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Master's Message

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

Thursday, September 01, 2011

September's Message

Brethren and Friends of Palmer,

It hardly seems possible that the summer months have now faded into hot weather and vacation memories. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer and are looking forward to a busy event filled resumption of activity at Palmer Lodge.

Traditionally, the Lodge is dark during July and August giving us a brief respite from our Masonic Labors, however this year, because of all the events and pressing Lodge business, we continued our Stated Meetings and attendant Masters’ Board, etc., throughout the summer months.

Our 100th Year Rededication Ceremony on May 22nd was a very nice affair. I would like to personally thank MWPGM Joseph B. Harker and Grand Lodge Officers for presiding over the rededication, as well as Wisconsin Commandry No. 1 for their flag presentation. In addition, the Lodge was given a City of Milwaukee Proclamation presented by Ald. Robert Donovan. The event also resulted in a feature article in the Wisconsin Masonic Journal. To all those that assisted and participated in making this a memorable event, I express the thanks and appreciation of the members of Henry L. Palmer Lodge.

While attending the Annual Communication in Madison I received, on behalf of the Lodge, a 100 Year Certificate from the Grand Lodge, presented by MWPGM Harker. Coincidently, the City of Milwaukee Proclamation and Grand Lodge Certificates are nicely framed, complementary documents, currently residing in the Lodge office. We plan on finding a suitable display area for these anniversary mementos..

Also of note was the Centennial Ball held on June 18th at the North Hills Country Club. Again, this event was well attended and everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy this “retro-event” with a fine dinner, live music and much socializing. A special thanks to Secretary Jack L. Jones, PM, for his efforts in making this a very successful centennial celebration event.

In July, a number of Palmer Masons, along with their family and friends, enjoyed a Sunday outing at the annual “Zoofari” at the Milwaukee County Zoo sponsored by the Valley of Milwaukee Scottish Rite. This is the second year Palmer Lodge opted to attend this event in lieu of holding our own summer picnic.

As you can see from the aforementioned events, much is happening in and around Palmer Lodge. Much more is also occurring in terms of Lodge business.

We held a Masters Board on July 19th to interview two petitioners and a Stated Meeting on July 22nd for the sole purpose of balloting and reading three more petitions. Another Masters Board is scheduled for August so hopefully we can ballot on more candidates at the August Stated Meeting. New members are the life blood of a Lodge, and with this recent activity, Palmer Lodge is certainly doing well. Of course petitions mean degree work, and Councilor Pat Cholka, PM, is busy scheduling. At this writing, we have two Fellowcraft Degrees slated for August 19th. The rationale is to clear the way for a host of Entered Apprentice Degrees in September and October. This should be a real incentive for our officers to hone their esoteric work skills. For those who haven’t attended Lodge in a while, these degrees offer a wonderful opportunity for you enjoy what Masonry is all about!

Finally, we are still on course to present the “Defense of the Ruffians” on October 22nd. This will be the third of four events dedicated to our 100th anniversary. Because of limited seating in the Lodge Room, we will be asking for advanced notice of attendance as the date draws closer.

See you in Lodge!


John F. Wackman, WM