"Short" DeVoe
Worshipful Master
How To Become a Freemason.
 
 
Among millions of Masons, not one was lawfully invited to apply for membership. Our code of conduct prevents it. Thus, no faithful Mason can invite you. Any Mason can obtain a Petition for the Degrees of Freemasonry for you, but you must ask for it - and for good reason.
 
First, you must ask yourself.
 
You must first ask yourself if you're suitably prepared to enter the "gentle craft of Masonry" ... to become a brother in the world's most exclusive fraternal order. Few men are intellectually or spiritually prepared to understand or appreciate even the more apparent meanings of Masonry.
 
Do you reflect on the nature of man's existence and your obligations to God, your family, and yourself?
 
If such ethical and moral questions hold little interest for you, then you will gain little benefit from the teachings of the Craft. But if you seek a more meaningful quality of life - and the spirit of charity and good fellowship which flow from it - then Freemasonry has much to offer.
 
We want you to know what we believe, how we act, and what we do...and, then, should you become a Mason, to be proud to be our Brother and to participate in our work. Only those who desire membership because of their favorable impression of us should seek a petition.
 
What We Ask of You
Any man who is eighteen years of age or older and of good moral character, who comes well-recommended, and who believes in a Supreme Being may petition to become a Freemason.
If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, please contact us or ask a Freemason to provide you with a petition.
 
 
Joining Process
If you know a Mason, ask him about membership. He will be glad to tell you all about the Craft and the local lodge and give you a petition if you wish to join; or you can download a petition from the link below. If you do not know a Mason, drop a letter to the local lodge expressing your interest in joining and one of the officers will call you. You can also call the lodge at 712-542-0100, or send us an email (mickw@frontiernet.net).
 
Typically, the process is as follows: The applicant fills out a petition. The petition asks for two sponsors, though if you meet and talk with the officers, they can usually find sponsors or act as sponsors themselves if you do not know anyone in the lodge.
The petition is read at the lodge during the next business meeting. A committee is formed to investigate the candidate. The petition also asks for three character references. The committee meets with the candidate to answer questions, ascertain that he meets the criteria for membership, and find out a little about him.
This is not a "grilling session," but rather a friendly and casual chat to make certain that the candidate has been properly informed about Masonry and was not improperly solicited. The committee also contacts the character references listed on the petition (typically asking if they know any reason why the candidate should not be accepted, etc.)
The committee reports back to the lodge during the next business meeting and the candidate is voted on. The lodge will hold a secret ballot on the candidate's petition. A white ball elects, and a black ball (cube) rejects. For a candidate to be accepted, all present members of the lodge should ballot favorably and unanimously with white balls. One black ball is enough to deny a candidate's petition and admission into Masonry. If accepted, someone from the lodge (often the Secretary) contacts the candidate and informs him that he has been accepted and schedules a date for the Entered Apprentice degree. Otherwise, contact us for more more information.
 
2013 Elected Officers
 
Worshipful Master
Short DeVoe
 
Senior Warden
Derrick Kernen

 
Junior Warden
Jeremiah Ambrose
 
Treasurer
Randy Kernen
 
Secretary
Mick Ware
 
Senior Deacon
Brian Gladman
 
Junior Deacon
Ed Hensley
 
Senior Steward
Jimmy Lawrence
 
Junior Steward
Joel Lawrence
 
Tyler
Ray Robinson
 
Chaplain
Devon Kernen
The Mason’s Square doth clear the air
Of  folly and deception.
The rule is straight, the angle clear
For greatness has direction.
By the compass’ abide
The points within so far and wide.
No pleasures sway nor profit temp
These bounds of Mason pride.
Greatness what your virtues are.
Good deeds practiced wide and far,
And that secret of Masonic Love
Is learning who you really are.
For the Great Book knows what man can’t hide,
A life that’s measured from inside.
And on that Book that oath we took, and we will break it never.
But stand by this and this and



this, forever and forever.

Master Mason's Charge


“In a world where men do battle over whose definition of God is most accurate, I cannot adequately express the deep respect and admiration I feel toward [the Freemasons], an organization in which men of differing faiths are able to ‘break bread together’ in a bond of brotherhood, friendship, and camaraderie." ~Dan Brown, author The Lost Symbol