Charleston County Masonic Association
Charleston Masonic Center
1285 Orange Grove Road, Charleston, S.C. 29407
Etiwan Lodge #95
Charleston York Rite Bodies
The Charleston County Masonic Association consists of the 7 Masonic Lodges which make up the 1st Masonic District of the Grand Jurisdiction of South Carolina
Solomon’s Lodge, No. 1
Mariner Lodge, No. 2
Union Kilwinning Lodge, No. 4
Orange-Charles Towne Lodge, No. 14
Pythagorean Lodge, No. 21
Landmark Lodge, No. 76
Franklin Lodge, No. 96
Fort Moultrie Lodge, No. 428
and the Charleston Bodies of the York Rite
Carolina Chapter No. 1 R.A.M. (Royal Arch Masons)
Enoch Council No. 1 R.&S.M. (Royal & Select Masters)
South Carolina Commandry No. 1 K.T. (Knight's Templar)
The above Masonic Lodges and The York Rite Bodies, as a whole, each own an equal share in the building and grounds. Each share holder appoints two representatives to serve on the Charleston County Masonic Association Board of Directors. This board meets once a month and conducts the business and makes the decisions concerning the upkeep of the building and grounds. In cases of major concern, when necessary for further input, the representatives take the information back to their individual Lodges for discussion and consent of the Lodge. Each Lodge, and Masonic sponsored organization using the building on a regular basis pay a per capita fee, as rent, which goes into a general fund. The board is also divided into committees, such as Finance, Budget, Building, Grounds, Long Term Planning, etc, each having a chairman, which meet independently and report back to the main board for discussion and action.
What Freemasonry Is
Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest Fraternity. Its history and traditions date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts throughout the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions which are based on the belief in one God.
Who Freemasons Are
Many of our nation’s early patriots were Freemasons, as well as thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States, beginning with George Washington.
Today, the more than four million Freemasons around the world come from virtually every occupation and profession. Within the Fraternity, however they all meet as equals. They come from diverse political ideologies, but they meet as friends. They come from virtually every religious belief, but they all believe in one God.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry has always been: How so many men, can come from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, never have any political or religious debates, always conduct their affairs in harmony and friendship, and call each other "Brother!"
What Freemasons Believe In
All Freemasons believe in one God and in respect for each other.
What Freemasons Do
Freemasons are respectable citizens who are taught to conform to the moral laws of society and to abide by the laws of the government under which they live. They are men of charity and good works. They remain unchallenged as "the world’s greatest philanthropy!" The Freemasons of America contribute more than one million dollars a day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established. These services to mankind represent an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment and concern of this unique and honorable Fraternity.
The Masonic Lodge
Most Masonic Lodges meet one evening per month to conduct their regular business and vote on petitions for membership. It is here where the bonds of friendship and fellowship are strengthened.
Who we are
The Charleston Masonic Center houses the "Blue Lodges" of Masonry for the 1st Masonic District of South Carolina, or to put it another way, the foundation of the organization as a whole district wide. In order to be a member of the apendant bodies of Masonry, one must first be the member of a "Mother Lodge." The "Mother Lodge" being the Lodge in which he takes the first three degrees of masonry, The Entered Apprentice Degree, The Fellowcraft Degree, and The Master Mason Degree. Although the degrees increase in number to 33, The Master Mason's Degree is considered the "Sublime Degree," and in the eyes of Masonry, he has reached perfection in Ancient Craft Masonry. A Member advances either in The Scottish Rite, or the York Rite of Freemasonry to gain more knowledge of Masonry, and enjoy further fellowship and brotherhood. If a member fails to pay his dues in his "Mother Lodge" he is automatically erased from the rolls in all bodies of Masonry of which he is a member.
"Masons Care and Will Always be There"
The Masonic Service Association Hospital Visitation Program
The Hospital visitation program is wholly supported by the voluntary contributions of Masons and Masonic bodies. Most Worshipful Brother and President Harry S. Truman, back in the days of World war II, made a national appeal to get 10 cents per Mason per year to help support our V.A. Medical Centers.
Although that goal was never accomplished, The Masonic Service Association still works towards that goal today. Each Lodge in the Center contributes regularly to the MSA. The S.C. Grand Lodge appoints MSA representatives who visit the V.A. Hospitals and Medical Centers in their districts regularly and try to meet the needs of not only Veterans who are Masons, but All Veterans who request assistance.
Note: The term "Worshipful" in Masonic Titles denotes the word "Respected" and should not be confused with religion. The title is used to distinguish the Master of a Lodge, and the Grand Master of a State.
The Knight’s Templar Eye Foundation
The Knight's Templar Eye Foundation was established in New York City in 1955, and it’s purpose is to "provide funding for research, the correction of crossed eyes in children, and surgical treatment and hospitalization for those suffering from diseases or injuries to the eye which, left untreated might result in blindness." Since it’s founding, the KTEF has processed over 62,000 applications, expended more than sixty-eight million dollars for eye surgery and hospitalization, and granted over five million dollars for eye research. The KTEF is the primary Charity of the York Rite Bodies of Masonry.
The Scottish Rite
Childhood Language Disorders Clinics, Centers, and Programs
To hear, to speak, to understand. These are the basic steps of language development in the young mind. Speech-language disorders affect approximately six million children in the United States. Today at Scottish Rite Centers in every Orient (state) of the Southern Jurisdiction, many children with communication disorders can be helped to hear, to speak, to understand. In the early 1950's The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of The Southern Jurisdiction of The United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of Scottish Rite Clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders as well as learning disabilities. Today there are 135 Scottish Rite Clinics, Centers, and special programs for children and therapists located throughout the U.S.
Tens of thousands of youngsters across the U.S. have been helped significantly. Children who might have remained educationally handicapped for a lifetime, can now talk, read, and lead useful lives. Most of the Centers and Clinics accept preschool children who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word, or school-age children who have difficulty learning to read. Some Centers also offer literacy training for adults. All services are available regardless of race, creed, or the family’s inability to pay.
Thanks to the generosity of Scottish Rite Masons through their national and local foundations, which provide financial support for our Childhood Language Disorders Clinic, Centers, and Programs, thousands of children have been evaluated and successfully treated in a nurturing environment. Miracles can happen and with skillful evaluation and treatment, miracles are happening in Scottish Rite Facilities all over America.
The Shrine of North America
The Shrine is perhaps best known for its colorful parades, its distinctive red fez, and its official philanthropy Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Shriner’s Hospitals for Children is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals founded by the Shrine, where children under the age of 18 receive excellent medical care absolutely FREE of charge. There are 18 orthopedic Shriner’s Hospitals, three Shriner’s Hospitals dedicated to treating children with severe burns, and one Shriner’s hospital that provides orthopedic, burn, and spinal cord injury care. Shriner’s Hospitals are located throughout North America, 20 in the United States, and one each in Mexico and Canada, these "Centers of Excellence" serve as major referral centers for children with complex orthopedic and burn problems.
There is never a charge to the patient, parent, or any third party for any service or medical treatment received at Shriner’s Hospitals. Shriner’s Hospitals accept and treat children without regard to race, religion, or relationship to a Shriner or Mason. Any child may be eligible for treatment at a Shriner’s Hospital if the child is under 18 and if, in the opinion of the Hospital’s chief of staff, the child has an orthopedic or burn condition that Shriner’s Hospitals can help.
All of the orthopedic hospitals are equipped and staffed to treat children with congenital orthopedic deformities, problems, resulting from orthopedic injuries, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Three of the orthopedic hospitals (Chicago, Philadelphia, and Sacramento) also have special programs dedicated to caring for children with spinal cord injuries.
The Hospitals in Boston, Cincinnati, and Galveston, and Sacramento treat children with acute, fresh burns; children needing plastic reconstructive or restorative surgery as a result of "healed" burns; children with severe scarring, and children with scarring and deformity of the face.
Masonic Sponsored Organizations
The Order of The Eastern Star
The Order of The Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Organization in the world to which both women and men can belong and is sponsored by a Masonic Lodge. Brother Mason and Doctor Rob Morris, poet laureate, conceived the Order in 1850. It centers around the lives of five Biblical women, each standing for one of the tenets of the Order, Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith and Love. It is an Organization for both Ladies and Men, sponsored by a Masonic Lodge. The purposes and goals of the Eastern Star are to provide an Organization where both women and men with high moral and social character can contribute time, energy, and wisdom to the Order with Charity, Truth, and Loving Kindness for the good of all mankind throughout the world. In order to become a member, a man must be a Master Mason in good standing, and ladies be sponsored by a Master Mason or be a relative of a Master Mason either living or dead. The Eastern Star is religious in character, but is not intended to take the place of religion as a substitute for religious beliefs. Its members come from all denominations.
The Order of Amaranth
The Order of Amaranth is also for both ladies and men, with requirements similar to those of The Eastern Star. The principal objects for which the organization is formed are fraternal, social, and charitable. Fraternally the Order endeavors to develop the moral character of its members through a belief in a Supreme Being and the teachings of the lessons of Truth, Faith, Wisdom and Charity. Socially it provides an opportunity to meet with people with similar interests and to fulfill the basic human need for social companionship. For all Courts and their members, civic, and charitable projects are a main stay of each year’s activities. The Order’s main charity is the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation.
Both The Order of The Eastern Star and The Order of Amaranth support many other charities both locally and nationally, and provide Scholarship Funds to deserving young men and women.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a youth Organization founded in 1922 by Reverend Brother W. Mark Sexton, a Master Mason. He designed this Order to promote self esteem, leadership skills and service to humanity among girls between the ages of 11 and 20.
DeMolay International is an Organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21. Founded in 1921 by Brother Frank S. Land, DeMolay is dedicated to teaching young men to be better persons and leaders. DeMolay offers the young man opportunities to learn character building, management, leadership, and social skills by participating in community projects, sports, and other educational programs.
For Further Information Contact The Charleston Masonic Center
Phone (843) 571-7587