Grand Master's Invitation

Brethren,

Lady Laurie and I are looking forward to seeing you at the 141st Annual Grand Lodge Communication.  Please join with us in celebrating another most successful year of Freemasonry in New Mexico.  The Communication will be held in Farmington on March 15-17, 2018.

The Four Corners is one of our most untamed and exotic destinations.  More than 60 percent of surface water of New Mexico flows through San Juan County.  At the confluence of the San Juan, Animas and La Plata rivers, Farmington is and was a major intersection of social and cultural populations in the Southwest.

Farmington is surrounded by three major Native American Reservations, Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Southern Ute.  Two other Native cultures, the Hopi and Zuni, add to the area’s cultural diversity.  From ancient times, native cultures have flourished and traded in the Four Corners.  Mesa Verde, Chaco, Aztec and Salmon Ruins attest to the strength and energy of the peoples who once lived in our region.

To encourage you to visit our special place in the world, we want to offer you additional incentives.  We are promoting an elk hunt in Northwest New Mexico.  This guided elk hunt is on private land where hunting is restricted.  Many trophy elk are harvested from this region.

Secondly, we want to offer Grand Lodge Annual Communication attendees a special incentive.  For the lucky person whose ticket is drawn, if he or she is present at the banquet, we will throw in a gun case with leather personally tooled by Barbara Anderson, a premier leather-smith in New Mexico.

We are proud of our Freemasonry and our corner of an exciting State.  Please join us.

Fraternally,

Ernie Shoup
Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico