Freemasonry is the largest and oldest fraternity in the world, as well as, the largest philanthropic organization in existence today. It is a system designed to instill morality & ethics, and to guide & encourage good men to be of service to themselves, their families and their communities. A Freemason is a man who has adopted these ideals and has taken an obligation to make of himself the best he can.
A true Freemason is the man who is free from superstition and free from infidelity; who feels and adores the higher destiny of man; to whom faith, hope and charity are not mere words without any meaning.
The ideal of a Freemason is the personification of brotherly love, relief and truth. The touchstones of our fraternity are the four cardinal virtues; Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice… the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity… and what we refer to as the three great social treasures: Fraternity, Liberty and Equality.
The Shrine-masons contribute 416 million dollars a year to their Children’s Hospitals.
Grand Master Clark M. Gilmour