RECENT YEARS HAVE SEEN MANY CHANGES IN OUR LODGE, BUT OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY HAS NOT WAIVERED.
Fallbrook Masonic Lodge No. 317 is proud of it’s commitment to our local schools and community at large. This year marks the 4th annual Teacher of the year award, presented to one of the many outstanding teachers from the Fallbrook School District. Our Lodge and the school district have a unique relationship as the first school in Fallbrook was actually opened at the same time as the Lodge.
Over the years the town has grown and so has the Lodge. From the original 16 members we have grown to over 130 Brothers. Through thick and thin the Lodge has helped pave the way. The Lodge has helped fund countless youth groups and teams. This year we celebrated our commitment by joining the Fallbrook Christmas Parade & Invited Santa to join us. We also donate awards for the many participants that helped fill the streets of Fallbrook with joy.
All of these things are still in action today thanks to the generous donation of time and effort by the Brothers of Fallbrook Masonic Lodge. From time immemorial Masons have found places in the community that need help and stepped forward to fill that gap. If you know of such a need, contact the Lodge and let us know what is needed.
THE HISTORY OF FALLBROOK MASONIC LODGE IS RICH WITH FAMILY, TRADITION AND BROTHERHOOD.
In 1907 Horatio Smelser not only resurrected the Fallbrook National Bank (now Citizens Commercial Bank), but he was also instrumental in the recover of the Water district and he formed the Masonic Cemetary.
The Lodge was originally built in 1894 and was formed at the same time as the First Fallbrook School. Education is a huge part of Freemasonry. Teaching others to be stronger humans make every aspect of life better and makes the community grow. With the formation of the railroad stop in Fallbrook came yet more opportunity and Masons helped lay the cornerstones of this ever expanding village.
During the great depression Fallbrook Lodge helped with the donation of food and the continuation of friendship. Trying to ensure that the school and local commerce thrived Masons helped support the olive businesses through the 1930’s. After WWII Freemasons returned to Fallbrook and helped build the now famous Avocado and floral industry. Never losing sight of the core values we so strongly believe in Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth masonry has been the cement that at ties has glued this village community together. Today is a great time in Fallbrook with so much opportunity.
Fallbrook is our home and we will continue to lend our
FROM KING SOLOMON’S TEMPLE TO THE FORMATION OF OUR COUNTRY, MASONS WORKED TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL MAN KIND.
While Dan Brown & Brad Meltzer books are interesting and captivating, they don’t have much root in the reality of Freemasonry. The allure of ancient civilations steeped in gold and mystery are great food for the imagination. Masonry can be traced back to the time of Solomon and as Masonic tradition informs us Freemasons played a intricate part in the building of Solomon’s Temple.
Time, ignorance and the barbarous forces of man have layed low many great structures and societies. Freemasonry, notwithstanding, has continued due to the unyielding obligation to Honor, Truth and Loyalty. In 1307 Jacques De Moley and many of the Knights Templar were arrested by Pope Clement V. Even after seven years of torture He refused to forfeit his integrity. He was burned at the stake in 1314, keeping with masonic tradition he never broken his obligation.
“One small step for man, One giant leap for man kind.” Simple words spoken by a man who lead his life by the pure principles of Freemasonry. Because of this strength of character he was chosen to be the first man to set foot on a Heavenly body other than Earth. Striving to become a better man has long been one of the principle tenets of every Mason.
But, we as Freemasons do not only wish to better ourselves. We endeavor to make life better for all. On February 2nd. 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin edited one of the most important documents every penned in American history. On July 2nd 1776 it was signed my these men and 53 others. Of the fifty six signers 13 of them were Freemasons.
The true secrets of Freemasonry are deposited in the faithful heart of every man who would cross the threshold of a Masonic Lodge. They are the need to spread Brotherly Love, Relief & Truth.