Fort Kent Masonic Lodge #209
415 West Main Street, Fort Kent, Maine 04743
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
Freemasonry is the World's oldest, largest and most widely
known fraternal organization. It is a voluntary organization of men of good
character and reputation who believe in a Supreme Being, universal brotherhood
and loyalty to their Country. Freemasonry's purpose is to help build a
better world by teaching and promoting the brotherhood of man under the
fatherhood of God. Among its' tenets are friendship, morality, brotherhood,
patriotism, tolerance, relief of the distressed, the Golden Rule and charity
Upcoming Meetings & Events
meetings at Fort Kent #209 are on the second Thursday of Each
District #1 Stated Meetings
Trinity-Presque Isle 1st Tuesday
Caribou 1st Thursday
Aroostook 2nd Monday
Limestone 2nd Tuesday
Monument-Houlton 2nd Wednesday
Pioneer-Ashland 2nd Wednesday
Washburn 2nd Thursday
Lodge is accepting Dues Payments:
415 West Main Street, Fort Kent, ME
MASONIC QUOTE: "If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
— Benjamin Franklin, American writer, humorist, ambassador, inventor and Freemason
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt, American President and Freemason
Fort Kent Masonic Lodge #209
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
Dedication and Cornerstone Ceremony of our new Lodge Building
Our Mailing Address:
415 West Main Street
Fort Kent Maine 04743
Lodge Open House
Fort Kent Masons lend a hand to community projects
Don Eno, SJVT / FhF Staff Writer • April 22, 2017
FORT KENT, Maine — Members of the local Masonic Lodge No. 209 in Fort Kent presented three different community groups with checks Thursday, April 13, in support of local projects.
Lodge Master Larry Murphy of Fort Kent presented Suzie Paradis of the Fort Kent Community High School/Valley Rivers Middle School Booster Club with a check for $2,000 in support of the club’s effort to replace the lights at the school’s soccer field.
The Masons raised $1,000 through a 50/50 raffle this winter and the Masonic Grand Lodge of Maine matched that with an additional $1,000.
In support of Valley Rivers’ annual grade 7 field trip to the DeBoullie Lake area, the Fort Kent Masons presented the school’s Dean of Students Ralph Caron with a check for $1,500. Lodge members had worked with the school to raise $500 and the state lodge matched that with $1,000.
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Maine also contributed $1,000 toward a $1,500 check presented to Jessica Landry of the Fort Kent Parent-Teacher Organization. This money will be used to help maintain the newly installed playground equipment at Fort Kent Elementary School.
School principal and local lodge member Gary Stevens helped the PTO raise $500 and also assisted with coordinating the labor needed to assemble the equipment, which was completed last fall.
Murphy said the newest funding support from the local lodge was not in time to help with the purchase of the playground equipment, but the latest funds will be used to help maintain the equipment and make sure it continues to meet safety standards.
“This was the first time we did a ceremony like this,” Murphy said Tuesday morning, April 18. “It’s good for our members to see recognition for their projects.”
Murphy, who has been Lodge master since January, said the organization is usually “low key and unnoticed.”
“But, it doesn’t mean we can’t let people know,” what we do in the community.
“The areas that the state lodge and we focus on are supporting community betterment, youth activities, Project Graduation and the Bikes for Books program,” Murphy said.
“All of our projects try to help the youth and the community succeed,” said Murphy.
The Fort Kent Masonic Lodge has about a dozen active members, Murphy said. Another 40 or so men are members, but are unable to regularly attend meetings or be involved in every project, he added.
The Fort Kent lodge has members from Allagash to St. David. The closest other Masonic lodges are in Ashland, Caribou and Presque Isle. All are part of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Maine’s District 1.
When he came on board as the local master, Murphy said he wanted to help dispel a lingering conception among some that the fraternal group was some sort of secret cabal or cult.
“I wanted to get more positive talk about our lodge and let people know what we do,” Murphy said.
Master - Larry Murphy
Senior Warden- Bud Wilson
Junior Warden -Charlie Ouellette
Senior Deacon - Jeremy Shapiro
Junior Deacon- Sean Favereau
Senior Steward - Roland Michaud
Junior Steward - open
Chaplin - Gary Stevens
Secretary - Gary Stevens
Tyler - Roger Bouchard
Treasurer- Jeremy Shapiro
Historian – Bryan Jandreau
Masons to bring coastal lobster tradition to the Valley
Don Eno, SJVT / FhF Staff Writer • July 25, 2017
FORT KENT, Maine — Masonic Lodge No. 209 members are planning to bring a bit of the Maine coast to this year’s annual International Muskie Derby by collaborating with fellow Masons in Boothbay Harbor to host a lobster feed fundraiser.
“We want to make it an annual thing,” Lodge Master Larry Murphy said Thursday. “We want to make a buzz about it.”
The idea was brought to the Fort Kent lodge members by Hayden Alley, a University of Maine at Fort Kent student and fellow Mason from Boothbay. His lodge hosts the Cabbage Island Lobster Feed event each year.
“Those guys are coming up to help us,” Murphy said. “We think that’s outstanding. These folks are the experts.” Murphy added that Fort Kent lodge members are more than willing to return the favor.
Because their Boothbay comrades are bringing up the lobsters and helping with logistics, Murphy said it is important that tickets are purchased ahead of time. Although, the Masons are planning to have extras to sell “at the door,” there is no guarantee there will be many lobsters left for those without pre-purchased tickets.
Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased from any member of the Fort Kent lodge. Those interested may also call Murphy at 231-0445. Tickets are also being sold at Paradis Shop n’ Save and S.W. Collins hardware and outdoor stores.
Ideally, Murphy said, people should plan on buying their tickets by Aug. 5, to make sure they get a spot.
The Muskie Derby and Ploye Festival take place Aug. 11-13 in Fort Kent, and include a variety of events, vendors and activities.
The lobster feed will help the lodge raise funds for various community projects such as its Books for Bikes program and contributions to the new soccer field lights at Fort Kent Community High School and the elementary school’s new playground equipment.
Murphy said he hopes the lodge can build up its reserves so that it can more rapidly respond to last minute requests its members want to support, in addition to continuing its existing programs.
“I want to do more for things like project graduation and community voices,” said Murphy. “We want to be more helpful to youth and community needs.”
The lobster meal will be served from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Meals may be eaten on site or ordered for take-out.
At $35 per ticket, Murphy said the price is a bargain for two lobsters (at least one pound each), steamer clams, corn on the cob, potatoes and a blueberry muffin.
The Fort Kent lodge has members from Allagash to St. David. The closest other Masonic lodges are in Ashland, Caribou and Presque Isle.