Since 1850, the Masonic Temple at 55 East State Street has been the central hub of York Rite Freemasonry in Bucks County. With over 570 members, Doylestown is one of the largest and most active fraternal lodges in the state of Pennsylvania. As the old saying goes: “My boy, if you are not a Doylestown Freemason, you are strictly NOT IN IT.”
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The Bohemian Club is a private gentlemen’s club located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1872 from a regular meeting of local journalists, artists, and musicians, it soon began to accept businessmen, entrepreneurs, university presidents, and military commanders.
Thanksgiving is the busiest time of the year for travel. Before things get too hectic over the holidays, now is the time to make the decisions that will help you manage your time wisely. And since we’re in November, let’s add a twist of Veterans Day into the mix.
Legend says that the Royal Order of the Red Branch of Eri was founded in 1697 BC by the King of Ireland, back in a time when Ireland possessed highly developed literature. An ancient book entitled The Annals of the Four Masters of Ireland tells of the Knights of the Collar of Eri as instituted by King Eamhium and his eight princes over the armies of the four provinces of Ireland, i.e.: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught.
The “Sword of State” is a large ceremonial sword carried before the Most Worshipful Grand Master at meetings of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). Forged by Bro. George Moody, the King’s Sword-Cutler, the sword is four feet long, from the point of the blade to the crown of the hilt.
While we’re on the subject of clubs, we’re also going to look at the Independent International Order of Owls (no relation to the more popular Order of Owls, an animal-themed lodge akin to the Elks). Founded in 1890, the I.I.O.O was a Masonic-related group that promoted recreation and sociability among its members.
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