Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. It's members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Justices, corporate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars and probably, your next door neighbor.
And Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity
The Masonic fraternity is not a club, a mutual benefit society, a means of entertainment nor an organization for social reform.
It is a joint effort for individual self-improvement. It seeks to cultivate the art of living and the building of character. It teaches a philosophy of life which seeks to bring peace and happiness to all mankind through the building of our own spiritual temples on solid foundations.
Do not accept Freemasonry as a substitute for religion. Masonic teachings will reinforce your belief in a Supreme Being but your religious convictions are your own.
Of your own volition you made application for the degrees. You sought the recommendation of a friend whom you know to be a Mason. You were thoroughly investigated. You were found worthy. You are now an Apprentice.
As soon as you have received your first degree, you will be known as an Entered Apprentice. Throughout the ceremonies you will also be termed a Candidate, a title you will retain until you are fully qualified for membership in your lodge.
In your progress through the degrees of the Symbolic Lodge you will be "initiated" an Entered Apprentice, "passed" to the degree of Fellowcraft, and "raised" to the sublime degree of Master Mason.
Freemasonry countenances no horseplay in its ceremonies. The degrees are of a serious nature, and you need have no apprehensions whatsoever about the manner of your reception into each degree.