Saturday, May 21, 2011
Statewide Open Houses in Utah Today
Lodges across Utah are participating in a statewide open house today, Saturday, May 21st. The Grand Lodge of Utah F&AM is encouraging lodges to open their doors to the public. Price of admission? Visitors who bring nonperishable food donations can tour Masonic lodges across Utah from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food donations will benefit the Utah Food Bank. Last year's efforts brought in more than 900 pounds of food from over 1,600 folks.
On the tour list is the Masonic Temple in downtown Salt Lake City, which will be the location of the Masonic Society's Semi-Annual Meeting in July. See the article from the Deseret News, "Take a tour with Utah's not-so-secret Free Masons" by Lee Benson.
Lodges will also be open in Bountiful, Brigham City, Clearfield, Logan, Ogden, Moab, Provo, St. George, and Tooele
According to Grand Master John Liley, Utah has initiated 165 new Masons over the last year, out of a total membership of about 2,000, in Utah's 34 lodges. It is the first net increase in Utah Masonry in more than 30 years.