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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

Leading By Example

  Through his theme, “Repairing the World by Improving Ourselves,” Grand Master Charvonia charges all California Masons to consider the impacts of their actions. Past Master John McQuown of Amity Lodge No. 442 shares his perspective of rising to this challenge. An omission of kindness Several weeks ago, I ran

Brick and Fire Gala: Glamour Meets Charity

  Masons throughout Northern California are invited to attend the Brick and Fire Gala, taking place August 29 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Oakland Scottish Rite. Organized as a partnership between Northern California Masons and Bay Area firefighters, this fun-filled, elegant evening offers a great opportunity for celebrating fellowship while

On The Level – Episode 14

From celebrating Freemasonry with brethren from Prince Hall to preparing for two exciting cornerstones, a significant lodge milestone, and the institution of a brand new lodge, Grand Master Charvonia’s summer has been off to a busy start! Learn more about upcoming Masonic events, and find out how you can get

Preserving a Historic Masonic Building

Visalia Masonic Lodge, pictured around the time of the completion of its construction in 1874. Visalia Masons are helping to preserve one of the city’s most treasured Masonic landmarks: The façade of the first Visalia Masonic Lodge. The original Visalia Masonic building was constructed in 1874 and located on East

Build Connections with Brothers Worldwide

  The XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges will take place Nov. 18-21 in San Francisco. Register now. In addition to presenting an opportunity for California Masons to join a global dialogue about the state of the fraternity today, the conference offers a variety of fun social activities

California Freemason Magazine Wins Award

  The Grand Lodge of California has an exciting announcement: California Freemason, the bi-monthly membership magazine for this jurisdiction, was recently honored with an award for industry excellence. The April/May issue of California Freemason, “Freemasonry and Civility,” received a bronze EXCEL Award for Magazine: Single Topic Issue from Association Media

Glenn Woody Named 2015 California Mason of the Year

Grand Secretary Allan Casalou presents the 2015 Mason of the Year Award and proclamation to Bro. Glenn Woody at the DeMolay Center in Anaheim. On June 28, Grand Master Russ Charvonia proclaimed Bro. Glenn Woody as the 2015 California Mason of the Year. The award was presented during a special

The Tools You Need to Lead

  Effective leadership can make or break a lodge. Luckily, this summer’s Lodge Management Certification Program courses provide an easy and time-sensitive way to get the training you need – either in person, or from the comfort of your own home. Register today for 2015 Lodge Management Certification Program in-person

Masons4Mitts Is Off to a Swinging Start!

  It’s the sixth campaign season for the popular Masons4Mitts program, and this year Southern California Masons are joining in the fun! Now, teams in Northern California, Los Angeles, and San Diego are all competing to raise the most mitts for at-risk youth who participate in charitable programs through popular

Giving Back to American Heroes

  Grand Master Charvonia has charged Masons throughout California with championing the efforts of local men and women who have served our country by observing July 2015 as Support Our Masonic Veterans Month. Read the Proclamation. This important recognition is a great opportunity to celebrate brothers in your lodge for

VIDEO: On The Level – Ep. 13

Helpful Links • July is Support Our Masonic Veterans Month. Read the grand master’s proclamation to find out how you can support veterans in your lodge and community. • The June/July issue of California Freemason, which focuses on Freemasonry and volunteering, is a special digital edition. Enjoy more in-depth interviews,

Building Literacy Locally

Panamericana Lodge No. 513, a Spanish-speaking lodge in Southern California, gives back locally through literacy and special education partnerships. Members are pictured here with Jacqueline Elliot, president and CEO of Partnerships to Uplift Communities. Panamericana Lodge No. 513 is a small, Spanish-speaking lodge in Southern California with a big focus

Fun and Fellowship at Masonic Family SummerFest

Masonic Homes staff and family ready for summer fun. On June 7, Masonic family members from throughout Southern California gathered at the Covina Masonic Home to herald the arrival of summer. Complete with dunk tanks, swimming, and a barbecue feast, it was truly a celebration of our Masonic community. Fun

Join Us at Masons Night

Past Grand Master John Cooper, Executive Vice President of the California Masonic Foundation Doug Ismail, and Masons4Mitts Team Captain Rich Modolo present a ceremonial check to Giants Community Fund Board Member John Gumas and local Junior Giants players at the 2014 Masons Night at AT&T Park. This fall, Masons4Mitts teams

Gift for a Brighter Future

Photo: Master Al Holland and Senior Deacon Steven Bruce of Penrhyn-Gold Hill Lodge No. 32 present iPads to Cyndi Stone of Penrhyn Elementary School. In 2014, Penrhyn-Gold Hill Lodge No. 32 donated an iPad to Penrhyn Elementary School, to be used in a classroom with special needs students. This spring,

A Display of National Heritage

  Masonic leaders from throughout the world are preparing to convene at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco for the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges. Taking place Nov. 18-21, 2015, the conference presents an unprecedented opportunity for California Masons to interact with our global Masonic

Spreading Joy, One Mitt at a Time

  Each spring and summer, thousands of California Masons pledge to help under-resourced children have a chance for a brighter future through one simple symbol: a baseball mitt. Give a mitt today. “People ask us, ‘Why baseball gloves?’” says Doug Ismail, executive vice president of the California Masonic Foundation. “But

Southern Hospitality and Elegance

  This October 9-11, Grand Master Russ and First Lady Linda Charvonia are pleased to welcome Masonic family members from throughout California to the 166th Annual Communication, taking place at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco. A highlight of this year’s celebration will be the Grand Master’s Banquet,

An Enduring Legacy

  When M. Richard Andrews, believes in something, he commits to it wholly. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross and United Way. He is a proud alum of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has participated in boards and committees there. He is also a California Mason.

Available Now: June/July California Freemason

  READ THE JUNE/JULY ISSUE OF CALIFORNIA FREEMASON NOW. This special digital issue includes: • A video introduction from Grand Master Charvonia • Even more photos of members and lodges engaging in volunteer work • Live links to online resources that allow readers to connect more deeply with the articles

Masonic Homes Nurture Industry-Leading Care

The Masonic Homes of California recently entered into an exciting new partnership with LeadingAge California – the state’s primary advocate for quality, nonprofit senior living and care. At a national level, LeadingAge unites nonprofit organizations dedicated to expanding the possibilities for contemporary aging, helping empower people to live meaningful lives.

June Is Masonic Homes Month

Grand Master Charvonia has declared June 2015 to be “Masonic Homes Month” – encouraging Masons throughout California to support and raise awareness for the Masonic Homes. Here are some ideas to celebrate with your lodge: 1. Read the Masonic Homes Month Proclamation at your stated meeting and discuss as a

VIDEO: On The Level – Ep. 12

Helpful Links • June is Masonic Homes Month. Get ideas for how to celebrate with your lodge. • The Masonic Home at Covina is set to host Masonic Family SummerFestthis Sunday. Expect summer fun for the whole family with games, food, and swimming. Don’t forget to take your shot at

Lodge Communications Awards

The Lodge Communications Awards will recognize lodges that are doing an exemplary job of connecting with its members and the general public through various traditional and innovative communications tools. Entries will be judged by the Grand Lodge Membership Development Committee, and will be judged on excellence in the use of

Reserve Your Booth Space

This fall, the Grand Lodge of California will host two signature events at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco. Vendors are invited to be our partner at both. 166th Annual Communication: Oct. 9-11, 2015 Join more than 1,000 California Masons and fraternal organizations to celebrate the close of

You’re Invited: Mason of the Year Celebration

  Join Grand Master Charvonia in recognizing one brother’s extraordinary contributions to our fraternity at the Mason of the Year Award celebration on June 28 in Anaheim. Register today. This special recognition has previously been bestowed upon Past Grand Master Donald B. McCaw and Warren J. Blomseth, as well as

Why I Give: A Son’s Promise

  William “Bill” Ramsey came to Freemasonry in a deeply personal way. The fraternity had offered his father, Edwin “Bob” Ramsey, support, compassion, and counsel at a time of great need. As a devoted son, Bill’s life had been touched, too. Give today to help brothers like Bob and Bill. A

Battle of Masonic Chefs

  Can’t get enough of exciting TV cooking challenges like Top Chef, Iron Chef, or Chopped? At this year’s Annual Communication, First Lady Linda Charvonia will dazzle guests with a thrilling feast of the senses during the fraternity’s first ever “Top Masonic Chef” competition. Buy tickets now. At the Masonic

Preserving Community Spaces

Members of Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge No. 188 and Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 157 teamed up with local community members and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to clean up FROG Park. During the month of April, communities nationwide celebrated Earth Day. In Northern California, members of Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge No.

2015 Lodge Management Certification Program: Courses and Training Dates

  Are you ready to lead your lodge? Summer Lodge Management Certification Program (LMCP) courses offer targeted tools to help you maximize your impact – and help your lodge to thrive. Register today. Two convenient course options: • Webinars:Webinars allow participants to access LMCP training from anywhere with an Internet

Celebrating a Historic Achievement

The Grand Lodge of California accepts a Golden Nugget Award from the Tuolumne County Historical Society. Pictured from left to right: Pete Patterson, master, Mosaic Lodge No. 281; Valdeir Faria-Filho, Member Services representative; John Cooper, past grand master; Greg Martin, junior deacon, Ophir Bear Mountain Lodge No. 33; Adam Kendall,

California Masons Celebrate Public Schools

Grand Master Russ Charvonia presenting Sacramento-area public schools with a check on behalf of California Masons at Williamson Elementary School. Throughout April, a similar scene unfolded in public schools throughout the state: District officials, educators, principals, and children eagerly greeted California Masons – providing tours of their facilities, refreshments, special

Shape Our Strategic Direction

In 2010, California Masons launched a five-year strategic plan, which set statewide priorities in five key areas. Since then, our fraternity has made major strides in achieving our vision to make California Masonry a relevant and respected organization that attracts and retains members who understand and apply the tenets of

Reserve Your Seat: Special Events

166th Annual Communication October 9-11, 2015 San Francisco This year’s Annual Communication offers even more opportunities for fellowship and fun while we chart the next Masonic year. Attend with your family for a weekend of fraternal affection at this year’s special events: “Top Masonic Chef” Competition The heat is on

Champion Civility This May

  Grand Master Charvonia has declared May 2015 to be “Champion Civility Month” – encouraging Masons throughout California to champion civility through their lodges and in their daily lives. This May, take the 31-Day Civility Challenge to start making a profound difference. And, try these five tips for more ideas

You’re Invited to Masonic Family SummerFest in Covina

  PLEASE NOTE: SummerFest is now sold out. RSVPs are no longer being accepted. On June 7, 2015, the Masonic Home at Covina welcomes you to attend its first Masonic Family SummerFest. This fun, free summer celebration is the perfect time to catch up with old friends and meet new

VIDEO: On The Level – Ep. 11

Helpful Links • Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Rosemead Lodge No. 457 on May 24. • You’re invited to Masonic Family SummerFest in Covina – Sunday, June 7. Bring the whole family for summer fun, swimming, and food. • The Masons of the Year Award presentation will take place on

Spreading Light in Southern California

Two years ago, Newport Mesa Lodge No. 604 in Newport Beach started a Masonic education program to help members learn more about various aspects of Freemasonry. About once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday, the lodge’s Continuing Education Program invites a guest speaker to present a lecture on a

Celebrating Public Schools

  In his Public Schools Month Proclamation, Grand Master Charvonia has charged California lodges to “make a profound difference for our local public schools by renewing their commitment to our students, teachers, staff, and administrators” throughout the month of April. Show your support Join California fraternal leaders and members of

California Freemason: Special Digital Edition

To help engage our members in a new, tech-savvy way, the June/July issue of California Freemason will be distributed as a special digital-only edition. Focused on the connections between Freemasonry and volunteering, features of this special issue include: • A video introduction from Grand Master Charvonia • Even more photos

Relevant Advice for Impactful Lodge Leaders

This year’s Master and Wardens Retreats are off to a successful start: Attendees at the March retreat in Monterey found that new programming offers even more ways to help lodge leaders think globally in order to make a profound difference locally. Wondering if you should attend? Here’s what other attendees

Recognized for Excellence

Residents and staff of Acacia Creek Retirement Community are celebrating a remarkable achievement: The community was recently presented with a 2015 Best of Assisted Living Award. This distinction is only awarded to 879 communities out of nearly 100,000 nationwide. It recognizes consistently high ratings and outstanding feedback from residents and

Against All Odds

An 1806 Royal Arch certificate for prisoner of war John Blade. Building a Brotherhood Against All Odds Royal Arch Lodge No. 183, a military lodge attached to the Ninth Regiment of Foot of the British Army, received its traveling warrant from the Antients Grand Lodge in England on February 19,

Facebook Question of the Month

  Dating back to Bro. John Swett’s public school reforms in the 20th century, California Masons have upheld the tradition of celebrating and supporting public education. To help kick off Public Schools Month this April, the Masons of California Facebook “Question of the Month” asked why supporting public schools is

VIDEO: On The Level – Ep. 9

On the Level 9 – April 1, 2015 It’s hard to believe that spring has arrived already, but with it comes exciting Masonic events and opportunities for California lodges to step up to the plate. That’s right, let the baseball references begin as we gear up for the 2015 Masons4Mitts

Celebrating Extraordinary Mentors

Vallejo DeMolay Chapter Legion of Honor Recipients (Left to Right): Albert Lawson, Ken Martensen, Jim Jaeger, and Bill Hems Each year, thousands of Masons around the world generously volunteer their time to help mentor Masonic youth through DeMolay. Yet of these dedicated individuals – many who boast impressive accomplishments within

Service Over Self

Masonic Homes residents and staff are celebrating a new community partnership: Charitable youth from Service Over Self (SOS) will soon volunteer on campus. Local high school students organized SOS in 2011, in response to the devastating earthquake in Japan. Their first initiative, a walkathon, raised $2,500 for earthquake victims. “We

Public Schools Month

  In 1920, when Past Grand Master Charles Adams proclaimed the first Public Schools Week in California, he had no way of knowing that his devotion to free, public education would inspire California Masons for generations. This year – 95 years later – we will continue to uphold his legacy

Participate in a Global Dialogue

  The World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges is held on a different continent in a different part of the world every 18 months. This November 18-21, fraternal leaders from throughout the world will convene in North America for the first time in seven years – at the California

Investment in Success Helps Youth Thrive

  Dreaming of a brighter future Ramon Ortiz, a student at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, was fascinated by economics. After school, he worked as cashier at a Taco Bell. Especially good in math, he eventually became the store manager, responsible for monitoring sales, costs, and inventory. But he

VIDEO: On The Level – Ep. 8

On the Level 8 – March 11, 2015 Grand Master Charvonia updates us on the recent Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America, including the strong California leadership presence. He also rolls out the Civility Toolkit – with online resources available for immediate use. Learn about opportunities for

Celebrate Masonic Youth!

  March is Youth Orders Month – an important recognition of the young Masonic leaders who will follow in our footsteps. Encourage your lodge to reach out to local youth order members to offer support and mentorship this month, and throughout the year. Wondering how to get started? • Organize

Better Leaders, Stronger Lodges

Wondering if you should attend one of our final 2015 Master and Wardens Retreats? Here are the top 10 reasons to register today: 1. Unite your Executive Team. Encourage your lodge leaders to attend as a team to maximize the effectiveness of collaborative discussion sessions. 2. Participate in the 2016-2020

Top Ten Tips to Prevent Burns

Fires can cause devastating loss of life and property, taking fire safety precautions can help reduce the risk of fire in the home and at businesses. As part of National Burn Awareness Month, we offer these tips: 1. Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your entire family. 2.

Facebook Question of the Month

The Masons of California Facebook “Question of the Month” asked our Facebook fans to name one Masonic-themed New Year’s resolution for 2015. Some of the common themes included becoming a better man, becoming more involved and engaged at lodge, and advancing within the craft. Here are some of the nearly

Media Matters

  Ramp up publicity and social media Throughout history, Masonic lodges have been at the center of their communities. They still can be. But first, you have to make sure your neighbors know about you. Here are five resources to help. Download them all from the Member Center:Log in, select

Celebrating a Remarkable Life

  Every day, Masonic Outreach Services (MOS) works with extraordinary individuals – seniors who have led long, rich lives, and shared a lifetime with the fraternity. Marjorie Goddard of San Bernardino, MOS’ oldest client, was one of these individuals. In July 2014, she turned 108 years old. She was a

Penned by Starr King’s Own Hand

  The Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry celebrates an exciting new donation: an 1854 letter written by the famed California Mason, patriot, and Unitarian minister, Thomas Starr King. Also known as “the orator that saved the nation,” Starr King is best remembered as a fierce abolitionist and

Travel to the Holy Land

  Informational Conference Call Hosted by Grand Master Russ Charvonia Monday, January 19, at 12:00 PST / 3:00 p.m. EST Dial: 1-877-336-1831 Access code: 5832875#  On May 3–14, 2015, Grand Master Russ Charvonia and his wife, Linda, will lead brethren and friends to the Holy Land to fully experience Israel

Give Today

  On his 83rd birthday, William* woke up in a warm bed and a clean apartment. It was the first birthday in 10 years that either of these things was true. He had been living in his car for the past decade. William had been hit hard financially years earlier,

The Midnight Mission Rededicated

  On Saturday, December 6, more than 400 people – including Masons, members of the Masonic youth orders, and guests – filled The Midnight Mission to celebrate its 100th anniversary and building rededication. Grand Master Russ Charvonia described the event as “a truly great day for the family of Freemasonry.”

Register Now: XIV World Conference

  The Chain of Union: Strengthening Fraternal Bonds in a Changing World. It’s the theme of this year’s World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges, and it’s happening on November 18 – 21, 2015. For the first time, the event will be hosted by the Grand Lodge of California in

Masonic Homes Shine a New Light on Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia gradually distort cognition, memory, and behavior, changing the ways in which patients interact with the world around them. Those who care for memory-impaired patients understand that memory loss is never a simple diagnosis – it’s a nuanced condition that impacts each person differently.

Intacct: Grand Lodge Training Seminar

Intacct In-Person Training: December 6, 9:30 am – 3:30pm Grand Lodge of California 1111 California Street San Francisco, CA 94108RSVP to: Intacct@freemason.org The end of the year is fast approaching, and the Grand Lodge is offering an in-person group training on Intacct, the online accounting and reporting solution specially designed

100 Years of Freemasonry

In 1912, fifteen San Fernando Valley Masons met regularly at the First National Bank of Van Nuys, planning arrangements to open a chartered Masonic lodge. Given that the town itself was still brand new, they didn’t have much to work with. Starting and operating a Masonic lodge must have seemed

VIDEO: On the Level

Happy Thanksgiving from the grand master! As lodges finalize plans to install new officers, the grand master encourages California Masons to be sure to invite friends and relatives to join them at their installation ceremonies. The Masonic Hospital Visitors Program Committee work to support Masons, veterans, and their families. Help

HarvestFest Brings Bountiful Fun

  On Saturday, November 15, crowds arrived at the Masonic Home in Union City as the sun began to peak out from behind the clouds. Grand Officers kicked things off by first welcoming them and then introducing the young guests of honor from the Masonic youth order, DeMolay. The ceremony

John Cooper Receives Golden Veterans Award

While (then Grand Master) John Cooper was busy representing the Masons of California for Mason’s Night at AT&T Ballpark – home of the San Francisco Giants – on the evening of September 10, 2014; it likely didn’t cross his mind that the date marked an important anniversary. A Masonic landmark

Masons Making a Difference

Photo courtesy of Stefan Doomanis It started with an ambitious call to action: Masons were to partner with Masonic youth orders to do something good for their community. October officially became Make a Difference Month and October 5 specifically became Make a Difference Day – a chance to live our

TOMORROW: HarvestFest

  Re-dedication of DeMolay Drive at 10am Masonic Home and Acacia Creek Campus 34400 Mission Boulevard, Union City, CACelebrate the bounty of the fall harvest with your greater Masonic family at the beautiful Masonic Home and Acacia Creek campus, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the hills above Union City. This

75 Years a Mason

At 106, Herbert Nootbaar can reflect back on his long, adventurous life with a surprisingly remarkable memory. His home overlooking Laguna beach is full of achievement awards and honors, pictures of his late wife and family, and various memorabilia that he’s accumulated over his many travels.   Pasadena Lodge Senior

The Foundation of an Arena

Video courtesy of the Sacramento KingsIt was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon and a proud moment for California Masons. Sacramento locals and hundreds of Masons and Prince Hall Masons from around the state joined leaders of the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball organization and local dignitaries to bless the Sacramento Kings Entertainment

Sacramento Kings Arena Cornerstone

You’re invited to a special cornerstone ceremony: the new Sacramento Kings Entertainment and Sports CenterContinuing a tradition that originated in the 1730s, members of the Grand Lodge of Masons of California, the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, and the Sacramento and Gold Country Masonic Lodges will enact a ceremony to lay

Video: New Masonic Staircase

This video describes the process in which Chris and Heather Holme, of The Common Gavel, constructed the newest addition to our renovated auditorium. The beautiful staircase contains wood materials donated by California lodges throughout the state. Interested in more pieces by Chris and Heather, visithttp://thecommongavel.com to view more.

Thank You

  New Grand Lodge Officers, new building renovations, and a brand new Masonic year. Thank you for coming to Annual Communication. We hope you’re feeling revived and inspired. Below is a slideshow of pictures taken that were posted using this year’s official hashtag, #AnnComm14:

The Art of Masonic Education

From floor sketches to tracing boards, Masonic artists over the centuries have produced incredible works to serve as lodge teaching aids. In addition to being artifacts of our fraternity, many of these pieces are treasures of the art world. This video explores the history and significance of art in Masonic

Dig Deep Farms Comes to the Masonic Home

When the Masonic Home was established more than 115 years ago, its 268-acre property was designed to be self-sufficient, with livestock, produce gardens, and fruit trees. Though much of today’s food is sourced from outside, the Home continues to maintain its onsite organic garden, which is tended by residents and

VIDEO: On the Level

On the Level 2 – November 4, 2014 In the second episode of On the Level, Grand Master Charvonia discusses the many upcoming Masonic events this month, the importance of lodge elections, and this year’s fundraising project: The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Find more information about this fire safety

100% Officer Giving

Thanks to all of the officers of these lodges who gave to the Annual Fund this year. Your gift makes a profound impact on the most vulnerable in our California communities. Congratulations, and thank you! Acalanes Fellowship No. 480 Amity No. 442 Arcadia No. 278 Atwater Larchmont Tila Pass No.

Masons Give $1.2 Million to Raising A Reader

  Thanks to the generous support of masons throughout California, we have reached our goal of raising $1.2 million in three years to support the Raising A Reader program. The partnership between the two organizations, and the gift that came along with it, has allowed for the expansion of the

Annual Communication: Tips & Reminders

  Annual Communication begins Friday, so here are a few helpful tips and reminders for the big event. All California Masons and family are encouraged to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of the past year at Sunday’s public ceremonies and installation. Only Master Masons can attend the Grand Lodge Business

The Strength of Community

The brethren of the Barstow Boron Lodge No. 682 convey a strong sense of pride when discussing the history of their lodge and community. The reason they’ve been reflecting on the subject is because their current lodge building in Barstow just turned 50 in September and the lodge itself received

SUNDAY: Enriching History – SF Colloquium

Renowned Bay Area and California historians offer fresh perspectives on our forgotten history Sunday, November 16 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San FranciscoREGISTER FOR THE SF COLLOQUIUM NOWUpdate: If you’re not able to join us in San Francisco, download these instructions on how to stream the live presentations

Create Your Own Tracing Board Contest

In honor of the beautiful works of Masonic art on display at the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, we’re holding a “Draw Your Own Tracing Board” contest for California Masons during Annual Communication. How the contest works: 1). Familiarize yourself with Masonic art such as floor cloths,

Invest in Success – And Change Lives

If Nikia Durgin’s teachers hadn’t believed in her, she might not have succeeded in school despite overwhelming hardships at home. If she hadn’t believed in herself, she might not have had the courage to graduate. But if the Masons of California hadn’t believed in Durgin, she wouldn’t have a chance

Meet the New Masonic

Last week, the California Masonic Memorial Temple’s (CMMT) newly renovated auditorium – the Masonic – made its official San Francisco debut during a Live Nation-hosted Grand Opening celebration and get ready for our own Grand Opening event: The 165th Annual Communication this October 10-12. With building improvements complete, we’re set

Meet the Thought Leaders

Don’t miss these dynamic speakers, with extensive knowledge about our Craft and its development. This September 20 and 21, continue your masonic education at the Symposium on Freemasonry and the Creation of the American Republic. Register for the Symposium near you, and continue the conversation. John L. Cooper is the grand

Going… Going… Gone!

Update: Southern California Masons celebrated the first ever Mason’s Night at Dodger Stadium earlier this week. Over 700 members of our Masonic family were treated to a special welcome message on the scoreboard. Congratulations to everyone that was present, representing the Masons of California and kicking off a rich tradition

Make a Difference

On October 5, lodges and Masonic youth orders will work side-by-side on service projects for their communities. The more prepared your lodge is, the bigger difference you’ll make. Here’s a rundown for getting ready. Rally the lodge Read the Make a Difference Day message aloud at stated meeting, publish it

Five Reasons to Come to Annual Communication

This October 10-12, we’ll convene for California’s biggest Masonic event of the year: the 165th Annual Communication. In addition to important traditions during Grand Lodge sessions, here are five reasons to inspire you to come to this year’s Annual Communication: 1) We’ve made some home improvements. We’re showing off the

Annual Report to Members

Last year, California Masons achieved many great accomplishments, met a wide range of goals in alignment with our strategic plan, and pushed the fraternity forward. By advancing the membership experience, Masonic education opportunities, leadership trainings, and philanthropic partnerships, our good work brought us another step closer toward our mission and

Tracing Our History

In honor of the beautiful works of Masonic art on display at the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, we’re holding a “Draw Your Own Tracing Board” contest for California Masons during Annual Communication. How the contest works: 1). Familiarize yourself with Masonic art such as floor cloths,

We Need You

Masonic Outreach Services provides a helping hand for Masons and their families who are in need, and Caregiver Liz Tarzon is helping us put our Masonic values to work. The program provides care management coupled with financial assistance and is only possible due to your Annual Fund contribution. By contributing

Last Call: Get Certified!

The summer has flown by, but here’s one last chance to get productive: Get certified at running your lodge. Learn the fundamentals of lodge management, share information, ask questions and get certified – all from the comfort of your own home. The tools, training, and guidance in these helpful webinars

An Unforgettable Masonic Journey

  It’s one thing to read about the legendary stories and history that took place in ancient Israel and surrounding lands, but it’s an entirely different experience to completely immerse yourself in the holy setting along the Mediterranean coast while taking it all in with your brothers. On May 3–14,

2014 Cooper Fellow Announced

One of the main goals for the Northern California Research Lodge (NCRL) is to encourage research amongst Masons in general, and to honor those who have, through their scholarly pursuits, set a standard of excellence worthy of recognition. To that end, the John L. Cooper III Fellowship of the Northern

Masonic Jewels Stolen and Returned

Members of Consuelo Lodge No. 325 in Escondido were thrilled when Bro. Earl Evans and his wife donated beautiful Masonic jewels and artifacts to their lodge. The pure silver artifacts are the kind of thing that would be considered a major find on The History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” but for

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