reply to post by homage
Step 1: Find a Mason and tell him you want to join. If you do not know one, find your nearest lodge and go there before a meeting, when the Masons are
arriving at the lodge. Alternatively, write to your nearest lodge, and they will call you back, or simply phone the secretary yourself.
Step 2: You will need two character references of Masons who have known you for a while. In order to meet this requirement, you will be invited to
attend a BBQ or dinner or function where they will meet you informally, and get to know you. Here, you may ask anything you want to know about
Freemasonry, and you will get honest answers.
Step 3: After they feel that they know you well enough (probably after about two visits), they will give you a petition (application form), which you
fill in and return to your lodge.
Step 4: After your application form, you will have a formal interview (normally comprised of a few members on this year's committee) where they will
meet with you and find out whether or not you meet all the requirements I have listed in my previous post. They will also chat to your wife (if
applicable) to make sure that she does not have a problem with you joining. Masonry does not like causing family problems. Support of your immediate
family is important, and you can be sure the committee will want to chat to them.
Step 5: Your application is read out in the lodge, together with the opinion of the committee as to your suitability as a candidate. The secretary
will normally check up to make sure that you have no criminal record.
Step 6: At the following meeting, the lodge will ballot for you. Unless somebody knows of a valid reason why you should not become a Mason, the lodge
will almost always accept the recommendation of the committee.
Step 7: You will need to pay joining fees (varies from lodge to lodge, but normally quite affordable.) You will be initiated at the next free
All in all, you can expect this process to take about six months.
This is the exact route that I took three years ago (I found the number of the secretary of my lodge, and simply phoned, introduced myself, and stated
that I was interested in becoming a Mason.) After my initial phone call, I was really surprised at the warm reception I received. Every step was
explained to me, and I felt welcomed from the very first phone call.
The most important guideline I can give you as a prospective candidate is to show enthusiasm. The fact that you make the effort to find a local lodge
and phone and talk to the secretary indicates that you are serious about Masonry. Joining requires a bit of effort, and this effort is almost always
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