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Greetings from the East!
The month of March has gone by quickly, and here we are in April, a traditional time of renewed life. Winter had its day and spring has sprung. I am enjoying the longer days and looking forward to the warmer temperatures.
So far this year, we are a very fortunate Lodge to have so many new petitions and candidates. Please come and support these new members as they seek light through their Masonic journey. When a man comes into Masonry, his life changes, and we must be there to help him with those changes. The attendance and participation of each member of our Lodge shows our new and uninformed Brothers how important it is to be a faithful and worthy Brother. To be faithful, you must attend, and to be worthy, you must practice what you have learned in the Lodge.
Congratulations to our newly made Brother, Kyle McBath, who received his Entered Apprentice degree on February 23rd. It was great to have two of our new Entered Apprentices take a part as Stewards for this degree. I also want to congratulate our newest Fellowcraft, Brother Matthew Meyers, who was passed to that degree on March 9th. At a special meeting on March 16th, we welcomed Brother David Thomas, when we conferred the Entered Apprentice degree for him. The degree teams again excelled and good Masonic evenings were had by all for these degrees.
At our meeting on February 23rd, we welcomed a guest speaker, Mr. Lani Rethaber and his dog from Patriot K9s of Wisconsin. Patriot K9s Of Wisconsin provides training and education to both Veterans and Service Members and Service Dog Candidates, to create the highest quality Service Dog Team at no cost to disabled Veterans and Active-Duty Members impacted by Military related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The veterans who participate in their service dog training program have taken the first step and gotten to a place in their lives that they are ready – ready for change, ready for growth, ready to reclaim their lives. Along the journey, they become part of the Patriot K9s family for life. Most will return
repeatedly in some form, to volunteer themselves, giving back so that others may receive the same opportunities and a chance for a better life that they themselves now have. Forest Lodge presented the organization with a donation of $3000 to support their efforts.
At our meeting on March 9th, we had the extreme privilege of having Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin, Gary Stang, in attendance. Accompanying him was Brother Scott Paulson, Grand Marshall for the state of Wisconsin. It was exciting for them (and all of us) to witness the EA examination of Brother Matthew Meyers at the meeting. MWGM Gary Stang was impressed with the FC degree that was conferred upon Brother Matthew Meyers, since he does not normally get to attend FC degrees in his duties.
Mark your calendars for our Ladies at the Table Banquet that will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, starting at 6:15 PM. This is a night for us to honor our ladies and widows with a dinner at the Lodge. We will be giving 7 toasts that night to ladies who are special in our lives. Encourage your lady to attend. For catering purposes, reservations are required.
If you haven’t been able to attend lodge for a while, I encourage you to get involved and help support our lodge; you get out of it,
what you put into it.
See you at Lodge!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Worshipful Master, Forest Lodge #130
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
April 6th – Entered Apprentice Degree – 7.00 PM.
April 13th – Stated Meeting – Hobby/Collector’s Night – 7.00 PM.
April 20th – Master Mason Degree – 6.00 PM.
April 27th – Stated Meeting – 7.00 PM
May 11th – Stated Meeting – Loud Shirt and Ugly Tie Night – 7.00 PM.
May 18th – Ladies at the Table Banquet – 6.15 PM.
May 22nd – Highway Cleanup (Ladies are Welcome) – 3.00 PM.
May 25th – Stated Meeting – What’s My Line – 7.00 PM.
Wausau York Rite
April 2nd – York Rite Council #22 Installation of Officers Open to anyone who wants to attend, lunch to follow the ceremony
April 7th – Wausau Council #22 Meeting at 6:30 PM– Election of Officers
April 7th – St Omer Commandery #19 meeting at 8:00 PM
May 5th – Wausau Council #22 Meeting at 6:30 PM
May 5th – St Omer Commandery #19 meeting at 8:00 PM
Scottish Rite Club
Log Cabin Restaurant at 7:00 A.M. on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays each month.