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Happy New Year Brothers, I am humbled at the opportunity to serve as the WM for Forest Lodge #130. I look forward to the chance to serve to continue our growth. Growth only comes as we all move forward together standing tall as Mason’s in our community where we work, play and gather with those outside of our fraternity.
We are sitting in a great place coming out of 2019. We sold our lodge, had temporary lodge meetings in Merrill, purchased a new building, remodeled the new building, and brought 8 new good men into our fraternity. This work for 2019 was all led by our Past Master Joe Barlow. He did a tremendous job putting the craft to work and giving them proper instruction. He has put our lodge in a good place and he should be congratulated for his efforts. He says he’s ready to step out of the east, but I think he gloried in telling his tales in the monthly Trestleboard, and honestly we will miss the stories too. I’m not so sure my Trestleboard messages will be as “snappy” as his, but I will do my best.
On December 18th we all gathered at our installation and I was reminded of why we are a great fraternity. It is great to be surrounded by great friends and Brothers. While sitting in the east there was an overwhelming feeling of responsibility and even a little scariness. Kind of the same feeling I had when my first son, Philip, was born. Having had no experience with babies and the huge responsibility that was ahead of me, believe me, I was scared!!! As all of you know that as parents, that scariness quickly fades. As Philip was born and I laid my eyes on him for the first time, it was no longer time for nervousness but a time to get to work. Then my son Austin was born and finally Thomas. Most of their time growing up I was a single father of three boys. At the time I worked at the Portage County Sheriff’s Office so that time period was challenging but also rewarding. Now I can sit back and see the fruits of my labors, Philip, Austin & Thomas are 27, 26, and 24 years old. Luckily, I have been patrolled and they are independent now. The nervousness has passed, reality has kicked in and I am the Master of Forest Lodge 130. It’s time to get to work. It’s time for all of us to do our parts in building Masonry in Central Wisconsin. It’s time for all of us to be as active as our cable tow allows. If we do that now, we can sit back and see the fruits of our labors someday.
I would ask all the Brothers reading this that have not attended lodge in a long time to consider joining us again. Having talked with long time Masons that haven’t attended in a while feel they may not know anyone and that they may not be accepted. This is the farthest from the truth. We have a great group of Masons and we are growing. We can use your experience and welcome you back into lodge.
This will be an exciting year; I am looking forward to working with everyone. Feel free to contact me anytime.
Kevin R Sorenson, WM
Forest Lodge #130
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
January 8th — 7:00PM — Stated Communication
January 15th — Quarterly Dinner at Richard’s Supper Club – Drinks 6.00pm, Dinner at 6.30pm. Payment to Brother Secretary as payment will be made by Lodge check. Significant Others are welcome.
January 22nd — 7:00PM — Stated Communication
The location of Forest Lodge is: 3815 Fleet Drive, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club
Our January 10, 2020 meeting will be at the Great Dane from 11:30 – 1:30. The program will be Kelly Price, Executive Director – Center for the Visual Arts.
Wausau York Rite
January 14th — St Omer Commandry Tiling at 7.00 P.M.
January 22nd — York Rite Tiling at 7.00 P.M.
Scottish Rite Club
Log Cabin Restaurant at 7:00 A.M. on the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays each month.