Freemasonry is a way of life and a system of moral conduct.
There are no secrets ‘hidden’ at the Manawa Masonic Center.
The only secret to be revealed is that the Masons continually do good things for their communities. They seek no credit for their contributions.
“This lodge is doing everything it can to get its message out that we are here for the community,” said Craig Cloutier, of New London, who has been a Freemason/Mason for 17 years.
“We do a lot of work that goes unseen,” he said. “Our biggest reward is helping others.”
Cloutier describes Masons as “a volunteer association of men, a system of moral conduct, a way of life.”
“When a man joins Freemasons, we strive to help him improve personal development,” he said.
“I do not own part of a national treasure,” said Gene Reece, of Shiocton. “There are no secrets in Masonry.”
Inside the Manawa Masonic Center are symbols of Freemasonry, meeting rooms and what many would call “the inner sanctum.”
Anyone can enter this ‘secret’ meeting room when the building is open to the public.
Freemasonry describes itself as a “beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.”
The symbolism is mainly drawn from the manual tools of stonemasons, such as the square and compasses, the level and plumb rule, and the trowel.
The first Grand Lodge was founded in England in June 1717.
Today there are over 170 lodges in Wisconsin and over 6 million Freemasons worldwide.
According to Freemasons, belief in a supreme being and scripture is a condition of membership.
Also, every Mason is obligated to contribute to charity.
Discussion of politics or religion is not allowed in the lodge. But, all lodges are required to display a volume of scripture with the square and compasses while in session.