Through the Grand Lodge of Minnesota, Churchill Lodge is in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England, and all recognized grand lodges in the world. Yet we have special, and personal friendships that have been improved by regular visitation, by correspondence, and by mutual aid.
1. Led by PGM Rice, many of us have a relationship with brothers from The Martello Lodge #7121, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, UK, of the United Grand Lodge of England.
2. PGM Jackson serves as an Honorary Past Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Cyprus, and supported their efforts to gain Masonic recognition worldwide.
3. We recently lost founding member, WB Frank Harris, who enjoyed membership in Internet Lodge #9659 under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England. We met members of this lodge in the summer of 2011 for fellowship and a shared meeting here in Minneapolis. He was also our former Grand Rep to Malta.
4. We've a relationship with WB Alan Tibbetts of Granite Lodge #446 in Ft. Francis, of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario.
5. We've a relationship with Ben Franklin Lodge #83 of Madison, Wisconsin, of the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin.
6. Many of us enjoy connections through our relationship with Cincinnatus Lodge #76 in Washington, DC, of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia.
7. Led by PGM Jackson, brothers Berger, Gann, Genz, Blakesley, Kraska and Jackson have a relationship with the Grand Lodge of Cuba, and in Jackson's term as grand master they delivered a half ton of medical supplies, childrens toys, electronics and other goods to many of the lodges on that island. Not linked here for security reasons.
8. We've a relationship with Thunder Bay Lodge #618, of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario.
9. PGM Jackson served as Chairman of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota's External Relations Committee in 2011-12, a role which some jurisdictions know as Chancellor. In this capacity he aided the Grand Lodge in determination of potential treaties of amity between jurisdictions.
10. A number of Churchill members have previously served, or have been designated by the Grand Lodge of Minnesota as Grand Reps (~ambassadors) to foreign jurisdictions, many of which are out of the United States. (Masonically, a "foreign" jurisdiction is any outside our borders or outside one of the 160 constituant lodges of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. Thus even our state's Prince Hall jurisdiction is 'foreign'.) Here is the list of our reps:
Grand Reps who are Members of Churchill Lodge #351
Africa / Burkina Faso - WB David Johnson
Cuba - WB Jason Berger
District of Columbia - MWB Tom Hendrickson
England - MWB Andrew Rice
Puerto Rico - Bro. Robert S. Davis
San Marino - Bro. Shane Wendt
Previously, many Churchill men have served as Grand Reps, and we thank them for their service. Such appointments change with the requirements of each Grand Master, and our lodge is proud that so many of us are willing and able to serve in these valuable roles. Previous Grand Rep appointments, no longer serving, include:
Alaska - Bro. Gary Twigg
Andorra - WB Bradley Skeel
Arkansas - RWB John Gann
Bolivia - Bro. Steve Genz
Columbia / Bogota - RWB John Gann
Columbia / Cartagena - WB Ted Martz
Cyprus - MWB Thomas C. Jackson
Germany - MWB Neil Neddermeyer
India - WB Daniel F. Akins
Israel - WB Peter Nickitas
Kentucky - Bro. James Martin
New York - Bro. Paul Kraska
South Carolina - Bro. Chris Taylor
Each of these brethren serve or have served the Grand Lodge of Minnesota as the Grand Rep, or ambassador, for travelers who are Masons, and who are traveling to or from their assigned nation or state. These men provide guidence and the sometimes vital link of aid for such travellers. Minnesota Masons may contact these men through our lodge secretary, and external Masons may contact them via your Grand Secretary who will contact ours, Rt. Wor. Doug Campbell, in the US at 952-948-6700 or via e-mail at "grandlodge (at) qwest.net". Bro. Campbell will also assist Minnesota Masons to identify Grand Reps serving other jurisdictions not listed.
Note: Unless or until an introduction is made, long-standing Masonic protocol indicates that Masons ought to establish foreign lodge relationships via their own Grand Secretary rather than directly contacting the foreign lodge. An exception is made when you are actually sojourning within the boundaries of another state or nation, and may in an emergency contact the Grand Secretary there, who will extend to you every Masonic courtesy while confirming your affiliation with your home jurisdiction. Some other exceptions are made that allow you to easily join a foreign research lodge, or when encountering Masons during the course of commerce or social events. Once an introduction is made, of course, the relationship is yours to develop and cherish as you wish.
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