Petition for Degrees Ohio

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Freemasonry is the oldest and most widely recognized fraternal
organization in the world, It was founded in London, England in 1717.
It unites men of good character of various religious, ethnic, and social
backgrounds, who share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the
brotherhood of mankind. As Freemasons, they strive to improve themselves
as better men, husbands, fathers, and neighbors while enjoying the bonds
of fraternal fellowship.
Membership provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men,
who desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and
themselves, to fellowship with men they might otherwise never had the
opportunity to meet, and to grow through their shared experience.

The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King
Solomon’s Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of
the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example,
Masons are reminded at Lodge to “meet upon the level of equality, act by
the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue.”
Once an individual has been elected to membership, the joining process is
divided into stages, marked by three separate ceremonies. The symbolism
of each is intended to strengthen a man’s commitment to his Faith, his
family, and his community.
Freemasons use the term “degree” to describe the three ceremonial stages
of becoming a member. The three degrees are Entered Apprentice, Fellow
Craft, and Master Mason. They are loosely based upon the journeyman
system, which was used to educate medieval craftsmen, and represent
youth, manhood, and old age.

Application for membership is open to men who:
• Have been an Ohio resident for at least six months
• Are at least 19 years old
• Have a belief in a Supreme Being
• Live a good moral and social life
• Do not advocate the overthrow of the government
• Can read and write English
Potential new members are requested to complete