Greetings from the East,
What a remarkable time to be a Freemason and a proud member of Hollywood Lodge. The previous month was truly exceptional. On May 4, 2023, during our May Stated Meeting, we had the pleasure of welcoming several prospective members and distributed membership applications to those we were acquainted with. On May 6, 2023, we joyously celebrated the 120th anniversary of Hollywood Lodge and honored Worshipful Eric Bertolli on his birthday. The festivities included a delightful meal expertly prepared by Brother Tigran Arutunyan, complete with a lively pinata that added an extra dose of fun to the event. Additionally, towards the end of May, our future officers successfully qualified in the 3rd degree by the inspector.
In the upcoming month of June, we eagerly anticipate initiating two new brothers into our esteemed craft. Furthermore, we have scheduled a dual Fellowcraft proficiency, followed by a third degree, for Brothers Andrew Feder and Guney Tamer. Worshipful Secretary Lerma privately presented the Golden Veterans award to Simon Sega, recognizing his 50 years of dedicated service as a Master Mason. Moreover, mark your calendars for the "Live from the Hollywood Lodge" podcast on June 24, 2023. As for July, we will adapt and organize an event based on availability.
During our August Stated Meeting, we will proudly present the Golden Veterans award to Brother Harold Bringman for his outstanding 50 years of service as a Master Mason. We are also excitedly preparing for our Catalina Island trip in August, as well as our Masons for Mitts event in September, Annual Communications in October, and Elections in November. In December, we will have the honor of installing our next Worshipful Master, (Worshipful Michael Schneider was qualified by the Inspector to be our next Master if elected).
As the Master of this lodge, my primary responsibility is to welcome candidates and conduct degrees, and I must say that this year has been exceptional in that regard, thanks to the incredible support of our all-star Officers.
We have an exciting year ahead of us, filled with fantastic events. I invite you to visit our website at www.hollywoodmasons.org and explore our calendar for upcoming gatherings. The future looks bright in the East, and I am confident that this year will be extraordinary for Hollywood Lodge #355.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Please join us:
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thai Food in the Hall
(open to all, reservations & $15 donation requested)
Chicken & Beef Satay
Pineapple Fried Rice
Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
Vegetable Spring Rolls
7:30 p.m. assemble in the Lodge for Stated Meeting (Masons Only)
Thursday, June 15, 2023 3rd Degree at 7pm - Andrew Feder
Thursday, June 22, 2023 3rd Degree at 7pm- Guney Tamer
Two 1st Degrees
Thursday, June 29, 2023 - 1st Degree - at Starting at 7pm Rodney Wright & Mike Mohammadi
The Hollywood Lodge 120th Birthday Party was well attended with Brethren, Prospects and Visitors.
Brother Tigran, provided the gourmet dinner for Hollywood Lodge 120th Birthday Party. He did an amazing job.
The food was plentiful, the decorations were delightful and the Brotherhood was harmonic.
Join our District Lodge Brethren and families
The Magic of The Famous Hollywood Lodge is all around us.
An exciting Catalina Express boat trip is being planned for the upcoming summer, so get ready to sail away and enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.
1-June Thu - Social, Dinner & Stated Meeting
4-June Sun - Tarzana Jobs Daughters Installation
9-June Fri - Hollywood DeMolay
13-June Tues - 602nd District Specific Instruction at Conejo Valley Lodge - All Officers Required
13-June Tues - Tarzana Jobs Daughters
15-June Thu - 3rd Degree Brother Andrew Feder (Master Masons Only)
17-June Sat - Inspector School of Instruction - 3rd Degree All Master Masons Welcome
18-June Sun HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
22-June Thu - 3rd Degree Brother Guney Tamer (Master Masons Only)
23-June Fri - Hollywood DeMolay
27-June Tue - Tarzana Jobs Daughters
28-June Wed - Building Association Virtual (Open to Members only)
29-June Thu 1st Degrees for Rodney Wright & Mike Mohammadi (All Masons Welcome)
June 24, 1717 - Grand Lodge of England Founded - Happy Birthday Freemasonry
Legends of the West
The Old West is known for its captivating tales of rugged pioneers, cowboys, outlaws, and lawmen. Amidst the chaos and adventure, a secret fraternity silently played its part in shaping the history of the American frontier. Freemasonry, with its core values of brotherhood, morality, and personal growth, attracted men from all walks of life, including some of the most iconic figures of the Old West. In this article, we pay homage to the famous Freemasons who left an indelible mark on the untamed landscapes of the West.
Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody:
One of the most iconic figures of the American West, Colonel William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was not only a legendary showman but also a Freemason. Initiated in Platte Valley Lodge No. 32 in Nebraska in 1870, Cody embodied the spirit of Freemasonry through his philanthropy and commitment to community service. He exemplified the Masonic virtues of honor, integrity, and dedication, and his popular Wild West shows spread the values of courage and adventure to audiences worldwide.
Wyatt Earp, the legendary lawman of the Wild West, was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Earp's participation in the brotherhood brought together the principles of justice and equality that were the foundation of his storied career. Known for his role in the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Earp demonstrated the ideals of Freemasonry in his unwavering pursuit of upholding the law and defending the innocent.
John Henry "Doc" Holliday:
Another iconic figure of the Old West, "Doc" Holliday was not only a notorious gambler and gunslinger but also a Freemason. Initiated in Atlanta Lodge No. 59 in Georgia, Holliday showcased the Masonic values of loyalty and compassion. Despite his reputation as a gunslinger, he was known to have a keen sense of justice and fiercely defended his friends and loved ones. His participation in Freemasonry underlined the complexity and depth of his character.
General Douglas MacArthur:
While not directly associated with the Wild West, General Douglas MacArthur is worth mentioning as an esteemed Freemason who left an indelible mark on American history. A military genius and a prominent figure in World War II, MacArthur's Masonic journey began in the Philippines where he became a member of Manila Lodge No. 1. Throughout his career, MacArthur exemplified the Masonic principles of discipline, leadership, and honor, making him an exemplary Freemason.
The Old West has long captivated our imaginations, and behind the tales of gunfights and frontier justice lie the untold stories of the Freemasons who contributed to its legacy. From Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp to "Doc" Holliday and General Douglas MacArthur, these famous Freemasons embraced the principles of brotherhood, morality, and personal growth in their respective pursuits. Their influence on the development and shaping of the American West cannot be understated. As Freemasons, they stood for the virtues that continue to inspire men and women today, reminding us of the importance of honor, justice, and the pursuit of truth..
Fraternally submitted by,
Brother Michael Hill, Junior Deacon of Old West Masonic Lodge No 813
General Douglas MacArthur, Freemason
Greetings to all from Bethel 289 Tarzana!
As the Associate Bethel Guardian, I am pleased to report that we had a great month in May.
Our first meeting was another non-Regalia gathering, and this time we had a make-your-own pizza party. Who doesn't love pizza and fellowship?
Our second meeting was a full Regalia meeting, and we invite anyone who is interested to come and see what we do.
To learn more about us, click on the image to the right of this page to access our website.
Most importantly, will be our Officer Installation on June 4 at 1pm. All Masons are welcome and encouraged to attend.
We at Bethel 289 Tarzana want to wish everyone continued health and safety. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m., and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us.
Mr. John Schnepp
Associate Bethel Guardian
Bethel 289 Tarzana
Cell Phone # 661-312-7398
My DeMolay Experience
My experiences in DeMolay have changed who I am and how I act, during the short period of time I have been in DeMolay. I joined in January of this year, I have learned many things and met great people. At first, I wasn’t really interested in joining the order, but my parents told me to try it before saying no. I am happy that I joined DeMolay and grateful that my parents for persuading me to join.
Since I was a kid, I was shy and didn’t really talk to people if I didn’t need to, but after joining DeMolay, I’m becoming more comfortable in public speaking. DeMolay has also taught me how to treat others and how to present myself. While doing my proficiencies, I have learned a lot of great things on becoming a better man. Some of the lessons I have learned are to always help my brothers and to always respect my parents. DeMolay has also given me the opportunity to help others through public service and fundraising.
During the month of February, I attended Leadership Camp. I was able to meet lots of new people from chapters around Southern California. I learned how to work as a team, becoming a better leader, and preparing to be Master Councilor in the future. Although, there might be a lot ritual work and memorization, we still take the time to have fun in our chapter. Some of the things we do are bowling, laser tag, and visiting other chapters. We like to help other chapters for their installations and events because if we need help them would be there as well.
The lessons I have learned in DeMolay have helped me grow as a person, to respect others, respect and love my parents, and most of all to love God.
Ethan Gabriel Sodusta
Senior Deacon Hollywood Chapter