After you read the below statement, click here to go back to the page that has application instructions (and the petition to fill out) for joining our fraternity of Masons.
THIS STATEMENT MUST BE READ BEFORE SIGNING PETITION
Having expressed a desire to become a Freemason, we presume you have thoroughly considered the step you propose to take. The exact nature of our Institution being unknown to you, we consider it adviseable that you should be informed on certain points. The knowledge of which might affect your decision to apply for membership.
Freemasonry strives to teach a man the duties he owes to God, his neighbor and himself. It has for its foundation the great basic principles of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, and requires a belief in the immortality of the Soul. It interferes neither with religion nor politics. Admission to the Institution must not be sought from mercenary or other unworthy motives, nor from hope of personal gain or advancement. Anyone so actuated will be disappointed, and in all friendship we warn you.
Freemasonry is not a benefit society. We do not subscribe so much a year to entitle us to draw financial relief, or to make provision for those we leave behind, or to admit us to the Masonic Retirement Center. Its charity is intended for those who, through no fault of their own, have met with misfortune.
Freemasonry has in all ages insisted that men shall come to its door entirely of their own free will; not as a result of solicitation; not from feelings of curiosity; but from a favorable opinion on the Institution and a desire to be ranked among its members.
We think it is advisable to inform you that should you be admitted, it will entail certain financial obligations, which you should be able to afford without detrement to yourself or those dependent on you. In addition to the fees payable with your petition, there will be an annual subscription for the support of your Lodge, as provided by the By-Laws of that Lodge.
We trust that you will consider these statements in the same spirit of honesty and friendship in which they have been presented. It is of the utmost iportance to you as well to Freemasonry that th emotives and ideals governing your ddaily life be in substantial accord therewith.
AFTER READING THE FOREGOING STATEMENT AND ANSWERING ALL QUESTIONS IN THE PETITION AND SIGNING IT, PRINT THIS AND RETAIN IN YOUR POSSESSION.