Scottish Rite, NMJ Wins Grand Master's Golden Gavel Award

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts hosted its inaugural Golden Gavel Awards at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington, MA. It was a truly a grand affair hosted by M. W. Paul F. Gleason, and attended by hundreds of Masons and their families from across the state. The Golden Gavel Awards are designed to recognize Massachusetts lodges and Master Masons for their successes—successes that come in many different forms and are not often recognized.

The Scottish Rite, NMJ, was the Grand Master's selection for his personal Golden Gavel award. M.W. Gleason chose the Scottish Rite in honor of our work on The Path Forward — our strategic marketing and outreach initiative that not only benefits our members, but Freemasonry as a whole.

M.W. Gleason presented the award to a very surprised Sovereign Grand Commander, David A. Glattly. M.W. Gleason said, "I have thought much about the level of commitment that should represent the Grand Master's Golden Gavel Award. It is substantial. I pondered who has done the most with regard re-invigorating the fraternity? Who has highlighted the best the Craft has to offer? Who has provided selflessly for the promotion of Freemasonry as a whole? And who has contributed a greater understanding of the modern Freemason's wants and needs?

"This year," continued M.W. Gleason, "the choice was clear. The Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, has earned the Grand Master's Golden Gavel for its work on The Path Forward." M.W. Gleason went on to cite the NMJ's unwavering commitment to reinvigorating Freemasonry, and its generosity in making the Path Forward campaign available free of charge to all Grand Lodges across the country."

Commander Glattly reiterated the Scottish Rite's commitment to work in partnership with Grand Lodges for the promotion and expansion of the Craft. Said Commander Glattly, "Through our research we found that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Freemasonry. But our marketing and messaging sure needed some help. "Our great and enduring Craft is feeling a re-invigoration and experiencing a revitalization. If The Path Forward can continue to play a part in that growth, I know I, and my entire Path Forward team, feel tremendously gratified by that success. We're in it for the long haul. This is a tremendous honor presented to me tonight by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and Most Worshipful Paul Gleason. I vow all of us here at the Scottish Rite will continue to do it proud."

Scottish Rite, NMJ Wins Grand Master's Golden Gavel Award