About Us

Modesto Masonic Lodge is a part of Freemasonry under the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California.  Masons seek to improve themselves through enlightenment: making good men better. We use the tools of ancient stone masons as symbolic reminders for living a moral and virtuous life. In addition to personal improvement, Masons help to create stronger communities through various philanthropic endeavors.  We also get together for fellowship and brotherhood: dinners, barbecues, fishing, and other activities.  Freemasonry’s concordant organizations offer even more opportunities for fun, fellowship, and enlightenment.

Modesto Lodge #206 Free & Accepted Masons
800 Rose Ave.
Modesto, CA 95355-4324

Office: 209-524-3238
Fax: 209-527-1895
Email: masoniccenterofmodesto@comcast.net.
Mon & Thurs 8:30-12, 1-4

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/modestomasons
Twitter: @ModestoMasons
Instagram: ModestoMasons in your app

More information on our lodge history:
A history of the first one hundred years:  Lodge 206 History
A list of our Past Masters:  Past Masters List

38 Responses to About Us

  1. Eugene Kilbride says:

    Hello I am interested in joining the brotherhood. I am 26 years old, a recent father and U.S. Army veteran. I would like to enlighten my life and fullfill my fullest potential.

    • Doug says:


      Thank you for your interest in Freemasonry. I sent you an e-mail with details about joining. We look forward to hearing from you.



      • MATTHEW says:

        GOOD MORNING ,


        • Doug says:


          Thanks for your message and for your interest in our lodge. I replied to your mesage below, and I also forwarded your message and contact e-mail to our lodge secretary, who should be contacting you soon to get you going on the process for membership.

          Looking forward to meeting you, and congratulations on becoming a new father.


  2. Jim Leach says:

    I recently relocated here from Missouri and was wondering when you meet and wanted info on transfering membership

    • Doug says:

      Brother Jim,

      Welcome to California. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. Contact our lodge Secretary, Mike Arnerich, about transferring membership. You can e-mail him at lodge206.secretary@att.net. We look forward to hearing from you.

  3. david teal says:

    I would like to know how i can enter the freemasons?

    • Doug says:


      Sorry for the delay in response. However, the first step in becoming a Freemason is to ask: we do not recruit. You can contact us by all the means above. You can see what activities that are coming up by looking at our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Masons/134180826601652 The majority of our events are open to anyone. You can attend an event, get to meet some of the brethren, and get an application to join.

      Good luck in your endeavor,


  4. Douglas Dyrssen says:

    I am interested in joining the Masons. I am a 28 year old family man and veteran who is looking to better himself. I ask that you please send the information required.


    • Doug says:


      I do not know if anyone has contacted you regarding your inquiry into becoming a Mason back in December: sorry for the really long delay in response as we’re catching up on messages. If you are still interested, contact our lodge secretary at lodge206.secretary@att.net to receive all the necessary information you would like.

      Modesto Masons

  5. Joshua W says:

    I am interested in becoming a Mason and attempting to find further information to help in that path. I am 30 years old, Father and a local Officer.

    Thank You

    • admin says:

      Hello Joshua,

      You’ve taken the first step in becoming a Mason. 2B1Ask1.

      There are many Masonic lodges. If you are in the Modesto area, please contact our lodge secretary at lodge206.secretary@att.net to receive all the necessary information you would like. Come to some of our public events and meet the brethren and get to know us (our Constitution Night program is coming up on Sept 13, and Cigar Night is on the 12th.)

      If you are not in the Modesto area, you can check your white pages for your local Masonic Lodge, or google California Masonic Lodge (or other locale) and you will quickly find a directory of lodges.

      Modesto Masons

    • Doug says:

      Congratulations on being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, Brother! Very proud to call you friend and Brother. May your travels be filled with light.

  6. Marco Diaz says:

    Hello, I am interested in becoming a freemason. I am 19 yeas old and I am currently a full time student to become an engineer. I am interested in becoming a brother to become further enlightened and to become as intelligent as i can be.

    • Doug says:

      Marco, if you let us know what city (or country, if it applies) you are from, we can send you some resources to join Freemasonry in your area. If you are in or near Modesto, Ca, then e-mail lodge206.secretary@att.net to get all the necessary details about joining our lodge.

  7. Modesto Resendez says:

    Hello my name is modesto resendez and i am interested in furthering my knowledge in masonry. im 19 years old and am interested in becoming a member of the brotherhood

    • Doug says:

      Modesto, same question…
      If you let us know what city (or country, if it applies) you are from, we can send you some resources to join Freemasonry in your area. If you are in or near Modesto, Ca, then e-mail lodge206.secretary@att.net to get all the necessary details about joining our lodge.

  8. Anon says:

    I’ve heard lots of things about Freemasons and Masonry, but none of it pertained to what your page says. It was more satanic and devil worshiping why is it that these rumors exist?

    • Doug says:

      Firstly, I want to thank you for your question. It is an honest and straightforward thought, and, quite frankly, is a prominent myth out there—especially rife on the internet conspiracy theory circles.

      So, why does it exist? I will do my best to explain.

      It is the hoax—the vicious lie—that just won’t go away. It began in France in the 1880s with a guy named Leo Taxil (real name was Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pages). Taxil was a con man, anti-religious, and a pornographic writer of sorts: basically a low-down dirty dog sort of guy. In 1881, he joined a Masonic lodge, became a Freemason. After one year, the Masons realized what a disreputable person Taxil was and kicked him out. Taxil decided to get back at not only the Freemasons but also the Catholic Church (I will state right now that there are many prominent Catholics who were and are Freemasons, and some of our lodge brethren are proudly Catholic. The Freemasons have no animosity toward any religion whatsoever, which will be explained a little later).

      Taxil abruptly converted to Catholicism to the surprise of his friends because he was so outspoken against them. He began to tell that he could reveal the innermost workings of the Freemasons. Before being kicked out, Taxil only received his first degree, the Entered Apprentice degree, and would not know hardly anything about the workings of the fraternity. Therefore, he was lying. He created something he called the New and Reformed Palladin Rite. This does not and has never existed in Freemasonry; it was just another of Taxil’s many lies. His wild stories captivated a curious audience and spread.

      It is unfortunately, but some churches are ardently against Freemasonry, while Freemasonry does not hold this feeling toward any church. Freemasons have a belief in a supreme being, but we do not tell you who or what you should believe; we are not a religion, so we don’t advocate any doctrine or dogma. That is left to the individual to decide for himself. Masons do strongly advocate that its members seek further knowledge of God in their own house of worship. For many, that is one of the various forms of Christianity. Other brothers are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, etc. Although we all have our individual beliefs and pursue them as we see is right for ourselves, Freemasonry does not discuss either religion or politics because they are the most divisive of issues. In this way, men of many faiths and political beliefs can sit together in peace and harmony. Sadly, a small few churches, often the most fundamental in beliefs, practice the idea of “either you are with them or against them,” and since Freemasonry does not and cannot advocate any one religious belief, we are denounced.

      Back to Leo Taxil. Taxil found some sympathetic ears with his local Catholic church, who feared that Freemasonry would overthrow the church’s authority and drive believers away. Taxil exploited this fear. He created fake councils and placed the recently deceased Albert Pike as the head of it all. Pike, an American Southerner, wrote the vast majority of the ritual for the Scottish Rite. Pike was a complex man, who had his faults and as well as his triumphs, but he did not worship the devil. Nevertheless, Taxil made him the head of the “Supreme Confederated Councils of the World,” something that never existed, and that they all were part of an inner cabal of high ranking Masons who worshipped the devil. This was all Leo Taxil lies. It never happened; it never existed except in Taxil’s own mind. I also want to add that there were Catholics, a bishop in particular, who did speak out against Taxil and called him a liar.

      After several years of lies mounting on lies, Taxil’s hoax grew too large for him to sustain. So, on April 19, 1897, Taxil held a large press conference of sorts and announced that it was all a wild hoax to humiliate Freemasons and the Catholic Church: to get back at everyone he personally didn’t like.

      So, if the hoax came from Taxil, and he, himself, admitted it was hoax, why then does it still exist today? Well, for whatever reason, people would rather believe a lie if it aids their cause and beliefs—even if it is known to be a lie—than to simply accept the truth. Many anti-Masonic writers picked up Taxil’s lies and reprinted them, ignoring the glaring fact that Taxil admitted they were lies. Therefore, the hoax that Taxil created lives on through internet conspiracy theories.

      There are some excellent Masonic resources that seek to set the record straight. My recounting of Taxil’s story comes from Brother S. Brent Morris’s book:
      Morris, Brent S. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry. New York. Penguin Group Publishing. 2006.

      Also, there is much more debunking of Masonic myths on this site: http://www.masonicinfo.com/

      I have attempted to explain where this myth comes from and why it is false. While we, as a lodge, appreciate thoughtful comments and questions—even if it disagrees with us because everyone has a right to think for himself—we ask that the comments be civil and courteous. We will not respond to anyone who sends any vicious attack messages or acts in a rude manner, and the comment will not be posted. So, please, be good people.

      As Brother Voltaire once said, “I do not agree with a word you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

      I hope this helps to answer your question some.

      • Doug says:

        One final thought. I personally sit in a lodge room with Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists. I sit with Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and such. Yet, we are all close friends and brothers! Where else in the world does this happen?

        • Maycon says:

          And I also would like to address the view that Freemasonry solhud be an oasis apart from society. I do not think Freemasonry ever was meant to be a monastic experience. Do you really think Paul Revere and the original Tea Party was a fluke, a one time foray of Freemasonry into the issues of the day? Would you do away with the CHIP program that many GLs run because that is interfering in society’s problems? Would you shut down Masonic scholarships for the same reason? Would you prohibit Freemasons from marching in any parades or participating in any national holiday celebrations? Would you prevent Freemasons from helping to conserve our natural resources by promoting conservation and prohibiting toxic dumping? Are Freemasons to be like Monks cloistered in a private domain and sheltered from the goings on of the outside world? Is this what your vision of Freemasonry is?

  9. Cristian Munoz says:

    Hello, Freemasons.. I’m currently a senior in high school doing a presentation on the illuminati, I know that freemasons as of now have nothing to do with “the illuminati” but I do not know what the purpose of the Freemasons is and I’m required to aqcuire hands on information about what the purpose is. For my research I would like to interview someone. Thank you for considering my request Sincerely, Cristian Munoz -Valley Charter High School Student.

    • Doug says:


      You are absolutely corect in that Freemasonry has no connection with the Illuminati. The Illuminati was formed in Bavaria in 1776. They tried to recruit Freemasons but without much success. The Bavarian king stamped them out several years later.

      Freemasonry is a fraternity of good men who want to better themselves and their community. The working tools of ancient stone masons serve as a symbolic reminder on living a proper life: keeping our passions within due bounds, helping our fellow citizens, taking care of our families, and always being reverent toward God. We serve our community through a wide array of community projects: Shriners Hospital For Children (Shriners are Masons), a Child ID program, and gifts of bicycles to school kids.

      I hope this helps to answer your question.

    • Doug says:


      For interviewing someone in person, contact our lodge secretary, Mike Arnerich, at lodge206.secretary@att.net. Mike can either help you or put you in contact with someone who can.

      Best of luck with your project.

  10. Phillip Rushing says:

    I would like to learn more about becoming a Freemasonry. I’m a husband and a father of two girls that would like to be part in helping our community. A friend of mine Steve Hatzigesrgion and I would like to meet with someone to see what we need to do.

    Thank you for your time.

    Phillip Rushing

    • Doug says:


      Sorry it took so long to reply back to you. If you are in the Modesto area, your best option is to e-mail us directly. Our lodge secretary, Mike Arnerich, can send you an application and arrange to have you meet some of the brethren. Mike may be e-mailed at lodge206.secretary@att.net. You may also go to our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/modestomasons) to see what events we have happening. Lastly, you can always call us at 209-524-3238 or stop by the lodge itself at 800 Rose Ave.

      We hope to hear from you soon!

  11. Tyronn Pettis says:

    Do you guys except black people into the brother hood

    • Doug says:


      Mr. Pettis, my deepest apologies for not responding sooner. We don’t check the blog as often as our Facebook and other social media. To answer your question, Modesto Lodge members come from all backgrounds and ethnicities. All good men of good character are welcome to join. I would like to invite you to our next Stated Meeting dinner on February 4th. We always have a dinner beforehand at 6:30 p.m. where anyone may attend, and it would be free for you. There you can meet all our brethren, ask any questions, and receive an application to join. We hope you will attend.

      Looking forward to meeting you,

      Modesto Masonic Lodge #206

  12. Autumn Petrolina says:

    I am a student at Modesto Junior College and I am doing a research project for my anthropology class. I am really interested on the Freemasonry fraternity. I live right down the street from the Lodge and have always wondered what it was, what the symbol meant, “what do they believe, is it a church, is it a religion?”. I would like to ask if you would allow me to meet and talk to someone of your fraternity who could tell me a little about their membership in the Free Masonry. If you would allow me to drop in on a couple meetings. My goal is to observe and gather only factual, unbiased information.

  13. Jonathan Roblero says:

    Hello, I have a question. Do you guys offer scholarships for college students?

    • Doug says:

      Hello Jonathan,

      Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships for students already in college, only for high school students moving onto college.



  14. Jeff Pedrotti says:

    I am interested in becoming a Freemason. I live in Modesto and am a cabinetmaker by trade. I have done some research on Freemasonry and don’t believe all the lies spun by those who hate anything good and noble. I guess I need to be a member of a Blue Lodge before moving on to Scottish Rite. I am of Italian ancestry and involved in the local Italian community also. What do I need to do to join?

  15. Richard Hibbard says:

    I am a 25 yr old Father wanting knowledge and guidance…. I would love to join! Please send me any information needed to proceed

  16. Steve Reid says:

    I am trying to find out information about my father when he was Past Master of the Oakdale Lodge in 1939. Any help would be appreciated!

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