Gold Meritorious Patron
It is just boy's clubs IMHO. I have known, and know, many of them over the years, hell, I even became an 'Elk' , more moons ago than I care to imagine, but the basics are pretty much the same, and the only requirements were... be a good person, costs nothing + karma points.
Dat iz all.
yah I joined the Elks Club too.. it was just a social charity club that managed to run a busy bar for members in a dry county...
And re Masons...
FWIW, the Logbook for masonic lodge in Boston the day of the Boston Tea party reads:
"Meeting dismissed, not enough members present for a quorum...."