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 organisation you really want to join, and that you have no expectations that will not be met. Freemasonry involves a selfless committment in time, effort and money and you should be aware that those who have joined because they had been mislead 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 an application for membership can be accepted:
A suitable Lodge has to be selected. The choice depends on practical things such as the convenience of the meeting dates, and the ability to get to the meeting places.
The Lodge will require any prospective member to be interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee. This is not a grilling. It is intended to ensure the following things before you finally make up your mind:
There may be others, according to the circumstances of particular Lodges.
If you wish to proceed, and if the Committee 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 Committee 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 application.
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