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Welcome to the homepage of the
Eighteenth Masonic
District Lodge

of the
Grand Lodge of Louisiana
Free and Accepted Masons

Meets quarterly at various constituent lodges
throughout the district; see calendar for details.

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Next Scheduled Meeting


Of Interest to the District


Traveling Gavel Awards


Masonic Funeral Planning Form


2007 Achievement Award Recipients


2009 18th District Lodge Officers

Constituent Lodges:

If your lodge does not have a Webmaster, or Website, contact:

Skip Perez, DGL at [email protected] 
to update your individual Lodge websites.  All websites are free and individual webmasters for each Lodge are encouraged.

Rt. W. Carl J. Graf, P.M., District Deputy Grand Master (70)

W. Bro. Armando Skip Perez, P.M., District Grand Lecturer (367)
W. Bro. Troy Perez, P.M., Worshipful Master (361)
W. Bro. Arnold Kinchen, P.M., Senior Warden (300)
W. Bro. Marc Hale Conrad, P.M., Junior Warden (473)
M.W. Bro. Eugene Wagner, P.G.M., Treasurer (413)

W.B. George J. Lupo, PDDGM, Secretary (473)
W. Bro. Julius Ripp, P.M., Senior Deacon (413)
W. Bro. William "Bill" Baradell, P.M., Junior Deacon (167)
W. Bro. Joseph A. Gilardi, Jr., PM, Master of Ceremonies (389)

W. Bro. Zach Chauffe, Senior Steward (389)
Thomas McNalty, PM, Junior Steward (389)
W. Bro.
Rolando J. Dominquez, Tyler (361)
Willis W. Couch, Jr., PM, Tyler I (389)

Building A Better World In The Hearts Of Men


District Deputy

Grand Master


18th Masonic District
(Hiram Lodge No. 70, F. & A.M.)


Thank  you for the honor and pleasure of serving you as District Deputy Grand Master of the 18th Masonic District for the Fraternal year 2009. I am honored by your vote and your confidence in me to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of help to you or your lodge


Fraternally yours,

Rt. W. Carl J. Graf, DDGM

Hiram Lodge No. 70, F. & A.M.

Metairie, LA 70001

Building A Better World In The Hearts Of Men

District Grand Lecturer

Worshipful Brother

Armando "Skip" Perez, DGL

18th Masonic District

[email protected]

Hello Brothers,

I have served as your District Grand Lecturer since 2002 and again I have to say that I feel proud to serve you as your District Lecturer.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your vote of confidence and the respect that you have shown me through the years, as I visit the various Lodges throughout the state.  I hope that I have not offended anyone, while instructing the rituals or floor work.  I am there to help you perform your duties in the Lodge.  Please take my comments as constructive and not destructive. 

Remember, if you need help in your Lodge, please allow me to perform my duties.  Call on me anytime and I will gladly try to help anyway I can. 

Fraternally yours,
Armando "
Skip" Perez, DGL 18th
Ideal Lodge No. 367 F. & A.M.
Hammond, LA 70403

Building A Better World In The Hearts Of Men

Notes from our
District Worshipful Master
Troy Perez, P.M.
18th Masonic District


Thank  you for the honor and pleasure of serving you as Worshipful Master of the 18th Masonic District for 2009.  I am overwhelmed by your vote of confidence in me to serve as your District Master.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of help to you or your lodge.


I plan to have some type of educational program each District Meeting and have it declared a workshop. 


Fraternally yours,

Troy Perez, PM

Invincible Lodge No. 361

Gretna, LA

Recipients of the 2007 Achievement Award!

(l/r) Rt. WB George Lupo, DDGM, handing out the awards to the following Brothers:

WB Julis M. Ripp, PM, Sec., Graham-Washington No. 413; WB Gary B. Greene, PM, Level Lodge No. 373;

WB Armando "Kris" Perez, PM, Ideal Lodge No. 367; William F. Baradell, Jr, PM, Linn Wood-Ionic No. 167;

WB Armando "Skip" Perez, DGL 18th District


2006 Achievement Photo

2009 Calendar

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Jacques de Molay Lodge No. 389 will host the 18th Masonic District Lodge at 1801 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie, LA.  Refreshments served at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. 

Friday, October 30, 2009 Invincible Lodge No. 361 will host the 18th Masonic District Lodge at William D. White Lodge Hall, 501 Amelia St., Gretna, LA.  Refreshments served at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. 


Blue Lodge Meetings Coming Up......
Click the lodge links below for maps, directions, and meeting times
For a complete directory of New Orleans area Lodges, see the NOLALodges pages at

The 18th Masonic District Lodge meets quarterly at various Constituent Lodges throughout the District (see Calendar).

Monthly Meetings

1st & 3rd Mondays
Jacques de Molay No. 389
Sam B. Dryfuse No. 396

1st & 3rd Tuesdays
Hiram No. 70
Ideal No. 367

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Invincible No. 361

1st & 3rd Thursdays
Arthur M. Retif No. 473

1st & 3rd Saturdays
Graham-Washington No. 413


Monthly Meetings

2nd & 4th Mondays
Lee E. Thomas No. 421

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Linn Wood-Ionic No. 167

2nd & 4th Wednesday
Level No. 373

2nd & 4th Fridays
Osiris-Trowel-Fidelity No. 300

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Congratulations to the following Lodges,
Winners of the coveted attendance awards (Traveling Gavel)

at the April 30th meeting.

There were approximately 61 Brothers in attendance!!!

11 out of 11 Lodges were represented at this District Meeting!!


Three Grand Lodge Officers Present:

  • Rt. W:B: Frank DuTriel, Jr., Grand Junior Warden

  • W:B: Armando "Skip" Perez, DGL 18th    

  • W:B: Charlie Sicard, DGL 15th

                                                                  Worshipful Master of the Eighteenth District Lodge, Troy Perez, PM, presents WM: Farrell Ledet, Invincible Lodge No. 361 with the Gold Traveling Gavel Award, having 16 members in attendance at the April 30th Meeting. 


Invincible Lodge

No. 361


 Gold Traveling Gavel Award

Invincible Lodge No. 361

(16 members present)

Silver Award

Level Lodge No. 373

(12 members present)

Bronze Award

Ideal Lodge No. 367

(10 members present)


History of Traveling Gavels


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Monthly Calendar of 18th District Lodges

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Guest Book


Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:30 AM

1809 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA

Laying of Wreath at the Veterans Memorial. All appendant bodies, Eastern Star, and all Lodges are encouraged to participate. This is an excellent opportunity to show the community who we are and what we stand for. We will meet at the Lodge Hall on Clearview Parkway and depart around 7:30 AM.  There will be a police escort to the memorial prayer service, and the news media will be there. Please bring your own aprons. For questions and to RSVP, please contact Willis Couch PM Theodore Roosevelt Lodge #415 and Level Lodge #373 at cell phone (985) 502-2023.  Let's show up in great numbers on behalf of our Fraternity.

WB Nick Randazzo is still teaching the esoteric work in all three degrees at 621 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA on Sundays at 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.  He also instructs the Certificate Work, so if you are interested in Floor Work, Esoteric or Certificate Work, he is available on Sundays and will be glad to see you there. 

Sunday, October 11, 2009 Hiram Lodge No. 70 will host the THIRD Annual 18th Masonic District Picnic at Pontiff Playground in Metairie.   


Feedback about last year's picnic:

I thought that the Second Annual 18th Masonic District Picnic was a huge success!  Hiram Lodge members were there first thing in the morning and set up the pavilion and began setting up for the day's events.  Invincible Lodge No. 361 had their barbeque trailer in full operation!  The trailer came complete with two or more cooks who were members of Invincible Lodge to do the cooking!


These Brothers began cooking chicken, smoke sauces, steaks and ribs!  However Hiram Lodge held their own, with a LARGE pot of Jambalaya, (which was GREAT), a deep fryer, (fried fish was excellent) and all the other trimmings to go with the picnic!  OUTSTANDING BROTHERS!!! 


This annual Picnic will grow and the District Members will be closer and the Craft better for it.  I want to thank all the Brothers that attended the picnic and hope that next year it will grow to double this year's size.  Once the other members of the District hear about the success, they will come. 

Skip Perez, DGL

Ideal Lodge No. 367            


2008 Picnic Photos


2007 Picnic Photos and Feedback




Click here for A Tribute to:

Red Skelton

M.W. Thomas Jefferson Pitman, P.G.M., Grand Secretary
Bro. Willis Couch, Sr.

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