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., Jan. 30, 2016, 10:00 AM

Rehearsal for Officers at 9:00 AM, Lunch at Noon


First of all, best wishes to you and your families for the Holidays and the New Year. Thank you for electing me as the Worshipful Master for 2016. I am humbled at the privilege and honor this opportunity to serve represents. A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research has a long history as a valuable source for Freemasons throughout the region to acquire continuing Masonic education, an effort fostered by the many dedicated and illustrious brothers we are privileged to have among our membership.

Symbolically, our meetings at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial denote the grandeur and high standards of the edifice we are constructing – for the craft, for society and for ourselves. Mindful of these standards, our new line of Officers and I will strive to promote our Masonic labors within that framework. This year, it is my intention to work on stimulating this effort of furthering Masonic education opportunities from our Lodge to the rest of the Craft. I hope you will join me by promoting awareness about us at your Blue Lodges. At our meetings, members and visiting Brethren will be offered interesting programs on thought-provoking subjects. Through these programs and follow-up discussions a worthy and enriching experience is guaranteed to each of us.

Our first meeting of 2016 will be on Saturday January 30th. We will have an interesting program titled “Our Operative Roots - Similarities & Differences in Operative & Speculative Masonry” to be presented by our illustrious Brother Donald Leo McAndrews (PGHP, KYCGH, OPC, 32° KCCH, PM). It is a very informative topic, of practical significance.

Many of us are puzzled at the differences and similarities we see in Masonic labors when traveling “to other countries” – in literal sense. They may seem random at first sight, but they are not. Everything has a reason, and this program will help us understand some of them.

I look forward to a great Masonic year with your continuing support and participation.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mauricio Carrasco
Worshipful Master

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