’s nativity was put on the “eighth day before the Kalends of July.” However, since June has only thirty days, in our way of counting the feast falls on June 24.

[snip]

The Baptist is patron of tailors (because he made his own garments in the desert), of shepherds (because he spoke of the “Lamb of God”), and of masons. This patronage over masons is traced to his words:

Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight all his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, And the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth. (Luke 3, 4-6.)

All over Europe, from Scandinavia to Spain, and from Ireland to Russia, Saint John’s Day festivities are closely associated with the ancient nature lore of the great summer festival of pre-Christian times. Fires are lighted on mountains and hilltops on the eve of his feast. These “Saint John’s fires” burn brightly and quietly along the fiords of Norway, on the peaks of the Alps, on the slopes of the Pyrenees, and on the mountains of Spain (where they are called Hogueras). They were an ancient symbol of the warmth and light of the sun which the forefathers greeted at the beginning of summer. In many places, great celebrations are held with dances, games, and outdoor meals.

Fishermen from Brittany keep this custom even while far out at sea in the Arctic Ocean. They hoist a barrel filled with castoff clothing to the tip of the mainsail yard and set the contents on fire. All ships of the fishing fleet light up at the same time, about eight o’clock in the evening. The men gather around the mast, pray and sing. Afterward they celebrate in their quarters, and the captain gives each crew member double pay.

Another custom is that of lighting many small fires in the valleys and plains. People gather around, jump through the flames, and sing traditional songs in praise of the saint or of summer. This custom is based on the pre-Christian “need fires” (niedfyr, nodfyr) which were believed to cleanse, cure, and immunize people from all kinds of disease, curses, and dangers. In Spain these smaller fires (fogatas) are lighted in the streets of towns and cities, everybody contributing some old furniture or other wood, while children jump over the flames. In Brest, France, the bonfires are replaced by lighted torches which people throw in the air. In other districts of France they cover wagon wheels with straw, then set them on fire with a blessed candle and roll them down the hill slopes.

Source:
http://freemasonsfordummies.blogspot.com/2011/06/st-john-baptist-day-june-24th.html

St. John’s Day Sunday Processional and Service (Central District)

Sunday, June 26, 2011 3:00 PM Eastern Time

Come out and celebrate St. John’s Day with us! We’ll be at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church (1003 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis), with Pastor Carl Z. Liggins presiding.

We’ll be assembling at the church at 2:15pm, heading to the march site at 2:30pm.

The program starts starts at 3:00pm.

Brothers, remember this is a GRAND LODGE event, so MASONIC dress is in order!

Congratulations to Brian Sanchez, our newly-raised Master Mason   Leave a comment

Central Lodge No. 1 would like to congratulate our very own Bro. Brian Carlos Sanchez, who was raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason this past Thursday, June 16, 2011.

Master Mason degree of Brian Sanchez

Newly-raised Master Masons Steve Downey of Fidelity Lodge No. 55 and Brian Sanchez of Central Lodge No. 1, with special guest William Ellis of Dalton Lodge No. 105.

Prince Hall Masonic Temple at 2201 Central Avenue was the site of the evening’s degree, with esteemed Masons representing various Lodges within and outside of Central District in attendance to show their support and Brotherly Love, including Southern Cross Lodge No. 39, Fidelity Lodge No. 55, and Trinity Lodge No. 18. Guests included Central District Deputy Grand Master Cornell Murrell, Grand Lecturer Charles Freeman, with a special visit from Bro. William Ellis of Dalton Lodge No. 105 and founder of BrotherhoodAprons.com.

Born in Manila, Philippines in April 17, 1977, Brian Sanchez moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of three. A devoted husband and father of two beautiful children, Bro. Sanchez moved to Indianapolis in 2010 to work for the Saturday Evening Post magazine as a graphic designer. His talents include graphic design, website design, and illustration, while his passions include philosophy, history, and spirituality. Bro. Sanchez was raised a Master Mason along with Bro. Steve Downey of Fidelity Lodge No. 55.

Central Lodge No. 1 is known for their near-impeccable degree work, but there was something in the air that evening that made the Degree Team out-perform even themselves! By the night’s end, the Central Lodge Degree Team received nothing but praise and compliments from all those who had the pleasure to attend.

SW David Bryant, who served as WM for the evening’s degree, had this to say:

“I would like to congratulate Bro Sanchez on receiving his 3rd Degree in Masonry, and thank my Degree team for an outstanding job! Central Lodge #1 has a long and proud history in regard to its degree work in this Jurisdiction…and brothas you let you light shine bright last Thursday night!! The “Bar” has been set!!”

Master Mason degree of Brian Sanchez

Newly-raised Master Mason Brian Sanchez, visited by Georgia's William Ellis of Dalton Lodge No. 105.

Posted June 18, 2011 by Central Lodge No. 1 F&AM PHA in Congratulations

Grand News – Continued from Vol. 1, Issue 2 of the Central Light Newsletter   Leave a comment

In accordance with the Grand Master’s proclamation, the 155th Annual Grand Communication and session will convene on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at the Wyndham Hotel located at 2544 Executive Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46241 and close on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

All advance registration forms and fees shall be mailed to the Grand Secretary, Charles Vaughn at 5605 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46218 on/or before July 11, 2011.

Advance Registration:

$75 Non-voting Blue House

$95 Voting Blue House

$95 Non-voting Blue House & OES

$115 Voting Blue House & OES

$10 extra for on-site registration

Prices includes your banquet and scholarship Luncheon tickets.

Extra tickets are as follows:

$18 – Corporate Luncheon

$40 – Awards Banquet

All members attending Grand Session (Voting or Non-Voting) must register and display the proper badge and credentials at all times during session. You must show your paid, up-to-date dues card from your Lodge when requesting voting credentials.

Registration hours at the 155th Annual Communication are:

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 4:00 PM –6:00 PM

Friday, July 22nd, 2011 7:00 AM–9:00 PM

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 7:00 AM–9:00 AM

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 7:00 AM–9:00 AM

All Checks, money orders and cashier’s checks are to be made out to Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

Opening Session begins Friday, July 22nd at 8:00a.m.

Notable agenda items:

Joint Memorial Service.

Friday July 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 P.M.

Full Masonic Regalia include white aprons and gloves.

Grand Lodge 3rd Degree Raising

Saturday 7:00 AM Contact: Deputy Grand Master Otis Dodson at 765-206-0195 if you want to participate or your lodge has candidates for the degree.

Medical Presentation

Saturday 8:30 AM Presented by Dr. Johns

Secretary/Treasurer Work Shop

Saturday 10:00 AM Contact: Grand Secretary Charles Vaughn at 317 546-8062

More information to follow.