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“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
Brethren and Ladies,
Because of a scheduling conflict, we did not go to the Midnight Mission in February. We are working on rescheduling the trip in May. We had two 50 year pin presentations and we have several more in the upcoming months.
The Masters of the other lodges of this district and I are trying new events. One event which was suggested by our Inspector is visiting each others Stated Meetings. The dates are May 4, Hollywood & Reseda Lodges will visit us. June 2, we will visit Reseda Lodge, and July 7 we will visit Hollywood Lodge. More information will follow about time and price. Another one is a softball game between the three lodges of the district. The other Masters and I are working on the details and I will let you know more in the upcoming months.
Wor. David is working diligently with the sideliners and I am sure the degree they put on will be an exemplification of our work. Wor. Borden has selected schools as well as students and we will honor them at the April stated meeting. Please show up and support these students. Also April will be the Inspector’s official visit to our Lodge. The Hometown Party at the end of March was a success and everyone loved the movie.
Remember brethren, Wednesday night is Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
If you’ve ever considered being an officer, then I highly recommend participating in the Sideliners degree coming up in September. The Sideliners degree is a Fellowcraft degree that is conferred by regular members of the lodge who are not elected or appointed officers. It gives you an opportunity to know what it is like being an officer and also the satisfaction of participating in a brother’s degree. My second degree was conferred by a Sideliners team and I will never forget it. If you’re interested, please contact me for more details.
We are all happy to see that our lodge is healthy, vibrant and continuously growing. There are a lot of people that deserve credit for the success but I want to specifically recognize the candidate coaches. Wor. Stepan Varsam, PM has put a tremendous amount of work in coaching candidates and the coaches too. Thank you Wor. Stepan and all the candidate coaches for all of your hard work. If you are interested in being a coach, please contact Wor. Aaron Cohen for more information.
I think I speak for everyone by wishing Bro. Moses Gazazian a speedy recovery! Bro. Moses we all miss you dearly so please get well soon and come back to lodge as soon as you feel up to it. Please feel free to contact us if you should need anything during your recovery. I wish you the best and you’re always in my prayers! On that note, I want to wish everyone good health and happiness while we are apart from each other. Be safe my friends and may you have all the blessings of the Great Architect!
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
April is Public Schools Month. Every year at this time Home Lodge honors three middle school students who exhibit exemplary moral character and the desire to help others. These students are selected by three local schools in our area. These students will receive a Kindle Fire to assist them in their academic endeavors.
Mayzie Angel has been nominated by Nobel Charter Middle School for being an honest and hard working student who is interested in the welfare of others. She motivated all Leadership students with her kindness, creativity, generosity, and strong moral character.
Steven Julio-Corgan has been nominated by Pacoima Middle School for being of good moral character and always willing to help his classmates. His has received numerous academic awards and is an honor student. He is a good listener, kind to all, and possesses a sense of fair-mindedness beyond his years.
Guillermo Carreto has been nominated by Walter Reed Middle School for providing service to students and families during school events and has the reputation for being very polite. He sets a good example for incoming students and peers and is a member of the California Cadet Corps.
Freemasons were champions of our country’s democracy and its cornerstone: the public school system. In 1920 Grand Master Charles Albert Adams issued the first proclamation for Public Schools Week, as schools battled devastating problems following World War I. It became a statewide tradition, and today, schools and Masons throughout the state celebrate Public Schools Month every April.
Public Schools are the backbone of our society. They deserve our support. Please join me at our April stated meeting to honor these fine young citizens. They make us proud and fill us with hope for the future.
Fraternally from the South,
Robert Borden, P.M., Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON J. COHEN
MICHAEL DAVID, P.M., SENIOR WARDEN
ROBERT BORDEN, P.M. JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2016 are $94.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2015 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2015) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2016. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Grand Lodge has set the dues at $43.50 for the 2016 term. Home Lodge dues are $50.00 plus per capita rounded up to the nearest dollar-which makes our dues for 2016 $94.00.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2016 term are: $94.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F.&A.M.’S MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2015:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $1,974.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,786.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,598.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,316.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,034.00
Soft and Safe to Thee My Brother
be Thy Resting Place!
Bright and Glorious be Thy Rising From it!
Let the Altar and Working Tools be Draped and the Mourning be Observed.
May Our Heavenly Father Have You in His Holy Keeping!
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Bob Hakimfar
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
Home Lodge Contact Phone Number: (805) 529-7510
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