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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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Brethren, ladies and friends, we begin February with our Stated Meeting and my first Stated Meeting as the Master of Home Lodge No. 721.
I would like to take a moment and thank the members of Home Lodge for their support and entrusting me with our Home. I hope to live up to the expectations, duties, burdens and demands of this office as well as work to be worthy of its privileges, rights, and honors.
A special thank you to the Potentate of Al Malaikah Shrine:
I would like to take a moment and congratulate Illustrious Seb Bedoyan of becoming the Potentate of Al Malaikah Shrine. As far as I’ve been a Mason, you have always been a friend of Home Lodge and Home Lodge will always be a friend and support your efforts. I for one, have always loved and admired your transparency, faithfulness, decorum, and fidelity you have had for our institution. Most of all, I thank you for always sharing your wisdom with me, for treating me as an equal and as a friend, thank you for your love and support. I hope to contribute in someway to your term as Potentate. I love you very much Seb, congratulations on achieve this step in your (what I pray to be) incredibly long journey.
A message to the Master at Large:
Art, I thank you my brother for all of your hard work. As my younger brother, you left large shoes for me to fill. I hope I make you proud.
You kept your faith in our fraternity and made the hardest decisions I’ve seen any master make. You put the Lodge before yourself. You truly kept the pillars up from crumbling down on your own. I truly admire you greatly. Most younger brothers are in a showdown of their elder - I am in your’s. As a ritualist, you mastered each portion for each degree. As a master, you went above and beyond to ensure the prosperity of our lodge. As a member, you brought excitement, comfort, support and love to your brothers. You are a Mason’s, Mason.
I congratulate you on a term well served. I hope my term will shine on its own and honor your 2019 term. I also congratulate you on being appointed our Officers’ Coach. I’m very proud of you and have every bit of confidence you will excel in that office for years to come.
“There is a certain grave beauty in the practice of Masonic etiquette. The Masonic life as it is lived out in our assemblies is a conscious work of art, with each and every part coordinated to every other, and instinct with the feeling of the whole; if a man enters into that system without preparation or forethought, and trusting only his instincts, his manner will strike an awkward note, like a discord jangling across a strain of music; but if he has trained himself in his part and caught the spirit of the whole, the genius of Freemasonry will shine through his actions, will express itself through ritual, symbol, law, philosophy, fellowship and daily deed. To have one’s self thus become a part of a great and living whole is a kind of satisfying pleasure nothing else can give, a participation in the very life of beauty, appreciated as much by the beholders as by the actor. This ability to confer pleasure upon one’s fellows when gathered in communication or in ceremony is not the least of etiquette’s rewards.”
W. Henry G. Meacham, Grand Lecturer, Grand Lodge of New York, 1949
At our Thanksgiving dinner, my parents asked me why I enjoy my membership in Masonry. My answer to this has always been the same. The Lodge, to me, is the last bastion where true formality and etiquette lives on. I’m grateful for a place where the decorum in a room is the priority. Etiquette serves a true purpose. It is a set of rules decided on by a society to ensure harmony, and we follow these rules when we decide that harmony is important.
Thomas Hobbes wrote that the natural state of man is war. An endless war for resources through fighting and death. It’s only when we all mutually agree not to harm each other that we can live in peace and begin to have a society. Each man agrees to drop his sword and trust each other. Now that we’ve established a society and the threat of death is diminished, and food and shelter are plenty, we consider our relations on a more personal level. This is where etiquette comes in. We mutually agree to be kind to each other. We‘ve decided on the rules that keep us civil with each other.
Now, however, not everyone follows these rules. There is chaos in the world. People can’t seem to agree on the most fundamental truths. So we form smaller societies such as ours, and we decide to conform to stricter rules to ensure that the chaos on the outside doesn’t seep in. We don’t discuss politics or religion. The person in the senior position speaks last. When a man is seated and someone approaches him, he stands to greet. In meetings we follow parliamentary procedures. These are simple rules, and some seem silly, but they serve an important purpose. Harmony is what allows us to have a society, inside or outside the Lodge, and the maintenance of that harmony is the responsibility of all men.
Fraternally from the West,
Dear Brethren and Ladies of Home Lodge-
I’m very excited for our 2020 Installation of Officers, and as we start this new year, I wanted to express how proud I am to belong to this great Lodge; and I also wanted to thank Wor. Art Aladadyan for serving the Lodge the way he has. It has been a year full of good practices, education nights, the Home Lodge Annual picnic, movie nights, and stated meetings. I especially want to say how this amazing group of officers have worked so hard to deliver the wonderful and perfect degrees we had during Wor. Art Aladadyan’s term. It has been an honor to serve you and the Lodge as Senior Deacon. I want to welcome Wor. Andre Aladadyan as our incoming Master for the 2020. I also wanted to thank all the officers for making this Lodge what it is today, and especially to all our past masters, and founding fathers of this lodge, for making Home Lodge a Legacy for our new members.
In the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin-
“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”
Fraternally from the South,
Junior Warden Elect
WORSHIPFUL ANDRE ALADADYAN
PETER VOGELSANG, SENIOR WARDER
ORLANDO SALA, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
Home Lodge No. 721
Free and Accepted Masons
of the State of California
Cordially invites you to attend the
2020 Installation of Officers
Installing Officer will be
Most Worshipful John E. Trauner,
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Dinner to follow
Van Nuys Masonic Center
14750 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
>>Tuxedo for Officers<<
Gentlemen: Business Attire
Ladies: Dress or Pants Suit
Dinner $15.00 per person
Grilled T-Bone Steak or Salmon
Contact Gerard Deprest
Number of guests and
>> 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
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE № 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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