Masonic Community Days is an innovative program that was introduced in 2001 to assist lodges in increasing public awareness of our local Masonic lodges, their members and the Masonic fraternity in Illinois. Since that time, the consistent use of this program by hundreds of lodges throughout the state has been instrumental in telling our friends and neighbors who Masons are and what they do in their communities. With the increased interest in our fraternity by young men, it serves as a valuable link to encourage them to become members of the world’s oldest and largest fraternity – and identifies where Masons meet in their own communities.
The program has evolved during the years and the current program is now designed to be easier to use by our lodges with a minimum of restrictions and record keeping. It allows lodge officers to concentrate on the planning and implementation of Masonic Community Days activities at any time of the year. Guidelines for the program can be downloaded below or at our forms and downloads page. The requirements for the Masonic Community Days program are:
- The time period covers the same dates as for the Grand Master’s Award of Excellence
- July 1 through June 30. And the event, if qualified and registered, will meet one
of the requirements for the Grand Master’s Award and a certificate will be issued to the lodge.
- Activities must be of a public nature and sponsored by a Masonic lodge. Both members of
the fraternity and non-Masons must attend or participate.
- The event must be clearly identified with the logo (download files below)as a Masonic
Community Days activity - especially at the location of the event.
- All events must be registered with a simple official registration form (download files below)
within two weeks after the event has been held. Registrations must be sent directly to the
Masonic Awareness committee, and the District Deputy Grand Masters are authorized to
certify that all program guidelines have been met.
Site signs, tee shirts and caps with the Masonic Community Days logo (plus other items) are available from the Office of the Grand Secretary. Digital versions of the logo for use by lodges in creating their own materials are available directly from the Masonic Awareness Committee.