Freemasonry FAQ

 

When did Freemasonry begin?

There is no accepted record of date when the order of Freemasonry was instituted, but it is safe to say that its ancient and enduring. As a matter of fact, of all the humanly ordained institutions, none compare in nobility, strength and endurance with the respected order of Freemasonry. The grand heritage of our founding fathers has not only withstood the ravages of time, but continues to burn brightly in our newest members. Our ancient fraternity has been perpetuated because, through the years, a relatively small group of men have been determined to keep the fires of learning aglow. These men are hungry for more light. They want to experience real brotherhood, and they want to serve their communities.

What does Freemasonry teach?

Freemasonry teaches moral truths and virtues that allow you to become a better person. Our mission is to raise the moral, social, intellectual and spiritual conscience of society by teaching the ancient and enduring philosophical tenets of brotherly love, relief and truth, which are expressed outwardly through service to God, family and country.

What are the requirements for becoming a Mason?

A candidate must be male, at least 18 years of age, profess a belief in deity (i.e. a higher power), and be of good character. Any person who meets these requirements is eligible, regardless of race, color, religion or nationality.

Can I visit a Lodge to meet some of the members to learn more about becoming a Mason?

Masonic business meetings are not open to non­members. When you contact a lodge, they may well invite you to attend an open house or lodge supper. They may even ask you to a work day at the lodge or other social event. You’ll be able to speak with other men about Masonry while they get a better sense of your character and level of interest.

What is the cost to become a Mason?

The cost of being a Mason is modest, especially when compared to many social clubs. There is a fee for petitioning to join our lodge ($215) which is refundable if one should be rejected for membership. Dues for the first year of membership are included in the price of the petitioning fee.

How often do you meet?

We meet once per month on the second Monday at 7:30pm. We occassionally meet on the fourth Monday of the month.

What is the process for becoming a Mason?

Two Masons will have to recommend you for lodge membership. If they do not already know you, the lodge may invite you to attend open meetings or dinners to better get to know you before accepting your petition. A committee is formed to investigate each candidate, and they will meet with you to ask questions and learn more about you. The committee reports back to the lodge and the candidate is voted on approximately a month later. If accepted, a member of the fraternity contacts the candidate and schedules a date to begin your Masonic journey.

Why should I become a Mason?

Perhaps, you will join because you want to belong to a revered fraternity and count yourself among a long and distinguished line of Leaders and men who are proud to call themselves Masons. Many brothers say the best part of getting involved in Masonry is coaching others as they progress through their journey. Some say it’s the Masons’ connection to their community and their commitment to serve others. Every Mason has his own reasons for joining the Brotherhood. What will yours be? Now is the time…don’t waste another minute.
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