“Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members share a common goal of helping each other become better men. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity. Valley Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star
Its roots go back centuries and its members are diverse: high profile leaders, physicians, construction workers, farmers…and maybe you.
We’re united by three ancient and fundamental principles—brotherly love, charity and truth—that are made relevant to the 21st century through the personal development, good works and social connections available to our members in the 550+ lodges across Ontario.” GL of Canada, Prov. of ON website
The foundation of the Masonic Family is the Masonic Lodge. It is here that Masonry teaches its lessons. In Ontario, there are approximately 42,000 Masons, belonging to some 630 Lodges, in 46 Districts, governed by a Grand Lodge, having its headquarters in Hamilton. All applicants must come of their own free will. They must ask a Mason about joining, or as we say,
TO BE ONE – ASK ONE
There is no higher degree in Freemasonry than that of Master Mason. When a man has achieved that status he can broaden his Masonic horizons by participation in other branches of the Masonic Family, such as; Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Shrine, The Order of the Amaranth, The Order of the Eastern Star, The Daughters of the Nile, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, also for young men. The Order of DeMolay, and for young ladies, the International Orders of Rainbow for Girls, and Job’s Daughters. All of these Orders are based on the Masonic themes expressed.
The Family of Freemasonry offers much to oneself – the opportunity to improve and make a difference, and to help build a better world for all mankind. It offers the chance for fellowship and to work with men and women who have similar values and ideals.