To the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are at once a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity--all rolled into one. We are a civic club in that we perform community service projects. We are a substantial charitable organization in that we collectively donate some $2 million away every day across the country. But most importantly, we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and trying to bring men of good morals and ethics together in our community.This brotherhood extends from the common man all the way up to the most noble, royal houses of the world.Lodge 214 meets the first Thursday of every month and we would like to invite all brethren visiting the Ventura, CA area to attend.
Our Lodge No. 214
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. And the road was a rough and rugged one. Where 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.Read More
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“If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.” -Bruce Barton
“It is an incredible honor to be received by my Lodge as its 6th Grand Master of Masons in California. I hope you will join us on July 10th as we celebrate Freemasonry in Ventura County.”Sincerely and fraternally,
Grand Master’s Reception
Channel Islands Lodge No 214 Will Host A Reception honoring The Most Worshipful Russell E. CharvoniaGrand Master of Masons in California.Friday July 10th, 20155:30-6:30pmSocial Hour6:30-7:30pmDinner7:30pm ReceptionAttire: Black TieDinner $35 per personChild’s Plate (under 10) $15Seating for dinner is limited; reservations will be taken on a first come first served basis.No ticket sales at the doorTo receive a Reservation Response Card, please contact Worshipful Kavanaugh email@example.com No reservations will be taken by phone or Email.
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The good works of Mason in every community shine. Below you will find your local Masons engages in projects ranging from Build A Bed, to serving food at the Mission. We take time to have fun also by participating in local parades and hosting dinners and events in a family atmosphere.
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. And the road was a rough and rugged one. Where 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.On page 1 of Vol. I of the priceless minute books of San Buenaventura Lodge it is set forth that November 5, 1870, at 3 o'clock p.m. eleven brethren of the craft "recognized by each other as Master Masons" assembled at the Santa Claire Hotel in the town of San Buenaventura for the purpose of taking the necessary measures for the establishment of a lodge of Free and Accepted Masons "in this place." Lemuel C. McKeeby was selected to confer with Henry Spear to arrange for the rental of a hall in a building then being constructed.Six weeks later, December 17, 1870, the next meeting was held in the same place. The committee to secure the hall reported they had secured a lease on a room in Spear's Hall at $50.00 a month, the room being 40 by 22 feet, with two ante-rooms. This was a second-story room in a two-story building at the southwest corner of Palm and Main Streets. These arrangements were approved.At this meeting it was decided to call the new lodge "San Buenaventura Lodge." Its first officers were nominated for recommendation to the Grand Master: Lemuel C. McKeeby, Master; J.E. Stevens, Senior Warden; L.D. Chillson, Junior Warden; and a petition was ordered to be presented to the new Grand Master for a dispensation to form and open the new lodge.At the third meeting, December 28, 1870, the petition for dispensation was signed by the following charter members of the lodge: L.C. McKeeby Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 L. Cerf Fidelity Lodge No. 120 R. G. Livingston Alamo No. 122 Andrew Clemmans Escurial No. 7 Tarlton Colwell Tuolumne No. 8 Robert Ramson Agusta No 45, Ark. Wm D. Alaxander Tuolumne No. 8 Robert Ramson August No. 45, Ark L.D. Chillson Washoe No. 157, Nev. Henry Spear Santa Barbara, No 192 E.A. Edwards Palmyra No. 151 H.W. Snow Naval 87 Brice Grimes San Luis Obispo No. 148 V.A. Simpson Mumy No 380, N.Y. T.B. Nicerson Mumy No. 380, N.Y. A.B. Smith Michigan City No. 47 Joseph Everett Stevens Alamo No. 122 Geo A. Ash Independence No. 76 Edward A. Bedell Arktares No. 80 John T. Snow Santa barbara No. 192 Robert N. Riggs Franklin No. 7, Ark. To defray expenses the committee levied an assessment of six dollars upon each of the brethren, securing a total of $102.00The first knowledge the public had of San Buenaventura Lodge was a notice in Volume One, No. 4, of the Ventura Signal, published at San Buenaventura, Santa Barbara County, California, Saturday, May 13, 1871. There was then in this locality a population of 800 men, women and children, mostly newcomers attracted by the genial climate and rich agricultural lands of this favored area. Unlike most pioneer settlements of the American in his conquest of this continent, there was already here the beginnings of a civilization. The Mission Fathers had laid its foundations.But the American brought with him, as always, the Protestant Church, the school, the newspaper, and the Masonic Lodge. These institutions have endured and prospered and grown in our beloved San Buenaventura, through good times and bad, through war and pestilence, through happy days and sorrowful ones, through sun and shade and storm and quiet for three-quarters of a century. The good things of our little city; its clean government, its institutions of learning, its libraries, its modern up-to-date public utilities were dreamed of and put into effect, and have been carried on by men and women of good will. And not the least among such men have been the brethren of the Masonic fraternity.THE FIRST TYLED MEETINGAnd then came the first meeting under dispensation, March 4, 1871, when San Buenaventura lodge was opened in due and ancient form on the third degree of Masonry.The first petition for affiliation was received from Orthe Oswald. Petitions for the degrees were received from eight candidates, six of whom were later elected, and two rejected. TROUBLEOne of the rejected candidates was a prominent citizen of the town. As happens sometimes, his friends in the lodge were outraged. A petition was presented to the Grand Master for a dispensation to ballot again upon this candidate. The dispensation was granted; this time he was elected, and in due time received the degrees. He made a good steady member for many years until his death, when he was buried by the lodge.THE FIRST DEGREESApril 1, 1871, the first degrees were conferred, the Entered Apprentice degree upon Louis Glass and Truman Fletcher Chapman.On June 17, 1871, Brother Chapman became the first candidate to receive the sublime degree of Master Mason in the new lodge.THE LODGE IS CHARTEREDAt the annual convocation of the California Grand Lodge in October, 1871, a charter was granted to the new lodge. November 6, 1871, the first meeting under charter was held when the lodge was duly constituted and its officers installed. Owing to the difficulties of transportation of the times, it was not possible for the Grand Officers to attend and Grand Lodge was formed and opened by brethren living here, appointed by the Grand Master.THE FIRST ELECTION AND INSTALLATIONDecember 23, 1871, the first election of officers was held, resulting in the election of Lemuel Clarke McKeeby, Master; J.C. Stevens, Senior Warden; and L.D. Chillson, Junior Warden. The first installation was held December 27, 1871, whereupon the lodge was called off and the brethren marched in a body to the Presbyterian Church where they listened to an oration by Rev. Bro. H.H. Dobbins.For many years the annual recurrence of St. John's day was commemorated. Installations were held as near to that date as possible. Generally, on the Sunday nearest the day the members attended church service in a body. And generally the installations culminated in a grand dinner and ball.As an aside, indicative of the monetary situation of that day, it was decided that the tyler would be compensated $2 for each meeting and the secretary $2 a month.THE FIRST CORNERSTONEIn 1872, the trustees of San Buenaventura School District decided to construct a brick building for school purposes and invited the lodge to lay the cornerstone with appropriate Masonic ceremonies. This was the first school building of any moment in San Buenaventura. For many years it stood, on the point below the cross on the hill above the city - a landmark looking out across the Pacific.The Grand Master authorized and empowered the Master of the Lodge to open Grand Lodge and lay the cornerstone. September 16, 1872, Grand Lodge was convened in the lodge room, officered by members of San Buenaventura Lodge. Then the members marched to the school and there laid its foundation stone.The ceremony was interesting and impressive. An oration was delivered by J. Franklin Williams, Esq. But he spoke under trying circumstances, as he was facing the sun, and the great-grandfather of all east winds threatened to lift the speaker and audience to the cross on the hill back of the school. In spite of the inclement weather, not less than two or three hundred persons were present. RENT TROUBLES In 1874 the Lodge had rent troubles. At a stated meeting, a request was made by another lodge, a tenant in the building, to have its rent reduced, whereupon a resolution was proposed that the hall be rented to and occupied by the Masonic Order only. This resolution was debated at length and was lost. Then a resolution was presented to reduce the rent, which resolution was likewise debated at length and lost. Finally a resolution to reduce the rent of another lodge using the hall was also debated at length and lost. Then later the rent was reduced.OUR FIRST MASTER ENDS HIS SERVICE AS MASTER December 19, 1874, the several terms of our first Master came to an end, and the following resolution was adopted by the lodge:"Resolved that the thanks of this Lodge be tendered to Brother L.C. McKeeby for the faithful, able, and impartial manner in which he has presided over the Lodge since its organization and that as a tribute of the respect which we entertain for his high character as a Brother and officer and as a memorial of our regard and personal esteem, that a photograph of our worthy Brother and Master be ordered and accorded a perpetual place upon the east wall of the Lodge room."Thus was inaugurated the custom in San Buenaventura Lodge of having pictures taken and framed of each of its retiring masters, a custom which has been continued from that date until this.In later years, and with changing places of abode for the Lodge, Brother McKeeby's picture has been changed from the east wall of the lodge room to its honorable place as the first of a long line of splendid Past Masters.July 22, 1919, Bro. William E. Ready was present in Lodge with his three sons, members of the craft; Charles E. Ready, member of San Buenaventura Lodge, Virgil Elbert Ready, member of Elwood Lodge, Cleveland, Ohio, and Lester Seward Ready, member of Berkeley Lodge No. 363, Berkeley, California. All of these boys were raised in San Buenaventura Lodge, and in conferring the degrees their father was senior deacon. "Bill" Ready was always considered our most proficient ritualistic in the work of senior deacon. And this wonderful Masonic Family goes up and down linearly was well as collaterally. Amos Dudley Seward, known as "Father" Seward, chaplain of our Lodge for twenty-five years, was the father of Mrs. William E. Ready, grandfather of the generation named above.MORE TO READThis is only the beginning of our lodge’s long history. If you would like to read more, we have created a .pdf file which you can download.Download Lodge 214 History.
There have been thousands of great Masons through history, here is a brief list of some of the more famouse to grace our fraternity.POLITICIANS George Washington. 1st President of United States (1789-97) James Monroe, 5th President of the United States (1817-1825) Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-1837) James K. Polk, 11th President of the United States (1845-1849) James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (1857-1861) Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United Stated (1965-1969) James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, (1881) William McKinley, 25th President of the United States (1897-1901) Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901-1909) William H. Taft, 27th President of the United States (1903-1913) Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-1923) Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States (1945-1953) Gerald R. Ford, 38th President of the United States (1974-1977) Bob Dole, US Senator Barry Goldwater, US Senator Sir Winston Churchill, P.M. England George Canning, P.M. England (1827) Sir John Abbott, P.M. Canada (1891-92) Viscount R. B. Bennett (1930-1935) Sir Robert Borden (1911-1920) Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1894-96) Sir John A. MacDonaid (1867-73, 1878-91) John G Diefenbaker (1957-63) David Kalakaua, King of the Hawaiian Islands Aga Khan III, Statesman Piet Retief, Afrikaans Leader Nelson Mandela. Made on sight by MWGMPHGL N.C.MUSICIANS "Count" William Basie Duke Ellington Irving Berlin Glen Miller COMPOSER'S Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Jean Sibelius Johann Christian Bach Felix MendelssohnEXPLORERS Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, (Astronaut) Neil Armstrong, (First man on the Moon) Virgil Grissom, (Astronaut) John H Glenn, (First American to Orbit the Earth) Gordon Cooper, (Astronaut) Jim Irwin, (Astronaut) Wally Schirra, (Astronaut) Sir Ernest Shackleton, (Explorer) Robert Peary. First man to North Pole, (1909) Charles "Chuck" Yeager, (First person to break the speed barrier) (not confirmed)WRITERS Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) Lewis Wallace (Ben Hur) Rudyard Kipling Sir Walter Scott Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels) Oscar Wilde Voltaire Edward Gibbon (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) Alexander Pushkin, Russian PoetENTERTAINERS and ACTORS Gene Autry Ernest Borgnine Douglas Fairbanks W.C. Fields Clark Gable Oliver Hardy Sir Richard Attenborough Nat "King" Cole Harry Houdini Al Johnson Audie Murphy Peter Sellers Red Skelton John Wayne Sir Richard Burton Roy RogersOTHER MASONS OF "INTEREST" Paul Revere, P.G.M of Massachusetts (1794-1797) Napoleon Bonaparte, (French General) Frederic A Bartholdi, (Designed the Statue of Liberty) Lawrence Bell, (Bell Aircraft Corporation) James Bowie, (Alamo) Gutzon & Lincoln Borglum, (Carved Mt Rushmore (USA)) Robbie Burns, (National Poet of Scotland) Joseph Brant, (Chief of the Mohawks (1742-1807)) Earl Cadogan, (The Marques of Northampton. England) Kit Carson, (Frontiersman) Casanova, (Italian Adventure) Samuel Colt, (Firearms Inventor) David Crockett, (Frontiersman) William H Dow, (Dow Chemical Co) Jean Henri Dunant, (Founder of the Red Cross) Sir Alexander Fleming, (Invented Penicillin) Henry Ford, (Ford Motor Co.) Lord Farnham, (Pro. G.M. England) Benjamin Franklin, (American Constitution) Geoffrey Fisher, (Archbishop of Canterbury ( 1945-61)) Richard J Gatling, (Built the "Gatling Gun") King C Gillett, (Gillett Razor Co.) Joseph Guillotin, (Promoter of the "Guillotin") Charles C. Hilton, (Chicago Hotelier) Richard Hoe, (Invented the Rotary Press) J. Edgar Hoover, (F.B.I.) James Hoban, (Architect of the US Capital) Frank Hoover, (Hoover Vacuum Cleaners) Edward Jenner, (Invented Vaccination) Percy Herbert, (Bishop of Norwich. (UK)) Melvin Jones, (Founder of Lions International) Rev Jesse Jackson Charles Lindbergh, (Aviator) Sir Thomas Lipton, (Founder Lipton Tea Co.) General MacArthur, (Commander of Armed Forces in Philippines) Louis B Mayer, (M.G.M.) Abraham Michelson, (Successfully measured speed of light (1882)) James Naismith, (Inventor of Basketball) Harry S New, (Established Air-Mail) Ransom E Olds, (Automobile Pioneer) Robert Peary, (First man to reach North Pole (1909)) Cecil Rhodes, ( Founder of Rhodesia) Norman Schwarzkopf, (Desert Storm) David Sarnoff, (Father of T.V.) Colonel Sanders, (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Sir John Sloane, (British Artist) Andrew T Still, (Devised the Treatment of Osteopathy) Alfred Von Tirpitz, (German Naval Officer (Submarines)) George C Wallace, (Alabama Governor) Jack Warner, (Warner Bros.) Matthew Webb, (First man to swim the English Channel (1875)) Darryl Zanuck, (Founder 20th Century Fox (1933)) Florenz Ziegfeld, (Zeigfeld's Follies (1907)) John Macadam, (Inventor of Blacktop Road Surface) Andre Citroen, (Automobile Engineer) Jean Francois Chalgrin, (Designer of The Arc De Triomphe (Paris)) Sir Christopher Wren, (St. Paul's Cathedral) Sir Stamford Raffle, (Founder of Singapore) Baron Nathan Rothschild. Banker) Sir Joseph Banks, (Kew Gardens (England)) The Duke of Wellington, (Military) Viscount Jellicoe, (British Navy) Lord Kitchener, (Military) Lord Nelson, (British Navy) Lord Mountbatten, (Military)SPORTS PERSONS Jack Dempsey, Boxer Arnold Palmer, Golf Sugar Ray Robinson, Boxer Jack Johnson, BoxerROYALTY The Duke of Kent, (Prince Michael of Kent) Present G.M. of UGLE Edward VI Edward VII Edward VIII George VI
“The Society or Fraternity of Freemasons is more in the nature of a system of Philosophy or of moral and social virtues taught by symbols, allegories, and letures based upon fundamental truths, the observance of which tends to promote stability of character, conservatism, morality and good citizenship.” -H. W. Coil.
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