2013 Installation of Officers

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Past Events |

Our installation of Officers was a great event this year! We had over 100 Brothers and their families attend. The event was held over lunch so that many of our Brothers who do not like to drive at night could attend. The ceremony lasted just over an hour with presentations to our new Worshipful Master of a certificate from the Scottish Rite and a gavel from his family. Mrs. Gina Sanchez the wife of our most junior Past Master was given a beautiful potted orchid and our most junior Past Master Johnny Sanchez presented the lodge with a new hand inlayed secretaries desk, created by him and Brother James Touchstone in honor of our recently departed Brother Secretary John D.K. Wade Jr.  Lunch was an Italian theme and was served by the DeMolay and their Advisors, who also cleaned up for us after the event.  Thanks to all who  contributed to this event for making it a truly memorable one. Remember to make plans early and attend next year’s...

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George Joseph Kelly

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in In Memoriam |

Raised: June 7th 1960 Passed: May 17th 1960 Initiated: May 3rd 1960 Entered into Rest: November 1st 2012   Into Thy Hands We commit the Spirit of our Departed Brother – Brother...

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John D.K. Wade Jr.

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in In Memoriam |

Raised: September 12 2009 Passed: August 20 2009 Initiated: September 18 2008 Entered into Rest: October 27 2012   On Thursday before his accident I spoke to John about the contents of his article for the Trestleboard.  As we talked about his article we also talked about the Lodge and the Brotherhood.  John expressed regret that he was so absent from the meetings this year due to his work and family commitments.  I assured him that we understood that he was taking care of his priorities and we knew he was also taking care of the Lodge without being here.  John said how much he truly loved being part of our Lodge and how much the Brotherhood meant to him.  I told him that he was a big part of that himself.  John was always very Masonic in his actions and his thoughts.  I do not know anyone who worked and  lived our craft like John.  John always had a good word and a smile for everyone.  He listened and really tried to understand whatever was shared with him and after, he either had some sage advice or at least a great big bear hug for you.  John made everyone in the Lodge feel better and supported.  In his life outside the Lodge he truly acted as a Mason should, and demonstrated to the world the value of masonry. John happily celebrated his 51st birthday in September, just last month. John – We miss you and look forward to seeing you again in that “celestial building that house not made with hands eternal in the...

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2012 Outdoor 3rd Degree

Posted by on Sep 8, 2012 in Past Events |

A great time was had by all 69 attendees of our annual outdoor 3rd degree. It was our 30th annual event and was held at the Cresson ranch overlooking Half Moon Bay.  It was a beautiful day with clear skies and no fog.  We raised the son of one of our past masters this year.  A wonderful lunch of grilled steaks was served by our cooking team and a Mark Master Degree was given prior to the 3rd degree by King Solomon’s Chapter RAM.  Look forward to seeing everyone back for next...

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Hiram Award – David Huston PM

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Past Events |

Worshipful Brother David Huston received the Hiram Award for his many years of service to this lodge.  Dave has not only served as master of the lodge but has served as the president of the temple board and been instrumental in organizing and executing many repairs to the building.  The ceremony was very well attended and his family was in attendance.  A dinner of prime rib was thoroughly enjoyed by all. – Thanks Dave for all you...

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Hiram Award – James Touchstone

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Past Events |

Brother James Touchstone received the Hiram Award for his years of service to this lodge.  Jim has worked tirelessly in the background doing repairs to the building and to our paraphernalia for many years.  Jim has also served as Tiler and as Chaplin for many years.  Jim has also served as secretary of the temple board for many years.  The dinner was well attended and the ribs were enjoyed by all. – Thank you Jim for all you do for us at the...

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2012 Rebuilding Together

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Past Events |

This year at our annual Rebuilding Together community outreach we had a very good attendance, almost 45 Masons and DeMolay were there. We were able to accomplish all of our tasks and the family who lives in the house were truly pleased.  This is our major outreach event of the year and it was great to see such a turn out.  The day was sunny and cool which helped with getting all of the work done.  We look forward to seeing everyone back for next year’s...

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The History of San Mateo Lodge

Posted by on Jan 4, 2012 in About Us, featured |

 1872 – 1899   In The Beginning On December 27, 1872, a dispensation was granted by Grand Master Leonidas B. Pratt to brethren at Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, to organize as Hayward Lodge, U.D. The name was reluctantly granted to the petitioners by the Grand Master solely because he considered it to be improper to name a Lodge after a living man. In fact, the creation of the Lodge brought about a revision of Grand Lodge regulations, henceforth forbidding the naming of a Lodge after any living person. Our Lodge was originally named for Right Worshipful Brother Alvinza Hayward, then Senior Past Master of Henry Clay Lodge No. 95, at Sutter Creek, Amador County, and Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of California. At the Twenty-fourth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, October 18, 1873, a charter was granted to Hayward Lodge #226, F. & A.M., with the following officers and members: Officers Henry B. Lea, W. M. William A. Yates, S.W. John Johnston, J.W. James Hatch, Treasurer John P. Johnston, Secretary James W. Bluett, Chaplain Charles H. Davids, S.D. James N. Langley, J.D. George R. Borden, Marshal Albert Milliken, Steward Jacob Rosenblum, Steward Jacinto Lourenco, Tyler Master Masons Josiah P. Ames Chas. W. Borden Wm. H. Campbell Joseph A. Davis Joseph B. Freitas Alex. Gordon James Johnston Fernand Levy Alex. Rar Eliphus B. Wooley Louis B. Bernard Robt. Campbell Lafayette Chandler George Duncan Manuel F. Garcia Griffith P. Hartley Thos. Johnston Robt. A. Rawls Chas. W. Swanton Entered Apprentices Franklin C. Gilbert A. B. Maynard   When the Lodge was instituted, Brother Hayward presented the officers with silver jewels, which have been continuously used to this day. The limited territorial jurisdiction in which Hayward Lodge was authorized to operate, together with the slow population growth of the area, restricted an increase in Lodge membership. The net result was that, by 1898, a quarter century after the charter was granted, there were only two more members in the Lodge than was the case in 1873. Brother Henry E. Lea, our first Worshipful Master, did excellent work in laying the foundation of our Lodge. Brother Joseph Freitas served as Master for seven years, 1876 to 1878, 1881, 1882, 1885 and 1886. Worshipful Brother George Duncan served three years, 1879, 1880 and 1883. Brother Louis B. Bernard was elected W.M. in 1884 and again in 1895. Brother Horatio M. Templeton was elected and served as Master from 1887 to 1894.   1880 – 1889   Early in 1880, a committee of three was appointed to interview the I.O.O.F. for the purpose of having the rent reduced. A report was submitted at the next meeting to the effect...

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Who are Masons?

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in About Us, featured |

Many of the United States’ – and the world’s – most respected men have been Masons. These accomplished individuals include: Astronauts: Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom Authors and Poets: Robert Burns, Voltaire, Sir Walter Scott, Goethe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling Aviators: Charles Lindbergh, James H. Doolittle, Eddie Rickenbacker Business Leaders: J.C. Penney, Henry Ford, Dave Thomas, John Wanamaker Composers: John Philip Sousa, George M. Cohen, Irving Berling, Wofgang Mozart Entertainers: Roy Rogers, Clark Gable, Oliver Hardy, John Wayne, Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Arthur Godfrey, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Burl Ives, Jonathan Winters, Duke Ellington Explorers: Lewis and Clark, Commodore Perry, Admiral Byrd Frontiersmen: Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie Military Leaders: The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston Churchill, Admiral John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, General Douglas McArthur, Paul Revere, Simon Bolivar, Benito Juarez, Sam Houston, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peter the Great Presidents: George Washington, and 13 others, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford Eight signers of the Declaration of Independence, eight signers of the Articles of Confederation and 13 signers of the U.S. Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin and John...

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Facts About Freemasonry

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in About Us, featured |

Description: Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world. There are approximately 5 million Masons worldwide, including 2 million in the United States. The Grand Lodge of California has nearly 90,000 members and about 400 lodges throughout the state. History: Freemasonry dates back to the guilds of European stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals during the Middle Ages. Temporary buildings called lodges were built next to the cathedrals, and the Masons used them to meet, receive their pay, plan their work, train new apprentices, and socialize. The first Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717; by 1731, Masonry had spread to the American colonies. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Paul Revere, and other founding fathers were among the first Masons in the United States. The Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento in 1850 during the height of the California Gold Rush. Mission: The mission of Freemasonry in California is brotherhood, community involvement, and self-improvement through education, family values, moral standards, and charity. Membership: Membership in the Masons is open to men 18 or older who believe in a Supreme Being and meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation. One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own. Anyone is welcome to request information about the fraternity. What do Masons do? Charity is at the heart of most Masonic activities. Each year, California Masons donate millions of dollars to both small and large philanthropic causes. This strong commitment to public education is exemplified by the California Masonic Foundation, which offers an innovative outreach program for educators and a generous scholarship program for approximately 100 high school students each year. Another result of the Masons’ spirit and brotherhood is the Masonic Homes of California. Established in 1898 to help make Masons affective by the cholera epidemic, the Masonic Home at Union City and Covina provide housing and health care to Masons and their wives or widows. Originally a refuge for orphaned children called the Masonic Home for Children, the renamed Masonic Home at Covina today offers care and assistance for children who suffer from neglect or abuse. Since 1899, more than 1,800 children have thrived in this caring and compassionate environment which is open to all deserving children. In 1990, the Masonic Home at Covina added separate apartments to provide independent and assited-living care for senior Masons and their wives or widows. It is important to note that Masonic charities receive no local, state or federal funding and are supported entirely by member...

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