(Meetings): Stated Meetings Fourth Tuesday, except July
Scott E. Umland
Worshipful Master 2012-2013
GRAND VIEW MASONIC LODGE #1112 PEORIA HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS
My participation in masonry began with my First Degree, and began in ernest when I was raised to the Third Degree in Grand View Lodge on January 20, 2009. Shortly thereafter, on February 10, 2009, I joined the Mohammed Shrine. On March 7, 2009, I joined the Valley of Peoria, Scottish Rite Consistory. I became a Life Member of Grand View Lodge on January 25, 2011. I obtained further light in masonry by becoming a Knight Templar in Peoria Commandry No. 3 of the York Rite on March 19, 2011.
By simply joining different masonic groups, I learned valuable lessons from rituals. But just as important to me, I have met, and continue to meet, fellow masons, all of whom I enjoyed meeting, many of whom I now consider good friends. Taking an active role in Grand View Lodge and going through the chairs has been rewarding, but so has my membership in other group, even though I have not had the same amount of time to contribute to them. If you have benefited from masonry as I have, I remind you it all starts in the Blue Lodges. In this regard, I believe Grand View Lodge has done well in its effort to bring more men into masonry, but we always need to strive for more. If you know of men who would enjoy masonry, please take the time encourage them to petition Grand View Lodge in particular, or any other lodge if not Grand View.