Next Stated meeting Monday, January 16th, 2017, 7:00 PM @ South Pasadena Lodge # 290, 1126 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030.
In the Forefront, Spreading Light
These pages are dedicated to the Freemasons who originally formed the Southern California Research Lodge (SCRL) F&AM
1. WHAT IS THE RESEARCH LODGE?
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESEARCH LODGE, F. & A. M. (SCRL or The Research Lodge) was instituted by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California " ... to conduct research, hold discussions, gather and preserve Masonic information, maintain a library, supply papers or speakers at the request of lodges, and conduct a program of general service to the Craft in the field of Masonic Education and Information." (CMC Section 814)
Research Lodges do not confer degrees; are not liable for the relief of a member, his wife, widow, etc.; and are not entitled to representation at or any vote in Grand Lodge.
2. WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE RESEARCH LODGE?
The Mission of Southern California Research Lodge is to stimulate interest among Brother Masons in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the Fraternity’s history, traditions, symbolism, spiritual and moral teachings and best practices through producing and disseminating written and oral presentations of information regarding such matters and their importance in furthering the fundamental Masonic goal of making good men better.
3. HOW MANY MEMBERS/SUBSCRIBERS ARE THERE IN SCRL?
Approximately 2000 and growing -- located and living throughout California, the United States and around the globe.
4. WHO MAY BECOME A MEMBER?
Membership in the Research Lodge is open to any Master Mason in good standing who is a member of a Lodge in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California or a Master Mason who is a member of a Lodge in any other Grand Jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of California and which allows dual membership. Members may hold an office and vote.
5. WHO MAY BECOME A SUBSCRIBER?
Grand Lodges recognized by the Grand Lodge of California, their Lodges, and other Masonic Organizations under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California, may become “Subscribing Members,” entitled only to receive bulletins and publications.
Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts may become subscribers only, and may progress to full membership upon becoming Master Masons.
6. DO I LIVE TOO FAR AWAY TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF SCRL?
No, many of our members are from different states and countries and each receive the benefits of SCRL research and knowledge through the Research Lodge monthly mailings.
7. WHEN AND WHERE ARE RESEARCH LODGE MEETINGS HELD?
Stated Meetings of the Research Lodge are held quarterly in January, April, July and October on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00PM. Stated Meetings take place at South Pasadena Lodge No. 290, located at 1126 Fair Oaks, in the city of South Pasadena, California.
As our Stated Meetings are opened and conducted in the First Degree, Entered Apprentices and above are welcome to attend. Only Master Masons who have been voted to full membership may vote and hold office in the Research Lodge
Special meetings may be held anywhere in California. Additional meetings, programs, seminars and education forums are held throughout the year. All meetings and programs are open to any Master Mason and many of our programs are developed for presentation at open meetings as well.
8. WHAT DOES A RESEARCH LODGE DO?
Service to Freemasonry is the purpose and watchword of the Research Lodge. Our members are offered the opportunity for further service and personal development through individual research, participation on our speaker panel and preparation of papers for publication. We service the Craft by providing speakers, panels and seminars to Lodges and other qualified organizations at their request.
9. WHAT PUBLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
The primary publication of the research, the Fraternal Review, is published monthly, except for January. Membership dues includes receipt of a digital copy, in PDF format; an additional printed copy of the full color magazine is available by U.S. mail for an additional subscription fee of $10 per year. Other publications of the Research Lodge include a CDROM of our papers, other special papers and announcements. In addition, printed books on Freemasonry are available, often at discounted prices.
10. WHEN WILL I BECOME A MEMBER?
Your petition is read at our next stated meeting after its receipt and can be voted on at the following stated meeting, so it could take three to six months for the process to result in full membership. However, a subscription to the Fraternal Review will begin with the first issue published subsequent to the receipt of your application. Members who join after the beginning of any given year will be able to access back issues of Fraternal Review, once the members-only section of our website, now under construction, is up and running.
11. WHEN WILL I START RECEIVING THE SCRL MONTHLY MAILINGS?
Monthly emails, including your subscription to Fraternal Review, begin as soon as your application has been received and processed. As noted above, full membership takes longer.
12. WHAT DOES IT COST TO AFFILIATE?
The Research Lodge assesses NO affiliation fee.
13. WHAT ARE THE ANNUAL DUES?
Only $25.00 per annum ($35.00 includes the additional $10 subscription fee for a hard copy of Fraternal Review via postal mail). Life membership is available for $420.00.
Southern California Research Lodge is the user friendly education and information Lodge (3,000 members, in every U.S. state plus 30 foreign countries) that offers services to Lodges, Masonic Education Committeemen, District and Lodge Education Officers and Master Masons. Individual Master Masons as well as Lodges and other Masonic bodies are eligible for membership. Dues are $25 U.S. with Fraternal Review by email, $35 for postal mail, with no affiliation fee.
The principal benefit of membership is the monthly mailings. Ten or twelve pages of feature articles, editorials, reviews of Masonic activities around the world, book reviews and news of importance to our members, and excellent material for Stated Meeting talks.
A prime benefit is our book department, which is available to anyone. We not only buy from domestic publishers but are a prime distributor of books from Lewis Masonic, the premier publisher in England. Nearly all books, including new Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, are discounted, (usually 20%). The latest list can be had upon request.
Our prime project is in the field of candidate education or awareness. Members of the Research Lodge are encouraged to provide a gift membership to any newly-initiated brother in their local Lodge. This gift will come with a free copy of Allen Robert’s book, The Craft and Its Symbols, sent to our member for presentation to the candidate when he receives his degree. This book is an excellent introduction to Masonic studies, with its simple and clear explanations of our symbols and allegories. The member providing this gift pays the $25 annual fee on the candidate’s behalf and sends us the candidate’s name, email address, postal address, and lodge name and number. You can do this via postal mail and pay with a check, or send us an email request after paying for the candidate’s subscription on our website. The candidate will then be a subscriber to our Fraternal Review, delivered by email in PDF format. This can be done for any of the three degrees. One-day class candidates are not eligible for this program.
NEW! You may now donate to our education fund which helps us to pay for these books and fund other educational activities.