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Freemasony: A longstanding presence on Guam

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WHILE freemasonry has its obscure origins in the 16th century, the fraternal organization began its formal activities on Guam in 1919 when the Grand Lodge of the Philippines issued a charter for Charleston Lodge No. 144.

According to Roger R. Rebanal, District Deputy Grand Master of District Overseas A, the three lodges on Guam have over one hundred members, half of whom currently reside on Guam.
The Milton C. Marvin Lodge No. 123 is named after a U.S. Marine and mason who died in the battle for Guam, in the Marianas Islands, during WWII.

The Micronesia Lodge No. 173, originally based in Saipan, drew most of its membership from U.S. contract workers during the U.S. Trusteeship. After its decimation in the 70's, the lodge was transferred to Guam and, with the support of the two existing lodges, was able to establish itself on island.

In addition to the various lodges that are subordinate to the governing body, called the Grand Lodge, within their jurisdiction, freemasonry also has many separate groups, called appendant bodies, each with a special social, educational, or philanthropic focus.

According to Leonilo T. Alger, 33Ëš Grand Cross, Personal Representative of Scottish Rite, the lodges on Guam have made contributions to the local community through donations, both in cash and in kind, to both government agencies and non-profit organizations over the years.

Among the charitable endeavors of the appendant bodies is the Scottish Rite's support of children's speech and hearing impairment clinics and orthopedic hospitals in the U.S as well as presentation of 52 medals since 2002 to JROTC graduating seniors in private and public schools across Guam, Tinian, Saipan, and Rota who exemplify excellent scholarship and citizenship.

Knight Templar


The York Rite group aims to support the Knight Templar Eye Foundation, a non-profit research organization, and the Shrine group raises funds for the transportation and treatment of local children who need off-island care in either Shrine's Orthopedic Hospital or one of the three burn centers in Hawaii.

 

"While people are natu rally more inclined to join a decent group, it is always the desire of man to join a better group," Alger said.  "This differentiates freemasonry apart from any other organization."

Restricted to Mason member s only, lodge meetings at the Scottish Rite Temple in Agana Heights are held monthly at 7:30 p.m.: Charleston Lodge No. 144 meets every first Monday, Milton Lodge No. 123, first Wednesday; Micronesia Lodge No. 173, third Friday; Scottish Rite under the southern jurisdiction of the U.S., third Tuesday; York Rite, second Tuesday; and Eastern Star (Masonic women's group), second Tuesday.

According to Mason traditions, any man who is 21 or older, of good moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason. For more information, visit the Guam Freemasonry website at www.guamfreemasons.org or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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