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Letter of the month: July 2008

Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:43:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Joy F. Benson" <jfbenson@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Salutation
To: masonry-ask@mit.edu
Message-ID: <840375.88847.qm@web83312.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>

My father was a Mason. He recently passed away and I would like to send a thank-you note to the Masons who participated in his graveside service. What is the proper way to address a group of Masons?

Thank you in advance for your response.

Joy Benson


Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 23:50:20 -0400
From: A Page About Freemasonry <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
To: "Joy F. Benson" <jfbenson@sbcglobal.net&
Subject: Re: Salutation

On Thu 10 Jul 2008 10:43:40 PM EDT, "Joy F. Benson" <jfbenson@sbcglobal.net> sent:

> My father was a Mason.  He recently passed away and I would like to 
> send a thank-you note to the Masons who participated in his graveside 
> service.  What is the proper way to address a group of Masons?
>
>  Thank you in advance for your response.
>
>  Joy Benson
>

I am sorry to hear of your loss. It's good to know that his lodge was there to support your family and honor his memory.

The service was probably held by a particular lodge. Was it the lodge where he was a member, or was it in some other area? You should address all correspondence to the lodge by name, sent to the lodge secretary.

Example, a letter could be sent to:

Harmony Lodge No. 175
Jack Smith
13 Elm Street
Yourtown, ST ZIP

and the letter could begin,

"To the Master, Wardens, and Members of Harmony Lodge No. 175,..."

At the next meeting of the lodge, the Secretary would read out any correspondence he received.

If you don't know the name of the lodge, call any one of the members who was at the service and ask them. They should be able to give you the name and number of the lodge, and the address of the Master or the Secretary. (BTW, lodges in Massachusetts and Hawaii don't have numbers. I think all the rest do.)

Is that what you needed to know? Is there anything else? If so, please ask.

sincerely,

-- Gary L. Dryfoos
   A Page About Freemasonry
   now at http://MasonryPage.org/

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