Kempsville Lodge No. 196

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Kempsville Lodge No. 196

Chartered in 1955, Kempsville Lodge No. 196, A.F. & A.M. is one of the largest and most active Masonic Lodges in Virginia. In addition to the Masonic Lodge, we're the home of the Kempsville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Bethel 42 International Order of Job's Daughters, and the Kempsville Chapter of the Order of DeMolay.

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ... See moreSee less

July 4th, 6:55 am

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

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Enjoy Freedom brothers

God Bless the USA

Happy Independence Day!

I heard this the other day: A Candidate for initiation was to be picked up and driven to the Lodge, but before this could happen the car broke down. The Candidate said as no great distance was involved he would go on his bicycle. Just when he reached the top of the hill his chain broke. As the Lodge was at the bottom of the other side and all he needed was a backpedal brake, so he repaired the chain with a cord he had in his pocket and free-wheeled downhill to the Lodge. Later that evening in reply to a toast in his honour, he said how proud he was to be a Freemason but could not understand, as he had told no one, how the WM knew that he had come on his own free wheel and a cord... ... See moreSee less

July 3rd, 10:24 pm

Saturday morning coffee at the Lodge is back! Come and join us Saturday from 8-10 am. Safety precautions will be in place.

For those who can’t attend in person, we will continue to run the virtual coffee on Zoom from 9-10 am every Saturday. Use the usual Zoom room. Contact us if you need the info.
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July 3rd, 12:26 pm

Saturday morning coffee at the Lodge is back!  Come and join us Saturday from 8-10 am.  Safety precautions will be in place. 

For those who can’t attend in person, we will continue to run the virtual coffee on Zoom from 9-10 am every Saturday.  Use the usual Zoom room.  Contact us if you need the info.

Until further notice, the Lodge will be running the following weekly schedule:

Mondays 7 pm: Masonic education on Zoom

Tuesdays 6:30 pm: Ritual training and/or catechism examinations at the Lodge

Saturdays 8-10 am: Coffee at the Lodge. A virtual coffee will also be held on Zoom at 9 am for those out of the area or unable to attend Lodge.

The Mondays before the Stated will be used for Officer meetings and Stated practice in the Lodge. No Zoom education those Mondays.

Last Saturday of the month (until we can serve breakfast again) we will hold the drive through food bank donation drop off from 10 am - 1 pm. We have collected almost 900 lbs of food in just two months with this program!

Please remember to make a reservation for the Stated with the WM as we are limited to 50 people (13 officers, 37 guests).
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July 3rd, 9:09 am

The goats have returned to the trees in Kempsville so that must mean the Lodge is now officially reopened!

Safety measures are in place (social distancing, 50 person limit, masks recommended, regular cleaning of door knobs , stair rails, etc. before and after meetings). If you are in a high risk health group please consider carefully before coming.

We will be having our July Stated on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 pm. No dinner beforehand as that is still prohibited. Maximum 37 Brothers allowed (50 less the officers) so please make reservations with the WM. Lodge members have first priority and it is first come first served on reservations.

If you are not a member of Kempsville and want to attend please let us know and we will put you on a standby list and let you know prior to the Stated.
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July 1st, 8:15 am

The goats have returned to the trees in Kempsville so that must mean the Lodge is now officially reopened!

Safety measures are in place (social distancing, 50 person limit, masks recommended, regular cleaning of door knobs , stair rails, etc. before and after meetings). If you are in a high risk health group please consider carefully before coming. 

We will be having our July Stated on Tuesday, July 14th at 7 pm.  No dinner beforehand as that is still prohibited.  Maximum 37 Brothers allowed (50 less the officers) so please make reservations with the WM.  Lodge members have first priority and it is first come first served on reservations.

If you are not a member of Kempsville and want to attend please let us know and we will put you on a standby list and let you know prior to the Stated.

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I am in three at-risk categories, (age, immuno-compromised, diabetic) so will refrain from attending, as much as I'd like to be there.

Tree goats. Are those out front?

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June 30th, 11:07 pm

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What a great piece of art, thank you for posting.

Kempsville is back in business! We opened our first tiled lodge in 3 1/2 months tonight to examine a candidate in the FC catechism (successfully of course!) ... See moreSee less

June 30th, 8:22 pm

Kempsville is back in business!  We opened our first tiled lodge in 3 1/2 months tonight to examine a candidate in the FC catechism (successfully of course!)

Good turnout for our weekly Masonic education on Zoom held last night! 12 Brothers participated.

If you couldn't attend watch the recording previously posted. I will also send out all the slides from this lecture series given so far (3 to date).
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June 30th, 7:34 am

Good turnout for our weekly Masonic education on Zoom held last night! 12 Brothers participated.

If you couldnt attend watch the recording previously posted.  I will also send out all the slides from this lecture series given so far (3 to date).

Last Saturday’s food bank haul was 381 lbs! That includes the food Brother Bob Hughes bought with the $60 in cash donations we received. That makes our grand total for the last two months 833 lbs - close to half a ton. Well done and thanks to everyone who has donated.

We will continue doing this every month we are not allowed to serve breakfast.
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June 29th, 3:05 pm

Last Saturday’s food bank haul was 381 lbs!  That includes the food Brother Bob Hughes bought with the $60 in cash donations we received.  That makes our grand total for the last two months 833 lbs - close to half a ton.  Well done and thanks to everyone who has donated.  

We will continue doing this every month we are not allowed to serve breakfast.

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Great work my brothers!

Outstanding

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