Thaddeus Sherman Lodge No. 196,

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Paso Robles, California

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What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the oldest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are kind of civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity all rolled into one. ------ We are like a civic club in that we do a lot of community and statewide projects. We are like a major charity in that Masonry gives away almost $2,000,000 every day to help other people, mostly children. 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.


What is the Mission of Freemasonry?

Our mission is to promote a way of life that binds like-minded men together in a world-wide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences; and by teaching the great guiding principles of brotherly love, relief and truth; and, by the expression of these principles through its fellowship, its compassion and its concern, to find ways to serve God, family, country, neighbors and self.

What does Masonry offer the Individual?

Masonry offers a lot of pride and a sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. It offers the sense of being a part of a great heritage and of sharing an identity with the greatest men of the past --- and of today. (See the page entitled "Other Masonic Information."

It offers a sense of sharing a very special bond with men from all walks of life --- of creating life-long friendships with them. It offers the positive feeling that comes with being part of an organization that believes in toleration --- that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions without worrying about being wrong.

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What about our Lodge?

Thaddeus Sherman Lodge No. 196 came into existence on January 1, 2010 as a result of an approved consolidation between Cambria-San Simeon Lodge No. 196 and Paso Robles Lodge No. 286.

San Simeon Lodge No. 196 was granted a charter on December 12, 1869 in the town first known by the residents as Roseaville and later renamed Cambria. At the time the area was known as Rancho San Simeon and located between Rancho de la Piedra Blanca and San Simeon Creek and consisted of almost 45,000 acres and included what is now the historical Hearst Castle.  

On December 9, 2004 the Lodge was renamed Cambria-San Simeon Lodge No. 196 to reflect the actual physical location of the Lodge. Up to the time of consolidation i t had been the oldest continuously operated Masonic Lodge in the county of San Luis Obispo.  


Paso Robles Lodge No. 286, F. & A. M. was chartered in 1887, in an area known as The Paso Robles Rancho, or The Paso de Robles Land Grant. The city was incorporated in 1889 as “El Paso de Robles” (Pass of the Oaks) or just Paso to the locals.


Paso Robles is a city of about 30,000 located on the Central Coast of California, about 30 miles north of San Luis Obispo, and about 30 miles inland from the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon. It is largely an agricultural area, with the economic importance being Wine Grapes. It has developed a reputation as an area that produces some of the best red wine grapes in the State of California, and the vineyard acreage has been rapidly expanding.

Both Lodges have been a strong, positive force in their communities and the plan is for this to continue, even though the distance between communities is approximately 25 miles.


Our stated monthly meeting is on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, starting at 6:30PM with a nominally priced dinner or a pot luck served at 5:30 PM. Our membership approximates 150 members. We will continue to have a number of special events during the year, including; Firefighter's appreciation night, Public Schools night, Law Enforcement appreciation night, Sweetheart dinner or brunch, Book program at the Cambria Grammar School, scholarship awards at all Cambria Schools, and others. We also participate in the "Child identification Program" which is sponsored by our District.


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Other Masonic Links 

       California Grand Lodge

       York Rite


        Scottish Rite Masonry


        National Sojourners


       Al Malaikah Shrine


        Kids ID Program


       Eastern Star


        Masonic Service Association

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