WHY IS IT CALLED A TEMPLE?
Welfare Masonic Lodge #517
Temple Association
In ancient times craftsmen and  laborers met in Labor Temples.  This did not mean that these were religious institutions,  but rather a place where they could meet and discuss their views and concerns.  Freemasonry meetings are held in a building called a Masonic Temple (Masonic buildings). They are also called  a Lodge Hall or Masonic Center as well as Masonic Temple.

All  members in good standing of a Lodge are members of the Lodge's Temple Association.  A chairman, vice chairman and secretary are elected to oversee the meetings.

WHO PAYS THE BILLS?

The Lodge's Temple Association is responsible for making and updating the bylaws which governs the Lodge.  They are also responsible for all of the building maintenance and any bills that the Lodge has to pay.

The Temple Association generates monies for these obligations by operating the Friday Fish Frys, Hall rentals, and other money making efforts

MASONIC ACHEIVEMENTS

Welfare Masonic Lodge takes pride in giving back to the community.  Over the last
three years we have provided seven one thousand dollar ($1,000) collage scholarships to the Kearsley and Genesee schools through our fund raising efforts.  We are presently working towards raising money for a heart defibrillator for the Genesee Township Police Department.