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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.
Greetings Brethren and Ladies,
Installation was a huge success and went off without a hitch.
I would, at this time, like to thank several people. The installing team: Wor. Stanley R. Taub, P.M. Installing Officer, Wor. Terry Baker, P.M. Installing Master of Ceremonies, and Wor. Harvey M. Tapper, P.M. Installing Chaplain.
I also would like to thank Los Angeles Commandery #9 for the presentation of the Flag of our country, the Rainbow Girls for handing out the programs and Bro. Phillip Schenkler and his wife Carol for making sure everyone signed the guest register.
I am working with the Masters of the other Lodges in the district to have group events. One of those events occurred last month. We were at Glowzone L.A. for indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf. Another event which has been suggested is that we as a Lodge visit the other Lodges' stated meetings.
I am looking forward to an exciting year with many events and degrees.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday nights. Remember that Wednesdays are lodge night.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
Thank you again for electing me to serve our lodge again as Senior Warden. We held another great installation and I’m confident that Worshipful Aaron Cohen will make a great Master for 2016. Worshipful, your line of officers is ready to help you in any way! This year will be just as exciting as the past few years. I’m am officially in charge of Sideliners again and currently looking for volunteers to fill seats for the Sideliners Fellowcraft degree. Contact me for more details.
Please mark your calendars and do your best to attend lodge on Wednesday nights. Don’t forget the motto Worshipful Steve Eberhart, PM created during his term: “Wednesday Night is Lodge Night!” There is no better feeling than for a candidate to see a good size turnout for his degree so please spread the word and come to lodge!
Wor. Aaron has a great year of events planned for us so make sure you read the bulletin and check the website regularly to stay in formed. Thanks to Bro. Scott Weber and Wor. Steve Eberhardt PM, the website is continuously updated with the latest events. If you haven’t checked it out, the address is www.homelodge721.org. It has been updated and now works perfectly on mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. Please make sure to bookmark it so you can check on dates and events.
Again, we are all looking forward to 2016 and the growth we have ahead of us as a fraternity. Be well brethren and we will all see you in lodge!
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
The first degree lecture is a very fascinating source of information. We mention the Biblical Book of Ruth near the beginning of the lecture so I decided to re-read it to get more insight into Masonry. In the Book of Ruth we read about Ruth, a widow, who falls on very hard times. She moves to Israel, near Bethlehem, so be near a distant kinsman by the name of Boaz. Boaz is an older, very wealthy single man. Like all the poor, Ruth is allowed to glean the fields for the scraps left behind by the workers and to gather food from the corners of the fields. Boaz takes a liking to Ruth and orders his workers to make sure that Ruth gets as much food as she needs and doesn’t have to work too hard. She appreciates this and eventually she marries Boaz. They have a son, Oved, who has a son, Jesse, who has a son David. This is the famous Biblical King David of Israel. King David has a son, Solomon who gained immortality by virtue of building the famous Temple in Jerusalem, commonly known as King Solomon’s Temple.
As Masons, we study King Solomon’s Temple and its architecture. In the Book of Kings we read that the front of the Temple was adorned by two columns named Boaz and Jachin. My question is, “Did King Solomon name the first column Boaz after his great-great grandfather?” Is this the same Boaz that we see in the Book of Ruth? It took much studying to find out that the answer is no. The names of the columns comes from a phrase that is inscribed on both columns. The Hebrew word Boaz (usually pronounced Ba-oz) means in strength. The Hebrew word Jachin means to establish. The phrase that is on both columns is usually rendered “In strength will I establish”, referring to the kingdom of Israel.
By studying Masonry I was able to learn more about the Bible. By studying the Bible I was able to learn more about Masonry. What a wonderful symbiotic relationship.
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
Steve Eberhardt, P.M., Secretary
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL STEVEN L. EBERHARDT, P.M.
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 email@example.com.
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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