Peoria Lodge 31 Free & Accepted Masons in Arizona
Peoria Lodge No. 31 was chartered in 1922 through dispensation of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Arizona. Over the years the Lodge has remained constant in its location in downtown Peoria, but has grown and adapted to changing times. Today Peoria Lodge No. 31 consists of over 200 brethren in Arizona and across the world. The Lodge works hard to maintain the traditions and ancient knowledge of those that have gone before, so as to pass it on to the next generation of Freemasons who will in time themselves take the reigns of the fraternity.
Message From the Worshipful Master
Welcome to Peoria Lodge No. 31
The Beehive of 31
Bee the change you want to see in the world.
The symbol of the beehive is a very ancient one, representing the working lodge. The bee was used as a symbol in ancient Egypt, and the symbol of the beehive dates back to at least ancient Rome. This symbol was adopted by many Societies, Unions and companies, the hive representing industry and the bees the workers.
A beehive was recently discovered at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, during their renovations. It was inside a rooftop pinnacle that had been hollowed-out by the masons for this purpose. The bees entered through a hole in a decorative flower on the pinnacle. The Masons cherished the bees for the construction did not allow for the extraction of honey. The sole purpose appears to have been to protect the bees from the bad weather of the region.
The bee and the beehive have long been a symbol of Freemasonry and for good reason. The bee is a hard and tireless worker, not for himself but for the swarm. The bee works in complete cooperation with the other bees and does so without dissension. The bee protects the queen, refuses admittance to enemies, builds, makes honey, and lives in a society ruled by order.
As the Brethren of Peoria 31 we try our best to imitate the bee. We are industrious, working hard, not for ourselves, but for the swarm. We work in complete cooperation with each other and do so without dissension. We protect the lodge, help build a better fraternity, sweeten the lives of the people around us and take pride in our vocations. We will bee the change we want to see in the world.