To become a Freemason you must:
Be a man of at least 21 years of age, or if the son of a Master Mason (in Good Standing) 18 years
Be of good moral character
Have a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition of a Supreme Being is a personal matter for each individual)
Decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord” without expectation of any material gain or benefits
Be loyal to your country
Be dedicated to providing for your own family
Have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others
Possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence
TO PURSUE YOUR INTEREST IN BECOMING A MEMBER follow these steps:
Talk with someone you know who is a Freemason, remember Masons do not solicit for members. You’ll need to express your personal interest in joining Freemasonry, 2BE1ASK1.
If you know a Freemason, simply ask him about joining, knowing a Mason can simplify your application for membership (from your perspective) in as much as you require two members (Master Masons) of the Lodge you wish to join, one to propose and one to second your application, and please remember that your proposer and seconder are not simply putting their names to your application, they are vouching for your good character and motives.
If you do not know anyone who is a Mason, all is certainly not lost, but it may well take longer as the Members of the Lodge you are interested in joining must, by necessity, be given the opportunity to get to know you and be able to gauge your character and motives. Contact a Lodge in your neighbourhood, they will usually be found in a local newspaper, advertising meetings, failing this, contact the Grand Lodge of Scotland at www.grandlodgeofscotland.com they will be able to direct you and give contact information for Lodges in your area. Once you make contact with a Lodge, you may be invited to meet with the Lodge Committee or selected Members to discuss your application and to answer your questions. You may also be invited to some of our social functions so that we can get to know you and be able to gauge your character, as being someone wishing to become a member of our Order.
Subject to you being considered eligible and properly motivated and also having two Master Masons, willing to propose and second your application, you will be asked to complete an application for membership and return it to your local Lodge Secretary.
Your application will be read out at a regular Lodge Meeting and after a prescribed period of time, a committee of enquiry will convene, to which you, your proposer and seconder will be invited to attend, to answer any relevant questions the Members of the committee will put to you and also to give you the chance to ask questions of them. If this committee of enquiry is satisfied, they will then present their report to a regular Meeting of the Lodge. and if the report is favourable, a date will be set for a ballot, which must be advertised and in which all qualified Members would be entitled to vote on your suitability as a member of our Order. You would then be notified of the result of the ballot and if found clear, you would also then, in due course, be invited to attend a regular Lodge Meeting for your Initiation Ceremony into membership of our Masonic Fraternity.