In the last 2 weeks since my Edict was issued and my subsequent announcements concerning the issues arising from the outbreak and spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it seems that we know very little more concerning the long-term ramifications of this disease or how long we will have to deal with it.
What is apparent is that it is continuing to spread and still no true explanation of how communicable it is and by what method it is transmitted.
In view of the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, city, county, and State governments as well as multiple health experts and in consideration of the inherent risks involved with close contact with the general public, I am ordering that effective immediately, the Grand Lodge Office be closed to all visitors until further notice. When there are clear and verifiable indications that the risk of infection has been controlled and abated, we will reassess the need for limiting access to the Grand Lodge office location.
The Grand Lodge staff and all personnel will continue to function and conduct all business as prescribed by our by-laws and by our obligation and commitment to serving the craft members and lodges. Instead of face to face interactions during this time, all business will be conducted by telephone, emails or other forms of electronic communications.
It is at times like this that allow us to refocus on what is truly important and to remember the welfare of our brothers and their families. Take this opportunity to reflect on our obligations to each other and check on ones you haven’t heard from for a while, especially our elderly members and widows.
I believe that this action is consistent with our commitment to each other and is in the best interest of all concerned. Your patience and understanding during this trying time is requested and is greatly appreciated.
Stanton T. Brown II
Grand Master 2019-2020
First, I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyful holiday season. It is my ardent hope that each of you can experience the joy and fulfillment this season brings and to share that joy with family and friends and especially with those who are less fortunate than you. Open your hearts and minds to the miracles that have happened in each of our lives this past year and recognize them for what they truly are: Miracles from the Great Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Every faith has stories of miracles and blessings bestowed by God, so regardless of what your personal religious beliefs may be, this time of the year has historically been recognized as a time to collectively think of others. We have the opportunity to look again at where we have been, reflect on what blessings we have received and continue to receive, and also to consider ways to spread the truly wonderful message of Freemasonry to the world. That message is that “every human being has a claim on your kind offices, do good unto all… Finally, brethren, be ye all of one mind, live in peace and may the God of love and peace delight to dwell with and bless you.
May the bounteous Blessings of God be upon you and keep you safe during this festive season.
On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, I would like to wish each and every one of you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving season. It is my ardent hope that each of you can experience the joy and fulfillment this holiday brings and to share that joy with family and friends. This is the season for us to reflect on the past year and to be thankful for all we do have. All you need to do is look around at those who have been suffering in our brotherhood and in your community to realize how blessed most of us are. I hope you can find ways to relieve at least some of their pain and suffering by finding a way to express your thankfulness in a positive manner. May Gods grace continue to bless you. Happy Thanksgiving. – MWB Stanton T Brown II
Official proceedings of the One Hundred Ninety-Fifth Annual Communication Columbia Sept 26-27 A.D. 2016 A.L. 6016 have been posted. You may view the proceedings by clicking on this link or the image below.
Photo taken on May 4, by the official photographer of the Missouri House of Representatives, of the Grand Master with members of the 98th General Assembly who are Freemasons or members and Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation. The picture was taken the dais of the Missouri House of Representatives. Unfortunately, a number of Mason-legislators were unable to be in the photograph due to ongoing meetings.
Pictured left to right (with District number in parentheses):
Front row (going bottom to top), GM Stewart, Rep. Nate Walker (3), Rep. Bonnaye Mims (27), Rep. Kevin Austin (136), Sen. David Pearce (21), WB and Sen. Dan Hegeman
Second row, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (5), Sen. Jay Wasson (20), Rep. Caleb Jones (50)
Third row, Rep. Warren Love (125), Rep. Dave Muntzel (48)
Fourth row, Rep. Pat Conway (10), Rep. Lynn Morris (140), Rep. Bill Lant (159)
Top Row, Rep. Bryan Spencer (63), Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (39)