In 2005 then-Master Ara Maloyan started a biannual Masonic lecture series for members of Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No. 307. In 2009 Master Brandon Millan expanded that tradition to a series of three free programs, designed to capture the interest and imagination of a public audience. Millan explains:
Background: Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge is a large lodge in a central location. Yet, most of our community neighbors had never been inside the Masonic center – some didn’t even know our lodge existed. I wanted to make our Masonic hall a resource for the community. We planned public events, opened our doors, and extended invitations to everyone from the local university to city council.
I spent two months refining a master plan for the year. With the help of a steering committee, I laid out my budget, my emphases, and what I wanted to accomplish. Master’s Forums – three free public events – were part of that.
The events aren't focused on Masonry, but they exemplify our Masonic principles and values.
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Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge invites all Masons:
Prestonian Lecturer Dr. John S. Wade presents:
Go and Do Thou Likewise: English Masonic processions from the 18th to the 20th centuries
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
7 p.m. lodge opening and presentation (no cost)
Dinner to follow ($15 per person)
Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge
926 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica
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Reservations and advance payment for dinner are required. Make your check payable to Santa Monica-Palisades Lodge No. 307. Send with names and e-mails of those attending to Steve Doan, 6411 Seabryn Dr.,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-4755.
If you’re unsure where to direct your inquiry, contact Ron Filion,
Grand Lodge Masonic properties representative, at 415/292-9138 for:
Resources for Masonic hall associations
Marsh Insurance* (*does not apply to all lodges)
Representative Angela Bacon
Grand Lodge Masonic Properties Committee
Chairman Mike Arnold
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Maintaining a fiscally sound lodge requires a responsible financial strategy.
For the majority of California lodges, membership has decreased while expenses increase with inflation. After carefully considering how to create additional revenue, many lodge leaders advocate raising dues.
In most lodges, dues are modest – well beneath the cost of a gym membership or cell phone bill. To ensure their dues are at a prudent level, lodges are advised to recalculate required dues annually, using the following formula.
Information you’ll need
Use this equation: (A-B)/C=Dues
A is expenses= $50,000 B is income= $23,500 C is dues-paying members= 259
Regularly raising dues to your lodge’s unique amount and limiting your investment distribution, as shown above, will help you meet budget priorities today while preserving your financial resources for the future.Contact Grand Treasurer Glenn Woody at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714/859-0534 for any additional explanation or help with this process.
A total of 63 lodges responded to the June survey regarding members affected by the current state of the economy. Of this number, 46 lodges identified hardships experienced by the members; 17 reported no identified needs.
The 46 lodges that identified hardships represent 9,154 members.
The Masonic Homes is currently developing programs and services to support these individuals, and is contacting the most heavily affected lodges to discuss next steps with the lodge master or secretary. If you know of a member in need, please call 888/466-3642.
Resource fairs for Masons who have been laid off or are worried about their jobs will be held:
2 to 7 p.m.
Pleasanton Lodge No. 321
3370 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton
2 to 7 p.m.
Anaheim Lodge No. 207
303 W. Lincoln Ave, Anaheim
Support and information regarding:
The important work of the Masonic Homes and the California Masonic Foundation relies on members’ support of the Annual Fund. In tough economic times, this support is even more important – and there’s an easy way to help without straining your budget.
Renewing your gift to the Annual Fund now will lower your monthly contribution. Your donation is prorated for the remainder of the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). By renewing now, your contribution will be spread over a longer period of time, resulting in smaller monthly payments.You’ll make a big difference without feeling a big impact. Encourage your members to contribute now to the Annual Fund.
Last month we asked if you use a social media site (such as Facebook). Of the 85 that responded:
41% - yes
Of those that said yes, 94 percent said they would be intrested in using social media to connect to Grand Lodge.
Here’s your next question.
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