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926 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 395-3992

Santa Monica Palisades Lodge No. 307 is a historic Lodge in the heart of Santa Monica, California. Come learn more about Freemasonry and our ancient Craft.

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This blog is a resource for the members of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No. 307. It is also intended to be read and shared amongst the community at large. We hope to share some interesting and enlightening insights on Freemasonry, and perhaps inspire others to come visit us and learn more. 

 

History of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge

Greg Cherry

On the evening of March 9, 1891, seventeen Master Masons met at the home of Brother Martin Henry Volkman on Third Street, near Santa Monica Blvd. The purpose of the meeting were initial discussion to form a Masonic Lodge here in Santa Monica. There were only a few thousand residents at that time. One of the attendees was Brother Abbott Kinney, a member of Pasadena Lodge No. 272, and the founder of Venice Beach, CA.

On June 10, 1891, a dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge of California. A few days later the first official Lodge meeting was held. And on October 14, 1891, a Charter was granted to Santa Monica Lodge No. 307.  Only 7 months passed from the first unofficial lodge meeting, to a fully chartered and working lodge. Leroy Brown served as the first Master of the lodge.  

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Take a Widow To Lunch Program

Greg Cherry

The Take a widow to lunch program is as easy as it sounds. A current member must call on a widow and invite her to lunch. In turn, the lodge will pay for their lunch. Find out more about it here...

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How To Become a Member

Greg Cherry

Many young men that are interested in learning more about Freemasonry still believe that you have to be asked to join the lodge, to be "tapped on the shoulder."

This notion most likely stems from the secretive nature of Masonic lodges, coupled with the fact that Masons have always had a stated policy that they do not recruit new members. 

However, this couldn't be further from the truth. 

Masonic lodges are always looking for men of good moral character and a desire to get involved. In order for a man to join Masonry, he must seek it out of "his own free will and accord."

For some men, this means they have a relative that is currently a member of a lodge, or perhaps a friend.  For other men, this means they have to do their research, most likely online, and find a lodge closet to them. They must attend a Stated meeting, which is the monthly meeting that is open to the public, and any curious visitors. 

At Santa Monica No. 307, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to attract good men, and to make them feel at home in our Masonic lodge. 

Below outlines a good approach for prospecting members, for attracting them to Masonry, and welcoming them to the lodge. This has been developed by the Grand Lodge of California, and it provides a structure for more effective member prospecting. 

This is also known as the "Take Five" approach, based on the five steps for leading a man from an interested visitor to an initiated Mason.