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Submitted by:Philip Gardner

Brother Robert A. Gardner was raised in more than one way by the men in his family.

Gardner joined Alameda Lodge No. 167 in Fremont, the lodge of his father, uncle, and grandfather, at age 18 – the youngest member in the lodge’s 145-year history. Gardner’s progression to the third degree has been historic for the lodge and family alike. His father, Teddy Gardner, served as master for the Entered Apprentice degree; grandfather Teddy Gardner Sr. served as master for the Fellow Craft degree; and uncle Philip Gardner served as master for the Master Mason degree in August.

Robert Gardner is the youngest in his family’s long line of Masons, which also includes his great grandfather and all of his paternal great uncles. Gardner’s great-great uncle Millard Gardner from Portland, Ore., a member of Myrtle Lodge No. 145 in Oklahoma City, Okla., traveled to California to witness the third degree ceremony.

We recently heard from a travelling brother hailing from our Northern brethren in Canada, who has sent this picture from the recent worshipful Simon Danby Installation

"I just thought the brethern there might like to see the degree team that installed our newest master. In Canada there are many Masons who are members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and whenever one of there own is raised to the 3rd degree or is installed as Master of their Lodge a police Degree Team does the work. In this case the members in red serge are RCMP and the two other brothers are from other police forces. Right Worshipful Simon Danby was installed as Master of Miriam #20 Vernon,B.C. Jan. 12, 2009. He is a retired dog handler and has served as D.D.G.M. for district 9 here. The brother second from the left out front will be the Grand Master for British Columbia and Yukon this June."

Larry "


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Submitted by:Laura Normand

California Freemason now bears a Forest Stewardship Council logo, certifying that the publication meets international standards for responsible management of the world’s forests.

The Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC, is
an international, not for profit organization established to provide standard setting, trademark assurance, and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry. Products carrying the FSC certification logo come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.

To achieve certification, each step of the printing process must be in compliance with FSC standards, from logging practices to the merchant, paper manufacturer, and printer used.

California Freemason magazine is mailed to the extended fraternal family in our jurisdiction without additional charge. Others are invited to subscribe for a nominal fee. To request a subscription, make a suggestion, or ask a question, contact the Grand Lodge office at 800/831-8170 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Submitted by:Laura Normand

In the Oval Office of the White House on December 10, President George W. Bush presented the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal to 23 individuals, including California Mason Forrest Bird.

Bird, member of Palm Springs Lodge No. 693 and featured in the Spring 2008 issue of California Freemason magazine for his work as a scientist, inventor, and aviator, was awarded the prestigious medal in recognition of his life-saving inventions. His Bird respirator, introduced to the market in 1956, was the world’s first reliable, mass-produced medical respirator. A pediatric version followed, credited with reducing infant mortality in low birth weight babies by 60 percent.

Over the years, Bird has continued to improve upon his devices and create new ones, such as Intrapulmonary Percussive Ventilation and the first mobile ventilator system. "Through his innovation, (Bird) has helped transform and enhance the quality of life for people around the globe," reads the citation of the Presidential Citizens Medal.

The Presidential Citizens Medal was established in 1969 to recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for the nation. The medal is one of the highest honors that the president can confer upon a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Approximately 100 people have received the medal since 1969.

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Submitted by:Bob Murphy

Eureka Lodge No. 16 in Auburn said thanks to local service workers by hosting a Make a Difference Community Service Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 11. Eureka brothers rallied the Masonic family in their area for the event, combining efforts with Crystal Chapter No. 57 Order of Eastern Star, Bethel No. 148 Jobs Daughters, and Assembly No. 57 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls to present a homemade breakfast in recognition of local service agencies.

The groups in attendance included Placer Sheriff Department and Search and Rescue Personnel, the District Attorney’s Office, US Forest Firefighters, Placer Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, and Auburn Police Department Personnel, as well as Auburn’s chief of police, Valerie Harris, and their families.

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Submitted by:Laura Normand

The Grand Lodge of California will host a Veterans Day Observance on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., to honor all of our Masonic brethren who have fought for our country, our families, and the cause of freedom.

The event will take place at the California Masonic Memorial Temple, which was erected as a war memorial shortly after World War II and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The building bears the inscription:

“Dedicated to Our Masonic Brethren Who Died in the Cause of Freedom.”

The observance represents a significant opportunity to recognize and thank our Greatest Generation brothers for their sacrifice and bravery, and we extend a special invitation to those veterans.

Contact your lodge secretary if you require transportation assistance. For additional event information, please contact Denise Avila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Submitted by:Laura Normand

Grand Lodge employees carried on Masonry’s tradition of community service and support of education Saturday, Sept. 6 at nearby El Dorado Elementary School in San Francisco.

A team of 14 (11 employees and three family members) joined other community volunteers for a restoration project at the public school. Volunteers painted brightly colored murals in the hallways, planted gardens, and cleaned and repainted the playground.

This was the first project organized by the staff-led Grand Lodge Community Service Committee, which was established in June as a way to extend Masonry’s commitment to community through volunteerism. Community service projects are being planned by Grand Lodge staff in Covina and Union City.

Pictured: Ten of the 14 Grand Lodge staff and family members who volunteered at El Dorado Elementary School.

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Submitted by:Bruce Ethan Maxon III

Temecula Catalina Island Lodge No. 524 in Temecula raised Charles Miller at its 14th Annual Outdoor Degree on July 12. The ceremony took place at Liefer Ranch, owned by the son of Jack Liefer, who was instrumental in bringing about Temecula Masonry and the outdoor degree.

Outdoor degrees were established so that lodges might celebrate particularly significant third degree ceremonies by holding them outside. Temecula Catalina Island lodge selected Miller for the honor this year in large part due to his work creating a new lodge Web site. More than 80 brothers attended from all over Southern California, including Fallbrook, Anaheim, Long Beach, Moreno Valley, and the Coachella Valley.

Past Master Lowell Benton – one of the original signers of the 1977 California Grand Lodge resolution authorizing outdoor degrees – spoke at the event, commenting on his happiness to see the tradition continue among California Masons.

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