Investigation

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by Lightseeker250, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. Lightseeker250

    Lightseeker250 Registered User

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    Hi all, I was wondering about the investigation, I have emailed a lodge about joining, got a response stating to meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month with the lodge members for dinner before the meeting, so I was wondering, since I am not married, and I'm not in any relationship, 26 years old, have no children, and live with only some roommates, would further investigation and a home visit still be required even after the dinner meeting? I could understand if they wanted to meet my wife and kids but i do not have any lol. Thanks Everyone.
     
  2. Bloke

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    The decision is normally up to the lodge - but my Lodges would not require a home visit. I would attend the dinner and take it from there.... but we've got lots of 20 somthinigs who we did not visit in their home before they were successfully balloted for and then initiated.
     
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  3. JanneProeliator

    JanneProeliator Registered User

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    I have kids and wife and all that and invetigation committee never made a home visit before I was accepted. Later I found out that our lodge has members who know me from outside. One of my former airforce buddys and one of my jiujitsu students for example who also are my friends on Facebook. Perhaps that is the reason they didn't visit my home. :)
     
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  4. Warrior1256

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    Interesting question! My jurisdiction does home visits. I have my first meeting in my Mother Lodge since becoming Mast tomorrow night and will ask this question.
     
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  5. Lightseeker250

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    Awesome brother, Thank You
     
  6. dfreybur

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    My third jurisdictions have pamphlets to investigators that list a home visit in the directions. As such a home visit is required by a policy that is neither an edict nor a bylaw nor a landmark.

    Required and actually done every time are two very distinct things. Adherence to policies happens at times, but not at all times.
     
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  7. Warrior1256

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    I have only been at my Mother Lodge for three and a half years but I am not aware of any members that didn't get a home visit. But that is not to say that it never happened.
     
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    Another thing to keep in mind that the dinner following the stated meeting is a nice meet and greet, but can frequently be interrupted by other conversations. If it were me, I would still want a more private meeting (not necessarily at your home, but it's as good a place as any) to discuss joining versus just chatting over dinner.
     
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  9. CLewey44

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    Oh my God, tell me about it. Every time I get into a decent conversation with a brother somebody has to come over and interrupt talking about some random story totally unrelated to what we were previously talking about.
     
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  10. MarkR

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    I usually meet them somewhere for coffee, just him and me. I've met them in their homes less than half the time. I would never consider meeting them at pre-lodge dinner with the other brothers a proper way to conduct the investigative interview.
     
  11. Warrior1256

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    Lol!!!! I know EXACTLY what you are talking about.
     
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    There is an actual investigation after you petition. However, as you are single, you should be able to request it to be done at the Lodge.

    If you meet at the Lodge, it should be done in private on an off day where others will not be there
     
  13. MWS

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    Even if the potential candidate is single, the investigation committee still prefers to do it at the residence rather than at Lodge. Although our dues aren't high some would argue that observing how the gentleman lives is a reflection of character, how he holds himself and whether the dues would possibly be a financial burden. This is not a judgement of financial stature - he would NOT [edited - forgot word] be immediately denied (as a student, etc.) but a suggestion could be made that he reapply when life becomes more stable.
     
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  14. Bloke

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    Things vary from Jurisdiction to Jurisdiction and Lodge to Lodge. For instance, we have two students in my mother lodge. Any student gets 50% discount on fees in both my Craft Lodges. Readers must remember that the Freemasons here often describe their local circumstances and these are not necessarily universal. We should keep that in mind when we write..
     
  15. Brother_Steve

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    What gets me, regardless of how clean a home is, why the heck can't the Brother throw out his own garbage after eating a meal at Lodge?

    Forget how clean your house is...If you eat, I want you to pick up your plate, bring it to the kitchen, throw out your place mat and put your silverware in the dishwasher. I'm not your wife or girlfriend.

    My point? You could have an inch of dust on your picture frames, etc. You're getting a check in the plus column if the sink is empty of your own doing when your wife is present.

    Nothing irks me more than having to clean up after someone because they think it is not their job.
     
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  16. Warrior1256

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    I agree. At my lodges everyone is good about cleaning up after themselves.
     
  17. Bloke

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    Please join my Lodge !
     
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  18. JJones

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    This is honestly why I blog now.

    I get into a good conversation with another brother and someone interjects and the whole conversation goes off on a tangent. Any good points I had to make lose their relevance.

    When I write a post I can say everything I have to say though. :)
     
  19. Warrior1256

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    Lol.....good point.
     
  20. Plustax

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    Picture this... Going to a home (or dwelling of single person). You walk in & on the walls & laying around are materials about the occult or upside down crosses on the walls or Nazi flags on the walls or anti government slogans. While you don't know for a fact that this new petitioner supports all that or not..its still all there. Is it all his roommates? Is it him trying to join to see what is taking place in Lodges? What are his true intentions? You ask him and he says " none of this is mine... It all belongs to my roommates & I don't believe in that stuff". Come on brethren, as crazy as that scenario sounds do you think that would only happen in the movies? You ever been to a home where the wife is so against him joining that the tension can be cut with a knife? Residences should be visited in my opinion. The stories I could share of my past 30+ years.

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