NH Masons to hold open houses Saturday
Thursday, October 17, 2013
New Hampshire Freemasons are opening their private lodge rooms from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, to give the community an unrestricted look at who the Masons are and what they do.
“The people hosting this event are the very people of our own local communities,” said Stewart Aronson, Grand Master of New Hampshire’s 6,400 Masons. “We live, work and play like everyone else, share the same concerns for our kids like everyone else and work to make our communities better places to live, just like everyone else.”
Aronson said the times demand that people have a chance to see for themselves “what’s behind our closed doors and to have a sense of the genuine passion we Masons share for the social and spiritual values we embrace.”
Masons will be available to answer questions and give tours to explain the significance of lodge furniture, jewels and tools used in ceremonies.
Overt solicitation of candidate members is prohibited, but the fraternity is open to men at least 18 years old who are deemed to be of good character, believe in a single deity and desire to become better men.
The fraternity, established in New Hampshire in 1735, supports many charitable activities: Shrine Hospitals for Children, research, scholarships, programs for child identification and combating drug abuse, the Scottish Rite Learning Centers and more.
To find a local Masonic Lodge, visit www.nh
grandlodge.org or email email@example.com.