La Jolla Lodge #518

Free & Accepted Masons of California

Becoming A Freemason

...and a better man​​

One of Masonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own through a Mason they know or a local lodge. You will often hear Freemasons state the aphorism, “To be one, ask one.” If you would like to one day call yourself a Mason, your first step is to ask one of us.
California Masonic membership is open to men age 18 or older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being. Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.
A Mason who recommends you for membership will assist with completing and submitting the application. After submitting the application, you will be interviewed by members of the lodge you wish to join so they can learn more about you and you can learn more about Freemasonry. If the interview is favorable, your application is presented to the lodge for a vote. If the vote is affirmative, you receive the Entered Apprentice degree - the first degree of Freemasonry. When you advance through the next two degrees, you will become a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.
For more information about the application process, go to Applicant Information.

With more than 50,000 members statewide, our fraternity represents the entire spectrum of Californians. Admission to our lodges is open to men of good character and faith, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship or national origin.

Our lodges currently work in English, Spanish, French, and Armenian. Through this universal brotherhood, Masons learn to be better husbands, better fathers, better brothers, and better citizens. By appreciating our differences, we learn to focus on what unites mankind.

Thus, the discussion of religion, politics, and business is not permitted in our lodges. In this way we live up to the centuries-old aim of our fraternity - to unite men of every country, sect, and opinion and cause true friendship among those who otherwise would have remained at a distance.

Membership in California Masonry is growing and getting younger. The fastest growing segment of our membership is 18-30 year olds. About 2,000 men are initiated each year; their average age is 39.
For most men, meeting the basic requirements is the easy part. The investigation process is remarkably thorough. Before you can even begin to consider membership in our Lodge, it will be necessary for you to spend a significant amount of time among the brethren so that they might get to know you and eventually, if you are found worthy, sign your petition for membership. It can take anywhere between one to three years to become a master mason (and oftentimes even longer). If you know that you do not have the time to dedicate at least a few nights a month to our craft, perhaps membership in our fraternity is not right for you at this time. If you are interested in becoming a Freemason, we certainly encourage you to reach out [insert email address here] and plan on attending one of our events so you can get to know the brethren of La Jolla Lodge #518.

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