Geo. Washington Memorial Brigade


INTRODUCTION

The George Washington Memorial Brigade is a copyrighted Masonic Lodge Program, designed to be used in-house by Lodges, to raise donations for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
The Brigade Program is voluntary and is administered by Freemasons.  We have designed this program for the individual Mason to use, however, it is out hope that it will be selected as one of your Lodge’s regular, on-going program activities.
 
The Brigade has NO National Headquarters, nor personnel, nor dues, nor national structure, nor any other bureaucratic function...and never will. The MasonicPress.com maintains the program copyright, but fully extends usage and adaptation to Freemasons and Masonic Lodges to propel the success of the program in support of this historic national landmark.
 
THUG WARNING:  We will fully prosecute to the extent of the law in United States District Court, any persons or organizations found using the program for non-Masonic purposes and/or to defraud others for their own mercenary motives and scam agendas.  This is a Masonic program for Freemasons to administer and operate, benefiting our national monument.  Abuse of the program BY ANYONE will not be tolerated.  Unsavory and unethical types: consider yourselves warned.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Individual Recruitment
 
The program may be administered by individual Freemasons.  All that is required is you keep a log of who you have “recruited” into the program with their donation amounts. 
 
To recruit a new member:
 
You may send or give those you know a copy of the Recruiting Letter (optional).
 
1. Have them select the rank of their choice at their chosen giving level.
 
2. Accept their donation and place it in a GWMNM Donation Envelope (your Lodge should have some, or they can order some) to be mailed directly to the GWMNM.
 
3. Administer the Brigade Minuteman Oath to the new member.
 
4. Fill out a Writ of Enlistment/Commission Certificate (which can be downloaded for free at masonicpress.com) and give it to the new member with the appropriate New Member Letter (Friend or Brother).
 
5. Record their information on the Brigade Recruiter’s Roster and, if a Masonic Brother, give him a copy of the New Member-Brother letter. (Form and letters are downloadable for free at masonicpress.com or you can order a paperback journal from us for a nominal fee to keep your records in.)
 
6. Mail the donation envelope.
 
Team Recruitment

The program may also be administered by program teams of Freemasons.  All that is required is you keep a log of who you have “recruited” into the program.  To recruit a new member, follow the same process as Individual Recruitment.

Team recruitment is designed to work best at Lodge or Masonic events, where the team can set up an information table and sign up new members. Team members can be creative by wearing Continental Army uniforms or colonial clothing, displaying a Betsy Ross Flag, filling out Enlistment Papers with a quill pen, etc.  The idea is to be creative, make it fun, and have fun doing it.  If you are a stuffy, serious vending table, do not expect much success.  There is enough of that in Masonry now, and it is killing us.

Team Recruiters should have the following for an event:

  • American Flag (preferably on a staff in a flag stand)
  • Container with GWMNM donation envelopes
  • Brigade Encampment Journal (3-ring binder or bound record book – see                 masonicpress.com)
  • Ink pens
  • Official Brigade Writ of Enlistment/Commission certificates (printed in color on   parchment paper looks best)
  • Copies of the Recruitment and New Member-Brother letters.
  • Table and at least two (2) chairs.
  • Copy of the Minuteman Oath for Enlistment/Commissioning Ceremony

MEMBERSHIP RANKS & DONATION LEVELS

Honorary Ranks

A New Member may enlist in the Brigade to the following Honorary Ranks by making a personal contribution directly to the GWMNM Association through a Brigade Recruiter other than themselves:

$1                                Enlisted as a MINUTEMAN

$2 to $9                       Enlisted as a PRIVATE

$10 to $19                   Enlisted as a CORPORAL

$20 to $29                   Enlisted as a SERGEANT

$30 to $39                   Enlisted as a SERGEANT MAJOR

$40 to $49                   Commissioned as a LIEUTENANT

$50 to $59                   Commissioned as a SUBALTERN

$60 to $69                   Commissioned as a CAPTAIN

$70 to $79                   Commissioned as a MAJOR

$80 to $89                   Commissioned as a LT. COLONEL

$90 to $99                   Commissioned as a COLONEL

$100 to $249               Commissioned as a AIDE-DE-CAMP

$250 to $499               Commissioned as a BRIGADIER GENERAL

$500+                          Commissioned as a MAJOR GENERAL

Promotions

A currently enrolled member may advance in the Ranks by making additional contributions at the appropriate giving level.  Donations are cumulative and should be referenced in the Brigade Recruiter’s Roster and/or the Brigade Encampment Journal, however, this program operates under the honor system, should evidence of prior donation amounts cannot be located.

Regular Ranks

You can also advance through the Regular Ranks by “recruiting” others into the Brigade.

Individuals aspiring to advance must keep track of their own recruitments and notify other Brigade members in their Team or Lodge when they advance.  In a Lodge scenario, it is up to the Lodge to decide if a ceremony should be conducted or not. 

There are twelve (12) additional ranks in the Brigade, based on those of General Washington’s Continental Army.  Promotion in the Regular Ranks are as follows:

PRIVATE – A Freemason who has personally recruited 25 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

CORPORAL – A Freemason who has personally recruited 50 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

SERGEANT – A Freemason who has personally recruited 75 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

SERGEANT MAJOR – A Freemason who has personally recruited 100 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

LIEUTENANT – A Freemason who has personally recruited 125 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

SUBALTERN – A Freemason who has personally recruited 150 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

CAPTAIN – A Freemason who has personally recruited 200 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

MAJOR – A Freemason who has personally recruited 250 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

LIEUTENANT COLONEL – A Freemason who has personally recruited 300 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

COLONEL – A Freemason who has personally recruited 350 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

BRIGADIER GENERAL  – A Freemason who has personally recruited 400 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

MAJOR GENERAL – A Freemason who has personally recruited 500 or more Minutemen into the Brigade;

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF – Sorry, this rank is reserved for General Washington himself.

To progress through the different ranks, all that is required is that you personally recruit new Minutemen into the Brigade.  This can be informally or formally, as there are no official “rules” for recruitment.

Presentation of Rank Certificates may be done informally, at your Lodge’s Stated Meetings, at District or Grand Lodge functions, depending on the presenting person or body.

RECRUITING PROCEDURES

Individual and Team

You should download a blank form or purchase a bound copy of the Brigade Recruiter’s Roster (Individual) and/or the Brigade Encampment Journal (Team) to keep track of individual recruitments and donation amounts. Your Lodge Secretary can track and report the amounts collected for your Lodge, as needed or required, when you supply him with a copy of your annual records.

HOW DO I GET STARTED TODAY

It’s as simple as 1-2-3...

1.    Download from the bottom of this page and/or order the materials you need.
2.    Contact your Lodge Brothers about the program.
3.    Start recruiting new members.   

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Send us an email at:           jfhatcher3 AT gmail DOT com

or, send us a letter at:          The Masonic Press
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                                            Rockford, Tennessee 37853-3240 USA

 

ABOUT THE MEMORIAL

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a memorial and museum built and funded by the Freemasons of the United States. Situated in Alexandria, Virginia, the 333-foot neoclassical structure stands foremost as a memorial to the life and character of George Washington. The Memorial is also an active Masonic temple, research library, cultural space, community and performing arts center, and tourist attraction. Facilities are available for visiting C­raft lodges and other Masonic bodies to hold meetings, including out- of-state groups. Guided tours are available daily, excluding major holidays. For more information, visit http://gwmemorial.org.

History of the Memorial

The two Lodges most closely associated with George Washington are Fredericksburg Lodge at Fredericksburg, Virginia, his Mother Lodge and Alexandria-Washington Lodge at Alexandria, Virginia, where he was elected Charter Master under the Grand Lodge of Virginia. No precise date can be found when the Lodge at Fredericksburg was chartered. The date of its first meeting is usually ascribed as September 1, 1752, under a dispensation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Colony of Massachusetts. The Lodge was granted a charter on July 21, 1758, by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Washington was initiated an Entered Apprentice on November 4, 1752, passed to Fellow Craft on March 3, 1753, and raised to Master Mason on August 4, 1753.

The Lodge at Alexandria, Virginia was first warranted by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on February 3, 1783, as Lodge No. 39. George Washington attended a St. John the Baptist Celebration of the Lodge in June of 1784. He was later made an Honorary Member of the Lodge. On April 22, 1788, the Lodge received a Charter from the Grand Lodge of Virginia as Alexandria Lodge No. 22. The Lodge asked Washington to be its Charter Master under the Virginia Charter and he agreed. Washington was inaugurated as the First President of the United States on April 30, 1789 while holding the office of Master of Alexandria Lodge. After his death on December 14, 1799, the Lodge was renamed Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, by the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

Through the generosity of Washington's family and friends, Alexandria-Washington Lodge became the repository of many artifacts of Washington and the Washington family. The Lodge rooms were inadequate for the display and storage of the memorabilia and fire in the Lodge in 1871 destroyed many of the invaluable and significant Washington artifacts.

History is replete with men who, out of necessity, arise to undertake a great enterprise. For this occasion, it was Charles H. Callahan, who in 1909, while Senior Warden of Alexandria-Washington Lodge, purchased several lots on Shuters Hill, which he gave to the Lodge for the site of a fire proof Lodge Hall. Following consultation with and with the urging of the Lodge, Joseph W. Eggleston, the Grand Master of Virginia, invited every Grand Master in the United States to assemble in Alexandria-Washington Lodge on February 22, 1910 for the purpose of forming an association to plan and build a suitable Memorial to George Washington, the Mason. Representatives from twenty-six Grand Lodges did assemble and approved and endorsed the erection of the Memorial, and The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association was formed. Thomas Shryock, Grand Master of Maryland, was elected the first President of the Memorial Association.

Ten years after the first official meeting of the Association, the concept of a colossal building as a Memorial "lighthouse" to Washington was approved by the Grand Lodges of the United States. The site was selected because it followed the ancient tradition for the location of temples on hilltops or mountains. It was also located on land with which General Washington was familiar; it was the very spot once proposed by Thomas Jefferson as the ideal site for the nation's Capitol.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 5, 1922. Louis A. Watres, President of the Memorial Association and Past Grand Master of Pennsylvania, and Charles H. Callahan, Past Master of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, and a future Grand Master of Virginia participated in the ceremony. Despite the great expense, the Memorial Association was determined not to borrow money. Construction only proceeded as money was collected for each stage of the project.

On November 1, 1923, the Memorial's cornerstone was dedicated in a Masonic ceremony. President Calvin Coolidge, former President and Chief Justice William H. Taft and numerous other dignitaries performed the ceremony before a crowd of thousands of Freemasons from around the nation. The onset of the Great Depression did not stop work on the Memorial. For over 10 years, Freemasons steadily and faithfully contributed to the construction of the Memorial. On May 12, 1932, the bicentennial year of George Washington's birth, the dedication of the Memorial took place with President Herbert Hoover participating.

After World War II, work on the Memorial's interior began in earnest. By 1970, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial was completed. In 1999, the large square and compasses were added to the front lawn, a visible sign to the Masonic nature of the Memorial. A repository of many artifacts and the history of American Freemasons, the Memorial remains a lasting monument to George Washington, the Man, the Mason, and Father of our Country.
  

Reprint from the GWMNM Website 


 

The George Washington Masonic Memorial

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  Who can become a member of the Brigade?

A:  Anyone of any age; however, only active Freemasons can become Brigade Recruiters and enroll members.

Q:  What is my Encampment and Number?

A:  Your Lodge Name and Number or the participating Lodge and Number.

Example:  Rockford Lodge No. 469 F&AM would be Rockford Encampment No. 469

Q:  Do I have to purchase the Brigade Recruiter’s Roster or Brigade Encampment Journal?

A:  No, the printed copies available for purchase from masonicpress.com are for your convenience.  You may always use the blank record sheets, downloadable free from masonicpress.com, and keep them in a binder. 

Q:  Do I have to buy any Brigade materials to administer this program?

A:  No.  All forms, materials, certificates, etc., are available for free from masonicpress.com for your usage.  We do ask that you print ALL certificates on parchment paper, so the new member has a certificate that looks like everyone else’s.

Q:  When can I work on recruiting members, promoting members and collecting donations for the Honorary Ranks and Orders?

A:  You may begin working on the honorary ranks and orders as soon as you become a Minuteman (Private through Major General).

Q:  Are there any reporting requirements?

A:  Not to the Brigade or the Masonic Press.  The procedure of mailing donations in the donation envelopes is designed to keep the donation a personal donation to the GWMNM from the contributor, NOT from the Brigade or Lodge.  The Brigade Encampment Journal is for recording and tracking the Masonic work of the members participating in the program to record levels of advancement.  You should not officially involve the Lodge Treasurer and bank account in the operation of this program.  You are not receiving monies into your Lodge.  You are collecting donations for the GWMNM and mailing them for someone else.

Q:  How does my Lodge participate in the program?

A:  Download the required materials for free from masonicpress.com and start spreading the word and recruiting new Minutemen today.

Q:  Can my Masonic Lodge use this as a fundraiser and donate a portion of the proceeds to the GWMNM?

A:  NO-NO-NO!  ALL proceeds are to be mailed to the GWMNM upon receipt from the recruited member.

Q:  Who are the Brigade Minutemen?

A:  All men, women and children, who have made a donation or had a donation made in their name at any rank level, regular (by recruiting others) or honorary (by donation).

Q:  Can I make a donation and print my own certificate?

A:  Yes, but...that is kind of a "hokey" thing to do.  We would suggest you find a Brother Mason to help you with this issue.  You can both make a donation and recruit each other! Then, you can start recruiting other members: Brothers, Family Members, Neighbors, Friends, Foes, In-laws, Out-laws, and any other person you come in contact that claims to be an American.  If they make such claim, ask them to prove it by becoming a Minuteman! 

RECORD KEEPING RESOURCES

 

BUY THIS BOOK

 
This handbook FOR INDIVIDUALS explains the program details and provides you with a bound record book to record your personal advancement and charitable work. This book is optional for the program and is offered as a convenience for your personal record keeping.  Free record-keeping sheets can be downloaded on the bottom of this page.  
 
Check for this book on Amazon.com

 

 

   

 
This handbook FOR LODGES explains the program details and provides your Lodge with a bound record book to record advancements and the charitable work of this project. This book is optional for the program and is offered as a convenience for your Lodge record keeping.  Free record-keeping sheets can be downloaded on the bottom of this page.
 
Check for this book on Amazon.com
 
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