Greetings from the East,
As the Master of Hollywood Lodge, I am honored to announce that we are blessed to be a part of the brotherhood of Freemasonry and to call Hollywood Lodge our home. I am proud to report that the previous month has been an incredible time for us, and the momentum is continuing to build.
Our Hiram Award celebration held on April 1st was exceptional as we paid tribute to the remarkable Worshipful James Bayhylle. This event served as a reminder of the outstanding qualities that make him a great man and a true Freemason. When his short film becomes available on our website, I urge you to take a moment to view it and experience his greatness for yourselves.
On April 6, 2023, we received an honorable visit from our inspector during our Stated Meeting. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Worshipful Wallingford for his guidance and leadership during his visit and throughout this year.
Our officers hosted the District School of Instruction on April 13, 2023, which was a resounding success, and I am proud to say that it was executed with great skill and precision.
I also had the privilege of attending the Masters and Wardens retreat in Irvine from April 14-16, 2023 with Brother Robert Brown. The retreat provided invaluable insight on how to keep our lodge operating efficiently in the future.
On April 20, 2023, we had a magnificent triple 2nd degree, and we passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Brother Feder, Tamer, and Meynardi. I extend my sincere gratitude to Brothers Bareau and Brown for their outstanding work during this degree.
Join us for our upcoming events at Hollywood Lodge! Our Stated Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2023, followed by a Lodge Birthday celebration on Saturday, May 6, 2023, commemorating 120 years of service. We are also excited to host an open house for Public Awareness Month on May 13, 2023. Don't miss out on the festivities!
As your Master, I am honored to serve and looking forward to an outstanding year ahead, filled with exciting events and opportunities.
Please be sure to consult our calendar at www.hollywoodmasons.org for information on upcoming events. The future is bright for Hollywood Lodge #355, and I am proud to stand among such esteemed brethren.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Please join us:
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Social
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jobs Daughters Dinner in Hall
(open to all, reservations & $15 donation requested)
7:30 p.m. assemble in the Lodge for Stated Meeting (Masons Only)
During April 2023, (seated from left to right) Brother Andrew Feder, Guney Tamer, and Alessandro Meynardi were passed to the degree of Fellowcraft.
The Youth Group annual Fundraising Breakfast of Reseda Lodge was attended by Hollywood Lodge to show support and promote fellowship.
Bethel 289 Tarzana is once again preparing a home-cooked meal of enchiladas for the May Stated Dinner at the lodge. Yum!
PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS & MEET NEW PROSPECTS:
Inviting the Public to celebrate Hollywood Lodge 120th Birthday.
The Magic of The Famous Hollywood Lodge is all around us.
Enter your Chili or come to taste the chili.
At the Master & Wardens Retreat hosted by Grand Lodge in Irvine, Hollywood Lodge was represented by Worshipful Master Cedric Williamson and Senior Deacon Bob Brown.
Join our District Lodge Brethren and families
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.
May, 1903 - Happy Birthday Hollywood Lodge
4-May Thu - Jobs Daughter Enchiladas Dinner for Lodge
4-May Thu - Stated Meeting after dinner (Masons only)
6-May Sat - Hollywood Lodge 120th Birthday Party Public Awareness
9-May Tue - Tarzana Jobs Daughters
10-May Wed - 602nd District Specific Instruction at Simi Valley Lodge
12-May Fri - Hollywood DeMolay
14-May Sun - MOTHER'S DAY
17-May Wed - Building Association Virtual (Open to Members only)
23-May Tue - Tarzana Jobs Daughters
26-May Fri - Hollywood DeMolay
MASONRY DURING THE CIVIL WAR
There were many Freemasons who played significant roles on both sides during the
American Civil War. As a secret society with a strong sense of brotherhood and loyalty,
Freemasonry played a crucial role in helping members on both sides of the conflict.
One of the primary ways Freemasons helped each other during the Civil War was by
providing support and aid to fellow Masons who were wounded or captured. Many
Freemasons volunteered as nurses and doctors in military hospitals, providing medical care and support to wounded soldiers, including their fellow Masons. They also helped provide food, clothing, and shelter to those in need.
Freemasons also used their influence and connections to help each other in other ways. They helped fellow Masons who were imprisoned or facing legal troubles by using their connections to secure their release or reduce their sentences. They also provided financial support to Masonic widows and orphans who had lost their husbands and fathers in the war.
Additionally, Freemasons played a role in maintaining morale among troops on both
sides. They organized social events and provided entertainment to soldiers, helping to
boost morale and keep spirits high. Overall, the sense of brotherhood and loyalty among Freemasons played an important role in helping members on both sides of the conflict during the American Civil War.
One story of a Freemason helping another during the Civil War involves General George Thomas, a Union officer and member of the Masonic Lodge.
During the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Thomas was leading his troops in a fierce fight against Confederate forces. He was wounded in the leg and his horse was killed, leaving him stranded on the battlefield. A Confederate soldier, Sergeant James Milner, came across the wounded Thomas and recognized him as a fellow Mason. Milner approached Thomas and offered him assistance, helping him to mount his own horse and ride to safety behind Confederate lines. Milner told Thomas, "You are my brother, and I cannot leave you to die."
Once they reached safety, Milner arranged for Thomas to receive medical care and
made sure he was well-cared for until he could be transported back to Union lines.
Thomas was so grateful for Milner's kindness that he later personally thanked him and
gave him a pair of Masonic gloves as a token of their brotherhood.
This story illustrates how the bond of brotherhood among Freemasons could transcend the conflict of the Civil War and inspire acts of kindness and compassion even between enemies.
Fraternally submitted by,
John Carter, PM
Prolific reader of stories of Freemasonry during the Civil War with an extensive libary on the subject.
General George Thomas, Union Soilder, 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 March. Our first meeting was a non-Regalia gathering, where the girls had a chance to meet without their robes and do something fun together. We held a paint night, and it was wonderful to see the girls enjoying themselves while creating their art.
Our second meeting was a regular Regalia meeting, during which we received an application for dual membership, which was approved. We are excited to welcome Sadie Runyon to our Bethel, and we encourage everyone to say hello when you see her.
Moving on to May, our first meeting will be another non-Regalia gathering, and this time we will be having a make-your-own pizza party. Who doesn't love pizza and fellowship?
We will also, be offering our annual Enchilada Fundraiser to the lodge at the Stated Dinner.
Our second meeting will be a full Regalia meeting, and we invite anyone who is interested to come and see what we do.
Our fun activity for the month will be a visit to the Santa Barbara Zoo, where we can enjoy the exhibits and all the amazing animals. Although we missed seeing the crooked neck giraffe, we are sure there will be plenty of other interesting animals to see.
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
Jody Williams, member of Hollywood DeMolay, and the Vice President of Southern California Jurisdiction of DeMolay, represented DeMolay at the Master & Wardens Retreat held in Irvine.