High Twelve is a social extension of Freemasonry. You could most easily describe it as a lunch club, which is how it got its name. Long ago, noon was known as “high twelve” and the time to call workmen from labor to refreshment. Accordingly, many High Twelve clubs – but not all – meet at noon. It's very casual, and there is no ritual. While there is a lot of variety from club to club, High Twelve usually meets at a restaurant, they have lunch, and perhaps listen to a speaker.
High Twelve was started in 1921, and today boasts a membership of approximately 9,000 members in over 250 clubs nationwide and in foreign countries.
But High Twelve is much more than a lunch club--it's an association dedicated to bringing Master Masons together, and dedicated to service to the fraternity--High Twelve adheres strictly to the Masonic Laws of whatever jurisdiction it's in.
And as with all Masonic groups, there is a philanthropic aspect as well. The Club's two primary focuses are on youth and education and it strongly supports the Order of DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, Job’s Daughters and the Wolcott Foundation that was established to provide scholarships for students at George Washington University who seek public service careers in government.
Illini High Twelve
|Charter members of Illini High Twelve|
Our club is very casual--come as you are. Spouses are invited. All Masons are invited. We even encourage our members to bring friends they think would make good Master Masons and give them a chance to meet a few Masons.
It's something we all look foward too each month. If you're interested in joining a High Twelve group, visit the High Twelve International website, and there you'll find a listing of all the groups in your area.