On the outside it looks like those are Byzantine double headed eagles, but the meaning is that they are phoenixes. What do the columns mean on either side of it though on their website?
The American Serbian Eastern Rite Brothers (ASERB) are Americans of Serbian descent who are members of the ancient fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. The ASERB organization was formed in 1963 and is comprised predominately of Serbian-American Masons living in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. There are currently over 250 active ASERB members, however, Serbian membership in Freemasonry goes well back into the 1800's.
In addition to promoting Masonic fellowship among its members, the main objective of the ASERB is to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors who attend any one of 17 different Serbian Eastern Orthodox Churches in the tri-state area.
How many people belong to Serbian Churches in the tri state area? 2500? So this is claiming 10% are Masons?
About Yugoslavia it says:
It was in the second half of the 18th century that Freemasonry sprang into existence in that country. Among the foreign travelers to the Balkans were many Freemasons, who erected Lodges in Belgrade, Bucharest, Athens, and Widdon. On of the most important members of the Belgrade Lodge was Mustapha Pasha, the Governor-General of the Serbs, who was so humane to the depressed Serbs that he is cited in their national poems as Mustapha Pasha, the parent of the Serbs.
This lodge followed its benefit work up to 1862, when Prince Michael Obrenovich became ruler of Serbia. Various signs give reason to believe that he himself was a Freemason. During his short reign he planned the distribution of European Turkey among the Serbs, Greeks, Rumanians, and Montenegrins. This plan, which is noteworthy in the history of the Balkan Peninsula; is so much more so because it was the work of the Freemasons. Prince Michael Obrenovich, a man of rare energy; patriot in the strictest sense of the word, was convinced that the liberation of the Christians from under the Turkish yolk could only be effected thru a joint action of all nations in this liberation, and he, therefore obtained the consent of all the other rulers in the Balkans. Besides this, Prince Michael was in rather close connection with these notable Freemasons, Garibaldi and Mazzini, who both considered this as a good idea and promised to assist Prince Michael with numerous volunteers. Not only his connections with these well-known Freemasons, but also his general actions show that he must have been a member of the Craft.
It is interesting. Freemasons played a leading role in freeing Greece from the Turks, and there were many lodges in France at the time of their revolution, and here it mentions their role in Serbia's and Italy's revolutions. Plus, we know they played a leading role in the American revolution too.
I like countries making democracy and freeing them from Turkish rule, but why would the freemasons in particular be the springboard for this?