Freemasonry is a society of men, which derived its origins in part from medieval operative masons. Masonry is a unique institution that has been a major part of community life in America, Europe and major parts of the world where the influence of European Culture has been felt for over 250 years. Masonry teaches its members that their first duty is to their families and its connections, that they should be honest, friendly and proper in their conduct to everyone. They are urged to be good citizens, obey the law and maintain the good order of society. Members who fail to live up to those high standards may in appropriate cases be asked to resign or be expelled.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP
To become a Freemason you must:
Be a man at least 18 years of age
Be of good moral character
Have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is up to you)
Decide to become a Mason of "your own free will and accord"
Be loyal to your country
Dedicated to providing for your own family
Have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others
Possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER
Follow these steps to become a member:
Talk with someone you know who is a member of the Fraternity
If you do not know anyone who is a Mason, just contact a lodge in your neighborhood
Masons do not solicit for members. You'll need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
You can receive an online petition for membership by E-mail from your local lodge.
Complete a petition for membership and return it to your local lodge with your degree fees
Three members will meet with you to answer your questions
Your petition will be presented for a secret ballot. If accepted, you will be notified to appear to receive the first of three Degrees of Masonry