What is Masonry?
As you read on our first page, we are the world's oldest fraternity, but we are much more. We are a worldwide organization, representing all races, religions and beliefs. If you may have a relative who was a Freemason, he received the same wonderful experience as our Brother, George Washington, did over 200 years ago, as you will too. One of our mottoes is "we make Good men Better." If you are looking for Brotherly Love, you are already on your first step in Freemasonry.
The mission of the Masons of California is to foster personal growth and improve the lives of others. Our mission is guided by the enduring and relevant principles of our fraternity.
About Our Members
With more than 50,000 members statewide, our fraternity represents the entire spectrum of Californians. Admission to our lodge is open to men of good character and faith, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship or national origin. Beach Cities members are from ages 18 to 95. Take a look at our Officer page for more personal information.
Masonry is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future. Masons find satisfaction in being part of a centuries-old fraternity whose traditions and core values are relevant today, and will endure for centuries to come.
Brotherly love. We 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.
Relief. We 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.
Truth. We stay true to our personal code
of conduct and ethics - honor, integrity, personal responsibility, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.
The Rewards of being a Mason
Personal Growth: Our continuing pursuit of knowledge, ethics, and leadership skills makes us better men and brings more meaning into our lives.
Friendships: Masonry is a community of men and their families who share your beliefs and values. The Fraternity lets men associate with other men of honor and integrity who believe things like honesty, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge are important in their lives.
Service to Community: Charity is at the heart of most Masonic activities. Our commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and community service helps make the world a better place for all of us. Especially in the communities in which we live.
Rich History: You will be a part of an organization that values tradition and history. The traditions and core values of our fraternity are just as relevant today as they were in all ages before, and will endure for centuries to come.
How To Join Us?
One of Masonry’s customs is not to solicit members; men must seek membership on their own through a Mason they know or a local lodge.
That is exactly why attending different social gatherings at our lodge is so important to get started.
A Mason who recommends you for membership will assist with completing and submitting the application. After submitting the application, you will be interviewed by members of the lodge you wish to join so they can learn more about you and you can learn more about Freemasonry. If the interview is favorable, your application is presented to the lodge for a vote. If the vote is affirmative, you receive the Entered Apprentice degree - the first degree of Freemasonry. When you advance through the next two degrees, you are a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity.
Are you interested in becoming a Mason?
The qualifications to be a Mason are clear and distinct. In California, the petitioner must be a man of at least 18 years of age. He must be free of any previous felonious criminal convictions and be of good moral character. He must also believe in a Supreme Being and the immortality of the soul. Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.
One of Masonry's traditions is that we do not solicit members. Men must seek membership on their own initiative. If you wish for more information or are ready to join, contact us by email or phone our Lodge Ambassador, Gabriel Agopyan at
(213) 445-1304. To better acquaint yourself with our Lodge, you may also attend the dinner portion of our monthly Stated Meeting or any of our public events. Our calendar is located in this website to see our events.
Find out more at www.freemason.org