In order to join the fraternity of
Freemasonry, you must ask a member how you may join. This is done to insure that
you come into Freemasonry of your own free will; without expectation of material
gain. You get out of Freemasonry only what you are willing to put into it.
If the Freemason you ask believes you
will be a positive addition to the fraternity, he will give you a petition for
membership in his local or Blue Lodge. All men have to go through the same
initiation procedure, regardless of their worldly wealth or position.
In a Masonic Lodge, the President of
the United States would be considered equal to the newest member. When
Washington, Truman, or the Roosevelt’s sat in Lodge, they were addressed as
Brother. Everyone is "on the level" and is judged by how he lives in
the community and upholds the tenets of the Fraternity. As long as he is
"on the square" with his brethren, he will be well regarded.
Your petition will be read in open
Lodge and a Committee of Investigation formed. This Committee will visit you and
talk with your family. The Committee will give a report in open Lodge and the
membership votes by secret ballot. A successful ballot means you will have been
elected to membership by initiation.
The three degrees you will then
receive teach serious moral and ethical lessons. When you complete your third or
Master Mason Degree, you will be a full-fledged member. As a Master Mason, you
have many rights and privileges, including visitation privileges to sit in
Masonic Lodges throughout the world.
Masonry is a family organization, and
Lodge activities frequently include the families. There are also other related
organizations for specific members of the family, such as youth. Our youth
groups are the Order of DeMolay for boys and Job’s Daughters and the Order of
the Rainbow for girls. For the ladies there are the Order of Eastern Star, White
Shrine, and the Amaranth. Each group or order has its particular charity that it
works to support.
If YOU believe what you have just read
is for you, then it is up to you to take the next step. Remember, you must ask
for a Petition for Membership if you want to become a Freemason. The extent of
your participation in your Lodge activities will determine your effectiveness.
If necessary, please feel free to contact us at 812-234-4039 to have Freemason
personally talk with you. Please also feel free to email me.
We look forward to greeting you as a Brother Freemason.