Breast Care for Washington (www.breastcaredc.org) is specifically designed to overcome current barriers that prevent low-income, medically underserved women from receiving high quality breast care. Located in the heart of Ward 8, Breast Care for Washington (BCW) is the first and only breast cancer screening facility east of the Anacostia River to offer 3D mammography. 3D mammography (also called breast tomosynthesis) is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine your breast one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices” –building what is essentially a 3D mammogram.

WM Matthew Williams and JW Brian Williams were introduced to BCW last year, by their Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Brother and Hampton University classmate, Keith Reed. Brother Reed (Sons of Solomon No. 166, MWUGL of Florida PHA), currently Hologic’s Senior Director of Sales Enablement, visited DC in 2019 to donate several ~$400k 3D Mammography machines to BCW and speak to Congress on the importance of proactive screenings within the African American community.

As a result of this networking connection, on February 28, the brothers of Widow’s Son #7 supported the Annual Ladies Night In 2020 – Mardi Gras. “Because Women’s Health Deserves a Party”, is designed to provide a fun, pampering atmosphere while promoting breast cancer awareness and screenings. Over 80 women attended to receive free massages, facials, eye lashes and make-up, screenings, and a host of other pampering services. The event was held at BCW’s HQ collocated with the Community of Hope’s Conway Health and Resource Center. Community of Hope also serves the Ward 8 community, providing medical, dental, and behavioral services, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. The wife of Widow’s Son’s SW Brian Brock, Dr. Shayla Graham-Brock, volunteered for many years at Community of Hope, providing family medical services to those in need.

This event and our new partnership with Breast Cancer of Washington demonstrates the power of networking, leveraging relationships to practice charity. Ritualistic work is great, but how we serve others that are unfamiliar and uninstructed in the terms of Worshipful Master or Junior Warden, is how Freemasonry lives and sheds its beneficent influence upon mankind.

Big thanks goes to the brothers who donated financially and to PM Melvin Williams for delivering food baskets to our widows this month! Brothers, lets continue to do our duty in making sure that we take care of our widows and orphans!

King David Lodge #28 (Richmond, VA)

RAISING WEEKEND SCHEDULE!!!

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WM Daryl Henley
Raising Weekend: April 3rd- April 5th, 2020
Hotel 🏨 Information:
Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport
4700 South Laburnum Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23231
(804) 226-4300
Code: King David Lodge 28
Room Rate: $109.00 per night ($247.00 total for two nights with taxes included)

Overflow Hotel Information: MORECOURT YARD BY MARRIOT RICHMOND AIRPORT
5400 WILLIAMSBURG ROAD
SANDSTON, VA 23150
804 652 0500
CODE:KING DAVID LODGE #28
ROOM RATE: $109 A NIGHT PLUS TAXES FOR KING OR DOUBLE
*APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE FROM HOST HOTEL


Please Book and Reserve Rooms As Soon As Possible due to a major soccer game happening that weekend and rooms will be selling fast.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

3pm-7pm: Meet & Greet/ Hospitality Room Open: @ HOTEL
8pm-12am: “Rep Your Lodge..Team..Temple..Fraternity..Chapter..Court..Sorority” Social Dance
$15.00 @ Hotel

Saturday, April 4TH, 2020

****Raising Date***** 9:00am- Lodge opens up
9:30am- Receiving of All Guests {Please Be On Time}
Lodge Address: 4000 Woody Drive
Richmond, VA 23222
(Right beside March ‘s Funeral Home )

I95 Official Meeting
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday April 4th, 2020
Place: Host Hotel
Room: To be determined
*this meeting is for only the I95 Committee and representatives from those lodges that are a part of this I95 connection

10pm-2am- Club #028 Spring Annual Dance
$20.00 for tickets/ $25 at door BYOB Dress to Impress Must be 21+ years of age
DJ Drake

Military Retiree Club
2220 Chamberlayne Avenue Richmond, VA 23222

Sunday, April 5TH, 2020

8:30am: Breakfast at Cracker Barrel {across from hotel; for those who wants to attend}
10:30am: Farewell Prayer {hotel lobby}

Blinded By Darkness “Too Blind To See”, given by Worshipful Eric Konohia, 33°, was definitely thought provoking! A great amount of esoteric knowledge was giving on the Badge that we all wear! The most important message coming out of this lecture was “Are You Mason, Or Are You An Impostor”

On this Thursday, February 13th, Widow’s Son #7 will be hosting it’s 3rd installment of the “Let There Be Light” Lecture Series during it’s Regular Stated Communication. The Lecture Series is designed to increase the sharing of Masonic Information and Knowledge to the Craft, presented by a diverse group of the Masonic World’s well known lecturers and historians. 

This month’s presentation, Blinded By Darkness “Too Blind To See” will be given by Worshipful Eric Konohia, 33°. WM Matthew Williams invites all brothers who are interested in building upon their Masonic knowledge to attend. WM Williams will welcome all visitors after concluding Lodge business beginning around 8:30 pm. Understanding and respecting your time, all visiting Brothers will be excused prior to Lodge Closing. 

For more information or questions, please contact:
WM Matt Williams (202) 294-5587 mattsolo799@gmail.com
SW Brian Brock (484) 809-1049 bmjb77@gmail.com
JW Brian Williams (757) 909-0508  bwillsharks@gmail.com

Brothers of Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 enjoying The Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter’s (GTGC) 2020 Charity Inaugural Ball. An afternoon of fellowship, awesome food, and dancing all while benefiting charitable endeavors. It’s always a pleasure listening to the uplifting words given by Grand Worthy Matron Eunice Dingle.

On Saturday, March 21st, 2020, Widow’s Son No. 7 will be hosting our annual Masquerade Black Tie Affair. This year, we are focusing on Mental Health Awareness in the African-American community. Too many of our peers, colleagues, and family members are struggling with some very real and difficult challenges. So many are embarrassed to ask for help…don’t know what help looks like, and as love ones…we are simply are missing the signs because we don’t know what the signs are.

Come out and ‘Party with a Purpose’ as a portion of our proceeds will support our 2020 Mental Health Awareness Initiatives. We will also raffle off a 50’inch Samsung TV and 2 Tickets to a Washington Wizards Game in April. The winner does not need to be present to win. For additional information or tickets, please contact JW Brian A Williams (bwillsharks@gmail.com) or PM Hasan Ashshaheed (hasan_ashshaheed@yahoo.com)    

Tickets can be purchased via EventBrite at  https://ws7masquerade2020.eventbrite.com/ 

Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7, along with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, participated in the 39th MLK Day Parade on Monday, January 20, 2020. The starting point will be Anacostia Park and the ending point is St. Elizabeth campus.

The D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade was conceived in 1977 by the late Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, founder of The Washington Informer and co-founder of the United Black Fund, along with his wife, the late Ward 8 Councilmember Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq., and the late Ralph “Petey” Greene, a community activist and radio personality. Thanks to these three renowned civic leaders, the District of Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to hold a parade honoring Dr. King following his untimely death on April 4, 1968. It helped in the effort to establish a national holiday in Dr. King’s honor and today it reinforces the work being done by government agencies, community non-profit organizations and private citizens to promote peace and non-violence locally and around the world.

The parade began in 1979, six years before Kings’s birthday became a federal holiday. Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service and promoted as “A Day On and Not a Day Off”. The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade symbolizes the need to continue Dr. King’s work and reinforces the idea reflected in his words, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Those who believe in Dr. King’s message are considered members of the Coalition for Peace and are invited to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade every year.

WM Matthew Williams presenting Wor. James Morgan, III with certificates of appreciation.

Worshipful James Morgan, III did an outstanding job in providing the Craft information on the Origin of Prince Hall Origin. You can view the entire lecture below