I’ve wondered about this too.
I, personally, don’t see anything wrong with listing “Volunteer Activities” or “Community Organizations” on your resume, and I would list Masonic membership like this:
Member of (Your Lodge Name) Lodge #XXX, F. & A.M.
Or, A.F. & A.M. if that is how they address themselves in your area. (personally I wouldn’t get into listing appendant bodies. Affliated groups like the Shrine or Grotto, being independent of the Grand Lodge system, merit their own listing)
You might want to add years as a member, or if you served as an officer, I would recommend just saying “current officer” or “held multiple offices”, so that you don’t have to get into discussing exactly what a Junior Deacon does in this organization.
Remember, the Elks and the Moose operate as “Lodges” as well, so that is the key word employers see that would say to them, “this guy belongs to established community organizations and volunteers his time”. Some may know what F. & AM stand for, some may not, and it can be their perogative to inquire further.
For me, Masonry has been like enrolling in a Leadership 101 course. The experience I’ve had with the organization has been too valuable to to my professional growth NOT to mention it. Besides, if your Masonic involvement takes up a lot of time outside of work, and you don’t list it on your resume and your employer asks what you do when not working, what are you going to say? “It’s a secret”?—I hope not!
I think, as Masons, we would only discourage you from listing it if you thought it should incur special favors, i.e. emphasizing your membership instead of your skills when applying at a company owned by a Mason.
I’m not so thrilled about the business card idea. The “Ronin” thing is basically a cute way of saying you are unemployed—you have skills, but no “master”. Listing “Freemason” is not only irrelevant to what you want a prospective business contact to remember about your meeting, it could also be misleading—the contact could pull your card out later, and, having no knowledge of Freemasonry, thinks, “this guy is a bricklayer, why is he trying to get a job in my company?”
If you’re going to use business cards in your job search, I’d recommend your name and contact information, and maybe a general statement like “X years of experience in (your profession)”