Letter to Memorial Ambassadors

20 September 2011

Dear Brother Ambassador,

Memorial AmbassadorPlease accept our thanks and appreciation for serving as the George Washington Masonic Memorial Ambassador to your Grand Lodge. The Association greatly appreciates your past and future efforts on behalf of George Washington and Freemasonry. I am writing both to share with you news of the recent Memorial Ambassadors meeting and to update you on two important new programs approved by the Memorial Association's Board.

The Memorial Ambassadors from around the nation convened in Alexandria, Virginia on August 18, 2011, and discussed the pertinent aspects of the program. Based on that productive consultation, the Association has now made a number of important decisions.

You no doubt recall that the Mission statement of the Memorial is: “To inspire humanity through education to emulate and promote the virtues, character and vision of George Washington, the Man, the Mason, and Father of our Country.” At the meeting of August 18, the Ambassadors who were present adopted as the Mission of the Ambassadors the following: “To raise support for the George Washington Masonic Memorial and its Mission by increasing awareness of the Memorial among Masons.” Your job as a Memorial Ambassador is therefore to take all necessary steps to achieve this mission, to set measurable goals for the next year, and to decide on specific steps you will take to reach those goals. The new Director of Communications, Douglas Wood, will be calling you in the coming days to introduce himself and to discuss both what you have done in the last year as Ambassador and the most appropriate goals and specific steps you consider appropriate in your jurisdiction.

In the context of setting appropriate goals for the next year, I am delighted to share with you two important programs approved by the Memorial Association's Board at its meeting of August 19.

First, the Board approved the creation of a new Society comprised of a select group of members dedicated to supporting the Memorial and its Mission. The purpose of the new George Washington Memorial Society is to raise support for the George Washington Masonic Memorial and to increase awareness of the Memorial among Masons and in the community. Membership in the Society will consist exclusively of Charter Members and Regular Members. Charter Members are those who donate $1,000.00 or more to the Memorial with their membership application during the period from the foundation of the Society through February 22, 2013, and $250.00 or more per year thereafter. Charter Membership will be closed after February 22, 2013. Charter Members will receive a unique Patent signifying their Membership in the Society, along with a high-quality specially-produced Medal and lapel pin. The names of Charter Members will be placed on a special plaque in the Memorial and on the Memorial's website. Charter Members will be invited to a private reception at the gala celebration of George Washington's Birthday at the Memorial each year. Regular Members are those who make an initial donation of $500.00 or more to the Memorial with their membership application, and $250.00 or more per year thereafter. Regular Members will receive a unique Patent signifying their Membership in the Society, along with a specially-produced lapel pin. Please note that membership in the George Washington Memorial Society is available to both Masons and non-Masons, and contributions to the Memorial are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law. More information and application materials are available on the Memorial's website.

Second, the Board of Directors of the Association approved extending membership in the Society of Washington Lodges beyond its Charter Membership to an additional group of Member Lodges. Member Lodges will be those regular Lodges recognized by the Grand Lodges of the United States who are committed to supporting the Memorial and who donate $2,500 with their membership application and $500 per year thereafter. Individual Masons in good standing in Lodges that are Members or Charter Members of the Society may purchase a custom-made Medal and lapel pin for $150.00. The Society of Washington Lodges will meet in a tiled Lodge meeting to be hosted by Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 at the Memorial on the evening before George Washington's Birthday each year. The Charter and Member Lodges of the Society will be listed on the Memorial's website and in a plaque outside the Replica Lodge Room at the Memorial. If your Lodge or another Lodge in your jurisdiction wishes to join the Society of Washington Lodges, please obtain the consent of the Lodge, then complete the online form at the Memorial's website.

While appropriate goals and actions for Ambassadors will vary from Grand Jurisdiction to Grand Jurisdiction, I hope you find the following suggestions helpful:

  1. Make it your goal to present one or more Lodge programs in the next year that further the Memorial's mission. Specifically mention the new George Washington Memorial Society, the Society of Washington Lodges, and the plans for this year's gala George Washington Birthday Celebration on February 22, 2012. We will help you by providing materials that can form the basis of your presentations in Lodges. If you do not already have a DVD copy of the "Built on Freedom" production, please let us know and we will get you one. By October 1, the Memorial's Director of Collections Mark Tabbert will be providing you the first of a series of short PowerPoint programs about: the building of the Memorial, George Washington the Freemason, the Life of Washington, the history of the Association, and the plan for the George Washington Birthday Celebration.
  2. Meet with the Grand Lodge Officers to discuss their plans for the year, your goals as Ambassador, and specific ways in which the Grand Lodge can support the Memorial.
  3. Make it your goal to increase the number of donors to the Memorial in your Grand Jurisdiction.
  4. If your Grand Lodge does not contribute $1 per member annually, introduce a resolution at the next meeting of Grand Lodge providing for a $1 per member per year contribution to benefit the Memorial. Advance planning will be necessary, and we are happy to assist you in finding out the requirements for introducing a resolution in your Grand Jurisdiction and drafting a resolution.
  5. Identify possible individual members of the George Washington Memorial Society or Lodges interested in joining the Society of Washington Lodges. If any of them wish to discuss the new programs with Memorial staff, please put them in touch with Douglas Wood, Director of Communications, at (703) 638-2007, x2013 or dwood@gwmemorial.org
  6. In cooperation with your Grand Secretary, send a letter to each newly- raised Master Mason in your Grand Jurisdiction congratulating him on his advancement and introducing him to the Memorial and its Mission.
  7. If you cannot join us for this year's George Washington Birthday celebration, assist your Lodge in planning a George Washington Birthday celebration in your area.
  8. Send us updates and articles on activities related to the Memorial's mission in your area, so that we may include them in the next issue of Light.

Remember that ongoing financial support for the Memorial is critical to the success of our Mission. As Memorial Ambassadors, you are a vital resource and indispensable link to Lodges and individual Masons. All of the Grand Lodges of the United States built the Memorial, but even today not all of them provide sufficient annual support to achieve our mission. The Memorial requires ongoing annual support not only from Grand Lodges, but also from Lodges and individual Masons and non-Masons. We could not generate the needed support without an active Ambassadors program, and we are grateful for your efforts on our behalf.

We look forward to working with you this year and seeing you at the George Washington Birthday celebration in February. With kindest regards, I remain

Sincerely and Fraternally,


George D. Seghers
Executive Director

cc: Grand Secretary