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The Blue Lodge (as it is called) exists to make new candidates into Freemasons.  The Blue Lodge consists of members of the first three degrees of Freemasonry.  The "Blue" stands for friendship and fraternity.  Since Freemasonry is a fraternity, it is open to men only, although there are other affiliated Freemason organizations that welcome only women or couples.
 

The first three degrees of Freemasonry are:
  1. The Entered Apprentice
  2. The Fellow craft
  3. The Master Mason
The normal candidate will apply to and join a Lodge, then, through mastering the three degrees of the Blue Lodge, become a Master Mason.  There is no higher honor in Freemasonry than becoming a Master Mason.  There are, however, other appendant bodies that have further degrees that can be taken.  (I think at last count there were over 192 different organizations springing from the root of Freemasonry.  There are over 1.5 million registered Freemasons in the US alone.)  It should never be construed that any of these further degrees are higher than the Master Mason degree - only further opportunities to learn more about yourself and your brothers.
 

 The Entered Apprentice Degree:

The Entered Apprentice Degree looks at man in his "beauty" and Youth.  It teaches lessons about dealing with the everyday physical world that we live in and how to begin to better yourself.  It teaches concepts concerning service to others in society.

The Fellowcraft Degree:

The Fellowcraft Degree addresses man in his "strength" and Middle Age.  It teaches lessons about dealing with growth of the spirit and the internal man (his growth through knowledge and learning to care for others).  It emphasizes the mental preparation of man's transition from the physical world to the spiritual world and the mastery of the emotional aspects of man.

The Master Mason Degree:

The Master Mason Degree addresses man in his "wisdom" and his older years.  It teaches lessons about the soul, the spirit, and man's mortality.  It helps prepare man for his transition to the next plane of existence.

Note: There is some memory work involved in becoming a Master Mason that you will be expected to accomplish.  And, there are some fees involved to offset the cost to the Fraternity. 
 
 
 

THE YOUNG MAN MEDITATES

 

     Masonry promised me nothing except opportunity for mental and spiritual growth and the opportunity to be serviceable to God and man.

 


     I came of my own free will and accord as all men in all ages have done.  I was received as all others have been received in the ages past.

 


      I learned that Masonry is interested in the character of man in man as a thinking, feeling being.

 


      I learned that Masonry is not religion in the sense that we think of the church but that it is a form of worship and the true ally of all religions.  I found that one grows stronger in his own religion, whatever it may be, as the result of Masonry.

 

      I learned the real meaning of moral and spiritual teachings of charity, and that one’s integrity of mind and soul is his most precious possession.  All that I learned before was enhanced by the manner in which Masonry teaches sublime lessons.

 

     About me I see brothers, some young in Masonry, others who have been Masons for many years.  Toward all I feel a bond of friendship and fellowship which is indescribable.  To have the confidence of such a group of brothers, and to know that you are joined to them by immutable bonds, as you are to every Mason in the world is indeed a priceless privilege.

 

     All of this I learned; and I learned as well, that to maintain and to perpetuate all that I have received, I must give back my best to Masonry and to society.

 

 ANONYMOUS


BASIC MASONIC PRINCIPLES


points below from
"A Pilgrims Path" by John J. Robinson

  • Every Freemason asserts his belief in God, and in the immortality of the soul.
  • A Freemason believes that how he worships God is his own business, and how every other Mason worships God is his own business. Accordingly, Masons believe fervently in freedom of religion.
  • Freemasonry offers no pathway to salvation. That must be sought and found in a Mason's own place of worship, which he is encouraged to attend and support.
  • Because religion and politics are so often used to drive men apart, they may not be discussed in any Masonic Lodge.
  • Freemasonry seeks to give men of all creeds a way to meet in brotherhood and mutual respect, to join together in common causes to benefit those in need.
  • If a Mason's own religious beliefs require of him a voluntary life of caring and sharing, of attention to the needs of the less fortunate, Freemasonry offers a variety of charitable outlets to satisfy his compassion. To that extent, Masonry strives to be the ideal partner of any moral religion.
  • A Mason must never put his duties and responsibilities to Masonry ahead of his duties and responsibilities to his family, to his God, or to his country.

John J. Robinson has summed up many of the basic principles of Masonry in a few short words (above.) He has done years of research on Masonry and has spoken widely about Freemasons. He is one of the foremost authorities in the history of Freemasons and their accomplishments. His research has lead him to an even more important discovery which he reveals at the end of "A Pilgrim's Path". That is: after all of the years of finding out what Freemasonry is really all about - he wants to be one - and states that he will petition to join.

Perhaps you should read his book and discover what Freemasonry is really all about - and knock on our door too. We are looking for "a few good men". Consider it, and if this sounds like it could be something for you, visit us, ask for and submit your petition to see if you measure up to being a Freemason. Not everyone does. 



 
 THE MASON

 

     He is a man who is earnestly striving to become a better man.

 

     He recognizes the good that resides in the heart of every brother.  He knows that the faults he sees in others reflect his own imperfection, and he does not set himself up as a judge of his brothers.

 

     The Mason is one who has learned of life’s struggles, of its difficult paths, its disappointments, the price of holding fast to one’s integrity, and yet maintains faith in the ultimate triumph of Good over Evil.

 

     The Mason is a man of generous heart, mind and hand.  He looks upon the opportunity to serve humanity as a joyous privilege.

 

     The Mason is a man who demonstrates his love of country by being a good citizen, by obeying the law of the land, by being true to his country’s ideals, and by his undying devotion and loyalty, both in time of peace and of war.

 

     The Mason is a man who, by his acts and deeds, reveals his unswerving trust in the Infinite, Wisdom, Justice and Mercy of his Creator.

 

     The Mason is one who maintains a stubborn attachment to duty, and is unyielding in his unceasing efforts to make a better society by making himself a better individual.

 

AUTHOR:  Dewey H. Wollstein



A Word or two about what Freemasonry is and is not

Freemasonry is about personal growth (mental and spiritual) and about helping others. Freemasonry is about men acting as Brothers for the good of your community and society in general. Freemasonry is about charity towards others. Every day, Freemasons and their appendant bodies contribute over $3 million to charity (about a Billion dollars annually). (This does not count charitable hours donated or other charitable acts that are not monetarily recorded.)

Freemasonry is about the growth of the individual into spiritual maturity and about man's search for "Enlightenment and Truth". It is about the ways to make the world a better place to live. This is primarily accomplished via charity to others - scholarships, medical research grants, and other charity. It is also about helping others and fostering a spirit of Brotherly Love.

Freemasonry is not a secret society. It is not a religious cult. It is not an organization with an evil plan to do evil things. We have no conspiracies to rule the world and make it evil (sorry to disappoint anyone). Freemasonry is actually quite the contrary. Freemasonry simply tries to do little things in little ways, through the support of charitable organizations, and other charity work. That is our way of changing the world for the better - through helping others.
 
It is a fraternity of brothers that has often been maligned by others for their own purposes. And, it is a fraternity that has some secrets - to keep interlopers out (the bad guys) and to keep secret the initiation ceremonies and rituals so that new members can enjoy their upward spiritual journey without having the experience spoiled. Those are the only "real secrets" the fraternity has ever claimed to possesses.

Freemasonry believes that each individual should be free to practice the religion of his choice and be a believer in a God (or Supreme Being). Freemasonry in no way wants to replace or subjugate your belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasonry encourages you to actively participate in the religion of your choice to make you a stronger member of your community. Freemasonry includes in its membership representatives from all of the major walks of faith. (No Devil Worshipers - sorry, if that's you - please apply elsewhere. We don't want you.)

Freemasonry is about personal growth, doing good and helping others. It is also about helping our members grow personally and spiritually. To do this, we use certain symbols as tools, to key our memory and to teach us some of the important lessons in life.

If you don't believe this - or - you have doubts about the above, or, still think we have some kind of evil conspiracy going on, I invite you to check into the people that have been Freemasons - like the father of our country - George Washington, 12 other Presidents of the United States and many, many others (even John Wayne was a Mason) - and ask yourself this question:

Could Freemasonry have been as bad as the conspiracy theorists say if all of the great men that were Freemasons were members? Would they have belonged to such a fraternity?

Think about it. Do your research. Search the web. You may find some strange and wild stuff out there (there are strange folks out there - we are sometimes amazed as to what is posted on the Internet. And, of course, everything posted on the Internet is true......). And, when you get curious and want to know the real truth about our fraternity (and, what you are missing), please, just call us and ask us. We'd enjoy the opportunity to chat with you about the fraternity and your future role in Freemasonry.  But, be aware, we are selective and not everyone is eligible to be a Mason.  

In summary, we are a group of "good guys" trying to do good things for others without expecting or wanting recognition for our acts (but, we do want awareness of our fraternity so that we might encourage others to join us and help us to help others). If you would like to know some of the good things we do, please review the list of our Masonic community involvement that can be found at the following address or schedule an appointment to drop by the Lodge and talk to us. We would enjoy the opportunity to chat with you about Freemasonry. We are still looking for a "few good men". If you believe that you qualify and are one of the few "good men" out there, contact us today and start your journey in Freemasonry toward Light. (See our Contacts page)