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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.
Our year is off to a great start having already conferred several degrees, with many more to come. Your attendance at the degree meetings means indescribably much to both the candidates and your officers. Please give extra of your time and convenience to join us in Lodge for these most Masonic of our activities. An annual dues payment and a ring do not a Mason make. The work of our Craft requires presence and attention. If you need any assistance getting to and from Lodge, please reach out to us…we’ll be happy to help.
Well just as I began feeling that I’d had enough of the red and green of Christmas, the red of Valentine’s day and the green of St. Patrick’s day are upon us. We wish you and yours much pleasure in the celebration of these.
On the business side, a reminder that Stated meeting dinners are now $15 per plate and as always reservations are a must. Also, if you’ve not yet paid your 2017 dues please do so as soon as possible, that we may better budget for upcoming events and expenditures.
“Don’t expect perfection in a man because he is a Freemason. If you do, you will be disappointed. Masonry makes a man better, but no human agency can make him perfect. If he is a Mason, you have a right to presume he is a good man, but do not condemn Masonry even if a few Masons turn out bad. Even the Great Teacher Himself had a Judas.
The aim and purpose of Masonry is to receive none but good men, keep them good and make them better. Judge the institution not by a few failures, but by the average of its successes. That average is high and it consequently gives standing to its members, but it cannot be an infallible guide.”
May the G.A.O.T.U. ever bless you and yours,
Fraternally from the East,
Leland H. Celestre, Worshipful Master
Installation was a success. Worshipful Celestre and his line were installed in Home Lodge style. The ceremony was enjoyed by everyone who attended. As a Lodge, we have already started conferring degrees. Last month, we raised a brother as well as initiating another. Please come and support our brothers and make them feel welcome in our Lodge.
As I have mentioned before, we will, in September or October, be conferring a second degree with the sideliners sitting the chairs usually held by the installed officers. This is a great way to get involved with the lodge as well as a way of finding out if you would like to join the line.
If you have any questions regarding ritual or anything else, please feel to ask me or Worshipful Celestre and we will get you an answer.
As always remember Wednesdays are Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
As we enter onto a new Masonic year, I’d like to congratulate all the newly installed Officers for their work, as I look forward to working with each one of them to better our Lodge, and I thank all the brothers and ladies that attended our Installation, your support is part of what drives us. I want to again thank the brethren of Home Lodge for electing, and now installing, me as Junior Warden; it is a great honor and I will do my best to serve our Lodge to the best of my abilities.
As Junior Warden, I’ve begun preparing for Public Schools Night at our April Stated Meeting, and I urge every member of our Lodge to come out and join us in celebrating these students that practice daily those virtues that Masonry teaches us. It is important that we support this upcoming generation, and guide them down the right moral path, so that they can be the future leaders our country & world needs.
As was discussed in our last bulletin, our Lodge suffered the loss of Worshipful José Fiss, P.M. It is always a dark day when we lay a brother to rest, but it was especially large impact to me. Well over a decade ago, Worshipful Fiss brought my father to Home Lodge and recommended him to be made a Mason. Had my father not met Worshipful Fiss all those years ago, I may have never been made a Mason myself. Worshipful Fiss was my Masonic Grandfather, and I urge all our younger members to learn their Masonic lineage and to forge bonds with those that brought them into our Fraternity, as well that those that they will bring in the future.
I’d like to remind all our brothers, young and seasoned, that Wednesday is Lodge night. So please whether it’s to join us inside for the degree, or sit outside and coach brothers with their work, or ever to just join with other brothers in some discussion and fellowship; come to Lodge, because 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
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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 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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