Are meetings mandatory?

No. None of the meetings are “mandatory”.  Once a candidate has been initiated, participation is completely voluntary and at the individuals will and pleasure. Further, a Mason is not obligated to go only to his lodge once all 3 degrees have been obtained and a certain degree of proficiency has been achieved. Once the member has been raised to the 3rd degree, the Mason can go to any lodge or Masonic function.

There are certain protocols when visiting distant lodges.