In February 1954, Renah Camalier, PGM visited and spoke to Lebanon Lodge No. 7 on the merits of the York and Scottish Rites to Blue Lodge Masons. MWB Camalier had a distinguished Masonic and legal career. He was raised in Benjamin B. French Lodge in 1922, served as its Master in 1932, and Grand Master of the District of Columbia in 1952. He was 2nd Assistant Secretary of the Navy, examiner of the FTC, assistant US Attorney, a fuel coordinator for OPA in WWII, and appointed a Commissioner of Washington, DC. He was also a York Rite Mason, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Past Potentate of Almas Shrine, an Honorary Member of several Lodges, including Hope Lodge No. 20, and a member of numerous other Masonic organizations. During the remodeling of the White House in the Truman Administration, President Harry S. Truman, PGM of Missouri, asked MWB Camalier to distribute stones with Masonic markings recovered from the White House to each of the US Grand Lodges. MWB Camalier presented the Grand Lodge of Missouri’s stone to MWB Truman and the Grand Lodge of Missouri in September 1953. (The photo was taken in the Oval Office, with Brother Camalier standing next to Brother Truman. Almas Shrine was presenting a bid to President Truman to open the first performance of the 8th Annual Shrine Circus)
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