By longstanding tradition, Masons do not recruit.  A man must apply to become a Mason out of his own free will and genuine desire to participate.

Becoming a Mason is an involved process.  The short version of this story is that a man applies, is investigated, approved by a vote of the membership, and then participates in the ceremony of the first degree to become an Entered Apprentice.  At that point he can rightfully call himself a Mason, but his path has only just begun.  He must then study what he has been taught and prove his proficiency in it.  After doing so he enters into the ceremony of the second degree, becoming a Fellowcraft mason.  His knowledge, rights, and obligations expand, but he has not yet finished.  When he can demonstrate his mastery of the Fellowcraft degree, he enters into the third and final ceremony, becoming a Master Mason.  This is considered the pinnacle of Masonic achievement and a Master Mason alone is a full, voting member of the organization. 

What are the prerequisites?

A candidate must be:

  • A man
  • 18 years or older
  • A legal resident of Washington for more than 6 months (exceptions for military, students, and "seafaring men")
  • Of sound mind
  • Of good moral character
  • Able bodied enough to participate fully in Masonic rituals and traditions
  • Financially able to support himself and his dependents while paying membership dues.

In addition, the candidate must believe in a higher power and be comfortable professing a faith in God.  Masonry is not a religion (see "What is Masonry") nor does it endorse or require any particular dogma or interpretation of faith, save one: every Mason is a man who believes in a higher power, a "Supreme Architect of the Universe."  The particulars of that belief are your own business.

We strongly recommend that applicants discuss their desire to join the Freemasons with their wives or significant others before seeking admission.  It is not uncommon for spouses of candidates to have misgivings or concerns, especially if they have little or no prior exposure to the Masons, and it is important to us that your membership not conflict with your home life.  We encourage spouses to participate and ask questions during the candidate's interview (described in "What should I expect after applying?") and the spouses of current members can also be available to answer questions. 

What are the financial commitments?

Application to the lodge entails a one time fee, currently set at $235.  Once a man becomes a Master Mason, there is a yearly fee due to the lodge, currently set at $82.  These numbers are current as of October, 2014, but are subject to small, periodic changes.  We frequently endeavor to raise funds for different charitable and Masonic causes, but contribution to these efforts is personal and entirely optional. 

How do I apply to join Everett Lodge?

Everett Lodge has recently begun using a process recommended by the Grand Lodge of Washington to introduce new candidates to Freemasonry and to our Lodge as part of the application.  The process includes a series of conversations (over coffee or lunch, for example) where we can get to know you and help you get to know us and what we're about.  It takes some time and some effort, both on your part ours; but the idea is not to impose an unnecessary burden.  To use some traditional language, Freemasons are "bound together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection," and the ideal Lodge consists of a group of men who are truly friends and brothers to each other; every one without exception.  We want to make sure you're right for our Lodge as much as you want to make sure that the Lodge (and Freemasonry) are right for you.  To be frank, Freemasonry isn't for everybody, but if you've read this far and you're excited about the possibility, there's a good chance you might just make a good Mason.

In eras past, most people came to the Freemasons through a long-time friend or a close relative who was a member and could vouch for their character.  In today's world that seems like more the exception than the rule; so many of us live far away from our families or childhood home towns that many people approaching a Lodge for the first time don't know any Freemasons at all, or their connection to the fraternity is a passed-away grandfather or someone better described as an acquaintance than a close friend.  There's nothing wrong with that at all, but it requires a little different approach than if a man's father and best friend are the Masons introducing him to the Lodge. 

Furthermore, it's not uncommon for an applicant's expectations to be a little unrealistic or skewed by pop culture references like TV shows and thriller novels; it's admittedly very difficult to sort out reality from fiction when the internet is littered with conflicting information, some of it downright nutty.  So spending a few hours talking with some genuine Freemasons and reading some things that we feel accurately portray the nature of our fraternity is meant to help you get a clear understanding of what you would really be getting involved with.  It also lets us develop a relationship with you so that when we recommend you for membership to our Lodge we can feel confident that you will be a good addition to the roster.

Start by contacting a member of the Lodge and letting them know your interest; either somebody you know or by e-mailing our membership committee at "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." and let us know how and when to reach you. 

What should I expect after applying?

The process described in "How do I apply to join Everett Lodge?" above culminates when you submit a petition (a.k.a. application form), endorsed by members who have gotten to know you, along with a check for the application fee (see "what are the financial commitments?") The petition will be read to the members of the lodge in a closed meeting and an investigation committee will be formed.  The committee will review your petition in detail, and conduct an interview with you at your convenience.  The interview panel typically consists of three members of the lodge who did not vouch for you on your petition, and they will ask you questions and also answer any of your questions concerning membership in the Masons and Everett Lodge.  The interview is typically conducted in an intimate and comfortable setting such as at the lodge building or at the candidate's home, and the tone is that of friendly conversation.  Spouses are highly encouraged and welcomed to take part.

At the stated meeting following the investigation, the committee will report to the assembled lodge on their findings and give their recommendation.  The lodge membership will then conduct a vote on the candidate's admission.  Approval for new candidates must be unanimous; although not common, if a candidate does not receive unanimous approval, this does not preclude him petitioning again, as the context may warrant.  Once a candidate has been unanimously approved, he will be promptly notified and a date will be chosen for him to take the First Degree.  A mentor will be assigned (and several may volunteer) to help the candidate be prepared for what we consider to be a momentous occasion, because after you have been through the ritual of the first degree and become an "Entered Apprentice", only then can you can rightfully call yourself a Mason.

What will be expected of me?

A candidate should complete the application and investigation process with openness and honesty.  We seek men of strong moral character and high ideals, and will be looking for evidence of this in your conduct.  After the first face-to-face meeting, we'll ask that you read and consider some things on your own, and we'll want to hear your impressions and thoughts on them in future conversations.  Take careful note though; after that first meeting we will be expecting you to take the initiative: to get in touch, and request to proceed to the next step when you're ready.  We will not contact you about the application process after the first meeting.  If we don't hear from you further at any point in the process, our assumption will be that you do not wish to continue.  All you need to do to get things rolling again is get in touch; but it needs to come from you.