This is an appendant body, or side degree, of Freemasonry. It devotes itself to friendship and brotherly love towards fellow Masons and all mankind. They are currently over 10,000 members strong and their chapters are mostly located in the Northeast of the United States. The individual members are called cedars, who in turn meet in chapters called forests. The national body is named the Supreme Forest.
“It all started in 1843 with some very energetic and imaginative Master Masons who dreamed up the idea of a Tall Cedar Degree, and in those days the degree was called ” The Ancient and Honorable Rite of Humility.” The name “Tall Cedar Degree” does not reveal itself other than the possibility of a somewhat shorter title than the aforementioned, and this was to remain as such until we adopted the title of ” Tall Cedars of Lebanon of the United States of America” upon incorporation in 1902.”
The official creed is: ” Fun Frolic & Fellowship”
Like most appendant bodies in Freemasonry, there is a designated charity for this organization. The Tall Cedars support research into Muscular Dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. It is estimated that the Tall Cedars have raised over $14-million for Muscular Dystrophy research. Each year, the Supreme Forest presents a check at the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.