Merritt Island Lodge #353 Free & Accepted Masons

247 S. Tropical Trail
P.O. Box 540578
Merritt Island, FL 32954-0578
(321) 338-7391
John Edward Winchester III, Worshipful Master

Patrick Kelly Corridan, Secretary
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WELCOME BROTHERS!   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 fromĀ  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.

Merritt 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, the North and Central 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    
 Worshipful Master    
Calendar, Important Notices & Events!
    EA Degree! Brothers, please make a special effort to support our candidares for Freemasonry at the EA degree on February 30. It is important, brothers, that we all support and be there for these candidates coming into our venerable fraternity. Set the example!

    Grand Master's Visitation! Brothers, our grand master, Most Worshipful Brother Steven P. Boring will be making his official visitation to District 26 on Friday, July 10th. There will be a dinner at Azan Temple in Melbourne followed by a tiled meeting at Harbor City Lodge, No. 318 at 7:30 PM. Brothers, you and your lady are invited to dinner - it is free thnks to the brothers of the Masters and Wardens Association of District 26. Registration starts at 5:30 PM.  Following the dinner, it is important that you make an effort to attend the tiled meeting at Harbord City Lodghe No. 318 and have our numbers be counted. While it is a friendly form of competition between lodges (the highest represented lodge having a place of honor), It also suggests to the Grand Master which lodge he can look to for leadership in the district to support him in building and keeping Freemasonry strong. SHow him that Merritt Island is far and away the singular leader in this district and even the state. Stand up and be counted!

   Sick or Distressed?  Brothers, if you know of any brother that is sick, in need of help or otherwise in distress, please contact the Worshipful Master or Chaplain.




  
"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

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