HOME LODGE No 721 F. & A.M.

Home Lodge originally started as the Home Masonic Club, and in 1952, members petitioned the Grand Lodge of California for a charter to operate as a Masonic Lodge. In 1953, they received the charter, and the club officially became Home Lodge No. 721, Free & Accepted Masons. Home Lodge members built the original lodge on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. In the early 1990s, the building was sold, and since then, Home Lodge has met in the Van Nuys Masonic Center.

Home Lodges Annual Public Schools Night 2022
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THIS MONTHS TRESTLEBOARD

Home Lodge's Annual Public Schools Night & Stated Meeting
September 7, 2022 6:30 PM
Officers Practice
September 14, 2022 7:00 PM
Two Entered Apprentice Degrees
June 22, 2022 7:00 PM
Home Lodge Hiram Award
September 28, 2022 5:30 PM
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MASONS 4 MITTS LOS ANGELES

Brothers,

Every year The Grand Lodge of California is in concert with MLB and Los Angeles Dodgers along with the Padres, Angeles, and Giants. Put on a program known as Mason4Mitts; this program was designed to help less fortunate youth by giving new baseball Mitts to practice and play baseball. This is a team effort. We, as Masons, help by donating money to buy Baseball mitts with the California Masonic logo embossed. The Foundations of the Dodgers, Padres, Angeles, and Giants helped set up fields to play baseball.

This year I have the privilege to help a Team Captain for North-West Beach Bums serving LA North, Ventura, and Santa Barbara County Lodges. I enjoy helping with this program; as many of you already know, I am an avid Dodger fan and love that we can help kids find a sport to play,  along with a positive gift to the kids. We may also be promoting future leaders in Masonry down the road.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and please see the links below for more information and purchase some Mitts.

Thank you,
Brother Mike Egbert
Masons4Mitts Team Captain
Chaplin - Home Lodge 721

Info about the Los Angeles region Masons4Mitts

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Youtube Video Explaining the program

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WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious fraternity globally. 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 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 an 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 worldwide. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. 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 significant amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists worldwide and being part of a great heritage, and 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 lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions without worrying about being wrong.

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OFFICERS MESSAGES

Join us here every month to read about the latest news and topics regarding Home Lodge and Freemasonry from our officers. Non-officer articles are welcome too. If you are a Home Lodge member in good standing and would like to contribute an article, please contact our Secretary for submission and approval.

MASONIC ARTICLES

Masonic Home From Home
W Bro Korosh Namini

A short while ago, we published an article where Lodge of Harmony, No. 255 welcomed W Bro Michael David, a visitor from Home Lodge 721 in the Grand Lodge of California, in the United States of America. Since then, the Worshipful Master, W Bro Korosh Namini, returned to California and gives this brief summary of his visit to Home Lodge 721 in the latter part of June.

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Freemasonry and the Mexican War of Independence
Prepared by Wor. Eduardo Estrada, P.M.

Throughout my life I have heard many of my fellow Americans confuse and intermingle the historical facts associated with the celebrations of Mexican Independence from Spain and the celebration known to us as Cinco de Mayo.

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Cuban Lodges
A Visit by George Thelwell

R.W. Bro. William Bain and I travelled to Varadero Cuba from January 10, 2008 to January 20,2008. I had only ever taken the escorted bus tours. This time we rented a car and did some exploring. We stayed at the Corallio Resort about halfway along the peninsula.

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PAST MASTER'S CORNER

Oh Say Can You See
By Donald Pollock, P.M.
“Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hail at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thro’ the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there. O’ say doth that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
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Cardinal Virtues
By Stepan Varsam, P.M.
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? Most people would want to: 1. Live Forever, 2. Win the lottery, or 3. Have peace on earth. Living forever, although it seems immortal, is one of the most mortal parts of mankind's abilities. We all live forever, for as long as you live that is forever. When your body expires your spirit lives on and people who know you will remember you, and that remembrance will keep you living forever.
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Spring is Here!
By Donald Pollock, P.M.
Spring is here! Flowers are blooming! The weather is warming up, and have you noticed that people seem to be smiling and laughing more.
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IN MEMORIAM
BROTHER GARY LEVITT

Brother Gary Levitt was the definition of a Mason. As a child Gary was a patient at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. His memory of the care he received at the hospital set his course into Masonry and the Shrine.

Gary applied for membership in Home Lodge No. 721 in January 1997 he was elected to receive his degrees. He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 25, 1998.

His dedication to the Lodge and his brothers made him a very important part of the Lodge. Whatever he was asked to do he never said no and as a result of his hard work, he was awarded the Hiram Award from the Lodge in 2008. This award is the highest honor that can be given by a Lodge to a member and Gary was certainly deserving of this honor.

He remained active in his association with Al Malaikah Shrine in Los Angeles becoming not only an Ambassador for Al Malaikah and the Shrine Hospital in Los Angeles, but Gary was also named an Ambassador by the Imperial Potentate of Shriners International. Never forgetting about the care he received, he always wanted to give back to the children in the hospital and just received his commendation as a member of the Shriners Dream Makers Legacy foundation.

Gary will be missed by everyone that knew him. The family has asked that any donations in Gary’s name be made to the:

Pasadena Shriners for Children Medical Center
and can be sent to: 

Al Malaikah Shriners 
Attention Recorder
665 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

BROTHER DAVID OTTINGER 33º

Brother David Ottinger passed away February 20, 2022. He made it through the surgery on Wednesday but just never “woke up” fully. He was in ICU Wednesday through Friday, then transitioned to the telemetry unit to monitor and control his atrial fib. He stopped responding to anyone /anything and on Saturday we withdrew all aggressive support measures. He was one of the founding members of San Fernando Valley Scottish Rite.

There are no funeral arrangements yet family will let us know if anything, but his ashes will be scattered in Tennessee per his and his wife’s wishes.

I got to know him briefly, but he was kind and gentle individual with respect to everyone.

May he rest in peace. Soft & Safe my brother, until we meet again in the Celestial Lodge Above.

For those of you who knew him better, please accept my personal condolences also.

Moses M Gazaziain, 32°  KCCH
General Secretary
San Fernando Valley Scottish Rite

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