The 173rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Iowa

Grand Lodge of Iowa 173rd Annual Communication

September 14-16, 2017

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75 Fun Things to Do in Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Masonic Library and Museum is 1 of 75 Fun Things to Do in Cedar Rapids!

75 Things Web Site

Interactive Lodge Event Calendar

Brothers,
An interactive “Masonic Lodge Event Calendar” has been added to the web site.
To view events just click on a county and it will return all events in the county selected as well as all adjoining counties.
To add an event return to the map and click on add an event, answer a simple Masonic question and add your event.
If you need assistance please contact me at dgs@gl-iowa.org
Enjoy.
Fraternally,
Tim S Anderson

Grand Lodge of Iowa A.F. & A.M. Social Media Policy

Policy regarding Social Media and Iowa Freemasons

The Grand Lodge of Iowa recognizes that social media has grown exponentially in recent years and has a goal of supporting the regular and extensive use of it. We know that many Brethren regularly connect by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other means. We as Masons must be mindful that our individual postings not only reflect our own character but that of Freemasonry across this Grand Jurisdiction.

Social Media Policy

• A Mason should conduct himself with the same courtesy he would in front of the general public.
• As a Mason, he must be aware that his postings are a permanent record; therefore, his conduct may influence the world with a positive or negative opinion about him personally and about the organizations to which he belongs.
• A Mason should never use disparaging comments, profanity, etc. when posting; including, but not limited to, graphic, video, and audio recordings.
• A Mason should not post “ritual” or “tyled” information.
• Masonic pages are to be supportive of the organization and its members, promote upcoming events, discuss past events, video sharing, and discussion of times of fellowship and promotion of Masonic bodies.
• A Mason should not use social media to obtain personal advantage in promoting political, religious or business activities by targeting other Masons.
• A Mason should not use social media to contact other Grand Jurisdictions unless you are a member of that jurisdiction. Remember that all inter-jurisdictional communication is, by Masonic protocol, conducted by and between Grand Lodge offices.
• No discussion or other information regarding to an application, background, or investigation of an applicant is ever appropriate or condoned.
• There should never be discussion regarding the ballot on a candidate.
• Nothing should ever be written or discussed relative to the business of a Lodge or of any discussions/actions which have occurred behind Tyled doors.
• Information about Lodge or District social activities must comply with the Grand Lodge regulations already in place for them (for example no reference to alcohol or games of chance).
• Masons should advise a Brother if something he has posted is improper within the framework of our Grand Constitution, Rules and Regulations, etc.

Ultimately, your actions as a Mason online should promote the highest standards of morality and integrity. You should always be mindful of the penalties as described in the Grand Constitution relating to trial, suspension, and/or expulsion for any un-Masonic behavior. Posting a comment related to the Fraternity and then posting a disparaging comment about a social or political stance can easily be misconstrued by readers that your stance is representative of Masonry and all Masons. Remember that the public and members of the Masonic Fraternity are reading your posts online.

Disclaimer

(a)   Any blog or post created by any member of the Masonic Fraternity under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Iowa A.F & A.M. that will discuss any Masonic topic of any kind must include the following disclaimer.

(i)   “Any views, opinions, or thoughts articulated in postings and/or comments from any contributors to this weblog do not in any way represent the views of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, its constituent lodges, officers, or employees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the the Grand Secretary. We encourage you to be a positive and proactive force for projecting Freemasonry in the world!
March, 2016

Pillars of the Library

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The three principal officers in a Lodge are represented by three columns representing Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. These columns correspond with three orders of architecture revered by Masons. They are Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. There should be Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support, and Beauty to adorn all important undertakings. With that in mind, I propose that we contrive a plan to support a fund to adorn that magnificent edifice we all own in Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Masonic Library and Museums.

My proposal is a three-year plan dedicated to raising money to perpetuate the upkeep of the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum Building. My goal is to raise $500,000.00 a year for each of the next 3 years. I am asking 500 members of the Craft or Lodges as a whole to each donate $1000.00 per year to the Iowa Masonic Library and Museums Building Endowment Fund. As a gift for your generous contribution, you will receive a column representing one of the original orders of architecture. The first year you will receive a Doric column followed by an Ionic and Corinthian. The Iowa Masonic Library and Museums Building Endowment Fund is a 501(c)(3) corporation so your gift is completely tax deductible.

I hope that you wish to participate in this program. We have a premier Library and Museum, but it requires a substantial amount of funding for upkeep and repair. All you need to do is send your check for $1000.00 to the Grand Secretary’s office designated to IMLMBEF. This program is purely voluntary, but think of the enormity of the situation. Don’t let the lapse of time, the ruthless hand of ignorance, or just plain apathy let our Library “fall in utter ruin”. Please give generously and help insure the future of our Iowa Masonic heritage.

 

Grand Master Kenneth A. Hurmence

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“Make your Mark in Masonry”

I am asking each Iowa Mason to “Make their Mark” in their lodge in the following ways:

  • Focus on recruitment, retention, and ritual: These are the lifeblood of our Fraternity.
  • Maintain a positive mindset: Focus on what we can do and what we can accomplish. When we dare to dream, we can build mansions.   When we are mired in despair, we are trapped in the dismal caves of our own minds.  Dare to try.
  • Enjoy going to lodge: Don’t view attending lodge as going to another meeting.  Think of the fellowship you will enjoy with brothers and the difference they can make in your life and the warmth your friendship can bring to theirs.   Make a pledge to learn something new at each meeting.  Your members have knowledge and personal experiences to share or educational programs prepared by the Lodge Service Committee (available at no cost to your lodge at GMAMS or by calling the Grand Lodge) or your lodge members can be shared.
  • Remember that our ritual and its words have meaning: The best membership tool that a lodge has are members who practice what Masonry teaches.  When we act as Masons and practice the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth by working in our communities, helping those in need or distress and demonstrating that we stand for things that are good and worthwhile, people will want to be a part of it, new members will feel wanted and want to become involved, and our lodges will prosper and grow.  Dissension, rudeness, and misconduct will also be noticed by the community, and these are disastrous for a lodge.  We want to be known as builders not a wrecking crew.

Do your part and “Make your Mark for Masonry” and your lodge.  You can be one of the supports upon which a successful future can be built.  Today is the day when you can make a difference.  Today is the day when we can begin building for the future.  Today is the day to “Make your Mark”.

Many tools are available from the Grand Lodge which will assist in your efforts:

Recruitment Materials, Mentoring Materials, Educational Programs, Online Library Catalog, Web Site Availability, Interactive Lodge Activity Calendar, Ritual Assistance, Assistance in Lodge Programing, Awards Programs, Lodge Officer Training and many other services. Just ask!

You are all invited to attend the GMAMs which will be held in October and November to learn more about my program, provide your input, and receive educational packets. Click HERE for the schedule.

Becoming a Mason

If you are visting and want to learn about membership into the fraternity,
check out the Become a Mason tab:
What is Freemasonry and Path to Membership

To discover even more information, check out Iowa Freemasonry
There you discover the What, Who, Why & How of membership.

You can also  fill out a form and a mason will contact you directly to answer any other questions you may have.

Thank you for your interest.