Freemasons install new officers

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BRATTLEBORO — New officers for the 2019-20 Masonic Year at the Brattleboro Lodge of Freemasons were installed on Thursday, May 16.

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal society in the world. It evolved out of the medieval trade guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the middle ages. When and where exactly the fraternal order of freemasons got started has been lost to antiquity. To be a member you must have a faith in God, and be of good character.

The intent of the fraternity is to provide a means for individual growth in their relationships with the rest of the world, emphasizing compassion, and charity, as well as integrity.

The Brattleboro Lodge has existed here since 1881, along with Columbian Lodge, which was established in 1811 in Brattleboro. Columbian Lodge continued in operation until the mid-1960s when it merged with Brattleboro Lodge. Many of the Brattleboro's town leaders have had membership in these lodges over the years, and with the inclusion of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1893, involved both men and women in the Masonic family.

There are more than 80 lodges and approximately 6,500 members of the Freemasonry in Vermont. Among Brattleboro Lodge's main projects is to offer two $500 annual scholarships to Brattleboro Union High School seniors looking to go to college or a technical or trade school in preparation for their careers.

To help keep their scholarship account filled with funds, and hopefully someday give out a larger amount, the Lodge is conducting a raffle with three cash prizes for $500, $300, and $200.

The drawing will be held November 2.

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