YOUNG Freemasons in Southend and Rochford are helping to change the face of one of the world’s oldest fraternal organisations – as it celebrates its 300th birthday.
Young members are challenging perceptions and outmoded stereotype ideas that Freemasonry is an elite secret society for the few.
In just 12 months, the Essex Cornerstone Club for young Freemasons has established itself as the most successful in England, with more than 100 members and expanding every day to reflect the huge and growing interest from young people who now want to join Freemasonry in every part of the county.
Cornerstone is showing young men in their twenties and early thirties that Freemasonry is fun with a whole range of social events, visits and challenges such as an Apache Helicopter and Secret Bunker Experiences and more.
Equally as important, as part of their Freemasonry, young masons are learning key life experiences which they can use in their workplaces, such as leadership, learning to work as part of a team, as well as enhanced public speaking and presentation skills.
The club has introduced its own special brand into Freemasonry, fitting easily and comfortably with the established rituals and ceremonials of the organisation at a time when interest from young men wanting to join Freemasonry has never been higher.
Elliott Chevin, chairman of the Corner Stone Club, said: “Our organisation is as relevant today as it has always been to younger men who want to belong to an organisation that has substance and stands by its values in a world that is rapidly changing.”
“Our members reflect every part of the community and in Essex we have been particularly successful with Cornerstone being the fastest growing club for young Masons anywhere in the Country.”
Provincial Grand Master Rodney Bass added: “It’s clear to see by the significant amount of young Freemasons who have joined the Cornerstone just how enthusiastic our younger members are about Freemasonry and this bodes well for the future.”
“I am delighted to see this club flourishing across Essex and am looking forward to the many other exciting events that have been planned.”
For more on Essex Cornerstone Club, visit www.essexcornerstone.com
Source: Freemasonry – Google Alert (GN)