Our upcoming stated meeting at Carmel Lodge #421 promises an evening of unity, enlightenment, and fellowship.

Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 Venue: Carmel Lodge #421, 310 1st NE, Carmel, Indiana

Dinner Delights at 6:00 pm – A modest donation of $7.00 is suggested to help cover meal expenses. Whether you’re an Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, a non-member, or someone curious about Masonry, you’re heartily invited to share our Stated Meeting meal with us!

CHILI COOKOFF: We will have a Chili Cookoff during our dinner on the 14th of March 2024. If you have an award winning Chili recipe, bring a pot for the Lodge to try out. A winner will be selected by our esteemed judges for the evening.

Stated Gathering at 7:00 pm – This is a call to ALL Masons: whether Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, or Master Mason. Join us for a session filled with wisdom, introspection, and fraternal bonding. (Visiting Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts will have to be accompanied by a Master Mason from their Lodge or a member of Carmel Lodge vouch for the visiting EA or FC.)

Dress Code: Business Casual for Officers & Members.

And remember, if you’re a Master Mason in good standing or visiting from a Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A.M., you’re more than welcome at our Stated Meetings. Let’s come together and strengthen the bonds of our brotherhood!

What happens at a Stated Meeting?

A Stated Meeting in American Freemasonry refers to a regularly scheduled meeting of a Masonic lodge. These meetings are typically held monthly and serve as a time for lodge members to conduct business, discuss lodge matters, and plan upcoming events. Stated Meetings are governed by a set of rules and procedures known as the lodge's bylaws and are presided over by the lodge's officers, including the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, and Junior Warden. During a Stated Meeting, the lodge may also conduct ceremonial or ritualistic work, confer degrees, and welcome visiting brethren from other lodges.

Who can attend a Stated Meeting?

Any Entered Apprentice (EA), Fellowcraft (FC), or Master Mason (MM) in good standing or visiting from a lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, F. & A.M., is welcome to attend our Stated Meeting. However, non-Masons (i.e., visitors) can attend the 6 pm dinner before the Stated Meeting. The dinner before a Stated Meeting is a great way for visitors to meet Carmel #421 Masons and learn about Masonry and our lodge.

If the lodge opens a Stated Meeting on the EA degree, then EAs, FCs, and MMs from any recognized lodge can attend (great for #421 or visiting and new EAs to see how our lodge is managed). If the Lodge opens on an FC degree, then only FCs and MMs can attend. If the Lodge opens on a Master Mason degree, then only Master Masons can attend. Often, if a new EA is present, the WM will open on an EA so that the new EA can attend. If you are a new EA at Carmel #421 and plan to attend, make sure you tell the WM or SW that you want to attend the dinner and the Stated Meeting so they can adjust accordingly.