What we're all about
Throughout our 100+ years, Eveleth 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 scholarships 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!
Provide 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
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-Gilbert HS
Providing fundraising efforts for the Mountain Iron-Buhl high school's All Night Grad Parties
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.
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 school children.
Iron Range Youth in Action
Generate 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
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. He has since passed, but his legacy lives on.
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!
Buddy Backpack Program to provide food over the weekend for needy students
Quad City Food Shelf
Serving four communities on the Iron Range
Stuff the Ambulance
Pasty donations for meals
National Child Safety Council
Child safety and drug education programs, including bullying, internet safety, 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
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
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.