NEWS & EVENTS
NEW MASTER MASONS
“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.
This is a difficult article to write as it is my final one as an officer of Home Lodge. It has been an honor to serve my Home Lodge family A day it is an experience that I will never forget.
I congratulate the incoming officers on their new positions and know that the Lodge is good hands.
I also want to thank all the Brothers and their ladies for their support over the years. It is going to be nice to sit on the sidelines and enjoy watching the excellent degree work that we put on at Home Lodge.
Janet and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Richard Weiser, P.M.
Thank you for electing me Master of Home Lodge for the coming year. It is an honor to serve that I take very seriously and will do my best to live up to my predecessors.
It is hard to believe that the year is almost over, but here we are getting ready to celebrate the holidays as well as New Years.
I am working on a schedule of events that should appeal to everyone in the Lodge regardless of age.
I have met with the Masters of the other Lodges of our district and we are working on some events that all three lodges will participate in.
Have a safe and happy holiday and a happy and healthy New Year.
Once again thank you Brethren for the honor, and I look forward to seeing you next year.
Also, remember to be watchful for all the little ghouls and goblins at the end of the month when you are driving.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen, Senior Warden
I would like to thank the brothers of Home Lodge for electing me to serve as Senior Warden for 2016. I’ve said it a hundred times; it’s always a pleasure to serve this magnificent lodge! I’m looking forward to sitting in the West and serving our brethren.
Here we are in the final stretch of the year! It all moves so fast when you are busy planning the holidays. I personally can’t wait for all the good food and the precious time with family. With so much to be grateful for, I just ask that we remember our less fortunate brethren that may be ill or experiencing other struggles. Please include them in your prayers. As Senior Warden, I’ll be looking for volunteers to fill the officer’s line for the 2016 Sideliners night. Being part of the Fellowcraft ritual team puts your right in the middle of one of the most beautiful degrees in Masonry. Please let me know if you would be interested in being part of that ritual team and I’ll help you get you started on your new journey. If you are a Scottish Rite mason, you are invited to attend the 30th degree during our November stated meeting and the 4th and 14th degrees in December. The San Fernando Valley Scottish Rite has worked all year putting on degrees and we are wrapping up 2015 with two more degree nights. We meet on the 3rd Friday of every month right here in the Van Nuys Masonic Center. We always have a good time and no matter how many times you’ve seen the degrees, you always pick up something new. Come join us for these anticipated events.
As we wrap up the year, I’d like to thank Worshipful Rick Weiser for his tireless service during these past two years. Worshipful Rick, what you have done for us will be remembered forever. Thank you for your commitment and dedication and for taking charge when we needed you most!
Fraternally from the South,
Michael David, P.M., Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL RICHARD A. WEISER
AARON J. COHEN, SENIOR WARDEN
WOR. MICHAEL DAVID, P.M. JUNIOR WARDEN
Articles by Junior Warden Elect
Bob Borden, P.M. and
Steve Eberhardt, P.M., Secretary
JUNIOR WARDEN ELECT
WORSHIPFUL BOB BORDEN, P.M.
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL STEVEN L. EBERHARDT, P.M.
NEW MASTER MASONS
SICK AND DISTRESSED
Through the coming holidays, we hope you remain well and healthy, and enjoy the presence and love of family and friends. Several of our brethren have been ill.
Bro. Leo Witz is still taking care of his wife, but is doing well, but keep him in your prayers.
Wor. Stan Taub’s wife fell and got a black eye, but is doing well.
Bro. William Rosenthal had a bit of a heart scare this last month and was hospitalized for a week, but is back home and recovering well.
Wor. Ralph Morton has been dealing with some serious health problems, keep him in your prayers through the holidays.
Bro. Robert Organ’s wife Sue passed away last month from long standing health problems, keep Bro. Robert in your prayers.
Bro. Ellis Miles continues recovering from recent surgeries, but is doing well.
Bro. Lloyd Tunquist has become inbound due to eye problems, give him a call and tell him you are thinking of him.
Bro. Barney Kort is facing some serious health issues, you might send a card and tell him you are thinking of him.
Keep our lodge family as a whole in your prayers as we go through the holidays that all of them will remain healthy and strong.
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE No. 721 F.&A.M.
INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS
January 10th 2016
4 p.m. with Dinner to Follow
$15.00 per person
• Steak or Salmon •
For reservations please send
a check made out to:
Home Lodge 721
To: Bro. Gerard Deprest
5645 Radford Ave.
Valley Village, CA 91607
Your check is your receipt for dinner only
Limited Seating for Dinner
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
You should be receiving your dues notices by now. Get them back to us as soon as you can so we can get your 2016 dues cards out to you. For anyone more than a year behind, we will either be contacting you to bring your dues current, or sending you notices. For those of you that are more than two years behind in your dues call us before January 1st, we WILL be suspending you in the January stated meeting if you don’t call to make arrangements to get yourselves into good standing. We currently have 147 members who are behind in their dues, and they have all been repeatedly mailed to and contacted, so there are no excuses left to be made, you will be suspended unless you contact Jerry Deprest or Wor. Steve Eberhardt immediately!
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: $1,890.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,710.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,530.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,260.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $990.00
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 email@example.com.
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Marcus Garsdean
Brother Robert Thompson
Brother Kevork Daldalian
Brother Bob Hakimfar
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
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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