| Masonry Does Something Positive "inside" The Individual Man
"Grow or die" is a great law of all nature. Most people feel a need for continued growth as individuals. They
feel they are not as honest or as charitable or as compassionate or as loving or as trusting or as well informed
as they ought to be. Masonry reminds its members over and over again of the importance of these qualities
and education. It lets men associate with other men of honor and integrity who believe that things like
honesty, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge are important. In some ways, Masonry is a support group for
men who are trying to make the right decisions. It's easier to practice these virtues when you know that those
around you think they are important too, and won't laugh at you. That's a major reason that Masons enjoy
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Two basic kinds of meetings take place in a lodge:
Business: The most common is a simple business meeting. To open and close the meeting, there is a
ceremony whose purpose is to remind us of the virtues by which we are supposed to live. Then there is a
reading of the minutes; voting on petitions (applications of men who want to join the fraternity); planning for
charitable functions, family events, and other lodge activities; and sharing information about members called
"Brothers," as in most fraternities who are ill or have some sort of need.
Ritual: The other kind of meeting is one in which people join the fraternity one at which the "degrees" are
But every lodge serves more than its own members. Frequently, there are meetings open to the public.
Examples are Ladies' Nights, "Brother Bring a Friend Nights," public installations of officers, cornerstone
laying ceremonies, and other special meetings supporting community events and dealing with topics of local
interest. Our goals are to improve the community in which we live in and to help make good men better.
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MASONIC ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE GGMC
The Things That Mason's Do
Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world.
Most individuals won't be the ones to find a cure for cancer, or eliminate poverty, or help
create world peace, but every man and woman and child can do something to help others and
to make things a little better. Masonry is deeply involved with helping people. It spends
more than $2 Million Dollars Every Day in the United States, just to make life a little
easier. The great majority of that help goes to people who are not Masons.
Some of these charities are vast projects, like the Crippled Children's Hospitals and Burns
Institutes built by the Shiners. Also, Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide network of
over 100 Childhood Language Disorders Clinics, Centers, and Programs. Each helps
children afflicted by such conditions as aphasia, dyslexia, stuttering, and related learning or
speech disorders like Apraxia of Speech
Some services are less noticeable, like helping a widow pay her electric bill or buying coats
and shoes for disadvantaged children and orphans. There's just about anything you can think
of in-between...like Earth Day. With projects large or small, the Masons of a lodge try to
help make the world a better place. The lodge gives them a way to combine with others to do
even more good.