Apex Masonic Lodge
No. 584
A. F. & A. M.
North Carolina District 15

408 E. Williams St.
Apex, North Carolina27502

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1124
Holly Springs, N C  27540

Email:  Apexlodgeno584@gmail.com




Next Stated
Communication

Lodge
Location

Lodge
Officers

Lodges
of
District
15

Apex
Lodge
Events


Lodge
Fund
Raiser

 
History
of the
Lodge

To
Become
a
Mason



Updated:  07/15/2014





NEXT STATED COMMUNICATION

Monday, August 11,  2014
7:30 P M
Supper is served at 6:30 P M

The Apex Masonic Lodge meets the 2nd Monday, monthly, for Stated Communications.  Emergent communications are announced in the Lodge Events section of this website and by email.  We invite all Brother Master Masons to join us for supper and all lodge events.  Others interested in learning more about Freemasonry and the Apex Masonic Lodge are welcome to visit the lodge at the 6:30 p.m. supper hour.  We will be glad to give you a tour of the lodge, answer your questions about Masons and Freemasonry and give you an application to join this worldwide fraternal organization.  If you would like to receive email notifications about the lodge events please email Gary Shook at miltongshook1@bellsouth.net.

















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LODGE LOCATION


The lodge is located at 408 E. Williams St. (N C Highway 55) in Apex, North Carolina.  It is 1 (one) mile north of U S Highway #1 on the left and 2 & 2/10 (two and two tenths) miles south of U S Highway 64 on the right. 





For interactive driving directions click here.











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201 LODGE OFFICERS


Worshipful Master
Dave Nyce, P M
Senior Warden
Andrew Moomy
Junior Warden
Don Krombach, PM
Treasurer
Edward E. English, PM
Secretary
Tony King, PM
Senior Deacon
Benjamin Shook
Junior Deacon
Richard Kelso
Senior Steward
Chris Howard
Junior Steward

Chaplin
Joe Hartley, PM
Tyler
Quinton Cooke






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Lodges of District 15



Lodge & Number
Stated Communications
Apex # 584
2nd* Monday
Cary #198
1st* & 3rd Mondays
Charles B. Newcomb #740
3rd* Thursday
Fuquay #258
1st* & 3rd Tuesday
Garner # 701
2nd* & 4th Mondays
Green Level #277
1st* Tuesday
Hiram #40
1st & 3rd* Mondays
Holly Springs #115
2nd* & 4th Tuesdays
Masters #754
3rd* Thursday
W. T. Bain # 231
1st* Monday
Vandora #754
1st* Thursday

*Supper Served



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APEX LODGE EVENTS


Entered Apprentice Initiation

Monday, July 28, 2014,  7:00 p m
{Practice is Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 p m


Next Stated Communication

Monday, August 11, 2014,  7:30 p m
Supper is served at 6:30 p m


Lodge Fund Raiser

In an effort to raise funds to contribute to the Masonic Home for Children, Oxford, NC and Whitestone (formerly Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro)
 the brothers of the lodge will be selling raffle tickets for a Savage Axis rifle 243.  The tickets are $5.00 each and only 500 will be sold.  The drawing is to
be held at the September, 2014 Stated Communication, September  8, 2014. Any brother of the lodge should have or be able to get tickets for sale. 




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HISTORY OF THE LODGE

(By David S. Nyce June, 2007, including many excerpts from "A History of Apex Masonic Lodge #584ā€, Sept. 8, 1986, by C.E. Stephens, Alan L. Bruner, Melver C. Minton III)

Apex #584 is the second lodge to be formed in Apex, NC.  The first lodge was issued a dispensation on Oct. 29, 1875.  That was Apex Lodge #349, which had eight officers and four members.  Brother T. J. Passmore passed away on Sept. 9, 1876.  Four members were admitted in 1879, and two withdrew.

Apex Lodge #584 was issued a dispensation on June 1, 1909, and granted a charter on Jan. 12, 1910. Listed on the charter, as the first Junior Warden, was brother Q. I. Hudson.  He was also a charter member of Apex Lodge #349.

With no permanent home, the earliest records of the lodge have been lost.  At a stated communication in April of 1961, a committee was formed to investigate the possibility of building a Masonic Temple in Apex, NC.  Brother Harvey Johnson was the committee chairman.  Fund raising methods were discussed in April of 1962.

 In March of 1964, WM G.W. Truelove formed a new committee with himself as chairman, having a mandate from the brethren to pursue the matter as quickly as possible.

 Brother Johnson reported in May, 1964, that desirable building sites were available, and that a decision must be made on the type of structure to be built.  The choice was between a Temple, or an office building with a lodge located within it.  WM T.O. Seawell continued the committee for thirty days.

Brother John Gaster Sr. donated a lot to the lodge in July, 1964, stipulating that the Temple be built.  The committee was directed to provide two sets of plans: one for a single story and the other for a two story structure.

 A fund was established to build the Temple.  It was decided by the end of July that the Temple would be a two story building.  In August, Brother John Newcomb of the Masonic Services Commission was contacted to ascertain the requirements of building a Temple.  By the end of December, 1964, $2,463.00 had been collected by the brethren.  Brother Truelove, being elected to a second term as Master, donated the cost of his Past Master jewel.  Papers were filed with the Masonic Services Commission in April of 1965.  Final approval was obtained in May, 1965.  Construction began in early July, 1965, and the cornerstone was laid on July 31 by Grand Master Samuel Andrew Hennis, Jr.  Entertainment was provided by the Salem Church Quartet.

 The bricklayers were on the site in August.  Brother John Gaster Sr. and others sought a donor for seating to be installed into the Temple. Mr. W. G. Enlow, acting for Carolina Theaters, Inc., donated the seats.

 There were many other donors, but the ones recorded include: Brother J. E. & Sister Atlantic Mann donated the stove, the letter ā€œGā€ in the East, and with Brother L.E. Johnson of Cary Lodge #198 donated a 60 place setting of stainless steel tableware.  Brother E. T. Sears donated the concrete walk in front of the Temple.  Brother Dwight & Sister Reba Johnson donated the water fountain. Brother Alex McAllister donated the light outside over the stair.

 The last meeting at the old lodge hall took place on January 24, 1966. The old lodge hall was on the second floor, above the Merchant & Farmers Bank, on Salem and Chatham streets in Apex. 

 The bakery now at Salem & Chatham  used to be the Merchant & Farmers Bank.  Although the second floor was one of  the locations used by Apex #584 before building the Temple, there may have been other earlier meeting places in Apex (still researching).  The sidewalk in front of the bakery shows a portion of the Merchant & Farmers Bank name that still remains in the sidewalk in front of that site. 

 The first meeting in the new Temple on Williams street was an open house and installation of officers held on March 4, 1966.  Brother L. G. Jordan had memorized the entire installation ceremony, which was an outstanding achievement according to Right Worshipful Brother Charlie Harris, Past Grand Master of North Carolina and Grand Secretary Emeritus, who was present on that night.  Refreshments were served by Apex Chapter #272 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Many additions and improvements to the Temple have been made since its completion.  Paving of the driveway and parking lot was donated by our neighbor at that time: Dr. , Brother, and Past Grand Master Eddie P. Stiles.  MWB Stiles was 1976 Grand Master of North Carolina during the bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina.  Some other additions and improvements made over the years include:

 A public address system was given by Sister Arlene Barker and her husband Alpha.  A North Carolina state flag was presented by Sister Charlotte Hall.  A Christian flag was presented by Sister Atlantic Mann. 

 Since the completion of the Temple and paying of the debt, a new roof has been added, and the first floor was transformed into a more cheerful fellowship hall.

 Some recent improvements include repaving in 2004, while Brother Stanley Young was master.  Also in 2004, in accordance with the Apex sign ordinance, the lighted sign was removed from the lawn and mounted to the building.  In 2006, WB Joe Hartley donated a section of highly durable flooring material & installation at the first floor entryway.  The cost of a canvas awning with aluminum frame was donated by Cary Lodge #198, being procured and installed by David Nyce, James Dority and Patrick Medlin. 

 In 2007, the fellowship hall was named for WB LeRoy Goodwin, in recognition of his great efforts to take care of the lodge, teach and guide the members.  This was done in loving memory of Brother Goodwin after his passing in March of 2007.  A plaque now hangs in the fellowship hall, with a photo of WB LeRoy holding a catfish.  A dedication ceremony is planned for December 2007 or January 2008.

Apex Lodge #584 will celebrate its centennial in the year 2010.  There is currently a Centennial Special Committee, which is making preparations for the celebration.  Additional improvements to the lodge are planned, as well as a parade and rededication ceremony.




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TO BECOME A MASON

2 be 1 ask 1

A man is not invited to join the Masons.  It must be of your own free will and accord.  You are invited to visit the Apex Lodge at the supper hour, 6:30 p.m., on our next Stated Communication night, Monday, April 14, 2014.  We will be glad to give you a tour of the lodge, honestly answer any questions and
give you an application for membership. You may also visit N C Mason.org to obtain application forms and read the Code and updates as well as find other useful information.   For additional information please contact Tony King, Lodge Secretary, at (919)285-4430 or by email at apexlodgeno584@gmail.com. 













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This site is updated by:
Gary Shook, P M
Apex Lodge
No. 584
A. F. & A. M.

Updated:  07/15/2014