BY MELANIE WADE –
The Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 has long been known for their commitment to community and especially to education. Hosting fundraisers year round, the Lodge provides scholarships to area high school students and supports education in other benevolent facets as well. They have an upcoming fundraiser to help do just that, and they invite the community to help them continue their support.
The Masons are a brotherhood of men from the community. “The Masonic Lodge built and supported the school at Old Dallas in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s,” said member, Rusty Gonzales. Member, Lou Brooks, added, “That was one of the reasons for the existence of the Masonic Lodge, to build and support schools.”
Terry Fuquay, also a member of the Lodge, said education is definitely a major part of their history. “On May 3, 1862, seeing the great need of educating the youth of the vicinity this lodge passed a resolution to establish and fund the first school of their little community. One hundred and fifty-five years later, the brothers of the Dallas Lodge #128 still strive to provide and encourage the advanced education of the youth of our vicinity in the form of scholarships.”
In recognition of their years of educational support, the Mason’s give a scholarship to a graduating high school senior each year. They host an Old Fashion Breakfast each year and are currently planning for their Spaghetti Dinner to be held this Friday, August 11. The dinner includes spaghetti with your choice of six different sauces, meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and ice tea. Diners are welcome to eat in the Masonic Lodge Dining Hall at 701 Port Arthur (the old post office across from Janssen Park), or get it to go. The dinner will last from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Everyone is encouraged to attend.