Devonshire Freemasons, in association with the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) are very pleased to present ‘The Hollow Lane Club’ with a donation of £15,000. Mary Roche of Crediton established the charity more than 23 years ago and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and young people with severe special educational needs. Deb Ward has also worked alongside Mary as… read more:
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Although I am not a ‘brother of the mystic tie’ as Robert Burns described his fellow masons, the annual celebrations in his honour have brought me at different times to every masonic lodge in Falkirk district. If my arithmetic is correct there are nine of them, each full of interesting architectural features and symbols of the craft and each with a different name and number which tells us when they were registered with the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Today the craft has a much less formal public role than it once did but the charitable work and social activities continue and still play a significant part in the life of our communities. Of course the Masonic Order likes to trace its origins to Biblical times and the men who built Solomon’s temple, but the modern form dates only to the 17th century. The first Falkirk Lodge was formed sometime before 1736 when it was given the number 14. One of the first masters was the infamous Earl of Kilmarnock who… read more:
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The Manchester Masonic Lodge is hosting their annual tractor ride this Saturday. This year’s route will take riders to Ryan and Masonville. The ride leaves the Delaware County Fairgrounds at 8:30 am, heading south out of Manchester, where there will be a tour of a small local tractor collection. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. From there, they’ll travel to the fire station in Ryan, where lunch will be available for a free will donation. From Ryan, the ride will travel to Masonville, where there will be another break with snacks and refreshments available – and then they’ll head back to the fairgrounds in… read more:
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The Brothers of Wautoma Masonic Lodge are pleased to announce a special evening of fellowship and great food with a Corn & Potato Bar meal on Monday, Aug. 28. This community event will be held in the Richard J. Reilly Reception Hall on the lower level of the Wautoma Masonic Center at 203 South Scott Street in Wautoma. This is a casual event for the entire family. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a great Wisconsin-Favorites meal featuring sweet corn and a build-your-own potato bar with all your favorite toppings. Enjoy a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar for dessert. The meal will be offered with free-will donations appreciated. This event is intended as… read more:
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While the history of the Freemasons has often been shrouded in mystery, members of the Matinecock Masonic Lodge in Oyster Bay recently welcomed dozens of people onto their premises for a fundraiser. Roughly 65 people, both Masons and their guests, enjoyed playing billiards, darts, cornhole and other games while raising money for Ryan Obes, a lodge member’s son, who is undergoing treatment for multiple polyps and subsequent complications. The fundraiser was held on Aug. 2, and Masons from across New York State made their way down to support the Obes family and enjoy an evening of games and conversation. Steve Boerner, one of the organizers of the event, explained that while the goal of the evening was to raise money, they also wanted to begin making the lodge more active in the community. “I worked very hard promoting and dealing with a lot of the logistics, and I was very satisfied seeing everybody having a good time,” Boerner said. “Warren (Ryan’s father) is a really great guy, so this was really important for us.” One of the highlights of the evening was the pool tournament, played on the lodge’s recently donated billiards table. This one replaced their old table, which was destroyed along with their… read more:
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Local charity Sight Matters has thanked the Island’s Freemasons after receiving a donation of £2,600. The money will go towards delivering crucial services and support to individuals facing the challenges of sight loss. The charity says this donation from the Isle of Man Freemasons is a testament to the organisation’s unwavering dedication to… read more:
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The Cary-Grove Masonic Lodge No. 1157 and the Oneida Masonic Lodge No. 337 in Cary recently awarded four scholarships to young people in pursuit of further education. Families of the recipients were treated to a dinner as two scholarships were presented by Cary-Grove Lodge and one by Oneida. These scholarships were made available through the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Illinois the chartering organization for the individual lodges. Currently, there are 460 lodges in the state with more than 50,000 Masons. With over 3 million members, Freemasons belong to the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. Freemasonry proposes to… read more:
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The Masonic Lodge Whangamomona 234 has gifted a new four-outlet poker machine to the Stratford High School technology department. This machine replaces one that had reached retirement age after more than 30 years of use. Freemason Lodges have a commitment to their local area to assist organisations and individuals to increase the scope of the work they do either by providing equipment or services. Lodge Whangamomona 234, now more than 100 years old and based in Inglewood, focuses on central Taranaki for its charitable… read more:
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The Michigan Masonic Home has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The Michigan Masonic Home underwent a rigorous onsite review. During this visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance standards spanning several areas including environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and… read more:
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The Clinton Masonic Lodge stands out on Wilton Main Street, sitting atop a hill next to the library, with curving steps leading to the front door, framed by columns and a brick facade. Like many aspects of the lodge, pieces of its exterior are symbolic of Masonry teachings – not surprising, as the building was paid for and built by members of the Freemasons (Masons for short) for the purpose of being a Masonic temple, a tradition that carries on to this day. The first meeting was held Sept. 9, 1897, and the building was dedicated on June 16, 1898, in a ceremony which included a procession of over 200 Masons, including a visit from the governor. The interior of the building is filled with hand-carved mahogany. The electricity must be turned on from… read more:
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MW Glen A. Chaney, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Oklahoma, has issued a letter of warning to his jurisdictions’ lodges concerning recent threats, acts of vandalism, and violence against Freemasons. This warning comes in the wake of the recent increase in Anti-Masonic behavior in the U.S. and Canada. In his letter, he provides a list of recommendations to help heighten security in and around Masonic… read more:
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A new blue plaque has been unveiled in York city centre to commemorate the story behind a historic building. York Freemasons, who meet at the Eboracum Masonic Lodge in St Saviourgate, invited the Principal of York College and University Centre, Lee Probert, to unveil the new plaque at the lodge on Tuesday, August 8. The Institute of Popular Science and Literature – the forerunner of York College and University Centre – occupied the lodge building from… read more:
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The Port Lincoln Railway Museum received a $25,000 grant to install security cameras. Accepting the cheque was Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society president Peter Knife (fourth from left). Handing over the cheque from the Port Lincoln Freemasons Lodge were Barry Kersley, Bob Hart, Bruce Bamford, David Cuddeford, Ron Bascomb, Freemasons SA/NT Deputy Grand Master Bill Merrill, and Trevor Squire… read more:
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Ayrshire Freemasons have been hailed for showing their warm and cuddly side – with donations of teddy bears to help children in hospital. Members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Ayrshire (PGLA) were on hand to deliver the batch of bears which will be distributed to children attending A&E departments at both Ayr and Crosshouse Hospitals. The donations, part of the Teddies for Loving Care project, are designed to make children’s time in hospital that little bit easier. The teddies provide comfort to children attending the department and helps to reduce the shock and stress of their experience, while also building a… read more:
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Ontario/Canada – Freemasons support Société Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts
The Société Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts has received an $8,000 donation from the Sudbury-Manitoulin District Freemasons as part of the group’s 2022-2023 district charity project. Donations like this support local programs and services, such as the Health Bistro Day Program, recreation therapy, support groups, education and behavioural… read more:
Back in June, MW George Hamilton, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts AF&AM, issued a warning about the recruiting activities of a lodge claiming to be part of a bogus organization calling itself ‘The Grand Lodge of the USA.’ According to the letter, this group seems to be specifically targeting Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. and charging an exorbitant fee for joining them. (Click image above to enlarge) From the letter: “It is reported that these representatives are contacting local members of the community and hosting coffee gatherings and meetings at hotels or restaurants. Their pitch includes an official-looking application complete with an employer identification number to a lodge that cannot be verified. “The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts can confirm that the Grand Lodge of the USA does not exist and is encouraging you to warn anyone who may be… read more:
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‘The 3 Pillars – Feeding the Homeless and Supporting the Community’ charity has for several years been carrying out its work in the Peterborough, St Neots, Huntingdon and Rushden areas, distributing hot food, bedding and clothing to homeless people and the most vulnerable from their mobile catering vehicles. Led in Northampton by Aaron Day (pictured) and a wonderful team of helpers, they have extended their operating area into the town, with a new feeding centre and Food Bank which opens on Tuesday and Friday evenings each week from… read more:
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Parishville Masonic Lodge 395, 1767 State Highway 72, will offer a chicken barbecue dinner Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at 11:30 a.m. Menu: barbecued half-chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, and a brownie. Take out only. Cost $15 per dinner or $10 for only a half chicken. Breakfast sandwiches available during the morning. Proceeds to benefit Amber Lodge 395, Free and Accepted Masonic… read more:
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Freemasons from across Ohio gathered July 30 to celebrate the Grand Lodge of Ohio performing its Lodge Dedication and Cornerstone ceremonies on East Palestine Lodge No. 417. The East Palestine Lodge recently purchased and moved into the Lutheran Church on East Grant Street. The lodge has been a staple of East Palestine for 155 years since its opening in… read more:
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An Aberdeen children’s charity has received £1,500 from two groups of Scottish Freemasons. Team Jak, who support children and young people diagnosed with cancer and their families, was the chosen charity of two Masonic Provinces in Scotland – Moray and Nairn and Banffshire. A team representing the two groups had been invited to the Essex Masters Lodge in England, where they performed a typical Scottish masonic ceremony and were given £1,000 from the hosts for… read more:
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