Making Good Men Better Since October 27, 1847...........
Clinton Masonic Lodge No. 54 F&AM   
3001 Chatham Center Dr., Savannah, GA. 31405   



Q: What Are Freemasons?

Freemasons (or Masons) are members of the oldest fraternity known to man. No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons’ guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity’s rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work. In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete.

Within thirty years, the fraternity had spread throughout Europe and the American Colonies. Freemasonry became very popular in colonial America. George Washington was a Mason, Benjamin Franklin served as the head of the fraternity in Pennsylvania, as did Paul Revere and Joseph Warren in Massachusetts. Other well-known Masons involved with the founding of America included John Hancock, John Sullivan, Lafayette, Baron Fredrick von Stuben, Nathanael Greene, and John Paul Jones. Another Mason, Chief Justice John Marshall, shaped the Supreme Court into its present form.

Over the centuries, Freemasonry has developed into a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement, and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy. During the late 1700s it was one of the organizations most responsible for spreading the ideals of the Enlightenment: the dignity of man and the liberty of the individual, the right of all persons to worship as they choose, the formation of democratic governments, and the importance of public education. Masons supported the first public schools in both Europe and America.

During the 1800s and early 1900s, Freemasonry grew dramatically. At that time, the government had provided no social "safety net". The Masonic tradition of founding orphanages, homes for widows, and homes for the aged provided the only security many people knew.

Today in North America, the Masonic Fraternity continues this tradition by giving almost $1.5 million each day to causes that range from operating children’s hospitals, providing treatment for childhood language disorders, treating eye diseases, funding medical research, contributing to local community service, and providing care to Masons and their families at Masonic Homes.

Q: How Do I Become A Freemason?
A: Generally, to be accepted for initiation as a regular Freemason, a candidate must:

Be a man who comes of his own free will. (Candidates for Freemasonry must ask to join, they may not be solicited.)

Believe in a Supreme Being (the form of which is left to open interpretation by the candidate).

Be at least the minimum age (18).

Be of good morals, and of good reputation.

Be of sound mind and body (Lodges had in the past denied membership to a man because of a physical disability; however, now, if a potential candidate says a disability will not cause problems, it will not be held against him).

Be free-born

Be capable of furnishing character references, as well as two references from current Master Masons. One of the references must be a member of the petitioned Lodge and both must have known you for at least a year. They must sign your petition vouching for your good character.

Have resided within the jurisdiction of the petitioned Lodge for a minimum of 12 months.

Clinton Lodge requires a criminal background check from the Chatham County sheriff's Office be submitted with your petition as well as a $250 initiation fee.

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