WHO ARE FREEMASONS?
Masons are men who have joined a fraternity, and who refer to themselves as Freemasons.
The main principles of Freemasonry insist that each member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his actions toward others; practices charity and care for the community as a whole; and strives to achieve high moral standards in his
own personal life.
Honor and integrity are at the core of the Masonic belief system. Members are obligated to practice self control and treat the people around them with respect, regardless of their own personal opinion of that person.
Masons can be a very secretive lot, however much of the "secret" information has been publicized. The Lodge buildings are clearly marked on the outside, address and phone numbers listed in the phone book. Their website probably even includes an "Upcoming Events" page.
Meetings are held at the Lodge, where Lodge business and upcoming activities are discussed. They also use the Lodge buildings to train the younger members.
The Lodge building is often used to hold fundraising and public relation events that are open to non-members and invited guests, like fish fries, pot luck, breakfast, etc.
Freemasons do a lot of work for charities, including holding and participating in various fund raisers within the community to promote charitable causes.
To become a member, a candidate must satisfactorily meet all the specific criteria. He must be: At least the minimum age required by that particular Lodge; be of good morals and good reputation; believe in a Supreme Being; he must apply of his own free will, and be unanimously elected by the Lodge members.
Applications will usually be considered by a membership committee, who will hold an interview with the candidate, and formally report back to the Lodge, before the admission process is allowed to begin.