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FAQs

  • How do I choose a lodge?
    This decision will depend on several factors, the most important being location, time of meeting, and membership. Masonic meetings are held at least once a month, so most people will apply to the lodge closest to them. Some hold their meetings in the afternoon, others in the evening. Each lodge has its own character or personality, and some people may choose to join a lodge that is slightly farther away, but whose atmosphere suits them better. If you're not sure about these differences, or need help with exploring the various options, please don't hesitate to contact Huachuca Lodge No. 53. We'll be happy to refer you to any other lodges you might find interesting. For Huachuca Lodge No. 53, our meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM. Dinner normally begins at 6 PM.
  • What's the application procedure?
    The application begins with the submission of a Petition Form. Before applying for membership in the fraternity, all candidates must get the recommendation of two current members. One being a member of the lodge you wish to join, and the other a member from a lodge within Arizona or a jurisdiction recognized by Arizona. (See How Do I get the recommendation of two current members of I don’t know any masons?). When you have the recommendation of two members of the fraternity, they will give you a petition to fill out. After receiving your completed Petition Form, you will then be interviewed, in private, by several members of the Lodge who will report their findings to the Master of the Lodge. If the findings are favorable, the Lodge will hold a secret ballot on your application.
  • How long does it take to become a Mason?
    Once you decide to apply, you'll probably want to join as soon as possible, but a little patience is needed. Each stage of your application will have to be discussed and approved at formal meetings of the lodge, which usually takes place once a month. On average, it takes two or three months from the time you submit your petition to the time you receive the first degree of Masonry. Once you've received the first degree of Masonry, you'll be known as an Entered Apprentice. With time, you'll be able to advance to the second (Fellowcraft) and third (Master Mason) degrees.
  • How much does it cost to join and be a Mason?
    There's a onetime Initiation Fee, which will be explained to you when you are given your petition, and an annual fee due December 31st of every year to maintain your membership. These fees are in accordance with the By-Laws of Huachuca Lodge No. 53 and have been approved by the Grand Lodge of Arizona. The Initiation Fee (aka Candidate Fee) pays for the items you receive once you become a member. The Annual Fee (aka Membership Dues) are used to fund the lodge and it’s programs through the upcoming year. Every member in ever lodge around the world pays these fees, and the amount of the fees are different in every jurisdiction. If you decide to become a Mason, inquire about the fees from the lodge representative who is sent to meet with you.
  • I'm a woman. Can I join Huachuca Lodge No. 53?
    Since its foundation in 1882, the Grand Lodge of Arizona has accepted only male members. There are, however, some Grand Lodges that accept only female members, or who accept members of both sexes, but the Grand Lodge of Arizona is not one of them.
  • What happens if I join and decide it is not for me?
    Membership in the fraternity is by choice, therefore if you don’t think being a Mason is right for you, you can simply demit from the fraternity to end your membership. However, if you like being a Mason, but are not thrilled with the Lodge you have joined, once you advance to the degree of Master Mason, you can change your membership to another lodge that is more suited for you. You can even be a member of multiple lodges if you choose.
  • How Do I get the recommendation of two current members of I don’t know any Masons?
    Not knowing any Masons doesn’t disqualify you from becoming a member, it just means it will take you longer to become one. Before a Mason can recommend you for membership, that Mason has to know you for a minimum of six months. The best way to get to know the members is to attend the pre-meeting or pre-degree meals. These meals are open to anyone who wants to become a member and their families. The purpose of the six months is to allow enough time for the members to get to know you and ensure you would be a good fit for out lodge, while at the same time, allowing you to get to know the members and to see if Huachuca Lodge No. 53 is right for you.
  • I just moved to Arizona, can I petition for membership?
    The short answer is no. Arizona requires you to have lived in the state of Arizona for a minimum of one year before you can apply to become a member of any Arizona Lodge. Note: if you are an active duty soldier, you can apply for a waiver from this requirement. This does not apply to affiliating members.
  • Why should I become a Freemason?
    You can earn enormous personal reward by joining the Freemasons. We will assist you in developing your moral character and sense of community. The fundamental principles of brotherly love and affection, alleviation, and truth form the foundation of freemasonry. All Freemasons share the common goal of improving excellent men by adhering to these principles. A Freemason is a guy who strives for self-growth and wanting to be a part of something greater than himself. He also has a deep respect for history, compassion for others, and a desire to build a better future.
  • Who can be a Freemason?
    Men of every nation, religion, race, age, money, level of education, and viewpoint are welcome to join Freemasonry. However, the following requirements must be met in order to join Freemasonry: Be a male at least 18 years of age (the minimum age varies in some jurisdictions, sometimes up to 21) Believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, although Freemasonry is not concerned with theological distinctions or particular religious beliefs Be of good moral character Be motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit Your decision to apply is based on your own “free will and accord” Be prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry Be desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the ancient usages and customs of the fraternity
  • Once I join, will I be able to visit other lodges?
    As a member of Huachuca Lodge No. 53, you'll be able to visit any lodges recognized by the Grand Lodge of Arizona. However, until you advance to the Degree of Master Mason, you will have to be escorted and vouched for by a Master Mason in Good Standing if you want to visit other Lodges.
  • What is Freemasonry?
    The oldest and most recognized fraternity in the world is freemasonry. It is made up of good-character adult men (18+) from all backgrounds—nationalities, races, age groups, socioeconomic levels, and political ideologies. Its body of knowledge and code of ethics are built on the idea that every man has a duty to better himself while remaining committed to his family, his faith, his country, and his fraternity.
  • Are you a secret society?
    No, we aren't really secretive, although we sometimes have that reputation. Masons certainly don't make a secret of the fact that we are members of the fraternity. We wear rings, lapel pins, and tie clasps with Masonic emblems like the Square and Compass. Masonic buildings are clearly marked. But there are two traditional categories of secrets. First are the ways in which a man can identify himself as a Mason: grips and passwords. This is the same for any fraternity. Second are Masonic ceremonies, which are private (for members only) but are not secret.
  • What happens at lodge meetings?
    The meeting has two segments. Like with any organization, there is a certain amount of administrative procedure: minutes from the previous meeting, recommending and voting for new members, talking about and voting on financial issues, electing offices, news, and correspondence. The ceremonies for welcoming new Masons, the annual installation of the Master, and the selection of officers follow. The three ceremonies for admitting a new Mason consist of two parts: a speech outlining the candidate's many responsibilities and a brief dramatic teaching in the concepts and lessons taught in the Craft.
  • Isn't ritual out of place in today's society?
    No. The ritual serves as a common bonding experience for the members. The concepts and lessons are imprinted more deeply in each candidate's memory by its use of drama, allegory, and symbolism than if they had been given to him in plain modern language.
  • Do you identify as a religion or a branch of one?
    Definitely not. Freemasonry involves a believe in God, and its tenets are shared by many of the major religions of the world. Freemasonry does not attempt to be a substitute for or a replacement for religion. Every applicant is urged to practice their faith and to accept their sacred text as the unwavering source of truth. Freemasonry does not provide sacraments or instruction on what members' religious views need to be. Religion addresses a man's relationship with his God, whereas Freemasonry addresses relationships between men.
  • Why will Freemasons not accept Roman Catholics as members?
    A faith in God has always been the primary requirement for entry into Freemasonry. It is completely up to the individual how they choose to express that conviction, Roman Catholic or any other religion.
  • How and when did Freemasonry start?
    It is not known, but it is well documented that the first recorded initiation in England was that of Sir Robert Moray (one of the outstanding Scots of the seventeenth century) on 20th May 1641. This took place in a Scottish Lodge just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne when the Scots Army was laying siege to Newcastle upon Tyne. A meeting of the Lodge of Edinburgh, St. Mary's Chapel took place and Sir Robert Moray was initiated. The earliest recorded making of a Freemason in an English Lodge is that of Elias Ashmole in 1646. Organised Freemasonry began with the founding of the Grand Lodge of England on 24 June 1717, the first Grand Lodge in the world. Ireland followed in 1725 and Scotland in 1736. All the regular Grand Lodges in the world trace themselves back to one or more of the Grand Lodges in the British Isles.
  • What is a Masonic Lodge?
    The lodge in Freemasonry has two meanings. It both refers to a gathering of Masons for fellowship and the location of that gathering (a room or a structure). There are considerably more Masonic lodges globally than there are in the United States. The actual lodge usually consists of a lodge room where formal proceedings and Masonic rites take place, as well as a number of smaller spaces where Brothers can gather for meals, socialize, organize public and private events, and more.
  • What is the highest rank in Freemasonry?
    The third degree, or Master Mason degree, is the highest rank in Freemasonry. Even if certain Masonic organizations give additional degrees that go further into the Freemasonry teachings, such as the 32nd or 33rd degrees seen in Scottish Rite or a Knight Templar in York Rite, those degrees aren't thought of as being superior to the symbolic lodge degrees, they are only titles.
  • Why does Masonry use symbols?
    Everyone uses symbols every day because it allows us to communicate quickly. When you see a red light, you know what it means. When you see a circle with a line through it, you know it means "no." In fact, using symbols is probably the oldest method of communication and teaching. Masons use symbols for the same reasons. Certain symbols, mostly selected from the art of architecture, stand for certain ethics and principles of the organization. The "Square and Compass" is the most widely known symbol of Masonry. In one way, this symbol is the trademark for the fraternity. When you see it on a building, you know that Masons meet there.
  • I'm a Mason visiting Arizona. Can I visit Huachuca Lodge No. 53?
    Any Master Mason (or EA/FC vouched for by a Master Mason) belonging to a lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Arizona is welcome to visit Huachuca Lodge No. 53. Details of meetings and the location of the Sierra Vista Masonic Center are available on this website, but, if possible, please contact the Secretary of the lodge before you come.
  • What do I need to visit Huachuca Lodge No. 53?
    To visit Huachuca Lodge No. 53, all you need is a current dues card (or a letter of introduction) that shows you are a Mason in Good Standing and a photo Id. If you are an EA or a FC, you will need a Master Mason to vouch for you, before you can attend a meeting.
  • Where can I find events and other actives happening in the area?
    Although we don’t hear about every event happening in the area, Huachuca Lodge No. 53 keeps a calendar on our website, which includes events and activities for Huachuca Lodge No. 53 and the surrounding Lodges. “Major” Masonic events throughout the state are also included on the calendar.
  • Do I need to bring anything with me?
    Yes, please remember to bring a current dues card or other document showing that you're in good standing with your mother lodge. It's not necessary to bring any Masonic regalia with you. The lodge has a stock of aprons, etc. for visitors.
  • Does Huachuca Lodge No.53 have a dress code?
    There is no restriction on other members and visitors. However, the Lodge does ask members and visitors to respect the dignity of our meetings by avoiding inappropriate clothing.
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