News & Events

New District Deputy Installed


December 27th 2018

On December 27th, 2018 the new District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District, R.W. Kenneth L. Brown was installed at the regular stated communication of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.  

R.W. Brown will serve as the personal representative of the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts throughout his term.  He and his district team we will working closely with the various lodges in both Needham and Newton in order to help them achieve their goals and continue to be the pillars of the community that they have always been.

The list of district officers will be posted soon on the contact page.  If you need anything please reach out to the team and we will try to help you as best as we can.  We look forward to working with all the brothers in the district over the next year.

The first visitation of the new District Deputy will be held on .  The District Deputy will be received at 6:30pm sharp. Reservations are required for dinner and can be made through the Lodge.

Past Fifth District District Deputy Appointed as Deputy Grand Master
Lawrence Eugene Bethune of West Newton is the Deputy Grand Master of Masons for 2019. Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, handpicked Bethune to serve as Deputy Grand Master. He will assist the Grand Master and preside over the Grand Lodge during any absence of the Grand Master for the next year. He is also the Grand Master ex officio should the Grand Master not be able to complete his term. 

Bethune was a member of Harmony Chapter of DeMolay in Toms River, New Jersey. and began his Masonic career in 1999 by joining Dalhousie Lodge in Newtonville. He served as the Worshipful Master of Dalhousie Lodge in 2007 and 2008. 

Active in several Masonic organizations, Bethune belongs to Garden City Lodge in Newton, The Masters Lodge in Needham, the Kilwinning Scottish Degree Club, A Knight in the Royal Order of Scotland, the Knights of St. Andrew, and is an Ambassador for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Bethune is also a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Boston.

He first served the Grand Lodge when he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 2012, then was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District for 2013 and 2014. He was chair of the Grand Lodge Development Committee for 2015 and 2016 and a member of the Receivership Committee for 2016 and 2017.
He is currently member of the Board of Directors for the Masonic Health System and on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Greater Boston where he serves as Board Secretary.

Dalhousie Lodge Ladies Night and New Year Celebration 
On Feburary 13th, 2019 Dalhousie Lodge will be hosting its Ladies night and Chinees New Year celebration. Space is limited and all reservations must go through Dalhousie Lodge. This is a great evening and a lot of fun for everyone involved; and if you have never seen a dragon dance, this is your chance.

Norumbega Lodge Super Bowl Party and Chili Cookoff

On February 4th 2019 in the Newton Masonic Building Norumbega Fraternity Lodge will be hosting its annual Super Bowl party and Chili cookoff, 5pm.
Norumbega will be hosting this annual event in
Newtonville for details or if you want to compete in the chili cookoff
contact Wor. Carl (Skip) Durham [email protected]

Grand Master's One Day Class

***Your candidate must be read, voted on and submitted to Grand Lodge  by January 31, 2019

 Your have heard it over and over about the one day class coming up in March.  At this point you needed to have your candidates that you want to go through this class to have been voted on in lodge.  If not there is a very good chance they will not be able to attend.

Remember this class is great for a guy who just does not have time to do it the traditional way, like a sales guy who travels all the time and can’t promise to be at the meetings.

Many contributing members have gone through the one day class so don’t think for a second anyone who does this is a lesser Mason.
 ​What is the schedule for the day?

The day will begin with an early light breakfast followed by a brief orientation for candidates, sponsors and attendees.  Afterwards, there will be degree work interspersed with short breaks including a luncheon for all attending.
It will be a busy day, so precise times are fluid.  

The Golden Gavel Awards

The nominees for Best ... are in, and the winner is...  Well, it could be you!

One of the things that is most important to us is recognizing Lodges and Master Masons for their successes; those successes come in many different ways and are often hard to isolate.  Until now!  The Grand Master and "The Academy" will be honoring Lodges and Masons in a number of different ways.  You won't want to miss the inaugural Golden Gavel Awards.

The Award Gala is January 26, 2019 in Lexington St. At the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum 3PM tickets can be purchased at

Tickets are $50.00 each.  They grant you access to one of premier the events of the year.  You will be met with Red Carpet Reception complete with delectable hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.  You will be surrounded by the fellowship of Brothers.

World renowned comedian and impersonator Bro. Tony Pace is flying in from Las Vegas to add a special spin to the festivities.  You will get a chance to meet the new Grand Line and heads of Appendant Bodies while honoring your Brothers for their outstanding achievements in advancing our Craft and their Lodges. Ticket can be purchase on

Freemasonry License Plates

 The MM series plate (Freemasonry) is available now at full service RMV ofces across Massachusets. The Registry of Motor Vehicles began releasing the plates in late January 2017. Only the RMV can accept applicatons for these plates. They cannot be ordered through Grand Lodge.

For online ordering, go to the ofcial RMV website: htps:// and scroll through the sample plates until you see the MM series (Freemasonry) plate.

Besides providing awareness, the Masonic License Plates support our statewide Masonic charites, including the Brotherhood Fund!

These Freemasonry Plates are available to all Masons, their families, friends and anyone who supports FreeMasonry! The applicaton fee is $40 (reimbursed by GL). Every two years regular plates are renewed for $60 (as an FYI vanity plates are $100 and renewable every year!). The Freemasonry plate is re-newed for $100 with the diference be-ing returned to GL Charites! The $40 diference on renewal is also tax deduct-ble!

DDGM Jewel Back Home​

R.W. William A. Benoit, III, the DDGM of the 21st District returning the Past DDGM pocket jewel of R.W. John Eldert, who recently passed away, to Wor. Michael Bickford, the Master of Norumbega Fraternity Lodge at the Lodge's Official Visit.​​