Vote for the good of the order!

We all have opinions of what it takes to be a Mason. Those characteristics that we revere and look for in those that petition our lodge for membership.

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Sometimes we find ourselves in a predicament with a petitioner that may be related or a good friend of a member in our lodge that we respect. We may know something on the petitioner that we feel like we should reject their petition, but our respect for the brother that turned in the petition weighs heavy on our mind.

It is times like these that we have to remember to “Vote for the good of the order.” Masonry is bigger than any one member. Lowering our standards to allow someone to join our great fraternity that we know does not meet the character of a mason is not the best option. What have we done to our fraternity? Could our actions or lack thereof be viewed as un-masonic? Have we done the greatest harm we could do to our fraternity? If the addition of your new member results in several members getting upset and leaving, have we really done the right thing?

It’s times like these that I want us all to remember to “vote for the good of the order.”. I truly believe if the person petitioning knew the turmoil that their petition would cause, if they were truly a mason by heart, they would withdraw their petition rather than disrupt the peace and harmony of the lodge.

Our first line of defense is our investigating committee. The duties of the investigating committee are so important. They are one of the first to meet a potential new member. The quality of their report is crucial in preventing someone that does not have the qualities we desire in our members from joining. Their lack of fully carrying out their duties could also allow someone in that should have been kept out.

Have you been faced with this dilemma?

If so, how did you handle it?

Any regrets?

7 thoughts on “Vote for the good of the order!”

  1. Being on an investigating committee is the most important job you can have in the lodge. If a good job isn’t done we could let someone in that shouldn’t be. I don’t think you can really know about a petitioner’s character in just the little time that you go to talk to him about joining either unless you actually know him . If I don’t know them I try to ask around other people that may know them. I think also there should be a change on the petition forms we now have. The investigating committee reports either worthy or unworthy. I think that should be changed from unworthy to unsuitable. I’ve been on an investigating committee where the petitioner was worthy as far as his character was but he really didn’t seem that interested in the fraternity. He had petitioned because someone else in his family had wanted him to join. But of course this would have to be presented and voted on at Grand Lodge.

  2. Do we want numbers or Do We want members? I myself want to be in a fraternty of members that belong because of what the members Believe. What we can do for our members, family and community. I vote for the best of the best for the future.

  3. This is a great masonic fraternity. Masonry is a way of life. DO YOU WANT MEMBERS or DO YOU WANT MASONS? Please do your investigating as if Masonry depended upon it, thence it does. Always vote for the good of the Order.

  4. I would rather set in a room with one mason, than in a room full of members. Being a member does not mean you are a mason.Ask yourself this question “Where were you first made a mason”.

  5. Being a “young man”, belonging to the Masonic fraternity means a great deal to me. Knowing that I am at least sixth generation to be worthy and accepted to this fraternity means even more to me. That having been said I would hope that I was not just allowed to join because of my family’s long standing history with this wonderful organization. I believe in what Masonry stands for and I believe that only the best of those found to be worthy should be allowed in. It is true that this fraternity needs new blood, which is something that I’ve heard since the day that I first petitioned and it happens to be a true statement. But the new members SHOULD NOT be allowed in just because they will follow the group. New members means new ideas and the new ideas should be for the good of the order. If the good of the order is not the main focus, then the fraternity as a whole will lose the thing that we have clung to for so many centuries, and that is allowing only the best of men to become members.

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