A local Masonic lodge is inviting the public to one of the few non-closed-doors ceremonies Freemasonry has to offer.

Palm Springs Masonic Lodge No. 693 will welcome annual new leadership Saturday during its annual Installation of Officers.

“We hold nominations every year,” said Cesar Rubio, who as worshipful master for the past three years has overseen the lodge. “Most lodges will nominate somebody new every year. We decided to do something old-school to promote continuity and consistency. And it worked.”

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world, but for many, Masonry is an organization shrouded in secrecy.

The annual installation, however — the lodge’s 73rd since it opened its doors in 1947 — is open to everybody, including families with children.

After three years as master, Rubio will hand the gavel to Ted Parker.

Parker will become the lodge’s new leader during a ceremony symbolizing the transfer of power common in Masonry since at least 1717, when the United Grand Lodge of England was founded in London.

Other officers will be installed as well, including Rubio, who is set to be the new secretary. The secretary is responsible for helping the master run the lodge’s day-to-day operations, Rubio said.

Following the ceremony, dinner be served in the dining room. There is no cost to attend.

The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. at the lodge at 450 S Avenida Caballeros.

For more information, visit www.PalmSpringsMasons.org.

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