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for a law enforcement officer or fire fighter in your Lodge
Or to join the Shield & Square Club Degree Team


What We Are About

The Freestate Shield and Square Club is a Masonic Degree Team, composed primarily of members of Maryland and Federal law enforcement officers, who are also members of the worlds largest fraternity, Freemasonry.

Brother Jack Biggs, in November of 1998, under dispensation of the M. W. Grand Master John C. Naquin, organized the Free State Shield & Square Club Degree Team. This Team of dedicated Masons continues to operate with permission of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, and under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Maryland.

In December of 1998, the team was invited, by Bro. Warren Peck, W.M. to James W. Bowers Lodge in Hancock, MD, where they conferred their first Master Mason Degree on Bro. James Hovis, a Maryland State Trooper.

The misson of the "Freestate Shield and Square Club" is to help promote and further Maryland Freemasonry and Freemasonry in general. We hope to partly accomplish this task by offering to all subordinate Lodges the services of our degree team. This degree team is available to confer the Master Mason Degree on any and all qualified brethren. However we would especially enjoy conferring the Master Mason Degree on brethren who are also members of law enforcement. In addition, we will entertain requests from bordering jurisdictions to exemplify the Maryland Master Mason Degree in their Lodges.

In just four short years this team raised nearly 40 Master Masons, many of whom are law enforcement personnel, and has  continued to do so.

There are two unique things about this degree team: they are primarily law enforcement and fire fighters, and the other is that they have had 5 invitations out of state - among the places they have conferred MD ritual are St. Louis, Missouri, Dayton, Ohio, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Clovis, New Mexico and Pleasantville, Tennessee.

Should you have questions regarding membership in the "Freestate Shield and Square Degree Team," or if you are interested in scheduling the degree team to confer a Degree in your Lodge, please contact Bro. Jack Biggs at:

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