Illinois/U.S. – Freemasons donate $16K to Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal
Bloomington Lodge No. 43 and Normal Lodge No. 673 recently donated $16,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal. The grant funding was secured from an Illinois Freemasonry Charity, the Illinois Masonic Children’s Assistance Program. Grants were requested by Christopher Hathaway, of Bloomington Lodge No. 43, from IMCAP to be used to fund programming and youth needs throughout the year, as well as assist with two holiday programs providing new coats and holiday food baskets for member families. Hathaway personally reached out to Boys & Girls Club CEO Tony Morstatter and Family & Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Adams to understand their financial needs. Lodge members Connor Ramsey of… read more:
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Oklahoma/U.S. – Lawton FFA and Lawton Masonic Lodge #183 to host Annual Pie Auction
The Lawton Masonic Lodge #183 and the Lawton FFA are preparing to host their annual Pie Auction fundraising event. 7News spoke with Maddie Mueller, the Lawton FFA President, about what the community can expect and how it impacts the organization. The Pie Auction begins at noon on Sunday, February 5, at the Life Ready Center and is free to attend. It’s one of their most significant fundraising events of the year and helps fund their spring activities. Those activities include speeches, Agri-science fairs, team contests, and their state convention in… read more:
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Illinois/U.S. – NAACP President to Receive Masonic Honors
Danville, IL, Feb. 3, 2023 – Danville’s NAACP President Edward J. Butler will be installed as an Honorary Past Grand Master during a ceremony on Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in Danville’s Masonic Temple (109 W. North St., Danville). Butler, who is also a co-founder of Danville’s Three Kings of Peace, is receiving this honor for having served the Masonic Order for more than 20 years. Chicago’s Worshipful Grand Master Roland Simmon will preside over the installation. The ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information… read more:
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Essex/England – Headway Essex secures minibus thanks to Freemasons donation
Essex Freemasons has donated £24,000 to help brain injury charity, Headway Essex raise enough money to buy a vital new minibus. This was the balance needed to purchase and equip the new vehicle outright – transport that will help hundreds of people across Essex suffering strokes and other life changing brain injuries. The money, donated via the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons own charity, will primarily enable Headway Essex to collect people from home and bring them to their centre in Woodland Walk, Colchester, where they are supported to rebuild their lives. Joanna Wright, Headway’s chief executive, said: “We help between 500 to 600 people across all parts of Essex every year. Our aim is to… read more:
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Mississippi/U.S. – Person arrested after shooting at old Masonic Temple
Officer Sam Brown with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) said the shooting happened around 8:00 a.m. at the old Masonic Temple on West… read more:
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Wisconsin/U.S. – Merrill Freemasons donate fire suppression tool
Lincoln County officials now have another new tool to fight fires. On Tuesday, the Merrill Freemasons donated a fire suppression tool to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. The tools are thrown into a fire and release a chemical gas to quickly drop the temperature of the fire. This unit is the 13th in the Merrill and Antigo areas to be donated. The Freemasons say it’s important for law enforcement to have the tool because they are often the first on the scene of a fire before the fire department. Andrew Caylor of the Freemasons said, “If we can get one of these in the hand of every squad in the area, in the state, even the country, so that they’re there being able to be used as a first response to a fire.” First responders use them by pulling out the two pins and… read more:
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Celebrating 300 Years Of The Anderson Constitutions
The year 2023 will see the tercentenary year of the publication of the Anderson Constitutions. 1717 saw the beginning of a Grand Lodge system following which came the need for books of charges and Constitutions for the use of the newcomers to the increasingly non operative status of freemasonry. The books of Charges from 1723 and others subsequently published laid down the mythic pedigree of Freemasonry and outlined the moral and behavioural expectations of Craftsmen (Exploring Early Grand Lodge Freemasonry – Murphy – Plumbstone 2017). It has been called the most important Masonic work ever published. The Constitutions also contain a Traditional History where events and persons from sacred history become interwoven with the thinking and development within the classical world. Masonry then is seen as synonymous with the upward progression of humanity. It has been called a mythistory providing “a special perspective on the world that frames the role of the Craft as working to preserve valuable ancient mysteries whilst cultivating the arts and… read more:
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East Somerset – Connaught Freemasons celebrate centenary
On Tuesday, 10th January 2023, Connaught Chapter No 3573 that meets at the Masonic Hall, Redfield Road, Midsomer Norton celebrated one hundred years of working since being founded on 23rd November 1922. Because of the large number of Companions wishing to attend this special event, the meeting was moved to Frome Masonic Hall. The Lodge room at Frome was packed with members of Connaught Chapter and their guests. The meeting was honoured by the attendance of the Grand Superintendent of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset, Excellent Companion Ray Guthrie, his senior Officers, together with fifteen members of the… read more:
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Shropshire/England – Freemasons put disabled horse riders in the saddle with £10,000 grant
A charity which encourages disabled and disadvantaged people to take up horse riding has received a big leg-up thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Freemasons. The money will allow the Shropshire-based Cavalier Centre, which uses 14 horses and ponies to provide support to disabled people from across the West Midlands, to expand its operations. The charity, which is run by five staff members and 200 volunteers, runs an equestrian and riding centre in Much Wenlock. It offers a range of schemes to improve physical, mental and emotional health through horse-based activity. The centre, at Bradley Farm in Farley, serves 140 regular riders and carriage drivers from across Shropshire, Staffordshire, the Black Country, Worcestershire and Birmingham through the Riders for the Disabled scheme. It also helps a further 100 people through its … read more:
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Massachusetts/U.S. – Westfield Freemasons organize program to provide medical equipment free of charge
In Westfield, the local Freemason chapter put together the Hospital Equipment Loan Program to help people find the equipment they need, free of charge. “We have transfer chairs, we have shower benches, we just have anything and everything you could possibly need in that category of stuff, free of charge to the community. If you need it, we got it,” said Westfield Mass Help President Melvin Hook. The local Freemason chapter has set up the Hospital Equipment Loan Program, or HELP for short, at 72 Broad Street in Westfield. People get the medical equipment they need free of charge. All they ask is you return it when you are done. Hook told Western Mass News that the program has been able to help people find… read more:
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Washington State/U.S. – Port Angeles Masonic Lodge officers announced
The Port Angeles Masonic Lodge #69 has elected new officers for 2023. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are Vance Smith, John Wylie, John Braasch, Gary Zambor, Pete Waldrip, Bob Caruthers, William Smith and Bob Wheeler. In the back row, left to right: Arnie Finley, Winston Cardinez, Bob Jackson, William Schult, Michael Dew, Paul Carmean and… read more:
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Missouri/U.S. – Rhodes honored on 60 years of Masonic service
On Thursday, January 12, Greenville Lodge No. 107 A.F. & A.M. met for a family night celebration between members and their spouses. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 60-year Masonic jewel to C.L. “Buck” Rhodes, a longtime staple of the Greenville community. The ceremony was presided over by W.B. Lavern H. Daves, R.W.B. Ted Marlow and W.B. Jerry Gowen. The Masonic jewel was presented by Pamela Smith, daughter of Rhodes. Carroll L. “Buck” Rhodes was recommended to Greenville Lodge No. 107 by his father, the late W.B. Cecil F. Rhodes and the late Brother Corprew Jones. Rhodes was initiated into Freemasonry at Greenville on February 24, 1960, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on November 17, 1960, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 28, 1961. He and his late first wife, the former Kathern (Rainwater) Rhodes, later joined the Greenville Chapter No. 337 Order of the… read more:
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Alexandria’s GW Birthday Parade To Highlight 100 Years of Masonic Memorial
The George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m. An annual tradition to honor the first president, a Founding Father, and an Alexandrian, this year’s edition will highlight the 100th anniversary of the memorial named for him. According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial was “[l]argely constructed between 1922 and 1932 with many of the major interior spaces left unfinished until the decades following World War II,” In August of 2015, the tower – designed in the neoclassical style, according to The Washington Post – was designated a national historic landmark by the United States Government. One thousand Freemasons from across the country will be in attendance for the event. The parade start is located at the intersection of Pendleton St. and King St. See the route map HERE and the assembly map HERE. At the parade’s conclusion, the group will take part in, what a press release by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee (GWBCC) calls the Centennial Cornerstone Ceremony. That press release includes the words of historian and Freemason Mark Tabbert, who wrote: “More than 15,000 people came to Alexandria in 1923 to place a cornerstone and to dedicate our city’s memorial in honor of George Washington and his virtues. “One hundred years later, we return to lay a new cornerstone that… read more:
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Peru – St. John’s Masonic Lodge to install officers Jan. 28
St. John’s Lodge No. 13 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Peru will host its 182nd annual Installation of Officers Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Peru Masonic Center, 1711 ½ Fourth St. Elected officers to be installed to serve the lodge for the ensuing year are Benny L. Nooks of Princeton, worshipful master; Steven J. Brown of Ladd, senior warden; Eric M. Lynch of Peru, junior warden; Lucas W. Matson of Ottawa, treasurer; and, Russell W. Pratt, Jr. of Ottawa, secretary. Appointed officers to be installed to serve the Lodge for the ensuing year are … read more:
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Northumberland/England – Morpeth Rugby Club boosted by donation from Freemasons
The installation was part of their recent clubhouse renovations, ensuring that facilities are not only fit for purpose for the club membership, but also provide quality facilities for use by the wider local community, Ken Fraser, Honorary Secretary for Morpeth RFC, said: “We are really grateful. Members of the Development Group, with Chairman Simon Harries, were delighted to meet the Head of the Northumberland Freemasons, Ian Craigs, at … read more:
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Essex/England – Freemasons celebrate 150 years of Langthorne Lodge
Members of a Freemason lodge in Essex recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the branch. Founded in 1872 at Stratford in London’s East End, Langthorne Lodge No 1421 first met at The Swan Hotel next to the Town Hall and was named after the Cistercian monastery, Stratford Langthorne Abbey, founded in 1135 which was then in Essex. The lodge now meets six Thursday evenings a year at the Howard Hall Masonic Centre in Braintree. Paul Tarrant, the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) of the 7,500 plus Essex Freemasons, together with deputy PGM Nick Franklin and Clive Rees, the assistant PGM for the lodge, were among the many guests of the 30-strong lodge for an evening of celebration in… read more:
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Devonshire/England – Paignton Freemasons donate £500 to support Torbay’s Ukrainian community
Freemasons from Paignton’s Miles Coverdale Lodge have donated £500 to the Torbay-Ukraine Support Community Interest Company, a charitable organisation created in order to help support the Ukrainian refugee community to settle in the UK, through a programme of education. Formed in June 2022, the largest Ukrainian support group in Torbay currently provides support to more than 150 Ukrainian visitors to Torbay and surrounding areas and those hosting them. Dr David Harwood said, “We are most grateful for this donation from the Freemasons of Miles Coverdale Lodge which… read more:
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Tennessee/U.S. – Jonesborough Masonic Lodge to celebrate 200 years of local history
The Rhea Masonic Lodge No. 47 of the Free & Accepted Masons in Jonesborough will kick off a yearlong observance of its 200th anniversary on Jan. 28. A program will begin at noon at the lodge, which is located at 210 North 2nd Ave., with remarks from the grand master of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Tennessee and local dignitaries. An open house will follow until 3 p.m., which will provide the public with an opportunity to tour the lodge and ask questions about the fraternal organization. The Rhea Lodge has been located on 2nd Avenue since 1969. Masons first met in Washington County’s original wooden courthouse before moving to… read more:
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Somerset/England – Freemasons donate to Red Cross to help Ukraine
SOMERSET Freemasons have helped to support Ukrianian families by raising £100,000 to donate to the British Red Cross, alongside Freemasons across England and Wales. The grant, which was collected through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, will help people seeking safety in the UK to track down their loved ones and get back in contact. The British Red Cross international tracing team can help families understand the legal process to reunite and offer emotional support where … read more:
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Northumberland/England – Freemasons donation to Morpeth Ruby Club
A donation from Northumberland Freemasons has allowed Morpeth Rugby Club to further update their facilities which will benefit members and the wider community. As part of their recent extensive clubhouse renovations, ensuring that the facilities are not only fit for purpose for the club membership but also to provide quality facilities for use by the wider local community, Northumberland Freemasons donated £3,000 through the Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund. The money has been used to purchase a public address system which was integral in the running of their recent community fireworks and Bonfire Night and is… read more:
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