Notice is hereby given to all Elected Grand Lodge Officers, Most Worshipful Past Grand Masters, Appointed Grand Lodge Officers and all Subordinate Lodges owing obedience to the MOST WORSHIPFUL PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE, F. & A.M., for the State of Maryland and Its Jurisdiction, Inc., that the 172nd Annual Communication will be held at the Live!, Casino & Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Cir #7777, Hanover, MD 21076, December 5th – 8th 2019.
A Lodge of Sorrow for deceased Brethren will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Live! Lofts, 7491 New Ridge Rd, Hanover, MD 21076.
The 172nd Annual Communication will be declared officially open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Among those who will be invited to extend greetings are outstanding members of the community, visiting Grand Masters and/or Representatives of Foreign Jurisdictions, along with Heads of Concordant and Appendant Bodies of the Maryland Masonic Family. Reception will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday December 7, 2019.
Each Lodge is mandated to send its five principal officers (WM, SW, JW, Secretary and Treasurer) to the Annual Communication. The registration fee is $180.00 per principal officer.
ALL TAXES AND SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS MUST BE PAID IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW OF THE ORDER. ALL RETURNS MUST BE FILED WITH THE GRAND SECRETARY NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 12, 2019, PRIOR TO THE CONVENING OF THE GRAND LODGE SESSION. FAILURE TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT WILL DISQUALIFY THE LODGE FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE ANNUAL SESSION IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITY. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT SECRETARIES AND TREASURER’S WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE ANNUAL COMMUNICATION.
Each Lodge shall send to the office of the GRAND SECRETARY no later than November 12, 2019, names of the three persons who will represent the Lodge at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge and include Registration Fee for each representative.
All complaints, appeals, etc., must be filed in the office of the Grand Secretary at least ten days prior to the convening of the Grand Lodge Session; otherwise, they will not be permissible under the rules of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of the State of Maryland. (See page 18, Article XV, Sec 1). All Resolutions will be referred to the Committee on Resolutions.
IMPORTANT: All Lodges will pay a Semi-Annual Per Capita Tax of $25.00 per member plus $10.00 per member for the Scholarship Fund. You are to pay $25.00 for each member on your roll for Semi-Annual Trustees’ Maintenance Assessment. This amount is applied for each member on roll at the time of filing the Lodge’s returns with the Grand Lodge THIS year and is not based on the membership rolls as reported LAST year.
ALL TAXES MUST BE PAID so that there will be no question about seating delegates from the Subordinate Lodges.
I wish to express my deep and sincere appreciation to the Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge for the excellent work they are doing; also, to all Department Heads of our Masonic Family for the cooperation given by the various Bodies during the past Year.
The Honorable Emanuel J. Stanley, Most Worshipful Grand Master
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge & Its Jurisdiction