Masonic National Memorial
The Supreme Council, O of A, was invited to mount
an exhibit in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria,
Virginia, during the month of October. The GWMNM has invited several
Masonic affiliated organizations to take part, and this is our opportunity to
showcase the good work that we do. Another organization is scheduled to
use the case next month. If they do not use it, we may just leave ours
there for a second month.
Mr. George Seghers, Executive Director, extended
the opportunity to HL Alma, who passed the letter on to HL Kay since it would be during her administration.
The Supreme Council mounted a display on a board
that is 45 x 90, allowing us to slide it into the 55 x 92 lighted showcase.
The access door is 48 x 13 1/2 inches. HL Kay Allen assigned the task of completing
the exhibit to SK John Thomas, DSRP and Grand Secretary of Ohio. I have
trouble getting my 6' 4", 350# plus frame through a door that is 48 x 13 1/2
inches, so I am glad I had help.
The project is not funded. Therefore, items
to be displayed were borrowed from the Supreme Trustees, the Grand Court
of Ohio, Harmony Court #51, HL Chris Fulghum, DSRM, HL Levonne Gantt, DSRM,
and HL Barbara Remmele Thomas, Gr Rep to MD. Mounted on the Styrofoam
display board are the following: The Standard hangs on the right
side. A set of four banners frames a picture of HL Kay Allen, SRM, and
SK Marvin Frost, SRP. Below them are pictures of the late SK Gary Allen,
PSRP, a group of Supreme Floor officers attending Kay's Reception, and fun
pictures of Kay snapped at parties. A History of the Order (updated
Randall information) is displayed at eye level alongside snapshots of Amaranth
meetings and parties. The lower left corner proclaims "Amaranth
Fights Diabetes", with a short account of our activities. Above, a
picture of HL Marie Loeffler Watters, PSRM, and SK Jim Remmele, PSRP hail
them as the mother and father of the Grand Court of Alaska, and credits HL
Marie with founding our efforts for diabetes research. Along the
bottom of the cabinet from left to right, (1) the ADA award given to the
Supreme Council, (2) the Best Award, (3) framed jewels for PSRP and PRM,
along with some special Diabetes pins that actually have "Diabetes"
on them, (4) an Altar with the Holy Bible and a wreath alongside, (5) a crown
on a pillow with a sword. The Amaranth flag sits alongside the cabinet.
Special thanks to HL Barbara Wiegert and SK
Carroll Kemp for their assistance finishing the display on the night before we
transported all items to Alexandria. Thanks also to the GWMNM manager of
facilities (Monte) for opening the top of the cabinet and standing on his
ladder to help guide the pieces of the display into position.
The Amaranth's "One Hundred Years and
More" has been provided to the bookstore for sale. Visitors
entering during the month of October will each receive a welcome letter from
the Supreme Council and a brochure from the Amaranth Diabetes
Foundation. I hope that most of those envelopes find their way back to
the ADF with some generous donations inside.
If you live on the east coast, consider a visit to
the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. The building is
spectacular and you will undoubtedly learn about several Masonic
organizations, including Amaranth. Alexandria Court #7 in the Grand
Jurisdiction of Virginia, meets in the North Lodge Room, a/k/a the Andrew
Jackson Lodge Room, on second Wednesdays. It is the home Court of HL
Peggy Goldsmith, GRM.
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