& Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of Eastern Star, is a world-wide
fraternity. Organized in 1950 by the late Dr. William V. Banks; a very prominent Attorney and a Mason with very high
ideals. His dream became a reality at the birth of this new Masonic Organization.
ITS PURPOSE-to provide moral, financial benevolent and
charitable leadership to serve this present age.
This fraternal organization was incorporated and chartered
in August of 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. This Charter empowered International Masons to practice Freemasonry, and operate
as a Masonic Order, throughout the United States, its possessions and territories. This American issued charter empowers,
International Masons to the same rights as those charters issued directly from the Grand Lodge of England or the Grand
Orient of France. Dr. Banks and his host of friends established a National Jurisdiction. Through their diligent
efforts the same year, three States were incorporated: Ohio, New York and Illinois.
Youth Chapters were added with authority vested similar
to that in the adult constitution. The purpose, to provide an apprentice work-shop for the young children and adolescents
in the charitable work of the Masonic Body. To inculcate certain moral principles, as exemplified by the Holy Bible
and other moral sciences, which is highly regarded by our Masonic Order.
International Masons, was founded upon those Christian
principles that denied no person the right to fraternalism, regardless of race, color or creed. The cardinal principles
of this organization are to appeal to its membership in such a manner as to:
Promote better understanding and coordination.
To improve such fields of thought which tend to ensure sound judgment.
To install in the minds of youth the necessity of intellectual progress.
To regard all that tends to develop character and wholesome personality
To establish only such assets or liabilities which are within the financial
range of the membership.
International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern
Star, extends from coast to coast; from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, on the Bahamas Islands and Alaska. There
are approximately 350,000 members enrolled, with an additional count of youth courts.
Other institutions of Freemasonry across the nation, swell with pride
at the great progress our Organization has achieved in this century. A large measurer of credits must be given to the
well known reputation that Freemasonry enjoy throughout our nation and around the world.
Our purchase and employment of the first black owned Broadcasting Facilities
of radio and television stations, along with the Universal Barber College, the international
School of Cosmetology, also the Industrial College puts us in the position to render unbridled service far beyond that of
any other Order. These medians of service, coupled with other modern services, such as monetary benefits and those of
prestige, and enjoyment, brings Freemasonry to a new level and where no one can doubt that International Free & Accepted
Modern Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, render services not duplicated by any other Organization.
Because of our beliefs in the Bible and Christian principles, we teach charity, and service to all mankind and we try to induce an ethical way of life which brings
about those improvements necessary to the construction of good, clean respected citizenship.
Under the administration of our present leader, Supreme President and
Chief Executive Officer, Illustrious, George Mathews, who took office in 1986, International Free & Accepted Modern
Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, has reached a higher plateau and has grown to be one of the largest Fraternal Orders
in the world.