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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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I’d like to begin by congratulating a few of my brothers. First congratulations to Brother Linares for knocking his qualification out of the park this last month. Boris you’ve got a wonderful journey ahead of you and I’m glad I was a part of it. On that same night Brother Nick Craft on received his 2nd degree; Nick I want to echo what I said that night, I don’t think I’ll ever be more blown away by a degree again, I’m honored to have been involved. Congrats to our Brother Shadi Karam for reaching the sublime degree of Master Mason. Last but not least, congratulations are in order for my brother Andre Aladadyan who knocked his qualification of the 3rd degree lecture out of the park (unlike the Dodgers).
This year’s annual communication was a bittersweet one, it was my last time attending as a delegate for Home Lodge, and it also marked the end of our district inspector’s term. Worshipful Yates, I’ve met few men that share your level of fervent and zealous passion for our Fraternity. I thank you for the years of service to our district and the support you’ve given our Lodge. You’re always welcome at Home. I wish you only the most wonderful things to come.
Worshipful Yates’ exit means the 709th Masonic District welcomes a new inspector, and it is my honor to welcome our very own Worshipful Leland Celestre as our new inspector. This marks the sweet part of “bittersweet”, because Wor. Celestre is another one of those rare men that shows the utmost passion for our Fraternity. I’m confident in saying that our district has been passed into safe hands.
As a reminder the Lodge will be dark for the month of December, barring our Stated Meeting. To those of you that will be traveling be safe, and to all, have a wonderfully joyous holiday season; Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a very happy New Year.
As always, I want to thank my Brethren for their continued support throughout this year. The primary goal our Officers have is the betterment and prosperity of Home Lodge & the support you all have shown us is our driving force. A special thank you to our Sideliners that continue to join us and support our candidates, your presence makes all the difference during a degree night.
…Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than Home.
Fraternally from the East,
To start, hope all our Jewish brethren and families enjoyed the holiday season.
Next, Welcome to November brethren and ladies, one of my favorites months of the year. November is usually the start of colder nights, jackets and when that winter feeling begins.
My last few articles have been very punchy... I know, I know. But sometimes certain things need to be said even if they’re hard to say and hard to hear (or read in this case). This month I’ll keep it light-er.
I want to congratulate Bro. Boris Linares for qualifying as Senior Deacon. He’s been such an important part of Home Lodge since the moment he’s joined. I truest regret not being able to stay to see your hard work but, I look forward to seeing you perform your work.
Each Grand Master has a theme for their year. Our Most Wor. Stewart Wright PGM theme was “Freemasonry, the difference is you.” Most Worshipful Trauner’s G.M. theme for 2020 is, “California Masonry, rooted in the Gold Country, forged in ideals.”
When I think about what my I want my theme for 2020 I think of all the things we have done to get to the next step. We have constantly looked forward to our future. So my theme for Home Lodge is, “looking forward to the next brick.”
We have made huge strides as a lodge. Regardless of the unpopular opinions, Home Lodge has overcome a lot. The men that stepped forward to build upon that which our Past Masters laid down have succeeded time and time again... because we keep looking forward to the next step.
The only way we succeed as a lodge and as a fraternity is to look forward. The past is to serve as a teacher of humility in the face of our successes and, admonisher of mistakes to be better and do better. Taken together we find the tools necessary for building our future.
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE No. 721
Free and Accepted Masons
of the State of California
Cordially invites you to attend the
2019 HIRAM AWARD
WOR. AARON J. COHEN, P.M.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 Dinner - 6:30 PM
Presentation will begin at - 7:30 PM
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuy, CA 91405
Dinner $15.00 per person
Grilled T-Bone Steak or Baked Salmon
NO MONEY WILL BE TAKEN
AT THE DOOR
Make your reservations NOW! Please contact
Bro. Gerard Deprest,
>> UPDATED DUES INFORMATION FOR 2020 <<
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2020 are $103.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2019) 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 2020. 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 For 2020
Dues for the 2020 term are: $103.00
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 2020:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,163.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,957.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,751.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,442.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,133.00
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR BROTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED TO THE SUBLIME DEGREE OF MASTER MASON
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Christopher G. Berberian
Brother Avetis Petoyan
Brother Geronimo Legaspi
Brother Boris Lunares
Brother Anthony Hatchett
Brother Thomas S. Austin
Brother Justin Bruce
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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