Griffith Masonic Lodge
Free & Accepted Masons #735
Chartered June 17, 1952
Stated Meeting 1st Tuesday of the Month
In early 1950 Don Irwin and Lawrence Williams, two area Masons, attended a Boy Scout Leadership Meeting On their way home they discussed the possibility of forming a Lodge in Griffith. They later called every Mason they thought would be interested in such an idea and set up a meeting at Brother Irwin’s house. Eighteen men showed up at Irwin’s home. The meeting was opened up with a prayer and the Holy Bible placed on a flower stand in the center of the room. At this meeting donations in the amount of $170.00 were taken, the “Griffith Masonic Club” was formed, and a request for a Charter of Dispensation was signed by those present. The seeds of Griffith Lodge #735 were sown at that meeting The Griffith Masonic Club began meeting in the basement of the Griffith Methodist Church. Their principal goal was to gain members and raise funds for their own Temple. Their membership grew to around 200 and they were able to raise $1400.00 for the Temple.
Toward the end of 1950 an attempt was made to construct a new Temple near the corner of Broad and 45th Streets. The town turned down a necessary zoning change, however, the Griffith Masonic Club went without a home of its own for some months afterward. When Grand Lodge issued a Dispensation for Griffith Lodge #735 U.D. in May of 1951, it had to do so at Lake Lodge, in Crown Point. Griffith Lodge, U.D. held its first meeting on Friday, 20 April, 1951. Grand master John F. Baldridge read the Proclamation creating the Lodge, and appointed the Junior Grand Warden, Newell A. Lamb, as the official Guardian of the new Lodge, with Alan R. Tucker installed as its Master.
Yankee Candle Lodge fundraiser
- Go to http://yankeecandlefundraising.com
- Go down to the orange box
- Enter 990098137 as the group number and click START shopping
- 40% of the proceeds go to Griffith Masonic Lodge!
Christmas is just around the corner, Yankee Candles make excellent gifts to your friends and family!
We definitely appreciate the support, thanks!