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Grand Master Gorgen’s October Message to the Craft.

Hello My Brothers,     “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888.     In 1888, Friedrich Nietzsche a German philosopher, wrote as is literally translated from German, “Out of life’s school of war—what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.”     In his book Ecce Homo, Nietzsche refers to select individuals as “nature’s lucky strokes . . . among men,” and says of such a person, “knows how to turn serious situations to his own advantage; that which does not kill him makes

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Bro. Kevin Baker and AED in Squad helped Save Man’s Life

By Bro. Dave Ritchie A call came into 911, “A man was down in a field-trouble breathing.” Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Baker, a Brother of Amicitia Lodge No. 25 in Shullsburg and an 11-year veteran in law enforcement, responded to the call. Dispatch had already started talking the man’s son through first aid and when a first responder from Argyle arrived he began chest compressions. Baker upon arriving grabbed the AED out of the squad and began hooking the

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Grand Master Gorgen’s September Address to the Craft

Greeting Brothers,     The pandemic has taught us that nothing is for sure. We’ll never know what the Grand Architect has in mind for us and it can be a humbling experience. Mrs. Gump taught her son Forrest in the 1994 film Forrest Gump about uncertainty when she explained, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. Masonically, we have the lesson of the Hour Glass teaching the same principle of uncertainty and it adds

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Grand Master Strader’s June Address to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     This is my last column as your Grand Master. The year is finishing so much differently than it started. It seems like ages since we have last sat together in a lodge room whether in a stated meeting or degree. I have to say that the social meetings via Zoom that many lodges and districts are having, when working well, are quite satisfying.  Chatting with our Brothers, remarking how our hair is longer or how we are creatively getting

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Grand Master’s May Message to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     These days of isolation from being with our Brothers in person due to COVID-19 seem to test the limits of our principle tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.        Our lodge Wellness Committees are allowing the lodges to be in better touch with some of our Brothers than they have ever been with the calling efforts being done. The virtual social meetings are permitting some remote Brothers and others that do not travel, to converse with their Brothers

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2020 Annual Communication Moves to Virtual Format

By Grand Master Robert C. Strader As many of you saw in my letter of March 24th on the disposition of the 2020 Annual Communication, without any good indications that our current COVID-19 health crisis will be concluded by early June, our Grand Lodge Executive Committee has decided that a scaled back Annual Communications is necessary, one that is not focused in the centralized current format, but one with a virtual / online focus.  Our current 2-day onsite AC event will be

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The Grand Master’s April Address to the Craft

Greeting to all my Brothers,     So much has happened since I last wrote this column. COVID-19 was a concern for many last month, but no widespread warnings in our own backyard. We prayed for those in China, in Italy, in Spain and elsewhere, and prayed that we would be able to avoid those extreme conditions ourselves. I’m referring to our times now as the “Un” days. You see it in the news every day, these days are “unprecedented”, “uncertain”, “unexpected”,

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Expanding Our Masonic Knowledge

By Grand Orator Jerry A. Reick What Class of Mason do I want to be?In his 1875 essay, “Mason Who do not Read”. Albert G Mackey talks about three classes of Masons. He talks about the characteristics of each, what they perceive Masonry to be, and what they expect out of it. As you read this article, think about your reasons for joining, what you thought Masonry was, what you expect to get out of your affiliation and what class

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Lodge No. 108 Receives New Charter Reflecting Name Change to Rock River

Submitted by Bro.Don Brown, Secretary Grand Master Robert C. Strader delivered a new charter to Rock River Lodge No. 108during their stated communication on Nov. 19. Master Scott Scharnell accepted the new charter, reflecting the name change of the Lodge from Neosho-Mayville-Horicon Lodge No. 108 to Rock River Lodge No. 108. The lodge meets at the Hustisford Masonic Center. The Brethren felt that the Lodge name no longer truly represented their members. A unifying factor that the membership shared was

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The Grand Master’s March Address to the Craft

Greeting Brothers, The best times for a Grand Master are whenever he can be visiting with our Brothers and their families.  We do this by attending degrees, lodge picnics, ladies table lodge dinners, celebration dinners, youth group events, and the list goes on and on.  An important event on that list is when a Grand Master can go visit with those Brothers, family members and widows of our departed Brothers that now reside outside Wisconsin.  They’ve spent some part of their life in

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The Grand Master’s February Address to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     Like many of you, this past month my Lady Barbara and I went to see the final episode of the Star Wars saga and lamented about it being the end of the series, the end of an era, its story complete. I started thinking about Freemasonry, the state of our lodges, not wanting to see our story ever be complete, but for them to continue on for generations to come.        The previous Friday I had been in the

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The Gentleman In The Room

By Junior Grand Warden David R. Ritchie This year 2020 something special happens that only occurs every four years. The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo this summer. This is usually a topic that fills our discussions around the water cooler as well as the headlines for months in advance. Human achievement. Nations coming together peacefully. The triumphs of the human spirit. Where is that conversation this year? Where are the headlines? Of course, this year it seems like

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Grand Master Gorgen’s October Message to the Craft.

Hello My Brothers,     “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888.     In 1888, Friedrich Nietzsche a German philosopher, wrote as is literally translated from German, “Out of life’s school of war—what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.”     In his book Ecce Homo, Nietzsche refers to select individuals as “nature’s lucky strokes . . . among men,” and says of such a person, “knows how to turn serious situations to his own advantage; that which does not kill him makes

Read More »

Bro. Kevin Baker and AED in Squad helped Save Man’s Life

By Bro. Dave Ritchie A call came into 911, “A man was down in a field-trouble breathing.” Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Baker, a Brother of Amicitia Lodge No. 25 in Shullsburg and an 11-year veteran in law enforcement, responded to the call. Dispatch had already started talking the man’s son through first aid and when a first responder from Argyle arrived he began chest compressions. Baker upon arriving grabbed the AED out of the squad and began hooking the

Read More »

Grand Master Gorgen’s September Address to the Craft

Greeting Brothers,     The pandemic has taught us that nothing is for sure. We’ll never know what the Grand Architect has in mind for us and it can be a humbling experience. Mrs. Gump taught her son Forrest in the 1994 film Forrest Gump about uncertainty when she explained, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”. Masonically, we have the lesson of the Hour Glass teaching the same principle of uncertainty and it adds

Read More »

Grand Master Strader’s June Address to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     This is my last column as your Grand Master. The year is finishing so much differently than it started. It seems like ages since we have last sat together in a lodge room whether in a stated meeting or degree. I have to say that the social meetings via Zoom that many lodges and districts are having, when working well, are quite satisfying.  Chatting with our Brothers, remarking how our hair is longer or how we are creatively getting

Read More »

Grand Master’s May Message to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     These days of isolation from being with our Brothers in person due to COVID-19 seem to test the limits of our principle tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.        Our lodge Wellness Committees are allowing the lodges to be in better touch with some of our Brothers than they have ever been with the calling efforts being done. The virtual social meetings are permitting some remote Brothers and others that do not travel, to converse with their Brothers

Read More »

2020 Annual Communication Moves to Virtual Format

By Grand Master Robert C. Strader As many of you saw in my letter of March 24th on the disposition of the 2020 Annual Communication, without any good indications that our current COVID-19 health crisis will be concluded by early June, our Grand Lodge Executive Committee has decided that a scaled back Annual Communications is necessary, one that is not focused in the centralized current format, but one with a virtual / online focus.  Our current 2-day onsite AC event will be

Read More »

The Grand Master’s April Address to the Craft

Greeting to all my Brothers,     So much has happened since I last wrote this column. COVID-19 was a concern for many last month, but no widespread warnings in our own backyard. We prayed for those in China, in Italy, in Spain and elsewhere, and prayed that we would be able to avoid those extreme conditions ourselves. I’m referring to our times now as the “Un” days. You see it in the news every day, these days are “unprecedented”, “uncertain”, “unexpected”,

Read More »

Expanding Our Masonic Knowledge

By Grand Orator Jerry A. Reick What Class of Mason do I want to be?In his 1875 essay, “Mason Who do not Read”. Albert G Mackey talks about three classes of Masons. He talks about the characteristics of each, what they perceive Masonry to be, and what they expect out of it. As you read this article, think about your reasons for joining, what you thought Masonry was, what you expect to get out of your affiliation and what class

Read More »

Lodge No. 108 Receives New Charter Reflecting Name Change to Rock River

Submitted by Bro.Don Brown, Secretary Grand Master Robert C. Strader delivered a new charter to Rock River Lodge No. 108during their stated communication on Nov. 19. Master Scott Scharnell accepted the new charter, reflecting the name change of the Lodge from Neosho-Mayville-Horicon Lodge No. 108 to Rock River Lodge No. 108. The lodge meets at the Hustisford Masonic Center. The Brethren felt that the Lodge name no longer truly represented their members. A unifying factor that the membership shared was

Read More »

The Grand Master’s March Address to the Craft

Greeting Brothers, The best times for a Grand Master are whenever he can be visiting with our Brothers and their families.  We do this by attending degrees, lodge picnics, ladies table lodge dinners, celebration dinners, youth group events, and the list goes on and on.  An important event on that list is when a Grand Master can go visit with those Brothers, family members and widows of our departed Brothers that now reside outside Wisconsin.  They’ve spent some part of their life in

Read More »

The Grand Master’s February Address to the Craft.

Greetings Brothers,     Like many of you, this past month my Lady Barbara and I went to see the final episode of the Star Wars saga and lamented about it being the end of the series, the end of an era, its story complete. I started thinking about Freemasonry, the state of our lodges, not wanting to see our story ever be complete, but for them to continue on for generations to come.        The previous Friday I had been in the

Read More »

The Gentleman In The Room

By Junior Grand Warden David R. Ritchie This year 2020 something special happens that only occurs every four years. The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo this summer. This is usually a topic that fills our discussions around the water cooler as well as the headlines for months in advance. Human achievement. Nations coming together peacefully. The triumphs of the human spirit. Where is that conversation this year? Where are the headlines? Of course, this year it seems like

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