Brethren and ladies,
Although we are still observing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to strive to keep the momentum we started the year with. We had a district-wide Officers’ School of Instruction on January 14, organized by our Inspector, Wor. Eric Bertolli. We also had a breakfast gathering on January 23 where several brothers got together over coffee and breakfast via Zoom, and shared updates and stories.
On January 26, I had the pleasure of witnessing the installation of officers of the Tarzana Bethel of Job’s Daughters. It was very well attended and fascinating to watch. Kudos to the Guardians and Advisors of Bethel No. 289. Their guidance and leadership have clearly shaped these young ladies into great and happy leaders.
To the ladies of Hollywood Lodge, if you have not done so, do not forget to register for the Ladies’ Paint Night which will be held on February 18. Deadline for registration is on February 11. This will allow ample time for materials and equipment to be delivered to you. This will be done via Zoom. Contact Karla at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310)266-2823, or refer to the information below for details.
As always, we are a lodge that serves not only its community, but its own family. If this pandemic has affected you in ways that you think your lodge will be able to assist you, please let us know. We are an e-mail or a phone call away.
Finally, I leave you with this. The first great pillar of Freemasonry is Wisdom. Knowledge is acquired through careful study, but Wisdom is a divine attribute and is the creative energy of Deity. As Freemasons, we acknowledge that Wisdom is not something that we acquire on our own. We ultimately surrender ourselves to God and ask him to “grant us the wisdom to contrive.” Therefore, faith and belief in God are vital to our Masonic experience. May the Great Architect of the Universe grant us the Wisdom to effectively handle the challenges that face us during these unprecedented times.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Greetings from the South,
As the month of February has already arrived, I wanted to reach out and express my thoughts and feelings about charity during this time of the year. Being the Junior Warden has an inner obligation to care, show compassion and love toward all mankind. During this pandemic it really shows you what is really important to us in our lives. Our lodge has persevered through some tough times and has faced similar challenges and has overcome all obstacles in its way. It is an honor to be an officer of this great lodge where men help men become better fathers, husbands, and brothers.
The Jewel of my office is the plumb, which is a stonemason's instrument used for ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright behavior among Masons. Treating everybody with kindness, helping others, and showing support. During this month (and every month), let’s not forget about this love. My definition of love is charity, which each person reading this has shown in one form or another and, is a key element to keep society moving forward.
Cedric Williamson, Sr.
Since the release of iMember 2.0, dues cards are now electronic via the cellphone app. You may still receive a physical copy of your 2021 dues card by request. To make that request, email email@example.com or click the button below to send a message to our lodge secretary, Wor. Victor Lerma.
Join us for our monthly stated meeting where we discuss important lodge business. This meeting is open to all Masons.
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Release your inner Picasso and join us for an evening of painting and laughter.
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Registration ends on February 11, 2021.
*Painting supplies will be provided and delivered within 25 miles of the lodge.
Brothers Dan Haff and Walter McClain delivered the food and financial donations we received on January 6, 2021 to the Canoga Park Family Rescue Center. Thanks to everyone who supported the cause.
A group of brothers gathered via Zoom on Saturday, January 23, 2021 to share stories and have coffee. A fun time was had by everyone. Time flies when you're having fun. What was meant to last only an hour went on for a little longer.
The Tarzana Bethel No. 289 held their installation of officers via Zoom on January 26, 2021. Congratulations to the newly installed officers!
Dear Members and Friends of Hollywood Lodge #355 F&AM,
During the month of January, we only had our bi-annual Installation of Officers. The first meeting theme for our Installation was “We’re All in This Together!” The girls were installed into their new offices during our second meeting of the month.
We hope everyone has had a good new year thus far. We will be doing our meetings over ZOOM for the meantime and if you would like to join our meeting, please let me know and I will send you the ZOOM link. We have our meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The girls would love to see you attend a ZOOM meeting.
We at Bethel 289 Tarzana wish everyone to continue to be safe and healthy during this tough time we are currently going through. We have been told that we are to suspend all in-person meetings and functions for now. Hope that we get to see everyone soon.
Associate Bethel Guardian
Bethel 289 Tarzana
Cell Phone # 661-312-7398
Chelsea Renee Adelstein was born to Brother Ben Adlestein and his lady, Tatianna, on December 19, 2020.
Congratulations to the Adelstein family!
Brother Geoffrey Counter was installed as Senior Warden and Brother Daniel Navama was installed as Junior Warden of Anchor Bell Lodge No. 868 on January 21, 2021.
Brothers Geoff and Daniel were both initiated, passed, and raised in Hollywood Lodge, and will always be part of our family. We are very happy and proud of their achievements!
Congratulations to Brother Geoff and Brother Daniel, and to the rest of the officers of Anchor Bell Lodge!
Wor. Joshua Weathersby's Endless Mile Studios won GeekFest's December Madness with their entry, Laundry Day.
Congratulations to Wor. Weathersby and his team!
To find out more, visit http://www.endlessmilestudios.com
Worshipful Keith D. Kramer was installed as the High Priest of Signet Chapter No. 57 and Illustrious Master of Omega Council No. 11, while Worshipful Michael Schneider was installed as the Commander of the Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 on January 9 , 2021.
Congratulations Worshipful Brothers!
Worshipful Victor Lerma was installed as Venerable Master of the San Fernando Valley Scottish Rite on January 15, 2021.
Congratulations, Wor. Victor!
The Los Angeles Masonic Service Bureau had their installation of officers on January 31, 2021.
Congratulations to the 2021 officers!
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This is an update to my May 2016 article on Ransomware. Ransomware has shifted over the past four years from locking down data and threatening to keep it locked up or even to destroy it pending receipt of an untraceable payment. Ransomware today does this and also exports a copy threatening to expose the data. This is generally more of an issue for businesses than individuals.
Payments by individuals to release their data continue to run $300 to $400. But businesses and government agencies have paid hundreds of thousands. On June 26, UC San Francisco confirmed that it paid $1.14 million after ransomware locked down several of its School of Medicine servers. Full disclosure: While I recently retired from UCLA, this article is based on publicly available information.
The UCSF ransomware attack used NetWalker. This malware was first noted in 2019 and has been active in attacks at least from March 2020. A number of these attacks have been against medical institutions including those like UCSF heavily involved in COVID-19 research and treatment. NetWalker first exports a copy of the data, then removes shadow copies (also called snapshots) and encrypts the compromised data. So, even if the target organization quickly discovers and halts the encryption, they would not be able to restore it from the now-useless shadow copies, and the hackers would already have copies.
The operators of NetWalker then reach out to the victim and demonstrate that they have copies of the data by pointing the victim to a location on the dark web where a partial copy can be viewed. Once payment is received, often using untraceable Bitcoin, the hacker “returns” their copy of the targeted data and provides the victim with the necessary instructions to unlock it. The hackers are generally true to their word as trust is critical to the success of this RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) business model.
While the FBI discourages organizations from paying the demanded ransom, it recognizes that at times when faced with “an inability to function,” payment might be the only option, and “victims should first evaluate all options to protect shareholders and other impacted parties.” For a statement from UCSF on the attack, see https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/06/417911/update-it-security-incident-ucsf
In most cases, ransomware gets onto your computer through email attachments or websites that you visit. To lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim, follow standard, safe computing practices, including deleting suspicious emails, not clicking on links unless certain that they are safe, staying away from dangerous websites and maintaining current antivirus software. Do not let your guard down.
Even if careful, you may still be a victim. So, be sure to regularly back up your data to devices physically separate from your computer. Also, create and maintain a recovery drive so that, if necessary, you can reestablish a clean computer onto which you can reinstall your programs and download your backed-up data. While this will not be quick or fun, it is best to be prepared. Not sure how to do this? See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4026852/windows-create-a-recovery-drive
Bro. Hal Bookbinder
After saving the Detroit Masonic Temple from foreclosure in 2013, musician Jack White is set to release his new album, which is a collection of White's music from his concert at the venue in July 30, 2014.
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K Eugene Turner - 2/13
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Theodore Schuman PM - 2/14
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William Wayne Fellbaum - 2/21
Keith Douglas Kramer PM - 2/24
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Merle Stanley Hill - 2/28
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The Hiram Award was designed to be presented to the “unsung hero” of every Lodge such as the volunteer who makes the coffee at each meeting, the one who sets the tables or arranges the furniture and ornaments in the Lodge room, the painter, the gardener, the handyman, the organist, the program chairman or any...
Bro. Walter McClain - Chairman
Child ID is the program promoted by our lodge to identify children for their families. If anything were to happen to a child or a child is lost, this program helps the authorities to help find and identify missing or harmed children.
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