Photograph of Master

On behalf of the brothers of Zoneton Lodge #964, Free & Accepted Masons, I welcome you to our official web site. Please browse around, and check out our calendar of events, photos from past events, the latest news, and more.

If you are a member of our ancient and honorable fraternity, we meet on the first and third Saturday of every month, with dinner at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:30. Feel free to email us for any additional information or comments you may have.

Josh Northcutt
Josh Northcutt, Master 2015

College Scholarships

Attention graduating high school students: Zoneton Lodge offers one-time scholarships to selected students from Hillview area high schools. If you are graduating in the coming spring, and you plan to start college or trade school in the fall, click here to apply.

Good Eating

Our lodge's social club, the Trowel Club, conducts monthly fundraisers to assist in the maintenance, repair, and restoration of our grounds and facilities. We host a fish fry a few times per year, and an all you can eat breakfast buffet on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

2014 City Fair

The Zoneton Trowel Club has accepted the opportunity to organize and promote this year's Hillview City Fair. We look forward to making this year's festival a success for our community. The proceeds from this event will benefit local organizations and charities such as Operation Santa.

Information Corner - Masonic Goat

04/04/2012 - gerald.johnson | |

From whence came the curious belief that in the making of a Mason, the candidate must ride upon the goat?

It is, alas, sufficiently easy to understand why the idea persists. It continues because well-intentioned but unthinking Freemasons tell their friends, prior to initiation, to "Look out for the goat!" and "The goat will be starved so he'll butt the harder." and "I'll be there to see you ride the goat!"

Facebook Button Works Again

03/29/2012 - Harlen Compton | |

Facebook LogoFor those of you who have attempted to connect to Zoneton Lodge via the Facebook button since December 8th, it hasn't been working. Facebook changed their authentication mechanism, and it has taken some time to revamp the existing infrastructure to get it working again. Everything should be fine now.

Masonic Presidents

01/26/2012 - gerald.johnson | |

Many times the subject comes up about our masonic presidents. Here they are, with a little history about each.

  • George Washington, 1st President, 1789 - 1797, Commanding General during American Revolution, made a Mason August 4, 1753, in Fredericksburg Lodge (now No. 4), A. F. & A. M., Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • James Monroe, 5th President, 1817 - 1825, made a Mason November 9, 1775, in Williamsburg Lodge (now No. 6), A.F. & A.M., Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • Andrew Jackson, 7th President, 1829 - 1837 Harmony Lodge No. 1, Nashville, Tennessee, an Honorary Member of Federal Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., Washington, D.C., and Jackson Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., Tallahassee, Florida. In 1822 and 1823 he served as the Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee.

History of the Word "Mason"

01/25/2012 - gerald.johnson | |

The history of the name for a Mason carries one back through strange and unfamiliar territory.

Six and one half centuries before speculative Masonry began in the reign of George I, the word mason was brought to England by those great builders, the Normans. The English term is derived from the Old French masons (Modern French Maçons) and this goes back to the medieval Latin machiones, of which Isodore of Seville (who died in A.D. 640) explained that the masons were so called from the machinae (scaffolding) on which they had to stand because of the height of their walls.

New Year, New Goals

12/28/2011 - Harlen Compton | |

Our lodge has seen a number of great things this year. Membership is reviving, new members are more involved than ever. The Trowel Club, Inc. has been established, and our fund raising efforts have grown enough to overcome setbacks that would have crippled our facility otherwise. 2011 saw the first award of our high school scholarship, and the first Hillview City Fair (that our Trowel Club organized) went off spectacularly. Charitable contributions this year have been greater than any year since I have been a member here, and next year promises even more.

At the turn of 2012 however, we should take time to humble ourselves. Although we celebrate our successes, we remember that there is always more that can be done. The bar has been raised, here's to 2012!

Information Corner - Three Principle Officers

11/11/2011 - gerald.johnson | |

Working ToolsI give only a brief summary as a full list would require several pages.

To a list of the Companies of the date of 1377 is affixed what is called the Oath of the Wardens of Crafts, of which this is the commencement: "Ye shall Were that ye shall wele and treuly oversee the Craft of- whereof ye be chosen Wardeyns for the year. It thus appears that the Wardens were at first the presiding officers of the Gilds.

At a later period, in the reign of Elizabeth, we find that the chief officer began to be called Master; and in the time of James I, between 1603 and 1625, the Gilds were generally governed by a Master and Wardens.

Four New Brothers

11/11/2011 - Harlen Compton | |

Square and CompassBrothers, on November 19th, Zoneton Lodge will initiate four new Entered Apprentices. The adoption of a man into our ancient and honorable fraternity is always cause for celebration, but four gentlemen in the same night speaks volumes to the revival and growth Zoneton Lodge has been experiencing in the past couple of years.

This is one of many positive happenings at Zoneton Lodge this year. We welcome each of these gentlemen into our halls, and encourage them, and any brothers who may be lingering on the sidelines, to leap forward with us into even more successes in 2012.

Information Corner - Cowans & Eavesdroppers

11/03/2011 - gerald.johnson | |

This is a purely Masonic term, and signifies in its technical meaning an intruder, whence it is always coupled with the word eavesdropper. It is not found in any of the old manuscripts of the English Freemasons anterior to the eighteenth century, unless we suppose that lowen, met with in many of them, is a clerical error of the copyists. It occurs in the Schaw Manuscript, a Scotch record which bears the date of 1598, in the following passage: "That no Master or Fellow of Craft receive any cowans to work in his society or company, nor send none of his servants to work with cowans." In the second edition of Anderson's Constitutions, published in 1738 (page 146), we find the word in use among the English Freemasons, thus : ''But Free and Accepted Masons shall not allow cowans to work with them ; nor shall they be employed by cowans without an urgent necessity; and even in that case they must not reach cowans, but must have a separate communication." There can be but little doubt that the word, as a Masonic term, comes to us from Scotland, and it is therefore in the Scotch language that we must look for its signification. Now, Jamieson, in his Scottish Dictionary, gives us the following meanings of the word:

Information Corner - "Blue"

10/17/2011 - gerald.johnson | |

Blue Lodge Cigar LabelI have often been asked “Just what does the word BLUE mean?”

The Blue Lodge is said to refer to the traditional color of regalia in Lodges derived from English or Irish Freemasonry. Although the term was originally frowned upon, it has gained widespread and mainstream usage in America in recent times.2
...the premier Grand Lodge was established on 24 June 1717, St John’s Day, when a feast was held at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St Paul’s Churchyard.

Farewell Bro. Benny Woods

09/07/2011 - administrator | |

MWBro. Ken Lawson

Benny Denzil "Woody" Woods, 71, of Shepherdsville, KY, returned to his Heavenly Father Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

Brother Woods was born March 9, 1940 in Cody, KY to the late Clarence and Eva Fannin Woods. He was a United States Army veteran who served during Vietnam and retired from Ford Motor Company in 2004 after 37 years of service.

He was a member of Little Flock Baptist Church, the UAW, and Zoneton Lodge # 964 and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason.