Becoming a Mason starts with a conversation

We believe men are first made Masons in their hearts, then they ask to join our Fraternity. Freemasonry will take these men — already good men in our community — and help make them better men.

Each man brings something different into the Fraternity — as different as the types of men who become Masons. However, each shares a core of common beliefs & dreams; each brother believes that, even in a small way, by every one of his actions he helps make his world, his community & himself better.

Freemasonry accepts no one for membership unless he comes of his own free will & accord, having already obtained a favorable impression of our Fraternity.

GM William M Sardon with WB Joe Evans

There are few other requirements. You must:

• Be a man age 18 or older (although women & younger people can join related groups),
• Believe in a Supreme Being,
• A belief in the immortality of the soul,
• Live an ethical life, and
• Have a strong interest in the Fraternity with a desire to participate in our charities & activities.

(An application fee is also required, followed by a background investigation on all applicants.)

A Fraternity of Brotherhood

Membership in Masonry is not a secret; all members are free to acknowledge their membership. Freemasons come from all belief systems, cultures, professions, and walks of life. These men come together to serve their communities with the goal of "making good men better."

Old 17th Brothers marching in Albany PRIDE Parade

Next Steps...

If you are interested in finding out more about the Fraternity of Freemasonry, we'd love to speak with you.