La Jolla Lodge #518

Free & Accepted Masons of California

Who are the Freemasons, and what do we do?

Masonic Homes of California​

Shriner's Hospitals

Make a Profound Impact.

Let's Write the Future

Scottish Rite Foundation

What is Freemasonry?

Masonry (also known as Freemasonry) is the world's first and largest fraternal organization. It is a brotherhood of like-minded men who genuinely care about each other. 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.
Masonry in California

Masonry has been an integral part of California for more than 150 years. During the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune. Many of these men were Masons and brought with them Masonic values and traditions. Not surprisingly, some of California’s first Masonic lodges were established in the mining towns of the Gold Country. In 1850 - the same year that California became a state - the Grand Lodge of California was established in Sacramento. Within 10 years, the number of Masonic lodges in the new state had grown from 11 to 130, while membership soared from 258 to more than 5,000. Over the years, the Masons have played a key role in shaping the history of California. To date, 19 California governors have been Masons, and at least four California Masons have been elected to the U.S. Senate. Today there are more than 50,000 members and about 330 lodges, making the Grand Lodge of California one of the largest in the world

The Masons of California are committed to personal growth
and making a profound difference in the lives of others.
What We Do:
BROTHERLY LOVE
RELIEF
TRUTH
For members:

We are committed to engaging and retaining members and their families through an enhanced, sustaining, and relevant membership experience. Fellowship, family, and lifelong learning are important to us. Leadership development and Masonic education are offered in a variety of formats to assist members in their continuous pursuit of knowledge, helping them excel both inside and outside the fraternity.







For those in need:

Relief is one of our enduring and relevant values. We take responsibility for the well-being of our brothers, our families, and our communities. It’s our obligation. Our philanthropic causes are supported entirely by our members’ generous contributions.
Through the Masonic Homes of California, excellent care and critical services are provided for Masons and their wives and widows at our residential communities for seniors and through our statewide outreach programs.
The Masonic Center for Youth and Families (MCYAF) answers the need for integrated help for youth who struggle with behavioral or mental health issues. MCYAF is an expansion of the fraternity’s commitment to serve youth and families in a meaningful and innovative way, providing an integrated model of care that is unavailable anywhere else in the United States.



For public education:

As a fraternity, we have championed many great causes - but perhaps none so personal, or so affecting, as that of public education. From helping to establish the nation’s first public school systems to helping bring California’s public schools out of crisis in 1920, Masons have been on the forefront.

We continue to be leaders in statewide support of public schools through early literacy skills for kindergarteners at high risk for educational failure; scholarships for deserving - but often overlooked - high school seniors who might not otherwise have the ability to obtain a higher education; and a number of other critically needed programs benefiting underserved youth.