Self Introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JustinScott, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. JustinScott

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    My name is Justin I live in Seminole Florida. I am not a Mason but I am very much intrusted in becoming involved. My grate grandfather was a Shriner and I want nothing more than to follow in his foot steps. I honestly don't even know where to start I am only 18 and feel as if I am challenged by my age to starting my journey. I know my maturity and dedication will be questioned. I just would like to know what the necessary steps are to be given the chance. I am not sure if it matters if I am related to a former member but I don't know anyone to help me be introduced. Please guide me on the correct path so I will be taken seriously. Also please explain to me the connection between Mason and Shriner and what the difference is in levels.

    - thank you sincerely
    Justin S Linn
     
  2. Brent Heilman

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    Well first of all welcome to the forums. Secondly the first step would be to find the nearest Lodge and go up there and introduce yourself. Get to know the Brothers at the Lodge and even visit some other Lodges in the area. Find one that is the best fit for you and make yourself a common visitor. That way they have an opportunity to get to know you as a person. Then just fill out the petition. Remember you will not be extended an in invitation, you must ask. Since you are in Seminole the closest one will Madeira Beach. Here is their website: Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291, 14020 Marguerite Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

    The Shrine is an appendant body of Freemasonry, like the Scottish Rite and York Rite. To become one you must first be a Master Mason in good standing and then you can petition the Shrine to be a member. Trust me once you become a Master Mason there will be plenty of time to join the Shrine or any other body. You will find that Masonry is a lifelong journey that will bring you much joy and fulfillment. If you need any thing else just shoot me a PM on here and I will help out as much as I can.
     
  3. JustinScott

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    Thank You

    Thank you for responding so quickly. So do I just walk in any day or are there meeting days?
     
  4. Brent Heilman

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    They do have stated meeting days and you can go up beforehand and introduce yourself and tell them why you are there. If you go to their website you can get the info from there. You might also call the Secretary of the lodge and he can give you some guidance. Take some time to look around their web page and get some info that way. It will be intimidating at first but trust me you will be welcomed with open arms. If you aren't go somewhere else and repeat. You can also look at Prince Hall Affiliated Lodges also in the area. Many people think of Prince Hall as for African-Americans only but it isn't and they have a rich history also. There are a lot of Prince Hall Masons here that give you more info about it than I can.
     
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  6. JustinScott

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    Not to sound ignorant but what is the difference between that lodge and any other lodge.
     
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    There are plenty of posts on here that do explain the affiliations and there are also many books on the subject. A Brother on this forum gave me some good reading advice when I first joined the forums...I'll look back and find the post and pull the recommended reading and PM you
     
  8. bupton52

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    "Not to sound ignorant but what is the difference between that lodge and any other lodge."

    There is deep history with Prince Hall Affiliated lodges with regards to freemasonry. A good book to read would be Black Square & Compass: 200 Years of Prince Hall Freemasonry. It gives insight as to who Prince Hall was and what how his actions as a freemason allowed African-American men to be a part of the fraternity here in the U.S.
     
  9. Brent Heilman

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    I haven't ever heard of that book. Thanks for the suggestion, not only for the potential candidate but for my information also. Thanks Brother!
     
  10. youngblood2002

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    I have actually read the book.It gave me more insight and confirmed that I had made the right decision based on research I had done. It also broadened my understanding of the PHA journey...
     
  11. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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  12. JustinScott

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    Thank you for the welcome its nice to see how open and inviting everyone is
     
  13. JustinScott

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    There is a app called the masons library and it had that book and many others and u can download them and put them on ur PC nook etc
     
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    Welcome to our Forum, Young Man...........there is plenty to read and learn on here. Hopefully, what you read will spur you to make the decision on joining the Lodge that best suits YOU. One of our most familiar sayings is simple: TO BE 1, ASK 1...............Good Luck!

    Bro Vincent C. Jones, Sr., Lodge Chaplain, Bayou City Lodge #228
    Prince Hall Affiliation, Free and Accepted Masonry, Houston, Texas
    Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas
     
  15. JustinScott

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    Yes Sir,

    I have found many answers on here and I have made the decision to join a lodge but I am currently "shopping" for the correct one. I have a meeting with the secretary of Gulf Beach Lodge in Madeira Beach FL because that is the closest one and the most convenient for me. I am both nervous and excited but I know that I will be welcomed and all will turn out for the best thanks to all the superb people I have came in contact with on this site. It is very comforting to find that most masons have a very similar way of thinking and the same warm hearted welcome to anyone that is curious about this magnifisent fraternity. I know I am a good man but I cant wait to become my full potential and become a better man alike the magnificently influential people in history that were Freemasons as well.
     
  16. JTM

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    welcome to the boards!
     
  17. JustinScott

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    Thank you
     
  18. Michael Neumann

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    Justin, I entered at 24 and was by far the youngest in my class. The SD was a great guy and introduced me to the brethren at the stated meeting. Most were welcoming and enjoyed having a young man display such interest in joining the lodge.

    Honestly you found a huge resource in this site, links to historical information abound, open dicussion between gentlemen of different bodies, and articles highlighting the historical significance our influence has had on history. My advice to you is read and research, Morals and Dogma is a popular read but at almost 700 pages not many have made it through the book. Another is Born in Blood, I find this a must read Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry: John J. Robinson: 9781590771488: Amazon.com: Books from this you can diverge into other titles such as The Meaning of Masonry and the several entertainment volumes written by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas. Welcome to www.knight-lomas.com
     
  19. JustinScott

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    Thank you for your encouragement it really dose mean a lot. I was going to read morals and dogma and saw how long it was I think o will read the one you recpmended first. Thank you for the advice.
     
  20. JustinScott

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    I just wanted to thank all of you who gave me all the wonderful advice. Today I had my first personal interaction with a local lodge near me. It was honestly the most belonging feeling I have ever had in my life. I had met these wonderful people for the first time and it honestly felt as if they where long lost family. They where impressed on how well informed I was on Masonry thanks to this site. I had a meeting with the lodge secretary along with the rest of the lodge officers. I just seemed to fit right in and they where 100% open to me being so young "why not start the best portion of your life as early as you can." Said Peter one of the officers. They also gave me two pamplets most of which I already know one again to the credit of the vast information on this site. They invited me to go back on Thursday (September 20, 2012) to meet the rest of the members; Peter even offered to buy for me. Another detail that suprised me is all 6 of the men at the table vouched for me starting my petition noting that they would all sign for me as lodge members once I have filled it out and supply my other three "character signatures" that they want from people outside the lodge (non-masons). This was honestly a life changing experience as it will be for the rest of my life. Once again thank you all for all of your support I honestly dont think I would have had the courage to extend my self as I have, without you all. A special thanks to Brent Heilman, Blake Bowden, and Michaelstedman81 for all the specific answers, honest opinions, and most of all teaching me how to approach a lodge in search of membership!

    -Justin Linn
     

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