Wheaton Lodge 269 celebrated its 159th anniversary in 2017, and has a very rich history of brethren who have passed through our doors. The first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg was fired by Lieutenant Marcellus Jones, a 5 time Master of our lodge. Masonry was re-introduced into Germany after the fall of Hitler by a former Master of our lodge, Peter Rassmusen. Many other men from Wheaton Lodge 269 have gone on to great successes as well.
However, this year, just like the Chicago Bears, we are in a state of rebuilding. We have over one hundred members, but a small number of active participants. We need to increase membership, we need to improve community involvement, we need to increase revenue for the lodge to meet our financial obligations, and we need to do a better job with educational content in our meetings. We have lots to do.
We do, however, have a great group of brothers who are committed to making a positive change this year. We are not only committed, we are inviting you on the journey with us. We will be blogging about our experience here and how we will go from the empty room you see in the Paul Revere Charge video, to a full house by our next installation meeting. ...at least that's the goal. We hope you will follow our journey and learn how we turn this around.