Citing its low dues climate, stable government made up of repeat officials, and its abundance of cold sandwiches, the Masonic Lodge was named the best place to retire in 2016 by Forbes Magazine.
“Masonic lodges are often labeled as an old men’s club and after traveling to a few of them, we absolutely agree. The environment is so staid, stable, and oftentimes boring, we had no choice but to award the Masonic lodge with this distinction.”
|Men have been retiring at Masonic lodges for centuries|
Other qualities mentioned were the Masonic lodge’s accessibility for older members–where minutes are read not once, but twice–and its first-rate funeral planning services.
“This should come as no surprise to anyone,” says Richard Pendleton of the United States Chamber of Freemasonry. “Masonic Lodges provide so many accommodations for someone on a retiree’s fixed budget. Whether it’s a free or highly discounted life membership just for being a senior citizen or the nearly endless supply of coffee and doughnuts, Masonry has a lot to offer the active senior. And let’s face it, you could be in Belize dressing down a cabana boy for a damp towel, but isn’t it much more fun to yell at a forty year old heart surgeon for mispronouncing the word, ‘superfices?'”
– The Honorable Reginald Farquar, XVI°