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 use the “Ask a Mason” feature on our website.
VISIT OUR LODGE
Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, they’ll be happy to see you. Our lodge has dinner every second Tuesday of the Month before our stated meeting. Come on out and meet us!
REQUEST A PETITION
Request a petition from a Mason or our lodge. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons.
SUBMIT YOUR PETITION
Turn in your completed petition to our lodge. Ask if there are any fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by us 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 Master of the lodge will assign three members of our 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.
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 our lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.