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COVID-19 Updates

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It’s during times like these that Freemasons show what they’re all about. And that’s lending a hand. Hear more from Grand Master John E. Trauner.

Masonic Homes Expert: Best Practices During COVID-19

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Vice president of clinical operations for the Masonic Homes of California Joseph Pritchard shares five ways to stay safe during the outbreak.

Grand Master John Trauner Announces COVID Relief Effort

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Check back frequently for the latest news related to the COVID-19 outbreak from the Masons of California.

Quarantine, Disease, and Masonic Relief—170 Years Ago

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During the Sacramento Cholera Outbreak of 1850, Masons took the reins of a public health emergency.

Dive Deeper Into the Craft

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Stuck at home? Check out these interesting Masonic resources to learn more about the Craft.

Our Fraternity’s Promise to One Another

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Our fraternal bonds are never more important than they are right now, as we grapple with the COVID-19 health emergency.

Lodge Events During COVID-19

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With growing public health concerns about the COVID-19 virus, here are some guidelines around lodge events and meetings.

Grand Lodge-Sponsored Event Status Spring 2020

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Status for Grand Lodge-Sponsored Events – Spring 2020

iMember Training

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This summer, lodges in california will have a new, intuitive, web-based member management system. Sign up to get trained!

On Freemasonry and Mormon Undergarments

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At the International Conference on Freemasonry at UCLA a study of Mormon undergarments shines light on fraternal esotericism.

How Destiny Chose Walter Wilcox

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A network of Masons assured a young orphan’s future.

Speaking to My Soul: Prof. Susan Sommers on Esoteric Origins in Freemasonry

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Ninth annual International Conference on Freemasonry at UCLA will explore the Masonic quest for secret knowledge.

Introducing the Obligation Renewal Ceremony

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Ceremony gives lodges an opportunity to reengage longtime Master Masons.

Great Masons: John Whicher

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Longtime Grand Secretary lived the Masonic life—to the very end.

Masonic Gold! Coffee Table Book

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Experience California’s Masonic roots in the Gold Country through this stunning 164-page 8×10 coffee table book — the perfect Masonic gift this holiday season.

2020 Ritual Competition

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We are excited to announce that in 2020 we will again hold a Ritual Competition recognizing the importance of ritual excellence within our jurisdiction.

A Masonic Mystery—in Miniature

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This miniature, golden metal altar—found in the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry—is undeniably cool. As for what, precisely, it’s for? That’s less clear.

Member Restoration

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Member restoration is an important new program. Learn more about it.

The Sister Brothers

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A new sister lodge program pairs rural lodges with big-city siblings.

Father Knew Best

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Newly installed Grand Master of California John E. Trauner opens up about leadership lessons, learning from history, and heeding the advice of his greatest hero—his dad.

2020 Grand Master’s Proclamations

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Together with the rest of the Grand Family, Grand Master John E. Trauner has announced his administration’s proclamations for the 2020 fraternal year.

Journey to Israel and Masonic World Conference

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Join John and Dana Trauner on the once-in-a-lifetime Grand Master’s Tour to Israel!

Raising the Banner for Brazilian Masonry

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There’s a lot of history wrapped up in one little flag from an obscure Brazilian Masonic lodge. Learn more about it—and other artifacts housed in the Grand Lodge archives—as part of our series on Masonic curios.

The French Connection

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Check out this 19th century Masonic French antique plate, where east is north and south is west and north is, well, missing! It’s one of the many curiosities housed in the archive of the Grand Lodge, imbued with secret meaning and mystery.

Congratulations to Our Winners!

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The results are in: Help recognize this year’s recipients of the Lodge Communication Awards! See the full list of winners and view samples of their efforts. These brothers are truly raising the bar for the quality of lodge communications throughout the Golden State.

New Masonic Staircase

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This video describes the process in which Chris and Heather Holme, of The Common Gavel, constructed the newest addition to Grand Lodge’s auditorium.

The Portable Masonic Cornerstone Kit

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Yes, they’re gold and silver Masonic flasks. No, they’re not for booze!

Take the #BlueLodgeChallenge

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Whether it’s honoring worthy citizens in their towns at an annual dinner, funding generous scholarships for local students, or clearing trash from the roads or beach, it’s in simple acts of charity, volunteerism, and philanthropy that Masons give back. We want the world to know about it! The #BlueLodgeChallenge is how we’re going to do it.

2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Join us this October 26 for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in San Ramon! As one of the leaders in memory care and senior wellness, the Masonic Homes of California is proud to be a sponsor of this important event.

The Cheering Section: Masons and Baseball

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An old Masonic baseball jersey is a reminder of the fraternity’s long history with the game.

The Masonic Pursuit of Justice

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In celebration of Independence Day, Grand Lodge of California head archivist Joe Evans shares a blue transferware cup plate dated between 1818 and 1836 that suggests Lady Justice a Freemason.

2019 Communication Awards

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The Lodge Communications Awards recognize California lodges that are doing an exemplary job of connecting with members and the general public through traditional and modern communications tools.

Digital Toolkit: Everything You Need to Know to Hold an Open House

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Befitting an occasion as significant as its centennial anniversary, DeMolay International’s Northern California Jurisdiction marked the day by dedicating a commemorative bench and time capsule at the Masonic Homes —and then dumping buckets of water on one another.

Reaching Across the Centuries—for a Day

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Befitting an occasion as significant as its centennial anniversary, DeMolay International’s Northern California Jurisdiction marked the day by dedicating a commemorative bench and time capsule at the Masonic Homes —and then dumping buckets of water on one another.

Annual Communication

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Annual Communication weekend, October 18–20, is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of your peers, salute the outgoing Grand Master, and welcome a new one. It’s a time to honor the bonds we form between brothers. Join us for this celebration of our fraternity.

Public Schools Month

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In fact, nearly a century, Masons of California have celebrated Public Schools Month through a series of in-school events that include student performances, speeches highlighting the importance of public education, and check presentations. As the organization’s 99th Public Schools Month this April just concluded, the results of that investment continue to impress.

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