Welcome to the Website of Harcourt Lodge No. 581 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, working to make good men better men. Masonry is the oldest fraternity in the world teaching the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of a Supreme Being and founded on the principals of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Harcourt was instituted the 18th of May, 1921 and originally located at 888 Yonge Street, currently the lodge is located at the York Temple, 1100 Millwood Rd. Harcourt Lodge was based on the following 6 principles: make fellowship easily attainable, provide educational addresses, Work performed as perfectly as possible, limited membership, benevolence in one direction and compact meetings.
As a lodge composed mainly of businessmen, there is also a luncheon at a downtown restaurant on thesecond Wednesday of each month that provides an opportunity for social interaction between members and prospective members. A Golf Day and dinner at the Toronto Golf Club are held each September and the May meeting is sometimes a Ladies Night.
The present membership totals about 75, below the 100 provided for in our Charter. The majority of the membership is under the age of 60 and the largest group is under 50. Approximately one half our membership attends most meetings. On installation and annual inspection nights that number often doubles by the addition of members of other lodges.
Harcourt appeals to men who enjoy ritual and the regular observance of ceremony. Harcourt Lodge members meet 9 times a year on the third Wednesday of the months of January to May and from October to December at 1100 Millwood Rd. in business attire, except for the December meeting when we dress formally. Members often arrive from the office and ample parking is available on site. Business is conducted before dinner, which sometimes includes an educational address, followed by the Work of the Evening. The night closes with a brief period of fellowship and light refreshments at the lodge building or a member’s home.
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