A Message From Our Worshipful Master

Hello and welcome to the digital home of Mosaic Lodge #125 A.F. and A.M. located in historic Dubuque, Iowa! This should be quite the year ahead, so keep an eye out for all the events to come. Below is a general outline of the year ahead:

Since we usually have plenty of snow by this time of year, I thought it fun to start the year off with some snowshoeing out at Swiss Valley. However, we had to postpone it because it had been warm so far. Looking to try in February, with all members of the family invited.

As Valentine's Day is in this month, I thought something from the heart would be best, so with the aid of one of our newest members, we are looking at doing a first aid day of some kind during this month.

We would do our annual Child Safety ID event on March 7th. However, for a bit more fun for just the brothers, getting together and playing a few rounds of pool in our billiards room.

Our usual education highlight month, we would be doing our annual trip to visit the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum down in Cedar Rapids.

Working with Dubuque Lodge #3, doing another family friendly event. This month we would be doing a "drive-in" movie night down at the temple. The kids could have fun building and decorating boxes how they want to, and then use them as their chairs to sit and watch a family friendly movie together. Also, on May 20th we will be hosting our annual Scholarship Awards night, to honor those high school seniors from either Hempstead or Senior High as recipients of one of our scholarships.

Prepare to get wet, for we will be having a day out on the water early on! The first weekend in June every year the Iowa DNR puts on a free fishing weekend. As such, citizens can fish June 5,6,and 7th following all normal guidelines except that no fishing license is required. The other option that the lodge could choose from (or just do both, it's up to the craft) would be to have fun canoeing on Catfish Creek in the Mines of Spain

July just brings to mind outdoor family picnics and barbeques, so in that spirit, we will have some fun out at the Oxus Grotto with our beloved Rednecks. If you want more information about the Rednecks, I would recommend contacting Clan Patriarch Zach Spurgeon (our treasurer).

School is starting up at this time, and everyone can always learn something new. So with the aid of Brian Kelley, one of our local Ham Radio enthusiasts, we will be finishing up several weeks of study by this time and be testing to be able to be certified by the FCC as amateur radio operators.

School is back in full swing, so some of our members will be going out to visit a local elementary school and be guest readers to a class. Also later in the month will be the Grand Lodge session in Sioux City.

With the weather cooling off by this time, it's time to get spooky and join the Rednecks for a family friendly Halloween Party. Details to come later

Things are starting to wind down for the year, and with the holidays approaching in full force, what better to do than to get together to play some games? No, not video games, but a night of card games and board games. Play and old favorite, or learn one of the new ones that are great for a crowd. Who knows, there may even be a surprise in store of a special card game as well.

Yet another year draws to a close, and what better way to end, but on a high note. The note of a bell ringing for those in need; helping the Salvation Army with their annual Red Kettle drive. We would be looking at doing some caroling at the same time, spread some holiday cheer with hot cocoa afterwards to warm up with.

Also in the spirit of the Grand Master's theme this year, I will be working with my Decans as our new History Preservation Committee. Together, we will be working on digitizing various artifacts for our members to view with the Grand Lodge of Iowa's new partnership with Grandview Software. We will also be working with the members of the Technology Committee on an oral history project, to preserve the legacy that our members may wish to share for future generations to learn from.

Lastly, those that have visited in the past will notice a few new pages cropping out throughout the year, including a listing of our past lodge officers. I want us to be able to celebrate the legacy that is Mosaic Lodge for many years to come; I also want to continue to honor those brothers of this lodge that have had a distinguished impact. If all of this seems interesting to you, and you are not yet a member of the craft, contact us. Membership in Mosaic Lodge is open to men of good moral character over the age of eighteen who possess a belief in a Supreme Being. The Lodge has a diverse membership composed of men of all ages and from a wide variety of professional, educational, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Please visit our About Freemasonry and Becoming a Mason pages to learn more about the Masonic Fraternity and how to become a Mason in Mosaic Lodge.

I'm sure it seems like a lot, but this year will be over before ya know it.