Why be a Freemason?
More than anything else, in this day and age when we live increasingly frenetic lives, the Freemason’s Lodge offers somewhere to relax and unwind, to set aside the cares of the day and to share time with other men in an atmosphere of harmony and camaraderie.
The benefit to the individual is not just the social interaction and making of new friends. Participating in charitable work, either by donating or by giving of time, adds to the value of membership. There is nothing quite as satisfying as being able to conclude a project and look back and say “that has really helped make someone’s life better”.
The rich traditions of Freemasonry help make it what it is. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world, and as such many of its ceremonies, which are like short plays, have ancient teachings and references that survived centuries.
The United Grand Lodge of England, from whom the Prince of Wales Lodge hold their warrant, was formed in 1717 and is the oldest Grand Lodge in the world. That longevity, through many different eras, serves to demonstrate Freemasonry has added value to men’s lives over time, and will continue to do so for centuries to come.