2017-2018 Member Album

Brethren,

By now you have no doubt received a Post Card in the mail.   The Grand Lodge of Missouri partnered with a third party company from Texas to verify your contact information and your Masonic History and Accolades to ensure accuracy of our records.   Any updates to any Member Contact Information that a member identifies through a phone call to the Data Collection Company will be updated in the Online Membership Portal and those Updates will also be forwarded to your Lodge Secretary respectively.

Later in the Masonic Year a Member Album will be published that include Articles about the History of the Grand Lodge of Missouri as well as specific history from our 328 Lodges in the State of Missouri.    Members, upon their election to do so, May also include their Personal History and Photographs in a Section dedicated to our Members

The project is voluntary and members are not required to participate, nor required to purchase an Album,  however we certainly encourage you to submit Photos and articles regarding your memorable moments in our Great Fraternity for inclusion in the 2017-2018 Member Album which will help us celebrate our History of the Masonic Fraternity in Missouri with your Story.

 

2017-2018 Member Album

 

Frequently Asked Questions By Members

 

 

  1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information. They said they were working on a directory for Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM. Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?

 

We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new members directory. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX and Virginia Beach, VA that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our members and how we can better serve you and future members.

 

 

 

  1. How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes?

 

Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:

  1. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.

 

  1. The Directory will be made available only to members of Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM any and all electronic files that have been supplied to Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.

 

 

 

  1. I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this?

 

If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed.

 

If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information. If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590.

 

 

 

  1. Can anyone purchase a directory?

 

The Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM Members Today Publication is available for sale ONLY to Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF & AM members.

 

 

 

  1. Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory?

 

When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.982.1590) or to the Institution.

 

 

 

  1. I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

 

Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.

Photo of Masonic Legislators

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)

Masonic Legislators 98th General Assembly

Missouri Residency Requirement

Re:  COMPLIANCE WITH THE BY-LAWS—Candidate Petitions

Worshipful Master and Brethren of all Missouri Lodges:

            While I know that this is a redundant letter, that I sent it to you last October and that my term has almost come to an end, I am again sending it to you to emphasize the importance of the investigation of candidates.

Your attention is directed to Section 13.020 of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, which states:

Except as provided in Section 21.100 (Waiver of Jurisdiction From Another State), a petitioner for the degrees must have had a permanent settled domicile or fixed abode in Missouri continuously for the six months immediately preceding  and presentation of his petition.  Residence is neither lost nor gained by the mere fact of location while employed in the service, either civil or military, of Missouri or of the United States.

All brothers recommending a candidate and signing a petition already should be aware, but if not should be immediately made aware, of this By-Law.  The Investigation Committee, the Lodge Secretary, and the Master each share the duty to insure that this and all other By-Laws are carefully and punctually observed.

When investigating a prospective candidate due diligence must be used to confirm the petitioner’s address prior to presenting his petition for a final vote.  Our By-Laws require that a candidate must be a Missouri resident for six months.  A Post Office Box does not qualify as a permanent Missouri address.  Falsely stating a residence or its duration on a petition is a Masonic Offense.  Petitions from non-residents of Missouri may be received only after the required jurisdictional consents have been obtained.  Should you have any questions, contact your District Deputy Grand Master.

I have included a brochure from the Grand Lodge entitled Manual for the Committee of Investigation to assist the members of your investigation committees in carrying out their duties.  Additional copies are available upon request from the Grand Secretary.

Fraternally,

David W. Haywood, Grand Master

September 15, 2015

New Secretary Database

Brother Secretary,

We’re pleased to announce that we have successfully converted the Grand Lodge Database to the new system.  We are in the process of verifying the information and customizing the operation of the system to suit our processes and by-laws.    We’re excited about the new capabilities it will bring our craft.

We will begin a phased rollout this week.  The system will be launched with essential features enabled and new features will be released in the coming weeks.  As the system is implemented we will be communicating through email and posting correspondence through the system itself.

As with any major changes in the processes and procedures of an organization there will be issues along the way.  We ask that you be patient with the implementation.

Training & Communications       

The implementation of such a system is a complicated series of events and training. In order to facilitate both, the Grand Lodge will be communicating with lodge secretaries on a regular basis.  We will also be posting information on the Grand Lodge Website www.momason.org

Once you follow the directions in this email to set up your account you will find training videos showing you how to use different features of the system.  Keep in mind that you will initially have view-only access to the system so some of the features in the videos may not be available.

Web based training sessions will be held at least once a week.  Please check the Grand Lodge Website for the schedule of web-based training sessions.  Sessions will be scheduled both during the day and in the evening to suit varying personal schedules.  These sessions will last approximately one hour and will allow you to see the screens and functionality while also providing an opportunity for questions and answers.

Getting help and reporting problems.

Should you have issues or need assistance after watching the training videos and attending a WebEx training session, please email smann@momason.org with a description of your issue and how we can contact you.  Please include pertinent information such as what you were trying to do, what lodge or member you were working on, and whether or not you received an error message.  If possible, please send screenshots as well.  This information will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to troubleshoot an issue.

Creating an Account and Gaining Administrative rights

o   Please visit https://my.momason.org/membership_registration

o   Enter your home lodge number, member number, and last name exactly as it appears on your dues card.  (Case sensitive)

o   Set your username and password (Case sensitive).

o   Update your contact information.

o   Upon setting up your account you will have access to your own record.  The Grand Lodge will be notified of the creation of your account and will grant permissions for your lodge.  All you need to do is log back in to see the lodge dashboard.
What to do when you access your lodge dashboard for the first time.

o   Look around and get comfortable with the layout of the application.

o   If you find inaccuracies please make a note and send that to smann@momason.org .  We expect there to be some minor data irregularities so please be patient.  We will investigate the issue and report back the resolution.

What’s Next?

Over the next couple weeks we will be testing various features of the system.  You may receive emails from the Grand Lodge from time to time testing communication features.  Please be patient!   This is a large and complicated undertaking and we will be working to address issues and rollout the system as quickly as possible.

We appreciate your assistance and look forward to the capabilities this upgrade will bring to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, Constituent Lodges and the Membership!

Fraternally,

Jeffrey S. Pennington, Grand Secretary