OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Legislature recently designated Saturday, October 15, 2011 as Square and Compass Day to promote education about Masonry and the dedicated service its members provide to county residents.
Each Masonic Lodge in Oswego County was open to the public and members conducted tours and talked about the Mason’s history, architecture, traditions and rituals, and community services.
Masonry, sometimes called Freemasonry, is a world-wide fraternal organization that honors a belief in a Supreme Being, celebrates the bond of brotherhood and shares the values of community service. Freemasonry began nearly four centuries ago and continues with millions of members today, making it the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. The organization includes men of every race, religion, and background.
“The Masons came into prominence in the late 14th century and took the square and compass to symbolize their fraternity,” said John Krauss, Oswego County District Deputy Grand Master. “These were the tools of the organization’s earliest members, the stonemasons and architects who used the science of geometry and masonry to construct many of the great cathedrals and buildings in medieval Europe and ancient Egypt.”
The Modern Era of Freemasonry began in the early 18th century when membership was no longer limited to active stonemasons.
Krauss added, “The fraternity adopted more enlightened philosophies about morality, intellectual pursuits, benevolent service and gentlemanly socialization to promote personal improvement, bring order to society and understand the universe as a whole. Following these guiding principles, our members believe that when men put aside their differences, come together as friends and strive for peace and harmony, the world is indeed a better place.”
Freemasons donate millions of dollars and countless man-hours every day to charitable causes such as the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, Learning Centers, the Masonic Safety Identification Program and the Masonic Angel Foundation. There is also a variety of other worthy causes and groups that local Lodges contribute to and aid in their own communities, such as Dollars for Scholars and the Masonic Charity Program.
To learn more about Masonry in Oswego County, call John Krauss at 315/529-2844 or ask a Mason in your community. Masons hold regular monthly meetings at Lodges in Central Square, Constantia, Fulton, Hannibal, Mexico, Oswego, Phoenix, Pulaski, and Sandy Creek.