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 [...}

Rich Did That!

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 […]

Why are YOU a Mason?

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 […]

Paul Revere Surprise in Wisconsin!

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. [...]