Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the World. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 125,000 Masons and 540 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.

As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.

How do I become a member?
To become a member, you must ask a member (2B1ASK1). This is to ensure that your decision is made with your own free will. If that member deems that you are a good man, he will give you a petition. The Lodge members then vote on that petition and with their approval, grant your initiation into the fraternity. All members, regardless of status or wealth, go through the same initiation
Where can I find more information?

Any member of Alpha Lodge would be glad to help you find more information on Masonry. You can contact us at 937-312-7315 or

You can also find excellent links on the Grand Lodge of Ohio website at The Grand Lodge website also has information on appendent bodies such as the Shrine, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Masonic youth programs at:

As part of the Second Masonic District of Ohio, Alpha Lodge participates in many of the programs that the Second District sets up as well. For more information on news and upcoming events, see their website at