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Forest Lodge had the privilege, honor and pleasure of a visit from our Grand Master William Beetcher on Wednesday September 17, 2014. The Grand Master addressed us about three important items. The first was to remind us about the Wisconsin Masonic College Leadership Program. This is a program to help provide the necessary education to Masons who are on track for leadership roles in their lodges. Of course the program is open to any brother interested in furthering his knowledge about lodge operations. It looks to be an excellent program and will be offered multiple times in different locations and dates around the state. You may find more information at the Grand Lodge website where you may also enroll electronically. There is a fee of $25.00 but it looks like it will be well worth the expense. I would urge every brother to attend but most especially the deacons and wardens of the lodge as this will help prepare you for your upcoming leadership.
The second topic was the coordination of the Grand Lodge and Blue Lodge years. This would provide greater continuity between the Grand Lodge and Blue lodges as each set of Blue Lodge leaders would deal with one set of Grand Lodge officers. Also, it would mean that the new Blue Lodge master is not required to file reports immediately upon taking office as happens so often now. The proposal is to have all Lodge years begin in June, consistent with the annual communication. This is a big change and will require the changing of our bylaws. It is important that we discuss these changes so that we can come to a decision about this proposal.
Finally Grand Master Beetcher spoke about the new membership committee that was established at the last annual communication. It is important that we continue to create new masons. This is good for our lodges but good for the men we raise and good for our communities as our efforts help to develop men into better men.
Please take the time to let me know your thoughts on these matter.
Peter C. Rotter,
Forest Lodge #130, Free and Accepted Masons
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
Oct 1st — 7:00 PM Stated Communication.
Oct 15th — 7:00 PM Stated Communication.
Oct 22nd — 7:00 EA Degree
Mosinee Lodge No. 318, F & A.M.
Oct 2nd — 7:00 PM Stated Meeting.
Oct 16th — 7:00 PM Stated Meeting
Virginia Falls Lodge No. 226, F & A.M.
Oct 14th — 7:00 PM Stated Communication (Business)
Oct 28th — 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
Oct 9th — 7:00 PM. Stated Commandery.
Oct 21st — 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 Shrine Auxiliary
On Friday, October 10, 2014 the Wisconsin Valley Shriners Auxiliary will meet at the Palms Supper Club at 11:00 AM followed by a noon luncheon. The program for October will be presented by Terri Kischel of the Northern Valley Industries. Information will be given on exactly what the Northern Valley Industries is and how it helps individuals with disabilities gain access to meaningful work.