Chips from the Quarry is a monthly publication of Hollywood Lodge No. 355. Please contact us if you are interested in being a contributor.
Brethren and ladies,
Time sneaks up on us. In just a blink, we are four months away from 2022. We still have a lot to accomplish before the year is completed. We have a Second Degree and a Third Degree planned in the next couple of months. Cast members are needed for these degrees, so if you are interested in being part of our ritual team, please email me at email@example.com.
On August 12, we held a Masonic Information Night with several Hollywood Lodge members and prospective members in attendance. We have a healthy list of prospects in the pipeline and have events lined up specifically to promote fellowship between members and prospects. The future of our lodge depends on who walks through the West Gate. Please stay tuned for further announcements.
On Sunday, September 12, the Los Angeles Masonic Service Bureau will be hosting a breakfast honoring Most Worshipful Arthur H. Wiess, Most Excellent Grand Master of Masons of California. We have purchased a table at this event and have several seats open. This event is open to Masons of all levels. I have been to this event several times and always find it highly enjoyable. Please email me to let me know if you want to join us.
Finally, as I said in the beginning of this piece, time sneaks up on us. We are always reminded in Masonic teachings of the passage of time. More importantly, in the proper use of our limited time on this Earth. Within the confines of our limited life as humans, we fit in so many things that keep us busy, such as work and other activities of occupation. May we never neglect to spend valuable time with those dearest to us, to hold them close and remind them of our love for them.
May God bless you all!
Sincerely and fraternally,
Greetings from the South,
Time is flying like crazy this year. It seems like yesterday it was just June and now I cannot believe it’s September. As far as our craft goes, it seems like masonry is getting back to normal on many fronts. I see degrees, proficiencies and events all over and also see new members interested in joining our great fraternity. I hope and pray this can be a great year and time for freemasonry. I am looking forward to some great times and events from this lodge soon. I really would like to thank the past, present, and future officers who make a difference by serving this lodge. We will be zooming for our September Stated Meeting on September 2nd at 7:30pm. Please check your email for the link. In the meantime, please stay safe and have a fun Labor Day Holiday weekend.
“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another. Sympathy begets sympathy. Kindness begets kindness. Helpfulness begets helpfulness. And these are the wages of a Mason.” -Benjamin Franklin
Cedric Williamson, Sr.
Junior Warden -Elect
For various reasons, we will be conducting our stated meeting via Zoom this month. Please join us by using the link below.
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Fall is here and our beloved lodge is off to a great start on our launch of the new Masonic Education program. As we expand the project into 2022, a full Masonic Training Program will be developed as part of a continuing vision from our Worshipful Master to future Masters of 355. Freemasonry revolves around the passing on of examples of morality, truth and the use of symbols and ethics within. An informed Mason, a good man, is a better Mason when making use of the numerous books and articles in our library. We are here together to assist our members in understanding the symbolism of our rituals when it comes time to re-open.
As the Fall reminds us of the yield— our wages— the bounty of corn, plentiful wine and oil, (the sacrifices of time, effort, thought and care) which have been associated together from the earliest history— the harvest— let us think of abundance and enduring peace in these turbulent times surviving the Covid-19 pandemic.
As we will be heading ever onward, please don’t hesitate Brothers to reach out and help guide and shape our program.
Education Through Craft!
Bro. Kevin S Michaels
Chairman of Masonic Education
Hollywood Lodge #355
On August 12, 2021, we had a Masonic Information Night at the lodge banquet hall where we met some of our prospective members and answered important questions they had about Freemasonry, in general, and Hollywood Lodge, in particular.
We have lined up several fellowship events centered on socialization between Hollywood Lodge members and prospective members. Please stay tuned for further announcements.
Outside the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California, this event is the largest gathering of Masons in California.
If you are interested in participating or have questions regarding this event, please click the "Find Out More" button and send us an email.
NOTE: September COVID restrictions will apply. To be admitted, you must show proof of vaccination or timely negative test verification. As a precaution, please bring your mask in case it might be needed.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles
Dear Members and Friends of Hollywood Lodge #355 F&AM,
August being the month that the Girls go back to school we are still off except for our installation of officers. If all goes well, we will be back in the Lodge on the 2nd Tuesday of September. Hope you can make some time to come visit us. See you soon.
We at Bethel 289 Tarzana wish everyone to continue to be safe and healthy during this tough time we are currently going through. Starting the 2ndTuesday in September we will be returning to the Bethel. The girls are looking forward to getting back. Hope that we get to see everyone soon.
Associate Bethel Guardian
Bethel 289 Tarzana
Cell Phone # 661-312-7398
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We wish Wor. Alex Madjeski and his family the best of luck in their move to the beautiful country of Georgia.
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Michael Hiltzik, a columnist for the LA Times, wrote an article on July 11 about Fran Finnegan and his company, SEC Info. This company provides quick access to financial documents filed with the SEC. Just before the July 4 weekend, his system was breached by Russian hackers who encrypted all of its data.
The hackers did not use some newly discovered software flaw to accomplish this. Rather, they used Finnegan’s Yahoo email password which had been exposed eight years ago in a massive breach. He used that same password in managing his website. The lesson here is that an old breach can still bite.
Most of us have Yahoo email accounts. We may not have used the account in years and may have even forgotten that it exists. I did. I searched in my password wallet and saw that at some point I had updated my Yahoo password. However, I could have as easily neglected to do so.
If you have unique, strong passwords on each website, you will only be exposed if cyber criminals successfully hack that website. If you reuse the same password or variants of it, (“Mojave6!”, “Mojave7#”, “Mojave8%”) you are at risk if hackers breach any one of your sites.
If you cannot remember when you last changed your Yahoo password, do it now. If you used it, or a variant elsewhere, change it there as well. Hacking software may attempt millions of variations and so changing the number and symbol is not enough.
Ensure that you have unique, strong passwords on your social media and email accounts as well as your financial and health accounts to avoid having your email hijacked, the information you want to share only with family and close friends exposed, your financials compromised, or your data encrypted with a bill to unlock your system from the cybercriminals to be paid in bitcoin or gift cards.
Folks reuse easy-to-remember passwords to make their lives easier. However, when cybercriminals get hold of them the impact can be severe. Better to be inconvenienced with different, strong passwords along with a password manager to keep track of them all.
Password managers remember your passwords and will typically generate strong ones on request. I have used the free version of LastPass for years. I will continue to use it even though it did not make PC Magazine’s 2021 list of the best free password managers. To read their assessment see: https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-free-password-managers
You can read Hiltzik’s article at https://www.pressreader.com/usa/los-angeles-times-sunday/20210711/281560883794400
Bro. Hal Bookbinder
National Sojourners is a national fraternal organization that aims to meet the needs of those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Military, and for honorary members who are Master Masons. Its roots begin with the leaders of the American Revolution.
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.
Call Brother Walter to Volunteer for any event.
Call for any major event in your immediate family.
Help is always a phone call away.
Bro. Spyros Pappas - Chairman
The social hall is available for parties, weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, quinciñeras, etc.
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