Men from all walks of life become masons. If you meet the criteria listed above and submit an application form, 2 or 3 masons will make an appointment to meet with you. They will answer some of your questions and get to know you. They will report back to the lodge and make a recommendation. Based on their recommendation the lodge will vote on your acceptance. Once accepted, the lodge's secretary will invite you for your initiation.
Once initiated you are a mason, an entered apprentice mason. This is the first of three degrees. When you and your mentor feel that you are ready, you will have the opportunity to move on to the second and third degrees. At each degree, masonic secrets will be communicated to you.
Following your third degree, you will have the opportunity to move through the lodge's leadership positions. You will also be allowed to participate in Freemasonry's appended bodies : the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and the Shriners. These bodies are a continuation of Freemasonry. They allow you to continue to learn our secret arts and mysteries.