How To Apply For Membership
How To Apply For Membership
Thank you for your interest in joining Lebanon Lodge and becoming a Freemason. The application process can be lengthy, so we would like to take this time to set your expectations and explain the process. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us or visit the lodge for dinner on any Tuesday meeting night. We look forward to meeting you!
Note: Submitting an application does not mean that you have been accepted into Lebanon Lodge. You must adhere to the membership process below.
STEP 1 – To Be One, Ask One!
The first step to joining the Freemason Fraternity, is as simple as reaching out to a Mason that you may already know and asking him, “How do I join?”. If you have not had any previous experience with Masons or Freemasonry that’s okay too.
You are welcome to review the Membership Center on the Grand Lodge of Texas website. We also recommend that prospective members listen to the “Between Friends” 3-part audio series produced by the Grand Lodge below:
STEP 2 – Let’s Get To Know Each Other
The second step is to stop by and visit with us. We regularly meet for dinner every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (except in December). Don’t be shy when you arrive, please sign the guest book and introduce yourself. If you do plan to attend for the first time, we would appreciate it if you would email us and let us know in advance that you are coming so we can expect you.
Regular attendance to our weekly dinners is expected before petitioning so you understand the process of joining and of becoming a Master Mason while we get to know you. Note that this is not a process that happens overnight. We need to get to know each other first! The membership process may take a few months so please understand our timeline before proceeding.
Step 3 – Submit Your Petition For Membership
Now you are familiar with Freemasonry and our Lodge, and you have decided to petition Lebanon Lodge #837 to become a member. The third step is to start the application process by downloading and submitting the petition (below), in person, to the Secretary. It would be a good idea to first visit with the Worshipful Master and Secretary of our lodge to discuss your intentions.
You will need to get five (5) references of Master Masons on your petition. They can be members you have met while visiting our lodge. Remember that a Mason who gives you a reference is putting his name on your petition for membership, so he will want to get to know you before you ask him for the reference.
Once the petition is filled out, you will submit (1) the completed petition, and (2) a copy of your birth certificate to the lodge Secretary in person.
Step 4 – Committee Investigation
Once your petition has been submitted, the lodge Secretary will read your petition at the next Stated (monthly) Meeting whereby the lodge conducts business. A committee of three (3) Master Masons who are members of this lodge will be assigned to perform an in-person investigation. One of the committee members will contact you to schedule a visit with you, preferably at your home, sometime before the next Stated Meeting.
Step 5 – Vote
Ask the next Stated Meeting, the committee will make their report to the lodge. Members of this lodge will then vote on your petition. You will be notified shortly thereafter of the results.