The purpose of this announcement is to inform all Freemasons, who are considered as "Regular Masons" and who are members in good standing in a Lodge recognized by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in the Commonwealth of Virginia, about an unusual situation that has developed in the State of Virginia with regard to Freemasonry.
On November 21, 1997, a group of men formed a corporation in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, with the name: "The Most Worshipful United Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Democratic Republics." The purported Grand Master of this so-called "Grand Lodge," was suspended from the Craft of "Regular Masons" and his Lodge in 1989 by the then Grand Master's action and remains a suspended Mason. The purported "Grand Lodge" is the result of obtaining a corporate charter from the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia. While this has the legal effect of making this organization a corporation, it has no effect whatsoever with regard to the laws of Masonry. This organization is not recognized by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, or, so far as is known, by any other legitimate Grand Lodge. Hence, this organization is wholly clandestine to regular Masonry and should be avoided by all Freemasons, wheresoever dispersed.