Masonic Overview

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.The three “great principles”, are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, that is: tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and an obligation to behave with kindness and understanding to our fellow creatures; the practice of charity – freemasonry is known, above all else, for its substantial outward giving to many worthy causes (currently in the US, in the region of $1 billion a year); masons strive for truth, aiming to achieve high standards in their public and private lives.

A Mason’s duty as a citizen must always come first and it is a serious disqualification to attempt to use membership of the order to promote one’s own, or anyone else’s personal interests. A Mason’s duties are first to his God, then, to his family and those dependent upon him, and then to his fellow men.

A Brief History of Freemasonry

Ritual, that is, the initiation of candidates conducted within each lodge has been the same work that’s been done for hundreds and hundreds of years. Every Mason, on earth, has been lead through the same traditions and instructed in the same mysteries and secrets of Freemasonry.

The principles of Masonry, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth inspired the founders of this nation. Today, we recognize these principals as the Cornerstones of the American way of life. Early American Masons such as George Washington, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Prince Hall, Benjamin Franklin and many others were members of the Brotherhood of Masons. Together they deliberately incorporated Masonic principles into the most important founding documents of this country. May they long endure, for they are our true security.

”Thoughts From Members Past”

George Washington – US President

“My attachment to the Society of which we are members will dispose me always to contribute my best endeavors to promote the honor and prosperity of the Craft.”

Theodore Roosevelt – US President

Member of the Harvard Masonic Club

“One of the things that so greatly attracted me to Masonry that I hailed the chance of becoming a Mason was that it really did act up to what we, as a government, are pledged to – namely to treat each man on his merit as a man.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt – US President

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Norman Vincent Peale – Minister and Author

“To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication to God and service to humanity.”

George W. Truett – Southern Baptist Leader

“The Masonic Fraternity is one of the most helpful mediating and conserving organizations among men, and I have never wavered from that childhood impression, but it has stood steadfastly with me through the busy, vast hurrying years.”