Becoming a Freemason
Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon Informational Video
Your interest in commencing a Masonic Journey should begin with the above video. Filmed at the Freemasons' Hall which Victoria-Columbia No.1 helped build in 1880, and where the Lodge still holds its meetings, this 20-minute presentation will answer many of your questions!. Once you have launched the video, clicking on the lower-right corner will give a full-screen presentation for more comfortable viewing. Enjoy!
Further Reading From the Grand Lodge of Britsh Columbia & Yukon: ssing a desire to join the fraternity is the first step to becoming a Freemason.What attracts a man to Freemasonry? Every man comes of his own free will and accord, with his own individual needs and interests. One man may join so that he can associate with other men who believe that only by improving themselves can they hope to improve the world. Another man may join because he is looking for a focus for his charitable inclinations. And yet another may be attracted by a strong sense of history and tradition. Many join simply because they knew a friend or relative who was a freemason and they admired that man’s way of living his life. All who join and become active discover a bond of brotherly affection and a community of mutual support; a practical extension of their own religious and social beliefs.
The following Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon website articles may interest you (Please click-on the Square and Compasses logo for the link):
|1.||The ability to read and write in English.|
|2.||Have resided in British Columbia or the Yukon for the previous twelve months.|
|3.||Have resided within the jurisdiction of the constituent lodge for the previous six months.|
|4.||"shall be a man, of the full age of 21 years, free born and capable of supporting himself and those dependent upon him."|
|5.||Be, in clear conscience, able to answer the following questions in the affirmative:|
|Do you seriously and upon your honour declare that uninfluenced by mercenary or other unworthy motives, and unbiased by the improper solicitations of friends, you freely and voluntarily offer yourself a candidate for the mysteries of Freemasonry?|
|Do you seriously and upon your honour declare that you are prompted to solicit the privileges of Freemasonry by a favorable opinion conceived of the Institution and a desire for knowledge?|
|c)||Do you believe in the existence of a Supreme Being?|
|Initiates are required to pay an Initiation Fee (current 2017 fee is $500), which covers all dues & supplies until the next calendar year after your Master Mason degree. Members thence are expected to pay Annual Dues (2017 dues are $258, with discounts available for payment methods), and be actively involved in the working of the Lodge. This requires a commitment of two to four evenings a month and the effort to study and understand Freemasonry’s philosophy, history, ritual and practices. As in any society, the member can only get out of it what he puts into it.|