The Freemasons of Genoa, Nevada 
Welcome you
Douglas Lodge # 12 is the home of Genoa, Nevada, F & AM (Free & Accepted Masons) Freemasons. 
The Lodge meets the second Wednesday of each month
at 7 PM.
Dinner is served at 6 PM.


The Fraternity:
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization, with a membership of well over a million in the United States alone (1.4 million in the U.S. and 4 million worldwide).  Freemasonry exists in many different countries and in a variety of forms.  One of the chief guiding principles of freemasonry is a shared moral center, and joining requires a declaration of a belief in some sort of supreme being (based on your religion).
Freemasons do not solict for membership to their fraternal organization.  If you are interested in joining the freemason fraternity, you must ask a Freemason to join.  (thus the saying - "To be one, ask one." or 2B1 Ask1) 

We also have a catch phrase - "Making good men better."  So, like the Marines, we are looking for a "few good men".  If you believe you are one of the "few good men" and are like-minded, we encourage you to contact us and start the process of becoming a Freemason.  Our moral philosophy, and what we stand for is on the "About us" page.  Our role in society and our qualifications to join are found on left of the same page.  We encourage you to "check into us" and if you are interested, contact us.

The Organization
Freemasonry is organized into a series of Grand Lodges.  Each of these Grand Lodges governs a particular jurisdiction (in the US, it is by State), with the jurisdiction comprised of a number of constituent lodges.  Freemasonry also includes a number of other bodies, in essence organizations that maintain their own independence (known as appendant bodies).  Examples of appendant bodies include "the Shriner's", Royal Arch, Knights Templar, York Rite, Scottish Rite, and others.  There are also a number of youth organizations.  Every day, Freemasons and their appendant bodies contribute over $3 million to charity.  (See the Community Involvement tab on the Carson1 website)
When Freemasons are asked to define their organization, they are likely to define it as a fraternity with a shared morality.  Freemasons often compare the structure and moral center of their organization to the tools and implements of the stonemason - as these are used as symbols in their teaching. 
Even though freemasonry is often referred to as a secret society, in reality this is not the case.  Indeed, it is not a secret society at all, simply a fraternity - with some secrets.  
While certain aspects of the organization remain a closely guarded secret, the Freemasons of the modern age have become less secret than their reputation would suggest.  In fact, many of the private rituals and aspects of the Freemasons that remain secret are used primarily to allow members of different lodges to recognize one another so that impersonators or impostors cannot infiltrate their lodges and so that the lessons that are taught remain a special experience for new members.
If you are interested:

Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the fraternity.  You can:
  • Walk in and talk to us - as noted on the right side of the page
  • Call us at the Lodge phone number - 775-392-3102 (please leave a message if no one is there - we'll get back to you)
  • Drop us an e-mail - see the Contacts page - send to - info@douglas12.com
  • Read a bit more here and elsewhere and let us know by using one of the 3 above options to contact us
If you are one of "the Good Guys" that meet the qualifications on the "About Us" page, we would certainly be happy to have you become a member of the freemason fraternity.  
Douglas Lodge No. 12 lies in the historic town of Genoa, Nevada, which is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited town in the State of Nevada.  Douglas Lodge sits at the very foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is located just below Lake Tahoe.  Douglas Lodge has the distinction of being one of the earliest Lodges in the State of Nevada and has had its Masonic Charter since September 17, 1868.

The Front of Douglas 12 Lodge looking West 
toward the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe.

The building above was first occupied by the Lodge in 1873 (with the lower story set aside as a business rental), with the upper story used for Masonic meetings.  It was said to have cost in excess of $8,000 (which was a lot in those days).  The Grand Lodge of Nevada laid the cornerstone of the Lodge in the early 1870's, with many attendees from the other local area Lodges.  Now, the whole building is used for Masonic events (the dining hall and kitchen is located downstairs and the main Lodge is upstairs).  The Lodge's regular meetings take place here on a monthly basis, as well as, other "called" events such as the conferring of Masonic Degrees. 

The inside of Douglas 12 looking to the East

This the upstairs Lodge area looking East towards the morning sun and is taken from the Senior Warden's station in the West.  The Altar is clearly visible in the center of the Lodge and the Junior Warden's station is on the right (in the South).  Straight ahead between the two windows is the Worshipful Master's station in the East.  Aptly chosen as the Master "brings Light" to his Lodge.  There is seating for the members of the Lodge on either side of the room.  The layout of the room is reminiscent of King Solomon's Temple.

The "East" of Douglas 12 where the "Worshipful Master" sits

Above is a closer view of "The East" (Worshipful Master's station) in Douglas 12 Lodge.  To the left, is the Treasurer's station, and on the right, the Secretary's station.  On the front of the Master's podium are the Freemason "Square and Compasses" - symbols recognized far and wide as the symbols of Freemasonry.  Above the Master's station is the lighted "Letter G".  A symbol recognized by all Freemasons and incorporated into all Masonic jewelry in the center of the Square and Compasses.  As always, the flag of the United States and the flag of Nevada are present in the East.

If you are interested in knowing more about Freemasonry (or, Douglas Lodge No. 12):

The Lodge meets on the second Wednesday of every month, and we invite you to drop by the Lodge a little early - prior to the meeting - and ask any questions you might have of the members gathering there.  We usually have a small dinner (at about 6PM) prior to the meeting and you are welcome to join us and ask your questions.  The door is open, all you have to do is knock and walk in.  

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