Secaucus, NJ (PressExposure) November 03, 2011 -- Thursday November 3rd, 2011 was a historic day for Masonry in New Jersey and for the Allied Masonic Degrees in specific. José Marti Council No. 512 A.M.D. was constituted at the Masonic Temple in Secaucus, NJ, becoming the 12th AMD Council actively meeting in our state. José Marti Council has a very unique characteristic. Its members were given the green light to present and discuss Masonic research papers in Spanish. The opening, closing, and degree work will however, all be in English. Our Sovereign Grand Master, M:.V:. Douglas L. Jordan, chartered the said council out of his strong belief that language should not be a barrier when it comes to transmitting and exchanging Masonic knowledge among members.
By virtue of a dispensation granted to me by our S.G.M. Most Venerable Douglas L. Jordan, I opened an emergent communication of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America on November 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple in Secaucus, NJ for the purpose of constituting José Marti Council No. 512. The constituting team consisted of myself as Acting Sovereign Grand Master, MVB. Thurman C. Pace Jr. as Acting Grand Chaplain, and Bro. Moises I. Gomez as Acting Grand Marshal. After the opening, three new candidates were received into the order, followed by the constituting ceremonies, and then concluding with the installation of the officers. V:. Nirio Garcia was installed as Sovereign Master.
At 8:15 p.m., the emergent communication was closed, and José Marti Council No. 512 was opened and the gavel was presented to the newly installed Sovereign Master to conduct his meeting. V:. Garcia sincerely thanked the Sovereign Grand Master, the Grand Secretary and the constituting team for all their efforts in chartering the 12th AMD Council in NJ. Honorary memberships were then bestowed upon M:.V:. Thurman C. Pace Jr., V:. Hansel Asmar, and myself. The members of Council No. 512 were then presented with their AMD certificates and everyone, including visitors, were presented with a custom lapel pin specifically designed for the council.
V:. Nirio Garcia then delivered a research paper on the biography of the revolutionist, Cuban national hero, and famous Freemason, Bro. José Marti. His presentation was followed by a spirited discussion and words of excitement about the forming of the new council.
At 9:00 p.m., I was given the honor to close the council in due form. The brethren then retired to the collation room for refreshments and hearty celebrations.
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