We would like to assure all of you that the Brothers at Home Lodge No. 721 take the health and well-being of our community, our Brothers and Ladies and our Home Lodge families very seriously. Like you, we're closely monitoring the effects of the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will practice social distancing. We have temporarily closed the Lodge to protect and care for those who work with us, our Brothers our families and the public.
We miss seeing all of you at Home Lodge and as soon as this is over we look forward to seeing everyone at Home Lodge once again.
We are all in this together.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support our lodge family and our communities as needed.
For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov or your local health department's website.
“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.”
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Dear Brethren, Ladies, and Friends:
Let me start by saying, getting back into lodge is looking like something that’s going to happen sooner, rather than later. At this time, we are aiming to have the July 2021, Stated Meeting at the Lodge. Details will be provided when available through e-mail. For now, please be patient.
As I’ve said time and time before, picking a topic for these articles is a separate difficult task itself, from writing them. Although this article’s topic came to me easily, writing it not an easy task.
For the month of June, I’m going to talk about the month of May. Whether you know a brother intimately or not, the loss of any brother cuts. However, Jonathan Haas was not just any brother. He was the son of our own Burt Haas. I know Burt, but I never had the opportunity to meet Jonathan, which has now become one of my life’s regrets. I learned about our departed brother Haas during his funeral, but what I learned of him, I will keep and take with me the rest of my life.
One of the things I respect about Jewish funerals is that it is more of the celebration of life than anything else. What I’ve taken away from the life of Brother Haas is that he was the glue of those around him, bringing people together. From hearing of his life’s stories told by those who knew him best, Brother Haas was the truest definition of what it really meant to be a Masons. He was “the Masons’ Mason.”
Masonry brings people together from all walks of life, uniting those who would have otherwise remained at a perpetual distance. From looking around that room and hearing about the stories, Brother Haas did just that – unite people. I hope that those of you that knew him, or now know of him, will continue to work in part with the impact of his spirit. As a Mason, it is our indispensable duties to help those who cannot otherwise help themselves, so far as we can do so without injury to ourselves or those dependent upon us. The stories we heard made it loud and clear Brother Haas only knew how to help those around him.
The Haas family lost a son, Masonry lost a Brother, the world lost a good man. However, that is not all, because each of gained, from that loss, a duty to keep that spirit alive. Moving forward, each of us should take away a small part of that spirit of connecting people and helping those that we can. Reconnect with those that you have lost in touch with, continue working in your families and communities, do whatever good that you are able to do – this is what Masonry is about and, this is my take away from Brother Haas’s life.
Soft and safe to thee, my brother, be thy resting place! Bright and glorious be thy rising from it!
God bless you all.
Wor. Andre Aladadyan
Home Lodge 721
“We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers.” -Albert Pike
Last month I wrote about the opposition of certain churches to Freemasonry. This month I bring this quote that displays the great ideal of our Fraternity despite those oppositions. It’s a common principle in philosophy that morality is not relative. In my very first philosophy course in college, my professor said “There is no right or wrong in philosophy, except the fact that moral relativism is wrong. There’s just no good defense for it.” I could get into that, but that’s an entire article on its own.
Despite morality being universal, people still have their own belief systems that they carry with them everywhere. One of the very few places that those beliefs are set aside is the Masonic Lodge. It’s a somewhat difficult task when our entire purpose is to impart a set of morals on a new generation of men. But, we have to give up our own ideas of the world when we walk in the building and acknowledge the wisdom that has been handed down to us through the ages.
Fraternally from the West,
Peter G. Vogelsang
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WORSHIPFUL ANDRE ALADADYAN
PETER VOGELSANG, SENIOR WARDER
ORLANDO SALA, JUNIOR WARDEN
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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.
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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.
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