Evergreen History 1956 to 1966
By 1956 there was already talk of moving the meeting day … and in 1958 the lodge voted to change from Friday to Wednesday. Articles of Incorporation and by-laws were drawn up for Evergreen Masonic Temple Association. Riverside Lodge moved to its new building in1959, hence , Evergreen dues went from $12 to $18 . Wow! A concert was given to dedicate the new Conn Organ at the Evergreen Temple. In June 1959, a committee was formed to consider the long range plans for the lodge which included finding potential locations, create plans and financing for a new location. Assets of the lodge were reported at $347,000 , most of which was in the Kightlinger Estate.
By the early 60s the social climate had taken a big turn. Fairmount Park became an undesirable place to hold picnics so the lodge shifted to BBQs held elsewhere. Evergreen donated $10 per member to the new Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco. Several repairs and improvements in the 11thStreet temple were done to meet the requirements of the Fire Marshall including fire-proof drapes . The Lodge paid $150 per month as rent. Bethel 264 became a regular Thursday evening tenant. Moreno Valley Lodge and Victoria Palms Lodge were formed. Willard Babcock retired as Inspector in late 1962 and Bill Price became Inspector. There were a few dinner-dances held at the Elks Club with prime rib or lobster at $4. In 1965 the lodge assumed the sponsorship of Riverside Chapter DeMolay
In December 1965 the Lodge approved the purchase of5.5 acres at the SW corner of Arlington and Victoria for $110,000. They could not move ahead on a building because the Kightlinger estate was still tied up.
Sherm Babcock retired after 12 years as Secretary . Willis Copeland replaced him for a brief time, then “Stocky” Stockebrand took over for several years. William Price was appointed Assistant Grand Lecturer in 1966 and Stan Channon became the new Inspector.
Numerous social programs carried thru this decade. The Masonic education and attention to the dedicated members were quite prevalent .
John Channon, PM. HA , , Treasurer