“The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.”
~ George Washington – President of the United States
“We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community…men who are endeavoring to be better citizens. This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.”
- Harry S. Truman – President of the United States
“Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.”
- Douglas MacArthur – General of the Army
"The highest of distinctions is service to others."
-Brother King George VI, King of England
“Freemasonry is an order whose leading star is philanthropy, and whose principles inculcate an unceasing devotion to the cause of virtue and morality.”
- La Fayette
What is a Mason?
A Mason is a member of the oldest and largest goodwill fraternity in the world, known as Masonry or Freemasonry. Masonry teaches that each man has a duty to make life better, not just for himself, but for everyone. Whether that means helping to clean up the environment, volunteering on civic projects, or helping a child learn how to read – Masons make a difference every day.
Although Masonry is not a religion, members must have a belief in a Supreme Being. All religions are welcome. Masonry insists on toleration and the right for each member to think for himself in religious, social, and political matters. Like any fraternity, some of the Masonic information is privileged to only the members. However, Masonry is not a secret society. It does not hide its existence or attempt to conceal the purposes, goals, or principles of Masonry.
Most importantly, Masons are presented with the opportunity to grow as individuals, are provided with the tools to make a difference, and are challenged to leave the world a better place.
Our Mission Love your Brother, Help those in need, and Seek Truth.
Reasons Masons “Live Better”
Your Masonic membership entitles you to participate in our Leadership Development program. This program teaches the principles of leadership, integrity, and how to develop your own best self. You’ll discover that it takes more than giving money to develop personal growth. It happens when we give of ourselves. Whether volunteering in schools, churches, or participating in the dozens of other Masonic opportunities, you will find men just like you, committed to making a difference in their community, living a life with integrity and honor.
Strength in Brotherhood
As a group, Traverse City Masons are focused on the pursuit of excellence and helping others to live better in whatever way is relevant to your life. From becoming a better father, to building a successful career, to making a difference in the world, being a Traverse City Mason is a great way to interact with men from all walks of life while achieving your personal goals.
There’s a reason that Masons refer to each other as “Brothers.” It’s because we mean it. We are taught to rejoice in one another’s successes and support and defend one another during the times of our lives when we need that support.
Just about every Masonic Lodge is involved in the community in some way. You might find a Lodge building a wheelchair ramp for the widow of a member, or for someone in the community that simply needs one.