How to make sure your lodge is legit?

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Ziad, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. Ziad

    Ziad Registered User

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    Brothers,

    My quest to find a regular lodge has finally paid off. I had been invited to join many lodges from lebanon and Jordan, however, all of them end up being irregular lodges.

    I finally met someone who claims to be in the process of setting up a prince hall lodge - how can i make sure that it is legit and recognized?

    Respectfully
    Z



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  2. Brother_Steve

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    A big clue that a lodge is not legit is if they are flat out asking you to join.

    I showed an interest in masonry to a close friend and he never once asked me to join. I had to actually ask him and he said he was waiting for me to ask for a long time.

    Are you US military or a mid eastern man looking for a lodge? Freemasonry is illegal in a lot of mid eastern countries but im not sure which ones. If it is illegal then your path is that much harder.
     
  3. Ziad

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    I asked - they replied that its possible after the 3 interviews, and the rest of the process...

    I am middle eastern, not affiliated to the military - and know about the difficulties here, hence my suspicion , i also heard about a few scams here and there - any other way to make sure?

    Thanks
    Z


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  4. detroit2jim

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    Contact the grand lodge in your area, you should be able to find their contact info on line. The brother is correct, we don't recruit, ever. Good luck. Stay away for clandestine.


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  5. Mike Martin

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    If you live in a middle eastern country where Freemasonry is an illegal pastime you will never be able to find a regular and recognised Lodge. It goes completely against the purpose of Masonry to Initiate a person who will then become a criminal BECAUSE he is a Freemason.

    If you live in a country where Freemasonry is not illegal you will be able to check the bona fides of any Grand Lodge that you approach for membership by checking which other Grand Lodges recognise it.
     
  6. dfreybur

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    Ask which PHA jurisdiction they are in. Check for them in the United Grand Lodge of England list, North America tab:

    http://www.ugle.org.uk/about/foreign-grand-lodges

    If possible go to the page for that PHA grand lodge and confirm they did in fact charter that lodge.
     
  7. jasper7788

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    Contact the grand lodge in your area and ensure that the lodge you are joining is a warranted lodge.


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  8. MarkR

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    The problem is, "the grand lodge in your area" might be clandestine.
     
  9. dfreybur

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    That's why I like to start at the UGLE web site. Unless you want to join a PHA lodge in one of the states that still doesn't recognize drilling down to your local geography works correctly. That's also why I have the Phylaxis Society's page on bogus Masonry in my bookmarks.
     
  10. zouzoum

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    Hi ziad ... I am lebanese but I live in scotland and I am a member in a lodge here ... if u like go to www.grandlodgescotland.com and u will find the curator email ...send him that u r interested to join and he will forward ur email to the district grand lodge secretary in lebanon...good luck man !

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  11. zouzoum

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    Btw freemasonry in lebanon is not banned and many lodges are consecrated

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  12. tomasball

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    The Grand Lodge of New York has a dozen or so lodges in Lebanon under the department titled "District Grand Lodge of Syria-Lebanon". The Grand Lodge of Scotland has six, organized as the "District Grand Lodge of Lebanon". Those are listed here: http://grandlodgescotland.com/index...nd-lodges/534-district-grand-lodge-of-lebonan. The Grand Lodge of DC founded a lodge in Lebanon in 2010 which led to the GLNY breaking off relations with them. I assume they worked that out, but I don't know the details. No other lodges in Lebanon are considered regular by the UGLE or the Commission for Information on Regularity of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America.
     
  13. Plustax

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    is there a phone app that shows a list of recognzed lodges by GLoT?
     
  14. Bro Darren

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    None that I am aware of. As stated many times, check with the Grand Lodge of that district as they will be happy to point you in the right direction.


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  15. rfuller

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    Inside Texas there are only 2. MWGLoT and MWPHGLoT.
     
  16. Txmason32

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    And one is in Waco and the other in Fort Worth ... anything else is not

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  17. dfreybur

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    Do you mean member lodges within Texas? Both regular and recognized jurisdictions in Texas have lodge locator links on their web pages -

    http://grandlodgeoftexas.org/lodgelocator http://www.mwphglotx.org/lodges.asp

    I do not know of any current phone app that charts the listed lodges by location.

    I haven't found foreign recognition lists on the web sites of any of my jurisdictions. I had to search the annual Proceedings book for the California list. I have not searched for the lists in either Illinois or Texas other than looking up their PHA recognition agreements. The UGLE list works in most cases because most GLs follow the lead of UGLE in recognition -

    http://www.ugle.org.uk/about/foreign-grand-lodges

    Many do not have lodge locators.
     
  18. tomasball

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    Please forgive me, but this thread has forced this image into my mind and I must exorcise it:

    All life-memberships in my lodge doing MC Hammer's "Too legit to quit.", in full regalia.
     
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