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July 2016 DDGM Article for The Word


As we enter this new Masonic year, Bart and I have been privileged to participate in numerous Installations throughout the District. We are both happy to see the number of Brothers taking positions of responsibility within the Craft for the first time and are encouraged at the prospects for the future. Please do not think that you are ever alone in your new roles – there is always someone willing to assist you, should you need it.

While many of our Lodges will be going dark for the summer, there are still some important dates to remember. First, any Lodge that has not yet sent me the required tax forms and/or information to comply with the Grand Master’s edict needs to do so at least a couple of days before the deadline (July 1) in order to allow time for me to review the material and pass it along to its intended destinations.

Next, Cortlandville Lodge will be hosting a MORI Training Program for Secretaries and Asst. Secretaries at 9 AM on July 9. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Those wishing to attend can register only through the following link:

The program is expected to be completed by noon and those participating should plan to bring their MORI keys from Lodge Registry (if they are not yet on MORI) and a laptop, preferably one that can be tethered to a smart phone for internet access.

The R∴ W∴ Bart C. Chapin will be presenting a Master’s Chair course at 9 AM on July 16th at Hamilton Lodge. Every Master in the District should plan to attend, even if you have taken the class before. Remember, the first-time Masters of the District will benefit from your experience, but only if you are there to pass it along.

Finally, the District Apron Presentation will be held at Cazenovia on July 23rd. Masons and their ladies are invited to join us for a social hour beginning at 5 PM and a prime rib dinner to be served at 6 PM.  The District Officers will receive their aprons immediately following dinner.  Cost of the dinner is $12 per person.  Due to space limitations, reservations are absolutely required and may be made by contacting R∴ W∴ James Wightman by email at or by telephone at (315) 662-3316 no later than Saturday, July 16.

More information regarding upcoming events can be found on The Grapevine and on the District website, I wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you at the various events planned for the coming months.