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Alex Anderson of Bristol, left, and Shirley and Ed Trayford of Goshen enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast at the George Washington Masonic Lodge in Bristol.

BRISTOL — As fraternal organizations continue to struggle locally and worldwide, the George Washington 523 Masonic Lodge is making efforts to grow its membership and open its facility for community fellowship events.

As one of the smallest lodges in the state, the George Washington 325 Masonic Lodge has just 50 members. The lodge’s worshipful master, Warren Murphy, said a large part of the decline of the local chapter has to do with retirement and relocation of elders, in conjunction with a lack of general community involvement by the younger generation.

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