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Blythe Needles Masonic Lodge #473 – Open House
Friday, September 13 at 7:00 pm
BLYTHE, CA – The Public is invited to join this event to learn just exactly what do Masons do. Where did they begin? Why were they formed? Who are they? Are they a religious organization, or are they a fraternity? While many speculate so few know what it is to be a Mason, now is the opportunity to ask questions and find out for yourself what Masons do.
The open house will be held at 100 E. Murphy St., Blythe 92225 on Friday, September, 13 at 7:00 pm.
Freemasonry is the leading fraternal organization in the world. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but it formally organized in London, England, in 1717. Current worldwide membership totals over 3 million members, 1.1 million of whom are in North America.
Masonry (also known as Freemasonry) is the world's first and largest fraternal organization. It is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. We develop lifelong friendships with fellow Masons and their families, and are welcomed at Masonic lodges throughout the United States and the world.
Masonry is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future. Masons find satisfaction in being part of a centuries-old fraternity whose traditions and core values are relevant today, and will endure for centuries to come.
Through this universal brotherhood, Masons learn to be better husbands, fathers, brothers, and citizens. By appreciating our differences, we learn to focus on what unites mankind. Thus, the discussion of religion, politics, and business is not permitted in our lodges. In this way we live up to the centuries-old aim of our fraternity - to unite men of every country, sect, and opinion and cause true friendship among those who otherwise would have remained at a distance.
With more than 50,000 members statewide, our fraternity represents the entire spectrum of Californians. Admission to our lodges is open to men of good character and faith, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship, or national origin. Our lodges currently work in English, Spanish, French, and Armenian.
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