Last nights lodge work saw brother Mark Madinger raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. WM Dave Hommel oversaw the degree proceedings with help from “rock stars” Jay Blazier, PM, Mike Power, PM, Rick Hurwitz, PM, and Neil Anger, PM. A number of lodge officers and members helped to make the degree an impressive performance for our newest MM.

After the degree in a heartfelt statement, Mr. Madinger told the group that while none of the Masons in his family could attend his MM degree (the last had just passed away the previous weekend) – a new family of 421 Masons had arrived in his life – giving him new friends and encouraging possibilities for the future. We could not be more pleased to have Mark in our lodge and welcome him to the brotherhood!

Much thanks goes to JW Brandon Schultz and “Chef Gustavo” for their preparation of a delicious meal and scrumptious desserts – including a German Chocolate Cake that used 23 eggs in its construction!


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(A Masonic) lodge will perform three degrees (initiation ceremonies) for your education and enjoyment. These ceremonies are very dignified and inspirational. At no time will horseplay or indignities enter into the program. These degrees are very solemn and Masons take the task of making Masons very seriously. After becoming a Master Mason (the third degree of the lodge) you may seek membership in the many other Masonic related groups these are often referred to as appendant bodies.

This process of going through the degrees can be done traditionally in your own lodge with smaller groups that include other candidates entering your lodge just like you. This process would start with the Entered Apprentice degree and then move to the Fellow Craft degree and conclude with the Master Mason degree. This traditional process could take 3-6 months based on the system of the lodge you choose. This process is very rewarding and will help you get to know the brothers at your lodge.

In the last several years we have begun another process called the One Day Class. This process was developed to help compensate for the very busy schedules of modern life. In this situation the Entered Apprentice Degree, Fellow Craft Degree and Master Mason Degree are all taught in one day. You will be watching the process as an exemplar is used to represent all in the room rather than in the traditional format where you are a participant in your own degrees.

Whichever path you choose to becoming a Master Mason when it is complete you will be a Master Mason and can proudly consider yourself a member of the world’s oldest fraternal organization.

There are many more degrees you can take and several different groups you may choose to get involved with as you grow in the fraternity. These are only available to you after becoming a Master Mason.

For more information about Masonry, contact Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 and schedule a talk with a lodge member Mason. There is no pressure to join and you will most certainly come away with a better understanding of why Masonry is so important to the members of Carmel 421. As the lodge is only open for activities a few times a week, it is best to contact us via our email form, or call and leave a message at (317) 846-2346. Just let us know you have an interest in Masonry and wish to talk with a Carmel Lodge member.

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