This Month – March

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren The month of March has been declared by the Grand Master as Youth Orders Month. We celebrate the youth of our Fraternity and their contributions not only to our Fraternity and our appendant bodies, but to our local communities, as well. Being that they are the future of our Society, it is important that we support what they are doing to positively motivate them and encourage them in all of their endeavors. During this month, for our Family Dinner, our Youth Orders will be helping with service and proceeds will be going to their individual chapters to assist in furthering their cause. Speaking of which, the Family Dinner will be our famous, delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner (yes, St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching!!). Come with an appetite, since the food will be yummy! We are [tentatively] planning a third degree for the end of the month, (more information to follow!), with more on the way! One final note: I will be attending the CDA Cares event at the Solano County Fairgrounds on March 9 (it is also happening on the 8th, as well, but since that is a Friday and I will most likely be working that day…). From the website cdacares.org: “An estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to dental care. The California Dental Association and CDA Foundation host CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to an average of 1,950 people at each event.” This is a life changing experience for all who attend and I hope that (someday) this type of service would not have to be a twice a year event, but a service that is readily available 365 days a year. Simply show up at the fairgrounds and the organization’s volunteers will assist you on what to do as a community volunteer. Strong reminder: Bring a good pair of walking shoes! You will be walking a lot! (During my first event, I walked 6 ½ miles in the Anaheim Convention Center). Sincerely and Fraternally, David Patterson, PM Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West To all Brethren and our Masonic Family, “The Apron is an emblem of innocence and the badge if a Mason”. In these few words Freemasonry expresses the honor the apron symbolizes within our Ancient Craft. The Apron is a very old symbol, older than a garment to protect your clothing or provide a place to hold tools. In ancient times, aprons were part of the clothing of the priests of Israel. And candidates for the mysteries of Mithras in Persia were invested with aprons and the ancient Japanese used aprons in their religious worship. Also, as we know words change in meaning with the years, for example the...

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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: lilfish@myastound.net 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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