Many people think of Freemasonry as a mysterious and secretive society with members holding enigmatic meetings under the cover of darkness and using secret signs and symbols to communicate.
But in reality, Freemasonry is an ancient and very honorable fraternity pledged to the purpose of making good men better.
Far from being secret, the meetings are held at advertised times in well-marked buildings. Though men must undergo a pledge process to obtain membership, men from all walks of life, all creeds, races and religions are encouraged to petition a lodge.
Like all fraternities, Freemasonry does have its secrets – but there are no sinister motives or dark meaning behind any Masonic teachings which are all focused on truth & brotherly love.
Most towns have at least one Masonic lodge nearby and a quick look at www.mdmasons.org will help you find the one nearest you.
Bel Air is home to one of Maryland’s most active Masonic Lodges – Mt. Ararat #44 on Gordon Street. The Lodge has been a part of Harford County history for nearly 200 years and boasts over 400 members. It is home Lodge to The Right Worshipful Grand Master of All Masons in Maryland, Brother Jerry Piepiora (who is the first Mason from Harford County to hold that title).
In an effort to garner greater community awareness this year and to continue the tradition of service in Harford County, Mt Ararat lodge will be hosting a family community service day at the Humane Society of Harford County on February 16th.
From 8am-12pm, the brothers of Mt. Ararat Lodge #44 and their families will be on-site helping out at the Humane Society by getting the dogs out of their kennels and letting them run in the open spaces. There will be food, music and in honor of the Lodge’s first community service day, the Humane Society will be honoring an adoption cost of $44 per animal. If you have room in your heart and home for a pet, or you’re just looking for a family fun morning, please think about stopping by the Humane Society of MD on Saturday at 228 Connolly Road in Fallston.
If you’re interested in Masonry or the Humane Society event this Saturday contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-580-6800 for more information or online at www.mtararatlodge.org and www.harfordshelter.org