Membership Information

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in existence. Written records about the Order date back to 1390, and the traditions of Masonry are even older. The Grand Lodge of Virginia is the oldest independent body in the United States. A roster of Masonic membership during the early years of our country reads like a study in American history. It is led by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Chief Justice John Marshall, Edmund Randolph, and a host of signers of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Since those early years of our country's history, Masonic membership has continued to include many famous Americans, including United States Presidents, Congressmen, State Governors and other well known men in leadership positions. The Masonic Fraternity includes men from all walks of life; professionals, tradesmen and laborers.

Freemasonry is not a religion. It does not promise salvation. Religion and religious beliefs are not discussed in our Lodges, but through the use of symbols and allegories, Freemasonry teaches the equality of man and the value of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Freemasonry teaches and practices charity towards all who are less fortunate, and Freemasonry seeks to become the happy means of cementing its members into one harmonizing body. Thus, while not a religion, Freemasonry is religious in the sense that Masons revere God, and urge every man to attend the Church or Synagogue of his choice. We learn that our strength is to be found in our God, no matter how we may view Him.

Freemasonry is not a secret society as some would charge. Masons proudly wear the ancient insignia of Freemasonry, the Square and Compass, publicly. The location of our Masonic Lodges is known and our membership rosters are printed. We do keep secret our modes of recognition and the ceremonies of initiation to prevent imposition by impostors.

In summary, Freemasonry teaches the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God, marveling at the Divine order of the universe. It brings together men of all creeds and teaches the many aspects of the Great and Golden Rule common to all Faiths.

To become a member of this ancient and honorable Order a man must come of his own free will and accord, for the great truths taught in Freemasonry, and He whom we all serve, require us to come freely and with an open heart. We do not issue invitations to join a Masonic Lodge nor do we solicit individuals to join. Freemasonry encourages men to voluntarily seek out participation in its mysteries. If you are interested after reading this, ask a Masonic friend for an application or establish contact with our Lodge.

Membership is open to all men, 18 years of age or older, who meet our qualifications and standards of good moral character and reputation. Even though Masonry is not a religion we do require that a man believe in a God that promotes peace and harmony towards all mankind. The doors of Freemasonry are open to all men who seek harmony with their fellow man, desire the search for self-improvement, and wish to participate in making this world a better place to live by his actions and deeds.

When a man becomes a Mason, he is taught a pattern for living, through reverence, morality, kindness, honesty, dependability, and compassion. He must be prepared to honor his country, uphold its laws, and respect those in authority. He must be prepared to maintain honorable relations with others and be willing to share in Masonic activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Freemason or have questions about the Fraternity, simply contact us for more information.
Click here for a Membership Form - A completed petition should be returned to any Brother of this Lodge if you desire membership.

When you have completed the Membership/Application Form, it must be signed by two Masons who recommend you for membership. You can also contact the lodge Secretary for assistance.

Return your form and the application payment noted on the form. The lodge will schedule visits at your home with selected lodge members to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. A report will be made at the next lodge meeting and your application will be voted upon.

You will be notified of your acceptance as a candidate for the degrees. The degrees explain Freemasonry and give you the opportunity to experience the lodge's traditions and fellowship. When you complete all three degrees, you become a full member.

Central Lodge No. 300 A.F. & A.M.
20455 Washington St. Rte 1610
P.O. Box 978
Onley, Virginia 23418
Secretary: Wor. Cecil Marshall

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