The following is a copy of the declaration required of all candidates applying to be Initiated into a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England.
My application is entirely voluntary.
I understand that my duties as a Freemason would include an overriding duty to obey the laws of any country to which I may be subject.
I do not expect, anticipate or seek any preferment or financial benefit as a consequence of my being a member of the Craft.
I understand that I may freely declare my membership of the Order on any occasion when I can be seen not thereby to be pursuing any business, professional or personal advantage.
I have never been convicted by a Court of any offence
I have never been the subject of a finding of dishonest or disgraceful conduct
I have never been disciplined by any professional, trade or other tribunal
I am not awaiting the outcome of proceedings against me before a criminal court or a professional, trade or other tribunal
I am not, to the best of my knowledge, the subject of any criminal, professional, trade or other investigation.
I am not and have not been in any way 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.
I undertake that if any paragraph in this declaration should become untrue or misleading at any time before I am made a Mason, I will inform my proposer and seconder without delay, and agree that by presenting myself at the meeting at which I am to be made a Mason I shall represent that this declaration remains true.
IF THE CANDIDATE CANNOT MAKE THIS DECLARATION WITHOUT QUALIFICATION, OR IS IN ANY DOUBT AS TO THE SCOPE OF THIS PARAGRAPH HE MUST CONSULT HIS PROPOSER AND SECONDER BEFORE SIGNING THIS FORM OR OTHERWISE CONTINUING WITH HIS APPLICATION. PARAGRAPH 5 MUST BE AMENDED BY DELETING ANY SUB-PARAGRAPH TO WHICH THE CANDIDATE CANNOT SUBSCRIBE. FULL DETAILS OF ANY CONVICTIONS OR ANY SUCH PROCEEDINGS MUST BE DISCLOSED TO HIS PROPOSER, SECONDER AND SECRETARY OF THE LODGE. THE CERTIFICATE OF THE GRAND SECRETARY CONFIRMING THAT THE MATTERS DISCLOSED DO NOT CONSTITUTE A BAR TO INITIATION MUST THEN BE OBTAINED BEFORE THE CANDIDATE MAY BE PROPOSED IN OPEN LODGE. IF AT ANY TIME BEFORE INITIATION THIS DECLARATION BECOMES UNTRUE OR MISLEADING, A FURTHER CERTIFICATE MUST BE OBTAINED.
MEMBERSHIP OF A RECOGNISED REGISTERED FRIENDLY SOCIETY DOES NOT COME WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.
Friendship or Brotherly Love is one of the most important tenets practiced by Freemasonry and Imperial College Lodge.
As stated in the Covering Letter sent by Alexander Gow to the then Grand Master the raison d'être of Imperial College Lodge was to:
To maintain the "esprit de corp" of its members.
To promote the maintenance of college ties and interests while abroad.
To afford a common meeting ground for all when at home.
These points have remained the foundation of Imperial College Lodge since its consecration and have been reiforcerd over the years as we approach our Centenary in 2023.
Imperial College Lodge has a dedicated support network, lead by the officers within the Lodge.
There is the Lodge Mentor, who with his Personal Mentors will support the newer members in their initial stages in joining Freemasonry. Answering their questions and queries.
There is also the Almoner who acts as the Welfare Officer within the Lodge. Though mainly pasoral care now, they can highlight issues of the Lodge's members to trained Brethren, who can assess and evaluate the member's needs and get assistance where it is required.
Finally, there is the Charity Steward, who advises the Lodge on which charities the Lodge supports, makes sure the monies donated go to the correct places and arranges the charity collections and receiving donations.
Integrity and Truth are amongst the most important tenets practiced by Freemasonry and Imperial College Lodge.
Being part of an organisation with a science and engineering foundation, the members of Imperial College Lodge have a background of searching for natural truths with integrity, based on evidence.
Some of the members are also teachers or tutors in the science and enginering fields and therefore, pride themselves in the fact their teachings are given with scientific integrity.
Imperial College Lodge members also act with the upmost honesty and integrity in all their walks of life and dealings with others outside of the Lodge and Freemasonry.
Therefore, members of Imperial College Lodge are regarded as honest, upright and fair individuals.