This Month – January

Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in News & Events |

From The East Dear Brethren, As we start our new Masonic year, it seems a particularly good time to reflect on the meaning of being our Brother’s keeper. I often turn to the writings of Most Worshipful John L. Cooper III, P.G.M. for insight and reflection. A great gift was given to us all by Very Worshipful Allan L. Casalou who collected and edited many of Most Worshipful Cooper’s published writings in “The Questing Mind Is A Salient Characteristic of a Freemason”. I recommend you purchase a copy of this collection and keep it by your reading chair or bedside. Most Worshipful Cooper tackled the meaning of the question “am I my Brother’s keeper?” for us in his July 2014 article in California Freemason, to be found in the above cited collection. In tackling the question we are all called to answer of “how far am I to go in taking care of my Brother?” And there is a corollary question. Is taking care of my Brother my task or my reward? MW Cooper quoted from Carl Claudy’s work “Old Tiler Talks” written in 1923: “A burden is, after all, what we think of it. You would look desperately at the task of carrying a 200-pound sack on your back. But if it were 200 pounds of gold, and it was to be yours after a mile, you wouldn’t find it “too heavy”. And were does a successful man and Mason find gold? In his heart. Masonry, and the Brotherly love I continually receive from you is golden. Brotherly love is ubiquitous within Peninsula Lodge. It is palpable in our Lodge where harmony reigns. I affiliated just over a year ago, and today am honored to have been installed as Worshipful Master for 2020. You have welcomed me so warmly, and given me unending support, continual help and Brotherly affection. Thank you. You inspire me. We are growing. We gain strength each passing month and in every respect as a Lodge. We are growing in members with six new Masons last year and we start 2020 with more knocking at our door. We must be mindful as we initiate, pass and raise new members that we continue our dedication to harmony and affection. I believe this to be our great strength as a Lodge. I believe it is why our participation is so strong. A theme I mentioned at our Installation Ceremonies is while we need to mindfully welcome and orient our new members, we must not in any way neglect our engagement with our dedicated Past Masters and long-time members who have built our Lodge. They have so much to teach and give to those of us who are new and early in our travels. I pledge to give my very best efforts in 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: 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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