How to Join?

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by Blake Bowden, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    Joining Freemasonry requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.

    Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider. Lodges will likely have their own procedures, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process.

    Ask for Information
    If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don't be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. If you don't know a Mason, .

    Visit the Lodge
    Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don't be intimidated, they'll be happy to see you. Most lodges have dinner before their regular stated meetings (meetings usually occur monthly) and guests are almost always welcome. In many areas more than one lodge may exist. Visit as many as you can, get a feeling for the lodges you visit and pick the one that best meets your needs.

    Request a Petition
    Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don't know any Masons, ask the lodge you're petitioning for advice.

    Submit Your Petition
    Turn in your completed petition to the lodge you would like to join. Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.

    Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:

    The Investigation
    The Master of the lodge you submitted your petition to will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect...we don't expect petitioners to be perfect, either.

    The Ballot
    Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.

    After the Ballot
    Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.
     
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  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Very succinct Brother. Easy to understand.
     
  3. dorwin thuga

    dorwin thuga Registered User

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    if I apply to a different lodge say I am from Namibia and want to further my degrees in U.S.A and I didn't get any sponsors and unemployed what happeneds?
     
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  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    Most Grand Lodges have a residency requirement. Here in Texas it is 6 months. If you were to come to the US, you would have at least that long to find employment and make contacts before you could petition a Lodge.
     
  5. dorwin thuga

    dorwin thuga Registered User

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    okay thank you
     
  6. Big time

    Big time Registered User

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    I was raised in a lodge that was not active and I never received a dues card. Now I want to become active, the lodge I petioned say i need to demit. How do I go about it
     
  7. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    If your lodge went dark for good you will need to go through your grand lodge for the proper documentation.
     
  8. liangangsun

    liangangsun THE POWER OF THE WORD Premium Member

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    l m in New York ,Dont knw to find Particijation in the cabin,Brothers heip me
     
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  10. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Huh!
     
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  11. Manuel okyere

    Manuel okyere Registered User

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    hello, i am located in ghana,central region. i have been interested in being a mason for a long time but i dont know any mason to introduce me. i really want to be a craftman. Can you help me with a mason i can get a petition from?
     
  12. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Contact the Grand Lodge of Ghana. They can answer all of your questions. Good luck.
     
  13. Elisha Awuni

    Elisha Awuni Registered User

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    Hello, I'm from Ghana, I want to join the Freemasonry but don't know any grand lodge around my jurisdiction. If you can assist me by linking me up to a member here in Ghana who. n assist me join this fraternity I would be very glad. Thanks
     
  14. Ripcord22A

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  15. Charles Thomas

    Charles Thomas Registered User

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    Visit http://grandlodgeofghana.org/
    Or whatsapp me on+1 854-529-2928 for assistance
     
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  16. Ripcord22A

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  17. GaTnMason

    GaTnMason Registered User

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    2B1ASK1
     
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  18. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Yep!
     
  19. MarkR

    MarkR Premium Member

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    Perhaps the worst, most unhelpful saying ever devised. Most men today don't know one to ask. So they come online and ask, and are told "2B1ASK1." Well, the person just asked a whole bunch! If all you can offer is to tell them to ask one when they've just asked, then asking didn't do a bit of good!
     
  20. GaTnMason

    GaTnMason Registered User

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    Well when they ask that opens the door to us to explain what they have done and provide them with a petition and sign it. They must have enough curiosity to make the step of there on free will and accord.
     

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