170th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota

April 14-15, 2023 - The Park Event Center, Waite Park

It is time to make your plans for attending the 170th Grand Lodge Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. This year’s festivities will again be held at The Park Event Center in Waite Park, Minnesota. Grand Master Tony R. Krall urges all Minnesota Lodges to send their full quota of delegates to the 2023 meeting. While the Master and Wardens are voting delegates, all Master Masons in good standing are welcome to attend any of the events. Lodge officers and members are encouraged to bring their spouse/partner, for a weekend of Masonic fun and fellowship.

Some of the highlights at this year’s communication will include three nationally renowned speakers, three sets of breakout sessions, and a newly reconfigured schedule (see below for tentative agenda).

Invitations are being sent to all Lodge Delegates (Masters and Wardens), and Grand Lodge members (GLOs, ADs, DRs, PGMs, Custodians, etc.), starting February 15th. Please be careful to use the registration code from your invitation to ensure you get the correct tickets.

Delegates may begin securing their credentials at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 14th, at the registration tables in the foyer of the event center. Please remember to bring your 2023 dues card, so we can quickly get you checked-in and your credentials assigned.

New this year, the public opening session has been moved to Saturday, so the tyled business session will begin promptly at 9 AM on Friday, April 14th, when the Officers of the Grand Master’s lodge formally open the Grand Lodge. The public session, open to guests, will now take place following the Minnesota Masonic Charities Brunch on Saturday morning. 

Grand Master Krall has promised that our 170th Annual Communication will be one that no active Minnesota Mason will want to miss. The open Installation of Officers is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. All members, their families and guests are invited to attend. 

The annual breakout sessions continue to be one of the most important parts of our Annual Communication— we will again have breakout sessions on the agenda for Saturday. Please visit the Annual Communication web page for breakout session details and schedule. 

Six resolutions to amend the Minnesota Masonic Code have been submitted for consideration at this year’s communication. The full text of each is being mailed to every constituent lodge, sent via email to all members, and published on the Grand Lodge website

-- Check back in mid-February for meal tickets --

Reserve your tickets

If you are a voting delegate, please be sure to use the registration code from your invitation when ordering your tickets.


FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2023 

7 AM – 8:30 AM               Breakfast (tickets required)

8:00 AM                           Credentials & Registration

8:45 AM – 12 PM                  Tyled Opening & Business Session

10 AM – 3:15 PM             Ladies’ Tour (tickets required)

12 PM – 1 PM                   Lunch (tickets required)

1 PM – 2:30 PM               Grand Lodge Business Session

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM          Breakout Sessions I

  • Allan Casalou (California) – Masonic Principles of Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • Mark Anderson (MMHSM) – Masonic Heritage and Preservation
  • Lauren Hauter (MMC) & Col. Kurt Johnson – Promote your lodge in the community
  • Chuck Brust (JGD) – Lodge records scanning project
  • Jeffrey Thiele (Wisconsin) & Greg Vokovan (Anoka 30) – Fire Suppression Tool (FST)

4 PM – 5 PM                    Breakout Sessions II

  • E. Oscar Alleyne (New York) – Prevalence of Clandestine Freemasonry in the US
  • Steve Sandberg (Minnehaha Lodge) – Masonic Composers
  • John Schwietz (MMC) – Growing your lodge through Philanthropy
  • Jeffrey Thiele (Wisconsin) & Greg Vokovan (Anoka 30)  – Fire Suppression Tool (FST)
  • Keith Deutsch (MN River Valley Lodge) – Turn fear into passion

6 PM – 7 PM                     Social Hour

7 PM – 9 PM                     Grand Lodge Banquet (tickets required)

9 PM – 11 PM                   Hospitality Room

9 PM – 11 PM                   Outdoor Hospitality

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023                                                                       

8 AM – 9 AM                    Grand Lodge Business Session (if needed)

9 AM – 10 AM                  Breakout Sessions III

  • Area Breakouts with AD and DRs
  • Lodge Education Officers

10 AM – 12 PM               Minnesota Masonic Charities Brunch (tickets required)

12 PM – 1 PM                  Grand Lodge Public Session

1 PM – 2 PM                     Installation of Grand Lodge Officers

2 PM – 3 PM                     Reception for new Grand Master

Hotel Information

We have room blocks reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn hotels attached to the event center. 

Both room blocks are sold out and there are no additional rooms available at either hotel.


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