First off let me once again wish everyone a very Happy New Year with best wishes for a very successful year.
This month on the 11th, the Rainbow Girls received their Constitution and held the Installation Ceremony for their officers. Both ceremonies were very well executed and all of the participants turned in an outstanding performance. I cannot stress enough how impressive these young ladies are with the confidence and enthusiasm they display when they perform their rituals.
The Stated Communication was held on the 3rd Monday as usual and there were two petitions for reading which were held over for the mandatory period and will be voted on at the next Stated. In addition, there was a letter from the Grand Master concerning the Second Amendment event that took place in Richmond at the State Capitol which serves as a reminder that as Mason’s; I do not find it appropriate or Masonic for us to take a public stand on political matters He goes on further to state; “I will tell you, my Brother(s), I strongly support the Constitution of the United States as written by the Founders, to include our Second Amendment Rights and would strongly encourage all Virginia Masons, in their capacity as private citizens, to contact their Representative in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate, as well as the Governor’s Office, and any other legitimate law abiding organization or groups that lobby for or against such matters to voice your views and concerns in opposition to or in support of these bills or any other bills that may be presented for action regarding this subject. I further quote his communication to us all; “As we weigh our future response and reaction to whatever comes—and determine our forward path as private citizens and as Masons—I would respectfully ask that you review and consider Section II of the Constitution of Masonry, Concerning Government and the Civil Magistrate and Section 3.04 of the Methodical Digest. The position we may potentially find ourselves in could be most uncomfortable and one that will not be easily maneuvered.”
Brother Majeski did a fantastic job of ensuring the fellowship prior to the stated communications was outstanding. As the Marine Corps has decided once again that his talents and skills as a leader on Marines will be needed in another location in the near future, the Junior Steward will have a challenge in maintaining the status quo.
The District School for the month of January was held at Springfield Lodge on the 22nd. RWB’s Rex Rockhill and Jim Newcomer, Timmie Parrish and myself were in attendance. The meal served beforehand was from Chick-Filet and was well received by Brother Timmie (I begin to think he may have stock in the company). WB Ramon delivered a program on The Methodical Digest with an emphasis on the process and procedures of Demitting and the Non-Payment of Dues (N.P.D.). We were tasked with filling the Junior Wardens position and Brother Tim did an admirable job! RWB Jim filled in as a committee member for the DDGM’s visit and handled it with ease.
The William Hiram Wood School is on dates and at venues listed below: March 28, 2020 at Mount Vernon Lodge & April 18, 2020 at Henry Knox Field Lodge (Scottish Rite Temple). Sign in will start at 7 am and we will adjourn for the day at 12:30 pm. The Division Leadership Conference will be on March 21, 2020 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1430 W Braddock Road, Alexandria VA 22302, from 9 am to 12 pm.
A Division Leadership Conference (commonly abbreviated as DLC) is a gathering of the Officers of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, the various District Officers, and the local Lodge officers and Brethren for the purpose of Masonic education and interaction. Any Virginia Mason is encouraged to attend. There is no tiled session, and no requirement that you hold an officer’s position. This is a great introduction for newly raised Master Masons, as well as long-time members and seasoned Past Masters. Please bring your dues card for rapid registration.
Lastly, but not least; RWB Jim Newcomer and myself attended the DDGM’s visit to Mount Vernon Lodge by RWB Rex on Monday the 27th; it was an excellent turnout and the Chicken Cordon Bleu was a very pleasant way to begin the evening. (The Worship Master was observed going back for seconds.)
Sincerely and fraternally,
Randall Arnold, Worshipful Master
John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350 AF&AM
A short thought posted on FB by RW Rockhill sent to us by Marie Newcomer:
January 10, 1867 John Archer Lejeune is born at the Old Hickory Plantation near Lacour, Louisiana in Pointe Coupee Parish. Lejeune was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Lejeune had nearly 40 years service in the Marine Corps including commanding the U.S. Army’s 2nd Division during World War I. His service with the Marine Corps after he retired was as the 5th Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was named in his honor during World War II. Lejeune is often referred to in the present day as being the “greatest of all Leathernecks” and the “Marine’s Marine.” Lejeune received his degrees in Overseas Lodge No. 409 which was chartered under the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island. Back in Washington, D.C. he joined Scottish Rite and the Shrine. There is currently a lodge in Quantico, Virginia named for him, John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350.