posted on Sep, 3 2004 @ 05:57 PM
Hehe . . .
All you have to do is be friendly, at least civil. As with anyone, you shouldn't insult them before you talk to them, obviously.
As for me, I did this:
1.) Google search. Found webpage for Masonic Lodge in my area (5 minutes away, too!)
2.) Website had section to e-mail the Lodge, saying I could ask for information about Masonry. Good. I e-mailed them with some basic, typical
questions - nothing too heavy. Website says once e-mail is received a Mason will call me. I did submit my telephone#. It's OKAY to give them your
3.) 2 days later a Mason called me. I was not home, he left a message.
4.) The next day, I got an e-mail saying that all people who have questions are welcome to come to an "open house" night at the Lodge. ANYONE can
come, it's totally open to the public. Since I was going to go to the open house anyway, I didn't bother to call the Mason who called me.
5.) I attended the open house. Lots of pople came, mostly young people. Many questions were asked, and they were all answered. People were
friendly. Refreshments were served. We had a few laughs. We had a look inside the ceremonial room. Nice carpeting. We were allowed to touch
everything and anything and ask questions. Good. Some of us hung arond later with the older Masons, talkng about sports, cars, and other guy stuff.
6.) I asked a Mason who I thuoght was friendly enough (he happens to be the Master of the Lodge) to help me get the ball rolling. He gave me his
home phone #, and said if I was intereseted, I can call him and we'll go out for a coffee. If i wasn't intersted, he said it was nice meeting me
and wished me luck in the future. Cool.
7.) 2 days later, the first Mason called me back, since I didn'tt return his call. Asked me if I was interested. I said I was. He said we can
meet and talk. We met at a local coffee place (Tim Hortons!), and we just talked about school, work, life, and discussed a bit of masonry. He said
if I wanted, he would be my sponsor. I said I'd be happy to have him. We talked a bit more, and went our separate ways after.
8.) I called my other Mason contact at his house the next day. He was taking care of the kids that day and had no car. He runs a home-based
business, as he sold off his large company a year ago. He asked me if it was okay if I went to his place. Fine. I got there. A nice little house.
2 kids. A dog. Nachos and water for snacks. We talked about general stuff, discussed masonry a bit. He answered all my questions. We had a good
time. Talked for quite a while. Wife called a couple of times asking about the kids. We talked about family, etc. He said he'd be happy to be my
second sponsor. I said that would be great.
9.) He asled me if I wanted to fill out an application. He said I could fill one out any time I wanted. Or not. It was up to me. I said it would
be fine. I filled it out. He talked about his business, other aspects of life, stuff we had in c ommon. That's about it. He said a couple of
Masons will visit me at my house - mainly to make sure my spouse was OK with it. As I have no spouse, it would be just a fun visit. We'll probalby
go and hang out somewhere in that case. No need to lounge around the house.
10.) After that, I'll be called shortly with information about my initiation, etc.
All done. It was that easy.