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. .


Todd Jaremko


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