Almost 100 people gathered in Ranfurly last weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Mt Ida Lodge.
The lodge was established in Naseby in 1868, initially as “No 1262” under the English Constitution but as “No 97” after it changed affiliation to the New Zealand Lodge.
It continued to make a valuable contribution to the Maniototo district, “making good men better” and donating to charitable causes, Otago Lakes District Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Pat Cooney, said.
During last weekend’s anniversary celebrations, the Mt Ida Lodge gave a cheque for $20,000 to the Maniototo Hospital rebuild.
The lodge also unveiled its 150th anniversary project, a new wall cabinet housing lodge memorabilia.REPORT AND PHOTO: PAM JONES