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What is Masonry?

Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization.  It is guided by the enduring belief that each man has a responsibility to make the world a better place.  For 300 years, Freemasonry has enhanced and strengthened the character of individual men by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and the search for truth – within ourselves and the larger world.

Our Mission and Our Lodge

Scepter Lodge’s mission is to promote personal growth and improve the lives of others.  We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and the community as a whole.  We value respect, kindness, tolerance, and our differences – religious, ethnic, cultural, generational, and educational, and strive for harmony in our individual lives, in our lodge, and in the global community.

Rewards of Being a Freemason

Making True Friends

Masonry is a community of men and their families who share similar beliefs and values. The fraternity finds it important to connect with other men of honor, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge, regardless of their race, color, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship, or national origin. We are friends and brothers, and are connected through this vital and uplifting organization of moral men.

Improving Ourselves

Our continuing pursuit of truth, knowledge, ethics, and leadership skills makes us better men and brings more meaning to our lives. Learning the tenets of Freemasonry, paired with being an active part of our community, gives us the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, and builds self-discipline through commitment and self-confidence.

Having an Impact

As a member of the Freemasons, the Grand Lodge of California, and Scepter Lodge No. 143, we are a part of a worldwide organization that values tradition, history, and timeless wisdom. The traditions and core values of our fraternity are meaningful today and will endure for centuries to come because of our direct impact in our community, through our charities, and on a personal level.

Join Us

Scepter Lodge membership is open to men 18 and older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and intention, and who believe in a Supreme Being.  Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome.

One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members – men must seek membership on their own initiative. Anyone is welcome to request information about the fraternity.

If you are interested in applying for membership to our lodge, now is a good time to start.  Please contact us to schedule a visit during an event, or request more information. You can come and join us for a meal, as our guest, at our stated meeting. First Monday of the Month. Dinner is served at 6:30pm.

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Upcoming events

May 20, 2022
  • May 20, 2022

    Scepter Lodge 143 Second Degree for Bruice Garret

    May 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Second Degree for Brother Bruce Garrett.
    Fellowcraftes and Master Masons are welcome to attend

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May 22, 2022
May 23, 2022
  • May 23, 2022

    Scepter Lodge 143 - Practice

    May 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Scepter Lodge 143 Practice

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May 27, 2022
  • May 27, 2022

    Scepter Lodge 143 - Practice

    May 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Scepter Lodge Practice

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May 30, 2022
  • May 30, 2022

    Scepter Lodge 143 - Practice

    May 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Scepter Lodge Practice

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July 18, 2022
  • July 18, 2022

    Private Party Shelly

    July 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Private Party - Shelly

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September 17, 2022
  • September 17, 2022

    Delta Star - Association Meeting

    September 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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