History of Jubilee Lodge

Most Masonic lodges are named after famous community individuals, town/cities, or other familiar honors.  Our lodge in Whiteland, Indiana also has a special honor accorded with its name.

“The name “Jubilee” may be claimed by the first lodge to be organized under dispensation during the Jubilee Year.  It will be a unique name, a distinctive name, a name of honor to command and loyalty of its members.” – Editorial, Indiana Freemason Magazine, January 1967.

On the 150th Birthday of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, January 12th, 1968, a Special Dispensation was issued to Jubilee Lodge U.D.  Later that year, during the Grand Lodge’s Annual Communication on May 21st, 1968, the lodge was officially chartered as Jubilee Lodge #746.  The number, 746, indicates that Jubilee Lodge was the 746th lodge in Indiana to receive a charter.

The first meeting was held on January 24th, 1968 in the basement of the Whiteland United Methodist Church.  The current lodge building on Front Street was opened in 1974.

In 2018, Jubilee Lodge #746 celebrated its 50th Anniversary in the Whiteland Community.

In June of 2019, we changed our stated meeting day to the second Wednesday of the month. We also adopted the Ultimate Lodge Program from the Grand Lodge of Indiana Blue Book.

History of Freemasonry

No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons’ guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity’s rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work. In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete.

Within thirty years, the fraternity had spread throughout Europe and the American Colonies. Freemasonry became very popular in colonial America. George Washington was a Mason, Benjamin Franklin served as the head of the fraternity in Pennsylvania, as did Paul Revere and Joseph Warren in Massachusetts. Other well-known Masons involved with the founding of America included John Hancock, John Sullivan, Lafayette, Baron Fredrick von Stuben, Nathanael Greene, and John Paul Jones. Another Mason, Chief Justice John Marshall, shaped the Supreme Court into its present form.

Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. During the late 1700s it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, Freemasonry grew dramatically. At that time, the government had provided no social “safety net”. The Masonic tradition of founding orphanages, homes for widows, and homes for the aged provided the only security many people knew.

Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children’s hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.

The four million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in the hearts of men ideals for a better tomorrow.

Reference:  http://www.msana.com/historyfm.asp

Mission statement of all indiana freemasons

The Mission of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, was, is and shall be, to teach the art of Freemasonry to all Men of Good Character thus inspiring them to practice the art of Freemasonry in their homes, communities and daily lives. This Association of likeminded men improves and strengthens the character of each Brother, reflecting Freemasonry and thereby perpetuating the values through the Fraternity.

““The Great Mission of Freemasonry is to promote the Happiness of the Human Race””

— President George Washington, Past Master of Alexandria Lodge #39, Alexandria, Virgina

Be a Freemason

A Freemason is committed to bettering himself, his community, and the world. He is on a journey of self-discovery believing in something greater than himself, a journey in which he will be supported by other good men. The three tenents of a Freemason are; Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.

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