High Honors for Oconto Freemasons Lodge

Pine Freemasons Lodge (No. 188) in Oconto was honored during the joint installation of officers hosted at Marinette Freemasons Lodge (No. 182). District 4 Deputy Christopher “Skipper” Young presented the Brethren of Pine Lodge with a beautiful bronze plaque commissioned by the Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Green Bay, proclaiming: 

“The Supreme Council of the Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-Third and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America presented to Oconto Pine Lodge No. 188 the Benjamin Franklin Award of Distinction” and noting on the plague the 150th anniversary of the charter of Oconto’s oldest established fraternity.

The beautiful bronze plaque is engraved with the quote: 

“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.” – Brother Benjamin Franklin. 

Pine Lodge No. 188, Oconto; Chartered June 11, 1873 

Submitted by Brother Jay Reitz, Master