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Master's Message

Henry L. Palmer Lodge #301 Free & Accepted Masons Wauwatosa, WI

Saturday, November 01, 2008

November's Messasge

Brethren, greetings from the East,

Fall is here; it is that time once again when we begin thinking about the upcoming holiday season, shoveling snow and scraping ice, and our Lodge activities starting to heat up. October was a good month; no degrees, but we did have our first "Junior Warden's Chili Supper." We had 40 people attend the event and Khris Kay did an outstanding job preparing the food - no one left hungry!

November promises to be a busy month. We are planning our 25-50 year member recognition night for Friday, November 28th, and don't forget about Pizza with Santa on November 30th! In addition, we expect to have a couple of degrees to do that month as well. Looking a little further ahead we have our New Year's Breakfast coming soon too; I am excited to have Bob Strader, Grand Orator, joining us again as he did last year.

I was asked recently by a Grand Lodge Officer what I felt we accomplished this year. I started listing all the things we did: a number of degrees, a handful of new events, continuing our traditional events, updates to the building, and so on. I obviously didn't catch the meaning of his question as he asked again "but what did you accomplish?" After thinking about it a bit, I answered "teamwork." From the Past Masters to the newest Entered Apprentice, everyone has pitched in this year -- whether it was helping with a degree, planning one of the events, or with some of the work that needed to be done around the building. We should all be proud of everything we've done this year. But above all the rest, we came together as a team. We should be especially proud of that!

Pat Cholka, W.M.