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People to People

Started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, People to People has been sponsoring Student Ambassadors to Europe to promote international understanding while building leadership skills among America's youth. Travis Drescher is one of 40 students who will participate in the 20-day experience, which includes meeting with governmant officials, other students his own age, educational activities and hopme stays with host families. The screening process is extensive and covers years of preparation, however students must raise their own money through projects, fund raiseing events and donatioons. Pictured here is Worshipful Master Kemlin Hart presenting $300 to Travis Drescher at the "family dinner" on December 27th.


To celebrate the Christmas Season and bring Masonic Charity home to Albert Lea, the Brothers voted to distribute the profits of November and December's Pancake Breakfasts to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and the Food Pantry.
That came to $300 each.

Seen here are Lynn Berven, Jake Loper, Bill Sturtz and Bob Dammen presenting the extra large checks for the newspaper coverage.

Brotherly Relief

On August 19, 2007 Rushford was hit by a record breaking flood. 2/3 of the structures in town sustained extensive damage. When the brothers of Albert Lea's Western Star Lodge #26 heard that Mystic Star Lodge # 69 in Rushford, lost it's kitchen, dining area, library, bathroom, furnace and stair climbing elevator, they voted to donate the proceeds of their October Pancake breakfast to help them. On December 4th, the first time that Mystic Star Lodge was able to get back in their Lodge Hall, three members of Western Star Lodge, Bob Hahn, Jake Loper and Steve Claybourne, made the trip over to Rushford and with them they took a check for $957.00 Plus a second check from the State Grand Lodge in matching funds.

Table Lodge with Membership and Widow Pins Presented

September 27th 2007
A Great Success

Cannons aligned and ready...

Most Worshipful Grand Master Ray Christensen
presenting Br. Howard Ashcraft with a 60 year pin.

Masonic widows who were able to attend.
June Pratt, Lucy Hansen, Rosetta Calvin, Nelly Bixby,
Margaret Meyers, Norris Lovik, and Harriet Sola.

Most Worshipful Grand Master Ray Christensen
and District Representative Rick Wallace
presenting 50 year pins to:
Larry Offenbecker, Herb Anderson and Clarence Schroeder.

Spring Class of 2007

This spring we saw a Father and Son become brothers.

Be sure to say "Hi" and give a good Masonic welcome to Lynn and Bart Berven.

January 6th, 2007
Award Ceremony and Installation of Officers

The "Hiram Award", Masonry's highest honor, was presented to Larry Offenbecker for the many years and offices he has served. The "Mason of the Year" was presented to Milan Hart for efforts beyond the ordinary in promoting the brotherhood.

Making the presentations are:
Grand Lodge District Representative James McNeely and outgoing Master Jamie Kyllo.

Installed Lodge Officers

From Left to right: Junior Warden Jake Loper, Tyler Duncan Deaver, Junior Deacon Cohen Rautenkranz, Secretary Steve Claybourne, Treasurer Don Rippentrop, Worshipful Master Kemlin Hart, Senior Steward Milan R. Hart, Senior Warden Brandon Farris, Junior Steward Ray Hangge, Marshall Robert Hahn, Senior Deacon Trevor Birch.


Degree Work

New Masons Spring of 2006
Fall Class 2006

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