This Month – July

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, We are already at the midway point in 2018! Time does fly when you’re having fun! While July is dark, (we do have a Stated Meeting), we should reflect on the past half of the year and look forward to how we might be able to make the next half better. I ask you to reflect on how we as a Lodge did in the past six months and what we might want to improve in the next six months: How are we doing on lodge friendships? Do you understand the type of men we want to join our lodge and are you looking for them? Do we need to change any of the customs and traditions of our Lodge? Do you feel you have an opportunity to contribute to our Lodge in a meaningful way? Is our communications to you and from you effective and adequate? If you want to answer any of these questions or any other you may have, please feel free to talk, text or email me. There is always room for improvements and I would like to know what you think. Sincerely and fraternally, Joe Lucchesi From The West Brethren, This is an “oldie, but goodie” post. I want to use it every year, so that I can also look back and reflect on my previous six months: While July is dark, (but we do have a Stated Meeting), it might be nice to reflect on the past half of the year and look forward to how we might be able to make the next half better. A friend once called this “Midya” (“Mid-Year”) and it falls on July 2nd, when there are 182 days before and 182 days after that date. I was searching on the Internet and found that many others actually do some type of reflection at this time. From one page, I found some interesting reflection questions that might help give you light on how the past six months were and what you might want to think about for the next six months: How is your ATTITUDE heading into the second half of the year? What was your greatest SUCCESS in the first six months of the year? What was your greatest CHALLENGE in the first six months of the year? What is your greatest NEED as you enter the final six months of the year? What do you need to KEEP doing, START doing, and STOP doing in the next six months to reach your goal(s)? These may be good questions for you to share with loved ones, or just yourself. These questions can be applied to any situation that might require reflection. By answering...

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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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