President Harry Truman

Wheaton Lodge 269 recently had a special presentation by a brother from Missouri who shared his knowledge about the Past Grand Master of Missouri, and President of the United States, Harry Truman.

Did you know that President Truman was a 33rd degree Mason and coincidentally was the 33rd President of the United States? He was a 62 year Mason when he passed away in 1972, and very vocal about expressing his pride in being a Freemason throughout his life.

After listening to the stories and accounts of his tenure as President, I simply cannot imagine how [...]

The West Gate

There is a lot of talk out there about how our numbers are dwindling and we need to get more members. We've gone from "2B1Ask1" to "Want2B1?"

I've seen on many occasions where a prospective member will show up to dinner for the first time, talk with one or maybe two brothers, and then he's handed a petition! Our DEO and fellow Grand Lodge Education Committee Member, Brother RJ Budler of Lombard Lodge 1098, gave a presentation at our lodge recently which included an excellent quote, "Those who are asked to join without much consideration, will often quit without much consideration."

I agree that we should find ways to increase our numbers, but ONLY with men who [...}