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 Memorial Temple in San Francisco, this event was an unprecedented opportunity for California Masons to meet brothers from diverse cultures to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Freemasonry today and to work together to help plan for a strong brotherhood far into the future. During fascinating presentations and animated panel discussions, Masonic leaders shared the particular challenges faced in their jurisdictions, solicited feedback, and presented strategies for best practices. St. John’s Lodge in New York honored the occasion by displaying George Washinton’s inaugural Bible during the event.
Masonic family members also played an important role in the festivities, joining brothers in building new friendships during the many social opportunities offered throughout the weekend – highlights of which were a special banquet prepared by the Grand Lodge of Iran in Exile and a closing gala at San Francisco City Hall. And, guests who arrived in San Francisco early enjoyed a special performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Masonic youth orders participated in the the conference’s many ceremonial elements, emphasizing their importance to the future of Freemasonry.
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