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September 4, 2020

"Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason."
Brother Benjamin Franklin
Note from the Editor:

Sorry we missed an issue last week.

September makes one year since we started The Louisiana Freemason Weekly eEdition, and we were on the verge of 52 issues straight! Not a bad run for the first year. Have you enjoyed receiving these weekly issues?

Email me at and let me know what you liked, what you'd like to see, or anything else you'd like to say about the past year of weekly emails. 

Grand Lodge Offices Update:

The Alexandria area sustained considerable damage from hurricane Laura and the Grand Lodge offices were without telephones and internet through Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  The office has been staffed and operational since Wednesday, and is back to regular hours.

The offices will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7, 2020, and will resume normal hours the following day. 

Louisiana Lodge Hurricane Laura Relief Fundraisers

Grand Lodge Hurricane Relief Fund 

If you would like to donate to aid lodges through the Grand Lodge, or if you are a lodge in need of assistance, you may send donations or request funds directly to the Grand Lodge. Donations and completed applications for Lodge Relief from Hurricane Laura may be mailed to :

The Grand Lodge of Louisiana, F. &A.M.
Attn: Masonic Relief
5746 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA  71301        

You may also email the completed application to or
For Checks: Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Masonic Library/Museum Foundation
(501 (c)3 / Fed. I.D. #27.1366610) -. Please include "Hurricane Relief" in Memo section.

Download Lodge Relief Application Here

Aid for Vinton Lodge, by Vinton Lodge No. 364

Vinton Lodge No. 364, in Vinton, has suffered catastrophic damage from Hurricane Laura last week. The lodge is raising funds to help pay for repairs.

As featured in an April 2020 eEdition, the brethren of Vinton No. 364 spent the early part of the Spring renovating the lodge room during Covid-19 restrictions. 

Donate Here

Aid for Lodges in Louisiana, by Monroe Valley Scottish Rite 

Lake Charles and other areas were highly impacted from Hurricane Laura along with other parts of the state. The brethren of the Monroe Valley Scottish Rite are raising money to benefit Masons in Louisiana and their Lodges, and any donation will help.

They need plywood, tarps, clean water, fuel, generators, medical supplies, cleaning supplies. Physical donations will be collected at the Monroe Scottish Rite or Barak Shrine in Monroe and will be delivered as trips can be made. Monetary donations may be made below. 
Donate Here

Masonic Match Safe Collection of R.W.B. Jerome Pascoe

Masonic Match Safes from the Pascoe Collection.

Around this time last year, Right Worshipful Brother Jerome Pascoe of Belgium reached out to The Louisiana Masonic Library and Museum to help research an antique "Masonic Match Safe" in his collection.

Recently, he reached out again because his collection has been featured online. You can see it here

Have photos from lodge? Email them to

Send us your upcoming lodge events!
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featured here in future issues, please use this submission form

Mark Tabbert: American Freemasonry:
Three Centuries of Building Communities 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 
• 7 p.m. (PDT)

Explore how generations of American have been exposed to the tenets of Freemasonry, practiced them in private and in public, and why people today continue to join this centuries-old fraternity. This lecture is presented in partnership with Quatuor Coronati, the premier lodge of Masonic research.

Mark A. Tabbert is the director of collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, and the former curator of Masonic and Fraternal Collections at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Northern Light, Heredom, and American Studies.


Letters to the Editor

Write us a letter*. Tell us how you're doing as lodges begin to meet once again. Tell us what is is like to be meeting again. Send us a photo or two, or anything else you'd like to submit to The Louisiana Freemason!

Email and "Send a letter to the Editor" just like the old days. Submissions will be considered for an issue of the Weekly eEdition so the brethren can see what you're up to. 

*The Editor reserves all rights to publish any letter sent to him.

If you have an upcoming lodge event you would like 
featured here in future issues, please use this submission form


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