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Manteca Masons mark 100 years on Saturday

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POSTED July 22, 2013 1:01 a.m.

The Manteca affiliate of an organization that operates one of the most reputable children’s hospitals in the world, and does so without taking a single cent from any of the families they serve is marking its 100th anniversary on Saturday.
Manteca Masonic Lodge Tyrian #439 Junior Warden Adam Karim is inviting the community to an open house on Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. That’s when the Masons of California will open its local lodge to celebrate a century of serving Manteca. They are inviting residents to take a look at some of the history and the evolution of the group’s local roots.

“It’s something that’s open to the community – if they want to come they’re more than welcome,” Karim said. “We recently opened up a time capsule that was planted in our building 50 years ago, and we’ll have those contents on display.
“It’ll be exciting for those involved with Masonry.”

The lodge, located at 212 Powers Avenue, was opened for use in November of 1957 and has been home to the organization ever since. Manteca’s Masonic Lodge had its charter approved by the Grand Lodge – located in San Francisco – in 1913.
On a large scale, the organization is famous for its charitable works. The Shriners operate hospitals for children that cost nothing  for those who utilize the services, and the Scottish Rite order is on the cutting edge of juvenile speech therapy.
But the local lodges do their fair share as well.

Depending on the need, the group can step up and do anything from working hand-in-hand with the police on efforts to eliminate blight – rounding up errant shopping carts and returning them to their rightful place – to collecting nearly 1,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
On multiple occasions the group has staffed a Child ID booth that gives parents a profile that includes a current picture, fingerprints and information on each of their children that – although he hopes they have never have to use it – would be asked for by police in the case of an abduction.

Then, of course, there is the organization itself.

Karim says that one of the group’s basic tenets – “helping good men become better” – instantly appealed to him.
He hopes to be able to convey that at the upcoming event.
“I find that the principles make me a better person,” he said. “It’s an organization that is committed to take care of those in need, and you can see that with the Shriners and the Scottish Rite and the things that they do. The core tenets, at least to me, are a great asset.”
To contact Jason Campbell, email or call (209) 249-3544.

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