Helion Lodge #36 A.F. & A.M.

The Maquoketa Masons

Path to Membership

Freemason Membership Requirements

You must be of good repute.

In Iowa, you must be at least 18 years of age.

You must believe in a Supreme Being.

You must live a moral and ethical life.

You must have a strong desire to make yourself a better man and make your community and the world a better place to live.

You must be tolerant of other religions, cultures, and points of view.

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Beginning the Process of Becoming a Freemason

You will need to contact our lodge (click here).

You may download our petition (click here)

If you know a man who is currently a Mason, you may ask him to provide you a petition for membership.

If you do not know a Mason, you may contact the Grand Secretary at the Grand Lodge of Iowa via phone 319-365-1438, or email at [email protected] . He can help you by giving you contact information for the lodge secretary.

Then What Happens

If you have not already filled out a petition for membership, you will be asked to fill one out and submit it to our Lodge.


A committee of members from the Lodge, which is called the Investigating Committee, will contact you to arrange a meeting. 


We will want to speak to you in order to discuss your character and make sure that you have a legitimate interest in Freemasonry. It will also give you a chance to ask them questions about the fraternity so you can be assured that it is something you would like to invest your time in.


Your request for membership will be balloted upon by the lodge’s members.


You will be advised of the date of your admission.

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There are Three Principal Degrees of Masonry

“The word degree, in its primitive meaning, signifies a step. The degrees of Freemasonry are, then, the steps by which the candidate ascends from a lower to a higher condition of knowledge.” Albert G. Mackey, The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry , 1873


The degrees are: Entered Apprentice, FellowCraft, and Master Mason. 


Each of the degrees requires the candidate to participate in the drama being presented. They are all of a very serious nature and not in the least demeaning of the candidate.