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The path to Masonic membership is fairly straightforward, however there are several points to consider before you join the fraternity.
Masonry Does Not Seek, It Must Be Sought:
- Freemasonry does not solicit new members. Men interested in joining the fraternity must inquire of membership of their own free will. This is because Freemasonry believes men who truly desire membership and seek it out will become much stronger and useful Freemasons than those who join by invitation.
Have an idea of what you’re getting into:
- Potential members should have a general idea of what Freemasonry is all about. Freemasonry is often cited as being a “peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and represented by symbols.” This vague description means Freemasonry is a system of guidelines by which to live life—striving to be a better and useful man to yourself, your family, and your community. It is worth talking to a Freemason at length to discuss the ins and outs of the Fraternity and if its a good fit for you.
Freemasonry is not for everyone:
- Being a good Freemason requires work in self reflection, self discipline, and service to others. Freemasonry is not a social club nor a civic organization. Members are held to high standards and are expected to be productive members of society.
Understand Freemasonry’s time and financial obligations:
- Becoming a Master Mason can take many months. Initiation requires the memorization and recitation of a catechism as well monthly meetings.
- Initiation and membership carry certain financial obligations. Though fees vary from lodge to lodge, a man should understand he will be required to pay initiation fees upon his election to membership, montly membership dues, and charity requests. These time and financial obligations should not be a burden on a man’s duty to his family, occupation, or community.
- A man will not obtain the full benefits of membership if he does not have the time to attend and participate in a reasonable number of meetings and other activities without neglecting his family and other duties. A man should examine his own lifestyle and determine if it will suit him to be a Freemason.