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Welcome to the online home of Big Bear Masonic Lodge No. 617. Here you will find information about Big Bear Valley’s oldest fraternal organization — which formed in 1925 — including events and how to join. Stated meetings are typically on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Stated dinners precede the meetings at restaurants around town or at the BBQ pit behind the lodge.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we are hosting weekly Zoom meetings starting at 7 p.m. each week until further notice. These are open to the public. Please email bigbearmasons@gmail.com for a link to join us.

1st Thursday: “Ask a Mason Night.” Topical discussion especially suited for those who might be considering Masonry to have their question answered by Masons. Specific prompts are offered by a moderator.

2nd Thursday: “Masons Only Night.” All Masons are welcome, particularly our brothers of Big Bear 617 and other Masons who are considering transferring in. Entered Apprentice through Master Masons are welcome.

3rd  Thursday: “Open Forum.” Discussions will center around applying Masonic values to everyday life and the challenges Masons face in today’s society. Conversation often takes on current events through a Masonic lens. Masons and Guests welcome.

4th Thursday: “Wild Card.” Could be anything! Email your suggestions. Specific engagements will be announced via email beforehand.

“To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.” – George Washington

“Masonry aims at the promotion of morality and higher living by the cultivation of the social side of man, the rousing in him of the instincts of charity and love of his kind. It rests surely on the foundation of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.” – William Howard Taft

“I ask of each Mason, of each member, of each brother, that he shall remember ever that there is upon him a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen; for after all, the way he can best do his duty by the ancient order to which he belongs is by reflecting credit upon that order by way in which he performs his duty as a citizen of the United States.” –Theodore Roosevelt

Please email bigbearmasons@gmail.com with all general inquires.