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Grand Master's Edict No. 5 - 29 June 2020

posted Jul 1, 2020, 12:44 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Jul 1, 2020, 12:48 PM ]

DATE: June 29, 2020
TO: All Masons in Nevada
EDICT NO. 5 — COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


In respect of the authority of our Masters to govern their Lodges and in anticipation of our Governor's steps to begin recovery from Covid-19 by moving to Phase 3 on July 1, 2020, I am issuing this Edict No. 5.

During Phase 3, expected to begin July 1, 2020, Lodge Masters continue to have the discretion to cancel any meeting of their Lodge for the safety of its members. Cancellations of Stated Meetings due to Edicts 2-5 will not be considered a recess under NMC 4.230.

Members, including Lodge Officers, may not be penalized for failing to attend Lodge or other Masonic events due to concerns over their health or the health of others. If you cannot perform a Lodge duty, please be sure to let your Brothers know so that others may take your place where appropriate. I assure all Brothers that neither I nor any Masonic leader will feel slighted should you decide not to attend Lodge or a Masonic event.

All Brethren attending Lodge or other Masonic events should act as if every member is contagious, including themselves. I hereby Order that all members must always follow current Nevada recommended guidelines including wearing a face mask. Brethren should avoid all unnecessary physical contact, including shaking hands as a greeting. Greetings can be a slight bow and Deacons can nod to a known qualified Brother instead of collecting the pass. Degrees should otherwise follow our approved work with members and candidates taking care not to touch their face and thoroughly washing their hands at the earliest opportunity. Lodge furnishings and items used in Degrees, including candidate uniforms must be sanitized before and during each Degree for the safety of our candidates and members. Lodges should be opened on the First Degree whenever possible, including Stated Meetings, Official Visits and Called Communications, as long as the work performed can be done on that Degree.

While we are all anxious to get back to our Masonic work and fellowship please note that many Lodge By-laws designate July and August as dark months when Lodges are not permitted to hold Stated Meetings. Please also consider that any votes taken while some members are not attending for their own safety or due to social distancing limits may result in future concerns from those Brothers so avoid controversial votes when possible.

Finally, should Governor Sisolak extend Phase 2 into July, my prior Edict No. 4 will remain in effect, including the mandate to wear masks at all times, with one alteration. It is permissible to hold ballots or conduct other work providing common objects are sanitized between uses.

Thank you all for keeping to our principles during these trying times.

Louis J Castle II                     Attest: David O Martinez, PGM

Grand Master                        Grand Secretary

Grand Master's Edict No. 4 - 29 May 2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 10:32 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 10:50 AM ]

DATE: May 29, 2020

TO: All Masons in Nevada

EDICT NO. 4 — COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


Pursuant to my Edict No. 3 that no Masons may meet in defiance of our Governor's Directive or recommendations, I am strongly advising to have no Masonic meetings while we are in Phase Two of our Governor's Nevada United: Road map to Recovery expected to end June 30. Please schedule your meetings for later in the year. We still average well over a hundred new cases daily in Nevada, a number that may even go up as more business begin to open.

I realize there has been much publicity about Section 10 prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more. That is only one specific prohibition and does not imply recommendation of meetings with 49 or less are in anyway safe or advised. Our standards as Masons require us to be good examples and follow the civil law and my order was specific to follow all recommendations, not just the legal requirements. A wise man once told me that just being a "law abiding citizen" is a pretty low standard.

Governor Sisolak's Phase 2 actual Directive has been released online and can be found here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.goviwp-content/uploads/2020/05/Directive-021-Phase-Two-Reopening-Plan.pdf

Specifically, Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 (attached) apply to our gentle Craft and at this time I believe the wording clearly indicates our Governor would not want us meeting and I certainly advise against it. Masonry is a glorious institution, but we have no hard requirement to meet and doing so puts our Brethren and their loved one's safety at risk.

As a reminder, my Edict No. 3 expressly removes the penalties for all Lodges who remain closed while Governor Sisolak's Directives and my Edicts prevents our regular meetings. My previous communication extends the removal of those penalties for the month of June. I want to add that I prohibit any Master of their Lodge to punish any officer that prefers not to meet at this time.

Accordingly, should any Master of their Lodge decide to disregard my advice and still call a meeting I have some guidance to offer. You cannot vary your standard work beyond dispensing with the pass for Brothers the Deacons know are of the required degree. This is only to enhance safety and strictly limits any Lodge activity to reading of petitions, hand votes and proficiencies, only if the candidate describes rather than acts on any points of contact. Again, this is to enhance safety. You must all wear masks and avoid contact. You may not hold any Degrees, conduct any ballots or any other work that requires personal contact or repeated contact with a common object.

I will offer guidance as new directives, recommendations and guidelines are published.

Above all, please be extra cautious in all your actions for our members and for their families. Remember this virus often has no symptoms so it is best to presume everyone, including yourself is contagious.

May God bless you all and keep you safe.


Louis J Castle II            Attest: David O Martinez, PGM

 Grand Master                Grand Secretary

SECTION 4: Businesses performing non-retail services, including without limitation, legal services, accounting services, or real estate services, are encouraged to conduct business telephonically or virtually to the greatest extent practicable. These businesses are encouraged to permit employees to work from home to the greatest extent practicable.

SECTION 5: For the purposes of this Directive, "vulnerable persons" are defined as those who are at heightened risk of complications from COVID-19 disease, and include:

(1)           Individuals who are 65 years of age and older;

(2)           Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;

(3)           Individuals who have serious heart conditions;

(4)           Individuals who are immunocompromised;

(5)           Pregnant women; or

(6)           Individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider.

SECTION 6: All vulnerable persons are strongly encouraged to stay at home to the greatest extent possible, except when necessary to provide, support, perform, or operate necessary activities, minimum basic

operations, critical government functions, necessary travel, or essential businesses.

SECTION 7: The phrase "social distancing" references guidance promulgated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including without limitation, maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing from other individuals. The phrase "sanitation requirements," "sanitation measures," and "sanitation guidelines" includes without limitation, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, using hand sanitize; coveting coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

SECTION 8: All Nevadans are strongly encouraged to stay in their residences to the greatest extent possible. Recognizing that COVED-19 is still present in Nevada and highly contagious, Nevadans are advised that they are safer at home and should avoid interpersonal contact with persons not residing in their households to the extent practicable. Nevadans are urged to avoid travel to the greatest extent practicable. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 via respiratory transmission, the Nevada public should utilize face coverings in public spaces.

SECTION 9: Pursuant to NRS 441A.180, persons testing positive for COVID-19 shall stay at home and "self-quarantine" for a minimum of two weeks, except as necessary to care for themselves or seek medical care. Persons determined to be in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine and stay at home for two weeks, or until a negative test result has been received.

SECTION 10: Section 1 of Directive 007 is hereby further amended to provide that effective 12:01 am on May 29, 2020, the Nevada general public shall not gather in groups of more than fifty in any indoor or outdoor area subject to the limitations of this section, whether publicly owned or privately owned where the public has access by right or invitation, express or implied, whether by payment of money or not. Section 3 of Directive 007 shall remain in force.

SECTION 11: Communities of worship and faith-based organizations, including without limitation, churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, are strongly encouraged to offer online and drive-up services to the greatest extent possible. Effective 12:01 am on May 29, 2020, consistent with other

2018 Grand Lodge Resolutions

posted Aug 22, 2018, 2:36 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 12:00 PM by Alan Power ]

The pdf attachment below lists the Grand Lodge Resolutions for the State of Nevada for 2018.

Resolution Voting Results:

    Resolution 1: Was not presented on the floor as the sponsor for the resolution was not present to present it.
    Resolution 2: Did not have enough votes to pass at 90% but had enough to lay-over for a vote in the following year. (Now requiring a 2/3's vote to pass)
    Resolution 3: Did not have enough votes to pass at 90% but had enough to lay-over for a vote in the following year. (Now requiring a 2/3's vote to pass)

How to leave a Legacy to your Lodge

posted Nov 2, 2014, 4:19 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Apr 9, 2016, 1:44 PM ]

What a wonderful gift it is to leave a legacy to support those things in life that we loved and cared about. Leaving a legacy to Freemasonry expresses a love for the craft that cannot be expressed in any other way. I urge you to consider leaving a legacy so that others may continue to experience the Brotherhood that is Freemasonry. Help ensure its survival in the future and its growth by your thoughtful gift. 

Our regular article “Leaving a Legacy” has prompted the question: How do I Leave a Legacy? (Answer below)

The easiest and most common way to achieve this is through a “bequest” - the property or money that you promise in your will (or trust) to give to another person or organization after you have laid down your working tools.

Sample wording to include Carson Lodge No. 1 or any other organization in your will you may choose:

(For Carson Lodge's Unrestricted Use)

You may designate your bequest be applied to Carson Lodge’s unrestricted purposes (an “unrestricted bequest”). The funds will give the Lodge flexibility to meet its greatest needs at the time your bequest is realized.

“I give to Carson Lodge No. 1, F & A.M, a Nevada non-profit corporation located in Carson City, Nevada, the 
sum of $___________ [or property described herein] [or ____ percent (____%) of the rest of my estate] to be held and applied for the use of Carson Lodge No. 1, F & A.M. for its general purposes.”

(For a Purpose You Designate Such as a Scholarship)

You may instead designate a specific purpose for your bequest (a “restricted bequest”). For example, your bequest may be earmarked to fund a scholarship, or support building maintenance or another purpose that advances the programs of Carson Lodge.

“I give to Carson Lodge No. 1, F & A.M, a Nevada non-profit corporation located in Carson City, Nevada, the
sum of $___________ [or property described herein] [or ____ percent (____%) of the rest of my estate] to be
applied for the following purpose:________________ .”

As you review your financial and estate planning we hope you will consider the future of Carson Lodge No. 1 in a plan that meets your philanthropic and financial goals.

Scheduling at Carson Lodge No. 1

posted Dec 5, 2012, 4:20 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Sep 27, 2015, 3:35 PM ]

Carson 1 has a new consolidated system of scheduling.  If you plan a change to Carson 1’s schedule, it will be accomplished via e-mail.  All adds, changes, and deletes will be accomplished by sending an e-mail to the following: scheduling@carson1.com this will automatically send copies to all of the principal officers.

The secretary will verify if the time and date is open, confirm it with the webmaster, and respond back to the person applying for the schedule change.  Once the confirmation is complete, the schedule change will be added to the on-line calendar.  

A note of caution here: the official calendar is now the calendar on-line at http://www.carson1.com/calendar  Do not assume that because something was written on the calendar in the dining room that your schedule is confirmed – it may not be.  Also, if there are any event moves or cancelations, please provide these updates to scheduling@carson1.com as soon as possible to release the time and date for someone else (its just courtesy).  

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Alan Power, Web Master

Carson Lodge No. 1 Coin - also celebrating 150 years of Masonry in Nevada

posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:52 AM by Alan Power   [ updated May 20, 2019, 11:49 AM ]

Please see the attached order form to order your Carson Lodge No. 1 Masonic coin. Just fill in your information electronically and print out the form.

This coin also celebrates 150 years of Masonry in Nevada and Carson Lodge No. 1 as the first Lodge.

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