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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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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greeting Ladies and Brethren,
Last month, we honored three students during our Public Schools event. It is amazing what they have to do, compared to when I was in school. These students are truly remarkable. We also had a 50-year pin presentation for Wor. Handelman.
It being the month of May, we officially recognize "Mom" during this month. We should always recognize "Mom" all the time and not just on this one day. This year it is particularly difficult for me, because it is hard to believe that is has already been one year since my "Mom" passed away and not one day goes by that I don't think of her.
In May, we also celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor all the men and women of armed services not just those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In June, besides celebrating Father's Day, D-Day, and Flag Day we also get to start wearing Hawaiian shirts to our stated meetings.
For me, Father's Day is bittersweet, because even though they are no longer here, both my father and grand-father were Masons and I would have loved to sit in Lodge with both of them.
Father's Day isn't just about the Dads, but also those men who a "Father figure" to someone, giving them guidance and support.
Our annual picnic is coming up in July and will be announced at May's stated meeting.
We have now started working in our step-up positions and I am excited to see all the younger faces in the line.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday Nights. Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
I’d like to first encourage our Masonic family at Home Lodge to please join us for our May stated meeting. As always, we have hard working men and women putting together a wonderful meal for us.
It being May, I’d like to wish a wonderful and joyous Mother’s Day to all the Mothers of Home Lodge. We all probably owe more than half of what we are to the strong women that raised us. I know there’s nothing I can do that will truly repay the headaches I caused my mother throughout my childhood. We must also remember that May brings with it Memorial Day, which should remind us all of the sacrifice of those that paid the ultimate price so that we may live our lives as free as we do.
Over the last few weeks Home lodge as seen an increased turnout for degree nights. I want to recognize this group of brothers that take the time to come and be here for the candidate. I cannot express the joy these men feel when they see so many brothers on the sidelines, sharing in their experience. To all those that haven’t been able to make it yet, we hope to see you soon. Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
The Junior Warden may stand for the beauty and glory of the day but, the true beauty of a Masonic lodge is something else, something more. The true beauty of a lodge is its members and their families. No amount of checkered tile, marble, or ornament could amount to the beauty of when men from all walks of life sit and work in lodge together.
I’m a firm believer in that, if a Masonic lodge building were to fall, the lodge itself is still not lost because the lodge IS the sum of its brethren. One of the truest Masonic beauties shows itself when a brother walks through a lodge door and feels the warm embrace of his fellow breather. A smile, a hello, a handshake.
My message is simple: come be a part of what makes Masonry beautiful and what makes up a Masonic lodge. If you’ve been gone from lodge for a while, come by. Come Home to a smile, a hello, and to the embrace of your brethren. Because without each of our brothers we lose a valuable stone in, what truly is, the beauty of our lodge.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
Join Us to go watch the Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday April 13th for a night game.
To buy your tickets or if you have any questions,
please contact Bro. Mike Egbert at (818) 585-9702
or Wor. Mike David at (818) 414-7080
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 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 2017) 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 2018. 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 2018 term are: $99.00
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 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
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.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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