Application to become a Mason begins with your local Masonic Lodge and may be made in a number of ways.
Masonic Lodges are usually listed in the "Fraternal Orders" section of your "Yellow Pages" telephone directory. To start the process, all you have to do is ask. Members are not allowed to ask you to become a Mason. Thus, you must do the asking. Just call the Lodge of your choice. If there is no response, call again. Lodges do not always have a person available to answer the phone, and there may not be an answering machine. Most Lodges meet in the early evening hours on a weekday. Try calling between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
You can drop a note addressed to Secretary at the Lodge address listed in the telephone book. Also, you can just ask someone you know to be a Mason or ask a man wearing a Masonic lapel pin or other Masonic identification.
If you prefer, you can start your Masonic journey at the state level, at what is called the Grand Lodge. It is an administrative body governing all Lodges in South Carolina. The address is P. O. Box 2185, Lexington, SC 29071-2185 and the telephone number is 1.803.808.4377.
Once you have expressed an interest, several members of the Lodge will arrange to visit you at home at your convenience. This gives you and your family an opportunity to ask questions and to find out if Freemasonry is for you and your family.
You will be asked to fill out a form, called a petition, which is then signed by Masons who have met or know you and recommend you. The petition is shared with the other Lodge members who then vote on your membership.
You will receive further instruction and participate, possibly with other candidates for membership, in three introductory ceremonies, called Degrees, at the Lodge. These explain Freemasonry and give you the opportunity to experience the Lodge's tradition and fellowship.
Everything is dignified. You are not joining a college fraternity where hazing might take place. Rather, you are joining the oldest, largest fraternal organization in the world.
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Application
If you are already a Mason, you may wish to petition for Scottish Rite membership as an expansion and enhancement of your Masonic career. You may ask a Scottish Rite Mason for a petition. For a list of Scottish Rite facilities in Aiken, Charleston, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and contact information, click on the appropriate Contacts on the menu.