There are three fundamental degrees of the Masonic system during which a candidate is initiated, passed, and raised conferred in craft lodges. All other degrees conferred in other Masonic bodies explain or enhance the lessons of the first three degrees.
The requirements to becoming a Mason include being a 21 year old man, of reasonably sound mind and body, a belief in a Supreme Being (God), and ever lasting (eternal) life.
A petition for membership may be obtained by asking a Mason for one. All candidates are investigated to determine their character, motivations, and suitability. For Oneonta Lodge, $20 must accompany the petition and total fee for the degrees is $181 due before his initiation.
Petition for Affiliation Form. Fee for affiliation is $50.
One of the most basic purposes is to make “Better men out of good man” We try to place emphasis on the individual man by strengthening his character; improving his moral and spiritual outlook; and broadening his mental horizons. We try to impress upon the minds of our members the principles of personal responsibility and morality; teaching each member Each Brother must become proficient in them and a mentor is assigned to aid you in memorizing and understanding what was presented during the degree.to practice in his daily life the lessons taught through symbolic ceremonies in the lodge. One of the universal doctrines of Freemasonry is the belief in the “Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God”. The importance of this belief is established by each Mason as he practices the three principle tenets of Masonry: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
As part of the degree process, each Brother must become proficient in a series of Questions and Answers and a mentor is assigned to aid in memorizing and understanding what was presented during the degree.
It is the goal of many Masons to complete their Masonic education by traveling from the Northeast Corner of the Lodge to the Worshipful Master's station in the East; and in the process be the better enabled to impart Masonic knowledge and wisdom.
It is hoped that each Brother makes a commitment and is able to take a turn in the Master's Chair.