Prince Hall Masonic Lodge Diversity No. 330

P.O. Box 8068 - Alexandria, VA 22306-8068

Charity Reports

Past Master Baker Selected Secretary of the Year

At the 136th Annual Grand Lodge Session of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Past Master Gary Baker was selected as the Secretary of the Year by the Grand Master. His dedication to duty and commitment to the lodge is a testament to all Masons in Virginia and the world. We are pleased to have him as a member and look forward to nominating him again next year. Past Master Scott Robinson was nominated for Treasurer of the Year and received a certificate of nomination from the Grand Lodge.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Thanksgiving Giveaway

On Sunday, November 22nd, 2009, members of Diversity Lodge #330 prepared Thanksgiving Baskets for the Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter in Fairfax, VA. The baskets included 5 whole turkeys, 6 boxes of mashed potatoes, 4 boxes of rice, 5 jars of gravy, 5 boxes of stuffing, 15 cans of corn, 15 cans of green beans, 5 cans of cranberry sauce, 5 cans of candied yams, 5 pies (apple & pumpkin) and 5 bags of dinner rolls.

After delivering the baskets, the staff gave Diversity members a tour and explanation of the facility (which is for singles, many of whom have substance abuse issues) as well as information on its sister facility (the Monloch Shelter, which is for families).

The shelter's population averages 50 to 60 adults (sometimes more depending on the weather and other factors). Considering five residents per basket, Diversity's contribution was enough to provide a holiday meal for approximately half of the shelter's population.

For more information on how you can help this or other shelters visit: Fairfax Emergency Shelter Program

Fraternally Submitted by:
W. Johnson #330

Diversity Recieves New Charter

On Septamber 15th 2006, at the 131st Annual Communication in Richmond Va. our M. W. Grand Master stated in his annual address "Pleased be advised that Diversity Lodge, formally of Puerto Rico has relocated to Northern Virginia. A new number was assigned for historic tracking documentation."

Although we were aware that this was possible, desipite our strong efforts to keep our original charter this announcement brought the discussion to the tip of the spear. To make a long story short, after numerous motions, numerous one-on-one discussions with the out-going and incoming Grand Masters, we were given two options: 1) accept the new charter and the number 330 or 2) not accept it and be disbanded without a charter.

Brothers I want you to know that we, ADDGM Tolbert, WM Legette, PM Robinson and myself questioned everything almost to the point of being ruled out of order. I can honestly say that WM Legette stood his ground until the end and although we lost the battle, I think you would have been proud of our efforts.

As of the sounding of the gavel we were officially chartered as DIVERSITY #330.

Fraternally Submitted by:
C. Nole

Diversity Moves Into A New Home

In March of 2006 Diversity Lodge #328 moved into thier new home at Magnus Temple No. 3, Ft. Belvoir, VA. The Nobles from Magnus Temple No. were very receptive to our request to move into the Temple and graciously gave us a lease that meets our budget constraints. We thanked Pride of Fairfax No. 298 for their hospitality and gave them a donation for allowing us to use their building free of charge.

This move brings us closer to our planned location of Springfield, VA allowing us to work close to Springfield and hopefully bring in new members from that area.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Supports Nauticus

NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy.

Since some of our memnbers are stationed in Norfolk and cannot always make the drive to Alexandria, Diversity Lodge set out to Norfolk to support one of the NAUTICUS events in coordination with our members down there.

The children were all excited and inspired. This was a rewarding event for all involved. For more information about NAUTICUS visit www.nauticus.org.

Fraternally submitted by:
C. Nole

Diversity Lodge Moves to Alexandria, Virginia

On Friday, March 5th 2004, Diversity and its members will hold their first communication in Alexandria, Virginia. The move was prompted by the announcement to close Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico. The initial response was, what will happen to the lodge? This question flowed from the mouths of every member of Diversity, both on and off the island. The fear was that all of our hard work and dedication would be lost.

The Worshipful Master, Donald McMichael took our plea to the Grand Master for consideration. Our options were do dissolve the lodge, keep it open in Puerto Rico and move off the base, or move it to Virginia. We took a vote from the membership and went to the Grand Master with a plan. Since several of our members had already moved to the Virginia are we decided to run with that option and to our delight the Grand Master approved the move.

We held a special election in January to determine who the new Worshipful Master would be when we moved and Bro. Scott Robinson was elected. Bro. Robinson has served the lodge over the past 4 years as the Acting Junior Deacon 2000-2001, Junior Warden 2001-2002, and Senior Warden 2002-2003. He is currently living in Northern Virginia and has been the lodge's Webmaster for the past 4 years. Bro Robinson will be installed as our 8th Worshipful Master at the March 5th communication. Bro Tolbert and Bro Willock will be installed as Senior and Junior Wardens, respectively. Bro Tolbert was the first Worshipful Master of Diversity and has served as our District Deputy Grand Master for the past 5 years.

The move to Virginia will also move Diversity into the 31st Masonic District of Virginia, under the direction of DDGM Ronald Blakely of Acacia Lodge No. 32. Bro Tolbert will become Asst. DDGM of the 31st District along with ADDGM Johnson #298. Both DDGM Blakely and ADDGM Johnson have been instrumental in making our move both smooth and productive and welcome Diversity in their district. DDGM Blakely was instrumental in finding Diversity a place to hold their communications. Diversity will temporarily share the lodge building currently occupied by Pride of Fairfax Lodge #298 with plans to move into the Springfield Virginia area within a year or two. We hope that moving into the Springfield area will increase our membership and give Masons in that area a place to call home.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Masons Working Together in Unity

In May of 2003 three Masonic Lodges in Puerto Rico came together determined to work as one. Worshipful Master Alan Moore of Diversity #328 (Right), Raul Martinez of More Light Lodge #105 (Center) and Worshiful Master George Mayers of Panama Canal Lodge #174 ( Right) met to discuss working together in the community as one group of Masons instead of several differnt lodges.

The three lodges celebrated the decision by holding a family Day picnic where all the members and their families gathered as one. We discussed plans to hold joint fund-raisers, sponsor join functions, present joint donations to the community, and hold joint family functions.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Lodge Welcomes the Grand Master of Virginia & Puerto Rico

On Thursday, March 27th 2003 Diversity Lodge # 328 welcomed the Honorable Franklin D.R. Lyons, Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia & Puerto Rico, Inc., to Puerto Rico to celebrate our 7th anniversary. He brought with him the Deputy Grand Master Kenneth Hill and his wife, the Grand Senior Deacon Curtis Vaughn and his wife, the Grand Lecturer of the West Daniel Hale, the Assistant Grand Marshal Ronald Potts and his wife, District Deputy Grand Master of the 20th Masonic District Ray Sutton and his wife, District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District Donnell Freeman and the District Deputy Grand Master of the 34th Masonic District Reginald Tolbert. That evening we took the Grand Master and the group out for an informal dinner to discuss the activities planned for his trip.

The theme for this year's celebration was "A Touch of Class" and we spared no expenses to make sure the activities of the event reflected its name. The celebration was open to all military and civilian personnel stationed on board US Naval Station Roosevelt Roads and the surrounding community. Joining us in our celebration were members of More Light #105, jurisdiction of New York F&AM, lead by Worshipful Master Raul Martinez, and Panama Canal #174, jurisdiction of Missouri PHA, lead by Worshipful Master George Mayers. Representing the Grand Master of Missouri was District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District of Missouri Michael Nicholas and representing the Grand Master of Puerto Rico was Past Master Jose Mulenini-Navas.

Everything officially started on Friday morning with a Welcoming Breakfast that was catered just for our guests. We announced the bus schedules for all the activities and told everyone the story of how Diversity started seven years ago when two brothers met in the Navy Exchange. After breakfast we took everyone on a shopping trip to Old San Juan, a historic part of Puerto Rico known for its many shops and souvenirs. After shopping in Old San Juan we took another ride to Plaza Las Americas, the largest mall on the island of Puerto Rico. When we returned to the base everyone was tired so it was time to rest up for the Communication and Nightlife trip. That evening, Diversity Lodge #328 opened in due and ancient form to officially receive the Grand Master and his guests. The Grand Lecturer of the West presented a school of instruction on Lodge Administration and we concluded with the Jewel Contest. Later that evening we took our guests to the world famous El Conquistador Resort for fun and dancing.

Saturday started off just as busy with a trip to the Bacardi Rum Factory. The Bacardi Rum Factory tour is one of the best tourist attractions in Puerto Rico. Saturday night the 2nd Annual Black & White Banquet took place and everyone came out in their tuxedos and gowns. The guest speaker for the evening was the Deputy Grand Master Kenneth Hill. He spoke eloquently of how character, unlike our reputation can never be taken away from us. If we build good character nothing can tear us down. After the speech we presented lots of awards and heard closing remarks from the Grand Master. It was now time for the tables to move and the dancing to begin. DJ Shake provided the music and if you can't do the Electric Slide, he'll teach you. We even had a Soul Train line and everyone had a great time.

Sunday began with church service at the Naval Station Chapel where Deacon Sawyer spoke to us about trusting in the Lord and believing in ourselves. It was interesting how the Deputy Grand Master's speech and Deacon Sawyer's words came together and told one whole story. After church service we went back to the Navy Lodge and had a Barbeque to relax and wind down from the weekend. It was a wonderful weekend filled with activities and fun. We were happy to have the Grand Master visit and can't wait until next year rolls around. Hopefully next year we can encourage more Grand Lodge officers and visitors from subordinate lodges to visit Puerto Rico and celebrate with Diversity.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Lodge Donates $200 to Toys For Tots

On December 19th, Diversity Lodge No. 328 donated $200 to the local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation. The Toys for Tots program helps needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas. Their mission each year is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November and December and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

We enjoy supporting our local program and hope that our donation delivered a message of hope to some needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders. We encourage other lodges to join in our support so that children in their community can experience the same joys of the Holiday Season.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Lodge Named "Lodge of the Year"

The 127th Annual Grand Lodge Session of the MWPH Grand Lodge of Virginia, F&AM was held September 14th through 16th in Williamsburg, Virginia. So much exciting information was passed it's hard for this brother to know where to start.

The first exciting announcement was that the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia, F&AM was ranked the number one Grand Lodge in the United States. Then another exciting announcement informed us that the MWPH Grand Lodge of Virginia was officially recognized by The United Grand Lodge of England as a legally chartered entity. This recognition led to an invitation for the MW C. A. Parker, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of Virginia, A.F. & A.M. to speak at our 127th Annual Grand Lodge Banquet. His emotional speech was the highlight of the evening. It was both an honor and a pleasure to see him speak and celebrate our recognition.

To close out our banquet GM Clemons presented Diversity Lodge with a plaque recognizing us as the "Lodge of the Year". Receiving this unexpected award did so much to solidify the excitement we have for the work that we do. All the weekly meetings, car washes, Gas & Glasses, charitable donations and other work that the dedicated members of Diversity Lodge enjoy doing, paid of. We are now the number one subordinate lodge, in the number one Grand Lodge that is officially recognized by England. It must be said though that we can not claim this award alone. We could not have achieved any recognition without the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, or the support of our families and friends on board Naval Station Roosevelt Roads. Thank you all for bringing your cars by for us to wash, letting us pump your gas, and supporting our activities.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Diversity Donates to Jaguars Pee-Wee Football Team

On Saturday August 17th,  the members of Diversity Masonic Lodge #328, led by OS1 Alan Moore of NCTS, displayed a wonderful act of charity when they donated two hundred dollars to the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads peewee football team, the Jaguars.  The donation was presented to the coach of the Jaguars, MMC Danny Lawrence, and members of the team.  Diversity presented the check during a car wash that was held that same day at the Commissary on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.

Our donation helps the team jump-start the season for the purchase of uniforms and other supplies for the upcoming season.  This is not the first occurrence in which Diversity Lodge #328 has donated funds to youth organizations aboard Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.  AO1 Richard Woodard of Chief Master At Arms Division, a member of Diversity said, "These are the kinds of donations that we love to give. We are helping the children on board the Naval Station put their time and energy into constructive team building activities in a structured environment. That's what charity is all about. Starting with the children most importantly."

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Past Master Lewis Reassigned off the island

On Friday, July 5th, Past Master Dawane Lewis bid farewell to the brothers of Diversity Lodge. PM Lewis and his family are transferring from Naval Station Roosevelt Roads to continue their Army career at another post. 

At our stated communication Worshipful Master Alan Moore presented PM Lewis with a plaque to show our deep gratitude for the two years that he has given to Diversity. His friendship and support will be deeply missed but we can only hope that the plaque will serve as a constant reminder of his brothers from Diversity.

When PM Lewis came to Puerto Rico he was not a member of the lodge but he quickly bonded with every brother in the lodge and chose to convert his membership to Diversity. As an experienced Mason, he displayed his gift of leadership and was soon elected Worshipful Master of the Lodge. He lead Diversity for two years and in that time dedicated his time and talents to shaping Diversity into what is now. His work was not in vain. Diversity continues to grow as an organization overflowing with friendship and brotherly love, dedicated to serving the Roosevelt Roads community and the surrounding area.  

We wish PM Lewis and his family the very best as they continue their travels through life. May God bless and keep them always.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Independence Day Civic Beach Party

On July 4th, Diversity celebrated Independence Day along with other civic groups on board Naval Station Roosevelt Roads at a charity beach party. 

The brothers of Diversity cooked up a storm for this event. The menu included Bro. Johnson's Curry Chicken recipe, Bro. Moore's Famous Hot Wings (with fire sauce for the brave) and many other dishes donated by family and friends. It was a joy to celebrate the day with other organizations on base if not for the common good but for the celebration of our independence after such tragic events as this past September 11th catastrophe. There were smiles all around (except those that chose to brave the fire sauce). There were rave reviews on the food but we held strong and refused to give up the recipes. The celebration ended with a wonderful fireworks display put on by the Naval Station.

These are the events we enjoy most because our families can join in and we can all work together towards one cause.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Mason's Donate To Casa La Roca Orphanage

On Saturday, May 19th, Diversity Lodge sponsored a Yard Sale on board Naval Station Roosevelt Roads and donated the remaining items to a small church outside Gate 1 called Casa La Roca. Casa La Roca is where underprivileged and needy families come for relief. Diversity Lodge once again donated their time and efforts to assist the church in meeting their needs. 

When asked to comment Sgt. Dawane Lewis, SOCSOUTH, Master of the Lodge said,  "It was both an honor and a pleasure to spend our time this way. Some people ask, what we are all about and how they can get involved? We just want everyone to know that all you have to do is walk up to one of us and ask. If you see us out in the community around base, you can be sure that we are more than willing to accept an extra hand. As far as how can you become a Mason? Well, you will get the same answer from any Mason... Ask One To Be One."

Diversity Lodge is made up of 11 members who work at various commands here on Roosevelt Roads. It you have a cause and you would like there assistance don't hesitate to ask.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Masons March in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

The members of Diversity Lodge #328 found themselves quite busy celebrating Dr. King's birthday. They were either joining the Black History Committee with their events, or sponsoring their own. It was a very refreshing week for everyone.

The Black History Committee started things off by holding their annual 'MLK Prayer Breakfast' on Friday before the holiday. The members of Diversity and their families came out to show their support. The Mason's presented the Black History committee with a donation of $200, encouraging them to keep up the good work they are doing to promote unity and brotherhood on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.

Friday night, Diversity sponsored 'The 70's and 80's Flashback Party and Fashion Show' at the El Coqui Theatre. Many came out to show off their outfits and dance. A $50 prize was awarded to the best costume in two categories, 70's and 80's. This was a well needed event and everyone came out to have a good time. In all it was a peaceful event and hopefully the first of many attempts for Diversity to spread unity and brotherhood amongst the sailors, soldiers and airmen serving their country on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads.

On Monday Diversity Lodge and their families joined the chapel as they walked in honor of Dr. King. Many organizations around the base came together to walk from the Commissary to the Chapel. At the chapel Gen. Remo Butler gave an inspiring speech asking everyone 'What are We Doing to Make a Change?'. Diversity Lodge was there to present the winners of the 'Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest'. The members of Diversity asked the graduating seniors of the Middle/High School to write an essay on what Dr. King means to them. Many outstanding essays poured in and the top three were chosen. It was a difficult decision but one essay stood out above them all. A young lady by the name of Laura Bauza wrote an essay describing how she has been affected by prejudice, even though she is Hispanic. Studying Dr. King has made her realize that this is not a Black problem but a Global problem. She spoke of how her generation is still struggling with prejudice and how Dr. King has inspired her to see that the change starts from within. Diversity awarded her with a $100 Scholarship Check ($75 for Second Place and $50 for Third).

As the celebrations came to a close, Diversity lodge joined Ronald McDonald and everyone else who came out for the parade at a Barbeque sponsored by the chapel.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

The Mason's Quietly Donate During the Holiday Season

Diversity Lodge #328 on board Naval Station Roosevelt Roads quietly donated $100 each to three needy families this Holiday season. No names were announced. The Mason's let their charity alone be the thanks they enjoyed. "We went to Chaplain Maurice Buford and asked if he knew of any families that were struggling through the holidays. He told of of three families and we handed him three checks. It's as simple as that!" said BM1 Richard Woodard, a member of the lodge. The holiday season is a supposed to be a season of giving. Sometimes situations occur where families aren't able to give to their children and children shouldn't have to wonder why they didn't get anything. This was just something we felt we had to do." said Sgt. Lewis.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Mason's Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

The members of Diversity Lodge #328 joined the Base Chapel as they went off the base to deliver food to families around Ceiba. The project was a welcome change for the residents in Ceiba. They were given plates of Turkey, side dishes and beverages to enjoy in this season of giving.

Smiles were enjoyed as we went to many houses and knocked on doors. We found people sitting outside and families enjoying the holidays. Quite a crowd drew as people wondered what we were doing passing around food. It's was surprising to some to think people could be so kind and generous. We see it as normal and par for the course.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Mason's Help Children At The Orphanage

The members of Diversity Lodge #328 joined the Chapel in a restoration project held at the Orphanage in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. The day was filled with painting, pruning and cooking. Smiles were all around as members from the Naval Hospital, Base Chapel and Diversity Lodge came out and worked hard. The grass was cut, the trees were pruned, the building was painted and we ended the day with good food. 

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Mason's Donate To Pee-Wee Football Team

The members of Diversity Masonic lodge #328, led by SGT Dawane M. Lewis of SOCSOUTH, displayed a wonderful act of charity recently when they donated four hundred dollars to the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads peewee football team, the Jaguars. The donation was presented to the coaches of the Jaguars, LTJG Jose Cruz, ITCS Carlos Santos, MMC Danny Lawrence and members of the team. The civic organization hosted a car wash on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads and contributed all proceeds to the team for uniforms and other supplies for the upcoming season. This is not the first occurrence in which Diversity Lodge #328 has donated funds to youth organizations aboard Naval Station Roosevelt Roads. "Many of the members of Diversity Lodge are fathers so we feel it is our obligation to provide our support to such a positive program for these kids," says SGT Lewis. Diversity Lodge #328 is comprised of active duty and civilian men residing in and near the Roosevelt Roads area.

Fraternally Submitted by:
A. Massey

Masons Donate to Black History Committee for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Diversity Lodge donated $100.00 to the NSRR Black History Committee. W.M. Dawane Lewis, accompanied by S.W. Jacob Brown and J.W. Terence Anthony present the donation at the Black History Committee's Annual Prayer Breakfast.

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

Mason's Give away Turkeys to Tots at Turkey Run

Every Thanksgiving Diversity Lodge #328 sponsors a Turkey Run at the Youth Center on Naval Station Roosevelt Roads. This year the Masons gave away 9 turkeys the the winners. "We have three categories by age range and each group races to win turkeys" states Bro. Anthony who's children also participated. "This year we gave away 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the three categories. The turn out was wonderful. We look forward to next year".

Fraternally Submitted by:
S. Robinson

 

 

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