Feast of St. John the Evangelist had great attendance
The Masonic Lodge in Orland Indiana, Star Lodge #225 hosted the festive Board on Monday, December 27. Forty two Masons from the surrounding area attended from 10 different Masonic Lodges including: Star Lodge #225 (Orland – the host); Angola Lodge #236; Northeastern Lodge #210 (Fremont); Ashley Lodge #614; Forest Lodge #239 (Butler); Concord Lodge #556 (Spencerville); DeKalb Lodge #224 (Auburn); Roanoke Lodge #195; Colon Lodge #225 (Michigan); and Bedford Lodge #207 (Michigan). The attendees assembled at 6:00 PM, with the festive board, or meal starting at 6:30 PM.
The Festive Board is one of the oldest traditions in Masonry. In the early days of Masonry, Lodges would meet in taverns for a meal and Lodge meeting, and would conclude their festive event with toasts. They would toast to the brotherhood, the officers, the country and the well-being of a successful Lodge.
That tradition continues with a meal and the ceremonial portions of toasts to the future of Masonry. Speaking at the event was Richard Lentz, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana, who is a member of Concord Lodge #225 in Spencerville, Indiana. A fraternal basket of assistance was passed among the brethren to help a local member needing financial needs.
Brother Lentz spoke on the two St. Johns that are part of our Masonic ritual. He also encouraged attendance at the Grand Lodge Founders Day on Saturday, January15, 2022. It will be held at the Scottish Rite Building located at 650 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis.
What a crowd at the Feast! 42 attended – one of the largest ever held. Seated front center is Richard Lentz, (Masonic speaker) Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. In first row standing behind Lentz is Bob Treesh, Past Master of Orland Lodge who presided over the event.
Our thanks go to the several officers and members of Orland Lodge #225 for hosting this annual event and to their ladies who served a great meal. NOTE: In case you desire a copy of the event, look for the news in the December 28 Herald/Republican or it should be in the Auburn Evening Star soon.