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Master's Message

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

Sunday, January 02, 2011

January's Message

Brethren and Friends of Palmer,

Happy New Year! Now that the Holiday Season is for the most part another joyous memory, we can now look ahead to hopefully a busy and prosperous year for Palmer Lodge. This being my first official Templegram message, I would again like to express my gratitude for the faith and trust you have placed in me to lead Palmer Lodge into that New Year. It appears that 2011 is going to be both a busy and exciting year; not only with our regularly scheduled meetings, degree work, traditional annual events and the Angel Fund, but also the 100 year celebration of our Charter. Although the tasks at hand appear imminently imposing, we have a great cadre of officers reflecting a sense of dedication, and much to my amazement, a host of skill and talent. I believe we can get the job done in grand style and have a lot of fun doing it.

The installation on December 11th turned out really well. I would like to personally thank all those who contributed to its success and congratulate all of the newly installed officers. The evening was particularly enhanced with the surprise visit of our Most Worshipful Grand Master Joseph B. Harker. I trust everyone enjoyed the event.

To digress a bit, I would be remiss in not making mention of our annual Pizza with Santa program on December 5th. It was a resounding success! Sixty-six children enjoyed an afternoon with Mr. Magic, Grandpa and Grandma Palmer, Mr. Meanie and, of course, pizza with the man of the hour – Santa Clause. A special thanks to Jack Jones, Pat Cholka and the others who contributed so much to making it a special time for the kids.

At the last stated meeting on December 11th revisions to the Palmer Lodge by-laws were presented by Pat Cholka and are also available on our website. For the most part, the revisions consist of relatively minor changes and updates. These revisions will be presented and discussed at our January meeting.

Our first order of business in the New Year will be a Master Mason Degree for Brother Dale Van Dyke on January 7th. This will be a very special occasion for Brother Van Dyke in not only being raised to the sublime degree of Maser Mason, but his son Jason, currently a serving Worshipful Master, will be visiting from Washington, D.C. to observe and share the occasion with him.

It is worthy of note that Brother Art Karos has taken on the responsibility to post our candidates during posting sessions held every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. These sessions have evolved into an unofficial gathering of not only the candidates for posting, but for other members to learn and practice their esoteric work. It has proven to be fun and light-hearted, as well as productive. Come join us and take advantage of the opportunity to improve your Masonic skills and hang out.


John F. Wackman, Worshipful Master