Because you have 750 friends on facebook, and no real companions
Because you have 500+ LinkedIn connections, and nobody to really recommend you
Because what you do doesn't matter to us, but who you are means the world
Because every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery upon initiation
Because there are no strangers in Freemasonry, only friends you've yet to meet

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:51 PM Posted by Rob Bryce

Because Social Media, Isn't

They say we're more connected than ever. This is great, if looking at pictures of people and reading their daily laundry lists of tasks is what you consider "connected" to be. While people are spending more and more time "liking" each other's pithy comments, they are actually spending less and less time really interacting.

What feels better? When someone "likes" your latest witty comment or when someone crosses a room with the express purpose of shaking your hand and really wanting to know how things are going?

My older brother is in Ulanbataar Mongolia, so you can safely assume we don't meet face to face all that often. While computers keep us connected, and there's definitely a time and a place for that, there's no substitute for real interaction, real brotherhood. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is a lodge in Ulaanbataar.

Masonry offers an ancient counterpoint to the modern phenomenon of social isolation. We gather, we work, and then we relax. The lodge is always there. The lodge is always welcoming. No matter what kind of changes you're going through, the lodge has been the same for hundreds of years and it's not going anywhere.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:27 PM Posted by Rob Bryce

Where old and young Work Side by Side

We call it, "the Work". It takes all types to get it done, with the Master Masons assisiting the Fellowcraft, who assist the Entered Apprentices. Much like the old craft was passed from father to son, a lodge needs all ages, from all walks of life. At Defenders, our oldest active member is 95, and our current set of officers range from 30 to 44. Masons cannot be initiated until they are at least 21, and typically they walk in the door to our lodge the first time after they are done whatever schooling they were attending and after a couple years of being in the workforce they found themselves looking for something new, different and meaningful.

We can't tell you everything about being a mason as it takes a leap of faith on both sides. You need to feel you're comfortable enough, and we need to feel we can place our trust in you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2015 6:37 PM Posted by Imbube Nodosi

The Company that you Keep

Sir Robert Borden

Sir John A, Macdonald

Tim Horton

Rob Bryce

Mfana Cele

George Washington

Benjamin Franklin

John Diefenbaker

Duke Ellington

Oscar Peterson

What kind of company do you keep?

The above list could go on and on forever. The one connection that all these men have, is that they belong to the same brotherhood that has been around since the 1700s. They belong to a fraternal order that spans the entire planet, whether its Asia, Africa, Europe or The Americas. This is the kind of company that I want to keep.

Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or honours. All masons meet together as equals and put aside their power and position in order to gather in harmony. One of our fundamental principals is that we make good men better. We all believe in our hearts that we are good men and that we value our fellow man, but freemasonry makes you an even better man. Not only with yourself, but your family, your friends, and even random people that you meet on the street.

Freemasonry is built upon three basic tenants that all men should live by, they are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Brotherly Love is the practise of the Golden Rule. And what is that you ask? that you treat others the way that you would want to be treated. Relief embodies charity for all mankind. Even if its giving ten dollars to the local food bank, donating items that you don't use, it can be anything. Truth is of course honesty, fair play and the cardinal virtues.

What man would not want to belong to a brotherhood that excepts every man regardless of their race, creed or culture. All lodges have a varied cross section of men from every walk of life. And that i am proud to be a part of. It is that sort of company that I enjoy being around. It is that sort of company that will help me in a time of need without any reservation. these men, these good men, are my brothers from now until the end of my days. So i ask you this question, "What kind of company do you want to keep?"