How to become a Mason

Masonry is the worlds oldest and largest fraternal order dedicated to the principle of true Brotherhood and tolerance and reason among men. Through symbolism, our relationships with our Brother Masons and the precepts of our order we strive to live up to these principals every day. We make good Men Better! This is the very bedrock of who and what we are. 
 

Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Masons teach that principle. We believe that a life not found on honor is hollow and empty-that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.

Their are incidental benefits as well, too numerous to list here that include:

Friendship
Leadership Skills
Goal Accomplishment
Socialization
Community Involvement
Self Esteem

There are many more benefits to becoming a Mason and all you have to do is ask a Mason to join.

Requirements To Join

The absolute requirements for becoming a Mason are:
Be a man, [NOTE: there are other branches of Masonry that accept both men and women, or women only];

At least 21 years old [NOTE: Some lodges and some jurisdictions make exceptions for 18-year-olds, sometimes for those who are sons of Masons, sometimes for university students];

Have belief in a Supreme Being (of any faith. No particular religion or faith is required or excluded. All are welcome.)

Also:

You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals.

If you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be sure that:

You have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)

You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.

You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.

To join, all you have to do is ask a Mason:

Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby, or...
Call Belleview Lodge's Secretary
Steve Whaley 347-6547, or
E-Mail Belleview Lodge at BelleviewLodge95@excite.com

For other areas around the world...

If you think that you don't know any Masons in your area, you could post to the netnews group alt.freemasonry and ask that anyone who lives in your general area reply to you, or...

You can probably find nearby lodges listed in your phonebook. (White-pages listings for lodges may be under "Masons", "Freemasons", "Masonic Apartments", or "Masonic Temple", "Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite" and the Grand Lodge would probably be under "Grand Lodge of Masons").

If you have any comments or you would like more information please send an E-Mail

Comments or Questions:
jpchem@msn.com

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