NH Masons to hold open houses Saturday
Friday, October 18, 2013
New Hampshire Freemasons are opening their private lodge rooms on Saturday, Oct. 19, to give community members 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.”
Doors to local Masonic Lodges will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Masons will be on hand to answer questions and give guided tours to explain the significance of lodge furniture, ornaments, jewels and tools used in private Masonic ceremonies. Lodge members will also address how these symbols of the fraternity apply to its charitable work and the community service work of its members.
Brochures will be available, as well as light food and refreshments.
Overt solicitation of candidate members is prohibited, but the fraternity is open to qualified men at least 18 year old who are deemed to be of good character, believe in a single deity and desire to become even better men.
Freemasonry promotes friendship, fellowship and kinship, offering a range of activities for personal development, community service, civic leadership and social, family-oriented fun.
The fraternity, established in New Hampshire in 1735, directly supports many charitable activities: the Shrine Hospitals for Children, support of medical research, scholarships, programs for child identification and combating drug abuse, the Scottish Rite Learning Centers and quiet local charity.
Find a lodge
To find a local Masonic Lodge, visit www.nh
grandlodge.org or email email@example.com.