LIGHT:  Masonry is all about improving: ourselves, our community (Lodge), and, by extension, the world around us. To this end, Masonry provides us with Tools. One of this year’s goals is the proper use of these Tools.

LOVE:  Masonry provides us with a community: our Lodge. One of this year’s goals is to improve our Lodge. Moving to a more conducive environment was a good start. Let us continue to strive to build harmony and ritual excellence.

LIFE:  As part of the larger Masonic community sharing with our Brothers and the world at large, Braden builds Masonry with Fellowship: table lodges and meals, murder mysteries, puzzles, Socrates Café, an artists salon, “killer” ritual, and thoughtful discussions into the wee hours.

This Year... Let us look at the drawings on the Trestle Board, choose our Tools, Labor as a Team, and do the necessary improvements in Ourselves, our Lodge — and perhaps Masonry itself.                                                                                                                                                                   —  WB Jay Koelsch  ♦  Worshipful Master    2023

Stated Meeting IN-PERSON on Thurs Mar 16th

We are still planning to meet IN-PERSON for our Stated Meeting TONIGHT (Thurs Mar 16th), but please note:

• We are NOT having dinner at 6:30pm; it will be served about 8pm.

• We will begin the Stated Meeting promptly at 7:30pm (please be on time!) in the Lodge room upstairs, conduct education and some brief business items, then move from Labor to Refreshment.

• We will go downstairs around 8:00pm for dinner and general discussion on:
> CONvergence: Will we participate this year?
> Fundraising: With the additional rental and storage costs, what can we do to raise more money to meet the operational needs of our Lodge for 2023?

• We will then briefly return to the Lodge and move from Refreshment to Labor to: > Adopt motions on any actionable items we discussed downstairs, if necessary.
> Close the Lodge.

Plan on meeting in-person. As of mid-day today, local weather forecasters are saying this will be mostly a rain event, instead of a snow on top of ice event, so traffic during the evening commute is not predicted to be as hazardous as originally thought. If conditions change, and WM Jay Koelsch decides for the safety of our Brothers to conduct tonight's meeting via Zoom, we will make that call and post it here by 6:00pm. Otherwise, plan on meeting in-person at Minnehaha Lodge at 7:30pm tonight. Please leave for Lodge early to allow for changing weather and travel conditions. Be safe, Brothers! Hope to see you there!


Does that describe you? Then we suggest you come visit us on one of our open events dates (colored in gold on the right). Get a feel for who we are and what we do. Perhaps even visit a few lodges, as each has a different personality. If you like what you see, and think Braden Lodge will be a good fit for you, then fill out a petition -- your first step on your journey towards Masonic enloghtenment!

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, all events are at our NEW Masonic home:
Minnehaha Lodge #165
5149 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis  MN  55417

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Thurs  •  Mar  16th

7:30pm  •  Stated Meeting
~8:00pm  •  Dinner

General  Lodge  Business
(see article at left)

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Thurs  •  Mar  23rd

7:00pm  •  Dinner

7:30pm  •  Fellowship

8:30pm  •  Socrates'  Café

Topic: VIRTUE series continues with EQUANIMITY

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Grand Lodge of MN
2023 Membership Conference

Sat  Mar  25th  •  8am - 4pm

Scottish Rite Bldg
2011 Dupont Ave  •  Minneapolis
(Contact Secretary to Register)

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MetroWest Masons Meeting
Wed  •  Mar  29th

6pm Dinner  •  7pm Meeting

Compass Lodge #255
5549 Xenia Ave N  •  Crystal
(Contact Secretary to Register)

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Thurs  •  Mar  30th

7:00pm  •  Dinner

7:30pm  •  Artists' Salon

Come share an example

of your artistry! 
(Contact WM Jay Koelsch
for more info)

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Thurs  •  Apr  6th

6:30pm  •  Dinner
7:30pm  •  Stated Meeting

Discussion on

Grand Lodge Resolutions

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Thurs  •  Apr  13th

7:00pm  •  Dinner

7:30pm  •  Fellowship

8:30pm  •  Socrates'  Café

Topic: VIRTUE series continues with EQUANIMITY

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170th  Annual

Grand  Lodge  of  Minnesota

Fri - Sat  •  Apr  14th - 15th

Park  Event  Center
Waite  Park  MN
(See Grand Lodge website for schedule & to regisrter)

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for a complete calendar

of up-coming activities.

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People often think one has to be invited to become a Mason. However that is not the case. While a friend may suggest the benefits of membership, we only accept members who join entirely of their own free will. We do have a few requirements: one must be a male over the age 18, believe in deity, be of good repute -- and share a genuine interest in improving yourself.



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Welcome to

Braden Lodge No. 168

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons

What do Masons do?  That is the question whose answer we hope you have come here seeking.  Like the trade guilds of the medieval days, Freemasonry is a gathering of men who work towards creating something. But while other guilds work towards refining wood, metal, or stone, we refine ourselves into better men. When you go through the initiations, you are not given the keys to a building, you are given the blueprints to build your own. We each must build our lives, one brick at a time and Freemasonry allows you to do it within the context of a group of like-minded men with the benefit of ancient knowledge passed down through the ages. We have discussions and educational pieces. We have ceremonies to remind us of our ideals and never forget to seek the guidance of deity. But perhaps more than anything, we form a brotherhood to support, encourage, and learn from one another.

How does one become a Mason?