Saturday, July 01, 2006

How To Become a Mason?


IF YOU WISH TO SEEK MASONIC MEMBERSHIP

Masons do not solicit for members.

If you are seeking Membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application.

You must be a man at least 21 (18 in some jurisdictions).

You must be of good moral character

You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you)

You must be a Resident of your state for 12 months

You must decide to become a Mason of "your own free will and accord"

You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.

You must be loyal to your country.

You must be dedicated to providing for your own family

You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.

You must sign a Petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.

There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for Masonic membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being. Any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge.

Members of the Lodge vote by secret ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.

Follow these steps to become a Mason: How to Join Freemasonry


QUALIFICATIONS:
Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better." Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favorably considered for Membership. Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.

The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself."

INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING FREEMASONRY

Find the state or country in which you reside (see list below), then select the Grand Lodge for that state. Each states Grand Lodge site should have a local "lodge" locator in which to choose from. If you cannot find a lodge locator, consult your local Yellow or White pages under Fraternal Org.

Find a lodge you wish to apply for. It may be close to your work, home, school, base, or any other location convenient to you. Use the states Lodge Locator to find that nearest lodge. Contact the lodge of your choice for more information and instruction on joining and an application.

Once completed, the application must be signed by several Master Masons (varies by state) who recommend you for membership. You will have met Masons at the lodge event. You can also contact the lodge secretary for assistance, which will be provided for you.

Return your application and any fees. The lodge will schedule visits with you at an agreed upon location to discuss your application and to answer any questions you may have. A report will be made at the lodges next stated meeting to discuss and vote on your application.

With your acceptance, you will be notified that you have been elected as a candidate for the degrees of Freemasonry, and you will receive instructions about participation in the ceremonies to come. Once completed, you will then be a full member.
These steps may vary state to state and country to country, but are essentially the same. Additionally, the time line may vary location to location for how quick the application is received, reviewed, and voted upon.



LONG ISLAND MASONS

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