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If you've read this far and are now interested in Masonic membership for yourself, simply visit your local Masonic lodge or call the Grand Lodge for your area. Masons, except in countries where persecution may require it, don't hide: our buildings (unlike most of our detractors) are clearly found in virtually every city and town throughout the inhabitable planet! Click HERE for a list of Grand Lodges. Nearly all of them have locator lists on their site to assist you in finding your local lodge.
If you know a man who is a Mason, ask him how you can join: we suspect that you'll both be glad you did! In many parts of the world, Masons wear jewelry which makes them easily identifiable. We further elaborate on this here. Hope it helps!
Originally posted by scooterstrats
Well, the first line of you post answers this, doesn't it?
Ask somebody who knows !
Originally posted by gravykraken
reply to post by Gemwolf
i think we can all agree there is a bit more to it than that... isn't there?
[edit on 16/7/2009 by gravykraken]
Originally posted by Gemwolf
reply to post by gravykraken
What more did you expect? A series of secret passwords handed down from generation to generation? The Freemasons aren't as secrative as they used to be. The site I linked to is a site by freemasons for freemasons. And I know your next question is going to be whether I am a freemason... Right? No, I'm not a freemason. But I know quite a few and I've seen how relatively easy it is to become one.
Originally posted by Richardfromoxford
When I joined the fraternity, I looked throughout my town and church to find freemasons. When I moved to a different town I asked around the YMCA and local places. It isn't a very rigorous process..once someone or a couple people from the lodge meet you, they will vouch for you.
Once you have a couple people vouch for you and your character then you will get started and on to your first degree...I worked hard and became a master mason within 3 months...
I will also state that I am happy you are interested in finding out the true meaning and sharing it with your family through such a great organization.
Also ask some of your grandfather's friends or people who knew them in their lodges...
hope that helps...
I'm in Texas — nominally "the South", and we've got plenty of black members in my lodge, including officers. We've got Jews, gays, Muslims, pagans, BSDM fetishists, we're pretty open.
why do freemasons seem to segregate racially? i see white lodges and black lodges, but it seems 'nary the twain shall meet'.
Really is the best thing to do. Get a meal out of it, meet the guys and ask questions, get a tour of the building, etc.
i kinda like the idea of just showing up to a meeting.
Actually, that's not the case in my jurisdiction. At least I've never seen it in any of our constitution, bylaws, monitor, or elsewhere. Nor have I seen it enforced as such.
i hear you must ask three times. i did. i did so here to engage in discussion of that subject. so i'm interested.
No, not really. I mean at my lodge we'll sign the petitions of complete strangers. We let an investigating committee sort out the details and report back to the lodge before the candidate is balloted upon.
the point being that it isn't really that cut & dry. as pointed out, it helps to know people.
Originally posted by JoshNortonNo, not really. I mean at my lodge we'll sign the petitions of complete strangers. We let an investigating committee sort out the details and report back to the lodge before the candidate is balloted upon.
All Masonic lodges are listed in the phone book. Almost all have big signs on their buildings with all the details. Almost all anymore have websites. In fact, if you Google masonic lodges Google will bring up a local map and the directory for any Lodge.
Doesn't happen as often now as it did a few years ago, but it used to happen fairly regularly. That being said, I do trust the opinions of those who get appointed to the investigating committee of those candidates to do their due diligence. Likewise any member is free to blackball during the balloting, and any member may vote against petitions for advancement, so there are lots of places in the process where mistakes can be remedied if someone does slip through.
Originally posted by Masonic Light
Brother, I'm not trying to be rude, but is that really a good idea? How can someone vouch for the character of a complete stranger?