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St. Petersburg Lodge Member Profiled on "Everyday Heroes" Segment

Every Monday, Bill Murphy of Bay News 9 profiles a local person who is making a difference in the Tampa Bay area and beyond on “Everyday Heroes.” On Thursday, Oct. 12, Murphy interviewed Ted Wagner, founder of Music Sweet Music Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides music therapy to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of children in the Tampa Bay area. The segment aired Oct. 30. St. Petersburg Lodge is proud of their lodge member. He is dedicated and committed to making a difference for others as part of his daily life. For further information about this organization, you can visit

Bay News 9

Pictured are Bay News 9 reporter, Bill Murphy; Music Sweet Music founder, Ted Wagner; and video journalist, Quintin Wynn.

Bay News 9 triplets

The therapy session for three-year-old triplets, Colin, Kendall and Quinn, was videoed for the Music Sweet Music segment.


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:


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