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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM and Extended Prince Hall Recognition

On September 17th, 2010, the Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM voted to enter into fraternal relations with "any and all Prince Hall Grand Lodges which are (1) recognized by the M. W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Iowa and Jurisdiction, Inc.; and (2) have concluded an agreement, treaty, or compact of mutual recognition with the sister Grand Lodge with who they share territorial jurisdiction that is in comity with the Grand Lodge of Iowa."

A very positive step that all mainstream and PHA grand lodges should consider. The patchwork quilt of recognition is confusing to brethren who travel, who don't always understand that joint recognition usually just applies within the confines of their state.

And once again I make a plea for Prince Hall grand lodges to submit their contact information and their current lodges to Pantagraph Printing's List of Lodges Masonic. The listing allows you to add whatever restrictions and requirements you might have, but more important, as bogus lodges and grand lodges continue to proliferate, the List is a recognized and trusted source for determining if the Mason who presents himself at your door is from a lodge you are in amity with. It just makes good sense for everyone.

Contact Pantagraph Printing & Stationery Co., P.O. Box 1406, Bloomington, IL 61702-1406


  1. Bro. Chris: The Grand Lodge of Iowa actually recognized the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa over ten years. Last year we noted the 10th anniversary of that recognition.

    Wade Sheeler, PSGW

  2. I'm aware of that milestone. Iowa's action to extend recognition to other PHA GLs is the next step we should all be taking.

  3. stuart onan: As a Master Mason, In the State of Kentucky. Daylight Lodge 760. I was very glad to read the news from the Iowa brothers.My only hope is that Kentucky Grand Lodge will follow suit.

  4. It's a shame, then, that one of the oldest GLs in the US continues to hold to the idea that a younger GL must ask for permission, or that other GLs' officers have said that blanket recognition could be seen as paternalistic.


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