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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 summer arrives we gird ourselves for the ensuing warmth…just part and parcel of where we’re blessed to live. Accordingly, commencing in June, proper attire for stated meetings will be Hawaiian shirts for officers and business casual for others. Attire for Degrees remains Tuxedos for officers and business suits for others.
We’ll soon celebrate the birthday of our grand Nation, along with its high valuation of individual liberty. A good time to reflect on what a blessing such freedoms truly are, and that with them necessarily comes personal responsibility. May your celebrations be joyous and safe.
Degree conferrals keep steadily apace with Home Lodge tradition with a full docket ahead. Some of your officers are already working on their step up positions for next year…much rewarding work yet to be done. As always I encourage your attendance that you may contribute to what are for the candidates the most important experiences of their Masonic careers. The candidate whose degree you attend now may well be Master of the Lodge in future.
Food for thought:
“The development of the art of memory grew to encompass a mental representation of the entire cosmos as conceived in the medieval world. Its use became as an object of contemplation through the will and imagination. Much of the structure of the process was inspired by the Hermetic sciences including kabbalah and astrology as well as Pythagorean number mysticism. As the building of this cosmic temple proceeded, it provided the necessary link of the mind with the divine world. It was considered that developing mental representations to mirror the eternal and unchanging divine world and processes would bring about spiritual revelations. In other words, the practices would aid the soul in its ascent to the divine world. It would, surely, give one the vision of the celestial temple. A number of eminent scholars—including Frances Yates, David Stevenson, and Marsha Keith Schuchard—have theorized that the origins of the fraternity of Freemasonry can be found emerging from this background.”
[Thomas D. Worrel, “The Art of Memory and the Spiritual Practice of the Liberal Arts,” Philalethes, The Journal of Masonic Research & Letters, (Vol. 63, No. 1, Winter, 2010)
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 sending Bro. Aladadyan and myself to the Master and Wardens retreat in April.
Wor. Celestre attended the retreat in May. We are going to sit down and discuss what we can do to increase member participation at our meetings as well as the degrees.
We have started to work in our step up positions and hopefully will can qualify by the end of September.
During last month, we had our dinner and movie night; and I look forward to continuing it next year. Also at the end of last month, Most Worshipful Charvonia, Past Grand Master gave a talk on civility. The event was well attended and hopefully it left a deep and lasting impression on everyone who attended.
This year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Grand Lodge of England and the birth of Masonry as we know it.
I look forward to seeing you in Lodge on Wednesdays. Come on down and support the candidates as they progress through their degrees.
Remember that 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 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
Home Lodge Contact Phone Number: (805) 529-7510
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