Following the independence of Armenia in 1991, a number of Armenian Masons of the Grand lodge of the District of Columbia founded Hayastan Lodge No. 94 the first Armenian speaking lodge in the United States of America
(Chartered on December 10, 1994).
The objective of this lodge was to organize and revitalize Armenian Freemasonry so that, one day, members of the lodge could carry the light of Freemasonry to Armenia.
This inspiration became a reality when, on December 16, 1999, Massis Lodge No. 99 was chartered, under the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, as a “Sojourning” Lodge with the express purpose of establishing the Grand Lodge of Armenia, with the participation of the Grande Lodge National Francaise (GLNF) and the Grand Lodge of Russia.