Freemasonry is an organisation with many unique features and attributes making it different from any other. One major difference is that no man is ever asked to join the organisation. The initiative for applying for membership must come from the inquirer. That is why we say "Don’t wait to be asked" – the chances are that no one will ever ask you.
What do you do to become a member?
If you want to know more about Freemasonry, you should approach someone you know who is a member. He will be able to advise you on the correct procedures and also offer you general information regarding the organisation. If you don’t know anyone who is a member, just contact Grand Lodge or the Division nearest to you. Your inquiry will be passed on to the most appropriate person.
What rules should intending members understand?
Membership is open to men of all religious persuasions. To be eligible to join, you must believe in a Supreme Being, you must be 21 years of age or over (sons of Freemasons can join at 18) and you must be law abiding and of good character. If you have a partner, you must also have her support. Although women do not join in ceremonial activities, there are increasing opportunities for them to participate in Lodge social occasions and community projects.
What might be expected of you?
Freemasonry is an order for the active, especially those who enjoy and value companionship, involvement, traditional values, loyalty to one’s country and a desire to contribute something positive to the community. Formal meetings are usually held once a month, as are business (administration) ones. There are a host of other optional activities which you can become involved in, either further Masonic ceremonies or helping with community or charity work in the area. Members are expected to attend regular Lodge meetings and have a high degree of involvement in Lodge activities – but never to the detriment of their family life or their livelihood. One of the great joys of Masonry is visiting Lodges other than your own to meet new people, renew friendships and further one’s Masonic Education.
What does it cost?
On joining a Lodge you will be called upon to pay a fee and thereafter an annual subscription. Some may add a dining fee. Such costs vary from Lodge to Lodge, but are never excessive. Additionally, you will be called on from time to time and asked to make modest and voluntary contributions. There is no pressure involved with these – members giving according to their means.
If you are interested and would like to explore the matter further, please complete this form.