Tri Valley Lodge #148

Becoming A Mason

Membership in a Masonic Lodge is open to all men 18 years of age or older -- regardless of race, color, or religion. Our membership requirements are very clear:


  • You must be of good character and reputation. You'll have to provide evidence of living a positive life through references from at least three other people.
  • You must believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. This belief is not proscribed -- rather, we encourage you to be steadfast in the faith of your choice.

How Do I Join?

  • The traditional approach is through someone you know; a relative, a co-worker, or perhaps a neighbor whom you know to be a Mason. Then all you have to do is ask them. However, many of us have come to Masonry without knowing anyone who is a Mason personally. Simply contact our Lodge and we will be happy to meet with you. Knowing another Mason is not a pre-requisite, however it is helpful.
  • One of the Brothers of our lodge will set up a meeting with you. This gives us the opportunity to get to know you and for you to ask any questions you may have.
  • Should you decide you want to join, we will have you fill out our petition for membership or affiliation as referenced by the buttons below.
  • We then will appoint a committee to meet with you. The committee's job is to ascertain whether or not Masonry is a fit for you and that you are fit for Masonry. The meeting is informal and in no way an inquisition. The goal is to convey to you a deeper understanding of what Masonry is and for us to better understand you.
  • The committee will then report to the Lodge and present their opinion and the Lodge will vote on your petition.
  • Upon a favorable vote, you will be sent a letter from the Lodge Secretary with details on when you'll take your 1st Degree and you'll also be appointed a "Shepherd" that will help you with the degree work and that will answer any questions you may have.