? Churchill Lodge Events

Churchill (SWC) events are Blue and Black. Shrine events are in Dark Red. Special Events are in Green.

Upcoming Events

Shrine Midwest - Aug 17-20, 2022

Zuhrah is pleased to send our best units to compete at the Midwest Shrine gathering this year, hosted by Beja Shrine of Green Bay, Wisconsin. To be held August 17-20, 2022, parade units will vie for top honors in their categories. In the evening, several hospitality suites will keep the visiting nobles entertained. Many Churchill Lodge and Chairmen members will be in attendence.

Please let our CIO, Steve Miller, know if you want to get involved

Here's Zuhrah's website.

 
Scottish Rite Rush - Thursday, Aug 18, 2022

Interested in the Scottish Rite? Join us for a BBQ at the Minneapolis temple at 2011 Dupont Avenue So, in Minneapolis. Members will be on hand to provide tours, and to provide an introduction into "The College of Masonry". The open house runs from 5PM to 9PM. Look for us at the big red Masonic building, looks like a church, at Franklin and Dupont Ave., entering on the parking lot side of the building. The start of our Fall degree cycle is just two weeks away, with degrees held on Thursdays.

Ours is one of only five valleys in the country where all 29 degrees are performed in full costume and effects, and we offer this treasure twice per year. In case you hadn't heard, petition fees for the degrees are just $395. This includes at least 15 meals, and two books. A Scottish Rite ring and hat is optional.

Contact the Rite secretary, Ken Hill, at (612) 871-1500 for more information, or speak with MWB Jackson or MWB Gann.
Visit their website (here) for a petition a to join. Their website also has loads of material about the Scottish Rite, often called the college of Masonry for its deeper dive into those Masonic principles first introduced in the first three degrees of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite degrees allow time for group discussion on how ideals have impacted many good and great men in history, weaving our impact into the Enlightenment and Western Civilization itself. Come join the conversation!

 
Scottish Rite Orientation - Thursday, Aug 25, 2022

Orientation is tonight for all Masons interested in joining the Scottish Rite here in Minneapolis at 6PM. Look for us at the big red Masonic building (looks like a church) at Franklin and Dupont Ave., entering on the parking lot side of the building. The start of our Fall degree cycle is just one week away, with degrees held on Thursdays. 

Ours is one of only five valleys in the country where all 29 degrees are performed in full costume and effects, and we offer this treasure twice per year.  In case you hadn't heard, petition fees for the degrees are just $395. This includes at least 15 meals, and two books. A Scottish Rite ring and hat is optional. 
 
Contact the Rite secretary, Ken Hill, at (612) 871-1500 for more information. Visit their website (here) for a petition a to join. The website also has loads of material you may read about the Scottish Rite, often called the college of Masonry for its deeper dive into those Masonic principles first introduced in the first three degrees of Freemasonry. Scottish Rite degrees allow time for group discussion on how these ideals have impacted many good and great men in history, weaving our impact into the Enlightenment and Western Civilization itself. Come join the conversation!
 
SWC Breakfast - THURSDAY, Sept 1, 2022

Join the brethren for breakfast if you can, at 7AM on the first Thursday of each month, at Perkins near Hwy 494 and France. See WB Ramsour with questions.

 
Tolkien's Rings of Power - Fri, Sept. 2nd, 2022

September 2nd, 2022 marks the premier of J.R.R. Tolkien's weekly series on Amazon streaming: The Rings of Power. Britain's most popular author, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings among many other writings. His literary executor and heir, Christopher Tolkien, continued publication of his father's rather scattered corpus of works, with new volumes of historical documents and epics from Tolkien's legendarium released until 2020. Now, Amazon has taken up the mantle of producing a weekly drama based on pre-LOTR events of the Second Age of Middle Earth; thus new generations of fans will learn to enjoy these legends. One hopes Amazon doesn't screw things up. Your Tolkien-obsessed Secretary will be unavailable during the airing of these episodes.

 
Shrine Chairmen Meeting - Wednesday, Sept 14, 2022

Thankfully, about the same time you are hankerin' for a cigar, the Chairmen like to meet up for our monthly board meeting. All are welcome. As usual, very important decisions will be made. Harumph. We'll meet for dinner and our normal smoker, at Jax Cafe, at 7PM unless we've sent a meeting location change - look for it. Being the gentleman that you are, please RSVP through our CIO, Steve Miller if you plan to go. We'll look for you. Questions? See Nels Peterson, yer CEO.

 
SWC September Meeting - Friday, Sept. 16, 2022

Our September 16th meeting will be held at the home of MWB Thomas Jackson431 Post Road, Lino Lakes, MN. The home is 12 minutes north of 694 in regular traffic. The normal schedule will apply; gathering at 6PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM SHARPLY. Though the meeting will be in September, an Oktoberfest Dinner will be served afterward, following Tom's pattern of the past eight years. (In Germany, Oktoberfest runs from mid-Sept to mid-Oct.)  Please RSVP with the Secretary. A Summons and Minutes will be distributed electronically. The September meeting is normally when we begin to discuss next year's budget, which is on the agenda. Finally, we look forward to a philosophical discussion on the following topic:

        Topic will be posted shortly

 
SWC October Stated Meeting - Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Our October 21st meeting will be held at the home of WM Clif Bailey, at 10426 169th Street W., Lakeville, MN. The normal schedule will apply; gathering at 6PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM SHARPLY. Dress is business casual. Brethren, please RSVP with the Secretary. A meeting invitation and treasurer's report will be distributed electronically. We look forward to relaxing around the fire pit and a philosophical discussion, a popular feature of our meetings, on the following subject:

        Topic will be posted shortly

 
Gentleman's Luncheon - Sat., Dec. 24, 2022

Shane and Friends will gather for a holiday lunch at Noon, Saturday, December 24th. We have a large room reserved and our own bartender for the 40+ expected. Many of you are regulars at this event. We will gather again at Jax Cafe, 1928 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. The first of us (festivus?) will roll in at 11:30AM, camping by the bar, then take our tables upstairs for the Noon reservation. There may be a cigar or two lit by the fire outside if it's not too cold. Begin yer holiday cheer early. before you head our for yer last minute shopping and home to the family! Please RSVP through our friend and brother, Shane Wendt if you plan to go. Look for a group of handsome fellas in their snappy holiday wear - dat's us. The reservation will be under "Wendt", and the hostess will guide you to the room, if you don't already know the way.

 

2022 Churchill Mtg dates

Most meetings are the Third Friday of each month, 6PM social hour, 7PM gavel, dinner by 8:30PM. We'll have events all 12 months of the year, almost always "Stated" (~for business) and at least one will be at a lodge hall (Annual Mtg). These dates and locations are all subject to dispensation. Guests are warmly welcomed to attend. All meetings will include our normal philosophical discussions, passing of the charitable hat, correspondence and quick business. SWC meetings will be paired with high quality dinners and terrific fellowship.
 
Pending dispensation, here are the scheduled meeting dates for 2022:
Jan 21 – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Tim Jirak’s home in Plymouth
Feb 18 – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Jason Berger’s Party Room, in Edina
Mar 18 – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Tim Jirak’s home in Plymouth
April 8-9 - Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, at the Waite Park Event Center
April 12 - Lynnhurst Turkey Dinner, held at Lost Spur Supper Club, 5PM social, 6:30 dinner.
Apr 15 – Zoom meeting, 6PM. Meeting instructions sent on request, ask tom (at) pro-activemktg.com
May 26 - THURSDAY – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Paul Ramsour’s home in Prior Lake
Jun 18 - SATURDAY – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Ted Martz' home in Burnsville. Special Time: 5PM (Subject to change), a picnic planned immediately thereafter was cancelled.
July 1-7 - Shrine Imperial, here in Minneapolis
July 14 - dark, due to proximity to Shrine Imperial and the month's parade schedule
Aug 11 - THURSDAY – Stated (Minnesota Work) at Scott Hughes’ home in Minneapolis.
Aug 17-20 - Midwest Shrine - in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sept 16 - back to Friday – Stated (Minnesota Work) at MWB Jackson’s home (Oktoberfest! -Traditionally celebrated from Sept 15 to Oct 15.)
Oct 21 - Stated (Minnesota Work) at the home of WM Clif Bailey in Lakeville.
Nov 30 - WEDNESDAY – Stated, Annual Meeting (Minnesota Work) at Lake Harriet Lodge Hall (Elections and a Table Lodge to celebrate Churchill’s birthday.)
Dec 16 – Stated (Minnesota Work) at the home of Andrew Brennan in Wayzata. Holiday meeting and installation.
 
 
Additional dates: on the first Thursday of the month, Clif wants to continue a tradition started by WB Ramsour, of meeting at Perkins at 494 and France for breakfast (or another location as announced.) This year, plan for it, 7AM start, on the first Thursdays except for the month of January. See you on: Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, and Dec 1.
 
 
Churchill’s death is remembered each year on Jan 24, noting that somber day came in 1965. His birthday is celebrated on November 30. We look forward to renewing our annual remembrance of our patron’s birth, missed recently.
 
 
So, mark your calendars, gentlemen. We’ve avoided some Fridays in the summer so as not to conflict with your cabin plans. And let us know if you can host! Huzzah!

Instructions

Addresses, meeting notes, minutes and last-minute changes will be on the website.
 
What could make these date change? As British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan said, “Events, my boy, events!”  We anticipate opportunities will come up, and will look to make the most of them. 
 
What to wear? Dress appropriate to the weather, certainly. A sportcoat for winter, spring and fall meetings will mark you as a man of distinction and style. Wear a black suit for Grand Lodge, Emulation Degree performances or other big events. At the Royal Ascot, men and women dress “to the 9s,” as they say.

2020 and 2021 Churchill Mtg dates

2020 and 2021 were challenging years.  Noted below were the planned meeting dates of those two pandemic years, many of which were informal meetings held via Zoom meetings. Our records were in some disarray for 2020 and 2021, so as we rebuild these we will cleanup the following list, for posterity.
 
2020 was the early pandemic:
January? - Stated?  Had been scheduled at the home of John Gann, in Bloomington.  
Feb 21 - Stated meeting moved to the home of John Gann, in Bloomington. Had been scheduled at the home of Sujit Varma in Edina.
March 20 - Appears to have been a Zoom meeting.
April 2-4 - Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge, at the Masonic Home and the DoubleTree in Bloomington. This was adjusted into a virtual meeting with electronic balloting, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
April 17 - Zoom meeting
May 15 - Zoom meeting
June 19 - Zoom meeting
July - Zoom meeting?
Aug - Zoom meeting?  Paul Ramsour's home?
Sept 18 - Stated meeting, at the home of MWB Thomas Jackson, in Lino Lakes.
Oct ?
Nov ?
November 29 or 30 - S.W.C. Birthday toast at Marlin's Rest? (TBA)
Dec 18 - Stated Meeting?  At the home of either Joey Torkildson in Shorview or WB Andrew Brennan in Wayzata.

2021, the second year of the pandemic:
In 2021 things got better toward the latter half of the year, and we met at the following locations, on Fridays unless otherwise noted:
Jan - Zoom meeting?
Feb - Zoom meeting?
Mar - Zoom meeting?
Apr 17 - Stated meeting, at the home of MWB Thomas Jackson, in Lino Lakes.
May 14 or 21? - In person or Zoom?
June 17 (Thursday) - Stated meeting, at the home of WB Paul Ramsour in Prior Lake
July 23 - We may have met.  Details? Or were we dark?
Aug 12 (Thursday) - Stated meeting, at the home of WB Ted Martz in Burnsville.
Sept 17 - Stated meeting, at the home of MWB Thomas Jackson, in Lino Lakes.
Oct 15 - Stated meeting, at the home of MWB John Gann, in Bloomington.
Nov 19 - Stated meeting with election of officers, held at Lake Harriet Lodge hall, in Minneapolis. 
Dec 16 - Annual meeting at the home of Andrew Brennan, in Wayzata. WB Clif Bailey was installed as 2022 Master.
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