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President's Message

George Washington Masonic Stamp Club

GWMSC Annual Meeting - Feb. 26, 2017

Once a year chance for free Master of Philately

President’s Message

Summer 2016 - BALPEX Meeting, Saturday 09/03/2016




For those who missed the Annual meeting last February (2016), it was a delightful meeting. There were four new candidates for the Degree of Philately. This was followed by our election. Yours truly was re-elected as the President for another two years. Our new First Vice President is Ralph E. Olson. Dr. Rudy Krutar continues as our 2nd Vice President. John Allen and Sherrill Watkins continue their positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Michael Aulicino was reelected as our Cachet Maker / Cover Chairman. But what is good, we now have an official Assistant Cachet Maker, Casey Polowitch. Hopefully Casey will be ready to take over at the next election in 2018. It is always great to see our younger members step up to help out.  


Our summer meeting will be a BALPEX on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. In Salon C. The program will be part 2 of last years presentation on Jean Sibelius the great Finnish composer and Mason. But this year the talk will be on the strange history behind his Opus 113, which is his “Masonic Opus.” You will hear brief exerts and learn one of the strangest histories of any musical composition including why the Grand Lodge of New York hold the copyright. There will be the traditional door prizes and sale items. Your President is attempting to lessen his collection so there will be several valuable binders offered Club members. We have the Salon for only one hour, so it will give you plenty of time before and after.  


BALPEX is held at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, a Wyndham Affiliate, located at 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031, just off I-83 at Shawan Road (Exit 20 East). There is plenty of free parking. There is a quality restaurant in the hotel but only a quarter of a mile down the road in Fort Hunt Towne Center, is a large variety of other restaurant including Outback, Chipotle, Noodles & Company, Panera, etc. If there is enough interest, we may go as a group to Outback for an early dinner around 4 p.m. I want everyone to have enough time to review the exhibits at BALPEX as well as to talk to some of the vendors and add to your collections.  


Remember the Club is dependent upon new members. Remember to talk up the George Washington Mason Stamp Club at your Lodge and other Masonic bodies. If you don’t have an application they are available on our web page ( Click on "Events - Meetings" tab at top of page for details, and map and link Upcoming Meeting on Sunday, February 26, 2017, or Saturday, September 3, 2016




Walter Benesch, President, GWMSC


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The next meeting will be held at BALPEX Stamp Show at Hunt Valley, MD, on the Saturday preceding Labor Day.  




Addendum from the Secretary, added following the death of Brother Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States - for your information: 

Brother Gerald Ford was made a Royal Arch Mason, at site, in the Oval Office of the White House while serving as President of the United States.  Long-time GWMSC members Herman Lichty, Walter Godby, and Marvin Fowler, three of the highest ranking Royal Arch Masons in D.C. at that time, were three of roughly 12 participants at that ritual where only Royal Arch Masons were admitted.  Brothers Lichty, Fowler and Godby long preceded Brother Ford to that house not made with hands; all are certainly missed because of their fine examples on earth.  May we strive to exhibit in our own daily lives the fine examples these brothers set.  A photo of these RAMs at this  ceremony is on display in a small room on the Royal Arch floor of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial building in Alexandria, Virginia.  Be sure to look for that photo, and several of the commemorative Gerald Ford RAM covers, on your tour of the upper floors of the GWMNM building!

Note:  Covers honoring Gerald Ford being made a Royal Arch Mason, at site, in the Oval Office were designed and printed by the clubs long-time GWMSC cachet maker, Brother Herman Lichty.  Some of this set of covers are on display at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and may be seen during the building tour in the Royal Arch Room.  We are striving to locate the Official White House Photo of Brothers Ford, Lichty, Fowler & Godby, which the club had in its archives, in order to add it that photo to the GWMNM display case.