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.)

2020 Annual Returns.

Your Annual Return for the year ending December 31st, 2020 is due by January 15th, 2021.  The form is a spreadsheet, so please complete it electronically and not by hand. Print a copy of your completed Annual Return and submit it with your fees.

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

Click here to download the 2020 Annual Return form

Red Branch of Eri.

Councils may now nominate members for the Red Branch of Eri at any time during the year, not just with your Annual Return.  Please note that nominations received after January 15th, 2021 will be applied toward your 2021 quota.  A description of the four honors, along with the regalia and fees, may be found on the HONORS page of our website.  The form is a spreadsheet, so please complete it electronically and not by hand.  You may download the Red Branch of Eri nomination form from the DOWNLOADS page of our website or by clicking on the button below:

Click here to download the Red Branch of Eri nomination form

2020 Miscellanea.

The 2020 issue of the Miscellanea has been edited and is in the final stages of production. We hope to have it shipped to the local Council Secretaries by the end of December. As is our custom, you will be receiving one copy for each of your members. Councils that are delinquent in submitting annual returns and fees will not be shipped their copies of the Miscellanea until such time as their delinquent annual returns and fees are received.

The Publications Committee is soliciting papers for future issues of the Miscellanea. Any papers to be considered for publication should be sent in electronic format to the Grand Secretary at <>, with a copy to the Publications Committee at <>.

Masonic Week 2021.

As a result of these uncertain times, this year's Masonic Week, scheduled for February 11th - 13th, 2021, will not feature in-person sessions.  The participating organizations have individually decided whether to switch to "virtual" sessions or to postpone their sessions or to cancel them for this year.  The latest information is posted on the MASONIC WEEK website and will be updated as needed.

The A.M.D. Grand Council will convene "virtually" for its Annual Comunication at 1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Saturday, February 13th, 2021.  Please pass the word to your members who might be interested in attending "virtually."  More information will be posted on the front page of our website <> as it becomes available. The link to login to the session will not be posted until a few days before the event.

Click here to access the Masonic Week website

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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