Stony Creek No. 5
Free & Accepted Masons
Since Jeff is a Past Master (2010) of his Masonic Lodge, it seemed appropriate to
add a few links so those who wish to pursue additional information on this
subject have the proper resources at hand.

Information On The Freemason's:

The Grand Lodge of Michigan
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Freemason's are a unique institution that has been a
major part of community life in America for over two
hundred and fifty (250) years.  It is America’s largest and
oldest fraternity, and one that continues to be an
important part of many men’s personal lives and growth.

The fraternity of masons are an organization of men
bound together with a philosophy of moral standards,
mutual understanding and brotherhood in which all men
are on a level and equal.
Whenever we are asked "what is Freemasonry?", the formal answer includes much of the
following:

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies.  The essential
qualification for admission is a belief in a Supreme Being and to be of good repute.

Freemasonry is open to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their
own faith. Freemasonry is a system of morality, not a system of faith or salvation and is
complimentary to the belief of the individual. Indeed, lodge meetings, in order to ensure
harmony, expressly forbid the discussion of either religion or politics.

Freemasonry asks that each of its members shows tolerance and respect for the opinions of
others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow man. Its members, in
varying degrees, are involved with numerous local, national and international charitable
works, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works. Freemasonry does not
override the individuals duty to one’s self, one’s family, ones God or country.

Masonic meetings have a set structure and consistent content and although their
organization and ceremonies have been shrouded in secrecy in the past, are now largely
open to public scrutiny one way or another.  

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to God (by whatever name He is known) and
then, without detriment to his work or family, to his neighbour (in the broadest sense)
through charity and service. None of these ideas are exclusively Masonic, but the setting in
which they are practiced, the spirit of   friendship which is prevalent among its members and
the opportunity for a convivial dinner after such meetings surely is.

The More Casual Answer

The more casual answer would add that Freemasonry is a body of like-minded, responsible
men, who in their own way, wish to progress as individuals and share a journey of personal
development towards self enlightenment i.e. to make good men better.

Each and every Freemason is a builder. But instead of using the tools of architecture to erect
a physical structure out of stone and mortar, he uses these same tools symbolically for
intellectual, moral, and spiritual development. "Thereby fitting our minds, as living stones, for
that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens."

Freemasons will also enjoy the customs and theatrics and within the lodge room which, in
an appropriate context, are used to explain symbolic meaning. There is also good humour,
spirit of friendship and refreshments afterwards (which is known as the Festive Board) and
the potential to visit other Lodges in the United States as well as abroad which all adds to the
enjoyment.

In between Lodge meetings, many Freemasons will try to find opportunities to put
something back into the community at large.  They will also appreciate that humility and the
conduct by which they run their lives outside the Lodge room is important. Finally, they do
not regard Freemasonry as a secret society, merely one that is private that would lose some
of its special significance and meaning to newcomers should every aspect of Lodge
business become widely known or be taken out of context.

These days, any quick search on the internet will reveal all sorts of signs, signals or so
called secrets and secret practices with rolled pant legs ascribed to Freemasonry. While
some might reveal a germ of truth, none of them warrant the wild rantings from the
conspiracy theorist or cult lobby in our society. However, if you happen to hold those views,
or got carried away with Dan Brown’s fascinating book “The Da Vinci Code” or "The Lost
Symbol", then email us and we will be happy to separate masonic fact from media fiction. On
the other hand, if you still have a question mark about Freemasonry’s compatibility with
religion (whether Christian or otherwise) and fitness within society generally, click on the link
to the Michigan Grand Lodge website for a thorough and considered responses.

By Brother Dan Weatherington, from the Masonic e-mail journal CINOSAM

Not one person ever joined Freemasonry because George Washington, Walt Disney,
Winston Churchill, or Peter Sellers were Masons. Nobody ever Disney, Winston Churchill, or
Peter Sellers were Masons. Nobody ever joined Freemasonry because of our great Masonic
heroes: Joining Freemasonry doesn't make you any of those people.

Not one person ever joined so that they could give money to charity: You don't have to be a
Freemason to give money to worthy causes.

Not one person ever joined because of our attention to Lodge rules, regulations, or ritual.  
The uninitiated don't know about all of our procedures.

They joined because someone they knew and admired was a Mason. It could miles away.
Who it was didn't matter. They admired him and wanted to do the things he did and they did
it by the millions.

If you want to help promote Freemasonry, try to be the kind of man that other people admire.
Someone will notice.
Stony Creek No. 5
Officers for 2010
Worshipful Master - Jeff Geske