Masonic Journal Wisconsin Masonic Calendar SEPTEMBER 2013 SEPTEMBER

Masonic Journal
Bro. Bill Blakely Honored for
70 Years of Service.
See page 2.
Wisconsin Masonic Calendar
5 Washington Lodge No. 21, Recognition Banquet, Widows and 25
year and 50 year members. NEW Masonic Center, 525 North Taylor Rd.
28 Dousman Lodge No. 315, 4th Annual 2013 Masonic Charities
Trap Shoot, 9:00 a.m., at the Fin ‘N’ Feather Sportsman’s Club. Contact Bro. Butch at 262-894-7137. See story on page 3.
7 Wisconsin Order of the Eastern Star Exemplification, 1:30 p.m.
Ellsworth Masonic Center.
28 Princess Day for young ladies 7-15. Meet the Jobies. Janesville
Masonic Center, 2322 East Milwaukee St. Contact Nancy Saggio, 920921-3107 or [email protected] See more information on page
Gold Collar Degree, Deputy Grand Master William Beetcher’s son,
William, will receive his Master Mason Degree. 9:00 a.m. coffee and
rolls, 10:00 a.m. open lodge. Lunch at noon, lectures following. River
Falls Lodge No. 109, 122 E. Walnut St., River Falls.
7 District 6 East Fall District Meeting, Coffee and donuts at 8:00 a.m.,
meeting at 9:00 a.m. Oshkosh Masonic Center, 204 Washington Ave.,
Oshkosh. Contact District 6 Deputy A. Christopher Gans at
[email protected] or 715-467-2506. See more
info on page 17.
7 Ozaukee Lodge No. 17 and American Red Cross Blood Drive.
Ozaukee Masonic Center. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Make an appointment
online at Enter 53074 and 9-7-2013 to
access the Blood Drive. Contact Bro. Sid Arthur at 414-350-8215. See
more info on page 19.
8 District 10 Fall Meeting and Family Picnic, Noon-4:00 p.m., Dr.
John Hanson Memorial Park, 100 S. Swift St. Glenbeulah. Fish boil
and grilled chicken, Adults, $10, under 12, $5. R.S.V.P. Bro. Tod Hellmann, 920-254-7330 or [email protected] See ad on page 16 of
the web edition at See more info on page
10 Scottish Rite Steak Fry @ Fort Winnebago Lodge No. 33, 111 W.
Conant St., Portage. 6:00 p.m., $10 reservations needed by contacting
Scottish Rite office at 608-256-2351.
13 Port Washington Masonic Center Fish Fry, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Adults $10.00, Children 5-10 $5.00.
14 District 6 West Fall District Meeting, Coffee and donuts at 8:00
a.m., meeting at 9:00 a.m. Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Center, 2321 2nd Ave. So., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact District 6 Deputy A. Christopher Gans at [email protected] or 715-467-2506.
See more info on page 19.
14 Pancake Breakfast, Jefferson County Masonic Center, 617 Masonic Blvd., Jefferson. 7:00-10:00 a.m., sponsored by Martha Chapter
Order of Eastern Star. Adults-$6, Children 10 and under-$3, 5 and
under free.
30 12th Annual Hunters Night, 5:30 pm, Target Bluff German Haus,
Camp Douglas. Tickets $60 per person. To reserve tickets, contact
Camp Douglas Lodge No. 272, c/o Bro. Rolf Kurandt, Treasurer, 208
State Road 12/16, Camp Douglas, WI 54618 or call 608-427-6542,
email [email protected] Deadline for reservations is Sep.16.
AARP Driver Safety Review for all drivers. 12:30 p.m. Wisconsin
Masonic Heritage Center, 200 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville. AARP Members $12, Non-$14. Call 608-437-6275.
Shawano No. 170, Table Lodge and combined meeting hosted by
Mason Woods, 7:00 p.m. N6446 Emery Ansorge Road, Cecil.
NEW Masonic Library & Museum, 525 North Taylor Road, Green
Bay. Presentation: "Masonry's Involvement in the Civil War", followed
by: "The Last Full Measure". 12:00 p.m.
Table Lodge at Prairie du Chien Lodge No. 8. Guys night out includes short film, guest speaker & meal.
Middleton-Ionic Lodge Hawaiian Luau--Roast Pig and Hawaiian
dishes, $15, public welcome. Middleton Masonic Center, 7409 Franklin
Ave., Middleton.
12 District 4 Fall Meeting, Coffee & Rolls, 7:30 a.m. Location to be announced. Lunch following, $8. RSVP to District 4 Deputy Christian
Hirthe, [email protected], or 920-328-7106.
Sun Prairie Lodge No. 143, 150th Anniversary Celebration.
District 5 Fall Meeting, time and location to be determined.
Valley of Madison Scottish Rite Reunion
19 Freemasons Lodge No. 363, Past Masters Table Lodge, "Badgering the Past Masters" 4:30-7:00 p.m., 790 N. Van Buren Street, Milwaukee. For more information contact Senior Warden Dave Alderfer at
920-535-0515 or [email protected]
26 Statewide Scottish Rite Reunion, Milwaukee. All five Valleys will
be conferring degrees celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Scottish
Rite Masonry and the 150th Anniversary for the Valley of Milwaukee.
14 Southeast Wisconsin York Rite Unity will present a Council Festival at the Lake Masonic Center. Kilbourn Council No. 9 and Waukesha
Council No. 29 will confer the Royal Master and Select Master Degrees.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with the degrees starting at 8:00 a.m. sharp.
26 Henry L. Palmer Lodge No. 301, Defense of the Ruffians, dinner
at 6:00 p.m., degree at 7:00 p.m., 4315 N. 92nd Street, Wauwatosa.
21 Columbus Lodge No. 75 Fall Masonic Pistol Shoot. Columbus
Sportsman Club, W10924 Breyer Road Columbus. Contact Bro. Steven
Maurer at 620-248-9685 or go to
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15 Dodge County Lodge No. 72, breakfast to support the World Orphan Fund. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Beaver Dam High School.
Contact Bro. R.J. Johnson at 608-235-8673. See story on page 2.
22, York Rite Testimonial Dinner for Presiding Grand Officers. 11:30
a.m. Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells, contact Bro. Douglas Hoffman 715-425-8581.
29 District 12 Fall Meeting, 6:00 p.m. hosted by George Washington
1776 Lodge No. 337, 517 E. Beaumont Ave., Whitefish Bay. Contact
District 12 Deputy Pat Cholka, [email protected]
24 Milton Lodge No. 161 Friend and Family Night. Dinner at 6:30
p.m. Shriners will give a presentation.
Sanctuary Lodge No. 367, Meatball Dinner, 4:30 p.m.
Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of WI
Masonic Journal
The Official Publication of the Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin
Grand Master Dedicates New Masonic
Center for South Shore Lodge No. 3
By Rich Rygh
South Shore Lodge No. 3, recently moved into its new home in
Franklin. The newly remodeled
stone building is all on one floor
and beautifully landscaped, with
every detail suited to provide an
ideal meeting place for the Lodge
for years to come.
Bro. Alan Edlebeck, Master,
opened the Lodge on July 13 for
a dedication ceremony conducted
by Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik
and the Grand Lodge Officers.
Deputy Grand Master William
Beetcher stated the Grand Lodge
has examined the several apartments of the hall and found them
to meet with its approval and desires them to be dedicated to Ma-
Bro. Alan Edlebeck, Master of South Shore Lodge, and Grand
Master Daniel L. Slavik proudly display the cornerstone for
the new Masonic Center at 9023 S. 27th St. in Franklin.
Photo by Rich Rygh
sonic purposes agreeable to ancient form and usage.
The Grand Master asked that
the Lodge be uncovered for the
dedication. The square, level and
plumb were applied to the foundation stone and the Grand Master declared the stone tested by
the proper implements of Masonry and stated the craftsmen
have skillfully and faithfully performed their duties and he declared the stone correctly laid
according to the rules of our Ancient Craft.
Grand Master Slavik asked that
the elements of consecration be
presented, the corn of nourishment as a emblem of plenty; the
wine of refreshment as a emblem
of joy and gladness; and the oil as
an emblem of peace. After which
he proclaimed the hall dedicated
to universal benevolence.
The Deputy Grand Master presented the following oration by
Grand Orator Keith D. Chamberlain, PGM:
“This Grand Lodge is now in the
infancy of its existence, and the
country under its jurisdiction a
new and rising country, just coming forth in its majesty . . . within
this territory, we are a rapidly increasing population, of as intelligent
community as is to be found upon
the globe.” -MWB Benjamin T.
Kavanaugh, January 17, 1844.
A prophetic observation coupled
with a keen insight that opened a
See South Shore on page 9
Ancient Landmark Lodge
Relocates to Iron River
By Rich Rygh
Ancient Landmark Lodge No.
210 began a new era with the
dedication of their new Masonic
Center in Iron River, Wisconsin on
Aug. 10. The Lodge had formerly
met in Ashland.
It was a perfect day in beautiful
northern Wisconsin with sunshine, a beautiful blue sky with
fluffy white clouds and an ideal 70
degrees. There were about 60
people in attendance.
Bro. Ed Stouffer opened the
Lodge and welcomed the Grand
Lodge Officers, Brethren, families
and representatives from several
community organizations.
Bro. Stouffer turned the gavel
over to Grand Master Daniel L.
Slavik. The Grand Master introduced the Grand Lodge Officers
and Past Grand Master Kingman
D. Loomis.
Grand Master Slavik asked the
Stewards to uncover the lodge and
he dedicated the several apartments of the hall according to the
ancient forms and usages of Ancient Craft Masonry.
Deputy Grand Master William
Beetcher offered the remarks of
Grand Orator Keith D. Chamberlain as follows: The year 1878
was a watershed moment in the
rich history of Wisconsin Freemasonry. Growth within the state
had resulted in 188 Chartered
Lodges with a total membership
of 10,783 Master Masons.
With the sounding of the gavel
opening the 34th Grand Annual
Communication in Milwaukee, in
June of 1878, Ancient Landmark
Lodge No. 210 was to be officially
recognized by Grand Master Jedd
Cottrill as the only Lodge to be
given dispensation during his Masonic year. Interestingly enough,
the city of Ashland would not receive its city charter until nine
years later.
Item 5 in the report of the Committee on Dispensations indicated
the following: “Ordered, that a
charter be issued to Ancient Landmark Lodge, and that Bro. Edwin
Ellis be the first Worshipful Master,
Bro. Samuel S. Fifield be the first
Senior Warden and Bro. George
White be the first Junior Warden.”
At the time, Lodge membership
consisted of 13 Master Masons
and two Entered Apprentices.
During the course of his opening
address, Grand Master Cottrill referenced a number of thoughts that
would eventually lead to the building of the Grand Lodge Temple,
as well as his wish to see a continuation of the growth of Freemasonry in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Over the years that followed,
those thoughts would come to
fruition and Freemasonry would
indeed grow into the highly respected, much admired fraternity
it is today.
Following its beginnings as a
duly constituted Lodge, a number
of events would contribute to the
shaping of this Lodge into what it
The Grand Master’s Message:
By Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin
Brother Daniel L. Slavik
The summer is winding down fast and Lodges are getting back to
business. Suggested programs for September include Past Master’s
Night, Father-Child Dinner, Landmarks of Masonry discussion, and
family friendly Packer Parties at the Lodge.
Ideas for October include Hunter’s Safety Program, Fellowship Night, and Rusty Nail Degree.
As our new Junior Grand Warden states, “If
we pay more Attention to our members, we
will spend less on Retention”. Or as our Junior
Past Grand Master says “We are great builders
but poor maintainers”. One of the biggest
problems facing our Fraternity is Suspension
for Non-Payment of Dues. Think about it, it
takes 75 to 100 hours of degree work time,
Grand Master
not including time to learn and practice for the Daniel L. Slavik
degrees to raise a new Mason.
All too often, we fail to practice the tenets of our Order. We neglect
brothers and then wonder why they leave the Fraternity. All of us
must take responsibility for this situation. One half of all Lodges chartered in the State of Wisconsin have been lost. They have been lost
for a number of reasons, but I would expect that most have been
lost for failure to practice our tenets, and the Brothers lost interest
and drifted away. No Brothers, no Lodge.
It is time to turn a negative into a positive. To help turn the tide
of Non-Payment of Dues, the delegates at the Annual Communication voted to adopt use of a form to make sure the code is followed
when considering suspending a Brother for Non-Payment of Dues.
Form 81 has been distributed to all Lodges for use this year. This
form must be completed and sent to the Grand Lodge office for final
approval by the Grand Master. Lodge Secretaries will not be able to
suspend a member in MORI. This can only be done by the Grand
Lodge office and only with the Grand Master’s approval. Grand
Lodge Officers will be attending every District Meeting this autumn
to explain in greater detail the proper procedures.
In June, I challenged every Lodge to contact EVERY member, not
by mail, but by phone or in person. Not once but twice before the
end of the year. We are a Fraternity, not a real estate company, not
a grumpy old men group (though it is hard to say otherwise some
days). As a Fraternity, we must practice the tenets of our order that
where described, not once, but twice, when we received our third
Degree. For too long, we have been guilty of un-Masonic actions.
We send one or two letters to a Brother and then with no response,
we drop him for non-payment. We have not followed the code or
our obligation. The Brothers voted to return to practicing the tenets
of our order: Friendship, Morality, & Brother Love.
It is heart wrenching to read the letters we receive in the Grand
Lodge office from the child of a Mason that passed several years
ago and now is receiving a letter of suspension for non-payment of
dues. Every Grand Master receives at least one of these letters each
year. We are drawing a line in the sand this year. That is one of the
reasons for a new form to be completed for each Brother that is to
be suspended for non-payment of dues. No form, no suspension
granted. It will provide accountability should one of these letters be
received in the future. If we are following the Wisconsin Masonic
Code and practicing our tenets, it should never get to this point.
We have a choice, practice our tenets and keep our Brothers engaged or neglect them and become a statistic. My choice is to practice our tenets so as to build our Lodges. What is your choice?
See you in Lodge!
Dan Slavik
Grand Master
Master Ed Stouffer welcomes
Brethren, families and friends.
is today. Through merger with
Mellen Lodge No. 315 in 1917
and the addition of membership,
Ancient Landmark Lodge would
grow to become one of the premier centers of Freemasonry in
the state, much of the credit due
to its founding fathers as well as
each generation that followed in
their footsteps.
My Brothers, friends and guests,
in a time when longevity is measured in the smallest of increments,
135 years of consistency in any
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The Iron River Masonic Center, new home of Ancient Landmark
Lodge No. 210 was dedicated on Aug. 10. The new center is all on
one level and is adorned with ornate furniture from the former lodge
building in Ashland. Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik asks Senior
Grand Deacon L. Arby Humphrey to apply the plumb to the cornerstone.
Photo by Rich Rygh
Dodge County Hosts
Breakfast to Benefit
World Orphan Fund
Dodge County Lodge No. 72 is
sponsoring a pancake breakfast
on September 15 to support the
World Orphan Fund. The event
will be held from 9:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. at Beaver Dam High
School (500 Gould Street). Tickets are $6.00 for adults and
$4.00 for kids under 12.
The charity was founded by Bro.
R.J. Johnson, Past Master of
Dodge County Lodge, and is an
all-volunteer organization with no
salaries, headquarters or administrative costs. 100% of every donation goes directly toward shelter,
clothing, medical care, education
and other needs of orphaned children.
Call Bro. Johnson at 608-2358673 for more information.
to Live By
Bro. Hutchinson celebrates 102nd birthday
Bro. Harry Hutchison, Mineral Point Lodge No. 1, celebrated his 102
birthday on July 25, with a few Lodge Brothers, family and friends.
Bro. Hutchinson is a 35 year member of Mineral Point Lodge and is a
past Secretary. He still lives in his own home, his wife Gladys is in an
assisted living facility.
"We can't help everyone, but
everyone can help someone."
- Ronald Reagan
From District 8 Deputy Marc Steiber
Submitted by Bro. William Buckingham, Secretary
Bro. Bill Blakely Honored for 70 Years of Service
Southern Lakes No.12 celebrated Bro. William “Bill”
Blakely’s 70 year anniversary as a
Mason on June 29.
Bro. Blakely was raised on April
6, 1943 at Darien Lodge No.
126 when 22 years old. During
this time, Bill worked in the canning industry for Libby foods. He
was not able to enlist in the military because of a severe arm injury. He celebrated his 92nd
birthday in February of this year.
Bro. Blakely has served the craft
in many areas.
The 70 Year Certificate was
present by Junior Grand Warden
Donald W. Hensiak and his lodge
presented him with a personalize
engraved gavel.
Bro. Blakely had this to say, “I
became a Mason in Darien Lodge
No. 126 in March, 1943, a long
time ago. In 1950 I was honored
to be elected Master. I was also
honored to be elected Master in
Walworth Lodge in 1994 and to
serve as District 3 Lecturer for
several years.
“As I said, 70 years is a long
time and brings to mind many
Bro. Bill Blakely was honored for 70 years of service to
Freemasonry. From left: brother-in-law Richard Bystol, son
William Blakely, Bro. Bill Blakely and son Robert Blakely.
many friends and lessons I will
never forget.
“Every day we are called upon
to climb the ladder of life, not unlike the mysterious ladder Jacob in
his vision saw extending from
earth to highest heaven. Sometimes we may slip a little and even
drop down a rung or two but on
the next day we must start to
climb again, never looking down
but ever looking up keeping our
eyes on heaven. I've always been
so very proud to be a Mason.”
A light lunch followed the ceremony.
Submitted by Junior Grand Steward
Kenneth C. Gorgen
Directory of Grand Lodge Officers & Contacts
Elected Officers
Senior Grand Deacon
District 2
Daniel L. Slavik (63)
Res. 608-244-4562
Cell 608-395-5355
L. Arby Humphrey (329)
Res. 715-364-2492
Cell 715-815-1032
Gary L. Stang (351)
Res. 715-835-7153
Cell 715-864-6813
[email protected]
[email protected]
Junior Grand Deacon
Grand Master
Deputy Grand Master
William Beetcher (244)
Res. 715-349-8021
Cell 715-566-0350
[email protected]
Senior Grand Warden
Franklin J. Struble (60)
Res. 715-924-2142
Cell 608-633-0154
[email protected]
Junior Grand Warden
Donald W. Hensiak (189)
Res. 262-682-4390
Cell 414-333-0060
[email protected]
Grand Treasurer
John A. Benedict (151)
Res. 608-835-3705
[email protected]
Grand Secretary
Michael A. DeWolf, PGM (267)
Res. 715-574-3151
Bus. 262-965-2200 Ext. 807
Cell 715-574-3151
David R. Ritchie (64)
Res. (608) 776-2698
Grand Marshal
John W. Krinke (37)
Cell 262-993-2225
Davey L. White Jr. (4)
Res. 608-348-9352
Cell 608-732-3122
District 3
Grand Orator
Keith D. Chamberlain (66)
Res. 608-538-3173
[email protected]
Grand Tiler
Raymond E. Mielke (72)
Cell 608-235-8126
[email protected]
Craig J. Froelich (9)
Res. 608-258-8814
District 8
Alicia Darr - Ext. 804
[email protected]
District 9
Paul T. Tourville (60)
Cell 414-659-5205
Wisconsin Masonic
David E. Tainter (17)
Cell 262-689-2848
District 10
Richard A. Rygh, Editor
262-965-2200 Ext. 808
District 11
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
District 1
[email protected]
[email protected] [email protected]
[email protected]
George T. Eisenmann III (329)
Res. 715-394-6630
Cell 612-325-6692
Jan Gorgen - Ext. 803
[email protected]
District 7
Marc B. Steiber (8)
Cell 608-306-1333
Michael A. Gorgen (307)
Cell 262-820-0812
District 12
By Reverend David R. Ritchie, Grand Chaplain
It was a scene we have all seen many times. A Masonic dinning room
filled with Masons doing what we do best, drinking coffee, eating a sweet
rich dessert (one that most of our doctors would not approve of) and
talking. A young man sat in the middle, grinning,
it had been a big night for him. At that moment
he was Wisconsin’s newest Mason. As is the custom he was being grilled on who he was, where
he was from,what did he do for a living, what his
future plans are, etc. In that brief moment when
all the questions had been asked, this young man,
this brand new EA did something amazing. He
sought light and began asking questions about Masonry. Little did he realize the danger he was in.
Surrounded by grizzled veterans, Masons of many
years, here was a fresh set of ears who had not
heard all the stories a hundred times or more.
Rev. David Ritchie
And stories he heard. Men told him about their Grand Chaplain
EA degrees, Masonic symbols, stories about lodge
personalities no longer with us, and eventually the stories about Masonic
character. These stories start with, “their was a man who helped me”
and progress into “we were stranded on the side of the road” and the
stories continue to grow until it seems like John Wayne riding in at the
head of the calvary. One stranger helping another. A Brother reaching
out to someone he did not know. Great stories. Much to this EA's credit
he sat for more than an hour and listened, grinning the entire time.
Slowly we began to disperse. Each man feeling a little better about himself for having joined such an organization. Each man patting himself
on the back for the good that we do.
As Masons we do a lot of good. Collectively we support the Shrine
Hospitals, The Scottish Rite Dyslexia Centers, the Templar Eye Foundation and the list goes on. As Blue Lodge Masons we give scholarships,
help place defibrillators, provide school supplies, support a first rate
home where Seniors can live in comfort and dignity, provide food for
pantries and the list goes on. We give a lot. As Masons we are more
likely to stop and help a stranded motorist, visit the sick, lend a neighbor
a hand in time of need. These are our “bragging rights.” Brag about
them we do, to whomever will listen, but is this what Masonry is all
We claim to take good men and make them better. Wouldn't a good
man do these things anyway. Wouldn't a good man help the elderly and
the handicapped. Wouldn't he already be helping the widow and less
fortunate in his neighborhood. Wouldn't the good man already be helping the stranded and the lost. So what makes us different? What makes
us better men?
As much as we like to brag about the big story that is not what makes
us better men. It is the little things. At a ball game with some Brothers
I watched at least three Masons, at different times, stop and pick up
litter that was not theirs. They had no idea anyone was watching. They
probably did it without even thinking. After all what difference would it
make to pick up a couple wrappers or a soda cup in a ballpark filled
with people. I have seen my Brothers hurry their steps, to catch a door
for someone with their arms full or wait patiently or even assist that person with the walker or cane in front of them. All done with a well practiced ease that makes it almost imperceptible. I have seen the concern
in a Brother's eye upon hearing that another was in sickness or distress.
I have seen the happiness in the eye of older Brothers as the new guy
announces he bought his first house or is going to have a child.
What makes us better men is a subtle thing. It is not the big cardboard
checks we pass or the families we have helped. It is about kindness, and
gentle pride, and the courage to approach a stranger, its about a listening ear, and a genuine handshake. It is about a well practiced way of
life. We do not do these things because someone is watching. We do
not do the little things because of potential members or some award.
We do them because it is the right thing to do.
It is as simple as that, a group of men joined together in so many
ways, each striving and practicing, until it is second nature. The good
man may do these things but the better man does them without thought.
Until he does not even realize he is doing it. Our Brother will tell you it
is nothing special or that it is too small an act to be even commented
on. He will tell you it was nothing and mean it. If you ask why he did it
he will simply reply, “It was simply the right thing to do.”
Grand Chaplain David R. Ritchie can be reached at
[email protected] or 608-776-2698.
36275 Sunset Dr.
[email protected]
[email protected] [email protected]
[email protected]
Grand Lecturer
[email protected] Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Wisconsin
John C. Tilley (366)
Dousman, WI 53118
Scott E. Pedley (25)
Res. 715-272-1295
Res. 608-759-2081
[email protected]
Cell 608-482-0424
District 4
[email protected]
Christian M. Hirthe (322)
Grand Secretary:
Senior Grand Steward
Res. 920-954-0168
Robert C. Strader (363)
Michael DeWolf, PGM - Ext. 807
Cell 920-328-7106
[email protected]
Res. 262-827-1606
District 5
Cell 414-678-8785
[email protected]
Work 715-834-7676
Junior Grand Steward
Cell 715-456-8814
Kenneth C. Gorgen (307)
Cheryl Martin - Ext. 800
[email protected]
Res. 262-691-0859
[email protected]
District 6
Cell 414-758-8729
A. Christopher Gans (123)
Office Manager:
[email protected]
Res. 715-467-2506
Appointed Officers
Grand Chaplain
Grand Lodge
Thoughts for the Journey
Ad Manager Diane Igl,
[email protected]
Patrick D.Cholka (301)
Res. 414-475-9660
Cell 414-254-5543
[email protected]
36275 Sunset Dr.,
Dousman, WI 53118
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Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin
September 2013
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By Brother Davey L. White Jr., PGM
Bros. Harold and William Day honored for 60 years
Brothers Harold J. Day and William E. Day, PGM, received their pins and certificates for 60 years of service
to Freemasonry on July 20 at Three Pillars in Dousman. Their father Ernst Day raised the brothers on June
8, 1953, in Lafayette Lodge No. 265, Milwaukee. Bro. Harold Day is an environmental engineer and educator. He has lived and worked in 51 countries throughout the world. PGM William Day is an educator
and worked for General Motors AC Delco and with the Apollo Space Program. He served his Lodge as
Master in 1976 and served the Masons of Wisconsin as Grand Master in 1985. He was instrumental in the
forming and funding of the Children’s Dyslexia Center at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Center. This is only
the second time brothers raised on the same day have reached 60 years in Wisconsin. The brothers credited
their success in life with the sense of values instilled in them by their mother and father. From left: Bro.
Dave West, Past Master of Elmbrook Lodge No. 354, congratulates and presents Bro. Harold Day with his
certificate; and PGM William Day receives his congratulations and certificate from his son Bro. Jeff Day,
Past Master of Freemasons Lodge No. 363.
Photo by Rich Rygh
New Procedure for Handling Delinquent Dues
At the 169th Annual Communication the procedure for Suspension in Chapter 81
of the Wisconsin Masonic Code was changed by the affirmative vote of
Grand Master Dennis V. Siewert’s recommendation.
1. When a member is 8 months in arrears (August 1), the Secretary will compile a list of such members
for presentation at the first Stated Communication in September.
2. During the month of September, one of the three principal officers will communicate with each member on the list either by phone or in person and complete Form 81 for each one.
3. For those Brethren who are not having their dues remitted, payment must be received by October
1st. If payment is not received the Secretary shall send each Brother a notice of delinquency by first
class mail signed by the Master and attested to by the Secretary. This letter will indicate a due date of
November 1st unless due cause is shown. Refer to §81 .08 of the WI Masonic Code
4. At the first Stated Communication after November 1st the Secretary will certify to the lodge the
names of all members upon whom Form 81 has been completed, demand made and are still delinquent.
5. A 2/3 vote of the lodge members present will authorize the form to be sent to the Grand Master to
finalize the suspension. See §81.09 of the WI Masonic Code
Lodges to Host Rendezvous
for DeMolays Sept. 28-29
Oregon Lodge No. 151 and
Dousman Lodge No. 315 are
sponsoring what they hope to be
an annual DeMolay Rendezvous at
Shinin’ Times Valley, W3580
Dore Road, Lyndon Station on
Sept. 28 and 29.
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The boys will step back in time
to the 1740s to 1820s and learn
the art of flint an steel fire building, blacksmithing, black powder
musket marksmanship, tomahawk
throwing, trapping and other essential skills and arts necessary for
life in the fur trader era. This will
be a day of fun and education as
the boys will learn as they actively
participate in these activities.
This year’s event is limited to
only 15 boys with the addition of
their Chapter advisors and any interested parents, but if this proves
to be successful, it will be open to
all of the Chapters in the state
next year. Contact Bro. Terry
Brown at [email protected]
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As I write this article, I can’t help but look out the window and
admire the wonderful blessings that our Supreme Architect of the
Universe has furnished for us. The sun is shining with a slight breeze.
It makes us all thankful for what has been provided for us.
This brings me to this month’s article. The
blessings that have been bestowed upon us by
our Brothers.
I have recently received a letter that was written by two Brother Masons from another jurisdiction. One of the Brothers had over 50 years
in our beloved Fraternity and the other had just
celebrated his 25th year. They went into detail
about how meaningful their Degrees were and
how much it meant to them that these Brothers
would take the time to memorize all their parts.
They talked about the compassion in which these Davey L. White Jr.
Brothers executed their work assignments, what Grand Lecturer
an impression it made on them both. They also talked about their
recent experiences of attending Degree work and having Brothers
reading their parts out of the cipher book. How the lack of commitment and compassion was missing during the degrees. It saddened
them both that these newly made Masons did not get to experience
the same feelings that they had experienced years ago.
I also talked to a Brother from our jurisdiction recently who had
visited his home lodge while visiting from his winter residence. He
had much of the same feeling as these Brothers. He went to a degree
and watched as the Brothers walked around with their degree parts
on their “I-Phone” or “smart phones”. He was disturbed at the lack
of commitment these brothers displayed for their incoming Brother.
I must confess this disturbed me also. While I realize we all have
very busy lives, I think we owe it to our incoming Brothers to take
the time to learn and execute our Ritual with the same compassion
and meaning as our Brothers provided for us years ago. Some of
my fondest memories are of Brothers who are no longer with us.
Brothers who made a great impact on my life. They executed their
ritual with precision, feeling and compassion. Such men as Sylvan
“Chappy” Chapman who was 97 years old and had never opened
a cipher book, but new it from cover to cover. Brothers who are still
with us, Bro. Bill Keck who would settle for nothing less than perfection from himself. The list goes on and on.
We need to take a step back and look at ourselves. We should
all know that the Wisconsin Masonic Code does not allow the use of
ciphers during opening or closing of a Lodge (section 65.19). It also
does not allow the cipher to be opened or used during degree work
(section 73.13). There are no ciphers or keys to be opened during
posting examinations (section 74.08). I know that it doesn’t specify
the so called “smart phones”, but the intent is there. I don’t think
that we really need to change the code to include the use of “smart
phones” or the use of having the pure work on a computer at the
secretary’s desk. We all know that this is unacceptable and should
not be allowed. We all make mistakes during degrees while performing our ritual, but as long as the feeling and compassion is there the
Brother will remember it for a lifetime.
So let’s all take pride in our preparation and execution of our
GREAT Ritual. Let’s give our newly made Masons the same feeling
that our fore fathers provided for us.
Davey L. White Jr.
Feedback and questions are always welcome.
Contact Grand Lecturer Davey L. White Jr. at
[email protected] or 608-732-3122
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2013 All-Star Soccer Games and Youth Camp
By Rich Rygh
Perfect weather and good planning on the part of Bro. David
Tainter, chairman of the Wisconsin Masonic Soccer Committee
and his team provided for a great
experience for the Soccer AllStars and the youth campers at
UW-Whitewater, July 25-27.
Bro. David Tainter
The youth camp consisting of
24 kids involved in soccer programs from the Milwaukee area
began their training sessions
Thursday. Coach Mark Harris,
former All-Star Kelly Sullivan and
Bro. Blake Siewert conducted the
soccer clinics giving the kids a
great opportunity to learn more
about the game and expand their
soccer skills. In the evening the
kids went bowling and participated in other fun activities.
The All-Stars arrived on Friday
morning, they met their new team
mates and practice began with
their coaches. Nationally recognized soccer coach Bob Gansler
worked with All-Stars throughout
the afternoon.
The Friday evening Friends and
Family Cookout, sponsored by
Bro. Ron Jaacks, was moved from
Starin Park to the Whitewater Masonic Center due to rain. Brethren
from St. John’s-Palmyra Lodge
No. 57, and Bro. David Tainter
prepared the food and Bro. J. Pat
Storrs and Bro. Bruce Eshelman,
Master of St. John’s-Palmyra
Hello Brothers, Ladies, and Friends,
It is my pleasure to introduce you to a new feature in the Masonic Journal: The Three Pillars’ monthly column.
Let me start by sharing that this is not intended to be an advertisement. We recognize that we are a highly visible entity within
Wisconsin Masonry and a representation of Masonry for others.
Our goal is that this monthly feature will be used to share what we
are doing as an organization to serve our residents, the community, and Wisconsin Masonry. It is important to me that we communicate the value of Three Pillars to Masonry in Wisconsin. Over
the next few months you will learn more about events and happenings in both Dousman and Cecil.
This is also a wonderful opportunity to answer any questions
about Three Pillars. Feel free to submit them to me at: [email protected] and I will post questions and answers each month, or
respond to you personally.
Finally, let me extend to all of you a standing invitation for individuals and lodges to visit us at any time. We would love to have
lunch and show you around this truly beautiful campus. Please
contact any of our Three Pillars’ Ambassadors or Josh Van Den
Berg, [email protected], to schedule a day.
I look forward to hearing from you and to sharing the good
works we are doing at Three Pillars to continue representing Masonry in Wisconsin and demonstrating the tenets of our Craft.
Lodge, made smoothies for the
group. Grand Master Daniel L.
Slavik welcomed the parents and
Bro. David Tainter welcomed
everyone to the Recognition
Breakfast Saturday morning at
8:00 a.m., at the UW-Whitewater
Student Center. The youth
campers were introduced and the
Outstanding Youth Sportsmanship
Award, provided by Sid’s Sealants
was presented to Julio Hernandez.
The All-Stars were recognized
individually by teams and Grand
Master Daniel L. Slavik, assisted
by Bro. David Tainter, extended
congratulations from the Masons
of Wisconsin. The college each
All-Star will be attending next year
was announced.
The Grand Master welcomed
everyone to the All-Star Soccer
Games. He commented how
great it is to see that all of the AllStars are going on to school and
many are receiving scholarships.
He said, “The lessons you have
learned playing soccer will serve
you well through the rest of your
life. You are our leaders of tomorrow.”
Grand Master Slavik said you
are the leaders, not only out on
the field, but academically and in
your communities.
He said, “One thought I would
like to leave you with, through out
your life their will be opportunities
and situations where people will
help you, you may not always be
able to repay that debt, but you always have the ability to pay it forward. Be kind to those around
you, you never know when you
will need their assistance.”
The womens’ game began at
11:00 a.m. at the Warhawk Soccer Field. The Gold Team,
outscored the Blue Team,
coached by Julie Grutzner and
Brian Denu giving them a 10-2
victory. MVP was awarded to
Angie Mann of Grafton. She will
be attending Central Michigan
The men began at 1:00 p.m.
with the Blue Team, coached by
Nick Thorne, posting a 5-4 victory over the Gold Team, coached
by Corey Oakland. Charles
See Soccer on page 9
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Vets Have Lunch with Miss Wisconsin Contestants
The annual Monday luncheon
honoring Miss Wisconsin and the
pageant contestants during pageant week in June, is sponsored
by the Winnebago Shrine Club,
the Masonic Service Association
and the Masons of Wisconsin and
includes residents of the Veterans
18700 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045
(262) 781-8350
Home at King.
This year’s event at Robbins
Supper Club in Omro honored
Miss Wisconsin Kate Gorman and
the 23 contestants vying for the
2013 Crown.
The King residents have an opportunity to get to meet and eat
lunch with the contestants and are
entertained by Emcee Bro. Tom
Dowman. He speaks with the
contestants, asking them about
their hometowns and areas they
represent and poses a question to
each one.
Miss Wisconsin expressed her
appreciation to the men and
women who serve our country
and asked for a round of applause
for the veterans who made it possible for members of here generation to pursue their dreams.
Submitted by Bro. Tom Dowman
Above: Miss Kenosha, Caitlin Schober, explains to Emcee Bro. Tom Dowman why her
most trusted friend is her dog. At right: Bro.
Bro. Al Ziebell introduces contestants to some
of the King residents.
Photos by Bernice Labus and Dottie Dowman
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Summer Activities
Union Grove Lodge in July 4 Parade
Masonic Sturgeon
Brethren participating in the July 4 Union Grove Parade celebrating the 175th Anniversary
of the Village Union Grove (from left): George Winget, Skip Kovach, Clint Cagle, Steve Knight
and Tom Wampler.
Fiberglass sturgeon on display in front of the Masonic
Center in Sturgeon Bay.
Sturgeon Bay has 25 fiberglass sturgeons “swimming”
through the streets of the city.
They were created by a local
artist. The project, in its 14th
year, is coordinated by the
Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center.
The 3½ foot long fish are
both a tourist attraction (on display all summer) and a fund
raiser since they are auctioned
off in the fall.
Henry S. Baird Lodge No.
174 and OES Honor Chapter
#1 purchased a sturgeon to be
displayed in front of the Masonic Center to support the
fundraiser and to encourage
people to stop in front of the
building and notice their presence in the community.
The artist is Jane Buttons,
wife of Bro. William Buttons.
The sturgeon is expected to
bring about $1000 at the auction.
Submitted by Bro. Ed Klein
4th Annual Masonic Charities
Trap Shoot Sept. 28 in Palmyra
Dousman Lodge No. 315 is
hosting their 4th Annual Masonic
Charities Trap Shoot at the Fin
‘N’ Feather Sportsman’s Club in
Palmyra on September 28 starting at 9:00 a.m.
This is a family friendly event,
so feel free to bring the kids. It is
a fun filled day with the opportunity to share some fun shooting
events, great fellowship and
Brotherly Love.
Proceeds help fund the various
charitable projects of the Lodge.
For more info contact Bro.
Butch at 262-894-7137.
The theme for the 2013 Village
of Union Grove 4th of July parade
was “Celebration of 175th Anniversary of the Village of Union
Union Grove Lodge No. 288
created a depiction of their lodge
building to feature on their float.
The building is an important part
of the Village’s history, it was built
as the first brick school in the village in 1882. It started out as a
grade school and eventually became the high school serving the
community until 1924. In 1925
some visionary Masons purchased
the building to be used as a Masonic Lodge Building, which is
their current home.
The history of Masonry in the
village goes back to 1866, when
the Corinthian Lodge No. 156
was first chartered. In March of
1904 for reasons unknown,
(records lost in fire 1916)
Corinthian Lodge No. 156 surrendered its charter to the Grand
Lodge of Wisconsin. On June 14,
of 1904 at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication, Union
Grove Lodge No. 288 received its
– Union Grove Lodge Temple Topics
Dousman Lodge food stand
Dousman Lodge No. 315 hosted a pulled pork sandwich stand at the
Dousman Derby Days on July 28. Bros. manning the stand from left:
Tim Brown, Terry Brown, Karl Buschhaus and Dave Renly. Bro. Frank
McKenna collected the money.
Submitted by Bro. Terry Brown, Secretary
Mystic Tie Lodge in Ladysmith’s Mardi Gras parade
The Brothers of Ladysmith's Mystic Tie Lodge No. 280 get ready to participate in the Mardi Gras celebration
in Ladysmith. It is a 4 day event that takes place annually on the 3rd weekend of July. Participating this
year were Bros. Mark Steckel, Brian Homme, Jimmy "Boy" Edming, Bill Howard and DeWayne Steckel.
Helping to pass out the candy were Brittaney Miller, Alexia Miller, Kylie Miller, Abigail Retzalf, Dean Haas,
Sabrina Niles and Erik Edming.
Submitted by Bro. Bill Howard, Secretary/Treasurer
Milton Lodge hosts food stand
Milton Lodge No. 161 ran a food stand during the Milton 4th of July
celebration which generated a good profit for the Lodge. District 9 Lecturer Brian Duoss (left) and his son Bro. Brandon Duoss serve a customer.
Submitted by Bro Pat Garvin, Junior Warden
500 Chickens | 280 Hamburgers | 180 Brats
400 Ears of Corn | 120 lbs Potato Salad | 120 lbs Cole Slaw
432 Assorted Ice Cream Bars & One Beautiful Sunday Afternoon
Thank you to all of our volunteers for another successful
Please join us again next year Sunday, August 3, 2014.
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News Events from the Lodges
Shawano Unity Picnic
Photos by Bro. George Tincher
Approximately 125 people attended the 3rd
Annual Unity Picnic at the Shawano Masonic
Past Grand Master Dennis V. Siewert presented
50 year awards to Bros. Louis White and Richard
Menning, and a 60 year award to Bro. Reuben
Schaetzel. He also recognized Masonic Scholarship recipients from Shawano and Clintonville.
Bro. Bill Jewell honored for 60 years
Bro. Bill Jewell, Richland Lodge No. 66, Richland Center, recently celebrated 60 years as a Mason. Grand Lecturer Davey L. White Jr., PGM,
was on hand to honor Bro. Jewel and his son Bro. Jim Jewell, fastened
the 60 year pin to his lapel. Bro. Jewel was raised on Jan. 10, 1951,
served his lodge as Master in 1991 and is currently serving as Chaplain
in Franklin Lodge No. 16, Lone Rock. From left: Grand Lecturer Davey
L. White Jr., PGM, Master Larry Hallett, honoree Bill Jewell and son
Jim Jewell.
Submitted by Bro. Brent Clausius, Past Master
Past Grand Master Dennis V. Siewert presents service awards to Shawano Lodge
Brethren at the Unity Picnic. From left: Bro. Louis White was honored for 50 years, he
was raised on March 7, 1963 and served the Lodge as Master in 1967; Bro. Reuben
Schaetzel was honored for 60 years, he was raised on May 26, 1953; and Richard Menning was honored for 50 years,he was raised on April 18, 1963. Standing on the right
is Bro. Larry Sperberg, Master of Shawano Lodge.
Jefferson honors 50 year members
Jefferson County Lodge No. 9, Jefferson, recently honored Bro.Wayne
Riegler and Arnold Brawders for 50 years of service. Bro. Riegler was
raised in Boulevard Lodge No. 882, Oaklawn Ill. on June 28, 1963.
He affiliated with Jefferson County Lodge on April 2, 1996. Bro.
Brawders was raised on Oct. 21, 1963. He served the lodge as Master
in 2002. From left: Wayne Reigler, Master Charles Bergren and Arnold
Submitted by Area Administrator Noah Schultz, Past Master
Enjoying the fellowship at the Unity Picnic, from left: Bro. Joe Urban, Master of Clintonville Lodge No. 197; Beja Potentate John Sage; Past Grand Master Dennis V. Siewert;
Larry Sperberg Master of Shawano Lodge No. 170; and Bill Cole, Master of MasonWoods Lodge No. 368.
Masons, families, friends and scholarship recipients enjoy the Unity Picnic in the picturesque Mason Park behind the Shawano Masonic Center.
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Fifth Generation Master Mason
Bro. Michael Nemeth, a fifth generation Master Mason, was raised in
Columbus Lodge No. 75 on Aug. 3. From left: Grandfather Louis R.
Heft of St. Charles-Cornerstone Lodge No. 141, Marble Rock, Iowa,
(where his great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were raised),
Michael Nemeth and father, Joe Nemeth, Junior Warden, Columbus
Submitted by Bro. Steven Maurer, Past Master
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Wautoma Lodge assists in purchasing AEDs
Wautoma Lodge No. 148 and the Big Flats Fire & Rescue Department
along with the assistance of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Medical
Fund, teamed up to raise money for the purchase of two Automatic
External Defibrillators. Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik joined the Brothers of Wautoma Lodge on July 11 in presenting the check to the Big
Flats Fire & Rescue Department. Chief Dick Meyers accepts the check
from the Grand Master.
Submitted by Bro. Joseph Myren
Iron River
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tion, today marks such a day.
We as Freemasons take pride in
the knowledge that as Ancient
Landmark Lodge No. 210 stands
the test of time, other Lodges will
as well, each emerging stronger
and better equipped to look toward the future with hope and a
renewed sense of purpose. On
this very special day, presentation
of this Cornerstone and Rededication Ceremony pays tribute to
those closely held feelings.
In closing, I offer the following
comments given by Reverend
Brother Joshua Britton, Grand
Chaplain in remarks to the Grand
Lodge in 1878 which eloquently
sum up his feelings for our gentle
craft: MW Grand Master and
Brethren of the Grand Lodge, “I
did not become a Mason at an
early stage of my life, consequently my experience has not
been equal to many who surround
me now; but I trust my love for the
Order is no less that of any of my
Brethren. Its truths, its precepts,
its characteristics, are bright and
glorious. Its charity knows no
bounds. The great pulse of the fraternity beats in unison all over the
world. Its heart is always true.”
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik
turned the gavel back over to the
Master of the Lodge, Bro. Ed
Senior Warden and Area Administrator Gregg Olson thanked
everyone for their attendance and
the Grand Lodge Officers for their
long trip up to Iron River for the
Bro. Stouffer closed the Lodge
and everyone retired to the dining
room for refreshments and fellowship.
See photos on page 13.
from page 4
Salazar, from the Prairie School
was named the game MVP. He
will be attending Rockhurst University.
If you would like to be a part of
the Masonic soccer program for
2014 and become a committee
member or sponsor contact Bro.
David Tainter at 262-689-2848
or email [email protected]
Contributions can be made to
the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation – Soccer Fund to help perpetuate the Wisconsin Masonic
Soccer Program, please contact
Erika Miller, Development Officer,
262-965-2200, ext. 831, or
[email protected]
See photos on page 14 and
game action on pages 21 and 22.
Attend and Support Your Lodge!
Lodge assists with community concerts
The City of Ripon hosts a concert on their Village Green each Friday
during the summer performed by various statewide cover bands. Community groups volunteer to work the beverage tent each week. Prairie
View Lodge No. 95 provided the labor on July 12 and 19. Bros. working July 19 are (from left): Past Master Rick Coles, Counselor and Chaplain; Past Master Ron Triemstra; Ray Colhouer; Peter Kasuboski, Senior
Deacon; and Wes O’Laire, Junior Warden.
Submitted by Bro. Rick Coles
South Shore
from page 1
new chapter in Freemasonry’s history. No words could be more accurate than those when used in
describing the events that enabled
a small Masonic lodge located in
Milwaukee to play an integral part
in the formation of the Grand
Lodge of Wisconsin.
In proceedings recorded at the
formation of the Grand Lodge of
Wisconsin held in Madison on
Monday, December 18, 1843,
“the Milwaukee Lodge at Milwaukee” is listed among the three
lodges present who would bear
witness to that historic event.
Consisting of a full slate of officers plus 29 Master Masons and
two Entered Apprentices, newly
chartered Milwaukee Lodge No. 3
had an impressive membership
list, including WM Byron Kilbourn, a major player in the
founding of present day Milwaukee and a man whose name
would become synonymous with
Freemasonry and its good works.
Over the years, the steady
march of time saw considerable
growth in the region, with the influx of Masonically minded men
bringing about the need for additional lodges in the area. That
steady growth was also reflected
in the membership rolls of Milwaukee Lodge No. 3.
Following a name change to Kilbourn Lodge No. 3 in 1869 and
the chartering of Rusk Lodge No.
259 in 1894 (later to become Jeremiah M. Rusk Lodge in 1923),
the course of our gentle craft was
set toward growth and prosperity
in the South Shore area of Milwaukee.
A milestone was reached in
2004 when by mutual agreement,
a dispensation to merge was
granted by the Grand Lodge
which would allow Jeremiah M.
Rusk and Kilbourn Lodges to become South Shore Lodge No. 3
in 2005, the lodge number
“three” being retained to serve as
a testimony to Milwaukee Lodge
No. 3 which played a pivotal role
in bringing Freemasonry and all
that it stands for to our great state
so many years ago.
My Brothers, friends and
guests, in today’s world it is oftentimes difficult to measure the
steady passage of time or the slow
movement of history amidst other
intrusions that take away from the
contemplation of these things.
Your presence here today signifies a respect for those times and
that history, as does the ceremony
you are about to witness.
In closing, I once again leave
you with the words of Past Grand
Master Benjamin T. Kavanaugh
spoken at the third annual communication of the Grand Lodge in
Madison on January 8, 1846, “I
can only say, Brethren, under
present circumstances, that when
you assemble around your sacred
altar and present your devotions
to Deity, I will be with you in
heart; and hope and pray that omnipresent being whose eye with
his blessing has so long rested
upon our venerable institution,
may still continue to bless and
prosper your labors to the promotion of his glory, and the union
and happiness of his creatures.”
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik
explained the significance of the
dedication ceremony and turned
the gavel over to the Master, Alan
The Master thanked the Grand
Master and his officers for the
dedication ceremony and closed
the Lodge in public form.
See photos on page 12.
Bro. Alan Branford, Traveling from South
Australia, Visits Hiram Lodge No. 50
By Bro. Scott Graham
An enthusiastic group of Brothers from Hiram Lodge No. 50 and
other area Lodges welcomed a
traveling Brother from, literally,
the other side of the globe at their
stated communication on July 15.
Bro. and Dr. Alan Branford had
traveled from his Mother Lodge in
Adelaide, South Australia, some
9850 miles from the Madison Masonic Center, where he spoke to
a group of about 15 Brothers. He
provided an interesting glimpse at
how Masonry has truly spread
worldwide as well as the simple
differences that make Freemasonry in Australia unique and different, but recognizable all the
Masonic history in South Australia (S.A.) is as old as the first
ships that landed on their shores,
with S.A. being the only territory
of six, not set aside as a Penal
Colony when settlers first sailed
there. Their Masonic legacy is impossible to separate from the birth
of their nation. Great Masons became the founding fathers of their
young country, much as they did
ours. Bro. Branford explained that
three Brothers traveling from England on the HMS Buffalo were the
first white settlers to lay claim to
South Australia in 1836, and
soon after landing held the first
Freemason’s Lodge, Friendship
Lodge, which is still the oldest
Lodge in South Australia.
Many Lodges in South Australia
still hold charters from the Grand
Lodges of England, Scotland, and
Ireland as well as the Grand Lodge
of South Australia that was established in 1884. Lodges are many
and varied in South Australia and
welcome members from all faiths
and backgrounds; even having
many Islamic and Aboriginal
After Hiram No. 50 was opened
and regular business conducted,
Bro. Branford, who is an Associate Professor in Mathematics,
Computer Science, and Engineering at Flinders University in Adelaide, took the floor and talked for
about an hour. Topics of discussion were the Modes of Recognition, Due Guards and Signs, and
the differences in Masonic Aprons
worn on by Masons on other side
of the globe. He welcomed questions from the group and spoke
eloquently about how meetings
are executed at either of his two
Home Lodges. St. Andrews
Lodge No. 19, a Lodge with a
Scottish Charter, and his other,
Prince Alfred Collegians Lodge
No. 51 where he is currently the
Bro. Alan Branford, Adelaide, Australia, visited Hiram Lodge
and gave a very interesting talk on Freemasonry in Australia.
From left: District 7 Deputy Craig Froelich; Bro. Alan Branford; Bro. John Najat, Master; & Area Administrator Jeff Breunig.
more formal than they are here,
Junior Warden.
Some of the conduct and prac- (a tuxedo being the standard) and
tices he described were quite dif- many Masons even wear tails and
ferent from the Wisconsin. white gloves. Officers often wear
Masonic twists start, for example, Gauntlets over their sleeves to deswith the use of not only a Tiler ignate their position as well. The
who oversees the outer door but layout of the Lodge would be recan “Inner Guard” who handles all ognizable to Midwestern Masons
contact from the inner door as but whereas Wisconsin Lodges
well as the individual who commu- have an illuminated “G” over the
nicates with the Senior Warden in WM station, Lodges in Australia
the opening of a Lodge. The Jun- generally have it suspended over
ior Deacon position is only used the Altar. A unique and interestto communicate messages be- ing practice that most the Brothtween the Senior and Junior War- ers in attendance had never heard
dens. Another practice the group of before.
Addressing the WM is also a defound interesting was that in Australia they always open a Lodge in viation to our standards. When a
the EA Degree, and only call up Brother stands to address the
to a higher degree if and when the Master in S.A., he is required to
need arises for business to be con- salute and hold that salute for the
ducted at that higher level. There- entirety of his conversation. He
fore, EAs are welcome to vote in also steps off with minor footall Lodge business, however, they work, recognizable to local macannot address the Lodge. EA’s sons, which is also held for
also only sit in the NE corner of duration of his address. Bro. Branthe Lodge and must be accompa- ford exchanged these signs and
nied by a MM. FCs are welcome ceremonies with District Deputy
to vote as well and may also ad- Craig Froelich and seemed very
dress the Master and the Lodge. interested in the sometime slight,
They sit in the SE corner of the but sometime vast, idiosyncrasies
Lodge. Calling up and down from that have developed from one side
the MM Degree can be done very of the globe to the other.
Many other questions from the
formally, or as what is typically
called a “Quick Close” giving group were ready at hand but time
them less formal flexibility in the ran long and Bro. Branford had
just arrived in Madison after a 4
degrees as needed.
EAs, FCs, and MMs, in this sun- hour drive from Chicago. From
burned country, as well as Past Madison, he is expected to conMasters, all wear a different style tinue touring our country with his
of Apron to designate their friend who was attending a local
achieved levels. EAs wear a white conference, the original purpose
apron, void of any decoration. of their visit. He said, “Rather
FCs wear the same apron but may than just travel around the globe
display blue flourettes on it. MM’s to attend this conference, they
aprons are even more elaborate, might as well turn the trip into a
and the Officers of a Lodge, simi- 3 week ‘holiday’ and see the
larly to Lodges in Wisconsin, show U.S.” Before arriving in Madison
the emblems of their office. Bro. they had already traveled through
Branford mentioned that Aus- the Southwest, over the Rocky
tralian Lodges are usually much Mountains and Denver, through
Montana, Detroit and Chicago.
He added how thrilled he was to
be able to attend Hiram Lodge.
Monday night was the only date
that their traveling schedule afforded him an opportunity to attend a Lodge meeting. He credits
the Supreme Architect of the Universe in putting him on this
strange path that led him to meet
his Brothers and now friends who
call Hiram 50 their “Mother
Bro. Bill Owens makes 5th parachute jump
Bro. Bill Owens made his fifth parachute jump in recent years at the
Fort Atkinson Airport on July 7, 2013. Bro. Owens is 87 years old
and a 56 year member of Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge No. 364. Bro.
Owens (right) was accompanied by his son-in-law Mike Hamby.
Photo by Bro. Miles Blodgett
Barneveld Brothers make Honor Flight
Earlier this summer, Bros. Eldon “Al” Komplin and Carl Arneson, members of Barneveld Lodge No. 319, participated in an “Honor Flight” –
which ensures that our veterans are given the opportunity to fly to our
nation’s capital, Washington, DC, for the day to see the many memorials that have been erected in their honor. Everything is free to the
veterans, as a small token of appreciation for the countless sacrifices
they have already made for our great country. Bros. Al (left) and Carl,
are pictured at the “Wisconsin” pillar at the World War II Veterans Memorial. Both are heroes of the Korean War, which was fought in the
early 1950’s. During their time in DC, they also visited the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, and Arlington National Cemetery. Next time
you see either of these Brothers, be sure to thank them for their service
to our country – and always remember: our freedom is not free.
Submitted by Bro. Jeffery Schoenfeldt, Master
Wisconsin Masonic Calendar
continued from cover
29 District 2 Fall Meeting at Menomonie Masonic Center, 7:00 p.m. Will include Junior Wardens Workshop. Contact District 2 Deputy Gary Stang at [email protected] or 715-864-6813.
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District 7 Fall Meeting and Chili Cookoff, hosted by MiddletonIonic Lodge No. 180, Middleton Masonic Center, 7409 Franklin Ave. Meeting at
9:00 a.m. chili at noon. Contact District 7 Deputy Craig Froelich, [email protected]
District 8 Fall Meeting. More details to follow.
AARP Driver Safety Review for all drivers. 6:00 p.m. Middleton Masonic
Center, 7409 Franklin Avenue., Middleton. AARP Members $12, Non-$14. Call
10 Henry L. Palmer’s Junior Warden’s Chili Invitational – Chili Cook-off, 5:00 7:00 p.m. Set up 4:00 p.m. Tickets in advance $7, day of event $10. Henry L.
Palmer Lodge No. 301, 4315 N. 92nd St., Wauwatosa. For info call 414-4630390 or email [email protected]
Broken Column Outdoor Master Mason Degree at Three Pillars
By Rich Rygh
An outdoor Master Mason
Degree at Three Pillars, the vision of Bro. Al Huber, was
brought to fruition by District 9
Deputy Paul Tourville on July
20. The Broken Column Outdoor Master Mason Degree was
named in honor of the one year
anniversary of the passing of
Bro. Tom Tourville and as a tribute to all the Brethren of our
great fraternity who no longer
answer when the rolls are
Bro. Paul Tourville, Master of
Freemasons Lodge No. 363,
and his officers opened the
lodge in due form. Bro. Mike
Reindl, conferred the Master
Mason Degree on Bro. Ben
Carroll of Milton Lodge No.
The lodge moved outside for
the second and third sections of
the degree. The Brethren
walked over the footbridge of
the Bark River, and past the
flower gardens and fountains to
a secluded area in the park as a
fawn curiously watched as it fed
along the edge of the woods.
Following the degreelunch
was served on the deck of the
Riverside Restaurant overlooking the Bark River.
Bros. Harold Day and William
Day, PGM, were presented
their 60 year pins and certificates (see story on page 3) after
which tours of the campus were
District 9 Deputy Paul Tourville, as King Solomon, addresses ruffians: Glen Fairchild,
Al Huber and Dave Renly; as Craftsman Brian Duoss (center) looks on.
Craftsmen, District Lecturer Brian Duoss, Michael Burnham and Bill Kayser request
information from Sea-faring man Frank McKenna.
Brethren look down from the footbridge over the
Bark River on the Three Pillars Campus.
A fawn wanders
through the grass
during the second
section of the degree.
Bro. Mike Reindl confers the degree.
Bro. Michael Burnham gives the Historical Lecture to Bro. Ben Carroll.
Photos by Rich Rygh
Bro. Jerry Reick presents the picture lecture to Bro. Carroll.
New Masonic Center Dedicated for South Shore Lodge
Above: Grand Master
Daniel L. Slavik conducts
the dedication ceremony.
on page 1.
Grand Stewards Kenneth C. Gorgen and Robert C. Strader
uncover the lodge for the dedication ceremony.
Deputy Grand Master William Beetcher
gives the Grand Orator’s remarks.
Right: Senior Warden
James Goodman explains
the symbolism of the
Square during the opening of the Lodge.
Grand Chaplain David R. Ritchie gives the prayer
during the dedication.
Senior Grand Warden Franklin J. Struble applies the level to the stone.
Photos by Rich Rygh
New Masonic Center at 9023 S. 27th St., in Franklin.
Ancient Landmark Lodge Moves to New Home in Iron River
Master of the Lodge Ed Stouffer turns the gavel over to Grand Master Daniel
L. Slavik.
Senior Grand Warden Franklin J. Struble pours the wine, an
emblem of joy and gladness.
Amy Slavik photographs Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik and Master Ed Stouffer holding the Lodge cornerstone.
Past Grand Master Kingman D. Loomis gives the closing
on page 1
Photos by Rich Rygh
District 3 Deputy John C. Tilley enters the Iron River Masonic Center.
Senior Warden Gregg Olson explains the symbolism of the compasses.
All-Star Soccer and Youth Camp
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik addresses the players and families at
the Saturday morning breakfast.
Bro. Blake Siewert works with the youth campers.
See story on page 4.
All-Stars go through the food line at the Friday evening picnic.
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik congratulates All-Star Alyssa
Arnold from Grafton High School as All-Star Soccer Committee Chairman District 10 Deputy David E. Tainter looks
Photos by Rich Rygh
All-Star Soccer Chairman David E. Tainter presents the Outstanding Youth
Sportsmanship Award to youth camper Julio Hernandez.
All-Stars get ready for practice on Friday afternoon.
St. John’s-Palmyra Lodge Bros. Jason Welch, Brad
Schultz and Dale Olson handle the grilling for the Friday
evening picnic.
See All-Star Game action photos on pages 21 and 22.
Summer Activities
MSA Shrine Parade in Superior
Deputy Grand Master William Beetcher rides in the 2013 Midwest
Shrine Association Shrine Parade in Superior Wis. on Aug. 15. The
driver is Bro. Joe Kohler, Superior Lodge 236.
Photo by Bro. Milt Helmer
Jefferson Brethren erect new storage shed
Jefferson County Lodge No. 9 Brethren and ladies had fun and enjoyed good fellowship building a storage
shed adjacent to the Jefferson County Masonic Center. The project was made possible through a generous
donation by Bro. Francis Wiser, a 52 year member. Front row (from left): Michael Mutter, Ralph Behlke,
Heather Sullivan, Edward Bergren and Area Administrator Noah Schultz. On ladders, Daryl Haumschild,
Sandy Bell, Anthony Bell and Zachary Roberson. On the roof, Timothy Smilie, Curtis Bell, and Michael
Submitted by Area Administrator Noah Schultz
Interesting Masonic Facts
~ In 1920, Gate City Lodge #522 in Kansas City, Missouri, met every day of the week except Sunday to confer
a record 1,107 degrees, averaging 21 degrees a week.
~ In 1952, eighty-nine percent of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices were Freemasons.
From District 8 Deputy Marc Steiber
Appreciation award for Bro. Keith Turner
Prairie du Chien Lodge No. 8 held their annual family picnic on June
19, on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lawler Park on St. Feriole
Island in Prairie du Chien. After a delicious meal of fried catfish prepared by Bro. Keith Turner from Warren Lodge No. 4, Potosi, Bro.
Ken Meyer, Master surprised Bro. Turner by presenting him with a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding service and lasting contributions
to the Prairie du Chien Lodge Annual Picnic. He has willingly traveled
to Prairie du Chien for the past 14 years to fry catfish for the
picnic. Master Ken Meyer presents the certificate to Bro. Keith Turner
on the right.
Submitted by Bro. Monte Steiber, Secretary
Tomah Brethren raise money for charity
Brethren from Tomah Lodge No. 132 recently sold brats and hot dogs
at a local store to raise money for the Lodge’s charitable causes. On
two occasions they raised over $400. Bros. from left: Mark Charbonneau, Hollis Herbison and Johnston Bell. Not pictured, taking the photo
is Bro. Ken Kuhn.
Submitted by Bro. Ken Kuhn, Past Master
New Master Masons
Lake Lodge raises Bro. Jon Falk
Columbus Lodge raises two MMs
Columbus Lodge No. 75 raised two new Master Masons on Aug. 3.
Bro. Bill Lee, Master, is pictured with new Master Masons Brandon Jacobs, left and Michael Nemeth right.
Submitted by Bro. Steven Maurer, Past Master
Bro. Jon Falk was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason at Lake Lodge No. 189, Milwaukee, on
July 18. First row (from left): Bill Reid; Brad Bingheim, Master; New Master Mason Jon Falk; Senior Grand
Steward Robert C. Strader; Dave Schreier, Secretary. Second row: Ricky Lashley; Jeff Theile, Senior Deacon;
Mike Zvara, Counselor; Steve Kunda, Junior Warden; and Don Engel, Past Master. Third row: Joshua Armstrong, Past Master; Mike Clinnin, Trustee; John Bugajski, Past Master; and Sam Kanter, Tiler.
Submitted by Bro. Joshua Armstrong
A Good Story
A young man passed a pawnbrokers shop. The money lender was
standing in front of his shop, and the young man noted that he
was wearing a large and beautiful Masonic emblem. After going
on a whole block, apparently lost in thought, the young man turned
back, stepped up to the pawnbroker, and addressed him: I see
youre wearing a Masonic emblem. Im a Freemason too. It happens
that Im desperately in need of $25 just now. I shall be able to repay
it within ten days. You dont know me; but I wonder whether the
fact that you are a Freemason and that I am a Freemason is sufficient to induce you to lend me the money on my personal note.
The pawnbroker mentally appraised the young man, who was
clean-cut, neat and well-dressed. After a moments thought, he
agreed to make the loan on the strength of the young man being
a Freemason. Within a few days the young man repaid the loan as
agreed and that ended the transaction.
About four months later the young man was in a Lodge receiving
the Entered Apprentice Degree; he had not really been a Mason
when he borrowed the $25. After he had been admitted for the
second section of the degree, the young man looked across the
Lodge room and saw the pawnbroker from whom he had borrowed the $25. His face turned crimson and he became nervous
and jittery. He wondered whether he had been recognized by the
pawnbroker. Apparently not, so he planned at the first opportunity
to leave the Lodge room and avoid his benefactor. As soon as the
Lodge was closed he moved quickly for the door, but the pawnbroker had recognized the young man, headed him off and, to the
young mans astonishment, approached him and greeted him with
a smile and outstretched hand.
Well, I see you werent a Freemason after all when you borrowed
that $25, the pawnbroker commented.
New Master Masons at La Crosse Masonic Lodge
La Crosse Masonic Lodge No. 190 raised two new Master Masons on July 29, Bros. Joseph Tiffany and
Jonathon Aperans. The special meeting was hosted by Onalaska Lodge No. 214. With help from Onalaska
and the neighboring lodges: Frontier Badger No. 45, Valley No. 60 and Salem No. 125. Front row: Joseph
Tiffany, 190; George Boyd, 45; Jason Risberg, 45; Red Hiser, 190; Dave O'Neill, 190; Jonathan Aperans,
190; District 5 Deputy James M. Kent; and Don Fiscus, 190. Back row: Mark Dyar, 45; John Brewer, 45;
Don Iliff, 45; Scott Hiser, 125; Dan Truax, 190; Rich Matl, 214; Terry Loper, 60; and Stan Spivey, 60.
Submitted by Bro. Todd Wohlert, Secretary/Treasurer
The blood rushed to the young mans face as he stammered, No, I
wasnt, but I wish youd let me explain. I had always heard that
Freemasons were charitable and ready to aid a Brother in distress.
When I passed your shop that day I didnt need that $25. I had
plenty of money in my wallet, but when I saw the Masonic emblem
you were wearing, I decided to find out whether the things Id heard
about Freemasonry were true. You let me have the money on the
strength of my being a Freemason, so I concluded that what I had
heard about Masons was true, that they are charitable, that they
do aid Brethren in distress. That made such a deep impression on
me that I presented my petition to this Lodge and here I am. I trust
that with this explanation you will forgive me for having lied to
The pawnbroker responded, Dont let that worry you too much. I
wasnt a Freemason when I let you have the money. I had no business wearing the Masonic emblem you saw. Another man had just
borrowed some money on it, and it was so pretty that I put it on
my lapel for a few minutes. I took it off the moment you left. I didnt
want anyone else borrowing money on the strength of my being a
Freemason. When you asked for that $25, I remembered what I
had heard about Masons, that they were honest, upright, and cared
for their obligations promptly. It seemed to me that $25 wouldnt
be too much to lose to learn if what Id heard was really true, so I
lent you the money and you repaid it exactly as you said you would.
That convinced me that what Id heard about Masons was true so I
presented my petition to this Lodge. I was the candidate just ahead
of you.
From the August 2013 Milton Masonic Tidings.
Originally from the January 1977 New Mexico Freemason
Richland Lodge raises new Master Mason
Richland Lodge No. 66 recently raised Bro. Jacob Storer to the degree of Master Mason. Pictured (from
left) are the participants in the degree: Grand Lecturer Davey L. White Jr., PGM, Past Grand Master John
W. Wilke, Bill Keeney, Steve Davis, Brent Clausius, Cecil Groves, District 8 Deputy Marc Steiber, Howard
Hansen, Jim Jewell, new Master Mason Jacob Storer, Vernon Massey, Ray Koch, Grand Chaplain David
R. Ritchie, Fuzz Spangler, Dave Grindes and Rollie Spencer. Participating but not pictured: Past Grand
Master Keith D. Chamberlain.
Submitted by Bro. Brent Clausius, Junior Deacon
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Landmark Lodge raises father and son
Bro. Steve Kelch and his son Josh Kelch were raised on Aug. 12 at Landmark Lodge No. 244, Frederic.
Front row (from left): District 2 Deputy Gary L. Stang, Ralph Thompson, Tom Auer, Josh Kelch, Steve
Kelch and Dave Giese. Second row: Dean Daniels, Ernie Vaala, Greg Heine, Pete Berklund and Lowell
McFetridge. Third row: Jim MacFarlane, Fred Benson, William Rhiger and Gary Ehrich.
Submitted by District 2 Deputy Gary L. Stang
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Bro. Jerry Steffy is new MM
Dousman Lodge No. 315 raised Bro. Jerry L. Steffy to the sublime
degree of Master Mason on Aug. 20. From left: Butch Roehl, Master;
Bro. Jerry Steffy; and Junior Warden Kevin Saenz, who conferred
the degree.
Submitted by Bro. Terry Brown, Past Master
Grand Lodge of Wisconsin Represented at 100th Anniversary
Cornerstone Laying at Perry’s International Peace Memorial
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik
and Grand Secretary Michael A.
DeWolf, PGM, represented the
Grand Lodge of Wisconsin in a
“Salute to America” on Independence Day at Put-in-Bay (South
Bass Island) in Lake Erie.
Nine Grand Lodges participated
in the commemoration of the
100th Anniversary of the Masonic
Cornerstone Laying at Perry’s International Peace Memorial, with
a reenactment of that ceremony
led by Grand Master James F.
Easterling of the Grand Lodge of
The Perry Memorial, named for
General Oliver Perry, commemorates the alliance made between
the United States, Canada and
England, as a result of the War of
One hundred years ago over
5000 Masons, from nine states
and Canada, formed in Procession and walked to the site of
Perry's Victory and International
Peace Memorial to witness the
Laying of the Cornerstone.
Records from the Grand Lodge
of Ohio indicate that the ceremony was held at 'High 12', and
that an emergent communication
was open by Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Ohio, Edward S.
Griffiths, aboard the ship the City
of Buffalo as it sat in the Put-inBay Harbor.
It is not by happenstance that
the commission that formulated
the design and building of this memorial chose a Doric column of
over 350 feet built of granite
blocks hewn in the quarry and
shipped to the Island site numbered for construction. This memorial is truly a reflection of the
Masonic ideal of Brotherly Love
and was intended ''to inculcate the
lessons of international peace by
arbitration and disarmament."
The afternoon parade through
downtown Put-in-Bay to Perry’s
Memorial for the Masonic Reenactment of the Perry Memorial
Cornerstone Ceremony included
U.S. Military units, the 122nd
Army National Guard Band, Ma-
Cornerstone at Perry’s International Peace Memorial.
sonic Dignitaries, and many
Shrine units.
Following the Ceremony the
122nd Army National Guard
Band performed a performance
of the “1812 Overture” complete
with canon fire.
The day ended with a fireworks
display at dusk.
– Submitted by Laura Slavik
Maryland Masons Help Boston Bombing Victim
On the same day that the accused Boston Marathon bomber
pleaded not guilty in a court in
Boston, one of the victims was
thanking the Masons of Maryland
for "giving me some of my independence back."
Erika Brannock, of Monkton,
MD (north of Baltimore), and her
sister and brother-in-law were
among about 260 persons injured
near the finish line of the Boston
Marathon on April 15 when the
first bomb exploded. They were
there to watch their mother, Carol
Downing, who was in the race.
Erika, whose left leg was amputated above the knee and now is
using a wheelchair, is a preschool
teacher who is finishing her master's degree. After the attack, she
moved into her mother and stepfather's home in Monkton.
The stepfather, Skipp Downing,
contacted Bob Knight, owner of
White Knight Remodeling Co., to
renovate the home's bathroom to
accommodate Erika's needs.
When Knight, a Maryland
Mason, heard the purpose of the
Rules for Capturing or
Delivering the Traveling Gavel
1. The Gavel can be delivered or captured at a stated or special
tiled meeting. A tiled meeting must be opened by the lodge
that is being visited.
2. At least 3 members of the capturing or delivering Lodge
must be present, one of which must be an elected officer
(W.M., S.W., J.W., Sec., or Treas.)
3. If more than one lodge arrive on the same night to capture
the gavel, the following criteria are to be used to determine
who captures the Gavel
a. Lodge with the most visiting brothers
b. If same number of brothers attend, the lodge that travels
the furthest (determined by their Stated Meeting
locations) captures the gavel
c. If all of the above are the same, the lodge with the
highest ranking officers in attendance would capture the
gavel. (I.E. If you have your Master, Senior Warden and
Junior Warden present, you would take the gavel vs.
Master, Senior Warden, Senior Deacon, and Junior
Deacon. This is highest ranking, not the most officers)
d. If all of the above are the same, the lodge with the
youngest Mason (by age, not years as a mason) present
would capture the gavel.
renovations,"I realized there was
no way I could take payment from
this family." He contacted the
Grand Lodge, which made an appeal to the state's Masons, and he
also secured some donated building materials from local companies.
In a ceremony in July, Maryland
Grand Master Gerald E. Piepiora
presented Erika a check for
$10,000, from Maryland Masons.
The presentation was made at the
Grand Lodge headquarters in
Cockeysville, and was covered extensively by the news media.
While Erika's life was changed
forever by incidents in Boston, she
called the efforts by Masons "a
"When you have a life-altering
change like this, you really need
something that makes you feel
normal, and you guys have made
me feel more normal. I really just
want to thank everyone here at
the Grand Lodge for giving me
some independence back and really going out of your way to do
something for me that has
touched my heart very dearly."
– from August 2013, Emessay Notes.
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Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik carrying in the Holy Bible escorted by Grand Secretary Michael A. DeWolf, PGM under a
“arch of steel”.
Grand Master Daniel L. Slavik and Grand Secretary Michael
A. DeWolf march in the parade through downtown Put-in-Bay
to Perry’s Memorial for the Masonic Reenactment of the Perry
Memorial Cornerstone Ceremony.
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4. Gavel can only be transferred one time per day.
5. District Deputy must be notified by the lodge delivering or
capturing the gavel within 24 hours. This allows for quick
communication with the other lodges in the district.
6. If there are questions about the rules for capturing or
delivering the District Traveling Gavel, the District Deputy’s
decision should be accepted.
Bro. Dennis Donath is One of Five Honored
as “Most Admired Senior of Pierce County”
By Bro. Milt Helmer
A well-known Freemason from
Prescott became one of five seniors citizens to be named “Most
Admired” by Fair officials at the
Pierce County Fair in Ellsworth
Aug. 8-11.
The Fair committee asked for
nominations and Bro. Dennis Donath’s activities throughout the
county stood out.
He has always been a quietly
outgoing volunteering kind of
man. In 1998 his good friend Doc
Jonas invited him to join the Masons. He went on to be very active
in the Hancock Lodge No. 229 in
Ellsworth serving as a line officer
and becoming Master of the
Bro. Donath retired from the
US Consumer Product Safety
Commission in 1999 and stepped
in to help his wife Daryl’s retail
business when she had lung cancer. He not only took care of her
during her illness, but saved the
While he had volunteered at the
Carpenter Nature Center for 10
years, his volunteer star continued
to shine in other capacities. When
Hancock Lodge set about to build
a new lodge building in the begin-
Bro. Dennis Donath, Hancock Lodge No. 229, Ellsworth, receives his award as “Most Admired Senior” from Fair Secretary Ann Webb during this year’s Pierce County Fair.
ning of 2001, Bro. Donath was
appointed to head up the fundraising committee. Thanks to his
work, the lodge was able to fund
the building of the new facility
with donated moneys and only
one small loan that was paid back
in less than a year.
He was voted “Mason of the
Year” several years ago for his ongoing work for the fraternity.
Today, he is in charge of the pancake breakfasts and other activities, that bring in funds for school
When Northwestern Lodge No.
105 in Prescott was in need of
help, he joined other Brothers
from Ellsworth to step in and help
out. Bro. Donath not only does
fundraising for the Prescott Lodge
but also helps recruite new members.
Bro. Donath has taken a keen
interest in wildlife preservation
logging in over 3000 volunteer
hours at the Carpenter Nature
Center and has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Director
and staff. He has served as a
greeter at the Great River Road
Visitors Center for 5 years and will
return again this fall.
He also championed the place-
ment of two Chimney Swift towers in Prescott. The Chimney
Swifts are an endangered species,
he helped the school in the project
to help save the birds from extinction. He also gave his time the
past two years volunteering with
the first grade at Malone Middle
School. Bro. Donath works with
the first graders 1 hour, 3 times a
week, and also goes on field trips
with the kids.
Writing has become another
passion and his writing skills have
produced columns and articles for
county papers as well as Hancock
Lodge’s monthly newsletter, the
Hancock Herald.
Bro. Donath was appointed to
serve on the Pierce County Commissioner for the Mississippi River
Parkway. His efforts not only promote tourism, but also keep the
river alive and well. He serves on
the Sustainability Committee for
the Commission.
Wis. Masonic Charities
Erika Miller
Development Officer
262-965-2200 Ext. 831
[email protected]
District 2 Meeting to Include
Workshop for Junior Wardens
The District 2 Fall Meeting will
be held at the Menomonie Masonic Center, N5729 - 410th
Street, Menomonie on October
29 at 7:00 p.m.
Guest speakers will be Grand
Master Daniel L. Slavik; Grand
Secretary Michael. A. Dewolf,
PGM; and Past Grand Master
John W. Wilke.
Minnesota Brethren visit Chippewa Falls Lodge
Anoka Lodge No. 30 from Anoka, Minnesota, visited Chippewa Falls No. 176 on June 18, for an evening
of fellowship. Minnesota Bros. from left: Larry Jensen, Tyler Armstrong, Todd Mayer, Chippewa Falls Master
Les Paulson, Hanson Alvin Clarence, Dave Emery, Terrance Schaffer and Ken Martin.
Submitted by Bro. Steven Klein, Senior Deacon
Gift Annuities
Gift annuity rates range from 5.1% at age 70 to 9% at age 90. Our average gift annuitant is age 78 and enjoys an income of 6.4%.
By making a gift of $10,000 or more to one of the Wisconsin Masonic
Charities you individually, or you and your spouse will receive the following benefits:
• An income for one or two lives based on your age when making
the gift
• A generous charitable tax deduction
• A portion of each payment may be tax free.
• The satisfaction of knowing that the remainder of the gift will
go to support a Masonic Charity of your choice.
To receive a free brochure detailing the benefits of gift annuities please
call Erika Miller, Development Officer for the Wisconsin Masonic Charities at 262-965-2200.
Contact Cheryl Martin
[email protected]
262-965-2200 Ext. 800
The meeting will include a Junior Warden’s Workshop by Senior
Grand Warden Franklin J. Struble
on how to prepare the Junior
Wardens youth activity report and
other topics. The meeting is open
to all Master Masons.
Contact District 2 Deputy Gary
Stang at [email protected] or
Question about Freemasonry?
Ask Hiram
[email protected]
or mail your question to the Grand Lodge Office c/o Ask Hiram
36275 Sunset Drive, Dousman, WI 53118
Traveling Gavel
District 1
Barnes Lodge No. 365
District 2
Blue Hills Lodge No. 234
District 3
Forest Lodge No. 130
District 4
Oconto Falls Lodge No. 293
District 5
La Crosse Masonic Lodge No. 190
District 6
Marshfield Lodge No. 224
District 7
Hiram Lodge No. 50
District 8
Melody Lodge No. 2
District 9
Janesville Western Star No. 55
District 10
Dodge County Lodge No. 72
District 11
Waukesha Lodge No. 37
District 12
James M. Hays Lodge No. 331
Please check with the Master of the lodge listed before scheduling a trip to
claim the Traveling Gavel. It may already have been claimed by or delivered
to another lodge.
Men’s Soccer Action; Blue Team Wins 5-4
Blue #17 Tyler Tennyson goes up against Gold Goalkeeper Ryan Burton.
story on
page 4
Blue Team #14 Nick Sorenson attempts to take control
of the ball over Gold Team #12 Robert Holschuh.
Gold Goalkeeper Ryan Burton goes for the ball after
a kick by Blue Team #14 Nick Sorenson.
Gold Team #14 Wolfgang Pilarski and Blue Team #10 Zach Reget go for the
Jim de Vries of Price Engineering presents the MVP
Award to Charles Salazar, graduate of The Prairie
School, Racine.
Gold #14 Wolfgang Pilarski scores past Blue Goalkeeper Austin Schroeder and #3 Erik
Photos by Rich Rygh
Women’s Soccer Action; Gold Team Wins 10-2
Blue Goalkeeper Meghan Ledin makes a save after an
attempt by Gold Team #6 Lauren Knudsen.
Blue Team #1 Anna Addamo Gold
Team #2 Katie Bares match for a
Gold Team #4 Lizzie Hawbaker and
Blue Team #11 Melissa Rooney battle for the ball.
See story on page 4
Blue Team #7 Kara Komoto collides with
Gold Team #14 Jackie Wandt.
Gold Team #5 Anna Jurken
gets a header over Blue Team
#5 Lauren Hughes.
Gold Goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski stops the ball
after an attempt by Blue Team #5 Lauren
Bro. David Tainter, Chairman of the All-Star Soccer Committee, presents the MVP
Award to Angie Mann, graduate of Grafton High School.
Blue Goalkeeper Meghan Ledin grabs the ball after an attempted block by Gold Team #13 Meg Van de Loo.
Photos by Rich Rygh
Stated Communications
Adams Lodge No. 332
148 S. Grant • 608-403-1954 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Albany Lodge No. 36
205 N. Water St. • 608-862-3227
Meet 3rd Wed., 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Antigo Lodge No. 231
645 7th Ave.
Meet 2nd Monday, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
for the Traveling Mason in Wisconsin
Myron Reed No. 297
4550 N Pilgrim Rd. • 262-780-0176
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July and August
Eau Claire Lodge No. 112
616 Graham Ave. • 715-530-4469 (Sec.)
715-579-4439 (Master)
2nd & 4th Tues., 7:30 p.m., All Year
Eau Claire
Burlington Lodge No. 28
George B. Wheeler Lodge No. 351
325 N. Kane St.
616 Graham Ave. • 715-832-8738
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Dark July & August
Waverly Lodge No. 51
Social Lodge No. 245
315 S. Bluemound Dr. • 920-738-9220 105 S. Spring St. • 608-423-7081
1st & 3rd Tues., 7 p.m., 4th Tues.
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Education, • Meets All Year
Camp Douglas
Camp Douglas Lodge No. 272
Argyle Lodge No. 178
211 Main St. • 608-427-6542 (Sec)
104 E. Milwaukee St. • 608-523-4714 Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meet 2nd Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Meets All Year
Mason-Woods Lodge No. 368
Collins-Spring Valley Lodge 192 N6446 Emery Ansorge Rd • 715-745790 Main St. • 715-928-0001 (Sec) 2943 (Sec) • 1st & 3rd Tues., 10 a.m.
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Dark June, July & August
Chetek Lodge No. 277
Baraboo Lodge No. 34
216 Morrison St. • 715-924-4245 (Sec)
108 Second Ave. • 608-477-3289
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Meets All Year
Barnes Lodge No. 365
Cty. Hwy. N • 715-372-5425 (Sec)
Meet 2nd Tues. 7:00 p.m.
Dark January & February
Barneveld Lodge No. 319
108 S. Jones St. • 608-445-0445 (Sec)
Meet 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Dodge County Lodge No. 72
1212 DeClark St • 920-885-2628
Meet 3rd Monday, Dinner at 6 p.m.
Meeting at 7 p.m., Meets All Year
Black River Falls
Iron River
Manawa Lodge No. 82
520 N. Bridge St. • 920-596-2476
Meet 2nd & 4th Mon., Dinner 6 p.m.,
meeting 7 p.m., Dark July & August
Fulton Lodge No. 69
312 W. Fulton St.• 608-884-4250
Meets 1st Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Janesville-Western Star No. 55
Manitowoc Lodge No. 65
2322 E. Milwaukee St. • 608-752-3098 810 Chicago St. • 920-793-3473 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Dark July & August
Milwaukee-Harmony No. 261
4315 N. 92nd St. • 414-961-1133
1st & 3rd Tues. 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Nathan Hale Lodge No. 350
790 N. Van Buren • 414-421-6493
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Mineral Point
Mineral Point Lodge No. 1
304 High St.
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark 1st Mon. Jan.-March & July-Sept.
Hancock Lodge No. 229
400 High Point Dr. • 715-273-4339
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark in July
Jefferson County Lodge No. 9
617 Masonic Blvd. • 920-674-6715
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
Marinette Lodge No. 182
1610 Main St. • 715-735-3515
Meet 1st Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Island City Lodge No. 330
7529 Hwy 51 South • 715-277-2810
(Sec.) • Meet 1st Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Meets All Year
Union Lodge No. 32
104 W. Main St. • 608-882-6087 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Kenosha Lodge No. 47
4320 Washington Rd. • 262-287-9878
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Marshfield Lodge No. 224
402 W. 4th St. • 715-384-8646
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Buffalo River Lodge No. 252
245 S. Franklin • 715-797-3261 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Smith Lodge No. 31
Sunrise Lodge No. 359
Northern Light Lodge No. 81
1613-1/2 Tenth St. • 608-558-9987 (Sec)
4320 Washington Rd. • 262-694-7817
211 E. State St. • 608-548-4156
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 9:30 a.m. Meet 1st Thurs., Mauston, 3rd Thurs. Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
rotates, 7:30 p.m. Dark July & August
Dark July & August
Clear Lake
Fond du Lac
Fond du Lac Lodge No. 26
500 W. Arndt St. • 920-922-6012
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July and August
Clear Lake Lodge No. 230
411 Third Ave. • 715-263-3101
4th Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Unity Lodge No. 367
4320 Washington Rd. • 262-657-5575
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark 3rd Thurs., July & August
Medford Lodge No. 217
150 S. Seventh St. • 715-748-6909 (Sec)
Meet 2nd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark January & February
Mosinee Lodge No. 318
607 13th St. • 715-693-2007
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark June July & August
La Crosse
Menomonee Falls
South Shore Lodge No. 3
9023 S. 27th St. • 414-840-3393
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30 pm
Dark July & August
Columbus Lodge No. 75
Landmark Lodge No. 244
318 N. Ludington St. • 920-623-3524
109 United Way • 715-472-4174 (Sec).
(Sec) • Meet 2nd Monday, 7 p.m.
Meet 2nd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark June-August
Meets All Year
Evening Star Lodge No. 64
433 Wells St. • 608-776-4213 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Quincy Lodge No. 71
210 Main St. • 608-853-1768 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Victory Lodge No. 320
504 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington
414-659-5205, Meet 2nd & 4th Mon.,
6:30 p.m. Dark June-August
Green Bay
Green Bay
Dodgeville Lodge No. 119
200 W. Chapel St. • 608-574-8505
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
N.E.W. Daylite Lodge No. 360
525 N. Taylor St. • 920-371-8441
Meet 2nd Thursday, 10 a.m.
Dark July & August
Green Bay
Dousman Lodge No. 315
Washburn Lodge No. 145
214 N. Main St. • 414-429-5981
8102 - 199th Ave.• 262-631-9616 Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
3rd Tuesday only July & August
2nd Thurs. only Jan. & Feb.
Bicknell Lodge No. 94
302 1st Center Ave. • 608-897-8069
Meets 2nd Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Ancient Landmark No. 210
7575 West Mill St.
1st Wed., 7 p.m., Dark Jan. & Feb.
[email protected]
Southern Lakes Lodge No. 12
Des Peres Lodge No. 85
Black River Lodge No. 74
1007 S. 2nd St., 7 p.m. • 262-728-1630
525 N. Taylor • 920-865-7637
314 Main Street • 715-896-0329
Meet 2nd & 4th Mon. Jan.-June & Sept.- Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Nov., 4th Mon. July-Aug. 1st Mon. Dec.
Dark July & August
Dark July & August
Bloomer Lodge No. 281
2122 16th Ave. • 715-568-5152
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Neosho-Mayville-Horicon No. 108
128 E. Anthony St., Hustisford
414-975-0516 • 1st & 3rd Tues. 7:30
Dark July & August
Eau Claire
Hiram D. Fisher Lodge No. 222
433 Central Ave. • 715-696-6308
Meet 2nd Wed., 6:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Crescent Valley Lodge No. 97
1020 Mills St. • 608-795-4484 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Lake Lodge No. 189
1235 E. Howard Ave. • 414-744-4609
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Sanctuary Lodge No. 347
616 Graham Ave. • 715-318-1214
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, dinner 6 p.m.,
meeting at 7 p.m. Dark July & August
Tri-County Daylite Lodge No. 218
Decora Lodge No. 177
Berlin Lodge No. 38
918 Louisa St. • Sec. 715-927-8585
16794 S. Main St. • 608-582-4130 (Sec)
124 E. Huron St. • 920-361-9774
Meets 7 p.m. 2nd & 4th Weds. Jan.- Oct., and
Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays, 8 p.m.
Meets All Year
at 7 p.m. 2nd Wednesday, Nov. & Dec.
Dark July & August, 1st Mon. Sept.
Dark July & August
Black Earth
Hiram Lodge No. 50
310 Wisconsin Ave. • 608-209-4312
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m
Dark 1st Mondays, July thru September
Madison Lodge No. 5
301 Wisconsin Ave. • 262-903-3770
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark 1st Thursday July & August
Chippewa Falls
Crandon Lodge No. 287
Morning Star Lodge No. 10
118 S. Lake Ave. • 715-616-2394 (Sec)
229 W. Grand Ave. • 608-362-0422
Meet 2nd Tues. Apr.-June & Sept.-Dec.
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets 4th Tues. Mar.-May & July-Oct.
Meets All Year
St. Croix Lodge No. 56
209 Locust Street • 715-377-0817
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Chippewa Falls Lodge No. 176
650 Bridgewater Ave. • 715-723-6341
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Clintonville Lodge No. 197
Bayfield-Washburn Lodge No. 215
N4435 Hwy D • 715-754-5250
29 N. 2nd Street • 715-747-6965 (Sec) Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Meet Monthly, 1st Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Dark January, February & March
Meets All Year
Beaver Dam
Eau Claire
Lafayette Lodge No. 265
790 N. Van Buren St. • 414-541-7139
Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Glen L. Humphrey Lodge No.
375 State Rd. 67 • 262-965-7390
Meet 2nd Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Dark in June
Elmbrook Lodge No. 354
Durand-Pepin Lodge No. 149
4550 N. Pilgrim Rd. • 262-549-0923 203 W. Main St. • 715-672-8278 (Sec)
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 7 p.m. Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Dark July & August
Frontier-Badger Lodge No. 45
118 S. 8th St. • 608-782-1616
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Laflin-St. James Lodge No. 247
Lincoln Lodge No. 183
206 S. Main St. • 262-642-9717
N98 W16856 Appleton Ave.• www.lin • [email protected] Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
2nd Tues., 7 p.m. Meets All Year
Dark July & August
La Crosse
La Crosse Masonic Lodge No. 190
118 8th Street So. • 608-782-1616
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Menomonie Lodge No. 164
N5729 - 410th St. • 715-235-2667
Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Appleton Lodge No. 349
241 E. Wisconsin Ave. • 920-731-7355
Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Mystic Tie Lodge No. 280
705 E. 3rd St. N. • 715-532-7696 (Sec)
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Hurley Lodge No. 237
5189 N. Harper • 715-904-0400
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark December thru March
Twin Cities Lodge No. 61
241 E. Wisconsin Ave. • 920-722-3611
Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7 p.m.
Dark August & September
Lake Geneva
Geneva Lodge No. 44
335 S. Lake Shore Dr. • 262-949-8523
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Virginia Falls Lodge No. 226
916½ E. Main St. • 715-675-3440
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Linden Lodge No. 206
618 Main St. • 608-623-2143 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
Dark July & August
Merrillan Lodge No. 279
105 S. Main Street • 715-333-5643 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7 p.m.
Dark January, February & March
Lodi Valley Lodge No 99
114 First St. • 608-592-7111 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark August
Middleton-Ionic Lodge No. 180
7409 Franklin Ave. • 608-831-4418
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Lone Rock
Franklin Lodge No. 16
227 S. Oak St. • 608-583-4303 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
Meets All Year
Milton Lodge No. 161
508 Vernal Avenue • 608-931-4656
Meets 4th Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Damascus Lodge No. 290
Benjamin Franklin Lodge No. 83
Theodore Roosevelt Lodge 322
1235 E. Howard Ave. • 262-853-5631
Visitors call ahead 608-438-1648
525 N. Taylor St. • 920-490-9777
(Sec) • Meet 2nd & 4th Tues., Dinner
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Weds., stated 2nd, guest/brother meet 4th. 6 p.m., Lodge at 7 • Dark July & August
Dark July & Aug., • Dark July & August
Green Bay
Washington Lodge No. 21
525 N. Taylor St.• 920-499-7265
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Hartford Lodge No. 120
147 N. Rural St. • 414-397-8232
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Commonwealth Lodge No. 325
301 Wisconsin Ave. • 608-271-5574
1st Wed. Ashlar Night & Stated 3rd
7:00 p.m.. Meets All Year
Day-lite Lodge No. 358
7515 W. National Ave. • 414-257-9450
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays
Dark July & August
New Glarus
New Glarus Lodge No. 310
207 6th Avenue • 608-527-2583 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
New Holstein
Calumet Lodge No. 172
2019 Washington St.• 920-894-2745 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Monday, 7:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
New Lisbon
Juneau Lodge No. 103
302 S. Adams St. • 608-547-7719
(Sec) • Meet 2nd Thurs. 7:30 p.m.
Dark January & February
New Richmond
New Richmond Lodge No. 195
119 E. 2nd St. • 715-246-2144
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Neosho-Mayville-Horicon No. 108
315 E. Anthony St., Hustisford • 262818-1374, 1st & 3rd Tues, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Oconomowoc-Hartland Lodge 42
Freemasons Lodge No. 363
307 N. Lake Road • 262-567-9898
790 N. Van Buren St. • 414-659-5205
Doric Lodge No. 356
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
85 S. Stoughton Rd. • 608-839-4861
3rd Wednesdays, July & August
5:30 p.m. Meets All Year
(Sec) • Meet 1st & 3rd Tues., 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Eagle River
McKinley Lodge No. 307
4550 N. Pilgrim Rd. • 262-781-9907
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Eagle River Lodge No. 248
610 E. Division • 715-891-0458
Meet 2nd Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Keystone Lodge No. 263
10629 Main St. • 715-634-8735 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Four Lakes Daylite Lodge No. 362
301 Wisconsin Ave. • 608-831-8947
Meets 1st Mon. - 2nd Mon. if 1st is holiday wknd., 10 a.m. Meets All Year
New Diggings
Olive Branch Lodge No. 6
26750 Cty. Rd. W • 608-965-3122 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark January & February
James M. Hays Lodge No. 331
790 N. Van Buren • 414-774-0366 (Sec)
Meet 1st Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Pine Lodge No. 188
513 Superior Ave. • 920-604-2826
Meet 2nd Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark December & January
Lodge Listings are continued on page 24
District 9 Brethren Enjoy Evening
of Fun, Fellowship and Education
Brethren gathered for a District
9 Meeting on Aug. 31, at the
Janesville Masonic Center, hosted
by District 9 Deputy Paul T.
Tourville for an evening of fellowship, fun and education.
The evening started with fellowship of Kielbasa, hamburgers with
all the fixings, cheese, beans,
chips, cookies and beverages. The
meeting began with Masonic
prayer and the pledge of Allegiance. There were 57 Brethren
in attendance. All three Area Administrators, District Lecturer
Brian Duoss and Junior Grand
Warden Donald W. Hensiak were
present along with Wisconsin
Job’s Daughter Miss Wisconsin
Aliza Lewitzke and her father.
There were four presentations.
Junior Grand Warden Donald W.
Hensiak presented "The Pride of
a Mason” explaining a little of our
Ritual and where some parts
come from relative to our Volume
of Sacred Law, the Bible. He also
presented some of the messages
from within the Ritual as they pertain to life as we live it.
Bros. Mark and Mike Nelson
presented a very informative slide
lecture regarding their passion
"The backbone of our country,
Miss Wisconsin of Job’s Daughters presented a short introduction
to Job’s Daughters titled "The
Time is now". This was very relevant as Janesville is trying to re-institute Bethel #21 which was
Chartered in Janesville in 1938.
The last section was a presentation by District Deputy Paul
Tourville titled "Creating a Legacy;
An Education in Giving".
An Award was established last
year consisting of a plaque to be
held by the Lodge having the
most attendees. Milton had 11
Bros. present, Beloit had 11 and
Janesville-Western Star had 13.
Stated Communications
Oconto Falls
Oconto Falls Lodge No. 293
170 N. Washington St. • 920-373-5747
Meet 1st Mon., Sept. 2nd Mon., 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Prairie View Lodge No. 95
W14188 County Rd. KK. • 920-291-8800
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark 4th Tues. Nov. & Dec.
Forest Lodge No. 130
130 First Street • 715-845-5198
Meet Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Omro Lodge No. 168
160 E. Main Street • 920-685-2798
Meet 2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
Onalaska Lodge No. 214
330 Main Street • 608-386-8230 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
2nd Thursday only, July & August
Oregon Lodge No. 151
201 Park St. • 608-444-0074 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
District 9 Deputy Paul T.
Brethren to the District Meeting.
Oshkosh Lodge No. 27
204 Washington Ave. • 920-385-1034
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Owen Lodge No. 317
713 W. Third St. • 715-229-2832 (Sec.)
Meets 1st Monday at 7:30 p.m. & 3rd Mon. at
11 a.m. • Dark July & August
Phillips Lodge No. 225
137 N. Lake Ave. • 715-339-3785
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Melody Lodge No. 2
783 Enterprise Drive • 608-732-8625
Meet 1st Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
Junior Grand Warden Donald
W. Hensiak speaks on “The
Pride of a Mason”.
The plaque was presented to
Janesville-Western Star and is
now in the hands of the Lodge
until the next district meeting.
– Submitted by Bro. Tom Walton,
Master, Janesville-Western Star Lodge
Question about Freemasonry?
Ask Hiram
[email protected]
or mail your question to the Grand Lodge Office c/o Ask Hiram
36275 Sunset Drive, Dousman, WI 53118
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Cassia Lodge No. 167
441 Smith St. • 920-892-6336
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Fort Winnebago Lodge No. 33
111 W. Conant Street • 608-742-6468
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Dark January & February
Port Washington
Ozaukee Lodge No. 17
504 W. Grand Ave. • 262-284-9978
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Warren Lodge No. 4
112 S. Main St. • 608-763-2221 (Sec)
Meets 1st Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Poynette Lodge No. 173
Poynette City Hall, 106 Main, Call Sec. for time
• 608-635-4503 Meets 1st Wednesday
Dark July & August
Prairie du Chien
Prairie du Chien Lodge No. 8
105 1/2 E. Blackhawk Avenue
608-326-4640 (Sec) • Meet 1st & 3rd Wed.,
7:30 p.m. • Meets All Year
Prairie du Sac
Sauk Prairie Lodge No. 113
580 Water St.• 608-544-2491 (WM)
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July, August & 1st Mon. in Sept.
Northwestern Lodge No. 105
132 N. Court St. • 715-262-5015 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Racine-Belle City Lodge No. 18
1012 Main St. • 262-633-6658
Meets 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Reedsburg Lodge No. 79
213 E. Main St. • 608-415-2325
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark January & February
River Falls
River Falls Lodge No. 109
122 E. Walnut St. • 715-425-6760 (Sec.)
Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Wautoma Lodge No. 148
203 S. Scott St. • 920-647-1614 (Sec.)
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark January & February
Shawano Lodge No. 170
2324 E. Richmond St.• 715-526-3920
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Henry L. Palmer Lodge No. 301
4315 N. 92nd St. • 414-463-8390
Fridays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Sheboygan Lodge No. 11
411 St. Clair Ave. • 920-457-3111
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
Wisconsin Lodge No. 13
4315 N. 92nd St. • 414-463-8390 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark June & July
Shell Lake
West Allis
Shell Lake /Spooner Lodge No. 221
28 Doboy Drive • 715-468-4424 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
July & August
Day-Lite Lodge No. 358
7515 W. National Ave. • 414-421-9624
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 9:30 a.m.
Dark July & August
West Allis
Amicitia Lodge No. 25
127½ W. Water St. • 608-963-5961 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Meets All Year
Wauwatosa Lodge No. 267
7515 W. National Ave. • 262-250-1588
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
West Allis
Valley Lodge No. 60
603 N. Court St. • 608-269-2616
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
West Allis Lodge No. 291
7515 W. National Ave. • 414-257-9450
Meet 1st & 3rd Fridays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Star Prairie
West Bend
North Star Lodge No. 187
207 Bridge Ave. • 715-246-6258
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
West Bend Lodge No. 138
301 N. University Dr. • 262-338-3112
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Stevens Point
West Salem
Evergreen Lodge No. 93
2854 Church Street • 715-344-2447
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Salem Lodge No. 125
101 W. Hamilton St. • 608-786-0930 (Sec)
Meets 4th Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Whitefish Bay
Kegonsa Lodge No. 73
125 S. 5th St. • 608-873-9705
Meet 1st Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Aurora Lodge No. 30
517 E. Beaumont Ave. • 414-964-4080
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Sturgeon Bay
Whitefish Bay
Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174
31 S. 3rd Ave. • 920-493-3727
Meet 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Geo. Washington 1776 Lodge No. 337
517 E. Beaumont Ave. • 414-964-4080
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Sun Prairie
Sun Prairie Lodge No. 143
152 N. Bird St. • 608-770-2018 (Sec.)
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
St. John’s-Palmyra Lodge No. 57
226 W. Main Street • 920-650-5406
Meet 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Acacia-Itasca Lodge No. 329
3117 N. 21 St .• 715-392-0268
Meet 1st & 3rd Fridays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Wilmot Lodge No. 241
30702 113th St. • 262-812-6570
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
2nd Tuesday only July & August
Superior Lodge No. 236
1503 Belknap St .• 218-391-9877 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Winneconne Lodge No. 186
2 N. 1st Street • 920-582-7815 (Sec)
Meet 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Wisconsin Dells
Tomah Lodge No. 132
520 E. Saratoga Street • 608-372-5507
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dark July & August
Dells Lodge No. 124
815 Oak St. • 608-254-8136
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Union Grove
Wisconsin Rapids
Union Grove Lodge No. 288
1021 – 11th Ave. • 262-878-1494
Meet 3rd Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Meets All Year
Wisconsin Rapids Lodge No. 128
2321 2nd Ave. So. • 715-216-9051
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Dark July & August
Silas H. Shephard
La Belle Lodge No. 84
118½ S. Main • 608-637-7581 • Meet 1st &
3rd Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Meet 1st Wed. July, August & Dec. • Dark January & February
Lodge of Research No. 1843
307 N. Lake Rd., Oconomowoc • 262-893-1106
2nd Saturday • March, June, Sept., Dec.
Call for meeting location
Waterloo Lodge No. 63
300 Hendricks Street • 920-478-2800
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Lodge No. 1862
Call Secretary at 815-623-8460 for next meeting
date & location • [email protected]
Meets 5th Saturdays, 1 p.m.
Rhinelander Lodge No. 242
23 E. Davenport St. • 715-362-3080
Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark January & February
Waukesha Lodge No. 37
317 South Street • 262-542-6753
Meet 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Rice Lake
Blue Hills Lodge No. 234
225 W. South St. • 715-434-7199
Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
Meets All Year
Waupaca Lodge No. 123
105½ N. Main Street • 715-258-6198
Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Dark June, July & August
Richland Center
Richland Lodge No. 66
290 W. Union St. • 608-538-3173 (Sec)
Meet 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Meets All Year
Waupun Lodge No. 48
16 S. Madison St. • 920-324-3141
Meets 1st Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Dark July & August
Ask Hiram
[email protected]
or mail your question
Grand Lodge Office
c/o Ask Hiram
36275 Sunset Drive,
Dousman, WI 53118