Greetings from the East, brethren. I write this following a BUSY evening at Forest Lodge #130. The lodge was host to a mix of our longest-tenured brethren to a newly-made Entered Apprentice pictured with the grand Master.
The evening began by welcoming our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Brother Arby Humphrey and his Tiler, Worshipful Brother Duane Schultz, to Forest Lodge. We saw well-prepared examinations in both Fellowcraft and Master Mason delivered by Brothers Mark Partridge and Eric Hesbol. Well done to you both. Our lodge then initiated a new Mason in Brother Calvin Callahan with the assistance of many brethren taking on roles to perform a flawless degree. Brethren, spouses, and guests were then treated to the presentation of 50, 55, and 65-year service awards and pins to the brothers [see downloadable Trestleboard for pics]. It was so nice to see each of these brothers and their families in the lodge. An incredible dinner of corned beef and cabbage, roast pork, potatoes, carrots, salad, and a Masonic cake was enjoyed by all in attendance. A special THANK YOU again to Shirley Diehl, Quincy Kasper, Peter Rotter, and a host of others that assisted for the better part of the day to prepare this feast. Finally, we recognized brother Joe Barlow as our 2017 Master Mason of the Year for all his contributions to our lodge this past year and just for being Joe. Thank you, my friend.
During the evening, I had the opportunity to spend time speaking with Most Worshipful Grand Master Humphrey. I explained how our lodge has grown especially over the last ten years specifically in the involvement of new brethren in our lodge activities. Admittedly I boasted about the quality of our degree work and talent we are blessed with. He completely agreed. While I don’t wish to dwell specifically on one evening, I sincerely hope those in attendance last night saw some of the same things I did. A mix of brothers spanning many generations working and enjoying each other’s company, friendship, and brotherhood. Our lodge was alive with degree work, recognitions, examinations, great food, smiles, laughter, and friendship. A microcosm (big word for me) of Masonry. Forest Lodge #130 is alive, well, and prospering my brothers. The year has much to offer. I look forward to seeing ALL our brethren jump in and be an integral part of our 2018 Masonic year.
I look forward to seeing you in Lodge,
“Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.” — Brother Douglas MacArthur
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
February 7th — 7:00 PM Stated Communication & Annual General Meeting
February 14th — 6:30 PM Master Mason tiling at 6.30 P.M. and dinner after the first section.
February 21st — 7:00 PM Stated Communication
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club meets every Friday for a noon luncheon at the Wausau Elks Club.
Wausau York Rite
February 8th — 7:00 PM. Stated Commandery.
February 20th — 7:00 PM. Stated Meeting, Chapter and Council.
Scottish Rite Club
Meets for breakfast at 7:00 AM 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays at Perkins.
Wisconsin Valley Shriners Auxiliary
On Friday, February 9, 2018 the Wisconsin Valley Auxiliary will meet for a luncheon and meeting at The Palms. Lunch will start at 11:30 am with the meeting beginning approximately at 12:30 pm. The speaker for this meeting will be Mary Wilke, Sew Smart on Toy Sewing Machines. Also, to be noted: In the winter, an Auxiliary meeting will be cancelled if the Wausau School District has cancelled classes for that day due to weather conditions.