From the East!…
Greetings Ladies and Brethren!
As we move into the 2017 Masonic Year I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. I hope that all of you are blessed with happiness and prosperity for this year and every year.
December 17th was the 115th annual installation of officers which turned out to be a wonderful event. Our installing officers gave us an incredible ceremony. Thank you once again Most Worshipful John Heisner, Worshipful Chris Holme and Brother Spyros Papas! Thank you to everyone who helped us set up the night before; Brother Walter McClain and his lovely wife Amber, Brother Raul Arevalo, Brother Geoff Counter and of course my beautiful wife Anna. Thank you also to the people who helped out the day of; Brother Dan Haff, Brother Caleb Zlotnik, Brother Keith Kramer Brother T.J. Oliva, and all the officers and everyone who pitched a hand, it is truly appreciated. And thank you once again to everyone who was able to be there help make it a truly enjoyable event!
January will start us off with a wonderful entertainment lineup at Stated dinner. I hope that you are able to make
I am truly looking forward to making this a wonderful Masonic year. With your help and support I know that this
will come to fruition.
I will leave you with a portion of my installation speech and some food for thought
Brotherly Love, one of the three great tenets of our fraternity and arguably the most important. Through brotherly
love comes relief and guidance for truth.
Brotherly love is not only a kind word, a smile or a helping hand. It is also listening with an open ear and heart,
giving your brother the benefit of the doubt and having the mutual respect to speak directly to a brother when
there is a perceived disagreement.
Brotherly love must start in the lodge before it can be spread to the rest of our community. We must always
remember that we have taken an oath to support and help each other.
Through brotherly love I know that we will accomplish this years mission statement of increasing membership
engagement, youth order participation, community involvement, and charitable causes.
From the West!…
Happy New Year!
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Installation of Officers. It was a beautiful event and the officers are very grateful for your support. We have some great things in store for the coming year.
We will hit the ground running with some degree work in January. Depending on how the scheduling for the month goes, we should be able to do a 1st degree Initiation as well as a 2nd degree.
Please don’t forget to direct any possible candidates to our monthly Masonic Info Night. Please see Brother Geoff Counter or myself for more information.
I look forward to a great 2017!
From the South!….
I hope the entire Hollywood Lodge family had a very happy holiday season!
Here we go with the start of another year!
As your new Junior Warden, it is my pleasure to send you my first monthly hello!
I am looking forward to planning our 2017 Stated Meeting Dinners. Please share with me any ideas, suggestions, and requests you might have on what would make you excited to come to our monthly dinners. (They say, “You can’t please everyone,” but we certainly can try!)
We elected two new members in December, and we have two more being balloted on in January. Let’s show these new members and candidates how warm and friendly Hollywood Lodge is by coming to dinner and making them feel welcome!We are planning a trip on Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m., to:
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
18860 Nordhoff St., Suite 204
Northridge, CA 91324-3885
Admission is free!
If you have been there, please share with me how you liked it.
If you are interested in going, also please let me know ASAP, so I can best plan it out.
After the museum, I am suggesting that we meet for lunch at:
Famous Label’s Delicatessen
19005 Ventura Blvd Tarzana, CA 91356
Label’s has reopened in its original location in Tarzana many years after they closed!
Speaking of food (and you never have to twist my arm), I am planning on continuing with the “All-You-Can-Eat” events. The first one was a big success. If you have a suggestion about where we could go, please don’t hesitate to share it with me, and I will do my best to make it happen!
As the Junior Warden, one part of my responsibilities is “ … to call the craft from refreshment to labor again …” To that end, we are going to make a concerted effort to start our Stated Meetings on time at 7:30 p.m. sharp. I will give us a “10 minute warning” at 7:10 p.m., then at 7:20 p.m. I will politely request that those going to the meeting begin our walk to the Lodge room, to sign in and don our aprons. If we start on time, we stand a better chance of ending by 9:00 p.m., and returning to the company of our loved ones. I would be grateful if you all would help me with this effort (thus the “concerted” part of the effort to which I was referring).
If we all work together and communicate, there is no end to the good times we can have!