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ANDREW JACKSON LODGE NO.120 A.F. & A.M.

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WELCOME

"Freemasonry is an institution calculated
to benefit mankind."

7th President, Andrew Jackson 1829-1837

THE METROPOLITAN CLUB

1700 H ST, N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20006
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HISTORY

As with most Lodges, there must be a need. So it was with Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120. A dispensation was granted from the Grand Lodge of Virginia on December 6, 1853, for Andrew Jackson Lodge.
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Lodge Secretary - AJ120

APPENDANT BODY NIGHT

Via Zoom Presentation

NOV 15, 2021 | 7PM - UNTIL

MASONIC PRESENTATION

Compassion
At the Foundation of All the World’s Religious Traditions
By Michael W. Wharton, 32º, Valley of Kansas City, Missouri
Scottish Rite Journal (Feb 2021)

WELCOME

The Andrew Jackson Lodge No.120, was established in 1854 by Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Virginia. Our goal is to make men better through masonic teachings and principals. Our lodge room is designed in a medieval architectural style, with stage, ceiling to floor burgundy velour curtains, and three sided balcony. Seating capacity is about 241. Our monthly programs are quite beneficial with ritual practice, Masonic short stories, music, poetry, book reviews, and social media trends. Except for the month of December, join us every third Thursday for dinner and a masonic lecture.   ( RSVP )


HISTORY

As with most Lodges, there must be a need. So it was with Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120. A dispensation was granted from the Grand Lodge of Virginia on December 6, 1853, for Andrew Jackson Lodge.
Learn more...


TRESTLE BOARD

Our trestle board contains all the latest news and events about our lodge activities.
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MEMBERSHIP

Membership to the Grand Lodge of Virginia requires that two Master Masons vouch for your character and recommend you into our Craft. You also have to be a man, 18 years old or older, and believe in a God that promotes peace, love, and harmony towards all mankind.
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Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but, like the seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you will reach your destiny.
- Carl Schurtz

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

― Albert Pike

HISTORY

As with most Lodges, there must be a need. So it was with Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120. A dispensation was granted from the Grand Lodge of Virginia on December 6, 1853, for Andrew Jackson Lodge. The first officers were:

  • S. King Shay, Worshipful Master
  • George H. Markell, Senior Warden
  • John T. Johnson, Junior Warden

All of these officers were members of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22.

  • On December 9, 1853, Worshipful Brother Shay informed the Brethren that he had sent a letter to Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and Lafayette Lodge No. 67 thanking them for their assistance in organizing the Lodge. On March 3, 1854, Lafayette Lodge No. 67 surrendered its charter. Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120 was issued a charter on December 13, 1854.

  • During the Civil War, Andrew Jackson Lodge, for the most part, did not meet. On January 5, 1865, the Lodge was active again. On January 19, 1865, the Lodge had the largest attendance ever. For the next nine years much was going on.

  • The passing away of Worshipful Brother S. King Shay, the first Worshipful Master, on January 19, 1874 was a sad occasion.

  • When this Lodge was looking for a meeting place in 1879, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 offered their Lodge hall. The committees met and agreed that Andrew Jackson Lodge would meet on the first and third Thursdays and Alexandria-Washington Lodge would meet on the second and fourth Thursdays.

  • On February 20, 1890, Brother Henry Knox Field was raised to the degree of Master Mason. On June 24, 1893, he was installed Worshipful Master of this Lodge. In 1900, Right Worshipful Henry Knox Field and twenty-nine other members of Andrew Jackson Lodge went to Cranford Church to take part in laying the cornerstone of that church.

  • On December 27, 1904, the first installation of officers was held in December, most of the time they had been installed in June.

  • On June 6, 1907, Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 120 joined Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 in the laying of the cornerstone of the Masonic temple in Washington, D.C.

  • On March 15, 1917, the Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, Most Worshipful Henry Knox Field, made his official visit to his mother Lodge, and received honorary membership.

  • March 15, 1929 was the first mention of an annual Jackson Day celebration, which was for the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Andrew Jackson. This was the beginning of a tradition. After the meeting to celebrate the birth of Andrew Jackson on March 15, 1932, an evening of dancing and fine food was held at the George Mason Hotel.

  • The first meeting held in the North Room of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial was held on December 15, 1949. This was the new home of this Lodge.

  • A history of Andrew Jackson Lodge, compiled by Right Worshipful William A. Brown, was presented to the Lodge on October 4, 1979.

  • On April 17, 1980, the Worshipful Master, James Amos Yancey, presented the Lodge a plaque, which had been found in an old house in Washington, D.C. The plaque was dated November 3, 1873, and was from the Mt. Vernon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. It was to thank the Lodge for allowing them to meet in the Lodge hall.


In conclusion, what could be written about this great Lodge, in no way could be put down on this brief page. There is so much more to tell of what was, and what we hope could be.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
- Bro. Benjamin Franklin

US author, diplomat, inventor, politician, & printer (1706-1790)
St. John's Lodge of Philadelphia, USA

OFFICERS

Officers are elected by the members of the lodge, although a few are appointed by the Worshipful Master. In most lodges, the officers serve in their positions for one year. The names and duties of the officers are mostly taken from very old customs practiced by the medieval stonemasons' guilds, where Freemasonry originated.

TITLE NAME EMAIL
175rd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia Most Worshipful Douglas Vernon Jones -
District 1A Deputy Grand Master David Potts depotts@verizon.net
Worshipful Master Rick Allen Cady rickcady@gmail.com
Senior Warden Sidney Joseph Gerson sidg512@gmail.com
Junior Warden Richard Keith Krewson richardkrewson@gmail.com
Treasurer David Winston Williams, PM disciplined@verizon.net
Secretary Adam Christopher Duncan, PDDGM adamcduncan@yahoo.com
Senior Deacon Jay Thapanawat jaythap1@gmail.com
Junior Deacon Joseph Edward Shlikas joe@tikras.com
Chaplain Kelly Trevor Cochran kellytcochran@gmail.com
Senior Steward Walter De La Vega wdelavega517@gmail.com
Junior Steward Travis Christopher Miller millertc11@gmail.com
Marshal Mark David Hoffman hcj72380@aol.com
Tiler Pablo Alejandro Rocha, PM pabloarocha1992@outlook.com

TRUSTEES
B. Richard Laaken, PM, 2022
Mike Silverman, PM, 2023
David Benjamin Browning, PDDGM, 2024
Edmund Cohen, PGM, 2020
Sheldon B. Richman, DDGM, 2021

COMMITEE CHAIRS
Lodge Instructor of Work Dave Williams, PM -
Lodge Education Officer Robert Tallent, PM -
Degree Coordinator Richard Keith Krewson -
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Archivists Wor. Pablo Rocha, PM & Kelly Cochran -
Photographer Dennis Dunston, PM dennis.dunston@gmail.com
Investigation Committee Sidney Joseph Gerson -
Widows & Orphans Ben Browning, PDDGM -
Events and Activities Sheldon B. Richman, PDDGM, 2021 & Jace McFerran, PM -
Social Media Dennis Dunston,PM dennis.dunston@gmail.com

"Being persuaded that a just application of the principles, on which the masonic fraternity is founded, must be promotive of private virtue and public prosperity, I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them a deserving Brother."

- George Washington, August 1790

DONATIONS

Feel free to make your online payment using our PAYPAL links:

1) Annual Lodge Dues Payment ($235+$7.29 PayPal Fee) = $242.29
(Not tax deductible)
2) Masonic Charity for Andrew Jackson Lodge No.120 (tax deductible)
3) Scholarship Fund (tax deductible)

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

- Booker T. Washington

PHILANTHROPY

The word philanthropy comes from the Greek word philanthropia, meaning the love of mankind. Throughout history, human civilization has depended upon kindness directed towards strangers. Modern philanthropy has roots in the ancient world. The ancient Greeks considered philanthropy fundamental to democracy, and many countries and cultures have practiced various forms of philanthropy.

Our Lodge is committed to supporting organizations that positively impact our local communities which include the following:

  • Alexandria Police Foundation
  • DeMolay of Virginia
  • Virginia Job's Daughters
  • ALIVE! Program

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
- Andrew Jackson