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Ripon Freemasons ring bells to raise money

Freemasons from Prairie View Masonic Lodge (No. 95), Ripon, rang the Salvation Army Bell at the Walgreens in Ripon on December 9th. Pictured is Tiler Phil Wepner ringing the Bell. Also taking a turn at ringing the bells throughout the day were Brothers (Master) Greg Frounfelter, Bill Boutwell, (PM) Meade Grim, Tom Archambo, (PM) Wes O’Laire, Kevan Nault, Tom Voight, Mike Brice and (PM) Rick Coles.  This is an annual event for the Ripon-based Brethren, as we proudly reported on

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“Acts of Kindness” Reverberates Through Tomah Community

As we reported earlier this month, Wisconsin Masons have donated over 325 Fire Suppression Tools to community First Responders throughout the state. These donations have been made possible by a generous gift from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation through the “Acts of Kindness”program. Of those, 8 have already been used in fire situations from Shawano County to Lincoln County to Tomah. “[T]he Tomah Police Department successfully deployed their donated FST at the scene of a house fire in their community. This is

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WI Masons Donate More Than 325 Fire Suppression Tools – 8 Already Used!

From our partners and friends at Fire Suppression Solutions: “Fire Suppression Solutions is proud to share that communities across the State of Wisconsin are starting to see the benefits of our partnership with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges. More than 325 Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) have been donated by Wisconsin Freemasons to Police and Fire Departments throughout the state. Additionally, in less than twelve months from the initial donation, eight of these FST’s have been successfully deployed,

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Brookfield Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool

The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge No. 370 donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the New Berlin Fire Department.  This donation of this innovative fire fighting tool was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program. This device, when deployed into a structure on fire, will emit a nonhazardous aerosol that will extinguish the fire within seconds. The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge believe this tool will undoubtedly help save lives, pets, and

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Valentine’s Day Message of Brotherly Love: Brother Chad Svacina Wins Nationwide Masonic Essay Contest 

By Brother Jason Laramee, Education Committee Chairman  The “Whence Came You?” Podcast, a Masonic podcast with an average global reach of two hundred fifty thousand listens per episode, held a Masonic essay contest in late 2022. Wisconsin Freemasons are proud to report that Brother Chad Svacina of Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge No. 192 was chosen as the winner, writing an essay that brilliantly captures the essence of Brotherly Love.   When asked about our Brother’s essay, the voice of the

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Hartford Freemasons Support Their Local Medical Center Foundation

Submitted by Brother Al Brandt The Freemasons of Hartford Masonic Lodge recently donated an additional $1000 to the Medical Center Foundation, which will be used for the Center’s Medical Transportation Program. This program provides rides for individual who are unable to transport themselves or don’t have any other way to get the medical services they need.  Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent by the use of the Medical Center’s five programs. These programs are:  1. Medical

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St. Croix Valley Masons Support Their Local Family Resource Center

The Freemasons of Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge in Baldwin recently made a generous $800 donation to the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley (FRCSCV).  The donation will be used locally to provide education, resources, and support to families with children prenatal-kindergarten entry in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties.  The donation was made in part from the proceeds generated from their car show last summer. Lodge funds were then matched with dollars from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation “Acts of Kindness”

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Building Better Communities Through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness

By Brother Peter Tourville, President, Wisconsin Masonic Foundation  Greetings and thank you for your support on behalf of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation (WMF). 2022 brought a lot of changes to the WMF and how we are helping Freemasons build better communities in Wisconsin through Acts of Kindness.  The Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Acts of Kindness program is making a difference locally and becoming recognizable outside our Fraternity. The Acts of Kindness Fire Suppression Tool (FST) program allowed Freemasons to donate 300

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Rock River Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tool to Hustisford Police

The Freemasons of Rock River Masonic Lodge No. 108 presented the Hustisford Police Department with a Fire Suppression Tool on January 5th at the Hustisford Police Department. In the photo above, Rock River Masonic Lodge Brother Josh Presher presents the innovative life-saving device to Hustisford Police Department Chief Gregory Kaepernick.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman

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Over 60 Masons Complete Lodge Leadership Training Workshops

By District 10 Deputy Christopher R. Cochrane  Congratulations! You’ve been elected Master of your Lodge… now what?  Everyone is looking to you for leadership and you are staring blankly back at them. Your anxiety is growing because you have no idea what to do next. You still need to become proficient at opening and closing the Lodge which looked much easier when you weren’t in the East. The pressure is on and you’re beginning to doubt yourself and your abilities. 

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National Sojourners Present US Flag to Wisconsin Masonic Center

By Bro. Dave Mahoney  Brother John Prindle, Wisconsin Masonic Center Director, recently contacted Brother Dave Mahoney regarding replacing the tattered flag outside of the Wisconsin Masonic Center. Brother Mahoney contacted Truax Chapter #97 National Sojourners who are based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Truax Sojourners consented to purchase a flag for the Center. Brother Mahoney contacted fellow Masonic Brothers Darrel (AJ) Fuecht, who also serves as Truax Chapter President and Greg Chille, who also serves as the HEROES Camp Commander, and

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Celebrations Planned for 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin Masonic Center

By Bro. Tom Ewald, President of the Wisconsin Masonic Center Foundation Greetings Brothers and Happy New Year! We, your Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Masonic Center, are kicking off 2023 with a renewed sense of spirit to promote, preserve and protect our Wisconsin Masonic Center (WMC) and its mission: “To provide a relevant central Masonic Center for the members of Wisconsin for the next 100 years.” Spring of 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the WMC. To commemorate

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The Grand Master’s Message – February 2023

By the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin, Brother Paul T. Tourville I’m Proud to be a Freemason!  I’m Proud of who we are!  I’m Proud of what we do!  My Brothers,  2023 is off to a hot start! There is no doubt that 2022 was a year of great happenings for our Fraternity. Well… the word is out. The good men of your community want to join you, as Brothers. In 2022, we saw a 70% growth

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates Critically Important Fire Fighting Device to Mazomanie

The Brethren of Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the nearby Mazomanie Fire Department. The Brethren of Lodi Lodge are proud partners with the first responders in their area. Lodi Valley Lodge Number 99 has deep roots in Mazomanie with the Lodge having members from the area due to several Lodge mergers years back. The Lodi Brethren still ensure that the Mazomanie community continues to receive their aid and support. The Fire Suppression Tool is

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Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. 

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge Supports The Boys and Girls Club of Door County

Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge Number 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.  The money was used for their Christmas outreach program and their “basic needs closet” for area residents in need.  The Sturgeon Bay-based Masonic Lodge is a proud partner of this important community organization. The Brethren at Henry S Baird Lodge have been very

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Pictured above from left: Brother Jake Olsen, Master of Waverly Masonic Lodge; Brother Gregg Watson; and Master-Elect Josh Dutton.

Appleton’s Waverly Masonic Lodge Aids “Harbor House”

Waverly Masonic Lodge No. 51 of Appleton held a donation drive for Harbor House, Outagamie and Calumet Counties. Harbor House is a non-profit that raises awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  During the course of the donation drive, the Brothers collected clothing, toys, household goods, toiletries, stamps, and gift cards donated by the other Brethren of the Lodge. The Freemasons of Waverly Lodge are proud supporters of this community based action group – helping to bring awareness, support, and assistance

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Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson. 

Bloomer Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Device to Bloomer Fire Department

The Freemasons of Bloomer Masonic Lodge No. 281 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Bloomer Fire Department. These FSTs are literal lifesaving devices – able to greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a burning structure within 30-60 seconds after deployment. Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson.  The fire department was very appreciative to

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Master Nate Devermann recently presented a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and Dousman Masonic Lodge No. 315 of $1,000 to Bro. George Jozwiak, representing the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors (WHO). 

Dousman Masonic Lodge Supports Wisconsin Veterans

Master Nate Devermann recently presented a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and Dousman Masonic Lodge No. 315 of $1,000 to Bro. George Jozwiak, representing the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors (WHO).  WHO is a veteran’s support organization supporting vets with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), service-related disabilities, and other mental heath issues related to their service by getting them involved with outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, nature walks, etc. They also act as a referral service to other veteran

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Pictured rom left: Kyle Killian, Jeff Killian, Bill Lee, Scott Hazeltine, George Jordan, Jerrod Fox, Dan Retzlaff. 

Columbus Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Their Fire Department 

Columbus Masonic Lodge No. 75 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Columbus Fire Department. The Brothers of Columbus Lodge have a lengthy history of supporting their area first responders and are proud to provide their local fire department with another firefighting tool in their arsenal. The Fire Suppression Tool is designed to greatly suppress and even fully extinguish a fire within a burning structure or vehicle. They are a critically important tool in house fires, especially those in

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From left: Samuel Schwer, Chris Kreul, Tom Parrish, Fennimore Police Chief Chris French, Master Ken Meyer and Monte Steiber.

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Fighting Equipment to Fennimore Police Department

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge No. 8 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Fennimore Police Department last month at the Fennimore Municipal Building. The donation underscores the relationship Prairie du Chien has with nearby Fennimore – and the Lodge’s desire to make a positive difference throughout their entire region. Oftentimes, in rural areas of the state, the first responders to arrive on the scene of a fire can be the local police department. Having a firefighting tool

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Photoed from left: Brother Gregory Dobbins, Fire Captain Meyer, Fire Chief Mac Donald, District Representative Mitch Custer, Village President Mike McCutchen, and Brother Andy Buecher. 

Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge Presents Lifesaving Tool to Ephraim Fire Department

Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174, located in Sturgeon Bay, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Ephraim Fire Department last month at the Ephraim Firehouse. We posted another donation made by the generous Brothers of this Lodge earlier this month as they donated two other fire suppression tools, one to the Algoma Police Department and the other to the Algoma Fire Department. The tools are being offered to Lodges as part of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of

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Pictured from left: William Pfund (HUHS Advisor), CJ Kuehn (Team Member), Libby Hodson (Team Member) receiving the check from Past Master Paul Peacock, Mary Mejai (Team Member), Jonathan Brown (Team Member), and Senior Deacon Patrick Bertelson (Team Advisor). 

Hartford Masonic Lodge Supports Their High School Robotics Team

The Brethren of Hartford Masonic Lodge No. 120 recently presented the Hartford Union High School (HUHS) Robotics Team #1091 with a $1000 donation in support of their learning and work for competition in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Program.  This donation included $500 from the Hartford Masonic Lodge and $500 of matching funds from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program. The Lodge is proud to partner with the high school to support its students — and help them to further

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Pictured from left: Grand Tiler LeRoy Huber, Senior Warden; DR Robert Barnett, Master; Officer Aaron Johnson; and Sergeant Jessica Rittenhouse. 

Union Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Evansville Police Department

Union Masonic Lodge No. 32 in Evansville recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Evansville Police Department. The Masons of this Lodge are so proud to partner with their first responders – and this generous gift from the Lodge will help make their community safer. The FST device is designed to be tossed into a burning building or vehicle and emit a nonhazardous aerosol that can greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a fire in 30-60 seconds. The

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Pictured from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.

Durand Masonic Lodge Presents Innovative Firefighting Tool to Their Fire Department

The Brothers of Durand Masonic Lodge No. 149 recently donated a fire suppression tool (FST) to the Durand Fire Department. The presentation and accompanying demonstration video left a great impression on the Department – and they were very appreciative of the gift.  Picture from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.  Masons around Wisconsin have a long history of supporting their

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From left: Brother Fran Holzer; Brother Remy Colas; Darlene Masters, Director of Family Advocates; Brother Wally Trouten; Melody Masonic Master Ronnie Jaacks; and Brother Sam Gomez.

Platteville’s Melody Masonic Lodge Donates to Family Advocates, Inc.

The Brothers of Melody Lodge No. 2 in Platteville recently donated $1,000 to Family Advocates.  Family Advocates, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of all types of abuse. Prevention and intervention services are provided to victims and survivors of domestic, sexual, child, and elder abuse in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties. Their territory is wide and their mission is of utmost importance; which is why the Brothers of Melody Masonic Lodge are so proud to partner with this

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Washburn Masonic Lodge Assists Those In Need at Local “Sharing Center”

Brother Mitch Czaplicki of Washburn Masonic Lodge No.145 in Bristol, Wisconsin presented a check for $1,000 to Director Sharon Pomaville of The Sharing Center in Trevor. The Center serves up to 300 residents of the greater Westosha area each and every day — supplying them with needed food, clothing, employment programs, and other helpful and necessary assistance.  The Brothers of Washburn Masonic Lodge are proud to support their community and help those in need, especially during the colder winter months. 

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Town of Mukwonago Police Department Chief Thomas Czarnecki accepted the donations on behalf of his team, and Jim Cairo (the leader of our Mukwonago Lodge), and Gavin DeGrave (our District leader) joined me for the presentation. 

Grand Master Tourville Presents Two Fire Suppression Tools to Mukwonago Police Department

By Paul Tourville, Grand Master, Wisconsin Freemasons Just had the pleasure of presenting TWO (2) Fire Suppression Solutions LLC state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tools to my local police department! Town of Mukwonago Police Department Chief Thomas Czarnecki accepted the donations on behalf of his first responder team, and Brother Jim Cairo (the leader of our Mukwonago Lodge), and Brother Gavin DeGrave (our District leader) joined me for the presentation.  Further, the Freemasons of Mukwonago are excited about facilitating more community events

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Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke. 

Geneva Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Genoa Police Department

Geneva Masonic Lodge No. 44 of Lake Geneva presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Chief of Police Joseph Balog of the Village of Genoa City Police Department on December 17th. Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke.  The Brothers of the Lodge are proud partners and supporters of their area first responders. This device will travel in a squad car as a

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Brats for Dogs: Masonic Light Lodge Supports Crivitz Police K-9 Unit

Masonic Light Lodge No. 218 of Crivitz recently donated $1000 to the Crivitz Police Department K-9 Unit. The funds presented will help ensure the safety of the community as well the law enforcement personnel.  The Masonic Lodge has a history of community involvement, especially when it comes to supporting their local first responders. The monies donated were in part raised by the Masonic Lodge’s summer brat fries at Pelkin’s Smokey Meats, and matched by a generous donation from the Wisconsin

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Oconto’s Pine Masonic Lodge Supports Their First Responders

Pine Masonic Lodge No. 188 of Oconto presented the Oconto Fire Department with a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The firemen were invited for dinner and fellowship – and told about the innovative tool they now have in their fire-fighting arsenal with this FST.  The device was made possible through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program and dovetails with the pride and support the Lodge has for its area first responders. Pictured from left:

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Sturgeon Bay’s HS Baird Masonic Lodge Presents Life-Saving Tools to Algoma Police and Fire

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge No. 174, Sturgeon Bay, present a Fire Suppression Tool to both the Algoma Police and Fire Department at the Algoma Fire Station. The first responders were very appreciative of the devices, as they are designed to quickly extinguish a building or vehicle on fire. Pictured from left: District Representative Mitch Custer, Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker, Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman and Bros. Andy Buechner, Gregory Dobbins and Junior Warden Ben Miller, all of Henry

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Bloomer Freemasons Donate $10,500 to Their Community

Bloomer Lodge No. 281, with the help of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, donated an impressive $10,500 to several organizations, students, and charities in Bloomer and New Auburn area.  From left are some of the recipients of those monies: Benjamin Olson, Light Up The Park; Andy Roggenbock and Troy Baier, Bloomer Sports Club; John Baier, Bloomer K9 Unit; Chad Phillips, Bloomer Ambulance; Bill Bleskacek, Bloomer Fire Department; Curtis Harrison, Curtie Cares; Deb Bowe, Bloomer Aquatic Center; Nancy Hanson, Bloomer Food Pantry;

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Mineral Point Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tools to Their Fire and Police Departments

By Levi Zimmerman The Mineral Point Fire and Police Departments will both have new fire suppression tools thanks to donations made by the Mineral Point Masonic Lodge. On Monday night, Fire Chief Brian Marr and Police Chief Bob Weier met with some of the Freemasons to be presented the donations. The fire suppression tool (FST) is reportedly a highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution that can be activated after pulling a pin and throwing it into an active

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Union Grove Lodge Provides Fire Suppression Tool to Racine County Sheriff

The Brethren of Union Grove Freemasons Lodge No. 288 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Racine County Sheriff. The Fire Suppression Tool will be placed in the Racine County Sheriff’s squad vehicle that continuously patrols the Village of Union Grove, thereby having a direct positive impact on their community and its first responders. Pictured above front row from left: George Winget, Jack Nelson, Chris Acker, Sheriff Chris Schmaling, Sgt. Smith, Officer Hobart, Clint Cagle, Gunnar Knight and Steve Knight.

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Potosi’s Warren Masonic Lodge Holiday Visits to Their Lodge Widows and Shut-Ins

Pictured from left: Senior Grand Deacon Joseph E. Thompson, Deputy Grand Master David R. Ritchie, Tom Schwantes, Karl Keicher, PGM Davey L. White Jr. Seated: Santa (Bro. John Meist) and Cotton Redding.  The Brothers of Warren Lodge No. 4 in Potosi made the rounds with “Lodge Brother Santa” to visit local widows of their fallen Brethren and area Brothers who can no longer make it to Lodge, primarily due to age or health reasons.  This annual event has grown from

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Brother Boyd Monte (pictured above) made a great Santa! 

Crandon Masonic Lodge Hosts “Santa Stop” During Christmas on Main Street

Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 opened its doors on Dec. 2nd to the community, both to showcase the Lodge’s beauty and holiday spirit — and to provide a wonderful opportunity for area children to meet Santa Claus before his Christmas visits.  The Brethren decorated the first floor of their Lodge building in the spirit of the holidays and hosted “Santa Stop” for this year’s “Christmas on Main Street” scavenger hunt. The holiday themed scavenger hunt is an annual event sponsored

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Prairie View Masonic Lodge Rings Bells for Salvation Army

The tintinnabulation of the ringing of the bells! Prairie View Masonic Lodge No. 95 once again took a day ringing the Salvation Army bell at Walgreens in Ripon on Dec. 3. The Brothers gather every year to support their local Salvation Army and partner with them to help support their community.  The monies raised from previous Red Kettle campaigns were used to help people with rent, utilities, lodging and other needs. In addition, the Ripon Area Salvation Army donated money

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Dodgeville Masonic Lodge Assists Iowa County Sheriff’s “Santa Cop”

Dodgeville Masonic Lodge No. 119 held a pasty sale on December 3rd with the proceeds benefiting Iowa County Sheriff’s Office “Santa Cop” program. The sale raised $1,053 for the worthy community cause, which directly helped the children of Iowa County have a better and merrier Christmas.  Pictured from left: Brother Ross Jones of the Dodgeville Masonic Lodge, Officer (and Brother) Kevin Baker, Officer Lana Hoppenjan, Officer Canza Baker, Officer Matt Grogen, Angie Pishon and Brother Jim Heisner.  From DD8 Events,

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New Richmond Masonic Lodge Gifts Life-Saving Tool to Community

New Richmond Masonic Lodge No. 195 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Apple River Fire Department at Range on October 18th. The following Lodge members were present: Loren Barnes, Mike Bessette, Chad Fonseca, Anthony Rives, Sam Christenson, Dan Hagerty and Larry Riemenschneider – as well as several Lodge Ladies, including Silvanna Rives and Julie Riemenschneider.  The presentation underscored the partnership Masons have with their area first responders. The New Richmond Masonic Lodge was proud to present this device to

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River Falls Lodge Assists Local Resource Center

By Bro. Milt Helmer The Brothers of River Falls Lodge No. 109 met informally on Oct. 4th to hear guest speakers Ronna Ellis and Tammy Pitzen talk on a group known as Assistance & Resource Center Inc. (ARC.)  The service and assistance group, serving River Falls and Ellsworth, is all volunteer and specializes in providing a hand up — not a hand out — to those in need. The group does not require extensive paperwork. The client calls and speaks

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Village of Waukesha Fire Department Receives Fire Suppression Tool From Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge

Brother Chris Villarreal, Master of Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge No. 350 in Milwaukee, recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Village of Waukesha Fire Department. The Department is planning on placing this life-saving tool on their front line ambulance, since it responds to approximately 85% of the calls in the Village of Waukesha.  Pictured from right: FF/EMT Sami Rogman, FF/EMT Abbey Lynch, FF/EMT Tylar Nelson, Nathan Hale Master Chris Villarreal, Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Stolldorf and DO/EMT Ryan

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LaBelle Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Vernon County Sheriff

LaBelle Lodge No. 84, Viroqua, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 19. In the photo above, Lodge Master Dan Iverson presents the FST to Vernon County Deputy Roy Togerson.  LaBelle Lodge is a proud partner with and an active supporter of their local first responders. The Brothers made this generous gift, possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, as a way to help the Vernon County

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Hartford Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Neosho Volunteer Fire Department

Pictured above: Firemen and Lodge Brothers and families gather for a group photo.  The Brethren of Hartford Masonic Lodge No. 120 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to Neosho Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 18. After the presentation members of the Neosho Fire Department and the Hartford Lodge enjoyed fellowship and refreshments that the Lodge provided in thanks for all they do for the community.  Masons across Wisconsin are proud partners with our local first responders – and the donations of

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Jackson Police Receive Two Fire Suppression Tools from Lincoln Masonic Lodge

Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 183 donated two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to the Jackson Police during the Fire Department’s open house on Oct. 12th. Many people in the community were there to see the presentation.  The FSTs were presented to the police as they are often the first on the scene of a fire or an emergency. These state-of-the-art devices will travel in the Jackson Police squad vehicles the patrol the community, making them at-the-ready for use in a building

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Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge Presents Four Fire Suppression Tools

The Brothers of Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge No. 215 presented the Police Departments of Red Cliff, Bayfield, LaPointe, and Washburn each with a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FSTs help to quickly suppress and extinguish fires in enclosed spaces – and were presented to the Police Departments, as they are typically the emergency responders first to the scene of a fire, accident, or other emergency that might necessitate the use of such a device. Pictured in the photo from left:

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Washington Island Fire Department Receives Life-Saving Fire Fighting Tool from Milwaukee’s Freemasons Lodge

A Fire Suppression Tool (FST) was donated to the Washington Island Fire Department on Sept. 25th, by Brother David Alderfer, longtime Washington Island resident, on behalf of Freemasons Lodge No. 363 in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness. Participating in presenting the FST was Brother Bob Roth, Freemasons Lodge, who is a long-time visitor to the Island and friend of the Alderfers.  Washington Island, Wisconsin is five miles by four miles in area, with about 700 full

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Grand Master Speaks on Fire Suppression Tools and Membership at Reedsburg “Shed Lodge”

By Rich Rygh, Wisconsin Masonic Journal District 8 Deputy Daniel C. Brylla again made his “shed” in rural Reedsburg available to Masons from all over the state for Reedsburg Lodge’s Annual Shed Lodge on Oct 1. It was an evening of blue jeans, great food and good old Masonic fellowship, along with a few stories.  Grand Master Paul T. Tourville stated he appreciated the opportunity to talk and he appreciated the dress code even more. He stated, “It is a

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Ripon Freemasons ring bells to raise money

Freemasons from Prairie View Masonic Lodge (No. 95), Ripon, rang the Salvation Army Bell at the Walgreens in Ripon on December 9th. Pictured is Tiler Phil Wepner ringing the Bell. Also taking a turn at ringing the bells throughout the day were Brothers (Master) Greg Frounfelter, Bill Boutwell, (PM) Meade Grim, Tom Archambo, (PM) Wes O’Laire, Kevan Nault, Tom Voight, Mike Brice and (PM) Rick Coles.  This is an annual event for the Ripon-based Brethren, as we proudly reported on

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“Acts of Kindness” Reverberates Through Tomah Community

As we reported earlier this month, Wisconsin Masons have donated over 325 Fire Suppression Tools to community First Responders throughout the state. These donations have been made possible by a generous gift from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation through the “Acts of Kindness”program. Of those, 8 have already been used in fire situations from Shawano County to Lincoln County to Tomah. “[T]he Tomah Police Department successfully deployed their donated FST at the scene of a house fire in their community. This is

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WI Masons Donate More Than 325 Fire Suppression Tools – 8 Already Used!

From our partners and friends at Fire Suppression Solutions: “Fire Suppression Solutions is proud to share that communities across the State of Wisconsin are starting to see the benefits of our partnership with the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and local Masonic Lodges. More than 325 Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) have been donated by Wisconsin Freemasons to Police and Fire Departments throughout the state. Additionally, in less than twelve months from the initial donation, eight of these FST’s have been successfully deployed,

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Brookfield Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool

The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge No. 370 donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the New Berlin Fire Department.  This donation of this innovative fire fighting tool was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program. This device, when deployed into a structure on fire, will emit a nonhazardous aerosol that will extinguish the fire within seconds. The Freemasons of Brookfield Masonic Lodge believe this tool will undoubtedly help save lives, pets, and

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Valentine’s Day Message of Brotherly Love: Brother Chad Svacina Wins Nationwide Masonic Essay Contest 

By Brother Jason Laramee, Education Committee Chairman  The “Whence Came You?” Podcast, a Masonic podcast with an average global reach of two hundred fifty thousand listens per episode, held a Masonic essay contest in late 2022. Wisconsin Freemasons are proud to report that Brother Chad Svacina of Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge No. 192 was chosen as the winner, writing an essay that brilliantly captures the essence of Brotherly Love.   When asked about our Brother’s essay, the voice of the

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Hartford Freemasons Support Their Local Medical Center Foundation

Submitted by Brother Al Brandt The Freemasons of Hartford Masonic Lodge recently donated an additional $1000 to the Medical Center Foundation, which will be used for the Center’s Medical Transportation Program. This program provides rides for individual who are unable to transport themselves or don’t have any other way to get the medical services they need.  Countless numbers of neighbors and friends remain safe and independent by the use of the Medical Center’s five programs. These programs are:  1. Medical

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St. Croix Valley Masons Support Their Local Family Resource Center

The Freemasons of Collins-Spring Valley Masonic Lodge in Baldwin recently made a generous $800 donation to the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley (FRCSCV).  The donation will be used locally to provide education, resources, and support to families with children prenatal-kindergarten entry in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties.  The donation was made in part from the proceeds generated from their car show last summer. Lodge funds were then matched with dollars from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation “Acts of Kindness”

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Building Better Communities Through Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness

By Brother Peter Tourville, President, Wisconsin Masonic Foundation  Greetings and thank you for your support on behalf of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation (WMF). 2022 brought a lot of changes to the WMF and how we are helping Freemasons build better communities in Wisconsin through Acts of Kindness.  The Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Acts of Kindness program is making a difference locally and becoming recognizable outside our Fraternity. The Acts of Kindness Fire Suppression Tool (FST) program allowed Freemasons to donate 300

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Rock River Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tool to Hustisford Police

The Freemasons of Rock River Masonic Lodge No. 108 presented the Hustisford Police Department with a Fire Suppression Tool on January 5th at the Hustisford Police Department. In the photo above, Rock River Masonic Lodge Brother Josh Presher presents the innovative life-saving device to Hustisford Police Department Chief Gregory Kaepernick.  Submitted by Brother Randy Thorman

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Over 60 Masons Complete Lodge Leadership Training Workshops

By District 10 Deputy Christopher R. Cochrane  Congratulations! You’ve been elected Master of your Lodge… now what?  Everyone is looking to you for leadership and you are staring blankly back at them. Your anxiety is growing because you have no idea what to do next. You still need to become proficient at opening and closing the Lodge which looked much easier when you weren’t in the East. The pressure is on and you’re beginning to doubt yourself and your abilities. 

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National Sojourners Present US Flag to Wisconsin Masonic Center

By Bro. Dave Mahoney  Brother John Prindle, Wisconsin Masonic Center Director, recently contacted Brother Dave Mahoney regarding replacing the tattered flag outside of the Wisconsin Masonic Center. Brother Mahoney contacted Truax Chapter #97 National Sojourners who are based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Truax Sojourners consented to purchase a flag for the Center. Brother Mahoney contacted fellow Masonic Brothers Darrel (AJ) Fuecht, who also serves as Truax Chapter President and Greg Chille, who also serves as the HEROES Camp Commander, and

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Celebrations Planned for 100th Anniversary of Wisconsin Masonic Center

By Bro. Tom Ewald, President of the Wisconsin Masonic Center Foundation Greetings Brothers and Happy New Year! We, your Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Masonic Center, are kicking off 2023 with a renewed sense of spirit to promote, preserve and protect our Wisconsin Masonic Center (WMC) and its mission: “To provide a relevant central Masonic Center for the members of Wisconsin for the next 100 years.” Spring of 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the WMC. To commemorate

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The Grand Master’s Message – February 2023

By the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin, Brother Paul T. Tourville I’m Proud to be a Freemason!  I’m Proud of who we are!  I’m Proud of what we do!  My Brothers,  2023 is off to a hot start! There is no doubt that 2022 was a year of great happenings for our Fraternity. Well… the word is out. The good men of your community want to join you, as Brothers. In 2022, we saw a 70% growth

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Lodi Masonic Lodge Donates Critically Important Fire Fighting Device to Mazomanie

The Brethren of Lodi Valley Masonic Lodge donated a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool to the nearby Mazomanie Fire Department. The Brethren of Lodi Lodge are proud partners with the first responders in their area. Lodi Valley Lodge Number 99 has deep roots in Mazomanie with the Lodge having members from the area due to several Lodge mergers years back. The Lodi Brethren still ensure that the Mazomanie community continues to receive their aid and support. The Fire Suppression Tool is

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Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. 

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge Supports The Boys and Girls Club of Door County

Brother Gregory Dobbins, head of the Henry S. Baird Lodge Number 174 Charities Committee, presents a check for $500 to Sydney Tlachac Director of Social & Emotional Learning with the Boys & Girls Club of Door County.  The money was used for their Christmas outreach program and their “basic needs closet” for area residents in need.  The Sturgeon Bay-based Masonic Lodge is a proud partner of this important community organization. The Brethren at Henry S Baird Lodge have been very

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Pictured above from left: Brother Jake Olsen, Master of Waverly Masonic Lodge; Brother Gregg Watson; and Master-Elect Josh Dutton.

Appleton’s Waverly Masonic Lodge Aids “Harbor House”

Waverly Masonic Lodge No. 51 of Appleton held a donation drive for Harbor House, Outagamie and Calumet Counties. Harbor House is a non-profit that raises awareness and prevention of domestic violence.  During the course of the donation drive, the Brothers collected clothing, toys, household goods, toiletries, stamps, and gift cards donated by the other Brethren of the Lodge. The Freemasons of Waverly Lodge are proud supporters of this community based action group – helping to bring awareness, support, and assistance

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Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson. 

Bloomer Masonic Lodge Donates Life-Saving Device to Bloomer Fire Department

The Freemasons of Bloomer Masonic Lodge No. 281 recently donated a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Bloomer Fire Department. These FSTs are literal lifesaving devices – able to greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a burning structure within 30-60 seconds after deployment. Pictured from left: PGM Gary L. Stang, Troy Baier, Andy Roggenback, Jarod Zweifelhofer, Bill Bleskacek, Scott Tillotson, David Olson, Curt Harrison, Leonard Shier, Ron Malcolm, Neil Liljander and Neil Hanson.  The fire department was very appreciative to

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Master Nate Devermann recently presented a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and Dousman Masonic Lodge No. 315 of $1,000 to Bro. George Jozwiak, representing the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors (WHO). 

Dousman Masonic Lodge Supports Wisconsin Veterans

Master Nate Devermann recently presented a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation and Dousman Masonic Lodge No. 315 of $1,000 to Bro. George Jozwiak, representing the Wisconsin Hero Outdoors (WHO).  WHO is a veteran’s support organization supporting vets with post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), service-related disabilities, and other mental heath issues related to their service by getting them involved with outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, nature walks, etc. They also act as a referral service to other veteran

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Pictured rom left: Kyle Killian, Jeff Killian, Bill Lee, Scott Hazeltine, George Jordan, Jerrod Fox, Dan Retzlaff. 

Columbus Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Their Fire Department 

Columbus Masonic Lodge No. 75 recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Columbus Fire Department. The Brothers of Columbus Lodge have a lengthy history of supporting their area first responders and are proud to provide their local fire department with another firefighting tool in their arsenal. The Fire Suppression Tool is designed to greatly suppress and even fully extinguish a fire within a burning structure or vehicle. They are a critically important tool in house fires, especially those in

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From left: Samuel Schwer, Chris Kreul, Tom Parrish, Fennimore Police Chief Chris French, Master Ken Meyer and Monte Steiber.

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Fighting Equipment to Fennimore Police Department

Prairie du Chien Masonic Lodge No. 8 presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Fennimore Police Department last month at the Fennimore Municipal Building. The donation underscores the relationship Prairie du Chien has with nearby Fennimore – and the Lodge’s desire to make a positive difference throughout their entire region. Oftentimes, in rural areas of the state, the first responders to arrive on the scene of a fire can be the local police department. Having a firefighting tool

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Photoed from left: Brother Gregory Dobbins, Fire Captain Meyer, Fire Chief Mac Donald, District Representative Mitch Custer, Village President Mike McCutchen, and Brother Andy Buecher. 

Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge Presents Lifesaving Tool to Ephraim Fire Department

Henry S. Baird Lodge No. 174, located in Sturgeon Bay, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Ephraim Fire Department last month at the Ephraim Firehouse. We posted another donation made by the generous Brothers of this Lodge earlier this month as they donated two other fire suppression tools, one to the Algoma Police Department and the other to the Algoma Fire Department. The tools are being offered to Lodges as part of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of

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Pictured from left: William Pfund (HUHS Advisor), CJ Kuehn (Team Member), Libby Hodson (Team Member) receiving the check from Past Master Paul Peacock, Mary Mejai (Team Member), Jonathan Brown (Team Member), and Senior Deacon Patrick Bertelson (Team Advisor). 

Hartford Masonic Lodge Supports Their High School Robotics Team

The Brethren of Hartford Masonic Lodge No. 120 recently presented the Hartford Union High School (HUHS) Robotics Team #1091 with a $1000 donation in support of their learning and work for competition in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Program.  This donation included $500 from the Hartford Masonic Lodge and $500 of matching funds from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program. The Lodge is proud to partner with the high school to support its students — and help them to further

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Pictured from left: Grand Tiler LeRoy Huber, Senior Warden; DR Robert Barnett, Master; Officer Aaron Johnson; and Sergeant Jessica Rittenhouse. 

Union Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Evansville Police Department

Union Masonic Lodge No. 32 in Evansville recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Evansville Police Department. The Masons of this Lodge are so proud to partner with their first responders – and this generous gift from the Lodge will help make their community safer. The FST device is designed to be tossed into a burning building or vehicle and emit a nonhazardous aerosol that can greatly suppress or even fully extinguish a fire in 30-60 seconds. The

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Pictured from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.

Durand Masonic Lodge Presents Innovative Firefighting Tool to Their Fire Department

The Brothers of Durand Masonic Lodge No. 149 recently donated a fire suppression tool (FST) to the Durand Fire Department. The presentation and accompanying demonstration video left a great impression on the Department – and they were very appreciative of the gift.  Picture from left: Senior Deacon Jason Hayden, Master Richard Brommer, Fire Chief Jamey King, Firefighter Don Hayden, Senior Warden Mike Hayden, Secretary/Treasurer Mike Hunter and Firefighter Mark Poeschel.  Masons around Wisconsin have a long history of supporting their

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From left: Brother Fran Holzer; Brother Remy Colas; Darlene Masters, Director of Family Advocates; Brother Wally Trouten; Melody Masonic Master Ronnie Jaacks; and Brother Sam Gomez.

Platteville’s Melody Masonic Lodge Donates to Family Advocates, Inc.

The Brothers of Melody Lodge No. 2 in Platteville recently donated $1,000 to Family Advocates.  Family Advocates, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of all types of abuse. Prevention and intervention services are provided to victims and survivors of domestic, sexual, child, and elder abuse in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties. Their territory is wide and their mission is of utmost importance; which is why the Brothers of Melody Masonic Lodge are so proud to partner with this

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Washburn Masonic Lodge Assists Those In Need at Local “Sharing Center”

Brother Mitch Czaplicki of Washburn Masonic Lodge No.145 in Bristol, Wisconsin presented a check for $1,000 to Director Sharon Pomaville of The Sharing Center in Trevor. The Center serves up to 300 residents of the greater Westosha area each and every day — supplying them with needed food, clothing, employment programs, and other helpful and necessary assistance.  The Brothers of Washburn Masonic Lodge are proud to support their community and help those in need, especially during the colder winter months. 

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Town of Mukwonago Police Department Chief Thomas Czarnecki accepted the donations on behalf of his team, and Jim Cairo (the leader of our Mukwonago Lodge), and Gavin DeGrave (our District leader) joined me for the presentation. 

Grand Master Tourville Presents Two Fire Suppression Tools to Mukwonago Police Department

By Paul Tourville, Grand Master, Wisconsin Freemasons Just had the pleasure of presenting TWO (2) Fire Suppression Solutions LLC state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tools to my local police department! Town of Mukwonago Police Department Chief Thomas Czarnecki accepted the donations on behalf of his first responder team, and Brother Jim Cairo (the leader of our Mukwonago Lodge), and Brother Gavin DeGrave (our District leader) joined me for the presentation.  Further, the Freemasons of Mukwonago are excited about facilitating more community events

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Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke. 

Geneva Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Genoa Police Department

Geneva Masonic Lodge No. 44 of Lake Geneva presented a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Chief of Police Joseph Balog of the Village of Genoa City Police Department on December 17th. Pictured from left: Ivan Melendez, Shaun Dade, Jason Zasada, Master Brett Krause, Chief Joseph Balog, Andy Willet, Keith Redell and Gerald Steinke.  The Brothers of the Lodge are proud partners and supporters of their area first responders. This device will travel in a squad car as a

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Brats for Dogs: Masonic Light Lodge Supports Crivitz Police K-9 Unit

Masonic Light Lodge No. 218 of Crivitz recently donated $1000 to the Crivitz Police Department K-9 Unit. The funds presented will help ensure the safety of the community as well the law enforcement personnel.  The Masonic Lodge has a history of community involvement, especially when it comes to supporting their local first responders. The monies donated were in part raised by the Masonic Lodge’s summer brat fries at Pelkin’s Smokey Meats, and matched by a generous donation from the Wisconsin

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Oconto’s Pine Masonic Lodge Supports Their First Responders

Pine Masonic Lodge No. 188 of Oconto presented the Oconto Fire Department with a portable Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The firemen were invited for dinner and fellowship – and told about the innovative tool they now have in their fire-fighting arsenal with this FST.  The device was made possible through a generous grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation‘s “Acts of Kindness” program and dovetails with the pride and support the Lodge has for its area first responders. Pictured from left:

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Sturgeon Bay’s HS Baird Masonic Lodge Presents Life-Saving Tools to Algoma Police and Fire

Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge No. 174, Sturgeon Bay, present a Fire Suppression Tool to both the Algoma Police and Fire Department at the Algoma Fire Station. The first responders were very appreciative of the devices, as they are designed to quickly extinguish a building or vehicle on fire. Pictured from left: District Representative Mitch Custer, Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker, Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman and Bros. Andy Buechner, Gregory Dobbins and Junior Warden Ben Miller, all of Henry

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Bloomer Freemasons Donate $10,500 to Their Community

Bloomer Lodge No. 281, with the help of the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation, donated an impressive $10,500 to several organizations, students, and charities in Bloomer and New Auburn area.  From left are some of the recipients of those monies: Benjamin Olson, Light Up The Park; Andy Roggenbock and Troy Baier, Bloomer Sports Club; John Baier, Bloomer K9 Unit; Chad Phillips, Bloomer Ambulance; Bill Bleskacek, Bloomer Fire Department; Curtis Harrison, Curtie Cares; Deb Bowe, Bloomer Aquatic Center; Nancy Hanson, Bloomer Food Pantry;

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Mineral Point Masonic Lodge Donates Fire Suppression Tools to Their Fire and Police Departments

By Levi Zimmerman The Mineral Point Fire and Police Departments will both have new fire suppression tools thanks to donations made by the Mineral Point Masonic Lodge. On Monday night, Fire Chief Brian Marr and Police Chief Bob Weier met with some of the Freemasons to be presented the donations. The fire suppression tool (FST) is reportedly a highly effective, environmentally safe aerosol fire suppression solution that can be activated after pulling a pin and throwing it into an active

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Union Grove Lodge Provides Fire Suppression Tool to Racine County Sheriff

The Brethren of Union Grove Freemasons Lodge No. 288 donated a Fire Suppression Tool to the Racine County Sheriff. The Fire Suppression Tool will be placed in the Racine County Sheriff’s squad vehicle that continuously patrols the Village of Union Grove, thereby having a direct positive impact on their community and its first responders. Pictured above front row from left: George Winget, Jack Nelson, Chris Acker, Sheriff Chris Schmaling, Sgt. Smith, Officer Hobart, Clint Cagle, Gunnar Knight and Steve Knight.

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Potosi’s Warren Masonic Lodge Holiday Visits to Their Lodge Widows and Shut-Ins

Pictured from left: Senior Grand Deacon Joseph E. Thompson, Deputy Grand Master David R. Ritchie, Tom Schwantes, Karl Keicher, PGM Davey L. White Jr. Seated: Santa (Bro. John Meist) and Cotton Redding.  The Brothers of Warren Lodge No. 4 in Potosi made the rounds with “Lodge Brother Santa” to visit local widows of their fallen Brethren and area Brothers who can no longer make it to Lodge, primarily due to age or health reasons.  This annual event has grown from

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Brother Boyd Monte (pictured above) made a great Santa! 

Crandon Masonic Lodge Hosts “Santa Stop” During Christmas on Main Street

Crandon Masonic Lodge No. 287 opened its doors on Dec. 2nd to the community, both to showcase the Lodge’s beauty and holiday spirit — and to provide a wonderful opportunity for area children to meet Santa Claus before his Christmas visits.  The Brethren decorated the first floor of their Lodge building in the spirit of the holidays and hosted “Santa Stop” for this year’s “Christmas on Main Street” scavenger hunt. The holiday themed scavenger hunt is an annual event sponsored

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Prairie View Masonic Lodge Rings Bells for Salvation Army

The tintinnabulation of the ringing of the bells! Prairie View Masonic Lodge No. 95 once again took a day ringing the Salvation Army bell at Walgreens in Ripon on Dec. 3. The Brothers gather every year to support their local Salvation Army and partner with them to help support their community.  The monies raised from previous Red Kettle campaigns were used to help people with rent, utilities, lodging and other needs. In addition, the Ripon Area Salvation Army donated money

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Dodgeville Masonic Lodge Assists Iowa County Sheriff’s “Santa Cop”

Dodgeville Masonic Lodge No. 119 held a pasty sale on December 3rd with the proceeds benefiting Iowa County Sheriff’s Office “Santa Cop” program. The sale raised $1,053 for the worthy community cause, which directly helped the children of Iowa County have a better and merrier Christmas.  Pictured from left: Brother Ross Jones of the Dodgeville Masonic Lodge, Officer (and Brother) Kevin Baker, Officer Lana Hoppenjan, Officer Canza Baker, Officer Matt Grogen, Angie Pishon and Brother Jim Heisner.  From DD8 Events,

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New Richmond Masonic Lodge Gifts Life-Saving Tool to Community

New Richmond Masonic Lodge No. 195 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to the Apple River Fire Department at Range on October 18th. The following Lodge members were present: Loren Barnes, Mike Bessette, Chad Fonseca, Anthony Rives, Sam Christenson, Dan Hagerty and Larry Riemenschneider – as well as several Lodge Ladies, including Silvanna Rives and Julie Riemenschneider.  The presentation underscored the partnership Masons have with their area first responders. The New Richmond Masonic Lodge was proud to present this device to

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River Falls Lodge Assists Local Resource Center

By Bro. Milt Helmer The Brothers of River Falls Lodge No. 109 met informally on Oct. 4th to hear guest speakers Ronna Ellis and Tammy Pitzen talk on a group known as Assistance & Resource Center Inc. (ARC.)  The service and assistance group, serving River Falls and Ellsworth, is all volunteer and specializes in providing a hand up — not a hand out — to those in need. The group does not require extensive paperwork. The client calls and speaks

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Village of Waukesha Fire Department Receives Fire Suppression Tool From Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge

Brother Chris Villarreal, Master of Nathan Hale Masonic Lodge No. 350 in Milwaukee, recently presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Village of Waukesha Fire Department. The Department is planning on placing this life-saving tool on their front line ambulance, since it responds to approximately 85% of the calls in the Village of Waukesha.  Pictured from right: FF/EMT Sami Rogman, FF/EMT Abbey Lynch, FF/EMT Tylar Nelson, Nathan Hale Master Chris Villarreal, Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Stolldorf and DO/EMT Ryan

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LaBelle Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Vernon County Sheriff

LaBelle Lodge No. 84, Viroqua, presented a Fire Suppression Tool (FST) to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 19. In the photo above, Lodge Master Dan Iverson presents the FST to Vernon County Deputy Roy Togerson.  LaBelle Lodge is a proud partner with and an active supporter of their local first responders. The Brothers made this generous gift, possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s “Acts of Kindness” program, as a way to help the Vernon County

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Hartford Masonic Lodge Presents Fire Suppression Tool to Neosho Volunteer Fire Department

Pictured above: Firemen and Lodge Brothers and families gather for a group photo.  The Brethren of Hartford Masonic Lodge No. 120 presented a Fire Suppression Tool to Neosho Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 18. After the presentation members of the Neosho Fire Department and the Hartford Lodge enjoyed fellowship and refreshments that the Lodge provided in thanks for all they do for the community.  Masons across Wisconsin are proud partners with our local first responders – and the donations of

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Jackson Police Receive Two Fire Suppression Tools from Lincoln Masonic Lodge

Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 183 donated two Fire Suppression Tools (FSTs) to the Jackson Police during the Fire Department’s open house on Oct. 12th. Many people in the community were there to see the presentation.  The FSTs were presented to the police as they are often the first on the scene of a fire or an emergency. These state-of-the-art devices will travel in the Jackson Police squad vehicles the patrol the community, making them at-the-ready for use in a building

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Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge Presents Four Fire Suppression Tools

The Brothers of Bayfield-Washburn Masonic Lodge No. 215 presented the Police Departments of Red Cliff, Bayfield, LaPointe, and Washburn each with a state-of-the-art Fire Suppression Tool (FST). The FSTs help to quickly suppress and extinguish fires in enclosed spaces – and were presented to the Police Departments, as they are typically the emergency responders first to the scene of a fire, accident, or other emergency that might necessitate the use of such a device. Pictured in the photo from left:

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Washington Island Fire Department Receives Life-Saving Fire Fighting Tool from Milwaukee’s Freemasons Lodge

A Fire Suppression Tool (FST) was donated to the Washington Island Fire Department on Sept. 25th, by Brother David Alderfer, longtime Washington Island resident, on behalf of Freemasons Lodge No. 363 in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation’s Acts of Kindness. Participating in presenting the FST was Brother Bob Roth, Freemasons Lodge, who is a long-time visitor to the Island and friend of the Alderfers.  Washington Island, Wisconsin is five miles by four miles in area, with about 700 full

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Grand Master Speaks on Fire Suppression Tools and Membership at Reedsburg “Shed Lodge”

By Rich Rygh, Wisconsin Masonic Journal District 8 Deputy Daniel C. Brylla again made his “shed” in rural Reedsburg available to Masons from all over the state for Reedsburg Lodge’s Annual Shed Lodge on Oct 1. It was an evening of blue jeans, great food and good old Masonic fellowship, along with a few stories.  Grand Master Paul T. Tourville stated he appreciated the opportunity to talk and he appreciated the dress code even more. He stated, “It is a

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