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The mission of the Freemasons of Minnesota is to engage and inspire good men, who believe in a Supreme Being, to live according to Masonic tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Giving Back

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Grand Lodge News

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Minnesota Masonic Charities

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Lodge News & Views

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Masonic Family News

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The Minnesota


July–August 2011

VOL. 59, No. 2

9–11 Tribute plans 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert

that hangs from the back of the Lake Harriet Band Shell each year during the performance and pro- vided ushers who hand out programs and vigil candles. The Heroes of '76 will again bring in the colors and perform a flag tribute.

September is Blue Lodge Reunion Month

For more information visit: http://our911tribute.com. If you wish to help, please contact W. Brother Bob Bayers at: sept11tribute@gmail.com

September… summer break is ove , students have returned to school, vacations are done and lodges dark over the summer are meeting once more.

Blue Lodges are the foundation of Masonry and it s important that we maintain that foundation which sup- ports the entire edifice of the greater Minnesota Masonic Family.

Sharon Lodge No. 104, Willmar, recently held

wife Jan hosted the event on their scenic 22

its annual outdoor lodge on the shores of Mary Lake near the one-time village of

acres of land. For refreshment, brats and hot dogs were served by Junior Warden David

Jericho, located approximately 15 miles north of Willmar. Brother Jim Ackerman and his

Stuhr. A great time was had by all. Photos and article submitted by L.E.O. Jed Bendix.

The 9-11 Tribute Our Community Remembers will have its 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in Minneapolis. Some of the music performed this year will be: Armed Forces Salute, Stars & Stripes Foreve , Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, local composer Carol Barnett’s American Kaleidoscope, Amazing Grace 9-11 and Christine’s Lullaby by Linden Hills composer Carl Schroeder. As always, we end with God Bless America and a couple minutes of fireworks.

There will be a special young peoples parade, and participants will each receive an American flag to wave and take home. Plans are still devel- oping to mark the decade that has passed since the world tragedy. Audiences estimated to be 2,000 to 3,000 have attended annually.

Lake Harriet Lodge No. 277 has been a vital part of every 9-11 Tribute. They have provided rehearsal space, paid for hundreds of American Flags given out each year to the men and women in our United States armed services and also many young people, purchased a 12' x 18' American flag

History online – news from the Grand Lodge Website Committee

To that end, I hereby declare September 2011 Blue Lodge Reunion Month in the State of Minnesota. I call all Minnesota Masons, who are able, to go back to their blue lodge for the September Stated Meeting.

If you haven’t been to lodge in a while, let your secre- tary or Master know that you’ll be there.

With no small measure of assistance from the volunteers at the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum, anyone interested can now access almost every copy of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota Proceedings dating back to 1853 from the Grand Lodge website. For the newer Masons, the Proceedings book is an annual publication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and almost every other grand Masonic body that contains much history and data for that particular Grand Lodge year. It has been a long-range goal of the website committee to make the Proceedings more acces- sible to anyone interested.

In addition to serving as the minutes for a given Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, every set of the Proceedings has sever- al appendices in the back of the book with information on the lodges and their officers, Grand Lodge officers, committees, etc.

The Minnesota Masonic Historical Society & Museum was able to do the scanning after receiving somewhat disposable copies of the Proceedings books donated to the Grand Lodge by other Grand Lodges that were down-sizing their libraries. The museum vol- unteers picked the copies with bindings that were in the worst shape and cut the books up so they could be fed into the scanning equip- ment. The work is now almost complete, with just a few volumes left to scan and upload to the website. Thank you, Minnesota Masonic Historical Society & Museum volunteers!

The files on the website are in portable document format (PDF) so once accessed the files will download to your computer where you can easily search for specific information or read them from cover to cover if you are so inclined. To reach the files on the Grand Lodge website, simply click on Lodge Resources, then Member Resources and then click on the link Grand Lodge of Minnesota Proceedings 1853-2010.

If it s been long enough that you aren’t sure what to do in lodge, there will be a series of ‘dusty square and compass’ programs set up to provide refreshers.

Masters, plan to have some refreshment and accommo- dation for your brothers.

I’ve spoken with the heads of the three Shrine Temples, the York Rite bodies and the Scottish Rite of Minnesota, and they are all committed to supporting and carrying on the message of returning to your lodge for the September Stated Meeting. I personally guarantee that your brothers will be happy to see you.

Fraternall , Thomas E Hendrickson, Grand Master of Masons in Minnesota

Sharon Lodge No. 104 outdoor lodge meeting

Brothers in photo from left to right are: SS David Fre , WB Maynard Lawrence, yler om Gilbertson, JS Earl Hube , SW Walt Gislason, WB Jim Ackerman, WM Ron Rosenboom, Secretary Bill Bannon, JW David Stuh , WB Pat Walsh, WB Don Sha , James Sherman, JD Jerome Johnson, and LEO Jed Bendix.

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