This Month – May

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, The month of May often reminds us of Mother’s Day and how we dedicate that one special day to the mothers in our lives. Only one? Why not the whole month? Surely, our mothers deserve more than one day where they should feel special. They are the guiding light in our home and the first people that we turn to when in need in our lives. This month can be a great opportunity to congratulate them and express our profound appreciation of their unique, unconditional, and incomparable love. They are patient, understanding, willing and ready to sacrifice anything for any one of us. They are truly a gift and an expression of God’s love for us. To all of the mothers of Peninsula Lodge #168, I want to extend greetings and congratulations on all of your hard work, support, understanding, and enthusiasm for our brethren in this Lodge. Without you, they might not be here! Remember that you too, have great ideas to contribute to our Lodge. You have the ability to create a friendly environment, amazing strength to create bonding and support for our Lodge and programs. Brethren, why not bring your mom (this could be your mother, wife, or daughter!) to the Family Dinner on May 14? Let her have the night off and enjoy the camaraderie of our Lodge! Speaking of the Family Dinner, we will also be honoring one of our own that evening. Brother Erik Larsen has been a Mason for 50 years and we will be honoring him for that service at our Family Dinner! This month, we will have two degrees to perform: a third on Bro Aaron Habibipour (5/21) and a second on Bro Suhas Joshi (5/28). Please supp Sincerely and Fraternally, David Patterson, PM Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West To all Brethren and our Masonic Family, Last month, I began a dialogue on the deeper meanings of our Ritual and our craft. I began with our search for Light and Truth, our working tools, the seven liberal arts and sciences and the sacred Three. I hope this second in a series of three articles stimulates our continued discussion. Have you heard the saying “we are spiritual beings having a human experience”? C.S. Lewis wrote “You don’t HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.” Our body is material and temporal. Ancients believed that all souls had pre-existence before our body’s birth and will survive our body’s death. The soul descended from its higher spiritual home in the heavens to fall prisoner inside the temporal, animal body. The Book of Genesis teaches of the fall of man, who after eating of the Tree of Knowledge, of Good and Evil, must labor and till the soils while woman must endure...

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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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