William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7

Welcome to William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7! Located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of northwest Washington, DC, we are proud to stand as the first Lodge chartered by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia. We also take great pride in our membership which includes a diverse group of men from various generations, backgrounds, religions, and vocations, united around our common belief in the principal tenets of brotherly love, relief, and truth. We are an active Lodge. Throughout the year we engage in multiple volunteer and charitable endeavors and constantly strive to enhance our bonds of fellowship and make positive impacts throughout our community. We meet on the first Thursday of every month (July and August excluded) and begin our evening with dinner, which is open to guests. If you are interested in Freemasonry, contact the Lodge at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Mission: Nearly 3 million men are Freemasons in the United States today, with another 2 million worldwide, and the numbers are growing. Freemasonry can be found in almost every country of the world and is highly visible in almost every major historical occurrence in the United States from the Revolutionary War to the laying of the Capital cornerstone. Freemasonry is open to any man regardless of race, religion, nationality, social status or wealth as long as they hold a belief in a supreme being and have good moral character. Freemasonry does not interfere with duties that a man owes to his God, his country, his neighbors or his family. It helps a good man become a better man, father, husband, brother or son.

Thank you to all the brethren and guests that came out to serve DC Police, DC Fire, DC EMS, US Secret Service, Cathedral Police, AU Police and other police units at the 2nd District Citizens Advisory Commission’s annual First Responders Dinner! #freemasonry #community

Our Beer & BBQ Night wouldn’t be complete without our Cheesehead Worshipful Master! Thank you W.M. Lebowitz and Brother Secretary Reid for taking us on a journey about beer and the fermentation process!! #MayStated #dcmasonry

The Eagle Lodge

Eagle Lodge has a new page! Follow the page to learn more about all the exciting events our Tenleytown brethren are having!

The Eagle Lodge, No. 1893 is a Lodge of Freemasons in the nation's capital formed for the principal purpose of bringing together members of the American University community who are already Freemasons or who are interested in becoming one.

Happy Birthday R.W.B. Buchanan!! President James Buchanan was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 43 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He also served as Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Pierre Charles L’Enfant was initiated as a Mason on April 17, 1825 at Holland Lodge No. 8 in New York. Br. L’Enfant was most known for his work designing the original layout of Washington, DC. Below is a facsimile of his original plan from the Library of Congress.

On April 15, 1791 the first boundary stone of the District of Columbia was officially and Masonically placed at Jones Point in Alexandria, by Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22. A group of surveyors, led by Major Andrew Ellicott, marked the 100 square mile district, by proceeding, from Jones Point, 10 miles Northwest, 10 miles Northeast, 10 miles Southeast, and finally 10 miles Southwest, placing a boundary stone approximately every mile, for a total of 40 stones. All markers have an original or replica stone, and the Jones Point stone dates to 1794 (in the picture behind the glass). On March 7, 1991, a Grand Lodge bulletin was read at William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7 inviting Brethren to a bicentennial re-enactment of this august event. For more information about the stones, please see here: http://www.boundarystones.org/.

Brothers and Friends of Singleton had an above par day at Topgolf! We’re looking forward to bringing our talents to the DCSR Golf Outing on May 22nd! #brotherhood #DCSR

The writer, historian, and philosopher Voltaire was initiated on April 7, 1778 at the Loge des Neuf Soeurs in Paris, just a month before he died.

Br. Rudyard Kipling was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on April 5, 1886 in Lahore, India. He wrote several Masonic works, including the poem, L’Envoi to “Life’s Handicap”:

My new-cut ashlar takes the light
Where crimson-blank the windows flare;
By my own work, before the night,
Great Overseer I make my prayer.

If there be good in that I wrought,
Thy hand compelled it, Master, Thine;
Where I have failed to meet Thy thought
I know, through Thee, the blame is mine.

One instant’s toil to Thee denied
Stands all Eternity’s offence,
Of that I did with Thee to guide
To Thee, through Thee, be excellence.

Who, lest all thought of Eden fade,
Bring’st Eden to the craftsman’s brain,
Godlike to muse o’er his own trade
And Manlike stand with God again.

The depth and dream of my desire,
The bitter paths wherein I stray,
Thou knowest Who hast made the Fire,
Thou knowest Who hast made the Clay!

One stone the more swings to her place
In that dread Temple of Thy Worth --
It is enough that through Thy grace
I saw naught common on Thy earth.

Take not that vision from my ken;
Oh whatsoe’er may spoil or speed,
Help me to need no aid from men
That I may help such men as need!

Singleton’s Monthly Social Hour...the perfect intersection of Masonic brotherhood and happy hour! #DCFreemasons

[03/28/19]   See you all tonight at our March Social Hour @ Jack Rose Dining Saloon! 6:30PM

This past Saturday, our members and their families gathered at the lodge for Family Movie Night to watch Christopher Robin!Families are the rock in our Masonic journeys and we greatly appreciate their love and participation! #family #singletonlodge #brotherlylove

Our monthly social is an opportunity to fraternize with some of the best men DC masonry has to offer! Thank you to all the members and guests that came out last night to Liberty Tavern! If you are interested in freemasonry, we would love to see you at the next social! Learn more at www.singletonlodge.com.

Happy Birthday to Brother George Washington! A just and upright Mason who became the cornerstone of American civilization.

57 years ago today, Illustrious Brother John Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth. Subsequent years later when he returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery, he wore his 33rd degree gold ring while orbiting the globe. Godspeed, John Glenn.

Happy Presidents Day! Can you name all 14 of the Presidents who were Masons?

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W Bro. Rick Chandler (Singleton No. 7) Honored with Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award

Congratulations to Worshipful Brother Chandler for receiving the Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his work with his son’s Cub Scout pack. This was the first Daniel Carter Beard Award presented in the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia in over a decade.

dcgrandlodge.org ​On February 7, our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Charbel T. Fahed, traveled to William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 to present Worshipful Brother Richard C. Chandler with the...

Singleton Bros know how to bowl! Thanks to all our members and their families that came out to our annual bowling night!

Last night, we celebrated our Past Masters! Without these pillars of our community, Singleton Lodge would not be what it is today. We are eternally grateful for all their hard work, support and occasional harrumphs!! #SingletonLodge

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William McKinley: A True and Upright Mason

Happy birthday Brother William McKinley! Check out this story detailing how great a man he was.

http://www.midnightfreemasons.org/2011/01/william-mckinley-true-and-upright-mason_05.html

midnightfreemasons.org I ran across this article I'd written for Masonic Travels back in 2009. It's a great story, so I thought I'd share it again. It's...

Mozart - Maurerische Trauermusik K.477

Happy birthday Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Br. Mozart was a member of Zur Wohltätigkeit (Benificence) Lodge in Vienna, Austria.

He wrote several Masonic compositions, including Maurerische Trauermusik (Masonic Funeral Hymns), which was performed during funeral services of two of his Masonic brethren in 1785.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--sDBQuz6DY

Mozart - Maurerische Trauermusik K.477 Istvan Kertesz London Symphony Orchestra

Thank you for coming to our fantastic social at Clyde's! Brothers and Friends of Singleton alike had a great night socializing over delicious food and drinks. Looking forward to our next social in February! #dcmasons #brotherhood

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706.

Brother Franklin was raised at St. John’s Lodge in Philadelphia, PA and became Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge in Pennsylvania. A prolific Mason, Franklin wrote a public a defense of Freemasonry, published the first Masonic book in the colonies, was part of a committee to build the first Masonic structure in America, and was active in several lodges in England and France. According to Masonic traditions, he presided over the cornerstone laying ceremony of Independence Hall by the brethren of St. John’s Lodge.

William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7 has aged very well over the last 208 years! No matter if it’s 1819 or 2019, our top-notch Worshipful Masters lead DC’s premier lodge in its commitment to community service, word-perfect rituals and robust education programming! #208YearsAndStillThriving #RaisingMasonsSince1811 #HowHardDidAgingHitYouChallenge

On January 14, 1936, Douglas MacArthur was made a ‘Mason at Sight’ by Samuel R. Hawthorne, the Grand Master of Masons in the Philippines, with over 600 brothers in attendance. Brother MacArthur was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and also a Member of the Shrine.

Brother MacArthur made a significant contribution to Freemasonry, obtaining permission from the Japanese government in 1947 to allow its citizens to join Masonic Lodges, laying the foundation for the founding of the Grand Lodge of Japan ten years later.

On this day in 1811, DC Freemasons met at Union Lodge Hall and formed the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. They elected as the jurisdiction’s first Grand Master Valentine Reintzel, former mayor of Georgetown.

Union Lodge Hall was located at Eleventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and was used originally by Federal Lodge and Columbia Lodge.

Thank you to all the brethren that came out to our appendant bodies program, especially our illustrious speakers! We were honored to have you and very much appreciate your leadership within the jurisdiction!

”Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.”

~Benjamin Franklin
St. Johns Lodge, Philadelphia, PA

Merry Christmas to our brothers, friends, and family.

We’re now on Instagram! Follow us @singletonlodge for the latest updates. https://instagram.com/singletonlodge

We at Singleton Lodge would like to wish all of our brothers and friends a happy last day of Hanukkah.

Congratulations to our new Grand Master Charbel T. Fahed and his 2019 Officers! So proud to have many Singleton Masons part of the Grand Lodge line!

Thank you to all that came to the 2018 Singleton Installation. Great food, beautiful ritual, and amazing friendships! Congratulations to Worshipful Master Lebowitz and his installed 2019 Officers Line!

Wow what a year! Thank you to everyone that made 2018 a success! Hope to see you all tonight at 6:30pm as we celebrate our 2018 achievements and install the new 2019 officer line! #SingletonLodge

Today our Masonic brethren, their families and the Tenleytown community saved over 74 lives by donating blood at the 7th Annual Tenley WinterFest! Thank you to everyone that came out and supported this important event! #SingletonLodge

[11/22/18]   Happy Thanksgiving Brethren!!

Congratulations to W. Br. Robert Dorsey on Receiving the DC Scottish Rite Community Service Award!

A Masonic etiquette discussion led by our Grand Lecturer, Right Worshipful Brother Chip Mahaney doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun! 🤣 Thanks R.W.B. Mahaney for an amazing night filled with laughs, instruction, and enlightenment. #SingletonLodge

Also on Sunday, our brethren visited the veterans at the VA hospital. This remarkable opportunity, organized by the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, occurs every Sunday and brings big smiles to our veterans. Thank you all that joined us; if you want to attend next time let us know!

What a day! Thank you all for coming! #Singleton200thBirthday.

On Sunday, October 28th the members of William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Lodge #7 honored its namesake by celebrating R.W.B. Singleton’s 200th Birthday with a historic wreath laying ceremony at The Oak Hill Cemetery of Washington, DC. Thank you for those brothers and guests alike that attended this beautiful event. William R. Singleton was the embodiment of all the Masonry stands for. May we never be forget this wonderful man and all of his contributions to masonry.

Thank you to everyone that came out to Wardens’ Night! And thank you to our newest partner, DC Central Kitchen, for a wonderful program where we learned more about your work that changes so many lives in DC and across the country. #SingletonLodge

Proud to be an annual sponsor of DC's Police Appreciation Day. #ThankYouFirstResponders #BrothersintheCommnity #SingletonLodge

One week until Topgolf! RSVP Now: https://goo.gl/forms/YBWrXIaqTQ2YUoUE2 (space is limited) #brotherlylove #singletonlodge #freemasonry

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