(Meetings): Stated Meetings Fourth Tuesday, except July
Freemasonry is a charitable and
educational society, dedicated to morality, mutual aid, charity, leadership,
religious toleration, and political freedom.
Freemasonry is not a stuffy secret
club for old guys. Freemasonry is relevant and needed in a world desperate
for organizations dedicated to serving humanity and local communities,
honorable living, tolerance, moderation, self-reliance, equality and liberty.
Freemasons unite with each other
and their families in bonds of friendship and mutual assistance. A mutual
tie that in this world is greatly needed.
With special interests trying to
dominate the world, the former barriers of distance and oceans being ineffective,
and our modern means of destruction which could annihilate all civilization;
there is a definite need for better understanding throughout the world.
In its efforts to improve the individual,
Freemasonry urges the practice of Brotherly Love, strives to promote Universal
Peace; and while it claims no monopoly on the worthwhile virtues, it offers
proven doctrines of moral living in scientific order.
It is equally important to understand
what Freemasonry does not mean.
There have always been those who
oppose fraternal orders, and when the objections of such individuals or
groups have ended in fragmentation, they have always resorted to classifying
Freemasonry as a "secret" order with the implication that "secret"
is also corrupt, deceitful, or sinful.
The purposes, aims, and doctrines
of Freemasonry have never been concealed, and have been well discussed
in many publications which remain available in public libraries. It is
also noted that corrupt and deceitful organizations soon disappear while
Freemasonry has withstood the tests of all ages.
Freemasonry is not a mere social
institution even though it provides social contact and many friendships
have begun in the Lodge; but its primary purpose has always been, and
still remains the advancement of its doctrines of Temperance, Fortitude,
Prudence, Justice, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
It is not an insurance or burial
society, or a vehicle to increase one's personal business ambitions, or
special material interests. Masons are not required to patronize each
other, and many material benefits which may come to a Mason will result
from the reputation he establishes and maintains, and not because he became
a member of a Masonic Lodge.
Freemasonry requires a belief in
God, and while it is religious in its concepts, it is not a religion or
a substitute for the Church. The Masonic Ritual teaches responsibility
to God and dependence on God, and should therefore strengthen one's loyalty
to his church.
Religious discussions often result
in disagreement and for this reason such discussions are prohibited in
Lodge. That which might disrupt the harmony among the members cannot be
In the interest of harmony, partisan
political discussions are also prohibited. A Mason's political beliefs
are his own, although they must conform to the principles of good citizenship.
Even a member running for political office has no right to expect the
support of other Masons merely because he is a member of the Lodge.
What Are the
Requirements for Membership?
Twenty-two words establish the
most important prerequisite to becoming a Mason:
"...We receive none, knowingly,
into our ranks who are not moral and upright before God and of good repute
before the world..."
"Freemasonry builds its Temples
in the hearts of men."