It's January 29th, and the weatherman is predicting a high temperature of -16 degrees tomorrow, and a low of -26 degrees. These are not "real-feel" temps, those are the actual temps. It's important during times like these to check in with any brothers and widows who may need assistance. They might not know who they […]
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 [...]
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."
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Congratulations Brother Rich Stark! This month our current Senior Warden and Temple Board President, Brother Rich Stark (pictured with Past GM Anthony Cracco), received a great promotion at work to provide much deserved advancement in his professional life. It's fun to see hard-workers get the rewards they deserve. Unfortunately for our lodge, this means he […]
In our March meeting we tried a new presentation idea that was suggested to us by our current District Education Officer of our district. He described a presentation we could give to help determine WHY we are each a Mason. We started by asking everyone in attendance of our stated meeting to write down on […]
Back in January, Paul Cameron, JW of Wheaton Lodge 269 gave the 1795 Paul Revere Charge for an officer installation for Ozaukee Lodge 17 in Wisconsin. A previous post in this blog gives more detail about that. Long story short, he was blown away by the number of people there for that new Master. There […]
President's Day was in February. Coincidentally, WM Watz and Brother Paul Cameron had the opportunity to see the actual bible on which George Washington took all 3 of his Masonic obligations! This is the 200 year anniversary of Masonry in Indiana, so the bible was loaned to the Grand Lodge of Indiana for the occasion. […]
On Feb 17, WM Watz and Brother Paul Cameron were very fortunate to witness a Kentucky 3rd degree at Keystone Lodge 251 in Indiana. It was absolutely incredible! 60 years ago, brothers from Suburban Lodge 740 of KY were headed to Chicago to do a degree but got stuck on the way in a blizzard. They reached […]
This month we had the opportunity to meet the daughter of WB Elmer Pierce who was Master of Wheaton Lodge in 1954. She stopped by to return her father's Past Master Apron to us.
As she toured through the building she talked about how important this Lodge was to her father, and how much he sincerely loved Masonry. Although WB Pierce passed away in 2006, her eyes still watered as she [...]
Wheaton Lodge JW, Brother Paul Cameron has now had the chance to give the 1795 Paul Revere Charge in 3 different states, IL, IN, and WI. It's catching on! Indiana was interesting to see because of the differences in how they open and close their lodge, and many of their traditions that we don't get to see in Illinois. It was fascinating.
Wisconsin, however, was a complete shock. [...]