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    Posted: August/15/2010 at 11:42am

I was invited to a lodge by my co-worker he is considered MS. During our general conversation I told him I had to get my suit out of the cleaners. He told me not to worry about that just bring my apron I can wear street clothes. Is this common? I have always been told during "Meeting night" I am to come in Masonic dress.

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some lodges allow for casual dress all the time, some allow for it in the summer months, some require coat and tie all the time.  It is up to the master of the lodge. 
When I travel I ALWAYS wear a coat and tie regardless of the lodge dress code.  I feel it is the best way to represent MY lodge and my Worshipful Master.
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Originally posted by PHA614419 PHA614419 wrote:

I was invited to a lodge by my co-worker he is considered MS. During our general conversation I told him I had to get my suit out of the cleaners. He told me not to worry about that just bring my apron I can wear street clothes. Is this common? I have always been told during "Meeting night" I am to come in Masonic dress.

It is not common but is not out of the ordinary. I would say most lodges want dress attire which means a tux for officers and dark suit for everyone else.
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Interesting thread.  2 weeks ago our GL sponsored an outdoor MM degree at our Masonic Park in Granite Falls and invited the members of the GL of British Columbia as well as our PHA brethren.  The dress code was casual, as it is a campground and many of the attendees were camping after all...
 
The vast majority of us from WA and surrounding States were in shorts or jeans, but not one person from BC came without at least a tie. The PHA contingent were all in suits or tuxes and looked really, really sharp!  I actually felt a bit uncomfortable, sitting there in my jeans while across from me the PHA GL team was seated all in tuxes.   I left feeling that casual clothes did not really pay proper respect to the ceremony or visitors and will be bringing at least a tie depending on weather to the next one.
 
 
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Do any PHA lodges dress down?
 
 
I have seen pics of some rural MS lodges that do, but I can't say I have ever seen a Prince Hall Mason dressed in less than a very nice business suit.
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In AL, it varies from lodge to lodge. 

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WE always wear our black and whites.
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Originally posted by Jayman Jayman wrote:

Do any PHA lodges dress down?
 
 
I have seen pics of some rural MS lodges that do, but I can't say I have ever seen a Prince Hall Mason dressed in less than a very nice business suit.
As far as I've seen PHA is no nonsense when it comes to attire. Tux or suit and tie clean & pressed or you won't get in.Clap
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I just ordered my black tails and black dinner jacket tonight. I stopped by the local tux shop and tails are not stocked. Ordered on line, be here in about a week.
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Please do not take this as disrespect, but you wouldnt let a Brother in your Lodge if he was unable to get a tux or suit.....I believe  it is what is in the Brothers heart that counts not what is covering him.... BUT I do think the attire (if possible) is impressive...never been to any PHA functions but heard they do look sharp.
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Fireman99 I suggest you visit a PH lodge and attend a function or two,  with lodge visitation, just give advance notice that you do not have a suit or tux but would still love to visit, I'm pretty sure they wont have much of an issue with it. Visitors get a little more leniency than members.
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Black and Whites all the time. Our last meeting we didnt have to wear jackets.
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Originally posted by SquareLevelPlumb SquareLevelPlumb wrote:

Black and Whites all the time. Our last meeting we didnt have to wear jackets.
(It was cooking in thereBig smile)
We wear tux's here in West Oz, but do away with the coat & gloves during our Summers.
However, GL officers keep theirs on.
 
 
 
 
Reminds me of a fella I met in SC........he had his coat on and it WAS hot!LOL
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My PHA lodge doesn't require Black and White at all meetings as most brothers come after work or are going to work after the meeting.  But on special occasions we do wear our black and white. It is up to the WM.

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Thats because you all's building is Hot!!! I'm bringing a personal fan next visit....LOL
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Next time your district visits we will have the air working....lol
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I hope so. but I did have a great time, 
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My personal theory is if the dress code relaxes on businiess meetings the attendance level increases.
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khaos.... I would guess that what you said to be the more accurate, but MrBig said either tux or suit & tie pressed or you wont get in...I was just curious if that to be the norm.
 
I do plan to visit a PHA one day but it will involve some actual traveling while traveling......I can only visit within my GL jurisdiction and to the best of my knowledge, the closest is about 100 miles away.
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the brothers from the MWPHGL Wa held a raising outside this month as well
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i was was invited to Mt. Pisgah Lodge #53 and i was still in my ACU's I informed the brothers that i dont have black and white, the bros told me that i dont need them because i am a visitor, on eof the brothers even had an extra pair of gloves, i had my own apron!
 
I not to used to wearing black and white because i was raised in the desert, no black and white in combat you know. but i do own a tux now so i'm ready.
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I'm PHA and my last lodge was very relaxed. We only wore black and white during elections. All meetings were casual and degree work was in lodge polo and slacks. 
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We always wear black suit and tie, as well. 
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I'm MS and I've seen some extremely casual lodges.  Something akin to what aogop said.  I have not yet seen Prince Hall Masons at any functions but I have heard that they have a much more restrictive dress code.  I've seen officers come to lodge in their work shirts and jeans, last week in Miami one of the dudes had a Hawaiin shirt and a straw hat on.  Never once have I run in to a lodge that had a prescribed dress code.  I have run in to lodges that all dress with suits/ties, seemingly with no reason to do so.  I believe these lodges contain more active brethren.  I always wear a suit and tie even if I know for a fact I am going to a casual lodge or casual event.

I always get the "You didn't have to dress up at this old thing!" comment whenever I come to Masters and Wardens in a suit.  I believe an entire lodge in tuxedos would be an extremely impressive presence at any event!


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Originally posted by Hyksos Hyksos wrote:

I'm MS and I've seen some extremely casual lodges.  Something akin to what aogop said.  I have not yet seen Prince Hall Masons at any functions but I have heard that they have a much more restrictive dress code.  I've seen officers come to lodge in their work shirts and jeans, last week in Miami one of the dudes had a Hawaiin shirt and a straw hat on.  Never once have I run in to a lodge that had a prescribed dress code.  I have run in to lodges that all dress with suits/ties, seemingly with no reason to do so.  I believe these lodges contain more active brethren.  I always wear a suit and tie even if I know for a fact I am going to a casual lodge or casual event.

I always get the "You didn't have to dress up at this old thing!" comment whenever I come to Masters and Wardens in a suit.  I believe an entire lodge in tuxedos would be an extremely impressive presence at any event!
Then you must come over here to Oz, where this is the norm.Wink
When one sees us all in tuxedos, one can't help but be impressed.
 
 
When I was about 11 or 12, I was hanging out with a bunch of other kids one evening and we observed all these gentlemen getting put of their cars and they all were wearing tuxedos. Damn, I was impressed and at the time as I did not know they were Freemasons.
 
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Sounds like opening a tuxedo shop near the Masonic Lodges in Australia would be a good business venture...........
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I'm old school..I follow the old timers example, they always were suits.
There is a lodge I visit and they have gotten extremely casual. I saw shorts, tshirts, and crocs last week.
 
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I like to see at least sport coats but have seen the whole range except for tuxs-except for when the DDGM visits and it is usually just him and his officer. It is really the choice of the WM . To be honest with you I really don't care what a brother wears just as long as he shows up .
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I'm the WM of my lodge and for business meetings and proficiency we wear polo shirts and black slacks. For Degree work we where full suit and tie.
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my lodge ANchor Lodge #14 here in Nebraska utilizes Black and White at all meetings.  When there is an event like a picnic or childrens party it is casual.  When we visit another lodge either in state or out of state we wear black and white.  Old school creates a great impression
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