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Hmmm, I guess that might be dependent upon the jurisdiction. Here the moment you're raised you're a Master Mason, and it's that simple. You can eventually be suspended if the work isn't completed within a certain period of time, but you are still a MM.
I'm sorry to hear that, Shawn, but you do get to attend his funeral as a MM. I'm glad your friend is no longer suffering.
Thanks for the advice Brad. The requirement that you have to ask to join was one of the big points that tipped me in favor of acting on my long time fascination with Masonry. I grew up in a fundamentalist home where Masons were on the level with devil worshippers, but as I've researched it I realize the falsehoods I was taught. I'm a "younger" guy (29) and the lack of male fraternity in my life is getting me down.
And to be clear, Masons CANNOT ask someone to join. We are prohibited from doing so. Anyone who wishes to join must ask to do so. We can lead a horse to water, so to speak, but we can't invite.
While I suppose it's actually possible that you don't know any Masons, I suspect that the case is you don't know THAT someone you know is a Mason.
In either case, cold-calling is totally acceptable. I know some very good men who have joined doing just that. Show up, introduce yourself, and make your desire clear. Most lodges have dinners before the meeting, so get there in time to have face time with them. Basically, if you need to know Masons (more accurately, that they know you), then showing up and getting to know them is an affirmative action, albeit one that takes the nerve to march into a room of unfamiliar people and grab a seat with them.
I wish you the very best of luck. I have never regretted my decision to join. I wish I had done so much sooner than I did.
Hello all. I'll try to keep it short. I have been thinking of joining the brotherhood for several years, I simply do not know any local Masons. I guess I feel a little intimidated cold calling a lodge. I'm in Chattanooga, TN. Any advice?
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