This Month – March

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, Brethren, I want to talk to you in this issue about Integrity. I use a capital I for integrity to emphasize how important it is to the lodge. In the 70s I attended, and later assisted, in many ways in personal development seminars. The emphasis was not only on personal integrity but also about doing things impeccably. Now I believe we as Masons do stress personal integrity. It is time now to stress the impeccability aspect of what we do. Impeccability, in the physical sense, means that we strive for perfection in what we do including how we set up the lodge room and how we do our degrees. The purpose of this is so no one has attention on what is out of place and thus can keep his attention on the ceremony. So with that, I challenge each one of you to join me is striving to be impeccable in all we do in our lodge life and in our personal life as well. How about you? Will you take the challenge? Sincerely and fraternally, Joe Lucchesi From The West Brethren, The month of March brings with it our first day of Spring, (or, in more scientific terms, the Vernal Equinox)! At this time, many people try to balance an egg on its end, due to some “mysterious” forces. Actually, those forces are around us every single day, (you should be able to balance an egg on end throughout the year). It is a belief that the Chinese started this tradition, symbolically signaling a rebirth of the longer, brighter days after many shorter, darker days. However, at this time, the Earth is midway between its perigee (closest point to the Sun) and its apogee (furthest point from the Sun). This is why the day and the night are equal at this time. It also follows that there are two of these each year, one in the Spring, and one in the Fall. To Masons, we can view this day as a kind of balancing day, where we can reflect on how we have kept our Masonic tenets, such as Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. It is important that we always keep these Tenets within our hearts, especially in this troubled world, where we are constantly hearing about issues that no one seems to care (or report) about. We are reminded that, over time, unchecked power and ignorance of history can lead to the devastations of war, which can wreak untold horrors upon us all. Luckily, the tenets of Freemasonry have been able to be communicated down throughout the ages, so that we may learn and know its beauties. I would hope that we, as a Fraternity could spread our message of Brotherhood beyond our Lodges’ walls and help put a stop to wars that are now occurring all over the world. I think that we, as...

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Events This Month

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in News & Events | 0 comments

Family Dinner – September 12. 2017 6:30 P.M. Chantler Hall Come out and enjoy the social time with the officers and the brethren and their family and have a good dinner. The cost of this dinner is only $20.00 per person. Reservations are mandatory to Wor. Bill Fischer at (650) 349-6922 or e-mail: by September 8, 2017. Reception – September 17, 2017 Peninsula 168 2:00 P.M. This is a reception honoring Worshipful Sebastien L.J. Taveau, PM on his being appointed the Assistant Grand Lecturer for Division 1. This is an honor for him and our lodge. This will be a good time to come out, show our support and congratulate him. The dress code is casual. If you plan on attending, an RSVP is needed by September 10, 2017 to Wor. James Camper by telephone (650) 568-4343 or email:...

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History of Freemasonry

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in News & Events |

The inception of Freemasonry In the Middle Ages, the term “freemason” was awarded to highly skilled stonemasons who were hired as free agents to build castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland.  Because of the inherent danger of their work, stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to take care of sick and injured members as well as the widows and orphans of those who were killed on the job.  The first Grand Lodge was established in 1717 in London.  In 1718,  English Freemasonry spread to France and Spain, and after 1729, to India,Italy, Poland and Sweden.  Freemasonry spread to the other parts of Europe and eventually made its way to the American colonies.  In 1733, the first American lodge was established in Boston, under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England.  Of the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution, 13 were Masons. Freemasonry come to California Freemasonry has been an integral part of California for more than 150 years.  During the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune.  Many of these men had been Masons back East and brought with them the tradition of Freemasonry.  Not surprisingly, some of California’s first Masonic Lodges were established in the mining towns of the Gold Country.  In 1850-the same year California became a state-the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento.  Within 10 years, the number of Masonic Lodges had grown from 11 to 130, while membership soared from 258 to more than 5,000.  Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of California.  To date, 19 California governors have been Masons, and at least four California Masons have been elected to the U.S. Senate.  Today, the Grand Lodge of California has almost 90,000 members in about 400 Lodges located throughout the state, making it one of the largest Grand Lodges in the world. A legacy of philanthropy Throughout their 150 year history, the California Masons have remained steadfast in their commitment to helping others and serving the community.  They have volunteered hundreds of thousands of hours and donated millions of dollars to support a wide range of charitable programs.  Among the fraternity’s first charitable activities was helping victims of the great cholera outbreak in Sacramento in 1850.  Three Lodges, with a combined membership of 69 men, raised more than $32,000 to help build and maintain a hospital at Sutter’s...

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Becoming a Mason

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in News & Events |

One of Masonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own through a Mason they know or a local lodge. California Masonic membership is open to men age 18 or older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being. Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome. A Mason who recommends you for membership will assist with completing and submitting the application. After submitting the application, you will be interviewed by members of the lodge you wish to join so they can learn more about you and you can learn more about Freemasonry. If the interview is favorable, your application is presented to the lodge for a vote. If the vote is affirmative, you receive the Entered Apprentice degree – the first degree of Freemasonry. When you advance through the next two degrees, you are a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity. If you are intersesting in learning more about Freemasonry or would like to inquire about joining or affiliating with Peninsula Lodge #168, please fill the form below. Alternatively, you may use the Lodge Locator tool to find a lodge near your home. If you would like to be contacted by a member of Peninsula Lodge to learn more about the Lodge and Freemasonry, please fill the contact form below. Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Your Phone Number How do you prefer us to contact you? EmailPhoneEither Subject Are you a Mason? No - I am not a MasonYes - I am a Mason from another Lodge Your...

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