This Month – February

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in News & Events |

From The East Dear Brethren, 2020 is off with a bang. Thanks to you, our enthusiastic and dedicated members, we are firing on all cylinders. We have a major event at 6:30PM March 11, Wednesday, Most Worshipful John Trauner is visiting Peninsula Lodge. We expect a packed house with Grand Lodge Officers, neighboring Lodges and you! in attendance. We will have a very good meal and extraordinary fellowship. The cost is $20 per person. You must reserve in advance and pay in advance by check. Dress is Masonic casual. We are ordering Lodge shirts – many of us will be wearing them with khakis or slacks. I hope you get yours. Order information has been sent to all. Our Hall Association and its new President, our JD Brother Matthew Corbett, are engaged in clean up and maintenance and repairs. The dining hall floor will be refinished. We are doing some painting and we are repairing the “elevator” from the street level to our Lodge Room and have made improvements in our kitchen. We will be holding a 1st Degree Proficiency at February Stated Meeting and a 2nd Degree Conferral in March. I expect to be reading 2 applications for Masonic Degrees at our February Stated Meeting as well. We currently have 8 active Committees, and we need more help. If you are already not serving on a Lodge Committee, I can fix that, and ask that you reach out to me. WE want everyone to have a job at Lodge. We have “small” and “large” jobs and they are equally important. Our Junior Warden and Stewards are making special plans for our Sweatheart’s Dinner on February 11. It is bittersweet for me to let you know in advance that I have a conflict that evening. There is great excitement in the Mahoney family as my eldest daughter is running for public office. She is holding a rally and fundraiser in San Mateo on the same evening, and I will be supporting her by being at her rally. To me, it is a wonderful thing to see Bridget’s generation making a difference with constructive action – by getting involved. Our most precious “jewel” is, in my opinion, our extraordinary harmony. We had a harmonious and fun Stated Meeting in January. Yes, we did follow ritual and conduct business also. Let’s repeat and reach higher in February. I look forward to seeing you at Lodge. In closing my Brothers, I am so very grateful, proud and also humble that you gave me my job to serve Peninsula Lodge as its Worshipful Master for 2020. I am enjoying everyone’s full support and participation. Together we advance. Again, I thank you. Fraternally yours,...

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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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