The 200th Annual Grand Lodge Communication

Brethren,

While the office of the Grand Secretary has sent out notifications to lodges and brethren across the state, many are eager to see information related to the 200th Annual Grand Lodge Communication posted here, on the website.

Here is what you need to know:

  1. You can read the Grand Master’s Letter HERE.
    1. Dates are Thur-Sat, March 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018.
    2. Location is the Hilton Jackson.
    3. Please see the letter for hotel registration information, and many other important items.
    4. Use this form for reservations to the Grand Master’s Banquet.
    5. Proposed law changes are NOT public, but are available through your lodge secretary.
  2. Per §5-1.1 of the bylaws, an apron will be required attire for all Freemasons in attendance. If a member holds a current office, they are also to wear the jewel of that office.
    1. Members are encouraged to wear an apron from their lodge, including the apron for their elected or appointed position.
    2. A limited number of paper aprons will be available at-the-door, if needed.
    3. Should you wish to purchase an apron, recommended vendors can be found HERE.
  3. EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION! Read about it HERE.
    1. TWO Education Course: Leadership 101 and Masonry 101.
    2. LIMITED SPACE! One man per lodge, per course. $25 per course.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Grand Secretary’s Office.

Christmas Message from the Grand Master

Greetings:
Lynn and I would like to wish each of you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas.  I hope you have enjoyed this Masonic year as much as I have.  It has been a joy to visit with so many of you and witness the great work you are doing for our Craft.
Let us not forget our brothers who are away from home serving our great country during these trying times, our elderly and widows.
I am looking forward to our 200th Grand Lodge in March and hope to see many of you there.  I believe this is going to be a great year for Masonry in Mississippi.  I hope you are as pumped about our celebration in July in Natchez, MS as I am.  Our planning committee is doing a great job and have a good program set up for us.  Let’s get behind them and give them the support they need to complete this task.
Thanks for all you do!
Don Bryant
Grand Master 2017

APPEAL FOR RELIEF – PUERTO RICO

The following is provided by the Grand Secretary. It is a news release that was sent to him by the Masonic Service Association of America:

NEWS

October 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

APPEAL FOR RELIEF – PUERTO RICO

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
301-476-7330
www.msana.com