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King Solomon #11 Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Founded in June of 1806, King Solomon #11 was formed by a number of Freemasons in East Greenwich with the purpose of raising candidates to the degree of master mason in furtherance of the masonic principals of education and charity.

“Our lodge flourished through the years reaching its highest number of members, 500, shortly after World War II. Then came a paradigm shift with the advent of television. People didn’t have to leave their homes for entertainment anymore,” said Al Mullaugh, the last master mason (the highest elected officer) of the lodge. “Since our founding, we would meet on the second Tuesday of every month, with officer rehearsals the Monday before. In 1951, the master changed rehearsal night from Monday to Sunday so that he could be home on Monday nights to watch the Milton Berle Show. “This change, I believe, was one example of the beginning of the end of our fraternal organization,” he said.

“As the years passed, we noticed that new members declined to ‘get in line’ to become master masons (a multi-year process). Times were changing and they no longer had the time to devote to masonry,” said Al.

In May of 2006, just shy of their 200th anniversary, King Solomon #11 turned in their charter, merged with a neighboring lodge and sold their property.

“One of the promises a man makes when he becomes a master mason is to come to the relief of all worthy, distressed master masons, their widows, and orphans. Bob Kempe, the last secretary of the lodge, and I chose to use the proceeds to honor the idea of helping widows and orphans and established this fund to support the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House and the Boys and Girls Club of Warwick,” said Al.

“Through the suggestion of Lawrence V. Robinson, Jr., former member and long-serving treasurer of the lodge, we chose the Rhode Island Foundation as the instrument of our philanthropy. An ancient masonic tradition tells us that ‘you are not truly dead until you are forgotten’. As long as the Rhode Island Foundation exists, people will remember King Solomon #11,” concluded Al.
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