HOW DOES ONE BECOME A MASON?
Have you ever seen the phrase, 2B1ASK1? This is the “secret” to becoming a Freemason, for we do not recruit. The first step is to approach a lodge or a man you know to be a Mason, and ask. Either way, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you a lodge tour. Where you go from there is entirely up to you.
DO YOU HAVE TO KNOW OR BE RELATED TO A MASON TO JOIN?
Not at all. Many of our brethren entered a lodge for the first time knowing no one. While some do have friends or relatives already in the fraternity, it’s not required and is of no significant advantage.
IS MASONRY A SECRET ORGANIZATION?
Were that true, this and other Masonic websites wouldn’t exist. There would be no Masonic license plates, no square & compasses keychains, rings, bumper stickers, or t-shirts. If we’re a secret — we are a poorly-kept one.
DO YOU REALLY CONTROL THE WORLD?
No, nor are we trying to — but we find the concept pretty funny!
WHAT ARE DEGREES?
Degrees refer to a candidate’s level of Masonic education, of which there are three: Entered Apprentice ⇒ Fellowcraft ⇒ Master Mason
One is considered a Mason after the first degree, but is not a member of the lodge until becoming a Master Mason.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MASTER MASON?
This depends on you. Theoretically, it can be done in as little as six weeks, but that’s not very realistic. The average candidate completes the task in about a year, though you’re permitted to take as long as 27 months.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS? IS IT EXPENSIVE?
There is a fee for each degree, payable in advance. Once a candidate becomes a Master Mason, he is assessed annual dues — or can choose instead to purchase a life membership, known as an endowment, at his option.
The fees are set by a vote of the members of each lodge, so can and do vary. Those for Spring Lodge are as follows:
Entered Apprentice: $150
Master Mason: $50
Annual dues are currently $120, and the endowed membership is $1200.