Upcoming Events for Abou Ben Adhem!
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Upcoming Masonic Events
Strafford Lodge #608 - CCW Classes
July 19th, September 20th & November 8th, 2014
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Interested in Becoming a Shriner?
In order to become a Shriner, a man must first be a Master Mason. The fraternity of Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to a time when stonemasons and other artisans on building projects gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Over the years formal Masonic Lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their desire to be fraternal brothers.
The basic unit of Masonry is the Blue Lodge, where members earn the first three Masonic degrees. The highest degree is Master Mason. Men who wish to become Shriners must first achieve Master Mason status - that means all Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners.
The Masonic Lodges in the southwest Missouri area hold what they call "Chance to Advance" classes periodically throughout the year.
These classes allow men to advance through the degrees in one day, and achieve the degree of Master Mason. Chance to Advance classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year at the Gate of the Temple Lodge in Springfield and other Masonic Lodges in the area.
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