How to Join

Membership in the Scottish Rite is an excellent opportunity to receive further education and lessons that expand upon the first three degrees of Masonry. Before joining the Scottish Rite within the Orient of Washington, you must be a Master Mason and member in good standing of a lodge within the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Washington.

To join, you may visit the Scottish Rite Valley nearest you where you can submit a petition and the appropriate fee.

If you are not yet a Freemason, but interested in the Fraternity, this is what the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington has to say.

Freemasonry has in all ages insisted that men shall come to its door entirely of their own free-will; not as a result of solicitation; not from feelings of curiosity; but from a favorable opinion of the Institution and a desire to be ranked among its members.

The best way to become a Freemason is to visit this page and complete the form, or contact a local Lodge. Ideally you should visit a Lodge and join the Brothers for dinner before their Stated Meeting.

You must ask a member of the Lodge for a petition. They will not be handed to you when you walk in the door, or given without solicitation. This is because membership must be something that the petitioner initiates.

Once the petition is submitted, it must be read in the Lodge’s Stated Meeting where the Worshipful Master of the Lodge appoints the investigation committee of three Master Masons. They will meet with you to determine if you will earn their recommendation to the Lodge.

Their recommendation is then presented to the Lodge at the next Stated Meeting before the voting begins. The voting is done using a ballot box containing white and black balls. The election of a new candidate for the Degrees of Masonry require a unanimous vote. One black ball rejects.