Reno Lodge 13 - Free & Accepted Masons
"Nevada's Lodge of Leadership"
Dispensed January 14, 1869
Chartered September 23, 1869
I become a Mason?
courtesy Nevada Grand
Becoming a member of our Fraternity is not a
difficult task ...
If you look around you, you very well may discover that you are already in
the company of Masons ... look closely for bumper stickers or medallions with the
"Square and Compass" insignia - look for rings, tie tacks and/or lapel pins with
the insignia ... and if you find one amongst your acquaintances, make inquiry with him
about joining "the Craft" ...
If you don't find a friend who is already a Mason, look in the telephone
directory (in the white pages under "Masonic Lodges" or in the yellow pages
under "Fraternal Organizations"), and pick a Lodge near you. Drive by the Lodge
building during the day - many Lodges have an active Secretary with regular Office Hours
... if so, stop in and make inquiry. (Several of our Lodges find that well over half of
our new members come from drop-in visits, which sometimes turn into long conversations
held in the Lodge office.) If there are no Office Hours posted, call the Lodge on the
telephone, and leave a message - someone will get back to you. Or another way would be to
make note of their next scheduled meeting date and time, and drop in about a half hour
before the meeting starts - locate the "Tyler" (whose job during meetings is to
act as an "outer guard", to insure that no non-member is allowed to disturb the
meeting), and talk to him ... and it will probably flow from there into him presenting you
with a "petition" for membership. (You should, of course, pick a Lodge whose
meeting nights pose no conflict with your current activities!)
Once a petition is submitted, the following things happen, in the following
The petition is read, for the benefit of the membership, at the next regular
Stated Communication ("Business Meeting"), and the Master of the Lodge (the
"C.E.O. of the organization") will appoint an investigating committee (usually
several senior members of the Lodge), who will contact you and find a mutually-convenient
time to meet with you, to talk to you, and to determine if you meet the prerequisites for
membership (which are generally that you are an honest and upright man, who conducts his
affairs with dignity, and treats all mankind fairly and decently) ... they will then
report their findings to the Master. (Since it is not practical that you meet each person
who will be balloting on your petition, the "committee" interviews you and
reports their findings, through the Master, to the entire Lodge.)
The petition will be read at the next Stated Communication, and it will be
voted on by the membership present. If you are accepted as a member, you will be contacted
by the Secretary, and instructed as to when and where to report for your "First
Degree" - that of "Entered Apprentice" - at which time the Lodge, in full
ceremony, will confer the ancient rites and rituals of that Degree.
After the Degree, there will be some study on your part, to commit parts of
what happened to you and with you that night to memory and recite it before the Lodge, or
in front of an examining committee of some sort ... and then on to the Second Degree (that
of "Fellowcraft" - or in the terms of our ancient brethren, "Fellow of the
Craft") and then on to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.
You can meet no finer group of men than those you will find in a Lodge of
Free Masons - and, in our opinion, no higher ideals to hold yourself to.