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Raising Money for Christmas Benevolence

A unique experience in fundraising

The joining together of a request from the Albert Lea High School Choir to earn money to pay for a class field trip and Western Star's annual fundraiser for Local charities at Christmas led to this cooperative effort. High School students serving Masonic Pancake breakfasts, singing carols and everyone enjoying the Christmas spirit.

Kitchen staff in background: Jake Loper and Derald Morfitt. Singers from left to right:
Aubrey Olson, Katie Schou, Jessica Malepsy, Renee Holcomb, Bridget Reed, Zoe Hill, Sarah Hundley and Emily Peterson.
Unknown diners in the foreground.

Which leads directly to our Christmas benevolence in support of our local
Salvation Army, Red Cross and Food Pantry.


Bros. Judge Bill Sturtz and Sheriff Mark Harig present our check to Capt. Jim Brickson of the Salvation Army.
Bros. Howard Ashcraft and Don Rippentrop present our check to Imogene Opdahl of the Red Cross.
Bros. Milan Hart, Robert Dammen and Alfred (Lars) Anderson make the presentation to Orv. Simonsen of the Food Pantry.

Our 150th birthday October 25th, 2008


Harmoney Junction entertained. The Grand Master Thomas C. Jackson spoke.
The occasion was dignified. The room was full, the feeling was superb.

The Hiram Award goes to Ray Hangge 10/23/2008

One day to Masonry at Owatonna 10-11-08

Master Masons Steve Claybourne, Harold Dean (Jay) Johnson and Area Deputy James McNeely

Father and son - Brothers.

A new Brother receiving wise council from oldtimers.

Scholarship recipients

2008 High School Graduates in their first year of college,
being presented with $1000 Western Star Masonic Scholarships.
Making the presentations on September 25, 2008
is Worshipful Master Brandon Farris

Corissa Ranum

Kasey Ann Peña

Katey Lynn Kronberg

Spencer Bonnerup

Summer Picnic

August 16th, 2008

July Parade

March and April Degree Work

Brother Robert Hill (Class of Jan 24th, 2008), is seen congratulating his son, Michael, on becoming an Entered Apprentice on March 13th, 2008.


Tom Combs, Michael Hill (of Western Star Lodge #26) and Philip Hanson (of Fidelity Lodge #39) became Fellowcrafts on 4/10/08.


Michael Thomas York Hill and Tomas Combs, newly raised Master Masons (Western Star Lodge) appear with W.M. Brandon Farris on 4/24/08. Not shown is new Master Mason Philip Hanson (of Fidelity Lodge #39).

Raising money for Benevolence
February 10th

We average 9 breakfasts a year. Quite a bit of work but
Pancake breakfasts are worthwhile when you know how much good you are doing.

A good sign there is food nearby.

January Degree Work

Kevin Schroeder of Fidelity Lodge #39 and Robert Hill of Western Star #26
were raised on January 24th, 2008.

January 12 Installation of Officers
Awards Presentation

Worshipful Master Kemlin Hart presented a 25 year Membership Certificate to Past Master Jamie Kyllo
and the Mason Of The Year Award to Past Master Donald Rippentrop for his assistance beyond the ordinary in supporting the Lodge.

The "Hiram Award", Masonry's highest honor, was presented to Past Master Stephen Claybourne for his dedication to the Craft.

Here is the gavel being passed to the new
Worshipful Master Brandon Farris

2008 Officers

Back Row: Senior Steward Ray Hangge, Junior Steward Milan R. Hart, Senior Steward Jake Loper,
Treasurer Don Rippentrop, Marshall Bob Hahn, Tyler Bob Dammen
Front row: Senior Deacon Cohen Rautenkranz, Junior Warden James Sousa, Secretary Stephen Claybourne,
Worshipful Master Brandon Farris, Chaplin Alfred "Lars" Anderson, Junior Deacon Lynn Berven

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