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.
The holidays are here, and we are all busy. Soon Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and then Christmas, this year flew by fast. I want to thank my officers, the brethren, and their families for their attendance and participation with Janet and I as we have served this year. Keep us in your thoughts as we travel to Grand Lodge to represent Home Lodge 721 at the 166th annual communication. Make sure to attend the November stated meeting to support “Soon to be Worshipful” Bro. Aaron Cohen as we hold elections and he announces his officers for the 2016 term.
It has been a pleasure to serve as Master of Home Lodge, but I must admit after two years, I am looking forward to some time off, and a little playtime with my granddaughter. I know Brother Aaron will do a great job in the coming year, and I know the brethren of Home Lodge will support him in any way that they can.
Be safe throughout the coming holidays, and be sure to come to lodge for the degrees, we have several third degrees before January and we will need a good showing of sideliners, not to mention there will be some great food after the degrees. My granddaughter wants me to watch cartoons, so I will bid you a good month. See you at lodge.
Fraternally from the East,
Wor. Richard Weiser, P.M.
Last month’s Hiram Award to honor Brother Moses Gazazian was a huge success attended by over 100 people. The Hiram Award is an honor that is bestowed only once a year by a Lodge. This award is the recognition of a Brother by the Lodge for his service. It is a tribute to a Brother who has devoted themselves, their time, and their talent above and beyond the minimal requirements of Freemasonry to become a shining beacon to others both within the Fraternity and the community. It is a singular honor authorized by the Grand Lodge of California and presented by the Brethren of the Lodge to a member they feel is a credit to the Craft.
I would like to thank the brethren in advance for sending me to San Francisco to attend the Annual Communication at Grand Lodge. The Annual Communication is when all the Lodges in California send representatives; the Master and Wardens, to vote on Legislation that affects the way we work. It is also when the new Grand Line is installed. It is an event that every Mason should experience at least once in his Masonic journey.
The Sideliners are coming along nicely and we are looking forward to putting on a Second Degree sometime in November. As a reminder to the brethren and as part of the Grand Masters’ project Firefighters in Safety Education (F.I.S.E); to protect children from being burned in a fire, please check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them if needed when you set your clocks back at the end of Daylight Savings Time.
Also, remember to be watchful for all the little ghouls and goblins at the end of the month when you are driving.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen, Senior Warden
The other day I received a disturbing phone call from a brother whom I dearly love. It wasn’t good news. My heart sank and after the conversation, I felt empty because I was helpless in the situation. It reaffirmed my belief that sometimes we can’t prevent what happens in life, but we can control how we persevere through the events. I found comfort in the fact that through Masonry, this particular brother had people to turn to. Through Masonry, he now has a network that he can rely on for the rest of his life.
Masonry teaches us that we are all linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. Our purpose is to better the lives of others, including our own. We were all motivated to join the fraternity to be part of something bigger than ourselves. I am more at ease after that phone call because I know that everything will eventually be okay. Masons support each other in many different ways. Our diverse membership is one of our greatest strengths which offers benefits in many ways. In other words, we can support each by phone calls, companionship, advice, or just being there for a brother.
When I experienced the loss of a family member or close friend, I turned to the lodge for support. When I was going through a tough time, I turned to my brothers, When it was time for celebration, I celebrated with my brethren. The point I’m trying to make is that we sometimes go through trials and tribulations that can only be remedied by our friends. Turn to your brothers when you need them most! Be strong my brother!
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 an artice by
Steve Eberhardt, P.M., Secretary
FROM OUR SECRETARY
WORSHIPFUL STEVEN L. EBERHARDT, P.M.
SICK AND DISTRESSED
The holidays are just around the corner, and we want to wish the lodge family the best of health through the holidays as you gather with your families and friends. Keep us informed if you have any health problems so we can put you on our prayer list and send a card, as well as let the members know. Stay healthy, one and all.
Wor. Stepan Varsam’s wife Rita has been facing some health issues, send a card or give her a call.
Keep bro. Leo Witz in your prayers as he and his family continue to care for his wife in a care facility in the valley.
Bro. Ellis Miles recently has 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.
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
Check Back Soon for Our New Lodge Events.
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
Soft and Safe to Thee My Brother
be Thy Resting Place!
Bright and Glorious be Thy Rising From it!
Bro. Charles Jacobson - Laid to rest August 22, 2015
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 Hayk Dilanian
Brother Marcus Garsdean
Brother Robert Thompson
Brother Kevork Daldalian
Brother Bob Hakimfar
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
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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