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Prince Hall – Black Freemason and Civil Rights Activist

By Bro. Ed Klein Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Prince Hall arrived in Boston in 1765 at age seventeen, having worked in exchange for passage on a vessel bound for America. Living in colonial Medford, MA, Hall married Sara Ritchie, a slave who died soon after the marriage. At age 25, after many years of making a living as a peddler and leather worker, Hall owned land, paid taxes and was eligible to vote. He was one of the Free Blacks

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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

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CS Giving Foundation Helps Push Grand Master’s Appeal to $70K

by Senior Grand Warden Paul T. Tourville CS Giving Foundation Helps Push Grand Master’s Appeal to $70K What an amazing night! The 14th annual Wild Game dinner fundraising event hosted by CS Giving Foundation was a huge success. For those who do not know, the CS in CS Giving Foundation is an abbreviation for Com-pass & Square. That’s right, this charitable foundation was established several years ago specifically by Freemasons designed to raise money primarily for Wiscon-sin childhood charities. Over

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Dells Lodge assists food pantry

by Bro. James Timm The Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin Kenneth C. Gorgen has a special appeal this year for Masons to make donations to food pantries all over Wisconsin. In his words “Every child should have a place at the table”. This COVID-19 pandemic has affected many families throughout Wisconsin. In addition to the Grand Master’s Appeal Wisconsin Dells Lodge No. 124 would like to do their part by making a donation to our local food pantry. In

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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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Prince Hall – Black Freemason and Civil Rights Activist

By Bro. Ed Klein Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Prince Hall arrived in Boston in 1765 at age seventeen, having worked in exchange for passage on a vessel bound for America. Living in colonial Medford, MA, Hall married Sara Ritchie, a slave who died soon after the marriage. At age 25, after many years of making a living as a peddler and leather worker, Hall owned land, paid taxes and was eligible to vote. He was one of the Free Blacks

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 »

CS Giving Foundation Helps Push Grand Master’s Appeal to $70K

by Senior Grand Warden Paul T. Tourville CS Giving Foundation Helps Push Grand Master’s Appeal to $70K What an amazing night! The 14th annual Wild Game dinner fundraising event hosted by CS Giving Foundation was a huge success. For those who do not know, the CS in CS Giving Foundation is an abbreviation for Com-pass & Square. That’s right, this charitable foundation was established several years ago specifically by Freemasons designed to raise money primarily for Wiscon-sin childhood charities. Over

Read More »

Dells Lodge assists food pantry

by Bro. James Timm The Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin Kenneth C. Gorgen has a special appeal this year for Masons to make donations to food pantries all over Wisconsin. In his words “Every child should have a place at the table”. This COVID-19 pandemic has affected many families throughout Wisconsin. In addition to the Grand Master’s Appeal Wisconsin Dells Lodge No. 124 would like to do their part by making a donation to our local food pantry. In

Read More »

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”,

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