This Month – June

Posted by on May 25, 2020 in News & Events |

From The East Dear Brethren, We are aware of only one case of COVID-19 within our Lodge and have great news to report in it. Worshipful Brother Sebastien Taveau, P.M., is fully recovered and vigorously engaged and helping us at Peninsula 168. I am also happy to report that Worshipful Brother Chris Smith, P,M., has also made remarkable recovery from his illness (not COVID) and is once again in “fine form”. As your current Worshipful Master, I am deeply grateful and benefit from the continual counsel and support of Seb and Chris. I have “bittersweet” news to report that our Treasurer, Brother Bill Shaffer, and his lady friend Aida, have now found their new home in Oregon, in a beautiful location, and are moving June 1. Brother Bill gave so much to Peninsula 168, as a line officer, Hall Association President, Master Chef and in so many other ways. When called upon, Bill knew only one response: YES! , and was tireless in his devotion to our craft and our Lodge. Bill, you will be so missed. The past months have been tough, and at times surreal for us all. We still cannot hold Stated meetings, perform Ritual, or meet top conduct business in our traditional ways. But you can stay connected and many of us are. Please join us on our weekly ZOOM meetings organized by Worshipful Brother Dave Patterson, P.M. contact myself at or Dave at for the instructions on joining these calls which occur every Tuesday at 6:30PM. We hope that we will be authorized to restore Lodge operations and activities soon. Yet, everyone’s safety is the priority. And speaking of safety…I am honored to be a Trustee of both the California Masonic Foundation and the California Masonic Memorial Temple. Both Boards just met this week. I learned that because of the extraordinary leadership or Worshipful Brother Gary Charland, and his team at the Masonic Homes, we have not had a single case of COVID-19 at the homes among the ONE THOUSAND residents and staff. Compare this to the tragedies at nursing homes and retirement centers elsewhere in the USA. Thank you so much WB Gary and team. I also learned that our members across the state have generously supported the Distressed Worthy Brother Relief Fund, launched by Most Worshipful John Trauner, with donations now approaching $400,000.00. Peninsula Lodge has made a donation. If you have not already done so, please consider giving something. All gifts make a difference. Simply log on to to give online. Lastly, please stay in touch. Call a Brother or widow. Send an email. Join us on Tuesday evenings. Log onto the Facebook talks and toasts by our...

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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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