To serve the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, Free and Accepted Masons is an honor. To be called upon to serve as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana is both humbling and an honor.
Many of the brethren know my story. That my father, a Master Mason, and a member of the York Rite Bodies, had lost his life by natural causes at the tender age of 38, leaving a pregnant wife with four young children. Fortunately, my family was not forgotten or left alone. We were emotionally supported and assisted for years after my father’s passing. The consistent Masonic presence and stature made me want to be a Freemason from a very early age. Today, we have Master Masons of the same quality. I see and observe them regularly.
I’ve learned to love our fraternity from a very tender age. My father’s lodge brethren, and their families, were ever close by, especially during times of crisis. As time passed, they would help me and my brothers find summer jobs, which helped our family. These men made a favorable impression on our family. My brothers and I wanted to be Masons when we grew up. I petitioned to become a member as soon as I came of age.
From the moment I was raised as a Master Mason, I have had the desire to serve the craft. To give back to our fraternity for what my family received over the years.
Having been born to, and raised by, a widowed mother, with a sister and four brothers, I learned rather quickly to listen and observe.
My Masonic journey taught me certain truths, which I want to share.
I learned that actions have consequences. That life, in effect, is a series of decisions and that the test in life is to make the correct decision. A correct decision is a good decision and the results, or consequences, not only benefit you but all those around you. Therefore, make good choices in life, not only for yourself but for those around you. A bad decision not only usually hurts you, but those near and dear to you. This is a lesson I learned at my mother’s knee.
From an uncle, who became a Masonic mentor, I learned another lesson. I had been at a task too long. Apparently, I appeared to be coasting along, when he told me to “stop coasting”, and finish the task. That “when you coast, you can only coast downhill”. A lesson that has stuck with me ever since.
I believe ours is a special fraternity and society of friends and brothers.
I believe our Masonic Landmarks are sacred to our trust, are everlasting, and must never be violated.
I believe that as we were usually taught by a Masonic mentor, it is therefore incumbent upon us to be ready to teach and help our young brethren.
I believe the Grand Master of Masons has the inherent duty to serve the brotherhood, including the duty to protect the fraternity from enemies, both without and within the craft.
I believe that all Freemasons have certain indispensable and fundamental rights, including that of Due Process.
The “beliefs” listed above are basic, and certainly not exclusive.
I am looking forward to the coming year. I promise you that I will travel and visit the local lodges, the Grand Sessions of the other jurisdictions, and do my very best to favorably represent you and the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, Free and Accepted Masons.
Let us proceed forward with peace, harmony and grow our fraternity, together. We can do this best by demonstrating the Masonic tenants of friendship, morality, and brotherly love.
May God continue to bless the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, you, and your family.
2021-2022 Grand Lodge Elected Officers
M∴W∴ Terry Fowler
Deputy Grand Master
R∴W∴ Jay McCallum
Grand Senior Warden
R∴W∴ Jimmie Dean Dunkin
Grand Junior Warden
R∴W∴ Larry Plaisance
M∴W∴B∴ Steve Pence
R∴W∴ Charles Smith
2021 Annual Grand Lodge Session Highlights
New Borne Lodge No. 500, of Marerro, presented the Grand Master, M∴W∴ Jimmie Steen with a
check for $10,000 they raised and donated to the Louisiana Masonic Library & Museum.
Grand Master M∴W∴ Jimmie Steen presents the charter for Goose & Gridiron No. 1717 to Junior Warden
Deas Dempsey, PM, with other members present. G&G No. 1717 is now the third active
Traditional Observance lodge in Louisiana, and operates under the Scottish Rite Craft Ritual.
The elected line for 2021-2022 (L to R) Grand Secretary M∴W∴B∴ Steve Pence, Grand Junior Warden
R∴W∴ Larry Plaisance, Deputy Grand Master R∴W∴ Jay McCallum, Grand Master M∴W∴ Terry Fowler,
Grand Senior Warden R∴W∴ Jimmie Dean Dunkin, Grand Secretary R∴W∴ Charles R. Smith.
Tidings From Louisiana Lodges
Louisiana Lodge No. 102 to Host Crawfish Boil This Weekend
Louisiana Lodge No. 102 is hosting a Crawfish Boil, and you are invited to come pass a good time on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from Noon to 3pm at their lodge building (6209 3rd St, New Orleans, LA 70123, next to Kipper's Communications). Plates are $25 in advance, and $35 at the doord, and include Crawfish, Potatoes, Corn, Sausage, hot dogs, soft drinks, and beer. Children under 12 get in free with parents.
Questions or get your tickets by calling Bro Guy Wilson at 504 390-0066 or Bro Jay Owensby at 504 782-8516.
Email questions to Bro Jay Owensby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louisiana Grand Commandery Accepting Nominations
for Upcoming Minster Holy Land Pilgrimage Program
Do you know a Pastor who has never been to the Holy Land? Nominate them to be considered by the Louisiana Grand Commandery for a paid-for pilgrimage to deepen their knowledge of the Bible.
The Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage is a program related to the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America, with the mission to send credentialed Christian Ministers on a Biblical study and historical / cultural immersion experience who would not have the opportunity otherwise.
In this program, the various State Grand Commanderies of Knights Templar sponsor Christian Ministers on an expenses paid study pilgrimage in Israel for 11 days. We do not solicit applications. Local ministers are invited by individual Commanderies of Knights Templar to consider the possibility and a nomination form is submitted. Each state has its own process for selection. Selection of sponsored ministers from each state must be registered by September 30. This is a fully packed itinerary and a physically aggressive program that involves 5 -7 miles of walking many days, often uphill or up steps and on uneven surfaces The KNIGHTS TEMPLAR HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE for Christian Ministers takes place in February of each year.
To nominate someone, contact your local Knights Templar Commandery, or contact Committee Chairman Rev. Brother Dennis F. Snoddy at email@example.com.
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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!
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