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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.
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Spring is upon us! Due to the recent heavy rains the fecundity of creation is brightly manifest to even the most casual observer. May this evidence of continual renewal inspire you with hope and humble gratitude for our many blessings.
In April we’ll observe Passover and Easter. May the reverence of these august events be inspirational to you and yours. On May 17 we’ve scheduled our annual ice cream social. I hope to see many of you and your families there…it is always a most pleasant get-together, full of fraternal bonding and relaxing conviviality.
We have thus far this year already conferred more degrees than many (if not most) Lodges confer in an entire year. Our degree schedule remains fully booked for the foreseeable future, with more petitions and proficiencies on the horizon. Please endeavor to attend these events of truly great Masonic import; the candidates and officers greatly appreciate your presence. Also, my personal thanks to some of our Brothers (you know who you are) who have stepped up the game of their habiliments. Your elegantly sharp, well put together appearance truly epitomizes the dignity of our Craft.
For your consideration:
““God is always geometrizing.” So said Plato twenty-three centuries ago. It is merely an accident of the English language that God and Geometry begin with the same letter. No matter what the language of the ritual, the initial of the Ineffable Name and that of the first and noblest of sciences are Masonically the same. “But that is secret!” cries some newly initiated brother who has examined his printed monitor and finds that the ritual concerning the further significance of the Letter “G” is represented only by stars. Aye, the ritual is secret, but the meaning of “G” is the most gloriously public that Freemasonry may herald to the world. One can no more keep secret the idea that God is the very warp and woof of Freemasonry than that He is the essence of all life. Take God out of Freemasonry, and there is, literally, nothing left; it is a pricked balloon, an empty vessel, a bubble which has burst.”
Carl Claudy, Introduction to Freemasonry II Fellowcraft
May the G.A.O.T.U. ever bless you and yours,
Fraternally from the East,
Leland H. Celestre, Worshipful Master
It is hard to believe that the year is already one-quarter over. In that time, we have conferred several degrees. We are also starting to work on our step up positions.
Last month, the Masonic Service Bureau honored the Grand Master with a breakfast. This annual event is the largest gathering of Masons outside of Grand Lodge. Reseda Lodge also had the first of two pancake breakfasts. The next Reseda Lodge breakfast will be in the fall. These breakfasts raises money for the youth groups.
I would like to thank the brethren for sending myself as well as Wor. Celestre and Bro. Aladadyan to the Master and Wardens retreats. These events give us the tools needed to govern our Lodges effectively.
I am looking for volunteers for our annual Sideliners’ Degree in October. This is a degree that is conducted by the brethren who are usually watching the degree. It is a fun evening enjoyed by all who attend and is an excellent way to test the waters on becoming an officer. Please come and see me for further information for this degree.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
As we’ve finally reached Public Schools month, I’d like to start by congratulating our honorees from our local Middle Schools. These student’s were selected because they display the same characteristics that we teacher in Masonry. Public Schools month has been a tradition of the California Mason’s for nearly a century, and began at a time where our public schools were in desperate need for aid. With this in mind, I urge all brethren to support their local public school year-round. The younger generation desperately needs guidance and aid from us, in order to learn from our mistakes.
As with all months previous, I encourage all our brothers to attend our weekly meetings, be it to help coach brothers or to sit in the audience. Having a crowd inside for degrees means a great deal, not only to the officers, but also to our degree recipient. We want to ensure they feel at home at Home Lodge. Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the South,
Artin Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL LELAND CELESTRE, P.M.
AARON COHEN, P.M., SENIOR WARDEN
ARTIN ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2017 are $97.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2016 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2016) 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 2017. 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.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2016 term are: $97.00
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 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Worshipful José A. Fiss, P.M.
Wor. Jose Fiss was Master of Home Lodge in 2009, Master of Panamericana Lodge 513 in 2004 and Master of Van Nuys Lodge 450 in 1994. He also served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden for both Home Lodge and Van Nuys Lodge and was the recipient of the Hiram Award in October of 2012. He was also the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of California.
Passed: November 21, 2016
Laid to Rest: November 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 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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