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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,
If you were not at our May stated meeting, or did not get the e-mail, it is with a sad and heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of our Treasurer William “Bill” Rosenthal. He passed away on April 27, 2016. His funeral was on May 1, 2016. Until we can elect another treasurer, I have appointed Bro. Moses Gazazian to the position.
At our stated meeting on May 4, we had the first of our inter-district lodge visitations to see how we conduct our respective meetings. The officers and brethren of Hollywood and Reseda Lodges visited us. On Thursday, June 2 we will visit Reseda Lodge’s stated meeting. The following month July 7, we will visit Hollywood Lodge’s stated meeting. The cost for dinner at Reseda is $10 and Hollywood charges $15 for dinner. Dinner selections will be sent out in a future E-Mail as they have not yet been finalized. Please attend these meeting and show support for our Brothers.
On May 18, we visited Valle de France Lodge to see a French First Degree. If you have not seen a French First Degree, it is very different from our first degree and is something every mason should see.
Our annual picnic will be held on Sunday, July 17, and I am sure; as it has been in previous years it will be a well attended event.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Aaron J. Cohen
As we are all still recovering from the loss of our dear brother Bill Rosenthal, we ask that you remember his family in your thoughts and prayers. I aspire to be like the man who always sat at his place in the lodge and served us with love, loyalty and perseverance. I will miss the facial expressions he would make when meetings were running long and there was always that one brother who just had to stand up and say something right before closing or when someone motioned to spend money on something Bill didn’t think we needed. They are the memories I will miss the most. Until we meet again my brother.
Every September, Home Lodge puts on a Sideliners degree that is conferred by non-officers of the lodge. It offers a rare opportunity for regular members to participate in the Fellowcraft degree. If you are interested in joining us, please contact me immediately. We will be meeting the second Thursday of every month in the upstairs lodge room. My Fellowcraft degree was conferred by a Sideliners team and I will never forget the experience. Please join us if you have the chance, you won’t regret it!
Brethren, please remember that every Wednesday night is lodge night. Don’t wait for an invitation or a special event to attend. You can now access the website (www.homelodge721.org) right from your smartphone or tablet to check the lodge calendar so make sure you bookmark the site. Your attendance is not mandatory but it would be a big boost to a candidate who is getting his degree that night. Please do your best, thank you.
Fraternally from the West,
Michael David, Senior Warden
For this Bulletin, I’ve asked former Master of So. Calif. Research Lodge, Bro. Doug Russell to share some thoughts.
Coming toward June, you’ve probably seen notices of table lodges or festive boards, honoring the feast day of St. John the Baptist, which is June 24th. We also see these Masonic ceremonies around December 27th, for St. John the Evangelist.
We’re told we’ve come from a lodge of the Holy Saints John at Jerusalem, but that doesn’t require belief in Christian saints. We are only to believe in a Supreme Being. Our Craft embraces men of all religious faiths, so it’s best to see these saints as symbols. Their feast days coincide with the winter and summer solstices, which were sacred to the ancients. From December through June, we move from the longest night of winter to the longest day of summer. Nature is reminding us that it is the plan of the Great Architect that we move from darkness to light: every year, we are to grow in knowledge, and grow from good men into better ones.
The annual cycle of nature was one among many symbols in ancient times. Baptism and evangelism also go back many thousands of years. Baptism is a water purification ritual. It affirms the connection of good men with their Creator. Israelite priests did similar ceremonies before entering Solomon’s Temple. Evangelism means spreading the word about living a good life. As Masons, we don’t just talk the talk. We are charged with walking the walk. We demonstrate brotherly love not only among ourselves but in our many service projects that contribute to the betterment of our communities.
Bro Doug is editor of the research lodge’s Fraternal Review. Membership/subscriptions are available at www.theresearchlodge.org.
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
HOME LODGE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
HOME LODGE ANNUAL PICNIC
Sunday July 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Rancho Tapo Community Park
3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley
118 Freeway to Tapo off -ramp,
go north to Avenida Simi then left for 1.5 to 2 miles.
Parking and the Park will be on your left.
Lots of good eats Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and all of the trimmings
Games for the children!
RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!
Please contact: Bro. Jerry Deprest (818) 535-5628
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
Bro. William Rosenthal, our faithful, dedicated
treasurer and Brother, passed away due to
compounded health problems. He will be sorely
missed by our Home Lodge family. Please keep
his wife Sharon, and his girls Pam and Debbye in
your prayers as they deal with the loss and issues
confronting a family who experiences such a
sudden and shocking loss. Give them a call or send
a card to express to them your love and concern,
and as always we remain united, as he would have
wanted us to be.
Passed: April 27, 2016
Laid to Rest: April 30, 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 email@example.com.
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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