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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,
It is hard to believe that the year is more than half over. As I have commented before, the older I get, the faster time seems to lapse.
As you probably know by now, Wor. Eberhardt has resigned as Secretary of Home Lodge. He and Lisa are moving to Montana and will be extremely missed by everyone in the Lodge. Until the elections in November, I have appointed Wor. Rick Weiser to fill the position.
Our annual picnic was very successful and enjoyed by everyone who attended. We also went down to The Midnight Mission at the end of July to serve breakfast.
The sideliners are coming along very well and they are looking forward to putting on the degree. Please attend this degree and show your support for the candidate as well as the sideliners.
The officers are at this time working on their advanced stations. We have qualified for the First Degree and are working now on the Second and Third Degrees.
Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
Whoever said that change is good, didn’t have Wor. Steve Eberhardt, PM as a friend. As much as I hate to see Steve and Lisa go, I do wish them the very best in their new home. Finding good friends is hard, letting them go is even harder so please stay in touch with us as you embark on a new chapter in your lives! I’m already looking forward to your trips back to LA so we can sit in lodge together again. Wishing your family many blessings and happiness in Montana.
As many of you may know, I recently had a death in the family. My wife’s uncle passed away after a long battle with his many illnesses. At first we experienced the usual grief that comes with such a great loss but after family members arrived from out of town, we turned our sadness into bliss. We were so caught up in our daily lives that we forgot to focus on one very important component: family. Soon after everyone arrived for the funeral, we began to rejoice over the many happy memories we had together. We spoke about our children, vacations, holidays and everything that made people happy. Happiness prevailed and nothing was more important than our family unit. It helped with the grieving process and it helped everyone cope with the significant loss among us. It taught us that we should never stop loving one another and that we must make time in our busy lives to focus on what matters most. Don’t wait for an excuse to get together with your family and friends. Let them know how much you love them now because we all have limited time together.
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
Freemasons have always been identified by a symbol that is well known to all. It is the familiar compass and square. Why not a hammer and chisel or a trowel and plumb bob? Bro. Sanford Holst is an historian, who is a member of Home Lodge, came up with a very interesting theory in his book “Sworn in Secret”. In medieval Europe Freemasonry was truly a secret society. The brothers needed a symbol that could be easily assembled and broken apart into innocuous pieces that would not arouse suspicion.
We trace our Masonic lineage back to the Temple of King Solomon. What instantly recognizable symbol would anyone that studied King Solomon’s Temple appreciate? Of the many decorations carved or painted onto the Temple one would certainly have been the Mogen David, or Star of David.
Unfortunately, carrying symbols that resembled the Jewish Star of David in staunchly Catholic Europe at that time would have been a severe problem. It could have easily led to an undesired arrest by authorities of church and state. The Star consists of two intersecting triangles, one pointed up, the other pointed down. However, if one simply dropped the two horizontal lines from the Star, you would instantly see a square and compass.
Men could then go to their meetings carrying a square and compass without arousing any suspicion. If stopped by authorities of the king or Church, they could simply say, “I am a stone mason”, and go on their way. When traveling in foreign countries, they carried their square and compass as their passport; these two working tools easily assembled into our symbol and could be broken apart after being identified. This was important in a time when being suspect, or even caught as a Mason could lead to some rather unpleasant circumstances.
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
Richard A. Weiser, P.M., Secretary
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL RICHARD A. WEISER, P.M.
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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
Brother Fred L. Grey
Brother Fred's Masonic Career spanned 40 years and included membership in two
blue lodges Home Lodge No. 721 and Reseda Lodge No. 666, the Shrine, Scottish Rite, and he tirelessly promoted the youth groups such as the DeMolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls he was also a Hiram Award recipient. He will truly be missed.
Passed: July 25, 2016
Laid to Rest: July 29, 2016
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 Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
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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