Monitor Lodge No. 197

A.F. & A.M.
212 E. Mellen Street
Hampton, VA 23663



Freemasonry in Virginia-There is no secret to what we believe

We believe in some pretty old-fashioned things.

We believe in God.

We believe in the Brotherhood of Man.

We believe in service to those who are less fortunate.  We believe in helping young people get a head start in life.

And we believe in freedom.


Some people are.  Somehow they consider us a secret society.  Yet we don't hide our purpose or  our membership.  Our constitution and regulations are open for all to see.

Masons provide homes for the elderly and for orphans.  We provide college scholarships to promising young men and women.  We contribute to blood banks, fund medical research, and maintain hospitals for crippled and burned children.

That's why it's not surprising that some of America's greatest men have been Masons.  George Washington was one of 14 U.S. Presidents who were Masons, as were five Chief Justices.  Masons are soldiers, like General Douglas MacArthur;  businessmen, like Henry Ford;  entertainers, like John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Clark;  astronauts, like Wally Shirra and John Glenn.  We come from every walk of life.  And we stand tall, proud to be called Master Masons.

I guess you would have to say "Our secret is out!"

Excerpted from the Grand Lodge of Virginia publication  "For Your Information"