How can I find California Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You

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How can I find California Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You

How can I find California Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You today! Did you know that you and your family are welcomed to visit any Lodge within the State of California? It’s true – many Lodges host Family Nights, Open Lodge Meetings, Presentation and Award Events, and Social Gatherings in what Masons in California call their ‘Grand Lodge‘. Simply use the link below to contact a Lodge nearest you. Sometimes, towns are so close that one lodge actually covers both. While for rural communities – there maybe a county wide lodge in some cases.

Freemasonry report for the Grand Lodge of California

The mission of the Masons of California is to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others. Further, their mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity:

  1. Brotherly love. Freemasons of the Grand Lodge of California value respect, freedom, kindness, tolerance, and our differences – religious, ethnic, cultural, social, generational, and educational – and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodges, and in the global community.
  2. Relief. California Freemason’s take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole. We provide relief through philanthropy, community involvement, and delivery of excellent care.
  3. Truth. They also stay true to our personal code of conduct and ethics – honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Learn about the California Freemason Lodges – Here is how you can find a Lodge Near You!

When you call the lodge nearest you – just ask to attend the next open event, or schedule a visit with the Worshipful Master and Secretary.

The Worshipful Master and Officers of the Lodge will be happy to give you a tour of their Lodge. While touring the lodge building ask questions and learn more about how Freemasons helped improve your local community. The Lodge Officers are capable of explaining What is Freemasonry and how becoming a member can be a benefit to you and your family.  Many times, the Lodge Officers will go into detail about the history of Freemasonry and their particular Lodge.  Lastly, remember to invite your family members to ask questions and get the answers they are looking for.  California Freemasons pride themselves on being open and honest to directly address any of your questions or concerns. Here is the link to the lodge locator for the Grand Lodge Of California.

A Brief History of Freemasonry in California

Masonry 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. Many of these men were Masons and brought with them Masonic values and traditions. Not surprisingly, some of California’s first Masonic lodges were established in the mining towns of the Gold Country. Therefore, in 1850 – the same year that California became a state – the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento.

Did you know that within 10 years, the number of Masonic lodges in the new state 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. With that being said, today there are more than 50,000 members and about 330 lodges, making the Grand Lodge of California one of the largest in the world.

Who is the top leader in a Grand Lodge of California? 

The top leader is the Grand Master. He leads and manages the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California. For more information about the Grand Master – please visit the Grand Lodge of California’s website.

Please note that the Freemasonry Report is run by Masons but it is not connected to, doing business with, or representing any Grand Lodge.

How can I find Florida Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You

How can I find Florida Freemason Lodges? - Find a Lodge Near You Now

How can I find Florida Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You

How can I find Florida Freemason Lodges? – Find a Lodge Near You today! Did you know that you and your family are welcomed to visit any Lodge within the State of Florida? It’s true – many Lodges host Family Nights, Open Lodge Meetings, Presentation and Award Events, and Social Gatherings in what Masons in Florida call their ‘Grand Lodge‘. Simply use the link below to contact a Lodge nearest you. Sometimes, towns are so close that one lodge actually covers both. While for rural communities – there maybe a county wide lodge in some cases.

Grand Lodge of Florida - Masonic Logo for the Freemasonry ReportFinding Florida Freemason Lodges is answered here – Find a Lodge Near You!

When you call the lodge nearest you – just ask to attend the next open event, or schedule a visit with the Worshipful Master and Secretary.

The Worshipful Master and Officers of the Lodge will be happy to give you a tour of their Lodge. While touring the lodge building ask questions and learn more about how Freemasons helped improve your local community. The Lodge Officers are capable of explaining What is Freemasonry and how becoming a member can be a benefit to you and your family.  Many times, the Lodge Officers will go into detail about the history of Freemasonry and their particular Lodge.  Lastly, remember to invite your family members to ask questions and get the answers they are looking for.  Florida Freemasons pride themselves on being open and honest to directly address any of your questions or concerns. Here is the link to the lodge locator for the Grand Lodge Of Florida.

Who are the top masonic leaders in the Grand Lodge of Florida?

In the State of Florida, the Grand Lodge Elected Officers are as follows: Most Worshipful Grand Master; Deputy Grand Master; Senior Grand Warden; Junior Grand Warden; Grand Secretary; and the Grand Treasurer. The Most Worshipful Grand Master is the top leader of the Grand Lodge of Florida.

Grand Lodge Appointed Officers in the Grand Lodge are as follows: Grand Chaplain and is titled the – Right Reverend; W∴ Grand Orator; W∴ Grand Marshal;  W∴ Senior Grand Deacon; W∴ Junior Grand Deacon; W∴ Grand Standard Bearer; W∴ Grand Sword Bearer; W∴ Senior Grand Steward; W∴ Junior Grand Steward; W∴ Grand Pursuivant; W∴ Grand Tyler; W∴ Grand Historian; and W∴ Grand Musician.

Who are the top masonic leaders in a blue lodge in Florida?

In the State of Florida, the blue lodge elected officers are as follows: the Worshipful Master; Senior Warden; Junior Warden; Secretary; and the Treasurer. The Worshipful Master is the top leader of a blue lodge in Florida. The appointed officers in a blue lodge are as follows: Chaplain; Marshal;  Senior Deacon; Junior Deacon; Senior Steward; Junior Steward; Historian; Tyler; and the Musician.

What Florida cities or towns have a Masonic Lodge?

Here is the cities and townships with a Masonic Lodge in Florida: Cantonment;  Century; Pensacola; Jay; Pace; Milton; Gulf Breeze; Fort Walton Beach; Baker; Crestview; Defuniak Springs; Freeport; Laurel Hill; Niceville; Paxton; Bonifay; Cottondale; Blountstown; Westville; Marianna; Chipley; Ponce De Leon; Vernon; Wausau; Panama City; Apalachicola; Callaway; Lynn Haven Port Saint Joe; Saint Andrews; Wewahitchka; Crawfordville; Carrabelle; Chattahoochee;  Havana;  Monticello; Tallahassee; Live Oak; Branford; Lake City; Wellborn; Day; Greenville; Jasper; Old Town; Lake City; Madison; Mayo; Branford; Perry; Cross City; Wellborn; Fernandina Beach; Baldwin; and Callahan.

These are cities and townships with a Masonic Lodge in Florida as well: Macclenny; Jacksonville; Sanderson; Neptune Beach; Live Oak; Orange Park; Jacksonville Beach; Archer;  Starke; Chiefland; Gainesville; Hawthorne; High Springs; Newberry; Lake Butler; Micanopy; Brooker; Raiford; Waldo; Trenton; Saint Augustine; Bunnell; Green Cove Springs; Hastings; Lake Como; Keystone Heights; Middleburg; Palatka; Palatka; Ormond Beach; Belleview; Dunnellon; Inglis; Fort McCoy; Ocala; Silver Springs; Williston; Deltona; Daytona Beach; New Smyrna Beach; Palm Coast; DeLand; Sanford; Barberville; Brooksville; Bushnell; Inverness; Dade City; Homosassa;  New Port Richey; Floral City; Zephyrhills; Clermont; Groveland; Leesburg; Tavares; Mount Dora; The Villages; Umatilla; and Wildwood.

A few more cities and townships with a Masonic Lodge in Florida to review: Orlando; Casselberry; Saint Cloud; Apopka; Kissimee; Oviedo; Saint Cloud; Winter Garden; Winter Park; Indialantic; Cocoa; Cocoa Beach; Mims; Melbourne; Titusville; Merritt Island; Palm Bay; Clearwater; Dunedin; Madeira Beach; Trinity; Largo; St. Petersburg; Safety Harbor; Tarpon Springs; Tampa; Lutz; Brandon; Riverview; Land O Lakes; Plant City; Temple Terrace; Dover; Bowling Green; Mulberry; Fort Meade; Frostproof; Haines City; Kathleen; Lake Wales; Lakeland; Lake Placid; Avon Park; Sebring; Lake Alfred; Bartow; Wauchula; Winter Haven; Stuart; Fort Pierce Moore Haven; Okeechobee; Sebastian; Clewiston; Vero Beach; Englewood; Bradenton; Arcadia; Sarasota; Punta Gorda; Venice; and West Bradenton.

The final group of cities and towns with a Masonic Lodge in the State of Florida to read over: Cape Coral; Naples; Fort Myers Beach; LaBelle; Lehigh Acres; North Fort Myers; Everglades City; Fort Myers; East Naples; Boca Raton; Boynton Beach; Greenacres; Palm Beach Gardens; Lake Worth; West Palm Beach; Jupiter;  Dania Beach; Fort Lauderdale; Dania; Oakland Park; Deerfield Beach; Dania Beach; West Hollywood; Pembroke Pines; South Miami; Coral Gables; Hialeah; Miami; Miami Springs; Homestead; Miami Shores; Tavernier; Key West; and Marathon.

Please be aware that some Masonic Lodges represent an area for more rural or urban places around the State of Florida. So therefore, it is not uncommon to see a Masonic in the neighboring township representing both towns, a Masonic Lodge representing the county if it is very rural, or a Masonic Lodge representing only the area Southern, Eastern, Central, Western or Northern part of a city in some cases. Here is the link to the lodge locator for the Grand Lodge of Florida

Please note that the Freemasonry Report is run by Masons but it is not connected to, doing business with, or representing any Grand Lodge.

What is Freemasonry?

Answering the question - what is freemasonry?

What is Freemasonry?

“What is Freemasonry?” as a Past Master of a Freemason Lodge – I don’t recall anyone directly asking me this question specifically. But I think that it does represent a number of similar questions I was asked over the years. This refined three word question is the simply the core question many people put a lot of words around.

My goal is to really dig in and look at the answer actually is. Over my Masonic Life, I have heard and read a number of definitions given to me by the brothers. Most common and overused is: “Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols.” Okay to honest, I think this is a lame definition because it is so vague.

Here is my definition, “What is Freemasonry? My Answer: We are men of Faith and men with no criminal records. Also, we are men that are active military or veterans, civil servants, businessmen, charity professionals and retired. We are men over the age of 18 and we are respected in our community. We are men that are hungry to keep learning and to never stop desiring to learn.”

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Answering the question – what is freemasonry?

Getting the fraternity better defined for you

Now let’s dig deeper into the question but yet look what is freemasonry in the big picture? It is a system of morality. Masons agree to live with integrity and morality.  Freemasons are just you but they attempt daily to improve themselves not in the eyes of others but in their eyes.  Change comes from starting with yourself and not those around you.  So you may be wondering what does morality mean?  Simply, morality is the principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

Similar terms are: ethics, rights and wrongs, correctness, virtue, goodness, good behavior, righteousness, rectitude, uprightness, having morals, principles, honesty, integrity, honor, justice, fair play, justness, decency, purity, blamelessness, a community’s moral standards, a personal moral code, a family’s principles of right and wrong, an business’s rules of conduct, ethos, and ideals. I know I gave you a lot of terms there but I did it on purpose.  It should cause you to think about how Masons try daily to live their life and improve themselves in society.

Okay so morality is a particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society. That is the most basic definition of morality. Yet, Freemasonry has values, principles, and is a group of good men.  Freemasonry strives to help it’s members grow into a better person. A better father, grandfather, son, husband, uncle, neighbor, church attendee, co-worker, and the list can on but I think you get the point.

So what is Freemasonry for a Freemason?

Okay a Master Mason has been through the three degrees that explain the elementary principles of Freemasonry.  We use symbols in the degrees to help reinforce Freemasonry Report - Square and Compassideas and concepts. This happens in a lodge.  A lodge is the Freemason’s building and there are many in different local community around the world.  Each lodge in it’s area is part of a Grand Lodge and it is allowed to operate by authority of a Charter. A lodge charter is granted by the State or National organization depending on what country you live in, that is called “The Grand Lodge.”

Every Master Mason is a spokesman for our fraternity to the community.  Every Master Mason reinforces the good the fraternity can and should do to help our community by being a good citizen and doing good to others in the community.  A Master Mason is not interested in power, glory, and so on. He is a man wanting to make his community better by doing good actions in the community.

Further, Freemasonry is not a religion. Yet, it encourages it’s members to find a church or holy place and pray to God. Masons are from all different religions and come together to talk to one another about the fraternity not about politics nor religion. We discuss how to improve ourselves as people and do good in or for our community. We are not a cult, we are not a religion, and we are not a political group.  We are not a secret society, yet we are a fraternity with secrets.

What about it being a religion?

Truth be told, Freemasonry is not a religion but yet it is religious in nature. Why? Because having a Belief in a Supreme Being is a fundamental requirement for becoming a Mason. How can you take an obligation or make a promise to keep a secret if you have nothing you stand for or submit to? I submit to the fact that God is great and He is the maker of all everything. I personally stand for and abide by my words used before my God (which for me is the Holy Trinity – Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God).  How could anyone be held to their word if they don’t believe in a higher power? The higher power (i.e. God) will hold them accountable for their actions in life and God will be their only judge of their actions after their life is over.

So therefore, Freemasonry is not a religion nor a substitute for religion. It requires of its members a belief in a supreme being as part of the obligation of every responsible adult, but advocates no sectarian faith or practice. Therefore, an atheist cannot be Freemason. Further, our Masonic ceremonies include prayers, to reaffirm each individual’s dependence on their supreme being and to seek divine guidance. Freemasonry is open to men of various faiths but again religion may not be discussed at Masonic meetings.

Here is more information on why Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of religion:

  • It has no dogma or theology
  • It has no wish or means to enforce religious orthodoxy
  • It offers no sacraments
  • It does not claim to lead to salvation by works, secret knowledge or by any other means
  • The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition, not with the means of salvation

Gaining more information of this fraternity

Yes, Freemasonry is a charitable organization and it files with the local, state, and federal governments. Yes, it is a fraternity and abides by the laws of the land when paying bills and so on.  The fraternity mission is to strengthen a man’s character, to try to improve his moral and spiritual outlook, and encourage him to continue to learn for his entire life to better broaden his mental horizons. Freemasonry is not a secret society but is a society of secrets.  Okay, so the fraternity is interested in making good men better. So what is a good man? He is a man of Faith and a man with no criminal felonies. Also, he is a man over the age of 18 and he is respected in our community.

Here is what Freemasons don’t know and what are NOT our Masonic Secrets:

  1. The existence of UFOs
  2. What really is happening in Area 51
  3. Who killed JFK
  4. 9/11 Cover-Up or inside job
  5. Is Elvis alive or dead
  6. Knowing if Secret Societies Control the World
  7. If The Moon Landings Were Faked
  8. Holocaust Revisionism
  9. The CIA and AIDS
  10. The Reptilian Elite

And this list can literally never end.  But, we as Freemasons are not interested in taking over the world but we are trying to make ourselves better to hopefully improve our local community. Therefore, by our acts of kindness, we can be mean the world to others in a good way. Our acts of charity make a difference from paying for a set of glasses for a child from a poor family that can’t afford them to helping children with hearing, eye, or burns. This is how we wish to be remembered.

Okay I think I answered this question – but I know you may have more questions – don’t worry I will answer them one by one. Slowly and methodically to give a deeper understanding of this amazing fraternity. I hoped you enjoyed this first answer and I hope you reading the many answers yet to come!

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