The National Sojourners
In early 1995 (just a few months after this website was opened, I
was pleased to receive the following essay about the "National
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 16:10:04 CST
Subject: RE: NATIONAL SOJOURNERS
National Sojourners is an independent affiliate of Free Masonry.
National Sojourners traces its heritage to the early 1900s in the
Philippines. Since there was no local Lodge military officers, who were
Masons, formed a "club" to promote fellowship and Masonic ideals. As
these original founders were reassigned to other military posts, the
"club" disbanded, to appear later in Chicago as the "Sojourner Club".
Over time other Sojourner Clubs began to appear across the United
States, especially prevalent near military installations. A National
Headquarters was established in Alexandria Virginia, on the grounds of
George Washington's estate. Eventually the land and surrounding
buildings were purchased and a permanent National Headquarters and
Museum dedicated to Military Masons was established.
The purposes of National Sojourners, is to organize Commissioned
Officers and Warrant Officers, past and present of the Uniformed
Services of the United States, who are Master Masons, into chapters for
the promotion of fellowship, for the cultivation of Masonic ideals, for
supporting all patriotic aims and activities in Masonry, and for
developing Partiotism and Americanism throughout the Nation.
Active membership is open to Commissioned Officers and Warrant
Officers, past or present, active or reserve (and National Guard), of
the Uniformed Services of the United States or its allies, who are
Master Masons in good standing.
Honorary membership may be conferred by a Chapter upon those persons
who would not otherwise be eligible for membership due to past or
present military service. Honorary members have the same rights and
privileges as Active Members.
Sojourners prompte Patriotism and Americanism by sponsoring programs
such as: ROTC Cadet awards and recognition, American flag programs and
presentations, participating in Armed Forces and Veterans Day activities
and programs etc. Additionally Sojourner chapters support and
strengthen fraternal relations with other Masonic bodies through "Bridge
of Light" programs.
For "Official" additional information or a directory of Chapters
contact the National Headquarters.
National Sojourners, Inc.
8301 E. Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308-1399
In January of 2006, Bro. Jack Coffey was kind enough
to send me the following update.
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 18:02:03 -0600
From: The Coffey House <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: National Sojourners, Inc
Not only Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers permitted to
become members, but Senior Noncommissioned Officers as well. There are
specific dates of inclusion for those who were active duty prior to the
grades of E-7, E-8 and E-9 being instituted.
I suggest you visit www.nationalsojourners.org
for accurate information.
Have a great day.
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