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The First American CitizenWor. Michael D. JohnstoneNorfolk Valley Scottish Rite8/16/2018
Wor. Johnstone, Valley Americanism Chairman, presents a history of our most famous Mason and President, George Washington.
Zoroaster and the Symbolism of the 32nd DegreeWor. Christopher Winston DouglasNorfolk Valley Scottish Rite7/19/2018
Details the history and philosophy of Zoroastrianism and how it is an integral part of the 32nd degree. Describes the meanings of many of the symbols depicted in this degree.
Masonry, A Well Spent LifeWor. Christopher Winston DouglasNorfolk Valley Scottish Rite9/15/2016
Discusses how to plan your Masonic career over the course of several decades.
Rudyard KiplingWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/2/2016
A short biography of Brother Rudyard Kipling, and his most famous Masonic Poem, "The Mother-Lodge".
Social Media and MasonryWor. Christopher Winston DouglasSouth Norfolk Lodge No. 3398/2/2016
Describes in detail the various types of social media and how to use them to create an outreach program for a Lodge.
Remember now thy CreatorWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3356/10/2016
An explanation of Ecclesiastes 12, verse 1 through 7, recited by the Chaplain during the Master Mason degree.
Rights of VisitationWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3354/15/2016
This paper was based on numerous conversations with new members, explaining what a Lodge and Grand Lodge are, some of our history, as well as explaining how to visit other Lodges.
Research LodgesWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3352/19/2016
Describes what a Research Lodge is, and how to find more information about attending one.
Faith Hope and CharityWor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/11/2015
Discusses the concepts of Faith, Hope, and Charity from the lectures, what the meaning of these terms are, and how we can apply them in our daily lives as men and as Masons.
Tabernacle, Temple, SelfBro. Joseph P. GardnerVirginia Research Lodge No. 177712/12/1998
A detailed description of the tabernacle, or tent, used by Moses to house the Ark of the Covenant while in the desert; and the rich designs of Solomon's Temple which was built as it's permanent home.
Freemasonry in EnglandMt. Ex. George B. YeatesVirginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1998
An explanation of how Freemasonry increased dramatically in England during the 18th and 19th centuries and the attraction it held for the middle class.
Anti-Masonry and our ResponseBro. Wallace McLeodVirginia Research Lodge No. 17776/27/1998
Describes in depth the charges leveled against Masonry by various religious organizations and handily refutes them.  Recommends that Brothers should speak out and defend the craft.
The Rise and Decline of Masonic FlasksWor. Jeffrey G. BurchamVirginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1997
A history of Masonic flasks manufactured by glass works and popular in the early 1800s. Also provides details about the Anti-Masonic party and it's possible cause of the decline of their use.
OpportunitiesBro. Robert D. SpringerVirginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/1997
Brother Robert Springer, a career Air Force Officer, recounts the numerous opportunities that Masonry and military service offered him in his life, and calls on all Masons to provide that opportunity to those who should join us.
A Little Bit O'AllenMt. Wor. Richard E. FletcherVirginia Research Lodge No. 17776/28/1997
Mt. Wor. Fletcher, Past Grand Master of Vermont, recounts selected works from the prolific writer Allen E. Roberts following his untimely death. He speaks of the efforts of the Masonic Information Center to keep Masons informed about our history.
A Memorial Tribute To Allen Earl RobertsMt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich JeffersonVirginia Research Lodge No. 17773/22/1997
A fond tribute to the life and work of Allen E. Roberts, a prolific Masonic author and long time Secretary of Virginia Research Lodge.
Benjamin Franklin - MasonRt. Wor. Clarence E. WhitleyVirginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/1996
A biography of one of our most famous Masons, Benjamin Franklin, his early years, his service to our country, and his Masonic career.
Another Look at the TrestleboardMt. Wor. Ralph L. HaltquistVirginia Research Lodge No. 17779/23/1995
Using the Trestleboard to build Solomon's Temple, to form the Grand Lodge of England, and in our Lodges today. Enumerating the Ancient Landmarks, whether they should be enumerated or still considered Landmarks at all.
Why There's Confusion Among The WorkmenMt. Wor. John A. AnagnostisVirginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/1995
The author compares Northern and Southern English with humorous results, explains the importance of reaching younger Masons and ensuring we bring about necessary change together, and provides several examples of Masons living up to their obligations.
The Mounties and MasonryWor. Nelson King, FPSVirginia Research Lodge No. 17773/25/1995
Wor. King, a Canadian Mason, gives a detailed history of the ties between Masonry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including his lifetime fascination with the RCMP.
Addressing the Membership Crisis in VirginiaMt. Wor. Thomas F. MayVirginia Research Lodge No. 177712/10/1994
The Grand Master of Masons in Virginia spoke on the membership crisis we are experiencing and described the twenty three point plan he instituted to address it.
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Here is a list of Papers that have been presented, but have not been made available for download.

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