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THE MASTERS' LODGE

Location: Newtonville; Needham (2007)

Chartered By: David B. Richardson

Charter Date: 11/21/1984 1984-118

Precedence Date: 09/07/1983

Current Status: Active


NOTES

From TROWEL, February 1984, Page 25:

Aiming to follow the English Masonic tradition of a small Lodge with every member participating in its work, three dozen of the busiest Masons in Massachusetts have organized the Masters Lodge, A. F. & A. M. The Lodge will meet at the Masonic Temple in Newtonville, and all of its charter members will continue as active members of other Lodges in the Fifth Masonic District.

Three Grand Masters lead the new Lodge, with M. W. Stanley Fielding Maxwell as Master, M. W. Donald W. Vose as Senior Warden and M. W. J. Philip Berquist as Junior Warden. All of the members are Past Masters and past or present Grand Lodge officers.

Membership in the Masters Lodge is limited to 50, and all members are pledged to attend every meeting. Formation of similar small Lodges is under consideration in other Masonic Districts.

Each of the petitioners seeking a dispensation to form this Lodge committed himself to demonstrate that small Lodges can prosper, that busy Masons can find the time to work if they have the interest, and that the English tradition of small, congenial memberships can contribute to the success of Masonry in Massachusetts.

Every member of the Masters Lodge holds an office or committee assignment. Among the officers are:

Also,

  • R. W. Charles L. Young, Standard Bearer;
  • R. W. John A. Musserian, Sword Bearer;
  • R. W. Howard E. Perry, Electrician; and
  • R. W. Donald S. Bishop, Tyler.

PAST MASTERS


REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS

  • Petition for Dispensation: 1983
  • Petition for Charter: 1984

VISITS BY GRAND MASTER

BY-LAW CHANGES

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EVENTS

CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, NOVEMBER 1984

From TROWEL, Spring 1985, Page 8:

On Nov. 21, 1984, M. W. David B. Richardson and Grand Lodge officers constituted the first Lodge in Massachusetts in ten years and installed the officers of The Masters Lodge, formed to emphasize the belief that even the busiest of men can find the time for something worthwhile.

Installed as the first Worshipful Master was M. W. Stanley F. Maxwell; as Senior Warden, M. W. Donald W. Vose; and as Junior Warden, M. W. J. Philip Berquist, all Past Grand Masters. All thirty-six Charter Members were present for the ceremonies.

Dedication ceremonies were also held for the Great Lights presented to the Lodge by Mrs. Henry D. Harmon in memory of her late husband, R. W. Bro. Harmon, a Past D. D. G. M. of the Brighton Fifth Masonic District.

The Masters Lodge operates in the English tradition, which requires a letter of excuse if a member is to be absent from a meeting and for a visitor to have a written invitation from the Master.

TROWEL wishes for this new Lodge every success in its unique venture.


GRAND LODGE OFFICERS

Note: This list is extremely incomplete; it mostly includes Past Masters of the Lodge.


DISTRICTS

1983: District 5 (Waltham)

2003: District 5


LINKS

Massachusetts Lodges