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 in fact, Freemasonry means many things to various Brethren. At it's core, 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 is to speak with a Mason! As we say "To Be One, Ask One". You are welcome to reach out to us via e-mail in efforts to find out when we are meeting in person, so you may learn more about Freemasonry. The best time to visit our Lodge 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 joining the fraternity of Freemasonry may take several months. Prior to the submission of your petition for the degrees of Freemasonry, a 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 our degree nights. Peoria Lodge No. 31 meets every Tuesday evening, with the exception of holidays and months when we are what we consider in Freemasonry "dark". 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 of an understanding he will develop in his heart.
- 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 of being a Freemason. These benefits include brotherhood, fellowship, moral and character development, public speaking skills, organization and management tutelage from experienced brethren. Through charitable efforts one will develop the heartwarming responsibility for not only oneself but the world around them, along with 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!