Membership

Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.

Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider.

Ask for Information

If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. You can also email us directly under the “Contact Us” page.

Visit the Lodge

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, we’ll be happy to see you. Our dinner before our regular stated meeting starts at 6:00pm and guests are always welcome.

Request a Petition

Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, come by one of our meeting and ask for advice.

Submit Your Petition

Turn in your completed petition to us prior to the next stated meeting.  Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.

Now that we have your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:

The Investigation

The Master of the lodge you submitted your petition to will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect…we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.

The Ballot

Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.

After the Ballot

Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.

Source: Grand Lodge of Texas Membership Center