And Then, There Was Darkness

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
Bro. Brian J. Schimian

Monday, June 9th, 2014 was my second night attending Bicknell #94 A.&F.M. Masonic Lodge here in town.  I have to say, it just feels right.  Again, we had a special guest along the sidelines, actually he filled in for the Senior Warden and then was offered the East to close the Lodge.

Bro. Jim Gajdosik is the not only the W.M. of Milton #161, but he is the newly appointed District Administrator for our area.  I have to say, It was a pleasure to meet Bro. Gajdosik, he is excited about his position and about not only maintaining the norm within the Craft, but seems head strong about forging ahead and growing Masonry in South Central Wisconsin.  He even invested everyone with the pin for the Sate of Wisconsin for the ensuing year.

"Learn, Subdue, Improve"
I find the words encircling the S&C to be simple yet perfectly chosen. 

No other 3 words come to mind right now that drive home exactly what is means to me, to be a Master Mason.

We discussed a few topics in generality, but I do look forward to future conversations with him about the direction of the Craft in Wisconsin.  He even pointed out a few upcoming events in the area at other Lodges that I am going to try and attend.  As luck would have it, I also got my Petition for Plural Membership paperwork.  However, this process is going take some time.  

As the title of this piece states, Bicknell #94 is now dark for 2 months for the summer.  What is it that they say, “Nothing Easy Is Ever Worth Doing”…  I have impeccable timing.  I am happy and lucky to have found such an inviting group of Great Men, again, and I am looking forward to getting my WI Dues Card.  Who knows, I am such a fan of the ritual up here, perhaps I may, at some distant point in the future, consider taking a chair.  That is a big statement for me to make.  I have had my fill of the leadership role in my professional career.  I never aspired to progress through the chairs in Lodge, but now this doesn’t seem as out of the question as it was before.  It feels strange to even type that.

I suppose with Bicknell being Dark, that will give me good reason to once again travel in foreign lands over the next few months…


Bro. Brian Schimian is Life of Member A.O. Fay #676 in Highland Park Illinois and the Medinah Shriners - Lake County Shrine Club. He was also the Past Master Counselor of DeMolay - Lakes Chapter in 1995. Most recently, Brian became a Companion of the York Rite, joining Waukegan Chapter #41 R.A.M. Brian is a father of two children. "Start Square, Finish Level"

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