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.”
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 brethren, ladies and, friends:
I hope everyone is doing well, remains healthy, and safe. Certainly, this year thus far has been filed with a lot. Who knew the passing of the late & great Kobe Bryant would follow utter catastrophic events: plague, civil unrest, aliens, kill hornets, etc. (I’m sure tehre is more but who is keeping up at this point).
I can say for sure, I genuinely miss that feeling of the anxiousness surrounding Wednesdays. I miss the feeling of Tuesday night, knowing there was lodge the next day. I miss the feeling of be exhausted after a whole day but know we had a degree to put on. I miss putting up into the parking lot seeing my brothers. Usual, Peter, Orland, or General Jack would be there to greet me followed by a whole team of brothers and friends.
It’s for these reasons I understand how the Zoom/Ring videos chats have begun to die down. Masonry was never meant to be virtual, and although we try our best to maintain a sense of continuance and familiarity – it’s not the same,
I know. I know it’s been difficult for many of you. It’s just not the same.
I wish I could take the keys, open the doors, grab the awesome projector and speaker Mike Egbert got the lodge, throw on a classic movie, grab ice cream and popcorn and other snacks, invite you all in and for us to just be around each other – sadly, I cannot. (Side note: this many not be a bad way to get back into it – I will bring the idea up with the Master).
I’m writing this article way in advanced of September (thinking of you Bro. Weber). To be honest, it’s July 20, 2020. I’m at home (my home since I moved out), working from home, and writing this on my lunch break. During this moment, I’m thinking of my younger brother, Artin, and my father, Zhorzh (George). The two men that have shaped who I am today, the two who have, in essence, guided all of my decisions and goals whether they knew it or not.
I’ll begin with the obvious. My father has been half of my greatest support, the other being my mother; but my mom is for a whole separate and entire article itself. My father, in his many flaws and strengths, has been the mold that I have become to realize I am shaped from. My laugh, my sneeze, my attitude (not temperament – that I have of my mother’s), my desire to help and support others, and carry burden, and to place others before myself, even if at my detriment, come from my father. My father is the best man I know and have ever known. My father fed his family and many others, all while making sure Sunday’s he saw his boys. My father built a business from his reputation that fed 300+ employees and their families, along with the families of his brothers. My father has two boys, but raised 10 children.
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.“ -Marcus Aurelius
Worshipful Andre Aladadyan and I first met at the July 2015 Stated Meeting. I’ll be honest and admit that I was intimidated. We were sitting in the anteroom to the Lodge, and the man sitting in front of me was the one enforcing who was allowed inside. There didn’t seem to be a need for him to actively enforce as he knew every face that passed by and walked inside. Each one would grab an apron, put it on, and be greeted by name at the door.
After everyone was within that mysterious room, another man holding what looked to be a spear closed the doors. I, of course, was not invited in. This did not surprise me, but now it was just this man wearing a tuxedo with a small gold sword around his neck, and me. I’d been interviewed by other members of the Fraternity before, but now it was the Tiler’s turn. If you’ve ever met Worshipful Aladadyan, you know that he has an almost permanently furrowed brow, and one that didn’t soften now that a fresh applicant was in front of him. This isn’t to say he was mean or aggressive; in fact, he was quite cordial and friendly for someone who never seemed to blink. We sat and talked for the full hour and a half that the doors were closed, and he invited me back the following Wednesday and every subsequent Wednesday. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t an invitation. It came across more as, “You have an interest in this fraternity? This is what you’re going to do.” So I did, because I know what’s good for me.
From that July until the following February when I was initiated, Andre and I sat and talked every Wednesday. We talked about our lives, we talked about Masonry, and sometimes we talked about absolutely nothing, which is truly every man’s favorite topic of discussion. Andre explained what Masonry is. He explained its history and its values, and how it doesn’t matter if I call the Supreme Architect “God,” “Allah,” or “Hashem.” He told me it didn’t matter what I did for work or how much money I made. He would point at the photos on the wall around the room, the more than a century’s worth of men who have led our Lodge. All that mattered was the content of their character. A genuine friendship grew from our time spent together, and on 10 February 2016, that friend turned into a brother.
Since then Andre has served as a very important mentor for me. He has never been shy to offer advice on various topics, Masonic or non-Masonic, whether I ask for the advice or not. It is always valuable. He has consistently stayed one chair ahead of me in the officer line and is a model of courtesy and leadership for me to follow. From attending the Tahoe retreat at his side to now being his Senior Warden, I have clearly seen that Worshipful Andre Aladadyan wastes no time arguing about what a good man should be. He just is one.
Fraternally from the West,
Peter G. Vogelsang
Dear Brethren and Home Lodge Ladies,
As we approach the month of September, I want to wish all my Jewish Brothers and families a Happy New Year. May this be a Good and Sweet Year filled with health and joy.
I want to wish all my Brothers and Families a wonderful Labor Day! Sometimes it may seem like the world takes your efforts for granted. It may seem like you are inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. But remember, even with this pandemic going on, I want you to know that you are valued and the work you do is much appreciated, specially our Police Officers and Fire Fighters. Have a peaceful Labor Day!
Please reach out to our older Brothers and let them know you care and think about them.
May G_d bless you all and your families.
Fraternally from the South,
WORSHIPFUL ANDRE ALADADYAN
PETER VOGELSANG, SENIOR WARDER
ORLANDO SALA, JUNIOR WARDEN
FROM OUR TREASURER
BROTHER MOSES GAZAZIAN
FROM OUR SECRETARY
RICHARD WEISER, P.M.
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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 email@example.com.
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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