Archive for September, 2015

A Call to Action

56154658fb2e2629e1e06670b4df152eBrothers, thank you so much for attending our last stated meeting and participating in some valuable discussion on the future of Eau Claire Lodge 112.

We will endeavor to continue the momentum that has been generated and come together to devise an action plan for the coming years.  The lodge officers will be meeting soon to come up with a roadmap and share it with the lodge at a future stated meeting.

Next meeting is October 13th, dinner at 6pm, lodge will open at 7pm sharp.

Onward and upward!

Matt Chromey



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The Chippewa Valley’s First Mason

a meggettThe advent of freemasonry in this county, and indeed, the Chippewa Valley, was very unpretentious in its appointments and organization.  A dispensation for a lodge in the village of Eau Claire was granted in December 1858 to L. B. Foote as WM, D. R. Moon, SW, and W. P. Bartlett, JW.  The lodge was instituted March 26, 1859, the officers in the work being assisted by RW Grand Lecturer McMillan.  The communications were held in a room over the stage office, on the northeast corner of South Barstow and Gibson streets.  The first made mason of the lodge, and the first one in the Chippewa Valley outside of Pepin County, was Alexander Meggett.  He received the third degree in April, 1859.  The organization was chartered June 15, of the same year, under the name of “Eau Claire Lodge 112”.

Source: “Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin” G. Forrester 1892



Alexander Meggett, Eau Claire, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, March 26, 1824, and came to America when a little over three years old, with his parents.  Mr. Meggett labored in cotton manufactories until he was nineteen, when he commenced to educate himself.  He studied law in 1851 -2, and completed his legal studies the year following and commenced practice in Pawtucket RI, and practiced in Providence for a year immediately prior to coming west.  In June, 1857, he visited Eau Claire, and permanently located there in July following, when he commenced, and has ever since continued, to practice his profession.  He was the second lawyer who settled in Eau Claire County.  Mr. Meggett has held the offices of Town Superintendent of Public Schools and City Attorney.

Source:  “History of Northern Wisconsin” 1881

Matt Chromey



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Past Master Spotlight – Brother Jon Shimoda


Dr. Jon Shimoda grew up in the Detroit suburb of Taylor, Michigan. In high school he was active in the concert, marching and jazz bands and lettered on the schools state champion gymnastics team.

Undergraduate work was done at Michigan State University and a B.S. degree in Social Science earned in 1977. One academic year was spent at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. There, much of the focus was on the study of the Japanese martial art, Aikido.

After college he moved to Chicago, Illinois to continue Aikido study with Shihan Akira Tohei and earned his black belt in 1981. While in Chicago, he played bass guitar for an Elvis impersonator but during the day, he worked as a case work counselor and mental health therapist at the Japanese American Service Committee, the Lake View Mental Health Center and then the DuPage County Health Department.

Dr. Shimoda graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois in 1992 and moved to Eau Claire to work as a staff chiropractor for the Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire. In 2005 he left Group Health and practiced as an associate chiropractor at Chippewa Valley Chiropractic before starting his own practice, Care Full Chiropractic in 2006.

Dr. Shimoda is licensed in Nutritional Counseling and is Advanced Proficiency Rated in the Activator Method of Chiropractic Adjusting. He is married to Donna Shimoda and has 3 adult children.  He sings in the Scottish Rite and St. John’s Lutheran Church Choirs. Interests include family, music, motorcycles, reading and various physical and spiritual exercise.

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Matt Chromey



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Job’s Daughters Bethel 31 Initiation / Installation

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The lodge room had a decidedly feminine flair last Sunday, as our local Job’s Daughters bethel initiated a new member and installed it’s officers for the upcoming term.

Our brother secretary was installed as the Associate Bethel Guardian, so please reach out if you have any questions about the order or know anyone that might be interested in membership!

As our lodge is a sponsor of this bethel, all master masons are welcome to attend their meetings and get involved if you wish.  They meet in the EC 112 lodge room on the 1st and 3rd Sunday at 2pm.

Matt Chromey



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