The lodge, which turns 125 on March 19, will celebrate this milestone with a ceremony on March 9, 2013, on the Plaza Square in downtown Orange. The Grand Master of Masons in California, Most Worshipful John Lowe, will preside in the impressive ceremony, which will feature a rededication of the lodge and its building, as well as an open house. Members of the public will be invited to tour the historic Orange Masonic Center.
“Our lodge has been a part of the City since, well, before there was a city here”, says Ralph Shelton, who served as Master of the Lodge in 1995. “The Lodge received its charter several months before the City of Orange, and we’ve been important to one another ever since”. Indeed, the roster of Past Masters of the lodge lists many men who were important to the development of the City of Orange as well as Orange County.
You may have driven around the “circle” in Orange and noticed the distinguished building on the northwest corner. It houses a restaurant, beauty college and antique store on the lower floor. Above those, you’ll find the meeting place of the Masonic Lodge as well as other organizations, such as Scepter Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and the Rainbow Girls, Jobs Daughters and DeMolay for boys.
On March 9, you will have the opportunity to step inside and see the Masonic Center, which is rarely open to the public, and view the lodge room, which features an historic mural on the eastern wall depicting the orange groves that gave the city and the lodge their names.