How to join
Freemasonry is a rewarding experience and membership is open to all men and woman aged 21 years or over. Like many membership organizations, there are certain prerequisites that potential members must satisfy when applying to be a Freemason. To become a Freemason a person needs to:
- Be a Law abiding person;
- Have a belief in a Supreme Being; and
- Have made his/her decision to join Freemasonry by his/her own free will and not for any personal gain or reasons of idle curiosity.
As Freemasonry offers many unique benefits, these prerequisites ensure that those who join get the most out of becoming a Freemason.
If you satisfy these requirements and are interested in joining Freemasonry, there are two ways in which you can apply to become a Freemason.
Approach an I:.M:.O:. DELPHI Freemason you know
If you know any I:.M:.O:. DELPHI Freemasons, approach them and inform them of your desire to join. After discussing your intentions, they would probably become your ‘sponsor’ and make arrangements for you to become a member of their Lodge (Masonic meeting group).
If you do not know any Freemasons, you are welcome to approach the Administration Council of the International Masonic Order DELPHI which is the governing body of I:.M:.O:.D:. in USA. If you are interested in joining you should contact the Membership Coordinator or the Secretariat and you will be informed of the necessary steps you need to take to become a Freemason. Through this process you will be asked to attend a preliminary interview with a representative of the Administrative Council before you meet with members of the Lodge you may join.
The Interview Process
Once this process has started you will be required to attend an interview and certain questions will be asked pertaining to your application and desire. This is a standard procedure and gives any potential member an opportunity to meet with members of the Lodge and ask questions about Freemasonry. Provided that you and the Lodge are satisfied with the interview, a date would then be arranged for your admission into Freemasonry.
Expectations of Members
Having joined Freemasonry there are several criteria that are to be respected by members. As Freemasons come from all walks of life, members are expected to interact with each other free from religious or racial prejudice.
Freemasonry is neither a religion, nor is it intended to be a substitute for religion.
Its philosophy designed to encourage its members toward self-improvement.
A Freemason is required to pay annual membership dues to their Lodge. An initiation fee is also charged by most Lodges. The average yearly cost to members varies between Lodges however the fees are explained to potential members before joining.