A Worldwide Fraternity of Upstanding Men
Freemasonry based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. It’s the confidence of having millions of trustworthy brothers who have taken a sacred oath that they have your back. It’s a profound new sense of purpose and community. It’s a path of self-discovery and shared beliefs that make good men better sons, husbands, and fathers. And it’s walking upright and proud in the same tradition as the giants that came before us. In short, it’s a way of life.
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During the late ’40s and ’50s, NY Masonry saw a great increase in membership due to our returning vets from both WWII and Korea. 200,000 in the State. As members aged and died the Lodge membership started to drop to a point where they couldn’t get enough members out to open the Lodge. New members were few and far between. Thus Lodges began considering mergers or consolidation with other Lodges. This became a regular practice. The fifth Masonic District was originally comprised of 23 Lodges.