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Today we uploaded our newest creation with the help of some test lodges. These videos are a new working tool for lodges to use to reach out to their community.

Click the lodge name below to view each of our test lodge videos:

• Big Bear
• Chino
• Corona
• Evergreen
• Rim of the World


In addition please check out the Cornerstone tutorial video we have made:

Now with chapter bookmarks!

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Upcoming Events

  • August 20, 2018 7:00 pmGuest Speaker Allan Casalou
  • August 21, 2018 8:00 pmDowney #160 Brothers Night
  • August 23, 2018 6:30 pmRetirement Dinner Party for Worshipful Herb Pompey
  • August 25, 2018 5:00 pmAl Malaikah Shrine Cigars Under The Stairs
  • September 4, 2018 7:30 pmYorba Linda Chapter #347 Brother's Night Family Picnic
  • September 8, 2018 8:00 amFall 2018 York Rite Festival Chapter Degrees
  • September 8, 2018 8:30 amAl Malaikah Hot Sands Ceremonial
  • September 15, 2018 8:00 amFall 2018 York Rite Festival Council Degrees
  • September 25, 2018 5:30 pmFuchsia Chapter #425 O.E.S. Round the World Dinner
  • September 28, 2018 7:00 pmDistrict 806 OSI at Chino
  • September 29, 2018 5:00 pmReception Dinner In Honor of Worshipful John Channon
  • October 6, 2018 8:00 amFall 2018 York Rite Festival Commanders Orders
  • October 16, 2018 7:00 pmDistrict 806 OSI at Ontario
  • November 11, 2018 11:00 amSAVE THE DATE
  • November 15, 2018 7:00 pmDistrict 806 OSI at Upland Mt Baldy
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History of Freemasonry

posted by admin
August 18, 2015

History of Freemasonry

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In the Middle Ages, the term “freemason” was awarded to highly skilled stonemasons hired as free agents to build castles and cathedrals in England and Scotland. Because of the inherent danger of their work, stonemasons formed local organizations, called lodges, to take care of
sick and injured members as well as the widows and orphans of those killed on the job. Lodge members met in temporary buildings, built next to the cathedrals, to receive their pay, plan their work, train new apprentices, and socialize.

The first grand lodge was established in 1717 in London. In 1718 English Freemasonry spread to France and Spain, and after 1729, to India, Italy, Poland, Sweden, other parts of Europe, and eventually the American colonies. In 1733 the first American lodge was established in Boston under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. Of the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution, 13 were Masons.

Freemasonry has been an integral part of California for more than 150 years. During the gold rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune. Those who were Masons brought their rich traditions with them, soon establishing some of California’s first Masonic lodges in the mining towns of the Gold Country. In 1850 — the same year that California became a state — the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento. Within 10 years, the number of Masonic lodges had grown from 11 to 130, while membership soared from 258

to more than 5,000. Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of California. To date, 19 California governors have been Masons and at least four California Masons have been elected to the U.S. Senate. Today, the Grand Lodge of California has more than 60,000 members and about 340 lodges located throughout the state, making it one of the largest jurisdictions in the world.

Throughout their 150-year history, California Masons have remained steadfast in their commitment to helping others and serving the California communities. Among the fraternity’s first charitable activities was helping victims of the great cholera outbreak in Sacramento in 1850. Roughly 300 California Masons raised more than $32,000 within 10 months to help build and maintain a hospital at Sutter’s Fort. Today, our members volunteer hundreds of thousands of hours and donate millions of dollars to provide a wide range of critical services to families statewide.

Learn more at freemason.org.

Phone: 800/831-8170
Email: communications@freemason.org


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