Brattleboro Lodge No 102

Free & Accepted Masons

Freemasonry - Consider Joining


How do I become a Freemason?


For a Fraternity steeped in over four hundred years of tradition, you might think it is difficult to become a Mason. It is!  By viewing this page, you have just taken your first step. Now there is one major hurdle you must pass...


You must ask.


The absolute requirements for becoming a Mason.


Freemasonry in Vermont accepts no one for membership unless they come of their own free will and accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.


There are few other requirements.


You must:

  • Be a man, of at least 18 years old and a Vermont resident; {In other states the age is 21}

  • He must believe in a Supreme Being.

  • Live an ethical and moral life.

  • Have a strong interest in the Fraternity and desire to participate in its charities and its activities.



You should be someone who does, or wants to learn to, enjoy the company of other men from all different social classes, faiths, backgrounds, races, countries, etc. Masonry is universal in its ideals and this makes everyone an equal. If you are a family man, Masonry considers that your family obligations come FIRST, so you must be well aware of that: You have the time to participate (usually two or three evenings/month at first for meetings and instruction, and then at least one evening per month for meetings from then on -- often more if you get involved in lodge activities.)

  • You can afford the initiation fees and the annual dues without hardship to yourself or your family.

  • You should be coming to Masonry "of your own free will and accord", to learn to improve yourself and to enjoy the company of other good people, not because someone keeps pestering you to join or because you think it will help you "get ahead" in business.

  • To join, all you have to do ask a Mason: Preferably someone you know or at least who lives or works nearby:

  • You have to be able to meet him in person. Contacting someone by e-mail may get you pointed to a lodge in your area, but you CANNOT get a recommendation from someone you have never met.

How often do they meet?

  • How often do they get new candidates?

  • How many members does the lodge have, and how many usually attend the meetings? (Is this lodge growing, or faltering, or something in between?)

  • Do they confer the degrees themselves or do they usually use a "degree team". (This gives an idea of how proficient and active the lodge officers are.)

  • How much is their annual dues and the (one-time) initiation fee?

  • What would they expect of you as their candidate? What is the usual amount of time for a candidate to receive the three degrees? What kind of "proficiency" work, and how much of it, will you need to learn between degrees?

  • What is the average age of the lodge members? What are their interests? What kind of social activities and public service activities is the lodge involved in? What kinds of things could the lodge put a new member to work on?

If you are thinking about becoming a Mason, we have on our site, a Petition for Membership (it's in Adobe PDF Format and is for Vermont only!) which you can download, print, and complete. A candidate for membership in Vermont must be sponsored by two Masons. The process, however, is not as daunting as it sometimes is imagined by those who look at Freemasonry from the outside. Even if you don't now know a Mason, you will once you contact us.




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