This Month – May

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 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. The month of May 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. Today, I want to express my love and appreciation for my wife Viki, who has shown all of these characteristics, not only to myself and our family, but to our entire extended family and especially my mother as she has gone through a difficult past two years. She has shown unconditional love, support, patience, understanding, and strength throughout this time, to which I am eternally grateful and very thankful that I have her in my life. 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 9? Let her have the night off and enjoy the camaraderie of our Lodge! Sincerely and Fraternally, David M Patterson Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West Brethren, This month’s message is again about the importance of bringing candidates to the family dinners. Those of you who attended the last dinner, which was a public schools night, saw how we could fill the lodge and dining room with enthusiastic people. Just think of what a difference it would make if it were always like that. Would you feel better about attending the dinners? Would you feel better about the Lodge? Well it can be like that if we focus on bring in new members and one way to do that is for all of us to bring potential candidates to the family dinners and stated meeting dinners. It is, I think, an obvious fact that before some one wants to join us he would check us out to...

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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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