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Past Master Spotlight – Brother David Mahoney

d mahoneyBrother David Mahoney is the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Knights Templar for Wisconsin.

He was born in Eau Claire, WI and married his wife Shirley in 1976.  They have three children, and three grand-children.  He is a veteran of the US Navy, and served in Vietnam.

David was raised a master mason in Waukegan Lodge 78 in Waukegan IL on April 3, 1972.  He served as Worshipful Master of Eau Claire Lodge 112 in 1977 and 1978.

Bio from TWMJ April 2016

Matt Chromey

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Stated Meeting March 22nd

Brothers, our next stated meeting is tomorrow March 22nd.

Fellowship begins at 6:00 pm, lodge opens at 7:00 pm.

See you there!

Matt Chromey

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Stated Meeting March 8th

Brothers,

Our next stated meeting is tomorrow March 8th.

This is our annual school of instruction, and the District 2 Lecturer has put together a great program focusing on the Fellowcraft degree.

All members are welcome of course!

Fellowship begins at 6pm, Lodge will open at 7pm sharp.

See you there!

Matt Chromey

SW ECCXII

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What is Freemasonry?

Few questions have as many answers as this one.  If someone were to ask you this question, would you have an answer for them?

We know that Freemasonry means millions of different things to millions of different men, so a clear and concise answer should always be at the ready when someone you meet asks you this question.

 

Here is my answer:

At it’s core, Freemasonry consists of two basic elements:

Number one, it is a fraternity of good men; the largest and oldest fraternity in the history of the world.  Millions of good men have all taken an obligation to aid and assist brothers in need, no matter the situation.  Should I be lucky enough to meet the likes of John Elway, Shaquille O’Neil, or HRH the Duke of Kent, I can shake their hand and call them brother.

Number two, it is a system of morality, whose lessons can be applied to every situation of every day, and used to improve myself as a man, and likewise improve my family and community.  Freemasonry is based on such noble principles as truth, justice, and fortitude, and is relevant now and will be for all time.

Just as important as describing what Freemasonry is, is describing what it isn’t:

It is not a charity organization.  Although our charitable works can be the most visible presence of our fraternity, they are simply a side effect of our quest to become the best men possible.

It is not a social club.  One of the best ways to assist each other in our mission of self-improvement is by gathering together to share the benefits of the fraternity, but equally as important is the work we do inside ourselves to chip away at our own rough ashlars.

It is not right for everyone.  We like to say we make good men better, and this requires a new candidate to be of a certain moral character prior to joining the fraternity.  Not every man can be a mason; it takes a certain attitude, commitment, and desire for more light.  We should do well to remember this during our examination process and in our guarding of the west gate.

 

Brothers, forget about membership numbers for a little while.  An annual dues payment from a brother you have never met does little to ensure the future of our craft.  Be active in lodge!  If you feel going to lodge meetings is not a valuable way for you to spend your time, speak up and let your lodge leadership know what you are looking for.  And be ready to step up to the plate and assist in making it happen.

 

Matt Chromey

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