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Master's Message

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

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Showers

Greetings Brethren & Ladies of Palmer!

Spring is upon us and with that the promise of renewal and rebirth. We have just completed our first Master Mason degree of the year. Brethren if you have not been to lodge lately this would be an opportune time to revisit some of the old ghosts as we welcome our newly raised Masons.

As stated earlier our March stated meeting was moved a week earlier so that our Lodge could host a table at the Tripoli Shrine’s “Sportsmens’ Night” this was a great event for a grand cause and allowed Henry L. Palmer’s members commiserate in a fun and Masonic event. Watch for upcoming events either in the Templegram or on our webpage http://www.henrylpalmer301.org

April brings about one of our oldest and most favored events and that is the annual Spaghetti Dinner. This will be held at 4 pm on Saturday April 26th and is always a capacity filling event so request your tickets now either see one of your officers for tickets or a request can be made from our Brother Secretary John Wackman. Another event coming up shortly will be the Ladies Table Lodge, or “Rose Celebration” that will be held at 7 pm on Friday May 16th. This is a harkening to an older age of celebrating the women who make our lodge possible and to provide a program for the ladies and widows of our brethren. All Palmer ladies and widows will be celebrated and there is no cost for them, escorts however will have to pay. Contact the Worshipful Master for more information.

Because of our more demanding economical times last month Bro JD Eric Grebbe challenged the brethren of Palmer lodge to assist in the refilling of the coffers for the Job's Daughters of Bethel 2. A warm and hearty thank you to those brethren who have seen it necessary to empty their pockets of spare change, but our Daughters still need more so again contribute what you can to help these young ladies in their endeavors.

All of us became Masons for the same reason: to become better men. What principles underlie our reasons or define this ideal differs greatly between us. Still, this one tradition solidifies us as brothers. And as often the story goes we enter into our obligation with zeal and fortitude, we do “our thing” and as life has a way of happening we find other worthy endeavors that fill our time. Part of Masonry for me is legacy. I came to Palmer lodge because it was the lodge of my father because what I saw in my father and the brethren around him exemplified the testament of “good men and true.” I have found it fortunate to still be in the company of such men. Being a Mason is an eternal commitment, our teachings suggest that our work goes beyond our earthly ways and this commitment should not be regulated to a yearly dues card and a monthly Templegram. Every Mason has a lifetime of knowledge and experience within them; knowledge and experiences that needs to be shared for future Masons. This is your history, your legacy come be part of this so we can celebrate all of our Masonic accomplishments – let us all be fortunate to be in the company of good men.

In Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty

Khristian E. Kay, WM