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District #2 Newsletter – Traditions

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Hello District 2!

I hope everyone had a great Easter and had a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones. My kids way-too-early morning excitement about the Easter bunny makes me think about how traditions have passed down in our family. Now I know how my parents felt and why they seemed so tired on Easter. Many lodges operate under traditions passed on through the generations. Be respectful of history, but don’t be afraid to try new things or take on new events to make spice things up. Try to ensure your lodge is offering something of value to new members and keeping current members engaged. If you aren’t sure what would keep the sidelines filled, ask your Brothers. The Grand Master’s listening sessions have provided a great list of ideas to start.

Many thanks to Br. Larry Ganske, District Lecturer, who has been very busy traveling for the new format School of Instruction. Hopefully your lodges have taken advantage of his expertise and had a chance to learn something new. I’d also like to thank the Lodges that have completed your inspections during district team visits. If you haven’t submitted the form yet, we’ll be in touch soon regarding a lodge visitation. ​

​Our fraternity has lost some great brothers recently, particularly in District 2. For those that have been able to attend these Masonic services, your support is greatly appreciated. It is important to pay our respects to our Brothers and it makes quite the statement when we have a large turnout. I was overwhelmed to see nearly 100 Masons from throughout the district attend Br. Dan Walter’s service. Be there when it counts & keep up the good work!

Fraternally,

Tom Stevens, DDGM#2
district_deputy2@wisc-freemasonry.org

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District #2 Banquet & Meeting – Sign Up by Emailing or CALLING
What? Spring 2016 District 2 Meeting & Banquet
When? Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Social/Drinks (cash bar): 5:30
Dinner: 6:00
Meeting 6:30-8:30
Where? Baldwin American Legion Hall – 410 Maple St., Baldwin, WI
Details: Dinner RSVPs due 4/13/16 to district_deputy2@wisc-freemasonry.org or 715-579-8949.  Spouses & all members are all welcome. Catered dinner is $15 (pay at the banquet) – beef tips w/ noodles & chicken w/ wild rice. If you can’t make the dinner, please join us for the meeting. The agenda is coming together. Rookie & Mason of the Year awards will be presented. RWSGS Gary Stang will discuss membership. I’ll provide a bit of a district profile. More to come!

*Note: there was some confusion on the last email. You must email me to RSVP for dinner. If you have not emailed or called, I don’t have you on the list.

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Spruce-Up Awards (Due Soon!)
Lodges that complete a facility improvement project may qualify to receive a Spruce-up Award and grant.  Remodeling, painting, landscaping, and other facility improvement projects completed during the year may qualify for a Lodge Spruce-Up Award with an accompanying grant that could range up to a $500 limit.   To be considered for the Spruce-up Award, the project must be complete, and the on-line award application submitted, prior to the April 1, 2016deadline. The application form and instructions are located on the Freemasons of Wisconsin website under the Awards tab at the following link:  http://www.wisc-freemasonry.org/l-e-a/spruce-up-award/ 
Contact SGW Arby Humphrey atlah_2017@wisc-freemasonry.org if you have questions.
District Events
Please contact the Lodge before attending their events. You may notice this list is lacking your lodge events. Send me your calendars and I’ll get them on the list. Thanks!
March
  • 30 – FC Degree – Collins-Spring Valley Lodge

April

  • 3 – 2:00 pm – Masonic DeMolay Degree – La Crosse Masonic Center (118 Eighth St South, La Crosse, WI)

June

  • 3-4 – All Day – Annual Communication – Madison Masonic Center (Madison, WI)

I’d like to keep start building this event list and plan to keep this as a running feature in this space. Call or email with new events: District_Deputy2@wisc-freemasonry.org.

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New Masonic Website – Have you Visited Yet?

The new WI Grand Lodge website has recently been updated. Browse tohttp://fam.wisc-freemasonry.org to check it out. To access the “Members” area, you will need to setup an account. In the members area, you can find current versions of Secretary forms,  Awards applications, & other publications.

TIP: Try the Masonic Study Series at your next Lodge Education event.

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District 2 – Team Change
​I’d like to announce a change in the District 2 Team. Br. Andy Hodges has resigned his post due to work changes that won’t allow him to fulfill the remainder of his appointment. Br. Robert Lund has been appointed as Area Administrator for Area 2. Please join me in thanking Br. Hodges for his service and congratulate Br. Lund on the appointment!

Honorary Masonic DeMolay Degree

Become an Honorary Member of the Order of DeMolay

When: Sunday, April 3 – 2:00 PM
Where: La Crosse Masonic Center (118 Eighth St South – La Crosse, WI)

  • Lifetime Honorary Membership in the Chapter of Your Choice
  • $100 Degree Fee Goes Entirely to Your Chapter
  • Ceremony Conferred by Active DeMolays
  • Membership Paten and Lapel Pin
  • All Master Masons are Eligible

Register online at WIDeMolay.org by March 30th. (Or click this link to directly to the registration page) .

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