Welcome to the home of Merritt Island Lodge #353, Free and Accepted Masons (F&AM). Chartered in 1966, Merritt Island Lodge
is located on South Tropical Trail in beautiful Merritt Island, Florida, just south of the Hubert Humphrey Bridge (Rt 520). Merritt Island is
home to the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy Space Center is the site where man's greatest achievement - to travel to and return from
the moon - began. The Space Shuttles are gone but the legacy continues with an
ever expanding array of new rocket programs. Rocket launches can be
witnessed on occasion from the front porch of the lodge or while relaxing in our Garden of Reflection while enjoying the nice island breeze.
Across the Banana River, only a short drive from the lodge, is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The station is the site where Alan Shephard
and John Glenn blasted off into history. Cocoa Beach is nearby and boasts the nearest and cleanest beaches to the Orlando area.
Island Lodge is the center of
The Thundering 26th Masonic District
and has a rich tradition of
giving and fellowship. We are one of the most active and diverse lodges in the
District with Brothers as young as 18 and as old as - well, pushing 100 years
young. We all
have something to offer each other and to the Masonic fraternity. We support
numerous organizations such as the
Childrens Hunger Project
Azan Shrine Center
, the Shrine clubs,
and the American Veterans. We embrace our neighborhood communities with local charity support,
sports team sponsorships and the
Child ID program
. It is our honor and privilege to
be a part of building strong community allegiance.
Whether you are a brother of the lodge, a brother of another lodge, a fellow traveler
or interested in what Freemasonry may offer, we invite
you visit with us. Come to any stated meeting or business night (see schedules
below) and enjoy Merritt Island's
hospitality and the company of the brethren. I extend our hospitality to all!
With Fraternal Harmony,
Michael "Chris" Davis
Calendar, Important Notices & Events!
New e-Trestleboard Distribution starting in 2016!
Brothers, starting with the January 2016 Trestleboard Merritt Island Lodge will have gone paperless. The monthly Trestleboard will no longer be mailed to your
home as a paper copy but instead be sent to you via email as an elecronic document. The new e-Trestleboard can also be downloded by clicking the link in the menu
to the left. If you are not receiving the e-Trestleboard or have any questions please contact the Trestleboard Editor
50-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Brothers, tickets are now on sale for our 50-year anniversary celebration. Reserve yours today! There will be food provided by Cafe Unigue, music and fellowship.
The Grand Master plans to attend! Details are in the Trestleboard. Contact the Worshipful Master
50-Year Commemorative Coin!
Brothers, 2016 is Merritt Island Lodge's 50 year anniversary. To commemorate the anniversary the lodge has struck a limited quantity of commemorative
coins. Due to their popularity the first striking has already sold out! The lodge is working to
strike an additional (but limited) quantity of these coins for the very reasonable donation
of $10 apiece. Please contact the Worshipful Master
to reserve yours!
Sick or Distressed?
Brothers, if you know of any brother that is sick, in need of help or otherwise in distress, please contact the
"The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be
felt and acted. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no
one can know it for another and no man can know it alone." - Dr. Joseph Fort Newton