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Masonry in Utah Valley

Freemasonry

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest world-wide fraternity. It dates back to the fifteenth century. The Grand Lodge of England was founded on 24 June 1717 and represents present day Masonry.

The Grand Lodge of Utah was formed in 1872 and today has 1800 members state-wide. Unfortunately the Fraternity has been in a slow decline in membership and is not as popular as it was in the 50s and 60s. Freemasonry is most popular in Pennsylvania and Texas. There are more than a million U.S. members today.

Lodges in Utah Valley

There are two Masonic Lodges that serve Utah Valley: Damascus and Story. I am a member of Damascus because it suited my nature better.

Damascus Lodge

Damascus Lodge (#10) was founded in Mount Pleasant on January 21, 1896.

The Lodge has a website at DamascusLodge.org.

Damascus Lodge now meets in Provo

We meet every month on the second Wednesday of the month. Dinner is served at 6:45 pm and our business meeting starts at 7:30. The business meeting is open to all Masons regardless of Degree. The dinner before the meeting is open to anyone interested in Freemasonry.

2017 Officers

Worshipful Master
(President)

Wor. T. C. de Hoyos

Senior Warden
(1st Vice President)

Bro. Blake Hansen

Junior Warden
(2nd Vice President)

Bro. C. Scott Lamb

Treasurer

Wor. Jess Worwood

Secretary

Bro. Ed Mortensen (Ed_Mortensen@fotep.com)

Public Events

Damascus Lodge Holds monthly Meet-ups at the dinner preceding the business meeting on the second Wednesday of every month which is open to anyone interested in Freemasonry.

The Lodge holds an annual Fourth of July celebration that is open to the neighborhood and those interested in Freemasonry. A barbecue is held in the early evening and there is a fireworks presentation after dark.

There is a public installation of officers ceremony held each December. Typically on a Wednesday night, the date is set in November of each year.

Each January, we hold a Burns Supper, to honor Robert Burns. The dinner features traditional Scottish food, including haggis. This year the Burns Supper is on January 21st, 2017 at the Legacy Center in Lehi. Seating is limited so I recommend picking up tickets in advance through EventBright.

The Salt Lake City Masonic Temple has tours of that historic building on Mondays at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, call ahead to be sure there will be a tour at (801) 363-2550.

Reasons to Join Freemasonry

There are a number of reasons to join Freemasonry:
  • The Fraternity - Damascus Lodge has some great brothers who are worth getting to know. The Lodge also has some great events throughout the year.
  • The Ritual - The Initiation, Passing to Fellowcraft and Raising to Master Mason is some fine ritual work. Rituals are well worth going through, watching and participating in.
  • The Mysteries - Masonry has a vast history and deep symbolic roots. These mysteries can occupy a lifetime of study and discovery.
  • Self-Improvement - Men are made better by associating with better men and through the teachings of the craft.
  • The Secrets - Masonry has a handshake, secret word and a sign. None of which are a good reason to join Masonry.
  • World Domination - There are a number of conspiracy theories that feature the Masons. So it's fun to poke fun at ourselves.

Joining Damascus Lodge

To join the Lodge you must submit a petition. This petition must be signed by two Masons, one of which must have known you for six months. If you don't currently know a Mason, come by the dinner before a business meeting (2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:45), introduce yourself and start hanging out with the guys for six months. You must also have a belief in a supreme being and be of good character.

The petition, when submitted, must be accompanied by a Candidate fee of $310 which covers the expenses of the degrees.

Frat Life

While Freemasonry is a Fraternity, it is nothing like a college party frat. In fact, drinking is restricted to "Utah" beer or wine when any drinking happens and there are typically no parties. We have get-togethers including those with spouses but we hold no dances or social parties.

There is no Rush Week and the Initiation is a solemn occasion meant to instruct the candidate not belittle or toy with them.

Since Freemasonry is a Fraternity, it is only open to men, aged 18 and older. There is an organization called Order of the Easter Star which is co-ed and heavily favors the women who participate.

There is also a co-ed Masonry program that is not recognized by the traditional Freemasons, but is available to both men and women that are interested in a co-ed organization.

Why You Shouldn't Join

If you want business contacts, you should join The Rotary Club.

If you want to serve your community, you should join The Lions Club.

If you want to volunteer, you should join The Kiwanis.

If you want a social club, you should join The Elks Lodge.

If you want a fraternity to donate to major charities, you should join The Fraternal Order of Eagles.

If you want to rule the world, you should join The Boy Scouts of America.

Famous Masons

Some of the famous Masons include:
  • George Washington (1 of 14 Presidents)
  • Clark Gable
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Oscar Wilde
  • John Wayne
  • Harry Houdini
  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Mel Blanc
  • Charles Lindbergh
  • Gerald Ford
  • Mozart
  • Mark Twain
  • Will Rogers
  • Gene Autry
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Bud Abbott
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Davey Crockett
  • Lewis and Clark
  • More

Online Resources

Some sites that have information on Freemasonry:

Books on Masonry

Before you join:
  • Freemasonry for Dummies (New) (Used)
After you join: Fiction:
  • The Lost Symbol (New or Used)
  • The Adept series, especially books 2-5 (New or Used)

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