Earthquake Appeal

On April 16, 2016 a magnitude of 7.8 struck the northwest region of Ecador. The regions of Manta, Pedernales and Portoviejo accounted for over 75 percent of total casualties. Manta’s central commercial shopping district Tarqui was completely destroyed. Widespread damage was caused across Manabi province, with structures hundreds of kilometres from the epicenter collapsing. At least 673 people were killed and 27,732 people injured, more than 10,000 buildings destroyed. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake. More than 100 brothers lost homes or jobs.

In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69 raised and distributed $2,500 to distressed worthy brothers. The need is ongoing. Three temples have been destroyed, businesses owned by brothers or which employ brothers have likewise been destroyed. With the permission of the Grand Master, we have established a PayPal account to receive cash donations. The email address for that account is cuencawayfarers69@gmail.com Please pass this information along and post it on your social media accounts.

Here is a photograph of the remains of Renacer Alfarista Lodge #58 in Manta, Ecuador. The red drape in the background is the only item recovered from the lodge.

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Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #69

First English speaking lodge in Ecuador in nearly 100 years:

On the evening of July 11, 2014, the Grand Lodge of the Southern District of the Grand Lodge of Ecuador installed the officer line of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge, formally creating it. Following the installation ritual our charter Worshipful Master, Nico Zina PM, honored the attending brothers with a gala dinner. Festivities did not end until 2:00 a.m.

On September 10, 2014, the Grand Master conferred the charter, naming us the Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #6. Those interested in Masonry are welcome to join us for our monthly breakfast and to attend our monthly study group. We look forward to meeting you. Breakfast now takes place at 9:00 A.M. on the second Thursday of each month at Sunrise Cafe, Calle Larga 9-38 near Benigno Malo. Our study group meets at 2:00 P.M. the first Thursday of each month. The lodge Stated Meeting is on the fourth Friday except for the months of July, August and December. You can contact the facilitator at: ron087 at gmail dot com. This blog will continue until the lodge website is up.

With the creation of the lodge, the Cuenca Masonic Fellowship Club came to an end under its by laws. Formation to achieving its objective took 22 months. We are grateful not just to the English speaking brothers who worked so tirelessly toward the creation of the only English speaking lodge in Ecuador, and the first to be chartered by the Grand Lodge of Ecuador, but also to our Ecuadorian brothers who were so supportive and made it possible.

July 11 installation night

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NOTE: On the evening of April 15, 2014, five brothers in the club were accepted as Ecuadorian Masons in a ceremony held at San Juan Logia #21. Three more brothers will be regularized Ecuadorian Masons shortly at which point we will have enough to petition for a charter.

April 15, 2014

NOTE: First Ritual Practice. On June 25, 2014, six of the seven founding brothers of Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge met for the first time to practice ritual in preparation for the lodge’s first tyled meeting. The following day we received word our petition to start the lodge had been approved by the Grand Master that same day.

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UPDATE: Latin America Masonic politics can be complicated. Some months after Cuenca Wayfarers Lodge #6 received its charter, the new Grand Master dissolved the District Grand Lodges. We were required to repetition the Grand Lodge of Ecuador and in June, 2015 were granted a new charter though given a new number, 69. It is a long, complicated story but we are there at last. We now share a downtown temple with two other regular lodges.