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September 18, 2020

Grand Master Releases
Covid-19 Phase III Directive

September 16, 2020

Due to Phase III guidelines issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on September 11, 2020, a limit of the lesser of 250 or 50% capacity of a facility is in place to maintain social distancing. After review, we have
determined that several of the District Lodges could meet and stay within these guidelines. Additionally, we
determined that constituent Lodges could resume open meetings within these same guidelines.

Therefore, I am issuing the following directive to allow our District Lodges to meet, and allow constituent Lodges
to resume open meetings, with restrictions as follows:

• Limit the number of members to 50% capacity of the Lodge

• Meals will be allowed with the following guidelines: Buffet style service is discouraged and a designated server( s) is recommended. Servers will use gloves and masks for food and beverage service.

• Strict social distancing rules, as established in Governor Edwards' "Open Safely", will be followed, including
the following:

All Masons will maintain social distancing:

1. Masons are strongly urged, but are not required, to wear face masks.

2. Lodges are encouraged to have hand sanitizer available in the Lodge building.

3. Temperature checks are highly recommended before each meeting.

4. Most importantly, all Louisiana Masons are strongly encouraged NOT to attend Lodge Meetings if they
have any signs of illness or do not feel comfortable, at the present time, with attending. Masons must
self-screen for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 before attending any Lodge meeting. Those
individuals considered to be "at-risk", including those who are 65 or older, and especially those with
chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes;
chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; weakened immune system or other risk
factors are encouraged not to attend Lodge. You are the sole decision-maker as to whether you should
attend Lodge.

I will issue future Directives when it is deemed both safe and prudent to do so while, at the same time, adhering to the mandates of the State of Louisiana.

James E. "Jimmie" Steen
Grand Master

The influence of the Irish in America is identified today with the more than four million Southern Irish immigrants, mainly Catholic, who dominated 19th and 20th century migration. But the pattern in the 18th century was different—and fundamentally so. 

In this presentation, presented in partnership with Quatuor Coronati, the premier lodge of Masonic research, Dr. Ric Berman tracks the impact of the 350,000 Scots-Irish and London Irish who migrated to America between 1730 and 1800, settling in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the Piedmont (the western parts of North and South Carolina), and the emergent states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. 

This wave of migration was instrumental in introducing Antients Freemasonry to America and blending it with English—or “Moderns”—Freemasonry to create a new form of American Masonry.

Dr. Berman is a widely published author and Masonic expert. His books include The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry; Schism: A study of Antients Freemasonry; Loyalists & Malcontents; Espionage, Diplomacy and the Lodge; and From Roanoke to Raleigh. He is currently working on a history of America’s Grand Lodge of England-appointed colonial Grand Masters.

Dr. Berman is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Life Fellow of the Huguenot Society, and a visiting research fellow at Oxford Brookes University. In addition to his books, he has written numerous journal articles and delivered lectures at Masonic conferences and academic symposia globally. A Freemason for over 40 years, he holds grand rank in the United Grand Lodge of England and is a past master of Quatuor Coronati. He is also a DC Freemason and a member of Fiat Lux No. 1717.


Three Recognized at Motorcycle Lodge No. 13

The Worshipful Master Isaac Carpenter with Louisiana Motorcycle Lodge No. 13 recognized three brothers for putting what Freemasonary teaches us into action. Thank you brothers for seeing the needs of others and showing true brotherly love. 

Pictured L to R: Bro. Richard Norman, Worshipful Master Isaac Carpenter, and Bro. Steven Houghton.
Not pictured is Bro. Jimmy Cauthen. 

Submitted by Bro. Tony Pohlmann
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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        

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(501 (c)3 / Fed. I.D. #27.1366610) -. Please include "Hurricane Relief" in Memo section.

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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. 

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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. 
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