GMU tailgating




We had a great time at George Mason University Saturday.  Thanks to those friends and brothers who showed up despite the cold weather.

The Patriot Lodge’s First Ever Stated Communication

Brethren: The first stated communication of The Patriot Lodge, U.D. has been set and you are invited.

New Day/Date/Time:
MONDAY  November 15, 2010      6:30 p.m.
Meeting 6:30 -7:30
Dinner 7:30-9:00
Cost of the catered dinner is $30 and payment must be received by the Worshipful Master or the Secretary no later then COB November 10, 2010.  Checks may also be sent to the Lodge address but please allow 2-3 days for delivery:
The Patriot Lodge, U.D.
PO Box 101764
Arlington, VA 22210
Note:  Patriot Lodge is working on a more automated process for taking reservations but it will not be ready for our November meeting.
Dinner selections will be up to the chef but will include:
Garden salad
Entree: Chicken, pork loin, or pasta (Chef will make the choice)
One green & one starchy vegetable
Dessert: Chocolate mousse
Drinks:  Coffee, Tea, water

We also have a guest speaker - Paul Evancoe.  He will speak on what Masonry means to him and the Scottish Rite in particular.  His bio follows:

Paul Evancoe is a retired, career Navy SEAL with significant combat experience. Following his military career, he continued government service as the Director for Special Operations in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-terrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Paul next took a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration where he later headed the Office of Emergency Response which had responsibility for world-wide nuclear and radiological accident and incident response. After 37 total years of government service he became the Vice President for Military Operations at Fabrique Nationale d’HerstalUSA. Paul is the founder and president of International Security Strategies and Operations, Inc. ISSO specializes in emergency management, risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and facility hardening.

Paul’s significant military service awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star with “V” for valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Cross of Gallantry with gold star for heroism, Navy Commendation Medal with “V” for valor, Navy Combat Action Ribbon (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), along with 12 other lesser medals and ribbons. Paul holds a BS in Industrial Technology and advanced degrees and certifications in Human Resource Development, Political Military Strategic Planning and Weapon Systems Engineering.

Paul is the author of numerous feature articles in various national and foreign journals and magazines. He regularly is quoted as a counterterrorism, weapons and non-lethal disabling technology expert in various newspapers and magazines. In addition, Paul has written numerous security-related policy and procedural documents for both government and commercial customers. “Own the Night” is Paul’s first novel.

Ceremony of establishing a Lodge under dispensation


WHAT:  Grand Lodge Dispensation Ceremony and Dinner for The Patriot Lodge at George Mason University.  Formal attire is a must for participating Officers.  Tuxedos are recommended for others in attendance but dark suit could suffice.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 23, 2010.  The ceremony will be held from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Conference Room, GMU, Fairfax, VA.  A map can be found at: Please park at the Mason Pond Parking Deck (No. 40 on map) and walk over to Mason Hall (No. 33).

Note: Several other activities are occurring on campus that night so the prudent traveler will arrive early to avoid the crowds and traffic congestion.  Carpooling is highly recommended.

Attendance at the ceremony and dinner is limited by the size of the room to 96 participants.  We therefore need to take reservations to ensure sufficient seating and to understand how many dinners to prepare.

It is essential that you RSVP to the Secretary Designate’s e-mail address below by 2 Oct if you plan on attending the ceremony and/or having dinner. We will have a catered dinner after the ceremony which will cost approximately $35.00 – the fee will be collected at our registration table inside Mason Hall.

ACCOMMODATIONS: We encourage all out of town guests (and others so disposed) to stay at the Mason Inn on GMU’s campus.  This is No. 34 on the GMU map and just a short walk to Mason Hall.  All Mason Inn guests enjoy free parking at the hotel. We have arranged for a block of rooms (cost $89) which you may reserve using the following link:

The cut-off date to make room reservations is October 1, 2010.

Hotel Address is: 4352 Mason Pond Drive ~ Fairfax, Virginia 22030


***Remember, the ceremony and dinner are at Mason Hall, overnight accommodations are at The Mason Inn.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Robert White, PM
Secretary Designate