One of Freemasonry's traditions is that it does not solicit members. We do not ask a man to join. You must seek membership on your own initiative, starting with obtaining a recommendation by two members of our lodge and submitting a petition. You can obtain a petition by visiting our Lodge on any Monday or Wednesday.
What is a Freemason?
A Freemason (Mason) is a member of the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Freemasons believe in a Deity and in respect for each other. Freemasons are men of charity and good works. In fact, Freemasonry is the world's leading charitable organization, contributing nearly $2 million a day to charitable causes which they have established themselves. Our hospitals for burned and crippled children are known worldwide and are just part of the work we do. Freemasons join together because:
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is a worldwide fraternity with the singular purpose, "Making good men, better." It is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend to all religions which are based on a belief in Deity. Masonry, or Freemasonry, is a fraternity so old that its origins have been lost in time. It probably started with the guilds of stonemasons who built the great castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages and might have been influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land. Freemasonry was formalized in 1717 when the first "Grand Lodge" was formed in England. Today, there are about 13,200 Masonic lodges in the U.S.
What is a Masonic Lodge?
The word "lodge" refers to two things: a group of Masons meeting in a particular place and the place in which they meet. The term, "lodge," comes from the structures which the medieval stonemasons built against the sides of the cathedrals during construction. During the winter, when construction work was stopped, they lived in their lodges and worked at carving stone. Masonic buildings are sometimes called "temples," because much of the symbolism Masonry uses to teach its lessons comes from the building of King Solomon's Temple in the Holy Land.
What is a degree?
A degree is a stage or level of membership in the Masons. It is also the ceremony by which you attain the three levels of membership:
During the Middle Ages, when a man joined a craft, such as the stonemasons, he was first apprenticed. As he learned the skills of the craft, he became a "Fellow of the Craft." (What we call a "Journeyman" today.) And finally, he attained the level called "Master of the Craft."
Our degrees teach the great lessons of life-the importance of honor and integrity, of being a person on whom others can rely, of being both trusting and trustworthy, of realizing that you have a spiritual nature, the importance of self-control, of knowing how to love and be loved and of knowing how to keep confidences so that others may open up to you without fear. As a candidate, you'll attend three meetings to receive the three Masonic Degrees.
The Degrees are solemn, enlightening lessons and are an enjoyable experience with absolutely no uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. It is through the Degrees that the principles of Masonry are taught and where you'll learn that your family and your own necessary vocations are to be considered above Masonry. Once you become a Master Mason, you will be welcomed as a "Brother" in any of the thousands of Masonic Lodges throughout the world.