Know ye by these presents, that pursuant to Article IV., Section 1, of the Constitution and Code of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A.M. of Iowa and Jurisdiction, and by the authority vested in me as the Most Worshipful Grand Master. I, Earl J. Harrison, do hereby summon all Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Masters, Past Masters, Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Master Masons holding allegiance to this Grand Lodge to assemble and convene for our 130th Annual Grand Communications on Thursday July 13th, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Ramada Des Moines Airport, located at 1810 Army Post Rd. at 9:00 a.m. for the purpose of transacting all of the business that may legally come before us and remain until its conclusion.
Registration: The respective lodges will be provided with pre-registration forms for the upcoming Grand Lodge session. Please make as many copies as necessary and distribute to the members of your respective lodges. Any lodge that needs additional forms should forward that request to the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary,Donald W. Austin via email firstname.lastname@example.org of by calling (563)209-8575
Reports: It is hereby ordered that all elected Grand Lodge officers and Worshipful Masters have their Annual Reports completed by and the original forwarded to the Grand Master and a copy to the Grand Secretary no later than June 23rd, 2017. This will allow the Grand Secretary to have sufficient time to process and prepare for our Grand Lodge session.
Masonic Dress: It is required that all members be in Masonic dress for the opening day on Thursday and again on Friday, which means Black suit, Black tie, Black shoes, White gloves and apron. No exceptions. Any Prince Hall Mason not in Masonic Dress will not be admitted into the Grand Lodge Session. On Saturday, you may wear casual clothes as we finish our business and prepare to travel to our respective homes. No shorts, tee shirts, jeans or tennis shoes will be allowed in the Grand Lodge. This will be strictly enforced.
Cabinet Meeting: I will host a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. I will meet with all elected Grand Lodge officers, Past Grand Masters and any of the appointed Grand Lodge officers whom would like to attend. Please note: The Grand Lodge will not pay per diem for those attending the Wednesday evening cabinet meeting.
In testimony whereof, I have set my hand and caused the seal of this Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Iowa and Jurisdiction to be affixed on this 16th day of May 2017 A.D., 6017
Earl J. Harrison
Most Worshipful Grand Master