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     As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind. This is an individual journey towards becoming a better father, husband, friend, citizen and man, supported by other men at different points on the same journey. It’s not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions; rather, it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of himself, his family, community and the Supreme Architect (an individual’s own definition of a Supreme Being.) Freemasonry is described in its own ritual as a Beautiful or Peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. As speculative mason we use the symbolism to teach moral and ethical lessons, such as the four cardinal virtues of Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance, and Justice, and the principles of "Brotherly Love, Relief (or Morality), and Truth" Freemasonry has remained steadfast throughout 300 years in its dedication to the three basic tenants: Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. During all three degrees, a candidate is treated with complete respect. At no time is he ever made to feel uncomfortable or harassed in any way. Masonic ceremonies are a wonderful tradition shared by men such as George Washington, Harry S. Truman, John Wayne and other men of integrity. These ceremonies are always conferred in such a way as to bring pride to the candidate and the members of the Lodge.

 

Key points to take a way:

  • Freemasonry is not a secret society (Our works and finances are public record)
  • Freemasonry is not a religion or sect (Men of all faiths are welcome to join)
  • Freemasonry has numerous registered charites
  • Masons come from all walks of life and levels of income
 
 

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    Oregon Freemasons support charitable programs to help their local communities thrive partnerships between Lodges, members and like-minded groups. The Craft and its many appendant bodies support various philanthropies ranging from medical and specialty hospitals to scholarships and reading programs. We understand that providing help and service is as much of a gift as receiving it.
 

Freemasons often lend support in one or more of the following ways:

  • Volunteer time
  • Seeking out those in need and determine a way to help
  • Helping local law enforcement or educators who support in a similar mission
  • Supporting education & literacy programs, often specifically for youth
  • Hosting or supporting a community events and or fundraisers
  • Gifting charity through a will or trust
  • MakGifting charity through a will or trusting donations or offering scholarships

 

   The Oregon Masonic youth Education and Literacy Foundation (OMELF) was established by Oregon Freemasons to improve the education and literacy opportunities activities, and capabilities of youth in Oregon. Efforts of OMELF give students in public and charter schools the tools and support to build a strong education foundation, enabling them to be successful students now and productive citizens in the future.
 

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