All Shriners are Masons, but not all Masons are Shriners.
Shriners International is an appendant body of Freemasonry, the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. Freemasonry dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen gathered after work in shelter houses, or lodges. Over time, the members organized into Masonic guilds and the tools of their trade – the square and compass – became the symbol of their brotherhood.
Over time, Masonry evolved into an organization that began to accept members who were not craftsmen. Today, Masonry is built upon a foundation of improving character and strengthening communities, though the square and compass are still the symbols of the fraternal brotherhood.
When Shriners International was first founded in 1872, the organization built on the principles that guided Freemasonry, while adding an element of fun and ultimately, philanthropy, that set Shriners International apart.
We began supporting our local Lawndale Elementary Schools with the Nationally Recognized, Reading Partners Program 5 years ago, donating over $15,000 directly to support after school reading programs. We believe that every child deserves the support to get caught up with their peers if they are struggling with reading and believe this charity is on its way to make this happen.
Through a generous endowment from the E.F. "Dinty" Mohr Trust, our lodge has donated over $500,000 to our local high school graduates and returning college scholars. We grant over 40, $1000 scholarships yearly and now support SoCal ROC graduate leaders with the purchase of their needed industry tools.
Firefighter + Police + Teachers
We currently donate awards in the names of recognized heroes of our Safety Community to their respective fraternal unions yearly. We also support our local teachers who are recognized by their School Boards with purchasing supplies needed to keep learning possible.
Our national program of Child ID consists of assisting parents attending local fun events to update their child's color photo and fingerprint on 2 ID cards, specifically for their wallets. In case a child goes missing, a parent has a current, color photo they can give a law enforcement agent to assist is quick recovery of the missing child. No information is gathered or stored about the child, it is only for the parent's possession for child safety purposes. Whenever we attend local events, parents thank us for this important service.
We at Beach Cities Lodge are directly tied to our local community, trying to make it better, stronger and more beautiful. We support other Masonic Organizations, below, along with supporting our local schools, Police, Firefighter and local governments. We believe that we must be a reflection of our community and we can achieve this through public service.
Beach Cities Masonic Lodge is an amazing grouping of local lodges: Hermosa Beach, Morningside, Hawthorne and Lawndale. As each lodge merged, our membership grew into over 250 Fraternal Brothers representing many of our local cities. We support and participate in other Masonic groups that meet in our local area.
Job's Daughters for Girls
Founded in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick, Job’s Daughters International is an organization of young women with members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil.
Members have fun together at activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades, and so much more. In Job’s Daughters you will make new friends that will last a lifetime.
Job’s Daughters perform service projects to help their community and the less fortunate. We actively support the Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund, which purchases hearing assistive devices for hearing impaired children.
Job’s Daughters can qualify for various scholarships that are offered on a state and national level. We also gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team, and learn democratic principles as they run their own meetings, decide our own activities, and plan our own events. In short, Job’s Daughters International offers the qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others, and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills.
DeMolay is the largest youth fraternity in the world. The Order of DeMolay was started over 80 years ago in Kansas City, Missouri. DeMolay is a character building organization for young men who are 12 to 21 years of age. In over 700 chapters throughout the United States, these young men have the opportunity to develop management, leadership and social skills as they participate in community projects, sports, and other educational programs. DeMolay also has chapters in Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Panama, Japan, Italy, and the Republic of the Philippines.
More than two million young men have been members of DeMolay.
DeMolay is dedicated to providing a safe environment in an organization for young men who govern and direct their own activities under the “advisorship” of adults. The organization develops leadership skills and character building in the young men who work within the organization. It helps members to develop civic awareness and responsibility.
DeMolay provides young men the opportunity to practice leadership techniques and the real world application of the same through its chapter activities. The organization assists young men in growing into responsible adults with good moral character while providing them a place to go, have fun, companionship, be accepted by peers and develop solid values. DeMolay is not only teaching young people about the working tools of life, it is serving as the cornerstone of our next generation.
DeMolay for Boys
Order of the Amaranth
The “Order of the Amaranth” means many things to many people. To its early members it meant the opportunity to build upon the strong foundation of TRUTH, FAITH, WISDOM and CHARITY. A fraternal Order having for its purpose, service to humanity, set to the music of fraternal love.
To its present members, the “Order of the Amaranth” means a challenge to build higher and stronger upon these foundations of fraternal love and service. It means the hand of fraternal friendship to those in distress. It means thinking and remembering about its members in their hours of sorrow and sickness. Most of all, it means the opportunity to serve our fellow human beings, to enjoy the close fraternal ties of mutual respect and understanding to enrich our lives with friendship worth far more than gold or silver.
The Order of the Eastern Star, while a separate organization, is part of the Family of Freemasonry. We are the largest fraternal Order in the family of Freemasonry that admits both men and women to membership.
Each member of the Order commits themselves to self-improvement and to trying to live by the virtues of our Order, which are illustrated and explained to each new member at the time of his or her initiation through the stories of our five Biblical heroines.
Because we are part of the Family of Freemasonry, the Order does have certain membership requirements. Men wishing to join the Order must be affiliated Master Masons in good standing. Women wishing to join must either be related to a Master Mason or have been associated with Job's Daughters International or the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.