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Grand Master’s Message – Summer 2022

I’m Proud to be a Freemason! I’m Proud of who we are! I’m Proud of what we do!      Who we are is you! Thank you all for having confidence in me to be the leader of our Fraternity! I promise I will try my best to make you Proud and to make your Masonic experience as great as possible. I will not be doing it alone, as no one could. I have an amazing team of extremely talented men

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Grand Master’s Message – June 2022

Where Do We Go From Here?      That’s a good question! My term as your Grand Master is coming to an end.  But Masonry in Wisconsin is moving forward!  In my opinion it is alive and well!      First and foremost, I would love to see you continue to Spread the Cement of Brotherly Love! This is an important part of our Masonic Brotherhood. Love is the cement that binds us together as Brothers! Love is what makes the world

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Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – May 2022

WHERE ARE WE?      Jim Valvano, who was a great college basketball coach and an even better speaker, once said that if you want to get better at anything, you must know “Where you started, where you are and where you want to be!”  If you get a chance, look him up (YouTube, 1993 ESPY speech).      Where we started last June wasn’t necessarily the best place to be.  We had two really tough years in a row mainly because

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Grand Master’s Message – April 2022

Masonry is Alive and Well      Last month we held the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. Wow, was that a great time! We showed the other states and countries that Masonry is alive and well here in Wisconsin. We also showed them that our masons are living their brotherly love. The best comment we received was from a young lady who came here from Missouri.  She said, “When we arrived, we heard your volunteers greeting us and saying

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Grand Master’s Message – March 2022

Retention & Communications     This is a great time for all of us to start working on retention and improving our communications with our lodge Brothers.         On February 15th,, your lodge should have paid the Grand Lodge per-capita for this year on every member. So, if you have some that haven’t paid their dues, you have plenty of time to collect. How about waiting to call them in August, September or even October to see if they wish

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Grand Master’s Message – February 2022

Character and Reputation      When I looked up Character and Reputation, here is what I found.  Character is the distinctive qualities of an individual whereas reputation is the general opinion of others of a person. Character is built through the individual’s effort whereas reputation is built by others. Character is true to oneself, but reputation may not be so. Good character has traits like integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior. These character traits define who

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Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – January 2022

“DO WHAT IS  RIGHT”           Lou Holtz is a well-known college football coach (retired) who speaks at many events.  He once said: “there are three things we should always do.  1) Do what is right, 2) Do it to the best of your ability, and 3) Care about people.”  He went on to say that “we are either growing or dying,” so my Brothers, keep growing.  Maybe read all the articles in our Wisconsin Masonic Journal.  Pick up the cipher

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Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – December 2021

IT’S A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR!      Andy Williams sang the song “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year” and I believe he was right. Having spent time with our families during Thanksgiving and with all the December holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and others) coming up, it gives us more time to spend with family and friends. So, I believe, he was right — it is a great time of the year!      All these wonderful occasions give

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Grand Master’s Message – November 2021

HOW DO I GET THEM BACK TO LODGE?      I was asked the question “How do we get our brothers back to lodge?” The most important answer to that question is: Make sure that we are giving our Brothers a reason to attend! If your lodge is opening, doing a little business, and closing, it’s time to move on. Here are some ideas other lodges have given me during my visits.      Get out and travel to other lodges. Bring

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Grand Master’s Message – October 2021

Attitude and Enthusiasm     At the beginning of September, we had our Full Staff meeting with our Grand Lodge Officers including our District Lecturers. In our meeting, we discussed the need for all officers including lodge officers to lead with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm with a good attitude will make all the difference in the world for our fraternity. I know that you will accomplish so much more.      In my office, I have a picture that says “ATTITUDE – it’s the

Read More »
Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – August 30, 2021

ARE FIRST IMPRESSIONS IMPORTANT?      I have opened many doors into Masonic buildings and I have always had a first impression. On one occasion, I walked into a Masonic building that was so beautiful – everything was in its place. My first impression was WOW!! As I continued further into the building, nothing changed. The cleanliness and the shine of the floors made another strong impression on me. I walked into the lodge room and the secretary’s desk was spotless

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Grand Master’s Message – June 2021

     In the last scene of the Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) receives the book from his guardian angel called “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.  A caption inside reads “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” Being a member of the greatest fraternity in the world, we all have many friends including some we haven’t even met yet.         I want to start by saying thank you for being

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – Summer 2022

I’m Proud to be a Freemason! I’m Proud of who we are! I’m Proud of what we do!      Who we are is you! Thank you all for having confidence in me to be the leader of our Fraternity! I promise I will try my best to make you Proud and to make your Masonic experience as great as possible. I will not be doing it alone, as no one could. I have an amazing team of extremely talented men

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – June 2022

Where Do We Go From Here?      That’s a good question! My term as your Grand Master is coming to an end.  But Masonry in Wisconsin is moving forward!  In my opinion it is alive and well!      First and foremost, I would love to see you continue to Spread the Cement of Brotherly Love! This is an important part of our Masonic Brotherhood. Love is the cement that binds us together as Brothers! Love is what makes the world

Read More »
Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – May 2022

WHERE ARE WE?      Jim Valvano, who was a great college basketball coach and an even better speaker, once said that if you want to get better at anything, you must know “Where you started, where you are and where you want to be!”  If you get a chance, look him up (YouTube, 1993 ESPY speech).      Where we started last June wasn’t necessarily the best place to be.  We had two really tough years in a row mainly because

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – April 2022

Masonry is Alive and Well      Last month we held the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. Wow, was that a great time! We showed the other states and countries that Masonry is alive and well here in Wisconsin. We also showed them that our masons are living their brotherly love. The best comment we received was from a young lady who came here from Missouri.  She said, “When we arrived, we heard your volunteers greeting us and saying

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – March 2022

Retention & Communications     This is a great time for all of us to start working on retention and improving our communications with our lodge Brothers.         On February 15th,, your lodge should have paid the Grand Lodge per-capita for this year on every member. So, if you have some that haven’t paid their dues, you have plenty of time to collect. How about waiting to call them in August, September or even October to see if they wish

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – February 2022

Character and Reputation      When I looked up Character and Reputation, here is what I found.  Character is the distinctive qualities of an individual whereas reputation is the general opinion of others of a person. Character is built through the individual’s effort whereas reputation is built by others. Character is true to oneself, but reputation may not be so. Good character has traits like integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior. These character traits define who

Read More »
Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – January 2022

“DO WHAT IS  RIGHT”           Lou Holtz is a well-known college football coach (retired) who speaks at many events.  He once said: “there are three things we should always do.  1) Do what is right, 2) Do it to the best of your ability, and 3) Care about people.”  He went on to say that “we are either growing or dying,” so my Brothers, keep growing.  Maybe read all the articles in our Wisconsin Masonic Journal.  Pick up the cipher

Read More »
Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – December 2021

IT’S A GREAT TIME OF THE YEAR!      Andy Williams sang the song “It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year” and I believe he was right. Having spent time with our families during Thanksgiving and with all the December holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and others) coming up, it gives us more time to spend with family and friends. So, I believe, he was right — it is a great time of the year!      All these wonderful occasions give

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – November 2021

HOW DO I GET THEM BACK TO LODGE?      I was asked the question “How do we get our brothers back to lodge?” The most important answer to that question is: Make sure that we are giving our Brothers a reason to attend! If your lodge is opening, doing a little business, and closing, it’s time to move on. Here are some ideas other lodges have given me during my visits.      Get out and travel to other lodges. Bring

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – October 2021

Attitude and Enthusiasm     At the beginning of September, we had our Full Staff meeting with our Grand Lodge Officers including our District Lecturers. In our meeting, we discussed the need for all officers including lodge officers to lead with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm with a good attitude will make all the difference in the world for our fraternity. I know that you will accomplish so much more.      In my office, I have a picture that says “ATTITUDE – it’s the

Read More »
Grand Master Gary L. Stang

Grand Master’s Message – August 30, 2021

ARE FIRST IMPRESSIONS IMPORTANT?      I have opened many doors into Masonic buildings and I have always had a first impression. On one occasion, I walked into a Masonic building that was so beautiful – everything was in its place. My first impression was WOW!! As I continued further into the building, nothing changed. The cleanliness and the shine of the floors made another strong impression on me. I walked into the lodge room and the secretary’s desk was spotless

Read More »

Grand Master’s Message – June 2021

     In the last scene of the Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) receives the book from his guardian angel called “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.  A caption inside reads “Remember no man is a failure who has friends.” Being a member of the greatest fraternity in the world, we all have many friends including some we haven’t even met yet.         I want to start by saying thank you for being

Read More »
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