Celebrating 288 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.
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The 287th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina
Grand Lodge will be held on Thursday, April 25 & Friday, April 26, 2024, in the Embassy Suites & Convention Center located at 5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418. The Religious Service will commence on Thursday, April 25 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 officially open at 10:00 AM by Most Worshipful Steven D. Hames, Grand Master, with the assistance of the Grand Lodge Officers. The Annual Grand Lodge Banquet will be held on Thursday Evening, April 25, at 7:00 PM in the Conference Center Ballroom C, connected to the Hotel. Reservations and tickets are required for the Annual Grand Lodge Banquet. As in the past, two tickets will be mailed to each Lodge for purchase. This year, the Banquet Tickets will be $80.00 each. Those wishing to purchase additional tickets should call the Grand Lodge Office and ask for Debbie.
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MWB Michael D. Smith Memorial Golf Tournament
MW Steven D. Hames Grand Master Pin
Steven Dewayne Hames was born in Kings Mountain, NC on May 22, 1963, to Nevils and Sue Hames of Blacksburg. He has two brothers Ronald and Christopher. The family moved to Blacksburg, SC when Steve was 3. Steve married Toni January 2001 and has two daughters Macy and Candice, son in law Christopher Sneed and granddaughter Whitley. He attended public school in Blacksburg where he graduated from Blacksburg High School in 1981. After high school Steve enlisted in the US Army where he served four years as a Paratrooper with the 27th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC. He was awarded two Meritorious Achievement Citations and was honorably discharged. After his discharge Steve was employed by Daimler Corporation with the Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant where he retired after 25 years of service.
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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