Welcome

Welcome to the website of Sunrise Lodge No. 783, where our motto “Lux ex Tenebris” (“Light from Darkness”) is not just another catch phrase – it’s our relentless pursuit.

What you’ll find here will pretty much answer any questions, whether you’re already a member of Sunrise; a member of another lodge looking for information about us; or someone looking to join Freemasonry in general. Most if not all queries can be found here. Below is a thumbnail-sketch on how to do just that.

If you’re already a member of another Lodge and want to learn more about Sunrise in general, whether it’s our history, a visit, or looking to relocate you’ll find this under the “About Us” tab on the main-menu, or (Click Here).

If you are thinking about joining Sunrise Lodge; becoming a Freemason; trying to find out what this fraternity is all about, et cetera, you’ll find most general questions answered under the “FAQ’s” on the main-menu above, or (Click Here).

If you’ve already familiarized yourself with Freemasonry and have made the decision you want to be part of this grand fraternity you’ll find what is required to begin that process in earnest under the “Become One” tab on the main menu, or (Click Here).

For those wondering if there are any “Famous Freemasons,” let’s just say there are far too many to list on this site. That “list” is ever evolving and growing across the web.

However, just like anything, when it comes to the “web” there are a lot of different sites claiming to “know” something that are suspect in their claims at best, and outright incorrect or specious at worst. Bearing that in-mind here are two sites that may help.

First, there is one from the publisher Wiley of “Freemasons For Dummies” by Christopher Hodapp. A quintessential must read for anyone (i.e. Members and/or non-members alike) looking for in-depth, common language explanations to relative questions, with straight answers pertaining to the fraternity and its many intricacies. You’ll find that list by simply clicking (Here).

Second, you may also want to visit the current “Wikipedia” listing for a more exhaustive list, all the while remembering Wikipedia is an “open source” platform, meaning – it’s susceptible to well-meaning but often times erroneous, if not outright specious misinformation. You can view them directly by simply clicking (Here).

With that said, on behalf of the officers and members of Sunrise Lodge No. 783, we both welcome and thank you for your interest.

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Stated Meeting Update

Due to complications our candidate for the EA Degree is under self-quarantine therefore we will not be conducting degree work on Tuesday the 19th. In its place we will be conducting a relatively short meeting in person at the Lodge, afterward the officers and I will be working on practicing ritual, etc. Any members interested in attending can use the “Contact” page or email me direct to ensure the current occupancy rules are followed.

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master

Call For Member Volunteers

We are performing a Lodge clean-up on Saturday, January 16th from 9am – 12pm to get our building ready for when we start to meet in person once again, which is soon.

Any members willing and available are encouraged to attend.

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master

Stated Meeting Update

Brethren,

A Zoom meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 5th for our first stated meeting.

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Any members wishing to attend can use the contact page to reach me and I’ll send the link.

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master

Stated Meeting Update

Brethren,

I hope you all had a great Holiday and have a Happy New Year!

We are going to hold a virtual meeting on January 5th, which is our 1st stated meeting of that month to cover any business as we go forward into the New Year. This will give the Lodge some time to be finished with painting, etc.

For the 2nd stated meeting on January 19th: it is my hope to do an EA Degree solely, with no business being conducted. I’ll update on that status accordingly

Also, the Job’s Daughters are holding their biannual installation virtually via Zoom and have invited Sunrise members to attend. I personally plan on attending and any others wishing to can use the contact page to reach me and I’ll send the link. It takes place on Monday, January 4th at 7:00pm.

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master

2021 Officer Installation

A Stated Meeting of a lodge of Master Masons was declared opened virtually by edict at 7:00 by WM Elect Eric Franklin, on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020. The purpose was the Annual Installation of Officers.

The following brethren were installed in their respective stations; 

Eric Franklin – WM
Alexander Fannin – SW
Kyle Markel – JW
Steve Anderson – Treasurer
Jeff Rannebarger, PDDGM – Secretary
Matthew Blancett – SD
Dirk Williamson – JD
WB Thom Shapaka – Chaplain
Fred Leigh – SS
Alex Sheeley – JS
WB Brian Gardner – 3 Year Trustee
WB Art Lofton – 3 Year Trustee
Br. Dirk Williamson – 2 Year Trustee
WB Larry Blancett – 1 Year Trustee
WB John Jones will be installed as Tyler at a future meeting.
A brother willing to serve in the position of LEO is being sought.
Interested parties should contact the WM directly for consideration.

Please congratulate all when appropriate.

Officer Installation Update

Brethren,

I hope you are all staying safe during these times. Please be aware we are doing our 2021 Officer Installations virtually on Tuesday December 15th, at 7pm via ZOOM.

I have decided this event will be a “virtual open installation event” so feel free to share the link and invite with family members. I will be sending out the ZOOM link via email on Sunday (Dec.13th). I will be inviting JOBS Daughters as well.

If you miss the email and looking to attend, please use the “Contact” page to request the link and access code.

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master (elect)

Stated Meeting Update

Brethren,

As to comply with the most recent Grand Lodge edict (2021-3), we will be hosting a Zoom meeting for our stated on Tuesday December 1, at 7pm.

Please visit the “Contact” page to request details and passcode if you missed the email or invite. (This step is necessary to ensure only Sunrise or approved members are in attendance)

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master (elect)

Event Update

2021 Officer Installation Ceremony:

The ceremony is planned for Dec. 15th. Due to health concerns evolving from Covid this ceremony will be closed. A celebration event will be announced at a later date should better circumstances prevail.

Sunrise Holiday Party:

Due to the growing health concerns involving Covid, the annual party has been cancelled.

Currently: no other special events scheduled at this time.

Stated Meeting Update

Dear Brethren,

An edict (2021-3) has been issued by Grand Master Dickerscheid stating that due to the pandemic, there will be no in person meetings permitted (only virtual) through December 31, 2020.

I will update as we receive further instructions.

Sincerely,

Eric Franklin
Worshipful Master (elect)