This Month – June

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, The month of June sees the start of Summer (hopefully, we’ll have some warm weather this year!). It also sees each one of us taking a step back to see how each of us are doing during the year. What have we accomplished? What do we still need to do? How can we help others? As Masons, these should be questions that are on our minds a lot, so that we can ensure others’ lives are better. As June is Masonic Homes Month, please take some time out of your schedule, if you can, to visit some of our brethren at the Masonic Home in Union City. It is a beautiful building and you will meet many old and new friends while you’re there! In June, (as in past months), we always have our Family Dinner on the second Tuesday of the month. For June’s Family Dinner, Worshipful Brother Camper will give a presentation on the Masonic Home and Outreach. Also, It is highly important for you to RSVP, so that Wor. Fisher has enough advance notice to have the meal prepared for you. Previously, many people who have RSVP’ed have not shown up, which has been a financial burden to our Lodge, of late (remember that the cost of these meals can be quite high, depending on the resources used during that month; we want to provide great delicious food for you!). The cost of $20 per person is quite good, considering the great quality of the food (and the company, too)! As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions to improve our Lodge and activities, in general! Sincerely and Fraternally, David M Patterson Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West Brethren, The project Oleksii Churiko of the Shrine and I have picked is to establish an education delving into the esoterica of Masonry in order to understand Masonry better. We meet monthly. If you are interested in participating please let me know. If you want to learn more about Masonry no matter how long you have been a Mason there is also the Candidate Learning Center. It is an online education tool that helps candidates earn their degrees through: Inspiring videos showing brothers living the craft and sharing how their lives are enriched by Masonry, Challenging games teach important facts about the history of Masonry, Historic articles, photos, and other archives give context to the lessons, and Journaling exercises to help you think deeply about each lesson. With the Candidate Learning Center, candidates achieve a thoughtful, deep understanding of degree lessons, and how to apply them. It’s a convenient way to study – and coach. Getting Started is Easy! There are...

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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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