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Jefferson Masonic Temple Now Home to
Jefferson Park DeMolay Chapter 14162 and Jewell Assembly #6 - Rainbow Girls

Jefferson Masonic Association welcomes Jewell Assembly #6 to our Family of Masonic Organizations which now regularly meet at Jefferson Masonic Temple.

Rainbow Assembly meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month in the Large Lodge with Jefferson Park DeMolay meeting in the smaller Lodge on the 3rd Floor.

If you have a son or daughter whose between the ages of 12 and 20 years old, and would like to find out about either Rainbow Girls or DeMolay, please feel free to drop by Jefferson Masonic Temple on any 1st or 3rd Thursday evening and introduce yourself and your family members!

On Saturday, December 7th, 2013, Jefferson Masonic Temple will join with DeMolay Illinois and DeMolay International to convene Jefferson Park DeMolay, the first new DeMolay Chapter to be convened within the City of Chicago since Ravenswood DeMolay was convened 88 years ago in 1925.

The Jefferson Park DeMolay Chapter is being sponsored by Kelvyn Park Willing Lodge #1075, A F & A M, with additional underwriting support from the Board of Directors of Jefferson Masonic Temple Association.

DeMolay International LogoThe Jefferson Masonic Temple Association welcomes the  Jefferson Park DeMolay Chapter to Jefferson Masonic Temple as a regular addition to our Masonic Family which now consists of six Masonic Lodges, an Order of the Eastern Star Chapter, Knights Templar, Cryptic Masons and Royal Arch Masons.  We are currently finalizing negotiations with a Rainbow Girls group who is interested in making Jefferson Masonic Temple their home as well.

Please join the members of Kelvyn Park Willing Lodge #1075, Jefferson Masonic Temple Association, the Masonic Lodges and Appendant Bodies which meet at Jefferson Masonic Temple, DeMolay Illinois, DeMolay International, and the parents of these five young men as they receive their Iniatory and DeMolay degrees, and become Charter Members of the Jefferson Park DeMolay Chapter on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, at 10:00 AM.

This historic event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend to witness the beginning of both a new DeMolay Chapter and the initiation of  these fine young men as they are welcomed into the World Wide Masonic Family.

Jefferson Masonic Temple is located only two blocks away from the Jefferson Park Transit Center.  For transportation options, please see the event listing on the Jefferson Masonic Association website calendar at: http://jeffersonmasonicassociation.org/calendar.asp, find Saturday, December 7th, and click on the MAP link in the listing.

The new Jefferson Park DeMolay Chapter is tentatively scheduled to meet at Jefferson Masonic Temple on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month.

DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives.  

Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men, aged 12 to 21, by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today.  DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.  Since 1919, the Order of DeMolay has helped shape the character of more than one million members. Walt Disney | DeMolay and Creater of Smiles for Millions

 

DeMolay alumni include: Walt Disney, John Wayne, Walter Cronkite, football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton, legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne, news anchor David Goodnow and many others.  Each has spoken eloquently of the life-changing benefits gained from their involvement in DeMolay.

Mel Blanc | DeMolay of a Thousand Voices!Mel Blanc, who did the voices of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, Elmer Food and many other cartoon characters was also a member of DeMolay and had this to say, “I have been a member of DeMolay for sixty-three years.  I thank God and DeMolay for helping me become kind and thoughtful to my parents and all my friends.  I had many opportunities to do the wrong things, and I might have done them, if it were not for DeMolay. God bless them.”

Mel Blanc passed away in 1989, and, although his voice his quiet, the characters he created will last forever.

The first Masonic Lodge was convened in Jefferson Park in 1869 and the current Jefferson Masonic Temple building was constructed in 1912.  Jefferson Masonic Temple is Chicago's only full-service Masonic facility, and is home to more than 10 different Masonic organizations which bring their combined membership to Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood several times per month.

For additional information about DeMolay, please see the following resources:

For additional information about Masons and Freemasonry, please see the following resources:

Grand Lodge of Illinois: http://ilmason.org/

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Jefferson Masonic Temple
Featured on ABC7 Chicago


A new series, "7 in Your Neighborhood" kicked off on ABC 7 Chicago in May, 2013, and Jefferson Park was be featured on the morning of Wednesday May 8th.

This new feature is hosted by Roz Varon of ABC7 Chicago who was in the Jefferson Park neighborhood the week prior to the show's air date, and contact us about gaining access to the Jefferson Masonic Temple building. We gave her complete access and her camera crew shot approximately 30 minutes of footage. Unfortunately, this will probably be boiled down to only a few seconds, but should be an incredible publicity opportunity for not only Jefferson Masonic Association, but for all of the Lodges, Chapters and Appendant Bodies which meet in the building. Illinois Freemasons will benefit as well.

The segment, which aired at approximately 5:40 AM, on Wednesday May 8th, and will also stream live on http:www.abc7chicago.com, highlighted Chicago's Jefferson Park Community and feature a few seconds about Jefferson Masonic Temple.

The segment was also placed their website at http://www.abc7chicago.com/

A link to the Jefferson Masonic Association website will be included on the ABC7 Chicago website as well

JMA Temple Exterior Beautification Project

Brother Robert Willey, of King Oscar Lodge #855, A F & A M, is working hard on cleaning up the small area just to the west of the Jefferson Masonic Temple building in preparation of planting flowers, shrubs and trees in the area between the building and the fence which separates the City Clerk's office and the JMA Temple building.

Brother Willey is looking for volunteers to assist him with both that, and other, ongoing projects during the course of the coming summer. If you are interested in working with Brother Willey, please send him an e-mail at JMAExterior@JeffersonMasonicAssociation.org

Rusty Nail Luncheons 4th Thursday Each Month

Rusty Nail Luncheons began on the 4th Thursday of each month with the first one being held on February 28, 2013.

DATES: The 4th Thursday of Every Month
TIME: Gathering - 11:30 AM till 3:00 or 4:00 PM
WHAT: Lunch, Renewed Friendships, New Friendships and Education - a break away from your caretaker!
WHERE: Jefferson Masonic Temple
CONTACT: Russ Johnson or Bruce Barnes: 100@jeffersonmasonicassociation.org

Thursdays are the traditional day when we meet to do work on the building and they are a natural to bring brethren together.

These luncheons are FREE to any Brother who cannot afford to pay for lunch and is a member of one of the Blue Lodges or Appendant Bodies which meet at Jefferson Masonic Temple. All others will be asked to donate what they can to help cover the cost of the food and beverages provided.

A donation jar will be placed in the serving area and donations will be requested of those who can afford to pay for their lunches. No retired brother who cannot afford to pay for lunch will be turned away.

The purpose of these meetings is to bring those Brothers who normally cannot make it to a meeting because of night, or other, driving restrictions together, get them out of the house, give their caretakers a day off, and let them enjoy the company of old friends while they make new friends!

The agenda will be determined by the retirees. Want to learn new computer skills? We can do that.

Want to sit around and talk? That's OK, too.

Want to practice your ritual? We'll do that.

It's not so much what we do, it's that we get together, renew old friendships, and keep everyone in touch with each other.

Please let your retired members who cannot normally attend evening meetings know about this new Rusty Nail Luncheon project and invite them to attend.

Better yet, if you are available and can drive a couple of them to the Temple building at 11:00 AM, on the 4th Thursday of every month, please volunteer to do so.


BUILDING NEWS :

Brothers Russ Johnson and Earl Heppner have recently complete the replacement of the 100 year old rollers on the sliding door between the Temple Meeting room and the Preparation Room. With assistance of sliding door specialist William Rigby, referred to us by This Old House Magazine, they were able to find the exact replacement parts for the rollers, originally manufactured by a company in Aurora Illinois.

From the pictures we took and sent to Mr Rigby, he was able to identify the manufacturer, model number and even tell us why they had failed: too much grease on the track when the roller bearings should have been oiled. He also had a set of three replacements - identical to the originals, which we were able to purchase for less than $100.00.

While we awaited the replacement rollers, Brother Heppner thoroughly cleaned the track on which the rollers hung and the door was supposed to glide as it is opened and closed. Once the rollers arrived and the track had been cleaned, Brothers Johnson and Heppner mounted the new rollers, rehung the door and will be checking and adjusting for proper operation over the next couple of weeks prior to replacing the trim.

Thanks, Brothers Johnson and Heppner, for a job well done as we continue to both restore and preserve the Jefferson Masonic Temple building.

Jefferson Masonic Temple, home eleven of Chicago's Blue Lodges and Appendant Bodies, is now the oldest building in Chicago dedicated solely to the preservation of Freemasonry and Masonic Tenants.


HISTORY:

Dedicated in January of 1913, the land was purchased, and construction began, in 1912. Last August, Jefferson Masonic Temple celebrated 100 years of providing a location for Blue Lodges and other Masonic appendant bodies to meet in a safe, secure, and comfortable environment.

PARTNERSHIPS:

A very special thanks to all of the organizations who partnered with Jefferson Masonic Association during the planning and research of our 100th Anniversary:

Northwest Chicago Historical Society - Frank Seurth, Executive Director
Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce - Melissa Bukovatz, Executive Director
Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce - Gale M Goles, Executive Director
Nadig Newspapers / Nadig Press - Brian Nadig, President
National Veterans Museum - Joe Cantafio, President
45th Ward Alderman John Arena- John Arena, Alderman
Just Off the Tracks - A Web Based Travel and Leisure Activity Guide

The brethren of Providence Lodge #711, A. F. & A. M, who founded Jefferson Masonic Association and built Jefferson Masonic Temple, played a significant roll in both the history of Illinois Freemasonry and the history of Jefferson Park.

For more information, please contact us or send an e-mail to 100@JeffersonMasonicAssociation.org.

UPDATED: 23 November, 2013 - 10.14 hours, CST:


 

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