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Our Membership Process

Your involvement in Freemasonry starts with simply asking to be considered for membership and choosing a local lodge you would like to petition. Our fraternity is open to responsible adult men (18 and above), of good character, with a belief in a Supreme Being, and without regard to religion, race, income, education, or political opinion.

Sign up to be contacted by a membership liaison. You may contact any lodge and set up a time to meet with some of the Masons of that lodge to get a feel for the experience at that location. There may be several lodges near you, and it is your choice which lodge to petition. You are encouraged to find the one you feel most comfortable with, which may not necessarily be the closest.

​Next, you need to complete a membership petition and submit it to the lodge you have chosen. An initiation fee, generally $75 to $200 (this amount is determined by the local lodge), accompanies the petition. Within approximately 45 days, someone from the lodge will contact you for an interview. During this time period, you will need to submit information for a background check, this will help verify the information you provide on your petition. The Lodge Secretary or a Member will help you with this process, it is very easy. Use this opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Your spouse, friend, or parent is also encouraged to attend this interview and even to tour the lodge itself. Your references will also be contacted and asked to answer some general questions about you.


​This process is just so we can get a better understanding of the candidate and ensure they meet our requirements. The lodge, at its next meeting, will then vote on your petition.

​If your petition is approved, you are on your way to becoming an Indiana Freemason. 

Basic Indiana Freemason Membership Requirements:

Be a man at least 18 years of age
Be of good moral character
A Belief in God
Ask to join
A resident of Indiana (Minimum 6 months)

 Contact Porter Lodge No.137 | Background Check Website 


Contact the Lodge

Masonic Lodges operate as private entities, yet we extend a warm invitation for you to visit us by scheduling an appointment in advance. Feel free to contact us via email, phone, or through our social media platform.

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