Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain and what is his Masonic Story? Let’s start at the beginning Mark Twain was a ‘pen name’ for Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Brother Clemens was born November 30, 1835, and put down his working tools on April 21, 1910. Brother Samuel was better known by his pen name Mark Twain to the world.

Under the pen name of Mark Twain, he was a writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer in the United States with popularity internationally. His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – published in 1876 and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in 1885. His sequel was later called by many people as “The Great American Novel“.

Here are a few memorable quotes by Mark Twain – enjoy…

  1. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
  2. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
  3. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”
  4. “With courage, you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”
  5. “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile.”
  6. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”
  7. “Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life.”
  8. “The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
  9. “Do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
  10. “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
  11. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
  12. “It is wiser to find out than suppose.”

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Mark Twain / Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens – The Freemason

Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name as the author Mark Twain, as stated earlier was an accomplished American author. Brother Samuel Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri. In the early years of his life, he worked as an apprentice for a printer. Soon after he went on to work as a Mississippi River pilot. Some Masonic historians think that this was what sparked Brother Clemens’s interest in joining Freemasonry.

Brother Clemens (aka Mark Twain) presented his petition to a local lodge in the city of Saint Louis on December 26, 1860. He was made a Freemason by the brothers of Polar Star Lodge No. 79 on February 18, 1861. This blue lodge was known to be primarily made up of local River Pilots at the time. Thus giving a pausable assumption on how he was introduced and possibly inspired to join our fraternity. He was passed June 10, 1861, to the degree of FellowCraft and soon after was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on July 12, 1861.

Soon after being raised, he left for an employment opportunity in the Nevada Territory working for his brother Orion. His brother at the time was the secretary of the Nevada Territory. Brother Samuel was subsequently suspended from his home lodge.  Therefore his Masonic activity was suspended during that time until Brother Samuel returned from the Nevada Territory. He went and petitioned for readmission to his home Lodge and was reinstated.

Some additional quotes from Mark Twain…

  • “The trouble is not in dying for a friend, but in finding a friend worth dying for.”
  • “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
  • “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
  • “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
  • “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
  • “Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.”
  • “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
  • “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.”
  • “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
  • “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
  • “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
  • “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”
  • “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”
  • “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
  • “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.”
  • “Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
  • “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
  • “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”
  • “Out of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”
  • “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
  • “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”
  • “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
  • “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest: ask him; if he says yes, you know he’s crooked.”
  • “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
  • “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain

Referred by many as the “Father of American Literature,” Brother Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was a journalist, writer, and humorist, more commonly known under his pen name “Mark Twain.” Brother Clemens first wrote under the alias as a newspaper reporter in 1863, referencing a Mississippi River term meaning “Mark #2” or the second mark line on a steamboat denoting safe passage depth on the river.

Later in life, our brother became a busy man; writing, tours, and the beginnings of fame kept him away from Saint Louis for long periods of time. On one of his first trips exploring Europe and the Middle East, Brother Samuel was believed to have been so impressed by Lebanon and its connection to Freemasonry. He ended up retrieving a piece of cedar and had it made into a gavel to send back to the Worshipful Master of his Mother / Home Lodge. Soon, after he fell in love and discontinued in his fraternal pursues. This article was made possible by the Freemasonry Report – enjoy reading more of the Famous Freemason Quotes – Mark Twain.

The most famous quote which links closely to Freemasonry is:  “He praised his Maker that he was as he was and went on enjoying his little life just the same as if he really had been deliberately designed and erected by the Great Architect of the Universe.” –  Innocents Abroad, Published in 1869 by Brother Samuel Clemens as known as Mark Twain.

Famous Mark Twain quotes and sayings…

  1. “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
  2. “The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.”
  3. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  4. “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
  5. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.”
  6. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
  7. “I don’t like to commit myself about heaven and hell – you see, I have friends in both places.”
  8. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”
  9. “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”
  10. “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
  11. “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.”
  12. “Man was made at the end of the week’s work when God was tired.”
  13. “The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
  14. “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”
  15. “Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.”
  16. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
  17. “Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  18. “I make it a rule never to smoke while I’m sleeping.”
  19. “The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.”

Thank you for reading this brief Masonic documented history of Brother Samuel Clemens writing under the pen name of  Mark Twain. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as the Freemasonry Report has researched it.

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Ways to Succeed As a Masonic Author

Ways to Succeed As a Masonic Author 

There are a variety of ways to succeed as a Masonic author. But first, you need to take time to plan ahead before you start writing. Like many other things in life, writing a successful book takes more than just a dream. Some brothers have the mistaken belief that writing a nonfiction book will bring them fame and fortune. But we should not be writing books for money but more importantly – we should be writing books to help improve or inform our fraternity.

While there have been many exceptions to people that have become famous for writing a book. This list can include people such as Jack Canfield, Dale Carnegie, Manly P Hall, Norman Vincent Peale, and Albert Pike to name a few.  Did you know that the average book averages less than 2,000 copies in sales over its lifespan?  Even though all of the authors I listed above have sold millions of copies during their lifetime and later, they are not the norm.

Obviously, my goal is not to dissuade you from writing Masonic book or ebook, but if you are looking to create a primary stream of income from writing you will have to prepare. My suggestion is to start doing a lot of research on the number of books published each year and prepare for your competition. For example, if you search for “freemason books” on Amazon, you will get a listing of various genres totaling over three million titles.

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The following are several ways to succeed as a Masonic author.

  • Do your homework about your Masonic topic you want to write about.
  • If you don’t have an idea – research Masonic Topics others have already written about.
  • Once you have come up with your unique Masonic book idea – you can quickly review what you are up against by researching similar titles to the one you have planned.
  • Look at competing titles from the standpoint of content
  • Take into consideration the book’s format, size, print or digital style eBook, and cover design
  • Keep in mind the book’s pricing, seasonality, and other factors that will impact your overall sales.

Now it is time to objectively assess your reasons for wanting to write a Masonic book. Why is the Craft going to read it? Furthermore, you need to fully understand all the different reasons why you feel the need to write it.  Success in Masonic writing or any book writing fro that matter is by first objectively and honestly decide why you want to write.

Some typical reasons are authors write a book or ebook is for personal, brand, or business credibility/identification. While other authors seek fame and fortune and yet others want to help others. Another popular reason is that you have something to say thus to you want to use a book as your creative outlet. I think the best possible reason to write a Masonic book or a Masonic ebook is to leave a legacy for future generations that will join our Craft someday.

The following are several goals to succeed as a Masonic author.

Whatever your motivation, it is important to set realistic goals based on it.

  • Create a personal daily, weekly, and monthly writing goal chart. Research shows that people who put their goals in writing and refer to them regularly are more likely to attain them.
  • Display your goals in your home or office for everyone to see and hold you accountable to them.
  • Keep a copy of your writing goals next to your computer and by your bed to visually remind you of what you want to accomplish for Freemasonry.

Create a viable writing plan of action for yourself. If you really want to get your Masonic book written take time to plan your day. Some authors develop a plan of action in the form of a project or business plan. Now I am not saying to go that far but you need to dedicate a few hours each day to writing. These writing hours should be a self mandated requirement to achieve your goal.

After you are into the groove of the self mandated time for your book/ebook, it will easier to transition for the other phases. These include but are limited to production, marketing, interviews, speaking engagements, and of course the selling processes. If you take these simple actions, you significantly increase your chances of success.

The following are several book themes to consider to succeed as a Masonic author.

Finally, are you wanting a few ideas for a Masonic Book theme to get your creative juices flowing? Well, I have created a short list to help you, my brother.

  1. Esotericism – Yes our fraternity is loaded with this from the Blue Lodge all the way to our appendant bodies.
  2. Historic Research – Our brethren have done plenty to grow our fraternity in the past.
  3. Poetry and Songs – Our Craft enjoys this topic and maybe you can add to it in some way.
  4. Famous Masons – Offering a biography from a strictly Masonic sense could be fun and interesting.
  5. Military Events that included a Freemason
  6. Historical Events that included a Freemason
  7. Masonic Gear

This list could go on and on but my goal is to help get you thinking about this. And maybe just maybe you will continue or start your own passion project in writing a Masonic Book. Hopefully, in the years, decades, and centuries to come your name might be remembered as one of the great minds of our era. Good luck and as always enjoy our fraternity.

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Famous Freemason Quotes – Sir Winston Churchill

Famous Freemason Quotes – Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was a shining example of what stability during a crisis and within a functioning democracy should look like. He was a celebrated author, a Freemason, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. His leadership and his use of the English vocabulary inspired many millions of people during the second world war.

  1. ” For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history of myself.”
  2. “When you’re 20 you care what everyone thinks, when you’re 40 you stop caring what everyone thinks, when you’re 60 you realize no one was ever thinking about you in the first place. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”Winston Churchill
  3. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”
  4. “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” – Winston Churchill
  5. “To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that which would be his finest hour.”
  6. “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
  7. “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”
  8. “The optimist was the man who did not mind what happened so long as it did not happen to him. The pessimist was the man who lived with the optimist.”
  9. “One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.” – Winston Churchill
  10. “Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.”
  11. “I’d rather argue against a hundred idiots, than have one agree with me.”
  12. “In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.” – Winston Churchill
  13. “Life is fraught with opportunities to keep your mouth shut.”
  14. “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
  15. “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”
  16. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
  17. “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”
  18. “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.”
  19. “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
  20. “If Britain must choose between Europe and the open sea, she must always choose the open sea.”
  21. “Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those others that have been.”
  22. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
  23. “You don’t make the poor richer by making the rich poorer.”
  24. “A country which tries to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and endeavouring to lift himself up by the handle.”
  25. “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

Who was Sir Winston Churchill?

Winston Churchill is considered one of the most sublime British statesmen of all time by many British Scholars.

His full name was Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. His words provided strength for a nation. Sir Churchill faced adversity even at the very beginning of his life – born two months premature in Oxfordshire on November 30, 1874.

By his own admission, Churchill struggled in school, particularly in mathematics. Although far from the top of his class, he excelled in grammar, rhetoric, and logic – skills that served him substantially in his political career.   His strategy helped create an atmosphere of stability in his country as well as during the dark days of World War II most likely had its origin during his youth.

He was an author and wrote numerous books on a variety of topics.  He is best known for his six-volume anthology on World War II, particularly the first book titled The Gathering Storm is masterful historical prose. With eloquence, Churchill narrates his experience during the war with sharp imagery and poetic grace: “It is where the balance quivers and the proportions are veiled in mist, that the opportunity for world-saving decisions presents itself.”  Sir Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for his writing in literature later in his life.

As a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, his tenacity and commitment to winning were showcased on the world stage during the second world war. He served his country with distinction from 1940 – 1945 and then again from 1951 – 1955.  Following the end of the second world war, he received his investiture as a Knight of the Garter from the Royal Family of England.

Here are a few more memorable quotes by Winston Churchill – enjoy…

  1. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
  2. “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
  3. “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
  4. “Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”
  5. “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
  6. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Sir Winston Churchill – the Freemason.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was ‘made’ a Freemason at his initiation into Studholme Lodge 1591 on May 24th, 1901.  During the time Churchill was considering joining, Freemasonry was viewed as a fashionable and very popular social pursuit. Receiving a lot of positive publicity, Freemasons were recognized and revered in their local communities.

This was mainly due to the election of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) as Grand Master in 1875 gave a huge boost to Freemasonry’s popularity. As the Prince of Wales, he had been an exceedingly popular Grand Master in England at that time.  The membership of the Prince of Wales / Most Worshipful Edward VII had brought with it the benefit of introducing and making other Royals and aristocrats into becoming Freemasons.

Just one year later, John Studholme Brownrigg, Provincial Grand Master for Surrey, whose prominent family gave its name to the new Lodge, consecrated the Studholme Lodge No. 1591 on 31 January 1876. Just 5 years later in 1881, the lodge relocated to London, thus the Craft of this lodge membership roster read like a Who’s Who of the aristocracy and social elite

Therefore, it is clear to see that Brother Winston Churchill’s home lodge benefitted greatly from this as well as numerous other Masonic Lodges around the United Kingdom at the time.  The guest list for the Lodge’s 21st Installation Banquet in 1897 includes 17 Members of Parliament, including the Lord Chancellor, and numerous Lords, Earls, Knights and high-ranking members of the armed forces dispersed throughout the dining room.

It was not by accident that the promising young Winston was introduced to Studholme Lodge in London to understand then. The Lodge records give the date of Churchill’s initiation as 24 May 1901 with his address as 105 Mount Street, his age as 26, and his occupation as a Member of Parliament.

Within two months, on July 19th, 1901 Winston was ‘passed’ to Fellowcraft (or the second degree in Freemasonry).  Finally, on March 5th, 1902, Brother Winston Churchill was ‘raised’ to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Not every Freemason goes thru all three degrees at their home lodge but, for Brother Winston Churchill all three degrees were conducted in Studholme Lodge.

Later, Brother Churchill’s home lodge (Studholme Lodge) merged in 1959 with United Lodge No. 1629 to form United Studholme Lodge and merged again in 1976 with Alliance Lodge No. 1827 to attain its present status as Studholme Alliance Lodge, retaining its original number 1591.

Although he did not hold Masonic office, Brother Churchill was of a faithful brother Master Mason and his regular attendance was recorded when attending a Stated or Called Communication of his lodge.

In 1912, Brother Winston Churchill resigned from his home lodge. Brother Churchill endeavored with a group of Freemasons to form a new lodge in 1918 – the Ministry of Munitions Lodge. Unfortunately, his petition to demit was rejected by the new lodge. Therefore his masonic participation dwindled to the rare visit to the Royal Naval Lodge No. 59. Clearly Winston, in becoming a freemason, complied with the fashion of the time and his friends and colleague’s sociable activities and wishes.

Brother Churchill followed in a long-standing and distinguished Churchill family tradition of freemasons. His respect, affection and the
influence exerted on him by his father Lord Randolph, will have played a part in his joining the craft. No doubt, it also fulfilled Winston’s own curios interest in the fraternity.

It is fair to say that Brother Churchill was a ‘joiner’ by nature. It is known by Historians that Freemasonry was only one area of his interest in similar
organizations. In November 1904 he accepted honorary membership in the Hawthorn Lodge of the British Order of Ancient Free Gardeners, he is recorded as a member of the Loyal Waterloo Lodge of the National Independent Order of Odd Fellows in, Manchester in April of 1907 and of the Albion Lodge, Oxford of the Ancient Order of Druids in September 1908. (his father, was also a member of the Woodstock Lodge of Independent Order of Foresters).

Therefore it is important to note, that Brother Winston Churchill’s association with the fraternity of Freemasonry must be placed within this context of his membership in numerous fraternal based organizations, thus due to his career there is a clear record of a period(s) of equal inactivity in many
of these fraternal groups in England at the time.

Here are a few more amazing quotes from Sir Winston Churchill…

  1. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
  2. If you’re going through hell, keep going.
  3. You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
  4. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.
  5. I never ‘worry’ about action, but only about inaction.
  6. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
  7. You will never get to the end of the journey if you stop to shy a stone at every dog that barks.
  8. One always measures friendships by how they show up in bad weather.
  9. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
  10. For myself I am an optimist — it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
  11. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  12. The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
  13. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.
  14. Nourish your hopes, but do not overlook realities.
  15. You must look at facts, because they look at you.
  16. It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
  17. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
  18. I have in my life concentrated more on self-expression than self-denial.
  19. You never can tell whether bad luck may not after all turn out to be good luck.
  20. The true guide of life is to do what is right.
  21. Things are not always right because they are hard, but if they are right one must not mind if they are also hard.
  22. I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.
  23. You must put your head into the lion’s mouth if the performance is to be a success.

Thank you for reading this brief Masonic documented history of Brother Winston Churchill. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as the Freemasonry Report has researched it.

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Famous Freemason Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

Famous Freemason Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the leading figures of early American history.  He was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat.

Ben Franklin was born into a Boston family of modest means when Massachusetts was still a colony of England. Franklin had little formal education.

He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital, and college and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects.

During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.

Here are some famous quotes from Ben Franklin

  1. “Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.” – Benjamin Franklin from the year 1756
  2. “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.” – quote from 1739
  3. “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – quote from B Franklin from between  July 1783 & September 1783.
  4. “He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.” – quote from 1733
  5. “Better slip with foot than tongue.” – Ben Franklin from 1734
  6. “Look before, or you’ll find yourself behind.”- 1735
  7. “Don’t throw stones at your neighbors, if your own windows are glass.”- Ben Franklin, 1736
  8. “He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows or judge all he sees.”- 1736
  9. “Well done is better than well said.”- 1737
  10. “A right Heart exceeds all.” Benjamin Franklin from 1739
  11. “What you seem to be, be really.” –  1744
  12. “A true Friend is the best Possession.”- Benjamin Franklin, 1744
  13. “No gains without pains.” – Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1745
  14. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander Time; for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1746
  15. “Lost Time is never found again.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1747
  16. “When you’re good to others, you’re best to yourself.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748
  17. “Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.”- Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1748
  18. “Hide not your Talents, they for Use were made. What’s a Sun-Dial in the shade!”- 1750
  19. “Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack’d, and never well mended.”- 1750
  20. “What more valuable than Gold? Diamonds. Than Diamonds? Virtue.”- 1751
  21. “Haste makes Waste.”- 1753
  22. “Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.”- 1738
  23. “It is better to take many Injuries than to give one.”- 1735
  24. “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”- 1738
  25. “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” – Benjamin Franklin
  26. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
  27. “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. ”
  28. “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
  29. “You only have the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.” ― Ben Franklin
  30. “He that speaks much, is much mistaken.”
  31. “The best way to see faith is to shut the eye of Reason.”

What did Benjamin Franklin invent?

Benjamin Franklin’s had a very long list of inventions which includes but is not limited to:

  • bifocals
  • the lightning rod
  • the glass armonica
  • a library chair
  • swim fins
  • a long-reach device
  • the Franklin stove
  • the catheter

Here are some more amazing and powerful Benjamin Franklin quotes to enjoy reading…

  1. “He that can have patience can have what he will.”
  2. “Honesty is the best policy.” –Benjamin Franklin
  3. “Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.”
  4. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
  5. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
  6. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
  7. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
  8. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
  9. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”― Benjamin Franklin
  10. “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”
  11. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
  12. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”― Benjamin Franklin
  13. “I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.”
  14. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
  15. “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”
  16. “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
  17.  “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.”
  18. “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”
  19. “Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.”― Benjamin Franklin
  20. “Well done is better than well said.”
  21. “He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
  22. “Don’t cry over spilled milk”
  23. “Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.”

What else is Benjamin Franklin known for?

  • He is credited with discovering the Gulf Stream.
  • He started the first volunteer fire company in Philadelphia.
  • He helped create the first subscription library in the Colonies, called the Library Company of Philadelphia.
  • He bought the struggling Pennsylvania Gazette and made it profitable.
  • The famous “JOIN, or DIE.” political cartoon, which was published in the Gazette on May 9, 1754, has been attributed to Franklin.
  • His testimony helped repeal the Stamp Act in 1766.
  • He was a vocal opponent of slavery and served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

Here a bunch more Benjamin Franklin Quotes…

  1.  “Never confuse motion with action.”
  2.  “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
  3. “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
  4.  “When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.”
  5. “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
  6. “To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
  7. “One today is worth two tomorrows.”
  8. “A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  9. “To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.”
  10. “Speak little, do much.”
  11.  “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
  12. “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”
  13. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
  14.  “Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”― Benjamin Franklin
  15. “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
  16. “If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  17. “Security without liberty is called prison.”
  18. “Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.”
  19. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
  20. “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Benjamin Franklin Life in Freemasonry

Ben Franklin held a deep respect for the institution of Freemasonry and the Freemason Brothers. In a letter to his mother, he explained his trust of Freemasons, “I assured her that they are in general a very harmless sort of people, and have no principles or practices that are inconsistent with religion and good manners.”

He respected the teaching of the fraternity and the way his brothers practiced them with the peaceful ways in which tried to live their lives through strong morals, and dedication to self-betterment. He also liked the fraternity having a requirement for a belief in God. Benjamin Franklin possessed a strong faith in God.

He wrote, “Scripture assures me, that at the last Day, we shall not be examin’d what we thought, but what we did; and our Recommendation will not be that we said Lord, Lord, But that we did Good to our Fellow Creatures.”

Here is a brief chronology of Benjamin Franklin’s Life in Freemasonry:

1731: Brother Benjamin Franklin was ‘made’ a Freemason when he joined St. John’s Lodge in Philadelphia

1734: Right Worshipful Benjamin Franklin was elected the Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

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Famous Freemason Quotes – George Washington

Famous Freemason Quotes – George Washington

America’s most famous Freemason, George Washington was initiated in 1752, in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  George Washington was a founding father of the United States of America, it’s first President, and led the military forces against the British.  He is best remembered as the President that stepped down to allow after his term of office was completed to allow another to be elected as the President of the USA.

Here are some famous and a few less famous quotes of a famous Master Mason named George Washington:

  1. “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”― George Washington
  2. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”
  3. “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
  4. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
  5. “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal to the command I am honored with.”
  6. “A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
  7. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”
  8. “A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”― George Washington
  9. “In politics as in philosophy, my tenets are few and simple. The leading one of which, and indeed that which embraces most others, is to be honest and just ourselves and to exact it from others, meddling as little as possible in their affairs where our own are not involved. If this maxim was generally adopted, wars would cease and our swords would soon be converted into reap hooks and our harvests be more peaceful, abundant, and happy.”
  10. “Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”― George Washington
  11. “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
  12. “99% of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington
  13. “I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
  14. “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
  15. “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”
  16. “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
  17. “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
  18. “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.”― George Washington
  19. “Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”
  20. “A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.”
  21. “Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”― George Washington
  22. “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. ”― George Washington
  23. “the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
  24. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  25. “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”― George Washington
  26. “The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”
  27. “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”
  28. “I regret exceedingly that the disputes between the protestants and Roman Catholics should be carried to the serious alarming height mentioned in your letters. Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause, and I was not without hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy of the present age would have put an effectual stop to contentions of this kind.

Who was George Washington?

As stated earlier George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) and served two terms as the first U.S. president, from 1789 to 1797.

He was the son of a prosperous planter, Washington was raised in colonial Virginia. As a young man, he worked as a surveyor then fought in the French and Indian War (1754-63).

During the American Revolution, he led the colonial forces to victory over the British and became a national hero. In 1787, he was elected president of the convention that wrote the U.S. Constitution. Two years later, Washington became America’s first president.

Realizing that the way he handled the job would impact how future presidents approached the position, he handed down a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose. Less than three years after leaving office, he died at his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon, at age 67.

More famous quotes from George Washington…

  1. “Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature; and in all cases of passion admit reason to govern.”
  2. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
  3. “Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  4. “If the cause is advanced, indifferent is it to me where or in what quarter it happens.”
  5. “The reflection upon my situation and that of this army produces many an uneasy hour when all around me are wrapped in sleep. Few people know the predicament we are in.”
  6. “A man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities of wit, much less of his riches, virtue or kindred.”
  7. “It is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the Palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion, that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  8. “For myself the delay may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.”
  9. “the great mass of our Citizens require only to understand matters rightly, to form right decisions.”
  10. “Men may speculate as they will; they may talk of patriotism; they may draw a few examples from ancient story, of great achievements performed by its influence; but whoever builds upon it, as a sufficient Basis for conducting a long and bloody War, will find themselves deceived in the end. We must take the passions of Men as Nature has given them, and those principles as a guide which are generally the rule of Action. I do not mean to exclude altogether the Idea of Patriotism. I know it exists, and i know it has done much in the present Contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting War can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of Interest or some reward. For a time, it may, of itself push Men to Action; to bear much, to encounter difficulties; but it will not endure unassisted by Interest.”
  11. “Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest.”― George Washington
  12. “There might, Gentlemen, be an impropriety in my taking notice, in this Address to you, of an anonymous production, but the manner in which that performance has been introduced to the army, the effect it was intended to have, together with some other circumstances, will amply justify my observations on the tendency of that Writing. With respect to the advice given by the Author, to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance, I spurn it, as every Man, who regards liberty, and reveres that justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must; for if Men are to be precluded from offering their Sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of Speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.”
  13. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.”
  14. “Its good to live alone than to live in a bad company”― George Washington
  15. “The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts. For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes. But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.”― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address
  16. “Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad Company.”
  17. “The nation which indulges toward another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to it animosity or two its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and it’s interest.”
  18. “Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. (Address to Congress on Resigning Commission Dec 23, 1783)”
  19. “I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”― George Washington

George Washington’s Known Masonic History…

George Washington joined the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the age of twenty in 1752. During the War for Independence, General Washington attended Masonic celebrations and religious observances in several states. He also supported Masonic lodges that formed within army regiments.

At his first inauguration in 1791, President Washington took his oath of office on a Bible from St. John’s Lodge in New York. During his two terms, he visited Masons in North and South Carolina and presided over the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the U.S. Capitol in 1793.

In retirement, Washington became charter Master of the newly chartered Alexandria Lodge № 22, sat for a portrait in his Masonic regalia, and in death, was buried with Masonic honors.

Such was Washington’s character, that from almost the day he took his Masonic obligations until his death, he became the same man in private that he was in public. In Masonic terms, he remained “a just and upright Mason.” Brother Washington was, in Masonic terms, a “living stone” who became the cornerstone of American civilization.

Here is the known chronology of George Washington’s Documented Masonic Activities

This chronology contains only those that are documented by letters, lodge minutes, objects, or other artifacts in which George Washington is on record for.

September 1st – 1752: This is the first recorded meeting of the Masonic Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

November 4th – 1752: George Washington is ‘Made’ a Freemason by being initiated an Entered Apprentice Freemason (First Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Lodge records show he paid 2 pounds, 3 shillings and no pence when he joined.

March 3rd – 1753: Brother George Washington is ‘Passed’ to the Degree of Fellow Craft Freemason (Second Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

August 4th – 1753: Brother George Washington is ‘Raised’ to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason (Third Degree) in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

September 1st – 1753: Brother George Washington attends the Lodge at Fredericksburg.

January 4th – 1755: Brother George Washington attends the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

December 28th – 1778: Brother George Washington attends the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Feast of St. John the Evangelist service at Christ Church (Anglican).

June 24th – 1779: Brother George Washington attended a meeting at the West Point, New York, American Union Lodge’s minute books record Gen. Washington attending St. John the Baptist celebration.

December 27th – 1779: Brother George Washington attended a meeting at American Union Lodge’s minute books record Washington attending St. John the Evangelist celebration at Morristown, New Jersey.

March 23rd – 1782: Brother George Washington receives a letter with an embroidered silk Masonic apron from Elkanah Watson (an American) and Francis Corentin Cossoul (a Frenchman) two commercial agents in Nantes, France.

Masonic scholars agree that it is generally accepted that Washington wore this apron at the 1793 U.S. Capitol cornerstone ceremony.

Further, Masonic scholars and historians agree that in 1812, Lawrence Lewis, Washington’s nephew, gave it to Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia. The apron remains in the lodge’s vault within the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

August 10th – 1782: Brother George Washington writes a reply letter to Watson and Cossoul, acknowledging the Masonic apron.

December 27th – 1782: The Solomon’s Lodge № 1, Poughkeepsie, New York, official minutes record Washington attending the lodge’s St. John the Evangelist celebration.

December 26th – 1783: A letter from Alexandria Lodge № 39, Alexandria, Virginia, congratulating Washington on his happy homecoming and inviting him to attend St. John the Evangelist’s Day celebration.

December 28th – 1783: Brother George Washington writes a reply letter that respectfully declines the invitation to the Master and Wardens of Alexandria Lodge № 39.

June 19th – 1784: Brother George Washington writes a letter accepting the invitation from Alexandria Lodge № 39, to attend St. John the Baptist Day celebration.

June 24th – 1784: Brother George Washington attends Alexandria Lodge № 39 Feast of St. John the Baptist Day and is elected to receive an honorary membership from the lodge.

At some point between August 17th to 29th  -1784: Brother Lafayette visits Mount Vernon and he presented Brother Washington with a Masonic Apron.

January 21st – 1785: A group of Freemasons in Newport, Rhode Island send a letter and an address to Washington seeking support to regain lodge charter. There is no record of a written reply was returned by Brother George Washington.

February 12th – 1785: Brother George Washington records in his diary that he walked in the Masonic funeral procession of Brother William Ramsay, Alexandria Lodge № 39, Alexandria, Virginia.

Sometime between January to March in 1788: A committee is formed from Alexandria Lodge № 39 to visit with Brother George Washington at Mount Vernon. This committee asks him to serve as “Charter Master” of the lodge as it seeks to move from under the authority of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and be re-chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Brother George Washington agrees.

April 28th – 1788:  The Grand Master of Masons in Virginia – Edmund Randolph, grants a charter to Alexandria Lodge as the twenty-second lodge in Virginia. The charter names George Washington as the lodge’s Worshipful Master. This charter is still in use by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22.

December 20th – 1788: Worshipful George Washington is re-elected Master of Alexandria Lodge № 22 for one year: 27 December 1788 to December 27, 1789.

March 7th – 1789: The officers and members of Holland Lodge 8, New York, send a letter to Worshipful George Washington informing him of his election as an honorary member and enclosing a membership certificate.

April 30th – 1789: In New York City, George Washington is inaugurated President of the United States using a Bible from St. John’s Lodge № 1. The oath is administered by Chancellor and Grand Master of New York, Robert R. Livingston. Inaugural Bible owned by St. John’s Lodge № 1, New York, New York.

August 17th – 1790: The King David’s Lodge № 1 of Newport, Rhode Island, official minutes record a unanimous resolution to present Worshipful George Washington a Masonic letter and address. Letter and address drafted, approved and delivered to Washington.

August 22th – 1790: Worshipful George Washington replies to King David’s Lodge № 1, Newport Rhode Island, stating in part: “. . . I shall always be happy to advance the interests of the Society, and to be considered by them as a deserving brother.”

April 20th – 1791:

  • A welcome address is delivered to Worshipful George Washington from officers of St. John’s Lodge № 2, New Bern, North Carolina.
  • Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to St. John’s Lodge № 2, New Bern, North Carolina.

April 30th – 1791: A welcome address is delivered to Worshipful George Washington from Georgetown Lodge № 16, Georgetown, South Carolina.

April 31st – 1791: Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to Prince George Lodge № 19, Georgetown, South Carolina.

May 2nd  – 1791: Worshipful George Washington is greeted by Grand Master of South Carolina, Mordecai Gist and is given a letter, Charleston, South Carolina.

May 4th – 1791: Worshipful George Washington delivers a reply to Grand Master Gist and Grand Lodge of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.

May 14th – 1791:

  • Washington is greeted by Grand Master of Georgia – George Houston and is given a letter, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Washington replies to Grand Master Houston and Grand Lodge of Georgia, Savannah, Georgia.

January 2nd – 1792:  A letter written by the Rev. Dr. William Smith from the “Ancient York Masons” of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, was delivered in person to Worshipful George Washington at his house in Philadelphia.

January 3rd – 1792: Worshipful George Washington replies to the “Ancient York Masons” of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

December 27th – 1792:  The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts  – Grand Master John Cutler and other grand lodge officers send a letter and enclose a copy of its newly published Grand Constitutions to Worhsipful George Washington.

January 22nd – 1793: Worshipful George Washington replies to Grand Lodge of Massachusetts’ letter and its Grand Constitutions.

August 29th – 1793:

  • Letter from the Master and officers of Alexandria Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia to Pres. Washington requesting he sit for portrait artist William Williams.
  • Worshipful George Washington did sit for the portrait and it was completed in September 1793.
  • William Williams’ portrait of Washington wearing Masonic jewel, sash and apron is displayed in the Replica Lodge Room of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia.

September 18th – 1793:

  • The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol is laid by three Masonic Lodges, Potomac Lodge № 9 and Federal Lodge № 15, under the Grand Lodge of Maryland, and Alexandria Lodge № 22, under the Grand Lodge of Virginia with Worshipful George Washington presiding as “Acting Master” of the ceremony with the title of President of the United States.
  • Items Used at the Cornerstone Ceremony:
    • Silver Trowel with Ivory handle made by John Duffy owned by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Wood T-Square and Level own by Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Marble Gavel with wood handle, made by John Duffy owned by Potomac Lodge № 5, Washington D.C.
    • Masonic Scholars and Historians agree that Washington wore the Watson-Cassoul apron sent to him in 1783 to the ceremony. In 1812, Lawrence Lewis, nephew of Washington, gave it to Alexandria-Washington Lodge № 22, Alexandria, Virginia where it remains today.

December 27th – 1796: The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania delivers a letter and congratulatory address, written by the Rev. Dr. William Smith, to Worshipful George Washington at his house in Philadelphia.

December 28th – 1796: Worshipful Washington replies to Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

March 21st – 1797: The Grand Master of Massachusetts – Paul Revere and its officers send a congratulatory letter to Worshipful Washington.

March 28th – 1797: At Mount Vernon, Worshipful George Washington receives a Masonic delegation of Dennis Ramsay and Phillip G. Marsteller of Alexandria Lodge № 22, with an address and invitation to dine with the lodge.

April 1st – 1797: Worshipful George Washington dines with Alexandria Lodge № 22 and presents a reply to the lodge’s address.

November 5th – 1798: While visiting Baltimore, Worshipful Washington receives William Belton, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, the Deputy Grand Master and other brethren, who hand-deliver a letter and a gift of the Grand Lodge of Maryland’s 1797 edition of George Keatinge’s The Maryland Ahiman Rezon of Free and Accepted Masons, (Grand Constitutions).

November 8th – 1798: Worshipful George Washington replies to William Belton, who is the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maryland.

December 18th – 1799:

  • Worshipful George Washington is buried at Mount Vernon with Anglican Christian Burial Rite accompanied by a Masonic funeral ceremony conducted by members of Alexandria Lodge № 22.
  • The Bible used at Washington’s funeral is owned by Federal Lodge № 1, Washington, D.C.

January 11th – 1800: John Warren, Grand Master, and other officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts send a letter conveying the sorrow and sympathy to Martha Washington on the death of her husband, and requesting a lock of his hair as “an invaluable relique of the Hero and Patriot . . . ”

January 27th  – 1800:

  • Washington’s private secretary, Tobias Lear, replies for Martha Washington to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts thanking them for their sympathy and support and enclosing a lock of Pres. Washington’s hair.
  • The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts keeps the lock of hair in a gold urn made by Paul Revere in 1800.

Thank you for reading this brief Masonic documented history of Brother George Washington. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as the Freemasonry Report has researched it.

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Can I wear a Freemason Ring as an Entered Apprentice or FellowCraft?

Can I wear a Freemason Ring as an Entered Apprentice or FellowCraft?

Well, the answer is maybe. Yes, maybe. Why? Well, the Worshipful Master in your lodge has the final say on if and when you are allowed to wear a masonic symbol prior to being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  Now, keep in mind that this may vary from Grand Lodge to Grand Lodge and Blue Lodge to Blue Lodge.

Is an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft considered a Brother in Freemasonry?

Yes, you are a brother in the brotherhood of Freemasonry.  But keep in mind, you are still learning the ropes of the organization and from time to time, local lodges create unique traditions within their lodge.  It is important to ask these questions prior to getting started.  I suggest you always check the rules of your respective jurisdiction.  Most Grand Lodges have a website with these rules readily available to new brothers to review. If you can not find it, just call up your lodge secretary to start the conversation.

Are there rules for wearing a Masonic Ring?

The rules vary from Grand Lodge to Grand Lodge. Some have a generalized rule regarding the paraphernalia is that you can only display what you’ve earned, while others don’t. In some cases, an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft is confronted with being quite limited in their options. During my time, in the 1st and 2nd degree of the fraternity, I felt no need to wear a ring or show off my status as a Freemason.  It seemed to be something I wanted to reserve for my achieving my Master Mason Degree. Most Freemasons, I know personally have waited until they are raised before investing in jewelry.  This is typically the respected path for earning the respect of your local brothers. If you look at Freemasonry as a lifelong commitment, it does not feel like a big deal to wait until you’ll have learned what the symbols mean during the Master Mason degree. As a 3rd Degree Mason, you are the highest rank in the fraternity, thus you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Master Mason.

Most everyone in the fraternity and those not in the fraternity is aware that the square and compasses are a big identifiable image of our fraternity. Most lodges have it on their building and their letterhead too because it is the most common and recognizable symbol of the Fraternity. Most of the time, the square and compasses are worn with pride by many Master Masons.

Is a 1st or 2nd Degree Entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

Yes, unless told otherwise. Any 1st or 2nd Degree Mason can wear a ring of an Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft.  He should think twice about wearing the Master Mason symbol prior to being raised as one.  As a brother, you are entitled to display the Square & Compasses of the rank you currently hold. Many brothers have rings for various degrees and it is not uncommon to find these rings because a brother holds the teachings close to his heart.

Is a family member of a Freemason entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

No, unless he has been made a Mason.  Remember just because your father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or son have been made a Mason doesn’t entitle you to wear any Masonic emblems.

Any local Freemason(s) may see it as an insult. Some may test you on the spot, while others will ask you to kindly remove the ring and to return to your family member. If you are lucky, that Freemason will have a conversation with you and help you learn “how to ask” to earn the right to wear the ring.

Unfortunately, if your family member learns of you are being a faker in the community. I guess it is best to have to answer to them about your actions. I know I would not ever want to embarrass my dad publicly. I also know I would not look forward to having to answer my actions to him either.

In our current environment, so many Freemasons have strong emotions on this, it would be wise not to wear your family member’s Masonic jewelry. Keep in mind, that many Freemasons worked hard to earn the right to wear the emblem. The ring was never meant to be a fashion statement. It represents the teachings of the degrees and that a man has been made, passed, and raised in our fraternity. The emblem is way to remember our obligations and promises to the fraternity.

Is an operative Mason entitled to wear a Masonic ring?

Yes but keep in mind, it doesn’t represent the Speculative Masonic Fraternity. He or she is a literal Mason, but not a Freemason. So, they could but it is very rare to see a man or woman who is working with their hands daily to wear such a fine piece of jewelry. It would most likely be damaged or lost based on their labors.

What is the Grand Lodge’s mindset of a brother wearing a Freemason Ring?

Depending on your Grand Lodge, you may be part of a conservative or liberal Masonic Grand Lodge. Please note, this can evolve from one Grand Master to the next. So don’t be surprised if you may receive a very different answer from one year to the next.

Ask your sitting Worshipful Master.
Being new to the fraternity, it is best to ask the sitting Worshipful Master of the lodge. He will inform you of his decision based on the annual communications of the Grand Lodge. The rulings and decisions of the Grand Lodge are final and if anything is set in the Grand Lodge Masonic Law then it needs to be enforced. Only the Grand Master can interpret the Masonic Law and give direction to his District Deputy(s) and Worshipful Master(s) on this topic if need be. If there is nothing written in the Masonic Law of the Grand Lodge, then a particular lodge’s Worshipful Master can determine to allow to wear an Entered Apprentice (1st Degree Mason) or a Fellowcraft (2nd Degree mason) to be allowed to wear a ring or simply deny such a request.

Just remember that your Worshipful Master has only the best interest of the overall fraternity in his heart. So, if you do approach him with any request, keep in mind his answer is mostly for what is in the best interest of the Craft.

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Good Advice to getting connected to the ‘Good Men’ in your local Community.

Connectign with Good Men

Good Advice to getting connected to the Best ‘Good Men’ in your local Community.

I think the best advice I can offer to help for your Masonic Blue Lodge’s  quest to locate ‘good men’ is this:

Always, Always, Always…Make Contact.

This seems to be a great piece of advice most people forget or they sometimes just feel uncomfortable doing.  Making contact is selling and not everyone in your local Masonic lodge is going to be comfortable about doing that. I believe this is the membership numbers in our fraternity are going down because brothers feel that they never signed up to sell the fraternity to other men.

I know it is a paradigm change for the brotherhood to take in, but we need to.  There are a lot of fake masonic entities out there.  Some are providing literally false information and made-up secrets to the men joining those organizations. Why is this happening? Well, our fraternity works from a place of only recruit men who ask to join first.  This is important, but when we have membership literally ignoring to have any conversation with anyone based on this idea, we are creating a false mindset.

Having conversations about our fraternity is critical to its growth.  We can’t work and operate from a place where the fraternity is a secret society and no one should interact with outsiders at all.  That is a cult.  We are not a cult, we are a brotherhood of ‘good men’ that are endlessly trying to improve themselves.

As a Past Master in a Blue Lodge, I have dealt with this mindset. It needs to change and we need to change it.  You and I need to start conversations that introduce the fraternity in a positive light.  Yes, it is selling and we need to embrace the ‘sale’ because our fraternity is worth talking about. Our fraternity is valuable to ‘good men’ and to our society.  Our degrees are priceless and they teach so many lessons that we can learn new things from them over and over again.

So take the chance and/or risk and introduce Freemasonry to friends and family to co-workers and other volunteers from community organizations starting today.

Be extremely transparent.

By being extremely transparent, we are setting the tone. We are addressing the lies and the false narrative in the world about Freemasonry. By engaging with your veteran brothers and alumni officers, we can begin breaking the stereotypes that some people have created about the Freemasons.  So get the Past Masters, veteran brothers, officers, and new members as well to get on board as soon as possible.

While many Blue Lodges seem to ignore some of their brothers for any number of reasons, in reality letting them know what strengths and weaknesses your Blue Lodge has can help immensely. Plus, listening to their suggestions and asking questions of best practices from yesteryear is also incredibly important as well. Even if you only gain one idea, it could make the difference in increasing the number of ‘good men’ you can bring into the Blue Lodge.

I recommend full transparency in most things because it addresses the bogus narrative plus it helps get everyone on the same page.  It creates a localized group of the best talking points for brothers to have and use.  It shows a clear message that can be repeated and repeated by different brothers to the ‘good men’. Thus creating trust with the individual via a clear communication branded message points to be shared in a brother’s own words.

Further, I recommend creating an advisory board that is built to help our fraternity grow.  This advisory board’s purpose is to recruit brothers and engage them in the best practices to start having conversations with the best ‘good men’ in their social circles.  Having an advisory board leading the way it will allow the lodge officers more time to handle day to day operations of the lodge. Further, the advisory board can be upfront with your brother’s weaknesses heading into a conversation with a good man and help to address the weakness as best as possible.  Therefore, the advisory board can help your blue lodge be in the best position possible heading into community conversations.

Keep Your Online Information Up To Date.

Update your Masonic Fraternity Website to make the information current. Take a look at the websites of the Grand Lodge and other Lodges in your Masonic District and see how you compare. Make it your goal to outshine all of them. Yes, your web visitors will respond well to this. Remember, Good Men, Parents, Grandparents, school officials, business professionals, college students, young professionals, and so many others are a key audience for your website.  Your website needs to be multi-functional, it should not just be for the brothers.  I know, it is so weird to say that, but remember the goal is to grow your fraternity locally with good men. So, therefore, you’re strongest when you have a communication plan for all your web visitors.

Review the contents of your website with the eyes of the type of a good man, not yet a brother or a candidate. Look at the website with the mindset of someone seeking information to make an informed decision about your blue lodge.  Then, move forward and fix it accordingly.

I think it is safe to say that blue lodges and grand lodges included are wanting to attract as many future Brothers as possible. A good website needs to convey a message similar to what are brothers are speaking about in the community.

A common theme and/or voice is important.

Here is a good example of one – ‘we are good men with a commitment to learning, improving ourselves based on ethical decisions, improving youth-oriented scholarship opportunities, insisting Patriotic values, and working to support one another in life.’

Once you have crafted your own unique message and supplied it to the brethren, then make the website convey that message. Have a great success stories and testimonials on your past performances? Share them and talk about it.

Maybe you are not interested in any of this and you are just reading this blog article for fun.  Maybe you’re just looking for guys to party with. Maybe you are looking to run the lodge without differing opinions and/or challengers to the elected positions. Maybe you need a place to satisfy your own ego without regard to other brothers well being, well, I guess just leave the website alone. Better yet, remove the website and consider returning your charter to your Grand Lodge.

Use (or get) and use a Blue Lodge Social Media Presence.

It’s time to create a blue lodge Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the list goes on and on for these accounts. I recommend to post at least once a week but daily is even better.  Breakdown the Masonic Calendar Year into phases for you to gain a structured plan. I recommend inviting 3 to 10 brothers to help you. The more posts by the brothers – the more active influence you will build online.

Be creative – selfies and hashtags are popular plus helpful. Look at trending hashtags and groups where selfies are welcomed. Try to share a mix of messages directed at potential ‘good men’ as well as your current members too.

I  would love to start seeing brothers interviewing brothers in their lodge and to hear about examples of what fraternity life is like for them. Explaining the benefits of the fraternity varies greatly from brother to brother. So a potential new ‘good man’ will become inspired by the benefits of our time honor institution has presented to our brethren.

Start by asking your committee chairs, lodge officers, and your historian if you have one appointed in your blue lodge to share their feelings and opinions on this topic to you. You can use the interviews to build a picture of the value your local blue lodge can offer to an individual.

Next, post a lot of pictures of the fun you’re having. This can be degrees or before the stated meetings but I recommend just with being with each other outside of regular activities or events. Showing that we like to ‘hang out’ and enjoy each other’s company is so important.  Pictures say a thousand words that words never will be able to deliver the same emotion a picture can evoke.

Track your Grand Lodge’s Social Media Activity.

Social is the future and the future is now. So take a look at your Grand Lodge’s Social Media pages, and repost any messages that lend themselves to being of interest to non-members in your local community. Remember is your resource and you need to take advantage of every advantage they provide to you.  If your Grand Lodge is lacking, write legislation to demand the change, and elect pro-Social Media Grand Lodge Officers. Rock the boat and make a difference.

If you don’t have an ear that wants to listen, well maybe you need to run for a Grand Lodge Office or recruit a Brother that is pro-Social Media to step up.  This is your fraternity and you need to create the future you want for the future today if necessary. I know that it may be crazy scary to do such a thing but it will certainly change the narrative of the Grand Lodge and that is what needs to happen.

Present Your Blue Lodge’s History in Creative Way.

Need more ideas to share online?  Well, create a “Throwback day” where you feature each week. You can share an image from your Blue Lodge’s past. It can be from last year or 100 years ago, a lot of people in the community will become captivated to see this stuff.  Your online audience will grow and this will show them the foundation on which your Blue Lodge’s Brotherhood is based.

Encourage your Lodge Brothers to monitor and share some of the posts on the Blue Lodge’s page on their pages. This will expand your reach so your blue lodge can reach a lot more people. Just about everyone these days is on Facebook; so ask them to use Facebook to share the Masonic Lodge as part of your overall conversation starter efforts.

Who knows, perhaps you will be able to involve the traditionally non-active brothers in the lodge to at least do that. Some Brothers just won’t commit to anything and others are too shy to do it., but they may be willing to do this. So ask and ask then ask again. I recommend that you regularly recognize individual Brothers at the stated meeting for their efforts they have done on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever Social Media site. Recognizing brothers for doing good works creates energy and excitement. It sends the message to all the brothers that they can be recognized for doing stuff. Further, it speaks to how our brotherhood treats each other. That energy will be passed on to potential candidates that, hey, you can be recognized, too, when you join us – and these are some of the guys who will become your Brother.

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6 Ways to Get Your Blue Lodge Out of a Rut

6 Ways to Get Your Blue Lodge Out of a Rut

Have you ever attended your blue lodge and thought to yourself… “wow this meeting is so boring?”  Maybe you thought to yourself, “It is the same stuff every meeting – there is nothing new for me here.” Or maybe you go to the meeting and there is no energy in the atmosphere – not just in the lodge room itself. So let’s take a deep dive into this and diagnose the problem.

If you are like me and really want to diagnose the lodge’s problem, you will probably find that the problem is with the health of our fraternity’s blue lodge. I say ‘our’ because we are a brotherhood and you are not alone.  The issues your blue lodge is having with gaining new brothers to go through the ‘line’ or to go through the first three degrees of our fraternity are really just a by-product of the overall health of the local blue lodge.

Sometimes, it not uncommon for brothers to look at the blue lodge as being more of a business than a brotherhood.  And yes, it is a bitter pill to swallow because we all want our Masonic fraternity to be fun and enjoyable.

But, running our blue lodges like a business is incredibly important. Why? It is critical that we accomplish all our goals during the stated meetings and most blue lodges only meet 1 to 2 times officially each month. That excludes holidays and if they desire to go ‘dark’.

We need to communicate to our newest brothers that our meetings need to be ‘long’ to achieve the results we need to achieve.  If our fraternal order was doing business 24/7 then a long meeting is simply ‘overkill’ but we don’t do that.

Most of our membership is active in their personal lives and most only set aside 5 to 60 days on average to the blue lodge.  If you desire to have shorter meetings then change your blue lodge’s by-laws to meet on a weekly basis in a ‘stated’ versus ‘called’ capacity.

Finally, it is critical to communicate with all your brothers the ideas I am about to share because, without the brotherhood, it really doesn’t matter.

Here are 6 things I’d do right now to any Blue Lodge to help them get out of a rut:

1) Have a retreat to discuss what the Blue Lodge’s Craft really wants to do. 

This doesn’t mean you have to be a hold-your-hands around a campfire affair while having someone is banging a bongo drum.  It can simply be a morning or an afternoon that is scheduled for the lodge brothers. This is a meeting that is set aside from the stated or called communications and it is informal in nature where your lodge brothers can talk about what they want to do in the future.

I recommend that you have the secretary take notes during the meeting. Your goal should be to listen to find a few ideas that your lodge brothers are really excited about. Then, begin to focus on those ideas and challenge them to find ways to implement the ideas into the lodge’s annual calendar. The excitement and anticipation of these plans will motivate the entire blue lodge. How? – you might be wondering, well it is really simple.  The secretary during the following stated communication reports on the results of the retreat and the ideas discussed. The Craft can then vote to fund those ideas and create even more positive buy-in with the brotherhood. This will get your lodge brothers engaged and excited if they could not and/or opted not to make the retreat.

2) You need to be the start of the solution and Get Your Blue Lodge Out of a Rut

Okay, so let’s say your lodge is not healthy. You can tell if this is the case because your brothers probably aren’t having much fun together. They don’t hang out after or before the meeting.   They don’t communicate on social media and they don’t do things together with their families.

You need to be the ‘change agent’ and be the first to start to change that. Here is how you can do it. When you do something fun – invite your lodge brothers to join you!

The solution is actually very simple and you need to be okay with rejection. But just keep it up, when you do something fun, invite a brother or brothers to go along with you.  If you like to go to dinner, invite another brother to go. It could be pizza or something else, just keep inviting them.

When you are taking your girlfriend or wife to the movies, invite another brother to bring his sweetheart and make it a double date.  Or make it a guy’s night out and go see a movie then grab a sandwich somewhere afterward.  If you have a young family, invite them to your place and have the kids watch a movie, while the adults play cards and talk or something along those lines. If you are retired, invite other retired brothers to go hang out at a coffee shop with their spouses and talk about stuff.

The point here is you need to develop friendships. We are all brothers by the degree work and paying our annual dues but we can’t take that for granted. By developing friendship between lodge brothers based on something – you will see the health of the fraternity improve. Thus, eventually, other like-minded lodge brothers will see what you are doing and start doing the same thing.  Before long you’ll have a blue lodge that does things together and as small groups of like-minded brothers that enjoy a similar activity outside of the lodge.

It is okay to have various smaller groups doing things like motorcycle riding together, playing cards, getting coffee together, or riding rollercoasters together because everyone is different. And not everyone wants to do everything I just mentioned. This will help bring the lodge closer together and create conversations for brothers to share during a lodge’s dinner meeting. This will make your lodge brothers closer and interest them to want to regularly attend meetings.

Once that starts to happen, you are much more likely to have brothers begin to volunteer for degrees or committees. People like doing things with friends and sometimes feel obligated to help a friend if he is asked. As brothers, we need to create solid friendships that can last for a very long time.

3) Eliminate what ‘stinks’; ‘sucks’; and/or ‘is driving people away’. 

If something ‘stinks’ or if something ‘sucks’ or if something ‘is driving people away’ – don’t do them. If you are doing things that the lodge’s brotherhood hates, that will drain their energy and get your blue lodge into a rut.

If your brothers don’t like doing something – just don’t do it.  The fastest way to kill morale and decrease retention is to do something people hate. Let me give you an example if your lodge brothers prefer going out to eat versus doing a ‘Bring Your Own Dinner Item’ also known as a potluck dinner. Then don’t force your Craft to do that.  Look at the age group and demographics to ensure that the lodge activities are fun for your desired target.

If you blue lodge brothers in your local Masonic fraternity don’t like community service project number 1, then do community service project number 2 or 3 which is deemed to be a lot more fun.  Never allow anyone to make your fraternal experience to become a drag.  If it is, you will quickly see that your brothers will literally stop coming to the Stated and/or Called Communications.

Further, it is important to take an audit of toxic brothers in the lodge. Are they really worth keeping? Granted they pay their dues on time and may even have value, but if they continually year after year damage the morale of the blue lodge by driving off good Masons. Should you take into consideration what is best for the lodge and not just the individual.

Lastly, if this toxic brother is rejecting sage advice of past master or a brotherly whisper in their ear for their questionable electioneering practices and/or un-Masonic behavior – it might be the time to cut them loose. It is never easy to do but you need to safeguard the future of the lodge and make certain it is a healthy future.

4) Learn to talk about the positives of Freemasonry and your local Blue Lodge all the time!

If you aren’t even getting good men you desire then maybe you need to research how to do things better.  There are plenty of marketing books in the library and online to help you get on the right path.  When you organize and implement events start with the end in mind. What is the goal of the event?  Why are you doing the event?  What are the desired results you wish to attain for putting or attending an event?

Be honest it’s okay to say that you don’t really know what you are doing. Ask for help – engage your brothers that have backgrounds in marketing, advertising, event planning, or similar industry knowledge.  Engage and request their help to achieve the results and outcomes you desire.  Some good resources are your Grand Lodge and District Team.

Remember, your Grand Lodge is there to help you do things correctly and to help you make more new Masons.  Also, don’t forget to find books by Masons from another the world. These books have been specifically written to highlight their success stories. These books may also layout a complete ‘how-to guide’ for executing a great event or activity from start to finish.  Some of the best books are not esoteric in nature – they may just be blunt and to the point by explaining everything you need to know to be successful during a lodge event.

5) Maybe it’s time to… Clean House. 

I know it’s hard to get rid of your dead weight in our fraternity. Remember we are a society of secrets but not a secret society. This is regularly proven when you enter a new community and see our Craft’s Square and Compass next to the Rotary Club emblem.  If we were a secret society then we would not put the logo on our building monument signs or on our buildings. With that being said, you need to be the brother who changes this warped perspective.

If you find your Craft refuses to want to grow, it is probably because there are some brothers who are holding you back.  These brothers maybe rude to other brothers, they may be the ones that never pay for attending an event that requests money for attending. It could that you have a brother who is an embarrassment at community functions. First, talk to them directly, one on one and then with other brothers if necessary. Address the problem – don’t kick the can down the road.

If you find that a brother doesn’t get it and refuses to change, I recommend beginning the process to remove the toxic person. I hear brothers say guard the West Gate over and over, but sometimes you need to send a brother back out the west gate too.  In the long term, your blue lodge will be better for it, I understand it is a tough decision now but you need to get rid of the un-Masonic brothers.  Remember sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward, just make certain you have all the details perfect before you bring someone up on Masonic Charges.

6) You, as a change agent in your Blue Lodge, need to embrace the struggle and Get Your Blue Lodge Out of a Rut

I know things are challenging now.  I know you can’t imagine the days when your Blue Lodge is tops in the community.  You can get there though if you embrace the challenge with a superior attitude.  Be positive, and cherish this opportunity you have.  You are going to turn a tough situation into a great one.

Remember it starts with you and grows with the brothers to engage to join you in this adventure of a lifetime.  Try new things, make mistakes.  Strive to grow and implement the teachings of the Masonic degrees to help grow your local Masonic lodge.  I promise you it will be an adventure you cherish forever.  Lastly, it will impact numerous generations of men in the future that one day wears that white apron as a Master Mason.

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Does great brand planning make the difference for your Masonic Blue Lodge?

Does great brand planning make the difference for your Masonic Blue Lodge?

As new Masonic Year begins and new lodge officers begin ramping up their plans, events, and activities for their year. It is safe to say that a need to agree on the focus behind Masonic Localized brand is important. Any branding and investment by the lodge into branding can have a positive impact on their communities and/or niche markets of the blue lodge.

A lot of times I hear new officers make statements such as ‘ We hope to make…’; ‘I intend to make….’; and finally ‘My expectations are…’. In my experience, as a lodge officer and as a Master of a Blue Lodge, the difference between hope and expectation starts with a highly organized and prepared branding plan.

So what does this ‘branding plan’ look like, how is one developed, and why does it matter? Lastly, why should we bother listening to the Freemasonry Report when looking at this?  First off, the content creators of the Freemasonry Report come from the marketing and advertising industry. We simply want to give the Freemasons – internationally – a leg up on the competition in the fraternal organizations market place.

Basics on Brand Planning a Masonic Lodge’s Calendar Year.

Okay, so now you now our intentions are only ‘good’ and we are looking for nothing back from your local blue lodge.

Let’s start by defining brand planning: Brand planning is the process of allocating resources to a strategy designed to achieve a business objective that drives a brand closer to delivering on a valuable future vision.

There are plenty of definitions on Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuck Go, and so on, but I kind of like this basic definition of brand planning. Why?  Because it makes clear there is a decision to be made between the money and time a brand receives and the contribution that it will make. The statement also ties your lodge’s core goal and/or objective to a bigger and longer-term ambition to see your lodge succeed in some specific measurable way.

Okay, so we have got this definition squared away, now let’s consider what your communications committee of the blue lodge needs to focus on in a brand plan. The committee needs to document and communicate the following:

  1. What your blue lodge wants the brand to achieve in future, for its members, general community where potential members can learn about your lodge (i.e. the vision)
  2. What needs to be achieved in the short-term (i.e. the objectives to get things started) to move towards that vision
  3. How the short term objectives aim to achieve the vision of the blue lodge (i.e. your lodge’s brand strategy)
  4. What needs to be done to make certain that this happens (i.e. the tactics to be implemented to achieve your lodge’s desired goals) and at what cost.

Why have branding goals for your Blue Lodge?

The goal of the brand plan and the brand planning process is to align the cross-functional working team of lodge officers and committeemen. As well as including your other stakeholders, such as your brothers which comprise the overall lodge’s membership. It is important to include everyone engaged with your lodge so that you can get insights from everyone on the direction for the lodge. This will help figure out the overall ‘culture’ of your particular lodge and understand the rationale or the ‘why’ the lodge does things in a certain way. This can include but not be limited to the fundraising priorities, community initiatives, and of course ways to which the lodge pursues good men in the community.

Once you can understand that, then a  strategy can be formed on ‘how’ to implement effective goals, ideas, styles, themes, slogans, creative and/or artistic vision to the branding plan.  After completing the strategy sessions within your lodge, you can move into the tactical side of the branding campaign or more easily explained the ‘what are you going to do’. This alignment is crucial to make powerful branding strategy actionable and to make execution happen across all stakeholders of the lodge.

How important is getting the Leadership & The Craft into Alignment?

This is so important, don’t assume anything in the branding planning.  You need your brothers on-board with the branding plans for it to really work. Why? Because by engaging more brothers into the plan, you are decreasing the workload for a single individual, thus increasing the overall productivity and overall performance of the branding campaign throughout your lodge.

Aligning your brothers into working teams is achieved by sharing the plan with them. A working team of brothers need to be supplied a goal, deadline, and potential result or results from the efforts. In reality, there are a number of factors that get in the way for the brothers to be completely aligned with the plan.

First, take a look at when and how you are on-boarding them. Need to set clear written steps and actions in the beginning to avoid any misunderstandings or miscommunication on what they need to be focused at which point in the process of the branding plan. It is great to have a visionary brainstorming brother but once that portion is completed – they need to understand the evolution and the action steps required in each stage of the plan. They need to buy-in to the plan’s evolution in the beginning.

Further, it is very important to establish a sense of confidence in the plan to avoid any misunderstanding and/or a limited belief in decisions made – which can be toxic to the branding plan’s overall success. It is really terrible to have a brother that never really bought into the plan and now is speaking against the actions other brothers are taking. This type of brother can’t be ‘fired’ because we are a volunteer driven organization but their confidence issues must be addressed directly and in a positive manner. Many times, a brother such as this one needs more communication on a more regular basis plus it is also relevant to determine their capabilities and limitations to ensure they can be given a task which is ‘very achievable’.

By ensuring clarity and a higher than average communication level, your lodge’s confidence in the brand plan will be high across the
cross-functioning teams of brothers. This will help in the ability to execute the planning effectively and deliver real tangible value to the lodge over a longer period of time.

Discussing the Brand Plan with the Masonic Lodge Brothers.

Did you ever consider that the brothers in your lodge may not know or clearly state their organizations strategic priorities? Now you lodge’s management team (i.e. the officers) that is held responsible for leading strategy may struggle to accurately list their local organization’s strategic priorities. This is truly should be a big concern.

The key is to involve the Craft in the process to develop the brand plan in a meaningful way. I recommend that you encourage honesty and healthy debates to ensure that key decisions are clearly explained. Further, I recommend you print and post your lodge’s priorities in the lodge building for the brothers to see and read.  This communication will result in helping to keep the lodge’s priorities open in a very simple, very clear and very consistent way. Thus it will ensure that the Craft can see, know, and understand the bigger picture to which the branding plan is looking to tackle.

Don’t consider it a victory to talk just once and post a poster up.  You need to repeat the priorities over and over and then repeat the lodge’s strategic priorities some more.

Final Thoughts on this topic for now… A brand plan is presented once a year, ‘brand planning’ is continuous!

Specific timings will vary based on lodge officer installations and committee appointments, but planning tends to accompany the financial year that the lodge follows – often January 1st to December 31st. But Grand Lodges generally transition during the mid part of the year to assist the lodges with their transitions in some cases, thus their financial year may or may not vary based on their individual reporting schedule.

With that being said, this means the cycle of brand planning will build through the earlier part of the year with activity reaching a peak at the later part of the year. This can be adjusted for progressive lines and multi-year functioning committees. While the development, writing and presentation of brand strategy and tactics will be concentrated over a two to three month period, the process of developing brand strategy should be a continuous effort of the Masonic Lodge’s Craft.

Once these have been completed and the plan moves to execution, an emphasis should focus on measuring the outputs of tactical campaign execution via regular review of Key Performance Indicators. By doing this, you are allowing for tactical adjustments to be made to close strategy-execution gaps which transpire. Ask your working teams to gather relevant data for actions taken and generate meaningful insights to accurately diagnose the situation of the brand, your local market, and what possible new opportunities and/or challenges need to be addresses.

It is okay to add additional objectives, removing objectives in some cases and considering other factors during the campaign. It is important to always focus on the best way to achieve the brand plan’s objectives.  If you need to get in the deep and look at things in a granular  way, then do so.

Finally, clarity and confidence in the Masonic Lodge’s brand plan is really the goal to aligning the plan consistently and completely across your Blue Lodge’s working teams to drive effective execution and hopefully deliver the results you want.

A typical brand planning cycle

  1.  Seek First To Understand Your Masonic Lodge’s Situation
    • Where are we winning/losing?
    • What are the Stakeholder’s behavior trends?
    • What are local community external trends?
    • Determine what key priorities need to be addressed
  2. Define and Establish Your Masonic Lodge’s Strategy
    • Create a brand vision
    • Define Your Annual Objectives
    • Target Good Men and other and value propositions
    • Create a Printed List of Strategic Priorities
  3. Develop powerful and agreed upon tactics
    • Have the Lodge vote on tactical campaigns that compliment its strategy
    • Align budget requirements
    • Assign responsibilities
  4. Align & execute
    • Shared understanding of ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘what’
    • Ensure there is an aligned individual objectives
    • Review and Discuss the Key Performance Indicators in Lodge Meetings
    • Offer recognition items for the volunteers in the Lodge

Brand planning in the Blue Lodge, you and your teams will need to recognize the accelerating nature of their markets. You may need to resist the temptation to throw more and more tactical activities to address a wider range of growing challenges to grow your lodge in the way you have envisioned. Set reasonable goals to achieve and remember to raise expectation of clarity and confidence to the Craft.

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3 ways to keep your Masonic Lodge from closing its doors

3 ways to keep your Masonic Lodge from closing its doors

There is no easy Answer to turn around a Blue Lodge that is struggling to maintain enough brothers to keep it’s doors open.  This article is going to attempt to answer some of the popular ways to turnaround your Blue Lodge or a Blue Lodge in your Masonic District.  Please note, this information is a very broad answer to the challenge and it’s always wise to speak with your District Deputy and/or your Grand Lodge to ensure you can take advantage of these ideas without breaking your Grand Lodge’s Masonic Law.

Is your Blue Lodge getting close to closing its doors forever? This is a tough situation for any brother to have to face.  You know your local Blue Lodge is struggling, but you feel powerless to do anything about it.  You need to start with a grassroots movement among the brothers in the lodge to turn it around. Don’t worry, you may be wondering where do I even start?  The Freemasonry Report has a few ways to get your Blue Lodge moving in the right direction, but it will take the dedication of yourself and your brothers to put these ideas in action. Please understand just reading this article is not enough and if you feel like you accomplished something from reading this article – it is simply not going to help you. So take action immediately after reading this article.

So here are the ways the Freemasonry Report promised you at the beginning of this blog article. Follow these steps and you will be able to improve your Masonic Blue Lodge.

First Way to Keep Your Masonic Lodge’s Doors Open. 

Let’s go back to the basics. Be sure you understand your Blue Lodge’s vision as a fraternity.  Unfortunately, you will find that there are a lot of brothers who complain that the fraternity is falling apart and that it needs to be better.  However, a lot of times these lodge brethren don’t have ideas on how they would help change the day to day operations to make it better.  Brothers who complain a lot and don’t offer solutions are part of the problem unfortunately and their minds and/or hearts need to be changed.  So how do you change the hearts and minds of these brothers? It is important to read your lodge’s charter or warrant to determine what goals directly align with the charter.  It is recommended to read the charter or warrant at a meeting for every brother to hear it.  Further, it might be wise to send a letter to every brother in the lodge re-engaging them to remember the purpose of the Blue Lodge.

Remember, if you want to be part of the solution, be sure you understand what needs to be changed. Really look at what your lodge is doing and what it is not doing.   Make a list and share it with the brothers at a lodge meeting.  Begin having the conversation(s), to re-align the lodge with its core purpose and possibly it may take redefining your local lodge’s vision to better align with the new direction (or possibly the original direction set by the Grand Lodge in the charter or warrant).

Please understand, this is not an overnight solution because it requires intense humbleness, critical thinking, possibly a lot of listening, and a high level of communication. The humble brother that takes this first step can really make a big impact in the Blue Lodge.  By taking this action, you are literally changing the morale of the lodge brothers, giving them a new way of looking at things, re-establishing the true goals for the lodge brothers to attain, and striving to make the lodge function properly again.  Since this is not an overnight solution, be prepared to deal with setbacks, feelings of doubt, and of course continuing to do what is needed when others question your zeal.

Second Way to Keep Your Masonic Lodge’s Doors Open. 

Start having private talks with the current leadership of your blue lodge. Why? You need to get on the same page with your lodge’s leadership team to better understand the current state of the fraternity from their eyes. Listen to them and get to understand their perspective of reality. If it sounds like communication is a problem in the lodge, then these private talks will help enlighten you to what they are thinking.  Further, it will not be seen as an attack of their leadership style in front of the entire craft in a regular meeting. So, therefore, they will trust you more and respect your drive to improve the lodge while not publicly attacking them for anything in their control or that may be actually beyond their control as well.

Please be aware, I am a Past Master and I understand that the Worshipful Master is the top leader of the lodge. This brother is in control of everything related to the lodge during his year. With that being said,  it is fair to say that an “Act of God” event does happen from time to time. Also, in some cases, the sitting Worshipful Master has inherited issues from the previous sitting Master’s year. Unfortunately, he can fix the past and simply has to deal with the repercussions of the past events now however he deems is best for the craft.

Back to my original point, if you don’t understand why the executive committee of your lodge is making the decisions they are making – talk to them privately.  As a common courtesy among brothers, you owe it to them to talk to them before you publicly voice your discontent.  During these private talks, you may find out a lot. You may determine they are part of the problem or they have a very similar vision for the future as you do. If you learn that they are part of the problem start digging deeper to really understand why they are doing things they are doing.  Ask questions about where they see the lodge in 10 years, 20 years, or maybe in one year. It is not uncommon to find brothers that are interested in merging with another local lodge as a way to solve all their problems. Ask yourself if merging your blue lodge is a potential solution or not.

In some cases, just starting to privately talk can help identify the barriers that prevent your lodge from improving its overall health.  With that being said getting communication going is a big step to changing the lodge’s current reality.  These talks can build strong possible allies in overcoming those barriers to the lodge’s success in keeping its doors open.  It will enlighten you on what is being planned, not being planned, and what has/hasn’t worked in the past plus why as well. Finally, some lodge leaders may find hope in your efforts and become inspired to see brothers want to fix the health of the Blue Lodge.

Third Way to Keep Your Local Blue Lodge’s Doors Open. 

Even if you are not currently an appointed or elect lodge officer does not mean you can’t be an informal leader. If you still believe that your lodge leadership doesn’t get it or worse yet is simply ignoring the problem entirely. Then you need to take the initiative to improve your local Freemason lodge. Remember, just because you are not in a leadership role doesn’t mean that you can’t lead.  Here are things you can do to improve your fraternity while not being on a lodge officer:

  1. Strengthen the brotherhood – The foundation of brotherhood is the strength of the friendships between the brothers.  Work on making your brothers become better friends. Achieve this by asking them to hang out with you.  Get them to want to begin eating more meals together.  This means a lot of work for you – ask brothers to go to the gym and work out with you a few other brothers. Ask them to do a couples date night together. Maybe it is as simple as planning a social card night or bowling night for the brothers.  Never exclude anyone for any reason especially the current lodge officers.  The more time you spend with your brothers, the closer you will become.  This will strengthen the brotherhood and possibly change the direction of the health of your blue lodge all together.
  2. Improve your Freemason Blue Lodge’s image – Here are 2 simple steps to effectively do this.
    • The first step in improving your image is to make sure you represent yourself in a way that brings honor to yourself and credit to the fraternity.  Be a role model, a lifelong student, a friend, an ethical business professional, and an active member of your community.  And wear your Square and Compass on a polo shirt, jacket, hat, or ring.  Let everyone know you are proud to be in the Freemasons.
    • The second step is by letting others know how good your Blue Lodge actually is.  Never miss an opportunity to brag on your blue lodge with outsiders.  There are good things about your local fraternity – focus and celebrate those things.  Tell your wife/girlfriend, your kids, and your extended family how awesome your social events are.  Tell prospective new members about the great brotherhood events you have.  Tell your boss at work about how being in the fraternity has improved your ethical decision-making abilities.  This type of positive energy is infectious.  If enough brothers take in upon themselves to share how awesome the Masonic Lodge is in their personal lives, it won’t take long before the entire Blue Lodge actually believes it again.
  3.  Get active in the Community – Fresh blood does wonders for any blue lodge.  New candidates and the new brothers are excited to start their fraternity experience and have no idea the baggage the Blue Lodge has. Be honest and let them know the challenges then empower them a chance to fix it with or without you.  Focus on the positives, and feed off their energy.  Empower them to improve your local Blue Lodge by getting active in the community.  Here are some ideas to get the brothers engaged as Freemasons in the community
    • 4th of July Parade Participants
    • Halloween Community Event Candy Hander Outers
    • Book Reader in an Elementary School Class
    • Host a Movie Night at the Lodge
    • Give tours of the lodge on weekends to local citizens and/or tourists in your community
    • Setting up and volunteering for the Freemason Table at a community event
    • Awarding Police/Fire/EMT with plaques for excellence in Service at a City/Town Council Meeting
    • Be active on Social Media presenting Freemasonry is alive and well in the community
    • Volunteer for local goodwill projects like – Habitat for Humanity or a Community Food Bank
  4. Plan something out of the box – Struggling Masonic Lodges need something awesome to happen to them.  They need to have a success – big or small to brag about. The Craft needs to share the story of this success to the community. They need to tell about the experiences of the success to brag about.  So, be the brother who comes up with an awesome idea and makes it a reality.  Maybe a free Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast for the entire community to attend or maybe it is a giving away toys during the holidays to foster kids, whatever you choose to do – make it truly epic.  This will bring your lodge brothers closer together.  Also, it will boost the pride in the Masonic Lodge dramatically because they now have something they can be proud of beyond being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in the masonic lodge building.

If you follow these steps, your Blue Lodge may see improvements, but remember it starts with you.  These are subtle things you can do that will have dramatic results on the lodge brothers as well as yourself too. Remember, the underlying theme is to focus on the ‘positives’ by taking the personal initiative to improve your local Freemason Lodge. Okay, I hope these ideas help you and your lodge in the coming year. So I have put a lot of hours into this website and the Freemasonry Report Youtube Channel as well. I hope you explore the Freemasonry Report further to get more ideas and questions answered.

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