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Hartford Lodge has Donated $36,141 to Medical Center 

The board of directors and staff of the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford are grateful for the financial support from the Hartford Lodge No. 120. Each year the Lodge contributes $1000 to the Medical Center Foundation’s Personal Emergency Response Program (formerly known as LifeLine).       Hartford Lodge has contributed $36,241 through the years. Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent using the Personal Emergency Response Program.        The program offers a 24-hour connection to highly trained professionals, advanced personal

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Students Comment on Assisting Dodgeville Lodge in Making Pasties

Dodgeville Lodge No. 119’s recent pasty sale raised and donated $1,090 to the Santa Cop Organization. The lodge has multiple students assisting with the making of pasties. The students sent the following comments:      My name is Tristan Wirkus. I am 19 years old and from Strat-ford Wis. I am currently a freshman at University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. and pursuing a Geography major with a minor in computer science I am hoping to attain a career as a GIS Specialist and

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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

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Thoughts for the Journey

By Reverend David O. Leistra, Grand Chaplain Greetings Brothers, Living in Wisconsin I am always glad to see March 1 show up on the calendar. I know it means that Spring is near. It was the second Sunday in March of 2020 that my church stopped having our building open for public worship and other activities. At the time we all thought that we ought to be able to reopen in time for Easter Sunday, that did not happen. Then

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Hartford Lodge has Donated $36,141 to Medical Center 

The board of directors and staff of the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford are grateful for the financial support from the Hartford Lodge No. 120. Each year the Lodge contributes $1000 to the Medical Center Foundation’s Personal Emergency Response Program (formerly known as LifeLine).       Hartford Lodge has contributed $36,241 through the years. Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent using the Personal Emergency Response Program.        The program offers a 24-hour connection to highly trained professionals, advanced personal

Read More »

Students Comment on Assisting Dodgeville Lodge in Making Pasties

Dodgeville Lodge No. 119’s recent pasty sale raised and donated $1,090 to the Santa Cop Organization. The lodge has multiple students assisting with the making of pasties. The students sent the following comments:      My name is Tristan Wirkus. I am 19 years old and from Strat-ford Wis. I am currently a freshman at University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. and pursuing a Geography major with a minor in computer science I am hoping to attain a career as a GIS Specialist and

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 »

Thoughts for the Journey

By Reverend David O. Leistra, Grand Chaplain Greetings Brothers, Living in Wisconsin I am always glad to see March 1 show up on the calendar. I know it means that Spring is near. It was the second Sunday in March of 2020 that my church stopped having our building open for public worship and other activities. At the time we all thought that we ought to be able to reopen in time for Easter Sunday, that did not happen. Then

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