Arts & Sciences Lodge No. 792, Hilliard, Ohio. Arts & Sciences began as a group of masons in the Columbus, Ohio area in 2007 as a dinner and discussion group seeking in-depth discussion of the teachings and symbolism of Freemasonry. This evolved into exploring the practices of ritual and ways of enhancing the education and training of new members. The model for operation chosen was one of selecting the best practices from several schools of thought on the practices of Freemasonry rather than adopting one specific approach. A dispensation was received in 2009 and a charter issued in 2010. Since that time, the lodge has grown primarily through making new Masons following a thorough course of study to assure that all Masons are well trained in the lessons of each degree. Our meetings focus on the use of open discussions to share information and explore the lessons available to the Craft.

Lodge Vitruvian No. 767, Indianapolis, Indiana. Lodge Vitruvian was chartered in 2002 and operates under what has come to be known as “The European Concept” as popularized by Lodge Epicurean, among others, in Australia. It follows the tenets that dignity and high standards are to be maintained by the lodge in all its undertakings, nothing short of excellence in ritualistic work is acceptable, candidates shall be advanced only after having undertaken an intensive program of masonic education and proving themselves proficient in open lodge, the lodge enjoys the fellowship of the festive board at a local restaurant following all regular and emergent meetings, members are expected to dress properly to attend to the duties of the lodge, and a lodge of this caliber must be paid for.

Caliburn Lodge No. 785, Cincinnati, Ohio. The idea for Caliburn Lodge was conceived by a small group of Master Masons following visits to lodges in England and Scotland. Their vision was to form a small, intimate lodge that would transcend the time-consuming practices found in older lodges and focus on the convivial fraternal experience typical in an English lodge. Dispensing with the tedious mechanics of a typical meeting allowed the members to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of masonic fellowship. Fellowship and good food follow every meeting, and on special occasions, we celebrate an English festive board, complete with traditional toasts and songs. We spend time to get to know prospects before balloting on their petitions, and even more time—as long as a year—to raise a candidate from Entered Apprentice to Master Mason. We believe that Freemasonry is an important part of a man’s life, but only a part, and we implement that belief in part by limiting meetings one per month, taking care to not overwhelm either the candidate or our members. Finally, as quality comes at a price, our annual dues, degrees fees, and meal costs, are modestly higher than those typical in other lodges.

Lexington Lodge No. 1, Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington Lodge No. 1 is the oldest regularly chartered lodge in Kentucky. In 2009 the beginnings of a cultural change began when younger members became officers and ultimately began to fill the principal officer chairs. However, the shadow of the earlier culture continued to wield influence. Changes that were implemented included a fresh approach to a fundamental degree education programs and consistent masonic education offered in and outside the lodge room. Complimenting that labor was the advancement of consistent fellowship opportunities and eliminating the reading of minutes and other unnecessary time-consuming administrative practices in lodge. In addition, music and other heritage practices were introduced to create an impressive masonic ambiance. This resulted in Lexington Lodge becoming more of the education and philosophical lodge the majority of its active and involved members wished to experience. The culture of the active members of the lodge transformed it from ”mainstream” Freemasonry. Today it continues to attract like-minded men who seek more than the mainstream, less of the ordinary, and wish to pursue that which is extraordinary.

Lexington Lodge does not refer to itself as a Traditional Observance or European Concept Lodge, although its practices and processes may easily be perceived as such. The lodge does consider itself a heritage-driven masonic community and continues its labor to institutionalize the return to the aim, purpose and business of Freemasonry at every level. This was accomplished and continues today while adhering to all rules, regulations and the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

Tippecanoe Lodge No. 174. Tippecanoe Lodge is one of nine surviving lodges in the Third Masonic District in southwest Ohio. We meet in Tipp City, a small-town in which Norman Rockwell might be found painting on one of the quiet street-corners. Tipp City was founded in the “canal-days” in 1840 and is still a small town in all the best ways. The lodge is the recipient of several Grand Master’s Awards, the Grand Master’s “Reach” Award, the MSA Mark Twain Award, and two Rufus Putnam Distinguished Service Awards. We are responsible for the creation of the Tipp City Veterans’ Memorial Park and an active participant in the annual Veteran’s Day observances. ’We have resumed many of the Masonic customs employed by our founders in an ongoing effort to improve and to provide a welcoming and educational Masonic experience to all of our members.
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