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Simple. Ask.

For hundreds of years, we have been forbidden to ask others to join the fraternity. We can talk freely about Freemasonry, what we do, and why it is so important to us. But we cannot, and do not, pressure anyone to join. We do not recruit.

With good reason, our slogan in this area is simply: "2BE1ASK1" or "To Be One Ask One."
Joining Freemasonry is a serious, and life-long commitment and shouldn't be taken lightly. A commitment to live life honorably, with integrity, and to share in a trusting bond of Brotherhood with the willingness to place great care for those whose lives you touch. We believe, firmly, that a man should come with the willingness of commitment and that no man should be persuaded to join. Merely shown the doorway and left with the choice to walk through.

So, when a man decides he wants to be a Freemasonry Mason, he asks a Mason for a petition or application. He fills it out and gives it to the Mason, and that Mason takes it to the local lodge. The Master of the lodge will appoint a committee to visit with the man and his family, find out a little about him and why he wants to become a member of the Masons, tell him and his family about Freeasonry, and answer their questions. The committee reports to the lodge, and the lodge votes on the petition. If the vote is affirmative the lodge will contact the man.

- You must be a man of at least 18 years of age.
- You must be of good moral character and have 3 people willing to vouch for your character.
- You must believe in a Supreme Being.

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