BRATTLEBORO -- The officers of Brattleboro Lodge of Masons, presided by Worshipful Master Brent Ladeau, performed the 3rd degree of Freemasonry on Brothers Ryan Muller and Brian Cleveland on Feb. 6.

Muller is an area chef, and Cleveland just retired after 25 years in the U.S. Army.

Worshipful Master LaDeau welcomed the new Brothers to the lodge and stated, "We are very pleased and proud to welcome you into the Masonic fellowship of our lodge."

District Deputy Grand Master elect Robert Baldauf was on hand to present the new Brothers with Grand Master Roger Crouse’s Grand Lodge Lapel Pin representing his theme for the two years he will serve as the leader of Vermont Freemasonry.

To become a member of Freemasonry a man must apply for membership at a local Masonic lodge. To be accepted into the fraternity of Freemasons they must fulfill two requirements: to be of good character and to have a faith in one of the monotheistic religions.

Once accepted by the members of the lodge a new member must go through three qualifying degrees: the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason degrees. Although there are concordant bodies in Masonry offering additional degrees, to be a Master Mason is the highest distinction one needs to be an active member.