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Admission to membership in Freemasonry has always been limited to men, but there are several appendant organizations for the Ladies and for the boys and girls.  There are also concordant organizations to which only Masons can apply for membership, including the Scottish Rite, the Royal Arch, and the Shriners, to name the largest and best know.  These are a part of the Masonic Family.

Freemasonry has no restrictions based on race, creed, ethnic origin or social status. 

As stated before, no one will openly invite a man to become a mason.  You must ASK ONE TO BECOME ONE


The absolute requirements for becoming a Mason are:

Have belief in a Supreme Being (No particular religion or faith is required or excluded. All are welcome.)

Be a man, at least 21 years old. (18 in some jurisdictions)

Be of good moral character

Be of good reputation

Be loyal to your country

Have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others

You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.

You should be someone who does, or want to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.

Dedicated to providing for your own family.  If you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:

  • You have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)
  • You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.
Possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence


Follow these steps to become a member

To join, all you have to do is ask a Mason. Remember Masons do not solicit for members. You'll need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.  

  • Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby, or...
  • If you think that don't know any Masons in your area, you could post to the newsgroup alt.freemasonry and ask that anyone who lives in your general area reply to you, or...
  • You can probably find nearby lodges listed in your phonebook. (White-pages listings for lodges may be under "Masons", "Freemasons", or "Masonic Temple", and the Grand Lodge would probably be under "Grand Lodge of Masons"), or...
  • Find your state's Grand Lodge in the Internet. Call or email them and ask to speak to someone in the office of the Grand Secretary.  Click here for a  List of Grand Lodges Webpages.  You must be connected to the Internet
  • Once you have found someone you know who is a member of the Fraternity, TELL HIM YOU WANT TO JOIN.
  • The person will give you a petition to fill out.
You will get a "Petition for Membership" that you will have to fill out completely and have members of the Lodge sign it recommending you for membership.  Once filled, return it to the person who gave you the petition or go to the Lodge and give it to any member or the Secretary along with your initial fees.

Your Petition for membership will be read at the next Stated Meeting and afterwards an Investigated Committee will be appointed.

Your character will be investigated by the Investigating Committee. This is done by three members who will meet with you, your family if so desire and answer any questions

Your petition will be presented and voted upon by secret ballot by all lodge member.  All present members must accept you that is it must be unanimous.

  • If accepted, you will be notified by the Lodge's Secretary to appear to receive the first of three Degrees of Masonry.  He is the only one authorize to do so.
  • If not accepted, the Lodge Secretary will notify you. and your initial deposit will be returned to you

If accepted you will receive information on when you will begin your degrees and your journey in Masonry begins

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