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Master's Message

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

Monday, November 01, 2010

November's Message

Greetings Brethren & Ladies of Palmer!

Autumn has snuck up upon us once again as a reminder of the cyclic nature of our work. The harvests are in, the stores are replenished and even the hauntings are over for the time being. Yet with all this we see designed on the trestle board: broken columns, winding ringlets, and temples left unfinished and our thoughts go these places understanding what rough but hewn ashlars we remain. We are all accosted by the ruffians of time and with that we need to reflect on that rich yet elusive commodity: time. What have we left? What riches can we sow? How can we build that temple not made of hands?

We can start by remembering all of our brothers who came before us, our longest members our Past Masters and their mentors those women who made our brothers better men. We will be having our Past Masters’ 25/50 members’ and Widows’ dinner on November 5th at 7PM in the dining hall at Henry L. Palmer lodge. This year we will be hosting an open table lodge during our hour of refreshment. I will be cooking up a delicious feast in celebration and need you to RSVP to me so that I know how much food to prepare. Our newly annual Jr. Warden’s Chili cook-off is on Sunday November 7th, starting at 5PM. Brothers again I will need your assistance as we progress through our degrees, we have several Fellow Craft degrees and many parts to fill from the rituals especially in our lectures. All of this is a means to build our temples and dissuade those ruffians by bringing in new brothers. As nature cycles through death and resurrection so must our lodge cycle through the building and replenishing. This is accomplished by the wrought of newer members who bring their ideals to the quarry, where with guidance from Master Masons they can begin to chisel their ashlars into perfectly hewn stones.

With this in mind keep these dates handy our November Stated meeting is being moved from the 26th to the 12th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. This is an important lodge event as this is when we will hold our election of officers for the forthcoming year. The democratic philosophy of our election process is not only a tenet of Freemasonry but is a responsibility incumbent upon every Master Mason. (As a note we will also be moving our December Stated from the 24th to the 10th). Mark your calendars as December 5th will be our Pizza With Santa a favorite of all our children in spirit as well as in age and the 11th has been reserved for the installation of our newly elected officers.

Time is perhaps our most exacting ruffian let us not dawdle then on happenstance or what might have been but rather ruminate on what can be.

In Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty

Khristian E. Kay, WM