The Lodge is named after the Goose and Gridiron tavern in London where the United Grand Lodge of England was organized in 1717.
While the lodge is a legally constituted Special Lodge of Master Masons working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, it will proudly claim its heritage as a English Emulation Lodge with a special mission: to practice and share the customs and rituals that imbue the fraternal experience in England. With Goose and Gridiron Lodge No. 1717 brothers may experience English Emulation Ritual and custom without leaving the United States.
In addition to its study of Emulation Ritual, the lodge seeks to capture and practice many of the foundational elements of English Lodges, such as festive boards, philosophical education, dress, programs and charities. By doing so, the Lodge will provide an environment that is distinguished and warm, social and philosophical, exclusive and inviting.
To become a member of Goose and Gridiron Lodge No. 1717 a Brother must be a Master Mason, join as either a plural or dual member and remain in good standing with his primary Lodge.
How to Join the Goose and Gridiron Lodge
I am a visitor. What regalia must I wear at a meeting of Goose and Gridiron Lodge?
If you are a visitor, you wear the regalia you would wear in your own Craft Lodge.
I am a joining member. What regalia do I wear?
If you are a joining member of Goose and Gridiron Lodge you must wear English regalia. You may not wear the regalia of your own jurisdiction.
I am a Master Mason member of the Lodge. What apron do I wear?
You would wear a United Grand Lodge of England light-blue bordered apron with rosettes.
I am an Installed Master/Past Master. What apron do I wear?
The apron you would wear in your Lodge. If you are a member of the Goose and Gridiron Lodge you would wear a United Grand Lodge of England light-blue bordered apron with levels.
I am a Past Master of a Lodge in my own jurisdiction. Do I wear also a UGLE Past Master collar?
Although you are recognized as a Past Master, entitled to the prefix Worshipful, and entitled to be present at the Board of Installed Masters at an Installation meeting (the ‘Inner Workings’), you do not wear a Past Master collar. That is restricted to those who have been Master of Goose and Gridiron Lodge No. 1717 or a member under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England
What breast jewels may I wear?
If you are a Past Master you may wear a Past Master breast jewel.
Do I wear white gloves?
Yes, white gloves are required to be worn in Lodge.
What is appropriate dress?
Dark suit with white shirt is required.
What tie is required?
Black tie, UGLE Craft tie or a Goose and Gridiron tie available for purchase from the Assistant Secretary – Membership
Are brown shoes permitted?
No. Black shoes should be worn.
I am a Worshipful Master of a Lodge, and in my jurisdiction I wear my Master’s collar at all Lodge meetings. Do I wear it at a meeting of Goose and Gridiron?
May I wear a name badge and lapel pins?
No name badges or lapel pins may be worn during Goose & Gridiron tiled meetings. You may wear them before or after, particularly name badges which help making acquaintances.