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The Minocqua Fire & Rescue Department received a Fire Suppression Tool from Island City Lodge No. 330 

The Minocqua Fire & Rescue Department received a Fire Suppression Tool from Island City Lodge No. 330 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation. The portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST) is a state-of-the-art, highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution gaining first responders valuable and often critical minutes and seconds.  Submitted by Bro. Dave Imlah Jr., PM

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Hartford Lodge No. 120 Presents FST to Hartford Police Department

Brethren of Hartford Lodge No.120 presented a Fire Suppression Tool on April 11, to Chief of Police Scott MacFarlan to be used by the police departments first responders. Presenting the FST to Chief MacFarlan is Senior Warden James Hunt. Chief MacFarlan thanked the Brethren following the presentation. Submitted by, Bro. Allen Brandt

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Collins-Spring Valley Lodge Aids Local Cancer Victims

     Collins-Spring Valley Lodge No. 192, Baldwin, recently donated a portion of the proceeds from their car show last June to the Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund. The lodge’s donation of $832 was matched by the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Masonic Acts of Kindness Matching Grant Program making for a total donation of $1,664.      The SVCCF is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers from the Spring Valley community. It was founded in 2012 with the purpose of “Supporting our own” in the

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St. John’s Lodge Donates Square Bears to First Responders

Several years ago, the St. John’s Masonic Lodge of Whitewater/Palmyra donated “Masons Care Bears” to the police and fire departments to distribute to local children. This program was funded by lodge member, the late Brother David L. Kachel. In honor and memory of the generosity of our late Brother, the lodge is once again donating several of these bears to the Whitewater Police and Fire Departments. City of Whitewater Acting Police Chief Dan Meyer holds one of the bears donated

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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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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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The Minocqua Fire & Rescue Department received a Fire Suppression Tool from Island City Lodge No. 330 

The Minocqua Fire & Rescue Department received a Fire Suppression Tool from Island City Lodge No. 330 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation. The portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST) is a state-of-the-art, highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution gaining first responders valuable and often critical minutes and seconds.  Submitted by Bro. Dave Imlah Jr., PM

Read More »

Hartford Lodge No. 120 Presents FST to Hartford Police Department

Brethren of Hartford Lodge No.120 presented a Fire Suppression Tool on April 11, to Chief of Police Scott MacFarlan to be used by the police departments first responders. Presenting the FST to Chief MacFarlan is Senior Warden James Hunt. Chief MacFarlan thanked the Brethren following the presentation. Submitted by, Bro. Allen Brandt

Read More »

Collins-Spring Valley Lodge Aids Local Cancer Victims

     Collins-Spring Valley Lodge No. 192, Baldwin, recently donated a portion of the proceeds from their car show last June to the Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund. The lodge’s donation of $832 was matched by the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Masonic Acts of Kindness Matching Grant Program making for a total donation of $1,664.      The SVCCF is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers from the Spring Valley community. It was founded in 2012 with the purpose of “Supporting our own” in the

Read More »

St. John’s Lodge Donates Square Bears to First Responders

Several years ago, the St. John’s Masonic Lodge of Whitewater/Palmyra donated “Masons Care Bears” to the police and fire departments to distribute to local children. This program was funded by lodge member, the late Brother David L. Kachel. In honor and memory of the generosity of our late Brother, the lodge is once again donating several of these bears to the Whitewater Police and Fire Departments. City of Whitewater Acting Police Chief Dan Meyer holds one of the bears donated

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 »

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 »
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