The Royal Standard Lodge No. 498

Consecrated 12th June 1844

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Any male over the age of 21 years may apply to be considered for masonic Initiation. There is dispensation of the sons of Freemasons to join at an earlier age. The son of a Freemason is called "A Lewis".


All candidates for Initiation must have a belief in a Supreme Being - this is not limited to a Christian God, with membership open to members of all faiths.


All candidates for Freemasonry Initiation must be of a high moral character and consequently require a Proposer and Seconder who are members of the Lodge.


All masonic candidates will be interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee prior to the Lodge conducting a ballot.


The lodge members will require notice of a candidates application and will vote using a system of white and black balls. Each lodge varies but during the vote or ballot and number of black balls will result in exclusion. Hence the phrase "black balled".


If these stages are completed successfully then the candidate will be Initiated at a meeting convenient to the lodge.


Having expressed a desire to become a Freemason, we presume you are willing to consider thoroughly the step you propose to take.


Freemasonry strives to teach a man the duty he owes to God, his neighbor, and himself. It inculcates the practice of virtue, and makes an extensive use of symbolism in its teachings.


Loyalty to one's country is an essential qualification in Freemasonry, and only those are acceptable who cheerfully render obedience to every lawful authority. Disloyalty in any form is abhorrent to a Freemason, and is regarded as a serious Masonic offense.


Freemasonry has in all ages insisted that men should come to its doors entirely of their own free will, and not as a result of solicitations, or from feelings of curiosity, but simply from a favorable opinion of the Institution, and a desire to be ranked among its members.


What should you expect from Masonry?


   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.