The Purpose of the Guarding the West Gate Portal is to provide potential Petitioners with the tools to obtain a background review which is required by most Masonic Orders and Entities.

The Grand Lodge of New York strongly recommends that a Petitioner provide a copy of a recent background review report attached to the Petition for Initiation and Advancement when submitted to the Masonic Lodge to which the Petitioner is seeking membership.

Use of Guarding the West Gate is not limited to use by New York Petitioners, but is open to all Petitioners of Masonic Orders and Entities that require a background review. Guarding the West Gate is not to be used for any other purpose other than petitioners seeking membership in a Masonic Order.

Let it be known that misuse of Guarding the West Gate in any form may result in Criminal Prosecution as well as Masonic Investigation.

Guarding the West Gate requires personal information in order to provide the Petitioner with the required documents to complete the Petition for Initiation and Advancement. Guarding the West Gate, is a secure site. Once the background review is completed, the personal information is erased and disposed of.  No storage of personal data will occur on the site. The report will be filed/archived by your Name, Lodge Name and Lodge Number. Additionally, financial information for the payment process will not be stored or archived on the site. Pay Pal Pro is the preferred method of payment. PayPal collects the payment information, processes and protects the transaction. Guarding the West Gate Staff never sees or has access to your financial information.

Why is there a request for your Social Security Number? Entry of the Social Security Number is NOT optional, but required. Use of the Social Security Number insures that we have the correct information attributed to the Petitioner. Social Security Numbers will not be archived, shared or stored in any manner, all parts of the Social Security number will be destroyed once the file is marked completed. TAKE NOTICE: A background review will not be run without the entry of a Social Security Number, the Public Records Data Systems will return all records attributed to the same name entered with a Social Security Number to narrow the information stream, sometimes taking hours to sort the data to ensure the correct information is attributed to that Petitioner, therefore a Social Security Number is required to request a background review.

Why do you want my phone number and email? In rare cases, names and dates of birth are similar and erroneous entries may be attributed to a Petitioner. If that occurs, we may have to contact you for verification. Once the background review is completed, phone numbers and email addresses are not archived, shared or stored in any manner. The Background Review will be mailed to the email address you provide.

How long does the background review take to be completed? A Social Security Number will greatly speed up the process, but under normal circumstances, it takes 3-5 business days. Feel free to use the comment section to list known arrests and convictions, and the location where they occurred. If you do not receive the report in 3-5 business days please email the Tiler.

The nature of the background review is a search of the public records and social media attributed to the Petitioner for criminal and arrest history as well as review of sexually related crimes data bases. Guarding the West Gate does not review financial information or conduct credit checks. Bankruptcies, Liens and Judgments do show on the report but having such does not preclude your Petition. 

Let it be known that all Petitions for Initiation and Advancement are reviewed by an appointed committee of three Lodge Members. The Petition and background review report will be reviewed. If a criminal or arrest history exists, you will be contacted and allowed the opportunity to offer an explanation and surrender the circumstances under which the incident occurred. Hence, depending on the severity of the incident, an arrest or conviction may not preclude your Petition as being looked upon favorably. The contents of your background review will not be discussed in any open or public meetings and is restricted to use by the three persons appointed to the Investigation Committee.

Very often, background reviews will be as large as 60-125 pages and may be as small as 10-15 pages, Guarding the West Gate is only concerned with criminal history, arrest history and derogatory matters. We will review and analyze the raw data and generate a standardized report with all discoveries and derogatory information listed and will provide the sources where the information was found.

The key word in the Petition for Initiation and Advancement Process is "HONESTY." Being honest and upright in the Initiation and Advancement process will carry you much further than deception.

Once Guarding the West Gate completes the requested background review and sends you the report, we ask that you review the report for accuracy and attach it to your Petition for Initiation and Advancement if you desire to proceed.

If you discover a discrepancy, please contact and you will be contacted for discussion.

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