How to Talk About Freemasonry (And what you can say!)

It is often hard to know just what you can and cannot say about Freemasonry, and with the Grand Master’s Classes coming up, this is a question that takes on new meaning for many Masons. We have sons and grandsons, brothers and nephews, cousins, golf buddies, co-workers, and church members who would enjoy being a Mason – if they only knew how to go about joining.

First – forget what you may have been told when you first joined, which probably was don’t talk about it. For the last twenty years our Code has said that you can approach a man who you believe would be a good Mason, and tell him so:
“Larry, I think you would be a good Mason.”

You can even “explain that you would be proud to sponsor him for membership in a Symbolic Lodge.” You then need to leave it up to him to take the final step and ask so that he comes to the Fraternity of his own free will.

Next comes the hard part. He asks, “What do Masons do?” What makes this hard is there is no one right answer. So here are some suggested Talking Points:

  1. Talk in the Present – What do we do today?
    We find and unite men who want to improve themselves by doing good in the world. Does your Lodge have a good social program? Does it support a particular charity? Does it participate in community events? Does it remember the widows of our members? If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, call the Lodge secretary and ask.

  2. Avoid Negatives – Freemasonry is Thriving in Ohio.
    We have Lodges operating throughout the State, and we are making new Masons every day – Men who share our values and who want to make a difference while becoming the best version of themselves. Sometimes we confuse numbers with success. Actually, success is about doing what’s right and fulfilling our mission to make Masons, care for our families, and improve ourselves.

  3. Make it about Ohio. Talk about us.
    Every year, Ohio Freemasons help each other to live well, support our families, and be good neighbors. And we do it without boasting and often hidden from view. Through our Lodges, we give a million dollars to charitable works. Through our Masonic Home and Resources Center, we help hundreds of people stay in their homes, find health and medical services, or move to safe places to live. Through our various scholarship programs, we grant over a quarter million dollars a year to young people. And this doesn’t count the money we give to Special Olympics or the charity Masons contribute through our appendant orders.

Finally, tell them that Freemasonry is a Brotherhood. It is about building true friendships, often with like-minded men whom we would otherwise have never met. Knowing this, why wouldn’t a good man want to be a Mason? And if you care about someone, why wouldn’t you tell him so and offer to sponsor him for membership?

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