The season has changed and snow is in the air—a sure sign of Installation season. In addition to Installation of Officers, suggested programs for December are Visitations to shut-ins and widows and Feast of St. John celebrations. For January, take a program from our Youth Groups by holding what is known as a Stop-and-Go Meeting. . . . → Read More: Grand Master Slavik’s December Address to the Craft
November is a very busy month for our Craft. Most, if not all, Lodges will be holding their election of officers for the next year. Many Lodges have an annual dinner either on election night or installation night. Other suggested programs for November include Ladies of the Table, Code Study Night, and Loud Shirt (Tie) . . . → Read More: Grand Master Slavik’s November Address to the Craft
Brethren, it appears that these suggested Lodge programing ideas are having an effect. I know of one lodge that is looking to take one of the suggestions and turn it into an annual event. I have also heard that after reading the list, one lodge asked members for their suggestions. Either way, Lodges are talking . . . → Read More: Grand Master Slavik’s October Address to the Craft
The summer is winding down fast and Lodges are getting back to business. Suggested programs for September include Past Master’s Night, Father-Child Dinner, Landmarks of Masonry discussion, and family friendly Packer Parties at the Lodge. Ideas for October include Hunter’s Safety Program, Fellowship Night, and Rusty Nail Degree.
As our new Junior Grand Warden states, . . . → Read More: Grand Master Slavik’s September Address to the Craft
In addition to the Grand Master’s message each month, I would like to take this opportunity to include some ideas to help with Lodge programing.
Many lodges are busy in the summer and some ideas for these months include Lodge Picnics/Ice Cream Socials, attending a community baseball game, Fisherman’s Night, Outdoor MM Degrees, and . . . → Read More: Grand Master Slavik’s Summer Messge
As boys we built tree houses, club houses and forts, they were our special places. That special place was just for a select few of a special group of friends. They were also others who wanted to be part of the group but were never invited. As men, if you think . . . → Read More: “It’s your Club House / It’s your Man Cave”
As I travel the State of Wisconsin and visit other Jurisdictions, I start wondering about some of the people I meet. Are they on an ego trip, are they full of themselves, do they need to be in control and the list goes on. Putting the shoe on the other foot, how do I conduct . . . → Read More: “It’s About the Passion”
Now that I have your attention! There was a personal reason you joined this great fraternity. Some of you had Fathers who gave you a petition and took you to Lodge. While others may have had male role models who did the same. Most of the Baby Boomers, my generation, were not joiners, . . . → Read More: “Be Careful – They Breed Among Us”
The Deputy Grand Master, Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, the Grand Secretary and myself have just returned from the Conference of Grand Masters and Grand Secretaries in Kansas City. There were over sixty different Grand Jurisdictions represented. The attendees were able to exchange ideas, compare membership trends and join in proactive seminars. The Seminars . . . → Read More: “Feeling Ignored ?”
I had the opportunity to see Freemasonry is action by attending the Secretaries Training Seminar in Madison on Sunday, January 20. I want to thank PGM Michael A. DeWolf, our Grand Secretary, for making it a worth while event. It was interactive, so speakers could field questions and comments from the floor. I . . . → Read More: “Leave It at the Door”