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Letter of the month: January 2008

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 06:34:36 -0800 (PST)
From: lucky man <fantomi_38000@yahoo.com>
Subject: Creating a Lodge
To: masonry-ask@mit.edu

Dear Sir,

In past 6 months I have read alot about masons and brotherhood, and I am very interested to create a lodge in my country of birth Kosovo.

I am very reputable person and have achieved alot in my professional life also I have a very good network of professional and very well educated friends.

Could you please direct me to the right address where I can ask about how should I approach and whom for forming a country lodge.

Thank you,

Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:38:07 -0500
From: A Page About Freemasonry <masonry-ask@mit.edu>
To: lucky man <fantomi_38000@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Creating a Lodge

To form a lodge, you would have to already be a Mason. If a group of Masons live in an area where there are no lodges, they can petition the Grand Lodge of their state for a charter as a lodge. If they live in a state without a Grand Lodge, they can ask the Grand Lodge of another state to give them a charter. It is a long and complex process.

The first step is to become a Mason. You would need to join a lodge in some other country, perhaps someplace where you travel frequently and have friends.

At present, the situation for Masonry is complicated throughout all of the former Yugoslavia. Some of the new states have a new Grand Lodge, or at least a provisional one, while others do not. You could review the list of Links at my website, although I am not sure it is up-to-date in that regard.

Also, there are well-established Grand Lodges in much of the rest of Europe. To join a foreign lodge, you would have to travel regularly to that city, or perhaps even reside there for awhile.

Once you are a Mason, you could pursue your goal of chartering a new lodge. Please keep me informed of your progress.


-- Gary L. Dryfoos
   A Page About Freemasonry
   now at http://MasonryPage.org/

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