Regular Meeting – Saturday, May 4, 2019

Topic:   Motorized Masons: The Automobile Industry Evolution

“Motorized Masons” explores key fraternal members who made history and revolutionized the Automobile Industry around the world. Most notable influencers range from Studebaker to Maytag. The Studebaker Corporation formed by five brothers, three of which who were Freemasons, started their family business from very early carriages to their 1902 electric car. Not to mention, unknown to most, Bro. Frederick Louis Maytag made cars long before his renowned household washing machines. The presentation will also showcase vehicle models associated with Masons whose names were attached to Chrysler, Ford, Oldsmobile and French auto giant, Citroen. There will be a host of earlier unknown Masons examined, whose innovative contributions furthered the development of the automobile industry, including one who was even rejected by a lodge with the consequences.

Presenter: Companion Walter Benesch, First Vice President

Brother Benesch’s extensive Masonic career goes back more than 50 years to his initiation at Marie Deraismes Lodge #352 in New York City in 1967. Later, he signed a renunciation joining Boston University Lodge while a graduate student. He is a Past Master of Lafayette-Dupont #19 in D.C. and Archer Bailey Gay Lodge #275 in VA. In the Valley of Washington Scottish Rite, he is a 32⁰, KCCH & Dean of History. He is the Past Illustrious Master Adoniram (Zabud Council No. 2., D.C.), Royal Arch Captain and Lecturer at Mt. Vernon RAC #14, VA, and Past Hight Priest and Trustee Chairman of Columbia RAC #1 in DC. He is an officer in the Washington, D.C. College of Masonic Societas Rosicrusiana in Civitatibus Foederatis (SRICF). Brother Benesch currently is the Master of the Rose Croix Chapter in the DC Scottish Rite. He is also the President and long-time supporter of the George Washington Masonic Stamp Club. He has published numerous Masonic and other articles and is regularly talks on a large variety of subjects.

Meeting Location: 
Collington Masonic Lodge No. 230 AF & AM
13801 Old Stage Rd.
Bowie, MD 20720

Directions are available by clicking this link. Parking is available on the premises.

Lunch at 12:00pm noon: $20 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation at 1:00pm  

RSVP:  Please contact the Secretary at or 571-242-3403 to confirm your attendance Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

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