An estimated six million people are Masons worldwide, with nearly two million in the United States alone.
Many famous people in history were Freemasons: fourteen US Presidents including George Washington, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Teddy Roosevelt. Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Mozart, Goethe, Oscar Wilde, explorer Ernest Shackleton, actor John Wayne and big band leader Duke Ellington were all Masons too!
Astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin, Hall-of-fame QB John Elway, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, country singer Brad Paisley, golfer Arnold Palmer, former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen, Seinfeld actor Michael Richards, and the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, are all Freemasons as well.
Members of Freemasony are instructed by other Lodge members using "a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols." Masons are instructed about our historical, philisophical and moral principles through the use of Masonic legend, symbolism and secret rituals. This is where many of the "mysteries" of Freemasonry have made their way into popular culture. (We'd elaborate more on these ancient rituals, but if we did, we'd have to kill you... Okay, just kidding, but we still can't tell you.)
Tongue-in-cheek death threats notwithstanding, our motto as Freemasons is “friendship, morality, and brotherly love”. We work together for the betterment of ourselves, our surrounding community, and the world at large. We believe in tolerance, liberty, charity, knowledge, and moral uprightness without arrogance or condescension.
Masonic charity is known globally for programs like Shriner childrens' hospitals and scholarship grants. It is estimated that Masonic groups as a whole give over 2 million dollars per day to charities around the world.
At Green Lake Lodge, our past charitable work includes scholarships for college students and the 'Bikes for Books' program that encourages child literacy in partnership with Seattle Public Libraries.
We are always looking to get involved with local charities that need manpower and resources, so please contact us to discuss opportunities to partner with your organization.