Interesting in joining? Then consider the following:
You must be a man, at least 19 years old.
You must reside in the state of Michigan for at least one full year.
(six months for military personnel)
You must have a belief in a Supreme Being of any faith. (No particular religion
or faith is required or excluded; all are welcome.)
You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc.
Masonry is universal in its ideals.
You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of
other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.
You must be loyal to our country, a law abiding citizen and of good character.
You must ask to join. Many
Masons whom you may come in contact with, may think you'd make a good Mason,
but they will NOT ask you to join, you must ASK them.
Masonry considers that your family obligations come first.
You must be sure you have the time to participate. This is usually two or three evenings per month at first for meetings
and instruction and thereafter, we encourage members to attend at least one meeting per month --- more often
if you get involved in lodge activities.
You must be sure you can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family. Although
all lodges have different one-time fees, most range between $75 and $200 for initiation and annual dues of
between $50 and $100.
Consider the following:
No one should enter Freemasonry in the hope of some material gain or advancement. To do so will only lead to disappointment.
Membership is entirely voluntary. The rules require an intending member to be motivated by his own desire to join the
Craft. He will be accepted if the members feel he has the qualities making for happy and successful participation in their Lodge.
But I don't know any Masons:
You would be surprised how many men you come into contact with each and every day are Masons. However, there are several
ways to go about seeking membership. Contact a your local lodge, or
locate a Lodge
in the community near you.
If you are still having trouble, contact the Grand Lodge of Michigan Office toll free
at (800) 623-8764 or by e-mail: gl-office@GrandLodgeMI.org