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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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Expanding Our Masonic Knowledge

By Grand Orator Jerry A. Reick Greetings Brethren, This month I’m providing an article from the Ohio Grand Lodge website that gives a nice explanation of the difference between operative and speculative Masonry. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Operative v. Speculative Masonry: What’s the Difference? Freemasonry is a brotherhood rooted in the mission of making good men even better, guided by the core values of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Every Mason is on

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Every Child Should Have a Place at the Table The Challenge Coin — POWER coupled with BENEVOLENCE The Grand Master’s Appeal Challenge Coin

It cannot be bought. It is not for sale but is awarded to the benevolent donor who has sup-ported feeding a hungry child with a donation to the Grand Masters Appeal. There is no reward for having one; other than the self-satisfaction that you have touched the life of someone who does not know when they will be enjoying his or her next meal. The coin itself represents nothing but hope for a hungry child. It is physically small, about

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The Gentleman In The Room

By Junior Grand Warden David R. Ritchie It has been said that “Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” Being a gentleman is as much a matter of choice as being uncivil is a matter of choice. The choice often centers around choosing self-centeredness or choosing empathy with others. Civilization is the idea of a group of people living and working together, within a

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Reflections of Past Grand Master James A. Zimmerman

By Past Grand Master Craig S. Campbell James Allen Zimmerman, formerly of Shawano, Wisconsin, passed away at his home in Rogers, Arkansas on Sept. 23, 2020. He was born to Clarence and Iola (Petit) Zimmerman on Oct. 2, 1939 in Elgin Illinois. Jim was baptized and confirmed at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1957 after which he served our country from 1959-1961 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps stationed in France.

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What can We do Now?

I had the pleasure to speak with a Brother from one of our lodges who shared an interesting idea they had for visiting their widows. Because of COVID-19 and not being able to have that face-to-face visit, they decided to call each widow and wish her “happy holidays”, and ask if she would be home on (date & time) so they could stop by. They said they would be knocking on her door and leaving a gift from our lodge.

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Continuing Gift from Hartford Lodge

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 Life-Line) during the Tree of Life Celebration Campaign. The Hartford Lodge has contributed $35,241 through the years. Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent by the use of the Personal Emergency Response Program. The

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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 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

Read More »

Expanding Our Masonic Knowledge

By Grand Orator Jerry A. Reick Greetings Brethren, This month I’m providing an article from the Ohio Grand Lodge website that gives a nice explanation of the difference between operative and speculative Masonry. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did. Operative v. Speculative Masonry: What’s the Difference? Freemasonry is a brotherhood rooted in the mission of making good men even better, guided by the core values of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Every Mason is on

Read More »

Every Child Should Have a Place at the Table The Challenge Coin — POWER coupled with BENEVOLENCE The Grand Master’s Appeal Challenge Coin

It cannot be bought. It is not for sale but is awarded to the benevolent donor who has sup-ported feeding a hungry child with a donation to the Grand Masters Appeal. There is no reward for having one; other than the self-satisfaction that you have touched the life of someone who does not know when they will be enjoying his or her next meal. The coin itself represents nothing but hope for a hungry child. It is physically small, about

Read More »

The Gentleman In The Room

By Junior Grand Warden David R. Ritchie It has been said that “Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” Being a gentleman is as much a matter of choice as being uncivil is a matter of choice. The choice often centers around choosing self-centeredness or choosing empathy with others. Civilization is the idea of a group of people living and working together, within a

Read More »

Reflections of Past Grand Master James A. Zimmerman

By Past Grand Master Craig S. Campbell James Allen Zimmerman, formerly of Shawano, Wisconsin, passed away at his home in Rogers, Arkansas on Sept. 23, 2020. He was born to Clarence and Iola (Petit) Zimmerman on Oct. 2, 1939 in Elgin Illinois. Jim was baptized and confirmed at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1957 after which he served our country from 1959-1961 in the U.S. Army Signal Corps stationed in France.

Read More »

What can We do Now?

I had the pleasure to speak with a Brother from one of our lodges who shared an interesting idea they had for visiting their widows. Because of COVID-19 and not being able to have that face-to-face visit, they decided to call each widow and wish her “happy holidays”, and ask if she would be home on (date & time) so they could stop by. They said they would be knocking on her door and leaving a gift from our lodge.

Read More »

Continuing Gift from Hartford Lodge

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 Life-Line) during the Tree of Life Celebration Campaign. The Hartford Lodge has contributed $35,241 through the years. Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent by the use of the Personal Emergency Response Program. 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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