Celebrating the Birth of our Nation, and 245 Years
Since Our Declaration of Independence.
Happy Independence Day Brethren!
(Click Image to Read Declaration of Independence in its entirety)
Signers of the Declaration of Independence known to be Freemasons.
William Ellery of Rhode Island,
Member of First Lodge of Boston, 1748
Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania,
Grand Master of Pennsylvania, 1734
John Hancock of Massachusetts,
Member of Merchants Lodge No. 277 in Quebec,
and St. Andrews Lodge in Boston, 1762
Joseph Hewes of North Carolina,
Member of Unanimity Lodge No. 7
William Hooper of North Carolina,
Member of Hanover Lodge in Masonborough, NC
Robert Treat Paine of Massachusetts,
Believed to be a Member of Massachusetts Lodge,
Attended Massachusetts Grand Lodge in 1759.
Richard Stockton of New Jersey,
Charter Master of St. John’s Lodge in NJ, 1765
George Walton of Georgia,
Member of Solomon’s Lodge No. 1 in GA
William Whipple of New Hampshire,
Member of St. John’s Lodge in NH
A Talk on Freemasons and the Constitution
Thirteen of the 39 signers of the U.S. Constitution shared something in common: they were Freemasons. But did Freemasonry really play an influential role in the founding of the United States?
Professor Kevin Butterfield attempts to separate myth from reality.
Grand Lodge Warden's Retreat &
Secretary Training Returns for 2021
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the annual training session could not take place earlier in the year as usual. The 2021 training will be on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 9am-3pm at The Wesley Center in Woodworth, La (2350 Methodist Parkway).
The Grand Lodge asks that you register early to allow staff to record registrations and prepare materials. The fee is $50 per attendee, which includes refreshments, materials, and a meal. Registration deadline is August 7, 2021.
Abe Hinson No. 472 hosted a "Masonic Spelling Bee" Fundraiser on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Spelling words were taken from the Masonic Monitor and ranged in complexity. W∴B∴ Glenn Turner (center) won first place, and the lodge raised over $500, including money to be donated to the Masonic Learning Center. The event was the brainchild of W∴B∴ Chad Koelling (left),
and the D∴D∴G∴M∴ for the 20th District, R∴W∴B∴ Deas Dempsey (right) was in attendance.
Freemasonry has existed in the Philippines since the mid-1800s. And although the earliest lodges were composed solely of foreigners, native Filipinos soon acquired a taste for the various libertarian ideals contained within the masonic fraternity, particularly regarding freedom, with even the first Philippine President later claiming that his country’s revolution was “Masonically inspired, Masonically led, and Masonically executed”.
This July, join Very Worshipful Brother Felix Pintado as he expounds upon the genesis of Freemasonry in the Philippines up to the formation of its own Grand Lodge; with an overarching focus on the Craft’s impact and influence on the country’s struggle for independence, and its gradual permeation into the very fabric of Filipino society, both at home and abroad.
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