Vol. 4 - September 30th, 2016
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Greetings from the Grand Secretary

To all the Brethren that took a Masonic break, welcome back! Many Brethren have a hard time getting back into the rhythm.  I never did.  I was and am glad to be back at labor with my Brethren after a brief time off.  But if you are one of those that find it difficult to find the restart button, there are a couple of things that might help you locate it. First, remember your Brethren miss seeing you in Lodge just for the Fellowship. Second, they can always use the help and in some cases are counting on you. Don’t let them down. Third, set the example.  You and I both know that we should be good examples of form and regularity, but also have as much influence on our younger members and officers when we don’t show up or participate. Lastly, if your Lodge attendance and participation are hampered by your dedication to your favorite team, think about who needs you more and which has the greater opportunity to do good unto all.
With the Lodges returning to work, the work load for the Grand Lodge office has gone up in a corresponding manner.  Even so, we have made significant and helpful changes with job descriptions and even an employee manual. We continue to look into automation opportunities as well as making improvements to ‘The Database” and LSI. Everyone at the office is working on new projects to improve the business of the Lodge. As the song goes, “Things, they are a changin”.
I want to thank all the Brethren, their Ladies and friends that helped make the Puget Sound Honor Flight an overwhelming success. Those of us that saw them off from SeaTac could not help but be touched by these warriors from the past and their escorts. The only other thing better was being there for their return. It was indescribable and only a visit to will show you what you missed. Join us on October 15th and 17th  for round two. Details can be found on the Grand Master’s calendar at

Civility – A Masonic Characteristic

Everything you say, do, wear or post reflects on you as an individual; your parents and family; your Lodge and the Fraternity as a whole… and me, too.  Act accordingly Brother.

Freemasonry, Every day, Everyway.

Quote of the Month

If you are too good to be of service, then you are not good enough to be a leader.
Speak ONLY if it improves upon the silence  -  Gandhi

And last but noteworthy - Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelevant.

Where's Sam ... Latest Update

This will be the last month that I’ll include this section as I am relocated in Lakewood. And as I have made it back home three days in a row, I now know where I am. I think.
“One Last Mission” Accomplished ~ Jim Mendoza, Grand Master

Every now and then, you get a life-affirming experience. I recall sitting in the terminal at Reagan International Airport in DC with several Brethren when VW Nick Pemberton came to us and said ‘there’s an Honor Flight taking off, we should go say hello". Often referred to as “One Last Mission”, Honor Flights transport our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – presently World War II and Korean survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

As I shook each persons’ hand to thank them for their service and to ask if they enjoyed their trip to the memorials, it was then and there that I decided that in my term as Grand Master we would sponsor an Honor Flight. That goal came to fruition on the morning of Saturday, September 24th when Brethren and ladies of this Grand Lodge bid bon voyage to 56 of our heroes and their companions. The look of anticipation on each face was a thing of joy and beauty.

While in DC our heroes viewed each of the memorials, were celebrated for their service, and as a surprise bonus got one more "mail call" on the return flight home. Many thanks to our youth groups who wrote more than 600 personal & heartfelt letters for our heroes to read on the way home.

The return celebration on the evening of Monday, September 26th featured military honors and a reception that packed the Alaska Airlines atrium. Think about this, these men and women – in their late 80’s or early 90’s – left Seattle at 8:15 AM on Saturday morning. They had two days in Washington DC filled with excursions to the various memorials, and returned home on Monday evening at 9:00 PM. Yet, the energy and joy that they showed upon their arrival matched that of a 20 year old – it was amazing and inspiring.

There will be five more Honor Flights in the remainder of this Grand year. The next one will fly out of Spokane on October 3rd and return on October 4th. The next flight out of Seattle will take place on October 15th, with a return of October 17th. Details can be found in the Grand Master’s calendar on our website. Additional flights will take place in the spring. Please make the effort to be there to send off and welcome home our heroes. Trust me, it is a life-affirming experience.

We will continue to extend financial support to the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest Honor Flight Networks through the sale of the Grand Master’s lapel pin. We have already made a donation to the Puget Sound Honor Flight Network in the amount of $8000. A donation to the Inland Northwest Network will be made on October 22nd at the District No. 27 Meeting. You can purchase a pin from me, any of the elected Grand Lodge officers, your Deputy, or from a member of the Military Recognition Committee. I am asking for $5.00 – feel free to give more if you are so inclined, many have.
Puget Sound Honor Flight Donation Presentation 
CLICK HERE to view additional photos
Puget Sound Honor Flight Departure
CLICK HERE to view additional photos
Puget Sound Honor Flight Return
CLICK HERE to view additional photos
Support the Puget Sound/Inland Northwest Honor Flight Network, Puget Sound Komen for the Cure and/or our Masonic Youth by Purchasing Your Grand Master's Pins, Ties & Coins 

PINS: $5.00 each. All proceeds go to the Puget Sound/Inland Northwest Honor Flight Network
TIES: $20.00 each. All proceeds go to Puget Sound Komen for the Cure
COINS: $10.00 each. All proceeds go to the Masonic Youth
Where you can get them:
  • District Deputies
  • Grand Master during his official visits
  • Military Recognition Committee (pins only)
  • CLICK HERE to order online
2016-2017 Scholarship Program
The Washington Masonic Charities - Grand Lodge Scholarship Program information and applications can be found at 
  • Students – Apply online.
  • Masonic Youth – Apply directly through their Masonic Youth Organization.
  • Outstanding Educator of Year – Apply through the Washington Masonic Charities web site.
  • Lodge Review Team – Lodges are invited to participate in reviewing the applications in their local area, to do so the Lodge needs to sign up, either on-line or by calling 253-442-2505 for assistance in signing up or if the Lodge does not have online technology, be provided the information in hard copy format. The sign-up deadline is October 15, 2016.
Program and application information is managed through the Washington Masonic Charities Office. | Direct 253.442.2505 | Toll Free 844.288.3531

Current Grand Lodge Publications
Do you have the current/up-to-date Grand Lodge Publications?
Washington Masonic Code - 2003 w/2016 Changes 
2016 Code Changes are now available, CLICK HERE to download the Order Form. (A copy of the Code updates were mailed to each Lodge Secretary on September 30th, 2016).  The full up to date version of the Washington Masonic Code and changes are also available on the Directories and Publications page of the Grand Lodge Website*.
Standard Work - Freemason’s Guide - 2014 w/2014 Resolution Changes
Online access/publication is not available at this time
Lodge Officers' Handbook - 2016 Edition 
The new Lodge Officers' Handbook was published in March of 2016 and is included in the Standard Work - Freemason's Guide Binder. To order a stand alone Handbook with divider, please contact Lynne at or call the Grand Lodge Office. The full up to date version is also available on the Directories and Publications page of the Grand Lodge Website*. 

*member access is required, CLICK HERE to request a username and password
From the Desk of the Assistant Grand Secretary


We are in the process of establishing procedures for submission of requests for assistance (formerly known as Charity requests). The Charity Committee, Outreach Services and the Masonic Service Bureau have done a thorough review of current procedures, discussed what is needed to expedite requests and will be submitting a revised request form in the near future. For the present, continue to use the form on the website.

On a completely different subject, I would recommend that if you ever have the chance to be present at the return of one of the Honor Flights at SeaTac or Spokane, don’t pass up the opportunity. Not only are the veterans amazed and happy with the large turnout for them, but you will be too with the emotional experience you will have.

We are experiencing a fairly large number of requests for information about Masonry through our web site. Each one of these requests is forwarded to a Lodge or Deputy so the prospective new member has someone to assist them in their travels into the Fraternity. If you are the recipient of one of those requests you will be contacted at a future date to follow the progress of the prospective candidate.

If you have anything you would like me to assist you with or have a Lodge program of some type you’d like to share with others please call or email me (

Don Campbell
Assistant Grand Secretary
Resolution Submission Deadline and Information 

Deadline – Per WMC Sec. 5.06 B.L.,  All Resolutions which if adopted would change the Constitution or By-Laws shall be delivered to the Grand Secretary or mailed to him under postmark not later than December 1 preceding each Annual Communication.
Proper Format – An outline of the Proper Format is located in the Washington Masonic Code, Appendix C or you may contact the Grand Lodge Office for a copy of the format in a word document to use as a template. (CLICK HERE to download a copy).

Facility Use Agreements for Lodges & Temple Corporations

The Grand Lodge has revised the form exemplar Facilities Use Agreements and Commercial Lease Agreements for Lodges and Temple Corporations.  These exemplar leases can be found under the Temple Board Forms section of the Grand Lodge website. These leases are not a “one size fits all” lease and should be used as a guide only. Each Temple Corporation should review the exemplar leases carefully and should consult with a lawyer if they have any questions about whether these forms will work for their particular situation. CLICK HERE to go directly to the forms page of the Grand Lodge website*.

*member access is required, CLICK HERE to request a username and password

Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training 

Also, as a reminder we will be conducting Secretary (to include LSI), Treasurer and Temple Board Governance training at Audubon Park Lodge in Spokane on Sunday, October 9, 2016 and at Shoreline Lodge in Seattle on Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Both training sessions begin at 11 am.  Please contact Chantal Stevens ( or 253-625-7891) or click on the desired location below to register for the training. Anyone is able to attend these trainings.

Sunday, October 9th, 2016 - Spokane, WA | Audubon Park Lodge, No. 272

Sunday, October 30th, 2016 - Shoreline, WA | Shoreline Lodge, No. 248

VW Clint Brown 
Assistant to the Grand Secretary
Lodge Secretary's Corner
CODE CHANGES & STATEMENTS OF AVAILABILITY: The annual Statements of Availability and 2016 Code Changes, with an order form, were mailed to each Lodge on September 30th, 2016.

LODGE SECRETARY INTERFACE (LSI):  There are a couple of new reports/options available on the LSI:
  • Grand Lodge Office Position Report – for members in your Lodge
  • Grand Lodge Committee Membership Report – for members in your Lodge
  • Members Report - Sort Option
    • List of Members by Birth Month – Sort by Birth Month Jan – Dec  
DUES CARDS/STATEMENTS:  Your Lodge dues cards and statements (per your order form) will be in the mail on or before October 14th, 2016.
ELECTIONS FORMS:  Please send this form to the Grand Lodge Office as soon as your Elections are complete, if you do not have all of the appointed officers, you can e-mail those to Jane ( after they have been appointed/installed.  It is IMPORTANT that the Officers meet the qualifications in WMC, Sec. 15.03 B.L. 
WA MASONIC CHARITIES NEWSLETTER: The monthly email newsletter contains helpful information, notices of activities, talks, and more. If you are interested in subscribing please CLICK HERE.
October Events
Inland Northwest Honor Flight Departure
Monday, October 3rd, 2016 @ 6:00 a.m.
Spokane International Airport, C concourse baggage claim area

Inland Northwest Honor Flight Arrival
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Spokane International Airport, ticketing area of the A/B concourse

District No. 28 Meeting 
Saturday, October 8th, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m. 
Ephrata Masonic Center, Ephrata, WA

Secretary, Treasurer & Temple Board Training - Spokane 
Saturday, October 9th, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.
Audubon Park Lodge, No. 272, Spokane, WA 

Columbus Day - Grand Lodge Office Closed 
Monday, October 10th, 2016

Puget Sound Honor Flight Departure
Saturday, October 15th, 2016 @ 5:00 a.m.
SeaTac International Airport, Upper level of the airport terminal, Door No. 25 Alaska Airlines 

Puget Sound Honor Flight Return 
Monday, October 17th, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.
SeaTac International Airport Atrium (located on the baggage claim level, south most end of the airport)

District No. 26 Meeting
Friday, October 21st, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Spangle Service Center, Spangle, WA

Cornerstone & District No. 27 Meeting
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.
Spokane Masonic Center, Spokane, WA

District No. 30 Meeting
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 @ 2:30 p.m.
Newport Masonic Temple, Newport, WA

Lumberjack Feed
Saturday, October 22nd @ 6:00 p.m.
Newport Masonic Temple, Newport, WA

Secretary, Treasurer & Temple Board Training - Shoreline 
Saturday, October 30th, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m.
Shoreline Lodge, No. 248, Shoreline, WA

Hands Across the Border 
Saturday, November 5th @ 5:30 p.m.
Bellingham Masonic Center, Bellingham, WA

Click on the underlined event heading for additional information 
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