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MEMBERSHIP (form can be found here)
To become a member of this ancient
and honorable Fraternity, a man must apply of his own free
will and accord and with an open heart. Invitations are not
issued to prospective members, nor are members solicited.
If a person is interested in joining, he should ask a Masonic
friend for more information or contact the Grand Lodge of
Membership is for men, 18 years of
age or older, who meet the qualifications and standards of
character and reputation, who are of good moral character, and
who believe in the existence of a supreme being.
A man who wants to join a Lodge
must be recommended by two Master Masons in good standing in
any Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. He must
understand that his character will be investigated. After
approval by the members of that Lodge, he will be accepted as
an applicant for membership in Freemasonry.
The doors of Freemasonry are open
to men who seek harmony with their fellowman, feel the need for
self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a
better place to live.
Any man who becomes a Mason is
taught a pattern for living - reverence, morality, kindness,
honesty, dependability, and compassion. He must be prepared to
honor his country, uphold its laws, and respect those in
authority. He must be prepared to maintain honorable relations
with others and be willing to share in Masonic activities.
WHO ARE THE MASONS?
THERE IS NO SECRET TO WHAT WE
We believe in
some pretty old fashioned things.
We believe in
We believe in
the Brotherhood of Man.
We believe in
service to those who are less fortunate.
We believe in
helping young people get a head start in life.
believe in freedom.
Some people are. Somehow they
consider us a secret society. Yet we don't hide our purpose or
our membership. Our constitution and regulations are open for
all to see. Masons provide homes for the elderly and for
orphans. We provide college scholarships to promising young men
and women. We contribute to blood banks, fund medical research,
and maintain hospitals for crippled and burned children.
I Guess You
Would Have To Say
"Our Secret is Out!"
That's why it's not surprising that
some of America's greatest men have been Masons. George
Washington was one of 14 U.S. Presidents who were Masons, as
were five Chief Justices. Masons are soldiers, like General
Douglas MacArthur; businessmen, like Henry Ford; entertainers,
like John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Clark; astronauts, like
Wally Shirra and John Glenn. We come from every walk of life.
And we stand tall, proud to be called Master Masons.
A band of Brothers linked
together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection, forged
link by link through the binding effect of a shared experience
in the great lessons taught in the Craft degrees.
A Fraternity of morality,
founded on the allegorical application of the tools and
implements of architecture to the construction of our
personalities - buildings of living stone, in the service of God
A descendant of the ancient
craft of stonemasons, builders of the great cathedrals and
churches of the Middle Ages, structures so magnificent that the
Holy Church itself declared them to be designed by God alone, as
the "[Grand] architect of the universe."
Not a religion and offering
no promise of salvation, but a Fraternity seeking to inculcate
in its membership love for God and our fellowman, by the
practice of the principles of brotherhood, relief, and truth.
Not wedded to any one religion,
though it requires of its members a belief in God and the
Holy Bible always remains open on the altars of its Lodges. It
expects of a member devotion to the religion of his choice,
believing, above all, that the path to salvation is better left
to one's personal conscience rather than to the rigid imposition
of another's beliefs.
Nevertheless frequently called the
"handmaiden of the Church," for the principles which it
seeks to inculcate in the individual are common to all the great
religious faiths. The Fraternity, by its teachings and examples,
seeks to make of every Brother one who is more amenable to the
dictates of his religion, whatever it may be. Thus, it unites in
the Brotherhood of Man Christian, Jew, Moslem, and Buddhist, who
set aside their differences in seeking to serve God and their
Charitable. Freemasons in
North America give over 2.6 million dollars each day to
charities in and out of the Fraternity. To relieve the
distressed is a duty incumbent on all of us. From the great
Crippled Children's Hospitals and Burn Centers to the Orphanages
and Masonic Homes of our various States, from the Knights Templar
Eye Foundation to the specialized charities of the Scottish Rite
and Royal Arch Masons, Freemasons freely give of their earnings
to help others escape the bonds of poverty, loneliness and
All of the above and more. It
is truly a system of morality, veiled in allegory and
teaching men by symbols to better themselves in their religious
bodies, their communities, and their families. It gathers under
its umbrella men of all faiths, all nations, and all classes
without distinction - save that noble distinction, "of who can
best work and best agree."
The World's oldest fraternal
organization. It has persevered through the years, despite
the attacks of the ignorant and the powerful, because it teaches
toleration for all faiths, acceptance of all men of good
character, and support of free government institutions, wherever
found. Freemasons are loyal citizens, support a God-centered
life, and emphasize man's duty to aid his fellowman.
Because we steadfastly adhere to
these principles, we have lasted through the ages, despite the
tyrannical attacks of despotic governments and narrow-minded
sectarians. As one of us, may you always proudly bear the
badge of a Free and Accepted Mason!