A lot of people have never been inside the stately building at 118 West 100 North officially known as the Logan Masonic Temple. That may change on Saturday, May 2 when an open house is held from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
The public will be able to tour the building and learn about its history. An active member of Harmony Lodge 21, George Winters says families will also be able to get child ID kits for children between the ages of 1-16 years old at no cost.
Seven years ago the members of Harmony Lodge 21 helped issue free ID kits at the Cache County Fair. Winters says the ID kits have been redesigned, working with local law enforcement agencies.
Winters says each kit has “a fingerprint card, an ID card that the parents can attache a photograph to, it has a description field for their weight, their height, their hair color, their eye color and such.
“There is also a DNA collection tube that is basically a cheek swab that the parents can do with their child. They store that tube in the refrigerator. It will last for several years.”
Winters says unfortunately nearly 2,000 children are abducted or reported missing each day in the United States and the child ID kit can be invaluable when something like that happens. He says in the tragic event of an abduction or other catastrophe the kits can quickly be turned over to local law enforcement. Winters says this gives families some peace of mind.
Winters first learned about the Masons 25 years ago while living in Tuscon, Arizona. His wife was scheduled for serious surgery, they needed a hospital bed they couldn’t afford and his neighbor, a Freemason, helped get a bed and other equipment, all for no charge.
Winters says a much-appreciated service are the Shriner Hospitals where surgeries are performed by highly-respected doctors.
“They cover everything from club feet, cleft pallets, scoliosis, major bone trauma. They do all of that,” Winters explains. “That has been the history of the Shrine hospitals that there is no cost to the family or parents for any of the service. It is completely paid for by the Shriners.”
During the open house local Freemasons will be on hand to answer questions about the oldest existing fraternal order in the United States. Visitors are asked to bring a donation of canned goods or other non-perishable items for the Cache Community Food Pantry.