The Summerville Masonic Lodge (#234) had a centennial celebration March 7.
The lodge was first chartered in 1892, but was inactive for a period before reopening in 1915. It has remained open ever since.
“During the past 100 years this lodge has never missed a monthly meeting,” Summerville Masonic Lodge Worshipful Master Robert H. “Bob” Kuziak said. “Even the month that Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina we had a meeting.”
To mark the anniversary, Masons laid a new ceremonial cornerstone and re-dedicated the lodge located at 111 Main Street. Mary Alice Dyal had the new cornerstone made in memory of her late husband Jimmy. The cornerstone and re-dedication ceremonies were overseen by MWB David J. DeChant Sr., Grand Master of Masons in South Carolina, with the assistance of Grand Lodge Officers.
“There were 31 Grand Lodge Officers there and Masons from all around the state,” Kuziak said.
More than 180 Masons attended, including two from New York. Members of The Order of the Eastern Star, DeMolay and Rainbow Girls, the lodge’s youth and female factions, also attended.