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Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts Welcomed

There have been many firsts for Freemasonry in Modesto since we began to meet one October night 142 years ago. On Thursday, October 4, 2012, there was another first as Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts were welcomed into our lodge meetings. … Continue reading

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Child ID at the International Heritage Festival

Modesto Masons joined the fun at the International Heritage Festival in front of the Gallo Center on October 6, 2012 to conduct the Child ID program. The festival began around 11 am and included music, dancers, and ethnic booths representing … Continue reading

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October Events

Trestleboard-October 2012 Another busy month with Modesto Masons: October 4 – Stated Meeting October 7 – Octoberfest – Beer and Brats! (begins at 3 pm) October 10 – Cigar Night: 6:00 pm October 11 – Past Masters Night (dinner at … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Brother Rick, Master Mason

Brother Rick was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason last Thursday on August 23rd.  Immediately following the degree, Brother Rick’s lovely wife presented him with his Masonic square and compass ring. Rick has been quite active with the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our newest Master Mason, Brother Vernon

Brother Vernon was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on August 14th.  Brother Vernon became fully involved in lodge activities from his very start as an Entered Apprentice Mason.  Modesto Masons truly looks forward to his growth and … Continue reading

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Community Service with a Purpose

On July 22nd, brethren from Modesto Masonic Lodge operated the Child ID booth at the Stanislaus County Fair.  The Masonic Child ID booth is a program that fingerprints and photographs children onto a data form for their parents.  If the … Continue reading

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Not just a lot of hot air

Modesto lodge’s monthly Cigar Night continues to be hit for both Masons and non-Masons alike.  Every second Wednesday of the month, Masons, friends, and family gather together to enjoy a delicious dinner, libations, camaraderie, and..of course…some fine premium cigars. Routinely, … Continue reading

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Honoring those who honored us

Every Memorial Day weekend Acacia Memorial Park  proudly displays over 200 American flags along the driveways within the cemetery.  Volunteers from Modesto lodge, which owns and operates Acacia, came out each morning and afternoon to raise and lower the flags. … Continue reading

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Over a Century of Freemasonry in Modesto

Modesto lodge no. 206 was chartered in Tuolumne City, California on October 14, 1870, then as Stanislaus lodge no. 206.  Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States.  The Civil War had concluded only five years previously.  San Francisco … Continue reading

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Grand Lecturer’s School of Instruction

Modesto Lodge no. 206 hosted the 2012 Grand Lecturer’s School of Instruction on the Entered Apprentice degree, the first degree in Freemasonry.  Masonic inspectors, lodge officers and coaches, and Masons of every degree from the North San Joaquin Valley area … Continue reading

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