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December Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:07 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

Last Thursday, November 3, the Ladies of McKinley prepared a wonderful beef stew dinner. It was a big help as they set up, prepared, served and cleaned up.

After a wonderful dinner the brethren gathered in the lodge room to elect officers for next year. I am grateful and humbled that I was elected Worshipful Master for the upcoming year. Brother James Lovett was elected Senior Warden and Jack Ťhip Wood was elected Junior Warden. Please join us on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm at the lodge for the installation. I look forward to seeing you there.

The Fish Fry on October 21st had a light attendance of 135 people. Thank you again for everyone that came and helped out. The Lodge raised $55.00 for the Waukesha Food Pantry and also four large boxes of food was collected and delivered.. We will still be collecting for the food pantry over the next year as there is still a demand to be met.

Another collection box is in the foyer of our lodge. The Rainbow Girls are collecting pet related supplies for the Fuzzy Dog Rescue. Currently we are in need of: toys, puppy food, chews, bleach, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, Clorox clean up, Clorox wipes, paper towels, leashes and small collars.

The final collection box is for Justice 2000. They are looking for gently worn clothing. The clothing will be cleaned and then distributed to their clients.

On November 5th Ken Gorgen and the kitchen crew created a beautiful dinner for the program, Å­adies at the Table This yearÃÔ dinner had 65 in attendance listening to biographies of Wisconsin Women Athletes, talked with familiar faces and made many new friends. If you have never been to this event, I would highly recommend attending next year. The dinner was served by the young men of Demolay. Ricardo Vieira led the efficient cleanup after the dinner.

On Thursday, December 1 at 6:00 pm, we will be decorating the Lodge for the holidays, enjoying a light pot luck dinner and a visit from Santa for the Kids. If your child will be at this event, please contact Mike Gorgen (262-820-0812) with the number of children and their ages. That way Santa can have a gift for each child. Amy Gorgen and Connie Jaremko will be organizing the side dishes for the pot luck. Then on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm we will have our installation of officers with a reception to follow. Please come out to support our new officers. Both events are open to friends and families.

All are invited to join us for the Miller Brewery Holiday Light Show on Saturday, December 10th. We will be meeting at the Visitor Center at 5:30. Miller Brewery is collecting for the Marine Corp Toys for Tot program. From the visitor center we will be guided to the light show at űlank Road Brewery and then we will go into the miller cave and sample their product (soft drinks are also available). For more information please contact Todd Jaremko at 262-796-0782

Brethren, Masonry is very much about the fellowship and camaraderie. I have been seeing this happening more and more with members of the Lodge at our events. Come out and be a part of that fun and fellowship. If you need someone to give you a ride, donÃÕ let that stop you. Contact our Secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann (262-784-4176), and he will be more than happy to help arrange a ride for you.

I would like to thank Mike Gorgen, P.M. for his time in writing the temple topics and Brother Chuck Wise for collecting, sorting and mailing them out. .

Fraternally,

Todd Jaremko

December

1 Thu Dinner with Santa & Decorate the Lodge 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

3 Sat Installation of Officers 2:00 pm

10- Sat- Miller Brewery Holiday Light show (meet at visitor center at 5:30 pm)

15 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

November Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:05 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

It is a time of change as the seasons brings us color and the temperatures fall. I hope the change in seasons finds you and your families well.

At the beginning of October we had our Past MasterÃÔ Degree Night and Dinner. Prior to the meeting we had a wonderful dinner prepared by Acadia Chapter of Eastern Star. I would like to give a big thank-you to the ladies for the dinner. After being completely filled from our meal the Past Masters (with some assistance from a few others), put on not one, not two, not three, but four Entered Apprentices Degrees. The Past MasterÃÔ still have it as they did an excellent job. I would also like to note how the Lodge is growing. Our Counselor, Brother Ryan Mayrand, has close to 10 EAÃÔ that he is posting plus a few Master Masons. This work is done during the Lodge meetings so if you have ever been interested in helping new Masons learn their posting material, please contact Ryan and let him know. I am sure he would appreciate the assistance.

I would like to report on the happenings of the fish fry which occurred on October 21st, but at the time I wrote this the fish fry had not occurred. However, I would like to take the time to thank everyone who helped out and attended. I am sure it was a fantastic success with everyoneÃÔ effort.

Now on to upcoming eventsspan style="mso-spacerun: yes"> In November, we will have our election night and dinner at the first stated meeting on November 3rd. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. Remember Brethren this is the night we elect our new officers for the next year. Then on Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 pm we will be having our annual Ladies at the Table dinner. Tickets are limited and available from any officers for $20.00. Tickets must be purchased by October 28th. This yearÃÔ menu will be an appetizer platter with cheese, crackers, and some fruit, a salad with a raspberry/walnut vinaigrette dressing, cream of mushroom soup, stuffed pork loin with potatoes and carrots, and finishing it up with mixed berries and granola over some ice cream. This is a great event; I hope to see you all there.

Finally, on Thursday, December 1 at 6:00 pm, we will be decorating the Lodge for the holidays, enjoying a light dinner and a visit from Santa for the Kids. If your child will be at this event, please contact Mike Gorgen (262-820-0812) with the number of children and their ages. That way Santa can have a gift for each child. Then on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm we will have our installation of officers with a reception to follow. Please come out to support our new officers. Both events are open to friends and families.

Brethren, Masonry is very much about the fellowship and camaraderie. I have been seeing that more and more with members of the Lodge at our events. Come out and be a part of that fun and fellowship. If you need someone to give you a ride, donÃÕ let that stop you. Contact our Secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann (262-784-4176), and he will be more than happy to help arrange a ride for you.

I have been writing the Temple Topics for three years and this will be my final edition. It is time for me to pass on the baton to the new officer corps. I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

November

3 Thu Election Night and Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

5 Sat Ladies at the Table Dinner 6:00 pm

17 Thu Awards Night and 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

December

1 Thu Dinner with Santa & Decorate the Lodge 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

3 Sat Installation of Officers 2:00 pm

15 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

October Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:03 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

I hope this copy of the Temple Topics finds you and your family well. Fall is upon us. The leaves are starting to change colors, football is in full swing, the boys of summer are about ready to play their championship series, and some of us are getting ready to travel south to follow the warmth of the sun.

As I had mentioned in last monthÃÔ edition I would update you on the final two events of the summer. We had 28 people participate in the Lincoln/McKinley Lodge Golf Outing. This is the 3rd year we have done this joint event at Kettle Hills Golf Course. The weather was perfect, though my golf game was far from it. My team came in last place. Everyone who participated had a great time and the fellowship with members of other lodges and non-members was wonderful. I would like to give special congratulations to Brother Ken Gorgen as he received the shortest drive award. We also had our annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells. This is the eighth year we have done this trip. We had five families that met up at the Kalahari. The kids (and moms and dads) ran throughout the water park enjoying everything it had. At night we all got together for a pizza dinner and a little social hour. Thanks to everyone who came out to make this event a great time.

At the beginning of September, we returned from summer recess to have our annual Corn and Brat Roast. It is always nice to see all the brethren and their families that come to this event as we usually see some brethren that arenÃÕ able to make it to other meetings or events. This year we continued a new tradition by having tropical shirt night. Congratulations to Brother Jerry Robison who was voted as having the best tropical shirt. I would also like to thank Brothers Ken Gorgen, Don Christiaansen and Mike Gorgen who prepared the dinner for us. The food was delicious.

Now on to upcoming eventsspan style="mso-spacerun: yes"> On Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm is our Past MasterÃÔ Night and Dinner. We are also fortunate to have two EA degrees that night. Come support our new brethren as they begin their journey in Masonry. Then on October 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm we will be having our fall All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry to support the Waukesha County Food Pantry. This is a great event that helps out the community. Since we have been doing this to support the food pantry, we have given over 20 boxes of food and over $500 dollars. At a time where there is 9% unemployment and some people are struggling to put food on the table, this is an opportunity to help. The cost is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children 5 to 10, children under 5 are free. If you bring a food pantry donation, you will receive $1.00 off your ticket price. If you donÃÕ have a donation, McKinley Lodge will donate a part of the cash receipt to the food pantry. The Spring Fish Fry was a huge success; letÃÔ make this one even better.

In November, we will have our election night and dinner at the first stated meeting on November 3rd. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. Remember Brethren this is the night we elect our new officers for the next year. Then on Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 pm we will be having our annual Ladies at the Table dinner. Tickets are limited and available from any officers for $20.00. Tickets must be purchased by October 28th.

Finally, I would like to get a couple of events on your calendar as the end of the year will come up quick. On Thursday, December 1 at 6:00 pm, we will be decorating the Lodge for the holidays, enjoying a light dinner and a visit from Santa for the Kids. Then on Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 pm we will have our installation of officers. Please come out to support our new officers. Both events are open to friends and families.

Brethren, Masonry is very much about the fellowship and camaraderie. I have been seeing that more and more with members of the Lodge at our events. Come out and be a part of that fun and fellowship. If you need someone to give you a ride, donÃÕ let that stop you. Contact our Secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann (262-784-4176), and he will be more than happy to help arrange a ride for you.

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

October

6 Thu Past Master Degree Night and Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

20 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

21 Fri World Famous Fish Fry 5:00 to 7:00 pm

November

3 Thu Election Night and Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

5 Sat Ladies at the Table Dinner 6:00 pm

17 Thu Awards Night and 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

September Message 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 10:01 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

I hope you all had a fun and safe summer. I am sure everyone enjoyed the nice weather and long evenings with friends and family. I know I sure did.

Prior to going on our summer recess, we raised two brethren to the degree of Master Mason. On May 26th Brother Dan Richardson was raised and on June 23rd Brother Brian Carter was raised. I would like to first congratulate both brethren on their advancement. I would also like to thank everyone who participated and attended the degrees as it made the evenings special for both brethren. When you come back to the Lodge this fall make sure you take time greet these brethren and congratulate them. Also, we will have a lot of degree work this fall, so make sure to stay tuned to the happenings of the Lodge. I know the candidates appreciate your attendance.

Though the Lodge was in recess this summer, there were several activities held. On July 10th, the Lodge participated in the Scottish Rite Masonic Zoofari. This event included admission into the Zoo and a very nice cookout lunch. Even though it was very hot that day, and I know it was as my ice cream was almost completely melted in two minutes, there were quite a few members in attendance. It is always good to see the members and their families. In August we had two events. On August 21st we had our annual golf outing with Lincoln Lodge and on August 27th through the 28th we had our annual trip to the Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells. However, at the time of writing this, the events had not occurred. So, I will update you on those activities in the next edition.

I would be remised if I did not speak about the Table Lodge in June. This yearÃÔ Table Lodge was one of the best. We had over 60 brethren in attendance enjoying great food, wonderful homebrewed beer and fantastic fellowship. I first would like to thank everyone who helped prepare the meal. We had one of largest kitchen crews helping. With all their assistance, we were able to finish preparing in enough time to enjoy some fun and fellowship. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who helped serve and participate during the meal and helped clean-up afterwards. Without all this assistance, this dinner would not have been successful. So, brethren, remember to look for this event next year and get your tickets early.

As we start into the fall months, I would like to give you a schedule for whatÃÔ coming up. On Thursday, September 1st at 6:00 pm we will be having our annual Corn and Brat Roast prior to the meeting. This dinner is open for friends and families to attend. It is also our tropical shirt night. So make sure to wear your craziest and most colorful tropical shirt. Thursday, September 15th, will be the awards night and meeting. Make sure to come and congratulate those who have given so much time and service to the fraternity. We also have a couple of events in October. On Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm is our Past MasterÃÔ Degree Night and Dinner. We will see if those Past Masters still have what it takes to put on a good degree. Past Masters, now would be a good time to start reviewing those ciphers. Then on October 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm we will be having our fall All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry to support the Waukesha County Food Pantry. As always we will be looking to have as much help as possible. The spring Fish Fry was the busiest ever.

The fall is always busy for the Lodge and we are always looking for the brethren and their families to either attend or help out. If you havenÃÕ been to the Lodge in awhile, come and join us. There are a lot of new faces in attendance. I know they would enjoy meeting you. If you need someone to give you a ride, donÃÕ let that stop you. Contact our Secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann (262-784-4176), and he will be more than happy to help arrange a ride for you.

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

September

1 Thu Corn and Brat Roast 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

15 Thu Awards Night and 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

October

6 Thu Past Master Degree Night and Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

20 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

21 Fri World Famous Fish Fry 5:00 to 7:00 pm

June Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:59 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

As summer quickly approaches, or at least I hope it will, I hope this issue of the Temple Topics
finds you and your family well.

On May 5th we passed Brother Jared Young to the degree Fellowcraft. Next time you are at the
lodge please take a moment to congratulate his advancement. The degree team did a nice job on
the degree. I would like to say thank you to all who participated. We also have another degree
coming up on Thursday, May 26th, at 7:00 pm. We will be raising Brother Dan Richardson to the
degree of Master Mason. I hope you can take a moment out of your schedule to join us and give
Brother Dan your support as he takes his next step in Masonry.

Also in May we had a pizza party prior to the first stated meeting. A variety of pizzas were served
for everyone to enjoy. Besides your traditional cheese pizza, there were meat lovers, barbeque
chicken, Mediterranean, and veggie. Most everyone tried something new and seemed to enjoy
it. As always, I would like to thank everyone who attended and to all the brethren who helped out
preparing the meal. Finally, we had our Lodge Clean-up on May 21st. A lot of work was put in by
everyone to make the Masonic Center look nice and clean, and that is appreciated by everyone
who uses the building.

As we move into June there are a few more events that you should be aware of. On Thursday,
June 2nd, at 6:00 pm, prior to the 1st Stated meeting, we will be having a Spaghetti dinner prepared
by Past Masters Ken and Mike Gorgen. There will be Spaghetti with or without meatballs, garlic
bread, salad and dessert. Cost for the dinner is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 10 and
under. I hope to see you all there. Also in June is our annual Table Lodge which will be held on
Friday, June 17th. This is our huge dinner which includes hors devours, home brewed beer from
Brother Ken and Brother Andy, French Onion Soup, Salad, a German Sausage Platter (Smoked
Pork Chop, Knackwurst, Kielbasa, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage), and dessert. Cost of the ticket is
$20.00 and will be available from any Lodge Officer or you can call Brother Chip Wood (262-957-
4138) to reserve your spot. Tickets must be purchased by June 10th.

Since this is our final issue before the summer recess, I would like to let you know about a couple
of summer activities. On Sunday, July 10th, from 10:30 am until you are finished enjoying the zoo,
we will be attending the Scottish Rite Masonic Zoofari. Cost is $23 per adult and $11 for children
(ages 3 to 11). If you are a Zoo member, the cost is $10 per adult and $8.00 for children. Your
admission price includes admission to the zoo, parking, lunch, beverages and fun. You need to
make your reservation with the Scottish Rite at pmisko@wsrf.org . Also contact WM James Lovett
if you plan on attending. We will be meeting at the Lodge prior to going to the Zoo. Saturday,
August 27th is our family trip to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This is an over-night event.
Cost for a room is $169.00 for a standard room or $229.00 for a two room suite. Please contact
the Kalahari for reservations (877-254-5466) and ask for the McKinley Lodge group. If you have
questions, please feel free to give Brother Mike Gorgen (262-264-0313) a call. Finally, please
remember that when we return from our summer recess, we will have our annual Corn and Brat
Roast on September 1st at 6:00 pm before the stated meeting. Just like last year, this will be our
Hawaiian/Tropical night. So wear your craziest shirt and we will vote on whose is the best.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings.

Fraternally,
Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

June
2 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
16 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
17 Fri Table Lodge 5:30 pm

July (Lodge in recess)
10 Sun Scottish Rite Zoofari 10:30 am

August
27 Sat McKinley LodgeÃÔ Kalahari Trip (Overnight)

September
1 Thu Corn and Brat Roast 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
15 Thu Awards Night and 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

May Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:54 AM by McKinley Lodge

Greetings Brethren,

I hope you are all doing well as we move deeper into the warmer weather. Soon the warm
months of summer will be upon us.

Many of us are on the internet sending emails, checking out websites, and maybe making posts
on Facebook. The internet has a large amount of information available to it. I am sure many of you
know about the Grand Lodge website (wisc-freemasonry.org), but have you gone to it? On this site
you can read the Grand Masters message, see more pictures from the Masonic Journal than what
is in the printed edition, and find copies of the Masonic Code and the Masonic Handbook. All of
the Grand Lodge proceedings are posted there, as well as forms, information about the Masonic
Charities and contact information for the Grand Lodge Officers. From this site you can find all the
Lodges in the state as well as links to their websites and websites of other Grand Lodges.

Have you gone to your LodgeÃÔ website (mckinleylodge.org)? On this site, you can find contact
information for the officers, a calendar that has the LodgeÃÔ activities, history of the Lodge,
past messages in the Temple Topics and links to other Masonic organizationÃÔ websites. Even
our District has a website (http://sites.google.com/site/district11famofwisconsin/).
Here you can access the district blog and read other LodgeÃÔ Trestleboards. The District 11 blog (http://
district11mason.blogspot.com/) has a listing of activities in the district.

I have even discovered that our Grand Lodge website is formatted to work on smart phones
and other devices that use a mobile browser. From your mobile device you can access all the
information that is available to regular web browsers. To me it is amazing that all the information
that the Grand Lodge has is available to you from your mobile phone.

Brethren, take this opportunity to go out to the internet and discover all the information that is
there. By the way many lodges, including McKinley, have a Facebook page.

On to lodge news At the 1st Stated in April, we had a dinner prior to the meeting. The food
was excellent and fellowship was nice. A special thank-you goes to Sherri Goodwin who prepared
our meal. On April 8th, we had a very successful World Famous Fish Fry. Around 240 people
attended which is very large crowd for us. I would like to say thank-you to everyone who attended
and helped out and to Past Master Chris, Joyce, and Jim for their efforts in preparing and cooking
the meal.

Coming up in May, we have a dinner prior to the 1st Stated meeting on May 5th. These dinners
have been a lot of fun. Hopefully we will see you there. On May 21st we will be having a lodge
clean-up and cook-out. Work begins at 9:00 am. Come and help us do a little spring cleaning.

Finally, tickets are on sale for our annual Table Lodge which will be held on Friday, June 17th.
This is our huge dinner which includes hors devours, home brew from Brother Ken and Brother
Andy, French Onion Soup, Salad, a German Sausage Platter (Smoked Pork Chop, Knackwurst,
Kielbasa, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage), and dessert. Cost of the ticket is $20.00 and will be available
from any Lodge Officer or you can call Brother Chip Wood (262-957-4138) to reserve your spot.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings.

Fraternally,
Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

May
5 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
19 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
21 Sat Lodge Clean-up and cook-out 9:00 am

June
2 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
16 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm
17 Fri Table Lodge 5:30 pm

April Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:51 AM by McKinley Lodge

Hello Brethren,

I hope you are all doing well as spring is slowly coming upon us. We can finally start to emerge from our winter shell and maybe get some much needed sunlight.

I would like to share with you how busy your Lodge has been. We have been doing degree work almost non-stop. In February we initiated two men, passed a brother to Fellowcraft, and raised a brother to Master Mason. In March we passed another brother to the degree of Fellowcraft and initiated two more men. It is wonderful having all this degree work with the lodge. And the fact that these Brethren keep moving forward speaks to the efforts that our Counselor, Brother Ryan Mayrand, and those who assist him have done. Our Lodge is growing Brethren. Come to a meeting some night and see the new faces on the sidelines. If you need a ride, contact our Secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann, and he will be able to help you.

On Thursday, March 3rd, we had a dinner with the youth groups prior to the meeting. Brother Chip Wood made a wonderful Taco dinner for everyone. The food was good and the fellowship was great. Thank-you to everyone who participated. We will be having another dinner prior to the stated meeting on April 7th. The dinner starts at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

Just a reminder that the World Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha County Food Pantry will be held on Friday, April 8th, from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children 5 to 10, children under 5 are free. If you bring a food pantry donation, you will receive a dollar off your ticket price. If you donÃÕ bring a donation, we will donate a dollar on your behalf. This is a great event to help out our community, so please tell your friends and family and come out for a great meal. Also, we always need help running the event. There is always need for servers, ticket takers, people to collect dishes, or others to do dishes. If you can help out, please contact Senior Warden Todd Jaremko.

I would also like to let you know about Elmbrook LodgeÃÔ Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 10th, 8 am to noon, at the McKinley Masonic Center. This is a wonderful, low cost breakfast to take the family to. The food is always fantastic, so please come and support them.

Finally, in April tickets will go on sale for our annual Table Lodge which will be held on Friday, June 17th. This is our huge dinner which includes hors devours, home brew from Brother Ken Gorgen, French Onion Soup, Salad, a German Sausage Platter (Smoked Pork Chop, Knackwurst, Kielbasa, Spaetzle, Red Cabbage), and dessert. Cost of the ticket is $20.00 and will be available from any Lodge Officer or you can call Brother Mike Gorgen (262-820-0812) to reserve your spot.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings.

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

April

7 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

8 Fri World Famous Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha Country Food Pantry 5 to 7 pm

21 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

May

5 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

19 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

21 Sat Lodge Clean-up and cook-out 9:00 am

March Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:50 AM by McKinley Lodge

Hello Brethren,

I hope this edition finds you all well, especially those who have been fighting the fun weather of February.

As I write this edition I am preparing to cheer on the Green Bay Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV (I guess I was successful). I have been thinking about what it took this team to get to this point. In the end, I believe it all totals up to team work. As players were injured others stepped up and took a stronger role. Players, who at the beginning of the season did not look like they would amount to much, have grown to become strong leaders. With the leadership of their teammates, rookies have made an impact. In the end, the Packers functioned as team to help each other grow and together reach their ultimate objective.

This same lesson can be applied to the Masonry. It takes all of us as a team to help make a man a Mason. It starts with the degree team that presents him his degrees. It comes from the membership sharing with him the collective knowledge that we, as members of the fraternity, have gained. It is making sure that he is welcomed into the Lodge when he comes for his education or activities. Even after he has received his degrees, it continues to be important that we work to help him and each member grow. From there that member will become an active part of our team and help other men become Masons.

February was a busy month for us. On February 3, Brother Todd Jaremko hosted a chili dinner for the Lodge. The food was excellent and the fellowship was fun. I would like to send out a thank-you to all who attended. On February 17, after the lodge meeting we initiated David Fonseca and Michael Seider into the fraternity. Please make sure that you take some time to welcome them into the Fraternity. On February 24th we raised Jose Rivera to the degree of Master Mason. The degree team did a great job. Please take time to congratulate Brother Jose on reaching this milestone. Finally, on February 26th we had our Family Movie Night where we watched the movie Ŷp It was nice evening of fun and good popcorn.

On Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 pm, prior to the meeting, we will be having a taco dinner with the youth groups. Come out and share some fellowship with our youth groups.

Please note that there is a SCHEDULE CHANGE for the World Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha County Food Pantry. It will now be held on Friday, April 8th, from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children 5 to 10, children under 5 are free. If you bring a food pantry donation, you will receive a dollar off your ticket price. If you donÃÕ bring a donation, we will donate a dollar on your behalf. This is a great event to help out our community, so please tell your friends and family and come out for a great meal. Also, we always need help running the event. There is always need for servers, ticket takers, people to collect dishes, or others to do dishes. If you can help out, please contact Senior Warden Todd Jaremko.

Finally, I would like to inform the membership that this will be the final issue of the Temple Topics printed by George Moe and Moe Printing. George is retiring and we thank him for all the time and effort he has given the Lodge to send you our monthly newsletter. Enjoy your retirement George. But Brethren, donÃÕ worry though, we have found someone else to print the topics, so you will not miss an issue.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or event and need a ride, let us know, we will be able to find someone to give you a lift. Give our secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann a call (262-784-4176).

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

March
3 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

17 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

April

7 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

8 Fri World Famous Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha Country Food Pantry 5 to 7 pm

21 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

 

February Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:48 AM by McKinley Lodge

Hello Brethren,

Fraternal greetings to everyone. I hope this edition finds you and your family well!!!

We started our new year off with a wonderful dinner prepared by our Worshipful Master James Lovett prior to the stated meeting. A steak and twice baked potatoes was enjoyed by everyone. A special thank-you goes out to everyone who assisted with the dinner. It could not have been done without you. On January 20th, after the stated meeting, we had a Fellowcraft Degree for Brother Brian Carter. It was a good degree as the degree team did a nice job. As we move into the month of February, we will be having more degrees. There are two Entered Apprentice degrees coming up and a Master Mason Degree. Come and join us as these members either begin their journey or advance further in Masonry.

There are some activities for us in the month of February. Nothing warms you up more in the cold weather than a Chili dinner, which is what we will be having on Thursday, February 3 at 6:00 pm prior to the meeting. This dinner is hosted by our Senior Warden, Todd Jaremko. I expect it to be a good time of fun and fellowship as we are also planning on playing checkers during the meal. So dust off your checker boards and get some practice in as weÃÍl be looking to see who is the best checkers player. Please remember this dinner is open to all friends and family. Then on Saturday, February 26th at 6:00 pm, we will be having our annual Family Movie Night. This year we will be showing the movie Ŷp on the big wall. Popcorn and treats will be available for everyone, because in my mind, no movie is complete without popcorn. I hope to see you all there. Call Brother Mike Gorgen if you have questions (262-264-0313).

The World Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha County Food Pantry is just around the corner. This will be held on Friday, March 18th, from 5 to 7 pm. The cost is $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, $6.00 for children 5 to 10, children under 5 are free. If you bring a food pantry donation, you will receive a dollar off your ticket price. If you donÃÕ bring a donation, we will donate a dollar on your behalf. This is a great event to help out our community, so please tell your friends and family and come out for a great meal. Also, we always need help running the event. There is always need for servers, ticket takers, people to collect dishes, or others to do dishes. If you can help out, please contact Senior Warden Todd Jaremko.

Finally, as some of you may have read in the Masonic Journal, the Grand Lodge will once again be holding a degree competition on Saturday, April 30th at the Madison Masonic Center. This year the competition will be held in the Fellowcraft Degree. I have always been very proud of the degree work that the Lodge does and would like to take the work to the competition. So, I am putting a team together. The entry deadline is February 28th. I figure we will need ten people on the team. Once I have the team we will be holding regular practices. Please call Brother Mike Gorgen (262-264-0313) if you want to participate.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or event and need a ride, let us know, we will be able to find someone to give you a lift. Give our secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann a call (262-784-4176).

Fraternally,

Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

February

3Thu Chili and Checkers 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

17 Thu - 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

26 Sat Family Movie Night 6:00 pm

March

3 Thu Dinner 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

18 Fri World Famous Fish Fry to benefit the Waukesha Country Food Pantry 5 to 7 pm

January Message - 2011

posted Dec 19, 2012, 9:46 AM by McKinley Lodge

Hello Brethren,

I hope your holiday season was filled with fun and excitement and did not include too much snow.

This year our Worshipful Master James asked me to continue to write the Temple Topics articles. I have accepted this duty and will continue to keep you up to date on the happenings of McKinley Lodge.

On December 2nd we had our annual Dinner with Santa. It was an excellent holiday celebration filled with good food and good times. This year Santa gave gifts to 18 children. The excitement and wonder in their eyes really filled the room with warmth. Many people commented to me on how nice it was to have so many children present. It really shows how our lodge is growing with new members. I would like to thank Santa Walt for bringing Christmas cheer to the Lodge. He is fabulous with the children. I would also like to thank everyone who brought a dish to pass. The food was delicious.

We had our installation of officers for McKinley Lodge on December 4th. It was a wonderful evening and we had a very nice crowd in attendance. I would like to congratulate our newly installed officers and wish them the best in the New Year. Brethren, you have a good corps of officers here; I believe it is going to be a fun year. To see a list of the new officers, please look further on in the topics.

I would also like to congratulate our new Master Mason. Brother Jeff Beschta was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on December 9th. The officers did an excellent job on the degree. Next time you see Brother Beschta, make sure you take a moment to congratulate him and welcome him fully into the fraternity.

There are some upcoming events I would like you to know about. On Thursday, January 6, and Thursday, February 3 at 6:00 pm each evening, we will have a dinner prior to the meeting. These dinners are open to all friends and family. Come and join us all for a little fellowship and good food.

On Saturday, February 26th at 6:00 pm we will be having our family movie night. Some popcorn, candy and drinks will be on hand while we watch a movie for the entire family on the big screen. The title has not been decided yet, but if you have any suggestions, let us know.

Hopefully we will see you at one of the upcoming events or meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or event and need a ride, let us know, we will be able to find someone to give you a lift. Give our secretary, Brother Brian Breitzmann a call (262-784-4176).

Fraternally,
Michael A. Gorgen, P.M.

January

6 Thu Dinner with the Master 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

20 Thu 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

February

3 Thu Dinner with the Master 6:00 pm, 1st Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

17 Thu - 2nd Stated Meeting 7:30 pm

26 Sat Family Movie Night 6:00 pm

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