Who We Are


What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.

As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.

The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.”

Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual’s commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.

Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our Masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great.

This video was shown at the conclusion of the 206th annual communication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio and is offered to the Brethren for their inspiration.

About Community Lodge

(Text below from a 1923 brochure printed by the H.E. Dusenberry Realty Co.)

Community Lodge No. 684, F. and A. M. was chartered last October [1922] with a charter

membership of exactly 100 members. The Masonic Temple is located at the corner of First

Avenue and Grandview. The handsome new two-story steel, concrete and brick block covers

65 by 130 feet in this growing section. The lodge has the largest and most beautifully furnished

quarters of any blue lodge in this section. The lodge room is 45 by 60 feet. The architecture

is of a Georgian type, designed to create a dignified yet restful and pleasing effect. The woodwork

has been finished in ivory enamel, and the walls and ceiling in two-tone ivory. This effect, with the

mahogany furniture and luxurious blue pattern floor covering, give a pleasing color scheme.

The first Worshipful Master of Community Lodge is Raymond Dowdell; and Walter Whissen, secretary.

"The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race."

Bro. George Washington