Who we are

Oleeta West Dade lodge 145 is the result of various mergers over time mainly the merger between Oleeta lodge founded in 1924 and West Dade lodge No. 388.  These two lodges merged on May 24th 2003 forming Oleeta West Dade lodge No. 145. Under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Florida.

What is Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that traces its origins back to the late 16th or early 17th century. It is a voluntary association of men who come together based on shared moral and metaphysical ideals. Freemasonry is built upon the principles of brotherhood, self-improvement, and the pursuit of knowledge and truth.

Origins Freemasonry

The exact origins of Freemasonry are uncertain and debated among scholars, but it is generally believed to have emerged from the guilds of stonemasons who constructed medieval cathedrals and castles. Over time, it evolved into a speculative fraternity that adopted the symbols, rituals, and organizational structure of the operative stonemasons.


Freemasonry is organized into individual lodges, which serve as the basic unit of the organization. These lodges are governed by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient, which oversee the activities and rituals of the lodges within their jurisdiction. Freemasonry is characterized by its ritualistic ceremonies, which include initiation rites and the conferral of degrees. These ceremonies are meant to impart moral and philosophical lessons to the members.

Principles and values

One of the key principles of Freemasonry is the belief in a supreme being, although specific religious affiliations or denominations are not required for membership. Freemasonry encourages its members to be tolerant and respectful of different faiths and backgrounds. It promotes moral and ethical virtues such as charity, integrity, and honesty.

Freemasonry has had a significant influence on various aspects of society, including politics, philosophy, and philanthropy. Throughout history, many notable figures, including statesmen, intellectuals, and scientists, have been Freemasons. However, the organization itself does not engage in political activities or endorse specific religious or political ideologies.

Activities during lodge meetings

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

The meeting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lodge is formally opened and the officers take their respective positions. Similarly, at the end of the meeting, a closing ceremony is conducted to formally close the lodge.

Administrative Matters

Lodge business and administrative matters are discussed, including reading and approving minutes from the previous meeting, receiving reports from various officers, and addressing any lodge-related matters.

Ritual Work

Freemasonry is known for its ritualistic ceremonies, which are performed during meetings. These rituals are symbolic in nature and convey moral and philosophical teachings. They often involve symbolic gestures, words, and dramatic presentations.

Degree Conferrals

Freemasonry has a system of degrees through which members progress. There are three degrees: the Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. Degree conferrals are special ceremonies during which candidates progress from one degree to another, accompanied by lectures and lessons.

Lectures and Educational Presentations

Masonic meetings often include educational presentations or lectures on topics related to Masonic symbolism, philosophy, morality, and personal development. These presentations aim to provide members with intellectual stimulation and promote personal growth.

Fellowship and Masonic Etiquette

Freemasonry places a strong emphasis on fellowship and brotherhood. Therefore, Masonic meetings often include time for members to socialize, discuss Masonic and non-Masonic topics, and build camaraderie. Masonic etiquette, including formal protocols and customs, is observed during these interactions.

Freemasonry Festivities and Celebrations

Lodges may organize special events and celebrations on significant Masonic dates or to commemorate important occasions. These events can include Masonic feasts, anniversaries, installation ceremonies, and charitable activities.

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