to Channel Islands Lodge No. 214 Free and Accepted Masons of California. Masonry is the world's first and largest fraternal organization, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our brothers, our families, our communities, and our future. Channel Islands Lodge No. 214, located in Downtown Ventura, California, is a very active Lodge. In addition to our normal Fraternal activities, we participate in such activities as the Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, serving at the Ventura County Rescue Mission, Build A Bed at the Animal Shelter and supporting the local Raising A Reader Program.Channel Islands Lodge No. 214 meets the first Thursday of every month with a dinner starting at 6:30 P.M. (Reservations Required) and the meeting starting at 7:30 P.M. and we would like to invite all brethren visiting the Ventura, California area to attend.
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Upcoming Degree WorkJanuary 26th - First DegreeFebruary 9th - Officer Practice and MeetingFebruary 15 - OSI @ OxnardFebruary 16 - Practice TBD
A popular tradition at Channel Islands Lodge is a dinner/reception honoring our sweethearts. Historically the day was known as Widows Recognition Day and was held on Valentines Day. Today, the dinner is held before the February Stated Meeting and includes all our sweethearts: widows, wives, significant others, partners, etc. It is always a very nice get together with strong attendance.Two years ago 24 sweethearts attended while last year more than 20 sweethearts enjoyed the evening. So, invite your wives and sweethearts to come to dinner on February 2nd for a great meal and recognition as an important part of our Masonic Family. The cost is $15 per person with, as always, reservations required. Masonic widows are, of course, our guests. The menu, chicken cordon bleu, was such a hit last year we are doing it again this year. If you know of any Masonic widow who would like to attend and needs transportation, let the Sr. Warden, Ryan Phillips, know. He will arrange transportation.
For many years, San Buenaventura Lodge has held an Annual Roll Call to reconnect with Master Masons who may not have attended recently; then somewhere in history the Annual Roll Call stopped. In 1968, Worshipful Master Harry Maynard (1983 Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of California and Hawaii) reinstated the Annual Roll Call as an honor to all Master Masons. At the Annual Roll Call, we reconnect with members and see people we have not seen in while and maybe did not know are Masons. It is a fun time with lots of stories, talk and fellowship. In the past, the Annual Roll Call has been for Master Masons only. This year, the Lodge will open on the First Degree, so all Masons can attend, but answering of the roll is an honor reserved for Master Masons only, beginning with the longest Master Mason and ending with the newest Master Mason. You will be surprised how many members have been Master Masons for 50 years, there are always a couple of 60s and, occasionally, 70 years.Annual Roll Call is always preceded with a banquet where we enjoy good food and good conversation. Charge is $15 per person and reservations are required. I encourage everyone to attend and participate with your brethren in this significant of ceremony. If you know of a Master Mason who would like to attend but needs transportation, let Ryan Phillips, the Sr. Warden know and transportation will be arranged.
Vision 2020Channel Islands Lodge No. 214 will be an active, numerically growing Lodge where members find a safe refuge with brothers and friends whom they trust, engaged closely with our community, with a strong financial base, and where the members want to spend their time.
In 1870 it took a long time to go along the coast of California from the mission town of San Buenaventura, to the other mission town of Santa Barbara. The best way to travel then was by horse and buggy but the road was a rough and rugged one. When the causeway was later built along the Rincon highway, travelers could pass only at low tide. Journeys had to be timed according to the tide, and it took at least six hours to make the trip one way.We can almost hear the conversation on that long road, coming home from the Lodge at Santa Barbara Saturday night on the full moon, when Lemuel C. McKeeby said to Brice Grimes and Henry Spear: "Why don't we have a Masonic Lodge in San Buenaventura?" They heartily agreed, and the rest of the ride really seemed short because of the plans they were formulating. This was, perhaps, the very first thing which occurred in the history of San Buenaventura Lodge, No. 214, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California.Click here for the rest of our Lodge’s History
Interested in helping write the History of the consolidated Lodges for the 150th Anniversary of Channel Islands Lodge?We need your help, even if you only have a small piece of the history of one of the Lodges.Please contact Worshipful Bill Kavanaugh.
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Have additional questions on becoming a Mason or on Masonry in general? Feel free to contact us using the information in the box to the right. From there you can email the secretary of the Lodge and he will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.If you have questions about the use of the Masonic Center in downtown Ventura, CA, please contact our Building Manager by email at HallManager@channelislandslodge214.org or call 805-320-0330.Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Members of several Masonic Lodges and Youth Order Groups gathered to decorate several Christmas Trees at the Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families on December 11th. An enjoyable time was had by all.
Please Join Us for the Combined Installation of Officers for Conejo Valley and Santa Barbara ChaptersSunday January 22nd, 2017 at 1 P.M.San Buenaventura Masonic Center480 E. Santa Clara St.Ventura, California