Friday, December 28, 2012

2013 Officer Installation

The new officers for Washington Lodge #21 F&AM of Wisconsin have been installed. Pictured are the 3 new principle officers from left to right Senior Warden Jacob Lancelle, Worshipful Master Jeffrey Lancelle and Junior Warden John Vanlanen.

The installing official was Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Wisconsin Dennis V. Siewert.

See the N.E.W. Masonic Center website for more pictures and details.

Also installed for Washington Lodge #21 were:

Worshipful Master Jeff L. Lancelle
Senior Warden Jacob A. Lancelle 
Junior Warden John J. Vanlanen
Secretary Charles C. Clarage
Treasurer Larry R. Zochert
Chaplain Nicholas J. Brosig 
Senior Deacon Chad R. Kurowski 
Junior Deacon Clinton P. Compton
Senior Steward Jeremy T. Weller
Junior Steward John T. Schuster
Tiler Ronald Carlton
Lodge Counselor Mark E. Ellis

Friday, November 16, 2012

Washington Lodge's Newest Entered Apprentice

Last night Washington Lodge #21 initiated Keith Pinney an Entered Apprentice. Mike Scalf PM conferred the degree while Larry Zochert PM and Jeremy Weller gave the lectures. We look forward to seeing a lot of you Keith. Welcome to Washington Lodge!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Election of 2013 Officers and Masonic Museum Presentation

Last night we had a wonderful meeting in which the officers for 2013 were elected and appointments made.  We also has a wonderful presentation by the N.E.W. Masonic Center Museum and Library Director Alice Byrnes and her assistant MWPGM James Byrnes.

The officers for the 2013 masonic year are:

WM - Jeffrey Lancelle
SW - Jacob Lancelle
JW - John VanLanen
Secretary - Charles Clarage PM
Treasurer - Larry Zochert PM
Trustee - John Huss PM


SD - Chad Kurowski
JD - Clint Compton
SS - Jeremy Weller
JS - John Schuster
Chaplian - Nick Brosig
Tiler - TBD
Counselor - (by committee) Mark Ellis PM / Mike Scalf PM / Larry Zochert PM and others TBD.

Alice Byrnes, Museum Director for the N.E.W. Masonic Center Museum and Library and her assistant MWPGM Jim Byrnes are seen presenting some of the many beautiful and interesting artifacts that the N.E.W. Masonic Center Museum has available with their "Have Artifacts Will Travel" program. Thank you so much Alice and Jim. Your presentation was fantastic!

Monday, October 29, 2012

November / December Trestleboard

I would like to welcome all of the new members that have joined us in Washington Lodge, and congratulate our two latest Master Masons Roger and Shawn. As our year quickly comes to an end we have just a couple more meetings left, during which we need to accomplish several more degrees and elect a new corps of officers for the upcoming year. Our meetings each month are on the first and third Thursday at 7:00 pm with dinner and fellowship prior to the meeting at 6:00 pm at which everyone is welcome including spouses.

Upcoming Meetings:
Thur., November 1st – Election of Officers and a special presentation “Have Artifact Will Travel” promoting and explaining the N.E.W. Masonic Library and Museum.
Thur., November 15th – Fellowcraft Degrees
Thur., December 6th – Master Mason Degrees last meeting of the 2012 Masonic year

Once again thank you and congratulations to each of the brethren that have served with me this year, and I look forward to sitting on the sidelines next year for the first time in a long time. It has been a year filled with growth and learning for all of us, and it makes me very proud to be a part of such a wonderful Lodge, as noted in the Masonic Journal we should be especially proud of our commitment to the ritual as shown by our participation in the degree competition each year.

I would like to give a special thanks to the members of all of the other Lodges in the area that have stopped in to visit us and or participate in our work in this wonderful gentle craft we call Freemasonry. I am grateful to be able to travel and always be in the company of brothers and fellows that have traveled the same path as I have, and to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest men in history.

So may we ever meet, act, and part my brothers, and remember to always support our youth as they are our future and our support of them will in turn be rewarded by their support of us. Rainbow, DeMolay, and Jobies are our charges, support them in any way available to you.

Joseph Chilcote WM, Washington Lodge, F&AM

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Master Masons

Congratulations to Washington Lodge's newest Master Masons. Pictured from left to right is Roger Thario, WM Joseph Chilcote and Shawn Niemann. Look forward to seeing you brothers in lodge. Thanks to all that helped with the degree work. We're going to do it again soon.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Master Mason Degree set for October 18th

At this point in time we're communicating that there will be at least 1 MM degree at our regular stated meeting Thursday, October 18th. We're expecting and planning to confer the degree on 2 candidates starting at 5:00PM with the proposed schedule for the evening looking like this:

Proposed schedule for meeting:

5:00PM Candidate 1 (Shawn Niemann) first section
6:00PM Dinner
7:00PM Short Business Meeting
7:30PM Candidate 2 first section
8:00PM Candidate 1 second section
8:30PM Candidate 2 second section
9:00PM Third Section both Candidates 

 More information to follow but mark your calendars now.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

50 & 60 Year Members Honored

As reported earlier there were two members of Washington Lodge #21 honored recently for their many years of membership and service to the Lodge/Fraternity.

Past Master Gerry Barlament and his lady were honored for 60 years.

Past Master Jim Smejkal, his lady and family were honored for 50 years. 

Congratulations and Thank You brothers!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Joint Masonic Center Event and Fellowcraft Degrees

It was a fantastic evening last night for the N.E.W. Masonic Center, Washington Lodge #21 and Roosevelt Lodge #322. Both lodges shared fellowship over dinner to begin an evening that included Washington Lodge honoring Past Master Gerry Barlament for 60 years of membership and service to the fraternity as well as Past Master Jim Smejkal for 50 years of membership and service to the fraternity. After honoring these 2 brothers with a public ceremony lead by Larry Zochert P.M., Washington Lodge proceeded to pass 4 Fellowcrafts while Roosevelt Lodge raised 2 Master Masons.

Congratulations Brothers and Thank You!
Thanks to Roosevelt Lodge #322 for the fantastic dinner and fellowship.

I'll post pictures of the honored Past Masters as soon as I receive them.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Commeraderie and the Craft

Washington Lodge stated communication turned into an exercise in the tenants of friendship and brotherly love, as always we started out with our dinner at 6:00pm but with a twist. Our York Rite brethren brought an old favorite out for the enjoyment of everyone, we had oyster stew and a friendship degree called the Knife and Fork degree, which is all about fun and friendship. The members of the lodge engaged in lively conversation and fantastic food, we wish you could have joined us for the festivities. This was followed up by an impressive EA degree for Shawn Niemann, where we welcomed a new member to our lodge, along with the plural affiliation of Elliot Collier, a brother from another mother. Come out and join us for a night that is more than just listening to minutes and treasures' reports, so step back out of your comfort zone and back into the friendly confines of Washington Lodge, we've been here for 147 years; come and find out why.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

From the Master

We find ourselves at the beginning of a new year, full of hope and optimism
for the possibilities that are soon to present themselves to our new corps
of officers.
As the new Master of Washington Lodge I would like to congratulate the
new officers of our lodge as well as those of Des Pere, Daylight, and
Roosevelt lodge. I would also like to thank the members of our three youth
groups, DeMolay, Rainbow for Girls, and Job’s Daughters who all helped
make our installation a wonderful experience!
I would especially like to urge each adult that is reading this message to
take some of your time this year and devote it our most precious resource
and our “best” hope for the future - our youth! Please take the time to visit
them, they enjoy guests as much as we do!
As we start this year we encourage each of our members to attend regularly.
We are looking forward to bringing in more new members, and
embarking on several exciting projects. We want each of you to be a part
of this and enjoy the comradery and sense of fulfillment that comes from
participating in worthy endeavours.
As always dinner is at 6:00 pm before lodge so all members can join us for
fellowship, regardless of your current degree. Friendship is the true cement
that holds a lodge together, gives it strength, and helps it grow!
Joseph Chilcote
Master Washington Lodge #21

New Officers of 2012

Here's your officer line for 2012. The officers of Washington Lodge #21 F&AM of Wisconsin are:

From left to right front:
Mark Ellis PM - Trustee
Larry Zochert PM - Treasurer
Jake Lancelle - Junior Warden
Jeff Lancelle - Senior Warden
Charles Clarage PM - Secretary
Nick Brosig - Chaplain

From left to right back:
Dennis Oshefsky - Junior Steward
Chad Kurowski - Junior Deacon
Leon Kaiver - Tiler
Mike Scalf PM - Counselor
John Van Lanen - Senior Deacon
Clint Compton - Senior Steward

Congratulations guys. It's going to be a great year. Enjoy the journey!

First meeting this Thursday, January 5th. Hope to see you there.