Many young men that are interested in learning more about Freemasonry still believe that you have to be asked to join the lodge, to be "tapped on the shoulder."
This notion most likely stems from the secretive nature of Masonic lodges, coupled with the fact that Masons have always had a stated policy that they do not recruit new members.
However, this couldn't be further from the truth.
Masonic lodges are always looking for men of good moral character and a desire to get involved. In order for a man to join Masonry, he must seek it out of "his own free will and accord."
For some men, this means they have a relative that is currently a member of a lodge, or perhaps a friend. For other men, this means they have to do their research, most likely online, and find a lodge closet to them. They must attend a Stated meeting, which is the monthly meeting that is open to the public, and any curious visitors.
At Santa Monica No. 307, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to attract good men, and to make them feel at home in our Masonic lodge.
Below outlines a good approach for prospecting members, for attracting them to Masonry, and welcoming them to the lodge. This has been developed by the Grand Lodge of California, and it provides a structure for more effective member prospecting.
This is also known as the "Take Five" approach, based on the five steps for leading a man from an interested visitor to an initiated Mason.