Membership

The Process of Petitioning

Joining the fraternity of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Texas Mason should ever ask you to join our fraternity.

Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider.

Ask for Information

If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry. If you don’t know a Mason, please submit an information request on our website and someone will be in contact with you. If you prefer you can always email info@garlandlodge441.org as well with your questions.

Visit the Lodge

Take this as an opportunity to meet some of our members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, we will be happy to meet you. We meet for dinner every Tuesday at 6 PM unless noted on our Calendar and guests are always welcome.

Request a Petition

Request a petition from your Masonic friend or from the lodge. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. By joining us for dinner you’ll have the opportunity to meet those men whose signatures you will eventually need.

Submit Your Petition

Turn in your completed petition to the lodge. No fees will be required at this time. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.

Now that the lodge has your petition, these are the actions you can expect the lodge to take:

The Investigation

The Master of the lodge will assign three members of the lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect. We don’t expect petitioners to be perfect either.

The Ballot

Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports along with their recommendation will be read to the lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the lodge.

After the Ballot

Soon after the stated meeting, a member from the lodge should contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.