You've already passed the first step to become a freemason. Our hashtag "To Be One, Ask One" means to become a freemason, you can either ask a existing freemason, reach out to a Masonic lodge, or be asked to join.
After the initial contact, we set up a time for you to come out and visit with some of our members at our establishment. This is a very casual meet-and-greet to get to know one another and ask any questions you may have. Next, an official petition is filled out and presented to the membership for voting, at our next stated meeting,
Your petition will be presented before the membership for discussion. A committee of members will form and schedule a time to meet with you in order to learn about you, and why you want to join, allow you to ask questions, and tell us why we should consider you for membership. The committee will report back and if favorable, you'll be invited to our building to meet with more members who will do the same. After that, the membership will vote to decide if we should accept you. If accepted, you will be invited to begin your journey.
Congratulations! You're officially a Free and Accepted Mason! At this stage, you have limited knowledge, and therefore, limited ability in joining other Masonic bodies. You're next step is to start your Masonic journey and receive the first of your three degrees, in becoming a Master Mason. The first degree is Entered Apprentice, which is to signify your youth in Masonry.
After being initiated as an Entered Apprentice, you now have the opportunity to pass to the Fellow Craft degree. Signifying you've received knowledge in Freemasonry, but only partially.
The final and highest degree, a Master Mason. In this two-part degree, you will be immersed in the detailed teachings of our fraternity, dating back to time immemorial. After being raised to this degree, you have full access to all the benefits of a Master Mason, which is attending/participating in other degrees, becoming an officer, and joining appending Masonic bodies (York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine, etc.).