In Loving Memory

Dearest Brethren,

It is with heavy hearts that our Lodge announces the passing of our young Junior Warden, Brother Shaun DeLong, into the Celestial Lodge, owing to complications from pancreatic cancer.

The Worshipful Master and the Brethren of Duval Lodge invite you all to join us in honoring the life of our Brother on Monday, June 8th at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

The viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service will begin at 1 p.m. with the Masonic rites to follow.

In Loving Memory

Brethren,

It is with heavy hearts that we report that Duval Lodge has lost two of our “great lights.” Past Masters W⸫ Willard O. Sanders, our Lodge Secretary lo these many years, and W⸫ Lake Ray Jr. both passed into the Celestial Lodge within days of each other last week. We remember them with hearts full of love and commend them into the grace and loving arms of the Great Architect of the Universe. Contact the Lodge Secretary or Worshipful Master for updated funeral / memorial information.

Please join us at the Lodge as we honor the life of W⸫ Willard O. Sanders on Saturday, January 18th, at 2 p.m.

Reflections on 2019

Brethren,

The 2019 Masonic year was another touchstone year for Duval Lodge.  Under the leadership of our now junior Past Master, W⸫ Randall Boyd, the Lodge again welcomed nearly a dozen new brothers into the degrees of Freemasonry!

W⸫ Boyd set a high standard for the officers of his Lodge, raising the bar on everything from appearance and dress code inside the Lodge to ritual performance, with a particular focus on degree work.  Because of this attention, Duval Lodge continues to be celebrated for its excellence in ritual delivery.

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland, much esteemed for his efforts in support of the revitalization of our fellowship over recent years, ascended to the Oriental Chair on December 28th to become the 113th Master of Duval Lodge.

W⸫ Cleveland will continue to push the Lodge in its ritual excellence and wishes additionally to focus on the brethren’s use and understanding of parliamentary procedure.  W⸫ Cleveland also has a passion for Masonic education and has said that one of his aims is to bring more quality Masonic education programs into our communications.  W⸫ Cleveland brings his own unique style and vision to the East, and we are excited to see how this year takes shape under his stewardship!

W⸫ Bill Watson achieved the milestone of becoming the first new Secretary of Duval Lodge in over a decade, upon the retirement of our esteemed Worshipful Brother Willard O. Sanders from the post due to health concerns earlier this year.  All our thoughts and prayers are with W⸫ Sanders and his loved ones as he faces the sunset of his life.

Which draws to my mind the words of Albert Pike who said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”  W⸫ Will Sanders has left an indelible mark on our Lodge and upon our hearts, and his contributions to our fellowship will certainly remain and be immortal.

And once again let us all say with open hearts and open arms to all our Lodge’s newest brothers, “WELCOME!”  Welcome to the fraternity!  Welcome to the incredibly rich heritage and history which is now your due and just inheritance.  Welcome to the light; for the light of Masonry will elevate you in thought, word, and deed.  We are delighted you’ve become a part of our Lodge family!

For my part, I have had the honor to serve the Lodge as your webmaster and social media coordinator for the last four years.  And it will be my honor to continue in that role for as many more as should please the Lodge for me to do it.  I thank you all, my brethren, for your contributions to our Lodge, for the love and charity you show to each other and to the community, and for your passion to keep and to pass the morals, principles, and mysteries of Freemasonry onto the next generation.

Lastly, a final CONGRATULATIONS to W⸫ Cleveland and the 2020 officers of Duval Lodge!  May your year be filled with success and blessings, both personal and fraternal!

Kindest fraternal regards,

Bro. E.J. Christy
Webmaster

Reflections on 2018

Brethren,

Our Lodge held its final communication of 2018 last night, and it is a pleasure, truly, to use the occasion to reflect on the year that is passing from us.

Our Lodge is able to boast a great many accomplishments over the last year, owing to the service and dedication of so many brothers who gave selflessly of their time and talents.  Our Lodge welcomed over a dozen new brothers into the degrees of Freemasonry in 2018!

Much thanks for this success is owed to our (retiring) Brother in the East,  W⸫ Theodore Burke, the 111th Master of Duval Lodge.  W⸫ Ted was steadfast, and set a demanding schedule of standard ritual and degree practice, encouraging us as a Lodge to continue to strive for excellence in the delivery of our rites.  This, to increasingly impress—effectively—upon newly-initiated, passed, and raised brothers the mystery and light of Masonry.  Worshipful Brother, Thank you!  Thank you for your leadership and vision!

Our Worshipful Master-Elect, Bro. Randall Boyd, finishes his term as Senior Warden looking to the Oriental Chair.  And we as a Lodge are looking forward to his service in the East, where he will no doubt continue to focus on the Lodge’s ritual excellence, while fearlessly showcasing his own voice and style in the tenor of his gavel.

A parade of unrivaled culinary achievements will be the legacy of our Junior Warden, Bro. Darrell Cleveland, who now looks to the West.  The brethren of our Lodge truly feasted this year, night after night, none going away unsatisfied, and always looking forward to the next occasion upon which they could enjoy Bro. Darrell’s delicious fare.

To all our Lodge’s new brethren we say with open hearts and open arms, “WELCOME!”  Welcome to the fraternity!  Welcome to the incredibly rich heritage and history which is now your due and just inheritance.  Welcome to the light; for the light of Masonry will elevate you in thought, word, and deed.  We are delighted you’ve become a part of our Lodge family!

To all our Lodge officers, you have so much to feel good about, for you have served the Lodge over the course of this year so much better than we could have asked for.  And for that, we all thank and salute you!

Kindest fraternal regards,

Bro. E.J. Christy
Webmaster

Happy Birthday to our Worshipful Master!

Dear Brethren,

Please join us in wishing a very special and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Worshipful Master, W⸫ Ronald “Ronnie” L. Tennant Jr.!

W⸫ Ronnie is our Lodge’s 109th Master and turns 30 years old today. He has presided over a touchstone year for our Lodge as we have welcomed in many new Brothers from diverse backgrounds and labored to make our degree work truly exceptional.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WORSHIPFUL! We, your Lodge Brothers, salute you!

Back To Work

Dear Brethren,

After being dark in August – a nice break to be sure – we are rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work!

Join us tonight for our first Stated Communication of September as we get back to the labors of our inspired and ancient fraternity. Much progress has been made in our Lodge during this Masonic year, owing to the hard work of our officers, brethren, and many newly-raised brothers, to make our degree work, ritual, and the way we conduct business, an outstanding example of the best traditions of our fraternity.

We invite you to come out and show your support.  Help us to continue this great work!

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., the Lodge opens at 7:30.