I had planned on visiting a few lodges in my area, and went to dinner at the first one last night. I had spoken with the lodge secretary on the phone last week, and I told him I just wanted to visit because I wasn’t sure which lodge I wanted to petition. For whatever reason, I took my petition with me, even though it wasn’t completed (I hadn’t finished filling out the references section). At dinner, the lodge secretary asked to see my petition, and I told him I wasn’t ready yet. He told me he just wanted to look at what I had so far. Then he asked me if I brought the petition fee and background check results. I told him that I hadn’t, because I wasn’t planning on petitioning that night.
So while I’m talking to another Mason, I look up and the lodge secretary is signing my petition with another lodge officer. He came back to me and said they were going to present my petition at that night’s meeting. Keep in mind, I have never met any of these men before in my life.
I hadn’t decided to petition that lodge yet, and had at least one other that I wanted to check out. Is there anything I can do? Am I stuck in this lodge? Isn’t there supposed to be an Investigation Committee? How can it be a close group of brothers if they let anyone with dues money in?