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Grand Lodge Open HouseLearn about Freemasonry’s long history in Rhode Island and its relevance today. Talk with Freemasons from around the state at the Masonic Grand Lodge of Rhode Island’s Open House on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Freemason’s Hall, 222 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.

The Freemason Deadlines

The Rhode Island Freemason is published 6 times a year based on a calendar year.

The issues will be published as follows:

JANUARY/FEBRUARY Deadline: December 1st

MARCH/APRIL Deadline: February 1st

MAY/JUNE Deadline: April 1st

JULY/AUGUST Deadline: June 1st

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER Deadline: August 1st

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER Deadline: October 1st

Spotlight on Freemasonry

Spotlight on Freemasonry is produced by many Rhode Island Master Masons who volunteer their time to write and produce these programs and to make up the studio production crew. Our plan is to release two new shows per month. The programs are produced in the studios of PEG-TV in Cranston, Rhode Island.

These modern television facilities are provided at no cost to us. Our programs are seen on Verizon Cable, channel 32; and channel 13 on the Cox and Full Channel cable systems, every Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM.

We have a wide variety of programs in various stages of production. The Rainbow Girls in Rhode Island are presently writing a show about their organization. Several lodges are preparing lodge history programs.

There are many Masons to thank for their efforts. We especially thank Worshipful Dave Richards for providing the Internet connection for our programs through his media server located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Thanks must also be given to the staff at PEG-TV for their never ending help.

This series of programs was created by Brother Raymond Brisson.

If you would like to be involved in this project, you can contact us at:
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Introduction to Freemasonry
Host Robert Palazzo greets Past Grand Master Kenneth N. Bruns and Paul Kokolsky, Director of Masonic Education, who describe the international fraternity of Freemasons.

Masonic Memorial
Past Grand Master Richard Sokoll's guest is Grand Master Leon Knudsen who explains the genesis of the Masonic Memorial in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island. The wreath laying by Grand Lodge at the cemetery is included.

Famous Freemasons
Host Robert Palazzo and guest Paul Kokolsky discuss a wide variety of famous men who were or are Freemasons. Fascinating and informative.

Scottish Rite Masonry
Robert Ogg talks to Past Grand Master Richard Sokoll about Scottish Rite philanthropy. A number of examples of such program are included.

Masonic Philanthropy
Past Grand Master Richard Sokoll talks to four men who are associated with various Masonic organizations. They explain a wide range of charities they support financially. Guests are Robert Ogg, Clark Cate, Raymond Hassell, and Gilbert Fontes.
Introduction to Freemasonry

The American Flag
Thomas Blacke is the host of this program explaining the history of the American flag. Paul Kokolsky, Director of Masonic Education is the guest.

Masonic Symbolism in Washington DC, Part 1
Akram Elias, Past Grand Master of Washington DC, presents a fascinating two part program on the plethora of Masonic symbols in Washington DC and the Masonic influence in its design.

Masonic Symbolism in Washington DC, Part 2
Akram Elias, Past Grand Master of Washington DC, continues his program on the plethora of Masonic symbols in Washington DC and the Masonic influences in its design.

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
A program written and produced by the Junior Executive Committee of the Rainbow Girls in Rhode Island. The girls will explain what Rainbow is and what it has to offer to girls as young as 7 years old. District Deputy Grand Master Raymond Hassell is the host.

Masonic Murals in the Rhode Island Grand Lodge building

Your host Richard F. Lynch, Junior Warden of St. Johns Lodge No. 1 Providence chats with Past Master Harley Bartlett, the artist who researched and painted the beautiful Masonic Murals in the Rhode Island Grand Lodge room. Brother Bartlett was not a Mason when he was commissioned to research and paint these wonderful works of art.

Freemasonry in Scotland, Part 1
James McCormack, Past Master of the oldest Masonic lodge in the world with records, dating back 1599. Give a fascinating history of Freemasonry that many people may not be aware of. Junior Warden Richard F. Lynch of St. Johns Lodge No. 1 Providence is the host.

Freemasonry in Scotland, Part 2
This program concludes this very interesting 2 part series.

Freemasonry and Astronomy, Part 1

Freemasonry and Astronomy, Part 2
This program concludes this very interesting 2 part series.

Virtual Library

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Grand Lodge Officers 2015

Raymond E. Hassell (39)

  M:.W:. Grand Master
Stephen T. McGuire (4)   R:.W:. Deputy Grand Master
Peter Iacobucci (32)   R:.W:. Senior Grand Warden
Glenn S. Carlson (12)   R:.W:. Junior Grand Warden
Michael J. Barboza (40)   R:.W:. Grand Treasurer
Wyman P. Hallstrom, Jr. (32)   R:.W:. Grand Secretary
Kenneth F. Poyton (9)   R:.W:. DDGM-Metro District
Gary S. Kaufman (35)   R:.W:. DDGM-East Bay
Robert B. Ellston (8)   R:.W:. DDGM-Northern District
Robert A. Palazzo (32)   R:.W:. DDGM-Central District
Douglas J Grant (39)   R:.W:. DDGM-Southern District
Thomas R. Yeaw (28)   R:.W:. Grand Chaplain
Alfred M. Cameron (14)                R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain-District
Mekawy E. Elmekawy (35)   R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain-District
Carlton R. Wood (28)   R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain-District
Mark H. Robar (23)   R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain-District
Robert B. Lyle (47)   R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain-District
Christopher J. Hallstrom (32)   R:.W:. Assoc. Grand Chaplain
Rick Baccus (3)   R:.W:. Grand Marshal
Kenneth B. Phillips (1P)   R:.W:. Grand Lecturer
Robert A. Drisko (47)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Samual A. Miller (35)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Andre Faria (1)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Carl E. Richard (23)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Elliott R. Greene, Jr. (12)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Mark Peterson (39)   R:.W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Andrew Daigle (1)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Todd P. Derksen (9)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
John Barsoum (24)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Manuel Lewis (40)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
David Crandall (20)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
James I. Ogilvie (9)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Walter Neri (1P)   W:. Assistant Grand Lecturer
Paul J. Kokolsky (12)   R:.W:. Dir. of Masonic Education
J. Timothy Fitzhugh (28)   W:. Forum Director
David C. Lavery (1)   R:.W:. Grand Historian
Richard F. Lynch (1P)   R:.W:. Grand Curator/Librarian
Charles E. Bradley (30)   W:. Senior Grand Deacon
Thomas M. Holton Jr. (24)   W:. Junior Grand Deacon
Jesse H. Edwards III (9)   W:. Senior Grand Steward
William D. Stephens (6)   W:. Junior Grand Steward
Robert A. Sinclair (3)   W:. Grand Sword Bearer
Daniel Rzewuski (20)   W:. Grand Pursuivant
Frank A. Castleone (1P)   Grand Organist
Renaldo A. Simoes (32)   W:. Grand Standard Bearer
Elliot R Greene (12)   W:. GMC for DGM
Gilbert J. Fontes Jr. (48)   W:. GMC for SGW
Scott Alger (12)   W:. GMC for JGW
Michael R. Northup (4)   W:. GMC-Metro District
Mark E. Eddleston (47)   W:. GMC-East Bay District
Keith P. Moan (32)   W:. GMC-Northern District
William B. Ripley (32)   W:. GMC-Central District
Michael Barbera (39)   W:. GMC-Southern District
Francis P. DeVita (32)   W:. Grand Tiler

Medical Center

If you are in need of medical equipment or have equipment you would like to donate contact: Br. Robert J. Allen, PGM on the Medical Equipment Center cell phone at 401.451.0184 or 401.246.0865.   You can also email us at medcenter@rimasons.org Read More

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The COLLEGIVM LVMINOSVM is a new lodge recently granted a Charter from within the Grand Jurisdiction of Rhode Island. Read More



"CH.I.P" as it is known throughout the Rhode Island Masonic community stands for the Child Identification Program adopted by the Freemasons of Rhode Island which provides a significant community service to the many communities in Rhode Island. Read More

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R∴W∴ Richard F Lynch Library and Museum

Our valuable resource for masonic artifacts and books from within our Jurisdiction and on loan from across the country. Read More

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Master Mason Rookie Award

The Master Mason Rookie Award is an official means by which we can achieve our membership goals Read More

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Passport Award Program

A Certificate and Award Pin will be presented to the Brother that successfully visits all RI Lodges Read more


New Wardens Workshop

The Wardens Workshop is designed to provide officers with insight about the responsibilities required of them Read more

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The Rhode Island Freemason

The Rhode Island Freemason is the bi-monthly publication of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island. See past issues here Read more

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Grand Lodge Office

Grand Lodge of Rhode Island
222 Taunton Ave.
East Providence, RI  02914
P: (401) 435-4650
E: GrandLodge@RImasons.org

Grand Lodge Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am to 4pm
Weekend: Closed

Please call (401) 435-4650 for additional help and assistance

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