Daughters of the Nile  LbNA # 14945

Placed DateMay 8 2005
LocationGoverment Campish, OR
Found By NWgranola
Last Found Oct 16 2010
Hike Distance?

I carved this box before I moved, but hadn't had a chance to place it yet. Today we had a Mother's Day Picnic with the lodge so it was the perfect opportunity to finally get this box hidden. It's one of my earliest carvings, so please be kind.

My family has a long history of involvement with the Masonic temple. I wanted to share some little known information about it with others, so here is my contribution.

The Commandery has had a long and interesting history. Although written records date back only to the mid 1700s, scholars believe they can trace the organization back to the Crusades. One of the Orders of the Commandery is "The Order of Malta". This the scholars believe to be descended from those early Knights of Malta. They were organized to protect the pilgrims who were traveling to Jerusalem. Eventually they were driven out of Jerusalem by force and ended up on the Island of Malta. Later, being forced from there, they were welcomed in Italy and Germany until once more they were forced to move on and the Order was suppressed with each Knight going his own way until the Order reappeared.The Knights Templar were also formed to protect the pilgrims. History tells us that they, too, eventually were driven from Jerusalem and were forced to retreat back to Europe. In like manner, they, too, had to disburse and hide from harsh rulers. Scholars are of the belief that many of these Knights escaped and carried the secrets of the Knights Templar with them to one day be resurrected. From these beginnings Templary has become an important part of the Masonic structure.

The Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, and often referred to as the "Blue Lodge" is the foundation of all the orders within the Masonic Family. It represents Freemasonry, itself, from which all other recognized Masonic organizations have arisen. It is the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization. It has no regard for differences in a person's race, color, creed or station in life. Its history and traditions date from antiquity. It has two purposes: first to inspire its members to live by the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, and, second, to join its members in the endeavor to build a world where justice, equality, and compassion shine forth in the happiness of all human kind.While the moral philosophy of Freemasonry is founded upon religious principles, it is not a religion nor a substitute for one. It does not solicit membership but welcomes men who have good morals and who profess a belief in a Supreme Being. Any man sincerely desirous of serving humanity only needs to ask a member in order to receive a petition for membership.

The Daughters of the Nile
Formed in 1913, The Daughters of the Nile is an international, non-profit organization, comprised of women who are wives, widows, mothers, sisters or daughters of men who are Shriners. The purpose of the order is to assist the Shriners with their charitable work; to promote social, friendly fellowship within the order; and to advance and elevate the standard of Womanhood. The Order has grown to 148 Temples within Canada and the United States, with approximately 75,000 members.

Now that you know everything you ever wanted to know about the Masonic temple and my affiliatin with it (Daughter's of the Nile), I'll bet you're looking for the clues to the box.

The lodge had a Mother's Day Picnic at Frog Lake Picnic area. I tried to find someplace close to the group picnic area, which is right on the banks of a lovely little pond. There were people out there in small boats fishing. I didn't see anyone actually catch anything but I guess you might have better luck than them, so bring your fishing gear. You'll probably need a fishing liscese too, but maybe you can get one in Goverment Camp, it's not to far away. The whole time I was searching for a good spot for my box, the other picnic attendees kept sticking their nose in my business, and since I was really there to be sociable with them, I tucked my box away. On the way out of the park I finally got my opporutnity. There's a bathroom in the "snow park" area of the park. If you stand in front of the bathroom you'll see a trail to your left. It has a big ladder thingy in front of it that I couldn't figure out what it was for. Go down this trail past two trees with blue diamonds on them to the third tree. I think it was a hemlock, but it could have been a fir or a pine. At its base, under a rock is my Daughter's of the Nile box. I hope you enjoy it and enjoyed learning all about the Masonic Family. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear about them. Just email me at rhea_gutman@yahoo.com