…do I become a Mason?
Any man may apply for membership who:
-Has been an Oregon resident for at least six months;
-Is at least 18 years of age, regardless of race, color or religion;
-Has a belief in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. This belief is not proscribed — rather, we encourage you to be steadfast in the faith of your choice. Atheists are not allowed to become Masons;
-Lives a good and moral life.
What Is The Process?
A man interested in joining a Masonic Lodge in Oregon:
-Must ask for and complete an application form called a Petition For the Degrees Of Masonry. One of the traditions in Freemasonry is that membership is not openly solicited by current members—if you want to join, you must ask for a Petition.
-Must have two current Lodge members in good standing of the Lodge you are wishing to join agree to sign your Petition, recommending you as a candidate for membership.
-Must have a criminal history background check completed through the Oregon State Police. (Convicted felons are NOT allowed to be Masonic members).
-The Lodge will hear your Petition at the next Stated Meeting (generally the second Thursday of each month). If approved, the Worshipful Master will assign a three-person Investigation Committee to meet with you and your family to discuss your application and to make a determination of your qualifications. They will also contact the five references you provided on your Petition, either in person if they live locally, or by phone if they live out of the area.
-Generally, the Investigation Committee will report back to the Lodge by the next Stated Meeting one month later. IF they return a favorable recommendation, the Lodge will then vote on your qualifications by secret ballot; the ballot must be unanimous for approval.
-If approved, you are then eligible to be initiated with the three degrees of Masonry—Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason—as have all members who have joined before you.
-If, for some reason, your Petition is rejected, you will also be notified in writing.