Janesville-Western Star Lodge #55 just completed a fund raiser to improve the appearance of the Dining Hall. With the walls of the area repainted, new six foot round tables and burgundy colored fabric stacking chairs were purchased. This is what a recent event looked like with these new tables and chairs.
Back row l-r: Dale Anderson, John Meek, Miles Bradley, Ron Rasmussen, Patrick Garvin, Fran Prusansky, Duane Harvey.
Frt. row l-r: Jerry Thompson, PGM Jack Allord, PGM John Wilke, MM Joshua Grube, WM Jeff Lichtfuss, Brian Duoss, Jim Gajdosik.
Six Lodge members and two wives enjoyed an evening with the Rockford Illinois Robert Burns Club celebrating the 258th Anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. l-r; Larry Preston, John Scotty Meek, Dale Anderson, Alan Snyder, Norm Burns and Jerry Thompson.
Our own Scotsman in proper dress.
Brother Robert Wilson received his 65 Year Membership Certificate. Brother Wilson will be 101 on December 28. Pictured l-r, Dale Anderson, John Meek, Robert Wilson (seated), Larry Preston, and Jerry Thompson.
Western Star Lodge #14 first met June 1847 and was granted a Charter on January 18, 1848. Janesville City Lodge #55 first met on October 3, 1854 and was granted a Charter on June 13, 1855. These two lodges formed a joint venture and purchase from the Methodist Church their building on the Northwest corner of Court and South Main streets in the city of Janesville in 1905. After remodeling the building, the Lodge was dedicated on December 27, 1906. The Lodges met there until selling the building and construction of the current Lodge building at 2322 East Milwaukee Street. The corner stone for the current building was laid in ceremony on November 9, 1965 and the Lodge dedicated on October 1, 1966 by the Grand Lodge officers of Wisconsin. Western Star Lodge #14 merged with Janesville City Lodge #55 in 1996 to become know as Janesville-Western Star Lodge F&AM #55.
Janesville-Western Star Lodge invited all Rock County Masonic Lodges to participate in supplying information about the Masonic Organizations. Beside the Masonic Lodges, there was information about Jobs Daughters, Bethel 21, an order for young girls, and Eastern Star, Janesville Chapter 69, an order for Ladies and Masons. Masonic Lodges from Beloit, Edgerton and Milton participated.
The following members visited Brother Robert S. Wilson to help him celebrate his 100th Birthday on December 28. Standing are Jerry Thompson, Larry Preston, John Meek and Norm Burns. Robert shared his outlook and past on his life in Masonry.
Janesville-Western Star 55 Masonic Lodge held its Past Masters Dinner Celebration on November 10th at the Janesville Masonic Center.
Milestones of 25 and 50 year memberships were acknowledged. Brother Timothy Zingshiem received his 25 year award and Brother Wiley Kessinger received his 50 year award.
Janesville-Western Star had 29 members with 50 or more years of membership.
Brothers Jerry Thompson, John Meek, Norman Burns and Dale Anderson were acknowledged for their continued contributions to the Lodge and the Janesville Masonic Center.
Wisconsin Jobs Daughters Grand Bethel Honor Queen and her father spoke about Jobs Daughters in Wisconsin and the reactivation of the Janesville Bethel. Job’s Daughters International™ is a premier organization for young women that provides a wholesome environment based on the foundation of high morals, love of country, love of family and friends and respect for others throughout the world.