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July/August 2016

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Page 2 The North Carolina Mason July/August 2016 "Masons Can" Food Drive 10 10 Feed the Needy Each Mason should bring ten dollars or ten cans of food for admission to Annual Communication in September. By Ric Carter WINSTON-SALEM — e 229 th annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina is scheduled for Sep- tember 23–24. When Grand Master Bryant D. Webster presides at our 2016 Annual Communication in Winston- Salem, bring food. Webster is pushing support for food banks across the state this year. You are asked to bring at least ten cans of food (or ten dollars if you must) which will be collected by Food Bank trucks at the meeting. e communication will be at the Twin City Quarter here, the same hotel we have used the last few years. It will be the headquarters hotel, the site of all committee meetings, and Grand Lodge business sessions. While every Mason in the state is invited, only the master and wardens of your lodge, or their official proxies, may vote during business sessions. ey'll join the same officers of the other lodg- es around the state. Other voters are the committeemen and officers of the Grand Lodge and its districts. Workshops and committee meetings held before the official sessions will be at the Twin City Quarter on ursday, September 22. e Lodge Secretary's Workshops will be held there at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. ursday. All voting sessions will be held in the Twin City Quarter's Grand Pavil- ion Friday and Saturday, September 23–24. Lodge officers are asked to bring and wear their aprons for all business sessions. All Masons must present their dues card and give the password to en- ter business sessions. Credentials have already been sent to your lodge. Please do not mail your credentials to the Grand Lodge office. You must present them at the registra- tion desk to receive ballots and other essential information and materials. You may register in the main lobby on ursday and outside the Grand Pa- vilion on Friday and Saturday morn- ings. In order to vote, you must have your credentials, and you must register. Again, do not return your credentials to the Grand Lodge office. Grand Master Webster will open Coming September 23–24 to Winston-Salem Annual Communication on the horizon the first session at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning. at's when you'll see the for- mal opening and welcoming of special guests. Grand Orator David B. Sentelle, a member of Excelsior 261 in Charlotte, will make the keynote address. Sentelle is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. e rest of the morning, a number of reports will be read and others submit- ted for the record without reading. Dur- ing the day-and-a-half of the session, we will also recognize several members for special service. Grand Master Web- ster will name a third Montfort Med- alist for his year. It is expected that a Foundation development director will be introduced. Downtown Winston-Salem has lots of restaurants, so you can find a place you like for the lunch break within easy walking distance of the hall. A memorial service for those Ma- sons who died in the past year will fol- low the call from refreshment to labor. e Grand Master's Report is next. Other reports will also be received. Some voting will take place on Friday afternoon. We usually break about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. For you late-night types, there are several restaurants and night spots along the streets around the hotel for you to spend your evening with friends and brothers. Business resumes on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. when the last day of the session opens. Prestonian Lec- turer Richard Berman will speak during the morning. e budget for 2017 will be debated, honed, and adopted. More proposed amendments and resolutions will be considered during the session. An analysis of those proposals starts on page four of this issue of e North Carolina Mason. We will also adopt a budget for the year. We will elect Grand Lodge officers. Business is generally concluded around noon. e Twin City Quarter is located at 301 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. e hotel is taking reserva- tions now. You may reach them at (800) 320-0934 or . Be sure to specify that you are with the Masonic Grand Lodge so you may get our special rate. We hope to see you there! It's time to participate in the governance of our Grand Lodge. Ric Car ter photo

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