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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
a 100. We all have something to offer each other and to the Masonic fraternity. We support numerous organizations such as
the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory
Azan Shriners Center in Melbourne
Brevard Shrine clubs, the American Veterans, and various others. We embrace our neighborhood communities with local charity support,
sports team sponsorships and public high school and university scholarships. It is our honor and privilege to build strong community allegiance.
Whether you are a brother of the lodge, a brother of another lodge or a fellow traveler, we invite
you visit with us. Come to any stated meeting and enjoy Merritt Island's
hospitality with a hearty meal beforehand and the company of the brethren
afterward. I extend our hospitality to all!
With Fraternal Harmony,
John Edward Winchester III
Calendar, Important Notices & Events!
Operative Masons Needed!
Brothers, as you may note in
your comings and going; while the lodge looks fabulous as a result of the recent
renovations there are still many small projects that need to be addressed. We
need your help. A little here and a little there goes a long way. Don't assume
that some other brother is doing the work. If you see a project that needs to
get done and you have the skill, by all means do it. See the Junior Warden for
any larger needs you encounter but some small project include: hanging the fire
extinguishers in their proper places, hanging the doors in the preparation room,
organizing the library, general preparation room cleanup, costume repairs,
restroom stalls. We
appreciate all the help we can get from the brothers in helping with the upkeep
of their lodge.
,All Master Masons are encouraged to
attend the 186th Annual Grand Communication, May 25 - May 27 in Orlando. Merritt
Island lodge generally has a very good time with plenty of fellowship for the
brothers and family. While our non Master Mason brothers still on their journey
(i.e. EA and FC brothers) are not able to attend the communication iteself, they
are welcome to enjoy fellowship with their lodge brothers. Please contact
any of your lodge officers for further information. We hope to see you there!
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