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2016 Lodge Communications Awards

The Lodge Communications Awards recognize California lodges that are doing an exemplary job of connecting with members and the general public through traditional and modern communications tools. Lodges may submit entries in one or more of the five categories: • Best Social Media Strategy • Best Trestleboard • Best Use

New Speaker Added to Symposium

Bro. James R. Morgan III, worshipful associate grand historian and archivist of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, has just been added to the roster of speakers for the 16th Annual California Masonic Symposium: The African-American Fraternal Experience. This exciting Masonic education opportunity will

Inland Empire Lodge Celebrates 125 Years

California Grand Lodge officers at Inland Empire Lodge’s 125th anniversary. Junior Grand Deacon David Brown and his father, Secretary Charlie Brown, presented Grand Master M. David Perry with a commemorative gavel. Rialto officials Edward M. Palmer (left) and Edward Carrillo (right) present Master Drew Lucas (center) with a proclamation. On

Celebrating Local Firefighters

From left to right: Fire Department Captain Mike DeLeo from CAL FIRE (Nipomo); Engineer-Paramedic Brandon Kato from Morro Bay; Firefighter-Paramedic Billy Nason from San Luis Obispo Fire Department; and Master of King David’s Lodge No. 209 Robert Bettencourt.  Earlier this month, the Masons of King David’s Lodge No. 209 in

A Push for Even Greater Success

Meet Kelley Li Investment in Success scholar San Francisco State University Every day, Kelley Li pushes herself to be brave. As a child, growing up in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, she was painfully shy. Her parents, who worked long hours, weren’t around to help her out of

What Masons Are Reading

Last week we asked more than 115,000 fans on the Masons of California Facebook page what the most interesting book related to Masonry that they’ve read lately is. Answers included: • “Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco • “The Lost Keys of Freemasonry” by Manly P. Hall • “The Collective Works

Explore African-American Freemasonry at the California Masonic Symposium

  Freemasonry “becomes the Center of Union and the means of conciliating true friendship among persons that must else have remained at a perpetual distance.” This widely heralded 1723 statement from the constitution of the first Masonic grand lodge in London describes two of the foundational hallmarks of Freemasonry: unity

Recognizing Masons and Public Schools

Delaine Eastin, former California superintendent of public instruction (Photo: Courtesy of Gregory Urquiaga, UC Davis)  Each April, California Masons celebrate public schools. It’s a tradition that’s endured for decades, and one that resonates for educators and students alike. Among those touched by Masons’ contributions to public education is Delaine Eastin,

Celebrating Remarkable Donors

Every gift to the Masons of California Annual Fund allows our fraternity to make a life-changing difference for California Masonic families in need and for vulnerable children at underresourced public schools throughout our state. Particularly significant are gifts to the Cornerstone Society and Grand Master Circle, as these generous contributions

UCLA Conference Inspires

On March 5, 2016, the Institute for Masonic Studies once again partnered with the Freemasonry and Civil Society Program at the University of California, Los Angeles to delve into a topic of scholarly research related to Freemasonry’s role in contemporary and historic civil society. More than 150 guests – including

Masons4Mitts Opens April 4

We’re less than a month away from opening day: The Masons4Mitts season officially starts on April 4, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Through this novel philanthropic program, regional teams of California lodges compete to fund baseball mitts for at-risk youth who participate in

April Is Public Schools Month

San Jacinto Elementary students reading books brought to them by California Masons and Raising A Reader PLACE at Prescott students performing for California Freemasons in Oakland at the 2015 East Bay Public Schools Month Celebration 1 2   California Masons have supported public education in California since 1862, when Bro.

Here for California Teachers and Schools

1 2 3 4 5 For the past 22 years, the California Masonic Foundation has joined in an important celebration: Recognizing the California Teachers of the Year. On Feb. 15, 2016 California Masonic Foundation Executive Vice President Doug Ismail joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in recognizing the

An Early California Leader, and a Mason

The Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry has among its archives an 1857 petition for the Royal Arch degrees of John Bidwell. Shown here, with punctuation added for clarity, the certificate reads: To the M.W. High Priest, King, Scribe, and Companions of Washington R.A. Chapter No. 13: The

The Qualities of Leadership

Last week, we asked more than 110,500 fans on the Masons of California Facebook page what they believe the most important qualities of a Masonic leader are. From being receptive and responsive to questions to recognizing brothers’ unique strengths, here are some examples of the qualities our fans believe are

A Union Built On Charity

Darrel and Mary Louise Hunter  Fifty-seven years ago, Mary Louise and Darrel Hunter met at a church youth gathering, fell in love, and married within months. They were 19 years old. There were many things that drew them together, of course. One was a shared charitable instinct. “We both grew

Ten Ways to Support Masonic Youth

Job’s Daughter’s Bethel No. 3 with adult leaders Gary and Heidi Quintrell  March is Youth Orders Month – a perfect opportunity to renew your lodge’s efforts to connect with Masonic youth in DeMolay, Job’s Daughters and Rainbow for Girls. Get started with 10 helpful tips: Show up: Being present at

Discover an Unusual Artifact from Early California

In the small California town of Forbestown, located in the mountains of northern gold country, a local museum holds within its collection a silver embroidered Masonic collar, adorned with a square and compass symbol within a winged egg. But this is no ordinary Masonic artifact: It is a ceremonial garment

California Freemason: February/March Cover Selection

The cover artwork for the February/March issue of California Freemason was designed by Chen Design Associates (CDA). For each issue of the magazine, California Freemason staff partner closely with CDA designers to capture the magazine theme in a creative context. Through this collaborative process, CDA fully develops two designs, which

A Gift for Children in Need

On Jan. 26, 2016, approximately 35 residents ofAcacia Creek Retirement Community traveled to Sacramento with a special mission: presenting a check worth nearly $5,000 to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. The donation was raised solely by generous contributions from residents of the nonprofit continuing care retirement community,

Opening the Door

Today, José Juárez is a junior at California State University, immersed in his business major and bright plans for the future. But a few years ago, all he could see was a closed door, and college behind it. José came to Pasadena from Mexico at age five. By the time

Making Dreams Possible

Jazmine Fernandez comes from a low-income, single-parent family. She has four siblings and has always known that if she chose to go to college, she would have to pay her own way through it. And, she has always known that this wouldn’t be easy. Still, she has always been determined

Prince Hall: A Social Reformer of Tremendous Masonic Conviction

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2002 issue of California Freemason. For the ex-slaves living in post-Revolutionary Boston, Freemasonry offered a set of ideas that had great bearing on their identities. The Masonic values of brotherhood, universal love, and the equality implicit in “meeting on the level” could even

Helping Kids Afford College

As high school seniors throughout the California are busy submitting college applications for the upcoming academic year, the California Masonic Foundation is offering much-needed support. The Foundation has recently updated its College Gold Rush site – an online financial aid resource. This helpful website provides a wealth of resources to

New Homepage Design for Freemason.org

The freemason.org homepage has just been redesigned. This updated page streamlines content to make it easier to find, modernizes the interface so that the content is accessible across more devices, and helps focus public visitors on our fraternity’s high priority efforts. Here are some highlights of the new design: A

A Unique Glimpse Into Masonic History

Sometimes a simple certificate or scrap of paper can reveal a wonderful history. This is certainly the case with the Masonic certificates of John Blade, pictured here. The story of Blade’s initiation is a fascinating one. Likely a British merchant – no details are confirmed of his true occupation –

Living Our Culture of Charity

When Antonio “Tony” Cimarra thinks about charity, he pictures his childhood home in the Philippines. “My mom would cook soup and put it out front for the neighborhood kids,” he says. “Growing up, I didn’t fully realize that what she was doing was charity.” At age 24, Tony and his

Standing Together for Equality

Equality on all levels – including social, economic, cultural, religious, and racial – is a foundational tenet of Freemasonry. That’s why on January 18, members and leaders from the Grand Lodge of California and Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California marched together in communities statewide to help celebrate

Renowned Masonic Scholars Speak at UCLA

  On Saturday, March 5, join the Institute for Masonic Studies and UCLA’s Freemasonry and Civil Society Program for the 5th International Conference at UCLA: Brothers Across the Sea – Freemasonry’s Spread to Africa and the Middle East.REGISTER TODAY. Speaking at the International Conference are a diverse interdisciplinary team of

Solace Finds a New Home

The Masonic Home at Union City recently remodeled its meditation chapel to better serve residents.  At the Masonic Home at Union City, in addition to the main Siminoff Chapel, residents enjoy a small 25-seat meditation chapel. Its centerpiece is a stained glass window, which was presented to the Masonic Homes

The Care Givers

There’s an expectation about family: That it’ll always be there for you. For Robert*, age 93, this has always proven true, even after his last surviving relative passed away. He has always had his brothers at Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192. Three brothers, in particular: Don Goldberg, Ray Holgate, and

Cheers to a Great Cause

Hermann Attinger, Carolee Baird, and Bob Baird (left to right) enjoy a taste of rare aged brandy. Residents Neil and Carole Lewis of Acacia Creek Retirement Community had a unique treasured possession – a 150-year old bottle of cognac that they’d owned for 52 years. Each time the couple moved,

Ringing in the New Year

  It’s a brand new year and a great time to set new goals for our personal lives and think about how we can better serve our fraternity. With this in mind, we asked more than 100,000 Masons of California Facebook fans to share their Masonic resolutions. From the many

Lifting Others in Return

Inspector and Past Master Hercules Valdez shares how family and travels have shaped his commitment to education, Masonry, and charitable giving.  Hercules Valdez has never taken education for granted. He grew up in the Philippines among 10 brothers and sisters. “Coming from a huge family, going to school and finishing

100 Years Young

Masonic Homes resident and 100+ Club member Betty Ehly isn’t done growing. She’s pictured below with Washington Hospital executives, having recently been honored for her contributions of handmade blankets for premature babies.  As the end of the year approaches, the Masonic Homes celebrates its 100+ Club – a special group

Imbued with Joy

This photograph, created by Adam Kendall, collections manager of the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, combines a vintage Christmas border with an early 20th century photograph of a young Covina resident.  The Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry is pleased to display a new exhibit

Celebrate the Holidays by Giving Back

Lighting up the community: the Masonic Home in Union City’s festive Christmas Tree.  This holiday season, Masons throughout California will gather together with our families, brothers, and friends to reflect upon the past year and look forward to the next. During this time of contemplation, consider those among us who

A Holiday Tradition

The Masonic Home at Union City lights up. Photo courtesy of Garret Moore.  On Dec. 3, the Masonic Homes celebrated its 14th annual tree lighting. M. David Perry, grand master of Masons in California, and his wife, Jeanette, joined Masonic Homes Executive Vice President Gary Charland, residents and staff of

Remembering a Culinary Giant

Bro. Chuck Williams on the cover of the Dec/Jan issue of California Freemason  Charles “Chuck’” of Williams-Sonoma was known worldwide as a culinary genius and esteemed businessman. But in Temple Lodge No. 14 in Sonoma, he was known for something else: Being a brother. Williams passed away on Dec. 5,

Committed to a Greener Lodge

  In preparation for their 100th anniversary in 2013, members of King David’s Lodge No. 209 began predicting needed structural updates for the historic lodge building in 2009. Among the identified improvements were restoring their building’s façade to its 1913 original design and notable improvements inside the building. And, there

NEW: Masonic Education Opportunity at UCLA

Margaret C. Jacob, Ph.D., a world-renowned Masonic scholar and founder of the Freemasonry and Civil Society Program at UCLA, will be offering a new course for the winter 2016 semester: Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History: Freemasonry, Civil Society, and Democracy in 18th-Century Europe and America In

2016 Leadership Retreats: Targeted Knowledge to Strengthen Your Lodge

  “These retreats are very important to the development and success of lodge officers. They provide information and resources we all need, networking opportunities with brothers around the state and region, and interaction with key Grand Lodge officers. It also gets the master and wardens together, which is harder to

Grateful for Our Brotherhood

To help recognize the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked more than 98,000 fans on the Masons of California Facebook page why they are most thankful for Freemasonry. More than 100 people participated. Here are some examples of what they said: • Scott Smith: I’m truly thankful for my first year in

Expand Your Perspective

  On March 5, 2016, the Freemasonry and Civil Society Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present its Fourth International Conference on Freemasonry. This year’s theme offers an exploration of Freemasonry’s spread throughout the non-Western world, focusing on the fraternity’s role in Africa and the Middle East.

Celebrating 150 Years

  On Saturday, Nov. 14, the brothers at Mendocino Lodge No. 179 celebrated their 150th anniversary with a special community ceremony. More than 70 guests were in attendance. Members of Mendocino Lodge were joined by neighboring Hartley Lodge No. 199 and Ridgewood Lodge No. 146. Grand Master M. David Perry

The World Conference Unites Our Brotherhood

Photos courtesy of Bro. William G. Suguitan of Columbia-Brotherhood Lodge No. 370.   From Nov. 18-21, the Grand Lodge of California was honored to host more than 1,000 Masonic family members from throughout the globe for the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges. Held at the California Masonic

Voices of Masonic Youth: Ryan Gooch

California Freemason asked Masonic youth to weigh in on the following topic: As technology advances, more of our social interactions take place through smartphones and computers. From Facebook to chat rooms, from Snapchat to Instagram, how can we show respect for the people we encounter digitally – and why is

Voices of Masonic Youth: Bridget Carlson

California Freemason asked Masonic youth to weigh in on the following topic: As technology advances, more of our social interactions take place through smartphones and computers. From Facebook to chat rooms, from Snapchat to Instagram, how can we show respect for the people we encounter digitally – and why is

Voices of Masonic Youth: Lindsea Friesen

California Freemason asked Masonic youth to weigh in on the following topic: As technology advances, more of our social interactions take place through smartphones and computers. From Facebook to chat rooms, from Snapchat to Instagram, how can we show respect for the people we encounter digitally – and why is

Acacia Creek Feeds the Needy

Members of Acacia Creek’s Sowing for Charity Group presenting a check to Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank. This fall, a group of residents at Acacia Creek Retirement Community decided to use their talents to give back. Each week, the Sewing for Charity Group began meeting to create handmade goods to support

Thank You for Supporting Fire Safety

  In the past fraternal year, California Masons launched a statewide effort to bring crucial fire safety training to children at California public schools through Firefighters in Safety Education (FISE), a program developed by the prestigious Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF). The FISE program brings working firefighters into classrooms

You’re Invited to the Masonic Homes’ 15th Annual Tree Lighting

Photo: The 2014 Tree Lighting at the Masonic Home in Union City  The Masonic Homes and Acacia Creek Retirement Community invite all Masonic family members in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend their 15th annual tree lighting. Held Dec. 3 at the Union City campus, this fun, family-oriented event

Masonic Homes Supports Local Public Schools

  On Saturday, Oct. 17, families – and their dogs – from throughout the Bay Area came to the Masonic Homes for the New Haven Schools Foundation’s annual Mutt Strut. This fun annual community event included a walk/run, pancake breakfast, games and activities for both dogs and family members of

Voices of Masonic Youth: Technology and Respect

In California Freemason’s first-ever essay contest, Masonic youth throughout California were asked to share their perspectives on respect in the digital age by answering the following question: As technology advances, more of our social interactions take place through smartphones and computers. From Facebook to chat rooms, from Snapchat to Instagram,

California Freemason December/January Cover Art

The cover artwork for the December/January issue of California Freemason was designed by Chen Design Associates (CDA). For each issue of the magazine, California Freemason staff partner closely with CDA designers to capture the magazine theme in a creative context. Through this collaborative process, CDA fully develops two designs, which

HarvestFest Brings Members Home

  On Oct. 25, more than 800 Masonic family members from throughout Northern California came to the Masonic Home at Union City to celebrate fraternity, the autumn harvest, and the importance of Masonic connections at the Masonic Homes’ second annual HarvestFest. Guests of all ages enjoyed a variety of activities

World Conference: Coming to You Next Week

  During the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges, taking place in San Francisco Nov. 18-21, 2015, Masons from throughout the globe will offer stimulating sessions with diverse perspectives from their jurisdictions. The conference sessions, moderators, and speakers include: A World-Wide Connection: The Role Of The World Conference

World Conference: It’s Time to Pack!

Wondering what clothes should go into your suitcase for the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges? To help simplify packing, below is a list of events and the appropriate attire for each. Before you depart, view our helpful “Dressing for the Occasion” guide. Masonic regalia is not required

Storage Solutions for Your Lodge

Every lodge has important documents to share today, and to preserve for years to come. Get organized with easy-to-use storage solutions. Iron Mountain: Preserve Historic Lodge Archives All lodges save some documents to meet CMC and legal requirements. But many photographs, awards, and other Masonic documents and artifacts are worth

Diverse, Yet United: California’s Masonic Mosaic

Swedish Rite regalia on display at the 166th Annual Communication. At the 166th Annual Communication, the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry unveiled a new exhibit, “Diverse, Yet United: California’s Masonic Mosaic.” Inspired by the foreign-language and ethnicity-based lodges that have dotted the California landscape since Masonry’s 1850

Soaring to New Heights

Masonic Homes resident and Flying Club member Jack McClellan takes off. At the Union City Masonic Home, residents are experiencing the thrill of flight – right in their own backyard. The Home’s Flying Club, which has about two dozen members, meets between 8:00 and 10:00 each morning to hone their

DeMolay Honors Grand Master Perry

Grand Master M. David Perry; California Grand Lodge officers and past grand masters; and leaders of the Northern California DeMolay Association welcome a new Northern California DeMolay membership class. On Oct. 17, Northern California DeMolay organized a special event in honor of Most Worshipful M. David Perry. The Masonic youth

Prepare to Lead

  Annual leadership retreats for current lodge officers provide ongoing education, targeted training for each office, and updates on organizational advancements. Get ready for a successful year – with hands-on workshops, stimulating discussions, and new best practices. Mark your calendar for retreats near you. Registration will be available soon. Secretary

Backpacks Build Community

Photo courtesy of Martinez Lodge No. 41: New backpacks ready to be stuffed with supplies. Earlier this fall, members of Martinez Lodge No. 41 prepared for a familiar, treasured ritual: Brothers gathered with members of Eastern Star, Northern California DeMolay, and California Rainbow for Girls to stuff backpacks with school

A Productive Celebration

Photo: Grand Lodge officer aprons were newly redesigned, and unveiled at the 166th Annual Communication. The updated aprons blend iconography from Freemasonry and California history. This past weekend, more than 1,300 Masons from throughout California attended the 166th Annual Communication at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco. Highlights

NEW! An App for Your Lodge

  Looking for a way to motivate engagement outside stated meetings? Want to be able to share photos and messages privately with your own lodge members? Interested in increasing attendance at events, and getting RSVPs in early? Then a new app may be right for your lodge! Starting this fall,

On The Level: Thank You, California Masons

In his last On The Level video, Grand Master Charvonia shares some of the highlights of the fraternal year and thanks brothers throughout California for their efforts in championing our fraternity and values. From new lodge-community partnerships to advancing the international civility movement and renewed collaborations with Prince Hall Masons,

New Beginning, New Connections

Members of Green Dragon lodge (from left): Member Willard Lusk, Senior Deacon Joel Helms, Junior Warden David Patrick, Marshal Brian Tidwell, Master Gary Jackson, Treasurer Steve Hubble, and Member Jon Wong In August, California’s newest lodge – Green Dragon Masonic Fellowship, U.D. in Bakersfield – celebrated its institution. Along with

Get Ready for Annual Communication

  The 166th Annual Communication is just a few short days away, and in between business sessions, this year’s guests will enjoy a variety of helpful services and new ways to engage. • Share your Annual Communication experience: Use the official Annual Communication hashtag #AnnComm15 to share your experiences onFacebook

New Life for Mobile Devices

Have an older iPad or MP3 player that’s just collecting dust? Consider donating it to the Masonic Homes. Masonic Homes staff are seeking donations of mobile devices to assist with resident memory care programming. How to donate Bring your working iPad or MP3 player to the World Conference and drop

Protect Loved Ones from Fires

  Oct. 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week. It’s a perfect opportunity to rally your lodge behind a fire safety program in your community. Consider one of the following ideas to recognize fire prevention in your lodge: • Work with Masonic youth to assemble and distribute ICE (In Case of

October Is Masonic Family Make a Difference Month!

  Grand Master Charvonia has proclaimed October 2015 as Masonic Family Make a Difference Month and Oct. 3 as Make a Difference Day. Both are great occasions to partner with Masonic youth to make a difference in your local community. Wondering how your lodge can give back? Here are some

Celebrating and Giving Back

Photo courtesy of Garret Moore  On Sept. 10, the Masonic Home at Union City celebrated its fifth annual Tomato Palooza. Grand Master Russ Charvonia, and his wife, Linda, attended the celebration as special guests. This treasured annual tradition began as a way to appreciate the Home’s bountiful tomato harvest. Its

A Record-Breaking Season

  At-risk kids in Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego have someone – and something – to cheer about: California Masons and the 2015 Masons4Mitts campaign! This season was the most successful ever, raising more than $159,000 – enough to give mitts to nearly 8,000 children in need and

A Historic Celebration

Officers of the Masons of California Grand Lodge and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California dedicate the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. On Sept. 3, Grand Master Charvonia led more than 80 Masons and Grand Lodge officers from the Grand Lodge of California and the Most

On The Level: Learn, Travel, and Make a Difference

Grand Master Charvonia invites brothers to join him at upcoming events including the California Masonic Symposium, Annual Communication, HarvestFest – and his last Town Hall meeting in Fresno. Plus, get ready for Fire Prevention Week and Make a Difference Month, both coming up in October. Join us for upcoming fraternal

Fire Relief Update: A Message from Grand Master Charvonia

Dear Brethren of California, As you might have heard in news reports, wildfires are spreading rapidly in Northern California, destroying hundreds of homes and requiring thousands of people to evacuate. The Butte Fire is burning in Amador and Calaveras counties. The Valley Fire, which ignited over the weekend, is burning

Grand Master Charvonia Addresses Butte and Valley Fires

Dear Brethren of California, I am sure you have heard of the disastrous fires which are burning in Amador, Calaveras, Lake, Napa, and Sonoma counties. The governor declared a state of emergency in both the Valley and Butte regions. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes and hundreds

California Freemason October/November Cover Art

The cover artwork for the October/November issue of California Freemason was designed by Chen Design Associates (CDA). For each issue of the magazine, California Freemason staff partner closely with CDA designers to capture the magazine theme in a creative context. Through this collaborative process, CDA fully develops two designs, which

Our Values in Action

  Paul Dana, a Master Mason at Phoenix Lodge No. 144 joined Masonry because he felt a deep connection between the fraternity and his own values – particularly his brothers’ efforts to give back, within their community and their lodge. “I found exactly what I was looking for,” he says.

Founding Father’s Legacy

  September is Constitutional Observance Month – a great opportunity to encourage your lodge, Masonic youth, and local community to reflect upon the achievements of our founding fathers, many of whom were Masons, and to consider the value of democracy within our society today. Read Grand Master Charvonia’s Proclamation. Ready

Acclaimed Masonic Scholars to Speak at the Symposium

The Institute for Masonic Studies brings together renowned Masonic scholars for the 2015 California Masonic Symposium: The Evolution of Masonic Ritual, taking place Sept. 19 in San Francisco and Sept. 20 in Pasadena.Register today.* Masonic scholars from across the country will present historic research and reflect upon Masonic rituals, from

Get Ready for Make a Difference Day

Order your Make a Difference Day shirt today to support Masonic youth.  This Oct. 3, Masons throughout California will celebrate Make a Difference Day. Wondering how your lodge can mark this fun fraternal occasion? Here are some tips: • Start the ball rolling with Masonic youth: Schedule a meeting with

Bringing Joy to Children in Need

A team effort: Evergreen Lodge No. 259 partnered with Masonic affiliates and the local community for a successful toy drive and fundraiser. Last month, Evergreen Lodge No. 259 held their second annual “Christmas in July” event – a toy drive and fundraiser for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Los

On The Level – Episode 16

In the latest episode of On The Level, Grand Master Charvonia celebrates the accomplishments of musicians within our lodges, and invites brothers to attend fun upcoming fraternal events, including Masons Night at the Ballpark, a cornerstone ceremony in Ventura, the SoCal DeMolay Conclave, and Masonic Family Make a Difference Month.

Change a Child’s Life with Just $20!

  Join thousands of Masons in Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego who have made a difference with just $20 – by purchasing a mitt for an at-risk child through Masons4Mitts. HELP KIDS PLAY. Each $20 donation puts a high-quality baseball mitt emblazoned with the Masons of California logo

A Culinary Adventure

  The Masonic Homes’ and Acacia Creek’s dining experience is renowned for fresh ingredients and innovative menus. At Annual Communication, ladies and guests can experience it for themselves in an exciting cook-off at the beautiful Union City campus. Buy tickets today. Three executive chefs – one from each campus –

Top 10 Reasons to Connect

  The XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges is coming to San Francisco Nov. 18-21, offering an unprecedented experience for California Masons. Special events are selling out quickly. REGISTER TODAY. Wondering what to expect? We’ve compiled our top 10 favorite highlights below. Attend interesting, relevant sessions. With topical

Come Together at HarvestFest!

  Get ready to celebrate the bounty of the fall season and to connect with brothers and Masonic family members at this year’s HarvestFest! REGISTER TODAY. Held Oct. 25 at the beautiful Masonic Home at Union City, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, this FREE Masonic event will offer fun and

Evolution of the Masonic Ritual

  The 15th Annual California Masonic Symposium, held Sept. 19 in San Francisco and Sept. 20 in Pasadena, offers Master Masons* a fascinating opportunity to explore the history of the Masonic ritual – from the first evidence of the “Mason word” to the practices used by lodges today. REGISTER TODAY.

Celebrating an Inspiring Life

Dr. Forrest Bird, 94, passed away at his home in Idaho on Aug. 2, 2015. Many news outlets have reported on his remarkable life – “The Birdman of Idaho” was well known for being an enthusiastic aviator and military flight instructor, as well as the inventor of the world’s first

A Unified Vision

Local Masons from the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California and the Masons of California Grand Lodge Celebrate a Historic Joint Cornerstone Ceremony. On Aug. 5, the California Grand Lodge joined the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California to conduct a joint cornerstone ceremony for the

Join Us for Brotherhood Degrees

Two upcoming Brotherhood Degree Exemplifications present an opportunity for California Masons to witness Masonic degrees performed in officers’ native languages: • San Gabriel: August 27 at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP. • Elk Grove: August 28 at 5:00 p.m. Learn more and RSVP. All brothers are encouraged to attend

On The Level – Episode 15

Grand Master Charvonia introduces civility ambassadors – Masons from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Israel who will help local lodges strive for and celebrate civility in their communities. Plus, learn how California Masons will reach more than 70,000 vulnerable children with crucial fire safety training from Firefighters in Safety Education,

Chinese American Fraternalism, Dragon Dancing, and You

Don’t miss the 2015 Enriching History Colloquium, taking place in San Francisco on Nov. 22 – just one day after the XIV World Conference Join us for the conference and stay for a FREE, fascinating Masonic education experience. This year’s Colloquium theme is “The Chinese Encounter America: Emigration, Fraternalism, and

Preserving Our Past

“The favor I am now to ask of you is to desire you will request of such Lords of the Admiralty as you are acquainted with, that when Mr. Port the present Gunner of his Majesty’s ship the Duke is superannuated (which he intends to apply for in less than

August is Come to Lodge Month

Siminoff Center in Union City, home to Siminoff Daylight Lodge No. 850 As the fall season approaches and we prepare to celebrate the bounty of the harvest, Grand Master Charvonia calls on brothers statewide to return to their lodges to celebrate the joy of fellowship and fraternity. Read the Proclamation.

Masons4Mitts: Support Your Team

  Masons throughout California are teaming up to help at-risk youth. Support your team: Give a mitt! Masons4Mitts Team Events: Fellowship and Fun! Since Masons4Mitts teams include members from multiple lodges, many teams are planning or have planned community events to help team members socialize with each other – and

10 Reasons to Attend Annual Communication

Don’t miss the 166th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California, Oct. 9-11, 2015. Special event tickets are selling quickly: Buy yours today! Wondering if you should head to San Francisco? Here are the top 10 reasons to attend this year’s celebration. 1. Make your lodge’s voice heard Votes

Welcoming New Leadership

Director of Lodge Development and Training Jordan Yelinek  The Grand Lodge of California is pleased to welcome Worshipful Brother Jordan Yelinek as director of lodge development and training. In this role, Yelinek will support our strategic priority to support lodges and halls by helping develop strong lodge leaders, enhancing business

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