| 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: This kind of meeting may starts and ends with an opening and close that reminds Masons of their
duties and virtues by which they are supposed to operate and live. 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 the sharing of information about Members called "Brothers," as in
most fraternities about things like who may be ill or in some sort of need.
Ritual: This kind of meeting always starts and ends with a formal opening and closing and is seen as sacred
because it is used when someone is going to join the fraternity or one at which the "degrees" of advancement
of knowledge are performed. It is kind of like a graduation played out through a historical dramatization.
Lodges operate on different levels, National, State, and Local. Every Lodge serves more than its own
members. Frequently, there are meetings open to the public. Examples are "Ladies' Night," or "Brother
Bring a Friend Night," to include public installations of officers, cornerstone laying ceremonies, and other
special meetings supporting community events dealing with local interest. Our goals are to improve the
community in which we live in and our Motto is to help make "Good Men Better".
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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 and Hospitals built by the Shriners. 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 Widows and Orphans pay the electric bill or
buying coats and shoes for disadvantaged children. There's just about anything you can
think of in-between...like Arbor or Earth Day. With projects large or small, the Masons of a
Lodge try to help make the world a better place. The Masonic Lodge gives Brothers and
Sisters a way to combine with others to do even more good in the World because there is
Power in Numbers.