Grand Master Message

Clyde E. Britt, III

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“Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. It is comprised of adult men (18 years or older) of good character from every country, religion, race, age, income, education and opinion, who believe in a Supreme Being. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.

Freemasonry (often simplified to “Masonry”) enhances and strengthens the character of the individual man by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the three ancient Masonic tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The Mississippi Grand Lodge is a crowning legacy of this venerable heritage as we strive to “Make Good Men Better.”

M∴W∴ Bro∴ Clyde E. Britt, II
Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi

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A Plea from the Grand Master

Clyde E. Britt IIBrethren,

I wish to invite each of you to our Grand Lodge session.  We will meet at the Hilton on County Line Road in Jackson.  Thursday, March 12, we will witness the exemplification of the three degrees by our District Deputy Grand Lecturers, conducted by PGM Brother Danny Alexander and the Custodians of the Work.  This will be a time when, if you have any questions about our ritual, Brother Danny and the Deputies will be happy to explain why we say what we say, and do what we do, in our ritual.

On Friday, the 13th, our session will officially open, and we will begin taking care of business.  I would particularly ask you to be there on this day because – well – this is YOUR Grand Lodge, and the business is YOURS.  And this year’s law changes are VERY, VERY IMPORTANT for the FUTURE of the Grand Lodge. If you have not read the bylaw changes, or if you have any questions regarding the changes, PLEASE get the true facts from me, or the Chairman of the Finance Committee-DGM Bill Sloan, before you vote.   Don’t be misled by unfounded opinions about such an important issue.  The ratification of these changes is absolutely legally necessary for our future.  I know you will see the need for us to ratify this final step in complying with the laws of the land in clearing up our charitable finances and keeping our word to the State of Mississippi, and the IRS, that given the opportunity we would correct our former illegal activities.

Probably foremost on the agenda will be the ratification of the efforts of so many Past Grand Masters and committeemen.  Back in 2009, PGM Billy Ray Robinson began the arduous task of correcting the issues that arose from an investigation by the Secretary of State in dealing with our charitable monies.  It was discovered we had been operating outside the law for over nine (9) years, at that time, with respect to our charitable operations.  With the continued assistance, and support, of each successive Grand Master, Robinson, Carlisle, Cox, Ware, and Dyer, and the dedication and hard work of our Finance and Foundation committees, not to mention the tax attorneys, IRS agents, and Certified Public Accountants, the ratification of this year’s proposed changes to our bylaws will finally complete our work, and allow us the freedom to legally grow our assets without owing income tax, or penalties on our assets or our members, and scholarship recipients having to pay taxes on their gifts from the Foundation.

We have all heard about, dreamed about, and talked about endowing our Grand Lodge for several years now.  For us to be endowed would mean that each subordinate Lodge would not have to pay per-capita taxes each year to the Grand Lodge.  Your local lodge would be able to keep its dues at home.  Thanks to the efforts and leadership of many men, since Past Grand Master Danny Alexander initiated the endowment fund, that dream can come to fruition if we continue to work hard to promote the endowment of this great body.

In closing, I plead with each of you to ratify these proposals, and be aware of the truth and how these efforts will positively impact this Grand Lodge for the sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of the Masons of The Great State of Mississippi.

Grand Lodge SealThanking you again for your confidence and for allowing me the honor to serve you as your Grand Master.   In stewardship and service, I am

Butch Britt

Grand Master

Grand Lodge Annual Communication

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For those who wish to attend, please make your reservations NOW via TELEPHONE by calling toll free the HILTON, JACKSON 1-888-263-0524 or 601-957-2800, The group code for the reservations is “GLM” or state the name of the group “Grand Lodge of MS” to insure you get the special room rate of $81.00 plus taxes per night, for single and double occupancy. Please note that the absolute final date for making your hotel reservation at the Hilton is Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Rooms will not be available at the special rate after February 18, 2015. SO DON’T DELAY CALL NOW FOR YOUR RESERVATION!!!

Clyde E. Britt IIGrand Master’s Banquet

Our Grand Master cordially invites all Masons and their wives to attend the Grand Master’s Banquet on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Hilton in Jackson, beginning at 7:00 P.M. Sunday Dress (men-coat & tie) requested. Tickets are required and can be purchased in advance directly from the Grand Lodge Office. NOTE: Please order and pay for your Banquet tickets in advance from the Grand Lodge Office and you can pick them up at the Grand Lodge Communication in Jackson.Please note the deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, February 27, 2015.

Grand Master presents 70 Year Service Pin

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Brother JP Hollingsworth & Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi, Butch Britt.

On August 29, 2014, several brethren from Pascagoula Lodge # 419 F & AM accompanied our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Clyde E. Britt, II to the home of Bro. JP Hollingsworth to present him with a 70 year membership pin and certificate. What an accomplishment, and it’s one well worth recognizing and honoring. In addition to being a member of Pascagoula Lodge, Bro. Hollingsworth was also Past Master of Lodge #497 in Mendenhall, MS, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and member of Joppa Shrine Temple in Biloxi.

On September 4th, 2014, at the age of 97, having faithfully discharged the great duties which we owe to God, our neighbors, and ourselves, it pleased the Grand Master of the universe to summons Bro. Hollingsworth into His eternal presence. Brethren of Pascagoula Lodge had the honor of performing graveside rites for Bro. Hollingsworth.

Brother JP Hollingsworth

Brother JP Hollingsworth

Bro. Hollingsworth is survived by his only daughter, Elizabeth Hollingsworth Haarala; three grandchildren, Misty Lee Haarala, Kristi Haarala Summerlin, and Mitchell (Michelle) Haarala; five great grandchildren, Christopher Lee Summerlin, Keri Elizabeth Summerlin, Benjamin Ellis Haarala, Jackson Tyler Haarala, and Alison Brooks Alvarado; three great-great grandchildren, Galen Christopher Summerlin, Kidd James Summerlin, and Layla L. Summerlin. Please remember his family in your thoughts and prayers.

This post is also available for viewing on the lodge’s website; www.paslodge419.org.

 

Brother JP Hollingsworths' 70 Year Certificate

Brother JP Hollingsworths’ 70 Year Certificate