Grand Lodge 169th Annual Communication — Waite Park

The Park Event Center – April 8–9, 2022
Grand Master Rolf M. Widstrand and Deputy Grand Master Tony R. Krall welcome you.

It’s time to make your plans for attending the 169th Grand Lodge Annual Communication, to be held this year at The Park Event Center in Waite Park, MN. Open to ALL Masons, as is the annual Grand Lodge banquet on Friday, April 8th, the 2022 session promises to be a very worthwhile event. All Lodge officers and members are encouraged to bring their partner/spouse, who are invited to attend the banquet, the breakout sessions and take part in other activities.

Grand Master Rolf M. Widstrand urges all Minnesota Lodges to send their full quota of delegates to the 2022 meeting. While the Masters and Wardens are the voting delegates, any Master Mason in good standing is welcome to attend all events. Invitations with a link to the registration form will be mailed to all Lodge Masters, Wardens and Secretaries, and Grand Lodge Officers in mid-February.

Delegates may begin securing their credentials at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8th at the registration tables in the foyer of the event center. Please be sure to bring your 2022 dues card, so we can quickly get you checked-in and your credentials assigned.


Registration for meals for the 169th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota is now closed. If you have questions or need to change your registration, please contact the Grand Lodge office (office@grandlodgemn.org).

Hotel Information

We have rooms reserved at the following hotels:
Hampton Inn & Suites
(320) 252-4448 [includes free hotel breakfast]
Homewood Suites(320) 252-5900 [includes free hotel breakfast]

If calling, be sure to mention ‘Grand Lodge April 2022’ to get our block rate.

Tentative Schedule of Events

(All events are at The Park Event Center unless otherwise noted.)

Thursday, April 7

1:00 pm      Vendor set up begins

6:30 pm      Distinguished Guests Banquet (tickets required – business attire)

 

Friday, April 8

8:00 am      Credentials/Registration

9:00 am      Public Opening of Grand Lodge
[Flag presentations; greetings from Job’s Daughters, DeMolay, and OES; Manitoba gavel exchange]

10:00 am   Tour for non-Masons departs from event center lobby (please note the time change)
10:00 am    Tyled Opening of Grand Lodge (D4 lodges)

                   [Welcome, Introductions, Grand Oration, Reports, First Reading Resolutions]

12:00 pm    Lunch (tickets required)

1:00 pm      Grand Lodge Called Back to Labor

2:30 pm-     Breakout Sessions Tier 1

3:15 pm     • MN Masonic Charities – The Ashlar

                  • Face It Foundation – Men’s Mental Health and Well Being

                  • Mentoring Committee

                  • Membership Committee

                  • Masonic Youth

                  • Grand View Training – Events & Lodge Communication

                  • Education Committee

3:30 pm-    Breakout Sessions Tier 2

4:15 pm      • MN Masonic Charities – Matching funds (scholarships & grants)

                  • Lodge Communications Panel Discussion

                  • Lodge Masters (with DGM)

                  • Lodge Wardens (with SGW & JGW)

                  • “[A]nd that hee or shee that is to be made a mason…” Differences and similarities between Freemasonry in Europe and the U.S. (Bro. Markus Müller)

                  • Lodge Building Trust – how to apply for no interest loans (RWB Frank Spevak)

                  • Secretaries (RWB Keith W. Reierson)

6:00 pm      Social Hour

7:15 pm      Grand Lodge Banquet (tickets required – business attire)

 

Saturday, April 9

7:30 am      MMC Breakfast (tickets required)

9:00 am-     Breakout Sessions Tier 3

9:45 am      • Area Breakout

10:00 am    Resume Labor

[Election Results, Resolutions, Budget]

11:45 am    Grand Lodge Recesses

12:15 pm    Lunch (tickets required)

1:30 pm      Installation of Officers—Open to the Public
(tuxedo for GLOs; smart casual for all others)

3:30 pm      Reception for new Grand Master

5:00 pm      PGM’s Banquet (tickets required – coat & tie)