Lake Country Freemasons Lodge #42 was founded in 1853 in Oconomowoc, Wi. Formerly known as Oconomowoc Hartland Lodge #42, we represent the Lake Country area of western Waukesha County which includes the communities around Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Hartland, Merton, North Lake, Wales, Dousman, Genessee, and Summit. Our Lodge has a rich history of making good men better. Masonry is a fraternal organization for men which furthers the principles of brotherhood. Masonry is a voluntary association of men with respect to their families. It is a system of moral conduct. It is a way of life. It is a fraternal society. It is religious in character. It is based on a firm belief in the Fatherhood of God, The Brotherhood of Man, and the Immortality of the Soul. Men who are Freemasons take great pride in their membership for many reasons, prominent among which is the feeling that they are a part of a great force dedicated to worthy purposes.
Freemasonry is a Fraternity of Men from all walks of life. When we meet in Lodge, we are all on the level (equal) and we promise to square our actions with one another. We pledge to take care of one another, our families, and support the teachings and values of Masonry which in layman terms is really a code of conduct to do the right thing the right way by setting a better example in society. Freemasonry serves as a model of self improvement for many, while other members are drawn to our history, the ritual, or the brotherhood of like men interacting together. Today Masonic Lodge’s exist in communities all over the United States and most major countries around the world. A Freemason with proper credentials can visit any Lodge around the world. Freemasonry is the longest continuously running fraternal order of its kind.
In Freemasonry there are moral principals which we promise to uphold. Brotherly Love, Relief, Truth, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice. Additionally we believe Charity and Relief are the cornerstone of why we exist. We are involved in the communities around us, we live our lives by setting a better example for others to follow. We do everything we can to help each other and our families in a time of need. We meet regularly to discuss our activities, and to listen to where we can be of service to each other or the community. Best of all, lifelong friendships are formed that include our spouses and families. We take good men and make them better. The lessons taught in Lodge are the “working tools” needed to set a better example and that will last a lifetime.
Membership starts by asking questions. To be a Mason you have to ask a Mason. There is a an application called a Petition that must be signed by two Lodge members in good standing to vouch for a prospective member’s character. There is an interview process and upon a unanimous vote of Lodge members, we elect the individual to receive the the three degrees of membership which are the Entered Apprentice, FellowCraft and Master Mason degrees. There is some work on the part of the candidate to commit somethings to memory, but it is nothing that other great Masons through the years haven’t done. Imagine making the same pledge word for word as George Washington or Benjamin Franklin! Membership requires as a little as a few hours a month to attend regular meetings, and your involvement in other areas like committees or special events is optional. Annual remittance of Lodge dues is required to keep membership in good standing. None of this is intended to be a burden on your family time or your vocation.