Freemasonry is the oldest Fraternal organization in existence. Written records about the Order date back to 1390. One of the most important principles of Freemasonry is charity. Our organizations are based on taking good men and making them better fathers, husbands, and to support community service by helping others in need. We have several programs that support children’s hospitals, eye, speech and hearing foundations, but also support education programs for our young citizens planning to go to college. Masonic organizations in North America collectively contribute well over two million dollars every day to charities throughout North America.
“To Be One You Must Ask One”
In order to become a member of Berkley Lodge No. 167 you must have two (2) 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 Allen Pierce, the Secretary of Berkley Lodge No. 167.
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.