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What is Fremasonry
Freemasonry teaches the great lessons of life: the importance of honor and integrity, of being a person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworth, of realizing that you have a spiritual nature as well as a physical nature, of the importance of self control, of knowing how to love and be loved, of knowing how to keep the confidence of others. It teaches us to reach for a higher standard in conducting our lives.

Freemasonry has sometimes innacuratly been referred to as a "secret society." . Freemasons certainly don't make a secret of the fact that they are members of their Lodges. We wear rings, and lapel pins with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compasses. Masonic buildings are clearly marked and usually listed in the phone book. The only thing that could be referred to as "secret", although we prefer the word "private" are the methods of recognition such as grips, words, signs, and our ritual by which we induct new members.

Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide social and community service organization, emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. It is one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, and the importance of education.

The 3.5 million Masons worldwide continue to help men and women face the problems of the 21st century by building bridges of brotherhood and instilling in our communities ideals for a better tomorrow.