WHAT IT COSTS
Firstly, let us dispel the myth that you have to be well-off to become a Freemason.
If you want to know what it costs (you may find it costs less than you think) keep reading.
If you decide to join the Overland Park Lodge, you will be asked for certain fees, which under Grand Lodge rules, have to be paid prior to joining. These will include:
A one-time 'initiation' fee of $125.00. This fee covers pro-rated dues for the current year plus the costs of all the booklets and other materials that you will receive as part of your membership in the lodge.
Annual Dues are $35.00. This must be paid each December to remain a member the following year. At Overland Park Lodge, this covers any annual costs (called 'per capita tax') levied by the Kansas Grand Lodge.
From time to time Overland Park will provide dinner before regular meetings for special occasions. These may be elaborate affairs with a set cost per person or may be relatively casual where you will be asked for a donation to help cover costs. The donation can be as much or as little as you can afford at that time.
Overland Park Lodge does not have a "dress code" for attendance at regular meetings, but may require certain dress for special occassions. For regular meetings we ask that you dress appropriate to your level of respect for your brothers who are also attending. For special occassions you will want to acquire a proper fitting Black, Dark Grey or Dark Blue 2 or 3 piece suit with proper accessories (belt, shoes, socks, tie).
Overland Park Lodge also provides plenty of opportunity for you to show your philanthropic side through donations to many worthy charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic. You will be encouraged to participate in efforts to raise money for these worthy causes, but will never be pressured to do so.
Freemasons are encouraged to donate money and time to charity, but only if doing so will do no harm to themselves, their families or impact any other obligations you may have.