Committed to the principle that an informed Mason is a better Mason, the Illinois Lodge of Research encourages members to study subjects connected with the Craft and offers opportunities to share research with other lodge members and our brethren in general.

Member Benefits

As a member of the Illinois Lodge of Research, you have benefits that non-members do not enjoy. These include:

The prestige of being a member of this lodge: Non-members are welcome to attend our Annual Meeting and may have access to our events and Transactions, but there’s nothing like being a card-carrying and lodge-supporting member. That says something.

Having the opportunity to help: Whether as an officer (yes, we have both elected and appointed), a committee member, or just having a vote at our Annual Meeting, a member has a vested interest in the well-being of the lodge.

Access to Annual Transactions: Members of the Illinois Lodge of Research can gain ready and easy access to all of our electronic versions of the Annual Transactions. Some other Masonic museums and libraries have print editions of earlier Transactions as well, as does our Library in Normal, Illinois. Each year’s Transactions are emailed out to the members (who have provided us valid email addresses).

Attending special events: While we do welcome non-members of our lodge to our special events (in the hopes that they will become members, of course), as a member of the Illinois Lodge of Research, you’ll get special invitations to all of our events and even some we may hold just for members.

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Want to join or know a Master Mason who would enjoy the Illinois Lodge of Research? Download a petition by clicking here.

You can also download our combination brochure AND petition by clicking here. Learn about the Illinois Lodge of Research and see if we are the right fit for your Masonic education needs and desires.

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2018 Mid-State Educational Symposium
March 24th, 2018 • Homer Masonic Temple, Homer, Illinois

Early Summer 2018 North-State Educational Symposium
June 23rd, 2018 • Libertyville Masonic Temple, Libertyville, Illinois

Deadline for articles for Annual Transactions
July 31st, 2018 to WB Hilton Kaufman

Lodge of Research Annual Meeting
October 5th, 2018 in the afternoon at Grand Lodge

“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.”

— Harlan Ellison

Learn About the Lodge

Like any Masonic lodges, we have a structure and predictability. There are some distinct differences, however. We invite you to learn more.

Member Benefits

From a group of like-minded brethren, advice and instruction on researching and writing, to opportunities to expose your creativity, learn why our lodge is unique.

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If you think you'd like to join the Illinois Lodge of Research, we have everything you need to make that a reality. Find out how to take the next step.

We'd Like to Hear From You

The Illinois Lodge of Research values the ideas, opinions, and input of our members. We'd like to hear from you when you have a problem, inspiration, or would like to contribute in some way to the lodge or overall Craft. Please reach out to our Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary or complete the quick-inquiry form below.

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Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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Secretary

WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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Treasurer

MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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