The Masons of Conejo Valley Lodge #807 were pleased to invite members of the Thousand Oaks community to an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conejo Valley Lodge, 2786 Crescent Way in Thousand Oaks.
The event included refreshments and a special meet and greet time with the Masonic family organizations in the Conejo Valley, presentations about the Conejo Valley Lodge and its history, a speaker and discussion panel with questions and answers, tours of the lodge, Q&A with members of the lodge and its role in the Thousand Oaks community. Also on site to share their organizations with guests was local chapters of DeMolay International, Job’s Daughters, High Twelve and the Order of Eastern Star.
“The topics that we discussed were vast,” says Brandon Lippincott, master of the Lodge. “They included famous Freemasons, the truth about Masonic secrets and debunking common myths, the history of Masonic rituals, and the history of the Conejo Valley Lodge. We hope we shed as much light as possible on the truth about Freemasonry, and dispel any misconceptions about the Craft.”
Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization, based on the belief that a man who strives to improve himself can also improve his community and the world at large. The Masons of California have more than 50,000 members and more than 325 lodges located throughout the state.
The California Masonic Foundation is committed to making a profound difference for its communities, and touches the lives of thousands of Californians each year.
While there was no charge to attend the Open House, RSVPs were encouraged on a registration website provided by the Grand Lodge of California.
“This was an exciting opportunity for anyone to learn more about the Freemasons, and hopefully walk-away knowing more about Freemasonry than they did before,” Lippincott says.
Since 1961, Masons in the Conejo Valley Lodge have made true friends, improved themselves and had an impact on society. Conejo Valley Lodge #807 is a group of men who are committed to personal growth and making a profound difference in the lives of others. “It is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other,” Lippincott says. “We develop lifelong friendships with fellow Masons and their families, and are welcomed at Masonic lodges throughout the United States and the world. 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,” the Master added.
Through the fraternity, many causes are championed, such as Masons4Mitts, support of California public schools and fellow brethren in the lodge. Men like the 1st United States President and the Founding Father, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Edison, and Buzz Aldrin became Masons.
“Freemasonry has played a significant role in society, has inspired many men throughout history, as well as inspired the very foundation and fabric of Hollywood, movies, television, and countless novels,” Lippincott says. “Our Masonic Open House hopefully dispelled some of the myths and rumors that surround Masonry, as it relates to society, as well as enlightened the people in the community with something that you might have not have known before.”
Written by Brother Steve Ames