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

Our VISION is that San Mateo Lodge # 226 will be recognized as a Leader of Masonic Lodges, with members who are well-versed in the core values of freemasonry, who strive to practice these values in their daily lives; with their communities, their friends, and their families.



Our MISSION is that San Mateo Lodge #226 is a Masonic Organization that provides a great opportunity for men of good rapport to become better individuals through Masonic education and training; to develop deep and lasting friendships through the tenants of our Brotherhood; and to promote our Masonic Organization by demonstrating these lessons learned to our greater community.





Our CORE VALUES are reflective of those in Masonry:

  • Brotherly Love (of all Mankind)
  • Relief (philanthropy and charity)
  • Truth (spreading of the Light)





Our BELIEF that Masonry is a system of ethics and body of knowledge that include among others the belief that man has a responsibility and capability to improve himself as well as that community in which he lives, while being devoted to his faith, family, fraternity, and country.


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 San Mateo Lodge No. 226, 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

San Mateo 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

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Discuss your Masonic experience with others easily by downloading the simple guide to Freemasonry and brushing up on the basics.

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In this issue of California Freemason, we’re exploring what it takes to get new lodges off the ground, and how they define themselves within the landscape of Masonry in the state.

Discovery Masonry on Freemason.org

Say hello to a series of brand-new web resources for prospects and new members available on freemason.org, the online home of the Masons of California.

Join Us and Let Your Network Know #ImAMason!

Between July 10–21, we’re asking all members who are comfortable doing so to post a short message on Facebook or Instagram saying why Freemasonry is important to you. 

California Freemason: The Magic Issue

In the Magic Issue of California Freemason magazine, we’re casting a light on some of those similar connections between magic and Masonry.

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California Freemason: In Masonry and Politics, Finding Common Ground

Most people know that there are two things that Masons don’t discuss in the lodge room: politics and religion. Instead, they focus on the things that bind them, not that divide. Could that be a model for a more harmonious world outside the lodge?

California Freemason Magazine: The Temple Issue

In this issue of California Freemason Magazine, we’re casting our gaze anew at our fraternal home, the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco.

New Online Exhibition from the Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Explore some stunning examples of this fraternal craftwork through the ages in From the Hands of Fellowship, a new virtual exhibition from the Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

California Freemason Magazine: Freemasonry in Latin America Now

In this special issue of California Freemason, we take a Masonic road trip south of the border to learn about the long history of Freemasonry in Latin America.

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Widows Month 2019

 ****** Masonic Widows’ Month ****** Behind all good masons is a great support system. For most of us our support system is our family and the head of that support system is our spouse. While we are away at meetings, practices, or other Masonic events, our spouse is at home taking care of things for […]

Master’s Address 2018

  ******** Greetings from the East ******** It is with great pleasure of serving San Mateo Lodge#226 for the ensuing year 2018. I humbly accept the trust and confidence that the brethren had in me, to serve this beloved lodge of ours, and I will do my best because I have nothing more to offer […]

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