New things continue to happen at Kent’s Verity Lodge No. 59, one of state’s earliest organizations devoted to the philosophical origins and teachings of Freemasonry.
The Lodge’s building, Kent Masonic Hall, 805 E. Smith St., is undergoing a $16,000 facelift as it continues to attract more members. The hall, which was built around 1960, is getting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and new carpeting on the inside. Lodge members also plan to convert a room into a resourceful library.
Verity Lodge leaders hope the renovations are finished by late September.
“I affectionately tell people that this is a 123-year-old brand new lodge,” said Zane McCune, worshipful master for Verity Lodge No. 59. “It’s been around for a long time, but what we’re seeing is a bit of a renaissance growth.”
Verity Lodge, established in 1890, has witnessed peaks and valleys in its membership throughout its long history. But McCune says new members, particularly those under 40, are joining the Lodge.
“And they’re interested in the philosophical side of Masonry,” McCune said, “and they are looking for ways to connect in more of a real way …”
Verity Lodge is dedicated to the search of enlightenment through fraternalism, Masonic education and ritual. Freemasonry speaks to its soul, offering meaning and philosophy, McCune explained.
Verity Lodge is more than a social club or service organization.
“(We) like to give back to the community … (but the) purpose is to improve ourselves through our search for enlightenment.”
The Lodge celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2015.
Verity Lodge No. 59 is under the 13th district jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington.
A part of the hall – which offers a dining area, kitchen, dishes, tables, chairs and ample free parking – is available to rent for large gatherings.
To learn more, visit www.verity59.org or find “Verity 59” on Facebook.