Bravo! What an outstanding job. I'm 700 miles away in East Tennessee and I love seeing what's going on in Louisiana.
Thank you so much,
William J Gilkey
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A New Class Starts in January: Masonic Learning Center's Dyslexia Training
Program is Accepting New Students
The Alexandria campus of the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana is currently accepting applications for new students for its Dyslexia Training Program. This program is for children in 3rd through 5th grades, in public, private, home, or virtual schools, who struggle with Dyslexia. Classes begin in January 2022, and space is limited. All applications must be in by October 1, 2021 to ensure time for proper testing and screening through the qualification process.
All classes are after school, and parents are responsible for transportation to and from classes. This program is provided to the student at ZERO COST to the parent, or guardian for testing, materials, and instruction. Donations from pillars of the community such as you help make this possible! The Dyslexia Training Program is a multi-sensory program of instruction that emphasizes phonics and is taught by a teacher/facilitator to classes of limited size using a number of teaching aids including video recordings, workbooks, writing frames, linkage paper, three- dimensional letters, flash cards, wall charts, dictionaries, and other items.
The primary program consists of 350 hours of classroom time which is conducted one  hour per day, five  days per week, excluding holidays. In order that the students may all be age- appropriate and comply with the elements of the disorder, we accept only those children who are in grades 4, 5, or 6; who have not yet attained the age of 13; who are free of other impeding conditions; and who have a full-scale I.Q. of at least 90 as determined by the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 3rd Edition. There is also a 160-hour program for youth older than the age of 13. This one-year program provides instruction for students in the 7th grade through 11th grade. Each class is conducted by a teacher/facilitator who is certified to teach in Louisiana. The location of each class is hosted in various physical facilities, including: Masonic Lodge buildings, churches, schools, or other specified entities.
The Dyslexia Training Program was established under the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana and works on a cooperative basis with the local Masonic Lodges and communities. There are currently class sites in cities across Louisiana. Since 1998, it has been The Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana’s mission to serve our state and local communities in guiding and addressing the dyslexia in classrooms by providing community learning centers for all children with dyslexia, regardless of parental income or location, and by furnishing special instruction to children with dyslexia who are not otherwise receiving adequate services, or who need extra help to permit them to cope successfully with their condition, giving each child the ability to further their potential for success.
Prior to 1998, the Grand Lodge of Louisiana’s major philanthropy was the Masonic Children’s Home in Alexandria, LA; however, due to changes in federal regulation, the Grand Lodge was forced to close the facility in 1994. Since then, the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and its membership chose to take on the task of helping children with dyslexia as its major philanthropy to replace its efforts previously provided by the Masonic Children’s Home.
Grand Lodge Warden's Retreat &
Secretary Training Returns for 2021 Register by August 7, 2021
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the annual training session could not take place earlier in the year as usual. The 2021 training will be on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 9am-3pm at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La (2350 Methodist Parkway).
The Grand Lodge asks that you register early to allow staff to record registrations and prepare materials. The fee is $50 per attendee, which includes refreshments, materials, and a meal. Registration deadline is August 7, 2021.
M∴W∴ Terry Fowler, Grand Master (left), exchanging mementos with Angelo Luigi Tartaglia (center), the Grand Representative
to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana near Italy. Also Pictured: Grand Secretary, M∴W∴B∴ Steve S. A. Pence (right).
New Borne Lodge No. 500 Receives
Traveling Gavel Award at 15th District Meeting
Central Lodge No. 442 Honors Past Masters, Presents Awards
W∴B∴ Jimmy Akin, P∴M∴ (right), being presented his 25 year membership certificate and pin by W∴B∴ Ted Powell
Brother Hilton James Davis (right), being presented his 60 year membership certificate and pin by W∴B∴ Ted Powell
M∴W∴B∴ Guy Jenkins, P∴G∴M∴ (right), being presented his 60 year membership certificate and pin by W∴B∴ Ted Powell
On Thursday, July 22, 2021, Worshipful Master Ted Powell, of Central Lodge No. 442 in Central, Louisiana, held a special communication to honor our Past Masters, and awarded 25 and 60 year membership certificates. Among those who got their certificates were W∴B∴ Jimmy Akin, a 25 year member, and two sixty-year members, Brother Hilton James Davis, and M∴W∴B∴ Guy Althes Jenkins, Past Grand Master.
Photo Credit: W∴B∴ Randy Holden, P∴M∴
A Lodge with Its First Century Behind It.
Sunday 18 July, Martin McClanahan Lodge No. 384 celebrated their centennial. The lodge was founded in February 1921, but their celebration was delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Several Grand Lodge officers were in attendance, as well as visiting brethren from across the state.
M∴W∴ Terry Fowler, Grand Master, presents W∴B∴ Clayton Christian,
Worshipful Master with a Martin McClanahan No. 384's centennial plaque.