About Howell Lodge
A Freemason, therefore, should be a man of honor and of conscience, preferring his duty to everything beside, even to his life; independent in his opinions, and of good morals, submissive to the laws and devoted to humanity, to his country, to his family; kind and indulgent to his brethren, friend to all virtuous men, and ready to assist his fellows by all means in his power.Worshipful Brother Albert Pike
Freemasonry in Howell.
The history of Masonry is replete with individuals who were the heralds of their communities. Masonry in Howell begins with one such luminary by the name of Amos Adams.
Amos Adams arrived in Howell, Michigan in 1835 and built the first home in the township on what was to become the corner of West Grand River Avenue and Walnut Street. Being among the first settlers of the new township of Howell, he was elected Justice of the Peace in April, 1836 as well as Treasurer and Surveyor of Livingston County. He opened up the Eagle Tavern and Hotel which became a central location for doing business within the village. In 1838, he built a sawmill as well located on the Shiawassee river.
Also in 1838, another brother mason, Gardner Wheeler would be the first physician to settle in the township. As the village was growing, seven brothers assembled to open a Lodge.
On November 10, 1838, a dispensation was issued to these seven brothers to open a Lodge. A charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of the State of Michigan on January 10, 1850 for Howell Lodge No. 38.
This was to be the beginning of well over 150 years of Masonry in Howell.
In the decades that followed, hundreds have been members of Howell #38. The location has changed, on multiple occasions, within the city, however the vision and dedication of its members remains the same to this day.
In the 1950’s and ’60s the Lodge met on the third floor of the First National Bank building on the southwest corner of Grand River and Michigan Avenue, however the present Lodge building was purchased and dedicated for use in 1971.
The building houses the Masonic fraternity (Blue Lodge), an Eastern Star Chapter, a Royal Arch Chapter, a Royal and Select Masters Council, a Commandery of Knights Templar, a High Twelve Club, Rainbow for girls, and a DeMolay Chapter for boys.
Howell Lodge No. 38 is proud to be a “Tuxedo” Lodge, meaning all officers try to wear tuxedos and white gloves for all degree work, funerals, and installations. This is part of our commitment to inspire others with the importance and sincerity we place in our work of building the “inner man.” Non-degree meetings do not have a dress code, but jacket and tie, or nice clothes are both preferred and appreciated.
Freemasonry in Howell, Michigan shall be:
A preeminent organization for men of equality, regardless of race, religion or creed; consistently delivering, by symbols, allegory, and example, a moral code founded on the highest standards of justice, ethics, honesty, and strength of character; a fraternal organization dedicated to charity, goodwill towards all, morality of the soul, and brother love under the Fatherhood of God; and a relevant organization dedicated to delighting, involving and educating members and their families in our community, where Howell Lodge is a vibrant, respected, and contributing part of Howell’s life.
Howell Lodge No. 38 will be well led, committed to excellence, provide quality programs and quality use of time, and should forge alliances within our community, designed both to help Howell and develop the character of Masons.
A man who becomes a Mason can expect to find in his fraternity, the opportunity to learn and lead; to be inspired and entertained; to be challenged and respected; to be involved with his family, his brothers, and his community; to be proud to be a member of a fraternity committed to ageless wisdom, morality, and integrity.