If you're interested in learning more about our lodge or Masonry, all you have to do is ask. If you want to be one, you simply need to ask one. 

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Seaboard Lodge No. 56 A.F. & A.M.

Portsmouth, VA

If you're printing this petition online, we ask that you complete the document and turn it into the lodge on the 3rd Tuesday of the Monday between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM or hand it to a member of the lodge if they directed you to our website. It does require the signature of two Master Masons so if you don't currently know of any, coming to dinner would be a perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other. The petition does need to be accompanied by $70.00. Checks can be made out to "Seaboard Lodge No. 56. 

Joining Freemasonry

In order to become a Freemason you must have two Master Masons vouch for your character and recommend you into our Craft. You also have to be a man, 18 years old or older, of good character, and believe in a God that promotes peace, love, and harmony towards all mankind. These are some of the basic requirements for membership into our Fraternity.

To become a member of this ancient and honorable Fraternity, a man must apply of his own free will and accord and with an open heart. Invitations are not issued to prospective members, nor are members solicited. If a person is interested in joining, he should ask a Masonic friend for more information or contact the Grand Lodge of Virginia, or a local Masonic Lodge.

Membership is for men, 18 years of age or older, who meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation, who are of good moral character, and who believe in the existence of a supreme being.

A man who wants to join a Lodge must be recommended by two Master Masons in good standing in any Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of Virginia. He must understand that his character will be investigated. After approval by the members of that Lodge, he will be accepted as an applicant for membership in Freemasonry.

The doors of Freemasonry are open to men who seek harmony with their fellowman, feel the need for self-improvement and wish to participate in making this world a better place to live.

Any man who becomes a Mason is taught a pattern for living – reverence, morality, kindness, honesty, dependability, and compassion. He must be prepared to honor his country, uphold its laws, and respect those in authority. He must be prepared to maintain honorable relations with others and be willing to share in Masonic activities.