Samuel S. Lawrence #721 F&AM
1362 Sandtown Rd SW, Marietta, GA 30008
Regular Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm
How To Become a Freemason
BECOME A MASON
Joining the fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons requires that a man, of his own free will, petition a Masonic Lodge for the Degrees in Masonry. No Georgia Mason will ever ask you to join our fraternity. Below are the general steps that a man seeking membership in Freemasonry may consider.
ASK FOR INFORMATION
If you know a Mason, ask him about the fraternity. Don’t be shy, we love talking to those interested in Masonry! If you don’t know a Mason, we encourage you to contact us.
VISIT THE LODGE
Reach out and inquire if there is a good time for you to visit our Lodge. Take this as an opportunity to meet some of the members and ask questions. Don’t be intimidated, we’ll be happy to see you. Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge serves dinner before our regular stated meetings (the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm) and guests are almost always welcome.
REQUEST A PETITION
Request a petition from a Mason or from the lodge you would like to join. Your petition will require the signature of several Masons. Download our petition by clicking this link.
SUBMIT YOUR PETITION
Turn in your completed petition to our Lodge at your earliest convenience. Your petition will be received by our lodge and will be read during the next stated meeting.
Now that we have your petition, these are the actions you can expect our Lodge to take:
The Master of the Lodge will assign three members of the Lodge to interview you and investigate your background. The investigators may want to meet with you at home. There is a standard set of questions that all investigators must ask, but many will ask additional questions. Be honest with the investigators. No Mason is perfect, and we don’t expect petitioners to be perfect, either.
Your investigators will be given a deadline by which to return their completed investigation reports to the lodge. Their reports, along with their recommendation, will be read to the Lodge at a stated meeting. At this time, the Master of the Lodge will usually call for a ballot to be taken on your petition. Eligible Masons will then vote on your petition and the outcome of the ballot will be announced to the Lodge.
AFTER THE BALLOT
Soon after the stated meeting, a member from our Lodge will contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions.
"Freemasonry is 'veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols' because these are the surest way by which moral and ethical truths may be taught. It is not only with the brain and with the mind that the initiate must take Freemasonry but also with the heart." -C. H. Claudy
"Many writers and thinkers have tried to define Freemasonry but it really defeats definition. It is too complex, too profound in conception, to easily expressed in words. Perhaps the simplest and best definition of all is the phrase "the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God." Our Masonic forefathers had an understanding of human needs and human aspirations. They may never have dreamed of the mindless computer which governs our lives, or the fission of matter which threatens our lives, but they understood human nature and what motivates the spirit of man. Thus from a simple process of using stone and mortar for building they progressed to the most important of life's functions, the building of character." -Louis L. Williams