A Big Spark
A NEW LODGE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BLENDS A
RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE WITH LOVE FOR COMMUNITY
By Drea Muldavin-Roemer
Below is the article from the May/June 2018 issue of California Freemason. Read the full issue here.
The idea for Raven’s Rock Lodge No. 870 came about when Alfred Isagulyan sat down to lunch with his good friend Jordan Yelinek, a fellow Mason. Right then a spark was ignited. “It was exciting knowing we could go through the steps and create something beautiful,” Isagulyan says. “A big light opened up in my mind.”
One of the lodge’s main goals is to engage their local community, creating sparks of positivity that will effect change on a local level and in the world beyond. Today, explains Isagulyan—a past master—that light is still burning brightly.
“Our approach to Masonry is not about titles or positions,” he says. “We are friends trying to create a change and keep this fire burning in our community.”
Raven’s Rock Lodge brothers often combine their personal and charitable interests. In 2017, they produced a popular cultural performance during which a string quartet played Armenian music while a local ballet performed alongside. In May 2018, their classic car show benefited a local elementary school. Another time, they also planted 70 trees in Armenia, which will someday become a Masonic garden. This act is emblematic of members’ intentions: to plant seeds and encourage growth, all over the world. “We’re trying to make a real impact,” Isagulyan says.
Learn more about Raven’s Rock No. 870 at their Facebook.
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Courtesy of Jason Frank