How to Become a Mason
As you have expressed a desire to become a Freemason, we assume that you are of mature age — that is to say at least twenty-one years old — and that you have thoroughly considered the step you propose to take.
The exact nature of our Order being unknown to you, we consider it advisable to explain certain points which may or may not affect your decision to apply for membership.
Let us commence by saying that any attempt to define Freemasonry adequately or completely is futile, because Freemasonry comprehends such a vast field of speculation that the best, if any of us can hope for, is a continually improving conception of its many phases. But we can enlighten you to some extent by revealing that:
Freemasonry is not itself a religious Order, but is a Fraternity of men banded together by ties of mutual interest and the general good of humanity. We are philosophical people.
We believe that Freemasonry may have an acceptable answer to every problem which confronts human conduct and thought. Freemasonry has in all ages insisted that men shall come to its door entirely of their own free will; not as the result of improper solicitations - certainly not from a feeling of curiosity- but from a favorable opinion they have gleaned about our Order and a genuine desire to be numbered amongst its thousands of members.
Freemasonry has for its foundation the great basic principles of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man; therefore no man should attempt to enter who cannot conscientiously affirm his belief in God as Supreme Being and Creator and Preserver of the Universe, or who is not prepared to take solemn vows of obligation and secrecy in purely Masonic matters. Freemasonry strives to teach man the duty he owes to God, his neighbor, and to himself and to stimulate the moral and spiritual improvement of its members. It inculcates the practice of every virtue and makes an extensive use of symbolism in its teachings. It interferes neither with religion nor politics.
It cannot be too strongly emphasized that Freemasonry is not to be entered into in the hope of personal gain or advancement. Admission must not be sought from mercenary or any other unworthy motives. Anyone so actuated will be bitterly disappointed. The aim of a true Freemason is to cultivate a BROTHERLY FEELING among men and to HELP where he can.
Freemasonry is not a Benefit Society and this fact cannot be too strongly emphasized. Our annual subscriptions do not provide for sickness benefits or make provision for those we leave behind.
There are other excellent organizations founded for this purpose. No man should consider himself for Freemasonry unless he feels reasonably hopeful that he will never require help from its funds. Our funds are given exclusively for charitable purposes in many forms i.e. the aged who are unable adequately to provide for themselves; Masonic Havens for husbands and wives to be together in the twilight of their lives; hostels, schooling, educational grants and bursaries for the young; relief for suffering humanity caused by tempest, flood, fire, epidemic. Etc.
Loyalty to the country in which one resides is an essential qualification in Freemasonry and only those are acceptable who cheerfully conform to every lawful authority. Disloyalty in any form is abhorrent to a Freemason and is regarded as a serious Masonic offence.
We think it advisable to inform you that your admission to our ranks will entail certain financial obligations which you should be able to afford (as they are not in any way excessive) without being detrimental to yourself, your family or others dependent upon you. In addition to the fee payable on your entrance, there will be an annual subscription for support of your lodge expenses and ad hoc contributions from time to time for Masonic charities or other worthy projects.