This Month – September

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, Well September is approaching fast, and that means getting the kids to school, returning to a focus on work and the myriad other things that can drive us to distraction and even irritation. It is also a good time to acknowledge those around you that you love. You will be surprised how a little acknowledgement can calm the waters for you and for them. Are you a teacher or a wannabe. We have many new members who are eager to learn more about Masonry and its lore and symbols. I am looking to start classes to educate these newer members. I’m thinking once a week discussion groups focused around a topic rather than a lecture. If you are interested please contact me. And finally, from now thru October your officers will be moving to advanced stations to qualify for next year. Please come out to participate and share your ritual knowledge. You might be surprised at the depth of your Masonic understanding and I know we will be. Sincerely and fraternally, Joe Lucchesi From The West Brethren,We’re [already!] into September and thoughts of cooler weather may be on your mind? Fortunately for us (or me) our “Indian Summer” occurs in September and October! Having recently been on vacation to Hawaii, I really miss the weather there, so any reminders I can get would be good! On September 14 and 15, we will be participating in the Outdoor 3rd degree, occurring in Half Moon Bay. If you haven’t been to one, these are not to be missed! Good fellowship and food the night before (on Friday the 14th) and the degree after breakfast on Saturday, the 15th . Our very own Bro. Woodhams will be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason there! We will be having a degree team comprised of members from our Lodge, as well as San Mateo, so we will make this one great! Each month, we go to our local District School of Instruction (DSI, or DSOI). At each DSI, I find that I always will learn something new – from the “cues” we can use to improve our Ritual work, to some of the reasoning behind why we do what we do in Lodge. The education we learn at DSI is not only good for the Lodge officers, but to all of the Brethren, who can take and share new ideas with others. Please come to the DSI meetings, if you so desire, (they are always listed in the Trestleboard, for your convenience). You might find out that, when you leave, you have learned something! Masonry is a continuing education that one can always learn new things. As a lifelong learner, this Lodge has continually provided me with valuable lessons that I can take home and use to further subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry. Fraternally yours, David M Patterson, PM Senior Warden,...

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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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