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.
I want to take this opportunity to talk a little about the heritage of Home Lodge as well as its future.
Our Lodge, our Home, has been around a long time now. Our original building was erected by the sweat of our members and served us well for a long time. It has provided us with a comfortable financial base which it is now our responsibility to maintain for the future of Home Lodge.
While many of those original Brothers are no longer with us, we owe it to those that remain to assure that Home Lodge will always be a leader in California Masonry.
One of the families that worked so hard to establish Home Lodge was the Price family. Most of you had a chance to know Allen & Fred, who along with their brother Wor. Lester and Uncle Paul were a true example of what masonry is all about.
These men gave and gave to make Home Lodge something special and with the loss of Fred, we are all saddened at the end of this incredible family line. They would do anything asked of them with no thought of “what’s in it for me”, only if it was for the good of the Lodge.
It is now time for ALL of us to step up. Remember the obligations you took at the altar and support Home Lodge. You don’t have to be an officer or even a committee member. Attend Lodge regularly, support our new members and make them welcome. Let the officers know that you appreciate the hard work they put in to make the degrees meaningful for our candidates.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Richard Weiser
Greetings Brethren and Ladies,
Our annual Lodge picnic was a success even though last month, we lost a stalwart member of the Lodge. Brother Fred Price was always looking out for the greater good of the Lodge and his guidance will sorely be missed. I guess the Grand Architect of the Universe needed his help.
Hot August nights! Wow, some of us remember Neil Diamond, and some of us know how great it is to go with our special vehicle to Reno to celebrate what is now know as “classic” cars. The Hot August Nights festival is great and I encourage you my brothers to go to Reno and enjoy the cars, music and just enjoy the great memories.
However, right now, we can all be creating new memories, with every new brother we raise up. I hope to encourage you all my brethren to be present at each ceremony, where we welcome a new bother or raise a current brother even higher.
I am honored to be entrusted by you my brethren to be your Senior Warden, and as such, I am therefore entrusting you my brethren, to show your support for our new brothers by attending all the degrees you can.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen, Senior Warden
I’ll never forget the time I first spoke to Bro. Allen Price. I immediately knew that he was someone that would weigh heavy into my future. I was thoroughly impressed with his composure during that call and I knew that he would greatly influence me as a Mason and as a man. He did. He turned out to be everything I anticipated from our first conversation. His intuition and perception was always spot-on. If you had problems understanding what he was trying to get across, he had a special talent for getting his thoughts across to you!
Brother Fred Price was equally salient with his charm and smile. He won me over with his scratchy voice and the stories that lifted your spirits when you needed it most. The Price brothers had a notable presence in the lodge but to me, they were legends. They earned our respect, they made us laugh, they helped transform us into the Masons we are now. It was pure Masonry from the start and they laid the foundation from which we could build our fraternal bond upon. Losing Bro. Allen was painful but losing Bro. Fred was especially painful for me since he was the last of our three. Everyone described Freddy differently but if I had to sum him up in one word, it would be charisma. He had class and a style that made you remember him. I never met Lester, but if he was anything like his brothers, he must have been equally impressive.
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
Read two very special artices by
Steve Eberhardt, P.M., Secretary and Gerard E. Deprest, Assistant Secretary.
WOR. STEVEN L. EBERHARDT, P.M.
BRO. GERARD E. DEPREST
SICK AND DISTRESSED
Bro. Rafael Barajas’ wife is still suffering from the effects of her cancer diagnosis; keep her in your prayers.
Wor. Stepan Varsam’s wife Rita has been facing some health issues, send a card or give her a call.
Bro. Leo Witz is still recovering from his recent fall, but you might want to give him a call to tell him you are thinking about him, and keep him in your prayers as he and his family continue to care for his wife in a care facility in the valley.
Bro. Ellis Miles has recently been experiencing some health problems, and has broken his ankle, you might send him a card, and keep him in your prayers.
Wor. Gordon Perry has been having health problems, keep their family in your prayers.
Bro. Cal Frieling has recently recovered from some health problems, make sure you pat him on the back and give him a hearty hand shake at the next meeting.
Bro. Sprartak Kazanjian has had some recent health problems, and is looking forward to coming back to lodge soon.
Bro Fred Gray had some heart issues, but is back in lodge and well on the mend.
Bro Michael Debusk is out of the hospital from recent surgery and is home recovering, call or send a card to tell him you are thinking of him.
Wor. Ralph Morton is home from the hospital and has been cleared of his cancer scare - thank goodness for the good news - give him a call and congratulate him.
Our brother Fred West’s wife had a fall recently; for those of you who know him, he is a deeply valued member of our fraternity, and of our lodge in particular, keep them in your prayers.
Keep our members who have family members in the Middle East in your prayers as they face the dangers there, and also our elder members. Let us know if you have any health issues, or know of any of our members who are suffering sickness or distress, so that we can send a card or give a call to check in on them.
HOME LODGE EVENTS
This year's recipient for the Hiram Award is
Bro. Moses Gazazian
Bro. Moses has worked tirelessly in every committee that he has served on as well as displaying overall good character as an outstanding Mason, Brother, friend, and role model. He has shown us that passion drives the Brotherhood and "with great sacrifice, comes great reward!"
Worshipful Rick Weiser
proudly invites you to attend on
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405
Dinner selections are T-Bone Steak or Salmonwith vegetables, baked potatoes, dessert, and coffee
Dinner donations are $15 per person
No Checks or Cash at the Door!
Please see Bro. Jerry Deprest, Assistant Secretaryor call (818) 980-8370 for further details and to let
Bro. Deprest know who you would like to sit with.
Space is limited, so reserve your place for what should be an outstanding event!
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Delinquent dues notices have gone out. If you are more than a year behind in your dues contact the secretary or assistant secretary to get help, or to get in good standing. We will be reading the names of brethren to be suspended for non payment of dues in our may stated meeting.
If those brethren are not in good standing by our June stated meeting, they will be suspended, so that the lodge will not have to bare the burden of paying the grand lodge per capita tax on them. We will work with you if you are in trouble, so take a minute to call us.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2015 term are: $90.00
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
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 Hayk Dilanian
Brother Marcus Garsdean
Brother Robert Thompson
Brother Kevork Daldalian
Brother Bob Hakimfar
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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