The Objective of Freemasonry

As you travel around from jurisdiction to jurisdiction you hear members expound on the objectives of Freemasonry.  The general consensus of members is that the main objective of the fraternity is to “Make Good Men Better“.  Of course in conspiracy circles, the objective is to keep the secrets, whatever those secrets might be.

I find it fascinating that members never list “membership” as the primary objective.  Why is that?  Isn’t the primary objective of every fraternal organization, every civic organization, and every church for that matter, to propagate itself?  For without a constant flow of new members, how does the church support its mission, or a fraternity support its programs?

In New York, the Masons support a Masonic Care Community in Utica which includes 3 levels of care for the elderly.  It also supports a Medical Research Laboratory, Camp Turk, a summer camp for children, and the Shrine at Tappan – George Washington’s Headquarters during the Revolution.  What would happen to these facilities if the membership dropped considerably and no new members were being initiated into the Craft?  Who would work the community projects like Child ID (Masonic Safety Program), M.S.A.T, brood drives, Toys for Tots, or any of the programs that the Masons pride themselves on.

Facilities, programs, charities, and everything the Masons do would vanish including the mantra to “Make Good Men Better“.  Without membership, nothing survives.  So with that in mind, I submit to you that “membership” should be your primary objective.  And not just initiating new members, but also to keep these new members interested and involved.

The whole cycle is synergistic – the more you educate membership and work on your programs, the more new members you will attract.  If you rely on your monthly meeting to attract new members, you will fail.  If, on the other hand, you are out in the community, have additional educational meetings, and have functions outside of the meeting structure, you will succeed.

“What you sow, so shall you reap”.  Brothers, lets get busy on our primary objective.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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One Response to The Objective of Freemasonry

  1. Wayne SmithNo Gravatar says:

    Well said, Al. For me personally, by joining the Masons I am contributing in my small way, through Blue Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, Cryptic Council, Knight’s Templar and Scottish Rite charities. I can’t afford to make much of an impact alone, but together we accomplish much.

    As far as feeling good about accomplishing much on the local level, “……reaping what we sow.” Its too soon, I will have to get back to you on that. I am hoping the Lodge of Instruction will be received well by the members (at least the newer ones, since the older members know it all). We have a pretty good cadre of newer members that appear interested. Keeping them interested through Masonic education, and perfecting ritual, are my goals. Hopefully, the more I can get them engaged, the more likely they will ‘take ownership’ of Masonry. I need them to start, and then try t0 keep up the momentum. I want them to learn, and then want more. But, I can only offer to guide them. Time will tell if any of them wants more than a ring and a car decal. The ones who have been allowed to pass through their degrees without any effort, are not attending Lodge. We have four in waiting for their FC degree. Two have attended the instructional sessions I’ve offered. Two have not. Two will advance, the other two, will not. Simple as that. Although we need members, let’s have quality members. The sidelines filled with men without a clue would only feed my ego, not help the Lodge, let alone ensure the future of Masonry.

    I was an FC when I did the Q & A for some newly initiated EAs over at St Pat’s #4, which included repeating the Obligation. I got the ‘bug’ to do ritual that night…. and have not looked back. Hmmm….. FC’s taking part in the Q & A at an EA degree….. I just added that to my agenda.

    Its good to be the boss.

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