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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,
As the weather becomes cooler, we revert back to tuxedos for our stated meetings beginning in October.
Every time I enter Lodge, and I look in the East, I expect to “Uncle Freddy” in the chair next to mine. It is amazing how one person can effect some many lives.
It is hard to believe that the year is almost over, but here we are getting ready for Grand Lodge and the annual communication, as well as the Jewish High Holy Days. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not that far behind.
If you were not present at our September 21st. degree night, you missed an excellent degree put on by the sideliners. The sideliners are the members who are not the installed officers of the lodge. It is a way for the brethren who are interested in becoming officers to get their feet wet. Any one who is interested in participating in this degree next year come see me.
I want to give an early thank you to all my officers for all their hard work and support throughout the year. All the degrees we conferred would not have been possible without you!
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
It’s been a few weeks since we lost Freddy and I still think about him every day. The bonds that everyone had with him have started numerous conversations about how he impacted our lives and our fraternal experience. He embodied and personified the craft in more ways than most of us ever will. I wish I could sum up Freddie’s Masonic experience and share it with new applicants and candidates that want to know what Freemasonry is all about. It would be like giving them a drink of water through a fire hose. His memory will last for a very long time so pick your favorite Freddy story and always have it ready to share whenever his name is brought up because that’s the best way to remember him.
Every September, Home Lodge hosts the annual Sideliners degree. It’s a Fellowcraft degree that is conferred by non-officers who practice all year long to confer it. Big thanks go to Wor. Aaron Cohen for helping the team and contributing ideas and support. Couldn’t have done it without you buddy!
I’m so happy to see our lodge doing so well. It’s always a pleasure to walk in the doors during a stated meeting and taking over half an hour to sit at a table because I have so many people to greet and hug. The feeling is great and always amazes visiting brethren. Be well and I’ll see you all at the next meeting!
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
One of my friends is a very high-powered attorney who was telling me his tale of woe. A junior attorney at his firm had approached one of his clients and told him that he could do just as good a job on a case for less money. When it became obvious to the client that the young lawyer was going to lose the case, the client insisted to the firm that my friend take over. The firm would have been legally and financially liable if the case was lost so my friend had to give up a major vacation to save the case and the firm’s reputation. He had been wronged by the young lawyer who tried to steal his client and wronged by the firm into losing his vacation.
I told him that he was looking at it from the wrong direction. This important client now had complete confidence only in my friend. The client demanded that the case be reassigned to my friend. Now the firm was forced to concede that my friend saved not only the client but also the case and the firm. He was now the “golden boy” who could do no wrong and now was even more indispensable than ever. It was a win-win situation all around. I told him that he should actually thank the young lawyer for proving how successful and important my friend was.
Whenever we feel that we have been wronged or slighted by someone it is very important to look at the situation from another angle. If we can find some way to forgive or at least make peace with whoever has wronged us, then we can begin to move forward. Hanging on to grudges and feelings of resentment only allows them to fester, doing no one any good; most especially yourself. Changing your perspective can literally change your view on life.
One of the three basic tenants of Masonry is relief. Relief does not have to be only monetary. By letting go of bad feelings we not only give relief to the person who wronged us, we also give relief to ourselves. It is another win-win situation.
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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