What is a Mason?
"A Mason is a man who has decided that he likes to feel good about himself and others. He cares about the future as well as the past, and does what he can, both alone and with others, to make the future good for everyone." (The Masonic Information Center. "What's a Mason?")What is Freemasonry?
"Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.
"As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
"The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon's Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to 'meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.'
"Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual's commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it isa positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.
"Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great." (www.freemason.com
. Grand Lodge of Ohio, F. & A.M., 01/24/08.)Joining a Masonic Lodge and Becoming a Master Mason
"Joining a Masonic Lodge is an opportunity for qualified men to become members of the world's oldest, largest, and best known fraternal organization. The process of becoming a member is divided into stages marked by three separate ceremonies, the symbolism of which is intended to strengthen a man's commitment to his Faith, his family, and his community.
"Master Masons are men from a variety of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds who share a belief in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God, work to improve themselves and their communities, and are an asset to all who know them. Membership in a Masonic Lodge is an honor that says a great deal about the character and personal integrity of a man." (www.freemason.com
. Grand Lodge of Ohio, F. & A.M., 01/24/08.)Qualifications for Membership
Application for membership is open to men who:
The application fee is $125 (payable in full at application, or in thirds by Degree). Annual Dues for Conrad Lodge are $73.00. The Lodge's fiscal year is November 1 through October 31. Dues
are to be remitted upon receipt of the Dues Notice sent beginning in September. All Master Masons in good standing will receive a dues card issued by the Grand Lodge of Ohio once payment has been
received. Feel free to research the history of Freemasonry here in Ohio at www.freemason.com or read up on what our fraternity is involved with
today and going forward.
General Instructions for Joining
Is it your desire to join the ranks of men, both great and small, who are proud to share in the Masonic tradition of excellence?
If you do desire to join Conard Lodge and share in the fraternal fellowship that abounds here, you need to contact the secretary of the Lodge for information regarding the fees for application, and
meet with two members of Conrad Lodge who would recommend you for membership.
The Masonic term for a membership application is a "petition." Petitions may be obtained from any active member of the lodge, or by contacting the Lodge Secretary, Lee Lanzer, at (330)