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Freemasonry was brought to the British Colonies in North America during the 1730’s and is now a worldwide organization. At the time, Freemasons often met in a local tavern or other meeting place with a private room.
Freemasonry now exists in all parts of the world in various forms with millions of members. Several United States Founding Fathers were Freemasons, including Benjamin Franklin & George Washington.
Most Masonic Lodges now consist of members who live and work in the local communities near their Lodge. Each Lodge elects members to hold official positions in order to carry out the
Masonic functions of the Lodge.
Interestingly, one myth that developed through the years was that you had to be invited to become a Freemason; this theory persisted for a long time. In fact, the man interested in Masonry has to make the initial inquiry to start the process to becoming a member. If a man didn’t know anyone who was a Mason to make the inquiry, it’s never been easier to find information. With the Internet providing instant info, just tap a few keys.
This free flow of information destroys another myth – that the Masons are a secret society. The most secret aspects of modern Freemasonry are methods of recognition between members or
certain aspects of the ceremonial rituals at Lodge meetings. Many Masons wear lapel pins or fraternity rings, and carry membership cards.
Freemasons generally hold their Lodge Meetings on a monthly basis. There are ritualistic elements to the meeting, as well as discussion of Lodge business: The formal calling of the meeting to order is first. The meeting will draw on symbolic elements from the foundations of the organization. The second part is the business part of the meeting. The actual “business” conducted can take many different forms but will always reflect the basic principles of Freemasonry.
The Freemason fraternity of today is widely involved in many community-based activities, including fundraising for charitable causes – local, national & international.