San Jacinto Masonic Lodge No. 338
The San Jacinto Masonic Lodge No. 338 collected gifts for families of children at Megan Cope Elementary School in San Jacinto this winter. From left, Megan Cope nurse Beth Johnson, Masons John Allen, Megan Cope Principal Juan Penaloza and Mason Bob Snyder.
Name of club: San Jacinto Masonic Lodge No. 33
When formed: 1899
Current president: The current Master is Jim Ridley.
Number of members: 110
Club’s mission: The mission of Freemasonry in California is brotherhood, community involvement and self-improvement through education, family values, moral standards and charity. Masons invest in children, our neighborhoods and our future.
Area served: This lodge shares the San Jacinto Valley with the Hemet Lodge, but its membership is open to any qualified male.
Meeting time and place: Monthly dinner and business meetings are held at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at 131 E. Main St., San Jacinto.
Current projects: The lodge has adopted Megan Cope Elementary School to provide some of the essentials that the teachers need after the state cut back its funding. The lodge also has joined with the Grand Lodge of California in a special project to provide books to children in the first through third grades.
Notable accomplishments: The lodge has shipped more than 600 care packages to U.S. troops overseas in the war zone. Each year the lodge provides up to three $500 scholarships to local students. Proceeds from its annual golf tournament are used to help needy families during Christmas. Each year, more than 1,000 children are processed through the lodge’s child ID program where they are fingerprinted and their photos taken in case some sort of emergency arises.
Quote: “I consider myself a lucky man to have joined this fraternity when I did. It has added that elusive element to my life that had been missing,” said Bob Snyder, past master,
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