• Hemet San Jacinto Lodge

    July 30th, 2015
    Welcome to the Hemet San Jacinto Masonic Lodge. We are excited to be serving our local community in the San Jacinto / Hemet area.

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    August 1st, 2015
    Welcome to our new website for the Hemet San Jacinto Lodge. Please take some time to browse through it and give us your feedback. We will be updating the site with new material, content and features. Please check back soon and often!
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Hemet San Jacinto Lodge Fostering our Masonic values in our community

2018 Officers Line

Please welcome your newly elected and appointed officers line for Hemet San Jacinto Lodge #338. We look forward to a fun and productive 2018!

Worshipful Master - Rick Opina
Senior Warden - JP Cariaga
Junior Warden - Robert Synder, PM
Treasurer - Glen Brock III
Secretary - Dave Weakley PM
Asst Secretary - Willard Donaldson PM
Chaplain - Alan Bowman PM
Senior Deacon - Vacant
Junior Deacon - William Lowe
Marshal - Robert Woods
Senior Steward - Victor Sardilla
Junior Steward - Kenneth Cotton
Tiler - Wilfred Carlson

Free and Accepted Masons

2017 Officers Line

Please welcome your newly elected and appointed officers line for Hemet San Jacinto Lodge #338.

Worshipful Master - RICK OPINA
Senior Warden - BON MUNAR, PM
Junior Warden - JP CARIAGA
Treasurer - GLEN BROCK SR
Secretary - DAVE WEAKLEY, PM
Asst Secretary - WILL DONALDSON, PM
Chaplain - ALAN BOWMAN, PM
Senior Deacon - DREW DIEDRICH
Junior Deacon - WILSON BOHOL
Senior Steward - ROBERT WOODS
Junior Steward - VIC SARDILLA
Officer's Coach - JOHN ALLEN, PM
Candidate's Coach - JP CARIAGA
square and compass

Joe Quisom our new brother

Congratulation to our newly obligated brother Joe Quisom



2016 Scholarship Winners

Maribel Sanchez San Jacinto High
Anthony Batalla West Valley High
Elizabeth Hill Tahquitz High
Alyssa Ayala San Jacinto Vallley Academy
Joshua Carpenter Hemet High

2016 Masonic Golf Tournament #1


Start May off right!!!


Breakfast at 7:30, a round of golf, and Lunch for only $55.



You might even get the closest to the pin, or the longest drive, or even first place in the 4 person team competition. I've even been told that there are door prizes and trophies. Breakfast is being served by our local DeMolay ($5.00).

All proceeds for the tournament ($50.00 per player) will benefit our local Masonic Charities.

                                                                Contact Allan Bowman (951) 672-2155 to sign your team up or sponsor a hole.

May golf tournament

I am a Freemason

Being neither a Christian nor a Jew, A Muslim or Hindu, being a Democrat nor a Republican, being Black White, Hispanic, Asain, nor Indian, being Rich nor Poor,h as anything to do with me amongst my Bretheren behind this door.

Only my trust in God, the faith in my Brothers, and the charity given to mankind as a result of my actions matter in this place.

I am a Freemason


The Purpose of Masonry


Southern California Research Lodge F. & A. M.


The Purpose of Masonry

By Ed Halpaus, FPS


What is the purpose of Freemasonry? Why has the fraternity continued to exist for so many centuries, and why do we, you, me, and countless others throughout the centuries, love Freemasonry so much?

Read more: The Purpose of Masonry

Masonic Membership

California Masonic membership is open to men age 18 or older who meet the qualifications and standards of character and reputation, and who believe in a Supreme Being.
Men of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are welcome. One of Masonry's traditions is that we do not solicit members. Men must seek membership on their own initiative. To become a member, a man must be recommended by two members of a local Masonic lodge and file a petition through that lodge. After submitting the petition, the applicant then meets with a committee to discuss Freemasonry and learn more about the organization. If the interview is favorable, the petition is presented to the lodge for a vote. If the vote is affirmative, the individual receives the Entered Apprentice degree - the first degree of Freemasonry. Once a man has completed the next two degrees, he is a Master Mason and a full member of the fraternity. The fees for degrees range from $150 to $200. Annual dues are set by the individual lodge and are usually between $12 and $100. To locate a lodge, use the Lodge Locator on freemason.org or contact the Grand Lodge of California at 800/831-8170.

Civil War Masonry

When I read these stories that I had found posted on another lodge's web site, I felt so proud of my membership. Enjoy!


In the years leading up to the Civil War, the United States was divided along political, economic and social lines, far more than we are even today. The slavery question cast its shadow over all the other issues: regional rivalries, trade, development of the country′s natural resources, and settling the West. Important institutions split over the slavery question. For example, the Democratic Party split along regional lines, and the Southern Baptist Church and the Southern Methodist Church were founded.

Freemasonry was the one institution that did not suffer a split. The principles of the Craft outweighed all other considerations in the hearts and minds of its members. This story is best told through a selection of vignettes originally written by the great American Masonic student, Allen Roberts.

Joseph Fort Newton, D.D., was a leading Masonic writer and teacher, and the author of The Builders. In his autobiography he wrote the following about his introduction to Freemasonry:

“My father had been a soldier in the Southern army… He was made a Mason in a military Lodge… Taken prisoner at Arkansas Post, he was carried up the Mississippi river to Rock Island, Illinois… My father become desperately ill, and made himself known as a Mason to an officer of the camp. The officer took him to his own home and nursed him back to life. When the war ended, he loaned Father money to pay his way back to his Texas home and gave him a pearl–handled pistol to protect himself… This experience of my father, when I learned about it, had a very great influence upon my life; the fact that such a fraternity of men could exist, mitigating the harshness of war, and remain unbroken when states and churches were torn in two, became a wonder; and it is not strange that I tried for years to repay my debt to it.” Dr. Newton became a Master Mason at the age of 21 in Friendship Lodge No. 7, Dixon, Illinois.

John W. Geary was made a Mason at Sight on January 4, 1847 in Pennsylvania, just before he left with his troops to fight in the Mexican War. When in California, he was stationed in San Francisco, and served as one its first Mayors. He caused the land that became Union Square to be set–aside as a park. Geary Street is named for him. During the Civil War, he was the commanding Union general at the fall of Savannah, Georgia. He placed Federal troops about the quarters of Solomon′s Lodge No. 1 to save it from looting and damage. Later, while Geary was governor of Pennsylvania, the Lodge sent him a resolution of thanks. He answered by claiming it was the principles and tenets of Freemasonry that helped Reconstruction to be as successful as it finally turned out to be. In this reply, he said: “…I feel again justified in referring to our beloved institution, by saying that to Freemasonry the people of the country are indebted for many mitigations of the suffering caused by the direful passions of war.”

The Battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day of fighting ever during the bitter Civil War. Over 23,000 men were killed or wounded. During this horrible and bloody battle, numerous instances occurred that showed the enduring nature of Brotherly Love and Relief in times of trouble. On the morning following the battle, Confederate sharpshooters fired at anything that moved. A wounded Confederate handed a Union sentry a piece of cloth on which the Square and Compass was crudely drawn in blood. The sentry carried it to a captain who recognized the Masonic emblem. The captain told the Colonel that a wounded Confederate needed help. The Colonel asked for volunteers and several Masons offered to help. At the risk of their lives they went to and carried the fallen Lieutenant of the Alabama Volunteers to the 5th New Hampshire field hospital. The Lieutenant told them about another Mason lying wounded in the cornfield. Back they went and carried him to join the other enemy soldier. Both men received the same treatment, as did the Federal wounded from the camp surgeon, a Freemason, Dr. William Child. These were men who truly remembered their obligation to never hesitate to go out of their way to raise a fallen Brother.

Confederate Masons no less than their Union counterparts remembered the obligations of the Craft in the midst of war. The Federal gunboat USS Albatross, under the command of John Hart hurled shell after shell into the village of St. Francisville, Louisiana. Later, the crew sent a small boat under a flag of truce to the shore. The executive officer asked for a Mason. The Senior Warden of Feliciana Lodge No. 31, W. W. Leake, answered the call. When informed that Captain Hart, who was a Freemason, was dead, Brother Leake immediately offered to open his Lodge and bury Hart with Masonic rites.

Over the years the United Daughters of the Confederacy kept his grave fresh and green. In 1972 the Grand Lodge of Louisiana replaced the simple headstone with a monument that covered Hart′s entire grave. The monument was engraved: “This monument is dedicated in loving tribute to the universality of Freemasonry.”

An interesting story of Masonic unity in the face of political conflict occurred in Denver Lodge No. 5. The members appeared to be evenly divided in their affinity for the opposing sides in the war. This appeared to be problem that couldn’t be overcome, so the Lodge recommended to the Grand Lodge of Colorado that a charter be granted for the formation of Union Lodge. It was granted. But not a single member of Denver Lodge demitted to affiliate with the new one! They had learned it is not necessary for all Freemasons to think alike to remain friends and Brothers.

When Richmond, Virginia, fell to the Union soldiers in April 1865, mobs burned warehouses, blew up ships, and generally set fire to the property along the James River. Masons’ Hall, built in 1785 was close to this area. The Federal Provost Marshal, A. H. Stevens, a member of Putnam Lodge in Massachusetts, placed a guard around the building, plus the homes of several members of the Lodge. Shortly thereafter, Federal and Confederate members of the Craft met in harmony in the same building.

Finally, an instance of true friendship extending beyond the barriers of war is that of General Lewis A. Armistead, of Alexandria Washington Lodge No. 22 and Colonel (later General) Henry H. Bingham. General Armistead was among the Confederate generals leading the ill–fated Pickett’s Charge storming the hills in the Battle of Gettysburg. General Armistead was mortally wounded when he reached the top of the ridge. Colonel Bingham was sent by General Hancock to assist their Masonic Brother. A monument commissioned and dedicated by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1993 at the National Cemetery Annex at Gettysburg commemorates this selfless act of Brotherly Love. The monument is inscribed simply:

Friend to Friend – A Brotherhood Undivided.

When the shooting war ended, the division between the North and South remained. If anything, the antagonism was more bitter than ever. But it was Freemasonry that was most directly responsible for easing the pangs of hatred. Kindness shown by former foes who were Masons became the links in the chain of unity.

These lessons of the past are most important for us to remember. Our Brethren of the Civil War could have been forgiven if they had turned their backs on those in distress –but they did not! They helped the Mason and non–Mason whenever and wherever they could– and were better men and Freemasons for it, and our Fraternity and the world are better because of them.

Unfortunately the past is far too often forgotten. Countless people consider freemasonry’s First Tenet, Brotherly Love, as just so much sentimentality. Group is fighting group, section is antagonizing section, and competing ideologies and political opinions are running rampant.

I will leave you with this challenge: Would you as Masons today act as our Civil War brethren, and put aside political and personal differences for the sake of another Brother known only to you as a Mason?