This club met periodically in the Jones building but was unsuccessful in securing the
required recommendation from three neighboring lodges. The club was reorganized and
through the efforts of George Hess, waivers for a new lodge were secured from Evans Lodge
No. 524; A. O. Fay lodge in Highland Park and Des Plaines lodge in Des Plaines. Then on
September 22, 1910, this small group of Masons, now enlarged, petitioned the Grand Lodge
of Masons of the State of Illinois for dispensation as a lodge, with a result that
Wilmette lodge, A.F. and A.M. was instituted, October 28, 1910. The Master of the
lodge was Mr. Hess.