Masonic 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. 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.
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 Amaranth, and Ladies
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.
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.