Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Masonic Installation of Officers Ceremony

Saturday night Gabe and I went to our friend Scott's 103rd (i believe) Installation of Officers ceremony at his masonic lodge. We took my brother and his girlfriend with us and we had a really good time. ( Scott is my brothers best friend and my friend Toni's boyfriend)

the ceremony was about 2 hours long. Scott was moving up in rank for his lodge and we watched as he got his jewel and was appointed his new position. The presentation was very professional and it was definitely unlike anything I have ever been too The master of ceremonies passing along the polls of their appointed duties.
Master of ceremonies walking Scott to his position

Everything is set from West,South,North and East. The East is where the Worshipful Master takes stand..Worshipful master is the name given to the head of the lodge I believe is how it goes
Here is the worshipful master giving his thanks and presenting special gifts to those that help out the lodge

At the end of the ceremony Job's daughters come out and do closing cross.

Job's Daughters International is a Masonic sponsored youth organization for girls aged 10 to 20. The organization is commonly referred to as simply Job's Daughters, and sometimes abbreviated as JDI (or IOJD, referring to its longtime former name). Job's Daughters focuses on the Holy Bible but celebrates and welcomes many religions and cultures.

They came out at the end and were singing and knelled at the bible. It was a really nice little performance they did.

Afterwards the new officers returned their items and then everyone was led into the banquet room for dinner and dancing and drinks.

Their lodge is a pretty good size and was established in 1956. The have their own banquet room,a band stage and dance floor, a kitchen, a pub and a beautiful patio over looking the harbor. Everyone was dressed nicely. The mason's all wore red Roses and the wives/girlfriends and families of the mason's wore white roses. My brother and Jessica pictured below

Scot and Toni at dinner. It was nice to see them walking together when exiting the main room. All the mason's got to exit first with their wife or girlfriend on their arms and then everyone else exited last.
Gabe and I the dinner table. We met so many cool people. Everyone was very friendly. The Band was great too..they did some Mel Torme covers as well as other great artist. There was lounge music playing in between.
The dinner was really good. The dessert was even better!!
After dinner we went to their pub in the lodge and had drinks and mingled. Their pub consisted of a bar, Foosball table,pool table, chairs, big screen TV and the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on. Gabe and I were invited back to the lodge and Gabe has filled out his application and is now I guess Pledging to become a mason. He already got the signatures from fellow masons to join.
For those of you who have no idea what a Freemason is it is basically the worlds Oldest and Largest Fraternity. Other Hierarchy in Freemasonry is the Scottish Rite and Shriner's.
I don't really know too much but this is just things here and there that I am learning.
It is very much more detailed.
We will definitely be back. We had a awesome time.

1 comment:

Thelma said...

very interesting. I have heard of Freemasons but never really understood what they do. Very cool!