Welcome to South Gate Lodge #657

Far from being a secret society, our lodge buildings and banners are easy to see in every community.  In Des Moines, you’ll find Masonic lodges and symbols all over town, from adorning buildings such as the Temple of Preforming Arts, to a Masonic center in the The Scottish Rite Consistory.

Our Lodge is our home, and where we work to improve ourselves and learn how to be better men for the good of humanity.

IF this sounds like you, someone who wants to better themselves, the community, and this Fraternity, please feel free to contact us!!

Tom Nash, WM
South Gate Lodge #657


Many of our founding fathers were Freemasons. George Washington was the first of 14 Presidents of the United States to be a member of the fraternity, as well as 13 signers of the Constitution. In more recent history members of the fraternity include President Truman, General Douglas McArthur, numerous astronauts, entertainers, and sports figures. More importantly, millions of men such as yourself. Freemasonry enjoys over three million members world wide and draws to its ranks men from every profession and occupation, all meeting on the “Level.” While each man may have his own religious and political views and opinions, they all share one common bond, the belief in one God, and the need to treat each man with brotherly love and affection.


It is the internal and not the external qualifications that should recommend a man to be a Mason. It does not consider any man for his worldly wealth or honor as a qualification for membership. Nor does it place any requirements on a man�s political or religious affiliations. Masonry seeks to “make good men better.” It therefore looks to those men who have already demonstrated strong moral background, and exemplary character. In Iowa a candidate for Masonry must also be at least 18 years of age, and must profess his belief in a Supreme Being as no atheist can be made a Mason.


Anyone seeking membership into Freemasonry should first seek out a Masonic friend to recommend him. He must first sign a petition on which he states his name, age, occupation, and place of residence, as well as his belief in a Supreme Being. This petition will be investigated and brought before the members of the Lodge who will vote by secret ballot. To be accepted, the results of this ballot must be unanimous.