Rebuilding the Lodge

$2,558 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 57 people in 7 days

On April 15, 2018, the east side of Greensboro, NC was hit by an F2 tornado that registered 135 mph and passed right through the masonic lodge located at 3715 Sunnycrest Avenue, destroying the building. 






The building was the home of Climax Lodge #832C W Lawrence Masonic Lodge #837 and Luther Kimbrough Lodge #838 PHA. The building was also the home of Order of the Eastern Stars Genesis Chapter #673 and Rebecca Chapter #656.  This property was one of the worst hit locations in the path of the tornado. 


Let's show these folks some love by helping them recover from this disaster and get back on their feet.  Donations will go to the organizations that met in the building to help them with rebuilding efforts and expenses to continue operating during their recovery.






I am a member of Mosaic Lodge # 762 in Chapel Hill, NC and a member of Thomas M. Holt Lodge #462 in Graham, NC, both under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. 

The idea for this campaign was born out of my experience with this storm and it's aftermath...

When the storm hit on Sunday afternoon, I was with some brothers at the Greensbor Masonic Temple on E. Market St (which is about 3 miles west of the destroyed lodge building).  When I left to go home, I had no idea that a tornado had passed through the city just east of me.  As I went to leave the city, my path was blocked by fallen trees on Gate City Blvd.  Due to extensive damage, I found myself stuck in the area where the tornado had directly hit.  Without being able to leave until some roadways were cleared, I began walking the neighborhood, checking on residents and taking photos of some of the worst damage and posting them to social media.  Through a strange mixture of timing, good data signal and fate, the photos I posted began going viral and I started receiving requests from local and national media organizations for permission to use the photos.  At last count, the photo album had been shared nearly 40,000 times.  

When I learned that the lodge had been destroyed, I went to the site with camera and drone to add images of the damage to the lodge to the photo album that was being spread across Facebook.  The viral nature of the photo album presented a unique opportunity to start a Go Fund Me campaign with the potential for wide distribution. 

The campaign was also created as a means to reach out, particularly to other masons and friends of masons, through social media as a platform for demonstrating the strength and support found in the harmony of the masonic brotherhood.  

As the campaign runs it's course and we move toward the goal, the plan is to release the funds to the impacted lodges in coordination with officers of the lodges and under the advisement of their Grand Lodge.

Thank you for reading.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Love & Light,

Marcus Orr

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It's been one week since the tornado struck and this campaign to help with Rebuilding the Lodge has reached 51% of its goal. Thank you all for your donations and please continue to share and help reach the goal!
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Extending another special thanks to the brethren of The Masonic Roundtable podcast for featuring this campaign in their most recent episode.

Please continue to share and help meet this initial goal to help these brothers get their lodges back up and running again. There is quite a bit of work to be done with debris and tree removal at this time. Quite a few streets are still blocked off as utility crews continue their work in the neighborhoods in this area.

Love & Light,
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Thank you to everyone who has been sharing the campaign on their social media pages. We're only 1 day into the campaign and we've already raised over $1,600.

I want to extend a special thanks to Chris Hodapp for sharing the story and link on the Freemasons for Dummies website and to Juan Sepulveda for sharing on The Winding Stairs Facebook page.

Please continue to share on your personal, lodge and grand lodge pages so that we can reach as many as possible.

Love & Light,
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The storm cleanup in the neighborhood and at the lodge site is in full swing. Trees are being cut, roads cleared, and the utility companies are working hard to get services restored.
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