Sam Poe Lodge 284 AFM
Chartered December 15th 1910 
100th Year Rededication August 28th 2010
Contacts, Links and Frequently Asked Q&A 

Worshipful Master - Paul Goldstein
Phone 864-650-1183

Secretary - Steven E. Bright PM
Phone 864-419-4275 

Chaplain- Jeff McLeroy PM
Phone 864-906-9712

Treasurer, Webmaster - Buster E. Reid PM 
Phone 864-906-0927


South Carolina Grand York Rite Bodies
     York Rite (Knights Templar)

Orient of South Carolina

       Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite

Hejaz Temple
Shriners International

Grand Chapter of South Carolina
    Order of the Eastern Star

                                                   212° The Extra Degree


                                                                Freemasonry Today


Frequently Asked Questions

 What do we do at Sam Poe Lodge?
At Sam Poe Lodge we contribute to our neighborhood Clothes and Food Pantry. We help provide Blankets for the less fortunate. We have Trunk or Treat for our neighborhood children. We raise money for Prostate Cancer Awareness, and through contributions the Lodge makes to the The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Of Ancient Freemasons of South Carolina we are able to contribute to Juvenile diabetes, Breast Cancer, The states three VA centers, and the Richard C. Campbell nursing home in Anderson SC. In 2013 alone we were able to assist 18-22 Brothers who were in need.

  Who are the Masons?
Masons (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Today, there are more than two million Freemasons in North America. Masons represent virtually every occupation and profession, yet within the Fraternity, all meet as equals. Masons come from diverse political ideologies, yet meet as friends. Masons come from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in one God.
Many of North America’s early patriots were Freemasons. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen Presidents of the United States, including George Washington, were Masons. In Canada, the Father of the Confederation, Sir John A. MacDonald, was a Mason, as were other early Canadian and American leaders.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Freemasonry is how so many men, from so many different walks of life, can meet together in peace, always in harmony and friendship and calling each other “Brother.”

  Who Can Qualify To Join?
Applicants must be men of good character 18 years of age who believe in a Supreme Being. To become a Mason one must petition a particular Lodge. The Master of the Lodge appoints a committee to visit the applicant prior to the Lodge balloting upon his petition.  
  What is The Masonic Lodge?
The word “Lodge” means both a group of Masons meeting together as well as the room or building in which they meet. Masonic buildings are sometimes called “temples” because the original meaning of the term was “place of knowledge” and Masonry encourages the advancement of knowledge. Masonic Lodges usually meet once or twice a month to conduct regular business, vote upon petitions for membership, and bring new Masons into the Fraternity through three ceremonies called degrees. In the Lodge room Masons share in a variety of programs. Here the bonds of friendship and fellowship are formed and strengthened.
  What do Freemasons Do?
The Masonic experience encourages members to become better men, better husbands, better fathers, and better citizens. The fraternal bonds formed in the Lodge help build lifelong friendships among men with similar goals and values.
Beyond its focus on individual development and growth, Masonry is deeply involved in helping people. The Freemasons of North America contribute over two million dollars a day to charitable causes. This philanthropy represents an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment of this great and honorable Fraternity. Much of that assistance goes to people who are not Masons. Some of those charities are vast projects. The Shrine Masons (Shriners) operate the largest network of hospitals for burned and orthopaedically impaired children in the country, and there is never a fee for treatment. The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide network of over 150 Childhood Language Disorder Clinics, Centers, and Programs. Many other Masonic organizations sponsor a variety of philanthropies, including scholarship programs for students, and perform public service activities in their communities. Masons also enjoy the fellowship of each other and their families in social and recreational activities.     

  Where did Freemasonry Begin?
No one knows just how old Freemasonry is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Most scholars believe Masonry rose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the majestic castles and cathedrals of the middle ages. In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization when four Lodges in London joined in forming England’s first Grand Lodge. By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the Fraternity, there were already several Lodges in the Colonies, and in Canada the first Lodge was established in 1738.
  Today, Masonic Lodges are found in almost every community throughout North America, and in large cities there are usually several Lodges.
A Mason can travel to almost any country in the world and find a Masonic Lodge where he will be welcomed as a “Brother.”

 So Who Are the Masons?
Masons are men of good character who strive to improve themselves and make the world a better place. They belong to the oldest and most honorable fraternity known to man. If you think you may be interested in becoming a member, you can begin by contacting a Lodge in your area or speaking to a Mason.