About Us

OUR HISTORY

In 2017, a group of bright, determined and like-minded individuals set out to establish Spes Novum. Their courage to start a new premier lodge speaks volumes about who they were, and we’re honored to follow in their footsteps.

 

Our Fraternity represents a group of diverse people who always strive for the highest level of excellence, as our founders intended. Shared goals and interests in areas of philosophy, spiritual experiences and building solid relationships hold our lodge together and define who we are. 

Spes Novum No. 1183 officially received it's charter under the auspices of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Illinois on October 5th, 2019. It also received the Grand Master's Award of Excellence this same year, but not only this award, they also received 3rd place in state overall, a tremendous accomplishment for any lodge, let alone one that was U.D.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The founders of Spes Novum have experienced all Masonry has to offer in Northern Illinois and believe it can be much more. Our members are accountable and focused with united vision and value, and we dare to build a fresh experience heretofore not seen in the jurisdiction before. Enlightenment is the multi-faceted approach to expanding the minds and consciences of the membership, which includes spiritual development and educational presentations not limited solely to Masonic-related topics. A new era is emerging, and it is our duty, not only as members of SN, but as Masons, to enlighten our fellow brethren and assist them on their educational and spiritual journeys. 

Our Philosophy

Fulfillment.Genuine.Truth

The Officers

Spencer A. Hamann

Spencer Hamann has a vast and varied set of skills and interests, and boundless curiosity.  Drawing inspiration from his love of music and engineering at an early age, Spencer began apprenticing to learn the luthier’s art as a high school freshman in 2003.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Musicology, focused on Organology. He now works professionally as a luthier, managing workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin, completing repairs and restorations of fine string instruments, and providing education on instrument history and maintenance.  Spencer also enjoys performing music on a variety of instruments, is an avid collector of fine tools, frequently takes commissions for custom work within woodworking, and restores typewriters and bicycles among other antiques. Curatorship and adding value are core to his personal philosophies. Spencer was Raised in 2013, served Libertyville Lodge No. 492 as Worshipful Master from 2017-2018, and currently serves the Grand Lodge of Illinois as their Grand Representative to Wisconsin, District Education officer for the 1st NE District, and is a Certified Lodge Instructor (CLI).

Worshipful Master

Julian Rojas

Creativity has always been important to Julian, which is what led him to study music, and later, Communication Studies, where he was able to express his interests and creative side by fusing the arts and education in a way that allowed him to explore topics of interest from a different perspective. In 2015, he graduate Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Communication Studies, emphasizing in Organization & Corporate Communication. Currently, he is employed as a Talent Acquisition professional specializing in the Automotive, Finance, and Sales industries. Julian was raised in 2012 and served as Worshipful Master of Leyden Laurel Lodge No. 1057 from 2016-2018.

Senior Warden

Robert L. Wingader

Rob is a financial markets entrepreneur, and is obsessed with developing ideas and opportunities to optimize the value of goods and services. He has a Master's in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Babson College where he focused on Entrepreneurial Finance and Operations Management, earning a full-tuition research fellowship for his two years at the school, working as a five-subject teachers' assistant, and ultimately being recognized as the Outstanding Graduate in Finance. Rob subsequently earned Master's in Finance - Risk Management from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated with Dean's Honors. At Loyola, he conducted original research on the viability of trading strategies based on synthetic bond positions and developed an appreciation for the value of "the space between."

Junior Warden

W.W. Lee Braden IV

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Lee Braden’s most recent adventure brought him to Lake County, Illinois.  Lee soon found his way to Libertyville Lodge No. 492, where the brotherhood made him a Mason in 2017.  Lee enthusiastically promotes the craft to those who may be in need of both a fraternity and a “moral science” with which to improve their lives.  Professionally, he has over 16 years of business consulting and internal audit experience, most recently in the global agriculture and consumer products manufacturing industries.  Lee enjoys working with non-profit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of directors of a local organic farm and a statewide lineage society.  He is also pursuing the degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, as a member of the Valley of Chicago Scottish Rite, NMJ.

Treasurer

Robert H. Johnson

Philosophy is at the core of what Robert is after. Having grown up in Italy and being exposed to the culture and much of the renaissance art and literature, Freemasonry became a natural place for him to gravitate toward. He is an avid musician and writer. He’s written for several print magazines and blogs on subjects ranging from Firearms and Medical Ethics to Theology and Comparative Religions. Robert's primary studies are in philosophy and mathematics. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Religion. Currently Robert works as an executive in the medical industry. He received his degrees from Waukegan Lodge No. 78, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014. He’s since served as both a District Education Officer and a District Deputy Grand Master. He is currently serves on the Grand Lodge if Illinois Education Committee. 

Secretary

Gary Misner

Gary Misner has a strong background in IT and Network design experience. Multiple years in IT Networking for companies like SBC, ATT and Ameritech. Currently Gary is the  VP over IT Operations and is responsible for a global team of technicians and engineers overseeing all areas of IT systems operations. He was born in Columbus, Indiana and earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.  Charity and Educational work are top priorities for Gary. We was Raised in Hope Lodge #150 in Hope Indiana in 1990, where he served as Worshipful Master. Gary has been married to Lynne for 30 years and has two adult children. His personal perspective is that all problems can be solved if teams come together and communicate effectively.

Chaplain

Bobbie Mitchell

Bobbie Mitchell is an occupational health and safety professional that specializes in organizational development and culture change initiatives. Bringing diverse executive experience to the table, Bobbie excels in facilitating “member value propositions” for fraternal, corporate, or community groups. A Freemason for over 18 years and a Delta Sigma Phi man, his love of fraternalism is always apparent. With eyes to the future and believing the social ties of brotherhood to be as crucial to the Craft as spiritual and philosophical development, Bobbie initiated the first American chapter of the Blue Lounge Social Club and currently serves as its president. When he’s not looking out for the safety of the workers in Chicagoland, or the future and membership of Freemasonry, Bobbie can be found spending time with his family--his amazing wife Abby and their three fantastic daughters, discussing the role of American government or cheering on his beloved Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  

Senior Deacon

Adam Hassel

Adam grew up on a small farm in rural IL.  He spent his youth in the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. To pursue a career in music, he enrolled as a music student at Elmhurst College. He graduated with a BA in Music Business and began working as an Audio Engineer. He currently works as a Producer and Audio Engineer at a Chicago-based Audiobook publisher. Adam is a long time practitioner of Buddhist meditation and an eager learner of comparative religions. Adam is hoping to earn a commission as a Certified Lodge Instructor in the ensuing year, and help facilitate a marriage between the Illinois ritual and contemplative practice in the Craft. Adam was raised at Sequoit Lodge #827 in May of 2017, where he has served as the Lodge Education Officer since 2018. 

Junior Deacon

James E. Frey

​James is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds his bachelors in Clinical Psychology. He's an avid artist and musician. He is a Past Master of Crete Lodge No. 763, Past Sovereign Prince Valley of Danville AASR, and the District Education Officer for the 12th NE District of Illinois. 

Senior Steward

Norberto "Bert" Robledo

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Junior Steward

Ed Garrison

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Scott S. Dueball

Education has been a lifelong experience for Scott. Both of Scott’s parents earned higher degrees in science and math so it was natural that he would pursue a similar path. Scott received his Masters of Science in Biomechanics from Ball State University after successfully defending his thesis on computational models of bone strain. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Engineering, and Math from Valparaiso University. He has two patents and his research has been published and presented in numerous outlets. He enjoys time with his family, smoking meat, and woodworking in his free time. Scott received his Craft degrees from Muncie Lodge #433 while a student at Ball State in 2009. Since returning to Illinois, Scott has become active in Masonry serving as the Master of D.C. Cregier Lodge No. 81 twice, District Education Officer, the first State Education Officer in Illinois, Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Education, and President of the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education. However, Scott's proudest moment was serving as Worshipful Master for Spes Novum when we earned our Charter.

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