Time: Becoming a Mason takes several months from the time you complete your petition until you have finished your degrees. Until you begin taking your degrees though, very little is asked of you. Once the degree work begins you will need to attend your Lodge’s monthly meeting. Different states may have additional requirements, such as attending a “Lodge of Instruction,” where you receive further explanation about the degree you just experienced. There is also some side work that you will need to complete that amounts to a little bit of homework. Every member of the Fraternity has gone through this process and your lodge will assign a Brother to help you.
Once you have completed your three degrees, we expect our members to attend their lodge’s “Stated Communication,” or monthly meeting, although it is not required. Sometimes there will be a special meeting on a second night in a month, and rarely, you may find some Lodges that have stated meetings twice a month. Beyond that, there are other activities going on: community service, family and social outings, etc. that take place throughout the year. We hope our members will participate in the events that their time and interest allows. Like many things, you get out of Freemasonry what you put into it; although we also recognize and understand the need for balance between family, work or school, and other interests and commitments.
Cost: Considering the cost to join many organizations these days, Freemasonry could be thought of as a bargain. But there are some costs involved, like initiation fees and dues.
A one-time initiation fee is usually set by each lodge. The amount varies, again, from country to country and state to state. As an example only, in the State of Massachusetts, initiation generally runs between $100 and $250, with the average around $150. There are also annual dues, which again differ from lodge-to-lodge, that run between $50 and $150, with $75 being the average. Some lodges will charge more than these amounts and some charge less. Finally, there are Grand Lodge dues in most states. Again, as an example, in Massachusetts Grand Lodge dues are $29.
Again, these costs are just one example. You will want to check with your local Lodge and/or your state’s Grand Lodge to get exact amounts.