IMPERIAL, Calif. – The Free and Accepted Masons of the Imperial Valley Lodge 390 formally installed its new officers for the 2024-2025 year during an annual ceremony on Saturday, January 20th.

Tony Milanes will serve as the Worshipful Master, providing leadership for the multinational lodge, which has close ties to Masonic lodges in Mexicali, Mexico, and Yuma, Arizona. Under Milanes’ prior leadership, the Imperial Valley Lodge became the first U.S. Masonic lodge to “twin” with Mexico’s Palingenesia Lodge 46 in Mexicali.

Other newly installed officers include Junior Warden Ira Hearen, Chaplain Steven Dagdag, Junior Deacon L’evangelist Pittman, and Senior Steward James Storms.

The Imperial Valley Lodge 390 is one of over 340 Masonic lodges in California under the Grand Lodge of California, representing more than 60,000 Masons statewide. Locally, it carries on the lineage of several historical lodges in Imperial County, including those previously in El Centro, Calexico, Holtville, Imperial, and Brawley. Some lodges date back to the founding days of Imperial County.

Freemasonry is considered the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, promoting self-improvement, community betterment, and the belief that men striving to better themselves can also improve the world. The California Masonic Foundation provides support to thousands of Californians annually through charitable programs.

For more details, The Calexico Chronicle