GOLDEN RULE LODGE #479 F&AM
For general questions regarding Freemasonry, our Masonic Lodge, or membership questions please use the form below or contact us directly.
Golden Rule Lodge meets every Monday at 7:30 PM for a degree, round table discussion, masonic education, or social event.
Stated meetings are scheduled for the first Monday of every month.
Grand Lodge of California
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Golden Rule Lodge #479
2500 Masonic Drive
San Jose, CA 95124
HOW DOES ONE JOIN?
Membership is open to men age 18 or older who meet the qualifications and abide by the requested list of information listed bellow.
1. PROOF OF RESIDENCY.
This requirement has been updated as of the 2016 Annual Communication. Applicants no longer have to be California resident for the immediate 12 months preceding the date of application.
2. FAMILY INFORMATION.
Freemasons have an obligation to care for fellow Masons, their wives, widows, and orphans. Lodge brothers are first line of support. Family information is requested in order to provide the appropriate fraternal support in case of need.
3. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY.
Information about your present or previous occupation allows us to obtain a better understanding of not only you but of your interests and skills. This information allows us to discuss with you how your professional life will complement and fit into the activities and obligations of being a Mason.
4. CRIMINAL HISTORY.
An Applicant's character is the most important factor in consideration for membership. Men who have pled guilty or no contest or have been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude are not eligible for membership. This includes crimes committed against property, people, or government, such as, but not limited, intent to defraud, intent to harm a person or thing, or intent to take a thing unlawfully. Minor traffic violation include such offenses as parking and speeding tickets.
5. FEES AND CONTRIBUTIONS.
Each lodge sets the fee for receiving the degrees of Freemasonry as indicated on the application. The application fee and background check fee are the same for all applicants. The application fee is non-refundable if elected by the lodge for membership. The non-refundable fee for background checks applies to all applicants for the degrees and applicants for affiliation from another Masonic Jurisdiction. This fee does not apply to applicants for affiliation from one California lodge to another.
Contributions support important charitable programs provided by the Masonic Homes of California to aid brothers and their families in times of need. Additionally, these contributions also support our commitment to maintain the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the California Masonic Memorial Temple, the San Francisco Headquarters of the Masons of California, along with its library and museum.
6. STATEMENT BY THE APPLICANT
Your signature affirms that you both understand and meet the qualifications set forth in the application; that you agree to the investigation and background check of your personal history and criminal history.