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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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As we enter September, I want to remind our Brethren & families that this time of year marks the beginning of fire season. Fires have already been popping up and I must remind everyone to always heed the advice of emergency services; if they recommend evacuation, it’s for the best.
I must also remind all our Brethren with businesses that the business tax extension deadline is this month, so make sure you file timely.
I’ve lately been contemplating the concept of brotherhood. “Brother” is a word that is a part of every Mason’s basic vocabulary, but are we all acting deservingly of that word? It’s a constant duty to maintain the aspects of being a worthy brother. We’re all human, we make mistakes and sometimes act in an unmasonic manner, but the goal is to strive to be that better person we came to Masonry looking for. So I urge everyone to constantly take that look in the mirror and ask yourself whether or not you’re a better person than you were, and what better person you wish to become.
As always, I urge our membership to join us at Lodge. We’re always there, whether degree, practice, or layman’s night. To those that have been joining us, your presence is always appreciated. If you haven’t been in a while, pay us a visit, we’d love to have you by for even a minute.
Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday night than Home.
Fraternally from the East,
I would like to first welcome everyone back to Lodge for September after our August break. While Lodge has been dark, the Officers have been working hard to get ready for qualifications. I’m proud of all the hard work they have put in. I’m also grateful for all the help we received from those Past Masters who dedicate their time to come in and work with us, along with those brothers who have shown such great initiative.
Since my first article, it has always been very important to me that the Lodge (consisting of all our brethren and their families) know me to a certain personal degree. IF I am to be Master of Home Lodge (God willing), I want each person who sits in our Lodge to know a little of who I really am.
The full explanation of who I am in an article may result in Brother Weber editing the bulletin for additional hours, so for his sake I will try to keep it short:
I am a son who placed his parents above himself and has set his goals in life to result in their betterment.
I am a brother who has loved his younger brother second to none and, who has taken his younger brother’s counsel as though he was his older. I am also a brother to those who have shown me they understand the meaning of the word.
I am a fiancé and soon to be husband that cannot imagine life without the woman I love and who has pushed me to be the best person I can be.
I am a friend that has maintained friendships without selfish gain or goals and, answered any call no matter the hour.
I am also a person that will worry for everyone else before I worry for myself, which I believe is both a flaw and quality. As a child, I was often picked on and sometimes bullied. But I was lucky enough to be able to fight back. Other kids, and even young adults, were not as lucky. Somewhere along the lines I began to fight back for those kids that were so luck because I knew what it felt like. I knew how much it hurt to have my lunch kicked around like a soccer ball or have someone make fun of an accent or, any other manner of cruelty children could come up with. So when I saw someone being taken advantage of or bullied I stepped in to give that person a voice.
I was lucky as a child and through my school years, to know how to defend myself. Those lessons I learned carried with me through today. So I think the quality about me that pops out in my mind most, is that I find a constant need to support and defend people.
I am sure those of you that read this article know the history of Home Lodge. That history of how this Lodge came to exist is very much a part of who we are and who I am. Home Lodge is a place where men who want to be masons can become Masons without worry. Men who put their time and effort to show they want to be a part of our craft will be a part of our craft at our Lodge, no matter their religious or ethnic backgrounds. They will become a part of our Lodge because they are good men who want to be better, a part of something better.
God willing, I will during my year as Master of our Lodge, endeavor to give a voice to those that otherwise do not and, will endeavor to make Home Lodge a true home for those who want to be a part of our craft. I wish only for the support of my brethren. Work with me to see our Lodge grow and fill with good people, who want to do good things.
Lastly, please join us for our September Stated Meeting where I will be giving a lecture on the First Amendment for Constitutional Awareness Month.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Bro. Andre Aladadyan
Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual picnic. It was a great time as always, and watching our Senior Steward Boris Linares receive 3 pies to the face was an added bonus. The officers were hard at work throughout July and August getting qualified to resume degrees in September.
As many of you know, I am not the most sociable person. Freemasonry has helped me in many ways, one of which is learning confidence. I have experienced much personal growth since becoming a Mason, and becoming open to socializing is a continuing effort. I write this with the full knowledge that I may come across as standoffish at times, but be assured I am completely open to conversation whenever approached.
For your consideration, a quote about the value of Freemasonry:
“Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.” - Benjamin Franklin
Fraternally from the South,
Peter G. Vogelsang
WORSHIPFUL ARTIN ALADADYAN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
PETER VOGELSANG, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2019 are $101.00 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 2018) 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 2019. 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
Dues for the 2019 term are: $101.00
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 2019:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,121.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,919.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,717.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,414.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,111.00
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
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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