Grand Lodge 2020 to Be a Virtual Session

The Grand Lodge Annual Communication for 2020 will be different from any in our history. The following information is presented with the caveat that it represents our current state of knowledge regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated public health orders by the State of Ohio.

Because we expect continued limits on group sizes, social distancing requirements, and travel restrictions, the Grand Master has ordered the Annual Communication to be planned as a hybrid virtual meeting with a small number of members attending in person and the majority of members attending virtually. The breakdown of attendance is as follows:

  • The Grand Lodge officers will meet in person to open the Grand Lodge.
  • If permitted by public health rules at that time, the District Advisors, District Deputy Grand Masters, District Education Officers, and Past Grand Masters will be invited to attend in person.
  • Worshipful Masters, Wardens and Past District Deputies or their proxies will attend via a special Zoom account. Please note that the change to a virtual meeting does not release Masters and Wardens from their Constitutional obligation to attend Grand Lodge. If access to technology or network resources is an issue, they should notify their District Deputy to make alternative arrangements.

Please watch for more information in the coming weeks as the Grand Lodge adapts its plans to the latest public health rulings, arranges for the delivery of reports in digital formats, and provides a mechanism for electronic balloting. Grand Lodge 2020 will truly be a historic event.

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