I knew a mason when I joined. He gave me the contact details of the local lodge, but would do nothing to help me join. After becoming a mason, I found
out that he vouched for me. Now I know that the only way to join my lodge is to contact the lodge as an outsider by phoning the secretary. This shows
dedication, and the amount of effort it takes shows real willingness to become a mason. The only exception are Lewises (sons of masons), who can ask a
brother directly, rather than phoning the secretary.
In South Africa, if you have been blackballed, you may never again reapply to the same lodge. You may petition to another lodge after 1 year, but the
original lodge holds jurisdiction over the candidate, and the new lodge must apply to the original lodge to hand over jurisdiction.
If a Brother opposes a new candidate, it is expected that he tells the WM before balloting ever takes place, so that the matter never goes to ballot.
It is pretty much understood that Blackballing someone means they will probably never become a mason, and to allow it to get to that stage means that
a Brother must have a very good reason why that person should not become a mason.
AugustusMasonicus and the bar:
Our stewards are expected to arrive an hour before lodge to open the bar. This tradition started about a year ago, when a certain brother (who shall
not be named, but frequents the ATS forum) helped himself to a drink from the bar one day before lodge to help calm his nerves before delivering a
rather long piece of ritual. Everyone else thought it was an excellent idea.
In South Africa, many lodges support their membership with a weekly raffle. The raffle is well supported by our more wealthy brethren, and the raffle
means that dinner/drinks are free and that annual dues are kept down to the equivalent of about $30 per year.
Originally posted by network dude
Originally posted by desertdreamer
How is it going to benefit me?
don't worry a bit about masonry. You don't need it.
Network Dude's comment may sound a bit harsh, but he is right. Masonry is about giving, not getting.
The right question if you wanted to become a Mason would be:
"How can I benefit others?"