It is widely thought that one must be invited to become a Freemason, or that Freemasonry is so exclusive as to be beyond the reach of the average man. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Traditionally, Freemasonry has restricted itself from recruitment, preferring to draw its membership from those who were so drawn to the prospect of bettering themselves that they would approach the Fraternity on their own.
More recently, outreach has become common in some jurisdictions. While the Fraternity still does not invite men to join, we do most heartily encourage them to investigate Freemasonry and, should they feel that it is right for them, petition to join.
If you know someone who is a Mason or you think is a Mason, don't be shy, ask them about it. Many Masons are willing to talk at length about the Fraternity and answer any questions you may have as well as offer their opinions about Masonic history! If you don't already know someone who is a Mason, you can attend occasional events which are open to the public. There is also a wealth of information available on the Internet. Just be careful where you're getting that information from. There is a lot of inaccurate information on the internet also, and some actual anti-Masonic sites that for some reason wish to put down an organization whose soul purpose is to encourage, foster, and build strong moral character in its members.
For a good overview of Freemasonry and many of the ideas surrounding it, both from the inside and out, read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Interested in joining? The steps are simple:
1. Contact us saying that you are interested in
seeking membership and would like a petition. (Filling out a petition does
not obligate you, and at no point in your Masonic career will you be obligated
to participate beyond your desire to do so)
4. The investigation committee will contact you and schedule a time to meet with you in your home. This is not as scary as it sounds. The investigation committee is simply a group of three Lodge members who volunteered to meet with you and interview you about your interest in Masonry. This provides an opportunity for answering any questions you may have as well as assuring that you have a good understanding of the nature of the Fraternity and what it means to be a Mason. It's really a very informal chat.
5. The committee will
return a report which will be read at the next meeting.
6. Show up on your scheduled initiation date and be made a Freemason!