A. Douglas Smith, Jr.
Lodge of Research

A.F. & A.M. of Virginia

Stated Meetings on every 5th Saturday, Annual Meeting,
Elections and Installation on the 3rd Sat in December
Meeting in the beautiful North Room of the
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Alexandria, Virginia


Next Meeting: Sat., March 29, 2014, 10:00 AM

Coffee at 9:00 AM, Lunch at Noon


I thank you for electing me as Worshipful Master of the lodge for 2014.

I have some great speakers lined up for you this year and I am sure you will be pleased with these programs.

One thing we are doing this year, and I have gotten the buy-in of the officers, is following the lead of Wor. Phil Brooks in turning our attention back to research. It is part of our name and part of our charge to do Masonic research, and it is important that we start back with some of the important traditions that we have left behind. These include reestablishing a programs committee; giving awards for Masonic research and service to the lodge; defining what constitutes good Masonic research; and more. I will have a full report at our March meeting.

I see this as a year of rebuilding and getting back on track with some things we are supposed to be doing and used to do. At the same time, we need to take stock of all these things and determine which traditions need to be reassessed and revamped. In other words, tradition is important, but we should have a reason for doing things beyond just doing them because we have always done them. Committees are being formed for all of this and I hope the brethren will be vocal over the year on these matters and help shape the future of the lodge.

A brief outline of this year's programs:
• March 29: Discussion of the plans for the year and rebuilding some of the programs.
• May 31: Wor. Paul Shuey – Freemasonry, Philosophy, Math and Numbers (more info to follow).
• August 30: Wor. Jon Ruark – The Circumpunct in and out of Freemasonry.
• November 29: Called communication – Up in the air. May not meet that day.
• December 20: Annual meeting. Trustees report; audit report; elections; installation.

As always, brethren, we have coffee at 9:00, the meeting at 10:00, and lunch at noon.

Carl Weaver
Worshipful Master
A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research No. 1949

For further information contact Secretary Rhey Solomon MrRhey[at]aol.com