A Family Affair
The Blue Lodge is the bed-rock of the Masonic family, yet there are several appendant organizations which a Mason’s family members can join to share many more of their common interests and activities.
Family-oriented activities include a range of social and entertainment programs, family outings, and community service projects, as well as numerous occasions for statewide or regional travel.
Among the appendant groups for adults, both men and women may be welcome as members, but women typically hold the principal offices. These groups include, among others, the Order of the Eastern Star, Order of Ameranth, and Ladies Oriental Shrine.
Groups for young people build self-esteem and prepare them for citizenship through successful experience with responsibility and leadership. Masonic youth groups include the Order of Rainbow for Girls, the Order of Job’s Daughters for young women, and the Order of DeMolay for young men.
With many opportunities for growth and friendship, these family-centered groups typically develop active social calendars, so that the “Masonic family” truly is a family affair.