Thaddeus Sherman Lodge No.
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
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
What does Masonry offer the
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
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
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What about our Lodge?
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.
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
Simeon and located between Rancho de la Piedra Blanca and San Simeon Creek and consisted of
acres and included what is now the historical Hearst Castle.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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