The many reasons…
There are many different reasons why people join the Freemasons, one of the main reasons being a unique camaraderie. Many friendships made through Freemasonry endure for life, and lodge dinners which follow our formal meetings offer members the opportunity to enjoy each others’ company in a more relaxed and informal environment.
Other reasons put forward during research on the subject include a sense of belonging and structure – which are not always easy to find in today’s fragmented society – and a desire to help other people by getting involved in the local community.
Most importantly of all though, Freemasonry is all about enjoyment, and like everything else in life, the more you put in then the more you will get out!
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry.
Freemasonry means something different to everyone who joins. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s about being able to help deserving causes, contributions to charity and society. However, for most, it’s a hobby and somewhere to meet new people from all walks of life.
A Helping Hand
An independent report into the future of Freemasonry revealed that half the non-Masonic male population were curious about their local lodges, and over half of those surveyed would consider joining. Another key reason people join is the idea of belonging to a community based charitable group.
Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal. Today we are one of the UK’s top charities raising over £33 million a year.