February 1, 2010
Kenneth G. Nagel, Grand Master
Allan L. Casalou, Grand Secretary and
Terry Mendez, Managing Editor
Angel Alvarez-Mapp, Associate Editor
Laura Normand, Senior Editor
Tom Phillips, Art Editor
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Acting on the Square
Perhaps more than any other American,
George Washington incorporated Masonic
virtues into every aspect of his life – as
farmer, commander, and founding father.
From refusing kingship to establishing
a free school for orphans, he made
remarkable choices that reflected the
fraternity’s teachings. All in all, history
reveals Washington as a paragon of Masonic
principles, and a “square of virtue” by which
modern Masons should test their actions.
History The Enlightenment swept through North
America in the 18th century, spurring revolution
and offering one reason so many prominent
revolutionaries were also Masons.
Around the World A century ago, United States
Masons successfully mustered the resources and
manpower to build a lasting monument to George
Washington in Alexandria, Va.
Masonic Education Washington faced a
difficult choice: loyalty to the king – mandated by
the fraternity’s “Constitution” – or loyalty to his new
homeland. John Cooper explains the fine print that
Masonic Homes Lodges first formed to care for
17th-century stonemasons and their families. Today,
California lodges that partner with the Homes help
Masonic assistance reach all corners of the state.