Celebrating 282 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
GRAND LODGE ANNUAL COMMUNICATION The 281st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina will be held on April 26th & 27th, at the Jamil Shrine Center located at 206 Jamil Road, Columbia SC 29210. The Religious Service will commence on Thursday, April 26th 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 Michael D. Smith, Sr., Grand Master with the assistance of the Grand Lodge Officers and Brethren. The Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 PM in the Ballroom of the Double Tree Hotel located at 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. The Double Tree Hotel 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 Double Tree Hotel in Columbia at 803-731-0300. When calling, you must ask for group reserva
tions and identify yourself as being with The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina (Code: AFM) in order to obtain the special room rate of $129.00 plus tax per night. Since the Headquarters Hotel will be unable to accommodate everyone attending the Annual Communication, the Sleep Inn located at 1901 Rockland Road, Columbia, SC, which is actually next door to the Double Tree Hotel and shares the same parking lot, may be contacted for room reservations at 803-731-9999.
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The Masonic Light Newsletter is now available online in a downloadable format. Look under the resources tab to find the page or just click here.
MWB Michael D. Smith-Grand Master Coin and Pin 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.
It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve our beloved Fraternity in any leadership position. I recognize that leadership has always been based upon the respect given by the membership if for only a short time. Leadership, in any case, is always accompanied by the responsibility to act on behalf one’s peers and to act in the best interest for all.
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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