International Free & Accepted Modern
Masons Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, is a worldwide 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
ITS PURPOSE: to provides 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 by the UNITED STATES CHARTER AUTHORITY, DOVER, DELAWARE. 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
There are approximately 350,000 members
enrolled, with an additional count of youth courts.
Youth Chapters were added with authority
vested similar to that in the adult constitution.
The purpose, to provide an apprentice
workshop 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:
1. Promote better understanding
2. To improve such fields of thought
which tend to ensure sound judgment.
3. To instill in the minds of youth
the necessity of intellectual progress.
4. To regard all that tends to develop
character and wholesome personality traits.
5. 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.
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.
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 enjoys 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 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.
Dr. Mathews, has implemented higher goals
for the Officers and Members:
1: Improved leadership,
not only by teaching, but also by demonstration.
2:Extending a helping hand to the needs in our communities, by showing
Christianity and Charitable deeds.
3:Broadening our Scholarship Fund to enable the Youth to own businesses or have
the skills to work in top ranking positions and take part of in our government
with strong voices, full of honesty.
4: Having a helping hand in teaching people to have Respect, Dignity, and most
of all Love for themselves and mankind.
5:Approaching Dr. Mathews' tenure of 14 years, he has created ways and means of
financially supporting other National Organizations and private sectors with the same concepts as our own. "LOVE, CARE and
6:This organization owes our continued
constructive success to Illustrious Dr. George Mathews, a man with strong convictions and forethought. A man with goals and
objectives. A man who is family orientated. A man who stands on principles of truth, fairness and honesty. A man that gives
God the praise for who he is, and what he is. A man that never cease to pray for Divine guidance.
OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE THE FRATERNITY
AND BROTHERHOOD OF MASONRY AND MANKIND AND THE PERFECTION OF OUR BEING THROUGH OUR WORSHIP OF GOD AND STUDY OF THE ANCIENT
ORDER AND PRINCIPALS OF FREEMASONRY
QUESTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL MASONS &
1. QUESTION: WHAT STATES ARE THERE NO
KANSAS, VERMONT, WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON,
2. QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY I.M. LODGES
IN PUERTO RICO?
3. QUESTION: WHAT WAS THE FIRST LODGE
ANSWER: ST. MARK LODGE
4. QUESTION: WHAT WAS THE FIRST CHAPTER
TRUTH CHAPTER IN MICHIGAN.
5. QUESTION: WHAT STATE HAD THE FIRST
GRAND LODGE AND GRAND CHAPTER?
6. QUESTION: WHAT WERE THERE NAMES?
ANSWER: CRUSADER GRAND
LODGE AND AREME GRAND CHAPTER.
7. QUESTION: WHO WAS THE FIRST ELECTED
S.G.M. OF I.M.?
ANSWER: DR. WILLIAM
8. QUESTION: WHO WAS THE FIRST APPOINTED
GRAND MASTER AND GRAND
ANSWER: BRO. TURNER
S. HARTFIELD AND SIS MERRY J. GREEN.
INTERNATIONAL MASONS WAS ISSUED AN AMERICAN
CHARTER. ITS COST WAS $50,000.00.
BRO. HENRY ALLEN WAS FIRST D.S.G.M. ALSO
LECTURER AND BUILDER OF I.M.
BRO. COLEMAN DESSISSO WAS FIRST RECRUIT
DEPUTY OF I.M.
ON JUNE 4, 1951 MICHIGAN HELD ITS FIRST
GRAND LODGE CONVENTION IN FLINT MICHIGAN, CHANGED IT'S NAME TO "RALPH BUNCHIE GRAND LODGE", AND GRAND CHAPTER CHANGED THEIR
NAME TO "EDITH SAMPSON GRAND CHAPTER".