Grand Masters Message June 2018

Greetings Brethren,
First, let me start off by saying thank you for the confidence you have bestowed upon me by electing me your 163rd Grand Master of Masons for the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

glenn carlson gm portraitThere are no words that can adequately express the honor and pride I feel! Scott and I look forward to representing you and this great jurisdiction. We have enjoyed our journey to this point, traveling throughout this jurisdiction and meeting so many great men. We look forward to this year ahead, even more. We really can't believe how fast time has passed. I hope this next year slows down just a bit, so we can enjoy every minute of it.
As you may have heard already, my theme for this year is going to be "Freemasonry: Paying It Forward Inside and Out." We all know that Freemasonry is not a hobby, it is a way of life, it is our way of life. Most of the time we are preaching to the choir when we say this. It is time to reach out to those that have strayed for one reason or another from the Craft, and also let the general public know we still exist and are here to make a difference in their life. The public relations committee is working very hard to get this done. We will continue to use the "Not Just a Man, A Mason" campaign created by the Scottish Rite, NMJ.
I will also be focusing on how lodges can improve on mentoring, retention, and communications. Mentoring the newly made Master Masons, retaining the brethren that come to lodge only occasionally and contacting our brothers that have not been to lodge in quite some time. The director of Masonic Education, M∴W∴Wyman P. Hallstrom, III and I plan on traveling to each of the districts to hold officer meetings to discuss best practices on these topics. While mentioning Masonic Education, M∴W∴Hallstrom is looking for a “Few Good Men" to serve as forum masters. If you like discussions about the degrees of Freemasonry and think you can instruct a forum class, please contact the Grand Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
I have several projects that I plan on putting forth this year. The top of the list is a "Grand Lodge Welcome Packet." This packet will be sent out to the newly admitted Master Masons. It will include a letter from the Grand Master, Grand Lodge website information, the Grand Master's Protocol, the Simple Questions Booklet, Masonic Youth Park information and a Grand Lodge lapel pin. A Master Mason diploma from the Grand Lodge will also be sent along with this packet. I hope this packet will give the newly-made Mason, everything he needs to be able to explain Freemasonry to his friends and family without worrying what they can or cannot say. I don't know how many times I have heard a young Mason say, "I didn't know I could say that?"
A few more projects that I would like to see completed or at least started this year are AED's (Automated External Defibrillators) placed in all the lodges, Masonic license plates, and opening the Robert J. Allen Medical Equipment Center on Wednesday evenings. W∴Stephan Saraidarian of Jenks Lodge has put forth a very nice proposal for the AED's and a committee will be formed to discuss this further. The Masonic license plates for our jurisdiction is being looked into by Brother Robert Phillips of Morning Star Lodge. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to display the square and compasses on our vehicles with pride? If you could take a few minutes and visit and let us know of your interest in applying for a Masonic Plate it would be greatly appreciated. At the Medical Equipment Center, Brother George Donahue of St. Johns Lodge No. 1 Providence and all the brethren that work so tirelessly at the distribution center will train brethren that normally work during the day, to be able to open the center on Wednesday evenings.
A few upcoming dates to remember are June 24 for our Grand Lodge Church Service in recognition of St. John's Day, to be held at St. Paul's Evangelical Church on Greenwich Avenue in Warwick. I hope all that are local will be able to join us on this day. The Grand Lodge picnic will be held on Sunday, August 12. We are planning to have an "All You Can Eat Hamburger and Hot-Dog Day." Fun, food, friends and music for $5.00. How can you go wrong? Scott and I look forward to meeting you and sharing a burger or two or three.
So, in closing my brothers, many times we forget that Masonry teaches us to invoke the blessings of Deity before any great or laudable undertaking. Please keep this in mind as you go through life and as we all travel this great journey of Freemasonry, which is "Our Way of Life." Seek his counsel and guidance and He will get you through the tough days, believe me I know.
Scott and I look forward to seeing you in our travels through our Grand Jurisdiction and as always, "Travel with Light my Brothers!"

Sincerely and Fraternally,
M∴W∴Glenn S. Carlson Grand Master