This Month – March

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, Thank you all for attending our Sweethearts Dinner, on February 14! It was a great night full of rich Italian food, Music, and Family! Now, March is upon us and time to RSVP to Wor. Steven Greene, for your spot at the Rainbow Girl’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, being held on Tuesday, March 14! This is a big fundraiser for them before they go to Grand Assembly in April! Let’s show the girls our support by coming out for some great food! Also, remember to bring your significant other to this meal as well, (otherwise, they might feel left out when they find out what awesome food is in store!). Per Wor. Chris Smith’s schedule, the Executive Committee shall have a meeting on Saturday, March 25 at 1PM, for the Annual Records Review. This is a manatory meeting for all of the Officers, the Hall Association members, and Trustees. Please mark your calendars and attend! Although we do not have any degrees to confer in March, there is still one available Tuesday (March 28) that we should practice, to keep up our “chops”, (the other being a DSI at Burlingame 400). If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me! Sincerely and Fraternally, David M Patterson Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West 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 South Brethren, This being the month of March, the Irish Eyes are looking at you. Everyone is Irish this month. So wear Green. There is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Last month we had our Sweetheart Dinner....

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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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