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Another Successful Outing

August 18, 2017

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who made this year’s Stan Johnson Golf Tournament a success. In total, almost 100 people were involved in making this year’s event special, showing once again what a force for good Freemasonry is. This year, we thank RW John Dester …Read More…


A Love Note

February 14, 2017

Dear Family, It’s Valentine’s Day.  You should know what you mean to us.  Has it really been 127 years?  It seems like only yesterday that we met.  Sure, we’re a little bigger now than we were then… a few more acres, a few more residents.  But we know you love us just the same. To …Read More…


Fear Not this Transition

December 7, 2016

When the Masonic Home was founded, Benjamin Harrison was serving as the 23rd President of the United States. Since then, the United States has had 20-some odd Presidential transitions. There is always seems to be a certain degree of uncertainty that comes with each transfer of power. Not so much is that uncertainty about whether …Read More…


Tommy Checks In

November 15, 2016

Worshipful Tommy Hayes, Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Home Ambassadors checks in with a guest post today! Hello Brothers and Friends, There are certainly some things in life that we will never fully understand, or appreciate, until we experience them, personally. The Crown Jewel of Virginia Freemasonry is very much like this. As Virginia …Read More…


Giving Tuesday

November 7, 2016

Although the first day of fall is September 23, it never really feels like we’re in autumn until Halloween rolls around, especially this year, when it has felt like an extended summer. Nevertheless, we are barreling toward the end of the Masonic Year, with the Grand Annual Communication next week. We will have our annual …Read More…


Founders Month

October 20, 2016

October is Founders Month in Virginia Masonry, and so I want to share with you a little about the founders of the Masonic Home of Virginia. A more detailed history can be found here. There are two versions of the Masonic Home of Virginia. Its first iteration is the Home for children. In the 1870s …Read More…


Third Quarter

October 13, 2016

We are in the final quarter of the calendar year.  As we start to wind down the year (and get into my favorite three month stretch) I want to share with you the progress we’ve made so far. As you can see in the infographic below, we have raised more than $954,000 thanks to almost …Read More…


From the Cutting Room Floor

September 30, 2016

I give speeches every so often, and before I do, I write what a plan to say in its entirety.  I never actually follow what I wrote (sometimes it’s not even close), but at least I go in with a plan.  Here’s a clip that I cut out from an upcoming talk about two of …Read More…


Music Therapy

September 23, 2016

The Masonic Home of Virginia is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC),[1] and that means that we cover a large swath of care needs. One of those needs is memory support, and I’d like to highlight its highest level – the Richard E. Brown Unit – where the Home is doing some of its greatest …Read More…


Overhead

August 23, 2016

There is a raging debate among nonprofits[1] about the best ways to think about overhead. The standard, canonical version is to look at general overhead expenditures (administrative costs and fundraising costs) as a measure of nonprofit effectiveness and sound governance. And this much is clear: this measure is nearly universally disliked by nonprofits. In a …Read More…


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