Ashland Lodge No. 23, of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon, announces the installation of officers for 2008. Lodge No. 23 is celebrating this ceremony for the 149th year.




The Masonic Order is the world's oldest fraternal and philanthropic organization in existence, according to a Masonic press release. The first Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717. The Grand Lodge of Oregon was established in 1851 and Lodge No. 23 was chartered in 1858.




Lodge members assemble annually to affirm the progression from newly made Mason to the highest office of Worshipful Master of the Lodge. During this ceremony the elected and appointed officers for 2008 will receive the insignia of office and assume their respective responsibilities in the operation of the lodge.




The principal officers elected for 2008 are: Glen M. Ward, Worshipful Master; N. Lynn "Skip" Bessonette, Jr., Senior Warden; Russell Grimm, Junior Warden; Roland Fletcher, Treasurer; Santino "Sam" Lupini, II, Secretary.




The installation will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in Ashland Masonic Center located at 570 Clover Lane in Ashland near The Holiday Inn Express and KFC.




The members and their families invite the public to attend and observe this annual ritual event.




For information, contact Glen M. Ward at 601-2555.