Foreword by Worshipful Brother Graham Flint PGDC
Worshipful Master of Beaver Lodge No 885
My name is Graham Flint and I have the honour of being elected by the members of this the Beaver Lodge No 885 to preside in the office of Master for this next period.
A good many people of today think of Freemasonry as a ‘secret club’ for the select, this is of course not true. However, it is true to say it is a ‘club’ with secrets, but no more so than any other ‚club’ — and the term ‘club’ is used very loosely. I shall now use the term fraternity or Lodge, which fits Freemasonry better.
Freemasonry is in fact the largest fraternity in the world; here in Germany for instance there are 5 Grand Lodges, 475 (male) Lodges, 25 (female) Lodges. There are 16 English-speaking Lodges within the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons in Germany, one of which is Beaver Lodge No 885, which currently uses the premises of Zur Bundeskette Loge Nr 221 in Rosskampffsgasse.
We have in our midst Australian, Italian, English, Scottish, Northern Irish, Irish, German, Canadian, American nationals, a truly international mixture of which we are proud, and continue to encourage. The fraternity is not just here in Germany but is worldwide; this gives one an opening to whichever country one may travel in future.
There are no restrictions as to who can join Freemasonry, it is open to men of all faiths who are law abiding, of good character; a person joining a Lodge (e.g. Beaver Lodge here in Soest) should be over 21 years of age, believe in a superior being, and speak reasonable English. Feel free to contact Herr Ludwig Düllman on 02927-800655 or email l.duellmann.gmx.de.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Lodge!