The Best Things in Life
In recent years, a mountain of research has amassed on the benefits
of volunteering. People who volunteer live longer. They feel a greater
sense of well-being. Their communities are economically stronger.
But most volunteers, including thousands of California Masons, don’t
give back for their own benefit. They volunteer because, at some
level, they understand the very essence of Masonry’s teachings: We’re
all in this together. Here’s a look at volunteerism through the lens
of California Masonry – its history, its current role, and its impact.
4 LODGE SPOTLIGHT At one Northern California lodge, members protect their
community’s fragile coastline.
8 MEMBER PROFILE Learn about one member who volunteers at the Masonic
Homes – and find out how you can get involved.
10 HISTORY During WWI, the Masonic Ambulance Corps was a grassroots
effort by Masonic volunteers who were passionate to serve
13 IN CALIFORNIA The Masonic youth orders are carrying the tenet of relief through
to the next generation by giving back to their communities and
those in need.
23 IN CALIFORNIA cacia Creek’s Spring Fling Fashion Show raised thousands of
dollars for local charities.
2 EXECUTIVE MESSAGE 6 FACEBOOK POLL
26 LODGE SPOTLIGHT One small-town lodge has found community involvement to be a
fulfilling and fruitful experience.
28 AROUND THE WORLD In Canada, helping cancer victims left a lasting impression on
one Masonic volunteer.
31 MEMBER PROFILE Discover how serving Masonic veterans became one member’s
passion, and learn to find your volunteer niche.
33 MASONIC EDUCATION Explore the morality of our Masonic duty to our brothers and
society at large.
36 IN CALIFORNIA Through the lodge outreach initiative, Masonic volunteers
ensure that all brothers are supported during times of need.
39 MASONIC ASSISTANCE Masonic Homes residents enrich their lives through giving back.
VOLUME 63 /// NUMBER 5 /// JUNE/JULY 2015