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Master's Message

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

Sunday, May 01, 2011

May's Message

Brethren and Friends of Palmer,

Spring is now upon us and it’s that time of year where we traditionally do our spruce up of the lodge environs. A spring clean-up date has been scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Coffee and donuts will be available, and it is hoped that many will join us in tidying up the lodge just before our rededication on May 22nd.

Speaking of the appearance of the lodge, I assume many of you have noticed the recent interior work completed recently. With the exception of the lodge room, the entire interior of the building was repainted including the ceiling. In addition, new carpet was installed in the areas affected by our drainage problem. Also of note, is that all light fixtures (including those in the lodge room) have been refitted and upgraded with energy saving components. In the parking lot area We Energies has installed new fixtures on the poles, and we are no longer using the inefficient lights on the building to illuminate the parking lot. These improvements have required much effort by our Board of Trustees. Kudos, and a very hearty well done goes especially to Brother Arthur Karos for the tremendous amount of time and effort he put into this endeavor.

On a more somber note I must mention the passing of Brother Cy Carney, PM, on April 1st. Cy served as Worshipful Master of Palmer Lodge in 1980. He always could be called on to assist in our degree work and was an ardent supporter of the HL Palmer Masonic Angel Fund. Our prayers are with his widow Daffene and his family. Cy will be missed by his brethren and friends in the Masonic community.

Our first of four special events celebrating our centennial is fast approaching. On Sunday, May 22nd Palmer Lodge will be hosting our Centennial Rededication with a ceremony commencing at 2:00 pm. MWGM Joseph B. Harker will be officiating and refreshments and fellowship will follow. This is a special occasion for Palmer Lodge and I hope many of you will be able to join us as we commence our 2nd Century of Masonic work!

On April 8th the Angel Fund hosted a fund-raising fish fry and bowling event at Elks Lodge #46. On behalf of the Angel Fund, I would like to express our appreciation for all the support the Elks have given us, not only with this event, but since our inception.

On March 18th the Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred on our newly made Brother Robert Keller, and on April 27th Brother Greg Helgeson was raised to Master Mason. Congratulations to both as you continue on your Masonic journey. Palmer Lodge has more degree work coming up in the near future. It’s certainly gratifying and exciting to experience all this degree work and a cordial invitation is extended to the brethren we haven’t seen in awhile to join us. There’s a lot going on a Palmer Lodge!


John F. Wackman, WM