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Claremont No. 436

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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. The traditions and core values of our fraternity are meaningful today and will endure for centuries to come.

Our Lodge

We are a vibrant and diverse group of men coming together to celebrate the shared vision of an oasis of peace, harmony, and fraternal affection.


We value our role within an organization which is recognized as being a positive and relevant force of influence in the world.


We strive to maintain an environment where all members can go and expect to meet other positive, like-minded men who value family, friendship, spiritual development, self-improvement, and virtue.


We look to emulate the ideals of the Fraternity; and we accomplish this by working to ensure that the deeper implications of Masonic wisdom are explored and cultivated within each member through solemn and sincere degrees coupled with a contemplative approach to education.


We always seek to foster friendship, personal growth, and individual success through mentoring, and friendly concern.

Rewards of Being a Freemason


Freemasonry transmits knowledge for the purpose of self improvement and a connection to something higher. It teaches through initiatory rites, deep symbolism, spiritual tradition, and emulation. While not a religion, its teachings are in harmony with the essential lessons of the world’s religions and have the effect of enhancing the experience of one’s personal spirituality. The capable student will translate these lessons and experiences into his daily life and actions.


Our continuing pursuit of virtue and knowledge fosters self-improvement and brings more meaning to our lives. Exploring the wisdom of Freemasonry, being an active part of our community, and spending time with like minded men are activities that give us the opportunity to develop leadership skills, and enable us to build self-discipline and confidence through commitment and service.


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, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political views, sexual orientation, physical ability, citizenship status, or national origin. We are friends and brothers who are connected through this vital and uplifting organization of virtuous men.

Join Us

We are a universal fraternity of like-minded brothers becoming better men through esoteric knowledge for the purpose of serving our families and community.



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.



One of Freemasonry’s customs is not to solicit members – men must seek membership on their own initiative. 



If you are interested in applying for membership to our lodge, the first step is to contact us below to schedule a visit or request more information.



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October 30, 2021
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  • November 4, 2021

    Stated Meeting

    November 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Regular stated meeting for Claremont Lodge No. 436

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Masonic news

Eye of the Beholder

Could a hiding-in-plain-sight Masonic icon change the way we understand a Diego Rivera masterpiece?

Spanning the Divide

For many lodge leaders, navigating the tangles of intralodge conflicts and beefs isn’t just challenging—it can feel totally outside their skill set. Yet a lodge master’s greatest responsibility isn’t just balancing the books or organizing events; it’s maintaining lodge harmony.

Past Present

When Bob Sachs first peered inside the vault in the basement of his lodge hall, he wasn’t totally sure what he was looking at, but there, wrapped in canvas, was a five-foot-tall painting of George Washington dressed in a Masonic apron.

Pyramid Scheme

What started as an idea to turn a quick buck on a national holiday morphed into a million-dollar idea for North Bay Mason Jim McCullough.

Trust Fall

During lockdown, the usually reserved Rio Santonil was compelled by an urge for action. And so, in September, he resolved to fulfill a lifetime goal and go skydiving. And then he did it again. And again. And again.

A Second Home

Fraternal organizations played a historic and civic role within Filipino American communities. Learn more about the rapid growth of Fil-Am Freemasonry.

California Freemason: The Filipino Issue

In the latest issue of California Freemason, we explore that special bond and celebrate the many ways Filipino American Masons have and continue to strengthen the fraternity.

An Absolute Corker

Shrouded in equal parts mystery and merriment, Ye Antient Order of Noble Corks is a bit of an outlier even within the sometimes bewildering world of Freemasonry.

At Refreshment

A curious thing happens at the close of many Masonic lodges. Drinks are poured. Glasses clink. Mirth swells. The lodge is “at refreshment,” an important if unofficial custom that encapsulates so much of what #Freemasonry is all about.

The Spring Refresh

Belly up to the bar and pour yourself a drink: It’s California Freemason magazine’s Spring Drinks issue, our libatious celebration of the spirit-raising power of a good drink shared with good friends.

Strength in Numbers

In a year without lodge, California Freemasons made their presence felt like never before.

The Annual Report 2020

From virtual gatherings  to lifesaving Masonic relief programs, learn about how California Masons and donors have continued to create profound impact and further define what it means to be a Freemason for years to come.

September Issue of Claremont Masons

Click on the image below to access the September 2019 issue of Claremont Masons

July Issue of “Claremont Masons”

Click on the image below to access the July 2019 issue of Claremont Masons  

Pin & Paddy’s – March 16 @ 6:00pm

Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of service and brotherhood by presenting Worshipful James R. Perry with his Golden Veteran Award! 

2019 Installation Ceremony – Saturday, January 26th @ 1:00pm

Please join us Saturday, January 26th for the 107th Annual Installation of Officers

The January Newsletter is Available!

Click here to download the Lodge Newsletter for January 2019

“We Take Good Lodges and Make Them Better”: A Master’s Manifesto

There is an implication that a lodge, being made up of masons who are “good, and becoming better” has by extension the same duty- to be good, and to work to be better. So how can we each contribute to the improvement of the lodge as a whole? That is the focus of this manifesto.

Masonic Formation: From the Quarry to the Heavens

Masonry professes to “make good men better”. This implies that a good man is the only kind that we should allow through our doors; but even then he must realize that he can become better still- if he will make himself a vessel for the teachings and experiences that “make a mason”.

Initiation in Freemasonry

So what’s all this “initiation” stuff about, anyway?

Initiation is not a word one often hears in everyday conversation. Other than a certain gym which calls the first installment of their monthly dues an “initiation fee”, it’s just not used very much. So just what does it refer to and why are Freemasons always using it?…

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