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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
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"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