Becoming a Mason
Freemasonry is proud of its philosophy and practice of "making good men better."
This accomplished through a self-improvement approach. Only individuals believed to be of the finest character are favorably considered for Membership.
The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like-minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social, and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
By the outward expression of these tenets through fellowship, compassion and concern, a man may find ways in which each he may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors, and himself.
To Be One, Ask One
Freemasons do not solicit for members. The decision to become a Mason is your own.
If you are seeking membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason or a Masonic Lodge for an application (petition).
A copy is available at the bottom of this page.
It is your responsibility to approach or meet two current members and obtain their endorsements before your petition may be considered.
You must be a man.
At least 18 years of age (21+ in some jurisdictions).
Of good moral character (background check required upon petition).
Must express a personal belief in a Supreme Being (the definition is up to you) as the creator of the universe.
U.S. & State of Wisconsin
You must be a Legal Resident of your state for 6 months (longer in some jurisdictions). This includes legal residence in the United States for foreign nationals.
You must be loyal to your country.
Citizenship with the United States of America is not required.
You must decide to become a Freemason of "your own free will and accord".
Have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others.
Possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.
Must be willing to sign a petition requesting particulars such as age, occupation, place of residence, etc.
How to Petition
To petition a lodge, the first step is to find one close to you.
Once you have selected a lodge (or several), reach out and make contact.
This is particularly important if you do not know a member of that lodge.
You may contact the lodge secretary who would be happy to speak to you about upcoming activities and/or open houses.
You may contact us for inquires into Waverly Lodge.
We encourage you to visit the lodge for dinner, or prior to any of our activities to meet and interact with members.
This allows you to get to know us and us to get to know you.
This may also give you the opportunity to obtain the two required endorsements for your petition.
A petition fee of $30* is required to accompany your fully endorsed petition and the petitioner questionnaire.
*Incomplete materials received without the required petition fee will not be acted upon.
Admission is decided by secret ballot of current members.
To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous.