Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest fraternal societies concerned with teaching moral and spiritual values. The Monette Lodge was organized Nov. 19, 1902, and has been housed in many buildings before constructing a new lodge on Highway 139, north of town.
Only three lodges remain on Buffalo Island today. These include Monette, Manila and Caraway. The oldest Masonic Lodge on Buffalo Island was located in Lake City and organized in 1883. The Lake City Lodge moved its charter to Caraway Lodge last year.
As Masons members are taught the importance of charity in their lives. Freemasonry stands for a deep and abiding concern for the needs of others. The Masonic fraternity is well known for their enormous charitable contributions throughout the world, and they stress community concern and leadership.