|Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Illinois, Sean McBride holding old Homer Royal Arch sign|
The Royal Arch had an important role in Freemasonry in Homer, Illinois from the beginning of Freemasonry's story in that community. In fact, it was Royal Arch Chapter funds that built the Homer Temple in 1896.
But the Homer Royal Arch Chapter's light went out just a few years ago--its long history ended with little more than a note in the Lodge minutes and the surrender of the charter to the Illinois Grand Chapter. We took the metal Royal Arch sign down from beside our entry door outside, and tossed it in the junk room. There was little that could be done to save it at the time--the Lodge struggled each month to just get a quorum to open the Lodge. The Lodge knew when the Chapter went under that if something didn't change soon, they'd be next.
|MEGHP Sean McBride and Greg Knott prior to Admiration Chapter opening for the first time|
|Admiration Chapter members with nine new Royal Arch candidates at Homer Temple in April 2016|
As I said in my first book, Famous American Freemasons, our Fraternity has always attracted industrious men. It still does.