What We're All About
Throughout our 100+ years, Evelth Lodge No. 239 has been involved in the community We have made numerous charitable donations, provided scholarships and school supplies, and volunteered assistance to many community events. In Minnesota alone, the Masonic Lodges and the Grand Lodge have donated over $1,000,000 in college scholarhips to deserving students. In addition, The Masonic Cancer Center was given to the University of Minnesota, and $5.7 million has been donated for staff and equipment.
More than $20,000 is given each year to support the Veterans Hospital visitation program, and since 1983, the local Masonic Lodges have donated hundreds of glucose monitors to Minnesota public schools for use by diabetic children. There is also an assisted living facility in Bloomington, MN, called the Minnesota Masonic Home, which provides lifetime care to elderly Masons and relatives. Take a look below to see what else the Eveleth Masons are up to!
*Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for the Mesabi Thunder Special Olympics for those with intellectual disabilities
*Provide fundraising help to send the Mountain Iron-Buhl archery team to state and national tournaments
*Provide fundraising help to defray team costs in competition for the Virginia Tumblers
*Provide tournament transportation and meals for the Eveleth Gilbert Virginia Girls Hockey team
Iron Range Youth in Action
*Generating awareness for youth in their community
Kids' ID Program
*Funds used to collect a child's photo, voice sample, and DNA for the children's parents to have in case of a kidnapping/emergency
Apple Tree Learning Center
Job's Daughters of MN
*A personal growth group for young girls
*Stuff the Ambulance
*Pasty donations for meals
National Child Safety Council
*Child safety and drug education progams, including bullying, internet safetly, ID theft, and helmet safety
*Gives caregivers needed time away
12th Step House
*Halfway house where teens and adults can go for help
*To provide affordable programs for everyone in the community
Reading for Bikes Program
*The Eveleth Lodge donated 12 bikes for children in grades 1-6 to the winners of the reading contest
*Sponsors the annual chemical-free grad party at Eveleth-Gilbery HS
*Providing fundraising efforts for the Mountain Iron-Buhl high school's All Night Grad Parties
Lodge Past Master Doug Barchus, retired from the military along with his wife, have for a number of years provided cool ties for all active military members serving our country.
Spanish Booster Club
*Provide the funds for the Virginia High School Spanish Club to take an educational trip to Spain
*Provide the funds for the Virginia High School German Club to take an educational trip to Germany
*Most recently, the Eveleth Lodge was able to give six $1,000 scholarships to deserving students. The amounts given annually are a combined donation from the Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Eveleth Masonic Lodge.
*Our community churches use the donations from the Lodge to help support the food shelf, Salvation Army, sending youth volunteer groups down to help Katrina flood victims rebuild, and much, much more!
*The Eveleth Lodge has supported the Eveleth High School Band with an annual pasty bake, the funds of which are used for the band's trip to Florida every four years.
The Lodge has held several pasty bake fundraisers to assist the department in its advertising of fire prevention month. The money goes toward brochures, smoke detectors, and refreshments for visiting shcool children.
Food for the Needy
*Buddy Backpack Program to provide food over the weekend for needy students
Quad City Food Shelf
*Serving four communities on the Iron Range