On June 5, 2020 Widow’s Son Lodge No. 7 assisted the MWPHGLDC and the MDPTA, with delivering a little over 250 food baskets to families living in local Maryland Cities. 

In attendance, WM Matthew Williams, SW Brian Brock, JW Brian Williams, Treasurer PM Donald Quarles, Secretary PM Charles Nelson, Bro. Napoleon Queen, Bro. George Harper, WM Jeanette Steward, and Past WM Vicky Wright-Smith.

Worshipful Master Matthew Williams, in collaboration with Martha Chapter #11’s Worthy Matron Jeanette Steward, continued to demonstrate dedication in supporting those impacted by this pandemic. On Thursday, May 28th, the brothers and sisters donated 1,100 masks + $200 to Children’s National Hospital of Washington. Children’s Donation Committee were in awe of the effort, as masks are very hard to obtain, even for a hospital.

Brothers, Family, and Friends – I pray this communication finds you and yours healthy, safe, and maintaining a peace of mind. As COVID-19 continues to present uncertainty on when we will return to a “new normal”, we care too much about your safety to throw a physical party at this time. We are cancelling the Masquerade Ball on June 6th.

In lieu of the Masquerade, we are hosting a Virtual “Party With a Purpose” to benefit Mental Health Awareness. This includes a 50” Inch Samsung Smart TV raffle, DJ, and Live Band. If you would like to donate your Masquerade ticket, we will enter 15 TV raffle tickets, in your name, into the drawing.

  • Click the following Zoom link on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 7pm – 9pm to join our live party.

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If you would like to request a refund/or donate your refund contact bwillsharks@gmail.com.

The Brothers of Widow’s Son#7 remain resolute in practicing charity during this pandemic. On April 8th, we partnered with WM Melvin Claiborne and Fellowship Lodge #26 to distribute bags of sandwiches, fruits, chips, and water to those in need in the DC areas of McPherson Square, Franklin Square, and Union Station.

On Tuesday, May 5th, we continued our partnership with Breast Care for Washington, and donated a combined total of $1,000.

“Dear Widow’s Son,

We are just blown away! Thanks to you Giving Tuesday exceeded our wildest expectations.  With your help, Breast Care for Washington was able to raise over $17,000 in support of our mission to increase access to high quality breast imaging.  In these challenging times we expect to see an increase in uninsured women needing our services.  Now, thanks to your donation, we will be ready. 

Thank you for believing in us and thank you for supporting our mission.

With great appreciation from all of us at Breast Care for Washington – Beth, Regina, Amari, India, Pam, Emily, Liz, Donita, Takeesha, Sophia and Glenndaly”

Upcoming this Month – We are awaiting to receive shipment of 1,100 masks that will be donated to Children’s National Hospital of Washington, DC.

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 Thursday, May 14th, Widow’s Son #7 will be hosting it’s 5th installment of the “Let There Be Light” Lecture Series. With the closing of the Masonic Temple, the Lecture Series has moved to the Virtual Temple (Zoom Meetings). 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,The Philosophical Elements of the Circumpunct, will be given by PM Jon Ruark of the Patriot Lodge No. 1957 Grand Lodge of VA. 

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