Sam Carlsson comes from a long line of Freemasons — but as a woman has never been allowed to join the centuries-old organisation… read more:
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Freemasons in Hampshire have further reinforced their commitment to the armed forces. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight met on Monday, June 20 to sign an Armed Forces Covenant. The lodge held a special ceremony at the Great Hall in Winchester, following Hampshire County Council’s annual flag raising service that was held to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Frank Milner, provincial secretary, said: “Freemasonry in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight has long maintained a strong relationship with the Armed Forces through our 17 military lodges and… read more:
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After 111 years of service, Unity’s Kilwinning Masonic Lodge goes dark. When a service club goes dark, what does that mean? It means they are closing their doors due to lack of members. It’s an affliction facing numerous decades-old service clubs today. A lodge spokesperson said, “Many members have stayed loyal to the mother lodge but now live far away. Of the local membership, a number of them are snowbirds so are away for five months or more. With an aging membership, a decline is also due to longtime members passing away. This leaves the lodge too short of members for a proper meeting program.” At one time, Unity’s Masonic Lodge had between 40 to 50 active members. Those days are gone. Did you know Shriners and Masons are somewhat related? To become a Shriner, one should be a Mason. A common phrase is said that Shriners were the playground of freemasonry. People were… read more:
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Guam’s beautification mission was supported Saturday with the help of a crew about 200 strong as members of U.S. Navy joined forces with Guam’s Masonic Lodges and the local community to clean up Ypao Beach. Hospital Corpsmen with the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam, Geo Javier, 30, and Kirk Young, 38, who also are Freemasons said the Masonic district of Guam joined the effort. Javier said their goal is to help the community out with various forms of charity work including feeding the… read more:
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The local Chillicothe Masonic Lodge #6 recently presented a donation to the Ross County Special Olympics. These funds were collected from the previous two chicken noodle dinners sponsored by the local Masonic Lodge. The dinner is held annually in the spring at the Ross County Shrine Club and is open to the community. These funds will be used to continue providing sports training to Special Olympics athletes. The Ross County Special Olympics program has been operating as two entities— Ross County Public, which is geared to adults with disabilities, and… read more:
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Children and young people who care for sick or disabled family members will be able to take a break from their caring roles and join in fun summer activities thanks to a £1,000 donation from Cornwall’s Freemasons. The money has been given to Kernow Young Carers which supports carers aged between four and 25. They have significant responsibilities for looking after parents or siblings, ranging from shopping and cleaning to personal care, which can mean they miss out on socialising with friends. Those responsibilities can also impact their own mental health and education. The service provides them with advice, guidance, and a listening ear, alongside social activities where they can meet other young carers. During the past year they’ve been able to take part in… read more:
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Members of the community are being invited to take a look at some items of historical interest that aren’t traditionally displayed to the public. July 11, 2022 marks 100 years to the day of the laying of the foundation stone of the Masonic Lodge building in Gloucester, by Ian Shaw’s grandfather. To celebrate the centenary, the Masons is having an open day on July 9, 2022 at the lodge in Church Street, from 11am to 2pm. Visitors can enjoy a sausage sizzle and have a look at some of the its historic items. The Masons have been meticulous in their record-keeping, and Lodge Gloucester has written records from before the lodge was formed. “We’ve got the exercise book with the meeting notes in it from the meeting in about May 1914, where they got together at the council chambers and asked to… read more:
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The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon will host its Annual Communication at the Kimberley Conference Centre on June 24-25, bringing hundreds of Freemasons and their families from around B.C. and other provinces and states to Kimberley. This is a momentous occasion this year as not only is it the first time this yearly event will be held in the East Kootenays, but this year also marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon. This Annual Communication is to be hosted by the Masonic Lodges of Kimberley/Cranbrook, the Elk Valley, Creston, Invermere and Golden. “Kimberley has a great conference venue, it’s a world class destination, the town itself is welcoming and there are… read more:
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hen you mention the Freemasons, people tend to have similar reactions: do members have a secret handshake? Do they roll up their trouser leg? Is there corruption? The one thing theydo not tend to think of are women. The roots of women’s Freemasonry can be traced to France in 1882, when Maria Deraismes became the first woman initiated, at the Lodge of Free Thinkers. Co-masonry (Freemasonry that admits both men and women) was brought from France to the UK in 1902 by Dr Annie Besant, who became its leader. Besant was a feminist campaigner, social reformer and one of the organisers of the matchgirls strike in… read more:
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The Walnut Masonic Lodge #722 presented a $1,000 scholarship check to Bureau Valley High School Graduate Kyra Stoller during a dinner in her honor. (Photo Provided by Walnut Masonic Lodge #722) The Walnut Masonic Lodge #722 presented a $1,000 scholarship check to… read more:
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Twenty-one years ago, in August 2001, a group of dedicated Masons and Brother R.C. Yoder from the Southern Pines Lodge 484, united and with the help of our communities, created a scholarship fund to help high school seniors, who in spite of unusual personal challenges, graduate with an acceptable record of accomplishment. To continue its mission, they need players and sponsors so that deserving students can have a chance for a better life, whether in a college or trade school. This tournament is the primary source of funding for this important project of the Masonic Lodge 484 of Southern Pines. They ask you to participate alone or with a friend, or contribute generously if you cannot play. They are counting on your patronage and look forward to a day filled with fun golf and great fellowship. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause. 8 a.m.-Registration 9 a.m. -Shotgun Start Breakfast sandwiches, beverage and snack cart will be available for purchase. Lunch immediately following golf with a delicious Pig Pickin’ and all the trimmings. Location: Mid Pines Country Club in Southern Pines. read more:
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Missouri/U.S. – The Masonic Family Of Lee’s Summit Partners With American Red Cross To Host Community Blood Drive
The Masonic Family of Lee’s Summit, Summit Lodge No. 263, A.F. & A.M.; Summit Chapter #101, Order of the Eastern Star; Keystone Conclave No. 25, Order of True Kindred; and Lee’s Summit Assembly No. 26, International Order of Rainbow for Girls will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 28, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lee’s Summit Masonic Temple, 2409 SW M291 Hwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 816-645-6948 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code LeesSummitMasons. “The Masonic Family of Lee’s Summit is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Joe Alsman, Secretary, Summit Lodge No. 263. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. “We urge community members to donate blood and… read more:
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon is pleased to announce that it is holding its Annual Communication at the Kimberley Conference Centre on June 24 and 25. Hundreds of Freemasons and their families from around British Columbia will descend on Kimberley, with a number of visitors from other provinces and states also in attendance. This marks the first time this annual event has been held in the East Kootenay. The event is made particularly special this year, as it marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon. The Annual Communication is being hosted by the Masonic Lodges of Kimberley/Cranbrook, the Elk Valley, Creston, Invermere and… read more:
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Many may have heard about the Freemasons through the 2004 film National Treasure, starring Nicolas Cage. But the Masons aren’t a bygone group. They’re active all across the world, even in East Dallas. East Dallas Masonic Lodge 1200 has historic local connections to notable politicians, police officers and district attorneys. In fact, this lodge is known as the “Policeman’s Lodge” because of the many officers who were among its members. The East Dallas lodge, which was chartered Dec. 8, 1922, just celebrated its 100-year anniversary. In recognition, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson declared June 14, 2022, as… read more:
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The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with Hays Lodge No. 195 to donate $12,000 to the Fort Hays State University Literacy Institute, an organization that provides free literacy services to all Kansans in need. Founded in 1881, Hays Lodge No. 195 is a Kansas Masonic lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has 60 members and supports various local organizations and programs, including the Community Assistance Center, the Firefighters’ Relief Association, and the Kansas Masonic High School Essay Contest. Over the last eight years, the lodge has provided over $30,000 in scholarships to students attending… read more:
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Cumbria Freemasons helped a church in the Cleator Moor area to host a party for the Platinum Jubilee last weekend. Parishioners of Cleator Moor Methodist Church were treated to a party event at Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre. A spokesperson from Cumbria Freemasons said: “After hearing that the churches in the Cleator Moor area were looking for a venue to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, our DPGM volunteerd to host the event at the Cleator Moor civic Hall and Masonic Centre. “Afternoon tea was provided for everyone including cakes, strawberries, sandwiches etc. “It was a wonderful experience and we enjoyed each others company, There were approx 100 people involved in the celebrations and… read more:
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Calling all Masonic artists! The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania is sponsoring the Grand Exhibition Art Competition: Embodying Masonic Values. According to the Call For Entries posted in May, all artwork entries must display a visual interpretation of some aspect of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, whether it be philosophical, historical, scientific, social, fraternal, charitable, architectural, etc. Selected artwork will be exhibited in the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. This competition is open to any artist over 18 years of age, and membership in the Masonic fraternity is not required. Deadline for submissions is August 11, 2022. Criteria All artwork entries must display a visual interpretation of some aspect of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, whether it be philosophical, historical, scientific, social, fraternal, charitable, architectural, etc. Selected artwork will be exhibited in the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. Eligibility Any amateur or professional artist or college art student may enter, but all will be judged as equals for competition purposes. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. All submissions must be original; they may have been created within the past two years and may have been previously exhibited. No work previously produced on a commission will be accepted. All submissions must be… read more:
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New York/U.S. – ‘An Investment in Knowledge’: Rahway Masonic Lodge Provides Scholarships to Deserving Seniors
On Friday, June 10, TAPinto Rahway had the pleasure to attend a scholarship ceremony at the Lafayette Masonic Lodge No. 27 in Rahway. This year, the Lodge awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors. The seven awards fell into two categories of scholarships: the Raritan Americus Lodge Free & Accepted Masons Scholarship and the Edward A. Cantor Scholarship. The Raritan Americus Scholarship was created in the fall of 2003 by Raritan Americus Lodge No. 61 of Perth Amboy prior to its merger with Lafayette Lodge in 2004. Additionally, Azure-Masda Lodge No. 22 of Cranford, currently meeting in… read more:
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burbank Masonic Lodge once again honored outstanding elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The ceremony, held on May 20, marks the Masonic Lodge’s 103rd annual recognition of the importance of public education and the role that Masons have historically played in the furtherance of public education which dates back hundreds of years. This year’s celebration also saw the return of the Burbank Masonic Lodge’s Student Essay Contest, which was open to all Burbank students aged 12-21 and included prize money of $1,000 for first place and $500 for the students whose essays placed second and… read more:
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Freemasons from Ben Rhydding Lodge 5138 in Ilkley presented a cheque for £2000 to the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK at their end of session barbecue. Crohn’s and Colitis UK was chosen as the Master’s Charity by Dr Alex Gibson, retiring Master of Ben Rhydding Lodge. Dr Gibson said: “I am delighted by and grateful for the amount of money raised by members of Ben Rhydding Lodge. Crohn’s disease has blighted our family for over 40 years and both my children suffer from it. I know the physical and emotional effects that it can have on families and seeing your children in severe pain, knowing that there is very little that you can do to relieve that pain, is something that no parent should have to endure. It is not a visible condition and this means that… read more:
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