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2015

HARVEY J. WAUGH, Grand Master

Donald H. LaLiberte, Deputy Grand Master
H. Robert Huke, III, Senior Grand Warden
Richard Maggio, Junior Grand Warden

GMAndOfficers2015.jpg

Front Row: Rt. Wor. Donald H. LaLiberte, Most Wor. Harvey J. Waugh, Rt. Wor. Gerald Dowden
Back Row: Rt. Wor. Richard Maggio, Rt. Wor. Robert Huke, III, Rt. Wor. Mason W. Russell, Most Wor. Arthur E. Johnson.

A portrait of the Grand Master and officers appeared on the frontispiece and above.


QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS

(held at Masonic Temple, Boston)

  • 03/11: 2015-6;
  • 06/10: 2015-36;
  • 09/09: 2015-73;
  • 12/09: 2015-101; (Annual Communication)

03/11 Agenda

  • 2015-26: Discipline.
  • 2015-27: Presentation of Grand Master's Awards.
  • 2015-28: Other presentations.

06/10 Agenda

  • 2015-48: Report of the Committee on Records.
  • 2015-52: Discipline.
  • 2015-53: Presentations.

09/09 Agenda

  • 2015-82: Prior to opening, the Grand Master was presented with a large framed print of the Overlook campus by Rt. Wor. John W. Hanson and other representatives from the Charlton Overlook Communities.
  • 2015-83: Budget for 2016.
  • 2015-85: Report of the Committee on Records.
  • 2015-90: Discipline.
  • 2015-91: Presentations.
  • 2015-92: Announcement of Grand Warden candidates.

12/09 Agenda

  • 2015-112: Prior to the opening, the Secretary of the Year Awards were presented by Grand Lodge staff.
  • 2015-112: Recognition of Proxies.
  • 2015-120: Report of the Committee on Records.
  • 2015-121: Re-election of Harvey John Waugh as Grand Master. Election of other Grand Lodge officers.
  • 2015-123: Discipline.
  • 2015-124: Presentations.
  • 2015-128: Committee Reports.
    • 2015-128: Service.
    • 2015-130: Insurance.
    • 2015-132: Library.
    • 2015-134: Membership Development.

Lodge By-Law Changes

Necrologies and Memorials

  • NECROLOGIES:
    • 03/11: 2015-19: Rt. Wor. Paul Maitland Carroll, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-19: Rt. Wor. Joseph Galen Curtis, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-20: Rt. Wor. Frederick Eugene Fiske, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-20: Rt. Wor. Richard Dana Leggee, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-20: Rt. Wor. Virgil Wilfred Liberty, Past Junior Grand Warden.
    • 03/11: 2015-21: Rt. Wor. Robert William Moore, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-21: Rt. Wor. Melvin Emil Niemi, Past Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-21: Rt. Wor. Robert Davis Parker, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-22: Rt. Wor. Salvatore Phillip Russo, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 03/11: 2015-22: Rt. Wor. Franklin George Bartlett, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-49: Rt. Wor. Arshag Gechijian, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-49: Rt. Wor. Frederick Lee Gilchrist, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-50: Rt. Wor. Laurence Joseph Gardella, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-50: Rt. Wor. Neil Benjamin Hilt, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-50: Rt. Wor. Benson Brown, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-51: Rt. Wor. Charles Thomas Fuller, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-51: Rt. Wor. Chester Russell Harris, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 06/10: 2015-52: Rt. Wor. Alvin Morris Steinberg, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 09/09: 2015-86: Rt. Wor. Ronald Joseph Charland, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 09/09: 2015-87: Rt. Wor. Kenneth Eugene Trostle, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 09/09: 2015-87: Rt. Wor. Samuel Franklin Gynan, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 09/09: 2015-87: Rt. Wor. Al Rose, Past Junior Grand Warden.
    • 12/09: 2015-119: Rt. Wor. Henry Park Burke, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 12/09: 2015-119: Rt. Wor. Walter Claridge Brown, Jr., Past Senior Grand Warden.
    • 12/09: 2015-120: Rt. Wor. Alfred Emil Grimm, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 12/09: 2015-120: Rt. Wor. Clarence Douglas Miles, Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 12/09: 2015-120: Rt. Wor. James Edward Dixon, Sr., Past District Deputy Grand Master.
    • 12/09: 2015-121: Rt. Wor. Robert Irving Wing, Past District Deputy Grand Master.

Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals

  • 12/09: 2015-118: Proposal to change the following sections of the Grand Constitutions:

Title Page, Preamble, 202, 204, 206, 209, 212, 213, 214, 215, 217, 219, 220, 223, 224, 236, 237, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 300, 302, 303, 305, 313, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 327, 329, 332, 334, 338, 353, 400, 403, 406, 407, 409, 411, 418, 420, 422, 500, 507, 508, 600(b), 604, 605, 606, 709(m), 709(n), 817(A), 817(B), Rules for the Government of Grand Lodge Rule XIII.

Note: the revised version of the Grand Constitutions is the new 2016 edition.

Grand Master's Address

  • 03/11: 2015-28; opening remarks; Panama (Deputy District Grand Master for Chile); Grand Lodge organization; visits; reception; listening tours; receptions; social media; license plate program.
  • 06/10: 2015-53: opening remarks; Grand Lodge administration; visits and travel; Florida visit; Old North Church; license plate program; "Guarding the West Gate"; State House time capsule.
  • 09/09: 2015-91: opening remarks; visits; State House time capsule; license place program; investigation of applicants.
  • 12/09: 2015-125: opening remarks; building improvements; 186 Committee; visits; travel; summary.
    • Building and Cornerstone Ceremonies:
      • Boston (06/17; Cornerstone Rededication Ceremony, State House; Special Communication)

Petitions for Charters

Petitions for Dispensation

SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS

  • 04/18: 2015-32. Haverhill. Consolidation of Bethany and Saggahew Lodges.
    • 2015-33: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the two Lodges.
    • 2015-33: Consolidation Ceremony.
    • 2015-33: Remarks by the Grand Master and others.
    • 2015-33: Banquet and celebrations.
  • 04/20: 2015-34. Lynn. 150th Anniversary of Golden Fleece Lodge.
    • 2015-35: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the Lodge.
    • 2015-35 Carpet Ceremony.
    • 2015-35: Presentations.
    • 2015-35: Remarks by the Grand Master and others.
    • 2015-35: Banquet and celebrations.
  • 06/17: 2015-58. Boston. Rededication of State House Cornerstone.
    • 2015-60: Grand Lodge opened at the Grand Lodge building.
    • 2015-60: Procession of more than 1,000 Masons from the building along Tremont Street, Park Street and to the State House. The following Brethren carried implements:
      • Grand Lodge Banner: Wor. George H. Raymond, R. W. David S. Sewall
      • Grand Lodge Standard: Wor. John E. Kelley, Jr.
      • Tapers: Wor. Gregory A. Beamon, Wor. Brian J. Hughes, Wor. Adam J. Jolicoeur
      • Oil: Wor. Nathaniel R. J. Ulrich
      • Wine: R. W. Alfredo J. R. Canhoto
      • Corn: R. W. Scott T. Jareo
      • Setting Maul: R. W. Frank B. Gomes, Jr.
      • Trowel: R. W. Lawrence E. Bethune
      • Three Great Lights: R. W. Walter H. Hunt
      • Plumb: R. W. David R. Lucas
      • Level: R. W. Donald R. Denning
      • Square: R. W. Joseph C. DeNicola
    • 2015-61: Welcome by the Hon. William Galvin; presentation of Colors by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
    • 2015-61: Address by Governor Charles D. Baker, reproduced below.
    • 2015-63: Address by Secretary Galvin, reproduced below.
    • 2015-64: Address by the Grand Master, reproduced below.
    • 2015-66: Battle Hymn of the Republic, performed by the 215th Army Band Quartet.
    • 2015-66: Cornerstone Ceremony, described in detail.
    • 2015-70: God Bless America, performed by the 215th Army Band Quartet.
    • 2015-70: Return to Grand Lodge and luncheon.

Remarks by Governor Baker:

"What a glorious day we have here today, to celebrate such an important historical occasion. I want to thank all of you for coming here today; I especially want to thank the students for joining us; thank you very much for joining us, and I’m sure you love one more day out of the building.

"I especially want to thank the Spirit of America for your performance here this morning; it was terrific.

Today we are leaving another chapter in our history books with the burial of this time capsule, containing memorabilia from 2015, and returning the contents of a time capsule from 1795 which was unearthed last year. This sliver of history was discovered on a whim during a construction project, and shocked historians and the people of the Commonwealth alike when we found it, that it was placed there by Paul Revere and Sam Adams.

"Sam Adams: one of the great names in American history. As a footnote, we made a decision as an administration to put his portrait in the Governor’s Council Chamber in the State House. When news of that was reported, I can’t tell you how many people I heard from who said, 'that’s terrific: you put the guy who created that beer up in the State House.' {Laughter}. Well, not exactly. And that’s why days like this are so important.

"The capsule was originally buried fifteen years after Massachusetts became a Commonwealth and adopted its constitution in 1780 – 235 years ago yesterday.

"For those history buffs who may be with us, and may already know, that today, June 17, 2015, is the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Now that was actually fought on Breed’s Hill, but that’s a minor and trivial point. The most important fact about that is that on that day, about twelve hundred Colonial soldiers, who were mostly farmers, merchants and local citizens, took on the biggest, brawniest, and most feared military force at that time on the face of the earth, the British navy and army. Twice, the British attacked the Colonials on Bunker Hill; and twice they were repelled. The third time they succeeded in driving the Colonial forces back into Cambridge.

"But that particular battle that day set the tone for what eventually became the victory of the people of this country in the fight for their freedom. 240 years ago today.

"Now what you just got from me was my own commentary on a big point in American history. What makes this time capsule so unusual is that it’s not an interpretation from a historian, it’s not a passage in a textbook; it’s the story that our predecessors from that revolutionary time wanted us to know and understand.

"I’ve learned in the Governor’s office that life is busy; though if you look behind me it’s pretty clear that no one is doing anything today. {Laughter}.

"As well they should be. They should be here with all of you. But the days fly by, filled with meetings, press conferences and events and sometimes you can forget how lucky we are to have a historic site like the State House right here in our back yard.

"As this time capsule is buried today, it invokes many questions for our future that can only be answered over the course of time. What will history reveal about us, about the decisions we made, the choices we made, and how we chose to live our lives? What decisions will we make with the legislature, and what will be our accomplishments? How will we aspire to be great and carry on the legacy of our forefathers and those who came before us?

"I hope that today, and the events of today, can serve as a small reminder for us to slow down and to think a bit about these questions. We have a unique opportunity here to reflect on civic service, our democracy, our history, and the ideas we debate every day as we try to shape our present and our future and to think about our own legacy.

"Thank you very much for being here; God bless America and God bless the Commonwealth."

Remarks by Secretary Galvin:

Thank you very much, Governor, for those inspiring words. As I said earlier, we celebrate our history in Massachusetts, and what we re-inter today are not simply artifacts or historical curiosities.

220 years ago, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere climbed this hill and put these artifacts in that cornerstone. And they did select those artifacts very carefully. They were artifacts that reflected the history of this area of the world and its struggle to be independent and free. And they were really symbols that guided them in their effort in the American Revolution and in the formation of a local government here in Massachusetts. And that spirit that led to a revolution that created a country and that led to a state that led a country is still alive today.

And it’s that spirit that we commemorate today. It is that challenge to us in this generation to what we will do to make sure those principles are heard throughout the world. And it’s fair to say they have been emulated. The principles of democracy, the principles of self-representation: those are all important aspects of our history.

I’m fond of saying, “the history of Massachusetts is the history of America.” And it’s true. But it’s also true that what we started here and what our country started has spread throughout the world. Throughout the world people are into the aspects of democracy that we first embraced here. This magnificent building that has been our capitol for over 200 years – not only has it seen great deliberations affecting us, but it has been welcoming to people from all over the world: every year, over 100,000 visitors come here. They come here and marvel at our history and our commitment to individuality and freedom. I think that’s what we reaffirm today: those principles, those commitments, those issues that we hold dear.

To those who come from without Massachusetts, I invite you to leave this ceremony today with a renewed commitment in your home area or your home town to these principles. To those of you from Massachusetts, especially the students that are here today, don’t treat this building as simply a museum, a place to marvel at, a place of beauty. Treat it as a place to come to: make your voices heard. When there are issues that you feel strongly about throughout the years, come back here. Make your voices heard again and again. That is the true legacy of Revere and Adams, and all of the patriots. That is the true legacy that we continue today. That is the commitment that we must make to future generations.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Remarks by the Grand Master:

Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Galvin, Honored Members of the Legislature, my brother Masons and citizens all;

I am honored to speak here today on behalf of our 29,000 Massachusetts Freemasons. Over 1300 Masons are present to witness this glorious ceremony. I also thank all citizens of this great Commonwealth for attending these proceedings.

Today, we are living history. On July 4, 1795, 220 years ago, the Governor of Massachusetts; Samuel Adams, requested the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, Most Worshipful Paul Revere, to consecrate the construction of a State House, and perform an appropriate ceremony. It is humbling to stand here in the midst of our Governor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, members of the Legislature, reverend clergy and Grand Lodge Officers and engage in a truly worthwhile event – the re-deposit of the State House time capsule.

The ceremony you are about to witness is filled with symbolism and significance. Since ancient times, the laying of a public building’s cornerstone has been celebrated.

The Freemasons of today carry on the traditions and rituals of the operative Masons who laid the cornerstones of the cathedrals and castles of Europe. Our traditions and values are an important part of the cornerstone that civilized society is built upon.

When a man is made a Mason, he is initially placed in the northeast corner of a Lodge room. This location is the threshold between the north, a place of perpetual darkness and the east, a place of light.

This threshold between darkness and light serves as the midpoint between ignorance and wisdom, barbarity and civilization; and it represents the beginning of that journey from east to west in pursuit of more: more light, more knowledge, and more liberty. If is for these reasons that a building’s cornerstone is also ideally placed in the northeast corner.

As Freemasons, we have a proud history of performing cornerstone ceremonies. This ceremony is identical to the one Paul Revere performed here in 1795, and it is an integral part of our national history.

An honored Mason in Virginia, George Washington performed the cornerstone ceremony at the United States Capitol building in 1793. The Grand Lodge of Washington D.C. performed it at the Smithsonian in 1847 and at the Washington Monument in 1848.

Here in Massachusetts, Masons have laid cornerstones not only for this State House; but also for Massachusetts General Hospital here in Boston, the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, the Forefathers Monument in Plymouth, and several town halls, churches, libraries, and public schools statewide.

This is not an accident. Just as the true history of these United States has the history of this Commonwealth at its foundation, the history of this Commonwealth has that of Freemasonry embedded in its core.

The ceremony I will lead shortly will re-dedicate this building with corn, wine, and oil. We use these items symbolically. The corn is poured as an emblem of nourishments, the wine, as an emblem of refreshment and the oil as an emblem of joy and happiness. They show us that our prosperity as a society is as dependent on the success of this structure as it is on the happiness, pleasure and peace these items give us regularly.

Many past and present legislators and executives have been and are Freemasons today. It is partly through their efforts that our cities and towns have found prosperity over the years.

The pomp and circumstance you see here today represents not only the significant contributions of those who came before us, but the wish for continued prosperity under the guidance and wisdom of today’s executive leadership.

Some day in the distant future, when this time capsule is rediscovered by our successors, I hope they can recall the events of today under similar happy circumstances. Thank you very much for being here today.

  • 06/27: 2015-71. Cohasset. 100th Anniversary of Konohassett Lodge. Donald LaLiberte, Acting Grand Master.
    • 2015-72: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the Lodge.
    • 2015-72: Carpet Ceremony.
    • 2015-72: Remarks by the Acting Grand Master and others.
    • 2015-72: Banquet and celebrations.
  • 10/10: 2015-95. Fitchburg. 150th Anniversary of Charles W. Moore Lodge and 50th Anniversary Rededication of the Fitchburg Masonic Building.
    • 2015-96: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the Lodge.
    • 2015-96: Carpet Ceremony.
    • 2015-96: Remarks by the Grand Master and others.
    • 2015-96: Banquet and celebrations.
  • 11/02: 2015-97. Marshfield. 150th Anniversary of Mount Hollis Lodge.
    • 2015-98: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the Lodge.
    • 2015-98: Carpet Ceremony.
    • 2015-98: Remarks by the Grand Master and others.
  • 12/01: 2015-99. Pittsfield. Consolidation of Crescent-Pittsfield and Mystic Lodges.
    • 2015-100: Grand Lodge opened and was received by the Brethren of the two Lodges.
    • 2015-100: Consolidation Ceremony.
    • 2015-100: Remarks by the Grand Master and others.
    • 2015-100: Banquet and celebrations.

FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/28/2015)

  • 2015-190: Opening and roll call.
  • 2015-190: Report of Grand Secretary; 657 diplomas issued. List of lodges not represented in Grand Lodge in 2015, as well as the past 2 years.
  • 2015-191: Presentation of Tommaso Crudeli Bust by M. W. Kenneth Wyvill, Grand Master of Masons in Maryland.
  • 2015-193: Installation of Grand Master Harvey John Waugh. Installation of other Grand Officers.
  • 2015-195: Feast of St. John. Toasts and names of speakers:
    • 2015-196: Deputy Grand Master David R. Lucas.
    • 2015-202: Wor. Matthew Nelson of Utah.

LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 2015

There were 32 districts in Massachusetts in 2015 (numbered 1 through 31), as well as districts for China, Cuba and Panama (which includes the lodges situated in Chile).

DISTRICT 1

Timothy A. Ackerman, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A2

DISTRICT 2

Donald R. Watson, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A3

DISTRICT 3

Frank J. Kautz, II, District Deputy Grand Master; Paul A. S. Bushey, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A4

DISTRICT 4

James N. Orgettas, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A5

DISTRICT 5

Joseph Goldstein, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A6

DISTRICT 6

Glenn L. Kubick, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A7

DISTRICT 7

Peter MacDonald, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A8

DISTRICT 8

Timothy S. McGavin, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A9

DISTRICT 9

Lester A. Davis, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A10

DISTRICT 10

Raymond E. Ramsdell, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A11

DISTRICT 11

Fred A. Dobson, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A12

DISTRICT 12

Archibald H. Campbell, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A13

DISTRICT 13

Kevin J. Willis, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A14

DISTRICT 14

Donald S. Stevens, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A15

DISTRICT 15 NORTH

Richard A. Ellis, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A16

DISTRICT 15 SOUTH

Robert A. Mosher, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A17

DISTRICT 16

Heath L. VerBurg, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A18

DISTRICT 17

Michael J. Kelly, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A19

DISTRICT 18

David J. Damstra, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A20

DISTRICT 19

Brad C. Brightman, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A21

DISTRICT 20

Sean E. LeBlanc, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A22

DISTRICT 21

Chronis Kalivas, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A23

DISTRICT 22

Wilfred E. Ducharme, District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A24

DISTRICT 23

Gregory L. Stahl, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A25

DISTRICT 24

David Nadreau, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A26

DISTRICT 25

John A. Fritscher, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A27

DISTRICT 26

Douglas C. Finn, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A28

DISTRICT 27

Philip W. Lambert, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A29

DISTRICT 28

Michael Jarzabek, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A30

DISTRICT 29

James R. Cooper, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A31

DISTRICT 30

Mark E. Feder, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A32

DISTRICT 31

Gordon G. VanOrman, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A33

PANAMA DISTRICT

Gerald Dowden, District Grand Master; 7 Lodges
Tabular: 2015-A36

CHINA DISTRICT

Brian N. Watson, District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge
Tabular: 2015-A34

  • Sinim (Tokyo, Japan, 1903)

CUBA DISTRICT

None; 1 Lodge
Tabular: 2015-A35


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