Questions on Being a Freemason
What happens at a lodge meeting?
The meeting is in two parts. As in any association, there is a certain amount of administrative procedure – minutes of last meeting, proposing and balloting for new members, discussing and voting on financial matters, election of officers, news and correspondence.
The second part consists of the ceremonies for admitting new Masons and the annual installation of the Master and appointment of officers.
The three ceremonies for admitting a new Mason are in two parts – a slight dramatic instruction in the principles and lessons taught in the Craft, followed by a lecture in which the candidate’s various duties are spelled out.
It is common practice for the working part of each meeting to be followed by a shared meal, providing an opportunity for members to enjoy the company of other members and visitors from other lodges.
Isn’t ritual out of place in modern society?
No. The ritual is a shared experience which binds the members together. Its use of drama, allegory and symbolism impresses the principles and teachings more firmly in the mind of each candidate than if they were simply passed on to him in matter-of-fact modern language.
Why do grown men run around with their trousers rolled up?
It is true that candidates have to roll up their trouser legs during the three ceremonies when they are being admitted to membership. Taken out of context, this can seem amusing, but like many other aspects of Freemasonry, it has a symbolic meaning.
Why do you wear regalia?
Wearing regalia is historical and symbolic and, like a uniform, serves to indicate to members where they rank in the organisation.
How much does it cost to be a Freemason ?
It varies from lodge to lodge but anyone wishing to join can find a lodge to suit his pocket. On entry, there is an initiation fee and an apron to buy. In Victoria, the standard dress code is a black dinner suit and bow tie with white shirt and gloves, so this cost needs to be considered as well.
A member pays an annual subscription to his lodge which covers his membership and the administrative cost of running the lodge. It is usual to have a meal after the meeting; the cost of this can be included either in the annual subscription or paid for at the time.
In the case of Gregorios Lodge, the current annual membership fee is $230.00 and there is an additional $10 supper fee for members. This is, of course, subject to change over time, but fee increases are not implemented lightly.
It is entirely up to the individual member what he gives to Charity, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities. Similarly, he may join as many lodges as his time and pocket can allow as long as it does not adversely affect his family life and responsibilities.