Past Masters Grand Ledge Lodge No. 179
Masonry is a Fraternity for men, our members believe in helping others, respecting other, and growing as individuals.
We have three degrees that our members compete in order to join.
Just as any trade, you begin as an apprentice or, as we call it, an entered apprentice. As an entered apprentice you will learn how the Lodge works, what is required to progress and other important information. The fellow craft degree consists of increasing your knowledge in the systems of the Lodge. Once you complete this degree, you are eligible to receive the Master Mason Degree.
Each of these degrees teaches timeless lessons of morality, brotherly love, and charity. These degrees are conducted in the Lodge. No "Hazing" of any kind takes place at any time.
All Lodges have regularly scheduled meetings each month at which time the business of the Lodge is conducted, correspondence is read, reports are given, and issues are decided upon by the membership. Our Lodge meets on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in learning more or joining, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vision of Masons
Freemasonry in Michigan shall be a preeminent organization for men of quality, regardless of race, religion or creed, consistently delivering, by symbols, allegory and example, a moral code founded on the highest standards of ethics, honesty and strength of character, a fraternal organization committed to charity, true fellowship and brotherly love under the Fatherhood of God; and a relevant organization dedicated to delighting, involving and educating members and their families in the community, where the lodge is a vibrant, respected and contributing part of community life.
The Organization must be well-led, committed to excellence, maintain quality programs and quality use of time and should forge alliances within the community designed both to help the community and develop the character of masons.
A man who becomes a Michigan Mason can expect to find in his fraternity the opportunity to learn and to lead; to be inspired and entertained; to be challenged and respected; to be involved with his family, his Brothers and his community; and be proud to be a member of an organization committed to making a difference.
Why are we called "Freemasons" ?
There are many theories: a man was a Freemason because his ancestors were not slaves nor was he a slave; he was so called because he was free within his Guild, or free of the Guild's laws and could thus "travel in foreign countries" and work where he would; he was a Freemason because he worked in freestone, which is any stone which can be cut, smoothed, carved in any direction; he was free when he had passed his apprenticeship and became a Fellow of the Craft; he was free when he had left the status of serf or villein and legally became free. Probably at one time or another masons were called Freemasons for any of these reasons or for all of them. The consensus leans to the theory that the Freemason was such because of his skill, knowledge and abilities which set him free of those conditions, laws, rules and customs which circumscribed masons of lesser abilities in the Cathedral building age.