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Just petitioned today....

Discussion in 'Freemason's Lodge' started by Oldskoolfan, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Oldskoolfan

    Oldskoolfan Stay Thirsty

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    Hello all,

    I am excited to say that I just petitioned the local lodge today for membership. I should hopefully find out if I am going to be accepted in a few weeks. Is there anything I should do to while I wait. I was given some pamphlets, but besides reading those what else is there

    Thanks for all of the responses I am sure to get.
     

  2. jetboatdriver

    jetboatdriver CLM

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    Congratulations!!!
    Read what they gave you
    DO NOT read the junk on the internet
    DO NOT try to research the ceremonies, you will be much happier if you do not.

    Enjoy the journey you are about to start.
     
  3. MarcoPolo

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    Congratulations!

    You have take the first step of an amazing journey. My off-the-cuff recommendations:

    1. Be patient. Masonry is not a point-and-click world. It often moves slower than we are used to in our modern world. The typical process (at least in Texas) is that your petition will be read aloud in the next stated meeting (we have 1/month) and voted on by the brethren. They will then assign 3 brothers as an "investigative committee". This committee will speak with you (not grill you) about what brought you to Masonry and answer any questions you might have. DO NOT be afraid to ask any questions you have.

    2. Start hanging out at the lodge. Although you can not sit in the stated meeting at this point, if there is a dinner or something, it is a great time to start meeting the brethren.

    3. DO NOT read the nonsense on the internet. You will find out soon enough how off-the-mark it all is. Also, I recommend you don't read about the degrees.. they will be far more enjoyable if you don't.


    Let us know how the process goes. Ask questions. As the old saying goes, if you want to get a Mason talking... ask him about Masonry. Feel free to PM me. NO.. NO question is too off-the-wall (conspiracy or otherwise). I'd be happy to help.

    Again, CONGRATS!
     
  4. grecco

    grecco

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    what he said,
    welcome!
     
  5. ditch_digger

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    Only regret I have is I waited so long to do it. I am now 38 and wish I would have petitioned when I was 21. I just finished my Fellow Craft Degree and am being raised to Master Mason this Saturday. You will never regret this decision.

    In my very limited experience I have learned a few things here and there, so if you need any help also feel free to PM me, I have probably already asked all the questions floating around in your head. Like MarcoPolo said, it does take time so just be patient and when you have the interview be yourself, you will find Masons are among the best people you will ever meet.

    Good luck on your journey & please keep us posted.

    ditch_digger
    #483
     
  6. Oldskoolfan

    Oldskoolfan Stay Thirsty

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    Here is the skinny so far...

    The lodge I petitioned has 2 meetings a month. I was invited to a dinner prior to the last meeting and I met some of the members. All of them seemed like nice people and we talked over dinner. I was asked what led me to Masonry and I told the truth. Essentially what drew me to it was the mystery that surrounds it as well as the knowledge that tehy are a charity organization and a fraternity. I am hoping that it will help me in my life.

    I don't really have to many questions that were not unanswered. My questions though were about the degrees. I believe there are 3 but then there are other orders such as the Scottish Rite and other orders. Is that correct? Do you have to petition to join them?

    As well as the three brethren investigating me, I knew one of them briefly from my freshman year at college in 2004. He remembered me and we talked. However it has been a few years since then. Do they need to get to know me personally or anything like that?

    And my final question... since Masons rule the world and control economies do you think they will give me a nice beach mansion? ;)

    The first thing I realized was to not believe what I read on the internet. I want to thank you all for the welcomes and the offers to assist. If I have any more questions I will post.

    Thanks once again.
     
  7. nationwide

    nationwide

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    The day after being initiated as an Entered Apprentice, I noticed a sum of money appeared in my checking account. Seriously.

    When I got excited and told my wife, she said "It's your payday, dumbass!" :shakehead:

    :embarassed:
     
  8. mmsig229

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    Congratulations, looks like you're well on your way. Welcome to our most ancient and honorable Fraternity!!
     
  9. jetboatdriver

    jetboatdriver CLM

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    Let me take these in orders

    1) Refer to the other posts - quit reading, quit questioning take it as it is given.
    2) You have a lifetime for Scottish, York, Shrine and anything else
    3) They will get to know enough
    4) Yes, it will come 14 months after my beach house:rofl:

    The one thing I am going to tell you is - you will learn the true meaning of the secret words in Masonry.....the first patience and the second the least spoken secret word in Masonry.....No.

    Congrats, relax and enjoy
     
  10. Oldskoolfan

    Oldskoolfan Stay Thirsty

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    Still waiting for my petition to get voted on. I believe it will be on next Monday. I am kind of nervous but I am anxiously awaiting the news.

    Thanks for all of the encouragement so far.
     
  11. jetboatdriver

    jetboatdriver CLM

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    see my previous post to you - - - patience - - - it isn't just a word in Masonry it is a way of life.... remember - good things come to those who wait.
     
  12. dsink

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    Welcome. I was raised on Jan. 7th of this year.
    I will second what everyone else said just sit back, relax and enjoy it. When you go through the degress dont try and remember everything just relax, listen and take it all in.

    To be honest I tried to look up the first degree on the internet and read about it. DO NOT DO IT. It is a waste of time and you wont enjoy it as much.

    It is a great Fraternity and someting you will always enjoy it.

    Good luck.
     
  13. Goose5

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    I have a petition waiting to get signatures. I am already half way through Clausen's Commentaries on Morals and Dogma. Should I stop reading?
     
  14. dsink

    dsink

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    Goose5
    I would save it and wait until after you are finished with going through the degrees. You will understand it more and it will make the experince more enjoyable.

    Just my .02 worth

    Good luck
     
  15. thirdruffian1

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    Yes, and your new Brothers will be more than happy to help you take the wheels off of it.:rofl:

    Seriously, though, congratulations on your decision. Keep us posted on your progress.
     
  16. jrr6602

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    Welcome to our thread. I will be soon starting my 34th year as a Mason. I belong to the Masonic orders except the Eastern Star. You have plenty time join these other bodies after you are raised a Master Mason. To answer your question, yes you have to petition these other orders.
     
  17. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

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    jumping the gun a bit?