Russell Lodge opens doors to Amazing Race contestants

The Russell Winter Carnival organized an Amazing Race (based on the popular TV show) on Saturday February 8th 2014 and Russell Lodge was one of the many stops along the race where competing teams were asked to complete a challenge. This was a great opportunity for members of the community to visit our Lodge building and get a glimpse into Freemasonry. The Lodge has received very good feedback from the contestants and from the carnival organizing committee.

“All teams said it was one of their favourite stops and it was a tie with the firehall for the overall favourite.”

  – Bill McInnis (event organizer)

The challenge organized by the Lodge tested the memory of all participants.  A text about the Lodge and Freemasonry in general was read aloud to the team in the anteroom of the Lodge.  The team was then allowed to enter the Lodge room where three questions based on the text were posed to them by the Wardens and the Master of the Lodge.     Once all three answers were provided, the Master would then inform the team if they were successful in answering the three questions.   In the affirmative, the team would move on to the next challenge of the race but if one or more questions were incorrectly answered, the challenge would be repeated (the team was not informed of which answer(s) was incorrect.

Want to try the challenge yourself?  Below is the text that was read to the teams.  Scroll down to read the three questions and see if you can get them right without looking back at the text.

 

You are now standing in the anteroom of the Russell Masonic Lodge, one of the most historic buildings in Russell. Masonic activities began in the area in 1906 in a rented hall. This Lodge Building was completed in 1915 and subsequently formally dedicated on July 3rd, 1916.
Many prominent members of the community formed the first chartered officers of the Lodge, including Dr. Douglas McDougall, who also has a park and a street named after him in Russell. This building is where masons of the area meet every 3rd Monday of the month and we are presently renovating it in honor of its 100th anniversary in 2015.
Being the oldest and largest worldwide fraternity, Freemasonry contains many secrets and mysteries, founded on our deep historical origins and traditions. The origin of Freemasonry stems from early stone masons, the builders of early temples and cathedrals. As such, the events that took place surrounding the building and dedication of the temple of Solomon play a key role in the Freemasonry traditions. The many secrets behind the crafting of such magnificent structures were highly praised and guarded with pride and honor amongst the master stone masons, who pledged fidelity to their craft and vowed on their life to never reveal any of them. As we are not stone masons but rather speculative masons, many of the old secrets and rituals are applied to our morals and traditions. For example, the apron worn by Freemasons is representative to the apron worn by operative masons to protect their clothes from stains.
Freemasonry is not a Secret Society but rather a Society with many secrets. It has members of various religious faiths and beliefs and although Freemasonry itself is not a religion it does require all members to believe in the existence of a God, or Supreme Being, as vows of fidelity are required from all members to preserve the secrets and mysteries of the order. A popular motto of Freemasonry is “To make good men better”.

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Questions:

Q1. How old will the Russell Lodge Building be in 2015?

Q2. Which historical temple plays a significant role on the traditions of Freemasonry?

Q3. What is a popular motto of Freemasonry?

Were you able to answer them correctly without looking back at the text?

Russell Lodge is looking forward to repeat the event next year.

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