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Chetek Lodge supports community bible school

Freemasons from Chetek Lodge presented a $200 donation to the Chetek Multi Church Vacation Bible School at the Lodge’s annual “Bib Overall Night”. The Bible School will be held at the Chetek United Methodist Church June 23-27, from 12-4 p.m. All are welcome. Front row from left: Jim Toman, Darryl Dahl, Robert Lund, PGM Franklin J. Struble, Rob Motzer and Chris Van Beek. Second row: Tom Nicolaides and Clint Miller. Back row: Paul Roe, Jeremy Vincent, Dave Bowman, Jim Olson

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Galesville Freemasons assist three food pantries

Freemasons from Decora Lodge in Galesville made generous, community-supporting donations to three area food pantries this spring. Through assistance and matching funds provided from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, each food pantry received a donation of $500.00! Pictured above is the donation made to the Blair Food Pantry, from left: Andy Stevens, Holly Anderson, Judy Peters and David Mattison. Submitted by Brother Guy Leavitt 

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“Pay It Forward” Golf Outing to raise money for the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation

By Brother Tom Ewald ,Co-chairman  Spring has finally sprung and the Brothers of Lake Country Freemasons Lodge have been busy at work planning their 21st annual “Pay It Forward” Golf Outing. The outing will be Monday, July 8th, at the exclusive Legend at Brandybrook golf club located in Wales, Wisconsin.  Event Co-chairs Brothers Tom Ewald and Tim Behling together with their committee are pleased to announce that this year the Lodge is partnering with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation to support their

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Richland Center Freemasons raise funds to fight cancer

Brothers from Keith D. Chamberlain Freemasons Lodge in Richland Center hosted a brat stand in Richland Center on May 9 and 10, raising money to donate to Walk with G.R.A.C.E. Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination (G.R.A.C.E.) aids the greater Richland Area by providing services to cancer patients to help fight and cope with the disease by funding the medical community for diagnosis, treatment, and services as well as funding to better educate the area about preventative care decisions. In addition,

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Prairie View Lodge Highway Cleanup

Brothers of Prairie View Lodge of Ripon cleaned their section of Highway 23 between Ripon and Green Lake on May 6th. Volunteers pictured above, from left: Brothers Meade Grim (PM), David Redemann, Rick Coles (PM), Tom Voight, Bill Boutwell, Tim Aither (PM), Mike Brice and Phil Wepner. Also present and serving as chauffeur was Master Greg Frounfelter who underwent hip replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t quite ready to walk highway ditches.  Submitted by Brother Rick Coles 

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Freemasons donate six FSTs to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department

Five Waukesha County lodges teamed up to donate six state of the art Fire Suppression Tools to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department to cover Sussex, Merton, and Lisbon. Thank you to Freemasons from Lincoln, Waukesha, Brookfield, McKinley and Wisconsin Masonic Lodges for your efforts along with Captain Lisa Panos from the Sheriff’s Department for your help in making this possible. Leslie Thiele with Fire Safety Solutions provided the Deputies with some training immediately following the presentation.  Submitted by Brother Michael

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Freemasons donate AED to Hustisford Community Hall

Rock River Freemasons Lodge recently donated an AED to the Hustisford Community Hall. The funds to purchase the AED were raised from last fall’s Sport Raffle and matched by the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation. Thank you all for helping! Pictured above, from left: Master Josh Prescher, Senior Warden Paul Rubert and Lori Uecker President Hustisford Community Hall.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman 

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Grand Master’s Message – June 2024

     My Brothers, thank-you! A year is a very short period of time. Luckily I have had the honor and good fortune to serve this gentle craft for many years. Throughout those years I have met many men. I have broken bread and shared a cup with Brothers from all around this beautiful state. I have stood in parking lots in Wisconsin winter for an hour or more listening to a Brother pour out their heart and sometimes it was

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Tomah Masonic Lodge family and friends night

Tomah Masonic Lodge recently held a family and friends night. They celebrated with a corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by Brother Don Roscovius and his Lady Bonnie. Pictured above, in the foreground from left: Charles Calhoun and Ken Kuhn and Lady Malia.  Submitted by Brother Don Roscovius, Secretary 

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District 7 holds Trivia Night, Beer Brewing Contest

By Rich Rygh  District 7 Deputy Ryan A. Mayrand hosted the first District 7 Masonic Trivia Night & Brewing Contest at the Wisconsin Masonic Center on April 17. The Brothers enjoyed beer and pizza during the evening.  Brothers Jim McGuigan and Napoleon Sneed-Janczak of Silas H. Shepherd Lodge #1843 managed and judged the Trivia Contest. There were four teams competing.  Brother Michael Thumm furnished a homemade brew, Dunkel Weiss, brewed by he and FC Justin Martinez.  Brother Napoleon Sneed-Janczak gave

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Crivitz Freemasons support school’s special education program

At the April meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Crivitz, Brother Doug Morrison had the honor of presenting a $600.00 check to Kelly Robinson, Superintendent of Schools, for the special education department. The money will be used to purchase additional materials and aids necessary for teaching those students who learn in unique ways. This is the second time this year the Masonic Light Freemasons Lodge of Crivitz has generously contributed to this worthy cause. They

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Acts of Kindness Gala Fundraiser raises more than just money

By Rich Rygh  Brothers, their Ladies and friends enjoyed the Masonic Acts of Kindness Fundraiser hosted by Brother Dave Tainter at the Lake Masonic Center in Milwaukee on April 13th. It was a very enjoyable evening of music, laughter, great Masonic fellowship and Brother Dave Tainter’s fantastic hors d’oeuvres and food.  Music was provided by Keyboardist Gary Haseley along with entertainment by comedians Rob Brakenridge and Keith Lenart.  Proceeds went to this year’s Grand Master’s Appeal, which is in support

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“Hays Boys” assist Lodge widow in need

The Brothers of James M. Hays Freemasons Lodge recently assisted one of their Lodge widows. Jenna Gapinski is going to have a fence installed in her backyard so her family, including her autistic 10 year old son Tyler, can enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. She needed help to clear the very large brush pile and the Brothers from Hays Lodge responded. Pictured above, Brother Karl Cleppe loads brush on a trailer to haul away. Submitted by Brother Bob

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Shriners support Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin is very grateful for the generous, life changing donation of $2,500 from the Flambeau Land Shriners and Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge of Ladysmith. Another great example of a Masonic act of kindness and of Shriners helping kids! Pictured above, from left: PGM Franklin J. Struble, Board of Governors, member of Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Upper WI; Bob Grunseth, Flambeau Land Shrine Club and Senior Warden Mystic Tie Lodge; PGM L. Arby Humphrey, Vice

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Native Spirit Dancers Visit Three Pillars 

Residents of Three Pillars Living Communities enjoyed the The Native Spirit dancers sponsored by the Valley of Madison Scottish Rite. The program provided a look at the dances and culture of Native America. Photos and content by Rich Rygh

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Annual Milton Good Friday Fish Fry a huge success

Freemasons from Milton Masonic Lodge served over 360 meals at their annual Good Friday Fish Fry. Pictured above, from left: Gary Huber, Scott Tollefson and Duane “Hillbilly” Huber’prepare the fish. The event generated over $5,200 in net income, including ad insert sales by Brother Al Huber. This year was again take-out only. Boy Scout Troop 417 from Milton assisted.  The Lodge would especially like to thank the Senior Center in Milton as they bought $500 worth of fish! Photos and

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Brothers support youth fishing tournament

Past Master Ron Triemstra (pictured above on the right) presents a check for $250 on behalf of the Freemasons of Prairie View Masonic Lodge in Ripon to Chuck Hurley of Norton’s Dry Dock. The donation from the Lodge is in support of the Angler and Young Angler fishing tournament to be held on Green Lake this summer.  Submitted by Brother Rick Coles

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Damascus Lodge Freemasons Fire Up!

Freemasons from Damascus Lodge in Milwaukee turned up the heat recently with a Lodge and friends outing to their local blacksmith shop. Kent Knapp from Milwaukee Blacksmith held a class for the Lodge and taught some basics of “curious smith work” to his eager students. Pictured from left: Nate Butts; Craig Leonhardt, Master; Jeff C. (perspective member); Nolan Swendroski; Jade Cavalco; Eric Vesel; Dom Cavalco; Rich Cummings; Kent Knapp (owner); Curt Campagna; Matt Schmidt; Kim Butts; Kevin Hart; and Jake

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Mondovi Freemasons donate to K-9 fund raiser

Pictured above, Brother Larry Drangstveit, Secretary Treasurer of Buffalo River Freemasons Lodge in Mondovi, presents a check for $500 to City Clerk Jackie Dregney. The check was from the Lodge and included matching funds from the the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation “Acts of Kindness” program. The Lodge’s donation is for the Mondovi Police Department K-9 fundraiser, following the sudden passing of the department’s beloved K-9 earlier this year. We wish the officers of the Mondovi Police Department all the best in

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Grand Master honored with gifts, laughs, and Brotherly Love

By Rich Rygh  Grand Master David R. Ritchie and his Lady Barb were honored at a testimonial dinner at the Bridges Restaurant in Darlington on April 20th.  The event was emceed by Past Grand Master (PGM) Scott E. Pedley and everyone enjoyed an evening of roasting and praise.  Grand Tiler Royce Jones and his Lady Marlene were also recognized on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Julie Thompson presented Lady Barb with some items relating to chickens (Barb’s favorite hobby) and a

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Freemasonry Right On Target

Brother Ethan Klema, Lake Freemasons Lodge (No. 189), was the winner of the Axe Throwing competition sponsored by Lake Lodge on March 1st. Burlington Freemasons Lodge Master Matt Kaye is on right.  Submitted by Brother Matt Kaye

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Chetek Lodge supports Children’s Dyslexia Center

At a recent meeting of Chetek Freemasons Lodge (No. 277), Past Grand Master Frank J. Struble accepted a $675 donation forwarded to the Children’s Dyslexia Foundation of Upper Wisconsin. Pictured above, front row from left: Tom Nicolaides, Chuck Harrison, Darryl Dahl, Jim Olson, PGM Frank J. Struble and Jim Toman, Back row: Clint Miller, John Henneman, Paul Roe and Mark Zimmer. The foundation provides free tutoring for students with dyslexia.  Photo by Brother Lenny Shier

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Janesville Freemasons Support ECHO Food Bank and Project 16:49

The Brothers of Janesville-Western Star Masonic Lodge (No. 55) had a busy and fulfilling meeting night on March 11th. They were the host lodge for District 9 Lecturer Brad Behlke’s School of Instruction and earlier in the evening presented “two big checks” to local charities.  The first check went to Local Food Bank ECHO who received a check for $800 from the Lodge’s participation in the Stick it to Bruce campaign – A challenge from Brother Bruce Eshelman. The Brethren

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Grand Master’s Message – May 2024

     It is not easy being a Mason. It is more often hard work and stepping out of your comfort zone than many men expect. “Fill out a form, pay the fee, receive your card and pin and you are in”, is what people expect. It is how so many different organizations operate. In Masonry even getting your foot in the door is a fairly complicated process. You must get to know someone in the fraternity well enough they feel

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12th Annual Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge

By Rich Rygh  Brothers from across the state attended the 12th Annual Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge on March 9, at the Tomah Masonic Center. The event was preceded by a presentation to the Wisconsin State Patrol of two “Emergency Jump Kits” containing fire suppression tools (FSTs) and AEDs.  An excellent meal was served by 33º Catering consisting of Brothers Todd Wohlert, Franz Wiggert and Mark Jerdee.  District 5 Deputy Jacob R. Schultz read a poem written by the late

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Frontier-Badger Freemasons donate fourth FST

Brothers from Frontier-Badger Freemasons Lodge No. 45, La Crosse, delivered a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Holmen Area Fire Department on February 1st. This is the fourth FST Frontier- Badger Lodge has donated locally. Just last month, we told you about another of their donations to the French Island Fire Department. From left: Brothers Jerry Larsen, Don Iliff, Jim Kielley and Dan Claussen presenting the FST to Ben Storlie, Mike Lavery, Myranda Antony, Frank Garrow and Chief Ryan Ostreng. 

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Sheboygan Freemasons raise $1,500 for Rainbow Kids

Sheboygan Freemasons Lodge (No. 11) held a raffle and raised $1500 for Rainbow Kids of Sheboygan County. Rainbow Kids is a nonprofit that supports children and families that are going through difficult life situations such as a death or divorce. This is the second year Sheboygan Freemasons have raised money for Rainbow Kids. From left: Brother Dave Engeldinger, Brother Rich Rupp and Master Jay Apel song with the directors of Rainbow Kids of Sheboygan County.  Submitted by Brother Rich Rupp 

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Reedsburg Masons Prepare Hundreds of Chicken Pies 

Brothers, ladies and friends gathered on March 2nd at the Reedsburg VFW building to prepare the “Famous All-Meat Chicken Pies” for Reedsburg Masonic Lodge’s annual Chicken Pie sales event. Above, the kitchen crew, Brothers Bob Anderson (left) and DL Ken Walter, proudly wear their Masonic t-shirts as they prepare the gravy, which is the secret to chicken pie’s great taste! Buyers picked up the pies on March 3rd through a fast and easy drive through service. The Brothers typically make around

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Lodi Valley Freemasons assist archery club

Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge (No. 99) recently made a donation to the fledgling Wisconsin Heights Archery Club, which has been taking part in local youth competitions recently. Brother Joe Reeve is shown presenting a check for $1000 to the group’s adult leader, Joe Schwarz. Reeve is backed up by Brothers Scott Anderson and Dale Reeve. The Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge merged with the Wisconsin Heights region’s Crescent Valley Masonic Lodge several years ago.  Submitted by Brother John Donaldson 

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Madison Dyslexia Center Scholarship Essay shows life-changing results

By Kelly Kuenzie, Director, Madison Children’s Dyslexia Center All of us are grateful for the generosity and support the Masons provide to make the Children’s Dyslexia Center possible. Teaching students with dyslexia for over 20 years has opened up a world of opportunities for hundreds of children. This year again, we can thank the Masons for offering scholarships to past graduates who are now applying to college. The essay below is from one of these remarkable students who won one

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Freemasons raise $1,000 for Omro Food Pantry

Brother Jason Loker, Master of Omro Masonic Lodge (No. 168), and Brother Richard Yell presented a $1000 check to the Omro Food Pantry on March 19th. Pictured above from left: WM Jason Loker, Treasurer of the Omro Food Pantry Mary Jo Hinderman, Omro Food Pantry Director Barbara Geffers, and Omro Lodge Secretary Richard Yell.  Submitted by Brother Richard Yell

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Quincy Adams Freemasons Lodge Secretary honored

Brother Robert Theim (right), Master of Quincy Adams Freemasons Lodge (No. 71) in Friendship, presented a Masonic Service Medal and Certificate to Secretary Michael Willis on March 20th. Brother Theim said, ”Brother Willis has done an exceptionally diligent job with reorganizing the lodge paperwork, record keeping, and updating Lodge records and files, following the consolidation of Quincy Lodge (No. 71) and Adams Lodge (No. 332). This has been a long and challenging road but we’re happy to report that our

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Hayward Freemasons honor first responder Brothers

Freemasons from Hayward’s Keystone Masonic Lodge (No. 263) honored and presented Masonic appreciation pins to first responders at their March 14th Stated Communication. From left: Senior Deacon Adam Strapon; Junior Warden Phillip Johnson; Brother David Wilson, Shell Lake Chief of Police and Fireman; PM Patrick Hamblin, EMT; Master Chris Olson; Brother Mike Sawyer, EMT, Wisconsin Conservation; PM Robbie Olson, Police Officer for Washburn County and City of Hayward; PM Steve Hand, EMT, City of Hayward Fire Department and founding member

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Owen Freemasons Hold Corned Beef Dinner

When it comes to knowing how to serve up a great Corned Beef Dinner, Owen Freemason Lodge (No. 317) has the recipe fro success! Over 100 attended the gala affair by word of mouth and enjoyed corned beef, veggies, and homemade Irish Soda Bread on St. Patricks Day. Pictured above, kitchen workers front row from left: Dennis Lulloff and Frank Olszewski. Back row: District 3 Lecturer Tony Budaj, Steve Travis, Brian Bredlau, Alfredo Velasco and Matt Meyers. Not pictured: Leslie

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Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge Brothers Visit Three Pillars Residents

Ten members of Glenn L. Humphrey Masonic Lodge (No. 364), Dousman, visited Three Pillars Health Care and River Side Lodge Assisted Living during their social meeting on February 4th. They enjoyed coffee, juice and pastries with five members of our Masonic family residing there. The Lodge appreciated the assistance of Melissa Gibbs, Recreation Service Manager, in arranging and providing at their facilities.  Submitted by Brother Duane Bunting

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Dodgeville Freemasons raise $1050 for Dodger Food Locker

Pictured above are a few of the many volunteers participating in Dodgeville Masonic Lodge’s (No. 119) March 2nd pasty sale. Standing from left: Carrie Pishion, Brian Neil, Joyce Widder, Jim Davis, Mike Hoppenjan, Anna Olson, Charles Pishion, Robert Husted, Berry Hottman, Brian Pishion, Greta Byers, Scott Althaus, Stephanie Martin, Joslyn Olson, Kneeling: Bethany Hinsman (left) and Kate Masner. The Dodger Food Locker was well represented plus members of the Mormon Church assisted the Lodge with their Pasty Sale. Not pictured

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Lodi Valley Freemasons contribute to Dane County EMS

Recently, Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge (No. 99) made its annual contribution to the Dane County District 1 Emergency Medical Service. Lodi Valley several years ago merged with Crescent Valley Lodge of the Black Earth-Mazomanie area that District 1 covers. Pictured above, Brother Roger Haarklau, seated at left, presented District 1 Director Pete Peterson with a check for $500 at the EMS station in Mazomanie. Pictured standing, from left: Lodge members Justin Martinez, Greg Flanagan, Michael Thumm, Joe Reeve, Scott Anderson

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Mystic Tie Freemasons donate two more FSTs

Brother Mark Steckel presents one of two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to Sheriff Jeff Wallace at the Rusk County Emergency Services Committee meeting on March 13th. Other Lodge members present Bob Grunseth, Doug Kueny, and Ken Brown. Four of these units have been donated to area fire departments by Mystic Tie Lodge (No. 280). These fire departments have excellent response times — but in a rural fire, the Sheriff’s deputy usually is first to get to the fire location. The

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Wisconsin Rapids Freemasons host Pinewood Derby

Wisconsin Rapids Freemasons Lodge (No. 128) has sponsored a local Cub Scout Pack for the last 4 years with the highlight event always hosting the Scouts Pinewood Derby. The Brothers empty out the lodge room and connects each boy’s picture with the name of his car and information about the “driver” on the lodge video and sound systems. The lodge is decorated with racing banners and inflatable racing tires to create a real race atmosphere. Each boy is interviewed over

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Two State Patrol “Emergency Jump Kits” Presented by Freemasons in Tomah

By Rich Rygh Two “Emergency Jump Kits” were presented to officers Sam Footer and Christopher Czarnik of the Wisconsin State Patrol preceding the Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge on March 9th, at the Tomah Masonic Center. Each kit contains a fire suppression tool and an AED Defibrillator.  The goal is to place a kit in every State Patrol car in the state of Wisconsin. In rural areas, State Patrol Officers are often the first on the scene of an emergency. 

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Community Cultural Celebration at La Crosse Masonic Center 

The La Crosse Masonic Center hosted a community cultural celebration on February 10th. The La Crosse Area Chinese Association celebrated the Year of the Dragon with musical performances, comedy, dance performances, folk songs, zodiac presentations, and an appearance of a dragon (as pictured above). Over 100 people attended the hour-long show and over 150 attended the following banquet. The facilities were operated by volunteers from La Crosse Masonic Lodge (No. 190) and the Valley of La Crosse Scottish Rite. The

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Grand Master’s Message – April 2024

      Wisconsin Proud. The Badger men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams all made it into the post season. Women’s hockey finishing second in the nation. That is something we can be proud of. In Wisconsin we have a perverse pride in our weather. We are the home of snow and cold four to five months of the year. Hot and humid mosquito filled summers. Springs that are late in coming, wet and muddy when they arrive. We take special

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Badger Lodge Freemasons donate FST

Freemasons from Frontier-Badger Lodge in La Crosse generously donated a portable Fire Suppression Tool to the French Island Fire Department. This advanced extinguisher can be swiftly deployed in homes to slow down fires. By pulling the pin and throwing it into the burning structure, the device releases an aerosol fire suppression solution, granting firefighters and first responders extra time. Town of Campbell Fire Chief Nate Selby praised the Freemasons for their statewide efforts in making similar donations. By Wisconsin Masonic

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Sturgeon Bay Freemasons donate 8th FST!

Henry S. Baird Freemasons Lodge (No. 174) donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Nasewaupee Fire Department on February 23rd. Pictured above, Chief Jacob Schartner is second from the left. H.S. Baird members on the right are Junior Warden Andrew Buechner and Chaplain Todd Roalkvan. The department thanked the Freemasons of Baird and the Freemasons of Wisconsin for the unit. This fire department is less than one year old. H.S. Baird has donated seven units in Door and Kewaunee

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Masonic Light Lodge assists Healing Patriots

Three Crivitz Freemasons attended a fundraiser for Healing Patriots on February 2nd and presented a check from their Lodge for $500.00. The two day event was held at the Drees Community Center in Peshtigo. Healing Patriots is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to helping veterans and first responders open up about their struggles with PTSD and their mental health issues resulting from trauma received from their jobs. They take their clients fishing, but they admit it’s less about catching

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“Thursday Night at the Rite” filmed at Madison Valley 

On January 28, 2024 the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction film crew was at the Wisconsin Masonic Center filming the 20th degree. Cameras, lights, and sound system were brought to the Center from Massachusetts for this professional filming. In all, it took five hours to film the 1 hour and 15 minute degree. The director, James Dill, 33rd, brought a crew of five to complete this incredible event.  Above, Brother Matt Ivens, playing the role of Benedict Arnold, gets his microphone installed.

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22nd annual “Robert Burns Table Lodge” 

Lake Freemasons Lodge (No. 189) hosted its 22nd annual “Robert Burns Table Lodge” on January 25th, at the Lake Masonic Center in Milwaukee featuring PGM Donald W. Hensiak’s famous Haggis.  It was an evening of great food and fellowship celebrating the legacy of Brother Robert Burns.  PGM Paul T. Tourville was the guest speaker.  The Haggis will be served with its traditional fanfare including the “Address to a Haggis” written by famed Scottish Poet and Masonic Brother Robert Burns.  Photos

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Freemasons support Family Promise of Washington County

Wisconsin Masonic Lodge 13, Brookfield, recently made a donation of $1000 to Family Promise of Washington County with the aid of Wisconsin Masonic Foundation matching funds. Family Promise, located in West Bend, provides children and their families with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek as they seek permanent housing. From left: Guillermo Ramos, Josh Bartz, a Family Promise representative, and Clayton Bartz.  Submitted by Brother Jason Braatz

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Chetek Lodge supports community bible school

Freemasons from Chetek Lodge presented a $200 donation to the Chetek Multi Church Vacation Bible School at the Lodge’s annual “Bib Overall Night”. The Bible School will be held at the Chetek United Methodist Church June 23-27, from 12-4 p.m. All are welcome. Front row from left: Jim Toman, Darryl Dahl, Robert Lund, PGM Franklin J. Struble, Rob Motzer and Chris Van Beek. Second row: Tom Nicolaides and Clint Miller. Back row: Paul Roe, Jeremy Vincent, Dave Bowman, Jim Olson

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Galesville Freemasons assist three food pantries

Freemasons from Decora Lodge in Galesville made generous, community-supporting donations to three area food pantries this spring. Through assistance and matching funds provided from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, each food pantry received a donation of $500.00! Pictured above is the donation made to the Blair Food Pantry, from left: Andy Stevens, Holly Anderson, Judy Peters and David Mattison. Submitted by Brother Guy Leavitt 

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“Pay It Forward” Golf Outing to raise money for the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation

By Brother Tom Ewald ,Co-chairman  Spring has finally sprung and the Brothers of Lake Country Freemasons Lodge have been busy at work planning their 21st annual “Pay It Forward” Golf Outing. The outing will be Monday, July 8th, at the exclusive Legend at Brandybrook golf club located in Wales, Wisconsin.  Event Co-chairs Brothers Tom Ewald and Tim Behling together with their committee are pleased to announce that this year the Lodge is partnering with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation to support their

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Richland Center Freemasons raise funds to fight cancer

Brothers from Keith D. Chamberlain Freemasons Lodge in Richland Center hosted a brat stand in Richland Center on May 9 and 10, raising money to donate to Walk with G.R.A.C.E. Greater Richland Area Cancer Elimination (G.R.A.C.E.) aids the greater Richland Area by providing services to cancer patients to help fight and cope with the disease by funding the medical community for diagnosis, treatment, and services as well as funding to better educate the area about preventative care decisions. In addition,

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Prairie View Lodge Highway Cleanup

Brothers of Prairie View Lodge of Ripon cleaned their section of Highway 23 between Ripon and Green Lake on May 6th. Volunteers pictured above, from left: Brothers Meade Grim (PM), David Redemann, Rick Coles (PM), Tom Voight, Bill Boutwell, Tim Aither (PM), Mike Brice and Phil Wepner. Also present and serving as chauffeur was Master Greg Frounfelter who underwent hip replacement surgery a couple of weeks ago and wasn’t quite ready to walk highway ditches.  Submitted by Brother Rick Coles 

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Freemasons donate six FSTs to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department

Five Waukesha County lodges teamed up to donate six state of the art Fire Suppression Tools to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department to cover Sussex, Merton, and Lisbon. Thank you to Freemasons from Lincoln, Waukesha, Brookfield, McKinley and Wisconsin Masonic Lodges for your efforts along with Captain Lisa Panos from the Sheriff’s Department for your help in making this possible. Leslie Thiele with Fire Safety Solutions provided the Deputies with some training immediately following the presentation.  Submitted by Brother Michael

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Freemasons donate AED to Hustisford Community Hall

Rock River Freemasons Lodge recently donated an AED to the Hustisford Community Hall. The funds to purchase the AED were raised from last fall’s Sport Raffle and matched by the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation. Thank you all for helping! Pictured above, from left: Master Josh Prescher, Senior Warden Paul Rubert and Lori Uecker President Hustisford Community Hall.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman 

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Grand Master’s Message – June 2024

     My Brothers, thank-you! A year is a very short period of time. Luckily I have had the honor and good fortune to serve this gentle craft for many years. Throughout those years I have met many men. I have broken bread and shared a cup with Brothers from all around this beautiful state. I have stood in parking lots in Wisconsin winter for an hour or more listening to a Brother pour out their heart and sometimes it was

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Tomah Masonic Lodge family and friends night

Tomah Masonic Lodge recently held a family and friends night. They celebrated with a corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by Brother Don Roscovius and his Lady Bonnie. Pictured above, in the foreground from left: Charles Calhoun and Ken Kuhn and Lady Malia.  Submitted by Brother Don Roscovius, Secretary 

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District 7 holds Trivia Night, Beer Brewing Contest

By Rich Rygh  District 7 Deputy Ryan A. Mayrand hosted the first District 7 Masonic Trivia Night & Brewing Contest at the Wisconsin Masonic Center on April 17. The Brothers enjoyed beer and pizza during the evening.  Brothers Jim McGuigan and Napoleon Sneed-Janczak of Silas H. Shepherd Lodge #1843 managed and judged the Trivia Contest. There were four teams competing.  Brother Michael Thumm furnished a homemade brew, Dunkel Weiss, brewed by he and FC Justin Martinez.  Brother Napoleon Sneed-Janczak gave

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Crivitz Freemasons support school’s special education program

At the April meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Crivitz, Brother Doug Morrison had the honor of presenting a $600.00 check to Kelly Robinson, Superintendent of Schools, for the special education department. The money will be used to purchase additional materials and aids necessary for teaching those students who learn in unique ways. This is the second time this year the Masonic Light Freemasons Lodge of Crivitz has generously contributed to this worthy cause. They

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Acts of Kindness Gala Fundraiser raises more than just money

By Rich Rygh  Brothers, their Ladies and friends enjoyed the Masonic Acts of Kindness Fundraiser hosted by Brother Dave Tainter at the Lake Masonic Center in Milwaukee on April 13th. It was a very enjoyable evening of music, laughter, great Masonic fellowship and Brother Dave Tainter’s fantastic hors d’oeuvres and food.  Music was provided by Keyboardist Gary Haseley along with entertainment by comedians Rob Brakenridge and Keith Lenart.  Proceeds went to this year’s Grand Master’s Appeal, which is in support

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“Hays Boys” assist Lodge widow in need

The Brothers of James M. Hays Freemasons Lodge recently assisted one of their Lodge widows. Jenna Gapinski is going to have a fence installed in her backyard so her family, including her autistic 10 year old son Tyler, can enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. She needed help to clear the very large brush pile and the Brothers from Hays Lodge responded. Pictured above, Brother Karl Cleppe loads brush on a trailer to haul away. Submitted by Brother Bob

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Shriners support Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin

The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin is very grateful for the generous, life changing donation of $2,500 from the Flambeau Land Shriners and Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge of Ladysmith. Another great example of a Masonic act of kindness and of Shriners helping kids! Pictured above, from left: PGM Franklin J. Struble, Board of Governors, member of Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Upper WI; Bob Grunseth, Flambeau Land Shrine Club and Senior Warden Mystic Tie Lodge; PGM L. Arby Humphrey, Vice

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Native Spirit Dancers Visit Three Pillars 

Residents of Three Pillars Living Communities enjoyed the The Native Spirit dancers sponsored by the Valley of Madison Scottish Rite. The program provided a look at the dances and culture of Native America. Photos and content by Rich Rygh

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Annual Milton Good Friday Fish Fry a huge success

Freemasons from Milton Masonic Lodge served over 360 meals at their annual Good Friday Fish Fry. Pictured above, from left: Gary Huber, Scott Tollefson and Duane “Hillbilly” Huber’prepare the fish. The event generated over $5,200 in net income, including ad insert sales by Brother Al Huber. This year was again take-out only. Boy Scout Troop 417 from Milton assisted.  The Lodge would especially like to thank the Senior Center in Milton as they bought $500 worth of fish! Photos and

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Brothers support youth fishing tournament

Past Master Ron Triemstra (pictured above on the right) presents a check for $250 on behalf of the Freemasons of Prairie View Masonic Lodge in Ripon to Chuck Hurley of Norton’s Dry Dock. The donation from the Lodge is in support of the Angler and Young Angler fishing tournament to be held on Green Lake this summer.  Submitted by Brother Rick Coles

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Damascus Lodge Freemasons Fire Up!

Freemasons from Damascus Lodge in Milwaukee turned up the heat recently with a Lodge and friends outing to their local blacksmith shop. Kent Knapp from Milwaukee Blacksmith held a class for the Lodge and taught some basics of “curious smith work” to his eager students. Pictured from left: Nate Butts; Craig Leonhardt, Master; Jeff C. (perspective member); Nolan Swendroski; Jade Cavalco; Eric Vesel; Dom Cavalco; Rich Cummings; Kent Knapp (owner); Curt Campagna; Matt Schmidt; Kim Butts; Kevin Hart; and Jake

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Mondovi Freemasons donate to K-9 fund raiser

Pictured above, Brother Larry Drangstveit, Secretary Treasurer of Buffalo River Freemasons Lodge in Mondovi, presents a check for $500 to City Clerk Jackie Dregney. The check was from the Lodge and included matching funds from the the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation “Acts of Kindness” program. The Lodge’s donation is for the Mondovi Police Department K-9 fundraiser, following the sudden passing of the department’s beloved K-9 earlier this year. We wish the officers of the Mondovi Police Department all the best in

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Grand Master honored with gifts, laughs, and Brotherly Love

By Rich Rygh  Grand Master David R. Ritchie and his Lady Barb were honored at a testimonial dinner at the Bridges Restaurant in Darlington on April 20th.  The event was emceed by Past Grand Master (PGM) Scott E. Pedley and everyone enjoyed an evening of roasting and praise.  Grand Tiler Royce Jones and his Lady Marlene were also recognized on their 50th wedding anniversary.  Julie Thompson presented Lady Barb with some items relating to chickens (Barb’s favorite hobby) and a

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Freemasonry Right On Target

Brother Ethan Klema, Lake Freemasons Lodge (No. 189), was the winner of the Axe Throwing competition sponsored by Lake Lodge on March 1st. Burlington Freemasons Lodge Master Matt Kaye is on right.  Submitted by Brother Matt Kaye

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Chetek Lodge supports Children’s Dyslexia Center

At a recent meeting of Chetek Freemasons Lodge (No. 277), Past Grand Master Frank J. Struble accepted a $675 donation forwarded to the Children’s Dyslexia Foundation of Upper Wisconsin. Pictured above, front row from left: Tom Nicolaides, Chuck Harrison, Darryl Dahl, Jim Olson, PGM Frank J. Struble and Jim Toman, Back row: Clint Miller, John Henneman, Paul Roe and Mark Zimmer. The foundation provides free tutoring for students with dyslexia.  Photo by Brother Lenny Shier

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Janesville Freemasons Support ECHO Food Bank and Project 16:49

The Brothers of Janesville-Western Star Masonic Lodge (No. 55) had a busy and fulfilling meeting night on March 11th. They were the host lodge for District 9 Lecturer Brad Behlke’s School of Instruction and earlier in the evening presented “two big checks” to local charities.  The first check went to Local Food Bank ECHO who received a check for $800 from the Lodge’s participation in the Stick it to Bruce campaign – A challenge from Brother Bruce Eshelman. The Brethren

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Grand Master’s Message – May 2024

     It is not easy being a Mason. It is more often hard work and stepping out of your comfort zone than many men expect. “Fill out a form, pay the fee, receive your card and pin and you are in”, is what people expect. It is how so many different organizations operate. In Masonry even getting your foot in the door is a fairly complicated process. You must get to know someone in the fraternity well enough they feel

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12th Annual Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge

By Rich Rygh  Brothers from across the state attended the 12th Annual Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge on March 9, at the Tomah Masonic Center. The event was preceded by a presentation to the Wisconsin State Patrol of two “Emergency Jump Kits” containing fire suppression tools (FSTs) and AEDs.  An excellent meal was served by 33º Catering consisting of Brothers Todd Wohlert, Franz Wiggert and Mark Jerdee.  District 5 Deputy Jacob R. Schultz read a poem written by the late

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Frontier-Badger Freemasons donate fourth FST

Brothers from Frontier-Badger Freemasons Lodge No. 45, La Crosse, delivered a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Holmen Area Fire Department on February 1st. This is the fourth FST Frontier- Badger Lodge has donated locally. Just last month, we told you about another of their donations to the French Island Fire Department. From left: Brothers Jerry Larsen, Don Iliff, Jim Kielley and Dan Claussen presenting the FST to Ben Storlie, Mike Lavery, Myranda Antony, Frank Garrow and Chief Ryan Ostreng. 

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Sheboygan Freemasons raise $1,500 for Rainbow Kids

Sheboygan Freemasons Lodge (No. 11) held a raffle and raised $1500 for Rainbow Kids of Sheboygan County. Rainbow Kids is a nonprofit that supports children and families that are going through difficult life situations such as a death or divorce. This is the second year Sheboygan Freemasons have raised money for Rainbow Kids. From left: Brother Dave Engeldinger, Brother Rich Rupp and Master Jay Apel song with the directors of Rainbow Kids of Sheboygan County.  Submitted by Brother Rich Rupp 

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Reedsburg Masons Prepare Hundreds of Chicken Pies 

Brothers, ladies and friends gathered on March 2nd at the Reedsburg VFW building to prepare the “Famous All-Meat Chicken Pies” for Reedsburg Masonic Lodge’s annual Chicken Pie sales event. Above, the kitchen crew, Brothers Bob Anderson (left) and DL Ken Walter, proudly wear their Masonic t-shirts as they prepare the gravy, which is the secret to chicken pie’s great taste! Buyers picked up the pies on March 3rd through a fast and easy drive through service. The Brothers typically make around

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Lodi Valley Freemasons assist archery club

Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge (No. 99) recently made a donation to the fledgling Wisconsin Heights Archery Club, which has been taking part in local youth competitions recently. Brother Joe Reeve is shown presenting a check for $1000 to the group’s adult leader, Joe Schwarz. Reeve is backed up by Brothers Scott Anderson and Dale Reeve. The Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge merged with the Wisconsin Heights region’s Crescent Valley Masonic Lodge several years ago.  Submitted by Brother John Donaldson 

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Madison Dyslexia Center Scholarship Essay shows life-changing results

By Kelly Kuenzie, Director, Madison Children’s Dyslexia Center All of us are grateful for the generosity and support the Masons provide to make the Children’s Dyslexia Center possible. Teaching students with dyslexia for over 20 years has opened up a world of opportunities for hundreds of children. This year again, we can thank the Masons for offering scholarships to past graduates who are now applying to college. The essay below is from one of these remarkable students who won one

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Freemasons raise $1,000 for Omro Food Pantry

Brother Jason Loker, Master of Omro Masonic Lodge (No. 168), and Brother Richard Yell presented a $1000 check to the Omro Food Pantry on March 19th. Pictured above from left: WM Jason Loker, Treasurer of the Omro Food Pantry Mary Jo Hinderman, Omro Food Pantry Director Barbara Geffers, and Omro Lodge Secretary Richard Yell.  Submitted by Brother Richard Yell

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Quincy Adams Freemasons Lodge Secretary honored

Brother Robert Theim (right), Master of Quincy Adams Freemasons Lodge (No. 71) in Friendship, presented a Masonic Service Medal and Certificate to Secretary Michael Willis on March 20th. Brother Theim said, ”Brother Willis has done an exceptionally diligent job with reorganizing the lodge paperwork, record keeping, and updating Lodge records and files, following the consolidation of Quincy Lodge (No. 71) and Adams Lodge (No. 332). This has been a long and challenging road but we’re happy to report that our

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Hayward Freemasons honor first responder Brothers

Freemasons from Hayward’s Keystone Masonic Lodge (No. 263) honored and presented Masonic appreciation pins to first responders at their March 14th Stated Communication. From left: Senior Deacon Adam Strapon; Junior Warden Phillip Johnson; Brother David Wilson, Shell Lake Chief of Police and Fireman; PM Patrick Hamblin, EMT; Master Chris Olson; Brother Mike Sawyer, EMT, Wisconsin Conservation; PM Robbie Olson, Police Officer for Washburn County and City of Hayward; PM Steve Hand, EMT, City of Hayward Fire Department and founding member

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Owen Freemasons Hold Corned Beef Dinner

When it comes to knowing how to serve up a great Corned Beef Dinner, Owen Freemason Lodge (No. 317) has the recipe fro success! Over 100 attended the gala affair by word of mouth and enjoyed corned beef, veggies, and homemade Irish Soda Bread on St. Patricks Day. Pictured above, kitchen workers front row from left: Dennis Lulloff and Frank Olszewski. Back row: District 3 Lecturer Tony Budaj, Steve Travis, Brian Bredlau, Alfredo Velasco and Matt Meyers. Not pictured: Leslie

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Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge Brothers Visit Three Pillars Residents

Ten members of Glenn L. Humphrey Masonic Lodge (No. 364), Dousman, visited Three Pillars Health Care and River Side Lodge Assisted Living during their social meeting on February 4th. They enjoyed coffee, juice and pastries with five members of our Masonic family residing there. The Lodge appreciated the assistance of Melissa Gibbs, Recreation Service Manager, in arranging and providing at their facilities.  Submitted by Brother Duane Bunting

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Dodgeville Freemasons raise $1050 for Dodger Food Locker

Pictured above are a few of the many volunteers participating in Dodgeville Masonic Lodge’s (No. 119) March 2nd pasty sale. Standing from left: Carrie Pishion, Brian Neil, Joyce Widder, Jim Davis, Mike Hoppenjan, Anna Olson, Charles Pishion, Robert Husted, Berry Hottman, Brian Pishion, Greta Byers, Scott Althaus, Stephanie Martin, Joslyn Olson, Kneeling: Bethany Hinsman (left) and Kate Masner. The Dodger Food Locker was well represented plus members of the Mormon Church assisted the Lodge with their Pasty Sale. Not pictured

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Lodi Valley Freemasons contribute to Dane County EMS

Recently, Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge (No. 99) made its annual contribution to the Dane County District 1 Emergency Medical Service. Lodi Valley several years ago merged with Crescent Valley Lodge of the Black Earth-Mazomanie area that District 1 covers. Pictured above, Brother Roger Haarklau, seated at left, presented District 1 Director Pete Peterson with a check for $500 at the EMS station in Mazomanie. Pictured standing, from left: Lodge members Justin Martinez, Greg Flanagan, Michael Thumm, Joe Reeve, Scott Anderson

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Mystic Tie Freemasons donate two more FSTs

Brother Mark Steckel presents one of two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to Sheriff Jeff Wallace at the Rusk County Emergency Services Committee meeting on March 13th. Other Lodge members present Bob Grunseth, Doug Kueny, and Ken Brown. Four of these units have been donated to area fire departments by Mystic Tie Lodge (No. 280). These fire departments have excellent response times — but in a rural fire, the Sheriff’s deputy usually is first to get to the fire location. The

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Wisconsin Rapids Freemasons host Pinewood Derby

Wisconsin Rapids Freemasons Lodge (No. 128) has sponsored a local Cub Scout Pack for the last 4 years with the highlight event always hosting the Scouts Pinewood Derby. The Brothers empty out the lodge room and connects each boy’s picture with the name of his car and information about the “driver” on the lodge video and sound systems. The lodge is decorated with racing banners and inflatable racing tires to create a real race atmosphere. Each boy is interviewed over

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Two State Patrol “Emergency Jump Kits” Presented by Freemasons in Tomah

By Rich Rygh Two “Emergency Jump Kits” were presented to officers Sam Footer and Christopher Czarnik of the Wisconsin State Patrol preceding the Tom Tourville Interstate Table Lodge on March 9th, at the Tomah Masonic Center. Each kit contains a fire suppression tool and an AED Defibrillator.  The goal is to place a kit in every State Patrol car in the state of Wisconsin. In rural areas, State Patrol Officers are often the first on the scene of an emergency. 

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Community Cultural Celebration at La Crosse Masonic Center 

The La Crosse Masonic Center hosted a community cultural celebration on February 10th. The La Crosse Area Chinese Association celebrated the Year of the Dragon with musical performances, comedy, dance performances, folk songs, zodiac presentations, and an appearance of a dragon (as pictured above). Over 100 people attended the hour-long show and over 150 attended the following banquet. The facilities were operated by volunteers from La Crosse Masonic Lodge (No. 190) and the Valley of La Crosse Scottish Rite. The

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Grand Master’s Message – April 2024

      Wisconsin Proud. The Badger men’s and women’s hockey and basketball teams all made it into the post season. Women’s hockey finishing second in the nation. That is something we can be proud of. In Wisconsin we have a perverse pride in our weather. We are the home of snow and cold four to five months of the year. Hot and humid mosquito filled summers. Springs that are late in coming, wet and muddy when they arrive. We take special

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Badger Lodge Freemasons donate FST

Freemasons from Frontier-Badger Lodge in La Crosse generously donated a portable Fire Suppression Tool to the French Island Fire Department. This advanced extinguisher can be swiftly deployed in homes to slow down fires. By pulling the pin and throwing it into the burning structure, the device releases an aerosol fire suppression solution, granting firefighters and first responders extra time. Town of Campbell Fire Chief Nate Selby praised the Freemasons for their statewide efforts in making similar donations. By Wisconsin Masonic

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Sturgeon Bay Freemasons donate 8th FST!

Henry S. Baird Freemasons Lodge (No. 174) donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Nasewaupee Fire Department on February 23rd. Pictured above, Chief Jacob Schartner is second from the left. H.S. Baird members on the right are Junior Warden Andrew Buechner and Chaplain Todd Roalkvan. The department thanked the Freemasons of Baird and the Freemasons of Wisconsin for the unit. This fire department is less than one year old. H.S. Baird has donated seven units in Door and Kewaunee

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Masonic Light Lodge assists Healing Patriots

Three Crivitz Freemasons attended a fundraiser for Healing Patriots on February 2nd and presented a check from their Lodge for $500.00. The two day event was held at the Drees Community Center in Peshtigo. Healing Patriots is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to helping veterans and first responders open up about their struggles with PTSD and their mental health issues resulting from trauma received from their jobs. They take their clients fishing, but they admit it’s less about catching

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“Thursday Night at the Rite” filmed at Madison Valley 

On January 28, 2024 the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction film crew was at the Wisconsin Masonic Center filming the 20th degree. Cameras, lights, and sound system were brought to the Center from Massachusetts for this professional filming. In all, it took five hours to film the 1 hour and 15 minute degree. The director, James Dill, 33rd, brought a crew of five to complete this incredible event.  Above, Brother Matt Ivens, playing the role of Benedict Arnold, gets his microphone installed.

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22nd annual “Robert Burns Table Lodge” 

Lake Freemasons Lodge (No. 189) hosted its 22nd annual “Robert Burns Table Lodge” on January 25th, at the Lake Masonic Center in Milwaukee featuring PGM Donald W. Hensiak’s famous Haggis.  It was an evening of great food and fellowship celebrating the legacy of Brother Robert Burns.  PGM Paul T. Tourville was the guest speaker.  The Haggis will be served with its traditional fanfare including the “Address to a Haggis” written by famed Scottish Poet and Masonic Brother Robert Burns.  Photos

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Freemasons support Family Promise of Washington County

Wisconsin Masonic Lodge 13, Brookfield, recently made a donation of $1000 to Family Promise of Washington County with the aid of Wisconsin Masonic Foundation matching funds. Family Promise, located in West Bend, provides children and their families with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek as they seek permanent housing. From left: Guillermo Ramos, Josh Bartz, a Family Promise representative, and Clayton Bartz.  Submitted by Brother Jason Braatz

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