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Waukegan Lodge #78 AF&AM

September, 2016

THE TROWEL
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Anchor & Ark 1027


Spotlight!

This past Labor Day, there


was the annual parade in
Zion and along with it were
plenty of floats. One in
particular was unique. WB
Scott Koepsel of Anchor &
Ark 1027 along with a
bunch of brothers put
together this amazing float.
It was a sight to behold.
Next time you see WB
Scott and any of the
brothers pictured below,
make sure you give them a
hearty handshake. They
really outdid themselves.
Thank you brothers!!

The Masters
Message
Brethren,
Summer has wound down and fall will soon be upon us. I look
forward to seeing more of our brothers in lodge since summer
vacations and travels are over and the sun sets a bit earlier.
Remember you are always welcome at your lodge!
Many lodge officers, brothers and friends traveled up to Black River
Falls WI for the memorial service for WB Terry Behling. It was a
wonderful service with an overflow crowd. It was amazing to see how
many people he had touched in his life.
The lodge officers have made a visit to Millburn lodge and enjoyed
an evening of fellowship will our brothers there.
On Saturday the 17th we enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship at
the Past Masters dinner. It is one of the highlights of the year to
honor those brothers who have worked hard to make this lodge so
successful since 1849.
We are in the process of replacing all of the heating and air
conditioning units at the lodge building. The temple board has
purchased the equipment and classes from the College of Lake
County are doing the installation as part of their class instruction. It is
a great opportunity for the lodge to save the cost of installation and
the college students to gain valuable experience with commercial
systems.
I want to thank the City of Waukegan and the College of Lake
County for their support in the project. Your officers are planning to
continue traveling and visiting other lodges in the area to show
support and strengthen our Masonic bonds amongst brothers and
lodges.
Your officers will be heading to Springfield to represent this lodge at
Grand Lodge. We will be discussing the pending issues at the
September Stated meeting.

See you at the Lodge,

Erik Solomon - Worshipful Master


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Additional photo
of the float:

September, 2016

Interview with the Grand Master of Illinois


Reprinted w/ Permission from
www.midnightfreemasons.org
1. When were you first initiated?
GM Tony: I was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in
November 1990.
2. Why did you become a Freemason?

Are you going to


Grand Lodge Sessions?
Its only a few weeks
away! Some highlights
are;
Friday Afternoon:
*District Deputy
Training Session
*Medicare Basics
Seminar
*Leadership Seminar
*Grand Lecturer/CLI
Meeting
*Lodge of Research
*New Master Mason
Session
*Website Committee
Meeting
Friday Afternoon:
*MORI Training

GM Tony: I sought out Masonry as an opportunity to provide


greater guidance to my life (including getting access to
gentlemen who could provide wise counsel and direction), an
opportunity to make lifelong friends, and a desire to give back
to the people and community around me.
3. What does Freemasonry mean to you?
GM Tony: Our Gentle Craft provides the foundation to help
quality men acquire genuine fraternal relationships as Brothers
and friends. The knowledge acquired through the study of our
Masonic history, the Ritual and other instructional material
makes us different in a good way; by incorporating the wisdom
of the ages into our daily lives, we cant help but grow and
develop into better men. Also, the ability through the several
charitable efforts of our ancient and honorable fraternity to
relieve the suffering of others is a part of the timeless
commitment that we have as Masons both towards our
Masonic Family and the broader community.
4. What are your favorite memories being in the lodge?
GM Tony: As both a past Certified Lodge Instructor and Grand
Lecturer, the excellent display of our degree work and other
ceremonies that make a lasting impression are amongst my
favorite. Our unique methods of instruction that have gone
significantly unchanged for centuries is beautiful to watch and
participate in. Basically, passing on Masonry to new Brothers
and reconnecting with old friends through the many lodge
activities will continue to be highlights of my experience as a
Brother of our wonderful fraternity.
5. If you could go back in time and witness any Masonic event,
what would you choose?
GM Tony: I would choose the laying of the cornerstone for the
United States Capital. At such a historic event, to stand with
Brothers like George Washington and the many shapers of our

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current way of life in America would be an exceptional experience. To experience firsthand the
wisdom of these men acquired in part by their experience in Masonry would have been a genuine
honor. As Masons, they promoted the many new freedoms that shape our country today. That time in
our Masonic history in this country was a time of pride, visibility in the public and living daily the
commitments made in our Masonic obligations.
6. How much of a difference do you feel you have made to (your jurisdictions) Freemasonry?
GM Tony: As Grand Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois, it has been
a privilege to serve our Illinois Masonic Family and the communities throughout the state that we
positively impact. Like leaders of other large organizations, it takes a team of people to drive the
success of our business and fraternal affairs in the state. By selecting talented Brothers, staff and
volunteers to work on our several projects and operations, Ive made a difference. By visiting lodges
to promote the genuine care that we have for our Gentle Craft that has done so much for me and
sharing that passion has inspired the positive actions of others. Through a continued reminder of the
fundamental Commitment to one another as Brothers and the promotion of Civil behaviors has
reconnected our jurisdiction to the more fundamental components of Masonry. Next, I continue to
advocate the balance in both written and verbal communications about the elements of our fraternity
that are timeless while similarly challenging us to translate our significant Masonic value to the
current age through new communication mediums like video and Social Media. From this last point,
we are seeing a positive response from our current Brothers and new men showing interest in Illinois
Masonry.
7. What is your message to future Brothers?
GM Tony: Masonry is a time tested and honorable way of life. Though centuries old, our fraternity has
demonstrated a flexibility to deliver clear value to the Brothers across those many years. Through our
ancient and honorable fraternity, you will find unique fraternal relationships and have several
opportunities to experience genuine fellowship. You will grow and develop as a man and Mason
through the active study and teaching of the wisdom of the ages which is part of our Stewardship to
convey. You will join with like-minded men of various backgrounds to serve one another and the
people around you through several opportunities to make a difference and contribute; fundamentally,
to just Care for others. Overall, Masonry champions what is best in human behavior in how to live
harmoniously and provides the means for passing along our Gentle Craft to future generations. Take
good care of our timeless institution and translate its value into messages that your future
generations will understand.

ROBERT B. FLADELAND
W. WILLIAM H. DOWDEN JR
Alfred R. Sefton
JOHN R. HAHN
CARSON W. KLINETOB
J. D BURDITT
ROBERT D. PAINTER
FRED A. GEIGER
THOMAS P. PAXTON
FREDERICK A. KING
TIMOTHY P. HATTEN
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W. SYLVESTER S. HAMPTON
RICHARD L. DREYER
JACK R. CHULENGARIAN
W. ROBERT E. SAWALL JR
JOHN J. WALDRON
DONALD A. LININGER SR
PHIL D. AMABA
DAVID L. FISEL
ALBERT T. REYNOLDS
DAVID R. STIVER
JOHN F. SPARKS

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JAMES K. BRADLEY
JUAN F. HENRIQUEZ
RALPH PABON
JOSHUA S. WINANS
JIMMY J. SULLINS
MICHAEL F. HANNA

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Masonic Anniversaries!
Congrats to the brothers
who were raised in
October!
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Waukegan Lodge #78 AF&AM

September, 2016

Lodge Happenings
Waukegan No. 78
September 19th - Stated Meeting & Education
September 26th - Open Practice
October 3rd - Open Practice
October 7-8th - Grand Lodge Sessions: Springfield, IL
October 10th - TBD
October 17th - Stated and Annual Meeting: Eection of
Officers for 2017
October 24th - TBD
October 31st - TBD

*Just a note, the schedule is


dependent on the return of
catechisms. We will post updates
to the schedule as needed on our
website as well as weekly
announcements through our
call em all phone system and
Facebook page.

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