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RICHARDSON - Richardson DeMolays and Richardson Masons will host an open house on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Richardson Masonic Lodge.  It will introduce the public to the inner workings of the Lodge, answer questions about Masonry and other Masonic groups’ membership and discuss reasons why Masonry is the oldest fraternity in the world, with its origins in the Middle Ages.

The open house is 2-4 p.m. at Richardson Masonic Lodge, 528 Lockwood Lane in Richardson. There is no admission charge.

Attendees are asked to wear business casual clothing. Children are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

The Lodge shares its building with a number of affiliated organizations, including the Order of Easter Star, which is open to women; the Order of Rainbow for Girls, which teaches important lessons in morality and conduct to girls between the ages of 11 and 20; and the Order of DeMolay, which teaches lessons in leadership, civic duty, scholarship, and clean living to boys between the ages of 12 and 21.

DeMolay is a youth leadership organization, building young men of character. It’s dedicated to making young men better people and leaders.

Men continue to join Masonic Lodges today to enjoy fellowship with other men who share similar values, including civic-mindedness, charity, support for public schools, support for the military, law enforcement, and other first responders, belief in God, and religious tolerance. Men participate in Masonry to become better men by devoting themselves to Masonic teachings, thereby increasing in knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and leadership in their homes and in their communities.

Masonry has a rich history. Many founders of both the United States and the Republic of Texas were Masons, including George Washington, Paul Revere, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin.

The first Masonic Lodge in Texas was formed in 1836, and there now are approximately 914 lodges in Texas with over 122,000 Masons.

Masonry is heavily invested in the support of well-known medical institutions, including the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, the Shriners Hospital for Children in Houston  the Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston and other similar institutions nationwide.

For information, contact Mark Wickersham at 214-497-4501.