The 224th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A. M. of Connecticut will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road (Route 372), Cromwell, Connecticut on Monday, April 8, 2013. The formal opening of Grand Lodge will be at 9:30 a.m. A 2013 dues card must be presented to gain admission. This is the “CALL” to that meeting.
Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. Please note: All voting delegates must register at the registration table and present their 2013 Dues Card. Registration will be by Lodge number as designated by posted signs in the area.
A proxy form has been sent directly to the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden should they: 1. not be able to attend this Annual Communication in person; 2. be entitled to vote by virtue of holding these offices in more than one lodge; 3. be entitled to vote by virtue of being a Grand Lodge Officer or a Permanent Member of Grand Lodge. Please inform any Brother who is attending as a proxy that he must present his 2013 dues card. All Brothers entitled to vote should bring the Apron and Jewel of their office, whether as Permanent Member, Lodge Officer or serving as proxy.
Your attendance at this Annual Communication is important. We will consider a Constitutional change and changes to the Rules & Regulations. Known change proposals are enclosed. Other changes in Rules & Regulations can be made by adoption of motions from the floor or as proposed by the Committee on Legal Matters.
Please note the following Sections of our Grand Lodge Rules and Regulations regarding Lodge representation::
Section 2300. Roll Call At Regular Communication. “Immediately before the closing of a Regular Communication of the Grand Lodge, the roll shall be called, and any Lodge found to be unrepresented shall be declared delinquent, unless it shall have been previously excused.”
Section 2301. Penalty if Lodge Is Not Represented at Regular Grand Lodge Communication. (reads in part) “A Lodge neglecting to be represented at a Regular Grand Lodge Communication shall incur the penalty of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars, …..”
The Grand Lodge Office cannot make hotel reservations. Lodges and Brothers are responsible for making their own reservations with the Crown Plaza. The hotel reservation information is enclosed, a Booking Website is available, and driving directions are given. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The cutoff date is no later than March 22.
ALL “LODGE HOSPITALITY ROOMS” MUST BE CLOSED AT A “REASONABLE HOUR” ON SUNDAY.
Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Masters, District Deputies, Past District Deputies, current Associate Grand Marshals, Committee members and Grand Representatives are also requested to register to ensure that all names appear in the Grand Lodge Proceedings. Each voting delegate will register only once for his highest Masonic office attained unless he chooses to be an elector (proxy) on behalf of his lodge. The use of proxies is encouraged where appropriate to ensure full representation of constituent lodges.
Again this year there will be Seminar offerings on Sunday afternoon, one regarding Landmarks and another “What Come Ye Here to Do” starting at 1:00 p.m. Also, all are welcome to attend a Vesper Service at 4:30 p.m. Times are approximate. The most current information regarding the Sunday afternoon activities will be found on the Grand Lodge Website: www.ctfreemasons.net .
The Grand Master’s Banquet for Grand Lodge Officers, Distinguished Guests, members of the Craft and their ladies will be held on Sunday evening, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. with 6:00 p.m. entrance to the Grand Ballroom. All Brothers are invited to attend. Please make every effort to get your reservation in early, as this banquet is sold on a first come – first serve basis. Any request which is received in the Grand Lodge Office after March 22 will result in tickets being available at the door.
A banquet reservation form is enclosed for your use. The entrée will be a choice of Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Stuffed Chicken Breast or a Vegetarian Plate, each at a cost of $37.00, (including tax and gratuity) per person and all by advance order, Please make all checks payable to the “Grand Lodge of Connecticut” and mail with the banquet reservation form. Banquet tickets will be mailed to those placing an order prior to March 22. It would be appreciated if a self addressed envelope was also included.
Also on Monday, April 8th at 12:00 Noon, the Past District Deputies Association of Connecticut will host a reunion luncheon. Luncheon reservations may be made directly with the Past District Deputies Association. Tickets are $30.00 per person. All Brothers are invited to attend. A flyer announcing details of this Italian Lunch Buffet are enclosed with this notice. Lunch will also be available at other Crowne Plaza venues.
Brother Lodge Secretary, please note that proxy forms have been mailed directly to the top three officers of your Lodge. Please remind them of their responsibilities to be present at Grand Lodge or sign their proxy and give it to someone else.
With my fraternal best wishes,
Robert G. Fitzgerald
R.W. Grand Secretary
February 25, 2013
Accommodations can be made by calling the Crowne Plaza at 860-635-2000. Be sure to inform the hotel that you are with the Grand Lodge of Connecticut to insure the reduced rate of $108.00 inclusive. or, a dedicated website is available for your attendees to book their hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made on line at by clicking here.