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In order to join the fraternity of Freemasonry, you must ask a member how you may join. This is done to insure that you come into Freemasonry of your own free will; without expectation of material gain. You get out of Freemasonry only what you are willing to put into it. If you don't know a Mason, contact the secretary of a lodge near you to arrange a meeting.

If the Mason you ask believes you will be a positive addition to the fraternity, he will give you a petition for membership in his Lodge. All men have to go through the same initiation procedure, regardless of their worldly wealth or position. In a Masonic Lodge, the President of the United States would be considered equal to the newest member. When Washington, Truman, or the Roosevelt’s sat in Lodge, they were addressed as Brother. Everyone is "on the level" and is judged by how he lives in the community and upholds the tenets of the Fraternity. As long as he is "on the square" with his brethren, he will be well regarded.

Your petition will be read in open Lodge and a committee of investigation formed. The investigation committee will visit you and talk with your family. The committee will also review your petition and perform additional research before giving a report in open Lodge. The membership votes by secret ballot. A successful ballot means you will have been elected to membership by initiation.

You will then receive the three degrees which teach serious time-honored moral and ethical lessons. When you complete your third or Master Mason Degree, you will be a full-fledged member. As a Master Mason, you have many rights and privileges, including visitation privileges to sit in Masonic Lodges throughout the world.

If YOU believe what you have just read is for you, then it is up to you to take the next step. Remember, you must ask for a Petition for Membership if you want to become a Freemason. If you would like more information on petitioning for membership to our lodge, please contact the Secretary.


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Golden Gate #245 is a chartered lodge of The Grand Lodge of Ohio, Free and Accepted Masons, sharing its historic building in Chagrin Falls with other Masonic bodies including; Solon Lodge #757 F.&A.M., Chagrin Falls Chapter #152 Royal Arch Masons, Golden Rule #442 Order of the Eastern Star, Oriental Commandery #12 Knights Templar, and Windermere Council #113 Royal & Select Masons. Learn more about Freemasonry by contacting us or a lodge near you.