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Legislative Meeting Presentations

See below for Legislative Meetings via Zoom:

Zoom Legislative Meetings for upcoming action at the Grand Communication.

Tuesday              4/20/21
Presented by The Junior Grand Warden Right Worshipful Glen B. Bishop 7:00 PM – Physical Presentation at Clearwater Lodge
Richard Lynn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Legislative Meeting Grand Lodge 2021
Join Zoom Meeting
https://scottishrite.zoom.us/j/89682312896   Meeting ID: 896 8231 2896

Wednesday         4/21/21
Presented by The Senior Grand Warden Right Worshipful Robert J. Lambert 6:30 PM-
Richard Lynn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Legislative Meeting Grand Lodge 2021
Time: Apr 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting  https://scottishrite.zoom.us/j/82596937337

Thursday        4/22/21
Presented by The Grand Master Most Worshipful Thomas L. Turlington, Jr. 6:30 PM-
Richard Lynn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Legislative Meeting Grand Lodge 2021
Time: Apr 22, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting
https://scottishrite.zoom.us/j/83175406083 Meeting ID: 831 7540 6083
Find your local number: https://scottishrite.zoom.us/u/kHVIEa9zK

Friday                  4/23/21
Presented by Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful, Jeffrey S. Foster 6:30 PM-
Richard Lynn is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Legislative Meeting Grand Lodge 2021
Time: Apr 23, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting  https://scottishrite.zoom.us/j/82331439685 Meeting ID: 823 3143 9685
Find your local number: https://scottishrite.zoom.us/u/kezlRs4IuW

Sincerely,

Maegan Dover
The Grand Lodge of Florida
P.O. Box 1020
Jacksonville, FL  32201-1020
Ph. (904) 354-2339
Fax (904) 632-3865
maegan.dover@glflamason.org
http://www.grandlodgefl.com/

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Valspar

Valspar is just two weeks out and we are missing 3 shifts. Wednesday Morning, Thursday Morning and Afternoon. If you are available please let R:.W:. Bishop know ASAP

LodgeVolunteersWed
Clearwater13Morning1
Dunedin5Afternoon0
East Gate1Shifts Filled63Thurs
Gulf Beach8Total Shifts66Morning1
Nitram8Shifts Available3Afternoon1
Northside7Fri
St. Petersburg4Morning0
Star3Afternoon0
Sutherland6Sat
Tampa Bay6Morning0
Tarpon2Afternoon0
Sun
Morning0
Afternoon0
Total3

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March Monthly Mail – Grand Communication Info Included

We are very saddened to inform you that R:.W:. David A. Henderson passed away on February 25, 2021. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 17, 2021, at Nitram Lodge No. 188, located at 4275 78th Street N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the service in the Lodge Social Hall. If you have a memorable story or tale about R:.W:. Henderson please share with those in attendance. Please continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

The Rosen Plaza Hotel is sold out on Sunday, May 30th and Monday, May 31st. OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION: Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819; Phone: 407-996-9840, Rate $99.00 (same as the Rosen Plaza) Group Name: Grand Lodge of Florida. 

**SECRETARIES – PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUBMIT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION FORM LISTING YOUR ATTENDEES AT GRAND LODGE**

PROXY CARDS WERE MAILED TO EACH LODGE. PLEASE CHECK YOUR MAIL. 

Legislative Meeting information to follow.

Due to COVID-19 the George Washington National Memorial Association is no longer printing and mailing the Light Newsletter but it is being posted to their website for downloading at https://gwmemorial.org/pages/light 

Due to the threat of the Coronavirus, all Board Meetings continue being held via video conferencing or at a place to be determined by the Grand Master until further notice. We cannot afford to bring any serious illnesses to the Masonic Home and risk the health and safety of our residents as well as our Masonic Home Staff. 

The Bulletin of changes to the various directories is attached to this email and not posted to the website. 

Please go to our website to download or view the March Monthly Mail:    http://grandlodgefl.com/glfl_monthlymail.html 

You will find the following items included in the Grand Lodge March Monthly Mail on the website: 

  1. Corporate Board Minutes for February
  2. Board of Trustees Minutes for February
  3. Sunday Schedule for the 192nd Annual Grand Communication
  4. Information on Per Diem and Mileage for the 192nd Annual Grand Communication
  5. Information on Flyers to be Distributed in the Grand Communication Packets
  6. Order Form for Grand Master’s Banquet Tickets – May 30th
  7. Order Form for Ladies Luncheon Tickets – June 1st
  8. Flyer on Corn Hole Tournament in Deltona on April 17th
  9. Flyer for Fish Fry Fundraiser at Pineland Lodge No. 86 on April 17th
  10. Flyer for 2021 First Lady’s Project Fund Raiser at Pineland Lodge No. 86 on June 5th
  11. Flyer for 100 Master Mason Meeting at Hastings Lodge No. 183 on September 29th

See July Monthly Mail for the following:
Flyer on a fundraiser for the Junior Grand Warden April 17, 2021 at Hernando Shrine Club
See September Monthly Mail for the following:
Directive No. 11 from the Grand Master waiving the requirements of the investigation and balloting on the 6 month advancement period of candidates, E.A.’s, and F.C.’s
See October Monthly Mail for the following:
Directive No. 13 on COVID restrictions
See January Monthly Mail for the following:
Flyer on BBQ Fundraiser for Junior Grand Warden Fund on 4/24/21
See February Monthly Mail for the following:
Pre-Registration Form for the Grand Communication
Flyer on BBQ Fundraiser for Junior Grand Warden Fund on 4/24/21
Flyer on Diamonds and Gold Fundraiser for the Masonic Home Lady’s Project on 4/10/2021 in Fort Lauderdale
Flyer on Degrees to be held at the Tampa Scottish Rite for 6 Short of Time EA & FC Brothers on 5/1/2021
Flyer on Table Lodge at Springs Lodge No. 378 on 9/25/2021

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Valspar Update

Great NEWS!!

We only have two open shifts, one Thursday Afternoon and one Friday Afternoon. If you are available email bishopgb@gmail.com with your information. If you are available other days you can be an alternate or take a shift from Brothers that have volunteered for Multiple days.

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February Monthly Mail

THE 2021 MASONIC HOME PILGRIMAGE DAY HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS. 

We are very saddened to inform you that R:.W:. David A. Henderson passed away on February 25, 2021. R:.W:. Henderson was a 23 year member of Nitram Lodge No. 188 and served the Grand Lodge on many committees for many years. We do not have information on services at this time and will notify you as soon we get the information. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

The 2021 Masters and Secretaries Directory is attached.

From the Grand Secretary:
My Brothers, We as Freemasons are always searching for ways to increase our Masonic Education and knowledge. The Masonic Renewal Committee of North America has put together a website that will give you the information you need to help further your Masonic journey. You will be able to view and upload documents, PowerPoint presentations, etc., on a wide range of Masonic topics that can be shared with Masons all over the world and that can be enjoyed in a password protected setting.  Please click the following link to start utilizing this great tool https://www.masonicrenewal.org/ Forward this link to all your Masonic email lists. 

The Circumscribe Help Desk is back up and running and can be accessed by the following link: https://circumscribehelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us   

The Grand Lodge Officers are committed to proceed with the 2021 Grand Lodge Session like pre-pandemic. A letter about the hotel and other items are contained in this Monthly Mail. Should anything change you will have ample notice to cancel your reservations without penalty. Here’s the link for making hotel reservations online and it is also in the letter: Grand Lodge of Florida 

Due to COVID-19 the George Washington National Memorial Association is no longer printing and mailing the Light Newsletter but it is being posted to their website for downloading at https://gwmemorial.org/pages/light 

Due to the threat of the Coronavirus, all Board Meetings continue being held via video conferencing or at a place to be determined by the Grand Master until further notice. We cannot afford to bring any serious illnesses to the Masonic Home and risk the health and safety of our residents as well as our Masonic Home Staff.

Attached to this email are 2 memorandums regarding Grand Lodge Dues Cards being issued to Honorary, Memorial Lodge, and Florida Lodge of Research Members. 

The Bulletin of changes to the various directories is attached to this email and not posted to the website. 

Please go to our website to download or view the February Monthly Mail:    http://grandlodgefl.com/glfl_monthlymail.html 

You will find the following items included in the Grand Lodge February Monthly Mail on the website: 

  1. Corporate Board Minutes for January
  2. Board of Trustees Minutes for January
  3. a & b – Pre-Registration Letter and Form for the 192nd Annual Grand Communication
  4. L.Y.P.M.G.C. 1st Quarter Letter and Report Form (Form on Page 2)
  5. Flyer on Diamonds and Gold Fundraiser for the Masonic Home Lady’s Project on 4/10/2021 in Fort Lauderdale
  6. Flyer on Degrees to be held at the Tampa Scottish Rite for 6 Short of Time EA & FC Brothers on 5/1/2021
  7. Flyer on Table Lodge at Springs Lodge No. 378 on 9/25/2021

 See July Monthly Mail for the following:
Flyer on a fundraiser for the Junior Grand Warden April 17, 2021 at Hernando Shrine Club

See September Monthly Mail for the following:
Directive No. 11 from the Grand Master waiving the requirements of the investigation and balloting on the 6 month advancement period of candidates, E.A.’s, and F.C.’s

See October Monthly Mail for the following:
Directive No. 13 on COVID restrictions

See January Monthly Mail for the following:
Flyer on Arabian Nights Fundraiser on 3/13/21Flyer on BBQ Fundraiser for Junior Grand Warden Fund on 4/24/21  

Sincerely,
Wendy John
Office Manager
The Grand Lodge of Florida
P.O. Box 1020
Jacksonville, FL 32201-1020
Phone: 904-354-2339
Fax: 904-632-3865

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Upcoming MLT classes 1 thru 15

Brothers,
As we are getting into 2021, I wanted to send you this email letting you know about the initial MLT Workshop training dates. Below is the information:


Monday, March 29, 2021 – Northside Lodge No. 283 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Modules 1 – 5
Saturday, May 8, 2021 – Sutherland Lodge No. 174 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Modules 11 – 15
Monday, May 10, 2021 – Northside Lodge No. 283 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Modules 6 – 10

Please pass this on as you see fit, especially to those who will probably be in the South next year.  
Fraternally,
Frank GaughenDistrict
18MLT Committeeman

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2021 Annual Steak Dinner


COME OUT TO THE BEST STEAK DINNER
ON OLD TAMPA BAY!
You and your guests are cordially invited to attend The Annual Steak Dinner. Date: Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Time: 4:00pm -6:00pm

Place: Tampa Bay Lodge No. 252 F. & A.M.
354 Main Street
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

          (at the corner of Main St & 4th Ave S)

Donation: $15 per person 

 NY Strip Steak                                                 Vegetables
Baked Potato                                                             Salad
Drink                                                                       Dessert

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January Monthly Mail

UPDATE ON THE GRAND MASTER –  He is doing well and back to business.

The Grand Lodge Officers are committed to proceed with the 2021 Grand Lodge Session like pre-pandemic. A letter about the hotel and other items are contained in this Monthly Mail. Should anything change you will have ample notice to cancel your reservations without penalty. Here’s the link for making hotel reservations online and it is also in the letter: Grand Lodge of Florida

Due to COVID-19 the George Washington National Memorial Association is no longer printing and mailing the Light Newsletter but it is being posted to their website for downloading at https://gwmemorial.org/pages/light

Due to the threat of the Coronavirus, all Board Meetings continue being held via video conferencing or at a place to be determined by the Grand Master until further notice. We cannot afford to bring any serious illnesses to the Masonic Home and risk the health and safety of our residents as well as our Masonic Home Staff.

Please go to our website to download or view the January Monthly Mail:    http://grandlodgefl.com/glfl_monthlymail.html

You will find the following items included in the Grand Lodge January Monthly Mail on the website:

  1. Corporate Board Minutes for December
  2. Board of Trustees Minutes for December
  3. Proclamation designating March of 2021 “MASONIC YOUTH MONTH”
  4. Executive Order No. 2 on Ad Valorem Taxes – VERY IMPORTANT
  5. Executive Order No. 3 on the Annual Grand Communication
  6. Executive Order No. 4 on IRS filing of 990 – VERY IMPORTANT MUST BE DONE BEFORE MAY 15th
  7. Letter on Annual Grand Communication and Hotel Information
  8. Flyer – PINK LODGE CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
  9. Flyer on DeMolay Paint Ball Fundraiser on 2/20/21 at Venice Lodge
  10. Flyer on DeMolay Yearbook Advertisement
  11. Flyer on Arabian Nights Fundraiser on 3/13/21
  12. Flyer on BBQ Fundraiser for Junior Grand Warden Fund on 4/24/21
  13. Flyer on Brotherhood Lodge No. 372 Charity Raffle
  14. Flyer on Florida Lodge of Research Meeting on 3/3/21

See July Monthly Mail for the following:

Flyer on a fundraiser for the Junior Grand Warden April 17, 2021 at Hernando Shrine Club

See September Monthly Mail for the following:

Directive No. 11 from the Grand Master waiving the requirements of the investigation and balloting on the 6 month advancement period of candidates, E.A.’s, and F.C.’s

See October Monthly Mail for the following:

Directive No. 13 on COVID restrictions

See November Monthly Mail for the following:

Lodge Officers Reporting Form – Please send info immediately after the Election of Officers per Regulation 22.03

L.Y.P.M.G.C. 4th Quarter Letter and Reporting Form (page 2)

Sincerely,

Wendy John
Office Manager
The Grand Lodge of Florida
P.O. Box 1020
Jacksonville, FL 32201-1020
Phone: 904-354-2339
Fax: 904-632-3865

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2021 Valspar

My Brothers,
We received an update from Valspar today.  Valspar is happening.  We still have the largest tent just in a different location, it is on the 18th Fairway and it is a 30 x 30 tent open Wednesday thru Sunday.  The morning shift has changed from 8am to 3pm to 7am to 3pm, afternoon shifts have not changed.

We have 66 total shifts of which we have 36 currently filled, we still need 30 more shifts to be filled. 
Please send this out to your Craft as soon as possible as we need more volunteers.  We would love to keep this within our District, unfortunately at the end of the Month we will have to open up empty slots to Districts 19 and 20 as a fundraiser for them.  Please email me with the Name, Mobile number, email address and date and time slot of any additional volunteers.  If you have the mobile number or email address of someone already on the list please provide me with those as well.  If the mobile or email address is blacked out on the sign up sheet that means that I already have it and that I blocked it for the privacy of the Brother.  (Brother “What he said” I have your email address (inside joke)).  If you need to change one of the dates you are signed up for, email me directly.


This is a direct copy and paste of Valspar’s email update.

A few other things to provide your volunteers:

  1. Everyone will be required to wear a mask while working in the concession location
  2. Hand sanitizer will be available at each tent.
  3. Uniform:
    • White collared shirt
    • Khaki bottoms – shorts, pants, capris, golf skorts
    • Closed toe shoes
    • We will provide a head cover and apron that you will get at your tent
  4. Parking
    • TBD – we will get you that information as soon as we hear from the tournament staff.
  5. Check in tent
    • It will be located where the shuttle drops you off. 
    • At the check in tent you will receive the credential and directions to your location. The check in tent will have signage “ PAR CATERERS”
  6. Location
    • Once you get to your location, SIGN IN with your tent manager.   This is how we finalize the payout.

I will send out updates as we get them in.
Thanking you in advance
Glen B. Bishop
Jr Grand Warden

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December Monthly Mail

UPDATE ON THE GRAND MASTER –  He is home from the heart rehabilitation center and is recovering well. Please continue to keep him in your prayers for his recovery. Please no phone calls.

The Memorial Service for Past Grand Master Robert D. Trump that was scheduled for January has been canceled due to COVID-19. Once it is rescheduled we will pass on the information.

Due to COVID-19 the George Washington National Memorial Association is no longer printing and mailing the Light Newsletter but it is being posted to their website for downloading at https://gwmemorial.org/pages/light

The George Washington National Memorial Association has digitized The Grand Lodge of Florida’s Proceedings and they are all in a searchable format. Please visit the following link to check out this wonderful tool (the link is also posted on the Secretary’s Portal): http://gwm.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/GWM~59~59

The Corporate Board voted to increase the price of Widows Packages to $5.00 in order to cover an increase in cost of the pins and portfolios.

Due to the threat of the Coronavirus, all Board Meetings continue being held via video conferencing or at a place to be determined by the Grand Master until further notice. We cannot afford to bring any serious illnesses to the Masonic Home and risk the health and safety of our residents as well as our Masonic Home Staff.

The Bulletin of changes to the various directories is attached to this email and not posted to the website.

Please go to our website to download or view the December Monthly Mail:    http://grandlodgefl.com/glfl_monthlymail.html

You will find the following items included in the Grand Lodge December Monthly Mail on the website:

  1. Corporate Board Minutes for November
  2. Board of Trustees Minutes for November
  3. Proclamation designating February if 2021 “AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP MONTH”
  4. Flyer on Grand Master’s Homecoming – January 30th
  5. Flyer from the Florida Lodge of Research concerning copies of the Further Light newsletter

See July Monthly Mail for the following:

  • Nomination Form for Elected Lodge Officers (in fillable PDF format)
  • Flyer on a fundraiser for the Junior Grand Warden April 17, 2021 at Hernando Shrine Club

See September Monthly Mail for the following:

  • Directive No. 11 from the Grand Master waiving the requirements of the investigation and balloting on the 6 month advancement period of candidates, E.A.’s, and F.C.’s
  • Flyer on Raffle for Gun Range Membership for Masters & Wardens of the 15th Masonic District Fundraiser
  • Flyer on Grand Lodge Museum Fundraiser Raffle

See October Monthly Mail for the following:

  • Directive No. 13 on COVID restrictions
  • Flyer on the annual Pink Lodge at Olin S. Wright Lodge No. 79 – February 13, 2021

See November Monthly Mail for the following:

  • Lodge Officers Reporting Form – Please send info immediately after the Election of Officers per Regulation 22.03
  • L.Y.P.M.G.C. 4th Quarter Letter and Reporting Form (page 2)

Sincerely,

Wendy John
Office Manager
The Grand Lodge of Florida
P.O. Box 1020
Jacksonville, FL 32201-1020
Phone: 904-354-2339
Fax: 904-632-3865

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