Talk with someone you know who is a member of the Fraternity. If you do not know anyone who is a Mason, just contact Holland Lodge No. 1, a lodge in your neighborhood, or the Grand Lodge of Texas. Visit as many Lodges as you can, get a feeling for the lodges you visit and pick the one that best meets your needs.
Masons do not solicit for members. You’ll need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
Please visit the Q&A section of this website, to find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Try to find out if there is a good time for you to visit the lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of our members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, we’ll be happy to see you. We meet every Wednesday at 6pm and also serve dinner before our meetings. Guests are always welcome.
Request a petition from the Secretary of the Lodge. You can also find a PDF version of the petition here. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. If you don’t know any Masons, ask any of us.
Turn in your completed petition to the Secretary of Holland lodge. Ask about the fees that need to accompany the petition. Your petition will be received by the lodge and will be read during a stated meeting.
The Worshipful Master of Holland 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. This is a standard procedure and gives any potential member an opportunity to meet with members of the Lodge and ask any questions he may have about Freemasonry.
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 the next stated meeting (second Wednesday of the next month).
At this time, the Worshipful Master of Holland Lodge will call for a secret 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.
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 when to appear to receive the first of three Degrees of Masonry.