Garfield Masonic Lodge 569Making Good Men Better
How to Join Us
One of the most common misconceptions about Freemasonry, and there are many such misconceptions, is that you have to be invited to join. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is absolutely no reason why you should not ask to join. In fact, that is the more correct procedure!
The first and most important step is to satisfy yourself that Freemasonry is an organization you really want to join, and that you have no expectations that will not be met. You should be aware that those who have joined because they had been misled into thinking it would give them business or career advantages, have invariably been disappointed and resigned their membership after a short time.
There are certain things that are formally required, before a petition for membership can be accepted:
- Belief in a Supreme Being. We need to be satisfied that you have such a belief. That belief will, of course, depend upon your own religion. There is absolutely no bias or preference in favor of one religion or another.
- Freedom of choice. We need to be assured that you are acting entirely of your own volition, and that you are under no pressure from anybody else.
- You are male and over 18 years of age.
- You are known to be of good character and without a criminal record.
- Complete the Petition for Membership.
A first and second line signer for your petition must be found. While it is preferred that these people have known you for a long time, there are cases where a person can be vouched for by members of other Lodges (perhaps in other parts of the country), and can be proposed on comparatively short acquaintance on that recommendation.
Garfield Lodge 569 will require any prospective member to be interviewed by members of the Lodge. This is not a grilling. It is intended to ensure the following things before you finally make up your mind:
- That you do not have unreasonable expectations in terms of benefits of membership.
- That you have discussed it with your immediate family, and they support your decision.
- That you know what it will cost, and what is expected by way of charitable contribution.
- That you understand the genuine principles of Freemasonry, and will support and uphold them.
- That you are in a position to make a regular attendance at Lodge meetings.
- That you can ask any questions that may be on your mind, and receive frank and helpful answers.
If you wish to proceed, and we are satisfied that you are clear about what you propose to do, there will be a ballot among the Lodge members, normally within a couple of months. If you know of any reason why any existing member may not wish you to join, you should discuss this frankly with the Lodge beforehand. Your views and comments are treated with strictest confidence, and they may be able to help you overcome the problem. Subject to an acceptable ballot, you will be advised of the arrangements for you to join. You should be aware that you can, at any time, withdraw your petition.