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Who Can Become a 32° Mason?
Any Man, who is already a Master Mason in good standing with his local Grand Lodge.
How Can You Join?
To join we need a completed application and membership dues for the first year. Please contact us for more information and a copy of the application.
Who Can Become a Master Mason?
For the State of Kansas, under the Grand Lodge of Kansas, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, the following are the requirements for petitioning a Lodge:
1. Be of Lawful Age: 18 years of age or older.
2. Believe in a Supreme Being:
In all Masonic Lodges, the term “Grand Architect of the Universe” is used, not as a name of a specific Supreme Being, but as a “politically correct” title of the God or Supreme Being that an individual holds reverence towards. The use of the names God, Jesus, Jehovah, Allah, Budda, Mohammad and others are not excluded from being used by the Masons who are of that religion. Members are encouraged to place the book(s) of their specific belief on the Altar during their initiations.
3. Petition your Local Masonic Lodge.
In Kansas. we have a program, whereby a man can be asked to join the Masons, by his friends or family. This is recognized as an honor to the non-Mason, that he is felt to have those qualities that would make him a good Mason. In many states, it is a requirement that the non-Mason must first ask a Mason about joining.
Masonic Lodge Application
Application to become a Mason begins with your local Masonic Lodge and may be made in a number of ways.
Masonic Lodges are usually listed in the “Fraternal Orders” section of your “Yellow Pages” telephone directory. To start the process, all you have to do is ask. In most states members are not allowed to ask you to become a Mason. Thus, you must do the asking. Just call the Lodge closest to you. If there is no response, call again. Lodges do not always have a person available to answer the phone, and there may not be an answering machine. Most Lodges meet in the early evening hours on a weekday. Try calling between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
You can drop a note addressed to Secretary at the Lodge address listed in the telephone book. Also, you can just ask someone you know to be a Mason or ask a man wearing a Masonic pin or other Masonic identification.
If you prefer, you can start your Masonic journey at the state level, at what is called the Grand Lodge. It is an administrative body governing all Lodges in your state.
Once you have expressed an interest, a few members of the Lodge will arrange to visit you at home at your convenience. This gives you and your family an opportunity to ask questions and to find out if Freemasonry is for you and your family.
You will be asked to fill out a form, called a petition, which is then signed by Masons who have met or know you and recommend you. The petition is shared with the other Lodge members who then vote on your membership.
You will receive further instruction and participate, possibly with other candidates for membership, in three introductory ceremonies, called Degrees, at the Lodge. These explain Freemasonry and give you the opportunity to experience the Lodge’s tradition and fellowship. Everything is dignified. You are not joining a college fraternity where hazing might take place. Rather, you are joining the oldest, largest fraternal organization in the world.
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Application
If your are already a Mason, you may wish to petition for Scottish Rite membership as an expansion and enhancement of your Masonic career. You can ask a Scottish Rite Mason for a petition. For a list of Scottish Rite facilities, click http://www.srmason-sj.org/web/bodies/list.htm for contact information.
Express your interest, and you will receive a petition along with information regarding the next Scottish Rite Reunion in your area. Welcome!
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If you desire to have assistance, Contact the Secretary of the Valley of Fort Scott, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the phone number listed on each webpage.
He will assist you with locating the Masonic Lodge or Scottish Rite Valley Secretary that you need to be in contact with. Need to find a York Rite, Shrine, DeMolay or other Masonic Group? Give him a try, and see if he can help with those as well.
Benefits of Joining
There are several benefits to becoming a member of our organization. Our members are close friends and we have a great time when we get together. Of course we also have a common interest, and we hope to further our cause.