- What do Freemasons do?
Our Lodge meets twice a month for dinner followed by a meeting. At our meetings we conduct degree work (the ceremonies which convey Masonic lessons) or present educational programs about famous Masons in history, Masonic ideas or Masonic symbolism in history or society, or managing the administrative details of the Lodge.
- What kind of guys belong to Potomac Lodge No. 5?
All kinds! Our lodge has a very diverse membership, and is composed of men of all ages, races, walks of life, and cultural backgrounds.
- Is Freemasonry a religion?
No. While members must profess faith in deity, Masonry is not a religion, has never been one, and has no intention of becoming one. We think belief in a Supreme Being is necessary to understand the correct relationship between man and the universe, but proscribe no specific religion or method for relating to that power. While we teach that spirituality is an important component to a well balanced life, our members come from many different religious backgrounds.
- Is it expensive?
No. While each Lodge sets its own schedule for dues, the cost of membership in Potomac Lodge No. 5 is quite reasonable and affordable for everyone – even college students. Masonry is one of the most affordable fraternal organizations in the modern age.
- Is it creepy?
No! Masonry utilizes symbolism in the teaching of its lessons. Atlhough these symbols may be unfamiliar to you, they are not dangerous, evil, or creepy. Rather, they are used by Masons to remind us of the values we hold dear to us: charity, temperance, and faith, for example.
- What should I wear when I visit Potomac Lodge No. 5?
The unofficial uniform at meetings is a dark business suit for members and visitors, and a tuxedo for Lodge Officers. This attire is representative of the formality and professionalism with which we strive to carry out our Masonic work. Members and Officers wear distinctive regalia to identify their role within the Lodge, as well as their progression through our system of education.