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September 21, 1780: During the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word “traitor.” Later his dastardly deed would be exposed in theatrical format for all Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction Masons to witness by an unheralded savant hailing from the Pacific Northwest in the Valley of Eau-Claire Scottish Rite Temple .
September 21, 1942: The U.S. B-29 Superfortress makes its debut flight in Seattle, Washington. It was the largest bomber used in the war by any nation. Later when Elvis Presley bought a jet in April of 1975, he considered naming it after the Superfortress but out of deference to then President Gerald Ford didn’t want to upstage the lowly moniker of Air Force One and christened it the Lisa Marie. KING and a Patriot!
September 21, 1974: At Graceland, Elvis begins storyboarding the karate movie project, now entitled “The New Gladiators”. Envisioning the project as a metaphor for mankind defending the defenseless, the proposed final scene is described thusly: “On a remote hill the camera is on a close-up of Elvis as he stands in fighting stance. The camera zooms back… and we see what looks like (an army of fellow martial artists) doing the moves with him. He then does the Lord’s Prayer in Indian sign language as a soft wind gently blows around him. The picture ends with ‘The Beginning’ written across the screen.” He was said to have greenlighted this project upon hearing of the birth of a little boy in Florence, Oregon of said same year and he wanted to groom him to take over when he “retired.” A sequel is rumored to be in the works.
September 21, 1985: A little-known actor named George Clooney makes his first appearance as a handyman on the popular TV sitcom The Facts of Life. Clooney appeared in 17 episodes of the show, which aired from 1979 to 1988. Last I heard he was struggling to make a go of it in the movies. He credits Elvis and an unparalleled thespian from Oregon working on a judo picture written back in the 70’s as his 2 biggest influences.
September 21, 2019: Forest Lodge#130 will be having dedication ceremonies of their new Lodge facilities at 11:30AM with luncheon to follow. Lodge officers, members, spouses, friends, public are all welcome to attend. The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Wisconsin Robert Strader and other dignitaries will preside over the festivities. It has not been confirmed yet if either George Clooney or Elvis Presley will be present however the current sitting Master of Forest Lodge#130 (a very talented Oregonian) will be present. He has never been seen in the same room with Elvis at the same time so a sighting may be slim.
As we close in on this date I would request all interested in eating after please RSVP no later than Monday September 16.The meal will be catered at the Village of Maine Town Hall, 6111 N 44th Avenue, Wausau and we ask those wanting to eat to contribute $10.00 each toward the cost of the meal if you are able. We will also be asking for help at the new Lodge building for cleaning and prepping. Dates/times will be announced, and I appreciate everyone who has helped in the past and will continue do so in the future. To quote H.L. Mencken “Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” meaning, let’s get busy doing what needs doing. I thank you as I’m sure Elvis and George Clooney do as well.
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Forest Lodge No. 130, F & A.M.
September 11 —7:00PM — Stated Communication — Location: New Lodge
September 21 —11.30 AM —Lodge Dedication Ceremony – 11.30 A.M. followed by lunch. RSVP reservations are essential by September 16, 2019
September 25 — 7:00PM — Stated Communication – Location: New Lodge
**Note: The New Location for Forest Lodge is: 3815 Fleet Drive, Wausau, Wisconsin 54401 **
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club
Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club meets every Friday for a noon luncheon at the Wausau Elks Club.
Wausau York Rite
September 10th — St Omer Commandry Tiling at 7.00 P.M.
September 19th — 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.
Wisconsin Valley Auxiliary
I hope everyone had a great summer. Our Auxiliary Meeting will be resuming on Friday, September 13 at Papillions, Rothschild from 11:30 – 1:30. We had asked everyone before we adjourned for the summer to look into other locations for our meetings in 2020. Please let your caller know what you have come up with.