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2 Click Your Mouse Or Press Enter To Begin The Presentation This presentation will run mostly on its own but occasionally requires a little bit of help from you. When the arrows appear in the bottom right hand corner of your screen, you may click your mouse or press Enter to continue. For Best Results: Presently, the show runs erratically unless shown in full screen Therefore, be sure to right-click the screen and choose the full screen option. If the full screen option does not appear in the context menu, use your browsers features to go to full screen. ENJOY !

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4 What ? Who? Where ? When ? How ? What ? Who? Where ? When ? How ?

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6 What Freemasonry Is FREEMASONRY IS THE OLDEST, LARGEST FRATERNITY IN THE WORLD –Freemasonry is one of the worlds oldest secular fraternal societies. Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms and use stonemasons customs and tools as allegorical guides. –The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfill this essential qualification and are of good repute.

7 What Freemasonry Is FREEMASONRY IS A SYSTEM OF MORAL CONDUCT. –Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the laws of the country in which a man works and lives. Its principles do not conflict with its members duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their private and public responsibilities. The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the condition on which he sought admission to the Fraternity. His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonorably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.

8 What Freemasonry Is FREEMASONRY IS A WAY OF LIFE. –Freemasonry can be traced to biblical times and has withstood to this day even when so many other organizations have come and gone. FREEMASONRY TEACHES MORALITY THROUGH SYMBOLS. FREEMASONRY USES RITES AND CEREMONIES TO INSTRUCT ITS MEMBERS. FREEMASONRY SEEKS TO MAKE GOOD MEN BETTER.

9 What Freemasonry Is THE THREE GREAT PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY

10 What Freemasonry Is THE THREE GREAT PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY BROTHERLY LOVE –Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow man.

11 What Freemasonry Is THE THREE GREAT PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY BROTHERLY LOVE –Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow man. RELIEF –Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

12 What Freemasonry Is THE THREE GREAT PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY BROTHERLY LOVE –Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow man. RELIEF –Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. TRUTH –Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

13 What Freemasonry Is THE THREE GREAT PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY BROTHERLY LOVE –Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow man. RELIEF –Freemasons are taught to practice charity, and to care, not only for their own but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. TRUTH –Freemason strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives. Freemasons believe that these principals represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

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15 What Freemasonry Is Not FREEMASONRY IS NOT A SECRET SOCIETY –The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with its traditional modes of recognition. –It is not a secret society, since all its members are free to acknowledge their membership and will gladly do so in response to inquires for respectable reasons. It's constitutions and rules are available to the public. Anyone desiring a more than casual knowledge of Freemasonry need only to investigate a well stocked public library to peruse the wealth of volumes on the subject. Also, the Library of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania located at 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, welcomes any and all visitors to their extensive collection of books on the subject. There is nothing secret about its aims and principals. However, like many other societies and organizations, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.

16 What Freemasonry Is Not FREEMASONRY IS NOT A RELIGION –Nor is it a substitute for religion. Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meetings.

17 What Freemasonry Is Not FREEMASONRY IS NOT AN INSURANCE OR BENEFIT SOCIETY FREEMASONRY IS NOT ORGANIZED FOR PROFIT FREEMASONRY IS NOT A FORUM FOR DISCUSSION OF RELIGION, POLITICS OR OTHER PARTISAN AFFAIRS –The discussion of politics and religion at Masonic meetings is strictly forbidden. FREEMASONRY IS NOT A CHARITY ORGANIZATION BUT IT MAKES CHARITY A DUTY –From its earliest days Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick, and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

18 What Freemasonry Is Not IN PENNSYLVANIA ALONE OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS A DAY GO TO VARIOUS MASONIC CHARITIES –Shriners Hospital for Crippled ChildrenThe Masonic Homes –The Masonic Children's HomeRonald McDonald House –Muscular Dystrophy AssociationScholarships –The Knights Templar Eye FoundationFlood and Hurricane Relief –Higher Education Loans –The Scottish Rite Learning Centers for Dyslexic Children –Sponsors of Holy Land Pilgrimages for Rabbis and Ministers –Sponsorship of Masonic Youth Groups WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOANS, THERE IS NEVER A REPAYMENT REQUIRED FOR ANY MASONIC CHARITY

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20 Who Freemasons Are FREEMASONRYS MEMBERS HAVE INCLUDED Kings Presidents Prime Ministers Statesmen Generals Admirals Supreme Court Justices Corporate CEO's Opera stars Movie stars

21 Who Freemasons Are FREEMASONRYS MEMBERS HAVE INCLUDED Kings Presidents Prime Ministers Statesmen Generals Admirals Supreme Court Justices Corporate CEO's Opera stars Movie stars and probably your next door neighbor.

22 Recently, Standard & Poor released a study which surveyed Presidents, Vice Presidents, Chief Executives, and Board Chairman of the Country's largest and most prestigious corporations. 15,500 executives were asked about their Fraternal affiliations. Their top ten responses were…. TOP EXECUTIVES CHOOSE THE MASONIC FRATERNITY TWO TO ONE OVER ALL OTHER ORGANIZATIONS COMBINED Who Belongs To What Fraternity ? Masons10,199 Elks394 Knights of Columbus941 Lions International415 Knights of Pythias199 Moose199 Odd Fellows159 Eastern Star88 Eagles58 Woodmen of the World31

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24 Historic Freemasons 16 PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES WERE OR CURRENTLY ARE FREEMASONS

25 Historic Freemasons GEORGE WASHINGTON

26 Historic Freemasons THOMAS JEFFERSON

27 Historic Freemasons JAMES MONROE

28 Historic Freemasons ANDREW JACKSON

29 Historic Freemasons JAMES MADISON

30 Historic Freemasons JAMES K. POLK

31 Historic Freemasons JAMES BUCHANAN

32 Historic Freemasons ANDREW JOHNSON

33 Historic Freemasons JAMES A. GARFIELD

34 Historic Freemasons WILLIAM MCKINLEY

35 Historic Freemasons THEODORE ROOSEVELT

36 Historic Freemasons WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT

37 Historic Freemasons WARREN G. HARDING

38 Historic Freemasons FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

39 Historic Freemasons HARRY S. TRUMAN

40 Historic Freemasons GERALD FORD

41 Other Notable Historic Freemasons BENJAMIN FRANKLIN –Served as Grand Master of Pennsylvania. PAUL REVERE –As a silversmith, made all the Masonic Jewels for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. RICHARD VAUX –Served as both Mayor of Philadelphia and Grand Master of Pennsylvania when the Masonic Temple and City Hall were built.

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43 Freemasons in Entertainment Roy Rogers Red Skelton

44 Freemasons in Entertainment John Wayne Will Rogers

45 Other Notable Freemasons in Entertainment Roy Acuff Gene Autry Irving Berlin Ernest Borgnine Roy Clark Buffalo Bill Cody W. C. Fields Clark Gable Arthur Godfrey Oliver Hardy Bob Hope Harry Houdini Grandpa Jones Harold C. Lloyd Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Charles Stratton Danny Thomas Will Rogers

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47 Freemasons in Sports Richie Ashburn Arnold Palmer

48 Other Notable Freemasons in Sports Sammy Baugh –Football Ty Cobb –First Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Dempsey –World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lee Elia –former Phillies Manager Duke Kahanamoku –Olympic swimming and World Champion surfer

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50 Other Notable Freemasons John Glenn First American in space Buzz Aldrin Walked on the Moon J. Edgar Hoover Former head of Federal Bureau of Investigation

51 Other Notable Freemasons Henry Ford Pioneer Automobile Manufacturer Sir Winston Churchill Statesman Former Vice- Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp

52 Other Notable Freemasons Neil Armstrong –First American to Walk on the Moon Frederic A. Bartoldi –Designer of the Statue of Liberty Daniel Carter Beard –Founder of the Boy Scouts of America Sir Alexander Fleming –Invented Penicillin Virgil (Gus) Grissom –U. S. Astronaut Francis Scott Key –Wrote the United States National Anthem Charles Lindburgh – Aviator Drs. William and Charles Mayo – Founders of the Mayo Clinic General Douglas Mac Arthur – Commander of the Armed Forces in the Philippines Norman Vincent Peale – Founder of Guidepost Mark Twain – Novelist Earl Warren – U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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54 Masonic Contributions To America 13 SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WERE FREEMASONS.

55 Masonic Contributions To America THE CORNERSTONES OF BOTH THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE U.S. CAPITAL WERE LAID BY THE MASONIC FRATERNITY.

56 Masonic Contributions To America THE CORNERSTONE OF THE PEDESTAL OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WAS LAID BY THE GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK.

57 Masonic Contributions To America THE BIBLES WHICH BOTH GEORGE WASHINGTON AND GEORGE BUSH TOOK THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE BELONG TO A MASONIC LODGE. THE CORNERSTONE OF THE SOLDIER'S MEMORIAL AT GETTYSBURG NATIONAL CEMETERY WAS LAID BY THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA. THE WASHINGTON AT PRAYER STATUE AT THE FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE WAS PAID FOR AND PRESENTED BY THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA.

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59 Masonic Trivia CONSTRUCTION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA AT 1 NORTH BROAD STREET, WAS COMPLETED ON SEPT. 26, MASONIC BODIES MEET IN THE GRAND LODGE BUILDING.

60 Masonic Trivia THE FIRST GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND WAS CONSTITUTED IN 986 A.D. THE FIRST LODGE IN THE U.S. OPENED IN 1721 BOSTON, MASS, WORKING UNDER THE GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND. THE FIRST GRAND MASTER OF PENNSYLVANIA WAS WILLIAM ALLEN IN THE FIRST LODGE IN PENNSYLVANIA IS LODGE #2 CONSTITUTED IN 1761.

61 Masonic Trivia IN 1992, THE FRIEND TO FRIEND MONUMENT IN GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY MONUMENT EVER DEDICATED ON NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PROPERTY BY A PRIVATE INSTITUTION. IT WAS PAID FOR AND IS MAINTAINED BY THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA. IN 1997, THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARCH AT VALLEY FORGE WAS RESTORED BY THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA.

62 Masonic Trivia PRESENTLY, 444 LODGES OPERATE IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. MEMBERSHIP IN PENNSYLVANIA LODGES IS 130,000. THERE ARE OVER 4 MILLION MEMBERS IN THE U.S. THERE ARE OVER 10 MILLION MEMBERS WORLDWIDE.

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64 What Does Freemasonry Offer Me ? POSITIVE ACTIVITIES FRIENDSHIPS AND BROTHERHOOD WORLDWIDE CHANCE FOR A LEADERSHIP ROLE CULTURAL EDUCATION AND A BETTER APPRECIATION FOR THE ARTS A CHANCE TO BETTER ONESELF MENTALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDS ADMISSION TO THE MASONIC HOMES MEMBERSHIP IN THE MASONIC BLOOD CLUB AND ORGAN DONOR CLUB PRIDE, HONOR AND INTEGRITY

65 What Does Freemasonry Offer My Family ? WIFE –Membership in Eastern Star, Amaranth, White Shrine Of Jerusalem, Social Order Of The Beaucent, Knights Templar And Scottish Rite Ladies Auxiliaries –Admission To The Masonic Homes –Access To Higher Education Funds –Membership In The Masonic Blood And Organ Donor Club SON - AGES –DeMolay for Boys –Access To Higher Education Funds –Membership In The Masonic Blood And Organ Donor Club

66 What Does Freemasonry Offer My Family ? DAUGHTER - AGES –Rainbow For Girls, Jobs Daughters –Admission To The Masonic Homes –Access To Higher Education Funds –Membership In The Masonic Blood And Organ Donor Club MOTHER –Admission To The Masonic Homes SISTER –Admission To The Masonic Homes

67 What Other Masonic Organizations Could I Join If I Became A Freemason ? THE CHAPTER OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS THE COUNCIL OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASONS THE COMMANDERY OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR THE SCOTTISH RITE THE ANCIENT ARABIC ORDER OF NOBLES OF THE MYSTIC SHRINE THE TALL CEDARS OF LEBANON THE NATIONAL CAMPING TRAVELERS THE NATIONAL SOJOURNERS –Each of these offer the aspiring Freemason the opportunity to further increase his knowledge in the Masonic Fraternity and to further his service to his fellow man.

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69 How Does One Become A Freemason ? A MAN MUST SEEK MEMBERSHIP ON HIS OWN. –No One Will Ask You To Become A Mason. HE MUST BE RECOMMENDED BY TWO MASTER MASONS. HE MUST BE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP. HE MUST RECEIVE THE THREE DEGREES IN FREEMASONRY TO BECOME A MASTER MASON.

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71 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does? –Masons teach that principal. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty-that a man who acts without honor is less than a man. Do you believe in God? –No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your individual faith is-that is a question between you and your God-but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.

72 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself? –Masonry insists on toleration-on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters. Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it? –Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that's there too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.

73 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it? –Masonry teaches that each man has a duty, not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to walk, read or see. Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, but that it's also more fun? –Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling-unlike any other-to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We're not after gratitude, we're more than rewarded by that feeling that comes from a job well done.

74 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? Do you feel that there is something more to life than just financial success? –Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character. Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live? –Masons believe that a country is strong so long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied.

75 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? Do you agree that a man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values? –Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. a loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Do you believe that men should strive to live a Brotherly life? –Masons see Brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together-a private friendship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other.

76 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? If You Answered YES, You Should Consider Becoming A Mason. Freemasonry Offers Much to Its Members.

77 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? If You Answered YES, You Should Consider Becoming A Mason. Freemasonry Offers Much to Its Members. –It offers the opportunity to grow. –It offers the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. –It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals.

78 Should I Seek Membership In The Masonic Fraternity ? If You Answered YES, You Should Consider Becoming A Mason. Freemasonry Offers Much to Its Members. –It offers the opportunity to grow. –It offers the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. –It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals. –Men who have answered YES.

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81 Produced by Frederick J. Fedak, P.M. Past Master of Widener-Apollo-Kensington Lodge No. 211 Free And Accepted Masons Of Pennsylvania May 1999 Revised October 2005 © 1999, 2005

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