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The Process of Petitioning

Bro. Dave ThomasJoining the fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity. This is a choice that you and you alone must decide.

Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider. Depending on the lodge, they will likely have their own procedures, just as we do, but this will help you get started and give you a better understanding of the process.

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Ask for InformationHow to become a Free Mason

If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don't be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. In addition, feel free to contact our lodge for more information.

Visit the Lodge

If you don't know a Mason, or even if you do, you can certainly come to our lodge and visit with us. Generally, this will be on the second and fourth Monday nights, which is our lodges typical meeting nights. Come on down and enjoy a great dinner and fellowship. Dinner is from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm with the meeting following dinner.

We recommend that you contact our secretary to let us know you are coming. By doing this, we can have prepared information ready and available for you as well someone that can greet and speak with you. While lodge is in session, please stay and enjoy our "Friend of Friend" program. This is an excellent opportunity to sit and hear what Masonry is about and allow you to ask any questions you have. Once you have joined us for dinner three times, you can then petition for membership.

Submit Your Petition

Once you have completed the petition, turn it in to our lodge. 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 and published in the Lodge Trestleboard. It is highly recommended that you continue coming to lodge nights. This is our chance to get to know you better and for you to meet more of the brothers. It is also highly encouraged for new candidates to help out in the kitchen. You don't have to, but it is a great way for everyone to get to know you.

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

The Investigation

The Master of the lodge will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and review your petition. A Background check will be perfomed (by an independent third party). 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 most important thing is to be true and honest.

The Ballot

Your investigators will be given a deadline (at least one month after the Petition has been read) by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports, along with their recommendation, will be read to the lodge at our 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. This is where your journey beings! Good luck on your journey, it is truly a fantastic adventure.