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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
HIRAM AWARD DINNER
After Stated Meeting on the 2nd we will be dark the remainder of August, so that your officers can get in the ritual practice necessary to enable them to qualify for conferral of degrees next year. Regular degree meetings will resume in September. Specific degree schedule is as yet TBD. We will advise once the details are defined.
I was privileged in mid-July to again attend a Rainbow Assembly initiation ceremony. I was there by invitation to present to the newest Past Worthy Advisor (PWA; akin to our “Baby Past Master”) a Rainbow Bible, which we at Home Lodge traditionally provide. The ritual of these impressive young women is wonderfully bright and uplifting. All Master Masons (and their wives) have a standing invitation to attend any Rainbow meeting or event. Do yourself a favor and attend a Rainbow initiation or installation. It is a prime example of part of the good that Freemasonry does for humanity, and witnessing it will reinvigorate your hope and faith.
This issue’s “Food for Thought” quote is about Masonic ritual memory work:
“We find in the development of the Art of Memory the following notions: remembering long lectures, the placement of vivid symbols in a symbolic mental structure such as the Temple of Solomon, the seven liberal arts and sciences, the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues (faith, hope and charity), the display of symbols concerning ultimate metaphysical truth, Pythagoras, hermetic references, kabbalistic references, neoplatonic references, the commendation of industry as a means of progress, the search to recover ancient lost wisdom, the need for silence and circumspection, the need for temperance, reminders of our ultimate fate, architectural references including Vitruvius, and the emphasis on memory-work as a form of ascent to the Divine. In describing the relationship between Freemasonry and the Art of Memory, is it possible to say anything else than that speculative Freemasonry in some respect is the Art of Memory?”
[D. Wood, “The Art of Memory and the Masonic Craft,” Philalethes, The Journal of Masonic Research & Letters, Vol. 65, No. 1, Winter, 2012, 11.]
Looking forward to seeing you at Lodge, Brothers!
May the G.A.O.T.U. ever bless you and yours.
Fraternally from the East,
Leland H. Celestre, Worshipful Master
Greetings Brethren and Ladies:
I would like to thank you for all the condolence wishes at the passing of my mother. She joins my father who passed away 10 years ago. She was a great woman and will be deeply missed by myself and brother as well as all those who knew her.
We are continuing to confer degrees and are now working in next years positions. Please come to lodge and support the candidates as well as next years’ officers line.
There are are still several positions available for the Sideliners degree. please come and see me at the stated meeting or any degree night and I will be happy to go over what positions are still available.
Masonic trivia: When Freemasonry first began, the majority of the members were Entered Apprentices, because only the Grand Lodge could raise them, and few got that privilege. They had only one sign, one token and one word; these were referred to as the honors. A Mason who was raised by the Grand Lodge had three signs, three tokens and three words, these were referred to as the Grand Honors. Many Grand Lodges still use the term Grand Honors to describe the highest honorary greeting that shows appreciation for someone who has gone above and beyond in their service for the Grand Lodge.
Remember, Wednesdays are Lodge night.
Fraternally from the West,
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
With the summer months around the corner, I’d like to remind everyone to be careful in their vacation plans. The recent events just remind us that there are those out there that don’t subscribe to the same values as Masons. That being said, since we’re approaching the mid-year point I’d like to congratulate all the officers on a great first half, with many more degrees coming up, I’d like to see some long lost faces join us in lodge. Remember, degree nights aren’t only about the conferral of the degrees; it’s about coming together with your brothers and enjoying yourselves.
As with all months previous, I encourage the brethren to attend our weekly meetings, be it to help coach brothers or to sit in the audience. Having a crowd inside for degrees means a great deal, not only to the officers, but also to our candidate. We want to ensure they feel at home at Home Lodge.
Remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the South,
Artin Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL LELAND CELESTRE, P.M.
AARON COHEN, P.M., SENIOR WARDEN
ARTIN ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
HOME LODGE EVENTS
HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2017 are $97.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2016 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2016) 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 2017. 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 2016 term are: $97.00
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
Worshipful José A. Fiss, P.M.
Wor. Jose Fiss was Master of Home Lodge in 2009, Master of Panamericana Lodge 513 in 2004 and Master of Van Nuys Lodge 450 in 1994. He also served as Junior Warden and Senior Warden for both Home Lodge and Van Nuys Lodge and was the recipient of the Hiram Award in October of 2012. He was also the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of California.
Passed: November 21, 2016
Laid to Rest: November 29, 2016
Soft and Safe to Thee My Brother be Thy Resting Place!
Bright and Glorious be Thy Rising From it!
Let the Altar and Working Tools be Draped and the
Mourning be Observed. May Our Heavenly Father
Have You in His Holy Keeping!
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.
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
Home Lodge Contact Phone Number: (805) 529-7510
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