Marc C. Brofka
Worshipful Master, Millburn Lodge
October 18th, 2012
Farewell from the East The following is a copy of the Worshipful Master Report submitted at the annual meeting on October 18th, 2012.
As we close the book on the 159th year of Millburn Lodge, we have much to reflect on.
First with the membership and the raising of our fellow
Brothers. This has always been one of our most
important responsibilities as a Lodge. As our
Worshipful Brother Secretary has already reported,
we have Initiated eight Brother Entered Apprentices,
Passed eight Brother Fellowcrafts and raised ten
Brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason. This
would not have been achievable without the hard
work and dedication of all the Officers and the active
Brothers within the Lodge. It is with pride I can say
that in the proud tradition of Millburn Lodge, we have
in every instance, been able to complete all of our
work without the aid or assistance of other Lodges or
When all of the additions and subtractions have been
made, our Lodge has grown by 5% to 190 members.
At this last Grand Lodge Session, Millburn Lodge was
recognized for this achievement and awarded this
certificate, so congratulations to you all for all or your
- Breakfast with Santa
As with our custom, the first Sunday in December is
our annual Breakfast with Santa, and this year was no
different. We had an excellent turn out by the
membership and I would like to thank all those who
donated their time an materials to help make it a
profitable event. I would like to also thank Brother
Dick Ipsom who filled in as our resident St. Nick.
- Family Bowling at Sunset Bowl
This was another event we set-up for all of the
members and their families to come out and have a
good time. I would like to thank Sunset Bowl in
Waukegan for their generosity in accommodating us.
On April 25th, we held a ILChip event at St. Gilberts
church for Cub Scout Pack # 68. For those of you
who don’t know, our own Junior Warden also serves
as the Pack Master for this Pack. In that evening, we
processed over 78 children. We had such a large
turnout that we could not handle all of the children
that were present. The overwhelming approval by the
parents for our event has caused them to ask for us to
come back and hold a second event in the near
future. We should never forget that this is the face of
our fraternity. It is not what we do in within the
confines of our Lodge that will define us, but what we
do out in our community that will ultimately impress
upon the world who we are and what we represent.
- Table Lodge at Wadsworth Pyramid
This was by far one of the largest highlights of this
year. For those of you who were not able to attend,
you missed a great event. Thanks to the generosity of
the Onan family, we were able to hold our Table
Lodge at the Wadsworth pyramid. We had a total of
forty Master Masons who attended, many of whom
were visitors from other Lodges in the county. And
afterward, everyone agreed this was an event that
would be remembered for years to come.
I would like to thank Most Worshipful Larry Inglis for
coordinating the Table Lodge and all of my Officers
and Brethren who assisted in putting this event
- Asian Pacific Dinner
Once again, this is an annual event we host in May in
honor of all of our Asian Brethren. If you missed it, you
missed out on some excellent food.
- Past Master Dinner
Thanks to our Brother Senior Warden who
coordinated this dinner at the Asian Gourmet Buffet in
Gurnee for all of our Past Masters and their families.
As Officers, we must always look forward to what we
can accomplish for our Lodge and the Craft. But we
can never forget about the past and those who came
before us. Their knowledge and leadership are
essential in what we do and can never be forgotten.
- Lodge Competition
This year marked the return of the Lodge
Competition, and immediately I declared that we were
in it, not for the glory or any formal recognition, but
that we prove to ourselves that we are fit and
proficient in the Work of the Craft. Bear in mind this is
always made harder for us due to our calendar and
the competition being six months after our installation
of new officers in their new roles. Yet in the tradition
of our Lodge, there are no excuses, just the
dedication of the Officers in learning their roles. In the
previous years of the Lodge Competitions, Millburn
Lodge would always win first place in the 1NE district.
With the return of the Lodge Competitions, nothing
has changed. It is with pleasure I can say we still own
the Lodge Competition by taking First Place this year.
But I expect that everyone will still strive to maintain
this level of excellence. For the award is just
recognition of the accuracy of the Work.
- Property Taxes
As many of you know, there are only two certainties in
this life, and one of them is taxes. And in these times,
we have seen the squeeze being applied to all,
property taxes being one of the worse. Our property
taxes over the years have risen to nearly $1000.00
and due to a change in the paperwork process, nearly
increased to ten times that. But thanks to the hard
work of Brother Jay Reed, Worshipful Brother
Secretary Dave Marion and myself, we were not only
able to get them brought back to normal, but reduced
down to about $160 for the year. I would like to thank
both of them for their service and dedication to the
Many of my officers have heard me nag on this one
for a while, and this should be the last time. But for
the few of you who have not heard, our website is
back up and loaded with a ton of stuff.
We have everything someone would need to find out
about our Lodge & Fraternity. We also have a
calendar of upcoming events. And we have links to
PayPal to pay your yearly dues and even how to pay
for your lifetime membership if you were interested.
We also have an E-Bay account where we can sell
anything that is donated to the Lodge.
There are now no more excuses for not paying your
dues because you can’t get to the post office and by a
stamp or that your wife hasn’t written the check out for
you to mail.
- Grand Master’s Award of Excellence
As you have heard, that was a lot of stuff we did in a
short amount of time. But that kind of work and
dedication is noticed & recognized. This year our
Lodge won the Grand Master’s Award of excellence.
And I say our Lodge because no one man earned this.
We all did by working together by doing what we do,
week in and week out for the love of our Lodge and
the furtherment of the Craft. But take this time to be
proud of what you did and be proud of your Lodge.
Millburn Lodge is only as strong as it’s members and
it is with pride I can say she is strong indeed.
This report has covered most of the highlights of this
last year, but unfortunately, there will be lowlights as
well. One of them has been unforeseen repairs that
have been made to the Lodge. First off, we had the
baseboard let loose by the Tiler doors ruining the
back bleachers and carpeting. But thanks to the hard
work of many of you, we were able to repair
everything at cost. But that cost still was around
This summer we found our roof damage and had to
have repairs made. Thanks to Brother Erik Prinzing,
our cost was only $400, but in the end, it still is a
patch job. The roof is near the end of its lifecycle.
We still have chimney issues ahead of us in the short
term, but many long term issues will be on the
horizon. I ask that you give your support to the
incoming Officers as they address these needs.
As we heard from our Brother Treasurer, our finances
were less than the previous year. We had the
previous repair issues that I have already mentioned,
but also we have many Brothers who still need to get
their dues in. Also, many of the fund raising items we
have done did not bear as much fruit as they did in
the past. As things improve in the world around us, I
hope those effects work back to us.
- The Future
I know I have reported many highs and a couple of
lows, but as I mentioned earlier, we must look to the
future and how we will leave things better than how
we received them. Of the many things we have done
this year, the one I have the most hope in is our
newest addition to our Temple. Our new Bethel of Job’
s Daughters has found a welcome home here. And in
working with all of them, I am extremely proud of them
and what they are accomplishing.
We also have the possibility of a DeMoley chapter
forming here. Although it is still in the planning
phases, I am optimistic they will one day take shape.
I would like to take this moment and thank my Senior
Warden for all of the hard work he has put in. Until
you have sat in the East or West, you will have no
idea what it takes to keep this place going. With all of
the issues I have had in my personal life and with
work this last year, I could always count on Rob to
help get things done when I could not. Most Masters
would be thrilled to have a Senior Warden who did
half of what Rob does and we are all lucky to have
him. It is not an exaggeration when I say he will make
a fine Worshipful Master.
This has not been a perfect year. We have had our
ups and downs and even the occasional squabble.
But that is the thing with family. As we all know in our
own personal lives that family is not perfect. But in the
end we are all Brothers in our Masonic Family and
that Brotherly Love will unite us all.
It has been an honor and a privilege to be your
Worshipful Master and I thank you all for all of the
hard work you have done and allowing me to be along
for the ride.
Thank You all,
Marc C. Brofka