Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world. It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen. To be of good character. To care for those less fortunate, and to give back to his community.
The Masonic fraternity contributes over $1 Billion each year to its philanthropic pursuits. Over $750 Million of that in the United States alone. The Crippled Children's and Burns Hospitals sponsored by Shrine Masons are world famous for their ability to help those most in need.
Freemasonry traces its roots to the Middle Ages. It is from associations of stone masons, who built the magnificent cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe that the fraternity started. These groups, eventually, began to accept members who were not actual working masons. At that time they adopted the term "Accepted" Masons, and Freemasonry was born.
Glen Burnie Lodge No. 213, one of the newer lodges in Maryland Masonic history, was the largest in 1976 with a membership, in that year of 1,441 members. The Lodge began under a dispensation issued by Grand Master Charles E. Homer. Jr. early in 1920, and was chartered on May 10, 1921.
Jacob F. Obrecht, formerly of Oriental Lodge No. 158, was elected the first Worshipful Master. George E. Wood and Robert F. Kindred were elected Senior and Junior Wardens. Edward Woodfall and Albert Hamlen were elected first Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
A temple was constructed at the intersection of First Avenue and Crain Highway, while a mortgage of $10,000 was assumed with Bros. Jacob F. Obrecht, Sr. and William F. Kuethe giving their notes to enable the purchase of the ground to be made.