Freemasonry means something different to every Mason. To some, it is a chance to meet and make new friendships, to others it is an opportunity to contribute to society in general, to our communities, and particularly to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Freemasonry is not the secretive elite club that we have been portrayed as. On the contrary, as Freemasons we are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. Freemasons need to be of high moral standing, as we believe in behaving morally as well as lawfully and must believe in a Supreme Being. This means that any man over the age of 21 years, of any race, and of any religion believing in a Supreme Being, is potentially able to become a member. Traditionally, Freemasonry since Medieval times has always been restricted to men. However, there are also Women’s Freemasons’ Lodges which are restricted to women.
Freemasonry is one of the oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations in the world. Discussion of religion and politics is forbidden at our meetings. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care not only for our own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. The donations and charitable work are both made and implemented on a local level, regionally and nationally.