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You have reached the website of one of the newest Prince Hall Affiliated (P.H.A.) Masonic Lodge in the Military Community in Germany …
Anthony T Stafford Military Lodge № 16
Free & Accepted Masons. P.H.A.,
Under the auspicious of
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Florida and Belize, Central America, Jurisdiction, Incorporated Prince Hall Affiliated
District 44 Europe
Under the entrusted leadership of
District Deputy Grand Master,
The Worshipful Clarence Jeffries, 33°
Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. ..Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation and said,
“They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.
”Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”.
In 2015 we were chartered and we adopted the theme "Dawn of a New Day" this theme was so appropriate and was the expression from our very own Past Grand Master, Most Worshipful Gardner M. Torrence, Sr. 33°. But this year I choose another theme "Situated to Succeed", the success of Anthony T. Stafford Military Lodge No. 16 is a no brainier. A successful lodge must have brothers in place that know their Masonry and craft. . I learned this during my time working in York Rite Masonry as the High Priest of new Royal Arch Chapter under dispensation when at the time Honorary Past Grand Master, Most Worshipful Andrew Morgan 33° a true Brother indeed, comrade, friend and my masonic mentor sat me down and gave me sound advice. He express "Organize, Set your goals, but have a strategy" in other words a Organizational Strategy, the sum of the actions a lodge intends to take to achieve long-term goals. We are so privilege and honored to have this great brother as a member and one of the founders of our lodge
Although there’s a bottom line that Lodge officers have to manage, it can’t be the only thing. “Lodge Leadership” today has to recognize that member satisfaction is important and find a happy medium between new young members and the old hard core members unwilling to change traditional methods that supposedly determine member satisfaction in any Lodge.
This is why I say we are Situated to Succeed, our lodge has a definite opportunity to accept new young men. Millennials (Gen Y) have surpassed Baby Boomers as our nation's largest living generation, according to population estimates. Gen Xers are projected to remain the “middle child” of generations – caught between two larger generations of the Millennials and the Boomers. So why the big deal about the Millennial generation I gather this from having guardianship of my loving niece, they don’t believe in being shackled to tradition, they believe in learning, not pieces of paper, they believe in learning from someone else’s experience, they believe in life, not work-life balance, and they don’t believe in the inherent value of face time, for the millennial that means fewer face-to-face meetings and more emails, texts, video conference or calls. Which in my opinion makes them profound communicators, now how does this apply to our time honored fraternity and lodge.
Gen Xers and Millennials were the first to grow up with computers in their homes. Technology has made for us a global community, and the new membership brings it with them, the days of sitting alone in your office studying your ritual and imaging how the pass was in masonry, not being able to reach out on a global scale, to obtain factual information, that's no more our young men today have a array of talent and skills, much more sophisticated learning ability, all we have to do is enlighten them should they seek more light. They will continue our legacy as Prince Hall Freemason in my opinion on much larger scale than we as Boomers have done, we as Boomers have a lot of first, Gen Xers took heed and advanced our first, the Millennial will explode it Globally.
Let our strategy be to accept and embrace these young and upcoming members, and guide and educate them to the Great Tenets of Freemasonry: Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. and the so call Landmarks of Freemasonry that being A belief in a Supreme Being; A belief in the Fatherhood of God (and its corollary The Brotherhood of Man); A belief in the Immortality of the Soul. and last but not least Make Good Men Better. Owing to the success and strategy of our lodge, we must have active membership growth, with a core of highly talented individuals. There are many, especially in the military community, civilians and service members alike. Continue to be a beacon of light in our communities, being upright men doing whats good, right and true.
We can and will have successful year. Why? We have members in our lodge with over 130+ years of successful masonic and military leadership experience collectively and that's why we are "Situated to Succeed"...
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It is my great privilege and honor to serve as the Worshipful Master of Anthony T. Stafford Military Lodge №16 in 2018.
I welcome you on behalf of the officers and members to our website.
Our lives are based on honor and integrity, and I believe that honesty, compassion, trust, and knowledge are important
Brother Lawrence Powell, Jr
Our first recorded meeting was held on January 9, 2016. We are a subordinate lodge of The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Florida and Belize, Central America, Jurisdiction, Incorporated Prince Hall Affiliated , which has existed for 146 years and counting.
The Grand Lodge was organized on June 17, 1870. The Masonic Temple (also known as Masonic Temple, Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge PHA) is a historic site in Jacksonville, Florida. It is located at 410 Broad Street. Constructed by the Grand Lodge between 1901 and 1912,
(See Brief History) it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1980. You are here no doubt to find out more about one of the oldest, largest and most respected Fraternity in the world; perhaps asking, “Who are the Prince Hall Masons?”
We are a Non-profit 501(c)8 subordinate lodge Under the auspicious of Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Florida and Belize, Central America, Jurisdiction, Incorporated Prince Hall Affiliated District 44 Europe, we are a Non-profit organization. We conduct many outreach programs, as well as child mentoring and development programs that help in educating and empowering the members of our community.