To be a FM

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First, you must ask yourself:

Among millions of Masons, not one was lawfully invited to apply for membership. Our code of conduct prevents it. Thus, no faithful Mason can invite you. Any Mason can obtain a Petition for the Degrees of Freemasonry for you, but you must ask for it and for good reason.

You must first ask yourself if you're suitably prepared to enter the "gentle craft of Masonry" to become a brother in the world's most exclusive fraternal order. Few men are intellectually or spiritually prepared to understand or appreciate even the more apparent meanings of Masonry.

Do you reflect on the nature of man's existence and your obligations to God, your family, and yourself?

If such ethical and moral questions hold little interest for you, then you will gain little benefit from the teachings of the Craft. But if you seek a more meaningful quality of life - and the spirit of charity and good fellowship which flow from it, then Freemasonry has much to offer.

We want you to know what we believe, how we act, and what we do, and then, should you become a Mason, to be proud to be our Brother and to participate in our work. Only those who desire membership because of their favorable impression of us should seek a petition.

What We Ask of You:

Any man who is twenty-one years of age of older and of good moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason.
If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, please contact us or ask a Freemason to provide you with a petition.

Joining Process:

Typically, the process is as follows: The applicant fills out a petition. The petition asks for one sponsor, though if you meet and talk with the officers, they can usually find a sponsor or act as sponsors themselves if you do not know anyone in the lodge. The petition is read at the lodge during the next business meeting. A committee is formed to investigate the candidate. The committee meets with the candidate to answer questions, ascertain that he meets the criteria for membership, and find out a little about him. This is not a "grilling session," but rather a friendly and casual chat to make certain that the candidate has been properly informed about Masonry and was not improperly solicited. The committee reports back to the lodge during the next business meeting and the candidate is voted on. The lodge will hold a secret ballot on the candidate's petition. A white ball elects, and a black ball (cube) rejects. For a candidate to be accepted, all present members of the lodge should ballot favorably and unanimously with white balls. One black ball is enough to deny a candidate's petition and admission into Masonry. If accepted, the lodge contacts the candidate and informs him that he has been accepted and schedules a date for the Entered Apprentice degree.



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