The North Carolina Mason

November/December 2017

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Page 4 The North Carolina Mason November/December 2017 T h e m i s s i o n o f f r e e m a s o n r y i n n o r T h C a r o l i n a i s T o r a i s e T h e m o r a l , s o C i a l , i n T e l l e C T u a l , a n d s p i r i T u a l C o n s C i e n C e o f s o C i e T y b y T e a C h i n g T h e a n C i e n T a n d e n d u r i n g p h i l o s o p h i C a l TeneTs of broTherly love, relief, and TruTh, whiCh are expressed ouTwardly Through serviCe To god, family, CounTry, and self under The faTherhood of god wiThin The broTherhood of man. (USPS 598-260) is published bimonthly by e Grand Lodge of AF & AM of North Carolina, 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608. ird class postage paid at Oxford, NC 27565. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to e North Carolina Mason, School Of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC 27565. Grand Master Speed Hallman Board Of Publication William Elliott Warnock (chairman) Adam Russell Cloninger Kenneth Wayne Lambert John R. Beamon III John S. Dodd Editor Beth Grace Good quality pictures are essential for suitable reproduction. e right to re- ject any submission not suitable for use is reserved. Pictures will be returned to the sender only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Email submissions are welcome; high resolution, unaltered JPGs and Rich Text Format documents are preferred. Submissions and other correspon- dence should be sent to the editor at 2921 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 or . Each North Carolina Mason is a subscriber to e North Carolina Mason. If you know a member who is not receiving the paper, please send us his full name, his complete address, and the name and number of his lodge. Masonic widows receive e Mason free upon request. Subscriptions are available to others at a rate of five dollars per year. Subscription inquiries and address changes only should be sent to: e School of Graphic Arts, Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina 27565. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of The North Carolina Mason, the Grand Lodge, or Board of Publication. From the editor's desk Grand Master Speed Hallman ................................. Deputy Grand Master Dwight M. "Mack" Sigmon ... Senior Grand Warden P. Shaun Bradshaw ............ Junior Grand Warden R. David Wicker .................... Grand Treasurer Lewis R. Ledford (PGM) ............... Grand Secretary T. Walton Clapp III Senior Grand Deacon Larry B. ompson Jr. Junior Grand Deacon Kevan D. Frazier Grand Marshal Donald E. Kehler Grand Steward Robert W. Rideout ............................ Grand Steward Steve M. Norris Grand Tyler John W. Speed II Grand Chaplain James G. Jones Grand Lecturer Donald M. Helton Grand Historian Michael W. Brantley NORTH CAROLINA The Mason By Beth Grace Editor Ringing in the new: What's on tap for 2018 H appy New Year! No, I'm not early. I'm right on time – Masonic time, that is. Our new year began Dec. 2, as our new Grand Master Speed Hallman was sworn in. He has a busy year ahead, judging from the list of priori- ties he presented in November to the new class of District Deputy Grand Masters and District Deputy Grand Lecturers, and in his address to the Craft on the day of installation. Here are his main priorities, followed by plans to help further those goals: Promoting philan- thropy and supporting our three charities; Working and planning strategically to respect and use well the time Masons devote to the Craft; And encouraging district-wide coopera- tion and projects that increase our visibility, improve our ritual and provide additional opportunities for fellowship. e annual district meetings list is included in this issue. e GM will hold 27 this year, beginning Jan. 29 and ending May 15 at his home lodge, Eagle #19 in Hillsborough. He also will work to increase transparency in finance and the budget process – a direct response to suggestions raised at Annual Communication this year. And the Grand Lodge will explore a centralized dues notice system that improves communications between lodges and brethren and is intended to help reduce NPDs – those who are not current on their dues. e Lion and Pillar Lodge of Excellence program returns in 2018 with new require- ments that have been sent to lodges, posted on and included in this edition of the Mason. Watch for other initiatives, including sales of a poster featuring photos of the letter "G" from lodges all around the state (see the details at, and the sale of a gorgeous coffee-table book due out later in 2018 focusing on our historic lodges. Proceeds from all sales will go toward Masonic charitable funds, including historic lodge preservation. Hallman reported on his initiative that opened some Grand Lodge committee slots to interested brethren through an applica- tion process. In the first year, 43 applications were submitted and 22 of the applicants were assigned to committees. Of those, 15 were assigned to their first choice. He said the process helped him identify talented brethren from across the state who are willing and able to serve, and he believes the initiative will return next year. Other priorities for the year among special committees include: e ongoing work of the Masonic Renewal Committee, which is studying the current state of Masonic membership in North Carolina. A new Ad Hoc Grand Lodge Transition Committee which has been formed to advise future grand masters on effecting smooth, effi- cient and respectful transition on the Grand Lodge staff in future years. Members are: Past Grand Masters Bryant Webster (chair), Lew Ledford and Gene Cobb; Senior Grand Warden Shaun Bradshaw; Junior Grand Warden David Wicker; Kim Lyda, an attorney and former member of the Masonic Home for Children board of directors who manages legal, risk, safety, claims and quality assurance teams; and Lawson Rankin, a business consul- tant who helps entrepreneurial companies and non-profits grow through long-range and strategic planning and financial management. A renewed emphasis on attracting students to Wilkerson College and the Davie Academy will make both education oppor- tunities – praised by other Grand Lodges as examples of exceptional Masonic education – more visible and attractive to the brethren in North Carolina. Scheduling regular calls with the DDGMs, at least quarterly and possibly more often, to keep lines of communication open for all. So happy new year, friends – 2018 starts right now!

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