Information on Masonry

Principles of Freemasonry

The main principles of Freemasonry insist that each member show tolerance, respect and kindness in his actions toward others; practices charity and care for the community as a whole; and strives to achieve high moral standards in his own personal life.

Honor and integrity are at the core of the Masonic belief system. Members are obligated to practice self control and treat the people around them with respect, regardless of their own personal opinion of that person.

Masons can be a very secretive lot, however much of the "secret" information has been publicized. The Lodge buildings are clearly marked on the outside, address and phone numbers listed in the phone book. Their website probably even includes an "Upcoming Events" page.

Meetings are held at the Lodge, where Lodge business and upcoming activities are discussed. They also use the Lodge buildings to train the younger members.

The Lodge building is often used to hold fundraising and public relation events that are open to non-members and invited guests, like fish fries, pot luck, breakfast, etc.

Freemasons do a lot of work for charities, including holding and participating in various fund raisers within
the community to promote charitable causes.


Why Become a Mason?

Becoming a Mason is an individual choice and many men do consider that question at some point in their life.

Most people remember an uncle, grandfather, or even their own father grabbing their apron and ring and heading out to the local meetings. Didn't you always wonder what went on in those meetings?

An intriguing thing to me was that these men seemed to be at ease with each other and even called each other "brother". I did wonder what made that bond possible between men of different ages, occupations, backgrounds, & education.

Here are just a few reasons I suggest you check into what it takes to become a member.

These men promise to help other members if asked to. This is extended to include a members family, also.

Members of this fraternity will include outstanding individuals from all walks of life. You may have the opportunity to get to know these men under favorable circumstances.

This Fraternity offers the individual man the opportunity to experience being in charge of a committee or maybe help plan, develop and implement projects in the lodge and community.

Moral virtues are important to Freemasonry. Many of the older members are good role models by example in the community.

Just spending time with such good men will make you want to become one, in most cases.

To become a Mason a candidate must satisfactorily meet all the specific criteria. He must be: At least the minimum age required by that particular Lodge; be of good morals and good reputation; believe in a Supreme Being; he must apply of his own free will, and be unanimously elected by the Lodge members.


What's in it for me?

Masonry offers many positive influences in both a personal and a community scale.

Character building

The core values that define Character are still unchanged from those espoused by Plato. Honesty, courage, virtue, loyalty and compassion are still the measurement of a persons Character. In order to be a member you must show these qualities and we strive to improve and refine them.


Every person has a responsibility of service to members and the community. Masons have a higher involvement in community life and events. There are challenges and opportunities to involve everyone. It is up to the individual member to choose their level of involvement. Mason's helping each man discover and cultivate his particular talents develops strong individuals in the organization.


Charity is be defined as two components.

The Virtue of Charity: The love of God and love of man, which includes both love of one's neighbor and one's self.
The Practice of Charity: The giving of help to those in need who are not related to the giver.

We hold both components with high regard. By providing charity to fellow man by the virtue and through Masonry's multiple forms of charity.


We help foster our members to possess and adher to high moral principles.

Fellowship (Locally and Internationally)

With lodges and members across the world, Masonry offers fellowship unlike any other organization in the world. We are men who have a common goal of becoming better men. With that common purpose we have a base to associate and become more accomplished than our individual selves.

A direct tie and bonding with the great men of history (Those of the past, present  & future)

Through out history there are references to many famous Masons.

The means to make a difference in their world and an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves

The capability to be a part of something bigger than just the sum of the individual parts. With Masonry great things can be accomplished for our fellow man.

What Do Masons Do?

Stories and rumors aside, one of the chief concerns of the Masons is good works. You'll find plenty of Masons involved in activities that promote the community and help the less fortunate.

The contemporary Freemasons are widely involved in many charitable and community based activities. Money is collected by holding fund raisers and donations of lodge members. That money is used for charitable causes.

Modern Freemasons are very active in medical & educational projects, local foodbanks, Adopt-A-Street, and Child I.D. Programs. Reliable statistics state that modern Masonry contributes in excess of two MILLION dollars per day to charitable programs worldwide. 


Who Are We?

  • We are the Freemasons
  • We are part of the Colorado Grand Lodge of A. F.& A. M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)
  • We are part of the most generous fraternal organization in the world giving over 2 Million dollars per day to charity
  • Freemasons were the authors of the US Constitution3>
  • Freemasons established the Public School System
  • Freemasons were the fore-fathers of the United States of America (Washington, Franklin and others)
  • Freemasons are Past-Presidents of the USA (Truman, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Ford and others)

We are part of the same Masonic fraternity as:

  • Voltaire, Lafayette, Mozart
  • John Wayne, Douglas MacArthur, Roy Rogers
  • Gene Autry, Winston Churchill, Buzz Aldrin
  • Red Skelton, John Glenn, Mel Tillis
    And many more great and famous men of history!

We are active members of our Communities:

Doctors, Lawyers, Mechanics,Teachers, The Military, Truck Drivers, Fire Fighters, Engineers, Mail Carriers, Police Officers, Astronauts, Chefs, Entertainers, Statesmen, Construction Workers and Clergy of all Faiths

How Do I Become a Mason?


  • Candidate must be a male at least 18 years of age
  • Candidate must be of good reputation
  • Candidate must not be an atheist
  • Candidate must be of sufficient intelligence to be able to understand the principles of Freemasonry
  • Candidate must petition a Lodge of Masons for admission and be accepted


You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.

If you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:

You have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)

You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.

You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.

To join, all you have to do ask a Mason:

Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby:

You have to be able to meet him in person.

Contacting someone by e-mail may get you pointed to a lodge in your area, but you CANNOT get a recommendation from someone you have never met.

Think you don't know any Masons in your area?

Find your state, provincial, or national grand lodge in this list of Grand Lodges. Call or write to the office of the Grand Secretary, and say that you're looking for lodges in your area.

Find nearby lodges listed in your phonebook: White-pages listings for lodges may be under "Masons", "Freemasons", "Masonic Apartments", or "Masonic Temple", and the Grand Lodge would probably be under "Grand Lodge of Masons".

Look through the Page About Freemasonry Guestbook, to find a Mason in your area. Write to him and introduce yourself.

Considerations once you find a lodge

Once you find a lodge (or two or three) in your area, you can arrange to meet with them. They will want to get to know more about you, and you can use the opportunity to ask them some questions. Some of the things you might want to ask about:

How often do they meet?

How often do they get new candidates? How many members does the lodge have, and how many usually attend the meetings? (Is this lodge growing, or faltering, or something in between?)

Do they confer the degrees themselves or do they usually use a "degree team". (This gives an idea of how proficient and active the lodge officers are.)

How much is their annual dues and the (one-time) initiation fee?

What would they expect of you as their candidate? What is the usual amount of time for a candidate to receive the three degrees? What kind of "proficiency" work, and how much of it, will you need to learn between degrees?

What is the average age of the lodge members? What are their interests? What kind of social activities and public service activities is the lodge involved in? What kinds of things could the lodge put a new member to work on?

What are Masons?

Masons are men who voluntarily asked to join a lodge. They were accepted because they were good men who believe in God and hold high ethical and moral ideals. They go to meetings which they call the lodge, in order to learn and to teach what 'friendship, morality, and truth really involve, and to practice on a small scale the reality of brotherhood. They also have meetings open to their wives, children, and friends where they promote an understanding of the serious nature of the Fraternity by entertainment and sociability. Practical programs for charity and relief are planned and executed. The special kinship they feel for each other as a brotherhood is their deepest satisfaction.