How to Join

2B1ASK1 (To Be One Ask One)

This is a phrase heard often among Freemasonry because Masons cannot solicit anyone to join, even if you are family. If so desired, you must ask a member for a petition to join of your own free will. We are, however, glad to share our personal experience and answer your questions.

Why Join?

Joining a Masonic Lodge is an opportunity for qualified men to become members of the world’s oldest, largest, and best known fraternal organization. The process of becoming a member is divided into stages marked by three separate ceremonies, the symbolism of which is intended to strengthen a man’s commitment to his Faith, his family, and his community.

Master Masons are men from a variety of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds who share a belief in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God, work to improve themselves and their communities, and are an asset to all who know them. Membership in a Masonic Lodge is an honor that says a great deal about the character and personal integrity of a man.

Application for an Ohio lodge membership is open to men who:

  • Have been an Ohio resident for at least 6 months (reduced from 1 year in 2009)
  • Are at least 19 years old
  • Have a belief in a Supreme Being
  • Live a good moral and social life
  • Do not advocate the overthrow of the government
  • Can read and write English
  • Are recommended by two members of the Lodge they wish to join. (If you do not know two members of a Lodge, the secretary of the Lodge to which you are applying can arrange a meeting with two members of the Lodge for you.)

The application fee is generally between $100 and $250, and a Lodge’s annual dues are between $25 and $150. (For Grove City Lodge, the current application fee is $125 and includes your first year’s dues. Annual dues after that are $70, subject to change)

General Instructions for Joining:

Is it your desire to join the ranks of men, both great and small, who are proud to share in the Masonic tradition of excellence?

If you do desire to join a Masonic Lodge and share in the fraternal fellowship that abounds there, you will need to determine which Lodge is nearest you, contact the secretary of the Lodge for information regarding the fees for application, and meet with two members of the Lodge who would recommend you for membership in the Lodge.

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