Masonic Lodge #291 of Free and Accepted Masons of California holds installation
Santa Paula News
Published: January 09, 2013
On Saturday, December 8, 2012, the Fillmore-Santa Paula Masonic Lodge #219 held its 125th annual installation of officers. Installed were David Gillette, (Past Master) as Master; Tom Waite (Past Master of Conejo Lodge #807) as Senior Warden; Dan Shepard, Junior Warden; Rob Frost, Senior Deacon; David Walker (Past Master) as Junior Deacon; E. Floyd Griffin (Past Master) as secretary; Gary Cullens (Past Master) as treasurer; Bill Hill, Senior Steward; and Dave Thomas, Junior Steward. The installing officers for the evening were Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Masons in California, Larry Atkinson, and E. Floyd Griffin served as Installing Marshal.
Masonic philosophy and values
Freemasonry is a fraternity based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity. As Masons we value and promote: Ethics, Personal growth, Tolerance, Education, Diversity, Philanthropy, Family, and Community.
Ethics - Masons practice a lifestyle based on honor, integrity, and philanthropic values. We believe there’s more to life than pleasure and money.
Tolerance - The fraternity transcends religious, ethnic, cultural, social, and educational differences. We respect others’ opinions and strive to grow and develop as human beings.
Education - Masons opened some of the first public schools in America and lobbied in the 1800s for state-supported education and colleges. Today, Masons provide support for California’s public schools in many ways.
Philanthropy - We are committed to make a difference in our world through community service, volunteerism, and charity. It is estimated that Masons contribute more than 1.4 million charitable dollars every day in the United States in support of public education, community programs, and individuals in need.
Family - Strong family relationships are important, and we include our families in many of our activities. Striving to be better husbands, fathers, and family members enhances our fellowship.
Masons believe in the importance of religion; men of all faiths are members of the organization. Freemasonry celebrates ethnic diversity and welcomes men of all racial backgrounds.