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Freemasons - Portland area?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mouse, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. mouse

    mouse Pacific Northwest Active Member

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    I have been interested in joining the freemasons for over 7 years now. The farthest I ever got was a tour around the lodge in vancouver, washington by a very nice member. I didn't know what to do so I simply went to their building and walked in. He spent over an hour with me and was very helpful. It has been years since then, and I now live in a different area (hillsboro Oregon). I know there is a lodge not far from my house, but I would feel more comfortable talking to members on the forum that are also freemasons. If you value your privacy, please feel free to PM me instead of posting on the thread. The primary questions I have for masons out there are,
    "Why are you a mason?"
    "Is freemasonry what you thought it would be?"
    "Are you disappointed, or pleasantly surprised with your membership experiences?"
    "Is it worth joining in your opinion"
    "Does freemasonry attract a higher caliber of people to its lodges, or do you find it attracts the "weird" or "disenfranchised." members of society.
    Is joining a lodge any more intellectually stimulating than joining a great online forum?

    thank you for your help. I hope none of my questions would be considered offensive or off putting. I'm simply curious.
     
  2. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    I have some cinder blocks that I'll let you build something out of for free.
     
  3. Slowpoke

    Slowpoke Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Not to hijack this thread, but the first 2 post were almost by the same person. One letter off.
     
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  4. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    You're way to late for that.

    And ya, so what. I'm a bit off. I'm not making fun of you though, am I?


    :swordfight:
     
  5. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    Ive been interested myself, in my opinion atleast the few that ive met i dont think they admit freaks and geeks seems they have a pretty good screening process, i drive by the lodge on 92nd everyday i should stop in sometime
     
  6. cityrice

    cityrice vancouver wa Active Member

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    Does the freemason offer a private gun range for members?:p
     
  7. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    getting bested by a real big mouse or a very small moose
     
  8. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Just google "Freemason 2b1 ask1" and try going from there. I am not "1". ;)
     
  9. Adam12

    Adam12 Oregon Active Member

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    Elks do, in Corvallis
     
  10. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    There is nothing free about being a free-mason.

    Its cheaper to become a life member of the NRA and go to shooting events.
     
  11. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Can you explain this?

    SF-
     
  12. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    What's the free mason believe in?
    Always wondered
    Teach me
     
  13. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Silly thread. The members of this forum that ARE would/will never answer these types of questions on an open forum. No, I am not a member, but I know just enough to know that I am correct.

    I will go as far as suggesting that the Mods close this thread up because its going to go nowhere.
     
  14. Adam12

    Adam12 Oregon Active Member

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    Actually, none of it is secret anymore.
     
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  15. greedy bastards

    greedy bastards Multnomah Village New Member

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    Search reddit.com for your inquiry.
     
  16. Kelzebubba

    Kelzebubba Fort Worth, TX/USA Public Outhouse Active Member

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    My grandfather was a freemason. When he passed I got all of his "books" before his "brothers" toured his room. He always told me to keep them from my older brother, and that my little untrusting butt could have a field day with them.
     
  17. n16ht5

    n16ht5 Seattle Active Member

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    before you consider joining do some deep research on the roots of freemasonry and its occult symbols. It did not start from a group of masons.
     
  18. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

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    Except that you are not.

    I am a Mason and I'm happy to answer his questions.

    99.9% of Freemasonry is completely non-secret. In fact, the only "secret" things are the passwords and handshakes. And if you wanted to know those, it's not hard to find out in this day and age.

    I was actively involved in Masonry for about four years when I lived in Michigan. I moved and have not been active since, so I'm perhaps 15 years out of date. But at least in the US, the experience is pretty universal.

    To answer the OP:

    "Why are you a mason?"

    I joined because I have old, traditional things. My initial exposure to Freemasonry was Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King and then a lot of reading after that. A fraternal organization with ancient traditions sounded interesting to me.

    "Is freemasonry what you thought it would be?"

    Yes, pretty much. We did a lot of charity work. I enjoyed my time in the Lodge. Most of it was doing the initiation rituals for new members, doing charity work (ringing bells at Christmas, visiting veterans/sick members, volunteering in local community activities, etc.), and having social events in the Lodge like various meals, games, etc.

    There are some big differences between the Masons and other fraternal orders. There's no drinking and discussion of religion or politics is forbidden because they cause fights.

    "Are you disappointed, or pleasantly surprised with your membership experiences?"

    Neither really because I'd researched a lot. I honestly don't think Freemasonry is a growing world though. Nor are the Elks, Moose, etc. People sit home and watch satellite TV or play video games these days. There is a definite bias towards older people.

    "Is it worth joining in your opinion"

    I can't answer that - depends on you.

    "Does freemasonry attract a higher caliber of people to its lodges, or do you find it attracts the "weird" or
    "disenfranchised." members of society.

    The guys at my Lodge were surprisingly diverse. There were a lot of local attorneys and businesspeople, as well as blue-collar working folk. Definitely not a bunch of misfits.

    "Is joining a lodge any more intellectually stimulating than joining a great online forum?"

    Mmmm...not sure. I guess I never thought of Masonry as a great intellectual pursuit. More of a fraternal one. They do take the idea of fraternity very seriously - had I ever been in need, I had no doubt my brothers would have helped out.

    Why haven't I been involved since? I had lots of free time when I was in college, now I have three kids and work full-time plus. I've considered getting involved again but haven't had time. I guess I'm symptomatic of what I said above.

    I would talk to a local Lodge or two and get an idea of what they do on a weekly basis. Maybe get a copy of their calendar or newsletter. Definitely shop around. Where I grew up, there was one very active, big Lodge that had a lot going for it, as well as three or four smaller Lodges, some of which were on the edge of winking out. You want to join the most active one in your area.

    You can find more info in this FAQ, which I wrote about 10 years ago (and has been extensively modified since then by others): Usenet Freemasonry FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
     
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  19. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The above sums it up pretty well. It is a group of honorable men, who seek to do good, encourage each other in life, provide relief for those in distress, and keep tradition alive. We honor our elder members and those who have achieved rank in the group, but all are considered equal. A belief in God is required to join, you are investigated by a committee, voted on then go through the initiation process. You will need to learn by memory some important ritual work, and recite it upon questioning in Lodge.

    The Masonic Lodge in Oregon supports the Masonic and Eastern Star Home at Jennings McCall in Forest Grove. Masons raise and give away millions of dollars a year in relief and charitable needs. There is a tendency for the majority of the members to be older, but there is also a new generation (s) of Masons who are keeping the fraternity alive and well. We have a Mason in our Lodge who is 98, and one who is 25.

    I am a 3rd generation Master Mason, raised in 1983, observing 30 years of membership this last week. My father was Lodge Secretary, my Uncle was a 32nd degree Mason, and State Commander of the Knights Templar in CA many years ago. A great number of historical and political figures were Masons, Ben Franklin, George Washington, Harry Truman, Ernest Borgnine.

    We do not drink in Lodge or building, but some groups gather for refreshment and cigars at establishments afterwards.

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