Welcome to September! I hope you had a wonderful summer. Some lodges “go dark” during the summer months while others continue meeting, furthering the goals of the great fraternity and their community. Whatever the case may be, Fall is known as the season of change. Whether it is finding a new slate of new officers, or simply family going back to their normal routines as the kids go back to school. We as an organization also go through changes. We are excited to share some recent news and updates from the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
On August 18th, we bid farewell to George D. Seghers, our dedicated Executive Director of twenty-four years. George Seghers played a vital role in advancing the Memorial's mission during his tenure. As some of you might recall from the Cornerstone Rededication event in February, we unveiled a bust in his honor, commemorating his contributions to the Memorial and the Masonic community.If you wish to send George Seghers a letter, we will gladly ensure he receives it. Please address your letters to
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria, VA 22301-2751.
Introducing Karl V. Hopkins
We are delighted to welcome our new Executive Director, Karl V. Hopkins. Karl brings a wealth of experience to our team, with a background in risk management, business intelligence, and cyber security. He is the current Worshipful Master of the Lodge of the Nine Muses No. 1776, a District of Columbia-chartered lodge, and is a member of various Masonic bodies.
Unique Masonic Gifts
As we approach the holiday season, consider exploring our limited-edition products. Our best-selling item, the Cornerstone Centennial Ashlar, crafted from the original stone of the Memorial, has been a hit. We also commissioned a stunning canvas print of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial by local artist Kurt Anderson, with only 100 signed prints available. Additionally, we offer a beautiful Cornerstone Medallion and a Replica of the Trowel George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in 1793. These limited items can be acquired through the links provided and make exceptional additions to your Masonic collections or thoughtful gifts. After all, it is never too early to consider gifts for the holidays or for the change in officers.
We would greatly appreciate it if you, our Ambassadors, would continue going out in your community and promoting this great organization. We are getting closer to the end of the year where people will consider making end of year gifts, and we would appreciate your support in making sure the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, is at the forefront of their minds come that season. May the autumn season bring you joy and cherished moments, wherever you may be.
Tyler E. Vanice
Director of Member Services