Greetings from the East!
Brethren, the world needs Freemasonry. There is no hiding from the current events that are taking place around the world. It seems that now, more than ever, everyone would benefit from the tenants of thevcraft. Faith, Hope, and Charity should be exemplified by every Mason in his daily life.
A Master’s primary goal is to ensure the harmony of the Lodge. Even at the best of times, this is no smallvtask. We have many diverse members from all walks of life, we should be proud of that, I certainly am. The age range for the members of our Lodge stretches 72 years, between our oldest (age 95) and youngest members (age 23). Our cultural diversity is truly a mosaic, and our altar clearly demonstrates that with multiple Holy Books to ponder. Officers and members have a crucial role in preserving the Lodge harmony. They are required to happily perform their duties, remember their obligation and observe the lessons derived from the square and compasses. By working together and keeping the long-term health of the Lodge as our primary focus, we can preserve it for generations to come.
“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.” These were the words of our esteemed brother Benjamin Franklin, who was able to capture the essence of the Craft in these short sentences. I invite you to ponder upon the deep meaning of these wise words, and to find how they apply to your life, inside and outside of the Lodge.
Join me in congratulating our newest Entered Apprentice, Brother James Weeks, who received his Entered Apprentice degree on March 23rd. I also want to congratulate our three Brothers who were passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on March 30th – Aaron Wulk, Stephen Kalmon, and Kyle McBath. And, our first Master Mason degree for 2022 was conferred upon Brother Matthew Meyers on April 20th. It is an exciting time at Forest Lodge, and I invite all of you to come see our lodge in action. We are very fortunate to have so many active and dedicated Brothers that makes us self-sufficient in degree work – in all three degrees. With that being said, we are always looking for more participants in the degree conferrals. Learning a degree lecture is an excellent way to continue “your” journey in Freemasonry. We have many members who are willing to help you learn.
Don’t forget about our Ladies at the Table Banquet that will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, starting at 6:15 PM. We will be honoring our ladies and widows with a dinner at the Lodge, and giving 7 toasts that night to the ladies who are special in our lives. Encourage your lady (wife, girlfriend, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend) to attend. For catering purposes, reservations are required. Please contact WM Rick Schnabel on or before May 10th to make your reservation!
And finally, I would like all my Brothers to remember that Masonry is not just a bunch of guys getting together two Wednesdays a month to hang out for a couple hours. Masonry is not reading meeting minutes of the past or voting to pay bills. Masonry is an unending journey of enlightenment through fellowship.
See you at Lodge!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Worshipful Master, Forest Lodge #130
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
May 4th – Special Meeting – Master Mason Degree – 6.00 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. We may have a Master Mason degree this night, and if so, we would start at 6:00 PM. Everyone will receive a communication if the time is changed.
June 3-4 – Annual Communication in Madison
June 8th – Stated Meeting – 7.00 PM.
June 22nd – Stated Meeting – 7.00 PM.
Wausau York Rite
May 5th – Wausau Council #22 Meeting at 6:30 PM
May 5th – St Omer Commandery #19 meeting at 8:00 PM
June 9th – Wausau Council #22 Meeting at 6:30 PM
June 9th – 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.