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FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS

How do I become a Mason?

Ask a friend or family member for a petition or contact your local lodge and they will be
happy to asst. you.

What is a Mason?

The simple answer. A Mason is a member of a fraternity known as Masonry or 
Freemasonry. A fraternity is a group of men who join together for a common goal or good.

Why is Masonry so “secretive”?

It really isn't "secretive," although it sometimes has that reputation. Masons certainly
don't make a secret of the fact that they are members of the fraternity. We wear rings,
lapel pins, and tie clasps with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compasses, the
best known of Masonic signs which, logically, recall the fraternity's early symbolic roots
in stonemasonry. Masonic buildings are clearly marked, and are usually listed in the phone
book. Lodge activities are not secret -- picnics and other events are even listed in the
newspapers, especially in smaller towns. Many lodges have answering machines which give
the upcoming lodge activities. But there are some Masonic secrets.

What are the requirements for membership?

The person who wants to join Masonry must be a man (it's a fraternity), sound in body
and mind, who believes in God, is at least the minimum age required by Masonry in his state,
and has a good reputation. (Incidentally, the "sound in body" requirement -- which
comes from the stonemasons of the Middle Ages -- doesn't mean that a physically challenged
man cannot be a Mason; many are).

Those are the only "formal" requirements. But there are others, not so formal. He should
believe in helping others. He should believe there is more to life than pleasure and money. He should
be willing to respect the opinions of others. And he should want to grow and develop as a human being.