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.
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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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Dear Home Lodge Family,
I hope this bulletin finds you all well, healthy, and safe. My family and I, are doing well during this trying time. In my adult life, this COVID-19 outbreak has been one of the most serious world events, coupled with the 2007-2008 Housing Market Crash. For some of you, this is one of many.
My mind has been focused on work – which isn’t too different from before COVID. The difference now are these same four walls all-day, every day. The hours, days and weeks begin to blend. We are already halfway through May as I sit here and write this article. Like all written words, they are drafted in the past to address the future. It will be almost two-weeks before any of your read this.
The biggest challenge for me during this time, is staying mentally focused. I too, like many of us, have had days where I’ve felt trapped just hoping we get back to normal. It’s difficult, I know. I share the same frustrations as many of you do.
But, you aren’t alone…
Personally, for me, it’s been the lack of physical activity. I’m used to running up and down from Oxnard to Anaheim to Riverside for court appearances, which gave me the change of pace each week. It’s been difficult to say the least. Therefore, during this time I have found it even more important to keep my body occupied as well as my mind. I tried not to say sitting in a chair or on the couch all day, or move from one screen to the next. It’s important that we try to create activities for ourselves. Clean out that closet that you’ve been meaning to, or fix that faucet that needs to be tightened, try to do some light exercises at the start or middle of the day, pick up that cypher you haven’t looked at in a while.
I want to also offer my prayers and deepest condolences to the family of our departed brother, Leo Witz. “Soft and safe to thee, my brother, be thy resting place. Bright and glorious be thy rising from it.” Time has claimed another dear brother who’s love and heart knew no bounds towards his brethren, family, and lodge. The family will be holding a closed, limited ceremony given the stay-at-home orders.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Home Lodge, No. 721
Home Lodge, the 2020 Sideliners degree will begin practicing soon. If any members are interested in participating in putting on a 2nd degree, please come see me. There are still chairs available.
Fraternally from the West,
Bro. Peter Vogelsang
Dear Brethren and Ladies from Home Lodge,
As we are almost two and half month since last time we gathered together at Lodge, I wanted to say that I miss my Lodge more than ever. I encourage all our Home Lodge members to take part in our Zoom meetings every Wednesday night as well as be part of our chat group on Slack. Seeing and chatting with my Brothers via a Zoom and Slack is very uplifting, and knowing we are in this together boosts my energy.
Father’s Day is fast approaching and I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of our Home Lodge Fathers. We may not be able to be with our loved Dad’s in person, but we can send heartfelt cards, video, phone calls, flowers and gifts, to let them know we love them and are thinking of them. For our Brother’s whose Father’s have passed on, this can be a challenging time, but you are not alone. We are here for you.
I am heartbroken for the loss of Bro. Leo Witz. Bro. Leo Witz was a member of Home Lodge No. 721 for over 58 years, and also a Holocaust survivor. Soft and safe to thee my brother, be thy resting place! Bright and glorious, be thy rising from it!
“Breathe. Let go. Be present. Listen. As we each hear the Divine whisper in each moment, all moments become filled with clarity, wholeness, and peace”-
Rabbi Michael Barclay
Fraternally from the South,
WORSHIPFUL ANDRE ALADADYAN
PETER VOGELSANG, SENIOR WARDER
ORLANDO SALA, JUNIOR WARDEN
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>> 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
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HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214