Photographs of the historical Mutual Recognition Dinner.
This celebration was held May 10, 1997 in the Fairbanks Masonic Temple Ballroom
Most Worshipful Brother Stanley Foulke, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska
Most Worshipful Brother Michael Boone, Grand Master of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska
officiated at the Ceremony.
More than 130 Masons and their Ladies Attended the celebration
The Grand Masters place their signatures on the agreement
This ceremony was video taped and shown on the local news stations Channel 7 (Fox) and Channel 13 (CBS) by Curtis Thomas
Many eyes teared as the documents were accepted by the Grand Masters. A standing ovation followed this portion of the ceremony.
Another Celebration and Dinner was held at 7 PM, on Saturday, May 31st at the Al Aska Shrine Temple in Anchorage.
As more photos come available, we will add them to this page.
A Copy of the Compact Follows:
MWGRAND LODGE OF F.& A.M. OF ALASKA
MW PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF F.& A.M. OF ALASKA AND ITS JURISDICTION, INC.
In order to establish and implement limited Masonic Recognition; to provide for inter-visitation; to provide for successful coexistence; to ensure a continuing harmonious relationship; to promote Masonry in general, having a mutual. regard for the right of each Grand Lodge to retain its absolute and supreme sovereignty regarding legislative, executive, and judicial, power over its own lodges, members, rituals, and activities, having the legitimate right of each to continue to exist and operate within the geographical bounds of the State of Alaska; and to secure the blessings of The Grand Architect of the Universe, the M\W\Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska and the M\ W\ Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska and its Jurisdiction, Inc. mutually agree to the following:
That each of the above-named Grand Lodges will remain autonomous within, and unto, itself operating hereafter as heretofore, each with its own Grand Master, Constitution, laws, rules, and regulations.
That each extends limited Fraternal recognition to the other, and grants to the other the rights of visitation.
This compact is not intended to, and specifically does not, abrogate the Supreme Masonic Authority - legislative, executive, and judicial - of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska and Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska and its Jurisdiction, Inc. Rather, it constitutes a compact between the respective Grand Lodges in which the autonomy of each is guaranteed, while, at the same time, the right to reside and work together in Peace, Harmony and Brotherly Love is assured.
Changes, additions, deletions, corrections or amendments to this compact will not be effective until the same shall have been reduced to writing, signed by both Grand Masters, and ratified or approved by each of the respective Grand Lodges.
The forgoing Compact is approved this 10th day of May, 1997 A.D.
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