This is a great thread brothers. I would like to add one comment, as both a Forum Administrator and a Past Master of my Lodge:
Freemasonry helped to develop (some even say invent) the idea of the volunteer organization. It was certainly that way in the early days of America. But the idea that remains today is this: You don’t have to volunteer to do anything in Freemasonry, or any volunteer organization. But if you do volunteer, your brothers will expect you to do what you say you are going to do. And that’s huge. If you tell your Brothers you’re going to be at the Blood Drive at 9 a.m., you have a Masonic obligation to be there
I encourage anyone who joins Freemasonry to get involved. Volunteer. And get in line if you have the desire. But…
If you decide to get in Line, you are looking at a commitment to your brothers of years of hard work—with ample rewards, yes—but years of hard work nevertheless. Years of sacrifices. Making the commitment to go into the Line is different than say, joining an appendant body and paying the dues.
The Line is a multi-year commitment that defines who you are as a Mason and as a Person. You are saying, “Yes, I want to work my way up to be Master of this Lodge, to have and to hold everything that that entails.” In my mind, it is one of life’s greatest challenges—and (as I will attest) one of of its greatest achievements.
If you decide to get in Line, you will get all the support of the Brethren, the other Officers, and the Past Masters. But it comes with one incumbency—that you keep your word.