Want to become a MASON you must ask a MASON
East Fork Lodge #650 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was granted a charter from The Grand Lodge of Texas on January 18, 1887 and was set to work on February 18, 1887
To become a Mason, you must ask a Mason, and East Fork Lodge is a great place to start.
East Fork Lodge #650 is located at 508 Parker Road in Wylie, Texas.
We meet every Tuesday night. We start with a meal at 6:00 PM and our meetings start at 7:00 PM. Please join us for Dinner and get to know us as we get to know you. Our Stated meeting is the 1st Tuesday of each month.
The Requirements to Join a Freemason Lodge
- You must believe in a Supreme Being.
- You must be joining of your own free will.
- You must be a man.
- You must be free-born. ...
- You must be of lawful age. ...
- You must come recommended by at least two existing Freemasons from the lodge you're petitioning.
A Mason (or Freemason) is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry (or Freemasonry). A fraternity is a group of men who join together because: There are things they want to do in the world. ... They enjoy being together with men they like and respect.
What is the Purpose of Freemasonry? The basic purpose is to make "better men out of good men", better fathers, better husbands, better brothers, better sons, and better citizens. We try to place emphasis on the individual man by strengthening his character, improving his moral and spiritual outlook and broadening his mental horizons.
If you are interested in becoming a Mason at East Fork Lodge you can contact us by clicking on this link
We look forward to meeting you soon to answer any questions you might have.
East Fork Lodge #650
The Eastern Star Home was a historical icon in Arlington, Texas and represented the highest respect in the city for it's mission to caring for the aged and widowed Eastern Star women.
Eastern Star Intl. is a Masonic Fraternal order and an appendent body of the Texas Freemasons under the Grand Lodge of Texas jurisdiction.
Having grown up in Arlington, this building was an everyday visual landmark for me. The site was next to the current day Arlington Stadium (AT&T). It is now closed for several years and many of the original buildings were torn down. The residents were relocated down the highway to the current day Texas Masonic Retirement Center. TMRC was origianally called the THE HOME FOR AGED MASONS
In high school I photographed the residents of the TMRC for a photo essay in the early 70's in black and white film.
Today, TMRC is still very much in operation, and has expanded into new modern apartment facilities and still support it's original mission to care for the retirement generation that enjoys the social enivironment of the fraternity.
In this picture is illustrated a news article featuring the history of the Eastern Star facility and organization from 1957. This was published by the Arlington News and was a feature booklet on the early history of Arlington. It is very old and almost crumbled for this picture.
The plate is a personal collection article I own from the 1940's.
The canvas picture in the background of the portico is a restoration image I created in 2012 and presented to the TMRC Director, who has it on display now in the hall library. At the time I shot this image, the roof and chimney were fallen in, the door and windows broken and open, and the natural vegetation and trees had overrun the complex. I used an image of a SC home front door to photoshop into this picture, which matched the style of architecture from the early last century.
Today the complex it is just a long distant memory, but in it's day it was the elegant pinnacle of a life's reward that was well earned and served.