Not Just a man... A Mason
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Not everyone can or should be a Mason. To become a Mason and member of The Grand Lodge of Ohio, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be an Ohio resident for at least six months
- Be a Male at least 19 years old
- Be able to read and write English
- Be prepared to profess a belief in Deity
- Be of good reputation as a man of honor and integrity
- Be recommended by two members of the Lodge they wish to join.
When a potential member does not know anyone in the local Lodge, the Lodge will arrange a casual meeting with several members who will be glad to share information about their Lodge and its activities. This kind of meet and greet provides an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, to ask and answer questions, and to discover if it looks like a good fit between the man and the Lodge. Some lodges will invite the potential member to several activities or social functions before two members will agree to make the recommendation. On occasion, after meeting with members of the lodge, the potential candidate will discover that he already knows somebody in lodge who will be willing to make that recommendation.
Are there costs to join?
There will be a fee to join, generally between $100 and $250, depending on the lodge and its location. This fee is due at the time a formal application is submitted for membership. There is no charge to meet with the lodge to learn more about it or the process of becoming a member. Once a man becomes a member, he then pays annual dues to help support lodge operations, and he will most likely have to pay for meals and event fees if the lodge holds banquets, charitable or social events.
The Lodge Secretary for Tiffin Lodge No. 77 is Larry A. Rentz. He can be reached by phone at (419)937-4243 or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org