The “Born-In-a-Box” Lodge
“May the innovative Spirit be with us always.”
WB Jason Jones
A unique name! What is it? Better yet, why was it and how did it begin?
It started as a social club of Masons called Acacia Club of Green Valley. It was composed of Masons from all over the country and drawn together by their common bond of Masonic Fellowship. It was reported to be, perhaps, Green Valley’s earliest club of any kind.
Among these hundred or more “Acacians,” there persisted a desire for the Masonic Ritual they had learned in their budding years as Freemasons. Once again they found the need to enjoy the age old ceremonies of our Fraternity and made the time for it.
The result was the formation of a Blue Lodge Study Club in 1972 by thirty-nine Acacians to become the charter members of Green Valley Lodge U(nder). D(ispensation). However, as most of them were from other jurisdictions that used a slightly different Ritual, before they could receive the required dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Arizona it was necessary for the Officers to become proficient in the Arizona Ritual.
Among this group was a former Green Valleyan, a Past Master of Nogales Lodge #11, who was willing to serve as Master of the Lodge. Also in this initial group was an Arizona Raised Mason and several Brethren from Nogales Lodge #11 and Tucson Lodges who were willing to guide them in their future destiny. This resulted in practices throughout the year to make the Officers and members proficient in the Arizona Ritual. And, to a lesser degree, this continues today.
Earlier in the year, the Narthex of the Community Church was found to be available and was approved as a suitable place in which to hold Masonic meetings. However, the room was devoid of platforms, lectern, altar and other furniture essential to the requirements of Lodge procedures; nor was there any place for storage of these items.
As Ritual practice continued, one of the members designed and built the platforms, steps, podium, rod stands. lesser lights, jewel rack, kneeling cushions and all required furniture conducive to a well furnished Lodge. It was built in such a manner that they could be disassembled, nested, folded and compacted into a large weather-proof storage case (box) which was then rolled in from the outside patio where it was stored between meetings. Another Brother built a handsome collapsible alter to fit within the storage case.
It was this unique solution to an early problem that caused Green Valley Lodge #71 to become known as the “Born-In-A-Box” Lodge.
This information is from a pamphlet written by Worshipful Brother Jason Jones and offered here from Worshipful Brother Richard Hendrickson.
18090 S La Canada Dr, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (map)
Phone: (520) 625-3752
P.O. Box 771
Green Valley, AZ 85622-0771
Our Stated Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Please bring your current dues card. Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
We hold practice every Tuesday night at 7:00pm with the exception of Stated Meeting nights. Even if you're not on the ritual team, please stop by for fellowship and ritual refresher.
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