Becoming a Freemason

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you

Masons and non-Masons alike read our blog, see our events on the Modesto Masons Facebook page (, or follow our Twitter: @ModestoMasons. Maybe this is your first visit to our site, and your searching out of curiosity. You have read the books on Freemasonry and watched the films. You have searched the internet and sifted through sites on Freemasonry from the logical and informative to the, well, illogical ones. You have made the decision to become a Mason. Now what? Where do you go? What do you do?

Masons often quote Matthew 7:7; “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” In modern terms, this means that you must search out Freemasonry and ask to join because we do not recruit for members. So, how does one “ask”?

If you are in the Modesto area, your best option is to e-mail us directly. Our lodge assistant secretary, Mike Arnerich, can send you an application and arrange to have you meet some of the brethren. Mike may be e-mailed at You can message here, but we receive a lot of spam messages. Sometimes the legitimate messages get lost in the shuffle, but don’t give up. You may also go to our Facebook page ( and send us a message. Lastly, you can always call us at 209-524-3238 or stop by the lodge itself:

800 Rose Ave.
Modesto, CA 95355-4324

If you are not in the Modesto area but are in California, the best place to go is here: This is the Masonic Grand Lodge of California website information request form. You can request to receive information about Freemasonry in general or receive information about lodges in your area. If you are out of state or out of country, doing an internet search for your grand lodge will be your first stop.

The majority of our events are open to the public, and we welcome anyone interested to join us for these events and see what we are all about. When you are ready to join the Freemasons, we will be here to warmly greet you.

26 Responses to Becoming a Freemason

  1. David Kimball says:

    I am in Modesto for six months from the Bay Area and would like to attend a meeting. When is the Stated Meeting? 408 836 ****

    • Doug says:

      Greetings Brother Kimball,

      Our lodge meets on the first Thursday of the month. Therefore, our next Stated Meeting will be on June 6th. We have a dinner at 6:30 pm and our meeting at 7:30 pm. We are also having a second degree this Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm. We look forward to meeting you.

      Doug- Modesto Masons

  2. Daniel Bryant says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I was wondering if the Oakdale lodge 275 merged with your lodge? My great grandfather was apart of that lodge his name is Marvin Bryant.

    Thank you
    Daniel Bryant

    • Doug says:

      Mr. Bryant,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Oakdale lodge no. 275 consolidated with Summit no. 112 in Knight’s Ferry. They are now known as Oak Summit no. 112. They would have the records for your great grandfather. You can contact their lodge secretary, Rodney Owen, at to find out more information.

  3. Brian Keith says:

    Seeking information on joining.

    • Doug says:

      Hello Brian,

      Thanks for your interest in joining our lodge. We are always interested in having good men join our ancient fraternal order. The best thing to do is to contact our lodge by contacting our lodge secretary, Mike Arnerich, at He can answer all your questions and get you going on the application process. You can also call us at 209-524-3238 or stop by the lodge itself at 800 Rose Ave. in Modesto (near Orangeburg and Rose). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  4. MATTHEW says:


    • Doug says:


      Thank you for your desire to join our lodge and Brotherhood. You can obtain an application by e-mailing our lodge secretary, Mike Arnerich, at Brother Mike can answer all of your questions and give you and application along with explaining the process.



    • Doug says:

      I also forwarded your message and contact e-mail to our lodge secretary, who should be contacting you soon. Also, congratulations on becoming a new father!

  5. Johnathan Choate says:

    Good morning,

    • Johnathan Choate says:

      I apologize for the random good morning message. I was hoping to inquire more about the application process and attending.

      Many thanks,
      Johnathan Choate

      • Doug says:

        Mr. Choate,

        Firstly, my apologies for not replying sooner; it has been a busy month. The best way to learn about the application process is to stop by the lodge before one of our events to meet the brethren and pick up an application. Our next monthly Stated Meeting is on February 4th. We always have a dinner beforehand at 6:30 p.m. We would love to have you attend to have dinner with us…and it’s free for you. There, you can meet all of us and ask any questions you may have.

        Looking forward to meeting you,

        Modesto Masonic Lodge #206

  6. Albert S. says:

    I sent an email to Mike Arnerich, just waiting on a reply. Hoping to join the #206.

    • Doug says:


      Firstly, my apologies on the delayed response. Hopefully you heard back from Brother Mike Arnerich, but if you haven’t, let me know and I will get in contact with you about joining. Also, I would like to invite you to our next Stated Meeting dinner. We always have a dinner at 6:30 p.m. that is open to everyone, and it would be free for you. You would be most welcome to attend and have dinner with us. There you can meet the brethren, ask questions, and receive an application to join. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

      Looking forward to meeting you!

      Modesto Masonic Lodge #206

  7. Ralph Gallegos says:

    I have very high interest of becoming a brother to the Modesto, Ca Lodge # 206.
    with this comment I have included my personal and direct email address. I look forward to your response.


    • Doug says:


      Thanks for your inquiry. You have already made the biggest step: asking to become a Freemason. The next best step is to stop by the lodge during one of our events and meet many of the brethren. We have a Stated Meeting on Thursday, April 7th. We always have a dinner at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting, and I would like like to invite you to this dinner. At the dinner you can meet many of us, ask questions, and also receive an application to join. Also the dinner is free! Further, I will pass along your e-mail to our assistant secretary, who can also answer many of your questions. If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail us



  8. Jeff Pedrotti says:

    I am interested in joining The Brotherhood. I want to be the best I can be and form strong friendships. How do I join?

  9. Steve Reid says:

    I believe my father was Past Master of the Oakdale Lodge in 1939. Do you know where I can find information about him?

    • Doug says:

      Oakdale Lodge recently merged with Summit Lodge, now called Oak Summit Lodge no. 112. They should still have all of Oakdale’s records, so they could tell you more about your father’s Masonic history. If you email me at, I can give you some contacts to Oak Summit.

  10. Angelo m says:

    Hi Iā€™m new to Modesto from the Bay Area and I would like some information about joining

    • Doug says:

      Hello Angelo

      Thank you for writing to us and asking about joining Freemasonry, and welcome to Modesto.

      You took the first and biggest step already, asking to join since we never solicit for membership.

      The next step would be to come to the lodge and meet the Brethren. In that way, you could ask questions about Freemasonry and the joining process; it would also help you determine if Freemasonry will be a good fit for you.

      Our next event will be on Wednesday, November 8th: Cigar Night. We have a dinner, cigars, and libations. We’d love to have you join us. You do not have to smoke to attend, as many who do attend come only for the camaraderie.

      Generally, we would like those interested in joining our lodge to come to a few events and get to know us more. After which, we can get you an application to join. You will need two members to sign your application, which is why it is good to come to a few events.

      We are located on 800 Rose Ave., between Orangeburg and Scenic. Our Cigar Night is at a member’s house this month. If you email me, I can give you more details.

      Otherwise, feel free to email me any time with questions to


      Modesto Masons

  11. Dylan Sousa says:

    Hello, I am looking to learn more about this brotherhood and possibly joining in due time. I emailed the Modesto lodges secretary like you have said to do so above. I wish to hear from you guys soon. Thank you for your time.

    • Doug says:

      Hello Dylan,

      Thanks for writing to us. Mike Arnerich, our assistant secretary, should be in contact with you soon to answer any questions you may have. I will also send him a note as well to ensure he gets it.

      In the meantime, feel free to email us at with any questions about Freemasonry and about joining.


      Modesto Masons

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