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     The only way to become a Freemason is to ask a Freemason; To be one, ASK one. This process is as old as the fraternity itself and ensures that the individual seeking the degrees is doing so of his desire and will. If you don’t know a Freemason to ask, you may contact our lodge and complete the loop of being introduced to a Freemason to ask. You are cordially invited to attend the dinner held before every regular meeting. While you may not attend a lodge meeting until you complete the process of becoming a Freemason, you will have the opportunity to sit with, and discuss, your interest in Masonry with many of the brothers belonging to the lodge.

     The process of attending the dinner sessions is recommended even after you've made the decision that you wish to proceed with a petition to become a Mason. While the brothers at Stokes Lodge #32 welcome your interest, and hope that you'll decide to join our lodge, there are several other lodges in the area that you may find more convenient to attend, either due to their location, or because of the evening upon which they meet.

     QUALIFICATIONS: Every applicant must advocate his belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. The mission of Freemasonry is to promote a way of life that binds like minded men into a worldwide Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; by teaching the great principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth: and, by the outward expression of these, through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways in which each may serve his God, his family, his country, his neighbors and himself.”

     Keep in mind, Masons do not solicit for members, the decision to become a Mason is your own.
If you are seeking Membership YOU MUST ASK a Mason, or a Masonic Lodge secretary for an application.
     1) You must be a man at least 18 years of age.
     2) You must be of good moral character.
     3) You must have a personal belief in a Supreme Being.
     4) You must be a Resident of North Carolina for 12 months.
     5) You must decide to become a Mason of “your own free will and accord”
     6) You will need to express your personal interest in joining the Fraternity.
     7) You must be loyal to your country.
     8) You must be dedicated to providing for your family.
     9) You must have a sincere determination to conduct yourself in a manner that will earn the respect and trust of others and possess a desire to help others through community service and universal benevolence.    
     10) You must be willing to sign a Petition, stating your age, occupation and place of residence.

     There are NO religious, political or racial restrictions for membership other than the aforementioned belief in a Supreme Being, as any discussion of religion or politics is strictly forbidden in a Masonic Lodge. Admission is decided by ballot. To be accepted, the ballot must be unanimous. To petition our lodge, the first step is to contact us either by joining us for dinner, or by sending an e-mail to the lodge secretary. This is particularly important if you do not know a member of our lodge.

     All e-mails sent to web@stokeslodge32.org go directly to the lodge secretary who would be happy to speak to you about upcoming activities and/or obtaining a petition.

NOTE: The bulk of this summation came directly from the web site; http://freemasoninformation.com/. It has been modified to be specific to Stokes Lodge #32. Please feel free to visit the aforementioned web site for additional information on Freemasonry.