R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith encourages individual blue lodges to strive to attain the Grand Master's Award. The criteria are listed below.
In addition, he is continuing the first-line signer necktie award, as well as additional awards based on the number of petitions submitted for first-line signers.
Finally, he has established a Master Builders Award, an incentive for newly raised Master Masons to take an active role in their lodges.
If you require additional information or have any questions regarding any of these programs, please contact your District Deputy Grand Master for assistance.
The Grand Master's Award will be presented to any lodge attaining a point value of 200 or more utilizing the below listed criteria and point values:
|10% or greater membership increase||20|
|or a 5%-9% membership increase ||10|
|Year end with no suspensions ||20|
|or year end with <2% suspensions ||10|
|Active use of the Mentor Program ||20|
|Help for our Heroes donations >$100/year ||10|
|Lodge adopts a resident at a Masonic Village or other nursing community: ||10|
|Community Service Project approved by the D.D.G.M.|
|(2 points/month, 10 max) ||10|
|Lodge attendance at stated meetings increase over previous year ||15 |
|Lodge attendance at extra meetings increase over previous year ||15 |
|Attendance at Secretary seminar ||5 |
|Attendance at Wardens seminar (5 for S.W. & 5 for J.W.)|| 10 |
|Lodge conducts a fellowship event (picnic, banquet, ladies night, etc.) ||10 |
|Audit & trustee reports completed on time (based on D.D.G.M. deadline) ||10 |
|Officers attendance at School of Instruction (min. of 5 officers once/month for 8 months) ||10 |
|Officers attendance at Regional School of Instruction (min. of 5 officers) ||10 |
|Minimum of 10 lodge members attend a district-wide fellowship event ||10 |
|Minimum of 10 lodge members visit a lodge within the district (stated or extra meeting) ||10|
|All chairs filled for upcoming year by October stated meeting of current year ||10|
|Conduct a minimum of one fellowship event inviting widows free of charge ||10|
|Conduct a lodge blood drive or assist in a district-wide blood drive ||10 |
|Lodge's Representative attendance at each Quarterly Communication (5 pts/meeting) ||10|
|A minimum lodge donation of $250 to the Grand Lodge Library & Museum ||15|
|Lodge conducts one CHIP event|| 5 |