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Master's Message

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

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October's Message

Brethren and Friends of Palmer,

It’s difficult to believe that autumn is upon us and the year is fast coming to a close. Palmer Lodge has had a very busy summer with Stated Meetings and degree work continuing through July and August. I would like to thank the officers and members who gave of their time during these summer months so that we were able to process and move candidates through their degree work. At present we have two Fellowcraft – Bros. Robert Keller and Cory Taylor, and two Entered Apprentices – Bros. Jessie Lee and Matt Chieffro in posting and, two petitioners for the Masters Board and balloting. Since our mission is to make Masons it appears we are doing quite well in that capacity – thanks to your efforts!

October is slated to be a very busy month for Palmer Lodge events as well. On Saturday, October 1st, Brother Lee Wackman has scheduled another of our very popular Trivia Nights to benefit the H.L. Palmer Masonic Angel Fund. These are fun evenings, and you are encouraged to invite friends and families for a good time. It should also be noted that our Angel Fund has received recognition for the outstanding job we are doing from the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. – the parent organization. Congratulations to Brothers Lee Wackman and Dick Fischer for their hard work and enthusiasm in this endeavor.

On Sunday, October 2nd, Brothers Dick Fischer and Art Karos have taken on the task to provide another Broasted Chicken Dinner event. This is the second time Palmer Lodge has hosted this event and, if it proves successful, will be a regular feature at Palmer Lodge. Again, gather your families and friends and join us either to dine in or take out.

Another noteworthy event is the reading presentation of “Defense of the Ruffians” at Palmer Lodge on October 22nd. This presentation will be the third of four events commemorating our centennial anniversary. The play will be presented in a tiled Master Mason lodge with refreshments preceding this meeting. “Defense of the Ruffians” is a unique play and should be both enjoyable and enlightening to all Master Masons. As such, for planning purposes, please contact me personally at (262) 424-6993 if you will be attending. Specific details are provided elsewhere in this Templegram.

Further information and details on the above events will disseminated via flyers, on the Palmer website and Facebook.

Brethren, keep in mind that we have scheduled an election of officers for the upcoming year at our October Stated Meeting. This is the time you should be thinking about your commitment and how you would like to serve your lodge in 2012. We are fortunate to have as fine a line of officers as any lodge in the district, and where they have taken Palmer Lodge in the last few years is really commendable. Let’s keep it going!

Finally, many brothers have informed us that in reading our Templegram, they have noted the increased activity and increase in membership in the last couple of years at Palmer. If you are one of these brethren I’m referring to, please come and join us for either a Stated Meeting or the conferral of a degree. Since most of our active officers and brethren have only been Master Masons for a few years, it’s important they recognize the depth and breadth of Palmer’s membership. They are diligent, and work extremely hard to do excellent degree work and promote all of the events and activities at our (your) lodge. You will be most welcome I assure you!

See you in Lodge!


John F. Wackman, WM