Celebrating 280 years of Freemasonry in South Carolina - First South Carolina Lodge Chartered 1735
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen, to be of good character, & to care for those less fortunate.
Freemasonry traces its roots to the Middle Ages. It is from associations of stone masons, who built the magnificent cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe that the fraternity started. These groups, eventually, began to accept members who were not actual working masons.
They adopted the term "Accepted" Masons, and Freemasonry was born.
Next Grand Lodge Events
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017, GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA:
For the purpose of Laying a Cornerstone and Dedicating the Lodge Hall of Walden Lodge No. 274 AFM. Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM at the
Lodge. The Grand Master, with the assistance of the other Grand Lodge
Officers, will open the Grand Lodge of AFM of SC and Walden Lodge No. 274, AFM on the First Degree at 12:30 PM. The Ceremony of Laying the Cornerstone will follow at 1:00 PM with the Ceremony of Rededication coming afterwards. Walden Lodge is located at 8551 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC. All Brothers including Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts and Master
Masons with their ladies and friends are invited to attend. All Grand Lodge Officers are expected to attend and all Past Grand Masters are requested to attend. All Elected Grand Lodge Officers and Past Grand Masters should wear their black tails with black bow tie and black vests. All other Grand Lodge Officers should wear black tuxedos with black bow ties, and black cummerbunds or black vests.
GRAND LODGE ANNUAL COMMUNICATION
The 280th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient
Free Masons of South Carolina will be held on April 27th and 28th, at the
Embassy Suites, Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center located at
670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville, SC 29607.
The Religious Service will commence on Thursday, April 27th at 9:00
AM and will be conducted by Reverend and Right Worshipful A. Robert
Nix, Grand Chaplain. Following the Religious Service, the Grand Lodge
will be officially opened at 10:00 AM by Most Worshipful William B.
Rogers, Grand Master with the assistance of the Grand Lodge Officers
and Brethren. The Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 27th at
7:00 PM in the Ball Room of the Embassy Suites, Greenville.
The Embassy Suites, Greenville will be the Headquarters Hotel. Those
desiring to stay at the Headquarters Hotel are encouraged to make reservations
as soon as possible since there is a limited number of rooms
available. Elected Grand Lodge Officers, Appointed Grand Lodge Officers,
Past Grand Masters, and Committeemen are requested to stay at the
Headquarters hotel and to make their reservations promptly. Each person
including Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Masters, and Committeemen
are responsible for making their own reservations.
Reservations may be made by calling the Embassy Suites, Greenville at
1-864-676-9090. When calling, you must ask for group reservations and
identify yourself as being with The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons
of South Carolina (code GRA) in order to obtain the special room rate of
$143.00 plus tax per night. Since the Headquarters Hotel will be unable
to accommodate everyone attending the Annual Communication of the
Grand Lodge, the following is a list of nearby hotels for your convenience:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Microtel Inn & Suites
1036 Woodruff Road 1024 Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607 Greenville, SC 29607
La Quinta Inn & Suites Comfort Inn Millennium
31 Old Country Rd. 2756 Laurens Rd
Greenville, SC 29607 Greenville, SC 29607
Grand Lodge Banquet Tickets are available
Tickets to the Grand Lodge Banquet serving a New York Strip Steak dinner and with Entertainment from Nashville, Tennessee which will be held on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 PM in the Grand Ball Room of the Embassy Suites, Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center located at 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville, South Carolina. The tickets are $60.00 each and will be sold on a first come basis until sold out. Those wishing to purchase banquet tickets should mail to the Grand Lodge Office their check covering the total cost each $60.00 ticket ordered together a letter with the purchasers name, address and Lodge Name and Number.
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MWB William B Rogers-Grand Master Tie and Coin are also available for purchase by contacting MWB Gerald L Carver-Grand Secretary at 803-808-4377 or DDGM's and Subordinate Grand Lodge Officers. The Grand Master Tie is $20.00 and the Grand Master Coin is $5.00.
In gratitude for our Veteran’s service, as Grand Master I am placing upon the trestle board a request that every Lodge in our Grand Jurisdiction support all of the four VA centers with an emphasis on the Richard Campbell Nursing Home in Anderson South Carolina.
Masonic License Plate Available from SC Dept of Motor Vehicles. Membership verification required.
Ancient Free Masons license plates are $30.00 every two years in addition to the registration fee.
Applicant must present a current dues card from the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of SC.
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