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Except In July And August
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The first regular meeting for St. George Lodge No.243 was held on December 27, 1870. The lodge received its Charter in 1871. It was officially dedicated by the Grand Master, the Most Worshipful Bro. J. Seymour on January 25, 1872. This meeting was attended by a number of other Grand Lodge officers, and a great many visiting brethren from the surrounding area with a total attendance of 150.
The year 2021 marks the 150th Anniversary for St. George Lodge No.243.
Unfortunately, since March 2020 the entire world has been devastated with the Corona Virus.
Therefore, we are not able to celebrate this historical moment until we can all gather again.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in misinformation and conspiracy theories about the scale of the pandemic and the origin, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. False information, including intentional disinformation, has been spread through social media, text messaging, and mass media. Journalists have been arrested for allegedly spreading fake news about the pandemic. False information has also been propagated by celebrities, politicians, and other prominent public figures. The spread of COVID-19 misinformation by governments has also been significant.
Commercial scams have claimed to offer at-home tests, supposed preventives, and "miracle" cures. Several religious groups have claimed their faith will protect them from the virus. Without evidence, some people have claimed the virus is a bioweapon accidentally or purposefully leaked from a laboratory, a population control scheme, the result of a spy operation, or the side effect of 5G upgrades to cellular networks.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an "infodemic" of incorrect information about the virus that poses risks to global health. While belief in conspiracy theories is not a new phenomenon, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, this can lead to adverse health effects. Cognitive biases, such as jumping to conclusions and confirmation bias, may be linked to the occurrence of conspiracy beliefs.
I continue to see Freemasons engaging in social media platforms perpetuating some of the “infodemic” ideals. Every Mason has the right to opinions and ideals but…when you speak as a Mason on a public platform you expose the fraternity to public positions not supported by Grand Lodge. I urge all members to use caution when perpetuating opinion pieces and false information, you need to “take care when you share” on Social Media. More importantly you need to educate yourself to guard against scams and false information.
Wash your hands, wear a mask and be safe my brothers. May the Great Architect protect you through these difficult times.
W.Bro. David Pigg
Master, St. George Lodge No.243
Freemasonry, the oldest fraternal organization in the world, is dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God. Freemasonry welcomes into its midst men of any race or religious belief, as long as they profess a belief in one supreme being. It is not a religion, but does encourage its members to be faithful to their own particular beliefs. It is an organization dedicated to personal betterment through education of the inner self. It encourages its members to place high value on morality and virtue.
Past Grand Master, M.W.Bro. D. Garry Dowling, 2011