Welcome to the home of Merritt Island Lodge
No. 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!
View the Worshipful Master's monthly message on You Tube here
With Fraternal Harmony,
James K. Charland
Calendar, Important Notices & Events!
The Trestleboard has been discontinued!
Brothers, the monthly Trestleboard publication has been discontinued. Postings for lodge activities, the monthly calendar, charities or communications
will be found entirely on this website or sister sites (see the links at the top left of this page). In addition the Worshipful Master is posting a monthly
video message that can be found by clicking the YouTube link at the bottom of his welcome message. Regular email reminders will continue to be sent.
If you are not receiving them and did not opt out, or if you have articles of interest, contact the
. If you have any questions ragarding this change to Lodge communications
please contact the Worshipful Master
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