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Greetings from the East,
It is my pleasure to serve this lodge to the best of my ability.
It is starting to look like we are getting back into full swing of things.
We had an awesome February 2023 by having three first degree initiations and welcomed brothers Anar Babazade, Guney Tamer and George Codru to our craft (a big shout out to Worshipful Bertolli and Visiting Worshipful Baca for their awesome degree work). We sent flowers to several Sweethearts for Masonic Widows Month and rented out our parking lot for filming of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia''.
March is Youth Orders Month, so please show support to our youth orders. Also in March we are also planning to have our Stated dinner hosted by the Job’s Daughters on March 2, 2023, a 3rd Degree for Brother Oscar Hood on March 9, 2023, and a blood drive on March 18, 2023 in the social hall. On April 1, 2023 we are having a Hiram Award Celebration honoring Worshipful James Bayhylle at the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills.
So please check the calendar at www.hollywoodmasons.org for all future events.
Things are looking bright in the East and this year will be a great year for Hollywood Lodge #355.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Please join us:
*5:30 – 5:55 pm Social in Hall*
5:55 – 6:00 pm Prayer & Flag pledge
*6:00 – 6:30 pm Jobs Daughter Dinner
(open to all, reservations & $15 donation requested)
6:30 – 7:00 pm Safe Computing
by Brother Hal Bookbinder
7:00 – 7:15 pm Q&A
7:15 - 7:30 pm assemble in the Lodge for Stated Meeting (Masons Only)
By Brother Hal Bookbinder
Description of “Practicing Safe Computing”
Along with malware infecting your computer and hackers attempting to con you, your data on the Web is also at risk from breaches beyond your control. In January 2023, T-Mobile disclosed a data breach affecting 37 million customers. In December 2022 data on over 200 million Twitter users was circulated among hackers. Major breaches in which millions of customer records have been exposed are reported most every month.
Wars have always provided laboratories for testing and improving weaponry and tactics. Cyberwar is no different. State actors and private cyber warriors are likely to come out of the Russian war on Ukraine more capable and dangerous. Russian cyberwarriors are certainly learning ways to circumvent the defenses that Ukrainian volunteers are able to create and so will be better prepared to overcome our cyber-defenses.
Even in the absence of bad actors, computers become corrupted and storage devices fail resulting in the potential loss of years of genealogical research. This talk discusses the risks, the myths, ways to reduce the likelihood of being hacked and how to minimize the impact of hacks and breaches that do occur.
Bio for Hal Bookbinder
Hal was raised to Master Mason in Ellenville, New York in 1969. His father was a 32oMason and his mother was Eastern Star Matron in Ellenville. He Affiliated with Hollywood Lodge 1in 2012. Hal is a retired information systems professional who continues to instruct at the university level. He has been actively researching his genealogy for more than three decades, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two lines to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. He is a past president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Los Angeles and of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. Hal publishes a series of monthly articles on safe computing which are freely available at http://www.tinyurl.com/SafeComputingArticles . He and his wife, Marci, were raised in the Catskills of New York State. After attending New York University and a four-year stint in the US Air Force in Colorado Springs, they have lived in the Los Angeles area.
1-Mar Wed Hall Rented
2-Mar Thu Dinner presented by Jobs Daughters (Guests Welcome with RSVP)
2-Mar Thu Computer Safety presentation by Hal Bookbinder (Guests Welcome)
2-Mar Thu Stated Meeting (Masons only)
7-Mar Tue 3rd Degree Practice (MM only)
9-Mar Thu 3rd Degree Oscar Hood (MM only)
10-Mar Fri SPIRIT OF HIRAM - Pasadena Scottish Rite (MM only)
10-Mar Fri Hollywood DeMolay
14-Mar Tue Jobs Daughters
14-Mar Tue 602nd District Officers' Association - Conejo Valley
15-Mar Wed Building Association Virtual (Open to Members only)
15-Mar Wed Hall Rented
18-Mar Sat LIFESAVERS BLOOD DRIVE - Stan Zwicker
24-Mar Fri DeMolay
28-Mar Tue Jobs Daughters
30-Mar Thu Inspector Records Due
18-Mar Sat LIFESAVERS BLOOD DRIVE - Stan Zwicker
1-Apr Sat JAMES BAYHYLLE HIRAM CEREMONY ODYSSEY RESTAURANT
10 Jun Sat Inter Lodge Chili Cook-Off
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, or the one who moves the furniture. The Hiram Award Ceremony for Worshipful James Bayhylle will be on April 1st 2023 at the Odyssey restaurant in Granada Hills. $25
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and fund our mission.
March is a special month for two of our Masonic youth orders.
In the worldwide movement of DeMolay, March is DeMolay Month. This is not an officially recognized happening by local or national governments. You will not hear it mentioned on the radio or on the evening news. But it is a time of the year that is very important to DeMolays around the world.
DeMolay Month is the time of year when every chapter and their members are keenly focused on two objectives - participation in activities that involve and/or serve the local community and the exemplification or practice of their vows as DeMolays.
A common approach to fully participating in DeMolay month is holding an event or in some other way, exemplifying the seven cardinal virtues of the order - Filial Love (Love of Parents), Reverence for Sacred Things (respect for your faith as well as the faith of others), Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness and Patriotism... In some cases, the members can also choose a personal form of acknowledgement for a particular virtue.
DeMolay Week is the week which includes March 18th, which is the date DeMolay was founded, in 1919. During DeMolay Week, chapters put forth an even more focused effort and very often the majority of DeMolay Month events are scheduled during DeMolay Week. As DeMolay is a brotherhood like Freemasonry, chapters will often schedule a brotherhood event around this date in particular, to celebrate the Comradeship of the order...
The young men of DeMolay look forward to this annual celebration and acknowledgement of their association with this fine organization and as Masons, we should do everything we can to support these young men in their efforts and recognize the good they and the Order of DeMolay are doing for our community and the young men who live here.
Job’s Daughters also has a reason to celebrate in the month of March. March 9th is the annual celebration of the birth of Ethel T. Wead Mick or “Mother Mick”, the founder of Job’s Daughters International. At the bethel meeting closest to this date, bethels around the globe are asked to make a special announcement and take a moment to formally recognize this annual occurrence. This can take many forms and might be formal or somewhat informal, as the bethel prefers.
For example, as Mother Mick was a poet, the girls might write poems about Job’s Daughters or their experiences in it. Some of Mother Mick’s poetry may even be read aloud during the meeting. During the course of business, a donation in her name may be authorized by the bethel daughters. The bethel can throw a birthday party, honoring their founder and express their thanks for Job’s Daughters and what it has done for them. There are also several ceremonies written to celebrate the founder and her dedication to young women around the world.
Regardless of the form, the heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for Job’s Daughters and especially its founder is well-represented in the execution of this annual event.
DeMolay, Honorary DeMolay and Advisors at Pasadena Scottish Rite.
Grand Lodge of California
Secretary & Treasurer Retreat
Hollywood Masonic Lodge Officers
Tigran Arutunyan, Treasurer &
Victor Lerma, Secretary
participating in the Secretary & Treasurer Retreat.
Brother Duwayne Wells and Worshipful Cedric Williamson paying respects to Hollywood Lodge Brother Jerry Don Bailey, Sr. called from Labor. Also, present were Art Menendez, PM, Victor Lerma, PM, Michael Schneider, PM .
Dear Members and Friends of Hollywood Lodge #355 F&AM,
February was a good month for us. In our 1st meeting, we had a non-Regalia meeting. This means that the girls get together and meet without their robes or setting up the Bethel. During this meeting I taught and they made some easy to make candy trats. We Made some Vanilla Bark with M & M’s Marshmallows, and pretzels all of course coated in white chocolate. We also made a Rolo Pretzel dipped in Chocolate and Sprinkles. The last candy we made was a Rocky Road drop candy with Golden Grams cereal, marshmallows, and chocolate. The girls had a good time and enjoyed the candy. On February 11th we will be going to Operation Gratitude to build boxes for the troops. On that day with the help of a lot of other people the group was able to pack 5000 boxes and made many bears for the children of the deployed troops.
The 2nd meeting of the month was a Regalia meeting. Along with our normal business, we honored our outgoing Honored Queen Shane for the great job she did last term.
Looking forward to March our 1st meeting of the month will be a non-Regalia meeting. During this meeting we will be decorating cupcakes because who doesn’t like to eat cupcakes. Our 2nd meeting of February will be a full Regalia meeting. If you have time come out and see what we do at our meetings. This month’s fun activity we will be making a visit to Color Me Mine a doing some painting. We are looking forward to providing dinner for the Lodge's March Stated Meeting.
We at Bethel 289 Tarzana wish everyone to continue to be Healthy and Safe. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays every month at 7 p.m.
Mr. John Schnepp
Associate Bethel Guardian
Bethel 289 Tarzana
Cell Phone # 661-312-7398
My dear Brethren, ladies, and friends.
I am the Chapter Dad for Hollywood Chapter, Order of DeMolay. DeMolay has been and continues to be my masonry. I have been an Advisor “Dad” for over 12 years. These 12 years have been some of the most rewarding of my masonic career. I have come to realize that in the process of guiding, advising, molding, nurturing the young men and ladies that have walked through the doors of our lodge, I too have grown and continue to grow as a person. I can tell you without hesitation, that each one of them have become family. Once they age out and become Senior DeMolay’s, I always ask one thing of them, find something you are passionate about and make a difference in someone else’s life.
In masonry, we are taught the three principal tenets, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
DeMolay teaches 7 cardinal virtues, Filial Love, Reverence for Sacred Things, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness, and Patriotism. Each of these virtues continue to have a place in the world today.
Hollywood Chapter continues to develop the leaders of today and the future. We have been fortunate to have local, and state leaders, regional, and national ritual champions representing Hollywood Lodge not only in California but throughout the U.S.
I encourage you to attend our monthly stated meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month and get to know the current members of Hollywood Chapter and our future leaders. If you have, a child, nephew, cousin, brother, friend within the ages of 12-21, do them a favor and bring them to one of our events and see if DeMolay is the right fit for them.
Ever Mendoza, Chapter Dad
Hollywood Chapter, Order of DeMolay
Brother Jody Williams, Southern California Jurisdiction Deputy Master Councilor speaking at the Past Masters Association Dinner
Visiting our Neighbors to take in some bowling.
Rivian Fishkin, the wife of the late William Fishkin, PM, called to thank the lodge for the beautiful flowers she received, she was very much surprised and extends her gratitude to all the officers and members of Hollywood lodge.
Call for any major event in your immediate family.
Help is always a phone call away.
Bro. Spyros Pappas - Chairman
Pasadena Scottish Rite annual theatrical presentation of the 3rd degree entitled Spirit of Hiram. Several Hollywood Lodge Brethren are in the performance. Free Dinner & Show.
Friday March 10, 2023
Dinner at 6:00pm
The social hall is available for parties, weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, quinciñeras, etc.
Illi Property Management
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