Texas Lodge No. 46 of San Juan Bautista California: News

June Trestleboard

May 31, 2023

  Texas-46 Trestleboard, June, 2023 Breakfast is always served 9 am sharp on the second Saturday every month in the Ken Justus Cantina®. Donation proceeds benefit the Hall Restoration fund. Please contact the Master or Secretary if you or your family are in distress. Officers 2023: Wor. Master – Kevin Herrick, PM (909) 273-7816 Senior […]

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April 8th Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no.46 F&AM

May 12, 2023

The April 8th 2023 stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the first degree of Masonry, on the 846th page of our Bible “Book of Proverbs:,  in San Juan Bautista California, for the “transaction of business. This Lodge opened at 10:27AM with Worshipful Brother Kevin Herrick […]

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May Trestleboard

April 25, 2023

  May, 2023 Greetings, Brother Texan, NOTICE: For those who have keys to the building, Please be advised that the Parlour door lock was replaced on 4/20/2023 because the key to it broke off inside the lock.  Please see Brother Chuck Baylacq if you need to be re-issued a key. Also please note the Lodge […]

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The March 11th 2023 Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge

April 7, 2023

The March 11th 2023 stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the first degree of Masonry in San Juan Bautista California, for the “transaction of business, election and installation of remaining 2023 officers, & reception of the Grand Master’s representative — the Worshipful Inspector Mark Breckenridge.” […]

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Raising of Brother James Caldwell | March 25th 2023

The Brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 Free & Accepted Masons of California, assembled on the 25th of March 2023 at 10:20am, to do their most important work — that of raising  a brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason. On this great day, Brother James Caldwell became the 475th Master Mason  in Texas Lodge’s […]

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April Trestleboard

April 4, 2023

April, 2023 Greetings, Brother Texan, A hearty “Rebel Yell” of appreciation goes out to the officers and brothers who came together on March 25 to raise our newest Master Mason, James Caldwell!  Special appreciation to our Officer  and Ritual Coaches, Worshipfuls David Driesbach and Rob Wilson.  Each of our Masonic journey is an individual experience, […]

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February 11th 2023 | Stated Meeting

March 9, 2023

The February 11th 2023 stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the first degree of Masonry in San Juan Bautista California, for the “transaction of business, and also for examination”. This Lodge of  Masons opened at 10:16AM with Worshipful Brother Kevin Herrick PM in the East, […]

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March 2023 Trestleboard

March, 2023 Greetings, Brother Texan, We have a loaded social 2023 calendar. But if you have a smart phone, please use the following link to synchronize the Lodge’s calendar into yours, so you won’t ever miss a beat: Smartphone Sync Link  Brothers, your Executive Committee meets monthly to plan our Stated meetings in hopes to […]

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An invitation to a Tea Party @ Carmel Lodge no.680

February 21, 2023

Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2:00 PM Carmel Masonic Lodge No. 680 on Lincoln St. between 7th & 8th Carmel, California It is Valentine season and we are all thinking about our favorite Valentines and you and your family are some of ours! To celebrate, we are inviting you and your favorite people to a […]

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The Secret Teachings of All Ages | Manly P. Hall

February 12, 2023

Dear Brother, Have you ever wondered about esoterica, the pyramids and the knowledge of the world and how previous civilizations were able to build such amazing structures. The Secret teachings of all ages, written by a Brother Freemason Manly P. Hall sheds some light on these and more within the pages of The Secret Teachings […]

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January 14th 2023 Stated Meeting

February 10, 2023

  The January 14th 2023 stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the first degree of Masonry in San Juan Bautista California, to conduct regular business. This Lodge of  Masons opened at 10:36AM with Worshipful Brother Kevin Herrick PM in the East, Worshipful Brother Richard Bartlett […]

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February Trestleboard

February 1, 2023

February, 2023 Greetings, Brother Texan, What an amazing discovery was announced at our last stated meeting!  If you have not yet heard the news, be sure to read more about it here:   The Grave Investigation Committee will be submitting their report at February’s stated meeting; you definitely won’t want to miss out on this […]

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Where is my dues card? How to pay your dues

January 12, 2023

In 2020 the Grand Lodge of California changed the way in which we pay our dues and what a “dues cards” is. (its digital, not a physical card anymore) Here are the facts you need to know. Dues Cards: All Freemasons in California must have an iMember 2.0 account. Dues cards are now signed by […]

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December 10th Stated Meeting & Installation

January 9, 2023

he December 10th stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the first degree of Masonry in San Juan Bautista California, to conduct regular business, and the installation of 2023 Officers. This Lodge of  Masons opened at 10:00am with Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in […]

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January 2023 Trestleboard

January 4, 2023

Texas-46 January, 2023 Greetings Brother Texan, Thank you for your trust in affording me the distinguished honor of being elected Master of Texas-46.  I am honored to join the distinguished company of all previous masters of this acclaimed and notorious lodge, under whose leadership we have gained a reputation and the attention of Masons and […]

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Small Town Freemasonry | Features Texas Lodge no.46

December 16, 2022

  In the December 2022 issue of the California Freemason magazine, Texas Lodge no.46 is featured in the “Small Town Masonry” article. For a building tour click here: Download Building Tour Excerpts: “Kevin Herrick, the assistant lodge secretary at Texas № 46, in San Juan Bautista, puts it plainly. “Our purpose as a lodge is […]

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Texas-46 Fundraising Supports Local Youth and Homeless

Eve Mata and Christina Leon, who administer the H.O.M.E. Resource Center in Hollister, California, receive fundraiser proceeds from representatives of Texas Lodge #46, in support of their local shelter and food provision programs. On November 12, 2022 Texas Lodge held a fundraiser to benefit local youth and homeless programs. Texas Lodge, like all California Masonic […]

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November 12th Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no.46

December 7, 2022

he November 12th stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the 623rd page of our Bible in San Juan Bautista California. This Lodge of E.A. Masons opened at 10:16AM with Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in the East,  Brother Damir Hermann PM in the […]

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Vote to increase dues to be held December 10th 2022

November 28, 2022

Dear Brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 F&AM of California, A resolution was proposed at the November Stated meeting on 11-12-2022 to increase Texas Lodge no.46 Dues and Degree Fees.  A vote will be held @ the December Stated meeting. If votes at the December 10th Stated Meeting are in the affirmative by 2/3 of the […]

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Medieval Castle build today by Modern Masons

November 16, 2022

In the Burgundy region of France, a 25 year Archeology project is undertaking the building of an ancient castle, the only one of its kind in the world. This is a story of how to 13th century building techniques are employed to build a castle as it would have been back then. Explore how operative […]

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Texas Lodge Breakfast | Thank you “Chuck Wagon”

November 4, 2022

Texas Lodge has held its Monthly Stated Meeting each and every, “Second Saturday of the Month”, at 10AM since its founding in 1854. Being a “daylight” lodge, where the stated meeting is held during the day, rather than after nightfall as most Lodges do, Texas Lodge creates the opportunity for a Texas Style Breakfast. Given […]

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October 29th | Passing through the porch- a Double Fellowcraft Degree

November 3, 2022

Texas Lodge no. 46 was opened on the 2nd Degree of Masonry, at 10:06AM on October 29th 2022. Worshipful Kevin Herrick PM sat in the East, Richard Bartlett PM sat in the West, and Ray E. Hill IV PM sat in the South. Brother Matthew LeBaron our Senior Deacon placed the working tools upon the […]

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November 2, 2022

he October Stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the 543rd page of our bible. (The same page as last month)  This Lodge of E.A. Masons opened at 10:16AM with Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in the East,  Brother Richard Bartlett PM in the […]

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California Freemason Magazine: The Temple Issue

November 1, 2022

In this issue of California Freemason Magazine, we’re casting our gaze anew at our fraternal home, the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco.

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Download the Simple Guide to Freemasonry

October 31, 2022

Discuss your Masonic experience with others easily by downloading the simple guide to Freemasonry and brushing up on the basics.

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New Online Exhibition from the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry

October 30, 2022

Explore some stunning examples of this fraternal craftwork through the ages in From the Hands of Fellowship, a new virtual exhibition from the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

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Why did men stop wearing White Tie?

October 28, 2022

Members of Texas Lodge have always dressed a bit more simply than their City Slicker Brethren. As seekers of light and education, Masons can certainly explore the various dress codes of the past with our friend Sven at the Gentlemen’s Gazette. Take a look at his excellent website for more information: Why did men stop […]

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The Forget-Me-Not and Anti-Freemasonry in Nazi Germany

October 7, 2022

By Worshipful Brother Alex Lehning of Washington Lodge No. 3 in Williston, Vermont Most Freemasons, and Freemasonry as a whole, are particularly mindful of our heritage. Both the most experienced Master Mason and the newest Entered Apprentice can appreciate the lessons and knowledge available to us through careful study.  Our reverence for the wisdom of […]

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September 10th 2022 | Stated Meeting

he September Stated meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened upon the 543rd page of our bible.  This Lodge of E.A. Masons officially opened on the 543rd page of our bible, at 10:12AM with Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in the East,  Brother Richard Bartlett PM […]

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August 13th 2022 | Stated Meeting

September 8, 2022

he August 13th Meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was opened on the 13th day, 6022AL at San Juan Bautista, California, upon the 323 page of our bible.  This Lodge of E.A. Masons officially opened at 10:12AM with the Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in the East, […]

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A Message from our Worshipful Inspector

August 24, 2022

Inspector, 353rd Masonic District Brothers and Friends, This long and busy summer for Lodges in the District is coming to a close. There have been many special events furthering the aims of our Fraternity. Several degrees have been conferred including Texas Lodge holding a very memorable outdoor degree for their newest Master Mason, Chuck Baylacq. […]

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Stated Meeting Minutes | July 9th 2022

August 12, 2022

he July Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was held on July 9th 6022AL at San Juan Bautista, California.  A lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons was opened at 10:05AM with the Worshipful Brother Raymond E. Hill IV PM in the East, Brother Kevin Herrick PM in the South, […]

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Raising of brother Charles “Chuck Wagon” Baylacq to the sublime degree of Master Mason

July 31, 2022

On the 30th day of July, in the year 6022 AL, the brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 welcomed Charles “Chuck Wagon” Baylacq, to be the 473rd member of Texas Lodge. The degree was held in unique fashion, leveraging a rare & unique “traveling charter” issued to Texas Lodge in 1854 which allows the Lodge to […]

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Learn About Freemasonry Symbols

July 27, 2022

Maybe you’ve seen the square and compass logo on buildings around town or wondered about the meaning of emblems like the Masonic trowel. What’s the history behind Masonic symbols, and how do they factor into what happens in a lodge?

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California Freemason Magazine: Freemasonry in Latin America Now

July 26, 2022

In this special issue of California Freemason, we take a Masonic road trip south of the border to learn about the long history of Freemasonry in Latin America.

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Making a Mason | 1st Degree of Brother Johnstone

July 6, 2022

A special  Meeting of Texas Lodge no. 46 Free & Accepted Masons of California was held on June 25th 6022 AL, at 402 2nd street in San Juan Bautista, California.  A lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons was opened at 10:20am with the Worshipful Brother Kevin Herrick in the East, Worshipful Brother Rick Bartlett in the […]

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“Our Deportment,” a code of manners for refined society by John H. Young A.M.,1881

May 31, 2022

In society, everybody should receive equal attention, the young as well as the old. A high authority says, “If we wish our young people to grow up self-possessed and at ease, we must early train them in those graces by giving them the same attention and consideration we do those of mature years. If we […]

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The American Revolution | Oversimplified

May 27, 2022

Every now and again I run across something that might be useful to Brethren. This YouTube channel named “oversimplified” is such a gem. It quickly and succinctly summarizes historical events so that they are easily accessible in short and humerous videos. Enjoy! Sincerely, Loren McKechnie Secretary, Texas Lodge no.46 of F.&A.M. of Calfornia  

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Discovery Masonry on Freemason.org

May 17, 2022

Say hello to a series of brand-new web resources for prospects and new members available on freemason.org, the online home of the Masons of California.

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A Masonic Lodge on the Moon?

May 16, 2022

Believe it or not, its true. There is a Masonic Lodge upon the Moon, chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas. Its name is Tranquility Lodge no.2000 If you are interested to learn more, visit the website link. Tranquility Lodge No.2000 The pertinent facts for Masons Looking to Affiliate: Lodge Affiliation costs $100 Dues are […]

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May 14th 2022 | Stated Meeting

May 15, 2022

Texas Lodge no.46 was opened at 10:00AM on the 2nd degree of Freemasonry, for the purpose of Examination, later to be called down to the first degree, for the conducting of regular business. Proficiency in the 2nd Degree Upon opening of the Lodge, Brother Charles Beylacq recapitulated a nearly perfect Fellowcraft Proficiency. A standing ovation […]

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Masons for Mitts

May 13, 2022

Join our Grandmaster and fellow brethren for an exciting night at Oracle Park for Masons Night, to celebrate the conclusion of the 2022 Northern California Masons4Mitts Campaign and raising over $1,000,000 for the Junior Giants since 2009! Discounted tickets are available for friends and family, while supplies last, for the following game: Colorado Rockies- Wednesday, September […]

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Traveling East & Appendant Bodies of Freemasonry

May 12, 2022

The following Documentary Film is quite good, and expounds on the many questions about Freemasonry as told by Masons. Another interesting video is this “Culture Night 2012, in Dublin Ireland. See below.

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Opening the door, how to talk about Freemasonry?

The Grand Lodge of California has released a new guide, to help Freemasons now how to share information about the Brotherhood with non-masons. Please download it HERE:   HOW DID YOU FIRST LEARN about Freemasonry? Was it by stepping into a lodge hall in your town and meeting with members? Was it at a community […]

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April 9th 2022 | Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge

May 11, 2022

he Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no.46 F&AM was held on the 2nd Saturday, the 9th day of April,  as it has been done since 1854. The Lodge was opened on the first degree of Masonry, at 10:10am to conduct business. The Officers… Raymond E. Hill IV PM sat in the East. David Driesbach PM […]

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Working as Death’s Doormen

May 9, 2022

These Masons working with death have an intimate familiarity with the other side.

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Underwater, Reminders of a Forgotten Masonic Cemetery

May 2, 2022

A tiny, sandy cove, San Francisco’s Aquatic Park is one of the most reliably sunny spots in town. Yet clues of the city’s distant past are still there.

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At a Masonic Cemetery, a Forever Home

April 25, 2022

Beginning in 1852, Masonic cemeteries have provided a final resting place for some of the most important figures in California’s history. From Shasta to San Diego, they’ve brought Masons together to celebrate, mourn, and pay homage.

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For Freemasons, Death is Not the End

April 18, 2022

The Masonic funeral ceremony is often the first encounter of the craft for outsiders—which is fitting, because the concepts of death, rebirth, and legacy are important elements to Freemasonry.

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Texas Lodge Launches Online Store

April 12, 2022

With the assistance of Worshipful Brother Neal Greenberg, Texas Lodge has launched its online store. You can select from 65 items featuring the logo of Texas Lodge no.46. Best of all, the Lodge receives 10% of the proceeds.  Consider giving a gift of a Texas Lodge no.46 branded item. Visit Store A note from Neal: […]

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California Freemason Magazine: The After Life Issue

April 8, 2022

In the newest issue of CaliforniaFreemason, we celebrate life by examining the Masonic customs and traditions related to mortality, death, and whatever comes next.

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Self improvement, reflection & your journey

April 2, 2022

  Self Reflection: Important tenants of Freemasonry include self improvement, seeking truth, and reflection. It is said that the primary goal is “to take good men and make them better”. If you are a mason, you will know and recall that your journey likely began with seeking, reflection and a door that was opened unto […]

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Special Meeting | Installation of remaining officers

March 19, 2022

Lodge was called to order, and opened on the 2nd degree of Masonry on Friday afternoon at 5:06pm. The purpose of this meeting on the 18th day of March 2022, was to install the remaining officers of the Lodge for the 2022 Masonic year. Officers and sideliners in attendance were as listed in the tilers […]

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Making a Mason | 1st Degree of Jose Robles

    March 19th 6022 AL At 10:09am The Lodge was called to order on the 545th page our bible, for the purpose of conferring the 1st degree of Masonry upon Mr. Ever Jose Robles. The pledge of allegiance was lead by the sitting Worshipful Master Dr. Kevin Herrick PM Officers: Master Kevin Herrick PM […]

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April 2022 Inspectors Message

March 18, 2022

Dear Brethren, Welcome April! It is hard to believe we are already a quarter of the way through the year.  It has a been a busy time for masonry in our district.  Several Lodges have already conferred degrees on newly initiated brothers some of whom have waited a long time through the COVID hiatus for […]

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The Mayor of Dub

March 14, 2022

Thirty years after helping launch Sublime, Marshall goodman is still well-qualified to represent the LBC.

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Stated Meeting | March 12th 2022

March 13, 2022

The Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no.46 F&AM was held on the 2nd Saturday of the 12th day this Month of March, as it has been done since 1854. The Lodge was opened on the first degree of Masonry, at 10:10am The Officers… Raymond E. Hill IV PM sat in the East. Richard Bartlett PM […]

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Making a Mason | The 1st Degree of Mr. Scott David Sorensen

March 11, 2022

    February 19th 6022 AL At 10:42am The Lodge was called to order on the 773rd page of our bible, for the purpose of conferring the 1st degree of Masonry upon Mr. Scott David Sorensen. The pledge of allegiance was lead by the sitting Worshipful Master Dr. Kevin Herrick PM Officers stations were filled […]

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String Theory

February 27, 2022

Meet three Masonic craftsmen combining technical and artistic wondery to create, repair, and restore musical instruments—making moments of harmonic brilliance possible.

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Memorial Service for Brother Hershel R. Amos PM of Pacific Grove

February 15, 2022

Brethren and friends, A Masonic Memorial Service for our friend, mentor, and brother Herschel R. Amos PM on Saturday March 5th 1:00 PM at the Pacific Grove Masonic Lodge #331. Our address is 680 Central Ave Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Downtown Pacific Grove,  just across from the Post Office.  If you have a rough idea […]

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March Greetings from the Inspector Mark Breckenridge PM

  Happy March greetings to our entire Fraternal Family!  This is particularly appropriate because the Grand Master has proclaimed March as Masonic Youth Order Month.  We recognize and celebrate DeMolay International, Job’s Daughters International, and the International Order of Rainbow for Girls as the next generation of California Masonry that embody the Masonic values of […]

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Stated Meeting February 12th 2022

February 12, 2022

The Stated Meeting of Texas Lodge no.46 F&AM was held on the 12th of February. The Lodge was opened on the first degree of Masonry, at 10:14am The Officers… Raymond E. Hill IV PM sat in the East. Richard Bartlett PM sat in the West. Dr. Kevin Herrick PM, sat in the South. Matt LeBaron  […]

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Installation of Officers 2022

Lodge was opened on the 1st degree of masonry at Salinas Lodge, at 11:16am for the installation of officers. The officers chars were filled by: Master Ray Hill PM SW Rick Bartlett PM JW Kevin Herrick PM SD Jaymcee Castro PM David Driesbach PM Treasurer Thomas Crompton Secretary Loren McKechnie Tiler Jesse Rodriguez Wor. Jeff […]

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Special Meeting Dual 1st Degree

January 15th 2022 At 10:09 AM The Lodge was called to order on the 773 page of our bible, for the purpose of conferring the 1st degree of Masonry upon James Caldwell and William Headley. The Officers chairs were filled by: Master Kevin Herrick PM SW Rich Bartlett JW Raymond Hill Sr Deacon Matt Lebaron […]

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Stated Meeting January 8th 2022

February 11, 2022

TEXAS LODGE Number 46  FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC  MINUTES of the STATED MEETING held ~ January 8, 6022 ANNO LUCIS~ 407 Second Street, San Juan Bautista, California     Page 677 of our Bible, at 10:23 AM, opened Lodge on the first degree of Masonry in due form The officers’ stations […]

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Happy New Years 2022

January 23, 2022

It’s 2022! We welcome a new year and all the hope and opportunity that it brings to us, our families, and the Fraternity.  I hope you all had a joyful and blessed holiday and are ready for a busy and exciting start to the New Year. January will be the Installation of the newly elected […]

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November Stated Meeting & Election of 2022 Officers

December 9, 2021

Brethren, Our Brother Jake Miranti, traveling from Texas proper, stationed here at Monterey offered a wonderful presentation over breakfast, recounting the history of Masonry in the great state of Texas. Lodge was opened on the 1st degree of Freemasonry to the 863rd page of the Holy Scripture, on the 13th of November 2021, at 10:23AM […]

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A Masonic Whodunnit

December 8, 2021

In September, NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, debuted a new television adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol which touched off a sudden explosion of interest in Freemasonry and provided a mysterious backdrop to the plot of the story.

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California Freemason: The Music Issue

November 30, 2021

In this special issue of California Freemason Magazine, we delve into the unique power of music—the power to heighten the ritual, to find and make meaning, and to bring people together.

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50 Year Award | Richard M. Fisher

November 11, 2021

It is with great pleasure that the Brothers of Texas Lodge on behalf of the Grand Lodge of California presented the Golden Veteran Award of Masonry to our Brother Richard M. Fisher. He was raised to the sublime degree of  a Master Mason on March 13th 1969 some 52 years ago in Stockton CA, at […]

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Oct-30th-2021 Second Degree Conferral upon Brother Charles Baylacq

November 9, 2021

The Brothers of Texas Lodge gathered on Saturday October 30th, 2021, to confer the Fellowcraft Degree upon their Masonic Brother Charles E. Baylacq.  The Lodge was opened at 10:20AM upon page 765 of our historic Bible. There is not much we can share about the beauty and meaning of this sacred degree, but it is […]

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Stated Meeting of October 2nd 2021

The Stated Meeting of October, was held on the 2nd day of the Month, by special dispensation, due to the Grand Lodge Annual Communication of 2021. Details of which will be addressed below. Lodge was opened on the First Degree, at 10:11AM and The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the flag, […]

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Worth the Trip

November 3, 2021

As master of his not-so-nearby lodge, Barstow Boron Lodge 682, Miguel Vazquez makes the long trip into the Inland Empire numerous times each week to sit in the East. Still, you won’t hear him complain. Neither will the other 122 members of the Masonic lodge.

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Eye of the Beholder

October 18, 2021

Could a hiding-in-plain-sight Masonic icon change the way we understand a Diego Rivera masterpiece?

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Hiram Award Presentation for Loren George McKechnie

October 2, 2021

A special meeting was held on the 18th of September at 6:30pm for the presentation of the Hiram Award to our esteemed secretary Brother Loren George McKechnie. It was preceded by a Texas BBQ to remember. Fraternity and Brotherly Love was evident throughout the Parlor, Kitchen, Dining Hall and the BBQ pit in the back […]

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Spanning the Divide

October 1, 2021

For many lodge leaders, navigating the tangles of intralodge conflicts and beefs isn’t just challenging—it can feel totally outside their skill set. Yet a lodge master’s greatest responsibility isn’t just balancing the books or organizing events; it’s maintaining lodge harmony.

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Stated Meeting of September 11th 2021

September 12, 2021

The Stated Meeting of September, was held on the 20th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on New York and the Pentagon. The master called for a minute of silence to remember how all Americans have been affected by the awful attack, especially all of our br avest first responders, the men and women who run […]

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Freemasonry’s Oldest Document

September 8, 2021

Please explore the oldest Freemason Document, Video below. The oldest, the Regius poem, is unique in being set in verse. The rest, of which over a hundred survive, usually have a three part construction. They start with a prayer, invocation of God, or a general declaration, followed by a description of the Seven Liberal Arts (logic, grammar, […]

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Past Present

August 24, 2021

When Bob Sachs first peered inside the vault in the basement of his lodge hall, he wasn’t totally sure what he was looking at, but there, wrapped in canvas, was a five-foot-tall painting of George Washington dressed in a Masonic apron.

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Stated Meeting of August 14th 2021

August 21, 2021

The Stated Meeting of August, was held in person. It was the second stated meeting in person since February 2020, due to the COVID-19 shut down of services by the Governor, who may be recalled in a special election held by mail, in September. The Lodge was opened at 10:20AM after a hearty breakfast enjoyed […]

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Stated Meeting of July 10th 2021

August 13, 2021

The Stated Meeting of July, was held in person. It was the first stated meeting in person since February 2020, due to the COVID-19 shut down of services by the Governor. The Lodge was opened at 10:41AM after a hearty breakfast was enjoyed by all. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance […]

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Pyramid Scheme

July 8, 2021

What started as an idea to turn a quick buck on a national holiday morphed into a million-dollar idea for North Bay Mason Jim McCullough.

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Stated Meeting of June 12th 2021

July 1, 2021

The Stated Meeting of June, was held via Zoom with a few fully vaccinated brothers attending  at the Lodge, on Saturday the 12th of June. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, fully vaccinated or tested to be Covid-19 free, the Lodge was opened at 10:01AM. The Master lead the brethren in the […]

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Trust Fall

June 30, 2021

During lockdown, the usually reserved Rio Santonil was compelled by an urge for action. And so, in September, he resolved to fulfill a lifetime goal and go skydiving. And then he did it again. And again. And again.

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A Second Home

June 21, 2021

Fraternal organizations played a historic and civic role within Filipino American communities. Learn more about the rapid growth of Fil-Am Freemasonry.

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California Freemason: The Filipino Issue

June 15, 2021

In the latest issue of California Freemason, we explore that special bond and celebrate the many ways Filipino American Masons have and continue to strengthen the fraternity.

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What is the Hiram Award?

June 13, 2021

The Hiram Award The Hiram award is the single highest honor a Mason in California may receive, if so elected by committee. It is awarded by the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Jurisdiction, and presented by the regional inspector. Each Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons has the ability to award this lifetime achievement award […]

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An Absolute Corker

May 11, 2021

Shrouded in equal parts mystery and merriment, Ye Antient Order of Noble Corks is a bit of an outlier even within the sometimes bewildering world of Freemasonry.

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Stated Meeting of May 8th 2021

May 9, 2021

The Stated Meeting of May, was held via Zoom with a few fully vaccinated Brothers attending  at the Lodge, on Saturday the 8th at 10:00AM. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, and Covid-19 free, the Lodge was opened at 10:05AM. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the […]

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At Refreshment

April 12, 2021

A curious thing happens at the close of many Masonic lodges. Drinks are poured. Glasses clink. Mirth swells. The lodge is “at refreshment,” an important if unofficial custom that encapsulates so much of what #Freemasonry is all about.

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Stated Meeting of April 10th 2021

April 10, 2021

The Stated Meeting of April, was held via Zoom, on Saturday the 10th at 10:00AM. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, the Lodge was opened at 10:02AM. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the flag, of our great nation. Previous Meeting Minutes: The minutes of the virtual […]

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HRH Prince Philip, a Freemason of 68 Years

Reposted from: HRH Prince Philip 68 Years a Mason (essexfreemasons.org.uk) HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 68 Years a Subscribing Freemason and The Temple That Never Was. The Brethren of the Province of Essex, especially our Royal Navy veterans, send their Fraternal Congratulations to HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh on being a fully paid […]

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The Spring Refresh

April 7, 2021

Belly up to the bar and pour yourself a drink: It’s California Freemason magazine’s Spring Drinks issue, our libatious celebration of the spirit-raising power of a good drink shared with good friends.

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Stated Meeting of March 2021

March 15, 2021

  The Stated Meeting of March, was held via Zoom, on Saturday the 13th at 10AM. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, the Lodge was opened at 10:08AM. The Master Lead the Brethren in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, of our great nation. Previous Meeting Minutes: The minutes of the […]

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Strength in Numbers

March 11, 2021

In a year without lodge, California Freemasons made their presence felt like never before.

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The Annual Report 2020

March 2, 2021

From virtual gatherings  to lifesaving Masonic relief programs, learn about how California Masons and donors have continued to create profound impact and further define what it means to be a Freemason for years to come.

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Stated Meeting of February 13th 2021

February 13, 2021

The Stated Meeting of February, was held via Zoom, on Saturday the 13th at 10AM. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, the Lodge was opened at 10:05AM. The Master Lead the Brethren in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, of our great nation. Previous Meeting Minutes: The minutes of the Virtual […]

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Stated Meeting of January 9th 2021

February 10, 2021

The Stated Meeting of January, was held via Zoom, on Saturday the 9th at 10AM, recent and fresh in its technology, but as it has been done since 1854. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, the Lodge was opened at 10:09AM. The Master Lead the Brethren in the Pledge of Allegiance to […]

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Special Meeting | First historic Virtual Installation of Officers | January 2nd 2021

January 8, 2021

On the 2nd of January 6021 Anno Lucis at, the officers of Texas Lodge no.46 were Virtually Installed into their respective offices via a Zoom meeting. The Virtual Special meeting was opened on the First Degree of Masonry, at 5pm. As the Brethren and guests peaceably shuffled into the Virtual house of the Fraternity, it was […]

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Virtual Stated Meeting of December | 12th day of December 2020

The Virtual Stated Meeting of December was held on Saturday the 12th, at 10AM, as it has been done, since 1854. With all Brethren in attendance confirmed to be Masons, the Lodge was virtually opened at 10:13AM. Reading of the Previous Meeting Minutes: The minutes of the Virtual Stated Meeting of November were approved as […]

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Designing the Future

December 30, 2020

Read the latest issue of California Freemason magazine and learn more about the ways California Masons are designing the membership experience of the future.

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Historic 1st Virtual Stated Meeting | November 14th 2020

November 17, 2020

The Stated Meeting of November was held on Saturday the 14th, at 10AM as it has been done, since 1854, but this time it was unique and a first for the Lodge. At the recently completed 171st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California, the Masonic Code was amended to allow for virtual (online) […]

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The Mystery House

October 8, 2020

When Bay Area resident William Arney—a member of Marin Lodge No. 191 and California Lodge No. 1—noticed a For Rent sign at the former home of detective novelist Dashiell Hammett, he had no clue what he was getting himself into as he began to look into the real estate mystery. Read more in the newest issue of […]

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Online Masonic Speaker Series

Dive into Masonic education with the Grand Lodge of California’s online Masonic Speaker Series, featuring insightful presentations from renown historians and experts on Freemasonry.

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The Getaway Gang

Meet the Black Sheep Scooter Club, a Masonic vintage-scooter enthusiast group founded 35 years ago by Barry Gwin of California Lodge No. 1.

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Were the Freemasons behind the American revolutionary war?

August 7, 2020

Question: How and where did the American Revolution get its start? Where did the American Patriots get dressed up as Indians, and have that little “Tea Party” back in in 1776? Answer: In the “Freemason’s Arms” Pub, where the St. Andrews Lodge held its meetings, which was previously been known as the “Green Dragon Tavern”, […]

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Grand Lodge Masonic Speaker Series: & Archive

July 14, 2020

Dear Brothers, I would like to share with you the Masonic Speaker Series. The Masons of California have launched an exciting new live, digital Masonic Speakers Series featuring enlightening lectures on a range of topics. See the entire lineup today—or, if you’ve missed one, catch up on past lectures below. To view, click the ‘Watch Now’ button […]

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Update from our Worshipful Inspector

June 30, 2020

From: BJ McCuiston, Inspector 353rd Masonic District Slainte Mhath Bhràithrean, (good health Brethren) Wishing Y’all Peace, good health and happiness during this 2nd Half of 2020.  May the Grand Artificer guide and protect us all. Happy American Independence Day July 4th.  Soon all Lodges will be receiving a template for preparedness from the Grand Lodge, preparedness […]

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Albert Pike Statue Pulled Down by Mob

June 20, 2020

By Auturo de Hoyos: Grand Archivist and Grand Historian of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. This important post was shared on his Facebook Page today. ** He has lived! The fruits of his labors live after him ** Like many of you, I watched the news last night as a mob pulled down and burned the statute […]

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Dr. Kevin Herrick P.M. Public Service Education on COVID-19

April 8, 2020

There are certain times in history which call upon Men, Women and Masons to dig deep and fight for freedom, for our lives and our livelihoods. It seems that throughout the year of 6020 A.L., we will all be tested and called to action, as we live through one of these marked periods of history. […]

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March & April Stated Meetings Postponed due to the Wuhan Corona-virus.

April 1, 2020

A Message about Masonic Meetings Dear lodge leaders, I hope you and your family are safe and healthy and managing well through this current crisis.   The grand master and executive committee have been inspired by the number of virtual lodge gatherings happening on Zoom and other conferencing apps.  These gatherings keep us connected and provide […]

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A Homeric Tale

March 19, 2020

On the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons season 6 episode 12, “Homer the Great,” we pay homage to one of the best, and certainly the funniest, send-ups of Freemasonry ever to hit the airwaves.

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Attire, The History of how a gentlemen might clothe oneself?

March 13, 2020

While the Brethren of Texas Lodge no.46 being pioneers and cattlemen, have traditionally focused on a attire of a more perfunctory style, an interest in history is a common trait among Masons. As such, I thought it might be beneficial to share some historical context found while browsing the web. Many Lodges today, wear a […]

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A Beautiful Experiment: Public Schools Month at 100

March 4, 2020

Learn more about the Masons of California’s century-long support of public education, and about the present and future of those efforts, in the latest issue of California Freemason magazine.

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February Stated Meeting: 2-8-2020

March 1, 2020

Lodge was Opened on the 1st Degree: The Stated Meeting of February was held on 2/8/2020 and began at 10:18am. The pledge of allegiance to the flag of our country was lead by the Master, who invited the citizens of the United States to join. Officers Stations: Were Filled by the Installed officers, with the exception of […]

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January 18th, 2020: The First Degree of Zachary Monk

As the smoke cleared, we welcomed a new brother to the Fraternity. Brother Zachary Monk was made a Mason, on this eventful Saturday upon which a special meeting was held. The Brethren enjoyed the good ole’ hearly breafast fixings of Charles “ChuckWagon” Baylacq and Worshipful Ray E. Hill IV P.M. French Toast, and Breakfast Sausage, […]

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The Forever Home

February 19, 2020

For more than 60 years, California Masons have called the California Masonic Memorial Temple on San Francisco’s Nob Hill their home. At long last, it’s also their lodge.

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Challenge Accepted

California masons responded to the #bluelodgechallenge, highlighting acts of everyday charity that are transforming their communities.

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Family Matters

Meet American Canyon Lodge No 875, California’s youngest Masonic lodge—both in terms of its members and in terms of its charter, presented November 17, 2019.

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He’ll Never Ride Alone Again

Last summer, Long Beach Lodge No. 327 member Dave Romero hit upon a fun idea to give back to his favorite charities: a 550-mile fundraising bike ride from Long Beach to the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco.

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Masonic Membership over the Past Century

February 6, 2020

Hopefully you have read the latest 2019 Annual report, which shows Freemasonry in California is poised for growth again, for the first time in 53 years of decline.   Below are a few of the highlights and some historical perspective. “Membership in 2019 was nearly flat at 46,443. Compared with 53 years of contraction, that […]

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The Freemason’s Cipher: What is it? Decoded….

Secret Manhattan: The Headstone of Brother James Leeson, and the Masonic Cipher. By Laetitia Barbier July 29, 2013 As Published on AltaObscura.com Squeezed between towering skyscrapers, Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan and its adjacent cemetery is a one-of-a-kind sanctuary, a curious contrast reminding us of the city’s past. The grave of James Leeson, is a […]

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Annual Report 2019: The Future is Bright

February 3, 2020

Learn about the overview of the present and very bright future of the fraternity, from the charitable work being done in lodges up and down California to exciting developments on the campuses of the Masonic Homes of California to expanded relief operations launching in the Central Valley.

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January 11th 2020 Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

January 27, 2020

Texas Lodge No.46 Free and Accepted Masons of California, held its stated meeting for the month of January 11th, at 10:03am. The brothers that could squeeze in and find a place to sit in the very crowded dining room enjoyed a hearty breakfast of French Toast, Sausage, Granola, Yogurt, Mandarin Oranges, Tea and Coffee. The […]

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R.I.P. Finally

January 3, 2020

How did a 19th century Masonic tombstone from Piedmont find its way to the side of the road in Stanislaus County, 100 miles away? That’s exactly what members of Oak Summit Lodge No. 112 set out to discover—and to lay a long-lost brother to rest.

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A Prescription for this historic day of Impeachment: Education

December 19, 2019

On this historic date, we embark on the third Presidential impeachment in the history of our beloved United States of America. Today, I make a motion for all citizens of the world, to seek more light.  Now that WE find ourselves in this situation, WE THE PEOPLE, must LEARN and seek light to  understand how […]

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December 14th Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

December 15, 2019

Texas Lodge No.46 Free and Accepted Masons of California, held its stated meeting for the month of December on the 14th day, at 10am. There were 16 Masons in attendance.  Proceedings suitable for public dissemination are noted below: Investigation Committee Report: The Application for Affiliation of Richard Goldstein has been accepted, and the unanimous ballot […]

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Golden Revival

December 12, 2019

Up and down California’s Gold Country, lodges are tapping into their unique history to chart their way into the future. Read more in the latest issue of California Freemason.

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Striking Gold: Masonry in the Mother Lode Now

December 3, 2019

Learn about the new sound coming out of Auburn’s Eureka No. 16, a legendary Nevada County gearhead, and the curious case of a lost Masonic headstone in the latest issue of California Freemason Magazine, this month dedicated to the foothill lodges of California’s Mother Lode.

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Video-Masonic History of the USA

November 26, 2019

This 1960’s vintage “periscope” black and white film, recounts the unique sequence of events, which brought the USA into being. The emblematic square and compass is forever tied to the founding of freedom in the USA. Invest 25 minutes to learn about the history of the USA, and your Masonic Brothers who were involved in […]

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November 9th Stated Meeting & Trestleboard

November 21, 2019

Election of Officers for 2020 Spirited and just Nominations and an ensuing Election, was held at the November Stated Meeting. Please welcome the Worshipful Master Elect of  Texas  Lodge No. 46 Brother Robert Robbins Applications for Degrees & Affiliation:  We have received and read aloud in the November Stated meeting, an application for affiliation from Mr. Richard […]

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Rising From the Ashes

November 7, 2019

In the wake of the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed his entire hometown of Paradise, Nate Smith—member of Table Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 124—turned to music as an artistic outlet—and found the big break he’d been searching for.

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October 12th 2019 Stated Meeting and Trestleboard:

October 14, 2019

The Stated Meeting for the Month of October was held on the 12th day, 5019 A. L. A hearty breakfast was serviced as usual, but with a special treat of fresh-hand-squeezed lemonade, from the tree of the Worshipful Masters home. Charles “Chuck Wagon:” Baylacq was off duty, with WM Raymond Hill’s wife Ramona leading the […]

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The Pin Code

October 3, 2019

Every fall, as the Grand Master prepares for the busy year ahead, he’s faced with the task of articulating the theme which will both guide his administration and define its legacy. And it needs to fit on a lapel pin.

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Secrets of the Cloth: The Mystery of Masonic Folk Arts

September 26, 2019

Whether it’s through floor cloths, jewelry, woodwork, or aprons, learn about the stories Masons have been telling through these precious objects of interest. Learn more in the newest issue of California Freemason, Crafting their Legacy.

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September Stated Meeting: Sept 15th 2019

September 16, 2019

The Stated meeting of September, was held on the 15th day of 2019. Pancake Breakfast: Chuck “Wagon” Baylacq and WM Ray Hill served 100+ Breakfasts for the Community Fund Raiser, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town of San Juan Bautista, California. Worshipful Master of Salinas Lodge Tom Crompton gave many tours […]

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Tales From the Underground

September 12, 2019

Whether in underground caves or quarries, Masons have been known to meet in some unusual places. Learn more about how these underground meeting spaces elevated the lodge experience.

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Take the #BlueLodgeChallenge

September 9, 2019

Whether your lodge is funding generous scholarships for local students or clearing trash from the roads or beach, we want the world to know about it with #bluelodgechallenge.

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The Forever Pace

August 21, 2019

For most of the past year, Loren Newman ––member of Prometheus Lodge No. 851–– had a set morning routine: Wake up at 5 a.m. and get ready for an early jog… up and down a 1,000-foot-high mountain… five times.

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August Trestleboard- Stated meeting 8-20-2019

August 12, 2019

The August Stated meeting was well attended, and the brethren enjoyed more light beaming in from the East, on this warm and summer day. Upcoming Events: Please see our calendar for a complete listing of events. You can also view the Texas Lodge Calendar, or Sync with your own device, link Sync Calendar .ics August 24th […]

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

August 7, 2019

Armin Houshmandi, a master Mason with Golden Rule Lodge No. 479 and the founder of the riding association the Seekers of Light, puts it this way: “The asphalt is unforgiving and physics are unforgiving, and you have to learn to work within the rules and laws of life… Where do you really do that, aside from Masonry?”

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Read the Newest Issue of California Freemason!

July 30, 2019

The July/August issue of California Freemason magazine is now available on our newly redesigned online edition: californiafreemason.org!

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Masonic Calendar System: What is 6019 Anno Lucis?

July 18, 2019

Reprinted from: https://www.masonic-lodge-of-education.com/anno-lucis.html The term, Anno Lucis, is used by Freemasons to denote the Year of Light, which is the year in which God created the world, approximately 4,000 years before the beginning of the Common Era. Anno Lucis is Latin for “Year of Light.”  You will also see it abbreviated as “A.L.”  It is […]

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Trestleboard- July 2019 Stated meeting

July 15, 2019

The Stated meeting of July was held on Saturday, July 13th 6019 Anno Lucas. As the bright light of a beautiful Saturday morning beamed into the lodge room from the East, the Roosters serenading; the Texas Lodge stated meeting was called to perform labor on each of the three degrees of masonry, during this productive […]

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The Traveling Gavel: Facts & Legend

More fact than legend has it that the “Masonic Traveling Gavel” originated in the Middle Ages through social activities by the masters of trades or guilds. When these masters met socially, the host of the gathering presided over the evening with a specially designed Gavel. The very same Gavel was handed over to the guild whose […]

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July 20th 2019-Martinez Lodge Hawaiian Luau

July 5, 2019

What? A Hawaiian Luau dinner, Music and Polynesian Dancers Where? Martinez Lodge No. 41 in Martinez Ca, 94553 When? June 20th, 2019 Why? Fun, Fellowship and Food! How? On the Square of course…

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Symbols of Femininity

On aprons and teapots, in the first degrees and the virtues and lessons of Freemasonry, feminine symbols are threaded into the very fabric of Freemasonry.

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Installation of Officers January 2005

June 25, 2019

This article about the 2005 Installation of Officers Ceremony, appeared on the website SanBenito.com, on January 18th 2005. San Juan Bautista – As “Brother” Charles Hushbeck played “You’ll Never Walk Alone” somberly on the organ, a dozen men wearing aprons marched through gold-painted pillars and paraded in double-line procession through the dimly-lit Masonic Temple hall. […]

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What is the meaning of a Masonic Ring, and how to wear it

June 24, 2019

While Masonic custom clearly states that the Lambskin apron is the badge of a mason, there is also discussion of it being an emblem of innocence. Many Freemasons choose to wear the square and compass ring, as the outward symbol of being a Freemason. Be warned, that there are many ways that a Master Mason […]

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Texas Lodge No.46 on the Historic San Juan Bautista Walking Trail

Texas Lodge of San Juan Bautista is featured on the historic walking tour and website for the cities most historic buildings. The Texas Lodge Masonic Hall is one of the oldest, most iconic buildings in San Juan Bautista, and the second oldest Masonic lodge in California that is still active in its original location. The […]

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What can a Mason tell a non-mason, about Freemasonry?

By Elbert W. Davis Past Grand Lecturer Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of California In the old charges of 1723 we find some admonitions concerning “behavior in the presence of strangers, not Masons.” “You chall be cautious in your words and carriage, that the most prenetrating stranger shall not be able to discover of find […]

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Trip Report: Visit to the Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22 by Brother John Densem, Marshal, Tx Lodge No. 46

June 23, 2019

Date: June 19, 2019 Subject: Visitation Report: Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22, A.F. & A.M, Alexandria, VA Brethren, In a prior ‘trip report’, (LINK HERE) I detailed my marvelous experience of attending a Stated Meeting and Festive Board at Hicks Beach Lodge in the Provincial District of Gloucestershire, in the UK, last December. Recently, on Thursday, June 13th, […]

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7/6/2019 Hiram award Dinner for Michael D. “Max” Schell, PM

June 17, 2019

    WM Dylan Fletcher and the Brethren of Santa Lucia Lodge No. 302, F&AM Cordially invite you to attend A Hiram Award Dinner To Honor Michael D. “Max” Schell, PM Saturday The 6th of July, 2019 Reception at 5 pm ~ Dinner at 6 pm Santa Lucia Masonic Hall 421 Broadway, King City, CA Please […]

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June Trestle-board: Stated 6/8/2019 & 1st Degree of Garrett Wright

June 14, 2019

  he stated meeting of June, and the Degree of Entered Apprentice was conferred upon Mr. Garrett Wright on the 8th of June 2019. The meeting was well attended, with a few first time visitors including Peter Cardilla and John Mungia, hailing from Salinas Lodge. The minutes from the stated meeting of May were read […]

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Of Their Free Will and Accord

June 3, 2019

Freemasonry’s relationship with women evolved during its long history. How has this relationship changed over time, and why are separate streams of Masonry likely to continue?

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Trestleboard -Stated- May 11th 2019

May 15, 2019

The Stated meeting of May 11th 2019 was called to order on the first degree of masonry at 10:16 am. The minutes of the two previous meetings, the stated meeting of the month of April, and the special meeting for the raising of Brother Loren McKechnie were read, and motion made to accept them to […]

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What ever became of Capt. Storey’s daughter after his death?

Daughter of the Masons: Julia Storey Williams By Dallas Pattee Julia Ann Adella Storey entered into life on November 1st, 1849, in Georgetown, Texas. She was the only child of Captain Edward Farris Storey and Adella Calhoun Johnson Storey. Sadly, Mrs. Storey died when Julia was just two, leaving her beloved husband of three years […]

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Edward Farris Storey: First Master of Texas Lodge No.46

Edward Farris Storey (1828-1860) Our First Master Article from the Visalia Masons Lodge Edward Farris Storey was born in Jackson County, Georgia, July 1, 1828. In 1844 with his parents he moved to Texas. In 1846 he became a member of the Texas Rangers, and he and his father served in the Mexican War. In […]

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History of Texas Lodge No.46 of San Juan Bautista California

The Texan Influence © Truitt L Bradly Past Master Tascosa Lodge No 1375 Copyright 2019 Truitt L Bradly The Formation of California’s Texas Lodge No. 46: In the latter stages of the California Gold Rush, a group of Masons petitioned the Grand Lodge of California, Free and Accepted Masons for dispensation to form a Masonic […]

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A look inside English Freemasonry- Documentary Film

May 2, 2019

Useful information about Freemasonry is hard to come by in the “never-ending pit of darkness”, that can be the Internet. Occasionally there is a purposeful ray of light that streams in. When I saw this series from the Grand Lodge of England, I was pleasantly surprised and entertained enough that I thought I should share. I believe […]

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Visit to Hicks Beach Lodge of England | A trip report

Visit at Hicks Beach Lodge 2407. Province of Gloucestershire, England By Bro. John Densem on Tuesday 18 December 2018 An esteemed Bro. Alec Ingram, a resident near Gloucester, graciously invited me to attend Lodge with him during my recent Christmastide visit to England. What an experience! To start with, not just an Invitation, but a printed […]

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Stated Meeting: 4/13/2019 Trestleboard

April 23, 2019

The Texas Lodge No.46 stated meeting for the month of April was held on the 13th, at 11:30 am. The meeting was delayed a few hours, due to a pancake breakfast fundraiser, in collaboration with the city of San Juan Bautista. A dispensation was previously sought and approved, to delay our stated meeting by an […]

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The Flame Within a Heart

April 16, 2019

The Order of DeMolay supports young men in building character and leadership skills that serve them for a lifetime. Its close friendship and enduring values provide vital support, cultivate deep understanding, and nurture emotional intelligence at a pivotal point in life.

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Generations Connected

April 2, 2019

Two Senior DeMolays cross a generational divide and find commonalities through their experience in DeMolay International.

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Mentorship is Meaningful

March 11, 2019

Adult mentors of our youth orders find that not only is mentorship helping the kids thrive and build important skills, it’s also fulfilling for the mentors themselves. Watch this brief video featuring Masons who mentor DeMolay chapters at their lodges.

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Trestleboard -Stated Meeting 3-9-2019

March 10, 2019

Greetings, Brethren, At the March Stated Meeting, the first order of business was the Second Degree Proficiency for Loren McKechnie, who did a wonderful job! Congratulations, Brother Loren! His raising to the sublime third degree is scheduled March 30th. A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 (coffee & muffins). The degree starts at 10:00 […]

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Coming Together to Give Back

February 28, 2019

In the 2017-2018 fraternal year, 18 lodges pledged – as Pace Setter donors – to the Let’s Write the Future campaign between $100,000 and $300,000. Learn why three lodges chose to write a better future for California communities.

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Trip to Colorado | Nevadaville Masonic Lodge | June 2019

February 22, 2019

A few brothers are planning a trip to the Nevadaville Colorado Ghost town, and Masonic Lodge. Be it also noted, that the traveling brethren who are headed east to this quintuple raising @ the ghost town Lodge of Nevadaville will be leaving the morning of Monday the 27th 2019. A  Google Map of their proposed route […]

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Trestleboard -Stated Meeting of February-2019

February 18, 2019

The February stated meeting was well attended, with three brothers visiting from the Masonic Home in Union City. Worshipful Hans Straub P.M. and Allen Schatttenburge brought Bob Harband a first time visitor to Texas Lodge. Worshipful Howard Dingman P.M. of Los Gatos #292, was also a first time visitor, and both were presented with the […]

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How to Deal with Conflict and Confrontation as a Gentleman

February 15, 2019

No one likes confrontation. It never seems to bring out the best in us. But as Freemasons we are eger to improve ourselves to become better gentlemen, fathers, brothers, and sons. I would like to share again the wonderful YouTube channel from Sven of Gentlemens Gazette. I think he succinctly brings some light to these […]

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For Our Children. For Our Future.

February 7, 2019

California masons’ partnership with raising a reader has brought crucial literacy training to nearly 600 classrooms – and we’re not close to done yet!

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Some Details on Illustrious Brother Benjamin Franklin

January 24, 2019

Ben Franklin has long stood as one of the patriarchs of American Freemasonry. As one of the most prominent Founding Fathers, today Franklin is known for little more than the face on the $100 dollar bill. Yet, the history of the man behind such an honor is rich with industriousness, inventiveness and political genius such […]

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Trestle Board- January 2019 Digital Issue #1.

January 16, 2019

Brothers, I am pleased to announce that we have created a new Digital Version of the Trestleboard for Texas Lodge No. 46. Please Click to Download  Trestleboard Digital Issue #1. Tx. Lodge No. 46 For the best experience please view the PDF at the link above.     THE TRESTLE BOARD Texas Lodge No.46 Digital Issue […]

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How to get to know someone? Great questions to ask

January 14, 2019

As Masons, we seek out the world, experience, knowledge, connections…. In my explorations, every now and then I come across a website that truly amazes. Today I thought I would share one of the absolute best Vloggers I know of, Sven Schneider, and his channel Gentlemens Gazette. I believe many fellow Freemasons will appreciate his […]

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A call for Antiques to Loan or Gift the Lodge

I am extending a call for Antique Furniture, to furnish the “middle room” of Texas Lodge, into an Office and Recreation Room, for the Brothers and Public visitors to enjoy. Imagine your old antique chair or table, being used weekly, and appreciated by lovers of history with a brass plaque, memorializing your gift, or in the […]

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2019 Installation Of Officers: Texas #46 & Salinas #204 A & AM

January 8, 2019

On a rainy Saturday, January 5th, 2019 the Officers of Texas Lodge and Salinas Lodge were installed. A beautiful ceremony conducted by Jon Pariser P.M., and Master of Ceremonies Jon Wong P.M. with the assistance of chaplain & inspector B. J. McCuiston P.M. among many other honorable Brothers. A hearty and flavorful Festive Board followed the […]

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens: AKA “Mark Twain” a Freemason in the burgeoning West.

January 3, 2019

Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens: A Missouri Freemason An Original Research Paper by Right Worshipful Brother Gerald W. Burnworth, 1992 Truman Medal Recipient 1999 Fellow, Missouri Lodge of Research Greatest of all Missouri literary figures unquestionably is Samuel Langhorne Clemens, whose fame as a novelist and humorist under the name of “Mark Twain” has spread around […]

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Read Aloud: Morals & Dogma: By Albert Pike

December 21, 2018

Have you ever wanted to read “Morals & Dogma”? I inherited a copy of this historic volume, but have never had the time to read it.  But lo and behold, I found it read aloud on YouTube. Thus, I added it to our YouTube Page, for your reflection.

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Please help share stories about Tx Lodge No. 46

Hello Brothers, We need assistance with building our social media content. Texas lodge No.46 has a few social pages which are public facing and need your photos, stories, and posts. Keep in mind that these accounts are public, and share accordingly You can find these accounts here: Please help us by following, and posting “@txlodge” […]

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December 20, 2018

Brethren, Family, Friends Visitors, You are cordially invited to the Joint Installation of Officers of Texas Lodge #46 and Salinas Lodge 204, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California. Our lodges are each almost as old as Masonry in California dating back to the 1850s and 1860s and both have a much-honored part […]

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Memorable Moments

December 3, 2018

At Orange Grove Lodge No. 293 in Southern California, fraternity, and family are deeply intertwined with Freemasonry. Learn more about what inspires these brothers and their fun-filled Masonic experience – from luaus to support for California public schools.

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Welcome Grand Master Wright!

November 2, 2018

Last Sunday, October 21, Most Worshipful Brother Stuart A. Wright was installed as grand master of Masons in California. We look forward to a year of growth and prosperity under his leadership, inspired by his theme: “Freemasonry… the difference is you.”

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Commemorating a Masonic Monument

August 15, 2018

Earlier this summer, Grand Master Galloway joined the Masons of King David’s Lodge No. 209 for a ceremonial resealing of the Dorn Pyramid, a 23-foot tall granite mausoleum originally constructed in 1905. Robert Sachs, master of King David’s Lodge, shares the history and rumors of the Dorn Pyramid.

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A Big Spark

June 7, 2018

Raven’s Rock Lodge, since it’s opened its doors on June 10, 2017, has been producing local events that revolve around education and the arts, aiming to lift the community while staying true to Masonic tenets and traditions.

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Wonders of Masonic America

May 17, 2018

If you’ve been seeking an excuse to see the country, there’s no better time than the present. The lens of Freemasonry offers a fascinating perspective!

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Masons4Mitts: Baseball Is Back!

May 3, 2018

Dust off those gloves and get ready to knock one out of the park for your team: The 2018 Masons4Mitts season is now underway!

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Help Us Celebrate #MasonicDads!

April 18, 2018

California Freemason is launching a new hashtag campaign, #MasonicDad, to correspond with our July/August issue, which will focus on the theme of “Freemasonry and Fatherhood.” To participate, show us what Masonic fatherhood means to you!

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A Tradition of Scholarship

April 17, 2018

The 2018 Symposium – taking place June 9 in San Francisco and June 10 in Long Beach – will explore the fraternity’s whirlwind arrival in California, and the daring brothers who led the way.

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Of a Divine and Moral Nature

April 4, 2018

The term “sacred geometry” can be somewhat intimidating: How might geometry be sacred, one might wonder. And, how does Masonry fit in?

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California Freemason: Sacred Geometry

March 15, 2018

In Masonic philosophy, sacred geometry reveals ephemeral spiritual realities and personal truths through tangible architectural forms. From its roots in classical philosophy to contemporary applications, sacred geometry’s contemplation oftentimes leads to revelation.

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Why I Became a Mason

December 27, 2017

For Past Grand Master John L. Cooper III, the promise of Freemasonry inspired a life devoted to its craft.

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The Rites and Rituals of Freemasonry

December 20, 2017

One of the most interesting – and sometimes confusing – aspects of Freemasonry is its varied rituals and rites. To study them is to understand the fraternity’s wild creative streak and its ability to adapt to diverse social and cultural trends.

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Mozart’s Masonic Magic Flute

December 7, 2017

Learn about this Masonic masterpiece from one of our fraternity’s great scholars.

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A Spectacular Occasion

November 16, 2017

Masons from around the world gathered at the Royal Albert Hall for the United Grand Lodge of England’s tercentenary celebration. They celebrated the history and future of Freemasonry.

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California Freemason: The Prospect Issue

November 7, 2017

Read about members throughout California whose Masonic experience brought them exactly what they were seeking: brotherhood, friendship, and the path to a more meaningful life.

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The Masonic Hand of Charity

October 4, 2017

From the beginning, fraternal relief was both innovative and practical.

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California Freemason: Into the Future

September 8, 2017

This year marks the 300th anniversary of our great fraternity! Join California Freemason in exploring the history of Freemasonry – from today’s brotherhood to what might be possible in the future as society continues to evolve.

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August 15, 2017

In the mid- to late- 20th century, our country’s Masons led the way for lasting change.

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New Video: We Make a Profound Impact!

August 2, 2017

A new video created by the California Masonic Foundation offers an inspiring perspective of our Masonic quest to live a meaningful life.

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July/August California Freemason: 1941-Today

July 24, 2017

This year marks the 300th anniversary of our great fraternity! Join California Freemason in exploring the next chapter in the history of Freemasonry – from World War II to today’s brotherhood.

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July Is Support Our Veterans Month

July 14, 2017

Grand Master Heisner has declared July 2017 to be Support Our Veterans Month in California. Read his proclamation now.

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300th Anniversay Gala and Banquet

July 6, 2017

Join your brothers and toast to Freemasonry during an unforgettable night at the 300th Anniversary Gala!

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From Enlightenment to Revolution

June 22, 2017

Freemasonry’s fledgling years had an enduring impact on the future of Western civilization. Read the latest California Freemason feature now.

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Masons4Mitts Supports Children in Need

June 16, 2017

Masons are teaming up with Major League Baseball teams’ charitable progarms to support children in need.

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June Is Masonic Homes Month

June 1, 2017

Masonic Homes Month is the perfect opportunity to recognize the remarkable accomplishments of Masonic relief in California. Follow these helpful tips for starting a celebration of your own.

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May 10, 2017

In November 1910, San Francisco’s California Lodge No. 1 held its 61st annual banquet and ball. The program, which included remarks by several lodge members, as well as music, was accompanied by a mouth-watering four-course meal. Each guest received a printed program and menu card listing the courses. Presented in French, the menu suggests a high level of elegance.

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Around the Masonic Table

April 3, 2017

For hundreds of years, sharing meals with brothers has been a treasured Masonic tradition. In the newest issue of California Freemason, we delve deeply into this practice – from the beginning of the fraternity to today’s traditions. Join us for a trip around the world from Masonic tables to toasts and beyond!

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The First and Most Important Care of Leadership

March 15, 2017

As Masons, we have made the choice to join a group of like-minded individuals to assist in our personal growth and improvement. Many of us have chosen to become leaders within this fraternity, as we find this aspect of the craft to be fulfilling.

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Get Ready for Public Schools Month!

March 9, 2017

A priority of the 2020 Fraternity Plan is to make a positive impact on society. When public schools get the support they need, that impact is made not only in classrooms, but in the future of each student. Here are some ways you and your lodge can make a difference. Donate to the California Masonic […]

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Celebrate Youth Orders Month

March 1, 2017

Throughout our state, young men and women turn to DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, and Rainbow for Girls for a unique environment of brotherhood and sisterhood. There, they transform from timid youths into confident leaders. They learn respect, patriotism, tolerance, and reverence. They form friendships that last a lifetime. To recognize our Masonic youth and to encourage […]

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History at Your Fingertips

February 15, 2017

Freemasons have been active in California even since before it was officially a state, and many notable artifacts from every age are available online to interested Masonic scholars. Kick off a research project or ignite your inner history buff by exploring the collections of the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry. CLICK HERE […]

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Freemasonry Set Free

DECIPHERING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN PRINCE HALL MASONRY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. By Tyler Ash For nearly 200 years, the Underground Railroad has been an elusive, almost mythical aspect of American history, shaping the way we view the cultural and sociopolitical landscapes of the American psyche during the 1800s. A key question continues to elude historians: […]

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Masons of California Annual Report

February 13, 2017

In 2016, California Masons led the way on many different fronts for our fraternity — and now we are looking forward to our future. Read the 2016 Annual Report to learn more about statewide initiatives that will come to fruition in the coming year, and discover how you can apply the lessons and successes of […]

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Acacia Creek Receives National Distinction

February 1, 2017

At Acacia Creek’s founding, its board members set out to create a different kind of retirement community: One that would unite Masons and non-Masons alike in a shared culture of respect, community, and enthusiasm for life. One where the desire to “age successfully” — to establish continued growth and learning as an integral part of […]

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A New look at the mythology of The Travelling Man

December 2, 2016

In addition to the symbolism attached to architectural tools, Freemasonry is built upon stories and legends. And, no story is more intriguing than the one about the “traveling man” – the stonemason who traveled from work site to work site in search of a job. We have little direct evidence of how traveling stonemasons did […]

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Welcoming California’s Newest Lodges

On September 16, 2016, the fraternity celebrated the institution of Regius University, U.D. in Fresno. This was followed by the institution of Benicia’s Carquinez Lodge, U.D., on September 23, and that of The Downtown Masonic Lodge, U.D. in Los Angeles on September 30. Between 75 and 100 brothers attended each celebration. It’s the beginning of […]

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The Modern Masonic Maker

October 20, 2016

Since the beginning, Freemasonry has captured the minds and hearts of some of the most imaginative men of each generation. Though far removed from the stonemasons who envisioned and built Europe’s grand cathedrals, the desire to create something new, beautiful, and impactful carries through to present day. In this issue of California Freemason, Mark Frauenfelder […]

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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 petition of the subscriber respectfully […]

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Brothers Across the Pond

In 2014, Bro. Mark Rosen of America Lodge No. 3368 in England visited Pasadena Masonic Lodge No 272. Rosen had grown up in Pasadena and settled in England after moving there for an Air Force assignment. Since moving to England, he had been married, started a successful business, and become a Mason. During his visit […]

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