This Month – September

Posted by on Aug 31, 2019 in News & Events |

From The East Brethren, The month of September is the time when the outgoing Master and incoming Master start thinking about the coming Masonic year. For the past few years, those people have been me. Fortunately, we have a new incoming Master (Worshipful Mahoney) who has already been hard at work thinking of next year. Together, we will work together to ensure a smooth transition into his year and where we would like the Lodge to progress. The first task is (and always has been) to ensure that our line of Officers is intact. Over the past few years, (the upcoming one included) we have had “holes” appearing in our line for various reasons. Things happen, and it is equally important to understand that and anticipate for that occurrence. We should endeavor, however, to understand that joining our Officers Line is a commitment to your fellow Brethren and to the Lodge, and by joining the line, you are able to accomplish two things: ensure that our Lodge can continue smoothly functioning, and also that you can continue your Masonic Education. Sometimes, that commitment may come back at you again! This year, I have identified another gap that will be in the Senior Deacon’s role. I have therefore, offered myself up as a candidate for this position to Worshipful Mahoney, so that his line of officers will have no gaps. I do intend to move up the line again, ultimately being Master (once again) in 2023, if health permits and you will have me in that position again! To this end, I would like to have an informal meeting after the Stated Meeting in September (I will also announce it at the Meeting), so that we can get a feeling for how many Brothers are interested in joining the line of Officers. I promise that it won’t be long and if you do join the line, I can also promise you that it will be rewarding! Sincerely and Fraternally, David Patterson, PM Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168 From The West To all Brethren and our Masonic Family, We have lost a true and great brother, William Earl Price, 33°, KCCH, KYCH, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Cryptic Council of Masons, State of California, Past Master of San Mateo Lodge #226, Past Master of Burlingame Lodge #400 and one of the most honored and accomplished Masons in California. Bill was Initiated by San Mateo Lodge Number 226 on February 25, 1982, Passed on March 24, 1983 and Raised on December 8, 1983. Bill was one of my most influential teachers and closest friend. He was present and participated in each of my degrees. As Inspector, Bill qualified me several times on ritual so that I might serve. He coached, counseled and educated me and countless others. Bill was passionate in his promotion and support of Masonic education and our many...

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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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