Joining a Masonic Lodge and becoming a Master Mason

Joining a Masonic Lodge is an opportunity for qualified men to become members of the world's oldest, largest, and best known fraternal organization. The process of becoming a member is divided into stages marked by three separate ceremonies, the symbolism of which is intended to strengthen a man's commitment to his Faith, his family, and his community.

Master Masons are men from a variety of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds who share a belief in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God, work to improve themselves and their communities, and are an asset to all who know them. Membership in a Masonic Lodge is an honor that says a great deal about the character and personal integrity of a man.

Men like George Washington, William McKinley, Dave Thomas, and Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld) have all been Masons. Perhaps someone you've known and admired was a Mason, maybe even your father or grandfather.

Qualifications for Membership

Application for membership is open to men who:

  • Have been an Ohio resident for at least one year

  • Are at least 19 years old

  • Have a belief in a Supreme Being

  • Live a good moral and social life

  • Do not advocate the overthrow of the government

  • Can read and write English

  • Are recommended by two members of the Lodge they wish to join. (If you do not know two members of a Lodge, the secretary of the Lodge to which you are applying can arrange a meeting with two members of the Lodge for you .)

 General Instructions for Joining

Is it your desire to join the ranks of men, both great and small, who are proud to share in the Masonic tradition of excellence?

If you do desire to join a Masonic Lodge and share in the fraternal fellowship that abounds there, you will need to determine which Lodge is nearest you, contact the secretary of the Lodge for information regarding the fees for application, and meet with two members of the Lodge who would recommend you for membership in the Lodge.

Application for Membership

The Masonic term for a membership application is a "petition". The application fee can be determined by contacting the secretary of the Lodge you wish to join. Click here to print out a petition.

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