What Freemasons do

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organizations. It provides a code of living in today’s society based on moral and ethical standards. Freemasonry is an organization of men who strive to live by the fundamental principles of integrity, goodwill and charity. It is a non-profit organisation that is heavily involved in supporting charity and community service. Freemasonry is a society that unifies men of high ideals, regardless of color, creed or worldly status.

Freemasonry is not a secret society. Traditionally members would be rather discreet about the organization, their community work and even their membership but times have changed. The so called ‘secrets’ of modern Freemasonry are used solely as a ceremonial means of demonstrating that one is a Freemason when in Lodge Meetings. The real point of a Freemason promising not to reveal the secrets is basically a dramatic way of testing the good character of those who join – to become a Freemason requires a person to continually observe, with absolute sincerity, the high ideals of integrity, goodwill and confidentiality.

Freemasonry offers men an opportunity to develop insights into philosophical ideals, which espouse the core values of prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice. Prudence is to help us make the right decisions; temperance keeps us on the straight and narrow; fortitude promotes self-confidence and strong self-esteem; and justice provides us with guidance in life. Members are also provided with training in self-development, which includes public speaking, mentoring, tolerance, communication skills and self-confidence.

Lodge meetings are held regularly; and like any organization there is a business element with minutes, treasurer reports, and plans for forthcoming events and charity activities to be addressed and discussed amongst members. Lodge meetings are also ceremonial and involve a series of formalized and symbolic presentations that use drama to highlight the codes of conduct by which a Freemason strives to live. Apart from these meetings, most Lodges organize regular social activities for families and friends, such as dinners, sports days and picnics.