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ABOUT FREEMASONRY

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Freemasonry is the oldest and most widely known of the world's important fraternal organizations. Freemasons share a concern for human values, moral standards, respect for the laws of society and the rights of individuals. It provides a code of living in today's society based on spiritual, ethical and moral standards.

Freemasonry is a society joined together in happy unity, men of high ideals, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status. It sets high standards of behaviour to be practiced in daily life and so provides an example in the community. It is a non-profit organisation which offers companionship and aid both to members and the general community who may be in need.

The object of Freemasonry is to provide a community service and in practice this is translated into a variety of charitable works, ranging from building homes for the aged to post-secondary and post-graduate education scholarships, a benevolent fund to help Individuals, as well as awards and equipment to assist the handicapped.

The fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons has its roots in antiquity. Their traditions date back to the operative Masons who built the Cathedrals and Castles of Europe. They formed themselves into lodges to protect the skills and secrets of their trade and to pass on their knowledge to worthy apprentices.

During the 17th century, these lodges began to accept as members, men of learning and position who had no connection with the building trades. The workers in stone became known as operative Masons and the newcomers; speculative; or accepted Masons.

In 1717 four such lodges meeting regularly in London decided to unite in forming a Grand Lodge; and elect a Grand Master.

From this humble beginning has developed one of the world's most important fraternal societies. The principle gradually spread throughout the world, to the point where there are now about 150 Grand Lodges and approximately six million Freemasons throughout the world.

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A HELPING HAND FOR TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS.
Men of every walk of life belong to Masonic Lodges. They are men who are citizens of good reputation who are concerned with building character and self improvement.

Among the ranks of Freemasons there are many prominent people. There have been Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers mixing freely in the company of tradesmen and professionals. Because of the size of the Masonic fraternity occasionally there is an individual who does not practice the precepts of Freemasonry. Such individuals seldom retain their membership.

Freemasons are taught to make charity and benevolence a distinguishing characteristic of their Masonic lives.

Freemasonry uses the simple tools of the stone-mason as symbols to teach its principles. To a significant extent the messages are conveyed by symbolism that reaches back to those original days of the operative Masons. For example the square and compasses; are universally recognised as the emblem of Freemasonry. The square is to regulate conduct and a square deal has become part of every day language. The compasses are to keep our passions and prejudices within due bounds.