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Interested in Becoming a Mason?

Having expressed a desire to become a Freemason, we presume you are willing to consider thoroughly the step you propose to take. The exact nature of our Institution being unknown to you, we deem it advisable that you should be informed on certain points, the knowledge of which may affect your decision to apply for membership.

Freemasonry interferes neither with religion nor politics, but has for its foundation the great basic principles of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.

No Atheist can be a Freemason.

Freemasonry strives to teach a man the duty he owes to God, his neighbor, and himself. It inculcates the practice of virtue, and makes an extensive use of symbolism in its teachings.

It cannot be too strongly emphasized that Freemasonry is not to be entered in the hope of personal gain or advancement. Admission must not be sought from mercenary or other unworthy motives. Any one so actuated will be bitterly disappointed. The aim of the true Freemason is to cultivate a brotherly feeling among men, and to help whomsoever he can.

Freemasonry is not a Benefit Society. This fact cannot be too strongly emphasized. We do not subscribe so much a year to entitle us to draw sick pay or other benefits, or to make provision for those who survive us. There are other excellent Societies founded for this purpose. No man should enter the ranks of Freemasonry in hope or expectation that he will derive any financial benefit from it. Masonic Charity is directed towards those who, from unforeseen circumstances and through no fault of their own, have met with misfortune.

Loyalty to one’s country is an essential qualification in Freemasonry, and only those are acceptable who cheerfully render obedience to every lawful authority. Disloyalty in any form is abhorrent to a Freemason, and is regarded as a serious Masonic offense.

Freemasonry has in all ages insisted that men should come to its doors entirely of their own free will, and not as a result of solicitations, or from feelings of curiosity, but simply from a favorable opinion of the Institution, and a desire to be ranked among its members.

We have no authority at the present time to give you further information regarding the Brotherhood you propose to join, but we have imparted sufficient to enable you to conclude that Freemasonry is not contrary to the principles which mark a man of upright heart and mind, and has in it nothing inconsistent with one’s civil, moral or religious duties.

We think it advisable to inform you that your admission to our Craft will entail certain financial obligations which you should be able to discharge without detriment to yourself or those dependent on you. In addition to the fees and contributions payable on your entrance, there will be an annual subscription for the support of your Lodge, and from time to time you may be called upon to contribute for the relief work connected with the Craft.

Brother William Maddox
Grand Lodge of California
 
 

 

About Our Brotherhood...

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world today. One of the first references to the order is found in the Regis Poem that dates to 1390. Literally millions of men throughout the centuries have chosen to “level themselves” with this fraternity, yet today Masonic membership is in a state of decline. One explanation is that Masonry is a morals based fraternity in an increasingly immoral society. This may or may not be true. Another possible reason is that the modern man is simply too busy to devote the time and energy necessary to gain membership in the order. Or it could be that too many men prefer to join and patronize other clubs that offer more secular rewards. Despite all of these reasons, to continue to survive, Freemasonry must attract men of good character to continue the traditions of seven centuries. Hence the title for this page.

Masonry requires several things of its potential members. First and foremost, they must be of good moral character. The unofficial motto of the order is “to make good men better;” therefore, any candidate must be basically a good man. Secondly, members must be able to state a belief in a Supreme Being. Without a strong belief in God, moral lessons would be valueless. Finally, candidates must come to the order of “their own free will and accord,” unfettered by undue solicitation or expectations of financial reward. Therefore, the Masonic Order does not solicit members. To be a Mason, you must ask a Mason for a petition or express, to a Mason, a desire to join the order. Once this request is made, the necessary steps for membership can be initiated. Sadly, all that apply for membership are not accepted and some that are accepted do not complete the journey. The process of joining the fraternity involves time and effort. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but the rewards of a journey well traveled are well worth the effort. All masons will be there to help and guide you along your journey to “Masonic Light.” In this manner, masonry binds men together by many common ties and strengthens the bonds of friendship and cooperation.

Some men are surprised that no one has ever asked them to become a Mason. But it doesn’t work that way. For hundreds of years, Masons have been traditionally obligated not to ask others to join the fraternity. We can talk to friends about Masonry. We can tell them about what Masonry does. We can tell them why we enjoy it. But we can’t ask, much less pressure, anyone to join. There’s a good reason for that. It isn’t that we’re trying to be exclusive. But becoming a Mason is a very serious thing.  "...YOU MUST COME OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL AND ACCORD..."

Joining Masonry is making a permanent life commitment to live in certain ways . . . to live with honor and integrity, to be willing to share with and care about others, to trust each other, and to place ultimate trust in God. No one should be “talked into” making such a decision. So, when a man decides he wants to be a Mason, he asks a Mason for a petition or application. He fills it out and gives it to the Mason, and that Mason takes it to the local lodge. The Master of the lodge will appoint a committee to visit with the man and his family, find out a little about him and why he wants to be a Mason, tell him and his family about Masonry, and answer their questions. The committee reports to the lodge, and the lodge votes on the petition. If the vote is affirmative — and it usually is — the lodge will contact the man to set the date for the Entered Apprentice Degree. When the person has completed all three degrees, he is a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.**

**Excerpted from Masonic Information Center, from a booklet entitled “What’s a Mason?”
 

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Membership and General Inquiry

For the man seeking a deeper meaning in life, who wants a fraternity of like-minded men committed to growth and improvement, Freemasonry has opportunities and limitless possibilities. All one must do to start the process is say “I want to become a Freemason.” We cannot, and will not, ask you to become a Freemason…You must come of “your own free will and accord."

Contact a Freemason, Masonic Lodge in your City, or the Grand Lodge of your jurisdiction (State, Province or Sovereignty) to take that first step today.