Big Rapids Masons to host open house Saturday

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids Masonic Lodge will join nearly 31,000 Michigan members of the fraternal organization holding an Oct. 17, open house for anyone interested in learning about the organization.

Many of Michigan’s more than 300 lodges will be open to greet visitors.

The local Masonic Lodge building, located north of town at 20941 19 Mile Road and just east of Northland Drive, will be open from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, for tours, and members will be on hand to answer questions about Freemasonry. 

The Big Rapids Masonic Lodge was chartered almost 150 years ago — on Jan. 11, 1866. Two of the most notable Masons of this local Lodge were Woodbridge Ferris, who founded the Ferris Institute, and Charlie Gay who founded the Pioneer newspaper.

Masonry welcomes men of good character and all faiths, who are aged 19 or older.

“Masons throughout Michigan, including those in Big Rapids, are looking forward to welcoming guests into their many lodges to explain how Masonry has been impactful to them,” said Robert Conley, Michigan Masons-Grand Lodge membership director. “Masonry emphasizes fellowship, community engagement, personal development and helping one another, so we’re excited to show what we’re all about.’”

Michigan Masons are actively involved in communities statewide while supporting a range of positive nonprofit causes (such as the Michigan Child ID Program). Last year Michigan Masons and the Masonic Foundation of Michigan raised over $560,000 for cause-related charitable community programs.

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