The Grand Lodge Of Arizona

Autumn Greetings Brethren and Friends

October 27, 2017
  
We are firmly into the second quarter of the Masonic year and I am happy to report that many responsibilities, projects, and other significant activities have been completed, or are currently underway. They are being coordinated and taken care of by numerous committee chairmen and many dedicated brethren throughout the state, as well as Grand Lodge officers who have taken on requested tasks. We are all working to move the Craft forward and more is planned but could still use your help! Without a team effort, our progress would not be possible and on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Arizona, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who are participating and for whose efforts to truly leave your "mark" on Freemasonry in Arizona.

Most Worshipful Grand Master,
Scott A. Thomas

I believe our Masonic ritual defines us as Freemasons and referring to it often can be a trusted guide to living our lives. With committed application to our plans and actions, in turn, brings positive results. The belief that "who best can work and agree" is not just merely words but truly a philosophy that allows for success on many levels. The excitement to participate in the jurisdiction's work is catching on as the energy from newly made Masons inspire lifelong brothers who have already served in the past in numerous ways. Brethren are visiting other Lodges in greater numbers and sharing ideas while listening to new ones on how to improve as well. There is a priority for better communication with the Craft with documented strategic planning by the Grand Line. Cooperation and attendance of functions between appendant and concordant bodies are on the rise and in the areas of membership and scheduling of annual calendars. Our Past Masters are sharing lodge history and traditions not written in the annals of the Lodge with newly appointed officers. The ritual instruction, social events, educational programs, longevity awards, and ancient and traditional ceremonial activities throughout the jurisdiction are all happening just about every week, so check out the “Events” section of www.azmasons.org or the monthly online newsletter The Copper Post for details.
 
This activity is occurring with the mutual admiration of the brethren for each other and the fellowship of that shared responsibility to hold for the future, but improve what we can, that which has been given to us. If you have not done so yet, I invite you to join this important mission and contribute to the efforts not only for personal satisfaction or earned recognition but for achievement itself. You have the opportunity to work alongside the men who make up the greatest fraternity in the world and who are striving to make it even better! 
Enjoy this season of holidays of all faiths with your family and friends and have a safe time doing so. Thank you.
  
 
Fraternally,
Scott A. Thomas
Grand Master of F & A Masons in Arizona
2017-2018

ARIZONA MASONRY MAGAZINE

The November issue of Arizona Masonry is Available

The official publication of the Grand Lodge of Arizona

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MISSION, VISION, VALUES, GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The Grand Line Officers have been working to establish a Mission and Vision Statement and identifying Goals and Objectives for the current Masonic year

Every well-run lodge has or should have a written Mission and Vision Statement as well as a written set of Goals and Objectives for the current Masonic year to serve as a guide of what is expected to be accomplished and in what direction the lodge wants to move.


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THE GRAND MASTER'S ONE DAY CLASS

Receive an Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason Degree in a single day

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

El-Zaribah Shrine Auditorium
552 N 40th street, Phoenix Arizona



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WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

The Mission of Freemasonry​​​

The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which to serve God, family, country, neighbors and self.

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THE GRAND MASTER'S FUNDRAISER COIN A HUGE SUCCESS!

So let's keep it going!

Greetings Brethren,

We have experienced great success with this fundraiser. More coins were ordered and are on their way to Grand Secretary's Office for shipments to Lodges with all orders taken only between now and Nov. 1st, 2017. 
  
The Grand Lodge of Arizona 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry Coin can be purchased for $10. Except for the cost of the coin, all proceeds go to the Masonic youth groups and the final amount will be announced during the presentation of checks at the 2018 Grand Communication.This is a great gift for Masons and Non-Masons alike, but you need to get them before they're gone.

Please contact your Lodge Secretary or any DDGM or DDGL to purchase the Coins both either individually or in quantity. DDGM's, have some to sell to individuals so please inquire and they can request more as well. 

The details of purchasing are described below and I am asking for your help to continue the success of this fundraiser and hope you will support it.

Thank you.
Fraternally,
Scott A. Thomas
Grand Master 2017-2018. 


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FROM THE GRAND SECRETARY

A LETTER FROM THE GRAND SECRETARY

Worshipful Masters, Brother Secretaries,

Effective immediately, the Grand Secretary’s office will be closed on Friday, and the hours of operation will be from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Also, please take note of the change of address. All correspondence is to be addressed to:

Grand Lodge of Arizona
P. O. Box 35692
Phoenix, AZ. 85069-5692

The address change is being made as our mail box is outside, not visible to office personnel, and when delivered on the weekend, is available to anyone who would happen to open the mailbox. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please don’t hesitate to call this office.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Jim Rowan, PGM
Grand Secretary
Grand Lodge F&AM of Arizona
(602) 252-1924

FROM THE GRAND LECTURER

SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION

We have an exciting year ahead of us! We will be conducting Schools of Instruction, and we will have a Grand Lodge Ritual Competition. We will continue to award Master Ritualist and Certified Lecturer designations.
What follows are the requirements for both.

Dates and Locations for the first three Lodges of Instruction are:
October 19, 2017 (Thursday) 7:00 p.m @ Tucson Lodge #4
October 24, 2017 (Tuesday) 7:00 p.m. @ Chandler-Thunderbird Lodge #15
October 28, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. @ Sierra Vista Masonic Center

More dates and locations to come. Instruction intended for Arizona Master Masons in good
standing (call if you have an EA or FC who wants to attend). The program will run between sixty
and ninety minutes.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Ron Allen SW
San Pedro #55,
Benson AZ

PUBLIC SCHOOLS ESSAY CONTEST

PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM

The Grand Lodge School Essay contest and Classroom Grant program are an
excellent opportunity to become involved with your local Schools and show our support and commitment to furthering education.


Your involvement in these programs will be rewarding and give you an insight into the thoughts, ideas, and needs of the Students, Teachers, and Schools.

Reading the Essays is fun, entertaining and inspiring and is time well spent.


  
Jim Baker, JGD
Chairman, GL Public Schools
  
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​​  ATTENTION! A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT ARIZONA FREEMASONRY  ​​

Governor Douglas Ducey Proclaims June 24th Freemasonry Day​​

A significant day in our Masonic history is upon us this June 24th, 2017, as it will be the 300th anniversary of modern Freemasonry. On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Arizona, I have requested and received a Proclamation from Governor Douglas Ducey that this day will be proclaimed Freemasonry Day in the State of Arizona. We should as Masons, all be proud of our Fraternity because we will have the benefit of this public recognition in our community to commemorate this anniversary.

Freemasonry has a basic philosophy of life that places the individual worth of each man high on its pedestal and incorporates the great teachings of many ages to provide a way for individual study and thought. It has great respect for religion and promotes toleration and equal esteem for the religious opinions and beliefs of others. It provides a real working plan for making good men to be better men. It is a social organization and has many important charitable projects. There exists a rich worldwide history that includes the bedrock of ideals and beliefs that formed this country as many of its Founding Fathers were Masons.


I hope you will celebrate this milestone not only on Freemasonry Day but also by attending 
some of the local Lodge celebrations planned throughout the jurisdiction this Masonic year.

Fraternally,

Scott A. Thomas
Grand Master

MASONIC RENEWAL COMMITTEE

The Masonic renewal committee of the conference of Grand Masters of North America 2017Present The David R. Bedwell Memorial masonic Renewal Essay Competition.

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CALENDAR

APPENDANT  AND CONCORDANT BODIES

Masonic Organizations - Local, National, and International

The Masonic bodies that comprise the fraternity of Freemasonry are many, and not all are for men alone. Each of the bodies, or orders, uses it's own set of symbology and allegory to illustrate to it's members important societal lessons. Follow the links below to learn more about the numberous orders.
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