May 2019 Stated Communication

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Brethren, 

I very much missed all the brethren while I was absent at the April Stated Communication. The time away provided me some quality time alone with my wife, away from the kids and away from the stresses and struggles of professional demands, to celebrate our 5th anniversary. While I was thinking about all the things she and I have gone through together over this short five year period, I also realized that she has been with me through my entire journey through Masonry. She was there at the first family appreciation dinner, where I was provided the first pamphlet of Masonry. Masonry isn’t a journey we make alone. It’s a journey we make with our brothers and our family by our side. 

The opportunity to present a 60-year pin to Worshipful Brother Ed Rupert this past month also provided me insight into where I might be in 60 years, and the brothers and family members that I’ll meet along the way. 

There is a great opportunity to celebrate Masonry and to meet and network with other brothers at the Joint Table Lodge scheduled on May 15 at the Odd Fellows Temple on 7th street. Grab your tickets now. I know I’ll be there! 

Sincerely and Fraternally, 
Sean Parkhurst 
Worshipful Master 

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April 2019 Stated Communication

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Brethren, 

Greetings and salutations from the East. It is an honor to be the Worshipful Master of this amazing Lodge. Our previous stated communication was an amazing example of dedication, flexibility, and commitment. As many of you know, our March stated communication was very busy. We started the evening off with a tuxedo fitting which was well received. We were then visited by the Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Grand Lodge officers for our annual Grand Lodge Visitation. I provided a report regarding the progress of St. John’s Lodge No. 11 and the great things we’re doing in 2019. We were not done then. We followed up the Grand Visitation with the performance of the Enter Apprentice Degree. Our degree team did an amazing job in front of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, M.W.B. Chrbel Fahed, and other members of the Grand Lodge. I applaud each and every one of you for putting on a great evening for our Grand Lodge and for our newest Brothers. 

The April bulletin marks the end of our first quarter and the end of my first quarter as a Worshipful Master. These past three months have been busy. We had three stated communications, a Fellowcraft brunch, and we have a social event coming up in a couple of weeks. I hope that this first quarter has been as fun and engaging for you as it has been for me. 

I will not be in attendance at the April stated communication. The April stated will be a Past Master’s Night led by W.B. James S. Parkhurst, P.M.. 

Until then, please remember that we have a N.C.A.A. March Madness Watch Party on March 23 from 12:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the 2 Silos Brewery in Manassas, VA. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Sincerely and Fraternally, 
Sean Parkhurst 
Worshipful Master 

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March 2019 Stated Communication

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Brethren, 

The beginning of this year has proven to be a very busy season in my life. We all go through seasonal changes in our lives and in Masonry. My busy season is forcing me to make tough decisions. The decisions are directly tied to the amount of time I have in the day to accomplish the tasks set out before me. I know each and every one of you experience these challenges as well. What we end up doing is prioritizing our obligations and our commitments. As the Worshipful Master, I have committed to our Lodge and to each and every one of you. Time passes on and, sometimes, making and adhering to a commitment is challenging. Take in point this bulletin. Time has slipped, and I have missed my initial deadline. I take full responsibility for that. But this is a good lesson in Masonry. We are taught and teach our candidates and Brothers to function within their cable-tow. We ask Brothers to participate if something is within their cable-tow to do so. 

That cable-tow is many different lengths for many different Brothers. I ask you to evaluate the length of your cable-tow and see if there are a couple more inches available for the Lodge and the great things we’re doing in 2019. 

The March Stated is turning out to be a very busy day. We have two very fun and exciting events occurring. The first is the Grand Lodge Visitation. We are very excited to welcome M.W.B. Charbel T. Fahed, Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, into St. John’s Lodge No. 11 and report to him the progress we’ve made and are making in 2019. The second is that we’re welcoming three new candidates into the first step in Masonry. If it’s within your cable-tow to participate, please do. 

Also, on March 23, 2019, we are all getting together to watch some NCAA basketball at 2 Silos Brewing in Manassas. It is a very family friendly brewery that is full service. It’ll be great! 

Sincerely and Fraternally, 
Sean Parkhurst 
Worshipful Master 

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February 2019 Stated Communication

Brethren,

What a way to kick off 2019! The January Stated Communication was a very fun and informational event. We had a guest speaker, Bro. Chris Ruli, who enlightened the Lodge with his informative lecture on the “First 25 Years of Masonry in the District.” He did a wonderful job and spread much light on our history and the history of our craft in Washington, D.C.

The 2019 year is off to a great start, and we’re looking forward to another fun and exciting event in February. Bro. S.W., Jason Lee, has coordinated with a Masonic Brother to come in and perform tuxedo fittings. The pricing is great, approximately $250 for a tux and some accessories. If it is within your cable-tow, please join us. It certainly will be fun!

The Lodge is scheduling an Entered Apprentice Degree for March. Right now we have three worthy men that we will be welcoming into this great Fraternity. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the next couple of months!

If you have feedback or ideas for events or you’re dying to learn more about a specific topic, please reach out to me directly and share it. I’ll do everything I can to incorporate as many ideas as I receive.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sean Parkhurst
Worshipful Master

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January 2019 Stated Communication

Brethren,

It is an honor today to compose my first message from the East. First, thank you to all who joined us at the 173rd Annual Installation of St. John’s Lodge No. 11 officers. It was a great event and a great night which culminated in an evening of merriment at Republic. Thank you W.B. James Parkhurst, P.M., for that very emotional presentation of the gift you and our father created. It was very touching.

I’m going to take a minute to expand upon something that I addressed during my installation speech. In 2019, as Worshipful Master, I am focusing our Lodge on two words – Communication and Engagement. Throughout 2019, I plan on hosting a minimum of five events each quarter. Those events include three Stated Communications, one Fellowcraft Brunch, and one open event. I have been working to develop a schedule that is engaging to the Brothers and something that en- courages us to spend more time together and to have fun! You’ll find as an addendum to this bulletin a draft schedule for all the events proposed by St. John’s Lodge No.11 through 2019.

For my first Stated Communication, January 4, I have asked Brother Chris Ruli to present his historical lecture titled “The First 25 Years of Freemasonry in DC”. Bro. Chris Ruli is an amateur historian, whose work focuses on the development of the Craft in the District of Columbia. In 2017, Chris launched From the Archives, a recurring series for the Grand Lodge of D.C.'s Voice of Freemasonry blog to highlight interesting stories and relics from the Grand Lodge archives. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Grand Lodge's Library and Museum Committee. He received his Masonic Degrees at Potomac Lodge No. 5 and serves as their historian and archivist. Bro. Ruli is a statistician by trade, who works on creating and implementing healthcare technology in the developing world.

Additionally, our February Stated has also been planned. As you all know, St. John’s Lodge No. 11 is a black tuxedo lodge, meaning our dress code includes wearing tuxedos. This is not strictly enforced and nor will it be, but we want to give all Brothers a special opportunity to buy a tuxedo. In accordance with that, Bro. Jason Lee has prepared a very special evening. He has invited a Masonic tailor who specializes in Masonic Tuxedos to join us during the February Stated. He’ll be providing fittings and opportunities to purchase a wonderfully tailored Tux. There is special Masonic pricing, which is outlined below:

  • Basic Worsted Wool Tuxedo (includes coat, pants, shirt, black cummerbund & black bow tie) $250+tax*

  • Basic suit (includes coat & pants only) $200+tax*

  • Black Vest & Black Bow Tie $50+tax*

  • Colored Vest & Bow Tie $65+tax*

I encourage each of you to join these wonderful events and the great events we’ll be hosting throughout 2019.

I furthermore encourage you to share with me any ideas or thoughts you may have as to events and other fun activities that would promote engagement amongst the brethren. I am an open book and very much willing to consider any and all ideas. I look forward to a great year! I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sean Parkhurst
Worshipful Master

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December 2018 Special Communication

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Reminder! December’s Stated Communication has been cancelled. The Master has called a Special Communication for Friday, December 14th. We will be installing the 2019 St. John’s Officers. The installation will be open to family and guests.

Happy Holidays Brethren,

Last month, we conferred the Master Mason degree upon our three Fellowcraft Brothers, held elections, and hosted a number of guests. In addition to raising three of our own Brothers, we helped The Eagle Lodge No. 1893 and Temple-Noyes-Cathedral Lodge No. 32 each raise one of theirs. The degree was also attended by visiting Brethren from Canada who had a blast experiencing how DC does the Third Degree. I was able to share with Brother Kevan Schanberger the experience of Washington Potomac Royal Arch Chapter No. 8's bicentennial and the installation of W.B. James Frederique of L'Haitienne Lodge No. 925 all in one weekend.

This month the Grand Lodge will hold their annual banquet, which is always a good time of elegance and fellowship. We will be installing our 2019 officers at our December 14th Special Communication extending our Lodge's history to its 173rd year of existence.

This year is nearing its close, and we have so much in which to be proud of. I can happily say that we have, and continue to achieve, the important practices of a strong lodge. We have initiated, passed, and raised three of our own Brothers; put on enjoyable events (such as our paint night); been active in the wider DC Masonic community; supported charitable efforts across the nation; and much more. We have improved the community at large by our actions and, in doing so, have improved ourselves. It has been a great pleasure and honor to serve as Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 11 this year, and I look forward to seeing what our elected line has in store in the upcoming years.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sam W. Chin
Worshipful Master

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November 2018 Stated Communication

Reminder! December’s Stated Communication has been cancelled. The Master has called a Special Communication for Friday, December 14th. We will be installing the 2019 St. John’s Officers. The installation will be open to family and guests. 

Greetings Brethren, 

Last month we had a preview of what's to come for our Lodge. Warden's Night has shown that we have Brothers ready and willing to step up to lead our Lodge. Brother Sean's message of communication and engagement is particularly important for us. As a Fraternity, as Brothers, we should be coming out to Lodge to experience our Masonic journey together. Looking back on our journey is all the more special when you can say "remember when we..." and our band of Brothers can directly relate. Special thanks to Brothers Scott Heath and Stephen Motroni for jumping multiple chairs. It was also wonderful to have W.B. Bob Johnson, P.M., and his family spend time with us. 

This month we have the duty and honor of conferring the Master Mason's degree on three worthy Brethren. We have done this conferral year after year, and we should make sure that we engage them in the mysteries of Freemasonry so that as they search for light we can stand side by side and enhance our shared masonic experience. Our newest Master Masons will also be able to vote for the first time in our elections. Every Brother is highly encouraged to join us in electing the future of St. John's Lodge No. 11 and providing input on what they want to see as the Lodge goes forward – maybe a St. John's Lodge trip to another Lodge or a group visit to a Worshipful Brother in the Big Easy, who knows! Come, participate and transform the Lodge; after all, YOU knocked at the door. 

Sincerely and Fraternally, 
Sam W. Chin
Worshipful Master 

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October 2018 Stated Communication

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Greetings Brethren!

Since last month’s meeting where we heard about appellate bodies of Masonry including York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners and others, some of us have taken that next step for more light in Masonry by joining one or more of those organizations. It truly is a good thing when we expand our knowledge of Masonry while contributing to the well being of others. As many of those who attended know, in addition to teaching about Masonry every appellate body and most lodges have some type of charity they support. If you have an affinity to help a particular group there is likely a matching appellate body to meet your wishes. Ask others and learn more about these groups and how you can contribute to the very worthy causes they support. 

While our Wardens, Deacons and Secretary were enjoying themselves at the Leadership conference, I visited Union #6 for a spirited discussion on Transgender Masonry. Union #6 always has interesting “Graduate” Masonry topics to discuss and you don’t have to be a past master to attend. If in your cable tow visit another lodge and see what else is going on around our jurisdiction. 

On another note, St. John’s was invited to Anacostia Lodge’s Ocktoberfest themed table lodge with authentic German food and homebrewed Märzen beer! As always, a great time with great fellowship with our Brothers from Anacostia #21. 

October’s stated will be a Warden’s Night. A night I have long sought ☺. It will be a great chance for upcoming line officers to challenge themselves and the conversation is very important to the future of the lodge. Your input and attendance are highly encouraged. The best way for us to move forward every year is to involve ourselves in the business and activities of the lodge. Everyone’s support is essential to maintaining the strength of our lodge and eventually taking on a bigger role in the jurisdiction at large. The following morning, we will be having our Fellowcraft brunch at Royal Restaurant to continue the discussion and collaborate in better detail the upcoming year. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Stated and Fellowcraft Brunch. 

Sincerely and Fraternally, 
Sam W. Chin 
Worshipful Master

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September 2018 Stated Communication

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Greetings Brethren,

I hope everyone and their families enjoyed the Paint and Sip event we hosted. Through everyone’s hard work, we were able to show our guests from Brazil that Masonry in the District is vibrant and bright. The roar heard over the evening reinforces Masonry’s bond between good men, our families, and friends. I know we will have continued success with events like this in the coming years.

As the summer officially ends, we are now back to labor beginning with learning about Masonry outside of Blue Lodge. We will have speakers from the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Shriners in attendance so that we may learn about the avenues to further improve in our Craft and reach out to those in need. Additionally, Past Master Bob Johnson and his daughter, Juliana, will be speaking on lodge branding. We know we are a strong Lodge with much to contribute, and we want the community to recognize St. John’s Lodge No. 11 as a contributing factor in its improvement. Be it Masonry, in general, or St. John’s Lodge No. 11, in particular, branding ourselves helps to improve our image so that others may know us, too.

Finally, a quick look back on our Hands on DC effort. Thanks again to W.B. James Parkhurst, P.M., for starting and leading St. John’s Lodge No. 11 into this charitable effort and to those that have been able to donate their time to improve/prepare a school in the District for the upcoming school year. Having young children myself, I can see the direct impact this event has on the morale of students, faculty and staff when they enter school on that crucial first day.

I very much look forward to seeing everyone at our stated communications to reflect on these experiences, share in fellowship, and to work together on our future endeavors.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sam W. Chin
Worshipful Master

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August 2018 Stated Communication

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Greetings Brethren!

Our last meeting was another great step for St. John's No. 11 – passing our Entered Apprentice brethren to the degree of Fellowcraft. A good job was done by all and well received by our surprise guests, Grand Master Richard Bautista and Deputy Grand Master Charbel Fahed. Congratulate our newly obligated Brothers when you get the chance.

This summer so far has been a busy one. A couple of us made it to the multicultural dinner for the Universal Brotherhood Celebration where there was music, dancing, and, of course, food representing the different cultures that make up our Grand Jurisdiction. I was able to participate in an outdoor Master Mason's Degree which was performed completely by sitting Worshipful Masters of the jurisdiction! My thanks to R.W.B. Chip Mahaney for pulling the whole thing together and allowing me to join in. A number of us celebrated Anacostia Lodge No. 21’s 150th anniversary and ensuing after party at the annex (Shelly's). We had great fellowship that night and received commemorative coins and pins for the occasion. On our Nation's Independence Day, I participated in the Takoma Park parade and handed out flags and smiles to the citizens of our community along with my wife and brethren from a number of other Lodges that meet in Takoma Masonic Center. It was a rewarding experience, one that I hope everyone will share in at future parades. Finally, we had more summertime fun hosted by Washington-Daylight Lodge No. 14 at Past Grand Master Jesse Villareal's home for a crab feast and cookout. It's a great feeling to see such fellowship uniting so many lodges and families. This summer has been filled with so many opportunities to experience Masonry and fellowship and set the example for how our society should be – happy, caring, and full of fun. This is what I believe Masonry is all about!

At our August Stated, expect to finish out the summer with another fun family friendly event. We will be hosting a Paint and Sip night. Uncork'd Art will be sending an artist to guide us through a Masonic themed painting. And due to the event, lodge attire will be casual!

I hope everyone has spent their summer relaxing and recharging and I look forward to seeing everyone for Paint Night!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sam W. Chin
Worshipful Master

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