Principles of Freemasonry
The main principles of Freemasonry
insist that each member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his
actions toward others; practices charity and care for the community as a
whole; and strives to achieve high moral standards in his own personal
Why Become a Mason?
Becoming a Mason is an individual choice and many men do consider that question at some point in their life.
To become a Mason a candidate must satisfactorily meet all the specific criteria. He must be: At least the minimum age required by that particular Lodge; be of good morals and good reputation; believe in a Supreme Being; he must apply of his own free will, and be unanimously elected by the Lodge members.Source http://www.masonic-lodges.com
What's in it for me?
Masonry offers many positive influences in both a personal and a community scale.
The core values that define Character are still unchanged from those espoused by Plato. Honesty, courage, virtue, loyalty and compassion are still the measurement of a persons Character. In order to be a member you must show these qualities and we strive to improve and refine them.
Every person has a responsibility of service to members and the community. Masons have a higher involvement in community life and events. There are challenges and opportunities to involve everyone. It is up to the individual member to choose their level of involvement. Mason's helping each man discover and cultivate his particular talents develops strong individuals in the organization.
Charity is be defined as two components.
The Virtue of Charity: The love of God and love of man, which includes both love of one's neighbor and one's self.
We hold both components with high regard. By providing charity to fellow man by the virtue and through Masonry's multiple forms of charity.
We help foster our members to possess and adher to high moral principles.
With lodges and members across the world, Masonry offers fellowship unlike any other organization in the world. We are men who have a common goal of becoming better men. With that common purpose we have a base to associate and become more accomplished than our individual selves.
Through out history there are references to many famous Masons.
The means to make a difference in their world and an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves
The capability to be a part of something bigger than just the sum of the individual parts. With Masonry great things can be accomplished for our fellow man.
What Do Masons Do?
and rumors aside, one of the chief concerns of the Masons is good
works. You'll find plenty of Masons involved in activities that promote
the community and help the less fortunate.
Who Are We?
We are active members of our Communities:
Lawyers, Mechanics,Teachers, The Military, Truck Drivers, Fire
Fighters, Engineers, Mail Carriers, Police Officers, Astronauts, Chefs,
Entertainers, Statesmen, Construction Workers and Clergy of all Faiths
How Do I Become a Mason?
You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.
If you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:
You have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)
You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.
You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.
Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby:
You have to be able to meet him in person.
Contacting someone by e-mail may get you pointed to a lodge in your area, but you CANNOT get a recommendation from someone you have never met.
Think you don't know any Masons in your area?
Find your state, provincial, or national grand lodge in this list of Grand Lodges. Call or write to the office of the Grand Secretary, and say that you're looking for lodges in your area.
Find nearby lodges listed in your phonebook: White-pages listings for lodges may be under "Masons", "Freemasons", "Masonic Apartments", or "Masonic Temple", and the Grand Lodge would probably be under "Grand Lodge of Masons".
Look through the Page About Freemasonry Guestbook, to find a Mason in your area. Write to him and introduce yourself.
Once you find a lodge (or two or three) in your area, you can arrange to meet with them. They will want to get to know more about you, and you can use the opportunity to ask them some questions. Some of the things you might want to ask about:
How often do they meet?
How often do they get new candidates? How many members does the lodge have, and how many usually attend the meetings? (Is this lodge growing, or faltering, or something in between?)
Do they confer the degrees themselves or do they usually use a "degree team". (This gives an idea of how proficient and active the lodge officers are.)
How much is their annual dues and the (one-time) initiation fee?
What would they expect of you as their candidate? What is the usual amount of time for a candidate to receive the three degrees? What kind of "proficiency" work, and how much of it, will you need to learn between degrees?
What is the average age of the lodge members? What are their interests? What kind of social activities and public service activities is the lodge involved in? What kinds of things could the lodge put a new member to work on?
What are Masons?
Masons are men who voluntarily asked to join a lodge. They were accepted because they were good men who believe in God and hold high ethical and moral ideals. They go to meetings which they call the lodge, in order to learn and to teach what 'friendship, morality, and truth really involve, and to practice on a small scale the reality of brotherhood. They also have meetings open to their wives, children, and friends where they promote an understanding of the serious nature of the Fraternity by entertainment and sociability. Practical programs for charity and relief are planned and executed. The special kinship they feel for each other as a brotherhood is their deepest satisfaction.