Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world today. One of the first references to the order is found in the Regis Poem that dates to 1390. Literally millions of men throughout the centuries have chosen to "level themselves" with this fraternity, yet today Masonic membership is in a state of decline. One explanation is that Masonry is a morals based fraternity in an increasingly immoral society. This may or may not be true. Another possible reason is that the modern man is simply too busy to devote the time and energy necessary to gain membership in the order. Or it could be that too many men prefer to join and patronize other clubs that offer more secular rewards. Despite all of these reasons, to continue to survive, Freemasonry must attract men of good character to continue the traditions of seven centuries. Hence the title for this page.
Masonry requires several things of its potential members. First and foremost, they must be of good moral character. The unofficial motto of the order is "to make good men better;" therefore, any candidate must be basically a good man. Secondly, members must be able to state a belief in a Supreme Being. Without a strong belief in God, moral lessons would be valueless. Finally, candidates must come to the order of "their own free will and accord," unfettered by undue solicitation or expectations of financial reward. Therefore, the Masonic Order does not solicit members. To be a Mason, you must ask a Mason for a petition or express, to a Mason, a desire to join the order. Once this request it made, the necessary steps for membership can be initiated. Sadly, all that apply for membership are not accepted and some that are accepted do not complete the journey. The process of joining the fraternity involves time and effort. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but the rewards of a journey well traveled are well worth the effort. All masons will be there to help and guide you along your journey to "Masonic Light." In this manner, masonry binds men together by many common ties and strengthens the bonds of friendship and cooperation.
Some men are surprised that no one has ever asked them to become a
Mason. But it doesn't work that way. For hundreds of years, Masons have
been traditionally obligated not to ask others to join the fraternity. We
can talk to friends about Masonry. We can tell them about what Masonry
does. We can tell them why we enjoy it. But we can't ask, much less
pressure, anyone to join. There's a good reason for that. It isn't that
we're trying to be exclusive. But becoming a Mason is a very serious