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In the Masons of California's 2023 Fraternity Report, review the highlights of the past year.

2023 Fraternity Report:
Change, for the Better

By Grand Master G. Sean Metroka

As we approach the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of California, I’ve been contemplating just how much our fraternity has changed in that time.

Grand Master G. Sean Metroka

We have always worked to provide relief where the need exists—including beyond the walls of our lodges. Now, more than ever, we are meeting these needs in new and creative ways.

This year, we greatly expanded admissions at the Masonic Homes of California. That means that, for the first time ever, services through the Masonic Homes are open to the parents and parents in-law of eligible California Masons—including Fellow Crafts and Entered Apprentices—as well as to our fellow members in the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California and the Grand Lodge of Iran in Exile. 

That’s not the only way we’re reaching into the community around us.

Through the California Masonic Foundation, we recently launched an exciting new campaign through the Working Tools Program to invest in pathways into the trades for students in San Diego looking for an alternative to a four-year college degree. This was part of a place-based philanthropic strategy in San Diego, and one we look forward to building on next year in Sacramento.

Meanwhile, the Masonic Center for Youth and Families keeps growing, providing individual, group, family, and senior therapy to Masons, their families, and the community at large. Through MCYAF, we are meeting an important community need at a time of unprecedented stress.

The California Masonic Memorial Temple and Nob Hill Masonic Center have also implemented new strategies to bring more people in, raise awareness of our institution, and to enhance the support they provide to our many important programs. Their contributions to Masonry in California are superb.

Through these efforts and those of our lodges and members, I believe we are “Sharing the Light of Freemasonry” and materially improving the world around us.

Sincerely and fraternally,



G. Sean Metroka
Grand Master of Masons in California

Read More From the 2023 Fraternity Report

Fraternity Report: From the Ground Up
As a fraternity, the Masons of California are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. But in 2023, signs were pointing up.

Masonic Homes Report: A New Era for Relief
As the Masonic Homes of California celebrates 125 years, the organization is writing a new chapter in its story.

Foundation Report: A Force for Good
In 2023, the California Masonic Foundation brought its resources and relationships to bear on a single community—and showed the true impact of Masonic philanthropy.

Leadership Spotlight: Working Together
At Marin No. 191, a new membership campaign is bringing three local lodges together.

Leadership Spotlight: The Givers
A new lodge, Andres Bonifacio No. 879, has put philanthropy at the center of its culture.

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