This Month – August

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, I hope your break was fun and that you are all rested and refreshed and ready for the next few months in Lodge! I don’t normally put information like this in my Mes-sage, but I have some sad news to share: One of our most popular mem-bers, (of whom we fondly remember as “Grumpy Dick”), has passed. He was one of the first Brothers that I met in Lodge and I was a big fan of his. He will be sorely missed. While the year is not over, we are definitely past the midway point. Over the past couple of years being Master, I’ve contemplated some of the symbols related to the Past Master, (of which I may soon become). Many of you have probably seen the Past Master’s symbol. It is very similar to the Square and Compass that we are all accustomed to, but there is an addi-tional working tool in it, as well. It is the “Quadrant”, or Protractor, found below the Square. We know that the Compass is that instrument that reminds us to keep our passions within due bounds toward all mankind. The Square reminds us that truth, the first and most important lesson we learn in Masonry, is how we should be in all our dealings, The Square is also a reminder to the Past Master of his office he held as Master of the Lodge. The Quadrant is the arc that the Compass rests on and it shows at what angle the Compass is opened on. The Compass symbolizes “those due bounds” by which a Mason keeps his passions, but the Quadrant is a meas-ure of those due bounds. It is the responsibility of the Master to ensure that the Brethren under his jurisdiction are making proper use of their own Com-pass. In addition, the Compass should be opened to 60 degrees, as meas-ured by the Quadrant, to imply the angle of an equilateral triangle, the sym-bol of balance. Please come one, come all, to our August family dinner, which will be, as usual, a delicious dinner! Also, remember that the third Thursday is the DSI. It is highly encouraged, even if you are not an officer, to attend, since there is often a lot of Masonic information exchanged there! Sincerely and Fraternally, David M Patterson Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West Brethren, I hope you had a good vacation from the Lodge and that you enjoyed your vacation from its du-ties. We will resume in August with a Family Dinner on August 8th. I encourage you to attend. Please do not allow complacency to dictate your actions. Come out and support your Lodge. In this...

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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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