Dear Brother <<LNAME>>,

You are receiving this message because you are the Secretary of record (or at least the person performing the Secretary's duties) for <<COUNCIL>>.  If in fact you are not the current Secretary (or the person performing those duties), please e-mail the Grand Secretary at <> right away with the name, the postal address and, most importantly, the e-mail address of the current Secretary.  (If you are the current Secretary, please do not respond.)

Masonic Week 2019.

The forthcoming Masonic Week is quickly approaching.  This annual event is being held February 21st - 24th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.  The Grand Council will convene for its annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.  Please pass the word to your members who might be interested in attending.  The final schedule, along with information and registration forms regarding meals, hotel rooms, and degree conferrals, is now posted on the  MASONIC WEEK website, which can also be accessed by clicking on the button below:

Click here to access the Masonic Week website

Masonic Week Degree Conferrals.

There will be a number of degree conferrals occuring during Masonic Week.  Five degrees are open to all A.M.D. members:  Royal Ark Mariner, Knight of Constantinople, and the first three Scarlet Cord Grades.  Four degrees are open to current and Past Sovereign Masters:  Installed Sovereign Master, Installed Supreme Ruler, Worshipful Commander Noah, and the fourth Scarlet Cord Grade.  Finally, the Knight Commander of the Red Branch of Eri is open to current and Past Sovereign Masters who have been appropriately nominated by their Councils for that honor.  The schedule of these various conferrals, along with qualification and registration information, is now posted on the MASONIC WEEK DEGREES website, which can also be accessed by clicking on the button below:

Click here to access the Masonic Week Degrees website

2018 Annual Returns.

Your Annual Return for the year ending December 31st, 2018 is due by January 15th, 2019.  There is a new form this year, so please use it and not a modified version of some previous form.  The new form is a spreadsheet, so please complete it electronically and not by hand.

There are several items to note when completing your Annual Return:

(i)  Make sure that the total number of members reported on line 4 on the front page is exactly the number of members in your Council.  If you have to make adjustments to the entries on lines 1 (a) - (c) to make this happen, then do so.

(ii)  Report all membership gains and losses in the appropriate tables on the back page.  Do not submit a separate report or roster in lieu of completing these tables.

(iii)  Make sure that the number of gains and losses reported on lines 2 and 3 on the front page agree with the changes reported in the tables on the back page.

You may download the new Annual Return form from the DOWNLOADS page of our website or by clicking on the button below:

Click here to download the 2018 Annual Return form

Message Archives.

An archive of messages sent by the Grand Secretary to the Secretaries of record of the constituent Councils has been established.  Please refer to it from time to time or share it with members of your Council who might need information contained in the messages.  These archives may be found at the MESSAGE ARCHIVES website, which can also be accessed by clicking on the button below:

Click here to access the Message Archives website

Fraternally yours,

Clyde H. Schoolfield, Jr.
Grand Secretary

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