Masonic Lodge In Jupiter celebrates 50 years of service to the community

 

Originally published 06:15 p.m., April 25, 2011
Updated 06:21 p.m., April 25, 2011

JUPITER — Among the many charitable and fraternal organizations that serve our communities, few are as well recognized as the Masonic fraternity. Existing in its current form since 1717, Freemasonry constitutes the largest fraternity in the world, having over 48,000 members in Florida alone and more than 3 million members worldwide.

In Palm Beach County, there are currently nine Mason lodges, including Jupiter Light Lodge #340, located at 600 S. Loxahatchee Drive in Jupiter.

On Saturday, April 30, Jupiter Light Lodge will be commemorating its 50th Anniversary with a celebration being held in Lighthouse Park at the base of the Jupiter Lighthouse. Many local dignitaries from the community and the Masonic fraternity will be in attendance, including the Mayor of Tequesta, Tom Paterno, Jupiter Chief of Police, Frank Kitzerow, and M.W. J. Dick Martinez, Grand Master of Masons in Florida. The event festivities will begin at 4:30 pm with dinner served at 6 p.m. The lighthouse museum will be open, and guests will also be able to climb the lighthouse to enjoy the spectacular view of the inlet and surrounding areas.

Freemasons, or Masons as they are more commonly known, have a long history of philanthropic work within the communities where their lodges are situated, and of extending the assistance they offer to those in need outside of their immediate communities as well. Perhaps the most well known of the Masonic charities are the Shriner hospitals, twenty-two total in North America, which provide free orthopedic and burn care to children under eighteen years of age. Some Masonic organizations, such as the Shriners, fund and operate specific facilities or provide specific services through their own foundations, but typically local Mason lodges focus on supporting the needs of their local communities.

During its fifty year history, Jupiter Light Lodge has worked with many community organizations and raised many thousands of dollars to support local charities. For the last few years, Jupiter Light Lodge #340 has sponsored a fishing tournament to benefit the Quantum House and an annual golf tournament which benefits the Hope Center for Autism. The Quantum House is a unique facility that exists to provide support for families of children receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for serious medical conditions. Founded in 2001, it provides a temporary home for the families of patients who are in Palm Beach County for extended periods while medical services are being rendered. The Hope Center for Autism provides an array of services designed to help children with autism develop the skills and abilities they need to reach their full potential, including a Charter School, Autism Training Series, and Community Trainings for parents and professionals.

Jupiter Light Lodge #340 is also active in supporting the youth of our community. The lodge is used as a meeting place by Troup #711 of the Boy Scouts of America and for the last twenty-six years, Jupiter Light Lodge has partnered with Jupiter High School selling chicken dinners to raise money for Jupiter High School’s Project Graduation. Project Graduation is an event which provides a safe option for graduating seniors by providing an all-night supervised celebration, complete with prizes and entertainment, on graduation night at Jupiter High School. The lodge also supports Jupiter High School’s baseball team and girls’ basketball team through donations, advertising support, and by providing use of the lodge to these organizations for fundraisers and social events.

Anyone interested in learning more about Freemasonry, or the activities of Jupiter Light Lodge may do so by visiting Jupiter Light Lodge on the web at http://www.jupiterlightlodge.com or by calling 561-746-2302. The celebration on April 30 will be held on the U.S. Coast Guard property under the banyan tree at the base of the lighthouse. The address is 500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, Florida.

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