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Fraternal Club Frequently Asked Questions
Many people join fraternal societies to meet people who share the same values and interests. For members that have moved to a different place, it is often useful to contact the local branch of the fraternal organization, so that the person who is new to the region can forge acquaintanceships with people who have the same philosophies. If you are interested in fraternal clubs, then the answers to a few commonly asked questions might be helpful to you:
What are fraternal clubs? Fraternal clubs are societies that promote brotherhood and good fellowship among members; they are often meant for people of the same political, religious or philosophical ideas. Very often, fraternal clubs are secret societies with initiation rituals and rites. The most common examples of fraternal organizations are university and college fraternities, Freemasons and the Kiwanis Club.
How do I join a fraternal club? Different fraternal clubs have different criteria. Many require that the potential members subscribe to a particular ideology or religious philosophy. Some others exist for the brotherhood of men of the same ethnic group or race. It is also likely that fraternal clubs only accept membership from applicants who have associates or relatives already in the club. Each fraternal club has its own standard of admittance. Check with the fraternal club of your choice what standards they require of their members.
Can women join fraternal clubs? A fraternal club is traditionally male-only. However, many clubs have sister organizations for women. Universities have sororities, the Freemasons have branches that admit women, as do some Kiwanis club branches.
Fraternal clubs are organizations that only allow men as members (a sorority only allows women). There are many different types of fraternal clubs that males might belong to. Some of the associations focus on politics, ethnicity, religion, education, and ethics. If you are interested in joining a national fraternity where you can meet brothers with similar interests, then you can look up the associations that are listed in the online directory to help you find one that is right for you. If you attend a college or university, then you might want to start by contacting the office of Greek life so you can join the right society for you. Many people think of frats as just college organizations where members live in a house together and refer to each other as brothers. These college fraternities are very popular with fathers and sons, but there are also other orders that men can choose to join. When you contact a society, you should ask them if they focus on community service, religion, politics, education, or some other subject. If they participate in something that interests you, then you should ask them about the application process. You might be required to learn mottos, slogans, and secret handshakes before you join the union. Ask them if they have a lounge or house where you can meet with your brothers to discuss business and socialize with each other. You should also ask the club how much they charge for membership fees to make sure that it is affordable for you.