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Updated: 6 Sep 2010

J E F F E R S O N . M A S O N I C . A S S O C .

MW Richard L. Swaney
Grand Master of the State of Illinois

RW Phil Walin
Area Deputy Grand Master, NE

RW Manny Roth
District Deputy Grand Master, 5th NE


Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M.
of the State of Illinois
5th District - NE Area
Jefferson Masonic Temple
5418 West Gale Street
Chicago, IL 60630

James McDermott

Bro. George Washington:
"Observe good faith and justice
towards all."


5th Northeastern District News - 2 Sep 2010


On Sunday September 18, 2010 Ms. Karla Carwille, Director of the Masonic Outreach program will speak at our district meeting. The meeting is held at the Jefferson Masonic Temple, 5418 West Gale Street, Chicago, Illinois. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM and the meeting will begin at 9:30. She will bring us up to date on the sale of Mason Point and how the new Outreach program not only replaces but is an improvement and expansion of services. This meeting is open to all Masons, candidates, Wives and widows of Masons. The breakfast is complimentary to everyone associated with the 5th Northeastern District. A $5.00 donation is requested for all guests. If you plan on attending please contact mannyroth@hotmail.com to make your reservation and insure that there will be enough food for everyone.

Lodges in the 5th Northeastern District have conducted 5 successful IL CHIP events so far this year. At this writing we still have 2 more scheduled with a possibility of more. The next 2 scheduled are:

  • Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 E. Elmdale, Chicago. The event will start at 10:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM.
  • Saturday, October 2.2010 the address is 1634 N. Kedzie, Chicago. The event will start at 10:00 AM and conclude at 2:00 PM.

IL CHIP is a child identification program that is open to all children up to the age of 17. There is no cost! It identification consists of fingerprints, DNA swab, height and Weight a photo and DVD of the child. After the session is complete all information is given to the parents. We retain nothing except for the signed permission slip allowing us to identify their child. Anyone who has children in the age group is welcome to bring them to one of these events.

For more information please contact mannyroth@hotmail.com or phone (331)462-2110.

The next District Breakfast will take place on Sunday 6 September 2010 at 9am at the Jefferson Masonic Temple on Gale Street. The agenda will include the discussion of plans for the District Picnic.


Manny Roth
DDGM, 5th NE

5th Northeastern District News - 21 June 2010


Our first IL-Chip event was held on Saturday June 12th and it was a big success. The following are scheduled events and we need all of the volunteers from our lodges that we can get. Any of our members that are fluent in Spanish are encouraged to volunteer. The following are a list of the dates and locations of upcoming events.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 2719 W. Cermak Ave, Chicago, IL

Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 1425 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL

Saturday, August 12, 2010 at 3729 N. Leland, Chicago, IL

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 4600 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1534 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL

All events start at 9:00 AM and finish at 2:00 PM.

There may be additional events scheduled and I will inform you when I get the information.

Please call me at (331) 462-2110 if you have any questions or to volunteer for any of the events.

The next District Breakfast will take place on Sunday 11 July 2010 at 9am at the Jefferson Masonic Temple on Gale Street. The agenda will include the discussion of plans for the District Picnic.


Manny Roth
DDGM, 5th NE

5th Northeastern District News - 13 April 2010


GRAND LODGE VISIT: On Sunday, March 14th, Brother Anthony R. Cracco, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden visited with us at our breakfast meeting and discussed some of the plans and programs of our Grand Lodge. Every lodge in our district was represented and I believe we all now have greater insight into the path that we will follow in the coming year.

BLOOD DRIVE: On Tuesday, March 30th members of every lodge in our district along with members of Chicago Lodge No. 437 attended our blood drive at Biaggio's and over 35 pints were donated. Thanks to all of the brethren who donated as well as those who came to cheer them on. Lets set a goal of 50 pints or more for next year. Each lodge has a blood drive chairman and I hope that they will promote this event all year long. Remember that you can donate all year long at Life Source and tell them to credit the 5th Northeastern District when you do visit them.

NEXT DISTRICT BREAKFAST: Speaker and Picnic - Our next district breakfast meeting will be May 16th and we have a very interesting speaker scheduled. His topic will be of interest to every lodge. We will also discuss our upcoming District Picnic scheduled on July 25th.

Please have all of the picnic chairmen attend in order to participate in the planning process. Remember that this meeting is open to all members of your lodge who wish to attend. Contact me prior to the Wednesday immediately preceding the meeting and let me know how many members of your lodge will be attending.

5th Northeastern District News - 19 Jan 2010


March 11, 2010: Wardens Night. The Senior and Junior Warden of each lodge will receive an invitation to attend this dinner and presentation by Brother Terry L. Seward, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of the State of Illinois. The meeting will be held at the Medinah Shrine Center, 550 N. Shriners Drive, Addison, IL 60601. It is very important that Wardens attend. NO PROXIES. IF ANY MEMBER OF THE LODGE WISHES TO ATTEND THEY MAY DO SO FOR A NOMINAL COST.

March 14, 2010: District Breakfast and Meeting. Brother Anthony Cracco, Rt. Worshipful Junior Grand Warden will be visiting us and has an important information to deliver. Remember that none of these meetings is limited to Officers alone; All are welcome. These meetings are held at the Jefferson Masonic Temple on Gale Street. Breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. and meetings begin at 9:30 a.m.. If you wish to attend please let your Secretary know before the Tuesday prior to the meeting, because I must have a head count by the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

March 30, 2010: District Blood Drive. The 5th Northeastern District Blood Drive will be held at Biaggio's Restaurant, 4242 N. Central Ave between the hours of 4:00 and 8:30 p.m. Your Master, Secretary, Senior and Junior Wardens have been sent the flyer and a supply of the flyers will be made available in the lodge dining room. If you are planning to attend please call Paul Scheeler (630) 408-1158 to make a reservation.

July 25, 2010: District Picnic. Our District Picnic will be held at Harms Woods, grove #5 between the hours of 11:00 a.m to??? More information will be posted on this site and sent to the lodges when it becomes available.

Manny Roth
DDGM, 5th NE

5th Northeastern District News - 20 Dec 2009


Over 2 months have passed since we attended our Grand Lodge. I have had the opportunity to visit each of your lodges unofficially and we have had 1 breakfast meeting. I feel that what has been accomplished so far has been productive. Every lodge has been getting petitions for membership and I have been pleased to refer some potential members to most of your lodges. That was in the past.

Lets look to the future....

January 17th will be our next District meeting. I have arranged for a guest speaker to be there to bring a message that should be of interest to everyone attending. Lets try to get more of your officers and interested members to attend. Don't forget to let me now how many to expect from your lodge no later than January 12th. We should have a date for the Picnic and also a date for the Blood Drive.

January 29th will be a Lodge Officer School #3 at our Temple. Our District has been charged with the responsibility of providing the slate for the Second Section of the Third Degree. I am asking each lodge to supply at least 4 of your members, who will be there , to take part on the slate. Please have your list of the members that will be participating, and what part that they can do, to me no later than the District Breakfast.

Between January 12th and March 1st I will be making my Official Visit to each of your lodges. I have sent a letter to your Secretary outlining the criteria for the evening. If you have any questions please contact me.

Lack of communication is the major downfall of many businesses and I feel that we can not communicate enough to make our lodges stronger. To that end I have decided to move forward with the district web site on an experimental basis. I can send information to you as senior officers of your lodge but I feel that there is information that would be of interest to all of your members. At our last district meeting there was some comment that it would be unnecessary. I ask you to keep an open mind and let your member know about this tool. Jim McDermott has put a lot of effort into designing the site and I think that we should give it a fair trial run. The access to the web page is www.mastermason.com/5thnedistrict .

I want to wish you and your families a wonderful remainder of the holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Manny Roth DDGM, 5th NE

5th Northeastern District News - 8 Dec 2009


Thanksgiving has past and I hope that you and your family had a wonderful day.

The remaining winter holidays are fast approaching and I want to wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas - Hanukkah - Kwanza.

Some Masonic Business:

  1. January 9, 2010 Grand Master's reception in Carbondale.

  2. January 17, 2010 5th NE District Breakfast meeting, we will have a guest speaker so please attend to hear his important message.

  3. January 29, 2010 Grand Lodge Officer School, as you know the 5th Northeastern District has been assigned the responsibility of conducting a Number 3 School, which is the second section of the third degree. Every lodge should be represented on the slate. Please get a list of at least four brethren from your lodge that will be available to participate and what part(s) that they are proficient. The school will be at Gale Street on the 5th Friday and the time is from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. I will make up the slate from the names that are submitted to me. This is important, please don't let me down.

  4. March 11, 2010 The Scottish Rite is once again sponsoring Wardens Nigh. Senior and Junior Warden please mark your calendar.

  5. March 14, 2010 is our District Breakfast meeting. RWB Anthony Cracco, Junior Grand Warden will be visiting us with a very important message from our Grand Lodge. Let's get a big turn out for his visit.

  6. March 30, 2010 will be the annual blood drive. Mark your calendars to be there to either donate blood or spend an evening with your brethren.

Manny Roth
DDGM, 5th NE

5th Northeastern District News - 16 Nov 2009

Each lodge in the district has appointed a lodge picnic chairman to act as a committee to work under the chairmanship of the district picnic chairman.

Each lodge in the district has appointed a lodge blood drive chairman to act as a committee to work under the chairmanship of the district blood drive chairman. Paul Scheeler of Oriental Lodge will be the District Blood Drive Chairman.

Information was presented regarding a 10 point list of items to present to newly initiated Entered Apprentices. This information has been previously published in the Illinois Freemason.

The requirements set forth in an email message from our Grand Secretary regarding multiple degrees were presented.

Information was presented regarding Masonic Community Days.

Multiple Degree representatives were appointed for each lodge

2010 District Breakfast dates
January 17, 2010
March 14, 2010
May 16, 2010
July 18, 2010
September 12, 2010
Breakfast will be served at 9:00 and the meeting will begin at 9:30.

The January district breakfast guest speaker is being arranged. At this meeting we will finalize the slate for the Grand Lodge Officers School scheduled for Friday, January 29, 2010 at the Jefferson Masonic Temple at 7:00 PM. This is a number 3 school so we will need many volunteers to fill all of the stations and places. The number 3 school pertains to the second section of the Third Degree.

The March district breakfast will include a visit from the Junior Grand Warden.

The May district breakfast speaker has been arranged

Area officer school dates
November 12, 2009 at 7:30pm  Wilmette - completed
December 7, 2009 at 7pm  Palatine
January 29, 2010 at 7pm  Jefferson Park

Unofficial visits

Oriental #33  November 10, 2010 - completed
Northwest #271  October 28, 2009 - completed
Hesperia #411  November 12, 2009- completed
King Oscar #855  October 23, 2009 - completed
Paul Revere #998  October 19, 2009 - completed
Kelvyn Park Willing #1071  November 4, 2009 - completed

Official Visits
Oriental #33  January 12, 2010
Northwest #271  February 10, 2010
Hesperia #411  February 25, 2010
King Oscar #855, February 12, 2010
Paul Revere #998  March 1, 2010
Kelvyn Park Willing #1071  February 17, 2010

The meetings for official visits will include opening 1-2-3 in form, receiving the DDGM and no degree work will be scheduled for that evening.

Internet membership inquiries will now be referred to local lodges through the appropriate DDGM, ADGM, and DGM. The DDGM will expect the local lodge to have made contact with the prospective candidate and responded back to the DDGM within 5 days.

The CALL-EM-ALL service was described. Some local lodges, such as King Oscar #855, already have been using and benefitting from a similar service.

Permission to suspend was reaffirmed as a continuing program. If the lodge is not successful in contacting the brother the lodge secretary is to forward any available contact information to the office of the Grand Master.

Grand Lodge calendars are populated at various levels on the Grand Lodge web site. There is a calendar for the Northeastern Area is posted.

Academic Bowl sponsorship was discussed and lodge sponsorship is encouraged.

This web site is being tested to see if the member lodges of the district feel that is necessary to have this information available for their lodge members to peruse or if the information should be given to the lodge members by the master or secretary..

H I S T O R I C . P U B L I C . I N F O R M A T I O N . C A M P A I G N
All are also invited to examine the web site associated with Illinois Masonry's historic public information campaign launched in the Spring of 2008: www.askamson.us


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