Download application to join: APPLICATION FORM
This application will be forwarded to the Worshipful Master of Free Thinkers Lodge 2114.
You can print, complete and mail the application to PO Box 17431, Portland, Oregon 97217 or email a PDF to freemasonspnw @ gmail.com.
We will contact you to schedule a Zoom or in-person meet up after we receive your application. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. We look forward to answering your questions and getting to know you.
Common Membership Questions
What is the minimum age requirement to join?
You must be 18 years or older.
What accommodations can you make for my physical or mental needs? Do you accept people with variable abilities, disabilities or handicaps?
It depends upon the circumstances. Certain situations might prevent full participation. Our group currently meets on the ground floor of a building, but occasionally uses an upstairs suite. The texts we use have digital files but are not formatted for all adaptive technology. Active participation includes memorization and presentation of the lessons you learned, however your presentations are not limited to essays or English language recitation. Rituals are designed to immerse you in an experiential lesson and can heighten certain senses. At no point will you be in danger or exposed to mind-altering substances. Depending on your uniqueness, you may want to discuss your plan to participate in these activities with your health team and/or other support systems. Let us know what will help you succeed.
How much time and energy do I need to contribute?
Especially in your first year as a Freemason, please be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time learning, studying and memorizing. The more time and effort you are willing to contribute, the more growth and progress you will see. When you put forth your best effort, you will benefit greatly.
Do I need anything special to be a member?
You must be free, of full age (18 years) and of good report (a good reputation, with people who are willing to vouch for your character). In addition, using a computer/smart phone and regularly checking your email is necessary, as that is our primary method for regular communications. We use an app for chat and event updates – it is suitable for most smart phones.
Am I required to buy any special uniform or type of clothing for meetings?
You do not need to purchase a specific uniform, but we do wear certain colors. When you become a Master Mason (3rd degree), there will be necessary ritual regalia (around $60).
Do I have to be financially wealthy or politically well-connected to join?
No. You only need to be able to comfortably afford Masonic fees and dues.
If I’m already a Mason, can I attend your meetings?
All Masonic obediences, including Freemasons from male-craft lodges, are welcome to attend our meetings, pending verification. Once we verify that you are in good standing with your lodge, we can proceed. Please Contact Us.
If I’m already a Mason, how do I join?
Contact us with information regarding your lodge so we can verify you are in good standing. We then will arrange a meeting (virtual or in person) to discuss your options.
What kind of people join?
There is a frequent saying in Freemasonry: “We take good men (women & NB) and make them better.” Many of the people that apply to join are already on the path of self-improvement. Freemasonry helps by giving people tools to become even better. Want to learn more? Check out National’s website for in-depth info.
How soon can I join?
We accept new members on a rolling basis. Your patience in this matter is appreciated as we seek to expedite inquiries and initiations in balance with our other duties.
I’m scared, but I also really want to join.
No worries! We are happy to meet up, talk over the phone, or chat via email. We can answer most of your questions (although some answers may be vague – no spoilers to be found in this group). Information about initiation, degree work, and more can be found on the internet, but nothing will prepare you for the real-life experiences of being a Freemason. At some point, you will have to trust your instinct. We look forward to all the light you bring.
The application says I need two people to recommend me. Who should I put?
You can leave those lines blank. After your application is submitted, or if you inquire without submitting an application, you will be in contact with one or more LDH members. By the time you are scheduled for initiation, at least two LDH members will be happy to sign your application recommending you.
How old are your members?
In Portland, ages range from 20s to 40s. Our oldest member is in their 50s.