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FreeMasonry is a fraternity of like minded men who put aside their political, social and religious differences to meet on an equal plane - what Masons call "the Level" - to better themselves, their community and their bretheren. 
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Stone Masons

Freemasonry grew out of guilds of stone masonry craftsmem, called operative masonry. Freemasonry now focuses on how to make good men better, described as speculative masonry - now very few actually do brick or stone work.

 

 

Qualifications

A Mason must be a man of an adult age, have a sound reputation, be well-recommended by his peers and believe in a supreme being regardless of religious orientation.
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Joining

You must either know a Mason and ask that person about Masonry or come to a Masonic Lodge and spend some time getting to know the Masons there. Personal identity, character and background are important to Masons and their fraternal bretheren.
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Joining Unity Masonic Lodge and becoming a Freemason is a six-step process. Its purpose is to acquaint your with the lodge and allow Lodge members to get acquianted with you. This step-wise approach addresses concerns you or your family might have about membership and it helps Lodge members learn about you before you submit a petition for membership.

The first step is to meet with a brother, generally for coffee, and hear the process explained in more detail, as well as what FreeMasonry both is and isn't.

Grand Lodge has created a video explaining the Six Steps to Becoming a Freemason. The video along with detailed information about each step of Grand Lodge's Six Steps program is at https://freemason-wa.org/six-steps-initiation/.

George Washington, Mason
The Grand Lodge of Washington governs the requirements of individual lodges and of candidates and of all Masons. To become a Freemason in Washington State you must.
  • Be a man
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Washington State
  • Decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord”
  • Believe in a Supreme Being, in whatever form or name
  • Be determined to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others
  • Desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence
  • Be healthy mentally and physically
Painting by Thomas Palser (active 1799-1843), London, 1812
A meeting of Freemasons for the admissions of Masters

North Bend Masons meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 P.M., except for July and August when the Lodge is dark. Fellowship begins at 6:30. Dress is business casual.

 

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Centennial coin

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, members of North Bend Mason’s Unity Lodge celebrated a century of service to the Valley with a moment of renewal. North Bend Masons struck a special coin for the occasion.

The lodge had been deconsecrated and darkened before then Grand Master of Washington, Bruce E. Vesper, ceremonially rededicated it for another 100 years of service with a symbolic presentation of oil, grain and wine.

North Bend Masons sponsor the Masonic Bikes for Books program to encourage students to read. Each year North Bend Masons contribute bicycles to children participating in reading programs in local elementary schools.

Toward that end, North Bend Masons are happy to bring the Masonic Bikes 4 Books program to students in Snoqualmie Valley Elementary schools to establish a love for reading early in life. North Bend Masons sponsor the annual Bikes for Books program with the participation of Singletrack Cycles of North Bend.

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Musings of an initiate - one who has not yet learned the basics of Freemasonry and who brings a lifetime of independent development from a variety of social and religious experiences. Not an outsider in spirit, but yet to become an insider in fact.

These comments may show simple ignorance as well as, possibly, important insights to sharing Freemasonry with our contemporaries.

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