MEMBERSHIP OF QUASI-MASONIC AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS
You have been informed that various organisations are banned by the United Grand Lodge of England, that you are forbidden to join them. How can you break a rule that you do not know exists? As no official list has been published, how do you know what you can or cannot attend?
The Book of Constitutions governs this area. Grand Lodge has never issued a definitive list of incompatible organisations as many of them are short-lived. This is the subject of Rule 176 in the Book of Constitutions, which states: A person who has in any way been connected with any organisation which is quasi-Masonic, imitative of Masonry, or regarded by the Grand Lodge as irregular or as incompatible with the Craft, may not be initiated into the Craft except by leave of the Grand Master or the Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Master, as the case may be.
A Brother who subsequent to his initiation has in any way been or is connected with any such organisation as above-mentioned shall be bound to disclaim and finally to sever such connection, or on failure so to do when called upon to do so by any proper Masonic authority shall be liable to suspension or expulsion and shall not thereafter be entitled to a resumption of his Masonic privileges until he shall have petitioned the Grand Master, made due submission, and obtained grace.
Incompatible organisations fall into three groups:
a) Organisations where men and women sit together in Lodges/Chapters purporting to be Masonic, including:
Order of the Eastern Star
International Order of Co-Masonry
b) Organisations which are imitative of Freemasonry or require a Freemason to be present in their Masonic capacity:
Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis
Association des Juristes European Macons
Groupement Interprofessionel du Tourisme European
Independent United Order of Mechanics
Loyal Order of Moose
Order of Rainbow for Girls
Order of Demolay for Boys
Royal Knights of Justice
c) Groups claiming to be Masonic which Grand Lodge believe to be irregular, including:
Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim
Atheneum Grand Lodges
Hiram Grand Lodges
Independent Order of Mechanics
Universal League of Freemasons
Organisations which are compatible with membership of the Craft include:
Buffaloes, Royal Antediluvian Order (RAOB)
Druids Fellowship of the Services
Foresters High Twelve Club (USA)
National Sojourners (USA)
Rechabites Rotary Round Table
Societas Resicruciana in Anglia
Sons of England
Any other organisations should be referred to the Grand Secretary’s office for advice and research.
If, however, it is a social gathering in the sense of a “white table” or other social event where members of the public who are not members of the Order have the opportunity to be present then there should be no objection to them attending.