Who are they?
The Masons of Olympus #45 Foundation are located in Seattle at 306 24th Avenue South. Our mission is to provide through our committed services the freedom and liberty for all people as well as the needs for those less fortunate. To accomplish our mission, we shall provide contributions and involvement with organizations that support our mission and other charitable and educational causes in and about our community. Freemasonry is the oldest, and by far the largest, Fraternal Order in the world. Its lodges stretch around the globe and, like the British Empire, it might well be said that the sun never sets upon the Masonic lodge. Fraternity means an association of brothers, and that is exactly what Freemasonry is—a society of friends and brothers. The origins of Freemasonry date back to the dawn of civilization. The Egyptians practiced many of the philosophies know to modern Freemasonry, and men practiced many of the operative skills as guilds formed in Europe during the Tenth Century. Written records of modern Freemasonry have been kept since 1717 with the formation of a general governing body, called the Grand Lodge, in England.
"The passion of fear, like pride and envy, hath slain its thousands"
Prince Hall Freemasonry is a branch of North American Freemasonry for African Americans founded by Prince Hall on September 29, 1784. There are two main branches of Prince Hall Freemasonry: the independent State Prince Hall Grand Lodges, most of which are recognized by Regular Masonic jurisdictions, and those under the jurisdiction of the National Grand Lodge. Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest and largest (300,000+ initiated members) predominantly African-American fraternity in the nation.
Prince Hall's legacy as a Freemason and a leader has survived with the lodges; Hall is considered the "father of African-American Freemasonry". As a Georgia Mason noted, the original local lodge rules written by Prince Hall and his followers in the late 18th century were the first set of regulations drafted by colored men for self-government in the United States, and Masonry ever since has striven to teach its members 'the fundamentals of central government' which is the basis of American life."
Olympus Lodge #45 of the MWPHGLWA joins others in District 1 of Seattle, WA in a joint venture to feed our local homeless community on the last Friday of each Month. This effort generates between two to three hundred brown bag meals, provided entirely by the volunteers working on the project. Feeding of our less fortunate here in Seattle is such a great way join in fellowship and share a passion with other great individuals; doing something positive for others.
If you are interested and want to give back to the community, please feel free to use the "send us a message" section of our website with contact information and someone will get back to you. Be blessed in your travels.
Here are some of the programs the Olympus #45 Foundation supports financially of through in-kind services:
Washington State Department of Transportation Highway Rest Area Host
Central Area Senior Center
United Negro College Fund
“Toys for Tots”
Garfield Community Center
Community Youth Baseball Teams
Central Area Motivation Program
Mayor’s Day for the Hungry Food Drive
"Be always ready to give an answer to those that ask you a question; give the right hand of affection and fellowship to whom it justly belongs, let their color and complexion be what it will; let their nation be what it may, for they are your brethren and it is your indispensable duty to do so."
- Prince Hall
306 24th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144, USA