Freemasonry is an organization of men bound together with a mutual philosophy of moral standards, mutual understanding, and a Brotherhood in which all men are on a level and equal. Masonry is a precept or code that has endured down through the centuries, pointing mankind toward a higher dignity and a greater destiny.
Masonry is a way of life which includes: kindness in the home, in business, courtesy toward others, dependability in work, compassion for the unfortunate, resistance to evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, concern for good government, support for public education, high morality, love for one another, and above all, a living practicing reverence and love for God. Masonry is founded on the firm belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man, and the immortality of the soul.
The Scottish Rite The Scottish Rite is one of the two Appendant Bodies of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the Three Degrees of Blue (or Craft) Lodge Masonry. Any Master Mason in good standing may Petition for Membership. The Scottish Rite, called a "Valley", confers the 4th through 32nd Degrees. The Scottish Rite, is sometimes called the "College of Freemasonry" because it uses extensive allegory and drama to emphasize the message of its Degrees. The charity of the Scottish Rite is the “Scottish Rite Foundation” which treats childhood language disorders which impair the ability to communicate through speech or written language.
The York Rite
The York Rite is the other of the two Appendant Bodies of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason can proceed in Masonry after he has completed the Three Degrees of Blue (or Craft) Lodge Masonry. Any Master Mason in Good Standing may petition for Membership.
The York Rite Confers degrees and orders in three primary bodies; the Royal Arch Chapter, the Council of Cryptic Masons, and the Commandry of Knights Templar. These additional Degrees supplement and amplify the Symbolic Degrees of Freemasonry, adding to the moral and spiritual lessons taught in the Craft Lodges.
Each York Rite body has its own charity. The most well known is the "Knights Templar Eye Foundation" giving aid to those who need help in the preservation of sight.
Shrine (Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
The Shrine is a Fraternal Organization composed of Masons. Its purpose is the teachings of the broad principles of Toleration, Charity, Benevolence and Unselfish Friendship. Emphasis is on fellowship Each Shriner is encouraged to become active in one or more of the various "Units" operating under the auspices of the Temples.
Shrine Temples, support 22 Shriners Hospitals providing orthopedic, burn, and spinal cord injury care. This is a network of pediatric specialty hospitals providing free quality medical care.
Without question, the Shrine is the most widely publicized and best known Member of the Masonic Family.
High Twelve International
High Twelve is an assemblage of Blue Lodge Members meeting at noon for lunch accompanied by wives, friends, or neighbors, Masonic or non-Masonic, in a social and yet Fraternal association.
Guest speakers are often invited from the local Civic, Fraternal, or Social-Professional Groups within the immediate community.
The Little Red Schoolhouse is passed for voluntary contributions, which are forwarded at regular intervals to the Wolcott Foundation and the local DeMolay Chapter, to assist the Chapter Members in attending Leadership Training Sessions, DeMolay Conclaves, or other similar activities.
National Sojourners A group of military Masons located in the Philippines organized an informal club named "Sojourners." • In the absence of local Blue Lodges, Sojourner Chapters have, in effect, replaced Military Lodges of the earlier era and have been directly responsible for the Chartering of numerous Blue Lodges and other Masonic Bodies worldwide. Membership is based on military service and being a Master Mason.
Order of the Eastern Star
A Fraternal Order for men and women of the Masonic community. Master Masons and their wives, and other female relatives who are 18 years of age and older are eligible for Membership in the Order. Its lessons are based upon the lives of heroines of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Order of the Eastern Star is an International Organization with Chapters in all 50 States.
The Order maintains a Home for Members needing assisted living care, and is the sole support of its ESTARL program, a scholarship program for religious leadership training. These awards are given without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, or member relationship. Many other charitable organizations are supported by the Order of the Eastern Star. The members also sponsor Christmas parties for abused children and have given over 10,000 stuffed animals and toys to law enforcement agencies and social services for traumatized children.
Order of the Amaranth
This is a family oriented Organization for men and women and has embodied in it the finest of the many Masonic precepts. Membership requirements include a family relationship with a Master Mason.
The main philanthropic project of the Order Of "The Amaranth" is the Amaranth Diabetes Research Foundation. At each Supreme Council Assembly a check is presented for the continuation of research to the American Diabetes Association. The Amaranth also donates to many of the Charities of other Masonic Bodies at their Annual Session in February.
Daughters of the Nile
The Daughters of the Nile is a benevolent organization for women 18 years of age or older who are related by birth or marriage to a Shriner, Master Mason or a Daughter of the Nile.
Daughters of the Nile are committed to supporting the 22 Shriner's Hospitals.
Each year through the Supreme Temple Convalescent Endowment and Relief Funds, they contribute over $1,000,000 to Shriners Hospitals to be used for prosthetic limbs, braces, shoes and other medical supplies.
Over the years more than $41,0000,000 have been donated to Shriners Hospitals. "Working together for the Children"
Social Order of the Beauceant
Membership is limited to the wives, widows, sisters, mothers, daughters & granddaughters of Knights Templar.
One of their purposes is to aid the Commentaries' when requested. This includes the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to which many of their members contribute.
Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America, Inc
The Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America was formed as a fun group for the Ladies of Shriners. They extend and promote good fellowship among families of Nobles of the Shrine. However, each Court assumes an obligation to extend financial support and assistance to the Shriners Hospitals for Children with emphasis on the hospital fund, hospital sewing, and special projects
To become a member of LOSNA you must be related to a Shrine Member in Good Standing, or a deceased Shrine Member who was in Good Standing at the time of his death. You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
The Order of DeMolay is a Ritualistic Fraternal Order for boys from 12 - 21 years of age. It boasts Chapters in every free country and is one of the organizations officially recognized by most Grand Lodge Jurisdictions.
The Order is based on the teachings of Freemasonry and is supervised by an Advisor Council made up of Masons and Senior DeMolays. The Order requires no Masonic relationship for its members.
Job's Daughters International
Job's Daughters International is open to young women between 10 and 20 and requires its members be related to a Master Mason.
The purpose of the Order is to teach young women important skills for life, such as leadership, organization, teamwork, and self-reliance.
Members participate in a variety of fun activities, such as sports, dances, traveling, and competitions. Job's Daughters does not follow any specific religion, but does require members to have a belief in a God.
Their charity, the Hearing Impaired Kid's Endowment (The HIKE Fund), provides hearing devices for children in need. Job's Daughters is proud to be "kids helping kids!"
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
The International Order of Rainbow for girls between the ages of 11 and 20 who can be properly recommended by an Eastern Star or Master Mason in Good Standing is eligible for membership.
The four principal activities of Rainbow are service projects, charity projects, fun projects, and money-making projects. Its supreme effort is to create strong effective leaders and develop individual character. By precept and example it continually emphasizes to every Rainbow girl the lessons taught and symbolized by the colors of the Rainbow.