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STAND OUT IN THE WORLD

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Freemasonry is: 
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is because the actual origins have been lost in time. Probably, it arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built the castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land. In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area. In Canada, there is a Grand Lodge in each province. Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cit ies usually have several. There are about 1,300 lodges in Canada with over 80,000 members.
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A Freemason is: 
That’s not a surprising question. Even though Freemasons (Masons) are members of the largest and oldest fraternity in the world, and even though almost everyone has a father or grandfather or uncle who was a Mason, many people aren’t quite certain just who Freemasons are. The answer is simple. A Freemason (or Mason) is a member of a fraternity known as Freemasonry (or Masonry). A fraternity is a group of men (just as a sorority is a group of women) who join together because:

  • There are things they want to do in the world.
  • There are things they want to do “inside their own minds.”
  • They enjoy being together with men they like and respect.

(NOTE: Freemasonry and Masonry and Freemasons and Masons are interchangeable.)

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Masonry and Lodges:
The word “lodge” means both a group of Masons meeting in some place and the room or building in which they meet. Masonic buildings are also sometimes called “temples” because much of the symbolism Masonry uses to teach its lessons comes from the building of King Solomon’s Temple in the Holy Land. The term “lodge” itself comes from the structures which the stonemasons built against the sides of the cathedrals during construction. In winter, when building had to stop, they lived in these lodges and worked at carving stone. Today, Lodge rooms are rectangular with seating along the sides for members and visitors. There are chairs and pedestals in the East, West and North ends of the Lodge room. The Worshipful Master of the Lodge sits in the East (“Worshipful” is an English term of respect which means the same thing as “Honorable.”) He is called the Master of the lodge for the same reason that the leader of an orchestra is called the “Concert Master.” It’s simply an older term for “Leader.”

MY PRACTICE AREAS

Ethics

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Vision

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Fraternalism

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Freedom

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Tolerance

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Family

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Personal Growth

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Wisdom

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What makes me qualified?

In order to become a Freemason, you need some basic qualifications (specific qualifications vary from one lodge to the next, but some general rules apply). But if you meet the Freemason criteria, you still have to go through a process, from petitioning to becoming a full member.
  • Be a Man

    Being a Fraternity, we are an amazing group of men. This allows the organization as a whole to have a very focused and creative dynamic.

  • Be of lawful age

    Of at least 21 years old in Avonglen Lodge.

  • Be joining of your own free will

    Not being pressured by other individuals or organizations to join the craft.

  • Believe in a Supreme Being

    Or Beings. We are not a religious organization, however there is a spiritual base to many of the rituals we perform. That being said, we accept all religions that have a belief in a supreme Being or Beings.

  • Come recommended by at least 2 masons

    This can be accomplished by being interviewed by a committee from the lodge, and establishing a rapport with that committee.

– 1987, Opening

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– 1738, First Masonic lodge in the colony of Canada

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– 2014 , We’re in Tokyo!

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– 1952, Avonglen Lodge opens in Edmonton, AB

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“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

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