Freemasonry Organizations

Freemasonry encompasses a wide array of organizations and orders collectively known as Masonic bodies, Concordant bodies, or appendant bodies.  Concordant bodies work alongside Freemasonry, sharing its values and goals, while appendant bodies extend its teachings and traditions. Examples include the Scottish Rite, York Rite, DeMolay, and Shriners Freemason organizations. 

DeMolay
International

DeMolay stands as the foremost organization dedicated to nurturing leadership, fostering teamwork, and facilitating networking opportunities for young men aged 12 to 21. Embodying timeless principles, DeMolay empowers its members to embrace the mantle of leadership, both in character and action, thus honing them into exemplary citizens of the highest caliber. Through a diverse array of activities including athletic competitions, public speaking tournaments, and community service initiatives, DeMolay cultivates vital skills such as civic awareness, responsibility, and character development. Led by young men and guided by adult advisors, DeMolay’s mission is to shape the next generation of leaders by instilling in them the enduring values of integrity, service, and leadership. For more information about this organization specifically in Orlando you can visit https://www.fldemolay.org

Shriners
International

Shriners International, established in 1872, stands as a distinctive organization renowned for its focus on philanthropy and camaraderie. Rooted in a history of camaraderie among craftsmen and stonemasons, Shriners infuse their gatherings with a spirit of fun while maintaining a strong commitment to charitable endeavors. Structured around temples, members progress through degrees, culminating in becoming Shriners after completing the third degree. This organization adds a unique dimension to fraternal life, promoting a sense of community and service while fostering bonds of friendship among its members. For more information about this organization specifically in Orlando you can visit https://bahiashriners.org. You can also view their news letter, Camel Express, on our OML Learning Center page. 

 

York
Rite

The Degrees of York Rite Masonry complete the story and provide answers to many questions that the newly-raised Master Mason may have. The York Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry. York Rite Masonry, which takes its name from the old English city of York, dates back to 1744 and is described as the oldest and purest of the Rites. Like other forms of Masonry, the York Rite is not a religion. Nevertheless, it does develop Biblical themes in addition to themes based on the Medieval Crusades. In the York Rite, a Master Mason may become a member of three bodies — actually a group of separate Rites joined in order. These include: a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; a Council of Royal and Select Masters; a Commandery of Knights Templar. For more information about this organization specifically in Orlando you can visit https://orlandoyorkrite.org/.                                                                                                             

Scotish
Rite

Inspirational, Convenient, and Enjoyable for our members and their families, 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry, through its 29 degrees, expands upon the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, exploring Masonic teachings more deeply. Building upon the ethical and philosophical teachings of Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite reveals a wealth of knowledge about Masonry not found in other degrees. We challenge men by advancing the philosophy of Freemasonry and providing an environment of personal and spiritual growth throughout their journey. For more information about this organization specifically in Orlando you can visit https://www.srorlando.com/what-is-the-scottish-rite/



Grotto
Masons

The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (M.O.V.P.E.R.), also known as the Grotto, is a fraternal organization for Master Masons. Founded in 1889 in Hamilton, New York, it emphasizes good fellowship and fun while maintaining a serious side. Key founders include LeRoy Fairchild and other prominent community leaders.

The Grotto has grown to include numerous chapters across the United States and Canada, with notable members such as Presidents Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald R. Ford. The organization fosters camaraderie among its members through various activities and rituals.

For more information, visit Grottoes of North America or contact the Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation.

Jobs
Daughters

 

Job’s Daughters is a Masonic-sponsored organization for young women aged 10-20. Members gain friendship, self-confidence, leadership, and public speaking skills through community projects and philanthropy. They also learn moral values, love of country, and financial planning.

Founded in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1920, Job’s Daughters now operates in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Brazil, and Australia. Membership is open to young ladies who are descendants of a Master Mason, making it the only youth group with this requirement.

For more information, visit Job’s Daughters International or contact Job’s Daughters of Florida.

Tall
Cedars

Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America is a Masonic organization focused on fostering friendship and fellowship among Freemasons and supporting those with neuromuscular diseases. With over 10,000 members, the organization is committed to providing experiences and joy for those affected by these diseases.

Founded in 1843 as “The Ancient and Honorable Rite of Humility,” the name was later shortened to “Tall Cedars of Lebanon” upon incorporation in 1902. The organization was established by Master Masons Frank W. Bowen, Orlando M. Bowen, David H. Lukens, and Johns S. Broughton to promote camaraderie and fun among members.

In 1972, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to support research and host the Jerry Lewis Tall Cedar Day Camp, providing enjoyment for children affected by muscular dystrophy.

For more information, visit Tall Cedars of Lebanon or contact the Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America.

Order Of
Amaranth

The Order of the Amaranth is a fraternal and charitable organization for men and women with Masonic affiliation. It emphasizes social activities, personal growth, and charitable work, grounded in the values of Truth, Faith, Wisdom, and Charity. Members believe in a Supreme Being, but the Order is inclusive of many faiths.

The Amaranth Diabetes Foundation is the Order’s major philanthropic endeavor, raising funds for diabetes research through the American Diabetes Association. Notably, 100% of funds raised go directly to research grants, as the Foundation incurs no administrative expenses.

The Order also emphasizes patriotism, displaying the flag of the respective country at all meetings. The Amaranth plant symbolizes distinction and honor, with the Amaranthine Wreath representing the unending bond of fraternal friendship.

For more information, visit The Order of the Amaranth or contact the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation.

 

 

 

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