What is required to become a Freemason?
- Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest fraternal organizations. Often times Freemasonry is defined as a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols but it is many things to many people. At its heart Freemasonry is a society of men using symbolism to build character as well as moral, and spiritual values. Additionally to some it is about fraternity and brotherhood, and to others it is about making a positive contribution to society.
- To become a Freemason you must be a man, of good character, who believes in a Supreme Being, who holds a favorable opinion of Freemasonry. Additionally Masons do not recruit members so you must pursue membership upon your own free will and accord.
- The best way to learn more about Freemasonry or about becoming a Freemason is to speak with a Mason! All are welcome to come to the Lodge to learn more about masonry. The best time to visit the Lodge to learn more is any Tuesday at 6 p.m. (except for the months of July and August when the lodge is dark). Dinner is served on the first Tuesday of each month.
- The process of becoming a Freemasons takes several months. Prior to the submission of the petition for membership in Freemasonry the candidate must be recommended by a Freemason who has known them for at least six months. Do not worry if you do not currently know any Freemasons, during your first visit to the lodge you are sure to meet several! After the petition for membership has been submitted most candidates are able to progress through the degrees in three to six months.
- Members should plan on attending the Lodge's monthly stated meeting as well as degree nights. Peoria Lodge No. 31 meets most every Tuesday evening. Additionally, members are encouraged to attend special events and gatherings such as BBQs, picnics, or charitable events. The more active a Mason is in Freemasonry the more he will get out of it.
- The financial commitments of being a Freemason vary depending on the Lodge a Man joins. In general the initiation fee will range somewhere in the $200-$300 range and the annual membership fee is on average less than $150.
- Just as the reasons for becoming a Freemason are varied so are the benefits from being a Freemason. These benefits include brotherhood and fellowship, moral and character development, public speaking skill development, organization and management skill development, satisfaction through charitable efforts, and the support and aid of one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations wherever you may find yourself in the world.
- Come by the Lodge this Tuesday evening and speak with a Mason!