I finally took the first step

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by Jeffrey McBride, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Jeffrey McBride

    Jeffrey McBride Registered User

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    Well After years of thinking about it. I finally did it. I asked. Last week I asked about becoming a mason. Tonight I attended dinner before a meeting at the lodge. I was extremely nervous, but it left quickly. I was moved at how extremely happy and friendly everyone was towards me. It amazed me that a stranger was welcomed. I meet and talked and it was a great experience. I felt like I had known some of these men for awhile. It didnt bother them or myself that there was a great age gap between some of us. Although I didn't ask for a petition just yet, ( I don't personally know any masons) I know deep inside something is telling me that I made the right decision by asking. This was my experience that I wanted to share.
     
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  2. Bloke

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    Congratulations and welcome !
     
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  3. Jeffrey McBride

    Jeffrey McBride Registered User

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    Thank you!!
     
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  4. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Congratulations!


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  5. Warrior1256

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    Congratulations and good luck.
     
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  6. grayflannelsuit

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    Best of luck!
     
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  7. Jeffrey McBride

    Jeffrey McBride Registered User

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    Thank you
     
  8. Keith C

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    I was in your very same situation just over a year ago. The only difference is that I did know a Mason. but not from the lodge that I joined. Enjoy the journey!
     
  9. Matt L

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    Other then getting married, the birth of my kids and earning the title Marine, Freemasonry has been the most life changing event in my life. I've become a better man and father by learning what is taught and applying it to my daily endeavors.
    Please keep us informed of your progress.
     
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  10. Thanh Chau

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    Congrats
     
  11. jermy Bell

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    Beware of the Billy goat ! , and don't pull it's hair when you rise.
     
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  12. Warrior1256

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    IF you rise....lol.
     
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  13. Thomas Stright

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    Attend a few dinners and let it go from there.....Ask for a petition when you are comfortable.
     
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  14. Jeffrey McBride

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    Thank you all for the kind words of congratulations and encouragement. I will keep you all updated and i look forward to the one day when I can call you brothers.
     
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  15. Jeffrey McBride

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    update.

    Last night I turned in my petition!! Step 2 complete! will continue to update.
     
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  16. Keith C

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    Excellent!

    I have a few questions for you:
    Where are you located? When is the Lodge's next Stated meeting? Finally, does your lodge "Go Dark" over the summer?

    When I put in my petition last April it was at dinner before the April Stated Meeting, so it was read then, the investigation committee met with me before the May stated meeting and reported favorably then, when I was approved and I was Entered at an Extra Meeting in June. I then had to wait until September to be Passed and, due to a work commitment in October, I was Raised last November. I just wanted to give you an idea of how the timing works here. It could be different in your jurisdiction, so if you answer my questions above, someone form your Jurisdiction may be able to let you know what to expect, timing wise.
     
  17. Jeffrey McBride

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    Im located in Texas, the next stated meeting is 2nd Tuesday of May. I talked with the secretary lastnight and he told me the petition will be read , the committee will be assigned, and vote would be in June. I remember reading about how some lodges dont meet in the summer time. Ill have to remember to ask that question. Thank you.
     
  18. LK600

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    Congratulations! Some advise I was given (that I find difficult lol) is to be patient and enjoy the process. Actually, I've been enjoying the Steak dinners at the Lodge I petitioned ;) . I personally had a great time the night my family met with the investigation team. Really good bunch of guys. Hope to hear more on your progress! Best of luck!
     
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  19. Jeffrey McBride

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    Thank you. I will keep everyone posted.
     
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  20. jermy Bell

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    Here in Illinois, we meet 2xs a month, all year around for business.
     

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