Interested In Freemasonry?

Membership in Potomac Lodge No. 5, F.A.A.M. is open to all men of good moral character over the age of 18 with a belief in a Supreme Being. Our members are of all ages and from a wide variety of professional, educational, religious and cultural backgrounds.

Men join our lodge seeking many different things. Freemasonry teaches us to cultivate the values and character that support our loved ones, our communities and ourselves as well as providing an opportunity to form deep and lasting friendships with other men pursuing the same goals. The fellowship you will find at Potomac Lodge goes beyond that of civic clubs or community associations. By bringing together men from different backgrounds engaged in a similar pursuit, Freemasonry provides an environment of trust, growth, and personal fulfillment – the true purpose of the Masonic brotherhood.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in learning more about our Lodge, we invite you to request further information. Someone from our Lodge will contact you to answer any questions that you may have. You are also welcome to join us for dinner at one of our regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of most months.

Men who live in the District of Columbia, Arlington and Fairfax counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church are eligible to petition our Lodge for membership. Individuals with residence outside of this region are welcome to inquire as well, but it will require more time to process a petition for membership.

It is important to note that no Mason can ask you join the Masonic fraternity. You must decide for yourself whether Masonry is right for you, and ask the Lodge for membership. We encourage you to learn as much as you can, and even to visit more than one Lodge; you will get out of the fraternity only what you willing to put into it, and it is important that you are comfortable with the Lodge that you choose to join.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Freemason or joining Potomac Lodge No. 5, please feel free to visit us. To make arrangements, you may email us at and one of our members will contact you promptly; thank you for your interest!
What do Freemasons do?
Our Lodge meets twice a month for dinner followed by a meeting. At our meetings we conduct degree work (the ceremonies which convey Masonic lessons) or present educational programs about famous Masons in history, Masonic ideas or Masonic symbolism in history or society, or managing the administrative details of the Lodge.
What kind of guys belong to Potomac Lodge No. 5?
All kinds! Our lodge has a very diverse membership, and is composed of men of all ages, races, walks of life, and cultural backgrounds.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
No. While members must profess faith in deity, Masonry is not a religion, has never been one, and has no intention of becoming one. We think belief in a Supreme Being is necessary to understand the correct relationship between man and the universe, but proscribe no specific religion or method for relating to that power. While we teach that spirituality is an important component to a well-balanced life, our members come from many different religious backgrounds.
Is it expensive?
No. While each Lodge sets its own schedule for dues, the cost of membership in Potomac Lodge No. 5 is quite reasonable and affordable for everyone – even college students. Masonry is one of the most affordable fraternal organizations in the modern age.
Is it creepy?
No! Masonry utilizes symbolism in the teaching of its lessons. Although these symbols may be unfamiliar to you, they are not dangerous, evil, or creepy. Rather, they are used by Masons to remind us of the values we hold dear to us: charity, temperance, and faith, for example.
What do I wear when I visit Potomac Lodge No. 5?
The unofficial uniform at meetings is a dark business suit for members and visitors, and a tuxedo for Lodge Officers. This attire is representative of the formality and professionalism with which we strive to carry out our Masonic work. Members and Officers wear distinctive regalia to identify their role within the Lodge, as well as their progression through our system of education.