Monitor Lodge No. 197

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

                                                         




Philanthropies


    The Masonic experience encourages members to become better men, better husbands, better fathers, and better citizens.  The fraternal bonds formed in the Lodge help build lifelong friendships among men with similar goals and values.

     Beyond its focus on individual development and growth, Masonry is deeply involved in helping people.  The Freemasons of North America contribute over two million dollars a day to charitable causes.  This philanthropy represents an unparalleled example of the humanitarian commitment of this great and honorable Fraternity.  Much of that assistance goes to people who are not Masons.  Some of these charities are vast projects.  The Shrine Masons (Shriners) operate the largest network of hospitals for burned and orthopaedically impaired children in the country, and there is never a fee for treatment.  The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide network of over 150 Childhood Language Disorder Clinics, Centers, and Programs.  Many other Masonic organizations sponsor a variety of philanthropies, including scholarship programs for students, and perform public service activities in their communities.


Excerpted from "Who Are The Masons"  published by the Masonic Information Center