Why become a Freemason?

The reasons why people join and what they like about Freemasonry vary from person to person.
You will have your own reasons, but new members tend to say the following:

1. Quest for Knowledge

They are intrigued about the history and mysteries
held within Freemasonry.

2. Brotherhood

Freemasonry is a leveller, meaning you meet
and become friends with a broad spectrum of people.
Simply by mixing with people from different walks of life
helps to broaden the mind.

3. Charity

They feel it is a conduit to ‘put back into society’,
through Masonic charity giving.

4. Self Improvement

To become a better person.

5. Learning

Networking, learning from peers and mentors
and learning from practising ritual
and after dinner speech-making.

6. Achievement

Progressing through office to Worshipful Master.

How to Join?

Freemasonry is a rewarding experience and membership is open to all men aged 18 years or over. Like many membership organisations, there are certain prerequisites that potential members must satisfy when applying to be a Freemason.

Stage 1 – Membership Prerequisites

To qualify to become a Freemason you require the following:

  • You must be a man of at least 18 years.

  • You must be of good moral character (demonstrated through references and a National Police Check);

  • You need to be a good citizen (demonstrated as per point 2);

  • Have a belief in a Supreme Being – although how you understand that and how you express that is up to you and not something we pry into, we simply require belief in a Supreme Being; and

  • Have made your decision to join Freemasonry by your own free will and not for any personal gain or reasons of idle curiosity.

If you are uncomfortable with any of these requirements please feel free to let us know the exact nature of your concerns and we will be happy to give you a little more insight into them.

Many people are under the impression there is some material benefit to joining Masonry, or that it might get them ahead in business and so forth. Let us assure you now that this is not the case.  Men who join thinking there will be material benefits, networking opportunities, access to influence or power, leave the organisation quickly and frustrated.

Stage 2 – Contact Us

Step 1

Approach a Freemason you know

If you know a Freemason, approach him and inform him of your desire to join.
After discussing your intentions, he would probably become your ‘nominator’
and make arrangements for you to become a member of his Lodge (Masonic meeting group).

Step 2

Contact us directly

If you do not know any Freemasons, use the contact forms on this page to contact us directly.
A Membership Officer from one of our Craft Lodges will be in contact and inform you of the necessary steps you need to take to become a Freemason. If you prefer to contact us by phone, contact numbers are provided below for each Craft Lodge.

Step 3

Interview with Members

You will then be required to attend an interview and certain questions will be asked pertaining to your application. This is a standard procedure and gives any potential member an opportunity to meet with senior members of the Lodge and ask any questions he may have about Freemasonry.

Provided that you and the Lodge are satisfied with the interview, a Membership Application form will be provided for you.
Complete the application form and return it to the lodge you would like to join,
the Lodge Membership Team will take it from there.

Stage 3 – The Application Process

1. Reviewing Your Application

Once you have submitted your application form, a team of senior members will review the information.

2. Attend Our Festive Boards

During this time visit the Lodge after our meetings and attend a few of the festive boards to meet your future brothers and become more familiar with some of our customs.

3. Lodge Read-through & Vote

After an investigation period your approved application is then read out at an upcoming Lodge meeting, after this a ballot is taken by members.

4. Initiation Scheduled

If approved by the members you will be assigned a Lodge Mentor and your initiation will be schedule.

5. Membership Confirmation

A member from the lodge will contact you with the outcome of the ballot and provide you with additional instructions. Initiations can take anywhere from three to six months, please be patient.

Our Craft Lodges

Twin Towns Masonic Centre operates four Craft Lodges, who each meet on a different day and time once a month.
When you become a Freemason you will be initiated into a Craft Lodge and continue your Masonic career with that Lodge.
As you progress you can affiliate with other Craft Lodges and we also have a multitude of higher degrees
and additional Orders you may wish to join. These enrich and deepen the learning experience found in our Craft Lodges.

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 7.30pm (DST)

Lodge Members: 30-90 years

Caters to: Outer Tweed Valley & Local Tweed Region

Established: 1885 in Murwillumbah

Meets: 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7.30pm (DST)

Lodge Members: 30-90 years

Caters to: Local Tweed Region & Gold Coast

Established: 1915 in Tweed Heads

Meets: 2nd Friday of the month @ 10.00am (DST)

Lodge Members: 50-90 years

Caters to: Retired and Older Brethren + Night Workers

Established: 1985 in Tweed Heads

Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month @ 7.00pm (DST)

Lodge Members: 20-90 years

Caters to: Local Tweed Region & Gold Coast

Established: 1923 in Tweed Heads

Current Lodge Membership

Each graphic displays the geographic spread of members for each Lodge across the local region.

Lodge Tweed United No. 136

Lodge Pacific No. 298

Twin Towns Daylight Lodge No. 436

Lodge Dawn No. 511

Selecting a Lodge

Each Craft Lodge at the Twin Towns Masonic Centre is structurally identical, their uniqueness and strength comes from the dedicated Brethren (members) who are found in each Lodge. Masonic experience, interests and skills will vary between the Lodges, you will generally find that our Lodges have four main areas of focus:

Charity

Social

Ritual

Research

Other factors to consider when selecting a Lodge:

Annual Dues

Each lodge sets a different price point for their annual dues, contact each Lodge Secretary for up to date information.

Your Location

Other members who live locally to you can be of great benefit, not only for support and guidance,
but socially and of course if you need a lift to a lodge meeting.

Your Skills

Do you have any skills, talents or experience can you contribute to a lodge?
It is the Brethren who make a lodge and our collective skills are applied for the betterment of our Lodges,
Freemasonry and the local community in general.

Your Objectives

It is important for any new member to determine what they wish to get out of their Masonic experience and to be matched up with the right Lodge so their needs, objectives and expectations are met.

At your initial interview discuss with senior members what their Lodge’s focus is,
does it match with your interests and objectives?
If it does not, contact another Lodge, we have four Craft Lodges available at the Masonic Centre.

Stage 4 – Contacting a Lodge

Lodge Tweed United
No. 136

Lodge Pacific
No. 298

Twin Towns Daylight Lodge
No. 436

Lodge Dawn
No. 511

Join Lodge Tweed United No. 136

Please fill out the form below and our Membership Officer
will be in contact with you soon.

Full Name (required)
Email Address (required)
Contact Number (required)
Preferred Contact Time
Postal Address
Occupation
Age Range (required)
Please confirm, I would you like to join: (required)
Additional Comments

Contact our Lodge Secretary for assistance

Rt. Wor. Bro Donald Dezentje

(Lodge Tweed United No. 136)

0410 595 922

Join Lodge Pacific No. 298

Please fill out the form below and our Membership Officer
will be in contact with you soon.

Full Name (required)
Email Address (required)
Contact Number (required)
Preferred Contact Time
Postal Address
Occupation
Age Range (required)
Please confirm, I would you like to join: (required)
Additional Comments

Contact our Lodge Secretary for assistance

Wor. Bro John White

(Lodge Pacific No. 298)

0411 855 322

Join Twin Towns Daylight Lodge No. 436

Please fill out the form below and our Membership Officer
will be in contact with you soon.

Full Name (required)
Email Address (required)
Contact Number (required)
Preferred Contact Time
Postal Address
Occupation
Age Range (required)
Please confirm, I would you like to join: (required)
Additional Comments

Contact our Lodge Secretary for assistance

Bro Brian Hunt

(Twin Towns Daylight Lodge No. 436)

07 5513 0178

Join Lodge Dawn No. 511

Please fill out the form below and our Membership Officer
will be in contact with you soon.

Full Name (required)
Email Address (required)
Contact Number (required)
Preferred Contact Time
Postal Address
Occupation
Age Range (required)
Please confirm, I would you like to join: (required)
Additional Comments

Contact our Lodge Secretary for assistance

Wor. Bro Bob Ayscough

(Lodge Dawn No. 511)

0407 777 643

Confused about selecting a Lodge?

If you are unsure about which Lodge to join, contact our District Grand Inspector of Workings (DGIW) and he will assist you to select the right Lodge.

VW. Bro. Ray Weblin

0418 734 712

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