Masonic education is held at the lodge each Tuesday night at 7pm. Working brothers are encouraged to attend for work and instruction.
Food for thought:
Something to think about when you investigate a petitioner…
The applicant is a petitioner; he is asking something of Masonry. Masonry, therefore, has an absolute right to know all about him before it shall extend to him its privileges. Do not be timid; do not fear to tread upon his corns; but get the information and thus discharge honorably, as a Mason, the duty which you have assumed through which your Lodge will be enabled to extend the glad hand of fellowship to clean, upright men and avoid marring the beauty of the Temple with soiled, morally leprous material. Remember also, that when once admitted within our tiled recesses you cannot avoid this applicant and draw your cloak about you. You must be as ready and willing to treat him as a Brother, as you are the brother related to you by blood ties, residing beneath your home roof.
For this reason it is within your province to ask information which might otherwise be considered very personal, to propound questions which in any other connection would be termed impertinent .
Of the applicant you should also ascertain: How long has he been acquainted personally with his proposer? How long has he resided within the Jurisdiction of this Lodge? Why does he desire to become a Freemason? What is his conception of the Masonic institution? What does he think it is, and why, in his opinion do Masons congregate and what do they endeavor to accomplish by their associations one with the other?
Does he understand that Masonry is not a financial institution and that no financial returns are to be expected by either the applicant or his family?
Is he of a charitable disposition? Does he contribute financially to charitable causes as far as his ability permits? Is he charitable in thought and action toward his fellowmen or is he bigoted and prejudiced, considering all men in error who do not view life through his particular line of vision?
What is his financial standing? Is he considered an A-l man to have business dealings with? Does he understand that there are certain yearly dues required from each member, and will he promptly meet them and any other obligations of a similar nature?
Do his appearance and surroundings indicate that he can financially afford the degrees of Masonry? No man should deprive himself or his family of necessities that he may enjoy the degrees of Masonry. We desire to add to our working force; do not handicap us with an added burden.
What provisions has he made for his family and himself in event of disability or death? Does his family concur in his desire to become a Freemason? Do you consider him a man who will attend with reasonable regularity upon the communications of the Lodge, and a man who will endeavor to educate and better himself by a more extensive study of Masonry than that contained in the lectures of The Three Degrees?
Does he impress you as being one who will LIVE Masonry, who will endeavor to bring into actual practice the tenets of our profession?
Is he a citizen of the United States? Is his desire to become a Freemason based on the fact that some of his relatives have been, or are, Masons?
Does he consider Masonry merely as a social organization and does he wish to become connected with it merely that he may have the social fellowship connected with it, or has he a sincere desire to become a Mason that he may help himself and help others?
Does the applicant sincerely reverence the Supreme Being and accord Him the glory of the Divine Truths?
This line of questioning, my Brethren, is merely suggestive and is very general. Circumstances alter cases and while each question might be appropriate on many occasions, they might likewise be unwise in other instances. They are suggested merely to impress upon you the necessity of thoroughness in your work. No set of questions can be compiled which can be followed literally in every case. The nature of the case will suggest to you what information you must require, but be certain that you secure enough that you may speak with certainty and emphasis upon the case. Let not the finger of shame or ridicule be pointed against our noble institution because you have been slack in your work. You will probably not be called upon to perform this service more than once in a Masonic year; surely it is not asking too much in that one case each year you expend some real energy and thought and give liberally of your time, not only for the protection of Masonry, and yourself, but also for the preparing and protection of the applicant.
(excerpted from a Short Talk Bulletin published by MSA. NOT the official opinion of Grand Lodge of Florida)
“The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.”