The Woodburn Masonic Lodge is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an open house on the evening of July 11. The event will take place during the first Music in the Park event, located across the street in Library Park, of which the Masonic Lodge is a sponsor.
Woodburn's unit of the international fraternal organization was established on June 17, 1892, and has been in continuous service for 125 years. Notable members have included Woodburn's founder and first mayor Jesse Settlemier, who lived from 1840-1913, and his son Frank Settlemier.
The Woodburn Masonic Lodge building, located at 145 Arthur St., was built in 1910. The building is used as a meeting space for several masonic bodies, including the Masonic Lodge and local chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Royal Arch Masons. The building underwent major renovation in 2015 after a storm caused severe damage.
Mayor Kathy Figley proclaimed June 12-18 to be "Freemason Appreciation Week" at the June 12 City Council meeting in honor of the anniversary.
"Freemasons seek to shape the future by fostering the personal growth of the mind, heart and moral character of men from all walks of life, without discrimination, perpetuating lifelong friendships and philanthropic service to enrich our communities," reads the proclamation. "I encourage all residents to celebrate Woodburn Masonic Lodge #106's 125th year anniversary by attending the July 11, 2017 (events) … and recognizing masons for their leadership and contributions made to our greater Woodburn community."
The Music in the Park event will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the Woodburn Public Library (280 Garfield St.).